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‘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’: 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’: 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.

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‘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

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’: 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’: 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’: 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’: 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


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Libya, Budget Battle, GOP Lineup

President Obama’s speech about Libya was perhaps striking for what he said as much as for what he didn’t say. Did he say enough to sway public opinion? Also in this week’s edition of “Left, Right & Center,” regulars Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley ...

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Japan, Libya, NPR

This week’s discussion on “Left, Right & Center” begins with some thoughts on the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan before turning to the still-critical situation in Libya, Obama’s strategy for dealing with soaring gas prices, and yet another scandal at NPR.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Wisconsin Showdown, Mideast Crackdown, Budget Throwdown

In Wisconsin, in the midst of a deep state budget crisis, thousands of public sector employees have been protesting a bill that would slash their collective bargaining rights. Is this a preview of budget fights to come in other states?

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘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


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Egypt in Revolt, U.S. in Debt, SOTU

When “Left, Right & Center” aired Friday it was still unclear whether Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak would stay in power as mass protests persisted in the Mideast nation, but show regulars Robert Scheer and Tony Blankley ...

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: On American Exceptionalism

This New Year’s Eve special edition of “Left, Right & Center” finds our four show regulars—Arianna Huffington, Robert Scheer, Matt Miller and Tony Blankley—riffing on the topic of American exceptionalism and all its attendant hazards and potential positives.

Posted on Dec 31, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: What’s in a Political Label?

For this special holiday edition of “Left, Right & Center,” the show’s regulars—Robert Scheer, Matt Miller, Arianna Huffington and Tony Blankley—take their talk to the meta level to discuss what it means to own their respective political labels at this particular moment.

Posted on Dec 24, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Afghanistan, Health Care, Financial Commission

This week’s episode of “Left, Right & Center” features a double dose of commentary from the right, making the conversation about Obama’s strategy in Afghanistan, the death of Richard Holbrooke, the future of health care reform, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission’s findings ... 

Posted on Dec 17, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘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


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Korean Clash, Taliban Scam

What are we to make of the recent outburst of aggression between the two Koreas? And while we’re on the subject of puzzling moments in international diplomacy, what exactly is America’s goal in Afghanistan?

Posted on Nov 26, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Debt Commission; Obama’s Overseas Bust

The commission to study how to get federal debt under control floated a trial balloon when it released recommendations by Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles ... and it seems that just about nobody likes or believes what they’re saying.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Political Upheaval, Bernanke’s Billions

There’s a lot of unpacking for “Left, Right & Center” regulars Tony Blankley, Robert Scheer and Matt Miller to do after last Tuesday’s midterm elections. What does the vote mean? Where are we headed? And did Obama really pick up what Americans were putting down, so to speak, at the polls?

Posted on Nov 5, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Rahm Gone, Tea Party, Whitman-Brown

Rahm Emanuel steps down as chief of staff; now he wants to run for mayor of Chicago. Is this a shakeup or just normal job burnout? Is the White House in flux? With the House voting to impose import tariffs on China, will the Senate bring the issue to a vote?

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Summers and Volcker, GOP Pledge, Taxes, Schools

This week on “Left, Right & Center,” the gang chats about the shakeup in Obama’s economic team, the GOP’s alleged new ideas, the Democrats’ spine on taxes, and the ever important but little-discussed issue of schools. Tune in to find out more.

Posted on Sep 25, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: U.S. Troops Leave Iraq; ‘Mosque’-troversy

This week’s edition of “Left, Right & Center” offers some new twists, including producer Sarah Spitz moderating for returning regulars Robert Scheer and Tony Blankley. This week’s menu of topics ripped from the headlines includes ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: How Low Can We Go?

A recent Wall Street Journal poll registered America’s sour mood about politics, policy, the war in Afghanistan and the economy, and massive disappointment in both the major parties. So what’s the good news?

Posted on Aug 13, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Goldman Deal; Midterm Elections; BP Well Capped

The financial regulation bill that finally passed has many flaws; chief among them, says Arianna Huffington in this meeting of the “Left, Right & Center” minds, is that it doesn’t prevent the “too big to fail” phenomenon from happening again.

Posted on Jul 15, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Is Obama Anti-Business?; U.S. v. Ariz.

How did this “Obama is anti-business” political meme begin and what does it mean? Is the U.S. v. Ariz. immigration suit going to be good or bad for the Democrats and Obama—and where does McCain stand on it?

Posted on Jul 9, 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


Left, Right & Center

‘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’: All BP, All the Time

Sparks fly on this week’s “Left, Right & Center” when the topic turns to the giant enviro-tastrophe that is the BP spill and what the role of government should be in the handling of same. Tony Blankley and Bob Scheer, take it away.

Posted on Jun 18, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘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


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama and Big Oil; Midterm Mania; Justice Kagan?

How best to deal with the mess Big Oil has wrought this past week? “We need a time out for greed,” Robert Scheer says on this week’s “Left, Right & Center,” but Tony Blankley disagrees. Meanwhile, Arianna Huffington isn’t buying President Obama’s knuckle-rapping stance toward oil execs.

