LiveBlog for Friday, August 31, 2012

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang joins us from the New York Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT for all three hours of Fridays With Fugelsang

• In his first speech as the Republican Party’s official presidential nominee, Mitt Romney on Thursday delivered an uncharacteristically personal plea for the presidency, outlining his vision for the nation’s future while vowing to “put the disappointments of the last four years behind us.”

• At the height of the tightly-scripted Republican National Convention, actor Clint Eastwood on Thursday made a “surprise” appearance, delivering a sometimes humorous, other times bizarre speech – a speech that was ad-libbed, according to the Romney campaign.

• Florida Senator Marco Rubio introduced Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention Thursday as the man who will ensure the United States continues to be the land of opportunity and that “new beginnings” are possible

• At the Republican National Convention, former House Speaker and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and his wife, Calista, said Mitt Romney will bring the country back to the principles that are “core to Reagan’s presidency.”

Isaac hovered over Louisiana for a third day Thursday, shedding more than a foot of additional rain that forced authorities to hurriedly evacuate areas ahead of the storm and rescue hundreds of people who could not escape as the rapidly rising waters swallowed entire neighborhoods.

LiveBlog for Friday, August 31, 2012

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang joins us from the New York Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT for all three hours of Fridays With Fugelsang

• In his first speech as the Republican Party’s official presidential nominee, Mitt Romney on Thursday delivered an uncharacteristically personal plea for the presidency, outlining his vision for the nation’s future while vowing to “put the disappointments of the last four years behind us.”

• At the height of the tightly-scripted Republican National Convention, actor Clint Eastwood on Thursday made a “surprise” appearance, delivering a sometimes humorous, other times bizarre speech – a speech that was ad-libbed, according to the Romney campaign.

• Florida Senator Marco Rubio introduced Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention Thursday as the man who will ensure the United States continues to be the land of opportunity and that “new beginnings” are possible

• At the Republican National Convention, former House Speaker and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and his wife, Calista, said Mitt Romney will bring the country back to the principles that are “core to Reagan’s presidency.”

Isaac hovered over Louisiana for a third day Thursday, shedding more than a foot of additional rain that forced authorities to hurriedly evacuate areas ahead of the storm and rescue hundreds of people who could not escape as the rapidly rising waters swallowed entire neighborhoods.

LiveBlog for Thursday, August 30, 2012

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

• Thomas Mann & Norman Ornstein, authors of “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks”, call in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the GOP causing dysfunction in DC

Melanie Roussell, DNC National Press Secretary, calls in from Charlotte at 10am ET / 7am PT to give us a preview of next week’s DNC

Current TV and WeActRadio’s David Shuster calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the bad behavior of some delegates at the RNC

• Political Strategist Dave “Mudcat” Saunders calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to update us on Wayne Powell for Congress in VA, and give us his impressions on the RNC

• Deirdre Schifeling, National Political and Organizing Director of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, calls in at 11:30am from Tampa to talk about their efforts to educate and mobilize voters

• Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan last night formally accepted his spot on the ticket, calling on voters to give America a “turnaround” – and pledging that if elected, he and Mitt Romney will not “duck the tough issues” but “take responsibility” for the nation’s future.

John McCain last night railed against President Obama for his foreign policy record, lamenting what he cast as a “demand for leadership” in America, and calling on voters to elect Romney “the next leader of the free world.”

LiveBlog for Wednesday, August 29, 2012

• Sexy Liberal Hal Sparks joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT for all three hours of Humpdays With Hal

• New Jersey Democratic Party Chairman Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D) calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about Chris Christie’s speech on the opening night of the RNC

• DNC Executive Director Patrick Gaspard calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the kickoff of the Republican National Convention

• Fox News’ Alan Colmes calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about his new book, “Thank The Liberals… For Saving America (And Why You Should)”

• New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at the Republican National Convention last night called on Americans to face the nation’s “hard truths” this November, and embrace a “new era of truth-telling” when deciding the country’s political future.

