Show Notes for Wednesday, November 27, 2013

alazraqui• Comedian and actor Carlos Alazraqui joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Coffee With Carlos

• With the self-imposed deadline to fix Healthcare.gov quickly approaching, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius assured state and local elected officials Tuesday that the troubled Obamacare website is “definitely on track” to improve by the end of November.

• The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to referee another dispute over President Barack Obama’s health care law, whether businesses like Hobby Lobby can use religious objections to escape a requirement to cover birth control for employees.

• Visiting the DreamWorks Animation studio in Glendale, CA on Tuesday, President Obama told employees of the film industry that their work has profound influence both at home and abroad. In the wake of tragedies like Sandy Hook, the entertainment should be mindful of that power, he said.

• The Texas National Guard will immediately begin letting same-sex couples register for benefits after the Defense Department approved a new procedure for enrolling National Guard members and their dependents for benefits.

• A wall of storms bearing down on the East Coast packing ice, sleet and rain could upend holiday travel plans as millions of Americans take to the roads, skies and rails Wednesday for Thanksgiving.

Show Notes for Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Pierce2• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about whether the Iran deal was a good idea

• Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about GOP reaction to the historic Iran nuclear deal

• Leading Dem and GOP senators are crafting legislation to reinstate the full force of sanctions and impose new ones if Iran doesn’t make good on its pledge to roll back its nuclear program, brushing aside the Obama administration’s fears about upending its diplomatic momentum.

• Answering a heckler in his San Francisco audience, President Obama repeated on Monday that he will not take executive actions to halt deportations of undocumented immigrants, saying that such unilateral action would “violate our laws.”

• Newtown shooter Adam Lanza was obsessed with Columbine and planned the rampage that took the lives of 20 children and six school staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary, “including the taking of his own life,” according to a report on last December’s shooting released Monday.

• HealthCare.gov experienced an “unscheduled outage” for about an hour Monday morning, officials confirmed Monday, but the administration maintains that the federal website will work for the “vast majority” of users by next week.

Show Notes for Friday, November 22, 2013

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

• Jim Ward has a special segment this morning, honoring the 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination

• Senate Democrats dropped the filibuster bomb yesterday. By a 52-48 vote, the Senate ended the ability of minority Republicans to continue using filibusters to block some of President Obama’s judicial and executive nominations, despite the vehement objections of Republicans.

• According to a CNN/ORC poll released Thursday, 41% of Americans approve of the job the President’s doing in the White House, the lowest level for that crucial indicator in CNN polling. Fifty-six percent questioned say they disapprove of Obama’s performance, an all-time high in CNN surveys.

• Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., who earlier in the day pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, announced Wednesday night he would be taking a leave of absence to get “intensive in-patient treatment.”

• Few tragedies loom as large in the American psyche as the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, who was gunned down in Dallas a half-century ago today. Now, we pause to remember that dark day in the country’s history — recalling a shared trauma that can feel both political and personal.

Show Notes for Thursday, November 21, 2013

• Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to give us his view of the Cheney Family marriage equality fight

Cesca• Bob Cesca of The Daily Banter calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about GOP efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act

• Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., who earlier in the day pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, announced Wednesday night he would be taking a leave of absence to get “intensive in-patient treatment.”

• Email messages released yesterday by Republican congressional investigators reveal that at least five days before the launch of HealthCare.gov, the White House apparently “feared” negative publicity from the site’s now-famous ‘System Is Down’ warning.

• Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, frustrated by Republicans who have been blocking President Barack Obama’s nominees, could invoke the so-called “nuclear option” this week – a controversial move that would change Senate rules over GOP objections to prevent filibusters of presidential nominations.

• The U.S. and Afghanistan have agreed on the language of a bilateral security pact that could clear the way for thousands of U.S. troops to train and assist Afghan forces after the NATO combat mission ends in 2014.

Show Notes for Wednesday, November 2013

• Comedian Dean Obeidallah calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Chris Christie’s upcoming big immigration decision

alazraqui• Comedian Carlos Alazraqui joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Coffee With Carlos

• President Obama admitted that, even once the health care website is working properly, he faces an uphill battle to “remarket and rebrand” his signature law in the face of political opposition. The president said Republican resistance contributed to the rocky Obamacare rollout.

• The Justice Department and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have reached agreement on all issues in a $13 billion settlement of a civil inquiry into the company’s sales of low-quality mortgage-backed securities that collapsed in value during the 2008 financial crisis.

