December 7 - Will Franken's Resignation Hurt Dems' Senate Chances?; Trump Wrecks US Foreign Policy to Get Christian Zionist Votes in Alabama; The Republican Tax Plan's Massive Giveaway to Private Jet Owners

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We begin with the resignation of Senator Al Franken today which he announced on the floor of the US Senate, noting with some irony that while he is resigning, a sexual predator who bragged about his ability to assault women is still sitting in the Oval Office. David Schultz, a Professor of Political Science at Hamline University who also teaches election law at the University of Minnesota School of Law, joins us to discuss the local reaction to their senator stepping down under pressure from his Democratic senate colleagues who are doing the right thing while their Republican counterparts in the senate and the White House are brazenly ignoring the record of the child molester they are running in Alabama and the open admission by the head of the GOP sitting in the White House who boasted he can grab women by the private parts and get away with it because he is a celebrity. We also assess whether the appointment of a placeholder to fill Franken’s vacated seat until the 2018 election will expose the Democrats to a potential loss of a safe seat in a critical election in which Democrats now have to defend 26 senate seats while the Republicans only have to defend 9 seats.  

 

Part 2

Then we speak with Matthew Sutton, Distinguished Professor of History at Washington State University and author of “American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism”. He joins us to discuss the main reason why Trump upended U.S. diplomatic history and foreign policy in moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, and that is apparently his political calculus that he needs to shore up the Christian Zionist vote in Alabama for accused child molester Roy Moore. We  look into the sick theology behind the Christian Zionists’ spiritually pornographic interpretation of the Book of Revelation that has them raptured up to heaven while the rest of us burn in hell as the end of the world begins in Israel.

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Part 3

Then finally we examine a new report from the Institute for Policy Studies, “High Flyers 2017”, and speak with its author Josh Hoxie, who heads the Project on Opportunity and Taxation at the Institute for Policy Studies and edits inequality.org and was a legislative aide to Senator Bernie Sanders. We discuss the big lie in the Republican tax plan that is supposed to help the middle class but massive tax breaks for the owners of the 12,000 private luxury jets in the U.S. whose owners have an average net worth of $1.6 billion, tells another story.

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