April 7, 2013

With the deadline for filing your returns just days away, a historian of the income tax says you can’t talk about taxes these days without talking about class.

Our regular contributor and Catholic activist Fred Rotondaro talks about his expectations for Pope Francis.

And Bill Press talks with immigration advocate Angela Kelley about prospects for congressional action.

  • Apr. 7, 2013 Apr. 7, 2013 Rendering unto Caesar – conversations this week about income taxes and about the new pope’s commitment to the poor.
  • Molly Michelmore Molly Michelmore Professor Molly Michelmore has written about the history of the income tax, now 100 years old. Originally, it was very popular because it was seen as a way of sticking it to the robber barons. Now, she says, we still can’t talk about taxes without talking about class.
  • Fred Rotondaro Fred Rotondaro Fred Rotondaro, a regular contributor, is a progressive Catholic activist. He sees the election of Pope Francis as a move toward a new emphasis on the issues of inequality, poverty and the role of women in the church.
  • Angela Kelley Angela Kelley Bill Press and his guest, Angela Kelley of the Center for American Progress, on prospects for immigration reform legislation.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The wisdom of the wealthy.

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January 6, 2013

In partnership with Oliver Stone, American University Professor Peter Kuznick has produced a Showtime series on the “Untold History of the United States.” He offers some historical insights that present a different view of Henry Wallace … and Joseph Stalin.

Sally Denton has written a book about an establishment plot to oust Franklin D. Roosevelt, and she compares his opponents to those who smeared President Obama.

And Bill Press’s guest, Congresswoman Jackie Speier of California, asks her Republican colleagues, “What are you here for?”

  • Jan. 6, 2013 Jan. 6, 2013 Did that really happen? Two authors provide historical secrets from the New Deal and from the Cold War.
  • Peter Kuznick Peter Kuznick Peter Kuznick is a professor at American University. He has teamed up with controversial director Oliver Stone to produce a series for Showtime that offers an alternate history of the United States since World War II. He has also written a book to go along with the series, and he says it is just another side to American history.
  • Sally Denton Sally Denton Horrendous economic conditions, broken capitalism, vicious lies aimed at the president. These circumstances that faced President Obama were also present following the election of FDR in 1932. Author Sally Denton examines the plot against Roosevelt and points out the similarity of the tactics used by the right-wing hate machine to those used against Obama.
  • Jackie Speier Jackie Speier Bill Press's guest, Congresswoman Jackie Speier of California, asks her Republican colleagues, “What are you here for?”
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Deep inside the "Taxpayer Relief Act."

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September 23, 2012

Romney’s foreign policy blunders … Obama’s secret weapons … and who the 47 percent really are.

  • Sept. 23, 2012 Sept. 23, 2012 This week, Peter Galbraith says Mitt Romney is “not ready for prime time." Alan Abramowitz says President Obama can win re-election by focusing on turning out the base. Bill Press and columnist Clarence Page discuss Mitt Romney's disdain for 47 percent of us. And Jim Hightower gives his commentary on "those people."
  • Peter Galbraith Peter Galbraith Former ambassador Peter Galbraith assesses Mitt Romney’s foreign policy expertise. The verdict? “Not ready for prime time” and “nostalgic for another century.” He adds that Romney’s serial foreign policy gaffes calls into question his competence on domestic policy.
  • Alan Abramowitz Alan Abramowitz Emory University Professor Alan Abramowitz uses mathematical models to successfully predict presidential election outcomes. Today, he tells us President Obama must focus on turnout and getting "leaners" to register. He now predicts a 1.2 percentage point victory for the president.
  • Clarence Page Clarence Page Bill Press interviews Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Clarence Page about the 47 percent of us lazy moochers who populate Mitt Romney’s America.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Common Sense Commentary on Mitt Romney, a multi-millionaire tax dodger, and his disdain for "those people."

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September 2, 2012

Vice presidential candidates – from the most honorable to the least. Plus, a Reagan-Bush economist says the rich should pay more taxes.

Mark Shriver

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Forty years ago, Sargent Shriver – a man for all seasons – was selected to run for vice president. Today, we talk with one of his sons, Mark, who has written a biography of the man he calls “a warrior for peace.” And he offers some poignant and funny stories.

http://www.savethechildren.net/

Bruce Bartlett

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Now that Republicans have swallowed the Kool-Aid of low taxes as a cure for everything, we hear from an adviser to GOP leaders from Ron Paul to George Bush. Economist Bruce Bartlett explains the obvious – that if we don’t raise taxes on the wealthy, the rest of us have to pay more. http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/author/bruce-bartlett/

 

Nia Malika Henderson

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Bill Press interviews the Washington Post’s Nia Malika Henderson about Paul Ryan’s “blatant untruths.”

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/nia-malika-henderson/2011/03/04/ABbisxN_page.html