August 10, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 06:42 PM ET

Sen. Ted Stevens Dies in Plane Crash

A deadly plane crash in Alaska claims the life
of Sen. Ted Stevens – and at least five others!
Good Samaritans help save four survivors,
including NASA chief Sean O’Keefe.
The latest!


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Could the economy and same-sex marriage
controversy help to derail the Democrats in November?

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Smith in Oregon   August 10th, 2010 7:41 pm ET

What was the purpose of Ted Stevens trip to the remote Agulowak Lodge? The public is being told to go 'fishing'. The corrupt Big Oil Republican former Alaskan Senator was likely flying out to the remote Aqulowak Lodge to broker a power deal in a very select meeting in a very isolated lodge where he knew there would be no wiretaps or bugs to intercept the conversations at that meeting.

Former Republican Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens knew his Alaskan home was bugged and his phones were wire tapped from his previous corruption charges and felony convictions. He likely also knew this remote Agulowak Lodge would be unmonitored and there would be no danger or bugs or wiretaps on his meeting and conversations.

Smith in Oregon   August 10th, 2010 7:50 pm ET

Republican's overwhelmingly voted lock-step to lay off mass numbers of teachers, police, fire and emergency service employees across America. Thankfully majority party Democratic lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to help keep those same teachers, police officers, fire and emergency service employee's employed.

With the Republican Potty'ticians Mitch McConnell and John Boehner's frequent mantra of Jobs, Jobs, Jobs there is clear evidence today the Republican Potty'ticians are the very ones creating the job losses and the very ones trying to prevent job creation during a time when millions of American's are jobless.

Despite the crass hypocrisy of the Republican Potty'ticians, there is no lack of desire for spending from the Republican lawmakers. It however is where that spending of Federal Tax revenues goes. The Republican lawmakers overwhelmingly choose to spend hundreds of Billions of dollars into the US Military complex and foreign wars, 500+ useless cold-war era military bases around the world, WHILE Democratic lawmakers desire to spend those amounts on Domestic programs and within the United States territories directly helping American citizens.

The Republican Potty'ticians like Mitch McConnell, John Boehner of 'we are broke' just doesn't cut it. If that were even remotely accurate, shutting down 500+ useless cold war era US Military bases around the world would be the Republican's number one solution and a fiscal savings of hundreds of Billions of taxpayer dollars. Of course the Republican Potty is not even remotely calling for those useless bases to be shuttered which exposes their empty rhetoric.

Dodie   August 10th, 2010 8:53 pm ET

Good Evening Larry:

Whether the Democrats are “derailed” in November is in no way the full scope of what this country is facing. Even though I am in support of the Democratic Party, it is with little relevance; which political party wins this November as my concern is for this country as a whole and as long as we stay divided, we will remain unstable. As long as the US is fighting within the political arena between party affiliates, one Political Party may preside but we are still losing our country as it will continue to suffer through disseverment.

The US can no longer support 2 wars and take care of our own people. When the largest budget is defense, are we turning into a country run by the military or defense contractors? With war, many indigenous innocent people are killed and we wonder why we are hated! The entire situation seems like a contradiction in terms or an oxymoron.

Prop 8 should never have been placed on the ballot. It is discrimination of a minority group. It would be like having a vote on whether a Catholic and Mormon or an immigrant has the right to marriage. I find it rather tragic that we are continually misdirected instead of looking at the propping up and bailing out of Wall Street, banks, large corporations, and spending $$$ on two wars. Our tax dollars are being manipulated right under our noses.

Discussing Palin is a waste of time. With that said, opinions are like little ‘holes’ everyone has one! I am sure I will receive a lot of flak from many out in “computer land” lol

Anandan   August 10th, 2010 8:54 pm ET

I got a call from someone representing Robert Allen today claiming that Robert Allen has been challenged by Larry King ("Billion Challenge" or something) to help ordinary people make make tons of money off the internet.

I am not sure if this is a scam or a legit scheme....

Do you all have any info on this


Cajazz76:24:8   August 10th, 2010 9:02 pm ET

Death has thousands of portals in which to exit; we all shall find ours as the weakest structure in life's facade...caj To the survivors of Ted Stevens and all tragically killed last night in the plane crash in Alaska...Sorrow is peace expressed in emotion, soon replaced by the measure of all life treasured, Memory..caj.

Cajazz76:24:8   August 10th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

We die neither Democrat nor Republican, most often it is a party of one..caj

chaney, La.   August 10th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

I like Sean O Keefe he was Chancellor at Louisiana State University for several years , he was a good ambassador for us and we wish him and his son a speedy recovery...and condolences for the loss of his friends....

Dodie   August 10th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

I feel like I'm diagonally parked in a parallel universe (unknown author) but I just love it.

