Show Notes for Friday, November 21, 2014

• Comedian John Fugelsang joins us in the 10am ET / 7am PT hour for “Fridays With Fugelsang”

Lee• Journalist May Lee joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for “Whore Fridays”

• President Obama on Thursday defended the actions he’s taking to shield about 5 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally from deportation as “lawful” and consistent with what his predecessors have done.

• The actions President Obama outlined will grant a reprieve from deportation to about 5 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally and allow them to apply for a three-year work permit if they can pass a background check, register with the government, submit biometric data, and establish they are eligible for relief.

• Police and protesters clashed outside Ferguson, Missouri police headquarters Thursday night. Protesters lined up and chanted, taunting 31 officers, mostly from St. Louis County, for about an hour, as the officers secured the perimeter of the police station.

• A snowfall that brought huge snowdrifts and closed roads around Buffalo was finally tapering off early Friday, but residents still couldn’t breathe easy, as the looming threat of rain and higher temperatures through the weekend and into the coming week raised the possibility of flooding and the specter of roofs collapsing under the heavy loads.

Show Notes for Thursday, November 20, 2014

• Democratic strategist Karl Frisch calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about the vote failure of the Keystone XL pipeline

Jarrett• Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett calls in at 9:50am ET / 6:50am PT to talk about open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act

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

• Florida State University police fatally shot a gunman at the campus library early this morning after a shooting that left three others wounded as hundreds studying inside the library fled or took cover in panic. There was no immediate word on what prompted the shooting.

• President Obama will unveil his long-awaited plans for unilateral action on immigration this evening and then travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, to promote his plan, according to a video released by the White House Wednesday.

• A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday overturned the state’s same-sex marriage ban. The judge also noted Montana no longer can deprive plaintiffs and other same-sex couples of the chance to marry their loves. He said his ruling was effective immediately.

• The U.S. Secret Service on Wednesday afternoon arrested a man near the White House after finding a .30-30 rifle and ammunition in the trunk of his car. He was arrested for the possession of a firearm.

Show Notes for Wednesday, November 19, 2014

• Michael Tomasky of “The Daily Beast” calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT from Israel to talk about the violence since he’s been there

yarmuthRep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about how the new Congress will work with or against President Obama

• Dean Obeidallah, columnist for “The Daily Beast” calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the possible review of US hostage policy

• The Senate on Tuesday narrowly rejected a bill to fast track construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, with supporters of the bill falling just one vote short of the 60 votes needed for passage. The bill failed by one vote, with a final tally of 59 to 41.

• Worshipers have returned to a synagogue in the western Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof, a day after a horrific attack by two Palestinians left five people dead. Three of the four slain rabbis were dual U.S.-Israeli nationals. An Israeli police officer was also killed in the attack.

• A business owner, two pastors, a community activist and a police detective are among the 16 people appointed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to an independent panel tasked with helping the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson heal after the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

• A ferocious storm dumped massive piles of snow on the Buffalo area, trapping residents in their homes and stranding motorists on roadways, as temperatures in all 50 states fell to freezing or below.

Show Notes for Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pierce2• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am to talk about Jonathan Gruber and his Obamacare comments

• Bob Cesca of “The Daily Banter” calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about Chris Christie and pork

• Israeli police said four worshipers were killed and six wounded on Tuesday in an attack on a synagogue in an ultra-orthodox Jewish neighborhood in west Jerusalem. It was the deadliest attack in Jerusalem in years and is ratcheting up fears of sustained violence in the city.

• The parents of an Indiana aid worker who was beheaded by ISIS militants said Monday their hearts are battered by their son’s death but that they believe his life is proof “one person can make a difference.” Peter Kassig, a former Army Ranger, was captured last year while delivering aid in Syria through a relief organization he founded.

• Ahead of a grand jury’s decision on whether to indict a police officer in the killing of Michael Brown, Missouri has both called in the National Guard and diminished the role of the Ferguson Police Department. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday as a precaution.

• Republicans and outside groups used anonymous Twitter accounts to share internal polling data ahead of the midterm elections, CNN has learned, a practice that raises questions about whether they violated campaign finance laws that prohibit coordination.

Show Notes for Monday, November 17, 2014

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to tell George W. Bush that he needs to shut up now

BoehlertEric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about what Ebola coverage did to networks’ ratings

• Showing no signs of backing down, President Obama strongly pushed back against critics questioning his authority to bypass Congress and act unilaterally to reform the nation’s immigration system. Obama urged Congress to act on the issue so that he wouldn’t have to act unilaterally.

• Newly surfaced surveillance videos and dispatch calls from the day a Ferguson, Mo., police officer shot an unarmed 18-year-old contradict the police officer’s version of events, attorneys representing Michael Brown’s family said yesterday.

• President Obama offered “prayers and condolences” to the family of Peter Kassig, an American aid worker killed by ISIS, which posted a new video online boasting of the killing. The former Army Ranger was abducted in October 2013 while traveling to a town in eastern Syria.

• A surgeon who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone is in extremely critical condition at a Nebraska hospital, his doctors said. Dr. Martin Salia arrived in Omaha on Saturday to be treated at a biocontainment unit that has successfully treated two other Ebola patients.

Show Notes for Friday, November 14, 2014

BreenMatt Breen, Editor in Chief of “The Advocate” magazine, calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about marriage equality news this week

• Syndicated columnist Tina Dupuy calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the GOP’s war on atheists

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

• Speaking to reporters in Myanmar, President Obama was adamant that, despite mounting GOP objections, he will move forward and take executive action to reform the immigration system by the end of the year because reforms are “way overdue.”

• A surgeon who was infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone will be flown to Omaha, Nebraska, for treatment this weekend. The doctor– who has not been identified — is from Sierra Leone but is a permanent resident of the U.S.

• Health care open enrollment begins tomorrow. “We’re very confident we’re going to be in good shape beginning Saturday,” said Kevin Counihan, the man charged with running the federal government’s insurance marketplaces at

• The European Space Agency says its Philae lander is doing well and has succeeded in planting a thermometer in the comet where it touched down this week.