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Independent investigative journalism, broadcasting, trouble-making and muckraking with Brad Friedman of BradBlog.com. Originating on Pacifica Radio's KPFK 90.7FM in Los Angeles and syndicated coast-to-coast and around the globe! NOW FIVE DAYS A WEEK!

Latest Episodes

'BradCast' 12/13/2019 (Guest: Prof. Philip B. Stark, of UC-Berkeley)

On today's 'BradCast': Another historic day as the U.S. House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to approve two Articles of Impeachment -- for Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress -- against Donald John Trump. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared that he intends to rig the U.S. Senate's impeachment trial and has been colluding with the accused. Elections matter: on his way out the door, Kentucky's former Republican Tea Party Governor Matt Bevin pardoned or gave commutations to 428 convicted criminals, including a convicted murderer whose family made big donations to Bevin's campaign. Kentucky's new Democratic Governor Andy Beshear restored voting rights to 140,000 non-violent former felons. In Pennsylvania, election integrity groups sued to block the use of brand new, 100% unverifiable touchscreen Computer Ballot Marking devices that failed to correctly record tens of thousands of votes during last month's municipal elections, because failure of the machines would be more than enough to throw the results of the 2020 Presidential election in the crucial swing state. After that catastrophic failure in a live election, the previously well-respected Verified Voting watchdog group let elections officials and voting machine vendors off the hook by endorsing a so-called Risk Limiting Audit of the computer-marked paper ballot summaries produced by the systems. That was the last straw for today's guest, UC Berkeley's Philip Stark, the inventor of the post-election Risk Limiting Audit (RLA) protocol, who has been warning elections officials and vendors that use of RLA on computer-marked paper ballots is "meaningless," "security theater, not election integrity." Stark explains why he resigned from the board of Verified Voting and explains how RLAs work -- and don't – and what type of voting systems are best for the secure and overseeable American elections...

59 MIN2 d ago
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'BradCast' 12/13/2019 (Guest: Prof. Philip B. Stark, of UC-Berkeley)

'BradCast' 12/12/2019 ('The President is the Smoking Gun')

On today's 'BradCast': The House Judiciary Committee's debate over Articles of Impeachment against Donald J. Trump continues, even as the first ballots for the 2020 elections are set to be mailed out in just weeks. The two-day markup of the Democrats' two Articles of Impeachment continued into Thursday, with House Democrats warning about Trump's ongoing efforts to undermine American democracy, and Republicans delivering a barrage of provably false claims, blatantly misleading information, and out-and-out lies – like claiming that "Abuse of Power" and "Obstruction of Congress" are not high crimes and misdemeanors despite being included as Articles of Impeachment against Pres. Richard Nixon. Major newspapers finally jump in to call for Trump's impeachment. Also today: House Democrats handed Trump a victory with new compromise legislation, including Trump's creation of a new military branch, "Space Force," in exchange for expanded paid parental leave for federal workers. The first ballots of the 2020 Presidential Primaries are set to be mailed on Dec. 28 for military and overseas voters participating in New Hampshire's February 11 primary. Voters in more than a dozen states in the Super Tuesday primaries on March 3rd will begin receiving Vote-by-Mail ballots starting January 18 – all before the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. Yet many jurisdictions around the country are still gambling on faulty new electronic voting systems instead of safe, verifiable, hand-marked paper ballot systems, despite recent failures of brand-new touchscreen systems in municipal elections in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, and North Carolina. In St. Louis County, a brand new, verifiable, hand-marked paper ballot system last month worked with no complications and saved taxpayers some $3 million in costs. Plus Desi Doyen has both good news and bad in our latest 'Green News Report'...

58 MIN3 d ago
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'BradCast' 12/12/2019 ('The President is the Smoking Gun')

'BradCast' 12/11/2019: (Nicole Sandler with Lori Wallach/USMCA and Denis Campbell/UK elections)

Guest host Nicole Sandler recaps the news of the day, from the Senate Judiciary hearing on the DOJ IG report on the Russia probe to Trump's latest anti-Semitic action and more. She speaks with Lori Wallach of Global Trade Watch to get the scoop on the new USMCA, and checks in with Denis Campbell in the UK on election eve.

60 MIN4 d ago
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'BradCast' 12/11/2019: (Nicole Sandler with Lori Wallach/USMCA and Denis Campbell/UK elections)

'BradCast' 12/10/2019: (Nicole Sandler on Articles of Impeachment, and Ramesh Srinivasan)

Guest host Nicole Sandler has the latest news – including the Articles of Impeachment introduced by Democrats today. She speaks with Ramesh Srinivasan, author of ‘Beyond the Valley: How Innovators around the World are Overcoming Inequality and Creating the Technologies of Tomorrow' about how the internet has changed our lives.

