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Today's Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

Jun 8, 2012
[Protesters denouncing Shafiq in Talaat Harb Street. Image by Hossam El-Hamalawy.]

On today's Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of protests in Egypt following the outcome of the trial of Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak. We’ll also talk about the Wisconsin recall election results, and the U.S. drone attacks. We’ll be joined by Harper’s Scott Horton, The Nation’s John Nichols and freelance journalist Ahmad Shokr joins us from Cairo. Where did you see the best reporting this week? Join us live at 10 or send an email to feedback@yourcallradio.org.

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One of the decisions Californians will make this June 5th is whether or not to change the amount of time legislators serve in office, mostly to lessen their terms from 14 years to 12. Prop 28 says that should happen, opponents disagree. As the discussion over legislative term limits heats up, the question at the core of Prop 28 is how long Californians think their representatives should represent them. Should they be left to serve longer and become more established as legislators? Or, should there be an encouragement of new blood in the State Assembly and Senate?

It’s once again time to play that quadrennial game sensation sweeping the nation: Guess the Vice Presidential Pick!

Since Mitt Romney has sewed up the Republican nomination tighter than one of Chris Christie’s old suits, the only drama left is which name the former governor of Massachusetts intends to place on the bottom of his bumper sticker. So let's look at the field of potential running mates. We'll start with the vanquished competition.

Now that the general election has unofficially begun, you and I and pretty much everybody dear to us, except for Kansas City Royals fans, are about to be buried under a blizzard of polls.

Remember when his own staffers said Mitt Romney had the conviction of an Etch-A-Sketch? Well stand back because, as we speak, the former governor from Massachussetts is being flipped over and shaken so hard, the fillings in the back teeth of his whole family are starting to rattle. What this all means is that we're entering the general election mode. So anything Mitt Romney might have said during the primary no longer applies.

A few words here for all my fellow Muppets, referring to Greg Smith, formerly of Goldman Sachs, who wrote an op-ed in the New York Times announcing he's out  of there due to his company’s extreme moral bankruptcy. According to Smith, associates are encouraged to rip off their own billion-dollar clients and regularly disparage them as Muppets.

And now your eagerly awaited Super Tuesday Report. Or perhaps it would be better to say Not So Super Tuesday report. More of a Frenetic and Confusing but Ultimately Unsatisfying with a Slight Aftertaste of Desperation Tuesday Report.

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the Supreme Court’s ruling, which allows corporations and citizens to spend unlimited amounts of money backing candidates. With the proliferation of so-called Super PACs and with so much cash flowing to both parties, how has politics been influenced by big money? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. What will it take to remove money from politics? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

Jonah Minkoff-Zern, senior organizer with Public Citizen's Democracy is for People Campaign

Downsizing California's postal system could affect last-minute voters, according to Secretary of State Debra Bowen. While the U.S. Postal Service has proposed closing up to 11 processing centers across the state, that could delay thousands of mail-in ballots and compromise the integrity of the November election...

Don’t mean to overreact and risk boosting everybody’s blood pressure higher than opening offers on Facebook’s IPO, but this might be a halfway decent time to seek out a nice, safe, steel bunker to hunker down in or behind, because it’s awards season and heavy metal statuettes are being tossed around like dimes at a county fair. Like the flurry of résumés from the outer office of Michele Bachmann’s inner circle. As plentiful as the doubts currently circling Mitt Romney’s Super PAC.

There's something about Mitt. And whatever it is, a few folks are definitely allergic. Maybe they sense he has the same connection to humanity that a drive shaft has to bouillabaisse. Could be he's worth more than most small Balkan nations. Might be the Mormon thing or perhaps he just smells odd?

Will Durst here, with a few words on Barack Obama's third, and possibly last, State of the Union address. Although it's an election year, the administration went out of its way to reinforce that this was not a campaign speech, just a report on the progress being made. Apparently, the state of the union is pretty much exactly what we thought it was: good, getting better, but not quite great. Oh, it's definitely going to be great someday, because America has been great before and we will be great again soon. How soon? Well, that's the question. Tomorrow? Next month? 2014?

 

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the Republican Party.  With the 2012 election cycle ramping up, we’re asking some fundamental questions: Who is the base of the Republican Party?  Who’s leading it?  Who’s paying the bills?  How has the party changed over the years and what are its principles and goals?  Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org.  What is your opinion of the Republican Party?  And what do you want to know about it?  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

 

San Francisco Election

Nov 7, 2011

Host: Joseph Pace

Producer: Susan Britton

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