January 31 - Democrats Should Run With Joe Kennedy's Righteous Anger at Trump; Trump's Big Apple Lie in His SOTU Speech; The Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway Health Plan

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We begin with the response to President Trump’s State of the Union from the designated Democrat, not to mention other opposition voices who weighed in and speak with Paul Waldman, a senior writer at The American Prospect and author of “Being Right is Not Enough: What Progressives Must Learn From Conservative Success” about his article at The Washington Post “What Joe Kennedy’s speech says about Democratic anger at Trump”.  He joins us to discuss how Democrats should resist the call by centrist pundits to reach out to conservative voters but instead energize and mobilize voters to vote in November using the growing and palpable anger across the land at Trump which is shared by 57% of the country who feel he is reckless, profane and sexist together with the alarm 46% of Americans feel who believe Trump is a greater danger to America and the world than North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.

 

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Then we look into one of the more glaring lies in Trump’s hour and a half long string of jingoistic patriotic platitudes mixed in with hyper-salesmanship and focus on his claim that “Apple has just announced it plans to invest a total of $350 billion in America, and hire another 20,000 workers…This, in fact, is our new American moment. There has never been a better time to start living the American Dream”. Economist, lawyer and investigative journalist James Henry, the co-founder of the new investigative reporting service DCReport.org joins us to discuss Trump’s massive giveaway to the 1% dressed up as middle class tax relief and his bogus infrastructure plan which is based on a disastrous experiment that rewarded contractors but failed miserably for the public in the UK.

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Then finally we look into the health care project put forward by Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway that is long on promises and short on details and speak with Michael Hiltzik, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and columnist with the Los Angeles Times about his latest article at the LA Times “Reducing healthcare costs doesn’t require Bezos/Buffett/Dimon magic: Every other country already knows how”. We try to analyze why so many Republicans cheered Donald Trump at last night’s State of the Union when he proudly announced he was taking healthcare away from millions of his fellow Americans.

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January 30 - Nunes' Unprecedented Release of Manipulated Classified Information; Nunes and Trump Target Rod Rosenstein; Again Trump Gives Putin a Free Pass

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We begin with the Nunes memo which for the first time has the House Intelligence Committee releasing classified information to the public which is clearly designed for the partisan purpose of scuttling the Mueller investigation using the drumbeat of the Fox News propaganda machine to reinforce the lie that Trump is a victim of the Russia “hoax” and is under attack by the so-called Deep State. Joshua Geltzer, the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection who served as Senior Director for Counterterrorism at the National Security Council and as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the DOJ, joins us. We will discuss his article at Just Security “You Don’t Need to Know What’s in the Nunes Memo to Worry About Its Release” and the move by Nunes and the Republicans to block the rebuttal by the Committee’s Democratic minority so that the public will only get Nunes’ headline-grabbing, cherry-picked sensationalized version cobbled together to support the Trump talking points without context or any regard for the truth.

 

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Then we examine further this dramatic escalation in the war the Trump Administration and their Republican enablers are waging on the DOJ and the FBI and speak with Mark Zaid, a Washington-based Attorney who handles national security cases and has represented clients ranging from high-profile Members of Congress to covert CIA operations officers.  We  discuss how Nunes and Trump are targeting Rod Rosenstein on the bogus grounds he asked for an extension of a FISA warrant on Carter Page who had previously been caught on surveillance being recruited by two Russian spies who were arrested.

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Then finally we try to assess why Trump has again given Vladimir Putin a free pass by not imposing new sanctions on Russia called for by an overwhelmingly majority in Congress that Trump reluctantly signed into law last year. Instead Trump put out a list of 210 senior Russian political figures and oligarchs that appears to have been lifted from a Forbes list of billionaires. William Pomeranz, the Deputy Director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center who also teaches Russian Law at Georgetown University’s Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies, joins us to analyze why Trump is so soft on the Russians.

 

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January 29 - Trump Forces McCabe Out of the FBI to Then Move on Rosenstein; Nunes and His Bogus Memo of a "Secret Society" Within the "Deep State"; The Game the Koch Brothers Play With Their Useful Idiot Trump

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We begin with the exit of the number two official at the FBI who has been under pressure to resign from President Trump, the Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Trump’s congressional cheer squad led by Devon Nunes, along with the Fox News echo chamber. Harry Litman, a former United States Attorney and Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department who in now a Professor of Political Science at the University of California San Diego, joins us to discuss what appears to be a successful effort by Trump to force Andrew McCabe out from his position as Deputy Director of the FBI. We look into how Trump is working in concert with Devon Nunes to create an alternative narrative to Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation which rests on smearing the integrity and independence of those investigating his ties to the Russians by insinuating  they are a part of plot by Democratic sore losers led by Hillary Clinton out to discredit Trump’s amazing and unappreciated election victory.