59 MIN5 d ago
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'BradCast' 12/10/2019: (Nicole Sandler on Articles of Impeachment, and Ramesh Srinivasan)

'BradCast' 12/9/2019: (Nicole Sandler with the news and Impeachment Hearing Highlights)

Guest Host Nicole Sandler recaps the plethora of news of the day, and focuses on the impeachment hearing in the Judiciary Committee following the Intelligence Committee's report on the impeachment inquiry.

59 MIN6 d ago
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'BradCast' 12/9/2019: (Nicole Sandler with the news and Impeachment Hearing Highlights)

'BradCast' 12/6/2019: (Guest: American Prospect's David Dayen)

On today's 'BradCast': Despite claims that impeachment will be a "disaster" for Democrats, it appears House Republicans are jumping ship in advance of 2020. Three more GOP House members announced they will not seek re-election, bringing the total to 19, with potentially more such announcements to come. Then: new warnings are quietly mounting that our climate emergency could break not just the U.S. bank, but the entire world economy -- again -- with a climate-fueled collapse that could make the 2008 Great Recession look like a picnic. DAVID DAYEN, financial journalist and Executive Editor of The American Prospect, discusses the politics, policy and possibilities of Green New Deal legislation, fleshed out in a special, landmark edition of the magazine expansively devoted to every aspect of climate action, tapping an astonishing array of experts, climate leaders, and reporters showing "it's practical, and it's feasible, and it not only can be done, it must be done." Dayen says the practical, step-by-step blueprint shows how to move the U.S. to a carbon-free economy – how we already have the technology on hand today, and how doing so will actually enhance growth, equalize the economy, and create jobs, "especially those in places that were hardest hit by the toxicity of the environment to this point." He also has a wake-up call on the failure of U.S. financial regulators to seriously examine the extraordinary disruption to the economy of a potential climate-fueled financial meltdown from climate catastrophe, or the costs of mitigating it. Dayen notes the unprecedented breadth of TAP's coverage, from virtually every angle, has actually made him more hopeful, not less, about our ability to achieve the radical change called for by GND, and the greener -- and safer, and more livable -- future it could bring...

58 MIN1 w ago
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'BradCast' 12/6/2019: (Guest: American Prospect's David Dayen)

'BradCast' 12/5/2019 (Pelosi: Dems Will Impeach; Ransomware Attacks Imperil 2020 Elections)

On today's 'BradCast': U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday that Democrats will now move forward to draw up Articles of Impeachment against Donald J. Trump, saying Trump's recently revealed attempts to undermine the 2020 election by inviting interference from a foreign nation made the historic action necessary. We share the sober announcement, the reaction from the White House, and the next steps toward a trial in the U.S. Senate. The Department of Justice announced indictments of two Russian hackers (whereabouts unknown) in one of the largest cybercrime sprees in U.S. history, that used malware phishing schemes to attack organizations in 11 states. Ransomware attacks are on the rise in 2019, particularly those that target critical public services, with at least 70 reported attacks targeting more than 50 cities. Over Thanksgiving, a ransomware attack on a technology services company crippled a company that operates 100+ nursing homes across the nation. Chillingly, on the same day as the nursing home company ransomware attack, the State of Louisiana was also hit -- just two days after the state's recent gubernatorial run-off election. Hundreds of computers at vital state agencies were affected across the state, including the Secretary of State's website. Had the attack come two days earlier, it might have devastated the state's elections – because Louisiana shamefully requires all voters at the polls to vote on 100% unverifiable touchscreen computer voting systems and use electronic pollbooks. Dozens of states are adopting similar vulnerable computer touchscreen voting systems before the critical 2020 elections. Those systems will be wildly vulnerable next year, where unhackable hand-marked paper ballot systems would not be. Are we insane? Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report'...

