LiveBlog for Friday, September 28, 2012

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

Ted Kennedy Jr. calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to discuss health care and the ways that President Obama is looking out for people with disabilities

Dr. Maya Angelou calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about voter engagement and the first days of early voting

• Actress and director Penny Marshall calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about her life, career, politics and her new book “My Mother Was Nuts”

• Birther Queen Orly Taitz joins us in studio at 11:20am ET / 8:20am PT to talk about the ruling in Kansas that will keep Obama on the ballot, and give us updates on the hearings taking place this week in Missouri and Indiana.

President Obama leads Mitt Romney in New Hampshire, and the two are locked in tight contests in Nevada and North Carolina, according to a new series of NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls released Thursday.

• Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday there can be no doubt that terrorists had planned and carried out the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi earlier this month that killed four Americans, including Amb. Chris Stevens.

Republicans yesterday fired a vendor suspected of submitting 108 questionable new voter registrations in Palm Beach County, ground zero for disputed ballots in 2000’s presidential race.

LiveBlog for Thursday, September 27, 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 update us on the presidential campaign, and on the Powell / Cantor campaign in Virginia

• Mitt Romney said yesterday that despite calls from conservatives to be more aggressive, he is not going to engage in a campaign of “character assassination” – despite what he says is the Obama campaign’s willingness to do so.

President Obama and Mitt Romney took their campaigns yesterday to the critical swing state of Ohio, where the state of the once-robust manufacturing sector makes the debate over outsourcing and trade with China especially resonant.

• In explaining his tax plan in Ohio yesterday, GOP candidate Mitt Romney told the gathered crowd he would simplify the tax code, but that they should NOT expect large tax cuts.

The National Football League and the referees’ union reached a tentative contract agreement at midnight Thursday, ending an impasse that began in June when the league locked out the officials and used replacements instead.

LiveBlog for Wednesday, September 26, 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

Stefanie Brown, Obama/Biden National African-American Vote Director, calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about what’s at stake in this November’s election

• Striking a hopeful but serious tone about the future of the Middle East, President Obama at the United Nations yesterday called on his international counterparts to honestly confront the sources of unrest in Muslim countries, as well as the tensions between the West and the Arab world.

• With less than six weeks until Election Day, President Obama has opened up significant leads over Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida, according to a new Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll of likely voters.

Ann Romney told Jay Leno last night that the election of her husband would signal “that prejudices…” against Mormons… “are left behind” just as the election of President Obama sent a signal that other prejudices were left behind.

• The Romney campaign indicated yesterday that they have little faith in recent polls that showed a majority of voters in Ohio support President Obama.

LiveBlog for Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Mitt Romney on Univision, and the Far Right going off the deep end

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the importance of keeping the Middle Class tax cuts

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the crazy things Paul Ryan has been saying on the campaign trail

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (and daughter of Ann Richards), calls in from the Clinton Global Initiative with a big announcement

• In a speech today at the UN exactly six weeks before the U.S. election, President Obama will seek to reassure American voters as well as world leaders that they can count on him to handle the latest global challenges, even as Mitt Romney seizes the chance to pan his foreign policy.

• In one of his harshest indictments to date of President Obama’s handling of the economy, GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan told an audience on Monday that Americans “are beginning to give up hope” on the economic recovery.

Dems are seizing on Mitt Romney’s interview with “60 Minutes” in which he cites emergency rooms as a health care option for the uninsured — a statement that contrasts with his longstanding opposition to such an approach because it’s widely-known as the most expensive.

LiveBlog for Monday, September 24, 2012

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

• Investigative journalist Greg Palast calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about his new book, “Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How To Steal An Election in 9 Easy Steps”

Mitt Romney paid an effective tax rate of about 14 percent last year, his campaign said Friday while also announcing that the Republican presidential nominee had paid an average annual effective tax rate of about 20.2 percent between 1990 and 2009.

A defiant Mitt Romney is refusing to concede he is running as an underdog in the crucial battleground states that define the presidential contest, and accused President Obama of distorting his positions and trying to “fool” the American people.

• With the conventions fading into the rearview mirror and the first presidential debate fast approaching, new polls in crucial swing states suggest that GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s road to the White House is becoming a more challenging ride.

“Homeland” earned Showtime its first Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series on Sunday night, breaking “Mad Men’s” four-year winning streak. In the Outstanding Comedy Series category, “Modern Family” took home the win for the third year in a row.

LiveBlog for Friday, September 21, 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

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the GOP’s desire to block any and all legislation going through Congress

Markos Moulitsas, founder of DailyKos.com, calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about Mitt and Ann Romney’s continuous string of gaffes

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) calls in at 11:20am ET / 8:20am PT to talk about Attorney General Eric Holder being cleared in the Fast And Furious scandal

David Shuster of Current TV and WeActRadio calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the rise of Obama and the fall of Romney in the polls

President Obama leads Mitt Romney in Colorado, Iowa and Wisconsin, reaching the key 50 percent support threshold in all three battlegrounds, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls of these states.

