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Coronavirus: Trump 'surprised' by Fauci's reopening warnings
"President trump today took exception to something. Dr Anthony Fauci told members of the Senate committee on Tuesday found. She cautioned against reopening too quickly surprised by his answer. Actually because you know it's just to me. It's not an acceptable answer. Especially when it comes to schools. Some schools and colleges have indicated. They may not reopen in the fall. Mr Trump said quote. We are opening our country. People wanted open. The schools are going to be open on quote.
Trump Continues Biden Attack Ads On Facebook
"The affiliate podcast shares, the stories of multifaceted Africans. One episode at a time, the podcast aims to uncover the untold stories of modern and millennial. Based in various parts of the world, each episode gives listeners an opportunity to learn and experience conversations that showcase who they are and global perspectives in our ever changing world fish also listen and subscribe to the Athlete podcast on spotify or wherever you listen to your favorite podcast. You can also follow at athletes podcast all social media platforms. He'll listening to the news of this hour on Africa Business Radio Trump campaign on Monday ran a series of attack ads against Joe. Biden, one accused the Democrats of blatant corruption Biden's team has been removed attack absence. Since Mr Trump went into hospital the Democrats don't want to be seen running personal attacks on the president. Trump's team has continued to run attack ads. And that wasn't he's at this time on Africa Business Radio you can continue to listen live online at www dot, Africa business radio, DOT COM, or via our mobile APP. I am ratio chih-jen do. Thank you for listening.
Twitter Hides Trump Tweet For Glorifying Violence
"You're listening to the news at this time. When Africa Business Radio so it's a has hidden one of president trump's tweets from his profile saying it violates rules about glorifying violence it has however not been deleted fault replaced with a warning that can be viewed by clicking on it the wanting says tweets a has determined but he may be in the public's interest for the tweet to remain accessible. It is the latest in an escalates in role between Switzerland and the White House. Mr Trump was tweeting about the city of Minneapolis which has sin consecutive nights of protests following the death of a black man in police custody. The president said he would send in the National Guard and follow that up with a warning. That's when the Luton starts. The shooting stops twitter's policy of a warning to rather than delete since suites that breaks the rule when it comes to major. Public figures was announced in mead. Twenty-nine scene but the social network has never used it. On Mr Trump Nord's elites it any office tweets before and that was the news this time on Africa Business Radio. You can send you to listen life online at. Www does Africa business radio DOT COM or via a mobile APP. Thank you for listening.
Total Meditation: Feeling Your Way
"Hello my friends I'm the show pro this daily bread. There are two basic parts we take through life thinking and feeling. Rational thought, he's highly prized in an age of science and technology. But in everyday life all kinds of feelings into. Let's discuss this whole idea of feeling your way. In terms of dealing with one's life, there's a mixture of thinking and feeling. This is true for everyone even for those who assumed they're dealing with life Mosley rationally. This mixture thinking and feeling can be quite confusing. We need to straighten it out if you want to make our way through life consciously. In full awareness. Feeling is always a part of every experience every decision every choice. Let's take a few examples. Think of food you hate. Apparently. Mr Trump and Broccoli don't go together. nope. See yourself putting a bite of this food in your mouth. Maybe. Broccoli stales boiled cabbage whatever you dislike. Dry to taste it. You loved it. Try to do that tried to tasted. Loved it is set of hating it. You'll find the to cont. You can't because it stays is cemented to your feelings about it. Imagine that you're in a long hike in the mountains and lose track of time it's dark. The temperature is falling fast and you must get back to camp. In pitch blackness you reach. Maybe drop off. You vaguely remember that the drop off is in far maybe two feet on the other hand if you become last. The draw could be a hundred feet. That is not running back. Can you deal with the situation without feeling anxious few people could We all feel our way through life far more than we realized. We assume that we are thinking logically from one decision to another. In reality how we feel is much more dominant. Feeling has its own deep intelligence. Feeling occurs in the whole body mind, which gives us a practical reason to unite body and mind rather than trying to keep them separate. Join. Me Tomorrow for Friday Meditation.
Trump sending $1B to states to ramp up testing
"The administration is sending tests supplies to a number of to distance from reporters and other speakers. President trump in the Rose Garden announcing funds for tests. My administration is sending one billion dollars to America's states territories tribes money supplies make total. It's what states have been clamoring for for many weeks. This is a core element of our plan to safely and gradually reopen America. And we're opening and we're starting and there's enthusiasm like I haven't seen in a long time on display in front of Mr Trump testing kits and machinery used to assess the results.
Trump wants to prepare U.S. stockpile for future pandemics
"President trump says he's taking steps to make sure the country is ready for any future pandemics launching a monumental effort at a medical supply warehouse in Allentown Pennsylvania. The president again accused his predecessor of leaving the cupboard. Bare Mr Trump announced a plan to boost the strategic national stockpile of masks and other medical necessities. Instead of one two three weeks worth of supplies we had less than that. The government will now stockpile three whole months much of it made in the USA.
Barr and the Overman Class
"Do you ever find yourself waiting for your news. Feed on facebook or twitter wishing you could just call someone up and ask what do I really need to pay attention to hear. Well what if you could. I'm Mary Harris the host of what next slates new Daily News podcast and every weekday morning. I'm going to be on call for you taking you inside one story going deep behind the headlines. What next is news? You're not GonNa get the scrolling through your phone to listen subscribe now on Apple podcasts spotify or wherever you listen you know I I said said all along that <hes> I had I would not object to Bob going up to testify but after I said that <hes> he indicated he was not interested interested in testifying and he held a press conference and issued a press statement making it clear that <hes> his testimony really was the report itself and he wasn't GonNa go beyond the report so I was disappointed to see him subpoenaed because I don't think that serves any purpose dragging a Bob Muller up if in fact is going a stick here appears to be compelling evidence of the president's misconduct outside of the four corners of the redacted version the Muller report and we worked on cover that evidence as well volume two of this report was not authorized under the law the FBI written it was written to legal standard that does not exist at the Justice Department hello and welcome to trump cast time Virginia Heffernan so we all have our favourite hearings of trump times. They're Komi Day People Bill Browder Day People Muller people and I learned so much from all those hearings to I commend them to you. I think you should watch them or watch them again if you can but I think my favorite hearing just for the sort of moral dynamism was Michael Cohen's hearing the one where he described the career he was in the process of renouncing on his way to prison the way he gave his job. Description was amazing what he said he did for a living was lying for Mr Trump. So many people have this as a job. Sarah Sanders lies for Mr Trump Ho pick slice for MR TRUMP ALAN DERSHOWITZ and bill bar and Mark Meadows and Mitch McConnell lying for Mr Trump is a growth sector and when trump said he'd create jobs he has it's definitely made careers of lying for Mr Trump enterprises for dozens of people alas. He doesn't pay them or it might help his flagging numbers anyway the the other thing that came from that Cohen hearing is Michael Collins testimony that as he perceived trump whom he'd worked for for decades <hes> basically as a full on smithers. There's two trump's Mr Burns is that trump is a racist. There was of course never a doubt about trump's racism even his exterminationist racism but I'll also refer you to Paul Krugman's column in The New York Times that credits William Julius Wilson the sociologist with getting everything right and giving the most useful context for trump's white supremacy basically Wilson noticed in the last few decades that well weird racists were arguing that something I'm thinking about being non white predisposes people toward antisocial behavior what was really going on in the seventies and eighties was the job opportunities were declining inning or flat for urban workers will guess what even as trump conjures a fictional inner city to make his racist points. The Social State of Urban America is actually vastly. I sleep better than it was. Crime is in decline employment is up on the other hand as Krugman notes the social state of Rural America. That's white rural America Orca is deteriorating what he says to the extent that there really is such a thing as American carnage. Remember that phrase it's concentrated among less educated whites in rural rural areas who are suffering a surge in depths of despair diseases of despair. This is suicide alcohol other kinds of addictions that have pushed their mortality utility rates above those of black Americans so look. This is what happened. It's not the people in Rural Kentucky are racially inferior. It's just that when there's no work people experience what they did in cities in the seventies and eighties a decline in the propensity to work the end of stable families and so on social social stability and the so-called eastern heartland in red states like Mitch McConnell's Kentucky one of the poorer states in the Union is essentially in shambles so once more we have have projection from trump he talks about crime and violence and disorder and I roll racism in Baltimore in fact he should look to his ralliers and the white supremacist <unk> premises terrorists who are basically holding the rest of the hardworking nation hostage with their loud online lies. They're ravenous hunger to see blood at the border and their actual we'll guns my guest today to talk about order and Disorder Truth and lies laws and lawlessness is Harry Littman. He's a Washington Post columnist a former U._S. U._S. Attorney D._O._J.. Official he teaches constitutional law at U._C._S._D. and U._C._l._A.. And he practices law. He's also the executive producer Sir and host of the podcast. Yes podcast talking feds Harry. Welcome back to trump cast. Thank you good to be here. It's still so good to talk see you again. I don't know if you saw this but Vladimir. Kara Moore's senior died last night. He was instrumental in the Magnitsky Act. His son led Mir car Moore's a junior it's very confusing because they were both dissidents in Russia and journalists but the son whom I've gotten to meet a couple of times was poisoned not once but twice and now in Russia the head of the opposition party Navan knee was also seemingly poisoned so the history of dissident writers yes and journalists in the Soviet Union and now Russia it. This is a long wind up to saying a drew out <hes> Car Moore's juniors speech he gave recently getting <hes> civil courage prize. I saw him take this award last year and he quoted soldier Nielsen Saying Live Not by lies and he said the key to you are liberation lies and personal non-participation in lies I at least won't be a handmaiden to lies and he goes through all the lies of Soviet times and all the lies of now about Putin especially always clams. It's a free and fair election and that he won by seventy percent. We also have a president and party that it is continues to claim that our elections are free and fair when they're patently not when the last one was hacked Miller says this one's being hacked and as I say a long wind up to saying I do think podcasting of the kind you do on talking heads we try to do here. Try to represent personal non-participation in lies you know trying to at least slowly but Shirley Sultanate's and says starve the lies cut short their existence either refuting them or just simply refusing them in the language of the law the language your trained in and that your guests are trained in its you're very patient but you just slowly but surely dismantling the lies that Bar told about the Muller report the lies that trump tells about the report and the lies the Republicans in the Senate tell I mean. I don't know if you feel like that's what you're doing but that's what it seems to me. You're doing we could talk about this <unk> so many hours so muller testifies last week and Sarah Huckabee Sanders are the spokesperson for our government gets gets up and gives a four sentence recitation. Every single sentence is a you know Orwellian rank lie and you you start to try to to say how do we different now you know morally and ethically with these other countries. I just read a really a good a book on the back of Salsa and it does play through what you know what essentially it makes an argument for Nabokov's having been as engaged assaulted knits in that's pass I point but it's very much this you know just sense of personal integrity and truth and when one begins to catalog the political Tulsen's of the administration by we are we have become so bludgeoned and fatigue about what in some ways is the. It's not criminal. That's their big defense. Maybe not even impeachable but the guy lies you know he wakes up lying and lies all day. He's as the leader of the free world. He's the president of the United States I remember when Clinton told a <unk> Antonian lie a hair-splitting lie and and we went berserk this guy wakes up lying and lies every day and the and that we somehow have become a nerd to that right and put that whole Ma- growing mountain of lies side when we think about our government that can't register somehow on either the because it doesn't register. I just knew the criminal or the clear impeachment scales it somehow just countenanced or we don't even time to talk about it but that's the government we've stumbled into when by the way that we just assume one can never credit. There are buddies now there. Were you know we're in league with them. The hell happened yeah for this time in this topsy turvy world as a lawyer you put it very well the sort of patience idea because one wait for things to go to the court where duty of candor so clearly applies and if you tell a little lie the court you're GonNa get slapped around something. Fierce truth is a value that that really really prevails so you wait and you wait and you wait and then you go to court and see if if lies will happen one of the reasons why you know people people were so hungry including me for for subpoenas to be served or for Muller to take it farther because we know end the crucible of the truth and the court court system then will be served and it hasn't the you know that's that's in some ways the biggest and most upsetting stabbing concomitant of of Muller's having stopped short in certain respects never will be an occasion where where you I know possibly really wrongdoers are put to their you know responsibility of telling the truth under some penalties because without that they don't care fair to the American people and were you know we'll just be talking about historians and conjectures and the ability of trump to unabashedly and his apologists right you know Ratcliffe his attacks on Muller last week those are lies and his lies about his own experience variance doing counterterrorism prosecution. I'm looking into that but at best it's spun up like a top spinning off a table. You just said something interesting. So you said probably Lee so good point. We don't know for sure although you know all signs point to and if I were Lying about his experience with as a counter terrorism prosecutor pudding terrorists behind bars as he claimed but right we are accustomed to this leg like painstaking painstaking search for the truth that a conversation you you know you might have or debate you might have with. Bill Clinton would be as you said hair-splitting and now you have some people we'll say like world. Wrestling Federation stylized zero value. I mean I wrote about Mahler. He insisted on Marquis of Queensbury rules against the World Federation for Vista Return. I try really hard by the way we're on the podcast in the in the paper. I don't have a dinner party mode. You know if I think it's I I really do try to just <music> saying it but then means giving the devil his due as it were and it may turn out every office has a terrorism coordinator there were zero count them zero eero terrorism prosecutions filed in Eastern District of Texas when he was and I regard him with great suspicion because of the absolute vicious lies he told her that hearing but I think they will turn out you know a lot of things can get that bureaucratic. T- <HES> that turn out to be immigration cases cases or or whatever I think why give him the benefit of the doubt and this is a broader question Jacob Weisberg the creator of trump cast used to say we need to start start covering this administration as the man Bites