Stephanie Miller Show on Vacation

Hey everyone! We’re on vacation, and returning on Wednesday, 1/2/13. Here’s the list of the great best-of’s we have lined up:

M 12/24 – Kathleen Madigan & Ari Berman
T 12/25 – Cenk Uygur, Al Gore, and Aisha Tyler
W 12/26 – Rob Reiner & Lily Tomlin
Th 12/27 – Elvira, Orly Taitz, and Steven Weber
F 12/28 – Richard Belzer, Harry Shearer, and Chely Wright
M 12/31 – Chris Kluwe & Jason Alexander
T 1/1/13 – Mark Hamill & David Crosby

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Show Notes for Friday, December 21, 2012

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the GOP’s failed Plan B to avoid the fiscal cliff

Fugelsang2• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang joins us from the New York Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for a holiday edition of Fridays With Fugelsang

• In a stinging setback for Republican House Speaker John Boehner, a lack of support from inside his own party for his “fiscal cliff” fall-back plan forced him late Thursday to cancel a much-trumpeted vote on the measure.

The White House says President Obama is willing to continue bargaining for a bipartisan solution to avert the “fiscal cliff” after Republicans in the House of Representatives abandoned efforts to pass an alternative plan.

• For the past week, leadership at the National Rifle Association has largely stayed away from the media, but this morning the group may weigh in on how to keep a deadly shooting massacre like last week’s at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school from happening again.

Travelers facing canceled flights and closed roads were hoping to finally head to their holiday destinations as a widespread snowstorm that dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of the Midwest moved across the Great Lakes toward Canada.

Show Notes for Thursday, December 20, 2012

Karl Frisch, co-founder of Bullfight Strategies, calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to co-host Right Wing World

Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to update us on the fiscal cliff negotiations in DC

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the shootings in Connecticut and the need to look at our gun laws

PhelpsMatthew Phelps, an active duty Captain in the Marine Corps, calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about being part of the first same-sex marriage proposal at the White House

President Obama on Wednesday tasked Vice President Biden with getting him a package of recommendations for battling a national “epidemic” of gun violence “no later than January.”

President Obama yesterday publicly pressured the GOP to compromise before Christmas on a deal to avoid the “fiscal cliff.” “If this past week has done anything, it should just give us perspective,” Obama said. “Right now what the country needs is for us to compromise.”

Three State Department officials have resigned after an internal investigation of the Benghazi attack found “systemic failures and leadership deficiencies at senior levels in securing the compound,” prior to and during the assault.

Show Notes for Wednesday, December 19, 2012

SparksGuitar• Sexy Liberal Hal Sparks joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for an hour of Humpdays With Hal

• President Barack Obama will announce today that Vice President Joe Biden will lead an effort to come up with policies to address gun violence amid calls for action following the massacre of 26 people including 20 children in a Connecticut elementary school last week.

• Six more victims of the Newtown school shooting will be honored at funerals and remembrances today, including the school principal who was killed with 20 of her students and five other staff members at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

• President Obama supports Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s legislation banning assault weapons—signed into law in 1994, it expired in 2004—and other potential gun measures, the White House revealed on Tuesday, after declining to discuss gun control specifics the day before.

• Still short of a “fiscal cliff” deal with the White House, top House Republicans are laboring to rally their rank-and-file behind an alternative plan that would prevent looming tax increases for everyone but those earning over $1 million a year.

• The State Department has released its independent, internal investigation into the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, concluding the attack was the result of the State Department’s “systematic failure” in addressing the security needs of the consulate.

Show Notes for Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the tragedy in Connecticut (his district borders with the district where the shooting occurred)

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about how we move forward from the Newtown shootings

Fitzgerald• Actress and activist Melissa Fitzgerald (“The West Wing” “Chasing The Hill”) joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk with us about the tragedy in Newtown

• The schools of Newtown (except for Sandy Hook Elementary), which stood empty in the wake of a shooting rampage that took 26 of their own, will again ring with the sounds of students and teachers today as the bucolic Connecticut town struggles to return to normal.

Prominent gun-rights advocates in Congress are now calling for a national discussion about restrictions to curb gun violence, signalling that the horrific shooting at a Connecticut elementary school could be a tipping point in a debate that has been dormant for years.

President Obama made a fresh fiscal cliff offer to Republican House Speaker John Boehner on Monday, dropping the total the White House wants in new tax revenues and raising the amount of spending cuts in an effort to forge a compromise. Boehner’s office rejected the deal but vowed to keep talking.

