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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' 8/7/2020 (Guest: Mark Dimondstein, President of the American Postal Workers Union on Trump Admin slowdown of mail)

On today's 'BradCast': A second test for the Governor of Ohio Mike DeWine appears to show he is negative for the coronavirus, despite an earlier positive result. In Tennessee, if the computer-tallied results of the Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate there can be believed, Marquita Bradshaw, a progressive African-American environmental activist has won the party's nomination, despite being outspent 250 to 1. GOP dirty tricks are already underway in advance of the 2020 election, with new reports of North Carolina voters receiving hoax robocalls relaying false information about voting by mail. Dirty tricks are shamefully coming from inside the White House itself, as Pres. Trump continues to make false claims about absentee voting (after fraudulently doing so himself!). Trump's new Postmaster General, Republican Trump mega-donor Louis DeJoy, with no previous USPS experience, is undermining the U.S. Postal Service itself with new directives resulting in the slowdown of mail delivery in advance of what will be, by far, the largest Vote-by-Mail election in the nation's history. MARK DIMONDSTEIN, President of the American Postal Workers Union, explains what is happening on the ground, the slowdowns caused by the new directives, the safety (and necessity) of Vote-by-Mail, and the history and context of why the USPS, a lifeline for Americans during the coronavirus pandemic, is in crisis mode. He also explains the decades-long effort to privatize the USPS (which is funded entirely by postage revenue, not taxpayers), so that private corporations can profit from the massive customer base served by the Postal Service that delivers to all Americans equally, every day, at all 160 million addresses across the country. Plus: a bit of inspiration from musical satirist Roy Zimmerman.

58 MIN2 d ago
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'BradCast' 8/7/2020 (Guest: Mark Dimondstein, President of the American Postal Workers Union on Trump Admin slowdown of mail)

'BradCast' 8/6/2020: (NY A.G. Sues to Dissolve N.R.A; Trump in trouble too

On today's 'BradCast': Michelle Obama reveals that coronavirus, racial strife and the 'hypocrisy' of the Trump Administration has left her wrestling with 'low-grade depression'. We know the feeling, and we will get through this together. Among the stories covered today: OH GOP Gov. Mike DeWine tests positive for COVID-19 before meeting with President Trump – if only we all could have meetings with Trump so we could also get access to rapid tests. Trump in Ohio speech touts 'economic prosperity' as another 1.2 million Americans filed for unemployment last week alone. It was the 20th straight week with more than 1 million jobless claims, and more than 31 million Americans out of work overall while enjoying Trump's 'economic prosperity.' Three months after House Democrats passed an economic relief package, Senate Republicans and Trump White House have still failed to reach an agreement on keeping the economy afloat, after allowing expanded unemployment and moratoriums on evictions to expire. New York State Attorney General Letitia James sued the NRA, alleging massive financial fraud by its leaders, detailing gobsmacking levels of corruption and unlawful self-dealing by the NRA's leader Wayne LaPierre and four other top officials, and is seeking to dissolve the corrupt 'non-profit' organization. New reporting reveals that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. has obtained financial documents from Trump's banker, Deutsche Bank, that are believed to contain evidence that Trump and the Trump Organization committed financial fraud. Also today: NOAA's new, updated hurricane forecast warns the already-record 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is likely to get worse. Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report'...

58 MIN3 d ago
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'BradCast' 8/6/2020: (NY A.G. Sues to Dissolve N.R.A; Trump in trouble too

'BradCast' 8/5/2020 (Guest: Howie Klein on progressive primary victories in MO, MI, AZ, WA, KS)

