Ray Hanania on politics, media and life

The truth about the failed Mueller probe into Russian meddling and collusion

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By Ray Hanania
Ray Hanania is an award-winning former Chicago City Hall reporter & columnist writing from the frontlines of Chicago's rough and tumble politics. Hanania writes a syndicated column on politics, media, and on communications strategy. He also explores "slice-of-life" topics using humor and satire and performs standup comedy nationally and internationally (he is Palestinian married to a Jewish wife). Humor is a powerful form of communications. His personal website is www.Hanania.com

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The Mueller Report, biased media & Trump April 18, 2019, S1, Ep10
The Mueller Report, biased media & Trump April 18, 2019, Season 1, Episode 10 Ray Hanania on Politics analyzes the media bias in the coverage of the release of the Report on Alleged Collusion with Russian by Donald Trump prior to and after his election as President. The Mueller Report was completed after a staggering 22-month long investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that resulted in a finding that there is no evidence to support the allegations that have been made against the President. Podcast host Ray Hanania discusses the real problem and how national mainstream American news media bias is empowering President Trump and ensuring his re-election in 2020. For more information on Ray Hanania's podcast visit www.RayHananiaonPolitics.comor go to www.Hanania.comto get information on all of Ray Hanania's award-winning columns and writings.
08:54
April 18, 2019
S1 Ep9: How Uber and Lift are destroying an immigrant driven industry
S1 Ep9: How Uber and Lift are destroying an immigrant driven industry This is the Ray Hanania Podcasta weekly overview of all my opinion columns, my radio interviews, and my reports on Middle East topics and on Mainstream American politics.  This episode of Ray Hanania on Politics looks at impact that Uber and Lyft are having on the Taxi Cab industry. The Taxi Cab industry is an immigrant driven industry and for the life of me, I don’t understand why the liberals who claim to care about immigrants are not standing up to defend the rights of the taxi can drivers who are being decimated and pushed out of business into homelessness by Uber and Lyft. Taxi cabs are a heavily regulated industry. It costs a major investment to drive a cab or start your own company. The medallion was a huge investment at one time and was like a stock rising in value from $30,000 to $700,000 or more in recent years. But the rise of Uber and Lyft have pulled the rug out from the Taxi cab industry and medallion costs have fallen dramatically. Owners have lost fortunes invested in hard work and money over the past 30 to 40 years. The real concern though is safety, the lack of adequate insurance. A Taxi Cab driver has thousands of dollars in insurance on their car. The Uber and Lyft drivers have cheap insurance. Who monitors them? We need to do something. Maybe require Uber and Lyft drivers to purchase a medallion the same way we forced taxi cab drivers to buy medallions. Put them through rigorous background checks. My mainstream columns are published at SuburbanChicagoland.com and in seven newspapers in the Southwest region of Chicagoland including The Regional News, The Reporter, the Des Plaines Valley News, and the Southwest News-Herald. My Middle East columns are published in the Arab News Newspaper, the Middle East Monitor online, and the Arab Daily News online. I hope you enjoy this episode of Ray Hanania on Politics. Go to RayHananiaOnPolitics.com for the latest episodes, or check us out on iTunes and my personal website www.Hanania.com end
14:31
April 11, 2019
Remembering the 1979 election that changed everything in Chicago
Remembering the 1979 election that changed everything in Chicago -- April 2, 2019 This is the "Ray Hanania on Politics" Podcast, a look at Chicagoland politics past and present ...  This episode of Ray Hanania on Politics looks at the 1978 campaign and 1979 Chicago Mayoral Election.  We talk about the first African American mayor being either Lori Lightfoot or Toni Preckwinkle, but we can’t forget the action-paced newsmaking four year term of Chicago’s first woman Mayor Jane M. Byrne and how she defeated the Chicago Machine, and ended up taking it over … That was my first real election that I covered as a City Hall reporter and it was one of the most exciting elections Chicago had seen in a long time … Jane Byrne’s rise, her feud with the Cabal of Evil Men who were Ed Fast Eddie Vrdolyak, Ed Burke and First Ward Outfit alderman Fred Roti …her election challenge of Mike Bilandic, who took the office from Wilson Frost who was the President Pro Tempore when Richard J. Daley died on Dec. 20, 1976 … This is a look back at the rollercoaster first City Hall political earthquake that brought the Chicago Machine to its knees and changed Chicago politics forever … Jane Byrne’s rise opened the door to the changes that we continue to see today in Chicago politics. My mainstream columns are published at SuburbanChicagoland.com and in seven newspapers in the Southwest region of Chicagoland including The Regional News, The Reporter, the Des Plaines Valley News, and the Southwest News-Herald. My Middle East columns are published in the Arab News Newspaper, the Middle East Monitor online, and the Arab Daily News online. I hope you enjoy this episode of Ray Hanania on Politics. Go to RayHananiaOnPolitics.com for the latest episodes, or check us out on iTunes and my personal website www.Hanania.com.
