Show Notes For Friday, December 6, 2013

• Alonso Duralde, author of “Have Yourself A Movie Little Christmas” calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the best Christmas movies for Progressives

Dupuy• Syndicated columnist Tina Dupuy calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about ObamaCare, and also about income disparity in America

• Nelson Mandela, who battled apartheid in South Africa before becoming its first democratic leader, died at his home in South Africa after several months of ongoing health problems. He was 95. South African President Jacob Zuma announced Mandela’s death in an address to the nation late Thursday, saying “we’ve lost our greatest son.”

• President Obama praised Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa who passed away on Thursday, as one of the “most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth.”

• Republicans ought to be “embarrassed” of their record low productivity during their time in charge of the House of Representatives, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

• Fast food workers and union demonstrators gathered outside fast-food restaurants in 100 cities Thursday, campaigning for a $15 an hour wage and the right to unionize.

Show Notes for Thursday, December 5, 2013

• Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about Fox News’ new battles in the War On Christmas

Cesca• Bob Cesca of The Daily Banter calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about Fox News calling for President Obama’s overthrow

• President Barack Obama put a spotlight on rising income inequality in a major economic speech on Wednesday, arguing that the disparity poses a “fundamental threat” to the American dream. President Obama urged Washington to adopt policies to address the economic divide.

• While the politics of the healthcare law and immigration debate play out this week, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) are quietly working out the details of a possible two-year long budget agreement to avoid another government shutdown.

• New court documents released Wednesday suggest Toronto Mayor Rob Ford may have offered $5,000 and a car to suspected drug dealers in exchange for a video that appears to show him smoking crack.

• “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker was killed by impact and fire in a crash that occurred while he was a passenger in a Porsche driven by his friend, according to an autopsy released Wednesday.

Show Notes for Wednesday, December 4, 2013

• Dean Obeidallah of The Daily Beast calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about life for President Obama after 2016

Alazraqui• Sexy Liberal Carlos Alazraqui joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for “Coffee With Carlos”

• President Barack Obama said his signature health care reform law is going nowhere as long as he’s in office, and he’ll spend the remainder of his presidency fighting to make it work if necessary. A self-imposed Nov. 30 deadline behind him, Obama said the website is now “working well for the vast majority of users.”

• The House has passed an extension of a ban on firearms that cannot be detected by metal detectors and X-ray machines. The ban, which has been in place for 25 years, is scheduled to expire on December 9th if Congress fails to act. The bill passed by voice vote.

• The engineer in the fatal New York train derailment tearfully told the National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday that he was in “a daze situation” when he took a curve at almost three times the speed limit, his lawyer said.

• A federal judge’s ruling approving Detroit for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history Tuesday set the stage for an epic legal battle over who will be asked to help pick up the tab, including bond investors, retired city workers, city vendors, state taxpayers, or Wall Street bankers.

Show Notes for Tuesday, December 3, 2013

• CHARLIE PIERCE OF ESQUIRE’S POLITICS BLOG CALLS IN AT 10:30AM ET / 7:30AM PT TO TALK ABOUT PEOPLE WHINING OVER THE “END” OF THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY

Bowersox• AMERICAN IDOL FINALIST CRYSTAL BOWERSOX CALLS IN AT 11:30AM ET / 8:30AM PT TO TALK ABOUT HER NEW SONG, “COMING OUT FOR CHRISTMAS”

• THE HEALTH CARE WEBSITE FACED ITS FIRST BIG TEST MONDAY SINCE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SAID IT MET ITS DEADLINE TO MAKE HEALTHCARE.GOV WORK SMOOTHLY. 375,000 PEOPLE TRIED TO SHOP ON HEALTHCARE.GOV BEFORE NOON MONDAY. OFFICIALS CALLED THAT A STRONG SIGN OF INTEREST, BUT THAT HIGH NUMBER CREATED SOME PROBLEMS.

• A COMMUTER TRAIN THAT DERAILED IN NEW YORK OVER THE WEEKEND, KILLING FOUR PASSENGERS, WAS HURTLING AT 82 MPH AS IT ENTERED A 30 MPH CURVE, A FEDERAL INVESTIGATOR SAID MONDAY. BUT WHETHER THE WRECK WAS THE RESULT OF HUMAN ERROR OR BRAKE TROUBLE WAS STILL UNCLEAR, HE SAID.

• PRESIDENT OBAMA LAUDED “EXTRAORDINARY” PROGRESS TOWARDS ENDING HIV/AIDS MONDAY AND PROMISED FURTHER U.S. INVESTMENT TO FIND A CURE. OBAMA ANNOUNCED THAT $100 MILLION IN FUNDING WILL BE REDIRECTED TO A NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH PROGRAM TO SEEK A CURE FOR AIDS.

• A CONNECTICUT PROSECUTOR SAID MONDAY HE WILL NOT APPEAL A JUDGE’S ORDER TO RELEASE 911 RECORDINGS FROM LAST YEAR’S MASSACRE AT SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THE TAPES WILL BE RELEASED TOMORROW.

Show Notes for Monday, December 2, 2013

rudepundit2• The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the holiday rudeness that happened nationwide on Black Friday

• Eric Boehlert of Media Matters calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the media’s false narrative about President Obama being “doomed”

• With the deadline to fix Obamacare website HealthCare.gov passed, the Obama administration is touting “dramatic progress” in improving the consumer experience on the troubled health insurance portal, which had been plagued by bugs and glitches since its October 1 debut.

• New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan said yesterday that the Catholic Church has been “out-marketed” on the issue of gay marriage. He lamented that opponents of the church’s position on same-sex marriage have been able to caricature the church as being “anti-gay.”

• A fiery car crash killed “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker and one other person Saturday afternoon. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says speed was a factor in the one-car crash north of L.A. Deputies found a red Porsche engulfed in flames when they arrived on-scene.

• A New York commuter train rounding a riverside curve derailed Sunday, killing four people and injuring more than 60 in a crash that threw some riders from toppling cars and raised questions about whether excessive speed, mechanical problems or human error could have played a role.