ON THE SHOW TODAY

Show Notes for Friday, August 22, 2014

• Comedian John Fugelsang calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT for another edition of Fridays With Fugelsang

Lee• Journalist May Lee joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to hang with us for the hour

• Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday defended the failed U.S. attempt to rescue James Foley, but warned that the Islamic extremists who executed the American journalist are “beyond just a terrorist group” and “beyond anything that we’ve seen.”

• Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa, have recovered and have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital, officials announced Thursday. Brantly called it a “miraculous day.”

• An AP reporter has seen the first trucks in a Russian aid convoy crossing into eastern Ukraine after more than a week’s delay amid suspicions the mission was being used as a cover for an invasion by Moscow. The Red Cross says that no personnel from the organization were accompanying the convoy.

• Gay and lesbian rights advocates continued their undefeated run Thursday when a federal judge ruled Florida’s same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional — though he didn’t go so far to allow such marriages as to take place right away.