May 7 - Twelve More Years of Putin?; The Twilight of the Last of the Moderates; The Fight For Healthcare Reform Within the Catholic Church

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We begin with today’s inauguration of Vladimir Putin, who, after having ruled Russia for the past 12 years, begins a six and possibly twelve year term. Joining us from Moscow is Masha Gessen, a Moscow-based journalist and author of several books, including her latest “The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin”. She is one of the organizers of the demonstrations that took place on Sunday and Monday to protest Putin’s fraudulent election and continuing reversal of freedom, transparency and the rule of law in Russia.  masha gessen

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Then we examine the fate of a Republican statesman Senator Richard Lugar who is about to lose his re-election in Indiana to a Tea Party candidate who is being funded by the Club For Growth and other right wing SuperPAC’s. Marjorie Hershey a professor of Political Science at Indiana University in Bloomington joins us. We discuss the implication of Senator Lugar’s possible defeat by outside money in a campaign that denigrates statesmanship while demanding more conservatism. marjorie hersh

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Then finally we speak with Sister Simone Campbell, the Executive Director of Network, a Catholic social justice lobby. She was recently criticized by the Pope for promoting “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith” and not pushing church teachings on abortion, contraception, homosexuality and the male-only priesthood. We discuss the fate of Obama’s healthcare reform that she has championed and Paul Ryan’s theology. simone campbell
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