December 5 - Trump Meets With Gore While Appointing Global Warming Deniers; Italy's "Brexit" Moment With Their Trump Who is Actually a Clown; Carson as Head of HUD is Dracula in Charge of the Blood Bank

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We begin with Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka’s meeting today with Al Gore who has been at the forefront of arguing for an urgent need to address the catastrophic effects of global warming, perhaps the most critical issues facing mankind, which Donald Trump has labelled a fraud. Michael Wara, a Professor of Law at Stanford University who is an expert on energy and environmental law and climate policy joins us to discuss the mixed signals from the Trump Transition where he has a global warming denier in charge of the EPA transition and a former Koch Industries lobbyist in charge of the Energy Department transition who is dedicated to reversing and rolling back policies and subsidies that promote green energy and renewables while keeping in place subsidies for coal, oil and nuclear. 

 

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Then we look into the political turmoil in Italy following a constitutional referendum that was a stinging defeat for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and is widely seen as another populist political tantrum like “Brexit” and the election of Donald Trump in which an angry and alienated public voted to upend the political order and take their chances on the chaos that might follow. Alexander Stille, a Professor of International Journalism at Columbia University and author of “The Sack of Rome: How a Beautiful European Country with a fabled History and a Storied Culture was taken over by a Man Named Silvio Berlusconi”, whose latest book is “The Force of Things: Marriage in War and Peace”, joins us. We will discuss this upset victory by a former clown, Beppe Grillo, who has called for a new election within a week.

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Then finally we assess the nomination of Dr. Ben Carson to be the Trump Administration’s head of HUD, Housing and Urban Development, where the former neurosurgeon with no government experience will oversee an agency with a $47 billion annual budget. Ronnie Dunn, a Professor of Urban Studies at Cleveland State University joins us to discuss a man whose only background in housing has been to oppose attempts to desegregate public housing as “failed socialists experiments” and real estate deals with a convicted fraudster Alfonso Costa who heads up Carson’s charity and manages his real estate investments.

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December 4 - A Compilation of Recent Interviews: Steven Mnuchin's Amazing Raid on the Treasury; A Fox News Political Hack for the National Security Council; Fox News as the Brains of the White House

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We begin with an interview from November 30th examining the business reputation of Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, whose wealth appears to be derived from massive corporate welfare as a result of a vulture capitalist feast on the carcass of the 2008 Wall Street crash. After which Mnuchin bought a bailed-out bank for pennies on the dollar then aggressively foreclosing on tens of thousands of families using robo-signing of dubious liars-loan documents. Saied Kashani, a lawyer whose clients included the largest private homebuilders in California and litigated extensively against Mnuchin’s OneWest Bank, joins us. Saied acquired numerous private agreements between the government and the owners of OneWest through court orders and the Freedom of Information Act and we discuss Mnuchin’s amazing raid on the U.S. Treasury that he will now be in charge of. 

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Then we assess the 50 year-long U.S. embargo and countless assassination attempts on Castro’s life which just ended with him having outlived ten U.S. presidents. Roger Morris, who served on the senior staff of the National Security Council under presidents Johnson and Nixon and is the author of a comparative history of the inner politics of the U.S. and the USSR, “Kindred Rivals: America, Russia and Their Failed Ideals”, joins us. We will also discuss the makeup of Trump’s new national security team with the addition of a Fox News political hack, K.T. McFarland as the Deputy National Security advisor.  

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Then finally we discuss the extraordinary number of Fox News analysts who will be staffing the Trump White House, in part because Trump watches Fox News and gets much of his information from it. Dan Cassino, a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University and author of “Fox News and American Politics: How One Channel Shapes American Politics and Society” joins us to discuss how Fox News, the “Pravda” of the Republican Party, will now become the voice if not the brains of the White House. We also discuss the irony, now that Trump is considering General Petraeus to be the next Secretary of State, of the appointment of Fox News analyst K.T. McFarland as the Deputy National Security Advisor, given her past effort on behalf of Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch to recruit General Petraeus to run for president against his Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama in 2012. Apparently Petraeus’s conviction for sharing classified information with his mistress does not rise to the level of “crooked Hillary’s” alleged crime of having a private email server for which she was exonerated by the FBI.

 

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December 1 - Trump in Indiana: A Stunt or Delivering on a Promise?; What's Behind the Rise in the Price of Oil?; A Report on Castro's Funeral From Havana, Cuba

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We begin with the victory tour Donald Trump is taking across the Midwest and examine the deal that was made by Governor Pence of Indiana with United Technologies’ subsidiary Carrier to keep about 800 jobs in Indiana in exchange for state subsidies while still shipping over 1,000 jobs to Mexico as planned. Kevin Baker, an author and journalist who is currently a contributing editor at Harper’s magazine and the author of “America the Ingenious”, joins us to discuss whether Trump’s appearance today at the Carrier plant in Indianapolis is him making good on his promise or a stunt and a terrible precedent of runaway corporate welfare as Bernie Sanders is charging that will incentivize big corporations to threaten to take jobs overseas in order to receive blackmail payments from governments to stay in America.   

