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The BradCast w/ Brad Friedman

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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' 9/28/20 (Guest: Slate's Mark Joseph Stern on Amy Coney Barrett; Voting system disaster in GA)

On today's 'BradCast': The U.S. Supreme Court is about to change this nation for a generation, and not for the better. Slate's ace legal reporter MARK JOSEPH STERN explains the astronomical stakes for civil, voting and reproductive rights in the U.S. that could all be dismantled by Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, making Barrett the sixth rightwing justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. No nominee has ever been named this close to a Presidential election in U.S. history. More than 20 states are already voting in this year's Presidential election, and polls show huge majorities of Americans want the winner of the November election to name the next justice. Stern reports that Trump has explicitly said he wants Barrett to be seated in time to throw the election to him in election disputes if necessary, and Republicans are shamefully obliging. Stern explains the danger that Barrett's installation poses for access to health care and previously long-established civil rights, reproductive rights, voting rights, environmental protection, and much more. Stern also reports on several actions that Democrats can take now -- and later if they win the presidency and flip the Senate in November -- to save the country, including expansion of the Supreme Court, and what those potential outcomes might mean for the future of the court, its legitimacy, and the nation. Also today: Jaw-dropping news out of Georgia that could result in an absolute disaster for every voter at the polls in all of the state's 159 counties, due to egregious errors in the state's brand-new, $100 million, unverifiable touch-screen Ballot Marking Device. Plus new bombshell revelations from Donald Trump's tax records.

58 min22 h ago
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'BradCast' 9/28/20 (Guest: Slate's Mark Joseph Stern on Amy Coney Barrett; Voting system disaster in GA)

'BradCast' 9/25/2020 (Guests: Communications attorney Art Belendiuk and media reformer Sue Wilson on Sinclair Broadcasting's ownership scam)

On today's 'BradCast': Donald Trump's own FBI Director Christopher Wray directly contradicted Trump in testimony to a U.S. Senate hearing, saying there is no evidence to back up Trump's persistent, repeated lies about absentee voting, or his false claims of massive, widespread absentee ballot fraud in the 2020 election. A federal judge blocked the Trump Administration's attempt to rig the US Census based on testimony from Census officials who revealed that prematurely ending data collection would result in 'fatally flawed' headcount data, in violation of the Constitution. The Trump Administration was attempting to accelerate several deadlines to force an under-count, according to critics, to skew apportionment of US House seats and the distribution of $1.5 trillion in federal spending for the next decade, shifting political power to white, rural Republican districts. Former FCC official ART BELENDIUK and award-winning journalist and media reform activist SUE WILSON explain a new petition filed to challenge the FCC license renewal of several broadcast television stations owned by giant, rightwing corporate TV station owner Sinclair Broadcast Group. The petition alleges that Sinclair is unlawfully violating federal media ownership rules by secretly owning or controlling three stations in the Baltimore market, when they are only allowed to own one. Sinclair officially owns nearly 200 hundred TV stations across the country, often forcing local TV news stations to run rightwing propaganda disguised as news, giving local viewers no indication they are watching a Sinclair station with a far-right corporate owner controlling multiple local stations' newsrooms. Wilson and Belendiuk say what's at stake is whether Americans get to hear a diversity of voices and the information they need to make informed voting decisions. Also today: a new hilarious, very catchy tune from musical satirist Randy Rainbow...

58 min3 d ago
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'BradCast' 9/25/2020 (Guests: Communications attorney Art Belendiuk and media reformer Sue Wilson on Sinclair Broadcasting's ownership scam)

'BradCast' 9/24/2020 (Yes, We Can. But Will We? -- Staring down Trump's cowardly threats to democracy itself)

