#354 : Do the 2017 elections mean the Dems need to seek a broader path?

The Virginia election means Democrats need to seek a broad path, says centrist Jim Kessler. Progressive Steve Phillips says forget Trump voters and turn out more black voters. And Bill Press talks taxes with Congressman Peter Welch.

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This week we have two Democrats, one a centrist, one more progressive, on the lessons of the smashing victory in the Virginia gubernatorial race. Jim Kessler of Third Way says Democrats found a candidate who fit his state, not some litmus test. Steve Phillips of Democracy in Color says winner Ralph Northam got no more white working class voters than did Hillary Clinton and that the winning difference was black turnout. And Bill Press interviews Vermont Congressman Peter Welch on what the Republicans are up to on taxes.


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Jim Kessler

Political think tank executive Jim Kessler says Democrats need to tread a broader path and that Virginia was an example of finding candidates who fit their state, rather than an ideology.

 

Steve Phillips

Progressive activist Steve Phillips says with just a little more spending on voter turnout, especially among African Americans, Democrats have a chance to take back the Senate by winning states like Texas, Nevada, and Arizona.

 

Peter Welch

Bill Press interviews Congressman Peter Welch about the looming fight over tax cuts for the rich.

 

Jim Hightower

Why would you let Jeff Bezos inside your home?

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#353 : November 5, 2017

Critics Mark Lilla and Charlie Peters talk to progressives one year later about how to talk to the “other side.” And Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal talks with Bill Press about Republican tax cuts.

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A year ago, the progressive world was turned upside down. Today we hear from two critics about why Democrats never saw it coming. Professor Mark Lilla says liberals need to take a “big humility pill.” Longtime progressive editor Charlie Peters, in an encore presentation, says Democrats don’t have to change positions – they have to explain them better to blue-collar America. And Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal about the Republicans new tax plan.


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Mark Lilla

Professor and essayist Mark Lilla says that when the economy is doing well, class politics doesn’t work, and neither does identity politics.

Charlie Peters

Charlie Peters, founder of the influential Washington Monthly, blames progressives for not understanding the views of “the other side.” An encore presentation from earlier this year.

Pramila Jayapal

Coming up, Bill Press interviews Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal of Washington State about tax cuts for the rich.

Jim Hightower

Why would you let Jeff Bezos inside your home?

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#352 : October 29, 2017

Emily Bazelon on Trump’s war against the press. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend on retirement issues. And Bill Press talks with Virginia Congressman Don Beyer.

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Journalist and civil liberties watchdog Emily Bazelon says Trump’s war against the press is designed to undermine America’s faith in independent media. As I.R.A’s may come under attack in a new Republican tax bill, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend advocates for a pension system that will replace the retirement accounts and get seniors better returns on their investments. And Bill Press interviews Congressman Don Beyer of Virginia.


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Emily Bazelon

Journalist Emily Bazelon talks with us about various aspects of free speech and the Trump administration.

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Instead of relying on IRA’s, which can fluctuate with the market, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is looking at a system under which a nationwide pool of savings could reap much greater rewards than current Wall Street investments yield. An encore presentation from one year ago, and still relevant.

Don Beyer

Coming up, Bill Press Virginia Congressman Don Beyer.

Jim Hightower

Trump’s War

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#351 : October 22, 2017

John Prados on the history of the CIA and whistleblowers … Richard Clarke on why leaders don’t listen to intelligence experts … and Bill Press interviews Joe Cirincione about one president who does not listen.

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Long-time CIA watcher John Prados answers the question of why so much information is classified, when everyone knows it already. Richard Clarke was the Bush administration official who foresaw 9-11 but was not heeded. We have an encore presentation about his new book about the Cassandra Syndrome. And Joe Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund, talks with Bill Press about Trump’s potential to start new wars.


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John Prados

Intelligence watcher John Prados says the CIA is in danger of failing the country unless it becomes accountable for its product.

 

Richard Clarke

9-11 was just one instance of leaders ignoring solid evidence of impending disaster. Richard Clarke, who foresaw the tragedy, joins us in an encore segment to talk about this “Cassandra Syndrome.”

 

Joe Cirincione

Bill Press interviews Joe Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund on Trump’s foreign policy.

 

Jim Hightower

Does Trump even know where Niger is?

 

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