March 7 - Why Does Trump Still Blame Obama For All of His Problems; The Wikileaks CIA Data Dump; Republican Criticism of the Obamacare Repeal and Replacement?

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Part 1

We begin with Michael Eric Dyson, one of America’s premier public intellectuals who is University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University and the author of the new book “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America”. He joins us to discuss the continuing racist obsession with Barack Obama that President Trump, the Republicans, Fox News and white nationalist America cannot let go of, even after Obama has left office and perhaps the most right wing government in the nation’s history is now in power. We look into why Trump blames Obama for all of his problems when the White House and Trump’s cabinet is largely made up of rich white men and surrogates for rich white men who have a friendly Republican House and Senate to work with. We also try to make sense of Dr. Ben Carson’s remarks he made as the new head of Housing and Urban Development to the HUD employees where he said that “slaves who came in the bottom of slave ships and worked even longer, even harder for less” were immigrants who aspired to the American dream.


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Part 2

Then we examine the latest Wikileaks data dump of CIA cyber tools that has been likened in scope to the Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden caches of secret documents made public by the anti-secrecy website. Alan Paller, the director of research at the SANS Institute, the principal cyber security training school that produces the annual “Greatest Risks in Cyber Security” study, joins us to discuss whether these some 8,000 web pages with 943 attachments are a serious blow to the CIA and its own Center for Cyber Intelligence.

Part 3

Then finally we assess “The American Healthcare Act”, the House Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare that was announced today to criticism coming mostly from Republicans, some of whom thought it went too far and others who thought it did not go far enough in killing the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature achievement. A leading authority on the politics of healthcare and healthcare reform, Jonathan Oberlander, a professor of Social Medicine and Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina, joins us to look into this new plan that is about to be rushed through Congress before it’s numbers are crunched.    

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