Ed Schultz is still alive on the web and radio (and he got a new backdrop for his show).
On Thursday’s show, Ed previewed the first Republican debate of the 2016 election cycle. He also posed the question: “are Republicans arrogant?”
However, he also had some good words for Donald Trump and Trump’s reported opposition to the Iraq war.
He talks with former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner to discuss the debate and the Voting Rights Act. He discussed the latest on Keystone XL again with Jane Kleeb, Director of Bold Nebraska.
Richard Nephew, former member of the U.S. team that negotiated the Iran Nuclear Deal, joins the show to discuss President Obama’s speech at American University regarding the deal.
J Stewart’s Show
Jon Stewart said he’s trying to “move on” from Donald Trump to more important issues.
He then looked at the Iran deal and how Republicans have been calling it “historically bad.”
They seemed to misunderstand that the point of the deal is to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of Iran, not to give them nuclear weapons. He also discussed Republicans who criticized the deal without reading it, like a “bizarro iTunes user agreement.”
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump became irritable when pressed on immigration by CNN host Anderson Cooper on Wednesday.
Trump did not appreciate Anderson Cooper’s line of questions surrounding the construction crew he hired to build his Trump Tower in Manhattan back in 1975.
The CNN host asked about a court case that Trump settled in 1999 surrounding 200 illegal Polish immigrants alleging they were paid less than minimum wage back for their work in 1975.
“I hired a contractor,” Trump replied about the Trump Tower construction crew. “Anderson, I hire a contractor. The contractor then hires the subcontractor. They have people. I don’t know — I don’t remember, that was so many years ago, 35 years ago they said we had some illegal immigrants.”
A report on Monday by the Washington Post claimed Trump has employed illegal immigrants on current hotel projects, which was also brought up by Cooper.
According to Business Insider, The Post’s Antonio Olivo talked to 15 of the workers, some of whom “acknowledged that they remain in the country illegally.”
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow looks at the list of viable contenders for the Republican nominee for President of the U.S.
Maddow also discusses Lar Daly. Who was Lar Daly?
“Lawrence Joseph Sarsfield Daly (January 22, 1912 – April 18, 1979), aka Lar ‘America First’ Daly, was a fringe American politician who ran unsuccessfully for a variety of political offices (including President of the United States), often campaigning wearing an Uncle Sam suit.
“Daly was a Republican primary candidate for Governor of Illinois in both 1956 and 1964. He was also a primary candidate for Mayor of Chicago in 1959, for both the Democratic and Republican parties, and also ran in the Republican primary in the 1963 and 1967 Chicago mayoral elections. He was the ‘Tax Cut’ and ‘America First’ candidate in the 1960 elections for President of the United States. He stood in primaries for United States Senator from Illinois, as a Democrat in 1962 and as a Republican in 1966, 1970, and 1978. He also ran for United States Representative from Illinois, in a special election in the 7th District in 1973, as a Republican.”
Maddow also looks at the 2008 scenario where Ron Paul was excluded from a Fox News debate even though he received 10% of the vote in the Iowa caucuses. Rudy Giuliani got only 3% of the vote at the Iowa caucuses, but was allowed on stage for the debate at Fox.
(Video from May 6th.)
The Young Turks
Under President Obama, the U.S. has had military action in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Libya and Syria. Some reports claim the U.S. had a drone strike in the Philippines as well.
In fact, a certain fact-checking site claims that – including the drone strikes – Obama has bombed more countries than Bush.
TYT Network postulates that no matter what Democrats do – no matter how many or few countries they bomb – Republicans will always claim Democrats are “weak on defense.”
So why should they listen to them at all on defense?
The Young Turks
Hillary Rodham Clinton announced on Sunday that she would seek the presidency for a second time, establishing herself as the likely 2016 Democratic nominee, according to The New York Times.
“I’m running for president,” she said with a smile near the end of a two-minute video released just after 3 p.m. Sunday.
“Everyday Americans need a champion. And I want to be that champion,” Mrs. Clinton said. “So I’m hitting the road to earn your vote — because it’s your time. And I hope you’ll join me on this journey.”
Where does Hillary fit on the political spectrum?
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, who invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress this month, will visit Israel in the coming weeks, his spokesman said Friday.
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz calls Speaker Boehner “U.S. President Barack Obama’s arch rival and the man who invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make his controversial speech in Congress.”
Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the U.S. Congress on March 3rd seemed oriented towards undermining peace negotiations with Iran. Why – because he wants war? The terms of the deal have not even been released yet? Why the rush? A letter from 47 opposition senators directly to Iranian leadership in regards to the peace deal also made the situation more complex – and “two-faced.”
Senior Israeli officials who asked to remain anonymous said Boehner will begin his visit – which has not yet been announced publicly – on March 31st, states Haaretz. He will be heading a delegation of Republican Congress members.