TRUMP, SCOTUS, GINGRICH, COVID19: TROUBLING TIMES

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Supreme Court of the United States speaks and, no, Donald Trump, you are not above the law. But when will the American people see your tax returns? Before Donald Trump there was Newt Gingrich who tied American politics to a rock and threw it down a well. And while the Republican Party burns, the fever of Covid-19 ravages large swaths of the country. Should our nation’s children return to school? And we’re just beginning. Welcome to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining Halli at her table is Julian Zelizer, author of the critically acclaimed BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE the story of the fall of Speaker Gingrich and the rise of the new Republican Party.

But we begin with Halli and Matt’s weekly take on all things politics when Halli and Matt slice and dice the news, and Donald Trump, too. Covid-19 is surging all across America and Donald Trump acts like coronavirus who, ignoring reality as he likes to do when reality is getting in the way of his reelection. Like the Covid-19 news, Trump’s polls are devastating. So was the Supreme Court’s decision to reject Trump’s assertion that he enjoys absolute immunity while in office, allowing a New York prosecutor to pursue a subpoena of the president’s private and business financial records. And to top it all off, Trump’s niece Mary Trump is out with a withering biography of her infamous uncle. Oh, we do have fun this week. Tune in.

TROUBLING TIMES

In our second half-hour Halli sits down with author and historian Julian E. Zelizer to talk about his important new book, BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE, NEWT GINGRICH, THE FALL OF A SPEAKER, AND THE RISE OF THE NEW REPUBLICAN PARTY. If ever there was a time in America’s biography to understand how we got from there to here, it is now. In his book, Zelizer pinpoints the moment when our country was set on a path toward an era of bitterly partisan and ruthless politics, an era that was ignited by GOP upstart Newt Gingrich and his allies, Gingrich, perhaps more than any other politician, introducing the rhetoric and tactics that have shaped Congress and the Republican Party for the last three decades.

SCOTUS decision, Covid-19, Election 2020, Newt Gingrich, history, Mary Trump’s biography of Donald Trump, politics, Attorney General Barr, Florida, Florida, Florida — all this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on whichever is your favorite app and on your Alexa device too.

A MOTHER’S STORY OF SEPARATION AT THE BORDER

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Donald Trump ripping families apart at the border and caging children, the Coronavirus surge, Black Lives Matter, Election 2020, Attorney General Barr and the Mike Flynn case are just a few of the subjects we tackle this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining Halli at her table are Rosy Pablo Cruz and Julie Schwietert Collazo the co-authors of THE BOOK OF ROSY, A MOTHER’S STORY OF SEPARATION AT THE BORDER and Former White House correspondent and Time and Newsweek veteran Matthew Cooper.

We begin with our weekly take on all things politics when Halli and Matt slice and dice all things politics, and Donald Trump, too. The coronavirus is surging all across America and Donald Trump seems to care less, taking his re-election show on the road, contributing to the spread of the virus. His polls are devastating, but that isn’t stopping him. Joe Biden is leading in all the battleground states. We discuss, but that’s just where we begin.

immigration

In our second half-hour don’t miss a truly extraordinary interview with Rossayra Pablo Cruz, a Guatemalan refugee who along with two of her children, aged 5 and 15, made the arduous 5000 journey to America to save her family from the violence that has upended her country, and cost her husband his life. The first Central American mother who had her children ripped away from her by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) to tell her story in book form, Rosy’s account of her harrowing experience is a gripping shaming story of the human cost of inhumane U.S. policies. THE BOOK OF ROSY is co-written by the woman who rescued Rosy from the hovel that is the detention center prison the U.S. government locked her in, and reunited her with her children, Julie Schwietert Collazo, founder of Immigrant Families Together the grassroots organization that reunites mothers and children, who also joins us.

Immigration, Covid-19, Black Lives Matter, Election 2020, Mike Flynn, history, politics, Mike Flynn, Attorney General Barr — all this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on whichever is your favorite app and on your Alexa device too.

