LiveBlog for Friday, July 27, 2012

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

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to promote the Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour in Los Angeles tomorrow night

Mitt Romney said yesterday that British officials might not be prepared to pull off a successful Olympics. In an interview with NBC News, he called London’s problems with games preparation “disconcerting,” and the remark sparked sharp responses from Britain’s top officials and the British press.

President Obama is reaffirming U.S. ties with Israel, saying he will today sign legislation expanding military and civilian cooperation with the country. This upstages Mitt Romney one day before the Republican challenger visits Jerusalem.

President Obama will not push for stricter gun laws this election year, the White House said Thursday, one day after his impassioned remarks about the need to keep assault weapons off the streets suggested he may plunge into that political fight and challenge Congress to act.

• One of the biggest secrets in London will finally be revealed this evening: what will happen at the opening ceremony for the Summer Olympic Games. Tonight’s Opening Ceremonies are being overseen by “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Trainspotting” director Danny Boyle.

LiveBlog for Thursday, July 26, 2012

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

Cliff Chenfeld, creator of the progressive media hub The Message — TheMessageIs.com – to talk about how wrong Conservatives’ ideas of Ronald Reagan are

Col. Wayne Powell, who is running for Congress from Virginia to unseat Eric Cantor, calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about how his campaign is going

President Obama yesterday embraced some degree of control on the sale of weapons. He said responsibility for curtailing bloodshed also rests with parents, neighbors and teachers to ensure that young people “do not have that void inside them.”

Mitt Romney said Wednesday that more restrictive gun laws would likely not have prevented last week’s deadly mass shooting at a Colorado Cineplex, and argued that it would take Americans changing their hearts, not their legislation, to prevent similar future attacks.

• Some of the victims of the Colorado movie theater massacre face enormous medical bills without the benefit of insurance. Three of the five hospitals treating victims said Wednesday they will limit or completely wipe out medical bills.

LiveBlog for Wednesday, July 25, 2012

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT for all three hours of Wednesdays With Fugelsang

• Today, the Democratic-led Senate plans to hold a procedural vote to start considering a $250 billion Dem bill that would extend the tax cuts for individuals making less than $200,000 per year and couples making $250,000 per year.

• In a speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Reno, Nev., on Tuesday, one day after President Obama’s appearance, Mitt Romney slammed the Obama administration for national security leaks and budget cuts to the military.

• According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, if Mitt Romney and his fellow Republicans are successful in repealing the Affordable Care Law, it would increase the federal budget deficit by an estimated $109 billion between 2013 and 2022.

• Four Democratic lawmakers proposed a ban on high-capacity ammunition Tuesday, breaking with politicians from both parties who’ve steered clear of calling for gun control legislation in the wake of the Aurora, Colo. shootings.

Sherman Hemsley, who played George Jefferson on “The Jeffersons,” has died. He was 74.

LiveBlog for Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about gun control in the wake of the Aurora, Colorado shootings

Willie Nelson and his wife Annie calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about his new album “Heroes”, and about sustainable alternative energy

The suspected gunman in the Colorado theater massacre faced a judge Monday in his first court appearance yesterday. Wearing orange-red hair and looking at times emotional and at other times bleary-eyed, James Holmes sat as Chief Judge William Sylvester told him he was being held without bond.

• With the presidential race reverting to its regular course following the hiatus imposed by last week’s Colorado shootings, Mitt Romney on Monday attacked President Obama for failing to understand the business environment or meeting more frequently with his jobs council.

• Reaching out for the votes of military personnel, veterans and their families, President Obama told the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) national convention Monday that he kept the promises he made four years ago, stating that today the U.S. is “safer and stronger and more respected in the world.”

Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, has passed away at the age of 61 after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer at her home in La Jolla, Calif.

LiveBlog for Monday, July 23, 2012

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the political response to the shootings in Colorado

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

• During a visit to Aurora, Colo., Sunday, President Obama met with victims of Friday’s mass shooting at a movie theater, which killed 12 people and injured 58 others.

• As James Holmes, the suspected gunman in the Colorado theater massacre, heads to his first court appearance today, authorities have disclosed that he is refusing to cooperate and that it could take months to learn what prompted the horrific attack on midnight moviegoers at a Batman film premiere.

Nine people remain in critical condition after Friday’s mass shooting, Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan said on “Face the Nation” on Sunday. He also said they are in “bad shape.”

