Show Notes for Thursday, April 30, 2015

• Democratic strategist Karl Frisch calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about the scene at the Supreme Court this week

• Attorney Brenda Feigen calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to tell us her impressions of being inside SCOTUS during the marriage equality case

Fugelsang2John Fugelsang, host of “Tell Me Everything” on SiriusXM Insight 121, joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT

• The Baltimore Police Department said Wednesday the results of its investigation into the Freddie Gray’s death will go directly to the State’s Attorney’s Office, not to the public. Police remained on high alert for renewed violence around the city yesterday, but afternoon protests were peaceful.

• The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case challenging the sedative used in a lethal-injection cocktail that has led to several botched executions in Oklahoma. The argument quickly turned heated. The justices clashed with one another and fired hostile questions at the lawyers.

• Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont, says he is announcing his candidacy for president today. Sanders says he will declare his run for the Democratic nomination and will be the first to challenge Hillary Clinton, running to her Left.

Show Notes for Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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

BloomLisa Bloom, legal analyst for Avvo.com and NBC News, calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the SCOTUS gay marriage case

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

• President Obama condemned the violence in Baltimore this afternoon, saying there is “no excuse” for the violence, looting and arson that followed the funeral held for Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old African American who died after suffering a spine injury in police custody earlier this month.

• The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed to be debating how — not if — same-sex marriage should become legal in every state in the country. The 9 justices weighed whether now is the right time to force states to let same-sex couples marry, pointing to how quickly public opinion has shifted on the issue.

• Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will launch a campaign seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2016 on Thursday. Sanders will be the first official challenger for the Democratic nomination to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who launched her campaign earlier this month.

Show Notes for Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pierce2• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about Elizabeth Warren and the TPP

Podcaster Jody Hamilton joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Total Trollop Tuesdays

Bob Cesca of “The Daily Banter” and “The Bob & Chez Show” podcast calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about Ted Cruz & marriage equality

• Rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos Monday, torching a CVS pharmacy, looting businesses, setting police cars ablaze and throwing rocks and bricks at officers hours after thousands mourned the man who died from a severe spinal injury he suffered in police custody.

• Nepalese soldiers loaded supplies onto helicopters Tuesday and headed into the remote villages cut off since Saturday’s devastating earthquake. Prime Minister Sushil Koirala told the Reuters news agency that the death toll from the disaster — already nearing 5,000 — could reach double that figure.

• Sen. Rand Paul defended President Obama over the accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. drone attack in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region. Sen. Lindsey Graham, sharply critical of the senator’s views on foreign policy, took to Twitter to welcome Paul’s comments.

• The contentious issue of marriage for same-sex couples comes to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday — the first big legal showdown of its kind since laws against interracial marriage were struck down almost 50 years ago.

Show Notes for Monday, April 27, 2015

BoehlertEric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about media coverage of the “Clinton Cash” book

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

• An earthquake aftershock stronger than many earthquakes hit Nepal, collapsing more buildings and triggering new panic in a country trying to recover from the most powerful quake to hit it in 80 years. The death toll in Nepal from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake rose to at least 3,726 people.

• After weeks of scrutiny over how the Clinton Foundation disclosed its donors, the organization is publicly admitting to the “mistakes” it made when reporting its cash flow. The foundation’s CEO says that they “have taken steps to ensure they don’t happen in the future.”

• President Barack Obama got some big laughs during the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington on Saturday. He took jabs at his fellow politicians, major media outlets, and even took a few shots at himself. SNL’s Cecily Strong hosted the evening with a strong comedy set herself.

• Former Olympic champion and reality television star Bruce Jenner broke the silence on transitioning to a woman Friday, telling ABC’s Diane Sawyer: “For all intents and purposes, I am a woman.” “My brain is much more female than it is male,” the 65-year-old said.

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Show Notes for Friday, April 24, 2015

SiriusXM Insight 121 host Dean Obeidallah calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the upcoming bloody GOP primary

Fugelsang2SiriusXM Insight 121 host John Fugelsang calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT for another edition of “Fridays With Fugelsang”

• President Obama said yesterday that he takes “full responsibility” for a U.S. government counterterrorism operation that killed two innocent hostages held by al Qaeda. Dr. Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto were “accidentally” killed by a U.S. drone strike in January.

• Protests continued in Baltimore for a sixth day Thursday over the death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man who suffered a fatal spine injury while in police custody. A union police lawyer says that Gray was shackled but not placed in a seat belt during his trip to the police station.

• Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was sentenced Thursday to two years’ probation and fined $100,000 for giving her classified material while she was working on the book.

• Loretta Lynch was confirmed as attorney general Thursday by a vote of 56 to 43, becoming the first African-American woman to ascend to the post of the nation’s top law-enforcement official. Lynch was nominated by President Obama in November to replace Attorney General Eric Holder, who is retiring.

