Show Notes for Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Bob Cesca of “The Bob & Chez Show” podcast and Salon.com calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about Far Right rage

• Actor and comedian Carlos Alazraqui joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT for “Coffee With Carlos”

Ortiz• Actress Ana Ortiz (“Ugly Betty”, “Devious Maids”) calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about what she’s doing now

• Throughout a contentious House Oversight Committee hearing, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said she is proud of her organization’s work supporting fetal tissue research and said secretly recorded videos of employees discussing the practice are part of a “smear campaign.”

• President Obama said Tuesday that the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) would be a “long-term campaign” for the world, but he is “ultimately optimistic” that the group’s opponents would prevail against its message of death and suffering.

• The attorney for Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, says Davis met with Pope Francis last week during his visit to the U.S. The Vatican would not confirm such a meeting took place.

Show Notes for Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Bloom• Attorney Lisa Bloom of Avvo.com calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about which GOP candidates are running against the Constitution

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the loopy GOP investigation into the Planned Parenthood videos

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

• President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin sharply disagreed Monday at the UN over the chaos in Syria, with Obama urging a political transition to replace the Syrian president but Putin warning it would be a mistake to abandon the current government.

• In Planned Parenthood’s first congressional appearance since surreptitiously recorded videos appeared, President Cecile Richards is expected to say today she is “proud” of its provision of fetal tissue for research, but will also seek to minimize the organ donations as a small part of its work.

• House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced Monday that he is officially running to succeed House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, when Boehner retires next month.

• Vice President Joe Biden will be able to participate in the first Democratic presidential debate October 13th, even if he waits until the very day of the debate to announce he’s running for president, CNN said in a release Monday.

Show Notes for Monday, September 28, 2015

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the sudden resignation of Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)

Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the media rooting against Dems

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

• Days after abruptly announcing that he would resign from the House, Rep. John Boehner reflected on some of the “unrealistic” promises made by his colleagues. “The Bible says beware of false prophets. And there are people out there spreading noise about how much can get done,” Boehner said.

• Pope Francis urged hundreds of thousands of the faithful gathered Sunday for the biggest event of his U.S. visit to be open to “miracles of love,” closing out his six-day tour with a message of hope for families, consolation for victims of child sexual abuse and a warning to America’s bishops.

• President Barack Obama and the leaders of some of America’s closest allies addressed a major United Nations summit on its last day Sunday as Syria’s conflict threatens to push the stated topic, global development, onto the sidelines.

• NASA said it will announce Monday that a Mars mystery has been “solved,” but did not say what the mystery was, only that it “detail a major science finding.”

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Show Notes for Friday, September 25, 2015

Fugelsang2John Fugelsang, host of “Tell Me Everything” on SiriusXM Insight 121, calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT for “Fridays With Fugelsang”

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

• Pope Francis arrived in New York City yesterday greeted by Catholic Church dignitaries and a cheering crowd, waving papal flags and snapping photos. The pope was all smiles as he arrived in New York, which marks the second U.S. city he has traveled to, and the third day of his U.S. tour.

• In the first address by the head of the Catholic Church to a joint meeting of Congress, Pope Francis called on lawmakers Thursday to address a long list of challenges ranging from climate change to Syrian migrant crisis and the decline of the American family.

• Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s top Republican, moved swiftly to avoid a government shutdown in six days, pushing legislation that would keep agencies operating without a contentious fight over money for Planned Parenthood.

• A few hours after the celebratory atmosphere that surrounded the visit from Pope Francis, President Obama welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping to the White House to tackle a much thornier set of issues ranging from cybersecurity to China’s island-building in the South China Sea.

Show Notes for Thursday, September 24, 2015

Karl Frisch, Exec. Director of Allied Progress, calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about Trump’s strange grudge against Fox News

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

Love• Comedian Loni Love calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about her new documentary, “Being: Loni Love”

• Fresh from enrapturing crowds all over Washington DC, Pope Francis is bringing his resonant message of humility and hope to Capitol Hill as he becomes the first pontiff in history to speak to a joint meeting of Congress today at 10am ET.

• The war of words between Donald Trump and Fox News turned nasty last night. On Megyn Kelly’s Fox show, conservative pundit Rich Lowry said that Carly Fiorina castrated Trump during the debate last week. Trump then announced he is boycotting Fox News.

• Senate Democrats thwarted a Republican effort to ban late-term abortions on Tuesday as GOP leaders strained to avoid a government shutdown in eight days over the dispute – all against a tangled backdrop of presidential politics.

• Donald Trump remains the Republican front-runner — but a new Quinnipiac poll confirms that he’s losing some support. Hillary Clinton also maintains her advantage on the Democratic side, even if the undeclared Joe Biden jumps into the mix.

