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Jeff Santos Show 10/15/14

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GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 15, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Green Day Wednesday takes a look at Getting Out The Environmentalist Vote! And a big day of Illinois politics with three great Democratic public servants, Governor Pat Quinn (currently running for re-election), Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Congressman Danny Davis

- Illinois Congressman Danny Davis, representing Illinois' 7th District which includes much of Chicago's West Side and connecting suburbs and is contained within Illinois' Cook County.He was first elected to Congress in 1996. Congressman Davis is a member of several Congressional Caucuses including the Congressional Black Caucus, the Progressive Caucus, the Urban Caucus, the Community Health Center's Caucus, and the Congressional Sugar Caucus. He serves on the Ways & Means Committee, Oversight & Government Reform Committee; Energy Policy, Health Care & Entitlements Committee and related subcommittees. We'll talk about issues of Guns, Gun Violence, Voting and Politics. And if time permits, Jeff might check in with the Congressman about an idea we discussed last time he was on the show -- namely the idea of linking Unemployment Insurance benefit funding to Congressional Military authorization!

- Rona Fried - Founder & CEO of www.SustainableBusiness.com, a global news and networking website dedicated to green business. It's "Green Day Wednesday" and today, it's all about Getting out the Vote - especially to get rid of Scott Walker in Wisconsin! A couple of interesting stories Rona's following this week include a look at Chicago's "Method Products" plant, which is a LEED-Platinum Factory Topped By World's Largest Urban Farm. Also how's it going with the anti-Keystone XL Pipeline battle? Neil Young, Willie Nelson Play to Sold Out Tar Sands Crowd, While Enbridge Skirts the Law.

- Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), representing the Illinois' 9th District since 1999. The 9th District covers all or part of the municipalities of Chicago, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glenview, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Wilmette and Winnetka and Arlington Heights. On Democratic GOTV for the November 4th Election and thoughts on the Quinn-Rauner Illinois Governor's race. Also, a look at Infrastructure spending, the Minimum Wage (National Minimum Wage Day was October 10th) and the need for greater focus on domestic issues even when the President and media are highly focused on growing international concerns of ISIS and the Ebola virus.

- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, a Democrat, serving as Governor since 2009. His long career of public service include terms as State Treasurer and Lieutenant Governor. The Governor is running for re-election against Republican challenger Bruce Rauner. They held their second televised debate last night. We'll ask the Governor about the campaign and discuss issues of Education, Infrastructure and Jobs. CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: www.quinnforillinois.com

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Jeff Santos Show 10/13/14

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GUESTS FOR MONDAY OCTOBER 13, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Jeff's Broadcasting Live Today From Chicago Progressive Talk Affiliate WCPT AM & FM!

- John Nichols, Washington Correspondent for the Nation Magazine and co-author of the book Dollarocracy, How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America. John's been working on a new piece on Governor Walker and yet another way he continues to disregard Wisconsin's long tradition of Progressive politics and legislation, in deference to his Koch-Brothers fueled policies. Did you know that Wisconsin has a very old law on the books requiring that workers be paid a "living wage"? Doesn't seem that Governor Scott Walker does! John's got a couple of great articles on other topics in the news this week the Nation...the best way to find out if a hospital is ready to deal with Ebola and also, how this year's Nobel Peace Prize winners announced last week are "radicals" and why that's a good thing!

- Jim Warren, Washington Correspondent for the New York Daily News and former Managing Editor of the Chicago Tribune. We're on Jim's turf here in Chicago this week! He moves back and forth between DC and Chicago -- today he's in Chicago.

- Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. Great to be here in Chicago - live in the WCPT AM & FM studios - with long time regular contributor Earl Bender, In-Studio! You can hear him every Monday and Friday on the Jeff Santos Show!

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Jeff Santos Show 10/8/14

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GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 8, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Ebola! And Turkey Ignores ISIS Encroachment on Border! Where are the Democrats? The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., Thomas Duncan, died today in Dallas. How is it impacting the way the U.S. is dealing with the disease? Are you feeling concerned about traveling? going to the hospital? ... Call 877-489-9421

- Melissa Hersh, Washington D.C.-based risk analyst and a Fellow of the Truman National Security Project. You can read her work at www.defenseone.com. The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., Thomas Duncan, died in Dallas today. That is certainly going to impact the general sense of unease people are feeling in the U.S. and Liberia about this outbreak. How can we best contain the disease and prevent it from turning into an outbreak over here? Our guest has an article that talks about how the U.S. Military is perfectly suited to help contain the disease because of their readiness to be trained for jobs such as mass fatalities and burials.

