Aug 17, 2017

Following the Money – Part II

     Nearly $1.3 trillion has left Russia since the 1990s.  The Russian government has been unable to stop it.  But are they actually benefitting from it?  We discuss in today’s episode.

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Aug 10, 2017

Following the Money – Part I

     The Russian hacking attack against the US was an unprecedented attack against the US and its election system.  The attack was conducted using cyber means but cyberattacks are not the only tools of influence that the Russian government employs from its arsenal.  In part one of a two-part series we discuss the other major means by which the Russian government seeks to expand its sphere of influence.

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Aug 3, 2017

Return to Order

John McCain cast a deciding vote against the repeal of Obamacare last week.  Why?  In this episode we discuss the vote and why it may be one that is remembered for a long time.

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Jul 27, 2017

Punishing Loyalty

     Donald Trump has embarked on a campaign of public humiliation against his Attorney General Jeff Sessions in frustration over Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.  Are the President’s criticisms well-founded, and do they serve the President well in the long term?  We discuss in today’s episode.

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Jul 20, 2017

Permission to Proceed

     Republicans’ plans to repeal and replace Obamacare fell through this week amid defections from within their ranks.  But they nevertheless vowed to proceed on bringing a repeal bill to the floor for a vote.  Does a repeal bill have a chance of passing?  We discuss in today’s episode. 

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Jul 13, 2017

To a Head

     Two of the biggest stories dominating the news this year have been the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare and the Trump Campaign-Russia collusion story.  Both stories hit inflection points this week and we discuss them in today’s episode.

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Jul 6, 2017

Making Things Worse

     President Barack Obama chose not to get involved in the Syrian civil war and not to retaliate for Russian interference in our election.  But did our lack of action on these two fronts keep things from getting worse or did they, in fact, cause them to get worse?  We discuss in today’s episode.

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Jun 29, 2017

Secret Care

     Republicans have been conducting their health care negotiations in private, making details of their plans public only days before a potential vote.  Why are they doing this and are they just avoiding the inevitable?  We discuss in today’s episode.

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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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