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Mike Konczal (Rortybomb, Roosevelt Institute) and Michael Grunwald (Time, The New New Deal)

On Fireside Chats, Mike talks to Michael Grunwald about his new book, The New New Deal. What was actually in President Obama’s stimulus bill? Despite conservative criticism of Solyndra, Michael defends Obama’s investments in clean energy. To what extent was the stimulus designed with Obama’s broader policy agenda in mind? Mike asks about a range of liberal critiques of the bill. Has Obama created a new social contract comparable to FDR’s New Deal?

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Recorded:Aug 29    Posted:Sep 2, 2012
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Fireside Chats | Sep 2, 2012 | Mike Konczal & Michael Grunwald

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