Ann Romney set out to show voters a more personal side of her husband, Mitt Romney, at the Republican National Convention last night but at the top of her remarks, she deviated from her script to reference Hurricane Isaac, which made landfall in Louisiana.

Hurricane Isaac was beginning to move inland in southeast Louisiana before dawn Wednesday on a slow, drenching slog toward New Orleans, seven years to the day after the much stronger Katrina hit the city.

LiveBlog for Tuesday, August 28, 2012

• GOP Strategist and columnist Rich Galen calls in from the RNC at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to give us an update on the shenanigans the GOP is up to at their convention

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to tell us what the Republicans are up to in Tampa

Yvette Sanchez Fuentes, Obama’s director of the Office of Head Start, calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the president’s commitment to the program

• Attorney and author Lisa Bloom joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about education and her new book, “Swagger”Grab an excerpt of her book here!

• Former Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs joins us at 11:45am ET / 8:45am PT to discuss the Obama Campaign’s counter-messaging effort for the RNC

• With several bangs of the gavel by Reince Priebus, the Republican National Convention kicked off without much fanfare yesterday as the first day’s session officially lasted less than 60 seconds after the agenda was scrapped because of Hurricane Isaac.

The center of Tropical Storm Isaac’s projected path took it directly toward New Orleans for a projected landfall as early as Tuesday night, nearly seven years to the day after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city.

LiveBlog for Monday, August 27, 2012

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Romney’s efforts to help the rich, and about the idiocy of Far Right pundit Erick Erickson

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

• With Mitt Romney poised to accept the Republican nomination this week, President Obama on Saturday accused his rival of backing policies that would “make things worse for the middle class.”

GOP officials have canceled today’s planned first day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa because of Isaac, the tropical storm growing to hurricane strength in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida.

• Tropical Storm Isaac swirled into the Gulf of Mexico today, threatening to disrupt U.S. offshore oil and gas supplies and strengthen into a powerful hurricane that could make landfall near Louisiana almost seven years to the day after Katrina struck.

• NYC police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, confirmed on Saturday that all nine bystanders at the Empire State Building shooting were wounded by police bullets, bullet fragments or shrapnel from ricochets, not from the gunman.

• Neil Armstrong, the Apollo 11 astronaut who became the first human being to set foot on another world, has died. He was 82.

LiveBlog for Friday, August 24, 2012

• Tracey Pratt, a Massachusetts teacher who is a part of the Obama re-election team, calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about education, and her experiences on the campaign trail

David Shuster of Current TV and WeActRadio calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about next week’s Republican National Convention

Michael Shure of Current TV’s “The Young Turks” calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to preview next week’s GOP Convention (which he will be attending)

• Actress Amy Madigan (“Field Of Dreams” “Gone Baby Gone”) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the play “Recipe” and the War on Women in politics

Mitt Romney laid out his vision for achieving North American energy independence by 2020 yesterday, in part through giving states control over energy development on federal lands within their borders.

Paul Ryan on Thursday condemned President Obama in his harshest terms yet for forcing mandatory defense cuts into last summer’s agreement to raise the debt ceiling, saying that Congress has told the president to “put up or shut up” by disclosing how the cuts would be implemented.

• The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Thursday night it will strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles after he declared he was finished fighting the drug charges that threaten his legacy.

LiveBlog for Thursday, August 23, 2012

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

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang joins us from the Bill Press Studios at 9:30am ET /6:30am PT for Thursdays With Fugelsang

• Country music superstar Chely Wright calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to commiserate with Steph on what it’s like to be cancelled from Hannity

• Political Strategist Dave “Mudcat” Saunders calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the effect of Todd Akin’s rape comments on the 2012 races

• Actress Jean Smart (Designing Women) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about her role in the upcoming play about female revolutionaries, “Recipe”

Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate appears to have energized some likely voters in Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin, according to a new Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll.

• President Obama weighed in on Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s controversial comments about “legitimate rape” Wednesday, mocking Akin by saying he “somehow missed science class.”