37:18
April 2, 2019
Chicago Mayoral Election, Lightfoot vs Preckwinkle
Chicago Mayoral Election, Lightfoot vs Preckwinkle Opinion Commentary April 1, 2019 This is the Ray Hanania Podcasta weekly overview of all my opinion columns, my radio interviews, and my reports on Middle East topics and on Mainstream American politics.  This episode of Ray Hanania on Politics looks at the race for Chicago mayor between Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle. Although the polls and many media pundits have already called this election for Lightfoot, I don’t believe you can rule Preckwinkle out and I believe she has a shot at winning. A good shot. Although I have been a longtime critic of some of Preckwinkle’s policies, I feel Preckwinkle is the better candidate of the two and I have endorsed her, reflecting the sentiments of the Southwest Side and Northwest Side voters, most of who voted for other candidates. Both Lightfoot and Preckwinkle are Machine candidates of sorts, Preckwinkle a traditional Machine candidate but Lightfoot as an untraditional Machine candidate running to push the far left, the extremists of politics. You also have to consider that although many of the 12 candidates who lost to Lightfoot and Preckwinkle in the Feb. 26, 2019 open primary election have endorsed candidates, with Lightfoot receiving most of the endorsements, and Bill Daley not endorsing, you can’t assume that they control the votes their received. It’s a new ballgame folks. This election does not have the same dynamics of the 14-candidate open primary. I think Preckwinkle will win. My Middle East columns are published in the Arab News Newspaper, the Middle East Monitor online, and the Arab Daily News online. My mainstream columns are published at SuburbanChicagoland.com and in seven newspapers in the Southwest region of Chicagoland including The Regional News, The Reporter, the Des Plaines Valley News, and the Southwest News-Herald. Ihope you enjoy this episode of Ray Hanania on Politics. Go to RayHananiaOnPolitics.com for the latest episodes, or check us out on iTunes and my personal website www.Hanania.com end
13:53
April 1, 2019
Richard Silverstein on Israel, Palestine Omar, AIPAC & peace, March 25, 2019
Richard Silverstein on Israel, Palestine Omar, AIPAC & peace, March 25, 2019 This is the Ray Hanania on Politics Podcast, we talk about everything from the Middle East to Mainstream issue, recorded on March 25, 2019. Our guest online with us is Richard Silverstein, a longtime Jewish American progressive. Richard and I talk about the AIPAC Conference in Washington D.C. this week, the absurdity of calling Minnesota Congresswoman Ihlan Omar "anti-Semitic" for criticizing congressmen who put Israel's interests above American interests, and criticizing Israel PAC stranglehold on American politics. Richard's website is RichardSilverstein.com for more information and links to his Op-Ed writings and interviews. You can get more information on this podcast at RayHananiaonPolitics.com and on my personal website where all my columns and podcasts are archived at Hanania.com. Also check out my older podcasts at pod bean an archive at TheArabStreet.com All of Ray Hanania's podcast shows are available on iTunes. We discuss AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, PAC contributions to American Congress members and U.S. Senators and the influence the money buys, the weaponizing of anti-Semitism to silence critics of Israel's rightwing government policies, Congresswoman Ihlan Omar, the recent missile strike against Israel, Israel's use of violence to influence election results, and the power of Arab Israeli voters, and the power of the news media. Why doesn't an Arab country or Arab Americans buy an American newspaper like the Washington Post and force it to be objective when it comes to discussions about the Middle East, Israel and Palestine?  Richard Silverstein also discussions his ongoing battles with Twitter over his use of words they feel should be censored. www.Hanania.com
56:43
March 25, 2019
The truth about the failed Mueller probe into Russian meddling and collusion
