The new GOP agenda for the house if they take charge is called "A Pledge To America" and it's really a pledge to big oil. The “Pledge to America” was written with oversight from Brian Wild, a House staffer who was a lobbyist for some of the nation’s most powerful oil, pharmaceutical, and insurance companies. Wild, who is on House Minority Leader John Boehner’s payroll, lobbied for AIG, Exxon Mobil, Pfizer Inc., and the U.S.
Some key parts of the new health care law are kicking in next week. Insurers will no longer be able to cap the amount of care they will provide or deny coverage to sick children. Children will be able to stay on their parent's insurance until age 26 and we will have some more rights in appealing insurer's decisions.
Quote of the Day: I’ve always had the impression that real militants are like cleaning women, doing a thankless, daily but necessary job. -- Francois Truffaut
Hour One: "Who's winning around the world...citizen activists or authoritarian governments?" Thom talks with Kumi Naido, Executive Director of Greenpeace International and author of the new book "Boiling Point" www.greenpeace.org
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) has announced that if Republicans regain control over Congress, they will destroy the sweeping Wall Street reform and shred the newly created consumer protection bureau.
Quote of the Day: One of the things I'm most proud of about my country is the fact that we did lick McCarthyism back in the fifties. -- Pete Seeger
Roll Call is reporting that congressman Steve King (R-IA) is now demanding a “blood oath” from House Minority Leader John Boehner to to shut down the Government. King said, “We must not blink,” noting that money cannot be spent without the House voting to pass it.
Quote of the Day: “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” -- Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Last week, in a San Bruno, California, neighborhood, a natural gas pipeline exploded in a thunderous sound heard for miles destroying homes and killed at least four people.
Quote of the Day: You can only govern men by serving them. — Victor Cousin, French philosopher (1792-1867)
"Anything Goes on Townhall Friday!"
Hour One: "Brunch With Bernie" - Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spends the hour with Thom discussing the issues and answering listener questions www.sanders.senate.gov
Hour Two: "Lies, Damn Lies, and Export Statistics: How Corporate Lobbyists Distort the Record of Flawed Trade Deals" - Public Citizen's Todd Tucker will be here www.citizen.org
Quote of the Day: Bad administration, to be sure, can destroy good policy; but good administration can never save bad policy. — Adlai Stevenson
Please welcome KUDO's Shannyn Moore in for Thom today!
Hour One: Elizabeth Warren gets the job...will she have the power? Christopher Hayes, DC Editor of The Nation will be here www.thenation.com
Continuing the “GOP nightmare,” Tea Partier Christine O’Donnell (DE), who doesn't believe in evolution and says masturbation is the same as adultery, beat longtime Republican congressman Mike Castle in Delaware’s Republican Senate primary. In response to his unexpected loss, Castle chose to call the Democratic candidate Chris Coons over O’Donnell last night, and confirmed that he “will not be endorsing” O'Donnell in the general election.
When the Senate Appropriations Committee votes Thursday on the EPA budget, Sens. Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Byron Dorgan (D-ND) say they may try to block U.S. EPA climate rules, and it's possible that Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Mark Pryor (D-AR), and Tim Johnson (D-SD) likely to join them.
Quote of the Day: The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and will to carry on. — Walter Lippmann, American journalist, author and public philosopher (1889-1974)
Quote of the Day: I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him. ~Booker T. Washington
Hour One: Why don't we handle Muslim extremists the same way we handled Christian extremists...the KKK? Thom confronts Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association www.afa.net
Hour Two: "The Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters, and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama" - Media Matters Senior Fellow Will Bunch talks to Thom about his new book www.mediamatters.org