December 22 - More Than One Million Refugees Accepted By Europe This Year; Why is The Democratic Party Establishment Missing a Golden Opportunity?; How the Business Press Enabled Shkreli

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We begin with the milestone of one million refugees entering Europe this year fleeing war, poverty and persecution in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa, and go to Geneva, Switzerland to talk with Joel Millman, the press officer for the International Organization for Refugees. We discuss the glaring contrast between the welcoming acceptance of refugees in Germany and in Canada compared to the hostile rejection of Syrian refugees by the United States Congress and a majority of the country’s governors along with racist Islamophobic rhetoric from the leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Part 2

Then we speak with Jim Manley a 21 year veteran of the U.S. Senate, who served as senior advisor to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and before that as an aide to the late Senator Ted Kennedy. He joins us to discuss why the Democratic Party establishment is missing a golden opportunity to expose their message and candidates to the American people at a time when almost all of the media’s attention is going to the hateful and divisive remarks by the leading Republican candidates that largely go unchallenged.

Part 3

Then finally we examine the culture of greed and excess on Wall Street with William Cohan, a former investment banker and best-selling author of “Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World”. We discuss his article at The New York Times “How Martin Shkreli, the Teen Wolf of Wall Street, Thrived”, and the extent to which the business press enables con men and Ponzi schemers with flattering stories instead of hitting them with investigative journalism that would have long ago stopped Shkreli in his tracks.

 

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