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Obama in Bed With Wall Street

During the 2008 presidential campaign, then Sen. Barack Obama raked big banks and Wall Street over the coals, stirring protests against the rich throughout the nation. Fast forward six years and it appears the administration has become more than a bit cozy with the top one percent.

“It was kabuki from Day 1,” says Joel Kotkin, editor in chief of New Geography. “Particularly in 2008, had the vast majority of support on Wall Street, The New York Times dubbed him the “hedge fund candidate” and he had very good relations with the big-money people in Chicago. So there’s always been this sort of kabuki. He does that one thing that’s sort of rhetorical and then he does the real thing.”

Listen in as Kotkin continues his discussion of Obama’s love-hate relationship with Wall Street in this edition of “InstaVision,” with Glenn Reynolds, on PJTV.

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What Stinkin’ Recovery?

Glenn Reynolds of PJTV’s “Instavision” says that if you believe President Obama, we’ve recovered from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. But the unemployment malaise continues, fewer people are actually looking for work and the housing market remains sluggish. Reynolds talks with Terry Jones and Andrew Malcolm of Investor’s Business Daily,who discuss whether another housing bubble is on the horizon.

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Thinking Man’s John Wayne

Comedian Jon Stewart once called Harry Truman a war criminal for ordering the atomic bombings of Japan during World War II, although Stewart later recanted his “stupid” remark after it elicited a firestorm of criticism. Today, on the 67th anniversary of Little Boy being dropped on Hiroshima, some more seasoned and veteran perspective on that historic event is offered by Jack H. McCall Jr., author of two companion histories of WWII.¬†McCall says many of the soldiers fighting in the Pacific Theater kissed the ground upon hearing of Truman’s decision, knowing he had averted the deaths of more than one million GIs who likely would have been killed if a ground invasion of Japan had taken place.

One of McCall’s books examines the war through the perspective of Professor Christopher Donner, who McCall bills as “the thinking man’s John Wayne,” a trained historian fluent in multiple languages who nevertheless volunteered for the US Marines, serving in the fierce battles on Okinawa. Among Donner’s recollections: His fateful encounter with US Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr., the son of a Kentucky governor and the highest-ranking US officer killed in combat during WWII.

McCall shares anecdotes from his books with Glenn Reynolds on PJTV’s InstaVision.

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