Here And There with Dave Marash

For almost 40 years Ali Abdullah Saleh more or less ran Yemen.  “Dancing on the heads of snakes,” he called it.  Then he got tossed out during the Arab Spring of 2011.  But he never stopped angling for power…first joining the Houthi revolution and then trying to sell it out to the Saudis. Then the Houthis killed him and now everything in perpetually chaotic Yemen is more chaotic than ever.  Maggie Michael of the Associated Press has been covering the story.  

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Foes in ’76, Friends in ’85.”  That’s what the posters said, advertising the 1885 tour of Buffalo Bill Cody”s Wild West Show with Guest Star Sitting Bull.  What brought the great former buffalo and Indian hunter and the greatest of the Chiefs of the Great Plains Indians together?  And how did the combination work out, and how did autographed pictures and souvenirs figure in?  Deanne Stillman, author of the new book Blood Brothers: The Strange Friendship of Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull tells the story.

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First the President packed the Supreme Court.  Then they lifted term-limits and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez decided to run for re-election.  Midway through the vote count, the Electoral Commission announced opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla was going to win handily.  That’s when the funny business began…and a crisis ensued.  Christopher Sherman has been covering the Honduras story for the Associated Press.  He tells us about it, in depth on HERE & THERE -- coming up next.

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In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson drove 2 huge pieces of legislation through congress and changed for all time, voting rights and immigration laws in America.  Combine the effects of the 2 laws and you get a political sea-change in America, and now, 52 years later, political analyst Steve Phillips, the author of the book Brown Is the New White, argues, new American demographics make possible a New American Majority made up of people of color and White progressives.  Can this new majority derail Donald Trump?

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Most people think of Equifax as a credit rating company, but actually it’s real source of income is data collected about you and then sold to their real customers.  Many worry that Equifax and its 2 competitors, Experian and Trans Union know and collect too much.  And that was before Equifax was hacked and data about 153 million people were stolen.  Sina Beaghley, cyber-security analyst from the RAND Corporation discusses the implications of Equifax’s cover-up of its being hacked, and charges that it brought the hack on itself by poor security procedures. 

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First the Department of Justice closes down the privately-run Cibola County NM Correctional Facility after 3 inmates die, possibly from poor medical care.  Then The Department of Homeland security reopens it as a detention center for ICE.  Sarah Macaraeg of Reveal and NM In Depth on what happened in between…one secret negotiation, one no-bid contract, and little State or public scrutiny.  Is the prison’s real function to keep would-be asylum-seekers away from legal help?  

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A self-described Mafia leg-breaker, maybe killer, turned effective prosecution witness, goes into the witness protection program and comes out a better class of criminal, a master con man.  The program protects him -- but what about the people he cheats out of millions of dollars?  No, the program doesn’t protect them, us. Investigative reporter Robert Anglen of the AZ Republic broke the story which started when a national chain of more than a dozen bar&grill restaurants began, one by one to go belly up.

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At the recent 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, Party Leader and Chinese President Xi Jinping asserted himself, purging ex-bosses here, installing new bosses there, hinting that his next term might not be – as customary – his last and outlining a cult of Thoughts of Chairman Xi.  Timothy Heath of the RAND Corporation on President Xi’s reform of China’s military, his problems with an economy overburdened with debt, and his Chinese Dream of expanded political, economic and military power.

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America’s West Coast states -- Washington, Oregon and California can’t cope with the surge in homeless people.  AP’s Gillian Flaccus says at least 165,000 are presently homeless in the 3 states. 105,000 of them are counted as “unsheltered,” meaning they sleep on the streets, or in parks, or abandoned buildings, train or bus stations.  Who are the New Homeless? More and more they are families, young people under 24, without children, and people who work at regular jobs, but can’t afford a home. 

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New Mexico bet big on a dream.  Building Spaceport America, the country’s first airport for civilian space travelers was the easy part.  And it’s done and most say, well done.  But the space travel airline at the heart of the plan, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic hasn’t had a take-off.  So, the hard parts of the dream, making Spaceport self-sustaining, making it a hub for new services, bringing new jobs to southern New Mexico -- Reporter Heath Haussamen of NMPolitics.net says the fairest grade on that is an incomplete.

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Few countries on earth have had some a terrible record for killing and violently abusing its citizens as Guatemala. The rule of law there is so shaky an international tribunal under the UN has been called in to prosecute national-scale criminals.  Film-maker Pamela Yates has helped uncover the crimes, even helped convict the former President Gen. Efrain Rios Montt.  Her documentaries When the Mountains Treble and Granito: How to Nail a Dictator have won many awards and her new film 500 Years opens this week.

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95% of Americans polled said they wanted the right to sue in court, banks and financial institutions they believed had cheated them. 89% said they wanted the right to file class-action lawsuits.  Well, too bad for them, as the Trump Administration and Republicans in Congress have just overturned a rule that enabled both such legal actions and restricted the banks’ right to compulsory arbitration. Ira Rheingold, executive director the National Association of Consumer Advocates on what this means for you and your banker. 

