Show Notes for Thursday, July 31, 2014

Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about the Far Right’s version of Facebook… ReaganBook!

• Filmmaker CC Goldwater calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the GOP’s threats of impeachment of President Obama

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

• The House has approved a compromise bill to refurbish the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans’ health care. The 420-5 vote Wednesday sends the bill to the Senate, where approval is expected by the end of the week.

• HealthCare.gov, the federal health-exchange website plagued with glitches at its launch, has already cost $840 million to build, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) review of two task orders and one contract related to building the system.

• Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday he will not accept any truce that won’t allow Israel to complete its mission of destroying the sophisticated tunnel network, which has been used to carry out deadly attacks inside Israel.

• The historic outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa continues to spread. Two nations have declared public health emergencies, and Liberia is pleading for help trying to bring the virus under control.

Show Notes for Wednesday, July 30, 3014

Bostic And LondonTim Bostic & Tony London, plaintiffs in the Virginia marriage equality case, call in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the case

Dean Obeidallah of The Daily Beast calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the new Sarah Palin Channel

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

• President Obama announced Tuesday that the U.S. is once again moving to impose fresh sanctions on Russia as a consequence for its continued support of separatists in eastern Ukraine. The new sanctions target the defense, energy and financial sectors of the Russian economy.

• House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, slammed Democrats on Tuesday for saying House Republicans want to impeach President Obama, calling it “a scam started by Democrats at the White House.”

• Israeli tank shells slammed into a crowded U.N. school sheltering Gaza war refugees Wednesday, killing 15 Palestinians and wounding 90 after tearing through two classroom walls, a health official and a spokesman for a U.N. aid agency said.

• A broken water main near the UCLA campus sent a geyser of water some 30 feet into the air Tuesday, trapping people in underground parking garages and covering the school’s basketball arena with water.

Show Notes for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about how the unserious people will kill us all

Tomasky• Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about our exploding world

• Israeli tank shells hit a fuel tank of the Gaza Strip’s only power plant on Tuesday, forcing the plant to shut down, a spokesman for Gaza’s electricity distribution company said. A huge cloud of black smoke rose over the coastal city.

• With a fresh compromise in hand to address long wait times and other deficiencies at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) , the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs committees are now working quickly to send the bill to President Obama before Congress leaves town Friday for its five-week summer break.

• White House officials are making plans to act before the midterm elections to grant work permits to millions of immigrants in this country illegally. The move could scramble election-year politics and lead some conservative GOP-ers to push for impeachment proceedings against President Obama.

• A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Sterling’s lawyer says he hopes a higher court will allow him to appeal the decision.

Show Notes for Monday, July 28, 2014

Dupuy• Syndicated columnist Tina Dupuy calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the Central American kids at the border

Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the GOP’s dreams of taking over the Senate

• Voice Deity Jim Ward joins us in studio at 11am ET / 8am PT to hang with us for the hour

• The Israeli military says it has carried out three airstrikes on Gaza, targeting Hamas rocket launchers and infrastructure in the strip. The strikes broke a relative lull in the fighting at the start of a major Muslim holiday.

• The House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs committee chairmen have reached a deal on legislation that will address problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) are expected to outline the deal at a news conference today.

• A new CBS News/New York Times poll finds the GOP positioned to take the Senate this year, with a likely 51-49 seat edge if the November election were held right now. The 2 percent margin of error means Dems still have a real possibility to keep the chamber.

• Lightning struck 14 people, killing one, as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California on Sunday, authorities said.

Show Notes for Friday, July 25, 2014

Fugelsang2• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT for all three hours of Fridays With Fugelsang

• Journalist May Lee joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to hang for the hour

• Israeli aircraft struck 30 houses in the Gaza Strip early Friday, killing a leader of the militant group Islamic Jihad and two of his sons, while ground troops and Hamas gunmen fought intense battles in the north and center of the territory, Palestinian officials said.

• The wreckage of an Air Algerie plane with 116 people on board that disappeared from radar during a rainstorm has been found in Mali, a top official from Burkino Faso and Malian state television said Thursday.

• The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday.

• Arizona officials assured a judge during the nearly two-hour execution of inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood that he was comatose and not feeling pain at any point, according to a transcript of an emergency court hearing.

• Sen. Ted Cruz vowed Thursday to continue blocking confirmation of a series of ambassadorial and other diplomatic nominees despite the Federal Aviation Administration lifting a ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel.

