May 4 - Republican Efforts to Discredit Trump's Russian Ties; A Tax Cut For the Rich Posing as Healthcare Reform; "Evangelicals Have Found Their Dream President"

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Part 1

We begin with yesterday’s apparent attempt by Republican senators in the Comey hearing to make the case that there is no evidence of connection or collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, even though today before the House Intelligence Committee Comey and the head of the NSA gave secret testimony about the further extent of proven Russian interference in our election directed by Putin to help elect Trump. James Henry, an investigative economist and lawyer who is a Global Justice Fellow at Yale and co-founder with David Cay Johnston of, joins us to discuss how the opposite is true to what Senator Grassley tried to dismiss as the disproven Steele dossier. In fact the Steele dossier continues to be proven factual by press investigations and presumably inside the intelligence agencies there is even more supporting evidence that has yet to come out.  We also look into a just-released Dutch investigative documentary that reveals connections between Giuliani, kleptocrats from the former Soviet Union, and Trump.


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Part 2

Then we examine the passage today in the House of the second attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare on a vote of 217 to 213, with 20 Republicans voting against it. A leading authority on the politics of healthcare and healthcare reform, Jonathan Oberlander, a professor of Social Medicine and Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina joins us. We discuss the passage of what is essentially a tax cut bill which has nothing to do with healthcare reform since it punishes the poor by cutting Medicaid in order to make up for a tax cut for the rich. And while conservatives argue Americans have no right to healthcare, there is a right not to die in the street and to get emergency care treatment, which is the least effective and most expensive form of healthcare.

Part 3

Then finally, with Jerry Falwell Jr proclaiming on this National Day of Prayer that “I think evangelicals have found their dream president”, we speak with Diane Winston, who holds the Knight Chair in Media and Religion at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and publisher of Religion Dispatches. She joins us to discuss today’s Rose Garden signing ceremony by President Trump of an Executive Order weakening the Johnson Amendment that separated church and state so that now evangelical pastors can endorse or oppose political candidates from the pulpit.  
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