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appearance in the rose garden at 11:00 o'clock down at the whitehouse. i will be there and mitch mcconnell is crying foul, accusing democrats of bugging his campaign. things have gotten a little quieter over on the corekorean pennsylvania pennsylvania. these are some of the areas we will talk about this morning with the help of team press. peter ogburn dan henning and alicia cruz and cyprian boulding. phones with alicia and video cam with cyprian. it suddenly got busy. did congress come back to town? what happened here? it's supposed to be 90 in washington. >> we had snow two, three weeks ago. >> we had a flake.
>> 90 degrees. we leapfrogged into summer. >> a couple of hours of spring. >> the cherry blossoms are at their peak. those on twitter i was down to the mall yesterday to meet my niece in found with a school trip. i walked down to the mall to meet her and took a picture of the cherry blossoms which i tweeted out. hope y'all saw it. they are in all their glory and all of the traffic jams and all of the crowds. >> can i saying something about the traffic actually because i drive through, and i would like to praise the national park service for actually doing something right. they fence -- i drive through the cherry blossoms every day on my way home. they fence off all of the median strips so you cannot just walk across the street ram donely. you are forced today use a crosswalk which i think is great on behalf of the police and park service, keeps the tourists locked in.
love it. >> when the light changes and as i learned last night, but look, i am not complaining. so you want to make a right-hand turn and you are in the cherry blossom area and the light turns, the crowds there are so many people, they almost ought to ban cars in that area because there are so many tourists but if you are anywhere close and can get here -- because they don't last long, maybe five days. it's going to rain on friday and that could end them the blooming is speeding up. >> last night, big night at the whitehouse, memphis soul, the president and the first lady, as have other presidents and first ladies have perform applications at the whitehouse. and president obama who is known to be a fan of memphis soul
himself, he sal on theed a man cocked not be there last night. >> i am speaking not just as president but as one of america's best known al green impersonators. al green was sidelined with a back injury. he didn't have to be there. we know who can step up to the plate as he said at any time. ♪ i... am so in love with you. ♪♪ >> that's so good. >> that was so good. >> i forgot out good of a singer he is. >> right on pitch. >> that was not last night. >> no. that was up in harlem i think. >> yeah. apollo, january of 2012. i wish he would have sung last night. that would have been awesome. >> bill: all right. man, we've got a lot coming up congresswoman jackie speier will join us. former governor eliot spitzer as
well. and then reporters from politico huffington post and west wing reports all part of the program this morning. mitch mcconnell leads us off, accusing democrats of bugging his office but first... >> this is the full court press. >> other headlines making news on this wednesday, in sports the university of connecticut women's basketball team won its 8th ncaa national title defeating louisville 93260. stewart led with 93 points with the most lopsided victory in a championship game ever and coverage imia is tied with pack summit for the most championship. >> briana stewart is amaze to go watch. really. >> i saw a little bit of the game last night. unbelievable. >> nearly al year since tom cruz divorced and the actor speaking
out about it with a german t.v. network with his new movie coming out. cruz saying he didn't expect the divorce at all. he was blind-sided on getting the news holmes was leaving him five days before his 50th birthday. he said life is a challenge to be 50 and have experiences and thing you have everything under control and it hits you. >> that's what life is. life is tragic comic. you need a certain sense of humor to get through it. >> you know i want sure he went home and wiped his tears away with millions and millions of dollars. >> i was going to say, after reading. i forget the name of it but this latest boo can about signology. >> i know what you are talking about. i can't remember the name either. >> having read that book, anybody who would spend five minutes with tom c ruiz e ought to have their head examined. he is mr. scientology. he is a sicko. what masquerades as a religion,
and the evil that they do and the abuse that people who join us suffer and then suffer willingly to brainwash, and tom c ruiz e is number 1 of the pack. >> going clear. >> going clear is the name of the book. read it and weep. >> a baby camel that was given to the president of france as a thank you gift -- >> i love this story. >> by the government of mali is no longer a pet of it francois olan's. it has been made into stew. mali gave france the animal for helping them fight islamic terrorists but the french had no room for it. so they put it in the care of a family in timbuktu who killed it and ate it. spaifshlth camel meat is the tasty and delicious. >> embarrassing. somebody gives awe pet and you
slaughter it. >> would you like it stewed or grilled, sir. >> let's get wayne back here and ask him about that. >> you admitted you have eaten horse. >> i have not to my knowledge eaten camel. >> i thought it would happen in france. >> the camel made it to france but got shipped back. >> yes, indeed mitch mcconnell, this whole flap in case you missed what's going on just in a nutshell mother jones gets another tape. they made use of the last one, the last one was mitt romney talking about the smearing of the 47% of americans who are on welfare or depend on the government or are moochers takers rather than makers. they got another tape.
this tape is a pretty embarrassing tape for mitch mcconnell. it was made this february, just a couple of months ago in mcconnell's campaign office down in kentucky. it was leaked. this is the time when he thought he was going to have to run against ashley judd. and it was leaked to mother jones. what the tape shows is they were doing some what's called oppo research. opposition research into ashley judd figuring out how they were going to run against her. the tape comes out. the first story is oh, my god, the mcconnell can campaign was talking about going after ashley judd talking about her mental health problems and mcconnell goes out and accuses democrats of bugging his -- we don't know where the tape came from by the way. still don't know.
right? calling on the fbi to investigate, accusing democrats of being nextonian. that was the second phase. now that we are into the third phase of the story, which is mother jones is packed with another report this morning that it looks like mitch mcconnell was using senate staffers members of his senate crew here in washington to do the opposition research for his campaign, which, of course is against the law. there are so many dimensions. let's go back to the beginning. there is no doubt about it. and by the way, every candidate does this. if you are running against somebody you want to know, you do opposition research on your opponent and on yourself, by the way, because you want to know what they might find on you and you want to know what's out there for them. >> it's how the game is played.