On today's 'BradCast': Donald Trump wants you to be frightened. He wants to terrorize and demoralize you. Don't let him. Vote instead. Trump is getting desperate because time is running out for the Trump Crime Family and their decades of fraud in New York, as the State Attorney General and the Manhattan District Attorney close in on Trump Organization crimes in two separate probes. Trump's absurd lies about absentee voting are a desperate gambit to pretend there is a massive scheme to cheat him. But make no mistake, he will do anything to come up with a way to win -- as long as it's other people who must risk their lives for it by being forced to vote in person, due to the COVID-19 pandemic that Trump failed so disastrously to control. That is why he is hoping to pack an already rightwing U.S. Supreme Court, and why he is signaling that there may not be a peaceful transfer of power in the event that he loses. Despite his threats, Trump is a coward. This nation is about to be tested in a way that we haven't seen since at least the Civil War. But as Sen. Bernie Sanders said today in response to Trump's thuggery -- the solution is an overwhelming landslide of a vote, which is now completely possible if we all step up and do our duty to save this democracy. Yes, we can... but will we? We will find out over the next six weeks, and beyond. Also today: a federal court in Nevada dismisses Republican's lawsuit to block mail-in voting. Republican in Texas sue their GOP Governor to block voters early voting. Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report.'

58 min4 d ago
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'BradCast' 9/24/2020 (Yes, We Can. But Will We? -- Staring down Trump's cowardly threats to democracy itself)

'BradCast' 9/23/2020 (Guest: Investigative journalist Art Levine on Trump joining PA in support of unverifiable voting systems)

On today's 'BradCast': Louisville, KY police not charged for murdering 26-year-old Breonna Taylor in her own home. The FBI and U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency jointly warn Americans that "foreign actors and cybercriminals" could attempt to take advantage of necessary delays in tallying mail-in ballots following Election Day on Nov. 3rd, spreading false information "in an attempt to discredit the electoral process and undermine confidence in US democratic institutions" – like fake websites, manufacturing or spreading false information about vote counts, and other disinformation "that includes reports of voter suppression, cyberattacks targeting election infrastructure, voter or ballot fraud, and other problems intended to convince the public of the elections' illegitimacy." They urge the public to "seek out reliable and verified information from trusted sources, such as state and local election officials." But curiously they omit federal sources as "trusted". V...

58 min5 d ago
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'BradCast' 9/23/2020 (Guest: Investigative journalist Art Levine on Trump joining PA in support of unverifiable voting systems)

'BradCast' 9/22/2020 (Guest: Harvard Law School legal historian Prof. Michael Klarman on expanding SCOTUS)

On today's 'BradCast': More than 200,000 Americans who have now been killed by COVID-19, the equivalent of a 9/11 disaster every day for 67 days straight. The tragic milestone came one day after Trump claimed at a rally that the coronavirus 'affects virtually no one'. Senate Republicans have completed their hypocritical contortions of reality (and their own prior statements) to declare they will immediately confirm any Trump nominee, sight unseen, to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, despite their vociferous vows in 2016 they would never, ever, ever support a new justice nominee in the last year of a presidential term. Even Utah's Sen. Mitt Romney, who voted just months ago to remove Trump from office during the impeachment is on board with Republicans' scheme. None of these nightmares would be happening if not for our broken system of democracy, which allows a President who lost the popular vote and Republicans who represent a minority of Americans to steal a Supreme Court seat in 2016 and then break their own invented 'precedent' to steal yet another seat on the nation's highest court. We're joined today by Harvard Law School legal historian Prof. MICHAEL KLARMAN to discuss our broken democracy and how to begin repairing it by expanding the size of the current Court to restore balance and democratic principles. Klarman also clerked the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg when she served on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and shares his personal reflections of the now-legendary late Justice. Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report.'

59 min6 d ago
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'BradCast' 9/22/2020 (Guest: Harvard Law School legal historian Prof. Michael Klarman on expanding SCOTUS)

'BradCast' 9/21/2020: (RBG RIP and the Fight Over What Happens Now)

On today's 'BradCast': After at least 200,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump Administration's CDC, with little explanation, quietly removed a public guidance from its website warning that the coronavirus is airborne. An update on the latest storms threatening the US in a record hurricane season. A few words honoring the historic legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who died of cancer on Friday, while the fight over filling her vacant seat has already begun. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to ram through Senate confirmation of Donald Trump's nominee this year, just 46 days before the 2020 Presidential election -- a corrupt reversal of his claim in 2016 that 'the American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice' after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham (R-SC), has also hypocritically reversed his pledge that he would not support seating a new court nominee in a presidential election year. How should Democrats respond -- should they push to expand the number of seats to re-balance the already stolen U.S. Supreme Court? Callers weigh in...

