Justice At Stake‘s Praveen Fernandes joins us in the Jab Room to describe how Harry Reid’s smoking gun of a nuclear option has cleared the mushroom cloud of Republican obstruction in the Senate! Plus, with Black Friday just around the corner, author and journalist Ellen Ruppel Shell weighs in on the high cost of our discount culture. All this and more!
Leadership and crisis go hand in hand. Richard Levick has made a name for himself giving a hand to companies and individuals in all kinds of crises. He’s in the Jab Room to tell us how communication can help us see our way through treacherous waters. Might he have some good advice for our embattled president? Plus, Amy K. Nelson is a female sports journalist. Apart from that, she’s perfectly normal! She’s in the ring to weigh in on women in sports and much more!
David Goodfriend is back in the ring as co-host of “Left Jab”!! Mark has the hundcuffs, whips and chains… Plus, young voters played a key role in propelling Terry McAuliffe to victory in Virginia. Amanda Brown, National Political Director of Rock the Vote, is in the ring to tell us why the youth vote is so important, and what it takes to win with young people today. With Zirin the Siren weighing in on racism, hazing, bullying, and other things that make the NFL so classy! All this and more..
Political scientist Peter Dreier is back in the ring to weigh in on “Bellweather Elections” and what really matters in politics today. Plus, award winning investigative reporter, author and contributing editor to Vanity Fair, Kurt Eichenwald is in the Jab Room to diagnose Obamacare, the NSA, raising the minimum wage, and pretty much everything of consequence in our day and age!
Our favorite no bullshit uber journalist, Matt Taibbi, is back in the ring to tell us why nobody should shed a tear for JP Morgan Chase. Plus, “Hooked on Hoops” author Kevin McNutt is in the ring to read a statement he wrote about the situation at Grambling State, where football players recently went on strike over their deplorable work(out) conditions. All this and more!
Bill Scher, the Online Campaign Manager at Campaign for America’s Future and Executive Editor of Liberal Oasis, rejoins us in the Jab Room to survey the damage, post-shutdown. Plus, international bestselling author Alan Weisman is back in the ring to weigh in on the future of the planet with his latest book, “Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?”
The billionaire conservatives join the ranks of business interests trying to rein in the populist right, but they’re no longer in a position to dictate to the movement.
So writes Molly Ball in the current issue of The Atlantic Magazine:
The government shutdown and looming threat of default have pitted House conservatives against the Republican Party’s traditional allies in the business community. Populist Tea Partiers driven by ideology care little for the pleas for sanity from banking lobbyists and the Chamber of Commerce; indeed, they wear their disregard for Big Business as a badge of honor.
Where does that leave the Koch brothers? The billionaire industrialists havefunded a sprawling empire of libertarian-conservative activism; they’ve been dubbed the bankrollers of the Tea Party. Liberals frequently accuse them of seeking deregulatory policies to further their company’s financial interests. But what happens when the Tea Party’s ideological warfare threatens to plunge the U.S. economy into chaos?
Read the whole story here
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission furloughed 3,600 of its employees Thursday, roughly 90 percent of its workforce, according to a White House official.
President Obama was briefed by his senior staff on the current break in appropriations to the federal agencies Thursday. They alerted him of NRC’s actions.
The nuclear regulator will continue to respond to emergency safety and security matters during the lapse in funding. There will not be a halt in any safety and security protocols. Onsite inspectors will remain on duty.
But the agency will not be able to approve any non-urgent nuclear reactor licenses, or conduct emergency preparedness exercises. The inspection of nuclear materials and waste licensees will cease, and modifications to all existing nuclear facilities will be suspended.
The Republican-Tea Party alliance operates a weapon of mass deflection, protecting capitalism from criticism. Sadly, the Democrats neither expose nor attack the Republican project, says Wolff.
What GOP-Tea Party Risks With Block of New New Deal
Many Germans in the years before 1933 dismissed the little man with the mustache: He could never take power, let alone keep it. Tzarist Russia’s elites thought the small social democratic party posed little threat. Batista’s minions ridiculed the lawyer and his friends when they first dashed into Cuba’s mountains. Greece’s established Socialist Party feared nothing from the tiny Syriza Party forming to its left. Such speedy dismissals of these groups underappreciated their social roles and especially the conditions that supported them.
What might these examples suggest about the Republican Party and Tea Party activists?
Find out here
Ari Berman is back in the ring to weigh in on how Southern Republicans have sabotaged America’s recovery in the run-up to the second Civil War. Plus,we asked a real, live Congressman to come into the Jab Room and tell us what life is like in Loony Land (formerly known as the U.S. House of Representatives). Jim Moran (D-VA) joins us in the second hour.