On today's 'BradCast': It was a big day for progressives on Tuesday in a number of state primaries held in Missouri, Michigan, Arizona, Washington state and Kansas. A surprising victory for residents of the 'red' state of Missouri -- voters adopted a statewide ballot initiative to finally expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) that had been immorally blocked by the state's GOP-controlled legislature, making it the 6th GOP-controlled state to expand Medicaid via voter referendum. Also in Missouri, Ferguson's longtime progressive activist Cori Bush defeated 10-term U.S. Congressman William Lacy Clay, Jr., making her all but certain to become the first African-American woman from Missouri in the U.S. House. HOWIE KLEIN, founder of the longtime progressive blog "Down with Tyranny!" and co-founder of the BlueAmericaPAC, which supports progressive Democratic candidates for Congress, walks us through both wins and losses for progressives from all five states on Tuesday, and what they are likely to mean going forward with more statewide primaries to go. Also today: 88-year old disgraced GOP felon and former Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio, is running for his old job, even after being convicted of contempt of court and corruptly pardoned by Donald Trump. Iowa's Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds does the right thing for a change, finally restoring voting rights for (most) former felons. Plus: Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will not travel to Milwaukee to deliver his party's nomination acceptance speech at their virtual convention, due to the COVID crisis. Trump says he may give his own acceptance speech from the White House...

57 MIN4 d ago
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'BradCast' 8/5/2020 (Guest: Howie Klein on progressive primary victories in MO, MI, AZ, WA, KS)

'BradCast' 8/4/2020 (Death and Destruction; Hope and Change)

On today's 'BradCast': Voters head to the 'polls' in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state. Hurricane Isaias is bringing death and destruction to states along the U.S. Eastern seaboard after hitting North Carolina as a powerful Category 1 storm, with tornadoes, torrential rains, floods, and power outages for millions. Trump moves to make his monstrous, immoral, failed response to the coronavirus pandemic even worse, by slashing federal funding for National Guard's support services in every state -- where the Guard has been operating testing sites, distributing food and medical supplies, and more -- forcing cash-strapped states to make up the difference. But not in Texas and Florida, key to Trump's reelection hopes – those states will still receive full federal funding for troop support through the end of the year. In a gobsmacking interview with Jonathan Swan of 'Axios on HBO', Trump reveals callous indifference and embarrassing, grade school-like excuses regarding the harrowing rise in COVID-19 deaths nationally. The virus is now moving into more rural and less medically well-equipped regions, underscoring how consolidation and monopolization of hospital networks over the past decade has resulted in the closure of 'unprofitable' rural hospitals, leaving states in desperate need of assistance. Some hope and (maybe) change: incumbent Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) remains on track to be the first Republican to lose not one but two U.S. Senate seats to Democrats in Arizona. But according to new polling, Sen. Mitch McConnell in Kentucky and Tommy Tuberville in Alabama both have double-digit leads against their Democratic opponents. Incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R), is in a statistical tie with his Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison (D). Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report.'...

58 MIN5 d ago
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'BradCast' 8/4/2020 (Death and Destruction; Hope and Change)

'BradCast' 8/3/2020 (Guest: Maya Worman, Univ. of Chicago, on new Election Cyber Surge initiative)

On today's 'BradCast': Some good news -- the Manhattan District Attorney is seeking 8 years of Donald Trump's and the Trump Organization's tax records to examine 'extensive and protracted criminal conduct,' according to new court filings. A 17-year-old teen from Tampa, Florida has been charged with being the mastermind behind a scheme that hacked into the Twitter accounts of high-profile politicians, CEOs, and celebrities, as part of a Bitcoin scam. If a multi-billion dollar social media company like Twitter, with a huge budget for cybersecurity, can't keep its system safe from hackers, what chances do your local county election clerks have in protecting the security of their computer voter registration databases, electronic pollbooks, computerized voting systems and computer tabulators in the crucial November 2020 election? Republicans in Congress have rejected $4 billion in additional security funding requested by election officials across the country, as COVID-19 has vastly expanded the need for safer Vote-by-Mail. MAYA WORMAN, Executive Director of the University of Chicago's Harris Cyber Policy Initiative, joins us to discuss the Election Cyber Surge, a new initiative that connects volunteer cybersecurity and voting systems experts with local elections officials around the country, to help them solve problems and security concerns before the election. Worman explains that the free assistance offered by the Election Cyber Surge initiative is intended to help prevent cyberintrusions, ransomware attacks, and more before they happen, and is an invaluable resource for thousands of local elections jurisdictions that may have limited, if any, I.T. support and a lack of access to experts. Also today: callers weigh in on who they would like to see presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden chose as his Vice-Presidential candidate, and who they fear he will name...

