May 7 - The Disgraced Coal Baron and Felon Who Could Win Tomorrow's W.Va. Primary; Trump is Planning For Regime Change in Iran; What is Behind the Rise in the Price of Oil?

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Part 1

We begin with tomorrow’s primary race for the U.S. Senate in West Virginia which has already emerged as an ugly feud between the disgraced coal baron Don Blankenship who is responsible for the deaths of 29 miners and Mitch McConnell who Blankenship has attacked in racist TV ads as “cocaine Mitch” and because of McConnell’s marriage to Elaine Chao, accused him of having a “China family” which has “created millions of jobs for China-people”.  Russell Mokhiber, the editor of the Corporate Crime Reporter and author of “On the Rampage: Corporate Predators and the Destruction of Democracy”, who is currently working with the West Virginia local activist organization Morgan County, joins us. With the president who won the West Virginia by 40 points, likening a win by the recently-jailed felon to Roy Moore’s fate in Alabama, we will discuss whether Trump’s tweets today discouraging Republicans from voting for Blankenship will work, since Blankenship clearly won the recent debate on Fox against the other two leading candidates who came across as bickering politicians while Blankenship presented himself as a regular guy. We will also speculate whether the Democrats are falling into the trap Hillary Clinton set for herself hoping Trump would win the Republican presidential primary, given their assumption that Blankenship is the most beatable candidate for the Democratic incumbent Senator Joe Manchin to run against.

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Part 2

Then with Trump’s new lawyer Rudolph Giuliani signaling to an Iranian opposition front group for the MEK, which was formerly designated by the U.S. as a terrorist group, that the U.S. is about to pull out of the P5+1 deal with Iran, we will speak with Nader Hashimi, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver. He joins us to discuss dire warnings coming from Iran’s President Rouhani and, after the failures of the French and German leaders to talk sense into Trump, today’s last-ditch effort by the U.K. Foreign Minister Boris Johnson which appears to be equally futile since Trump will likely announce tomorrow that he will be tearing up the deal Obama made with Iran, China, Russia, France, the U.K. and Germany.

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Part 3

Then finally we get an analysis of what is behind the rise in the price of oil now up to $70 a barrel for the first time since 2014. Amy Myers Jaffe, the senior fellow for energy and the environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change at the Council on Foreign Relations, joins us to discuss how Russia and Saudi Arabia are cutting production to drive up prices while the global growth in demand from China, India and U.S. where Detroit is making gas-guzzlers again, has reached the point where the world will soon be consuming 100 million barrels of oil a day.