July 28 - Hillary Clinton's Big Task Tonight; Is the Clinton Campaign Preaching to the Converted?; The U.S. Intelligence Agencies' Investigation of Russian Hacking

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We begin with the task ahead for Hillary Clinton in her speech tonight to overcome the lack of trust factor while reaching out to Middle America, at the same time not alienating the “Bernie or Bust” delegates who are poised to make a scene and perhaps walk out on her. Simon Rosenberg, the President and Founder of the New Democratic Network and a former member of the 1992 Clinton War Room, joins us to discuss the tough acts that Hillary has to follow after the soaring rhetoric of the Obamas and others at the Democratic convention who have spoken on her behalf. We will also examine the disadvantage of being a status quo politician in this year of the outsider and whether making history as the first woman running for President as the nominee of a major party will prove to be an advantage.

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Then we speak with George Lakoff, a Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California Berkeley and the author of “The All New Don’t Think of an Elephant”. We discuss how important framing and semantics are in politics and whether the messages coming from the Clinton campaign so far are more about making her supporters feel good about themselves by reminding them how bad Trump is rather than reaching out to those who do not support her by addressing the issues that concern then which will not be assuaged by a rosy view of an economy that many feel has left them behind.

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Then finally we look into the accusations of Russian hacking and apparent attempts to interfere with our election with Robert Morgus, a policy analyst at the New America Foundation’s Cybersecurity Initiative. He joins us to discuss where the investigation by U.S. Intelligence Agencies stands into the possible role of Russia’s FSB and GRU Intelligence organizations in the hacks of the DNC, the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton’s server which Donald Trump has encouraged the Russian’s to hack into to find 30,000 of her emails. 

 

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July 27 - Trump Encourages Russians to Interfere in our Elections; Alinsky as Lucifer and "You're Being Ridiculous"; "The Key For Democrats: Expose Trump as Weak, Not Strong"

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We begin with the extraordinary remarks by Donald Trump today encouraging a hostile foreign power to interfere in our election by asking Russian intelligence operatives to hack into Hillary Clinton’s emails. James Bamford, a leading expert on the activities and capabilities of the National Security Agency which also encompasses the offensive and defensive cyber espionage and cyber warfare of Cyber Command, joins us. He is a columnist for Foreign Policy Magazine and his latest book is “The Shadow Factory: Inside the Ultra-Secret NSA, from 9/11 to Spying on America” and we will discuss the extent to which Russian hackers are extracting, selecting and dumping damaging information on Hillary Clinton to help elect Donald Trump, and whether the U.S. does the same to influence foreign elections and our own.

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Then we speak with Peter Dreier, Professor of Politics at Occidental College about his two articles at The American Prospect “Hillary Haters’ Fixation on Saul Alinsky” and You’re Being Ridiculous”. The first deals with the bizarre obsession Republicans have with Alinsky who Ben Carson accuses of channeling Lucifer into Hillary Clinton and we will also discuss the second article about how a small percentage of Bernie Sanders delegates are inflicting disproportionate damage on Hillary Clinton and undermining the two overriding goals of Sanders himself, defeating Donald Trump and continuing the political revolution.

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Then finally we speak with Tom Rosshirt, who served as a national security speechwriter for President Clinton and was a co-founder of one of the world’s premier speechwriting firms, West Wing Writers. We discuss his article at Politico “The Key for Democrats: Expose Trump as Weak, Not Strong” and the fact that nothing is more dangerous than a weak man with power, which Trump is, and Tom Rosshirt’s observation that the number one job requirement for presidents is that they need to take the heat and stay cool.

 

 

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July 26 - Gulen Explains His Movement While Turkey's Leader Purges All Enemies, Real and Imagined; PA Pollster on Trump's Lead and How Much Protests are Hurting Clinton; What is Driving the Thousands of "Bernie or Bust" Protesters in Philadelphia?

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We begin with the op-ed by Fethullah Gulen in Tuesday’s New York Times “I Condemn All Threats to Turkey’s Democracy” which debunks all claims by Turkey’s President Erdogan that Gulen is the mastermind behind the recent failed coup. Graham Fuller, the former Vice Chair of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA and author of “Turkey and the Arab Spring: Leadership in the Middle East”, joins us to discuss his article at The Huffington Post “The Gulen Movement is Not a Cult – It’s One of the Most Encouraging Faces of Islam Today”. We assess whether Washington will give in to the demands and blackmail that Erdogan is using to pressure the Obama Administration to extradite Gulen who Erdogan is using as an excuse to purge Turkey of all enemies, real or imaginary, as this autocratic leader seeks dictatorial powers following the failed coup that he has proclaimed was “a gift from God”.

