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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’: 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’: 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’: Presidential Debates and Bibi Draws a Line

Romney and Obama face off in their first presidential debate next week. Whom do they need to reach? What topics should they address? Are their portrayals of American workers accurate or productive? How should the U.S. respond to Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech about Iran’s uranium enrichment program? The “Left, Right & Center” panelists debate these questions on this week’s show.

Posted on Sep 28, 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’: 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’: The Democrats’ Private Equity Paradox

President Obama’s attack on Mitt Romney for his time at the private equity firm Bain Capital drew words from Newark mayor and rising Democratic Party star Cory Booker. Booker scolded both campaigns for their attacks before praising Bain for supporting and growing businesses, a move that appears to belie his dependence on Wall Street for success in a potential Senate run.

Posted on May 26, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Playing the Bin Laden Card

This week’s panelists discuss the U.S. economy hitting a molasses spring, Obama reminding voters that he killed bin Laden, Romney appearing to be the last Republican standing and Syria showing a tin ear for U.N. criticism.

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: North Korea’s Missile Malfunction

On Friday, North Korea endured quite a setback on the international stage with the failure of its long-range missile launch. Also figuring in among the topics for this week’s panelists—Arianna Huffington, Robert Scheer, Carly Fiorina and Matt Miller—on “Left, Right & Center” are taxes, the Trayvon Martin court case and Apple’s pricing problem.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama, Candidate in Chief

President Obama shifts into full campaign mode as Romney inches closer to inevitability in his race to become the Republican nominee. In his day job as sitting president, Obama faced some setbacks from SCOTUS and a weaker-than-expected jobs report.

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Getting a Read on the Supremes

The Supreme Court took on a doozy of a case this week in its deliberations over Obama’s prized health care reform law. Do the top court’s conservative justices have it in for the law? Guest panelist David Frum joins regulars Robert Scheer and Matt Miller to take on Obamacare, plus the Trayvon Martin case and Paul Ryan’s budget plan.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Going for Brokered?

Who benefits if Republicans head to Tampa, Fla., at the end of August without a decisive winner? President Obama’s poll numbers are down with gas prices up. But what can he do about it?

Posted on Mar 16, 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’: Campaigning vs. Governing

Up for consideration on this week’s “Left, Right & Center” are such considerable topics as President Obama’s State of the Union address and the state of play in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. On board for the discussion are regulars Matt Miller and Robert Scheer, as well as guest panelists David Frum and Chrystia Freeland. You know you want to listen.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Appreciating Tony Blankley

“Left, Right & Center” lost one of its integral members since the long-running show’s last episode with the death of conservative co-host Tony Blankley on Jan. 7. For this week’s edition, Matt Miller, Robert Scheer, Arianna Huffington and guest panelist Mary Matalin pay their on-air respects.

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Farewell to a Conservative Gentleman

Tony Blankley, the “right” in KCRW’s “Left, Right & Center,” has died of stomach cancer. He was 62. Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer remembers his public radio sparring partner as “a conservative gentleman in the best sense. Tony was always well-informed, decent, with a wry sense of humor. I never knew him to lower his standards. It was a pleasure jousting with him.”

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The (Elusive) Middle-Class Agenda

Republicans, start your engines. With the Iowa causues in the rear-view mirror and New Hampshire and South Carolina up next, the GOP primary field has pretty much narrowed to Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul. What might the great minds of “Left, Right & Center” think of these presidential wannabes?

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 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 (the “anyone but Romney” vote has gone from Bachmann to Perry to Cain to Gingrich) would seem to make this a fine time for an independent party to emerge.

Posted on Dec 30, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Extreme Makeover: U.S. Economy Edition

Do Americans really want a tectonic shift in our economic system? Or are we happier “muddling through”? And most important, what would Jesus do in this seemingly relentless recession? Truthdig’s own Robert Scheer has some thoughts on all of the above this week, as do show regulars Arianna Huffington, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller.

Posted on Dec 23, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Leaving Iraq, for Better or Worse

What’s America’s legacy in Iraq going to be? Can we read it accurately from this moment, now that the war is “officially” over? Also on this week’s rundown of topics for “Left, Right & Center” panelists Robert Scheer, Matt Miller, Chrystia Freeland and Mark Tapscott are Fannie and Freddie vs. the SEC and a farewell to Christopher Hitchens.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 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’: Relief in Europe, Inequality in America

An emergency economic summit in Europe brought direly needed relief to Greece and neighboring nations, but will it last—and is it enough? Meanwhile, on our side of the planet, a report from Congress showed that the richest 1 percent of Americans more than doubled their share of national income in the last 30 years.

