Wrong Target in Trump’s Trade War

President Trump is upping the ante in his trade war with China, and now, Mexico.  In both cases, he is increasing tariffs on foreign goods coming into the U.S.  In return, China is raising tariffs on goods imported from America.  And Mexico, too, might join in the tit-for-tats.  Who wins and who loses?  On-Target’s Larry Sparano has some thoughts, in this segment with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:

Mueller Speaks: Tells Congress ‘Impeach If You Want To.’

Special Counsel Robert Mueller went before the cameras on Wednesday in his first public statement since he began his investigation into whether President Trump colluded with the Russians and whether the president obstructed justice.  Today’s segment begins with a portion of a report by Evan McMorris-Santoro of the Vice News Network.  Santoro claims that the Democrats, who’ve been anxious to impeach Trump, did themselves a disservice by issuing statements and introducing legislation to prevent Trump from firing Mueller.  But  On-Target’s Larry Sparano  says that Trump never would have taken the bait.  Here’s Larry’s analysis in an exchange with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:

Media Support for Assange: Too Little Too Late?

After years of relative silence, the national media is beginning to show support for Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange.  And much of that support revolves around the Espionage charges that Trump’s Justice Department has brought against him.  Originally charged with conspiricy, the new charges would amount to a life sentence for Assange.  But what’s even more alarming is that if convicted  the move against Assange would criminalize receipt and publication of any leaked or stolen document by any person, journalist or otherwise.   As On-Target’s Larry Sparano points out,  this would in effect shut down the First Amendent and Freedom of the Press.  And without the protection of the First Amendment, the government can hide all of its abuses and corruption, through the prosecution of anyone who dares to expose its wrongdoing.  Here’s the latest exchange between Larry and Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:

Trump and North Korea: A Failed ‘Art of the Deal?’

President Trump is being roundly criticized for his comments that he is not “personally” bothered by Kim Jong Un’s recent tests of short-range ballistic missiles, saying that North Korea’s nuclear testing and launches of longer-range missiles remain shut-down, following his summits with the North Korean dictator.   In a commentary, CNN’s Anderson  Cooper blasts Trump on what he considers Trump’s shameful support of Kim, to the detriment of America’s interests and allies.  But On-Target’s Larry Sparano thiinks the jury is still out on whether Trump’s deal with North Korea has failed.  He talks with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:

The Assange Espionage Charge: Trump’s Assault on Freedom of the Press

If Wikileaks Publisher Julian Assange is convicted of Espionage, say goodbye to what is left of democracy in the United States.  That’s the conclusion of On-Target’s Larry Sparano, commenting on the Trump administration’s decision to charge Assange with Espionage.  Today’s piece begins with a portion of an editorial by Jeremy Scahill, the editor of The Intercept news outlet. Scahill says the groundwork for Trump’s move against Assange was laid by President Barak Obama, who,  more than any other chief executive,  harshly prosecuted those who leaked governement documents to the press. Now, with Trump, anyone who merely publishes leaked information would be subject to criminal charges and imprisonment.  Larry says this should raise an alarm from anyone who values Freedom of the Press, which, until now, has been guaranteed by the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

Putin Behind Trump-Pompeo Back Off on Iran?

Up unitl this week, it looked like the U.S. was ready to go war with Iran.  But now all that has changed, with the Trump administration claiming that it has forced Iran to cease its moves against U.S. interests in the region.  But what is the real story?  On-Target’s Larry Sparano says it’s not Iran that has backed off, but rather it was the Trump administration that decided to cool things down.  He explains why in this exchange with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:  Their conversation follows a report concluding that U.S. claims of Iranian agression were false to begin with.  (We apologize for the poor audio quality of what you are about to hear:)

Trump-Pelosi Hissy-Fits: Does Either Side Win?

In their latest blow-out,  Donald Trump and House Leader Nancy Pelosi each accused the other of wrongdoing, as the war between the Trump Administration and the Congressional Democrats continues.  The latest episode of the contining sit-com was set off when Trump walked out of a scheduled meeting with Dems in the White House.  Trump says he left, because prior to the meeting, Pelosi accused the President of a cover-up regarding his alleged “obstruction of justice.”  As soon as he left the meeting, Trump blasted Pelose and the Democrats in the White House Rose Garden, in a press conference he scheduled before his walk-out.  Critics say Trump went into the meeting having already decided to walk-out, so he could immediately attack Democrats for what he describes as their continuing witch hunt and agenda for his impeachment.  The meeting, by the way, was to discuss the crucial issue of repairing the nation’s infrastructure.  On-Target’s Larry Sparano offers his reaction to the latest partisan skirmish, with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:

 

Legalize ALL Drugs? A Harvard Professor Says It’s Better for Society

A Harvard economics Professor is proposing that ALL drugs, including heroin be made totally legal in the U.S.  This follows a call by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to legalize certain drugs on both sides of the border.  He says that such a move would help eliminate the drug cartels, and at the same time, taxes on the legal drug trade could be used to help treat addicts.   Professor Jeffrey Miron thinks it’s a great idea, since the current prohibitians on drugs are ineffective and foster violence and unfair jailings of low-level users, who should be considered victims rather than criminals.  On-Target’s Larry Sparano discusses the professor’s conclusions with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York.  The segment begins with the professor’s analysis of the current state of affairs:

 

 

 

Trump’s War with Iran and Immigration Laws: –How Will it Play to his Base?

Would a war with Iran be a boost or a hindrance to Trump’s ability to hold onto his base and gain even wider support going into the 2020 election?  And what about his proposed changes to immigration law, and what the requirements should be for entry into the U.S.?  According to CNN’s Don Lemon, both would be a big negative for the President.  But On-Target’s Larry Sparano is not so sure.  He discusses both topics with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:

 

Betting on Cavanaugh to Overturn Roe vs Wade

The battle is joined:  Pro-Choice advocates are trying to head it off.  But Pro-Life groups are hoping that Alabama’s newly signed anti abortion law will be challenged, and will eventually make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.  How Come?  Pro-Life forces feel that with the recent seating of Justice Brett Cavanaugh, the odds are good that the high court will overturn Roe vs. Wade.  That’s the ruling that made abortion legal in the U.S.  On-Target’s Larry Sparano discusses what might happen, with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York: