June 29 - What is the Sanders Endgame?; The "Three Amigos" Celebrate NAFTA While Trump Trashes It; Senate Acts to Relieve Puerto Rico's Debt

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We begin with the op-ed in Wednesday’s New York Times by Bernie Sanders “Democrats Need a Wake Up” and look into the apparent bewilderment on the part of Democratic Party officials that while Bernie Sanders has made it clear he will vote for Hillary Clinton, he has not yet endorsed her. Ed Kilgore, a political columnist for New York Magazine and the Managing Editor of The Democratic Strategist, joins us to discuss his latest article at New York Magazine “Will Either Sanders or Trump Ever Give Hillary Clinton the Satisfaction of a Concession Speech?” and Senator Sander’s warning that Democrats should pay attention to the “Brexit” vote and a similar underappreciated anger in the American electorate over income inequality and trade deals.  

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Then we speak with Dean Baker, the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research who writes the popular economics blog “Beat the Press”. He joins us to discuss the alarm amongst the big Republican donors at Donald Trump’s escalating attacks on trade deals that Moody’s Analytics reports will, if enacted, cause a recession if not a depression. With the “three amigos”, the presidents of Mexico and the U.S. and the Prime Minister of Canada meeting today to celebrate NAFTA while Trump is trashing it, we examine the growing rift between Trump’s populist economics and the big money that is expected to finance his presidential campaign.

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Then finally we look into today’s votes in the U.S. Senate two days ahead of Puerto Rico defaulting on its debts that by a wide margin would allow the island, which is still considered a territory where its people are U.S. citizens but cannot vote, to restructure its $72 billion debt and create an oversight board to monitor Puerto Rico’s recovery. Andrew Hanauer, the Campaigns Director for the Jubilee USA network, joins us to discuss how the “vulture funds” who have been financing a deceptive ad campaign will not wring the last dime out of the island at the expense of the health and welfare of its people.

 

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June 28 - What the Endless Republican Benghazi Circus Covers Up; Electoral Discontent in the UK and the US; Blowback For Erdogan's Previous Arming of ISIS

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We begin with the 9th investigation of Benghazi with the House Republican report issued today concluding, like the eight previous investigations, that there is no evidence of wrongdoing by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Melvin Goodman, the Director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy and a former senior analyst at the CIA whose latest book is “National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism”, joins us to discuss how the two-year long 800 page $7 million report misses the point of what the U.S. was involved in in Benghazi, which had everything to do with the CIA not the State Department. We discuss how the continuing media circus that the Republicans have created has prevented the public from knowing about the extent to which the consulate in Benghazi was diplomatic cover for an intelligence operation and that the CIA failed to provide adequate security instead relying on a Libyan Intelligence unit which abandoned Ambassador Stevens and ran when the first shots were fired.  

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Then with demonstrations in London today against the recent “Brexit” we speak with Thomas Ferguson who is just back from the U.K. and has an article at Jacobin ‘”Defying the Investors: How voter alienation from corporate candidates produced this year’s dizzying election results”. Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts and a Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, he joins us to discuss the electoral discontent in the U.S. and the U.K. because of the split-level reality of a dual economy which rewards the finance, technology and electronics sectors while abandoning the rest of the economy comprised mostly of low-paid service sector jobs.

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Then finally we examine the terrorist bombings at the Airport in Istanbul that appears to be a suicide attack by ISIS which is the latest addition to the many crises that Turkey’s authoritarian President Erdogan has brought upon himself having made enemies of the Syrians, the Kurds, the Russians, the E.U. and the Pope, who again condemned Erdogan’s denial of the Armenian genocide. David Phillips, the Director of the Peace-Building and Rights Program at Columbia University joins us from Greece to discuss the blowback from Erdogan’s previous arming of ISIS and the reaction in Greece to the “Brexit” vote. 

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June 27 - SCOTUS Strikes Down Sham Texas Anti-Abortion Law; Turkey and Israel Restore Relations; CIA Arms For Syrian Rebels Up On the Black Market

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We begin with the Supreme Court’s 5 to 3 ruling striking down a restrictive Texas abortion law H.B. 2 that in the name of women’s health was denying Texas women the right to a safe abortion, a fact not lost of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who noted in the majority opinion that “It is beyond rational belief that H.B. 2 could genuinely protect the health of women, and certain that the law would simply make it more difficult for them to obtain abortions”.Sarah Slamen, a pro-choice advocate who was forcibly removed from the Texas legislature while testifying after State Senator Wendy Davis had filibustered an anti-abortion bill three years ago, joins us to discuss the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold abortion rights and end the sham that Texas Republicans were forcing the shutdown of clinics in the state in the name of protecting women’s health.

