July 27 - Is the "Mooch" Trying to Force Priebus Out to Take His Job?; Trump's Reckless Practice of Government By Tweet; America's 20-Year Crusade to Deport Labor Leader Harry Bridges

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Part 1

We begin with the extraordinary public challenge by the newly-appointed White House Head of Communications, Anthony Scaramucci, who is accusing Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus of possibly being a “senior leaker” who should “explain that he’s not a leaker” adding that “He’s gonna need to speak for his own actions”. Following today's expletitive-laden diatribe to The New Yorker in which "The Mooch" promised to fire Priebus and Bannon, we are joined by Paul Waldman, a weekly columnist and senior writer for The American Prospect where he has an article “At Last Trump Finds His Mini-Me: Anthony Scaramucci perfectly embodies the Trump administration”. We discuss the open warfare and public humiliation going on in this chaotic White House and what appears to be a parallel effort with Trump trying to force his Attorney General Sessions to quit while Scaramucci tries to force Trump’s Chief of Staff Priebus out.

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Part 2

Then we examine Trump’s reckless practice of government by Tweet now that it is clear the Commander-in-Chief ignored his chain of command in announcing transgender Americans will no longer be allowed to serve in the U.S. military. A former Assistant Secretary of Defense, Lawrence Korb, a Senior Advisor to the Center for Defense Information and author of “A New National Security Strategy in an Age of Terrorists, Tyrants, and Weapons of Mass Destruction”, joins us to discuss the danger of having a leader who has shown he could just as well order a nuclear attack without consulting his Secretary of Defense or Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.  

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Part 3

Then finally Peter Afrasiabi, joins us in studio. He founded an appellate litigation clinic for civil rights and political asylum in conjunction with the University of California, Irvine School of Law and is the author of the new book just out “Burning Bridges: America’s 20 Year Crusade To Deport Labor Leader Harry Bridges”. We discuss the relentless efforts by the government and an obsession on the part of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, to tie Harry Bridges to the Communist Party in order to deport him for being a champion of the West Coast longshoremen and an honest, incorruptible labor leader.