>> they were not looking at ashley judd's position on the issues. we don't know whose voice this is, but whoever the lead consultant to do the oppo research is reporting on what they found. first of all, mentally unbalance add. >> she is emotionally unbam answered, chapter and verse from the autobiography, she suffered suicidal tendencies and mentally unbalanced emotionally unbalanced and they said, not only that. she is not a big fan of christianity. christianity, god like a man which legitimizes and seals male power, even though it is nowhere visible. >> the guy says she is
anti-family. >> she is clearly sort of anti- -- sort of the traditional american family. i think judd's described having children as selfish. she thinks it's unconscionable to breed. she also is critical of fathers giving away their daughters in marriage ceremony. she said the concept of dominion over reproductive status when her father gives her away at a wedding. >> i never thought about it but it is sort of sexist for the father to have to give his daughter away. >> there are a lot of sexist things involved in a traditional marriage ceremony. >> you can see where they are going? right? so then, that comes out. mitch mcconnell immediately goes out and accuses the democrats of planting a bug in his. >> last month, my wife's ethnicity was attacked by a left wing group in kentucky and then they also bugged my headquarters. so i think that pretty well sums
up the way the political left is operating in kentucky. >> it's a political left. by the way, no evidence. zero evidence that anybody bugged his headquarters. it could have been just one of his staff members had a little recording device and didn't like what was going on and gave it to mother jones. we don't know, but mcconnell, he goes all the way back to richard nixon, who was, remember a republican. >> unbeknownst to us, they were bugging our headquarters nixonian move. this is what you get from the political left in america these days. >> this is the political left. so what you think of this flap? 866-55-press. i tell you what it tells me. they were afraid of ashley judd. right? they might have been making fun of her, mocking her, but they would not have the done all of this oppo research if they didn't think she was a serious threat to the mitch mcconnell whose poll numbers are in the toilet. no. 2, he is accusing the democrats of, with zero
evidence, of bugging his office and leaking this to mother jones. again, it could have been one of his staff members. who made that tape? i want to know: who made that tape? i think it's pretty clear. >> political left. the political left. >> that's what he is sighing. i think it's pretty clear one of his staff members made his tape. that was a small group in that room down there some were on the senate payroll. he is accusing the political left of bugging the. but what we hear on that tape is the political right practicing the politics of personal destruction. >> that's all they do. they weren't thinking again -- talking about ashley judd. we can criticize her because she supports obamacare or she is against the death penalty or she is for immigration reform. they are saying we are going to attack her because she is mentaly unbalanced and not a good christian. politics of personal destruction. >> that's what they do. it tells a lot about mitch
mcconnell and he can wine and he can, you know, squeal like a stuck pig. he's been exposed as a dirty player of politics and kudos to david korn and mother jones for putting this out there. political flap to get us started, 866-55 press. >> this is "the bill press show." i think the number one thing that viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. they can question whether i'm right, but i think that the audience gets that this guy, to the best of his ability, is trying to look out for us. can become major victories. i'm phil mickelson, pro golfer. when i was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis
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laughing and the thinkers thinking. >>ok, so there's wiggle room in the ten commandments, that's what you're saying. you would rather deal with ahmadinejad than me. >>absolutely. >> and so would mitt romney. (vo) she's joy behar. >>and the best part is that current will let me say anything. what the hell were they thinking? [ music ] >> this is the full court press, the bill press show, live on your radio and on current tv >> bill: 26 minutes after the
hour. this unsettled question is: who took -- not who planted the bug. >> that's what mitch mcconnell wants us to say. who made the recording in his. and, were there in fact senate staffers involved? here is that the voice we heard, here is how we started that meeting. he sell i will preface my comments, this reflects the work the after of folks josh, jesse, maxim, a lot of las thanked them. la, la in warrant speak means legislative assistant. he says, a lot of l.a. s, legislative assistants are on the senate payroll. >> interesting. >> i think that case is closed. >> we are on twitter @bpshow. max says bill, you act like you are surprised to learn that mitch mcconnell is a snake. we always knew he was.
one person brings up this point perry says i believe mcconnell is projecting and democrats better check their offices and staffs for bugging equipment. maybe he let the cat out of the bag. >> very, very, very good point. kevin is out in chicago. what do you think of this, kevin? >> hey, good morning. the liberal left how about looking at your own party, turtlehead referencing nixon, talking about siegelman down in alabama, karl rove and the political right have him in jail for trumped-up false charges. it's pretty obvious somebody got sick and tired of the filth that comes out of his mouth and it worked so well back with the other idiot, romney. let's face it, bill. they have no message. the only people that they appeal to is the rich and stupid white people. >> kevin couldn't have said it better myself. i am glad you reminded us of
that. thank you for reminding us of karl rove. how about putting him in jail? >> this is "the bill press show." criticizing, and holding policy to the fire. are you encouraged by what you heard the president say the other night? political? a lot of my work happens by doing the things that i am given to doing anyway. staying in tough with everything that is going on politically and putting my own nuance on it. not only does senator rubio just care about rich people but somehow he thinks raising the minimum wage is a bad idea for the middle class. but we do care about them, right? vo: the war room tonight at 6 eastern
>> chatting with you live at current.com/billpress. this is "the bill press show," life on your radio and current tv. >> bill: 33 minutes after the hour, wednesday, april 10th, mother joans releases yet another tape. this tape pretty embarrassing tape for mitch mcconnell shows him and his staffers sitting around his office down in kentucky saying how can we smear ashley judd. >> that's what it all amounts to. not what kind of a campaign can we mount against here? how can we smear here? the politics of personal
desconstruction. mcconnell is trying to turn this into an attack on liberal democrats, they bug offices. he has called on the fbi to investigate. the f.b.i. initially checked. they didn't find any bugs. they are still investigating. there is zero evidence. zero evidence that this is the work of any democratic operative. frankly, i don't care if it is. but it shows the republicans are at their best, meaning their worst, whether they practice the politics of personal destruction which is what they were trying to do to ashley judd. we have talked about identity theft. here is another story that caught my attention out of nebraska. it's happening everywhere. 18 residents of one nebraska county recently had their identities stolen by thieves who used that information to rack up more than $11,000 in fraudulent
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profile of an thong e wiener. >> i remember him. >> they sat down and did a long interview with him and his wife, huma abadeen and asked him a lot of questions. they started talking about his routine these days. he is basically al prisoner to the five-block radius around his apartment. he doesn't go out. he sort of stays at all of his haunts. >> takes care of the baby. >> spends a lot of time taking care of his kid. he doesn't really have a job right now. his political action committee took the temperature of new york and seeing if they were ready to have him run for office again. he says he believes that they are and he is looking very seriously at getting into the mayor's race. >> hey perry -- mark sanford running for congress. david vitter still in the united states senate. i would love to see anthony wiener back in politics. he was a damn good congressman. >> a lot of people have brought up on issues. >> dumb.
>> especially during this gun debate. >> that's a voice that democrats really, really missed in filing to get gun control legislation. >> back to mitch mcconnell. back to your calls. maybe this is why mitch mcconnell is taking ashley judd so seriously and they would not have the been having all of this oppo research on her if they did not take her seriously. the politico is reporting mitch mcconnell's popularity has sunk to a new low. he has 36%. 36% of kentucky voters. only 36% approve of his job performance. he's been around too long. people of kentucky have caught on to him. >> people are commenting on twitter @bpshow. paul says mitch mcconnell is saying the left is dirty. if the left is playing dirty
exposing my dirty tricks somebody allought to call the whambulance. >> out in joshua tree california, hello, robert. good morning. >> good morning. thanks for holding on there. appreciate it. what's your point? >> my point is is whatever happened to ethics in this country? when you are supporting bugging of an office? i'm sorry. >> bill: how do we know the office was bugged? do you believe mitch mcconnell? all right, robert. yeah. >> see you later. >> you are as bad as mitch mcconnell, robert. i am not supporting bugging. i am saying where is the evidence the office was bugged? i certainly am not supporting the politics of personal destruction, which is evident on that tape. that tape reveals -- i don't know that there was a bartender in the room the way there was
bartender in florida. the picture, this is a very small group of mcconnell staffers looking at what their oppo research into ashley judd found. one of those people in that room was taping that meeting. one of the people sent the tape to mother jones. >> that's what happened. pretty clear what happened. no listening device found. the f.b.i. checked that out. henry down in paduka kentucky. what's going on? >> bottom line, we are talking about mitch mcconnell. he is a slime of the slime.
