Show Notes for Friday, May 31, 2013

DupuyTina Dupuy of TheContributor.com calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about what Michele Bachmann’s retirement means for the women’s movement

Dean Obeidallah calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about his latest CNN Opinion piece on anti-Muslim backlash in the UK after last weeks brutal murder of a British Soldier

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang joins us in the New York Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Fridays With Fugelsang

• Yanira Maldonado, The Arizona mother detained in Mexico for more than a week on drug charges, has been released and will be returning home to the U.S.

Authorities are interviewing a person in Texas in connection with threatening letters sent to President Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg that are being tested for ricin, a person with knowledge of the investigation told CNN on Thursday.

It would be “regrettable” if the identities of the men photographed with Sen. John McCain in Syria this week are confirmed to be individuals responsible for a year-old kidnapping, the AZ senator’s office said in a statement Thursday.

The Justice Department expressed regret on Thursday that the agency went as far as it did in national security leak investigations involving close scrutiny of reporters, and said it would review its guidelines so reporters would not be at legal risk for doing their jobs.

Show Notes for Thursday, May 30, 2013

Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about Michele Bachmann’s exit from Congress

TomaskyMichael Tomasky of The Daily Beast calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the importance of Bachmann’s exit from Congress

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was sent an anonymous threatening letter that preliminary tests indicated contained the presence of the poison ricin, law enforcement officials have said. A similar letter was sent to the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns in DC.

• U.S. Senator John McCain said on Wednesday, two days after meeting with rebels in Syria, that he is confident the United States can send weapons to fighters in Syria without the risk they will fall into the wrong hands.

The man poised to be the next head of the FBI is James Comey, a former prosecutor respected by both sides of the aisle, who may be best known for his role in a Hollywood-esque Washington showdown that thwarted the reauthorization of a warrantless eavesdropping program.

25 conservative and Tea Party groups have filed suit against the IRS, Attorney General Eric Holder and top IRS officials, alleging that the Obama administration unlawfully targeted the groups because of their political beliefs and obstructed their applications for tax-exempt status.

Show Notes for Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said today that she will not run for re-election in 2014. She made the announcement in a video posted on her web site. “After a great deal of thought and deliberation, I have decided next year, I will not seek a fifth Congressional term,” Bachmann said.

Additional scrutiny of conservative organizations’ activities by the IRS did not solely originate in the agency’s Cincinnati office, with requests for information coming from other offices and often bearing the signatures of higher-ups at the agency, according to attorneys representing some of the targeted groups.

• President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie revived their political odd-couple partnership Tuesday for a tour of a rebuilt Jersey Shore that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy seven months ago.

• A Florida judge ruled Tuesday that George Zimmerman’s defense team cannot mention Trayvon Martin’s suspension from school, prior marijuana use, text messages or past fighting during opening statements at next month’s trial.

Severe weather will continue to batter many parts of the United States on Wednesday, forecasters warned, after violent storms brought heavy rain to Chicago and large tornadoes to Kansas, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, and a fatal lightning strike in Florida.

Show Notes for Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Pierce2Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to fill us in on what’s REALLY going on with the IRS/Tea Party situation

President Obama marked Memorial Day by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery and urging Americans to remember the soldiers still fighting, and dying, in Afghanistan.

Sen. John McCain traveled to Syria on an unannounced trip yesterday and met with rebel leaders, who called on the U.S. to increase its support of the Syrian opposition by providing weapons, a no-fly zone and air strikes on forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

President Barack Obama travels to New Jersey on Tuesday for a progress report on the state’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy that on the surface appears remarkable but which hides deep and lingering pain.

• In a speech to the graduating class of 2013 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., President Obama challenged the 1,047 graduates to “live with integrity” and help restore trust in a military that has been stained by recent charges of sexual assault.

A House GOP group is launching an ad campaign against four incumbent Dems this week that aims to tie the lawmakers to the I.R.S., a government agency under scrutiny after officials admitted earlier this month to targeting conservative groups applying for nonprofit status.

Show Notes for Friday, May 24, 2013

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

• In a major address Thursday President Obama sought to reframe the nation’s counterterrorism strategy, saying, “Our systematic effort to dismantle terrorist organizations must continue. But this war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands.”

