Mar 23, 2017

Soft Power

     Donald Trump, budgets, the State Department and Defense Donald Trump first budget proposes cuts to the State Department budget that are on the order of 28% and increases the defense budget by commensurate amounts.  Is this the best use of our money?  We attempt to answer in today’s episode.

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Mar 16, 2017

Millions of Headlines

Headlines are coming at us a rapid pace these days.  In this episode, we talk about a few and discuss the importance of remaining engaged.

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Mar 9, 2017

Muslim Ban 2.0

     President Trump signed a new executive order that banned immigrants from 6 majority-Muslim countries, replacing a previous order that was stricken down by the courts.  This one is a little more logical and addresses specific legal concerns that the courts had with the previous one.  But does that make it sound policy?  We discuss in today’s episode.

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Mar 2, 2017

Root and Branch

     Republicans have been promising for the better part of 7 years to repeal Obamacare should they get the chance.  But voters have other ideas.  What’s the Republican plan for dealing with the repealing and replacing of the health care law?  We discuss in today’s episode.

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Feb 23, 2017

Calls and Leaks

     Michael Flynn was forced to resign as National Security Advisor recently over calls he made to a Russian Ambassador.  Donald Trump recently stated that the real story on the issue is the leaks coming out of his administration, not the calls themselves.  How right is he?  We attempt to answer in this week’s episode.

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Feb 16, 2017

Tea Party Redux 

     Protest groups have sprung up on the left aimed at stopping the agenda of Donald Trump.  The groups employ many of the same tactics used by the Tea Party when they first organized back in 2009/2010.  The tactics are effective.  But are they what’s best for the nation?  We discuss in today’s episode.

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Feb 9, 2017

Drowning in the Swamp

     Donald Trump was elected on a message of disruption.  Have actions in the first several weeks of his presidency served to drain the swamp or increase its levels?  We attempt to answer in today’s episode.

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Feb 2, 2017

From Russia with Love

     Numerous US intelligence agencies are investigating ties between members of Donald Trump’s inner circle and high ranking officials within the Russian government.  What was the nature of these ties and how close were they?  We take a broad view of the relationship and attempt to explain why they paint a troubling picture.

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Jan 26, 2017

The First 100 Days

     The first 100 days are usually an important time for any administration.  It’s a time when opinions are formed about an incoming administration and momentum either builds or doesn’t.  President Trump has been busy during his first week in office and in this episode, we detail some of the actions he’s taken during his first week and why if he keeps it up critics will have a hard time keeping him from becoming popular.

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Jan 19, 2017

Putin’s Play

     The US intelligence community has determined with a high degree of confidence that Russian actors, with orders from the highest levels of their government, interfered in our elections with the intent of helping one candidate.  The incoming president has expressed skepticism over the findings and that skepticism has turned into a public war of words between the he and the intelligence community.  

In this episode, we discuss the ramifications of this war of words and why Putin’s ultimate goal may have been realized no matter who won the presidency.

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