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Episode Info: Among the stories covered on today's show: Three hurricanes (Irma, Jose and Katia) and one still-unnamed tropical depression are all now spinning in the Atlantic, with the record category-5 Irma devastating Caribbean nations, about to slam Puerto Rico and still on target for south Florida, where evacuations are being advised. Then we're joined by longtime Election Integrity advocate Jim Soper, just back from lobbying at the California state legislature in Sacramento, against an amendment to an election bill (AB 840), slipped in at the last minute by state Senate Democrats and supported by Democratic Secretary of State Alex Padilla, that would put some 4 million vote-by-mail and provisional ballots out of reach of the state's already-weak post-election "audit" law.  Soper explains the sleight-of-hand, and what California voters need to do to prevent it -- quickly -- and what voters in other states can learn from this mess. Finally, following up on yesterday's show with Heather 'Digby' Parton, we open the phone to callers today to get their thoughts on what Congressional Democrats should be willing to trade -- or willing to threaten -- in exchange for passage of a legislative version of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (or DACA) program which Donald Trump cruelly decided to end this week. Some 800,000 "dreamers" are now at risk of being deported by the Trump Administration in six months to countries that many of them don't even remember, for the "crime" of being brought here as children by their undocumented immigrant parents. Listeners ring in on the topic, including one who claims to be an immigrant himself, even while asserting that Trump "solved" the problem with DACA. As you may imagine, lively conversation ensues...Read more »

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