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     Last week, with little fanfare, the House of Representatives repealed the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law.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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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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