April 6 - Could Ted Cruz Ride to Rescue the Republicans?; Ending Retirement Rip-Offs; Will a Coal Baron Finally Face Justice

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Part 1

We begin with the emergence of the junior Senator from Texas Ted Cruz as the head of the Stop Trump Movement and the possible GOP standard-bearer following his big victory over Trump in the Wisconsin primary. Robert Jensen, a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas and author of “Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialog”, joins us to discuss how the self-declared Washington outsider is now the Republican establishment’s best hope to stop Trump. We assess Cruz’s chances of beating either Sanders or Clinton, and whether after a bruising convention, Cruz could as he just promised “unite the party”, given his extreme right wing Tea Party political stance and his toxic unpopularity with his GOP senatorial colleagues many of whom feel Cruz will be as devastating to their down-ballot chances as Trump would be.


Part 2

Then we examine the Department of Labor’s new retirement “fiduciary” rule announced today requiring financial brokers dealing with IRA’s and 401(k) retirement funds that receive tax advantages to prioritize their client’s interests over their own financial gain. Bartlett Naylor, the financial policy advocate for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch joins us to discuss these new protections for extremely vulnerable investors who lose an estimated $17 billion every year in hidden fees and sales commission from financial advisors who are either self-serving, unscrupulous, or both.

Part 3

Then finally we look into the sentencing today of the coal baron Donald Blankenship to a year in prison for the deaths of 29 men killed in a blast at Blankenship’s Upper Big Branch Mine six years ago that was a result of his willful violation of mine safety standards. Bob Kincaid, a co-founder of the Appalachian Communities Health Emergency Campaign and President of the Coal River Mountain Watch joins us to discuss the sad truth that, although the coal baron got off lightly and will appeal, it is the first time that any mine owner has been held responsible for the deaths of miners.