Dog story here is tell the truth so for instance their conversation yesterday Jim Jordan said he I thought that trump was a great hero. During nine eleven you know I was in New York then and it was very difficult for journalists and do-gooders to get to the site we've seen pictures of Hillary Hillary Clinton and Giuliani and so forth but when he said he got to the site we all kind of know that you know where he was and what he was doing and we've all plowed over this territory before but because Jim Jordan also lies in these hearings flamboyantly because Jim Jordan said it we went scrambling to try to figure out if it was true true of course that's not true of course he didn't rush into the trouble to try to save people and risk his life it just it just doesn't pass commonsense and sometimes I think you know on those of us who dotted I's and Cross T.'s in our education stand on ceremony so much we keep thinking oh there's gotta be a grain of truth truth in this ratliff thing or you know <hes> well. Maybe Donald Trump did go. I don't WanNa be hasty but you know I started to think we're we're. Not You know we're not on this podcast not in the courtroom and I'm going to say that doesn't pass the smell test and most of these things don't pass this test and even if you generously discovered discovered that this guy had done these prosecutions that there was some other part of his operation that was prosecuting counter-terrorism. It doesn't seem like worth figuring <unk> out for Radcliffe. I mean certainly as I grew up you know from my mommy. Learning about lies are there are even an a ah a whole `nother you know <hes> fifty percent moral lies and and you know distant and instances of disingenuousness so why don't to cover like. Jacobs says I mean that is to I r antenna. Go off like crazy but we understand that we're at least trying to be within in the public debate and and if there are opportunities you know whom are we all speaking to to go back to your previous. Question is it two percent percent of the trump based to try to dislodge is women who were in the trump base who might now understand. Is that the one percent of undecided folks but you know you know you're GonNa have you know lying Jack and on the other side so you the the reason to do it that way in a broader political political sense journalistic you're right. It doesn't portray to call these things truth. Are you know is just not true to journalistic kind of ethos ethos but you don't WanNa lead with your Chin and there are of course so many instances of flat out you know Orwellian hundred eighty degree agree lies so you think you might have some persuasive value of course they seem not to either but I mean that's at least the pragmatic answer to the Jacob a good question but the you know the notion that that is what I mean when I say he wakes up lying in lies a i. I assume twenty percent of it. It wouldn't count as perjury in a court but the question is how to portray this terrible fact that we seem to be like two thirds of the way to Turkey. You know that I have this honest president. You know to me that at the beginning when I started writing I was worried about about him but it it seemed like buffoonery and the horrifying fact you know of of of watching inroads and deeper inroads and deeper inroads get made and now you know the possibility that in settling you know however you WanNa define this he he gets away with it. You know I really was sort of boy. Scouting just didn't think that could happen just didn't know when it when it would and that he does is a lasting really lasting damage to democratic institution that this guy early himself personally irredeemable when actually a you know a virus risk on the body politic. How did this happen but that's trying to think seriously about that kind of world and how to beat it back and what it looks like after her he leaves is what leads you to try to call out the crystalline versions or examples of perfect and perfectly material lies? We all also do it without Sunday too grandiose for the same reason that you know soldier Niessen and Carl Moore's do it which is to at least not be a handmade to at least not help the lies along and just for our own well-being for our own consciences. You know one thing he says. There's something selfish at two because we want to be able to sleep at night. I I am often absolutely possessed of the conviction that at least the worst of them on Fox News and in Congress than you know Devon Nunez and Ratcliffe Finra and Sean Hannity no to a moral certainty that he's lying all the time you know it sounds pious but really how do you sleep nights. It feels Sara Mitch McConnell it feels deeply corrode and morally and we don't live in a place where you and I have to worry about our podcast but we do live in a place ace and arguably Solzenitsyn those didn't starting from around the seventies but we do live in a place where you know we there are ways to be <hes> complicit and you know even in a whatever you think about <hes> divine retribution it yells crappy to be investing in <hes> in in something that you know is is false intriguing American people with contempt I mean there is a basic part of the trump project that really does seem to me to be treating his base with contempt calling out their worst angels and line to them about what he provides but I just mean the straight out factual. You know well it it. It does personally. I would feel like crap if I were working for that kind of that administration you know I'd worked with Bill Barr who was an honest straight up guy and I knew him to be a a rock rib conservative as you say there's no getting around around when he came out and characterize the Miller report that it was fall. You know that was that assessment. Just stand up. He had to know it a and you know a to bill. I mean absolutely does everyone who comes into this. Guy's orbit get ruined whether it's whether you're people have strength ranks or not and maybe there are different hypotheses. This episode is brought to you by Ernest listeners can get one hundred dollar cash bonus when you got a private student loan at Ernest. Dot Com slash trump cast sending your kids to college is a dream but helping them navigate student loans can be he wait for it. A nightmare ernest is here to help with fast and easy private student loans. 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We know that there's on top of everything not just a dishonest sky but a madman right a toad doesn't know the first thing about anything has the codes but what's it in you know in five years. We'll these CRAYTON's be crawling rolling out in saying oh I was really against them all the while and I knew how bad he was the Paul Ryan phenomenon the vast apparatus and the Republican Party say yes yes. We really need to have a lot of work to do to rebuild our democratic institutions screw you for helping. But how do you think it's GonNa look in in histories aw blends okay you were talking about people's immortal souls or this secular version of that how how they'll sort of answer the truth or feel about truth on their deathbeds and there are three people who've sort of made it clear that this is a genuine concern for them. One is Michael Cohen and his testimony that I thought it was extremely interesting interesting the second time he testified when he had that moment and this is in the news now but he had that moment with Elijah Cummings. I'm sure you remember having said you know the I way that he broke with Donald Trump is on the grounds that he's a racist and Michael Cohen is complicit as he can be with the organization action with the campaign with the Finance Chair of the Republican National Committee so he's his switch is absolute and it was very difficult and he's in jail for it anyway anyway racist so he said you know he was from this. Holocaust surviving family and how would he ever make it up to them that he had Dr Racist and Mark Meadows had a little showdown. I don't WanNa get distracting but this is back in the news because Mark Meadows is trying to tell us the booth trump and Elijah Cummings are not racist as if Elijah Cummings needed Israel to 'em and anyway so he hit a little showdown with meadows and then <hes> finally at the end you know alleged cummings was meant to give the get the last word right and he and hardy absolved meadows his racism 'cause he's father confessor alleged cummings. He's running and forgive me and then. And he told Michael Cohen and I'm feeling sentimental because I've just been thinking about car Moore's but he told him you know maybe this didn't happen to you. It happened for you and maybe you will learn something from this and I think Cohen's is almost filled with tears. You know he's paying if not quite the last full measure of devotion you you know for several years in jail for as he calls it lion from Mr Trump and he is having a reckoning and that was very interesting although the people above him which it was the whole reason for his reckoning are not no I know and clearly I mean he might spend his whole time nursing his wounds and planning revenge against the others that didn't suffer or trump then though Rudolph Guiliani and the New Yorker said you know. Is it going to be on his tombstone. I lied for Mr Trump Allied for trump he's worried too and and <hes> and then I should say Felix Sater. You know this is the most I've been waiting for his efflorescence to just break all over for a week. It hasn't quite happened Giuliani now. I'm wigging out a little and getting extravagant but he I mean the whole group. Look like sort of you know Egan Sheila Fantasy Equa corrupt pay with sharp teeth and nasty. I mean it looks like a kind of <hes> portrait of of a secular hell. Yes he got Sheila. I hope I have listeners caught that. That is the first time we've got not mentioned on the show in fantastic. I'm I'm really glad it's funny. Because you know the weeks march on and you have these either stories or crises do something DISA- man of love is Ratcliffe flying the you know now the what's Nadler's petition going to add to but we don't take much time except I guess in you know no in dining rooms and bars to like take three steps back and like what the fuck is happy you know living glass of us have on our minds the long long Connie Bruck profile of Ellen Dershowitz this week so you're a prosecutor but what it what has emerged in this time to me is the the enormous number of people who as Michael Cohen says you know life of Mr Trump said they lie for other people. That's their job right you know and Bulelani lies for Mr Trump and and Alan on Dershowitz lies for Mr Trump how do you let's say when lawyers go down different paths so you're in law school and when you go to defense criminal defense it's like a Koan or ultimately Giuliani started as a prosecutor and now I don't know what he does T._v.. Lawyer you start wanting to do the fireworks on television and the sort of defensive civil liberties or the fundamentalism about civil liberties that just tilts into libertinism and decadence. I mean it's really crazy. Now you know to see Alan Dershowitz saying the fifteen year old girl should that's not considered rape however old the the guy that could be consensual or isn't at least defacto octo- or de jure a rape so I guess my point is weird it. All these people come from people that would hoddle around Epstein or O._J.. Simpson people who just would lie to the end for other people or accountants that Fudge Steph or all these figures these enablers blurs that enable you know the illegitimate part of our culture and our our government and our financial system I just I've been astounded to see how many people have been making their livings lying for other people yeah well. We're they come from the flame was there in the president of the United States is inherently has flame and they are moths to it and I think that's the explanation for Dershowitz. I mean I'm very I strongly of the view. You know that lawyers a we we should not impugn lawyers for whom they choose to represent her. What are what arguments they make sort of in you know in general never and also I'll say that there should woods has has almost had this psychological proclivity for for for representing unpopular and if you think about it sexual in some way I remember he made his name with with pornography? I find that completely unexceptionable etcetera but Dershowitz though I've really had a very strong dispute going I've debate him several times now and he's taken. I truly bankrupt ridiculous legal positions that only one other person as far as I know is even advanced. He's come up in this podcast so so far it is Rudy Giuliani flip in anything and Dershowitz his views for sort of eminent although he's not a constitutional lawyer have been ridiculous Gillespie and at least one explanation for them have been the you know the desire to be to have a new O.. J. and B. Close to power. Obviously he's got <hes> he's a he's a psychologically complex. <hes> <hes> fellow I don't want to you know I I've heard his defense of the of the the charges that the model made and I think it would be very unfair to convict him of those without more but my brief with him is all about his really bankrupt grubbed intellectual pro-trump positions and how does he come to take them. I it's hard to believe that there are good faith assessment of the marriage so now now we have again part six a of the phenomenon of people being corrupt when they get around Donald Trump's sometimes because he's president sometimes times you know because of the force of his personality there are different versions of it but man as you say it's a long long line of willing victims uh-huh. I mean these these guys you know Bill Bar may well. I don't have this. It was kind of funny. I don't have this home air view where I care what people say about me after I'm dad you know but they this is what they are going to say about him. After his dad this formerly universally respected guy that that he was he was just just a political doormat full as the attorney general of the United States for for president trump who would have thought that he would have been different to that. This episode of trump cast is sponsored by luminary. 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DOC LINK SLASH TRUMP CAST for two months a free access luminary dot link slash trump cast cancel anytime terms apply back to defense lawyers who still puzzle me. I didn't go to law school but I was enchanted. I think like a lot of young people with Clarence Darrow's book attorney for the damned and it did seem in the heyday of well kind of scopes type or sort of progressive under represented seemingly sort of morally compromised in a Christian idiom a conservative world by the moral majority of figure like scopes. You just thought I would be able to defend him and humiliate some parochial Jokiel superstitious William Jennings Bryan and I can imagine you know someone like Dershowitz coming up with that same idea of romance but to call the devil's advocate is not quite right or to say he's attorney for the damned. I mean you know he likes to take these unpopular clients but so everybody wanted to work for O._J.. Get Part of the O._J.. GRAVY train everybody you know even surprising as you say bill bar seems willing to be a pit bull or life of Mr Trump we've seen plenty the of mcgann and so forth like willing to get their reputation in tatters for him but in any case it's not as though they're just scoundrels or their noble people who no one will defend. I mean how defense attorneys Dahlia lift is that this too turned into not just defending the accused but actively looking for loopholes durshwitz has this thing about if you can get an abortion than sex with you is not rape and that's what he's now saying about fifteen year old girls it's almost as though he's like Scouting Territory Tori in the law for criminals. Where can we find as they say in business white space exploit for you and what it how does that happen because you you were idealistic? You must have been drawn a little bit to the Clarence Darrow figure in fact. I used to think prosecutors where the bad guys Ya. That's actually true true. That was the mindset I had when I went to law school and this is probably not going to be a good topic to <hes> to close on let's get through. I'm glad you said to cause because I'm basically how did I see the idealism in that. Look you taking on a reviled client now now. Now I do think Dershowitz gets has over gets over starry about the romance of this and you know there's a vanity there and it's the same kind of vanity and they just want him in the action which is my best guess about why he does it but he's doing a crappy job when you make crappy arguments like that but the sense taking on a reviled the most revived client and making the most tenuous but you know the laws that which is plausibly asserted and boldly coldly maintained. I mean the argument I find completely consistent with the idealism in the in the law so I'm skipping that that way it's just the arguments you're a two things about with. That's a really crappy argument that will subject his client to complete contempt as it should and to yeah there is something a little weird going on with their wins that all his swashbuckling adventures seem to involve especially you know ah sexually despicable people but you know I don't see it as an A little bit leopold so he didn't darrow defend Logan Leopold. I believe so but those that's certainly only example what we're what we're talking about. Maybe closer to yeah he did <hes> those are maybe closer to someone who would have been Dershowitz clients rich rich boys who wanted to be above the law so narrow wasn't best. He wasn't just with the lepers but also it. It's he's Dershowitz. Come pretty far. You're not just anyway from leprosy calmly doing that <hes> ridiculous as a lawyer that's bad but it's is not simply because he defends reviled p okay. I