58 MIN6 d ago
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'BradCast' 8/3/2020 (Guest: Maya Worman, Univ. of Chicago, on new Election Cyber Surge initiative)

'BradCast' 7/31/2020 (Guest: Brendan Fischer of Campaign Legal Center on complaint alleging Trump Campaign money-laundering scheme)

On today's 'BradCast': Please don't take Trump's bait -- like his tweet on Thursday suggesting postponing the November 2020 election, even though he has no power to do so. It was a blatant and successful attempt to distract the news media from covering the horrific news that the U.S. economy has plunged a staggering annualized 33 percent during the pandemic. And it worked, with the media helping Trump reinforce his desperate narrative attempting to cast doubt on the election results. Democrats, especially, must stop cowering at Trump's wannabe dictator pronouncements. The anti-Trump Republicans at The Lincoln Project issue new, scathing ad countering Trump's attacks on vote by mail, while Federalist Society founder issues op-ed calling for Trump's impeachment. Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder removed from his position after being charged in $60 million bribery and money laundering scheme to force consumers to bail out First Energy's failing coal and nuclear plants. But Ohio's bribery scandal pales in comparison to a new FEC complaint alleging that the Trump Campaign is violating federal campaign finance laws by laundering nearly $170 million in campaign spending via pass-through firms controlled by his former campaign manager, Brad Parscale, that secretly and illegally funnel millions to Trump associates and even family members. BRENDAN FISCHER, Director of Federal Reform at the Campaign Legal Center (CLC), explains his organization's new complaint, detailing the 'unprecedented scale' of the scheme, how millions of dollars are potentially being siphoned from the campaign to hidden recipients, how it violates multiple campaign finance laws, and what voters can do to reform the system. Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report'...

58 MIN1 w ago
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'BradCast' 7/31/2020 (Guest: Brendan Fischer of Campaign Legal Center on complaint alleging Trump Campaign money-laundering scheme)

Monopoly Money: 'BradCast' 7/30/2020

On today's 'BradCast': Surprisingly good news out of a U.S. House Antitrust Subcommittee hearing in which Big Tech CEOs – Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook – were called on the carpet by Democrats, and even some Republicans, to answer for their years of crushing, anti-competitive practices in their sectors. DAVID DAYEN, author, investigative financial journalist and Executive Editor of the progressive American Prospect, joins us to report on the revelations from the hearing, which he calls 'the most consequential hearing on corporate power in decades.' Dayen also discusses the serendipitous timing of his new book, 'Monopolized: Life in the Age of Corporate Power,' documenting the breathtaking reach of unchecked corporate mergers, monopolies and consolidation over the past four decades, how we got here, and what we can do to destroy the power of monopolies that have led directly to some of the dangerous shortages we've seen during the COVID crisis. Dayen also covers the ever-worsening toll of the coronavirus on our economy, and Senate Republicans' attempt to craft a new emergency relief bill that shortchanges average Americans, as crucial financial assistance measures expire this week. Also today: Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has died from coronavirus. President Obama delivered an inspiring eulogy for civil rights icon, Rep. John Lewis, calling for expansion of voting rights. The U.S. economy has plunged by an unprecedented annualized 32 percent rate during the coronavirus pandemic. In a transparent stunt to distract from the disastrous economic news, Trump suggested the November 2020 federal election should be delayed, clearly trying to lay the groundwork to cast doubt on the election results among his supporters...

58 MIN1 w ago
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Monopoly Money: 'BradCast' 7/30/2020

'BradCast' 7/29/2020 (Conspiracies. Real ones.)

