Here And There with Dave Marash

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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The latest on Zika and its threat to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games… Elizabeth Whitman, health business reporter for International Business Times talks about the high-powered 150 “experts” who’ve said the games should be moved or postponed and the swift rejection that idea got from the International Olympic Committee, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC.)  The medical people say global spread of Zika is so inevitable from normal human travel between the Zika Zone and the rest of the world that half a million visitors in Brazil for the Olympics won’t make much of a difference. The IOC has more than $4 billion in revenues at stake. 

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Covering Hillary Clinton, on the Presidential campaign trail for more than a year now, AP National Political Reporter Lisa Lerer, has a problem: the candidate won’t talk to her.  It’s not personal, she just doesn’t bother with print reporters.  The guy from the Washington Post has been frozen out for 13 months!  But don’t worry, there’s still plenty to report just from public events. And Lisa has the benefit of living institutional memory from her AP colleague Beth Harpaz, whose recently-re-published classic book The Girls in the Van, is about covering Hillary Clinton’s first Senate Campaign 16 years ago.  One judgment both reporters share is that the word for Hillary is “unknowable.”

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Many of these children literally walked a thousand miles and swam a river to sneak into the United States, in search of family members or voluntary protectors who will help them find better lives.  They’ve made it that far, says Associated Press investigative reporter Garance Burke, only to be turned away from American public schools.  Laws in all the states and the Federal Government say this shouldn’t be happening, but it is, and remember, all the people being denied their right to an education here are children.

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In an America too often paralyzed by partisan or ideological divisions, stakeholders who used to be enemies joined forces to make 2 big Federal environmental projects move forward.  Elizabeth Shogren of High Country News on potential good news for hikers in New Mexico and Colorado and farmers, Native Americans and salmon in Washington State.  She also explains how these Green coalitions came to work together and why not everyone is happy with that work produced.

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Venezuela, for decades a prosperous and proud nation is now defined by stores with nothing to sell, hospitals with no medicines to give, and streets red with blood from violent vigilante mobs, protesters and military and security forces.  AP Bogota Buro Chief Josh Goodman on the economic, political and social implosion in Caracas, the capitol next door.  President Nicolas Maduro has declared a State of Emergency and seems to be moving closer to the military.  The opposition controls the legislature and wants a referendum to toss Maduro out.  The search for compromise isn’t turning up much.

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You know their names, Janet Yellin, Ben Bernanke, Alan Greenspan, Paul Volcker…but do you know how much power these Chairs of the Federal Reserve Board now wield over the American economy.  Scholar and author Lawrence Jacobs of the University of Minnesota says the Fed’s powers have grown too great to do anyone but Wall Street much good.  The co-author of the new book Fed Power on how the Federal Reserve was created, checked and balanced, and then allowed to escape virtually all Federal oversight and regulation.

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I say Darfur; you say genocide…but when you finish with this political Rohrshach test, the next question is harder: What will the world actually do about the mass murder of civilians in this western province of Sudan? Scholar and Darfur advocate Ahmed H Adam of the Institute for African Development at Cornell University in Cairo’s has a forth-coming book and its title is telling: it’s Darfur Betrayed: An Insider Perspective.  What’s he talking about?  Well, a recent referendum of Darfur’s future has gotten a lot of international acceptance, Adam says it doesn’t deserve.

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When terrorists attack civilian targets as they did in Paris and Brussels the first impacts are personal and political, but make no mistake, the costs of terrorism are also economic.  Washington-based economist Gary Hufbauer of the Peterson Institute for International Economics looks at the latest attacks on the Euro and on economically and politically divided Europe.

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It was in the movie, All the President’s Men,” that the anonymous source “Deep Throat” told Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, on the trail of who the scandal that became known as “Watergate,” QUOTE “Follow the money.”  Well, if you want evidence of an economic shift from television to the internet, International Business Times media reporter Oriana Schwindt has the same advice – “follow the money.”

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The author of Lone Survivor and the Afghan who saved his life once called one another brother…now they don’t speak at all.  The story of a heroic friendship gone astray.  RM Ross Schniederman talks about his Newsweek cover story.

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Nigerian President Muhammedou Buhari is trying to clean up a corrupt government and a corrupt society while simultaneously fighting Boko Haram and gangs of oil industry extortionists. AP Lagos Buro Chief Michelle Faul on how he’s doing.

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A hedge fund kingpin and Goldman Sachs designed a fund of toxic mortgages and had them sold to suckers and made a billion bucks.  One little salesman was fined …the bosses got impunity.  Pulitzer Prize winner Jesse Eisinger lays out the sad story.

