Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks gives us a clear description of the carnage left behind by Wednesday’s horrific twisters that left over 200 people dead in his state and more than 300 dead throughout the South. What has he seen on the ground in his district? How are the people holding up? What does he say to those who have lost everything? What are the greatest concerns right now? What kind of rebuilding challenges lie ahead? And what is the most important help Washington can provide? We discuss it all with Rep. Mo Brooks.
Archives for April 2011
Is Petraeus Right for the CIA?
Late this week, President Obama nominated CIA Director Leon Panetta to replace retiring Defense Secretary Robert Gates. He also nominated Gen. David Petraeus to succeed Panetta at the CIA. What kind of marks does he give Panetta? How has the CIA changed under his watch? Is that change for the better? What does he expect – and fear – from Petraeus? We ask Herb Meyer, former special assistant to then-CIA Director Bill Casey and former vice-chairman of the National Intelligence Council. Meyer also offers some personal advice to Petraeus as he heads to Langley.
Accustomed to Facebook
As social media becomes an ever larger presence in our society, the Capitol Steps offer their satirical take on the biggest site of them all. Our guest is Steps impressionist Mark Eaton.
Three Martini Lunch 4/29/11
Greg Corombos of Radio America and Kevin Williamson of National Review celebrate the progress made thus far by Rep. Gabby Giffords as she prepares to watch her husband and his crew blast off in one of the final space shuttle missions. We also blast Jimmy Carter for having the gall to accuse the U.S. of human rights violations against North Korea. And we both unload on the insane amount of media and public fascination with the royal wedding.
Horror in Alabama
Nearly 300 people were killed late Wednesday and early Thursday as massive storms spawned deadly tornadoes throughout the South. Alabama suffered the most deaths and damage as a result of the twisters. How many deaths have been recorded there to date? Why was the death toll so high? How are state officials prioritizing needs across the state? What kind of help will Alabama need from the federal government? And how will a cash-strapped state deal with this kind of devastation? We discuss it all with Yasamie August, public information officer with the Alabama Emergency Agency.
Birth Certificates, 2012, National Security Shakeup and More
John Gizzi of Human Events explains why he expects the birth certificate controversy to die down now that President Obama has released what he says is his long-form birth certificate. He also sees a less than stellar conclusion to Donald Trump’s flirtation with a White House bid. Gizzi also offers his insights into why Haley Barbour decided not to run for president and what America will get with Leon Panetta running the Pentagon and Ge. Petraeus in charge of the CIA.
Three Martini Lunch 4/28/11
Greg Corombos of Radio America and Kevin Williamson of National Review are relatively happy with Obama’s new national security team considering how bad some of his other nominees have been. We also mourn lethargic GDP numbers and discuss how Obama got back to ‘serious business’ after dealing with his birth certificate.
Obama Stifling Energy Progress
As gas prices fly north of $4.00 per gallon, plenty of political blame is being thrown around, but what are the facts? Texas Rep. Joe Barton is a former chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and answers our questions. Why are gas prices rising so quickly? Is President Obama suppressing energy production in the Gulf of Mexico or is he allowing the highest output of energy in eight years as he claims? What would be the impact of opening up the Gulf, our oceans, Alaska and major reserves on land on our quest for energy independence? What can Congress do about lifting burdensome EPA regulations on energy exploration? And what should we make of Obama’s plan to end subsidies for major energy companies? We discuss it all with Rep. Barton.
Debt Crisis Is That Bad
Freshman South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney says he and other Republicans have spoken with concerned citizens about the GOP’s plan to enact major reforms to Medicare. Why are older Americans most supportive of the Ryan plan? Is it because their benefits are guaranteed or because they know there are huge problems? How do skeptical voters respond after hearing the details of the plan and the scope of our debt crisis? Will the House GOP compromise on the debt ceiling and 2012 appropriations bills or toe the line on major changes? And what major changes would be required for the GOP to agree on raising the debt ceiling? We discuss it all with Rep. Mulvaney, a member of the House Budget Committee and the Joint Economic Committee.
Three Martini Lunch 4/27/11
Greg Corombos of Radio America and Dan Foster of National Review are hopeful that Obama releasing the birth certificate will diminish Donald Trump and make the liberal media move on to something else. We also rip liberal interest groups for trying to duplicate the grassroots rage of town hall events in years past through their thuggish tactics and we mock the United Nations for inviting Syria to join the Human Rights Council.