57 min1 w ago
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'BradCast' 9/21/2020: (RBG RIP and the Fight Over What Happens Now)

'BradCast' 9/18/2020 (Recounted: Potential Constitutional Crisis in November; Voting Rights in North Carolina)

BradCast' Recounted: On today's show, we've put together some of our important recent interviews that you may have missed. First up: Historian Dr. NILS GILMAN, Vice President of Programs at the Berggruen Institute and co-founder of the bipartisan Transition Integrity Project (TIP), discusses their disturbing report warning of a potential constitutional crisis over the November 3, 2020 election. Gilman explains the conclusions reached during a series of bipartisan tabletop 'war games' -- conducted by a bipartisan group of more than 100 current and former senior government officials, campaign leaders and experts from media to the military -- and their final report warning that the Trump Administration may seek to manipulate, ignore, undermine or disrupt the 2020 presidential election and the crucial transition process between Election Day on November 3rd and Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021. Most of the scenarios ended with a constitutional crisis that lasted until the inauguration, featuring violence in the streets and a severely disrupted administrative transition. Gilman also explains concrete actions that institutions and everyday Americans can take to guard against these disturbing scenarios. While nothing is inevitable, Gilman notes, the time to talk about it is NOW. Then: Slate's ace legal reporter MARK JOSEPH STERN discusses bona fide good news out of North Carolina, where state court judges recently struck down an 1877 law meant to 'secure white supremacy' by denying former felons the right to vote, and explains the long, racist history of the law.

58 min1 w ago
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'BradCast' 9/18/2020 (Recounted: Potential Constitutional Crisis in November; Voting Rights in North Carolina)

'BradCast' 9/17/2020: (Some Victories in the War Against the War On Voting)

On today's 'BradCast': In a blistering new ad, Olivia Troye, a former top aide to Vice President Mike Pence and his lead staffer on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, endorses Joe Biden and denounces Donald Trump and his failed coronavirus pandemic response, saying Trump cares only for himself and winning re-election. Trump FBI Director Christopher Wray reports in a U.S. House hearing that Russia is again taking active measures to influence the 2020 election through 'more than malign foreign influence,' and that the Russian effort is intended to denigrate Joe Biden. The growing mountain of nightmarish news unfolding out of the Trump Administration this week alone underscores the necessity of ensuring everyone is able to vote safely this year and have their votes counted as cast, despite the Republicans Party's War on Voting to make it as difficult as possible this year. A federal judge in Washington State issued a nationwide preliminary injunction to block what he called the Trump Administration's 'politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service' that slowed down mail delivery before the November election. Pennsylvania's state supreme court rejected a Republican lawsuit to block the use of secure ballot drop-boxes and other voter assistance measures, but denied a Democratic request that voters be allowed to cure deficiencies with their absentee ballot before it is discarded – a reminder to be extremely careful to follow all instructions and rules for absentee voting in every state. Ohio's Republican Chief Justice of the state's Supreme Court excoriates her own party for attacking a federal judge that approved expanded use of secure ballot drop-boxes. South Carolina's Republican state legislature approves new law to allow no-excuse absentee voting this year, but blocked the expansion of secure ballot drop-boxes. Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report'.

59 min1 w ago
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'BradCast' 9/17/2020: (Some Victories in the War Against the War On Voting)

'BradCast' 9/16/2020 (Guest: Marilyn Marks of Coalition for Good Governance on election security)

On today's 'BradCast': The final state Primary Elections of the 2020 election were held on Tuesday, with masks and social distancing at the polls, and some surprises in the reported computer-tallied results that are eyebrow raising, historic, and just plain fun – including the landslide win for a state senate seat by a progressive gay drag queen! In the 2020 battleground state of Georgia, election integrity advocate MARILYN MARKS, Executive Director of the non-partisan Coalition for Good Governance, discusses what happened in a crucial court hearing this week in her organization's lawsuit seeking a ruling to decertify Georgia's new, unverifiable, $100 million touchscreen voting system as unconstitutional. The virtual hearing itself was interrupted -- 'Zoom bombed' by a hacker, ironically, which Marks says underscores the necessity for the state to replace its vulnerable system with hand-marked paper ballots 'that are verifiable and auditable.' Marks explains several eye-popping revelations that unfolded during the three-day court hearing exposing the vulnerabilities of Georgia's system, including the state's stunningly less-than-expert witnesses. Also today: Hurricane Sally has barreled ashore in Alabama, bringing widespread damage and record flooding as it moves inland very slowly, with more hurricanes line up behind it in this historic 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. Amid record wildfires in the West and the spate of hurricanes relentlessly slamming the South, Donald Trump has chosen a notorious climate science denier for a top position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the nation's premier agency for climate research, underscoring the existential importance of this year's elections...

