December 6 - The Fatuous Theatrics of the "Fiscal Cliff"; The "Dark Genius" Roger Ailes; Paralysis and Polarization in Egypt

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We begin with an update on the political wrangling over the so-called “fiscal cliff” and get some clarity on the real economic situation, not the fatuous theatrics the Press is fixated on. Dean Baker, the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research joins us to discuss how the people who caused our economic troubles are trying to exploit a phony crisis to enrich themselves further. dean baker

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Then we look further into Roger Ailes, the power behind the throne of right wing politics in America, whose emissary was caught on tape offering the recently-disgraced General Petraeus the presidency. Dr. Kerwin Swint, the author of “Dark Genius: The Influential Career of Legendary Political Operative and Fox News Founder Roger Ailes” joins us to discuss the latest effort to corrupt our Democracy by the mendacious Murdoch empire.

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Then finally we speak with the former head of the Political Science Department at American University, Cairo Sheila Carapico, about Egypt’s embattled new leader and his power grab that has resulted in paralysis and polarization. We will examine the likely outcome of next week’s referendum on a new constitution that the opposition is boycotting, making it likely to pass since the fundamentalist block of Muslim Brotherhood voters are sure to show up in lockstep.

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