The BRAD BLOG Because it's not about Right or Left, it's about Right and Wrong! 2016-06-25T01:26:17Z Copyright 2016 WordPress Brad Friedman <![CDATA[Brexit: If it Could Happen There...: 'BradCast' 6/24/2016]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11739 2016-06-25T01:26:17Z 2016-06-25T01:26:17Z California North Carolina Texas Washington Post BRAD BLOG Media Appearance New York Great Britain Paper Ballots Legislation Photo ID Laws Mainstream Media Failure Hillary Clinton Voter Registration Vote Caging Economy KPFK Donald Trump Bernie Sanders U.K. TPP Greg Abbott BradCast Race Pat McCrory EU On today's BradCast, the bombshell passage of Britain's EU 'Brexit' Referendum is shaking both world markets and politics. Is the rise of nationalism and anti-immigration sentiment in the UK a disturbing omen for the U.S. Presidential election this fall? [Audio link to complete show is below.]

Donald Trump certainly hopes so, as he's changed his position on European unity from just three years ago, when he was for it, to today, when he's apparently against it, now that he's running for President. On today's show we discuss a number of things that Americans can and should learn from both the dishonest politics of the Brexit vote and the way the election itself was carried out (on publicly hand-counted, hand-marked paper ballots.)

Meanwhile, back here across the pond, the fight to count votes from the June 7th primary in California continues, and the fight to keep (certain) voters from voting at all continues as well in a federal courtroom in North Carolina (No, Washington Post, Photo ID is not required to board an airplane and you should let your readers know as much), and in the great state of Texas, where so-called 'conservatives' have spent millions of taxpayer dollars attempting to defend their illegal, discriminatory and unconstitutional Photo ID voting restriction year after year in case after case. (Texit, anyone?)

Finally, we look at details from the unlawful purge of voters in Brooklyn, which came to light after the NY state primary in April. Were Sanders voters purged at a higher rate than Clinton voters, as Sanders supporters have been charging? We look at some of the actual evidence now in, which suggests otherwise (and as we've previously argued.) Plus: Death toll rising along with flood waters in West Virginia and in China; And Bluegrass fans lose a legend...

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]]> Brad Friedman <![CDATA[SCOTUS Rules on Immigration, Affirmative Action; House Dems End Gun 'Sit-in'; MORE Breaking News: 'BradCast' 6/23/2016]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11738 2016-06-24T00:35:53Z 2016-06-24T00:35:53Z Florida California Oregon BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Rights And Freedoms Great Britain U.S. House Environment Immigration Democrats Republicans U.S. Supreme Court KPFK Nuclear power Oil Climate change U.K. NRA/Gun Violence Paul Ryan China BradCast Race Volkswagen Civil disobedience C-SPAN EU We do our best on today's BradCast to keep up with an insane amount of breaking news that continues to pour in today, from the Democratic 'sit-in' protest in the U.S. House to two major rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court to the British vote to leave the European Union to extreme weather in China and back to the U.S. again for even more still-breaking news. [Audio link to show is posted below.]

The Dems' unprecedented 'occupation' of the U.S. House to force a vote on gun legislation came to an end --- without the vote Democrats sought --- earlier today after more than 25 hours, as Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan largely gave up by simply declaring the chaotic House in adjournment until after the July 4th holiday. But will it start all over again when Congress reconvenes? And will Democrats come to regret their popular upheaval the next time they are in the majority?

Meanwhile, constitutional law expert Ian Millhiser, author of Injustices: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted, joins us to explain the two major U.S. Supreme Court rulings handed down today, one is very bad news for the Obama Administration's immigration policy and, the other, a very surprising decision on affirmative action admissions policy at public university and colleges.

"The good news" on the immigration ruling, he says, "is that because this is an even split, it means that's there's no precedential value to this. It means that when a ninth justice is confirmed [to fill the vacancy left by the late Justice Scalia], it can be re-litigated all over again. But the bad news is that until there's that ninth justice, the program is at the mercy of some lower courts that are very hostile to immigration." As to today's other ruling, Millhiser explains: "People have thought that affirmative action was on its deathbed for a really long time. It had a series of near-death experiences. This case has been kicking around for something like eight years, and they finally get around to deciding it, and surprise, they don't strike down the program. There was a lot of language in the opinion that I think is going to give a lot of heartburn to people who support affirmative action, but the punchline is affirmative action lives to see another day."