Show Notes for Monday, December 17, 2012

• Dr. Wanda Von Kleist, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has a history of working with violent offenders with mental health issues, calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the tragedy in Connecticut

Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to co-host Right Wing World

The Rude Pundit calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about gun control and the tragedy in Connecticut

• Actress Robin Weigert (Sons of Anarchy, The Sessions) joins us in studio at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about her political new play, “Other Desert Cities”

US President Barack Obama wipes his eyePresident Obama assured the grieving, shell-shocked Newtown community on Sunday that “you are not alone” and vowed sternly to wield “whatever power this office holds” in a quest to prevent future mass shootings.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said she will introduce legislation next year to ban new assault weapons, as well as big clips, drums and strips of more than 10 bullets. “It can be done,” Feinstein told “Meet the Press” of reinstating the ban despite deep opposition by the NRA and similar groups.

The gunman in the Connecticut shooting rampage was carrying hundreds of rounds of especially deadly ammunition — enough to kill just about every student in the school if given enough time, authorities said, raising the possibility that the bloodbath could have been even worse.

Show Notes for Friday, December 14, 2012

BeharJoy Behar calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about her Hurricane Sandy benefit called “Joy Behar’s Comics with Benefits” airing tonight at 9pm ET on Current TV

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to discuss the fiscal cliff negotiations

• Sexy Liberal and Current TV host John Fugelsang joins us from the New York Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for an hour of Fridays With Fugelsang

Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., withdrew her name on Thursday from consideration to be secretary of state in the face of angry GOP opposition. She had not been formally nominated, but Rice was the favorite for the post and spent time on Capitol Hill trying—vainly—to placate her GOP critics.

• The White House “fiscal cliff” meeting between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner ended last night with no immediate indication of progress from either side.

Sen. Jim DeMint (D-SC) said yesterday that he believes President Obama will win his push to raise taxes on the wealthiest 2 percent. “The president’s proposal… will fund the government for a few days, and we all realize it’s a political trophy, it’s not a solution.”

A 6.4-magnitude quake shook the coast of Baja California and San Diego this morning. No damage or tsunamis have been recorded.

Show Notes for Thursday, December 13, 2012

• Political Strategist Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to co-host Right Wing World

Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the fiscal cliff negotiations

DupuyTina Dupuy, editor in chief of TheContributor.com calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about her most recent column on who’s been naughty and who’s been nice in politics

President Obama’s GOP foes in Congress worked on Wednesday to turn up the heat on the White House on the fiscal cliff. The GOP push came after the release of a new poll showing Americans side with the president with time running short to defuse the economic time bomb.

Barack Obama holds a substantial advantage over John Boehner in handling budget negotiations to avoid the fiscal cliff: Nearly twice as many Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll approve of the president’s work on the issue so far as favor the speaker’s approach.

• North Korea’s successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile hit its target: it bolstered the standing of its young tyrant Kim Jong Un and raised the specter of being able to eventually strike the U.S. with a nuclear weapon.

Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) is being treated for early stage prostate cancer but will stay on the job throughout his nearly four-week treatment, his office said Wednesday. His prognosis is said to be excellent.

Show Notes for Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the ongoing negotiations to avoid the fiscal cliff

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the travesty in Michigan with labor unions yesterday

SparksGuitar• Sexy Liberal Hal Sparks joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for an hour of Humpdays With Hal

President Obama and Rep. John Boehner spoke Tuesday after privately exchanging a new round of rival proposals for keeping the economy from tumbling off the “fiscal cliff.” The fresh discussion signaled a welcome bit of movement in negotiations that had appeared stalled for several days.

• Against a backdrop of raucous protests in the Michigan capitol, Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law controversial right-to-work legislation after final passage in the GOP-led state legislature.

A masked gunman who opened fire in the crowded Clackamas Town Center mall in suburban Portland, Ore., killing two and seriously injuring a third before killing himself, has been “tentatively” identified by police, though they have not yet released his name.

North Korea successfully fired a long-range rocket on Wednesday, defying international warnings as the regime of Kim Jong Un took a big step forward in its quest to develop a nuclear missile.

Show Notes for Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the fiscal cliff we are quickly approaching

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about John Boehner and the negotiations for avoiding the fiscal cliff

Julie Bolcer, New York Correspondent for The Advocate Magazine, calls in at 11:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the Supreme Court taking up the Prop 8 and DOMA cases

President Barack Obama traveled Monday to Michigan to tout a new investment in domestic auto jobs, while using the opportunity to assail the state’s Republican lawmakers for pursuing “right to work” legislation.