58 MIN1 w ago
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'BradCast' 12/5/2019 (Pelosi: Dems Will Impeach; Ransomware Attacks Imperil 2020 Elections)

'BradCast' 12/4/2019 (Special impeaching hearing coverage with Heather 'Digby' Parton)

On today's 'BradCast': As we try to tell you every day on 'The BradCast', it's ALWAYS about elections -- all of it... The U.S. House Judiciary Committee held its first official impeachment hearing on Wednesday regarding Donald Trump's Ukraine scandal and obstruction of justice in the Robert Mueller Special Counsel's probe. Four academics testified on the history and meaning intended by the founders of "high crimes and misdemeanors" in the U.S. Constitution's impeachment clause, and what three of the scholars described as clearly impeachable offenses committed by President Donald J. Trump. All three testified that the record is now clear that Trump should be impeached, based on his strong-arm bribery campaign to force Ukraine to announce investigations for his personal political gain, in what Trump's own E.U. Ambassador described in a previous hearing as a "quid pro quo" scheme. Not all of those who testified, however, agreed that Trump should be impeached. George Washington University School of Law professor Jonathan Turley -- the Republicans' witness, who testified in support of impeachment against Bill Clinton in 1998 -- argued the record was still too thin to move forward with impeachment against Trump. Salon's HEATHER 'DIGBY' PARTON joins us to discuss extended excerpts from the day's hearing, potential Articles of Impeachment against Trump (including abuse of power, bribery, obstruction of Congress and obstruction of justice), why House Democrats are moving quickly with the 2020 primaries in just two months, and more. Also today: Georgia's illegitimate GOP Governor Brian Kemp names an inexperienced, wealthy "Ivanka-like" GOP donor to be GA's new U.S. Senator. NATO leaders are caught on videotape laughing at Mr. Trump...

58 MIN1 w ago
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'BradCast' 12/4/2019 (Special impeaching hearing coverage with Heather 'Digby' Parton)

'BradCast' 12/3/2019 (Guest: Constitutional law and impeachment expert John Bonifaz)

On today's 'BradCast': The impeachment inquiry action moves to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, based on the 300-page report released by the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday documenting the serious abuses of power and obstruction of Congress by Donald Trump, that details Trump's attempts to force Ukraine to assist him in his 2020 re-election bid. Constitutional law expert JOHN BONIFAZ, co-founder of Free Speech for People, offers a preview of what to expect in Judiciary's first hearing to determine if Articles of Impeachment are merited against the President, and explains what the framers of the Constitution intended when they used the term "high crimes and misdemeanors". Bonifaz is critical of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats for delaying the impeachment inquiry when they took control of the House despite mountains of evidence, and argues there is long list of abuses beyond the Trump-Ukraine scandal that merit Trump's removal. Bonifaz warns that we, the people, must "stay alert, awake and engaged in fighting for our democracy and our Constitution." Also today: a bad day for Trump in the courts, but a good day for the rule of law: a federal appeals court ruled Deutsche Bank and Capital One must turn over subpoenaed Trump-related financial documents to House committees. Federal judge refused to stay her ruling ordering former White House counsel Don McGahn to appear before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) dropped out of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race, just two months before voting begins in Iowa. Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report', as the nations of the world convene in Madrid this week for the U.N. climate Summit...

58 MIN1 w ago
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'BradCast' 12/3/2019 (Guest: Constitutional law and impeachment expert John Bonifaz)

'BradCast' 12/2/2019 (2019 voting disasters foreshadow catastrophe in 2020)

On today's 'BradCast: Democratic Montana Gov. Steve Bullock dropped out of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, saying he will not run for U.S. Senate despite his proven ability to flip a statewide seat from "red" to "blue" right when his country needs him to help take the Senate majority. Wildly corrupt conspiracy theorist and Trump supporter, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), pleaded guilty to criminal campaign finance fraud charges and misusing funds to bankroll his lavish personal lifestyle. The Trump White House rejected an invitation to participate in the first House Judiciary committee hearing on impeachment, pretending Trump is not being allowed due process. The timing of a potential impeachment trial in the GOP-controlled US Senate in January could lead right up to (or beyond) the first votes of the 2020 election - the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire primary in early February. On 'Super Tuesday' on March 3, voters in Los Angeles -- the nation's largest voting jurisdiction -- will be forced to vote on brand new, 100% unverifiable touchscreen computer systems. Similar systems failed disastrously in sparsely attended municipal elections last month in battleground states such as Georgia and Pennsylvania, where in certain precincts, the new touchscreens registered an impossible zero votes for some candidates. Imagine how badly things could go in a large turnout election like 2020. The failures left voters and party officials wondering what when wrong, and if the tallies reported by the system actually reflected the intent of the voters. As we've been arguing for some time, it is impossible to know whether these systems accurately record voters' intent, yet they are currently proliferating in the U.S. ahead of the critical 2020 elections. Are you ready for the disaster? We offer some tips on how to avoid it...

