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Will Private Fortunes & Incumbents Be Big Winners In Midterms?

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2010 | 12:25 PM

On today's Wilshire & Washington, we discuss the Helen Thomas resignation, as well as the politics of the BP oil spill and how Hollywood might help. But first, we tackle the midterm primaries this week. In California, Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina both spent a fortune of their...

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How Close Is Too Close for Sarah Palin & Joe McGinniss?

(38) Comments | Posted June 4, 2010 | 11:25 AM

In this week's Wilshire & Washington, we ponder the question: how far is too far for a journalist doing investigative reporting about a public figure like Sarah Palin? But first, co-host Maegan Carberry returns after some well-earned time off from the show, giving us a full report on the

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National Day of Prayer: Copyrighted and Unconstitutional?

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2010 | 12:27 PM

In today's Wilshire & Washington, we tackle the big issues: God, copyright, marriage, and crude oil -- in that order of importance -- with our guest host, Megan Carpentier. A few weeks ago, a court in Wisconsin declared the government's celebration of National Day of Prayer unconstitutional on...

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Immigration, Financial, and Climate Reform: The Rock-Paper-Scissors of Politics

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2010 | 12:34 PM

In today's Wilshire & Washington, we are joined by our special guest host for the month of May, Megan Carpentier, who will be filling in for Maegan Carberry. Carpentier is a well-read freelance writer whose work appears at, The Guardian,,...

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Got Trust? No Way, Say American People.

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2010 | 2:56 PM

Who do you trust? If you're the American people, apparently the answer is: "no one." On today's Wilshire & Washington, we tackle the new Pew Research Center poll released this week, showing that the American people have reached a historic low in their trust in their government. While...

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Rumors On Tax Day: Tea Parties, Elena Kagan, and Financial Reform

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2010 | 5:07 PM

Yesterday was April 15, Tax Day: Did you pay your taxes? If not, Obama's coming for you, or so the Tea Party wants you to believe! In today's Wilshire & Washington, we discuss the Tea Party Protests that have been dominating the headlines, thanks to all the promotion...

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Soooo 15 Months Ago: Can Team Obama Close Engagement Gap By Green-Lighting Social Media?

(1) Comments | Posted April 9, 2010 | 1:52 PM

When President Obama swept into office, one of his promises was to make government more transparent and responsive to its citizens. This week, the White House released a memo declaring that most social media falls outside the constraints of the 1980 Paperwork Reduction Act, meaning that public officials can engage...

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See & Be Scene: Conference, Club & Brand Yourself to the Top

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2010 | 3:09 PM

In today's Wilshire & Washington, we talk Digital Capital Week, and the way things can go awry at conferences through backchannels. If that doesn't catch your interest immediately, let's just say we end on a high, but not quite salacious, note: Ted gives us a local's...

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How Does Health Care Reform Impact The Youth Vote?

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2010 | 4:23 PM

After that gloriously humanizing gesture (or spoken word) by Mr. Vice President, the health care reform debate is over (right? Fingers crossed, I guess). Now, how is this going to impact the young voters, those people who came out so passionately for President Obama during the campaign? Extending...

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The Week in Punditry, According to Pundits

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2010 | 1:07 PM

In today's Wilshire & Washington, the pundits take on the punditry! With special guest Matt Lewis, conservative analyst and a writer for Politics Daily, we launch ourselves into the controversy that was Fox News' exclusive interview with President Obama earlier this week with Bret...

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Former Cheney Advisor Talks New Newsite, The Daily Caller

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2010 | 12:13 PM

In today's 2nd Anniversary Show, Wilshire & Washington asks: How can an online news organization succeed, both financially and journalistically, in this modern internet era? That's the question that The Daily Caller is attempting to answer, launching in January 2010 and co-founded by longtime newsman (and bowtie aficionado)...

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Raising Ruckus in DC: Can Obama Make Progressives Care Again?

(2) Comments | Posted March 5, 2010 | 12:29 PM

On today's Wilshire & Washington: Did everyone enjoy the Jim Bunning Saga of Obstruction? When did acting childish and churlish (and not getting anything for it) become standard operating procedure for Congress? While conservatives like Senator Bunning are having no trouble finding the energy to oppose...

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HCR Summit Reax: Much Ado About Nothing?

(1) Comments | Posted February 26, 2010 | 1:15 PM

It was awesome, awe-inspiring, amazing, and... boring? In the 24 hours since President Obama sat down with Congress, we've all had time to reflect on the Health Care Summit at the Blair House, and with the knowledge we have now, do we still want all sausage-making in DC...

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Who Will Lead 2010's Political News Cycle: MSM, Bloggers or @PressSec?

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2010 | 4:06 PM

It's been almost a week since Press Secretary Robert Gibbs delivered one of his first game-changing tweets:

@PressSec wow - in a less than 30 hours almost 17K of you are following - amazing - watch out Kim Kardashian! Thanks to all for the smart tips!


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Can the DNC Re-Engage Obama's Millennial Army With Gen44?

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2010 | 2:16 PM

With Election 2010 looming and things looking dark for Democratic representatives everywhere, how will the party recover its 2008 mojo, particularly with its zealous Obamamaniacs in the 18- to 34-year-old demo? The DNC might have one solution in a new organization called Gen 44, which hopes to reignite...

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SOTU Reax: GOP, Jobs, Alito, Oh My!

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2010 | 12:35 PM

In his State of the Union speech on Wednesday, President Obama attempted to recapture what some believe he has lost from his campaign. Did he offer the general voter anything to hang on? Did he reach out to the GOP, and should he have done so? Did this speech and...

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Post-MA Massacre: Mr. Cosmo's Victory, SCOTUS FAIL, and Obama's 2010

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2010 | 10:03 AM

On today's Wilshire & Washington, it's looking grim for the Democrats. Or was this their plan all along? This week's first big headline should be the Coakley KO in Massachusetts, but in some ways, the much bigger story was the decision handed down by the Supreme Court yesterday, essentially ruling...

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The Prop 8 Trial Begins, with "Milk" writer Dustin Lance Black

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2010 | 2:19 PM

In today's Wilshire & Washington, we dive head first into Perry vs. Schwarzenegger, the trial to overthrow the anti-same-sex marriage Proposition 8 in California. We kick things off with a short but compelling interview with Dustin Lance Black, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter for the film "Milk" and a...

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MSM vs. Digital in 2009: The Times' Brian Stelter Weighs in on Who Won the Big Stories

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2009 | 11:26 AM

On today's Wilshire & Washington, we ask the question: Who's on top, the MSM or Digital Media? Who's leading the discussion, why, and is it a good thing? To help us navigate this tricky landscape, we've got New York Times reporter Brian Stelter with us; Stelter

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The Rightroots: Are They 2010's X Factor?

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2009 | 2:03 PM

About this time last year Democratic strategists were patting each other on the back and congratulating each other on masterminding the enduring rise of The Progressive Majority built on the backs of bloggers and digital media as a messaging and fundraising machine. Republicans were supposedly leaps and bounds behind at...

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