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Wednesday
Nov222017

[RT America] November 22nd: Jack Talks Trump, Putin, and Assad on Syria and Who Won

Tuesday
Oct312017

[Press TV Tehran] October 31st: Jack Talks Trump's Renewed Muslim Ban Effort

I appear on Press TV Tehran on October 31st.  This is President Trump's third effort to ban Muslim refugees. Now, I saw this very consciously because this is exactly what he told his screaming throngs that he was going to do.  He didn't say terrorists, he said Muslims.  Therefore, one can shine this up all day long and add caveats but it doesn't seem to change the ultimate motivation.  

Considering I will be talking with the Iranian Press and one of the counties to which this ban would apply, this should certainly be an interesting conversation.

Hope you can catch it.

Monday
Oct302017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] October 30th: Jack Talks Indictments of Trump Associates

I appear on AM 950 Minneapolis with Matt McNeil. A lot of extraordinary things are coming out of Special Counsel Bob Mueller's office.  Two have been charged and one has pled guilty. Paul Manafort and Rick Gates have been charged with twelve counts in a Federal indictment.  This is pretty extraordinary considering that Manafort was the Chair of Trump's campaign. In addition, while many of the counts involved their behavior prior to his involvement with the Trump campaign, the Feds are arguing that they were continuing to launder monry while they held positions with the Campaign.  In addition, the third, George Papadopoulos pled guilty to obstruction. This is extraordinary as this may mean that he has not only cooperated with the Feds, he may have reached back out to others who could face charges in the future.

This is going to be a pretty wild conversation.

 

Friday
Oct202017

[Voice of America Intl. Ed.] October 18th: Jack Talks Ongoing Mueller Investigation

I appear on Voice of America International Edition with Lori Lundin on October 18th.  As Mueller's investigation into Russian efforts and American complicity in the recent elections continues to chug along, I will discuss Mueller's recent interviews with Trump surrogates Priebus and Spicer. At this point, its difficult to determine whether they had any involvement or even if they have an specific information that will be helpful. However, as players in the room, they may be capable of talking about other players, what was said privately and what it means. However, with the likes of Priebus, they might know much much more.  

The purpose of interviewing these other other players is to fill in gaps.  Frequently in investigations like these, it becomes easier to prosecute for obstruction than it is to prosecutor the underlying charge.  Of course, once an indictment comes down, those charged may be more willing to discuss all that they really know or heard.  

This story, dispite the President's desires, continues to have legs.  

Wednesday
Oct182017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] October 16th: Jack Talks Diminishing U.S. Influence in South Asia

I appear on AM 950 Minneapolis with Mike McIntee on October 16th. It was just announced that President Trump will be meeting with Philippine President Dutuerte.  This is an extraordinary development considering Dutuerte's very public calls for Philippine citizens to simply go out and kill people they think are drug dealers. The Philippine President has also taken it upon himself through his government to conduct such killings. Considering what this means regarding a complete lack of a judicial process and the rule of law, it is only exacerbated by Trump's encouragement of Dutuerte in the past alongside this new visit.

This meeting is part of an effort to try to perpetuate U.S. power in the region or at least prop up the U.S. deterioration of its power in the region. Considering China continuing to flex its considerable muscle while at the same time North Korea firing off missile after missile while testing nucs and threatening to use them, things are certainly heating up.

This will be fun.

Tuesday
Oct102017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] October 9th: Jack Talks Trump Instability

I appear on AM950 with Matt McNeil on October 9th.  There is an interesting spat going on inside the Beltway that is getting really really strange. This one is between President Trump and Republican Senator Bob Corker, the Senate Chairman of the powerful Foreign Relations Committee.  What makes this particularly crazy is that the President is going after Corker and Corker refused to back down. In fact, Corker's argument is that the President needs adult supervision. What makes this interesting is that multiple reports have talked about many in the White House trying to protect Trump from . . . you guessed it Trump.  Extraordinary.

The stone cold silence inside the Beltway from other Republicans is equally amazing. Corker is popular, well respected and has a lot of friends. This puts them in a very interesting place. The real question I have been asking for months is when the GOP will decide that being allied to the President is actually costing them votes and that they would shift.  While this may not be the time, it is certainly another stick on the fire.

his should be an interesting conversation.

Tuesday
Sep262017

[KOA Denver] September 26th: Jack Talks North Korea and the Inevitable

I appear on KOA Denver on September 26th. The rhetoric between the United States and the North Koreans continues to ramp up. So do the provocations. The North Koreans continue to fire missiles, conduct tests, and make ugly videos. President Trump continues to promise destruction and fly U.S. bombers off the coast of the North Korean coast.

The problem is, at this level, one side or the other could easily make a mistake and that is all it would take.  Its all well and good to pound your chest and talk tough but if somebody, anybody pushes a button, hundreds of thousands, maybe millions could die. 

And the rhetoric continues.

Tuesday
Sep192017

[RTTV Washington DC] September 19th: Jack Talks Trump's United Nations Speech

I appear on RTTV Washington on September 19th.  President Trump spoke before the United Nations General Assembly today. Sadly, this President who has been quite successful in front of his base but has never pivoted to actually being President of the United States. In a world that can be incredibly dangerous, this President had the opportunity to motivate this international body to come together to try to drive a settlement with the North Koreans. Instead, he threatened to annihilate the country along with potentially millions of people. 

I will discuss the North Korean issue and well as his statements regarding the Iran Nuclear deal. While they are somewhat connected, the potential of pulling out of this deal would result in simply no deal at all. If the Americans find a way to keep sanctions at the current levels, or even increase them, the potential could be catastrophic.  

This will be a complex but important conversation.  

 

Tuesday
Sep192017

[Voice of America Intl. Edition] September 19th: Jack Talks Latest on Trump/Russia Investigation

I appear on Voice of America International Edition on September 19th. As the process continues to move forward in the Trump/Russia collusion investigation, its clear that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is taking his sweet time. Further, it is also clear that he is being extremely thorough and that this approach is critically important.  At some point, he will come to some conlcusions and it is important that all sides accept the results.  The quesiton of whether the Trump conspired with the Russians has certainly rocked the country and there are regularly more questions than answers. Eventually, these questions should be answered.

The latest involves some information regarding former Trump Campaign Director Paul Manafort.  There were apparently at least two FISA warrants involving Mr. Manafort and this may lead to some really interested information. Based upon what I'm seeing, it appears that Mr. Manafort could be indicted on money laundering, tax evasion and obstruction plus more.  Of course, the question is whether it will stop there.

I will appear on VOA International Edition to discuss.  This will be fun.

Monday
Aug282017

[WVLY West Virginia] August 28th: Jack Talks Trump's Pardon of Joe Arpaio

I appear on WVLY West Virginia with my buddy Howard Monroe on August 28th.  Mr. Trump is standing by his pardoning of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  And yet, there is a reason he is being criticized by both Republicans and Democrats including a former Vice President and a current Republican Speaker of the House.  He let Arpaio off of the hook before he was even sentenced, before he ever served a day in jail, despite the fact that he ignored and absolutely repeated flouted a Federal Judge's order to not violate the U.S. Constitution and target people because of their ethnic heritage which he has absolutely no right to do. 

It is striking and just another example of this President's willingness to ignore and undercut the Judiciary, an equal in the balance of power that is simply fundamental to the operation of the United States of America. He attack of the Federal Judge in Ohio that he described as a "Mexican" was breathtaking.  This is likely worse.

I continue to wonder how long Republicans will accept this kind of behavior.  This is nothing short of an attack on the institutional structure of the United States. I hope you can catch it.