December 13 - A Scathing Takedown of Trump in USA Today; An Optimistic Leftist Sees the Political Tide Turning; Will the Punishment of California in the Tax Bill Backfire on the State's Republican Delegation?

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We begin with the extraordinarily scathing editorial from the centrist national newspaper USA Today that asks “will Trump’s lows ever hit rock bottom” then goes on to say “a president who would all but call Senator Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or shine the shoes of George W. Bush”. Jennifer Mercieca, a professor in the Department of Communications at Texas A&M University where she teaches courses on Political Communication and Presidential Rhetoric, joins us to discuss how Trump has broken the mold of traditional presidential decorum and to quote the editorial “if recent history is a guide, the unique awfulness of the Trump era in U.S. politics is only going to get worse” because of “Trump’s utter lack of morals, ethics and simple humanity”. We will assess whether, just as the people in Alabama grew tired of Roy Moore’s antics and the baggage of sexual assault accompanying him, the American people may well tire of the daily embarrassment the vulgarian in the White House brings to the office of the presidency.

 

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Then, following an election victory in Alabama that many see as a repudiation of Donald Trump and Steve Bannon, we will explore whether the political tide in turning in America and the bad guys are no longer winning as the good women in particular make a stand with a good guy like Doug Jones elected to the U.S. Senate instead of fire and brimstone theocrat and child molester. Ruy Teixeira, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and author of a new book “The Optimistic Leftist: Why the 21st Century Will Be Better Than You Think”, joins us to discuss the beginning of what he sees as a revival of the American left galvanized in opposition to Trump and mobilized to vote for change.

Ruy Teixeira

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Then finally we speak with Marc Sandalow, the editor-in-chief of the California News Service who spent 21 years with the San Francisco Chronicle including 11 years as the paper’s Washington Bureau Chief. We will analyze whether the punishment of California in the Republican tax bill and the double standard of relief for hurricane victims in Florida and Texas but not for fire victims in California, will backfire on California’s Republican delegation in the 2018 election since 11 of the 14 voted for the tax bill.

 

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December 12 - From the Front Lines of Workplace Sexual Harassment; The Alabama Race Observed by a Former College Student Who Marched in Selma 52 Years Ago; The Fastest Decline in Arctic Sea Ice in 1500 Years

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We begin with the issue of sexual harassment that is now migrating from Roy Moore’s past in Alabama back to the occupant in the Oval Office’s past with 56 female members of Congress asking the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s chairman to investigate charges by at least 17 women who claim they were sexually assaulted or harassed by Donald Trump. Christina Giorgio, an attorney in Manhattan who represents employees in workplace discrimination and sexual harassment disputes joins us to discuss Trump’s response to a call for his resignation from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand who he then smeared, implying that she was willing to trade sex for a campaign contribution from him. Since Christina represents a wide range of clients, we explore the broader landscape of what women have to deal with in the workplace in corporate America, government jobs and small businesses, not to mention waitresses and barmaids, and assess what kinds of changes in the law and in our culture are necessary to achieve dignity, safety and equality in the workplace.

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Then with the polls just having closed in Alabama in what is expected to be a close race, we speak with Mark Denbeaux a Professor of Law at Seton Hall’s School of Law who as a young college student 52 years ago joined the march for civil rights in Selma, Alabama and in 2015 returned to Selma for the commemoration of the 1965 “Bloody Sunday”. We discuss how much Roy Moore is a throwback to the days of George Wallace but, given the terror and brutality that Mark and the other marchers endured back then, even Moore’s election will not turn back the clock to when African Americans had no rights and were lynched with impunity.

Mark P. Denbeaux

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Then finally we examine the latest annual Arctic Report Card for 2017 with its author Jeremy Mathis, the Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA’s Arctic Research Program. He joins us to discuss the unprecedented record rate at which the Arctic ice cap is melting, the fastest decline in Arctic sea ice in at least 1500 years, thus reducing the amount of light reflected back into space trapping heat which adds to global warming as the melting ice causes sea levels to rise.

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December 11 - Comparing Roy Moore and Doug Jones' Approach to Law and Order; Erik Prince and Oliver North's Alternative to the CIA Could Become a Reality; How the Attempted Suicide Bombing by a Bangladeshi Immigrant Might Impact the Bangladeshi Community

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With Donald Trump having accused the Democrat running for the U.S. Senate in Alabama of being “soft on crime”, we will begin with an analysis of the difference between Judge Roy Moore and the former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones in terms of their approach to law enforcement with Moore having a record on the Alabama Supreme Court of siding with those accused of sexual crimes while Doug Jones is famous for successfully prosecuting two Ku Klux Klansmen for a church bombing that killed four black girls as well as convicting Eric Rudolph for the bombing of an Alabama abortion clinic along with targeting voter fraud, drug dealers and corrupt police. Joyce White Vance, a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Law at the University of Alabama School of Law who served as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama for 8 years and prior to that was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Birmingham, Alabama for 18 years, joins us. She will discuss the role of the fired White House strategist Steve Bannon who is campaigning with Moore and what it will mean for the alt-right movement and those bent of destroying the administrative state to have their candidate in the U.S. Senate which Roy Moore alone could grind to a halt.  