• George Zimmerman posted bond and was released from jail in Sanford, Fla., at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Zimmerman had been held on charges of aggravated assault, battery, domestic violence and criminal mischief related to an altercation with his girlfriend on Monday.

• Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) is “profoundly sorry” after being charged Tuesday for misdemeanor cocaine possession. “I struggle with the disease of alcoholism, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice,” Radel, who’s serving his first term in the U.S. House.

Show Notes For Tuesday, November 19, 2013

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about how well the economy has been doing under Obama

hartmann• Progressive superhero Thom Hartmann calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about his new book “The Crash of 2016: The Plot To Destroy America And What We Can Do To Stop It”

• President Obama’s job approval rating has fallen to 42 percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, down 13 percentage points this year and 6 points in the past month to match the lowest of his presidency. 55 percent disapprove, which is a record.

• Scandal-plagued Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was stripped of the last of his meaningful powers last night after a heated City Council debate in which he argued with members of the public, charged hecklers and knocked a councilwoman down.

• George Zimmerman is being held without bail on charges that he threatened his girlfriend with a shotgun. Zimmerman, 30, was taken into custody Monday afternoon following a disturbance call at a home in Apopka, Fla., about 15 miles from Orlando.

• Stunned residents across the Midwest picked through the wreckage of what used to be their homes on Monday after a fierce storm system swept across six states, spawned nearly 60 reported tornadoes and killed at least eight people.

Show Notes for Monday, November 18, 2013

• The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Obama’s plan to let people keep their health plans for another year

Boehlert2• Eric Boehlert of Media Matters calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the falling standards at CBS News

• Dozens of tornadoes and intense thunderstorms swept across the Midwest on Sunday with Illinois taking the brunt of the fury, leaving at least six people dead and unleashing powerful winds that flattened entire neighborhoods, flipped over cars and uprooted trees.

• House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said yesterday that Democrats are not losing confidence in President Barack Obama’s ability to make the Affordable Care Act work and don’t fear ObamaCare’s effect on their chances in next year’s elections.

• In a mild rebuke to President Barack Obama, more than three dozen House Democrats broke with their party Friday in supporting a measure the GOP said would help reverse cancellation of Americans’ individual insurance plans.

• Liz Cheney took fire Sunday from her own sister and sister-in-law over her public opposition to their right to be married. Mary Cheney and her wife, Heather Poe, went on Facebook to chastise Liz after the Wyoming Senate candidate said this weekend that she believes “in the traditional definition of marriage.”

Show Notes for Friday, November 15, 2013

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

• Facing growing opposition from his own party, President Obama yesterday proposed a fix to a key component of his signature health care law, allowing Americans who are losing their coverage because of the Affordable Care Act to keep their plans for up to a year before being forced into coverage that meets the new standards.

• The White House is receiving mixed reactions from allies in Washington as it tries to soothe growing unease among Democrats on Capitol Hill about the implementation of the health reform law so many of them risked their careers to pass.

• Survivors in remote areas of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan said Friday they had been ignored by relief efforts, even as aid began to reach some of the worst-affected zones. The United Nations said Thursday the death toll from the monster typhoon had reached 4,200.

• Toronto’s beleaguered mayor Rob Ford who has surprised his city with almost daily revelations about crack use, drug purchases and drunken stupors shocked a live news conference today with a crude comment about oral sex. He apologized for the comment a short time later, blaming the “pressure” of the ongoing scandal.

Show Notes for Thursday, November 14, 2013

• Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about coverage of the ObamaCare implementation numbers

• Aaron Hicklin, Editor-In-Chief of “Out Magazine” joins Steph in the New York Bureau at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about The Out 100

Lavin• Actress Linda Lavin calls in at 11:20am ET / 8:20am PT to talk about her role in the NBC Sitcom “Sean Saves The World”

• Bob Cesca of The Daily Banter calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about Bill Clinton feeding the anti-ObamaCare trolls

• The Obama administration announced Wednesday that as of early November, 106,185 people had successfully chosen health insurance plans from the new Obamacare marketplaces. The administration has repeatedly stressed that it expected the initial enrollment figures to be low.

• The mayor of the typhoon-ravaged Philippine city of Tacloban has urged residents to flee the city. Thousands of people have jammed the airport, hoping to get one of the few seats out on military planes.

• The federal government may have wasted $1 billion on a TSA program called “SPOT” that profiles people who may be “bad guys” at airports by talking to them, according to the GAO. There is no evidence that it works.