The Boy Scouts of America voted Thursday to end its controversial policy banning gay kids and teens from joining one of the nation’s most popular youth organizations, ditching membership guidelines that had roiled the group in recent years.

• Three people were rescued from water after a bridge along Interstate-5 in Washington State collapsed on Thursday evening, plunging cars into Skagit River below, according to Washington State Patrol.

Jurors in the high-profile Jodi Arias trial on Thursday failed to reach an agreement over whether she should receive the death penalty for killing her ex-boyfriend. A new jury will be impaneled on July 18th unless the prosecutor decided to no longer seek the death penalty.

The decimated city of Moore, Okla., will hold a public memorial service Sunday evening, six days after a tornado killed 24 people, injured 377 and destroyed hundreds of homes.

Show Notes For Thursday, May 23, 2013

Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about the GOP and disaster relief

Black• Comedian Lewis Black calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about his new comedy tour “The Rant is Due”

• Comedian Judy Gold calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about her new one-woman show, “The Judy Show”

• The tornado that tore through an Oklahoma City suburb destroyed or damaged as many as 13,000 homes and may have caused $2 billion in overall damage, officials said Wednesday.

• British Prime Minister David Cameron convened an emergency meeting of his intelligence chiefs on Thursday after two Islamists hacked a soldier to death with meat cleavers on a south London street.

• A highly anticipated hearing by the top investigative committee in the House delivered on the drama that was expected. Lois Lerner, the IRS official in charge of the division accused of wrongdoing, invoked her Fifth Amendment right against testifying, and defiantly asserted her innocence.

• The Obama administration publicly acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that U.S. drone strikes have killed four American citizens since 2009.

Show Notes for Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about media coverage of Obama’s “scandals”

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

• Rescue efforts in the tornado-ravaged Oklahoma City suburb of Moore continued through the night into Wednesday morning, with officials increasingly confident that everyone caught in the disaster had been accounted for.

A far-reaching bill to remake the nation’s immigration system is headed to the full Senate, where tough battles are brewing on gay marriage, border security and other contentious issues, with the outcome impossible to predict.

• Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner, who leads the exempt organizations division under scrutiny for targeting conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, is refusing to testify before Congress. She was supposed to testify today, but will plead the Fifth.

• Former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman and outgoing Commissioner Steven Miller told the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday that they knew last year that the IRS had a “Be On The Lookout” list while processing nonprofit applications and that tea party groups were on it. The extent of their knowledge at the time, however, was limited, they said.

Show Notes for Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the tightening screws on Rep. Michele Bachmann

Obeidallah• Comedian Dean Obeidallah calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about his humorous review of Donald Rumsfeld’s new book, “Rumsfeld’s Rules”

A monstrous tornado barreled through the Oklahoma City suburbs, demolishing an elementary school and reducing homes to piles of splintered wood. At least 51 people were killed, including at least 20 children, and those numbers were expected to climb, officials said Tuesday.

• Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll sharply reject a string of scandals that have touched the White House, yet the national survey also finds no backlash against President Obama, at least at this point. His job approval rating is stable, at 51 percent.

Lawmakers are getting their first chance today to question former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, the man who ran the agency when agents were improperly targeting tea party groups.

• The Senate Judiciary Committee hopes to nail down an elusive compromise on high-tech visas and may punt a controversy over gay marriage to the full Senate as it makes final drafting decisions on immigration legislation that grants a shot at citizenship to millions living in the country illegally.

Show Notes for Monday, May 20, 2013

rudepundit2The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the craziness of Rep. Louie Goehmert and about the GOP trying to hurt Hillary Clinton

Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the GOP’s desperation to pin SOMETHING scandalous on President Obama

President Barack Obama’s team emerged on Sunday to defend his handling of revelations that the IRS had targeted conservative groups for scrutiny, as senior Republicans conceded they lacked evidence — so far — that the president directed the abuses.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is aiming this week to pass a landmark immigration bill to secure the border and offer citizenship to millions, setting up a high-stakes debate on the Senate floor.

A vast area of the central U.S. was warned to prepare for storms on Monday, after tornadoes killed one and injured 21 in Oklahoma and also hit Iowa and Kansas.

