Digby & Joan McCarter • VS Sundays

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Virtually Speaking Sundays – a counterpoint to the Sunday morning talk shows.

March 23, 2014 – digby  (Hullabaloo) and Joan McCarter (Daily Kos) consider Begich and Merkley and political effectiveness of popular policies like Social Security; Markos Moulitsas v Politico, and the flailing Third Way. Plus Culture of Truth. Jay Ackroy moderates.


Follow @digby56  | @joanmccarter    | @JayAckroyd  | @Bobblespeak


digby —  American political writer and founder of the liberal blog Hullabalo, Digby has contributed to Campaign For America's Future's blog The Big Con, Salon Magazine,  Huffington Post, Crooks and Liars and Firedoglake.

Joan McCarter — Senior Political Writer and regular front page contributor to Daily Kos. Joan writes about national legislative developments. 

 

The 2014 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Allison Kilkenny, Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman

 

digby & Dave Dayen • VS Sundays

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Virtually Speaking Sundays – a counterpoint to the Sunday morning talk shows.

Jan 26, 2014 – digby & David Dayen comment on the postal banking proposal; ACA and entrepreneurship; bipartisan McCarthyism from Mike Rogers (R) House Intelligence, and Dianne Feinstein (D), Senate Intelligence. Political satire from Culture of Truth. Jay Ackroyd moderates.


Follow @digby56   |  @Ddayen  |  @Bobblespeak  |  @JayAckroyd

David Dayen writes about state and national issues for Slate.com. Since 2004, his work has been cited by the LA Times, the New York Times and the Washington Post and he has been a guest on NPR, Pacifica Radio and Air America.

digby —  American political writer and founder of the liberal blog Hullabaloo, Digby has contributed to Campaign For America's Future's blog The Big Con, Salon Magazine,  Huffington Post, Crooks and Liars and Firedoglake.

The 2014 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Allison Kilkenny, Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman

digby & Marcy Wheeler • VS Sundays

Virtually Speaking Sundays – a counterpoint to the Sunday morning talk shows.

Jan 5, 2014 – This week, commentators digby and Marcy Wheeler  talk about legalized marijuana and clemency for Snowden entering the sphere of legitimate debate; what we learned in 2013 about how the NSA keeps us safe from terrorism.

 

The 2014 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Allison Kilkenny, Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman

digby, Avedon Carol• VS Sundays

Special Guest Culture of Truth (HIAL, dammit) joins Avedon and digby to discuss SCOTUS and four of this week's rulings. The ruling links are pdfs.  Jon Oliver comments on the Supremes.

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 DOMA (Us vs Windsor) —  a 5-4 vote — is an interesting illustration of the Court's, or perhaps Kennedy's, concern that the Court reflect widespread shifts in American public opinion. It's a huge victory for LGBT activists, and for the population under 50 who really don't understand what's wrong with people who fall in love, and then want to get married and raise children.

In Fisher vs the University of Texas  the court in a 7-1 opinion, with Kagan recused, upheld, narrowly, the use of affirmative action for college admissions.  Richard Thompson Ford at Slate discusses the implications.  He argues, and Ginsburg agrees in her dissent, that the ultimate effect of the ruling may be to limit affirmative action polices to relatively small, private institutions.

 

Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District illustrates a point Dahlia Lithwick made in an earlier VS appearance, in a discussion with Culture Of Truth.  It is common practice for the Roberts Court to make apparently technical rulings on minor matters that have major future implications. A New York Times op-ed agrees with Kagan's dissent in a 5-4 (usual suspects) opinion--that this opinion represents a "revolution in land use law."

Finally, for our purposes, we have the overturning of the central provision of the Voting Rights Act., Selby County vs Holder . (5-4 usual suspects). David Cay Johnston summarized the cynicism of this ruling (audio) earlier this week.

 

 

Avedon Carol — An American ex-pat living in London, Avedon writes about American politics, captured media, captured gov't, censorship and health care.  @Avedon_Says on twitter.

digby —  American political writer and founder of the liberal blog Hullabaloo, Digby has contributed to Campaign For America's Future's blog The Big Con, Salon Magazine,  Huffington Post, Crooks and Liars and Firedoglake.   @digby56

Culture of Truth — Political satirist, court watcher and author of The Bobblespeak Translations. @BobbleSpeak

 

Joan McCarter & digby • VS Sundays

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May 19, 2013 - From the VS Media Panel, Joan McCarter & digby talk scandal-mongering, disappearing deficits.... the Tea Party & current prospects for a Grand Bargain. Jay Ackroyd moderates.

Plus political satire from Culture of Truth.

Joan McCarter — Senior Political Writer and regular front page contributor to Daily Kos, Joan writes about national legislative developments.  Follow @joanmccarter

digby — American political writer and founder of the liberal blog Hullabaloo, Digby has contributed to Campaign For America's Future's blog The Big Con, Salon Magazine,  Huffington Post, Crooks and Liars and Firedoglake.

digby & Gaius Publius • VS Sundays

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April 14, 2013 - From the VS Media Panel: digby & Gaius Publius.

