Links to today’s show transcripts:
Criminalizing Critics of Israel: Congress Considers Sweeping Bills to Fine & Jail Backers of BDS
U.S. lawmakers are seeking to criminally outlaw support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. If a proposed bipartisan law is passed, backers of BDS could face up to 20 years in prison and a million-dollar fine. Guests are Rabbi Joseph Berman of Jewish Voice for Peace and Ryan Grim of The Intercept. His latest article is titled “U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel.”
Has Jared Kushner’s Failed Deal with Qatar Fueled Trump’s Stance on Gulf Diplomatic Crisis?
Special counsel Robert Mueller is expanding his probe to include Donald Trump’s business activities, as well as those of his associates, including his son-in-law Jared Kushner. We examine how Kushner tried but failed to get a half-billion-dollar bailout from Qatar. Is that failed deal influencing Trump’s handling of the Gulf diplomatic crisis?
Sen. McConnell Plans Vote on Repealing Obamacare Despite Lacking Enough Support from GOP Senators
Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced the Senate will vote next week on whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement—even though the bill currently lacks enough Republican support to pass. McConnell’s announcement came after Trump invited all 52 Republican senators to the White House for lunchtime talks aimed at reviving stalled efforts on healthcare.
As Trump Touts “Made in America” Week, Indonesian Workers Toil Away Making Ivanka Trump Apparel
While Trump is promoting “Made in America” week, a recent investigation by The Guardian revealed workplace abuse, grueling production targets and deplorably low pay at an Indonesian factory that makes clothing for Ivanka Trump’s label. Many of the female workers at the factory in West Java say the pay is so low that they live in constant debt and can’t afford to live with their own children.