Trump Praises a Dictator on Stealing an Election
Show Us Your Taxes Before So-Called "Tax Reform"
Results in Georgia's Special Election
We begin with the fraud-ridden and rigged referendum in Turkey that the Europeans and half of the Turkish population are disputing, but nevertheless, the President of the United States gave it his blessing and called Turkey’s new dictator Erdogan to congratulate him on his “victory”. Turkish-born Asli Bali, the Director of the Center for Near Eastern Studies and a professor of law at the UCLA School of Law, joins us. We will discuss the possibility that Trump is either acting out of ignorance, amateurism or cynicism in undercutting the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Council of Europe who have disputed the vote and complained about the un-level playing field, and the educated and urban half of Turkey who are now under the thumb of a repressive and illegitimate regime bent on further eroding their democratic rights, the freedom of the press and Turkey’s secular traditions.
Then on this last day to file income tax returns, we will look into Donald Trump’s continuing refusal to release his taxes as he and House Speaker Paul Ryan prepares a “tax reform” package that will benefit billionaires, hurt the poor, con the middle class and blow up the deficit. Edward Kleinbard, a Professor of Law at the University of Southern California who served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation, joins us to discuss the Democrat’s demand that Trump reveal his taxes before the tax code is overhauled with changes that will further enrich Trump and his family.
Then we will get an update on the special election in Georgia where the Democrats are pinning their hopes on an upset victory in a Republican district which could be seen as an early rejection of the Trump administration before its first one hundred days. Andra Gillespie, a professor of Political Science at Emory University who worked as an analyst for Democratic pollster Mark Mellman, joins us to discuss the results that require 50% plus one vote for an outright win by Jon Ossoff the Democratic challenger, otherwise there will be a June 20 runoff that could favor the Republicans.
We begin with the announcement today by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the Trump Administration will withhold $4.1 billion in DOJ grants unless some 300 American communities can certify that they are not so-called sanctuary cities and counties. Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, the Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice in Boston, who is the first to sue the Trump Administration on behalf of sanctuary communities, joins us. We will discuss how the issue of state’s rights comes into play in this case when the Federal government is trying to impose its will and muscle smaller communities that want to uphold the law for all citizens into adopting policies that will result in minority communities not cooperating with local police.
Then we will assess whether Devon Nunes, the Republican Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, is trying to sabotage inquiries into the Trump Administration’s alleged ties to Russia or if he is just a dumb guy put in charge of overseeing intelligence. David Halperin, a former counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee joins us to discuss the desperate and clumsy attempt to give Trump cover with so-called “intelligence” that Nunes was given by the White House the day before he showed up there again to hand the target of an investigation “evidence” that Trump claims exonerates him.
Then finally we will look into the extent to which Trump can sabotage Obamacare, which after the Trump-Ryan repeal and replace plan blew up, a chastened Paul Ryan reminded us is now the law of the land. An expert on health policies, James Morone, a professor of Political Science and Urban Studies at Brown University and author of “The Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office” joins us to discuss whether Trump can make his claim that Obamacare will “explode” a reality.
We will begin with the emerging civil war within the GOP after the failure of the party that controls the White House and the Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare which Republicans voted to do 60 times, campaigned on in the 2016 elections, and promised to get done as their first priority in the new Trump Administration. Norman Ornstein, a contributing writer for The Atlantic and the co-author of the bestseller “It’s Even Worse Than it Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism” now in an updated version “It’s Even Worse Than it Was”, joins us to discuss how much Paul Ryan is being blamed for the debacle that the businessman-in-chief and author of “The Art of the Deal” appears to be walking away from.
Then we will go to London to speak with Bill Browder, an American businessman who was the largest investor in Russia until he fell afoul of Putin and was refused entry into Russia. His lawyer Sergei Magnitsky was murdered by Russian government officials in league with organized crime and we will discuss the assassination in Kiev of a member of Russia’s Duma who was close to the Putin inner circle and was about to testify against Yanukovych, the ousted kleptocratic former Ukrainian president who had Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort on his payroll. We will also examine the attempted murder of the lawyer representing Magnitsky’s widow who was about to testify about the laundering of stolen money through Cyprus banks.
Then finally we will speak with Ambassador Alexander Vershbow a distinguished fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council who was the former deputy secretary general of NATO. We will discuss the 60th anniversary of the treaty of Rome that foundered the European Union and the extent to which the Trump Administration has abandoned the leadership of what we call the “free world” now that the battle between Communism and capitalism is over and we are in a struggle between autocracy and democracy.
We will begin with the terrorist attack on Westminster Bridge and the grounds of Britain’s Parliament House that left 4 dead and 20 injured and speak with Nafeez Ahmed, the editor in chief of Insurgeintelligence at medium.com who is a weekly columnist for Middle East Eye and the author of “Failing States, Collapsing Systems”. He joins us from London to discuss the likely suspects and the motives behind today’s attack which appears to fit into the pattern and the overall strategy of ISIS which is to drive a wedge between Muslims living in Europe and the rest of the populations in order to sow division and religious and racist animus.
