Political Talk Show Transcripts

Monday, February 28, 2005
Special Report: Tipping Point in the Middle East?
Hardball with Chris Matthews: Reps. Loretta Sanchez, Duncan Hunter Discuss Homeland Security; Gov. Mark Warner; Jim Spencer, Kevin Lundberg; Katrina Vanden Heuvel
Inside Politics: Room for Compromise on Social Security; Measuring the Drapes?; Interview With Governor Mark Warner; Inside the Blogs

Sunday, February 27, 2005
Meet the Press: Sen. Rick Santorum, (R-PA); Sen. Joseph Biden, (D-NJ); Maureen Dowd, Tom Friedman, William Safire of the New York Times
Fox News Sunday: Interview with Sen. John McCain; The Pope's Recovery
Face the Nation: Senator John Sununu, (R-NH); Senator Jon Corzine, (D-NJ); Zbigniew Brzezenski, Former National Security Advisor
Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Buthaina Shaaban; Sen. Specter, (R-PA); Sen. Graham, (R-SC); Rep. Harmon (D-CA); Jean-David Levitte; Wolfgang Ischinger
ABC's This Week: This Week with George Stephanopoulos

Saturday, February 26, 2005
McLaughlin Group: Patrick Buchanan, MSNBC; Eleanor Clift, Newsweek; Tony Blankley, Washington Times; James Harding, Financial Times
Capital Gang: Bush Visits Old Europe; Shi'ite Party Poised to Name Ibrahim Jaafari Iraqi PM; Some Republicans Express Reservations About Bush Social Security Proposal
Beltway Boys: Hot Stories; Ups and Downs; Social Security on the Road

Friday, February 25, 2005
O'Reilly Factor: Interview with Clint Eastwood
Kudlow & Company: Hugh Hewitt and Scott Johnson Discuss Blogging and Journalism
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer: Columnists David Brooks and Mark Shields Discuss President Bush's Trip to Europe and his Commitment to Expanding Democracy
Hardball with Chris Matthews: Margaret Carlson, Stephen Hayes, Anthony Padovano, William Donahue, John Ward Anderson
Inside Politics: Inside the Blogs; Life & Death in Florida; Privacy vs. Justice?

Thursday, February 24, 2005
O'Reilly Factor: Too Many in the U.S. Media are Anti-Military
Hardball with Chris Matthews: Richard Perle, David Ignatius Discuss Bush's Trip to Europe; Richard Holbrooke on Russia; Al Sharpton, Susan Molinari on Jeff Gannon
Larry King Live: Analysis of Pope John Paul II's Illness

Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Hannity & Colmes: Rep. Maurice Hinchey Talks About Karl Rove and CBS' 'Memogate'
Hardball with Chris Matthews: Bob Schindler Talks About Daughter Terri Schiavo; Charlie Jarvis, Rep. Charles Rangel Talk About Social Security Debate
Inside Politics: 2006 Election; Hard Sell on Social Security; Inside the Blogs

Tuesday, February 22, 2005
ABC News Nightline: Thomas Friedman and Malcolm Gladwell
Special Report: U.S. Got 'Very Close' to Zarqawi, According to Gen. Myers
Hannity & Colmes: Interview with Jose Canseco: No Qualms About Using Steroids
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer: Juan Cole and Laith Kubba Talk About Iraq's Al-Jaafari
Hardball with Chris Matthews: Discussion with the Hardball 'War Council'; Jim Warren, Deborah Orin Discuss the Secret Bush Tapes; Colin Quinn
Inside Politics: Interview with Rep. Hinchey; Hillary vs. Condi in '08?; Inside the Blogs

Monday, February 21, 2005
O'Reilly Factor: Playing Games During the War on Terror; Secret Tapes
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer: Three Analysts Discuss the President's Trip to Europe
Hardball with Chris Matthews: David Frum and Bob Shrum Discuss the Bush Tapes; Peg Gardner, Mary Lawson, David Rozelle; Leonard Maltin, Michael Tucker
Inside Politics: A European Thaw?; Secret Bush Tapes; Inside the Blogs

Sunday, February 20, 2005
Meet the Press: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz; Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.; Katty Kay, BBC; Andrea Mitchell, NBC News; Dana Priest & Robin Wright, The Washington Post
Fox News Sunday: Bush, Clinton on Tsunami Visit; Sens. Rockefeller, Roberts
Face the Nation: Senator Lindsey Graham, (R-SC), and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, (D-NY), Discuss Iraq and Social Security
Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Former Presidents Bush and Clinton; Senators Hagel and Boxer; Adnan Pachachi; Jalal Talabani; NBA All-Stars
Reliable Sources: John Hinderaker and John Aravosis Discuss Jeff Gannon; Matt Cooper and Steve Chapman Discuss Reporters and First Amendment Protections
ABC's This Week: This Week with George Stephanopoulos

