December 19 - Is Putin's Trump's Case Officer and Trump Putin's Asset?; A Patriotic Millionaire Protests the Latest Giveaway to the Rich; Why Does the US Support the Blatant Theft of the Recent Election in Honduras?

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Webegin with the extraordinary statement by the nation’s former top intelligence official General James Clapper who said on CNN that Vladimir Putin might as well be Donald Trump’s case officer and Trump Putin’s asset. Malcolm Nance, a career counterterrorism and intelligence officer with the U.S. government’s Special Operations, Homeland Security, and intelligence agencies who is the author of “The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and Wikileaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election”, joins us. We discuss the race to get the secret information about Trump and the extent to which Putin owns and controls him, out to the public via the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation before Trump finds a way to fire Mueller and the Republicans close down the congressional investigations into Russia’s interference in our election.   

 

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Part 2

Then we speak with Morris Pearl, the former Managing Director of Blackrock Inc. who serves as Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires, a group of 200 high-net-worth Americans committed to building a more prosperous, stable, and inclusive nation. We will discuss today’s passage of the Republican tax bill in the House and Morris Pearl’s belief that, quoting him, “this bill isn’t just cruel, it’s un-American. No one in their right mind could possibly believe that the middle class has too much and the rich and powerful have too little in today’s America”.  

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Part 3

Then finally we address the blatant stealing of the recent election in Honduras by President Juan Orlando Hernandez and the craven acceptance by the U.S. government of this illegitimate, corrupt, authoritarian leader with ties to drug traffickers. Silvio Carrillo, a freelance film and news producer who has an op-ed at the International New York Times “America’s Blind Eye to Honduras’s Tyrant”, joins us. He is the nephew of the environmental activist Berta Caceras whose murder has been covered up by Hernandez and we discuss how instability in Honduras will lead to more Hondurans heading to the U.S. for safety in spite of Trump’s promise to build a wall.

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