Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama’


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Welcome to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. I am Halli Casser-Jayne.  Covid-19, Federal troops in American cities some are calling Trump’s Militia, Joe Biden ahead by 6 in Florida, and that’s just the half of it. Because besides our weekly take on all things politics, in our second half-hour we’re taking a trip to Alaska with the fun, spunky, astute author of OF BEARS AND BALLOTS: AN ALASKAN ADVENTURE IN SMALL-TOWN POLITICS, Heather Lende.

As we do every week, Halli and her partner in politics, veteran White House correspondent Matthew Cooper take a deep dive into the current political landscape in their weekly snap, crackle and pop political conversation. And what a week it has been. Covid-19 is ravaging the United States and Donald Trump is back on the tube with his daily campaign events disguised as Covid-19 updates — not much information there. Florida has become the epicenter of the pandemic, 120 plus people dying everyday while Governor DeSantis tells everyone how wonderful things are. Federal troops are being deployed to American cities against the wishes of those states leaders, and Democrats are “looking into it” and that’s just where they begin. 


In our second half-hour, if you don’t know New York Times bestselling author Heather Lende, you’re in for a treat. Smart, funny, and a force to be reckoned with the girl from New York who moved to Alaska in her early twenties, and took the state by storm is back with a new book OF BEARS AND BALLOTS: AN ALASKAN ADVENTURE IN SMALL-TOWN POLITICS that tells the story of her misadventure into local politics. There are some lessons for us all in this story. Sarah Palin and Senator Lisa Murkowski each make an appearance. Tune in.

Covid-19, Election 2020, Congress, Joe Biden, Donald Trump’s Dystopia, Portland, Chicago, Alaska, Israel, Florida, local politics…these stories and more this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on your favorite app, and on your Alexa device too.


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David Ignatius is journalism’s treasure and fiction writing’s friend. Today on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show a conversation with the correspondent who broke the Mike Flynn story and the author of a new sure to land on the NY Times fiction bestseller list, THE PALADIN. But that’s just where we begin. In our second half-hour Halli and her partner in politics, journalist and former White House correspondent, Matthew Cooper, slice and dice all things politics, and Donald Trump, too.

David Ignatius

We begin with David Ignatius and an in-depth conversation with one of the great journalists of our day, and one of our great suspense writers as well. The bestselling fiction writer is out with a new suspense thriller, THE PALADIN. A veteran corespondent and prize-winning Washington Post columnist with deep ties to the intelligence community, Ignatius has been covering the CIA for nearly four decades, delving deeply into the crevices few have gone before. Most recently and notably, Mr. Ignatius was instrumental in exposing the magnitude of Russian election interference in 2016, breaking the story of Michael Flynn’s clandestine communication with the Russian Ambassador to the US.

David Ignatius & Mike Pompeo's Animal House

And then it’s Halli and Matt and their weekly take on the political scene. To date there are nearly 95,000 dead American souls, 1.58 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S., more than any other country per capita. All 50 states are at least partially reopened, even though as of yesterday, at least 18 of them had recorded a clear upward trend of average new daily cases over the prior week. Some hospitals are already overwhelmed by the new cases. Thirty-eight million Americans are unemployed. Another 2.4 million Americans filed for unemployment last week –– a 2.5 million increase from the prior week. And in case you didn’t hear it, Trump wants to cut-off unemployment insurance for all those unemployed Americans. And that’s just where we begin. Tune in

David Ignatius and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s animal house parties, Flynngate, Obamagate, Russiagate — there’s a lot to discuss. The infected states of America, more Covid-19 deaths, record unemployment, Joe Biden and Election 2020, and Florida, Florida, Florida…tune into The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too.


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Jennifer Palmieri

Jennifer Palmieri is one of the most accomplished political and communications strategists in America today, and maybe one of the most powerful woman in politics. Jennifer joins me at my table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com to talk about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Election 2016, her astonishingly honest new book MADAM PRESIDENT and more.

A little background…Jennifer served as head of communications for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and White House communications director under President Barack Obama. She was also White House deputy press secretary for President Bill Clinton and national press secretary for the Democratic Party. She is currently President of the Center for American Progress Action Fund and has been a frequent contributor to the Washington Post and other national print outlets, and is a frequent guest commentator on MSNBC news shows.

