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Cruzin’ Through the Caucuses

Feb. 4th, 2016

     Ted Cruz won the 2016 Iowa Caucuses defying expectations and most polls. In this episode we discuss Ted Cruz’s rise to the forefront of the conservative movement, some controversies that surround his Iowa win and what it means for the Republican primaries going forward.

We also discuss Hillary Clinton’s razor-thin victory over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic caucuses and how Clinton’s support for President Obama’s policies is affected by the primary schedule.


Iowa and the Republican Rift

Jan. 28th, 2016

We are a few days away from the Iowa Caucuses, the first nominating process in the 2016 presidential election. How and why did the Iowa Caucuses become the all-important nominating process it is today and what the heck happens at a caucus anyway? We discuss in today’s episode.

We also discuss the growing rift between the Republican base and its power structure and attempt to describe just what makes a person a member of the “establishment” these days.

You can find a clip of Bill O’Reilly’s interview with Donald Trump here.


The End of the Republican Party?

Jan. 21st, 2016

     Grumblings have begun within the Republican establishment about the direction of the Party and the effect the Tea Party wing is having on it. There are also grumblings about the state of the 2016 presidential election and disapproval – if not downright denial – about who the nominee is shaping up to be. Are we heading toward a fissure between the establishment and Tea Party wings of the Republican Party? In this episode we review how we got to this point and analyze why the Tea Party should have more to show for the electoral success than they do.


Crime and Punishment

Jan. 14th, 2016

Criminal justice reform looks like one of the few issues where legislation will be able to be moved through the congress this year. Democrats and the white House have been pushing for criminal justice reforms for a number of years now. But it’s the urging of several factions within the Republican Party that looks like the biggest factor in getting reforms enacted.

What’s motivating Republicans to act? What factors have contributed to mass incarceration in the US and what could we be doing better? We discuss in today’s episode.


The Year Ahead 2016

Jan. 1st, 2016

We are a year away from inaugurating a new president in the US. We can’t discuss being a year away from a new presidency without discussing the final year of the current one. In this episode we discuss the issues the current administration is likely to tackle over the coming year on both the domestic and foreign policy fronts. We also discuss the major story sure to dominate the headlines this year – the 2016 presidential election.


Climate Treaty and the Birth of Trumpism - Rebroadcast

Dec. 31st, 2015

     The international community has agreed upon a treaty aimed at tackling the most drastic effects of climate change. The agreement is largely non-binding and has drawn criticism for both going too far and not going far enough. But is the true message of the treaty directed at those within the climate debate or for another of the world’s constituencies?

Donald Trump declared his candidacy for president in June and since then has been outraging many with his controversial statements, most recently with his proposal of banning Muslims from entering the US. Other Republican candidates are at a loss as to how to deal with the Trump phenomenon, but is that because they are drawing the wrong conclusions from Trump’s supporters?

We discuss in today’s episode.


Politicians Behaving Badly

Dec. 24th, 2015

    A $1.8 trillion budget was passed on Capitol Hill this week that puzzled many observers because of its size and number of giveaways in the form of tax cuts. It also included a lifting of a 40-year-old oil export ban and an extension of the Zadroga Act, the health care fund for 9/11 first responders and survivors.

Additionally, the presidential campaign saw some interesting jockeying by Cruz and Rubio in a brawl over immigration and by Sanders and Clinton in a spat over data.

We discuss the politics behind these issues in this episode and offer them up as proof that it’s sometimes best not to watch the sausage being made.


Climate Treaty and the Birth of Trumpism

Dec. 17th, 2015

The international community has agreed upon a treaty aimed at tackling the most drastic effects of climate change. The agreement is largely non-binding and has drawn criticism for both going too far and not going far enough. But is the true message of the treaty directed at those within the climate debate or for another of the world’s constituencies?

Donald Trump declared his candidacy for president in June and since then has been outraging many with his controversial statements, most recently with his proposal of banning Muslims from entering the US. Other Republican candidates are at a loss as to how to deal with the Trump phenomenon, but is that because they are drawing the wrong conclusions from Trump’s supporters?

We discuss in today’s episode.


Gun Control & ISIS Control

Dec. 10th, 2015

     The President’s disapproval ratings on his handling of the conflict with ISIS have been increasing over the last several weeks. His reaction to the attacks in Paris left Americans feeling that he anxious about the threat from overseas. Does the President simply not get it or is he deliberately downplaying the conflict?

The national conversation immediately turns to the subject of gun control in the wake of mass shootings and it was no different following the events in San Bernardino, CA. Does the solution to mass violence in this country lie simply in stronger gun laws, or is there more to it than that? We discuss these issues in today’s episode.


Climate Heats Up and ISIS Cleans Up

Dec. 3rd, 2015

     Some 40,000 delegates from more than 190 countries have gathered in Paris this week to attempt to reach an international accord on curbing greenhouse gas emissions. How have past international treaties and agreements affected the chances of a major breakthrough getting done this time?

The conflict between the international community and ISIS has been going on for more than a year. We’ve been led to believe that the international community has spared no effort in going after the terrorist group but it seems that the effort has shifted to a higher gear since the Paris attacks. What has changed and what has caused the apparent increase in the assault? We discuss in this week’s episode.


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