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Common Sense Commentary on Politics,Culture and Current EventsDescription: In the News is a political podcast that coverspolitics, culture and current events. We don’t cover political news from theliberal or conservative, Republican or Democratic points of view. Rather wepresent political news from an Independent point of view. We aim to educatelisteners on the issues of the day by giving background on the topics andexplaining how the political debate of the nation stands to impact our dailylives.

Common Sense Commentary on Politics,Culture and Current EventsDescription: In the News is a political podcast that coverspolitics, culture and current events. We don’t cover political news from theliberal or conservative, Republican or Democratic points of view. Rather wepresent political news from an Independent point of view. We aim to educatelisteners on the issues of the day by giving background on the topics andexplaining how the political debate of the nation stands to impact our dailylives.
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Common Sense Commentary on Politics,Culture and Current EventsDescription: In the News is a political podcast that coverspolitics, culture and current events. We don’t cover political news from theliberal or conservative, Republican or Democratic points of view. Rather wepresent political news from an Independent point of view. We aim to educatelisteners on the issues of the day by giving background on the topics andexplaining how the political debate of the nation stands to impact our dailylives.

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Episodes

Raids, Bombs and Hacks

4/12/2018
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The FBI has raided the President’s attorney’s offices, Bashar Assad has gassed his people and Mark Zuckerberg testifies. We recap the week’s events in today’s episode.

Duration:00:28:29

Foreign and Domestic

4/5/2018
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The shakeup in President Trump’s cabinet continues and the President wants to pull out of Syria. We discuss both issues in today’s episode.

Duration:00:27:39

Foreign Trade and Wars

3/29/2018
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President Trump announced he was replacing Gen. H.R. McMaster with former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton as National Security Adviser this week. Observers are worried the change indicates a shift to a more forward-leaning and aggressive foreign policy, militarily. International trade is also an area where the Trump administration seems to be leaning a little more forward. We discuss both areas in today’s episode.

Duration:00:29:24

McCabe’s Gone and Facebook Tries to Explain

3/22/2018
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe last week in a surprising but not entirely unexpected move. Similarly, we’ve learned more about the role big data has played in the 2016 election, especially on the social media platform Facebook. In this episode we discuss the circumstances surrounding McCabe’s firing and why our worst fears about giant tech companies having too much of our personal information may be coming true.

Duration:00:25:40

Gun Control Stalls in Congress

3/15/2018
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Despite calls from students, parents and lawmakers, gun control has stalled in Congress. We discuss the week’s events surrounding the debate in this episode.

Duration:00:29:56

Kushner, Cohn and Kim

3/8/2018
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This White House has seen historically high turnover over in its first year. In this episode we discuss some personnel changes that may or may not be good for this President, and one development that is a positive for us all.

Duration:00:28:55

Memo Out and Hope Lost

3/1/2018
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Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have released their long-awaited rebuttal memo to the Republican memo alleging abuses by the FBI in obtaining FISA warrants. We cover some of the main takeaways in today’s episode. We also discuss the departure of White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, one of the few White House aides President Trump may actually find irreplaceable.

Duration:00:29:01

And the Indictments Just Keep on Coming

2/22/2018
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Special counsel Robert Mueller has announced the indictments of sixteen Russian individuals and entities this week in connection to the Russia probe. Later in the week additional indictments of former staffers of the Trump campaign were also announced, including one of an attorney connected with those staffers. What’s the significance of all of these charges? We attempt to answer in this week’s episode.

Duration:00:25:24

Immigration Reform Dies Again

2/15/2018
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Republicans made a last-ditch effort to pass a DACA solution this week only to have it thwarted by Democrats. Are we seeing the beginning of a midterm election strategy by Democrats? We discuss DACA and the failure of Congress to once again get an immigration bill passed in today’s episode.

Duration:00:22:33

Mueller Zeros In

2/8/2018
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Much of talk in Washington D.C. this week was on the controversial Nunes Memo just released. In this episode, we discuss the revelation of a focus of special counsel Robert Mueller and why it may be the more significant development.

Duration:00:24:42

Dueling Memos

2/1/2018
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Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have written a memo alleging abuses by the FBI and DOJ in obtaining FISA warrants to spy on the Trump campaign during the presidential election. Democrats have written their own memo in response. What should we really be focusing on in the midst of all the heated rhetoric? We attempt to answer in today’s episode.

Duration:00:25:15

The Story Beyond the Shutdown

1/25/2018
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Congress Shutdown for three days last week. The stated reason was a fight over the DACA program. But with both Republicans and Democrats willing to find a solution to the program, why was it necessary to shut the government down over it? We discuss in today’s episode.

Duration:00:18:44

DACA Showdown

1/18/2018
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Congress and the White House have been locked in fierce negotiations over the DACA program. Some of the president’s recent comments may have imperiled the negotiations. And both Republicans and Democrats are playing their versions of hardball. We discuss in today’s episode.

Duration:00:27:01

Revelations of Obstruction

1/11/2018
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A recent release of an anti-Trump book has revealed fascinating details about the Trump campaign and early days of the Trump administration. But in this episode, we discuss the most consequential revelation in the book that may be getting overlooked.

Duration:00:28:32

It’s Only Week 1

1/4/2018
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The President began the New Year by tweeting criticisms of Pakistan and then North Korea. And the week ended with a firestorm surrounding comments made by former top Trump strategist Steve Bannon. We recap a hectic week one of the New Year in today’s episode.

Duration:00:27:39

Mueller Time

12/28/2017
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A chorus calling for the disbanding of the Mueller investigation into Russian meddling has been growing. There have been allegations that members of the special counsel’s team are not independent enough and may be biased against the President. Recent revelations seem to corroborate those allegations. We discuss the allegations and where the true damage in this issue may be being done in today’s episode.

Duration:00:52:37

Forests and Trees

12/21/2017
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Republicans have passed a tax reform package through the Congress. But controversy surrounds the law as studies have shown that many in the middle and lower classes will wind up paying more in taxes over time. Was this an oversight by Republicans or was it by design? We discuss in today’s episode.

Duration:00:38:42

Missteps

12/14/2017
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Two consequential developments have taken place in the last couple of weeks that illustrate just how perilous presidential decision making can be. Just how big are the consequences of these two events? We attempt to answer in today’s episode.

Duration:01:10:03

Coming into Focus

12/7/2017
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Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in a stunning development. What new light does the plea shed on what we already know about the events of the Russia scandal? We discuss in today’s episode.

Duration:00:46:07

Tribes, Nations and Pages

11/30/2017
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Former Trump foreign advisor Carter Page testified recently before the House Intelligence Committee about his role in the Trump Campaign and his dealings with Russia. What does his testimony tell us about the now infamous Steele Dossier and the Trump Campaign’s dealings with Russia? We discuss in today’s episode.

Duration:00:33:30

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