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Hostage Musicals, Rap Names and Twitter Trolls: A Conversation with Warren Leight
After 300 rejection letters from local newspapers around the country, Warren Leight decided it was time to ditch his journalistic pursuits, and we're lucky he did. Warren has always had his thumb on America's political pulse merging the most topical issues into his work. While he never found an audience for his feel good hostage musical comedy, he found critical acclaim writing/producing Law & Order SVU. His new "ripped from the headlines" show Law & Order: Hate Crimes is poised to take deeper look into the issue. And most importantly we talked about Ice-T, Emily's rap name, twitter trolls and why people need to stop blaming him for Chris Meloni leaving SVU.
A Good Day for the Constitution, A Mixed Bag for Trump & a Bad Day for Barr
The Supreme Court rulings on Trump's taxes put a stake through the heart of the absurd idea that U.S. presidents had absolute immunity and underscored the right of states to prosecutea sitting president.While they left some avenues for further delay for Trump and his battery of lawyers, it is now clear that sooner or later prosecutors will havethe chance to review the president's financial recordsand indictments seem very likely to follow.As for Barr, not only did he lose the immunity argument that has been central to his fallacious and dangerous notion of a unitary presidency, he also was called out for lying and thuggishtactics by former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman, a Trump appointee to the post.We discuss the meaning of all these developments with Mimi Rocah, a 16 year veteran of the SDNY and the presumptive Democratic nominee to be the next district attorney in Westchester, NY and Ryan Goodman, co-editor of "Just Security" and a professor at NYU Law School.Please join us.
We Are Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Failed State
This episodeof our Agenda 2021 series is a one-on-one conversation with General James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence and prior to that Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.We discuss President Trump's pattern of placing Russian interests ahead of our own, his attacks on the foundations of our national security, why a second Trump term will be "like the firstone on steroids," what a President Biden should do to repair the damage done by Trump and how to draw a new generation into service of our national security despite the damage done by "truth decay" in Washington.It is an absolutely riveting, essential podcast.Don't miss it.
We do not have a federal government
The most charitable interpretation of the events surrounding the Russian bounty scandal is that we have suffered a catastrophic breakdown in our policy processes. But the scandal likely reveals other, even larger, internal crises--a government wide set of leadership failures from COVID to the economy to social unrest to this national security scandal and, of course, the President's pattern of putting Russia before America in his thoughts and as the prime beneficiary of his actions.We discuss this extraordinarily disturbing series of events with former Trump Special Envoy and advisor to President's Obama, Bush and Clinton, Brett McGurk, former Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe Mark Hertling and Vice President for the Third Way's National Security Program Mieke Eoyang.Join co-hosts Ryan Goodman of Just Security and David Rothkopf for this special episode.