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Show Notes for Friday, December 19, 2014

• Comedian and actor John Fugelsang calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT for a Christmas edition of “Fridays With Fugelsang”

Frangela• Comedy duo Frangela joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for a Christmas edition of “Fridays With Frangela”

• President Obama continues to grapple with the question of whether to formally accuse North Korea of hacking Sony, with a White House spokesman stopping short of directly blaming the North Koreans, but FBI sources say the trail points pretty clearly to the rogue regime’s involvement in some manner.

• Republican leaders in both the House and Senate oppose normalizing relations with Cuba. They oppose lifting the trade embargo and wants to block confirmation of whomever the president nominates as U.S. Ambassador.

• With a slight, scruffy beard and long, tousled hair, accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared in federal court yesterday – the first time he’s been seen in public in a year and a half. He politely answered questions in his last pre-trial hearing before the case in January.

• The Dow Jones industrial average rose 412 points yesterday, its biggest surge in three years and its second straight triple-digit gain following the Federal Reserve’s reassurance that it was in no hurry to raise interest rates.

Show Notes for Thursday, December 18, 2014

• Democratic Strategist Karl Frisch calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about the thaw in American/Cuban relations

• Syndicated columnist Tina Dupuy calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the barbarism of torture

• Health care reform expert Jacki Schechner calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT for “Jacki’s Healthcare Corner”

JasonStuart• Comedian Jason Stuart joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to hang with us for the hour

• Sony Pictures pulled the plug on “The Interview”, bowing to threats of potential violence at movie theaters. Sources say that the US government has determined the North Korean government is behind the Sony hack but the U.S. government has not yet publicly named a suspect.

• President Obama announced Wednesday that the United States is taking steps to restore full diplomacy with Cuba, a historic move that will end 50 years of frozen relations with the communist nation.

• Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fix Russia’s economic woes within two years, pledging to diversify the gas-dependent economy and persuade businesses to help prop up the collapsing ruble.

• President Obama’s approval rating with Latinos has jumped 10 points since he announced a new policy of deportation relief for millions of undocumented immigrants. 57 percent now say they approve of the job that Obama is doing.

Show Notes for Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ObeidallahDean Obeidallah, columnist for “The Daily Beast”, calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the Torture Report in the Muslim world

Michael Tomasky, columnist for “The Daily Beast”, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the rise of Sen. Elizabeth Warren

• More than 140 people are dead after Taliban forces stormed a school in a northwestern city of Pakistan and opened fire on students and teachers. All but about ten of the victims are children. The Taliban are at war with Pakistan, trying to topple the government and set up an Islamic state.

• Australia’s prime minister acknowledged Wednesday that the nation’s security system failed to keep track of a gunman responsible for a deadly siege at a Sydney cafe, and promised a transparent investigation into why the man was not on any terror watch list despite having a long criminal history.

• The fallout from the Sony Pictures hack that began four weeks ago exploded Tuesday after the shadowy group calling itself Guardians of Peace escalated its attack beyond corporate espionage by threatening moviegoers with violence reminiscent of the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

• The Dem-controlled Senate confirmed the last batch of President Obama’s judicial appointees and sent the White House legislation extending tax breaks for working-class millions late Tuesday as Congress ended a tumultuous two-year run.

Show Notes for Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pierce2• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s fight against big bank giveaways

Podcaster Jody Hamilton joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to hang with us for the hour

• Bob Cesca of “The Daily Banter” calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about Dick Cheney’s psychotic interview this past Sunday

• Tearful Australians laid mounds of flowers at the site where two of 17 hostages were killed Tuesday when police swooped into a cafe to rescue them from a gunman – an Iranian-born self-styled cleric described as a lone-wolf “jihoodlum” carrying out a “sick fantasy.”

• Pakistani officials say Taliban gunmen have stormed a military-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing at least 126 people and wounding many more. At least one security officer was also killed in the initial siege, according to a hospital official.

• With just enough votes to clear the required threshold, Dr. Vivek Murthy on Monday evening was confirmed by the Senate to become U.S. Surgeon General. Republicans had opposed Murthy’s nomination because of his views on gun control.

• After weeks of media headlines and scrutiny and a subsequent career downfall, Bill Cosby’s wife, Camille, is speaking up and standing by her husband of 50 years.

Show Notes for Monday, December 15, 2014

rudepundit2The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the lingering effects of the Senate’s torture report

Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about how the GOP is shortchanging veterans

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

• Five people have fled from a Sydney, Australia cafe where a gunman took an unknown number of hostages at the height of Monday morning rush hour. Two people inside the cafe were earlier seen holding up a flag containing an Islamic declaration of faith.

• The Senate passed a sweeping $1.1 trillion spending package Saturday night to stave off a government shutdown after days of high drama, legislative maneuvers, and an unusual weekend session that put the Republicans’ most conservative members at odds with their own party.

