Category: Trump Watch

“The leaks were real but the stories are fake”: TrumpWatch Podcast 2-16

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John Nichols comments on Trump’s first press conference as president.  Paul Ryan must have been tearing his hair out: he waited eight years to get a Republican in the White House, and now Trump has squandered his “honeymoon period” and is spending more time talking about CNN than about GOP plans on taxes, trade, immigration, and Obamacare.

Our Insane Clown President: Matt Taibbi on TrumpWatch 2-9

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Matt Taibbi says “Trump made idiots of us all.” He covered the campaign for Rolling Stone—and his new book is “Insane Clown President.”

Also: suing the president: it’s not easy. But Erwin Chemerinsky has found a way to do it–under the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. Erwin is Dean of the law school at UC Irvine.

The First Trump Watch Podcast: Harold Meyerson, Jane Mayer, Amy Wilentz – KPFK 2/2

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Today in Trump World: For that we turn to HAROLD MEYERSON, with the story of Trump’s efforts to recruit leaders of the construction trades.  Harold ouf course is executive editor of The American Prospect and a regular contributor to the LA Times op-ed page and other publications.

Plus: JANE MAYER of the New Yorker reports on Dark Money and Donald Trump – the big money donors, especially the Koch brothers, didn’t want him, but he won anyway – what does that tell us?  Her book Dark Money is out now in paperback.

And AMY WILENTZ will talk about Ivanka, our de-facto First Lady — what can she possibly do for women who work?  Amy has the cover story in The Nation, about Ivanka.

 

Trump and the Women’s March: Harold Meyerson and Katha Pollitt on KPFK 1/26

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KATHA POLLITT talks about the Women’s March last Saturday, and why it was so great — starting with the Pussy Hats.

And Harold Meyerson reviews the situation in Washington –Trump’s first week has been a lively one.  Harold of course is Executive Editor of The American Prospect.

Also, Alan Minsky explains what’s happening with Trump and Trade after the TPP and with NAFTA after the blow-up with the Mexican president.

 

Jeff Sessions, Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump, etc.: John Nichols on KPFK 1-11-17

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Today in Washington: the Jeff Sessions confirmation hearings for Attorney General, the Rex Tillerson confirmation hearings for Secretary of State, and then Trump’s wild press conference: John Nichols comments–John of course is National Affairs Correspondent for The Nation magazine.

Also: Black life and death in the Age of Obama: Kai Wright of The Nation talks about what might have been–if Obama had been willing to address the racial divide in America directly.

Plus: The case for a pardon for Edward Snowden: Ben Wizner of the ACLU argues that Obama ought to bring Snowden home.

The Republican’s Day One: John Nichols on KPFK 1/4/2017

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The Republicans started out their new era not by abolishing Obamacare but by trying to abolish the House ethics office.  JOHN NICHOLS comments–he says the popular response showed how mobilization outside of Washington can have a powerful effect.

Also: Legendary trial attorney MARTIN GARBUS makes the case for clemency for Leonard Peltier, the Native American activist who has been in federal prison for 41 years.

And David Cole assesses Obama’s achievements on civil rights and his failures on civil liberties — David’s new job is National Legal Director of the ACLU.

Michelle Obama: Success and Failure KPFK 12/28/16

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Michelle Obama‘s greatest political moment came in October, when she spoke about Donald Trump’s Access Hollywood groping tape.  During the preceding eight years, she limited herself to campaigning against childhood obesity — but even on that seemingly innocuous feminine topic, she was defeated — by Big Food and agribusiness.  Amy Wilentz wrote about Michelle in 2008 for the Washington Post.

Also: Andrew Bacevich reviews eight years of Barack Obama’s wars and foreign policies, starting with Iran and Afghanistan and including cyberwar.  Bacevich wrote about the topic for The Nation’s special issue on “The Obama Years.”

And Harold Meyerson talks about Trump’s choice for secretary of labor — fast food exec Andy Puzder (or is it “Pudzer”?), who wants to replace workers with robots — and about what mainstream economists learned –too late — about the effects of free trade on the once-industrial midwest.  Harold wrote about it for The American Prospect, where he is executive editor.

What Workers Need: Harold Meyerson KPFK 12/21

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For America’s working class,both minority and white workers suffer, but in different ways: white employment has fallen, while people of color face low-wage work for years to come.  HAROLD MEYERSON of The American Prospect reviews the grim evidence about changes in the labor market over the last decade — and talks about what we need to do to change things.

LA, America’s Biggest Sanctuary City, vs. Trump: KPFK 11/23

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LA is  the biggest sanctuary city in the country – Police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Eric Garcetti have declared they will refuse to cooperate with any Trump initiative to round up and deport undocumented immigrants – and now Trump’s incoming Chief of Staff Reince Priebus says Trump will cut off federal funds if LA remains a sanctuary city.  HAROLD MEYERSON comments.

Also: we’re still working to understand how Trump won.  ADAM SHATZ of the London Review of Books argues that Hillary never should have been the candidate– later in this hour.

Also: getting away from all that – sort of.  TOM LUTZ has been on the road, traveling to many far-away places.  His new book is And The Monkey Learned Nothing.

California: Hillary 62%, Trump 31%: KPFK 11/16

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In California Republicans are virtually powerless.  Hillary got 61.5% of the popular vote, highest proportion in the country (except for Hawaii).  Even Orange County, legendary as Goldwater Country, voted Democratic in the presidential race – first time since 1936.  NARDA ZACCHINO explains — her new book is California Comeback: How a Failed State became a Model for the Nation.
Also: MIKE DAVIS analyzes the voting and argues that the real revolution of 2016 wasn’t Trump’s–it was the rise of the Bernie Sanders movement.
And JOHN NICHOLS argues that the Electoral College is fundamentally unfair.