The Leslie Marshall Show
Colonel Cedric Leighton Discusses Russian Bounty on U.S. Soldiers Going Unanswered by Trump Administration

Colonel Cedric Leighton Discusses Russian Bounty on U.S. Soldiers Going Unanswered by Trump Administration

June 30, 2020

Leslie begins the show with her 'Ripped from the Headlines' news segment.

Here are the stories she covers during the segment:

1. AUDIO: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert at the National Institutes of Health, warned that the U.S. could see 100,000 new coronavirus cases per day, while he was speaking at a Senate hearing today on COVID-19

2. CNN: "From pandering to Putin to abusing allies and ignoring his own advisers, Trump's phone calls alarm US officials" by Carl Bernstein (Investigative Journalist who helped break the Watergate scandal)

3. AXIOS: "European Union extends ban on U.S. travelers as borders reopen"

4. AXIOS: "Amy McGrath wins Kentucky Democratic Senate primary"

Leslie is then joined by Colonel Cedric Leighton, Founder and President of Cedric Leighton Associates, a strategic risk and leadership consultancy serving global companies and organizations. He founded the company in 2010, after serving in the US Air Force for 26 years as an Intelligence Officer and attaining the rank of Colonel.

They talk about the reported bounties that Russia offered to pay out to the Taliban in Afghanistan for the killing of American soldiers. Additionally, they discuss new reporting from the Associated Press that President Trump and top White House officials had been briefed on the bounties multiple times dating all the way back to March of 2019.

Leslie and Colonel Leighton also speculate as to why there has been no response by the Trump administration against Russia for the bounties, and what kind of message that sends to U.S. military members and their families.

Colonel Leighton's website is www.CedricLeighton.com and his Twitter handle is @CedricLeighton.

SCOTUS Abortion Ruling; Russian Bounty On American Soldiers

SCOTUS Abortion Ruling; Russian Bounty On American Soldiers

June 29, 2020

The guest host for today's show is Brad Bannon. Brad runs Bannon Communications Research, a polling, message development and media firm which helps labor unions, progressive issue groups and Democratic candidates win public affairs and political campaigns. His new show, 'Deadline D.C. with Brad Bannon,' airs every Monday from 3-4pm ET.

Brad is first joined by Paul Lisnek, a multi-Emmy, Cablefax, Telly and Beacon Award winning television host and analyst. Paul has been the political analyst for WGN-TV since 2008, appearing on all the station’s newscasts discussing political issues of the day. He is the host of Politics Tonight on CLTV, on which he interviews the leading political figures in the city, state and country, and also serves as a fill-in anchor. Paul has interviewed presidents, governors, senators, congressmen, local representatives and mayors too numerous to count over the last 25 years. His Twitter handle is @PaulLisnek.

Paul and Brad breakdown today's 5-4 Supreme Court decision striking down Louisiana's restrictive new abortion law, while also leaving Roe v. Wade intact. They also chat about whether Chief Justice John Roberts has become the 'swing-vote' that Justice Anthony Kennedy used to be known as before he retired, as well as how Justice Roberts may rule in the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Then, Paul and Brad discuss the New York Times story that Russia offered bounties to the Taliban to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan, and that the Trump administration has known about it for three months and done nothing to respond.

During the second half of the show, Brad leads a political round-table with Bina Venkataraman and Mark Grimaldi. The roundtable discusses the 2020 presidential election, Vice President Biden's election strategy, the strength of the 'Black Lives Matter' movement, whether we have reason to be optimistic about the future of America, and how Facebook is finally heeding calls to stop allowing their platform to be used to spread hate.

Bina Venkataraman is the Editorial Page editor for 'the Boston Globe.' She is an MIT lecturer, a fellow at New America and the director of Global Policy Initiatives at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. Bina previously was a journalist for The New York Times and The Boston Globe, and served as senior adviser for climate change innovation in the Obama White House. She is the author of "The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age."
Her Twitter handle is @binajv.

Mark Grimaldi has been a progressive political activist for the past 12 years. He volunteered for the campaigns of President Obama (2008 and 2012), Senator Bernie Sanders (2016), and Secretary Hillary Clinton (2016). Mark is also involved in campaign finance reform efforts around the country, and philanthropic efforts for Cancer research. His Twitter handle is @MarkJGrimaldi.