FROM BAT FEVER TO BAT SH*T CRAZY TO HOPE…

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Political Podcast

With Covid-19 surging in so many states and a president who tells us the lethal virus is “fading away,” and Trump’s former National Security Advisor, John Bolton, confirming what we already know, that the POTUS is not “fit for the job,” things are looking pretty bleak in the U.S.. But don’t despair. Just when you need it, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show brings you an inspiring story, the tale of a true American hero, Dr. Aaron Berkowitz, his story told in his new book ONE BY ONE BY ONE, MAKING A SMALL DIFFERENCE AMID A BILLION PROBLEMS. Welcome to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on whichever is your favorite app, and on your Alexa device too.

Up first, Halli and her partner in politics, former White House correspondent and Newsweek and Time veteran Matthew Cooper slice and dice all things politics. This week we talk Bat Fever (aka Covid-19), Blabbermouth John Bolton, Election2020, police reform, and the passing of an American icon, the end of an era, Jean Kennedy Smith, the last surviving sibling of President John F. Kennedy, and so much more.

Then in our second half-hour: The name Dr. Aaron Berkowitz may not be familiar to you, but he’s someone you want to meet. His story is powerful, and in these wretched times, it’s an inspiring story. It begins here: Dr. Aaron Berkowitz has just finished his medical training when he was sent to Haiti on his first assignment with Partners In Health, a global health organization that brings health care to the most vulnerable around the world. There, he meets Janel, a 23-year-old man with the largest brain tumor Berkowitz or any of his neurosurgeon colleagues at Harvard Medical School have ever seen. Determined to live up to PIH’s mission statement, Berkowitz tries to save Janel’s life. And that’s just the beginning, the whole story told by Dr. Berkowitz in his inspiring new book ONE BY ONE BY ONE: MAKING A SMALL DIFFERENCE AMID A BILLION PROBLEMS.

It’s a jam-packed show. Covid-19, John Bolton, Election2020, the Montana Senate race, John F. Kennedy, Black Lives Matter, Election 2020, Haiti, an inspirational story, Jean Kennedy Smith — all this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on whichever is your favorite app and on your Alexa device too.

KATE ANDERSEN BROWER -THE PRESIDENT’S CLUB

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The President’s Club in the age of Trump, Melania Trump, Covid-19, Black Lives Matter, Election 2020 are just some of the topics we explore this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining Halli at her table is NY Times bestselling author, out with a new book TEAM OF FIVE, Kate Andersen Brower and former White House correspondent, and Time and Newsweek veteran, Matthew Cooper. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

Kate Andersen Brower

We begin with The Halli Casser-Jayne Show’s old friend, author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, THE RESIDENCE, Kate Anderson Brower, back to talk about her new, juicy presidential tell-all, her latest book TEAM OF FIVE, THE PRESIDENT’S CLUB IN THE AGE OF TRUMP. Kate Andersen Brower has become a brand, the writer you want to read when you’re looking for the human interest side and the fun background tidbits we all love and rarely get — the in-depth personal stories of those who inhabit our political world. Kate, a CNN contributor, spent four years covering the Obama White House for Bloomberg News and is a former CBS News staffer and Fox News producer. She has written for the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Time, the Washington Post, and more. In TEAM OF FIVE she explores the  the most exclusive fraternity in the world made up of the formers, the five — Jimmy Carter, the late George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama— who most recently served as president, as well as at the man who has upended all things presidential, the current Oval Office norm-breaking occupant, Donald Trump, and a look at Melania Trump, too.

Kate Andersen Brower

In our second half-hour, Halli and her partner in politics, Matthew Cooper do as they do every week, catch you up on the latest news in politics, slicing and dicing it all, and sometimes, Donald Trump, too.

The President’s Club in the age of Trump with Kate Andersen Brower, Melania Trump, Covid-19, Black Lives Matter, Election 2020, Mike Flynn, sex, history, politics, police brutality, racism, the death of George Floyd — all this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on whichever is your favorite app and on your Alexa device too.

FASCISM, IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE – SCOTT TUROW

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Fascism. With apologies to Upton Sinclair and his semi-satirical 1935 political novel published during the heyday of fascism in Europe, IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE…yes it can! And that’s just one of the topics we explore this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining Halli at her table is NY Times bestselling author and legal genius, Scott Turow, and former White House correspondent, and Time and Newsweek veteran, Matthew Cooper.

