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Mar 29, 2017

In the 18th episode, we talk to Naval War College professor Tom Nichols, the author of “The Death of Expertise” about Russia. We covered what Russia up to, what their goals are, what the protests mean, what the stakes are for NATO and Syria, what’s going on between the Trump team and Russia, and what the future is for Putin’s regime.

Mar 27, 2017

In the 17th episode, we talked to Dr. Tom Coburn, a former Republican two-term U.S. Senator and former three-term Congressman. His new book, out May 30, is titled, “Smashing the DC Monopoly,” and it makes the case for an Article V Convention of States. In this discussion, we start by discussing the failure of the House GOP’s Obamacare repeal and replacement legislation, what the next year looks like under Obamacare, and how Obamacare has effected the practice of medicine. Then, we dive into the “debt bomb” facing the country, with a $20 trillion national debt and $124 trillion in unfunded liabilities. We wrap up by discussing why he believes a Convention of States is needed and how President Trump is doing.

Mar 13, 2017

In the 16th episode, our guest needs no introduction: James O’Keefe. He is the president of Project Veritas, a guerrilla journalism organization focused on exposing corruption “wherever it exists.” In our somewhat brief chat, we talked about his mission, whether the national media should be the target in the current environment and whether alternative journalism organizations need their own communications platforms to get around the media filter. We talked about how widespread corruption really is in all levels of government, and we mused about what he wants for his own professional future.

Mar 12, 2017

In the 15th episode, we first talked to Jim Geraghty, author of “The Weed Agency” and senior political correspondent for National Review Online about the week in Trump, where Obamacare is substantively and politically, and we evaluate the state of conservatism and the state of the national media. Then, we took a deep dive into Ohio politics, with The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Henry Gomez, to look back at how Trump won Ohio, muse about how that state can simultaneously be represented by John Kasich, Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown, considered whether Brown has 2020 presidential aspirations, reviewed the state of the 2018 U.S. Senate and Governor’s races, predicted what will determine whether Trump can win Ohio again in 2020, and finally, we discussed Gomez’s recent professional decision to leave the Plain Dealer and head to Buzzfeed to report on national politics from Ohio.

Mar 6, 2017

For the 14th episode, we take a deep dive into Obamacare, with nationally recognized expert Avik Roy, the President of the Foundation for Research in Equal Opportunity (FREOPP). We discussed the policy choices facing the Republicans, including the overall number of Americans covered, tax subsidies, means testing, Medicaid expansion, portability, and the potential for a 50 state marketplace. We also considered the politics of the issue and delved into legislative procedure to look forward. Finally, we talked about why he started his own think tank and what he wishes to accomplish with it.

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