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‘Left, Right & Center’: Jill Abramson Fired, Karl Rove on Hillary, VA Scandal

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the big and sudden changes that shook up the newsroom at The New York Times this week. Does the ousting of executive editor Jill Abramson represent a setback for women at the Gray Lady and in newsrooms everywhere?

Posted on May 16, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Foreign Affairs Troubles and a Nevada Rancher

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists” discuss the 700-page economics text about inequality currently leading the best-seller list on Amazon, rising tension in Ukraine, reports of chlorine gas attacks in Syria, the disastrous turn in conservatives’ love affair with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, and more.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Cooling Off in Ukraine, Warming Up for the GOP

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the surprise agreement among the U.S., Russia and the EU. Does it mean anything? Scheer says yes, and that those hoping for a new Cold War won’t get one.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: 7 Million Signed Up, SCOTUS Changes Campaign Finance

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists count 7 million Americans signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Also, the Supreme Court rules in favor of a conservative businessman and eliminates limits on aggregate campaign contributions.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Russian Sanctions, NSA MYSTIC and Hobby Lobby

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss sanctions between Russia and the U.S., the NSA program that records all phone calls to one country, and the Supreme Court’s pending decision over whether a hobbies chain has the right not to cover contraception in its insurance for employees.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Senate v. CIA and Climate Change

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists examine a behind-the-scenes fight over interoffice spying between the U.S. Senate and the CIA. Also, the libertarian-conservative split on the U.S.’s proper role in the Ukraine crisis and Senate Democrats’ fruitless all-nighter on climate change.

Posted on Mar 15, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Ukraine, Facebook and WhatsApp, Climate Change

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the political protests in Ukraine, the privacy implications of Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of the texting service WhatsApp and billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer’s promise to spend as much as $100 million during the 2014 election to pressure candidates to tackle climate change.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Imperial President or Small Ball?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists consider whether President Obama’s State of the Union announcement that he would try to find ways to work around a dysfunctional Congress makes him an imperialist president.

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: A Dismal Jobs Report and Christie Bridge-Gate

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask: With only 74,000 jobs created last month, who or what is to blame? Also, has New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie solved his Bridge-gate troubles or is his image permanently tarnished?

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: An Iran Deal, Supremes on Obamacare, Gratitude

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists debate whether the Iranian nuclear deal is a “game changer” or a “very bad idea.” Also, the Supreme Court agrees to hear more arguments against Obamacare.

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Washington Chaos—Is There a Way Out?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask whether there is a way out of the government shutdown. Host Matt Miller proposes an option that could be a face saver for both sides of the aisle.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Political Gridlock, Iran, Pope, Fed

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the House’s attempt to defund Obamacare, the Iranian president’s olive branch in The Washington Post, the pope’s interview and Larry Summers’ withdrawal as a candidate for Fed chairman.

Posted on Sep 20, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Syria and the Hour of Decision

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss whether President Obama should start a war after Secretary of State John Kerry said there is clear evidence Syria used poison gas against rebels and civilians. Should Obama wait for more evidence from U.N. inspectors? What is the proper role of the U.S., and should the issue be taken to Congress?

Posted on Aug 30, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Chaos in Egypt, NSA Revelations and the GOP

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists consider whether the Obama administration should have stated stronger positions on aid and military in Egypt as violence overwhelmed Cairo. Edward Snowden reveals that the NSA broke its own surveillance rules thousands of times. And the Republican Party convenes in Boston and Chris Christie makes a case for 2016.

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Snowden, Food Stamps and an Immigration Thunderbolt

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the new Quinnipiac University poll showing that more American voters consider Edward Snowden a whistle-blower than a traitor, by 55 to 34 percent. Should Russia grant Snowden asylum?

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Farm, Immigration Bills and Obama Goes Abroad

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Congress’ failure on the farm bill and the latest amendment to the immigration reform legislation. They also take a look at news involving the Federal Reserve and President Obama’s trip to Europe.

Posted on Jun 22, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Two Economies, Syria and Second Term Woes

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask, in the context of the new jobs report, whether the U.S. has two economies. Also, Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio wants immigration reform and President Obama does also, so what will it take to get it passed?

Posted on May 3, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: A Tale of Two Economies, Obama’s Charm Offensive

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ask whether the new jobs being added match the ones that are lost. Should we mourn a permanent decline in the middle class? Accept it and train for it? Should we cheer the recent economic growth, or fear another crash?

