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Two weeks ago, a shadowy group the Center for Medical Progress released a deceptively edited "sting" video against Planned Parenthood, which has become the opening salvo in yet another battle to defund the non-profit provider of reproductive health services. This week, the GOP in the Senate unveiled a bill that they hope will "ACORN" the group once and for all. MOMocrats Cynematic, Karoli, and Donna Schwartz Mills weigh in. Produce3d by Engender Media Group.
In a normal week, the MOMocrats would be anxiously awaiting the Supreme Court decisions on lethal injection, redistricting, EPA regulations, same sex marriage, Obamacare subsidies. But while the SCOTUS decisions will have long-term impact on the nation, this is not a normal week and MOMocrats Karoli, Cynematic and Donna Schwartz Mills will be discussing a myriad of other topics like: TPP, the Confederate flag, Bernie Sanders' amazing campaign rallies and Hillary Clinton's bold speech on race -- and President Obama's appearance on Marc Maron's podcast ("The best I've ever heard him do," says Karoli). Produced by Engender Media Group.
MOMocrats Karoli and Donna Schwartz Mills had planned to use the official entrance of Donald Trump into the 2016 Presidential race to talk about the Clown Car that is the GOP field of candidates... but that was before a 21-year-old white thug shot a Bible study group at the Emanual AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina -- killing nine people, including the pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was also a South Carolina state senator.
Political discussion from a progressive point of view, produced by Engender Media Group.
The MOMocrats had a hard time watching the videotape of the police action at that McKinney, Texas pool party this weekend - but, as Cynematic points out, the results may indicate hope for the next generation in the fight against racism. Just keep carrying those smartphones, folks, so we can continue to document abuse when we see it.
Also discussed: The lack of planning for what could happen to folks with health insurance on the Federal exchanges if the King v. Burwell decision strikes down funding, the budget problems in red states and the California "miracle," and surprisingly strong polling numbers for a fictional villain. MOMocrats Cynematic, Karoli and Donna Schwartz Mills discuss politics from a progressive POV in this Engender Media Group production.
RH Reality Check's Senior Legal Analayst, Jessica Mason Pieklo, joins the MOMocrats' for what's become an annual event: a lively discussion of the Supreme Court, as the 2014-15 session wanes. Hanging in the balance: Their decision on Obamacare subsidies for people in the Federal exchange (which could do to the ACA what 50-some Congressional repeal votes could not). And Jessica will have analysis on plenty more of this year's decisions. MOMocrats Karoli, Cynematic and Donna Schwartz Mills host. An Engender Media Group production.
Pat Robertson says he doesn't know what to blame for the floods in Texas. The MOMocrats wish safety for Texans and a quick end to the flooding - and speculate about how Governor Greg Abbott will go about rebuilding (with or without Federal funding)? Also this week: lack of funding for higher education, Bernie Sanders' campaign for President and more in this week's podcast looking at the day's political news from the progressive point of view. MOMocrats Cynematic, Karoli and Donna Schwartz Mills host. An Engender Media Group production.
Just another week in US politics: Hillary Clinton throws down on the GOP regarding immigration reform and Bernie is in the race - while the GOP clown car gets more crowded with Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee and Carly Fiorina.
Around the country: In the wake of Baltimore and Ferguson, President Obama launches the My Brother's Keepr nonprofit organization (spun off from the White House initiative of the same name). And reports of full-scale paranoia in Texas after Islamophobic nut job Pamela Geller provokes a couple of ISIS wannabes into a suicide mission, and Special Forces training mission they believe is intended to facilitate a government takeover of Texas. Plus, John Oliver goes off on the testing obsession. MOMocrats Cynematic, Karoli and Donna Schwartz Mills discuss politics from a progressive point of view. An Engender Media Group production.
"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.