The Senate Changes to the Tax Bill
We begin with the Senate version of the so-called Trump/Ryan tax reform bill that eliminates some of the most flagrantly egregious giveaways to the ultra-rich in the name of Middle Class tax cuts. Jeff Madrick, a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, a former economics columnist for The New York Times and the author of “Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Economists Have Damaged America and the World” joins us. We will discuss the admission by the White House Economic Advisor Gary Cohn that “the most excited group out there are big CEO’s, about our tax plan”, which Cohn goes on to describe as trickle-down economics. And look into the truth-telling by Republican Congressman Chris Collins who said that his big donors are saying “Get it done or don’t ever call me again” and Senator Lindsey Graham who admitted to blackmail by donors, suggesting that a failure to pass tax reform would split the GOP and result in more well-financed far-right challenges to incumbent Republicans.
God's Candidate Roy Moore Accused of Sexually Assaulting a 14 Year Old
Then we assess the impact of the explosive revelations in a Washington Post investigation of Steve Bannon’s candidate for the US Senate in Alabama, Judge Roy Moore, which document the experiences of four women who dated Roy Moore when one of the women was 14 and the others 16 and Moore was in his thirties. Zac McCrary, who served as a pollster and strategist for members of Congress, mayors, state legislative caucuses and public interest groups in Alabama, joins us to discuss the unusually quick response by Republican senators, including Alabama’s Richard Shelby, calling on Moore to step down if the allegations are true, and the staggering hypocrisy of such an aggressively holier-than-thou “Christian” who stands accused of sexually assaulting a 14 year old.
Could Trump's CIA Head Sabotage the Mueller Investigation?
Then finally we speak with a veteran CIA analyst and author of “The Path to Dissent: A Whistleblower at CIA”, Melvin Goodman, about the possibility that Trump’s head of the CIA, who has proven to be a partisan hack and an ambitious toady, could sabotage the Mueller investigation by muzzling the CIA’s counterintelligence unit that he has placed under his personal control and hold back evidence that Mueller may not know exists. We examine Mike Pompeo’s record of distorting evidence of Russian interference in our election to please the beneficiary of Russian hacking, his boss Donald Trump.