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Then we go to the floor of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia and speak with Dr. Terry Madonna, a Professor of Public Affairs and Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College where he directs the Franklin and Marshall College Poll. A pollster for the Philadelphia Daily News and many other newspapers and television stations in Pennsylvania, he joins us to discuss Donald Trump’s lead in the polls following a bounce from the Republican convention and whether the fratricide on display at the Democratic convention will deny Hillary Clinton a similar bounce in spite of the array of political heavyweights in her corner.

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Then finally we try to comprehend the thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters both inside and outside the convention hall whose boos and chants of “A Vote for Hillary is a Vote for Trump” prompted comedienne and Sanders supporter Sarah Silverman to remark last night “to the Bernie or bust people, you’re being ridiculous”. Will Bunch, an award-winning senior writer for the Philadelphia Daily News and author of “The Bern Identity” joins us to discuss why Bernie’s supporters are even booing him and in spite of him warning them “it’s easy to boo, but it’s harder to look your kids in the face who would be living under a Donald Trump presidency”, they seem determined to disrupt the convention and hurt Hillary Clinton’s chances of being elected.   

 

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July 25 - FSB and GRU Fingerprints on DNC Hack; Unease Among Intelligence Officials About Briefing Trump; Vocal Sanders' Supporters Cast Doubt on Democratic Party Unity

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We begin with reports of unease inside the intelligence community about giving Donald Trump intelligence briefings set to begin next week. Patrick Tucker, the technology editor for Defense One and author of “The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move?”, joins us to discuss his latest article “How Putin Weaponized Wikileaks to Influence the Election of an American President”. We look into the considerable evidence that the hack of the DNC has Russian fingerprints belonging to the successor to the KGB, the FSB as well as the GRU, Russian Military Intelligence, and the coincidence that the contents from the hack have just been released by Wikileaks on the eve of the Democratic convention reviving divisions between Sanders and Clinton supporters the convention was planning to heal in the name of party unity.

 

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Then we try to assess why Russian President Putin is trying to influence the November election by throwing his support to Trump who may well lose the election leaving Putin with the grim possibility he will be dealing with Hillary Clinton, who he clearly loathes, while Clinton will have every reason to not want to deal with Putin. Karen Dawisha, a Professor of Political Science and Director of the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at Miami University, Ohio and author of “Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?”, joins us to discuss the double standard that if the Democrats were cozying up to Putin and talking about abandoning NATO, the Republicans would be up in arms.

 

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Then finally we go to the floor of the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia and get an update on the first day’s activities from Lauren Windsor, the creative director of American Family Voices and the executive producer of The Undercurrent, a grassroots political news program. We discuss the confusion surrounding the exit of the Chair of the DNC and how well the healing process to unite the party is going on inside the hall and outside on the streets of Philadelphia where there have been numerous pro-Sanders demonstrations.

 

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July 24 - Hillary's Campaign Blames the Russians for the DNC emails leak; A 9/11 Widow on the Declassified 28 Pages Implicating Saudi Arabia; A Profile of Senator Tim Kaine, the Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee

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We begin with Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook’s accusation that the Russians are behind the leak of the DNC emails by Wikileaks on the eve of the Democratic convention that have reignited friction between supporters of Bernie Sanders and Clinton and caused the Democratic Party to cancel appearances by the Chair of DNC who was supposed to preside over next week’s Democratic convention in Philadelphia. Masha Gessen, a Russian/American journalist and author of “The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin”, joins us to discuss how much Vladimir Putin is tipping the scales against Hillary Clinton in favor of Donald Trump who Russian state media and Putin’s English-language propaganda outlet RT clearly support. Since investigations done by CrowdStrike, a reputable Internet forensic operation have traced the hacks of The Clinton Foundation and the DNC to Russian Intelligence services, we will assess the role of Wikileaks in dumping these hacked emails which Julian Assange warned earlier on his show on RT that  “we have emails relating to Hillary Clinton which are pending publication”.

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Then we speak with Kristen Breitweiser, the 9/11 widow and activist who pressured a reluctant Bush Administration to investigate the 9/11 attacks and has testified before the joint inquiry of Congress and the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee and has an article at Consortium News, “The Long-Hidden Saudi 9/11 Trail” which points out that the recently-released 28 pages classified by the Bush Administration which Saudi and U.S. officials have tried to downplay and gaslight, contain  explosive revelations which are in fact leads that were not run down and investigated because of pressure from the top not to investigate the Saudis.

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Then finally we get a profile on Hillary Clinton’s pick as her vice presidential running mate, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, and speak with Dan Palazzolo, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Richmond, Virginia. He joins us to discuss the career of the former Mayor of Richmond who became the state’s governor and then senator as well as address the criticisms of Kaine from Bernie Sanders’ followers and Donald Trump.