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The Wednesday Outlook

06/29/11 02:18PM

Pres. Obama today called out Congress for failing to pursue a meaningful jobs plan, for defending big oil and private jets and for blocking measures they once supported because helping the economy might bolster the president's political fortunes. Talking Points Memo has a good writeup showing just how dramatic the GOP reversal has been -- now that the policies they once backed might help the president.All of this, of course, is coming to a head because Republicans are trying to use the Aug. 2nd deadline for raising the debt ceiling -- in order to make further economy-destroying cuts. read more

Morning EDition: June 29, 2011

06/29/11 11:33AM

Sorry today's EDition is late -- I've been running behind all morning. It's time for Pres. Obama's news conference, but check back in later for today's Outlook and Underbuzzed...TODAYPres. Obama holds a news conference at 11:30am eastern time.Pres. Obama hosts a Gay Pride reception tonight for a constituency that remains disappointed in him. BUDGETSenate Democrats are losing the budget battle by refusing to lay down hard lines on revenue/spending.Only Medicare, a proven winner with the electorate, gets a hard-line defense from Democrats.Sens. read more

Guest List, Tuesday 6/28

06/28/11 08:57PM

Chris Hayes, Washington Editor of the Nation and an msnbc Contributor.Joan Walsh, Salon’s editor at large.Michelle Goldberg, Senior contributing writer at The Daily Beast and author of Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism.Scott Keyes, Reporter for Think Progress.Lynne Torgerson, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Minnesota.  She is running against Rep. Keith Ellison.Cesar Vargas, Dream Act supporter.  read more

Ed to bring free health care clinic to NOLA

06/28/11 07:28PM

In conjunction with the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, The Ed Show will join forces with the National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC) to bring free health care and treatment to New Orleans on Monday, August 29, 2011.To bring awareness and care to those in critical need, Ed Schultz is asking viewers to make a donation to the NAFC in order to set up the free health care clinic in New Orleans.In addition to the damage inflicted to homes, the hurricane has had a significant impact on the city’s healthcare community. read more

Top Stories: 6/28/11

06/28/11 06:36PM

These are the stories the staff of The Ed Show are keeping an eye on ...Michele Bachmann’s former chief of staff knocks the presidential contender’s leadership skills and says Bachmann doesn't have what it takes to be president.Goldman Sachs is going to fire U.S. workers so they can hire 1,000 employees overseas.A new reports shows how private prisons are spending millions on lobbying to get more people sent to jail.Dems are taking another swing at passing the Dream Act. read more


06/28/11 03:14PM

The Amazing Technicolor World of Michele Bachmann is sucking up a lot of oxygen today. Here's a look at some of today's just-maybe more-important underbuzzed stories. As always, share your own in the comments:An 82-year-old man was robbed of everything. When young black men do this it's called a crime. When big business does it, it's called an accidental foreclosure. But I'm sure there'll be criminal charges, right? Right?We keep hearing how strapped American companies are -- even though they're swimming in cash. read more

The Tuesday Outlook

06/28/11 02:55PM

It has a nice, intuitive appeal: Spend less money and things will get better. As with lots of things that have nice, intuitive appeal, it's dead wrong. And yet, this is what Republicans claim they want to do -- because it will create jobs. (Never mind that when push comes to shove, Republicans admit they would rather cut taxes than cut the deficit). But this is not an ideological position -- it's an empirical one. Republicans are claiming that if we cut spending -- NOW -- and cut the deficit -- NOW -- this will create American jobs. That hasn't been true in the past. read more

Morning EDition: June 28, 2011

06/28/11 11:16AM

Not a lot of political news grabbing the headlines today. But behind the scenes the push-and-pull over the debt continues, with our economic future in the balance. And a number of important slow-moving stories poked their heads up today. The Exxon story in particular comes to mind. So does the state-level assault on Planned Parenthood. Check back later for today's Outlook and Underbuzzed, and let us know which of these stories you think are the day's big ones.TODAYSenate debates bill reducing number of presidential appointments subject to confirmation.Senate hearing this morning on Pres. read more