We're back today after a short break for the 4th of July. Since it's Thursday, Howie Klein of Down with Tyranny and the Blue America PAC joins in for our weekly discussion on politics, primaries and priorities. Today, Howie gives in to my line of thinking...
It's a busy Friday on the show as Nicole speaks with Simon Maloy of Media Matters about Trump's pardon of right wing provocateur Dinesh D'Sousa. Nicole also welcomes long-time progressive strategist Mike Lux, whose new book "How to Democrat in the Age of Trump" is released today.
The Michael Wolff book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, is still making waves and lots of news today. Trump's attorneys have threatened to sue Steve Bannon for quotes attributed to him in it, and both the author and publisher to keep them from releasing the book. Their response was to move the official release date from next Tuesday Jan.9 to tomorrow. (If it's a book you plan to buy from Amazon, please use this link so we get a small commission!) I recently discovered Current Affairs magazine when a friend posted an article written by its editor in chief, [...]
As usual, we started the show with a review of the day's news. During today's Talk Media News update, Luke Vargas told us about a new report on extreme poverty and human rights from the UN. You can read that report here. Today we welcomed author and professor Harvey J. Kaye back to the show to talk about the Democrats past failures and what they can do to turn things around.
Nicole speaks with the Roosevelt Institute's Mike Konczal about his Vox.com article, "Who’s truly rebuilding the Democratic Party? The activists." Then Down With Tyranny and the Blue America PAC's Howie Klein joins in. We talked about Ted Lieu's endorsement of Randy Bryce, veterans who are running for office, and more progressive politics.
Today we delved into the madness surrounding North Korea and its nuclear weapons program, and D'ump's reaction to it. I read a piece from The Nation that informed me that the president can unilaterally launch a nuclear bomb without approval of Congress or anyone else. Please read it and share widely! David Atkins, contributor to Washington Monthly, joined me to discuss one of his columns: "Bernie, Kamala, and the Left's War of Mutually Assured Destruction" which highlights the latest divide among the political left and which must be fixed if we're to get ourselves out of this Trump dump.
Today I'm joined by Gaius Publius who wrote at Down with Tyranny about our collapsing social contract. Kelly Carlin was supposed to be on today's show, but had to postpone due to a death in her family. We'll reschedule as soon as possible. In the meantime, check out the webinar she'll be hosting beginning next Wednesday!
We started the show recapping the insane news from the past 2 weeks... then it was time for Howie Klein of Down with Tyranny & the Blue America PAC about politics and the race toward 2018.
Trump today introduced his tax plan, which would cut corporate and small business rates down to 15%, repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax for individuals and otherwise enrich the wealthy and hurt the struggling... Did you expect anything less? Many experts say this plan could cost upwards of $6 trillion! The GOP-led FCC started the ball rolling on reversing the Net Neutrality rules... start paying attention! D'ump signed an Executive Order calling for a "review" of our national monuments, with the goal of reversing the many lands that President Obama had designated as national monuments in order to protect them from [...]