Trumpwatch With Jesse Lent

Sinopsis

"TrumpWatch with Jesse Lent" airs Wednesdays at 6:30pm on WBAI 99.5FM Pacifica Radio New York. Join us each week as we examine a different aspect of the Donald Trump administration.

Episodios

  • Is President Trumps support from congressional Republicans waning? (Sheryl Gay Stolberg)

    Is President Trump's support from congressional Republicans waning? (Sheryl Gay Stolberg)

    20/03/2019 Duración: 25min

    (3/20/19) For over two years, Republicans in Congress have given President Trump nearly unanimous support. Yet, according to Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Michael Shear’s March 14 New York Times article “Congress Has a Breaking Point. This Week, Trump Might Have Found It.” the seams are starting to show in the blanket of support the President has received throughout his term. On this week’s “TrumpWatch with Jesse Lent” on WBAI, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, congressional correspondent for the New York Times, considers what three bipartisan measures passed within the last seven days (with the help of defecting Republicans) tell us about President Trump's ability to control GOP lawmakers in the newly redivided halls of Congress.

  • Why have DOJ civil rights investigations been at an all-time low for the past 2 years? (Rob Arthur)

    Why have DOJ civil rights investigations been at an all-time low for the past 2 years? (Rob Arthur)

    13/03/2019 Duración: 27min

    (3/13/19)With both President Trump and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions previously vowing to curb Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations into areas like local law enforcement, few Americans would be shocked to discover that civil rights enforcement has decreased at the agency in the past two years. Yet according to a VICE News report by Rob Arthur, DOJ civil rights prosecutions have dropped 60 percent in the first two years of the Trump administration compared to the Obama years and are 50 percent lower than during George W. Bush’s presidency. In this week’s episode of “TrumpWatch with Jesse Lent,” Rob Arthur discusses his VICE News exclusive “Trump’s Justice Department is investigating 60% fewer civil rights cases than Obama’s” and considers what it means for the future of America.

  • What does the Presidents declaration of a national emergency mean for the country? (Amy B. Wang)

    What does the President's declaration of a national emergency mean for the country? (Amy B. Wang)

    21/02/2019 Duración: 25min

    (2/20/19) With 16 states, the ACLU, the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition all suing President Trump in at least four different lawsuits over his declaration of a national emergency on Friday over what he describes as illegal immigrants streaming across the southern border, this appears to be another battle headed for the Supreme Court. On this week’s “TrumpWatch with Jesse Lent” on WBAI, Washington Post reporter Amy B. Wang, author of the February 18 article “White House defends Trump’s emergency declaration as lawsuits and political battles mount,” unpacks what the national emergency means in both the long and short term.

  • Did billionaire Republican donors buy support for the 2017 tax overhaul? (Peter Cary)

    Did billionaire Republican donors buy support for the 2017 tax overhaul? (Peter Cary)

    14/02/2019 Duración: 25min

    (2/13/19) “The rich will not be gaining at all with this plan,” President Trump said in September of 2017 as Republicans began to draft their sweeping overhaul of the tax code. It was a claim echoed the following month by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” on ABC. “As I’ve said all along, the objective of the president is that rich people don’t get tax cuts,” Mnuchin said. Yet, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis entitled "Did billionaires pay off Republicans for passing the Trump tax bill?" from the time the Republican tax plan was unveiled on Nov. 2, 2017 until the end of the year, dozens of billionaires and millionaires gave a total of $31.1 million to Republican members of Congress, a departure from when they gave in previous years. On this week’s “TrumpWatch with Jesse Lent” on WBAI, reporter Peter Cary (one of the authors of the Center for Public Integrity study) examines whether Republican donors bought the passage of the tax bill by withholding

  • What does the tone of Trumps 2nd State of the Union tell us about his priorities? (Gabby Orr)

    What does the tone of Trump's 2nd State of the Union tell us about his priorities? (Gabby Orr)

    07/02/2019 Duración: 24min

    (2/6/19) As President Trump weighs another government shutdown or declaration of a national emergency over his demands for a border wall and considers the increasingly expansive Special Counsel, there is no shortage of potential calamities swirling around his second State of the Union address. On this week’s “TrumpWatch with Jesse Lent” on WBAI, White House reporter for POLITICO Gabby Orr helps break down the President’s remarks and considers what they tell us about his priorities and agenda for the next year.

