March 22 - Projective Identification From the Mentally Ill President; What Outrage Would it Take for Republicans to Abandon Trump?; A Reckoning for Facebook

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We begin with an analysis of how much Trump is a trapped animal inside the Oval Office with Robert Mueller closing in on him. Lance Dodes, a Training and Supervising Analyst Emeritus with the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute who was a clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and is a contributor to the recent book “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump”, joins us. We discuss the psychological manifestation of projective identification that Trump exhibits as he blames Hillary Clinton and others for what he does and who he is, turning them into crooks, liars, cheats and bullies while Trump lashes out with mounting fury against Robert Mueller. We will speculate about what would happen if Trump were to shut down the investigation, which, if completed, will likely be the only time in Trump’s life that he has not gotten away with cheating people and breaking the law.

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Then we explore further the possibility that Trump will not be able to contain his impulses and will suddenly fire Sessions or Rosenstein to shut down Mueller, despite assurances that he has no intention to do so, which was what he was saying before he fired Tillerson. David Halperin, a senior fellow at Republic Report who was a special assistant for national security affairs to President Clinton and counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, joins us to discuss what outrage on the part of Trump would be sufficient for the Republicans to take a moral stand which so far they have failed to do.

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Then finally, with Facebook’s stock taking a hit and users abandoning the platform while politicians call for investigations and transparency, we examine the fallout from the revelations about Cambridge Analytica and Facebook’s abuse of personal data. A leading voice in warning about the monopoly power of the tech giants and their business model of surveillance capitalism, Jonathan Taplin, joins us to discuss an overdue reckoning and his recent book “Move Fast and Break Things: How Google, Facebook and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy”.

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March 21 - Trump's Secret Deals Brokered by a Child Molester; "The Iraq Reckoning Still to Come"; Ignoring His NSC, Trump Congratulates Putin

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We begin with a secret meeting of the leaders of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States in late 2015 that took place on luxury yacht in the Red Sea where a new strategy to realign the Arab states was plotted. A former European and Foreign Editor and bureau chief with The Guardian, David Hearst, the Editor of Middle East Eye, joins us to discuss his latest article at Middle East Eye “EXCLUSIVE: The secret yacht summit that realigned the Middle East” and how General Sisi and the Saudis, along with the Gulf leaders, sold out the Palestinians in a realignment with Israel against Turkey and Iran. But perhaps the most amazing revelation is that the person who brokered the secret meeting is the same person who, along with Erik Prince the founder of the Blackwater mercenary army, tried to set up a secret back-channel in the Seychelles between Trump’s inner circle and the Kremlin. And what is even more astounding is that George Nader, who is now cooperating with Robert Mueller’s investigation, has multiple convictions and arrests and served one year in prison for sexually abusing underage boys and possessing child pornography.

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Then on the 15th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War we speak with Colonel Andrew Bacevich, a graduate of West Point who served 23 years in the U.S. Army whose latest book is “America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History”. We discuss his latest article at the New York Daily News “The Iraq reckoning still to come” and the irony that the serial lair Donald Trump was the only politician who told the truth about America’s self-inflicted disaster in Iraq while others who voted to authorize the unnecessary war have remained silent.

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Then finally we assess whether an enraged Donald Trump will fire whoever leaked the briefing paper he got before his phone call to Putin that said in caps “DO NOT CONGRATULATE”, advice Trump ignored as he blithely overlooked how Putin rigged the vote and Russia’s meddling in our election, not to mention Putin’s use a WMD against a NATO ally. A leading expert on the politics and economics of post-communist Russia, Daniel Treisman, a professor of political science at UCLA and author of “The New Autocracy: Information, Politics, and Policy in Putin’s Russia”, joins us.

 

 

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March 20 - Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince's Arrival Coincides with a Vote on Yemen; The World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis Created by Saudi Arabia; The British Government's Anger at Cambridge Analytica and Facebook

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We will begin with today’s White House visit by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman known as MBS whose arrival coincided with a rare vote in the U.S. Senate on the War Powers Act being invoked to end U.S. involvement in a devastating war in Yemen that MBS escalated in 2015 with a brutal bombing campaign and a blockade that has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Brian Katulis, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress who focuses on national security policy in the Middle East and recently met with MBS in Saudi Arabia, joins us to discuss the public relations campaign underway to portray MBS as a reformer ahead of his expected promotion as the next king of Saudi Arabia, replacing his ailing father on the throne. We will assess the extent of the co-mingling of statecraft and business interests between MBS and his new friend Jared Kushner, and remarks made by MBS in a recent 60 Minutes interview in which he talked of Saudi Arabia acquiring nuclear weapons. With a likely step in that direction being an announcement by Trump that the U.S. will sell the Saudis dual-use nuclear reactors.