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First he sold his video business; then he became an EMT.  Now he leads medical care missions around the world.  Andrew Lustig of Santa Fe and Doctors Global Outreach on what he learned treating Syrian refugees in Jordan.

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The US has quietly been adding special forces fighters and regular military trainers in Iraq…but, says RAND Corporation senior analyst Linda Robinson, the results are not sufficient to defeat the Islamic State….and as for a planned battle to retake the city of Mosul, she says the Iraqi forces aren’t ready for the job.

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Bankrupt Greece is being bled economically by Europe and now find itself on the wrong side of the Continental barrier put up against Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan refugees.  Reporter Alexander Clapp of Foreign Policy on the toll this double-dose of hard times is taking on Greeks. And their migrant guests.

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Among the unaccompanied minors caught crossing the US border, some 600 have been judged “the worst.”  But what does that mean? And who judged them and by what standard?  Reporter Tyche Hendricks of KQED radio’s California Report on the Office of Refugee Re-settlement’s juvenile detention system.

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After 15 years of American charges and Chinese denials of cyber-crimes like economic espionage and national security hacking, it looks like there’s been a dramatic diplomatic break-through.  Scott Warren Harold of the RAND Corporation on the sudden “cyber-truce” between Washington and Beijing.

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Libya has a new Government of National Accord, shaped by the UN, recognized by the US, the UK, France, Germany and other allies…so why can’t it leave the naval base it is occupying, much less govern Libya?  Award-winning Libyan journalist Mustafa Fetouri on life, crime and human trafficking.

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The US military says the Islamic State is losing in Iraq andSyria…but it’s still growing in Libya, Afghanistan and northwestAfrica.  Veteran Mideast journalist and author PatrickCockburn, on the al-Qaeda spin-off he’s been following sinceshortly after President Bush claimed “Mission Accomplished” inIraq. 

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A team of international expert prosecutors and investigatorsblasts the Mexican government for its utter failure to solve thecase of 43 disappeared college students.   Mark Stevensonof AP’s Overseas Press Club Award-winning Mexico City bureau on abungled case of apparent mass murder.

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Remember when the NY Times, Washington Post and CNN were all reporting the Obama Administration was seriously cutting back on civil forfeiture because it seizes cash and property from innocent citizens?  Turns out the reports were wrong on all counts.  Attorney General Eric Holder mis-described what he was going to do, and now his successor Loretta Lynch is reversing his tiny policy change.

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There could be oil in the ground of Sandoval County, just west of Rio Rancho, NM.  Even though the prospective drill site is 4 miles from the nearest backyard, citizens organized against something they thought might put drilling equipment and heavy trucks too close for comfort.  Rio Rancho Observer reporter Antonio Sanchez on why the oil is staying where it is.

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If Donald Trump’s life and Presidential campaign are anything like his TV show, sometime this week, we should hear him say the 2 words for which he is still most famous: “You’re fired.”  The target? Could be Paul Manafort, recently hired to manage the Trump campaign.  But he seems to think he gets to manage Trump himself.  NBC Newsman Steve Handelsman on the 2016 Presidential campaigns

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When he moved as a child from a farm near Vaughn, NM to the town of Tucumcari, Gerald Moore says it felt he was going to a big city.  Then he grew up, moved to Albuquerque, became a journalist and wound up writing for LIFE magazine in Los Angeles, Chicago and NYC.  The education of an American journalist…from the NM prairie to the Big Apple.

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There are 700,000 ticking time bombs in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.  700,000 Syrian refugee children who are out of school, their educations stopped, their futures crippled.  RAND Corporation analyst Shelly Culbertson wonders with us, how many might someday want to take a terrorist’s revenge?

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It’s probably the #1 American public health story of the decade – how tens of thousands of  White, middle-class Americans got addicted to opiate prescription pain killers and then illicit Mexican black tar heroin.  Sam Quinones told the story in his book DREAMLAND…he’s our guest today on HERE AND THERE.

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Keeping democracy alive can be a difficult business.  Brookings Institution scholar Ted Piccone knows this better than most.  He wrote a new book about 5 key democracies on the rise, and by the time it was published the democratic characteristics of 2 of them were falling.  What happened in Brazil and Turkey?

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It looked like it was going to be the biggest 4th Amendment fight in years, over whether the Constitution protected privacy against the determination of the FBI to force Apple to hack into the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone.  Then the FBI announced it found another way. Cyberwar expert Shane Harris of TheDailyBeast.com on Apple vs the FBI.