  • How are activists challenging President Trumps immigration policies in the courts? (Anu Joshi)

    How are activists challenging President Trump's immigration policies in the courts? (Anu Joshi)

    31/01/2019 Duración: 25min

    (1/30/19) The federal government is back open. But from the 15,000 migrant children being detained in the US according to a report last month in the Guardian to the Commerce Department effort to add a citizenship question to the Census to President Trump’s continued characterizations of a crisis on the southern border, immigration remains the dominant political issue of the day. While the President threatens a second government shutdown over wall funding, this week on “TrumpWatch with Jesse Lent” on WBAI we look at the way that some activists are battling proposed Trump administration policies in the courts with Anu Joshi, senior director of immigrant rights policy at the New York Immigration Coalition.

  • How will the new Democratic majority in the House affect the Trump presidency? (David Cay Johnston)

    How will the new Democratic majority in the House affect the Trump presidency? (David Cay Johnston)

    24/01/2019 Duración: 27min

    (1/23/19) With Democrats picking up 40 seats in November’s election, the party currently holds a commanding 36-seat majority in the House of Representatives. In this episode of “TrumpWatch with Jesse Lent” on WBAI, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author of “It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America” David Cay Johnston explores what the new House majority will mean for the mounting investigations of the President and who can compel him to release his tax returns.

  • How has Donald Trump permanently changed the presidency two years into his term? (Robert Costa)

    How has Donald Trump permanently changed the presidency two years into his term? (Robert Costa)

    17/01/2019 Duración: 25min

    (1/16/19)With large sections of the government shut down and the newly sworn-in Democratic House refusing to budge, it would be difficult to argue that this is what anyone wanted to be the halfway marker for President Trump’s first term. Yet, as Donald Trump approaches the two-year anniversary of his inauguration there are indisputable ways that he has changed the norms of the presidency at least for the immediate term. In this episode of “TrumpWatch with Jesse Lent" on WBAI, Robert Costa, the host of “Washington Week” on PBS and a national political reporter for the Washington Post, breaks down how we got to the current political stalemate in DC and looks back at the ways the President has reshaped the executive branch in his first two years in office.

  • Ep 100: What was the message of the Presidents first prime time Oval Office address? (Noah Lanard)

    Ep 100: What was the message of the President's first prime time Oval Office address? (Noah Lanard)

    10/01/2019 Duración: 26min

    (1/9/19) Donald Trump’s Oval Office speech on Tuesday night employed a sharply political tone that was a departure from the way past Presidents have used this forum. On this week’s “TrumpWatch with Jesse Lent,” reporter Noah Lanard of Mother Jones fact checks the President’s claims that “criminal gangs, drug smugglers and human traffickers are streaming across our southern border."

  • What is President Trump hoping to accomplish with the government shutdown? (Gabby Orr)

    What is President Trump hoping to accomplish with the government shutdown? (Gabby Orr)

    03/01/2019 Duración: 26min

    (1/2/19) On Dec. 22, President Trump shut down the federal government in response to Senate Democrats refusal to include $5 billion to fund a border wall as part of their 2019 budget. With national parks and museums closed along with all Departments of Commerce, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development and the IRS and all “nonessential” agencies, the shutdown is being felt in a multitude of areas of public life. In this episode of “TrumpWatch with Jesse Lent” Gabby Orr, White House reporter for POLITICO and co-author of the article “Inside the Pence-Schumer showdown” reflects on the political backdrop that got us here and reveals the broader ways that the shutdown is affecting all of us.