But wait! There's much more breaking news on today's program: Yet another oil pipeline ruptures in Southern California; 'Oil Bomb' trains set to begin running again in Oregon just three weeks after fiery derailment; 'Brexit' voting in Great Britain ends amidst flash flooding that could effect turnout, as the 'LEAVE' coalition predicts defeat; Extreme weather, including a rare tornado, kills 78 in China; Volkswagen agrees to pay more than $10 billion to customers amidst emissions cheating scandal; and Desi Doyen joins us for our latest Green News Report with still more bad court news for the Obama Administration, this time on fracking rules, but some good news (at least for some of us) about the last remaining nuclear power plant in California.

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]]> Desi Doyen <![CDATA['Green News Report' - June 23, 2016]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11737 2016-06-23T18:22:02Z 2016-06-23T18:22:02Z California Wyoming Environment Green News EPA Fracking Nuclear power Climate change Extreme weather

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Lights out for the last nuclear power plant in California; Federal judge strikes down new rules for fracking on public lands; Study finds high level of toxic chemicals in residents who live near fracking sites; PLUS: Researchers in Iceland figure out how to turn carbon emissions into stone... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): How The Battery Revolution Will Change How You Fly; Chinese State Media Say 51 Killed by Powerful Tornado; Raging Wildfires in the Southwest Stretch Resources; Cities Forge World's Largest Alliance To Curb Climate Change; Obama Signs TSCA Reform Into Law; Cancer Is Contagious Among Clams. What About Us?;
Op-Ed: "The World’s Disappearing Sand"; Great Lakes Governors Approve Waukesha Water Request... PLUS: Solar Plane Lands In Spain After Historic Atlantic Crossing... and much, MUCH more! ...