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Then we go to Istanbul to look into the announcement today by Turkey and Israel that they were restoring relations that were broken off in 2010 after Israeli forces killed Turkish activists aboard a “freedom flotilla” headed for the besieged Gaza Strip. Henri Barkey the Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars who was a member of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, joins us to discuss how Turkey’s President Erdogan buried in the joint announcement with Israel, that Erdogan had apologized to Putin in offering condolences to Russia and the family of a downed Russian pilot whose plane was shot down by Turkey on the Syrian border.

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Then finally we speak with an expert on Syria and Jordan, Nicholas Heras, a Middle East Researcher at the Center for a New American Security about reports in The New York Times that Jordanian Intelligence officials had stolen CIA arms meant for the Syrian rebels and sold them on the black market. We discuss the long-standing relationship between the CIA and Jordan’s powerful General Intelligence Directorate or G.I.D. which is largely underwritten by the U.S. taxpayer, and brazen Russia attacks on the American-backed Syrian rebel bases on the Jordanian border. 

 

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June 26 - "Brexit" Unleashes Uncertainty in the E.U.; Will the UK Build Partnerships in the Future?; The Upsurge of Buyer's Remorse Following "Brexit"

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We begin with the “Brexit” hangover in the U.K. and the uncertainty that has gripped the E.U. with elections in Spain today that are expected to further rattle the fraying political center as the contagion of populist insurrection spreads from the U.K. to Spain and possibly France too. Charles Grant, the Director of the Center for European Reform in London joins us to discuss his article at the BBC, “Brexit throws uncertain E.U. off balance” and the path of disintegration as opposed to integration that Europe appears to be on since the upset “Brexit” vote in the U.K. We also examine the conflicting messages from the head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker who is calling for more power for European institutions while Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, is warning against more centralization noting that that the elite failed to notice that ordinary people, the citizens of Europe, do not share Brussels’ Euro-enthusiasm.  

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Then we speak with Cleo Paskal, a fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London, who is a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy, NATO and the OSCE. She joins us to discuss her article at The Guardian “Post Brexit, U.K. will build partnerships of its choice” and how the seismic shift in the British political landscape with Prime Minister Cameron resigning and a revolt within the Labor shadow cabinet, as well as the possibility of a second Scottish referendum, does not mean that the U.K. is without options to form other blocs while staying in the E.U. could mean that the U.K. would be subsumed into an increasingly dysfunctional Europe.

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Then finally we look into an apparent upsurge of buyer’s remorse and a growing movement called “Regrexit” that has three million signatures already on a petition to re-do the referendum to stay in the E.U. Toby Miller, a Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University joins us to discuss the collateral damage consuming the political establishment while people are taking a second look at the dubious political winners Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage and the role of media baron Rupert Murdoch whose influence was enormous in swaying the “leave” vote while his motives remain opaque.

 

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June 23 - A Congresswoman Who Was a Victim of Gun Violence on the House Sit-In; An Update on the Brexit Vote; SCOTUS Blocks Obama's Immigration Plan; Immigration Lawyers on Our Broken Immigration System

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We begin with the historic sit-in last night by House Democrats trying to force a vote on gun reform that after nearly 26 hours, ended with a fiery and determined speech by Representative John Lewis who led the sit-in and vowed to continue the fight to stop recurring gun slaughters, concluding “it is a struggle and we are going to win the struggle”. Congresswoman Jackie Speier who serves as Vice Chair of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and herself was shot five times trying to rescue constituent from the Jonestown compound in Guyana in 1978, joins us to discuss the Democrat’s strategy going forward to break the grip that the NRA has over Republican lawmakers and force them to go on the record in favor of allowing terrorism suspects on the no-fly list to buy assault rifles and explosives.

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Then we go to London for an update on the Brexit vote that is expected to be close and is still being counted. With the real possibility of a narrow victory for the leave vote, there is great anxiety, not just in the U.K., but in the E.U. and the U.S. Economist Stephany Griffith Jones, Emeritus Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University and Associate Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute in London, joins us to discuss the the spasm of racist xenophobia stirred up by populist demagogues and inflamed by Rupert Murdoch’s press, that has gripped the normally tolerant British public ahead of Prime Minister Cameron’s self-inflicted political wound the Brexit vote, from which he may not recover.

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Then we speak with Angela Maria Kelley, the Vice President for Immigration Policy and Advocacy at the Center for American Progress who was formerly the Director of the Immigration Policy Center and Deputy Director at the National Immigration Forum.  She joins us to discuss the deadlocked Supreme Court vote that blocks President Obama’s immigration plan and Obama’s rebuke of the Republicans for not just creating gridlock in the legislative branch, but also for migrating it to the judicial branch with the holdup of Judge Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

 

Angela Maria Kelley

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Then finally we speak with a father and son team of immigration lawyers Michael Wildes, a former Federal Prosecutor, and Leon Wildes who was John Lennon’s lawyer throughout his deportation proceedings in 1972. Having been working in the trenches for decades, they offer their perspective on our broken immigration system.