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Independent investigative journalism, broadcasting, trouble-making and muckraking with Brad Friedman of BradBlog.com. Originating on Pacifica Radio's KPFK 90.7FM in Los Angeles and syndicated coast-to-coast and around the globe! NOW FIVE DAYS A WEEK!

Latest Episodes

'BradCast' 11/12/2019 (Guest: Dr. Andrew Rosenberg of the Union of Concerned Scientists)

On today's 'BradCast': While the nation's attention is understandably focused on impeachment, the Trump Administration is continuing its non-stop corruption of government in service to corporate interests. The Trump Environmental Protection Agency's latest scheme is an attempt to undermine scientific research to allow more toxic industry pollution of our air and water, via a proposed rule that would limit the use of science that the agency is allowed to use as its basis for writing public health standards. DR. ANDREW ROSENBERG, Director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, warns that the new proposed rule would "devastate public health and environmental protections" by disallowing the use of public health studies unless all data – including confidential patient names and medical records – are made public. It would apply not only to new rules but also to retroactively to longstanding existing regulations, as well. Industry groups, of course, favor the new rule. Scientists and health care providers are strongly opposed, charging that the scheme will undermine public health protections and "put the entire enterprise of developing science-based public health safeguards at risk," by binding future administrations. Also today: Former Pres. Jimmy Carter is reportedly recuperating after brain surgery. The Republicans' stolen US Supreme Court will allow a liability lawsuit brought by families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre against a gun manufacturer to go forward, but court watchers suggest that the Court's stolen rightwing majority is poised to strike down President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. On the eve of public hearings in the 4th impeachment inquiry in U.S. history, House Democrats have released procedural details for how the hearings will be conducted. Plus Desi Doyen has our 1000th 'Green News Report'...

59 MIN4 h ago
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'BradCast' 11/12/2019 (Guest: Dr. Andrew Rosenberg of the Union of Concerned Scientists)

BradCast' 11/11/2019 (Everything is Now Political. EVERYTHING.)

On today's 'BradCast': Yes, everything is now political -- even wildfires, as proven by the barrage of hate-filled, politicized tweets attacking "liberals and Hollywood" that Brad received in response to posting a non-political, straight news video of a fire that erupted in Burbank, CA. Also today: Another judge rejected Trump's latest attempt to block access to his tax returns, this time in response to a newly-adopted New York State law allowing Congress to obtain tax returns of New York residents. In the House impeachment inquiry, Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff rejected House Republicans' attempt to add to the impeachment witness list Hunter Biden and the whistleblower who first brought the Ukraine matter to light, saying he will not allow the proceedings to be used to promote Trump's baseless, debunked conspiracy theories. In off-year elections around the country last week, electronic voting systems failed, causing long lines and preventing voters from voting. The failures were a chilling preview of the potential chaos that could erupt on Election Day in 2020, during the most critical Presidential election in our history. In California, intentional public safety power shutoffs to prevent wildfires have resulted in widespread blackouts, with utility companies warning they may be forced to shut off electricity in California again next fall. Brad reports on the limited response from the Los Angeles County Registrar's office on how they plan to respond should similar power outages and machine failures hit the county's new, unverifiable electronic voting systems during next year's high-turnout 2020 election, which could be disastrous for voters in the nation's largest voting jurisdiction, and elsewhere. Callers weigh in on all of the above, and more...

58 MIN1 d ago
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BradCast' 11/11/2019 (Everything is Now Political. EVERYTHING.)

'BradCast' 11/8/2019 (Nicole Sandler with Frederick Clarkson on Project Blitz)

After guest host Nicole Sandler updates us on the day's news, she's joined by Frederick Clarkson of Political Research Associates. He just published a story titled “Project Blitz by Any Other Name” which includes audio from a 40-minute strategy call that reveals the latest plans of a Christian Nationalist campaign.

