On today's BradCast: The Art of the Scammer; the Equifax outrage, and Dems work to win back the populist Left. [Audio link to show follows below.]
Donald Trump is working very hard to have it both ways since reversing Barack Obama's Executive Order last week on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (or DACA). The program had served to protect some 800,000 children of undocumented immigrants, brought here through no fault of their own, from deportation. On Wednesday night, following dinner with the President, Democratic Congressional leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi announced they had struck an agreement with Trump to pass DACA legislatively, in exchange for more border security, as long as it didn't include Trump's long-promised border wall with Mexico.
Trump has been flip-flopping and flop-flipping on that reported deal ever since, pretending that his wall is already being built, and trying to otherwise appease his angry(ish) base at the same time he's apparently trying to close a deal with both Democratic and Republican leadership in Congress.
Then, we're joined by blogger GAIUS PUBLIUS to discuss his coverage of last week's massive Equifax data breach, including what you can and should do to protect yourself in its wake, and whether the massive credit monitoring firm will face any accountability at all for what they did to help cause --- and cover up --- the hack which reportedly exposed the personal information of some 143 million Americans.
We also discuss Sen. Bernie Sanders' single-payer "Medicare-for-All" health care bill, introduced in the U.S. Senate this week, with the co-sponsorship of some 16 Senate Democrats, many of whom are thought to be 2020 Presidential contenders. What does the sudden popularity of "Medicare-for-All" in both the U.S. Senate and House signal for Democrats? And will their tepid steps towards economic populism help turn the tide for them at the national level in 2018 and 2020?
Finally, Desi Doyen joins us for the latest Green News Report, on the long tail of catastrophic devastation left behind by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. And, as if all of that isn't enough, also today: Yet another hurricane comes ashore in Mexico (their second in the past week), and North Korea launches another ballistic missile over Japan...
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READER COMMENTS ON "Trump Plays Both Sides on DACA and Wall; Also: Equifax and You, Dems and 'Medicare-for-All': 'BradCast' 9/14/2017" (4 Responses so far...)
COMMENT #1 [Permalink] ...
said on 9/14/2017 @ 11:17 pm PT...
I went to the Equifax page to see if my information had been stolen. It told me that Equifax "believed" my data had not been compromised.
Gee, it's a good thing the government which screws everything up wasn't involved in this. It could have been really bad. (sarcasm).
I truly believe this could not have happened if the government had been monitoring people's credit before the republicans started their adorable practice of putting people in charge of institutions, who are literally there to destroy those institutions.
Great, very maddening, interview with Mr. Publious! He's right, this incompetent - perhaps like a fox - corporation will walk away and all three of these corporations will make a good fortune in ten dollar bills at the very least.
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said on 9/15/2017 @ 8:55 am PT...
It's like Reagan said: "The most terrifying words in the English language are, "I'm from Equifax and I'm here to help"".
How long do you think it will take Equifax to change their name? Did you know "Blackwater" is on their fourth name now. It's something like 'Frontier Group'.
Can anybody tell me how to get in touch with Diebold?
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said on 9/20/2017 @ 10:59 pm PT...
Either People had damn well better demand this firm be removed from the business pool now and forever, and in the indefinite future you are able to freeze and unfreeze your credit file without cost, at any time and for any reason or we as a nation deserve to be nuked to ash by the Korean Rocketman.
prison for the executives and corporate death penalty for the company!