President Obama continues to beat Mitt Romney among African American voters with a staggering 94 percent to 0 percent lead, according to a poll released Tuesday.

LiveBlog for Wednesday, August 22, 2012

• Sexy Liberal Hal Sparks joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT for all three hours of Humpdays With Hal

• Comedian and actor Harry Shearer calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about his new album “Can’t Take A Hint”, and to share his thoughts on the 2012 political environment

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the Ryan Budget Plan and about saving Medicare

• Actress Wendie Malick calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about her new play “Recipe” and about women in the modern day political movement

Mitt Romney on Tuesday stepped up his criticism of Republican Rep. Todd Akin and called on the congressman to drop out of the Missouri Senate race because of his recent, controversial remarks on rape and abortion. Akin, however, missed the 5pm deadline to drop out yesterday and remains in the race.

• Vice President Joe Biden, who will be in Florida as Republicans gather to nominate their presidential ticket, on Tuesday compared GOP critics of the Obama administration’s Wall Street reforms to “squealing pigs.

The Republican Party on Tuesday quietly approved a platform that calls for a constitutional amendment banning abortion, and which does not provide exceptions for victims of rape or incest, or to save the life of the mother.

LiveBlog for Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the GOP’s trouble with “legitimate rape”

• Comedian and actor Richard Belzer (Law & Order: SVU) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about his new book, “Dead Wrong: Straight Facts on the Country’s Most Controversial Cover-Ups)”

• Missouri Republican Rep. Todd Akin apologized Monday for comments he made about “legitimate rape” over the weekend, but rejected growing clamor even from fellow Republicans for him to abandon his Senate bid.

President Obama said Monday that his campaign’s criticisms of Mitt Romney and other Republicans are not “out of bounds,” arguing that it is the Romney campaign that has crossed the line with false attacks on him.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan joined forces on Monday to attack President Obama in New Hampshire, but it was Romney who leveled the harshest accusations, asserting that the president was running a dishonest campaign he called “sad and disappointing.”

• Phyllis Diller, the housewife-turned-comedienne with the cackling laugh who aimed some of her sharpest barbs at herself, died Monday morning in her Los Angeles home. She was 95.

LiveBlog for Monday, August 20, 2012

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Mitt Romney’s desperation, and about Paul Ryan’s hypocrisy

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

• On the same day GOP VP hopeful Paul Ryan defended his Medicare plan in front of a crowd of senior citizens in Florida, President Obama blasted the GOP ticket for proposing to raise costs for the elderly while slashing taxes for the wealthiest Americans.

• Campaigning with his retired mother at his side, Congressman Paul Ryan made the Romney-Ryan ticket pitch for fixing Medicare Saturday morning before thousands at the world’s largest senior citizens community.

• In an interview, Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri’s Republican Senate candidate, has questioned whether women can become pregnant when they’re raped. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Akin said, according to The Washington Post.

Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood blockbusters as “Top Gun,” “Days of Thunder” and “Beverly Hills Cop II,” died Sunday after jumping from the Vincent Thomas suspension bridge in Los Angeles Harbor, authorities said. Scott was the brother of director Ridley Scott.

LiveBlog for Friday, August 17, 2012

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang joins us in the New York City bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT for all three hours of Fridays With Fugelsang

• After weeks of speculation about his tax returns, Mitt Romney yesterday said he paid at least 13 percent in income taxes for each of the past 10 years. “Every year I’ve paid at least 13 percent, and if you add in addition the amount that goes to charity, why, the number gets well above 20 percent,” Romney asserted.

• Paul Ryan told a Cincinnati television station in an interview airing yesterday that he “never asked for stimulus” money made available by the Recovery Act, contradicting documents that show he had advocated for Wisconsin companies that were seeking stimulus funds.

Rep. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s new running mate, amended two years’ worth of congressional financial disclosure reports in June to include an income-producing trust worth between $1 million and $5 million, USA Today reports.

• Legal experts say they expect a court challenge to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s order denying driver’s licenses and public benefits to young undocumented immigrants who qualify to stay in the U.S. under a new Obama administration program.

