Debate

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Trump's speech to Congress; Increased spending on defense, the drug war and infrastructure. No change in social welfare spending other than ObamaCare repeal and replace and cutting back regulatory agencies like EPA but not nearly enough spending cuts to pay for the proposed spending increases. Pipeline construction will almost certainly make liberal use of eminent domain. Is strong vetting a precursor to real ID and civil liberties and privacy violations? Are Iran sanctions a first step toward war? The Yemen raid was a success?

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Trump OKs Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines.

Trump pushes for immediate start to building the Mexican wall.

Trump move for immediate restrictions on immigration from Islamic countries.

Trump cancels TPP, starts disengagement from NAFTA and signals "America First" trade policies. China's immediate response is rattling ICBMs. Next is a probable devaluation of the yuan.

All of the above will probably release the inflation dragon.

Interior nominee, Ryan Zinke believes in climate change, Teddy Roosevelt progressive.

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Show Three, More Good, Bad and Ugly

Good

Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, neurosurgeon, at least he's actually lived in government housing.

Energy, Rick Perry, Even though he forgot he forgot he wanted to abolish the department, he is from Texas and does know something about energy. waffles on climate change.

Bad

UN Nikki Haley, already criticizing UN on it's stance on Israel, claims Russia guilty of war crimes in Syria.

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Good

Health and Human Services, Tom Price, orthopedic surgeon, opponent of ObamaCare.

Labor, Andrew Puzder, CEO of Carl's Jr., opponent of minimum wage etc.

Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, deep spending cutter.

Bad

Defense General James Mattis, tougher than Trump on Russia, more supportive of NATO, supports Iran nuclear agreement.

Homeland Security, Marine General John Kelly

CIA, Mike Pompeo, at least he wouldn't endorse torture.

Ugly

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Show One, Trump the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Good

EPA - Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma Attorney General who has sued EPA and advocates dismantling large parts of it.

Education - Betsy DeVos, Amway billionaire and school choice activist.

Bad

Trade and Industry Policy Advisor, Peter Navarro, author of Death by China, trade war disaster maker.

Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, immigration and drug war hawk.

Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, Goldman Sachs crony.

Ugly

In The Studio - Champions of Human Rights

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Lin Weaver hosts Keith David Watenpaugh, Professor, Director of Human Rights Studies, UC Davis and Co-Director UC Davis Human Rights Collaboration.

en.wikipedia.org/keith_david_watenpaugh

topics discussed inlcude: The most flagrant violations of human rights, ways to tackle some of the most pressing issues of these violations in the world today.  Human rights studies at UC Davis and the Davis Human Rights Lectures '2017 Series.'

Recorded 01/19/17.

Media Edge

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"How Students of Color Confront Impostor Syndrome" (10.5 minutes)

As a black woman from a tough part of the Bronx who grew up to attain all the markers of academic prestige, Dena Simmons knows that for students of color, success in school sometimes comes at the cost of living authentically. Now an educator herself, Simmons discusses how we might create a classroom that makes all students feel proud of who they are. "Every child deserves an education that guarantees the safety to learn in the comfort of one's own skin," she says.