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BY ALLIE SPILLYARDS ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN You're watching multisource politics news analysis from Newsy Will it or won’t it? Have they or haven’t they? A federal government shutdown’s been looming for weeks, and once again Congress has a matter of days to reach an agreement. The media are debating Friday’s outcome-- but it seems Congress is split. “So here’s the crazy thing. Senator Harry Reid and Senator Chuck Schumer are like the deal’s done. Yeah, but John Boehner says the deal’s not done and then Trish Turner, one of the producers who’s got sources like nobody else says listen, the deal’s done.” MSNBC political analyst Mark Halperin tells a panel on Morning Joe - a gap between leadership and congressional members could hold up an agreement. “The question still is where will the votes come from for the continuing resolution and for any big deal? The only way to do it is to get votes in the center. You must lose the far right and the far left, and right now I don’t see that being on the right trajectory even for the continuing resolution. I think the leaders will strike a deal, but I’m not sure it’ll pass on the floor.” Republicans proposed $61 billion in spending cuts, and Democrats have countered with $33 billion, but NBC’s Tracie Potts suggests-- that’s not the real problem. TRACIE POTTS: “The disagreement seems to not be on how much to cut but what.” FACE THE NATION: “We can’t do it on a program for little kids. We can’t do it on homeless veterans.” MEET THE PRESS: “Close down the environmental protection agency’s efforts to keep our air clean and our water pure. I mean, that sort of thing is irresponsible.” Fox News’ Carl Cameron suggests it may already be too late to meet Friday’s deadline... even if the two sides reach some sort of agreement. “The problem is the calendar. If a compromise could be reached, the House needs three days to pass it. Then the Senate needs another 3 days on top of that to do its work.” Temporary funding expires Friday at midnight - but as TIME’s Adam Sorenson writes - TECHNICALLY it expires Wednesday - since legislation has to be made public no less than 72 hours before a vote. Still - Sorenson predicts - a government shutdown won’t happen. “The costs, political and otherwise, are just too great for both parties. … Republicans fear a backlash a la 1995. They've also spent the last two years accusing President Obama of creating a toxic environment of uncertainty... Allowing the federal government to shut its doors for an indefinite period ... would seriously undermine that argument.” And whether the deadline’s met, bigger financial woes could be on the docket. Tuesday House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan is expected to announce the party’s 2012 proposed budget - a resolution, he told Fox, that could result in 4 trillion dollars in budget cuts. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
5 Apr 2011
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BY CHRISTY LEWIS You're watching multisource entertainment news analysis from Newsy A reportedly sensational book about the 2008 Obama/McCain election… check. A silver screen film adaptation of the book… soon to be checked. An award-winning actress chosen to play Sarah Palin? You "betcha." Taking on the role of head Mama Grizzly could be quite the challenge—between the accent and her famous quotes—so, who could do her character justice in a movie? E! News has the 411. “The brave beauty set to play Palin is none other than Oscar-nominated celeb, Julianne Moore. The 50-year-old’s rep confirms to E! News Moore has been cast as the ex-Alaskan Governor in a new HBO movie titled ‘Game Change.” The movie is based on the book with the same name, written by reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. Moore is currently the first and only cast member media reports have mentioned. And Palin herself told Fox’s Sean Hannity she’s fine with it… “Well, I’m all about job creation… and I guess I could provide some of these gals who pretend like they’re me with some job security.” Bloggers seem to agree on one thing-- Moore is a phenomenal actress. One Café Mom blogger for the Stir goes on to say she’s too good for the film. “Say it isn't so... Where can a Moore fan repudiate this depressing casting choice? I feel like someone has misunderestimated (sic) Moore's talents in this decision to morph her into the you-betcha-ing hockey mama-bear.” Acting skills aside-- a blogger for Slate says she’s worried about Moore’s shot at pulling off Palin’s accent. “I hope Moore leaves the jokey vocal overcompensation at home and actually tries to explore Palin as a complicated character, which she must be, no matter how easily caricaturized (sic) the face she presents to the world might be.” Perhaps the most famous rendition of Palin was Tina Fey’s version on Saturday Night Live. Access Hollywood spoke with some of Fey’s coworkers about how Moore will do in comparison. REPORTER: “Do you think she can top Tina’s performance?” BALDWIN: “No way. I love Julianne, but that’s out of the question.” KRAKOWSKI: “I’m a huge fan of Julianne Moore and I think she’ll do an amazing job. But, it’s hard to follow Miss Fey’s Palin so it will be very interesting to see.” With other possible cast members still up in the air, CelebTV put together a list of possible choices, including who should play current president Barack Obama. “The former Fresh-Prince is a no-brainer for the future Fresh-Prez. He’s got it all. The tude, the build, and most importantly, the ears.” Jay Roach is set to will direct the film and it’s rumored for release before the 2012 election. And don’t forget -- the latest Newsy iPhone and iPad apps allow you to stream our videos through Apple TV - download the free apps today 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your news feed Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
15 Mar 2011
