March 5 - A Special Broadcast from Capitol Hill on the Possibility of the Supreme Court Gutting the Affordable Care Act

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Today we continue with a special broadcast from Capitol Hill and begin with Sister Simone Campbell, the Executive Director of network who led the Nuns on the Bus tour in the last two elections. We discuss the fate of the Affordable Care Act and also the poisonous nature of politics here on Capitol Hill.

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Then we hear from David Halperin, a Senior Fellow at Republic Report, a former White House speech writer and a former special assistant to Pres. Bill Clinton on the National Security Council and the former counsel for the Senate Intelligence Committee. We talk to him about General Petraeus’ slap on the wrist in terms of exposing classified material which he gave to his mistress. We also look into Hillary Clinton's emails and the extent to which that is a scandal on which the Republicans can seize.

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Then we speak with veteran White House Correspondent Eleanor Clift, a contributor to the Daily Beast and regular on the TV talk show the The McLaughlin Group. We talk to her about what has been going on on Capitol Hill in these last couple of days.

 


 

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Then we speak with Congressman John Sarbanes. He is a fifth term congressman serving Maryland’s third district and is on the health subcommittee of the energy and commerce committee. We talk with him about the fate of the Affordable Care Act.

 

 

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March 4 - A Special Broadcast from Capitol Hill on the Possibility of the Supreme Court Gutting the Affordable Care Act

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Today we continue with a special broadcast from Capitol Hill, just across the street from the Supreme Court where people are gathered for today's hearings on the Affordable Care Act.

We begin with Rep. Barbara Lee who is in her eighth term representing California's 13th district. She's a former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and former cochair of the progressive caucus.

 

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Then we hear from Gretchen Borchelt, the vice president of health and reproductive rights at the National Women's Law Center. She was at the Supreme Court today where the arguments were heard for the second attempt to kill the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

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Next we are joined by RepJan Schakowsky, who is in the ninth term representing Illinois’ ninth district. She helped write the Affordable Care Act. She chose not to attend Congress yesterday when Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu made his speech and we discuss the reasoning behind that decision

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Then we hear from Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a sixth term Congressman representing Missouri's fifth district and also the former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

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We then speak with Dr. Manisha Sharma, a family physician.

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Finally, we hear from Wendell Potter, the former head of public relations for both CIGNA and Humana Healthcare and now a senior analyst at the Center for Public Integrity. 

 

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March 3 - A Special Broadcast from Capitol Hill on the Possibility of the Supreme Court Gutting the Affordable Care Act

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Today we broadcast from Capitol Hill, just across the street from the Supreme Court where people are gathering for tomorrow’s very important hearings on the Affordable Care Act which went through a near death experience with Chief Justice John Roberts saving it.  Now the conservatives have a second bite at the apple with a case that has been brought by the four justices who voted to strike down the Affordable Care Act the last time. 

 

We begin with Ian Millhiser, a Senior Fellow at the Center of American Progress and the author of Injustice: The Supreme Courts History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted.

 

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Then we hear from Michelle Schwartz, the Director of Justice Programs at the Alliance for Justice.

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Then we hear from David and Mary Tedrow who are American Citizens who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act and are now faced with the alarming prospect that the improvements in their lives and welfare could be taken away by the Supreme Court.

 

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Then finally we hear from Stuart Eizenstat, a former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Jimmy Carter’s Domestic Policy Advisor and Deputy Treasury Secretary under former President Bill Clinton. He provides us with a long history of attempts to bring about health care culminating with the Affordable Care Act. 

 

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March 2 - "Has Netanyahu Gone too Far?"; "Kremlin Murder Incorporated"; The Failure of the Press to Explain the Steep and Sudden Rise of Gas Prices

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We begin with the tone of reconciliation expressed by Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu in his address to the annual AIPAC conference in Washington, where he was preceded by the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power who insisted that the “bond between the United States and Israel is still a national commitment”. Guy Ziv, a professor at American University’s School of International Service and Director of the Israel National Security Project joins us to discuss his article at CNN, “Has Netanyahu Gone Too Far?” and whether Netanyahu’s controversial  speech to Congress on Tuesday will be an anti-climax.

 

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Then we speak with Nina Khrushcheva, a Professor in the Graduate Program of International Affairs at The New School and author of “The Lost Khrushchev: A Journey into the Gulag of the Russian Mind” about her article at Project Syndicate “Kremlin Murder Incorporated” and what the U.S. and the West can do to avoid a deepening hostility and military arms race with Russia as they try to find a way to deal with Putin who does not care what the West thinks of him, is not bothered by sanctions, and continually reminds the world that Russia is nuclear power.  

 

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Then finally we examine further the real reasons behind the steep and sudden rise in the price of gas that appears to have little to do with supply and demand since the price of crude remains below $50 a barrel. A former investment banker who spent 12 years at Goldman Sachs & Co, Wallace Turbeville, joins us to discuss the direct relationship between the ability of the big Wall Street banks to buy enough congressmen to overturn provisions in the Dodd-Frank Act that then enabled them to speculate in the oil futures market and gouge the American public at the pump while the mainstream press continues to parrot fictions about refinery fires etc., to shield the real culprits who are fleecing their fellow Americans. 

 

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March 1 - “Russia’s Army of Avengers”; Was Boris Nemtsov's Assassination a Kremlin Hit?; The Real Reasons Behind the Rise in Gas Prices

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We begin with the murder of the prominent Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, close by the Kremlin in a brazen act of intimidation on the eve of an opposition rally that Nemtsov had called for where he planned to denounce Russia’s war on Ukraine and expose the role of Russian forces in the war. Russian journalist and author Masha Gessen, the author of “The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, joins us to discuss her article at The New York Times “Russia’s Army of Avengers” and the demonstrations in Russia mourning the death of Nemtsov and the intimidation of the few political opponents left in Putin’s Russia.

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Then we speak with Mark Ames, the founding editor of the satirical Moscow bi-weekly “The eXile” who is now a senior editor of PandoDaily. He was kicked out of Putin’s Russia but remains in contact with the country now under the tightening grip of a criminal regime with a history of killing off critics of the Kremlin, often in flagrant way meant to intimidate. We try to assess the Kremlin’s involvement in this assassination and the lawless and ultra-nationalist forces unleashed by the regime’s propaganda machine and the war in Ukraine Putin is pursuing.

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Then finally we get an analysis of why gas prices are going up and the failure of the mainstream press to look into the real culprit which are the big Wall Street banks speculating on oil futures, which the Congress recently allowed them to do, overturning a provision in the Dodd-Frank Act that kept them out of speculating at the expense of the American consumer. Tyson Slocum, the Director of the Energy Program at Public Citizen joins us explain how the big banks bought the politicians who rewarded Wall Street, enabling them to make money for nothing as they gouge us at the pump while hurting the economy. 

 

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