March 16 - Trump's Budget Bloats the Military and Starves Everything Else; Trump's Contempt for the Poor; Diversity Wins Over Racism in the Dutch Election

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We begin with Trump’s budget proposal that increases spending on defense, homeland security, and veterans while cutting spending on diplomacy and the environment by one third, cutting Health, Agriculture and Labor by one fifth, followed by 10 to 15% cuts in Commerce, Education, Housing, Transportation and Interior down to smaller cuts in everything else. A former member of President Obama’s economic team who was the Chief Economic Advisor to Vice President Biden, Jared Bernstein, a Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, joins us. We will discuss a budget that Trump says is about keeping America safe even though the U.S. spends more than most of the rest of the world combined  on defense and faces no significant threats as China slows its military spending and Trump’s increase of $54 billion in defense is about the total of what Russia spends on defense per year.

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Then we examine the impact of the Trump budget on the poor and speak with David Bradley, the Executive Director of the National Community Action Foundation who has been one of Washington’s leading advocates on behalf of low income programs. He joins us to discuss how the eroding support for Trump’s replacement for Obamacare makes this budget dead on arrival with Democrats appalled by the harshness of the cuts while some Republicans are unhappy with a budget that does not go far enough in cutting the growth of entitlements.

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Then finally we speak with a former U.S. Ambassador to The Netherlands, Cynthia Schneider, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University who is also a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution. She joins us to discuss the victory of the Dutch center right party meaning that Geert Wilders, the racist friend of Stephen Bannon and Nigel Farage, who came in a distant second will not form a government. We also look into the surprise victory of the youthful GreenLeft Party which made the most gains that is led by 30 year-old Jesse Klaver who is half Moroccan and half Indonesian.

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March 15 - The Relationship Between Russia's Spies and Criminal Hackers; Trump and Merkels's Differing Views on Europe and Putin; Will the Defeat of ISIS Mean the End of This Jihadi Movement?

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We begin with today’s indictment by the Department of Justice of two Russian spies in connection to the state-sponsored hacking of Yahoo in 2014 that affected 500 million email accounts. Robert Morgus, a policy analyst with the New American Foundation’s Cybersecurity Initiative, joins us to discuss how the two Russian FSB officers conspired with criminal hackers to obtain names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and encrypted passwords of US government officials, including, diplomatic and military personnel. We also examine how the FSB regulates and protects criminal hackers and what happens to the ill-gotten gains that come from direct cyber-theft or from the sale of stolen personal information.

 

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Then, with today’s racially-charged elections in The Netherlands and Friday’s visit by German Chancellor Merkel to the White House, we discuss how the U.S. and Germany can proceed with their differing outlook on relations with Europe and Russia since Trump has backed “Brexit”, criticized NATO, praised Putin and derided Merkel’s refugee stance.  James Kirchick, a journalist and foreign correspondent who is a fellow with the Foreign Policy Initiative and author of the new book “The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age”, joins us to explain how Europeans are waking up to the fact that Putin’s Russia is trying to do by peaceful means what the Soviet Union once threatened to do with military power.

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Then finally we speak with Christopher Swift, a Professor of National Security Studies at Georgetown University and a Fellow at the University of Virginia Center for National Security Law. The author of “The Fighting Vanguard: Local Insurgencies in the Global Jihad”, he joins us to discuss how the impending defeat on ISIS in Mosul and later in Raqqa, does not mean the end of this violent Salafist jihadi movement and the irony that ISIS is being aided and abetted by Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric and actions.    

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March 14 - "The Deep State 2.0"; Congressman King's Latest Racist Rant; Mounting Republican Opposition to Paul Ryan's American Healthcare Act

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We begin with the latest White House absurdities in their tortured efforts to find a way out from under the outrageous charges Trump made against Obama that are left hanging until Trump either backs up his smear with some evidence or apologizes to his predecessor. A former veteran senior staffer, Mike Lofgren, the author of “The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government”, joins us to discuss his article at Bill Moyers.com “The Deep State 2.0: How President Trump’s fake populism bails out the 1 percent” and the topsy-turvy political climate we are in with liberals who have always opposed the CIA are now counting on them to provide evidence to impeach Trump, while conservatives who have always hated the Russians are now making excuses for Putin.

