Release Romney’s Tax Returns – OutFront – CNN

The OutFront Political Strike Team weighs in on whether Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney is hurting himself politically by only releasing two years of tax returns.


Celebrating Independence in America – OutFront – CNN

CNN’s John Avlon asks when did “Independence” become a bad word in America in Monday’s E-Block on OutFront.


Repeal or Replace, GOP Health Care Plans – OutFront – CNN

Outfront tonight: Republicans in a corner over health care.

The Supreme Court battle may be over, but has the political and policy war just begun?

The House of Representatives has already scheduled a vote to repeal health care reform next week, a vote that will go nowhere considering the Senate is still controlled by Democrats. But Senate Republicans have pledged to follow through on the repeal it if they take back the Senate this fall.

The conservative base is firmly aligned against the health care law. Mitt Romney is campaigning on a pledge to “repeal and replace.” We all saw the sign on his podium last Thursday.

But over the weekend, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was dismissive when asked what happens after repeal. But we have to ask — what would his party do about the 30 million uninsured Americans? When pressed for specifics, even Mitt Romney’s own campaign has struggled to stay on message.

We get it. We know what you are not going to do. We know what you are against. But what are you for? After you repeal, what do you replace it with?


A New War on Healthcare Begins – OutFront – CNN

GOP plans to fight for Obamacare repeal in Congress

The U.S. Supreme Court has made their ruling on Obamacare, but in Congress, the fight to repeal and replace the controversial health care reform law is just beginning. OutFront tonight: Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth of New York.

Rewriting the Constitution – OutFront – CNN

There’s a new movie out portraying Abraham Lincoln as both a defender of freedom and… a vampire hunter. Yes.

In what appears to be a trend of irreverent but oddly heartfelt takes on American history, The Daily Show Senior Writer Kevin Bleyer has taken it upon himself to rewrite our nation’s most sacrosanct document in his new book “Me the People: One Man’s Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution.”

A comedy writer rewriting the constitution? What could possibly go wrong?

Romney Not Specific on Immigration – OutFront – CNN

Mitt Romney continues to hammer President Obama over his immigration policy and the lack of progress for Hispanics over the past three years, but is strangely silent on his own plans and ideas.

Romney has yet to lay out a specific immigration policy beyond saying he supports electronic verification of employees and more visas for high-skilled workers. Can he win the election without getting specific on immigration? John Avlon, senior columnist for The Daily Beast and member of the OutFront Political Strike Team, is here to answer.

Romney on Obama Immigration – OutFront – CNN

Mitt Romney spoke in front of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials in Florida today, but despite pressure to offer his own immigration policy in the wake of Obama’s annoucement earlier this week, he offered few specifics in his broad attack on President Obama’s policies.

Is Norquist’s anti-tax pledge losing GOP support? – OutFront – CNN

Grover Norquist and his anti-tax pledge have been recognized as one of the most powerful forces in Washington.

But is there a rebellion brewing in the GOP? At least a dozen Republican representatives and eight senators have come out against the pledge recently. Norquist is headed for Capitol Hill tomorrow, but tonight, he comes OutFront to discuss his views with Erin Burnett and John Avlon.

Controversial AZ Immigration Law – OutFront – CNN

A new CNN poll finds 75% of Americans support the controversial Arizona immigration law that allows law enforcement officials to question a suspect’s immigration status after they have already been detained for another reason.

When the law was passed in 2010, it led to a firestorm of controversy in the national debate over illegal immigration. Opponents feared that police would use the law to harass and racially profile Hispanics, while supporters claimed that the federal government doesn’t do enough to fight illegal immigration and the state was simply trying to fill that void.

The Obama administration even sued the state in court and blocked portions of the law, claiming the state was overreaching. Erin Burnett talks to legal contributor Paul Callan and political contributor, senior columnist at the Daily Beast, and political strike team member John Avlon about the connection between public opinion, the court, and the law.

Unions Under Fire – OutFront – CNN

All eyes were on Wisconsin on Tuesday as Scott Walker emerged victorious from just the third gubernatorial recall election in the nation’s history.

But in his latest column, John Avlon explains why the results of two local California elections held that day might end up playing an even more important role in how cities and states across the country will attempt to deal with record budget shortfalls and unfunded pensions.

November’s Dress Rehearsal – OutFront – CNN

CNN’s Erin Burnett previews Tuesday’s recall election in Wisconsin. Gov. Scott Walker recall election is the most expensive recall in the state’s history. We crunch the numbers and analyze the impact of this race on November’s presidential election. CNN contributors Reihan Salam, John Avlon and Democratic Strategist, Jamal Simmons comes OutFront.

Bill Clinton praises Romney – OutFront – CNN

Fmr. Pres. Bill Clinton praises Mitt Romney’s Bain capital experience. Was it an accident or a secret campaign strategy.

CNN’s contributor John Avlon, LZ Granderson and Fmr. Communications Dir. for Rick Santorum, Hogan Gidley comes OutFront.

Romney Gambles on Trump – OutFront – CNN

On the night Mitt Romney will pick up enough votes to officially clinch the Republican nominee for president, he is under fire for hosting a fundraiser with American business magnate, Donald Trump. Trump on Tuesday doubled down on the “birther” controversy.