 

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Then we look into the war MBS is waging against Yemen and the vote today in the senate of 55 to 44 which killed a bi-partisan resolution to end U.S. complicity in the bombing and starving of Yemeni women and children. Shireen Al-Adeimi, a graduate student at Harvard University who is originally from Yemen, joins us to discuss the nature of U.S. military support for MBS’s war on Yemen and the complex internecine fighting that is destroying Yemen which is already the poorest country in the Middle East.

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Then finally we go to the U.K. to speak with Mike Harris, the CEO of 89up and the publisher of Little Atoms. He writes on human rights, surveillance and free speech and joins us to discuss the angry reaction in the British parliament to revelations that Cambridge Analytica used personal data from Facebook to influence the Brexit vote along with helping Trump win the U.S. election. We will discuss a video sting by Channel Four in the U.K. that exposes the head of Cambridge Analytica boasting on hidden camera about his role in defeating Hillary Clinton and his offer to supply Ukrainian girls to entrap rival politicians.

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March 19 - Trump Gets Tough on Heroin Dealers to Solve a Problem Caused by Prescription Drugs; A Serial Bomber and the Racial Divide in Austin; Cambridge Analytica's Secrets are Pouring Out

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We begin with the speech in New Hampshire today by President Trump outlining his plans to deal with the opioid crisis in which he called for his border wall and the death penalty for drug traffickers. Sam Quinones, a former Los Angeles Times reporter who spent 10 years as a freelance writer in Mexico and is the author of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic”, joins us to discuss Trump’s use of a medical and social crisis that cost the lives of 64,000 Americans in 2016 as a political platform to call the Democrats out for their opposition to his border wall, claiming that “ninety percent of the heroin in America comes from our southern border where eventually the Democrats will agree with us to build the wall to keep the damn drugs out”. With big pharma largely responsible for creating the opioid crisis, in particular Purdue Pharma which spent hundreds of millions promoting their prescription drug Oxycontin from which they reaped tens of billions in profit, we will assess whether Trump’s get-tough approach on heroin dealers makes any sense when the source of the problem is prescription drugs.

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Then we speak with Dr. Richard Reddick, an award-winning Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy with an appointment in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas in Austin. He joins us to discuss the extent to which the city of Austin is gripped in fear after four bombings in mostly minority neighborhoods of Austin from a serial bomber who appears to have sophisticated training in explosives. We will examine the possibility of the bomber having a racist agenda and the racial divide in Austin between the city’s east side and west side.

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Then finally with the UK government seeking a warrant to inspect Cambridge Analytica's databases, we look into the role of the political data analytics firm in influencing the Brexit vote and the U.S. election now that Facebook has suspended the company along with a Russian professor who got data from Facebook for Cambridge Analytica, Aleksandr Kogan. Mark Rotenberg, the President and Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington D.C. who teaches information privacy law at Georgetown University Law Center, joins us to discuss the damning information thanks to a whistleblower Christopher Wylie, that is pouring out of the secretive company advised by Steven Bannon and funded by Robert Mercer.

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March 18 - Did Putin Authorize the Use of a WMD on a NATO Country?; Trump's Frantic Moves to Silence a Porn Star; Will People Power Overcome Money Power in November?

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We begin with the reelection of Vladimir Putin for a fourth 6 year term which, while it is a foregone conclusion that he will be the winner of another rigged election, the Kremlin has gone to great lengths pressuring government employees and offering incentives to voters so that there is enough of a turnout to make the exercise appear legitimate. Defense analyst, columnist and journalist, Dr. Pavel Felgenhauer joins us from Moscow to discuss fallout from the use of a Soviet nerve agent Novichok against an exiled Russian spy and his daughter in the U.K. which has led to an expulsion of diplomats on both sides, with the U.K. accusing Russia of stockpiling chemical weapons in violation of the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons treaty. We look into the possibility that either Putin has lost control of his security services, or that he authorized the use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction on a NATO country just ahead of today’s election in which Putin presented himself to the Russian people as a strong leader who stands up to the West.

 

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Then we examine the frantic legal moves underway on the part of President Trump and his lawyer Michael Cohen to silence a porn star whose interview with 60 Minutes is scheduled to air next Sunday. RonNell Andersen Jones, a Professor of Law at the University of Utah, a former newspaper reporter and editor who clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Conner, joins us to discuss Donald Trump’s continuing efforts to silence Stormy Daniels and whether he will move against CBS, and Trump’s war against the media which he calls “the enemy of the people” that she analyzes in her study “Enemy Construction and the Press”.

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Then finally, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, joins us in the studio to discuss his new book “The Common Good”. We assess strategies to reverse the drift underway in this country toward plutocratic rule to restore our democracy which faces a crucial test in the November elections in terms of whether the so-called resistance mobilizes enough people-power to overcome the money power of plutocrats like the Koch brothers.

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