Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Today on the Signorile Show

The results are in and Specter is out. After 30 years of service, Senator Arlen Specter, who announced last year he was switching parties because he couldn't win as a Republican, lost in the Democratic primary against Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak, who said his victory was a victory against the DC establishment. Meanwhile, Tea Party-backed Rand Paul, son of the quirky far-right presidential candidate and congressman Ron Paul, beat out Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, the Republican leadership, backed candidate in Kentucky. And in Arkansas, neither Democratic primary candidate won the percentage needed to take the win for the Senate race, which means that Senator Blanche Lincoln, the incumbent, and challenger Lt. Gov. Bill Halter will face each other again in a runoff election in June. What led to the losses of the establishment players? What does this mean for November? We'll discuss the results this afternoon.

There is more fallout coming from the Dr. George "Rentboy" Reker's scandal, now focusing on anyone who relied on him to give "expert testimony,"most notably GOP Florida Attorney General Bill McCullom, who is running for governor of that state. Legal experts say, "it places obligations on those who have relied on Dr. Rekers to inform the court in at least one continuing case to modify or withdraw their arguments." We'll dive further into this today.

What's happening with repeal of "don't ask, don't tell"? The House Armed Services Committee takes up the Defense Authorization Bill today. Repeal of DADT likely won't be discussed, but rather an amendment would be added to it later. Aubrey Sarvis gave an update in a conference call yesterday. One DINO on the Senate Armed Services Committee already coming out against a vote this year. Time to call those senators! We'll get into it on the show.

And protests demanding an ENDA vote took place in San Francisco at Nancy Pelosi's office. What are we hearing from Congress?

All rise... Faisal Shahzad, the man accused for the attempted Times Square Bombing, made his first court appearance yesterday afternoon. The hearing lasted about 10 minutes and he is currently being held without bail.

Guest / 3:30pm EST - Mary Kaldor, co-author of The Ultimate Weapon Is No Weapon: Human Security and the New Rules of War and Peace, joins us this afternoon to discuss what will make people secure in the modern era and how much we need to change to achieve this goal.

Guest / 4:30pm EST - John Aravosis of AmericaBLOG joins us this afternoon to talk about a post regarding a list of "gay accomplishments" that was compiled by DNC Treasurer Andy Tobias.

An Alabama school teacher got a lesson in not using President Obama as an example in one of his lessons. The Secret Service investigated the man, who was teaching angles to his geometry class and used assassinating the president as way to demonstrate the importance of angles. The Secret Service said this man isn't really a credible threat.

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

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