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Trump, Three Aircraft Carriers, and B1-B Bombers 'Visit' Asia-Pacific

Trump, Three Aircraft Carriers, and B1-B Bombers "Visit" Asia-Pacific
On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by journalist and author Patrick Lawrence, as well as Sputnik News analyst Walter Smolarek.

Donald Trump is off to Asia for nearly two weeks, where he will visit five countries. While a range of issues will be discussed, his top priority appears to be beating the drums of war against North Korea.

The fallout is continuing from Donna Brazile's claim that Hillary Clinton orchestrated, in her words, "a secret takeover of the DNC" before becoming the party's candidate in the 2016 election. Journalist and best-selling author Max Blumenthal joins the show.

In a startling attack on one of the foundations of the U.S. legal system, Robert Mueller's team based their indictment of Paul Manafort in part on the testimony of Manafort's own lawyer. Brian and John are joined by Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, the executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund.

Daesh has been driven out of its last pocket of the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor by pro-government forces as the race for control of oil-rich eastern Syria continues. Mark Sleboda, international affairs and security analyst, joins the show.

Donald Trump is furious that Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. army soldier held in captivity in Afghanistan for five years, was not given jail time as part of the sentence passed today. Michael Prysner, a former Marine and anti-war activist, joins the show to discuss.

Spanish authorities have imprisoned eight ministers of the now-suspended government of Catalonia, as the region gears up for a dramatic showdown in the December 21 Catalan election. Dick Nichols, correspondent for Green Left Weekly, discusses the latest developments.

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