Show Notes for Thursday, February 28, 2013

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

Linda SanchezRep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the looming sequestration cuts

Robert McFadden a former senior NCIS official & top interrogator, calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about Ali Soufan’s op ed from the NY Times on Zero Dark Thirty and torture

• Across-the-board spending cuts all but certain, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate are staging a politically charged showdown designed to avoid public blame for any resulting inconvenience or disruption in government services.

President Obama has invited top congressional leaders to a meeting at the White House on Friday to discuss ways to avert across-the-board spending cuts that he says may devastate the economy—the day after cuts start kicking in.

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Jack Lew as President Obama’s new Treasury secretary, putting the former White House chief of staff in the middle of a bitter political fight over the government’s budget.

Pope Benedict slips quietly from the world stage today after a private last goodbye to his cardinals and a short flight to a country palace to enter the final phase of his life “hidden from the world”.

Show Notes for Wednesday, February 27, 2013

• Sexy Liberal Hal Sparks joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 10am ET / 7am PT for an hour of Humpdays With Hal

NewsomCA Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about his new book, “Citizenville”

• As the country inched closer to the March 1 sequester deadline, President Obama on Tuesday traveled to Newport News, Va., to make a local case for what he and the administration believe will be the devastating economic impacts of the budget cuts.

• With across-the-board federal spending cuts set to kick in on Friday, House Speaker John Boehner reiterated his plea for the Senate to pass an alternative to the sequester, calling on senators to get “off their ass.”

Gov. Chris Christie announced Tuesday that he would expand Medicaid health insurance coverage to more low-income New Jersey adults as part of President Obama’s health insurance overhaul — all while making it clear he’s “no fan of” the president’s program.

Pope Benedict bid an emotional farewell at his last general audience this morning, saying he understood the gravity of his decision to become the first pontiff to resign in 600 years but that he had done it for the good of the Roman Catholic Church.

Show Notes for Tuesday, February 26, 2013

yarmuthRep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the looming sequester and what it means for average Americans

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the looming sequester

Cities across the country are preparing for austerity measures that the budget cuts in sequestration would require if it goes into effect Friday. The White House previewed what some of those effects might be and President Obama called on governors to help him devise a deal with Congress to avert implementation of the sequester.

A deeply divided Senate is moving toward a vote on President Obama’s choice of Chuck Hagel to head the Defense Department, with the former GOP senator on track to win confirmation after a protracted political fight

President Obama today will meet Senator John McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham, leading Republicans working on a bipartisan immigration reform plan, to discuss efforts to overhaul the U.S. system, a White House official said on Monday.

Another blizzard bore down on the nation’s midsection early today after lashing the Texas Panhandle with hurricane-force winds, closing highways and cutting power to thousands in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Show Notes For Monday, February 25, 2013

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

rudepundit2The Rude Pundit calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the awesomeness that was Abraham Lincoln

President Barack Obama will be meeting with the nation’s governors today as they push Congress to avert deep federal spending cuts that begin to take effect Friday.

John Kerry embarked Sunday on his first official overseas trip as secretary of state, hoping to bring new ideas to Europe and the Mideast about how to end nearly two years of violence in Syria.

The Obama administration urged the Supreme Court on Friday to throw out a section of a 1996 federal law that prohibits recognition of same-sex marriage. The brief was filed in United States v. Windsor, a case challenging Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, the law that legally declares marriage to be only between a man and a woman.

• “Argo” beat out eight other Best Picture contenders at last night’s Oscars, including Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” which was expected by many to dominate the night. Daniel Day Lewis won Best Actor for his portrayal of Lincoln, and Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Show Notes for Friday, February 22, 2013

Fugelsang2• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang joins us from the New York Bureau for an hour of Fridays With Fugelsang

Dave Gilson, writer for “Mother Jones”, calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about debunking right wing gun myths

Vice President Joe Biden urged lawmakers to have the “courage” to pass legislation addressing gun violence on Thursday at a conference in Connecticut just 10 miles from Sandy Hook Elementary School, scene of the Dec. 14 mass shooting.

• The White House on Thursday afternoon flatly rejected a request made earlier in the day by 15 Republican senators to withdraw Chuck Hagel‘s nomination as defense secretary.

President Barack Obama reached out to the Republican leaders of the House and Senate on Thursday, the first sign in weeks that the two sides could be willing to work on a bipartisan solution to the potentially devastating spending cuts set to take place March 1.

The defense and prosecution both completed their arguments Friday in Oscar Pistorius’ bail hearing, with the magistrate soon to rule if the double-amputee athlete can be freed before trial or if he must stay behind bars pending trial in the shooting death of his girlfriend.

