Show Notes for Thursday, January 31, 2013

Frisch3Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to co-host Right Wing World

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about getting some meaningful gun control accomplished

• More than a month after an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 dead, the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday held a three-hour hearing on gun control to examine possible new federal restrictions on “assault-style” weapons, background check enforcement and banning high capacity magazines.

Chuck Hagel will face tough questions on Pentagon spending cuts and U.S. relations with Israel and Iran on Thursday as he faces a deeply skeptical Senate panel considering his nomination to be President Barack Obama’s next secretary of defense.

President Barack Obama rejected Republican complaints about his proposals for overhauling the U.S. immigration system on Wednesday and said he believed it was possible to get a deal done by the end of the year if not in the first half.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has picked William “Mo” Cowan, his former chief of staff, to serve as the state’s interim US senator until the successor to John F. Kerry is chosen by the voters in a June 25 special election.

Show Notes for Wednesday, January 30, 2013

BoxerSen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to tell us what she’s doing to make it easier for people to vote in America

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) president Joe Hansen was at Obama’s immigration reform speech yesterday and calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about Labor’s role in the debate

President Barack Obama unveiled his vision for immigration reform in a speech on Tuesday afternoon in Las Vegas, Nev., telling Congress that he will send them his own bill and call for a vote if they don’t move fast.

• The National Rifle Association and gun-control advocates, including the husband of wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, are facing off today at the year’s first Senate hearing on what lawmakers should do to curb gun violence.

The Senate on Tuesday easily confirmed one of its own—Democrat John Kerry of Massachusetts—to be the next secretary of state, ending a largely noncontroversial process and kicking off what is expected to be a hotly contested special election for the seat Kerry has held since 1985.

• Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the only Republican in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, announced on Tuesday he is stepping down.

Show Notes for Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pierce2Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about responsible gun ownership, and the state of the GOP today

Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about comprehensive immigration reform

President Obama will wade cautiously into the debate over U.S. immigration reform on Tuesday, seeking to build momentum for a new bipartisan plan to offer a pathway to citizenship for the country’s 11 million illegal immigrants.

A slim majority of Americans – 51% – thinks illegal immigrants working in the U.S. should be able to stay and apply for citizenship; another 20% say they should stay but only as guest workers. A 25% think illegal immigrants now working here should be required to leave the country.

• Three months after Superstorm Sandy ravaged coastal areas in much of the Northeast, Congress on Monday sent a $50.5 billion emergency relief measure for storm victims to President Barack Obama for his signature.

President Obama is enlisting the help of police chiefs from communities devastated by mass shootings as he continues a public push for Congress to act on his proposals to curb gun violence.

The Boy Scouts of America is considering dropping a longtime ban on gay members, leaving such membership and leadership decisions up to local sponsors.

Show Notes for Monday, January 28, 2013

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the deeper holes that Rand Paul and Bobby Jindal are digging for themselves

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

A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles of sweeping legislation to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws. The deal, to be announced today, covers border security, guest workers and employer verification, as well as a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country.

President Obama urged gun control advocates to listen to views of rural Americans who use guns for hunting and said bridging a cultural divide in attitudes to gun ownership will be critical to his administration’s push to curb gun violence.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sidestepped questions about her presidential ambitions in 2016, though she was the beneficiary of effusive praise from her boss, President Barack Obama, in a new interview on Sunday’s “60 Minutes”.

At least 233 people were killed after a band’s fireworks show sparked a rapidly moving fire in a packed nightclub in southern Brazil and fleeing patrons were unable to find their way out, local police said.

Show Notes for Friday, January 25, 2013

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang joins us from the New York Bureau at 10am ET / 7am PT for Fridays With Fugelsang

Dupuy• Columnist Tina Dupuy calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the correlation between the lies of Lance Armstrong and the lies of the GOP

• John Kerry urged Congress to fix the U.S. economy to ensure the country’s role as a world leader and pledged to keep pressure on Iran at a Senate hearing on Thursday that left little doubt he will win easy confirmation as secretary of state.

