Gaming Our Broken Electoral and Delegate Systems
We begin with the increasingly nasty exchanges between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz over the GOP delegate race with Cruz accusing Trump of acting like a Mafia Don withÂ Paul Manafort,Â his consigliere, and Trump calling the Republican delegate rules a â€œdirty trickâ€ for which the RNC â€œshould be ashamedâ€.Â Ari Berman, a political correspondent for The Nation and author of â€œGive Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in Americaâ€ joins us to discuss the real voter suppression that Republicans are engaged in which they are certainly not crying foul over since it only effects Democratic voters, and the key role that Ted Cruz played in Florida in 2000 when our broken electoral system was exposed. We compare then to now with the gaming of the byzantine RNC and DNC rules that both parties play with, since what happens between who wins primary elections and how delegates vote in party conventions appears to be up for grabs.
The Kochs and Senate Republican Kill Clean Energy Tax Credits
Then on the day that Peabody Energy, the worldâ€™s largest privately-owned coal producer files for bankruptcy, when we learn that the Koch Brother and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have killed clean energy tax credits for geothermal, small wind, fuel cells and combined heat, we speak with an energy insiderÂ David FreemanÂ who headed the TVA, New York Power and the LA DWP. He joins us to discuss how the dirty fossil fuel industry is determined to kill alternative energy even if they kill the planet in the process.
The Islamic State Take Credit For the Paris and Brussels Massacres
Then finally we look into the Islamic Stateâ€™s boasts in their propaganda magazine â€œDabiqâ€ where they took credit for the massacres in Belgium and Paris naming the bombers who honed their skills fighting for daesh in Syria.Â Henri Barkey, the Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars joins us to discuss his article in The National Interest â€œThe Raqqa Imperativeâ€ and how further terrorist attacks in Europe, and for that matter America, will reward far right politicians and fundamentally change the Transatlantic relationship.
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