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Fear and Loathing in Cleveland: Trump's RNC Acceptance Speech and the GOP's Dark Future: 'BradCast' 7/22/2016 http://bradblog.com/?p=11772 http://bradblog.com/?p=11772#comments Fri, 22 Jul 2016 23:45:36 +0000 Brad Friedman Arkansas Ohio Mainstream Corporate Media BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Mainstream Media Failure Hillary Clinton RNC Democrats Republicans Bush Legacy Media Reform KPFK Donald Trump Bernie Sanders Election 2016 BradCast http://bradblog.com/?p=11772 On today's BradCast, it's our Republican National Convention wrap up following Donald Trump's dark and dishonest acceptance speech at the end of a chaotic week for the GOP in Cleveland.

Salon's Heather Digby Parton --- who was with us on Day 1 of Trump's candidacy last year, when we largely predicted what has now happened (while most everyone else saw it as a joke) --- joins us to try and make sense of where things are now for the nation, for the nominee and for the future of the Republican Party's 'conservative movement', which she sees in its final death throes.

"This has been a sick and unhealthy party for a very long time," Parton (better known as just "Digby" of the Hullabaloo Blog ) tells me. "It finally succumbed to the illness. And the reason is not not because of bad leadership or they had terrible choices for President. It's really their ideology that they adopted --- starting back with Goldwater, reaching its zenith with Reagan --- [on which] this conservative movement was built. They called it 'the 3-legged stool'. There was social conservatism/family values, small government/free markets, and a strong national defense. All three of those collapsed within the last 15 years. They failed in spectacular fashion."

As I argue in turn today, as we dissect Trump's fear-mongering speech, his movement, the media coverage and everything else from the week in Cleveland, I am not quite as confident about the collapse of the Republican Party, whose imminent death, to paraphrase Twain, may still be greatly exaggerated. That, particularly given the continuing disservice to the electorate and the nation performed by our dreadful "both sides do it" corporate media, which, after decades, are still misleading and misinforming the country about the candidates, the parties, the facts and the dysfunctional state of American politics.

"The Republican Party isn't dead," she counters. "There will always be opposition. But the form that we're familiar with isn't operative any longer. I don't think it's ideological anymore at all. What's left is Trumpism. That's nationalism, xenophobia, nativism, and authoritarianism."

Okay. But mightn't that be enough to win another Presidential election given a dynamic, if sociopathic, TV-friendly GOP candidate, a not-terribly popular Democratic candidate, a misinformed electorate, and a divided nation? All of those questions asked, answered and debated on today's BradCast, including some listener e-mail and a few other odds, ends and thoughts on what Digby describes as this past week's "dystopian hellscape convention"...

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]]> http://bradblog.com/?feed=rss2&p=11772 Ailes Out, Cruz Booed, and a World on Edge With 'President Trump': 'BradCast' 7/21/2016 http://bradblog.com/?p=11770 http://bradblog.com/?p=11770#comments Fri, 22 Jul 2016 00:36:46 +0000 Brad Friedman Fox 'News' North Carolina Mainstream Corporate Media BRAD BLOG Media Appearance National Security Rights And Freedoms NATO Mainstream Media Failure Accountability Hillary Clinton RNC Republicans U.S. Supreme Court LGBT KPFK Donald Trump 'Tea Party' Scott Walker Election 2016 Ted Cruz BradCast Gretchen Carlson Roger Ailes Mike Pence http://bradblog.com/?p=11770 On today's BradCast: Once again, as we go to air today, breaking news, this time concerning Fox "News", where its founder, CEO and evil rightwing propaganda mastermind Roger Ailes is officially pushed out after 20 years, on the heels of sexual harassment allegations from at least two Fox stars, and as many as 20 women over all. [Audio link to full show posted below.]

Then, as the GOP continues to step on itself all week during its national nominating convention in Cleveland, second place 2016 GOP Presidential candidate Ted Cruz is booed off stage, during his primetime speaking slot, for failing to endorse Donald Trump. As it turns out, the Trump camp knew that Cruz wouldn't endorse days ago, but gave him the high-profile time slot at the convention anyway. All of which served to obscure the official acceptance speech of Vice Presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana. Idiocy or genius?

We discuss all of that and much more related on today's show with longtime Republican consultant and 2012 GOP Presidential candidate (the first openly gay one from either major party) Fred Karger, who tells me from Cleveland that he was one of the folks on the floor booing last night --- though not necessarily for the same reason as others. "Any chance I get to boo Ted Cruz, I will do it," he explains.