Saturday, February 19, 2005
McLaughlin Group: Patrick Buchanan, MSNBC; Eleanor Clift, Newsweek; Tony Blankley, Washington Times; Hisham Melhem, An-Nahar
Capital Gang: Lebanon's Former PM Assassinated; Bush Withdraws U.S. Ambassador to Syria; Bush Names Negroponte First Intel Director; Greenspan Supports SS Privatization
Beltway Boys: Hot Stories; Ups and Downs; Politics and the Press

Friday, February 18, 2005
Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees: Interview with Jeff Gannon
Special Report: Senator Jon Corzine Discusses Social Security Reform
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer: Mark Shields and Rich Lowry Discuss the New Director of Intelligence, Greenspan's Comments About Social Security, Judicial Nominees
Inside Politics: Blogs Gaining Influence; Interview with Ken Mehlman; Rice for Pres.?

Thursday, February 17, 2005
O'Reilly Factor: Renewed Call to Boycott France; Will EWU Invite Churchill to Speak?
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer: Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., Talks About the Political Climate, Tensions Overseas, Role as Senate Minority Leader, Future of the Democratic Party
Hardball with Chris Matthews: Reps. Dana Rohrabacher, Sheila Jackson Lee Discuss Homeland Security; Dana Milbank on Jeff Gannon; Don Cheadle, Ed Royce on Sudan
Inside Politics: Tom DeLay and Evan Bayh Talk Social Security; Blogs Gaining Influence

Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Special Report: Dennis Ross Discusses Syria as a Threat to U.S. Interests
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer: Dinesh D'Souza and Jacob Hacker Talk About the Philosophy Surrounding Social Security
Hardball with Chris Matthews: Richard Ben-Veniste, Bill Harlow on National Security; Farid Ghadry on Syria; Joe Hagan on CBS Firings; Tony Blankley, Amy Goodman
Inside Politics: Robert Traynham and Rep. James Clyburn Discuss Race and Social Security Reform; Bloomberg Kicks off Campaign; Blogs Gaining Influence

Tuesday, February 15, 2005
O'Reilly Factor: Torture Allegations and the Safety of American Forces; The Print Media
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer: Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) Talk About the President's Recent Judicial Nominees
Hardball with Chris Matthews: Gov. Bill Richardson and Rep. Curt Weldon Discuss Syria; Time Magazine's Matthew Cooper; Tom Selleck; David Frum, Hilary Rosen on Syria
Inside Politics: Bombing in Beirut; Mideast Hotspots; Blogs Gaining Influence; Congressmen Want More Cooperation, Fewer Personal Attacks in House

Monday, February 14, 2005
O'Reilly Factor: A CNN Exec is Forced to Quit; Interview with Rony Abovitz
Kudlow & Company: Hugh Hewitt, Glenn Reynolds, John Hinderaker Talk About Dismissal of Eason Jordan and Wall Street Journal Editorial
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer: Jim Geraghty, Jay Rosen, David Gergen Discuss Impact of Internet Bloggers on Mainstream Journalism
Inside Politics: Blogs Gaining Influence; Ron Brownstein on the Democrats' Strategy
Hardball with Chris Matthews: Rev. Al Sharpton; Governors Ed Rendell, Mark Sanford; Cofer Black; Columnists Debra Saunders, Margaret Carlson

Sunday, February 13, 2005
Meet the Press: Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY); Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa); Natan Sharanksy, Israeli Cabinet Member and Former Soviet Dissident; Patrick Buchanan
Fox News Sunday: Senators Frist and Biden
Face the Nation: Senator Rick Santorum, (R-PA); Senator Richard Durbin, (D-IL); Karen Tumulty, Time Magazine
Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Mowaffak Al-Rubaie; Ahmed Chalabi; Ki-Moon Ban; Senators Roberts, Rockefeller; Barham Saleh; Governors Owens, Richardson
Reliable Sources: David Gergen, Bill Press, Jeff Jarvis Discuss Eason Jordan
ABC's This Week: This Week with George Stephanopoulos

Saturday, February 12, 2005
McLaughlin Group: Patrick Buchanan, MSNBC; Eleanor Clift, Newsweek; Tony Blankley, Washington Times; Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC
Capital Gang: President Bush's 2006 Budget; Rice Makes First Trip Abroad as Sec. of State; North Korea Withdraws from Talks; Democrats Object to Attacks on Harry Reid
Beltway Boys: Hot Stories; Ups and Downs; Ward Churchill

Friday, February 11, 2005
Special Report: Matthew Dowd Talks About Howard Dean and the Dems' Future
O'Reilly Factor: U. of Wisconsin Is Not Planning to Cancel Churchill Lecture
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer: Columnists Mark Shields and Rich Lowry Discuss Sec. of State Rice's Overseas Visit, President Bush's Budget, Social Security Reform
Hardball with Chris Matthews: Tucker Carlson, Hilary Rosen, John Fund
Inside Politics: Gov. Bill Richardson Talks About Howard Dean as New DNC Chair; Medicare Politics; Social Security Reform

