July 24 - Hillary's Campaign Blames the Russians for the DNC emails leak; A 9/11 Widow on the Declassified 28 Pages Implicating Saudi Arabia; A Profile of Senator Tim Kaine, the Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee

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We begin with Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook’s accusation that the Russians are behind the leak of the DNC emails by Wikileaks on the eve of the Democratic convention that have reignited friction between supporters of Bernie Sanders and Clinton and caused the Democratic Party to cancel appearances by the Chair of DNC who was supposed to preside over next week’s Democratic convention in Philadelphia. Masha Gessen, a Russian/American journalist and author of “The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin”, joins us to discuss how much Vladimir Putin is tipping the scales against Hillary Clinton in favor of Donald Trump who Russian state media and Putin’s English-language propaganda outlet RT clearly support. Since investigations done by CrowdStrike, a reputable Internet forensic operation have traced the hacks of The Clinton Foundation and the DNC to Russian Intelligence services, we will assess the role of Wikileaks in dumping these hacked emails which Julian Assange warned earlier on his show on RT that  “we have emails relating to Hillary Clinton which are pending publication”.

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Then we speak with Kristen Breitweiser, the 9/11 widow and activist who pressured a reluctant Bush Administration to investigate the 9/11 attacks and has testified before the joint inquiry of Congress and the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee and has an article at Consortium News, “The Long-Hidden Saudi 9/11 Trail” which points out that the recently-released 28 pages classified by the Bush Administration which Saudi and U.S. officials have tried to downplay and gaslight, contain  explosive revelations which are in fact leads that were not run down and investigated because of pressure from the top not to investigate the Saudis.

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Then finally we get a profile on Hillary Clinton’s pick as her vice presidential running mate, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, and speak with Dan Palazzolo, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Richmond, Virginia. He joins us to discuss the career of the former Mayor of Richmond who became the state’s governor and then senator as well as address the criticisms of Kaine from Bernie Sanders’ followers and Donald Trump.

 

Jul 21 - The Continuing GOP Train Wreck in Cleveland; Mike Pence's "Christian Credentials"; A Patriotic Millionaire Protests a Billionaire

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We begin with the drama at last night’s Republican convention in Cleveland where Ted Cruz was the skunk at Donald Trump’s picnic, deliberately refusing to endorse him amid a cacophony of boos which overshadowed the introduction of Trump’s Vice Presidential running mate Congressman Mike Pence. David Graham, a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers political and global news, joins us to discuss the continuing train wreck that the GOP convention appears to be to political professionals and the press, but apparently not to Donald Trump who seems to think that any publicity is good publicity and that his followers operate in an alternative universe that loathes the mainstream media and beltway pundits and are much less likely to tell pollsters who they are voting for so that come November, Trump will surprise the establishment again.

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Then we get an assessment of Mike Pence’s debut in the political big league and speak with Frederick Clarkson, a senior fellow at Political Research Associates who has studied the Religious Right for 30 years and is the author of a recent report “When Exemption is the Rule: The Religious Freedom Strategy of the Christian Right”. We discuss the piety of Mike Pence who is both a Tea Party and Christian conservative who as Governor of Indiana, signed into law a version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act which sanctioned discrimination and bigotry in the name of religion and blew up in Pence’s face when the business community rose up force Pence to amend it which then infuriated Pence’s evangelical constituency.

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Then finally we speak with Morris Pearl who serves as the Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires, a group of 200 high-net-worth Americans who are committed to building a more prosperous, stable, equitable, and inclusive nation. He has been in Cleveland for the last three days and joins us to discuss why a millionaire is protesting a billionaire and why working Americans believe that Trump, who refuses to release his tax returns, is interested in their welfare when they pay much higher taxes as a percentage of their income than he does. 

 

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July 20 - Erdogan Purges With a Vengeance; New Jersey Takes a Backseat to Chris Christie's Blind Ambition; The Vulnerability of 131 American B61 Nuclear Bombs in Turkey and Europe

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We begin with the aftermath of the failed military coup in Turkey and speak with a specialist on Turkey who was there during the coup attempt. Henri Barkey, the Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars who served as a member of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, joins us to discuss the wholesale purges underway in Turkey by President Erdogan who has seized on the failed coup to accelerate his own power grab that was underway and now knows no bounds as one third of the military is jailed or sacked, most of the judiciary has been eviscerated and both public and private schools and universities are seeing their teachers and professors banned along with 1500 deans forced to resign from their university posts.