59 MIN1 w ago
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'BradCast' 12/2/2019 (2019 voting disasters foreshadow catastrophe in 2020)

Latest Episodes

'BradCast' 12/13/2019 (Guest: Prof. Philip B. Stark, of UC-Berkeley)

On today's 'BradCast': Another historic day as the U.S. House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to approve two Articles of Impeachment -- for Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress -- against Donald John Trump. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared that he intends to rig the U.S. Senate's impeachment trial and has been colluding with the accused. Elections matter: on his way out the door, Kentucky's former Republican Tea Party Governor Matt Bevin pardoned or gave commutations to 428 convicted criminals, including a convicted murderer whose family made big donations to Bevin's campaign. Kentucky's new Democratic Governor Andy Beshear restored voting rights to 140,000 non-violent former felons. In Pennsylvania, election integrity groups sued to block the use of brand new, 100% unverifiable touchscreen Computer Ballot Marking devices that failed to correctly record tens of thousands of votes during last month's municipal elections, because failure of the machines would be more than enough to throw the results of the 2020 Presidential election in the crucial swing state. After that catastrophic failure in a live election, the previously well-respected Verified Voting watchdog group let elections officials and voting machine vendors off the hook by endorsing a so-called Risk Limiting Audit of the computer-marked paper ballot summaries produced by the systems. That was the last straw for today's guest, UC Berkeley's Philip Stark, the inventor of the post-election Risk Limiting Audit (RLA) protocol, who has been warning elections officials and vendors that use of RLA on computer-marked paper ballots is "meaningless," "security theater, not election integrity." Stark explains why he resigned from the board of Verified Voting and explains how RLAs work -- and don't – and what type of voting systems are best for the secure and overseeable American elections...

59 MIN2 d ago
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'BradCast' 12/13/2019 (Guest: Prof. Philip B. Stark, of UC-Berkeley)

'BradCast' 12/12/2019 ('The President is the Smoking Gun')

On today's 'BradCast': The House Judiciary Committee's debate over Articles of Impeachment against Donald J. Trump continues, even as the first ballots for the 2020 elections are set to be mailed out in just weeks. The two-day markup of the Democrats' two Articles of Impeachment continued into Thursday, with House Democrats warning about Trump's ongoing efforts to undermine American democracy, and Republicans delivering a barrage of provably false claims, blatantly misleading information, and out-and-out lies – like claiming that "Abuse of Power" and "Obstruction of Congress" are not high crimes and misdemeanors despite being included as Articles of Impeachment against Pres. Richard Nixon. Major newspapers finally jump in to call for Trump's impeachment. Also today: House Democrats handed Trump a victory with new compromise legislation, including Trump's creation of a new military branch, "Space Force," in exchange for expanded paid parental leave for federal workers. The first ballots of the 2020 Presidential Primaries are set to be mailed on Dec. 28 for military and overseas voters participating in New Hampshire's February 11 primary. Voters in more than a dozen states in the Super Tuesday primaries on March 3rd will begin receiving Vote-by-Mail ballots starting January 18 – all before the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. Yet many jurisdictions around the country are still gambling on faulty new electronic voting systems instead of safe, verifiable, hand-marked paper ballot systems, despite recent failures of brand-new touchscreen systems in municipal elections in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, and North Carolina. In St. Louis County, a brand new, verifiable, hand-marked paper ballot system last month worked with no complications and saved taxpayers some $3 million in costs. Plus Desi Doyen has both good news and bad in our latest 'Green News Report'...

58 MIN3 d ago
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'BradCast' 12/12/2019 ('The President is the Smoking Gun')

'BradCast' 12/11/2019: (Nicole Sandler with Lori Wallach/USMCA and Denis Campbell/UK elections)

Guest host Nicole Sandler recaps the news of the day, from the Senate Judiciary hearing on the DOJ IG report on the Russia probe to Trump's latest anti-Semitic action and more. She speaks with Lori Wallach of Global Trade Watch to get the scoop on the new USMCA, and checks in with Denis Campbell in the UK on election eve.

60 MIN4 d ago
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'BradCast' 12/11/2019: (Nicole Sandler with Lori Wallach/USMCA and Denis Campbell/UK elections)

'BradCast' 12/10/2019: (Nicole Sandler on Articles of Impeachment, and Ramesh Srinivasan)

Guest host Nicole Sandler has the latest news – including the Articles of Impeachment introduced by Democrats today. She speaks with Ramesh Srinivasan, author of ‘Beyond the Valley: How Innovators around the World are Overcoming Inequality and Creating the Technologies of Tomorrow' about how the internet has changed our lives.