FASCISM IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE WITH SCOTT TUROW

We begin with Halli and Matt and their weekly take on all things politics. There are a lot of questions to ask. Has Donald Trump succeeded in turning the United States into a fascist state? Will the cold-blooded killers of African-American, George Floyd suffer the consequences for their actions? Has history finally caught up with Donald Trump, Trump now the wrong president for the times? Can Joe Biden continue his momentum into the fall election? Remember the Coronavirus pandemic? We do. And will General Mattis have the final word over Trump? Tune in.

FASCISM IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE WITH SCOTT TUROW

Nobody writes courtroom drama like Scott Turow. Turow is the author of eleven bestselling works of fiction, notably PRESUMED INNOCENT, and THE BURDEN OF PROOF. His books have sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into movies and television projects. He has frequently contributed essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. And just so you know, his writing only gets better and better as he proves in his latest thriller, THE LAST TRIAL, the best courtroom drama he’s written to date. But first, Scott Turow, was and is a great lawyer. The Harvard graduate served from 1978 to 1986 as an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago, acting as lead prosecutor in several high-visibility federal trials. He has much to say about the pharmaceutical industry, key to his latest book. And he isn’t shy to talk about Donald Trump, Fascism, Attorney General William Barr, and the trial of former NSA advisor, Michael Flynn. Do not miss this interview!

Fascism. Can it happen here? NY Times bestselling author and attorney, Scott Turow. History, politics, fiction, Election2020, police brutality, racism, the death of George Floyd, all this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on whichever is your favorite app, and on your Alexa device too.

THE UNMASKING OF AMERICAN POLITICS

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What if Jack Dorsey threw Donald Trump off Twitter? Would the world come to an end? What if Donald Trump wore a mask in public? Would he be the laughing stock of the world? What if ordinary American citizens stood on their balconies and shouted:  I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore? What if? What if? This week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show we take a look at a lot of what ifs, first in our weekly take on the political scene with Halli and her partner in politics, journalist and former White House correspondent, Matthew Cooper. And in our second half-hour, a conversation with former editor-in-chief of Salon and author of UNRIGGED, HOW AMERICANS ARE BATTLING BACK TO SAVE DEMOCRACY.

THE UNMASKING OF POLITICS

To date 102,197 Americans have succumbed to Covid-19. There are 1,747,781 million confirmed cases in the U.S., more than any other country per capita. All 50 states are at least partially reopened, even though at least 20 of them had recorded a clear upward trend of average new daily cases over the prior week, some hospitals already overwhelmed by the new cases. Forty-one million Americans are unemployed, which translates to the equivalent of 1 in 4 workers have now filed for benefits. And in case you didn’t hear it, Trump is in a battle royal with Twitter because Trump has his priorities in the right place. And that’s just where Halli and Matt begin. Tune in,

THE UNMASKING OF POLITICS

David Daley joins Halli in our second half-hour. Currently, a senior fellow for FairVote. David Daley is the author of RATF**KED: THE TRUE STORY BEHIND THE SECRET PLAN TO STEAL AMERICA’S DEMOCRACY, the book which helped spark the recent drive to reform gerrymandering, the scourge of this Republic. Daley, a frequent lecturer and media source is the former editor-in-chief of Salon.com. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Guardian, New York magazine, the Atlantic, the Boston Globe, Rolling Stone. He’s made frequent appearances on CNN and NPR. Oh, and here’s a bit of trivia for you. When writing for the Hartford Courant, he helped identify Mark Felt as the “Deep Throat” source for Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. His new book, UNRIGGED: HOW AMERICANS ARE BATTLING BACK TO SAVE DEMOCRACY, offers a much-needed look into the inspirational citizen activists who are taking the bull by the horn and fighting back to unrig America’s fragile Democracy. Tune in and be inspired. We can all use a little inspiration these days.

Twitter, Jack Dorsey and Donald Trump. Who is that masked man, Joe Biden? Who will save America? Covid-19, gerrymandering, Vote-by-mail, Republican shenanigans, Florida, Florida, Florida and here we go. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on whichever is your favorite app, and on your Alexa device too.

