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Analyzing Day 1 of Public Impeachment Hearings

FEATURING RON FEIN – The highly anticipated first day of public hearings in the Democrat-led House Impeachment inquiry took place on Wednesday with testimonies from George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary at the State Department, and William Taylor, former US Ambassador to Ukraine and top US diplomat in that country currently. House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff laid out his goals for the hearing and before he could get opening remarks from the two witnesses, he was interrupted by several House Republicans. Kent and Taylor appeared to confirm the gist of what the original whistleblower was alarmed by – that President Trump was hinging US military aid to Ukraine on a political favor to investigate Joe Biden. They also confirmed a number of irregularities such as Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s disturbing role in setting foreign policy and how Ambassador Marie Yovanovytch was improperly pushed out of her position. Republicans attempted to deflect the conversation to conspiracy theories about Democratic wrongdoing, which Kent and Taylor seemed at a loss to respond to. Ron Fein, Legal Director of Free Speech for People, and a constitutional lawyer who previously served as Assistant Regional Counsel in the US EPA. He is the co-author with John Bonifaz and Ben Clements or the new book The Constitution Demands It: The Case for The Impeachment of Donald Trump.

25 MIN8 h ago
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Analyzing Day 1 of Public Impeachment Hearings

Headlines: November 13, 2019

The first day of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry facing President Donald Trump began on Wednesday morning with testimonies from George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary at the State Department, and William Taylor, US Ambassador to Ukraine who was serving as the top diplomat in that country when events unfolded around the President’s withholding of US military aid in exchange for political favors. House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff of California made his opening statements, focusing on Trump’s conduct as well as efforts at obstructing the inquiry. The State Department’s George Kent then gave his opening statements. He was followed by William Taylor, the top US diplomat to Ukraine who revealed an incident that was previously not publicly known. President Trump meanwhile fired off a series of angry tweets as the hearings began, accusing witnesses of being “NEVER TRUMPERS,” and demanding that people “read the transcript” of his phone call with Ukraine’s President. Meanwhile a new poll found that support for the impeachment inquiry remains steady at about 50% while 41% of Americans oppose it. Progressives, watching the impeachment proceedings, have criticized them for being too narrowly focused on Trump’s conduct in Ukraine and a number of groups including Free Speech for People, Courage Campaign, and the Women’s March marked the first day of public hearings with a document outlining their own articles of impeachment that includes a broader framework for removing the President. Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who is seen as the main architect of Trump’s Ukraine policy, has remained under the radar given his penchant for making incriminating remarks on live television. But on Monday night he penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal outlining a defense of the President and claiming as a defense that, “out of a five-page transcript Mr. Trump spent only six lines on Joe Biden.” His strategy appears to have backfired however with critics offering counter-examples such as, “Out of all the days he was president, Nixon only spent a handful orchestrating a burglary and cover-up.” Meanwhile, eclipsed by the impeachment hearing is the news that the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday released its report on Wikileaks and the hacking of the Democratic National Committee email servers in 2016. The committee analyzed data obtained from Facebook and found that Russian hackers tried to publicize details from the hacked emails but it wasn’t until Wikileaks ste...

8 MIN8 h ago
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Headlines: November 13, 2019

Stories that Corporate Media Missed or Undercovered

FEATURING ANDY LEE ROTH – Public opinion is deeply shaped by what we read, see, and hear. It is why the role of a free press is critical to a democracy – only a well-informed electorate can best govern themselves. But given the skewed coverage of critically important stories in today’s corporate-dominated media landscape, it’s no wonder that our democracy is in deep trouble. Each year the group Project Censored gathers together the most censored or under covered stories of the past year and edits them into a book and today we’ll learn what some of those stories were from the past year. Andy Lee Roth is associate director of Project Censored. He coordinates the Project’s Validated Independent News program and has co-edited several editions of the Censored yearbook including the latest Censored 2020.

21 MIN8 h ago
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Stories that Corporate Media Missed or Undercovered

Trump’s EPA Just Escalated Its War on Science

FEATURING GENNA REED – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just released the text of a new rule that would make it easier for industries to pollute our air, water, and soil. The proposed rule dramatically restricts the type of scientific data that could be used in decision making to shape regulations. The move, overseen by EPA chair Andrew Wheeler – a former coal lobbyist – is the latest battle in the Trump administration’s war on science. The rule is so far-reaching that it would retroactively undermine the science of how pollutants like lead and mercury impact human health. Genna Reed, Lead Science and Policy Analyst with the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

23 MIN1 d ago
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Trump’s EPA Just Escalated Its War on Science

Crisis! When Political Parties Lose the Consent to Rule

FEATURING CEDRIC DE LEON – The two party system in the US today appears to be in serious crisis, with political polarization and seemingly insurmountable divides across the nation. But there is a precedent to this moment. Drawing from history, my next guest shows how the two party system has faced an existential crisis before. Cedric de Leon, Director of the Labor Center and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the author of The Origins of Right to Work, and Party and Society, and co-editor of Building Blocs: How Parties Organize Society. His latest book is ‘Crisis!: When Political Parties Lose the Consent to Rule.’

