Guests: Jamarl Thomas — Progressive Political Commentator | Progressives Look to Put Pressure on Nancy Pelosi Dr. Lakisha Jenkins — Registered Herbalist & Founding President of the California Cannabis Industry Association | How Will Pharmaceutics Change with Medical Cannabis? Wilmer Leon - Host of 'The Critical Hour' on Radio Sputnik | What Hope is There for US-Iran Relations? Nancy Pelosi appears poised to return to her former position as Speaker of the House, but she does not have uniform support coming from the party's progressive base. Political commentator Jamarl Thomas joins the program to give his thoughts on another potential Pelosi speakership and why a decent percentage of the party remains in opposition to her serving in this role. As marijuana legalization continues to be implemented on a state by state basis, conversations about the … [Read more...] about What is the State of #RussiaGate?
State of us economy
The US economy is producing solid statistics showing it remains in prime health, but a closer look at reports released Thursday revealed less rosy details. A year after Congress approved a sweeping tax overhaul in a big to boost the US economy, the small but growing evidence of strain adds to concerns the brisk pace of American expansion could taper off. New government data on Thursday showed American consumers spent liberally in October, taking home new cars and gas, while forking out more cash for building materials, department store goods and appliances. A manufacturing survey in the New York region also showed an unexpected increase in activity for the month. Just ahead of the holiday shopping season, the pace of spending suggested major retailers were set for a nice haul in the crucial year-end period, supporting the overall economy amid continued steady job creation, historic low unemployment and signs wages have finally begun to rise. But on closer inspection, there was modest … [Read more...] about US economy looks solid but worries lurk in the details
The Brexit deal is 95% done. But the other 5% represents the most difficult bit – Northern Ireland. Theresa May has updated the House of Commons on progress, raising as many questions as she provided answer. She explained that as far as the government is concerned, it is essential that any deal does not prevent businesses in Northern Ireland from selling into Great Britain. Some commentators have said it may be significant that she did not say it is also essential that businesses in Great Britain have similar access to the NI market.Rumours in Brussels suggest that the negotiations are now focused on the potential for the whole of the UK to stay in the Customs Union – at least while negotiations proceed on the nature of the future trade relationship – and that NI stays also in the Single Market. It is possible that the NI arrangement could be permanent.Some businesses believe that this might mean that NI could have a very good Brexit – getting the best of both … [Read more...] about ‘Within Northern Ireland, concerns go beyond the state of the economy’
The Labor Department released its monthly hiring and unemployment figures for August on Friday. Wages were 2.9 percent higher in August from a year ago, marking the fastest rate of growth since June 2009. So, President Trump wants us to believe that he is responsible for this so-called booming economy. What's really behind these numbers, and what do they mean to the average American? A judge orders accused Russian agent Maria Butina to remain in jail even though the government erred in claiming Ms. Maria Butina offered to trade sex for political access. What's going on with the prosecution's case, and how is it that, even though the prosecution knowingly misrepresented their claim, Ms. Butina languishes in jail? Tomorrow marks the anniversary of 9/11. Many apologists for the Bush administration's illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq blame the invasion on bad intelligence. My … [Read more...] about Real State of US Economy
As the Turkish government tries to find a way out of one of the worst currency crises ever in its history, U.S. President Donald Trump boldly said that any country that trades with Iran will not be able to trade with the U.S. as he put the sanctions into effect on Aug. 6. The sanctions on Iran, with the power to ruin the nuclear deal, were objected by the European Union and Russia. Turkey has already announced that there is no obligation or any decision made to abide by the U.S. economic sanctions on Iran. It would put the Turkish economy under new pressures since Turkey buys almost half of its oil (44 percent in 2017) from its eastern neighbor Iran with a trade volume of more $10.7 billion last year. The secondary effect is likely to hit Turkey with a possible increase in oil (and gas prices). Turkey’s other oil and natural gas source is Russia, its northern neighbor, which is also subjected to U.S. sanctions, and Turkey needs to import oil and gas to sustain its growth in order … [Read more...] about US sanctions on Iran and Turkey, and the state of the economy