August 27 - Trump Can Now Promise a Pardon to Those Who Undertake Illegal Activity On His Behalf; Arpaio is Not a Hero, He's An American Gestapo Commandant Who Ran a Concentration Camp; The Author of "In the Shadows of the American Century"

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Part 1

We begin with the president of the United States siding with a lawless renegade over the federal judiciary and the U.S. constitution in pardoning former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio who for two decades flagrantly abused his powers costing Maricopa County as much as $100 million to settle lawsuits before Arpaio was voted out of office last November by a wide margin. Martin Redish, a professor of constitutional law at Northwestern University joins us to discuss his article at The New York Times “A Pardon for Arpaio Would Put Trump in Uncharted Territory” and Trump’s flagrant abuse of his pardon powers by turning a victimizer into a victim in pandering to the far right, exonerating a racist thug convicted of violating constitution rights in defiance of a court order to stop racial profiling. We will assess the grounds for challenging the president in court to establish limits to presidential pardon powers since Trump has placed himself above the law by establishing a precedent that the president could secretly promise a pardon to his government agents if they undertake illegal activity that he orders, for instance to thwart the Russia investigation.


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Part 2

Then we speak with Donna Hamm, a retired judge in Maricopa County who is the Executive Director of Middle Ground Prison Reform that works to reform Arizona’s criminal justice system. She joins us to discuss who the real Sheriff Arpaio is, not the victim of Obama’s Justice Department as the Alex Jones has mythologized, which Trump echoes, in portraying his fellow “birther” conspirator as a victim of a witch hunt instead of an American version of a Gestapo Commandant who ran a concentration camp and dispatched his officers to round up “untermenschen” not belonging to the white race demanding that they “Show me your papers!”

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Part 3

Then finally we speak with the distinguished historian at the University of Wisconsin, Alfred McCoy, the author of “Policing America’s Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State”. He joins us to discuss his new book “In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power” and how much Donald Trump’s ignorance and incompetence is accelerating America’s decline and China’s rise, and whether a less powerful, more generous and collaborative America could co-exist in a world without a single hegemon.

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