 

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Then we examine further how the bogus Nunes memo of cherry-picked classified details from a FISA warrant extension application of surveillance of Carter Page was first enabled by Speaker Paul Ryan who turned down pleadings from the Justice Department and the FBI not to allow Nunes to release his version which Fox News and right wing media have turned into an expose of the machinations of a “secret society” within the “Deep State”.  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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Then finally we look into what transpired at a luxury hotel in Palm Springs at this last weekend’s gathering of millionaire and billionaire donors in the 550-member Koch Brothers network. Lee Fang, an investigative journalist with The Intercept who was the first to uncover and detail the role of the billionaire Koch brothers in financing the Tea Party, joins us. We discuss the game the Koch Brothers play by pretending to distance themselves from Trump and his antics, while they are the main beneficiaries from almost everything that the Trump Administration has achieved, all of which the Koch Brothers and their hirelings in the Trump cabinet and Congress are pushing behind the scenes.

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January 28 - Could American Democracy Die?; Russians Demonstrate Against the Lack of Electoral Choice; Could Ramped-Up Taliban Attacks Render America's Investment in Our Longest War Futile?

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We begin with an analysis of the state of American democracy and the durability of our democratic institutions which are under attack by President Trump. Added to this, the traditional checks and balances provided by the constitution’s separation of powers no longer function because the Republicans in Congress are enabling Trump rather than curbing his abuse of power. Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, both Professors of Government at Harvard University, join us to discuss their new book “How Democracies Die” and their article at the New York Times “How Wobbly is Our Democracy?” We examine how durable our democracy is with rising political polarization in America that is racial and cultural and assess the global retreat of democracy and the rise of authoritarian regimes as democracies in Turkey, The Philippines, Hungary and Poland are under attack from the right while democracy in Venezuela and Bolivia is under attack from the left.    

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Then we speak with Ambassador Steven Pifer, who was U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and special assistant to the president and senior director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia on the National Security Council. We discuss the demonstrations today across Russia against the lack of choice in the upcoming elections and Putin’s latest move to silence the pro-democracy campaigner Aleksei Navalny.

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Then finally we look into the latest Taliban atrocity in Afghanistan with a suicide bomber using an ambulance as a bomb killing 95 civilians, this following a recent slaughter at a hotel in Kabul and the murder of Save the Children aid workers in Jalalabad. Christine Fair, a former U.N. Political Officer in Afghanistan who is a Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor in the Security Studies Program within Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, joins us. We discuss her latest article at The Atlantic “Pakistan Will Try to Make Trump Pay” and the ramped-up attacks on Afghanistan’s divided government which threatens to render America’s investment is our longest war futile.

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January 25 - Trump Starves Palestinians Because They Snubbed Pence; Trump Tries to Kill Solar While Reviving Coal; Updating the Timeline on the Trump-Russia Story

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We begin with the President’s threat which Trump issued after meeting with Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerlandto withhold aid to the Palestinians because they snubbed Vice President Pence during his recent visit to Israel. Khaled Elgindy, a Fellow with the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution who served as an advisor to the Palestinian leadership on permanent status negotiations with Israel and is the author of the forthcoming book “Blindspot: America and the Palestinians from Balfour to Obama”, joins us. We discuss Trump’s abandonment of any pretense that the U.S. is an honest broker in bringing about peace between Israelis and Palestinians and his blithe disregard for the consequences of his actions in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital which Vice President Pence further aggravated by declaring before Israel’s Knesset last week that the U.S. would move its embassy to Jerusalem next year.

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Then we assess the damage that Trump’s tariffs on imported solar panels will do in reducing jobs in the fastest-growing job category in what is the world’s fastest-growing energy industry with solar attracting over $160 billion in investment in 2017. Tyson Slocum, the Research Director for Public Citizen’s Energy Program, joins us to discuss how Trump, who listens to the disgraced coal baron and head of Murray Energy, has moved to throttle the clean energy of the future while he tries to revive the dirty energy of the past, coal. We look into how raising the cost of solar will affect U.S. research and development in promising new solar technologies that will reduce the costs of solar energy even further.

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Then finally we get an update on the twists and turns of the Mueller investigation as every day brings more and more revelations with the latest the possibility that transcripts of Donald Trump Junior’s testimony to congress might expose him to charges of perjury. Steven Harper, a professor at Northwestern University and a regular contributor to The American Lawyer, joins us to discuss his comprehensive timeline of the Trump-Russia story which he has compiled at billmoyers.com and how difficult it is to keep updating information as more shoes drop every day while the Republicans frantically manufacture their alternative reality as they wage war on the DOJ and FBI.

 

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