• Facing long political odds, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) nonetheless unveiled legislation yesterday that would greatly restrict the availability of assault weapons, one of the major legislative changes requested by President Obama in the aftermath of the massacre in Newtown, Conn.

The tradition-laden Senate voted Thursday to modestly curb filibusters, using a bipartisan consensus rare in today’s hyper-partisan climate to make it a bit harder but not impossible for outnumbered senators to sink bills and nominations.

The Rhode Island House yesterday overwhelmingly passed legislation to allow gays and lesbians to marry in the only New England state where they can’t. Gay marriage opponents vow to press their case in the state Senate, where Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, D-Newport, remains opposed to the legislation.

Show Notes for Thursday, January 24, 2013

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

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the debt ceiling fight, and about Secretary Clinton’s testimony on Benghazi yesterday

Tenuta• Comedian Judy Tenuta joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about her show “Stimulus Package” at Universal CityWalk in Hollywood this Saturday

• In one of her last acts as America’s top diplomat, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hit back hard Wednesday at fierce Republican criticisms over the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

Democratic Sen. John Kerry, on a smooth path to confirmation as secretary of state, is likely to face friendly questioning when he testifies today before the committee that he’s served on for 28 years and led for the past four.

• Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to announce Thursday that more than 230,000 combat positions — many in Army and Marine infantry units and in potentially elite commando jobs — are now open to women.

Polar air settled in earnest over the Northeast after trekking through the Midwest, grinding trains to a halt, bursting pipes and bringing further misery to folks still trying to recover from Superstorm Sandy.

Show Notes for Wednesday, January 23, 2013

SparksGuitarHal Sparks, Jacki Schechner, Jim Ward, and Chris Lavoie are holding down the fort today from the Los Angeles Bureau

A measure to extend the U.S. debt limit for nearly four months moved closer on Tuesday to a vote and the White House said the president would sign the bill if it cleared Congress, easing uncertainty that could have threatened the U.S. economy.

• No one expects any bombshell revelations about Benghazi when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies in Congress today about the Sept. 11, 2012, attack that claimed the lives of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.

• U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, signaled on Tuesday that despite earlier indications to the contrary, he may allow a vote on a possible ban on assault weapons.

National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre blasted President Obama for his Inaugural warning against “absolutism” and reiterated his promise to give no ground on gun control.

A 22-year-old man has been charged in a shooting on a community college campus in Texas that left three people wounded, one critically, authorities said.

BreenMatthew Breen, Editor in Chief of “The Advocate”, joins us in the DC Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about the LGBT history made with President Obama’s re-election

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog joins us in the DC Bureau at 10am ET / 7am PT to give us his impressions of President Obama’s inauguration

David Bender, Political Director for Progressive Voices, calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the history made with yesterday’s inauguration speech

President Barack Obama delivered a forceful defense of the nation’s safety net programs, and vowed to expand gay rights and tackle the problem of climate change in his second inaugural address Monday afternoon.

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle shared a tender dance while Jennifer Hudson sang Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” at the Commander in Chief ball Monday night, hours after he swore the oath of office during the public inauguration.

Republican leaders in the House of Representatives have scheduled a vote on Wednesday on a nearly four-month extension of U.S. borrowing capacity, but the bill does not specify a dollar amount.

Hours before President Barack Obama’s official swearing-in to a second term, top Democrats predicted a victory for universal background checks, the broadest component of the White House’s push to change the nation’s gun laws.

Show Notes for Monday, January 21, 2013

ObamaSmilePresident Barack Obama on Sunday was officially sworn in for a second term in a private ceremony lasting just a few minutes at the White House. The ceremonial swearing in will take place today on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, DC.

President Barack Obama has prepared a second inaugural address that broadly lays out his vision for the country’s future, setting the stage for looming debates over taxes, guns, immigration and other issues while leaving the details for another day

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum on Sunday accused President Obama of being a “sore winner” in his dealings with Republicans. Santorum, chairman of Patriot Voices – a group that promotes conservative issues – also tweaked the president for what he argued was a lack of action to address the “glorification of violence” in film and TV.

Democrats are looking to make new revenue part of the Senate’s first budget in almost four years, which will be released soon after the start of President Barack Obama’s second term.

