Here And There with Dave Marash

Investigative journalist Shane Bauer of Mother Jones has done some of his best work undercover.  Sticking to his law: never tell a lie, Bauer was able to enlist as a volunteer trainee with a patriotic militia in California and then perform armed patrols with a Colorado militia group along the Arizona-Mexico border.  They didn’t intercept any drug-smugglers or migrants, but they did intersect with local officers from the Police and Border Patrol.  What that was like is every bit as good a story as it sounds. 

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Donald Trump used $7 million in tax subsidies to keep 730 jobs in Indiana.  Bringing far fewer jobs to NM was much more expensive.  Joe Cardillo of ABQ Business First on the deal that brought Facebook to Los Lunas, south of Albuquerque.  The price tag included not just tens of millions in tax breaks, but first call on the town’s most precious resource…its water.  Once construction is done, the new permanent jobs created will be measured not in hundreds, but dozens.

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A conversation with an old friend and colleague…back at Channel 2 WCBS-TV in NYC in the mid 1970s…Linda Ellerbee, on the occasion of her retirement from television news, and from the great program she created and anchored, Nick News.  It’s First Commandment: Never Talk Down to Children.  It worked for her.  Linda’s news for kids told difficult and delicate stories with more sensitivity, intelligence and wit than the so-called news for adult on American TV. 

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A Boxing Day special, unpacking blessings with Time Magazine Religion Correspondent Elisabeth Dias, the 2016 winner of the George W. Hunt S.J. Prize for reporting on religion.  We talked about her book What Would Jesus Ask? And about the answers she collected, and what they told her about the state of Christian belief in America -- a mere year and a half ago.  Of course, since then, a few things have changed, including some people’s faith – in America.

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When United Technologies, one of America’s biggest companies decided to move most of its Carrier Division work from Indiana to Mexico.  Then Donald Trump intervened and saved 730 jobs, and he and his Vice President elect, Indiana Governor Mike Pence handed a $7 million bill for Carrier’s subsidy to state taxpayers…a good deal?  For whom?  Indianapolis WRTV Channel 6 reporter Rafael Sanchez has been covering the story, including the Twitter fight between the President elect…and no, it wasn;t the Carrier shop’s union leader. 

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8 out of 10 of the Judges who run the state of New Mexico’s Elder Guardianship program have more than 1000 cases on their books.  What kind of a job can they do?  Don’t leave it to your imagination,,,hear the answer from syndicated columnist Diane Dimond who came home to Albuquerque to shake things up.  When families go to court to fight over care for an elder…follow the money…gobs of it go to the system and the people who feed off it.

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In Ukraine, a few bullets still fly across the line of secession, a few people on both the government and secessionist side die, but for the most part, the frozen war in the Eastern part of the country remains frozen.  It’s the Ukrainian Government’s mandated war against institutional corruption that former US Ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst and I will talk about.  He says it’s going slowly, I say it’s going South.  Will Donald Trump create the right mix of toughness and love to make Ukraine make itself better?

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In Syria, where 5 years of war has left more than 400,000 people dead, and more than half the population – between 11 and 12 million Syrians -- out of their homes, the Assad government and its Russian, Iranian and Lebanese allies are winning and the rebels, including some American clients, are losing…but does that mean an end to the war is in sight?  Christopher Phillips, author of the new book THE BATTLE FOR SYRIA says, not likely.  Because the rebels’ international paymasters and suppliers aren’t ready to stop.

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Everyone at the CIA, the FBI, the Congress and the

White House seem to agree…the Russians tried their best to hack their way to

undermining the 2016 Presidential election. The disagreement is over whether

their real aim was to shake voters’ confidence in the validity of the election, or

simply to elect Donald Trump President. Shane Harris of the Wall Street Journal on

what the intelligence agencies know and what they don’t, and how they learn what

they can about the growing universe of government and private hacks and hackers.

 

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In NM, there is a process for applicant companies to justify a requested raise in rates charged the public.  But PNM seems to have ignored it.  The utility never explained why buying and Arizona nuclear plant and contracting for a lot of coal to be burned at Four Corners were good deals that will benefit customers as well as the company.  The state Public Regulation Commission over-ruled its hearing examiner and gave PNC the rate hike anyway.  Mariel Nanasi of New Energy Economy is challenging the PRC decision in court and tells us why.

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Last year, the Justice Department received 10,250 proposed corporate mergers.  It approved all but 7 of them.  In the self-entitled world of Big Business this is called getting tough.  Helping these mergers alone, and getting very rich doing it, reports Pulitzer Prize winner Jesse Eisinger of Pro Publica , are a small group of academic economists, whose assurances that making big companies even bigger is going to work out for everyone are sometimes very, very wrong.

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It’s the oldest trick in the book, bait a tyrant and make him discredit himself in responding.  2 cheeky pro-independence legislators in Hong Kong baited the Xi Jinping Government in Beijing and succeeded in advancing their cause with the Hong Kong public when the Chinese Government threw them out of the jobs that voters had just given them.  NY Times contributor Joseph Lian says the political tide is running against Beijing, especially as young voters come of age, but for now an authoritarian crackdown is continuing.

