Show Notes for Friday, November 13, 2015

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

uBh0SOQq_400x400Travis Bone, Executive Producer of “Conversations with Maria Menounos” on SiriusXM Stars, returns to The Stephanie Miller Show studios at 10am ET / 7am PT to say goodbye to Chris.

• Comedy legend Margaret Cho calls in at 10:40am ET / 7:40am PT to talk about her guest-starring role on ABC’s “Dr. Ken”

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

• The Washington Post is reporting that there is growing anxiety bordering on panic among Republican elites about the dominance and durability of Donald Trump and Ben Carson and widespread bewilderment over how to defeat them.

• U.S. officials reportedly told ABC News that the ISIS militant known as “Jihadi John,” seen in gruesome videos showing the beheading of US and British hostages, was believed to be killed as he left a building in Syria. One official called it a “flawless” and “clean hit” with no collateral damage.

• Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) announced Thursday she will not seek re-election and former Vice President Dick Cheney’s elder daughter, Liz Cheney, said she was seriously considering running for the seat.

Show Notes for Thursday, November 12, 2015

Karl Frisch, Executive Director of Allied Progress, calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about this week’s GOP debate

Tenuta• Comedy legend Judy Tenuta joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to tell us where she will be this weekend

• Congress’s approval rating has slipped to the lowest level this year, according to a poll released Wednesday by Gallup. The poll found 11 percent of people in the United States approve of Congress, which is its lowest job approval rating this year.

• Charles Koch, one half of the pair of billionaire industrialist brothers that loom large over Republican politics, said Wednesday it’s not likely he’ll back a candidate in the 2016 GOP presidential primary.

• Bernie Sanders has landed his biggest labor endorsement to date: the American Postal Workers Union, or APWU. The group represents 200,000 United States Postal Service employees and retirees from across all fifty states.

• Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain is threatening a court battle if President Obama tries to go around Congress in a last-ditch attempt to achieve his campaign pledge of closing the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Show Notes for Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Bob Cesca of “The Bob & Chez Show” podcast and Salon calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about last night’s GOP debate

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

• After three previous debates that focused largely on the personalities in the Republican presidential field, the candidates in Wednesday night’s debate had an opportunity to stake out some clear policy positions. Policy differences emerged on a range of issues, from taxes to foreign policy.

• The University of Missouri said it is has increased security and is investigating online threats, an announcement that again heightened racial tensions on the campus after days of turmoil. One social media user threatened to “shoot every black person I see.”

• The White House said Tuesday that it expects President Obama to sign a $607 billion defense policy bill despite provisions that would ban the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the U.S.

• The Obama administration plans to appeal a federal court’s ruling late Monday that upholds the stay on President Obama’s 2014 immigration executive actions, directing the case to the Supreme Court.

Show Notes for Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Dean Obeidallah on SiriusXM Insight 121 calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Donald Trump as “Manipulator in Chief”

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politlcs Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the GOP lunacy on the Sunday morning shows

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

• Donald Trump and Ben Carson are neck and neck in the key early voting state of South Carolina, according to a Monmouth University poll released Monday. Since Monmouth’s last poll in South Carolina from August, Carson has nearly doubled his support.

• A federal appeals court on Monday agreed to keep on hold President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration — nearly a year after he announced it as a backstop measure to Congress’ failure to enact comprehensive immigration reform.

• University of Missouri system president Tim Wolfe announced Monday that he would resign, amid calls from students, faculty and lawmakers for him to step down. Wolfe faced pressure to resign because of how he has handled racial tensions on campus.

• Less than two weeks after the much-criticized CNBC debate, the GOP contenders will meet again tonight, this time in Milwaukee, for a second debate focused on economic, business and jobs issues.

Show Notes for Monday, November 9, 2015

rudepundit2The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about how awful Donald Trump’s new radio ads are

Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the GOP crying “unfair” about the media

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

• Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon and Republican presidential candidate, said Sunday that he has received increased scrutiny in recent days over inconsistencies in his backstory and his book because “a lot of people are very threatened” by his candidacy.

• Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton declared her support Saturday for loosening regulations on marijuana and reclassifying the drug as a Schedule 2 substance, citing the benefits it could pose for medical research.

• Donald Trump’s return to “Saturday Night Live” brought dozens of protesters marching to SNL’s studios, chanting in English and Spanish and carrying signs in response to comments Trump made when he described some Mexican immigrants in the U.S. illegally as rapists and criminals.

• ISIS’ affiliate in Egypt says it brought down Metrojet Flight 9268. And U.S. officials are more confident that terrorists bombed the Russian plane. Investigators are still trying to determine how the terrorists might have been able to plant a bomb on the plane.