58 MIN4 d ago
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'BradCast' 11/8/2019 (Nicole Sandler with Frederick Clarkson on Project Blitz)

'BradCast' 11/7/2019 (Guest: U. of Kentucky College of Law's Joshua A. Douglas)

On today's 'BradCast': Paper tiger Donald Trump, who vowed he'd never settle the case against his fraudulent "charitable" Trump Foundation, settled after all. In a lawsuit brought by the New York Attorney General, a state judge has fined Trump $2 million, ruling he misused the foundation, repeatedly and illegally, to further his own political and business interests. Trump agreed with the finding. House Democrats will kick off the first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry next Wednesday with top State Department officials who will testify to Trump's politically motivated extortion plot against Ukraine -- including a Deputy Asst. Sec. of State who testified in previous closed-door hearings that he believed Trump's attempted quid pro quo was "injurious to the rule of law, both in Ukraine and the U.S." Potentially disturbing developments in Kentucky: unpopular and very Trumpy GOP Gov. Matt Bevin reportedly lost by just 5,000 votes to Democratic challenger Andy Beshear on Tuesday, but Bevin has refused to concede, alleging -- without evidence -- that there were "irregularities," fraudulent absentee ballot tallies, and machine failures. Bevin has requested a "recanvass" of tallies, but Kentucky state law specifically disallows recounts in gubernatorial races, which are instead settled by a vote of the Kentucky legislature, currently controlled by Republicans. Election law expert and University of Kentucky College of Law professor, JOSHUA A. DOUGLAS, explains what happens next in the Kentucky saga, why Bevin's scheme and any help from the KY Republican state legislature could augur very darkly for our democratic system, what all of this means for Mitch McConnell, who is also on the 2020 ballot, and what a Beshear Administration might accomplish. Plus Desi Doyen has the 999th edition of our 'Green News Report'... which is at least as disturbing as the previous 998. Next week: GNR1000!

58 MIN5 d ago
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'BradCast' 11/7/2019 (Guest: U. of Kentucky College of Law's Joshua A. Douglas)

'BradCast' 11/6/2019 (2019 Off-Year Election Vote System Failures and Electoral Triumphs)

On today's 'BradCast': A lot of good news for Democrats in Tuesday's off-year elections around the country, but also plenty for them to be very concerned about, including the failure of brand new voting systems in several key battleground states. We cover a number of disturbing voting disasters: nearly two-decade old touchscreen voting systems failed in Indiana. Brand new 100% unverifiable touchscreen computer Ballot Marking Device voting systems failed disastrously in several counties in Pennsylvania and Georgia, with reports of flipped votes, machines recording zero votes, long lines, voters unable to check in, and some voters unable to vote at all. The low-turnout municipal elections were intended as a test run of the costly new systems before being deployed for use in the critical 2020 Presidential election, when turnout is expected to be very high. As to actual reported results: disappointing returns for Democrats in Mississippi. In Kentucky, a big apparent win for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear, but the state's unpopular Gov. Matt Bevin is expected to challenge the results. Unequivocal success for Dems in Virginia, where a blue wave resulted in new Democratic majorities in both the House of Delegates and state Senate. These long-awaited victories, along with the current Democratic Governor in office, means that Dems will enjoy a "trifecta" for the first time in nearly 25 years. DELEGATE MARK LEVINE, who won a third term representing VA's 45th District, discusses the impact that Donald Trump and impeachment may have had on voter turnout, the effects the state's recent switch from unverifiable touchscreen voting systems to hand-marked paper ballots, and the role that recently court-ordered fair district maps had on flipping the legislature. He also covers the long list of overdue progressive policy goals that VA Democrats now plan to undertake with their newly-won majorities.

59 MIN6 d ago
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'BradCast' 11/6/2019 (2019 Off-Year Election Vote System Failures and Electoral Triumphs)

'BradCast' 11/5/2019 (One Year Out: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.)

