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July 22nd, 2016
Donald Trump’s campaign has been upending politics as we know it for more than a year now. Critics have been deriding and disparaging him and his campaign throughout that time and show no signs of letting up. Is there a cost that we as a nation will have to pay for not giving the Trump campaign its due? We discuss in this week’s episode.
July 14th, 2016
Last week in the US was the kind of week you hope you don’t live through too many of. Killings of two African-American men at the hands of police officers sparked protests all over the country and what appears to be reprisal killings of several Dallas Police Officers.
What are we really talking about when we talk about race in America and why does the debate over race seemingly shut down so quickly after it begins? We attempt to address some of the bigger questions surrounding the race debate in America in this episode.
July 7th, 2016
The House Select Committee on Benghazi recently announced its findings and while they do not completely exonerate Hillary Clinton’s State Department for their actions during the Benghazi attacks they seemingly place more blame on the Department of Defense. The FBI also recently announced the results of their investigation into the use of Clinton’s private email server and whether it jeopardized confidential government secrets.
In this episode we discuss the controversies, the results of the respective inquiries and why there is probably much celebration at Clinton Campaign Headquarters this week.
June 30th, 2016
If there is any topic that has encapsulated the frustration that Trump has tapped into, it’s immigration. Trump has allowed, it seems, opponents of massive immigration to voice their opinions without the fear of being called racists. It’s a sentiment that is shared by a large number of people not just in the States, but in Europe as well.
In this episode we discuss the recent history of immigration reform and how it may have hit a dead end not just with opposition in Congress, but with the Trump campaign and the recent Brexit vote. Are we looking at the emergence of a new worldview on immigration?
June 23rd, 2016
After being in denial for much of the primary season, the Republican Establishment has come to grips with the fact that Donald Trump is the Republican nominee. But they’re now in a position where they either have to distance themselves from Trump and some of his more controversial positions and risk alienating the base or embrace them and risk alienating swing voters. How should Republicans navigate this seemingly no-win situation?
The Justice Department is continuing the investigation into the Orlando Shooting but Democrats have focused their attention on the gun debate. Are they handling the situation in the best way or are they letting an opportunity for advancement of gun control measures they want pass by?
We discuss in today’s episode.
June 16th, 2016
The US has a long history of violence at political rallies but rallies in recent years have been relatively peaceful affairs. Rallies during the 2016 Primaries have been exceptions, however, with attendees and protestors engaging in scuffles over the past several months. While the violence has been relatively controlled, it seems we are at the point where we may begin to see an escalation both in the frequency and the intensity of violence. In this episode we discuss the profit motives surrounding political polarization and how that may be leading to the kinds of violent episodes we are seeing.
Twenty-nine-year-old Omar Mateen committed the worst mass shooting on US soil last week when he walked into a nightclub in Orlando, Florida and began shooting. The President, as he often does, immediately turned the focus of the tragedy to the gun control debate. In this episode we discuss the particulars of the background check debate and why the aftermath of this shooting may be different than ones past.
June 9th, 2016
There was a time in this country when a heavyweight title fight was the premier sporting event and the world heavyweight boxing champion was the biggest star in the world. This is the atmosphere that Muhammad Ali stepped into and our sports, as well as our culture and our politics, would never be the same.
Bernie Sanders vowed to stay in the Democratic Primary race until California voters could have their voices heard in one of the last primaries. Hillary Clinton scored a decisive victory in the California Primary this week and has basically wrapped up the Democratic nomination. In this episode we discuss why the impact of Bernie Sanders’ campaign may be felt long after the Democratic Primary is over.