July 18 - How the Police are Reacting to the Possiblity of Becoming Targets; The GOP as the Party of Angry White People; How the Right Tears Down America

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Part 1

We begin with the latest shooting of police officers, this time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where a sniper with a similar military background as the shooter in Dallas, ambushed police officers killing three and wounding three more. The award-winning investigative journalist who has covered the police and the criminal justice system for decades, Joe Domanick, joins us to discuss how police forces around the country are reacting to the possibility that they are becoming targets of the rampant gun violence in America. Joe is the Associate Director of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the author of a number of books on policing, the latest of which is “Blue: The Ruin and Redemption of the LAPD”.


Part 2

Then, on this first day of the Republican convention in Cleveland, we examine the extent to which the GOP has become the party of angry white people headed by a racist demagogue who is the leading voice of the “birther” movement that has sought to de-legitimize America’s first African/American president with the claim that he is a stealth Kenyan, not an American, nefariously out to undermine America with a hidden agenda that Trump just hinted at on Fox News with the claim that Obama’s body language suggested he is in favor of shooting cops. Alan Abramowitz, a Professor of Political Science at Emory University and author of “Voice of the People: Elections and Voting Behavior in the United States” joins us to discuss the demographics of the angry white voter and why they believe in Trump and his not-so-coded racist messages.

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Part 3

Then finally we speak with a long-time former senior House and Senate staffer, Mike Lofgren, the author of “The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government”. He joins us to discuss his latest article at Consortium News, “How the Right Tears Down America” and why Trump’s call to “make America great again” resonates with working Americans who do not feel they are benefiting from the fact that the world’s 11 largest firms based on market capitalization, are American-based.