BRIAN'S OPENING THOUGHTS
Brian thinks that the universal background check needs to be expanded, and is arguing against the remarks that former U.S. attorney Asa Hutchinson made, who said that expanding the checks would be unreasonable. PLUS: Brian looks into the rising tensions in North Korea and gets a coach's perspective on the recent firing of Rutgers Coach Mike Rice.
Bret Baier, anchor of Special Report, talked to Brian about the impact Margaret Thatcher has had not only in the United Kingdom, but throughout the world. The duo also talked about what the president should expect the Senate to pass in terms of gun control legislation. Baier said that Obama's scaled expectations with gun control have gone backwards from week to week. "Now the universal background check is in trouble," Baier explained, "The best you could hope for, perhaps, is that [sic] universal background checks and some increase of checks around the country, and I think that is seeing some tough ground."
New York Post columnist and FOX News contributor Michael Goodwin explained his latest column to Brian, which talks about how New York State manages to exist with such corruption. "It's totally a transactional culture," Goodwin said, "Everything is done in the process of a trade... Few things done on the basis of 'this is a good idea, it will work for people; it will really make a difference.' It's about, 'I'll do this for you, what will you do for me?' That's how the legislators talk to each other. To read Goodwin's latest column, click here.
Ed Henry, FOX News' Chief White House correspondent, talked about the words of encouragement Senator Lindsey Graham gave President Obama. "Senator Graham has said positive stuff about working with the president before, and then inevitably, something blows up," Henry explained.
Brian talked to Major League Baseball legend Mike Piazza, who recently wrote the book Long Shot. When Brian asked Piazza what would have happened if he had charged the mound at Clemens, he responded that he didn't, but they would have looked like "a couple of bulls on the field!" PLUS, Piazza talked about his upcoming appearance in a BALLET!
Bill Martel, Associate Professor and author of Victory in War, weighed in on the tensions with North Korea and explained that North Korea has many similarities to Iraq. Amongst the many similarities, one was that both countries are very homogenous and have no sex. "What's interesting and dangerous about North Korea is they are, in a sense, the most authoritarian/totalitarian regime on the planet. They have absolute political control over that society; and there's really no differences of opinion [sic], either politically, religiously or ideologically. They are absolutely uniform in their views," Martel explained.
Coach Bob Hurley, author of Chasing Perfect: The Will to Win in Basketball and in Life, weighed in on the recent firing of Rutgers basketball Coach Mike Rice. "Mike is a friend and I've attended a lot of practices... and I just never saw any of those things," Hurley said. He went on to say that he knows many individuals who have been coached by Rice, and none have mentioned Rice acting up in the ways that were shown in the video. "It's alarming. It's very difficult to watch, and it's difficult as a coach to look at and try to figure out," Hurley explained.
James Rosen, Chief Washington Correspondent and host of The Foxhole, talked to Brian about the killing of American Diplomat Anne Smedinghoff in Afghanistan this past weekend. He gave the details about the attack and explained that Smedinghoff, who had been in Afghanistan since July, was on her way to deliver books to a school in southern Afghanistan.