The Fake Mueller investigation into Russian meddling into the election ... 03-24-19  This is the Ray Hanania on Politics podcast … I’ve covered politics for nearly a half century, including covering City Hall from 1978 until 1992 working there every day morning until night ands covering the administrations of 7 Chicago mayors from Daley to Daley … that includes the two week stint by David Orr as interim mayor between Mayor Washington’s death and the City Council appointment of Eugene Sawyer as acting mayor … I write three weekly syndicated columns on mainstream and Middle East politics every week for the Southwest News newspaper group of eight newspapers and on Middle East issues for two major Middle East news sites, including Middle East monitor in London and the Arab News newspaper in Saudi Arabia. You can get more information on my podcasts by visiting RayHananiaOnPolitics.com and also OnDeadlinePodcast.com, or to check out past podcast archives … go to Hanania.com to view links to all of my mainstream, Middle East columns, podcasts and videos, too. In this episode of Ray Hanania on Politics Podcast, Ray talks about the reality of the Robert Mueller investigation into Russian tampering in the 2016 Presidential election campaign which targeted President Donald Trump … Hanania looks at the reality of the failed investigation and the individuals indicted on everything but collusion with Russian tampering in the election. George Papadopoulos: former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, was arrested in July 2017 and pleaded guilty in October 2017 to making false statements to the FBI. He got a 14-day sentence. Paul Manafort: Trump’s former campaign chair, was indicted on a total of 25 different counts by Mueller’s team, related mainly to his past work for Ukrainian politicians and his finances. Rick Gates: a former Trump campaign aide and Manafort’s longtime junior business partner, was indicted on similar charges to Manafort. Michael Flynn: Trump’s former national security adviser, pleaded guilty in December 2017 to making false statements to the FBI. Michael Cohen: In August 2018, Trump’s former lawyer pleaded guilty to 8 counts — tax and bank charges, related to his finances and taxi business, and campaign finance violations — related to hush money payments to women who alleged affairs with Donald Trump, Roger Stone: In January 2019, Mueller indicted longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone on 7 counts. He accused Stone of lying to the House Intelligence Committee about his efforts to get in touch with WikiLeaks during the campaign, and tampering with a witness who could have debunked his story. The “Ray Hanania on Politics” podcast … which explores politics at every level and region from Jerusalem to Chicago, Middle East and Mainstream … every issue under the sun, politics, everyday life, society and more with hard-hitting opinions and insight and even humor.  Ray Hanania has two podcasts now, one called Ray Hanania’s Middle East & Mainstream podcast , and this new one called “Ray Hanania on Politics” … both podcasts are available for download from iTunes and many other podcast system. Hanania is shifting from Podbean to do exclusive podcasting for the “Ray Hanania on Politics” podcast. www.Hanania.com
13:04
March 24, 2019
Illinois Taxes, Mosque Massacres, Israeli election chicanery
Illinois Taxes, Mosque Massacres, Israeli election chicanery Podcast Illinois Taxation, Mosque Massacre in New Zealand and Israel, and Israel's election chicanery, March 24, 2019 This is Ray Hanania's Podcast, The Middle East & Mainstream Podcast, which explores every issue under the sun, from mainstream to the Middle East, politics, everyday life, society and more with hard-hitting opinions and insight and even humor.  In this episode of Ray Hanania's Podcast, Ray explains talks about his columns published this week in the three main syndication carriers. First is his mainstream column published in the Southwest News Newspaper Group of eight newspapers in Chicagoland. This column focuses on how Illinois is the 49thworst state when it comes to taxation, and how Gov. J.B. Pritzker is making a serious mistake by trying to address the state’s financial troubles by increasing taxes. The cause of Illinois’ problems are the excessive pensions given to reward political patronage, not hard-earned career work. The way to address the pension problem is through pension reform, not through increasing taxes. The Middle East portion of the podcast addresses two topics, the first in Middle East Monitor online, the London website, Hanania writes about how the New Zealand massacre of 50 Muslims at two mosques in Christchurch reminds us of the very first terrorist attack against a mosque that took place by an American in Hebron on Feb. 25, 1994, just over 25 years ago. The terrorist, Dr. Baruch Goldstein, was from Chicago and had dual citizenship both Israeli and American. Goldstein was serving in the Israeli military, not in the American military, an issue of “dual loyalty” that Minnesota Congresswoman Ihlan Omar raised in