April 29 - Republicans Block Efforts to Shield Military Families From Payday Lenders; Payouts by Cash-Strapped Baltimore for Police Brutality; The Only Person to Be Punished for the Bush/ Cheney Torture Regime

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We begin with a shocking and shameful example of the priorities of the House Republicans who have slipped legislation into the National Defense Authorization Act at the behest of the banking lobby that would block protection for American servicemen and their families from predatory payday lenders. Robert Weissman, the President of Public Citizen joins us to discuss how efforts to shield military families from short-term high-interest loans where a yearlong $2,600 loan costs $3,967 to pay back and a six month $485 loan costs $1,428 to pay off, have been stalled before the House Armed Service Committee.

 

Part 2

Then following an impassioned speech today by Hillary Clinton in her first major policy address where she called for “an end to the era of mass incarceration” saying “from Ferguson to Staten Island to Baltimore, the patterns have become unmistakable and undeniable”, we will speak with Amy Dillard, a Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law. She recently served on a Baltimore commission to examine the death of a prisoner in police custody and we will discuss the payouts the cash-strapped city has made to more than 100 people in court judgments and settlements over the past four years for civil right violations and police brutality.

 

Part 3

Then finally we look into the case of the only person so far to be punished for the Bush/Cheney CIA torture regime, Obama’s nominee for the Army’s General Counsel, Alissa Starzak, whose nomination is being held up as payback for doing her job of oversight for the public as a lead investigator on the torture report. Ali Watkins, who covers national security and foreign policy for The Huffington Post joins us to discuss her latest article at The Huffington Post “Someone is Finally Paying the Price for the CIA Torture Report”.

 

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