2016 Programs

2016 Program Archive

January 9 - Senator Feinstein Drops a Bombshell; Trump's Amazingly Light Work Schedule; A Book Will Not Force Trump Out of the Oval Office

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We begin with the bombshell dropped today by Senator Diane Feinstein who unilaterally released the transcripts of the testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee by the co-founder of Fusion GPS which the chairman Senator Grassley has been sitting on. One of America’s leading experts on the nation’s intelligence organizations, Loch Johnson, the Regents Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia who served as staff director of the Senate Intelligence Committee, joins us to discuss this uncharacteristically bold move by Senator Feinstein. We will look into how both Senator Grassley and Senator Graham have been going out of their way to divert attention from the evidence of collusion between Trump and the Russians and possible compromise Putin has on Trump in the Steele Dossier. Instead they are re-investigating Hillary Clinton’s emails and the bogus Uranium One story while going after the messenger by instigating a criminal investigation into Steele in the hope of preventing the message from getting to the American people.

 

Loch K. Johnson

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Then we examine President Trump’s amazingly light work days revealed today in a scoop by Axios who managed to get a copy of this week’s private presidential schedule which show that most of the day Trump is engaged in what it euphemistically referred to as “Executive Time”, meaning he is watching cable television, calling friends on the phone and tweeting. Matthew Dallek, a professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management and a political historian, joins us to discuss how little Trump works governing the country compared to his predecessors and how dangerously ill-informed Trump is because he watches so much of Fox News.

 
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Then finally we speak with Dr. Allen Frances, a Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Duke University and author of “Twilight of American Sanity: A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump”. He joins us to discuss how the new book “Fire and Fury” adds to the problem that there is too much focus and expectation being placed on the wish to remove Trump from office because he is mentally unfit while not enough attention is paid to the fact that Trump is a very bad man doing very bad things to the country and the world and he is only just getting started.   
 
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January 8 - Trump Puts One Million on Notice They Face Deportation; Why Children and Families Flee Central American Countries; White "Patriots" Get Away With Threatening Feds With Assault Rifles

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We begin with the Trump Administration’s announcement that 200,000 Salvadorans living in the U.S. for 17 years or more have to get out of the country by September of 2019 or face deportation, this after earlier deportation notices to 45,000 Haitians, 2,500 Nicaraguans and the expected forthcoming elimination of TPS, temporary protection status for 57,000 Hondurans. Martha Arevalo, the executive director of the Central American Resource Center (CARACEN), who specializes in immigrant advocacy work, joins us to discuss what she sees as a cruel and arbitrary policy designed to satisfy President Trump’s anti-immigrant base. About one million now face deportation, since Trump has already rescinded DACA, Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals exposing 700,000 kids to deportation. And now he is forcing out 200,000 Salvadorans with roots in this country and about another 200,000 of their U.S.-born children who are American citizens giving them the choice of either staying here without their parents or going back to a gang-infested country with one of the worst homicides rates in the world.

 

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Then we examine further Trump’s anti-immigrant purge and go to Honduras to speak with Elizabeth Kennedy, a scholar who focuses on the experiences and needs of child, youth and forced migrants. She has worked as a Fulbright Fellow with returned youth migrants in El Salvador who have fled gang violence and Elizabeth is now in Honduras studying children and families fleeing rampant violence from corrupt police, military and drug traffickers in that country. We look into the extent to which this is a legacy of U.S. foreign policy and what can be done to make these countries more livable for their citizens so that they don’t have to flee and risk their lives trying to get to safety in the United States.

 
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Then finally with a judge in Nevada angrily dismissing the charges against the Bundy family who in 2014, along with about 400 so-called patriots, led an armed standoff to stop a Bureau of Land Management roundup of Bundy cattle grazing on federal lands after Cliven Bundy had refused to pay the government grazing fees for 20 years. Eric Herzik, a Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Nevada, joins us to discuss how badly the federal prosecutors blew the case, and the double standard that white ranchers can point assault rifles at federal officials and get away with it, but if a black urban youth tried that, he’s be shot dead.

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January 7 - How Donald Trump's Mental Health is Now a Public Health Matter; Is Senator Lindsey Graham Being Blackmailed?; Ryan and the Republicans Are Now Colluding With Trump to Shut Mueller Down

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We begin with Trump’s “when did you stop beating your wife” defense of his mental health in response to the revelations in Michael Wolff’s book with Trump’s claim that he is a “very stable genius”, and speak with a prominent psychiatrist who has been urging lawmakers to act on the dangers posed by a president exhibiting manifest signs of psychological frailty under ordinary circumstances who under stress, could cause catastrophic damage to the country and the world. Dr. Bandy Lee, a forensic psychiatrist at the Yale School of Medicine who was the lead organizer of the Duty to Warn conference and the editor of the bestseller “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President”, joins us to discuss her warning that the personal health of public figures is their private affair, until, that is, it becomes a threat to public health, and her article at The Guardian “Trump is now dangerous – that makes his mental health a matter of public interest”.

