Show Notes for Monday, March 31, 2014

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the “slut shaming” of the Christie ‘Bridgegate’ Report

Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to ask if Chris Christie will be let off the hook

NicholsJohn Nichols of “The Nation” calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the forgotten GOP support for voting rights

• A cluster of orange objects spotted by a search plane hunting for any trace of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet turned out to be nothing more than fishing equipment, Australian officials said Monday, the latest disappointing news in a week-long hunt that Australia’s prime minister said will continue indefinitely.

• The United States and Russia agreed Sunday that the crisis in Ukraine requires a diplomatic resolution, but four hours of talks between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov failed to break a tense East-West deadlock over how to proceed.

• March 31 has finally arrived, and with it comes the last official day for people to sign up for health insurance on the federal exchange websites. But just as enrollment doesn’t close for good on Monday, the fight over Obamacare will hardly be settled by the coming and going of the end of the month.

Show Notes for Friday, March 28, 2014

Dupuy• Syndicated columnist Tina Dupuy calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about hypocrites among the Far Right

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT for another edition of Fridays With Fugelsang

• The search area for the lost Malaysian jetliner moved 680 miles to the northeast on Friday, as Australian officials said a new analysis of radar data suggests the plane had flown faster and therefore ran out of fuel more quickly than previously estimated.

• Russia on Friday dismissed a U.N. General Assembly resolution that branded Crimea’s secession referendum invalid, saying it was “counterproductive.” The U.N. vote, held Thursday, saw 100 countries back the nonbinding resolution, with 11 opposed and 58 abstaining.

• A top appointee of Chris Christie apparently told another official that he informed the New Jersey governor about the now-infamous traffic tie ups near the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee last year as they were occurring, according to a review of the matter by outside lawyers hired by the governor’s office.

• More than 6 million people have signed up for Obamacare, as a crush of people raced to get health insurance before the March 31 deadline. Those who’ve started the application by next Monday but are unable to finish because of technical issues will receive more time to complete the process, officials have said.

Show Notes for Thursday, March 27, 2014

Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about the latest with Misstep McConnell in Kentucky

Parker• Actress Molly Parker from House of Cards on Netflix calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Season 2 of the show

• Health care reform expert Jacki Schechner joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Jacki’s Healthcare Corner

• A Thai satellite has detected about 300 objects near the search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner, officials in Bangkok said Thursday, but there was little chance of getting human eyes across those items in the near term as weather again forced officials to halt the search for debris by air.

• In a sweeping speech to a European audience in Brussels Wednesday, President Obama argued that the U.S. and Europe must stand together to stop Russia from undoing nearly a centuries’ worth of democratic gains with its annexation of the Crimean peninsula.

• President Barack Obama met with Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday morning – part of a jam-packed five-day tour of Europe and the Middle East. He is the ninth president to make an official visit to the Vatican, and his audience is a change of pace after three days of high-level talks with European leaders.

Show Notes for Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about troubles in Mitch McConnell’s campaign

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

• Another satellite has relayed images of debris in the southern Indian Ocean that may be from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Malaysia’s acting transport minister told a news conference Wednesday. Hishammuddin Hussein said 122 objects were spotted Sunday.

• The women of the Supreme Court and the conservative men on the court appeared split Tuesday over whether for-profit companies have religious freedom protections that would exempt them from providing their workers with health care coverage for contraception.

• With the Crimean peninsula in Russian hands and no resolution in sight to the crisis in Ukraine, President Obama will have to make his case for a unified response from the United States and Europe in a speech Wednesday at the Palais Des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Belgium.

• The Secret Service sent three agents home from the Netherlands just before President Obama’s arrival after one agent was found inebriated in an Amsterdam hotel, the agency said Tuesday.

