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Impeachment: Harold Meyerson; the Progressive Agenda: Alan Minsky; ‘The Maurianian’: Ella Taylor

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Harold Meyerson says the devastating new footage of the rioters shown on Day Two of the impeachment trial underlines Trump’s failure to try to stop them, the most undeniable grounds for a guilty verdict on his impeachment trial.
Also, Alan Minsky of Progressive Democrats of America makes the case for the $15 minimum wage, and looks ahead at Biden’s plans for reviving American manufacturing.
And Ella Taylor reviews “The Mauritanian,” the new film about a Guantanamo detainee and his attorney, played by Jodie Foster.  2-11-2021

Pandemic Aid: Harold Meyerson; Biden & Black America: Barbara Ransby; ‘Dear Comrade!’: Ella Taylor; Remembering Rennie Davis

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Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill: Harold Meyerson says he won’t reduce it. Also: the Republicans, and the impeachment.
Plus: Biden and Black America: Barbara Ransby comments.
And Ella Taylor reviews “Dear Comrades!”, the Russian film about a massacre of striking workers in Russia in 1962.
Finally, we remember Rennie Davis — he died on Feb. 2.   2-4-2021

Biden’s First Week: Harold Meyerson; The Insurrectionists: Gary Younge; “White Tiger”: Ella Taylor

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Joe Biden’s first week was filled with bold and necessary executive orders, and a plan to pass pandemic economic relief, before the impeachment trial, without Republican support–Harold Meyerson of The American Prospect explains.
also: Gary Younge talks about the coming fight with Trump and Trumpsim, starting with the insurrection of January 6.  Key question: what was the plan?
plus: Ella Taylor reviews “White Tiger,” the Indian rags-to-riches film that combines satire, melodrama and action film. 1-28-2021

Returning to Normal: Harold Meyerson; Progressives and Biden: Alan Minsky; ‘Assassins’: Ella Taylor

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The inauguration of Joe Biden was delightfully normal–Harold Meyerson comments on what happened — and what didn’t.
Plus: Alan Minsky, Executive Director of Progressive Democrats of America, discusses the challenges facing the Congressional Progressive Caucus–and the opportunities.
And our film and TV critic Ella Taylor reviews “Assassins,” an amazing documentary about the assassination of the brother of Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, in Kuala Lampur airport, by two teenage girls. 1-21-2020