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For years, geologists suspected there were faults beneath the surface of the land of southeastern Colorado and across the state lin in Northeast New Mexico.  Then fracking came to the area, as natural gas was extracted and waste waters were stored deep underground.  Following that, starting in 2001 the Raton Basin was hit by a series of small earthquakes.  Geophysicist Jenny Nakai of the University of Colorado, Boulder connects the dots and explains the mechanics of the connection between deep storage of waste water and earthquakes expected to grow in number and amplitude.

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Just as it appeared that the American Midwest, the Rust Belt, was going to go belly up, just as a whole generation of White 20 and 30-somethings were leaving the region, an influx of immigrants saved the day.  John Austin one of the Midwest’s top economic development experts at the University of Michigan tells the story of how newcomers from South and Southeast Asia, the Mideast, Africa and Latin America are re-populating and re-making the small cities and towns of mid-America. 

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A pair of identical 17 year old twins flee the gang-culture of El Salvador and are arrested after crossing the American border.  What happens next?  They’re reunited with an older brother in California and then, their real struggles begin.  Getting Green Cards; getting an education; finding jobs to pay off the family debt their flight to El Norte incurred.  Lauren Markham wrote the exceptional book THE FAR AWAY BROTHERS about their story. 

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 Two major attempts at secession - Kurds from Iraq, Catalans from Spain - have gone awry, and the fallout will be a long time fully assessing.  But Brookings Institution analyst James Kirchick, the author the book, THE END OF EUROPE looks at both and that other separation anxiety-raiser BREXIT.  One big difference between the Kurdish and Catalan movements…the first has overwhelming majority support, the second, maybe not so much.

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The quarterhorse racetrack Ruidoso Downs is one of New Mexico’s cultural capitols, but investigative reporter Joe Tone’s new book Bones reveals how the track and the sport were corrupted by dirty money from Mexico’s most violent drug cartel, the Zetas.  It’s a family saga of cross-border crime and punishment…and of a young FBI-man’s first big case… with only one missing ingredient: real justice for the man most heavily charged and sentenced. 

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Kurdish fighters have played key roles in expelling the Islamic State from Mosul and Raqqa in Iraq and Syria.  Massoud Barzani, the leader of the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq thought independence should be his people’s reward.  But he overbid his hand. Now Barzani has resigned, and his people are menaced by Iraqi and Iranian armed forces. Kenneth Rosen of the NY Times watched this tragedy unfold.  Did the Trump White House take its eye off the ball with disastrous results for American influence in the region?  

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Under pressure from lawsuits and the NM Legislature, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe has released a list of 74 priests “credibly accused” of sexual abuse of children.  But Ellen Berkovitch, the leader of KSFR’s Investigative Unit and its series Dark Canyon says that list, long as it is, may not be complete, and neither are the reforms Archbishop John Wester says he’s put in place.  The founder of the Servants of the Paraclete wanted his program to help alcoholic priests.  Treating Pedophiles, he said, was asking too much.

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Almost all the experts agree, there is no viable military solution to America’s nuclear crisis with North Korea.  But Joseph Cirincione, the President of the Ploughshares Fund and author of Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late, worries the exception may be President Donald Trump.  He told Sean Hannity the US had a 97% chance of intercepting any North Korean ICBMs.  Cirinione says flatly, that’s wrong, dangerously wrong.  

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One day, President Donald Trump says the US is ready to destroy North Korea; the next, he says, we’re ready to negotiate.  One week, China is a currency manipulator, the next, trade imbalances are all America’s fault.  Norman Ornstein the respected political analyst from the American Enterprise Institute and co-author of the new book, One National After Trump tracks the zigs and zags looking for a way to make them add up to anything more than White House confusion. 

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Can’t anyone get along?  Some Catalonians want out of Spain, while some in Lombardy and Veneto want to re-negotiate their deal with Italy.  Some Flemings want to bolt Belgium, some Corsicans seek an exit from France…and then there’s BREXIT.  Amb. Charles Ries of the RAND Corporation on what’s driving these divisions and where BREXIT may be headed.  If you guessed nowhere, that BREXIT might never happen, Amb. Ries isn’t ruling it out, because so many aspects make no economic sense. 

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New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment…and the Land of Pay-to-Play.  Political corruption in the era of Democratic Governor Bill Richardson has been under investigation and litigation for years, but now, investigative reporter David Sirota of International Business Times connects some dots, he says, tie $1.2 million in contributions to Republican Governor Susana Martinez’s political campaigns to more than $14 million worth of money management contracts with the State

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At a time when President Donald Trump is doing his best to dismantle Federal Government regulation of big banks, brokers and businesses, author CareyGillam’s new book WHITEWASH details how one mega-corporation Monsanto has overwhelmed pre-Trump regulators to keep it’s herbicide Roundup, and the GMO seeds protected against it on top of the agriculture world.  Does Roundup’s main ingredient cause cancer?  One top UN agency says it probably does. 

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They call North Korea, the Hermit Kingdom, because it has, for the whole 70 year Kim family dynasty, kept to itself and kept visitors out.  Recently, though, in the midst of its nuclear weapons squabble with the US, some American journalists were invited in.  Carol Giacomo of the NY Times was one.  She’ll tell us about her trip, and why the current war of words between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, the man Trump calls Little Rocket Man, scares the heck out of her. 