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  • Solar Plane Lands In Spain After Historic Atlantic Crossing (Huffington Post):
    An airplane powered solely by the sun landed safely in Seville in Spain early on Thursday after an almost three-day flight across the Atlantic from New York in one of the longest legs of the first ever fuel-less flight around the world.
  • How The Battery Revolution Will Change How You Fly (Climate Progress):
    On Friday, NASA named an all-electric plane — the X-57 — as its latest futuristic aircraft. The X-57 will be powered by 14 electric motors driving propellers integrated into a new, narrow wing design. The battery revolution is truly taking flight: NASA has begun working on an effort “to help a significant portion of the aircraft industry transition to electrical propulsion within the next decade.”
  • Chinese State Media Say 51 Killed by Powerful Tornado (AP):
    Tornados occasionally strike southern China during the summer months, but rarely with the scale of death and damage caused by the one on Thursday.
  • Raging Wildfires in the Southwest Stretch Resources (NY Times):
    Firefighters across Arizona and New Mexico battled 31 wildfires on Wednesday, their efforts complicated by a relentless heat wave and bone-dry conditions. And in the Angeles National Forest, on the northern edge of Los Angeles, two fires kept more than 300 families from their homes as the fires threatened to merge into one.
  • Cities Forge World's Largest Alliance To Curb Climate Change (Reuters):
    Cities in six continents joined up to form the world's largest alliance to combat climate change on Wednesday, a move intended to help making ground-level changes to slow global warming.
  • Obama Signs TSCA Reform Into Law (E&E News):
    President Obama signed into law [Wednesday] the first overhaul to the nation's chemical laws in nearly 40 years, a milestone in the history of environmental legislation and a feather in the caps of Democrats and Republicans alike.
  • Cancer Is Contagious Among Clams. What About Us? (NY Times):
    The ocean contains a vast number of living things, including many, many pathogens — from bacteria that thrive on coral to fungi that infect lobsters. A drop of seawater may hold 10 million viruses. Recently, a team of scientists revealed a frightening member of this menagerie: free-floating cancer cells that cause contagious tumors in shellfish.
  • Op-Ed: "The World’s Disappearing Sand" (NY Times):
    Believe it or not, we use more of this natural resource than any other except water and air. Sand is the thing modern cities are made of.
  • Zika Deal in Congress Likely to Be Delayed Until After Recess (NY Times):
    Emergency financing to fight the mosquito-borne Zika virus appeared likely to be delayed until after Congress returns from its Fourth of July recess, as Democrats on Wednesday sharply criticized a new Republican proposal to provide $1.1 billion, but with $750 million redirected from other federal programs.
  • Tesla Offers $2.8 Billion For SolarCity In 'No Brainer' Deal For Musk (Reuters):
    Elon Musk on Tuesday sought to build a clean energy powerhouse as his electric car maker, Tesla Motors Inc, made an offer to buy his solar installation firm SolarCity Corp in a stock deal worth as much as $2.8 billion.
  • Great Lakes Governors Approve Waukesha Water Request (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel):
    Delegates for the governors of the eight Great Lakes states on Tuesday unanimously approved the City of Waukesha's request for a Lake Michigan water supply.
  • Flint Agrees To Move Forward With Plans To Connect To KWA (MLive):
    City officials announced that Flint will follow through with an agreement to connect the Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline to Lake Huron.
  • Kids In Some U.S. Cities Have Dangerously High Blood Lead Levels (Reuters):
    In some U.S. cities, at least one in seven kids have unsafe levels of lead in their blood, indicating exposure to a toxic metal that can lead to lifelong physical, mental and behavioral health problems, a recent study suggests.
  • Trader Joe's reaches settlement over Clean Air Act violation claims (Guardian UK):
    Grocery chain agrees to reduce leakage of hydrochlorofluorocarbons and pay $500,000 fine after US officials claim it did not promptly repair refrigerators
  • Exxon Loses Bid to Fight Virgin Islands Climate Subpeona in State Court (Inside Climate News):
    Judge's motion sets the stage for the company's legal challenge to proceed in federal court...Without elaboration, U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade rejected Exxon's arguments that the case should be tried in a state court where it was originally filed in April.
  • NOAA confirms it: temperatures across Earth’s land and sea surfaces are still running at record highs (Discover):
    [H]uman-caused global warming may slow a bit, or even plateau temporarily. That wouldn’t be unusual, since the upward trend in global average temperatures due to humankind’s emissions of greenhouse gases does not run in a straight line.
  • Want to fight climate change? Here are the 7 critical life changes you should make (Grist) [emphasis added]:
    So, given the imperfections of this world, what is a lone wolf such as yourself to do? Here are some conclusions gleaned from this study: 1. Buy the most fuel-efficient car you can afford, then drive it as little as possible....


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    Brad Friedman <![CDATA[FL Rep. Says Dems Will 'Sit-In' Until a Vote on Guns or GOP 'Hauls People Off House Floor': 'BradCast' 6/22/2016]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11736 2016-06-23T00:36:59Z 2016-06-23T00:36:59Z Florida California BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Accountability U.S. House Hillary Clinton U.S. Senate Democrats Republicans KPFK Bernie Sanders NRA/Gun Violence Paul Ryan Ted Deutch Election 2016 Marco Rubio John Lewis BradCast Susan Collins U.S. House Democrats roared back to life just before noon today in Washington D.C., as 76-year old civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) called for a 'sit-in' to protest Republican Leadership's refusal to allow a debate and vote on gun safety legislation.

    Congressmembers answered the call and one of them, Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida, joins us on today's BradCast to explain what the Democrats are hoping to accomplish with this very rare protest and how long they intend to continue their occupation of the House Floor to do it. [Audio link to complete show is posted below.]

    "We don't have a filibuster option in the House," Deutch says, stepping off the floor for a few moments to talk to us. "When the leadership of the House will not allow us to have a vote, and will twist the rules in whatever way they deem necessary to prevent us from voting on the most basic gun safety legislation, then we're forced to find other ways to bring that vote forward. That's what we're doing today."

    Members were forced to break House rules by using cell phones to stream video of their 'occupation' on Facebook and Periscope, which C-SPAN has been subsequently rebroadcasting, after Republicans gaveled the chamber into recess and ordered C-SPAN cameras and microphones shut off.