Representatives from the White House and Speaker John Boehner’s office met Monday behind closed doors but no progress was reported on reaching a solution for avoiding the Fiscal Cliff, and President Barack Obama took his plan for avoiding the Fiscal Cliff on the road to Michigan.

• Republican Sen. John McCain has led the charge against potential secretary of state nominee Susan Rice—and now he wants a spot on the Senate committee that would question her if President Obama picks her to succeed Hillary Clinton.

• Former South African President Nelson Mandela, 94, has suffered a recurrence of a lung infection, according to a government statement Tuesday. He’s in the hospital but the government says there’s no cause for alarm.

Show Notes for Monday, December 10, 2012

Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to co-host Right Wing World

Kris Perry & Sandy Steir, the couple at the center of the Prop 8 case before the Supreme Court call in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the case and what it means to the future of marriage equality

• Actor and activist Rob Reiner calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the Supreme Court taking the up Marriage Equality cases

The Rude Pundit calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the disgrace that the GOP brought upon itself last week

• For the first time in more than three weeks, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met face-to-face Sunday at the White House to talk about avoiding the fiscal cliff. The White House would offer no details saying only, “The lines of communication remain open.”

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) reiterated Sunday that he could support a rate increase on the top 2% as part of a larger deal but accused Dems of “lying to the American people” about the need for entitlement fixes.

The Supreme Court announced that it will decide two major gay marriage cases next year that could have a sweeping effect on the rights of same-sex couples. The cases mark the first time the justices will consider arguments for and against same-sex marriage.

Show Notes for Friday, December 7, 2012

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang joins us from the New York Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Fridays With Fugelsang

Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ) calls in at 11:05am ET / 8:05am PT to talk about the Fiscal Cliff negotiations

• With little to show after a month of posturing, the White House and Republicans in Congress dropped hints on Thursday that they had resumed low-level private talks on breaking the stalemate over the “fiscal cliff” but refused to divulge details.

• A month after the bitterly fought election, President Obama has his highest approval ratings since the killing of Osama bin Laden, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll, and more Americans say the nation is heading in the right direction now than at any time since the start of his first term.

The 2012 presidential election broke the $2 billion milestone in its final weeks, becoming the most expensive in American political history, according to final federal finance reports released Thursday.

A 7.3 magnitude quake centered off northeastern Japan shook buildings as far away as Tokyo on Friday and triggered a one-meter tsunami in an area devastated by last year’s Fukushima disaster, but there were no reports of deaths or serious damage.

Show Notes for Thursday, December 6, 2012

Karl Frisch, co-founder of Bullfight Strategies, calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to co-host Right Wing World

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations

• Actor Ed Asner calls in to talk about his fundraiser for Autism Speaks that gives you the chance to buy custom recorded messages for your voicemail from celebrities like William Shatner and Betty White

Americans prefer letting tax cuts expire for the country’s top earners, as President Barack Obama insists, while support has declined for cutting government services to curb budget deficits, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner yesterday afternoon said the Obama administration is “absolutely” prepared to go off the looming “fiscal cliff” if Republicans do not agree to raise tax rates on the wealthy.

The Syrian military is prepared to use chemical weapons against its own people and is awaiting final orders from President Bashar Assad, U.S. officials told NBC News on Wednesday.

At midnight this morning, marijuana officially became legal in Washington State, and hundreds of gay couples lined up outside the King County courthouse in Seattle to obtain marriage licenses as marriage equality officially became legal.

Congressman Walz vows to vote against tax extensions for top two percent


As the fiscal cliff frenzy gets steeper, Stephanie Miller urges Congressman Tim Walz, D-Minn., to stay strong on the issues of tax reform. watch video

As the fiscal cliff frenzy gets steeper, Stephanie Miller urges Congressman Tim Walz, D-Minn., to stay strong on the issues of tax reform. Walz says he ran in a conservative district and stated his position for tax reform very clearly. He says that it was a “darn bitter pill” for him to swallow when he voted for the tax extensions for the top 2 percent at the request of the president, and he won’t do it again.

Show Notes for Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about his new album and holiday special, “It’s a SpongeBob Christmas”

Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the discharge petition on middle class tax cut he filed yesterday in the House

• Sexy Liberal Hal Sparks joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for an hour of Humpdays With Hal

President Barack Obama held his ground on the “fiscal cliff” on Tuesday, insisting on higher tax rates for the wealthiest Americans, while Republicans showed increasing disarray over how far they should go to compromise with Obama’s demands.

A bipartisan group of governors asked President Obama for assurance yesterday that any cuts in spending would not shift the financial burden onto states. They say they want flexibility from the federal government on programs to allow them to do more with less.

