Guests and Topics for Thursday March 8, 2012

It seems like the news lately is all about nuclear weapons – who has them, who’s trying to develop them, and who wants to stop them. A few headlines we’ll discuss: In an AP exclusive this morning, satellite images (to your left) showed Iran cleaning up the Parchin site ahead of IAEA inspections.  Netanyahu, in a Fox News interview, says he doesn’t think war with Iran is inevitable, and Kofi Annan has warned against any type of military intervention .  We’ll hear from Richard Engel (@richardengelnbc), Chief Foreign Correspondent for NBC News and Gordon Chang, (@gordongchang) foreign affairs columnist for The Daily and author of The Coming Collapse of China.

The Megapanel: Our starting lineup today: Karen Finney (@finneyk), Susan Del Percio (@delpercios) and Jimmy Williams (@jimmyspolitics). Jobless claims out today, and they’re up again – we’ll take a look at the overall trends, and what tomorrow’s February jobs report might look like. And it looks like lawmakers are heading for the door – we don’t like the job they’re doing, and it turns out that neither do they. That’s why lawmakers young and old are trading in their member pins for a new life in the private sector.

Gas Prices with The Specialist: Dan Gross (@grossdm), the economics editor for Yahoo! Finance will join us. With oil prices hovering at $106/barrel today over tensions with Iran, Obama and Romney sparring over gas, and Congress doing the same, Dan Gross argues that the U.S. can actually handle higher gas prices.

When You Get Hurt (Really Hurt) and Don’t Have Healthcare: With one in five Americans living in a home where they are struggling to pay their medical bills, we’ll talk to someone who lived through that — Hogan Gorman, author of Hot Cripple: An Incurable Smart-Ass Takes on the Health Care System and Lives to Tell the Tale. The ex-model was living the typical New York working actors life – auditions and classes by day, waitressing and fending off customers at night, when a big change happened. She was hit by a car going 40 miles an hour. With no health insurance and debilitating injuries, she’ll tell us her story about dealing with the cracks in our medical and social welfare system, and how she fought her way to recovery.

Kass’ Couch: Noah Kass (@noahkass) talks about what it means to be a calculated risk-taker, and how we negotiate “old school” teaching with our desire to become innovators. Here’s his latest article at TheStreet.com.