Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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

On Friday, we all learned that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was resigning, and shortly after that news broke we soon found out that his decision was based largely on President Trump’s decision to hire former Wall Street banker Anthony Scaramucci as his new White House communications director. Trump’s decision to hire Scaramucci was controversial within his administration as a result of Scaramucci’s past criticism of the President, such has calling him a “hack” on Fox News; however since taking the job he has repeatedly professed his love for Trump and has busy deleting many of his past tweets that run country to his new bosses agenda.  Joining me today to talk all about Anthony Scaramucci and why the man who stepped up to the lectern in the White House briefing room on Friday afternoon was hardly recognizable to him is William D. Cohan who is a New York Times Op-Ed Contributor, bestselling author, former Wall Street investment banker, and friend of none other than Anthony Scaramucci. 

Earlier this morning, Trump announced in a series of tweets that he will ban transgender people from serving in the military “in any capacity”. As justification for his statement he claimed that transgender people both disrupt and burden the military with tremendous medical costs.  Joining me today to talk all about Trump’s tweets and why the President is so very very wrong is Brynn Tannehill who is former US Navy pilot and graduate of the United States Naval Academy, she is also a board member of Trans United Fund and the Co-Chair of Trans United Families For Equality and sits on the Board of Directors of SPART*A, an advocacy organization for LGBT service members, veterans and their families. 


So much happening in the world of politics this week, what with Republicans in the Senate trying to once again push Trumpcare through to the President tweeting that he will ban transgender Americans from serving their country in the military.  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!

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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Earlier this month, Teen Vogue published "A Guide to Anal Sex" on its website, which informs readers "how to do it the right way".  The article has since spawned a conservative backlash that is still continuing weeks later, but controversy has also given rise to an important conversation about the state of sex education in the U.S.  Joining me today to talk about the Teen Vogue’s decision to publish the guide, the backlash against it, and the need for sex education is writer, speaker, activist, and Associate Producer for NBC OUT John Paul Brammer who wrote all about the controversy for NBC News.


Since we last spoke with Mark Joseph Stern of Slate last week a lot has happened, from Trump’s Voter Suppression Commission having its first public meeting to Paul Manafort being subpoenaed by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Mark returns to the show today to talk all about these issues and so much more.


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Monday, July 24, 2017

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On Friday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) surprised many when he signed two different bills advancing transgender equality into law. While both are bills are positive advancements for the state, Zack Ford at ThinkProgress points out that they coincidentally mirror prominent ways the Trump administration is rolling back transgender rights.  Zack returns to the show today to talk all about the two bills Gov. Christie signed and the ongoing threat that Transgender Americans face from the Trump administration. 


Each year in the United States, thousands of people who have been convicted of domestic abuse or are subject to an active restraining order seek to illegally purchase a gun, a practice known as “lie and try”, and this usually happens without any consequences for the person attempting to break the law or any notification for their past victims about the attempt. Furthermore, research has shown that more than half of women killed as a result of domestic violence were killed with a gun and that if a domestic-violence abuser has access to a gun, a victim is five times more likely to be killed.  Now, Washing State has taken an important step to protect survivors of domestic violence by becoming the first state to require authorities to notify victims when a “lie and try” attempt takes place.  Joining me today to talk all about the bill and the importance of keeping guns out of the hands of domestic-violence abusers is Tamaso Johnson the Public Policy Director at the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV), a statewide network of housing, shelter, and advocacy programs serving domestic violence survivors and mobilizing to end domestic violence through advocacy and action for social change.


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Friday, July 21, 2017

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On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions eliminated an Obama administration directive that prevented local law enforcement from circumventing state restrictions on forfeiture of civil assets, a tactic that was heavily employed in the early years of the war on drugs, but has since been linked to civil rights abuses: people losing cash, cars and homes without any proven link to illegal activity; police taking cash in exchange for not locking suspects up; a legal system that makes it hard for victims to get their possessions back.  Joining me today to talk all about the practice of civil assets forfeiture and what the Attorney General’s directive means is Ames Grawert who is Counsel in the Brennan Center’s Justice Program at NYU School of Law.

On Wednesday, the Trump administration’s ‘election-integrity’ commission had its first meeting to map out how the Trump administration can best strip the right to vote from millions of Americans, and while the commission hasn’t gotten off to the strongest start it is joined in its efforts to disenfranchise citizens by the immensely more powerful Justice Department.  Joining me today to talk all about Trump’s effort to suppress the vote and why she feels that Voter purges are coming is Vanita Gupta, the president and chief executive of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, she was also formally Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division in the Obama administration.