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2 Princeton economists discovered the statistical evidence – over the past decade, White Americans, men and women, have been dying unnaturally young in the United States, especially in poor, rural and small town America.  The Washington Post has commissioned a series of articles detailing the human lives behind the numbers.  Pulitzer Prize winner Amy Ellis Nutt went to Durango, Colorado, where suicides among middle-aged White women have been surging.  The death rates are high even by the standards of the Rocky Mountain slice of America known as The Suicide Belt. 

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BREXIT is headline code for the British exit from the European Union…a move of such potentially enormous significance that, when it passed in a national referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron handed in his resignation.  Now his successor Theresa May has the job of making it happen, and it’s not going to be easy.  Brits have been on a buying and borrowing spree, anticipating a big jump in inflation in 2017.  AP’s London Buro Chief Gregory Katz says the vote itself is not the last BREXIT surprise in store for the UK. 

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Lt Gen Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s choice as National Security Adviser is frequently called, “the best intelligence officer of his generation.”  But what does that mean?  His revolution in how intelligence is gathered and processed changed the American war against terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Gareth Porter of Truthout says Flynn’s methods raised the enemy body count, but, he reported 5 years ago in Afghanistan, many of the killed were not legitimate targets.  Drone video and cell phone intercepts can’t always tell you who is in your gunsights.  

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It’s bad enough that the people being stopped for alleged traffic offenses like failing to signal a turn or having a busted brake-light in Santa Fe, TX are disproportionately African-American.  It’s worse that they’re often kept in jail for weeks at a time, because they have No money to pay their fines.  Investigative reporter Patrick Michels of the Texas Observer on the return of debtors’ prisons, of the sort supposedly banned by the US Constitution.  A couple of lawsuits say it’s not just Santa Fe, but 15 jurisdictions in the Lone Star State which are locking people up for being poor.   

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At America’s southern border, the number of would-be refugees from Honduras and El Salvador is rising sharply again, notwithstanding the fact that the migrant trail from Central America to the US Border has only gotten more difficult and dangerous.  Investigative reporter Joseph Sorrentino on how a crackdown pressed by both the US and Mexican governments isn’t stopping the flow of desperate people.  2 reasons why: the failure of the governments of Honduras and El Salvador to stop the murders and forced recruitments of children by criminal gangs. 

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Ever since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan defeated an attempted coup, he’s been purging not just alleged-coup-plotters from the military, but tens of thousands of government workers and public school teachers. Istanbul-based journalist and novelist Elliot Ackerman on the chill descending on what was once a Turkish democracy, but is moving towards dictatorship.  More than a hundred news media outlets have been closed; more than 100 journalists have been jailed, and now, Erdogan wants President-elect Trump to help him extradite the man Erdogan claims was behind the failed coup. 

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For the second time in as many months, the Government of Colombia has signed a peace agreement with the FARC rebels. The first agreement was narrowly defeated in a referendum. But Joshua Goodman AP Bureau Chief in Bogota reports, putting the second agreement to the Congress, skipping a popular vote could mess up everything.

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When last we heard from Libyan journalist Mustafa Fetouri, his homeland was paralyzed between 2 competing, mutually hostile pseudo-governments.  Now, he says there are 3 and the paralysis is worse …and what about the big battle to expel the Islamic State from the city of Sirte.  It’s going slowly, very slowly. Literally, block by block. Meanwhile the city’s 80,000 former residents are now refugees, scattered around the xountry and hoping the fighting leaves them homes to go back to. 

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In a sea of election red, NM stayed Democratic blue…giving 5 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton and flipping the House and keeping the senate in the hands of Democratic majorities. And all this despite a last-week campaign blitz by both Donald Trump and Mike Pence. The national ticket lost and Gov. Susana Martinez is looking at 2 years of vetos or compromises. Matthew Reichbach of the NM Political Report identifies some winners and loser in NM’s 2016 elections.

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Two interesting things about the 2016 elections, evidence and exit polls suggest, the people who voted early, went mostly with Hillary Clinton.  But those who didn’t make up their minds till just before Election Day gave the election to Donald Trump.  NBC News’ Steve Handelsman looks back on a wild campaign that shocked the media and its pundits, probably, more than it should have.  And we talk about the future, about the government that  Donald Trump is…or is not…bringing together.  

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Raul Castro’s supposed reforms of his brother Fidel’s old-line Communism haven’t changed Cuba’s news media.  The party newspapers Granma and Rebel Youth grind on, and there are state radio and TV, but no one pays attention.  The Committee to Protect Journalists Carlos Lauria says freedom is breaking through via the internet.

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Remember the cartoon character Wile E. Coyote?  Well, what’s the point of being wily?  Survival, of course!  Dan Flores, author of Coyote America, on the champion survivors of the American West, coyotes, and how they do it.  The more the Federal Government tried to kill off the little prairie wolves, as the pioneers used to call them, the faster the coyotes bred themselves back into the picture.  No wonder American Indians made Coyote one of their favorite animals.  Coyotes, a howling success! 

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For every Oxycontin on the street, there’s a manufacturer and a retailer…and a middle man.  The DEA tried to make distributors the choke point for opioid painkillers.  Until Congress and the Obama Administration stopped them.  Washington Post investigative reporter Lenny Bernstein.