Brad writes a column every Sunday on the 2020 Presidential race for 'The Hill.' He's on the National Journal's panel of political insiders and is a national political analyst for WGN TV and Radio in Chicago and KNX Radio in Los Angeles.
You can read Brad's columns at www.MuckRack.com/Brad-Bannon. His Twitter handle is @BradBannon.

Watch a video broadcast of the show here: www.pscp.tv/w/1MYGNVaAXNXGw

World Renowned Infectious Disease Doctor Talks Latest COVID-19 News

World Renowned Infectious Disease Doctor Talks Latest COVID-19 News

June 26, 2020

Leslie begins the show with her 'Ripped from the Headlines' news segment.

Here are the stories she covers during the segment:

1. THE GUARDIAN: "Pence hails 'truly remarkable progress' after US sees record new Covid-19 cases"

2. ASSOCIATED PRESS: "Despite pandemic, Trump administration urges end to ACA"

3. AXIOS: "America's workers still aren't protected from the coronavirus"

4. ABC NEWS: "Officials see pushback as more states, counties require people to wear masks in public"

Leslie is then joined by Dr. Bob Bollinger, the Raj and Kamla Gupta Professor of Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Bollinger holds joint appointments in International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and in Community Public Health at the JH School of Nursing.
He is Founding Director of the Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE). Their website is main.ccghe.net and their Facebook page is Facebook.com/CCGHE.

Leslie asks the Doctor whether we know if those who have recovered from COVID-19, and have antibodies from it, can become reinfected.
Dr. Bollinger also details the efforts of the world medical community to develop a vaccine for COVID-19.

Also, here are some of the other the latest COVID-19 related news items that Leslie gets Dr. Bollinger's take on:

- Coronavirus cases trending upward in about half of U.S. states, including several reporting record-breaking daily new case counts this week, as the U.S. reported 39,972 daily cases of the virus yesterday, a new daily record

- Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stating that the actual number of infections is likely 10 times the number of reported cases, meaning that CDC officials estimate that 20 million Americans, or 6% of the nation's 331 million people, have actually been infected. This also means that the vast majority of the population remains susceptible to contracting COVID-19

- One day after pausing additional efforts to reopen Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday announced another round of restrictions, including closing bars and limiting restaurant occupancy. And in Florida, bars on Friday were prohibited from allowing alcohol consumption.

- Today Florida reported nearly 9,000 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours totaling 122,960 cases. The single-day confirmed cases increase was the most for any state since the pandemic began, and it is the 19th day in a row the state has hit a new average high. The median age of new cases is from people in their mid-30s.

- Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert at the National Institutes of Health, told Congress on Tuesday that the next two weeks will be "critical" in how the country addresses the surge in states like Florida, Texas and Arizona.

 

Congressman Ro Khanna on New COVID-19 Stimulus Ideas; Upcoming SCOTUS Decisions with Ian Millhiser

Congressman Ro Khanna on New COVID-19 Stimulus Ideas; Upcoming SCOTUS Decisions with Ian Millhiser

June 23, 2020

The guest host for today's show is Brad Bannon. Brad runs Bannon Communications Research, a polling, message development and media firm which helps labor unions, progressive issue groups and Democratic candidates win public affairs and political campaigns. His new show, 'Deadline D.C. with Brad Bannon,' airs every Monday from 3-4pm ET.

Brad is first joined by Congressman Ro Khanna, who is serving his second term representing California’s 17th Congressional District, located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Representative Khanna sits on the House Budget, Armed Services, and Oversight and Reform committees and is first vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He also serves as an Assistant Whip in the Democratic Caucus.

The two discuss the need for a new COVID-19 stimulus package that focuses more on financially disadvantaged Americans, as well as the 'Essential Workers Bill of Rights' that Rep. Khanna co-sponsored with Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Additionally, Brad talks with Rep. Khanna about policing reform, as well as the upcoming 2020 elections.

Rep. Khanna's website is Khanna.House.Gov and his handle on Twitter and Instagram is @RepRoKhanna.

During the second half of the show, Brad is joined by Ian Millhiser, a senior correspondent at Vox, where he focuses on the Supreme Court, the Constitution, and the decline of liberal democracy in the United States. Ian is the author of "Injustices: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted." His Twitter handle is @imillhiser.