- Lawrence Korb, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. He is also a senior advisor to the Center for Defense Information and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Prior to joining American Progress, he was a senior fellow and director of national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. ISIS is moving in on the Turkish border, doing what some people are calling "ethnic cleansing" of Kurds there - the Turkish government is not responding to fend off ISIS. What kinds of problems is Turkey creating by their inaction? What is the U.S.'s next move?

- John Businger, Former 30-year Massachusetts State Rep (D-Brookline) and advocate for voting rights and rail transportation. A regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. National and local politics before the midterms. Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker had another debate last night, and the polling has them closely matched for Governor in Massachusetts.

- Jim Warren, NY Daily News Washington D.C. Bureau Chief, former managing editor at the Chicago Tribune. You can read his work at www.NYDailyNews.com and on their "Mouth of the Potomac" Blog. On Ebola, ISIS attacking Turkish border with no response from Turkey, AND a delayed resignation at the Secret Service! In Midterm Politics, a lot of people are wondering where the Democrats' message is. The President was out making the rounds last week, speaking about the widening wealth gap in America, which the President is calling the "defining challenge of our time". Is it too little too late or will the message pick up steam with Democrats?

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Jeff Santos Show 10/2/14

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GUESTS FOR THURSDAY OCTOBER 2, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Transportation Thursday & The "Jobs To Move America" Project! Ohio Sec'y of State Candidate Nina Turner On U.S. Supreme Court Upholding Cuts To Early Voting! Are you an "early voter"? Are Voter ID laws and limited early voting making it difficult for YOU to vote? How can we GOTV despite these Republican anti-voting measures?

- Ed Wytkind President of the Transportation Trades Dept (TTD) of the AFL-CIO representing the interests of several million aviation, rail, transit, trucking, highway and longshore workers to give them a strong, united voice in Washington, D.C. Ed joins us to talk about Jobs to Move America: a "national project dedicated to ensuring that the billions of public dollars spent on public transit systems create better results for our communities: good jobs, cleaner equipment and more opportunity for low income people". The project has been launched by a "coalition of over 30 community, labor, faith, civil rights, philanthropic, academic and environmental groups" - including everyone from the AFL-CIO to the Sierra Club and the National Urban League!

- Jerry Austin, Ohio-based political consultant who has worked for many candidates over the years from Sherrod Brown to Paul Wellstone and as Jesse Jackson's 1988 Presidential Campaign Manager. We'll talk about the new limited early voting in Ohio and other pre-Midterm political news.

- Nina Turner, Ohio State Senate Minority Whip and Democratic Candidate for Secretary of State running against incumbent Republican John Husted. [Website: http://www.ninaturner.org/] Current Ohio Secretary of State John Husted got what he wanted this week when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld cuts to early voting in Ohio. Voters should have been able to start this past Tuesday. Background: The Republican legislature passed a bill limiting early voting in Ohio last February but a federal judge blocked it saying it violated the Voting Rights Act. The Supreme Court tag team of Roberts, Alito, Scalia, Thomas and Kennedy overturned the judge's ruling and put the early voting cuts back in place. Early voting won't start til next week and Sunday voting hours have been reduced.

- John Businger, Former 30-year Massachusetts State Rep (D-Brookline) and advocate for voting rights and rail transportation. A regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. On Voting Rights, early voting in Ohio, AND....it's Transportation Thursday!

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Jeff Santos Show 10/1/14

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GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 1, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Secret Service Scrutinized Over Recent Lapses! Are you concerned for the President's safety under the current Secret Service management? Is this security lapse thing a new problem?Green Day Wednesday Re-Caps The People's Climate March & UN Summit!

- Rona Fried, Founder & CEO of www.SustainableBusiness.com, a global news and networking website dedicated to green business. It's "Green Day Wednesday" and we check in with Rona Fried to learn about the latest good and bad news in the world of clean energy & climate change...Rona was at the People's Climate March on September 21 in New York City and says that some very exciting announcements came out of it - including from the EU, which committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80-95% by 2050. President Obama promised he'd announce "more aggressive US targets on emissions reductions next year" among other things. KEY STORIES RONA'S FOLLOWING THIS WEEK: The UN Climate Summit went better than Rona expected, with some exciting announcements: "The EU showed continuing leadership, pledging to spend 20% of its budget on climate action through 2020, incorporating it into every policy." And here's a Cool Idea - NYC homes being heated by BioGas - natural gas made from "local organic waste" collected from left-over food scraps from the school breakfast and lunch program!