Jennifer PalmieriIn her new book MADAME PRESIDENT, a profound and deeply honest memoir of the 2016 Presidential election, Palmieri uses her hard-earned experiences won in a stellar career to pen an empowering letter to the first woman president and, by extension, all women seeking positions of power. She aims to forge a new model of leadership that fully embraces their feminine qualities and demonstrates that women can best serve by being themselves.

Jennifer Palmieri talks Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, women in leadership roles and more on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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secret lives of american presidents

A look at the quirks of American Presidents and a conversation about the Hollywood Blacklist and the making of the iconic Western HIGH NOON are the subjects of  The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when the author of SECRET LIVES OF THE U.S. PRESIDENTS, Cormac O’Brien and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of  HIGH NOON: THE HOLLYWOOD BLACKLIST AND THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN CLASSIC Glenn Frankel join Halli at her table.

Cormac McCarthy’s book SECRET LIVES OF THE U.S. PRESIDENTS: STRANGE STORIES AND SHOCKING TRIVIA FROM INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE is a fun, informative, quirky compendium of historical trivia of our American presidents. Murder, adultery, gambling, UFOs the SECRET LIVES OF THE U.S. PRESIDENTS features outrageous and uncensored profiles of the men who have occupied the Oval Office in one of the hardest jobs in the world, our presidents at once revered and often reviled around the globe.

American Presidents and high noon and the hollywood blacklistIn his new book HIGH NOON: THE HOLLYWOOD BLACKLIST AND THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN CLASSIC Glenn Frankel explores the making of the western classic starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, during the toxic political climate of the late 1940’s and 1950’s Hollywood Red Scare, the film written by Carl Foreman, a former Communist who intended the film to be a parable about the Hollywood blacklist. In fact, during filming, Foreman was forced to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities about his former membership in the Communist Party. Weaving together the stories of some of Hollywood’s most talented writers and producers — Carl Foreman, Stanley Kramer, Fred Zinneman and Cooper himself – HIGH NOON is at once Hollywood history, scholarly insight, and wonderfully dishy — in a word, fascinating.

Strange stories and shocking trivia from inside the White House with Cormac O’Brien and the making of the classic Western HIGH NOON in the toxic political climate of the 1950s on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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He’s wowed them, frustrated them, endeared them, flummoxed the best and the brightest and Wednesday, December 2, 3 pm ET a journalist and brand maker will dissect the candidacy of Donald Trump when joining Halli at her table on The Halli Casser‐Jayne Show is Newsweek’s Matthew Cooper and author of THE HOOK, Richard Krevolin.

TRUMP MATTHEW NEWSWEEKJournalist and veteran White House correspondent, Matthew Cooper is known for his in-depth reporting and analysis from Washington. Mr Cooper has worked for some of America’s most prestigious magazines including Time, The New Republic, National Journal and U.S. News & World Report. He wrote for Newsweek in the 1990s and rejoined the re-launched magazine in 2014. Cooper also earned national attention during the CIA leak case when he was held in contempt of court and threatened with imprisonment for his refusal to name his sources and to testify before the Grand Jury regarding the Valerie Plame CIA leak investigation, a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court. He has appeared on “60 Minutes,” “Meet the Press,” Hardball, The O’Reilly Factor and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Cooper has interviewed and has written extensively on Mr. Trump.

TrumpBookTheHookRichard W. Krevolin is a consultant, playwright, screenwriter, and professor who leads workshops on all aspects of storytelling. He has flown around the world to teach the art of communication and storytelling to executives, creatives, and brand managers at many different companies, including Vaseline, Pepperidge Farms, J. Walter Thompson, Ogilvy, Panera Bread and Nike. His consulting work has affected hundreds of TV commercials produced worldwide, many of which have won awards, including a Golden Lion at Cannes and The People’s Choice Award in China. Krevolin is a graduate of Yale University and earned a master’s degree from both UCLA and USC. Krevolin turns all he has learned from his time telling stories in Hollywood to the business world in his fascinating new book THE HOOK, HOW TO SHARE YOUR BRAND’S UNIQUE STORY TO ENGAGE CUSTOMERS, BOOST SALES, AND ACHIEVE HEARTFELT SUCCESS.