 

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Then we speak with Sarah Kendzior, a journalist who specializes in the authoritarian states of Central Asia and is an op-ed columnist for the Toronto Globe and Mail. She joins us to discuss the sudden about face of Senator Lindsey Graham who went from being an acerbic critic of Trump to a gushing sycophant and her concern that Trump is following the playbook of his mentor Roy Cohn and is possibly blackmailing Lindsey Graham using information the Russians hacked from the RNC and the senator’s private email.   

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Then finally we look further into the extent to which Republican leaders have thrown their lot in with Trump and are now actively colluding in a purge of the DOJ and the FBI following Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision to back the highly partisan White House flunky House Intelligence Chairman Devon Nunes’s sabotage of the Mueller investigation by subpoenaing FBI documents that are evidence in the on-going Russia probe which will surely end up in Trump’s hands and cripple Mueller’s inquiry. Scott Horton, a professor at Columbia Law School and a contributing editor at Harper’s in legal affairs and national security, joins us.

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January 4 - Sessions Ignore the Opioid Crisis to Wage a War on Marijuana; It's All About Money-Laundering; Trump Tries to Stop the Publication of a Number 1 Best-Seller

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We begin with the Attorney General’s reversal of an Obama-era policy restraining federal prosecutors in states that have legalized marijuana from to bringing charges. Mark Kleiman, a Professor of Public Policy at New York University where he leads the Crime and Justice Program, joins us to discuss Jeff Session’s peculiar obsession about what he sees as a greater scourge than the opioid epidemic, marijuana, which the AG likens to heroin, and the furious backlash from Colorado’s Republican Senator Cory Gardner who accused Sessions of violating promises he had made and threatened retaliation.

 

Mark Kleiman

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Then we assess the importance of the explosive admission by Steve Bannon in the new book “Fire and Fury” which Trump is trying to suppress. Bannon’s belief that Mueller’s probe “is all about money laundering”, suggesting that the special counsel’s “path to f***ing Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr., and Jared Kushner…they’re going to roll those guys”. And Bannon goes on to say that Mueller will crack Don Jr. like an egg on national TV. An expert on international money laundering, James Henry, the co-founder with David Cay Johnston of the new investigative reporting news service DCReport.org and author of “Blood Bankers” joins us to discuss how, after being black-balled by Wall Street, money laundering became the Trump business model with an open invitation to Russian gangsters, kleptocrats, oligarchs and assorted third world looters to invest in the Trump family’s real estate projects. Buttressing Bannon’s warning, we also discuss the New York Times op-ed by the heads of Fusion GPS who urged congressional investigators to look into Trump’s Russian money laundering, an effort which but fell on deaf Republican ears.

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Then finally we speak with Clay Calvert, the Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication and Director of the First Amendment Project at the University of Florida. He joins us to discuss Trump’s litigious efforts to silence Bannon with a cease-and-desist warning and his attack on the new book by Michael Wolff that contains the widely quoted remarks of Bannon’s which portray an unqualified and ignorant leader and first family in the White House. We assess what appears to be a futile threat by Trump’s lawyer who is demanding that the publisher immediately cease-and-desist the publication of the book but is already number 1 on Amazon’s best-seller list.

 

January 3 - Trump's Fury at His Former Chief of Staff; The Republican Cover-Up of Testimony by Fusion GPS; Pakistan's Former Ambassador to the US on Trump's Threatening Tweets

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We begin with the scorching criticism of Trump and his family by Steve Bannon in a new book that has provoked an angry and dismissive response from Donald Trump who goes so far as to say that Bannon has lost his mind. David Graham, a staff writer at The Atlantic where he has an article “Why Trump Turned on Steve Bannon”, joins us to discuss the growing number of top senior officials from the Trump campaign and the Trump White House who, after being indicted, charged or fired, suddenly become junior insignificant nobodies. We assess how much Trump’s fury at Bannon was aroused by his former Chief White House strategist and campaign CEO’s criticism of Ivanka, Jared Kushner and Donald Junior, not to mention Bannon’s portrait of a leader of the free world who is out of touch, borderline illiterate, disrespected by his own close advisors and apparently horrified that he won the election.

 

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Then we look further into the vengeful and petty man in the Oval Office and how much he operates out of his mentor Roy Cohn’s playbook and speak with Andy Wright, a Professor at Savannah Law School who served in the White House as Associate Counsel to President Barack Obama and worked in Congress conducting oversight of U.S. National Security matters. He joins us to discuss Trump’s war on the Department of Justice and his efforts in conjunction with the White House propaganda arm, Fox News, to discredit the FBI and the Mueller investigation, as well as the Republican cover-up underway of the 21 hours of testimony to three Republican-controlled committees by the heads of Fusion GPS which refutes the White House and Fox’s case against Mueller and the FBI inquiry into Trump and the Russians.

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Then finally we speak with Pakistan’s former Ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani about Trump’s threatening tweets accusing Pakistan of giving the U.S. in exchange for $33 billion in aid, “nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leader as fools”. We will examine this souring relationship from the inside and analyze the differing strategic goals of the U.S. and Pakistan as well as the growing importance of China’s role in investment and infrastructure in Pakistan.

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