Host Michel Martin and David Brody, chief political correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network, discuss how faith plays a role in major political news, from the impending debt ceiling deadline to the 2012 election campaigns.
The Barbershop guys weigh in on the widening wealth gap between whites and people of color, President Obama's speech to the National Council of La Raza, and the big trades that have recently happened through the NFL. Host Michel Martin hears from author Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette and foreign policy analyst Mario Loyola.
Several Tea Party-backed congressional Republicans have openly opposed House Speaker Boehner's budget proposal, which aims to raise the U.S. borrowing limit in two steps and requires Congress to confront the debt ceiling again in six months. To learn more about Tea Partiers' thoughts on the debt ceiling and government spending habits, host Michel Martin speaks with Tea Party Patriots Spokeswoman Shelby Blakely.
Host Michel Martin discusses the debt talks with Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. Cleaver describes the current atmosphere in Congress and notes that some freshmen members believe the current debt situation is not that huge of a crisis.
Host Michel Martin continues her conversation with Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. Cleaver explains how a default would be catastrophic for the people he serves. He also comments on a recent Pew report that says the wealth gap between white households and black and Hispanic households is widening.