November 28 - A Major Battle Over the Separation of Powers at the CFPB; Trump Exposes Foreign Correspondents to Even More Danger; Mainstreaming Extremism

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We begin with the future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau which is now in the hands of a Trump-appointed Federal judge to decide whether Leandra English who was appointed acting director by outgoing Director of the CFPB Richard Cordray is in charge or Mick Mulvaney who Trump has appointed as acting director. Kimberly Wehle, a Professor of Law at The University of Baltimore School of Law and a former federal prosecutor, joins us to discuss her concern that Trump is constitutionally out of line and in creating this showdown between two branches of government, a major battle over the separation of powers is shaping up. And if Mulvaney is allowed to be seated by the courts as the head of the CFPB, it would give the President new powers to pick and choose which federal law Trump wants to comply with.

 

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Then we look into Trump’s latest attack on CNN, calling CNN International fake news, and what consequences this could have for foreign correspondents abroad covering the news in countries runs by despots and criminals who are now calling criticism of their corrupt and brutal regimes, fake news. Dan Cassino, a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickerson University and author of “Fox News and American Politics: How One Channel Shapes American Politics and Society”, joins us to discuss Trump’s tweet that Fox News “is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN” which he claims “represents our nation to the world very poorly”.

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Then finally we speak with David Neiwert, an award-winning journalist, author and expert on American right wing extremism about his new book “Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump”. He joins us to discuss accusations against The New York Times for normalizing a suburban neo-Nazi they profiled and whether the issue is not so much about right wing extremists entering the mainstream, as America itself being in the process of mainstreaming extremism.

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