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Hello Washington: Current US Political Situation: Challenges Facing Obama Administration


U.S. President Barack Obama is trying to energize Senate Democrats ahead of critical midterm elections, rallying them to "finish the job" on health care and financial regulatory reform.

President Obama told the Senate Democratic Caucus Wednesday that even after losing its so-called "supermajority" in the Senate, the Democratic Party still needs to lead. He acknowledged that moving forward is hard.

Democrats recently lost a Senate seat in Massachusetts, reducing their majority in the chamber from 60 to 59 and making it harder to override Republican attempts to stall Democrat-supported legislation.

But President Obama downplayed the significance of that loss, and urged Senate Democrats to keep pushing legislation to help Americans who are out of work or without health insurance. He encouraged them to resist the temptation to "tread lightly" or "play it safe."

The topic of today's Hello Washington show was: Current US Political Situation: Challenges Facing Obama Administration. The Panelists were Dr. Ali Riaz and Dr. Ahtesham Chowdhury.

Dr. Ali Riaz is the Chairman of the Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University.

Dr. Ahtesham Chowdhury, a former Election Advisor in Iraq, is an expert on election.

Shegoftah Nasreen Queen hosted the show.

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