For this series, featured at left, we've asked some big thinkers to make recommendations for president-elect Obama on key issues for the North Country.
Below, find stories from a parallel effort for the whole nation by NPR.
Memo to the President
Jan 19, 2009 — A hallmark of President Bush's administration has been his assertion of powers that he said were his right as president, despite objections from the other two branches of the federal government. President-elect Barack Obama faces pressure to undo many of the Bush administration actions that increased presidential power.
Jan 16, 2009 — When Barack Obama takes office next week, he'll inherit an increasingly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan. A troop increase has already begun, but some question the signals that strategy sends. In addition, analysts urge Obama to take a regional approach.
Jan 12, 2009 — The Federal Aviation Administration faces tough challenges as the Obama administration takes control. An aging air traffic controller workforce and allegations of inspectors "cozying up" to airlines will test the agency and the new government.
Jan 5, 2009 — During his campaign for the White House, President-elect Obama was unequivocal about closing the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But the issue of what to do with the prisoners still there presents numerous difficult questions for Obama's team to answer.
Jan 4, 2009 — With the economy on life support and just about every state now slashing education funding, President-elect Barack Obama is likely to focus less on immediate proposals and more on building political consensus for future action.