Liliana Segura on Trump’s Execution Spree, Gaurav Laroia on Ajit Pai’s FCC

MP3 Link (BBC/Getty Images) This week on CounterSpin: The lame duck White House is engaged in a virtually unprecedented spree of federal executions, eight so far this year…

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Straps for restraining death penalty target.

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This week on CounterSpin: The lame duck White House is engaged in a virtually unprecedented spree of federal executions, eight so far this year with more scheduled. As with many aspects of his presidency, it’s both Trump being especially gruesome, and his simply making use of a gruesome machinery he certainly didn’t create. And federal executions are, of course, just a part of the picture. We’ll talk about the death penalty with  Liliana Segura, investigative journalist at the Intercept.

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Ajit Pai and friends.

Also on the show: Between the time he made a video in which he danced with a Pizzagate propagator to celebrate the repeal of net neutrality, and the time he misled Congress about how the agency’s public comment system was cyber-attacked just at the moment that John Oliver urged viewers to leave comments supporting net neutrality, there are things about exiting FCC chair Ajit Pai, the human, to make one glad to see the back of him. We’ll talk less personally about the Pai FCC—and how they’re holding water for Trump til the end—with Gaurav Laroia, senior policy counsel at the group Free Press.

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