January 25 - Trump Starves Palestinians Because They Snubbed Pence; Trump Tries to Kill Solar While Reviving Coal; Updating the Timeline on the Trump-Russia Story

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We begin with the President’s threat which Trump issued after meeting with Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerlandto withhold aid to the Palestinians because they snubbed Vice President Pence during his recent visit to Israel. Khaled Elgindy, a Fellow with the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution who served as an advisor to the Palestinian leadership on permanent status negotiations with Israel and is the author of the forthcoming book “Blindspot: America and the Palestinians from Balfour to Obama”, joins us. We discuss Trump’s abandonment of any pretense that the U.S. is an honest broker in bringing about peace between Israelis and Palestinians and his blithe disregard for the consequences of his actions in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital which Vice President Pence further aggravated by declaring before Israel’s Knesset last week that the U.S. would move its embassy to Jerusalem next year.

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Part 2

Then we assess the damage that Trump’s tariffs on imported solar panels will do in reducing jobs in the fastest-growing job category in what is the world’s fastest-growing energy industry with solar attracting over $160 billion in investment in 2017. Tyson Slocum, the Research Director for Public Citizen’s Energy Program, joins us to discuss how Trump, who listens to the disgraced coal baron and head of Murray Energy, has moved to throttle the clean energy of the future while he tries to revive the dirty energy of the past, coal. We look into how raising the cost of solar will affect U.S. research and development in promising new solar technologies that will reduce the costs of solar energy even further.

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Part 3

Then finally we get an update on the twists and turns of the Mueller investigation as every day brings more and more revelations with the latest the possibility that transcripts of Donald Trump Junior’s testimony to congress might expose him to charges of perjury. Steven Harper, a professor at Northwestern University and a regular contributor to The American Lawyer, joins us to discuss his comprehensive timeline of the Trump-Russia story which he has compiled at billmoyers.com and how difficult it is to keep updating information as more shoes drop every day while the Republicans frantically manufacture their alternative reality as they wage war on the DOJ and FBI.

 

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