October 20 - The Job Paul Ryan Does Not Want; The Stunning Trudeau Victory in Canada; The Saudi Cover Up of Thousands of Pilgrims Killed at the Hajj

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We begin with meetings today of the House Republicans who are either trying to persuade Paul Ryan to run for speaker or find other candidates to run against him as the Tea Party “Freedom Caucus” looks for alternatives while Ryan tries to seek assurances from the “Freedom Caucus” that he will not suffer the fate of his predecessors Boehner and McCarthy. A long-time observer of Congress and politics, Norman Ornstein, the co-author of “It’s Even Worse Than it Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism”, joins us to discuss whether Boehner can get enough Republicans to vote with the Democrats to get the impending debt ceiling and other vital issues dealt with before Ryan takes the job he does not want.  

Part 2

Then we assess the decisive victory of Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party in Canada after they crushed the ruling Conservatives winning 184 seats in parliament to 99 for the Conservatives and 44 for the New Democratic Party. Henry Giroux, a writer and the current Global Television Network Chair in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Canada, joins us to discuss how all three parties support the Keystone XL pipeline and why the leftist NDP supported the Conservative Party’s austerity program that Trudeau ran against.

Part 3

Then finally we look into the growing discrepancy between the official Saudi death toll of 769 pilgrims at the recent hajj that has not changed since September 26, in spite of demands from 180 countries to account for the hundreds of their missing citizens and criticism from Iran that the Saudi Royal family is covering up the deaths of over 4,700 pilgrims. Dr. Ali Alyami, the founder and director of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia joins us to discuss the latest report from an investigation by the Associated Press that finds 2,177 were killed in the stampede with hundreds still missing.

 

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