Guns ‘n Borders

At least we're talking! The nation is finally talking about two important issues: comprehensive immigration reform and sensible gun safety laws. My show begins at 10am ET, which is when today Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Preventing Gun Violence started this morning.  The first to speak was former Congresswoman and gunshot victim Gabrielle Giffords.  We carried her brief but very moving statement live. Her husband, Mark Kelly also spoke So did NRA chief Wayne LaPierre, but I won't post the video of his statement here. He spouted the same bullshit he's been spewing as long as we've known his name. [...]


Listen to this episode: {play} {/play} Podcast: Play in new window On Friday, President Obama made history when he announced that his administration would no longer seek to deport hundreds of thousands of undocumented young people who know the United States as their home. Under the administration plan, illegal immigrants will be able to avoid deportation if they can prove they were brought to the United States before they turned 16 and are younger than 30, have been in the country for at least five continuous years, have no criminal history, graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a [...]

Twas the Tues Before Christmas…

I attempted to write a clever rhyming thing here, but am running out of time before today's show!  Or, I should say, before the first of today's two shows. Since I wasn't here yesterday, we'll talk with Nicole Belle of Crooks and Liars, for our weekly gab-fest "Fools on the Hill."  Nicole watches the Sunday talking head shows so we don't have to.  Here's what she's bringing us today: This is always a very busy time of the year for Congress.  These last few days of the lame duck session of the 111th Congress are absolutely packed full of legislation [...]

Working Hard… or Hardly Working

As much of America is taking off for the holidays, some of us are lucky to be working, filling in for the vacationers.  That's the category I fall in to. I'm thrilled that, once again, Randi Rhodes has given me the honor of talking with her listeners while she enjoys some well-deserved rest and relaxation. In addition to being thankful for the work (and the paycheck!), I'm glad that I can continue my tradition of listening back to some of the highlights -and lowlights- of the year that's ending... It's our Rear End Year in Review (or something like that)...  [...]

It’s the End of the Year… or Not!

It's hard to believe we're coming up on the end of 2010. The older we get, the shorter the years... or so it seems. 2010 was a year for the history books. This was a year of political frustration, economic distress and ecological disaster. We witnessed the rise of the Tea Party, and division among the Democrats. The first big shot against (small d) democracy came on January 21, when the Supreme Court upended 100 years of law to give corporations the right to buy elections. To add insult to injury, Air America radio (my employer at the time) ceased [...]

Saturday Morning with C-Span

If you weren't watching c-span this morning, you missed a mixed bag of history. First, the Senate showed that 100 mostly white men have no business deciding the fate of millions of young people in this country.  With the help of so-called Democrats Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Senators John Tester and Max Baucus of Wyoming, and Mark Pryor of Arkansas (and the chickenshit absence of WV's Joe Manchin), the DREAM Act was killed with a cloture vote of 55-41. According to FDL's David Dayen on twitter, Republicans Murkowski, Bennet and Lugar all voted AYE.  So, if Harry Reid had done [...]

Drop Fox- Game On!

One of the biggest problems Democrats has faced during the past two years has been their lack of messaging skills. Making it more difficult is the mighty megaphone of the Republican party -- their propaganda arm that calls itself a News organization.  The fact is that "Fox News" is actually a fake news channel.  As they're a cable channel, they're not regulated by the FCC, and there are no consequences for Making Shit Up®. Unfortunately, the relatively small number of people who watch their fabricated facts® don't understand that their only source for "news" is most definitely NOT NEWS. Enter [...]

To Cave or Not To Cave

That's the question about what the Dems will do today. Or more accurately, how deep down into the cave they'll go.  Why is it always the Democrats who give in, and never the Republicans? One of my first stops this morning was to Greg Sargent's Morning Plum, where he told me not to get my hopes up... Deal takes shape on Bush tax cuts: The President is privately signaling that he will agree to a temporary extension of all the tax cuts, but only if the GOP agrees to extend unemployment benefits.GOP leaders appear willing to agree. At this point [...]

Summers’ End and More Wishful Thinking

How appropriate is it that Larry Summers' departure is announced on the first day of fall? What other beautiful changes can we hope for as the Obama administration attempts to get voters excited before November 2?  How about making a list? Get Rahm the hell out of there too! The PCCC started a campaign to get Chicago voters to pledge never to vote for him... but I say "shhh."  Let him think they'll vote for him, and then don't! In the wake of yesterday's blockade in the Senate of opening debate on DADT (by way of the Defense Appropriations bill), [...]

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