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June 30, 2010

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This Week on Midweek Politics with David Pakman / June 30th, 2010

Total Running Time: 60:00

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This Week’s Topics:

–Rabbi David Nesenoff, the man who infamously taped Helen Thomas’ comments about how Jews should get the hell ouf of Israel and go back to Poland, Germany, and other countries, joins us live to discuss whether the viral video is missing context, what happened after the interview, his involvement with Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic rants, and more. Nesenoff states clearly that Helen Thomas is an anti-Semite, but refuses to say that Mel Gibson is.

–David Pakman’s trip to Argentina, including World Cup watching, a different standard for what is liberal, an attempted mugging, and more.

–Updates on Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Stanley McChrystal David Petraeus switch, and difficulty answering the question of why we are currently in Afghanistan.

–For the tenth time, US forces have captured the number 3 Al-Qaeda official.

–The oil spill has passed even more horrific milestones, and Bill Clinton is being criticized for the same suggestion David Pakman made months ago of blowing up the leaking well.

–Michelle Bachmann, in an unprecedented example of hypocrisy coming shortly after considering the US Census to be too intrusive, criticizes the Obama administration for not intruding completely and taking full control of the oil spill from day 1.

–Halliburton is pouring money into the campaigns of Congress members who are investigating the oil spill, but surely it must just be coincidence.

–The Elena Kagan Supreme Court confirmation hearings, her expected speedy confirmation, and what might hold it up.

–An interesting story involving recent Midweek Politics interviewee John Bonifaz, Elana Kagan, conservative blogs, and a campaign donation.

–The Institute for Creation Research Graduate School is no longer allowed to award Masters of Science degrees to students based on the lack of foundation in what they teach after moving from California to Texas.

–Former Arizona Congressman JD Hayworth participates in an infomercial for National Grants Conferences, one of the free government money types, and even the most cursory internet research quickly turns up that it is a scam.

–Gretchen Carlson on the Fox News Channel morning show hilariously suggests that her job as a new anchor is the same as President Obama’s.

–A school mural in Prescott, Arizona had the skin color of the depicted children lightened as the result of racist complaints from Prescott City Councilman Steve Blair, who goes out of his way to talk about how he is not racist, but cannot stand the word diversity.

–New stations in Washington, Indiana, and Mexico airing Midweek Politics.

–Last week’s poll about the oil spill, and a new poll about Elena Kagan.

–Emails about David Pakman’s interview with Cenk Uygur from The Young Turks, the controversial interview with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, and much more.

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