August 21 - The Interviewer Who Cost Bannon His Job; Trump and His Family's Lavish Spending Busts the Secret Service Budget; Why Have 4 US Navy Ships Collided This Year?

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We begin with a veteran journalist and editor of a progressive publication whose interview with Stephen Bannon appears to have been the final straw that led to the firing of the White House’s chief strategist. Robert Kuttner, the co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect and a former chief investigator for the Senate Banking Committee whose latest book is “Debtors’ Prison: The Politics of Austerity Versus Possibility”, joins us. We will discuss his article at the American Prospect “”Steve Bannon, Unrepentant” and the battle lines in the White House that Bannon declared between the economic nationalists who want to make American great again and Bannon’s enemies at the Defense Department, State, Treasury and the National Economic Council, and those inside the White House who want to “contain” Trump. Now that Bannon is gone, will the war still rage on with Trump poised to stir up ethno-nationalism again on Tuesday in Arizona where he will insist on building the border wall and may pardon a racist sheriff famous for his harsh treatment of Latinos?

Part 2

Then we speak with Robert Weissman, the President of Public Citizen about the contrast between Trump’s plans to slash government spending and cut the budgets of agencies that protect public health and the environment and help low-income Americans, and Trump and his family’s lavish spending on frequent travel to and from luxury resorts at home and abroad for which the taxpayer picks up the tab for the 1,100 Secret Service agents protecting Trump and his family. Spending which has drained the Secret Service budget with costs already meeting federally mandated caps for overtime and expenses meant to last for all of 2017.    

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Part 3

Then finally we get an analysis of why there have been four expensive ships of the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet involved in collisions or run aground this year prompting the Navy’s top admiral to order a fleet-wide “operational pause”. A former commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy who served aboard the USS Ticonderoga, Christopher Preble, the vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute and author of “The Power Problem: How American Military Dominance Makes Us Less Safe”, joins us to discuss the latest collision off Singapore between a tanker and the USS John S. McCain that has left 10 sailors missing.

 

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