Show Notes for Friday, November 6, 2015

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

• Kris Perry, plaintiff in the Prop 8 case, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about yesterday’s Hillary Clinton fundraiser

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

• Chris Christie didn’t make the cut for Republican main stage presidential debate hosted by the Fox Business Network and the Wall Street Journal next week. Mike Huckabee will also be bumped from the main stage to the “undercard” debate with Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal.

• Former President George H.W. Bush is publicly criticizing for the first time key members of his son’s administration. A biography of the nation’s 41st president to be published next week contains his sharply critical assessments of Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

• Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced legislation this week to end the federal prohibition on marijuana, going far beyond Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in his acceptance of the drug. Sanders has tied the issue of marijuana legalization to criminal justice reform.

• President Obama says he thinks there is a “possibility that there was a bomb on board” the Russian jet that broke up in mid-air over Egypt this weekend, killing more than 200 people. Security has been increased on overseas flights.

Show Notes for Thursday, November 5, 2015

Karl Frisch, Executive Director of Allied Progress, calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about winners and losers in this week’s elections

Dupuy• Syndicated columnist Tina Dupuy calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about her final push to fund her podcast “Cultish”

• “I know I can get better each and every day,” Jeb Bush pledged, as he stood at a town hall meeting. “I pray each and every day to get better as a husband, as a father, as a leader. I know I can get better, and I believe that this country is going to get better,” Bush declared Wednesday evening.

• Sen. Marco Rubio on Wednesday admitted that if he could go back, he would have handled his finances differently when he was the speaker of the House in Florida. For several years, he used a Republican Party-issued American Express for both work and personal expenses.

• Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz are the latest Republican candidates to declare they wouldn’t sign a letter of demands, drafted by a group of 14 campaigns, for networks hosting future primary debates. The two join the ranks of Trump, Fiorina, Kasich, and Christie, who have all said they would not sign on.

• There is a “significant possibility” that the Russian jet that crashed in Egypt this weekend was brought down by an explosive device, the British Foreign Secretary said today.

Show Notes for Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cesca2Bob Cesca of “The Bob & Chez Show” podcast and Salon.com calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the GOP jumping the shark

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

• A year out from Election Day, Ben Carson is virtually tied with Donald Trump among Republicans, with Trump attracting 24 percent of the vote, compared to Carson’s 23 percent, according to Quinnipiac University’s latest poll, released this morning. Jeb Bush is at 4 percent.

• In the highest profile race in an off-year election, Kentucky voters on Tuesday elected just the second Republican in four decades to the governor’s office, in a race many pundits said hinged largely on President Obama’s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act.

• Ohio voters have rejected a ballot measure seeking to legalize recreational and medical marijuana use in the state. Failure of the proposed constitutional amendment follows an expensive campaign, a legal fight over its ballot wording, and an investigation into the proposal’s petition signatures.

• Work has begun in Egypt to decode information from the flight data and cockpit voice recorders — the so-called “black boxes” — from the Russian jetliner that came apart in the sky and then crashed down into Egypt on Saturday.

Show Notes for Tuesday, November 3, 2015

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about Paul Ryan’s new reign as Speaker

Bloom• Attorney Lisa Bloom of Avvo.com calls in at 10:45am ET / 7:45am PT to talk about Bill Cosby’s Victims’ victory in court yesterday

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

• President Obama says the U.S. is not putting its troops on the front lines in Syria to fight the Islamic State, despite his decision to deploy special operations troops on the ground. The president says it’s merely an extension of what the U.S. was already doing.

• Hillary Clinton held a private meeting in Chicago on Monday with the family members of victims of gun violence, including Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice. Clinton and the family members discussed their personal stories of loss and the need for gun safety reform.

• GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump will continue his individual negotiations with TV networks over his demands for the upcoming GOP debates. Meanwhile, a few other candidates said Monday they will not sign the letter of debate demands: Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, and John Kasich.

Show Notes for Monday, November 2, 2015

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the GOP whining and crying about the formats of their debates

Media MattersEric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about how bad Rep. Paul Ryan will be as Speaker

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

• After a meeting last night, nearly all of the GOP campaigns came to a decision about debates going forward. In a union-like move they plan to take a substantial portion of control over debate negotiation away from the RNC in order to deal with networks on issues of debate formats and rules.

• Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush pressed his attack on rival Marco Rubio’s record of missed Senate votes, saying it showed Rubio had “given up” on breaking through the political gridlock in Washington.

• Fred Thompson, a folksy former Republican U.S. senator from Tennessee who appeared in feature films and television including a role on “Law & Order,” died Sunday, his family said. He was 73.