Two U.S. troops were killed in the western Afghan province of Farah today when an Afghan Local Police officer turned his gun on them.

LiveBlog for Thursday, August 16, 2012

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

• Comedian and actor Carlos Alazraqui joins us in the Los Angeles bureau at 10am ET / 7am PT for two hours of Coffee With Carlos

• Political Strategist Dave “Mudcat” Saunders calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about Paul Ryan’s trip to Vegas to talk to Sheldon Adelson

• Despite GOP enthusiasm surrounding the announcement that Paul Ryan has been tapped as Mitt Romney’s running mate, a new Gallup poll shows that the presumptive GOP nominee has not benefited from any material bounce in its poll since the pick was made public.

President Obama yesterday pushed back GOP claims that he’s cutting Medicare and turned the criticism back on his challengers Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, accusing them of wanting to overhaul Medicare to the detriment of seniors.

• Paul Ryan said on Wednesday that Vice President Joe Biden’s remark that Republicans were trying to “unchain” Wall Street and put Americans back in “chains” is a sign of a desperation from the Obama campaign.

A man suspected of shooting and wounding a security guard yesterday in the lobby of the Far Right lobbying group Focus on the Family had been volunteering at a community center for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

LiveBlog for Wednesday, August 15, 2012

• Sexy Liberal Hal Sparks is joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT for all three hours of Humpdays With Hal

James Roosevelt Jr, grandson of Franklin D. Roosevelt and current president and CEO of Tufts Health Plan, calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about how Romney/Ryan will destroy health care in America

There was some big talk on energy Tuesday on the campaign trail. President Obama talked wind power and Mitt Romney said if he is elected, America will be so energy independent by the end of his second term that we’ll no longer have to buy oil from the Middle East and Venezuela.

President Obama today will be joined by First Lady Michelle Obama on the campaign trail for the first time in over 3 months, as he continues his effort to appeal to swing-state women voters. Today he’s expected to stress Paul Ryan’s anti-abortion rights record.

Paul Ryan held a private event on Tuesday evening in Las Vegas that reportedly included GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson. The event, held at Adelson’s Venetian Hotel and Casino, was closed to the media.

• Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday told a diverse crowd in Virginia, including many African-Americans, that presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney would “put you all back in chains” by unshackling Wall Street.

LiveBlog for Tuesday, August 14, 2012

• Former and future congressman from Florida, Alan Grayson, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about how Romney’s pick of Paul Ryan affects the GOP’s chances in Florida

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the Zombie-Eyed Granny Starver known as Paul Ryan

• Mitt Romney returned to the campaign trail in Florida Monday morning without his new running mate, but armed with new rhetoric accusing President Obama of running a dishonest campaign meant to deceive the American people.

• Rep. Paul Ryan, whom Mitt Romney’s campaign plans to deploy heavily in Iowa, was greeted on Monday with resistance from an aggressive group of hecklers at his first solo campaign stop at the Iowa State Fair.

• In Iowa Monday, President Obama criticized Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan for being one of the “leaders of Congress” blocking a farm bill to help rural America from becoming law.

• Chris Christie, the sometimes abrasive but always entertaining governor of New Jersey, is set to be announced today as the keynote speaker for the Republicans’ national convention later this month.

A deadly shootout erupted Monday near the Texas A&M University campus when a man being brought an eviction notice opened fire, leaving three people dead, including an officer and the gunman.

LiveBlog for Monday, August 13, 2012

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Paul Ryan as VP, why Romney will lose, and Bobby Jindal’s troubles

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

Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive magazine, calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about Paul Ryan’s career in politics and what it means to the 2012 race

• Political strategist and author David Bender calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as VP

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to expose groups who are pocketing millions while claiming to support hospitalized veterans

• The newly-minted team of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan was on the move Sunday, campaigning in North Carolina and Wisconsin. The surprise announcement Saturday came just 10 days after Romney decided on Ryan.

