June 24 - The Risky Business Initiative on Climate Change; A Rebooted DISCLOSE Act; Subsidized by Blue States, Mississippi's Pork-Ladeling Senator Threatened by the State's Moochers

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We begin with the report issued today on the economic impacts of climate change by the Risky Business Project that is a bipartisan coalition of financial leaders led by George W Bush’s Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, hedge fund executive Thomas Steyer and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, along with President Nixon’s and Bill Clinton’s Treasury secretaries George Schultz and Robert Rubin. Kate Gordon, the executive director of the Risky Business Initiative joins us to discuss the increased awareness among business leaders of the severe impacts of rising sea levels and extreme heat from climate change and the growing need for businesses to integrate climate risks into their everyday decision-making.

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Then we speak Craig Holman, the Government Affairs Legislative Representative for Public Citizen on Capitol Hill about today’s announcement by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, Elizabeth Warren, Charles Schumer and Richard Blumenthal that they are introducing a rebooted version of the DISCLOSE Act that will shed light on the dark money pouring into elections following the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which has surged from $69 million in 2008 to 310 million in 2012. We discuss the new bill that will require any group that spends $10,000 or more to disclose who is behind the expenditures so that, as Senator Warren pointed out, “those who are pouring money into elections at least have to be willing to stand up and admit that’s what they are doing”.

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Then finally we go to Jackson, Mississippi to speak with Robert McElvaine, a Professor of History at Millsaps College and author of “Down and Out in the Great Depression: Letters from the ‘Forgotten Man’” and “The Encyclopedia of the Great Depression”. We discuss the results so far in today’s bitter Republican primary election in Mississippi that has the long-time incumbent Senator Thad Cochrane in a tight race with a Tea Party challenger in an election that has the GOP establishment on edge following the recent defeat of the House Majority Leader by an insurgent Tea Party candidate.   

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