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BY: ALLIE SPILLYARDS ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY You're watching multisource politics news analysis from Newsy What’s the U.S. to do? Step in and help rebel fighters or stand back and let Libya take care of Libya. A writer for CNN says the U.S. has already stuck it’s toe in the water by calling for Ghaddafi to step down. Now, it needs to follow through. “Gadhafi's departure from power in other words is not just a requirement of humanity and decency. It's not only justice to the people of Libya. It is also essential to American credibility and the stability of the Middle East region.” Others say not so fast. During a Meet the Press roundtable discussion, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson says the U.S. needs to consider if its help is even wanted. “Do you really want American boots on the ground? The rebels in Libya are not exactly excited about the idea of a kind of U.S. sponsored revolution. They’re doing this themselves. I’m not sure how that would leave America's standing if we participate to too great an extent in what they’re trying to do.” And if the U.S. does intervene, what considerations should it make? Political analysts from two competing networks say the U.S. can’t act alone. Michael O’Hanlon: “I think given the lessons of Iraq where we tried to do the right thing but paid a big price for overthrowing a dictator, we need to be careful here. I think international support is the key prerequisite to acting unless the violence just gets so much worse its a humanitarian requirement to intervene, but we’re not really at that level yet.” MARK HALPERIN: “It would be crazy to make this a U.S. operation. If it’s an international operation it takes away some of the dangers in terms of how this is viewed around the world.” All debates aside.... the questions really at the heart of the issue: why Libya? Why now? A blogger for the New American challenges U.S. interest. “If moral obligations were our reason for meddling in the lives of others, then why did we not do anything in Sudan? The West sent only relief workers to aid the afflicted and no military might to quell massacres hundreds of times greater than those that may be occurring in Libya. There was no “morality” because Sudan and its people are insignificant to the West — that is, they have no economic importance to us.” So whether America is taking a stance in favor of humanity or protecting the oil that keeps its economy stable, politicians have some decisions to make. Congress and the White House will grapple with the options. As President Obama has said, it’s all on the table. So for now, Americans and rebel protestors will be watching for action. According to Politico, that response could be a no fly zone, a no drive zone, arming the opposition, or invasion. Now, it’s just a waiting game. 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your news feed Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
8 Mar 2011
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BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN Read his lips: Raise Warren Buffett’s taxes. In an interview with ABC, the Oracle of Omaha says the rich have never had it so good. BUFFETT: “I think the people higher like myself should be paying more in taxes. The rich are always going to say that, you know, just give us more money and we'll go out and spend more and then it will all trickle down to the rest of you. But that has not worked the last ten years, and I hope the American public is catching on.” And as the debate rages in Congress over whether to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans - a call to raise taxes FROM one of America’s wealthiest is a powerful show of support for opponents of the current tax structure. Then again - with an estimated wealth of $47 billion - Buffett might just be speaking for himself. On MSNBC - conservative commentator Pat Buchanan says - bad idea, Buffett. PAT BUCHANAN: “He's got $42 billion and he makes his money by capital gains, buying and selling, only a 15% tax. Maybe he should pay more. If you're talking about a guy with a family making $250,000 should his taxes go up? I don't think it's good economics. I don't think it's good politics, and I don't know that it's a good deal for the country.” Still - ABC points out Congress overwhelmingly turned down a value-added tax last year - and it isn’t likely to raise taxes in this political climate. Economist Robert Reich blames that on what he calls Republican hypocrisy. ROBERT REICH: “You know, even in this town that seems inured to hypocrisy, for the Republicans in Congress to say, we must have a tax break, we must extend the Bush tax breaks for the top earners, but at the same time we don't have enough money, we cannot because the deficit extend the unemployment insurance for working Americans who have been out of work in record numbers, long-term unemployed gets some sort of an award for hypocrisy.” Buffett hasn’t been shy about his views on economic policy - and this isn’t the first time he’s said he’d like his own taxes raised. In a highly publicized op-ed last week - he even thanked Uncle Sam for bailouts he says helped the country through the worst of the financial crisis. And for that - The Wall Street Journal’s Matt Phillips questions Buffett’s motives. “Buffett, who has long been identified with Democratic causes, seems to be stepping up his chatter on government issues lately... Interestingly, the opinion piece appeared on the same day that Buffett received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S.” Finally - back to MSNBC’s Morning Joe - where host Mika (MEE-kuh) Brzezinski (bruh-JIN-skee) raises the question of compromise. Rather than categorize “wealthiest Americans” in the $250,000-and-up bracket -- why not raise the ceiling? TIME’s Mark Halperin says that’s a start. MARK HALPERIN: “This is going to come to a head if not this month with the deficit commission report in December, but when the Republicans in the House have to write their budget.” (FLASH) MIKE BARNACLE: “There is something flammable within this culture when we continue to have a tax policy that results in Warren Buffett's secretary paying more in a percentage of taxes than Warren Buffett does. There's something wrong with the tax code in this country.” Get more multi-source political news from Newsy****
23 Nov 2010
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*******www.castlibrary****/audio_books/game-change-obama-clintons-mccain-palin-race-lifetime Game Change, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin and narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, had Washington shaking even before it went on sale. It reveals some shocking information about the 2008 presidential campaign. The authors went out of their way to find out the back story and gossip from numerous angles on the candidates and on others around them.
25 Jan 2010
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Sunday Show Roundup: McCain's Bleak Week Your Daily Politics Video Blog: Time's Mark Halperin has declared that John McCain "wins the week." Which week he's referring to is anybody's guess, because the prevailing consensus on the past week of financial turmoil is that John McCain lost badly.
23 Sep 2008
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Coverage of the Vermont, Ohio, Rhode Island & Texas Primaries with Al Hunt, David Brooks, Mark Halperin, Melissa Harris Lacewell, Errol Louis and Connie Schultz. Visit charlierose**** to see the full program
6 Mar 2008
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On today's Tuesday Snack, Will takes a break from the campaign trail and visits the Political Lunch research library for three books that help put this whole circus into perspective.
5 Dec 2007
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