Ann Romney, in an interview with Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson, swung back at the range of critics in the media and among Republicans: “Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring,” she said.”

LiveBlog for Thursday, September 20, 2012

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

• Current TV’s Bill Press calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about his book, “The Obama Hate Machine”

Gov. Jesse Ventura calls in at 10:20am ET / 7:20am PT to talk about his book, “DemoCRIPs and ReBLOODlicans: No More Gangs In Government”

Dave “Mudcat” Saunders calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the race to unseat Eric Cantor, and about Mitt Romney’s missteps in the last few weeks

GOP nominee Mitt Romney found himself on the defensive at a Wednesday forum with Latino voters, fielding sharp questions about his comments at a closed-door fundraiser, immigration reform and Arizona’s controversial immigration law before the event shifted to his preferred subject of the economy.

• A report on the U.S. government’s controversial gun-trafficking operation “Fast and Furious” released Wednesday found no evidence that Attorney General Eric Holder knew of the botched effort to trace the flow of guns to Mexico’s drug cartels prior to its public unraveling in January 2011.

Chick-fil-A has agreed to stop funding groups with anti-same-sex marriage stances, according to a statement released Wednesday by LGBT advocacy group The Civil Rights Agenda.

LiveBlog for Wednesday, September 19, 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

• Anchor, author, and pundit Jeff Greenfield calls in at 9:50am ET / 6:50am PT to talk about his new book, “*43”, about what would have happened had Al Gore become president in 2000

• Rebuking Mitt Romney on “Late Night with David Letterman” last night, President Obama said that Americans are not “victims” and that anyone seeking the presidency ought to be working for “everyone, not just some.”

President Obama now holds a narrow lead over Mitt Romney in the key swing states of Virginia, Wisconsin and Colorado, according to a new Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times survey.

• Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan told New Hampshire voters Tuesday that President Obama has created a safety net that encourages dependency and “drains people of their will and their incentive to make the most of their lives.”

Chicago’s teachers agreed Tuesday to return to the classroom after more than a week on the picket lines, ending a stalemate with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over teacher evaluations and job security, two issues at the heart of efforts to reform the nation’s public schools.

LiveBlog for Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about how ineffective Paul Ryan is to the Romney campaign

Col. Wayne Powell joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about his efforts to unseat Eric Cantor in Virginia’s 7th District

• Already scrambling to steady a struggling campaign, Mitt Romney confronted a new headache Monday after a video surfaced showing him telling wealthy donors that almost half of all Americans “believe they are victims” entitled to extensive government support.

• Teachers across the nation’s third-largest city will be poring over the details of a tentative contract settlement today as the clock ticks down to an afternoon meeting in which they are expected to vote whether to end a seven-day strike that has kept 350,000 students out of class.

Mitt Romney on Monday launched a fall courtship of Hispanic voters, an increasingly important segment of the electorate, with a promise he would reform immigration laws in his first term.

Occupy Wall Street protesters celebrated the movement’s anniversary Monday by clogging intersections in the city’s financial district, marching to the beat of drums that were a familiar refrain last year.

LiveBlog for Monday, September 17, 2012

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about all the rude things the GOP was up to in the last two weeks

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

• After the two political conventions, President Obama leads Mitt Romney in three of the most important battleground states, according to new NBC/WSJ/Marist polls. In both Florida and Virginia, Obama is ahead of Romney by five points among likely voters, 49%-44%. In Ohio, the president’s lead is seven points, 50%-43%.

Chicago teachers uncomfortable with a tentative contract offer decided Sunday to remain on strike, insisting they need more time before deciding whether to end a standoff with Mayor Rahm Emanuel that will keep 350,000 students out of class for at least two more days.

• Paul Ryan, the GOP vice presidential candidate, on Saturday said that he and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would reverse four years of “debt, doubt and decline” by improving the economy, preserving Medicare and strengthening the nation’s defense.

Rick Santorum accused President Barack Obama of “coddling and appeasing” America’s enemies and said the Obama administration is at least partially responsible for ongoing violence in post-Arab Spring nations.

LiveBlog for Thursday, September 6, 2012

Join Steph and the Mooks today live from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte today. Their guests will be Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies at 9am ET / 6am PT, Rep. GK Butterfield (D-NC) at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT, Teamsters President James Hoffa at 9:45am ET / 6:45am PT, Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) at 10:05am ET / 7:05am PT, Joe Jervis of the blog JoeMyGod at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) at 10:45am ET / 7:45am PT, Gov. Peter Shumlin (D-VT) at 11am ET / 8am PT, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) at 11:20am ET / 8:20am PT, CC Goldwater (Barry Goldwater’s Granddaughter) at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT, and Jon Stoltz of VoteVets at 11:45am ET / 8:45am PT

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Join us for Live coverage from the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday morning when we talk to Aaron Smith of Young Invincibles, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Democratic Strategist Terry Lierman, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dave “Mudcat” Saunders, David Bender, Guy Cecil of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY).

And you can see it all on Current TV!