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2012 On Edge of Fiscal Cliff, Simpson, Bowles at Hofstra

On Edge of Fiscal Cliff

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
December 30, 2012

For America to avoid going off the “fiscal cliff” of broad tax hikes and spending cuts starting to phase in on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, the Senate and House must agree on a bipartisan bill before then.

Oct. 15, 2012 - Hempstead, New York, U.S. - At left, former White House Chief of Staff ERSKINE BOWLES (Democrat), and, at right, former Senator ALAN SIMPSON (Republican), co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, speak at Hofstra University about ?America's Debt and Deficit Crisis: Issues and Solutions,? with (at center) moderator PATRICK SOCCI, Dean of Hofstra's Zarb School of Business. This event with the Simpson-Bowles non-partisan U.S. fiscal debt reduction plan co-leaders, was part of "Debate 2012 Pride Politics and Policy" a series of events leading up to when Hofstra hosts the 2nd Presidential Debate between Obama and M. Romney, the next night, October 16, 2012, in a Town Meeting format. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Oct. 15, 2012 – Hempstead, NY U.S. – (L) ERSKINE BOWLES and (R) Sen. ALAN SIMPSON speak at Hofstra University about America’s Debt and Deficit Crises. (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

On October 15, 2012, Former White House Chief of Staff ERSKINE BOWLES (Dem), and former Senator ALAN SIMPSON (Rep) – co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and co-founders of the Campaign to Fix the Debt – spoke at Hofstra University about “America’s Debt and Deficit Crisis: Issues and Solutions,” with moderator PATRICK SOCCI Dean of Hofstra’s Zarb School of Business. They discussed the seriousness of the fiscal debt, and the Simpson-Bowles non-partisan U.S. fiscal debt reduction plan to decrease it and avoid the looming fiscal cliff.

Oct. 15, 2012 - Hempstead, New York, U.S. - Man attending Simpson and Bowles event at Hofstra puts on red shirt that Fix the Debt Campaign gives free to anyone who puts in on right there in lobby and wears it to event at Hofstra University's John Cranford Adams Playouse., The campaign's co-founders, Simpson and Bowles, speak in the auditorium about ?America's Debt and Deficit Crisis: Issues and Solutions.? This event with the co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and co-leaders of Simpson-Bowles non-partisan U.S. fiscal debt reduction plan, was part of "Debate 2012 Pride Politics and Policy" a series of events leading up to when Hofstra hosts the 2nd Presidential Debate between Obama and M. Romney, the next night, October 16, 2012, in a Town Meeting format. (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Oct. 15, 2012 – Hempstead, NY, U.S. – Man attending Simpson and Bowles event at Hofstra puts on red shirt that Fix the Debt Campaign gives free to anyone who puts in on there and wears it to event at Hofstra University’s event.  (Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

After Bowles and Simpson spoke, the audience of students and other members of the Long Island community had a chance to ask them questions, on the night before Hofstra hosted the 2nd Presidential Debate between Obama and Romney.

Simpson and Bowles:  GALLERY

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2012 Woodward & Bernstein on 40th Anniversary of Watergate

Woodward & Bernstein on 40th Anniversary of Watergate

From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
November 18, 2012

To make sure I understood it correctly, I read Hofstra University’s announcement twice that Pulitzer Prize winning journalists BOB WOODWARD and CARL BERNSTEIN were speaking there this year. 

Hempstead, NY, USA. March 20, 2012. CARL BERNSTEIN, investigative journalist, talks about the Watergate political scandal during its 40th Anniversary, at Hofstra University.  (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Hempstead, NY, USA. March 20, 2012. CARL BERNSTEIN, investigative journalist, talks about the Watergate political scandal during its 40th Anniversary, at Hofstra University. (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

The Commission on Presidential Debates had chosen Hofstra as the site of the October 16, 2012 Presidential Debate, and the Woodward Bernstein lecture was part of a series of events leading up to it.

Hempstead, NY, U.S. March 20, 2012. BOB WOODWARD, investigative journalist, talks about the Watergate political scandal during its 40th Anniversary, at Hofstra University. (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Hempstead, NY, U.S. March 20, 2012. BOB WOODWARD, investigative journalist, talks about the Watergate political scandal during its 40th Anniversary, at Hofstra University. (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

Ever since playing such pivotal roles in the Watergate scandal, America’s presidential earthquake in the 1970’s, the two have been investigative reporting rock stars, and I was going to see them!

Four Decades Ago

Riding past the Watergate Hotel in 1973, during the summer I spent job hunting in Washington, DC, I stared at the curved buildings as if enough willpower could summon a recreation of the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters there the year before.

In 1974 President Nixon resigned after investigations spearheaded by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein revealed break-in cover-up attempts that led all the way to the White House. 

In 1976 the Academy Award-winning movie based on their non-fiction book All the President’s Men vividly brought to life the events that both brought down a president and profoundly altered the perception of the institution of the American presidency.

Back to the Present

Forty years later, on March 20, 2012, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein spoke at Hofstra University about the Watergate legacy.

March 20, 2012 - Hempstead, New York, U.S. - On stage, L-R, CARL BERNSTEIN and BOB WOODWARD answer audience questions after the investigative journalists spoke on 40th Anniversary of the Watergate political scandal, at Hofstra University. (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann Parry, ann-parry.com)

Hempstead, NY, USA. March 20, 2012. – On stage, L-R, CARL BERNSTEIN and BOB WOODWARD answer audience questions after the investigative journalists spoke on 40th Anniversary of the Watergate political scandal, at Hofstra University. (© 2012 Ann Parry/Ann-Parry.com)

First they discussed their investigation into the break-in, and its cover-up, of the Democratic National Headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Wash. DC, which lead to the resignation of President Nixon.

Then the journalists answered questions from the full-house audience.

It was the first of a long series of outstanding Hofstra Debate 2012 Signature Events – all open and free to the public – that I covered this year. Talk about setting the bar high!

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