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Paul, Hagel and the WOT

Nov. 26th, 2014

     Rand Paul has come out and called for a formal declaration of War from Congress in the war on ISIS in Iraq. If there was any doubt that he is running for president in 2016 it should be eliminated by now. Chuck Hagel has been asked to step down as Secretary of Defense amid rumors that President Obama was unhappy with his job performance. What do these moves mean for the America’s continued War on Terror? We discuss in today’s show.

Ferguson Grand Jury

Nov. 25th, 2014

     A grand jury in Ferguson, MO has reached a decision in the case involving officer Darren Wilson and the shooting of unarmed African-American teenager, Michael Brown. The jury of 12 declined to bring an indictment against officer Wilson for his actions on August 9th of this year. There was unrest in the community of Ferguson after the decision was released and several incidents of rioting as well as some looting. In this episode we detail the case and discuss the decision not to indict and how the community, and the nation as a whole, can proceed from here.

Not So Fast Out of Afghanistan

Nov. 24th, 2014

     News dumps are when an organization releases a story at a time when it is likely to get the least amount of attention. Friday evenings are usually the best time to release stories that you don’t want to have a lot of attention paid to. This past Friday we got perhaps one of the saddest story dumps of the year. The administration announced that we will be widening the mission of troops in Afghanistan to include combat operations next year and beyond. We discuss whether the debates that we have about the ongoing conflicts in both Iraq and Afghanistan are loud enough and whether they garner enough attention from the American people.

Where do R’s Go From Here?

Nov. 21st, 2014 

     The president outlined his immigration executive order in a primetime address to the nation last night. The order would defer deportation for an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants. Republicans have vowed to fight the action. We discuss the president’s order, the options Republicans have to fight it and the untenable political position the seemingly find themselves in.

Battle Lines Drawn

Nov. 20th, 2014 

    The president will be addressing the nation tonight to outline his executive order on immigration. The measure is expected to defer deportation for an estimated 5 million people and grant them the ability to work in the US.

The order will, by most accounts, hold to up legal scrutiny but the question that Republicans are facing now is, “where do we go from here?” We discuss the order and the broader immigration debate in today’s show.

Landrieu’s Last Stand

Nov. 19th, 2014

     Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is locked in a hard-fought runoff battle with Republican opponent Bill Cassidy. Some polls have her trailing her opponent by as much as 20 points. Her last-ditch strategy was to try and get a bill approving the Keystone pipeline passed.

After years of denying one, a vote was finally brought to the Senate floor yesterday. In this episode we discuss the results of the vote and why the country may be better off moving on from the debate surrounding the Keystone Pipeline XL.

Keystone Getting Passed

Nov. 18th, 2014

     The Keystone pipeline has been a subject of the debate for the better part of 6 years. Both environmentalists and oil and gas interests have waged pitched battles over the proposal. The Obama administration has avoided making a decision on the pipeline at every turn.

Sen. Mary Landrieu is facing a tough run-off battle in the Louisiana Senate Race. She has made getting the pipeline approved her last ditch effort for reelection. Will this effort be the difference in finally getting the pipeline approved? What are some of the areas of this debate where the facts seem to fall through? We discuss in today’s episode.

Obamacare on the Way Out?

Nov. 17th, 2014

     There have been two developments on Obamacare over the last couple of weeks that have renewed the debate on whether the law will survive. We discuss both developments in today’s episode.

Executive Action on Immigration

Nov. 14th, 2014

     Reports are that the President is ready to issue his long awaited executive order on immigration as early as next week. In this episode we discuss the executive order, what it entails and what it might mean for the broader immigration debate.

Climate Deal

Nov. 13th, 2014

     The President is in China this week trying to turn the page from last week’s disastrous election results. He announced a huge deal on the climate with China, one that caught many observers and policy watchers by surprise. In this episode we discuss the details of the deal and some of the major criticisms of it that are emerging.

Congress Should Vote

Nov. 12th, 2014

     Congress has returned from their extended election recess. They are in session for only 15 days before adjourning again for the remainder of the year. Congress is citing this lack of time as the main reason why they can’t get a whole lot done in this lame duck session.

One of the most pressing issues facing Congress however is the decision on whether to authorize the president’s use of military force in Iraq against ISIS. In today’s episode we discuss why there needs to be a vote, and more importantly, a long vigorous debate on this authorization in Congress.

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