Rep. Rangel On Debt Ceiling: ‘Do The Right Thing’ And Follow What Jesus Would Do

Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangel appeared with Judge Andrew Napolitano last night on Fox Business to explain some of his recent comments where he wondered “what would Jesus do” about the current debt crisis? Rangel explained that clergy of all faith should weigh in on the moral question, and predicted that all would say “do the right thing” and raise the debt ceiling.

The Judge wondered about Wrangel’s use of Jesus, “is this an honest inquiry or this a political ploy?” Yet Wrangel didn’t back down, insisting that “both sides have dug into positions that politically they can’t get out of by 2012.” Therefore, he thought it necessary for everyone to take a step back and realize what is “right.”

Wrangel’s apparent request for divine intervention was evidence to the Judge that things have become so partisan and possibly hopeless in Washington. And Wrangel responded, “there’s nothing wrong with praying.” The need for prayer was a point of agreement for Wrangel and the Judge. Yet whether it was moral for the present generation to borrow from future generations and kick the debt down the road, was something not even prayer seemed to be able to resolve between the two men. The Judge suggested such a lack of fiscal responsibility lacked morality, while Wrangel said “you bet your life” it’s moral to do whatever it takes now to pay off the debt we already incurred.

Watch the clip from Fox Business below:

Rep. Rangel On Debt Ceiling: ‘Do The Right Thing’ And Follow What Jesus Would Do

Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangel appeared with Judge Andrew Napolitano last night on Fox Business to explain some of his recent comments where he wondered “what would Jesus do” about the current debt crisis? Rangel explained that clergy of all faith should weigh in on the moral question, and predicted that all would say “do the right thing” and raise the debt ceiling.

The Judge wondered about Wrangel’s use of Jesus, “is this an honest inquiry or this a political ploy?” Yet Wrangel didn’t back down, insisting that “both sides have dug into positions that politically they can’t get out of by 2012.” Therefore, he thought it necessary for everyone to take a step back and realize what is “right.”

Wrangel’s apparent request for divine intervention was evidence to the Judge that things have become so partisan and possibly hopeless in Washington. And Wrangel responded, “there’s nothing wrong with praying.” The need for prayer was a point of agreement for Wrangel and the Judge. Yet whether it was moral for the present generation to borrow from future generations and kick the debt down the road, was something not even prayer seemed to be able to resolve between the two men. The Judge suggested such a lack of fiscal responsibility lacked morality, while Wrangel said “you bet your life” it’s moral to do whatever it takes now to pay off the debt we already incurred.

Watch the clip from Fox Business below:

Stephen Colbert Praises Michele Bachmann’s Reliable Expertise On Slavery

Michele Bachmann recently signed a marriage pledge presented to her by an Iowa-based social conservative group, which included language that raised a lot of eyebrows for likening of homosexuality to bestiality and condemnation of pornography. Oh, and it also suggested that African-American children raised as slaves lived a better life than those living under the Obama administration. While the controversial language has since been changed, Stephen Colbert pointed out last night that Bachmann seems quite comfortable citing slavery with her signature rhetorical flourish, making oft comparisons to taxation and homosexuality.

When Bachmann signed this pledge, many on the left immediately, and, perhaps short-shortsightedly, pointed to language in the pledge that suggested that pornography is banned. And while that language is not very clear, we pointed out that there was so much more in the pledge to digest, that to distill it down to “a ban on pornography” seemed…well, short-sighted.

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Jon Stewart: With Debt Fight Stagnant, ‘Dad’ Obama Scolds Congress To ‘Eat Our Peas’

On August 2nd, America could very well default on its debt. On tonight’s Daily Show, Jon Stewart reported on what Congress was up to instead– “re-fighting a lightbulb standards fight that we settled in 2007.” With Congress acting like “children” and the nation “three weeks away from having to park our country down the street so China can’t find it,” President Obama– or as Stewart called him, “Dad”– had to come and tell the nation’s legislators to “eat our peas.”

“You begin to think President Obama is the first president in history that begins every press conference with a heavy sigh,” Stewart joked as he played a clip of President Obama telling Congress that the budget debate must end on time, and that it’s time for Congress to “take off the band-aid and eat our peas.” That talk Stewart described as “dad, much to his chagrin, [coming] home early from work and giving us a talking-to about not cleaning up our budget,” which, he noted, appeared to result in little since Republicans in the Senate and the House seem to have a bit of a communications issue.

For one, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell argued last weekend that “no one is talking about not raising the debt ceiling”– no one, Stewart noted, except for House Speaker John Boehner. And the reason some Republicans may believe they have a chance at getting a plurality to vote in favor of freezing the debt ceiling? Senator Obama did in 2006.

The segment via Comedy Central below:

Undercover Activist Describes ‘Gay Therapy’ He Received At Bachmann Clinic To Ed Schultz

Rep. Michele Bachmann is facing the beginnings of what may be the defining scandal of her campaign as more information comes to the fore on her husband’s mental health clinic, which patients therein are now claiming engages in “gay reparative therapy,” a discredited method by which some believe homosexuality can be “cured” away. Tonight, Ed Schultz spoke to an activist that went undercover and asked for the therapy at the clinic, and ultimately classified Bachmann’s views as “dangerously archaic.”