they could have set the whole scene up to make it look like i am hands-free. yes do nothing to ashley judd or anything else. >> that's the stuff that they do. they make themselves look like the victims when they are the villains. >> bill: don't go away. i am glad you said that. i think that is another real possibility tip, not that somebody leaked it but they set it up to get it out there to try to make hay on it. right? >> exactly. >> that's what they do to protect themselves? why are going to keetch protecting people who have nothing for you and done nothing for you but the only thing they have in their mind is total destruction of our society as it's structured now so they can put it the way they want it. >> bill: listen, henry, i am so glad to hear from you. i think henry speaks for a lot of people in kentucky who have
had it. by the way, what's mitch mcconnell done for kentucky? nothing. right. nothing. >> poll numbers show it. he is beatsable. >> bill: what he has become is the face and the voice of this negative, do-nothing oppose-only, filibuster republican party. mr. filibuster that mitch mcconnell. that's his contribution to the nation for getting what's good for the they would not have done all of this dirty politics practicing at a time politics of personal destruction if they didn't fear. in florida hello, greg. good morning. >> i think an investigation, not an investigation per se but
digging into actual mental health issues is appropriate. kicked out a vice presidential candidate for basically exactly the same thing being institutionalized 20 years prior. i think if the federal government says you are not sane enough to own the gun, i think that's the proposal you are trying to make is people who have been institutionalized for mental health issues shouldn't be sane enough to own a gun, why should she be a candidate? >> bill: look, you raise a lot of issues here, craig. first of all, you were talking about thomas eagleton. i think thomas is his first name. eagleton. right? i think the democratic party made a huge mistake at that time. only because at one time, admittedly. i don't think that should does
disequal you forever from holding a job or from public. it didn't mean he was mentally i will. he was a united states senator doing the work of the senate. you don't get ashley judd and you listen to ashley judd. she is another not a woman that ought to be committed. who doesn't have some mental health problems. not all of us seek professional help. that's the only difference. >> a lot of people are on anti-dprelings medication. >> this is a race for the united states senate. >> that's race about the issues of where you stand. >> that's legitimate. where is she on healthcare? where is she on immigration? where is she on nuclear weapons? where is she on the death penalty? not -- bow how can we destroy her personally?
is she a good enough christian? how many times in the last year did she go to church? she maybe a little wiggy. uh-uh. >> that's the kind of politics we all should con democrat. talk to eliot spitzer. good friend, form ter governor of new york coming up in the next segment. heard around country and seen on current tv this is "the bill press show." satirical point of view. >> but you mentioned "great leadership" so i want to talk about donald rumsfeld. >> (laughter). >> watch the show. >> only on current tv.
my relationship with water started when i was a kid. you think of how many people go to the ocean and for such different reasons. it attracts everyone but i think we're all attracted by one similar thing which is the horizon. ya know, there is nothing more peaceful than standing on the edge of the shore and looking out at that horizon. that place where blue meets blue. i'm a story teller. as a story teller i really think that adventure works to draw out people into a story. i have this long relationship with "national geographic". to organize expeditions with their encouragement that have taken us by kayak literally around the world. historically a lot of people who go out on adventures go out for adventure's sake which i applaud. but this day and age i think you have to go out with a higher purpose. everywhere we went we talked to
people about climate change, overfishing. all those things we've saw we've seen literally everywhere we've gone. a big part of our motivation in going out and having these adventures is to bring back stories that we can share. ya know, the tools are incredibly important. technology has changed but the goal is the same. it is to enlighten people using adventure as the trigger. on each of these adventures, at one point, i'll just be sitting on a beach, looking at that horizon line and reminding myself how lucky i am to be able to be out there and to be both sharing. i know that we're not going to change the world from the seat of a kayak but if i'm able to bring those stories back and share them and i manage to change the life of one person or two or three or four then it was totally worth it.
(vo) she gets the comedians laughing and the thinkers thinking. >>ok, so there's wiggle room in the ten commandments, that's what you're saying. (vo) she's joy behar. >>current will let me say anything. [ music ] >> this is the bill press show live on your radio and current tv. >> here we go, 13 minutes now before the top of the hour.
a little breaking news at this hour. george stephanopolous of abc is reporting that senators have reached a deal on background checks that has been the subject of intense negotiations between democrat joe mancion of west village and pat it toomey and they are going to announce the details of that deal at 11:00 a.m. this morning at a news conference. harry reid, majority leader, has, of course, scheduled the first vote on the gun safety legislation the first test for tomorrow. on that bit of breaking news, we bring in our good friend, former governor, eliot spitzer from new york. good morning. looks like maybe we will get something on gun safety after all. >> good morning. spring is sprung. whatever the cliche is. we are getting used to thin soup. we shouldn't lose sight of the
fact that this is just background checks and the assault weapons ban has disappeared. this has dominated the agenda. a little bit of progress is better than none. it is incremental. let's not forget that. >> well said. you couple that with a lead story in the new york times this morning that the 13 republicans including mitch mcconnell who vowed they would block anything with a filibuster their resolve seems to be fading as. >> one thing you have to give them is they can count. so get politicking on the part of harry reid, we may get to 60. we may be able to break the filibuster. it's still going to leave -- there is this other chamber, the
house. i am not sure we are going to get anything substantively but at least the senate will pass something. >> thick count and read the public opinion polls with 90% saying background checks action of course. >> exactly. that seems to be the one piece of this where there is absolutely overwhelming support. you wonder why mcconnell didn't early on look at those and say let's do background checks and he could have gotten the upside. instead, he stole the stick in the mud, still can't get anything right. maybe we shouldn't be surprised by that. >> bill: he was busy worrying about ashley judd at that time. that's another story. >> who and the bug. i can't get my arms around what's going on with his? >> we have been talking about that. i am going to be down at the whitehouse a few hours from now when the president unveils his budget. most is already leaked. >> right.
>> the president includes in his bucket this old chained cpi, which he says we know it's not necessarily my -- a really good idea. but maybe it will help me get back to that grand bargain with john boehner. who is he kidding, eliot? >> i am not sure quite sure what the strat age i can imperative is here. i am trying to put myself in the position. they -- i think they must feel they need to look as though they are doing something different and offering a handshake that they know will be rejected. they will alienate many people in our party. the other side has given you nothing. said it will not give you anything. it seems to play into the unfortunate story line that the white house has negotiated against itself throughout the past five years on budget and physical and regulatory issues.
i don't see why they are leading with it, why they are on the view that boehner will concede anything at this point. >> i think it's hopeless. i look forward to seeing how the president and people try to explain and defend that today at the whitehouse. i have to ask you about this. i am a new yorker fan. henry blodgett said he was given a sdhornabledishonorable discharge from wall street. >> we drummed him out of wall street. he was at the center of the analyst cases, the first mega case we made where analysts were knowingly misrepresenting the value of stocks. the companies wanted to get the ipo business. kind of the analogue where they wasthrowing aaa ratings where they wanted. >> he was praising these companies in public and privately saying what a piece of crap they were. right? >> absolutely. >> you exposed that. now, he wants to come back to
wall street. right? >> you know, maybe this is a credential on wall street. i got to know henry over the years. the bizarre thing is when you prosecute people you read their e-mails, know more about them their cousin sometimes more than their spouses. dreams is a weird thing. who knows? hen reap crafted craft /* created and he says with integrity. he is an intense critic of wall street now and he is kind of awake ended to some of the tensions conflicts. interesting, complicated guy. maybe we all are. it will be interesting to watch. >> bill: it's a good piece. people ought to go online if they didn't see it in the new yorker. interesting story.
right now, this business insider, which i don't follow but it's apparently a very very well-respected -- >> it is good. i go it if the no if not every day certainly with frequency. you get to know people in an interesting way when i prosecuted, i got to know gambino and had more fun chatting with him in the courtroom than most of my colleagues. henry blodgett. this is weird. i kind of like him. life is weird. >> i will 10 keneau let a another chapter tory this story. elliott eliot spitzer, former governor of new york, here on the "full-court press." >> this is the bull press bill press show.