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Fiscal Cliff Forever, Saucy Scalia and Double Pope

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer, economist Robert Reich and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss President Obama’s criticism of the sequester cuts. Has Capitol Hill devolved into a state of perpetual dysfunction or is this disagreement finally proof that there’s something worth fighting for?

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Our Best Year Ever?

Was this the best year in human history? “Obviously not,” says Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer. He and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists debate the positives and negatives of 2012 both for Americans and humanity as a whole.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: A New American Majority and the Fiscal Cliff

The election suggests a new political landscape in the United States. With a new American majority, will Barack Obama and Congress really compromise on the impending fiscal cliff? Or will victorious Republican representatives remain committed to the Ryan budget? The “Left, Right & Center” commentators will consider these questions and others on this week’s program.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Debates Old and New, Newsweek and George McGovern

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Bob Scheer reflects on George McGovern’s life on this week’s “Left, Right and Center.” The panelists also consider whether next week’s presidential debate on foreign policy, which comes days after the spirited and contentious second encounter between the candidates, will focus on China, Afghanistan withdrawal and Libya. Or will it center on economics and America’s financial strength around the world?

Posted on Oct 20, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: U.S. Film Stokes Mideast Violence

U.S. embassies in the Islamic world came under siege as an anti-Muslim movie trailer went viral, the Fed went all-in for mortgage-backed bonds and teachers struck out in Chicago. “The Left, Right & Center” panelists tackle these and other issues on this week’s show.

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Romney in London

Robert Scheer, Chrystia Freeland and Matthew Continetti join “Left, Right & Center” host Matt Miller to discuss Mitt Romney’s London gaffe, former Citigroup CEO Sandy Weill’s break with the mega-banks, and a spoiler about the Olympic Games’ opening ceremonies.

Posted on Jul 28, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: JPMorgan’s $7 Billion Surprise

JPMorgan Chase’s losses from its hedge-managers-gone-wild in London could go as high as $7 billion. Too big to manage? And Bain becomes Mitt Romney’s bane once again.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Will Europe Decide the 2012 Presidential Race?

Democrats have a lot to worry about if this week’s recall vote in Wisconsin was a bellwether for November’s election. But there’s another problem that might be even more worrisome for Barack Obama: the economic crisis in Europe and its potential spread across the globe. If the upcoming election is all about America’s economic fortunes, what’s a president to do?

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Where Are the Good New Jobs?

Good jobs news is one thing, but where are the good new jobs? The answer to that question may well be worth at least the amount of our nation’s deficit.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Higher Gas Prices: Problem or Solution?

Mitt Romney swipes Rick Santorum with his Senate record. President Obama proposes subsidizing energy innovators as gas shoots up 12 cents a gallon in one week. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offers a show of support for Assad’s opponents, and Greece signs loan papers.

Posted on Feb 25, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Cars, Contraception and China

What is it about this particular election cycle that’s causing Republican candidates’ fortunes to rise and fall so rapidly the pundits are practically getting whiplash? And does our nation’s debt problem have more to do with defense spending or so-called entitlement programs?

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Europe Kicks the Can

This week, at a Brussels economic summit described as “make or break,” European leaders came together but drew the line at uniting. Meanwhile, back on this side of the Atlantic, conservatives mull Newt Gingrich’s presidential prospects and President Obama speechifies.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Occupy This and That

In this week’s installment of “Left, Right & Center,” panelists Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley, Matt Miller and Chrystia Freeland take stock of the unemployment crisis in our country, which is a gigantic enough topic as it is. But wait—there’s much more.

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Third-Party Politics

Does America need a third political party? The backlash against Obama on the left and the tepid support for Romney would seem to make this a fine time for an independent party to emerge. But it’s also the year of $1 billion campaigns and Citizens United-style funding schemes.

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Occupied by Occupy

“Special guest,” or rather returning regular, Arianna Huffington joins moderator Matt Miller, Robert Scheer and the right-leaning Matthew Continetti for this week’s show, in which the Occupy Wall Street movement, the fate of the euro (and Europe), and the future of health care reform are but three meaty topics on the menu.

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Perry’s Brain Freeze, Presidential Wannabes

Can Texas Gov. Rick Perry come back from the brink of PR disaster after Wednesday night’s debate gaffe? It sure helped the embattled but tenacious Herman Cain, as the “Left, Right & Center” brain trust discusses on this week’s show.

