August 4 - Assessing The Debriefing of an Islamic State Fighter; The Increasingly Complicated Scenarios if Trump Quits; How to Fight Back Against Voter Suppression

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Part 1

We begin with the debriefing of an Islamic State fighter from Germany, Harry Sarfo, who was trained in Syria by the Emni, the intelligence arm of ISIS, to return to Europe and kill as many people as possible. His story is featured extensively in Thursday’s New York Times and we speak with Dr. John Mueller, a senior fellow at The Cato Institute and a Professor of Political Science at Ohio State University who has an article at Reason Magazine “ISIS Isn’t an Existential Threat to America: Why Politicians shouldn’t overestimate the terror group’s power”. We discuss how the would-be terrorist’s trainers see America as an easy target “It’s much easier to get them over the social network… because they say Americans are dumb – they have open gun policies…we can radicalize them easily… they can buy guns.”  


Part 2

Then we speak with Ian Millhiser, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund and an editor of ThinkProgress where he has an article “If Trump Drops Out: The Result Will Be A Horrible Legal Quagmire.” We discuss what the RNC can do if Trump quits, but if he does so after the ballot deadlines, it gets complicated, then more so if it comes down to the Electoral College making the choice, or even more so if the lame duck Republican-dominated House of Representatives gets to decide who the next president is.

Part 3

Then finally we discuss the latest report released by Election Protection, the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, “The 2016 Primaries in Review”. The author of the report, Jennifer Patin, a writer and editor at the Voting Rights Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, joins us to discuss what citizens in the states no longer protected by the Voting Rights Act can do to exercise their rights as American citizens in the face of concerted efforts to suppress their votes, many of which federal courts recently struck down as flagrantly targeting minority voters with “surgical precision”. 

Photo of Jennifer L. Patin