Show Notes For Friday, February 28, 2014

Fugelsang2• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT for Fridays With Fuglesang

• President Obama spoke Thursday at the White House, where he announced “My Brother’s Keeper” – a new initiative to help young men and boys of color succeed. He described the program as one that “goes to the very heart of why I ran for President” and dove into his own life to explain why such an initiative is needed, speaking candidly about his father, drugs and race.

• Men in military uniforms patrolled the main airport in Ukraine’s Russian-majority Crimea region Friday, a move that Ukraine’s Interior Minister called part of an “armed invasion” by Russian forces.

• Funnyman Seth Rogen went to Washington to address a non-laughing matter. He appeared on Capitol Hill Wednesday to speak before the Senate Committee on Appropriations about the rising costs of Alzheimer’s disease on Americans, and to address the lack of funding for adequate treatment or a cure.

• Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of an Arizona bill allowing businesses to refuse service to gays exposed a fracture within the Republican Party between social conservatives and the GOP’s pro-business wing, a split that Democrats hope to turn into a midterm election campaign issue.

• Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for 1,000 homes in two foothill suburbs east of Los Angeles in advance of a powerful storm.

Show Notes For Thursday, February 27, 2014

• Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about Gov. Brewer’s veto of SB 1062 yesterday

• Lucas Grindley, Editorial Director for “The Advocate”, calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about big gay news in Arizona and Texas

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

• Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said yesterday she has vetoed a controversial bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse to serve gays on religious grounds. Brewer said she had made her decision after consulting with her lawyers and both opponents and supporters of Senate Bill 1062.

• A federal judge in Texas struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage on Wednesday, ruling that the laws restricting marriage to a man and a woman violated the United States Constitution.

• House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., unveiled a tax-reform proposal yesterday that includes broad simplifications to the tax code, along with lower rates for higher incomes and surtaxes on certain types of income for the wealthy.

• The first of back-to-back rain storms swept the length of California on Wednesday, canceling flights and threatening floods and deadly landslides.

Show Notes for Wednesday, February 26, 2014

• Daily Beast columnist Dean Obeidallah calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the anti-LGBT bill in Arizona

Goldwater• CC Goldwater (Barry Goldwater’s granddaughter) calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the LGBT situation in Arizona

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

• Arizona Governor Jan Brewer came under mounting pressure on Tuesday from other prominent Republicans and consultants to veto a controversial bill described by critics as a license to discriminate against gays and others in the name of religion.

• President Obama on Tuesday called Afghan President Hamid Karzai with a blunt warning that all U.S. troops will leave his war-torn country by 2015 unless Karzai or his successor sign a bilateral security agreement (BSA) with the United States.

• Former President Bill Clinton took center stage today in the most watched Senate race in the country, telling a crowd of 1,200 that “it makes a big difference” whether Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes wins over Mitch McConnell in November.

• A sprawling Democratic bill expanding health, education and other benefits for veterans easily cleared an early Senate hurdle on Tuesday. Republicans are still battling to make the bill smaller.

Show Notes for Tuesday, February 25, 2014

• Larry Schweiger, President and CEO of The National Wildlife Federation, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the environment

Pierce2• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about strange doings in Kansas GOP politics

• Bob Cesca of The Daily Banter calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about why we shouldn’t ignore crackpots like Ted Nugent

• Faced with tight budgets at the end of two lengthy wars the Pentagon is proposing cuts that could reduce the Army to its lowest level since just before the U.S. entered World War II. “Our recommendations favor a smaller and more capable force, putting a premium on rapidly deployable, self-sustaining platforms,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

• Three Republican Arizona state senators who voted for Senate Bill 1062 say they made a bad decision in a rushed process and are now asking Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the right to refuse service bill. They join Sens. McCain and Flake in asking her to veto the anti-LGBT legislation.

• Temperatures are expected to drop again in the Great Plains, Northeast and Midwest. In Illinois, ice blocks are tearing up the shore line of one river and threatening a bridge, while Minneapolis has restricted parking until April because emergency vehicles can’t get through snow-clogged streets.

Show Notes for Monday, February 24, 2014

• The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the immense hypocrisy of Joe The Plumber

• Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about how Fox News’ Benghazi smears aren’t working

JulieBrown• Actress and comedian Julie Brown joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to tell us what she’s up to next

• Ukraine’s acting government issued a warrant Monday for the arrest of President Viktor Yanukovych, last seen in the pro-Russian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, accusing him of mass murder of protesters who stood up for months against his rule.