>> taking your e-mails on any topic at any time, this is the bill press show, live on your radio and current tv >> bill: ben white from politico in the next hour on the full court press. on the mitch mcconnell complaint, richard maxwell says bugging, my ass. only republicans would think of that. palm sinnedar says they are baiting the trap. can't they come up with anything better than that? i have to tell you from what i
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again, your calls welcome at 866-55-press and there is economic news, too, particularly all centered around the president's budget and what impact that will have on the sequester sequester. we have to bring inhe hitters this morning led by ben white who is the chief economic correspondent for politico down from new york. ben, good morning. nice to see you? >> thanks for having me. >> did you come all the way down for the bucket today? >> i came down yesterday for a breakfast briefing with senator rob portman but it's an added bonus i get to be here for budget days which is one of the great days. i celebrate with parties. >> i live for this. >> screw march madness. >> budget madness. >> it is a long christmas where get a budget release we have three budgets to talk about, which you are in my business and our business is a lot of fun. >> there it is.
i will bring back five so each can have his or her own copy to read. peter ogburn, dan henning, alicia cruz on phones and cyprian. >> i am looking forward into digging into this. >> that was job as a washington reporter, research assistant at the washington post. i used to have to go to the government printing office, get 18 copies of it, put it on, you know, a dolly and bring it in to reporters' desks it was a glorious job. >> one thing i learned when i was jerry brown's policy director in california years ago is that it is a policy document. there is -- george bush the budget has a lot of numbers in it. something like that. it basically said this is what we want to spend money on, meaning this is what our policy priorities are. >> it is important. >> for me looking at it as a
policy document, it's easier to understand whether the numbers add up. >> or if it's going to be enacted. it's a clear statement of priorities and the administration views on what spending priorities should be and where it would like to take the government. >> so we will get into that and a whole lot more here with the news of the day, but we have last night was the last night of -- official night of march madness. right? >> yeah. >> we were wondering whether louisville will make it a double header, men having won over michigan. >> great number 8 for uconn. huskies have won 8 national championships. connecticut brings the title back in 2013. >> bill: you have to hand it to uconn. those women -- >> they are amazing. >> amazing. >> i didn't realize brianna stewart was a freshman. >> is she? >> dominating. >> 90 to 63 by the way.
a bit of a lopsided floor. >> they just recruit? they find better people? offer better packages? >> they have a great coach first of all. >> yeah. you have to say that. right? i remember last year when president obama welcomed them to the white house. >> paul brandeis joining us from west wing reports and congress woman jackie spear at the top of the next hour. we will get right into it. but first. >> the big stories of the day, other headlines making news on this wednesday, yoyo ma and matt sorum got together to lobby for arts funding on capitol hill and yes, to the delight of the lawmakers, they played a jam session together as well. >> did they really? >> huffington post said they talked about their musical upbringing and how it would not have been possible without government funding. they were push to go restore
funding for the national endowment for the arts and the national endowment for humanities, groups republicans want top eliminate. >> who needs music? constant battle. do you realize what little money we spend? >> ideological. >> like the big bird fight. >> do you remember snyder, john denver and frank zappa came up to fight against censorship. that was a watershed moment in your life. >> any hopes of president obama singing a duet with al green at the tribute to soul music at the whitehouse last night unfortunately had to wait. green had to cancel his appearance because of a back injury. artists that were there, the memphis soul evening included sam moore, mavis staples, cindy lauper and ben harper. the evening will air on pbs next week. >> also, that alabama shakes.
right? >> they are so good. >> from what i heard earlier. >> got to get their album. it's terrific. >> bill, you may not have been excited by monday night's ncaa championship game where louisville beat michigan but a lot of people were. the game was the most-watched men's final since 1994, 23 and a half million people tuned in a 13% increase over last year's nielsen numbers. overall for the entire tournament, t.v. viewing up the most in the last 20 years as well. >> bill: all right. march madness. people get in to it. all right, ben white, we know the president's budget's announced today but they leaked it starting the end of last week, wanted to get the news out there. why would the president include chained cpi and cuts back to the medicare program as well?
his budget as his opening wedge? >> yeah. it's a very interesting question. i think there are a number of ways to answer that. one is he doesn't see a path to a grand budget agreement and this is a tactical move to generate some republican port to help him on gun control and immigration. >> that's one way to look at it. another is that he sees a political benefit to positioning himself in the center here. >> great compromise? >> as a great compromiser and folks like yourself and others on the left get age stated and angry about these cuts to social security. they can say we put this on the table we can make this deficit reduction deal and cement that will as a piece of their legacy. i don't know the answer to what
exactly it is that they are up to. i tend to thing it's more the former, that they are looking for some accurate support on other issues. i think this helps them. they get republican senators at the whitehouse to talk some about the bucket but also immigration and the gun control deal that's going to get anounced today. >> here was jay carney at our briefing. he started at the very first question there was a rally in front of the white house where actually, when i got out there, i saw mark takano a freshman assemblyman from california and senator bernie sanders speaking to this group protesting the president's budget. by the way, i tweeted out a photo of bernie sanders, senator sanders addressing the group. the first question was what do you think about this crowd out front? here is jay carney defending the budget. >> the president's budget
represents a good faith attempt to achieve a deal with congress that would achieve economic growth and job creation. >> we need a balanced approach and this is a good faith attempted today get there. but they have to know that agitate get it this year. >> you probably see some republicans realize the chained cpi, when you apply it to social security, it also applies to tax brackets. it also applies to how the government calculates when people moved in to the next tax bracket. it amounts to tax increases on the middle class if you implement changed cpi on social security, it means tax brackets rise less quickly so you can earn more and you get -- you don't get into that -- the next is further away from you. there could be some republican opposition on that front that
it's a sales tax increase on the middle class. that makes it problematic. on the left, it's anathema, cost of living i hope creases even though the white house says they will put in place a mechanism to sort of shield the worst-off seppiors from some of this impact. but the larger point is, does this move you along to a grand bargain? no, i don't think it does because republicans have said the door is closed to new revenues entirely. i don't see how they move off of that point right now. these tax loopholes cost us money. it's the same as spending money. it's an expenditure. and if they are expenditures, we can no longer afford or should no longer be supporting because they don't make any more sense, talk about people who have their corporate jets or people who park mayor their money overseas or whatever or the oil companies
and oil depletions where they are showing record profits and don't need the government handout any more. right? if that's not the right thing to do, why should seniors be penalized in order to get to do the right thing? >> they are buying in to that equivalency argue. >> they are arguing it is a more accurate mezzire of the cost of living and the way we reflect it doesn't make different choices. it's not unfair to apply the actual cost of living rather than those. if we are going to index these to cost of living, it should be the right one not a fake one in order to maintain the program for a longer period of time. there is an argument to be made it's a sensible change in calculation of benefits in order to protect seniors long term. there is also a strong counter argument that seniors make
different choices, have different products that they buy, healthcare inflation is going up faster so it's unfair. there is a debate to be had there. there are plenty of tax loop loopholes in corporate america that could be generated from recalculating the cpi. republicans have paid lip service to this and say we are willing to cut loopholes that lowers the overall rate. whether we get to that broader corporate tax return is another question because the white house wants to do revenues there, too, probably. it's hard to see that happening either. >> bill: seems they areclosing the loopholes part of tax reform. ben white us. now, ben, so the president is not the chief independent of spending cut, spending cuts spending cuts but he has cut a lot of spending and proposed more in this budget. >> right. >> at the same time, jack lew, our treasury secretary is over
in europe saying this austerity thing, kick you are on is not good. you ought to focus more on outgrowing the economy than cutting. over here, the obama administration is on an austerity kick. don't we have a contradiction here? >> i noticed the same thing in reading lew's commentary in europe and his message to various european leaders about their insistens that these peripheral countries continue to cut budgets and implement austerity in order to, you know fix their long-term fiscal picture. it's saying don't do that. more growth, less cuts. obama is still -- that's what is vexing about this particular budget proposal. they seem to shift back and forth between giving up on the austerity argument and siding with those who say it's all about growth right now stimulate the economy, add more spending. we've already reduced debt to
gdp, on a downward trajectory. the long-term path to social security, no real urgency short-term to do that. the white house has chosen to stick with the school of thought, you could do both jack lew telling europe no austerity and obama saying we can do austerity. >> how does this relate to the sequester? we didn't get to that yet. we will on the other side of the break and take your calls and comments on twitter @bp show and on the phone calllines. >> this is "the bill press show." upset stomach, and abnormal vision. to avoid long-term injury, seek immediate medical help for an erection lasting more than four hours. (vo) she gets the comedians laughing and the thinkers thinking. >>ok, so there's wiggle room in the ten commandments, that's what you're saying. (vo) she's joy behar.
