January 10 - Trump's Tangled Ties With Deutsche Bank; The Impact of Bannon's Banishment on the Alt-Right and the Conservative Movement; Will Arpaio Hurt Republicans and Help Democrats in Arizona?

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Part 1

We begin with Trump’s call today to Republicans to take control and scuttle the Russia investigation and his attack on Senator Feinstein for releasing the transcripts of the Fusion GPS testimony that the Republicans were suppressing. A white-collar criminologist and founding member of Bank Whistleblowers United, William K. Black, distinguished scholar in research for financial regulation at the University of Minnesota, joins us to discuss money laundering and Deutsche Bank which were the main concerns expressed by the Fusion GPS founders in their testimony released by Senator Feinstein. We discuss how over the holidays Trump quietly waived punishment for convicted megabanks including Deutsche Bank, and whether Mueller, who has the records of Trump’s tangled dealings with Deutsche Bank who Trump still owes as much as $300 million, will be able to complete his investigation before the Republicans, urged on by the likely guilty party Donald Trump, will be able to get his findings to the public before he is shut down.


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Part 2

Then we assess the impact on the alt-right and the broader conservative movement of Steven Bannon’s spectacular fall from grace from the top Trump-whisperer to “sloppy Steve” who has been dumped like a dog, cut off from his financial patron which in our money-driven political system, means you are roadkill. Joseph Lowndes, a Professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon and an expert on conservatism, the Tea Party, social movements, the GOP, race and elections, joins us to discuss where the battle between the far right and the far-far right stands and whether the government will be soon shut down over Trump’s insistence on building a wall.

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Part 3

Then finally we examine the unsettled political landscape in Arizona which has been upended by Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s announcement he is running for the U.S. Senate to replace Jeff Flake in a move that may hurt Republicans and help Democrats. A retired Judge in Maricopa County, Donna Hamm, the Executive Director of Middle Ground Prison Reform, joins us to discuss the likelihood Donald Trump will endorse the 85 year old former sheriff he pardoned whose lawless behavior cost Maricopa County millions in settlements as a result of Arpaio’s racist, cruel and sadistic practices.    
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