• National Security Advisor Susan Rice said Sunday that she doesn’t regret blaming the September 2012 attack a U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya, on a spontaneous protest against an anti-Islamic video when she first spoke publicly about the attack.

• Jason Collins signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets yesterday morning and played 10 scoreless minutes with two rebounds and five fouls in the Nets’ 108-102 victory last night to become the first openly gay athlete to play in a major American sport.

• Russia celebrated 17 days of sport-driven global unity in Sochi on Sunday night with a farewell show that hands off the Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang in South Korea.

Show Notes for Friday, February 21, 2014

Dupuy• Syndicated columnist Tina Dupuy calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about why the GOP should help raise the minimum wage

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT for another edition of Fridays With Fugelsang

• Graham Richard, CEO of Energy Now, calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the growth of alternative energy

• Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Friday announced early presidential elections and promised to form a coalition government in a bid to defuse a deep crisis in which scores have been killed and hundreds injured. There was no immediate comment from opposition leaders.

• Venezuelan prosecutors dropped the most serious charges against opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez, whom the country’s government blames for inciting clashes that have left at least five people dead.

• President Obama’s 2015 budget proposal will not include a budget gimmick that amounts to a cut to Social Security payments, the White House acknowledged Thursday.

• Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged Wednesday that the new Obamacare marketplaces may not meet their original enrollment goals. Still, Biden said that the new marketplaces are nevertheless off to “hell of a start.”

• At a town hall yesterday, NJ Gov. Chris Christie is blaming the federal government for failing to allocate enough money to the state to fully recover from Superstorm Sandy.

Frisch 2013• Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about GOP shenanigans in DC

• Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about what needs to be done to make ObamaCare a winner

• Despite a truce called by Ukraine’s protest leaders and the president they aim to oust, fierce clashes between protesters and police in the center of Kiev erupted anew on Thursday morning, as the number of people reported dead in the conflict continued to rise.

• The Department of Homeland Security has in the last 12 hours has put out an advisory to airlines to be aware of new chatter about explosives in shoes. No direct threat has been made, but the terrorist chatter was enough to cause feds to issue a warning.

• A Nebraska state court ruling Wednesday opened up the possibility of even more delays for the Keystone XL pipeline. The ruling tossed out the state law that gave Gov. Dave Heineman the right to approve the proposed Keystone’s route through the state, saying the law violated the state’s Constitution.

• A former aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker appeared to suggest that he was involved in a secret email system where staffers blended official and campaign business, and another former aide passed along a derogatory email about religious and ethnic groups, according to documents released Wednesday.

Show Notes for Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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

• Twenty-five people have been killed in fighting between anti-government protesters and police in the capital Kiev, the Ukrainian Health Ministry said in a statement Wednesday. The Health Ministry also said 241 people had been hospitalized.

• President Obama is traveling to Mexico today for the annual North American Leaders’ Summit with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. A pending trade agreement with other nations in the Asia-Pacific region will be at the top of their agenda.

• One of the jurors who convicted Michael Dunn of attempted murder after he fired into an SUV during a fatal argument over loud music believes he should have been convicted of first-degree murder. Ultimately, the jury convicted Dunn on the charges of attempted murder.

• A new report by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office finds a wage hike would lift 900,000 families out of the federal poverty threshold, but it could result in a net job loss of about half a million workers even though it would increase wages for 16.5 million others.

• President Obama used his executive authority yesterday and announced plans to further tighten fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

Show Notes for Tuesday, February 18, 2014

• Jigar Shah, author of the new book “Creating Climate Wealth” calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT talks about the dangers of climate change

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

Cesca• Bob Cesca of The Daily Banter calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the bizarre saga of GOP congressman Steve Stockman

• With the stroke of a pen, The Obama administration will take the next step in its multi-year effort to cut emissions and reduce oil use by getting better fuel economy from trucks. President Obama is set to announce the environmental initiative today in Maryland.

• Michael Dunn, the man who shot and killed a teenager in Florida after an argument over loud music, told his fiancée in a telephone call a month after his arrest that he was both the victim and the victor in the deadly encounter.