Show Notes for Wednesday, November 13, 2013

• Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the high-stakes election recount in Virginia is so important

alazraqui• Comedian Carlos Alazraqui joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to hang with us for the hour

• Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced Tuesday that she will support legislation aimed at repairing the now-broken promise that the president — and many senators — made to Americans when the Affordable Care Act was passed: That if they liked their health insurance, they could keep it.

• Desperation triggered anarchy in communities in the Philippines flattened by Typhoon Haiyan as survivors of one of the most violent storms to ever hit land struggled to find food, clean water and medicine Wednesday.

• The Hawaii State Senate passed a bill Tuesday legalizing gay marriage, putting Hawaii a signature away from becoming a same-sex wedding destination. Gov. Neil Abercrombie said in a statement he will sign the measure.

• Congress’ approval rating has fallen to nine percent in a new Gallup poll, the lowest it has been in the public opinion research firm’s 39 years of asking the question. A new Quinnipiac University poll found that American voters disapprove of President Obama by a margin of 54 percent to 39 percent, which is the lowest approval rating he has had since becoming president.

Show Notes for Tuesday, November 12, 2013

• Comedian Dean Obeidallah calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about why Chris Christie isn’t a shoo-in for the GOP nomination

Pierce2• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the manufactured feud between Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren

• Aid is coming to Tacloban, Philippines: medical supplies, pallets of water and food piled on trucks, planes and ferries, sent by the Philippine government and countries around the world. But the scale of the typhoon disaster and challenges of delivering the assistance means few in this city, strewn with debris and corpses, have received any help.

• Hailing “patriots who have rendered the highest service any American can offer this nation,” President Barack Obama honored the country’s military veterans Monday at a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

• If New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie runs for president in 2016, just 32 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning respondents say they would vote for him in a GOP presidential primary, while 31 percent prefer another Republican candidate. according to a new NBC News poll.

• An arctic blast from Canada brought winter-like temperatures across a wide swath of the country early Tuesday with snow and lows in the single digits and teens in the Upper Midwest.

Show Notes for Monday, November 11, 2013

• The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about why Chris Christie isn’t the GOP’s savior

• Eric Boehlert of Media Matters calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the “60 Minutes” Benghazi report fiasco

Michon• Writer, director, and actress Cathryn Michon calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about her new movie, “Muffin Top: A Love Story”

• Stunned survivors of one of the most powerful typhoons ever to make landfall picked through the remains of their homes Monday and pleaded for food and medicine as the Philippines struggled to deal with what is likely its deadliest natural disaster with a potential death toll of 10,000 or more.

• Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that the major world powers remain united on reaching a deal with Iran that would lead to it abandoning any efforts to build nuclear weapons. Talks failed in Geneva Saturday after an agreement had seemed imminent on Friday.

• Obamacare didn’t harm Democrats in last week’s elections and, in fact, could be a boon to future candidates, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said Sunday.

Show Notes for Friday, November 8, 2013

• 19 year old Zack Kopplin calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about fight against teaching Creationism in Louisiana public schools

• Actor Alan Alda calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about hosting the Homeward Bound telethon benefiting soldiers with PTSD

• Health care reform expert Jacki Schechner calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the continuing rollout of ObamaCare

Dupuy• Columnist Tina Dupuy joins John Fugelsang in the New York Bureau for the 11am ET / 8am PT hour

• President Obama said Thursday that he is “sorry” that some Americans are losing their current health insurance plans as a result of the Affordable Care Act, despite his promise that no one would have to give up a health plan they liked.

• President Barack Obama’s budget chief said Thursday that last month’s 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government cost taxpayers more than $2.5 billion for work that furloughed federal employees never got a chance to do.

• The Senate approved historic legislation Thursday to expand workplace protections for gay, lesbian and transgender Americans. But the bill faces a bleak future in the GOP-led House.

Show Notes for Thursday, November 7, 2013

• Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to review this week’s election results

wassermanschultz• Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about her new book, “For the Next Generation: A Wake-Up Call to Solving Our Nation’s Problems”

• Bob Cesca of The Daily Banter calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the sadistic tendencies of ObamaCare opponents

• President Obama yesterday traveled to Dallas, Texas, where he met with supporters of his health care law, encouraging them to keep up their efforts to promote it, even in the face of conservative resistance. He took state leaders to task for refusing to expand Medicaid.

