September 26 - The Vulnerabilities in Our Election System; Putin's Real Motive in Disrupting Our Election; Personality, Not Policy, Will Determine Who Wins the Upcoming Debate

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Part 1

We begin with an assessment of the vulnerability of U.S. elections systems to a possible concerted effort by Russian Intelligence to influence the outcome of the November election that Senator Feinstein and Congressman Schiff of the Intelligence Committees have warned is happening. An expert on the machinery and operations of U.S. elections, Pamela Smith, the President of Verified Voting, joins us to discuss the narrow window Russia would have to alter the election which lies in states that have paperless DRE machines that only give electronic results and could be hacked without verification. Most, Louisiana, South Carolina, Delaware and New Jersey are not swing states, but Georgia could be and Pennsylvania is an important swing states with half of the state having vulnerable voting machines as well as some of Virginia.  But given the earlier intrusions into Arizona’s and Illinois’ voting rolls by a foreign power, if the Russians wanted to alter the rolls as new voters register in October, or gum up the works and sow confusion on election day, they could manipulate the voting rolls which Homeland Security is aware of and is trying to prevent.

Part 2

Then we speak with David Satter, who has written about Russia for almost four decades and is a fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and author of “The Less You Know, The Better You Sleep: Russia’s Road to Terror and Dictatorship Under Yeltsin and Putin”. An advisor to former Republican presidential candidate Governor Kasich of Ohio, he is skeptical of speculation that Trump is owned by Putin but believes that Putin’s main focus is to convince the Russian people whose brief window of democracy he has closed, that democracies in the West are corrupt and hypocritical and can be manipulated.

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Part 3

Then finally, just before the first presidential debate begins, we assess how much Donald Trump has lowered expectations and how much weight is on Hillary Clinton’s shoulders to, not only win over a lot of Americans who have been conditioned to dislike her, but to save her supporters from the specter of a Trump presidency that terrifies them. David Graham, a staff writer for The Atlantic, joins us to discuss his article at The Atlantic, “How Trump Lowered Expectations for the First Debate” and how this debate is likely to about personality and not policy. 

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