Ian gives his expert analysis on last week's LGBTQ and DACA Supreme Court decisions, as well as what decisions can be expected from the court in the near future. He also gives a fascinating profile of Chief Justice John Roberts, who is likely to be the deciding vote on many upcoming cases.

Brad writes a column every Sunday on the 2020 Presidential race for 'The Hill.' He's on the National Journal's panel of political insiders and is a national political analyst for WGN TV and Radio in Chicago and KNX Radio in Los Angeles.
You can read Brad's columns at www.MuckRack.com/Brad-Bannon and watch his previous 'Deadline D.C.' broadcasts at www.Periscope.TV/BradBannon. His Twitter handle is @BradBannon.

Watch a video broadcast of this episode here: https://www.periscope.tv/w/1nAKEAPaknaKL

‘Dreamers’ Discuss Impact of Supreme Court’s DACA Decision and Trump’s Renewed Threat to the Program

‘Dreamers’ Discuss Impact of Supreme Court’s DACA Decision and Trump’s Renewed Threat to the Program

June 19, 2020

Leslie begins the show with her 'Ripped from the Headlines' news segment.

Here are the stories she covers during the segment:

1. AP: "Juneteenth: A day of joy and pain - and now national action"
2. CBS NEWS: "Louisville police detective will be fired over Breonna Taylor shooting"
3. AXIOS: "Trump warns protesters against coming to Tulsa rally"
4. USA TODAY: "Oklahoma coronavirus cases surge, hospitalizations rise ahead of Trump's Tulsa rally"

Leslie is then joined by two 'Dreamers,' Maria Praeli and Maria Morales, who were directly impacted by yesterday's DACA Supreme Court decision. The high court ruled that the Trump administration improperly ended the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" program, AKA DACA, in 2017.

They discuss what yesterday's DACA Supreme Court victory means to them and their families, as well as President Trump saying that he'll renew his efforts to end DACA. They also talk about what others can do to help in the fight to protect Dreamers.

Maria Praeli is Government Relations Manager for FWD.us, a bipartisan political organization that is working to fix the failed immigration and criminal justice systems that have locked too many out of the American dream for too long.
Maria moved to the United States from Peru in 1999 when she was five years old to seek medical treatment for her sister, whose leg was amputated in a car accident.
Maria's work at FWD.us focuses on strengthening outreach efforts to elected officials, providing education and resources on immigration policy to congressional offices, and working on special projects related to Dreamers and TPS holders. After moving from Peru, Maria attended public schools in Connecticut before earning an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Gateway Community College, and then a bachelor’s degree in political science from Quinnipiac University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Her Twitter handle is @MariaPraeli, and the handle for FWD.us is @FWDus.

Maria Morales is a DACA recipient and Teacher at Denver Public Schools. At an early age, Maria knew she wanted to become a teacher. Now that her dream is a reality and the future of DACA is uncertain, Maria fears leaving the classroom and abandoning her students. She moved to the United States with her family when she was only 12 years old. Her family was seeking a better life filled with opportunities for her and her siblings. Maria grew up and attended college in Greenwood, South Carolina. Her DACA status prevented her from paying in-state tuition and teaching in South Carolina, but this did not deter her from continuing her education and pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher. After graduating college, Maria decided to join Teach For America and teach in Colorado. Maria loves the community she is serving, she has built strong relationships with families and students and for her home is here, where her students are.

Pride Month and Black Trans Lives Matter

Pride Month and Black Trans Lives Matter

June 17, 2020

Today's guest hosts are Edwith Theogene and Charlotte Hancock, Organizing Director and Communications Director for Generation Progress.

During today's episode, they discuss Pride Month, which takes place this and every June. Pride Month is a time to celebrate the LGBTQ community and reflect on what has been done, and what still must be done, to achieve full equality. Pride also commemorates the Stonewall Riots of June 1969, which were led by trans women of color in response to police violence towards LGBTQ+ patrons at the Stonewall Inn. This Pride month in particular feels extremely significant for a few reasons. One reason is that the Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that Tile VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ+ workers from workplace discrimination, which means it is illegal to discriminate against or fire employees for their sexual orientation or gender identity. The case will also give LGBTQ+ people and advocates stronger legal standing when it comes to addressing discrimination in other institutions or services.