• Former US vice president Dick Cheney on Sunday defended America’s now-banned program that tortured Al-Qaeda suspects, praising the CIA operatives who ran it as heroes. Cheney said there is “no comparison” between the tactics and the deaths of American citizens on September 11, 2001.

• Police arrested 45 people Saturday in the hours after thousands of protesters took to the streets of San Francisco and Oakland in largely peaceful protests, joining in a national demonstration against police killings.

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Show Notes for Friday, December 12, 2014

Fugelsang2• Comedian and actor 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 for another edition of “Whore Fridays”

• CIA director John Brennan says that the CIA obtained valuable information from detainees who had been subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques, but the question of whether that information could have been obtained without brutal interrogation sessions was “unknowable.”

• The House narrowly passed the $1.1 trillion spending bill meant to keep the government funded for the next year after a dramatic daylong showdown in which the legislation’s opponents were just one vote away from derailing the measure.

• Another Bill Cosby accuser has come forward. This time it’s supermodel Beverly Johnson — who’s adding her name to a growing list of women accusing the once-beloved comedian of drugging or sexually assaulting them in the 1970s and ’80s.

• The UVA students described as friends of the alleged rape victim Jackie in a Rolling Stone article have revealed their identities and said that some of the magazine’s story is false. “The text was so divergent from what we said that evening,” said Alex Stock, who said he’s identified as “Andy” in the article.

Show Notes for Thursday, December 11, 2014

• Democratic strategist Karl Frisch calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about the politics of the Senate Torture Report release

• Dean Obeidallah of “The Daily Beast” calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Bill Cosby’s accusers

Schechner• Health care reform expert Jacki Schechner calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT for “Jacki’s Healthcare Corner”

• Podcaster Jody Hamilton joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to hang with us for the hour

• Former Vice President Dick Cheney says a declassified Senate report on the post-9/11 CIA torture program is “full of crap.” “I think it is a terrible report, deeply flawed,” Cheney said on Fox News. “It’s a classic example of where politicians get together and throw professionals under the bus.”

• Dr. James Mitchell, a psychologist who is reported to be one of the contractors who helped craft and carry out the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program, said the so-called Senate torture report is “not balanced” and an attempt by Senate Dems to “smear” the CIA.

• Daniel Pantaleo, the police officer who a grand jury decided not to indict in the death of Eric Garner, spoke with internal affairs investigators about the case this week. “He indicated he never used a chokehold,” said Pantaleo’s attorney.

Show Notes for Wednesday, December 10, 2014

• Michael Tomasky of “The Daily Beast” calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about whether the Dems should forget about The South

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

• The Senate Intelligence Committee released the findings from their investigation into the CIA’s torture techniques yesterday, saying that the methods were not only ineffective at gathering information, but that the CIA misled Congress and the public about the program to keep it going.

• President Obama said he believed it was “important” for the Senate to release the results of its investigation into the CIA’s use of torture, saying in a interview that “One of the things that sets us apart from other countries is that when we make mistakes, we admit them.”

• Republicans and Democrats agreed Tuesday on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and delay a politically-charged struggle over President Barack Obama’s new immigration policy until the new year.

• A South African judge has ruled that prosecutors can appeal the acquittal on murder charges of Oscar Pistorius, who was convicted of culpable homicide in the death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Prosecutors are seeking a 15-year punishment

Show Notes for Tuesday, December 9, 2014

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about his big fight with the Far Right media

Cesca2• Bob Cesca of “The Daily Banter” calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the Obama Economic Boom

• Senate Democrats today will use some of their last hours in the Senate majority to release the much-anticipated report about the CIA’s methods of extracting information from terror suspects, called “enhanced interrogation” by some and “torture” by others.

• Demonstrators reacting to the Eric Garner grand jury decision moved toward New York’s Barclays Center as Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton arrived to watch a basketball game. Prior the game’s start, the demonstrators staged a “die-in” in front of the arena.

• Hundreds of people marched through Berkeley, CA for a third night a row, blocking a major freeway and stopping a commuter train as activists protested grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men.

• In a letter to parents yesterday, University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan outlined a series of changes at the school in the wake of a Rolling Stone story about sexual assaults — but at the same time also stood up for the embattled university’s staff.

Show Notes for Monday, December 8, 2014

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about reactions to the Eric Garner choke hold decision

Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to tell us why it’s nothing but good news for President Obama

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

• Raucous demonstrations hit Berkeley, California’s streets for a second straight night last night as protesters angered by police killings in Missouri and New York clashed with officers, vandalized businesses and even fought with each other, officials said.

• Attorney General Eric Holder and The Department of Justice are announcing today new limits on racial profiling, and the department’s hope is that other law enforcement agencies will follow the example.

• Al Qaeda captors who were holding American Luke Somers and a South African man hostage in Yemen may have been alerted simply by a dog when Navy Seals attempted to rescue the two, U.S. officials said Sunday. Somers and the other hostage were killed in the raid.

• U.S. embassies around the world are bracing for a potentially explosive report about to be released that details what the CIA did to terror suspects in the days after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, and the fear is that its release could threaten American lives.