May 31 - 50 Years After RFK's Assassination, His Son Now Believes The Wrong Person Was Convicted; Robert Reich On "The Common Good"; Trump Punishes Allies As He Starts a Trade War

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Part 1

With the June 5th California primary fast approaching, we are reminded that 50 years ago Senator Robert Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968 just after winning the California primary which made RFK a shoo-in to become the next President of the United States.  We begin with Tom Jackman the Washington Post reporter who covers criminal justice and discuss his article at The Washington Post “Who killed Bobby Kennedy? His son RFK Jr. doesn’t believe it was Sirhan Sirhan”. Tom’s article is based on extensive conversations he had with RFK Jr. after it was revealed that RFK’s son had visited Sirhan Sirhan in prison before Christmas last year and had spent three hours in private conversation with the 64 year old man convicted of assassinating his father. We discuss the efforts of Paul Schrade the UAW Union organizer who was shot in the forehead by Sirhan Sirhan to re-open the case because of his belief that there was a second gunman standing behind Kennedy who fired the fatal shots. This is a conviction also shared by RFK Jr. who believes the wrong person has been convicted of killing his father then the chief law enforcement officer in the country who RFK Jr. feels would not have wanted to put someone in jail for a crime they did not commit.

Part 2

Then we speak with the former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and the author of the new book “The Common Good”. We discuss how societies and nations undergo virtuous cycles that reinforce and build the common good, and conversely we have vicious cycles which we are now suffering under Donald Trump’s misrule that undermine it. But there are optimistic signs emerging from the young high school students in Florida to the many women running for elective office indicating that the Trump nightmare may soon be over.

Part 3

Then finally with Trump slapping 25 % tariffs on steel and aluminum imports punishing America’s closest allies Canada, the E.U. and Mexico, we look into the implications this has for the looming trade war with China and speak with Scott Kennedy, the director of the Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy at CSIS who is just back from three weeks in China. The author of “Beyond the Middle Kingdom”, he joins us to discuss how alienating our allies while issuing hollow threats to China, isolates the U.S. and makes us weaker.

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