Today our host Mitch Jeserich is in conversation with Hatem Baziam, lecturer of Near East Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, about the recent terror attack in which over 300 people were killed at a Sufi mosque in Egypt. We discuss the role of Sunni and Shi’a communitarian tensions in the attack, as well as potential political motivations that go beyond religious differences.
We then speak with Remington A. Gregg, Counsel for Civil Justice and Consumer Rights for Public Citizen, about the ongoing legal controversy over the directorship of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). After former-Director Richard Cordray resigned last week, the bureau’s leadership has been in question. In addition, we discuss the short history of the CFPB, which was founded in 2011 under President Obama.