April 15 - Initial Reports on the Bombings in Boston; The White House and the Kremlin Try to Re-set the Reset; Wasteful Spending in the Tax Code

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We begin with an examination of the bombings today near the finish line of the Boston marathon that have claimed 2 lives, including an 8 year old child, and wounded 132 others. James Corcoran a veteran journalist and Chairman of the Department of Communications at Simmons College joins us. He co-wrote, with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Morris Dees, “Gathering Storm: America’s Militia Threat”, and we discuss the possibility of domestic terrorism being involved in this atrocity that so far no person or group has taken responsibility for. james corcoran

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Then we look into National Security Advisor Tom Donilon’s efforts in Moscow today to re-set the reset in the tattered and strained relations between Russia and the United States. Fiona Hill, a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution and author of “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin”, joins us to discuss tit-for tat lists of banned Russians and Americans and what progress can be made in dealing with an elected autocrat who is turning back the clock on Russian democracy and human rights.

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Then finally, since it is tax day today, we speak with Edward Kleinbard, who served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation and recently testified before the U.S. Senate’s Budget Committee at a hearing titled “Reducing the Deficit by Eliminating Wasteful Spending in the Tax Code”. We discuss the possibility of reforming the tax code to make it fairer and more progressive and whether tax forms can be made simpler for citizens to fill out and file.

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