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    Must Be 'Bigger': Trump Demands Eight-Fold Increase in Nuclear Weapons

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    On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and Walter Smolarek are joined by Kevin Kamps, the Radioactive Waste Watchdog at Beyond Nuclear.

    Donald Trump seems to be in love with nuclear weapons. At a high-level summit of military and foreign policy officials, Trump reportedly requested a nearly ten-fold expansion in the US nuclear arsenal.

    Controversy is swirling over cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, which the New York Times reports has been hacked by Russian and Israeli intelligence agents. We take a look at the big picture of espionage and high tech giants with Jeffrey Carr, a cybersecurity consultant and author of "Inside Cyber Warfare".

    In the second hour, editorial cartoonist and columnist Ted Rall joins the show to discuss California Senator Dianne Feinstein announcing that she plans to run for reelection, a move that has California Democrats in revolt.

    As the latest round of NAFTA negotiations begin, the Trump administration and business groups appear to be clashing over several key provisions. Financial policy analyst Daniel Sankey joins the show.

    Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy has maintained his hardline stance against Catalan independence, declaring to parliament that he is ready to suspend the region's government. Brian and Walter are joined from Berlin by Bolle Selke, a journalist and Sputnik news analyst.

    2017 may very well be a record year for Israeli settlement construction in the occupied West Bank, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved plans to build over 3,700 new housing units. Independent analyst Catherine Shakdam joins the show.

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