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Notes on the March 24, 2013 Broadcast of Meet The Press

March 24, 2013

With tri-continental jet lag and a lot of things to do, I am offering only quick thoughts on this morning’s broadcast:

  • David Brooks (among others) called President Barack Obama’s trip to the Middle East a “triumph.” He said the president did not bring peace to the Middle East, but he did bring peace to the US policy debate about the region.
  • Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I-NYC) is all in on passing the assault weapons ban and universal background checks for gun purchases.
  • NRA leader Wayne LaPierre is a horrible spokesman for his issue. Maybe the NRA has some good points, but LaPierre is not the right messenger.
  • Conservative leader Ralph Reed acknowledged that public opinion has shifted toward support for same-sex marriage, although he thinks recent polls might exaggerate that support.
  • Brooks and E. J. Dione made the case that there is a stronger conservative argument in favor of same-sex marriage than opposed.
  • David Boies, chief lawyer asking the US Supreme Court to throw out California’s ban on same-sex marriage, predicts the court will support same-sex marriage by more than a 5-4 margin.

Today’s Meet The Press transcript will be here.

Also follow the show on the MTP Facebook page, track Twitter feeds from host David Gregory, Meet The Press, and Executive Producer Betsy Fischer, watch the midweek PressPass interview, and don’t forget Gregory’s blog.

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