January 23 - Hillary Clinton's Testimony Slams Republican Critics; Israel's Election Surprise; The Decline of Union Representation in the Workforce

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We begin with an appraisal of out-going Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s testimony before Senate and House Committees where she faced hostile questions from Republicans who have long tried to blow up the tragic incident in Benghazi into a major foreign policy issue. A former Deputy Director of the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence who was an intelligence analyst on Libya, Wayne White, joins us for a reality check. wayne white

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Then we go to Israel for an update on the surprising election results where a little-know new party Yesh Atid (There is a Future) came in second. A former Speaker of the Knesset Avraham Burg joins us to discuss what kind of government coalition Prime Minister Netanyahu will be able to form with this new staunchly secular party who are unlikely to join a coalition with the right-wing ultra Orthodox parties who make up the current Likud government.

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Then finally we look into the new report released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing that union membership in America has dropped to a record low with a one-year drop in 2012 of union representation in the private sector from 6.9 to 6.6%.  John Schmitt, a senior economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington D.C. who is the co-author with Lawrence Mishel and Jared Bernstein of three editions of the “State of Working America”, joins us.

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