Show Notes for Tuesday, September 30, 2014

• Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the religious right’s slow-motion suicide

Pierce2• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the deviousness of the Koch Brothers

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

• The man who scaled the White House fence and was able to run through the front doors made it farther into the building than was previously reported. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson is scheduled to answer questions about the incident this morning on Capitol Hill.

• ISIS is tightening its grip on the Syria-Turkey border. Kobane, in Syria, is a Kurdish city and it is nearly surrounded. Tens of thousands of residents have fled across the border, and the Kurdish defenders left behind seem both outgunned and outmanned.

• A divided Supreme Court has put off the start of early voting in Ohio, which had been set to begin Tuesday. The justices’ order by a 5-4 vote Monday granted a request from GOP state officials to wipe out a week in Ohio when people could both register to vote and cast ballots.

• Walmart says Tracy Morgan wasn’t wearing his seatbelt during a New Jersey wreck with its truck that left the former “30 Rock” star with serious injuries.

Show Notes for Monday, September 29, 2014

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about whether sex toys can save Kansas

• Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about how the DC press portrays women

jim_wardVoice Deity Jim Ward joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Maximum Mookage Mondays

• President Barack Obama admitted Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes” that the United States underestimated the threat posed by Islamic State fighters in Syria, as US-led coalition warplanes pounded the oil sites that fund the jihadist group.

• At least a dozen people were arrested Sunday night in Ferguson, Missouri as a large crowd gathered in front of the city’s police headquarters, St. Louis County Police report. Officers said bottles and rocks were thrown at Ferguson officers.

• A man accused of beheading a woman in Oklahoma will be charged with first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon, authorities said. Alton Nolen, a recent convert to Islam, allegedly attacked a woman Thursday at a Vaughan Foods processing plant, soon after he learned he’d lost his job there.

• Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton say they are “blessed, grateful, and so happy” to become grandparents. Their daughter Chelsea gave birth to a daughter Friday night.

Show Notes for Friday, September 26, 2014

• Actor and comedian John Fugelsang joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT for 3 hours of Fridays With Fugelsang

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

• Dubbing six years at the helm of the Justice Department “a pretty good run,” President Obama on Thursday announced that Attorney General Eric Holder will be stepping down – a “bittersweet” moment, the president noted, in the career of one of just three remaining members of his original cabinet.

• Iraq’s prime minister said Thursday that captive militants for ISIS told his intelligence agents of an alleged plot to attack subways in the United States and Paris. FBI Director James Comey told reporters Thursday afternoon that he was unaware of any threat directed at U.S. subways.

• An Afghan official said Friday that Taliban insurgents had beheaded 12 civilians and torched some 60 homes in an assault on security forces in the eastern Ghazni province.

• Derek Jeter capped his Yankee Stadium farewell with a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning, the latest – and perhaps last – storybook moment in his charmed and illustrious career, to give New York a 6-5 victory Thursday night over the Baltimore Orioles.

Show Notes for Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fugelsang2• Comedian and actor John Fugelsang joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT for all three hours

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

• U.S. warplanes have again bombed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) positions in Syria, the Pentagon confirmed late Wednesday afternoon. The strikes were against a dozen ISIS targets with five of the strikes being carried out by the U.S. and seven by Arab allies.

• The threat from Khorasan, whose targets were hit by U.S. airstrikes on Monday, began building as Syria’s civil war was expanding in 2012. That’s when U.S. and foreign intelligence first tracked a small number of senior al Qaeda terrorists as they moved from Afghanistan and Pakistan into Syria.

• President Obama told the United Nations Wednesday that “America will not base our entire foreign policy on reacting to terrorism,” even as he works to dismantle a “network of death” established by Islamic extremists in the Middle East.

• Police in London arrested nine men today as part of ongoing investigations into “Islamist related terrorism,” the city’s Metropolitan Police Service said in a statement. The men – ranging in age from 22 to 51 – are accused of being members of a banned group and encouraging terrorism.

Show Notes for Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fugelsang2• Comedian and actor John Fugelsang joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to hang for the rest of the show

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

• President Obama will speak today at the U.N. General Assembly to defend his decision to bomb terror groups inside Syria without approval from the U.N. Security Council, Congress or an invitation from Syria. He is set to address the overall unease in the world given the new dangers posed by groups like ISIS and Khorasan.