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A 4-stop tour of the political Middle East with RAND analyst Shelly Culbertson, whose book Fires of Spring looks at what’s happened since the Arab Spring…in Turkey, Qatar, Egypt, all of them less and less influenced by the United States…and Tunisia where democracy and civility are under terrorist threat.

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The battle for Mosul, the Islamic State’s last big stronghold in Iraq…the fighting is fierce and could last for months as Iraqi forces enter the city of a million people.  PBS NewsHour Special Correspondent Christopher Livesay has been on the front lines, watching the delicate choreography of allied forces.  Iraqi National Army regular troops and special forces, Kurdish peshmerga, Iraqi Shi’ite militias and Sunni tribal forces, US Trainers and Special Forces and Turkish Army fighters may all be involved…keeping them together and in proper BATTLE order is the hard part. 

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A new biography of Robert F Kennedy, standing on the shoulders, not only of a giant shelf of earlier books, but dozens of shelves of new documents and the extended reflections of Ethel Kennedy. Author Larry Tye says it’s on Ethel’s authority that he called his book BOBBY KENNEDY. Tye details the life-long struggle between Bad Bobby, the aggressive, unscrupulous hater and Good Bobby, transformed by his brother’s assassination and the civil rights movement into a real-life Liberal Icon. HERE & THERE is coming up next.

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Shane Bauer, the undercover investigative journalist for Mother Jones, on his week with the 3% United Patriots doing militia duty on the border of Arizona and Mexico. How he joined and trained with the California State Militia before bringing his required gear, including gun and ammo to the border and the 3 UP. The mission: seal the border against undocumented immigrants and “the cartels.” And then it was time to go. What told Shane a week was enough. 

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2 of his most powerful contemporaries had the same description of Gen. Michael Flynn: “the best intelligence officer of his generation.”  Author and award-winning defense correspondent James Kitfield on the path that led Gen. Flynn from re-shaping special operations warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan to becoming military advisor to Donald Trump.

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The Justice Department has said it will no longer contract out federal prison management…will ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement do the same when it comes to detention centers for undocumented immigrants?  Reporter-Editor Monica Campbell of PRI’s radio news magazine The World went for a family visit to one privately-run detention center in Arizona.

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Why have 2 brand-name news agencies provided private security for their reporters covering Donald Trump? And why did media coverage of Trump change after it was clear he had a real chance to win the Presidency?  NY Times media columnist Jim Rutenberg answers those questions and more.

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The trial of 2 Albuquerque Police officers for the caught-on-viral-video fatal shooting of the mentally ill James Boyd ended in a hung jury, 9 for acquittal, 3 for conviction of Det. Keith Sandy and Officer Dominique Perez on charges of second degree murder.  Jeff Proctor covered the trial for the NY Times. 

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When a police officer stops your car and dials into his department's databank, he or she can learn a lot about you.  What's to stop abuse of your private history?  Not much.  The AP's Justice Department Correspondent Eric Tucker says misuse of what should be protected data happens all the time...but usually, it never gets reported. One exception, when dozens of Florida cops started harrassing a colleague because she'd pulled over another officer doing more than 100 mph.  Her case got the state to crack down on database abuse.

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The Administration of NM Gov. Susana Martinez says its newly-promulgated “copper rule” will protect the environment and create jobs and investment. But the copper industry is dead in the water…not likely to create new jobs…or make new investments…and says Douglas Meiklejohn of the NM Environmental Law Center the new copper rule, by granting new rights to the companies, actually endangers the state’s ground water resources, by loosening restrictions on where copper mines can be dug.

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Understanding the threat of terrorism in America – what assets account for this country’s real, if imperfect success, so far, in containing would-be domestic terrorists? Why have Islamic State operatives and allies done far more damage in Europe? Could global terrorism spread if IS is driven from its so-called Caliphate in Syria and Iraq? RAND Corporation analyst Brian Michael Jenkins on identifying terrorist threats and combating them.

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4.8 million Syrians have fled their country and are refugees.  Roughly 1.2 million have made it to temporary homes in Europe, but more than 50,000 Syrian refugees are trapped in Greece… Conditions in the camps are pretty bad, and reporter Jeanne Carstensen of PRI’s The World, sheer frustration may have caused refugees to burn down their own tents. 

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If you want to understand America, says pollster and marketing strategist John Zogby, you have to understand its new tribes. Zogby’s new book, We Are Many, We Are One, doesn’t see an America gone Native, but a nation fracturing into 11 different, and sometimes mutually exclusive parts. Who are The Adventurists, The Dutifuls, The Outsiders, and who is following The One True Path? We’ll talk about how Zogby’s “neo-tribes” are approaching the Presidential election.

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Just last week, an American warship fired missiles to destroy 3 anti-ship missile radar bases in Yemen.  It was retaliation for an unsuccessful missile attack by Yemen’s insurgent Government forces: Houthi tribesmen or militias run by the country’s ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh.  It was America’s first direct military intervention in the Yemen war, and deepened our identification with a war-crime filled war started by our allies, the King and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. CodePink founder Medea Benjamin looked at our Saudi alliance in her book, Kingdom of the Unjust.