Show Notes for Thursday, July 24, 2014

Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about President Obama’s executive order to protect LGBT workers

Goldwater• CC Goldwater, director of “Mr. Conservative: Goldwater On Goldwater”, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about continuing fights between the GOP and Dems

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

• A Dutch military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster departed for the Netherlands Thursday and a second prepared to go, while Australia’s government dispatched 50 police officers to London to prepare to join a proposed U.N. team to secure the scattered wreckage.

• Israeli tanks and warplanes were pummeling the Gaza Strip Thursday as U.S. and other diplomats pushed for a cease-fire with Hamas militants. Gaza police say an infant boy was among those killed when Israeli fighter jets struck the Jabaliya refugee camp.

• A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S. Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) has called for a review of the state’s execution process.

Show Notes for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

jpegTed Olson, attorney for the plaintiffs in the Prop. 8 case, calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about his new book, “Redeeming The Dream: The Case For Marriage Equality”

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about yesterday’s court decisions on ObamaCare

Actor and comedian Carlos Alazraqui joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8amPT for Coffee With Carlos

Ukraine held a departure ceremony Wednesday for the bodies of many Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 passengers and crew who became victims of fighting raging far below them on the plains of eastern Ukraine.

Secretary of State John Kerry defied an FAA ban and flew into Israel’s main airport Wednesday in a sign of sheer will to achieve a cease-fire agreement in Gaza Strip despite little evidence of progress in ongoing negotiations aimed at halting fighting that’s left at least 31 Israelis and 650 Palestinians dead.

A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit court of appeals ruled Tuesday against a key component of ObamaCare — the federal subsidies for millions of people who signed up for health coverage. A few hours later, all three judges on a 4th Circuit panel in Virginia decided the opposite by declaring the subsidies legal and proper.

Show Notes for Tuesday, July 22, 2014

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the creepy GOP market for dead Reagan memorabilia

Cesca2• Bob Cesca of The Daily Banter calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about Bill O’Reilly’s awful ideas for securing the border

• The train carrying the remains of most of the victims of downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 reached the Ukrainian government-controlled city of Kharkiv on Tuesday, a final stop before they were to be flown back to the Netherlands where their ill-fated journey began.

• President Obama on Monday bluntly accused pro-Moscow separatist fighters in Ukraine of stealing evidence and improperly removing bodies from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and pressed Russia to compel the rebels to stop blocking an international investigation.

• Israel bombed five mosques, a sports stadium and the home of the late Hamas military chief in strikes across the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, a Gaza police official said, as the U.N. chief and the Secretary of State John Kerry launched a high-level effort to end two weeks of deadly fighting.

• Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, announced Monday that he is activating up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border as he accuses the federal government of offering “lip service” on border security.

Show Notes for Monday, July 21, 2014

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about what’s happening in Gaza, and on our southern border

Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about Fox News’ debasing rhetoric about immigrant kids

• Voice Deity Jim Ward joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT

robbins• Actor / director Tim Robbins calls in at 11:20am ET / 8:20am PT to talk about his latest project at The Actors Gang

• Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that there is an “enormous amount of evidence” that Russia provided separatists in Eastern Ukraine with the weapons used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 last week, resulting in the deaths of nearly 300 people.

• International investigators were still waiting Monday for full access to the 42-square-mile area where the shattered pieces of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 and its passengers and crew fell to the ground in eastern Ukraine. Russian separatists were guarding the area, the same separatists who are also the prime suspects in downing the plane.

• The death toll among Palestinians from the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip reached 512 on Monday, Gaza health officials said, as the two sides counted their dead following the bloodiest day of fighting so far in the two-week campaign. The officials said some 3,150 Palestinians had been wounded. 20 Israelis have also died.

Show Notes for Friday, July 18, 2014

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

Lee• Journalist May Lee joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to debut her new jingle

• Emergency workers, police officers and even off-duty coal miners — dressed in overalls and covered in soot — searched Friday through wreckage and bodies scattered over a vast stretch of farmland after a Malaysian Airlines jet flying over eastern Ukraine was shot from the sky, killing 298 people.

• Separatist rebels who control the area in Ukraine where the Malaysian Airlines plane went down said Friday they had recovered “most” of the plane’s black boxes and were considering what to do with them.

• Both the Ukrainian government and the pro-Russia separatists who have been fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the Malaysian Airlines plane.

• Malaysian Airlines initially said there were 295 people on board the Boeing 777, 280 passengers and 15 crew members. Early Friday, the airline increased the death toll to 298, saying there were three infants on board. Several prominent AIDS researchers were also on board. They were traveling to Melbourne for the 20th International AIDS Conference.

• Israel on Friday announced its first casualty since the start of its ground operation in Gaza — a soldier killed following a night of heavy fighting in the Hamas-ruled enclave.

Show Notes for Thursday, July 17, 2014

Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about the ever-expanding Hobby Lobby ruling

CC Goldwater, Barry Goldwater’s granddaughter, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the news of the day

Overton• Comedian and actor Rick Overton joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT

• With House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., shooting down a bipartisan bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied children crossing the southern border Wednesday, it looks increasingly likely Congress might wind up at an impasse just before their five-week summer recess.

• President Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. is levying deeper sanctions on Russia as the West grapples for a way to quell an insurgency in eastern Ukraine widely believed to be backed by Moscow.

• Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a bill aimed at restoring free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies with religious objections, a legislative setback for Democrats that they hope will be a political winner in November’s elections.

• Israel thwarted an attack by more than a dozen militants who sneaked in from Gaza through a tunnel on Thursday, the military said, just hours before Israel and Hamas were to observe a five-hour humanitarian pause in fighting.

Show Notes for Wednesday, July 16, 2014

• Daily Beast columnist Dean Obeidallah calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to explain why Sarah Palin would be perfect for “The View”

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

• Israel on Wednesday intensified air attacks on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip following a failed Egyptian cease-fire effort, targeting the homes of four senior leaders of the Islamic militant movement and ordering tens of thousands of residents to evacuate border areas.

• Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Tuesday a bipartisan proposal to address the flood of Central American children coming across the southern border of the United States was “too broad” and he wouldn’t support it.

• Despite little bipartisan appetite for spending on Capitol Hill these days, President Obama implored Congress to “just do something” to improve the nation’s infrastructure. The Highway Trust Fund runs out of money at the end of the summer if Congress doesn’t act.

• Hillary Clinton gave Jon Stewart no hints about whether she will run for president, but acknowledged during Tuesday’s taping of “The Daily Show” that the speculation surrounding her possible candidacy has become “a cottage industry.”

Show Notes for Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pierce2• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the GOP’s lack of urgency with climate change

• Bob Cesca of The Daily Banter calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the war between Bill Kristol and Sarah Palin

• Hamas rejected an Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire with Israel that was to take effect Tuesday, saying Cairo did not consult the group over the deal. Israel accepted the truce plan, but warned it would strike Gaza hard if Hamas didn’t abide by it.

• Two Texas lawmakers — a Republican and a Democrat who have both been critical of President Obama’s response to the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border — have teamed up to write a bill to respond to the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the border.

• Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will work a “desk job” now that he has completed his reintegration process and returned to regular duties as an Army soldier, the Army said today. The former Taliban prisoner will be assigned to the headquarters of U.S. Army North at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.

• Germany’s World Cup-winning team returned home to share the country’s fourth title with huge crowds of cheering fans on Tuesday. The team’s plane touched down at Berlin’s Tegel Airport midmorning after flying low over the “fan mile” in front of the landmark Brandenburg Gate.

Show Notes for Monday, July 14, 2014

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Hobby Lobby, science, and you

Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about more troubles for Chris Christie

jim_wardVoice Deity Jim Ward joins us in the Los Angles Bureau to hang out for the 11am ET / 8am PT hour

• As Congress reconvenes this week focused on dealing with President Obama’s $3.7 billion request to handle the influx of unaccompanied children streaming across the U.S.-Mexico border, Republican lawmakers are already signaling they won’t just write a “blank check”.

• Rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israel Monday, officials said, marking the second time in recent days that missiles have been fired from the neighboring country. The Israel Defense Forces said it “immediately responded with artillery fire towards the source of fire.” There were no reports of injuries.

• President Barack Obama will be making a major push this week to urge Congress to continue funding the Highway Trust Fund and avoid a transportation crisis.

• A quarter of a million German soccer fans reacted with unbridled joy, mixed with shock Sunday when Mario Goetze struck late in extra-time for Germany to win the World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Argentina.

Show Notes for Friday, July 11, 2014

• Lanny Davis, columnist for Purple Nation, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the attacks on Hillary Clinton

Lee• Journalist May Lee joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to hang out for the hour

• The Homeland Security agency responsible for removing immigrants who are in the country illegally will run out of money by the middle of next month unless Congress approves President Obama’s emergency request for $3.7 billion to help deal with a flood of child immigrants crossing the border illegally without their parents.