• U.S. military forces carried out two more airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria overnight and another in Iraq, the U.S. Central Command said. The airstrikes took out two ISIS armed vehicles near the eastern city of Dayr az Zawr. The military said the vehicles were considered “targets of opportunity.”

• A US-led air attack against jihadists in Syria targeted Al-Qaeda’s Khorasan group because it was on the verge of carrying out “major attacks” against the West, the US military said Tuesday.

• Angry protesters took to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri late Tuesday after a memorial to Michael Brown was destroyed in a fire, renewing tensions in the St. Louis suburb. Many at the site blamed police for the blaze.

Show Notes for Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dupuy• Syndicated columnist Tina Dupuy calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the battle between religion and science

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about failures in the GOP rebranding

• Bob Cesca of The Daily Banter calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about dismal new changes at “Meet The Press”

• The U.S. military has launched airstrikes against ISIS in Syria. The U.S. military said five Arab nations had roles in the attacks, which focused on ISIS’ heartland around the Syrian province of Raqqa. Reuters quoted a group that tracks the war as saying at least 20 ISIS fighters were killed in the strikes.

• When President Obama addresses the United Nations climate summit on Tuesday, he’ll call on world leaders to follow his lead and develop plans to cut carbon pollution.

• Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti criticized a report that suggests he and other team officials tried to persuade the NFL to be lenient on Ray Rice after the running back was arrested for knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator.

• President Obama was “obviously concerned,” a White House spokesman said Monday, that a man wielding a knife managed to jump the White House fence on Friday night and actually get inside before being apprehended. Obama says he still has “complete confidence” in the Secret Service.

Show Notes for Monday, September 22, 2014

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Kentuckians’ strange love/hate with Obamacare

Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the media’s schizophrenia with Hillary Clinton

jim_ward• Voice Deity Jim Ward joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Maximum Mookage Mondays

• Islamic State (ISIS) has urged its followers to attack citizens of the United States, France and other allies who have joined a coalition to fight the militant group, the SITE monitoring website said on Monday.

• The man accused of scaling a security fence and getting into the White House with a knife is scheduled to have his initial appearance today in federal court. Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, is facing charges of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon.

• More than 300,000 people turned out today for the People’s Climate March in New York City, making it the largest recorded demonstration calling for a response to climate change. The marchers just hope someone was paying attention.

• Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, said it would be a “huge mistake” for the NFL to allow its players to continue to play if they are convicted of violent felonies.

Show Notes for Friday, September 19, 2014

• Comedian John Fugelsang calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT for another edition of “Fridays With Fugelsang”

• Jen Palmieri, White House Chief of Communications, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about their new “It’s On Us” program to help prevent campus sexual assault.

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

• Scottish voters have rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom in a historic referendum that shook the country to its core, bringing a huge sigh of relief to the British political establishment.

• The White House Thursday sternly told the NFL that “it’s important that the league get a handle” on players who commit child abuse and domestic violence ” and that the league must “have a zero tolerance” regarding those issues.

• With a bipartisan vote, the Senate on Thursday approved a request from President Obama to arm and train Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL), sending a bill to Mr. Obama for a final signature.

• Australia ordered federal police to take over security at the house of parliament Friday, a day after police conducted one of the nation’s largest counter-terrorism operations in Sydney amid chatter of potential terror threats.

Show Notes for Thursday, September 18, 2014

• Democratic strategist Karl Frisch calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about Code Pink’s appearance at the ISIS hearings yesterday

Klein• Author Naomi Klein calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about her new book, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate”

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

• Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on charges of aggravated assault, criminal damage and preventing someone from calling 911, Phoenix police said. The alleged victims were a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child.

• The House voted Wednesday to give President Obama the authority to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The vote was bipartisan, passing with 273 votes in favor and 156 votes against.

• A day after his top military leader said he would advise sending combat troops into Iraq if it becomes necessary, President Obama doubled down on his pledge not to pursue another ground war in the country during efforts to decimate ISIS.

Show Notes for Wednesday, September 17, 2014

• Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about our plans to take on ISIS

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

• After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors, the Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list, which means he will have to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas.

