November 11 - Will the Republican House Go to the Mat for Millionaires and Billionaires?; The Author of a Report Commissioned by the CIA on Climate Change; The End of the Reagan Era

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Part 1

We begin with the president throwing down the gauntlet on extending middle-class tax cuts and speak with the Washington editor of Alternet, Adele Stan. We discuss the coming battle over the so-called “fiscal cliff” and how long the Republican House will be able to hold up a deal as they fight to preserve tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. adele stan


Part 2

Then we examine the report on climate change commissioned by the CIA that was released on Friday by the National Research Council. The lead author of that report John Steinbruner joins us to discuss the unparallel strains that climate disruption will place on the U.S. military and intelligence agencies in the coming years, not to mention the human and environmental cost as our endangered planet convulses with more frequent and unpredictable crises caused by global warming.



Part 3

Then finally we speak with Michael Lind, the author of “Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States”. We discuss our economic future that may soon be held hostage by another Tea Party tantrum, or whether a more adult consensus and compromise can be reached in Washington. Michael Lind has an article at “The Final Defeat of Backlash Politics”.

michael lind
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