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"I think we, as a country, have to do some soul searching," President Obama said in response to the violence in Baltimore. "This is not new. It's been going on for decades." MOMocrats Karoli, Cynematic, Donna Schwartz Mills and Baltimore resident Melissa Schober discuss the protests over the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody and the aftermath. Also: Earthquake in Nepal, and the anticipation over Senator Bernie Sanders' announcement of a challenge to Hillary Clinton in 2016. An Engender Media Group production.
Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy this week, so now the score is one clown car and one Scooby van with a whole bunch of reporter clowns chasing after it. MOMocrats Cynematic, Karoli and Donna Schwartz Mills talk about Hillary's announcement video and talking tour, and compare it with the bombast of the Republican field, as well as the absence of any serious challengers to Mrs. Clinton. ALSO: the epidemic of killings of unarmed African-Americans at the hands of police, the Atlanta 11 - and Equal Pay Day (which happened to occur just before tax day).
Claire Conner returns to MOMochat to talk about the alarming inroads the radical right has made into the Republican party, Congress and statehouses around the country. Claire is the author of Wrapped in the Flag, a memoir of growing up in a family of John Birch Society leaders.
"The John Birch Society does influence many right wingers," says Claire.
Claire says that a helpful Birch Society research assistant provided her with background materials for her book. "She told me that the Society has had the largest growth in its history since Barack Obama's campaign."
MOMocrats Karoli and Donna Schwartz Mills host the political discussion from the progressive point of view. Produced by Engender Media Group. Original airdate: 8/6/14.
Since the day he took office, President Obama has endured unprecedented disrespect from the right wing Republican party, which can no longer be characterized as "the loyal opposition" - they crossed that line a long time ago. But until this week, Republican intransigence mainly only affected our country's domestic agenda.
This week, the GOP did something that undermined our nation's status in the world -- and may be considered traitorous behavior.
Am open letter to the leaders of Iran, penned by freshman Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) and signed by 47 Republican Senators, threatens to undermine very delicate nuclear peace treaty the Administration is trying to negotiate. As longtime international affairs reporter Leslie Gelb wrote in the Daily Beast, this letter demonstrates that the GOP Hates Obama More Than a Nuclear Iran.
MOMocrats Karoli and Donna Schwartz Mills talk about this and the rest of the day's political news from the progressive point of view. And Engender Media Group production.
Hillary Clinton used a private email account for her correspondence while she was Secretary of State -- a practice that violates the Federal Records Act of 2014. But didn't she leave office in 2012? And why isn't Colin Powell being criticized for the same practice? At any rate, Hillary gave a rousing speech last night at an EMILY's List event -- and barely gave it a mention (disappointing not-100%-left leaning MSNBC, which broke away from it when it was clear she wasn't going to address the issue). MOMocrats Karoli, Cynematic and Donna Schwartz Mills also talk about Bibi's speech to Congress and King vs. Burwell, the latest Supreme Court challenge to Obamacare.
President Obama vetoed Keystone XL - but there are still plenty of dangers from other, smaller pipelines and oil trains that pass through our communities. What we lack is a comprehensive energy policy that would take us off oil, says MOMocrat Karoli -- although we've started to make some progress over the last six years of the Obama Administration.
Also: Net neutrality, Scott Walker's Wisconsin "Freedom to Work" law, and another GOP lawmaker making laws that restrict women's rights to reproductive healthcare -- who doesn't seem to have a clue about female anatomy.
"Is there a shot that will inoculate you against the stupid things politicians say?" wonder the MOMocrats, as Republicans like Chris Christie and Rand Paul raise hackles in their support of families who choose not to vaccinate -- eyebrow raising in the wake of a measles outbreak that has now infected some 100 individuals. Also: The House repeals Obamacare - yet again and more. MOMocrats Karoli and Donna Schwartz Mills discuss the vaxxer debates and other political news of the week, from a progressive point of view. Produced by Engender Media Group.
President Obama's approval ratings are higher than they've been in a couple of years -- and still rising, a trend MOMocrat Karoli credits to an unconstrained President who doesn't have to run any more campaigns (because he won both of them)... and an economy that has finally turned around to the point where more Americans do feel better off than they did in 2009. Karoli and Donna Schwartz Mills also talk about the Clown Car Express, which stopped at a little gathering in Iowa this week and the Koch Brothers plan to spend nearly $1 billion on Republican candidates in 2016. Political discussion from the progressive POV, hosted by the MOMocrats. Produced by Engender Media Group
Last night, President Obama appeared to have a new sense of ease as he delivered his sixth State of the Union address. After all, as he noted, he's run his last campaign... and he won both of them. MOMocrats Karoli, Cynematic and Donna Schwartz Mills discuss the speech from the progressive POV: the President's agenda, and the Republican response. Will we get equal pay for women, a raise in the minimum wage, paid leave, subsidized childcare, new infrastructure projects or anything else proposed by the President? Not likely... but the Republican response made clear that this Congress will give us a lot of Koch Brothers pet issues and anti-abortion measures. Produced by Engender Media Group.
The terrorist attack in Paris last week was a horrific reminder of how vulnerable we all are to atrocities committed by small bands of determined criminals. It's a shame that our lawmakers and pundits seize upon these events to create political atrocities of their own. MOMocats Cynematic, Karoli and Donna Schwartz Mills discuss the mischief undertaken by Congress while we were distracted by the events in Paris, the manufactured outrage over the President's non-appearance at Sunday's unity rally. They also discuss the nature of satire and look ahead to election 2016. Political discussion from the progressive point of view, hosted by the MOMocrats. Produced by Engender Media Group.
The 114th Congress was sworn in yesterday, with John Boehner surviving yet another Tea Party rebellion and Mitch McConnell taking over as new Senate Majority Leader. Since the abysmal Democratic showing in the 2014 midterms, President Obama has been acting like a man with nothing to lose; exercising Executive power as never before and is already talking about vetoing the measures the GOP says they want to tackle first: passing Keystone XL and "fixing" Obamacare. It's going to be an interesting couple of years. MOMocrats Cynematic, Karoli and Donna Schwartz Mills talk about the new political reality from a progressive point of view. Produced by Engender Media Group.
Year-end shows are too easy - MOMocrats Karoli, Cynematic and Donna Schwartz Mills would rather look ahead: What should progressives focus on in 2015? Especially given the difficulties of a new legislative landscape dominated by the GOP in both the House and Senate? Golden opportunity for progressives -- or are we in for more of the same frustrating gridlock we've experienced the last six years? Political discussion from the progressive point of view, hosted by the MOMocrats. Produced by Engender Media Group.
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