• Gen. Martin Dempsey, the nation’s top military leader, told Congress Tuesday that he will recommend President Obama consider using ground troops to combat ISIS if the expanded military campaign to the president laid out last week fails.

• President Obama on Tuesday announced a major expansion of U.S. aid in the fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, warning that the virus is spiraling out of control and could become a threat to global security if left unchecked.

• Broadening its push to improve police relations with minorities, the Justice Department has enlisted a team of criminal justice researchers to study racial bias in law enforcement in five American cities and recommend strategies to address the problem nationally, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.

Show Notes for Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pierce2• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about Rand Paul’s shifting views

• Bob Cesca of The Daily Banter calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the ugly side of the NFL

• U.S. officials said Monday the United States has taken the first step in its planned expanded fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, conducting airstrikes to aid of Iraqi security forces near Baghdad who were being attacked by enemy fighters.

• The Obama administration will assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to West Africa “to combat and contain” what senior administration officials call an “extraordinarily serious epidemic” with the Ebola outbreak.

• Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson has issued a statement after being charged with child abuse and says he is “sorry about the hurt I have brought to my child.” Peterson was charged last weekend after he struck his 4-year-old son with a tree branch as a form of discipline earlier this summer.

• Hurricane Odile snapped palm trees like twigs, washed out roads and left tourists trapped in Mexican resorts Monday. Even as it weakened into a Category 1 hurricane, the storm threatened to bring torrential rains and flooding as it moved over Baja California and closer to the American Southwest, forecasters said.

Show Notes for Monday, September 15, 2014

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about why he won’t be mocking the big Palin fight in Anchorage

Boehlert2Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the loss of proper Beltway analysis in the media

Voice Deity Jim Ward joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Maximum Mookage Mondays

• After the beheading of another Western captive by ISIS, an international conference is convening today in Paris to talk about how to tackle the threat posed by the Islamic extremist group. The conference is being hosted by French President Francois Hollande and his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Masum.

• The eyes of the political world turned to Iowa on Sunday as Hillary Clinton took the stage at the 37th-and-final Harkin Steak Fry, a Democratic fundraiser spearheaded by longtime Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. Clinton began her speech with an ebullient, “I’m baaaack!”

• Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) added his voice to the growing debate surrounding NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s fate, saying that Goodell “should go” if he lied about the NFL not having seen the violent video of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice knocking his then fiancé unconscious.

Show Notes for Friday, September 12, 2014

Fugelsang2• Comedian John Fugelsang calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT for another edition of Fridays With Fugelsang

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

• The United States signed up 10 Arab allies on Thursday to a “coordinated military campaign” against Islamic State fighters, a major step in building regional support for President Barack Obama’s plan to strike both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi frontier.

• The U.S. military flew two air strikes today, knocking out ISIS machine guns near the Mosul Dam as it geared up for more aggressive attacks. Once the new campaign begins, all ISIS forces across Northern and Western Iraq, including their leaders, will become potential targets.

• The NFL needs a “zero-tolerance” policy for players who commit violent acts against women, 16 female U.S. senators told NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a letter Thursday.

• Oscar Pistorius sat down in a South African court Friday and within an hour, he heard the verdict for which he and much of the world have waited more than a year. The judge declared Pistorius guilty on the charge of culpable homicide, the equivalent of manslaughter in the U.S. legal system.

Show Notes for Thursday, September 11, 2014

• Democratic strategist Karl Frisch calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about the president’s ISIS speech last night

Tomasky• Michael Tomasky, columnist for The Daily Beast, calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the president’s speech on ISIS

• 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 on Wednesday announced a comprehensive strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, or ISIL) that will broaden the U.S. military role to include airstrikes in Syria but not put any American combat troops on the ground in the region.

• Rep. Nancy Pelosi praised Obama’s “concrete and forceful strategy” against IS and highlighted his pledges to act “with a broad coalition of partners and without using U.S. combat forces on the ground.” Rep. John Boehner crowed that Obama had “recanted his earlier dismissals” of the threat posed by ISIS.

• Former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III will conduct a probe into how the NFL handled evidence as it investigated domestic violence claims against former Ravens running back Ray Rice. A law enforcement official said that he sent a tape of Rice striking his then-fiancee at a casino to an NFL executive in April.

