September 28 - An Analysis of Trump's Tax Overhaul; Trump's Latest Racist Rant; Spain's Efforts to Shut Down Catalonia's Referendum

Full Program

LISTEN TO FULL PROGRAM  

Part 1

We begin with Trump’s proposed overhaul of the tax code that White House economic advisor Gary Cohn is insisting will not benefit the wealthy while other experts insist the opposite is true and speak with Bruce Bartlett, who served as a senior policy advisor in the Reagan White House and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy in George H.W. Bush’s Treasury Department. He joins us to discuss his article at The Washington Post “I helped create the GOP tax myth. Trump is wrong. Tax cuts don’t equal growth” and how the Republicans are going to push through a tax bill in the same way they tried to repeal Obamacare by excluding the Democrats, hiding the details and steamrolling the experts and analysts to get tax cuts for the rich passed before the public finds out later that they have to pay for them and that the promises made to benefit middle class and working Americans were yet another lie.

 

Image result for Bruce Bartlett,

Part 2

Then we examine Trump’s latest racist outburst from the safe confines of his sycophantic softball news outlet “Fox and Friends”, where the president revived his phony fight with the NFL by dog-whistling that the all-white NFL owners are going along with the protests by the mostly black players because they are being intimidated by them, claiming NFL owners are afraid on their players. David Steele, who writes about the NFL for Sporting News as a columnist and is the co-author of Olympic champion Tommie Smith’s autobiography “Silent Gesture”, joins us to discuss Trump’s unmistakably racist inference and cheap exploitation of patriotism when the NFL owners and players are linking arms in a statement of unity as their president does everything he can to encourage division and fan hatred across the United States of America.    

Part 3

Then finally we look into the desperate and perhaps dangerous measures Spain’s conservative government is resorting to in an effort to thwart and frustrate Sunday’s referendum in Catalonia. Becquer Seguin, a professor of Iberian Studies at Johns Hopkins University and co-author of an article at The Nation “Have Spain and Catalonia Reached a Point of No Return?”, joins us to discuss the Madrid government’s deployment of thousands of riot police to Barcelona and threats to fine and jail secessionist politicians while shutting down polling places and arresting those printing ballots.

Image result for Becquer Seguin,

 

mp3audio: 

September 27 - A Theocrat and Dominionist Could Tie Up the US Senate; Could the Alabama Democrat Beat Roy Moore?; The FEC Commissioner Who Warned About Putin Influencing Our Elections

Full Program

LISTEN TO FULL PROGRAM  

Part 1

We begin with the U.S. Senate primary election in Alabama that resulted in Judge Roy Moore emerging as the Republican candidate, which raises the possibility an avowed theocrat and Christian dominionist could end up in the United States Senate and grind an already dysfunctional body to a halt, holding up bills and nominees if they do not pass muster with God who is apparently on speaking terms with Roy Moore. Frederick Clarkson, a Senior Fellow at Political Research Associates and the author of “Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy” joins us to discuss Judge Roy Moore’s belief that 9/11 was America’s punishment for Godlessness and how he has defied the constitutional separation of Church and State and the Supreme Court while claiming that Obama is a secret Muslim and parts of the U.S. are under Sharia Law.

 

Image result for Frederick Clarkson

Part 2

Then we look into whether the Democrat who will run against Roy Moore for the senate seat in Alabama in December, a former Federal prosecutor Doug Jones, could pull off an upset victory and speak with political strategist and pollster Zac McCrary, a partner at ALG Research based in Montgomery, Alabama. He served as Communications Director for the Alabama Democratic Party and we will discuss how Alabamans are sick of the state being a joke and will likely vote for the underdog Democrat. They are also weary of political scandals which contributed to Trump’s candidate losing to Moore since Luther Strange was handpicked to fill Jeff Sessions’ seat by the same now-disgraced Governor he was investigating for sexual impropriety with a female employee.

Part 3

Then finally following Trump’s tweet today attacking Facebook after having praised them for helping elect him, we speak with Ann Ravel, a Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley who served on the Federal Election Commission until resigning in 2017. In October of 2015 at a meeting of the FEC she warned, “Think of it, do we want Vladimir Putin or drug cartels to be influencing American elections?”, a warning that led to a Republican FEC commissioner ridiculing her on Fox News which resulted in her receiving death threats.

 

mp3audio: 

September 26 - The Republican Senate Poised to Kill Consumer Protection; Trump's Belated Attention to Puerto Rico's Plight; Threats From Turkey After an Independence Referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan

Full Program

LISTEN TO FULL PROGRAM  

Part 1

Following the collapse of the Republican Senate’s latest effort to repeal Obamacarewe will begin with another less publicized effort by Republican senators to jam through unpopular legislation, this time a vote to kill a new ban by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on banks and credit card companies requiring customers to give up their right to sue and participate in class action suits, forcing them instead into corporate-friendly closed-door arbitration. Amanda Werner, the arbitration campaign manager with Americans for Financial Reform and Public Citizen joins us to discuss how this brazen stealth attempt to cripple the CFPB that comes on the heels of exposes of widespread consumer fraud by Wells Fargo who ripped off customers and corporate negligence by Equifax who have exposed the personal data of 143 million to cyber-criminals. In both cases these corporate miscreants have used arbitration clauses buried in the fine print to deny consumers access to the courts for restitution.