- Paula DiPerna, writer and frequent media and conference speaker on a variety of subjects. She has served as President of the Joyce Foundation as well as Vice President for Recruitment and Public Policy at the Chicago Climate Exchange, which pioneered emissions trading and environmental markets worldwide, as well as President of CCX International. Prior to these positions, she served as writer and Vice President for International Affairs for the Cousteau Society, whose President was explorer and filmmaker, Jacques-Yves Cousteau. California could do things to lead the way in addressing climate change by simply allowing voluntary "opt-ins" to its existing carbon cap-and-trade program.

- Jim Warren, NY Daily News Washington D.C. Bureau Chief, former managing editor at the Chicago Tribune. You can read his work at www.NYDailyNews.com and on their "Mouth of the Potomac" Blog. What's up with the President's Secret Service? Should the American public be concerned for the safety of the First Family? ... and might have to ask Jim what he thought about Derek Jeter's treatment in Boston at Fenway Park last weekend! In Jim's recent NY Daily News Sunday Op-Ed, Jim asked some "Burning Questions About Syria".

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Jeff Santos Show 9/30/14

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GUESTS FOR TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: NEA Teacher Tuesday looks at School Privatization in the York City Schools in Pennsylvania. Can we stop the push for charter schools? New MA Poll Data - Coakley Tied With Baker! And Massachusetts residents, how are YOU voting on Ballot Question 2? Phil Sego of the Massachusetts Sierra Club will tell you about the big money behind the "No" side and why YOU should vote YES ON 2!

- David Paleologos, Director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center. The Latest Suffolk-Herald Poll is out on the Massachusetts Governor's Race & Ballot Questions - "dead heat" with Martha Coakley at 44% to Baker 43%... and we'll look at the Ballot Questions too. How are they doing? Bottle Bill, Paid Sick Leave, Casinos in Massachusetts....

TEACHER TUESDAY SEGMENT, SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (NEA)

- Becky Pringle, Vice President, National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest labor union and professional association for educators. Ms. Pringle is a middle school science teacher with 31 years of classroom experience. She has served in the NEA leadership for years, including most recently as NEA Secretary-Treasurer. She also has served on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). Governor Corbett has decimated the public school funding in Pennsylvania over the last few years, cutting millions from local school budgets, including in the York City public schools where there is the threat of a complete corporate takeover by out-of-state, for-profit corporations. Vice President Pringle was in York last week for a rally demanding that the Governor restore funding and stop the push to privatization. She's here to talk about that today.

- Brad Bannon, CEO, Bannon Communications Research, a Democratic political consulting and polling firm. He is a pollster, blogger, and fill-in radio host on the Leslie Marshall show. You can read his commentaries at www.USNews.com. What's going on with the Democrats? How are they doing with getting their message out for the Midterms? What is their message - aside from wanting Congressional Authorization for further military action? Do they have one? Brad thinks that it would help President Obama if he watched Ken Burn's The Roosevelts series!

- Phil Sego, Legislative Action Committee ChairMassachusetts Sierra Club on the Massachusetts Bottle Bill - Ballot Initiative Question 2, whether Massachusetts should join states like Vermont and California to require a deposit on all beverage bottles including water, iced tea, juices and other bottled drinks that are currently not included and often end up as litter or going into landfills and being incinerated; who is behind the "No On 2" campaign (hint - it's the bottling companies)? Where is their money coming from? Why should YOU vote YES ON 2 in Massachusetts!

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Jeff Santos Show 9/29/14

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GUESTS FOR MONDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Hong Kong Protesters Demand Democracy! PM Netanyahu Addresses UN! Jeff's Broadcasting From Affiliate WVNJ Today! Do you think the Secret Service is doing enough to protect the First Family? Will Beijing listen to protestors in Hong Kong, demanding their full "semi-autonomy" and the right to vote for their own elected officials?...

- Live from the Studios of WVNJ AM 1160 "The Voice" today! Jeff's excited to be in the home of "the Boss", Bruce Springsteen!

- John Nichols, Washington Correspondent for the Nation Magazine and co-author of the book "Dollarocracy, How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America. Most of the U.S. media today was focused on the recent breaches of security at the White House by the Secret Service and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech at the UN today, but across the world in Hong Kong, a student-led uprising has turned into a giant protest. John's been tweeting about it, saying that what's going on in Hong Kong is "epic". In Hong Kong, student-initiated protests over the weekend continued into Monday with thousands of protestors refusing to obey Chinese orders to end the 3-day sit-in that started Friday and clear their street blockades all over the city. Protestors are unhappy with the the way China has been treating the "semiautonomous Chinese Territory" and are demanding democratic elections so that they can pick their own political leaders.