For the first time, two coaching brothers will face off in the Super Bowl. John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens dismantled New England 28-13 last night. Just hours earlier, Jim Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers outlasted Atlanta 28-24. Their two teams will meet Feb. 3 in New Orleans for the NFL championship.

Veteran ABC newswoman Barbara Walters has fallen at an inauguration party at the British ambassador’s home in Washington DC and has been hospitalized.

Show Notes for Friday, January 18, 2013

Fugelsang2• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang joins us from the New York Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT for an hour of Fridays With Fugelsang

Sister Simone Campbell of the Nuns on The Bus calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about her new campaign against gun violence

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about his efforts for filibuster reform

• One day after President Obama unveiled the his plan to curb gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden defended their intentions, answering critics who have spoken out against the plan for potentially infringing on the Second Amendment rights of Americans. “The president and I support the Second Amendment,” Biden said definitively.

At least 22 foreign hostages were unaccounted for on Friday and their al-Qaeda-linked captors threatened to attack other energy installations after Algerian forces stormed a desert gas complex to free hundreds of captives, resulting in dozens of deaths.

• Not once but twice after he supposedly discovered his online girlfriend of three years never even existed, Notre Dame All-American linebacker Manti Te’o perpetuated the heartbreaking story about her death.

Pauline Phillips, the original “Dear Abby” advice columnist, died Wednesday at the age of 94 after a decade-long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Show Notes for Thursday, January 17, 2013

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

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to discuss the Sandy Aid package and President Obama’s gun control proposals

Tyler• Sexy Liberal Aisha Tyler calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to promote Sexy Liberal DC and to tell us about tonight’s season premiere of “Archer” on FX

President Obama yesterday announced the most ambitious gun-control drive in generations. Proposals include universal background checks as well as bans on assault weapons and ammunition clips that hold more than 10 bullets. Some of his proposals are sure to run headlong into fierce opposition from the GOP in Congress, as well as the NRA lobby.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is preparing to step down from his post at the end of March. Salazar, a former Colorado senator, was among the Cabinet members expected to resign in the president’s second term, but the timing had not been revealed.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify before a Senate panel next Wednesday on the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the committee will hold a confirmation hearing on her successor the following day.

Show Notes for Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about what the House is doing to help prevent gun violence

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to update us on the political fights going on in DC

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

• President Obama’s broad effort to reduce gun violence will include proposed bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines as well as more than a dozen executive orders aimed at circumventing congressional opposition to stricter gun control. The measures will be announced today.

The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved $50.5 billion in long-delayed federal disaster aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy, but not before Republicans flexed their budget-cutting muscle to strike some spending provisions.

Rep. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the highest-ranking Jewish member in the Senate, announced Tuesday that he will support Chuck Hagel’s nomination for defense secretary, a breakthrough for President Obama’s effort to have his appointee confirmed in the Senate.

• Police say two people were killed when a helicopter crashed Wednesday during rush hour in central London after apparently hitting a construction crane on top of a building.

Show Notes for Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about Clarence Thomas suddenly and mysteriously speaking up during a Supreme Court hearing

schakowskyRep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about President Obama’s press conference on the debt ceiling debate yesterday

President Barack Obama on Monday rejected any negotiations with Republicans over raising the U.S. borrowing limit, accusing his opponents of trying to extract a ransom for not ruining the economy in the latest fiscal fight.

Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) challenged President Obama to another battle over the country’s mounting deficit Monday, answering Obama’s declaration that “America cannot afford another debate” over the debt limit by saying that Americans “do not support raising the debt ceiling without reducing government spending at the same time.”

• Facing powerful opposition to sweeping gun regulations, President Barack Obama is weighing 19 steps that could be taken through executive action alone, congressional officials said.

• His fall nearly complete, disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong finally confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs in an interview on Monday with Oprah Winfrey, USA Today reported.

Show Notes for Monday, January 14, 2013

rudepundit2The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the GOP and vaginas, and about Hitler’s history of actually relaxing gun laws

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

• As Vice President Joe Biden finalizes a package of recommendations for the president to curb gun violence, the NRA predicted that Congress is likely to block any new laws that would ban assault weapons.

