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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.

Obamacare’s Second Enrollment

Nov. 11th, 2014

     It is that time of year again; time for the second enrollment period of Obamacare. The new period begins this Saturday and runs through February 15, 2015. In this episode we discuss how the law has progressed over the last year, how both political parties have handled it and what issues face the law over the coming weeks and months.

Minimum Wage vs Livable Wage

Nov. 10th, 2014

     The Dow Jones Industrial Average is at about 17,000 points. The economy added 214,000 jobs in the latest jobs report and the unemployment rate is down to about 5.8%. Yet when asked about the recovery most Americans ask tellingly, “what recovery?”

Middle class incomes have been stagnant in this country for years. A recent report actually shows that they are slightly lower than they were 6 years ago, at the start of the recession. We spend a lot of time talking about the 1% and how well they’re doing but is the real discussion we should be having about middle class incomes and why they haven’t been improving at all?

You Can Run but You Can’t Hide

Nov. 7th, 2014

     The Democrats’ strategy in the face of Republican obstructionism was to avoid having their members take potentially harmful votes on controversial pieces of legislation. The reasoning was, the less controversial votes they hold the fewer opportunities there will be for those votes to be turned into political ammunition against them.

But in a remarkable display of political maneuvering, Republicans were able to take that lack of a track record and portray the Democrats as the party of obstruction. Is the true lesson of this week’s elections that the best defense is a good offense?

Political But’s

Nov. 6th, 2014

     The dust has begun to settle from the results of Tuesday’s election and leaders from both parties have begun to articulate their plans for the way forward. All have made the requisite conciliatory gestures toward the opposite party but have also expressed their political but’s – thoughts and opinions about why the results went the way they went, and about party bases.

In this episode we discuss these political but’s and also discuss Mitch McConnell’s role in creating the atmosphere of gridlock he is now vowing to end.

The Shellacking - Part II

Nov. 5th, 2014

     Republicans made significant gains in yesterday’s elections. They flipped 7 seats in the Senate guaranteeing them control of the new Congress next year. They also expanded their margin of control in the House of Representatives and won impressively in races for state houses all over the country, including the governorship of the President’s home state, Illinois.

In this episode we recap the results of yesterday’s elections, analyze them and discuss initial thoughts on what this might mean for the country.

Election Day 2014

Nov. 4th, 2014

     Election Day is finally here and we are going to find out whether control of the US Senate is going to go to the Republicans or remain with the Democrats. Tight races in North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana and Kansas are going to make this one of the tightest midterm elections we’ve seen in quite some time.

But with President Obama’s approval numbers as low as they are and the right track/wrong track poll numbers as bad as they are the question many are asking is why haven’t the Republicans been able to pull away in many of these races? Is this a sign that voters are fed up with the policies of both parties and are finally ready for a viable third alternative?

Quarantining - Duties vs Rights

Nov. 3rd, 2014

     New York and New Jersey recently announced mandatory quarantining policies for health care workers returning from nations affected by the Ebola outbreak. Kaci Hickox, a nurse with Doctors Without Borders was recently held in New Jersey for 4 days against her will after returning from Sierra Leone, despite showing no symptoms of the disease. She was released after retaining lawyers and threatening to sue over unlawful imprisonment.

Kaci Hickox’s battle has sparked a debate over where the State’s duty to protect the public safety ends and an individual’s rights begin. In cases like these, who wins in the battle of States’ duties vs. the individual’s rights?

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