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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.

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.

CAN WE VENT-I-LATOR?

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Welcome to the Halli Casser-Jayne Show with Matthew Cooper, the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on all your favorite apps.

Can we Vent-i-late?

Can we vent-i-late? Here we go: As thousands of Americans die from the Coronavirus the pandemic that the President of the United States, Donald Trump, only recently called a “Democratic hoax,” because there are not enough ventilators to serve the needy, and our first responders, our nurses, are forced to wear garbage bags, their only line of defense against the virus, because (gasp for air) paranoid Trump is too busy accusing the media of making up the extent of the virus in order to hurt the economy, in order to keep him from being re-elected president, rather than enacting the Defense Production Act, just one action that would ramp up production of much-needed ventilators to keep patients alive, and Republicans actually suggest that our senior citizens should sacrifice their lives for the sake of the American economy (and Trump’s re-election), sigh, where is that ventilator? And we’re just beginning.

Meanwhile after much delay the Senate passed a two trillion dollar Coronavirus economic stimulus package that seemed obsolete before it was even signed, after it was announced that jobless claims soared to a record 3 million. And about that presidential election? What about it? It seemed to have fallen off America’s radar. Joe Biden where art thou, DNC?

These are truly times that try men (and women’s) souls. Halli and Matt dissect it all for you on the Halli Casser-Jayne Show with Matthew Cooper, the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too. “See” you there.

NOT THE WORST OF TIMES, NOT THE BEST OF TIMES…

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It is not the worst of times, it is not the best of times, but these are scary times and that’s where we begin this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when Halli and Halli’s partner in politics, former White House correspondent, Matthew Cooper, slice and dice all things politics, and Donald Trump, too. And in our second half-hour a conversation with philanthropis, co-founder of The Carlyle Group, and the author of THE AMERICAN STORY: CONVERSATIONS WITH MASTER HISTORIANS, David M. Rubenstein, the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on all your favorite apps.

NOT THE WORST OF TIMES

America is under siege, the enemy a stealth virus that attacks the old and the young, the rich and the poor, a non-dicerning enemy. In our first half-hour, Matt and Halli take a look at how the administration is handling the pandemic. It’s a war being fought on two fronts: the effort to protect the health and safety of our citizens and the efforts to save the American economy. And by the way, while the nation fights for our lives and our well-being there is an election in progress. Former Vice President Joe Biden soundly defeated Senator Bernie Sanders in three primaries. What now? Does Sanders trot off gracefully into the sunset or go on fighting fin the hope of a better day?

DAVID M. RUBENSTEIN

In our second half-hour we introduce you to an interesting figure of our times. His name is David M. Rubenstein and David is the co-founder and co-executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s most successful investment firms. He is also the Chairman of the Boards of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Council on Foreign Relations, and an original signer of The Giving Pledge. In his spare time he is the host of The David Rubenstein Show on Bloomberg TV and PBS. His book THE AMERICAN STORY should be on everyone’s bookshelves. And while we all hunker down to defeat the Coronavirus, this is a book that we recommend you read.

The Coronavirus Pandemic, an assessment of Trump in one of America’s scariest hours, the 2020 stock market plunge, Election 2020, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and David M. Rubenstein author of THE AMERICAN STORY and we’re just beginning this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show podcast, always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and via all your favorite apps.

DONALD TRUMP’S BAD MEDICINE

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Wash your hands! The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the Coronavirus outbreak is officially a pandemic. With no known cure, the best medicine for Americans and the world right now would be a Consoler-in-Chief. Instead who we have is the unempathetic POTUS Donald Trump, whose sad attempt to calm us all in a rare Oval Office address sent the stock market into further schisms and that’s where we begin this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when Halli and her partner in politics, former White House correspondent Matthew Cooper slice and dice all things politics, and Donald Trump, too, the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on all your favorite apps.

