Donald Trump escalates his war on the planet with his “Energy Independence” Executive Order. Trump’s order rolls back President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Let’s call it the Donald Trump Dead Planet Plan. Diana Best, a Greenpeace energy campaigner who is charged with halting the social influence of the oil industry during Trump’s administration, joins me on the podcast to break down the meaning and scale of this administration of Climate change deniers, the significance of Trump not stepping away from the 2015 Paris Agreement, and the diversity of tactics required to fight back. Also, Steve Bannon, the White House chief strategist, has publicly declared that the “Judeo-Christian West is collapsing” and U.S. is in what he calls “the fourth American turning” in which an all-out civilization war is inevitable. In fact, according to Bannon, it has already begun. These views would be easy to dismiss if Steve Bannon was the editor of a widely-discredited news website and the host of a fringe radio show, as was the case less than a year ago. Today, Bannon is Trump’s main “ideas guy.” Abbie Martin—host and producer of the Empire Files—will discuss her recent expose on Steve Bannon. While Bannon calls himself an economic nationalist, it is a brand of nationalism that fear mongers over anyone outside the Judeo-Christian tradition and benefits only white people. So, does that make him a white nationalist? And how can we stop him before he escalates the all-out civilization war that he thinks has already begun? Finally, Rou Reynolds, front man of the dynamic rock band Enter Shakairi, joins me for an interview about the band's current tour, and how it's progressive message is going over here in the US in the Trump era. In discussing the influence of the Zeitgeist movement on his life, art and lyrics, I ask Rou about living with the contractions of waging an anti-capitalist struggle in the modern world.
FBI Director James Comey dropped not one but two bombshells into the public record in his sworn testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Monday. Specifically, that the FBI has been investigating the Russia attempt to influence the 2016 US Presidential election including a potential collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign. Additionally, Comey said there was no evidence to Trump's claims that Barack Obama wiretapped him and Trump Tower, as the current president alleged in a series of now infamous tweets earlier this month. John Kiriakou, an ex-CIA analyst and whistleblower who exposed the Bush era torture program and served 23 months in federal prison joins me for the interview on the podcast. The author of The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA’s War on Terror tells me: “I have been wrong on this issue for the past six months or so where I have gone on a myriad of news outlets and said that I'm just not seeing any evidence of Russian hacking, and if there had been Russian hacking, what exactly is it that we're accusing the Russians of doing? Director Comey made that far more clear yesterday that this was a concerted covert action effort by the Russian government to influence the outcome of the election. Now whether or not it was the Russians that got Donald Trump elected, I still have doubts over it, but it was, indeed, interference in the US election. That's interesting, and it causes me to shake my head.” About the guest (www.johnkiriakou.com) John Kiriakou is a former CIA counterterrorism officer and a former senior investigator with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He became a political prisoner after he exposed the CIA’s illegal and immoral waterboarding torture program, becoming the sixth whistleblower indicted by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act. He served 23 months in prison as a result of his attempts to oppose the Bush administration's torture program.
