Show Notes For Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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

• Hours after owner Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA for life, the Los Angeles Clippers returned to an energized Staples Center and beat the Golden State Warriors 113-103 on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.

• A botched execution that used a new drug combination left an Oklahoma inmate writhing and clenching his teeth on the gurney Tuesday, leading prison officials to halt the proceedings before the inmate’s eventual death from a heart attack.

• The United States has proof that the Russian government in Moscow is running a network of spies inside Eastern Ukraine because the U.S. government has recordings of their conversations, Secretary of State John Kerry said in a closed-door meeting.

• House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday reassured fellow Republican lawmakers that he will not push them to pass immigration reform and said he was just teasing last week when he criticized his caucus’s reluctance on the issue.

• At least 34 people across six states were killed in tornadoes unleashed by a ferocious storm system that razed neighborhoods and threatened more destruction in heavily populated parts of the South on Tuesday.

Show Notes for Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Pierce2• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling’s racism

• Bob Cesca of The Daily Banter calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about Sarah Palin’s unbelievable speech to the NRA last weekend

• Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., has been indicted by the Justice Department for mail, wire and health care fraud and perjury, among other charges. The Republican congressman, who has maintained his innocence, was booked at the New York FBI office in lower Manhattan Monday morning.

• The sponsor backlash against Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling is in full swing. At least 12 sponsors said Monday they were dropping or suspending sponsorships with the team following allegations of racist comments by team owner Donald Sterling.

• The European Union named another 15 people Tuesday who will face sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine; among them, a number of high-ranking Russian officials. The sanctions, which go into immediate effect, include asset freezes and travel bans.

• Communities across the South were on high alert Tuesday as a devastating storm system that left at least 27 people dead threatened to pack a one-two punch on the hardest-hit areas of Alabama and Mississippi.

Show Notes for Monday, April 28, 2014

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Cliven Bundy, Donald Sterling, and the tenacity of racism

Black• Comedian Lewis Black calls in at 9:50am ET / 6:50am PT to talk about his special “Old Yeller” on Epix

Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about Conservatives jumping on and off the Bundy Bandwagon

• An audio recording said to be of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist comments to his girlfriend is genuine, the woman’s lawyer said Sunday, although he insisted his client was not the one who leaked the tape to the media.

• The storm of condemnation around Sterling intensified as the Clippers staged a silent protest at a playoff game, wearing their shirts inside out to hide the team’s logo, and everyone from President Barack Obama to NBA legends Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan expressed disgust at the comments.

• A broad tornado sliced through the Little Rock vicinity Sunday, killing at least 16 people and leaving behind a miles-long path of destruction as a powerful system provided a violent kick-start to the nation’s tornado season.

• During a speech at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention on Saturday, Sarah Palin criticized President Obama’s administration for treating suspected terrorists too gingerly.

Show Notes for Friday, April 25, 2014

TomaskyMichael Tomasky of The Daily Beast calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about ObamaCare scare tactics in red states

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

• After previously sympathizing with Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who refuses to pay the more than $1 million in fees he owes the federal government, Republicans including Rep. Dean Heller (R-NV) are denouncing Bundy’s most recent, racist comments.

• Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russia on Thursday of failing to live up to commitments it made to ease the crisis in Ukraine. In unusually blunt language, Kerry said that unless Moscow takes immediate steps to de-escalate the situation, Washington will have no choice but to impose additional sanctions.

• Divers searching the wreck of a sunken ferry in the Yellow Sea are finding cabins overfilled with people, but they are encountering major obstacles in recovering bodies, South Korean officials said Friday. Divers found 48 girls wearing life jackets in a cabin with a capacity of 30, indicating many ran into the same room when ship tilted.

• President Obama praised the spirit of the Japanese people at a state dinner held in his honor at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Thursday. Obama thanked his hosts for their “gracious hospitality” at the end of a day that had seen him visit a religious shrine and play soccer with a robot.

Show Notes for Thursday, April 24, 2014

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

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about his appearance on MSNBC’s Hardball last night

Schechner• Health care reform expert Jacki Schechner calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT for “Jacki’s Healthcare Corner”

• Bob Cesca of The Daily Banter calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the dangers of Justice Antonin Scalia

• Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law a wide-ranging bill allowing licensed gun owners to take concealed weapons to more places than ever before, like churches and bars. The new law, however, limits what police can do.

• President Obama warned that the U.S. has prepared a fresh round of sanctions against Russia as a consequence for Moscow’s refusal to condemn destabilizing violence in eastern Ukraine. But, he said, there is still time for Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course.

