Bare Knuckles

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The GOP budget proposal is seen as the first major shot across the bow in the 2012 elections. John Heilemann of New York Magazine and health policy expert Paul Starr discuss the politics of the proposal, and how it will affect women, children, and the poor. Plus, how Saudi Arabia is tied up in every conflict throughout the Arab World; an examination of Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s leadership; and Red Sox legend Tim Wakefield on the cult of the knuckleballer.

Gazing down the "Path to Prosperity"

Everywhere you turn in Washington, there are budget battles. Democrats and Republicans are negotiating the 2011 budget in hopes of avoiding a government shutdown this Friday; the 2012 budget is still in the air; and the Congressional Budget Office, under the leadership of Paul Ryan (R-WI), has offered a proposal that looks to shave $6 billion from the federal budget - including big changes to Medicaid and Medicare. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) discusses the negotiation on the hill; and John Heilemann, national affairs editor for New York Magazine; Paul Starr, professor of public policy at Princeton; and Ed Haislmaier, health policy researcher at the Heritage Foundation discuss the Ryan proposal.

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On Archbishop Dolan

David Gibson, a journalist covering religion for Politics Daily and author of The Rule of Benedict: Pope Benedict XVI and His Battle with the Modern World, discusses Archbishop Timothy Dolan's leadership of the Catholic Church in New York and as the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Catholics: What do you make of Archbishop Dolan’s leadership? Is he leading the American Catholic Church in a direction you want it to go? Comment here!

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The Saudi Connection

Caryle Murphy correspondent for GlobalPost, The Christian Science Monitor and author of Passion for Islam: Shaping the Modern Middle East: The Egyptian Experience, talks about Saudi Arabia's role in the unrest in the Middle Eastern protests, as Saudi troops are in Bahrain and Libya.

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Governor Brewer's Controversial Smoker's Fee

Janet Adamy, reporter at The Wall Street Journal, and Arizona State Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-15), talk about Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's proposal to charge $50 to Medicaid recipients who are smokers or obese and not following doctor's orders.

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Tim Wakefield: Knuckle Baller

Legendary Red Sox knuckle-baller Tim Wakefield discusses his famous pitch, the cult of the knuckler, and his new book, KNUCKLER: My Life with Baseball's Most Confounding Pitch.

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