- Earl Bender, President of Avenel Associates, political strategist at Totten Communications and regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. Monday check-in on the news of the day... Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the UN General Assembly today, making big comparisons between Hamas and ISIS, using the metaphor of a spreading cancer to describe the terrorist activities of the two groups.... AND pro-democracy "Umbrella Protests in Hong Kong - what do they mean? Students and activists have been camped out in downtown Hong Kong since Friday - demanding that China allow them to pick their own political leaders.
Also in the news today...President Obama has received more threats against his life than any other U.S. President to date. What is going on with the Secret Service and recent breaches of security at the White House? are they falling down on the job? Are there too many threats to catch all of them?

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Jeff Santos Show 9/25/14

GUESTS FOR THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: Attorney General Eric Holder Resigns! Derek Jeter's Last Game At Yankee Stadium! Transportation Thursday Looks At Long Distance Rail Travel! It's Transportation Thursday and we'll look at how critical Long Distance rail is as a travel option for Americans, especially in rural areas, and how Amtrak is working to improve services! Attorney General Eric Holder resigned today but will stay on until his successor is confirmed. Who will be nominated? Some people are looking at outgoing Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

Transportation Thursday segment, sponsored by Amtrak

- Mark Murphy, General Manager, Amtrak Long Distance Services. Based in Chicago, Murphy is responsible for safety, customer satisfaction, ridership, on-time performance and financial results for the long-distance business line.He has been working for Amtrak since 1976, most recently serving as Deputy Chief Mechanical Officer of Terminal Operations, in Wilmington, Delaware, before taking over responsibility for Amtrak's Long Distance Services. He has held a number of other positions with Amtrak over the years. As head of Long Distance Services, Mark oversees the functions of the Transportation, Mechanical, and Engineering departments within a common business line for the 15 long distance services. TOPIC: Amtrak Long Distance System; Looking at current usage and how Amtrak is working to strengthen and improve this "vital public service".
Some Long Distance Rail Service Facts:
• 15 Long Distance routes, carrying more than 4.7Million riders in FY 2013
• Two train routes carry a fifth of all Long Distance passengers: the Empire Builder (11.3%) and Coast Starlight (10.1%)
• A vital public service: Long Distance rail travel represents 15% of total Amtrak ridership and although just 11% of frequencies covers 43% of passenger-miles traveled
• Amtrak Long Distance Systems serve about 40% of America’s rural population
• There are only Amtrak trains in 23 of the 46 states Amtrak serves

- Joe Sestak, Former Pennsylvania Congressman and Retired 3-Star Navy Admiral who is currently running for Senate in Pennsylvania in the 2016 election against incumbent Pat Toomey. More info at www.JoeSestak.com, on the current Obama Administration strategy to "degrade and ultimately destroy" ISIS, the recent airstrikes in Syria by the U.S. with its regional partners (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates) and now France. Are we on the right track? Can we do this without additional "boots on the ground"? Should the President seek Congressional authority if Congress would return to Washington? AND...what about American domestic policy?

- Jerry Austin, Ohio-based political consultant who has worked for many candidates over the years from Sherrod Brown to Paul Wellstone and as Jesse Jackson's 1988 Presidential Campaign Manager. The end of an era... tonight is Derek Jeter's last game at Yankee Stadium with the NY Yankees... will the game get rained out? Might have time to get into the Eric Holder resignation, anti-ISIS policy in Iraq, Syria & Midterm politics too! Officials claim to have uncovered an ISIS plan to attack U.S. and Paris subways.

- Live In-Studio! Check out the Video Stream! John Businger, Former 30-year Massachusetts State Rep (D-Brookline) and advocate for voting rights and rail transportation. A regular contributor to the Jeff Santos Show. Politics vs. War. Where is our focus? And how are the Democrats doing getting voters energized about the upcoming elections, less than 6 weeks away on November 4th? What is their message? (Do we have one?)....AND it's Transportation Thursday of course!

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Jeff Santos Show 9/24/14

GUESTS FOR WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: President Obama Speaks At UN & Chairs Security Council Mtg! A Look At NYC Climate Actions This Week!

