Loot, Plunder, Pillage: Unmasking the Republican Tax Plan

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On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by journalist and author Daniel Lazare and investigative reporter Dave Lindorff. The Republican tax bill will soon become law. What does it all mean? Congress is once again inching its way toward a government shutdown. But a deal may still be possible on dreamers and on funding federal operations for the entire fiscal year. Joining the show are Angie Kim, an immigrant rights activist, and Juan Jose Gutierrez, executive director of the Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition. An Associated Press investigation has found that between 9,000 and 11,000 civilians were killed during the nine-month battle to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS fighters. War correspondent Ali Musawi joins the show to discuss the AP report. Catalonians are set to vote today in parliamentary elections that are largely seen as another referendum on independence. With most of the regions leaders in jail, will the results be any different this time around? John and Brian are joined by Dick Nichols, correspondent for Green Left Weekly. The European Union has triggered Article 7 of the EU charter against Poland, a move that could result in a suspension of Poland’s voting rights in the EU and sanctions against the country. Joining the show are international affairs and security analyst Mark Sleboda, and Reiner Braun, co-President of the International Peace Bureau. The Trump administration is lashing out and threatening to cut off aid to countries who vote in favor of a resolution in the United Nations condemning his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Brian and John speak with award-winning Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was quietly summoned to Riyadh yesterday for meetings with King Salman and Crown Prince Muhammad, apparently to discuss ways to jump start Arab-Israeli peace talks in the wake of the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem. Jafar Ramini, Palestinian journalist, joins the show.

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