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with. we did talk about that and about the impacteconomic impact of same-sex marriage. i asked him if he was familiar with some of the positive effects on deficits that same-sex marriage can have increasing tax revenues and economic development in the states states. i mean, it's a couple of hundred million dollar a year on the federal level, tennessee of millions on the state level. and talked about whether it's a political liability for him. he said he hopes it's not but it's reasonable it could be. >> he made news on tax reform? >> he did. i thought it was interesting. there is this school of thought now that corporate tax reform is once again dead, can't happen this year because some of the folks who benefit from a lot of deductions now will fight tooth
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we have a little bit of breaking news that abc news and then now nbc news reporting, that two senators, joe mancion, democrat and pat toomey republican have successfully hammered out an agreement on background checks for new -- all gun purchases, not just in gun stores and they are going to announce the details of that. sparge they have the votes lined up for it, too at 11:00 o'clock this morning. following that issue as well as anything going on that the administration, the white house, the congress are involved in west wing reports is the way to go, paul brandeis founder of west wing reports in studio with us? >> how are you. >> fine. we are usually hanging out at the whitehouse together. good to have morning time too. >> we are. >> what about this deal? if mancion and toomey are able
to cut this deal, it looks like there will be some action on gun control. right? this year? >> this story today is about the senate. keep in mind, you know -- >> that's true. >> what about the house? >> yeah. >> it does appear this morning, this breaking news that the senate, in fact, has this agreement. i think that is significant but there is this other thing called the house of representatives which perhaps we are familiar with. they are more obstinate. >> we used to think of the senate as the tougher body and the house where you can almost get anything passed. now, it's the opposite. if this as reported turns out to be true, we will find the detail here the details as 11:00. you couple that with the "new york times" reporting that all of this to be talk about filibuster is starting to fade a little bit, too, more and more republicans are saying maybe that's not such a good idea that we don't know what it will look look.
but some gun control legislation will come out of the senate and go to the house. >> i think that's true if you limit the -- when you say "something will come out of the senate," i think we are essentially talking about expanded background checks only. i think it's fair to say that the assault weapons ban, not going to go anywhere. there is probably a slight chance and i mean slight aboutlimenting the size of these magazine clips but i don't recall think that's going to pass. >> maybe straw purchases. pretty good vote in the judiciary committee. >> that's right but i think the main thing here is if they can get some kind of agreement on background checks ant the white house say this privately if we can get half a loaf what we are looking for, that is progress. and all of these newtown families, by the way, have been on the hill the last day or so. >> yeah. i think they made a difference. i have seen several senators
jimmyll jillibrand talking about the impact. sglms. >> they went into see him, look i appreciate their view. i learned a lot from them. and, you know, i appreciate them coming. this whole filibuster idea that mcconnell has said he will do. talk about horrible. is there anybody more tone-dee than mitch mcconnell? >> no. >> newtown families met with him. >> by the way -- >> i don't think they have. >> i don't think they did. i think they made a point to not. >> or maybe he made a point not to meet with them. but on this, related to this issue, you have been looking into and are publishing this morning what you found out about the nra which the does not paint them in a very positive light? >> i understand. tell us about it.
>> it's no secret that the nra, i think with respect to these issues -- again, talking about background checks, the gist of my article, bill is that they disrespect and completely dismiss the views of their members on background checks. poll after poll after poll including the fox news poll cbs/"new york times" poll all have said that vast majority of americans and i emphasize this vast majority of republicans, vast majorities of gun-owning house obeliads and members of the nra all favor expanded background checks. not just democrats, nra members, households who have guns and yesterday the nra, again, they have dismissed these views and their congressional towedies. so when i say they have been
disrespectful of their own numberst members' views. i don't know why they would be a member if the leaders ignore your view. >> who are they representing? >> they represent gun manufacturers where the source of their money comes from they get money from their four and a half million but a lot comes from gun organizations, gun manufacturers who represent their interests on this and that's who they are representing. not unlike any big lobbying group that gets from big corporations. nothing different orbitae. >> they are the gun manufacturer's lobby? >> absolutely. >> many of us see them as representing sportsman, duck hunters. i used to duck hunt with my father and uncle and go rabbit hunting and deer hunting.
my brothers still do. right? you are saying not anymore? ? >> they claim to but if you follow the money, that is not where the bulk of their revenue comes to. >> did you talk to wayne l affirmative pierre or david camp? he called the bureau of tobacco, firearms thugs. it so pushed him, george bush resigned at the same time. same guy. >> that's this kind of incendiary language, he insulted federal workers, law enforcement officials. this kind of behavior, they
don't remind you of that. >> this is the same guy. >> that's where i thought you were going to go. this is the same guy who supported universal background checks as recently, i think, as 2009. so, maybe that's before the gun manufacturers started pumping in more money. >> i think if you look at the word hypocracy, you might see his picture. we talked about this before the gun lobby has been raking up thebucks. gun sales have skyrocketed. they went from $19,000,000,000 in revenue, i think, in '09 to something like $31,000,000,000 in 2012. barack obama has been called jokingly by some industry as the gun salesman of the year because he is so good for business. the new york time sells it's predominantly to people who have
a lot of guns. they are buying more. paul brandus is with us, founder of west wing reports, westwing westwingreports.com. or on twitter @westwing reports. we will come back to the guns but i have to ask you about the big event of the day. president obama coming out with his bucket. we'll be there in the rose garden at 11:00 o'clock white house is not stoutly defending the budget. they say we know it's a flawed document. it's not what we either but we will put it out there? >> based upon four years of trying and failing to get anything out of these republicans with respect to raising taxes although the republicans did agree to raise taxes but they told obama that's it. now, obama is asking for, i
think, $580,000,000,000 in terms of closing off these loopholes and certain deductions. however, he wants to offset that with -- in terms of 2 to 1, by trimming entitlement, social security, medicare that kind of thing. he is irritating both sides here, which means if you are irritating both sides, maybe you are doing something right here. all along, both sides have to give up something that they hold near and dear. the democrats have to give up on entitlements a little bit. these republicans have to give up on taxes. they do. there was a protest in front of the northwest gate and mark takano assemblyman from california was speeding as i walked out and the next speaker up was senator bernie sanders ripping into president obama over this budget.
