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"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.

Farewell to a Conservative Gentleman

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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."Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer remembers his public radio sparring partner as "a conservative gentleman in the best sense."

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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.

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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.

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

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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)

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

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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)

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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?

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