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Peter B Collins - 2017-04-22 - Original post - cached version

AG Sessions joins CIA boss Pompeo in targeting WikiLeaks to distract from investigation into insider who recently leaked Vault 7…--FBI clamps down on low-level leakers, but brass can leak at will

--in San Francisco, FBI ordered to pay legal costs after FBI went after them for...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-21 - Original post - cached version

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Pulitzer prize winning reporter David Cay Johnston returns to discuss the Trump tax returns he found in his home mailbox, why they matter, and what they tell us.Johnston revealed the returns...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-21 - Original post - cached version

Ann Coulter is an obnoxious provocateur who recklessly calls liberals traitors, and UC Berkeley should allow her to speak….--after street fights broke out at pro-Trump rally last weekend, campus cops cancel Coulter over fear of violence, but has has First Amendment rights, too

--in our...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-20 - Original post - cached version

Allies gasp as Trump and advisors lied about aircraft carrier group that was not actually en route to Korean Peninsula….--false claims by Americans fuel controversy in South Korea’s presidential campaigns and concerns over administration’s blunders

--investigation shows Pentagon lied...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-19 - Original post - cached version

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Wilmer J. Leon III is a political scientist, columnist and radio host; his new book is a collection of columns from the Obama era, Politics: Another Perspective.
Leon grew up in South...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-19 - Original post - cached version

Filing tax returns is huge waste of time and money…IRS already has most info, but tax prep lobby blocks any change….--Austin Goolsby, former Obama economic advisor, tells Trevor Noah that IRS already has most of the data we report—they could just send us a tax bill

--this taxpayer is...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-18 - Original post - cached version

Airlines adjust policies to reduce bad publicity, but ruthless profiteering promotes classism, even in coach sections, enforced by flight crews…--over the Easter weekend, United bumped a couple from flight to their wedding over trivial seating issues on half-full plane

--Delta raises...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-14 - Original post - cached version

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Andrew J. Bacevich, retired Army colonel and professor emeritus at Boston University, returns to comment on Trump's about-face on Syria and related issues.Bacevich's recent...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-14 - Original post - cached version

Prof. Postol rebuts “proof” of Syrian responsibility for nerve agent release last week asserted by Trump team, sees contrived event….

--read Postol’s blistering report here

--in our new interview with Andrew Bacevich, he supports skeptics, and raises sharp concerns about Trump...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-13 - Original post - cached version

New study by The Intercept shows over half her show focused on Russia in past 6 weeks, important stories ignored……--you can read the report here; we’ve asked Maddow for a correction, to give Roger Shuler proper credit for breaking Alabama “Lov Guv” story

--based on new leaks from...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-12 - Original post - cached version

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Roger Shuler, the dogged reporter and blogger who has exposed injustice in Alabama for years, tells how his reporting led to Gov. Bentley's resignation yesterday.Shuler's new reports on...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-12 - Original post - cached version

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Former US Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is skeptical of claims that Syria is responsible for chemical incident that led to Trump's missile barrage, and demands investigation.Kucinich, who ran...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-12 - Original post - cached version

Ex-congressman, presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich offers strong comments on Syria, and Roger Shuler gives colorful background on Alabama’s disgraced governor….--in exclusive interview, Kucinich demands investigation into chemical incident in Syria, warns of “regime change agenda” promoted...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-11 - Original post - cached version

GOP hypocrites joined by neocon Dems Howard Dean and Neera Tanden in enforcing groupthink orthodoxy on Tulsi Gabbard for skepticism….--former Rep. Dennis Kucinich warns against “rush to judgment” without investigation, but the Beltway has already moved on, because they know


Peter B Collins - 2017-04-08 - Original post - cached version

Trump reacts to gruesome images of babies killed in chemical incident, launching cruise missiles that killed at least 4 children….--corporate media responds like it’s 2003, allowing no dissenters to be heard, despite lack of evidence of Syrian responsibility for alleged Sarin use

--only a...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-07 - Original post - cached version

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Russ Baker, founder of, details his lengthy investigative report about Felix Sater and other Russian criminals and mobsters with ties to Trump.
The report--which uses no...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-07 - Original post - cached version

Pentagon planning new action in Syria, as Trump—who won’t let refugee children in US—uses dead kids for justification….--autopsies of victims in Turkey said to provide evidence of nerve agent, but no evidence identifying who is responsible

--at ConsortiumNews, Robert Parry breaks down the...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-06 - Original post - cached version

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Returning to our podcast, NSA veteran Bill Binney lays out the "swindle" of domestic surveillance, and explains how phone calls of Trump, Flynn and others were intercepted, then...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-06 - Original post - cached version

