The Leslie Marshall Show
The Completely Inadequate U.S.-China ‘Phase One’ Trade Deal

The Completely Inadequate U.S.-China ‘Phase One’ Trade Deal

January 28, 2020

Leslie is rejoined 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 why AAM believes that the U.S.-China 'Phase One' Trade Deal is "completely inadequate."  Scott and the AAM wrote a letter to President Trump with their reasons for this conclusion.  To quote directly from the letter, "The agreement does not level the playing field for American workers in the U.S. or global market. With nearly all the major structural issues left unresolved – including industrial subsidies, overcapacity, state-owned enterprises, predatory investment, currency manipulation and misalignment, cyber intrusions, worker rights, environmental rules, and tax policy – we urge an immediate resumption of negotiations and sustained economic pressure."  (Full Letter here)

Leslie and Scott also touch on a new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) which found that the 'Phase One' deal will not restore the 3.7 million U.S. jobs lost since China entered the WTO in 2001.

The website for AAM is AmericanManufacturing.org and their Twitter handle is @KeepItMadeInUSA. Scott's Twitter handle is @ScottPaulAAM.  You can also find AAM on Instagram with the handle @AmericanManufacturing and visit their Facebook page at Facebook.com/AmericanManufacturing.

Bernie Surges in New Polling; John Bolton Confirms Trump’s Quid Pro Quo Against Ukraine

Bernie Surges in New Polling; John Bolton Confirms Trump’s Quid Pro Quo Against Ukraine

January 28, 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 Amie Parnes, National Political Correspondent for 'The Hill' and co-author of 'Shattered,' the number one New York Times' best selling book on the 2016 presidential election. Amie's Twitter handle is @AmieParnes.

The two analyze what Senator Bernie Sanders' recent surge to the top of multiple Iowa polls, and national polls, in the Democratic race for President.
To close the interview, Amie gives her take on what factors may have caused Senator Elizabeth Warren's poll numbers to lag after having led in many of the same polls that Senator Sanders is now leading in.

During the second half of the show, Brad leads a political round-table with two guests who continue to analyze Bernie Sanders' polling surge, and also discuss the bombshell New York Times' report that John Bolton's book draft says that Trump tied Ukraine aid to political investigations into Democrats, including Joe Biden.

The two round table guests are Tim Zenk and Mark Grimaldi.  Tim is a Principle at 'Molecule,' a business and public affairs company, a former Democratic staffer, and a well known renewable energy expert. His Twitter handle is @greencrude.

Mark Grimaldi, or 'Marky Mark' as Leslie Marshall calls him, is the Executive Producer of this show and a Democratic Activist. 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.
You can read Brad's columns at www.MuckRack.com/Brad-Bannon. His Twitter handle is @BradBannon.

Mitch McConnell’s Do-Nothing, Anti-Worker Senate

Mitch McConnell’s Do-Nothing, Anti-Worker Senate

January 24, 2020

Leslie is joined by United Steelworkers (USW) President, Tom Conway.

The two discuss Mitch McConnell’s Do-Nothing, Anti-Worker Senate.
Here are some important points that Tom and Leslie brought up when analyzing some of the most important bills for workers that have landed in Mitch McConnell's 'graveyard' in the Senate, where over 400 bills from the U.S. House are waiting to be voted on.

In the past year, the U.S. House passed a slate of bills that would help U.S. workers, including:

- the Butch Lewis Act, that would enable the federal government to help save the pensions of about 1.3 million hard-working Americans;

- the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, which would require employers in the health care and social service fields to implement violence-prevention plans;

- and an increase to the minimum wage, raising it from $7.25 to $15 an hour by 2025. Congress hasn’t raised the minimum wage in over a decade.

Each of these bills is urgently needed, to help ensure fair wages, keep workers safe and safeguard workers’ right to a dignified retirement.  However, the do-nothing Senate continues to ignore these bills and more than 400 others that would help millions of Americans.  There has been no effort to compromise and no intention to hold a vote. Republican Senators, led by Mitch McConnell, are simply abdicating their responsibilities to help the American people.  By refusing to legislate, the Senate sends a message to the American people that they don’t care about urgent issues like workplace safety, troubled pension plans or fair wages.

Next month, the House is expected to vote on another key bill that would improve the lives of working people: the PRO Act.
The PRO Act is a sweeping labor law reform bill that strengthens worker power by eliminating penalties for union organizing, among other protections for workers.  This is especially important in an era of unprecedented attacks on workers’ rights.

Senate Republicans could help a lot of Americans by prioritizing workers over wealthy donors and greedy corporations. It just chooses not to. In November, workers have a choice too.
If anyone wants call their Senators and Representatives and tell them to support pro-worker legislation, they can look up their congresspeople and get their phone numbers by going to www.house.gov or www.senate.gov.

