Monday, October 23, 2017

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Over the course of the past few decades, the conservative media company Sinclair Broadcast Group has been quietly buying up television stations across the country transforming from a small family company with three TV stations into a media goliath with entrée to the Oval Office; and since the election of the Donald Trump as President they have went all in on supporting his administration and have been inserting pro-Trump political propaganda into the local newscast that millions of Americans see every day.  Joining me today to talk all about Sinclair Broadcasting and their role in pushing the Trump agenda is Andy Kroll who is a senior reporter for Mother Jones in Washington, DC.  

Since we last spoke with John Nichols of The Nation a lot has happened, from the President continuing his attacks on Gold Star families to Republicans in the Senate working hard to give the richest 1% of Americans a massive tax cut.  John returns to the show today to talk all about these issues and whole lot more, John is The Nation’s national-affairs correspondent, a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of The Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin.


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Friday, October 20, 2017

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This sure has been another crazy week in politics what with the White House trying to deal with the fallout from Trump’s response to the deadly Niger ambush that left four Americans dead to both Sen. McCain and former President Bush speaking out against the direction the country is heading under Trump.  Joining me today to help us wrap up the week in politics is Eleanor Clift the Washington correspondent for The Daily Beast, where she covers the White House and writes about politics and culture. 


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Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Noah Michelson, the Voices Editorial Director at The Huffington Post and Executive Editor of Queer Voices, and Co-host of the Love + Sex Podcast returns to the show as he does every Thursday to help us close out the week with the stories making headlines over at Queer Voices.

In the wake of President Trump’s shameful response to the ambush in Niger that killed four American servicemen, Gold Star parents Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazala slammed Trump after he defended his delay in responding to the recent deaths and claimed past presidents did not reach out to the families of fallen soldiers as much as he has. The Khans, who lost their son in combat in 2004, expressed solidarity with the families of the four U.S. Green Berets who were killed earlier this month, and Khizr joins me on the show today to talk all about the President’s remarks. 


On Monday, Donald Trump admitted he hadn't contacted the families of American troops who were killed in Niger, nearly two weeks ago. Then, after falsely claiming that President Obama never called family members, Trump struggled to explain why he hadn't contacted the families, and then claimed a letter to them was going out "today or tomorrow," though he was unsure.  Then after mounting criticism Trump called the widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson, who was killed in Niger, and it was soon reported that he made her cry when he callously told her that her husband knew what he signed up for, during the call.  Trump’s response to the death of the Green Berets has shocked and sickened many people in the country and in particular the veterans community.  Joining me today to talk all about the Presidents response to the Niger ambush and his treatment of Gold Star families is Will Fischer who is the Director of Government Relations at VoteVets, America’s largest progressive veterans organization and a Marine Corps veteran of the war in Iraq himself.  


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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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On Monday, Former Vice President Biden endorsed Danica Roem in her race against Virginia State Del. Bob Marshall (R).  Roem, who is a former journalist and lifelong Manassas resident, would make history as the first openly transgender person seated in any state legislature in the country if she were to beat Marshall in November, and she returns to the show today to talk all about her campaign and the issues impacting Virginia House of Delegates District 13 which consists of parts of Manassas Park City and Prince William County.

Two weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Education provided the first-ever look at long-term outcomes for student loan borrowers, including results by race and ethnicity.  The data show that 12 years after entering college, the typical African American student who started in the 2003-04 school year and took on debt for their undergraduate education owed more on their federal student loans than they originally borrowed. This holds true even for students who finished a bachelor’s degree at a public institution. Joining me today to talk all about the study and why the U.S. Department of Education cannot ignore the interaction of race and student loans is Antoinette Flores who is a senior policy analyst of Postsecondary Education Policy at The Center for American Progress.



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Tuesday, October 17, 2017


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In three weeks, people in New Jersey and Virginia will head to the polls to elect their next governor.  This will be one of the biggest elections since Trump took the office as president earlier this year.  One of the candidates running for governor is the Democrat in Virginia, the current Lt. Governor, Ralph Northam, who joins me discuss his run and his efforts to keep the state blue.

Since we last spoke with Mark Joseph Stern of Slate last week a lot has happened, from President Trump saying Vice President wants to hang LGBT people to his signing an Executive Order to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. Mark returns to the show today to talk all about these issues and so much more.


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Monday, October 16, 2017

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Since we last spoke with John Nichols of The Nation a lot has happened, what with President Trump signing an Executive Order to sabotage the ACA and  refusing to recertify the Iran nuclear deal.  John returns to the show today to talk all about these issues and whole lot more, John is The Nation’s national-affairs correspondent, a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of The Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin.

