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Notes on the June 30, 2013 Broadcast of Meet The Press

June 30, 2013

All Rights NBC NewsThis morning’s Meet the Press began with a panel discussion of the Supreme Court same-sex marriage decisions. The panel included MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, NBC’s Pete Willams, conservative leaders Ralph Reed and Jim DeMint, and Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown.

There were a few fireworks during the discussion, but no new ground was covered. Host David Gregory brought in Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) who is making a quixotic push for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. There was nothing new in his arguments.

Gregory then played the tape of an interview he did the day before yesterday with former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). If there was anything newsworthy in Pelosi’s comments, I assume they would’ve made their way into NBC News broadcasts on Friday or Saturday. She expressed support for same sex marriage, abortion rights, legislative action to re-instate the Voting Rights Act, etc.

She did say that anyone who thinks Edward Snowden is a hero should be disabused of that notion by now since he is threatening to share information with the Chinese and Russians.

The panel returned to discuss the Voting Rights Act. No one expressed much hope that Congress could devise a bipartisan answer to the Supreme Court’s concerns any time soon.

The most exciting part of the program was an appearance by State Senator Wendy Davis (D-TX) who successfully filibustered an anti-abortion bill in the Texas legislature last week. She did a very good job on the national stage. No doubt, we will see her again in venues such as this.

In the panel discussion on abortion rights Maddow made Reed and DeMint noticeably uncomfortable describing a state government mandated vaginal ultra-sound. She pressed them to say whether or not this was an acceptable use of government power. They dodged the question.

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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