59 MIN5 d ago
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'BradCast' 12/10/2019: (Nicole Sandler on Articles of Impeachment, and Ramesh Srinivasan)

'BradCast' 12/9/2019: (Nicole Sandler with the news and Impeachment Hearing Highlights)

Guest Host Nicole Sandler recaps the plethora of news of the day, and focuses on the impeachment hearing in the Judiciary Committee following the Intelligence Committee's report on the impeachment inquiry.

59 MIN6 d ago
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'BradCast' 12/9/2019: (Nicole Sandler with the news and Impeachment Hearing Highlights)

'BradCast' 12/6/2019: (Guest: American Prospect's David Dayen)

On today's 'BradCast': Despite claims that impeachment will be a "disaster" for Democrats, it appears House Republicans are jumping ship in advance of 2020. Three more GOP House members announced they will not seek re-election, bringing the total to 19, with potentially more such announcements to come. Then: new warnings are quietly mounting that our climate emergency could break not just the U.S. bank, but the entire world economy -- again -- with a climate-fueled collapse that could make the 2008 Great Recession look like a picnic. DAVID DAYEN, financial journalist and Executive Editor of The American Prospect, discusses the politics, policy and possibilities of Green New Deal legislation, fleshed out in a special, landmark edition of the magazine expansively devoted to every aspect of climate action, tapping an astonishing array of experts, climate leaders, and reporters showing "it's practical, and it's feasible, and it not only can be done, it must be done." Dayen says the practical, step-by-step blueprint shows how to move the U.S. to a carbon-free economy – how we already have the technology on hand today, and how doing so will actually enhance growth, equalize the economy, and create jobs, "especially those in places that were hardest hit by the toxicity of the environment to this point." He also has a wake-up call on the failure of U.S. financial regulators to seriously examine the extraordinary disruption to the economy of a potential climate-fueled financial meltdown from climate catastrophe, or the costs of mitigating it. Dayen notes the unprecedented breadth of TAP's coverage, from virtually every angle, has actually made him more hopeful, not less, about our ability to achieve the radical change called for by GND, and the greener -- and safer, and more livable -- future it could bring...

58 MIN1 w ago
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'BradCast' 12/6/2019: (Guest: American Prospect's David Dayen)

'BradCast' 12/5/2019 (Pelosi: Dems Will Impeach; Ransomware Attacks Imperil 2020 Elections)

On today's 'BradCast': U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday that Democrats will now move forward to draw up Articles of Impeachment against Donald J. Trump, saying Trump's recently revealed attempts to undermine the 2020 election by inviting interference from a foreign nation made the historic action necessary. We share the sober announcement, the reaction from the White House, and the next steps toward a trial in the U.S. Senate. The Department of Justice announced indictments of two Russian hackers (whereabouts unknown) in one of the largest cybercrime sprees in U.S. history, that used malware phishing schemes to attack organizations in 11 states. Ransomware attacks are on the rise in 2019, particularly those that target critical public services, with at least 70 reported attacks targeting more than 50 cities. Over Thanksgiving, a ransomware attack on a technology services company crippled a company that operates 100+ nursing homes across the nation. Chillingly, on the same day as the nursing home company ransomware attack, the State of Louisiana was also hit -- just two days after the state's recent gubernatorial run-off election. Hundreds of computers at vital state agencies were affected across the state, including the Secretary of State's website. Had the attack come two days earlier, it might have devastated the state's elections – because Louisiana shamefully requires all voters at the polls to vote on 100% unverifiable touchscreen computer voting systems and use electronic pollbooks. Dozens of states are adopting similar vulnerable computer touchscreen voting systems before the critical 2020 elections. Those systems will be wildly vulnerable next year, where unhackable hand-marked paper ballot systems would not be. Are we insane? Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report'...

