Episode #201: Abe and Steve’s Excellent Adventure

With two senators trying to work out a compromise, is there a real chance of a breakthrough deal on health care?  And would President Trump let it happen?  Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News has the lowdown.

The rapidly declining relationship between Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may send a signal to the rest of the world that Tillerson does not speak for the U.S. when it comes to foreign affairs.  Ed Mihalkanin of Texas State University, an expert on the subject, gives us a historical look at some of the most — and least — effective secretaries of state.

Cathleen Decker of the Los Angeles Times discusses the decision by Sen. Dianne Feinstein to seek another term and why the left wing of the Democratic Party is impatient with her brand of conciliation and compromise.

And Allen Guelzo of Gettysburg College, an expert on the civil war, takes us back 159 years to the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858 and explains why they remain so important to us today.

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Musis used in this podcast:

Runnin’ Down A Dream by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Bad Case of Loving You by Robert Palmer

Find The Cost Of Freedom by Crosby, Stills, Nash

California Saga by The Beach Boys 

Love Will Keep Up Together by Captain & Tennille

Outside Chance by The Turtles

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