    "What's astonishing to me is that the Speaker apparently is so distraught at the idea of members of the House speaking out --- and speaking out on behalf of the people who sent them there --- that he has told C-SPAN to turn off their cameras," the Congressman tells me. "It's disgusting that we've not had a single vote on gun safety legislation. It is embarrassing, however, for House leadership --- that they are so embarrassed by their own records --- that they've told C-SPAN to cease broadcasting because they don't want any more attention brought to their shameful inaction."

    "There's been no vote because they don't want to have to go on record and vote against the interests of their constituents, and vote in support of the gun lobby," he says. "It's so hard for people to understand how it is that Congress cannot even engage in a debate on the House floor, that we're forced to have a 'sit-in' just to talk about the most common sense gun safety measures."

    Deutch says the House Democrats came up with the idea for their occupation last night, and that they plan to continue the protest until they either get a vote or are, essentially, arrested and physically removed.

    "The only way to have order is for the Sergeant-at-Arms to haul people off. That's one option. I can't imagine that is an option they want to pursue. I can't imagine for a minute that the House leadership is prepared to tell the Sergeant-at-Arms to take John Lewis and the rest of us, and drag us off the House floor. And if that doesn't happen, the only way that this stops is to for us have a vote, and I think we're all prepared to stay at this as long as we need to until we have a vote."

    "Overnight?," I ask him. "Absolutely," says the Congressman. "I am certainly prepared to do that."

    The House Dems, like their counterparts in the Senate (a number of whom have stopped by the sit-in, in support) have been insisting, since the Orlando Massacre just over a week ago, on votes to close the online and gun show background check loopholes and for legislation to help prevent people on the FBI's suspected terrorist and 'No Fly' lists from purchasing weapons. They are supported on those measures by nearly 90% of Americans across all political parties, according to recent polling.

    And what if Dems get their vote and the measures fail, as expected, in the Republican-controlled House? "The voters will know which members of Congress stand with them and who stands with the gun lobby. And that's when accountability will start," says Deutch.

    At the end of our conversation, the Congressman also offers his thoughts on his Florida colleague, Sen. Marco Rubio, announcing his intention today to run for re-election, despite his abysmal attendance record and previous vows, during his failed run for the GOP Presidential nomination, to leave the U.S. Senate at the end of this term.

    Also on today's busy show: Momentum for a bi-partisan 'compromise' bill in the U.S. Senate regarding gun purchases by those on the 'No Fly List'; And vote counting continues in California following the June 7th primary, while citizen observers fight for the inclusions of Provisional Ballots in the final tally and as the statewide vote margin between Sanders and Clinton narrows to single digits...

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    ]]> Brad Friedman <![CDATA[Was Orlando Really the 'Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History?': 'BradCast' 6/21/2016]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11735 2016-06-22T00:47:10Z 2016-06-22T00:47:10Z Ohio Florida BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Missouri Environment U.S. Senate Democrats Republicans LGBT KPFK Donald Trump Bernie Sanders Climate change NRA/Gun Violence Oklahoma Election 2016 BradCast Race Native Americans Chris Murphy Following the massacre at the LGBT nightclub in Orlando in which more than 100 were shot and 49 killed, the media (including us!) have been reporting the incident as 'the worst mass shooting in U.S. history'. But was it really?

    On today's BradCast [audio link to show posted below], I'm joined by Ariela J. Gross, professor of law and history at USC, co-author of several history text books, and the author of What Blood Won't Tell: A History of Race on Trial in America to discuss a number of U.S. mass killings from early in the 20th Century that were, arguably, far 'worse', in that the death toll was much higher.

    Several of them, including those in East St. Louis, IL and Tulsa, OK, have been largely obscured by history as "race riots" instead of the mass killings they actually were. Some historians, she explains, now use the term "'massacre' because 'race riot' makes it sounds as though there were something two-sided" about these wholesale slaughters of African-Americans. "Some historians refer to them as 'racial cleansing', not unlike the ethnic cleansing that we saw in parts of Eastern Europe in the late 20th Century," Gross tells me.

    The exact number of deaths in those horrific incidents (not to mention similar slaughters of Native Americans) are still unknown, but are believed to be in the hundreds in a number of cases. Gross notes, however, that had the killers at the time "had access to military-grade weapons the way [the Orlando shooter] did, we'd be talking about thousands of people dead." She also details how "racial terror has gone hand-in-hand with our gun culture" or the years.

