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In the News with Mike Dakkak

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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

Ryan’s Hope

11/16/2017
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Republicans have passed major tax reform legislation in the House. In this episode, we discuss the details of the plan, who benefits from it the most and what the true goals of economic policy should be.

Duration: 00:33:41


Losing the Lottery

11/9/2017
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The US immigration system has its roots in Cold War politics. Are the same rules that shaped those policies still applicable today or are there new challenges that our immigration system should be trying to address? We discuss in today’s episode.

Duration: 00:32:47


Charges Filed

11/2/2017
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Robert Mueller has filed the first charges in his investigation into Russian meddling in our Election. Big money, big data and foreign interference combined to shape last year’s Presidential Election in unprecedented ways. We discuss how in today’s episode.

Duration: 00:34:15


The Business of Addiction

10/26/2017
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The opioid epidemic has killed more than 200,000 Americans since 1999. But at the height of the epidemic a law was changed that it made it harder for the DEA to practice oversight of the pharmaceutical industry. How did the opioid crisis come to be and what’s the most important lesson that can be drawn from it? We attempt to answer in today’s episode.

Duration: 00:38:52


Is the President a Moron?

10/19/2017
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly called the President a moron. Legitimate criticism? We attempt to answer by looking through the lens of the crisis that seems to have precipitated the bad blood – the Qatari blockade crisis.

Duration: 00:45:06


It’s Complicated

10/12/2017
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Recent revelations have shown that Russian-affiliated actors spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on social media campaigns promoting misleading websites and social media posts. What made online advertising such an attractive tool for these operatives and what made their actions so dangerous? We discuss in today’s episode.

Duration: 00:35:20


Constitutional Motives

10/5/2017
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President Trump recently unveiled his tax reform plan. A gunman in Las Vegas has perpetrated the deadliest mass shooting in US history. What answers to these problems lie in the Constitution and in the intentions behind the relevant amendments of each? We discuss in today’s episode.

Duration: 00:21:50


Not Trump, Trumpism

9/28/2017
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Another failed Obamacare repeal effort, NFL protests and a special election in Alabama. What do these events tell us about the political phenomenon that is Donald Trump? We discuss in today’s episode.

Duration: 00:37:15


But Who’s Gonna Pay for it?

9/21/2017
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Democrats recently unveiled a Medicare-for-all plan that would extend the popular program to all Americans. But there was one piece of information conspicuously absent from the announcement: the costs. In this episode, we discuss how that’s become indicative of a larger problem with our national politics.

Duration: 00:34:00


Rising Storm Surges

9/14/2017
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Hurricanes Harvey and Irma battered US coasts in recent weeks. The storms were some of the costliest in US history. There’s also another storm brewing in Washington DC that may prove to be just as consequential. In this episode, we discuss these recent events and why we, along with the President, may need to rethink our strategy for dealing with them.

Duration: 00:35:28


Steve Bannon Regroups

9/7/2017
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Steve Bannon has never been one to shy away from a fight. And his political ideology has taken him from Wall Street to Hollywood to the West Wing. But which role allows him to wield the most power? We discuss in today’s episode.

Duration: 00:32:57


The Never-Ending War

8/31/2017
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President Trump recently outlined a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan. Will the new strategy take us down a new road in Afghanistan or will lead us to the same place we’ve been for the last 16 years, more war? We attempt to answer in today’s episode.

Duration: 00:34:50


The Alt-Right’s Side

8/24/2017
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Violence erupted in Charlottesville, VA, a couple of weeks ago when white nationalist groups clashed with counter-protestors. Did President Trump handle the events in the best possible way or did his reaction leave doubt about where his true loyalties on the subject of race lie? We discuss in today’s episode.

Duration: 00:32:05


Following the Money – Part II

8/17/2017
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Nearly $1.3 trillion has left Russia since the 1990s. The Russian government has been unable to stop it. But are they actually benefitting from it? We discuss in today’s episode.

Duration: 00:35:41


Following the Money – Part I

8/10/2017
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The Russian hacking attack against the US was an unprecedented attack against the US and its election system. The attack was conducted using cyber means but cyberattacks are not the only tools of influence that the Russian government employs from its arsenal. In part one of a two-part series we discuss the other major means by which the Russian government seeks to expand its sphere of influence.

Duration: 00:31:58


Return to Order

8/3/2017
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John McCain cast a deciding vote against the repeal of Obamacare last week. Why? In this episode we discuss the vote and why it may be one that is remembered for a long time.

Duration: 00:33:20


Punishing Loyalty

7/27/2017
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Donald Trump has embarked on a campaign of public humiliation against his Attorney General Jeff Sessions in frustration over Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. Are the President’s criticisms well-founded, and do they serve the President well in the long term? We discuss in today’s episode.

Duration: 00:20:55


Permission to Proceed

7/20/2017
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Republicans’ plans to repeal and replace Obamacare fell through this week amid defections from within their ranks. But they nevertheless vowed to proceed on bringing a repeal bill to the floor for a vote. Does a repeal bill have a chance of passing? We discuss in today’s episode.

Duration: 00:20:36


To a Head

7/13/2017
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Two of the biggest stories dominating the news this year have been the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare and the Trump Campaign-Russia collusion story. Both stories hit inflection points this week and we discuss them in today’s episode.

Duration: 00:24:16


Making Things Worse

7/6/2017
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President Barack Obama chose not to get involved in the Syrian civil war and not to retaliate for Russian interference in our election. But did our lack of action on these two fronts keep things from getting worse or did they, in fact, cause them to get worse? We discuss in today’s episode.

Duration: 00:35:06

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