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Independent investigative journalism, broadcasting, trouble-making and muckraking with Brad Friedman of BradBlog.com. Originating on Pacifica Radio's KPFK 90.7FM in Los Angeles and syndicated coast-to-coast and around the globe! NOW FIVE DAYS A WEEK!

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Independent investigative journalism, broadcasting, trouble-making and muckraking with Brad Friedman of BradBlog.com. Originating on Pacifica Radio's KPFK 90.7FM in Los Angeles and syndicated coast-to-coast and around the globe! NOW FIVE DAYS A WEEK!

    'BradCast' 7/10/2020 (Guest: Former U.S. Sen. Timothy Wirth on how Trump could lose but 'legally' stay in office)

    'BradCast' 7/10/2020 (Guest: Former U.S. Sen. Timothy Wirth on how Trump could lose but 'legally' stay in office)

    On today's 'BradCast':  Coronavirus infection rates and hospitalizations are surging across much of the country, particularly in states with Republican Governors who reopened far too early, against warnings from health experts.  The virus' mortality rate is a lagging indicator that follows the increase in hospitalizations, and now death rates are beginning to spike -- as predicted -- in states like Florida, Texas, Arizona and others where Republican Governors put their perceived (and twisted) political interests ahead of the health of their actual constituents.  In Florida, hospitals are running out of ICU space and test kits, yet the Republican National Committee is still planning to hold an in-person convention next month.  Former Colorado SENATOR TIMOTHY WIRTH joins us to discuss his chilling op-ed detailing an all-too-plausible scenario in which Trump could lose both the popular vote and Electoral College in a rout, but still manage to remain in office. Wirth explains the step-by-step process, and how it could all be done "legally" through a suite of presidential emergency powers, with some help from the stolen U.S. Supreme Court and the shameless Republican caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. Wirth warns now is the time to start sounding the alarm bells, and making plans for how to counter such a scheme. The scenario, as he details it, is as chilling as it sounds -- and completely imaginable under this President, who, Wirth explains, is already busily laying the ground work for such a coup. Plus:  important advice from the great musical comedy satirist, Randy Rainbow...

    • 57 min
    'BradCast' 7/9/2020 (Guest: Mark Joseph Stern on SCOTUS Trump taxes decisions)

    'BradCast' 7/9/2020 (Guest: Mark Joseph Stern on SCOTUS Trump taxes decisions)

    On today's 'BradCast':  The Republicans' stolen U.S. Supreme handed down two major decisions today, mostly agreeing that presidents are not above the law even as their rulings allowed the current one to buy some time before he potentially faces accountability – which will almost certainly prevent the public from seeing his tax returns, foreign financial entanglements, and other likely fraudulent financial documents before the critical 2020 election. Donald Trump unleashed an unhinged Twitter tantrum in response to those two extraordinary gifts from the Supreme Court today. One opinion effectively postpones the disclosure of his dubious financial documents to the Manhattan district attorney until after the November election. The other prevents several congressional committees from obtaining similar documents until after the election, and potentially never, if SCOTUS' newly-raised bar for such subpoenas allows Trump to run out the clock to the end of the Congressional session in December. Slate's great court reporter MARK JOSEPH STERN brings clarity and context to today's complicated opinions, which one attorney described thusly: "The ruling is 'No president is above the law', but they post-dated it to the Biden administration." Also today:  Trump has received a second unexplained extension postponing release of his annual financial disclosure statement. A NYT columnist proposes that Joe Biden should refuse to debate Trump until Trump releases his tax returns from his years as President. The CDC is now claiming it will not revise guidance for safely reopening schools, despite Trump's complaints that the recommendations are "very tough and expensive". Tulsa is seeing a surge of COVID cases following Trump's unmasked super-spreader campaign rally. Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report' ...

    • 58 min
    'BradCast' 7/8/2020: (Guest: Eddie Perez of OSET Inst. on the truth about absentee ballot fraud)

    'BradCast' 7/8/2020: (Guest: Eddie Perez of OSET Inst. on the truth about absentee ballot fraud)

