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by Mark M. Bello


Like most of you, I have been following the so-called hush money trial featuring Donald Trump, Stormy Daniels, and Michael Cohen. The prosecution has carefully and methodically presented a mountain of documents and supportive witnesses to suggest that Cohen, Trump, and others participated in a conspiracy to hide Trump’s illicit relationships by paying off the women with whom he had affairs.


The defense strategy in Judge Juan Merchan’s courtroom, has been to question the credibility of two key witnesses: Stormy Daniels and Michael Cohen. Whether or not the defense has succeeded in causing the jury to question these witnesses’ credibility is still to be determined. However, the defense was saddled with two very important truths that should be impossible to overcome: 1. The documentary evidence, and 2. The defendant’s own astounding lack of credibility.


The documents speak for themselves—I will not rehash the brilliant drip, drip, drip presentation of various pieces of evidence that prove Trump’s crimes and cover-up. The prosecution will be unable to challenge Trump’s credibility where it would love to—on the witness stand. But the documents corroborate witness testimony and destroy...


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Lean to the Left podcast hosts an insightful discussion with Jason Palmer, Debra Perry Piscione, and Kwame Jackson, co-founders of Together, a new organization aimed at reducing political polarization by mobilizing young voters and endorsing a new generation of leaders.


Aiming for inclusivity, civility, and entrepreneurship, TOGETHER! seeks to transform American politics by endorsing candidates who represent common sense and bipartisan values.


The podcast delves into the founders' backgrounds, the mission and structure of Together, and their plans to engage and rally young Americans for a profound political impact.


The Timeline:


00:00 Introduction to Lean to the Left Podcast and Jason Palmer's Political Journey


01:05 Launching 'Together': A New Organization for Political Change


01:47 Meet the Co-Founders: Their Roles and Visions for 'Together'


07:29 Jason Palmer's Reflections on His Presidential Run and Future Plans


08:57 'Together's' Strategy: Endorsing Candidates and Mobilizing Young Voters


14:11 Addressing Political Divisions and Fostering Civility


20:45 'Together's' Approach to Political Issues and Candidate Endorsements

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In a revealing and engaging episode of the Lean to the Left Podcast, Bob Gatty hosts economist Gerald Epstein, author of "Busting the Bankers Club".


Epstein, a seasoned scholar and activist, delves deep into the intricacies of the financial system, revealing the intricate web of power and privilege at its core. His book and the discussion on the podcast shed light on the mechanisms that sustain economic inequality and propose actionable solutions for a fairer, more sustainable economy.

At the heart of Epstein's argument is the concept of the Bankers Club — a coalition of big banks, federal institutions, and influential allies in politics, law, and corporate sectors, including some of Epstein's fellow economists.


According to Epstein, this group has historically worked to protect the interests of big banks, enabling them to accumulate more wealth and power, often at the expense of the average citizen. The global economic crises in 2007 and 2020 are highlighted as stark examples where the government opted to bail out banks, leaving them even more entrenched in the control of our economic systems.


Epstein's vivid narrative draws a parallel...

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