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.”

LiveBlog for Friday, November 16, 2012

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT as a part of Current TV’s “Currently Feeding The Need” hunger initiative to talk about farm bills to control prices, provide nutritional programs and help small farming businesses provide jobs

• Comedian Lewis Black calls in at 10:20am ET / 7:20am PT to talk about his new 2013 Running On Empty tour, and about the news of the day

• President Barack Obama welcomes congressional leaders from both parties to the White House today for initial discussions as to how they might avert the looming “fiscal cliff.”

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) rejected the president’s plan for House GOP to quickly pass Senate legislation that would extend middle class tax cuts, and he alternatively called on the Senate to take up House-passed legislation to extend all of the current tax rates for one year.

The CIA Inspector General has launched an investigation into the conduct of former Director David Petraeus. The investigation was ordered to ensure there was no wrongdoing and that no agency resources were expended improperly by Petraeus.

• Sen. John McCain is calling for more information on Benghazi, but he had a press conference yesterday instead of going to a closed briefing where Obama officials were giving more information.

LiveBlog for Thursday, November 15, 2012

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

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the fiscal cliff and the work that needs to be done in Congress

President Barack Obama bluntly told Sen. John McCain and other GOP to lay off their attacks against U.N. Amb. Susan Rice over the Benghazi assault, telling lawmakers that if they go after her “then you have a problem with me.”

Mitt Romney yesterday accused President Obama of doling out “gifts” to minority voters to curry their support for a second term. Romney pointed to that as the reason he lost the election.

Gen. David Petraeus will testify about the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s closed hearings. The exact date of his testimony hasn’t yet been worked out.

Jill Kelley, a key figure in the David Petraeus scandal, tried to negotiate a South Korean coal project deal earlier this year using her Petraeus ties, but the deal fell apart when she asked for an astronomical $80-million fee.

LiveBlog for Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) calls in as a part of Current TV’s “Currently: Feeding The Need” Hunger Initiative at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about farm bills to control prices, provide nutritional programs and help small farming businesses provide jobs

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta cautioned against reaching early conclusions about allegations against the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, who is under investigation for what Pentagon officials have said may be “inappropriate” correspondence with a Florida woman linked to the David Petraeus sex scandal.

Labor union leaders emerged from talks with President Obama on Tuesday vowing a side-by-side battle against Republicans to bring about higher taxes on the wealthy as part of an effort to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke out for the first time following the Republican presidential ticket’s loss last Tuesday in an interview with his local Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper, saying he was shocked on Election Night.

• Newly elected and returning Democratic members of Congress said Tuesday as they returned to Washington DC that they won by focusing on protecting and expanding entitlements and by calling for higher taxes on upper-income people.

LiveBlog for Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to bask in the afterglow of last week’s election

Markos Moulitsas, founder of DailyKos.com, calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the election, the last safe haven for Conservatives in the world, and how his predictions were more accurate than Nate Silver’s

• The Pentagon said today that the top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, is under investigation for alleged “inappropriate communications” with a woman who is said to have received threatening emails from Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom former CIA Director David Petraeus had an extramarital affair.

• Amid a global fright over DC’s political brinkmanship, lawmakers return to the capital today with a seven-week deadline to reach agreement on scheduled tax hikes and budget cuts that threaten to trigger another recession.

President Obama opens a new campaign today to build pressure on Congress to cut the federal debt the way he sees fit, meeting with labor leaders who want lawmakers to raise taxes on the wealthy and guard against slashing health benefits for seniors.

• After a hard-fought race in a newly formed Arizona congressional district, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema was declared the winner yesterday, becoming the first openly bisexual member of Congress.

LiveBlog for Monday, November 12, 2012

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about President Obama’s big win last week and what that means for the GOP

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

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang of Current TV’s “So That Happened” joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about what Congress is doing to help avoid going over the Fiscal Cliff

• Actress and activist Martha Plimpton calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about her “A Is For…” organization which helps with women’s health issues

Members of Congress say they want to know more about an extramarital affair between ex-CIA Director David Petraeus and his biographer, questioning when the retired general popped up in the FBI inquiry, whether national security was compromised and why they weren’t told sooner.

• President Obama will meet business, labor and civic leaders this week ahead of negotiations with top lawmakers to avert sharp tax hikes and deep spending cuts that loom at the end of the year, a White House official said late on Sunday.

LiveBlog for Friday, November 9, 2012

Richard Carlbom, The Executive Director of Minnesota United For All Families, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about defeating efforts to write discrimination into the state’s constitution

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) calls in at 10:30AM ET / 7:30am PT to talk about how Congress has a new mandate to protect working families

• Sexy Liberal host of Current TV’s “So That Happened” John Fugelsang joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT

• While ballots are still being counted in Florida, a senior adviser for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign told the Miami Herald on Thursday that they are effectively conceding the state and its 29 electoral votes to President Obama.

• Republicans’ efforts to undo President Barack Obama’s health care reform law appear to have come to an end, as House Speaker John Boehner described it Thursday as the “law of the land.”

• Newly re-elected President Obama will use a White House appearance today to set the tone for upcoming talks with congressional Republicans on avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff.

• New York City drivers woke up today to the first widespread gas rationing since the fuel crisis of the 1970s as a result of Sandy and a subsequent nor’easter.

LiveBlog for Thursday, November 8, 2012

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

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about this week’s Election Day victories for the Dems

• Political strategist Dave “Mudcat” Saunders calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about what happened in Virginia on Election Day

• Actress Melissa Fitzgerald (The West Wing & Chasing The Hill) joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11:10am ET / 8:10am PT to talk about President Obama’s big win on Tuesday

• Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about this week’s big wins for marriage equality

Vice President Biden says he and President Obama are anxious to move forward on a bipartisan solution to the looming “fiscal cliff” that could force tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts next year.

