July 9 - Rigging Pennsylvania for Romney; How Deep is the Rot in the Global Banking System?; Romney's Koch Problem on Long Island

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As a trial begins today in Texas to prevent the disenfranchisement of millions of voters in what will likely be a test case to uphold the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965, we begin with the brazen political purge of up to 800,000 eligible voters underway in the important swing state of Pennsylvania. The founder of the Keystone Poll Dr Terry Madonna, a professor of Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College, joins us to discuss how the Republican State House Majority Leader let the cat out of the bag when he said that a new law supposed to prevent voter fraud, is, quoting him, “gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania”. terry madonna

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Then, following news of the Libor scandal that revealed the interbank rate for trillions in derivatives and billions in consumer loans has been rigged, we get an analysis of how much global high finance is an inside job, a rigged casino, that allows bankers and traders to legally rip off a gullible public and get away with what should be criminal, but for the fact that regulators and politicians have been bought off. The author of “The Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present”, Jeff Madrick, joins us.

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Then finally we speak with one of the organizers of a demonstration that took place yesterday on Long Island as Mitt Romney attended three lavish fundraisers at the estates of Revlon’s Ron Perleman, then Clifford Sobel’s estate, then finally a $50,000 per head, $75,000 per couple fundraiser at David Koch’s estate. Lisa Tyson, the Director of the Long Island Progressive Coalition joins us to discuss protests that featured a banner flying overhead that read “Romney has a Koch problem” as well as a truck festooned with corporate logos with a plastic dog on the roof.

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