• House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Thursday said that by the end of this month the House should pass legislation to address the influx of unaccompanied minors illegally crossing into the United States. However, he said, “We’re not giving the president a blank check.”

• House Speaker John Boehner announced Thursday the GOP-led lawsuit against President Obama will focus on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the White House decision to delay the employer mandate.

• The estranged wife of alleged Houston killer Ron Lee Haskell had taken out a protective order against him, well before police say he sought her out and, after failing to find her, killed four children and two adults.

• Gaza rocket fire struck a gas station and set it ablaze Friday in southern Israel, seriously wounding one person as rocket fire also came from Lebanon for the first time in the four-day offensive.

Show Notes for Thursday, July 10, 2014

Dean Obeidallah calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about how President Obama could counter Boehner’s lawsuit

Frisch 2013Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 10am ET / 7am PT for the hour

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

• President Obama says Congress has the ability to act immediately to address the wave of unaccompanied minors coming over the border from Mexico into the U.S. Obama spoke in Dallas after meeting with Gov. Rick Perry about unaccompanied minors entering the country by the thousands.

• A father opened fire at a suburban Houston home Wednesday, killing four of his children as well as two adults who were with them, and critically wounding his 15-year-old daughter, authorities said.

• Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Mark Udall fought back today against the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling with plans for legislation intended to restore the contraceptive coverage requirement under the Affordable Care Act.

• A raging Donald Sterling denounced his wife, called her a “pig,” and denounced her lawyers and the NBA from the witness stand Wednesday, saying he would never sell the Los Angeles Clippers and vowing a lifetime of lawsuits against the league.

Show Notes for Wednesday, July 9, 2014

• Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the jobs that President Obama has created

jim_ward• Voice Deity Jim Ward joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for some fun and frolic

• The Obama administration on Tuesday announced it is asking Congress for $3.7 billion to handle the influx of undocumented children crossing into the U.S. from Mexico. It would help ramp up proper care of undocumented migrants, speed up their court cases, and improve foreign cooperation to address the root causes of the migration.

• Sarah Palin called for President Barack Obama’s impeachment Tuesday over his handling of a growing immigration crisis, becoming the most prominent right-wing US politician to make the provocative demand.

• As rockets and missiles fly back and forth between Gaza and Israel, the Israeli military — saying it doesn’t expect the crisis to resolve itself soon — is preparing for a ground incursion.

• Sen. Robert Menendez, who has been dogged by a federal corruption probe, suggests he was the target of a Cuban intelligence smear plot over allegations — which the FBI has discounted — that he had sex with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic.

• Germany obliterated Brazil 7 to 1 in yesterday’s semifinal World Cup match, eliminating the host team from the tournament.

Show Notes for Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Dupuy• Syndicated columnist Tina Dupuy calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about her new column on the Hobby Lobby case

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about Sarah Palin begging for a job on “The View”

• Bob Cesca of “The Daily Banter” calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about more damage that Edward Snowden has done

• The White House said Monday that most unaccompanied migrant children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border are unlikely to qualify for humanitarian relief that would prevent them from being sent back to their home countries.

• President Obama brought forward a new administration effort Monday to place quality teachers in schools that need them the most. Obama said that students who would benefit the most from having skilled or experienced teachers in their classrooms are least likely to get them.

• The spree of shootings in Chicago during the long holiday weekend reached 82 incidents and included 14 deaths, according to police reports. “It all comes down to these guns: there’s too many guns coming in and too little punishment going out,” Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said.

Show Notes for Monday, July 7, 2014

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the meaning of the Hobby Lobby case

Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the GOP’s utter lack of ideas

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

• The political battle escalated Sunday over the recent flood of undocumented children at the U.S.-Mexico border, with the GOP blaming President Obama’s “failure” to secure the border, and members of both parties faulting the GOP-led blockade of an immigration reform bill that would strengthen border security.

• Sixty-three women and girls kidnapped by Boko Haram last month in Nigeria escaped from their captors and have returned to their burnt village, a security source and a local vigilante fighting the militant group said.

• Video of Oscar Pistorius re-enacting how he says he killed his girlfriend was illegally obtained by the Australian television network that aired it Sunday, a lawyer for the former Olympian said. The network says that isn’t so.

• Israel launched a series of air strikes on Gaza early on Monday to quell Hamas rocket fire, and the Islamist group’s armed wing said seven of its gunmen were killed, making it the deadliest day for Hamas since a 2012 cross-border war with the Jewish state.