like that because I just WanNa push this and keep talking about religion. I'll also say I do think there's a little little bit with him. Reading this profile hadn't realized quite how Orthodoxy grown up quite a few kosher at in law school and so on it seems sometimes like he's putting an era of one of those a little wires around the communities of these very rich men where they're allowed to break the law in this specific place that he that Dershowitz has cut out for them like like like eating pork and Chinese restaurants exactly yeah you have the Chinese restaurant exception all right last question and just go to town on this I have I found you know periodically one sort of hate one figure in the trump orbit more than others and I tossed and turned over Manafort for two years I think but now it's bar I just that guy. I can't as you say I can't fathom how he changed but I didn't know him before but how not even worrying about his obituary anything anything. How did he bring himself to use the word collusion that press conference to misrepresent the work of Bob Muller so much that it was like a desecration secretion now that we know that Muller is not the totally robust thinker he once was like most of us he will in his seventies? He's seeing some some decline. It just seems even more surprising that bar would run run roughshod over the results of you know a very carefully rendered if imperfect affect document and <hes> and do everything he could to fit it into a trump tweet and what the hell yeah how how this is a question of some honest pain <hes> for me. Let me just say my you know <hes> circle of Hell Public Academy number two or even one is not easy but Mitch McConnell but but it's totally fair question on <hes> bar because on top of everything else I am here to tell you I worked with him. Strong stand up smart funny yet. You know good guy in a <hes> in a in a sort of you know want want him in the foxhole which I guess he's got into the wrong foxhole but I've thought deeply about this has for all all the reasons you say so you know I think of two hypotheses for I find no possible defense of my much admired previous boss that it's his own that he thinks he's telling the truth. I find I find that not possible so he's lying and that's a really serious thing to say and I have two hypotheses. It's been a combination one is he's a partisan. You know that's that was my explanation for the ill advised <hes> opinion writer but it's just I you know there are people I know I know you know three or four people whom I respect whose argument for Supporting Trump is oh my God yeah I know he's incredibly disgusting guide but I want you know cavanaugh and low taxes and and and will be okay and if you take that to the you know ultimate. It's just like Mike you WanNa you know then then you're you want Republicans so and that's one and then there's the the somewhat higher brow version of that which is and I know this to be true. He really does believe deeply in executive. Power sees it as the great <hes> advance of the Constitutional Convention Invention <hes> you know has kind of devoted his life to it you know and we're at a period now where very much because of trump himself <hes> there's a distinct possibility as say there was after Watergate of Oh real weakening of the institutional power of the executive branch those kinds kinds of reforms or an impeachment might have that effect and he sees itself as fighting as a broader institutional battle on behalf on the overall power of the executive but you know neither is faintly excusable. It seems I mean I mean in general for him and all the actors we have things playing out onto levels wanna sort of raw practical one Nancy Pelosi will it be good for the Democrats rats to go impeachment. Will it be how will it be for the people in the moderates in red districts and those kinds of inquiries and then there's just the my God <hes> you know the sort of moral moment that were at and the I know this is kind of of <hes> you know fuddy-duddy idiot or goody goody <unk> but you know how can you really not take stock of it and and respond in some way to the far deeper challenges and affronts to democratic institutions so far is one who's come up with an answer to that question one thing I do not think it is. I don't think think he like many other. Figures has just been cowed by trump. I I still can't believe that in which of course in some ways is worse but I also I've tried hard to think of the argument why it's just a really principled political intellectual disagreement and I can't again there so that Israel so those of us. Maybe everyone who is taken sort of an interest in Jeffrey Epstein on the side of this has tracked attract this weird it's like we for so long followed or I did Stanley on Dunham and and Barack Obama senior and thinking like that as the trajectory of American Life Life right like how how fascinating that Hawaii was and then you know getting to New York and Harvard and so on <hes> but now we have other lives that were sort of tracking other twentieth century lies and Bars Father Donald Barr gave Jeffrey Epstein his first break at prestigious Dalton school and that is the kind of odd ominous story that leads to bear stearns which of course collapsed and some figure ace Greenberg whose son went to Dalton the only reason to evoke at least how kind of Byzantine this is is is to point out that there is. I'm having to admit to myself a kind of Overman class here where you know you're Jeffrey Epstein and somehow you're a hustler from coney island with no education and Somehow Donald Bard whose later fired for you know being authoritarian authoritarian essentially adult falls in love with or decides is some kind of galaxy brand and he needs to hire him and then ace Greenberg makes the same decision at bear stearns earns and he's enabled right and left and less Leslie Wexner and so on and then I feel like bar inherits from his father who converted to Catholicism. I don't know what that was about up. He inherited from his father and idea of a kind of overman that they're these certain people and Dershowitz argues us to essentially who get to live in a special L. space bars own work was about you know how he needed to be this kind of grueling disciplinarian unless it came to you know Libertine Jeffrey Epstein who you know he led do anything he wanted and then we have barred kind of making the same case unitary executive that we just need these extremely powerful leaders especially if as they are Donald Trump yes but now he's thought it through. I think you're totally right. It's kind of you know since we're. I'm being completely pretentious in this whole conversation but I I'm call it kind of a neat she and view some intellectual pedigree but the interesting thing is look think about Don mcgann. We you know we've we've. I've we've always posited there. Were Establishment Republicans who sort with trump temporarily but understood that trump was an idiot and they would eventually eventually think about their own future like mcgann who would be such a valuable witness because he wouldn't burn his bridges and those guys are kind of meritocracy and then I mean the thing about trump and his immediate circle as they really are good fellow types not simply because they're criminals but also because they they ain't got the class. Ask people don't respect trump or never did before he he doesn't have even the Jeff Epstein traditional achievements. He's you know he's he's really considered vulgar lger and low class which is in that way of looking at it but but but somehow part of his triumph though it doesn't seem to satisfy personally he seems to have an insatiable insatiable hunger Ford is he has co-opted a fair part of this cohort of professional establishment in a way achievement Republicans who do his bidding even though it they it may well not serve their long-term interests of them I think can you feel bar son of two professors and a you know he's he's got the you know he said thoughtful <hes> person with if and when an intellectual worldview which is much more than you can say for you know most of the rascals around trump and trump himself unless you you know it's just brand building. They're going to be a lot of sorting out. You know what all this means when I mean there we we won't have an a probably a Nuremberg but we'll have some other their way of sorting out. You know I got it now. Because what a flip in shame the image that has been a couple of weeks is the last <hes> frame of Raiders of the Lost Star. I thought this would always be the worst abomination but I never thought it would happen but we are really looking at at not. Knowing knowing I know are both sensitive to how things end but we have to leave it there on the dark note. My guest today has been Harry Littman. He's a Washington Post columnist former Amer U._S. Attorney and D._O._J.. Official he also teaches constitutional lot U._C._S._D. and U._C._l._A.. He also is the executive producer and host of the talking Fed's podcast. Thanks for being here Harry. Thanks Virginia good talking to you. That's it for today's show. What did you think fire up your favorite browser and and let us know on twitter page eight? The show is at real trump cast and why stop there. You know what's next go over to sleep dot com slash trump cast plus lesson. Put Your money where your ears are become a slate plus member. 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I'm very shitty heffernan so we are off to divine barrett's on our jet-set tour tour today and i feel like i've twenties glamour girl in wide legged pants and a flapper haircut i feel like zelda fitzgerald and it's going to be fucked me daba and extra <hes> and soignes to hear from my guest eli struggles about the bronze beauties and debonair roulette players discussing politics and art in high tones and oh. This is barrett's with donald trump in it. That's right ally white house reporter at the the l._a. Times m._s._n._b._c. political analyst got to go to bar. It's to join the press pool reporting on g seven but the fly in the banda sola was the fake tan galut who holed up in his room rage tweeting the whole time he was in france the president of the united states whom the pool was there to cover but not it's not like laugh. Calls was missing from the event. Ally paints a picture of the summit using lovely plant at least brushstrokes as one where sophistication shen embodied by president macau one out briefly over the brutal crudeness and savagery of donald trump ally welcome back to trump cast back act so you're back from barrett's and before we go into bad barrett's. You got to be in this like f scott fitzgerald paradise. What was it like every now and then you have a moment moment where you say okay. This job doesn't suck it was great. Don't my bosses. I have to get there on thursday because they shut down the airport on friday. There was shut down albert g seven flights heads of state coming in from other countries so i said hey i gotta go two days early because otherwise you can't get there even though obviously trains so i got there thursday afternoon. Trump didn't get there till saturday afternoon in those two days. Were were really quite pleasant. Sitting on the beach is what i picture just like the height of class it or or is it has it turned into monte carlo with casinos and whatever else there is a casino because i know that because that's where they served the press launch <hes> in the filing area was actually in the casino and our buffet was down. <hes> just passed through let tables but it's not the same vibe i don't think as monte carlo you can sort of feel feel the granddaughter of the fifties and sixties but it's a little faded <hes> sunbaked at this point and it was kind of felt like a low key little surf village. I'm not gonna even ask if there were like slot machines and blinking lights because i want to pretend it's grace kelly and james bond playing roulette cl- like you know elegant can't gambling games. Tell me otherwise the other thing is to go into the heart of the matter. I wonder if the beauty and semi sophistication keisha at least nostalgia we have for you know fifties and sixties jet set before it was globalism. If that actually biases you going into it because as you think macron has brought us to beautiful baratz sense that everyone is <hes> you know kind of high level diplomats. You know i have to say when trump was talking about bringing everyone to miami endure al to his own estate. I was like oh god. America just keeps embarrassing itself. We know he says beautiful miami near near the airport for heaven sakes. You guys are there in barrett's. You must feel sort of europe ilic well. Yeah i guess so and i i don't know what <hes> the president president was feeling. He was probably the first person to ever stay at the hotel. Du palais which is the old princesses summer spot this just really regal baroque huge villa right on the ocean. I'm sure the president was the first person to ever sit there and stay in his room and tweet after watching fox news. Boris johnson even told other reporters that he <hes> went out and took a swim in the ocean and swim around iraq but you know anyway i don't. I don't know what was on trump's mind. <hes> <hes> how much he got carried away with the scenery it seemed pretty obvious being there that <hes> you know we know he's a big consumer of of the press coverage wjr of his administration and read all the reports previewing the g. seven that were describing him fairly accurately as the outlier in the <hes> mhm as the kind of problem child of the you know all the leaders of these industrialized democratic countries and he was determined to do not play into that characterization he was determined to be on good behavior and to continue to criticize the media for perpetuating that narrative and saying repeatedly look. We're getting along. We we agree on this and he was really glossing over obvious disagreements on a number of things they disagreed at the welcome dinner saturday night vehemently over whether to reinstate russia into the g seven <hes> they obviously have differences on climate trump skip the climate session on monday. They have differences over iran. Trump was pretty nonplussed <hes> to put it nicely about the foreign minister of iran showing up on sunday afternoon renew and yet when he spoke publicly when he sat down for the bio lattes with ongoing mirko or justin trudeau or when he was at his press conference at the end with macron he was is intent on sort of papering over all the daylight between him and the other leaders and just saying look. We get along so well. Everything's great we mostly agree agree and and really you know we've seen him go to these <hes> summits before and play at the other way. We saw him threatened to pull the u._s. Out of nato last summer in brussels <hes> we've seen him really determined to make a summit about himself. <hes> this was not that so much and macron in a way sort of box dachshund macron was surprising him mccrone was waiting for him at his hotel. When he arrived on saturday. No one was expecting that he and trump had a lunch for an hour and a half just by themselves. <hes> also made it so that at the welcome dinner that night none of the advisors were really allowed to be around the principal so that enabled <hes> <hes> a more free flowing conversation ensured that trump wouldn't be influenced by other advisors <hes> and that he would be in a group where basically macron had <hes> more people on his side on issues like iran or climate <hes> and so it was really interesting. How trump kind of boxed himself in by i saying okay. I'm not gonna play the type. I'm going to show people that we all get along <hes> and so there were no outbursts partly because trump decided they weren't going to be and also the the way mccrone <hes> setup thing and you know had some cards that he didn't show <hes> until you know trump showed up the g seven started rolling it made for i guess in the moment a kind of less contentious meeting than certainly what we saw a year ago in quebec when trump left and and then in a fit <hes> over some comments that trudeau had made at a press conference tweeted from air force one that he was taking his signature off of joint communique. I mean this year. You know macron made it clear at the beginning. There's not even going to be joint communique because it was sort of a recognition of look. There's you know this we don't agree on everything and rather than enabling labeling that to be there and be a question that hovered over the entire thing will trump signed the communicate. What will it say mccain. Just took it off the table from the very beginning and said we're not going to bother with this and so it was just one less thing for trump to be kind of an unknown unpredictable variable with those just different. That was our a preview. Aren't you compelled to hear more. You can just sign up for slate plus at slate dot com slash trump cast plus to listen to the full episode sewed and get podcasts without ads that slate dot com slash trump cast plus.
Trump Presses for Schools to Reopen, Takes Dig at Fauci
"President trump wants to push forward with reopening the country and today he was pushing back on comments made by his infectious disease expert. Dr Anthony Fauci. Who warned against reopening schools in the falls Steven Portnoy? The president shrugs off the risk of the virus in children's country coming back to the schools close and it said very little very unusual situations had very little impact on young people as he appeared alongside the governor of Colorado and North Dakota. Mr Trump was asked about the inflammatory syndrome now being reported by doctors in seventeen states but he signaled. He was aware of the possible risks to children as urged the reopening of schools and students. It's really said. Just take a look at the statistics. Pretty Amazing Steven Portnoy. Cbs News Washington.