• New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the former New York senator Hillary Clinton she should consider running for his job as he prepares to leave office next year.

• Frail and in a wheelchair, former Sen. Bob Dole was a startling presence on the Senate floor as lawmakers voted on a treaty on disabilities to ensure that disabled American veterans are treated with dignity and respect.

Show Notes for Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich), ranking member of the House Ways & Means Committee, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the fiscal cliff

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the fiscal cliff, and about what horrors the GOP has planned for our education system

House Republicans on Monday unveiled a counterproposal to a Democratic plan to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff that includes $800 billion in new government revenue by eliminating write-offs in the tax code while extending current tax rates for all income levels.

President Obama took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to personally answer questions on the “fiscal cliff.” His venture into social media came as Republicans and Democrats continued trading blame for the deadlocked fiscal negotiations in Washington.

President Barack Obama issued a warning to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday not to use chemical weapons against Syrian opposition forces, saying there would be consequences if he were to do so.

A U.S. Navy spokesman says no American drones are missing in the Middle East following Iranian claims it had captured an unmanned American surveillance aircraft.

Show Notes for Monday, December 3, 2012

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the GOP’s stalling tactics in coming up with a solution to avoid the fiscal cliff

Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters For America, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to co-host Right Wing World

President Obama is urging Congress to extend tax breaks for the middle class, saying it’s “unacceptable for some Republicans in Congress to hold middle class tax cuts hostage simply because they refuse to let tax rates go up on the wealthiest Americans.”

• House Speaker John Boehner on Friday said that despite receiving a counterproposal from the White House as part of a deal to avoid a series of automatic tax increases and spending cuts, no progress had been made between Republicans and Democrats.

• House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will try to force a vote on the House floor to extend current tax rates for the middle class this week if Republicans do not act, the California Democrat announced on Friday

• Police say Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, shot and killed his girlfriend Saturday morning before going to the team stadium and and committing suicide by shooting himself in the head as he was talking to coaches.

Show Notes for Friday, November 30, 2012

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the ongoing Fiscal Cliff negotiations

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang joins us from the New York Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Fridays With Fugelsang

President Obama yesterday made a detailed opening bid to Congressional Republicans for averting the so-called fiscal cliff — the mix of tax hikes and deep spending cuts that risk plunging the economy into a new recession come 2013. Republicans flatly rejected the offer.

President Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney met for lunch at the White House yesterday, their first face-to-face meeting since the bitter election campaign. A White House statement said they had discussed America’s global leadership role and agreed on their desire to stay in touch.

Retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) said yesterday that Congress should have “mercy” on UN ambassador Susan Rice, who has been heavily criticized for her public statements made immediately after attacks at U.S. posts overseas in September.

The U.N. General Assembly approved an upgraded U.N. status to “non-member observer state” for the Palestinian Authority on Nov. 29, despite intense opposition from the United States and Israel.

Show Notes for Thursday, November 29, 2012

Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT for the hour to co-host Right Wing World

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about what needs to be done to avoid going over the fiscal cliff

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and senior White House aide Rob Nabors are visiting separately Thursday with the four leaders of the House and Senate to discuss how to avert a series of tax increases and spending cuts due to begin in January.

• House Speaker John Boehner (R), the man at the center of negotiations with President Obama, today rejected Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole’s suggestion to pass an extension of tax cuts for 98 percent of people, declare victory, and go home.

President Obama yesterday defended United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice against criticism from Senate Republicans, saying she is “extraordinary.”

Mitt Romney will finally make it to the White House today, but only for a 12:30 p.m. EST private — make that very private, no reporters — lunch with President Barack Obama.

Show Notes for Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Aaron Hicklin, Out Magazine Editor in Chief, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the Out 100 Issue

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about negotiations to avoid going over the Fiscal Cliff

• Magician and comedian Penn Jillette calls in at 10:50am ET / 7:50am PT to talk about his book “EVERY DAY IS AN ATHEIST HOLIDAY”

Bill Press of Current TV’s “Full Court Press” calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to make a major joint announcement with Stephanie

• Sexy Liberal Hal Sparks joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau in the third hour of the show for Humpdays With Hal

President Obama on Tuesday launched a public relations push for his bid to raise taxes on wealthy Americans, but U.S. lawmakers remained deadlocked over dramatic, year-end tax increases and spending cuts known as the “fiscal cliff.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., says he is “more disturbed now than I was before” over U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s explanation of the September 11 attacks in Benghazi, he told reporters yesterday after meeting with the ambassador.