• An Afghan police officer on duty as a guard at a Kabul hospital opened fire Thursday morning on a long-serving American doctor at the facility, killing him and two other U.S. nationals in the attack.

Show Notes for Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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

• The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled by a 6-2 vote that Michigan voters had a right to ban affirmative action in their state via a ballot initiative. In a dissenting opinion, Justice Sonia Sotomayor argued that “the majority of Michigan voters changed the rules in the middle of the game, reconfiguring the existing political process in Michigan in a manner that burdened racial minorities.”

• As the crisis in Ukraine shows no signs of easing, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden promised support for Ukraine and stressed that the United States won’t recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea. “Ukraine is and must remain one country,” he said in Kiev on Tuesday at a news conference.

• As officials leading the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet prepared to focus their efforts deeper into the Indian Ocean, it emerged Wednesday that possible debris from an airplane had been spotted on the southwest Australian coast — 1,000 miles from the center of the search area.

• As officials leading the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet prepared to focus their efforts deeper into the Indian Ocean, it emerged Wednesday that possible debris from an airplane had been spotted on the southwest Australian coast — 1,000 miles from the center of the search area.

Show Notes for Tuesday, April 22, 2014

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to introduce the new GOP Royal Regent of Crazy People

Schlatter• Legendary “Laugh In” creator George Schlatter joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to tell us about his career

• South Korean officials say their earlier conclusion that the ferry that sank last week, leaving more than 300 people dead or missing, had made a sharp turn shortly before the disaster was incorrect, and that the vessel made a less severe turn than initially reported.

• A 16-year-old boy scrambled over an airport fence, crossed a tarmac and climbed into a jetliner’s wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii – a misadventure that forced authorities to take a hard look at the security system that protects the nation’s airline fleet.

• Vice President Joe Biden told Ukrainian political leaders in Kiev Tuesday that the United States stands with them against “humiliating threats” and encouraged them to root out corruption as they rebuild their government.

• An air search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was suspended for a day due to stormy weather on Tuesday as the painstakingly slow sonar scanning of a targeted patch of seabed continued.

Show Notes for Monday, April 21, 2014

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the Far Right’s rude way of trying to re-criminalize marijuana

Obeidallah• Daily Beast columnist Dean Obeidallah calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about how Sen. Ted Cruz raised money off the government shutdown

• South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Monday likened the actions of the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry Sewol to murder, as police made more four arrests and divers continued searching the submerged vessel.

• A robotic submarine continued scouring a desolate patch of silt-covered seafloor in the Indian Ocean for any trace of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane. The unmanned sub has spent nearly a week searching for the plane’s black boxes and has covered about two-thirds of its focused search area.

• The Russian government said today it is “outraged” by a shootout over the weekend near Slovyansk that left at least three dead, saying the attack was carried out by a Ukrainian right-wing nationalist group.

• Guarded by extra police officers and monitored by more security cameras, 36,000 runners will step off in the town of Hopkinton this morning and make their way to the same Boston Marathon finish line where two bombs went off within seconds last year.

Show Notes for Friday, April 18, 2014

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

michaelmcdonald• Actor and comedian Michael McDonald joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to tell us where he can be seen this weekend

• About 8 million Americans signed up for private insurance on the new Obamacare marketplaces, President Obama announced Thursday. “This thing is working,” Mr. Obama said from the White House briefing room, scolding the Republican Party for keeping up its call to repeal the law.

• President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to deescalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United States and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn’t make good on its commitments.

• An underwater drone dipped into the ocean Friday for its fifth trip to search for traces of the missing Malaysian plane as relatives of those aboard maintained their demand for answers. Authorities said the vessel has scanned a total of 42.5 square miles without making any “contacts of interest.”

• Chelsea Clinton announced Thursday that she is expecting her first child. The only daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton made the announcement while sharing the stage with her mother at a women’s event in New York.

Show Notes for Thursday, April 17, 2014

Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about ObamaCare and his appendicitis

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

• Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Thursday dismissed claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine as “nonsense,” but expressed hope for success of four-way talks on settling the crisis.

• The man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker was sent to a state psychiatric facility for an evaluation Wednesday after an initial court appearance. Kevin “Kayvon” Edson, 25, was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital and ordered held on $100,000 bail.

• The law firm that wrote the Chris Christie-sponsored report clearing the governor of any wrongdoing in the New Jersey bridge scandal made a sizable donation to the Republican Governors Association, which Christie heads, days before the report’s release.