Show Notes for Thursday, April 23, 2015

• Democratic strategist Karl Frisch calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about Hillary vs. the crowded GOP field

• Health care reform expert Jacki Schechner calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about growing support for the Affordable Care Act

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

• As protesters decrying Freddie Gray’s death plan more rallies in Baltimore on Thursday, anger is mounting over a police union’s comparison of the protest to a “lynch mob.” That comparison drew swift and sharp criticism, given the history of African-Americans being lynched.

• Sen. Marco Rubio leads all GOP presidential hopefuls in a Quinnipiac poll released this morning, capturing some momentum in the weeks after he became the third major Republican to announce his presidential campaign. Rubio garnered 15% support from those polled, while Jeb Bush got 13%.

• An image of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev giving the middle finger to a surveillance camera three months after the deadly bombing was released by the government yesterday, a day after it was shown to the jurors deciding if Tsarnaev should get the death penalty.

• Presidential candidate Rand Paul’s son, William, received a citation for driving under the influence of alcohol this past weekend, according to reports.

Show Notes for Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pierce2• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about what the gobshites are saying these days

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

• The Senate is moving forward on a human trafficking bill, leaders announced Tuesday, after Dems and GOPers overcame their disagreement over abortion language in the bill. This could soon allow the Senate to vote on the confirmation of President Obama’s attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch.

• The April health tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that the public is almost evenly split between favorable and unfavorable views of the Affordable Care Act as favorable views are on a slow but steady rise.

• The Justice Department opened a civil rights investigation Tuesday into the death of Freddie Gray amid ongoing protests over the Baltimore man whose spine was allegedly severed while he was in police custody. Gray, 25, died Sunday, a week after he was arrested on a weapons charge in Baltimore.

• Saudi Arabia resumed airstrikes in Yemen on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after announcing the end of its “Operation Decisive Storm,” a nearly month-long campaign against Houthi positions.

Show Notes for Tuesday, April 21, 2015

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about Marco Rubio’s disastrous presidential launch

• Podcaster Jody Hamilton joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Total Trollop Tuesdays

Cesca2Bob Cesca of “The Daily Banter” calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about Bill O’Reilly’s sad conclusions about marriage equality

• Hillary Clinton on Monday promised a group of New Hampshire voters that she will make the “quiet epidemic” of substance abuse, and mental health issues in general, a big part of her presidential campaign.

• Baltimore officials said they share residents’ frustration with the lack of answers for why Freddie Gray, whose family says he was injured during his arrest last week by Baltimore police, died Sunday. “This is a very, very tense time for Baltimore city,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said.

• The Pentagon confirmed yesterday that the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and the cruiser USS Normandy have moved into the Arabian Sea because of the deteriorating security situation in Yemen.

• Now we know when Jon Stewart will make his last appearance as host of “The Daily Show.” He announced during Monday night’s taping that it would be on August 6.

Show Notes for Monday, April 20, 2015

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about racist idiots losing their racist businesses

Signorile BookSiriusXM Progress 127 host Michelangelo Signorile joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about his new book, “It’s Not Over”

• GOP presidential hopefuls descended on New Hampshire over the weekend as part of the Republican Leadership Summit, a two-day event that drew about 500 activists and the party’s entire 2016 field to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua.

• Bill Clinton offered his first comment Sunday on his wife Hillary’s presidential bid, saying: “I’m proud of her.” The comment was the first time he’d weighed in on Hillary Clinton’s second run for the White House. Clinton continues her campaign today in New Hampshire.

• The Secret Service arrested another person last night for attempting to scale the White House fence. A statement says “this individual was immediately arrested by USSS Uniformed Division Officers,” and says the person was taken into custody and charges are pending.

• A boat crowded with migrants capsized in the sea north of Libya overnight, leaving at least 24 confirmed dead with the death toll expected to rise into the hundreds, Italy’s Coast Guard said Sunday. The boat was headed to Italy and highlights a growing immigration crisis in the European Union.

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Show Notes for Friday, April 17, 2015

• Syndicated columnist Tina Dupuy calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about Hillary’s first week on the campaign trail

Fugelsang2SiriusXM Insight 121 host John Fugelsang calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT for “Fridays With Fugelsang”

• The man who flew what he called a “flying bicycle” through restricted airspace above Washington DC and landed near the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday made his initial appearance in federal court yesterday afternoon. He faces four years in prison plus fines.

• Authorities in Tulsa dismissed as “rumor” a report that supervisors falsified the training records of the reserve sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed an unarmed man this month. The paper reports the deputy was given credit for training he never completed and firearms certifications he never received.

• New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told TODAY’s Matt Lauer that Hillary Clinton will not simply be handed the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, and her unsuccessful 2008 campaign shows nothing is a “foregone conclusion.”

• Wisconsin governor Scott Walker may be planning a run for president but a new Marquette University poll shows that his job-approval rating has sunk to 41 percent and he trails Hillary Clinton by 12 points in a hypothetical matchup.