November 11, 2012

After the shellacking administered to Republicans in the presidential and senatorial elections, former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle reflects on what a second Obama administration might be like. John Halpin is an expert on elections and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. He says the election proved that Democratic voters can beat conservative money any time. And Bill Press interviews Maryland Senator Ben Cardin, who says he is ready to compromise, if the Republicans are.

  • Nov. 11, 2012 Nov. 11, 2012 The word of the day? Demographics. Tom Daschle says they define the future of the Democratic Party, and elections expert John Halpin says they can beat Republican money any day. And Bill Press talks with re-elected Senator Ben Cardin about the congressional outlook for compromise.
  • Tom Daschle Tom Daschle Tom Daschle was the Senate Democrat leader during the Clinton Administration and a key player in the development of health care reform. As a result of the president’s re-election, he says the Affordable Care Act, Dodd-Frank and Obama’s economic policy will stay in place.
  • John Halpin John Halpin Electoral expert John Halpin of the Center for American Progress says the coalition of minorities, better-educated whites and working class Americans is real. And it’s a good sign, he says, that Democratic voters can beat conservative money – if they put their minds to it.
  • Ben Cardin Ben Cardin Bill Press and his guest, newly re-elected Maryland Senator Cardin, on prospects for any sign of bipartisanship in Congress.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The biggest loser of 2012

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October 21, 2012

Democrats run the economy better but Republicans are better at binding … and binders.

  • Oct. 21, 2012 Oct. 21, 2012 This week, Jere Glover says the data shows Democrats are better for the economy than Republicans. Jonathan Haidt suggests ways for Congress to work better. Bill Press interviews DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse. And Jim Hightower goes down on the farm for a Romney photo op.
  • Jere Glover Jere Glover Did you know that nine out of the last 10 recessions began under Republican administrations? Did you know that the stock market does better under Democrats than Republicans? Eye-opening historical economic data from small-business expert Jere Glover makes it clear which party is better for America.
  • Jonathan Haidt Jonathan Haidt Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has written a book about why it is that good people are divided so starkly by politics. He says we are a tribal and “groupish” people – and, unfortunately, Republicans are better than Democrats at, in his words, “binding together when under threat.”
  • Brad Woodhouse Brad Woodhouse Bill Press interviews Brad Woodhouse, communications director of the DNC, following the second presidential debate. They discuss Mitt Romney's failed "gotcha" moment on Benghazi, and the offensiveness of politicizing foreign policy.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Jim Hightower goes down on the farm for a Mitt Romney photo op.

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October 7, 2012

Today’s topics are about different gospels – the good news about the Obama stimulus, the social gospel of progressive Catholics, and the Republican gospel of “you’re on your own.”

  • Oct. 7, 2012 Oct. 7, 2012 Michael Grunwald concludes Obama’s criticized stimulus program stopped an economic “death spiral.” Nicholas Cafardi, an expert on canon law, says Obama is more pro-life than Romney. Bill Press interviews Rep. Diana DeGette the day after the presidential debate. And Jim Hightower looks at how the GOP is stuck with Todd Akin.
  • Michael Grunwald Michael Grunwald TIME magazine correspondent Michael Grunwald's book compares the Obama administration’s stimulus program to FDR’s New Deal. Why hasn’t the public understood how effective that stimulus was? Partly because of the news media, Grunwald says, but also because of incredible GOP distortions of the record.
  • Nicholas Cafardi Nicholas Cafardi An expert on Catholic law and the co-chair of Catholics for Obama says the president is more pro-life than Mitt Romney because abortions are more likely when aid is cut to poor women.
  • Diana DeGette Diana DeGette Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Diana DeGette on the day after the first presidential debate in her home state of Colorado.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The GOP rejects, then embraces, and now is stuck with Todd Akin.

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September 9, 2012

Winning the independents … stimulating the economy … and taking back the House.

  • Linda Killian Linda Killian There is some question as to whether there really are a lot of truly independent voters. Journalist and scholar Linda Killian, who has studied them in four key swing states, says they may constitute up to 25 percent of the electorate. She says they are socially moderate, fiscally conservative and leaning toward President Obama on national security issues.
  • Robert Shiller Robert Shiller Robert Shiller, professor of economics at Yale University, says cutting taxes and cutting spending will devastate America and bring on another recession. He also says it is a mistake of the first order to compare a household budget with a national budget. It will only make things worse, he says.
  • Robby Mook Robby Mook Bill Press talks about prospects for taking back the House with Robby Mook, director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Jim Hightower takes a look at how Romney unveiled his energy policy in front of workers instead of in the Exxon boardroom, where it belongs.
  • Sept. 9, 2012 Sept. 9, 2012 Winning the independents, stimulating the economy, and taking back the House.

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