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wednesday, april 10th, congress woman jackie spear from the gay area of california at the top of the next hour here right now it is wwr, west wing reports, paul brandus, founder, and chief cook and bottle washer. you are it? aren't you? you are west wing reports? >> this is it. it's just me. >> in studio with us here and -- >> that's the way i like it. >> we will here from you. that's right. something good about being your own boss. >> yeah. >> yeah. 866-55-press. don't forget the toll-free number. i wanted to come back after we have gun to exhaust the budget but i don't want to come back to the gun thing, paul for one issue, which is the opposition, stated opposition to universal background checks, which to me
is a no-brainer but the opposition focuses on the fact that this is the first step to taking everybody's gun away because if you have to give this information before you buy a gun, then that's going to go in the computer and there is going to be a database of everybody who owns a gun and they will use that to knock on the front door. true or false. >> absolutely false. it's one of the biggest falsehoods out there. the white house has done i think, a poor job of knocking that down. this is the law when the government is out to get you. there are lawed passed by that very same government that present them from doing that. if you buy a gun and the gun -- the seller runs your name through the nics, the database. >> uh-huh. >> once you come up clean, they are required by law to destroy
your professional information within 24 hours. >> bill: they don't keep it at all. >> no. they don't. for 24 hours. after that, it's gone. they by law have to destroy your personal information the very same law says is the at 50 cannot use any funds for creating any kind of database. this is the law do they forget civics 101? the government is composed of three separate but equal branches of government, only one of which is controlled by barack obama, we have the congress and the supreme court, the supreme court as recently as 2008 in its huller versus d.c. ruling upheld gun ownership laws. when people say the government is out to get you it's one of
the biggest falsehood out there? >> it seems to me it's pretty clear that we already -- we already have background checks. right? we already have background checks at gun stores. there is no registry because the law doesn't allow it. if there is no gun registry if you are just expanding that program, it's not going to lead to a gun registry. how do they get there? >> the oliver stone types call it the slippery slope. they say we expand it and start down that slippery slope. i want to know when obama rolled out back in january, the task force and he and biden had that big event, if you go through everything that he said that supports this notion that's making, you know, the rounds in
the right-wing blogosphere. it's a falsehood, absolutely false >> bill: i like the phrase oliver stone types. >> yeah. good. >> bill: that's good. >> people will believe anything. >> bill: that's who they represent. the president basically, he started out this term by saying there are all of the budget problems but on top of that, he started outed saying i've got three big priorities, gun safety, immigration reform and climate change. let's take a look, quick look at the three. we talked enough about guns. immigration reform. going to happen you believe. >> i think it probably will. i think that this gang of eight in the senate, i think, is making progress and talk about the leading from the mind strategy. i think the white house is content to let the congress take the lead here and i think the broad contours of this it looks like it's going to be kind of a 13-year path to citizenship, 10 years to get a greene card
three years to actually become a citizen but along the way, got to learn english, got to pay a fine, got to go back to the back of the line, as the president says. yes, eventually i think it will. also because the electoral map and demographics are such that republicans understand that they have to be more accommodating to hispanics than they have been in the past. project for that reason along i think republicans will go along on immigration. >> democrats want it t republicans need it. climate change. we haven't heard anything about it since the state of the union. >> i think that's a much tougher thing. i think what the president is probably going to do is he will probably work on climate change on the margins. i don't think there is going to be any kind of big sweeping through -- >> through the epa i would predict, if i had to stick my neck out, he would probably
approve the keystone pipeline but extract concessions from the republicans for doing so that may affect coal-burning -- producers, those kind of things. >> bill: whatever is going on here in our nation's capitol, here is the one man band on top of all of it, he publishes it and puts a blog up every day and a lot of good report okay west wing reports.com. thank you, paul. >> thank you. >> for your good work. i will see you a little bit later down in the rose garden. look for good weather in the rose garden. i will be back and tell you more about the president's schedule today. >> this is "the bill press show," live on your radio and current tv.
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and here we are, as always three hours together every morning tackling the big stories of the day and then giving you our take and getting your take on what's going on. 866-55-press is the toll-free number. good to see you today. that's how you join our conversation. you also can send us your comments on twitter, of course, @bpshow and on facebook at facebook.com/billpressshow. lots to talk about. lots happening today with the president again unveiling his budget. senators joe mancion and pat toomey unveiling their compromise agreement. it's been reported this morning on background checks and harry reid telling senators they have to be ready to cast their first vote on gun safety legislation tomorrow. that will be a big test whether the republicans will filibuster or not. tomorrow, meanwhile, mitch mccome is crying the blues.
he is accusing democrats of bugging his. he will cover that and a lot more here with team press peter ogburn and dan henning. >> good morning. >> good morning. good morning. cyprian bolding on the video cam. before we get into the big stories of the day president obama and the first lady hosting another performance at the whitehouse focused on memphis soul. al green could not be there. but there were some great performers, justin timberlake among others and alabama shake. ♪ born in a bad sign. ♪ been there since i began to crawl. ♪ if it wasn't, you know ♪ >> promise me you will buy this album. >> from what i heard, it's just one album.
>> they are a young band and brittany howard sings like she has been doing this for years. the name is "boys & girls." it is wapitiastic. >> i will download it today absolutely. starting off this hour with congress woman jackie spear, good friend of the program amanda terkel from huffington post will join us in just a little bit. but first. >> this is the full court press. >> other headlines making news on this wednesday, another affect of the sequester no more navy blue angels in the sky. the navy announced the pop har air group has been grounded for the rest of the year because of budget cuts. it will save about $28 million of their $40 million annual budget. they will still be allowed to practice at their home base in florida but will not perform at any air shows. closer to home another effect >> the assistant chef at the whitehouse, the man who let's the let's move program" furloughed because of the sequester. >> no.
>> the blue angels are like an icon of my childhood. >> people will start noticing, the sequester is real. >> a big change is coming to the annual scripts national spelling bee. for the first time this year contestants will not have to spell the bellword. they will be asked vocabulary and give definitions through multiple choice questions in early rounds in order to advance to the nationally televised portion of the spelling event which happens here in d.c. next month. >> i don't know that this is fair. it's bad enough having to spell it but they have to know what they mean? >> in the spelling portion, you used to be able to ask can i have the definition? now you need to know what the word means. >> there is a new name being floated to join the nbc late-night line-up. alec baldwin is being considered
to host the current late slot occupied by carson daley who would move up appear hour. nol stranger to nbc and comedy having finished his run on "30 rock." "i don't know about alec baldwin. you know why? because of the commercials that he does. >> they are the worst. >> capitol one. >> yeah. >>ez a really good job on "thirty rock". >> i do, too. but he is kind of an ass in real life. >> and he gets very political? >> which is fine but he is sort of a jerk. always hear stories about him acting like a jerk in public. i don't know if people can relate to that. >> a little tricky there. yes, the big breaking news this morning is there is an announcement that the announcement, rather that pat toomey from pennsylvania, republican as you mentioned from west virginia, pat toomey have
reached an agreement on being checks which will enable at least that part of the legislation, it looks like, as long as there is no filibuster maybe -- everything is condition conditional here, to get through the senate but what shape? what prospect does good gun safety legislation have in the house of representatives? we call on jackie speier from california to comment on that and other issues. good morning congresswoman. good to have you with us? >> thank you, bill. great to be with you. >> bill: this is an issue that you feel very passionately and strongly about particularly given your background and your experience with gun violence in another country. do you think, will the house step up to the plate here and let's say something does get through the senate. how do you rate the prospects in the house of even getting a vote? >> i think there is no question that we will get a vote in the house. i will make sure. i mean, there are a lot of us who feel strongly and will engage in
civil disobedience if necessary to get those bills on the floor. it is incomprehensible to me when 91% of the american people support a universal background check, over isn't %, i believe, or 57% of the nra members support it. >> yeah. >> how we cannot be reflective of the american people. eyebolts congress looks like it is incape alan of reflecting the interests of the american people. that becomes very dangerous. >> bill: and what do you -- what do you think? willing checks. we've been told by the brady campaign, right, that that really is the most -- single most important thing, but is that in itself, enough do you believe? >> it is significant. what i am fearful of is through the process in the senate it will be amended to a ghost of its previous self and, you know, if you negotiate away the essence of a bill just to get a
bill passed, it is a mockery and we are duping the american public and i don't want to be party to that. right now, the bill different cover private sales. two people engaged in a private of guns will not have to do a background check. now, that is a whole. it is not -- that is a hole. it is not as big a hole as gun sales and internet sales but it is a hole. i worry about the domestic violence who is just hell-bent on killing his significant other, ex-spouse and will go to whatever -- whatever lengths to do so. and, so i think we are going to see carnage and i am concerned about that. in california, every sale is subject to a universal background check. in connecticut, now, every sale will be. so it's not as if we can't do this. we absolutely can. in california 600,000 guns were
sold last year. it does not impinge on anyone's right to own a firearm. >> bill: what about the argument that we hear now from even members of the senate that if you have the universal background check it's going to lead to a gun registry and a begun registry will lead to seize you're of guns? >> it is the nra's boogey man that they keep bringing up at every occasion to try and stir the pot and to create this sense of pairranoia in the american people. come on. we have our registry for cars. no one is taking anyone's cars away. and alcohol, tobacco and firearm agent said to me there are over 300 million guns in circulation in this country. there are 2500 atf agents. >> right. >> let's get real here >> bill: in fact, today, a background check at gun shops. right?
