June 20 - A Chaotic Trump Campaign Fires Its Campaign Manager; The NRA Kills Gun Control in the Senate Again; Supreme Court Takes Steps Towards an American Police State

Share this Share this

Full Program


Part 1

We begin with the apparent turmoil in the Trump campaign following the firing today of Cory Lewandowski Trump’s campaign manager who has been the gatekeeper constantly at Trump’s side controlling access and preventing GOP lobbyist and consultant Paul Manafort, who was brought in to professionalize the campaign, from exercising influence over the erratic candidate. Dan Schnur, the Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute for Politics at USC who worked on four presidential and three gubernatorial campaigns and was the National Director of Communications for the 2000 presidential campaign of John McCain joins us to discuss the Trump campaign’s apparent inability to shift from its primary campaign mode into a general election national campaign and reports that Lewandowski kept insisting that letting “Trump be Trump” was a winning strategy for the White House while Manafort has been arguing that it is time for Trump to be more “presidential”.

Dan Schnur

Part 2

Then we assess the votes in the U.S. Senate today on gun control measures following the latest shooting massacre in Orlando.Saul Cornell, the author of “A Well Regulated Militia; The Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control in America: Whose Right to Bear Arms Did the Second Amendment Protect?” and “The Second Amendment Goes to Court”, joins us to discuss the glimmer of hope dashed today by gutless politicians in the NRA’s pocket who again defied the will of a majority of Americans outraged over the massacre of first graders in Newtown, then the murder of co-workers in San Bernardino and now the killing of 49 at a nightclub in Orlando. We examine if and when the American people will be able to get Congress to do something to stop the serial slaughtering of our citizens, or at least stop terrorism suspects from buying assault rifles and explosives.

Saul Cornell

Part 3

Then finally we look into the Supreme Court’s 5 to 3 ruling handed down today that Justice Sotomayor slammed in a blistering dissent as a step towards an American Police State. Bruce Fein, a constitutional lawyer who formerly served as Associate Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Reagan Administration and is the author of “American Empire: Before the Fall”, joins us to discuss the latest shredding of the Fourth Amendment that will now allow police to stop you on the street, demand your identification and check if you have outstanding parking tickets – even if you have done nothing wrong.