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Puerto Rico declares bankruptcy. $123 billion in debt compared to Detroit's $18 billion. $74 billion in bond debt and $49 billion in pension debt. First territory to declare bankruptcy and largest government bankruptcy in history of U.S.

Rand Paul: "Budget deal should be renamed Status Quo Protection Act."

FBI Director James Comey calls Wikileaks intelligence porn...echoes CIA Director Mike Pompeo's attacks on Julian Assange.

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard introduces Federal cannabis decriminalization bill.

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Trump flip flops on five core issues in one week:

1. Chinese currency manipulation.

2. Fed bubble finance and not reappointing Yellen. 3.Export-Import Bank subsidies to Boeing and GE.

4. NATO’s obsolescence.

5. Intervening on both sides of Syrian and Afghanistan civil wars.

Bill O'Reilly finally fired.

Assemblyman Miguel Santiago of LA's Assembly bill to raise standard of proof in cops lying cases

from "more likely than not" to "clear and convincing".

Populist Dialogues - The Remaking of an American City with Steve Early

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Steve Early talks with host David Delk about his new book, Refinery Town - Big Oil, Big Money, And The Remaking Of An American City. Richmond CA has historically been a company town. The company has been Chevron. Steve talks about the formation of the Richmond Progressive Alliance and the transformation of Richmond into a progressive light port on the west coast. The role special interest money has played is a large part of the story as is how the RPA has used reforms lke public funding of political candidates and "tag" lines on political ads to take control of the city government.

Populist Dialogues - Climate Jobs and Community Solar

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Host David Delk talks with Mark Darienzo and Joana Kirchhoff with Climate Jobs Portland. They discuss the organization's origins and purpose in presenting labor to environmental organization, recognizing the unions need to join in the movement for a renewable, and a sustainable energy economy. Then we talk about community solar, described as providing a chance for Oregonians to invest in solar power even if they individually cannot purchase and install their own solar system. Community Solar is designed to help people work together for the good of the environment and the community.

Populist Dialogues - Big Farms Make Big Flu

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Host David Delk interviews evolutionary biologist Rob Wallace, author of Big Farms Make Big Flu, Dispatches on Infectious Disease, Agricbusiness, And The Nature of Science. Rob talks about how as we have industrialized animal production, we have also industrialized pathogen production. Pathogens like influenza, Zika, Ebola, Swine and bird flu and more.

He notes that the economic model of industrialized agriculture drives the evolution and spread of deadly pathogens. And asks the question, "How do we get our economy to start speaking to our ecology by which we grow our food?"

Populist Dialogues - Trump loses popular vote but becomes President - what do we do?

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Host David Delk talks with Joan Horton, treasurer of Alliance for Democracy - Portland, and board member of national Alliance for Democracy. The topic is the Electoral College and how the national popular vote proposal would end the problem the current system creates - a candidate who does not receive the highest number of popular votes becoming president.

Joan also talks about the Alliance for Democracy and the various campaigns it is involved with, because the Issue is not the issues, it is the system.