• President's budget and the politics of the Chained-CPI, how that affects the 2014 campaign. (What are Republicans really up to?)
• Is Obama a "transformational" president?
• The new openness on social issues (except women's rights, of course).
•  Gaius's climate change elevator speech.
• Political satire from Culture of Truth

Follow @digby56, @gaius_publius, @JayAckroyd @bobblespeak

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digby — American political writer and founder of the liberal blog Hullabaloo, Digby has contributed to Campaign For America's Future's blog The Big Con, Salon Magazine,  Huffington Post, Crooks and Liars and Firedoglake.

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Gaius Publius — Professional writer of stories, poems, and books on education & technology. Frequent writer and Contributing Editor at AMERICAblog.com. Occasional guest on Ring of Fire Radio, The Matt Filipowicz Show and other venues.

The Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, Stuart Zechman

digby & Stuart Zechman • VS Sundays

Mar 31, 2013 - From the VS Media Panel, digby & Stuart Zechman discuss the sequester —  'blind and irresponsible cuts' —entitlements, Tea Party, Paul Krugman, and the parties in power. Jay Ackroyd moderates.

digby —  American political writer and founder of the liberal blog Hullabaloo, Digby has contributed to Campaign For America's Future's blog The Big Con, Salon Magazine,  Huffington Post, Crooks and Liars and Firedoglake. Follow @digby56

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Stuart Zechman — a public commentary organizer at legacy media political blogs such as TIME Magazine's Swampland; movement liberal, entrepreneur and technologist. Stuart uses Twitter as a primary communications tool. He posts on occasion at Avedon’s     Other Weblog and Yves Smith’s Naked Capitalism. • Follow @stuart_zechman

Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler & Digby • VS Sundays

Recorded Feb 10, 2013 - Political writers Joan McCarter and digby, and investigative journalist Marcy Wheeler talk about drones and the US government's argument for murdering Americans overseas if they (the CIA) are acting in an official capacity.  Then automatic spending cuts, deficits and social insurance.  Listen here.

Culture of Truth satirizes the Sunday Morning 'news' shows at the Bobblespeak Translations.  Sherry Reson moderates.

Joan McCarter - As Senior Political Writer and regular front page contributor to Daily Kos, Joan tracks national legislative developments.  Follow @joanmccarter 

digby -  An American political writer and founder of the liberal blog Hullabaloo, Digby has contributed to Campaign For America's Future's blog The Big Con, Salon Magazine,  Huffington Post, Crooks and Liars and Firedoglake. Follow @digby56

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Marcy Wheeler - One of the nation's leading investigative journalists, working primarily on civil liberties issues, Marcy regularly breaks stories related to use of illegal detention and interrogation practices by the US Government.  Anatomy of Deceit: How the Bush Administration Used the Media to Sell the Iraq War and Out a Spy is the definitive work on the Scooter Libby trial.   • Follow @emptywheel

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Our media panel: Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler & Stuart Zechman

VS Sundays Media Panel

Two members of our media panel - Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler & Stuart Zechman - discuss developments of the week, sometimes with a guest commentator. They counter the narratives and highlight issues neglected or misrepresented by the legacy media. Informed, lively and informal.

Avedon Carol writes about American politics, captured media, captured gov't, censorship and health care.  Follow @Avedon_Says

Cliff Schecter — nationally syndicated columnist and political commentator — writes for Al Jazeera English and appears weekly on Take Action News w/ David Shuster and The Majority Report w/ Sam Seder. The author of the 2008 Bestseller "The Real McCain," Cliff is co-founder and part owner of Washington DC's independent progressive radio station, We Act Radio, 1480AM. Find his firm at www.libertasllc.com and his site at cliffschecter.com Follow @cliffschecter 

David Dayen writes about state and national issues at Salon.com. Since 2004, his work has been cited by the LA Times, the New York Times and the Washington Post and he has been a guest on NPR, Pacifica Radio and Air America. Follow @ddayen

Dave Johnson is a Fellow with Campaign for America's Future and a Senior Fellow with Renew California. He writes frequently at Seeing the Forest and Alternet. Follow @DCJohnson

David Waldman scrutinizes the US Congress and hosts Kargro in the Morning for Daily Kos. Follow @KagroX

digby —  American political writer and founder of the liberal blog Hullabaloo, Digby has contributed to Campaign For America's Future's blog The Big Con, Salon Magazine,  Huffington Post, Crooks and Liars and Firedoglake. Follow @digby56

Gaius Publius — Professional writer of stories, poems, and books on education & technology. Frequent writer and Contributing Editor at AMERICAblog.com. Occasional guest on Ring of Fire Radio, The Matt Filipowicz Show and other venues. Gaius has two political-themed works in process; one fiction and one non-fiction. Follow @Gaius_Publius.

Joan McCarter — Senior Political Writer and regular front page contributor to Daily Kos, Joan writes about national legislative developments.  Follow @joanmccarter

Marcy Wheeler Investigative journalist, working primarily on civil liberties issues, Marcy regularly breaks stories related to use of illegal detention and interrogation practices by the US Government.  Anatomy of Deceit: How the Bush Administration Used the Media to Sell the Iraq War and Out a Spy is the definitive work on the Scooter Libby trial.   • Follow @emptywheel

Stuart Zechman — Movement liberal, entrepreneur, technologist and public commentary organizer at legacy media political blogs such as TIME Magazine's Swampland; He uses Twitter as a primary communications tool and posts on occasion at Avedon’s Other Weblog and Yves Smith’s Naked Capitalism.Follow @stuart_zechman