Are Republicans Arrogant?


Ed Schultz

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.

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John Stewart Tries To Move On From Trump


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.”

Maddow Looks At The Republican Presidential Contenders


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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?

Wikipedia:

“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.)

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Will Republicans Say That Democrats Are ‘Weak On Defense’ No Matter What They Do?

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?

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http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2014/sep/25/ryan-lizza/lizza-says-obama-has-bombed-more-nations-bush/

The Young Turks Network Looks At Hillary’s Announcement To Run For President


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?

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What Does Boehner’s Visit To Netanyahu Mean?


TYT Network

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.

Does Clinton Have Issues With Unions And The TPP?

The likely 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has yet to show her feelings towards the latest effort to pass “fast track” trade promotion authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

However, that could happen as soon as Monday morning when she takes the stage with prominent labor leaders at a Washington event put on by a liberal-leaning political think tank.

What she says could improve or worsen her position with unions, Democratic colleagues in Congress, the business community, and/or the sitting president, Barack Obama.

Liberal Democrats urging Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to get in the presidential race want Clinton to clarify her position as early as possible, given the fact that there is pending action in Congress on a “fast track” trade promotion authority bill, said Neil Sroka, a spokesman for Democracy for America.

Sroka said that some of the first questions she is asked as a presidential candidate could be about TPP and fast track.

“There’s lots of reasons that people are excited about getting Elizabeth Warren into the presidential race, but her outspokenness in the battle against TPP … is something that speaks to the progressive base’s concerns and is attracting people to this campaign.”

Union groups, including the AFL-CIO labor federation, also have deep concerns about the prospective trade pact with Japan and 10 other countries in the Asia-Pacific that, along with the United States, represent more than 40 percent of world gross domestic product.

“Every single thing in our trade deals should be openly discussed and subject to public oversight and the full legislative process,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a recent speech. “There should be no question about that. Fast track is wrong and undemocratic. It’s a rotten process, and the American labor movement intends to kill it.”

The labor federation fears the deal will encourage companies to move more jobs overseas, suppressing wages in the United States.

Obama wants Congress to approve the legislation quickly so he can wrap up the TPP pact and submit it to Congress for a vote later this year.

Trade promotion authority would allow him to submit trade agreements, like the proposed TPP, to Congress for a straight up-or-down vote without any amendments.

The next president – whoever it is – could also use the authority to negotiate a deal bringing China into the pact.

Trade promotion authority is also known as “fast track” because of its expedited voting procedures that union groups and many progressive Democrats don’t like.

Clinton’s husband, Bill Clinton, used the “fast track” procedure to win approval of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute blames for hundreds of thousands of lost jobs.

Clinton voted against the fast-track legislation the last time it was approved in 2002, although her husband repeatedly pushed for the same authority when he was president.

However, as Obama’s secretary of state, Clinton was closely associated with the agreement.

More:

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/hillarys-trade-dilemma-116278.html#ixzz3V2nFC1LX

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