• Tony Trenkle, The Chief Information Officer for the agency running the troubled ObamaCare website, has resigned, officials confirmed on Wednesday — but they wouldn’t say whether he was a casualty of the messy rollout.

• Chris Christie said Wednesday that he’s ignoring the speculation about his presidential ambitions following a decisive re-election victory in deep-blue New Jersey. But his words and actions suggested otherwise.

• Twitter late Wednesday priced its shares at $26, as the social networking firm prepares to go public this morning in the splashiest initial share offering since Facebook’s May 2012 market debut.

Show Notes for Wednesday, November 6, 2013

• Comedian Dean Obeidallah calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about why we should charge the LAX shooter with terrorism

Matthews• MSNBC’s Chris Matthews calls in at 10:50am ET / 7:50am PT to talk about his book, “Tip And The Gipper: When Politics Worked”

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

• Democrat Terry McAuliffe won the Virginia governor’s race, Republican Chris Christie won re-election in New Jersey, and Democrat Bill De Blasio won the mayor’s race in New York City in yesterday’s most-contested elections.

• Rob Ford said Tuesday he loves his job and will stay on as mayor of Toronto despite admitting for the first time that he smoked crack. Ford earlier acknowledged he smoked crack “probably a year ago” when he was in a “drunken stupor,” but balked at growing pressure on him to resign.

• The Illinois General Assembly approved a bill on Tuesday to allow gays and lesbians to marry in the Land of Lincoln, opening the path for the state to become the 15th to allow same-sex marriage. It now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has vowed to sign it into law.

• Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said yesterday he will create a “new approval process” for his speeches and written material after facing charges of plagiarism.

Show Notes for Tuesday, November 5, 2013

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about strange political events in Maine and Virginia

Nealon• Comedian Kevin Nealon calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about his online benefit “Comedy Gives Back”

• A gunman fired at least fix rounds into an escalator near closing time in a popular New Jersey mall Monday evening before taking his own life, authorities said. Thousands of shoppers fled the building but no injuries were reported.

• Voters headed to the polls Tuesday for a series of off-year elections, including high-profile contests in Virginia and New Jersey that could offer nationally resonant lessons for Republicans and Democrats alike.

• The Senate cleared its first procedural hurdle today on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), legislation which would ban discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill faces a tougher road in the House where Speaker Boehner says he opposes it.

• Suspended Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito sent text messages to teammate Jonathan Martin that were racist and threatening, according to multiple reports. The team and NFL continued their investigation into allegations by Martin’s representatives that he was bullied.

Show Notes for Monday, November 4, 2013

• Eric Boehlert of Media Matters calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the media’s reaction to the LAX shooting on Friday

Schechner• Health care reform expert Jacki Schechner calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the rollout of the Affordable Care Act

• The Rude Pundit calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about what the Family Research Council thinks of ObamaCare

• After a weekend of intense investigation, authorities are piecing together more details about Friday’s fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport — including the suspect’s behavior earlier in the week and a warning from his family that may have come moments too late.

• Last year’s losing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Sunday that President Barack Obama’s “fundamental dishonesty” on the Affordable Care Act has “put in peril the whole foundation of his second term.”

• Lowering expectations, White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer yesterday morning said on “This Week” that the first Obamacare enrollment numbers would not be as high as the administration would like.

• President Obama turned blogger on Sunday night, making an impassioned plea in the Huffington Post for Congress to pass a long-delayed measure to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Show Notes for Friday, November 1, 2013

yarmuth• Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and its success in his home state of Kentucky.

• Only six people were able to enroll for health insurance through the ObamaCare website on the first day, according to documents released Thursday by Republicans on the House Oversight Committee. Obama administration officials have said that early enrollment numbers would be very low.

• Experts from Google and other prominent tech companies are joining a so-called tech surge to fix the struggling HealthCare.gov website. The agency overseeing the Obamacare site announced the additions Thursday, after the site had crashed for over 36 hours.

• President Barack Obama’s closest advisers secretly considered replacing Vice President Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton on the 2012 ticket, according to the New York Times.

• A third of the abortion clinics in Texas can no longer perform the procedure starting Friday after a federal appeals court allowed most of the state’s new abortion restrictions to take effect, overturning a district judge’s ruling that the provision violated the Constitution.

• The parents of a boy suffering from severe seizures have filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona to ensure that their son will have access to medicinal cannabis oil without the risk of prosecution.