March 13 - Erdogan Stirs Up Turkish Nationalism Ahead of April Referendum; Could the "Ryancare" Disaster Lead to Single Payer?; Trump Appoints New US Attorney to Cover-Up Fox News Sex Scandals

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Part 1

We begin with escalating threats from Turkey’s President Erdogan against the Dutch government he accuses of Nazism as he cuts off high level diplomatic contacts and threatens to flood Europe with Syrian refugees in camps in Turkey. Michael Werz, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress’s National Security Team who specializes in Turkey and the Turkish diaspora in Germany and Holland, joins us to discuss the worsening quarrel with Europe that Turkey’s autocratic leader appears to using cynically to fire up Turkish nationalism and anti-European sentiments ahead of a referendum in Turkey on April 16 aimed at giving Erdogan even more power to stifle the press, purge the military, judiciary and academia and create more problems for Turkey and its neighbors which ironically is the exact opposite of Erdogan’s promise when he first came to power.


Michael Werz

Part 2

Then we examine the Congressional Budget Office’s finding that Paul Ryan’s American Health Care Act designed to repeal and replace Obama’s Affordable Care Act, will increase the number of Americans without healthcare coverage by 24 million, making a liar our of President Trump who repeatedly promised that the Republican alternative would provide universal coverage at lower prices. Dr. John Geyman, a professor emeritus of family medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine whose new book is “Crisis in Healthcare: Corporate Power Versus the Common Good”, joins us to discuss how “Ryancare” could be such a disaster for the American people and the GOP that it might make single payer healthcare a realistic option in the future.

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Part 3

Then finally we look into the reasons behind Trump’s firing of Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and his rumored replacement Marc Mukasey, who happens to be former Fox News head Roger Ailes’s personal lawyer. Craig Harrington, a researcher at Media Matters who edited the new article at Media Matters, “U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was Investigating Fox News When Trump Fired Him”, joins us to discuss an impending cover-up of an epidemic of sexual harassment at Fox News.