At least 11 people died Sunday and another 12 were injured after a pickup truck loaded with passengers veered off the highway and crashed into trees in rural South Texas, authorities said.

The statue of Joe Paterno was taken down from outside the Penn State football stadium Sunday, eliminating a key piece of the iconography surrounding the once-sainted football coach accused of burying child sex abuse allegations against a retired assistant.

LiveBlog for Friday, July 20, 2012

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

• Journalist and documentarian Lisa Ling calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about her show on the OWN Network, “Our America with Lisa Ling”

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about his call to include marriage equality in the Democratic Party platform

At least 14 people were killed and dozens more injured by a gunman who allegedly began his attack on Denver area movie-goers by hurling tear gas into the crowd at a Batman “The Dark Knight Rises” premiere around midnight on Thursday, police say.

• According to a new USA Today/Gallup poll, 54% of adults nationwide say that Mitt Romney should provide further tax returns to the public. That includes three in four Democrats, more than half of independents, and 30% of Republicans.

President Obama slammed Mitt Romney’s Medicare plan yesterday, telling seniors in the battleground state of Florida that his rival’s proposal would force them to fend for themselves and hurt them financially.

The House of Representatives approved on Thursday $606 billion in defense spending for next year after two days of debate.

LiveBlog for Thursday, July 19, 2012

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

Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post’s “The Fix” calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about his new book, “The Gospel According To The Fix: An Insider’s Guide to a Less than Holy World of Politics”

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the Bush tax cuts and extending them for only the Middle Class

Obama and Romney are effectively tied in the race for the presidency, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll. 47% of registered voters nationwide who lean towards a candidate back Romney, while 46% support the president. 4% are undecided.

• A majority of registered voters believe that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s policies favor the rich, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll.

• George Zimmerman told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday that the Trayvon Martin shooting was “a tragic situation.” He also said he felt that his life was in danger and that the media attention to his case felt “surreal.”

A bombing at Syria’s national security building has killed the country’s defense minister and the Syrian president’s brother-in-law, and wounded other senior officials, Syrian state-run TV said.

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

• The Obama administration unveiled plans Wednesday to create an elite corps of master teachers, a $1 billion effort to boost U.S. students’ achievement in science, technology, engineering and math.

• In an attempt to change the subject from his tax returns and Bain Capital, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney intensified his own rhetoric on Tuesday and called President Obama’s recent comments about small business “insulting to every entrepreneur, every innovator in America.”

• President Obama’s re-election campaign and the Ohio Democratic Party are suing Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine in an effort to get early voting restored in the state ahead of November’s presidential election.

• With pressure building on Mitt Romney to release more of his past tax returns, Ron Paul on Tuesday added his voice to the chorus of people – including some Republicans – who say Romney should just bite the bullet and release the returns.

The Boy Scouts of America yesterday strongly reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays, ruling out any changes despite relentless protest campaigns by some critics.

LiveBlog for Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the 2012 Presidential Race, and about the end of the line for Ron Paul

• Political Strategist Dave “Mudcat” Saunders calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about Wayne Powell’s race in Virginia to unseat Eric Cantor

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about extending tax cuts for the Middle Class, and about Romney’s Bain problem

• With Congress preparing to tackle a series of controversial tax and budget issues this fall, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) is warning the GOP that Dems are not planning to stand down in the ongoing battle over extending Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy.

• Back in the must-win state of Ohio yesterday, President Obama said Mitt Romney’s tax policies would create 800,000 jobs, but, “They wouldn’t be in America.”

Mitt Romney held up the waiters and waitresses serving donors at a well-heeled fundraising event last night as examples of people who aren’t doing well under President Obama, saying the people serving the “refreshments” weren’t “having a good year.”

• A woman identified only as “Witness 9” in the George Zimmerman case told investigators that he molested her when they were children, information released Monday by the State Attorney’s Office reveals.

LiveBlog for Monday, July 16, 2012

• Actress Lisa Kudrow calls in at 9:20am ET / 6:20am PT to talk about the second season of her Showtime series “Web Therapy”

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital problems

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

Michael Shure of Current TV’s “The Young Turks” calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the inconsistencies in Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital comments

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) calls in at 11am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about The Disclose Act, and how Citizens United has ruined American politics

• Mitt Romney told several news organizations in a Friday interview blitz that President Obama should apologize for his campaign’s suggestion that the presumptive GOP nominee is either a criminal or a liar.