DONALD TRUMP'S BAD MEDICINE

Here we are in the midst of an official poandemic and we should all feel better because Donald Trump and his New York slumlord son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are in charge. But Trump, looking nervous as hell as he delivered bupkes in real remedies and a lot of blame in his Oval Office address might have made matters worse. Who will save the day? Former Vice President and presidential hopeful, Joe Biden? Is Senator Bernie Sanders quest for the White House over? Is the stock market plunge temporary or permanent? Oh, and just in case you missed it, Hollywood’s Number One couple Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson test positive for the virus and onetime media mogul Harvey Weinstein ,got 23 years in the pokey for all his dastardledly deeds.

The Coronavirus Pandemic, the failing presidency of Donald J. Trump, the 2020 stock market plunge, Election 2020, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and we’re just beginning this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show podcast, always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and via all your favorite apps.

JOE BIDEN: A FRANK SINATRA SONG

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Joementum is real! So is the Coronavirus. Senator Elizabeth Warren is the last woman to exit the 2020 race for the presidency, leaving Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders to battle it out, and that’s where we begin this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when Halli and her partner in politics, former White House correspondent Matthew Cooper slice and dice all things politics, and Donald Trump, too, the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on all your favorite apps.

JOE BIDEN:  A FRANK SINATRA SONG

Joe Biden’s run for the presidency is proving to be like a lyric from a Frank Sinatra song. “I’ve been up and down and over and out and I know one thing. Each time I find myself flat on my face, I pick myself up and get back in the race. That’s life!” Now, after Elizabeth Warren exits the presidential race it’s Joe vs. Bernie and we’re all in for a wild ride, but not just because of Election 2020. The Coronavirus is quickly spreading across America, and despite the ample warning it was on the way, the Trump administration appears not to be prepared for the pandemic. Trump is trying to play down the severity of the disease, even telling Americans it is OK to go to work, it’s just a flu. The nation isn’t buying it; everyone is on edge, even Chuck Schumer and Chief Justice Roberts in a battle royale over comments the Minority Leader made. And what about that parlor game if Joe Biden becomes the Democratic Party nominee for president, who will he choose as his running mate? Oh, and Halli’s favorite, Montana Governor Steve Bullock is said to be throwing his hat in the ring for the Senate seat, even though he said he wouldn’t.

Joementum and a nod to Frank Sinatra. Can Bernie Sanders manage a comeback? Goodbye Elizabeth Warren, hello Coronavirus. What is the future of Roe v Wade? And we’re just beginning this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show podcast, always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and via all your favorite apps.

TRUMP’S JAILHOUSE ROCK…

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Jailhouse Rock! Will Roger Stone ever see the inside of a jail? Are pardons and cummutations for white collar criminals the new courts? Did you watch the Nevada debates? Billionaire president wannabee Mike Bloomberg looked like he was in the pokey. It’s Trump’s Jailhouse Rock this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when Halli and her partner in politics former White House correspondent Matthew Cooper slice and dice all things politics, the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on all your favorite apps.

TRUMP'S JAILHOUSE ROCK!

It was another rockin’ week in politics. After Attorney General Bill Barr, aka Trump’s lackey, interfered in the case of Roger Stone, all hell broke lose in the Justice Department. It didn’t stop Judge Amy Berman Jackson from sentencing Stone to 40 months in the pokey. But will Trump issue Stone two-hundred bucks and a jail-free card? He told us all this week that he, Donald John Trump, is not only the President of the United States, but the Chief Law Enforcement Officer, too. And what about the race for the Democratic Party’s Election 2020 candidate? Bernie Sanders has soared to the top and all the Democratic Party leaders who know Sanders can’t beat Trump in a match-up do is clutch their pearls, their hope in Mike Bloomberg saving the day shattered in a devastatingly bad debate performance by the billionaire. Joe Biden keeps getting better in debates. But is that enough to save his candidacy? And just as we went to recording, we learned Russia is again meddling in our election, and Trump doesn’t want inquiring minds to know.

Jailhouse Rock, Roger Stone, pardons and commutations, Attorney General Barr, Election 2020, Julian Assange and Russia, Russia, Russia, the woefully unqualified Ambassador Richard Grenell becomes the Acting Director of National Intelligence. John Bolton speaks. And we’re just beginning this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show podcast, always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and via all your favorite apps.