Posted on May 14, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Goldman Fraud?; Financial Reform; Tax Day Tea Party

The SEC has taken its first action against Goldman Sachs for alleged investor fraud—will it help efforts for financial reform and regulation? Or will the financial giant just be slapped with a fine and then allowed to continue business as usual?

Posted on Apr 16, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Justice Stevens, Financial Hearings and Nukes

The announcement of Justice John Paul Stevens’ retirement is bound to set off a political battle of immense proportions. Will it be a test of the merits of the potential candidates or just another political throwdown? And does America’s new nuclear posture justify Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize?

Posted on Apr 9, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: A Nation Divided

Why is America so deeply polarized, politically speaking? This week’s episode of “Left, Right & Center” finds Robert Scheer and Tony Blankley discussing the partisan divisions in the country and agreeing at least on the point that those rifts have never been this deep. But why is there so much anger?

Posted on Apr 2, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Nukes, Mortgages, Health Care and the Pope

So much ground to cover this week! We saw the passage of the notorious health care reform bill, more scandal among the ranks of the pope (who’s in a bit of a stew) and a nuclear breakthrough between the U.S. and Russia. Also on this week’s show: mortgages, usury and you!

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Deeming or Redeeming?; Health Care Gets Critical

As we round the final corner en route to the health care vote, “Left, Right & Center’s” illustrious panelists Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley and Arianna Huffington—with Lawrence O’Donnell guest-starring as moderator—consider what might happen if the reform bill passes the House this weekend. And what’s with this “deeming” procedure anyway?

 

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Health Care Huddle, Goldman/Greece

Was any progress made at Thursday’s health care summit on Capitol Hill? Is Goldman Sachs bringing down the global economy? Is it Wall Street gone wild or just the progress of capitalism? And is the U.S. trouncing Toyota because the federal government owns GM? So many questions, but luckily the “Left, Right & Center” lineup is ready for all of them on this week’s show.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Et Tu, Dick Cheney?; Woods’ Lament

Tiger Woods performed his celebrity duty on Friday, making a public apology for his extramarital escapades, and, yes, even the “Left, Right & Center” lineup of regular commentators has something to say about it. Also this week: Some conservatives think (gasp!) Dick Cheney ought to run for president, and the richest Americans aren’t feeling the same recessionary burn that the rest of the country is suffering.

Posted on Feb 19, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Is Palin for Real? Can Obama Reboot?

For this week’s show, “Left, Right & Center” fans have the option of watching all four of the show’s regulars—Arianna Huffington, Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller—in action together at the “Santa Monica mothership” as they ponder whether Obama can turn his own ship around before it’s too late, whether Americans take the tea party movement seriously, and other pressing questions of the day.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Whither Bipartisanship?

On this week’s “Left, Right & Center,” usual suspects Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller (Arianna Huffington is in Davos for the World Economic Forum) weigh in about President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address and ponder the timely and, to some, troubling question: Is bipartisanship dead?

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Dems Doomed? Should Geithner Go?

The gang’s all here for this week’s episode of “Left, Right & Center,” and it’s a good thing, considering the, er, sheer amount of material to cover. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s not exactly winning the hearts of millions these days, but should he step down? Plus: bad news on the employment front (sigh); the Democratic outlook for 2010; and what big banks are (and aren’t) doing for customers—and what Americans can do about it.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Fat Cats and Health Care Spats

Does Congress need to consider a health care reform do-over? Those Americans holding out the dying embers of hope for anything resembling a public option might think so. Tony Blankley finds the revolting Democrats, well, revolting, but a seafaring Robert Scheer focuses his ire on Wall Street’s notorious fat cats on this week’s “Left, Right & Center.”

Posted on Dec 18, 2009 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama’s Nobel Speech; Blackwater + CIA; Bank Bonuses

Was Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize speech just idle wordplay or something more “muscular”? “Left, Right & Center” regular Tony Blankley thinks it was tantamount to a “triumph of belief in words over actions” and even invokes deconstructionism (eek!) in his analysis. Is the CIA in bed with Blackwater? And are big banks really cracking down on egregious executive bonuses?

Posted on Dec 11, 2009 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama’s Undoing?; Tiger’s Foul Play

So, President Obama finally announced his long-awaited decision to increase the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Will it be his undoing? At least on this week’s “Left, Right & Center,” opinions on left and right converge, although for different reasons. And how about the latest unemployment figures—what, only 11,000 jobs lost? We’re doing less-worse than ever, but are we doing better? And is there any reason to take Tiger Woods to task for his alleged infidelities? 

Posted on Dec 4, 2009 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: America the Ungovernable?

On this Black Friday edition of “Left, Right & Center,” regulars Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley, Matt Miller and Arianna Huffington get philosophical, trotting out the likes of Karl Marx and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel to get a read on the timely and fundamental question of whether it’s truly possible to govern the people of the United States under the “of, by and for” setup.

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: 9/11 Trial; Obama’s Afghani-Standoff

Does the planned trial of the five alleged 9/11 plotters (including oft-referenced “mastermind” Khalid Sheikh Mohammed) represent a partisan issue? “Left, Right & Center” mainstay Tony Blankley thinks so, but his left-leaning counterpart, Robert Scheer, begs to differ on this week’s show. Also: What’s with all the deliberation about Afghanistan?

Posted on Nov 13, 2009 READ MORE


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