Louisiana Sen. David Vitter says President Obama’s speech on energy was just restating the same policy he’s always been pushing. He also says Obama has been painfully slow in approving new drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico and that is hurting our economy. But what is Vitter’s long-term plan? What would his 3-D approach to energy production include? Where would new offshore exploration take place? What about on land? How would he address the endless legal challenges that try to block any new exploration? What does his plan contain for alternative energies? And does it have a chance of becoming law? We discuss all these questions with Louisiana Sen. David Vitter.
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Earlier this year, undercover videos from the group Live Action showed Planned Parenthood workers working to help a purported pimp hide his work in sex trafficking and girls as young as 14-years-old from authorities. In response, the House of Representatives voted to defund Planned Parenthood of taxpayer dollars. The group has since launched a multi-million ad campaign claiming that many women rely on Planned Parenthood for basic medical care – specifically mammograms. So Live Action called dozens of Planned Parenthood clinics around the country to see if mammograms were offered or whether the idea was just part of a major PR effort. Live Action President Lila Rose joins us to expose Planned Parenthood for not offering mammograms anywhere in the country and discuss where this fierce debate goes from here.
Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review are pleasantly surprised to see great approval rating for Massachusetts GOP Sen. Scott Brown. They’re not happy to hear about Obama’s secret orders in Libya or how bad and small the group of rebel fighters seems to be. And we enjoy the comedy routine of new Arizona Rep. Ben Quayle.
In the past two days, forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi have pushed back a great deal against the rebels. Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Tom McInerney says this mission was a mistake and it’s time to get out since the alleged massacre has been averted. Why is he staunchly opposed to the U.S. and our allies arming the rebels? Why does he foresee a U.S. presence in Libya for years if we’re there when Gaddafi falls? And what’s the best American response to brutal crackdowns in Syria and other unfriendly Arab nations? We discuss it all with Gen. McInerney.
Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review are encouraged by plunging Quinnipiac Poll numbers for President Obama. We also worry that the public may not have the stomach for spending cuts we thought they had in November. And we rip members of Congress for piling up $15,000 in parking tickets.
On Monday, President Obama gave his first extensive statement on the mission in Libya that is now more than a week old. Did the president make a convincing case? Did he he explain why this mission is in our national interest? Was he honest when saying Congress was consulted before the mission began? Are we really dialing back our role in this conflict? We discuss all these questions and more with South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson, chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel. He received no notice of the military action in Libya prior to its launch.
Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review are pleased that the Supreme Court may strike a blow to public financing of elections. We rip President Obama for being painfully long, contradictory and disingenuous in his Libya speech. And we are a bit stunned that Obama is following up the speech with a couple of fundraisers tonight.
This evening, President Obama will give his first presidential address regarding our involvement in military action in Libya. What are the key questions Obama needs to answer? Do we know how long this mission will realistically take? How much will it cost in a time of great fiscal distress? And will Gaddafi have to be removed or not? We discuss it all with retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis, who is now a senior strategist with the U.S. Army.
The fight against implementation of the president’s health care plan continues. Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers is leading a bipartisan effort to strip the plan of mandates that insurance companies spend at least 80 percent of all income on claim payments. Why is that a problem? Why could that be a huge hit to small businesses? What’s the real reason for the provision? And how does Rogers respond to accusations that he’s doing the bidding of big insurance companies. Rep. Rogers also discusses another bill that would give every American the opportunity to received a waiver to exempt themselves from the provisions of the health care plan – just like many big corporations and labor unions have already done. Listen here for a great discussion with Rep. Rogers.
Greg Corombos of Radio America and Jim Geraghty of National Review are happy President Obama is finally going to tell the nation why we’re in a ‘kinetic military action’ in Libya and we like that the rebels are pushing back towards Tripoli. We also excoriate Vice President Biden and his team for literally locking up a reporter so he couldn’t actually talk with Democratic donors. And we have fun with the possibility that former Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs may be the new spokesman for Facebook.