- Steve Grossman, Massachusetts State Treasurer and former candidate for Governor. He has served as Chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, President of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC),and Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He was in the Army Reserve along with now Senator Ed Markey in the 1970's, and his family business, Grossman Marketing Group, is a long-time union shop which has never had to go to arbitration! Massachusetts had it's second-ever Green Bond Sale last week which generated $1 billion dollars of orders for $350 million in Green Bonds! Demand is extremely high for green investment opportunities! This is the 2nd Green Bond sale the state has done. The first one last year was also successful. The Green Bond proceeds are "dedicated to fund environmentally beneficial projects across the state" including:
· Clean water & drinking water projects;
· Energy efficiency and conservation projects in state buildings;
· Land acquisition, open space protection & environmental remediation projects; and
· River revitalization & preservation and habitat restoration projects...
One other bigger project funded by the Green Bonds will be the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal which will be "the first facility in the nation designed to support the construction, assembly, and deployment of offshore wind projects". The project will also remove tons of contaminated sediment and create environmental and habitat restoration areas!

- Democratic Congressman Michael Capuano, in his 8th term representing Massachusetts' 7th District, which includes Chelsea, Everett, Randolph, Somerville, half of Cambridge and Milton and approximately 75% of Boston. Congressman Capuano voted "NO" when the House voted last week to fund and train Syrian rebels for the fight against ISIS. We'll ask him about the vote, the current air strike operations in Syria by the U.S. and regional partners, and whether we need further Congressional Authorization for continued military operations in Iraq and Syria. Would Congress return to Washington to vote on authorization?

- Ari Phillips, Climate Reporter for ThinkProgress.org. Ari has been covering the UN Climate Summit and all of the related activities going on this week in New York City - drawing attention to the need for Climate Action Now.

- Jim Warren, NY Daily News Washington D.C. Bureau Chief, former managing editor at the Chicago Tribune. You can read his work at www.NYDailyNews.com and on their "Mouth of the Potomac" Blog.

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Jeff Santos Show 9/23/14

GUESTS FOR TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 ON THE JEFF SANTOS SHOW: It's National Voter Registration Day! Are you Registered? NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia Tells Us Why You Should Be, on NEA Teacher Tuesday!

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- Lily Eskelsen Garcia, President of the National Education Association. She worked her way up through the education system starting as a "lunch lady" and Kindergarten Aide and eventually becoming Utah Teacher of the Year. She went on to serve as President of the Utah Education Association and more recently on the Executive Board of the NEA as Secretary-Treasurer and then Vice President. She started off her new term as President visiting different schools around the country during the NEA Back To School Tour. Today is National Voter Registration Day - September 23, 2014 - just 6 weeks ahead of the November 4 General Election. We'll talk with President Eskelsen Garcia about the importance of Civic engagement - and getting the demographic groups in the "Rising American Electorate" (REA) to participate in their Democracy by getting out and voting. With less interest in this non-presidential election year, how do we get people to feel invested in the issues and candidates that are on the ballot where they live? How do we bring people "sitting on the sidelines of democracy" into the process? THE CHALLENGE: Nearly 27 percent of eligible African Americans, 41 percent of eligible Hispanic Americans, 42 percent of young people (18-29) and 31 percent of unmarried women are not registered to vote, according to 2012 Census data. To find out about Education related issues and candidates, check out the NEA's great resource website: www.EdVotes.org

- Brad Bannon, CEO, Bannon Communications Research, a Democratic political consulting and polling firm. He is a pollster, blogger, and fill-in radio host on the Leslie Marshall show. You can read his commentaries at www.USNews.com. Last night, the U.S. along with allies in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates launched over 20 air strikes on ISIS targets in Syria - including their headquarters. In addition, the U.S. launched its own independent strikes on the separate Al Qaeda related Khorasan Group - raising a lot of new questions about who this group is and how they fit in to the big picture. Brad's latest piece at US News talks about Hillary Clinton's recent travels in Iowa and how Brad thinks she ought to re-tool her "message" this time!

- Scott Bates, President of the Center for National Policy, a partner of the Truman National Security Project. He is a former Police Commissioner of Stonington, CT; and a former Senior Policy Advisor to the House Select Committee on Homeland Security. We're talking about Syria, ISIS, Iraq and coordinated airstrikes last night against ISIS (by US & regional partners) & against the al-Qaeda-connected Khorosan Group (by the US alone). What's going on with the current Obama Administration policy to fight ISIS... will we able to keep this new military engagement limited?

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