Jun 22, 2017

Crimes and Misdemeanors

     Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed federal prosecutors to pursue maximum punishments lawfully possible in all criminal cases.  The directive represents a rollback of Obama-era reforms that had been in place since 2013.  The US has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s prison population.  How did we get here and what’s the best way to reform our criminal justice system?  We discuss in today’s episode. 

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Jun 15, 2017

Reforming Reform

     Last week, with little fanfare, the House of Representatives repealed the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law.  What was in the repeal bill and is regulation really a burden on the economy or do the benefits outweigh the costs?  We discuss in today’s episode.

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Jun 8, 2017

Comey’s Revenge

     Was it a smart thing for the President to do to fire FBI Director James Comey?  The President reportedly fired Comey to alleviate the great pressure he was feeling because of the Russia investigation.  In today’s episode, we discuss why the pressure has not been alleviated and likely won’t be for some time to come.

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Jun 1, 2017

Forget Paris

     President Trump announced this week that he would be withdrawing the US from the Paris climate agreement reached between 195 countries in 2015.  President Trump’s environmental agenda has been one of the few that has moved along unabated.  But has it been wise long-term strategy?  We discuss in today’s episode.

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May 25, 2017

World Tour

     President Trump embarked on his first foreign trip this week, an itinerary that was an ambitious mix of religious, political and economic destinations.  What were his goals and what makes for a strong president on the world stage?  We discuss in today’s episode.

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May 18, 2017

Constitutional Crisis

     Are we in a constitutional crisis right now?  Our government may not be as well as we would like it to.  Things may not be running efficiently right now.  But does that constitute a constitutional crisis?  What exactly does it mean to be in a constitutional crisis?  We attempt to answer in today’s episode.

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May 11, 2017

The Tuesday Night Massacre

     President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey this week.  The stated reason is for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.  But what is the real reason?  And will the President come to regret it?  We discuss in today’s episode.

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May 4, 2017

The Trump Doctrine

     A foreign policy doctrine is a statement on the key foreign policy goals and beliefs of a president.  It lays out the conditions by which a country will intervene abroad and establishes red lines. What is the most important aspect of a foreign policy doctrine and what dangers have been introduced by the foreign policy decisions this administration has made during its time in office? We discuss in today’s episode.

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Apr 27, 2017

The To-Do List

     The first 100 days of the Trump administration came to an end this week.  How much of his first 100-day action plan has been accomplished?  We discuss in today’s episode.  We also discuss an unforeseen issue that may wind up being the defining issue of Trump’s presidential term. 

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Apr 20, 2017

President Liar

     The President has flip-flopped on many issues in recent days, reversing himself on issues that he was pretty outspoken about during the campaign.  There is also the ongoing investigation into ties between Russia and Trump campaign officials.  In this episode, we discuss why this latest round of policy shifts may be more damaging than previous ones.

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