This sure has been another crazy week in politics what with Republicans in the Senate experiencing yet another setback in their effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with Trumpcare to the news that the Mueller investigation is now possible looking at Trump’s businesses. 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, July 20, 2017

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While on the campaign trail, Donald Trump claimed that he would be the best candidate for the LGBTQ community, but since taking office his actions have revealed that he really just wants to turn back the clock on the progress made by the community and he’s doing much of this under the cover of protecting “religious liberty.” Which why earlier this year, the ACLU filed requests with various federal agencies demanding information on how the Trump administration was planning to expand religious exemptions that pave the way for discrimination. To date, none of those federal agencies complied with the request and in response the ACLU has announced that they will be suing in order to unmask everything they can about Trump’s plan and expose the threat he poses to the rights and dignity of countless Americans.  Joining me today to talk all about how Donald Trump is keeping his ‘Religious Liberty’ plan secret and why the ACLU Is suing so the Public can see it is Louise Melling, the Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU and the Director of its Center for Liberty.

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!



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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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 Since Trump’s election as president, his ties to Russia have become the focus of intense scrutiny, most of which has centered on whether his inner circle colluded with Russia to interfere with the U.S. election, but now a growing chorus in Congress like Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee have also begun to ask questions about how the president built his business empire, calling for a deeper inquiry into “Russian investment in Trump’s businesses and properties.”  Joining me today to talk all about this Trump-Russia connection is longtime journalist and contributing editor at Vanity Fair Craig Unger who wrote a very interesting piece for The New Republic titled “Trump’s Russian Laundromat: How to use Trump Tower and other luxury high-rises to clean dirty money, run an international crime syndicate, and propel a failed real estate developer into the White House” which details many of the Presidents shady dealings and associates within the world of Russian organized crime.   

Back in 1968 Congress enacted The Fair Housing Act which is intended to protect members of certain protected classes of people from discrimination in matters of renting or buying property.  However, the law does not specifically include protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, which according to many surveys has led to instances of housing discrimination against of the LGBTQ community.  Yet, most of the information from these surveys is often anecdotal in nature and may not go beyond the most blatant forms of discrimination, which why the Urban Institute took a closer look at the issue with a new pilot study in three major U.S. metropolitan areas and what they found was a number of instances of housing discrimination against gay men and transgender people specifically.  Joining me today to talk all about the study and the need for more expansive studies of this kind is Diane Levy who is a senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute and one of the co-authors of the study.  

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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Last night, Utah Sen. Mike Lee and Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, both Republicans, came out jointly to announce their opposition to Trumpcare, making them the third and fourth Republican Senator to oppose the bill, following Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.  This announcement leaves Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell two votes short of the number needed to begin debate on Trumpcare, and in a statement released Monday night he finally admitted defeat, saying that  “it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful,”.  Joining me today to talk all about the significance of this latest development and what it means for the fight to preserve healthcare for millions of Americans is Congressman Ted Lieu, who represents California’s 33rd Congressional District and serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee.


Since we last spoke with Mark Joseph Stern of Slate last week a lot has happened, from Trump’s ‘Voter Fraud’ Commission halting it’s data collection effort amid a torrent of lawsuits and complaints to the return of rumors that Justice Kennedy is considering retiring from the Supreme Court. Mark returns to the show today to talk all about these issues and so much more.


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Monday, July 17, 2017

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Since we last spoke with John Nichols of The Nation a lot has happened when it comes to where we are with healthcare and what has developed in the Russia / Trump story.  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.
In recent years, documentaries like Making a Murderer, podcasts like Serial, and the story of the West Memphis Three has captured the attention of millions of Americans and focused the national discussion on wrongful convictions, and over the course of the past few decades more than 1,800 people have been set free in US after being convicted of crimes they did not commit.  In response to these exonerations, federal and state governments have passed laws to prevent such injustices; lawyers and police have changed their practices; and advocacy organizations have multiplied across the country. Together, these activities are often referred to as the “innocence movement” and in his new book Exonerated:A History of the Innocence Movement Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, Robert J. Norris provides the first in-depth look at the history this movement and examines how and why it took hold.  Robert joins me on the show today to talk all about the book and the scientific, legal, and cultural developments that led to a widespread understanding that new technology and renewed investigative diligence could both catch the guilty and free the innocent..  


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