    On today's 'BradCast':  Just weeks ago, the Trump Death Cultists on Fox 'News' and in Republican-controlled states were railing against the media and demanding apologies from those who warned that prematurely reopening states was a terrible idea. Today, at least 56 Florida hospital ICU's have now hit capacity -- just one GOP-led state where political decisions have had deadly consequences. Infections and hospitalizations are now rising sharply in 31 states. New conservative estimates forecast a mortality rate of more than 200,000 U.S. deaths from COVID-19 by November 1 -- others project as many as 500,000 -- while noting that some 45,000 lives could be saved in that time if everyone simply wore masks in public. At what point does it become a criminal act when Donald Trump, VP Pence and Gov. DeSantis command schoolchildren to go back to in-person classrooms next month, during a pandemic, under threat of financial penalty, and in defiance of CDC guidelines?  The CDC is changing its guidelines for schools after Trump called complained they were too "tough" and "expensive."  Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr are also lying about absentee voting amid the pandemic. EDDIE PEREZ, Global Director of Technology and Standards at the OSET (Open Source Election Technology) Institute, debunks many of the lies about mail-in voting being infectiously spread by Trump, why the claims are largely nonsense, and why private, for-profit voting system vendors are not equipped to meet the critical needs of transparent, overseeable elections in support of American democracy.  Also today: The US Supreme Court hands down two disturbing opinions allowing religious organizations to ignore anti-discrimination laws, because "freedom of religion" apparently now includes the freedom to take actual freedoms away from everyone else...

    • 58 min
    'BradCast' 7/7/2020 (Guest: Mark Joseph Stern on new SCOTUS rulings, anti-voting measures)

    'BradCast' 7/7/2020 (Guest: Mark Joseph Stern on new SCOTUS rulings, anti-voting measures)

    On today's 'BradCast':  As the COVID-19 crisis gravely worsens in the U.S., some Republicans are calling for measures that will increase infection rates, hospitalization rates and, yes, death. In Florida -- despite health experts' warnings, more than 200,000 confirmed cases, and new record daily infection rates -- the Education Commissioner declared all public schools must re-open next month for in-person classes five days a week, calling it critical to "a return to Florida hitting its full economic stride." President Trump further pushed the death march, pledging to pressure states to open schools, asserting they have been closed for "political reasons."  Slate's ace legal reporter MARK JOSEPH STERN explains Monday's new U.S. Supreme Court rulings, and an emerging pattern of judicial opinions that bode darkly for voting rights in this year's critical Presidential election. The Court ruled that states may prevent so-called "faithless electors" from casting their vote in the Electoral College for someone other than the Presidential candidate who won the state's popular vote. The Court's ruling on robocalls made to cell phones reveals some encouraging news regarding a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). But several recent decisions by both SCOTUS and federal appeals courts are extremely troubling -- and revealing -- as to how right-wing controlled federal courts will address voter suppression and measures intended to make voting safer and easier during the pandemic, suggesting we could be in for no small amount of chaos, disenfranchisement and, yes, deadly disease, in this year's crucial general elections. Plus Desi Doyen has our latest 'Green News Report'...

    • 58 min
    'BradCast' 7/6/2020 (Guest: Salon's Heather 'Digby' Parton on Trump's race war re-election strategy)

    'BradCast' 7/6/2020 (Guest: Salon's Heather 'Digby' Parton on Trump's race war re-election strategy)

    On today's 'BradCast':   Several countries around the world have all but defeated the COVID-19 virus, while the U.S. has shattered new records for new infections and hospitalizations every day for the last month. Trump's former DHS Sec. Tom Bossert warns that if the virus continues on its current trajectory in the U.S., as many as 500,000 could die by year's end.  Trump's own FDA Commissioner avoids contradicting the president's dangerously false claims about the lethality of the coronavirus. The US Supreme court ruled on Monday that states could bar so-called 'faithless electors' from casting votes in the Electoral College, and struck down part of a law regulating robo-calls that could have implications for Republicans' attempts to dismantle Obamacare.  Opinion columnist HEATHER DIGBY PARTON of Salon and Hullabaloo deconstructs Trump's astonishing, aggressive, campaign-style rallies held at Mount Rushmore and on July 4th at the White House, during which he all but ignored the deadly coronavirus pandemic and its accompanying economic disaster, and instead offered 'angry declarations of war against fellow Americans on the day the country celebrates freedom and independence'.  Parton also discusses how Trump has failed to take action on mind-blowing allegations that Russian military intelligence paid bounties to members of the Taliban for killing U.S. troops, and new reporting exposing Trump's 'uninformed' and 'delusional' phone calls with world leaders, and more. We are now exactly 120 days from Election Day, November 3rd...not that anyone's counting...

    • 58 min
    'BradCast' 7/3/2020: (Nicole Sandler with Rep Eric Swalwell)

    'BradCast' 7/3/2020: (Nicole Sandler with Rep Eric Swalwell)

    Guest host Nicole Sandler speaks with Congressman Eric Swalwell about his new book, "Endgame: Inside the Impeachment of Donald J. Trump". Plus the lastest news and commentary on the 4th of July and Black Lives Matter

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