Show Notes for Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Bob Cesca of “The Bob & Chez Show” and Salon calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about GOP attacks on The Pope

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

• President Obama will deploy the full pageantry of the White House as Pope Francis speaks directly to Americans for the first time today. Thousands will gather in the shadow of the Washington Monument for a glimpse of the man whose humility and love for the poor has electrified the Catholic Church.

• Hillary Clinton yesterday rolled out a plan to crack down on high prescription drug costs. Clinton’s plan is premised on leveraging the nation’s bargaining power to get better deals for patients on Medicare and implementing new rules to ensure consumers aren’t exploited.

• Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders received a warm welcome from federal contractors striking on Capitol Hill today, telling them at a rally before Pope Francis’ arrival in the United States that they have the right to earn $15 an hour and to form a union.

• Yogi Berra, the baseball legend who crouched behind homeplate for the New York Yankees over the span of almost two decades, died Tuesday at the age of 90. He coined the trademark phrase, “it’s not over till it’s over” — probably the most familiar of what have become known collectively as Yogi-isms.

Show Notes for Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Pierce2• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about Scott Walker dropping out of the GOP race

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

• After a dramatic fall from the top tier of Republican presidential candidates over the last several weeks, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ended his bid for the White House Monday. Walker’s run started on July 13 and lasted 71 days.

• Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, said she’s been called Hitler, a hypocrite and a homophobe, she told ABC News today in an interview in Morehead, Kentucky.

• After a lifetime of watching the world’s most affluent and powerful nation from afar, Pope Francis will walk on U.S. soil for the first time, at the age of 78, when he arrives in Washington from Cuba this afternoon. He’s assured of a warm welcome from millions of U.S. Catholics and the non-devout.

• As Jeb Bush expanded on his support for a path to citizenship for some immigrants in a speech before the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Houston yesterday, immigration protesters cut him off with chants of “No hope without our vote!”

Show Notes for Monday, September 21, 2015

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Jeb Bush’s spectacular fall in the polls

Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about Carly Fiorina’s lies during the GOP debate

Obeidallah• Daily Beast columnist Dean Obeidallah calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about Bill Maher mentioning his Muslim clock column

• Neurosurgeon and Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Sunday that he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation” in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

• On his first full day in Havana, Pope Francis took time from his packed schedule to visit Cuba’s retired leader Fidel Castro at his home. According to Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi, the encounter was “familial and informal.” The pope gave Castro five books on religion and spiritual life.

• After last week’s Republican presidential debate, former Hewlett-Packard chief Carly Fiorina has risen to second place, while Donald Trump’s support has softened, according to a new national poll by CNN/ORC. Fiorina replaced retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson for second place nationally.

• Hillary Clinton’s lead in the Democratic presidential primary race has grown — and if Vice President Joe Biden decides to stay out of the race, her numbers would rise even higher, a new CNN/ORC poll shows.

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Show Notes for Friday, September 17, 2015

Dupuy• Syndicated columnist Tina Dupuy calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the GOP’s war on what’s inside of women

National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen Garcia calls in at 10:50am ET / 7:50am PT to talk about the issues for the new academic year

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

• Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump declined Thursday to correct a questioner at a 3,000 person rally who incorrectly stated that President Obama is Muslim and said he’d be “looking at” claims of terrorist training camps on American soil.

• Republican leaders hope House passage of bills targeting Planned Parenthood and curbing some abortion procedures will mollify fractious conservatives demanding a face-off with President Obama that could trigger a federal shutdown. The bills are expected to be passed today.

• Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis has lost another legal bid to delay issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, marking the latest in a mounting stack of rejected appeals.

• One of the largest Muslim groups in Texas said Thursday that it does not fault police and school officials who handcuffed and suspended a 14-year-old Muslim boy after he brought a homemade clock to class that they mistook for a possible bomb.

Show Notes for Thursday, September 17, 2015

Karl Frisch, Exec. Director of Allied Progress, calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about last night’s GOP debate

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

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

• Over three hours on the debate stage last night, the 11 presidential candidates in the GOP debate bickered with one another and talked over each other. The real standout moments came when the candidates attempted to rise above the fray. In most cases, that meant attempting to show an even temperament in a tiff with frontrunner Donald Trump.

• In CNN’s second-tier debate, Twitter users couldn’t stop talking about one candidate: Lindsey Graham. Graham was mentioned in more than 10,000 tweets from beginning to end of the debate, according to a social media analytics site. Rick Santorum was next, with almost 6,000 tweets.

• President Obama has tweeted from his official personal account, inviting Texas teenager Ahmed Mohamed to the White House to show him the clock invention that was mistaken for a bomb.

• A massive earthquake struck off the coast of Chile Wednesday, killing at least eight people forcing 1 million to evacuate. The 8.3 magnitude tremor also prompted officials to issue tsunami advisories in Hawaii and California.