• The Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Mets 7-2 to win the World Series early Monday. This is the team’s first World Series title since 1985.

Show Notes for Friday, October 30, 2015

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

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

• The House on Thursday morning elected Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, as the next speaker of the House. “I never thought I’d be speaker, but early in my life, I wanted to serve this House,” Ryan said in a speech from the floor. “We are wiping the slate clean.”

• The Senate passed a comprehensive budget deal early this morning that lifts the debt ceiling into March 2017 and spending levels for two years. It now heads to President Obama’s desk. On Wednesday, the House overwhelmingly passed the legislation, 266-167.

• Hillary Clinton will roll out two proposals to reform the criminal justice system Friday in Atlanta, where she is set to launch “African Americans for Hillary” with two campaign events.

• Yesterday, in his first post-debate appearance, Jeb Bush maintained that his campaign is not on its last leg. “It’s not on life support,” he said of his campaign. “We have the most money, we have the greatest organization. We’re doing fine.”

Show Notes for Thursday, October 29, 2015

Karl Frisch, Executive Director of Allied Progress, calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to discuss last night’s GOP debate

• SiriusXM Insight 121 host Dean Obeidallah calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about last night’s contentious GOP debate

DupuyTina Dupuy, syndicated columnist and host of the upcoming podcast “Cultish”, calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to discuss last night’s GOP debate

• Republican presidential candidates tore into CNBC’s moderators at last night’s GOP debate, issuing the sharpest attacks on the mainstream media of the 2016 election cycle. Sen. Ted Cruz accused the moderators of trying to instigate a cage match.

• Although the four GOP presidential candidates in last night’s “undercard” debate are lagging behind 10 of their fellow GOP contenders in the race for the nomination, they largely skipped criticizing opponents in their own party. Instead, they went after Hillary Clinton.

• The Richland County South Carolina Sheriff yesterday fired the deputy seen on video violently arresting a high school girl in her math class Monday. An attorney for the deputy released a statement saying he believed that his client’s actions were justified and lawful.

Show Notes for Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Shields• Actress and model Brooke Shields calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about her memoir, “There Was A Little Girl”

• Bob Cesca of “The Bob & Chez Show” and Salon.com calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about Ben Carson’s horrifying Iowa surge

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

• Rep. Paul Ryan on Tuesday said that the process behind striking the budget deal between Congress and the White House “stinks.” “This is not the way to do the people’s business, and under new management, we are not going to do the people’s business this way.”

• Ben Carson has surpassed Donald Trump and now narrowly leads the Republican field in the race for the nomination in the latest national CBS News/New York Times Poll. Twenty-six percent of GOP primary voters back Carson, giving him a four-point edge over Trump.

• Jobs and the economy will be the focus of tonight’s “Your Money, Your Decision” GOP presidential debate hosted by CNBC. The candidates will likely be quizzed about their positions on a variety of issues, from taxes to trade.

• The Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets 5-4 in the 14th inning early this morning to claim the first game of the World Series.

Show Notes for Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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

ElviraElvira Mistress of the Dark calls in at 10:50am ET / 7:50am PT to talk about all of her Halloween activities this year

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

Kathleen Matthews calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about her campaign for Congress from Maryland

• Congressional leaders and the White House have reached a tentative agreement that would lift the debt ceiling through March 2017 and increase spending caps for the next two fiscal years, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.

• Ben Carson now has a 14-point lead over Donald Trump among likely GOP caucus-goers in Iowa, according to a Monmouth University poll released Monday. Thirty-two percent said they back Carson compared to 18 percent for Trump.

• After 2,430 regular season games and 31 postseason playoff games, Major League Baseball’s 30 teams have been narrowed down to two: the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals. They’ll meet in Game 1 of the World Series tonight in Kansas City.

Show Notes for Monday, October 26, 2015

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about his thoughts regarding the Benghazi hearings

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AFTER LATELY — Pictured: Sarah Colonna — Photo/E! Entertainment
• Comedian Sarah Colonna calls in at 9:50am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about her new comedy special, “I Can’t Feel My Legs”

Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about media coverage of the Benghazi hearings

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

• Vice President Joe Biden emphasized that family, not politics, loomed large in his decision not to pursue a third presidential run. In an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” on Sunday, he noted that the grief over the death of his son Beau earlier this year continues to affect him and his family.

• Ben Carson said he would “love” to see Roe v. Wade overturned during an interview on Meet the Press on Sunday. He opposes abortions for cases involving rape and incest but could make an exception to allow for the health and safety of the mother.