23 MIN1 d ago
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Crisis! When Political Parties Lose the Consent to Rule

Headlines: November 12, 2019

The US Supreme Court heard arguments in a legal challenge being brought against President Donald Trump’s ending of the DACA program. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which had been implemented by former President Barack Obama, enabled about 700,000 undocumented young people to defer deportation and study or work in the US. As one of his earliest acts in office, Trump canceled the program. Hundreds of people gathered outside the Supreme Court in Washington DC on Tuesday demanding that the court uphold DACA. Here are the sounds of cheers as dozens of DACA registrants emerged from the court building after sitting through the arguments. Early reports suggest that the court’s justices are split along predictably partisan lines and that Chief Justice John Roberts may be the closely watched swing vote. Lower courts have repeatedly rejected the Trump administration’s legal basis for ending the DACA program. Early on Tuesday morning Trump dug his heels in, repeating a c...

8 MIN1 d ago
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Headlines: November 12, 2019

Bolivia’s Morales Resigns, Brazil’s Lula Freed

FEATURING GUILLAUME LONG – Bolivia’s first indigenous President Evo Morales has resigned after weeks of political turmoil after he was reelected for a fourth term. Having served for 14 straight years Morales became Latin America’s longest serving elected head-of-state. He denounced the forces pushing for his resignation as “a coup.” Protesters and opposition forces contend that it was Morales’ bid for unlimited Presidential terms that led to his downfall. But the socialist leader and his supporters say a rightwing backlash against his pro-poor policies was to blame. Meanwhile in neighboring Brazil the long-embattled former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva – known affectionately as Lula – was freed on Friday from prison after Brazil’s Supreme Court ordered his release. Opposition leaders in Brazil charged him with corruption only to be convicted of similar charges themselves later on. Lula gave a defiant speech a day after his release. Guillaume Long, senior research fell...

27 MIN2 d ago
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Bolivia’s Morales Resigns, Brazil’s Lula Freed

How California’s Prop 187 Was a Turning Point on Immigration

FEATURING GUSTAVO ARELLANO – This fall marks the 25th anniversary of a seminal moment in the history of California – the battle over Proposition 187, an anti-immigrant ballot measure that divided the nation’s largest and increasingly diverse state. It set the stage for the models of political activism for both pro- and anti- immigrant groups for decades to come. And, for my guest, it was a transformational moment. Writing in a series of articles for the Los Angeles Times, Gustavo Arellano has attempted to capture the political upheaval of 1994. He wrote, “Proposition 187 split the psyche of the state like few things before or since.” Listen to Gustavo’s podcast on the Los Angeles Times called ‘This is California, The Battle for 187,’ HERE. Read Gustavo’s articles on the LATimes HERE and follow him on Twitter at @GustavoArellano. Gustavo Arellano, writer for the Los Angeles Times, He previously worked at OC Weekly, where he was an investigative reporter for 15 years and the ...

20 MIN2 d ago
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How California’s Prop 187 Was a Turning Point on Immigration

Headlines: November 11, 2019

Donald Trump spoke at the New York City Veterans Day Parade on Monday becoming the first sitting president to ever address the event. It was the 100th anniversary of the city’s parade. The New York Times reported that his speech, “was met with some claps and cheers as he thanked veterans for their service. But raucous boos and chants jeering Mr. Trump could also be heard throughout.” The glass windows of a building overlooking the area where he spoke sported the word “impeach” in giant letters. In news from the impeachment inquiry in Washington DC, public hearings begin this week on Wednesday and Friday. House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff announced in a letter to his Republican colleagues on Saturday that the original whistleblower who filed the complaint over Trump’s Ukraine conduct would not be testifying publicly. He wrote, “The committee … will not facilitate efforts by President Trump and his allies in Congress to threaten, intimidate and retaliate against t...

