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Why is Obama Down with TPP?

May 21st, 2015 

     President Obama has for the last several years been pushing Congress to approve a massive 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and related Trade Promotion Authority. The trade deal has caused consternation on the left side of the aisle that sees the trade deal as NAFTA on steroids. The rift deepened over the last two weeks as a war of words between the President and progressive hero Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) became public and personal.

What is the TPP and why is it causing so much strife within the Democratic Party? We discuss in today’s show.

Will it be 1998 for the Next Five Years?

May 14th, 2015 

     In 1998 the country was inundated with news about the investigation of the affair between President Bill Clinton and White House Intern Monica Lewinsky. The coverage was incessant, continuous and sordid. Clinton controversies seem to serve as political Rorschach tests, with the observer making of them what they are predisposed to. Recent questions raised about the Clintons, Hillary Clintons use of a private email server and the finances of the Clinton Foundation for example, have once again put controversy over Clinton controversies front and center. What is the cost to the national conversation of this coverage and are there any ‘there’s’ there? We discuss in today’s episode.

Special Announcement – Show Format

May 11th, 2015 

     As many of you know I have been doing the show on a daily basis since around October 2014. Unfortunately it has taken a toll on my income stream. So I am announcing a few changes to the show. I’m excited (and a little scared) about this next step but am hopeful that I will be able to report some good news to you in the weeks and months ahead (don’t worry, the show isn’t going anywhere!). I discuss this special, exciting and scary news in today’s episode.

Is Chris Christie’s White House lane closed?

May 5th, 2015 

     In September 2013 two of three access lanes that connect Fort Lee, NJ to the George Washington Bridge were suddenly closed for 4 days causing extensive and desperate traffic delays. Elected officials insisted that the lane closures were the result of a traffic study. Others, including the Mayor of Fort Lee, insisted the closures were political retribution for the Mayor’s failure to endorse Christie in his gubernatorial reelection bid. The State Attorney’s office has been investigating the lane closures since.

Last week indictments were brought against two of Christie’s former top aides alleging, among other things, conspiracy to commit fraud. What do the indictments mean for the Christie administration and specifically to his 2016 presidential hopes? We discuss in today’s show.

The Word for Baltimore is Holistic

May 4th, 2015 

     The nation’s attention has been fixed on events in Baltimore over the past several weeks as unrest has engulfed the city and brought the plight of impoverished its neighborhoods to the forefront. Some residents exalted, and many were surprised, after hearing the announcements that six Baltimore Police Officers had files charged against them for the death of 25-year-old Freddy Gray.

In this episode we discuss the events in Baltimore and the charges brought against the six officers. We also pose the question, how can we as a nation address the growing problems that our inner cities continue to face in 2015?

Not so Fast on Iran and Trade

May 1st, 2015 

     Deals had been made on Congressional approval on the Iran deal and on granting the President fast-track authority on a major trade deal with international partners, the TPP. But while both bills were supposed to move forward, several amendments, including some made by 2016 presidential hopefuls, are threatening to delay both deals, if not scuttle them completely. In this episode we discuss both issues and how amendments meant to strengthen the deals could actually prove to be counterproductive.

What Do They Think About Baltimore?

Apr. 30th, 2015 

     The unrest that has taken place in Baltimore, and has since spread to other US cities, has given 2016 presidential hopefuls an opportunity to share their policy hopes and agenda on issues such as crime, race and economic disparity with the American public. Sadly most of the candidates and potential candidates have passed on the opportunity to do so, sharing only bland, generic hopes for calm and calls for peace and justice. The one notable exception is Hillary Clinton who gave an impassioned speech in NYC.

In this episode we discuss the details of Clinton’s speech, the events in Baltimore and the rest of the presidential field seeming to fail to seize the moment to make their broader feelings on these subjects known.

Baltimore Riots

Apr. 29th, 2015 

     Riots erupted in the city of Baltimore this week over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, an African-American, as a result of injuries sustained while in police custody. Roughly 2,000 National Guardsmen were called in to respond to civil unrest that caused 144 vehicle and 15 building fires this past Monday night. In all, 235 arrests have been made and 20 Baltimore Police Officers were injured as a result of the violence.

In this episode we discuss the circumstances surrounding Freddie Gray’s death. We also discuss the violence that erupted and the community’s efforts to bring peace and calm back to the city.

WHCD 2015, Clinton Foundation and Baltimore

Apr. 28th, 2015 

     The annual White House Correspondent’s Dinner was held over the weekend in Washington, DC, bringing together a veritable who’s who in politics, journalism and show business. The night is an opportunity for members of politics and the media to get together for a night of good natured fun. The president, who has shown a penchant for comedy over the years, usually does well at the event. In this episode we replay some of the night’s more memorable moments.

We also talk about some of the big stories making headlines including some developments that may spell trouble for the Clinton Foundation and the civil unrest that has boiled over in Baltimore over the past few days.

Loretta Lynch Gets Confirmed

Apr. 27th, 2015 

     Loretta Lynch has been waiting for a confirmation vote in the Senate for the better part of five months, more than the previous five Attorney General nominees combined. The reason for her delay is one of the more bizarre episodes in recent history in the Senate that revolves around abortion and missed language in a sex-trafficking bill. We discuss the issue in today’s program that is a classic example of how the main goal of both parties in Washington is leverage over the other.

We're off today

Apr. 24th, 2015 

ITN will be off until Monday April 27th when we'll return with a brand new show.  Tune in then!

A Third Term for Obama or Clinton?

Apr. 23rd, 2015 

     Hillary Clinton is running for President of the United States in 2016. Most candidates have an opportunity to introduce themselves to the nation during a presidential election, but that is an opportunity that Hillary Clinton, who has been in public life for more than 30 years, does not have.

The nation does not usually grant three consecutive terms to the same the party; it has happened only once since 1980. Being that a potential Clinton presidency will likely be associated more with a recent democratic presidency, which one would be more advantageous for her to be connected with: her husband’s or Barack Obama’s? We discuss in today’s show.

Fast Track on Trade

Apr. 22nd, 2015 

     NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) was signed into law in 1993. Since then it has been blamed for much of the exodus of US manufacturing jobs to overseas countries. The debate on free trade is once again heating up this week with the president seeking fast track authority in order to approve the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. What is the TPP and are critics of the deal justified in their fears that it will do even more harm than NAFTA? We discuss in today’s episode.

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