Episode #196: What The Hill Happened

President Trump’s decision to bypass Republican congressional leaders and forge a deal with Democrats Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi sent shock waves through GOP ranks, leading observers to speculate about the future of Trump-congressional relations.  Jack Pitney of Claremont McKenna College talks about what the deal could mean for the future of the Party of …

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Episode #195: Sitting On The DACA The Bay

Remember all the things Congress needed to get done this fall?  Carl Hulse of the New York Times explains that many of the lawmakers’ priorities have shifted in the wake of the unexpected huge expense of paying for the cleanup in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and, to add to the misery, Hurricane Irma. Jennifer …

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Episode #194: Pardons, Purges and Primaries

The violence in Charlottesville has already created a split in the Trump administration as well as within the Republican Party.  Bob Holsworth, a longtime analyst of Virginia politics, says it may very well have an effect in this year’s gubernatorial election in the Old Dominion. With President Trump openly attacking Republican senators — such as …

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Episode #193: Did Charlottesville Eclipse Trump’s Moral Authority?

Hilde Restad, a political professor in Oslo, Norway and an observer of American politics, offers her impressions of the demonstrations in and President Trump’s reaction to Charlottesville.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, and her country was taken over by the Nazis during World War II, which makes her analysis that much …

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Episode #192: An Unorthodox Running Mate

We open the program by hearing from two voices related to the violence and tragedy last Saturday at Charlottesville.  M.A. Sullivan, a longtime resident of the college town, attended the rally to give support to the counter-protesters and witnessed some of the awful confrontations first hand.  And Mark Potok, formerly with the Southern Poverty Law …

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Episode #190: Time to End the Staff Infection?

As more troubles hit the White House, the president’s opposition is taking more aggressive action.  That includes a bill to impeach Trump, as offered by Rep. Brad Sherman, a California Democrat.  Sherman explains why he offered the bill and argues that support for such a move will increase with time. Jill Wine-Banks, who was an …

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Episode #189: Jerry Seeks Donnybrook

We’re still trying to catch our breaths over the drama concerning the Senate health care votes and the return of John McCain, and President Trump’s treatment of his attorney general.  But we lead this week’s show with a look at California Gov. Jerry Brown, who is trying to anoint himself as the progressive alternative to …

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Episode #188: Who Knew That Health Care Was So Complicated?

Seven years of promising to get rid of Obamacare have brought the Republican Party to a place where they did not expect to be.  In charge of the House, Senate AND the White House, the GOP nonetheless conceded this week that they don’t have the votes to change America’s health care policy.  Carl Hulse of …

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Episode #187: A “Nothingburger?” More Like a Whopper Jr.

Questions about whether there was any proof about Russians willing to help the Trump campaign disappeared this week, as it was revealed that Donald Trump Jr., presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort sat down with someone close to the Kremlin in 2016 who promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton.  Aaron Blake …

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