Thursday, August 07, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show!

4:05pm ET - As the conflict in Ukraine continues to escalate and prompted by outrage over the suspicion that Russia is continuing to supply the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine with weapons, sanctions have been imposed against Russia by NATO and the European Union.  In relation, Russia has imposed import bans and sanctions of its own on Western Nations.  Joining us to explain these sanctions and the effects they are intended to have is Steve Clemons, the Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and a senior fellow and the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C.

4:35pm ET - In January of 1973 Richard Nixon announced the end of the Vietnam War as “peace with honor” and prepared for a triumphant second term, but the televised Watergate hearings put a stop to that when they revealed to a stun American public the rampant corruption in his White House. Following his resignation in disgrace, congressional investigators soon exposed the CIA for assassinating foreign leaders and the collapse of the South Vietnamese government called in to question the sacrifice of some 58,000 American lives in that country. In light of all this upheaval and the fact that the economy was in tatters, Americans began thinking about their nation in a new way, shifting away from the belief in American exceptionalism to that of viewing their country as one nation among many.  But according to historian Rick Perlstein, Ronald Reagan never got the message.  In his latest book titled The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, the third volume in his epic history of the conservative movement in America, he describes how events playing out across the country paved the way for Reagan’s victory and details how the new conservative political culture we know today was created.  He joins us today in studio to talk about his book.

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