August 23 - A Republican Critic of Trump on the 25th Amendment; No Need to Diagnose Trump Who Is Delusional and a Sociopath; Pakistani Reactions to Trump's Afghanistan Speech

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We begin Trump’s campaign-style rally in Arizona last night where, along with blaming the press for “trying to take away our history and our heritage”, he accused the media of “giving a platform to these hate groups” as the president whipped up the crowd with chants of “CNN sucks”. Trump also threatened to shut down the government if he did not get money for his border wall and indicated he would pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the near future. Joining us is Rick Wilson a national Republican political strategist and media consultant who has been a vocal critic of Donald Trump, but after last night’s performance, he has concluded that Trump is “a man who obviously is mentally unstable…this is a man who is not qualified or mentally or morally fit to be president of the United States and tonight was one more proof of it…but if people around him don’t think this guy is batcrap crazy, they are mistaken”. We  discuss the growing awareness among the public and the political class that Donald Trump’s erratic outbursts and contradictory behavior of professing love and healing while spreading hate and division is raising the question of the 25thamendment coming into play to remove a president on among other things, psychiatric grounds.

 

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Then we speak with Dr. Lance Dodes, a former clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a contributor to the forthcoming book “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Professionals Assess a President”. He joins us to discuss why the American Psychiatric Association is wrong in hiding behind the Goldwater Rule and not speaking out about the obvious danger of having a president who is delusional and a sociopath. He argues their concerns about diagnosis are unimportant when you consider the fact that Donald Trump has access to the nuclear codes and has the ability to destroy the world as we know it.

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Then finally we  get an update on Pakistani reactions to President Trump’s Afghanistan speech and his criticism of Pakistan from Shuja Nawaz, the author of “Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army, and the Wars Within” who was the Director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council where he has an article “Trump Misses an Opportunity in Afghanistan’ and joins us to discuss the absence of a regional approach to extricating the U.S. from its longest war and offers the example of how Gorbachev got the Soviet Union out of its quagmire in Afghanistan.

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August 22 - The Strategic Complexities and Contradictions Surrounding Afghanistan; The Generals Beat the Mercenaries Over Afghanistan Strategy; Mnuchin's Wife's "Let Them Eat Cake" Moment

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We begin with an analysis of President Trump’s address to the nation on his strategy for America's longest war in Afghanistan now in its 16th year. Two specialists who have spent a lot of time in the country join us starting with Christine Fair, a former United Nations Political Officer and a Professor at Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program and author of “Fighting to the End: The Pakistan Army’s Way of War”. We  discuss the complex and contradictory strategic landscape surrounding landlocked Afghanistan with Pakistan in the east and south sabotaging the U.S. at every turn, and Russia in the north now arming the Taliban. And while Iran to the west is the best bet to work with India to get our irons out of the fire, Trump is likely to resume sanctions and provoke hostilities at the behest of both our Israeli and Saudi allies who want us to go to war against Iran. Meanwhile Iran and India have built a port, road and rail link from the Indian Ocean into Herat, Afghanistan which could be the only way for India, as Trump announced, to help with the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

 

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Then we look further into Trump’s just-announced Afghanistan strategy that was long on bravado and promises but short on specifics, and speak with Robert Young Pelton, the author of “Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror”. He joins us to discuss how the generals, Mattis, McMaster and Kelly won the argument with the ignoramus their Commander-in-Chief over Bannon, who wanted to privatize the war in Afghanistan and hand it over to the hedge fund billionaire Feinberg who owns DynCorp and the Blackwater founder Erik Prince, the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos who is close to Vice President Pence and has been on the Chinese payroll while in bed with the Emiraties where he has a private army.

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Then finally we get an assessment of the “let them eat cake” moment that has social media abuzz following an Instagram that Louise Linton, the trophy wife of the Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin sent out cataloging the designer outfit and accessories she was wearing on a visit to Fort Knox where the nation’s gold is stashed. Robin Givhan, the Washington Post’s fashion critic joins us to discuss her article at The Washington Post, “Louise Linton just spelled out her value system to you common folk”.

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August 21 - The Interviewer Who Cost Bannon His Job; Trump and His Family's Lavish Spending Busts the Secret Service Budget; Why Have 4 US Navy Ships Collided This Year?

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We begin with a veteran journalist and editor of a progressive publication whose interview with Stephen Bannon appears to have been the final straw that led to the firing of the White House’s chief strategist. Robert Kuttner, the co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect and a former chief investigator for the Senate Banking Committee whose latest book is “Debtors’ Prison: The Politics of Austerity Versus Possibility”, joins us. We will discuss his article at the American Prospect “”Steve Bannon, Unrepentant” and the battle lines in the White House that Bannon declared between the economic nationalists who want to make American great again and Bannon’s enemies at the Defense Department, State, Treasury and the National Economic Council, and those inside the White House who want to “contain” Trump. Now that Bannon is gone, will the war still rage on with Trump poised to stir up ethno-nationalism again on Tuesday in Arizona where he will insist on building the border wall and may pardon a racist sheriff famous for his harsh treatment of Latinos?