On today's 'BradCast': It's Election Day in dozens of states around the country, and voting systems -- particularly new touchscreen and electronic pollbook systems -- are failing and causing long voting times in a number of states. The high number of voting problems during sparsely attended off-year elections does not bode well for the expected high turnout of the 2020 election. All things being equal, on a level playing field and in sane world, Donald Trump will be voted out in a landslide next year -- but that's not what we have. Among registered voters, all five leading Democratic candidates crush Trump in national polls. But we do not run national elections -- we run state-by-state Electoral College elections for president. A new NYT poll offers a sobering red flag -- in six battleground states, Trump ties or defeats top Democrats. Given our incredibly fragile and vulnerable electoral systems, he absolutely could win the election next year. So NOW is a great time to take action: What are YOU going to do next year to help voters vote? We offer some ideas to get started. Also today: more embarrassing failures for Trump – his withdrawal from the landmark Iran nuclear agreement has resulted in Iran announcing it is installing new, high-speed centrifuges to enrich uranium. Trump's "impenetrable" border wall, costing $10 billion (paid by U.S. taxpayers, not Mexico) is anything but impenetrable, and is easily defeated by smugglers. To coincide with Native American Heritage Month, Trump recently created National American History and Founders Month, a pet White Power-y swamp project backed by one of his top campaign donors. Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report', with news on the President's ridiculous withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, yet another Keystone Pipeline oil spill, and much more...

58 MIN1 w ago
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'BradCast' 11/5/2019 (One Year Out: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.)

'BradCast' 11/4/2019 ( Guest: Slate legal journalist Dahlia Lithwick)

On today's 'BradCast': We are now officially less than a year away from the critical 2020 Presidential election, but our electronic voting systems in many states are still just as bad, dangerous, vulnerable and unverifiable as they were 15 years ago. HBO's John Oliver got a lot of stuff right when he touched on America's voting machine security crisis on Sunday regarding our easily-hacked, oft-failed touchscreen voting systems. Unfortunately, he did not alert voters to the new and equally vulnerable and 100% unverifiable computer touchscreen Ballot Marking Devices (BMDs) now being installed around the country. Tuesday is Election Day in several states, including in Kentucky, where pre-election polls show unpopular Trumpy Republican Gov. Matt Bevin is in a dead heat with Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear. But in 2015, Bevin was even further behind, yet somehow managed to win anyway on Kentucky's same unverifiable touchscreen voting machines. It has now been a year since Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in to a lifetime appointment as an Associate Justice on the Republicans' stolen U.S. Supreme Court, rammed through by Senate Republicans despite multiple credible accusations of sexual assault. SCOTUS journalist DAHLIA LITHWICK explains why she has not returned to the Court since Kavanaugh was sworn in, and why voters in the U.S. should not simply "get over it" when it comes to both Kavanaugh and the stolen seat filled by Neil Gorsuch. She also discusses two federal appeals court rulings that Trump's accounting firm must turn over his tax returns to New York state prosecutors and Congressional impeachment investigators; Trump's packing of the judiciary with unqualified ideologues for life; and our seeming collective inability (or even interest) to require accountability when laws and precedents are broken, which has led the nation to this perilous position.

58 MIN1 w ago
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'BradCast' 11/4/2019 ( Guest: Slate legal journalist Dahlia Lithwick)

'BradCast' 11/1/2019 (Guest: Politico's Alice Ollstein)

