Greg Corombos and National Review’s Jim Geraghty celebrate Republicans and Democrats choosing spending cuts over tax increases to reduce the debt. They also bemoan Michelle Obama’s push to make restaurant menus more health-conscious and scratch their heads at the bizarre and sometimes sleazy Superbowl moments.
Archives for February 2011
As the nation commemorates 100 years since the birth of Ronald Reagan, we look back at the late president’s legacy with Edwin Meese III, who served alongside Reagan for most of Reagan’s political life. Meese was chief of staff to Reagan during their days in the California governor’s office. Meese later served as senior counselor to President Reagan and later as U.S. Attorney General. How did Reagan convince a reluctant Meese to work for him back in 1966? What did Meese see in the early years to suggest Reagan would be a strong presidential candidate? How did Reagan beat the odds to win the 1980 election? What convinced Reagan that he would find economic success through tax cuts? How did he determine the Cold War was winnable and not just manageable? How did he inspire America to believe in itself again? And how should Reagan be remembered? We discuss it all in a great conversation with Ed Meese, who is now a Distinguished Fellow at the Heritage Foundation.
As the nation marks 100 years since the birth of President Reagan, Michael Reagan offers us an intimate look at the Gipper’s political and personal life. How did Reagan transition from acting to political heavyweight? How did Robert F. Kennedy inadvertently trigger Reagan’s political rise? When did Reagan see himself as a legitimate White House contender? And what are Michael Reagan’s favorite father-son moments with his dad? Listen here to the first half of my discussion with Michael Reagan, author of “The New Reagan Revolution: How Ronald Reagan’s Principles Can Restore America’s Greatness.”
In the second half of our interview, Michael Reagan discusses his new book, “The New Reagan Revolution: How Ronald Reagan’s Principles Can Restore America’s Greatness.” How did Reagan’s impromptu 1976 GOP convention speech crystallize what conservatism is all about? How did a conservative like Reagan succeed when conventional wisdom says politicians need to appeal to moderates? What would Reagan think of the Tea Party? What would he tell those activists to do next? How did Reagan show himself to be a strong leader? And why does Obama fail to measure up as a leader despite many efforts to draw comparisons between him and Reagan? We discuss it all with Michael Reagan.
Just days after a federal judge in Florida struck down the new health care laws and declared the individual mandate unconstitutional, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is leading an effort to have this legal fight skip the appellate phase and head straight to the Supreme Court. Why does he believe it should be fast-tracked? Why could an expedited hearing at the Supreme Court save states a lot of money? Will he be able to overcome Obama administration opposition towards this request? And how does he respond to the suggestion that the longer the court fight plays out, the more Americans will warm up to the laws? We ask Attorney General Cuccinelli and ask him what response his office will have to recent videos suggesting Planned Parenthood workers in his state are willing to aid sex traffickers in obtaining secret and illegal abortions for girls as young as 14 years old.
This past week, a second judge has ruled individual health care mandate unconstitutional in the president’s new health care laws. So as the legal fight continues, the Capitol Steps take a comedic look at what the Democrats may try next. Our guest is Steps star Elaina Newport.
Greg Corombos and National Review’s Jim Geraghty cheer New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s verbal smackdown of Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. They’re also unimpressed with the January jobs report and scoffing at Al Gore latest feeble attempt to link every major weather event to global warming. Greg and Jim also offer thoughts on the Superbowl and on the liberal media trying to draw comparisons between President Obama and President Reagan.
Greg Corombos and Jim Geraghty of National Review like the push to expedite the court fight over Obamacare to the Supreme Court and wonder why Obama is saying almost nothing about Egypt and have fun with Sen. Jon Tester ripping his opponent over who is supporting his campaign.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate failed to repeal the entire health care plan that Democrats in Congress approved last year. But in a separate vote, 81 senators voted to repeal a provision in the laws that force small business owners to fill out much more paperwork for the IRS than they ever did before. Why did this pass so easily now since Democrats killed efforts to repeal it late last year? Will it pass easily in the House or get hung up on procedural issues? What other provisions of the health plan might be ripe for bipartisan repeal? We ask Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns, sponsor of the effort to repeal the 1099 provision in the U.S. Senate.
In recent days, the pro-life student organization Live Action has released undercover videos showing activists at Planned Parenthood clinics while posing as a pimp and prostitute in the sex trafficking business. The videos reveal Planned Parenthood workers in New Jersey and Virginia offering advice to the “sex workers” on how to get birth control for girls as young as 14 and avoid parental consent laws for abortions for girls of the same age. What else did the videos show? What is Live Action asking officials in Virginia, New Jersey and in the U.S. Congress to do? What does Planned Parenthood say in response? What does Live Action say in reply to those explanations? And will more undercover videos be released? We discuss it all with Lila Rose, president of Live Action.. You can watch the undercover videos at liveaction.org.