January 5 - Santorum's Sanctimony; "The Tide of War is Receding"; Protecting Predatory Lenders

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We begin with a profile of the latest rising star in the Republican presidential primaries, Rick Santorum. Dr Terry Madonna, the founder of the Keystone Poll and an expert on Pennsylvania politics joins us. He has closely followed Rick Santorum’s political career for decades and we try to assess Santorum’s chances of becoming the nominee as well as his aggressive stance on social issues where he has not only crusaded against gay marriage and abortion but also opposes contraception. terry madonna

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Then with the president making a rare appearance at the Pentagon today where he presented a new Defense Strategic Review and announced “the tide of war is receding”, we get an analysis of what a leaner U.S. military might look like from Winslow Wheeler, who has worked on national security issues for 31 years as a senior Senate staffer and at the General Accounting Office. He is now director of the military reform project at the Center For Defense Information and is the author of “The Wastrels of Defense: How Congress Sabotages U.S. Security”.

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Then finally, with the president’s recess appointment of Richard Cordray, we examine what is behind Republican attempts to block the new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from assuming his office. The author of “Broke USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty Inc. - How the Working Poor Became Big Business” joins us. Gary Rivlin is a special correspondent for Newsweek and the Daily Beast and he explains why the Republicans are protecting payday lenders, mortgage companies, debt-collectors and other predators. gary rivlin
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