58 min1 w ago
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'BradCast' 9/16/2020 (Guest: Marilyn Marks of Coalition for Good Governance on election security)

'BradCast' 9/15/2020 (Voting News in Battleground Ballot Battles in WI, OH, NV)

On today's 'BradCast': Endless court battles continue as Donald Trump and the Republican Party fight to make voting harder and more dangerous during a global pandemic. Good news for voters in Wisconsin: one justice on the state's rightwing-majority Supreme Court joined the court's liberal minority to put an end to absentee ballot chaos that the court itself induced last week, ruling that the GOP-backed Green Party presidential nominee is ineligible to be placed on the November 2020 ballot. The ruling allows elections officials to meet statutory deadlines for mailing out the absentee ballots. Both the Green Party and a separate attempt to qualify rapper Kanye West for the ballot by were aided by Republican lawyers and activists. In Ohio, the GOP-controlled state legislature rejected a proposal from elections officials to cover the postage for absentee ballots (and, thus, voted in favor of an effective poll tax). A federal judge has ruled OH's Republican Sec. of State Frank LaRose does have the authority to expand the use of secure ballot drop-boxes across the state, but La Rose says he will not do so unless ordered by the court. Donald Trump attacked Nevada's Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolack for criticizing his COVID super-spreader campaign rally over the weekend, and falsely alleged that Sisolack is 'in charge of the ballots'. The state's chief election official actually in charge of the election is a Republican. Also today: New study finds corporate media has failed to inform viewers about the direct influence of man-made climate change on the recent record fires and hurricanes in the U.S. The venerable Scientific American magazine has endorsed Joe Biden in its first-ever presidential endorsement in its 175-year history. Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report.'

59 min1 w ago
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'BradCast' 9/15/2020 (Voting News in Battleground Ballot Battles in WI, OH, NV)

Latest Episodes

'BradCast' 9/28/20 (Guest: Slate's Mark Joseph Stern on Amy Coney Barrett; Voting system disaster in GA)

On today's 'BradCast': The U.S. Supreme Court is about to change this nation for a generation, and not for the better. Slate's ace legal reporter MARK JOSEPH STERN explains the astronomical stakes for civil, voting and reproductive rights in the U.S. that could all be dismantled by Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, making Barrett the sixth rightwing justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. No nominee has ever been named this close to a Presidential election in U.S. history. More than 20 states are already voting in this year's Presidential election, and polls show huge majorities of Americans want the winner of the November election to name the next justice. Stern reports that Trump has explicitly said he wants Barrett to be seated in time to throw the election to him in election disputes if necessary, and Republicans are shamefully obliging. Stern explains the danger that Barrett's installation poses for access to health care and previously long-established civil rights, reproductive rights, voting rights, environmental protection, and much more. Stern also reports on several actions that Democrats can take now -- and later if they win the presidency and flip the Senate in November -- to save the country, including expansion of the Supreme Court, and what those potential outcomes might mean for the future of the court, its legitimacy, and the nation. Also today: Jaw-dropping news out of Georgia that could result in an absolute disaster for every voter at the polls in all of the state's 159 counties, due to egregious errors in the state's brand-new, $100 million, unverifiable touch-screen Ballot Marking Device. Plus new bombshell revelations from Donald Trump's tax records.

58 min22 h ago
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'BradCast' 9/28/20 (Guest: Slate's Mark Joseph Stern on Amy Coney Barrett; Voting system disaster in GA)

'BradCast' 9/25/2020 (Guests: Communications attorney Art Belendiuk and media reformer Sue Wilson on Sinclair Broadcasting's ownership scam)