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Will Cain Survive? Will Obama Go Negative?

This week, a series of accusations about past indiscretions threatened to slow the Cain Train’s roll. Can GOP presidential contender Herman Cain ride it out? More important, can Greece emerge in one piece from its current economic catastrophe? (more)

Posted on Nov 4, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Cures for an Ailing Economy?

In this episode of “Left, Right & Center,” show regulars Tony Blankley, Robert Scheer and Matt Miller, along with special guest panelist Laura Tyson, take on all things related to the economy in the week’s news, finding a lot of bad and ugly but not much good.

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Bernanke and the Busted Economy, Perry in the Polls, Cheney’s Book

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke confirmed the obvious in a news conference this week: The federal debt limit and the summer scuffle over what to do about it strained the nation’s economy. But he failed to mention how the Fed might assist in the creation of jobs for down-and-out Americans. Elsewhere, presidential candidate Rick Perry surged ahead in the polls and the reading public braced for the release of former Vice President Dick Cheney’s memoir. (more)

Posted on Aug 26, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Investor Anxiety, Syrian Instability, Perry Scrutinized

The stock market continued its best imitation of a roller coaster this week, reports of Syrian protesters’ deaths came in after assurances that military operations against the opposition had ceased, and American liberals cringed at the thought of another former Texas governor in the White House. (more)

Posted on Aug 19, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Moody Markets, London’s Burning, GOP Debate

Do legislators really have economic recovery in mind? Also, what’s with the U.K. riots? Plus, eight GOP presidential candidates were in Iowa this week, so who is the front-runner?

Posted on Aug 13, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Till Debt Do Us Part

Another week, another standoff on Capitol Hill over the ever-pressing debt ceiling issue, with President Obama warning Friday of impending economic “Armageddon” if things don’t get sorted out soon. So what’s the good news?

Posted on Jul 15, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Mideast and the Midwest

More strife in Libya, the Wisconsin Assembly passes a bill barring collective bargaining rights, the death of DOMA and a budget standoff in Washington. Buckle in for “Left, Right & Center.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: All Eyes on Egypt

Reports about a rapidly transforming Egypt have dominated the week’s news, so it’s fitting that “Left, Right & Center” all-stars Arianna Huffington, Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller make the subject their sole focus of this episode.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama in the Middle

What are we to make of Obama’s concessionary tax-cut move this week? Politically savvy or just another sign that what some of us bought isn’t what we got in our president? There’s definitely some disagreement about this point among the panelists ...

Posted on Dec 10, 2010 READ MORE


Robert Scheer Talks Economic Crisis

In appearances on MSNBC and KCRW, Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer is coming out with rhetorical guns blazing to talk about the economic crisis, Wall Street pandering, and the culpability of both parties in all of it.

Posted on Sep 18, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama in Detroit; Immigration in Arizona; Wrangling Rangel

President Obama gave a rousing speech in Detroit, where he said the stimulus has helped the area’s economy but reminded everyone that the road ahead is hard. The Arizona immigration law suffered a temporary setback ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 30, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Jobs, Kagan & Immigration

The employment situation is looking grim for our nation. What’s to be done? And financial regulation got derailed—score another one for big banking! Can “Left, Right & Center” regulars Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 2, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: The McChrystal Affair; Financial Regulation Redux

On this week’s show, Robert Scheer opines that the current financial regulation bill favors big banks—here we go again—and doesn’t do much to help consumers. Meanwhile, Gen. Stanley McChrystal is free to explore other career options.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: BP and BHO; Israel-Gaza; the Gores

It was the Week of the Flotilla, and the controversy over Israel’s raid on a Gaza-bound convoy was ongoing as “Left, Right & Center” commentators Robert Scheer, David Frum and Matt Miller took to the airwaves in the latest show.

Posted on Jun 4, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: The Big Spill, Sestak and Spain

This week’s “Left, Right & Center” features a cameo appearance from David Frum, who fills in for the show’s Mr. Right, Tony Blankley, to take on the week’s big topics: the BP oil spill, Joe Sestak, Spain and the global economy. 

Posted on May 28, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: Who’s This Rand Paul Guy, Anyway?

The Republican Party’s high hopes may hang on Ron Paul’s son, Rand, after he busted his way onto the national stage with his big primary victory this week in Kentucky, but is he the man for the GOP job? Just who likes Paul the Younger, and who isn’t crazy about him, may surprise you ... (continued)

Posted on May 21, 2010 READ MORE


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