July 11 - James Galbraith: No Debt Crisis!; Murdoch's Empire; The Man Who Brought Down the Cali Cartel

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Economist James K. Galbraith joins us to assess what the president has already put on the table in terms of cutting programs considered Democratic “sacred cows” and what compromise he is likely to get in return from the apparently uncompromising Congressional Republicans. James Galbraith

Part 2

We go to London to speak with veteran Fleet Street reporter Phillip Knightley about the burgeoning scandal that is being called Rupert Murdoch’s “Watergate.” Following the latest revelation by the BBC that Murdoch’s minions were digging up dirt on former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, presumably to threaten or blackmail him, we will look into divisions within the Murdoch media empire and how much public outrage might embolden politicians to lose their fear of the political kingmaker who can either make or break their careers. Phillip Knightley

Part 3

Veteran Los Angeles Times investigative reporter William C Rempel joins us in the studio to talk about his new book, At The Devil’s Table: The Untold Story of the Insider who Brought Down the Cali Cartel.  With Guatemala already a narco-state and Mexico fighting a war against narco-terrorists, we discuss the extraordinary financial and political power drug cartels wield and how their malignant grip on a country was broken by one man. William Rempel