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 Ever since the 1952 armistice which ended the Korean War without a peace treaty, relations between North Korea and the United States have oscillated between complicated diplomatic negotiations and frightening  crises and threats.  Bruce Bennett of the RAND Corporation has been involved in negotiations with Pyongyang in the past, and is just returned from Seoul.  Japan’s leaders say they’ve never felt more threatened by North Korea than now…what’s the anxiety level in South Korea? 

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Everywhere you look in New Mexico water rights and water usage are turbulent issues.  Members are quitting the Interstate Stream Commission over a political push for the expensive and dysfunctional plans for the Gila River…while local residents are angry over proposals to take water out of aquifers under the Augustin Plains and the East Mountains to sell it to customers hundreds of miles away..  Laura Paskus of the NM Political Report brings us up to date.  

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600,000 Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee Myanmar in the just past 2 months.  Award-winning photojournalist Paula Bronstein has covered the exodus, and temporary resettlement of the refugees in camps in Bangladesh.  Myanmar’s political leader, the tarnished Nobel peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi says they can come home, but the government won’t extend citizenship and is taking all their lands. 

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Newsman Tony Cheng of CGTN, the Chinese English-language TV newschannel has just watched American-supported fighters, led by units of the Kurdish YPG, expel the Islamic State from its Syrian capital Raqqa.  He also covered the re-taking of the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS.  Again Kurds helped win the battle there.  But now Iraqi government forces, and Iran-trained militia units are expelling Kurds from the oil-0rich areas around Kirkuk.  Will the US defend its once-valued Kurdish allies?  

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For 3 years, AP Investigative Reporter Martha Mendoza and her Pulitzer Prize-winning team have been revealing the slave labor that infects the global seafood industry.  In her latest scoop, she and her colleagues have documented workers from North Korea who process salmon filets that wind up for sale in American Wal-Marts.  The North Koreans work in terrible conditions in northeast China, under constant surveillance, and 70% of their sub-market pay goes straight to the government in Pyongyang. 

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Both in terms of lives lost and property damaged, the wine country wildfires in northern California have been the worst in state history.  Edward Struzik, an award-winning Canadian writer and photographer, and the author of the new book FIRESTORM says our future will be full of record-setting wildfires.  Climate change, hotter, drier weather, and increasing human penetrations of forested areas are, he says, only 2 of the reasons why. 

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Glen Canyon was once one of the most beautiful places in the American Southwest.  And it contained petroglyphs, pottery and other remains of a vanished Native American community.  Now it’s all underwater, just an arm of the huge Lake Powell reservoir.  Krista Langlois of High Country News on a movement to disable the Glen Canyon Dam, and drain Glen Canyon. 

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It’s called pay-to-play,,,you wanna do legitimate business with the State, you gotta pay for the privilege.  This corruption was rampant in NM 9 years ago…the echoes continue today.  Reporter Tripp Stelnicki of the Santa Fe New Mexican brings us up to date on the latest charges.

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Your money or your life, that theatrical old bandit’s choice is real for the Navajo Nation, which has to choose between saving jobs and a big investment in coal, and endangering the long-term health of their members in the 4 Corners area of the Reservation.  AP Correspondent Susan Montoya Bryan on the potentially devastating cost of clearing NM’s skies.

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Two big differences between the Trinity atomic bomb test in NM and the later series of tests in Nevada.  The Nevada tests were public displays, the Trinity test was a secret, and while downwind people made sick by the Nevada tests have gotten federal money, the Trinity downwinders haven’t.  Santa Fe investigative reporter Dennis Carroll updates the story.

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For 141 years, the Buenos Aires Herald was the one English-language newspaper in Argentina.  It closed this summer, better loved than read, in the words of its last editor.  But Joe Goldman who covers Latin America for ABC News, the Herald proved to be well-remembered for its heroism in reporting government crimes during Argentina’s infamous “dirty war” of the 1970s.  Some of its reports on civilians “disappeared” shamed the government into letting them reappear alive. 

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Just as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been accumulating more and more political power, the Turkish one percent has been accumulating more and more wealth.  One occasion for displaying both Presidential power and private wealth is a wedding.  Scholar-journalist Pinar Tremblay of Al-Monitor on wedding bells, and wedding videos and even new religious wedding jobs in Turkey.  Polls suggest young voters, coming of age for the 2019 national elections are not amused. 

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Way out in the wilds of southwestern New Mexico, a paramilitary religious cult set up shop in desert country 60 miles from the nearest town.  The Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps was in flight from court judgments in California stemming from charges of psychological intimidation and child abuse.  Albuquerque-based AP correspondent Russell Contreras reports, new charges now accuse cult leaders of repeating past crimes, including in this case the alleged rape of a disabled immigrant girl. 

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It’s the Donald Trump era and hatred is washing over America.  Where do groups like the Charlottesville Neo-Nazis and their Antifa antagonists come from, and where are they, and we, headed?  Brian Levin of California State University, San Bernardino studies the movements and tracks their activities.  He’ll share some in-depth thoughts on why an Antifa cell that’s been active in Portland, OR for 12 years has suddenly gotten much more violent.