Show Notes for Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about teaching the Bible’s story of creation in schools

CescaBob Cesca of The Daily Banter calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about why “Cosmos” isn’t teaching the story of Creation

• China demanded that Malaysia turn over the satellite data used to conclude that a Malaysia Airlines jetliner had crashed in the southern Indian Ocean killing everyone on board, as gale-force winds and heavy rain on Tuesday halted the search for any remains of the plane.

• A meeting of the Group of Seven (G-7) nations in The Netherlands Monday helped cement Russia’s status as persona non grata on the international stage. The group suspended any meetings of the G-8, which included Russia, until the situation in the Crimean Peninsula changes.

• President Obama is poised to call for an end to the controversial bulk data collection of phone records by the NSA. The White House will outline proposed legislation this week that would bring sweeping changes to the National Security Agency’s controversial data collection program.

• Desperate crews digging through the muck and rubble left by a massive mudslide in Washington State found six more bodies Monday, bringing the official death toll to 14. But officials admitted they have little hope that any one else will be found alive.

Show Notes for Monday, March 24, 2014

rudepundit2The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about how CNN has lost its mind with the Malaysia Airlines coverage

Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about how Conservatives can’t stop making Nazi references

• A Chinese plane spotted “some suspicious objects” in the broad area where satellite images have indicated possible debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, but a high-tech U.S. military search plane which responded to the area Monday was able to find nothing.

• President Obama says that despite Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula away from Ukraine he does not view Europe as a battleground between the East and the West. He told a Dutch newspaper that Russian President Vladimir Putin needs to understand the economic and political consequences of his actions in Ukraine.

• The death toll from a massive landslide rose to at least eight Sunday night as five more bodies were recovered from the wall of mud and debris that destroyed a small riverside neighborhood in northwestern Washington state. More than a dozen people remain missing.

• No timetable has been set to reopen a major U.S. shipping channel after nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil spilled into the Texas waterway. More help is being called in to contain the spill and protect important shorebird habitat.

Show Notes for Friday, March 21, 2014

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT for another edition of Fridays With Fugelsang

Gold• Comedian Judy Gold calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to tell us about her new show in Los Angeles, “An Evening of Comedy with Judy Gold”

• Search planes flying out of Australia resumed a difficult hunt through rough seas in one of the most remote places on Earth Friday for objects that may be from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. “This is a lead, it’s probably the best lead we have right now,” Australian officials said. They cautioned that the objects could be seaborne debris along a busy shipping route.

• The buildup of Russian troops along the Ukrainian border is large and getting larger, and it is raising serious concerns that Russia could invade Ukraine proper. On Thursday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Moscow to ask Russia’s defense minister directly about the troop movements.

• President Obama on Thursday expanded U.S. economic sanctions against Moscow over its actions in Ukraine, targeting President Putin’s chief of staff as well as a Russian bank that provides him support.

• Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., on Thursday defended his handling of the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal that has paralyzed his second-term agenda and put his presidential viability in question. “There were lots of reasons for the firing,” Christie said.

Show Notes for Thursday, March 20, 2014

Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about some crazy candidates the GOP is putting up for election

Nyad• Marathon swimmer and motivational speaker Diana Nyad calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about her stint on “Dancing With The Stars”

• Health care expert Jacki Schechner joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for “Jacki’s Healthcare Corner”

• Two objects spotted by satellites in the southern Indian Ocean may be debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australian authorities said Thursday, fueling hopes of a breakthrough in an international search of unprecedented scale.

• Ukraine’s acting president says the commander of the country’s navy has been freed after being held by Russian forces and local Crimean militia at the navy’s headquarters. Rear Adm. Sergei Haiduk and an unspecified number of civilians were held for hours after the navy’s base in Sevastopol was stormed Wednesday.

• Fresh criticism of a Senate bill to extend a lapsed unemployment insurance program has all but killed the chances that it will become law just a week after a compromise deal on the issue raised its prospects for the first time in months. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has said the bill has no chance in his chamber.

Show Notes for Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to tell us what Florida really tells us about ObamaCare

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

• The missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is more likely to be in the southern search area identified by investigators, which stretches far into the Indian Ocean, a U.S. government official familiar with the investigation said on Wednesday.