Jane - WI   August 10th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

I notice that the 2 liberal women guests on your show tonight continue to talk over the other 2 guests. Ms.Miller seems to be the most aggressive about not letting anyone else make a point.

Nina   August 10th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

The voice of politics and the hope for an educated and properly informed America is being stunted by squabbling voices of experts who sound like children. It's hard to rely on news media sometimes. Arguing like children on national television – what an example. Political extremism or even the gentle calling of extremist zeal is a simple and powerful politicians are alienating the majority of citizens in this country, whether they be registered to vote or now. What a shame.

Jane - WI   August 10th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

Thank goodness Senator Stevens was able to clear his name before he died. It's a shame that he lost his seat due to corrupt prosecutors who conducted this case right before an election. Unfortunately, because of his close loss to a Democrat, Obama Care was able to be passed. If Alaska would have stayed in Republican hands, Obama Care might have been able to be blocked.

Jane - WI   August 10th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

Democrats were able to keep their government union buddies on the job with the vote today. that will keep the union dues flowing, and allow those union dollars to flow into Democratic campaign coffers. If the states and localities are having trouble paying teachers and firefighters, perhaps it's time to reign in some of the cadillac benefits that these union workers are getting from the taxpayer. Free health insurance and lavish pensions perhaps need to be a thing of the past.

rod freburg   August 10th, 2010 10:06 pm ET

On and on it goes, democrats blame the gop, the gop blames the democrats. I don't think you can comprehend how most real people
don't care who's to blame. It will ever change until we have an
independent in the White House

Darren James Anderson   August 10th, 2010 10:41 pm ET

I said a Prayer for Ted Stevens (John 3:16). It is unfortunate that he retired from this Life the way he did. I am Sorry to say that small planes are not as safe as the larger ones. This tragic accident reiterates my phobia of My fear of flying. My heart goes out to Ted Stevens Friends and Family. Thank-You for taking the time to read this.

Smith in Oregon   August 11th, 2010 12:09 am ET

As more news about the recent job's bill President Obama has signed into law is released the more apparent it is about what the Republican Potty was actually yelling and screaming about.

The new job's bill saves over 300,000 teachers, police, fire and emergency service employees from being laid off. The Republican Minority leaders Mitch McConnell and John Boehner have been chanting 'Jobs, Jobs, Jobs' and yet all but One Republican voted NO on this bill.

The new job's bill slightly shaves off Food Stamp allotments to poor Americans and their family's struggling to recover from this enormous period of economic recessive recovery. Republican Minority leaders Mitch McConnell and John Boehner had been chanting 'Cut the Food Stamp program' and yet all but One Republican voted NO on this bill.

The new job's bill entirely is paid for and adds Zero Deficit to the federal revenues. Republican Minority leaders Mitch McConnell and John Boehner had been chanting 'we are broke' and yet all but One Republican voted NO on this bill.

As it turns out, in this new job's bill a federal tax LOOP-HOLE often used by American Corporations who almost entirely use cheap overseas employees and manufacture their products overseas IS CLOSED by this job's bill and the money saved, PAYS for the entire piece of legislation.

Republican Minority leaders Mitch McConnell and John Boehner had been chanting 'it's a job killer'. And yet the only jobs that 'might' be effected are overseas in China and Cambodia!

Kari   August 11th, 2010 12:18 am ET

I'm sad, sad, sad. Have been living in the such a liberal state (Oregon) for years but spent 18 in Alaska. Ted Stevens is ALASKA x a million. Will be sorely missed and thought of whenever the state is mentioned. God Bless. The Burgers

Smith in Oregon   August 11th, 2010 12:20 am ET

Sean O’Keefe is the CEO of the world's second largest military defense and aerospace industrial defense company. Probably a very high level meeting between Ted Stevens and elements of the huge military complex appears to have occurred in that remote lodge away from eavesdropping and wiretaps on any phones.

Smith in Oregon   August 11th, 2010 12:25 am ET

Sean O'Keefe, 54, was leading EADS's (EAD.PA) bid to win a hotly contested competition to build a new generation of aerial tankers for the U.S. military, one of the biggest Pentagon contracts ever. The largest Military contract in American history and this man just happened to be 'fishing' with the known influence peddler, Alaskan former Senator Ted Stevens? This 'fishing' trip was likely further consolidating political favors and influence in order for Sean O'Keefe's company to obtain that huge Pentagon contract.

C barday   August 11th, 2010 12:39 am ET

Hallelujah !!! Tavis Smiley is hosting Larry King. He has before,I know.. but this is perfect timing 🙂 thank you sooo much. Love Larry tho, he the Man.