Thursday, February 10, 2005
O'Reilly Factor: What to Do With Misguided Americans; Rivera v. O'Reilly
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer: First Lady Laura Bush Discusses New Anti-Gang Initiative, Women's Rights in the Middle East
Hardball with Chris Matthews: Thomas Kean, Lee Hamilton Discuss 9/11 Commission; Rev. Pat Robertson, James Lilley, Katrina Vanden Heuvel, Byron York
Wolf Blitzer Reports: Interview with Jeff Gannon; Interview with Sens. Clinton, Graham
Inside Politics: Interview with Senators Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Judd Gregg, (R-NH); Congress Takes Steps on Immigration, Tort Reform

Wednesday, February 9, 2005
Hannity & Colmes: Interview with Karl Rove
O'Reilly Factor: Hating America; Paul Campos on Ward Churchill's Cult of Personality
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer: Author Natan Sharansky Talks About His Influence on Bush
Hardball with Chris Matthews: Terry McAuliffe on the State of the Democratic Party; Dustin Ferrell, Ron Silver, Fran Drescher, Travis Eichelberger, Mark Burnett
Wolf Blitzer Reports: Interview with Senators Hillary Clinton, Lindsey Graham; Baltimore Mayor Faces Fire Over Comments About Bush Policies

Tuesday, February 8, 2005
Hannity & Colmes: Are U.S. Troops Targeting Journalists in Iraq?
O'Reilly Factor: Defending Ward Churchill
Hardball with Chris Matthews: Senators Hagel, Rockefeller on Peace Prospects in Middle East; Michael Ledeen, Wendy Sherman on Iran; Jim Dwyer, Susan Molinari, Marie Cocco
Inside Politics: Senators Hagel, Schumer Discuss Budget, Social Security; Dean Last Man Standing for DNC Chair

Monday, February 7, 2005
O'Reilly Factor: Patriotism and Dissent
Hardball with Chris Matthews: Sen. Thune on Iraq; Sen. Corzine on the Budget; Paul Krugman, Dana Milbank, John Fund on the Bush Budget and 2nd Term
Inside Politics: Debate Over Bush Budget; Sen. John Thune Discusses Trip to Iraq

Sunday, February 6, 2005
Meet the Press: Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.
Fox News Sunday: Vice President Cheney
Face the Nation: Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; Thomas Friedman, New York Times
Late Edition: Donald Rumsfeld; Senators McConnell, Dodd; Former Secretaries of State Kissinger, Albright; Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erakat; Vice PM of Israel Ehud Olmert
ABC's This Week: This Week with George Stephanopoulos

Saturday, February 5, 2005
McLaughlin Group: Patrick Buchanan, MSNBC; Eleanor Clift, Newsweek; Tony Blankley, Washington Times; Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune
Capital Gang: Howard Dean's Rise to DNC Chairmanship; Democrats Oppose Gonzales Confirmation as Attorney General; Super Bowl Talk; Pope's Health Crisis
The Chris Matthews Show: Hugh Hewitt, Katrina Vanden Heuvel, Sam Donaldson, Howard Fineman Discuss "Bankrupt" Social Security, Al Gore as Presidential Candidate
Beltway Boys: Hot Stories ; Ups and Downs; Nonpartisan Redistricting

Friday, February 4, 2005
O'Reilly Factor: Why Should Churchill Keep His Job?
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer: Columnists David Brooks and Mark Shields Discuss Social Security Proposal, Likely Selection of Howard Dean as DNC Chairman
Hardball with Chris Matthews: Bob Garfield; Alex Gibney; Eugene Jarecki; John Dickerson; Debra Saunders; Bob Shrum; Pat Toomey; Robert Baer; Andrea Mitchell
Paula Zahn Now: Interview With Professor Ward Churchill

Thursday, February 3, 2005
O'Reilly Factor: 'Washington Post' Columnist Attacks 'Factor' Viewers
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer: Paul Volcker on the U.N. Oil-for-Food Report
Hardball with Chris Matthews: Safia Taleb Al-Suhail Talks About SOTU Moment; Senators Lincoln, Shelby on Social Security; Dan Burton, Wesley Clark on Iran
Larry King Live: Interview with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

Wednesday, February 2, 2005
O'Reilly Factor: President Bush's Place in History; Update on Ward Churchill
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer: David Brooks and Mark Shields Preview the SOTU
Hardball with Chris Matthews: Democratic Response to the State of the Union; Analysis by David Frum, Jon Meacham, Rick Santorum, Orrin Hatch, Ron Reagan; More
Larry King Live: State of the Union Analysis from Bill Frist, John McCain, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, John Warner, Others

Tuesday, February 1, 2005
O'Reilly Factor: Hamilton College Folds
Hardball with Chris Matthews: Deborah Orin; Bob Schieffer; George Pataki
Inside Politics: Filibuster Time?; Talking With Laura Bush; State of the Union Address Preview; Senators Dodd (D-CT), Allen (R-VA) on Iraq
Special Report with Brit Hume: Interview with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

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