On today's 'BradCast': Sen. Elizabeth Warren finally released her detailed proposal on how she plans to pay for "Medicare for All" with "not one penny in middle-class tax increases." Health care reporter ALICE OLLSTEIN of Politico breaks down Warren's newly-introduced plan and the multiple mechanisms she outlines for funding it. The Massachusetts senator says her Medicare For All plan will cover everyone and includes new benefits for dental, vision and long-term care, without spending more money than Americans pay overall right now for care that is twice as expensive as the rest of the developed world, but with worse outcomes. Effectively, argues Ollstein, Warren's expansive proposal now turns the tables back on her opponents to demonstrate how their plans can offer better coverage to all for less money. Also today: Democrats begin their push-back against Republicans' coordinated national effort to curb surging turnout by young voters. The effort to erect new barriers to voting is well underway in battleground states like Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Florida, North Carolina and Texas, where Republican state lawmakers have been instituting particularly insidious measures to make it much harder for young voters, in particular, to cast a vote at all in the crucial 2020 elections. Voters in a number of other states, including Texas and Virginia, head to the polls for important elections this coming Tuesday. Democratic 2020 candidate Beto O'Rourke of Texas drops out of the 2020 Democratic presidential race. Freshman Congresswoman Katie Hill (D-CA) delivered a fiery final floor speech on the U.S. House, after her abrupt resignation in the wake of nude photos of her published by rightwing websites. Hill excoriated what she describes as a double-standard for women who are victimized by 'revenge porn' even as men credibly accused of sexual assault remain in office...

58 MIN1 w ago
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'BradCast' 11/1/2019 (Guest: Politico's Alice Ollstein)

'BradCast' 10/31/2019 (Historic House Vote on Impeachment and Impeachment 101)

On today's 'BradCast': On this historic day, when the U.S. House officially voted on rules to govern the next phase of the impeachment inquiry of Donald J. Trump, we offer an 'Impeachment 101' to explain how it works, and background on the process from the three previous impeachment proceedings in U.S. history. A sharply divided House set out rules for how the inquiry would proceed by a 232-196 vote, with two Democrats joining Republicans. The resolution targets a timeline that could see a vote on Articles of Impeachment by the Judiciary Committee and then the full House as early as Christmas. We cover the historic floor arguments today in favor of the resolution offered by Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff, along with arguments against the resolution from members like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise. Both Democratic and Republican impeachment investigators continued taking depositions behind closed doors about Trump's quid pro quo pressure campaign against Ukraine that is at the center of the current impeachment inquiry. In testimony today, Trump White House National Security Council Russia expert Tim Morrison reportedly corroborated accounts by other senior Administration officials that Trump did, in fact, personally direct the withholding of security assistance to Ukraine in exchange for a public commitment from the Ukrainian President to open an investigation into Joe Biden, and a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine (not Russia) attempted to manipulate the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report' with another coal company filing bankruptcy, the ominous warning for the nation in California's power blackouts, and why some major carmakers are siding with Trump in his battle against California over mileage and emissions standards...

58 MIN1 w ago
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'BradCast' 10/31/2019 (Historic House Vote on Impeachment and Impeachment 101)

'BradCast' 10/30/2019 (Guest: Media reform activist Sue Wilson)

On today's 'BradCast': Twitter has announced it will block all political ads from its massive social media site. But Facebook still refuses to even fact-check political ads, no matter how demonstrably false and misleading they are, or block paid political propaganda altogether. Media reform advocate SUE WILSON, founder of the Media Action Center, discusses Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's controversial refusal to fact-check political ads, sparked by the site's decision to allow a false Trump campaign ad that CNN refused to air. Wilson explains the arcane, nearly century-old federal laws that govern political ads for broadcasters that have proven inadequate for the digital media age. We also cover the open letter published by 200 Facebook employees this week calling for the company's leadership to enact a number of reforms to prevent the social media conglomerate from becoming "weaponized" by political campaigns with "destructive misinformation" that threatens our very democracy, amid equally valid concerns over political censorship by huge media outlets. Also today: Republicans are trying out a new tactic to defend Donald Trump's indefensible, well-documented quid pro quo pressure campaign against Ukraine. In California, wind-driven, climate changed-intensified fires are raging, forcing electric utility companies to resort to widespread pre-emptive blackouts to prevent their aging equipment from igniting new fires. The planned blackouts raise disturbing questions for Los Angeles County and other voting jurisdictions around the country that are adopting new, 100% unverifiable electronic voting systems (instead of hand-marked paper ballots) and electronic pollbooks for the critical 2020 elections – systems that require electricity and internet access. What procedures do election officials have in place for early voting and Election Day if power companies are forced, at this same time next year, to again preemptively shut down power to avoid igniting wildfires?...