Conservatives and watchdog groups are mounting a “not-so-fast” campaign against a $50.7 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package that Northeastern governors and lawmakers hope to push through the House this coming week.

The U.S. Treasury Department said on Saturday it will not produce platinum coins as a way of generating $1 trillion in revenue and avoiding a battle in Congress over raising the U.S. debt ceiling.

• President Obama and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan agreed after talks at the White House on Friday to slightly speed up the process that calls for NATO forces to leave that war-torn country by late 2014.

“Argo” and “Les Miserables” took top film honors when winners of the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced last night. Director/actress Jodie Foster gave a heartfelt, confessional speech while accepting the Cecille B. DeMille lifetime achievement award.

Show Notes for Friday,

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

• After meeting with Joe Biden, the NRA said in a statement that his effort to suggest new ways to curb gun violence amounted to an “attack” on the 2ND Amendment. Biden also suggested that tweaks to background checks could be included in the recommendations he’ll present on Tuesday.

• Looking for broader remedies to gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden is reaching out to the video game industry today for ideas as the White House seeks to assemble proposals in response to last month’s massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.

President Obama yesterday tapped his chief of staff Jack Lew to be the next Treasury Secretary, elevating a close confidante and trusted adviser to leading economic voice for the administration’s second term.

• Rev. Louie Giglio, who had been announced as the pastor to give the invocation at the presidential inauguration, has now pulled himself out of the ceremony, after criticism of his previous anti-gay comments and actions.

• Charting the course for a war’s end, President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai meet today at the White House to discuss the future of the U.S. role in Afghanistan and the 66,000 American troops in harm’s way.

Show Notes for Thursday, January 10, 2013

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

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the upcoming debt ceiling fight, and about the talk of gun control in DC

Harper• Actress Valerie Harper (“Rhoda” “Valerie”) calls in at 10:25am ET / 7:25am PT to talk about her upcoming guest voice gig on “The Simpsons”

• The Obama administration, including Vice President Biden, today is sitting down with gun owners groups — including the National Rifle Association — as officials look at ways to curb gun violence.

The U.S. Congress should accept in the next round of deficit-reduction talks that revenue from taxes must be raised further if it expects President Obama to sign off on a deal, the president’s top economic adviser, Gene Sperling, said in an interview.

• The composition of President Obama’s second term Cabinet became clearer Wednesday, with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigning and three other members of the president’s team deciding to stay on amid concerns about diversity in Obama’s inner circle.

With flu cases in Boston up tenfold from last year, the mayor declared a public health emergency yesterday as authorities around the U.S. scrambled to cope with a rising number of patients.

Show Notes for Wednesday, January 9, 2013

yarmuthRep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the debt ceiling fight, and about the GOP digging in with their positions

• Seeking to spur fresh action on gun legislation, Vice President Joe Biden is meeting today at the White House with victims groups and gun-safety organizations as a part of a series of gatherings aimed at building consensus around proposals to curb gun violence following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT.

• Two years after she was shot at point-blank range while meeting with constituents in Tucson, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, joined by her husband, Mark Kelly, are launching an initiative urging Congress to pass legislation to curb gun violence.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is calling for a delay in confirming President Barack Obama’s pick of John Brennan for CIA director until the administration provides answers on the deadly Sept. 11 assault in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

House Speaker John Boehner drew a 51 percent disapproval rating and a 31 percent approval rating for his handling of the fiscal cliff deal in an ABC News poll released Tuesday morning. Among registered voters, Boehner received a 56 percent disapproval and 30 percent approval rating.

Show Notes for Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Kennedy LawfordChristopher Kennedy Lawford and Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy call in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Christopher’s new book, “RECOVER TO LIVE: Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction”

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the upcoming fight over the debt ceiling

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the debt ceiling fight, the fiscal cliff deal and the Chuck Hagel nomination for Secretary of Defense

• Former Ambassador James Hormel calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the Chuck Hagel nomination, and Hagel’s 1998 anti-gay remarks about Hormel

President Obama yesterday nominated GOP former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary, and top White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to be CIA director. Obama pressed the Senate to confirm them quickly, warning “we don’t like to leave a lot of gaps” in senior national security posts.