Then we will speak with a veteran CIA officer Robert Baer who is currently the national security affairs analyst on CNN. He joins us to discuss the latest revelation from the Associated Press that Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort offered to help Vladimir Putin advance Russia’s interests in a $10 million a year contract he signed with a Russian oligarch who is a close ally of Putin. We will discuss the growing evidence that treason was committed by Trump’s top campaign official and his former National Security Advisor in what was an electronic equivalent of a Pearl Harbor attack by the Kremlin on American democracy itself.
Then finally we will assess the likelihood of the passage of the Ryan and Trump healthcare bill that was supposed to be voted on tomorrow. We will examine whether if it fails to pass in House, could that be seen as the beginning of the end of the Trump Administration since the emperor, who threaten wayward Tea Party Congressmen, would appear to have no clothes and no clout with his own party in his first effort to get a bill passed. Abbe Gluck, a Professor of Law and Director of the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School, joins us to discuss the stakes involved in the Republican repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.
We begin with today’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the late Justice Scalia. Eric Segall, a Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law and author of “Supreme Court Myths: Why the Supreme Court is not a Court and its Justices are not Judges” joins us to discuss what he calls a charade in which Trump’s candidate for the Supreme Court is not required to answer any question that pertains to the broader political and social reality in which we all live, but rather is allowed to restrict himself to matters of legal precedent and procedure, wrapped in the majesty of the law inside a cocoon that insulates him from any real-world impact that the Court’s decisions might have on the lives of everyday people.
Then Paul Collins, Director and Professor of Legal Studies in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst joins us with Lori Ringhand, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a Professor of Law at the University of Georgia School of Law. They are the co-authors of “Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings and Constitutional Change” and we discuss the important questions that were not answered about “dark money” from unknown benefactors being spent on Gorsuch’s behalf and the fact that he will be sitting in a “stolen seat”.
Then finally we look into whether threats from Donald Trump and warnings from Paul Ryan will sway the 26 House Republicans who so far are refusing to get on board the repeal and replace Obamacare bill that is supposed to be voted on this Thursday. An expert on health insurance markets and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Dania Palanker, a Research Professor at the Center on Health Insurance Reform at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute joins us to discuss whether the bill will squeak through the House to face an even more uphill climb in the Senate.
We begin with an analysis of the presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in terms of the intellectual versus the anti-intellectual and assess the extent to which the Clinton campaign smugly takes comfort from Trump’s daily bomblets of political incorrectness and fact-free pronouncements, instead of understanding the anger, disgust and disillusionment that drove people to vote for Bernie Sanders and underpins support for Donald Trump. Michael Lind, the co-founder of The New America Foundation and the author of “Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States” joins us to discuss his article at The Smart Set, “Intellectuals Are Freaks: Why professors, pundits and policy wonks misunderstand the world” and whether being the smartest person in the room is a help or hindrance in the 2016 campaign.
Then we speak with Joel Rogers, a professor of law, political science, public affairs, and sociology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and author of “American Society: How it Really Works”. He joins us to discuss the Trump rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin at which Donald Trump read a prepared text endorsing House Speaker Paul and Senator John McCain in an apparent act of contrition orchestrated by Paul Ryan’s friend the RNC Chair Reince Preibus. With right-wing activists like Ann Coulter actively campaigning against Ryan’s reelection in Tuesday’s primary, we examine how this rust belt state could end up being the key to who wins the election.
Then finally we look into the remarks by the former acting director of the CIA, Mike Morrell, who called Donald Trump an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation, and assess why Vladimir Putin appears to be trying to help elect Trump when the smart money is on Hillary Clinton winning handily. A former Senior Staffer on both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, Loch Johnson, the Regent’s Professor of Political Science at the University of Georgia and author of “The Threat on the Horizon: An Inside Account of America’s Search for Security After the Cold War” joins us to discuss Putin’s undisguised dislike of Hillary and why she and President Obama should try to reach out to the Russian leader.
The Assassination of an M.P.’s Impact on the “Brexit” Vote
We begin with the rise of nativism and nationalism in the U.K. following the brutal murder of Jo Cox a Labor Member of Parliament by an assassin who calls himself “Death to traitors, freedom for Britain”, this ahead of Thursday’s vote on the so-called “Brexit” of the U.K. from the E.U. Polly Toynbee, a columnist for The Guardian who was formerly the BBC’s social affairs editor and associate editor of The Independent, joins us to discuss the similarities in the U.K. to the rise of anti-immigrant racism in the U.S. that Donald Trump is stoking amongst angry white working class voters and the neck-and-neck polls that indicate a slight lead for the “leave” vote although the widespread shock and revulsion over the killing of the rising star in the Labor Party may tip the scales for the “remain” vote.
