January 24 - Handing Over the Environment to Big Oil; Will Trump's "America First" Bring Back Jobs?; Trump Keeps Comey Inside the Tent

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We begin with Donald Trump’s executive orders to revive the Keystone XL pipeline that was rejected by Obama and the Dakota Access pipeline that was stalled by the Army Corps of Engineers because of protests from the Standing Rock Sioux. Michael Mann, the Director of the Earth Systems Science Center at Penn State University joins us to discuss the broader issues involved in the reversal of energy policies to deal with climate change from global warming. With Trump’s installation of global warming deniers in his cabinet, we look into the choice of an oilman to head up the State Department, Rex Tillerson,  who previously made a deal with Putin for Exxon to extract Russian Arctic oil because the melting of the icecaps due to global warming was making it more economical to do so, and assess the extent to which handing over the environment to big oil will reinforce the cycle of burning fossil fuels which contributes to global warming and in effect enables dying industries to profit from the planet’s destruction they are accelerating.

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Then we examine whether Trump’s “America first” approach to threatening tariffs and the tearing up of T.P.P. and NAFTA will bring back jobs when other factors beyond globalism such as robotics and the rise of the dollar are at play. Jared Bernstein a Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the former Chief Economist and Economic Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, joins us. We discuss his article at The New York Times “Ditching the T.P.P. Won’t Solve the Trade Deficit” and whether Trump, who has argued that American workers are paid too much and that unions are responsible for jobs being outsourced abroad, will lose more American jobs than create new ones.

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Then finally we speak with a former FBI Special Agent Coleen Rowley and discuss Donald Trump’s warm embrace of James Comey over the weekend and his decision to keep Comey on as the head of the FBI even though Trump had criticized him earlier for finding there was no basis to prosecute Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server. We look into whether keeping Comey inside the tent will ensure that the investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia will go nowhere. 

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January 23 - Trump Hands China a Massive Victory; The Subtext of the Hearing for the Head of the CIA; Could Saturday's Demonstrations Evolve Into a Tea Party of the Left?

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We begin with Donald Trump’s tearing up of the T.P.P., the transpacific trade partnership which in effect hands China a great victory making its alternative, the 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, the only game in town, thus empowering China to write its own rules going forward, the very criticism that Trump levelled at China during his campaign. Alfred McCoy, Chair of History at the University of Wisconsin and the author of “Policing America’s Empire: the United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State” joins us to discuss how Trump is weakening America at warp speed by undoing the architecture of America’s global strategic and economic power built up over decades. Added to which, as Trump hands over the Asia/Pacific to China, he is threatening to abandon NATO as is encouraging the breakup of Europe, which in turn hands victories beyond Putin’s wildest dreams to Trump’s favorite autocrat in the Kremlin.

 

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Then we examine the possible subtext to today’s hearing to confirm Congressman Pompeo as the next head of the CIA, following the nomination of another partisan politician to become the Director of National Intelligence. A long-time senior staffer on the House and Senate Intelligence Oversight Committees, Loch Johnson, the Regents Professor of Political Science at the University of Georgia and author of “The Threat on the Horizon: An inside Account of America’s Search for Security After the Cold War”, joins us. We will discuss whether the counterintelligence investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin can be stopped by Trump’s political appointees and if the Intelligence Community will still be able to speak truth to power.

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Then finally we speak with Michael Kazin, Professor of History at Georgetown University and co-editor of Dissent magazine. He joins us to discuss his article at Foreign Policy “Trump’s Civil Religion has an Angry God” and whether Saturday’s massive demonstrations against Trump could evolve into a Tea Party of the left that could influence the Democratic Party as the Tea Party has intimidated the GOP, as well as how lessons in Kazin’s new book “War Against War: The American Fight for Peace 1914-1918” apply to today’s demonstrations.

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January 22 - Trump's Dark Vision and Insecure Narcissism; Women Lead the Way; Will Trump Stop the Investigation Into His Campaign's Collusion With the Kremlin?; The Crying Need of a Strategy From the Democratic Party

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We begin with the new regime taking charge in Washington D.C. led by an insecure narcissist who paints a dark vision of life in America then promises to fix the very problems he is exaggerating and in some cases inventing. Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, the former Chief of Staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell, joins us to discuss a cabinet and an executive branch that appears to be the most disorganized, amateurish and inexperienced in recent history as well as Donald Trump’s remark on Saturday at CIA headquarters where he announced that he might re-do the Iraq war but this time get it right and take the country’s oil. With a Democratic opposition adrift and Republicans in Congress more interested in power than principle, we assess when and what opposition might emerge to stop an authoritarian takeover of America.

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Then we speak with Heidi Hartmann, the president of the Washington-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research whose areas of expertise are: women and the economy, workforce participation, employment pay equity and retirement security. We discuss yesterday’s historic march for women in the nation’s capitol, across the country and around the world and analyze the extent to which yesterday’s extraordinary manifestation of political energy can be coupled with a political strategy which appears to be lacking in terms of a Democratic opposition.