 

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Then we look into the racist rants of Republican Congressman Steve King, who after tweeting his support for the racist candidate in the Dutch elections saying that Americans “can’t restore our civilization with someone else’s babies”, doubled down by arguing “Hispanics and the blacks will be fighting each other before” they become a majority over whites.  A 25 year teacher in Iowa’s public schools, Patrick Kearney who currently serves as the Facilitator for Teachers Leadership the Johnston Community Schools, joins us to discuss his article at The Huffington Post “Steve King Is Exactly Who You Think He Is. His Constituents, Not So Much”.  We assess whether Nancy Pelosi’s call to the House leadership to strip Congressman King of his committee chairmanship will be heard.

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Then finally we examine the mounting Republican opposition the Paul Ryan’s American Healthcare Act that has prompted the White House to send Vice President Pence and the head of HHS over to Capitol Hill to try and shore up some support for a bill already opposed by the AMA, the AAARP and the American Hospital Association. Dr. Susan Wood, Professor of Health Policy and of Environmental and Occupational Health at George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services, joins us to discuss how the CBO report predicting a massive increase in the number of uninsured is impacting key Republican senators. 

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March 13 - Erdogan Stirs Up Turkish Nationalism Ahead of April Referendum; Could the "Ryancare" Disaster Lead to Single Payer?; Trump Appoints New US Attorney to Cover-Up Fox News Sex Scandals

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We begin with escalating threats from Turkey’s President Erdogan against the Dutch government he accuses of Nazism as he cuts off high level diplomatic contacts and threatens to flood Europe with Syrian refugees in camps in Turkey. Michael Werz, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress’s National Security Team who specializes in Turkey and the Turkish diaspora in Germany and Holland, joins us to discuss the worsening quarrel with Europe that Turkey’s autocratic leader appears to using cynically to fire up Turkish nationalism and anti-European sentiments ahead of a referendum in Turkey on April 16 aimed at giving Erdogan even more power to stifle the press, purge the military, judiciary and academia and create more problems for Turkey and its neighbors which ironically is the exact opposite of Erdogan’s promise when he first came to power.

 

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Then we examine the Congressional Budget Office’s finding that Paul Ryan’s American Health Care Act designed to repeal and replace Obama’s Affordable Care Act, will increase the number of Americans without healthcare coverage by 24 million, making a liar our of President Trump who repeatedly promised that the Republican alternative would provide universal coverage at lower prices. Dr. John Geyman, a professor emeritus of family medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine whose new book is “Crisis in Healthcare: Corporate Power Versus the Common Good”, joins us to discuss how “Ryancare” could be such a disaster for the American people and the GOP that it might make single payer healthcare a realistic option in the future.

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Then finally we look into the reasons behind Trump’s firing of Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and his rumored replacement Marc Mukasey, who happens to be former Fox News head Roger Ailes’s personal lawyer. Craig Harrington, a researcher at Media Matters who edited the new article at Media Matters, “U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was Investigating Fox News When Trump Fired Him”, joins us to discuss an impending cover-up of an epidemic of sexual harassment at Fox News. 

 

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March 12 - The FBI's Investigation of Trump/ Russia Collusion; How "Double Government" Differs From the "Deep State"; Growing Opposition to Ryans's Fast-Tracked Repeal and Replace Bill

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We begin with the presidency under siege with Trump hunkered down in the White House unwilling to face the press apparently because he is unable to back up his smear of Obama who he called a “bad, sick guy” in accusing the former president of wiretapping him. Patrick Tucker, the technology editor for Defense One and author of “The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your every Move?”, joins us to discuss the FBI’s investigation into a computer server connection between the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alpha Bank that seems to have triggered Trump’s twitter outburst against Obama, and whether the current focus on how many times Trump campaign officials met with the Russian ambassador is a distraction from the original charges from all of the U.S. Intelligence Agencies that the Russians interfered with our election under the direction of Putin to help elect Trump.

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Then we examine the charge by the President’s spokesman Sean Spicer that the so-called “Deep State” could be involved in wiretapping President Trump and speak with Michael Glennon, a Professor of International Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University who was Legal Counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a consultant to the State Department and the Atomic Energy Agency. The author of “National Security and Double Government”, he joins us to discuss how much our “Double Government” differs from the “Deep State” in Turkey, Pakistan and Egypt and how Trump’s attacks on civil servants is undermining our government’s ability to function.

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Then finally we get an analysis of the Trump Administration’s new healthcare plan to replace the Affordable Care Act which is being fast-tracked through Congress. Wendell Potter, who was chief corporate spokesman for Cigna and head of corporate communications for Humana, and is now a senior analyst on healthcare at the Center for Public Integrity, joins us to discuss whether the combined weight of the AMA, AAARP, the American Hospital Association and the Democrats can block Paul Ryan’s “repeal and replace” bill that appears to be aimed at curtailing if not eliminating Medicaid.

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