June 15, 2016

Program Notes
  • Segment 1:

    Senate Democrats Filibuster for Gun Sanity

    We begin with the filibuster underway in the U.S. Senate by Democratic senators led by senators from Connecticut who represent a community where young school children were massacred in Newtown, Connecticut in December of 2012. Joshua Horwitz, the Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence joins us to discuss the determination of Senator Chris Murphy and others to keep talking until the senate does something about America’s constantly recurring massacre problem. This follows the latest bloodbath in Orlando where 49 people were gunned down by a killer who had been investigated and interviewed by the FBI twice because of terrorist threats he had made yet he was hired as an armed security guard and was able to buy an assault rifle and a pistol shortly before turning the guns on innocent revelers at a nightclub.

  • Segment 2:

    The Russian's Hack the DNC for Dirt on Trump

    Then we look into the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s servers allegedly by Russian Intelligence services looking for opposition research the Democrats have on Donald Trump. Ross Schulman, Senior Policy Counsel at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute joins us to discuss the Russian intrusion which was only detected in April after the Russian hackers had been lurking inside the DNC’s network for almost a year.  We also assess why Russian and Chinese hackers were able to break into the State Department and the Office of Personnel Management leaving the impression that much of the government is simply not up to the task of protecting its own data.

  • Segment 3:

    Trump's Symbiotic Relationship With ISIS

    Then finally we speak with Robert Kuttner, the co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect who was formerly the chief investigator for the Senate Banking Committee, about his article at The Huffington Post “Trump and Mateen: Brothers in Hate”.  We discuss the other sick symbiosis between Trump and the Islamic State, given that Trump has been able to shamelessly exploit the Orlando tragedy and if ISIS terrorists strike again in the U.S., the resulting hysteria is likely to boost Trump’s chance of becoming the next President of the United States.