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Oct. 8th, 2015
Last week Russia launched military operations in Syria. It’s claimed that the strikes are meant to combat the advance the terrorist group ISIS. But the strikes were aimed at areas that are controlled by forces fighting against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in a bloody civil war. Bashar is a Russian ally.
In this episode we detail the history leading up to this point in the Syrian Civil War and discuss why it may be time for the Obama Administration to reevaluate its policy toward the conflict.
Oct. 1st, 2015
Speaker John Boehner announced last week that he would be resigning both as Speaker and from Congress at the end of October. His speakership had become a lightening rod in Congress between the conservative wing of his party and the establishment wing. Rather than subject his Caucus to what he thought would be a series of tough votes, he chose to resign. In this episode we review John Boehner’s career and discuss why the story of his speakership may be one of lost opportunity.
Sept. 24th, 2015
There have been several big developments in the presidential campaign recently. Rick Perry dropped out, Carly Fiorina, on the strength of 2 solid debate performances, has shot up in the polls and Scott Walker, an early frontrunner, decided to suspend his campaign. In this episode we break down these developments and discuss how all the preparation in the world cannot fully prepare one for what a live campaign is like.
Sept. 17th, 2015
Last night the second Republican primary debate was held in Simi Valley, California. Early reports are that nearly 23 million people watched on television, making it the highest rated program in CNN’s history. The first Republican primary debate, televised by Fox in August, was watched by 24 million viewers, making it the most watched primary debate ever.
The high level of attention paid by the viewing public is seen as a positive by anyone who would like to see engagement in the national conversation rise. But will networks now begin to eschew a substantive debate format opting instead to instigate bickering between candidates in order to cash in on the ratings bonanza? We discuss in today’s episode.
Sept. 10th, 2015
Hillary Clinton used a private server to send and receive email while she was Secretary of State from 2009 to 2012. The use of the private server has raised questions over security, specifically whether Clinton knowingly sent and received classified information over that system.
In this episode we discuss recent developments which include an Inspector General’s finding that several of the emails sent by Clinton were in fact deemed classified at the time she sent them. We also discuss why a person’s opinion on this controversy may depend on their overall view of the Clintons.
Aug. 27th, 2015
Donald Trump declared himself a candidate for president about two months ago and it has been wall-to-wall Trump coverage in the news ever since. Despite controversial comments about undocumented immigrants and the entire Latino community, he soon found himself at the top of Republican Primary polls and has remained there ever since.
After the 2012 presidential election the RNC conducted a post-mortem; a report that analyzed the state of the Party and how it could better position itself in future presidential elections. One of the main findings was that the party needed to do a better job of reaching out to minority communities, especially the Latino community. But there are many within the party who say that the RNC’s main goal should be nominating a true conservative and that only by doing that will the party get its base truly excited and ready to turn out in the election.
In this episode we discuss the Trump phenomenon and why the Republican establishment is going to find itself confronted with a very interesting decision in the next few months.
Aug. 20th, 2015
In 1969 Richard Nixon famously asked the “great silent majority” of fellow Americans for their support. Their support in bringing the Vietnam War to a close and restoring “law and order” to the streets of America in the midst of all the violent anti-war protests that were taking place. It worked. After the “silent majority” speech, Nixon’s approval rating shot up to 80% and he was propelled to a landslide victory the 1972 election, winning 49 of 50 states.
Billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump has recently evoked the memory of the silent majority, claiming that it is back, and that he, along with it, was going to “make America great again.” Trump is currently leading all of the polls with a sizeable margin. In this episode we discuss why Trump’s lead is perhaps not as puzzling as many believe and why, regardless of where the Trump campaigns winds up, the sentiment he has tapped into may remain a force to be reckoned with.
Aug. 13th, 2015
The US and its coalition partners recently finalized a deal with Iran on its nuclear program. Critics of the deal lambasted the agreement, arguing that it doesn’t prevent Iran from getting a bomb but rather paves Iran’s path to one. They cite provisions in the deal that call for restrictions to expire in 8 ½, 10, and 15 years respectively, as proof that ultimately Iran will become a nuclear power under the deal.
In this rebroadcast episode we discuss the details of the agreement, why the bigger picture may be being missed, and why the real story may be the international community’s re-alignment with Iran in the Middle East.
Aug. 6th, 2015
The US intelligence community took a lot of blame for failing to thwart the 9/11 attacks. In the wake of 9/11 the Patriot Act was passed. It contained several provisions that sought to strengthen some of the intelligence gathering weaknesses that the 9/11 attacks laid bare. Twelve years later, a NSA contractor by the name of Edward Snowden revealed to the world several bulk surveillance programs the US government was conducting that used the Patriot Act as authorization.
The Patriot Act was set to expire in early June 2015 unless Congress renewed it or passed a competing law that some in Congress were working on in its stead. The debate caused quite a stir on Capitol Hill over the last two weeks. What is the fate of the bulk surveillance programs and the related Patriot Act? We take a closer look in this rebroadcast of an earlier episode.
July 30th, 2015
Ted Cruz recently took to the Senate floor and in a startling move railed against Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over his decision to put funding of the Ex-Im Bank up for a vote. The news is not so much McConnell’s decision on funding the Ex-Im Bank but rather the calculation that Cruz seems to be making that running hard against other GOP’ers is going to prove just as beneficial as running hard against Democrats.
Donald Trump is surging in national polls despite controversial comments regarding many, and especially Republicans. Has his success provided a roadmap for other GOP hopefuls’ path to the nomination? We discuss in today’s episode.