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Then we examine Donald Trump’s petulant and infantile display on Saturday in front of the CIA’s wall of fallen officers who died in anonymity in service to their country. A former 23-year veteran of the CIA’s Clandestine Service who retired as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Transnational Threats, Glenn Carle, the author of “The Interrogator: An Education”, joins us to discuss the new Trump Administration’s frantic efforts to shut down counter-intelligence investigations into possible Trump campaign collusion with the Kremlin.

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Then finally we discuss the extent to which the Democratic Party is adrift with much of its top officials in the DNC and among Hillary Clinton operatives like David Brock, in denial about their recent defeats which they portray as a “black swan” event and blame of the FBI Director and Putin. Democratic strategist Mike Lux, the President of American Family Voices and the co-founder and CEO of Progressive Strategies, joins us to look into the dogged refusal of the Democratic Party establishment to acknowledge the Bernie Sanders’ revolution and populist messages coming from the millennial generation, labor organizers and grassroots activists.

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January 19 - Mnuchin and His "Foreclosure Machine"; Mnuchin's "Vulture Fund"; The Women's March and the Fake News Claiming Trump Won the Women's Vote

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We begin with the Senate confirmation hearing for Donald Trump’s choice for the next Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin and speak with Saied Kashani a lawyer whose clients have included the largest homebuilders in California. He has litigated extensively against OneWest Bank and its former owner Steve Mnuchin. We discuss the numerous documents involving private agreements between the government and the owners of One West Saied acquired through court orders and the Freedom of Information Act, some of which were passed on to Senator Elizabeth Warren who asked pointed questions of the nominee who appears to have gotten rich by evicting people from their homes using fraudulent “robo-signing” documents to foreclose on 36,000 family homes using what was described today as a “foreclosure machine”.

 

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Then we look into the systemic fraud in the aftermath of the housing crisis that Steve Mnuchin was able to capitalize on and speak with William K. Black, distinguishes scholar in research for financial regulation at the University of Minnesota and a Professor of Law and Economics at the University of Missouri Kansas City. The litigation director of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board who investigated the Savings and Loan disaster of the 1980’s, he joins us to discuss how Mnuchin ran what is aptly called a “vulture fund” which enabled Mnuchin and his partners to profit from the misery of Americans who were defrauded by “liars loans” and lost their homes when the housing market collapsed. A financial crisis that allowed OneWest to swoop in and foreclose on the homeowners using fraudulent documents that opened up government coffers to reward Mnuchin and make him rich.

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Then finally, ahead of Saturday’s Women’s March in Washington and across the country and around the world, we look into the fake news disseminated by Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren (now on MSNBC) and others that perpetuate the myth that Donald Trump won the women’s vote in the last election over Hillary Clinton. Kelly Dittmar, a Professor of Political Science and Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, joins us to discuss how this fake news, along with Trump’s repeated claim that he won a landslide, flies in the face of the real statistics that show Hillary Clinton won 54% of the women’s vote to Donald Trump’s 42%.   

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January 18 - A Russian View of Our New Authoritarian Leader; Covering Up Kremlin-Trump Collusion; The In-Your-Face Insult of Scott Pruitt at EPA

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We begin with a view from Moscow and speak with a Russian journalist who sees a familiar authoritarian leader in Donald Trump and his handling of the American press after covering Vladimir Putin for 12 years. Alexy Kovalev, a Russian journalist who writes about propaganda, fake news and Russian state media on noodleremover.news and has an article at medium.com “A message to my doomed colleagues in the American media”, joins us. We discuss the similarities between these two authoritarian leaders with massive egos and a deep disdain for the press that Putin dominates and controls in his country with ease while Trump, who was elected with the help of $5 billion’s worth of free media while spewing contempt for the very media that could not get enough of him, has already reigned in the White House press corps while his media spokesperson Kelly Ann Conway spins the American press daily with breathless doublespeak as she delivers cleverly crafted talking points.

 

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Then we assess yesterday’s appearance of Betsy DeVos before the Senate HELP Committee and today’s confirmation hearings of Scott Pruit at EPA, Tom Price at H.H.S. and Nikky Haley as the next U.S. Representative to the U.N. A former special assistant for national security affairs to President Clinton and counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, David Halperin, joins us to discuss the frenzied effort by Republicans to stop investigations into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin and his latest article at The Huffington Post “Lieberman, Introducing DeVos, Fails to Disclose That His Law Firm Represents Trump”.

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Then finally we focus of Scott Pruitt’s hearing to head up the EPA and the in-your-face insult he represents to all Americans who care about the environment and are concerned about climate change from global warming. Eric Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Environmental Integrity Project who was Director of the EPA’s Office of Civil Enforcement, joins us to discuss his article at The New York Times “Reject Scott Pruitt for the E.P.A.”  

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