Talking about the "things that matter most" on July 9
4:00 – The Recovery Prevention Act of 2009
Once President Obama signs the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill into law, the topic of how to fix Wall Street will no longer resonate in the Beltway. Financial regulation will have come and gone without either party realizing that getting this issue wrong isn't a disaster for the future. A bad law -- as this one will be -- will add to the disaster now, further stalling job creation and crippling the administration's economic agenda. Nicole Gelinas of the Manhattan Institute is here to tell us how she really feels.
4:40 – Another Stoning in Iran?
The Iranian Embassy in London is denying reports by media and human rights groups that a convicted adulterer would face death by stoning for her crime. The execution of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, 43, who has already spent five years in prison and received 99 lashes for alleged adultery, would "disgust and appall the watching world," the British Government declared. Later Thursday, the Iranian Embassy took issue with those comments, releasing its own statement that "according to information from the relevant judicial authorities in Iran, she will not be executed by stoning punishment." It was uncertain if Ashtiani would face death by another means. We talk to Faraz Sanei of Human Rights Watch.
5:00 – What The Week Long LeBron James Ego Charade Can Tell Us About The State Of the World, As Well As The Catholic Church
“What a fraud. What a scared little kid. Greatest player of all time? This guy? Nope. Not now. Not ever. Not even if LeBron James wins five rings in the next five years -- which he should.” Those are the words of one sports columnist – but shared by a large percentage of basketball fans after the self-proclaimed “King James” embarked on a month-long self-aggrandizing, arrogant, display of everything that we teach our kids is wrong with sports which culminated in an hour-long ESPN special last night for LeBron to announce where he would play next. Dave Hartline has some insights into what this charade can teach us about the world and the Church.
5:20 – TBA
5:40 – Cross International Catholic Outreach – The Kobonal Haiti Mission
Cross International Catholic Outreach is an international Catholic relief and development ministry that assists the poorest of the poor around the world, reaching countless souls with the love of Christ and the message of the “good news’ of salvation. They work in more than 40 countries throughout Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Cross International President Jim Cavnar is here to talk about their Kobonal Haiti Mission. The mission provides good schools and clean water. Teen pregnancy is down; Voodoo has disappeared; and the village enjoys a vibrant Catholic community. But there is still a long way to go.