• House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) emerged after Tuesday’s presidential election to strike a conciliatory note, offering to work with President Obama on a grand bargain to avert the impact of the coming fiscal cliff.

LiveBlog for Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about last night’s big victory for President Obama

David Bender, Political Director for ProgressiveVoices.com, calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to go over last night’s big wins for the Democrats

Congressman-elect Alan Grayson (D-FL) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about his win last night and his return to Congress

President Barack Obama handily defeated Gov. Mitt Romney and won himself a second term on Tuesday after a bitter and historically expensive race. Obama beat Romney after nabbing almost every one of the 12 crucial battleground states.

• In an historic election night for the gay rights movement, voters in Maine and Maryland became the first in the country to approve same-sex marriage, breaking a 32-state losing streak.

Democrats prevailed against Republicans Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock in two U.S. Senate races in which abortion and controversial remarks about rape played a pivotal role.

• Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren is the projected winner of the Massachusetts Senate seat once held by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, beating out GOP incumbent Scott Brown.

LiveBlog for Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Actress Vivica A. Fox (“Kill Bill” “Independence Day”) calls in at 9:20am ET / 6:20am PT from The Obama Campaign HQ in Chicago to talk about the get out the vote game on Election Day

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about getting out the women’s vote and the importance of winning this election for Obama

Keshia Knight Pulliam (Rudy from The Cosby Show) calls in at 10:20am ET / 7:20am PT to talk about how she’s helped with the 2012 Campaign & her work with Planned Parenthood

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT from Florida to tell us what he’s seeing in that battleground state this Election Day

John Cho (“Harold & Kumar” “Star Trek”) calls in at 10:50am ET / 7:50am PT to talk about the work he’s been doing to get out the college vote (most recently in Nevada)

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal (“Brokeback Mountain” “The Day After Tomorrow”) calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the efforts to get out the vote and why he’s supporting Obama again in 2012

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker (“Sex And The City” “Mars Attacks”) calls in at 11:20am ET / 8:20am PT to talk about getting out the women’s vote to re-elect President Obama

Actor and director Rob Reiner calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk Election Day news and how we get 4 more years for Obama

Katherine Archuleta, Obama Campaign National Political Director, calls in at 11:50am ET / 8:50am PT to talk about the campaign’s final push for the win in 2012

LiveBlog for Monday, November 5, 2012

Ronnie Chatterji, former Senior Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisors, calls in at 9:20am ET / 6:20am PT to talk about Obama’s plan to fix the economy

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the closing arguments as to why President Obama should be re-elected

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

Jesse Williams of Grays Anatomy calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about getting out the vote. He spent last weekend in Ohio going door to door canvassing for Obama

• Legendary Actress Blythe Danner (“Meet The Parents” “Will & Grace” and Gwyneth Paltrow’s mom) calls in at 10:50am ET / 7:50am PT to talk about getting out the vote

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

Jim Graves, who is challenging Michelle Bachman for her seat in Congress, calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the narrowing gap in the race

President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney make a frenetic dash to a series of crucial swing states today, delivering their final arguments to voters on the last day of an extraordinarily close race for the White House.

LiveBlog for Friday, November 2, 2012

Sexy Liberal Aisha Tyler calls in at 9:20am ET / 6:20am PT from on the Campaign Trail in Ohio to remind us why President Obama smells like Cookies and Freedom

Stephen Goldstein, author of the novel Atlas Drugged, a “sequel” to Atlas Shrugged calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about a world where Romney’s plans to privatize government becomes a reality

Actress Jurnee Smollett (Friday Night Lights) calls in at 11:20am ET / 8:20am PT to discuss the fight against HIV/AIDS and her support of President Obama’s 2012 reelection

Actress Kate Walsh (Private Practice & Gray’s Anatomy) calls in at 11:50am ET / 8:50am PT to talk about introducing President Obama at a campaign event in Iowa and the importance of women’s issues

President Obama and Mitt Romney effectively resumed the presidential campaign on Thursday after three days of little campaigning as the Eastern seaboard grappled with superstorm Sandy.

In parts of New York and New Jersey, drivers lined up Thursday for hours at gas stations that were struggling to stay supplied. The power outages and flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy have forced many gas stations to close.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed President Barack Obama on Thursday, invoking Hurricane Sandy and the president’s work to address climate change.

LiveBlog for Thursday, November 1, 2012

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

Ben Jealous, President of the NAACP, calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about voter fraud issues and attempts to suppress the vote

Rep. Gary Peters (D – MI) calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the auto industry. His district includes Chrysler’s Headquarters and he worked very closely with President Obama to implement the auto rescue

Actor Ben McKenzie (The O.C., Southland) calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about Getting Out The Vote. He attended the University of Virginia and has campaigned for President Obama

Political Strategist Dave “Mudcat” Saunders calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the final week before Election Day, including what’s going on with the Powell/Cantor race in VA

Music legend David Crosby calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the importance of re-electing President Obama so he can finish what he started

President Obama inspected the devastation from Sandy on Wednesday, flying high over flooded neighborhoods, sand-strewn streets and a burning fire that charred homes along the New Jersey coastline.

According to new NBC/WSJ/Marist polls taken before Sandy, President Obama leads in Iowa, and is running neck and neck in New Hampshire and Wisconsin.