there is no registry kept by the bureau of alcohol and whatever the government bureau is? >> truly, the registry is kept with the federal firearm licensee, gun shop owner, not with any governmental entity. the atf actually has to go in person and flip through pages. it's not even electronic. they have to flip through pages to find out the -- to trace a gun purchase. so, you know, it is just a boogey man that keeps being used. and i think that the american people are on to it now. for the longest time, the nra had the ear of congress out of fear, fear of losing elections. this is all about individual members of congress fearful of losing their election. this is not about protecting the american people. >> bill: talking to congresswoman jackie speier who
represents the san francisco bay area. there is not a lot of talk and most people think there is ve row chance of assault weapons, i think they are discounting senator dianne feinstein's abilities in the senate. how do you read these weapons of war? >> i spent some time talking with the graduate senator from california ol this issue when she heard she was not even going to get a vote on the bill. >> yeah. >> she was, you know, very disappointed, but i think harry reid now has reconsidered it. it is very difficult when you have the majority leader of the senate not supportive of afternoon assault weapon ban. she is not just pushing a large bolder up a hill. she's got someone pushing against her. >> yeah. >> and i think -- i don't think you can under estimate her. i think when people are forced to take a stand on this issue,
where somehow that assault weapons that are used for military style mass killings where you don't even have to be a good aim and we are going to allow those to continue to be circulating in society, i think the leaders of the house it's going to create some starkrabilities for the american people. suburban districts now are quickly moving into the blue column that have been historically red, and what we are going to see i believe, is women. women are going to make this issue real to the congress of the united states. the newtown families being in washington right now is brilliant. it puts a living, breathing face on what murder is all about. they are not numbers. these are real lives people who are going to be in pain for the rest of their lives because of the loss of 6- and 5--year-old
kids. >> do you believe some of these republican senators will go through with their threat of a filibuster? starting with mitch mcconnell, by the way, who has said he would join the pack. >> it makes me almost gleeful because they are going to lose so much face from the american people if they do that. i mean it will be singularly the one issue, i think, that will keep the senate in democratic hands. >> that's why i think you are seeing movement among republicans. they see this as a liability if they are not careful. >> it's hard to believe this is where they would draw their line, not allowing a vote. >> not even allowing a debate. not allowing a debate on the bill. so i actually think that the fact that so many members on the republican side have moved over in the last couple of days suggests they see the writing on the wall. you know what else is happening? these republican members are seeing polling data in their states now and they are seeing
that, you know unbeknownst to them that the people in their states support universal background checks and, you know, the sabre rattling by the nra that has worked so effectively for so long is going to potentially cost them their e elections. >> they are seeing that. yeah. squeeze the country. i ask you one final question, congresswoman: a lot of chatter here in washington that the sequester has been in place for six weeks and indifferent seem to be any problem. i think that's boggl bogus but you are coming back from two weeks. did you see impacts from the sequester in your district? >> no. i really haven't seen much in terms of the impacts of the sequester but then we always new the sequester was going to take time to roll out and have an impact. >> right. >> the impacts are going to start to be felt. you know having one of the -- i think the inappropriate use of
the sequester was the white house tours. i am very disappointed that took place. there are lots of places where we can have tours for kids in this country. the sequester is going to have an impact. there is plenty of waste, fraud and abuse in the system. there is plenty of expenditures in the federal government that are wasteful. i mean i am about to go to a hearing this morning on what's been spent in afghanistan. >> yeah. >> the contractors. the corruption going on, hundreds and millions and billions of dollars that have been signed off. account apparently measures are a good thing. i think this is going to create more accountability before we have seen an end of it. >> those are the places that the cuts ought to be made? right? other than the across the board cuts. right? maybe it will lead to that and
be a good thing in the end. congresswoman, we look forward to getting you back in the studio again. >> congress woman jackie speier california's 14th congressional district. >> this is "the bill press show." (vo) she gets the comedians laughing and the thinkers thinking. >>ok, so there's wiggle room in the ten commandments, that's what you're saying. (vo) she's joy behar. >>current will let me say anything.
this show is about analyzing criticizing, and holding policy to the fire. are you encouraged by what you heard the president say the other night? is this personal or is it political? a lot of my work happens by doing the things that i am given to doing anyway. staying in tough with everything that is going on politically and putting my own nuance on it. not only does senator rubio just care about rich people but somehow he thinks raising the
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along to take pictures and tweet that as as well. also looks like a compromise on the background checks. also big news that more republicans now are saying they want nothing to do with the filibuster. here is johnny eyesisaacson republican from georgia. >> everybody ought to get a vote up or down so they can express synthesis. >> kelly ayotte north new hampshire. >> i don't support a filibuster for this. provided that there are amendments and that we can have a full and robust debate. i think that's the way to go forward on an important issue, particularly obviously the second amendment being very important to the constitution. people that don't shoot guns don't have them. >> maybe the filibuster mitch mcconnell is supporting is not a
good idea. i think they are right. mitch mcconnell is chicken. >> this is "the bill press show." going to do the young turks. i think the number one thing that viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. they know that i'm not bs'ing them with some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party or the other. when the democrats are wrong, they know that i'm going to be the first one to call them out. they can question whether i'm right, but i think that the audience gets that this guy, to the best of his ability, is trying to look out for us.
>> chatting with you live at current.com/bill press. this is "the bill press show," live on your radio and current t.v. >> bill: 0 boy, 0 boy, 33 minutes after the hour here on the "full-court press." a lot's happening in our nation's capitol. senators joe manchion and pat toomey holding a news conference at 11:00 o'clock to reveal a bi-partisan agreement they say they have reached on background checks as part of a new gun
safety legislation. president obama will unveil his 2014 budget, most of already which is leaked. official unveiling at 11 o'clock in the rose garden. mitch mcconnell is accusing liberal democrats of bugging his voice which is down right nixonian, trying to get on top of that story, we are this morning, with a little help from our friends, amanda turkel who covers the political theme for huffington post in studio with us. amanda good to see you. thank you for coming back? >> thanks. good to be here. >> in case everybody hasn't caught up with the mitch mcconnell story yet and sort of all kind of developed and moved pretty fast yesterday more jones got another tape sent to them. the last one was romney's 47 percenter. nobody denies it took place, a conversation in mitch mcconnell's campaign office down in kentucky where they are
trying to decide had you they are going to go after ashley judd it in february of this year. they thought it was going to be mitch mcconnell's opponent. they did some opposition research on her, and whoever led the team is reporting to this little team of mcconnell close advisors about what they found out. against ashley judd. we don't know the speaker, don't know the identity of him. here he is. >> she is emotionally unbalanced. chapter and verse, suffered from suicidal tendencies hospitalized for 42 days and had a mental breakdown in '90. >> emotionally unbalanced. >> a little bit low. it's like when people were
trying to attack congress woman michelle bachman for her headaches and migraines. it's a little bit gendered, a crazy woman, unstabled but not surprising. this is what campaigns do in private. >> the politics of personal desconstruction. they were going to attack ashley judd as being mentally unbalanced. mitch mcconnell turns this into an attack on the democrats accusing them of bugging his. mitch mcconnell. >> also they bugged my headquarters. so i think that pretty well sums up the way the political left is operating in kentucky. >> bill: all right. so what do we know amanda?