  • Ep 98: Who should be the voice of President Donald Trumps tweets? (Lenny Bruce)

    Ep 98: Who should be the voice of President Donald Trump's tweets? (Lenny Bruce)

    20/12/2018 Duración: 26min

    (12/19/18) With a President in the White House using social media in a way never seen before from a world leader, a difficult question has arose for broadcast journalists—who should be the voice of Donald Trump’s Twitter account? On this week’s “TrumpWatch with Jesse Lent” on WBAI, we examine what voice would work best to verbalize President Trump’s Twitter activity with help from a very special guest.

  • Ep 97: What do Russians outside of the government think about President Trump? (Maxim Pozdorovkin)

    Ep 97: What do Russians outside of the government think about President Trump? (Maxim Pozdorovkin)

    13/12/2018 Duración: 24min

    (12/12/18)A lot has been made of the role that Russia did or didn’t play in manipulating US public opinion in the 2016 election. But how was that election and its winning candidate perceived by everyday Russians? In the documentary “Our New President,” available on Amazon and iTunes, director Maxim Pozdorovkin (“The Truth About Killer Robots,” “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer”) tells the story of Donald Trump’s rise to political power entirely through the use of state-sponsored Russian TV news. Equal parts cautionary tale and absurdist farce, “Our New President” is the mirror image of the Russiagate coverage that has dominated American nightly newscasts for the last two years. In this episode of “TrumpWatch with Jesse Lent” on WBAI, Maxim Pozdorovkin reflects on what the Russian media portrayal of Trump can tell us about that country's perceptions of the President and future relations with our former Cold War foe.

  • Ep 96: How are new Trump administration rules affecting the White House press corps? (Anita Kumar)

    Ep 96: How are new Trump administration rules affecting the White House press corps? (Anita Kumar)

    06/12/2018 Duración: 27min

    (12/5/18) On Nov. 19, President Trump’s communications staff released new rules for journalists covering the White House. In addition to limits on follow-up questions, the two-page statement on the change also contained the following warning: “President Trump believes strongly in the First Amendment and interacts with the press in just such a way. It would be a great loss for all if, instead of this give-and-take and instead of relying on the professionalism of White House journalists, we were compelled to devise a lengthy and detailed code of conduct for White House events.” In this week’s “TrumpWatch with Jesse Lent” on WBAI, White House correspondent for McClatchy News and board member of the White House Correspondents' Association Anita Kumar reflects on how these new rules have changed her job in the two weeks since they were issued and what other possible restrictions could be coming in the months ahead.

  • Ep 95: How will President Trump’s climate change denial affect the earth? (Umair Irfan)

    Ep 95: How will President Trump’s climate change denial affect the earth? (Umair Irfan)

    29/11/2018 Duración: 26min

    (11/28/18)Since 1990, American presidents have been required by law to oversee a major report on climate change called the National Climate Assessment featuring research from 13 federal agencies and 300 scientists. Despite plans to release the findings in December, the Trump administration opted to rush the 1,600-page report out on “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving. On Monday, President Trump told an AP reporter, “I don’t believe it.” In this week’s “TrumpWatch” on WBAI, host Jesse Lent talks to Umair Irfan, staff writer for Vox and author of the Nov. 26 article “Trump White House issues climate change report undermining its own policy” about what the environmental consequences are for a president who doesn’t believe in global warming in 2018.

  • Ep 94: Why is urban homelessness increasing under President Trump? (Esme Deprez)

    Ep 94: Why is urban homelessness increasing under President Trump? (Esme Deprez)

    22/11/2018 Duración: 28min

    (11/21/18)You can find footage of President Donald Trump weighing in on just about any issue other than homelessness. With the government-sponsored housing loan giant Freddie Mac reporting that the portion of rental units affordable to low earners dropped 62 percent from 2010 to 2016, this is not a problem the President created. Yet, economists and politicians alike have raised the issue of whether Trump’s budget cuts to the social safety net have led to a jump in the number of homeless people in America’s richest cities not seen since President Ronald Reagan employed similar tactics in the 1980s. In this episode of “TrumpWatch” on WBAI, host Jesse Lent and Esme Deprez, co-author of the Bloomberg Businessweek article “The Homeless Crisis Is Getting Worse in America’s Richest Cities,” explore what effect Trump administration policies are having to exacerbate the epidemic of homelessness in the most prosperous of the nation’s urban centers.

