August 9 - The Battle Lines Between the White House and the Israel Lobby; The GOP Debate as the Culmination of the Tea Party Takeover of the Republican Party; Ferguson, Missouri One Year Later

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We begin with the battle lines being drawn between the Obama White House and AIPAC, the powerful pro-Israel lobby whose leaders refused an Oval Office offer by the president to be briefed by the top officials who negotiated the P5+1 deal with Iran in order to correct the disinformation and distortions that AIPAC, Prime Minister Netanyahu and Republican lawmakers are spreading in a concerted propaganda campaign to kill the deal. A former Capitol Hill staffer and editor of AIPAC’s biweekly publication on Middle East Policy, M.J. Rosenberg, a special correspondent to the Washington Spectator and The Huffington Post, joins us. We discuss influential Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer’s break with the White House and whether that and AIPAC’s forthcoming junket for Democratic lawmakers to Israel to meet with Netanyahu will peel off enough Democrats to override a presidential veto of an expected Republican House and Senate rejection of the deal.

 

Part 2

Then we speak with Chris Parker, a Professor of Social Justice and Political Science at the University of Washington and author of “Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America”. We discuss the first Republican presidential debate on Fox News that was orchestrated by Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch to discredit the Tea Party favorite frontrunner Donald Trump, who since the debate has done a very effective job of discrediting himself. Since the Republican Party is in total denial about what an embarrassment they have become, we look into whether the few sane voices on the crowded stage will survive the primary process.

Part 3

Then finally, on the one year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, we speak with Garrett Duncan, a Professor of Education and of African and African American Studies at the University of Washington in St. Louis. We discuss what improvements have been made in the community since the killing of Michael Brown, and what remains to be done.

 

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