2016 Programs

2016 Program Archive

December 19 - Is Putin's Trump's Case Officer and Trump Putin's Asset?; A Patriotic Millionaire Protests the Latest Giveaway to the Rich; Why Does the US Support the Blatant Theft of the Recent Election in Honduras?

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Webegin with the extraordinary statement by the nation’s former top intelligence official General James Clapper who said on CNN that Vladimir Putin might as well be Donald Trump’s case officer and Trump Putin’s asset. Malcolm Nance, a career counterterrorism and intelligence officer with the U.S. government’s Special Operations, Homeland Security, and intelligence agencies who is the author of “The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and Wikileaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election”, joins us. We discuss the race to get the secret information about Trump and the extent to which Putin owns and controls him, out to the public via the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation before Trump finds a way to fire Mueller and the Republicans close down the congressional investigations into Russia’s interference in our election.   

 

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Then we speak with Morris Pearl, the former Managing Director of Blackrock Inc. who serves as Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires, a group of 200 high-net-worth Americans committed to building a more prosperous, stable, and inclusive nation. We will discuss today’s passage of the Republican tax bill in the House and Morris Pearl’s belief that, quoting him, “this bill isn’t just cruel, it’s un-American. No one in their right mind could possibly believe that the middle class has too much and the rich and powerful have too little in today’s America”.  

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Then finally we address the blatant stealing of the recent election in Honduras by President Juan Orlando Hernandez and the craven acceptance by the U.S. government of this illegitimate, corrupt, authoritarian leader with ties to drug traffickers. Silvio Carrillo, a freelance film and news producer who has an op-ed at the International New York Times “America’s Blind Eye to Honduras’s Tyrant”, joins us. He is the nephew of the environmental activist Berta Caceras whose murder has been covered up by Hernandez and we discuss how instability in Honduras will lead to more Hondurans heading to the U.S. for safety in spite of Trump’s promise to build a wall.

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December 18 - Trump's New National Security Strategy; Register at TrumpIsNotAboveTheLaw in Anticipation of Trump Firing Mueller; The Deadly Amtrak Train Derailment

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We begin with the new national security strategy President Trump outlined today based on “four pillars”, protecting the homeland, promoting American prosperity, demonstrating peace through strength and advancing American Influence. Without mentioning human rights or climate change, he did label Russia and China as “rival powers” but pledged to attempt to build a “a great partnership with them”. Brian Katulis, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress who focuses on U.S. national security policy in the Middle East and South Asia, joins us to discuss Trump’s criticism of his predecessors who he claimed “drifted” and “lost sight of America’s destiny” while he proudly proclaimed that “America is coming back and America is coming back strong”.

 

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Then with the possibility that Trump will soon fire the special counsel Mueller looming, we will speak with Lisa Gilbert, the Vice President for Legislative Affairs at Public Citizen’s Congress Watch Division. She joins us to discuss a coalition that has formed with Public Citizen and dozens of other organization who are encouraging concerned citizens to register at a new website TrumpIsNotAboveTheLaw.org in anticipation of a constitutional crisis erupting and hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Americans protesting nationwide.

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Then finally we examine the deadly Amtrak train derailment south of Seattle in which rail cars plunged off a bridge over an interstate highway jammed with traffic. George Bibel, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of North Dakota and author of “Train Wreck: The Forensics of Rail Disasters” joins us to discuss the derailment on the inaugural run of a new Amtrak high-speed train service from Seattle to Portland and why the train was travelling at 81 miles per hour on a curve. 
 
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December 17 - Is Trump About to Fire Mueller?; Could Democrats Become the Party of Anti-Trust and Economic Populism?; The Role of African American Women in Defeating Roy Moore

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We begin with the increasing likelihood that President Trump will fire special counsel Robert Mueller, possibly as early as Friday in a desperate attempt to shut down the investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia.  AsCongressional Republicans and Fox News ramp up inflated rhetoric and invented charges to discredit Mueller, we are joined by Joe McLean, a veteran political strategist, to discuss his article at The Guardian “What is the Republican playbook for the Mueller investigation?" and whether in joining Trump’s cover-up the Republicans will succeed in the short term to avoid the damage of the public finding out their leader is a traitor, or will they be punished in the long term when the truth eventually comes out.

 

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Then we look into what outraged citizens can do to reverse last Thursday’s FCC vote to overturn net neutrality which effectively ended the free internet thus enabling oligopolies that provide internet access to begin discriminating based who can afford to pay for content as they lower the quality of service for those who can’t. Matt Stoller, who was recently fired from the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute for his criticism of tech monopolies, joins us. We look into how the “cableization” of the open internet will help monopolies consolidate their power, and, with 80 percent of registered voters opposing the decision, we will also discuss whether such unpopular legislation could backfire on Republicans at the polls and provide Democrats with a counter-message around anti-trust and closing the income gap to expose Trump’s corrupt and phony populism and recapture authentic economic populism.