DAVID IGNATIUS & MIKE POMPEO’S ANIMAL HOUSE

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David Ignatius is journalism’s treasure and fiction writing’s friend. Today on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show a conversation with the correspondent who broke the Mike Flynn story and the author of a new sure to land on the NY Times fiction bestseller list, THE PALADIN. But that’s just where we begin. In our second half-hour Halli and her partner in politics, journalist and former White House correspondent, Matthew Cooper, slice and dice all things politics, and Donald Trump, too.

David Ignatius

We begin with David Ignatius and an in-depth conversation with one of the great journalists of our day, and one of our great suspense writers as well. The bestselling fiction writer is out with a new suspense thriller, THE PALADIN. A veteran corespondent and prize-winning Washington Post columnist with deep ties to the intelligence community, Ignatius has been covering the CIA for nearly four decades, delving deeply into the crevices few have gone before. Most recently and notably, Mr. Ignatius was instrumental in exposing the magnitude of Russian election interference in 2016, breaking the story of Michael Flynn’s clandestine communication with the Russian Ambassador to the US.

David Ignatius & Mike Pompeo's Animal House

And then it’s Halli and Matt and their weekly take on the political scene. To date there are nearly 95,000 dead American souls, 1.58 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S., more than any other country per capita. All 50 states are at least partially reopened, even though as of yesterday, at least 18 of them had recorded a clear upward trend of average new daily cases over the prior week. Some hospitals are already overwhelmed by the new cases. Thirty-eight million Americans are unemployed. Another 2.4 million Americans filed for unemployment last week –– a 2.5 million increase from the prior week. And in case you didn’t hear it, Trump wants to cut-off unemployment insurance for all those unemployed Americans. And that’s just where we begin. Tune in

David Ignatius and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s animal house parties, Flynngate, Obamagate, Russiagate — there’s a lot to discuss. The infected states of America, more Covid-19 deaths, record unemployment, Joe Biden and Election 2020, and Florida, Florida, Florida…tune into The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too.

SEX AND CORONAVIRUS IN THE CITY

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It’s sex and coronavirus in the city this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when joining Halli at her table is her partner in politics, journalist and former White House corespondent, Matthew Cooper. And in our second half-hour, when we take a much-needed breather from politics and turn to sex, Halli catches up with SEX AND THE CITY author Candace Bushnell.  

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We begin with Halli and Matt. As the amount of Americans dead from Covid-19 rises to above 85,000 and Trump’s pandemic advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies before Congress that the real number of deaths are probably much higher, Trump tries to turn the conversation from the Coronavirus Pandemic. Trump’s favorite diversion? Conspiracy politics this time in the guise of Obamagate, Flynngate and Russiagate, his new Hillarygate. The stories are compounded when Trump’s personal attorney, the Attorney General of the United States,William Barr, launches a scheme to exonerate Trump’s once NSA chief, Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. What is Trump up to?  Halli has a theory. Does Matt concur? And that’s just where we begin.  

Sex in the City

In our second half-hour we turn from politics to sex. She’s back. That’s Candace Bushnell is back! BUSHNELL, the critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of SEX AND THE CITY, LIPSTICK JUNGLE, THE CARRIE DIARIES, and more gets real with Halli. SEX AND THE CITY, published in 1996, was the basis for the HBO hit series and two subsequent blockbuster movies, her characters the women we all wished we might be and whose lives we just might want to have. Now Bushnell, a middle-aged woman, brings us IS THERE STILL SEX IN THE CITY? in which she looks at love and life from a more seasoned view in yet another winner for the irrepressible Bushnell. By the way, a new TV series is in the works with Paramount TV with Bushnell as executive producer and writing the pilot. You go girl! Join us for some much needed fun.

Sex and coronavirus in the city, Flynngate, Obamagate, Russiagate. Remember Election2020 and Democratic hopful Joe biden? Is Trump still being audited? Trump’s tax returns saga makes it to the Supreme Court. Senator Richard Burr, now there’s a story. And Florida, Florida, Florida…tune into The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too.