• On Saturday the Obama campaign released an ad titled “Firms” that will air in nine swing states. The ad superimposes newspaper article quotes such as “In business, Mitt Romney’s firms shipped jobs to Mexico and China” over audio of Romney singing an off-key version of “America the Beautiful.”

LiveBlog for Friday, July 13, 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

Matthew Breen, Editor in Chief of The Advocate, calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the magazine’s first-ever presidential endorsement, for President Obama

• The Boston Globe yesterday reported on new evidence that allegedly shows Mitt Romney remained in control of Bain Capital three years longer than he’s claimed. If correct, the findings would complicate Romney’s line of defense that he was gone before many of the firm’s companies went bankrupt or laid off workers.

• The Drudge Report, the conservative website, reports Thursday night that there is a new frontrunner to be Mitt Romney’s running mate: Condoleezza Rice.

• Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney headed to Wyoming last night for a fundraising event and private dinner sponsored by former Vice President Dick Cheney.

• A blistering report released Thursday found former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno helped hush up allegations of child sex abuse against a former assistant that went back more than a decade, sacrificing the ideals he preached to protect his football program.

LiveBlog for Thursday, July 12, 2012

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

• Comedian Margaret Cho calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about her new tour, her DVD, and her new television show

Tammy Duckworth, who is running for Congress from Illinois, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about her run to unseat Rep. Joe Walsh

Cliff Chenfeld, record industry executive, joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 10:20am ET / 7:20am PT to talk about his new Progressive online media hub, “The Message”

Ari Berman of The Nation and “Herding Donkeys” calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the Texas Voter ID trial

• Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney yesterday took his message to the NAACP delivering a speech that was received with mixed response — including multiple instances of prolonged boos.

The GOP-led effort to repeal President Obama’s health care law passed the House of Representatives yesterday, successfully setting up campaign talking points for the coming months, but accomplishing little else.

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) is currently being treated for a “mood disorder”, his doctor’s office said today. The office would not give any further information, citing privacy.

LiveBlog for Wednesday, July 11, 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, National African-American Vote Director for Obama/Biden 2012, calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Obama’s accomplishments for the African-American community

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

• Comedian Carlos Alazraqui calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the ComiCon appearance of his cartoon “Off The Curb”

• Golden Globe nominated actress Madeleine Stowe calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about her support of Wayne Powell, who is running to unseat Eric Cantor in Virginia

• House Republicans generally avoided talk of replacement measures yesterday as they mobilized for an election-season vote today to repeal the health care law that stands as President Obama’s signature domestic accomplishment.

• In a speech at the NAACP’s convention today, Mitt Romney will make his case to the African-American community, attempting to establish a dialogue with black voters and making efforts to chip away at the president’s overwhelming lead among them.

LiveBlog for Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Obama’s desire to extend the tax cuts for the Middle Class

Jonathan Krohn, former Conservative child hero turned Obama supporter, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about his stunning political conversion

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog, calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the bad behavior at Mitt Romney’s huge fundraiser for the ultra-rich

David Shuster of Current TV and WeActRadio calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about what President Obama needs to do to get the independent vote

• Comedian Michael McDonald joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11:15am ET / 8:15am PT to talk about the news of the day and about his latest gigs

President Obama yesterday proposed a one-year extension of Bush-era tax cuts for Americans making less than $250,000, reiterating his calls to let tax cuts for high-earning Americans expire.

Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) indicated that he “has no intention” of expanding Medicaid or putting in place a state-based health insurance exchange, both central components to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

LiveBlog for Monday, July 9, 2012

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Romney’s comments on the unemployed, and about Rep. Joe Walsh’s comments on Tammy Duckworth

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

President Obama today will launch a push to extend the so-called Bush tax cuts for low and middle-income Americans, but he will continue to fight for the cuts to expire on Jan. 1 for people earning more than $250,000.

• Fresh off a week-long break in Wolfeboro, NH, Mitt Romney stopped in the Hamptons on Sunday to host three fundraisers, which were expected to raise $3 million, according to the New York Times.

The House will vote this week to repeal The Affordable Care Act. The vote, which was announced by House GOP leaders immediately following the U.S. Supreme Court’s health care ruling, will be the 31st time the Republican House will have voted to repeal or defund all, or part, of the act.