CNN Contributors John Avlon, Reihan Salam and Democratic Strategist, Jamal Simmons comes OutFront.

Latino Vote – OutFront – CNN

A CNN in-depth story, the group of votes Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have to win to be president, the Latino vote. CNN’s Erin Burnett speaks to CNN contributors John Avlon and Ruben Navarrette about courting the Latino vote.

Avlon on Super Pac campaign – OutFront – CNN

President Obama invites Romney to a healthy debate, but when we looked at the numbers, it doesn’t add up.

CNN contributors John Avlon, Reihan Salam and Democratic Strategist, Jamal Simmons come OutFront.

Obama telephones Romney congratulations

President Barack Obama called presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney on Wednesday to offer congratulations on reaching the number of delegates required for the GOP nomination, both candidates’ campaigns acknowledged Wednesday.

Remembering and Honoring America’s troops – OutFront – CNN

CNN contributor John Avlon remembers and honors U.S. troops on Memorial Day in tonight’s E-Block.

Norquist on Alan Simpson – OutFront – CNN

CNN contributor John Avlon talks to President for Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Norquist about Congress’ up coming battle over Bush tax cuts.

The Real Cost of War – OutFront – CNN

In honor of our fallen troops has created an interactive Home & Away map which includes information about all of the men and women who have died in war since 2001.

Iranian Plot to Kill Americans – OutFront – CNN

A new report gives terrifying details about a plot by Iranian-backed terrorists to kill Americans. CNN National Security Contributor Fran Townsend comes OutFront.

Media Play The Bain Game – CNN

Erin McPike, John Avlon, Ramesh Ponnuru and Howard Kurtz on the Obama campaign’s ad targeting Mitt Romney for his work at Bain Capital; did the media give it too much free publicity?

GOP Rev. Wright Ad Plan – CNN

Erin McPike, John Avlon, Ramesh Ponnuru and Howard Kurtz on a potential GOP attack of Obama’s ties to Rev. Wright.

John Avlon on Primary Challenge to Sen. Luger – OutFront – CNN

At the close of one of the toughest primary challenges dealt an incumbent this year, Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana argued in an interview Tuesday that he is one of the bright spots in a body many see dimly.

Romney and Fairness – OutFront – CNN

John Avlon on CNN’s Out Front talks with David Frum and Faiz Shakir about fairness and Mitt Romney’s campaign strategy for the begining of the 2012 presidential election.

Covering America’s Longest War – Reliable Sources – CNN

CNN’s Jake Tapper joins guest host John Avlon to talk about who’s to blame for the media’s diminished coverage of the war in Afghanistan.


GOP Debate Focuses on the Economy – CNN

CNN contributors Hilary Rosen, John Avlon and Will Cain provide analysis on the latest Bloomberg GOP candidate debate.

Could Obama’s new tax plan really incite class warfare? – CNN

President Obama will unveil a plan today to cut the deficit by $3 trillion over the next decade. A large part of the proposal is expected to be based on raising taxes on Americans making more than $1 million a year.

Yesterday, Senator Lindsay Graham said that the President’s tax plan would create “class warfare.”

Today on American Morning, CNN contributors John Avlon and Errol Louis respond to this comment and explain the President’s proposal. They also discuss their new book, “Deadline Artists: America’s Greatest Newspaper Columns,” in which they offer a compilation of iconic newspaper columns from legends like Hunter S. Thompson, Art Buchwald and William F. Buckley.

Reporters Under Fire in Egypt – Reliable Sources – CNN

Ben Wedeman, Shahira Amin and John Avlon discuss the Egyptian military’s crackdown on journalists.

Americans are not pleased with how lawmakers are handling their job – CNN

We were going to talk about the game of politics this morning, but it’s clear Americans are tired of that and frustrated at the current political climate.  John Avlon and Ron Brownstein discuss voter discontent. How frustrated are you? A recent New York Times poll found that 82% of Americans now disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job. That’s the highest disapproval rate since the paper started asking the question in 1977.
A similar CNNORC Poll found 84% of Americans are not pleased with how lawmakers are handling their job. With Congress’ disapproval ratings are at historic highs, what are the political implications of Americans’ dissatisfaction with lawmakers? CNN Contributor John Avlon and CNN Senior Political Analyst Ron Brownstein discuss the winners and losers in this political climate.

Social Media Explodes in Aftermath of Plane Crash – Reliable Sources – CNN

Errol Louis, Josh Rogin, Jackie Kucinich, Al Tompkins and John Avlon on how citizen and professional journalists relied on social media in the immediate aftermath of the Asiana Airlines crash of Flight 214.

Colbert vs. Kyl and spread of ‘misinformation’ – CNN

CNN contributor John Avlon says Colbert is right to lampoon politicians who spread falsehoods.

The Perils of Journalism – Reliable Sources – CNN

John Avlon and COO of the Newseum Institute Gene Policinski discuss the dangers and risks of reporting the news.


Wingnuts – Book Tour Begins – CNN American Morning

Daily Beast columnist John Avlon explains why the lunatic fringe is hijacking America. In this episode:Redistricting problems, Alan Grayson, Michele Bachmann, Keith Olberman, Glenn Beck.