Lottery officials confirmed early Sunday that the one winning PowerBall ticket for the estimated $590.5 million prize was sold at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla.

Taylor Swift not only took home the most trophies — eight – from last night’s Billboard Music Awards but also the night’s biggest honors: Top Artist and Billboard 200 Album of the Year for her mega-hit “Red.”

Show Notes for Friday, May 15, 2013

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

Lawmakers are ready to question the ousted head of the Internal Revenue Service today as Congress holds its first hearing on the tougher scrutiny the IRS gave tea party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status.

President Barack Obama at a press conference on Thursday strongly defended the Department of Justice‘s controversial secret seizure of journalists’ phone records during an investigation into leaked national security information.

Prospects for passage of a major immigration bill improved on Thursday when a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives declared they had reached a tentative deal, resolving disputes that had threatened to torpedo negotiations.

• With six people already confirmed dead, rescue crews in a northern Texas town continued their search for victims Friday after a wave of 16 tornadoes crashed through the region, ripping homes to pieces and laying waste to large swaths of the area.

• Responding to a question from a 700 Club viewer, host Pat Robertson said that married men “have a tendency to wander” and it is the spurned wife’s job to focus on the positive and make sure the home is so enticing, he doesn’t want to stray.

Show Notes for Thursday, May 16, 2013

Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about media coverage of the DC “scandals” this week

John Dean• Former Nixon counsel John Dean calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about whether this week’s DC scandals even come close to Watergate

• Bluntly declaring “I am angry” about the IRS scandal, President Barack Obama said late Wednesday that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had forced out Steven Miller, the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.

• Under heavy political pressure, the White House on Wednesday released 100 pages of internal Obama Administration emails in which senior officials debated what to tell Americans about the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

Sexual assault in the U.S. military is costing the armed services the confidence of women in uniform that the problem can be solved, says the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey.

O.J. Simpson, a former star athlete who once lived for the spotlight, was back on stage telling the grim story of the Las Vegas afternoon in 2007 that sent him to prison.

• Nobody won last night’s huge Powerball lottery drawing, so the jackpot for Saturday’s drawing soars to $475 million dollars.

Show Notes for Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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

Lax oversight at the IRS allowed for the singling out of some conservative groups, resulting in lengthy delays in the processing of their applications for federal tax-exempt status, according to a report by the agency’s inspector general released Tuesday.

The Justice Department on Tuesday defended its decision to subpoena phone records from Associated Press bureaus and reporters, saying the requests were limited and necessary to investigate a leak of classified information.

CNN has obtained an e-mail sent by a top aide to President Barack Obama about White House reaction to the deadly attack last September 11 on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that apparently differs from how sources characterized it to two different media organizations.

• The Army announced Tuesday that a sergeant first class assigned to an assault prevention program at Fort Hood is under investigation for sexual assault. The solider was assigned as a Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program coordinator when the allegations surfaced.

OJ Simpson is set to speak again today in a Las Vegas courtroom in a bid to win freedom from a sentence that could keep him behind bars until he dies.

Show Notes for Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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

VanJones• Former Obama advisor Van Jones calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about his new book, “Rebuild The Dream”

• House Republicans pushed ahead Monday with their investigation of the deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year as President Obama asserted that GOP charges of a cover-up are baseless

Congress was not told tea party groups were being inappropriately targeted by the Internal Revenue Service, even after acting agency Chief Steven Miller had been briefed on the matter.

The Justice Department used a secret subpoena to obtain two months of phone records for Associated Press reporters and editors without notifying the news organization.

• The Minnesota Senate gave final approval on Monday to a bill that will make the state the 12th in the United States to allow same-sex couples to marry and only the second in the Midwest. Gov. Dayton will sign the bill into law today.

• Angelina Jolie revealed in an emotional op-ed for the New York Times that she underwent a double mastectomy earlier this year after a blood test showed she was genetically susceptible to cancer.

Show Notes for Monday, May 13, 2013

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the fruitlessness of the Benghazi hearings

Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the GOP’s continuing screeching about Benghazi

alazraqui• Actor/comedian Carlos Alazraqui joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for another edition of Coffee With Carlos

• New Orleans police vowed to swiftly track down the gunmen who wounded 19 people at a neighborhood Mother’s Day parade, the latest case of violence flaring up around a celebration in the city this year.