 

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Then we look into Governor Chris Christie’s fiery speech at the Republican convention and his unseemly courtship of Donald Trump that recently saw him jilted as the most ardent suitor for the Vice President’s job and now has him looking for another top job in a Trump Administration all the while abandoning his current job in New Jersey as the state’s roads grind to a halt following Governor Christie’s order to stop all work on more than $3 billion worth of road and bridge repair projects. Robert Hennelly, a contributing writer for Salon and a political analyst for WBGO, an NPR affiliate in Newark, New Jersey, joins us from the RNC in Cleveland to discuss how New Jersey is taking a backseat to Christie’s blind ambition.

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Then finally we examine the security, or lack thereof, of nuclear weapons in Europe, and especially in Turkey where about 50 nuclear bombs stored at the Incirlik NATO airbase 70 miles from the border with Syria were in limbo when the Turkish commander of the base where the nukes are kept was arrested after the coup when power to the base was cut. Lydia Dennett, an investigator at POGO, the Project on Government Oversight who works on the safety and security of nuclear weapons and power facilities, joins us to discuss the vulnerability of 131 American B61 nuclear bombs currently deployed at NATO military bases in Belgium, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands.

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July 19 - Unmistakable Plagiarism in the Keynote Speech at the Opening Night of the Republican Convention; Hate Speech and Personal Attacks Dominate the Republican Convention

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We begin with the apparent plagiarism by either Melania Trump or her speechwriter with the use of identical passages from a speech by Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic convention which soon became apparent after the keynote speech last night by the wife of the Republican candidate for president, Donald Trump. Paul Glastris, a former special assistant and senior speechwriter to President Bill Clinton, who wrote over 200 speeches for the president, joins us to discuss how such a clumsy and amateurish act could have happened and who might be responsible. And since the Trump campaign are arrogantly refusing to acknowledge the obvious, and nobody has fallen on their sword and taken the fall, could the former Slovenian model who insisted she wrote the speech herself “with a little help from others”, have lifted the passages from a similar keynote address by the wife of someone Trump has routinely vilified and spewed endless hatred and lies at, the President of the United States, Barack Obama?  

 

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Then we look into the hate speech and personal attacks that dominated last night’s Republican convention, most of which were aimed at Hillary Clinton that animated the crowd and riled them up into chanting “lock her up”. Joining us is Ian Haney Lopez, a Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley and author of “White by Law” whose latest book is “Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class”. We discuss how racist hateful attacks against Obama are not even coded at the Republican convention where after addressing the crowd, soap opera actor and underwear model, Antonio Sabato told ABC News that Obama “is on the other side, the Middle East…the bad guys…we’ve had a Muslim president for seven and a half years”.

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July 18 - How the Police are Reacting to the Possiblity of Becoming Targets; The GOP as the Party of Angry White People; How the Right Tears Down America

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We begin with the latest shooting of police officers, this time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where a sniper with a similar military background as the shooter in Dallas, ambushed police officers killing three and wounding three more. The award-winning investigative journalist who has covered the police and the criminal justice system for decades, Joe Domanick, joins us to discuss how police forces around the country are reacting to the possibility that they are becoming targets of the rampant gun violence in America. Joe is the Associate Director of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the author of a number of books on policing, the latest of which is “Blue: The Ruin and Redemption of the LAPD”.

 

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Then, on this first day of the Republican convention in Cleveland, we examine the extent to which the GOP has become the party of angry white people headed by a racist demagogue who is the leading voice of the “birther” movement that has sought to de-legitimize America’s first African/American president with the claim that he is a stealth Kenyan, not an American, nefariously out to undermine America with a hidden agenda that Trump just hinted at on Fox News with the claim that Obama’s body language suggested he is in favor of shooting cops. Alan Abramowitz, a Professor of Political Science at Emory University and author of “Voice of the People: Elections and Voting Behavior in the United States” joins us to discuss the demographics of the angry white voter and why they believe in Trump and his not-so-coded racist messages.

 
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Then finally we speak with a long-time former senior House and Senate staffer, Mike Lofgren, the author of “The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government”. He joins us to discuss his latest article at Consortium News, “How the Right Tears Down America” and why Trump’s call to “make America great again” resonates with working Americans who do not feel they are benefiting from the fact that the world’s 11 largest firms based on market capitalization, are American-based. 

 

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