|—||John Fugelsang: The subtle differences between Barack Obama and Richard Nixon|
“The Majority Report” host Sam Seder and Forbes.com contributor Rick Ungar joined Current TV’s John Fugelsang to consider how the Obama administration dealt with a week filled with scandal. Controversy ranged from continued uproar over Benghazi to the revelation of a scandal involving the Internal Revenue Service and the tea party to news that the Department of Justice obtained phone records of Associated Press reporters.
“These are not hard ‘scandals’ to do battle with — we’ve seen much worse and we’ve seen presidents come out of them way better,” Ungar says. “Certainly Ronald Reagan comes to mind with Iran-Contra — he didn’t get impeached. They have got to get their game plan together and stop being so stupid.”
“The strategy of the White House should be to push legislation that puts the Republicans in a box and … basically calls their bluff on these things,” Seder says.
There are currently 1,007 hate groups in the United State, up 60 percent from 2000. Mark Potok, a senior fellow for the Southern Poverty Law Center, joins Michael Shure inside “The War Room” to talk about the rise in hate groups in every state of the nation.
President Obama issued a warning on the sequester that goes into effect soon if no agreement is reached. What will Congress do with it? Democratic strategist Donnie Fowler and Michael Shure discuss.
Former presidential candidate Rocky Anderson takes President Obama to task on his State of the Union address. Sure, Obama brought up gun control – but as Anderson points out, “he never advocated any particular solution” to effective decrease gun violence in the United States. His “they deserve a vote” moment was just tricky rhetoric.
A California small business owner and father of two young children is in jail for owning a medical marijuana dispensary - despite the fact that it’s perfectly legal in his state. In fact, Matt Davies had following every letter of the law, including filing to pay taxes. Contrary to Obama’s public remarks on marijuana not being a “priority” for the DEA, the agency continues to crack down on dispensaries in states with medical marijuana laws.
On “The Young Turks,” we talked to the man’s wife and lawyer about the situation. Learn more and sign the petition at KeepMattFree.org.
|—||Michael Shure guest-hosted The War Room and talked about whether Obama’s protests over Michigan’s right-to-work legislation were loud enough to be heard. SEIU president Mary Kay Henry joined him to discuss the issue. Watch the full interview here, and tune in to “The War Room” Monday-Thursday afternoons at 5E/2P.|
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