58 MIN1 w ago
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'BradCast' 10/30/2019 (Guest: Media reform activist Sue Wilson)

Latest Episodes

'BradCast' 11/12/2019 (Guest: Dr. Andrew Rosenberg of the Union of Concerned Scientists)

On today's 'BradCast': While the nation's attention is understandably focused on impeachment, the Trump Administration is continuing its non-stop corruption of government in service to corporate interests. The Trump Environmental Protection Agency's latest scheme is an attempt to undermine scientific research to allow more toxic industry pollution of our air and water, via a proposed rule that would limit the use of science that the agency is allowed to use as its basis for writing public health standards. DR. ANDREW ROSENBERG, Director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, warns that the new proposed rule would "devastate public health and environmental protections" by disallowing the use of public health studies unless all data – including confidential patient names and medical records – are made public. It would apply not only to new rules but also to retroactively to longstanding existing regulations, as well. Industry groups, of course, favor the new rule. Scientists and health care providers are strongly opposed, charging that the scheme will undermine public health protections and "put the entire enterprise of developing science-based public health safeguards at risk," by binding future administrations. Also today: Former Pres. Jimmy Carter is reportedly recuperating after brain surgery. The Republicans' stolen US Supreme Court will allow a liability lawsuit brought by families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre against a gun manufacturer to go forward, but court watchers suggest that the Court's stolen rightwing majority is poised to strike down President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. On the eve of public hearings in the 4th impeachment inquiry in U.S. history, House Democrats have released procedural details for how the hearings will be conducted. Plus Desi Doyen has our 1000th 'Green News Report'...

59 MIN4 h ago
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'BradCast' 11/12/2019 (Guest: Dr. Andrew Rosenberg of the Union of Concerned Scientists)

BradCast' 11/11/2019 (Everything is Now Political. EVERYTHING.)

On today's 'BradCast': Yes, everything is now political -- even wildfires, as proven by the barrage of hate-filled, politicized tweets attacking "liberals and Hollywood" that Brad received in response to posting a non-political, straight news video of a fire that erupted in Burbank, CA. Also today: Another judge rejected Trump's latest attempt to block access to his tax returns, this time in response to a newly-adopted New York State law allowing Congress to obtain tax returns of New York residents. In the House impeachment inquiry, Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff rejected House Republicans' attempt to add to the impeachment witness list Hunter Biden and the whistleblower who first brought the Ukraine matter to light, saying he will not allow the proceedings to be used to promote Trump's baseless, debunked conspiracy theories. In off-year elections around the country last week, electronic voting systems failed, causing long lines and preventing voters from voting. The failures were a chilling preview of the potential chaos that could erupt on Election Day in 2020, during the most critical Presidential election in our history. In California, intentional public safety power shutoffs to prevent wildfires have resulted in widespread blackouts, with utility companies warning they may be forced to shut off electricity in California again next fall. Brad reports on the limited response from the Los Angeles County Registrar's office on how they plan to respond should similar power outages and machine failures hit the county's new, unverifiable electronic voting systems during next year's high-turnout 2020 election, which could be disastrous for voters in the nation's largest voting jurisdiction, and elsewhere. Callers weigh in on all of the above, and more...

58 MIN1 d ago
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BradCast' 11/11/2019 (Everything is Now Political. EVERYTHING.)

'BradCast' 11/8/2019 (Nicole Sandler with Frederick Clarkson on Project Blitz)

After guest host Nicole Sandler updates us on the day's news, she's joined by Frederick Clarkson of Political Research Associates. He just published a story titled “Project Blitz by Any Other Name” which includes audio from a 40-minute strategy call that reveals the latest plans of a Christian Nationalist campaign.