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Countries in Europe have tried everything from fences and walls to temporary and more permanent refugee camps to stop the migration of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria and Afghanistan to Europe.  Demetrios Papademetriou of the Migration Policy Institute on the crisis that is twisting Europe and testing the world.

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The Federal Monitor guiding the reform of the Albuquerque Police Department asked for a new policy on dealing with civil disturbances.  He suggested the 140 page plan of the Metro PD in Washington, DC.  The Albuquerque PD turned in a page and a half.  Jeff Proctor of NMindepth.com on more reasons Monitor James Ginger is displeased.

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What happens politically when the self-declared party of the left gives up on the working class?  It’s the same thing that happens when you remove one leg of a triangulation: collapse.  Thomas Frank, author of LISTEN, LIBERAL on the self-mutilation of the Democratic Party, the Bern and the Donald.

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Today on HERE AND THERE,  It's called an "investigatory stop."  It's when police pull over a driver not because he or she has broken a traffic law, but because they want to investigate further.  It happens so disproportionately to minority drivers, Chuck Epp and his University of Kansas colleagues found, it feels and hurts and divides society like racial profiling.

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New Mexicans like to jokingly call their state, the land of the flea and the home of the plague.  Richard Hamburg of the Trust for America’s Health on slowing federal investment in infectious diseases could affect containing plague HERE in NM and keeping Ebola THERE in West Africa.

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The age of coal is coming to an end.  Big Companies like Peabody and Arch are going bankrupt, mines are closing down and miners are looking for new jobs.  The Federal Government has a program to help.  Maria Gallucci of the International Business Times looked at how the program is working in Ohio.

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Poor Yemen, since Saudi Arabia and its allies started a war to restore their puppet President, 6000 people, at least half of them civilians have been killed, and the puppet is no closer to restoration. Now, there's talk of a cease-fire and a second try at a peace conference.  What are its chances?  Journalist and Yemen expert Adam Baron takes a look at the war, and the hopes for peace.

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First Uncle Sam decided it would be better if Native Americans managed their own reservations, and promised enough money to sustain the same quality of policing, schooling and road maintenance it had been providing. Then, Congress cut back on the money.

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Every month, young American men and women are ending their careers in the military and heading out to find gainful employment in civilian life.  The transition is not always easy.  Chaitra Hardison of the RAND Corporation advises the Pentagon on how to help ex-soldiers become successful bread-winners.

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Iran held elections last month, and the results strengthened support for moderate President Hassan Rouhani in both Parliament and the important Council of Experts. Will this mean more Iranian investment in the civilian economy and less in regional terrorism? Will it signal better relations between Iran and the US? Alireza Nader of the RAND Corporation offers some answers on HERE AND THERE.

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Think American politics has gone nuts, with economic inequality rising, and politicians’ credibility sinking? Well, wait till you hear about Brazil, where the economy is in shambles, and top political and business leaders aren’t just mistrusted, but indicted or in jail. Columbia University scholar Christopher Sabatini on why angry protests fill Brazil’s streets and squares, on HERE AND THERE.

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The 21st century revolution in collecting and sorting data is changing policing, providing law enforcement with all kinds of information that can be useful in catching crooks. But some of the info is unreliable, and some of the consequences for personal privacy are downright scary. Justin Jouvenal of the Washington Post has the lowdown on hi-tech policing, on HERE AND THERE.

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The 2016 Presidential campaign began with 23 candidates seeking the nominations of the Republican and Democratic Parties. Now, with 4 months still to go before those races are settled, the list is down to 5. But instead of yielding 2 candidates for 2 parties, this race could wind up with 3 of each. Crazy? We’ll try to sort it out with Steve Handelsman of NBC News on HERE AND THERE.

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Laura Paskus of newMexicoindepth.com; energy and climate related issues

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Laura Paskus of newmexicoindepth.com; restriction of carbon emission and Supreme Court overturn this week

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NM State Legislature, 30-day session

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More than a million people watched this year’s Super Bowl, not via broadcast, satellite, or cable TV, but live-streamed to their computers.  Cord-cutting is trending, but is the death of cable systems at hand?  TV Business analyst Oriana Schwindt of International Business Times says the trend is there alright, but moving slowly, and the end of cable is not in sight.

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If you think 2 heads are better than 1, consider the power-sharing govt the US created in Afghanistan.  It’s having trouble meeting all its goals, electoral and judicial reform, more effective national security forces and local police.