Show Notes for Wednesday, September 10, 2014

• Dean Obeidallah, columnist for The Daily Beast, calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Dems and the midterm elections

SchiffRep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the situation with ISIS, Iraq, and Syria

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

• In his first visit to the warzone since the launch of U.S. airstrikes, Secretary of State John Kerry helicoptered into Baghdad today to meet new Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi, whose government is a cornerstone in the Obama administration’s plan to combat ISIS.

• In an address to the nation tonight, President Obama will outline an expanded military and political effort to combat militants in Syria and Iraq, and urge Congress to quickly give him authority to arm moderate Syrian opposition forces fighting President Bashar Assad.

• Baltimore Ravens owner Stephen Bisciotti wrote a letter to the team’s fans and sponsors Tuesday, addressing the team’s handling of the Ray Rice situation and stating that the Ravens could have handled things differently.

• Apple on Tuesday introduced two new iPhones, its long-awaited Apple Watch and a mobile payment system as part of a marketing blitz aimed at drumming up consumer excitement.

Show Notes for Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the new face of Meet The Press

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about Fox News laughing at the Ray Rice assault

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

• Bob Cesca of The Daily Banter calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about Rand Paul’s newest flip-flop on ISIS

• As President Obama prepares to speak to the nation about his plans to confront Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria, the White House is offering little detail about what new strategy he might share. Mr. Obama said that he will tell the nation about his plans to “hunt down” ISIS in a speech tomorrow.

• The Baltimore Ravens cut star running back Ray Rice from their roster Monday afternoon after video emerged earlier in the day appearing to show him punching and knocking out his then-fiancee and now-wife Janay Palmer.

• President Obama said Sunday that his decision to postpone any executive action on immigration until after November’s midterm elections was not driven by politics. But lawmakers from both parties spied politics in the president’s decision, and they almost unanimously disagreed with it.

Show Notes for Friday, September 5, 2014

Today’s vacation Best-Of show features, by overwhelming listener request, journalist May Lee in Hours 1 and 3, with Hour 2 featuring John Fugelsang in studio along with our final talk with comedy legend Joan Rivers from this past June. Listen from 9am to Noon ET / 6am to 9am PT on SiriusXM Radio Progress 127, on the Progressive Voices channel on the TuneIn smartphone app, on fine Progressive Talk stations around the country like The Mic 92.1in Madison, 880 the Revolution in Asheville NC, KTNF-AM in The Twin Cities, 1480 KPHX (Official) – The Valley’s Progressive Talk – Phoenix, AZ Phoenix, or KPTR 1450 AM in Palm Springs.

Show Notes for Thursday, September 4, 2014

Today’s vacation Best-Of Steph show featuring women’s sports pioneer Debbie Millbern Powers, actor Tim Robbins, and Prop 8 attorney Ted Olson is posted! Grab it on iTunes, Stitcher, or at the Stephcast page on this site if you’re a subscriber! If you’re not a subscriber, do so by also going to the Stephcast page (only $4.95 a month if you buy a year in advance *gling*).

Show Notes for Wednesday, September 3, 2014

We have a great vacation Best-Of today… Hour 1 features Wonder Woman herself, Lynda Carter, as well as Simpson’s creator Sam Simon, who has the most inspirational story you’ve ever heard. Hour 2 features comedian Michael McDonald in studio with us, and Hour 3 features Prop 8 plaintiffs Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo in studio with us. Enjoy!

Best-Of Show Notes for Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day, everyone! We’ve got a great Best-Of Show lined up for you. Kathleen Madigan from February will grace us in Hour 1, Georgia school shooting hero Antoinette Tuff is in Hour 2, and our Earthquake Show from March is in Hour 3! Listen from 9am to Noon ET / 6am to 9am PT on SiriusXM Radio Progress 127, on the Progressive Voices channel on the TuneIn App, on fine Progressive Talk stations around the country like The Mic 92.1 in Madison, WCPT AM & FM – Chicago’s Progressive Talk Radio, 880 the Revolution in Asheville NC, KTNF-AM in The Twin Cities, 1480 KPHX (Official) – The Valley’s Progressive Talk – Phoenix, AZ in Phoenix, or KPTR 1450 AM in Palm Springs. You can also watch the show on the Free Speech TV channel on your Roku or at www.stephaniemiller.com.