8 MIN2 d ago
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Headlines: November 11, 2019
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Latest Episodes

Analyzing Day 1 of Public Impeachment Hearings

FEATURING RON FEIN – The highly anticipated first day of public hearings in the Democrat-led House Impeachment inquiry took place on Wednesday with testimonies from George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary at the State Department, and William Taylor, former US Ambassador to Ukraine and top US diplomat in that country currently. House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff laid out his goals for the hearing and before he could get opening remarks from the two witnesses, he was interrupted by several House Republicans. Kent and Taylor appeared to confirm the gist of what the original whistleblower was alarmed by – that President Trump was hinging US military aid to Ukraine on a political favor to investigate Joe Biden. They also confirmed a number of irregularities such as Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s disturbing role in setting foreign policy and how Ambassador Marie Yovanovytch was improperly pushed out of her position. Republicans attempted to deflect the conversation to conspiracy theories about Democratic wrongdoing, which Kent and Taylor seemed at a loss to respond to. Ron Fein, Legal Director of Free Speech for People, and a constitutional lawyer who previously served as Assistant Regional Counsel in the US EPA. He is the co-author with John Bonifaz and Ben Clements or the new book The Constitution Demands It: The Case for The Impeachment of Donald Trump.

25 MIN8 h ago
Comments
Analyzing Day 1 of Public Impeachment Hearings

Headlines: November 13, 2019

The first day of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry facing President Donald Trump began on Wednesday morning with testimonies from George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary at the State Department, and William Taylor, US Ambassador to Ukraine who was serving as the top diplomat in that country when events unfolded around the President’s withholding of US military aid in exchange for political favors. House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff of California made his opening statements, focusing on Trump’s conduct as well as efforts at obstructing the inquiry. The State Department’s George Kent then gave his opening statements. He was followed by William Taylor, the top US diplomat to Ukraine who revealed an incident that was previously not publicly known. President Trump meanwhile fired off a series of angry tweets as the hearings began, accusing witnesses of being “NEVER TRUMPERS,” and demanding that people “read the transcript” of his phone call with Ukraine’s President. Meanwhile a new poll found that support for the impeachment inquiry remains steady at about 50% while 41% of Americans oppose it. Progressives, watching the impeachment proceedings, have criticized them for being too narrowly focused on Trump’s conduct in Ukraine and a number of groups including Free Speech for People, Courage Campaign, and the Women’s March marked the first day of public hearings with a document outlining their own articles of impeachment that includes a broader framework for removing the President. Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who is seen as the main architect of Trump’s Ukraine policy, has remained under the radar given his penchant for making incriminating remarks on live television. But on Monday night he penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal outlining a defense of the President and claiming as a defense that, “out of a five-page transcript Mr. Trump spent only six lines on Joe Biden.” His strategy appears to have backfired however with critics offering counter-examples such as, “Out of all the days he was president, Nixon only spent a handful orchestrating a burglary and cover-up.” Meanwhile, eclipsed by the impeachment hearing is the news that the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday released its report on Wikileaks and the hacking of the Democratic National Committee email servers in 2016. The committee analyzed data obtained from Facebook and found that Russian hackers tried to publicize details from the hacked emails but it wasn’t until Wikileaks ste...

8 MIN8 h ago
Comments
Headlines: November 13, 2019

Stories that Corporate Media Missed or Undercovered

FEATURING ANDY LEE ROTH – Public opinion is deeply shaped by what we read, see, and hear. It is why the role of a free press is critical to a democracy – only a well-informed electorate can best govern themselves. But given the skewed coverage of critically important stories in today’s corporate-dominated media landscape, it’s no wonder that our democracy is in deep trouble. Each year the group Project Censored gathers together the most censored or under covered stories of the past year and edits them into a book and today we’ll learn what some of those stories were from the past year. Andy Lee Roth is associate director of Project Censored. He coordinates the Project’s Validated Independent News program and has co-edited several editions of the Censored yearbook including the latest Censored 2020.