On today's 'BradCast': New revelations today uncover actual conspiracies behind the disasters we're now facing in the U.S., and further expose conspiracies that should be disregarded. Rightwing wingnut Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) -- who claimed the coronavirus pandemic was a conspiracy created by the Chinese, or Democrats, and criticized the idea of mask-wearing and health experts who recommend it -- has tested positive for COVID-19. A very real conspiracy is behind a viral video with quack "doctors" that spread dangerous disinformation about coronavirus, leading to its removal from social media platforms. New reporting exposes that the video, published by rightwing media outlet Breitbart, was funded and disseminated by dark money groups affiliated with the astro-turf "Tea Party Patriots," in a desperate wingnut attempt to help Trump's re-election with deadly nonsense that has helped kill at least 150,000 Americans so far. In Minneapolis, police say they have identified the infamous "Umbrella Man," who was videotaped casually smashing the windows of an AutoZone store, and is credited with sparking the violent protests and looting that engulfed otherwise peaceful protests following the police killing of George Floyd. Turns out the man is allegedly a member of a white supremacist group, who 'wanted to sow discord and racial unrest' -- likely part of a larger conspiracy exposed in new, leaked federal documents that reportedly show white racist extremists discussing plans to pose as anti-fascists (Antifa) to incite riots and violence at the protests, in an attempt to spark a race war. The new evidence debunks conspiracy theories pushed by the Trump Administration, Republicans and Fox 'News' hoping to blame mostly peaceful protesters for the unrest. Plus: a new, brilliant parody from musical comedy satirist Randy Rainbow...

58 MIN1 w ago
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'BradCast' 7/29/2020 (Conspiracies. Real ones.)

'BradCast' 7/28/2020 (Guest: Zachary Pleat of Media Matters on Sinclair Broadcasting's COVID disinfo)

On today's 'BradCast': Malignant narcissist Donald Trump is so pathetic that he completely made up a pretend invitation to throw out the first pitch at a Yankees game, because the nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, was invited to do so. Major League Baseball has suspended the Florida Marlins' season after numerous players tested positive. If MLB and its billions of dollars can't keep its player safe, how do you suppose your underfunded local school district will do if they are ordered to re-open for in-person classes? Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is bravely risking his state's children and their teachers if it will help get Trump re-elected, despite exploding coronavirus infection and hospitalization rates among Florida's children that have increased 34% percent in the last week. The most corrupt Attorney General in U.S. history, Bill Barr, testified to the House Judiciary Committee, for the first time ever, in a contentious hearing that covered federal troops violating American's free speech rights and wreaking chaos on American streets, Barr's intercessions criminal cases on behalf of Trump's convicted felon friends, foreign interference in elections, and much more. Don Jr. was put in "Twitter Jail" for promoting dangerous disinformation about coronavirus. ZACHARY PLEAT of Media Matters discusses how his newest report shamed the nation's second largest local TV network, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, into withdrawing an episode that spread dangerously false claims about the coronavirus. Pleat explains why Sinclair's pro-Trump propaganda -- hidden in plain sight, delivered through your local TV news station -- is arguably more insidious than even Fox "News," and how rightwing propaganda is being spread over your public airwaves in dozens of states across the country. Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report.'

58 MIN1 w ago
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'BradCast' 7/28/2020 (Guest: Zachary Pleat of Media Matters on Sinclair Broadcasting's COVID disinfo)

'BradCast' 7/27/2020 (Nicole Sandler with Dan Gelber, Laura Packard)

After a look at the latest news, guest host Nicole Sandler speaks with Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber about how he's dealing with being in the heart of the epicenter of the global pandemic. Today marks the 3rd anniversary of John McCain's thumbs down on overturning the Affordable Care Act. Healthcare advocate Laura Packard joins in to talk about how important that vote was.

