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Universal Basic Income -- ­­ It's an idea people on both the Left and Right have kicked around for decades. But it has newfound currency because of the gig economy and automation replacing workers. We’ll hear the pros and cons of Uncle Sam cutting everyone a check.

Later, should Border agents patrol foreigners’ social media accounts? We’ll take a look at what Homeland Security is proposing amid an uptick of terror attacks elsewhere.

Photo: Stock Monkeys

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Sasa Woodruff
Jenny Hamel

FBI Won’t Recommend Criminal Charges in Clinton Email Investigation 6 MIN, 30 SEC

FBI Director James Comey announced today that the agency does not recommend bringing criminal charges against Hillary Clinton in the case involving her handling of classified information as secretary of state.

Comey did, however, denounce Clinton and her colleagues for the way they handled the private email server.

Matt Zapotosky is covering the story for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post (@mattzap)

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Zapotosky on FBI recommending no criminal charges in Clinton email probe

Money for nothin’ -- the Case for Universal Basic Income 34 MIN, 21 SEC

What if the government guaranteed everyone a basic amount of income, regardless whether you work or not, let’s just say 10 thousand dollars.

If you were broke, at least it could help pay for a roof over your head. If you didn’t need it, you could put it away for an emergency.

This idea has been kicking around since the 18th Century, with some famous proponents including Martin Luther King, Jr. Some famous conservative economists like Milton Friedman,­­ who called it a negative income tax.

This money would take the place of welfare, unemployment, maybe even housing vouchers and food stamps, all of which are costly and require big administrative costs.

Guests:
Andy Stern, Service Employees International Union (@AndyStern_DC)
Robert Greenstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (@GreensteinCBPP)
Veronique de Rugy, George Mason University (@veroderugy)
Dylan Matthews, Vox (@dylanmatt)

More:
Matthews on the U.S. affording universal income

Raising the Floor

Andy Stern

Border Patrol Agents May Get to Look at Travelers’ Facebook Profiles 8 MIN, 40 SEC

Declare your tweets at the border… The federal government is proposing to add one new line to the US customs form that visitors to the US have to fill out -- it would ask all Visa Waiver Program applicants to hand over information about their social media accounts.

Federal officials say it’s an important tool in properly vetting European or naturalized citizens for potential ties to terrorist groups. Critics of the proposal say voluntary disclosure won’t keep anyone safe.

Guests:
Michael S. Smith, Kronos Advisory (@MichaelSSmithII)

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