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This process is as streamlined as stream that went from the prostitutes trump paid too how about that one Dan I mean what a world we live in there we're not dealing with good people still haven't seen Congress take any action on artists How do you think we should deal with this reimportation question Mr Trump American first biggest figuring out why Iran deal opponents hired foreign spies to stock Americans who were in government think that would be an interesting topic for them to look into don't give them you just gotta you gotTa understand goes by instinct that'll be one billion dollars crooked ziprecruiter dot com slash credit you'll stay Mr trump gotta go so Michael Cohen is not smart in the world of hiring it's not smart to post a job in hope that the right of nut smart things going on in the world right now I would say Michael Kohn calling up Novartis and saying hey give me cash I'll give you influence and Novartis is like Hey Buddy that's the deal don't say it out loud you fuck it up for everybody one million thank you. 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Erica I'm Jon Favreau I'm Dan Pfeiffer today on the cloud we're talking midterms and polling with the whiz kid himself friend of the pod Harry Denton of CNN also in pod save the world this week people see it and apply it's not smart to do that it's like pulling a Michael Cohen you know how many forgot his line efficiency I like it no bites them to apply for your job just matches people use that technology match people up with jobs it's going to be so much so much smarter than Michael Kahn then review should've people love Ziprecruiter that's why eighty percents of employers who post on ZIP recruiter get a quality candidate through the site in just one day see for yourself whites the smartest way to hire try it for free today Komo I look here's the thing about Donald trump you gotta understand he shoots from the hip he's a guy that does what he thinks his best he's got a you know look he's not the one of these Washington types stitches trump went to greet them in the middle of the night when they came back at Andrews and then he gave this very bizarre quote we WanNa thank Kim Jong Un i no one's doing anything it's probably because Paul Ryan's flying around the country taking thirty million dollar checks right middle in the middle of the grey areas of our campaign finance law from Sheldon doesn't so he's pretty busy yeah he's also spending a lot of time aiding and abetting Devon Unisys cover up of trump's crime so you know there's only so much so many hours in a day for Paul Ryan like that Dan Yeah I mean also like acting like this I mean you know the Obama Administration Eh before we get into everything else there was obviously some news today Kim Jong Hoon released three American news I am four diplomacy as the best path to solving this challenge the devil presidents of both parties for many years like you said there's a lot of work to do dream has done this before has released hostages to Americans I think that so far you know we've said this before it's good that Donald Trump is going to talk with Kim Jong Hoon that Donald Trump and Kim Jong UN would be meeting in Singapore on June twelfth that is the big summit so you know hopefully there's good outcome there but if you tried to pick one to go to a summit with Kim Jong UN to try to achieve world peace and get rid of nuclear weapons I think Donald Trump would be at the very bottom of who was really excellent to these three incredible people was he excellent to these people that he kidnapped and then put into forced labor camps for couple of years on anything or taken any steps that in his not taken before in prior administrations in prior years so I believe today they announced assoc maybe keep the Nobel on ice as someone who supports diplomacy I would probably prefer that we sent someone to the meeting who can answer the question how to get Hello Mrs good we believe in diplomacy we did when we were in the Obama Administration we do today but I think it's important to recognize that so far North Korea has not obviously lots to unpack here but what was your first reaction to all of this news my first reaction was I had to go home Wednesday night or Tuesday night and secured the release of two hostages from North Korean twenty fourteen Bill Clinton did before him like this is this is something that happens Kim Jong Un has done this before the North Korean payoff stormy Daniels had more than one purpose essential consultants LLC I believe is the first time the word essential has been used in connection with Michael Cohen was multiple news outlets and we know it's true because the Treasury Department has launched an investigation into how oven Nadi Got Coen's financial records Dan for a couple months shirt sherve you ignore the kidnapping that he was great I mean look less I say it is great that these people are home whatever ever donald this maybe would you say West or Donald Trump probably kind you west probably Kanye West it's a close call yeah but anyway use the same scale company you use your Porn Star Payoff Hush Slush Fund to run your sketchy pay for play access Sally Emergency Bonus addition segment of last week's pod that we had to ditch because NBC got the story wrong so finally get to jokes The the big question at the heart of all of this is still you know will Kim Jong UN give up his nuclear program his nuclear weapons read for two hours to figure out what the fuck happened because I didn't pay much attention to the news that day and it's a lot to pick through I mean it really there is so much This information appeared in detailed seven page document that was posted on twitter by stormy Daniels camera shy lawyer Michael Noddy the information was later confirmed by temper or Secretary of State Mike Pompeo do that Kudos to them Kudos to them thank God their home than God for their families yeah the district New York could seize them at the end of the day I mean it is it's pretty my mother called burner phones Michael Cohen this content you're getting right here from the sure there is so much happening there is so there's like the web is so tangled with bad players it sort of brings together central money laundering just rank corruption and pay for play Russian oligarchs providing money and consulting business so rule number one and flush funds no double dipping yes exactly I mean this is the same level of Lazy Stupidity Russian Angle There's an investment firm called Columbus Nova which is the American subsidiary of Renova Group which is a Russian conglomerate founded by a Russian North Korea from South Korea but we don't go to diplomacy with President we choose we go with the president we have I guess or something yeah again I mean three hundred plus million people in this country sure Dan Victor Excel Berg was stopped at Dulles airport months ago and questioned by Robert Muller's investigators last month the Treasury Department places also us to accept massive payments from giant telecom companies drug companies in Russian oligarchs who wanted access to the president of the United States just your standard stuff you're dealing with criminals but we are not dealing with criminal masterminds because the whole point of a shell company that you create is to create some distance for yourself so then you probably shouldn't the end at some point I I recognize that everyone is innocent till proven guilty that we should be skeptical entity and yet RENOVA group the Russian conglomerate listed on their website as one of their companies Columbus Nova is lawyer has run afoul of the law Dan yeah it's amazing this week we learned that the slush fund he created so the Donald Trump stop trying to make new and and that we don't have any evidence that he'll do that yeah I think that's exactly right the fact that this meeting is happening or is planned at least is very good oligarchy with close ties to Putin named Victor Vicksburg he was also colossal Columbus Nova also paid Cohen Eight installments ambiguously a good thing that's good I'm not sure Donald Trump needed to give Kim Jong Sung a five star rating on Airbnb at the end of this but so be it coincidence of Russians who interfere in the election having deep personal and financial ties to trump maybe maybe it's just a coincidence that it happened to be the oops why was an investment firm doing that why are they controlled by a Russian oligarch why did they spend five hundred thousand dollars on Michael Cohen's essential consulting services stories in the paper over the weekend that were the incredible investigative reporting about the fact that trump at a time of incredibly low interest rates. I think the other thing here is it does like Michael Cohen sort of Zada stone to trump's crimes because as you sort of dig into this you're dealing with he Lazy stupid criminality that led Michael Come in to have many burner phones you could use to make secret calls and then forget to throw them away so that the Russian oligarch was looking for the best most essential consulting services available to America and he scoured the waterfront looking talking to all the big players and he would he it is November of two thousand seventeen and when you go there now it says other websites under construction we also know the Columbus Nova the came down to the end after this rigorous unbiased search was that Michael Cohen was the man to do this nebulous worked for him may it's it's pretty wild totaling five hundred thousand dollars between January and August of two thousand seventeen of Nadi suggested that the money may have helped cover the hundred thirty thousand dollars stormy Daniels payment we don't know that subsidiary which is an investment firm for some reason spent twenty sixteen in two thousand seventeen registering websites for white supremacists and all right good and why was this all done in time period right before the election and ended in the summer of two thousand seventeen right when the sanctions debate stopped what what's going on list after we have taken a step back from when we sent Dennis Rodman Martin's skrilje Donald Trump pushes there's not devin nunes I mean that's your next line here's hoping complaining I'm already looking as thankfully zipper call she can't handle it stupid activity crimes corruption you really have to step back and sort of figure it out I'd say a couple of things about this one it is pretty clear once again that we on her main John you're so cynical about the behavior of Pi really affiliated oligarchs I just I don't know I don't know it's so in addition to taking half a million from Russian oligarchs and buying the silence of the president's mistresses essential consulting was also a massive pay to play slush fund sufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime was committed but let's not be naive about what is happening here is so at and T. was trying to push merger through and fight net neutrality rules so they paid off Cohen a big drug company called Novartis heard that trump promised to lower drugs you said but we have donald trump so let's roll the dice and see what we get Okay let's talk about let's talk about Michael Cohen it seems as though the president's lying to purchase some sort of influence and access you hearing from a lot of season Washington hands and reporters who've been around the block and prices so they paid off Cohen I guess first of all how common is this because you know there is this relationship in DC where a lot of companies yeah and there's a couple of other interesting points here you know that there are a little worried about this because Columbus Nova said through an attorney that it was never owned by Foreign Cohen would basically go round to big corporations with business before the government and promise them access to Donald Trump and his advisors in exchange for large sums of money pay people they believed to be close to a president to sort of get advice and it falls short of the legal definition of lobbying but it's clearly fucking crazy that's what it is so obvious what is going on here and it is but we can't say it and we have to dance around it it's like the the most expensive lobbying firm that they hire it's nothing compared to what they paid Michael Fucking Cohen for one that's that's that is so that that's alarming or at least suggest something untoward second the wheel if not just overlook the fact that like there is this great era between Oh we know that he has been looking into essential LLC and looking at these payments months ago we only know now because of Avenue Party but but Muller's known all of this for a long long time inste- who instead of instead of borrowing money decided to break with all real estate practice and just pour massive amounts of cash of unknown origin plot quote unquote lobbying is done in Washington apparently it's apparently it's way way more than Novartis paid any of their lobbyists so you look through all their lobbying records and even what Muller knows and we usually know it much later than what when Muller found out so we know from all these reports that Muller was questioning this Russian oligarch months ago this is this is why the trump bins such a lunatic ever since the offices ready because he knows that all the bodies are buried here yet so let's unpack within let's start with oh I think to say that Nevada was who ended up paying one point two million dollars I believe over time that is an amount of money for one individual that is pretty unheard of and how because yes there are a lot of people who go around in oversell their access to pretty naive corporations and foreign entities about what they're CBS which means they don't have to disclose things and they've sort of live in this sort of the shadows of the DC influence game if some of these reports are true that on a list of Russians who've been sanctioned for interfering in our election quite a coincidence that he's involved now yes I mean maybe maybe it's yet another because that would somehow violate some normal journals it is pretty clear what is going on here the only question is will Bob Muller or the US attorney from New York able to find but at some point the the mountain of coincidences get so tall that you just have to acknowledge that there are more there is an incredible he was almost certainly lobbying in violation of law now on the list of crimes Michael Cohen is alleged to have committed violating the lobbying registration failing to register as lobbyists what trump what Cohen was promising with specific meeting specific access to deliver on a specific request of the of these clients then trump no about what Cohen was doing was trump getting any money himself knowing that trump doesn't like when aids you know or how close to him prophet off of him and usually likes to take a cut on his own there's a lot of questions about whether trump a knew about this and be was getting money himself into real estate properties while his son was saying that in an interview that all the Rut money came from Russia and we don't say what money laundering like no one could say that a political intelligence in share it with companies but then but don't technically advocate for a specific policy or advocate on behalf of the client and therefore they don't have to register as is probably pretty small but it is a crime and we should not overlook moderately significant crimes from close associates of President States in a normal world that would be sells their internet isn't free any more and you know these people can't afford to pay a bribe to some dumb shit mobster lawyer who's friends with Donald Trump Dan and it's become so fucking comical at this point that now we have in the trump administration the biggest companies in richest assholes they can't afford to make huge donations to pay politicians and that's the government right now and to me that seems like that's something the Democrats can go out there and run on so that seems like that's you know that's the trump liability it also a larger political question here which is how drained is this fucking swamp right like on the outskirts of lobbying that should is unregulated that should be really regulated which is basically strategic consulting where people with large networks and great connections get a policy narrative with an argument around the characters and values of who you're running against and that is not doesn't mean has to all be about trump but what is in this this this president you know up until the weeks before the election was talking about Hillary Clinton being bought off and draining the swamp in Washington because one of the overly simplistic critiques of the Democratic Message in two thousand sixteen was who focus too much on trump's personal foibles and not enough on policy and to me there is some merit to that to that point for sure but the it is not it's a false choice where you have to leave it's like it's all happening before our eyes and it's amazing yeah it's a long and it's also it's also important to note that we always know a fraction of full amount of questionable conduct illegality criminality that's at the root of all of this there are just too many coincidences for this to be a coincidence it says something about what is happening in Washington why we need change Democrats are the changes time which we were not last time so we can more enthusiastically graphs that change mantle ganic deal and it should be here too and we can't just sort of poo poo it because that means he's not guilty of treason or conspiracy against the United States or the other crimes that people as you may have committed yeah talk about Democrats and what the media is already covering and to me this Michael Cohen pay to play slush fund scheme is the able to deliver and so that does happen but what is different here is a couple of things one the amounts of money were talking about are pretty extreme right canvassers saying to people the doors in the funds right like what what is that narrative can be I were a little twist around the axles a party biggest intersection we've seen yet it is a scandal that will be covered on television that will be covered in the Washington media that people are GonNa be talking about on twitter and Democrats can get into that eh point where Democrats are communicating and paid messaging digital or television to voters. That's how you know what the real message of the campaign is not what the and is it a coincidence that Donald trump who ran promising to lower the cost of prescription drugs hasn't done shit about lowering the cost of prescription drugs yet meanwhile people are out there errative by saying Yeah Big Drug Company pays off Michael Cohen hundreds of thousands of dollars to get quote unquote insights about the administration and all messages how does the corruption affect people's lives and I think you can get the tax cut in there you can get healthcare in there and it seems to me it's all part of a peace breath that's exactly right and I would say the media is going to focus on Russia stormy Daniels those sorts of things and they probably should on Tuesday's pod you know Democrats if they had their druthers maybe they'd spend all day talking about issues like healthcare and the tax cut but the Elta between this very important news story and what voters may be most interested in and because the information that is being put like we are looking at essentially the greatest scandal in American political history happening right before our eyes and it should be covered the problem is there is just a is the information they can take the people that is new information they can move people who were either undecided about who vote for or were undecided about whether to vote and way the media is and so we have to figure out where there is an intersection between the policy issues that we want to talk about and the message that we wanted more about collusion about Russia about trump's Russia connections is two things one it's telling people information they probably already made a decision on oh there's a legal question which is how much legal trouble is coming in which you just talked about and also is trump liable as well Those questions are did I guess I guess Republicans got their money's worth from the tax cut because now they have thirty million dollars to help elect candidates I would make one point on this which this is how fucked honestly what they're saying on twitter and now it's Kinda shocked people like what is what is GonNa be the narrative their campaign that they're gonNA spend money to communicate voters what are their volunteers can just pay off Republicans to get tax cuts and special favors while most people's premiums are going up cost to their prescription drugs going up eighteen tease jacking up their phone bill table to do in two thousand sixteen yes that's right I think that the top line message for Democrats here is change which we can run on now because we didn't you know we're not running with happening in Washington is All tied together we've been saying this for a long time the argument from Democrats should be you're running against the chaos in the corruption in Washington Wall Street up our campaign finance laws are which is Paul Ryan went to the meeting made the case for why Republicans needed to be elected same sheldon Adelson whose company recorded six hundred seventy million dollar income tax windfall from the Republican Tax Law in the first quarter so walked out of the room so his staffer from the SUPERPAC kits make the specific Asa Sheldon Adelson for the money because Paul Ryan is not legally it's one of the biggest costs people's faces prescription drugs especially senior citizens I think you can't just talk about the corruption in a vacuum and we said this a million times but the undisciplined about making sure that every piece of communication that emanates from your campaign or your person is about what you know voters care about and that's that is what separates tied in with a message against this level of corruption is awesome an agenda reform a reform agenda run on and then you have like literally phonebook remembers what a phone book was of Data Points to point that backup so I think that's what they should coen thing one more example of that and we should use it because think yeah that's that's exactly right Donald trump ran as a populist reformer in his governed as a corporate as Crook and Democrats have to make that case and and that is where like as you think about where you should put your energy as a Democrat that's the way to do I think you're exactly right that finding an entry point to tie it to some of these things that are being talked about someone who's GonNa be the successor to an incumbent president who was there for two terms so that's the top line message to me this is getting in the media narrative to we talked about this a little bit you sent me the story that Sheldon Adelson just dropped thirty million dollars on the midterm elections to to give to Republicans this is the ever Democrats emerge from those primaries as the candidates to challenge the Republican general election they will have the resources they need to fight repub- how is important but also just you as a candidate control what comes out of your mouth you control what your ad say you control what you're lukens and Sheldon Adelson's thirty million dollars so incredibly important GATTACA dot com slash crooked eight and and donated rex in California where Hillary Clinton one but there's still a republican sitting in that seat plus demo new necessity because he's a fucking asshole scandal that maybe there's a Delta between that scandal and what voters actually care about and so Democrats are really gonNA need to get their message down and they're also going to need resources and if you're wondering what you can parts of America's brought to you by policy genius Mother's Day is on Sunday and what our gift to give your mother than the knowledge that her child has grown it doesn't get picked up in the news the media is going to be focused on these trump scandals from now until November and I don't think we can do anything about the fact that the media is going to be focused on these scandals they just are and so you could go to crooked dot com slash crooked eight and you can donate to these races so that On June Sixth California primaries June fifth on June sixth whoever he close and Democrats are still about fifty fifty to take back the house and now we're facing all this money were facing you know a a media that's GonNa be talking about like you said this is what we're up against in the midterms and it's not going to be easy and if you look at the and we're GonNa talk to Harry about this if you look at the generic ballot it's fat twelve year old hey you wanna never net about if you're looking for qualified candidates for Your Business Ziprecruiter the smartest way to hire so we know there it I was I was making some reporters the other day about this question like do you think Democrats are doing the right message and the answer is we don't know yet because we're not either decided that's Hashtag fake news and you don't care and you're going to do what you're GonNa do anyway or you've already decided that trump coup with Russia when we got to do something about that so you're supporting someone else so but ending citizens united campaign finance reform lobbying from ethics to be a part of it because this is fucking crazy it is it is a crime that it's not a crime and look and do you know we're putting up a video later today about The crooked eight remember crooked eight Dan the Kirk Eight is the seven distance great candidates from bad candidates win losing candidates and political environments like this yeah and I think another data point here that just came out today is that door knocker say is if you know the media's GonNa be focused on something that is not consequential to deciding the election in favor of then you have to be relentlessly fucking at the capital Grill Multiple Times saying this is just how things are done and that's kind of genre terrible that's kinda terrific but it's also not really true allowed to raise money for the Senate he and his code the meeting to everything other than ask for them and that is 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I Echo in the Mike and look for infirm her do you think that the other Senate Democrats who are up in two thousand eighteen are GonNa Follow Mansions lead I think on but today is different because today we're talking about milk is it as revolutionary as dropping pundit off at the office leaving her to Bark and then walking into an can cover it is used our health insurance yesterday at the dentist we have dental now who helped to the health insurance for spin thirty seven for some era that churns and so I I don't know why the Democrats would would be afraid of saying that they took us hard stance against towards most one of his most popular lines in two thousand and eight was the United States doesn't torture and we should end torture and it was an extremely popular stance thing for trump nominee will help you for into reasons one you will be spared nothing these people on the right do not give a fuck what your actual voting record is they will say that you know I have no doubt that she's has great qualifications and experience and all that other stuff but she was part of this and she hasn't full you know I said this about POMPEII which
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Anti-Semitism,Greenland, The Onion,and Trump
"It started as a headline seemingly straight out of the onion. I'm barrington day thurston from the onion and also you're listening to the civil liberties minute with a._c._l._u. Attorney bill newman so began the front page new york times article about donald trump's demand that he be allowed to buy greenland the the article then noted that the greenland misadventure occurred at a particularly for a time for president trump who has just recently quote proudly quoted a radio host declaring that israeli jews love him as if he were the king of israel and the second coming of god and then even more concerning did mr trump accused jews who vote for democrats of great disloyalty these comments questioning the loyalty of american jews to america were condemned by jewish-american groups who accused who's trump of invoking antisemitic stereotypes again mr trump you will recall told jewish republicans in two thousand and fifteen quote. You're not going to support me because i don't don't want your money and then following a march by neo nazis and white supremacists in charlottesville virginia in two thousand seventeen and a counter protest. He declared quote there. Were very you find people on both sides as the recent nationwide upsurge antisemitic incidents in the mass murderers at synagogues demonstrate antisemitism in america which is part of white supremacy is deadly serious. The civil liberties minute is made possible by the a._c._l._u. because freedom can't protect itself.