Show Notes for Thursday, February 21, 2013

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

SchiffRep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk to us about gun control, the sequester, and GOP obstructionism on Capitol Hill

Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak today at a gun violence conference a few miles from the scene of last year’s Newtown school shooting massacre. The conference, in Danbury, is to push President Barack Obama’s gun control proposals.

• Facing heightened expectations from gay rights supporters, the Obama administration is considering urging the Supreme Court to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage — a move that could have a far-reaching impact on same-sex couples across the country.

The lead investigator in the murder case against Oscar Pistorius faces attempted murder charges himself over a 2011 shooting, police said Thursday. The prosecution said they were unaware of the charges against the detective when they put him on the stand in court to explain why Pistorius should not be given bail.

Former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday morning to misusing more than $750,000 in campaign cash on private expenses — including a $43,000 Rolex, Blu-ray players, health clubs, lavish vacations, furs, and a slew of luxury goods.

Show Notes for Wednesday, February 20, 2013

watersRep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the sequester, gun control, and the State of the Union

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

• Conjuring up the specter of fired teachers, sidelined firefighters, criminals freed by cutbacks and “hundreds of thousands” of lost jobs, President Obama pressed congressional GOPers on Tuesday to agree to increase tax revenues as part of a plan to avert “brutal” across-the-board spending cuts set to take effect one week from Friday.

Marine Gen. John Allen, former commander of allied forces in Afghanistan, will retire from the military to care for his ailing wife. President Obama, who had nominated Allen to head NATO, met with the departing officer on Tuesday and accepted his request to leave the armed forces.

Illegal immigrants would face a maximum of a 13-year wait to become citizens if the Obama administration’s version of immigration reform passed, according to a leaked draft of the bill obtained by the Miami Herald.

Witnesses heard “non-stop shouting” in the home of Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius shortly before his girlfriend was shot dead, the lead detective in the murder investigation said on Wednesday.

Show Notes for Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pierce2Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the media’s fight against President Obama

President Obama this morning will make a fresh push to force congressional Republicans to make concessions that will head off budget cuts that appear increasingly likely to kick in starting on March 1. He will appear at the White House with emergency responders who would lose their jobs if the cuts go into effect.

The White House is downplaying its draft immigration proposal as merely a backup plan if lawmakers don’t come up with an overhaul of their own. It won’t be necessary, GOP and Dem lawmakers alike are telling the Obama administration.

• GOP opponents are sending signals that Chuck Hagel’s bid to become defense secretary will probably come to an up-or-down vote soon in the Senate. That’s unless more information damaging to the nominee — and the Obama administration — surfaces in the coming week.

• The Democratic-controlled Colorado House of Representatives on Monday formally approved a package of strict gun-control measures, in a state hit by two of the most notorious mass shootings in U.S. history.

Show Notes for Monday, February 18, 2013

RudePunditFlatThe Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the flailing NRA, the State of the Union, and the death of alleged cop killer Christopher Dorner

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

• President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the Pentagon, former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel, will likely be confirmed next week, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), one of his most dogged opponents, said Sunday.

A draft of a White House immigration reform bill leaked to USA Today on Saturday puts pressure on the Senate to deliver with its own package of comprehensive legislation. An Obama spokesperson stressed that the administration bill was neither final nor an attempt to derail a bipartisan reform effort in the Senate.

• While discussing the contentious confirmation hearings for defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel, things got a bit heated on Sunday’s “Meet The Press” when Sen. John McCain referred to the lack of information from the White House surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi as a “massive cover-up.”

Troubled country singer Mindy McCready, age 37, has died of an apparent suicide, the result of a single self-inflicted gunshot, the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed. McCready’s tragic death follows a recent commitment to rehab and her children being removed from her home.

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

Rep. Greg Meeks (D-NY) calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about increasing the minimum wage, and about his reaction to the State of the Union

President Barack Obama is criticizing Senate Republicans for delaying the confirmation of Chuck Hagel as his secretary of defense. The president said his opponents are using politics while the nation is still in a war in Afghanistan.

President Obama yesterday promoted his new proposal to guarantee high quality preschool for every 4-year-old in the US citing a need to bring low-income and minority children up to speed with higher-income children– a move he says will translate into an economic boost.

Senate Dems yesterday proposed a plan to put off dramatic cuts to the Pentagon and a host of popular government programs until next January. The move comes after weeks of lawmakers playing the blame game, with both sides claiming the sequester was the other party’s idea.

The passengers of a Carnival cruise ship began the process of getting back to normal early Friday, checking into hotels for a shower, hot meal and good night’s sleep or boarding buses bound for other cities after five numbing days at sea on a powerless ship disabled by an engine-room fire.