58 MIN4 d ago
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'BradCast' 11/8/2019 (Nicole Sandler with Frederick Clarkson on Project Blitz)

'BradCast' 11/7/2019 (Guest: U. of Kentucky College of Law's Joshua A. Douglas)

On today's 'BradCast': Paper tiger Donald Trump, who vowed he'd never settle the case against his fraudulent "charitable" Trump Foundation, settled after all. In a lawsuit brought by the New York Attorney General, a state judge has fined Trump $2 million, ruling he misused the foundation, repeatedly and illegally, to further his own political and business interests. Trump agreed with the finding. House Democrats will kick off the first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry next Wednesday with top State Department officials who will testify to Trump's politically motivated extortion plot against Ukraine -- including a Deputy Asst. Sec. of State who testified in previous closed-door hearings that he believed Trump's attempted quid pro quo was "injurious to the rule of law, both in Ukraine and the U.S." Potentially disturbing developments in Kentucky: unpopular and very Trumpy GOP Gov. Matt Bevin reportedly lost by just 5,000 votes to Democratic challenger Andy Beshear on Tuesday, but Bevin has refused to concede, alleging -- without evidence -- that there were "irregularities," fraudulent absentee ballot tallies, and machine failures. Bevin has requested a "recanvass" of tallies, but Kentucky state law specifically disallows recounts in gubernatorial races, which are instead settled by a vote of the Kentucky legislature, currently controlled by Republicans. Election law expert and University of Kentucky College of Law professor, JOSHUA A. DOUGLAS, explains what happens next in the Kentucky saga, why Bevin's scheme and any help from the KY Republican state legislature could augur very darkly for our democratic system, what all of this means for Mitch McConnell, who is also on the 2020 ballot, and what a Beshear Administration might accomplish. Plus Desi Doyen has the 999th edition of our 'Green News Report'... which is at least as disturbing as the previous 998. Next week: GNR1000!

58 MIN5 d ago
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'BradCast' 11/7/2019 (Guest: U. of Kentucky College of Law's Joshua A. Douglas)

'BradCast' 11/6/2019 (2019 Off-Year Election Vote System Failures and Electoral Triumphs)

On today's 'BradCast': A lot of good news for Democrats in Tuesday's off-year elections around the country, but also plenty for them to be very concerned about, including the failure of brand new voting systems in several key battleground states. We cover a number of disturbing voting disasters: nearly two-decade old touchscreen voting systems failed in Indiana. Brand new 100% unverifiable touchscreen computer Ballot Marking Device voting systems failed disastrously in several counties in Pennsylvania and Georgia, with reports of flipped votes, machines recording zero votes, long lines, voters unable to check in, and some voters unable to vote at all. The low-turnout municipal elections were intended as a test run of the costly new systems before being deployed for use in the critical 2020 Presidential election, when turnout is expected to be very high. As to actual reported results: disappointing returns for Democrats in Mississippi. In Kentucky, a big apparent win for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear, but the state's unpopular Gov. Matt Bevin is expected to challenge the results. Unequivocal success for Dems in Virginia, where a blue wave resulted in new Democratic majorities in both the House of Delegates and state Senate. These long-awaited victories, along with the current Democratic Governor in office, means that Dems will enjoy a "trifecta" for the first time in nearly 25 years. DELEGATE MARK LEVINE, who won a third term representing VA's 45th District, discusses the impact that Donald Trump and impeachment may have had on voter turnout, the effects the state's recent switch from unverifiable touchscreen voting systems to hand-marked paper ballots, and the role that recently court-ordered fair district maps had on flipping the legislature. He also covers the long list of overdue progressive policy goals that VA Democrats now plan to undertake with their newly-won majorities.

59 MIN6 d ago
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'BradCast' 11/6/2019 (2019 Off-Year Election Vote System Failures and Electoral Triumphs)

'BradCast' 11/5/2019 (One Year Out: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.)