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Today on HERE & THERE:Albuquerque Police Department’s Federal Monitor James Ginger recently gave the APD a public spanking, accusing it of dragging its feet, and then substituting bluff and PR baloney for making needed changes in training and accountability for the use of force against civilians. KRQE TV’s Matt Grubs has been covering the story, and also recently un-covered what looks like a case of blatant multi-million dollar bid-rigging at Sunport, the city’s airport. 

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NINA BURLEIGH, NEWSWEEK -- The Presidential Campaign, after the second debate.

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AP Reporter Russell Contreras on heroin and opiate on the rez, in the pueblos and in Northern NM

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Remember when standard sized packaging had to live up to a recognized standard, 16 ounces is a pint, 32 a quart and packaging should reflect that?  Not any more…today that standard has been squeezed so that now a once 64 ounce half-gallon of juice is likely to be just 59 ounces…a 16 ounce bottle of salad dressing by be 13 ounces.  Tod Marks of Consumer Reports in a re-run of his guided tour of the path of the shrinking package.

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Perhaps the biggest business story of the year in New Mexico was the decision by Facebook to locate a new service center in Los Lunas, south of Albuquerque. The deal brings a future-oriented mega-brand, and hundreds of short term and dozens of long-term jobs. But what did it cost local and state taxpayers? Joe Cardillo of ABQ Business First

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2016 has been a bad year in the conceptual Caliphate of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.  IS territory has shrunk, with a defeat in the Iraqi city of Fallujah that followed an earlier one in Ramadi.  Just as bad for IS, a big chunk, maybe 30%, of it’s financial infrastructure has been lost, much of it to American airpower.  Eric Robinson of the RAND Corporation analyzes the war to bust the Islamic State’s piggy bank and liberate their last 2 strongholds.  Facing immanent attack, the Iraqi city of Mosul, in more normal times, a city of more than a million people. 

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There’s a lot of news out there, on paper, on radio, on tv, computer and personal digital devices.  A lot of news, some good, some bad, some simply fake.  Helping consumers get the most out of their exposures to news is one goal of The News Literacy Project, founded by our guest today Alan Miller.  2 more are teaching students about the values and value of journalism.  The Project started with 3 classrooms, now its curriculum is being taught in schools in New York City and Washington,  Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles.

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In Egypt: more prosecutions of free speech, with dozens of journalists and activists already in prison.  In NY, Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump pledge American loyalty to Cairo’s coup-created dictatorship in visits to President ex-Gen. Abdul Fatta el-Sisi.  Mideast scholar Marc Lynch looks at the grim Mideast reality in the backwash of the Arab Spring, and at how it is recreated daily by the highly-competitive Arabic-speaking media, old, new and social. 

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How did it happen at Wells Fargo Bank…2 million bogus bank accounts, more than half a million credit cards issued to people who never asked for them, perhaps 10,000 employees involved in a scam that cheated customers for at least 5 years. Ethicist Lee Ellis on the culture that sustained the cheaters…

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What’s Vladimir Putin up to, playing the aggressive military supporter in Syria, while appearing to tone down Russian aggression and aggressive Russians in Eastern Ukraine? Former US Ambassador William Courtney, now a specialist in Russia at the RAND Corporation joins us.

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At Meadowlands Hospital in northern New Jersey they have a program that they call AmeriMama. The program has been aggressively advertised to pregnant women in Russia as a healthy way to give birth that also gives your child citizenship in the United States.  Investigative reporter Lilo Stainton of NJSpotlite broke the story.

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Remember, last August, when the San Juan River ran a shocking yellow?  After 3 million gallons of waste water loaded with 440 tons of toxic metals, including cadmium, arsenic, and lead were accidentally released at the abandoned Gold King Mine, near Silverton, Colorado?  Last month the clean-up became a Federal Superfund project.  Rachell Conn of Amigos Bravos tells us what that means and brings us up to date on the state o the water and the bottom in those rivers.

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The latest polls indicate, the overwhelming Presidential choice of the American people is Neither of the Above….dislikes outnumber likes for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump by almost 2 to 1 and and support for both candidates is trending down.  Meanwhile, the likeliest 3rd choice, Libertarian Gary Johson blew his chance to get into the debates when he didn’t recognize the key city in the war in Syria.  Where will the country turn for leadership?  NBC News Political correspondent Steve Handelsman has been on the campaign trail and joins us to assess the race.

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It’s called Bridgegate.  The scandal of an intentional traffic jam that paralyzed the George Washington Bridge 3 years ago.  The jam was created by aides to Gov. Chris Christie and they go on trial this week.  Christie doesn’t but his political future it most definitely at stake.  Statehouse Correspondent Bob Jordan of the Asbury Park Press sorts out who tied up the busiest highway bridge in America, whom they thought they were punishing, and why.  One take home lesson – don’t send that email!!! 

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Zika has devastated hundreds of families in Brazil and, as expected, the virus has moved north.  Zika is rampant in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, and shows a growing caseload in south Florida. Why has Congress refused to hep with the crisis?  Dallas Morning News medical reporter Dr Seema Yasmin joins us on Here and There. 