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Money, money everywhere, makes our politics stink.  100 Billionaire donors, push perfectly corrupt ideas; that “freedom” is self-interest, that government is bad, inequality is good, and they are licensed to buy every politico, think tank or academic institution on the take.   Investigative reporter Jane Mayer on America’s black hole of DARK MONEY, On HERE AND THERE

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A top Russian spy defects to Britain and starts blowing the whistle on Putin’s FSB… Until he falls deathly ill, and only post-mortem is it established he was murdered with radioactive Polonium.  RAND Corporation analyst Daniel Gerstein unravels the killing and its implications.

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The people who gathered and analyzed America’s intelligence about the Islamic State thought it was being twisted on its way to the White House. When their first alarm got no response, they sent a warning to the boss, James Clapper.  National Security Correspondent Shane Harris of The Daily Beast.com on what happened next.

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The plot is similar to the movie Spotlight, except instead of sexually abusive priests, the predators were teachers at an elite NYC prep school, and instead of an investigative team from the Boston Globe, the reporter here was our guest Amos Kamil.  The biggest difference was in how the case was settled.

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Wannabe Presidential Politics 2016…a peek ahead at tomorrow’s Super Tuesday…and a pained look back at the GOP candidates debate: I Love Lucy meets the bottom line…and the caucus conspiracy, quote everything but the bottom line -- that almost no one took part.  Newsweek’s National Politics Correspondent Nina Burleigh joins the conversation on HERE AND THERE

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White middle-aged Americans are dying at an unexpected rate.  One cause, rampant abuse of opiate painkillers and  Mexican black tar heroin.  Where did that come from?  Sam Quinones, the author of the book Dreamland has the story from Xalisco, Mexico to Portsmouth, Ohio.

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Saudi Arabia introduces new warplanes to the Syrian theater, and Iran responds with ground-to-air missiles.  The Saudis threaten to send ground troops and Russia warns of a world war.  Al Jazeera America’s Patricia Sabga on the Saudi role in Syria and why it stirs people up.

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The Zika virus is sweeping across Brazil, and it seems to be causing thousands of cases of microcephaly, babies born with tiny heads that limit their brain functions.  But how come there is Zika in Colombia, but no microcephaly?  Epidemiologist Isabel Rodriguez went to Colombia to try to find out.

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The geological conditions and historical record suggest America’s Pacific Northwest, the coast from Northern California to Vancouver Island could face a devastating earthquake and tsunami. Kathryn Schulz of The New Yorker broke the story, which she says is a matter of, not if, but when.

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To save money, state officials running destitute Flint, MI, switched sources of public water. People immediately the different…discoloration, skin rashes and much much worse…and the state government denied and lied. UNM Law Professor and former EPA counsel Clifford Villa on an avoidable tragedy.

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Autism is a difficult disorder to live with, for those who have the condition, and those who treat and love them. ABC News Correspondent John Donvan on his new best-seller: In a Different Key” The Story of Autism, a rare example of a book every bit as good as its sales record.

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With 2 states down, the Presidential primary races have already found their defining clichés. For the Democrats, it’s “the hedgehog and the fox,” for the Republicans, “the circular firing squad.” NBC News political correspondent Steve Handelsman on the races we’ve seen, and the ones still to come.

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Special Operations Forces have been anointed as the Obama Administration’s weapon of choice in its war against the Islamic State.  But bold declarations of intent are not the same as putting policies into effect.  The RAND Corporation’s Linda Robinson on the realistic expectations for Special Ops and their essential local allies.

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As wars rage around them in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya, what do people in the Middle East think about these crises and how to solve them?  Pre-eminent Arab-American pollster James Zogby has some answers, and some insights into the Mideast’s millennial generation, who love Islam but hate seeing it used to sow hatred.

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New Mexico’s drivers licenses are not yet compliant with Federal REAL ID demands…but the Feds have moved the deadline back to 2018 giving Democrats in the State Senate time to fight over fingerprinting of applicants for second-tier drivers authorization card.  AP Southwest correspondent Russell Contreras scans the political battlefield.

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What did retiring Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Shultz mean when he said the purchase of lapel cameras from Taser was “greased?”  And was the lubricant a lucrative consultancy with Taser that was his next job.  Investigative reporter Jeff Proctor of NMinDepth.com takes a look and asks, where’s City Hall on all this? 

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In 2013, jihadist rebels tied to Al Qaeda looked ready to take over the African country Mali, until French military forces intervened and crushed the rebellion. RAND Corp. analyst Christopher Chivvis on whether the French model from Mali might work against the Islamic State in Syria.

