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I describe the concepts behind the news of the day and give my verdicts on the issues that matter.

I describe the concepts behind the news of the day and give my verdicts on the issues that matter.
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I describe the concepts behind the news of the day and give my verdicts on the issues that matter.




Michael Flynn's Russia Involvement Explained

The verdict for this episode is: Flynn's guilty plea proves the so-called fake news is right a lot of the time. In this episode I briefly recap Michael Flynn's guilty plea. After that, I describe the timeline of events that demonstrate Flynn's involvement with Russia. This post has information about Flynn's guilty plea. Here's a post with links demonstrating the timeline of Flynn's involvement with Russia.

Duration: 00:09:47

Republican Tax Bills Will Add Trillions to the Debt

The verdict for this episode is: Republicans don't care about the debt. In this episode, I show you how Republicans are using tricks to hide the true cost of their tax proposals. I also discuss some of the problems created by the Senate's proposal to eliminate the individual mandate that requires people to have health insurance. This post demonstrates how GOP tax plans could result in billions of dollars being cut from Medicare. Here's information about the repeal of the individual...

Duration: 00:07:58

The Russian Uranium Deal Explained

The verdict for this episode is: Hillary Clinton did not trade uranium for donations to the Clinton Foundation. In this episode, I detail the transaction behind the sale of a company named Uranium One to the Russian government. I demonstrate why Hillary Clinton couldn't have approved the sale on her own. I also show how the Clinton Foundation's failure to properly disclose donations added to the conspiracy. The articles from Snopes and Factcheck have a lot of information about the issues...

Duration: 00:11:36

John Kelly is not Admirable

The verdict for this episode is: John Kelly's press briefing was not only dishonest, but it was evidence of his outdated beliefs. In this episode, I discuss Kelly's press briefing about the phone call between Trump and the family of La David Johnson (a soldier slain in Niger). The focus of the episode is Kelly's words about the days when women, religion, the military, and Gold Star families were considered sacred. I conclude that Kelly's words demonstrate that he wants a society where...

Duration: 00:07:18

Black Lives Matter

The verdict for this episode is: my Facebook post about all lives matter was wrong. In this episode, I discuss a Facebook post I wrote as a response to the messages that black lives and blue lives matter. I describe how I didn't realize that many white Americans are racist. I point out how Donald Trump has shown me that to far more whites than I knew black lives don't matter nearly as much as white lives do.

Duration: 00:10:46

Tax Brackets Create Winners and Losers

The verdict for this episode is: reducing the number of tax brackets makes things far more unfair than simple. In this episode, I explain the current tax brackets. Next, I describe how Donald Trump's tax plan would decrease the number of tax brackets, giving the wealthy a huge tax cut. Here's a post I wrote explaining tax brackets.

Duration: 00:08:56

Republicans Care Way More About Banks Than us

The verdict for this episode is: class action lawsuits are easily the best way to protect consumers cheated by financial institutions. In this episode, I show how Republicans are trying to eliminate a rule that prevents financial institutions from forcing customers to arbitrate claims against them. Next, I demonstrate how class actions are far better for consumers than is arbitration.

Duration: 00:08:36

Slavery was the Reason for Secession

The verdict for this episode is: the words of the treasonous states demonstrate that slavery was the reason for secession. Four states: Georgia; Mississippi; South Carolina; and Texas published documents explaining their reasons for Secession. As you will see, their words prove that they seceded to maintain slavery. Slavery and Secession has links to the information discussed in this podcast.

Duration: 00:11:11

Jonathan's Verdicts Episode 013

The verdict for this episode is: Trump's immigration plan is racist. In this episode, I explain diversity visas, refugee visas, the family-based system of immigration, and the employment-based system of immigration. I then show how eliminating diversity visas and reducing refugee visas by more than half will greatly restrict the ability of people of color to immigrate to America. Adding the ability to speak English as a critical component of the employment-based system of immigration will,...

Duration: 00:05:55

Jonathan's Verdicts Episode 012

The verdict for this episode is: America must not embrace its much more racist past. In this episode, I give a brief description of the history of America's immigration law. I then demonstrate how Trump's immigration proposal is rejecting the progress we've made and returns us to the days when America's immigration policy was based on racism and resentment. The post entitled American Immigration has links to the information discussed in this podcast.

Duration: 00:08:23

Jonathan's Verdicts Episode 011

The verdict for this episode is: Trump won't defund the individual insurance marketplaces. In this episode, I explain cost sharing reduction payments. I show what they do and who qualifies for them. I also let you know who will be hurt if the cost sharing reduction payments end. I finish by telling you why I don't believe Trump will stop making the cost sharing reduction payments. This post contains links to more information about cost sharing reduction payments.

Duration: 00:06:01

Jonathan's Verdicts Episode 010

The title of this episode is: Explaining Some of the Terms Around the Health Care Debate. The verdict for this episode is: budget reconciliation and the Byrd Rule make health care reform even more difficult. In this episode, I walk you through the process known as budget reconciliation and the Related Byrd Rule. Also, I explain why the Senate is having to use budget reconciliation in its efforts to reform health care. Lastly, I demonstrate how the Byrd Rule has already affected those...

Duration: 00:08:19

Jonathan's Verdicts Episode 009

Here's a post called The Individual Cost of Medicare. This post has links to the information about Medicare discussed in this podcast. The post called Health Care in Canada discusses Canada's government-run system of health care. Here's a link to all of the content I've produced about Medicare.

Duration: 00:06:10

Jonathan's Verdicts Episode 008

This podcast is based on a post I published to friends on my personal Facebook page. I was inspired to write it after reading a number of comments critical of the government made by people who once relied on government assistance.

Duration: 00:05:43

Jonathan's Verdicts Episode 007

The verdict for this episode is: the Emoluments Clause should cover elected officials. After discussing arguments against and for the proposition that the Emoluments Clause should cover elected officials, I come to a conclusion that I feel is hard to argue against. Here's a post I wrote about the Emoluments Clause. It has links to resources about the Emoluments Clause and the arguments against and for the notion that it covers elected officials.

Duration: 00:07:39

Jonathan's Verdicts Episode 006

This article describes the killing of Kathryn Steinle. Here's a post I wrote explaining mandatory minimum sentences. Here's a look at prison populations by country. This is the text of Kate's Law.

Duration: 00:09:26

Jonathan's Verdicts Episode 005

Here's a link to all of the content I've produced about health care. This page automatically updates every time I produce another post about health care. This post addresses the alternative way the Senate wants to fund the federal government's portion of Medicaid. It has links to the material discussed in this podcast. This page updates with all of my content about Medicaid.

Duration: 00:09:20

Jonathan's Verdicts Episode 004

This page has links to all of the health care-related content I have produced. Explaining Essential Health Care Benefits talks about the coverage options that must be offered under Obamacare.

Duration: 00:14:46

Jonathan's Verdicts Episode 003

The post entitled The State of American Health care contains all the information discussed in the podcast. The links to the relevant sections of the CIA's World Factbook can be found in this post too. My health care tag lists all the health care content I have produced. Every time I blog or podcast about health care, the page associated with my health care tag will update.

Duration: 00:12:14

Jonathan's Verdicts Episode 002

In episode 002 of Jonathan's Verdicts, I demonstrate why America needs a complete gun ban. I acknowledge that until I began researching the affect guns are having on society, I believed a ban on assault weapons would be sufficient. I then go through all the evidence that changed my mind. Here's the article from Politifact that demonstrates more Americans have been killed by guns since 1968 than have died in war. This article from Politifact shows that way more Americans die from gunshots...

Duration: 00:11:04

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