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Then we speak with Robert Weissman, the President of Public Citizen about the contrast between Trump’s plans to slash government spending and cut the budgets of agencies that protect public health and the environment and help low-income Americans, and Trump and his family’s lavish spending on frequent travel to and from luxury resorts at home and abroad for which the taxpayer picks up the tab for the 1,100 Secret Service agents protecting Trump and his family. Spending which has drained the Secret Service budget with costs already meeting federally mandated caps for overtime and expenses meant to last for all of 2017.    

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Then finally we get an analysis of why there have been four expensive ships of the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet involved in collisions or run aground this year prompting the Navy’s top admiral to order a fleet-wide “operational pause”. A former commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy who served aboard the USS Ticonderoga, Christopher Preble, the vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute and author of “The Power Problem: How American Military Dominance Makes Us Less Safe”, joins us to discuss the latest collision off Singapore between a tanker and the USS John S. McCain that has left 10 sailors missing.

 

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August 20 - Bannon Will Inflame America's Tribal Division; Trump's Blindness Toward White Supremacist Terrorism; Trump's Demonization of Whole Communities Helps Terrorists


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We begin with growing awareness that Donald Trump is dangerously unqualified to be president and that he is neither stable nor competent as Republican Senator Bob Corker suggested, yet he is wildly popular with 80% of Republican voters. Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld, a senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace joins us to discuss the tribal division in America between those inside government who have dealt with this deluded and possibly deranged individual in the Oval Office and the 65% of Americans who are beginning to understand the deeply embarrassing and frightening nature of this electoral aberration while on the other side, 35% of the country are happy with the economy and love what Trump is doing trashing the press and praising the Confederacy. And now since Stephen Bannon has his hands back on his Breitbart weapons, we can expect the country to be further polarized by right wing radicals who see themselves at war with the Marxist liberal establishment, globalists and cosmopolitans.

 

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Then with Trump ignoring the 40,000 overwhelmingly peaceful marchers in Boston yesterday protesting a gathering of about 100 neo-Nazis as he tweeted out “Looks like many anti-police agitators in Boston”, we will examine the role of the remaining white supremacist and fascist sympathizer in the White House, Sebastian Gorka, who with his wife Katharine apparently influence Trump’s thinking and have managed to curtail Homeland Security’s efforts to monitor white supremacist domestic terrorists in the country. David Schanzer, Professor of the Practice and Director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security at Duke University joins us to discuss the Trump Administration’s willful blindness towards who is responsible by far for most of the domestic terrorism in America.

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Then finally we look into the use of vehicles as instruments of terrorism both in Charlottesville and Barcelona and speak with Mia Bloom, an expert on terrorism at Georgia State University and author of “Dying to Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terror” and the forthcoming “Small Arms: Children and Terror”. She joins us to discuss the teenage terrorist involved in the Barcelona massacre and the different approach Spanish authorities take towards their Muslim communities as opposed to the Trump Administration’s demonization of whole communities who now no longer feel they can cooperate with local police.

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August 17 - The Need For Leadership to Renounce Terrorism at Home and Abroad; The Changing Face of White Nationalism; America's CEO's Abandon Trump

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We begin with a prominent Republican Senator Bob Corker sounding the alarm today that Trump hasn’t demonstrated the stability or competence to be successful and that radical changes are needed at the White House. An expert on the GOP, conservatism, the Tea Party, social movements, race and elections, Joseph Lowndes, a Professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon and the author of “From the New Deal to the New Right: Race and the Southern Origins of Modern Conservatism”, joins us. We discuss the despair being expressed by the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a time when President Trump is defending neo-Nazi’s, one of whom mowed down pedestrians with his car in Charlottesville killing Heather Heyer, at a time when a similar terrorist act for which the Islamic State has claimed credit, has taken place in Barcelona where a van mowed down tourists killing 13 and injuring 100. We discuss Trump’s focus on Confederate statues at a time when moral leadership in renouncing acts of terrorism is needed both at home and abroad.

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Then we speak with Leonard Zeskind, the President of the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights and author of “Blood and Politics: The History of White Nationalism from the Margins to the Mainstream”. He joins us to discuss the changing face of white nationalism and neo-Nazism in America with clean-cut, college-educated leaders like Richard Spencer exploiting the fear of demographic changes that will make whites a minority in this country, to inflame the anxiety that simply being born white will no longer confer privilege.

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Then finally, now that President Trump, who ran as a businessman who would attract the best and brightest of America’s CEO’s to his administration, had to preemptively disband his White House Manufacturing Council and the Strategic and Policy Forum before an exodus of CEO’s abandoned it, we speak with the Executive Director of ColorOfChange, Rashad Robinson. He has led the effort for some time to persuade America’s top CEO’s who joined the president’s councils to unsure that Trump’s actions comport with their own corporate cultures which stress inclusion, diversity and tolerance.   
 

 

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