her criticism of biased pro-Israel support. Goldstein killed 50 Muslims who were praying in the Ibrahimi Mosque and injured more than 125 others. The second Middle East column is published in the esteemed Arab News in Saudi Arabia and speaks to the efforts b Israel’s rightwing Apartheid government to undermine the voting rights on non-Jews in Israel. It speaks to Israel’s parliamentary system and how it is constructed to undermine the rights of Christian and Muslim voters in Israel. Ray Hanania has two podcasts now, one called Ray Hanania’s Middle East & Mainstream podcast, and my new one called “Ray Hanania on Politics” … both podcasts are available for download from iTunes and many other podcast systems. I’ll be shifting from Podbean to do exclusive podcasting for the “Ray Hanania on Politics” podcast.  The new websites you can check are RayHananiaOnPolitics.comand also OnDeadlinePodcast.com. But remember, you can go to Hanania.com to view links to all of Ray Hanania’s mainstream, Middle East columns, and all of Ray Hanania’s podcasts and videos, too.  Hanania has covered politics since 1976, including City Hall from 1977 through 1992 for the Daily Southtown and the Chicago Sun-Times. For more information on Ray Hanania's Podcasts, writings and syndicated columns visit his website at www.Hanania.com
26:37
March 24, 2019
Endorsing Toni Preckwinkle over Lori Lightfoot for Mayor of Chicago
Former Chicago City Hall reporter Ray Hanania endorses Toni Preckwinkle for Mayor of Chicago over Lori Lightfoot in the April 2, 2019 Chicago Mayoral election and he explains why in this podcast. This is Ray Hanania's Podcast, Slice of Life, which explores every issue under the sun, from mainstream to the Middle East, politics, everyday life, society and more with hard hitting opinions and insight and even humor.  In this episode of Ray Hanania's Podcast, Ray explains why he is supporting Toni Preckwinkle for Mayor of the City of Chicago in the April 2, 2019 general election. Hanania has been a supporter and a critic of Preckwinkle's policies but explains that politics isn't about who is great. It is about a personal consensus with candidates and a relative comparison of candidates. Who is better and who is worse.  Hanania has covered politics since 1976, including City Hall from 1977 through 1992 for the Daily Southtown and the Chicago Sun-Times. For more information on Ray Hanania's Podcasts, writings and syndicated columns visit his website at www.Hanania.com
24:51
March 22, 2019
Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” Stole my Life March 16, 2019
Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” Stole my Life, March 16, 2019 Some people in society define themselves based on the role models they admire. Tom Hanks. Amal Clooney. Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton. Brad Pitt. Adam Sandler. Meryl Streep. I can say with absolute certainty that my role model, the person I most identify with and see so many parallels is Larry David, the TV and Hollywood comedian who is the creator of the hit comedy series “Seinfeld,” and the even hipper HBO sitcom “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” There is no way I can curb my enthusiasm about Larry David and the cast of spectacular actors and actresses on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Ray Hanania's podcast includes broadcasts of his radio shows in Detroit on WNZK AM 690 and his frequent podcast audio commentaries published here and on iTunes. In this Podcast commentary, Ray Hanania explains the popularity and cult of comedian Larry David and his hit HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. For more information on Ray Hanania’s writings and podcasts and radio shows visit http://www.Hanania.com
14:20
March 16, 2019
03-12-19 Suburban taxpayers must stand up to Chicago
In this episode of the Slice of Life Podcast (03-12-19), former Chicago City Hall reporter Ray Hanania talks about how many of the 14 candidates who ran for Mayor of Chicago had proposed that the city impose taxes on suburbanites to help off-set the city's mounting debts from wasted spending, corruption and sky-high pensions. Hanania urges elected officials in the suburbs to organize a coalition to standup to the Chicago politicians and prevent these taxes from being imposed. And he explores the idea of separating suburban Cook County from Chicago. The suburbs have the vote and yet the city of Chicago runs the entire county. For more information on this and other podcasts visit www.Hanania.com
15:56
March 12, 2019
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