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The medical miracle of gene therapy promises to save the lives of many people suffering from rare cancers.  But Gina Kolata of the NY Tines says the asking price for these literally one-of-a-kind medications may be more than patients or our national healthcare system can afford.  $475,000 for a one-dose cure for one type of childhood leukemia?  $900,000 to prevent blindness?  Drug companies say the prices are both fair and necessary.  Not everyone agrees. 

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The United States and Mexico are on the brink of a major agreement on the sharing of water from the Colorado River Basin.  UNM water expert John Fleck calls the agreement a win-win and another great step forward in the rational allocation of the American Southwest’s most necessary resource.  In the face of a 17 year drought, dented only a bit by a wetter 2017, more people in the southwest, city-dwellers and farmers, have learned to use less water.  

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De-confliction…keeping Russian and American forces from fighting each other, even as their proxy warriors battle on in Syria has been working pretty well.  But as endgame in the war against the Islamic State gets nearer, James Sladden of the RAND Corporations says, de-confliction is getting harder to sustain.  The Euphrates River, once a dividing line, has been crossed by Russian allies, and US allies are both complaining and fighting back.

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Before he left to become White House Chief of Staff, Gen. John Kelly assembled a team at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service that is very smart, very experienced, and very dedicated to the principle that "illegal" immigrants are bad people.  Marcelo Rochbrun of Pro Publica on an ICE operation in high gear, arresting and deporting.  

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Was there a secret deal between the largest California Agri-business growers and the Trump Administration?  Big campaign contributions producing few ICE raids in the Central Valley?  The raiders have stayed away, but fear still paralyzed workers and kept them out of the fields.  Investigative journalist Lauren Markham on why food prices may be going up. 

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Dr. William Perry is about to celebrate his 90th birthday and continues to pursue one of his life’s central goal, containing the threat of nuclear weapons.  He says today’s nuclear threat is frightening. North Korea is a big worry, but so is the state of once-cooperative relations between the US and Russia.

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A US Marine is wounded and a Reuters photographer captures what happened.  Years later, both are still alive, both are back home, and both are struggling to transition to something different from combat.  Thomas Brennan, the former platoon sergeant and Finbarr O’Reilly have written a fine book SHOOTING GHOSTS about how their friendship helped change their lives.  We talk about 2 questions never asked on the battlefield: “Why are we here?” and “Whose lives are we making better?” 

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It will soon be 5 years since French troops landed in Mali, to help the pathetic government there defeat Islamist terrorists who had seized the northern third of the country.  The Islamists have been pushed back, but ethnic tensions continue, and does fighting between northern Malian Tuaregs and Central and Southern Malians. The Malian government is still pathetic and if anything, less popular, and the French are still on duty. And the UN peacekeeping force that supplements has the highest death rate of any UN forces presently serving. Michael Shurkin of the RAND Corporation has an in depth look at trouble in Mali

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The last time the US Border Patrol went on a hiring spree, standards were lowered, training was cut short, Spanish skills were neglected, and the results were a catastrophe.  People were hired despite past criminal records, or worse, present connections to Mexican drug cartels.  Abuse of immigrants went epidemic.  Now, Ron Nixon of the NY Times reports, the Border Patrol hiring campaign has a new focus, radically reformed training and a heavy emphasis on language skills…preaches one instructor, you can’t just shoot people. 

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Even a Federal Judge seems to see evidence of racial profiling and racial bias in at least one of the 28 arrests of African-Americans in a 2016 series of drug and gun crime raids by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in Albuquerque.  Jeff Proctor of NM in Depth and the Santa Fe Reporter, who first broke the story, notes, African Americans represent 3% of the ABQ population, 27% of those the ATF arrested and 60% of the confidential informants ATF used to drive the crime campaign. 

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People who depend on Medicare of Medicaid have only 2 choices for nursing homes or rehabilitation centers in Santa Fe, NM. Thomas Cole, Investigative Reporter for the Santa Fe New Mexican found that one is consistently rated below average, the other is way below that.  The State and Federal governments are supposed to monitor quality of care, but results indicate they are failing to do so because bad ratings can persist for years without correction. 

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The US Supreme Court has ruled people who commit crimes as juveniles should not be sentenced to death or life without patrol. But what about people convicted and sentenced years before the High Court's decision?  Should they be eligible for release on parole?  Sharon Cohen led a national investigative team for the Associated Press (AP) and found the answer to that question can vary widely, and cruelly from state to state.  So far, at least, very few of these one-time juvenile criminals has been paroled.

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Shoes keep dropping, without stopping, in Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation of possible collusion between Donald Trump's Presidential campaign and Vladimir Putin's Kremlin.  Now, Mueller is examining a first draft of President Trump's order to fire then FBI chief James Comey...is it evidence of anything?  And do meetings and other communications equal collusion?  Was the future President’s team just being played? The Wall Street Journal's National Security Correspondent Shane Harris brings us up to date. 

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Shoes keep dropping, without stopping, in Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation of possible collusion between Donald Trump's Presidential campaign and Vladimir Putin's Kremlin.  Now, Mueller is examining a first draft of President Trump's order to fire then FBI chief James Comey...is it evidence of anything?  And do meetings and other communications equal collusion?  Was the future President’s team just being played? The Wall Street Journal's National Security Correspondent Shane Harris brings us up to date. 

