Show Notes for Friday, May 29, 2015

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

• Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been indicted on federal charges for trying to hide close to $1 million in bank withdrawals and for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Each count of the indictment carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

• George Pataki, the former three-term governor of New York, officially launched his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Pataki is the eighth GOP candidate to officially enter the 2016 race.

• Phoenix police and the FBI say they’re aware that a man is planning a rally outside a Phoenix mosque during Friday prayer services that will include a contest of drawings depicting the Prophet Muhammad. “We have to hold the cartoon contest… to be able to show the true colors of Islam,” the man said.

• The worst corruption crisis in soccer history stems from the governing body’s decision to award Russia and Qatar the next two World Cup tournaments, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Friday. Blatter is seeking a fifth term as president in an election to be held today.

• Dozens of people were again rescued from flash flooding in central Texas early Friday, as emergency responders throughout the state struggled to cope with the wettest May on record.

Show Notes for Thursday, May 28, 2015

• Democratic strategist Karl Frisch calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about Rick Santorum jumping into the GOP race

Grazer• Producer and author Brian Grazer (“A Beautiful Mind” “8 Mile”) calls in at 9:50am ET / 6:50am PT to talk about his new book, “A Curious Mind: The Secret To A Bigger Life”

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

• Former Sen. Rick Santorum launched his bid for the GOP presidential nomination yesterday with a socially far right, blue-collar message. Promising to protect American workers, he blamed factors like “big government” and immigration for flat wages.

• Sen. Rand Paul has some harsh words for Republicans who have blamed the rise of Islamic extremism in Iraq and Syria on American disengagement with the Middle East. Paul says that ISIS grew stronger because GOP hawks sent arms there indiscriminately and ISIS snatched them up.

• The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is investigating the inadvertent transfer by the Defense Department (DOD) of live samples of Anthrax to labs in nine states. A U.S. Army facility near Salt Lake City had accidentally shipped the batch of live anthrax.

• While the barrage of deadly thunderstorms that hit Texas has tapered off, several cities aren’t out of danger, as officials warn about possible flooding as the week goes on from rivers swollen by rainfall.

Show Notes for Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Michael Tomasky of “The Daily Beast” calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about how Dems can get more GOP votes in 2016

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

• Two judges on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals “chose to misinterpret the facts and the law in denying the government’s request for a stay” on the temporary hold placed on the president’s immigration executive action, a White House spokesperson said in a statement.

• President Obama called on the Senate Tuesday to extend key Patriot Act provisions before they expire five days from now, including the government’s ability to search Americans’ phone records. “It’s necessary to keep the American people safe and secure,” Obama said.

• The White House is not disputing Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s contention that the Iraqi Army lacks the will to fight. “(A lack of will) certainly has been a problem we’ve seen in the past; that’s what allowed ISIL to make such significant gains last summer,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest said yesterday.

• As floodwaters slowly recede in Texas, more bodies surface — many found in vehicles swept away by raging currents. By Wednesday morning, at least 18 people were found dead in Texas and Oklahoma, as well as 13 in northern Mexico from the same storm system, and 13 are still missing.

Show Notes for Tuesday, May 26, 2015

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the continuing madness that is Email-ghazi

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

Cesca2Bob Cesca of “The Bob & Chez Show” calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about Mike Huckabee ignoring SCOTUS

• Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Sunday that the city of Ramadi fell to ISIS because Iraqi troops “just showed no will to fight.” Iraq took issue with Carter’s comments, calling them “unrealistic and baseless,” saying it was a U.S. failure to provide good equipment and support.

• Police in Arkansas have destroyed records detailing the investigation into sexual abuse allegations against TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” star Josh Duggar. A police spokesman said these types of records are usually kept indefinitely.

• Since the Senate adjourned in the early hours of Saturday morning without taking steps to extend or reform surveillance methods for the National Security Agency (NSA), there has been little talk publicly about what happens next. That part of the Patriot Act expires June 1.

• After three days of speeches at the conservative cattle call that is the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC), one presidential candidate stood out in an already crowded Republican field of hopefuls: neurologist-turned-politician Dr. Ben Carson, who won the straw poll.

Show Notes for Friday, May 22, 2015

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

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

• President Obama’s trade agenda cleared a key Senate hurdle and advanced toward passage yesterday despite the strong opposition of most Dems. The 62-38 vote capped a tense roll call on a measure that will allow Obama to negotiate trade deals that Congress can only accept or reject, but not change.