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Nicolas Maduro the radically unpopular radical who is President of Venezuela has tied himself to his top brass in the Venezuelan Army and sent out his police to make political arrests.  Meanwhile his Legislature demands a vote to recall him, and the economy falls farther and farther in bankruptcy.  All this big scale bad news is far outstripped by worse news about everyday life for most Venezuelans, crime, violence, and forced labor and still many families go hungry every night.  AP Buro Chief Joshua Goodmanon the crises in Caracas.

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It’s now 15 years and a day since Al Qaeda terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and killed more than 3000 people.  Still, some basic questions about the attacks and who helped them succeed remain unanswered.  Investigative reporter Jason Leopold of Vice News helps sort through new details from a Congressional investigation first made public in July.

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On the money scoreboard, the 2016 Presidential race is a complete mis-match.  In the primaries Hillary Clinton out-spent Donald Trump by 5 to 1, and still today, Trump continues to run well behind Clinton in fund-raising. One reason is that most of the “serious” right-wing funders, like the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, are sitting the Presidential race out.  This does not mean they’ve given up on this year’s election.  They’re spending their money “down ballot,” to elect Senators, Representatives, Governors and more local officials.  Jane Mayer’s best-seller Dark Money profiles the players and explains the money games they excel in. 

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The Justice Department says it will not renew any more contracts for privately-run prisons, because they create profits by cheaping out on everything from employee salaries and training to services for prisoners.  But the Department of Human Services says it’s happy with its recent private contract for the biggest immigrant detention center ever in America. Susan Terrio of Georgetown University studied DHS’ treatment of undocumented children over a 5 year period.  Her biggest problem: the Federal agencies’ policy of keeping  hidden everything that happens to a child after he or she is taken into Border Patrol custody. 

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20 years ago, Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich combined to, as they loved to say it: “end welfare as we know it.”  One thing neither of them ever talk about is the beneath-the-underclass they created: people with few welfare benefits and almost no cash…people Living on $2 a Day.  Kathryn Edin of Johns Hopkins University literally wrote the book, reporting from the ground up on the real lives of people without money.  And by they way, almost everyone of them would gladly work if they could find a job that made sense.

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It’s Labor Day, the perfect time to think again about one of America’s worst, persistent labor abuses…the abuse of the Federal statute known as H1B, by some of America’s biggest and richest corporations, who take jobs way from American workers and hand them to cheaper foreign temps, and often threaten to cut the severance pay of workers who refuse to train their replacements.  Where, you ask are the Dept of Labor, the Justice Dept fighting to protect American workers and the law?  The same place as the Obama White House, standing by.  Patrick Thibodeau of Computer World broke this story and has stayed on it. 

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High school is for young adults…people transitioning out of the protected life of pre-adolescence into the so-called real world, a place of adult-like issues of personal rivalry, and sexual identity.  These complexities define the content of the book market called “young adult.”  John Feinstein is among its most successful writers, specializing in books about high school sports, a genre that has changed as dramatically as the lives of today’s mid-teenagers.  John talks about his books and the American literary tradition they are part of.

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Amos Kamil always knew there were dark shadows at his famous New York City prep school Horace Mann, but it wasn’t until decades after his graduation that he learned the school was rife with sexual exploitation of students by members of the faculty and staff.  His investigative reporting called out school administrators whose response was, well, awful, refusing to admit guilt and brutalizing victims who sued for compensation.  Truth may win out, but justice for sexually abused former Horace Mann students seems far away.

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“Funny business” is a phrase meant to be ironic.  “Funny business” is not funny…or not funny ha-ha, and funny business hardly runs like a legitimate enterprise.  And neither does the business of comedy.  In his book, The Comedians, Kliph Nesteroff presents a history of comedy in America told through its often funny comics and the often unfunny people who hire them.  There are laughs and characters aplenty, but there are serious questions, too…like when and how to be funny in the days after 9/11.

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When Gerald Moore’s family moved from their ranch to Tucumcari, he thought they’d arrived in a big town.  And when he moved to Albuquerque and a job reporting for the Tribune all the opportunities seemed even bigger.  Next to come for Gerald: New York City and LIFE Magazine…a reporter’s life, covering urban riots and the dawn of LSD, among other stories…and big questions like…which picture best summed up the Pope’s visit to America…the one at St Patrick’s Cathedral or the one at Yankee Stadium?

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Today on HERE & THERE:  we begin a review of some our favorite conversations about books with their authors.  Ann Jones’ THEY WERE SOLDIERS is an enduring classic of war reporting.  Ann focuses on a crucial question the news media are likely to overlook: what happens to wounded American soldiers after they come home from war?  The answer will leave you very uncomfortable.  Among the many things left out of President George W Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s plans for war in Iraq and Afghanistan was caring for American casualties. 

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The Donald Trump Presidential campaign seems stuck in a downward direction.  Can the new third campaign management team turn things around?  Their plan C, is to return to Trump’s Plan A….let Donald be Donald.  But isn’t that what started his crash in the first place?  Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston’s new book explains just who Trump is, when he’s being himself…and what it might mean for America if a guy whose watchword in business is “revenge,” loses the Presidential election. 