Within hours of alleged gas attack in Syria, leaders and media blame Assad’s forces while very serious questions need investigation….--skepticism is warranted, as the incident creates a new “red line” for Trump right after he indicated that Assad will likely stay on

--Paul Antonopolous at...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-05 - Original post - cached version

William Pepper, attorney who represented James Earl Ray and King’s widow, says FBI’s Hoover enabled the murder, and framed Ray….Hear Steve Bhaerman’s full interview with Pepper here

--fifty years ago today, Dr, King gave his famous Riverside Church sermon against the Vietnam war the full...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-04 - Original post - cached version

Our reality-TV president, who is largely out of touch with reality—rejects Obama’s twin goals in Syria, won’t target Assad….--in rare convergence of views, your humble host agrees with Trump that we can’t take down IS and Assad at same time

--but Trump copies Obama’s bad policy on Egypt,...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-01 - Original post - cached version

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In her new book, Alexandra Chasin details the early history of America's "war on drugs", led by Harry Anslinger in the 1930's--just after Americans figured out that alcohol prohibition had...

Peter B Collins - 2017-04-01 - Original post - cached version

Based on smears, lies and deceptive videos, GOP lawmakers pander to extremists, using obscure law to enable states to defund….--Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen group sounds the alarm, other regulations under threat are listed here

--despite new talk of Obamacare repeal, GOP leaders concede...

Peter B Collins - 2017-03-31 - Original post - cached version

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A trip back to the old West, on horseback, from father-son authors Will and John Gorenfeld, as we talk about the new book Kearny's Dragoons Out West: The Birth of the US Cavalry.

Peter B Collins - 2017-03-31 - Original post - cached version

New bill allows ISP’s to sell your browsing info, activists will buy and publish data on lawmakers who voted for it….--you can donate to one of the crowdfunding efforts here

--Senate intel leaders try to play grownups to House counterpart’s juvenile behavior, but only a truly independent...

Peter B Collins - 2017-03-30 - Original post - cached version

Despite grandiose claims, Trump rollback of EPA rules won’t save coal industry or put miners back to work; warming escalates…..--even coal industry leaders and utility execs admit benefits to them are minor

--VICE lists the Trump donors who will profit from the rollback

--NY Times...

Peter B Collins - 2017-03-29 - Original post - cached version

With big loss on Obamacare, limits on tax cuts, Trump tries to regain agenda control with threats to sanctuary cities….

--AG Sessions leads Monday press briefing with threats to cut federal funds to cities that don’t agree to submit to federal interference in local law enforcement

Peter B Collins - 2017-03-25 - Original post - cached version

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Svend Brinkmann, author of Stand Firm: Resisting the Self-Improvement Craze, joins us for an animated discussion about the limits of self-help programs and books.While Brinkmann admits he's a...

Peter B Collins - 2017-03-25 - Original post - cached version

With big stack of chips on the table, Trump insists on House vote; former casino owner should know “house wins”….--Paul Ryan warns of impending loss, but Trump is an arrogant “rookie”

--the revised bill ends employer mandate, throwing all workers under the bus

--Trump is already...

Peter B Collins - 2017-03-24 - Original post - cached version

House intel spat, as Republican Nunes shares new info with Trump and Democrat Schiff leaks in response, a duel next?....--Nunes cites secret new info that suggests Trump team was “incidentally” wiretapped after the election

--Schiff counters that Nunes can’t defend Trump and run an...

Peter B Collins - 2017-03-23 - Original post - cached version

Wall Street Journal editorial says “Trump lies like a drunk to an empty gin bottle”, as media outlets treat speculation as fact….--Rachel Maddow continues her nightly reporting on Russia and Trump, with circumstantial ties but no real evidence

--PBS Newshour allows former counterterrorism...

Peter B Collins - 2017-03-22 - Original post - cached version

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Thomas Frank, author of Listen, Liberal and What's the Matter With Kansas, returns to talk about the factions in the Democratic Party and the struggle between corporatism and populism.Frank...

Peter B Collins - 2017-03-22 - Original post - cached version

Steve Horn at DeSmogBlog reports on new study that shows massive underestimation of methane leaks from refineries, gas power plants…--read Horn’s report here

--Trump goes to Capitol Hill to bully House Republicans into voting for Obamacare repeal

--Republican plan takes insurance...

Peter B Collins - 2017-03-21 - Original post - cached version

FBI and NSA Directors refute Trump’s tweets about wiretaps, deny British role, and admit counterintelligence, criminal investigations are underway…--the testimony from Comey and Rogers is quite limited, but confirms investigation

--Rogers denies GCHQ involvement in carefully phrased...

Peter B Collins - 2017-03-18 - Original post - cached version

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The new feature film For Here or To Go depicts the experiences of immigrants working in the US today, especially H1-B visa holders who are often treated like conscripts.  We talk with...

