July 12 - Bernie's Belated Endorsement of Hillary; The UN Rules Against China; After Dallas, What Impact Will Open Carry Laws Have on Next Week's Republican Conventions?

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Part 1

With the former rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination standing together on stage in New Hampshire today, we begin with the belated endorsement of Hillary Clinton by Bernie Sanders. Joining us is Neil Sroka, the Communications Director for Democracy for America whose members contributed 2 million dollars to the Sanders campaign after 88% of its over one million members had enthusiastically endorsed the Vermont senator’s presidential campaign.  We discuss the endorsement today of Hillary Clinton by Democracy for America which has raised more than $32.7 million to elect 843 progressive candidates nationwide and the organization’s statement that “We’re backing Hillary Clinton because she gives our country the opportunity to smash one of its last great glass ceilings and will be the partner we need in the White House to realize the agenda that Bernie Sanders’ political revolution fought for in the primaries – from tuition-free college to Social Security expansion."

Part 2

Then we examine the ruling handed down by the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea in The Hague today that finds China has no historical rights to the waters or the resources in the South China Sea and is violating the Philippine’s sovereign rights with its military and territorial buildup on the disputed reefs and islands. Alfred McCoy, who holds the Harrington Chair in History at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and is the author of “Policing America’s Empire: The United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State” joins us to discuss China’s angry denouncement of the ruling and the muted response from the new president of The Philippines who appears to have been bought off by the Chinese.

Alfred W. McCoy

Part 3

Then finally we look into the internal split in the NRA over its response to recent shootings and the danger and confusion that the open carry laws in Texas created for the Dallas police who were recently under fire from a sniper who killed five officers and wounded seven others. John Donohue, a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and author of “Shooting Down The More Guns, Less Crime Hypothesis” joins us to discuss the impact that the open carry law in Ohio will have on next week’s Republican convention in Cleveland.