This Week

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 24, 2016

Business expert Jere Glover has the numbers to prove that Democrats are better at running the economy than Republicans. Americans have always been ambivalent about admitting refugees, explains professor Maria Cristina Garcia. And, with the Supreme Court about to take up the president’s immigration powers, Bill Press interviews Huffington Post’s Elise Foley.


  • January 24, 2016 January 24, 2016 Jere Glover proves that Democrats are better for the economy … immigration expert Maria Cristina Garcia says Americans have always been wary about admitting refugees … and Bill Press interviews Elise Foley of Huffington Post.
  • Jere Glover  Jere Glover Jere Glover has been collecting data for decades and has the numbers to prove that under Democratic presidents, the economy does much better than under Republicans.
  • Maria Cristina Garcia Maria Cristina Garcia Historian Maria Cristina Garcia says Americans have always been ambivalent about refugees – sympathetic but not necessarily accepting.
  • Elise Foley Elise Foley Bill Press interviews Elise Foley about the Supreme Court taking up President Obama’s immigration actions.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower The real story of Ted Cruz's "heroic" daddy.


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January 17, 2016

Hispanic leader Cristobal Alex says the road to the White House will go through the Latino community, and right now Hillary Clinton is far ahead. Food expert Robert Paarlberg says low-income people do have access to healthy food, but they don’t have the time to fix meals. And Bill Press interviews Move-On leader Ben Wikler about the group’s endorsement of Bernie Sanders.


  • January 17, 2016 January 17, 2016 Cristobal Alex says Hillary Clinton pretty much has the Latino vote locked up … Why are so many poor people obese? Robert Paarlberg explains.… and Bill Press interviews Ben Wikler of Move-On.
  • Cristobal Alex Cristobal Alex Cristobal Alex heads a new Latino political group, and he says his community will determine who the next president is.
  • Robert Paarlberg Robert Paarlberg Contrary to common belief, low-income people in urban areas do have access to healthy food but they don’t have the time to prepare it, says professor Robert Paarlberg.
  • Ben Wikler Ben Wikler Bill Press interviews Ben Wikler of Move-On about the group’s endorsement of Bernie Sanders.
  • Jim Hightower Jim Hightower Why has nefarious corporate behavior become so commonplace?


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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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