Episode #174: Springtime for Hitler Comparisons

A very different approach from the Trump administration this week, especially when it comes to policy regarding Syria.  Jack Pitney of Claremont McKenna College sums up the week, not only regarding foreign affairs but how the Senate, and Republican leader Mitch McConnell, dealt with the “nuclear option” in ensuring the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the …

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Episode #173: Burying Trump … While Unburying Polk

Carl Cannon of RealClearPolitics helps navigate us through all the tornadoes swirling around the Trump White House, including the secret January meeting in Seychelles between a Trump emissary and a Putin ally, the workload of Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and the much-criticized response to Assad using poisonous gas against his own people in Syria, which President …

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Episode #169: From 6,088 Words (Washington) To 140 Characters (Trump)

Another tweet, another firestorm.  This time, President Trump has declared, in a tweet and without any evidence, that Barack Obama had his offices bugged during the campaign.  Trump then insisted that Congress investigate.  Janet Hook of the Wall Street Journal discusses the ramifications of such a claim and what it says about the current occupant of the White House. …

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Episode #168: A New Tone for Trump, A New Chair for Dems

President Trump seemed to catch his critics off guard Tuesday evening, as he gave an address to a joint session of Congress that lacked finger-pointing or vitriol.  NPR’s Ron Elving makes a return visit to the Political Junkie with analysis of Trump’s remarks and observations about the President’s tone. There was something new about the Democrats as well: …

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Episode #166: National Security Blunders – Then and Now

Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, removed his name from consideration moments after this week’s program was concluded. Nonetheless, there was still plenty to talk about, especially in light of Michael Flynn’s resignation as national security adviser. Aaron Blake of the Washington Post fills us in with the details of Flynn’s departure, as …

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