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Focusing on issues, not tweets, Raw Story and AlterNet’s Joshua Holland and Liz Preza talk politics with academics, newsmakers and progressive journalists.

April 10, 2016

April 9, 2016: Fire Bill Clinton?; Bernie and Hillary Aren’t That DIfferent

Hillary Clinton is trying hard to distance herself from some of her husband's more controversial policies, but every time she gets some space he drags her back to the 1990s, often generating bad headlines in the process. What's going on? Is Bill Clinton unconsciously sabotaging his wife's campaign? This week, we kick off with Slate's Michelle Goldberg calling for Hillary to fire Bill. 

The we're joined by Newsweek political correspondent Emily Cadei. Cadei took a deep dive into the congressional records of both Democratic candidates, and found that not only were their voting records very similar -- and not only did they work together on 26 bills during the two years they overlapped in the Senate -- but they also demonstrated similar styles of coalition-building to advance their agendas. She says the two candidates vying for the Democratic nomination are a lot closer than the conventional wisdom suggests. 
Finally, we'll talk to Dr. Arijit Nandi, a scholar at McGill University in Montreal, about how paid family leave is not only vital for achieving work/life balance, but also for infants' health outcomes. 
Playlist:
Merle Haggard: "That's the News"
Amy Winehouse: "To Know Him Is to Love Him"
The Isley Brothers: "It's Your Thing"
Kiddus I: "Graduation in Zion" 

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