DONALD TRUMP IS HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH

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This week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show join Halli and her guests, her partner in politics, journalist and former White House correspondent, Matthew Cooper. And in our second half-hour meet prominent scholar and author Dr. Stephen Krasner, who is challenging America’s longtime foreign policy in his provocative new book HOW TO MAKE LOVE TO A DESPOT. 

Donald Trump Is Hazardous to Your Health

We begin with Halli and Matt and some startling statistics:  Seventy-seven thousand American souls are dead, The U.S. has more  confirmed cases of Coronavirus than any other country. Americans died from Covid-19 at the rate of about one every 42 seconds in the last month. Thirty-three million Americans are unemployed, and 1 in 5 American children are going to bed hungry. Given all of that, Trump is asking the American people to risk their lives and return to the workplace. What? For a plate of sushi? Trump blames China for it all, and that’s just where we begin.  

In our second half-hour we turn to foreign policy. In the age of a global pandemic, an important conversation on American foreign policy is warranted. Consider that since the end of the Second World War, the United States has sunk hundreds of billions of dollars into foreign economies in the hope that its investments would help remake the world in its own image. So far the returns have been disappointing. As country after country failed to conform to America’s Utopian hopes, a more Dystopian vision has taken hold, as America now recoils from engaging. Aware of these problems, prominent scholar Dr. Stephen Krasner, challenges America’s longtime foreign policy in his new book HOW TO MAKE LOVE TO A DESPOT. The Stanford University professor and former diplomat urges policymakers to get real, accept the facts on the ground and recalibrate U.S. expectations to more achievable goals abroad. 

Donald Trump is hazardous to your health. The Coronavirus Pandemic, Election 2020, China, U.S. Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump, food stamps, Joe Biden, Mourning in America ad, Florida…tune into The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too.

IT TAKES A WOMAN IN POLITICS

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It Takes A Woman is one of the great songs from one of the great Broadway musicals of all-time Hello Dolly and women are very much at the forefront of our political lives today. Think of the most powerful women in America today: Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Dr.Deborah Birx who, love her scarves or not, holds our lives in her Trump-powered hands. And think that in January 2019, the largest number of women ever elected to Congress was sworn in—87 in the house and 23 in the Senate. This week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show we take a look at the power of women in the 116th Congress with veteran New York Times Capitol Hill reporter, Jennifer Steinhauer, whose new book THE FIRSTS: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE WOMEN RESHAPING CONGRESS is a must read. As always, Halli and her partner in politics, Matthew Cooper, slice and dice all things politics in this week’s conversation on the political scene. The podcast is posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and is available on all your favorite apps.

IT TAKES A WOMAN IN POLITICS

We begin with Halli and Matt. Over sixty-thousand Americans are dead from Covid-19 and the virus continues to spread. Yet Trump is pushing to open up the economy. Is he trying to kill us all? Republican governors are going along with the plan, ignoring the standards set by Trump’s own task force. Presumed Democratic Party presidential candidate, Joe Biden, is rising in the polls, and Trump is not happy with his campaign’s team. Is long-time South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham’s re-election bid in trouble? Where oh where is Kim Jong Un? And we’re just beginning.

It Takes a Woman

It takes a woman doesn’t begin to cut it. But one hundred years after earning the right to vote, women make up only twenty-five percent of Congress. Still, the history-making Class of ’19 includes many remarkable firsts. And Rhashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Deb Haaland, Abigail Spamburger, Ilhan Omar, Kysten Sinema and her hot pink dress and metallic heels, Katie “Yes, We have to fix this shit” Porter became household names. How are they making a difference? The story of this transitional moment has been chronicled by veteran New York Times Capitol Hill reporter, Jennifer Steinhauer, who has been following this historic transition from day one. She reports her findings in her new book THE FIRSTS: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE WOMEN RESHAPING CONGRESS, a dizzying ride into what makes a Congresswoman, and how they navigate that ride.Tune in.

It takes a woman, Nancy Pelosi, Dr. Birx, the Coronavirus, Donald Trump, Joe Biden and Election 2020, Stacey Abrams, Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida, Florida, Florida, and we’re just beginning. Tune into The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too.

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