• News site Gawker reported witnesses said that GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie was kicked off an Amtrak train’s quiet car traveling to New York early Sunday morning for being loud and disruptive. The Christie campaign says he left the car voluntarily.

Show Notes for Friday, October 23, 2015

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

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

• Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spent 11 hours answering questions from the House Benghazi Committee Thursday. At one point, the hearing devolved into a yelling match between Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy and Democrats on the committee.

• Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, sent a letter to members of the House Republican Conference on Thursday evening declaring he is ready and willing to serve as Speaker of the House. In the letter, Ryan says together they can make the House a more open and inclusive body.

• President Obama vetoed the $612 billion 2016 defense policy bill Thursday afternoon on camera in the Oval Office. It was Obama’s fifth veto since taking office. The bill would have made it more difficult for Mr. Obama to fulfill his pledge to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

• As the U.S. and Russia continue to disagree on how best to return stability to Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet in Vienna today to discuss the deteriorating situation.

Show Notes for Thursday, October 22, 2015

Karl Frisch, Executive Director of Allied Progress, calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi testimony today

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

• Vice President Joe Biden has decided to forgo a 2016 presidential bid, he announced Wednesday. “I believe we’re out of time — the time necessary to mount a winning campaign,” the vice president said from the White House Rose Garden with his wife Jill Biden and President Obama by his side.

• Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton heads to Capitol Hill at 10am ET today to testify about the 2012 attacks on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead. This will be the second time Clinton goes to the hill to field lawmakers’ questions about that night.

• Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is now a step closer to trading the job he has and loves for one he had never sought — that of speaker of the House. Members of the Far Right Freedom Caucus now say that Ryan now clearly has at least the 218 votes from the Republican conference he needs to become speaker.

• The Chicago Cubs lost to the New York Mets by a score of 8 to 3 last night at Wrigley Field and were swept 4-0 out of the National League Championship Series. The Mets now go on to the World Series for the 5th time.

Show Notes for Wednesday, October 20, 2015

Cesca2Bob Cesca of “The Bob & Chez Show” podcast and Salon.com calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the Benghazi witch hunt farce

• Paul Ryan told House Republicans Tuesday night that if some conditions were met, he would “gladly serve” as Speaker, even though, as he told reporters later, “This is not a job I ever wanted or sought. I’m in the job I wanted here in Congress.”

• Speaking yesterday at a forum honoring former Vice President Walter Mondale, Biden said he privately advised the president to go forward with the 2011 Osama Bin Laden raid, a decision he previously has said he opposed.

• Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb announced Tuesday that he is dropping his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination and will consider running as an independent in the coming weeks. He said his views are “not compatible” with the power structure and nominating base of the Democratic Party.

• A group of conservative House GOPers yesterday unveiled a proposal to raise the debt limit through March 2017 that also calls for mandatory spending cuts. The Republican Study Committee’s “Terms of Credit Act” would raise the debt ceiling by roughly $1.5 trillion through March 2017.

Show Notes for Tuesday, October 20, 2015

IvankovichDr. Dan Ivankovich of OnePatient Global Health Initiative calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about his CNN Heroes nomination

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about whether Joe Biden should enter the race

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

• Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has indicated that he will give “a major speech in the not-too-distant future” to explain what it means to be a democratic socialist, as he defines himself.

• Ahead of Hillary Clinton’s appearance before the Select Committee on Benghazi later this week, House Democrats released a report Monday concluding that interviews conducted by the panel discredit GOP claims about Clinton’s actions during the 2012 attacks.

• With little luck in his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination so far, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb is considering an independent bid in 2016, his campaign said Monday.

• Canadian voters emphatically reclaimed their country’s liberal identity, putting Justin Trudeau in the prime minister’s office, and ending 10 years of leadership by Stephen Harper, whose dream was to recast Canada as a more conservative country.

Show Notes for Monday, October 19, 2015

rudepundit2The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about how Bernie and Hillary supporters are behaving toward each other

Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the media’s love for the Benghazi committee

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

• Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said Sunday that he supports President Obama’s decision to keep troops in Afghanistan, prolonging the war beyond 2016. Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton also said Friday that she thought Obama had made “the right decision.”

• On Sunday, Donald Trump continued to hammer former Jeb Bush for repeatedly saying that his brother George W. Bush “kept us safe” despite 9/11 happening on his watch. Others have pointed out that wars and the response to Hurricane Katrina, also did not keep the country safe.

• House Republicans return to Washington this week to confront a nearly unprecedented leadership crisis, looming budget deadlines and a deeply uncertain future. Attention is focused on Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) who is under pressure from party leaders to run for House speaker.