Back in 2012, members of the radical Russian art collective Pussy Riot smuggled an electric guitar into Moscow’s iconic central cathedral and performed their provocative song “Punk Prayer,” to protest the Orthodox church and its support for Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian regime.  After the video of the protest performance went viral, the members of Pussy Riot became the targets of the government, with some of them being arrested and imprisoned.  The arrest, trial, and jailing of Pussy Riot made headlines around the world and highlighted the Putin administrations crackdown on any opposition, and now one of Pussy Riot’s founding members Maria “Masha” Alyokhina who was sentenced to two years in prison for her role in the protest has written a memoir called Riot Days all about her experience in the group and years in Russia’s criminal system, and she joins me today on the show to talk all about the book.  


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

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Back in 2012, at the behest of conservative Governor Sam Brownback, Republican majorities in Kansas set the state’s income tax on a “march to zero” and eliminated taxes on companies whose owners filed their taxes as individuals—a loophole exploited by thousands of businesses that resulted in plummeting revenue to the state’s coffers. Brownback, a former U.S. senator and presidential candidate, hailed the policy as “a real-live experiment” in conservative governance. But in the eyes of all but Brownback and his staunchest supporters, the test failed. Economic growth never materialized, and the state legislature could not summon the political will or overcome legal roadblocks to cut spending to match the lower revenue. With annual deficits in the hundreds of millions, Kansas has been mired in a perpetual budget crisis ever since.  Now, it seems that Republicans in Congress are thinking about trying the same thing but on a national scale, and Kansas Republicans say they are worried that Congress and the Trump administration will repeat the mistake they made in enacting budget-busting tax cuts.  Joining me today to talk all about the failed Kansas experiment and the danger that it will be repeated is Russell Berman, who is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic.

As more and more information and accusations come out in Harvey Weinstein story, we are learning that not only was Weinstein harassing and assaulting women for decades, but his actions and behavior were an open secret in the world of Hollywood and the media with many people acting to protect the film industry executive from facing the consequences of his actions.  Now, according to a new report from Yashar Ali and Lydia Polgreen of HuffPost, we are learning that even top NBC Executives were in on the cover-up and worked to quash the bombshell story.  Yashar joins me today to talk all about the Harvey Weinstein story and the months of opposition Reporter Ronan Farrow faced from his home network before ultimately taking the piece to The New Yorker.


Since the Presidential campaign, we have been hearing talk of and seeing reports about the massive online campaign orchestrated by Russia to influence and interfere with our election.  From covert propaganda posts on Facebook, which were likely seen by anywhere between 23 to 70 million people, to wannabe YouTube stars working for the Kremlin, Russia’s broad campaign to influence American politics is staggering.  Joining me today to talk all about this online Russian operation and its tactics is Senior News Editor at The Daily Beast, Ben Collins, who has been following and writing on this story for months.  


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, many sick people across the island remain in serious danger, and despite the government’s upbeat announcements about the recovery effort there is a humanitarian crisis going on in the US territory. According to reports, seriously ill dialysis patients across Puerto Rico have seen their treatment hours reduced by 25 percent because the centers still lack a steady supply of diesel to run their generators and less than half of the islands medical employees have reported to work in the weeks since the storm.  Joining me today to talk all about the crisis in Puerto Rico and what Congress needs to be doing to help is Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL-04).

So much happening in the world of politics this week, what with Sec. of State Tillerson allegedly called Trump a ‘Moron’ and the President getting into a war of words with Sen. Bob Corker.  Helping us to make some sense of it all is Michele Jawando, Vice President of legal progress at the Center for American Progress, and don’t forget to check out THINKING CAP, the podcast she does every Thursday with our friend Igor Volsky!

In 1993 when Margaret Witt was a young Air Force nurse, President Clinton’s plan for gays to serve openly in the military was quashed by Congress, resulting in the cynical political compromise known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, which had the effect of making it harder for gay servicemen and women to fight expulsion. Over the next seventeen years more than 13,000 gay soldiers, sailors, marines, coast guard, and airmen and women were removed from military service. That is, until Margaret Witt who herself was outed as a lesbian and removed from her tightly knit medical evacuation unit, sued and put a stop to it in the landmark case Witt v. Department of the Air Force.  Now, in her new memoir Tell: Love, Defiance, and The Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights Major Margaret Witt tells her story and captures the tension and drama of the politically charged legal battle that led to the congressional repeal of the controversial law and helped pave the way for a suite of landmark political and legal victories for gay rights. Margaret joins me on the show today to talk all about the book and so much more. 

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