Is the Republican Party Heading For a Crack-Up?
Then we look into the growing signs that the Republican Party is heading for a crack-up as more and more Republicans alarmed by the down-ballot disaster that Donald Trump poses for Republican control of the Senate and now even the House, are calling for a rules change at the convention to ease Trump out of the race and replace him with a candidate like Paul Ryan who could mitigate the electoral meltdown Republican congressmen and senators fear. Bruce Bartlett, a columnist for The Fiscal Times who was a senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House joins us to discuss whether his prediction a year ago in Politico that Trump’s defeat will purge the GOP of the Tea Party still holds as the Republican Party now appears to be trying to purge Trump.
An In-Depth Interview With Ambassador Chas Freeman
Then finally we speak with Ambassador Chas Freeman, a Senior Fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Affairs and a former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs and U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. He joins us to discuss his new book “America’s Continuing Misadventures in the Middle East” and his latest article at The National Interest “What America Keeps Getting Wrong in the Middle East”. We investigate the many foreign policy blunders as well as explore policy changes that could reverse the serial quagmires the U.S. both creates and mires itself in the Middle East.
Obama’s Takedown of Trump
We begin with the passionate speech President Obama delivered today to rebut yesterday’s self-serving response to the Orlando tragedy by Donald Trump in which Obama, without mentioning Trump’s name, ridiculed the absurdity that using the phrase “Radical Islam” would in any way deal with the threats that terrorists like ISIS pose to the United States. Lawrence Korb, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress who served as Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Reagan Administration and is the author of “A New National Security Strategy in an Age of Terrorists, Tyrants, and Weapons of Mass Destruction”, joins us to discuss Obama’s furious takedown of Trump and Hillary Clinton’s call to go after “lone wolves”.
A Rare Victory for the People Over Corporate Power
Then we look into a rare victory for the people over corporate power in a critical decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that upheld net neutrality, meaning that telecomm giants and cable monopolies will not be able to block or slow down Internet content for consumers. Matt Wood, Policy Director at Free Press joins us to discuss what this means for mobile and broadband service which, had the ruling gone the other way, would get even worse than it is ending up with the poverty of choice from “paid prioritization” of corporate content over consumer choice. But the fact remains that, in spite of the Internet having been invented in the United States, Telecomm and Cable monopolies who control the pipe into the home, charge customers much more for some of the worst services in the world compared to Japan, South Korea and France where high speed broadband internet service is up to 100 times faster for one quarter of the cost.
Paul Ryan’s Gift Basket to Corporate Interests and Big Donors
Then finally we examine today’s Republican Economic Plan issued by Speaker Paul Ryan that is essentially issued a gift basket to corporate interests and powerful donors like the Koch Brothers. Robert Weissman, the President of Public Citizen and the Chair of the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards joins us to describe Paul Ryan’s agenda of rolling back science-based health, safety, consumer, worker and environmental protections while denying victims of corporate predators like investment advisers the right to seek redress in court.
ISIS Plans for Asymmetrical Warfare in Europe
We begin with an assessment of the recent AP report based on French and Iraqi intelligence sources that claims 400 daesh or Islamic State fighters have been seeded into the refugee flow in Europe and are now poised to create mayhem. A former radical who was deeply involved in jihadism until he came to see that his extremism was inconsistent with the teachings of the Quran, Mubin Saikh, joins us. He became an undercover counterterrorism operative for the Canadian security intelligence service and is the author of “Undercover Jihadi: Inside the Toronto 18 – al Qaeda Inspired, Homegrown, Terrorism in the West” and we discuss how as daesh is getting pounded in Syria and Iraq and losing territory, it is striking back by employing asymmetrical warfare to attack soft targets in Europe.
Will Paul Ryan Be The Next GOP Presidential Nominee?
Then we speak with Peter Dreier, the Distinguished Professor of Politics at Occidental College and author of “The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame”. We discuss his article at The American Prospect and The Huffington Post “Paul Ryan: The GOP’s Next Presidential Nominee?” and the desperate efforts underway by the Republican “establishment “ to stop Trump as they throw their lot in with a right-wing radical now posing as a centrist Ted Cruz, and we’ll look into whether the increasing speculation about a brokered Republican convention could be an opening for a dark horse to emerge in the form of Paul Ryan riding to rescue the GOP from an electoral meltdown in 2016.
Inside Bernie Sanders’ Fundraising Revolution
Then finally we examine the revolution underway in political fundraising that Bernie Sanders has tapped into where a grassroots army of small donors is making up for the billionaires arrayed against the Sanders campaign which has forged a partnership with the non-profit ActBlue who this month announced they had raised more than a billion dollars for Democrats since their launch in 2004. David Karpf, a Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University and author of “The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy”, joins us.