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October 7, 2009

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This Week on Midweek Politics with David Pakman – October 7th, 2009

Produced by

David Pakman, WXOJ, Northampton, MA
Louis Motamedi, WXOJ, Northampton, MA

Total Running Time: 56:41

MP3 Podcast: Available with entire Midweek Politics Archive for Members

This Week’s Topics:

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–Iraq and Afghanistan, including increasing hypocricy in coverage of the two wars by conservative media outlets under President Obama compared to George W. Bush.

–The increasing in controversy over whether or not Barack Obama will send reinforcements to Afghanistan, including commentary from Senators John McCain and Linsday Graham.

–Don Imus takes every opportunity he can get to try to convince people he is not a racist, most recently during an interview with Neil Cavuto about President Obama.

–We discuss Sarah Palin’s upcoming book Going Rogue, and whether a woman who could not name a single newspaper she read could possibly have written a 432 page book in a few months.

–Chicago loses out on the 2016 Olympics to Rio de Janeiro, and criticism about President Obama having traveled to Copenhagen to lobby for his home city increases.

–We review the 2002 Olympic scandal involving bribes, Mitt Romney, Mormons, and more.

–Conservatives and Republicans have been happy about not getting the 2016 Olympics, even cheering at a conservative conference about it, even though the Olympics were traditionally thought of as a ptriotc event. We discuss the cause of this shift.

–Bill Kristol suggests the US does not need the Olympics, but what about that economy problem?

–If Democrats are not able to get health care reform with a public option through with 60 votes in the Senate and strong support for a public option by the public, it would be an asbolutely embarrassment to their party.

–Senator Max Baucus’ significant contributions from health and insurance companies, and whether he should be the point man for health care for the US.

–Senator John Ensign’s comments that we should not consider car accidents or gun deaths when thinking about life expectancy in the US.

–The same Senate Finance Committee that decides about health care gave $50 million to abstinence only health education for children.

–The Congressman Alan Grayson controversy, including his comments that the Republican plan for health care is to not get sick, and if you get sick, to die quickly, as well as his subsequent apology.

–Senator Orrin Hatch suggests that Democrats should need 70 votes to pass a public option, while Fox News’ Shepard Smith becomes the most unlikely advocate of the obvious logic of a public option.

–Reviewing the Roman Polanski trial and arrest, including bizarre comments from Whoopi Goldberg recently indicating it may have been rape, but not rape-rape, as she called it.

–Re-enacting the transcript from the Roman Polanski trial when the victim was questioned about what took place.

–The Republican Party is not happy with their Chairman, Michael Steele, and we discuss what the next step for him may be.

–What questions are illegal to ask during a job interview, and how should they be answered?

–Michael Moore’s recent TV appearances, including on the Sean Hannity show.

–Don Imus

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