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON SPOKESPERSON DENIES ALZHEIMER’S RUMORS

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Singer/songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson


In the first official statement concerning the rumored memory problems of singer/songwriter, musician and actor Kris Kristofferson, longtime publicist Tamara Saviano says he is suffering from “short term memory problems due to undiagnosed and untreated Lyme Disease. He’s been getting treatment and is much, much better.” Her comments came in an explanation addressed to the host of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Halli Casser-Jayne.

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Saviano was responding to a request to clarify Kristofferson’s condition, following her written denial that the Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient has Alzheimer’s Disease, as originally asserted by and later retracted by four-time Emmy Award winning producer Jim Brown to Halli Casser-Jayne on her show.

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The Highwaymen special produced and directed by Emmy-winner Jim Brown

In a subsequent communication with Casser-Jayne, Brown backed off his statement. “I have no direct knowledge of Kris Kristofferson’s medical condition,” he wrote to Ms. Casser-Jayne. “I was mistaken to mention that he has Alzheimer’s. I don’t know more than that he has memory problems which he has spoken about.”

Brown is the producer of ‘American Masters, The Highwaymen – Friends Till the End,’ documentary, featuring Kristofferson that recently aired on PBS stations and is now available online. Brown interviewed Kris Kristofferson and his wife Lisa for his documentary.

Rumors concerning Kris Kristofferson’s health have percolated through the music industry for years. Some have made the uneducated guess that the former boxer could be suffering from pugilistica, a neurodegenerative disease with features of dementia that can only be diagnosed after death. Kristofferson has alluded to his “memory loss.”

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In a 2011 interview with ABC’s World News Now he said: “I’m going to be right in the middle of a sentence, man – and it just goes, pew.” In another in 2013, with FOX411 he said, “I wish my memory weren’t so bad,” and he lamented, “They tell me it’s from all the football and boxing and the concussions that I got. A couple of years ago my memory just started going. But I can remember my songs so I can perform, but other than that…”

The Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Research Center at New York’s Columbia University Medical Center states that “The cognitive problems [most commonly associated with Lyme’s Disease] include problems with short-term memory, problems with verbal fluency such as in name or word retrieval, and problems with slower speed of thinking.” Patients typically report that they have “Brain Fog.” Untreated Lyme Disease can become a chronic problem leading to neurological disorders. Most cases of Lyme Disease that are caught early are curable.

According to Saviano, Kris Kristofferson, who turns 80 on June 22nd just stepped in for the recently deceased Merle Haggard with Merle’s band the Strangers and Merle’s sons. He is going on tour with Willie Nelson in June, and then doing solo dates around the US for the rest of the summer. He will travel to Norway in the fall. In addition to the Highwaymen and Sony reissues, Kris Kristofferson also has a new studio album coming out for his 80th birthday.

Journalist Halli Casser-Jayne, host of the show of the same name is not new to journalism. War correspondent, documentary producer, and radio host, Casser-Jayne worked with Door’s drummer John Densmore on his bestselling autobiography, RIDERS ON THE STORM.

The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is a premiere show on multiple podcast networks. One of the early podcasters, Casser-Jayne is considered one of the best. Frequent guest and political editor or Newsweek magazine, Matthew Cooper says: “The Halli Casser-Jayne show is pure joy — smart, interesting talk with a great host. I love being a guest. I love listening to it even more.” Veteran newsman, Roger Simon calls Halli “one of the best in the biz.”

“I am a longtime fan of Kris Kristofferson’s and I am so glad we cleared all of this up,” Casser-Jayne said. “I love Kris, I want him to play on forever, but most of all, I want him to be well.”

To listen to Halli’s conversation with Jim Brown and author of WAYLON: TALES OF MY OUTLAW DAD, Terry Jennings, oldest son of country singer Waylon Jennings visit Halli Casser-Jayne. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show posts original episodes Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m., eastern time.

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