O'Reilly Update Morning Edition, October 7, 2020
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Editors picks: November 14th 2019
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The business model pioneered by net flicks is copied by dozens of rivals creative destruction in the entertainment. The business has had blockbuster results for more. Listen to this week's episode of money talks wherever you listen to podcasts. In the United States the impeachment inquiry goes Public Democrats want the hearings to change the public's view of Donald Trump. That will be difficult. You can hear your story on Teflon Don in a moment the tangled politics surrounding assassination and its aftermath in Gaza And finally when it comes to aircraft carriers bigger isn't better listen to this sample of stories from the paper and with a subscription. You can read or listen to all of what we do. So please subscribe. GO TO ECONOMISTS DOT com slash radio offer to get your first I twelve issued for twelve dollars twelve. POUNDS THAT'S ECONOMISTS DOT com slash radio offer. Also we'd like to find out a bit more about you. We're running a listener survey with a few questions about you and what you enjoy listening to. If you'd like to help out please visit economist. Dot Com slash pod survey survey. That's economist dot com slash pod survey. Thank you in advance. I up Democrats must meaningfully. This shift public opinion about the president that is not impossible but neither does it look likely by eight. AM On November thirteenth. The line to get right into the ways and means committee room already stretched all the way down the long hallway. Though the hearing was not sheduled to begin until ten cameras cameras bristled at the building's entrance congressional interns journalists and political junkies jostled for position as if they were on a crowded train carriage and police officers trying to keep a path open grew increasingly frustrated. The spectators were waiting to watch a political drama. Rarely early seen in America for nearly two months. Democrats have held their impeachment inquiry privately. Those hearings have become public over the next two weeks. Americans will hear testimony from witnesses concerning the allegation that president. Donald Trump ordered military aid to Ukraine to be he withheld until his counterpart Vladimir Zilenski announced an investigation into Hunter Biden son of a Democratic presidential front runner who served on the board of Ukrainian natural gas firm. These hearings may be the only time that Americans will get to hear from those who know most about the allegation Republicans control the Senate and will vote on the rules governing a trial there unlike public impeachment hearings for Richard Nixon. These hearings are not designed to uncover new information. The witnesses have already testified in closed sessions. They are designed to build a case for Mr Trump's impeachment which means they must meaningfully shift public opinion about the president that is not impossible impossible but neither does it look likely a cynical strain of conventional wisdom says that nothing moves public opinion of Mr Trump trump that is not quite true though his approval rating moves in a narrower band than those of past presidents. It has a low ceiling in part because Mr Trump has made so little effort to broaden his appeal beyond his base. It has a high floor partly because he has done an outstanding job of cultivating that base partly because America is deeply polarized because unlike in Nixon's time when Democrats and Republicans read the same MHM newspapers and watched the same three main news. Networks partisans today get their news from different sources many of which exists to confirm viewers biases biases. But Mr Trump's approval rating is not entirely insulated from external events. It stood at around forty five percent when he was was inaugurated is first few months generated ample headlines a chaotic cabinet filling process. Michael Flynn's tenure as is national security advisor and the failure of the first travel ban but his rating did not decline until house. Republicans introduced the American in healthcare. Act Their first effort to repeal Barack Obama's affordable care act or AC a over the next several months Mr. Mr Trump's popularity had an inverse relationship with that bills viability whenever it appeared to be dead or dropped out of the new cycle his rating rose when Republicans revived the efforts to repeal the ACA. He's rating fell dropping to thirty seven percent in September twenty. She's seventeen when two. Republican senators made a last-ditch repeal efforts prominent Republican opposition to these efforts. May We have helped drive. Mr Trump's ratings down John McCain lakes Republican senator from Arizona voted against the bill this this may have allowed Republicans who liked to Mister McCain to register their disapproval just as support for impeachment among Democrats rose once won. Won The backing of Nancy Pelosi. The House Speaker two months off to the last efforts to repeal the ACA failed Congress passed and Mr Trump ultimately signed a tax cut package. That would have been favored by any Republican president. His approval rating immediately improved proved. This could be taken as a sign that Americans approved of the tax cuts but polls from the month before the law's passage suggestion gesture was unpopular news coverage was intense in this period. But as it subsequently lessened Mr Trump's approval rating increased by early twenty eighteen. Congress had grown less ambitious and MR trump's approval rating recovered it next dipped during the two thousand eighteen to nineteen government shutdown for which he claimed responsibility claiming that he was proud to shut down the government for Border Security Tapie when the government reopened his rating recovered. This pattern should discomfort Democrats and traditional Republicans alike. Democrats have long hoped that MR trump would pay a price for his norm breaking behavior but sticking thumbs in the eyes of allies is while praising dictators saying they were very fine people on both sides of a march where white supremacists faced off against protestors spending taxpayer funds at his hotels and separating families at the border all appear to have had little effect on his overall approval rating The public appears to have processed them as partisan battles and reacted accordingly yet author talks Republican policies such such as cutting taxes and healthcare could just as well dent the president's approval rating as a candidate Mr trump happily trampled John Republican orthodoxies. Promising to protect voters Medicare and social security while condemning the Iraq war and voters loved him for for it. Since the mid terms Republicans have passed no ambitious Orthodox legislation perhaps because Congress is divided though not all old divided congresses have been as unproductive as the one hundred sixteenth or perhaps because Republicans have realized that they are better off simply letting thing. Mr Trump be his norm breaking self and earning credit with the White House and the conservative base by publicly defending him. Of course Mr Trump is not the only one whom impeachment puts under a microscope as one. Republican strategist noted impeachment puts the prosecutors. What is on trial every bit as much as the president in Nineteen Ninety eight of Congressional Republicans prepared to impeach Bill Clinton Clinton voters went to the polls house? Republicans lost five seats the first time since nineteen thirty four but the party see controlling. The White House added seats in a midterm while Democrats won unlikely governors races such as Alabama and South Carolina. Republicans were seen as zealous. The inquiry into Mr Trump may be more justified focusing as it does on the subversion of American can policy rather than on lying under oath about an extra marital affair but Democrats from swing states and districts face a similar risk since September. Twenty four th when Mas Pelosi announced the start of an impeachment inquiry Mr Trump's approval rating has declined by just two points points if the House votes to impeach Mr Trump. The Senate is unlikely to remove him whatever emerges over the next two weeks majorities charities of voters in swing states oppose removal unless a significant share of elected Republicans break with the president. That is unlikely me to change and the more parties. I'm the hearings. Appear the likely voters are to process them as only partisan and back their own team next. There is a gloomy pattern to repeated needed escalations in the Holy Land. The missile that was launched shortly before dawn on November twelfth was just the beginning around four A. M. That morning warning and Israeli aircraft struck a house in Gaza Killing Baha Abu Allah commander in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. or P I J militant group and his wife. The group responded by firing hundreds of rockets at Israel causing no deaths at least thirty four Palestinians many of the militants were killed in subsequent Israeli airstrikes. There is a gloomy. Patent of these repeated escalations the last of which occurred in May both sides unleash salvos of a fire for two or three days. Then accept a truce usually broke goodbye. They're gypsum neighbors. Pi J. angrily warned that this time would be different. We're we're going to war said Zia down. Akali the group's leader Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister has crossed all red lines assassinations. The nation's in Gaza have occasionally led to wider conflicts the killing of a Hamas commander in two thousand twelve sent off brief war for all its blaster though Pi. Hi Jay agreed to a ceasefire within forty eight hours of the first shot is the second largest militant organization in Gaza. Pi Jay is smaller and less pragmatic right matic than Hamas the Islamic group that has controlled the territory since two thousand seven amass pointedly declined to join the fighting that we did not stop. Pi Jay Jay from firing rockets as it often does when smaller militant groups attack Israel without permission leaders of the two groups were coordinating and a so called operations uh-huh room but Hamas did not haul out all loose off its own arsenal of rockets amass rose in the nineteen eighties on a credo of resistance against Israel since it took power it has fought three wars against the Jewish state the results have been disastrous for Gaza's two million people thousands dead Ed and tens of thousands of homes destroyed since two thousand and seven a punishing Israeli and adoption blockade has paralyzed the economy. Tens of thousands of young people have left seeking work at a future elsewhere. There is little popular support for more war and her mass does not permit much open dissent many Gazans privately wished to see the group Garnell together to maintain its grip on power. Amass would rather strikes truce with Israel in exchange for an easing of the the blockade. But this would be unpopular with its own militants cordray's more thoughtful members of Hamas worry about becoming in effect a religious version of the Palestinian in your pharmacy or Pa.. The feckless semi-autonomous government in the israeli-occupied West Bank the group is struggling to control. Smaller factions keen gene on conflict with Israel many of them stocked with disillusioned ex Hamas Knicks in August. Israeli soldiers killed for armed Palestinians who were trying to cross the border so far Israel has refrained from covering her mass and risking a bigger conflict or over leaving it in control of Gaza meets. Mister Netanyahu's aim of keeping the ship. The Palestinians divided between Hamas and the PA in the West Bank. He is also thinking about domestic. Politics is is coalition of right-wing and religious parties lost seats in two inconclusive. Elections in April and September is being stock in a temporary minority government for a months. There was really generals back. His claim that the timing of the assassination was based wholly on circumstances in Gaza. It was politically fortuitous for Mister Netanyahu. In Yahu to form a new government he must convince the centuries blue and white spotty to join him in coalition but its leadership has so far refused I citing the criminal investigations against the prime minister which are expected within weeks to culminate in bribery and fraud indictments. Mister Netanyahu has is trying to break down their resistance by doing blue and whites leader. Benny Ganz a former army chief. He brought him into recent discussions over Gaza with a view towards awards appointing him defense minister a newcomer to politics. Mr Ganz seems tired of the incessant campaigning maneuvering of the past year. He is rumored to to be softening. He could accept an arrangement whereby he joins a Netanyahu led coalition in return for a promise from the prime minister that he would suspend himself if he is indeed. Dave indicted Mr Ganz would have to convince his colleagues most of whom appear set against the idea. They are running out of choices. Blue and white could try to form a minority government supported by Arab Israeli parties which would not actually joined the coalition but the Gaza operation has made that harder in tweets beats and speeches before and after the assassination. Mister Netanyahu accused atoms rarely politicians who oppose military action in Gaza of supporting Palestinian Estonian. War Crimes and warned. Mr Ganz against cooperating with them. The deadline for forming a government is December eleventh. If no candidate succeeds by then Israel will be plunged into its third election campaign in a year. Mister Netanyahu would remain as can't take a prime minister polling suggested jested another vote is unlikely to make it an easier to form a government reaching a deal with Hamas looks simple by comparison And finally aircraft carriers are under threat from modern missiles. No piece of hardware. Better exemplifies is America's military might than an aircraft carrier declare the memoirs of Ashton Carter. America's Defense Secretary in two thousand fifteen eighteen to seventeen nor does any other piece of hardware so plainly exemplify what is wrong with America's military thinking aircraft carriers are the largest largest and most expensive machines in the history of warfare. A new American food class ship costs thirteen billion dollars. More than the annual all defense budget of Poland or Pakistan however as precision missiles become faster more accurate and more numerous these beasts look increasingly like giant floating targets although America has by far the world's largest fleets of carriers eleven of the full size sort plus half a dozen than smaller ones that appeal is global and growing China's first domestically built carrier will be commissioned within months. Britain's second modern in carrier began at sea trials in September even pacifists Japan it's converting to destroyers to carry jets for the first time since the Second Second World War aircraft carriers have proved their worth in recent years. Many armed forces watched admiringly as American naval. Jets did the lion's Ryan Shadow bombing in the early months of war in Afghanistan in two thousand and one and Iraq in two thousand and three and again in twenty fourteen land in basis were often unavailable because of awkward geography or Recalcitrant Allies but the seas off enemy shores. Look ever less safe life. Russia and China are both developing long range missiles that maneuverable and accurate enough to hit large ships at Sea China's the F. Twenty one D and anti ship ballistic missile that can travel over one thousand five hundred kilometers. That's nine hundred. Fifty miles is already a threat. Let several countries are building cheaper anti-ship cruise missiles which fly shorter distances but can be launched from planes anti-ship missiles uh-huh growing in range precision and number by one estimate and American naval force within two thousand kilometers of China might have to parry a six hundred forty incoming weapons in a single salvo the guiding such missiles onto a distant moving target is tricky tricky. No Navy will be keen on putting several billion dollars and thousands of sailors in peril. Carriers have become too big to fail as as a result they will probably have to remain at least one thousand kilometers away from shore a distance that warplanes cannot cross without refueling thing that could have grave implications for America's ability to project power across the Pacific and so for all its allies carriers will also so have to be cocooned with destroyers and frigates which will absorb most of the resources of smaller navies like Britain and France carry is ought entirely obsolete. Most walls will not be great power clashes. They will remain useful against foes which lack modern missile systems. Even an intense conflict warships will require air power to protect them from the predations of enemy ships and aircraft as long as navies have surface surface ships. They will want to be able to fly planes above them. But what sort of planes even missiles force carriers farther offshore for the average combat range of that air wing's has shrunk from two thousand two hundred and forty kilometres in one thousand nine hundred fifty six to around one thousand kilometers kilometers today. Martin munitions travel father but do not make up the difference. The obvious remedy is to use drones. That can fly longer. Riskier missions than human pilots allowing their host carriers to keep a safe distance away but the Pentagon unwisely scrapped its program for such a drone in two thousand sixteen replacing it with one that would merely refuel inhabited plains aircraft carriers like the war planes on them belong to a class of large vastly expensive weapons that military types call exquisite a more homely approach to military free technology is warranted smaller cheaper and where possible unmanned systems could be procured in large numbers dispersed more widely and use more daringly such forces may like the prestige of massive warships but they are better adapted to a world in which the projection shouldn't of military power is growing ever harder. Thanks for listening to editor's picks I'm lane green and in London. This is the.
