NAFTA Redo Adopts Secrecy of TPP Talks

FEATURING JOSH WISE – As negotiators from Canada and Mexico meet in the US this week to begin talks to upgrade the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) many are worried about the lack of transparency in discussions. Just as President Obama’s favorite trade deal the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) was shrouded in secrecy, discussions…

Trump Is Remaking Federal Courts to Favor Right Wing Extremism

FEATURING DAN GOLDBERG – Donald Trump is racing to fill federal district and appeals court judicial vacancies as fast as possible – at a much greater pace than his predecessor President Obama was able to do. Unsurprisingly, Trump’s judicial nominees are so far to the right that he is effectively remaking the federal courts system…

Can White Supremacists and Nazis Be Rehabilitated?

FEATURING ANGELA KING – In the days following the violence on display in Charlottesville, Virginia, it is becoming more apparent that white supremacy, Nazism, and fascism are on the rise in the US. This frightening reality has a long history however and while it is tempting to write off the individuals within the hate-filled movement,…

Trump Is Alienating His Business Allies

FEATURING NICOLE COREY – The CEOs of Intel, Merck, and Under Armour resigned from Donald Trump’s Manufacturing Jobs Initiative earlier this week, leading to a disbanding of the council. Then, dramatically, Trump announced on Twitter that he would end both the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum. Trump had lashed out at the departing…

Does The First Amendment Apply to Hate Speech?

FEATURING COREY BRETTSCHNEIDER – Citing public safety, Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh ordered the removal of 4 confederate statues from her city overnight early Wednesday morning, hours after President Donald Trump once more came to the defense of Nazi demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Baltimore City Council had voted just a day earlier to remove the…

The America Syndrome: Apocalypse, War, and Our Call To Greatness

FEATURING BETSY HARTMANN – The election of Donald Trump has provoked many declarations of apocalypse among progressives who see his unhinged, extremist right wing and Nazi-sympathizing ideology as an existential threat to our democracy. During Barack Obama’s presidency many on the fringes of the right wing had similar reactions. Historian, educator, and author Betsy Hartmann…

Immigrants, Advocates Rally to Save DACA

FEATURING JUAN ESCALANTE – It has been five years since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was implemented by President Barack Obama’s administration. Starting in August 2012, DACA offered temporary protection against deportation for young undocumented immigrants who met certain criteria. The executive action helped in part to fill the legislative vacuum over…

US Corporations Pay Far Less In Taxes Than You Think

FEATURING HUNTER BLAIR – Right wing economists often decry US corporate tax rates as being among the highest in the world. In fact that is the basis for much of the Republican-led efforts to re-write the US tax code. But although the theoretical tax rate, or what is called the “statutory” tax rate, is 35%,…

The Darkening Web: The War for Cyberspace

FEATURING ALEXANDER KLIMBURG – The 2016 US Presidential election was a good example of how the Internet is playing an increasingly large role in our societies. The idea that Russian hackers attempted to interfere in the vote tallies, and that fake news from both inside and outside the US swayed voters significantly, exemplify the powerful…