• Search crews in the Indian Ocean are awaiting data analysis following a scan by the underwater drone, which completed its first full mission Thursday. Bluefin-21 has now searched a total of 90 square kilometers (34.7 square miles) in its first three trips to the ocean floor.

Show Notes for Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Michael Tomasky of The Daily Beast calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about racism in the Republican Party

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

• A man was charged Tuesday with possession of a hoax device, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace after two suspicious bags were found near the finish line of the Boston Marathon amid stepped-up security on the anniversary of the bombings that shook the city a year ago.

• Ukraine’s military launched an offensive today to quell pro-Russian violence that has swept eastern Ukraine, as Russia’s prime minister tweeted an ominous message. “There is foreboding of a civil war in #Ukraine,” Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev posted yesterday.

• A robotic submarine searching for any sign of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet resurfaced early for the second time in two days on Wednesday. Officials blamed a “technical issue” for Bluefin-21’s premature return from the deep off Australia’s west coast.

• The suspect in the killing of three people at two Jewish facilities near Kansas City over the weekend could face the death penalty on state murder charges filed Tuesday, prosecutors said.

• A Nevada rancher said Monday he’s trying to determine if federal agents damaged his cattle when the animals were rounded up then released in a showdown with angry protesters over a decades-long dispute about rangeland rights.

Show Notes for Monday, April 14, 2014

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Boehner’s Benghazi blues in the rudest way possible

Boehlert2Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the futile efforts of the Koch Brothers

• The man accused of killing three people Sunday in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement community near Kansas City is a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt.

• A judge temporarily adjourned the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius Monday after the athlete again started to sob while testifying about the moments before he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home last year.

• Search crews will send a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean on Monday for the first time to try to determine whether underwater signals detected by sound-locating equipment are from the missing Malaysian plane’s black boxes, the leader of the search effort said.

• The majority of Ukrainians would back keeping Ukraine in one piece if a referendum is held along with elections set for next month, acting President Oleksandr Turchynov said on Monday, hours after a deadline passed for pro-Russian protesters to disarm and end their occupation of state buildings.

Show Notes for Friday, April 11, 2014

Fugelsang2• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT for another edition of Fridays With Fugelsang

• President Barack Obama’s embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as the White House seeks to move past the election-year political damage inflicted by the rocky rollout of Obama’s signature health care law.

• Hopes that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 might soon be found rose and then stalled within minutes Friday. The most recent acoustic signal detected by an Australian aircraft Thursday is “unlikely to be related to the aircraft black boxes,” Australian chief search coordinator Angus Houston said Friday.

• Oscar Pistorius faced another day of relentless cross-examination Friday as the prosecution challenged his account in the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has accused the athlete of hiding the truth about the death of Steenkamp, whom he shot last year through a closed toilet door in his home.

• The attorney for 16-year-old Pennsylvania stabbing suspect Alex Hribal raised the specter that his client may have been bullied, telling WTAE in Pittsburgh on Thursday that it looks like some kind of “bullying event” may have played a role.

• A woman hurled a shoe at Hillary Clinton on Thursday during a speech in Las Vegas. She ducked and it missed her, joking afterward about the incident that occurred during an appearance before a recycling trade group.

Show Notes for Thursday, April 10, 2014

Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about outlandish Far Right arguments against marriage equality

yarmuthRep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about how ObamaCare is working in Kentucky

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

• A 16-year-old boy described as quiet and shy flailed away with two knives in the crowded halls of his suburban Pittsburgh high school Wednesday, stabbing and slashing 21 students and a school police officer before an assistant principal tackled him, authorities said.

• The chief prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial on Wednesday urged the athlete to “take responsibility” for fatally shooting his girlfriend, telling him to look at a police photograph of Reeva Steenkamp’s bloodied head with gruesome wounds.

• A Navy warship carrying a family whose sailboat broke down in the Pacific Ocean with a sick toddler arrived on Wednesday in San Diego. The family did not wish to speak publicly. They want to tend to their daughter first and get some rest, a family spokesman said.

• The House Ways and Means Committee voted along partisan lines on Wednesday to officially urge Attorney General Eric Holder to consider criminal charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner.

Show Notes for Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to cast aspersions on Rep. Louie Gohmert’s asparagus

SchakowskyRep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about running ON ObamaCare, rather than running FROM it

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

• A ship searching for the missing Malaysian Airlines jet has detected two more underwater signals that may be emanating from the aircraft’s black boxes, and the Australian official in charge of the search expressed hope Wednesday that the plane’s wreckage will soon be found.

