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Jul 28, 2017

Our guest is Mollie Hemingway, Senior Editor for TheFederalist.com and Fox News contributor.

We review an insane week in national politics, with the health care meltdown, the hope for tax reform, and dysfunction inside the White House. We wrap up with what she sees as the best case scenario for the rest of 2017 for Team Trump.

Jul 24, 2017

We exclusively talk to Kris Kobach, vice chair of the Presidential Election Integrity Commission and Kansas Secretary of State.

We explored the mission of the commission, which just held their first meeting, whether voter fraud is real, how the commission is doing its work and when it hopes to produce a report, whether three million people illegally voted in 2016 and whether voter ID is necessary.

Then we turned to his experience advising Trump during the campaign, how he weighed whether to join the administration, and what his political future holds.

Jul 21, 2017

Iowa-based CRTV host and ConservativeReview.com columnist Steve Deace is our guest. For many years he has been one of the sharpest voices in the conservative movement, as comfortable criticizing Republicans as he is Democrats.

We evaluate the state of the health care debate and the path forward, what might happen in the tax reform debate, what he makes of the Russia probe, what he thinks Trump is doing well, and what the best case scenario is for the White House for the rest of the year.

Jul 10, 2017

Our guest for the 34th episode: Former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who recently served as President of the Heritage Foundation.

He just began a leadership role in the effort to organize a Convention of States through the Constitution’s Article V process. We begin by discussing why he signed on, where the effort currently stands, and what they hope to accomplish by amending the constitution.

Then, we turned to tax reform, federal spending, health care, his view on how the Trump administration is doing, and his evaluation of the state of the conservative movement in the Trump Era.

Jul 7, 2017

Former U.S. Amb. to Syria Robert Ford is our guest for the 33rd episode. He served as U.S. Amb. to Syria from 2010-2014, after a 30-year career including a stint as U.S. Ambassador to Algeria.

We began our discussion with his assessment of the Syrian cease-fire, announced at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, by President Trump and President Putin.

From there, we discussed why Russia is involved in Syria and what Russia’s goals are. We discussed Bashir al-Assad and how his rule of Syria has changed, as well as how the effort to take back Raqqa is going, whether Assad will use chemical weapons again, what the U.S. can do to deter Assad, whether a political settlement is possible, what advice he would privately give to President Trump, and what his experience was like as Ambassador in Damascus.

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