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    General John Kelly: US Civil War That Ended Slavery Was a Mistake

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    On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by Dr. Gerald Horne, a professor of history at the University of Houston and author of many books including Race to Revolution: The US and Cuba During Slavery and Jim Crow.

    Chief of Staff General John Kelly — frequently praised by liberals for being the adult in the room of Trump’s White House — gave an interview yesterday to Laura Ingraham where he said the US civil war happened because of a failure to compromise, causing outrage across the country. What’s the real history?

    Tech giants Facebook, Google and Twitter are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee this afternoon as the media works itself up into another frenzy over so-called “Russian ads” influencing the 2016 election. Kevin Zeese, the co-director of Popular Resistance, as well as Sputnik News analyst Walter Smolarek, joins the show.

    The head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has made a final plea to the Trump administration to veto a measure from Congress aimed at discouraging class action lawsuits against financial companies. Meanwhile, the big banks are set for another big win with the expected appointment of Jerome Powell to lead the Federal Reserve. Daniel Sankey, financial policy analyst, joins Brian and John.

    Suspended Catalan President Puigdemont has denied that he is seeking asylum in Belgium and vowed to contest the upcoming regional election imposed by the Spanish central government. Economist and professor Steve Keen discusses these developments along with Matt Qvortrup, Professor of Political Science at Coventry University.

    Qatar’s former Foreign Minister has come forward with surprisingly candid comments about the war in Syria, detailing the US-Saudi-Qatari efforts to overthrow the Syrian government and even admitting that there may have been “interaction” with al-Qaeda. Alexander Mercouris, editor-in-chief of The Duran, discusses the comments.

    Saudi officials have announced that they will be vastly expanding their nuclear program as part of the Kingdom’s ongoing effort to overhaul its economy. We’ll take a look at the US government’s double standard when it comes to nuclear energy and nuclear weapons in the Middle East with Kevin Kamps, radioactive watchdog at Beyond Nuclear.

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