Show Notes for Thursday, February 14, 2013

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

BermanAri Berman of The Nation calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to tell us what Conservatives are doing to weaken the Voting Rights Act

• Road-testing his State of the Union message for the first time since his speech, President Obama yesterday visited a factory in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains that he said exemplified his second-term vision for manufacturing growth.

• President Obama continues his post-State of the Union road show today in Decatur, Ga., where he will unveil details of his plan to expand preschool programs, which he mentioned during his address Tuesday night.

The Senate will hold a test vote on Friday to move toward final confirmation of former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., as President Barack Obama’s next secretary of defense.

• House Speaker John Boehner has in the past sounded pessimistic about the prospect of gun control legislation passing this year, but yesterday he said that Congress has a “responsibility” to try to reduce gun violence.

• Oscar Pistorius, the South African double amputee “Blade Runner” who competed as a sprinter in the London Olympics, is under police custody Thursday after allegedly shooting and killing his girlfriend.

Show Notes for Wednesday, February 13, 2013

watersRep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about last night’s State of the Union

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich) calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the State of the Union, and about increasing mental health funding

Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about last night’s State of the Union

David Shuster of Current TV and WeActRadio.com calls in at 10:45am ET / 7:45am PT to go over last night’s State of the Union

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

• In his first State of the Union address since being reelected last November, Obama made an emotional plea for new gun safety measures, saying the victims of gun violence “deserve a vote” on legislation to ban assault weapons and large ammunition magazines. He also urged Congress to prevent the looming sequester.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) outlined a personal and direct rebuttal to key parts of Obama’s speech, criticizing Obama’s call for higher taxes and increased federal spending, but was overshadowed by an awkward sip of water.

Investigators have located charred human remains in the burned out cabin where they believe suspected cop killer and ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner was holed up as the structure burned to the ground, police said.

Show Notes for Tuesday, February 12, 2013

• David Bender of the Progressive Voices channel on TuneIn Radio joins us at 10am ET / 7am PT to preview tonight’s State of the Union address

Pierce2Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about Ted Nugent at the State of the Union, and about Pope Benedicts legacy

North Korea said it successfully detonated a miniaturized nuclear device at a northeastern test site Tuesday, defying U.N. Security Council orders to shut down atomic activity or face more sanctions and international isolation.

• President Barack Obama is promising to focus his State of the Union address tonight primarily on the state of the economy – but victims of gun violence are taking advantage of the high-profile event to try to shine a spotlight on their cause.

The Senate Armed Service Committee vote for Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary is set for today. Top Republicans on the committee are threatening a walk out, but Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) isn’t one of them.

• Vice President Joe Biden, speaking hours after a fatal shooting at a courthouse in his home state of Delaware, said on Monday there was an unprecedented sense of urgency among police and officials to enact gun control laws.

Today is Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and rainy forecasts are threatening to wash out the celebrations there.

Show Notes for Monday, February 11, 2013

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the buffoonery of the Family Research Council, and George W. Bush’s strange 2nd career in art

Boehlert2Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to co-host Right Wing World

• Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on Sunday threatened to block votes on President Barack Obama’s nominees for CIA director and defense secretary until the administration gives more information about the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

President Barack Obama will describe his plan for spurring the economy in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, offering proposals for investments in infrastructure, manufacturing, clean energy and education, a senior administration official said on Saturday.

Pope Benedict on Monday said he would resign on Feb 28 because he no longer had the strength to fulfill the duties of his office. He will be the first pope to resign the post in over 500 years.

Gotye won Record of the Year at last night’s Grammy Awards for his song “Somebody That I Used to Know.” Fun. landed two of the other top awards: Song of the Year for “We Are Young” and Best New Artist. Album of the Year went to British folk-rockers Mumford & Sons for their album “Babel.”

Show Notes for Friday, February 8, 2013

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

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) calls in at 11:05am ET / 8:05am PT to talk about closing tax loop holes for corporations

• More than 100 police officers were going door-to-door and searching for new tracks in the snow in the hopes of catching suspected cop killer Christopher Dorner overnight in Big Bear Lake, Calif., before he strikes again as laid out in his chilling online manifesto

John Brennan, the White House nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, faced a series of questions during his Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday regarding how he would lead the organization, with an emphasis on Brennan’s views on waterboarding.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., sharply criticized Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta for not deploying U.S. forces so they could rapidly respond to the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

President Barack Obama predicted a tough road ahead as he urged House Democrats on Thursday to stick to their principles on guns, immigration and the economy in legislative fights with Republicans.

