Friday’s headlines…New GDP numbers suggest economy is improving, House OK’s more cash for clunkers, lawmakers limit executive pay, Dodd announces cancer diagnosis, deadly month in Afghanistan…and more.
Archives for July 2009
Washington’s favorite political parody troupe sticks with the spoken word this week as it sends it’s bumbling detective to Iran to get to the bottom of the recent fraudulent elections.
Has the Iranian government successfully quashed the protesters following the recent fraudulent elections, or is their grip on power weaker than ever? It’s both, according to former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton. He also says Iran is not about to stop its nuclear weapons program and the Obama diplomatic strategy is an odd mixture of arrogance and naivete. Bolton also explains why Israel will likely launch a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities before the end of the year – if it attacks at all.
Listen here and then sound off! Is Bolton right about Obama’s Iran strategy being doomed to failure or does it show real promise? Will Israel strike Iran? Should it? And just how fragile is the Iranian regime’s grip on power?
Arizona Rep. John Shadegg joins us to discuss his health care reform alternative to the proposals pushed by the Obama administration and Congressional Democrats. How is it different? How does it make health coverage accessible to people not currently insured? We also ask the congressman why the private sector is the right path to reform when most people see the current system as a failure and being run by the private sector? And would the private sector provide a good option for Americans with pre-existing conditions? Listen here to our chat with Rep. Shadegg and share your thoughts…does he have a much better approach to reform or does his plan leave patients more vulnerable to insurance companies and other major corporations?
Louisiana Rep. Bill Cassidy, a practicing physician, says Congress must craft a patient-centric system if it wants to do health care reform right. But both parties say that, so how do we determine which plan will really do that? Why does the Congressman believe a good compromise is still possible? What does he say in response to President Obama accusing opponents of the White House plan of scare tactics and defending the status quo? And what does he say in response to Democrats who allege the GOP is doing the bidding of big insurance companies? We ask these questions and more to Rep. Cassidy.
Texas Rep. Kevin Brady says liberal Democrats gave very little to win support from some of the ‘moderate’ members. Brady discusses his philosophy on health reform, why Democrats won’t promise to sign up for the public option and much more.
Georgia Rep. Tom Price, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, explains the conservative GOP approach to health care reform.
Noted race relations scholar Abigail Thernstrom, vice chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, explains why the beer summit among President Obama, Professor Henry Louis Gates and police officer James Crowley is nothing more than a political stunt by Obama. She also says the notion that America is mired in racism is flat-out wrong and what really triggered all this is a sense of class arrogance on the part of Prof. Gates.
Alan Nathan talks w/ columnists J. Corsi and M. Sieff about Obama’s yet proven natural born citizenship.
Radio America’s Alan Nathan talks with British radio host Michael Graham about UK’s angst against war.