Don Gonyea http://wboi.org en An Unprecedented Transfer Of Power Marked Ford's Presidency http://wboi.org/post/remembering-gerald-fords-first-weeks-office Forty years ago, America was getting to know a new president: Gerald Ford. He took office after scandal forced the resignation of Richard Nixon, famously declaring: "My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over."<p>Taking on the presidency meant a transfer of power unlike any the country had ever seen. Ford often said he had never aspired to the White House. But there he was, in the summer of 1974.<p>"When he walked into the Oval Office, it had been stripped bare of every memento and every paper. It was like a piece of rental housing," says Barry Werth. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:44:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 34712 at http://wboi.org An Unprecedented Transfer Of Power Marked Ford's Presidency Forget Tea Pot Dome: Harding's Love Letters Make For A New Steamy Scandal http://wboi.org/post/forget-tea-pot-dome-hardings-love-letters-make-new-steamy-scandal President Warren G. Harding presided over Prohibition, died before completing his first term, and is consistently ranked by historians and the public as one of the worst U.S. presidents.<p>But suddenly he's getting a lot of attention, thanks to a cache of steamy love letters he wrote to a mistress over 15 years. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 33878 at http://wboi.org Forget Tea Pot Dome: Harding's Love Letters Make For A New Steamy Scandal Meet The New Stars Of Campaign Ads: Mom And Dad http://wboi.org/post/meet-new-stars-campaign-ads-mom-and-dad It's the summer of a campaign year and once again the airwaves, the Internet, and likely your own Facebook and other social media feeds are full of political ads.<p>In the primaries, we've already seen ads featuring <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EIMkxNhClQ">cartoon turtles</a>, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBNQBx6JOcw">gator wrestling</a>, lots of dogs, horses and, of course, guns — propped against pickup trucks or resting over shoulders.<p>And in one case, there's the candidate <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOoXJI4vBns">shooting a drone</a> out of the sky. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 32274 at http://wboi.org Meet The New Stars Of Campaign Ads: Mom And Dad The Specter Of Iraq Haunts The Political Life Of Barack Obama http://wboi.org/post/specter-iraq-haunts-political-life-barack-obama Iraq has long played a major role in President Obama's political life, going back to his earliest days as an Illinois state senator barely known outside of his Chicago district.<p>Obama's early anti-Iraq war stand would become a centerpiece of his first run for the White House, but it's since been a persistent crisis that's been his to manage, despite his every effort to put it behind him.<p>In late 2002, before the Iraq war had begun, then-state Sen. Obama appeared on <em>Public Affairs,</em> a Chicago television program hosted by Jeff Berkowitz. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 31995 at http://wboi.org The Specter Of Iraq Haunts The Political Life Of Barack Obama As News Of Cantor's Upset Settles, A Shakeup Still Looms On The Hill http://wboi.org/post/news-cantors-upset-settles-shakeup-still-looms-hill Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, BYLINE: And I'm Melissa Block. Republicans are reeling from the<p>stunning news out of the Virginia GOP primary last night. Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the number two Republican in the U.S. Congress, was not just upset, he was beaten badly by a relatively unknown challenger. His name is David Brat. He's a college professor who used Tea Party backing to beat Cantor by 11 points. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 31655 at http://wboi.org Clinton Uses 'Hard Choices' Book Tour To Steer Benghazi Message http://wboi.org/post/clinton-uses-hard-choices-book-tour-steer-benghazi-message Republicans have been using the 2012 attack in Libya against her. Analysts say while Hillary Clinton is talking about Benghazi, she is defining the issue herself well ahead of any political campaign. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:25:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 31621 at http://wboi.org Senate Expected To Approve Sebelius Replacement At HHS http://wboi.org/post/senate-expected-approve-sebelius-replacement-hhs The Senate votes Thursday on the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be Health and Human Services Secretary, replacing Kathleen Sebelius. Burwell was running the Office of Management and Budget. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 09:10:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 31373 at http://wboi.org Former Obama Campaigner Tries Running For Himself In Iowa http://wboi.org/post/former-obama-campaigner-tries-running-himself-iowa Could President Obama one day motivate future generations to run for office, the way that John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan have? It's too early to tell if a trend will take hold, but there is at least one key Obama campaign veteran now running for statewide office.<p>Brad Anderson was the spokesman for Obama's 2008 Iowa campaign. Four years later, he ran the president's entire Iowa operation. Now Anderson is running for Iowa secretary of state.<p>At 39 years old, he's never run for office himself — unless you count that race for class treasurer back in third grade. Thu, 22 May 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 30755 at http://wboi.org Voters Go To Polls On Primary Season's Busiest Day Yet http://wboi.org/post/voters-go-polls-primary-seasons-busiest-day-yet Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. It is the busiest day on this year's election calendar so far. Voters are going to the polls in six states across the country. In Kentucky, the ballot feature is one of the most important Senate primaries of 2014, a Tea Party-backed challenge to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. Tue, 20 May 2014 20:37:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 30682 at http://wboi.org After Nearly 50 Years In Office, Conyers Might Not Make The Ballot http://wboi.org/post/after-nearly-50-years-office-conyers-might-not-make-ballot A local elections official has ruled that Rep. John Conyers of Detroit, who's served in the House for nearly 50 years, has failed to collect enough valid signatures to appear on the Democratic primary ballot. He's appealing the decision; if he loses, it could be an ignominious end to a distinguished career. Thu, 15 May 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 30457 at http://wboi.org