59 MIN1 w ago
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'BradCast' 7/27/2020 (Nicole Sandler with Dan Gelber, Laura Packard)

Latest Episodes

'BradCast' 8/7/2020 (Guest: Mark Dimondstein, President of the American Postal Workers Union on Trump Admin slowdown of mail)

On today's 'BradCast': A second test for the Governor of Ohio Mike DeWine appears to show he is negative for the coronavirus, despite an earlier positive result. In Tennessee, if the computer-tallied results of the Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate there can be believed, Marquita Bradshaw, a progressive African-American environmental activist has won the party's nomination, despite being outspent 250 to 1. GOP dirty tricks are already underway in advance of the 2020 election, with new reports of North Carolina voters receiving hoax robocalls relaying false information about voting by mail. Dirty tricks are shamefully coming from inside the White House itself, as Pres. Trump continues to make false claims about absentee voting (after fraudulently doing so himself!). Trump's new Postmaster General, Republican Trump mega-donor Louis DeJoy, with no previous USPS experience, is undermining the U.S. Postal Service itself with new directives resulting in the slowdown of mail delivery in advance of what will be, by far, the largest Vote-by-Mail election in the nation's history. MARK DIMONDSTEIN, President of the American Postal Workers Union, explains what is happening on the ground, the slowdowns caused by the new directives, the safety (and necessity) of Vote-by-Mail, and the history and context of why the USPS, a lifeline for Americans during the coronavirus pandemic, is in crisis mode. He also explains the decades-long effort to privatize the USPS (which is funded entirely by postage revenue, not taxpayers), so that private corporations can profit from the massive customer base served by the Postal Service that delivers to all Americans equally, every day, at all 160 million addresses across the country. Plus: a bit of inspiration from musical satirist Roy Zimmerman.

58 MIN2 d ago
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'BradCast' 8/7/2020 (Guest: Mark Dimondstein, President of the American Postal Workers Union on Trump Admin slowdown of mail)

'BradCast' 8/6/2020: (NY A.G. Sues to Dissolve N.R.A; Trump in trouble too

On today's 'BradCast': Michelle Obama reveals that coronavirus, racial strife and the 'hypocrisy' of the Trump Administration has left her wrestling with 'low-grade depression'. We know the feeling, and we will get through this together. Among the stories covered today: OH GOP Gov. Mike DeWine tests positive for COVID-19 before meeting with President Trump – if only we all could have meetings with Trump so we could also get access to rapid tests. Trump in Ohio speech touts 'economic prosperity' as another 1.2 million Americans filed for unemployment last week alone. It was the 20th straight week with more than 1 million jobless claims, and more than 31 million Americans out of work overall while enjoying Trump's 'economic prosperity.' Three months after House Democrats passed an economic relief package, Senate Republicans and Trump White House have still failed to reach an agreement on keeping the economy afloat, after allowing expanded unemployment and moratoriums on evictions to expire. New York State Attorney General Letitia James sued the NRA, alleging massive financial fraud by its leaders, detailing gobsmacking levels of corruption and unlawful self-dealing by the NRA's leader Wayne LaPierre and four other top officials, and is seeking to dissolve the corrupt 'non-profit' organization. New reporting reveals that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. has obtained financial documents from Trump's banker, Deutsche Bank, that are believed to contain evidence that Trump and the Trump Organization committed financial fraud. Also today: NOAA's new, updated hurricane forecast warns the already-record 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is likely to get worse. Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report'...

58 MIN3 d ago
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'BradCast' 8/6/2020: (NY A.G. Sues to Dissolve N.R.A; Trump in trouble too

'BradCast' 8/5/2020 (Guest: Howie Klein on progressive primary victories in MO, MI, AZ, WA, KS)