• When tax agents started singling out non-profit groups for extra scrutiny in 2010, they looked at first only for key words such as ‘Tea Party,’ but later they focused on criticisms by groups of “how the country is being run,” according to investigative findings.

• Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) pushed back Sunday on charges that Republican efforts to investigate last year’s Benghazi attack are designed to inflict political damage on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

• After 37 years with ABC News, Barbara Walters is announcing on “The View” today that next summer, she will retire from TV journalism.

Show Notes for Friday, May 10, 2013

• Current TV’s John Fugelsang joins us from the New York Bureau at 10am ET / 7am PT for an hour of Fridays With Fugelsang

BreenMatthew Breen, Editor in Chief of “The Advocate”, joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau for the 11am ET / 8am PT hour to talk about the latest LGBT news

• Ariel Castro, the man accused of holding three women captive for a decade in his Cleveland home, terrorized the mother of his children, frequently beating her, playing twisted psychological games and locking her indoors in the years before their relationship disintegrated, her relatives say.

Secretary of State John Kerry promised Thursday to leave “no stone unturned” in the investigation into the deadly terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, and vowed that anyone guilty of wrongdoing would be disciplined “appropriately.”

A Minnesota House bill legalizing same-sex marriage passed 75-59 with resounding DFL support and the votes of four Republicans. The measure now goes to the Senate on Monday, where its passage is considered likely. Gov. Mark Dayton has said he intends to sign the bill into law.

A man holed up in a Phoenix hotel was arrested and accused of threatening to bomb the courthouse where jurors were to begin deciding whether convicted murderer Jodi Arias should get the death penalty, authorities said Thursday.

Show Notes for Thursday, May 9, 2013

Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about the results of yesterday’s Benghazi witch hunt on Capitol Hill

Clark• Author and legal pundit Marcia Clark calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the Jodi Arias verdict, and what’s going on with the Cleveland Kidnapping case

Doug Kendall, President of Constitutional Accountability Center, calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the business-friendly environment at the Supreme Court

• The Cleveland man accused of kidnapping and holding three young women captive for the past decade will make his first court appearance this morning. Ariel Castro, 52, is charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape.

Jodi Arias has been found guilty of first-degree murder but the trial is far from finished. The same jury now returns to the courtroom today to decide whether she deserves to die for killing her one-time boyfriend on June 4, 2008 at his Mesa home.

The Benghazi terrorist attack returned to Congress yesterday in hours of sharply partisan questioning that included the first public retelling from a US diplomat in Libya at the time of what happened the night Amb. Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

Show Notes for Wednesday, May 8, 2013

SparksNoH8• Sexy Liberal Hal Sparks calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT for a segment of Humpdays With Hal

Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about why the Constitution guarantees no absolute right to bear arms

• After three women who vanished a decade ago were found captive Monday at a peeling, rundown house, Cleveland police are facing questions about their handling of missing-person cases and are conducting an internal review to see if they overlooked anything.

• Once the disgraced and tearful figure at the epicenter of an embarrassing scandal, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford will return to public life as a U.S. congressman after his win over Elizabeth Colbert Busch last night.

House Republicans open their hearings today into the Benghazi attack that killed Amb. Chris Stevens and three other Americans but have already released transcripts from State Department witnesses, including former Deputy Chief of Mission Gregory Hicks.

• New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has struggled with obesity for much of his adult life, said on Tuesday he underwent lap band surgery in February to lose weight, a move he said had nothing to do with a possible run for the White House in 2016.

Show Notes for Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Pierce2Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about Fox News’ outrage over Benghazi

• Three brothers have been arrested after three women who disappeared in separate incidents about a decade ago were found alive in a house in Ohio, police said. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight went missing between 2000 and 2004 when they were aged between 14 and 20.

The Air Force official in charge of its sexual-assault prevention program was arrested for groping, authorities said Monday. Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski, 41, was removed from his position as head of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office pending an investigation, the Air Force said.

• Robel Phillipos, one of three friends accused of helping Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev cover up his alleged crime, got out on bond Monday, released to his mother’s custody.

