January 8 - Political Fallout in France From the Charlie Hebdoe Massacre; The Latest Brazen Attempt by Republicans to Reward Wall Street; How Congress Determines the Fate of the Presidency

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Part 1

We begin with the political fallout in France from the massacre of journalists and policemen that has French President Hollande calling for a national “unity rally” on Sunday from which the leader of far-right National Front has been excluded much to Marine Le Pen’s annoyance although in the pages of Charlie Hebdo she and her party were regularly described as “a clique of racist and fascist thugs”. Philippe Marliere, a Professor of French and European Politics at University College, London, whose main publications are about the French Socialist Party, French politics and European social democracy, joins us to discuss how French political leaders will resist taking the bait as the Bush/Cheney Administration did when extremists try to drive a wedge between Muslims and the West.  



Part 2

Then we speak with Dennis Kelleher, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Wall Street watchdog Better Markets Inc., which has been described as a constant thorn in the side of Wall Street. He joins us to discuss the latest brazen attempt by the new Republican House to pay back their Wall Street donors by gutting what is left of the Dodd/Frank financial reform act so that bankers can reward themselves bonuses based on having a two-year reprieve from unloading their riskiest holdings know as collateralized loan obligations. We look into the unusual defeat of this gift to Wall Street and how and when the Republicans and some Democrats will try again to do Wall Street’s bidding.

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Part 3

Then finally we examine comparisons between the “Great Society” presidency of Lyndon Johnson and the Obama presidency where in both cases in appears that at the end of the day, Congress determines the fate of the presidency. Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and author of the new book, just out, “The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society”, joins us to discuss why when Clinton and Obama enjoyed Democratic control of the House and Senate, they were unable to get through a fraction of the legislation that LBJ got passed.