• Oscar Pistorius testified for a third day Wednesday at his murder trial, returning to the witness stand after breaking down in sobs and wailing a day earlier while describing the moments he said he realized he had fatally shot his girlfriend by mistake.

• President Obama prodded Republicans to support paycheck fairness legislation in the Senate Tuesday, following his own executive orders that he says will help reduce the pay gap between men and women.

• The war of words between Attorney General Eric Holder and Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert, a tea party lawmaker from Texas, escalated once again on Tuesday during a House Judiciary Committee hearing, with Holder telling Gohmert, “Good luck with your asparagus.”

Show Notes for Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Pierce2• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about SCOTUS removing Watergate-era campaign finance protections

• Bob Cesca of The Daily Banter calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about swirling misinformation about ObamaCare

• Search crews hunting for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet have failed to relocate faint sounds heard deep below the southern Indian Ocean that officials said were consistent with a plane’s black boxes since they were first heard over the weekend, the head of the search operation said Tuesday.

• The Senate officially passed legislation to extend unemployment insurance benefits Monday afternoon, leaving their bill in the hands of a House that is not just divided between Democrats and Republicans, but among members of the GOP on how to proceed.

• Oscar Pistorius told the court at his trial in South Africa Tuesday that he was “more into” the girlfriend he’s accused of murdering, Reeva Steenkamp, than she was into him. Steenkamp’s mother, June, was again present in court Tuesday but betrayed no reaction as she listened to hear his testimony.

• The aunt of a 1-year-old girl rescued at sea by the U.S. Navy says the baby’s fever is gone, and she is responding well to medication after showing salmonella-like symptoms before her family’s sailboat broke down.

Show Notes for Monday, April 7, 2014

• Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow for Media Matters for America, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about media coverage of the ObamaCare comeback

michaelmcdonald• Actor and comedian Michael McDonald joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to tell us what he’s up to lately

• U.S. Navy equipment has picked up signals consistent with the pings from aircraft black boxes, an Australian search official said Monday, describing the discovery as “a most promising lead” in the month-long hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

• Spc. Ivan Lopez vented about a range of subjects on Facebook before his shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas, including his outrage at Adam Lanza’s mass school shooting in Connecticut. He wrote of experiencing overpowering fear after an insurgent attack in Iraq and the hatred that consumed him after getting “robbed.”

• A 1-year-old girl who became seriously ill on a sailboat hundreds of miles off Mexico was on a U.S. Navy frigate Sunday and in stable condition, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Her parents thanked those who played a part in their rescue and defended themselves against critics who question their decision to sail around the world with children that young.

• Legendary actor Mickey Rooney died Sunday. He was 93. He put on a show for nearly nine decades as an entertainer.

Show Notes for Friday, April 4, 2014

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

Lynda Carter• Actress and singer Lynda Carter calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to tell us about her upcoming cabaret dates in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York

Sam Simon, one of the creators of “The Simpsons”, calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about his remarkable activism

• The man who gunned down three fellow soldiers at Fort Hood in Texas and wounded several others before killing himself suffered from mental illness and may have argued with other soldiers before the rampage, the base’s commander said Thursday.

• Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich is stepping down as CEO following protests over his support of a gay marriage ban in California. The Mountain View, California-based nonprofit maker of the Firefox browser infuriated many employees and users last week by promoting Eich.

• A bill to extend unemployment insurance benefits cleared a final test vote in the Senate by the thinnest of margins Thursday and his headed for a vote on final passage Monday. It is not expected to pass the House.

• David Letterman announced Thursday that he’s retiring from CBS’ “Late Show” sometime next year. He made that announcement during the taping of his program Thursday afternoon at New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater.

Show Notes for Thursday, April 3, 2014

Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about SCOTUS’ assault on our democracy

sandersSen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the damage the SCOTUS campaign finance ruling will inflict

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

• A soldier being treated for mental health issues opened fire Wednesday with a semiautomatic weapon at Fort Hood, TX, killing three people and wounding several others before taking his own life as a military policewoman confronted him, officials said.

• The Supreme Court has struck down limits in federal law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees.

• A powerful 7.6-magnitude aftershock hit Chile’s far-northern coast late Wednesday night, shaking the same area where a magnitude-8.2 earthquake hit just a day before and caused some damage and six deaths.

• The FBI has completed of review of the in-home flight simulator that belonged to the captain of the missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet and found “nothing suspicious whatsoever.”