21 MIN8 h ago
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Stories that Corporate Media Missed or Undercovered

Trump’s EPA Just Escalated Its War on Science

FEATURING GENNA REED – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just released the text of a new rule that would make it easier for industries to pollute our air, water, and soil. The proposed rule dramatically restricts the type of scientific data that could be used in decision making to shape regulations. The move, overseen by EPA chair Andrew Wheeler – a former coal lobbyist – is the latest battle in the Trump administration’s war on science. The rule is so far-reaching that it would retroactively undermine the science of how pollutants like lead and mercury impact human health. Genna Reed, Lead Science and Policy Analyst with the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

23 MIN1 d ago
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Trump’s EPA Just Escalated Its War on Science

Crisis! When Political Parties Lose the Consent to Rule

FEATURING CEDRIC DE LEON – The two party system in the US today appears to be in serious crisis, with political polarization and seemingly insurmountable divides across the nation. But there is a precedent to this moment. Drawing from history, my next guest shows how the two party system has faced an existential crisis before. Cedric de Leon, Director of the Labor Center and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the author of The Origins of Right to Work, and Party and Society, and co-editor of Building Blocs: How Parties Organize Society. His latest book is ‘Crisis!: When Political Parties Lose the Consent to Rule.’

23 MIN1 d ago
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Crisis! When Political Parties Lose the Consent to Rule

Headlines: November 12, 2019

The US Supreme Court heard arguments in a legal challenge being brought against President Donald Trump’s ending of the DACA program. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which had been implemented by former President Barack Obama, enabled about 700,000 undocumented young people to defer deportation and study or work in the US. As one of his earliest acts in office, Trump canceled the program. Hundreds of people gathered outside the Supreme Court in Washington DC on Tuesday demanding that the court uphold DACA. Here are the sounds of cheers as dozens of DACA registrants emerged from the court building after sitting through the arguments. Early reports suggest that the court’s justices are split along predictably partisan lines and that Chief Justice John Roberts may be the closely watched swing vote. Lower courts have repeatedly rejected the Trump administration’s legal basis for ending the DACA program. Early on Tuesday morning Trump dug his heels in, repeating a c...

8 MIN1 d ago
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Headlines: November 12, 2019

Bolivia’s Morales Resigns, Brazil’s Lula Freed

FEATURING GUILLAUME LONG – Bolivia’s first indigenous President Evo Morales has resigned after weeks of political turmoil after he was reelected for a fourth term. Having served for 14 straight years Morales became Latin America’s longest serving elected head-of-state. He denounced the forces pushing for his resignation as “a coup.” Protesters and opposition forces contend that it was Morales’ bid for unlimited Presidential terms that led to his downfall. But the socialist leader and his supporters say a rightwing backlash against his pro-poor policies was to blame. Meanwhile in neighboring Brazil the long-embattled former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva – known affectionately as Lula – was freed on Friday from prison after Brazil’s Supreme Court ordered his release. Opposition leaders in Brazil charged him with corruption only to be convicted of similar charges themselves later on. Lula gave a defiant speech a day after his release. Guillaume Long, senior research fell...

27 MIN2 d ago
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Bolivia’s Morales Resigns, Brazil’s Lula Freed

How California’s Prop 187 Was a Turning Point on Immigration

FEATURING GUSTAVO ARELLANO – This fall marks the 25th anniversary of a seminal moment in the history of California – the battle over Proposition 187, an anti-immigrant ballot measure that divided the nation’s largest and increasingly diverse state. It set the stage for the models of political activism for both pro- and anti- immigrant groups for decades to come. And, for my guest, it was a transformational moment. Writing in a series of articles for the Los Angeles Times, Gustavo Arellano has attempted to capture the political upheaval of 1994. He wrote, “Proposition 187 split the psyche of the state like few things before or since.” Listen to Gustavo’s podcast on the Los Angeles Times called ‘This is California, The Battle for 187,’ HERE. Read Gustavo’s articles on the LATimes HERE and follow him on Twitter at @GustavoArellano. Gustavo Arellano, writer for the Los Angeles Times, He previously worked at OC Weekly, where he was an investigative reporter for 15 years and the ...

20 MIN2 d ago
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How California’s Prop 187 Was a Turning Point on Immigration

Headlines: November 11, 2019

Donald Trump spoke at the New York City Veterans Day Parade on Monday becoming the first sitting president to ever address the event. It was the 100th anniversary of the city’s parade. The New York Times reported that his speech, “was met with some claps and cheers as he thanked veterans for their service. But raucous boos and chants jeering Mr. Trump could also be heard throughout.” The glass windows of a building overlooking the area where he spoke sported the word “impeach” in giant letters. In news from the impeachment inquiry in Washington DC, public hearings begin this week on Wednesday and Friday. House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff announced in a letter to his Republican colleagues on Saturday that the original whistleblower who filed the complaint over Trump’s Ukraine conduct would not be testifying publicly. He wrote, “The committee … will not facilitate efforts by President Trump and his allies in Congress to threaten, intimidate and retaliate against t...

8 MIN2 d ago
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Headlines: November 11, 2019
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