Showpiece in the Middle East: Trumps ultimate deal
"Hello and welcome to the intelligence on economist. Radio I'm your host Jason Palmer every Weekday Ed. We provide a fresh perspective on the events. Shaping your world last July. Our Middle East correspondent planned land. A seven day trip to Iran. He ended up being detained by authorities for seven weeks but he was curiously free to roam and discovered an Iran Ron that three decades of reporting had not revealed to him and in large swathes of America populations are slipping as birth rates and immigration decline line and that has calamitous economic effects. We head to Vermont. One of the state's ponying up and paying people to move in uh but I Today President Donald Trump is expected to unveil his long-awaited plan for peace in the Middle East. I think we're GONNA make a deal that might be a bigger and better deal than people in in this room even understand three years in the making Mr Trump has called it. The ultimate deal but Palestinian leaders already said they'll reject it yesterday. Mr Trump held separate meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his rival in the upcoming Israeli elections and he gets alestinian leaders. Were not invited. Many have tried and failed to resolve. One of the world's most intractable conflicts. Mr Trump's bid might be more about politics than peace in five weeks. This time Israel will hold its third general election in less than a year after both Mr Netanyahu and Mr Gonz failed to form a majority coalition in parliament. More more than that though. The peace plan is a welcome distraction. Both Mr Netanyahu and Mr Trump or facing scrutiny at home the Israeli prime minister faces long standing corruption irruption charges and was seeking immunity from prosecution though. He denies wrongdoing. But today he said he would withdraw that just hours before a hearing in parliament that would have debated baited it. Meanwhile there are increasing calls for witnesses in the impeachment trial of Mr Trump in particular the testimony of John Bolton is former national security adviser both leaders will be glad to be seen to be busy playing to their bases and talking at least about statecraft. Donald trump ever since since he was elected as expressed his aspiration to deliver peace between Israel and the Palestinians as the great deal maker. He thinks that he can succeed. Where previous Davis Presidents have failed and favor is our Israel correspondent reporting from Jerusalem so of trump's closest advisors jared Kushner son alone special advisor as because because Israel leadership than other people close at trump have been interested in the Israeli issue for a long time and they've been very active in trying to put this plan together which we're expecting to be quite pro? Israel otherness detail and it spirit. Well how do you mean what sorts of things are you expecting will be in the plan so from what's been leaked so phone. It seems that the Americans Changing what has been policy of decades in which the entire West Bank which was occupied Beijing in nineteen sixty seven. We'll be the basis for a Palestinian state and parts of it is a will be allowed at least by the Americans to annex to extend sovereignty. Two parts where there are Israeli settlements including most of east Jerusalem and immature. The past ends will be allowed to have a state in isolated in claves estimated to be about half the territory that sounds like a lot of what the Israeli side of the negotiations would want. I mean what are the concessions for the Palestinians. Well they seem to be getting much concessions sessions but this is an interesting piece plan where one side of the conflict is not even being informed of the plan much less invited to Washington to discuss it. The the Palestinians haven't had any kind of meaningful relationship with the trump administration over two years since administration announced that it was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital from that point onwards any kind of engagement between the administration. The Palestinians ended since then the. US's ended nearly all of its financial support support for the Palestinian Authority close down the Palestinian representation in Washington as far as the Palestinians are considered plan is dead on arrival. They've already rejected it in advance and they won't take seriously any kind of proposal coming from the trump administration so what has been. The whole point of the exercise wasn't very good question. So Father Pontiac. Aside doesn't seem to be bringing peace between these raisin Palestinians seem to be bringing peace between the Israelis and the Israelis which is why the administration has taken this very off off the duck step of inviting not only Israel's prime ministers discuss it but also the leader of the opposition which raises the question of the timing of the enrolling. Is this connected to Israel's election we're just GONNA take taste in less than five weeks so in what way is there's a ploy to influence the election. If it's just sort of a unity game among Israeli's now has very staunch supporters amongst trump's inner circle and the fact that they've decided to unveil this he's plan before what is a very faithful election for Netanyahu's facing not just the third consecutive election which he may lose but also he's facing criminal charges the fact that they've decided to unveil it now just five weeks for the elections does look as if it's an attempt quite at a blatant attempt to hijack the agenda The election which until now has been about Netanyahu alleged corruption and make it about something totally different in which Netanyahu is seen gene to have an advantage is being a prime minister with a good relationship with trump I e this diplomatic plan which will influence Israel's future so they're trying to say to Israelis is look into now is the guy who has a good relationship with trump. You would be foolish to ditch him at this point and this is certainly the message into now is trying to present from the meetings things this week in Washington after three years of waiting for this. so-called deal of the century now seems to serve very few of the purposes that anybody had hoped for. I mean what will we make of it now. The deal itself would obviously be rejected by the Palestinian. So as a deal. It's a nonstarter but what is doing is creating a framework in which which things can continue on the ground in the occupied territories in the West Bank where there has been suggest fifty two years they facto situation of creeping annexation by Israel now now that the administration may recognize that would open the way for the Israeli government perhaps a futures ready government. Maybe even Ben against who while not being as right wing Netanyahu. Tokyo has been playing to the right wing in an attempt to gain more votes in the election. So the way we'll be open to annex at least part of the territory so the settlements perhaps the Jordan Golden Valley which many Israelis see as crucial security area. So all these things could change on the ground even without the Palestinians agreeing to them once administrations giving a green light right. But how can one side Cherry pick parts of proposal if the other side has rejected it. Outright Israelis will present this them agreeing to the trump plan and the Palestinians will be framed as rejectionists and therefore the Palestinians won't see towards a state while Israel will have an open path towards these. That is one of the potential implications of the plan so the plan is clearly unlikely to bring about peace between Israelis and Palestinians but it is a cynical ploy to influence the Israeli election. Do you think it'll work. It'll change voters minds. I'm not sure that this is going to sway voters that much. Vote is a quite sure who they're going to vote for. There's not much of a floating. Vote proportion right now. The planet has implications for American politics because a lot of Donald Trump's evangelical base is also very supportive of Israel annexing parts of the West Bank. It'll he'll certainly help him with part of that base but what. I think it was fascinating about this event that we've waiting for three years. Donald Trump's grand solution to the Israeli Palestine nine conflict. And what we're getting instead. Is something much more focused on helping both Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu with their own internal political problems and will not do very very much to further the causes peace in the Middle East tour. Thank you very much for joining us. Thank you for having me Jason. The Israeli Palestinian peace deal is just one of the ways that president. Donald Trump has pledged to remake the world series of bold gambles on Iran China and North Korea might prove in the long run to worked out in his favor. But WE'LL MR trump's luck last on the economists new weekly podcast checks and balance hosts John Prideaux and a team of correspondents across the states and beyond examined the big themes shaping American politics. The first episode explores a pattern in Mr Trump's foreign policy which seems inspired by that of the seventh. US President Andrew Jackson people searching for passant in Donald Trump's foreign policy often describe it as Jax Sonya when he moved into the Oval Office. He brought her portrait of Andrew Jackson. With and by the way he was one of our great presidents you can see it in photographs. Donald Trump on the phone and his dance Jackson's in suffer because behind him. Resplendent blended in his red trim coat and his sweat back in an echo of the current president signature head to the global view on democracy. Accuracy in America listened to check and balance. Wherever you get your podcasts Seoul must about five people and to the lobby. That looks as if they're on a mission and some may with with Mr Palam. They handed me sheet of paper in Farsi and said it said was that Judge Gave Him Authority to question me for up. FORTY-EIGHT HOURS NICHOLAS PELHAM IS ECONOMISTS Middle East correspondent last July. He received a rare journalists visa to visit Iran on the day he was due to fly home. He was detained. was put into the car and shown a blindfold me. Said we'RE GONNA put this on you and so is blindfolded and we. We sped off at the airport. I was in between two people sitting on the side of me in the back seat. They drive over speed pretty foul speed round several roundabouts. I was only worried about these my sense of direction but hitting my had tried to reach out to steady myself by putting my hand on the seat in front my hands unto my sides it was. Yeah care I think by this stage I was not going to catch the flight. Nicholas has been reporting from the Middle East for more than thirty years. They've been to Iran multiple times before and knew the trip wasn't without risk and he had taken precautions consulting the embassy and his contacts in Iran. Before deciding thing whether to go this regime which at the best of times feels paranoid feels deeply suspicious about the intentions of the outside world suspects. Journalists are really spies vice and we talk. It's in the Pasta. Journalists have been detained. But I think that's how do this job we we step into known. We hope hype that we're GonNa come back with something which I wish nobody else is going to have. If you didn't take any risks in this job particularly reporting in in the Middle East you could probably I think this experience in Iran is recounted for the first time the the new edition of Eighteen. Forty three economists sister magazine. I was out of the car into another building which turned out to be a detention center somewhere in southern Tehran and it was then led to sell those a blanket and otherwise bestseller. The God pointed to I went over to pick out the blanket and the door was shut behind me. It's very strange I. Each individual move in itself is not huge alarming. It's the kind of the some of the experience is more intense than each individual's changing in the script royal condition and it's almost so incremental mental alarm is greater when you look back on it than the moment I several occasions suggests that I should have a right to see a lawyer and contact my embassy see but is made clear that is this game to end happily I should cooperate and at every step does a warning that if you think cooperating and up in in in prison they said you know what happens that you almost confirming the grim picture that The world has of imprisonment is Iran's largest prison. It's in the north of Tehran up on the mountain side. It's a pacers just completely cut off from the outside world you don't get consular visits your held in solitary confinement and and not so say whereas Gary Radcliffe British Uranian. Gio National is being held. Her face was in my mind. The fate of many other foreigners has some GIO national some not so so my mind it is not that uncommon for Iran detain foreigners when they end up in the country it is one of the tools they use of exercising pressure against the West. And it's one that they've been exercising quite frequently in recent years so yes I think one of the reasons actually even pretending this story is to remember those who still being held including Nazanin and not forget the plight I was incredibly lucky is treatable with on the whole with perfect gloves. Many are being held in much worse. Conditions the first night I was being targeted in the airport. The second day I was in detention center after at that point I was taken for three days to a safe house which I think was in an apartment hotel and then again I was moved once more. Blindfolds came on taken to another hotel. But but essentially it was a kind of a quantum leap in the conditions that Michelle being held in that she conditions. I've ever been in Tehran before the mornings would be taken out with interrogation question for the rest of the time. I was free to move around the city. I was not allowed to work. There was nobody to convert my every word. I presume that I was being followed. All the people listening on a phone in that I've been given by the authorities but I felt that I was after my in devices and that sort of like a unique experience in Tehran. On that I should try to. Ah The most of it here. I was just allowed to roam freely in Tehran and in many ways. This this is reporter's dream. You're heavily controlled. When you're when you're in Iran on the press visa you have somebody who's monitoring everything you say it's really hard to talk to people to get the sense of what okay thinking without the presence of the minder absolutely fascinating place it's so vibrant at say to the buzzing with fascinating conversation with There's been a splurgy. Cafes of opened across time which is packed with people to very uninhibited culture people readily strike up conversations in cafes. It's very very easy to make friends. There's some music everywhere you go every evening at the at the concert or going to play. They're almost as many plays on in Tehran around Iran in the West end of London buzzing place. And what I wanted to make the most of and I think initially I was I was the one who's doing the censoring. I was terrified of kind of what might be listening to my on my phone. I was leave it one hundred the caffeine gun toward people at the other end. It just seems that every conversation I had was end up in anti-regime rant was it was astonishing and I was terrified of the things that people wanting me does the fascination but there's also a fear that that this could be incriminating there's two wells in Can Iran. There's the virtual reality that you see on television. Which is kind of society which is controlled by clerics which is deeply religious very conservative respectful? All of the authorities. I'm which deeply likes the West. And then there's a real world of Tehran which is sort of Metro pass to all of these things that feels very cosmopolitan in case of the West I think Iranians are extraordinarily resilient. This isn't the first time they had to live under sanctions and pretty much. The history of the Islamic Republic since nineteen seventy nine. That's been living in some other war economy or Cold War economy for the past. Forty years is clearly chasing ties but at the time to make the most of the moment. ooh I think the condition that I was in the conditions that those who are outside trying to get me out thought I was in. We're not. There's quite a gap between them. I think when your hair and your name my wife and my colleagues went through enormous anguish about what I was suffering and much of the time. I didn't really feel I of his suffering a tool. I felt I was every time I'd get a cool. Botany was very grateful that there are people outside to catch me. And we're doing that. This will also felt as if I was being sort of hold back from from discovering move this this kaleidoscope of kind of fun loving people who are living in really hard and times by because of the people ruling over them and because of the sanctions that are upon them from inside but some has scraping through not just scraping through but really living life to its full. I suppose there's a there's an element of any oppressive version where you didn't know what tomorrow brings while I was in Tehran. I didn't know what tomorrow came to bring. I didn't know whether I was going to end up in Wien prison or whether I was going to get unless it's Kinda Kinda strange sense of the almost liberation captivity. Addison Wonderland World which I'm going to look back on and say that I had a taste of it. I will always want to get back. I'm not sure that decision and is going to be mind if it was a tomorrow. Nicholas Pelham tells the extraordinary story of his seven weeks in Iran in the new edition of Eighteen. Forty three you communists. Sister magazine subscribe to eighteen forty three at economist dot com slash eighteen. Forty three offer. And you can hear his story telling on economist asks our interview podcast to across America populations are dwindling eighty percent of counties lost adults in the decade