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David Lienemann was Joe Biden's official White House photographer for all eight years of his Vice Presidency, and like his former boss Pete Souza, David was granted unfettered access to Biden, which resulted in nearly a million compelling photos.

In both previously published and never-before-seen photos, his new book, "Biden: The Obama Years and the Battle for the Soul of America." shows the now-presidential candidate both in the public eye and behind the scenes.

David Lienemann is an editorial and lifestyle photographer based in New Mexico. He spent 8 years documenting visits to 47 states and 64 countries, making photographs of moments both grand and intimate. Before coming to the White House, Lienemann covered the 2008 presidential campaign for clients including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, and Getty Images.

Donald Trump did not sell his business when he took office, nor did he give it away. By holding onto his empire, he launched an unprecedented experiment: What happens to a multi-billion-dollar business when its leader ascends to the presidency of the United States? And more importantly, what happens to the United States?

Upon the bombshell of Trump’s taxes, journalist Dan Alexander’s new book, "White House, Inc.," lasers in on a five-year period from Trump’s first days on the campaign trail in 2015 to the ramp up of his reelection bid in 2020. For the first time, readers can see how much money is flowing into Trump’s coffers, how much of that turns into profit for the president, and what it all means for American democracy.

Dan Alexander is a senior editor at Forbes, where he leads the magazine's coverage of Donald Trump.

Jonathan Karl is ABC News' chief Washington correspondent and chief White House correspondent.

In "Front Row at the Trump Show," Karl brings us into the White House in a powerful book unlike any other on the Trump administration. He’s known and covered Donald Trump longer than any other White House reporter. With extraordinary access to Trump during the campaign and at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Karl delivers essential new reporting and surprising insights.

When Lawrence Jackson took the job as White House photographer in early 2009, he knew he’d have a front row seat to history. What he didn’t expect was the deep personal connection he would feel, as a fellow African American, with the President Barack Obama.

Lawrence was the only African-American photographer in the Obama White House, which gave him a unique perspective on the first African-American President. In his new book, "Yes We Did: Photos and Behind-the-Scenes Stories Celebrating Our First African American President," Lawrence’s photos and reflections give us a front row seat to this historic administration.

Donald Trump campaigns in Plattsburgh April 2016
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President Donald Trump says his administration is moving forward with a threat to send undocumented migrants to sanctuary cities — a plan that was rejected by the White House press office before being confirmed by the president himself. What could the idea mean for cities in the Northeast?

Photographer Tom Brenner shows his work at the Linda as part an In Focus event, a collaboration between WAMC and the non-profit Albany Documentary Works
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Last weekend, freelance photographer Tom Brenner was the subject of an In Focus conversation, a collaboration between the non-profit Albany Documentary Works and WAMC.

Former White House social secretaries Lea Berman, who worked for George and Laura Bush, and Jeremy Bernard, who worked for Michelle and Barack Obama, have collaborated on the book "Treating People Well: The Extraordinary Power of Civility at Work and in Life."

Their daily experiences at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue taught them valuable lessons about how to work productively with people from different walks of life and points of view. These Washington insiders share what they’ve learned through first person examples of their own glamorous (and sometimes harrowing) moments with celebrities, foreign leaders and that most unpredictable of animals - the American politician.

As Chief Official White House Photographer, Pete Souza spent more time alongside President Barack Obama than almost anyone else. His years photographing the President gave him an intimate behind-the-scenes view of the unique gravity of the Office of the Presidency--and the tremendous responsibility that comes with it.

Now, as a concerned citizen observing the Trump administration, he is standing up and speaking out. "Shade" is a portrait in Presidential contrasts, telling the tale of the Obama and Trump administrations through a series of visual juxtapositions.

Guided by the 3,000 letters between the prominent journalist, Lorena Hickok, and one of the world’s most admired women, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amy Bloom’s novel “White Houses” explores Eleanor’s real-life romantic relationship with Lorena.

Dan Pfeiffer was one of Barack Obama's first hires when he decided to run for president, and was at his side through two presidential campaigns and six years in the White House.

Using never-before-heard stories and behind-the-scenes anecdotes, Pfeiffer's book, "Yes We (Still) Can," examines how Obama succeeded despite Twitter trolls, Fox News (and their fake news), and a Republican Party that lost its collective mind.

Dan Pfeiffer is a co-host of the popular political podcast "Pod Save America."

Joseph Califano, Jr. spent thirty years in Washington at the top of the Pentagon, on the White House staff as chief domestic advisor to the President, and in the Cabinet. He worked as an attorney for The Washington Post during Watergate and has represented clients as varied as the Black Panthers and Coca Cola.

