Show Notes for Friday, March 29, 2013

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang joins us from the NYC Bureau at 10am ET / 7am PT for an hour of Fridays With Fugelsang

-1• Actor Val Kilmer calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about his new solo show “Citizen Twain” and talk about what Mark Twain would think of today’s news

• President Obama spoke at the White House with rows of grieving mothers behind him and publicly implored Congress to pass gun-reform legislation 100 days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shootings in Newtown, CT.

Adam Lanza left a home stuffed with weaponry and carried out the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in a 154-bullet barrage that took less than five minutes, investigators said Thursday in the first detailed account of his surroundings and troubled state of mind.

• On his radio program on Wednesday, conservative host Rush Limbaugh predicted that same-sex marriage would eventually be made legal “nationwide,” regardless of how the Supreme Court rules in cases on the subject later this year.

The White House will release its budget proposal for fiscal year 2014 on April 10, it said on Thursday. Previously the White House had said only that the budget would come out the week of April 8, without specifying a date.

Show Notes for Thursday, March 28, 2013

Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about this week’s two big marriage equality cases before the Supreme Court

Andrew Gumbel, co-author of “Honor Bound: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox”, calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about Knox’ retrial

Brenda S. Feigen, Esq. was in attendance for the Prop 8 & DOMA hearings before the Supreme Court. She calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT with an update

Carl Reiner• The Legendary Carl Reiner calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about his memoir, “I Remember Me”

A majority of Supreme Court justices expressed concern Wednesday about DOMA, a federal law that bars same sex marriage, signaling the nation’s highest court may be poised to extend a potentially historic victory to the gay rights movement.

• Four members of the “gang of eight” senators pushing for a bipartisan approach to immigration reform on Wednesday got an unexpected optical to demonstrate their case: During a tour of the border, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) witnessed a woman in Nogales, Ariz., “successfully climb an 18-ft bollard fence a few yards away from us.”

• Former South African President Nelson Mandela was admitted to the hospital just before midnight Wednesday due to his recurring lung infection.

Show Notes for Wednesday, March 27, 2013

HerreraSan Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT from Washington DC with an update on the Prop 8 hearing at the Supreme Court

Today, the Supreme Court justices will hear arguments in the second gay marriage case ever in the court’s history, again raising hopes from both sides that the court will weigh in decisively on the issue after justices suggested on Tuesday that they may dodge a decision in California’s gay marriage case.

David Petraeus apologized Tuesday night to an audience of veterans for the conduct that led to his resignation as head of the CIA following the disclosure of an extramarital affair.

• The possibility that American Amanda Knox could be convicted of murder and extradited to Italy for punishment could force U.S. courts to enter uncharted legal territory. The move potentially pits a U.S. constitutional ban on double jeopardy, or being tried twice for the same offense after an acquittal, against international extradition agreements, experts said.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday named veteran Secret Service agent Julia Pierson as the agency’s first female director, signaling his desire to change the culture at the male-dominated service, which has been marred by scandal.

Show Notes for Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Traci Lords• Actress/musician Traci Lords calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the Steubenville OH rape trial, her experiences of being raped as a teen in the same town, and her new song about it called “Stupidville”

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about Wayne LaPierre’s crazy appearance on Meet The Press this weekend

This morning, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the first gay marriage case to ever reach the court, Hollingsworth v. Perry. The legal battle over California’s gay marriage ban began more than four years ago, when a majority of voters backed ballot Proposition 8, which rescinded the right to marry from same-sex couples.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai made a show of unity on Monday after weeks of heightened tensions over prisoner transfers and Afghan suggestions of U.S.-Taliban collusion.

Italy’s highest criminal court on Tuesday overturned the acquittal of Amanda Knox in the slaying of her British roommate and ordered a new trial, prolonging a case that has become a cause celebre in the U.S.

President Obama supports universal background checks for gun purchases but does not support a national registry of those who own guns legally, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest told reporters today.

Show Notes for Monday, March 25, 2013

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to fill us in on what we missed while we were on vacation

Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to tell us why Rush Limbaugh wants to marry his couch

TakanoRep. Mark Takano (D-CA), the newest gay member of Congress, joins us in studio at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk to us about this week’s Prop. 8 arguments before the Supreme Court

President Obama says each of his proposed steps to reduce gun violence should get a vote in Congress — even an assault weapons ban that both parties agree stands little chance of passing. Senate Dems dropped the ban from the bill they plan to debate next month out of concern it could sink the whole package.

• Fox News contributor and former Bush deputy chief of staff Karl Rove said yesterday morning on ABC’s “This Week” that he can imagine the next Republican nominee for the White House supporting gay marriage.

• The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in two cases that have the potential to transform American society and the status of gays and lesbians in it.

• New Jersey lottery officials say that the sole winning ticket for this weekend’s $338.3 Billion PowerBall drawing was sold in their state.