It could take weeks to figure out why a white stretch limousine caught fire in the Bay Area over the weekend, turning a celebratory bachelorette party deadly, authorities said Monday.

Voters in South Carolina’s first congressional district head to the polls today to decide whether to offer former Gov. Mark Sanford a chance at political redemption, or instead send the sister of comedian Stephen Colbert to Congress.

Show Notes for Monday, May 6, 2013

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about this weekend’s big NRA Convention in Houston

Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about Glenn Beck’s competing conspiracy theories

Overton• Actor and comedian Rick Overton joins us for two hours in the Los Angeles Bureau at 10am ET / 7am PT to fill in for Jim Ward

A funeral director trying to find a cemetery to take the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is going next to the city where Tsarnaev lived, Cambridge, but will run into another obstacle: It doesn’t want him.

• Israel sought to persuade Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday that its recent air strikes around Damascus did not aim to weaken him in the face of a more than two-year-old rebellion.

The National Rifle Association on Sunday wrapped up its first national meeting of members since the high-profile mass shootings last year at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

A bride-to-be celebrating her bachelorette party was among the five people killed when a stretch limousine burst into flames while crossing a San Francisco area bridge, according to reports.

Show Notes for Friday, May 3, 2013

ChlumskyAnna Chlumsky, star of the HBO comedy “Veep”, calls in at 10:50am ET / 7:50am PT to talk about season two of the hit show

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

• The two brothers suspected of carrying out the deadly attacks on the Boston Marathon had originally planned to set off their bombs on July 4, a law enforcement official said.

U.S. President Obama gave his blessing on Thursday to a new security arrangement with Mexican leader Enrique Pena Nieto, in which Mexico will make reducing violence a priority over hunting drug cartel kingpins in the war against organized crime.

• President Barack Obama said Thursday he was comfortable with his administration’s decision to allow over-the-counter purchases of a morning-after pill for anyone 15 and older.

Rhode Island became the final state in New England and the 10th in the country to legalize gay marriage after independent Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Thursday signed a bill that will allow same-sex marriage.

• Southern California firefighters early Friday were fiercely battling a growing, brush-fueled wildfire that had reached the beach in Ventura County and was pushing toward the upscale city of Malibu, officials said.

Show Notes for Thursday, May 2, 2013

FrischBeardKarl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about the week’s big stories, including the politicization of the Boston Bombings

Eric Ferrero, Planned Parenthood‘s VP of Communications, calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about making the morning after pill available to girls 15 years and older

Federal authorities arrested three college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wednesday, accusing them of trying to obstruct justice by hiding a backpack and a laptop involved in the case and lying about it.

President Barack Obama on Thursday begins a whirlwind trip to Latin America, where a high-profile meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto involving immigration, drug violence and trade tops the agenda.

• A bipartisan proposal to expand background checks for gun sales failed in part due to Republicans’ desire to prevent President Obama from winning a victory on a major policy initiative, Sen. Pat Toomey, the gun proposal’s chief GOP proponent, said Wednesday.

Israel has warned it will do whatever is necessary to prevent the Syrian government’s large stockpile of chemical and biological weapons from falling into the hands of militants, believing that one day they may be used against Israel.

Show Notes for Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Kluwe• Minnesota Viking Kicker and straight ally Chris Kluwe calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Jason Collins, the first gay professional athlete to come out

Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about why the GOP is doing even worse with African Americans

• Australian Rugby Star turned Actor Ian Roberts calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about how coming out in 1995 changed his life and where he is at 18 years later

President Barack Obama on Tuesday forcefully defended his policy toward Syria, his handling of the Boston Marathon bombing, the future of Obamacare and even his political relevance in a wide-ranging press conference 100 days into his second term. He also again promised to close Gitmo.

Massachusetts primary voters on Tuesday picked Democrat Ed Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez as their candidates in the June 25 special election, the second such race the state has seen in three years

Relatives of the dead suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing will claim his body now that his wife has agreed to release it, an uncle said as officials in both Washington and Russia deepened their investigations into him and his ties.

• A new Kaiser Foundation poll indicates many Americans are still unclear about the details of Affordable Care Act and, in some cases, unaware it’s actually law of the land.