May 6 - Who Used Chemical Weapons in Syria?; Growing Pressure on the U.S. to Intervene; Can the SEC Save us From Citizens United?

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Part 1

We begin with conflicting reports of who used chemical weapons in Syria and speak with veteran foreign correspondent Reese Erlich the author of “Conversations with Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence and Empire”. We discuss efforts to get irrefutable proof of the use of chemical weapons by the independent UN International Commission of Inquiry that has been repeatedly denied entry into Syria by the Assad regime. reese erlich


Part 2

Then we look at the regional turmoil following Israeli strikes on Syria that have escalated the proxy war between Iran and Israel. Aram Nerguizian, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and author of “Israel and Syria: The Military Balance and the Prospects for War” joins us to discuss growing pressure on the U.S. to intervene and why neighboring Turkey is increasingly reluctant to get involved in a war they mistakenly calculated would have ended some time ago.

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Part 3

Then finally we examine whether an unlikely government agency, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the SEC, will stem the tide of unregulated money flowing into our elections following the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School specializing in election law, campaign finance and ethics joins us to discuss her article at the Sacramento Bee “Will the SEC save us from Citizens United?”

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