Show Notes for Friday, March 15, 2013

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the budget, and his Wisconsin colleague Paul Ryan

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

• President Obama’s third and final day of in-person courtship of Congress found him lunching on lobster Thursday with Senate Republicans, and chewing over prospects for reforming the nation’s tax code, entitlements and regulatory structure.

A Senate committee approved an assault weapons ban Thursday on a party-line vote that signaled how difficult it will be for the proposal to survive in the full Senate.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) has announced that he’s had a change of heart and now supports marriage equality. The change came two years after his son told him and and his wife that he is gay.

Stocks closed near session highs Thursday, with the Dow logging its first 10th-straight winning streak since 1996 and the S&P 500 within a hair’s breadth of its all-time closing high, lifted by a better-than-expected jobless claims report.

Show Notes For Thursday, March 14, 2013

Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 8am PT to co-host Right Wing World

Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the fights over sequestration and the budget

Kelly CarlinKelly Carlin (daughter of George Carlin) joins us in the studio at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about her upcoming Los Angeles performance of “A Carlin Home Companion”

The House GOP emerged from a rare conferencewide meeting with President Obama yesterday. The discussion focused on taxes, entitlements, immigration, gun control, the nation’s relationship with Israel, energy, and the announcement of a new pope.

• In an opening bid for possible negotiations with House Republicans that might lead to a compromise budget resolution this summer, Senate Dems yesterday unveiled their budget for the new fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.

The GOP’s internal struggle over how to expand its reach will play out at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), with activists warring over the question of who should be part of the movement and who should not.

Pope Francis, barely 12 hours after his election, quietly left the Vatican early on Thursday to pray for guidance as he looks to usher a Roman Catholic Church mired in intrigue and scandal into a new age of simplicity and humility.

Show Notes for Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the budget and sequestration negotiations

SparksNoH8• Sexy Liberal Hal Sparks joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Humpdays With Ha

Republicans on Tuesday debuted their full 2014 budget, an ambitious proposal that would seek to balance the budget within a decade, but which is also almost certain to never become law.

President Barack Obama huddled with Senate Democrats on Capitol Hill Tuesday, stepping onto congressional turf as part of a week of outreach to both his own party and his GOP rivals.

Senators negotiating a bill mandating background checks for all gun buyers are privately expecting the National Rifle Association not to fight the measure — provided the legislation does not require private gun sellers to maintain records of the checks.

• The 115 cardinal electors of the Roman Catholic Church have returned to the Sistine Chapel today to resume the conclave that will elect the next pope. The cardinals started the conclave on Tuesday but black smoke emerged from the chapel’s chimney a few hours afterwards, signaling that no candidate had received the two-thirds majority needed for election.

Show Notes for Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Pierce2Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the infinite flip flops of Rep. Paul Ryan and his budget proposals

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the budget and sequester negotiations on Capitol Hill

• House Republicans are sticking to their guns on the federal budget, promising to try to repeal so-called Obamacare, cut domestic programs from Medicaid to college grants and require future Medicare patients to bear more of the program’s cost.

Democrats are ready to muscle expanded background checks and other gun curbs through the Senate Judiciary Committee, giving President Barack Obama an initial if temporary victory on one of his top priorities.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accused the U.S. of colluding with the Taliban. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, in Afghanistan, appeared cautious and at pains to avoid sharply criticizing the Afghan leader in public, even as he firmly disputed Karzai’s assertions.

• Roman Catholic cardinals prayed for divine help on Tuesday, hours before a conclave to elect a new pope to tackle the daunting problems facing the Church at one of the most difficult periods in its history.

Show Notes for Monday, March 11, 2013

• Sexy Liberal Hal Sparks sits in the Los Angeles Bureau for Jim Ward all three hours this morning

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to give us his observations about Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster last week

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

Fitzgerald• Actress/Activist Melissa Fitzgerald joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the news of the day

Sarah Imes Borden, producer of The River And The Mountain, calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to discuss her new play about homosexuality in Uganda

• The legendary Lynda Carter calls in to talk about her upcoming jazz gigs in Los Angeles, and about her upcoming gig at Lincoln Center in New York

• Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the GOP’s point person on fiscal issues in Congress, said on Sunday that compromise with President Obama is possible on taxes and spending even though his own soon-to-be-unveiled budget plan faces certain rejection from Obama’s Democrats.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel encountered political tension with the Afghan president and a series of security problems during his first visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief, but he met privately with President Hamid Karzai and says they discussed the key issues.

Show Notes for Friday, March 8, 2013

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

Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about sequestration and keeping the government funded and open this year

John Brennan won Senate confirmation Thursday to head the CIA after a late struggle that had more to do with presidential power to order drone strikes than with the nominee’s credentials to lead the spy agency.

Members of both parties cheered on Sen. Rand Paul Wednesday during his 13-hour filibuster but Paul drew a smack-down from two influential fellow Republicans Thursday who called the Kentucky lawmaker’s actions uninformed and irresponsible.

• President Obama on Thursday heralded the expanded protections offered to Native Americans, gay, lesbian and transgender victims as well as undocumented immigrants in the reauthorized Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) he signed into law.

