Police State USA? President Trump shocks the Beltway with a series of tweets accusing President Obama of "tapping my phones" in October 2016. We dig deep into these explosive charges, as it now seems certain that candidate Trump was under NSA surveillance heading into the election. Newt Gingrich says the Obama Administration "smells to high heaven" in all this, while Andrew McCarthy of National Review describes Obama's "politically motivated abuse of presidential power." A pattern dating back to the IRS Scandal? We consider the stunning word-parsing "non-denials" of Obama spokesmen Josh Earnest and Kevin Lewis, along with Sen. Chuck Schumer's duplicitous "either way" lack of denial. With Listener Calls & Music via AC/DC, Moby and the Beatles.
Sen. Rand Paul says John McCain has been wrong on everything for "four decades." President Trump discusses "very fake news" in a tour de force press conference. Reviewing Thomas Jefferson's criticisms of the "malignity" and "vulgarity" of the "putrid" media of his day, even as he advocated for Press Freedom. John Dickerson of CBS admits the media has lost America, and can only blame themselves for it. Will the Trump Wall save money? Why are Chinese students at UCSD trying to block an appearance of the Dalai Lama? Plus, we listen to First Lady Melania Trump recite the Lord's Prayer. Also, Colorado skiing adventures and the lessons of the Blue Elephant. With Listener Calls & Music via Sublime, Mike Ness and R.E.M.
Who Rules America? The Beltway Swamp now in full rebellion against the American people. The Radicalized Ruling Class clings to power in the Era of Trump. Have our Civil Servants become Civil Tyrants? The Deep State scalps National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, as the Media cheers their Orwellian tactics. Did the Big Brother treatment of Flynn offer reasons --or excuses -- for his dismissal? Additional scalps forthcoming? Meanwhile, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cleans out the Seventh Floor of the State Department. With Listener Calls & Music via Saint Etienne, the Bellamy Brothers, Kelly Willis and Giacomo Puccini's Nessun Dorma.
The loathsome John McCain criticizes President Trump from foreign soil. Why is this Deep State Denizen worrying about Dictatorship? A stricken Chuck Todd of NBC says it's "unAmerican" for Trump to criticize the Media, while Trump tweets that "FAKE NEWS media" is the "enemy of the American People." Meanwhile, Trump holds another high-energy rally in Melbourne, Florida with Air Force One as backdrop. Also Joy Villa, the singer of Grammy MAGA Dress fame, sees her album rocket up the charts. With Listener Calls & Music via Joy Villa, Alice In Chains, Skeeter Davis and Snoop Dogg.
Could America be on the cusp of a new Civil War? With Rush Limbaugh hinting upon such eventualities, we consider prospects and scenarios. How significant is this current tantrum on the Left? Meanwhile, Bill Kristol says the "lazy" white working class needs to be replaced by "new Americans." Notable "America Last" pundit David Brooks frets "we have offended the world" on Refugee Policy. Plus, a review of the new Keanu Reeves action film John Wick: Chapter 2. With Listener Calls and Music via Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Roy Orbison and Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys.
A visit with former Congressman Tom Tancredo. American Salvation, American Sovereignty. The political lunacy of the Ninth Circuit. As President Trump defends his daughter Ivanka, we consider Harry Truman's defense of his own daughter in 1950. What will it take to shake off the Ruling Class in America? Can the "swamp" be drained while keeping America intact? Western Civilization in the balance. Plus, singer Joy Villa stuns the Grammy Awards with a blue "Make America Great Again" dress on the red carpet. With Listener Calls & Music via Smokey Robinson, Zac Brown Band, Eros Ramazzotti and R.E.M.
Revealing Autocratic Leftist "Resistance" Strategies: Judges, Bureaucrats, Media & Leaks. Top-Down Propaganda with minimal accountability to the American people. Low-blow psyops while misappropriating "Orwell." Reviewing Ninth U.S. Circuit usurpation on Refugee policy and Thomas Jefferson's broadsides against the "despotic" Judiciary. Plus, gauging prospects for a new Civil War in America. With Listener Calls & Music via Lady Gaga, The Piano Guys, America and Kim Wilde.
The "unnerved" Establishment wants President Trump to "slow down." The exhausted authoritarian David Brooks calls on "civil servants" to disobey the President. Who is Orwellian? And what does Vicente Fox say? Plus, the question of Voter Fraud and the hidden costs of Sanctuary Cities. Notes on the brilliance of Trump's meeting with union leaders, as the GOP transforms into the party of working men and women. Meanwhile, Democrats take remedial courses in how to talk to "real people." With Listener Calls & Music via Johnny Cash, Kelly Willis, Dwight Yoakam, the Beatles and Ylvis.
Who Are We? Can there even be a "we" if America is not a sovereign nation? Commentator Joe Scarborough says President Trump must surrender because "the media always wins." How should President Trump approach the media? Head on? The noble cause -- and Trump winning, media credibility waning. Chasing Steve Bannon. Plus, protein bars made of crickets. With Listener Calls & Music via Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers and George Harrison.
The Velocity of President Trump. Democrats in disarray, as Trump meets with union leaders and keeps campaign promises. Debating controversies over Trump Refugee Policy in America. An on-site report from Scott Curtis at an LAX Airport protest. A big deal or just a big media signal? Majorities side with Trump. With Listener Calls & Music via Tracy Chapman, Courtney Barnett, Patricia Kaas and Autour de Lucie.