    Also today: Surprise! Attempts to pass gun safety legislation in the U.S. Senate fail again; The latest FEC filings are in, and the Trump Campaign appears to be in big big trouble, at least if fundraising, staffing and cash on hand mean anything to his particular candidacy and what it may mean for the RNC as a whole; And new polls find Hillary Clinton still ahead of Trump, though not by as much as might think, particularly given the presumptive GOP nominee's disastrous past couple of weeks.

    And finally on today's BradCast, Desi Doyen joins us amidst the horrible heat wave here in Southern California, for the 700th(!) episode of our Green News Report!...

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    ]]> Desi Doyen <![CDATA['Green News Report' - June 21, 2016]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11734 2016-06-21T17:27:37Z 2016-06-21T17:27:37Z California Arizona Environment Barack Obama Green News Bernie Sanders Solar Climate change Extreme weather Election 2016 Maricopa County

    IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: OUR 700TH EPISODE!!! Heat wave shatters records across the Southwest, as California's snowpack melts away; Bernie Sanders wants YOU to fight climate change; PLUS: President Obama warns climate change is coming for your national parks... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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    IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): The Enormous Threat To America’s Last Grasslands; Document Dump: Lawsuit Reveals Extent Of DuPont’s C8 Cover Up; Solar Impulse Leaves New York On Trans-Atlantic Flight Without Fuel; Permafrost Soil Under North Slope Lakes Is About To Thaw; Hot Mess: States Struggle To Deal With Radioactive Fracking Waste; As Wind Power Lifts Wyoming’s Fortunes, Coal Miners Left in the Dust... PLUS: Texas Tribe Wins 10-Year Fight Over Its Use Of Eagle Feathers... and much, MUCH more! ...

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    • The Enormous Threat To America’s Last Grasslands (Washington Post):
      Over the past few years, Neil Shook has watched his world burn acre by acre. 'I could tell something was happening,' Shook recalled, when he first noticed the plumes of smoke in 2011. By 2013, fires were raging every day, sending smoke billowing into the air — imagery that reminded Shook of Kuwait’s burning oil wells during the Persian Gulf War.
    • Texas Tribe Wins 10-Year Fight Over Its Use Of Eagle Feathers (McClatchy):
      Ten years after a federal agent crashed a pow-wow of a Texas tribe and seized their ceremonial eagle feathers, the tribe has won a settlement that lets members keep the feathers – and get court costs paid, too.
    • It’s The First New U.S. Nuclear Reactor In Decades. (Washington Post):
      In an immaculate control room at the Watts Bar nuclear plant, green bars flash on a large screen, signaling something that has not happened in the United States in two decades.
    • Document Dump: Lawsuit Reveals Extent Of DuPont’s C8 Cover Up (DeSmog Blog):
      Corporate heavyweight DuPont is back in court right now, defending their decision to poison entire communities along the Ohio River by releasing a toxic chemical known as C8 into the river. C8 is a chemical that is used in the manufacturing of the company’s blockbuster product Teflon.
    • Solar Impulse Leaves New York On Trans-Atlantic Flight Without Fuel (NPR):
      A solar-powered airplane took off from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport early Monday, in a bid to have the Solar Impulse 2 craft cross the Atlantic Ocean and land in Spain on Thursday.
    • Permafrost Soil Under North Slope Lakes Is About To Thaw (Alaska Dispatch):
      In northernmost Alaska, permafrost is steadily warming and large amounts of thaw are expected by the end of the century. But for some spots, the thaw is about 70 years ahead of that predicted pace, new research shows.
    • B.C. Indigenous Leaders Bring Case Against LNG Terminal To Ottawa (Toronto Globe & Mail):

    • ]]> Brad Friedman <![CDATA[About That 'Stolen' Democratic Primary: 'BradCast' 6/20/2016]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11733 2016-06-21T01:21:04Z 2016-06-21T01:21:04Z Election Irregularities Florida California Election Reform Arizona BRAD BLOG Media Appearance War On Terror Election Fraud National Security New York Paper Ballots Legislation Touch-Screen Vote Flipping Exit Polls Accountability Environment Hillary Clinton U.S. Senate Voter Registration Vote Caging Vote-by-Mail KPFK Donald Trump Bernie Sanders Climate change NRA/Gun Violence Election 2016 BradCast Chris Murphy On today's BradCast, have Bernie Sanders supporters been responsible in their attempts to oversee voting and vote tabulation during this year's Democratic Primary? How about long time Election Integrity advocates and journalists? Are cries of "FRAUD!!!" in the race between Sanders and Hillary Clinton misguided and misleading? Or are they on-point? [Audio link to show is posted below.]