Brian Bell   August 11th, 2010 12:42 am ET

I would like to point out that tavis, is a very eloquent and respectful person. I am a fan of larry king, however I believe that tavis has done a fantastic job of interviewing the guests tonight and I enjoy watching the show! Keep him around CNN! he is a great host, and the show isnt even over yet!

Smith in Oregon   August 11th, 2010 2:35 am ET

Exactly what I have recently written about and was concerned is now occurring with the Russian forest fires that are now burning in regions that were heavily contaminated during the Chernobyl reactor accident some 30 years ago. Those forest fires now are lifting those still active radiological particles into the air, mixed with the smoke making for a deadly brew.

Fast decaying radioactive gamma particles would have long elapsed with their short half-lifes to very little if any detectable radiation, leaving the long lasting alpha and beta radiological emitters which would be lifted up with the smoke and lodged deep in the lungs of those that inhale them. Once in your lungs, those alpha emitters would blast away at the cells nearest them until they eventually produce tumors or cancerous cells. Russia has long had higher background radiation levels and surface contamination over lakes and vast swaths of land, not just from the Chernobyl reactor accident.

I suspect scientists and the US Military complex are quietly but actively studying the effects of radiation fallout being spread by the current Russian forest fires.

Generally, a nuclear weapon that exploded on the ground level igniting a forest fire would greatly expand the radiation fallout which would be funneled and fanned by the forest fire, radiological particles would be intermingled with the smoke and in an actual WW3 event, virtually no forest fire crews would risk lethal levels of radiation exposure to even adequately deal with containing the forest fires so they would largely burn unattended and unrestrained. Down winders wouldn't likely realize the smoke they were breathing was loaded with radioactive particles.

While Russian, Chinese, North Korean and American military and it's various Shadow Government agencys all have elaborate state funded deep bunkers, only the Russian, Chinese and North Korea also have ready access to deep bunkers and underground complexes for protecting their people. American citizens are largely left between a subway or nothing whatsoever. We're on our own, baby!

The Russian, Chinese, North Korean and American military along with its various Shadow Governmental agencys all have State funded state of the art radiological personal detectors, only the Russian's provide them readily to it's own people. In order for an American citizen to own one, they have to locate and pay out of their own pocket for it.

Serge   August 11th, 2010 6:11 am ET

That's more and more the weak side of "democracy" especially in a bi-polar country like the US where it's much more easy for the big corporations to be the third "party" and by far the most powerful. It's big corporaions and party's interests first, country second and main street is completely put aside. Doesn't sound very promising for the future does it?

mckiss   August 11th, 2010 10:18 am ET


IKHAN   August 11th, 2010 1:48 pm ET

Hi larry,
Hi folks.
@Dodie well said.
dirty politics, hidden agendas & a clue less nation being led by its proverbial nose down a path of self destruction by those sowing seeds of discontent, hate, intolerance, racism & bigotry.
You just see the rhetoric of hate flying around in our main stream politics & its a rude wakening to see our destiny controlled by morons, demagogues & the morally challenged.
They have rediscovered the weapons of hate& fear mongering to survive or claw back to power.
The neo cons, far right religious zealots, wing nuts, the likes of Tea Partiers & their backers in body politics. One wonders if they are even from among us or for us, for America.
@Smith in Oregon
that Republican Party of Obstructionism is doing a great disservice to this country & have done so at the time of their last rule, is a given. If we do not sit up & take notice the blame for what is to come rests squarely on our shoulders- the American public.

Steve Miller   August 11th, 2010 5:22 pm ET

I've spent 30 minutes trying to find a schedule of the guest on tonight's program at 9 p.m. EST. No luck, except that Ted Stevens will be a topic.

Can you tell me if Elizabeth Warren will be appearing on the show tonight?

chris   August 11th, 2010 8:07 pm ET

Do you not feel there was a serious downside to the liberal Congress' decision which insisted everyone of us, with or without a job and with or without a respectable credit rating, was entitled to a mortgage? I have a friend who did not have a job and was able to refinance her $750,000 home for more than she owed on it. She still has no job and three years later is seeking help from the government.

Do you not believe repealing the Glass-Stegall Act had a negative effect on us?

The disappointment with most bloggers is that they simply want to trash the other party which is usually the Republican Party without a lot of facts. Rest assured, there is plenty of blame for everyone for the mess we are in. Many of us can first find it by looking in the mirror.
I am an Independent.

Dodie   August 11th, 2010 9:40 pm ET


You said it all!!!