• President Barack Obama expanded his fledgling search for Republican allies on a possible deficit-reduction deal when he hosted lunch on Thursday for Paul Ryan, one of the House of Representatives’ leading fiscal conservatives.

Show Notes for Thursday, March 7, 2013

Frisch3Karl 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 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about sequestration and avoiding a government shutdown

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) ended his 13-hour filibuster to block Senate confirmation of John Brennan’s nomination to be CIA director shortly after midnight, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would continue to oppose Brennan’s confirmation and try to keep the debate going.

North Korea on Thursday vowed to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States, amplifying its threatening rhetoric hours ahead of a vote by U.N. diplomats on whether to level new sanctions against Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test.

• With a nasty weather system threatening the nation’s capital, the House on Wednesday quickly passed a bill to keep the government funded through the current fiscal year. It will incorporate the lower funding amounts mandated by sequestration.

• An unpredictable winter storm that buried parts of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions with snow but barely laid a glove on Washington was bound early Thursday for New England, where it was expected to bring strong winds, more snow and the possibility of coastal flooding.

Show Notes For Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the Sequester and the resolution that would leave sequester cuts in place through the end of the year to avoid a government shutdown

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 is getting some surprising kudos from a group of unlikely lawmakers … GOP senators. As part of a recent outreach effort from the White House, Obama is making phone calls to some senators from across the aisle as they craft a new budget for the coming fiscal year.

• Less than two months into his second term, President Obama’s approval rating has dropped to 42 percent and Americans blame him and his fellow Democrats almost as much as his Republican opponents for a fiscal mess.

• Hundreds of anguished Venezuelans poured into the streets of downtown Caracas crying, hugging each other and shouting slogans in support of President Hugo Chavez after learning of his death Tuesday.

The Dow rose 125.95 points Tuesday and closed at 14,253.77, topping the previous record set in 2007 by almost 90 points. It’s another sign that the country is slowly healing after the worst recession since the 1930s.

Washington and its suburbs face what could be their heaviest snowfall in two years on Wednesday, as a fierce storm headed east after blanketing the Midwest.

Show Notes for Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Madigan• Comedian Kathleen Madigan joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau for the entire show this morning to talk about the news of the day and promote her upcoming tour dates

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about what the GOP has done to get us into this sequester mess

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

Republicans controlling the House are moving to take the roughest edges off across-the-board spending cuts that are just starting to take effect. A new GOP measure released Monday would give the Pentagon much-needed funding for readiness and would fund critical agencies like the FBI and the Border Patrol.

A Senate committee is scheduled to vote on John Brennan, President Obama’s pick to lead the CIA, after weeks of wrangling with the White House over access to top-secret information about the use of lethal drone strikes and the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

• A Dominican woman who previously stated in a video that she was paid to have sex with Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) now says the allegations were false, according to a sworn statement released by a lawyer on Monday.

Chicago this morning finds itself in the midst of a storm that could wind up dumping as much as 10 inches of snow before the end of the day — the most since the 2011 blizzard.

Show Notes for Monday, March 4, 2013

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

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

Fitzgerald• Actor-vist Melissa Fitzgerald joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau for the 11am ET / 8am PT hour to talk about the news of the day

President Obama urged Americans this weekend to help him pressure GOPers to help halt painful automatic government spending cuts. Obama acknowledged that the $85 billion “sequestration” would not be the end of the world, but warned that it would slow the tepid recovery and cost jobs.

Mitt Romney says it “kills” him that he’s not president. But he doesn’t blame Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie or anything else on his loss to President Barack Obama–except his campaign’s failure to connect with minority voters.

Queen Elizabeth was admitted to a London hospital yesterday as a precaution after experiencing symptoms of a stomach bug, according to a Buckingham Palace spokesperson.

A baby born with the virus that causes AIDS appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday. A child from Mississippi who’s now 2½ and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection.

Show Notes for Friday, March 1, 2013

Reba McEntyreReba McEntire of ABC’s Malibu Country calls in at 10:40am ET / 7:40am PT to promote the show (which also stars Lily Tomlin)

Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), the newest gay member of congress, calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about President Obama’s friend of the court filing in the Prop 8/DOMA case

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) calls in 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about how sequestration will affect the country’s science innovation funding and science education funding

• Despite a parade of dire warnings from the White House, an $85 billion package of deep automatic spending cuts appears poised to take effect at the stroke of midnight tonight. The sequester will hit every federal budget, from defense to education, and even the president’s own staff.

• The Obama administration has waded into the legal battle over California’s gay marriage ban, filing a brief with the Supreme Court Thursday evening that argues the state’s voters did not have the right to decide gay couples cannot wed.

The House yesterday passed and sent to President Obama a far-reaching extension of the Violence Against Women Act. The vote came after House GOP leaders, cognizant of the need to improve their faltering image among women voters, accepted a bill that cleared the Senate on a strong bipartisan vote.