Friday, September 22, 2017

Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

Very happy to have old friend of this program and host of “Stand Up w/ Pete Dominick” on SiriusXM Insight 121, Pete Dominick on the show today and this week, he released his 1st comedy album – Pete Dominick Live from Lucky Dog Productions – which you can now buy on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and so many other online formats.  Pete joins me to talk about his album, comedy, politics, and much more .

This sure has been another crazy week in politics what with trump making his first speech at the UN to Republicans reviving their effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  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, September 21, 2017

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Noah Michelson, the Voices Editorial Director and Executive Editor of Queer Voices at Huff Post as well as the 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.  Be sure to follow Noah of Twitter!

As the United States attempts to understand and deal with the ongoing opioid epidemic, much of the debate surrounding who’s to blame has been centered on drug makers, pharmaceutical distributors, pharmacies and doctors.  However according to a new report by The New York Times and ProPublica, insurance companies also share in the blame.  The reports details how insurers have encouraged the opioid crisis by limiting access to pain medications that carry a lower risk of addiction or dependence, even as they provide comparatively easy access to generic opioid medications because opioid drugs are generally cheap while safer alternatives are often more expensive.  Joining me today to talk all about this cost saving measure that the insurance industry has employed and the role it has played in unleashing a devastating epidemic across the country is reporter for The New York Times Katie Thomson who co-authored the report with Charles Ornstein of ProPublica.


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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On Monday, it was reported that investigators had obtained a warrant to wiretap former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.  The revelation marks a potentially significant development in the ongoing probe into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives and suggests that Special Counsel Robert Muller is laying the groundwork for possible indictments.  Joining me today to talk all about the significance of this wiretap and the reports that some of the information gleaned from the surveillance prompted concerns that Manafort had encouraged Russians to help Trump with his campaign is Natasha Bertrand who is a political correspondent at Business Insider where she writes mainly about national security and foreign policy.

In the face of dangerous, divisive rhetoric and policies coming from the President and his administration targeting the LGBTQ community, New York City has taken steps to resist these attacks and stand up for Queer people.  Yesterday, New York City’s First Lady Chirlane McCray launched the NYC Unity Project, which is the City’s first-ever, multi-agency strategy to deliver unique services to LGBTQ youth.  This project unites 16 city agencies to offer new and enhanced programs and supports, including training and certification for more than 500 physicians, as well as a public awareness campaign centered on LGBTQ youth and their families. It also includes funding for seven new Community Coalitions aimed at reducing alcohol and substance misuse, and furthermore these programs will not just benefit LGBTQ youth, but will be available to all youth and First Lady Chirlane McCray joins me today on the show to talk all about the NYC Unity Project. 


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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Ever since Pres. Trump and his administration have taken power, we have seen a steady assault on the right of LGBTQ people in this country, which is why it is so important for all of us to come together to resist these attempts to roll back the gains made in recent years.  One of the organizations that has been on the front line of this fight for many years is PFLAG National, which is the nation’s largest and oldest organization uniting families and allies with LGBTQ people, and early last week they named Jaime M. Grant, Ph. D. as their new Executive Director. Dr. Grant, is a longtime social-justice and LGBTQ activist and advocate, and will now lead PFLAG in their continuing fight for Queer community and their families in the age of Trump and she joins me on the show today to talk all about the work that PFLAG is doing to educate, engage, and empower LGBTQ people, their families and a new generation of allies.

Since we last spoke with Mark Joseph Stern of Slate last week a lot has happened, from a federal court ruling against the Trump administration’s latest attempt to punish ‘sanctuary cities’ to the Supreme Court blocking two rulings by a federal district court that would have required Texas to redraw its state and federal congressional districts.  Mark returns to the show today to talk all about these issues and so much more.


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Monday, September 18, 2017

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Earlier today we learned that Republicans in the Senate are far from done with their quest to take away healthcare from millions Americans, and with an eye on the Sept. 30 deadline set by the Senate parliamentarian for passing a bill with 50 senators instead of the usual 60, Senate Republicans are now desperately trying to secure enough votes for the awkwardly named Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill, which would repeal many of Obamacare’s taxes, mandates, and subsidies while converting Medicaid and the ACA exchanges into block grants controlled by each individual state.  Joining me today to talk all about this proposed piece of legislation and the opposition to it is Alice Ollstein who is a reporter at Talking Points Memo, covering national politics. 

Since we last spoke with John Nichols of The Nation a lot has happened from Pres. Trump making yet another possible deal with Democrats, this time on DACA, to Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont releasing his Medicare For All plan. 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, September 15, 2017

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As the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, erupted back in August 2014, media commentators across country referred to the response of African Americans to the killing of unarmed black people by police as “black rage,” and in response to the characterization, historian Carol Anderson wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post suggesting that this was, instead, "white rage at work” noting that “With so much attention on the flames, everyone had ignored the kindling."  This op-ed would lead Carol Anderson to write a full length book on the subject called White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation's Divide, which is now out in paperback, and in it she details how since 1865 and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, every time African Americans have made advances towards full participation in our democracy, white reaction has fueled a deliberate and relentless rollback of their gains. Carol is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and she joins me on the show today to talk all about the book and how every time social progress for African Americans was made it was countered by deliberate and cleverly crafted opposition. 


This sure has been another crazy week in politics what with Pres. Trump making deals with Democrats and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont announcing his Medicare For All plan.  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, September 14, 2017

Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

We are now seeing reports that President Donald Trump is moving closer to a deal with Democrats that would protect hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation, the news came after a dinner between Trump and Democratic leaders last night and since then there has been a lot going on.  Joining me today to talk all about DACA and make sense of latest news concerning the fate of program is José Dante Parra who is the CEO of ProsperoLatino, a Latino-focused public relations firm.  Jose was the former Senior advisor to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Latino communications advisor for President Obama’s 2012 reelection and led the Democratic National Convention Hispanic media team. 

Last week, Americans learned that the credit reporting bureau Equifax had been hacked and the personal information of millions of people had been stolen.  Hackers gained access to Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses, credit card and driver’s license numbers of 143 million people—more than half the adult population in the U.S., and about three-quarters of all Americans with a credit history, and to make matters worse this the third major data breach in a year for Equifax.  Joining me today to talk all about the hack and why he feels that Credit bureaus are a racket is author, journalist, and weekly columnist for The New Republic David Dayen.


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