      From a sweltering Los Angeles, on the first official day of Summer, I speak to some of the many claims and allegations that this year's Democratic primary was "stolen" --- either by Hillary Clinton, the DNC, or anybody else. Just a few thoughts on all of this from someone who has investigated and covered issues of Election Integrity and fraud and voter suppression and non-overseeable computer voting systems and tabulators, often in excruciating detail, for more than a decade at The BRAD BLOG, on The BradCast, and anywhere else that would have me. As part of today's epic rant on all of this, I also offer some advice to those who believe California was "stolen", and how state law allows them to actually try and find out...if they really want to.

      Also today, the Sanders campaign says supporters are answering his call from last week for fresh candidates to step up and run for office with progressive platforms at the local, state and federal level.

      Meanwhile, the NRA-funded Republicans continue to obstruct any meaningful legislative action to try and help prevent gun violence following last week's massacre in Orlando, as the U.S. Senate blocks attempts to bar suspected terrorists from buying weapons of mass destruction at local gun shops, gun shows and online. All of that is playing out, as Donald Trump, the GOP's presumptive nominee for President, offers a particularly egregious lie in hopes of backpedaling from his repeated statements last week that he would have liked to have seen club patrons with many more guns in that dark, crowded LGBT nightclub in Orlando. It's a position that even the terrorist-enabling NRA no longer seems to fully agree with.

      Finally, with firearm violence plummeting in California --- while it remains steady nationally --- the state legislature takes some action on scientific gun research in the wake of the federal government's effective twenty-year ban on same. And, before we close, with triple-digit temps shattering records out here today, a few climate scientists remind us that their own research concerning global warming, finds it to be anything but a bleeping "hoax"...

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      Brad Friedman <![CDATA[Broken Party; Bernie's Message; Hillary Rising: 'BradCast' 6/17/2016]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11731 2016-06-18T00:05:41Z 2016-06-18T00:05:41Z Florida Iraq War Election Reform Utah Arizona War On Terror Election Fraud Kansas Photo ID Laws Environment Hillary Clinton Voter Registration John McCain RNC Democrats Republicans Bush Legacy KPFK Donald Trump Bernie Sanders 'Tea Party' Climate change NRA/Gun Violence Election 2016 NVRA Kris Kobach BradCast It's been a rough week, so today on The BradCast, we try and catch up on a whole bunch of stuff we haven't been able to get to over the past several days in the wake of Orlando. [Audio link to complete show follow below.]

      It's now been one full year since Donald Trump entered the race --- and since we accurately predicted the precise effect he would have on the GOP's 2016 Presidential Primary. Sure enough, the wheel's are now falling completely off for Republicans. Among the fresh evidence: John McCain declares (repeatedly) that Obama is "directly responsible" for the Orlando Massacre, while lying about how and why we 'left' Iraq. It's now so bad for Republicans that George W. Bush, of all people, is coming to the party's 'rescue'. Good luck with that. But, no worries, the GOP has declared the Republican National Convention a gun-free (and fruit-free) zone, so all is well.

      On the Democratic side of the aisle, Bernie Sanders offers an online message to supporters, calling on them to work together to defeat Trump and to run for office at the state and local level to the continue the "political revolution". Meanwhile, polls begin to look very good for Hillary Clinton nationally and even in a number of traditionally very "red" states (could a Dem actually win in Utah and in Kansas this year?) All of that would seem to be good news for Democrats, but only if they are allowed to vote this November, which may just have gotten slightly easier for some in Kansas, where GOP "voter fraud" fraudster, Sec. of State Kris Kobach, continues to shame the state.

