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Buttigieg, Obama Talks Confirmed, Content Unclear

Jun 11, 2018
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg
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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is among the list of Democrats the news website Politico has indicated met with former President Barack Obama in D.C., to discuss a potential 2020 bid for the Presidency.

Mark Bode, Buttigieg’s Director of Communications, confirmed the Buttigieg and Obama have met several times, most recently for a- quote, “informal, private conversation last fall.”

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 Hoosiers Lee Hamilton and William Ruckelshaus are among the 17 Americans receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year, the White House announced on Monday.

Hamilton served in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than 40 years and served as Vice Chair of the 9/11 Commission. He now leads the Center on Congress at Indiana University.

Ruckelshaus, originally from Indianapolis, served in the Indiana House of Representatives and as the first administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Indiana Senator Dan Coats predicts the Senate will approve fast-track trade authority this week for a Pacific Rim trade deal, but says getting there may be a tough slog.  Several Democrats are defying President Obama to try to block fast-track, which would allow the administration to begin final negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and let the eventual deal come to the floor without amendments.

Rachel Morello / StateImpact Indiana

It’s been six years since businesses suffered from the country’s worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Now that the economy is back on track, some employers say they can’t fill jobs fast enough.

Ivy Tech

President Obama says other states should follow Ivy Tech Community College’s lead when it comes to connecting students to high paying jobs. 

The president traveled to Indianapolis Friday to tout his plans aimed at getting more people on the track to better wages.

During the event at Ivy Tech, Obama once again explained his plan to make two years of community college free.

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Governor Mike Pence made a trip to Capitol Hill Wednesday to present examples of what’s going on in Indiana to help all students succeed, whether they’re headed for college or career. 

Pence has long promoted expanding career and technical education in the Hoosier state.

He testified before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, emphasizing the need for high schools to work for all students, regardless of where they’re headed in life.

courtesy GE

In a speech that was touted as one which would show Purdue as a leader in the country’s new manufacturing economy, the President of the National Association of Manufacturers Tuesday focused instead on blasting the Obama Administration.

In a speech kicking off a nationwide tour, Jay Timmons spent a single paragraph on technology such as "3-D printing, nanoscale chemistry" and new medicines, but spent several minutes explaining why he feels the White House is working at cross-purposes with business interests.

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U.S. Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) says the Republican Party’s capture of the Senate will make all the difference for his party -- if lawmakers handle their new leadership the right way.

Coats says Republicans have been incredibly frustrated the last few years as bills sent from the GOP-controlled House were blocked by a Democratic majority in the Senate, often without debate. 

The Hoosier Senator says the victories won in this month’s election can allow the GOP to advance its alternatives to President Obama’s proposals.

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Recent history suggests a small minority of people will pay attention to politics on this, Election Day 2014.

But one person who will be is NPR's National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson.

Liasson was in West Lafayette recently and sat down with WBAA News Director Stan Jastrzebski to give her view on how this year's almost forgotten election will have an impact not just on the political landscape for the next two years, but also on the 2016 presidential race.

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Ralph Nader doesn't know why Democrats aren't making raising the minimum wage a bigger issue during the campaign. He says there's a clear cut difference between Democrats and Republicans on the topic.

He made the comments before speaking on "Corporatism and Social Class" at Purdue.