August 22 - Romney/Ryan Win Money But Lose Message; U.S. Will Pay a Price for Staying Out of Syria; Is Press Asking the Right Questions About Assange?

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Part 1

We begin with an analysis of why, in spite of an insurmountable advantage in money, the Republican Romney/Ryan ticket continues to be wrong-footed by gaffes which distract the campaign from its main message. Michelle Goldberg, a senior contributing writer for Newsweek and the Daily Beast joins us to discuss how lucky Barack Obama appears to be in terms of candidates he runs against.

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Part 2

Then we speak with Ambassador Marc Ginsberg, a former presidential advisor and a Special Advisor to the Department of Defense Special Operations Command about the president’s red line in Syria regarding chemical weapons and their possible use. He has an article at The Huffington Post “Obama’s Syrian ‘Red Line’ is No Red Light to Hezbollah or Iran”.

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Part 3

Then finally we speak with Robert Naiman who, back in June, delivered a letter signed by Michael Moore, Oliver Stone and Noam Chomsky and others to the Ecuadorean embassy in London urging Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa to approve Julian Assange’s request for asylum. We discuss the Wikileaks founder’s current predicament and the questions that Robert Naiman feels the press aren’t asking, principally whether Assange’s extradition to Sweden will lead to his extradition to the U.S.

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