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One key question every journalist and his platform have to answer is “Sez who?”  Which is why Sheldon Adelson’s attempt to conceal his purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal caused such a stink.  Maria Bustillos of the New Yorker has covered the story and knows its implications.

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As US and world oil prices inch upward past $30 a barrel, the big question is, was the plunge below $28 the bottom?  Foreign Policy’s senior energy correspondent Keith Johnson explores prices and their consequences from China to Saudi Arabia to Venezuela to New Mexico.

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Ukraine is stuck in a “frozen war” with Russian-backed secessionists, even as it tries to reform its corrupt politics and failing economy to satisfy international investors.  But Hromadske TV’s  Maxim Eristavi in Kiev says, things may be looking up…at least a little.

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Global climate change is making the Southwest hotter and drier, but in Antarctica, it’s melting glaciers and could send large portions of the continental ice sheet into the ocean.  Where’s the water to go?  Newsweek’s Nina Burleigh is just back from scene of the Antarctic temperature climb.

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The Chinese stock market has been twisting and spitting fire like a wounded dragon, but is there bigger economic trouble behind the blaze?  For China and the world? Financial Times Beijing correspondent Tom Mitchell and his analytical abacus provide some answers.

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Few people in American conserve water better than the Navajo people…still there’s nowhere near enough water on the reservation and much of it is contaminated by the legacy  of uranium mining.  Neha Shastry covered this story for the hot online Vice News and shares what she learned about these threats to Navajo wealth and health.

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Comedy can be big business, and whether it’s done from big theatres, or small nightclubs, or via the microphones or radio, the cameras of television or the links of the internet, its usually more than just a barrel of laughs.  Kliph Nesteroff, author of The Comedians describes America’s funniest business on HERE AND THERE.

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Today on HERE AND THERE: we welcome the Legislators of the State of NM, back in session with plenty on their plates.  Trip Jennings, Editor-in-Chief of the fine investigative website, NMinDepth.com sorts through issues big and small, bills that may pass like gas, or wind up as actual laws.  Do proposed reforms of lobbying or how capital outlays are spent actually have a chance?

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An America divided is an America weakened, one might even say, an America degraded.  Few Americans ever spoke to that issue better than Dr Martin Luther King Jr, and so, on his day, we address one of today’s most damaging divides..the digital divide, with Sree Sreenivasan, media master of Columbia University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art…on HERE AND THERE

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One of the most successful television journalists of our generation is retiring.  Linda Ellerbee did breaking news and living history for adults on local and network TV, but she really found a home translating the news for young audiences as host of the Nickelodeon network's Nick News.  What she’s learned about TV, news, and Americas children on HERE AND THERE.

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The pain and suffering of Alzheimer’s Disease is terrible enough, but the financial consequences of this of this incurable, long-lasting illness are more than most families can bear.  Dr. Amy Kelley of the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York explains why Alzheimer’s is so expensive, and how most health insurance fails to cover the costs.

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It’s an American blessings: we have not known war on our soil since 1865.  But this means Americans have no idea what it’s like to live in a war zone, where terrible things happen on purpose, and sometimes, worse things happen by mistake.  Photo-journalist Victor Blue covered one of America’s worst mistakes in Afghanistan: the Kunduz Hospital bombing.

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Most people know that the state of NM has an unsolved problem with homelessness…but concerns about the problem and proposed solutions focus on the homeless of cities like Albuquerque and Las Cruces.  Tom McDonald, of the Roswell Daily Record tells us, homelessness may be different in NM’s small towns and rural areas…but it’s still there and few solutions seem at hand.

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One word few people use when talking about their state and federal government is integrity.  NM reporter Gwyneth Doland took an assignment from the journalistic Center For Public Integrity to measure the integrity of governance in NM.  She started with how the state obeys its own laws on public access to government records, and immediately found trouble.

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When Americans, especially American politicians talk about Syria they invoke military tactics and political strategies.  What’s missing?  The realities of life on the ground there. Veteran journalist and author Charles Glass has been to Damascus and tell us about how people live in the midst of  savage civil and religious war.

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Many of the world’s poorest people are caught between the cruelties of conventional currency economies and the limitations of barter trade.  Tim Jenkin has helped create a different way to spend and save …. He calls it the Community Exchange System and he’ll explain how the idea has grown from South Africa to more than 40 other places around the world.

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During his first full calendar year as Pope, Francis tackled a lot of tough issues including inequalities in the global economy. the threat to the global environment, the flow of immigrants from Central America to the United States and how to define and deal with miracles.  John Thavis, author of The Vatican Diaries and The Vatican Prophesies is our guide. 

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