Cenk Uygur and The Nation contributor Lee Fang break down exactly why a congressman like Heath Shuler, D-N.C., would turn to lobbying after leaving the House. In 2010, the average former U.S. representative saw a 1,452 percent salary increase after finishing his or her term. Now, Shuler has announced that he’ll become a chief lobbyist with Duke Energy after originally pledging not to become a lobbyist. “He did kind of break his pledge, but what was more astounding than that — he broke the pledge pretty early. He’s actually a sitting congressman still, who’s leading negotiations with the fiscal cliff stuff,” Fang says. “The fact that the person who’s leading these fiscal cliff negotiations — or is among the leaders — has accepted a job with one of the companies that faces a lot of peril in these negotiations is quite troubling.”
Cenk and panelists discuss TWA Flight 800, drones in the U.S., and the latest on Edward Snowden. Plus, Sister Helen Prejean on her advocacy to abolish the death penalty and a tribute to Michael Hastings.