July 12 - The Congressman Who Introduced an Article of Impeachment; How the Plutocracy Captured American Democracy; The Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality

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We begin with the article of impeachment against President Donald Trump filed today for the first time in the House of Representatives accusing Trump of “high crimes and misdemeanors” for obstructing justice by firing James Comey to stop the Russian investigation and pressuring him to drop the FBI investigation into Michael Flynn. A senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Congressman Brad Sherman, who introduced an article of impeachment, joins us to discuss why he did so and what the grounds are for doing so even though few Democrats in the House are joining in the effort that the Republican majority will not act on and could easily reject the resolution, but in doing so they would put all members on record as to how they feel about impeaching Trump.

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Then we speak with the author of an important new book “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America”. Nancy MacLean, Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University joins us to discuss her latest book, just out which explains how we got to the current situation where just two plutocrats, the Koch brothers appear to have captured the congress and are having their agenda enacted at the expense of the American people. She explains how James Buchanan, an economist out to preserve white privilege in the Jim Crow South, figured out a way to deploy plutocratic power while preventing the majority of Americans from using their voting power to better their lives.

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Then finally, with today’s nationwide protests against the Trump-appointed head of the FCC Ajit Pai which has giant corporations like Facebook, Twitter and Google supporting the “Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality”, we speak with a former FCC Commissioner, Michael Copps. He joins us to discuss what is at stake in preserving Internet freedom and the urgent need to mobilize grassroots action to stop the Trump Administration’s undemocratic putsch by corporate power via their lackey Ajit Pai, to deny the will of the vast majority of Americans who don’t want the Internet “cableized” with telecomm monopolies controlling internet content.

 

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July 11 - Donald Junior's Incriminating Chain of Emails; The Sleazy Cast of Characters in Trump World; Trump's Deregulation Teams' Close Ties to Industry

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We begin with the release of an incriminating email chain between Donald Trump Junior and a British tabloid journalist representing a Russian pop singer whose father is a billionaire developer close to Putin. The emails are about setting up a June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer based on the promise that this lawyer worked for the Russian government and had top secret information from the Russian Crown prosecutor that was damaging to Hillary Clinton and “is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump”.  Asha Rangappa, Associate Dean at Yale Law School who is a former FBI Special Agent specializing in counterintelligence investigations in New York City, joins us to discuss the extent to which the participants in this meeting acted with corrupt intent to violate campaign finance laws and if they were innocent, why did they not call the FBI immediately to report an effort on the part of Russian Intelligence to compromise them?

 

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Then we examine the incriminating emails further with David Halperin, senior fellow at Republic Report who was previously a special assistant for National Security Affairs to President Clinton and a counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee. He joins us to discuss his article at The Huffington Post “Trump Jr’s Smoking Gun Email” and the sleazy cast of characters emerging in this sordid tale that reflects the nature of the Trump presidency and the Trump family business that is built on financial ties with the international dregs of bottom-feeders, tacky celebrities, kleptocrats, gangsters and oligarchs.

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Then finally we speak with Danielle Ivory, a reporter with The New York Times who covers the intersection of business and government, including contracts and regulations, about her article co-written by Robert Faturechi, a reporter at ProPublica, “The Deep Industry Ties of Trump’s Deregulation Teams”. We look into how these appointees to Trump’s deregulation teams have been working in secret across the government, with 28 of the 71 appointees identified so far, having close ties to industry with clear conflicts of interest.

 

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July 10 - The Mexican Government Uses Spyware to Scuttle Investigation Into 43 Missing Students; Donald Jr. and Jared Meet With Russian Lawyer With Blood-Soaked Hands; Organized Money Versus Organized People in 2018 and 2020

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We begin with the revelation that the Mexican government used sophisticated spyware to neutralize the work of a team of international investigators the Mexican government was forced to accept to solve the case of the missing 43 students whose disappearance in 2014 roiled the nation. Laura Carlsen, the Director of the Mexico-based Americas Program of the Center for International Policy, joins us to discuss how the cyberweapon Pegasus, which can only be sold to governments on the condition it is used against terrorists and criminals, was used to stymie an investigation into one of Mexico’s most gruesome human rights atrocities which the Pena Nieto PRI government clearly does not want solved.