      Finally today, we finish up with the latest Green News Report following the hottest May ever recorded on Planet Earth, and the emergence of new proof that Trump was for action on climate change before he decided to pretend it was all "a hoax".

      All of that and much more on today's BradCast!...

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      ]]> Brad Friedman <![CDATA[Former CDC Injury Prevention Chief on the Congressional 'Ban' on Gun Violence Research: 'BradCast' 6/16/2016]]> http://bradblog.com/?p=11730 2016-06-17T01:04:17Z 2016-06-17T01:04:17Z Florida BRAD BLOG Media Appearance War On Terror Connecticut Rights And Freedoms U.S. House U.S. Senate Barack Obama Health Care Democrats Republicans Al Franken KPFK U.K. NRA/Gun Violence BradCast Chris Murphy CDC It's another very busy BradCast today, with breaking news on the murder of a British Member of Parliament, the Democratic 'filibuster' on guns in the U.S. Senate, Obama's visit to Orlando, and my interview with the man who led the CDC's fight against the NRA and Republicans in Congress twenty years ago, when federal funding for research into gun violence and prevention was effectively ended. [Audio link to full show is posted below.]

      First up, the shooting and stabbing death of British Labour Party MP Jo Cox, has stunned the UK, just days before the controversial "Brexit" referendum vote on whether to leave the European Union. The alleged killer is in custody, and reportedly shouted "Britain First", the name of one of the Rightwing groups opposed to staying in the Union, during the attack.

      Next, the Democrats' 15-hour 'filibuster' in the U.S. Senate, lead by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), comes to end with an apparent victory, of sorts. The Senator --- who served as Newtown, CT's member of Congress when the Sandyhook Massacre resulted in the deaths of 20 school children and 6 adults back in 2012 --- sought to force Republicans to allow votes on closing the gun show/online background check loophole, as well as legislation to disallow suspected terrorists from easily and legally purchasing guns. In related news, President Obama's spoke on Thursday after meeting with family members of the victims of last weekend's Orlando Massacre, and called once again for action to help prevent such tragedies.

      Then, as the American Medical Association (AMA), one of the nation's most powerful lobbying organizations, has finally come out in favor of federal funding for gun research, I speak with Dr. Mark Rosenberg, who headed the Center for Disease Control (CDC)'s National Center for Injury Prevention twenty years ago when, in 1996, he squared off with Republicans in Congress who ultimately forced the federal agency to end all research into gun violence, the causes behind it, and how to help prevent it from happening in the first place.

      Rosenberg, who recently retired as head of the Task Force on Global Health, explains the history of what is now known as the 'Dickey Amendment', which effectively served to end all federal research on guns. He describes his initial confrontations with then U.S. Rep. Jay Dickey (R-AR), who has since, ironically enough, become a friend and ally, and why still-absent federal research funding is so important to helping curb the nation's extraordinary gun violence epidemic.

      "The NRA had been attacking us [the CDC] for years, because they thought that to allow research to be done might not be good for gun sales. And so they developed a zero tolerance policy," Rosenberg tells me. "They told their members that it's either-or, black and white, take your choice. Either you can do the research or you can keep your guns. But they said you can't do both. And if you allow the research, we will all lose all of our guns."

      The showdown with GOPers doing the bidding of the NRA at the time, he says, came not long after CDC-funded research found that "having a gun in the home --- not only did it not protect you, but it increased the risk that someone in your family would be shot and killed with a gun, not by 5 or 6 or 20 percent, not by 80 or 90 percent, but more than 200 percent."

      Rosenberg explains his fascinating history with former Congressman Dickey, how federal research is not actually "banned" to this day (despite reporting to the contrary), why it is still not carried out nonetheless, and what he describes as the four "basic scientific questions" that federal research could help answer. Namely: "Who gets shot, how many people?"; "What are the causes" of gun death and injury and "what increases and decreases the risk"?; What could "work to prevent it"?; and, "once you find things that work, how do you put them into legislation and craft a policy that will both keep us safe and protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners"?

      It's an eye-opening and important discussion that I hope you'll take some time to listen to and share. And, finally, at the end of the show, as your gift, you'll be rewarded with a much-overdue laugh, courtesy of Al Franken. Enjoy!

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