You know it’s a slow news week when Dennis Rodman, of all people, is grabbing headlines. You know it’s a really really really slow news week when people are debating whether he somehow legitimized Kim Jong Un and the North Korean regime by watching basketball with the dictator on his recent visit. Yesterday, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos interviewed the former basketball great known as “The Worm” and made headlines of his own for exposing Rodman’s ignorance regarding North Korean atrocities and a history of human rights violations.
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George Weigel, scholar and author of the newly released book Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Catholic Church, handicapped for MSNBC the race for the Catholic Church’s next pope and the chances an American cardinal like Timothy Dolan could find himself emerging from the conclave as Pope Benedict’s successor. Spoiler Alert! He says the field’s wide open.
National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling dropped in for a friendly visit with David Gregory on Meet the Press Sunday. If you’ve never heard of Sperling, don’t feel bad. He only got the invite because “legendary” Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward said he was “threatened” by him in connection to a story he was doing on the president’s role in sequestration. Read more here… if you’d like.
Speaker of the House John Boehner made a rare appearance on the Sunday political show circuit this weekend in a move that my finally signal an acceptance of a reality the rest of us came to terms with some time ago – President Obama is killing Boehner and his fellow House Republicans in the PR game. As I said, Boehner rarely does the dog and pony show that is Sunday morning politics. Frankly, I can’t remember his last appearance. And while the President doesn’t participate in them directly either, he does send his surrogates to represent his policies in his stead.
Former Republican presidential candidate Governor Mitt Romney and his wife Ann sat down with Chris Wallace for their first post-election interview this weekend and candidly reflected on their unsuccessful White House bid. Not surprisingly, the couple appeared very much at peace with the result. They’ve turned to family to fill the void in their now open schedules and are charting a path for staying involved in the political process – while openly accepting the diminished voice the “Romneys” now have in the Republican Party.
On Thursday, the Tennessee House of Representatives approved the much-debated “Guns-in-Trucks” bill which, if signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam, will allow handgun owners to carry or keep their weapons in their vehicles – even at previously prohibited locations like schools, universities, and workplace parking lots. The bill has slowly moved through the legislature over multiple sessions and has been opposed by Democrats and Republicans alike.
Had enough Harlem Shake? Well, it seems the FAA agrees with you. The FAA is looking into a 31-second video taken on a February 15 Frontier Airliners flight. On that flight, 18 Colorado College students, on their way to an ultimate Frisbee tournament in San Diego, staged a Harlem shake as the plane soared over the Rocky Mountains. The students said they had the approval of the flight crew, who let them use the plane’s public address system to tell other passengers about their intentions.
In a taped interview scheduled to air this weekend on Fox News Sunday, 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney and his wife Ann said the end of the presidential race was like getting off a roller coaster. Months on the campaign trail – both in the primary and the general election – has often been said to be essential in helping future presidents prepare for the rigors of living in the White House; but little is typically said about the impact it has on the other guy and his family. What’s it like for the losing candidate when the Secret Service, the massive staff, and the time-crunched schedule go away?
Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee rose Thursday to share his thoughts on sequestration as the Senior Chamber mulls alternatives to the across-the-board cuts set to go into effect Friday, March 1. Calling the cuts “ham-handed”, Senator Corker said, “The only thing worse than sequestration would be kicking the can down the road.” He is, of course, referring to the rampant and unchecked spending that threatens our nation’s economic future.