 

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Then we look into reports that Erik Prince and Oliver North are lobbying the White House to set up a private sector “off the books” alternative to the CIA as a way around what Donald Trump sees as the “deep state” that is out to get him. While this could be dismissed as the fantasy of the founder of the mercenary army Blackwater, if Trump were to appoint Senator Tom Cotton as head of the CIA, it could quickly become a reality. Publisher, journalist, filmmaker and explorer Robert Young Pelton, author of “Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror” and former biographer of Erik Prince, joins us.

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Then finally we speak with Chaumtoli Huq, a Bangladeshi-American lawyer with Law@theMargins in New York City about how the attempted suicide bombing at the busy Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City this morning by an Bangladeshi immigrant Akayed Ullah, might impact the Bangladeshi community of drivers, food vendors, retail workers and newspaper-sellers. We discuss a climate of fear and scapegoating on the rise in the Trump era in which Muslims and Latinos have been vilified and targeted.

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December 10 - Trump is More Interested in His TV Reviews Than His Performance as president; The Alabama Race is Shaping Up as Trump's Waterloo and a Referendum on America; Thanks to Trump the Saudis Are Losing the "Arab Street" to Iran

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We begin with the emergence of an orchestrated campaign led by Fox News to delegitimise the Robert Mueller investigation and cast it as a Democratic plot to undermine Trump’s election victory in the Electoral College. David Mindich, a Professor and Chair of the Journalism Department at Temple University and author of “Just the Facts: How “Objectivity” Came to Define American Journalism”, joins us to discuss how Trump watches between 4 and 8 hours of television a day, tuning into Fox News for the comfort it provides him while occasionally watching MSNBC to get riled up and ready for combat. We will examine this un-American relationship between a sitting government and a volunteer Ministry of Truth which Fox has become under Rupert Murdoch who talks to Trump every day and appears to set the agenda for the White House talking points and policies, as well as assess what work the president actually does given his television watching habit which suggests the reality TV star is more interested in his reviews than his performance.

 

David Mindich

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Then we go to Montgomery, Alabama for an update on Tuesday’s election for the U.S. Senate seat that is both shaping up as Trump’s Waterloo and a referendum on America itself with a child-molester likely to win against a former U.S. attorney who successfully prosecuted the KKK. Mark Potok, the former Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project who was a spokesman for the SPLC, joins us to discuss the close race and the concern that turnout of the critical African-American vote may not be sufficient to overcome the expected mobilization of the fundamentalist so-called “Christians” who see the tribulations of Jesus Christ in their persecuted champion Roy Moore.  

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Then finally we speak with Lina Khatib, the head of the Middle East and North African Program at Chatham House and the former Director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. She joins us to discuss the demonstrations in front of the US Embassy in Beirut and across the Arab world in response to Trump’s gambit to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and how this is complicating the close ties Trump has forged with the Saudis who are losing the so-called “Arab street” to Iran due to the anger Trump has ignited in the Middle East.
 
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December 7 - Will Franken's Resignation Hurt Dems' Senate Chances?; Trump Wrecks US Foreign Policy to Get Christian Zionist Votes in Alabama; The Republican Tax Plan's Massive Giveaway to Private Jet Owners

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We begin with the resignation of Senator Al Franken today which he announced on the floor of the US Senate, noting with some irony that while he is resigning, a sexual predator who bragged about his ability to assault women is still sitting in the Oval Office. David Schultz, a Professor of Political Science at Hamline University who also teaches election law at the University of Minnesota School of Law, joins us to discuss the local reaction to their senator stepping down under pressure from his Democratic senate colleagues who are doing the right thing while their Republican counterparts in the senate and the White House are brazenly ignoring the record of the child molester they are running in Alabama and the open admission by the head of the GOP sitting in the White House who boasted he can grab women by the private parts and get away with it because he is a celebrity. We also assess whether the appointment of a placeholder to fill Franken’s vacated seat until the 2018 election will expose the Democrats to a potential loss of a safe seat in a critical election in which Democrats now have to defend 26 senate seats while the Republicans only have to defend 9 seats.  

 

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Then we speak with Matthew Sutton, Distinguished Professor of History at Washington State University and author of “American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism”. He joins us to discuss the main reason why Trump upended U.S. diplomatic history and foreign policy in moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, and that is apparently his political calculus that he needs to shore up the Christian Zionist vote in Alabama for accused child molester Roy Moore. We  look into the sick theology behind the Christian Zionists’ spiritually pornographic interpretation of the Book of Revelation that has them raptured up to heaven while the rest of us burn in hell as the end of the world begins in Israel.

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Then finally we examine a new report from the Institute for Policy Studies, “High Flyers 2017”, and speak with its author Josh Hoxie, who heads the Project on Opportunity and Taxation at the Institute for Policy Studies and edits inequality.org and was a legislative aide to Senator Bernie Sanders. We discuss the big lie in the Republican tax plan that is supposed to help the middle class but massive tax breaks for the owners of the 12,000 private luxury jets in the U.S. whose owners have an average net worth of $1.6 billion, tells another story.

Josh Hoxie