• In his first public remarks since Mitt Romney’s vice president announcement, President Obama welcomed Paul Ryan to the race, calling the Republican Congressman a “decent man” he “fundamentally” disagrees with.

• The Spice Girls reunited Sunday for a performance during the star-studded closing ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

LiveBlog for Friday, August 10, 2012

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang joins us from the New York Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT for all three hours of Fridays with Fugelsang

• On the second day of his Colorado tour, President Obama slammed his Republican rival Mitt Romney for statements he’s made about immigration. “Romney believes in self-deportation” and the Arizona immigration law, Mr. Obama told the crowd in Pueblo, Colo., Thursday.

Mitt Romney on Thursday took umbrage at what he called inaccurate and misleading ads run by the Obama campaign and an allied super PAC, even as his own campaign continues to run an attack ad that has been deemed “pants on fire” false by a fact-check organization.

A gunman wearing an Afghan uniform has shot to death three American troops in the southern Helmand province, according to the U.S.-led international military coalition in the country, known as ISAF.

Lawyers for James Holmes, the man charged in the Batman movie massacre, said Thursday that Holmes is mentally ill. The disclosure came when the lawyers appeared with Holmes at a Colorado court hearing into the attack.

The U.S. women’s soccer team won its third straight Olympic gold medal Thursday, beating Japan 2-1 in a rematch of last year’s World Cup final and avenging the most painful loss in its history.

LiveBlog for Thursday, August 9, 2012

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

• Political strategist Dave “Mudcat” Saunders calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about his efforts to defeat Eric Cantor in VA, and about the faltering Romney campaign

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the continuing fight to keep the Middle Class alive and well in America

• In an impassioned appeal to women voters, President Obama on Wednesday continued hammering the Democratic message that Republicans are insensitive to issues surrounding women’s health care, lambasting Mitt Romney for his positions on contraception and Planned Parenthood.

• Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney yesterday continued to attack President Obama for what he called an attempt to remove work requirements from welfare – charges found to be baseless by welfare policy experts and new organizations.

Federal scientists say July was the hottest month ever recorded in the Lower 48 states, breaking a record set during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. “This would not have happened in the absence of human-caused climate change,” said Pennsylvania State University climate scientist Michael Mann.

LiveBlog for Wednesday, August 8, 2012

David Shuster, anchor of “Take Action News” weekends on We Act Radio AM1480 in Washington DC, calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the 2012 Presidential Election

Ruth Conniff, journalist for The Progressive magazine, calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the Wisconsin Sikh temple shootings and gun control in Wisconsin

• According to a new CBS / NY Times poll, Mitt Romney is ahead of President Obama in the swing state of Colorado, 50 percent to 45 percent. Obama, meanwhile, leads Romney in Virginia, 49 percent to 45 percent and in Wisconsin, Obama has a 6-point lead over Romney, 51 percent to 45.

Mitt Romney on Tuesday accused President Obama of “taking the work requirement out of welfare,” part of an escalating line of attack that also included a TV ad and a conference call with top Romney campaign allies.

Jared Lee Loughner agreed Tuesday to spend the rest of his life in prison, accepting that he went on a deadly shooting rampage at an Arizona political gathering and sparing the victims a lengthy, possibly traumatic death-penalty trial.

• Karl Rove said Tuesday that Mitt Romney is “close to a decision” on a running mate and predicted that the announcement will come next week, “but it could come as early as Friday.”

LiveBlog for Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the Wisconsin Temple shooting, and about the sad state of the GOP

Michael Shure of The Young Turks on Current TV calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the 2012 Presidential Elections

Alexis Bledel, actress (The Gilmore Girls, Mad Men) and Obama surrogate, calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about what young Hollywood is doing to get Obama re-elected

• Before he strode into a Wisconsin Sikh temple with a 9 mm handgun and multiple magazines of ammunition, Wade Michael Page played in white supremacist heavy metal bands with names such as Definite Hate and End Apathy. He was an Army veteran who was demoted and discharged over 10 years ago.

