May 1 - Mueller's Questions For Trump Point to Collusion; Teacher Pay Gaps and Why They Are Fighting Back; Tacking a Cue From Teachers and Demanding Better Wages and Fairer America

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Part 1

We begin with the revelation in The New York Times of 49 questions Robert Mueller wants to ask President Trump which has Trump tweeting indignantly that the leak is “so disgraceful” even though there is a very real possibility the leak of these questions came from the White House since they did not come from the Special Counsel’s office.  Steven Harper, a lawyer and professor at Northwestern University who has compiled a comprehensive timeline of the Trump-Russia story at billmoyers.com and at investigaterussia.org, joins us to discuss whether the leak is part of a determined strategy on the part of the White House and the Republicans to shut down the Mueller probe. With Rudolf Giuliani now supposedly negotiating with Robert Mueller to bring the inquiry to a swift end, the suspicion arises that this may be a setup to close it down by claiming Mueller is uncooperative and is dragging out what Trump calls a “witch hunt”.  If indeed the White House leaked these questions, while it may feed the “deep state” hysteria in the Fox News bubble, it may also backfire with the broader public who can easily see from the questions which Trump is being asked to answer, that Mueller know a lot more and he is looking at real collusion between Trump’s family and his top officials and the Russians.

 

Part 2

Then on this May Day we discuss the growing number of teacher’s strikes in Red States in which teachers are not just demanding living wages since from 1996 to 2015 teacher’s pay actually fell by $30 per week on a national average, but they are striking on behalf of their students for more investments in schools, pupils and school supplies. Sylvia Allegretto, the co-chair of the Center for Wage and Employment Dynamics at the University of California, Berkeley who has co-authored several editions of The State of Working America, joins us to discuss the teacher pay gaps and why teachers are fighting back.

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Part 3

Then finally we examine further the erosion of America’s middle class with 63% of Americans one paycheck away from the street and unable to deal with a $500 emergency, while over one third are running out of food, not being able to afford a place to live or have money to pay for medical treatment. Sarah Jaffe, a Nation Institute fellow and an independent journalist covering labor and economic justice and author of “Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt”, joins us to discuss how working and middle class Americans should take a cue from the teachers and mobilize to demand better pay and a fairer country.

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