Day: January 11, 2024

Background Briefing: January 11, 2024

Will Christie’s Exit in New Hampshire Help Nikki Haley Who the Koch Network is Banking On?

We begin with the shake-up in the Republican New Hampshire primary race with Chris Christie dropping out without endorsing any of his rivals left in the race, in particular Nikki Haley who is most likely to benefit from his withdrawal given that her best hope to not be completely crushed by Trump is to win in New Hampshire. Joining us is Arnie Arnesen, a radio talk show host based in Concord New Hampshire whose news/talk/public affairs show is “The Attitude with Arnie Arnesen”. Originating in Concord, NH, her show is picked up by the Pacifica Network and is heard on stations from Maui to Michigan and Houston to Harrisburg. She was selected in October 2018 as the best public affairs show by the NH Association of Broadcasters.


The Reporter Behind the NY AG’s Suit to Close Down the NRA

Then with Trump testifying today in closing arguments in the New York fraud case, next door in the same courthouse another trial is underway which could end up putting the once politically-powerful NRA out of business. Joining us is Mike Spies, a senior staff writer at The Trace whose investigation led New York AG Leticia James to sue the NRA and its leader Wayne LaPierre in 2020. He has produced numerous high-impact investigative projects focusing on the gun lobby, including a series that revealed widespread self-dealing at the National Rifle Association. A finalist for The Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award, the series led to New York Attorney General Letitia James’s lawsuit seeking to dissolve the NRA and her office’s ongoing attempts to hold its leadership accountable. Spies has also earned a New York Press Club Award for continuing coverage, and in 2017 was recognized as a finalist for the Livingston Award. We will discuss his article at Trace, co-published with ProPublica, “Secret Recording Shows NRA Treasurer Plotting to Conceal Extravagant Expenses Involving Wayne LaPierre.”


The History of Why Democrats Got Into Bed With Wall Street and the Sanders-Warren-AOC Movement to Return the Party to Its Working Class Roots

Then finally we speak with Joshua Green, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency, a national correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek, and a CNN political analyst. Previously, he was an editor at the Atlantic and the Washington Monthly, and a political columnist for the Boston Globe, and his latest book, just out, is The Rebels: Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the Struggle for a New American Politics. We examine the history of why the Democrats got in bed with Wall Street and the counterrevolution underway within the party to return it to its working and middle class roots.