  • Ep 93: What role is Donald Trump playing in the rise of hate crimes in America? (Arjun Singh Sethi)

    Ep 93: What role is Donald Trump playing in the rise of hate crimes in America? (Arjun Singh Sethi)

    15/11/2018 Duración: 26min

    (11/14/18)On Tuesday, the F.B.I. revealed that hate crimes in the U.S. rose 17 percent in 2017, the third consecutive year that number has gone up. The report cites 7,175 hate crimes in 2017, yet according to Arjun Singh Sethi, author of “American Hate: Survivors Speak Out” considering the tendency of state and federal agencies to underreport such incidents, the number is most likely much higher. On this week’s “TrumpWatch” on WBAI, Arjun and host Jesse Lent examine what role President Trump has played in the spike in hate violence observed in this country since his rise to power and what can be done to reverse this disturbing trend.

  • Ep 92: What will the midterm election results mean for President Donald Trump? (Paul Kane)

    Ep 92: What will the midterm election results mean for President Donald Trump? (Paul Kane)

    08/11/2018 Duración: 28min

    (11/7/18)The 2018 election was the most hotly anticipated midterm in decades. But what do the results mean for the President and his policy agenda? On this week’s “TrumpWatch with Jesse Lent” on WBAI, Paul Kane, senior congressional reporter for the Washington Post, helps break down how the first Democratic majority in the House of Representatives in eight years and an enhanced Republican majority in the Senate will shape the next two years of the Trump presidency.

  • Ep 91: How would new Trump administration gender guidelines affect LGBTQ Americans? (Sarah McBride)

    Ep 91: How would new Trump administration gender guidelines affect LGBTQ Americans? (Sarah McBride)

    25/10/2018 Duración: 25min

    (10/24/18) On Saturday, the New York Times revealed a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) memo on a proposed Trump administration plan to redefine the way the federal government recognizes gender. By reclassifying a person’s sex based solely on the genitalia they were born with in the federal civil rights law called Title IX, HHS could restrict access to civil rights protections in schools, health care and other social services. On this week’s “TrumpWatch” on WBAI, host Jesse Lent looks at what this change in federal policy would mean for LGBTQ Americans with Sarah McBride, national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, the largest civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in the US.

  • Ep 90: If the 2018 midterm elections are hacked, is it President Trumps fault? (Pema Levy)

    Ep 90: If the 2018 midterm elections are hacked, is it President Trump's fault? (Pema Levy)

    17/10/2018 Duración: 26min

    (10/17/18) “If hackers target this November’s midterm elections, the consequences could be far more serious than the mostly quiet probing of 2016 and would fall on an electorate that has yet to receive a full reckoning of Russia’s attack,” write Mother Jones reporters AJ Vicens and Pema Levy in their article “The Midterm Elections Are in Serious Danger of Being Hacked, Thanks to Trump. Hackers could try to create chaos by causing machines to malfunction, deleting properly registered voters, or even going so far as manipulating vote totals.” In this week’s “TrumpWatch” on WBAI, host Jesse Lent talks to Pema about what her reporting reveals about critical vulnerabilities in America’s voting system and what this means as we head into the 2018 midterms.

  • Ep 89: What will Brett Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS confirmation mean for the environment? (Jay Michaelson)

    Ep 89: What will Brett Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS confirmation mean for the environment? (Jay Michaelson)

    11/10/2018 Duración: 26min

    (10/10/18) When Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court on Saturday, despite moving Senate testimony from Dr. Christine Blassey Ford that he had sexually assaulted her when they were teens, the country divided along mostly partisan lines on whom they believed and what they thought of the outcome. One issue that got little discussion in the controversy over Kavanaugh was what his ascendance to the high court and the 5-4 conservative majority he brings will mean for environmental regulation in America. On this week’s “TrumpWatch with Jesse Lent” on WBAI, Jay Michaelson, legal affairs columnist for The Daily Beast, discusses his op-ed “Kavanaugh and Supreme Court to Planet: Drop Dead.”

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