July 22 - The Senate Highway Bill is a Killer; Don't Make Martyrs Out of the Anti-Abortion Zealots Who Stung Planned Parenthood; Refuting the Idea That the Iranians Got the Better of Obama

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Part 1

We begin with the stalled transportation bill in the Senate that the Democrats were supposed to vote on without having time to read it. Joan Claybrook, the president emeritus of Public Citizen and the former administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration joins us to discuss this industry-friendly bill that lowers the age of interstate truck drivers to 18 so that trucking companies can recruit cheap labor and cuts the required amount of rest time for drivers. We also look into the demonstration by hackers working with Wired magazine who, via the Internet, hijacked the controls on a Jeep Cherokee driving on a freeway and ran it into a ditch.



Part 2

Then we speak with Michelle Goldberg, the author of “Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism” who is a Senior Contributing Writer to The Nation where she has an article “Why Planned Parenthood Shouldn’t Be on the Defensive”. We discuss the propaganda hit that an anti-abortion front group got from a sting they conducted against Planned Parenthood and how the calls to prosecute the actors posing as fetal tissue procurement officers for a fake biomedical company Biomax, would backfire, turning these “right-to-life” zealots into martyrs.


Part 3

Then finally, with a chorus on the right, and some on the left claiming that Iran got the better of Obama in the recent P5+1 deal, we will hear from Nader Hashemi, the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver. He argues that Iran effectively capitulated to the demands of the West and we discuss how the sanctions have strengthened the grip of the clerics and the Revolutionary Guards over the Iranian people and that their removal could reverse that trend.