December 27 - Hagel the Least Worst Choice for the Pentagon; The Ideological Underpinnings of the Obstructionists; Is Gun Violence "Supposed" to Happen in America's Poorer Neighborhoods?

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Part 1

We begin with the latest effort to scuttle the nomination of Senator Chuck Hagel to be the Secretary of Defense with a full page attack ad in Thursday’s New York Times by the Log Cabin Republicans. A long-time Pentagon insider and designer of the A-10 and F-16 fighters, Pierre Sprey joins us to discuss why he thinks Hagel would be a bad choice and Michelle Flournoy or Ashton Carter even worse. pierre


Part 2

Then with the Tea Party all but shutting down the Congress and the ship of state heading over the fiscal cliff, we speak with journalist and author Gary Weiss about the ideological underpinnings of the obstructionists and their billionaire backers. He is the author of “Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America’s Soul” and we discuss the wealthy acolytes of Ayn Rand who have taken over the Cato Institute and Freedom Works.

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Part 3

Then finally we speak with Dina Rasor about her article at Truthout “Slow-Rolling Massacre Unfolds in the Shadow of Shocking High-Profile Shooting Sprees” which explores the contrast between the intense media focus on the recent killing of school children in an affluent Connecticut neighborhood and what happens almost every day in poorer neighborhoods across America where school kids are gunned down with barely a mention in the press.

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