The Company Memo: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Updated
By msnbc staff
US President Barack Obama speaks about gun violence as well as the economy at Hyde Park Academy in Chicago on February 15, 2013.
US President Barack Obama speaks about gun violence as well as the economy at Hyde Park Academy in Chicago on February 15, 2013.
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President Obama gathers with emergency responders Tuesday at the White House to urge Congress to take action before automatic spending cuts known as the “sequester” take effect next Friday. We’ll discuss with Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., and msnbc’s Perry Bacon and Politico’s Ken Vogel. 

The South Carolina Senate seat vacated by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., in December is gearing up to be a hot race! Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is among over a dozen candidates on the Republican side, and Elizabeth Colbert Busch - sister of the comedian Stephen Colbert - is seeking the seat from the Democratic side. We’ll talk with South Carolina Republican Party Chair Chad Connelly and S.C. Democratic Party Chair Dick Harpootlian.

Strategists David Winston and Emily Tisch Sussman join us to talk about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s entry into the paid speaking circuit and Sarah Palin’s upcoming speech at the conservative convention CPAC.

Actress Daryl Hannah will be on Wednesday’s show to talk about climate change and the effects of the Keystone XL Pipeline. She was arrested after engaging in civil disobedience to protest the construction of the pipeline.

Plus, Columbia University neuroscientist Rafael Yuste is here to comment on a recent New York Times article about the White House’s plan to push research on the human brain:

“The Obama administration is planning a decade-long scientific effort to examine the workings of the human brain and build a comprehensive map of its activity, seeking to do for the brain what the Human Genome project did for genetics.The project, which the administration has been looking to unveil as early as March, will include federal agencies, private foundations and teams of neuroscientists and nanoscientists in a concerted effort to advance the knowledge of the brain’s billions of neurons and gain greater insights into perception, actions and, ultimately, consciousness.”

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The Company Memo: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Updated