President Barack Obama is slated to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday, the White House said in a statement.

The No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide rolled top-ranked Notre Dame, 42-14, for the BCS championship last night, locking up a second straight national title and third in four years with another laugher of a title game.

Show Notes for Monday, January 7, 2012

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the recent and upcoming (again!) talks regarding the fiscal cliff

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

GraysonRep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about his triumphant return to Congress

• Several GOP senators voiced their concerns yesterday about President Obama’s expected nomination of former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel for defense secretary over past statements the former Nebraska lawmaker made about Israel and gay rights–hinting Hagel’s confirmation would not come without a fight.

• Struggling for the upper hand in the next round of debt talks, Republicans and Democrats this weekend drew lines in the sand they said they’d never cross when it comes to the U.S. debt limit.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will resume her official duties today, five days after being released from a hospital for treatment of a blood clot, the State Department said on Sunday.

President Obama today will nominate John Brennan as his next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Brennan, a 25-year CIA veteran, currently serves as Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser.

Show Notes for Friday, January 4, 2012

Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ) calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the delayed vote on Sandy relief funding for his state

Fugelsang2• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang joins us from the NYC Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for an hour of Fridays With Fugelsang

House Speaker John Boehner narrowly retained the position as the new Congress voted Thursday. Boehner has had a bruising time in recent days as the outgoing Congress and the Obama administration negotiated and passed a limited deal to avoid the worst of the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

The first order of business for a new Congress today is a scheduled vote on national flood insurance legislation to help victims of Superstorm Sandy, a contentious issue for House Republicans and Speaker John Boehner.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s plans to leave near the end of January put the White House in a tricky spot, depriving the Obama administration of its longest-serving economic adviser for its next fiscal showdown with Congress.

• The State Department says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to return to work next week after being treated for a blood clot in her head. Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says Clinton is resting at home but is speaking with senior staff and is, quote, “sounding terrific, upbeat and raring to go.”

Show Notes for Thursday, January 3, 2013

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

ShusterDavid Shuster of Current TV and We Act Radio calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to update us on the fight for Sandy Relief in the House

The new 113th U.S. Congress, which convenes today at Noon ET, is set to take a fresh crack at a number of old, and highly contentious, issues, such as gun control, immigration, the record debt, tax reform and the farm bill.

President Obama signed the “fiscal cliff” legislation into law yesterday via autopen from Hawaii, where he is vacationing with his family.

• In a State House news conference, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) blasted Republican U.S. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio for delaying a vote on a $60 billion aid package for Superstorm Sandy recovery. “Do your job and come through for the people of this country,” Christie pointedly said about Boehner.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was released from a New York hospital on Wednesday, three days after doctors discovered a blood clot in her head. Clinton’s medical team advised her Wednesday evening that she was making good progress on all fronts and said they are confident she will fully recover.

Show Notes for Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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

The House of Representatives late Tuesday easily approved emergency bipartisan legislation sparing all but a sliver of America’s richest from sharp income tax hikes — while setting up another “fiscal cliff” confrontation in a matter of weeks.

President Obama spoke about the fiscal cliff deal late last night, renewing his call for “balance” in any solution in the coming year to address deficits and debts. But the he also warned Congress against using the debt ceiling as a bargaining chip, as the GOP had in summer of 2011.

A long-awaited deal to avoid a U.S. fiscal crisis prompted a broad global market rally on Wednesday, with shares and commodities rising sharply while the dollar and safe-haven government bonds fell.

The House of Representatives adjourned last night without acting on a $60 billion superstorm Sandy disaster aid bill, prompting angry denunciations from members from the states hardest hit by the storm.

• Stepfan Taylor rushed for 89 yards and an early touchdown, Kevin Hogan passed for 123 yards, and No. 8 Stanford won its first Rose Bowl since 1972, beating the Wisconsin Badgers 20-14 last night in the 99th Annual Rose Bowl.