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Trump 2.0

April 28th, 2016

Recent additions to the Trump campaign have tried to convince the candidate to behave more presidentially. They’ve tried to convince him to read from Teleprompters, buy traditional forms of media and tone down the fiery rhetoric. Is this something the candidate wants to do and perhaps more importantly, something he’d be better off for doing?

Recent victories have all but locked up the Democratic Primary for Hillary Clinton yet her challenger, Bernie Sanders, has vowed to take the fight all the way to the convention. What are the implications for doing so and will the costs outweigh the benefits?

We discuss in today’s episode.

Outsmarting ISIS and Bernie Being Stubborn

April 14th, 2016

     The Obama administration announced this week it will be sending an additional 217 special operations officers to Iraq to aid in the fight against ISIS. The US has been fighting ISIS for close to two years at a cost of about $6 billion and counting, with the results being at best, mixed. Are there smarter ways we could be addressing the conflict?

The Democratic Presidential Primary has, up until this point, been a rather collegial, good-natured affair. Not anymore. Tensions have risen between the campaigns in recent weeks with Clinton looking to wrap the primary process up and Sanders refusing to drop out. Has the Democratic Primary passed the optimal point of benefit for the Party as a whole?

We discuss in today’s episode.

Panama Papers and the Rigged Economy

April 14th, 2016

     Recent revelations have offered a glimpse into the secretive world of offshore bank accounts used to shield wealth from tax collection by governments. The Panama Papers have implicated 140 politicians from more than 50 countries, including 12 current and former heads of state. The revelations provide evidence that there are two sets of rules at play in the global economy: one for the wealthiest, most powerful individuals & corporations, and one for average citizens.

In this episode we discuss the Panama Papers and how it relates to the debate going on in this country over the rigged economy, the minimum wage, Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders’ campaign promises and more.

Ted Cruz and the Shadow Primary

April 7th, 2016

     Donald Trump defeated Ted Cruz in Louisiana’s primary last month and yet Ted Cruz may emerge from the state with more delegates. Similarly, in states like North Dakota, Colorado and Tennessee, Ted Cruz’s ground game is beating Donald Trump’s in the all important quest for delegates. How important is realizing that winning a state’s primary is only the beginning and not the end of the delegate selection process?

Ted Cruz has become the candidate of choice for the Republican establishment. What’s behind the GOP establishment’s newfound affinity for Ted Cruz?

We discuss these issues and more in today’s episode.

Battle Brewing Over the Supreme Court - Rebroadcast

March 31st, 2016

     Justice Antonin Scalia passed away last week and within hours his death became politicized. Republicans have vowed to block any nominee Barack Obama makes asking that the vacancy be filled by the next president. The contentiousness that is threatening to boil over already looks capable of overshadowing the national conversation in this election year.

When did nominating a justice to the Supreme Court become such a hot-button issue and how should the President respond to the position taken by Republicans? We discuss in today’s episode.

The Art of Conflict

March 24th, 2016

     I speak often on this show about Newt Gingrich and how much of the vitriol and the dysfunction that plagues our Congress have their roots in methods Gingrich employed during his time there. Gingrich arrived in Congress in the late 1970s and almost immediately sought out controversy and conflict with fellow members. Similarly, Democrats used scorched earth politics when opposing the appointment of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court in the late 1980s. Both Gingrich and the Democrats were able to achieve their means but the consequences of the actions were that our politics became much more polarized.

In this episode we discuss Donald Trump. We detail his rise to frontrunner status in the presidential campaign and ask whether it’s time to start subjecting his promises to a higher level of scrutiny.

Kasich, Trump and Ohio

March 10th, 2016

     John Kasich is the sitting governor of Ohio but his political resume extends far beyond that. He served nine terms in the US House of Representatives including 18 years on the House Armed Services Committee and six years as Chairman of the House Budget Committee. His stances on political issues over his career have been as varied as being for an assault-weapons ban and for defunding Planned Parenthood. The unpredictability of his stances on political issues is matched only by the unpredictability of his temperament, which can go from empathetic to brash over the course of a single conversation. But it’s this unpredictability that makes John Kasich one of the most compelling candidates in the 2016 race.

How is John Kasich performing in the 2016 election? How is he performing in relation to Donald Trump and why is betting big both on himself and on Ohio? We discuss in today’s episode.

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