Thursday, September 09, 2010

Today on the Signorile Show

The imam at the center of the ugly debate over the Islamic Center near ground zero has now given an interview, saying that backing off now could send the wrong message to extremists and perhaps cause violence. We'll go through the interview, and take calls.

At the same time the Rev. Terry Jones says he will go through with plans to burn Korans, as President Obama says it will be a "bonanza" for al qaeda. How much has the media fanned the flames of this controversy? Even the Westboro Baptist Church is complaining that they were -- perhaps rightly -- ignored when they burned Korans while the media now gives lots of coverage to Jones.

Though we've been told it was must pass bill, it's now quite possible that there won't be any vote on the Defense Authorization Bill and thus no vote on the "don't ask, don't tell" compromise amendment this year. That might mean, if Congress goes to the Republicans, don't ask, don't tell won't be lifted for years to come.

Guest / 3:30pm EST - Timothy Noah, a columnist with Slate, joins us this afternoon to talk about the income inequality this nation faces and how we arrived at this point, which he talks about in his series The United States of Inequality.

Guest / 4:30pm EST - CA Tripp made the claim that Abraham Lincoln could have had a secret gay life. Many historians didn't take this news well at first, but now, more and more are exploring the claims. Joining us today, William Hanchett, who has spent his life researching the life of Lincoln and who is one of those exploring Tripps claim.

The California Supreme Court will not force Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown to defend Prop 8, as proponents had hoped for, which means they still may not have standing in the federal appeals court to challenge Judge Walker's ruling.

The former Log Cabin leader Rich Tafel is now saying he can't really believe Ken Mehlman was so confused about his sexual orientation that he couldn't refrain from bashing gays.

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

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