Karger, who says he's attending his 11th RNC, after having served as a senior campaign adviser to Presidents Ford and Reagan, discusses his broken party and what he believes broke it. He tells me he won't be supporting Trump this year --- (tune in to find out who he will support) --- but warns of the likelihood of a "Trump victory."

"He's a master promoter and look what he's done in 13 months," he says. "He's not only the nominee, but he's taken over the Republican Party. And he's neck-and-neck with Hillary." Yup. And, as Karger notes, the Republican delegates in Cleveland have actually warmed up to Trump over the past several days, despite the apparent chaos to those of us non-wingnuts watching from afar.

Finally, if you're not concerned enough yet, the Republican nominee has not only sown chaos at his own convention but, now, also amongst U.S. allies around the world, with remarkably cavalier comments to the New York Times about the future of NATO and other foreign policy issues under a Trump Presidency.

All of that and more (including more breaking news mid-show, as the NBA exercises it's free market rights to pull their 2017 all-star game from Charlotte, NC, in response to that state GOP's anti-LGBT law) on today's BradCast...

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]]> http://bradblog.com/?feed=rss2&p=11770 Conservative 5th Circuit Court Finds TX Photo ID Law Violates Federal Law!: 'BradCast' 7/20/2016 http://bradblog.com/?p=11768 http://bradblog.com/?p=11768#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2016 01:22:23 +0000 Brad Friedman Election Reform Texas BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Election Fraud Rights And Freedoms Wisconsin Photo ID Laws Hillary Clinton Democrats Republicans Chris Christie Fracking KPFK Donald Trump Rick Perry Bernie Sanders Natural gas Voting Rights Act Scott Walker Paul Ryan Election 2016 TPP Greg Abbott BradCast http://bradblog.com/?p=11768 BIG BREAKING NEWS just before going to air for today's BradCast! [Link to complete audio below.] The full, very conservative U.S. 5th Circuit Court of appeals has just issued a very surprising and very encouraging ruling finding that the Texas GOP's long-contested Photo ID voting restrictions are, in fact, a violation of the federal Voting Rights Act!

Moreover, a federal court in Wisconsin issues an order allowing those without GOP-approved Photo IDs to be allowed to vote anyway. And, Day 2 of this year's insane Republican National Convention results in the official nomination of Donald J. Trump for President of the United States.

First up, the very encouraging breaking news out of Texas, where the most conservative appellate court in America has just undercut one of the nation's most draconian Republican Photo ID voting restrictions. Conservatives had been hoping --- despite the lack of voter fraud that could possibly even be deterred by the law --- that the full 5th Circuit would overturn the rulings of court after court after court all finding the GOP law has both a racially discriminatory intent and effect. But it looks like it was not to be. The 5h Circuit's 203-page ruling [PDF] today finds the law in violation of the Voting Rights Act and remands the case back down to the lower court (where it had already been found both unconstitutional and in violation of the VRA), in order to find a remedy that may allow for something like an affidavit to be signed by voters who do not have the strict type of ID now required by Republicans to cast a vote at poling places under the controversial law.

Some 600,000 already legally registered Texans had faced potential disenfranchisement during this fall's Presidential election. That is now looking much less likely, even as the remedy still needs to be fashioned and the case could still go to the U.S. Supreme Court. However, even a tie there would revert the case back to today's very positive ruling by the 5th Circuit. In related news, a federal court struck a "critical blow" to the Wisconsin GOP's version of the same law. The court there has ordered that state to implement a program to allow voters without the newly-requisite Photo ID to vote anyway, by signing an affidavit.

A lot of legal votes may have just been saved today in those two states, as well as in others where similar laws are being challenged by voting rights advocates and/or considered for passage by other Republican-controlled legislatures.

Then, it's on to our somewhat-truncated (due to the above) coverage of Day 2 of the RNC in Cleveland, where the GOP officially nominated Trump as their standard bearer on Tuesday. Comedian Jimmy Dore of Pacifica Radio's Jimmy Dore Show and The Young Turks joins us from Cleveland with a report on his bizarre (if not totally surprising) conversations with Republican delegates at the convention. He then goes on to offer his own impassioned case as to why he, a longtime Bernie Sanders supporter, will not support Hillary Clinton this year, and believes that a Trump Presidency would ultimately be no worse, and perhaps even better for the country, than a Clinton Presidency.

Suffice to say, I disagree with my friend Jimmy on a number of points, despite his well-argued case, in our very lively and spirited conversation today. All of that and much much more in another fast-paced edition of The BradCast! Enjoy!