On today's 'BradCast': It's Election Day in dozens of states around the country, and voting systems -- particularly new touchscreen and electronic pollbook systems -- are failing and causing long voting times in a number of states. The high number of voting problems during sparsely attended off-year elections does not bode well for the expected high turnout of the 2020 election. All things being equal, on a level playing field and in sane world, Donald Trump will be voted out in a landslide next year -- but that's not what we have. Among registered voters, all five leading Democratic candidates crush Trump in national polls. But we do not run national elections -- we run state-by-state Electoral College elections for president. A new NYT poll offers a sobering red flag -- in six battleground states, Trump ties or defeats top Democrats. Given our incredibly fragile and vulnerable electoral systems, he absolutely could win the election next year. So NOW is a great time to take action: What are YOU going to do next year to help voters vote? We offer some ideas to get started. Also today: more embarrassing failures for Trump – his withdrawal from the landmark Iran nuclear agreement has resulted in Iran announcing it is installing new, high-speed centrifuges to enrich uranium. Trump's "impenetrable" border wall, costing $10 billion (paid by U.S. taxpayers, not Mexico) is anything but impenetrable, and is easily defeated by smugglers. To coincide with Native American Heritage Month, Trump recently created National American History and Founders Month, a pet White Power-y swamp project backed by one of his top campaign donors. Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report', with news on the President's ridiculous withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, yet another Keystone Pipeline oil spill, and much more...

58 MIN1 w ago
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'BradCast' 11/5/2019 (One Year Out: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.)

'BradCast' 11/4/2019 ( Guest: Slate legal journalist Dahlia Lithwick)

On today's 'BradCast': We are now officially less than a year away from the critical 2020 Presidential election, but our electronic voting systems in many states are still just as bad, dangerous, vulnerable and unverifiable as they were 15 years ago. HBO's John Oliver got a lot of stuff right when he touched on America's voting machine security crisis on Sunday regarding our easily-hacked, oft-failed touchscreen voting systems. Unfortunately, he did not alert voters to the new and equally vulnerable and 100% unverifiable computer touchscreen Ballot Marking Devices (BMDs) now being installed around the country. Tuesday is Election Day in several states, including in Kentucky, where pre-election polls show unpopular Trumpy Republican Gov. Matt Bevin is in a dead heat with Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear. But in 2015, Bevin was even further behind, yet somehow managed to win anyway on Kentucky's same unverifiable touchscreen voting machines. It has now been a year since Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in to a lifetime appointment as an Associate Justice on the Republicans' stolen U.S. Supreme Court, rammed through by Senate Republicans despite multiple credible accusations of sexual assault. SCOTUS journalist DAHLIA LITHWICK explains why she has not returned to the Court since Kavanaugh was sworn in, and why voters in the U.S. should not simply "get over it" when it comes to both Kavanaugh and the stolen seat filled by Neil Gorsuch. She also discusses two federal appeals court rulings that Trump's accounting firm must turn over his tax returns to New York state prosecutors and Congressional impeachment investigators; Trump's packing of the judiciary with unqualified ideologues for life; and our seeming collective inability (or even interest) to require accountability when laws and precedents are broken, which has led the nation to this perilous position.

58 MIN1 w ago
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'BradCast' 11/4/2019 ( Guest: Slate legal journalist Dahlia Lithwick)

'BradCast' 11/1/2019 (Guest: Politico's Alice Ollstein)

On today's 'BradCast': Sen. Elizabeth Warren finally released her detailed proposal on how she plans to pay for "Medicare for All" with "not one penny in middle-class tax increases." Health care reporter ALICE OLLSTEIN of Politico breaks down Warren's newly-introduced plan and the multiple mechanisms she outlines for funding it. The Massachusetts senator says her Medicare For All plan will cover everyone and includes new benefits for dental, vision and long-term care, without spending more money than Americans pay overall right now for care that is twice as expensive as the rest of the developed world, but with worse outcomes. Effectively, argues Ollstein, Warren's expansive proposal now turns the tables back on her opponents to demonstrate how their plans can offer better coverage to all for less money. Also today: Democrats begin their push-back against Republicans' coordinated national effort to curb surging turnout by young voters. The effort to erect new barriers to voting is well underway in battleground states like Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Florida, North Carolina and Texas, where Republican state lawmakers have been instituting particularly insidious measures to make it much harder for young voters, in particular, to cast a vote at all in the crucial 2020 elections. Voters in a number of other states, including Texas and Virginia, head to the polls for important elections this coming Tuesday. Democratic 2020 candidate Beto O'Rourke of Texas drops out of the 2020 Democratic presidential race. Freshman Congresswoman Katie Hill (D-CA) delivered a fiery final floor speech on the U.S. House, after her abrupt resignation in the wake of nude photos of her published by rightwing websites. Hill excoriated what she describes as a double-standard for women who are victimized by 'revenge porn' even as men credibly accused of sexual assault remain in office...

