March 12 - The FBI's Investigation of Trump/ Russia Collusion; How "Double Government" Differs From the "Deep State"; Growing Opposition to Ryans's Fast-Tracked Repeal and Replace Bill

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We begin with the presidency under siege with Trump hunkered down in the White House unwilling to face the press apparently because he is unable to back up his smear of Obama who he called a “bad, sick guy” in accusing the former president of wiretapping him. Patrick Tucker, the technology editor for Defense One and author of “The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your every Move?”, joins us to discuss the FBI’s investigation into a computer server connection between the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alpha Bank that seems to have triggered Trump’s twitter outburst against Obama, and whether the current focus on how many times Trump campaign officials met with the Russian ambassador is a distraction from the original charges from all of the U.S. Intelligence Agencies that the Russians interfered with our election under the direction of Putin to help elect Trump.

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Part 2

Then we examine the charge by the President’s spokesman Sean Spicer that the so-called “Deep State” could be involved in wiretapping President Trump and speak with Michael Glennon, a Professor of International Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University who was Legal Counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a consultant to the State Department and the Atomic Energy Agency. The author of “National Security and Double Government”, he joins us to discuss how much our “Double Government” differs from the “Deep State” in Turkey, Pakistan and Egypt and how Trump’s attacks on civil servants is undermining our government’s ability to function.

Part 3

Then finally we get an analysis of the Trump Administration’s new healthcare plan to replace the Affordable Care Act which is being fast-tracked through Congress. Wendell Potter, who was chief corporate spokesman for Cigna and head of corporate communications for Humana, and is now a senior analyst on healthcare at the Center for Public Integrity, joins us to discuss whether the combined weight of the AMA, AAARP, the American Hospital Association and the Democrats can block Paul Ryan’s “repeal and replace” bill that appears to be aimed at curtailing if not eliminating Medicaid.

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