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Then finally we speak with Anthea Butler, a Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania whose latest book is “From Palin to Trump: Evangelicals, Politics and Race”. She joins us to discuss the role of African/American women in the victory against Roy Moore in Alabama and the need for a sustained movement of the religious left, women and the 65% of Americans opposed to the president to get active and relentlessly demand Trump’s removal from office.

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December 14 - The Tax Bill's Increasingly Narrow Prospects in the Senate; The Death of Net Neutrality and Murdoch's Windfall; Will a Corporate Hireling Get Away with Thwarting the Will of the People

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We begin with the Republican’s frantic search for ways to pay for tax cuts as last-minute holdouts like Senator Rubio demand concessions in the tax bill that is expected to be finalized on Friday and voted on next week. Edward Kleinbard, a Professor of Law at the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law who was the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation whose latest book is “We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money”, joins us. We discuss how the Republicans are rushing the bill through without independent scoring and any consultation with Democrats to get it passed and on Trump’s desk before the new Democratic Senator Doug Jones is sworn in. And even then with Senator Corker remaining a no vote and Senators McCain and Cochran hospitalized, due to the Republican’s narrow majority in the senate, Vice President Pence, who would break a tie vote, has had to delay an overseas trip, indicating the vote in the senate is on shaky ground.

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Then we examine the blow to Internet freedom resulting from the 3 to 2 vote today by the FCC to overturn net neutrality in a victory for a few corporate monopolies at the expense of broad democratic opposition from consumers who will soon find that their Internet will be like their cable TV service, a poverty of choice in a rigged market where Comcast, Verizon and AT&T foist their content on you while slowing down or blocking the content you want. David Carroll, a professor of media design at the New School where he explores the intersection between media design, culture, policy and journalism, joins us to discuss how Rupert Murdoch is likely to use the $52 billion from the sale of his entertainment assets to Disney to boost Fox News and expand the number of local TV stations Fox has.

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Then finally we look further into the killing of net neutrality by the FCC Chair and explore Ajit Pai’s ties to movement conservatives following his appearance in a video produced by The Daily Caller that mocks supporters of net neutrality and features Pai dancing with a producer with The Daily Caller who promoted the “Pizzagate” conspiracy. Victor Pickard, a Professor at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and author of “America’s Battle for Media Democracy: The Triumph of Corporate Libertarianism and the Future of Media Reform”, joins us to discuss whether a corporate hireling will get away with thwarting the will of the people.

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December 13 - A Scathing Takedown of Trump in USA Today; An Optimistic Leftist Sees the Political Tide Turning; Will the Punishment of California in the Tax Bill Backfire on the State's Republican Delegation?

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We begin with the extraordinarily scathing editorial from the centrist national newspaper USA Today that asks “will Trump’s lows ever hit rock bottom” then goes on to say “a president who would all but call Senator Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or shine the shoes of George W. Bush”. Jennifer Mercieca, a professor in the Department of Communications at Texas A&M University where she teaches courses on Political Communication and Presidential Rhetoric, joins us to discuss how Trump has broken the mold of traditional presidential decorum and to quote the editorial “if recent history is a guide, the unique awfulness of the Trump era in U.S. politics is only going to get worse” because of “Trump’s utter lack of morals, ethics and simple humanity”. We will assess whether, just as the people in Alabama grew tired of Roy Moore’s antics and the baggage of sexual assault accompanying him, the American people may well tire of the daily embarrassment the vulgarian in the White House brings to the office of the presidency.

 

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Then, following an election victory in Alabama that many see as a repudiation of Donald Trump and Steve Bannon, we will explore whether the political tide in turning in America and the bad guys are no longer winning as the good women in particular make a stand with a good guy like Doug Jones elected to the U.S. Senate instead of fire and brimstone theocrat and child molester. Ruy Teixeira, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and author of a new book “The Optimistic Leftist: Why the 21st Century Will Be Better Than You Think”, joins us to discuss the beginning of what he sees as a revival of the American left galvanized in opposition to Trump and mobilized to vote for change.

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Then finally we speak with Marc Sandalow, the editor-in-chief of the California News Service who spent 21 years with the San Francisco Chronicle including 11 years as the paper’s Washington Bureau Chief. We will analyze whether the punishment of California in the Republican tax bill and the double standard of relief for hurricane victims in Florida and Texas but not for fire victims in California, will backfire on California’s Republican delegation in the 2018 election since 11 of the 14 voted for the tax bill.

 

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