58 MIN1 w ago
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'BradCast' 12/5/2019 (Pelosi: Dems Will Impeach; Ransomware Attacks Imperil 2020 Elections)

'BradCast' 12/4/2019 (Special impeaching hearing coverage with Heather 'Digby' Parton)

On today's 'BradCast': As we try to tell you every day on 'The BradCast', it's ALWAYS about elections -- all of it... The U.S. House Judiciary Committee held its first official impeachment hearing on Wednesday regarding Donald Trump's Ukraine scandal and obstruction of justice in the Robert Mueller Special Counsel's probe. Four academics testified on the history and meaning intended by the founders of "high crimes and misdemeanors" in the U.S. Constitution's impeachment clause, and what three of the scholars described as clearly impeachable offenses committed by President Donald J. Trump. All three testified that the record is now clear that Trump should be impeached, based on his strong-arm bribery campaign to force Ukraine to announce investigations for his personal political gain, in what Trump's own E.U. Ambassador described in a previous hearing as a "quid pro quo" scheme. Not all of those who testified, however, agreed that Trump should be impeached. George Washington University School of Law professor Jonathan Turley -- the Republicans' witness, who testified in support of impeachment against Bill Clinton in 1998 -- argued the record was still too thin to move forward with impeachment against Trump. Salon's HEATHER 'DIGBY' PARTON joins us to discuss extended excerpts from the day's hearing, potential Articles of Impeachment against Trump (including abuse of power, bribery, obstruction of Congress and obstruction of justice), why House Democrats are moving quickly with the 2020 primaries in just two months, and more. Also today: Georgia's illegitimate GOP Governor Brian Kemp names an inexperienced, wealthy "Ivanka-like" GOP donor to be GA's new U.S. Senator. NATO leaders are caught on videotape laughing at Mr. Trump...

58 MIN1 w ago
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'BradCast' 12/4/2019 (Special impeaching hearing coverage with Heather 'Digby' Parton)

'BradCast' 12/3/2019 (Guest: Constitutional law and impeachment expert John Bonifaz)

On today's 'BradCast': The impeachment inquiry action moves to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, based on the 300-page report released by the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday documenting the serious abuses of power and obstruction of Congress by Donald Trump, that details Trump's attempts to force Ukraine to assist him in his 2020 re-election bid. Constitutional law expert JOHN BONIFAZ, co-founder of Free Speech for People, offers a preview of what to expect in Judiciary's first hearing to determine if Articles of Impeachment are merited against the President, and explains what the framers of the Constitution intended when they used the term "high crimes and misdemeanors". Bonifaz is critical of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats for delaying the impeachment inquiry when they took control of the House despite mountains of evidence, and argues there is long list of abuses beyond the Trump-Ukraine scandal that merit Trump's removal. Bonifaz warns that we, the people, must "stay alert, awake and engaged in fighting for our democracy and our Constitution." Also today: a bad day for Trump in the courts, but a good day for the rule of law: a federal appeals court ruled Deutsche Bank and Capital One must turn over subpoenaed Trump-related financial documents to House committees. Federal judge refused to stay her ruling ordering former White House counsel Don McGahn to appear before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) dropped out of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race, just two months before voting begins in Iowa. Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report', as the nations of the world convene in Madrid this week for the U.N. climate Summit...

58 MIN1 w ago
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'BradCast' 12/3/2019 (Guest: Constitutional law and impeachment expert John Bonifaz)

'BradCast' 12/2/2019 (2019 voting disasters foreshadow catastrophe in 2020)

On today's 'BradCast: Democratic Montana Gov. Steve Bullock dropped out of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, saying he will not run for U.S. Senate despite his proven ability to flip a statewide seat from "red" to "blue" right when his country needs him to help take the Senate majority. Wildly corrupt conspiracy theorist and Trump supporter, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), pleaded guilty to criminal campaign finance fraud charges and misusing funds to bankroll his lavish personal lifestyle. The Trump White House rejected an invitation to participate in the first House Judiciary committee hearing on impeachment, pretending Trump is not being allowed due process. The timing of a potential impeachment trial in the GOP-controlled US Senate in January could lead right up to (or beyond) the first votes of the 2020 election - the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire primary in early February. On 'Super Tuesday' on March 3, voters in Los Angeles -- the nation's largest voting jurisdiction -- will be forced to vote on brand new, 100% unverifiable touchscreen computer systems. Similar systems failed disastrously in sparsely attended municipal elections last month in battleground states such as Georgia and Pennsylvania, where in certain precincts, the new touchscreens registered an impossible zero votes for some candidates. Imagine how badly things could go in a large turnout election like 2020. The failures left voters and party officials wondering what when wrong, and if the tallies reported by the system actually reflected the intent of the voters. As we've been arguing for some time, it is impossible to know whether these systems accurately record voters' intent, yet they are currently proliferating in the U.S. ahead of the critical 2020 elections. Are you ready for the disaster? We offer some tips on how to avoid it...

59 MIN1 w ago
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'BradCast' 12/2/2019 (2019 voting disasters foreshadow catastrophe in 2020)
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