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SUNDAY STUDY GUIDE: Schumer, Norquist, roundtable

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

  • Schumer is the Chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee, Chairman of the Rules and Administration Committee, and is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Finance Committee.
  • Schumer appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe earlier this month and gave his thoughts on the status of the supercommittee.  He said, “I don’t think the supercommittee is going to succeed because our Republican colleagues have said ‘no net revenues.’ … [Democrats] are willing to move to the middle, but they are not willing to do any revenues.”
  • Watch Schumer’s last appearance on MTP.

Grover Norquist


  • Grover Norquist, dubbed by critics as the 13th member of the supercommittee and blamed for its failure, is the president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a taxpayer advocacy group. ATR is a coalition of taxpayer groups, individuals and businesses opposed to higher taxes at the federal, state and local levels.
  • In an opinion piece featured in The Guardian this week, Norquist wrote about the failure of the supercommittee and the 2012 election.  He said, “The supercommittee failed, so the people will decide in 2012: do they want a European welfare state or a return to true America?”
  • Norquist appeared on PRESS Pass on July 15, 2011, to talk about the debt crisis, the 2012 election, and his Taxpayer Protection Pledge.  Watch the interview here

Roundtable: Goodwin, Beschloss, Dyson, Meacham, Lowry

  • Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book “Team of Rivals” is being made into a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg and entitled “Lincoln.”  Goodwin also said that, “[Lincoln] was the most fascinating president of all time” at a recent speaking engagement. Watch her last appearance on MTP.
  • Presidential historian Michael Beschloss wrote the introduction and historical annotations for the newly released book “Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy.”  Beschloss said that “She was a very important part of the Kennedy administration.”  Read the article featured in The Washington Post.
  • Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson appeared on MSNBC  recently to talk about Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.  Dyson said, “Part of the problem here is Herman Cain has been caught up in a whirlwind of an incredible magnitude that has focused on him and perhaps it’s revealing some of the flaws, some of the holes in his approach.” Watch his last appearance on MTP.
  • Executive Editor at Random House Jon Meacham wrote a column featured in TIME this week.  Meacham addressed the idea of American exceptionalism saying, “We are exceptional not because of who we are but because of what we do and how we put the ideals of human dignity, individual freedom, and liberty under law into action.”  Watch his last appearance on MTP.  
  • In a column this week, Editor of the National Review Rich Lowry wrote about the performance of Republican presidential candidates in the latest debate.  Lowry said of Newt Gingrich, “He was commanding, showing his decades of engagement with these issues…and at ease with his place of new prominence in the race.”

Follow these guests on Twitter:

  • Chuck Schumer: @ChuckSchumer
  • Grover Norquist: @GroverNorquist
  • Jon Meacham: @jmeacham
  • Rich Lowry: @RichLowry
  • Michael Eric Dyson: @MichaelEDyson