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Notes on the May 5, 2013 Broadcast of Meet the Press

May 5, 2013

I only have time for a quick summary of Meet The Press today, which works out well because there was surprisingly little that was new or newsworthy in the broadcast.

The broadcast opened with three guests: Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AK), and former Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA). Host David Gregory asked, do the Israeli strikes against Syria raise or lower the pressure on the United States to take military action in Syria?

All three panelists said some variation of “the United States should move toward arming pro-Western rebels in Syria.” Harmon added, “I wish we had acted sooner.”

The rest of the program broke no new ground on the economy, Guantanamo, Benghazi, abortion, or gay rights, even though they explored these issues so thoroughly that they ran out of time for a planned segment on 2016 presidential race developments.

Better luck next time.

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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