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]]> http://bradblog.com/?feed=rss2&p=11768 You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth; ALSO: New Election Fraud Warnings, Worry and Woes: 'BradCast' 7/19/2016 http://bradblog.com/?p=11767 http://bradblog.com/?p=11767#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:17:59 +0000 Brad Friedman Election Irregularities Election Reform Utah MSNBC North Carolina BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Alaska Election Fraud Photo ID Laws Riverside County Accountability Environment Dept. of Justice Hillary Clinton Voter Registration Vote Caging Rudolph Guilliani RNC Republicans U.S. Supreme Court Nevada Washington D.C. KPFK Donald Trump Voting Rights Act Climate change Election 2016 BradCast India http://bradblog.com/?p=11767 On today's BradCast: Day One of Donald Trump's Republican National Convention in Cleveland was insane. But it was all going well enough until it became apparent late on Monday night that portions of Melania Trump's headliner speech was plagiarized directly from Michelle Obama's 2008 Democratic convention speech.

Incredibly, the man who made 'You're fired!' a catch phrase can't seem to muster up the ability to hold anyone in his own campaign accountable for it. As such, the oratorical fraud and, more importantly, how its being handled (and denied) by Team Trump, offers a stark warning to voters as to how a Trump Presidency might handle the actual serious issues and difficult decisions that need to be made.

Or, at least, it should.

Speaking of warnings, new national polling remains tight between Trump and Hillary Clinton, who continues losing ground in several of them. That, as several new cases and disturbing allegations of voter registration fraud by Republican election insiders in a number of states, along with some very troubling news from the U.S. Dept. of Justice concerning their plans to no longer send observers to polling places in certain jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination, should serve as yet another stark warning for American voters...

But will it?

All of that and Desi Doyen with today's Green News Report on the latest BradCast...

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]]> http://bradblog.com/?feed=rss2&p=11767 A Happy Birthday to Me? http://bradblog.com/?p=11766 http://bradblog.com/?p=11766#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2016 18:59:00 +0000 Brad Friedman BRAD BLOG http://bradblog.com/?p=11766 Today's my birthday. And a pretty big one at that. But I gotta work today anyway, for some reason.

That said, you guys have traditionally been pretty generous on my birthdays over the years. And, as I haven't been able to do much, if any, fund raising over the past year or so since producing a daily radio show each day (we didn't even get to celebrate BRAD BLOG's 12th Anniversary this year, given the ridiculousness of the breaking news cycle and the madness of the primaries!), please forgive me for taking this opportunity to ask you to consider supporting the work that we do here at The BRAD BLOG with a donation. If you're in the mood, that might help to make this birthday (and this year!) slightly more enjoyable than it might otherwise be.

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'Green News Report' - July 19, 2016 http://bradblog.com/?p=11765 http://bradblog.com/?p=11765#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2016 18:38:17 +0000 Desi Doyen Indiana Alaska Environment Republicans Washington D.C. Green News Climate change Extreme weather U.K. Election 2016 India Arctic Mike Pence Theresa May http://bradblog.com/?p=11765

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Surprise! Donald Trump's running mate is also a climate science denier; UK's new conservative prime minister abolishes climate department on her first day; Heat wave breaks records in Alaska; PLUS: India breaks record for most number of trees planted in a single day (you'll never guess how many!)... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): June marks 14 consecutive months of record heat for the globe; Inside the diabolical Ukrainian hack that put the U.S. grid on high alert; France decrees new rooftops must be covered in plants or solar panels; Canada to Introduce National Carbon Price in 2016; You'll never believe how cheap solar is now; China's $22 billion flood now the 5th costliest non-U.S. disaster in history; Crowd harasses Alaskan mountain goat to death... PLUS: Oil refiners agrees to pay $425 million to settle air pollution violations... and much, MUCH more! ...

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    Veteran CIA Official on Attempted Coup in Turkey, Newly Declassified Pages of 9/11 Report: 'BradCast' 7/18/2016 http://bradblog.com/?p=11764 http://bradblog.com/?p=11764#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:54:29 +0000 Brad Friedman Fox 'News' Ohio CIA 9/11 BRAD BLOG Media Appearance National Security Louisiana Hillary Clinton Barack Obama RNC Republicans Bush Legacy Turkey KPFK Donald Trump NRA/Gun Violence Election 2016 BradCast Saudi Arabia Civil disobedience Gretchen Carlson Roger Ailes http://bradblog.com/?p=11764 On today's BradCast, the GOP Convention finally gets underway in Cleveland as we try to make sense of the attempted military coup in Turkey over the weekend and the release of 28 previously classified pages of the 9/11 Commission's report.

