December 22 - The Congressional Dysfunction; A Closer Look into the Housing Scandal; The Pentagon Owns Up to Pakistan

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Part 1

We begin with an analysis of what is behind the House Republicans political brinkmanship. American University historian Allan Lichtman, the author of “White Protestant Nation: The Rise of the American Conservative Movement” joins us to explain the source of the dysfunction on Capitol Hill which appears to be the blind and unbridled ambition of Eric Cantor who wants to become the next speaker.   Allan Lichtman


Part 2

Then we look into the appalling foreclosure scandal that has millions of Americans homeless while millions of homes sit empty. William K. Black joins us. He was the chief litigator who put hundreds of bank fraudsters in jail after the Savings and Loan scandal of the 1980’s and we look into the effort by the Obama Administration and State’s Attorneys Generals to indemnify the banks involved in the recent sub-prime housing fraud that almost tanked the global economy. With the Attorney Generals of California, New York and Delaware still resisting this trillion dollar slap on the wrist, we attempt to find out why people who could pay a fair price for housing are kept out of empty and abandoned homes they once occupied. bill black


Part 3

Then finally we assess whether there will be a change in the dismal state of deteriorating relations between the U.S. and Pakistan, following the announcement by Pentagon that mistakes were made by NATO that resulted in the recent deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers. Shuja Nawaz, the author of “Crossed Swords: Pakistan, Its Army and the Wars Within” joins us to address the tensions between the two erstwhile allies and the warnings by Pakistan’s Prime Minister that “conspirators are plotting to bring down Pakistan’s civilian government and there can be no state within a state”, obvious references to the military and its powerful intelligence service the ISI.
shuja nawaz
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