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Today on HERE & THERE: we cross the porous, colonially-designed border from Afghanistan to Pakistan to talk with the Washington Post's longtime bureau chief for Pakistan and Afghanistan Pamela Constable.  President Trump has threatened punishment because he says Pakistan lacks the will to seal the border and suppress its own terrorist groups.  But others wonder if there's an actual way for the Islamabad government to accomplish these tasks.  The fear in Pakistan is that the Trump Administration will double-down of the Obama Administrations escalated use of drone attacks against suspected terrorists inside Pakistan. 

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Will Everett, who first came to Afghanistan as a back-packing tourist and returned again and again over a decade or more, as a journalist and as a manager of USAID projects, will look at the likely impact of the Trump war effort on the Afghan civilians. Their present unhappiness, he says, is easily seen in the flows of refugees fleeing the country.  Only Syria has more citizens in global flight. Trump’s “No more nation-building,” is bad news to them. 

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Some reality-testing of President Donald Trump’s recently announced plans for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Military analyst Matthew Hoh, who served with the Marines in Iraq and worked for the State Department in both Iraq and Afghanistan, says, too often America's diplomatic and military efforts in Afghanistan, like the Obama-era "surge,"  were ill-conceived and worse-executed.   He predicts, the projected Trump escalation will only produce more disappointment, death and destruction and not, as the President claims, "victory." 

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For Labor Day, a holiday treat, a conversation about baseball the author of Mickey and Willie, The Last coach and Clearing the Bases and other best-sellers about sports, Allen Barra, -- We talk about the disappearance of African-Americans as players and as fans of what we used to call "the national pastime."  What’s caused the Black retreat from baseball, and what is being done or can be done about it by Major League Baseball? 

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AP's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter MItch Weiss revealed in March how Federal, State and local law enforcement had ignored years of reports of physical, psychological, and economic abuse of converts to the Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale, North Carolina.  Among the charges, worshippers are overworked, underpaid and kept virtual prisoners.  Now, Mitch has a follow-up report, showing that the religious cult has been bringing young Brazilians to their compound and treating them even worse.  Now, the Feds, state and local officials are definitely on the case. 

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The San Luis Valley of southern Colorado is beautiful, a hammock between 2 major ranges of the Rocky Mountains, and prosperous, with some ranching but more farming of potatoes and...--this is the 21st century-- quinoa.  But it has a problem: not enough water.  The Rio Grande can only supply so much and underground aquifers are dropping.  The solution, the Golden Rule of Nursery School -- learning to share.  Kelsey Cody of the University of Colorado, Boulder, has been keeping a scholarly eye on the life-lessons and political-lessons being learned in the shadow of the Rockies. 

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Yemen may be the most unfortunate country on earth, beset by civil war and devastating air attacks, a famine that could starve millions, and the worst cholera outbreak ever reported...up to half a million already infected.  And things are getting worse: land and air attacks are more frequent than ever, and the coalitions that comprise the 2 sides are coming apart and still more people are being killed.  Oh, and the US is firmly on the side of the Saudi and Emirati invaders, the people UN officials call the worst child-killers on earth.  AP Cairo Correspondent Maggie Michael has been covering the story from the beginning. 

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The Islamist radicals of ISIS have been almost entirely expelled from the Old City of Western Mosul.  But the costs of this military victory have been enormous…as many as 40,000 civilians killed, an estimated one million people made homeless, and between a quarter and a half of buildings reduced to rubble.  How to help Mosul recover, the RAND Corporation analyst Shelly Culbertson has put in a year refining a plan.  It starts with supplying basic needs…food, shelter, security…and then considers restoration of police and health care and other public services, and allowing displaced people to return to their homes. 

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When the Iraqi-led allied assault on the city of Mosul, Iraq, to expel the Islamic State from its biggest base city began, predictions were, it would take 3 or 4 months.  But after it took 5 months just to take East Mosul, and the casualty count among Iraqi forces was reaching unsustainable levels, the strategy for taking West Mosul was changed.  American-supported Air strikes and Iraqi ground force shelling with artillery and mortars was stepped up, and damage to property and civilians soared.  Photo-journalist Ivor Prickett covered the story in depth.

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NM Gov. Susana Martinez says the way to grow jobs is to cut corporate taxes and cut back on environmental law enforcement.  That’s exactly the opposite from what’s happening in the neighboring state of Colorado.  Guess which state shows rapid economic growth, and has tough laws regulating methane…and which state has the worst methane plume in the western hemisphere.  Well, at least it’s easier to identify NW NM from space….even if our economy is still in the ICU.  Rebecca Moss of the Santa Fe New Mexican gives us the story.

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Are you in deep trouble with your people, because your economy is disintegrating and criminal violence is amok on your streets and your clumsy political manipulations are as stupidly obvious as they are anti-democratic?  Want fast relief?  Get Donald Trump to threaten you and become a global martyr in waiting.  AP Andean bureau chief Joshua Goodman on the big favor America’s President did for Venezuela’s dictator, Nicolas Maduro..and why the Trump scarecrow might not save Maduro’s political future. 