• Some data had been deleted from the flight simulator found at the home of the pilot of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the Malaysian Transport Minister said. Forensic work is under way to try to recover it, he said.

• Crimea’s self-defense forces on Wednesday stormed the Ukrainian navy base in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol a day after Russia signed a treaty with local authorities to annex the region. A Ukrainian serviceman and a member of a local self-defense brigade were killed by gunfire in an incident in Crimea on Tuesday.

• Two people were killed and another injured this morning when a helicopter crashed in Seattle just yards away from the iconic Space Needle. The helicopter was a news chopper owned by ABC News affiliate KOMO.

Show Notes for Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Obeidallah• Daily Beast columnist Dean Obeidallah calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about weather racists in Texas

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about President Obama’s reaction to Russia

• Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday approved a draft bill for the annexation of Crimea, one of a flurry of steps to formally take over the Black Sea peninsula. The U.S. and the E.U. on Monday announced asset freezes and other sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian officials involved in the Crimean crisis.

• Officials revealed a new timeline Monday suggesting the final voice transmission from the cockpit of the missing Malaysian plane may have occurred before any of its communications systems were disabled, adding more uncertainty about who aboard might have been to blame.

Five million people have now signed up for health insurance on the state and federal online exchanges, the Obama administration said Monday — a number that suggests a big-last minute surge to get coverage.

• Prominent figures still associated with President Obama and his White House team are sounding the alarm bell that the Democratic Party could lose the Senate — if not more — in November. “We have a turnout issue,” said former White House senior adviser David Plouffe.

Show Notes for Monday, March 17, 2014

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to tell us why Christian bakers should just go ahead and bake that gay cake

Boehlert2Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the Far Right’s flip-flops on Russia

• Australia took the lead Monday in searching for the missing Boeing 777 over the southern Indian Ocean as Malaysia appealed for radar data and search planes to help in the unprecedented hunt through a vast swath of Asia stretching northwest into Kazakhstan.

• The final results of the referendum in Crimea show that 97 percent of voters have supported leaving Ukraine to join Russia, the head of the referendum election commission said Monday. The referendum was widely condemned by Western leaders, who are expected to announce sanctions against Russia today.

Irish brewer Guinness said on Sunday that it would not participate in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade this year because gay and lesbian groups had been excluded, costing organizers a key sponsor of the annual event.

• Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Sr. has been admitted to a hospice facility and is “on the edge of death,” his estranged son revealed. Phelps was excommunicated from his own church last year.

Show Notes For Friday, March 7, 2014

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang calls in for the 10am ET / 7am PT hour for another edition of Fridays With Fugelsang

Dupuy• Syndicated columnist Tina Dupuy calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the GOP’s love affair with Vladimir Putin

• President Obama urged his Russian counterpart Thursday to embrace a diplomatic solution as Ukraine lurched toward breakup when lawmakers in Crimea unanimously declared they wanted to join Russia and would put the decision to voters in 10 days.

• President Vladimir Putin rebuffed a warning from U.S. President Barack Obama over Moscow’s military intervention in Crimea, saying on Friday that Russia could not ignore calls for help from Russian speakers in Ukraine.

• New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, receiving a warm reception from the far right CPAC audience Thursday, said the GOP needs to change the way it shares its message with voters in order to defeat Democrats in future elections.

• The Senate has rejected a bipartisan bill to remove military commanders from decisions over the prosecution of sexual assault cases in the military, delivering a defeat to those that argued wholesale changes are necessary to combat an epidemic of rapes and sexual assaults in the military.

• The Army’s top prosecutor in charge of sexual assault cases has been suspended from his position because he is under investigation for allegedly groping and assaulting a female lawyer on his staff.

