September 7, 2014

With Congress back in session and an election coming up, journalist Chuck McCutcheon is here to interpret political euphemisms, explaining why calling someone “my good friend” is usually a lie. Janine Wedel, author of a new book about political accountability says the conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is an example of a new kind of corruption – violation of the public trust. And Bill Press interviews journalist Christina Bellantoni about Democratic prospects for retaining the Senate.

 

  • Sep. 7, 2014 Sep. 7, 2014 Journalist Chuck McCutcheon decodes Washington-speak … anthropologist Janine Wedel decodes the world of shadow lobbyists. And Bill Press interviews Christina Bellantoni, editor of Roll Call.
  • Chuck McCutcheon Chuck McCutcheon Political reporter Chuck McCutcheon has written a dictionary of Washington euphemisms … or dog whistles as he calls them … to help us understand the Kabuki theater of Congress and the election campaigns.
  • Janine Wedel Janine Wedel Anthropologist Janine Wedel says the widespread loss of faith in institutions in America resembles Eastern Europe under late-stage communism.
  • Christina Bellantoni Christina Bellantoni Bill Press and his guest, Christina Bellantoni, editor of Roll Call.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower "Tough Texas" wimps out in Pentagon giveaway.

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August 10, 2014

Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro says the border crisis should be seen as a “pro-life” issue among Catholics, and others. Journalist Chuck McCutcheon
explains the secret language spoken inside the Beltway. And Bill Press interviews Michael Wager, running for Congress in Northeast Ohio.

 

  • Aug. 10, 2014 Aug. 10, 2014 Fred Rotondaro says the border crisis is a pro-life issue. Journalist Chuck McCutcheon decodes Beltway blather. And Bill Press interviews Ohio Congressional candidate Michael Wager.
  • Fred Rotondaro Fred Rotondaro With the Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Jesuit Society pushing hard for a compassionate response to the influx of unaccompanied Central American children, commentator Fred Rotondaro says he would like to see Church leaders “turn the screws” on congressional Republicans.
  • Chuck McCutcheon Chuck McCutcheon What is the definition of “reasonable Republicans?” How about “adults in the room?” Sometimes they are one and the same, explains journalist Chuck McCutcheon, who has written a book about Washington jargon.
  • Michael Wager Michael Wager Bill Press and his guest, Ohio Democratic congressional candidate Michael Wager.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The damning nuttiness of the GOP's "hell no" faction.

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June 29, 2014

What went wrong in Iraq? Former diplomat Peter Galbraith says it was the Bush fantasy that we could establish a national army where there was no nation. What’s the meaning of the Declaration of Independence? Professor Danielle Allen explains it is the explicit link between liberty and equality. And Bill Press talks with Jonathan Allen about Hillary Clinton.

  • Jun. 29, 2014 Jun. 29, 2014 Diplomat Peter Galbraith says Obama is on the right course in Iraq. Professor Danielle Allen explains the meaning of the Declaration of Independence. And Bill Press interviews author Jonathan Allen about Hillary Clinton’s wealth.
  • Peter Galbraith Peter Galbraith Diplomat Peter Galbraith says there is nothing we can do to put Iraq back together again.
  • Danielle Allen Danielle Allen Professor Danielle Allen has written a book about our most sacred political document, the Declaration of Independence, which intertwines both liberty AND equality.
  • Jonathan Allen Jonathan Allen Bill Press and Bloomberg News Washington Bureau Chief Jonathan Allen discuss Hillary Clinton and more.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The deep goofiness of Speaker Boehner.

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May 4, 2014

Internet Explorer and AOL are the latest institutions hacked by computer villains. Privacy expert Peter Singer tells us how to protect ourselves. Democratic strategist Ed Kilgore advises progressives to talk less about programs and more about values. And Bill Press interviews Wisconsin Congresswoman Gwen Moore about Gov. Scott Walker and more.

  • May 4, 2014 May 4, 2014 Privacy expert Peter Singer on Internet security, Democratic strategist Ed Kilgore on progressive values messaging, and Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Gwen Moore.
  • Peter Singer Peter Singer With Internet Explorer and AOL the latest victims of hacking, privacy expert Peter Singer reveals the biggest threat – our own ignorance.
  • Ed Kilgore Ed Kilgore Ed Kilgore is a Democratic strategist whose message is fairly straightforward: Talk less about government programs and more about values.
  • Gwen Moore Gwen Moore Bill Press and his guests, Congresswoman Gwen Moore and the National Journal’s Matt Vasilagambros.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Some Congress critters deserve a permanent vacation.

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