Bill Maher Warms Up For The Coming Apocalypse
I can't count the times JT has tipped me off first to the story that soon came to dominate the news cycle." - ROBERT STERLING
Atul Gawande is a doctor and health care researcher. He is the author of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, a contributor to The New Yorker, and a surgeon specializing in endocrinology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Gawande appears in the PBS documentary film version of Being Mortal, which airs February 10th on FRONTLINE.
Wes Moore is a youth advocate and social entrepreneur whose book The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters is out in stores now. A Rhodes scholar, Moore served as a Captain in the U.S. Army and founded BridgeEdU, which is “a unique first year college program that combines core academic courses, real-world internships and service experiences, with the coaching to help students succeed in academics and life.”
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Seinfeld asks why Bill is so worked up about Hillary announcing that she is running.
Fatboy Haley Barbour is his usual oily self. Nancy Pelosi, Jon Huntsman and Mrs. Alan Greenspan round out the guests.
Ralph Nader is a four-time presidential candidate, whose latest book is Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State. Nader has a weekly radio show, “Ralph Nader Radio Hour,”as well as a blog.
Doug Heye just finished his two-year tenure as Deputy Chief of Staff for former House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor. He has been Communications Director for the RNC as well as a contributor to Politico andThe National Review.
Dr. Reza Aslan is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside and thePresident and CEO of Aslan Media, Inc. An Adjunct Senior Fellow on the Council of Foreign Relations, Aslan is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth – available in paperback on September 9th.
Andrew Ross Sorkin is editor of The New York Times’ “DealBook” and co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk Box”. His most recent article is “Banks Cash In on Inversion Deals Intended to Elude Taxes”
Andrew Sullivan’s defense of presidential assassinations
During the Bush-era torture debates, I was never able to get past my initial incredulity that we were even having a “debate” over whether the President has the authority to torture people. Andrew Sullivan has responded to some of the questions I posed about his defense of Obama’s assassination program, and I realize now that throughout this whole assassination debate, specific legal and factual issues aside, my overarching reaction is quite similar: I actually can’t believe that there is even a “debate” over whether an American President — without a shred of due process or oversight — has the power to compile hit lists of American citizens whom he orders the CIA to kill far away from any battlefield. The notion that the President has such an unconstrained, unchecked power is such a blatant distortion of everything our political system is supposed to be — such a pure embodiment of the very definition of tyrannical power — that, no matter how many times I see it, it’s still hard for me to believe there are people willing to expressly defend it.