The website for the USW is www.USW.org. Their handle on both Twitter and Instagram is @steelworkers.The USW urges passage of the PRO Act. To help promote passage of the Pro Act, please post about it on social media using the hashtag #ProActNow.

Tom Conway was elected by the International Executive Board to succeed retiring International President Leo W. Gerard as leader of the United Steelworkers (USW), the largest industrial union in North America, effective July 15, 2019.

Previously, Conway served as International Vice President, a position he held since March 1, 2005, and was re-elected to four separate times.

During his 14-year tenure as International Vice President, Conway became the union’s most experienced contract negotiator in steel, aluminum, oil and other major industries where USW members work, often directing bargaining during crises.
Tom is a United States Air Force veteran and grew up in a union family in New Jersey. His father was an active member of the International Union of Operating Engineers. His mother worked in a brush factory, where she successfully organized a union and negotiated labor contracts.

You can read Tom's weekly blog at www.usw.org/blog.

 

This post is sponsored by cerity.com (Worker's Comp Insurance)

47 Years After Roe v Wade, Where Are We Now?

47 Years After Roe v Wade, Where Are We Now?

January 22, 2020

In today's edition of the Generation Progress "Millennial Takeover" from the Center for American Progress in D.C., GP's own Charlotte Hancock and Edwith Theogene are the co-hosts.

They discuss the state of abortion services in the United States, as it is the 47th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

The pair are joined by guests Jackie Blank and Jamille Fields Allsbrook, both experts on women's reproductive rights.

In our current political climate, access to women's healthcare services, including abortion services, are increasingly threatened.

The quartet evaluate the pressures befalling women's reproductive health services in this country, and how people are working to improve access to necessary medical treatments in this era of Neo-conservative party rule.

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

Wildfires—Climate Change + Criminal Justice Reform

Wildfires—Climate Change + Criminal Justice Reform

January 15, 2020

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

They discuss wildfires—a topic that feels even more urgent in light of the massive fires that have been burning across the entire country of Australia, with devastating consequences for both people and wildlife.

But the increase in the size and frequency of deadly wildfires is happening in many parts of the world. In just the past decade, Californians have experienced half of the state’s 10 largest wildfires in history, and seven of its 10 most destructive fires, including the 2018 Camp Fire, California’s deadliest wildfire ever.  Brent and Charlotte have talked on the show before about how climate change is fueling the rise in extreme weather, and recent wildfires in California, Australia, and the Amazon rainforest are just more examples of this disturbing trend.
Experts agree that climate change is at least partially to blame—summer temperatures in Northern California, for instance, have been gradually increasing, and just those few degrees of extra warmth can have a huge impact on wildfires.

During the first half of the show, to talk to Brent and Charlotte about her own experience with wildfires in California, and her take on how climate change is impacting these disasters all over the planet, they’re joined by Lola M. Cornish.  Lola is the Senior Training and Technical Assistance Specialist for Strategies 2.0 at the Child Abuse Prevention Center and a climate change advocate.

During the second half of the show, Brent and Charlotte are joined by Brandon Smith, the Founder and Organization Lead of The Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program.  They expand on the conversation of wildfires—specifically about the intersection between climate change and criminal justice reform.

You can find Lola M. Cornish on Twitter with the handle @hipLady5652LMC.  The Twitter handle for Brandon Smith's organization, the Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program, is @ForestryFire.
The website for "Generation Progress" is www.GenProgress.org and their Twitter Handle is @GenProgress.  Brent Cohen's Twitter handle is @BrentJCohen and Charlotte Hancock's handle is @CharlatAnne.

What’s at Stake in Tonight’s Democratic Debate, with former White House Exec Moe Vela

What’s at Stake in Tonight’s Democratic Debate, with former White House Exec Moe Vela

January 14, 2020

Leslie is joined by Moe Vela, Former Senior Advisor to Joe Biden and on Board of Director of 'TransparentBusiness.'

The two preview tonight's Democratic Debate, the final debate before the Iowa Caucuses on February 3rd.

They cover:

- The dwindling amount of diversity on the debate stage for Democrats

- How much foreign policy talk will take place during the debate following the recent military actions between the U.S. and Iran

- Senator Warren confirming the news that Senator Sanders told her in 2018 that he did not believe a female candidate could defeat Donald Trump and become President (Senator Sanders denies saying that)

- Which candidates could realistically afford to lose Iowa, and potentially New Hampshire, but still win the race to become the Democratic nominee for President

- The significance of Vice President Biden picking up his tenth endorsement from a black member of Congress

Mr. Vella served in President Obama’s administration as the Director of Administration and Senior Advisor in the Office of Vice President Joe Biden.  The stint was the second White House appointment for Mr. Vela, who served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Advisor on Hispanic Affairs for Vice President Al Gore. Mr. Vela holds the distinction of being the first Hispanic American and gay American to serve twice in a senior executive role in the White House. 