 

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Then we look into who Donald Trump Junior, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort were meeting with in Trump Tower shortly after Trump became the Republican candidate for president. Bill Browder, who was the largest foreign investor in Russia until his lawyer Sergei Magnitsky was murdered for uncovering government corruption, joins us to discuss who this disgusting, sleazy lawyer the Trump boys met with is. We examine the role of Natalia Veselnitskaya, who was not only Putin’s point person to go after the Magnitsky Act the congress passed to punish the murderers of Browder’s lawyer, but she defended the Kremlin-connected Russian gangsters who laundered the stolen $230 million of tax money meant for the Russian treasury.

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Then finally we get an update on the state of the resistance and the Democratic opposition now that Vice President Mike Pence is beginning to raise campaign money as the Republicans gather a war chest to buy the 2018 and 2020 elections with overwhelming resources. The co-founder of Mother Jones, Richard Parker, who teaches Economics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, joins us to discuss how organized people with small donations can compete against the organized money of the Koch brothers network.

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July 9 - The Meteoric Fall of the US Under Trump?; America's Two Separate Foreign Policies; The Latest Revelations of Trump's Involvement With Russians

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We begin with the meteoric fall of the U.S. under Donald Trump from the world power that dominated the G-20 to something of a joke on the world stage where the daughter of a president known for her clothing line sits in between the British and Chinese leaders on an important meeting for her father who has managed to isolate the U.S. from the rest of the G-19 in less than 6 months. Charles Kupchan, who was director of European Affairs on the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration and spent the last 3 years as Special Assistant to President Obama for National Security, joins us to discuss the much anticipated meeting between Putin and Trump that was conducted in secret without Trump’s National Security Advisor or his National Security Council’s Russian-speaking expert present.

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Then we examine the two separate foreign policies the U.S. appears to have, one conducted by the Trump family and the other by a compromised, hamstrung and largely ignored defense, intelligence and diplomatic establishment that fringe ideologues inside the White House close to Trump like Stephen Bannon and Sebastian Gorka refer to as the “deep state”. A CIA Middle East veteran, Robert Baer, who is now the national security affairs analyst on CNN, joins us to discuss the unprecedented nature of having a leader of the United States trash his own intelligence services on foreign soil while defending the actions of an adversary who attacked the United States.

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Then finally we get an update on the latest revelations coming from the many investigations into the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russians following a story in The New York Times that Trump’s son and son-in-law met with a Russian lawyer close to the Kremlin who led the Kremlin’s campaign to destroy the late Sergei Magnitsky’s investigation into high-level corruption. An expert on international money laundering, James Henry, an economist, lawyer and investigative journalist who is the co-founder of DCReports.org, joins us to look into whether Trump’s former mob-connected partner Felix Sater, has ratted him out.

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July 6 - Trump Trashes America on Foreign Soul; Trump Has Laid the Groundwork for His 35% Who Won't Believe the Russia Findings; The Dangerous Division Between Trump's Foreign Policy and American Interests

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We begin with the latest NPR/PBS/Marist poll that finds 54% of Americans think Trump’s dealings with Russia were unethical or illegal while 73% of Republicans believe Trump did nothing wrong with only 4% saying he has done something illegal. The author of “National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear” and “The Great Questions of Tomorrow”, David Rothkopf, a columnist for The Washington Post and a visiting professor at Columbia University and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, joins us. We discuss Donald Trump’s unprecedented attacks on American political leaders and institutions on foreign soil as he stood next to Poland’s authoritarian leader who is cracking down on his press and was no doubt pleased to hear Trump’s attacks on the American Press, along with his trashing of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and the U.S. Intelligence community.  

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Then we speak with Timothy McCarthy, a Lecturer on History, Literature and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and author of “”Protest Nation: Words That Inspired a Generation” and “The Indispensable Zinn: The Essential Writings or the People’s Historian”. He joins us to discuss the extent to which Trump has laid the groundwork with his supporters by convincing them that the press propagates “fake news” so that when the real news about Trump’s ties to Putin comes out, 35% of Americans won’t believe it.

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Then finally we look into the stark division in U.S. foreign policy between the Trump family and his coterie of right wing fringe ideologues, and the broader U.S. defense, intelligence and diplomatic community otherwise known as the “deep state” that have been laid bare by Saudi Arabia’s attack on Qatar. David Hearst, the Editor of Middle East Eye, joins us from the U.K. to discuss the contentious report on the Saudi role in radicalizing young Muslims in Britain and how Trump and his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared’s financial ties to the Saudi Crown Prince are dictating a dangerous Middle East policy that goes against U.S. interests in the region.

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