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The pattern is all too clear.  The Federal Department of Justice files criminal charges against some of the biggest brand name financial institutions on Wall Street, and winds up settling for money taken from innocent shareholders, while letting the people who dreamed up or passed along the scams that helped crash the economy go unpunished.  Pulitzer Prize winner Jesse Eisinger’s new book The Chickenshit Club shows – this injustice is no accident.  The toughest time for white collar criminals was when George W Bush was President…under Barack Obama prosecution became negotiation and bosses and their companies got more protection than citizens. 

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In 2016 voters in New Mexico emphatically rejected Donald Trump, and by giving Democrats majorities in both houses of the State Legislature, rejected Republican Governor Susana Martinez’ 6 years of economic austerity.  In Kansas, in 2017, Republican Governor Sam Brownback’s hard-line austerity program was rolled back by opposition from within his own party.  Analyst Kim Rueben of The Brookings Tax Policy Center at the Urban Institute explains what happened…and what it might say about a newly developing mindset among American voters…paying taxes for services you want and need may be acceptable, after all. 

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What one investigative reporter can do.  Thomas Brennan of The War Horse.com broke the story of the widespread cyber-stalking of female US Marines, by male US Marines and revealed a command that had been asleep at the switch.  Our guest Elliot Ackerman, who fought alongside Thomas Brennan as Marines in Fallujah, Iraq, has taken Thomas’s reporting a big step further: the need to tame the so-called “battle of the sexes” to protect the integrity and effectiveness of the men and women of the armed service uniquely focused on the literal battlefield. 

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It’s back-to-school time, and after a summer of budget cuts, job cuts and new assignments, school teachers, staff and administrators will have a tough time matching the bright first-day smiles on their students faces.  But Dr. Veronica Garcia, Superintendent of Schools in Santa Fe says she’s looking forward to the academic year ahead.  Her big investment, in the face of cuts elsewhere, student health.  In the era of Trumpcare, in-school nurses and aides go from being valuable to vital. 

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It was a mislabeled container of radioactive materials, sent by Los Alamos Labs to the WIPP site in Carlsbad, whose danger was covered up in Los Alamos, before the barrel of waste blew up underground, exposed a dozen workers to radiation and forced the WIPP site to close for 3 ½ years and counting.  Patrick Malone of the Center for Public Integrity says both the errors and the dishonesty are parts of a malign pattern of mismanagement inside the national nuclear weapons industry.  Firing the Los Alamos management is supposed to change that…but why did it take 3 years before the fired managers left their jobs? 

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When it comes to experience with immigration policy and the inner workings of ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement service, reporter Marcelo Rochabrun of Pro Publica says the team assembled by now former Secretary of Homeland Security Gen. John Kelly may be the most qualified ever.  But together they’ve created an indiscriminate deportation machine.  Fewer immigrants are crossing the border to the US, but families and lives are being destroyed in the process.

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When China took control of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom in 1997, Deng Xiaoping promised the island would always be run by Hong Kong people.  But veteran Hong Kong journalist Steven Vines says the promise has been bent if not broken. The Hong Kong people running the island territory take their orders from Beijing, and dissenters from Mainland control, like 6 members of the Hong Kong Legislative Council get nbunced from their jobs. 

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What happens when Takata, one of the biggest manufacturers of airbags for the auto industry, is revealed to have spent 2 decades putting unsafe “safety devices” into the world’s automobiles?  Legal expert Chuck Tatelbaum on why owners of 2001, 2 and 3 Hondas and Acuras are being told, get your air bags replaced before you drive another mile.  This is a mess the auto industry says will take years to set right, after 16 linked deaths and close to 200 linked injuries.

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What benefits did Obamacare bring to New Mexico, and what could be the effects of the Republican attempt to destroy it?  Colin Baillio of Health Action NM on what happens when you remove the fine for not insuring, and replace it with incentives to buy the cheapest policies insurors will sell.  What are the public health consequences of low premiums and very high deductibles in one of the poorest states in America? 

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In 1946 William Perry enlisted in the US Army and was sent to Japan.  There he lived the grunt’s life of collaborative survival and saw first-hand, the horrors of nuclear war.  Both experiences shaped his career as an entrepreneur and Secretary of Defense, building better homes for non-commissioned officers and helping disarm the weapons of the cold war.  The latter feat was achieved through co-operation with Russia…amost inconceivable, he admits unhappily, today. 

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Who won the war?  It’s a question we often ask too soon.  Especially since wars are usually, really, won by whoever sticks around and does the most to help after the fighting is over.  Tim Arango, Baghdad Bureau Chief of the NY Times on why few Iraqis think the US won the last war there.  And have low expectations after ISIS is defeated.  So, Who won? Iran.  Tim says you can see that on pilgrimages, in shops, at border posts and in how the Iraqi Parliament spends tax money.

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The NM Department of Human Services drove 15 behavioral health providers out of business, accusing them of fraud –a word the state’s own hit team auditors never used, and which 2 state Attorneys General investigations refuted.  But DHS is still dunning the social service agencies, sometimes for 5 cents or less on the dollar of their original charges.  Sylvia Ulloa of NM in Depth on what the DHS phony scandal did to one long-time provider of care to the vulnerable and needy. 