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Dr. Bill Thomas was just starting out as a doctor when he found himself caring for dozens of elderly people in a nursing home.  It was a sad and depressing place, but Dr Thomas figured out how to transform it into an Eden…and from that sprung a global movement to use plants and animals not as decorations by as life-extenders.  From there, Bill’s path has led him to tiny homes for self-sufficient elders and improved designs for emergency rooms for better treatment of old patients.

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By almost every social and economic measurement, Native Americans are this country’s poorest people, especially if they live on Indian reservations.  Wall Street Journal contributor Naomi Schaefer Riley says, in her new book, The New Trail of Tears: How Washington is Destroying American Indians, that much of the blame for these facts goes to the US Government and its paternalistic laws and policies that make Indian self-help in economic development almost impossible. Riley also indicts education on the reservation, which, she says, makes Indians who leave the rez way behind in the competition for good jobs.

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Radiologicial Dirty Bombs are relatively cheap and relatively easy to make.  And although the number of people they might kill is relatively small, their economic and psychological effects could be huge.  Which makes it surprising that, so far, they’ve never figured in a successful attack in the United States.  Investigative reporter Patrick Malone of the Center for Public Integrity says, one thing that deserves no credit for preventing dirty bomb attacks is the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s security program.  Government investigators have tested it twice in the last 9 years.  It flunked both times. 

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To win contracts, private prisons have been be cost-competitive with public facilities.  To get shareholders and capital, they have to make a profit.  How do they do it?  Shane Bauer of Mother Jones Magazine went undercover for 4 months as a corrections officer at a Corrections Corporation of America prison in Louisiana, and he found the answers you’d expect…lower salaries, fewer benefits, and far worse conditions for prisoners.  All of which, he tells us, have effects on those private prisons and people who live and work there…himself, he says, painfully included.

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Since early this summer, anxiety has been rising at Democratic Party headquarters, as executives and staff have dealt with the hacking of their computers, probably by Russian intelligence.  Just before the Democratic convention, Wikileaks released thousands of insider emails, showing how much party officials favored Hillary Clinton to win the Presidential nomination from Bernie Sanders.  Cyber-war specialist Shane Harris of The Daily Beast on Democratic fears that worse leaks are yet to come.  Shane also points out the hackers apparently stole not just party political messages, but personal data that puts more than 100 Democratic workers and funders at risk for identity theft.

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Apparently, no one told Donald Trump about it, but there’s a war going on in Ukraine, with national forces fighting pro-Russian separatists, and maybe a few Russian soldiers, as well.  It’s called the frozen war, because the front lines hardly move, but the shooting and the dying grind on.  Foreign correspondent Nick Schifrin saw it from both sides, and he also witnessed a different kind of Ukrainian conflict, the war against government corruption, big and national, small and local.  Here, too, it’s hard to say who’s winning.

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If Hillary Clinton wins the Presidency, she will not only be the first female President, her husband Bill will be the first First Gentleman, as well as the first White House spouse to also hold the title President.  Nina Burleigh, political correspondent for Newsweek points out…there are potential problems here. Not only what Mr. Clinton’s title should be, but what kinds of jobs might he have, or what special projects might he be given, and, of course, where will his office be.  The one next to the President is already taken – by the Vice President.  

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Some people look at a mountain stream like the Gila River in SW NM and see wildness, nature before man laid a hand on it.  Other see the Gila and say, how can man make it better?  …or is it just…make it more expensive?  No question the Gila is beautiful just as it is, but environmental reporter Laura Paskus of NM in Depth says, for decades politicians have been planning to harness the Gila, redistribute its waters and spend up to a billion dollars.  That grand plan has run out of money, but a new proposal could still cost more than $300 million without even counting the cost of decades of maintenance.

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The political conventions are over.  The Republicans and the Democrats have had their fun and had their say.  So, what were the messages they have left in their wake?  And did the speeches and performances change any voters’ minds?  Political analyst Thomas Frank, author of the recent book Listen, Liberal reviews the convention spectaculars and focus his own spectacles on the road ahead to November.  What does he think of Donald Trump asking Russian President Vladimir Putin to help him win…and of the re-branding of Hillary Clinton to the “change-maker?”   

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Since last November Republican Presidential hopefuls have been throwing a lot of hate at Muslims and Islam.  Most Republican voters take a dim view of both Islam and the people who practice it,  but a series of national polls shows Democratic and Independent voters keep feeling better about both.  University of Maryland Pollster Shibley Telhami says his results have surprised him.  Even after the mass murderer in Orlando told police he followed the Islamic State, most Americans rejected him and –Telhami’s latest poll shows – accepted Muslims and Islam even more. 

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Since the overthrow of the 41 year dictatorship of Muammar Gadafi,  Libya has had a series of failed governments.  Today it still has 2 competing ones.  The UN and US support the one in Tripoli, Russia and Egypt prefer the last elected Parliament based in the eastern city of Tobruk.  But now, a third force might be emerging with the amnesty granted Gadafi’s favorite son Seif al-Islam.  Award-winning Libyan journalist Mustafa Fetouri says the younger Gadafi wants power, and could get it and have more popular support than either present government.