Peter B Collins - 2017-03-18 - Original post - cached version

As establishment pols and media blast Trump over wiretap claims, Spicer sparks row with Brits, fact-free free-for-all…--GOP intel leaders strongly contradict Trump

--media coverage assumes our spooks never break the law

--Brits are indignant, but we know NSA and GCHQ have conspired...

Peter B Collins - 2017-03-17 - Original post - cached version

Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland block enforcement of new order that Trump admits is “watered-down” version of the first…..--in Hawaii, Judge Derrick Watson skewers Trump with his own statements, before and after inauguration, and sees clear religious discrimination

--here are some...

Peter B Collins - 2017-03-16 - Original post - cached version

MSDNC overhyped Maddow’s scoop on Trump tax returns, trying too hard to connect them to her serial Russian spy drama….--Slate TV critic Willa Paskin has a good take here

--David Cay Johnston, the highly credible reporter who was mailed the tax documents, leads speculation that Trump...

Peter B Collins - 2017-03-15 - Original post - cached version

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Yasha Levine Skypes in from St. Petersburg, Russia, to talk about the evidence-free claims of Russian hacking in the US in 2016, and provides some history and context from Russia's brief war...

Peter B Collins - 2017-03-15 - Original post - cached version

Analysis by GOP appointee says Obamacare “replacement” will end insurance coverage for 24 million, and 60-year-olds get 700% increases….--Republicans say CBO isn’t reliable and claim cost reductions as they try to ram through their cruel plan

--Planned Parenthood cuts in the bill likely...

Peter B Collins - 2017-03-11 - Original post - cached version

Gen. Votel closes investigation of Trump’s first raid in Yemen, as The Intercept contradicts many key elements of Pentagon narrative….--you can read Iona Craig’s detailed report here

--Gen. Mike Flynn, bounced as Trump national security advisor over reported contacts with Russian...

Peter B Collins - 2017-03-10 - Original post - cached version

Best chance to derail draft American Healthcare Act comes from Tea Party hardliners, who think current plan is “Obamacare lite”…..--distortions drive GOP effort to scuttle Obamacare—only 3% of Americans faced major spikes in premiums under Obamacare

--following Trump tweets blaming Obama...

Peter B Collins - 2017-03-09 - Original post - cached version

In latest act of resistance to Trump and his dark agenda of devolution, women nationwide skip work, protest extreme policies….--NSA lawyers investigate and smear journalist Jason Leopold in response to FOIA lawsuit over inspector general reports

--Senators Whitehouse and Graham demand...

Peter B Collins - 2017-03-08 - Original post - cached version

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Three talented authors with new books about protest and social change engage in discussion on "Activism in the age of Trump".Our guests today:

L.A. Kaufman, Direct Action: Protest and...

Peter B Collins - 2017-03-08 - Original post - cached version

Trump promised his healthcare reform would be “beautiful”, make us “very happy”; only rich people and insurance companies can agree….--GOP plan hammers the poor and lower middle class, bases subsidies on age while allowing insurers to gouge older people

--House Repub leaders hope to ram...

Peter B Collins - 2017-03-07 - Original post - cached version

Trump’s angry weekend tweets, based on unproven alt-right reports, blame Obama for wiretaps exposing contacts with Russia, also unproven….--Neanderthal radio host Mark Levin speculated, Breitbart reported the speculation, and Trump tweeted madly on Saturday morning


Peter B Collins - 2017-03-04 - Original post - cached version

Sessions relents, agrees to recusal, as partisans madly spin his false statement as perjury or innocent mistake….will he resign?...--Beltway spinfest draws Dems who tolerated Clapper’s proven perjury, and Repubs who trade their biblical thinking for pat rationalizations

--Paul Krugman’s...

Peter B Collins - 2017-03-03 - Original post - cached version

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Gareth Porter returns to the podcast to talk about the wave of unproven claims that Russia manipulated the 2016 election, stoked by Obama's intel leaders.You can read Porter's article, "How '...

Peter B Collins - 2017-03-03 - Original post - cached version

Jeff Sessions held Clintons, others to high standards for perjury, now tries to play down false declaration at confirmation hearing…--Sessions’ lie is pretty blatant, and Dems who covered for James Clapper’s perjury rush to nail new Attorney General

--the confidence-man-in-chief expresses...

Peter B Collins - 2017-03-02 - Original post - cached version

About to be extradited from Portugal to serve 4-year prison term in Italy, former CIA agent De Sousa gets partial pardon…--PBC interviews with De Sousa are here and here

--Trump speech to Congress was more presidential, with the typical self-aggrandizement and bullshit



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