Show Notes for Thursday, February 7, 2013

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

BreenMatthew Breen, Editor in Chief of “The Advocate”, joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the Boy Scouts’ delayed decision on allowing gay leaders

Rep Adam Schiff (D-CA) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about his LA Times Op Ed on Gun Control

• President Obama directed the Justice Department on Wednesday to share with key congressional committees secret memos laying out the legal justification for targeted drone-strike assassinations overseas, an aide said.

White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan will face questions about America’s expanded drone war—including strikes that have killed U.S. citizens around the world—when he faces the Senate Intelligence Committee today in what is expected to be a tough hearing on his nomination to head the CIA.

House Democrats today will unveil 15 proposals for curbing gun violence that resemble President Barack Obama’s plan and will include a call for banning assault weapons, people familiar with the package said Wednesday.

• Yesterday, the US Postal Service announced it’s not going to deliver first-class mail on Saturdays anymore, beginning August.

Show Notes for Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about comprehensive immigration reform

DupuyTina Dupuy of TheContributor.com calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the NRA enemies list and to provide a true list of all of the people who have spoken out against the organization

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

President Barack Obama on Tuesday directed Congress to pass short-term spending cuts and tax reform measures to avoid automatic cuts known as the sequester.

The White House on Tuesday defended targeted assassinations of Americans thought to consort overseas with terrorists as “necessary,” “ethical” and “wise,” as the Obama administration faced fresh questions about its sharply expanded drone war.

• The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday held a preliminary hearing to examine efforts to overhaul the nation’s immigrations laws, launching the chamber’s first public efforts on the issue this year.

A decision by national Boy Scout leaders on whether to allow gay leaders and members is expected today. Some fear an unwanted new era, while others are welcoming what they believe is an overdue change that comes amid other recent gains for LGBT rights nationwide.

Show Notes for Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Pierce2Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about why Americans like President Obama so much

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about what he’s doing to protect Americans from the greediness of drug companies

• President Barack Obama, speaking in Minneapolis on Monday, placed public pressure on Congress to pass gun control measures. The speech was part of an ongoing effort to respond to December’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will outline an ambitious blueprint spelling out the House Republican agenda today, one that emphasizes education, innovation, simplifying the tax code, and reforming immigration and labor laws.

• Republican Sen. John McCain, a sharp critic of Chuck Hagel’s nomination as defense secretary, said Monday he will not support a filibuster of President Barack Obama’s pick, even though he declined to say whether he intends to vote for confirmation.

• Following a daring rescue, a 5-year-old boy held captive for seven days in an underground bunker in southern Alabama is alive and his kidnapper, Jimmy Lee Dykes, is dead, the FBI said Monday afternoon.

Show Notes for Monday, February 4, 2013

RudePunditFlatThe Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6am PT to talk about the mentally ill and guns, and about Hispanics and the GOP

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

• In a live interview on CBS before the Super Bowl, President Obama yesterday encouraged the Boy Scouts of America to end its ban on gay members and leaders, days before the group is expected to vote on the controversial and long-standing rule.

President Obama will pitch his proposals to stem gun violence today in Minnesota, a Democratic-leaning state where officials have been studying ways to reduce gun-related attacks and accidents for several years.

New Secretary of State John Kerry reached out to Israeli and Palestinian leaders in phone calls this weekend, assuring them the Obama administration will continue to pursue a Mideast peace agreement while recognizing the individual concerns on both sides.

The Baltimore Ravens shook off an unprecedented Superdome blackout and a near improbable second-half comeback by the San Francisco 49ers to hold on and capture one of the greatest, and certainly wildest, Super Bowls, 34-31 on Sunday.

Show Notes for Friday, February 1, 2013

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang (“Viewpoint”) joins us from the Los Angeles Bureau at 10am ET / 7am PT for an hour of Fridays With Fugelsang

MoulitsasMarkos Moulitsas of DailyKos calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the debate over comprehensive immigration reform

Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel endured a thorough pounding on Thursday at the hands of his fellow Republicans during a contentious, daylong confirmation hearing that did nothing to improve his prospects for heading the Pentagon.

Congress passed must-do legislation Thursday to permit the government to borrow hundreds of billions of dollars more to meet its obligations, averting a first-ever government default that had loomed as early as mid-February.

Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch on Thursday afternoon announced his candidacy for U.S. senator in Massachusetts, setting up a competitive primary race against his colleague, Rep. Ed Markey.

• Former Mayor Ed Koch, the combative, acid-tongued politician who rescued the New York City from near-financial ruin during a three-term City Hall run in which he embodied New York chutzpah for the rest of the world, died this morning. He was 88.