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We start the week touching on a wide range of topics. Greg Dworkin joined in for a tour through the state of play on gun issues and the coalition politics involved in bringing public opinion around on all related fronts. Armando called in for a discussion on the debt ceiling fight, the platinum coin issue, and to note the difference between the way Senate Dems reacted to Joe Lieberman's apostasy and the way Senate Republicans are reacting to Chuck Hagel's. Other topics of discussion: the (supposedly) attempted coup against Speaker Boehner; the continuing prevalence of gun accidents (including the New Years' rash of "celebratory gunfire" casualties), and; natural gas drillers in Pennsylvania poison the locals with their fracking, then make matters worse by dumping their sick & uninsured workers in the local hospitals. Then, a recap of the state of play with on filibuster reform.

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  •  General kudos (0+ / 0-)

    I've become a David Waldman junkie! Much as I learn from your tutorials, I kinda enjoy the random tech mishaps as well.  The answering machine today was priceless.  If I didn't know better, I might have thought it was a "bit" that you planned on purpose, as you managed to finesse the incident into a great way to enhance your Responsible Gun Owner rant. Brilliant!  Sorry to laugh at your pain when these things happen, but you're pretty cute when you're pissed.  You are one of a kind, David, keep up the good work!

    •  The phone was the big hit of the day, apparently! (0+ / 0-)

      I've had more notes sent to me about that damn phone than just about anything else I've ever done on the show!

      Do you know that there are four different volume controls on this thing? One for the handset, one for the base it rests in, one for the answering machine when it's in playback mode, and an entirely separate one for the volume at which the answering machine monitors messages as they're being left! That's ridiculous!

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