• A stunning catalog of torture and the widespread abuse of even the weakest of North Koreans reveal a portrait of a brutal state “that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world,” a United Nations panel reported Monday.

• To thunderous applause and with a Cheshire cat grin, Jimmy Fallon walked on to the stage at the NBC Studio in New York last night — the new host in the old home of the “Tonight Show.”

Show Notes for Monday, February 17, 2014

rudepundit2• The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about why marriage equality is driving the Far Right crazy

• Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the problems Boehner is having with his caucus

• Health Care Expert Jacki Schechner joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Jacki’s HealthCare Corner

• After 30 hours of deliberation, a Florida jury on Saturday found Michael Dunn guilty of three counts of attempted murder as well as for shooting into an SUV full of teenagers. But jurors didn’t convict him of murder for the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

• President Obama has pledged more than $100 million in federal aid to California farmers who are suffering from the severe drought. Many farmers, though, are wondering how much longer they can hold on.

• President Barack Obama on Saturday signed separate measures into law to lift the federal debt limit and restore benefits that had been cut for younger military retirees. Obama signed the bills during a weekend golf vacation in Southern California.

• House Democrats are vowing to try a rarely used tactic to force votes in the GOP-led chamber on the minimum wage and immigration reform, a strategy that will likely fail but might hurt Republicans with voters in this year’s elections.

Show Notes for Friday, February 14, 2014

• Today is Valentine’s Day.

• Prison psychologist Wanda Von Kleist calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the problem of using jails as mental hospitals

Newsom• California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about his book, “Citizenville: How To Take The Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government”

• A federal judge ruled Thursday that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, making it the first state in the South to have its voter-approved prohibition overturned. The judge issued a stay of her order while it is appealed, meaning that gay couples in Virginia will still not be able to marry until the case is ultimately resolved.

• President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will huddle with House Democrats at their annual retreat in Cambridge, Md., today. Officially billed as a forum to talk policy, the policy discussion generally dovetails with the politics of a tough midterm election for the president’s party.

• Commuters in the east are facing a messy morning of travel today, a day after a winter storm brought snow and ice to many states, leaving at least 21 dead, including a pregnant woman struck by a mini-plow in New York City whose baby was then born by cesarean section in critical condition.

• Citing a lack of evidence, Afghan authorities released from prison 65 men Thursday over strong objections from U.S. officials, who said they pose a threat to security forces and civilians. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul called the move “deeply regrettable.”

Show Notes for Thursday, February 13, 2014

• Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about GOP missteps of the last week

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to preview Saturday’s Phoenix Sexy Liberal Show

• Health care expert Jacki Schechner joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to hang for the rest of the show

51BxETHhbeL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-64,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_• Georgia school shooting hero Antoinette Tuff calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about her new book, “Prepared For A Purpose”

• The Senate broke a Ted Cruz-led filibuster and voted Wednesday to avert at least one chronic Washington political crisis for more than a year. It approved a House-passed measure that allows the government to borrow more money to pay its bills through March 2015.

• Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday he’s suing President Barack Obama and top national security officials over the government’s sweeping electronic surveillance program made public by intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.

• After four full months of open enrollment, younger Americans are signing up for Obamacare in greater proportions, the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department announced yesterday. Still, as of Feb. 1, just 25 percent of people who have enrolled in a private insurance plan through the new Obamacare marketplaces are between the ages of 18 and 34.

Show Notes for Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Kluwe• Former Vikings kicker Chris Kluwe calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about NFL prospect Michael Sam coming out

• Bob Cesca of The Daily Banter calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about more GOP lies about ObamaCare and Job Creation

• The House voted Tuesday to lift the debt ceiling and avert the threat of a U.S. default until March 15, 2015 with a bill that broke a trend for the GOP by seeking no spending cuts or additional policy items. Twenty-eight Republicans joined 193 Democrats in voting “yes” for the bill.

• What the National Weather Service is calling a potentially catastrophic storm of ice and snow is making its way across the South Tuesday night – two weeks after snow and ice shut down Atlanta. Winter storm watches, warnings and advisories are up from Texas over to the East Coast, the storm’s next target.

• Shaun White lost to a kid they call the “I-Pod,” and now, he may never hear the end of it. White, the best snowboarder of his era, didn’t even win a medal. He finished fourth. The Americans were shockingly shut out on the halfpipe for the first time since the sport was introduced to the Olympics in 1998.

