Monday, May 10, 2010

Today on the Signorile Show

It's official, President Obama late last night announced that he will nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace retiring Justice Stevens for the Supreme Court. Is she the best choice for progressives and will the GOP have a problem with her lack of a judicial rulings under her belt? What are her positions on LGBT rights and why are gay groups praising her with no concrete ideas about her perspectives on the issues? We'll discuss her past and why President Obama decided on Kagan as the next choice for the US Supreme Court.

There is a chance that bills supporting LGBT rights could hit the House floor this month. Supporters of bills giving rights to the LGBT community, such as the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, are pushing forward, despite the lack of support they are hearing from the White House and some moderate Democrats. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Pennsylvania says of repealing DADT, "We have the votes right now... Every single day that we throw out these heroes who are willing to take a bullet for our country makes our national security suffer and wastes taxpayer dollars.” And Rep. Barney Frank says that he is confident that transgender protections will be in the bill and that the votes are there for ENDA. Is it possible that these rumors could become reality?

Yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder made his Sunday morning talk show debut, appearing on ABC's "This Week" and NBC's "Meet The Press." While he was on, he talked about the last weekends Times Square bombing attempt, claiming that the Taliban in Pakistan was involved with training Faisal Shahzad. He also went on to say that the Obama administration would support a law that would allow authorities to interrogate terror suspects without reading them their rights, making an "exception in the Miranda rights established in 1966." We'll get into what Holder had to say this afternoon.

Guest / 2:30pm EST - Fred Karger, the campaign manager for Californians Against Hate, will join us this afternoon to talk about his decision to run for president. Oh, and did we mention he's running as a Republican? We'll talk with Fred about his decision today.

Guest / 3:30pm EST - We've been speaking a lot since the attempted Times Square Bombing, focusing on those on the right who are making claims that we need to suspend Miranda rights to suspected terrorists. With Attorney General Eric holder agreeing with making exceptions to Miranda rights, how likely is it that we see this happen? Laura Olson, Senior Counsel with The Constitution Project, joins us.

Guest / 4:30pm EST - Is there a heaven and hell? What exactly does the afterlife have in store for me? Can I bring my dog? Lisa Miller, author of Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife, joins us today to explore the world of the afterlife.

As oil keeps spilling into the Gulf Coast, many people whose livelihoods will be effected by the disaster are wondering whether or not to believe the promise of money that they are expected to receive from BP and the insurance companies to compensate for their losses. Nearly five years after Katrina, many are still fighting for compensation and wondering if its worth it to go through this fight again? Should the people of New Orleans and the surrounding areas affected by this catastrophe give up the fight?

We'll talk about this and so much more, today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show!

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