This Week

Sean Wilentz asks “what’s wrong with partisanship?” Joseph William Singer asks “what’s so bad about regulation.” And Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Nita Lowey.


This week we hear from a couple of prominent professors who have the guts to say what few people want to admit. Princeton historian Sean Wilentz says partisanship is actually good for democracy, and Harvard law professor Joseph William Singer speaks up in defense of government regulation, AND how conservatives benefit from it. And Congresswoman Nita Lowey of  New York tells Bill Press about efforts to fight the Zika virus, despite Republican penny-pinching.


Sean Wilentz

A lot of political observers are decrying all the partisanship in Washington. But historian Sean Wilentz reminds us that it is political parties that historically have BEEN the force that has done the MOST to convert public anger into new laws and institutions.


William Joseph Singer

Harvard professor William Joseph Singer explains just how important government regulation is to the free market system. And he says progressives are all in favor of private property – “we just want people to have some.”



Nita Lowey

New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey tells Bill Press about the congressional effort to fight the Zika virus.

Jim Hightower

Who says crime doesn’t pay?

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May 15, 2016

Tom Frank asks what’s the matter with Democrats. Chuck McCutcheon explains political euphemisms, or doubletalk if you like. And Patriotic Millionaire Morris Pearl argues against the “carried interest” deduction.

Prominent author Thomas Frank, who wrote, “What’s the Matter With Kansas,” turns his fire on class-conscious Democrats – the upper class. D.C. journalist Chuck McCutcheon has co-authored a dictionary of political doubletalk. Or, as he puts it, everything is “just all politics.” Wall Street investor Morris Pearl argues against the interest of his former colleagues in calling for repeal of the “carried interest” deduction.

Thomas Frank

Thomas Frank, who a lot of people listen to, has a new book called “Listen, LIBERAL,” and he is not kind about the affluent Democrats who look down upon the party’s working class roots.

Chuck McCutcheon

What does it mean when a candidate says, “let’s put politics aside?” Journalist and author Chuck McCutcheon explains it means, “shut up and do what I want.”

Morris Pearl

Next, former Wall Street investor Morris Pearl speaks up on behalf of taxing the rich, like himself, and doing away with the tax break for hedge fund managers.

Jim Hightower

How Uber goobered and Lyft slipped down.

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May 8, 2016

Political journalist Jonathan Allen on Trump versus Clinton … Political scientist and election forecaster Alan Abramowitz says it will probably be Clinton … and Democratic operative Sadie Weiner tells Bill Press about Democratic Senate prospects.

Now that it looks like a Clinton-Trump presidential campaign, journalist Jonathan Allen, who wrote a book about Hillary, says the contest could be about who is more unlikeable. Political prognosticator Alan Abramowitz says an election without an incumbent is hard to predict but he thinks a Clinton victory is the more likely. And Bill Press interviews Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokeswoman Sadie Weiner.

Jonathan Allen

Jonathan Allen wrote a book about Hillary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department, and although her service may be a big campaign issue, he says the real contest will be about which candidate can paint the other one as more unlikeable.

Alan Abramowitz

Professor Alan Abramowitz has a good record of predicting presidential elections, and he says Hillary Clinton is the most likely winner, but he also says don’t expect a landslide.

Sadie Weiner

Bill Press interviews Sadie Weiner of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Jim Hightower

How Donnie Trump saved America.

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May 1, 2016

A May Day review of the labor movement by union lawyer Tom Geoghegan… the Islamic State will be beaten, says former diplomat Peter Galbraith … and Susan Page tells Bill Press about the Cruz-Fiorina alliance.

Tom Geoghegan

Labor lawyer Tom Geoghegan says the outlook for labor is terrible as long as Republicans control Congress, and that the way to end that control is to end gerrymandering.

Peter Galbraith

Middle East expert and former Ambassador Peter Galbraith says it would take 100,000 U.S. troops to destroy the Islamic State, which he thinks is doomed in the long run because it is surrounded by enemies.

Susan Page

Bill Press interviews USA Today’s Susan Page.

Jim Hightower

Guess who is the biggest player in offshore bank scams.

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