August 26 - What Progress Is Being Made to Stop the NRA?; An In-Depth Analysis of China's Economy; Congressman Alan Grayson on Running for Marco Rubio's Vacated Senate Seat

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We begin with the impassioned plea by the father of the journalist who was murdered on camera along with her cameraman, to our gutless politicians calling them out that it is past time for them to stand up to the NRA. Ladd Everitt, Director of Communications at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence joins us to discuss the sickening pattern in America where mass shootings take place in cinemas, churches, and now live on TV, then the vast majority of the population share the nation’s and the world’s outrage and demand something be done to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. Then the NRA steps in and cowers enough politicians to do nothing so that the gun lobby can continue ensuring that America’s criminals are the best armed in the world, and that any loner, loser, misfit or mentally disturbed person in America can buy an arsenal and murder as many of their fellow citizens as possible.

 

Part 2

Then, since the recent upheavals on the global markets were related to China’s economy, we examine the Chinese fiscal, banking and political situation in depth with Minxin Pei, a Professor of Government and Director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College. We discuss the problems posed by debt bubbles not burst yet and the endemic corruption, as well as assess the leadership’s vain efforts to revive communist ideology and its more aggressive nationalism that seems to have backfired.

 

Part 3

Then finally we speak with Florida Congressman Alan Grayson who is running for Marco Rubio’s vacated U.S. Senate seat as an economic populist against a former Republican in the Democratic primary. We discuss the peculiar politics of the important electoral state of Florida where a criminal who paid a record fine for bilking millions of elderly folk was elected twice as governor in a state dominated by retirees, as well assess the electoral chance of the two Floridians running for president, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.

 

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