A look at the brand that is GOP candidate for the American presidency, Donald Trump Wednesday, December 2, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser‐Jayne Show . For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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Chuck Hagel’s nomination to head the Pentagon will surely be confirmed. But here are some articles well-worth the read for insight into President Obama’s positions on foreign policy — positions he seems to sanctions despite his campaign rhetoric. It seems to me that the press has once again failed the American public. Why wasn’t the candidate Obama grilled properly to uncover his true positions? In two campaigns the president remained the dream of  Martin Luther King, Jr, rather than the reality of the pol from Chicago in the blind eyes of the press. In some ways, this truth is a bigger issue than Hagel at the helm of the Pentagon, brother to the President in thoughts and soon deeds.

Some Questions for Hagel

White House Struggles with Chuck Hagel

But Chuck Hagel Did Cave

The Senator from J Street

Obama’s Foreign Policy Needs Sharper Definition in Second Term

Walsh, Cooper, Grunwald – Top Political Pundits – Guests for the Hour

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POST-ELECTION COVERAGE – Illuminating hidden truths The Halli Casser-Jayne Show explores the hot button issues of race, media influence and the ideological divide with top political pundits on Nov 7, 3 pm EST.

Top political minds will bring you post-election coverage of Election 2012 and insight into what is in store for the U.S. in the upcoming four years, Wednesday, November 7, 3 pm EST, on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds.

Joining host Halli Casser-Jayne is Joan Walsh, editor-at-large for, the pioneering, award-winning website, and an MSNBC political analyst, author of “What’s the Matter with White People?” Walsh will shine her perspective on the browning of America and why white working class opportunities have stagnated and declined.

Ms. Casser-Jayne’s second guest is a Time Magazine senior national correspondent, Mike Grunwald, author of The New New Deal, The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era in which Grunwald seeks to enlighten America’s thinking about President Obama and his stimulus package as being the most aggressive fiscal stimulus bill in U.S. history, helping to stop an economic death spiral, easing the pain of a great recession and preventing a depression. Grunwald is recognized as one of this generation’s most original and tireless journalists with a talent for illuminating hidden truths.

National Journal editor and former White House correspondent, Matt Cooper, will also join in a political roundtable hosted by Halli Casser-Jayne, author of A Year in My Pajamas with President Obama, the Politics of Strange Bedfellows.

Don’t miss The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds Wednesday, November 7th at 3 – 4 pm ET as our guests shed light on America’s political future. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds and Lovers of Politics is always enlightening.

The Halli Casser-Jayne Show airs Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m. EST on ( The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is one of the top shows on the BlogTalkRadio Network, the world’s largest live online talk radio network with over 50 thousand show episodes created each month that attract over 20 million listeners. Podcasts of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show are available on multiple networks including iTunes (…), and via apps in multiple formats. For additional details and to download previous interviews, visit


Halli began her radio career on “The Dick Summer Show” on WYNY in New York City and has also worked as a reporter and photographer; actress and documentary producer; radio personality; author, editor and publisher. Her radio show, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds, features stellar guests from the world of politics, books, art, culture, and celebrity. Recent guests have included Gloria Feldt, author-activist and former CEO of Planned Parenthood; actress Linda Evans; bestselling authors Kristin Hannah and Jackie Collins; star of  Broadway’s Jersey Boys, Russell Fischer; Representative Betty Sutton; Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset, Danny Danon, two-time Pulitzer prizewinner political cartoonist Jim Morin. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, a production of RESSAC LLC, airs Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4 p.m. EST on For more information, visit Like the show’s page on Facebook,, and follow Halli on Twitter,


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OK. When a seemingly legitimate candidate for the presidency of the United States of America stoops to the low that Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney did today in invoking the “birther” controversy into his campaign, I cannot let it roll by. Yes, of course, there’s the proverbial question as to how low will a pol go to win a campaign, a question we sadly  know the answer to: lower than low. But there’s something even more unseemly here that needs to be addressed.

The question of President Obama’s birth  by the lunatic fringe is fraught with layers. These are not frivolous attacks on the legitimacy of the Obama presidency. They are, in fact, deliberate, focused attacks on the black president fueled by racism by a predominately white Southern constituency.

Of course, Mitt Romney knows this, which is what makes his invocation of the absurd claims by the absurd fringe of his absurd party that much more heinous. And, one might even go so far as to say desperate.

But mostly it is despicable, and in my mind, should disqualify Governor Mitt Romney as a presidential candidate. When a presidential candidate plays the race card, however cleverly, he should not qualify for a chance to win the highest office in the land that  is the American presidency.

In response to the horror over his remarks by his detractors, the Romney campaign replied with this: “Governor Romney was just illustrating that he was born and raised here in Michigan.”

An absurd excuse.



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