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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.






But Who’s Gonna Pay for it?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Secret Care

Republicans have been conducting their health care negotiations in private, making details of their plans public only days before a potential vote. Why are they doing this and are they just avoiding the inevitable? We discuss in today’s episode.

Duration: 00:32:28

Crimes and Misdemeanors

Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed federal prosecutors to pursue maximum punishments lawfully possible in all criminal cases. The directive represents a rollback of Obama-era reforms that had been in place since 2013. The US has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s prison population. How did we get here and what’s the best way to reform our criminal justice system? We discuss in today’s episode.

Duration: 00:40:44

Reforming Reform

Last week, with little fanfare, the House of Representatives repealed the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law. What was in the repeal bill and is regulation really a burden on the economy or do the benefits outweigh the costs? We discuss in today’s episode.

Duration: 00:33:54

Comey’s Revenge

Was it a smart thing for the President to do to fire FBI Director James Comey? The President reportedly fired Comey to alleviate the great pressure he was feeling because of the Russia investigation. In today’s episode, we discuss why the pressure has not been alleviated and likely won’t be for some time to come.

Duration: 00:31:35

Forget Paris

President Trump announced this week that he would be withdrawing the US from the Paris climate agreement reached between 195 countries in 2015. President Trump’s environmental agenda has been one of the few that has moved along unabated. But has it been wise long-term strategy? We discuss in today’s episode.

Duration: 00:34:08

World Tour

President Trump embarked on his first foreign trip this week, an itinerary that was an ambitious mix of religious, political and economic destinations. What were his goals and what makes for a strong president on the world stage? We discuss in today’s episode.

Duration: 00:35:40

Constitutional Crisis

Are we in a constitutional crisis right now? Our government may not be as well as we would like it to. Things may not be running efficiently right now. But does that constitute a constitutional crisis? What exactly does it mean to be in a constitutional crisis? We attempt to answer in today’s episode.

Duration: 00:34:32

The Tuesday Night Massacre

President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey this week. The stated reason is for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. But what is the real reason? And will the President come to regret it? We discuss in today’s episode.

Duration: 00:35:45

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