April 28 - Trump and Cruz’s Economic Fantasy; In the Year of the Outsider, Trump Could Win; Could China and the US Drift Into a New Cold War?

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We begin with President's stinging rebuke of the economic plans being offered up by Donald Trump and Ted Cruz which Obama described as "fantasies". Economist Bruce Bartlett, who served as a domestic policy advisor to Ronald Regan and deputy assistant for economic policy in the Treasury Department during the George H.W. Bush administration, joins us to discuss the absurdity of Trump's economic plans that would add $9.6 trillion to the deficit in a decade while Cruz's plan would add $8.5 trillion over the same period. We also discuss a prescient article Bruce Bartlett wrote for Politico last July "A Moderate Republican's Case for Trump: Only Trump Can Make the GOP Sane Again - By Losing in a Landslide to Hillary Clinton". 

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Then Matthew Rothschild joins us in the studio. He is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and the former editor of The Progressive Magazine and we discuss his efforts to get money out of politics in Wisconsin where Governor Scott Walker has benefited greatly from outside billionaire money that has financed a reactionary agenda in the state. We also discuss the presidential race now increasingly narrowing to a Clinton/Trump face off that, in this year of the outsider, could see Donald Trump elected as the next president of United States.

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Then finally historian Alfred McCoy joins us in the studio to discuss President Obama's pivot to Asia and the strategy that underlies it and the possibility of the U.S. and China drifting into a new Cold War. A TomDispatch regular, Alfred McCoy holds the Harrington Chair in History at the University of Wisconsin and is the author of "Policing America's Empire: the United States, the Philippines, and the Rise of the Surveillance State" and a forthcoming book on U.S. global power "Ending the American Empire".    

 

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April 27 -An Analysis of Last Night's Primary Election Results; Comparisons Between the Anti-War Movement of the Sixties and the Bernie Sanders Movement of Today

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We begin with last night's primary election results from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island which resulted in a blow-out victory in all states for Donald Trump on the Republican side and wins for Hillary Clinton in four of the five on the Democratic primaries with Bernie Sanders winning in Rhode Island. We will begin with an analysis of the way forward for Bernie Sanders following a statement last night from his campaign that did not mention wining the nomination, but rather focused on giving voters a chance to express themselves in the forthcoming primaries and the Sanders campaign exercising its influence in the Democratic convention on behalf of the eight million voters who have already demonstrated their support for the insurgent campaign of Senator Sanders. John Nichols, The Nation magazine's Washington correspondent, whose latest book with Robert McChesney is "People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy", joins us to discuss last night's electoral results and whether a Clinton- Trump presidential race will be the cakewalk for Hillary as the Republicans fear and the Democrats gleefully anticipate. 

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Then the mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, Paul Soglin joins us. He was active in that city's anti-war protests in the 60's which were chronicled in David Maraniss's book, "They Marched Into Sunlight and we discuss similarities with the anti-war movement of youthful activist to the current youthful insurgency inspired by Bernie Sanders and assess a way forward for the Sander's movement beyond the current political races given the energy and activism that has been generated, which if channelled could become the future of the Democratic Party or a powerful political movement on the left that could counter the rightward drift in America. 

 

 

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April 26 - Similarities Between the Campaigns of Eugene McCarthy and Bernie Sanders; Our Rotten, Corrupt and Deliberately Complicated Election System

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We begin with the possibility that the current divisions between the Sanders and Clinton campaigns will continue and could become more strained at the primary process heads towards its likely conclusion in California on June 7. Matt Lindstrom, a Professor of Political Science at St. John’s University where he is the Director of the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement, joins us. We discuss similarities shaping up between the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago and this year’s Democratic convention, in terms of how the young flocked to Eugene McCarthy’s 1968 campaign in huge numbers that resulted in a rift between the insurgent McCarthy and the establishment candidate Vice President Humphrey who was narrowly beaten by Nixon, leaving a bitter residue in the Democratic Party which effectively lost the executive branch for decades after.

 

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Then we are joined in the studio by award-winning investigative reporter, political columnist and foreign correspondent Andrew Gumbel whose latest book, just out is “Down for the Count: Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in America”. On the eve of tonight’s primary election results in five states, we examine the truth in Donald Trump’s charges that the system is rigged and look into why it is that the United States is alone among advanced democracies in having a deliberately complicated and easily-gamed election system whose manifest flaws were exposed in Florida in 2000 but essential remain as broken as ever today, a condition which appears to be the way the two major parties, the Democrats and especially the Republicans want it.

 

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April 25 - How to Get Money Out of Politics; What Happened to the Party of the People?

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We begin with the $5 billion dollar election underway, which if you factor in all the local, state and federal elections, will likely end up being closer to a $10 billion dollar spending spree, and speak with Wendell Potter the co-author of a new book "Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It". With the growing likelihood that Donald Trump will win big in tomorrow’s primaries and move closer to the magic 1237 delegate number, we discuss how the Republican money machine will coalesce around him in spite of his claim to not take special interest money and only spend his own. And we also discuss the positive contribution of Bernie Sanders whose campaign has been well funded by small donors and could serve as a future model if the Democrats win the White House and Senate and can overturn "Citizens United" with a new Supreme Court.

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Then we speak with Thomas Frank, the author of “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” and “Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-times Swindle and Unlikely Comeback of the Right” and his latest book, just out, “Listen Liberal” Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?”  He joins us to discuss why in spite of their venom spewed at Barack Obama, the uber-rich 1% have done very well under his presidency having gotten what they want: more immigration, trade deals and continued defense spending which ironically might be threatened by a President Trump. We look into why the party of the people has become captured by a globalist-minded elite both economically and culturally, while the Republican Party under Trump could become the party of the working class.

 

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April 24 - The "Bernie or Bust" and "People for Bernie" Movements; Trump's New Campaign Chief's Sleazy and Murderous Clients; Obama's European Agenda and Saudi Arabia's "Vision 2030"

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We begin with the BernieOrBust movement, which in spite of Bernie Sanders’ promise not to be another Ralph Nader, is vowing to vote for Sanders as a write-in candidate if he loses the nomination. Neil Sroka, the Communications Director of Democracy for America, a grassroots political organization founded by Howard Dean that supports Bernie Sanders, joins us to discuss the challenge Sanders faces, should he lose the nomination, in convincing his passionate followers to vote for Hillary Clinton and the “People for Bernie” movement that is forming to continue building the “political revolution” after the primaries are over.

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Then we speak with Ken Vogel, the Chief Investigative Reporter for Politico, who tracks the confluence of money, politics and influence. He is the author of “Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp – on the Trail of the Ultra-rich Hijacking American Politics” and we discuss his latest article at Politico “Trump campaign brings in lobbyists for key posts” and the clients who Trump’s new convention chief Paul Manafort has serviced which include the dictators Marcos and Mobutu as well as the recently ousted Ukrainian kleptocrat Victor Yanukovych.

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Then finally we examine President Obama’s visit to the U.K and Germany and look into his upcoming meeting with European leaders and speak with Michael Brenner, a Professor of international Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of “Toward a More Independent Europe” and discusses Obama’s efforts to shore up the NATO alliance as well as his recent meetings at the Gulf Summit in Saudi Arabia where the Saudis are apparently anxiously awaiting the “Saudi Vision 2030” manifesto the new boy king, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is unveiling on Monday.

 

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