The Company Memo: Friday, August 23, 2013

Updated
By John Axelrod
The audience behind U.S. President Barack Obama is pictured as he delivers remarks at the University of Buffalo, New York, August 22, 2013.
The audience behind U.S. President Barack Obama is pictured as he delivers remarks at the University of Buffalo, New York, August 22, 2013.
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President Barack Obama is taking a bus tour through New York and Pennsylvania in an effort to sell Americans on his plan to make college more affordable. Meanwhile, many Republicans are spending their summer trying to defeat ObamaCare. On Wednesday 80 House Republicans sent a letter to Speaker Boehner urging him to defund the law, an act that could result in a government shutdown. Our panel will discuss if there is any chance the two parties will be able to work together.

We’ll ask Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., what she thinks of Senator Tom Coburn’s assertion that Obama is close to impeachment and if she thinks the Army should help Bradley Manning get a sex change.

This weekend over 100 thousand people are expected to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. However, a new Pew poll released on Thursday shows that less than half of all Americans actually believe ”a lot” of progress has been made toward racial equality in the last 50 years. We’ll ask MSNBC host and civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton what he thinks of the progress we have made as he prepares to lead a second march.

Our strategists will have an update on the prospects of the potential 2016 presidential field. On Friday the spotlight will be on Vice President Joe Biden as he travels to his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania with the president. We’ll discuss how he’d stack up against Hillary Clinton, should they both decide to run.

Embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is finally resigning. We’ll have the latest on when to expect that resignation and the process to find his replacement.

David Axelrod, former Senior Adviser to President Obama, will join Jansing & Co. to discuss the latest on Obama and the GOP.

And Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman in a sequel to “Man of Steel” that will pit the two iconic superheros against each other. MSNBC’s Tamron Hall has more on the upcoming film.

The Company Memo: Friday, August 23, 2013

Updated