On the Phone: Lisa Lerer, Bloomberg News, White House Correspondent
Topic: Guest will talk about President Obama’s “charm offensive” strategy and steps to open up dialog with Congressional Republican lawmakers as he also works to keep Democrats close. He dined Wednesday night with GOP Senators and had lunch yesterday with House Budget Committee leaders Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).
Blake Hounshell, Foreign Policy Magazine, Managing Editor
Topic: Blake Hounsell of Foreign Policy Magazine provides an update on the latest U.N. sanctions against North Korea following that nation’s threats of a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the U.S., and it’s latest nuclear test on Feb. 12, and other events in foreign affairs.
Charles Blahous, Social Security & Medicare, Public Trustee
Topic: Charles Blahous, one of the two Public Trustees for Medicare and Social Security has released a paper about Medicaid expansion under the health care law, cautioning states to “consider the likelihood that the federal financing support maybe ultimately reduced….”
Brian McKenzie, U.S. Census Bureau, Journey to Work & Migration Statistics & Robert Puentes, Brookings Institution, Metropolitan Policy Program Sr. Fellow
Topic: Our guests will speak about transporation policy implications of a Census Bureau report, released this week, that tracks the amount of time American workers commute to their jobs.