Image result for Amanda Werner public citizen

Part 2

Then we examine the humanitarian disaster that Puerto Rico is enduring following the devastation from two hurricanes that have left the island’s 3.5 million American citizens without electricity and water. An historian of Latin America and the Caribbean, Luis Martinez-Fernandez, a Professor of History at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, which has one of the world’s highest concentrations of Puerto Ricans, joins us. We discuss Trump’s belated attention to the island’s plight after days of distracting the nation with a ginned-up controversy over football players kneeling during the national anthem. But today, following a series on insensitive tweets about bad infrastructure and too much Wall Street debt, at a White House press conference Trump repeatedly congratulated himself on his handling of the crisis in Puerto Rico.

Image result for Luis Martinez-Fernandez

Part 3

Then finally we assess the impact of Monday’s non-binding independence referendum by the Kurdish Regional Government which has provoked threats from Turkey and rebukes from the Iraqi government in Baghdad. An internationally recognized expert on the Kurds, Edmund Ghareeb, the author of “The Kurdish Question in Iraq” and “The Kurdish Nationalist Movement,” joins us to discuss the unusual nature of Iraqi soldiers joining with Turkish troops for military exercises near the border with Iraqi Kurdistan.

Image result for Edmund Ghareeb

 

mp3audio: 

September 25 - The Nationalist Religious Cult That Rules North Korea; Will Trump's Reckless Rhetoric Lead to Nuclear War?; NFL Owners and Players Line Up Against Trump

Full Program

LISTEN TO FULL PROGRAM  

Part 1

We begin with the escalating tension between the U.S. and North Korea following Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho's assertion that President Trump's comments at the UN that he will "totally destroy" North Korea and his subsequent tweet that the North Korean leadership "won't be around much longer" constitute a declaration of war by the U.S. giving the North Koreans "every right to make counter-measures". Charles Armstrong, a professor of History and Director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia University and author of “Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World” joins us to discuss the nature of the North Korean regime as a mixture of politics and spirituality whose subjects are taught from childhood that they come from the birthplace of civilization and are indoctrinated with the “Juche” self-reliance philosophy, a nationalistic religious cult led by the dynastic Kim family who the North Korean people believe are the royal lineage of Tangun, the mythical founder of Korea 4,500 years ago.

 

Image result for Charles Armstrong columbia

Part 2

Then we get an assessment of the nuclear threat from North Korea following their recent announcement of their intention to shoot a missile with an H-bomb on it to be detonated somewhere over the Pacific. Philip Coyle, who was associate director for national security and international affairs in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Assistant Secretary of Defense and Director of Operational Test and Evaluation in the Department of Defense, joins us. We discuss the likelihood of reckless rhetoric leading to a nuclear exchange in Northeast Asia.

Image result for Philip Coyle

Part 3

Then finally we look into Sunday’s extraordinary display of solidarity and indignation expressed by NFL players and owners in response to Trump’s crude attack on Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee during the national anthem and the president’s contention that the NFL was losing fans because the game was not violent enough. Ben Carrington, a Professor at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and author of “Race, Sport and Politics” joins us to discuss Trump’s dog whistle to his angry white voters that if the mostly black players in the NFL “want the privilege of making millions of dollars” they “should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag”…if not YOU’RE FIRED”.

Image result for Ben Carrington

 

mp3audio: 

September 24 - Merkel Wins a Fourth Term in the German Election; Merkel as the Leader of the Free World; Trump Picks a Fight With the Country's Leading Stars in Sports

Full Program

LISTEN TO FULL PROGRAM  

Part 1

We begin with the elections in Germany with the results just coming in and speak with Daniela Schwarzer, Director of the German Council on Foreign Relations. She joins us from Berlin to discuss Chancellor Angela Merkel’s victory in winning a fourth term with her Christian Democratic Union winning 32% with the Social Democratic Party at 20% and the far right Alternative for Germany gaining 13.3%. We explore the likelihood of Merkel forming an alliance known as the “Jamaica Coalition” because of the parties’ colors resembling the Jamaica flag, comprising Merkel’s CDU, the pro-business Free Democratic Party and the Greens.

Image result for Daniela Schwarzer

Part 2

Then we examine further the important political role of Angela Merkel on the world stage where she is increasingly being referred to as the leader of the free world, a title normally assigned to the President of the United States, but because of Trump’s distain for America’s long-standing alliances and his growing unpopularity at home and abroad the role the U.S. has had since the end of World War 11 is being relinquished. Joining us is Charles Kupchan, who up until recently was a Special Assistant to President Obama for National Security and before that was Director of European Affairs on the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration and is now a Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Part 3

Then finally we speak with veteran sportscaster Robert Lipsyte, a long-time sport and city columnist for The New York Times and the author of a memoir “An Accidental Sportswriter” who was also a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and for NBC Nightly News. He joins us to discuss the fight that Donald Trump has picked with some of the country’s biggest stars in football, basketball and baseball and Trump’s excessively macho contention that NFL football is not rough enough at a time when the debilitating effects of CTE, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy among professional football players is becoming known.

Image result for Robert Lipsyte,

 

mp3audio: