Hollywood vs. Trump; first, Chelsea Manning

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Guests: Dan Ozzi, Joe Concha, David James Jackson

Presidential inaugurations have a long tradition of bringing some of the entertainment industry’s top talents to celebrate the swearing in of a new president.  And despite his claims that he is not interested in having A-listers perform at the event, Trump’s inaugural committee has been working hard to find top-tier talent to perform – and to little avail.  Today on the show, we’ll talk about Hollywood’s relationship with the new president.  And, we’ll look at how celebrity endorsements effect politics, as Hillary Clinton’s star-studded Democratic National Convention proved ineffective in getting her elected President. We’re joined by VICE’s DAN OZZI and JOE CONCHA from The Hill.  And, we’ll hear from DAVID JAMES JACKSON, professor of political science at Bowling Green State University who studies celebrity political endorsements. But first, President Obama commuted Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence this week.  The former Army intelligence analyst was convicted of leaking classified material to WikiLeaks.  Marty talks with JOSH GERSTEIN, White House reporter for Politico about Obama’s decision.

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