July 24 - Can Obama Make the Country Work for Working Americans Again?; The Pain and Gain in Detroit; Why Politicians Expose Themselves to Risky Behavior

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We begin with the president’s speech today at Knox College, the site of the Lincoln-Douglas debate, where Obama declared that “the one thing I care about is how to use every minute of the remaining 1,276 days of my term to make this country work for working Americans again”. We discuss the president’s speech with economist and political scientist Thomas Ferguson and also examine the House GOP’s budget plans to gut the IRS, SEC, EPA, the NEA and NEH, the CPB and the Fish and Wildlife Service as well as their threat to use the upcoming debt ceiling increase to force these cuts and defund Obamacare. tom ferguson

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Then, with the courthouse door closing today on lawsuits to protect the pensions of Detroit’s municipal workers, we speak with the veteran business reporter with the Detroit Free Press John Gallagher about the pain and the gain in the city’s bankruptcy. He is the author of “Reimagining Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City” and we also assess the future of a city that has lost over half of its population in the last six decades.

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The finally, we examine the psychological underpinning of politicians whose risky behavior exposes them to scandal and their wives to humiliation. Dr. Jon Krosnick, the Director of Stanford University’s Political Psychology program joins us along with Pepper Schwartz, a Professor of Sociology and Sexology at the University of Washington. We discuss the latest scandals surrounding Anthony Weiner and Bob Filner.

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