58 MIN1 w ago
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'BradCast' 11/1/2019 (Guest: Politico's Alice Ollstein)

'BradCast' 10/31/2019 (Historic House Vote on Impeachment and Impeachment 101)

On today's 'BradCast': On this historic day, when the U.S. House officially voted on rules to govern the next phase of the impeachment inquiry of Donald J. Trump, we offer an 'Impeachment 101' to explain how it works, and background on the process from the three previous impeachment proceedings in U.S. history. A sharply divided House set out rules for how the inquiry would proceed by a 232-196 vote, with two Democrats joining Republicans. The resolution targets a timeline that could see a vote on Articles of Impeachment by the Judiciary Committee and then the full House as early as Christmas. We cover the historic floor arguments today in favor of the resolution offered by Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff, along with arguments against the resolution from members like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise. Both Democratic and Republican impeachment investigators continued taking depositions behind closed doors about Trump's quid pro quo pressure campaign against Ukraine that is at the center of the current impeachment inquiry. In testimony today, Trump White House National Security Council Russia expert Tim Morrison reportedly corroborated accounts by other senior Administration officials that Trump did, in fact, personally direct the withholding of security assistance to Ukraine in exchange for a public commitment from the Ukrainian President to open an investigation into Joe Biden, and a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine (not Russia) attempted to manipulate the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report' with another coal company filing bankruptcy, the ominous warning for the nation in California's power blackouts, and why some major carmakers are siding with Trump in his battle against California over mileage and emissions standards...

58 MIN1 w ago
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'BradCast' 10/31/2019 (Historic House Vote on Impeachment and Impeachment 101)

'BradCast' 10/30/2019 (Guest: Media reform activist Sue Wilson)

On today's 'BradCast': Twitter has announced it will block all political ads from its massive social media site. But Facebook still refuses to even fact-check political ads, no matter how demonstrably false and misleading they are, or block paid political propaganda altogether. Media reform advocate SUE WILSON, founder of the Media Action Center, discusses Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's controversial refusal to fact-check political ads, sparked by the site's decision to allow a false Trump campaign ad that CNN refused to air. Wilson explains the arcane, nearly century-old federal laws that govern political ads for broadcasters that have proven inadequate for the digital media age. We also cover the open letter published by 200 Facebook employees this week calling for the company's leadership to enact a number of reforms to prevent the social media conglomerate from becoming "weaponized" by political campaigns with "destructive misinformation" that threatens our very democracy, amid equally valid concerns over political censorship by huge media outlets. Also today: Republicans are trying out a new tactic to defend Donald Trump's indefensible, well-documented quid pro quo pressure campaign against Ukraine. In California, wind-driven, climate changed-intensified fires are raging, forcing electric utility companies to resort to widespread pre-emptive blackouts to prevent their aging equipment from igniting new fires. The planned blackouts raise disturbing questions for Los Angeles County and other voting jurisdictions around the country that are adopting new, 100% unverifiable electronic voting systems (instead of hand-marked paper ballots) and electronic pollbooks for the critical 2020 elections – systems that require electricity and internet access. What procedures do election officials have in place for early voting and Election Day if power companies are forced, at this same time next year, to again preemptively shut down power to avoid igniting wildfires?...

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'BradCast' 10/30/2019 (Guest: Media reform activist Sue Wilson)
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