May 10 - Inside the White House "Game of Thrones for Morons"; Trump Is Taking Us Closer to Becoming a Banana Republic; "After Comey; How to Be a Patriotic Insider"

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We begin with the firing of FBI Director Comey in a desperate effort by Donald Trump to shut down the Russia investigation which the craven Republicans are complicit in as they slow walk the investigations and continue to distract and delay in the hope that they can get their agenda enacted before Trump is impeached. The author of “The Great Questions of Tomorrow”, David Rothkopf, the publisher of Foreign Policy Magazine and foreignpolicy.com where he has an article “Is America a Failing State?”, joins us to discuss a White House out of control consumed by infighting, amateurism and intrigue which is now being described as “Game of Thrones for morons”. We look into the efforts by Stephen Bannon to undermine the only adult left advising Trump, General McMaster and Trump’s latest display of affection for autocracy where he banned the U.S. free press from today’s White House meeting with Russia’s foreign minister but allowed in the Putin-controlled Russian press.

 

Part 2

Then we speak with Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld, a senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace who focuses on governance in post-conflict countries and fragile and failing states. We assess how far the Trump Administration is taking us on the path towards America becoming a banana republic as the telltale signs of a failing state abound with an egomaniacal leader and his rapacious family greedily feathering their nest while undermining democratic institutions and attacking the free press.  

Part 3

 
Then finally, with Trump’s firing of the head of the FBI and the purging of government specialists and scientists, we examine how federal employees can continue to expose the truth as the Trump Administration cracks down on internal dissent and weakens open government and ethical standards. David Halperin, a senior fellow at Republic Report who served on the National Security Council and was counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, joins us to discuss his article at The Huffington Post “After Comey: How To Be a Patriotic Insider”. 
 
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