Thursday, May 20, 2010

Today on the Signorile Show

After Tuesday's win in Kentucky, Tea Party leader and GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul spoke with reporters and cable news outlets and has alreadyand caused a firestorm that shows just how much the Tea Party wants to take the country back, in this case to just before the civil rights movement. He told the Louisville Courier-Journal that had he been in office, he would probably not have backed the 1964 Civil Rights Act. He was invited to The Rachel Maddow Show, where she grilled him on what he meant by this comment, asking if he thought it was OK for restaurants to deny patron's service based on race. Paul refused to say no, telling Maddow that she brought up "something that is really not an issue... a red herring, it's a political ploy..." We'll go through all the crazy today.

We are just weeks away from the closing arguments of the Prop 8 lawsuit, which have been scheduled to be heard on June 16. Several news outlets have written a letter to Judge Vaughn Walker, including CBS, NBC, The AP and even FOX News, to allow the closing arguments to be broadcast. Walker has not made a decision.

More mixed messaged are coming out of Washington regarding whether or not we will see repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is optimistic that the policy will be repealed by years end, saying “I don’t have any doubt that ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ will be a memory by the end of this year.”

Guest / 3:30pm EST - A lot of religious experts and scholars have said that many popular religions are "different paths to the same God." Stephen Prothero, author of God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World-- And Why Their Differences Matter, doesn't agree and says that each religion is unique in its own way. He joins us this afternoon to discuss these differences.

Guest / 4:30pm EST - Alex Nicholson, Executive Director of Servicemembers United, joins us this afternoon to clear up the mixed messages coming out of Washington and whether Senator Carl Levin of Michigan can get the votes for repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

Tuesday morning, the New York Times had a report questioning Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's claims of whether or not he served during the Vietnam War, saying in campaign speeches that he served during the "Vietnam Era." There is more fallout over his claims, now that he has put out more video that is clearing up the New York Times accusations. But Media Matters now questions the stories claims and its sourcing, saying the story is unraveling. Why did the New York Times report on this story and should they have dug deeper before making their claims? We'll discuss this afternoon.

These stories and so much more, today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show!

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