Episode #213: The Shutdown Crisis That Wasn’t

The shutdown is over. Now it’s time for finger pointing. Roll Call’s Lindsey McPherson and Simone Pathé talk about the next step in funding the government and how politics plays into all of it.

Brigid Harrison of Montclair State University analyzes the government’s decision to retry Sen. Robert Menendez on corruption charges and how much, if any, it affects the New Jersey Democrat’s chances of winning a third term this year.

David Frum, a senior editor at the Atlantic and a former Bush speechwriter, has a new book in which his distaste for the 45th President is made clear. In “Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic,” Frum discusses Trump’s overreach for power and how the Republican Party has for the most part gone along with him.

And it’s been 50 years since the USS Pueblo, an American spy ship, was captured by North Korean gunboats in international waters, leading to 11 months of imprisonment, and torture, of the crew. Jack Cheevers, author of the definitive book on the Pueblo, recounts the incident a half-century later.

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Music used in this podcast:

It’s the Same Old Song by The Four Tops 

Shut Down by The Beach Boys 

Look A Little On The Sunny Side by The Kinks 

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2

Star Wars sung by Bill Murray playing Nick The Lounge Singer on Saturday Night Live

Surrender Under Protest by Drive-By Truckers

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