June 29 - What is the Sanders Endgame?; The "Three Amigos" Celebrate NAFTA While Trump Trashes It; Senate Acts to Relieve Puerto Rico's Debt

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Part 1

We begin with the op-ed in Wednesday’s New York Times by Bernie Sanders “Democrats Need a Wake Up” and look into the apparent bewilderment on the part of Democratic Party officials that while Bernie Sanders has made it clear he will vote for Hillary Clinton, he has not yet endorsed her. Ed Kilgore, a political columnist for New York Magazine and the Managing Editor of The Democratic Strategist, joins us to discuss his latest article at New York Magazine “Will Either Sanders or Trump Ever Give Hillary Clinton the Satisfaction of a Concession Speech?” and Senator Sander’s warning that Democrats should pay attention to the “Brexit” vote and a similar underappreciated anger in the American electorate over income inequality and trade deals.  

Part 2

Then we speak with Dean Baker, the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research who writes the popular economics blog “Beat the Press”. He joins us to discuss the alarm amongst the big Republican donors at Donald Trump’s escalating attacks on trade deals that Moody’s Analytics reports will, if enacted, cause a recession if not a depression. With the “three amigos”, the presidents of Mexico and the U.S. and the Prime Minister of Canada meeting today to celebrate NAFTA while Trump is trashing it, we examine the growing rift between Trump’s populist economics and the big money that is expected to finance his presidential campaign.

Dean Baker, Co-Director

Part 3

Then finally we look into today’s votes in the U.S. Senate two days ahead of Puerto Rico defaulting on its debts that by a wide margin would allow the island, which is still considered a territory where its people are U.S. citizens but cannot vote, to restructure its $72 billion debt and create an oversight board to monitor Puerto Rico’s recovery. Andrew Hanauer, the Campaigns Director for the Jubilee USA network, joins us to discuss how the “vulture funds” who have been financing a deceptive ad campaign will not wring the last dime out of the island at the expense of the health and welfare of its people.