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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

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


My Tribe is Better Than Your Tribe

11/23/2017
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A special election in Alabama has turned into one of the most important races with national implications in recent history. What are the details of the story and what effects does it stand to have on our national politics? We discuss in today’s episode.

Duration: 00:25:18


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

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