Posted on Oct 28, 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’: Jobs, Taxes and the Occupation of Wall Street

The Labor Department announced that employers added 103,000 jobs in September, President Obama addressed the Occupy Wall Street movement and Sarah Palin and Chris Christie said they would not run. The LRC panel discusses this and more. (more)

Posted on Oct 7, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The European Debt Crisis, Boehner on Jobs and Romney vs. Perry

On this week’s “Left, Right & Center”: setbacks in the effort to solve the European debt crisis, John Boehner’s remarks on Obama’s jobs plan, and where presidential hopefuls Rick Perry and Mitt Romney stand after the latest GOP candidates’ debate. (more)

Posted on Sep 16, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Jobs, the Republican Party and the Legacy of 9/11

This week on “Left, Right & Center,” Tony Blankley, Matt Miller and Robert Scheer discuss President Obama’s jobs speech, Rick Perry’s performance at the GOP debate and the state of things 10 years after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Posted on Sep 9, 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’: Default or Deal?

With Tuesday’s default deadline looming, time is running out. Is there a chance for compromise on the debt ceiling impasse?

Posted on Jul 30, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

Kabuki Dancing on the Debt Ceiling

On this week’s “Left, Right & Center”: Getting too close to the debt deadline, Greek insolvency and what’s with these credit rating companies throwing their weight around?

Posted on Jul 24, 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’: Jobs, Budget, Murdoch, Space

This week the Labor Department reported that employers added a mere 18,000 jobs in June, and that the unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent. The news is a blow to all who were hopeful that the nation’s economic recovery was gaining speed.

Posted on Jul 8, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: DSK’s Reversal of Fortune; Obama as Scolder-in-Chief

Last week brought a dramatic shift in Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s case—will he be exonerated? President Obama isn’t happy with congressional Republicans’ unwillingness to negotiate on the debt front, and they’re not thrilled with his disdainful stance.

Posted on Jul 2, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Troop Timetable, Budget Breakdown, Fed Forecast

So, now we know Obama’s big plan for pulling American troops out of Afghanistan, but it hasn’t exactly been well received. This week’s “Left, Right & Center” panel—featuring Tony Blankley, Matt Miller, Robert Scheer and Chrystia Freeland—offers no exception to the naysaying.

Posted on Jun 24, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Euro Crisis, Troop Drawdown, U.S. and Pakistan

The impact of the Greek debt crisis is being felt across the European Union—could it affect economic growth in the U.S.? This week also brought even more strain in U.S.-Pakistani relations, if things weren’t bad enough already. Listen in as Robert Scheer ... (more)

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Afghanistan, ‘Newtiny’ and the Weiner Effect

As Leon Panetta—you might know him from his most recent appearance as head of the CIA—took another step in his transition to the role of defense secretary, he had to deal with some pointed questions about America’s role in Afghanistan.  (more)

Posted on Jun 10, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Job Problems, Budget Battles, Romney Runs

Friday’s job news was far from good news, pointing to more bumps down the road to economic recovery. Thus, it falls on “Left, Right & Center” regulars Matt Miller and Tony Blankley, along with guest panelists Ed Kilgore and Chrystia Freeland, to brainstorm ... (more)

Posted on Jun 3, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Barack and Bibi, DSK and Arnold; Cornel West’s Broadside

What an action-packed week it was—how will “Left, Right & Center” regulars Robert Scheer, Matt Miller and Tony Blankley and guest panelist Chrystia Freeland possibly cover it all in 30 minutes? But they do—and they also manage to slip a little Newt-talk in there, too. Listen and learn.

Posted on May 20, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Debt Limit Debate; Galleon Guilty; GOP in 2012

The debt limit debate continues on Capitol Hill, with many senior lawmakers saying it’s unlikely the GOP-controlled House can reach a budget agreement with Democrats in the Senate and the White House.

Posted on May 13, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Birthers and Bernanke; Petraeus and Panetta

The American political climate took on a certain circus-like quality this week, with GOP showman Donald Trump stirring up the birther controversy yet another—and, given the result, hopefully the last—time. Thankfully, we have “Left, Right & Center” regulars Robert Scheer, Matt Miller, Tony Blankley and special guest Mary Matalin to cut through the noise on that issue.

Posted on May 1, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: The New Corporate World Order; Religion in American Politics

Stepping back from the week’s news, show regulars Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller, along with special guest Ed Kilgore, address the role and responsibility of multinational corporations in our economy and the role of religion in American politics.

Posted on Apr 24, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Two Ways of Looking at the Debt

President Obama announced a plan to reduce federal deficits by $4 trillion over 12 years. The Republican plan calls for a reduction of $4.4 trillion over 10 years. Of course the approaches are quite different, and they are compared and contrasted ...

Posted on Apr 15, 2011 READ MORE


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