• Former “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw revealed Tuesday that he has cancer but said he is “very optimistic about the future.” Brokaw, 74, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, in August.

Show Notes for Tuesday, February 11, 2014

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about more stupid Republicans in Congress

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

• The Obama administration announced Monday it is giving small businesses an extra year to comply with an Obamacare rule requiring that they provide their workers with health coverage or pay a fine.

• An archive of correspondence, diary entries, memos and notes from conversations kept by one of Hillary Clinton’s closest friends portray her as “a strong, ambitious and ruthless Democratic operative,” according to a conservative website that went through the documents.

• Football players, coaches and personalities had a range of reactions to prospective NFL player Michael Sam’s announcement that he’s gay. “I don’t think football is ready for [an openly gay player] just yet,” an NFL player personnel assistant told Sports Illustrated. “In the coming decade or two, it’s going to be acceptable, but at this point in time it’s still a man’s-man game.”

• Former child star Shirley Temple died in her Woodside, Calif. home late Thursday night at the age of 85, her publicist, Cheryl Kagan says. She attained fame in dozens of movies before she was 16, then years later became US ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

Show Notes for Monday, February 10, 2014

Boehlert2• Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about rich Fox News pundits lecturing “lazy” workers

• The Rude Pundit calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the meaning of the Jobs Report that came out on Friday

• In an assertion of same-sex marriage rights, Attorney General Eric Holder is applying a landmark Supreme Court ruling to the Justice Department, announcing Saturday that same-sex spouses cannot be compelled to testify against each other, should be eligible to file for bankruptcy jointly and are entitled to the same rights and privileges as federal prison inmates in opposite-sex marriages.

• President Obama on Friday signed a five-year farm bill into law, marking the hard-fought legislative accomplishment with eight Democratic members of Congress by his side.

• Missouri football All-American Michael Sam says he is gay, and the defensive end could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL. Sam said he came out to all his teammates and coaches at Missouri in August. “I am an openly, proud gay man,” he said.

• The first weekend of the Winter Olympics in Sochi brought us moments of humor and technical problems from the Opening Ceremony, a skater’s reaction that went viral and the sparkling debut of a sport where “stoked” and “dude” are part of a winning news conference.

Show Notes for Friday, February 7, 2014

Aiken• Clay Aiken calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about his run for congress from the state of North Carolina

• Daily Beast columnist Dean Obeidallah calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about media coverage of the Sochi Olympics

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT for another edition of Fridays With Fugelsang

• As Congress stands at a stalemate over how to move forward on several big ticket items stuck on the legislative agenda, House Speaker John Boehner says President Obama must rebuild trust with Republicans before any immigration reform will come up for consideration in the House this year.

• Russia kicks off the opening ceremony today in Sochi as the world turns its attention to the costliest Olympic Games in history. After anxiety about terror strikes, controversy over gay rights and ridicule over poor preparations, the nation’s officials have maintained that the sites in Sochi are secure.

• Mourning for Philip Seymour Hoffman continued as family and close friends paid respects to the actor at a wake in Manhattan. Among the mourners were Amy Adams (who co-starred with Hoffman in the films “Doubt” and “The Master”), Cate Blanchett, Joaquin Phoenix and Diane Sawyer.

• Jay Leno said goodbye to “The Tonight Show” last night. The comedian became tearful and choked up as he concluded what he called the “greatest 22 years of my life.”

Show Notes For Feb 6, 2014

  • Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about Clay Aiken’s run for Congress
  • Bob Cesca of The Daily Banter calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the weirdest things about Edward Snowden
  • The Affordable Care Act will shrink the workforce by the equivalent of 2 million full-time workers by 2017, according to a nonpartisan report, but Democrats on Wednesday stressed the fact that it will not increase unemployment — in fact, the health law is expected to grow the economy.
  • The United States has warned airlines that terrorists looking to disrupt the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, could conceal bomb-making components in toothpaste tubes or skin care product containers, CBS News confirmed Wednesday.
  • At least one of four drug suspects arrested by police investigating Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death had the actor’s cellphone number. Although autopsy results are still pending, authorities suspect the Oscar winner overdosed on heroin.
  • Embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie today kicks off a tour of the country to attend fundraisers and other events for the Republican Governors’ Association. It’s unclear whether the scandal surrounding the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge will erode his support among Republican donors.