• Internet providers have plans to help their customers today and others are braced for calls to helplines because thousands around the country whose computers were infected with malicious software more than a year ago faced the possibility of not being able to get online.

• Oscar winning character actor Ernest Borgnine died Sunday. He was 95.

LiveBlog for Friday, June 29, 2012

John Fugelsang joins us from the New York Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT for two hours of Fridays With Fugelsang

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to give us her reaction to the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act

Doug Kendall, Founder and President of the Constitutional Accountability Center, calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the Supreme Court’s ruling on health care reform

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about The Congressional Black Caucus walking off the House floor instead of voting to hold Eric Holder in contempt

• Jo Piazza, Senior Editor of Current.com/Pride, calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the site’s efforts to talk about gay politicians for Gay Pride Month

• Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the individual mandate, a political standoff continues unabated. President Obama affirmed the court’s decision and his health care law on Thursday, while Republican challenger Mitt Romney promised to work to repeal it.

The House of Representatives voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress Thursday for failing to provide documents relating to the Fast and Furious gunwalking program.

LiveBlog for Thursday, June 28, 2012

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

• Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black are scheduled to call in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about their new book, “America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter To Freedom”

• Actor and HuffPo writer Steven Weber joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to hang out and talk about the news of the day

Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to give us Congress’ reaction to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act

• The health care drama that began in the earliest days of the Obama presidency will reach its crescendo this morning when the Supreme Court announces its decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

• In advance of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act due out today, Mitt Romney said yesterday it was a “moral failure” for Obama to focus on health care legislation during a time of economic crisis.

• After trading barbs for months over efforts to keep student loan interest rates low, Dems and GOPers have tentatively reached a deal to extend the current rates.

The House will vote today on holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for withholding documents involving the failed Fast and Furious weapons crackdown.

LiveBlog for Wednesday, June 27, 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

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the Supreme Court’s rulings on immigration and health care reform, plus the Holder contempt hearings

• If the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act this week, President Obama will have “wasted” most of his first term, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney said Tuesday.

• Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday laced into Mitt Romney for allegedly outsourcing jobs while at Bain Capital and reviving the charge that Romney is out of touch because he once held a Swiss bank account and investments in the Cayman Islands.

• Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) beat back a tea party challenge in the Utah primaries yesterday, and Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) survived a primary challenge in New York despite ethics charges against him.

• Republican senators on Tuesday welcomed a move by the director of national intelligence to snuff out leaks of classified information but insisted that a special counsel is needed to investigate the Obama administration and recent disclosures.

LiveBlog for Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the Supreme Court striking down most of Arizona’s SB 1070

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 9:45am ET / 6:45am PT to talk about Jan Brewer’s and Mitt Romney’s reactions to the Supreme Court’s immigration law decision

Cassandra Peterson (Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark) joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 10am ET / 7am PT to hang out and talk about the news of the day

Dr. Orly Taitz, one of the founders of the Birther Movement, joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11:40am ET / 8:40am PT to present her case that the President was born in Kenya

• Mitt Romney told a group of donors on Monday that he would have “preferred to see the Supreme Court give more latitude to the states, not less,” in response to the Court’s ruling to strike down three contested provisions of a controversial Arizona immigration law.

• On Thursday, the same day the Supreme Court is expected to announce it’s decision on the health care case, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

LiveBlog for Monday, June 25, 2012

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Romney & immigration, the weakness of Mass. Sen. Scott Brown, and more shenanigans in North Carolina

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

• Former and future Congressman Alan Grayson calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the aftermath of Romney’s bus tour

• After two days of meetings, meals and hobnobbing with the candidate, his top advisers and leading figures of the Republican party Park City, Utah, Mitt Romney’s biggest donors and bundlers say they are fired up and ready to go.

• Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the congressman heading an investigation into a botched gun-trafficking case said on Sunday he had no evidence the White House was involved in a cover-up about the operation or in providing misleading information to Congress.

• With less than two weeks to go before student-loan interest rates are slated to double, President Obama urged his frequent foil, the “do-nothing Congress,” to extend the low rates and “quit playing chicken” with the July 1st deadline.

• Alex Trebek, longtime host of the iconic game show “Jeopardy!,” was admitted into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Saturday after suffering a “mild heart attack.”