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The NM State Department of Human Services, like the Albuquerque Police Dept is being fitted for court-ordered Federal monitoring.  Despite years of harsh criticism and instructions from the court, a Federal Judge says NM DHS has been cheating legally-entitled citizens out of their Food Stamps and welfare payments. The result, she said, was that many families have been going to bed not just poor, but hungry.  Senior Reporter Joey Peters of the NM Political Report on the latest area of NM governance to require training wheels.

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Since 9/11 the US has spent over $120 Billion on training for foreign police, security and military officers.  But critics say the effort has often failed, because it has no coherent goal, no co-ordination and no oversight , and all too frequently ignores the law that bars known violators of basic human rights from training.  Investigative reporter Douglas Gillison of The Intercept and 100 Reporters helped assemble the database that at least partially details the global training network,” and reporting in Cambodia, found out how easily bad guys get into the program and damage America’s reputation..  He joins us on HERE AND THERE.

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Both the great 17th Century poet John Milton and the pioneering 20th Century baseball executive Branch Rickey said – “Luck is the residue of design.”  In Turkey a lot of people are wondering how much luck played into the attempted coup that enabled President Recep Tayyip Erdogan radically to expand his political power, and how much the coup was the residue of designs drawn by the President himself.  Of course, Turks who wonder aloud risk immediate jailing for “libeling” the President and the Government. Already 10 thousand people have been arrested and 50,000 fired from their jobs. Istanbul resident and New Yorker writer Elliot Ackerman joins us on HERE AND THERE

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A recent Supreme Court 4-4 tie vote sent President Obama’s orders protecting some undocumented immigrant parents and children back to the judge who first sidelined them.  The risk of deportation is going up…and in NM, the deportation risk is the highest in the country.  Uriel J Garcia of the Santa Fe New Mexican explains.  Also, why the House of Representatives wants to keep the label “illegal alien” to refer to people who could be called non-citizens or undocumented immigrants.  The last 2 locutions are always applied to people…the tag “Aliens,” not so much.

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Last year, the worry was that new military equipment and military training might be making American police forces more militaristic.  But that was last year.  This year, critics are focused on new high-tech equipment that is revolutionizing police surveillance techniques and expanding capabilities for data storage and mining.    Police tracking a stolen cell phone might also be tracking yours; and then there’s the problem of garbage in-garbage out.  One lie or mistake could put your home in the crosshairs.  Justin Jouvenal of the Washington Post has been covering the story and re-tells it in an encore HERE AND THERE. 

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When Eric Prince sold Blackwater he said he was getting out of military and paramilitary contracting forever.  He even said this to his new partners.   But it turned out he was fibbing.  David Isenberg, one of the first and still among the foremost analysts of Private Military and security Companies on what the one-time Blackwater Boss has been up to.  Turning crop-duster planes into potential weapons of war was just the beginning.  Accusations he’s been laundering South Sudanese oil money through Chinese banks might cause the end of a super-mercenary’s career.   The CIA reportedly suspects behind the Chinese money deal stand the Chinese intelligence service.

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Financing a Presidential campaign $27 at a time.  Ned Resnikoff of the International Business Times on how the Bernie Sanders campaign did it” matched Hillary Clinton’s campaign dollar for dollar without taking a dime from Super PACS, and how that might be a “game-changer” for American politics.

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Andrew Lustig gave up his video production business in New York and moved to New Mexico to become an EMT.  Now he’s a naturapathic doctor leading Global Outreach Doctors on health care missions around the world.  Most recently he and his team served Syrian refugees living – for who knows how long – in a huge camp in Jordan.  His mission had 2 components – medicine and caring.  It was an experience he says he’ll never forget…even though he intends to repeat it, again and again, in places of need around the world.

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Monitoring the fates of unaccompanied minor border-crossers, today we present the second of 2 encores…this one featuring investigative reporter Garance Burke of the Associated Press (AP)…on how, in absolute defiance of State and Federal law, hundreds of immigrant children are being denied access to public schools.  These are kids who have followed American law and are awaiting court dates to ask for asylum or temporary or permanent legal residence.  But while they wait, their futures are being crippled by school districts that refuse to accept them into classes.  

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Monitoring the fates of unaccompanied minor border-crossers…we present 2 encores:  Today, Tyche Hendricks of KQED radio’s California Report on the so-called “worst” of these young people…the undocumented immigrants who wind up in juvenile detention centers…some for just weeks, some for a year or more of being shuttled from center to center, cell to cell.    Who decides to separate out these teenagers, and on what basis do they make the decision?  No one from ICE, DHS of the Office of Refugee Re-settlement will say. 

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One of the sillier controversies of the 2016 Presidential campaign occurred after Donald Trump pointed to one man in a crowd at a rally and shouted out, “Look, there’s my African-American.”  This in the usually inflated language of CNN created a “massive firestorm.”  Ridiculous said, Gregory Cheadle, the African-American in question, who says he’s not even sure he’ll vote for Trump.  Which makes this doubly-ridiculous according to John Gibbs of TheFederalist.com, one of “the Donald’s” few real African-American supporters.  He makes a strong defense of his choice.

