Political Analysis

From the grassroots to Washington and beyond, the realities of politics and power are routinely cloaked in euphemism and evasion.

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On this, the 11th anniversary of George W. Bush's Axis of Evil speech, Sandy LeonVest talks to author and investigative journalist David Lindorff about the ominous and prophetic nature of that speech, delivered on January 29, 2002 by then-president George W. Bush. They  discuss the endless nature of the war on terror, and the ways in which it has been ratcheted up and become "even more evil" under the Obama administration.

Eleven years ago to the day, when Bush delivered what was his second State of the Union address, it signaled the beginning of a relentless crusade by the US government against so-called “Islamic terrorists," known as the "war on terror." That crusade was destined to change the world – at least as most Americans understood it – fundamentally and irrevocably.

David Lindorff is the author of many books, including The Case for Impeachment, in which he lays out a legal case for why the Bush/Cheney administration should have been impeached. His work can be found at www.thiscantbehappening.net, as well as at http://www.eurasiareview.com/author/dave-lindorff/.

Today, Dave is working on another book -- which might reasonably be titled, "The Case for Impeachment II -- How Obama Managed to Out-Evil George W. Bush."

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Jan 22nd, 2013 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm

Karyn Strickler of Climate Challenge Media guest hosts for Sandy LeonVest.  You can find her at Climate Challenge Media w/ host Karyn Strickler, on Facebook,.

The only climate change legislation to ever pass the U.S. House was called cap and trade. The legislation did not pass the U.S. Senate.  At this time of major drought across the U.S. and superstorms like Sandy, we still do not have one of the essential keys to slowing climate change:  Federal legislation.  We’ll talk today with 2 esteemed guests about the failure to pass federal climate legislation.  Who’s at fault?  DC Environmentalists?  President Obama?  The right-wing?  What it will take to pass such legislation?  Is a regulatory approach a better strategy?

Theda Skocpol is an American sociologist and political scientist at Harvard University. She is the former Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Our focus today is on Professor Skocpol’s recent paper entitled, “NAMING THE PROBLEM:  What It Will Take to Counter Extremism and Engage Americans in the Fight against Global Warming”

Bill Snape is Senior Counsel, Center for Biological Diversity and Practitioner in Residence, American University Law School.

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On tonight's Political Analysis, Sandy LeonVest observes the (real) birthday of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with civil rights activist, journalist and author Kevin Alexander Gray. They listen to excerpts from (and discuss) some of Dr. King’s lesser known, but equally important sermons, including "The Other America" and "Where Do We Go From Here?" They also discuss Dr. King's vision of "peace on earth," and what he might say about the state of today's world -- from this nation's seemingly neverending "war on terror" to the "economic terrorism" coming out of Washington -- and the political and economic culture that is spawning it.

Tonight, on Martin Luther King Jr.'s 84th birthday -- 45 years after his untimely death -- Political Analysis pays tribute to MLK's vision and his message -- one that is arguably more relevant today than it was when he was alive.
Kevin Alexander Gray is the author of the book, "Waiting for Lightening to Strilke: The Fundamentals of Black Politics." His website is:  kevinalexandergray.com
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On tonight's Political Analysis, activist, author, journalist and visionary Norman Solomon joins host Sandy LeonVest to discuss the deplorable state of American politics today – and what we (still) can do to change it. The two journalists talk about the nation's critical need for progressive leadership, transformation and inspiration, along with Lisa Jackson's resignation last week as EPA head (saying she didn't want to reside over the agency when -- not if -- Obama approved the Keystone XL pipeline).

Also discussed, the Obama administration's nomination today of John Brenner (one of the "fathers" of drone warfare) to head the CIA, Obama's signing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the utter failure of mainstream corporate Democrats to challenge the administration's inhumane policies overseas -- including "extraordinary rendition" and torture and his pandering to the most reactionary elements of the Republican party -- all in the interest of "compromise." Norman Solomon's brilliant, insightful and compassionate perspective offers a refreshing and inspiring alternative for those who need reminding that we actually do have a critical role to play in the shaping of politics -- and our children's futures.

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