After a string of successful radio shows on WNBC, WABC and WMCA in New York, Alan Colmes gained a reputation as a hard-hitting liberal known for his electric commentary on the American agenda. He has interviewed many key political and pop culture figures, including President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, Lynn Cheney, former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senators�John Kerry and John McCain, Newt Gingrich, Deepak Chopra, and Carole King.
After penetrating the Boston and New York markets with hit local radio shows, Colmes went from major market success to national talk radio prominence in 1990 with his fast-paced and informative afternoon news-driven show, which aired daily on hundreds of affiliates nationwide. He joined FOX News Channel in 1996, and co-hosted�Hannity & Colmes for over twelve years. Today his radio show is syndicated by FOX News and heard on terrestrial radio stations across America, XM and Sirius Satellite Radio, and the American Forces Radio Network.
Originally from the Seattle area, Joel moved east to attend NYU Film School, which somehow led to work in TV, radio and the Internet. As the very first intern on Hannity & Colmes, Joel began working with Alan shortly after the launch of Fox News Channel. Alan never bothered to complain about Joel to Fox executives, who eventually gave him a paying job at the network. This led to work on several early FNC programs such as Fox In Depth and Fox On Health, and on the Fox News Guest Booking Unit. He left Fox for a few years, during which he worked at MSNBC and on a political website called Vote.com. After Alan returned to the radio airwaves in 2003, Joel joined him on the Colmes show staff, where he�s now Alan�s Senior Producer. In his spare time, Joel enjoys traveling to Pearl Jam concerts, supporting the Seahawks, and being a couch potato.
Aimee De Benigno
A native of Danbury, Connecticut, Aimee De Benigno has been working with Alan since 2006. After attending Marymount Manhattan College in New York to pursue a career in media, Aimee interned at WABC Radio where she found her niche in broadcasting. She was hired full-time after college and worked with several hosts including Monica Crowley and Alan�s former TV partner, Sean Hannity. Aimee left the business for a brief period to explore an opportunity in the medical field but was pulled right back to her calling and happily landed on Alan�s show.
A former sanitation worker and graduate of Syracuse University, Mike Boyle is the technical producer for Alan�s radio show. Mike has been fascinated with radio for as long as he can remember and knew it was what he wanted to do at an early age after begging his parents to bring him to meet New York radio legend Cousin Bruce Morrow at an appearance in his native Westchester County, NY. After being part of a morning show on college radio Mike went on to work as a jock on Long Island before coming to Fox in 2005. Mike enjoys sleeping in and pursues this enthusiastically given the late hours of Alan�s radio show.
Assistant to Alan Colmes
Robin got her first taste of television news at WBFF Fox 45 in Baltimore. After that she headed further south to Washington DC, where she interned for a Sunday show on another �Cable News Network� and fell in love with TV and production. She now assists Alan on his television appearances, on new projects, and on the radio show, making sure Alan stays informed and up to date. When not at work, Robin likes spending time with her friends and going to the beach in her home state of New Jersey.
The president will return 5% of his pay each month in solidarity with workers who are taking hits because of sequester.
Obama’s decision grew out of a desire to share in the sacrifice that government employees are making, said a White House official, who was not authorized to discuss the decision publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Hundreds of thousands of workers could be forced to take unpaid leave – known as furloughs – if Congress does not reach an agreement to undo the cuts.
The president is demonstrating that he will be paying a price, too, as the White House warns of dire economic consequences from the $85 billion in cuts that started to hit federal programs last month after Congress failed to stop them.
The Illinois senator joins Rob Portman, and didn’t need a gay child to do it.
“When I climbed the Capitol steps in January, I promised myself that I would return to the Senate with an open mind and greater respect for others.
“Same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. Our time on this earth is limited, I know that better than most. Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back — government has no place in the middle.”
Salmon’s reaction creates a sharp contrast to that of Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman, who announced his support of same-sex marriage last month. Two years earlier, Portman’s son Will had come out to his parents.
“I’m just not there as far as believing in my heart that we should change 2,000 years of social policy in favor of a redefinition of the family,” Salmon said. “I’m not there.”
Salmon said he doesn’t believe his son chose to be gay.
“It doesn’t mean I don’t have respect, it doesn’t mean I don’t sympathize with some of the issues, it just means I haven’t evolved to that station, Rob Portman apparently has,” he added later. “I haven’t.”
Salmon, a Mormon, was elected in 2012. He served a previous stint in the house from 1995 to 2001.
• Lori Haas, Virginia Organizer of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, whose daughter Emily was shot twice at Virginia Tech.
• It’s the Friday Night Free-For-All!
• Have right-wing policies ruined the economy? James Robinson, David Florence Professor of Government at Harvard University and author, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty.
• North Dakota passes a fetal heartbeat bill: Why one pro-life GOP rep says they’ve gone too far. Kathy Hawken (R) believes so.
• Mona Lisa Schulz Author, All Is Well: Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations, and Intuition (Hay House).
Attention deficit hawks!
The CBO’s findings suggest that federally recognized gay marriage would reduce the budget deficit by about $450 million a year, or roughly 0.01 percent of total federal spending…
Most people will think of it as changing income taxes and benefits for gay public employees. But some of the biggest effects come in welfare programs: Marriage makes people more robust against financial shocks and less likely to qualify for welfare programs. Same-sex marriage would save hundreds of millions of dollars a year by getting some gay men and lesbians off the Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income rolls.
On the revenue side, the CBO estimated that gay marriage in all 50 states would increase tax receipts by about $400 million a year if the George W. Bush tax cuts were extended and by about $700 million a year if they were not. Because those tax cuts ended up being mostly extended, the answer is probably somewhere in the middle, but closer to $400 million.
The added revenue comes from the “marriage penalty”: Two-earner married couples where each spouse has a similar income tend to be taxed more heavily than they would be if both partners were single. Other couples get a “marriage bonus,” generally when the spouses’ incomes are very unequal, but the marriage penalty effect is more important.
• Will gay marriage turn Christians into “second class citizens”? Todd Starnes Host – FOX News & Commentary joins Alan to discuss
• Former Governor Jim McGreevey speaks to Alan about the new HBO documentary Fall to Grace
• do you believe you have had a previous life? Carol Bowman, M.S who is a past life therapist and researcher speaks with Alan about the possibility of having a past life
“So I watched that IRS video,” Shatner, who played Captain Kirk on the show, tweeted on Monday. “I am appalled at the utter waste of US tax dollars.”
…The IRS told CBS News that the six-minute video, along with another one based on “Gilligan’s Island,” cost “about $60,000 dollars” to produce.