The other reason is because massive numbers of Americans across the country have taken to the streets in recent weeks to demand an end to systemic racism and state-sanctioned violence against Black Americans. Black members of the LGBTQ+ community—particularly Black trans women—have been especially vulnerable to violence, and their murders and disappearances are too often forgotten or glossed over by local and national media. Consequently, we have seen a push during this Pride month especially to recall the history of Pride, which began with riots against police violence led by trans women of color, in order to emphatically state that Black trans lives matter.

To talk with Edwith and Charlotte more about Pride month, the Black Lives Matter movement, and more, they’re joined by Nadine Smith, the Executive Director of Equality Florida, and Dr. Lourdes Ashley Hunter, the Executive Director of the Trans Women of Color Collective.

Here are the Twitter handles for today's guests and their respective organizations: Nadine Smith - @1NadineSmith, Equality Florida - @equalityfl, Dr. Lourdes Ashley Hunter - @HunterLourdes, Trans Women of Color Collective - @twoccnyc.

The website for "Generation Progress" is www.GenProgress.org and their Twitter Handle is @GenProgress. Edwith Theogene's handle is @WhoIsEdwith and Charlotte Hancock's handle is @CharlatAnne.

Georgia Voter Suppression a Cautionary Tale, LGBT SCOTUS Decision, Dem Convention, Biden Running Mate

Georgia Voter Suppression a Cautionary Tale, LGBT SCOTUS Decision, Dem Convention, Biden Running Mate

June 16, 2020

The guest host for today's show is Brad Bannon. Brad runs Bannon Communications Research, a polling, message development and media firm which helps labor unions, progressive issue groups and Democratic candidates win public affairs and political campaigns. His new show, 'Deadline D.C. with Brad Bannon,' airs every Monday from 3-4pm ET.

Brad is first joined by John Nichols, the National Political Correspondent for 'The Nation,' and Author of the new book, "The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party."  (Available for purchase here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48624170-the-fight-for-the-soul-of-the-democratic-party)
John's Twitter handle is @NicholsUprising.

Brad and John discuss today's landmark Supreme Court decision protecting LGBT Americans from workplace discrimination, as well as John's new piece for 'The Nation,' "Georgia Shows How Serious the Threat of Voter Suppression Will Be This November." (Link here: https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/georgia-voter-suppression-november/)

During the second half of the show, Brad leads a political round-table with Kim Scott and Mark Grimaldi.  The roundtable discusses possible running mates for Joe Biden, what this year's Democratic Convention might look like, and whether improvement in racial attitudes can lead to behavioral change in America.

Kim Scott is the Founder and Publisher of DemList, LLC, a free national daily political column, calendar and resource site for Democrats and allies - a unique, central source that connects people to the who, what and where of Democratic events, issues and activism.  You can find out more about them at DemList.com and follow them on Twitter @TheDemList.

Mark Grimaldi has been a progressive political activist for the past 12 years.  He volunteered for the campaigns of President Obama (2008 and 2012), Senator Bernie Sanders (2016), and Secretary Hillary Clinton (2016).  Mark is also involved in campaign finance reform efforts around the country, and philanthropic efforts for Cancer research.  His Twitter handle is @MarkJGrimaldi.

Brad writes a column every Sunday on the 2020 Presidential race for 'The Hill.'  He's on the National Journal's panel of political insiders and is a national political analyst for WGN TV and Radio in Chicago and KNX Radio in Los Angeles.
You can read Brad's columns at www.MuckRack.com/Brad-Bannon and watch his previous 'Deadline D.C.' broadcasts at www.Periscope.TV/BradBannon.  His Twitter handle is @BradBannon.

Watch a video broadcast of this episode here: https://www.pscp.tv/w/1BdxYnamrWQKX

Unmade in America: Black Americans Disproportionately Felt Devastation of Industrial Flight

Unmade in America: Black Americans Disproportionately Felt Devastation of Industrial Flight

June 12, 2020

Leslie is joined by Scott Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), a partnership established by some of America’s leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers union.
For over a decade, Mr. Paul and AAM have worked to make American manufacturing a top-of-mind issue for voters and our national leaders through effective advocacy, innovative research, and a savvy public relations strategy.