On today's 'BradCast': It was a big day for progressives on Tuesday in a number of state primaries held in Missouri, Michigan, Arizona, Washington state and Kansas. A surprising victory for residents of the 'red' state of Missouri -- voters adopted a statewide ballot initiative to finally expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) that had been immorally blocked by the state's GOP-controlled legislature, making it the 6th GOP-controlled state to expand Medicaid via voter referendum. Also in Missouri, Ferguson's longtime progressive activist Cori Bush defeated 10-term U.S. Congressman William Lacy Clay, Jr., making her all but certain to become the first African-American woman from Missouri in the U.S. House. HOWIE KLEIN, founder of the longtime progressive blog "Down with Tyranny!" and co-founder of the BlueAmericaPAC, which supports progressive Democratic candidates for Congress, walks us through both wins and losses for progressives from all five states on Tuesday, and what they are likely to mean going forward with more statewide primaries to go. Also today: 88-year old disgraced GOP felon and former Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio, is running for his old job, even after being convicted of contempt of court and corruptly pardoned by Donald Trump. Iowa's Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds does the right thing for a change, finally restoring voting rights for (most) former felons. Plus: Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will not travel to Milwaukee to deliver his party's nomination acceptance speech at their virtual convention, due to the COVID crisis. Trump says he may give his own acceptance speech from the White House...

57 MIN4 d ago
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'BradCast' 8/5/2020 (Guest: Howie Klein on progressive primary victories in MO, MI, AZ, WA, KS)

'BradCast' 8/4/2020 (Death and Destruction; Hope and Change)

On today's 'BradCast': Voters head to the 'polls' in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state. Hurricane Isaias is bringing death and destruction to states along the U.S. Eastern seaboard after hitting North Carolina as a powerful Category 1 storm, with tornadoes, torrential rains, floods, and power outages for millions. Trump moves to make his monstrous, immoral, failed response to the coronavirus pandemic even worse, by slashing federal funding for National Guard's support services in every state -- where the Guard has been operating testing sites, distributing food and medical supplies, and more -- forcing cash-strapped states to make up the difference. But not in Texas and Florida, key to Trump's reelection hopes – those states will still receive full federal funding for troop support through the end of the year. In a gobsmacking interview with Jonathan Swan of 'Axios on HBO', Trump reveals callous indifference and embarrassing, grade school-like excuses regarding the harrowing rise in COVID-19 deaths nationally. The virus is now moving into more rural and less medically well-equipped regions, underscoring how consolidation and monopolization of hospital networks over the past decade has resulted in the closure of 'unprofitable' rural hospitals, leaving states in desperate need of assistance. Some hope and (maybe) change: incumbent Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) remains on track to be the first Republican to lose not one but two U.S. Senate seats to Democrats in Arizona. But according to new polling, Sen. Mitch McConnell in Kentucky and Tommy Tuberville in Alabama both have double-digit leads against their Democratic opponents. Incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R), is in a statistical tie with his Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison (D). Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report.'...

58 MIN5 d ago
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'BradCast' 8/4/2020 (Death and Destruction; Hope and Change)

'BradCast' 8/3/2020 (Guest: Maya Worman, Univ. of Chicago, on new Election Cyber Surge initiative)

On today's 'BradCast': Some good news -- the Manhattan District Attorney is seeking 8 years of Donald Trump's and the Trump Organization's tax records to examine 'extensive and protracted criminal conduct,' according to new court filings. A 17-year-old teen from Tampa, Florida has been charged with being the mastermind behind a scheme that hacked into the Twitter accounts of high-profile politicians, CEOs, and celebrities, as part of a Bitcoin scam. If a multi-billion dollar social media company like Twitter, with a huge budget for cybersecurity, can't keep its system safe from hackers, what chances do your local county election clerks have in protecting the security of their computer voter registration databases, electronic pollbooks, computerized voting systems and computer tabulators in the crucial November 2020 election? Republicans in Congress have rejected $4 billion in additional security funding requested by election officials across the country, as COVID-19 has vastly expanded the need for safer Vote-by-Mail. MAYA WORMAN, Executive Director of the University of Chicago's Harris Cyber Policy Initiative, joins us to discuss the Election Cyber Surge, a new initiative that connects volunteer cybersecurity and voting systems experts with local elections officials around the country, to help them solve problems and security concerns before the election. Worman explains that the free assistance offered by the Election Cyber Surge initiative is intended to help prevent cyberintrusions, ransomware attacks, and more before they happen, and is an invaluable resource for thousands of local elections jurisdictions that may have limited, if any, I.T. support and a lack of access to experts. Also today: callers weigh in on who they would like to see presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden chose as his Vice-Presidential candidate, and who they fear he will name...

