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Crimes and Misdemeanors

June 22nd, 2017

     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. 

Reforming Reform

June 15th, 2017

     Last week, with little fanfare, the House of Representatives repealed the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law.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

Comey’s Revenge

June 8th, 2017

     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.

Forget Paris

June 1st, 2017

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.

World Tour

May 25th, 2017

     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.

Constitutional Crisis

May 18th, 2017

     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.

The Tuesday Night Massacre

May 11th, 2017

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.

The Trump Doctrine

May 4th, 2017

     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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