did the left plant a bug in his headquarters? >> nixonian progressives. it's interesting. i didn't know there were nixonian progressives. there is no evidence his office was bugged by democrats or by anyone. this could be a disgruntled stamp who leaked the tape to mother jones. we have no idea. but mitch mcconnell. >> the bartender? >> it could be a bartender, a technician. we have no idea who it was. >> yeah. he asked the f.b.i. to investigate and all of that. it could have been a discrocked stamp. mother jones is reporting a third aspect of this third twist. mother jones is reporting this morning that perhaps, whatever perhaps at the top of the tape, this consultant thanks among
other people lots of l.a. s for helping out with this project. l.a. s are legislative assistants. they are campaign -- they are not campaign staffers. they are senate staffers. right? >> right. >> that's the title of a senate stamp. >> that's illegal. you cannot do that. you cannot have people working on the taxpayer's dime doing campaign work. >> that's a violation of law. >> this shows, number 1, mitch mcconnell was really afraid of ashley judd? >> they were discussing seriously how to go after her. absolutely. it shows what a dirty rates it's going to be in kentucky. >> yeah. >> the survey i showed from kentucky mitch mcconnell's 36%. >> there were concerns he could
face the challenge from the right now you will see him moving more toward the right to try to avoid that such as joining the filibuster on the gun control legislation. >> the right-wing of the party on the filibuster. >> do you think it's possible his campaign set this whole thing up? >> i am not going to go that far, but i have no idea what's going on. maybe when the f.b.i. investigates, they will find that out. >> my review is this was one stamp who was there who taped this whole thing. they weren't happy with the fact they were going to use the blow-the-belt attack. they talked about that she wasn't a good christian, wasn't pro-family. they were not going against her on the policy issues. they were looking at this personal stuff. a woman?
just send this to mother jones and see what happens. >> it's a two-hour meeting. we have gotten 11 minutes out of those two hours. i wonder what was in the rest of that meeting. >> i would love to here the whole tape. 18 minutes of it missing. who knows. >> right. >> mitch mcconnell of all people asking democrats of being nixonian. nixon was a republican. maybe you forgot that. you have also been reporting on when the obama administration, they have become very aggressive over their judicial nominees. there is a big hearing today. right? on one of the people president obama determined. >> the circuit court who used to
be in the solicitors. he served with the bush administration and the obama administration. if anyone should be upset, it might be progressives saying he is not progressive enough, which he should be able to get through. there are four achancies on this 11-person court. no one has been put on to the court since 2006 under george bush and right now -- >> who. >> the court is controlled by republicans, 4 to 3. so obama gets his four vacancies and four nominees onto the court, it will tip it in favor of progressives. i think that is why the obama administration right now sees some urgency on this. >> sri? >> sri sanavoson. >> every time i hear jay carney mention his name, i don't know how to write it or spell it but his hearing is in the senate judiciary hearing. first hearing? >> yeah. >> some of the other nominees have been sitting there lingering for forever.
>> they wait an average of 116 days to get a senate vote on the floor, which is three times longer than nominees under pusher president bush and katelyn haligan, president obama's nominee withdrew her nomination because it took so long. >> jay carney started the briefing yesterday. the senate yesterday? >> they don't have the name opinion the top of my head. >> obama judicial. congress this year republicans are treating obama. independent observers. mixed. there are holds. there are secret holds. they never act on them. they are objections to people who are completely
uncontroversial. the obama administration, of course republicans are holding these up because these judges have powerful positions. they are there a long time. and here at the d.c. circuit court, it's sort of considered by many people as a stepping stone to the supreme court. correct? >> yes. absolutely. so it's a very very important thing. so the court which is now controlled by republican appointees overturned president obama's labor board appointee saying that the recent appointments were unconstitutional to get more people in there. >> yesterday, three new members to the national labor recess board. >> yes. >> it's a "full-court press," if they could borrow that phrase from us on the obama judicial
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staffers from people on the right, the rand paul ron paul world, bringing them on to his campaign. he is moving to the right. >> yeah. on the issue of who made the tape, i was reading here during the break from media bistro that they have, according to the electronic front e foundation if the bugging was done by the person in the room that was okay. if the recording was done by someone not in the room then there is likely wiretap liability. and criminal activity. >> that's the question. the f.b.i. will try to find out. alleging it was a bug placed in the room with zero evidence of that. >> i don't know if it was some stamp snuck in a tape recorder and put it in a corner. maybe someone had their iphone
in their pocket. a bug, what you think of as watergate where people come in and rig the whole office a little far-fetched. >> yeah. it will be interesting, too, ashley judd just dropped out of the race. all academic. as it turns out if it turns out it was one of his staffers disgruntled releasing the table. i think mcconnell will have a lot of egg on his face? >> he will have to eat some humble pie and that will be very embarrassing for him. >> amanda, you have been, as all of us have, taking a look at the sequester. on one level, it's been around for six weeks now. lights still go on most days. we lost power one day. but not because of the sequester. trains are running, planes are flying. nothing is happening. on the other hand, you look and there are some real cuts to the sequester. how do you read it? >> yeah, when you get outside of
washington, you realize the sequester is having effect. people are losing jobs. my colleague just reported about how there are a lot of cuts to the public defender's. one felt so bad about furloughing his own employees and laying them off, he decided to fire himself. he is losing his own job so that he can spare others the pain. food pantries are closing, meals on wheels. head start. >> an excellent job last week they identified 100 areas. headstart, meals on wheels, airport towers closing. a lot of different examples. sequester already affecting real people. speaking of impacting real people, the president's bucket is out today. i will be there at 11:00 o'clock in the rose garden for the official announcement. we have already seen the parker
county, texas has included in his budget the so-called chained cpi, which apples to real cuts in benefits for people who are now on social security. why? >> he is saying that he wants to show he is serious which a lot say is a failed strategy. you usually try to put forward what you really want and then obviously you have to compromise and come to the middle. obama's starting in the middle. a lot of people think the only way he can go is to the right. a lot of democrats are saying if obama keeps putting forward chained cpis. even paul ryan's budget didn't have this in it. >> i am perplexed by the reasoning behind this. i know not just berney sanders say no way. this thing is dead on arrival, particularly since the president has always said correctly social security did not contribute to this deficit crisis. >> right.
i mean the deficit was caused by the bush tax cuts by the wars in iraq and afghanistan not by senior citizens getting benefits that the government has promised to them. so they should not be the ones we are balancing the budget on the backs of. >> when the president reveals his bucket i will not be one of those applauding. if there is a crowd of people there, you know, i will be one of the skeptics about it. it will be dead on arrival. amanda terkel we just scratched the surface. good to have you in the studio? >> thank you. >> thanks for good reporting for huffington post. you can follow her on twitter twitter @aterkel. see you again soon. >> thank you. >> this is "the bill press show."
>> the parting shot with bill press, this is "the bill press show." >> bill: i used to have amount of respect for john mccain. not much any more. he was right on the filibuster planned by mitch mcconnell against gun safety legislation. not only does he not support it. mccain says he doesn't understand it, nor does anybody else with half a brain. we don't elect senators to vote every time the way we want them to, but we do elect them and we expect them to at least be willing to vote. to study the issue, to debate the issue and then to stand up to take a stand and let us know where we stand. if they refuse to vote on gun