October 9 - An Analysis of Romney's National Security Policy; IMF Report on a Slowdown of Global Recovery; How Miners Used for Props by Romney Pay for Their Boss's Politics

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Part 1

We begin with an analysis of Mitt Romney’s speech to the cadets at VMI that was billed as his vision of a new national security strategy. We speak with Lawrence Korb, who was an Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Reagan Administration and is the author of “A New National Security Strategy in an Age of Terrorists, Tyrants, and Weapons of Mass Destruction”. lawrence korb


Part 2

Then we examine a new report by the IMF warning that the global economic recovery is slowing and that growth rates in 2013 will be less than earlier projections. Dean Baker, the co-director of the Center for Economic Policy Research joins us to discuss how austerity is slowing growth, particularly in the UK which the IMF singled out. But nevertheless Republican deficits hawks keep insisting Americans need a dose of austerity to prevent the country from falling off the fiscal cliff.

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Part 3

Then finally we look into a lawsuit filed by the Ohio Democratic Party against Murray Energy whose owner coerced the company’s coal miners to appear as a backdrop for a Mitt Romney rally in Ohio. The lawsuit was stimulated by an article in The New Republic “Coal Miner’s Donor: A Mitt Romney Benefactor and his Surprisingly Generous Employees”. The author of the article, Alec MacGillis, a senior editor at The New Republic, joins us.

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