October 22 - Hillary Clinton's Grilling by Prosecutorial Republicans; The New House Speaker Paul Ryan; White House Concerns Over Pakistan's Fast-Growing Nuclear Arsenal

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We begin with Hillary Clinton’s appearance before the eighth hearing into the deaths of four Americans in terrorist attacks in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. A friend and colleague of the late Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Wayne White, who served as Deputy Director of the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research’s Office of Analysis for the Near East and South Asia and was a former State Department Intelligence analyst on Libya joins us. We discuss the highly-charged partisan nature of this redundant, repetitive hearing into a manufactured scandal whose motivation the Chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee Trey Gowdy claims was because “we owe them (the victims) the truth”.

Part 2

Then, now that it appears that Congressman Paul Ryan will be the next Speaker of the House following a supermajority vote of the Freedom Caucus to support him that fell short of enough votes to endorse the Congressman, we examine whether Paul Ryan can put a kinder, gentler face on the fractious Republican House caucus. Joel Rogers, a professor of law, political science, public affairs, and sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison joins us to discuss whether the Wisconsin Congressman will bring his Ayn Rand-influenced radical libertarian political philosophy to the third highest office in the land.

 

Part 3

Then finally, with Pakistan’s Prime Minister in meetings at the White House on Thursday, we will discuss the issues of Pakistan’s fast-growing nuclear arsenal that his high on the agenda. Hans Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project at the American Federation of Scientists who is the lead author of a new report in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists “Pakistani Nuclear Forces, 2015”, joins us to discuss Pakistan’s concentration on building and deploying low-yield tactical battlefield nuclear weapons that raise concerns that they lower the nuclear threshold and could fall into terrorist hands. 

 

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