On today's 'BradCast': Donald Trump's own FBI Director Christopher Wray directly contradicted Trump in testimony to a U.S. Senate hearing, saying there is no evidence to back up Trump's persistent, repeated lies about absentee voting, or his false claims of massive, widespread absentee ballot fraud in the 2020 election. A federal judge blocked the Trump Administration's attempt to rig the US Census based on testimony from Census officials who revealed that prematurely ending data collection would result in 'fatally flawed' headcount data, in violation of the Constitution. The Trump Administration was attempting to accelerate several deadlines to force an under-count, according to critics, to skew apportionment of US House seats and the distribution of $1.5 trillion in federal spending for the next decade, shifting political power to white, rural Republican districts. Former FCC official ART BELENDIUK and award-winning journalist and media reform activist SUE WILSON explain a new petition filed to challenge the FCC license renewal of several broadcast television stations owned by giant, rightwing corporate TV station owner Sinclair Broadcast Group. The petition alleges that Sinclair is unlawfully violating federal media ownership rules by secretly owning or controlling three stations in the Baltimore market, when they are only allowed to own one. Sinclair officially owns nearly 200 hundred TV stations across the country, often forcing local TV news stations to run rightwing propaganda disguised as news, giving local viewers no indication they are watching a Sinclair station with a far-right corporate owner controlling multiple local stations' newsrooms. Wilson and Belendiuk say what's at stake is whether Americans get to hear a diversity of voices and the information they need to make informed voting decisions. Also today: a new hilarious, very catchy tune from musical satirist Randy Rainbow...

58 min3 d ago
Comments
'BradCast' 9/25/2020 (Guests: Communications attorney Art Belendiuk and media reformer Sue Wilson on Sinclair Broadcasting's ownership scam)

'BradCast' 9/24/2020 (Yes, We Can. But Will We? -- Staring down Trump's cowardly threats to democracy itself)

On today's 'BradCast': Donald Trump wants you to be frightened. He wants to terrorize and demoralize you. Don't let him. Vote instead. Trump is getting desperate because time is running out for the Trump Crime Family and their decades of fraud in New York, as the State Attorney General and the Manhattan District Attorney close in on Trump Organization crimes in two separate probes. Trump's absurd lies about absentee voting are a desperate gambit to pretend there is a massive scheme to cheat him. But make no mistake, he will do anything to come up with a way to win -- as long as it's other people who must risk their lives for it by being forced to vote in person, due to the COVID-19 pandemic that Trump failed so disastrously to control. That is why he is hoping to pack an already rightwing U.S. Supreme Court, and why he is signaling that there may not be a peaceful transfer of power in the event that he loses. Despite his threats, Trump is a coward. This nation is about to be tested in a way that we haven't seen since at least the Civil War. But as Sen. Bernie Sanders said today in response to Trump's thuggery -- the solution is an overwhelming landslide of a vote, which is now completely possible if we all step up and do our duty to save this democracy. Yes, we can... but will we? We will find out over the next six weeks, and beyond. Also today: a federal court in Nevada dismisses Republican's lawsuit to block mail-in voting. Republican in Texas sue their GOP Governor to block voters early voting. Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report.'

58 min4 d ago
Comments
'BradCast' 9/24/2020 (Yes, We Can. But Will We? -- Staring down Trump's cowardly threats to democracy itself)

'BradCast' 9/23/2020 (Guest: Investigative journalist Art Levine on Trump joining PA in support of unverifiable voting systems)

On today's 'BradCast': Louisville, KY police not charged for murdering 26-year-old Breonna Taylor in her own home. The FBI and U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency jointly warn Americans that "foreign actors and cybercriminals" could attempt to take advantage of necessary delays in tallying mail-in ballots following Election Day on Nov. 3rd, spreading false information "in an attempt to discredit the electoral process and undermine confidence in US democratic institutions" – like fake websites, manufacturing or spreading false information about vote counts, and other disinformation "that includes reports of voter suppression, cyberattacks targeting election infrastructure, voter or ballot fraud, and other problems intended to convince the public of the elections' illegitimacy." They urge the public to "seek out reliable and verified information from trusted sources, such as state and local election officials." But curiously they omit federal sources as "trusted". V...

