February 9 - Will the Biggest Political Scandal in Washington be Buried?; Bannon and the Vatican"Rad Trads" Who Oppose the Pope; The Bully in the Pulpit

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Part 1

We begin with the growing concern that the biggest political story since the Watergate scandal, the Russian interference in our elections and the yet-to-be-explained connections between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, is in the process of disappearing from the political-media landscape in Washington as the daily antics of Donald Trump distract the public and consume the news cycle. David Corn, the Washington Bureau Chief for Mother Jones, joins us to discuss his latest article at Mother Jones “The Mysterious Disappearance of the Biggest Scandal in Washington” and the concerns that political appointees to head up the CIA and the DNI, along with a partisan Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee who worked on the Trump campaign, could slow-walk the inquiry into a political graveyard unless sufficient Democratic and grassroots pressure is brought to bear and sustained.

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Part 2

Then Kenneth Briggs, a professor at Lafayette College and a former New York Times religion editor who writes for the National Catholic Reporter, joins us to discuss the alliance between Trump’s chief strategist Stephen Bannon and hard liners in the Vatican who oppose Pope Francis. We will examine Bannon’s friendship with the conservative traditionalist American Cardinal Raymond Burke who the pope fired as head of the “Knights of Malta”, an elite secret society whose theological underpinnings go back to the crusades and align with Bannon’s apocalyptic vision of an impending war with Islam.

Part 3

Then finally we speak with Andrew Faas, an author, activist, philanthropist and management advisor promoting psychologically healthy, safe and fair workplaces. He joins us to discuss his new book “From Bully to Bull’s-eye: Move Your Organization Out of the Line of Fire” and we assess the extent to Senator Elizabeth Warren is a victim of bullying or of just old-fashioned misogyny and male chauvinism in Majority Leader McConnell’s put-down and shut-up of her on the senate floor, and whether Donald Trump is a bully when he threatens to destroy someone’s career, supposedly in jest.

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