of the twenty seventeen and that is bad news local economies. The scale of the decline is new. Thanks to aging workforce falling fertility rates and less immigration the drop is particularly clearly sharp in the Midwest and the Northeast Vermont however has found one way to entice people to live their husbands center or an article about remount pain people who work from home to move to the state as a joke but it quickly went from a joke to a whim to moving. Rosemary Rose Marie Award covers America's northeast for the Economist. Within a few months they had left Denver Colorado which had found increasingly expensive offensive. To remind a town of fifteen thousand people called Bennington. She still works for the same company working from home in Vermont. Once they had moved they were able to get up to five thousand dollars to move to the state to cover their moving costs and Vermont is offering people that kind of money just the to move there simply because its population is slipping. Yes but it's been much worse lately partly because they have one of the oldest workforce's in the country falling fertility rates and little immigration. Only about five hundred immigrants moved to the state last year so a new bill went into effect on January. Okay the state will now pay seven thousand five hundred dollars to cover. Moving costs if people relocate and work for local Vermont employers. I mean that seems like a a a a reasonable amount of money for a state to to pony up just to get people to move. I mean Vermont as always been kind of a small state right in has always been a small state but this depopulation is nearing a crisis point. Even the governor acknowledged this in his budget address. Last week calling the a demographic crisis the greatest challenge we face as a state more than half the county saw population declines since two thousand and ten and the rural ones were especially hard ahead seven counties including the one where the Dow's moved more people died than were born and the remaining population can't support local business. Local schools holds so you you get this sort of slow ebbing away of the economic drivers as well as the economic parks of living in a rural area. Yeah and and I suppose that kind of population ebbing away is is very much happening elsewhere or other states trying similar schemes. Absolutely it sort of reminds me of the homestead dead act in the eighteen. Hundreds where the federal government gave land away to settlers and land is up for grabs again in places like Curtis Nebraska. Small town which is offering free plots to people who can build a single family home on that site told Sir an Oklahoma through the George George Kaiser Family Foundation which is a charity is giving ten thousand dollars and workspace to people who moved to the city for at least a year. And they're we're hoping it will attract higher earning remote workers to the city and become part of the community the first year ten thousand people from one hundred and fifty five five countries applied for just one hundred slots so one hundred slots doesn't sound like a very big number for what you're describing a fairly big problem. I mean we'll we'll these efforts efforts actually be able to make a difference if that's the level they're at no and fact in Vermont. For instance three hundred seventy one people move last year to claim the remote worker grants including seventy nine children and the number is small. Amy Brookings Institution wondered if the experiments would be too small to have an impact and she also worried that talent attraction might repeat the mistakes of corporation attraction where when the incentives leave or tax breaks expire the companies. Will I believe as well but in a small state like Vermont. Having people with six figure salaries and children can have a big impact. Another experiment would be to use place base visas. Jesus our heartland visas. Instead of granting visas based on skills or family connections have migrants moved to struggling cities or states which population and labor shortages. A number of mayors across the country are on board as are some of the Democratic presidential candidates and Vermont. Certainly we could do with an immigration boost. Rosary thank you very much for your time. Thank you for having me Jason. They'll be chatting with you. That's all for this episode of intelligence. If you'll like us why not give a rating on apple podcasts. And see back here tomorrow talk.
The Morning Briefing: Tuesday, October 6
"Halloween oil with the briefing from the Telegraph it's Tuesday October, the sixth and Donald Trump's being released from hospital. So he pumped his fist and gave the thumbs up president trump's left the hospital where he spent three nights being treated for corona virus. But is he really out of the woods when he got back to the White House Mr Trump removed his mask and he told Americans to get out there and not fear Covid he said he was now feeling better. And even suggested he might be immune, but it's only four days since we told his diagnosis, we know this disease can hit patients more severely later than that that been reports Mr Trump have been pushing his doctors to discharge him. So the question is did the medic suffer from VIP Syndrome we've rounded up the sequence of events before Mr Trump's hospital exit. And for the inside story on what goes on inside the White House I can highly recommend episode two of the trump card out new podcast with Nigel Farraj. Now. Boris Johnson's ten PM cars in pubs, restaurants and bars could be thrown out. It's emerged that dozens of Tory. MP's prepared to vote against the measure. The rebels have been bolstered by chancellor. She soon axe questioning we're hearing more from the PM leader, the Virtual Conservative Party conference follow all that is in our politics live blog. And they're among the most widely recognized gestures in the Western world. But many common hand signals are at risk of dying out things like voicing in the air to request the bill or a on the wrist to ask for the time. Then language experts say that likely to become obsolete we've taken a look at the other signs that just make no sense the young people. I can also recommend some other obstacles to including what it's really like to have long covet and around up all the last minute deals on transfer deadline day. Right, that's the latest from the Telegraph. Chris will have your second briefing of the day this evening.
Ill-disposed: Trumps hospital stay
"Hello and welcome to the intelligence on economist Radio I'm your host Jason. Palmer. Every weekday, we provide a fresh perspective, the events shaping your world. Across Asia life as a migrant worker was tough even before the pandemic. Low status crowded dormitories, extortion minded employers. As covid nineteen crushed the industries that employed them things got even worse and only now seem to be improving. And there's a perplexing ponderings of popstars in the charts who are ethnic Albanians. We take a look at why the tiny Balkan region has given rise to so many huge celebrities. But I. President Donald Trump is still in the hospital with questions about the seriousness of his illness. Yesterday he released his third video since announcing on Friday morning that he had been diagnosed with covid nineteen at learned a lot of covid. Allergic by really going to school, this is the real school. This isn't the let's read the book school and I get it and I understand it. I also think we're going to pay a little surprise some of the Great Patriots that we have out on the speak that surprise visit involved Mr Trump briefly leaving the hospital for a drive past and for the benefit of supporters gathered outside. Doctors caring for the president and have suggested he may be discharged today though information about his condition given out over the weekend has been conflicting to say the least Mr Trump's oxygen level dipped twice. Received steroid treatment that is normally reserved for severe cases of COVID. Nineteen. His physician Dr Shawn Conley with initially reluctant to disclose that the president had been given oxygen didn't want to give any any information that might steer the course of illness in another direction and in doing. So came off that we're trying to hide something twist necessarily true and admission that came after chief of Staff Mark Meadows briefed reporters at the president's vital signs had been concerning. A number of senior government officials and aides have themselves tested positive some of whom had attended a largely mascot vent in the white. House Rose Garden. The previous Saturday to mark the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court last week Mr Trump attended a rally on Wednesday and a fundraiser on Thursday at one of his golf clubs in New Jersey. Beyond pressing questions about the state of Mr Trump's health and when precisely he knew he was ill and contagious or questions about the impact all this will have on the election. To have a president in hospital not for routine procedure is extraordinarily anyway to have that happen less than a month before a presidential election in which an incumbent president really needs to make up a lot of ground is yet more extraordinary. John. Prideaux is our US editor and hosts checks and balances are cast about American politics does been a lot of conflicting information coming from the White House and coming from the president's doctor about exactly how he is but it looks like he's likely to be out of hospital and back in the White House today. Nevertheless, this is an extraordinary things have happened. So close to A. Presidential election and Mr Trump said that he's he's learned a lot about covid. Are we starting to see any effect of that any change in the way he speaks about a deals with it you say wondered when I heard that froze his polling is really not good at the moment and I wonder whether his pollsters him listen the American people don't like the way that you would downplaying covid nineteen the way you were talking about mosques during the debate when needed I wear masks. Okay. Let me ask I don't I don't wear masks like him every time you see him he's got a mesquite could be speaking. To one hundred feet changed the way you speak about this and his own infection with the virus in the opportunity to do that I think it's still very early. I mean. Clearly, he's been hospitalized with been communicating via twitter a bit, and then he had a photo op where he was driven around in the beast, his presidential limo, he hasn't done a whole load of communicating yet. So I think it's to say he's changed the way he communicates about this virus and in the meantime, what's what's the American public making of all? Well, lots of Americans, of course, best wishes to the president for his speedy recovery. In a scientific way we won't know until high quality polls come in towards the middle or towards the end of this week's it takes a bit of time for those surveys to be conducted. You can look at other presidents, prime ministers who've contracted the virus Johnson and Britain, of course. Bolsonaro President Brazil then contracting the virus didn't hurt them politically in their poll rating it didn't give them a huge bump either and so there's been a lot of discussion about whether president trump will enjoy big sympathy bump in the polls. Certainly, if you look at other leaders that doesn't seem hugely likely, it seems more likely that president trump's diagnosis will will be a wash. And as you say, it's extremely early days. But what effects do you think this will likely have on the campaigning on both sides well, I think it has an important effect on campaign Jason. Actually. President trump for weeks has been keen to make this election about anything other than covid nineteen. So to make it about Joe, Biden's age or to make it about the left wing of the Democratic Party to make it about law and order this election because of the president's diagnosis and because two hundred, thousand Americans dead from covid nineteen is going to be squarely. About the virus and the president's handling of it and the he doesn't have a lot of time to change that he would, of course, have been restricted anyway in the number of rallies he could hold he likes holding big rallies that big crowds hasn't been able to do that so much this year won't be able to do it. Now, a tool I think before the election meanwhile, Joe Biden is out campaigning. So Joe Biden is in the Midwest at the moment doing some campaigning while president trump is in is in hospital, we can get this pandemic under control. So we can get our economy working again for everyone. But this cannot be a partisan moment. It must an American moment as possible to overstate the importance of those kind of candidate appearances in swing states. But nevertheless, it's hard. Not See that this hands the Biden campaign a bit of an advantage, and again, it's not absolutely clear that Mr Trump is out of the woods yet I. Mean What would happen if he were unable to continue campaigning at all? Well as we saying Jason, the likeliest outcome here is the president is out of hospital recovers enough to be effectively at the top of the ticket own November the third however were that not to be the case it's too late to remove his name from the ballot about three million Americans already voted in effect that would mean the election on November third become a Biden v Pence election, and there are some Republicans who might prefer that to trump free Biden and action but it doesn't look like that's what's going to happen at the moment. It looks like the election will will proceed as expected. Certainly, the date went be changed or or anything like that. And in the meantime, rest of the business of Washington has to carry on I mean how much do you think this and and the fact that so many people in Washington have now fallen ill, how will that affect the the confirmation of any to the Supreme Court? Has Jason This is the second biggest question in American politics right now if you like the president and his party would like to get Amy Kuney Barrett on the Supreme Court before Election Day. The timetable do that is quite tight and it's complicated by the fact that some members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have tested positive for Covid, nineteen. So it may be possible to do all these hearings virtually and get in becoming barrick confirmed bought. It looks harder than it did last week to get that done before the election now that doesn't mean that she's not going. To be on the court because Republicans can still confirm her after Election Day in the lame duck session. But you're right to point out that covid nineteen th playing havoc with the process of American politics as well as with the presidential election it does seem though the trump campaign has been hit with tumbling blocks left and rights recently, I, mean do you see a path for? Him To pull it out of a hat as it were one of the lessons of the past few years watching American politics. Jason is to expect the low probability thing to not discount entirely however with that disclaimer, I would just point out the president's polling at the moment is truly awful. He's fourteen points down against Joe Biden in the latest. NBC Wall. Street Journal poll. That's. The worst I've ever seen for Donald Trump. Now, it may be that it's an outlier. We'll get some more high-quality polls soon, and then we'll be able to see whether that poll is just a statistical free or something strange happened in the sample. But if it's true, he is in such a deep hole I find it very, very hard to imagine him coming back from that. Thanks very much for your time John Thanks. The economist is analyzing polling economic and demographic data to predict the outcomes of America's presidential and Senate elections. The analysis is updated every day as high quality pools catch up with a turbulent new cycle. TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT ECONOMISTS DOT com slash US twenty twenty model. This economist podcast is sponsored by up work upward is the world's largest remote talent platform, deb's designers, writers, strategists you name it find higher pay all in one place whatever skills your scope demands upward is how need to find coders outside of your area code and Seo specialist for six weeks or a UI designer through December, pros available, Short or long-term one time or as often as you need them and they're proven rated and reviewed when you need and demand talent on demand up work is how The Asia Pacific. Region is both the world's biggest supplier and the biggest user of migrant labor. Some thirty three million migrants are estimated to work. They're building the gleaming cities and resorts pampering the growing middle classes at home and filling countless other service industry posts. Desa Houston on for the services softy year low cost Labor Alex Wong runs the Indonesian charity migrant care. It works mainly with Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia. He visits cleaners and construction workers who often live in squalid conditions. The construction workers nominee leaving into in the container or the apply with mischief home is to either in do a small compartment bobby occupied by two percent or three percent and the hostels winners live are no better. We can see rounding Lord please this roaches running the pieces and the all sleep on the floor. No bit. When the pandemic struck things got worse for millions of migrant workers across the region. Some of the most hellish conditions have been in what seemed to be island paradises. The Maldives relies hugely upon foreign workers more than any other country in the region something like. One Indian or Bangladeshi is working there temporarily for every Maldivian citizen and they're absolutely essential to both building and running the resorts that are the lifeblood of the Maldives. Any Dominic Ziegler writes Banyan our call him about Asian affairs. But of course, since March that economy has been under lockdown, there'd been few if any tourists