Guests and Topics for Wednesday, May 30 2012May 30, 2012
Here’s what’s coming up on the Wednesday edition of The Dylan Ratigan Show…
The Big Story: Men Behaving Badly! The federal jury in the John Edwards trial is still deliberating the six felony charges against the former Presidential candidate, including conspiracy to violate federal election law, illegally soliciting election funds and giving false statements. Edwards could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted and $1.5 million in fines. There’s no doubt Edwards made some moral mistakes, but does that mean he should be criminally convicted? We’ll be joined by Melanie Sloan, Executive Director, CREW (Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington) and Sol Wisenberg, Former Federal Prosecutor.
The Wednesday Mega-Panel: Imogen Lloyd Webber (@illoydwebber), Jonathan Capehart (@capehartj) and Rob Cox (@rob1cox) are here… Top astrologers who predicted Obama’s win in ’08 say unanimously he will win again. Can we actually look to the stars for predicting the outcome of this political horse race — and how did they measure up last time? On that mystical note, Mitt Romney has finally hit a magical number — with a win in Texas last night, he surpassed 1144 delegates and officially clinched the GOP nomination. We’ll take a look back at his run so far.
The Specialist: As the President of the company that owns one of the most famous buildings, Anthony Malkin, President of Malkin Holdings will join us. We’ll talk about an often-overlooked area for job creation: retrofitting projects on existing buildings to make them more energy-efficient. He’ll tell us about one major success story: how, at age 80, the Empire State Building was transformed from the world’s most famous office building to one of the most energy efficient, reducing the skyscraper’s energy use by 38 percent a year by 2013. That’s a big deal financially, too — it adds up to an annual savings of $4.4 million. We’ll hear about the retrofitting project, and how efficiency upgrades to buildings can become part of the engine of job creation in our cities and towns nationwide.
James Higdon, author of The Cornbread Mafia: A Homegrown Syndicate’s Code of Silence and the Biggest Marijuana Bust in American History – it’s a sharp look into the “code of silence” about growing marijuana, and tells the story of the biggest pot bust in American history.
Then, we’ll wrap up with Melber’s Minute: Ari Melber (@arimelber) is here. He’ll argue as to why we need more transparency on federal security policies (especially in light of yesterday’s New York Times story on the Presidents’ “kill list.” Ari points out that we can’t even have a national policy debate if the White House won’t release the new legal authorities it claims for these killings.