This Morning On The Stephanie Miller Show

Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) calls in 7:05am to talk about yesterday’s Toyota hearings on Capitol Hill.

Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) calls in at 7:35am to talk about today’s health care reform summit.

President Obama and his Dem allies are pleading their case for health care overhaul in an extraordinary summit with GOP-ers, broadcast live to a divided public on daytime TV. But Dems are already looking beyond Today’s meeting at historic Blair House. With GOP lawmakers remaining steadfast in their opposition, the president and his party are preparing to move on alone.

Under blistering criticism, Toyota President Akio Toyoda personally and repeatedly apologized to Congress and millions of anxious American car-owners yesterday for deadly defects in popular models produced by his Japanese company. But angry lawmakers forcefully declared it was hardly enough.

Senate Dems have retreated from adding new privacy protections to the nation’s primary counterterrorism law. Lacking the necessary 60-vote supermajority, Dem leaders settled on a one-year extension of expiring surveillance and seizure provisions of the Patriot Act.

A SeaWorld Orlando trainer was leisurely rubbing a killer whale from a poolside platform when the 12,000-pound creature reached up, grabbed her with its mouth and dragged her underwater. The trainer was killed.

This Morning On The Stephanie Miller Show

Hal Sparks joins us in studio at 6:05am for all three hours of “Humpdays With Hal.”

Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) calls in at 6:35am to talk about health care reform.

Karl Frisch, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, calls in at 7:05am to co-host Right Wing World.

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) calls in at 7:35am to talk about the economy and jobs

Promising “this is only the beginning,” President Barack Obama announced more than $8 billion in federal loan guarantees Tuesday for the construction of the first nuclear power plant in the United States in nearly three decades.

Toyota is considering a recall of the most popular car in the U.S., its hot-selling Corolla subcompact, after complaints about power steering problems — another blow to the world’s largest automaker already reeling from a string of recalls for safety problems.

Only a third of U.S. voters think that most members of Congress deserve to be re-elected this year, according to a new national poll. That’s the lowest number ever recorded for that question in a CNN survey. The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll, released Tuesday, indicates that only 34 percent feel that current federal lawmakers deserve re-election, with 63 percent saying no.

This Morning On The Stephanie Miller Show

Charlie Pierce, Boston Globe writer and author of “Idiot America,” calls in at 7:30am to talk about Evan Bayh’s retirement, and other news of the day.

Two-term Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) says ever-shriller partisanship and the frustrations of gridlock made it time for him to leave Congress. Republicans aren’t buying it, saying he and fellow Democrats sense that voters will be after their heads this fall.

The Taliban’s top military commander has been captured in Pakistan in a joint operation by Pakistani and U.S. intelligence forces, The New York Times reported. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, described as the No. 2 behind Taliban founder and Osama bin Laden associate Mullah Muhammad Omar, has been in Pakistan’s custody for several days.

President Barack Obama, defending his economic stimulus plan on its first anniversary, is dispatching his Cabinet across the country to try to calm an anxious public as Democrats head into potentially devastating midterm elections. Obama’s fellow Democrats planned to tout programs putting people back to work under the $787 billion spending bill.

US retail sales opened the year with a bigger-than-expected bounce, official data showed Friday in a report suggesting recovery from recession is gaining momentum. “Consumers opened their wallets a little wider and that is good news for the economy,” said Joel Naroff of Naroff Economic Advisors.

This Morning On The Stephanie Miller Show

Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) calls in at 6:05am to talk about the new budget and about jobs creation.

Karl Frisch, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, calls in at 7:05am to co-host Right Wing World.

Tarryl Clark calls in at 7:30am to talk about her run against Rep. Michele Bachmann in Minnesota.

Hal Sparks joins us in studio (in NYC) at 8am for “Humpdays With Hal.”

It’s time to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and allow gay troops to serve openly for the first time in history, the nation’s top defense officials declared Tuesday, with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff proclaiming that service members should not be forced to “lie about who they are.”