Show Notes for Friday, October 15, 2015

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

frangela6• Comedy duo Frangela joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for “Fridays With Frangela”

• Assuring the nation he is “absolutely confident this is the right thing to do,” President Obama on Thursday explained why he has decided to maintain the United States’ current posture of 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan through most of 2016 — slowing the pace of the planned troop drawdown.

• Former Sen. Ted Kaufman, who has known Joe Biden since 1972 and is advising him on a potential presidential run, sent a letter last night to many of Biden’s former staffers about Biden and the decision before him, saying a Biden campaign would be an optimistic and unscripted campaign.

• Donald Trump and Ben Carson are threatening to boycott the next GOP debate, sponsored by CNBC, if the network doesn’t agree to change its debate format. They won’t participate if it is longer than 120 minutes including commercials and does not include opening and closing statements.

• Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is expected to plead guilty to charges related to his alleged efforts to conceal sexual misconduct related to his wrestling coach career. If the deal is finalized, Hastert’s potentially dark secrets from his past could remain secret.

Show Notes for Thursday, October 15, 2015

Karl Frisch, Exec. Director of Allied Progress, calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about this week’s big Democratic debate

Michael Tomasky of “The Daily Beast” calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about who will win the post-debate spin

Dupuy• Syndicated columnist and “Cultish” podcast host Tina Dupuy calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to recap this week’s Dem debate

• A second congressman has admitted that the Benghazi committee is solely “designed to go after” Hillary Clinton. “This may not be politically correct, but I think that there was a big part of this investigation that was designed to go after people and an individual, Hillary Clinton,” Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) said on a New York radio show.

• Fresh off Tuesday night’s successful debate, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has begun aggressively pushing Vice President Joe Biden to make a decision one way or another about entering the presidential race.

• President Barack Obama will keep 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan when he leaves office in 2017, according to senior administration officials, casting aside his promise to end the war on his watch and instead ensuring he hands the conflict off to his successor.

Show Notes for Wednesday, October 14, 2015

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about last nights Dem debate in Las Vegas

Bob Cesca of “The Bob & Chez Show” podcast and Salon.com calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to recap last night’s Dem debate in Vegas

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

• Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in last night’s Dem debate sought to highlight differences on issues like gun control and Wall Street reform, but there’s one issue where they agree: Hillary Clinton’s email. “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails!” Sanders said.

• In last night’s Dem debate, Hillary Clinton blasted opponent Bernie Sanders for his positions on gun control. When asked if she believed the Vermont senator was tough enough on the issue, she responded, “No, not at all.” Sanders defended his positions as coming “from a rural state.”

• Donald Trump live-tweeted his reactions to the first Dem debate, re-tweeting supporters and adding his own commentary. But while many expected him to be active on social media, Trump was tame by his usual standards , responding more to supporters’ hopes that he “make America great again.”

Show Notes for Tuesday, October 13, 2015

ObeidallahDean Obeidallah, host on SiriusXM Insight 121, calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about why the GOP should apologize to Benghazi familes

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about Citizens United and this presidential race

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

• The 2016 Democratic presidential candidates will take the debate stage for the first time tonight, at 8:30pm ET in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hosted by CNN and Facebook and sanctioned by the DNC, the debate will be held at the Wynn Las Vegas, and Anderson Cooper will moderate.

• On the eve of the first Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton showed up unannounced to a union protest in the shadow of Donald Trump’s Las Vegas building, telling the real estate mogul to “represent all of the people of the United States.”

• Sheldon Adelson, one of the GOP’S most sought-after contributors, is leaning increasingly toward supporting Marco Rubio — and the Florida senator is racing to win the backing of other uncommitted megadonors.

• If Rep. Paul Ryan doesn’t run for House speaker, it could cause a free-for-all as about a dozen members maybe considering jumping into the race.

Show Notes for Monday, October 12, 2015

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the horrific mess the House GOP has gotten itself into

Media MattersEric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the GOP’s one-sided gun “debate”

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

• Just as the House Select Committee on Benghazi readies for Hillary Clinton’s testimony this month, a former staffer is coming out with a scathing indictment of the panel, charging its GOP leaders of carrying out a partisan investigation aimed unfairly at the Dem presidential candidate.

• The pressure on House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan to run for speaker reached a fever pitch this weekend, days after front-runner Kevin McCarthy unexpectedly dropped out. Ryan has made it clear he does not want the job.

• Just days before the first Dem candidate debate, Hillary Clinton is ahead of Bernie Sanders by 19 points in the Dem race nationally. 46% would vote for her. Potential candidate Vice President Joe Biden comes in third, with 16% in the CBS poll.

• On “60 Minutes” last night, President Obama said Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email was a mistake, but no national security was compromised.