58 min5 d ago
Comments
'BradCast' 9/23/2020 (Guest: Investigative journalist Art Levine on Trump joining PA in support of unverifiable voting systems)

'BradCast' 9/22/2020 (Guest: Harvard Law School legal historian Prof. Michael Klarman on expanding SCOTUS)

On today's 'BradCast': More than 200,000 Americans who have now been killed by COVID-19, the equivalent of a 9/11 disaster every day for 67 days straight. The tragic milestone came one day after Trump claimed at a rally that the coronavirus 'affects virtually no one'. Senate Republicans have completed their hypocritical contortions of reality (and their own prior statements) to declare they will immediately confirm any Trump nominee, sight unseen, to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, despite their vociferous vows in 2016 they would never, ever, ever support a new justice nominee in the last year of a presidential term. Even Utah's Sen. Mitt Romney, who voted just months ago to remove Trump from office during the impeachment is on board with Republicans' scheme. None of these nightmares would be happening if not for our broken system of democracy, which allows a President who lost the popular vote and Republicans who represent a minority of Americans to steal a Supreme Court seat in 2016 and then break their own invented 'precedent' to steal yet another seat on the nation's highest court. We're joined today by Harvard Law School legal historian Prof. MICHAEL KLARMAN to discuss our broken democracy and how to begin repairing it by expanding the size of the current Court to restore balance and democratic principles. Klarman also clerked the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg when she served on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and shares his personal reflections of the now-legendary late Justice. Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report.'

59 min6 d ago
Comments
'BradCast' 9/22/2020 (Guest: Harvard Law School legal historian Prof. Michael Klarman on expanding SCOTUS)

'BradCast' 9/21/2020: (RBG RIP and the Fight Over What Happens Now)

On today's 'BradCast': After at least 200,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump Administration's CDC, with little explanation, quietly removed a public guidance from its website warning that the coronavirus is airborne. An update on the latest storms threatening the US in a record hurricane season. A few words honoring the historic legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who died of cancer on Friday, while the fight over filling her vacant seat has already begun. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to ram through Senate confirmation of Donald Trump's nominee this year, just 46 days before the 2020 Presidential election -- a corrupt reversal of his claim in 2016 that 'the American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice' after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham (R-SC), has also hypocritically reversed his pledge that he would not support seating a new court nominee in a presidential election year. How should Democrats respond -- should they push to expand the number of seats to re-balance the already stolen U.S. Supreme Court? Callers weigh in...

57 min1 w ago
Comments
'BradCast' 9/21/2020: (RBG RIP and the Fight Over What Happens Now)

'BradCast' 9/18/2020 (Recounted: Potential Constitutional Crisis in November; Voting Rights in North Carolina)

BradCast' Recounted: On today's show, we've put together some of our important recent interviews that you may have missed. First up: Historian Dr. NILS GILMAN, Vice President of Programs at the Berggruen Institute and co-founder of the bipartisan Transition Integrity Project (TIP), discusses their disturbing report warning of a potential constitutional crisis over the November 3, 2020 election. Gilman explains the conclusions reached during a series of bipartisan tabletop 'war games' -- conducted by a bipartisan group of more than 100 current and former senior government officials, campaign leaders and experts from media to the military -- and their final report warning that the Trump Administration may seek to manipulate, ignore, undermine or disrupt the 2020 presidential election and the crucial transition process between Election Day on November 3rd and Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021. Most of the scenarios ended with a constitutional crisis that lasted until the inauguration, featuring violence in the streets and a severely disrupted administrative transition. Gilman also explains concrete actions that institutions and everyday Americans can take to guard against these disturbing scenarios. While nothing is inevitable, Gilman notes, the time to talk about it is NOW. Then: Slate's ace legal reporter MARK JOSEPH STERN discusses bona fide good news out of North Carolina, where state court judges recently struck down an 1877 law meant to 'secure white supremacy' by denying former felons the right to vote, and explains the long, racist history of the law.

58 min1 w ago
Comments
'BradCast' 9/18/2020 (Recounted: Potential Constitutional Crisis in November; Voting Rights in North Carolina)

'BradCast' 9/17/2020: (Some Victories in the War Against the War On Voting)

