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Jack is really a storyteller and explorer and everything else rolls out from there. As a writer, its what he does.  As a trial lawyer, its his most important tool.  As a former CIA officer, the only way to truly motivate people is to connect and to tell them a story that they can feel viscerally.  As a media analyst, what better way to make a point.  In the end, he tries to captivate his audience about the world as much as he himself is captivated. 

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Thursday
Nov192009

I Appear on MSNBC on Friday Night at 6!

Looking forward to appearing on MSNBC with Ed Schultz on Friday night at 6 p.m. e.t.  Hope we talk a little about the Senate Health bill, maybe a little KSM and whatever else is in the headlines.  Always enjoy myself on The Ed Show.

Hope you can catch it.

Thursday
Nov192009

Will These Detainees Be Sent to the US or Released?

Wednesday
Nov182009

Obama Campaign Manager David Plouffe Joins Me.

I was reporting from the Presidential campaign trail starting the first caucus in Iowa, to the first primary in New Hampshire, to Super Tuesday, to election day.  I covered the future President all across this country.  And I also watched one of the truly extraordinary campaigns ever.  The manager of that campaign was David Plouffe.

David Plouffe joins me later this week to take me behind the scenes to tell us how it really felt, what they really thought.  I'm very excited about this interview.  I hope you can catch this interview.

Tuesday
Nov172009

Palin Calls This Cover Sexist! Is it?

Monday
Nov162009

Carrie Prejean: Apparently 7 Other Worst Mistakes!

Fake Breasts or God:  Whatever Works!

Wow!  This story just gets stranger and stranger.  Remember when the nude video of Carrie Prejean became public?  She came storming back into the headlines with "it was the worst mistake of my life."  Well, apparently, there are at least seven more "worst mistakes" of Prejean in the nude and making solo appearances . . . ah, you get the picture.  Oh yeah, and another 30 nude photos, at least, that are out there too.

When the original nude video surfaced, she claimed she was seventeen.  It seems that she was trying to make the point that she was a juvenile so that nobody could show the video because it would be considered child pornagraphy.  We now find that she was more like 19 or 20.   So much for honesty, or integrity.

In a way, this would not be a story but for Prejean's insane hypocrisy.  Actually, maybe it is something else and maybe this is just a human nature question. 

If you had not one video, but eight, or more, plus a ton of nude photos, how would you play it?

Maybe, she is just so terribly desperate for fame and fortune, that she would use anything to get there, be it fake breasts or God!  Again, wow!

Sunday
Nov152009

I Appear on MSNBC This Week.

Looking forward to appearing on MSNBC this week.  Should be an interesting week with continuing questions about Afghanistan, Ft. Hood, healthcare, and a whole series of other things.  Should be a lot of fun.

I will keep you up to date and let you know about dates.

Sunday
Nov152009

Jack Interviewing a Former Slave in Darfur (Archive).

Sunday
Nov152009

Obama Bows to Akihito. A Sign of American Confidence!

President Obama clearly bowed to Japanese Emperor Akihito as Empress Michiko looks on.  And some have said that this sign of deference was completely inappropriate for a President of the United States.  I, for one, totally disagree.  I believe that this sign of respect shows strength and confidence of America power rather than its decline.

There is always a question regarding how responsive any American leader should be to a foreign dignitary.  Or about how culturally sensitivity they should be.  A veil over the head?  Covering of the arms?  The holding of hands?  Kissing on the cheek?  These are all done, or not done, in various places around the world.  Should we care about that?  I say we should!

One of the problems that we have had is the arrogance that we have shown around the world.  Somehow, we have decided that we should not bend, or bow, and everybody else . . . should.  Really?  

Would it not be better, and smarter, to find some place in the middle or to at least acknowledge each other's differences?  Isn't this exactly what President Obama did?

Congratulations, Mr. President.  You make me proud!

Friday
Nov132009

President Obama, Go To Hiroshima!

President Obama is in Tokyo.  And he has been invited to Hiroshima, the site of the nuclear blast that killed 140,000 on Auigust 6, 1945.  He has not accepted the invitation - but he should!

President Obama has talked about a nuclear free world.  And he has also talked about the U.S. and its moral responsibility to act because it is the only country to use nuclear weapons.  He even received the Nobel Peace Prize based upon his positions.  

So, isn't it time for President Obama to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

And yet, based upon some of our previous decisions, this seems unlikely.  In 1995, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museam, under pressure from 81 members of Congress, rejected an exhibit that simply asked the question about the morality of dropping the bomb.  Even as late as 2003, when the Museum had a display of the Enola Gay, they rejected the idea of mentioning that 140,000 were killed at Hiroshima and another 80,000 were killed at Nagasaki.  Why?

What are we afraid of?

Even if the President won't apologize, he should at least go to the place the was the ultimate gravesite of 140,000 people.  It is the right things to do!

Friday
Nov132009

On Set with Ed Schultz on MSNBC.