    First, as the RNC kicks off amidst a cycle of gun violence in this country and on the heels of another mass shooting of police officers over the weekend, this time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Cleveland Police union begged Ohio Gov. John Kasich to restrict guns outside the gathering during the convention, despite the state's open carry provisions. Kasich refused, citing Ohio's Constitution which, he says, does not permit the Governor to restrict real guns from the perimeter of the Quicken Loans Arena, even as toy guns and tennis balls are disallowed.

    As the official proceedings finally began today inside the convention center, Republican opponents of Trump clashed with GOP officials after a thwarted attempt to force a roll call vote on the approval of the rules. Not a good start.

    Then, we're joined by my guest today, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern. The longtime agency veteran, who used to deliver Presidential Daily Briefings to Reagan and Bush Sr. among others, joins us to discuss the apparently-failed military coup attempt that took place over the weekend in Turkey. We discuss what appears to have happened in the NATO nation, what it may mean for their hopes of joining the European Union, as well as what President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's mass arrests of police, military and judges in its wake may mean for Turkey, NATO, the EU, the U.S. and other nations.

    The veteran analyst turned anti-war advocate and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), also details his opinion on whether the attempted coup by a faction of the Turkish military was at least partly a "false flag" event orchestrated by Erdogan, how much the U.S., an allly, may or may not have known about the uprising in advance, and why the U.S. will continue to be friendly with the Islamic nation, come what may.

    "The bottom line on the Turkish coup," McGovern says, "is Erdogan has been given a terrific present here. He'll be able to change the constitution further, and he'll be able to exert dictatorial powers without much dissent. And that is very dangerous for NATO and the whole Near East area because he is the very definition of a loose cannon."

    On the related topic of increasingly authoritarian friends of the U.S., we discuss the newly declassified 28-pages [PDF] of the 9/11 Commission's Final Report regarding a much closer relationship between the 9/11 hijackers and the Saudi government than either the Obama Administration or a number of major media outlets have so far reported. "These are damning, damning pieces of evidence of extensive Saudi government support for some of the 9/11 hijackers," he explains, before also explaining how the information revealed by these pages could have even come about in the first place --- and his quick thoughts on the rise of Donald Trump.

    Finally today: It looks like Roger Ailes, longtime mastermind of the Fox "News" Channel scam, is about to be pushed out of his job in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against him by a former Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson; Donald Trump's Art of the Deal ghostwriter says he has a "deep sense of remorse" for "put[ting] lipstick on a pig"; and a bit of somewhat encouraging polling news for Hillary Clinton over the weekend...

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    No Fear After Nice; Science Denier Pence Tapped by Trump; Dem Poll 'Freak Out'; MUCH MORE: 'BradCast' 7/15/2016 http://bradblog.com/?p=11762 http://bradblog.com/?p=11762#comments Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:48:51 +0000 Brad Friedman Ohio Florida California Election Reform BRAD BLOG Media Appearance War On Terror National Security Rights And Freedoms Hillary Clinton U.S. Senate France RNC Democrats Republicans KPFK Donald Trump Newt Gingrich Climate change U.K. Election 2016 BradCast Sheldon Adelson Mike Pence Theresa May http://bradblog.com/?p=11762 We will not be hijacked by fear and terror, as many hope, on today's or any other BradCast, even after the horrific attack in Nice, France. A few words on that, before the rest of today's show [audio link below] including...

    • 'Tea Party' wingnut Indiana Gov. Mike Pence gets the nod to become the GOP's Veep nominee, despite differing with Donald Trump on a number of issues central to the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee's campaign, and (perhaps because of?) Pence's denial of crazy "liberal" ideas like global warming and that cigarettes are deadly.
    • Failed Presidential nominee and rejected VP candidate Newt Gingrich calls for the violation of both religious freedom and the U.S. Constitution;
    • GOP blocks last(?) "Never Trump" effort to derail Trump's nomination and begs billionaire Sheldon Adelson for millions to help pay for their convention next week in Cleveland after some corporate sponsors bail out;
    • A major new poll now finds Trump leading Hillary Clinton nationally (though within the margin of error) as Senate Democrats reportedly "freak out" about the presumptive Democratic nominee's plunging numbers --- even after outspending Trump 40 to 1 in swing states;
    • California set to finally certify results from its June 7 Presidential primary;
    • And remarks from the UK's new Prime Minister serve as a reminder of what 'center-right' actually means.

    All of that and much more on today's BradCast, at the end of yet another disturbing week.

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