June 30 - The Human Rights Situation in Libya; How Much is the Noose Tightening on Gaddafi?; Is the New State Budget "California Dreamin" in its Projections?

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First, we go to the Libyan border with Tunisia to speak with a human rights monitor who has been inside the worst battlefronts in Libya. Sidney Kwiram, who is a consultant with Human Rights Watch, joins us to describe the human rights situation in Libya that was the basis upon which the U.S. and NATO intervened with air power. Sidney Kwiram

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Then, we look further into the situation in Libya and examine the stalemate with a former Libyan diplomat who was a translator for Moammar Gaddafi, Dr. Abubaker Saad. We also try to assess the strength of the resistance inside Tripoli that indicates how much the noose is tightening on Gaddafi. Abubaker Saad

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Then we look into the state of dysfunction here in California and examine the latest budget with Mark Paul, the former deputy Treasurer of the State of California, who will assess the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of Governor Brown’s budget. We will see how much of it is “California dreamin” in terms of revenue projections. Mark Paul

 

June 29 - Why the Constitution is not on the Tea Party's Side; Riots in Greece; Clarence Thomas to Possibly be Removed

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We begin with a discussion of the constitutional underpinning of the debt ceiling that is central to the stalled negotiations between the White House and the Republican leadership over deficit reduction, which was the subject of today’s press conference by the President. Jonathan Zasloff, who is a professor of law at the UCLA School of Law, joins us to explain that the constitution, which the Tea Partiers supposedly revere, is not on their side of the debt ceiling issue. Jonathan Zasloff

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Then we go to Athens, Greece to talk to Ralph Atkins, a reporter with the Financial Times who covers the European Central Bank. He will give us an update on the riots in the streets in response to the Greek parliament’s passage of austerity measures demanded by the European banks and bond holders to prevent a default on the 340 billion Euro debt that Greece is straining to pay interest on. Ralph Atkins

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Then former White House Council and best-selling author, John Dean, joins us to talk about how Justice Clarence Thomas could be removed from the Supreme Court following the example and precedent set by Assistant Attorney General William Rehnquist, who launched an attack based on weak evidence against Abe Fortas, who was about to become the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, leading to the ultimate irony of William Rehnquist himself ending up in that very job. John Dean

 

June 28 - Why Obama Is Not Standing Up to the Republicans; The Greek Economic and Political Crisis; Bulger Resurfaces the Wars Between Law Enforcement

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We begin by examining why the president is not standing up to the blackmail by the Republican leadership, who are threatening to destroy the full faith and credit of the United States unless they get their way in cutting Social Security and Medicare.  Meanwhile, they refuse to even consider raising revenues, let alone taxing the top one percent. The Executive Director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Robert Johnson, joins us to explain why the president is not standing with the American people. Robert Johnson

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Then, amid strikes and protests, with the Greek parliament poised to make a crucial vote on the austerity measures required by European banks and bond holders to avoid default, we discuss the Greek economic and political crisis with Theofanis Stavrou, a professor of History at the University of Minnesota and the founder and editor of the Journal of Modern Greek Studies. Theofanis Stavrou

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Finally, we look into the wars between law enforcement that are bound to resurface with the trial of alleged mobster, Whitey Bulger, who was just arrested in Santa Monica. Maria Cramer, who covers crime for the Boston Globe, joins us. She was in court today in Boston as Whitey Bulger arrived in an orange jumpsuit to face a Federal Judge at the beginning of this long and painful trial that promises to be embarrassing for the FBI. Maria Cramer

 

June 27 - How Will Gaddafi's Arrest Warrant Affect Libya?; Arizona Denies Funds for Qualified Underdog Candidates; The Corporate Assault on Citizen's Rights; Will Democrats Buy into Deficit Hoax and War on Seniors?

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We begin with a discussion of the International Criminal Court’s arrest warrant for Libyan dictator Gadaffi, his son, Saif al-Islam, and his Intelligence Chief, Abdullah al-Sanuss. David Scheffer, who was the first U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, joins us to talk about how this arrest warrant might affect the apparent stalemate in Libya David Scheffer

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Then we look at the Supreme Court’s latest ruling on campaign finance with Jessica Levinson, who was part of the losing side of the case that the thin conservative majority struck down, invalidating an Arizona law that provided for qualified candidates to get public funds to match excessive spending by wealthy opponents.

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Then we look at the broader corporate assault on citizen’s rights and the consumer’s ability to sue, with Susan Saladoff, the maker of a new HBO documentary feature film Hot Coffee. She joins us to talk about her film that profiles the incremental erosion of individual rights that the American people are giving away to corporate power in the name of tort reform.

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Then, finally, we look into the psychology of political message management with Drew Westen, the author of The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in deciding the Fate of the Nation. He argues that the Democrats are about to make a catastrophic mistake if they join the Republicans and buy into the deficit hoax and the war on seniors.

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June 26 - The Death of Earth's Oceans; Overpopulation and the Future of the Planet; The New Gilded Age and Rise of the 21st Century U.S. Plutocracy

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We begin with the alarming new report on the state of the oceans that cover two-thirds of this planet. Sylvia Earle, the National Geographic’s explorer-in-residence and former chief scientist of NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, joins us. We examine this latest warning of a mass extinction and look into ways to reverse the drift towards the death of the Earth’s oceans.

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Then we examine the main culprit behind the looming mass extinction of the ocean, and by extension, the Earth, and that is overpopulation.  The head of the largest grassroots population organization in the U.S., Population Connection, (formerly Zero Population Growth) John Seager, joins us.  We look into the future of this planet on which the population has doubled since 1968 and will double again by 2030.

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Then we have a conversation with labor historian Jefferson Cowie about the new Gilded Age and the rise of the 21st century American plutocracy. He is the author of Stayin’ Alive: The 1970’s and the Last Days of the Working Class. We look into the possibility of another Teddy Roosevelt emerging from America’s political class, locked in the grip of greed, to restore a government of the people, "by the people and for the people."

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