Dec 7, 2017

Coming into Focus

     Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in a stunning development.  What new light does the plea shed on what we already know about the events of the Russia scandal?  We discuss in today’s episode.

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Nov 30, 2017

Tribes, Nations and Pages

     Former Trump foreign advisor Carter Page testified recently before the House Intelligence Committee about his role in the Trump Campaign and his dealings with Russia.  What does his testimony tell us about the now infamous Steele Dossier and the Trump Campaign’s dealings with Russia?  We discuss in today’s episode.

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Nov 23, 2017

My Tribe is Better Than Your Tribe

A special election in Alabama has turned into one of the most important races with national implications in recent history.  What are the details of the story and what effects does it stand to have on our national politics?  We discuss in today’s episode.

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Nov 16, 2017

Ryan’s Hope

     Republicans have passed major tax reform legislation in the House.  In this episode, we discuss the details of the plan, who benefits from it the most and what the true goals of economic policy should be.

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Nov 9, 2017

Losing the Lottery

     The US immigration system has its roots in Cold War politics.  Are the same rules that shaped those policies still applicable today or are there new challenges that our immigration system should be trying to address?  We discuss in today’s episode.

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Nov 2, 2017

Charges Filed

     Robert Mueller has filed the first charges in his investigation into Russian meddling in our Election.  Big money, big data and foreign interference combined to shape last year’s Presidential Election in unprecedented ways.  We discuss how in today’s episode.

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Oct 26, 2017

The Business of Addiction

     The opioid epidemic has killed more than 200,000 Americans since 1999.  But at the height of the epidemic a law was changed that it made it harder for the DEA to practice oversight of the pharmaceutical industry.  How did the opioid crisis come to be and what’s the most important lesson that can be drawn from it?  We attempt to answer in today’s episode.

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Oct 19, 2017

Is the President a Moron?

     Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly called the President a moron.  Legitimate criticism?  We attempt to answer by looking through the lens of the crisis that seems to have precipitated the bad blood – the Qatari blockade crisis.

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Oct 12, 2017

It's Complicated

     Recent revelations have shown that Russian-affiliated actors spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on social media campaigns promoting misleading websites and social media posts.  What made online advertising such an attractive tool for these operatives and what made their actions so dangerous? We discuss in today’s episode.

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Oct 5, 2017

Constitutional Motives

     President Trump recently unveiled his tax reform plan.  A gunman in Las Vegas has perpetrated the deadliest mass shooting in US history.  What answers to these problems lie in the Constitution and in the intentions behind the relevant amendments of each?  We discuss in today’s episode.

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