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Episode Info: What had been insanely busy news weeks are now being compressed into insanely busy news week-ENDS, apparently. So, today, we do some serious triage to highlight some news from recent days that folks need to focus on, even as the corporate media is otherwise fixated on Donald Trump's obnoxious comments about NFL owners and players who do not stand for the National Anthem in the way Donald Trump wants them to. In fact, as we describe today, his profane attacks on players -- peacefully protesting against racialized violence by members of law enforcement across the country -- is little more than his latest effort to feed the 'chaos addiction' that seems to rule this President, along with his hope of dividing Americans by forcing them to choose sides in whatever may be his latest counterproductive fixation.  At the same time, there has been little coverage on the latest church shooting massacre over the weekend, or the quickly escalating humanitarian crisis for 3.5 million American citizens still without power and facing other extreme hardships across Puerto Rico, a full week after Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory. U.S. Senate Republicans continue their last ditch attempt to gut health care for millions by repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act ("ObamaCAre") before a deadline at the end of this month (with some encouraging breaking news). As Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un escalate their dangerous war of words after Trump's threat at the U.N. last week to 'totally destroy' their country, Gregory Elich, a who serves on the Advisory Board of the Korea Policy Institute, joins us to discuss the latest in the ill-considered standoff between Trump and Kim, how it must eventually be resolved, and the high price being paid by North Korean citizens, as detailed in his recent CounterPunch column on 'Trump's War on the North Korean People'.  Elich describes why he believes the U.S. attempt to force 'denuclearlization' on The North through saber-rattling and sanctions is unlikely to work, and amounts to what he calls 'an international protection racket' and 'gangsterism as foreign policy'. All of that as millions stand to suffer in both Asia and the U.S...Read more »

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