In the wake of Las Vegas massacre, I invited my old friend - gun control advocate, author, pr strategist and podcaster- Cliff Schecter back to the show. In addition to talking about guns and his latest piece for The Daily Beast, Cliff told us about his new Unpresidented Podcast. They also have a paid version here.
Today on What's News, Nicole Sandler explores some of the insanity that happened over the Thanksgiving holiday...
Guns, Bibles and gays. For those of us who can remember the Johnson-Nixonian era of racial ignorance and nativist pearl clutching (make that pearl-handled derringer clutching for the helpless dames), this decade is ringing in far too many memories of a deliberately divided and globally embarrassing nation at war with itself and it's own liberty. There is some serious work to be done in some 48 days. The update of the Guns, Bibles and gays triangulation is potentially lethal, people. We believed that was as self-sickened a culture as we could imagine, following on the tarred heels of Jim Crow, Vietnam [...]
Morning Jumpstart Alton Sterling shooting: DoJ to investigate Minnesota man shot dead by police at traffic stop Trump shouts, defends Star of David tweet FBI chief on the Hill: Clinton email server Bernie booed by House Democrats House GOP gun bill in jeopardy UK's Iraq war report mauls Blair Blair's private notes to Bush - frank uncensored Justice Dept to Probe Alton Sterling Shooting (NYT, AP, Daily Beast, NYT, TMN, me) • The Justice Dept opened a civil rights investigation on Wednesday into the fatal shooting of a black man by the Baton Rouge, La, police after a searing video [...]
Morning Jumpstart FBI rips Clinton on emails: No charges Clinton emails: 4 revelations Petraeus plea deal loomed over Clinton case Obama declares war on Trump Trump rips, rambles, rants Ryan: No gun vote for Dems British Iraq War inquiry report out today FBI Rips Clinton on Emails: No Charges (Reuters, Hill, NYT, TMN, TMN, TMN, me) • The FBI recommended on Tuesday that no criminal charges be filed over Hillary Clinton's use of private email servers kept in her New York home while she was SecState, but (strongly) rebuked the Democratic presidential candidate for "extremely careless" handling of classified info [...]
Morning Jumpstart Obama-Clinton: Road trip buddies FBI interviews Hillary Clinton: Emails Suicide bombing near Saudi holy site Trump Veepstakes: This week? Trump defends Star of David tweet House Democrats plan gun disruptions Sex may spread Zika more than thought America celebrates the Fourth Obama-Clinton: Road Trip Buddies (AP, NYT, me) • They've been bitter rivals, allies and colleagues. Hillary Clinton's chances of winning the WH hinge on rallying President Obama's coalition to her cause. Obama's legacy depends on her success. Eight years after they spent millions tearing each other down, the foe-to-friend story will be at the center of the [...]
Last night, Congress proved themselves incapable of taking care of the nation's business in an adult manner. Four amendments were brought to the floor, all with various levels of restrictions on gun purchases by people who should not be allowed near a firearm, let alone own one. All four went down to defeat. I'm battling bronchitis, so probably shouldn't have come on the air at all today, but I couldn't let those votes go by without talking about the travesty. Vote out all the bums. If you'd like to see who the bad guys are you can start with Sen [...]
As if this wasn't a bad enough week in Florida - from the murder of The Voice singer Christina Grimmie in Orlando Friday night, to the massacre at the Pulse nightclub Saturday night, and last night we learned that a two-year old toddler was grabbed by an alligator at a "lake" at the Walt Disney World Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Unfortunately, while this state struggles with these tragedies, the people tasked with running the state continuing to prove they're unfit for office. Take Governor Rick Scott, please. Seriously. This moron refused to even acknowledge that the club where 49 souls [...]
Can we take the temperature down a few notches please? I logged into the Radio or Not chat room this morning only to see one semi-regular chatter going on and on about the massacre in Orlando being a "false flag" operation. And the kicker was her subsequent comment that after "watching the videos" she's convinced that Sandy Hook was too. Others in the YouTube chat went ballistic when I played a bit of Samantha Bee's powerful and spot-on commentary from last night's show about the murders in Orlando because "she supports HRC." Newsflash, if you have no use for anyone [...]
The unthinkable happened again this weekend. A crazy person who should never have been allowed anywhere near a gun was allowed to "legally" purchase a weapon of war and a handgun, went to a gay club in Orlando and opened fire, killing at least 50 people and injuring at least 53 others. Our regular Monday morning guest Joel Silberman was back today with a unique perspective on this madness as a gay man who's working with Bob Poe, a candidate running for Congress from Orlando (FL 10), who announced he's HIV positive on Thursday of last week. I mentioned my [...]