April 13 - Gaming Our Broken Electoral and Delegate Systems; The Kochs and Senate Republican Kill Clean Energy Tax Credits; The Islamic State Take Credit For the Paris and Brussels Massacres

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Part 1

We begin with the increasingly nasty exchanges between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz over the GOP delegate race with Cruz accusing Trump of acting like a Mafia Don with Paul Manafort, his consigliere, and Trump calling the Republican delegate rules a “dirty trick” for which the RNC “should be ashamed”. Ari Berman, a political correspondent for The Nation and author of “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America” joins us to discuss the real voter suppression that Republicans are engaged in which they are certainly not crying foul over since it only effects Democratic voters, and the key role that Ted Cruz played in Florida in 2000 when our broken electoral system was exposed. We compare then to now with the gaming of the byzantine RNC and DNC rules that both parties play with, since what happens between who wins primary elections and how delegates vote in party conventions appears to be up for grabs.

Part 2

Then on the day that Peabody Energy, the world’s largest privately-owned coal producer files for bankruptcy, when we learn that the Koch Brother and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have killed clean energy tax credits for geothermal, small wind, fuel cells and combined heat, we speak with an energy insider David Freeman who headed the TVA, New York Power and the LA DWP. He joins us to discuss how the dirty fossil fuel industry is determined to kill alternative energy even if they kill the planet in the process.

Part 3

Then finally we look into the Islamic State’s boasts in their propaganda magazine “Dabiq” where they took credit for the massacres in Belgium and Paris naming the bombers who honed their skills fighting for daesh in Syria. Henri Barkey, the Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars joins us to discuss his article in The National Interest “The Raqqa Imperative” and how further terrorist attacks in Europe, and for that matter America, will reward far right politicians and fundamentally change the Transatlantic relationship.