The Corporate philosophy started when large corporations felt they would do better in collusion than in competition. It is the revolutionary shift from democracy values to corporate rule. They are selling this propaganda as "free market trade" however; when examining the specifics, this is not in actuality. True free market trade are companies that make profits and will be stable within that profit margin. This would be deemed as a failure with the large corporations holding power as these corporations need to excel in profit margins due to the investors. There is no stability. The gain "must" increase exponentially for the wealthy shareholders to expound on their wealth. This was a deliberate strategy employed by large corporate executives who found power in combining their financial and political wealth using all mass communication such as media, schools, religions etc. It is very sad. Americans do not see how we are being manipulated through rhetoric and propaganda at every level. The only way change can happen is from outside the system. Therefore, no presidential administration can make the shift since they operate within the already defined system.

Dodie   August 11th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Smith in Oregon

Not to worry, Smith. The Chernobyl reactor is still leaking and has been since 1986. Just because we do not hear of Chernobyl's continued leak, does not mean it has not been occurring!

IKHAN   August 12th, 2010 10:21 am ET

Hi Larry,
Good morning folks.
thanks for this useful info & your kind remarks.
thanks for reading my post.
The Glass Stegall Act of 1933 which effectively separated the Wall Street Investment banks & depository banks was the initiative of the Democrats. Its repeal did have some effect on the financial crisis of 2007-10 & some argue on the collapse of the sub-prime market, however the collapse of Washington Mutual & other failed banks was due to mortgages going bad on their books, factors that Glass-Stegall Act had no influence on.
This Act was repealed at the initiative of republicans. Phil Gramm (R) & Jim Leach(R) were the sponsors of the bill which passed by a Repub. majority & was finally signed into law by Bill Clinton.
There is no doubt in my mind that the Republican tactics of obstructing Obama Admn at every step have been counter productive and a disservice to the legislative process. The use of Tea Party platform by a Repub faction, their focal point solely being an ant-Obama stance is also proving counter-productive to this nation moving forward.
The disasters caused by & during the Bush-Cheney admn would haunt us for a long time to come.

chris   August 12th, 2010 2:39 pm ET

My point is can you think of one thing the Democrats ever did that perhaps was not a good decision. It doesn't seem that many here can. That makes a lot of people on LKL appear to post with a party bias but no real analysis of all the facts.
Clinton takes full credit/blame for repeal of Glass-Stegall as he has talked about it recently, saying of course that he doesn't think it had a negative effect. It did. The biggest cause of bank failures was being able to work it from both ends by being allowed to be involved in every aspect of finances far beyond banking. This was due to the repeal of Glass-Stegall. Mortgages going bad on their books was due to the easy buying and selling of everything connected to them.
I can't imagine any being so biased that they don't feel both parties have caused problems. Again, do you not accept that it was the liberal congress who is most responsible for all of the failed mortgages since they insisted everyone have one? There is no doubt that the Democrat tactics of obstructing Bush's desire to reign in Freddie Mac and Fanny Mae were counterproductive and a disservice to the legislative process to use your description. If we can't admit that, thank God most of us our independents.

IKHAN   August 12th, 2010 7:21 pm ET

Hi Larry,

thanks again @Chris.
I do agree that both parties have caused problems. My emphasis was on what the post Obama election scenario looks like & whether we are moving forward at all.
The obstructionist policies of the Republicans are very obvious. That the current political climate is muddied to an extent that has not been seen before is also a fact. We see rhetoric tilted towards racism coming from groups which seem to have the backing of a faction in the Republicans. We see push for laws against the spirit of our Constitution supported by Republicans. We see antagonism spreading against an incumbent in the White House, which is repugnant to what America stands for & its not difficult to see who profits from it.
We see Republicans gearing up to push a resolution thru the House which could effectively shove us into a third war.
When sanity should prevail in the back drop of two wasteful & open ended wars we landed ourselves into-thanks again to everyone knows who, we see a nation being manipulated into divisions by race ,color & faith. All efforts by the current admn to bring some rationale to a foreign policy & our military commitments gone all awry, are thwarted by the opposition.
Never have we needed statesmanship & diplomacy as we need now to push us out of the quagmire we are in up to our waist due to the follies of the previous admn. But talk of reason, sanity & far sightedness is shrugged off by the opposition as weakness or lack of courage etc when exactly the opposite is true.

As for the financial crisis I would have thought that the leeway that big corporations got during the Bush admn were the root cause, wasn't minimum oversight the rule then.
President Obama's efforts to reign in these giants got him labeled a 'socialist'.

This is how I feel as I feel for this country.
Good night Larry, good night folks.

Greg Daniel   August 12th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

Dear Mr. King,
I have loved your show for many years. However, I do not understand how as classy a show as yours could entertain as mindless, useless and negative a guest as Laura Ingraham. She produces nothing but rancor and negativity – not exactly what our country needs now. When you called her your friend I was astounded and confused. I've always thought of you as one of the most enlightened journalists. I understand you have to think about ratings and what the country wants to hear but this woman will have zero positive impact on our country's predicament. Don't make me sit through such drivel many more times please.

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