In remarks would be stunning coming from the mouth of anyone with a middle school science education—to say nothing of the current head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Pruitt continued his long history of flouting the facts in an interview with CNBC host Joe Kernen on Thursday saying that carbon dioxide emissions are not a major contributor to global warming. Joe Kernen: "Do you believe that it’s been proven that CO2 is the primary control knob for climate? Do you believe that?" Scott Pruitt: "No, I––No, I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do, and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact. So, no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see." Joe Kernen: "OK. All right––" Scott Pruitt: "But we don’t know that yet, as far as—we need to continue debate and continue the review and the analysis." His statements could put him at odds with the law. Federal courts have ruled the EPA is obligated to regulate carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act. Here is what the EPA website says about CO2: Carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas that is contributing to recent climate change. CO2 is absorbed and emitted naturally as part of the carbon cycle, through plant and animal respiration, volcanic eruptions, and ocean-atmosphere exchange. Human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels and changes in land use, release large amounts of CO2, causing concentrations in the atmosphere to rise. The current CO2 level is higher than it has been in at least 800,000 years. Understanding that many Trump supporters are willing to look the other way as we sail over the Climate cliff as long as Trump delivers jobs we will also discuss Trump’s promise, oft repeated, that pipeline projects will be built with “American Steel.” As with most things that come out of Trump’s face, this lands squarely in the land of #alternativefacts. As first reported by Steve Horn at DeSmog Blog, the steel to construct the Keystone XL pipeline will not be produced in the United States, as Trump has so boisterously promised, but the frim that will benefit is a Canada by a subsidiary of Evraz, a company 31-percent owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, who is a close ally of Putin and a Trump family friend. Evraz has also actively lobbied against provisions which would mandate that Keystone XL's steel be made in the U.S. Hm, I wonder if anyone else is looking into this Russia thing? Get in touch via email or by calling the listener feedback line at (888) 213-5353 ****
A Day Without A Woman introduces “new tactics of activism” for the Resistance. As Linda Sarsour, a co-chairwoman of the event, told the New York Times that the objective was not a full scale general strike. [https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/us/a-day-without-a-woman.html ] “The object for us isn’t that we hope to shut the whole economy down. We see this as an opportunity to introduce women to different tactics of activism. Our goal is not to have the same numbers as the march.” By skipping work, wearing red, and in other acts of solidarity, women and their allies were acting in support of a platform that points to systemic problems that can’t be fixed by imply electing better Democrats. [ Read the full international women’s strike US platform] also on the podcast: White House Doubles Down on ObamaGate. Kind of. Is this the start of the left feeling sorry for Sean Spicer? …and in the interview, Casey Quinlan, a Think Progress policy reporter whose writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, The Establishment, The Toast, and Bitch joins me to discuss her recent Think Progress article: These are the people who will suffer under Trumpcare Get in touch via email, at AtrumpShow.com or by calling the listener feedback line at (888) 213-5353
The Trump-Russia Connection Jeff Sessions lies about his meeting with Russians, and Trump’s rage takes him to twitter. Trolling President Obama, Trump claims, with no evidence, that the former President “had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Independent journalist Marcy Wheeler (EmptyWheel.net) joins Dennis for an interview to discuss what the main stream media is missing about the Jeff Sessions/Trump Russia narrative. Also, Trump is scheduled to issue a new Executive order today, a newer version of his travel ban. Will it stick? And in breaking news— The Supreme Court just announced it will not hear a watershed legal case in the fight for Transgender rights.
Jeff Sessions recused himself from investigating any campaign related issues on Thursday. The question remains: Will he survive this scandal of his own making, or will he join Mike Flynn and become the 2nd crackpot appointed by Trump forced to walk the plank? With that in mind, consider: have Democrats gone too far in advancing the narrative of Russia colluding with Trump to tip the 2016 election in his favor? Is this new McCarthyism healthy or just? And what does it say about us as a country when Jeff Sessions character is being called into question after taking a meeting with an Ambassador—this is what ambassadors do, after all, take meetings— when Sessions has built a career around a repulsive, racist agenda? He did become the highest-ranking law enforcement official in the United States after a career with the following highlights: Sessions is a voter suppressing bigot who has called the voting rights act “Intrusive legislation”; he has opposed civil rights at every turn; opposed LEGAL immigration; OPPOSED equal pay for women; upheld a white supremacist worldview; has called the NAACP and the ACLU “un-American” groups that quote “ force civil rights down the throats of people”; He has opposed a ban on torture; He famously joked that he thought the KKK were all right until he learned that they smoked pot. No one would like to see this cracker—Jeff Sessions— drink his last mint julip before he has to walk the plank into professional oblivion more so than yours truly, but this new McCarthyism being bandied about by the Democrats and their friends at MSNBC is something to observe with deep skepticism. *****
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Was Donald Trump’s joint address to Congress a tale told by an idiot—full of sound and fury—signifying nothing? Or rather, is it possible that it did signify quite a bit. This is not a dream, or a Shakespearean metaphor, we are not binge watching a reality TV show. What Trump said, what he meant, and what it means for you, today on a Trump Show.