LiveBlog for Friday, June 22, 2012

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about his constitutional amendment to reign in campaign spending, and about the Fast & Furious hearings

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the premiere of “The Invisible War,” the documentary on the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT for a San Francisco / “The War Room” version of Fridays With Fugelsang

• Mitt Romney said yesterday that immigration reform is “not just a moral imperative, it’s also an economic necessity” and pledged to replace President Obama’s plan to grant legal status to some children of illegal immigrants with a long-term policy that he said will keep families together.

• As jurors deliberated yesterday, one of Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky’s adopted sons came forward for the first time to say that his father had abused him. Matt Sandusky, 33, was prepared to testify for prosecutors at the trial, his attorneys said in a statement.

• It’s going to be a big weekend in the world of big conservative money: Both Mitt Romney and billionaire industrialist brothers David and Charles Koch are holding hush-hush events with wealthy donors designed to keep the dollars coming in.

The Miami Heat finished off the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 last night to become the 2012 NBA Champions.

LiveBlog for Thursday, June 21, 2012

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

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), member of the House Oversight Committee, calls in at 10:45am ET / 7:45am PT to talk about the Fast & Furious and the contempt vote against AG Eric Holder

Chaz Bono, transgender advocate, calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about his book, “Transition: Becoming Who I Was Always Meant To Be”

• A year-and-a-half long investigation into a botched gun trafficking program culminated Wednesday with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

Top Obama campaign officials yesterday said they would be outspent by Mitt Romney and allies, especially when you include all the various outside groups. This would make Obama the first incumbent president outspent by his rival.

• More than a week of often-explicit testimony wrapped up yesterday after former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s defense team rested without calling their client. That set up closing arguments for this morning, and jurors could start meeting behind closed doors in the afternoon to weigh Sandusky’s fate.

• Bill Lee, the Sanford, Florida police chief who was strongly criticized for his agency’s initial investigation of Trayvon Martin’s shooting in February has been fired.

LiveBlog for Wednesday, June 20, 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

Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo, Prop. 8 plaintiffs, call in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the NY Times op-ed that Jeff’s father wrote on Fathers’ Day

Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the Supreme Court’s pending ruling on Healthcare Reform

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio abruptly returned to Mitt Romney’s vice presidential short list Tuesday when the presumptive nominee himself said Rubio is being vetted 12 hours after ABC News ran a story saying that he was not being vetted.

• Senators Leahy and Grassley asked the Supreme Court to break precedent and allow television cameras to broadcast the announcement of the upcoming decision surrounding the constitutionality of President Obama’s signature health care law.

• A meeting between Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Attorney General Eric Holder to work out an agreement over documents pertaining to the Fast and Furious case has ended without an agreement being reached. As a result, Issa has not postponed or cancelled a contempt vote of the attorney general.

LiveBlog for Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the change in President Obama’s immigration policy, and about Ron Barber’s win in Gabby Giffords’ House seat

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about immigration, Romney’s bus tour, and Anne Romney’s dressage horse

Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo, plaintiffs in the Prop. 8 case, calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the Fathers’ Day op-ed that Jeff’s dad wrote for the NY Times

Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the guessing and waiting game that is the Supreme Court’s health care ruling

• Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney went on the offensive Monday on immigration, charging that President Obama broke a campaign promise by neglecting it for most of his presidency.

Mitt Romney made a bold prediction in Wisconsin to open the fourth day of his swing state bus tour: he would steal the Badger State from the Democratic column this November.

Voter advocacy groups plan to file a lawsuit as early as today challenging Florida’s effort to clean the voter rolls of non-citizens. The coalition said their suit is more expansive than the Department of Justice suit and could impact other states’ potential efforts to clear voting lists.

LiveBlog for Monday, June 18, 2012

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the latest with Mitt Romney, and about President Obama’s historic immigration policy change

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

• The Obama administration announced that it would no longer seek the deportation of most young illegal immigrants, and would instead allow them to apply for work permits, a significant policy shift with potentially major electoral implications.

Mitt Romney would pursue some type of comprehensive, long-term reform to America’s immigration system, the former Massachusetts governor and his supporters said on Sunday.

• Rodney King, the African-American motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers became the touchstone for one of the most destructive race riots in the nation’s history, was found at the bottom of his swimming pool early Sunday and later pronounced dead. He was 47.

Greece appeared to have avoided crashing out of the euro currency zone and destroying the world’s economy early Monday after political parties in favor of an international bailout deal won a slim election majority – but the region’s debt crisis showed no sign of abating.