Nicole looks at the Speaker-in-Waiting Kevin McCarthy and what makes him a comedian's dream. Plus Hillary Clinton comes out in opposition to the TPP! Professor of Freedom & Democracy, Harvey J. Kaye and Down With Tyranny/Blue America PAC's Howie Klein guest.
Despite the fact that the 2016 presidential election is more than 14 months away, the various campaigns are pulling out all the stops to get their way. Today, Nicole discusses the latest electoral and debate news with Driftglass of the Professional Left Podcast, and Howie Klein of Down with Tyranny and the Blue America PAC. Plus the latest news, info and snark as we count down to Labor Day!
Nicole continues the discussion of Brian Williams' story telling with Julianna Forlano. Attorney and author Stuart Smith tells us about fighting Big Oil. Plus the Grammys. And Howie Klein explains at Down with Tyranny his absence.
Americans have really short memories. It was less than a year ago that the Republicans shut down the US government for 16 very long days. And now Mitch McConnell is threatening to do it again. I suggest we take those threats very seriously. To refresh our country's collective memory loss: First, Federal employees were furloughed for a combined total of 6.6 million days, more than in any previous government shutdown. At its peak, about 850,000 individuals per day were furloughed. That number fell once most Department of Defense civilian employees were able to return to work as the Pentagon implemented the [...]
I'd always nod along when Randi Rhodes would say that it's not if it'll happen, but when. And I, like she, always wondered what the catalyst will be that finally lights the fuse. Back in 2010, the spark that begat the Arab Spring was one of those proverbial straws breaking the camel's back-- a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire to protest his government's treatment of himself and his fellow citizens along with its brazen corruption. Before dawn on Friday, Dec. 17, as [Mohammed] Bouazizi pulled his cart along the narrow, rutted stone road toward the market, two police officers blocked his path and [...]
President Obama admitted the US tortured "some folks" following the 9-11 attacks. Obama has used the word "torture" before to describe the harsh interrogation tactics used at CIA-run secret prisons during the Bush administration. But his words at a White House news conference were notably more direct than previous statements. The comments reflect the line the president is preparing to walk as he gets ready for the release of a Senate committee report on the Bush-era rendition, detention and interrogation program. According to the president, torture is not OK - but lying about torture is acceptable, as long as you [...]
Sometimes it feels as if we're taking on the whole world. That's because caring, responsible people just can't sit idly by while the world is crumbling around us. It's why we fight back against the immoral assholes who scream "Get out" to refugee children whose parents risked their lives on the remote hope they'll find better futures here. It's why we recoil in horror when the images of bombed schools and hospitals with blood and bodies strewn senselessly about cross our TV and computer screens. And why we fight back against the big moneyed interests whose only agenda seems to [...]
One of the first things I saw this morning was a tweet from The Nation's Greg Mitchell about a leak of the audio of Bradley Manning's testimony from his pre-trial hearing held a couple of weeks ago. Just out: Audio of Bradley Manning's court statement, one hour long, leaked and now published:bit.ly/W57hPk — Greg Mitchell (@GregMitch) March 12, 2013 A leak of the leaker. Perfect. I followed this link to the Freedom of the Press Foundation page that published the audio, along with the YouTube video (below) I shared on the show this morning, and an explanation of why they [...]