March 12 - Putin Blames Election Meddling on Jews; The Multi-Billion Dollar Saudi Royal Shakedown; The Amazingly Ignorant Secretary of Education

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Part 1

We begin with the backlash from Israeli officials, Jewish groups and prominent Senators and House members to remarks that Russia’s president Putin made in an interview with NBC’s Megyn Kelly in which he blamed meddling in our 2016 election on Jews and other minorities. With Britain’s Prime Minister May today telling parliament that it is “highly likely” Russia was behind the attack in the U.K. on an exiled Russian spy and his daughter, who were poisoned by a type of military-grade nerve agent developed by Russia, we will look into how the Russian media is dealing with both the pushback from Russian election meddling and yet another assassination on British soil of former spies Putin has labelled as traitors who “will kick the bucket, trust me”. Julia Davisthe founder and editor of Russian Media Monitor, which analyzes Russian media and the relationship between news and propaganda, joins us to discuss how, ahead of Russia’s March 18 election, Putin is becoming more brazen in signaling to the Russia people via state-controlled TV that he is their strong leader at war with the West, claiming in a two-hour documentary titled “Putin”, that he had ordered the downing of a Turkish passenger plane that was reported to be hijacked and heading for the Sochi Olympics.  

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Part 2

Then, with the announcement today by the White House that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, MBS, who is soon to be crowned king, will meet with Trump on March 20, we speak with Ali Al-Ahmed, the founder and director of the Institute for Gulf Affairs who is an expert on Saudi Arabian political affairs and Saudi-American relations. He joins us to discuss the extraordinary confiscation of wealth underway as MBS shakes down the fortunes and holdings of prominent Saudi princes including the multi-billionaire Prince Alaweed Bin Talal, as well as the war MBS is bogged down in Yemen in which thousands of innocent women and children are being bombed and starved to death.


Part 3

Then finally we review the Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s interview on “60 Minutes” which the Christian fundamentalist billionaire stumbled her way through, struggling to answer basic questions in a performance that even alarmed the White House. Mitchell Robinson, Chair of Music Education at Michigan State University’s College of Music and author of “Privatize, Monetize, Weaponize: How the DeVos family devoured Michigan’s schools”, joins us to discuss the damage done so far to American education by this dim-witted dilettante.