December 23, 2012 Archives

December 23, 2012 Archives

FNC's Political Insiders: Obama "Wants To Go Over The Cliff"

Doug Schoen, Pat Caddell and fmr. Rep. John LeBoutillier (R-NY) weigh in on the politics of fiscal cliff negotiations, the failed vote on Boehner's "Plan B" idea, the debt ceiling, the NRA and the Benghazi attack. The insiders agreed that President Obama wants to go over the cliff for political reasons. (via

NRA's LaPierre Rips "Media Machine" For Blaming Guns In Contentious "Meet The Press" Interview

DAVID GREGORY: You proposed armed guards in school. We'll talk about that in some detail in a moment. You confronted the news media. You blamed Hollywood and the gaming industry. But never once did you concede that guns could actually be part of the problem. Is that a meaningful contribution, Mr. LaPierre, or a dodge? WAYNE LAPIERRE: David, I sa

"Reliable Sources" Panel On Media's Coverage Of "Gaffes" In 2012

Fred Francis, Lauren Ashburn, Steve Roberts and Howard Kurtz on the gaffe-centric coverage of the 2012 campaign. KURTZ: Steve Roberts, when you look back at this campaign and the media on balance provide nutritious fair or a lot of empty calories? ROBERTS: Look, you can say that they got distracted by the etch- a-sketch or by bin

"This Week" Roundtable On Fiscal Cliff, Guns In America

Roundtable guests included Newark Mayor Cory Booker; Americans for Tax Reform President and NRA board member Grover Norquist; political strategist and ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd; Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan; and columnist and Editor and Publisher of The Nation Katrina vanden Heuvel .

"Fox News Sunday" Panel On Gun Control

Juan Williams, Laura Ingraham, Bill Kristol, and Kirsten Powers discuss gun violence and what can be done to stop it.

Andrea Mitchell: Schumer's Refusal To Defend Hagel "Very Revealing"

NBC's Andrea Mitchell says that there are "serious problems" with Hagel's nomination prospects. Mitchell: What Senator Schumer said was really very revealing. Exactly, because if a Democratic Senator is not going to come to Chuck Hagel's defense, then I think there are serious problems there. Mitchell: This White House can not continue to flo

CNN's Don Lemon On Gun Control: Should We Start Profiling White Men?

CNN's Don Lemon discusses the possibility of profiling white men in an attempt to prevent gun violence and decrease the amount of mass shootings. Lemon argues that white males between the ages of 18 and 25 were behind nearly all recent mass killings. On the panel: David Sirota, radio talk show host; Richard Moran, criminologist; Lou Palumbo, ret

"Meet The Press" Panel: Fiscal Cliff And Guns

The Meet the Press roundtable discusses gun violence and statements made by NRA head Wayne LaPierre and the fiscal cliff negotiations.

"Face The Nation" Panel Agrees: Fiscal Cliff Deal Will Be Small

Major Garrett, Margaret Brennan and Mike Allen agree a grand bargain-type deal to address the "fiscal cliff" is highly unlikely.

Sen. Kent Conrad Hopes For "One Last Attempt" At Deal On Fiscal Cliff

CHRIS WALLACE, "FOX NEWS SUNDAY" HOST: So, let me just ask you, Senator, briefly, what would that mean? What would the level be for taxes for revenue? How much would be raised in revenue, and, what would it mean in new spending cuts? SENATOR KENT CONRAD (D-ND): The spending cuts would be $1,450,000,000,000. The revenue would be $1,150,000,000,00

NRA's David Keene: Don't Ban Something Just Because It Was Misused

NRA President David Keene responds to questions that his organization is partially to blame for incidents like that at Newtown. Keene says you can't ban things like assault weapons just because they were used improperly.

Katrina vanden Heuvel: Fiscal Cliff "A Manufactured Media Drama"

Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation: There are good ways to reduce the debt and deficit, but the largest issue, George, is that this a manufactured crisis. We don't have a short-term deficit problem, we have a jobs and growth problem and we have a faltering recovery. But we should put off the sequester, put off this grand bargain. Come back. Let the

Rep. Tim Scott On Fiscal Cliff: "Onus Right Now Is On Senator Reid" And Obama

Senator-designate Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC) insists the House and Speaker John Boehner have been leaders on legislation to stop the U.S. from going over the "fiscal cliff." Asked whether the House's rejection of Speaker John Boehner's "Plan B" amounted to a vote of no confidence and whether Boehner should step aside as a result, Rep. Scott defended

Dem Congressman "Concerned" About Possible Hagel Nomination

REP. ELIOT ENGEL (D-NY): Well, I think that remark is troublesome -- it's problematic. I shows, at the very best a lack of sensitivity. At the very worst, perhaps, a prejudice. And I'm concerned about it. I'm concerned about the nomination. Obviously, Chuck Hagel has been a senator for many years and has a lot of good attributes, but there's a lot

Graham: Hagel Not "Going To Get Many Republican Votes"

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC): A lot of Republicans are going to ask him hard questions. And I don't think he's going to get many Republican votes. I like Chuck. But his positions -- I didn't really frankly know all of them -- are really out of the mainstream, and well to the left of the president. I think it'll be a challenging nomination. But the he

Schumer "Not Going To Comment" On Supporting A Hagel Nomination

DAVID GREGORY, "MEET THE PRESS" MODERATOR: "Senator Schumer, should the president make that nomination?" SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): "Well, that's his choice. I think once he makes it, his record will be studied carefully. But until that point, I think we're not going to know what's going to happen." GREGORY: "Can you support him?" SCHUMER:

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