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Remember when President Obama said, "If you like your health plan you can keep it?" Now it's more like, "If you like your health plan you can keep it — for another year, and only if your insurance company says it's OK."

It's not clear whether the administration's proposal to let insurers extend the policies they've been canceling for the past couple of months will solve the president's political problem. But it's sure not going over very well with the insurance industry.

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President Barack Obama will deliver a statement to the nation on Thursday about the Affordable Care Act. His remarks come after a House oversight hearing that focused on technical glitches at the healthcare.gov website.

Watch the address live below.

Blumenthal, Murphy Endorse Obama's Climate Change Plan

Jul 19, 2013
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Vice President Joe Biden gave the commencement speech at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London on Wednesday. He stressed the new dangers of a changing world.

The 227 graduates of the class of 2013 filed onto Cadet Memorial Field under a cloudy New London sky Wednesday, but mood was far from grey. Superintendent Rear Admiral Sandra Stosz welcomed the cadets and their families.

"Here at the Academy we take great pride in being locally relevant and nationally prominent, and today is the best of both."

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On today's show we carried President Obama first address to the nation since his re-election. We had planned a regular episode of The Nose -- a discussion of James Bond, marijuana legalization and a few endorsements. We'll still do all of that, but we'll start of with the president's speech and our own quick reaction to it. 

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We're all about last night's debate. The nation's go-to site on this topic, Presidential Debate Blog, is sort of based here in Connecticut, and we'll have its contributing editor, Mark Samburg, on the show.

Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.

Applications for President Obama’s new deferred action immigration policy for young people are to be released next week. Officials in New Haven will partner with local lawyers, Yale Law School and other organizations in the city to help undocumented youth navigate the application process. 

Under the deferred action policy announced in June, undocumented immigrants who meet certain eligibility requirements will be considered for relief from deportation. 

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Today's announcement by the Obama Administration that it will allow certain illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S. and have the ability to work without penalty is being embraced by undocumented students in Connecticut.

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Maybe we all live in the United States of Cranbrook.

By that, I mean that we're all faced with choices, all the time, about how much we're going to stand up for the people getting the short end of the stick - whether they're poor, of color, gay or elderly.

If that's true, then last week's hero was, for me, Joe Biden.

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It's Primary Day in Connecticut. So everybody's excited about ... actually ... nobody is excited. Connecticut Republicans do seem energized by last night's Ann Romney speech at the party's Prescott Bush Dinner, and we're using the second half of today's political doubleheader to look at the state of the party and the party in the state.

Robert Gates

Nov 8, 2011
Chion Wolf

Robert Gates was defense Secretary for two Presidents – one Republican and one Democrat. 

Gates also oversaw two wars, in Afghanistan and Iraq, getting mixed reviews from defense experts for his handling of those conflicts.  

He’s also been sharply critical of the types of wars that were left to him, pointing to a Future US strategy that avoids “big land wars” in places like the Middle East.

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A speech by the president of the United State about creating jobs for millions of Americans has been preempted by a debate between republicans vying for his job.

Yes, that’s where we are in America right now. But thank God...at least President Obama was nice enough to schedule his important announcement at a time that wouldn’t upset football fans.

Bates on Libya

Aug 23, 2011
Chion Wolf

People around the world are watching the ongoing battle for control of Libya.  Yesterday, President Obama - like most observers - seemed ready to say that rebel forces had taken control of the country, displacing Muammar Gadhafi.

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Here are links to a few of the topics discussed on today's episode of The Nose:

Obama: Coast Guard "Never Been More Important"

May 19, 2011
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President Obama gave the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday afternoon. Although he generally steered clear of policy, the President says the branch has never been more important.

President Obama only mentioned the recent death of Osama bin Laden once during his speech. But he did give the Coast Guard credit as part of the front line for Homeland Security.

Chion Wolf

President Obama is in New London today, and in Hartford, legislators and state employees are still chewing over the agreement crafted by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's team and the unions.

Today on our show, we'll look at two chief executives facing very different kinds of crossroads.

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It’s the first visit of a President to commencement ceremonies at the academy since George W. Bush’s visit in 2007.  That year, President Bush was in the middle of two wars and used the occasion to talk about foreign policy and homeland security.

President Obama addresses the academy only a few weeks after a team of Navy Seals killed Osama Bin Laden.  It’s given his presidency a boost, and today he’s expected to talk to the 229 graduates about some of the same issues Mr. Bush addressed...including their role in protecting the country.

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Today the president was in New York to meet with 911 families and responders. In this hour we look at the renewed debate on torture to extract evidence, and at President Obama's decision not to release the bin Laden death photos. Plus, Pakistan...what do its nuclear bombs have to do with our administration's refusal to abandon that country...even as we wonder, what they knew and when they knew it.

There’s a midnight deadline.  If a deal between lawmakers and the White House can’t be struck, the federal government shuts down.

And the next question is…does it matter?  We’re being assured that even in shut-down mode, our mail still gets delivered, entitlement benefits will still be paid, the military will keep fighting on three fronts. 

But other services you count on from the government are still kind of up in the air.  That expedited passport for the surprise Caribbean cruise?  The big tax refund you were planning on to pay for said cruise?

One year ago today President Obama signed into law his health care reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Today at the state Capitol a host of supporters, including most of Connecticut's Washington delegation, will join together to celebrate the anniversary.  We checked in with Judith Stein, the executive director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, to hear how this law has affected Connecticut residents over the past year.

Dear Mrs. Kennedy

Mar 7, 2011
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From the bestselling author of Kennedy Weddings and Diana and Jackie comes a powerful and moving collection of the condolence letters Jacqueline Kennedy received after the assassination of John F. Kennedy

In the weeks and months following the assassination of her husband, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy received more than one million letters. The impact of President Kennedy’s death was so immense that people from every station in life wrote to her, sharing their feelings of sympathy, sorrow, and hope. 

The White House

Newsweek's Jonathan Alter joins Faith and Rich Hanley to talk Egypt, the Obama presidency, and all the newest news and developing developments in the world of politics.