Schultz spoke to John Becker of the group Truth Wins Out, who said he “put myself back into the mental place that I was in as a teenager” in order to act as if he wanted to receive therapy to become straight. According to Becker, none of what he saw (that he could determine) was illegal, but certainly unethical– for example, he did not receive consent forms. And he did confirm that “absolutely, without a doubt, the treatment and advice that I was given meets the bar for [reparative therapy].”

Ultimately for Becker, who had never participated in any such undercover operations before, he said the experiment was eye-opening for him because “we live in the 21st century its difficult to imagine that there is a large segment of our society that still believes that homosexuality can be removed.” He also noted that, from what he saw there, he would classify Rep. Bachmann’s views as “dangerously archaic” and redefining of how the federal government interacts with the LGBT community should she win the presidency.

The segment via MSNBC below:

Carl Bernstein Compares Murdoch Hackings To Watergate, News Corp To ‘Mafia Outfit’

It’s been quite the week or so for journalistic ethics given the end of News of the World and the continuing corruption scandal engulfing Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp/News International enterprise. The Watergate references running fast and loose, Lawrence O’Donnell brought on an expert tonight to explain just how the two scandals compare– legendary former Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein. In doing so, however, O’Donnell brought down some ethical judgment on himself as Bernstein, now a Newsweek writer, stood up for his magazine.

With just enough time for the shock of seeing the seemingly anachronistic chyron “Carl Bernstein: The Daily Beast” to subside, O’Donnell asked Bernstein to discuss the two scandals and how they compare, the topic of an upcoming Newsweek piece Bernstein penned. “This is a massive abuse of power, much like Nixon abused his power… journalism is not a license to abuse a free press.” He went on to say the “Murdoch enterprise has acted like thugs, not like reporters, somewhat like a mafia outfit.”

Despite the damage done to the organization, however, Bernstein argued he still had “huge power here through his readership,” citing especially the New York Post, “which has been terribly influential in a horrible way.” As hard as he went on the Post however, Bernstein did not tackle Fox News with so much ire, instead saying of the network, “good journalism is the best obtainable version of the truth, and that’s not what Murdoch practices.” He also made the point of saying that a three minute segment was far too short to have a substantive conversation, and invited himself on the program several times.

Bernstein did note that there was no fixed journalistic code to follow, and that “we’re not choirboys,” but “common sense and decency are to guide us.” And speaking of that… Bernstein then turned to give a few words of wisdom to his host, in particular about his tearing apart of Newsweek for making Sarah Palin their cover girl. “It’s one thing to argue about a piece, but, since we’re talking about journalism, to just go after the whole magazine the way you did,” Bernstein preached, “saying it was declining or whatever when the circulation is up, or whatever… we need to avoid this thing in our business. This is the kind of thing that Murdoch has made his bones on. Let’s calm down this discussion.” O’Donnell, for the most part, shrugged it off, joking that he had told his audience to “buy Newsweek” for Bernstein’s article. Bernstein then, in classic “shameless elder statesmen who knows he is a living legend” form, told O’Donnell they needed to have another segment on the topic in the near future– a longer one, of course, so Bernstein could lay down the law on journalistic ethics all the better.

The segment via MSNBC below:

Shepard Smith Sits Down With Rep. Giffords Intern Daniel Hernandez Before All-Star Game First Pitch

With tonight’s MLB All-Star Game set in Arizona, organizers decided to use the opportunity to honor and showcase one of the state’s most beloved heroes, the young intern that saved Rep. Gabrielle Giffords‘ life during last January’s fatal shooting. Before tossing out the first pitch, Daniel Hernandez sat down for a chat with Shepard Smith on the opportunities before him since the incident, how he and other victims are coping, and moving forward for Arizona.

Hernandez, who had just been hired when he was careful to move the maimed Rep. Giffords into an upright position so as to keep her from choking on her blood, thus saving her life, was palpably excited to be at the game and throw the first pitch, telling Smith that he had been practicing and was hoping to keep the ball from bouncing. He updated viewers on his life since January– plenty of first aid awareness and volunteer work, he said– and on how grateful he was for the opportunities. “I’ve had a lot of opportunities that I never would have had before to go out and speak to, especially young people about the importance of getting involved,” he explained. “I’m very busy, but I’m loving every second of being about to talk about the things that are important to me.”

Smith also noted that Hernandez had saved the Congresswoman’s life in less than 30 seconds, and asked whether his outlook on life had changed since the incident as he now knew that “ten seconds from now, no matter what happens, you may be in a position to save a life.” Hernandez answered that it has definitely had an effect: “you really have a different world outlook when you realize that in ten seconds you really can make a difference.” He also spoke to how the family of Christina Taylor Green were coping with her loss, and how happy he was to get a chance to see them, as they had not been together in some time given the family’s mourning. He concluded praising them for their poise in such a tragic situation.

The segment via Fox News below: