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Apr 212010
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Listener Marc in Phoenix emailed today to tell me that Mercury is in retrograde. It actually started on 4/18 and will remain so until 5/11. Perhaps that explains the weird news that’s taken over the airwaves today.

I talked about some of these stories with Christy Harvey of the Center for American Progress and Mic Check Radio, who joins me for the first segment of the show on most Wednesdays. Tonight, we talked about the craziness that is Nevada GOP Senatorial hopeful Sue Lowden and her claims that you can barter with your doctor or pay for medical treatment with a chicken.

We also talked about voice actor Lance Baxter, the GEICO announcer, who was fired over leaving an angry phone message for FreedomWorks and lots more…

After getting frustrated about the outright lies told by the GOP about, in this case, the financial reform bill, I called upon Politifact.com researcher/reporter Angie Drobnic Holan to shed some light on Mitch McConnell’s insane claim that it guarantees ongoing bank bailouts.

Victoria Jones checked in with a news update from the Talk Radio News Service.

And we finished the show with a visit from Crooks & LiarsJohn Amato, talking about the police state that Arizona has become, the awful mocking of Salon.com’s Joan Walsh by the vapid Mika Brzezinski on “Morning Joe” yesterday:

…and more…

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Apr 202010
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MSNBC’s Tamryn Hall actually asked Ryan Grim that question this afternoon, to which he answered an emphatic “Yes.. Happy 420″.  I’m not kidding… See for yourself in what was one of the best segments I’ve seen on the place for politics, during the daytime anyway…

I put together my own 420 salute, with a little help from Ryan Grim’s appearance with Tamryn Hall on MSNBC… And  Ryan Grim joined my on the show tonight too, to discuss the origins of 420, and take a look at the progress we’ve made toward ending prohibition.  By the way, if you’re curious about the marijuana laws in your state -or any other – check out this page, thanks to CNBC.

Before we leave the 420 festivities, you have to love this classic, courtesy of the Lawrence Welk Show:

Now on to financial reform. I’ve been trying to wrap my brain around this bill and what’s in it and reconcile that with the lies that the Republicans are telling about it, thanks to the talking points provided by Frank Luntz.

Tonight, I was joined by Heather Booth, director of Americans for Financial Reform, a coalition of national and state organizations that have joined together to fix our financial sector and make sure it’s working for all Americans.  I urge you to listen to the segment of the show in which she explained the problems that got us here, what’s in the bill, and what we’re hoping to improve upon.  And definitely check out their website and sign up for their mailing list to stay informed and involved.

And finally, in case you were wondering how to pronounce that volcano in Iceland, here’s some help…

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