The two discuss Scott's recent op-ed titled, "Unmade in America: Black Americans disproportionately felt the devastation of industrial flight, and it is reflected in the crises of today."  (Link: https://medium.com/@ScottPaulAAM/unmade-in-america-11001d910182)

They also talk about a new EPI study which examines how racism and economic inequality hurt black workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Link: https://www.americanmanufacturing.org/blog/entry/new-epi-study-examines-how-racism-economic-inequality-hurt-black-workers-du)

The website for AAM is AmericanManufacturing.org and their Twitter handle is @KeepItMadeInUSA.  Scott Paul's handle is @ScottPaulAAM.

Systemic Racism in the United States

Systemic Racism in the United States

June 10, 2020

Today's guest hosts are Brent J. Cohen and Charlotte Hancock, Executive Director and Communications Director for Generation Progress.

Over the last couple of weeks, we have seen protests across the country to call out the systemic racism in policing and the cyclical injustices faced by Black Americans for over 400 years in this country. In many cities, these protests have been met with wildly disproportionate and often outright violent reactions from police, who have tear-gassed, beaten, and even driven cars into protesters. Despite the danger faced by those protesting, it has been encouraging to see how many people are willing to stand up on this issue and call on elected officials to rethink the role of policing in our society and the many institutions that are still plagued by white supremacy.

To talk with Brent and Charlotte more about the roots of systemic racism, and how we can further work to dismantle white supremacy, they are joined today by Dr. Theodore R. Johnson, Senior Fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice.

Here is the Twitter handle for today's guest and his respective organization: Dr. Ted Johnson - @DrTedJ, Brennan Center for Justice - @BrennanCenter

The website for "Generation Progress" is www.GenProgress.org and their Twitter Handle is @GenProgress. Brent J. Cohen's Twitter handle is @BrentJCohen and Charlotte Hancock's handle is @CharlatAnne.

Former Officer Condemns Police Killing of George Floyd; ‘Justice in Policing Act’ Explained

Former Officer Condemns Police Killing of George Floyd; ‘Justice in Policing Act’ Explained

June 9, 2020

Leslie begins the show with her 'Ripped from the Headlines' news segment.

Here are the stories she covers during the segment:

1. AUDIO: One of George Floyd's Brothers, Philonise Floyd, Remembers His Brother at this week's Public Memorial Service

2. WASHINGTON POST: "In Georgia, primary day starts with long lines, problems with voting machines — a potential preview of November"

Leslie is then joined by Michael Mendelsohn, a Retired Law Enforcement Officer from Charlotte County Sheriff's Office in Florida.

Retired Officer Mendelsohn believes that former Minnesota Police Officer, Derek Chauvin, who is now charged with second-degree murder, was wrong for how he physically handled George Floyd during the arrest, which led to Mr. Floyd dying. Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, all while Floyd was saying "I Can't Breathe," and pleading for his life, while two other Officers leaned on Floyd's body, and a fourth Officer told concerned bystanders to keep their distance.

Leslie is next joined by Connor Maxwell, a senior policy analyst for Race and Ethnicity Policy at the Center for American Progress. His work focuses on criminal justice, racial justice, diversity, and inclusion issues. His Twitter handle is @Connor__Maxwell, and the handle for the Race and Ethnicity policy team of the Center for American Progress is @CAPTalksRace.

Leslie and Connor analyze the new policing reform bill released by Congressional Democrats on Monday, which is called "The Justice in Policing Act of 2020."

Here are some of the key parts of the bill:

- Revising federal law on criminal police misconduct and qualified immunity reform
- Ban no-knock warrants in drug cases at the federal level
- Ban chokeholds at the federal level
- Establish a national registry of misconduct by law enforcement officers
- Require states to report use of force to the Justice Department
- Mandate racial bias training at the federal level
- Require that deadly force only be used as last resort
- Make lynching a federal crime
- Require police to use more body and dashboard cameras
- Limit the transfer of military equipment to local police departments
(more info on the bill can be found here: https://www.vox.com/2020/6/8/21283841/democrats-police-reform-bill-explained-george-floyd)

Leslie and Connor also briefly touch on the semantics surrounding the #DefundPolice movement, which does not mean what many people think it means.