July 11 - Is Edward Snowden in a Former KGB Dacha?; Public Opinion Shifts Dramatically in Snowden's Favor; Piety and Profits for Governor Perry and his Sister; A "Christian Nation" Under President Sarah Palin!

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We begin and go to Moscow to speak with Simon Shuster who covers Russia for TIME magazine, Reuters and the Associated Press and has an article at TIME “Snowden in Moscow: What Russian Authorities Might be Doing With the NSA Whistleblower”. We discuss the widely held belief among Russian intelligence sources that since his arrival in Moscow three weeks ago, Snowden has been held in a former KGB dacha or country home. simon shuster

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Then we look into a new poll by Quinnipiac that finds a massive shift in public opinion against government surveillance following the revelations by Edward Snowden. Peter Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac polls joins us to discuss the change from 2010 when by a 63 to 25 margin the public felt the government was not doing enough in restricting civil liberties in the name of anti-terrorism, to today where the public feels the government is going too far by a margin of 45 to 40.

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Then we get an update on Texas Governor Perry and his sister Milla Perry Jones who is a lobbyist for United Surgical Partners that runs hospitals and surgical centers co-owned by doctors. Her clients are poised to make a windfall when the Texas Senate passes a restrictive anti-abortion bill tomorrow effectively shutting down the state’s abortion clinics and forcing women to go to the much more expensive surgical centers governor Perry’s sister represents. Veteran Texas political reporter James Moore the author of “Adios Mofo: Why Rick Perry will Make America miss George W Bush” joins us to discuss the Perry family’s double blessing of piety and profits.

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Then finally we speak with Frederic Rich, the author of a new book, just out, “Christian Nation” that portrays an America that the Christian Right envisions, one that would have come to pass had John McCain become president in 2008 and died shortly thereafter making Sarah Palin President of the United States. We discuss this very plausible scenario of a Christian fascist takeover of America that is not unlike what is now underway in Texas and North Carolina.

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