July 7, 2013

Our guest Michael Linden of the Center for American Progress maintains that it is conservatives, not liberals, who are blocking entitlement reform. And a conservative retired colonel criticizes President Obama’s foreign policy – for being too militaristic and for continuing America’s reliance on a national security state. And Bill Press talks about climate change and energy policy with the National Journal’s Coral Davenport.

  • July 7, 2013 July 7, 2013 Surprising answers on who is really blocking entitlement reform … and on whether President Obama’s foreign policy is really different than that of his predecessors.
  • Michael Linden Michael Linden Michael Linden directs the economic policy shop at the Center for American Progress and explains that sometimes deficits matter and sometimes they don’t. And right now they don’t.
  • Andrew Bacevich Andrew Bacevich Andrew Bacevich was a lieutenant colonel in the Army and is now a military historian. He says President Obama is a product of the national security state’s mainstream because he believes that war is the preferred instrument of American statecraft.
  • Coral Davenport Coral Davenport Bill Press and his guest, Coral Davenport of the National Journal.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower A "People's Filibuster" in Texas awakens a movement.

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June 9, 2013

It’s time for a true progressive to run the nation’s largest city, and New York mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, endorsed by 21st Century Democrats, plans to be just the one to do it. Foreign policy expert Professor Mark Katz says Russia can still play a key role in resolving the crisis in Syria. And Bill Press interviews Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth.

  • June 9, 2013 June 9, 2013 Bill de Blasio says it takes a progressive to run New York City. Professor Mark Katz looks to Russia to help stop the slaughter in Syria.
  • Bill de Blasio Bill de Blasio Bill de Blasio is the elected public advocate of New York City, and he is running for mayor. He says it’s time for more profoundly progressive policies in the Big Apple, and 21st Century Democrats agrees.
  • Mark Katz Mark Katz America’s hesitancy about taking action in Syria leaves plenty of room for the Russians to get involved. That’s the view of foreign policy Professor Mark Katz, who says the best America might be able to do on its own is to “contain” Syria.
  • John Yarmuth John Yarmuth Bill Press and his guest, Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky, on military sexual assaults, and the president's new national security and judicial appointments.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Seeing things at the Jersey Shore.

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May 26, 2013

As the nation observes Memorial Day, military historian Andrew Bacevich says those who make a public show of saluting the military would do better by demanding accountability from the country’s foreign-affairs policymakers.

Brown University economist Mark Blyth, a leading authority on the financial meltdown, reminds us that banks are supposed to manage risk, not manage casinos.

And Bill Press interviews House Democratic whip Steny Hoyer about the stupidity of the sequester.

  • May 26, 2013 May 26, 2013 Military historian says salute troops by holding policymakers accountable. Economist says banks are not casinos. Hoyer says sequester is stupid.
  • Andrew Bacevich Andrew Bacevich Andrew Bacevich is a conservative, a retired Army Colonel and a military historian. He says we could best honor our veterans on Memorial Day by holding civilian foreign-policy makers more accountable.
  • Mark Blyth Mark Blyth Professor Mark Blyth is a professor at Brown University and author of a book attacking economic austerity. He is not so sure that Dodd-Frank will help clean up Wall Street because it is a bill too big to read and because the banking industry is at work making the gun lobby look like amateurs.
  • Steny Hoyer Steny Hoyer Bill Press and his guest, House Democratic whip Steny Hoyer, who says “Sequester starts with S, which stands for stupid.”
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The High-Tech Sledgehammering of Our Middle-Class Future.

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May 5, 2013

A former Republican ambassador warns that anti-Americanism and fundamentalism is growing in the Muslim world. He also says it is not certain that the Boston bombing will actually help our relations with Russia.

Regular commentator Fred Rotondaro says despite legislative setbacks on gun safety legislation, the NRA will be revealed as a paper tiger.

And Bill Press talks with Emily’s List communications director Jess McIntosh about the drive to elect a woman president.

  • May 5th, 2013 May 5th, 2013 Former ambassador Mike Ussery on the Boston bombing and Islam, Fred Rotondaro calls the NRA a paper tiger, and Jess McIntosh on the drive to elect a woman president.
  • Mike Ussery Mike Ussery Mike Ussery was ambassador to Morocco in Republican administrations, and in the wake of the Boston bombing, he cautions about rising anti-Americanism in Muslim countries. He says things could go either way in dealing with Russia in the fight against terrorism.
  • Fred Rotondaro Fred Rotondaro Fighting the NRA may take a long time, but the gun lobby is going to be revealed as a paper tiger, says regular commentator Fred Rotondaro.
  • Jess McIntosh Jess McIntosh Bill Press and his guest Jess McIntosh of Emily’s List on the drive to elect a woman president.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The cold calculation of clothing corporations.

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