Show Notes For Thursday, March 6, 2014

• Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about Elijah Cummings standing up to Darrell Issa yesterday

• Dean Obeidallah, columnist for The Daily Beast, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to ask whether CPAC is getting less crazy

Schechner• Health care expert Jacki Schechner joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for another edition of Jacki’s Healthcare Corner

• Lawmakers in the embattled Crimean region of Ukraine have decided to hold a referendum March 16 on whether Crimea should become part of Russia. “This is our response to the disorder and lawlessness in Kiev,” Sergei Shuvainikov, a member of the local Crimean legislature, said.

• The Republican-led House could move forward today with a bill that would authorize a loan guarantee to Ukraine. House leaders are also working on a possible bill to issue sanctions against Russia in response to its intervention in Ukraine.

• Rep. Darrell Issa cut the microphone on Rep. Elijah Cummings Wednesday morning at a hearing to investigate the IRS for targeting Tea Party groups. “Allow me to ask the question! I am a member of the Congress of the United States of America! I am tired of this,” Cummings said. “You cannot have just a one-sided investigation.”

Show Notes for Wednesday, March 5, 2014

• Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Obama’s handling of the mess in Ukraine

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

• Top diplomats from the major players trying to find an end to the crisis in Ukraine are gathering in Paris today as tensions simmered over the Russian military takeover of the strategic Crimean Peninsula.

• When asked about Russian President Putin’s defiant comments defending his right to use force if necessary to protect ethnic Russians in Ukraine, President Obama said, “I know President Putin seems to have a different set of lawyers making a different set of interpretations, but I don’t think that’s fooling anybody.”

• President Obama on Tuesday released a nearly $4 trillion budget proposal for 2015 that includes more generous tax breaks for working families while scaling back breaks for the rich.

• George P. Bush beat conservative David Watts in the primary for Texas land commissioner, marking Bush’s first big contest as he launches what many political observers expect to be a must-watch career in politics.

Show Notes for Tuesday, March 4, 2014

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about Sen Lindsey Graham getting the vapors again

Cesca• Bob Cesca of The Daily Banter calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about President Obama’s reaction to events in Ukraine

• Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow reserves the right to use all means to protect Russians in Ukraine as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was on his way to Kiev. Tensions remained high in Crimea with troops loyal to Moscow firing warning shots to ward off protesting Ukrainian soldiers.

• Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) blamed President Obama’s “feckless” foreign policy for inviting the crisis in Ukraine on Monday, telling a pro-Israel group that the president has repeatedly failed to demonstrate American strength in the face of adversaries.

• Lois Lerner, former director of tax exempt organizations for the IRS, will testify this week on Capitol Hill, Rep. Darrell Issa said Sunday. But Lerner’s attorney, William Taylor, has told CNN “she intends to continue to assert her Fifth Amendment rights.”

• Court papers show the FBI has contacted Chris Christie’s former campaign manager as part of a federal probe of a traffic scandal that has upended the New Jersey governor’s administration.

Show Notes for Monday, March 3, 2014

• The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the Far Right’s attempt to spin hatred for LGBT people

• Eric Boehlert of Media Matters calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the Far Right’s embrace of Ted Nugent

• Evan Thomas, who’s running for Congress in California, calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about flipping a district

michaelmcdonald• Comedian Michael McDonald joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to bring the funny

• Russia’s G8 partners condemned its military build-up in Ukraine as Moscow tightened its grip on the eastern Crimea region despite Western demands that it withdraw. A senior U.S. administration official said Sunday that Russian forces now “have complete operational control of the Crimean Peninsula.”

• President Obama will take his campaign to increase the minimum wage on the road in the coming week in an effort to build pressure on Republicans who oppose the raise.

• “12 Years a Slave” won the Oscar for best picture at Sunday’s Academy Awards, while the 3D space spectacle “Gravity” won the most awards. The awards for best actor and actress went to Matthew McConaughey, for his role as a determined AIDS patient in “Dallas Buyers Club,” and Cate Blanchett for playing a socialite experiencing a meltdown in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine.”