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Luis Ignacio da Silva…Lula, the most popular ex-President in Brazilian history has been sentenced to 9 ½ years in jail for corruption.  The present President Michel Temer seems likely to be indicted, and the guy next in line for the Presidency is also under investigation.  The corruption crisis that’s crippling Brazil.  Meanwhile President Temer is fighting back, trying to cripple the now globally famous Operation Car Wash investigation.  AP Correspondent Mauricio Savarese has the story in depth.

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Look at the pictures of the Old City of West Mosul, Iraq…utter devastation, buildings pulverized and flattened, block after block…but even in the ruins, unexploded ordinance and intentional boob-traps make every step dangerous.  Tony Cheng of CGTN spent the last 2 weeks reporting on the aftermath of the Battle for Mosul, and the administrative nightmare just unfolding.  Just sorting out genuine refugees from would be ISIS sappers hidden among them is slow and difficult…and deadly mistakes are inevitable.

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Why do we lie?  There are, of course, a million specific reasons, but the important general reason is, we lie because we can.  So what is it about human nature that leads us to mislead?  Yudhijit Battacharjee wrote about the fascinating science behind lying and deceiving for National Geographic…not just why we lie, but who lies most often…can you guess mankind’s prime years for untruth? 

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On the surface, where most real property and rivers and streams are found, the border between Mexico and the United States has begotten volumes of lows, rule and codes, strictly laying out shares and responsibilities.  But Lauren Villagran, now of Search Light NM, just did a 5 part series of the ABQ Journal on the absence of rules or treaties or even explicit agreements on underground water, like the massive cross-border aquifer, the Mesilla Bolson.  It’s a big problem for sharing today and building towards tomorrow. 

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I’m an old guy.  I love my Medicare.  But for my oral health, I’m on my own.  Why is that? and how does it explain the inequality of America’s dental care?  Mary Otto, the author of an excellent new book called Teeth, knows the answers and the history behind them.  The economics of taking care of what’s in your mouth…the differences between medical care and dental care in America…they may not put a smile on your face. 

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All those recent articles on President Trump’s options in the face of North Korea’s test flight of a missile capable of hitting Alaska, were anticipated and excelled in Mark Bowden’s Atlantic Magazine analysis.  Bottom line: none of the options is good.  The biggest reason, the 25 million people living in the Seoul metropolitan area are unprotected hostages to Kim Jung Il’s nuclear threats.

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Some call Donald Trump, the first Facebook President, the first Tweeter-in-chief.  Twitter may be where Trump sounds off, but deep data soundings purchased from Facebook, may have been what got him the White House platform from which he Tweets.  Nina Burleigh of Newsweek on her recent cover story on big data and high-stakes politics in the US and the UK where the same data miners and propaganda marketers, financed by the same ultra-conservative American billionaire also did BREXIT. 

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In 2013, to the staff of safety engineers at Los Alamos Labs’ Plutonium Unit, safety had become a dangerously low priority, that 12 out of 14 of them quit, and the Unit, PF-4 had to shut down.  4 years later it still is. Investigative reporter Patrick Malone of the Center for Public Integrity just published a 5 part series on safety issues at the National Labs.  A tale of 2 photo opportunities: 1 almost caused a catastrophe, the other covered up the consequences.

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State-sponsored domestic terrorism, that’s what Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has unleashed to keep his hold on power.  One of his “colectivos” – armed gangs, who have long  threatened or beaten up Maduro ‘s opponents, stormed the National Parliament Building and savagely attacked opposition legislators, while government security forces stood by.  AP Andean Bureau Chief Joshua Goodman has been in Caracas as the Venezuelan political crisis has spun closer to the brink. 

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I asked America’s Money Answers Man, Jordan Goodman, to take a look at an op-ed written by NM Congressman Steve Pearce.  It defends what’s called The Financial Choice Act, passed by the Republican majority in the House and presently bogged down in the Senate.  Goodman, one of America’s top financial journalists says Pearce has some legitimate points, but overall the bill mostly benefits the already rich and powerful.  For one thing it protects predatory pay day lenders and guts the Consumer Financial Protection Board, which has taken back from financial cheaters some $12 billion in 6 years.

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When various branches of the Mexican government bought $80 million worth of spyware from an Israeli manufacturer, The NSO Group, they all had to promise to use it only against terrorists, drug cartels and big time criminals.  Instead, Nicole Perlroth of the NY Times has revealed in a series of front page articles, the Pegasus bug has been used against human rights crusaders, anti-corruption activists and some top Mexican journalists.  Pegasus has never been used to catch the murderers of 117 Mexican journalists since the year 2000. 

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One complication of the war to oust the Islamic State from Iraq has been the behavior of often-Iranian-trained Shi’ite militias.  They’ve frequently been accused of abusing, torturing, even killing innocent Sunni civilians.  That’s why they’ve all been told to steer clear of the Battle for Mosul and concentrate on IS units in the hinterlands outside the city.  Kenneth R. Rosen of the NY Times spent time recently with one Shi’ite militia group in the desert, near the Syrian border.  Their denials of bad behavior, Rosen says, didn’t account for a hidden prison camp, where Human Rights Watch says, those very abuses have been committed.