• Three weeks after Baltimore’s top prosecutor announced initial charges against the six police officers involved in the controversial arrest of Freddie Gray, a grand jury has now indicted all six officers.

• Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received monthly missives about the growing unrest in Libya from a longtime friend who was previously barred by the White House from working for her as a government employee, according to emails received on her personal account.

• Daron Dylon Wint, the man suspected in a quadruple murder at a Washington, D.C. mansion, was taken into custody Thursday night, police said. Wint was named as the suspect after his DNA was found on the crust of a Domino’s pizza that had been delivered to the house.

Show Notes for Thursday, May 21, 2015

• Democratic strategist Karl Frisch calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about if Jeb Bush can ever escape his brother’s reputation

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

• Actors and comedians Jim Ward and Rick Overton join us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to hang with us for the hour

Overton• Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) wrapped up his so-called “filibuster” over the National Security Agency’s controversial bulk collection of Americans’ phone records just before midnight Thursday. Paul’s talk-a-thon on the Senate floor lasted exactly 10 and a half hours.

• President Obama took on climate change skeptics during a commencement speech at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday, saying it would be a “dereliction of duty” for policymakers to ignore the threat to global prosperity and stability posed by the changing climate.

• ISIS militants seized “full control” of the ancient city of Palmyra after Syrian government forces retreated from the area Thursday, activists said. The reported gains by the Islamist group will only intensify fears for Palmyra’s residents and its archeological riches.

• David Letterman ended his 33-year career in late night last night with a heartfelt good night, and with the Foo Fighters performing his favorite song, “Everlong”.

Show Notes for Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Michael Tomasky of “The Daily Beast” calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about how Dubya is winning 2016 for Hillary

alazraqui• Actor and comedian Carlos Alazraqui joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 10:15am ET / 7:15am PT for “Coffee With Carlos”

• Hillary Clinton spoke about issues ranging from Iraq to her income and her emails in a brief press availability in Cedar Falls, Iowa Tuesday. Asked whether Iraq was better off without Saddam Hussein, Clinton responded, “I’ve been very clear that I made a mistake plain and simple.”

• Likely presidential hopeful Chris Christie said that he has changed his position on a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, becoming the latest Republican to recast their stance on one of the thorniest issues they’ll face during the 2016 election.

• The White House and Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) are trading blame over a stalled measure to legally authorize the fight against ISIS. Months after President Obama sent Congress his draft proposal to fight ISIS, Boehner called on the president to scrap his proposal and “start over.”

• Beau Biden, the eldest son of Vice President Joe Biden, is “undergoing treatment” at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the vice president’s office said Thursday. No further details on the treatment were disclosed. In 2013, he underwent an unspecified procedure at a cancer center in Houston.

Show Notes for Tuesday, May 19, 2015

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about Lindsey Graham’s presidential announcement

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

cho• Comedian Margaret Cho calls in at 11:15am ET / 8:15am PT to talk about the U.S. fall dates for “The psyCHO Tour”

Bob Cesca of “The Daily Banter” and “The Bob & Chez Show” podcast calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about Hillary’s speaking fees

• In a response to the debate of the militarization of local police, President Obama has issued an executive order banning the Pentagon and other federal agencies from sending police departments certain military-style hardware.

• There are reports gang members involved in Sunday’s shooting at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, may return to the area, but police say they are prepared. Police say the fight erupted over a parking issue, starting inside and quickly escalating to the parking lot with chains, clubs, and firearms.

• The National Transportation Safety Board said forensic experts from the FBI “found no evidence of damage that could have been caused by a firearm” on the windshield of the Amtrak locomotive which derailed in Philadelphia last week.

Show Notes for Monday, May 18, 2015

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about who really killed the Amtrak derailment victims

Media MattersEric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about why the media owe President Obama an apology

• Amtrak says trains will resume service from Philadelphia and New York first thing this morning, while the NTSB investigation continues, focusing on whether a mark on the windshield was made by a hurled projectile — or even a bullet — before it derailed in Philadelphia last week.

• Many streets were nearly deserted in Waco, TX, apart from law enforcement officials keeping watch, as night fell following a shootout between rival motorcycle gangs at a restaurant that left nine bikers dead, injured 18 others, and raised the specter of further violence.

• Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who has said there is better than a 90 percent chance he will run for president, will give a “very important update” this morning about 2016, according to media reports yesterday.

• A US special forces raid in eastern Syria killed 32 members of the Islamic State jihadist group, including four leaders, a monitoring group said Sunday. President Barack Obama approved the special forces operation, a rare use of “boots on the ground” by the United States.