September 8 - ZIKA: The Epidemic Now in America; Is Putin Threatening War With Ukraine?; Trump's Hateful Immigration Proposals

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Part 1

We begin with the return of Congress after a seven week vacation bringing with them a return of gridlock with the Republican Senate playing politics by reviving the same rejected Zika funding bill with poison pill provisions to de-fund Planned Parenthood that is dead on arrival. Janet Reitman, an investigative journalist and contributing editor to Rolling Stone joins us to discuss her latest article at Rolling Stone “Zika: The Epidemic at America’s Door”. She discuss her reporting from Puerto Rico where already 80,000 Americans are infected with public health estimates that up to 875,000 of the island’s 3.5 million people will be infected by the end of the year. We assess whether the Republican Congress will be held accountable for allowing the epidemic to spread, particularly in the solidly Republican states whose representatives claim to care deeply about the lives of the unborn who, if infected with Zika, will enter the world deformed by Microcephaly, assuming the disease is allowed to spread because lawmakers in the southern states would rather protect the Confederate flag than the pregnant women in America.


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Part 2

Then we follow up on earlier speculation that Vladimir Putin was planning a new war with Ukraine and speak with Michael Kofman, a fellow at the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute who has an article at Foreign Policy, “Putin’s Military Is Playing the Long Game in Ukraine. We discuss the likelihood that the troop buildup and military manoeuvers the Russians are engaged in in Crimea and the Donbass are exercises meant to increase psychological and political pressure on Ukraine as opposed to the Russian war games being a springboard for a real attack.  

Part 3

Then finally we examine Donald Trump’s immigration proposals delivered with strident nativism and racially-charged venom recently in Arizona in front of a raucous, cheering crowd who sounded like a lynch mob. The former Commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service under President Bill Clinton, Doris Meissner, who is now a Senior Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, joins us to discuss the radical break that Trump’s “extreme vetting” would be from America’s traditions as a nation of immigrants with what amounts to loyalty oaths and xenophobic litmus tests replacing the welcome to the “tired and poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free” inscribed on the Statue of Liberty.