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There’s been a song and a short movie on how a bill becomes a law on Capitol Hill.  Now there’s a radio program, featuring Jason Plautz of The National Journal, on how one bill, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act got through the House and Senate and was signed into law by President Barack Obama.  One of the heroes is NM Sen. Tom Udall, a liberal Democrat who joined with a conservative Republican, Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, to see chemical regulation reform from concept to statute.

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So the United Kingdom has chosen BREXIT. But what does the vote to leave the European Union tell us about the British electorate, and how might it permanently dis-unify what’s been a single sovereign state since 1801?  American pollster and marketing strategist John Zogby has some answers and some thoughts on whether the BREXIT vote might have echoes in America. 

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Diplomatic alliances are meant to last as long as they serve the interests of the allies.  And the United States certainly has interests that are served by our alliance with Egypt.  But happens when you wake up in bed with a monster?  What’s a White House to do when the President of Egypt Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi seems bent on turning the clock back 70 years, to a time of brutal tyranny in Cairo? Top diplomat turned policy analyst Michele Dunne sorts through those hard questions.

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It’s back, persistent abuse of the  Federal Government’s H1-b program which allows certain professional workers to come to the United States as guestworkers in newly created jobs.  It’s not supposed to allow Americans long in their jobs top be tossed aside because the new imports are cheaper.  Patrick Thibodeau of computerworld.com has been THE reporter way ahead on this story. He still is, as reports on  IT workers at some of America’s best-known companies.  Embarrassed once, some companies vowed they’d do better.  But have they?

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An informed rough guess is that Medicare and Medicaid lose about $60 billion a year to fraud.  The losses are huge and the criminal conspiracies can be nationwide, but it’s really a few simple crimes being repeated repeated again and again. Investigative reporter Joe Eaton on why these enormous Federal programs do such a bad job of protecting themselves from crime.  And with a few suggestions that might make it easier to catch the crooks and reclaim the loot before they can hide it.

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Start with this – the United States and Turkey call one another allies. But their priorities and enemies lists are not the same.  Turkish journalist and scholar Pinar Tremblay on the stress put on the alliance when pictures of US Troops in Syria wearing the badge of the Kurdish YPG went viral.  The Turkish government considers the YPG enemy terrorists. The US counts on them in Syria. But in Turkey, the wars in Syria and Iraq are sideshows compared the war at home, with increasing terrorist attacks, and retaliatory arrests and imprisonments, and state take-overs of the opposition news media.

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The American-led war against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq is aimed at knocking out IS with a one-two punch, expelling them from their Syrian and Iraqi capitol cities, Raqqa and Mosul.  How’s it going?  Hard to say, because very few reporters go there to see.  One who has gone recently to Northern Iraq is Pulitzer Prize winner Roy Gutman.

Roy went to areas where Kurdish pershmerga are fighting IS with the help of American special forces on the ground and American planes above. And he talked with leaders from the Kurdistan Regional Government.  The American imperative to take the city of Mosul from the Islamic State, Roy says, probably won’t happen during President Obama’s term of office. 

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America has a sex problem.  Some symptoms are attitudinal or verbal abuse, sexual pestering, stalking, groping and worse.  Being part of America, the University of NM sees all these symptoms on campus.  The Federal Department of Education cited them for failing to deal with the problem.  Chris Quintana of the ABQ Journal, and what’s happened since.  One criticism has been that the University has responded to its critics by creating too many offices for fighting sexual imposition, and thereby bringing less help, than confusion.

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One way to measure the success of an economy is its ability to create jobs to match its rising population.  That’s hard to do when industrial jobs “are gone and not coming back.”  Brookings economist Isabel Sawhill on growing new jobs for the post-industrial age, and preparing people to take them.  One big change she foresees, the movement of men into health and teaching jobs presently dominated by women, as women finally get their fair share of science and technology jobs. 

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Right now, there’s a Big 5 in American health insurance, but if 2 mergers get approved, that will take it down to a Big 3.  Studies show, in insurance, the fewer the competitors, the faster consumer prices rise.  Investigations Editor David Sirota of International Business Times on getting merger approval in Connecticut.  Insurance companies and their employees have sent millions of dollars to organizations tied to the governor; he’s put a longtime insurance industry insider in charge of monitoring the merger,  Critics wonder who will protect jobs and consumers in Connecticut?

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When it comes to homeless people, you can’t help them if you can’t find them.  Hank Hughes of the New Mexico Coalition to End homelessness on how new technologies and new attitudes are getting more chronically homeless people into places to live.  The new technology allows social service workers to track people without addresses, while the new attitude is in the Housing First imperative, which says, help homeless people with their addiction problems or mental illness, but first, get them into a home, and let them stay there, even when they slip in rehabilitation.

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They call it BREXIT, the idea that Great Britain should take the exit ramp out of the European Union.  Almost all the experts and authorities want the UK to stay in, but the polls still have it too close to call.  Gregory Katzis AP Bureau Chief in London, reporting and directing reporting on the Brexit story. The June 23 vote is expected to split the ruling Conservative party, and enhance the right-wing UK Independence Party, but how will followers of the opposition Labor Party vote?   One way or the other, estimates are this is a vote with billions of pounds of economic activity in the balance. 

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