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Episode Info: More hurricanes, political and otherwise: Hurricane Maria, on a very similar path to the devastating Hurricane Irma just over a week ago, strengthened to a deadly Category 4 before its projected landfall on many of the same Caribbean islands still reeling from Irma. But Maria is hardly the only storm swirling right now in the Atlantic and the Pacific (including Jose, Norma, Lee and Otis!). While Republicans and so-called "conservatives" last week pretended to be furious about the suggestion that Trump was working out an agreement with Democrats to protect some 800,000 kids of undocumented immigrants -- previously protected by DACA until Trump reversed it -- from deportation, in exchange to non-Border Wall border security, it turns out they're not all that angry after all. Evidence to support that -- and the GOP's stated intention to balloon the national debt with massive new tax cuts and military spending -- underscores, yet again, that they, like their President, have no real ideology, other than saying and doing what they believe is necessary to stay in power.   Then, we're joined by former Asst. U.S. Attorney Randall Eliason, now a law professor at George Washington University, to explain the ongoing corruption trial of sitting Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Menendez. Given the previous constraints the U.S. Supreme Court has placed on charges of bribery and public corruption by officials (see SCOTUS' dismissal last year of the guilty convictions against Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell), can prosecutors successfully make charges stick against Menendez, who is charged with a number of felony counts relating to taking gifts from a physician friend in exchange for 'official acts' to help him? Eliason walks us through the legalities of that case, which has received shockingly little attention in the corporate media, as storms both political and climatic have sucked up a lot of press attention in recent weeks. Finally, Trump's Homeland Security Advisor H.R. McMaster claimed over the weekend that Trump might be willing to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, as long as there were "better terms" for the U.S.  Our own Desi Doyen has a thought or two in response to that claim...Read more »

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