• At a fundraiser in Connecticut last night, President Barack Obama labeled opponent Mitt Romney’s tax plan as “Romney Hood,” saying it takes from the middle class and gives to the rich.

• New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he’s still in the dark over his role at the upcoming Republican National Convention. Mitt Romney has not asked him to speak at the nominating convention this month.

LiveBlog for Monday, August 6, 2012

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Chick-Fil-A, contraception, and Mitt Romney

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

• Columnist and comedian Tina Dupuy calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to offer her apology to Mitt Romney

A gunman allegedly killed six people and wounded three others before being shot dead by a police officer at a Sikh temple outside of Milwaukee Sunday morning.

• Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus didn’t mince words Sunday, calling Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “a dirty liar” over his criticism of Mitt Romney’s tax returns.

There are still too many Americans looking for work, President Barack Obama said Friday in reaction to July’s jobs numbers, renewing his demand that Congress extend expiring tax cuts for most U.S. households.

• Las Vegas Sands Corp., controlled by billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson, is the target of a federal investigation into possible violations of U.S. money-laundering laws, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

LiveBlog for Friday, August 3, 2012

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang joins us from the New York Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT for all three hours of Fridays With Fugelsang

Julie Bolcer, New York Correspondent for The Advocate, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the Democrats’ decision to include marriage equality in the party platform

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) call in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about keeping the Middle Class tax cuts

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the fact that the Walton family of Wal-Mart owns more wealth than the bottom 40% of America

Mitt Romney fired back yesterday against Dems questioning his tax proposals and tax-paying history, rebuking President Obama over his characterization of Romney’s tax plan and Sen. Harry Reid over his claim that the presumptive GOP nominee has not paid income taxes in 10 years.

President Obama on Thursday once again slammed Mitt Romney for his budget proposal, telling supporters at an Orlando, Fla., campaign event that Republicans “have tried to sell us this trickle-down, tax cut fairy dust before.”

Michael Phelps added a 20th career medal to his medal collection with his first individual gold of the London Games, and handed Ryan Lochte a double disappointment on his rival’s final night in the pool last night.

LiveBlog for Thursday, August 2, 2012

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

• Political Strategist and author David Bender calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to remember progressive icon Gore Vidal

• Former and future congressman Alan Grayson calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about Romney’s overseas trip and about increasing health care coverage for women

• Political strategist Dave “Mudcat” Saunders calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to update us on the Cantor/Powell election in VA, and to talk about the presidential race

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the Middle Class tax cuts, and about extending health coverage for women

President Obama leads Mitt Romney among likely voters in Ohio and Florida – and has a double-digit lead in Pennsylvania – according to a Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll released this morning.

• Republicans controlling the House have passed a bill to extend tax cuts due to expire Dec. 31, officially laying down their marker in an election-year showdown with President Obama. Obama has threatened to veto the measure.

• With new ObamaCare regulations that went into effect yesterday, 47 million women now benefit from the guaranteed coverage of preventive services — including contraception coverage — without co-pays.

LiveBlog for Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Bill Press of “The Full Court Press” joins us at the Beverly Hilton from 6am to 6:30am

Cenk Uygur of “The Young Turks” joins us at the Beverly Hilton from 7am to 7:30am PT

John Fugelsang joins us at the Beverly Hilton from 7:30am to 8am PT for a big announcement

Gavin Newsom of “The Gavin Newsom Show” joins us at the Beverly Hilton from 8am to 8:30am

Eliot Spitzer of “Viewpoint” calls in from 8:30am to 8:45am

Jennifer Granholm of “The War Room” joins us at the Beverly Hilton from 8:45am to 9am

• Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday afternoon announced they have reached a deal to keep funding federal operations past September 30 and avert a government shutdown.

Tea Party darling Ted Cruz convincingly defeated the Republican establishment favorite in Texas’ runoff election Tuesday, capturing the GOP nomination to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).

• Gore Vidal, the author, playwright, politician and commentator whose novels, essays, plays and opinions were stamped by his immodest wit, has died at the age of 86, his nephew said Tuesday.