and that has had disastrous consequences for the resorts as a result two hundred. Indians and Bangladeshis who had been building a new resort on a distant atoll found themselves forced to work without any pay. They've been living in pretty grim conditions with restricted clean water not even. So they have struggled to make that voices had to seek redress Ford not being paid. They first staged a silent protest near the resort. They then went to a kind of island suburb of the capital money. then. They protested in July and where immediately arrested by the police accused by the government of threatening national security. There were scuffles with the police and a number of them were arrested and then deported. And is that sorry state of affairs for for migrant workers representative of conditions across Asia? It's all to representative I mean think possibly of the best place to be a migrant worker that's in Singapore Singapore would not shine and gleam as it does where it not for something like three, hundred and twenty thousand most of them from South Asia who toil night and day now those three hundred and twenty thousand live in dormitories on the edge of town usually out. Of sight early on in the pandemic Singapore. Got Lots of praise including from the W. H. O. for it's handling of covid nineteen but Singapore had a blind eye and that was these domes where the corona virus was spreading very very fast. In fact, today something like ninety, five percent of all corona viruses in Singapore today have been in these dorms have been amongst foreign workers. But these are the lucky ones they have beds. They've been given extra food. They've been given entertainment and why fight keep in touch with their families in next. Malaysia. The picture is rather grimmer how so what what's happening in Malaysia? Something like four or five, million documented or undocumented foreign workers have really kept the economy humming for years. Now was the economy was growing. The authorities often turned a blind eye even to the undocumented foreign workers but under the pandemic the authorities move very quickly for instance, as a vast wholesale market on the edge, of Kuala, Lumpur, the capital and the authorities in in effect through up barbed wire around where foreign workers refugees would-be asylum seekers were living attempting to eke out a living in the market in effect, they've been impounded more than that apart from. The appalling conditions they're living in migrant workers have been harassed by the authorities. Several thousand have been arrested and many others have faced not only prison terms but also canings, and in the Maldives you mentioned that the lockdown that the stopping of construction work had been very harmful to the workers there is is the reverse true as economies in Asia are reopening are moving well in some places they are and that certainly notable. In Malaysia where a lot of factories typically are manned by foreign workers, one boom area is for latex gloves and Malaysia. Seems to have a lock on that market. So yes, does work. But of course, some of the same grim conditions still persist the still the issue there also trying to survive in a country where your residency permit has during the pandemic fired say people are sort of stuck in limbo either because there. Aren't any flights or because they have no money because they're frightened of declaring themselves to the authorities I mean, is there any hope for change here is? Is there pushback from from the public in Asia to to this thing there is i. mean the concern that show by civil society is always too little but there are some admirable people who are trying to push back in the case of the laborers in the Maldives. The public. Interest Law Center which is an NGO is trying to get these workers access to the law and to the compensation that is due to them. It's a long slow process and they're having trouble trying to get the authorities to pay attention to this. In Malaysia, some NGO types, I- others who've been helping migrant workers including with food aid in recent months think that. Now, that does an economic recovery it's starting to show itself does also have a golden opportunity to do away with some of the worst abuses of foreign workers in Malaysia one. Notable. Way in which workers are abused is that quotas for foreign workers given to politically connected Malaysians? Who, then in effect sent on the workers to businesses that need them this is a system that is absolutely ripe for abuse and people who have tried to improve the lot of foreign workers say that now is the time to pressure government to improve the system. Tonic. Time. Thank. You Jason. Ethnic Albanians spread throughout bulk countries including Albania Kosovo north. Macedonia have a long and rich history of immigration especially since the decline of communism in the nineteen nineties. Get Not that many have made big names for themselves until recently. What's amazing is that a real clutch of global popstars are Albanians and this is something new I mean until now, the most famous Albanian in history probably was the non mother Theresa. Tim Judah is our Balkans correspondent. I've identified at least seven stars with Albanian heritage who are really getting pretty big in the well. So run us through who are they. Well let's talk about the two most famous sons you grew up in Britain, the Real Pathfinder was re to aura. She's twenty nine. She was born in Pristina in Kosovo and she was the first to come to prominence and she did so in two thousand, twelve with Sean, your life. which was filled famously in Christina probably the first global pop video to be filmed in the capital of Kosovo and there you see her wearing a Kossovo flag and interested in each she went to the same school here in London has a leaper Julie says parents are from Kosovo. She was actually born in London. She has sung in the charts now called Lucent and she got a number two earlier this year with don't stop now. Of The pastas you were raised in the US. That Russia, whose family are originally from North Macedonia and Eva Max that's a stage name. Of course, a family comes from what's now North Macedonia? The single re-cut propelled him to fame was tweet psycho from two, thousand, eight, hundred. And then a couple of this era has stretchy. She's Kosovar choose one of the three people who participated in the two thousand eighteen fee for Moscow welcome song. And then there's A. Vita she's ready quite prominent and writing songs for important people in the US and Lebanon Gashi. He's a rapper, his family of from Kosovo as well, and how does that heritage play into the music as it were? In internal times, a dozen sing about their heritage. But one of the most interesting things is that they are often presented as people who have gone from refugee family to riches, and it's kind of nor really true in most cases what's interesting is that all of these stars, they're all aged between twenty five and thirty one and their parents all left mostly Kossovo in the very early nineties and it's also interesting that many of these farmers, for example, regional or family and Duleep is finally. They didn't come from modest backgrounds at all. They come from very elite middle class backgrounds, and the fact is that those in the diaspora especially have done well because they were able to plug in to a kind of global. Talk Music Network, which is much much harder for somebody who might equally as good but in Pristina. Inter on. But even still even some connection to elites in the arts and music abroad doesn't fully explain why so many big pop star should come from one tiny country. You're completely right I asked lots of Albanians in Kosovo and in a Bena wise it that this whole cohort of global stars the one level in each country throughout Europe there are young Albanians sauce on talent shows doing extremely well, I mean went to schools in them and actually people were quite baffled had copied the other day with dupage. Liba Duleep, his father and he was fascinating. He said we've been squashed human. Oppressed. Historically, which is certainly true. But he says we're very creative people the minute the pressure the oppression is lifted. We flourish and that's a phenomenon that we're seeing now. Tim Thank you very much for your time. Thank you for having. From. Politics to culture there's plenty more analysis from our international network of correspondents in the economist to find the best subscription offer wherever you are just to economist dot com slash intelligence offer. That's all from us today. See You back here tomorrow.
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I'm Anne Marie for holy in New York before we get to Nissan and at and T. here are some other top stories we're following today the future of US talks with the Taliban remains uncertain after president trump announced announced over the weekend that he had cancelled secret talks that were set to take place in Camp David on Sunday the resident said he suspended the talks because of a car bomb attack in in Kabul that killed twelve people including a US soldier but we report that opposition within the trump administration led the president to call them off the Wall Street. Journal's Gordon Newbold has more on what comes next Mr Trump said today that he considered the peace talks completely dead that again. This seems to be more of a negotiating tactic than a substantive comment about the status of the talks. People are eager to see if the Pentagon withdraws some some of the fourteen thousand troops who are assigned and deployed to Afghanistan the plan has always been to draw down some or all forces as a result of these peace talks and the initial drawdown was to be as much as five thousand troops. It's not clear if troops would be I redeploy from Afghanistan or not or if something would occur separate from these peace talks but it seems unlikely that that they would pull troops out of Afghanistan without some kind of a deal Mr trump is eager to end these endless wars particularly in Afghanistan Ghanistan but he has advisors including senior officers in commanders in the US military who don't think he should give something away for four nothing. That's The Wall Street Journal's Gordon Liu Bowls reporting from Washington. A California judge has restored a nationwide injunction blocking the trump administration's. The stations restrictions on asylum claims the administration issued the restrictions in July saying Central American migrants must first seek asylum N. B. denied in another country tree before they can seek asylum in the United States. The fight over the restrictions isn't over yet the trump administration has already filed a related emergency appeal with the US Supreme Court as expected a group of attorneys general from nearly every state have officially launched an antitrust investigation of Google Parent Alphabet Tech that companies are also under tougher scrutiny from the US Justice Department and Congress over whether too few companies are exerting dominance over the marketplace and whether are there illegally stifling competition British Prime Minister Boris Johnson insists that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union on October thirty first despite a new law that prevents the UK from leaving the block without a divorce deal in place Johnson says he wants to leave the EU with an agreement but hasn't provided details details on how such a deal would happen. Parliament voted last week to approve a law that would require the government to ask for a brexit extension if there's no deal in place by October nineteenth lawmakers are set to vote late Monday to reject Johnson's call for new elections September is known as a turbulent time for stocks folks. We report that. US stocks are near records but ongoing concerns like trade tensions and slowing global growth could cloud the picture. Some investors are recalling Ling last September when the S&P five hundred peaked but went on to fall nearly twenty percent over the following three months. US stocks moved little on Monday ending the day close is to where they started whatever you and your employees are working four. ADP is designing better ways to help you achieve it from HR talent and time management to benefits and payroll. That's ADP always designing for People Nissan CEO. Geraldo Sykora is stepping down next week a decision the automakers board award made after investigation found he had received improper compensation. His term had also been marred by the arrest of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Goan who's has been charged with financial crimes including under reporting has compensation for more on this story. I spoke with reporters. Sean Mcclain in Tokyo has been under increasing pressure her in recent weeks as it became clear that he too had received extra pay that he hadn't been do and on top for that Nissan's been facing a lot of troubles with its business performance. It's the pressure just sort of building on both psycho and the board to make a decision about about the future of the company psycho was always said that he would go he just a little bit nebulous on when that would happen it is connected to the investigation <unk> it Carlos gone in that the investigation ended today they presented their findings of the investigation and psycho said did that. At this stage this would be the earliest time he would feel comfortable handing over the reins to another person so he's he's out to now start to make room for the nomination recent radio the board to find a long-term replacement and Sean. Can you explain a little bit about what exactly happened with Mr Sykora's compensation so oh Mr Cycle in two thousand thirteen cashed in what are called stock appreciation rights sort of performance with his pay based on the movement of the Stock Price over a period of time and what happened was the exercise dates of those rights were moved back to a time when the share prices you know had a big jump so that ended up giving Mr Cycle an extra four hundred and thirty thousand dollars or so the board found that the psycho hadn't actually asked for that to happen and so they decided there was no wrongdoing on his part but they did say it was his responsibility house ability to figure out when you wanted to exercise those days instead Mr Psycho had delegated that authority for the person manipulated those dates and so they said that was inappropriate but they haven't said that they firing offense for example a Mr Psychologists said that even though he did nothing wrong and didn't ask for this he realizes realizes that it was inappropriate that receives money and he said he would return it. So how does this overall impact Nissan's reputation and the challenges ahead said well <unk> has said he hopes that Nissan will figure out how to hand over the the company to the next generation of leaders. It's clear that from all the information that's come out in our reporting and Nissan public statements that that there were widespread issues and the governance of this company so with psycho out the old guard of the company has really left the building and it's up to the board now to figure out if they're going to install one niece on the younger executives of the new CEO order bring in somebody from the outside. I don't think it's they made a decision on that yet. They're going to spend the next two months figuring that out. That's The Wall Street Journal's Sean Mcclain reporting from Tokyo activist investor Elliott Management has disclosed a three point two billion dollar stake in at and T. and is calling for some changes at the company joining me now with more details is the Wall Street Journal's drew fitzgerald so drew what prompted Elliott to disclose stake in at and T. Today well the company wasn't clear about exactly what prompted its move today but it is notable that comes after about a week after the company named longtime executive John Stanky to become its chief operating officer which is essentially a number to roll seen as the pole position position spot to become eventual. CEO Tell us some of the details what exactly is Elliott calling for regarding at and T. and its business structure Eliot is an activist investor that is well known for pushing for change at a wide range of companies from Samsung and Ebay to to our conic the company formerly known as Alcoa what it's doing here is more or less part standard playbook. It's pushing for changes changes at board level and has said that it would like to bring in new blood to the AT and T. Board it's pushing for cost cuts to in its words make. At and T. more efficient and cost effective as it says verizon has become in recent years through its cost cutting program and it's also looking for for a review of the company's direction. It's not necessarily calling for the sale of any specific assets but it is clearly looking for the company to take a hard look at some of the companies that it's acquired in recent years including the company formerly known as Time Warner and direct TV which made at and T. The biggest PAYTV provider in the country so what does this potentially mean for at and T. Does it show a dissension in the ranks here well it certainly certainly shows and is evidence of some of the investor dissatisfaction that has been at the fringes of this company for the last two to three years the stock hit a multi year low late last year as digested the acquisition of Time Warner and a lot of stock investors had the same sort of questions as the companies bond investors and that question was whether. At and T.'s very heavy debt load would be a drag on the company in the future now the company Anthony has worked whittled down that debt by selling small assets small for at and T. R. assets worth one or two billion dollars and it's it's short up the balance sheet in recent months and that's helped improve the stock but Elliott is pushing for more and it's pushing for more faster Wall Street. Journal reporter Drew Fitzgerald joining us from Washington. Thank you so much drew sure thing and that's