• Former Senate GOP Leader and presidential nominee Bob Dole has been hospitalized at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Show Notes for Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the hoards of GOPers in DC breaking their tax pledge to Grover Norquist

• Actor Steven Weber (Wings, Jeffrey, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau to talk about his new play, “Lips Together Teeth Apart”

The White House is ramping up pressure on Republicans to make a deal that averts a trip over the “fiscal cliff.” The White House put out a report warning that Americans might pull back on spending in the face of a tax increase, threatening the economy.

• On the eve of a visit by Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto, the White House promised Monday that President Obama “will be pressing for action” in Congress on comprehensive immigration reform and regards that goal as “achievable.”

UN Ambassador Susan Rice will be on Capitol Hill this week to meet with individual members of Congress to discuss the Benghazi attacks, aides on Capitol Hill confirm. She will come face-to-face with many Senators who have opposed her possible nomination to be the next Secretary of State.

New York state and New Jersey need at least $71.3 billion to recover from the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy and prevent similar damage from future storms, according to their latest estimates.

Show Notes for Monday, November 26, 2012

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Mitt Romney’s scar tissue, Marco Rubio’s creationism, and Bobby Jindal’s skeeviness

Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to co-host Right Wing World

Major George Hood of The Salvation Army calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to kick off the Online Red Kettle competition between Stephanie Miller and Bill Press for Current TV

Republican opposition to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice as the next secretary of state began to crack Sunday as Sen. John McCain said she was “not the problem” in the White House’s handling of the Sept. 11 attack in Libya.

U.S. lawmakers have made little progress in the past 10 days toward a compromise to avoid the harsh tax increases and government spending cuts scheduled for January 1, a senior Democratic senator said on Sunday.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Sunday “it’s fair to ask my party to put revenue on the table” as part of the solution to avoid the looming automatic tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts known as the “fiscal cliff.”

U.S. shoppers hit stores and websites at record numbers over the Thanksgiving weekend, according to a survey released by the National Retail Federation on Sunday. A record 247 million shoppers visited stores and websites over the four-day weekend, up 9.2 percent of last year.

Show Notes for Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ruth Riley, WNBA star (Chicago Sky) and Olympic Gold Medalist, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about hunger in America, her personal story growing up on food stamps, and her work with No Kid Hungry

• Sexy Liberal Hal Sparks joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Humpdays With Hal

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday pursued a Gaza truce, with Israel and Hamas still at odds over key terms, as Israeli air strikes shook the enclave and Palestinian rockets hit across the border.

• Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday urged Congress and the Obama administration to strike a budget deal to avert tax increases and spending cuts that could trigger a recession next year.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich) did little to tamp down speculation that he’s under consideration to become the next CIA director, saying he could neither confirm nor deny conversations with the Obama administration about the vacant position.

• Firebrand Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., said Tuesday he had finally conceded in his bid for re-election to Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy.

Show Notes for Tuesday, November 20, 2012

• As a part of Current’s “Currently: Feeding The Need” hunger initiative, Daniel Karslake, Director of “Every 3 Seconds”, a documentary that looks at how everyday people are doing something to end the hunger problem in the world, calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about his project

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about why Paul Ryan isn’t going anywhere

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about what Congress needs to do to avoid going over the Fiscal Cliff

President Barack Obama dispatched Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Middle East today as the U.S. urgently seeks to contain the bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas.

• On a history-making trip, President Obama yesterday paid the first visit by an American leader to Myanmar and Cambodia, two Asian countries with troubled histories, one on the mend and the other still a cause of concern.

A group of 97 House Republicans sent a letter to President Obama yesterday, saying that UN Amb. Susan Rice misled the nation about the attack on Benghazi, making her unfit to be a candidate to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Show Notes for Monday, November 19, 2012

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about what sore losers the Republican Party is made up of

Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to co-host Right Wing World

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the Benghazi investigations and unfair allegations about UN Ambassador Susan Rice

• Launching a landmark visit to long shunned Myanmar, President Barack Obama said today he comes to “extend the hand of friendship” to a nation moving from persecution to peace.

• International mediation efforts gathered steam Monday as Israel bombed dozens of suspected guerrilla sites in the densely populated Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in its campaign to quell militant rocket fire menacing nearly half of Israel’s population.

Former CIA Director David Petraeus testified Friday before congressional intelligence panels telling members that he had believed from the outset that the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was an act of terrorists.

Capitol Hill leaders emerged from their meeting Friday with President Barack Obama sounding optimistic about their ability to reach consensus on vexing tax and spending issues and avoid the impending “fiscal cliff.”