March 18 - How Dick Cheney Captured Bush's Presidency; The Banking Crisis in Cyprus and the Targeting of Russian Deposits; Republican Soul-Searching in Their "Autopsy" Report

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With Tuesday marking the tenth anniversary of the Iraq war, we begin with an examination of the principal proponent and architect of that war, Dick Cheney, who is the subject of a new Showtime documentary “The World According to Dick Cheney”. Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who was Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff in the first George W. Bush term, joins us to discuss how Bush’s presidency was staffed then captured from within by Cheney, who deceived and manipulated Bush, leading to today’s bitter estrangement between the two. lawrence wilkerson

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Then we examine the banking meltdown in Cyprus that has revived concerns about the viability of the Eurozone. Dimitri Papadimitriou, the president of the Levy Economics Institute joins us to discuss how a tax imposed on bank deposits in Cyprus, in return for a E.U. bailout, has backfired with furious depositors threatening a run on the banks that have been closed until Thursday. We also look into the exposure Russian companies and individuals have in troubled banks in Cyprus where banking assets are eight times the size of the country’s economy.

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Then finally we speak with Edward Frantz, a presidential historian at the University of Indianapolis and author of “The Door of Hope: Republican Presidents and the First Southern Strategy”. We discuss the “autopsy” report issued Monday by the Republican National Committee that described the Republicans as “scary”, “narrow minded”, “out of touch” and the Party of “stuffy old men

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