His new book, “Our Damaged Democracy: We the People Must Act,” is a primer on the three branches of government that reveals the political, cultural, constitutional, technological, and institutional changes that he believes render our government completely dysfunctional. He says there is an urgent need to fix our democracy before it’s too late.

It’s hard to imagine a country without Medicare, Medicaid, public television and radio, voting rights, integrated schools and hospitals, federal funding for K-12 education, environmental and consumer protections. Yet, according to our next guest, this political inheritance is today under siege.

In his new book, "Building The Great Society: Inside Lyndon Johnson’s White House," Politico Magazine contributing editor Joshua Zeitz shares how Lyndon Johnson and his White House aides built the Great Society and what can be lost in throwing it away.


  Bill Yosses was the White House Pastry Chef from 2007-2014, hired by First Lady Laura Bush and baking under The Obamas -- working with First Lady Michelle Obama on her Let’s Move! Campaign - specifically by increasing the use of fresh, natural ingredients and decreasing the portion size and amount of refined sugar.

 

Since leaving Washington DC, Yosses has operated The Perfect Pie in New York City and since February he’s provided the pre-show pies for the Off-Broadway production of Sweeney-Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street in New York City.

 

The Sweet Spot: Dialing Back Sugar and Amping Up Flavor is a new cookbook, co-written by Yosses and Peter Kaminsky and featuring wonderful photographs by Evan Sung.

The White House in consumed with palace intrigue.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Advocates for the environment aren’t taking kindly to the White House’s budget proposal.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Congressman Paul Tonko, a Democrat from the 20th district, wraps up his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Republicans’ policy agenda has stalled amid a raft of White House scandals.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Congressional Quarterly’s David Hawkings wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

The investigation into the White House’s ties to Russia continues.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from the second district, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Congressman Peter Welch
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The investigation into the White House’s ties to Russia is only just beginning.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont Representative Peter Welch continues his discussion with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

FDR's Right-Hand Woman

Sep 8, 2016

  The FDR Presidential Library will host an author talk and book signing at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, 2016 with Kathryn Smith author of The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR, and the Untold Story of the Partnership That Defined a Presidency.

Widely considered the first female presidential chief of staff, Marguerite “Missy” LeHand was the right-hand woman to Franklin Delano Roosevelt—both personally and professionally—for more than twenty years. Although her official title as personal secretary was relatively humble, her power and influence were unparalleled. Everyone in the White House knew one truth: If you wanted access to Franklin, you had to get through Missy. She was one of his most trusted advisors, affording her a unique perspective on the president that no one else could claim, and she was deeply admired and respected by Eleanor and the Roosevelt children.

  A year ago, the notion of a Donald Trump White House was little more than a lark. Things have changed.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York Representative Paul Tonko — a Democrat from the 20th district — talks politics with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. 

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The same day that musician Prince’s death was attributed to an overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli visited Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to advocate for policies that he says will address addiction by increasing access to treatment and the overdose reversal drug naloxone, improve prescribing practices, and support law enforcement and prevention strategies.

  President Obama has more than 300 days left in office.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Congressional Quarterly’s David Hawkings tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the White House intends to nominate a new Supreme Court justice during that time. 

  Does Joe Biden want another shot at the White House?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock it would be an uphill climb for the VP.

Comedy Central

Jon's Stewart's celebrated and long tenure as host of The Daily Show is coming to an end tonight. After 16 years, it's his last night on Comedy Central.

  The White House has begun a hard sell on the Iran deal.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he’s busy going line-by-line before deciding.

5/12/15 Panel

May 12, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao, and Associate Editor of the Time Union, Mike Spain.

Scheduled topics include Tom Brady four game suspension, Skelos out, White House anger over Seymour Hersh’s Bin Laden story, Arctic drilling, Picasso painting sells for $179 million.

4/8/15 Panel

Apr 8, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Professor, Rosemary Armao, and political consultant, Libby Post.

Scheduled topics include SC policeman charged with murder; Russians hack the White House; US tracked billions of calls over decades; Greenpeace protest; Albany County District Attorney David Soares to investigate Donald 'Dontay' Ivy's death.

  Every American president, when faced with a crisis, longs to take bold and decisive action. When American lives or vital interests are at stake, the public—and especially the news media and political opponents—expect aggressive leadership. But, contrary to the dramatizations of Hollywood, rarely does a president have that option.

2/26/15 Panel

Feb 26, 2015

    

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, SUNY at Albany journalism professor and investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao, and WAMC newsman, Ray Graf.

Topics include: Tensions between the White House and Benjamin Netanyahu; Brooklyn plot to aid ISIS; DHS Funding Update; marijuana in D.C.

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A University of Vermont student will be honored at the White House on Monday.

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