58 MIN6 d ago
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'BradCast' 8/3/2020 (Guest: Maya Worman, Univ. of Chicago, on new Election Cyber Surge initiative)

'BradCast' 7/31/2020 (Guest: Brendan Fischer of Campaign Legal Center on complaint alleging Trump Campaign money-laundering scheme)

On today's 'BradCast': Please don't take Trump's bait -- like his tweet on Thursday suggesting postponing the November 2020 election, even though he has no power to do so. It was a blatant and successful attempt to distract the news media from covering the horrific news that the U.S. economy has plunged a staggering annualized 33 percent during the pandemic. And it worked, with the media helping Trump reinforce his desperate narrative attempting to cast doubt on the election results. Democrats, especially, must stop cowering at Trump's wannabe dictator pronouncements. The anti-Trump Republicans at The Lincoln Project issue new, scathing ad countering Trump's attacks on vote by mail, while Federalist Society founder issues op-ed calling for Trump's impeachment. Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder removed from his position after being charged in $60 million bribery and money laundering scheme to force consumers to bail out First Energy's failing coal and nuclear plants. But Ohio's bribery scandal pales in comparison to a new FEC complaint alleging that the Trump Campaign is violating federal campaign finance laws by laundering nearly $170 million in campaign spending via pass-through firms controlled by his former campaign manager, Brad Parscale, that secretly and illegally funnel millions to Trump associates and even family members. BRENDAN FISCHER, Director of Federal Reform at the Campaign Legal Center (CLC), explains his organization's new complaint, detailing the 'unprecedented scale' of the scheme, how millions of dollars are potentially being siphoned from the campaign to hidden recipients, how it violates multiple campaign finance laws, and what voters can do to reform the system. Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report'...

58 MIN1 w ago
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'BradCast' 7/31/2020 (Guest: Brendan Fischer of Campaign Legal Center on complaint alleging Trump Campaign money-laundering scheme)

Monopoly Money: 'BradCast' 7/30/2020

On today's 'BradCast': Surprisingly good news out of a U.S. House Antitrust Subcommittee hearing in which Big Tech CEOs – Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook – were called on the carpet by Democrats, and even some Republicans, to answer for their years of crushing, anti-competitive practices in their sectors. DAVID DAYEN, author, investigative financial journalist and Executive Editor of the progressive American Prospect, joins us to report on the revelations from the hearing, which he calls 'the most consequential hearing on corporate power in decades.' Dayen also discusses the serendipitous timing of his new book, 'Monopolized: Life in the Age of Corporate Power,' documenting the breathtaking reach of unchecked corporate mergers, monopolies and consolidation over the past four decades, how we got here, and what we can do to destroy the power of monopolies that have led directly to some of the dangerous shortages we've seen during the COVID crisis. Dayen also covers the ever-worsening toll of the coronavirus on our economy, and Senate Republicans' attempt to craft a new emergency relief bill that shortchanges average Americans, as crucial financial assistance measures expire this week. Also today: Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has died from coronavirus. President Obama delivered an inspiring eulogy for civil rights icon, Rep. John Lewis, calling for expansion of voting rights. The U.S. economy has plunged by an unprecedented annualized 32 percent rate during the coronavirus pandemic. In a transparent stunt to distract from the disastrous economic news, Trump suggested the November 2020 federal election should be delayed, clearly trying to lay the groundwork to cast doubt on the election results among his supporters...

58 MIN1 w ago
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Monopoly Money: 'BradCast' 7/30/2020

'BradCast' 7/29/2020 (Conspiracies. Real ones.)

