Biden's Unity Rhetoric Facing Divided Congress and Angry Progressives

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Dr. Colin Campbell, a Washington, DC, news correspondent joins us to talk about domestic politics. Neera Tanden's OMB chief hopes fade as bipartisan opposition against her nomination grows. Also, in hindsight, Joe Biden's numerous calls for unity and cooperation seem unrealistic as GOP leaders reject a number of his proposals and progressive democrats blow up over Joe Manchin's plan to reduce the fifteen dollar minimum wage to eleven dollars.
Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, joins us to discuss the Biden administration's policies towards Russia and China. The Biden team has rejected a Chinese plea for improved relations. US State Department spokesman Ned Price responded by saying “You’ve heard us speak before about the way in which we will approach China, through the prism of competition from a position of strength.” Also, the Biden team is rumored to be preparing a large suite of sanction for the Navalny sentencing and a number of other dubious claims against Russia.
Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "The Velvet Coup: The Constitution, the Supreme Court and the Decline of American Democracy," joins us to discuss Iran. The Washington Post is reporting that a number of former Obama officials were negotiating with Iranian diplomats while President Trump was in office. They are rumored to have met with the Iranian foreign minister on numerous occasions setting the table for a new round of negotiations after Trumps' departure. Also, US Secretary of State Tony Blinken has said that he plans to "strengthen" the Iran nuclear deal but Iran is holding fast that they will only return to the agreement in its original form.
Laith Marouf, a broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon joins us to discuss Israel. A recent Saturday Night Live skit has received international attention for pushing back against Israel's failure to provide equal access to Palestinians for the covid vaccine. A new Mintpress article argues that the massive pressure campaign against those who call out Israeli apartheid measures should really be addresses towards the Israeli goverment's unfair policies. Also, the Biden administration is demonstrating that the democrats are as dangerous as republicans to peace in Palestine.
Scott Ritter, a former UN weapons inspector in Iraq joins us to discuss NATO. Ritter's latest article posits that the US is increasing engagement with NATO in an attempt to hide the fact that the empire is in a steep decline. In a futile attempt to maintain global hegemony, the US is confronting a plethora of global and regional powers while facing massive pressure from home grown disasters. Ritter also argues that NATO's plans for the Baltic States defense is unrealistic and poorly conceived. Lastly, former US ambassador Michael Mcphaul has been caught in a lie as he claims to have never met Aley Navalny while pictures of the two of them together surface.
Caleb Maupin, journalist and political analyst joins us to discuss Election interference in Latin America. The EU is imposing additional sanctions on Venezuela arguing that the December 6th elections were rigged for the Party of president Nicholas Maduro. Also, many in Ecuador are greatly concerned that there is mischief afoot as the Moreno government works to undermine the integrity of the upcoming runoff between popular leftist Andres Arouz and western imperialist favorite Guillermo Lasso.
Ted Rall, a political cartoonist and syndicated columnist, joins us to discuss the expanding covid scandal involving the administration of New York governor Andrew Cuomo. Governor Cuomo is being compared to an authoritarian crime boss as he is alleged to have threatened politicians who are looking into his actions during the spring covid lockdown. In March, Cuomo signed an executive order requiring nursing homes to accept patients who were presumed to have the virus. This action seems to have been a catalyst for a quick and massive outbreak in those facilities statewide. He is also accused of making political decisions to benefit one of his top donors.
Elisabeth Myers, lawyer, former editor-in-chief of Inside Arabia and democracy lead for Democrats Abroad, joins us to discuss. The UN is pushing for an end to hostilities as a recent report shows that hundreds of fighters have been lost in the Maarib area of Northern yemen. Weeks of fighting produced a reported standstill, with sources describing a “blood bath” and both sides reporting massive losses. Also, US moves to stop the Yemen war are proving fruitless as the UK continues to supply Saudi Arabia with the arms necessary to continue the slaughter. Some analysts are questioning whether the US and UK coordinated actions to give a false appearance of trying to end the conflict while fueling it with british war material.

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