February 7, 2016

Sheila Simon on the corporate takeover of the Illinois governor’s mansion … former ambassador Michael Ussery on Republicans and foreign policy … and a Bill Press Show interview with conservative commentator Michael Graham.

The Republican governor of Illinois is working for billionaire businessmen trying to break unions and the middle class. Former Democratic lieutenant governor, Sheila Simon, explains how that happened. President Obama visited a mosque, and former Ambassador Michael Ussery says anti-Muslim rhetoric by some of his fellow Republicans makes things harder for American diplomacy. And conservative radio host Michael Graham talks politics with Peter Ogburn on the Bill Press Show.

Sheila Simon

Former Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Illinois Sheila Simon explains how her state has been taken over by a Republican governor operating not on ideology but on helping his business buddies make more money.

Michael Ussery

Michael Ussery is a Republican and a former political operative. He says the establishment, in both parties, has to go away.

Michael Graham

Coming up, Peter Ogburn of the Bill Press Show interviews conservative radio host Michael Graham about the GOP candidates.

Jim Hightower

Executive excess getting excessive

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January 10, 2016

Pediatrician Nina Agrawal explains her fight to get Congress to start funding research on gun safety. Former ambassador for global women’s issues Melanne Verveer describes women’s issues as the same issues important to all human beings. And Bill Press interviews Congressman David Cicilline about gun safety legislation.

  • January 10, 2016 January 10, 2016 Gun safety is at the top of the national agenda, and ours, too. Pediatrician Nina Agrawals points out that cars are regulated but no one wants to take your car away. Women’s advocate Melanne Verveer says investing in women improves the economy. And Bill Press interviews gun safety advocate Congressman David Cicilline.
  • Nina Agrawal Nina Agrawal Nina Agrawal is a pediatrician who advocates a resumption of federal funding for research on preventing gun violence. She says it worked for car safety, fire safety and bicycle safety.
  • Melanne Verveer Melanne Verveer Women’s issues are the same issues that all human beings want to see addressed in their lives, says former ambassador Melanne Verveer.
  • David Cicilline David Cicilline Bill Press interviews Congressman David Cicilline about gun safety legislation.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The wall of campaign dishonesty.

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January 3, 2016

Inequality is now on the agenda for the Republican Party, too, but labor lawyer and activist Tom Geoghegan says it is “baloney.” Political analyst Ed Kilgore says the fact that Marco Rubio is considered a moderate is about all anyone needs to know about the Republican Party. And Bill Press guest hosts Peter Ogburn and Meredith Shiner discuss presidential politics.

  • January 3, 2015 January 3, 2015 Labor expert Tom Geoghegan calls GOP interest in working people “baloney.” Progressive political analyst Ed Kilgore assesses Hillary Clinton’s prospects. And, sitting in for Bill Press, Peter Ogburn and Meredith Shiner review the year in politics.
  • Tom Geoghegan Tom Geoghegan Labor lawyer Tom Geoghegan thinks Republican “faux populism” is a good sign for Democrats … because we own the issue.
  • Ed Kilgore Ed Kilgore Political analyst Ed Kilgore says despite some progressives’ disdain for Hillary Clinton, she is on course for the Democratic nomination, and the White House.
  • Meredith Shiner Meredith Shiner Bill Press guest hosts Peter Ogburn and Meredith Shiner review the year in politics.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Hello Congress: Meet your poverty-wage food servers.

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December 27, 2015

One of the past year’s biggest religious stories was the visit of Pope Francis to the United States, and lay Catholic commentator Fred Rotondaro assesses his message. Political analyst Lee Drutman tells us what’s wrong with our political system … partly the quality of the candidates. And Bill Press interviews West Wing Reports editor Paul Brandus about President Obama’s year.

  • December 27, 2015 December 27, 2015 Fred Rotondaro assesses Pope Francis and Paul Ryan … Lee Drutman answers the question of what kind of person runs for president … and Bill Press talks with Paul Brandus of West Wing Reports.
  • Fred Rotondaro Fred Rotondaro Fred Rotondaro, a regular commentator here, and chair of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, says Pope Francis is setting a standard that Catholic progressives, and the Church hierarchy, have to follow up on.
  • Lee Drutman Lee Drutman Political scientist Lee Drutman analyzes what’s wrong with our political system and asks the question: “Who wants to run for president?” The answer? “Only crazy people.”
  • Paul Brandus Paul Brandus Bill Press interviews West Wing Reports editor Paul Brandus.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Turning human misery into corporate profits.

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