July 27 - Trump Encourages Russians to Interfere in our Elections; Alinsky as Lucifer and "You're Being Ridiculous"; "The Key For Democrats: Expose Trump as Weak, Not Strong"

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Part 1

We begin with the extraordinary remarks by Donald Trump today encouraging a hostile foreign power to interfere in our election by asking Russian intelligence operatives to hack into Hillary Clinton’s emails. James Bamford, a leading expert on the activities and capabilities of the National Security Agency which also encompasses the offensive and defensive cyber espionage and cyber warfare of Cyber Command, joins us. He is a columnist for Foreign Policy Magazine and his latest book is “The Shadow Factory: Inside the Ultra-Secret NSA, from 9/11 to Spying on America” and we will discuss the extent to which Russian hackers are extracting, selecting and dumping damaging information on Hillary Clinton to help elect Donald Trump, and whether the U.S. does the same to influence foreign elections and our own.

Part 2

Then we speak with Peter Dreier, Professor of Politics at Occidental College about his two articles at The American Prospect “Hillary Haters’ Fixation on Saul Alinsky” and You’re Being Ridiculous”. The first deals with the bizarre obsession Republicans have with Alinsky who Ben Carson accuses of channeling Lucifer into Hillary Clinton and we will also discuss the second article about how a small percentage of Bernie Sanders delegates are inflicting disproportionate damage on Hillary Clinton and undermining the two overriding goals of Sanders himself, defeating Donald Trump and continuing the political revolution.

Part 3

Then finally we speak with Tom Rosshirt, who served as a national security speechwriter for President Clinton and was a co-founder of one of the world’s premier speechwriting firms, West Wing Writers. We discuss his article at Politico “The Key for Democrats: Expose Trump as Weak, Not Strong” and the fact that nothing is more dangerous than a weak man with power, which Trump is, and Tom Rosshirt’s observation that the number one job requirement for presidents is that they need to take the heat and stay cool.