June 15 - Jeb Bush Makes His Presidential Race Official; South Africa's Government Defies Its High Court Allowing Sudan's President to Escape Arrest; What's Behind Obama's Trade Defeat

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Part 1

We begin with the eleventh candidate to announce he is running for president in the Republican primaries, Jeb Bush, who made his official entrance promising to “fix” America. Matthew Corrigan, chair and professor of political science at the University of North Florida and author of “Conservative Hurricane” How Jeb Bush Remade Florida” joins us to discuss the very conservative record of the former Florida governor who nevertheless is seen by many Republican primary voters as too liberal. We also look into the emerging rivalry between Bush and his protégée Marco Rubio as Bush’s early dominance in the money race now, thanks to recent stumbles and lackluster campaigning, appears unlikely to deter the growing competition.


Part 2

Then we examine the South African government’s defiance of its own High Court in allowing Sudan’s President Bashir to leave South Africa just hours before the court ruled the government was legally required to arrest Bashir on charges brought by the International Criminal Court of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Katherine Newman, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and co-author of “After Freedom: The Rise of the Post-Apartheid Generation in Democratic South Africa” joins us to discuss this blow to the ICC in a victory for the African Union led by Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, that bitterly opposes the International Criminal Court and has become a club for African dictators more concerned about protecting Africa’s leaders, than the rights of Africa’s citizens.

Part 3

Then finally we speak with Robert Kuttner, the co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect and author of “Debtors’ Prison: The Politics of Austerity Versus Possibility”. We discuss his article at The Huffington Post “The Real Meaning of Obama’s Trade Defeat” and whether the Trans-Pacific Partnership can be revived now that Democrats in Congress rebuked their president and voted it down over concerns the TPP is less of a trade deal and more of a giveaway to America’s corporate elite.