May 26 - Harry Reid's Mediation Between Sanders and His Democratic Critics; The Government's Broken Cyber Security Systems; Obama's Historical Visit to Hiroshima

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Part 1

We begin with the efforts underway by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid to mediate between the Sanders camp and a growing number of senior Democrats who are concerned that Bernie’s continuing campaign is hurting their chances of beating Donald Trump. Jim Manley, a Senior Director at Quinn Gillespie and Associates who served as senior advisor to Harry Reid for the past six years, and before that, 12 years as an aide to the late Senator Ted Kennedy, joins us. We discuss Harry Reid’s call on Tuesday to Democrats criticizing Bernie urging them to, quote, “I think we should just kinda lay off Bernie Sanders a little bit, OK?” and Reid’s meeting with Jane Sanders on Wednesday, as well the future of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz who will preside over the Democratic convention where she is likely to booed the minute she bangs the gavel and be less than useful in helping Hillary Clinton win over Sanders supporters in the name of party unity.

Part 2

Then we examine that case against Hillary Clinton for her unauthorized use of a private email server and focus on the fundamental issue at stake which is the privacy and security of communications at the highest level of government that involve state secrets. Robert Morgus, a policy analyst with The New America Foundation’s Cybersecurity Initiative joins us to discuss why the protection of government emails and communications is so lax making it easy for hackers to breech antiquated and poorly managed systems, as well as the private emails of current and former government employees.


Part 3

Then finally we assess the historic visit of President Obama to Hiroshima on Friday and discuss the criticism coming from all directions with some upset that Obama has ruled out an apology, while others argue that his call to eliminate nuclear weapons flies in the face of a massive trillion dollar “modernization” of the U.S.’s vast nuclear arsenal. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist Kai Bird, the author of “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer” joins us to discuss the father of the atom bomb Oppenheimer’s charge that we dropped the bomb on “an essentially already defeated enemy”.