From the Iran deal pullout to the Michael Cohen payments to Gina Haspell's confirmation hearings and more, it's a busy Wednesday. Dave Johnson, former senior fellow at the Campaign for America's Future who blogs at Seeing the Forest joins Nicole to wade through the swamp. National security journalist Marcy Wheeler joins in at the start of the show to talk about the Gina Haspell hearing too. She wrote about it on her blog at emptywheel.net. By the way, if you're looking for the Michael Avenalli executive summary of the money Michael Cohen's LLC took in, you can find it here.
With Trump mis-tweeting on today's FISA vote, I reached out to Emptywheel's Marcy Wheeler to get the full explanation on FISA and what was voted on today. Then, Howie Klein of Down with Tyranny and the Blue America PAC, just back from vacation, joined in for his first Thursday appearance on the show of the new year.
Nicole talks about the Obama presidency as a parallel to her relationship/marriage, as the outgoing president holds his final press conference before leaving office on Friday. In case you missed it to listen to today's show, here you go. The presser begins at around the 45 minutes mark Then Marcy Wheeler of Emptywheel joins in to talk Russians, hacking, the intelligence community, Chelsea Manning, Snowden, Assange and more..
I'm back again, live in the studio, with a busy show. Christine Pelosi (yes, one of Nancy's daughters) is an author, activist, attorney -- and a member of the Electoral College. Earlier this week, she wrote an open letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper asking for a briefing about the alleged Russian hacking of the DNC to influence the election. We further emphasize Alexander Hamilton’s assertion in Federalist Paper #68 that a core purpose of the Electoral College was to prevent a “desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.” The United States intelligence [...]
Nicole Sandler discusses last night's Bernie Sanders rally in Miami and what had her distracted the whole time. Marcy Wheeler tells about Bernie's victory in Michigan last night, and Deborah Newell joins in to talk about FloriDUH and her reasons for becoming a US citizen.
We're seeing too many good things end, and too many bad things linger. Today Nicole bids farewell to David Letterman's late night show after already losing Colbert and Jon Stewart's departure is imminent. But the Patriot Act seems to live on forever. And the Senate votes on moving Fast Track forward. Marcy Wheeler & Digby guest.
The long-awaited CIA Torture Report is to be released today. Nicole discusses it and its implications with Emptywheel.net's Marcy Wheeler in hour one, and Digby in the second hour.
Nicole is back after a short trip to New England, talking whistleblowers and torture with Emptywheel's Marcy Wheeler, Ebola, CNN, Oscar Pistorius' ridiculous sentence, our vacations and the rest of the news with @GottaLaff.
As if we needed any more evidence that the world has, indeed, gone mad... Yesterday, ISIS released another video of one of their masked, cowardly, subhuman, heartless, soulless, thug terrorists beheading another American journalist, Steven Sotloff. Today's blog will be short, with just links to the people and stories I spoke with and about today, as I'm not feeling well and the news is making me even sicker... Dean Obeidallah was up first to discuss his latest for The Daily Beast, "It'll Take More Than Bombs to Stop ISIS". (When you're done with that, definitely click over to read, "Stop the [...]
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 [...]