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Obama’s surrender to Republicans: JOHN NICHOLS of "The Nation" comments: "this is the continuation of a nightmare that began last December. Remember when President Obama cut the deal with Mitch McConnell to maintain the Bush-era tax cuts for billionaires? ... It was clear, even before the Republicans took full control of the House, that they knew how to game this guy. And famously, at the press conference where Obama was talking about that deal last December, a reporter said to him, “Well, Mr. President, don’t you think the Republicans are just gonna keep on doing this? Don’t you think that they’re gonna come back, when the debt ceiling issue arises sometime next year, and use that as a tool to force you to maintain tax cuts and to accept even deeper cuts in domestic programs?” And Barack Obama said, “Oh, I think the Republicans are a lot more responsible than that. I don’t think they’d ever do that.”
Also: from the archives: our interview with TERRY GROSS of NPR’s “Fresh Air” — her show is heard by 4.5 million people on 450 stations. Topics: what went wrong in her interviews with Hillary Clinton, Nancy Reagan, and Bill O’Reilly. Also, I ask “What is the deal with rumors that you are a lesbian?” Her book, All I Did was Ask: Conversations with Writers, Actors, Musicians and Artists, is out now in paperback. (Originally broadcast 11/17/04)
Plus: the L.A. Art scene in the 1960s: in 1960 L.A. had no museum showing contemporary art, and only a few galleries — which is exactly what Ed Ruscha, David Hockney, Judy Chicago and John Baldessari liked about it. HUNTER DROHOJOWSKA -PHILP tells all – her new book is Rebels In Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s.