March 9 - Wisconsin Now the 25th Right-to-Work State; 47 Republican Senators Try to Scuttle Deal with Iran; U.S. Declares Venezuela a Threat to National Security

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We begin with protests at Wisconsin’s capitol in Madison over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman, on a day that Governor Scott Walker signs a contentious bill he championed into law that makes Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state in the U.S. John Nichols The Nation’s Washington correspondent and co-author of “Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America”, joins us from Madison to discuss the shooting of 19 year-old Tony Robinson Jr. and the fourth day of protests at the capitol from mostly high school and college students angry at yet another police shooting, as well as the significance of Governor Walker’s union-busting victory to his 2016 presidential run in a crowded field of Republican presidential candidates.

 

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Then we examine the unprecedented interference by 47 Republican senators who sent an open letter to the Iranian leadership in an attempt to scuttle the on-going negotiations between President Obama and Iran’s Supreme Leader at a critical stage in the P5+1’s efforts to reach a deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program. Dr. Trita Parsi, the co-founder and president of the National Iranian American Council and author of “A Single Role of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran”, joins us to discuss this latest attempt to sabotage Obama’s foreign policy and the “unusual coalition” of Republican Senators and Iran’s hard-line religious leaders that Obama mocked.

 

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Then finally we go to Caracas, Venezuela and speak with David Smilde, a senior fellow at the Washington Office of Latin America who has researched Venezuela for the past 22 years and lived there for 12 years. He moderates the blog “Venezuelan politics and human rights” and we discuss today’s announcement from the White House that Venezuela is a threat to America’s national security, which is clearly ridiculous hyperbole from Obama who is throwing a bone to Senator Marco Rubio and the anti-Castro crowd, but in effect, will prove to be a gift to Venezuela’s embattled President Maduro who blames all of his country’s problems on the Yankee imperialists. 

 

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