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.

Two major cities held mayoral elections this week.  Michael Finnegan of the Los Angeles Times reports on Mayor Eric Garcetti’s smashing re-election victory, perhaps the largest in city history.  It was a result that some think could catapult Garcetti into higher office.  And Rachel Lippmann of St. Louis Public Radio is on the program to talk about Lyda Krewson, the winner of the Democratic primary, who by all accounts will be the city’s next mayor — and its first woman in that post.

And with allegations about foreign influence in this country, the rise of demagoguery and an increase in hyper-partisanship, author John Avlon reminds us that these were all included in George Washington’s farewell address in 1796, an address that is filled with warnings that have proven prescient today.

Photo is a painting by John Trumbull on display in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol

Music used in this podcast:

America by Simon & Garfunkel

I Started A Joke by Bee Gees

Walking in L.A by Missing Persons

Nixon’s The One by The Vic Caesar Orchestra & Chorus

One Last Time by Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton

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