August 1 - The US Bombs the Islamic State in Libya; Paul Manafort's Lucrative Conflicts of Interest; Courts Reject Republican Voter Suppression

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Part 1

We begin with the U.S. airstrikes targeting the Islamic State in the besieged city of Sirte in Libya and speak with William Danvers, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress who served as a special assistant for National Security Affairs in the Clinton Administration. He joins us to discuss whether Libya is political kryptonite in this year’s election given the prolonged Republican-manufactured hysteria over Benghazi or whether since the Islamic State, which started out with 6,000 fighters in Libya and are now down to 1,000 holed up in Sirte, can be defeated and Libya put back together with a functioning unified government.

Part 2

Then we examine the role of the Chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign Paul Manafort in Ukraine where he succeeded in getting Viktor Yanukovyich elected, then after the kleptocrat was run out of town and exiled in Russia, tried to bring Yanukovych’s disgraced party back to power, all the while making business deals with powerful Ukrainian and Russian oligarchs. Matthew Rojansky, the director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center joins us to discuss the apparent conflicts of interest that have enriched Paul Manafort and how much Trump’s foreign policy positions on Russia are dictated by Manafort’s business interests which began back in the 1970’s when he advised kleptocratic dictators like Mobuto in Zaire and Ferdinand Marcos in The Philippines.

Part 3

Then finally we look into the recent spate of dramatic court rulings against Republic efforts to suppress the votes of minorities and likely Democratic voters in North Carolina, Wisconsin, Texas and Kansas. Award-winning investigative reporter Andrew Gumbel, author of “Down for the Count: Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in America”, joins us to discuss his article at The Guardian “Voting rights rulings could deal a blow to Republicans in 2016 elections” and how, since the gutting of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court, efforts to suppress the votes of minorities continue at the state and county levels in many states across the South.