 

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Then we get an analysis of how Wall Street speculation continues to be the main factor behind the rise and fall of oil prices which have just gone up by 15% following an agreement among OPEC members to cut production which involved behind-the-scenes diplomacy by Russia’s President Putin who managed to get the antagonists Saudi Arabia and Iran to agree to the deal. One of the most quoted analysts on energy issues, Fadel Gheit, Managing Director and Senior Energy Strategist for Oil and Gas Research with Oppenheimer and Company, joins us to discuss the apparent capitulation by the Saudis who flooded the oil market to kill off the shale oil boom only to see the “frackers” thrive and their own budget deficits climb.

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Then finally we go to Havana, Cuba to speak with Antonio Gonzales, president of the largest and oldest non-partisan Latino voter participation organization in the U.S., the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project. We discuss the funeral procession underway in Cuba where the streets across the island nation are lined with mourners as the ashes of Fidel Castro make their way to a final resting place. We will look into who is among the world leaders gathered to pay respects and what changes might be ahead in Cuba as a new regime in the U.S. appears poised to go back to the past.     

 

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November 30 - Nancy Pelosi's Reelection as a Leader of a Party Needing New Leadership; Steven Mnuchin's Amazing Raid on the Treasury; Obama's Climate Change Legacy Undercut by the US Export-Import Bank

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We begin with the re-election of Nancy Pelosi as the leader of the House Democrats who beat back a challenge from Tim Ryan, a younger Democratic congressman from the heart of the rustbelt who represents Youngstown, Ohio. Marc Sandalow, the Associate Academic Director of the University of California Washington Program and author of “Madame Speaker: Nancy Pelosi’s Life, Times, and Rise to Power”, joins us to discuss the 134 to 63 vote and the age gap of the top three House Democrats who are all in their seventies, compared to the House Republican leadership of Paul Ryan at 46 and Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise both 51. With Trump’s narrow victory over Clinton coming from the rust belt states, we look into the charge that the Democrats have become a party of the “coastal elites” and have neglected the heartland that used to be their blue-collar base.

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Then we examine the business reputation of Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, whose wealth appears to be derived from massive corporate welfare as a result of a vulture capitalist feast on the carcass of the 2008 Wall Street crash. After which Mnuchin bought a bailed-out bank for pennies on the dollar then aggressively foreclosed1 on tens of thousands of families using robot-signing of dubious liars-loan documents. Saied Kashani, a lawyer whose clients included the largest private homebuilders in California and litigated extensively against Mnuchin’s OneWest Bank, joins us. Saied acquired numerous private agreements between the government and the owners of OneWest through court orders and the Freedom of Information Act and we discuss Mnuchin’s amazing raid on the U.S. Treasury that he will now be in charge of.

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Then finally we speak with Michael Gerrard, the Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and the Chair of the Faculty of Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He joins us to discuss a new study by The Guardian and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism’s Energy & Environmental Reporting Project that finds the Obama Administration’s climate change legacy has been undercut by the Administration’s own U.S. Export-Import Bank which poured billions into fossil-fuel projects, erasing gains from Obama’s clean power plan and fuel efficiency standards.

 

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November 29 - Fox News as the Brains of the White House; The Islamic State Takes Credit for The Ohio State Rampage; An Update on the Recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan

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We begin with the extraordinary number of Fox News analysts who will be staffing the Trump White House, in part because Trump watches Fox News and gets much of his information from it. Dan Cassino, a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University and author of “Fox News and American Politics: How One Channel Shapes American Politics and Society” joins us to discuss how Fox News, the “Pravda” of the Republican Party, will now become the voice if not the brains of the White House. We also discuss the irony, now that Trump is considering General Petraeus to be the next Secretary of State, of the appointment of Fox News analyst K.T. McFarland as the Deputy National Security Advisor, given her past effort on behalf of Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch to recruit General Petraeus to run for president against his Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama in 2012. Apparently Petraeus’s conviction for sharing classified information with his mistress does not rise to the level of “crooked Hillary’s” alleged crime of having a private email server for which she was exonerated by the FBI.

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Then we examine the latest possible terrorist incident which the Islamic State is taking credit for that took place on the campus of The Ohio State University where a Somali student drove his car into a crowd on the pavement then slashed at them with a butcher’s knife, wounding 11, one critically. The author of “Chasing Ghosts: The Policing of Terrorism”, John Mueller, a professor of political science and the Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies at The Ohio State University, joins us to discuss the apparent last-minute conversion of this hapless defender of Muslims, including the Rohingya in Myanmar, who was shot dead by a campus policeman.

 
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Then finally we get an update on the recounts of the votes in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan from Daniel Tokaji, a Professor of Law at The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and co-author of the casebook “Election Law: Cases and Materials”. We discuss the likelihood that the results in these states will not be overturned but that this will end up as an audit or an investigation to rule out hacking, intentional disregarding of ballots or illegal coordination between election officials and campaigns etc.

 

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