You can follow him on Twitter at @MoeVela.

Previewing Final Debate before Iowa Caucuses

Previewing Final Debate before Iowa Caucuses

January 14, 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 Shawn Zeller, Deputy Editor of CQ Magazine, and host of the 'CQ on Congress' podcast. Shawn's Twitter handle is @ShawnZeller.

The two preview the final Democratic Debate before the Iowa Caucuses, which will take place on Jan. 14th and Feb. 3rd, respectively.  In the wake of recent military actions between the U.S. and Iran, Brad and Shawn discuss whether foreign policy will overtake healthcare as the hot topic of the debate.  They also analyze Vice President Biden being the top candidate in the Democratic primary polls among people of color, and its significance in the race to become the Democratic nominee for President.

During the second half of the show, Brad leads a political round-table with two guests who continue the discussion on the upcoming debate, the Iowa caucuses, and also analyze the role that money is still playing in choosing presidential candidates.

The two round table guests are Kimberly Scott and Mark Grimaldi. Kimberly 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, or 'Marky Mark' as Leslie Marshall calls him, is the Executive Producer of this show and a Democratic Activist. 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.
You can read Brad's columns at www.MuckRack.com/Brad-Bannon. His Twitter handle is @BradBannon.

Impeachment Update

Impeachment Update

January 9, 2020
Today's guest hosts are Edwith Theogene, Organizing Director for Generation Progress, and Emily Leach, Senior Press Associate for Generation Progress.  They're joined by a pair of expert guests to discuss and analyze the latest news on the impeachment of President Trump.
 
To help detail how the impeachment process has progressed and explain what’s still to come, Edwith and Emily are joined by Jeremy Venook, a Research Analyst with the Moscow Project and Morgan Finkelstein, the Press Secretary for the Moscow Project.
 
Some of the areas they cover are:
 
- Recapping the most important parts of the public impeachment hearings in the House Intelligence Committee and the House Judiciary Committee
- What is (and is not) currently happening in the Senate regarding the process for setting Senate rules for the impeachment trial
- What witnesses still need to be heard from (but have not yet testified) and why their testimony would be important
- How folks can get involved in the process and what they can say to their Senators about ensuring a fair impeachment trial in the Senate
 
The website for the Moscow Project is www.theMoscowProject.org and their Twitter handle is @Moscow_Project.   Jeremy Venook's handle is @JVenook and Morgan Finkelstein's handle is @momofink.
 
The website for "Generation Progress" is www.GenProgress.org and their Twitter Handle is @GenProgress.  Edwith Theogene's Twitter handle is @WhoIsEdwith, and Emily Leach's handle is @emilyfleach.
Colonel Cedric Leighon (USAF-Ret.) Joins Show to Discuss Latest on Iran Crisis

Colonel Cedric Leighon (USAF-Ret.) Joins Show to Discuss Latest on Iran Crisis

January 7, 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's guest for today's show is Colonel Cedric Leighton (Ret.), Founder and President of Cedric Leighton Associates, a strategic risk and leadership consultancy serving global companies and organizations. The Colonal's website is CedricLeighton.com and his Twitter handle is @CedricLeighton.

The two discuss and analyze the crisis between the United States and Iran.  This includes whether the killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani was justified, the 'razor thin' intelligence showing that Suleimani was planning 'imminent attacks' on Americans (which is the rationale Trump has provided for ordering the killing), what other options Trump had, what Iran's response to the attack might look like, and how all of this could affect America's current political landscape.
 
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.
You can read Brad's columns at www.MuckRack.com/Brad-Bannon. His Twitter handle is @BradBannon.
Comcast v. National Association of African-American Owned Media

Comcast v. National Association of African-American Owned Media

December 19, 2019
Today's guest hosts are Brent J. Cohen, Executive Director of Generation Progress, and Edwith Theogene, Organizing Director for Generation Progress.
 

They discuss a case that’s currently making its way through the Supreme Court, Comcast v. National Association of African-American-Owned Media. This case has significant implications for one of the oldest civil rights statutes that provides core protection for African Americans and other marginalized groups, Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866.

To explain what is happening with the case and why we should all be paying attention to it, Brett and Edwith are joined in-studio by Dariely Rodriguez, the director of the Economic Justice Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Dorian Spence, the director of Special Litigation and Advocacy also at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
 
The website for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is LawyersCommittee.org and their Twitter handle is @LawyersComm.
 
Dariely Rodriguez's Twitter handle is @DarielyEsq and Dorian Spence's handle is @DLSCivilRights.


The website for "Generation Progress" is www.GenProgress.org and their Twitter Handle is @GenProgress.  Brent J. Cohen's Twitter handle is @BrentJCohen and Edwith Theogene's handle is @WhoIsEdwith.