Maxwell said his film covers a part of the Civil War that no one talks about - namely the anti-war Copperhead movement during 1862. He said if it had been a presidential year, Lincoln would have been defeated and the Democrat would have cut a deal with the South. His main character is ostracized because he is for the end of slavery but is aware of the Constitution being abused during the war.
O'Sullivan spoke about the legacy of Margaret Thatcher, especially in her relationship with Ronald Reagan. He last saw her a year ago and was to see her in a month. He said she was a wonderful boss who was most sympathetic to those who weren't grand and kicked up and kissed down. He remarked that she had no patience with snobs. He said she loved a good argument and didn't care for yes men. He noted she was the daughter of a grocer and served behind the counter as a young girl. Her father was interested in politics and went to a grammar school which was the route for poor children and then went on to Oxford. He praised her work ethic and stated she needed little sleep.
O'Sullivan said Thatcher and Pope John Paul II didn't have as strong a relatioship with Reagan as the pivotal figure, particularly in Britain's support for Solidarity in Poland. She was concerned about Pope John Paul's relationship with Ireland and during the Falklands War, but united with him against communism.
O'Sullivan said Thatcher was raised a Methodist and became an Anglican upon her marriage and her faith was expressed in prayer and good works.
Thompson who worked on the Watergate situation, spoke about Judge Bork's take on it all. He talked about the Stennis compromise on the Nixon secret tapes that AG Archibald Cox were demanding and the White House was refusing to turn over to Cox. Cox then slammed Nixon to the press while there were critical issues going on the world. Cox's office was loaded with liberal assistants. Ingraham commented on the changes in the media between then and now.
Thompson stated that if President Obama's numbers keep going down, a grand bargain on the budget is possible. He said the Obama administration is political in their judgments rather than judicial.
Thompson admires Senator Rand Paul's guts in the filibuster which was provoked by AG Eric Holder's incompetence and stalling in defining the limits of executive power in regard to citizens being targeted by drones without cause. He said Holder does what he's told and has the proper contacts and demeanor to fend off critics most of the time.
Thompson doesn't want the president emasculated in time of war and thus feels the guidelines must be transparent. He noted that Judge Bork was all about the rule of law, not politics.
In a 2006 C-Span interview, President Obama criticized presidential vacations, according to the Daily Caller. Of course this was in the glory days before his election when he and the family took expensive vacations here and abroad, much on the taxpayers dime.
“Essentially the bargain that any president, I think, strikes with the American people is: ‘you give me this office and in turn my fears, doubts, insecurities, foibles, need for sleep, family life, vacations, leisure is gone. I am giving myself to you.’ And the American people should have no patience for whatever is going through your head because you’ve got a job to do,” Obama says in the video.
“And so how I think about it is that you don’t make that decision unless you are prepared to make that sacrifice, that trade off, that bargain and I think that what’s difficult and important for somebody like myself who has a wonderful forbearing wife and two gorgeous young children is that they end up having to make some of those sacrifices with you,” he continued. “And that is a profound decision that you don’t make lightly.”
An incomplete manuscript written in Coptic Egyptian language has been studied by Harvard Professor Karen King. The fragment suggest that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, a finding that contradicts Catholic teachings. Her findings were presented at a conference in Rome.
No doubt this is controversial and will spark skepticism, considering it is from a liberal university professor with strong feminist leanings.
But neither the language nor the papyrus’ apparent age was particularly remarkable. What had captivated King when a private collector first e-mailed her images of the papyrus was a phrase at its center in which Jesus says “my wife.”
The fragment’s 33 words, scattered across 14 incomplete lines, leave a good deal to interpretation. But in King’s analysis, and as she argues in a forthcoming article in the Harvard Theological Review, the “wife” Jesus refers to is probably Mary Magdalene, and Jesus appears to be defending her against someone, perhaps one of the male disciples.
“She will be able to be my disciple,” Jesus replies. Then, two lines later, he says: “I dwell with her.”