October 6 - Will Corporate Criminals Finally Go To Jail?; Donald Trump as the Republican Presidential Nominee; The Outgoing Secretary of Education's Legacy

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Part 1

We begin with the “Hide No Harm” Act introduced in the Senate today by Senators Blumenthal and Casey that would establish criminal penalties for corporate executives who up until now the Justice Department has settled with for fines instead of criminal charges under “deferred prosecution agreements”. Ronald White, the Director of Regulatory Policy at the Center for Effective Government joins us to discuss whether in an environment where massive fraud has been conducted by Volkswagen Executives, where the DOJ settled with GM over faulty ignition switches linked to 124 deaths, and Merck and Johnson & Johnson withheld information on the risks their drugs posed, might it be possible to send top executives to jail now?


Part 2

Then we speak with Robert Kuttner, the co-editor and co-founder of The American Prospect and the author of “Debtors’ Prison: The Politics of Austerity Versus Possibility”.  He joins us to discuss his article at The Huffington Post. “Bernie Sanders is About as Radical as Harry Truman” and his belief that Donald Trump will be the likely Republican nominee for president which will make the race something of a cake walk for Hillary Clinton, if she is the Democratic nominee, assuming Biden does not spoil her chances, and whether it will be a much more interesting race in 2016 if Bernie Sanders becomes the Democratic nominee.


Part 3

Then finally we examine the legacy of Arne Duncan, who just stepped down as the Secretary of Education and speak with David Halperin, a senior fellow at Republic Report who has an article at The Huffington Post “Report Exposes For-Profit College Abuses in Converting to Non-Profits”.  We  discuss why the 30 plus billion dollar a year for-profit college racket was able to continue on Duncan’s watch with aspiring students and vets defrauded with worthless diplomas and indentured with student debt, all the while as the taxpayer is being ripped off completely subsidizing these corporate criminals.