On today's 'BradCast': New revelations today uncover actual conspiracies behind the disasters we're now facing in the U.S., and further expose conspiracies that should be disregarded. Rightwing wingnut Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) -- who claimed the coronavirus pandemic was a conspiracy created by the Chinese, or Democrats, and criticized the idea of mask-wearing and health experts who recommend it -- has tested positive for COVID-19. A very real conspiracy is behind a viral video with quack "doctors" that spread dangerous disinformation about coronavirus, leading to its removal from social media platforms. New reporting exposes that the video, published by rightwing media outlet Breitbart, was funded and disseminated by dark money groups affiliated with the astro-turf "Tea Party Patriots," in a desperate wingnut attempt to help Trump's re-election with deadly nonsense that has helped kill at least 150,000 Americans so far. In Minneapolis, police say they have identified the infamous "Umbrella Man," who was videotaped casually smashing the windows of an AutoZone store, and is credited with sparking the violent protests and looting that engulfed otherwise peaceful protests following the police killing of George Floyd. Turns out the man is allegedly a member of a white supremacist group, who 'wanted to sow discord and racial unrest' -- likely part of a larger conspiracy exposed in new, leaked federal documents that reportedly show white racist extremists discussing plans to pose as anti-fascists (Antifa) to incite riots and violence at the protests, in an attempt to spark a race war. The new evidence debunks conspiracy theories pushed by the Trump Administration, Republicans and Fox 'News' hoping to blame mostly peaceful protesters for the unrest. Plus: a new, brilliant parody from musical comedy satirist Randy Rainbow...

58 MIN1 w ago
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'BradCast' 7/29/2020 (Conspiracies. Real ones.)

'BradCast' 7/28/2020 (Guest: Zachary Pleat of Media Matters on Sinclair Broadcasting's COVID disinfo)

On today's 'BradCast': Malignant narcissist Donald Trump is so pathetic that he completely made up a pretend invitation to throw out the first pitch at a Yankees game, because the nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, was invited to do so. Major League Baseball has suspended the Florida Marlins' season after numerous players tested positive. If MLB and its billions of dollars can't keep its player safe, how do you suppose your underfunded local school district will do if they are ordered to re-open for in-person classes? Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is bravely risking his state's children and their teachers if it will help get Trump re-elected, despite exploding coronavirus infection and hospitalization rates among Florida's children that have increased 34% percent in the last week. The most corrupt Attorney General in U.S. history, Bill Barr, testified to the House Judiciary Committee, for the first time ever, in a contentious hearing that covered federal troops violating American's free speech rights and wreaking chaos on American streets, Barr's intercessions criminal cases on behalf of Trump's convicted felon friends, foreign interference in elections, and much more. Don Jr. was put in "Twitter Jail" for promoting dangerous disinformation about coronavirus. ZACHARY PLEAT of Media Matters discusses how his newest report shamed the nation's second largest local TV network, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, into withdrawing an episode that spread dangerously false claims about the coronavirus. Pleat explains why Sinclair's pro-Trump propaganda -- hidden in plain sight, delivered through your local TV news station -- is arguably more insidious than even Fox "News," and how rightwing propaganda is being spread over your public airwaves in dozens of states across the country. Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report.'

58 MIN1 w ago
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'BradCast' 7/28/2020 (Guest: Zachary Pleat of Media Matters on Sinclair Broadcasting's COVID disinfo)

'BradCast' 7/27/2020 (Nicole Sandler with Dan Gelber, Laura Packard)

After a look at the latest news, guest host Nicole Sandler speaks with Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber about how he's dealing with being in the heart of the epicenter of the global pandemic. Today marks the 3rd anniversary of John McCain's thumbs down on overturning the Affordable Care Act. Healthcare advocate Laura Packard joins in to talk about how important that vote was.

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'BradCast' 7/27/2020 (Nicole Sandler with Dan Gelber, Laura Packard)
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