On today's 'BradCast': In a blistering new ad, Olivia Troye, a former top aide to Vice President Mike Pence and his lead staffer on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, endorses Joe Biden and denounces Donald Trump and his failed coronavirus pandemic response, saying Trump cares only for himself and winning re-election. Trump FBI Director Christopher Wray reports in a U.S. House hearing that Russia is again taking active measures to influence the 2020 election through 'more than malign foreign influence,' and that the Russian effort is intended to denigrate Joe Biden. The growing mountain of nightmarish news unfolding out of the Trump Administration this week alone underscores the necessity of ensuring everyone is able to vote safely this year and have their votes counted as cast, despite the Republicans Party's War on Voting to make it as difficult as possible this year. A federal judge in Washington State issued a nationwide preliminary injunction to block what he called the Trump Administration's 'politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service' that slowed down mail delivery before the November election. Pennsylvania's state supreme court rejected a Republican lawsuit to block the use of secure ballot drop-boxes and other voter assistance measures, but denied a Democratic request that voters be allowed to cure deficiencies with their absentee ballot before it is discarded – a reminder to be extremely careful to follow all instructions and rules for absentee voting in every state. Ohio's Republican Chief Justice of the state's Supreme Court excoriates her own party for attacking a federal judge that approved expanded use of secure ballot drop-boxes. South Carolina's Republican state legislature approves new law to allow no-excuse absentee voting this year, but blocked the expansion of secure ballot drop-boxes. Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report'.

59 min1 w ago
Comments
'BradCast' 9/17/2020: (Some Victories in the War Against the War On Voting)

'BradCast' 9/16/2020 (Guest: Marilyn Marks of Coalition for Good Governance on election security)

On today's 'BradCast': The final state Primary Elections of the 2020 election were held on Tuesday, with masks and social distancing at the polls, and some surprises in the reported computer-tallied results that are eyebrow raising, historic, and just plain fun – including the landslide win for a state senate seat by a progressive gay drag queen! In the 2020 battleground state of Georgia, election integrity advocate MARILYN MARKS, Executive Director of the non-partisan Coalition for Good Governance, discusses what happened in a crucial court hearing this week in her organization's lawsuit seeking a ruling to decertify Georgia's new, unverifiable, $100 million touchscreen voting system as unconstitutional. The virtual hearing itself was interrupted -- 'Zoom bombed' by a hacker, ironically, which Marks says underscores the necessity for the state to replace its vulnerable system with hand-marked paper ballots 'that are verifiable and auditable.' Marks explains several eye-popping revelations that unfolded during the three-day court hearing exposing the vulnerabilities of Georgia's system, including the state's stunningly less-than-expert witnesses. Also today: Hurricane Sally has barreled ashore in Alabama, bringing widespread damage and record flooding as it moves inland very slowly, with more hurricanes line up behind it in this historic 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. Amid record wildfires in the West and the spate of hurricanes relentlessly slamming the South, Donald Trump has chosen a notorious climate science denier for a top position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the nation's premier agency for climate research, underscoring the existential importance of this year's elections...

58 min1 w ago
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'BradCast' 9/16/2020 (Guest: Marilyn Marks of Coalition for Good Governance on election security)

'BradCast' 9/15/2020 (Voting News in Battleground Ballot Battles in WI, OH, NV)

On today's 'BradCast': Endless court battles continue as Donald Trump and the Republican Party fight to make voting harder and more dangerous during a global pandemic. Good news for voters in Wisconsin: one justice on the state's rightwing-majority Supreme Court joined the court's liberal minority to put an end to absentee ballot chaos that the court itself induced last week, ruling that the GOP-backed Green Party presidential nominee is ineligible to be placed on the November 2020 ballot. The ruling allows elections officials to meet statutory deadlines for mailing out the absentee ballots. Both the Green Party and a separate attempt to qualify rapper Kanye West for the ballot by were aided by Republican lawyers and activists. In Ohio, the GOP-controlled state legislature rejected a proposal from elections officials to cover the postage for absentee ballots (and, thus, voted in favor of an effective poll tax). A federal judge has ruled OH's Republican Sec. of State Frank LaRose does have the authority to expand the use of secure ballot drop-boxes across the state, but La Rose says he will not do so unless ordered by the court. Donald Trump attacked Nevada's Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolack for criticizing his COVID super-spreader campaign rally over the weekend, and falsely alleged that Sisolack is 'in charge of the ballots'. The state's chief election official actually in charge of the election is a Republican. Also today: New study finds corporate media has failed to inform viewers about the direct influence of man-made climate change on the recent record fires and hurricanes in the U.S. The venerable Scientific American magazine has endorsed Joe Biden in its first-ever presidential endorsement in its 175-year history. Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report.'

59 min1 w ago
Comments
'BradCast' 9/15/2020 (Voting News in Battleground Ballot Battles in WI, OH, NV)
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