March 2 - AG Jeff Sessions Caught in a Lie; Trump is Reviving Print Journalism; The Needed Democratic Rebuttal to Trump's SOTU From Bernie Sanders

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Part 1

We begin with the Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal he announced today from investigations into Russian involvement in the election following news reports from The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal that appear to have caught him in a lie during his confirmation testimony before the senate. Ed Kilgore, a political columnist for New York Magazine joins us to discuss his latest article at New York Magazine, “Sessions Executes Strategic Retreat on Recusal but Leaves Some Big Questions Unanswered”. We discuss the questions that loom over the country’s top law enforcement official who has many Democratic political leaders and some Republicans calling for his resignation or for a special prosecutor to investigate possible ties to Trump and the Russians.

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Part 2

Then we speak with John Nichols, The Nation magazine’s Washington Correspondent and co-author of "People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy”. He joins us to discuss his article at The Nation “If Jeff Sessions Will Not Resign, He Should Be Impeached” and the extent to which the “failing New York Times as Trump calls it, is leading a comeback for print journalism with its investigative reporting on Trump that is causing the paper’s subscriptions to soar, and the growing possibility that Sessions could be impeached.

Part 3

Then finally we examine the failure of the Democratic Party to offer an effective response to Donald Trump’s successful address to Congress and contrast former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s folksy rebuttal to the powerful takedown that Bernie Sanders offered up in a point-by-point list of the critical issues facing the nation and the world that Trump did not mention. Investigative journalist Robert Dreyfuss joins us to discuss, a new online news platform he has co-founded that is devoted to reporting on and analyzing post-2016 efforts to rethink and rebuild the Democratic Party.

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