January 25 - Gingrich's Southern Strategy; A Hostage Rescue in Somalia; A Financial Crimes Unit At Last

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With Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney polling even in Florida and more primaries in southern states to come, we begin with an analysis of Newt Gingrich’s southern strategy with Drew Westen, a political psychologist and neuroscientist and professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Emory University. We discuss what political antidotes could be used against ignorant, racist Republican voters who believe Obama is a Muslim with a fake birth certificate.
 
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Then Robert Young Pelton joins us. He is the founder and publisher of the Somaliareport.com and we will discuss the rescue operation in Somalia that freed an American aid worker and a Dane working with a de-mining unit. We examine the changing tactics of piracy in this lawless failed state as pirates move their activities on-shore because of increased naval activity against them.
 
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Then finally we speak with Ian Kim, the Campaign Manager of Rebuild the Dream, which along with MoveOn.org and other progressive organization recently sent a letter to President Obama urging him to act and provide mortgage relief for 10 million American homeowners underwater as well pursue criminal charges against those who committed the massive fraud that led to the crash in 2008. We discuss the president’s announcement in last night’s The State of the Union of the creation of a Financial Crimes Unit.
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