Obama’s top intelligence officials on Tuesday described it as “certain” that al-Qaeda or its allies will try to attack the United States in the next six months, and they called for new flexibility in how U.S. officials detain and question terrorist suspects.

Two IL Dems were virtually tied today in the race to decide who will defend the governor’s office from a GOP eager to exploit political disarray in President Obama’s home state come November. In the nation’s first 2010 primary, voters selected the candidates who will fight for Obama’s former Senate seat, but the governor’s races were exceptionally tight on both sides.

This Morning On The Stephanie Miller Show

Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) calls in at 8:30am to give us her thoughts regarding the President’s State of the Union address.

Declaring “I don’t quit,” President Barack Obama fought to recharge his embattled presidency with a State of the Union vow to get jobless millions back to work and stand on the side of Americans angry at Wall Street greed and Washington bickering. Defiant despite stinging setbacks, he said he would fight on for ambitious overhauls of health care, energy and education.

The nation cannot afford the spending Democrats have enacted or the tax increases they propose, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday in the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

Today, President Obama will fly out to Tampa, Fla., where he’ll tour a maintenance hangar and greet crew members who work on aircraft that refuel other planes midair. The KC-135 Stratotankers have been involved in refueling planes flying aid into Haiti. After that, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden hold a town hall meeting at the University of Tampa. There, they’ll announce $8 billion in funding for a national high-speed rail system, an initiative the White House says will create jobs.

Ford Motor Co. says it made $2.7 billion in 2009, its first annual profit in four years. Ford says it benefited from cost-cutting, debt reduction and popular cars and trucks like the Ford Fusion sedan and Escape SUV. It’s enjoying customer good will for avoiding bankruptcy and refusing federal aid.

This Morning On The Stephanie Miller Show

Karl Frisch, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, calls in at 7:05am to co-host Right Wing World.

New York Times columnist Frank Rich calls in at 7:35am to talk about his latest column, “After The Massachusetts Massacre.”

Hal Sparks joins us in the L.A. Studio at 8am for another edition of “Humpdays With Hal.”  He’s bringing his video equipment, so be sure to visit The Hal Sparks Hot Sexy Cam Show during Hour 3!

Facing a divided Congress and a dissatisfied nation, President Barack Obama will unveil a jobs-heavy agenda in his State of the Union address tonight, retooling his message more than his mission. His goal: Get the economy, the confidence of voters and his own presidency on surer footing.

4 men accused of trying to tamper with Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) office phones share a common experience as young ideologues writing for conservative publications. The most well-known of the suspects is James O’Keefe, a 25-year-old whose hidden-camera expose posing as a pimp with his prostitute infuriated the liberal group ACORN and made him a darling of conservatives.

Toyota announced late Tuesday the unprecedented sales suspension to fix gas pedals that could stick and cause acceleration without warning. Last week, Toyota issued a recall for the same eight models involving 2.3 million vehicles, some of the most popular cars in America today.

This Morning On The Stephanie Miller Show

Charlie Pierce, writer for “The Boston Globe” and author of “Idiot America,” calls in at 7:30am  to talk about the news of the day.

Carol Leifer, comedian and author of “When You Lie About Your Age, The Terrorists Win,” joins us in the L.A. Studio for the 8am hour to talk about her book and the news of the day.

The Senate is likely to reject a White House-backed plan to establish a bipartisan task force to recommend steps to curb the deficit, even as lawmakers digest the news that President Barack Obama wants a three-year freeze in the domestic budgets they control.

Bolstered by a White House lobbying effort that included the president, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s chances at a second four-year term improved Monday, calming a stock market that had grown anxious over the uncertainty of his support.

Democratic congressional leaders are coalescing around their last, best hope for salvaging President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care overhaul. Their plan is to pass the Senate bill with some changes to accommodate House Democrats, senior Democratic aides said Monday.

Sales of previously occupied homes took their largest drop in more than 40 years last month yet managed to end 2009 with the first annual gain in four years. Still, prices plunged by more than 12 percent last year — the sharpest fall since the Great Depression.