October 2 - Revelations That Trump Paid No Taxes for 18 Years; Hungary's Referendum Inflames a Racist Backlash to Immigration; Clinton's Break With Obama on Nuclear "Modernization"

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We begin with the bombshell New York Times report that Donald Trump appears to have avoided paying federal income taxes for 18 years after losing $916 million in 1995. David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist who has been called “the de-facto tax enforcement officer of the United States” and is the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Making of Donald Trump”, joins us to discuss the tax documents that were mailed anonymously to Susanne Craig at The New York Times and verified by Trump’s accountant at the time, Jack Mitnick.  We assess the responses by Trump’s surrogates Governor Christie and Mayor Giuliani who both claim Trump is a “genius” for not paying taxes, while Trump’s accountant, Mitnick, went on the record to acknowledge that Donald Trump has built enormous personal wealth to live a luxurious lifestyle without paying taxes like everyone else.  

 

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Part 2

Then we look into today’s referendum in Hungary that is designed by the ruling right wing Prime Minister Orban to stir up xenophobia and neo-fascist vigilantism against refugees in Europe who Orban equates with terrorists out to dilute European Christian culture. Peter Kreko, a visiting scholar at the Center for Global and International Studies at Indiana University and the Director of the Political Capital Institute in Budapest, Hungary, joins us to discuss Putin’s role in financing a right wing counterrevolution against Western European democratic values and federalism and how his intervention in Syria is contributing to the refugee crisis that is creating social divisions in Europe and inflaming a racist, nativist backlash.  

Part 3

Then finally we examine the hacked audio from a fundraiser at which Hillary Clinton broke with the Obama Administration’s trillion dollar nuclear modernization plan and said she would kill one of the Pentagon’s pet projects, the nuclear-tipped cruise missile which she described as “the last thing we need”. Joseph Cirincione, the President of the Plowshares Fund and author of “Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons” joins us to discuss how the U.S. is heading in the wrong direction towards more emphasis on nuclear weapons and away from efforts to ease the U.S. and Russia’s reliance on a hair trigger nuclear posture that only gives the president five minutes to decide whether or not to retaliate in the face of nuclear annihilation. 

 

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