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In the Middle East, the United States says it has only one mission – to defeat Islamic State terrorism.  But most of our allies in the region, who did almost all of the actual fighting, have several different agendas.  Pulitzer Prize winning foreign correspondent Roy Gutman, who has recently visited the conflict zone in Syria, reports this often involves small-scale but bitterly fought wars between our allies.  As both American-supported and Russian-supported forces get closer to the Islamic State’s Syrian capital of Raqqa the danger of clashes involving both Russians and Americans is growing.

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A recent series of terrorist attacks in London and Manchester in the United Kingdom, like attacks in the United States in the past several years, appear to be the work of “lone wolves,” operating independently of any Islamic State or Al Qaeda management or networking.  They are what RAND Corporation Terrorism analyst Brian Michael Jenkins calls “pure terrorism.”  He says they are a product of the shrinking territory and bankroll at Islamic State command headquarters and they present new problems for security forces meant to defeat them.

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After the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, America’s Veterans Administration Hospitals are facing more cases of Post-traumatic-Stress-Injury than ever before…and their standard treatments, anti-depression drugs and traditional psycho-therapy are failing many vets.  Matthew Farwell went through Hell in Afghanistan and then underwent both those treatments, to limited effect.  Then he got what some call, The God Shot, and felt a lot better quickly and still does a couple of years later. 

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The Trump Administration approach to methane, the climate-heating greenhouse gas is relight the flares and celebrate their brightness.  Of course, you and the planet might choke on the fumes.  Environmental reporter Laura Paskus on a double-barreled blow to regulation designed to make the Koch brothers, among others, very happy.  Then there’s the Gila River diversion project, the best thing to be said of it is … it probably won’t happen, but meanwhile NM Gov. Martinez is spilling millions of dollars on it.

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The battle for the city of Mosul, the biggest by far in Northern Iraq continues, with the forces of the Islamic State more and more encircled and diminished.  But Tony Cheng, who has been covering this battlefront since March for CGTN, the Chinese English-language news channel, says that claims that ISIS is on the ropes, and that the endgame has begun may be a bit pre-mature.  Tony reports the fighting, often house by house and block by block in the Old City of West Mosul remains fierce, and far from completely locked into the Old City, he says, ISIS forces continue to cause alarm in the hinterlands south and west of the city. 

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British Prime Minister Theresa May thought she was launching an easy victory tour when she called a snap election for Parliament.  Instead she lost her party its majority and almost lost her job.  AP’s London Bureau Chief Gregory Katz looks at what went wrong for May and what might happen next for the UK.  First on May’s agenda is negotiating BREXIT, Britain’s exit from the European Union.  She wanted a separation that was quick and complete…but what she wants may not matter. 

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President Donald Trump’s approval ratings keep falling.  No wonder, given that many of his biggest moves, like dumping the Paris environmental agreement and destroying Obamacare fly in the face of the expressed wishes for roughly 70% of American voters.  His smaller, less publicized moves may prove equally unpopular.  Senior national affairs correspondent Juliet Eilperin of the Washington Post has been keeping close track of them.  Among the things Trump’s de-funding, workplace protections against employment discrimination and dangers to health and safety, and then there’s the deregulation of the environment.  Methane emissions are coming back, big time.

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To hear Gov. Susana Martinez tell it, the economy of New Mexico will soon be bouncing back as oil and gas prices rise.  2 things shadow that happy talk…oil prices seem stalled again, well below $50 a barrel, and even if prices come back, tax revenues from oil jobs may not follow.  Matthew Reichbach of the New Mexico Political Report on this impoverished state’s prospects after a legislative special session robbed most of the state’s piggy bank funds.  The Governor’s chosen hallmark is “No new taxes,” but some say the real meaning is, “No new ideas; no new investments for New Mexico.

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Turkey’s present is bad enough, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan exploiting a State of Emergency and the new powers granted him by a recent and highly questionable referendum to make more political arrests and foreclose more platforms for public communication.  But Pinar Tremblay, columnist at Al Monitor says Turkey’s future may be defined for a plan to build more than 100 new prisons.  Meanwhile Erdogan’s tattered army has been cut out of the main fight to defeat the Islamic State and 2 of his biggest economic backers are squabbling. 

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After a commando raid in Yemen which cost the American military one of its most expensive airplanes and, much worse, the life of Navy Seal “Ryan’ Owens, the White House called it a success.  But award-winning reporter Iona Craig sneaked into that dangerous country and trekked 1000 miles to see the target village and talk with survivors of a raid that killed more than 2 dozen civilians.  A success is not what she calls it.  As for the war itself, no one is winning, but Yemen’s civilians, killed by the thousands by American-supported Saudi and Emerati bombing, are now facing famine. 

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Whether or not the House-passed repeal, replace and ruin of Obamacare bill ever gets through the Senate, American health care will remain the world’s most expensive, and nowhere near the world’s best.  Journalist Elizabeth Rosenthal, herself an experienced physician, has written a new best-selling book, An American Sickness, which not only details the many failings of our healthcare system, but has lots of suggestions on how you can get your best value from it. 

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