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Now displaying: January, 2018
Jan 26, 2018

For the 66th episode, we dig into questions about the FBI and political bias from two thoughtful, intelligent, and experienced perspectives.

First, we talked to U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX), a former U.S. Attorney and a member of the House Judiciary Committee. He is part of a six-person Congressional task force looking at FBI activity over the past two years. We discussed the Nunes memo, the 50,000 deleted text messages sent between two FBI agents and the attempt to recover them, why the Hillary Clinton FBI investigation still matters, whether DOJ has been cooperative and whether the Nunes memo can and should be declassified.

Then, we were privileged to speak to Ron Hosko, a 30-year veteran of the FBI, who rose to become Assistant FBI Director before he retired in 2014. We delved into why the text message story matters, what questions he wants the FBI inspector general to answer, what his personal and professional views are of his former colleagues Robert Mueller and James Comey, how he evaluates the FBI’s Clinton investigation, what he makes of the Nunes memo and the FISA (or “unmasking”) process, and how all of this is affecting the reputation of the FBI.

Jan 19, 2018

We dig deep into Washington, DC with Liam Donovan, Principal at Bracewell and a former senior staffer at the National Republican Senatorial Committee for the 65th episode.

We delve into the government shutdown, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) deadline, whether President’s Trump’s desired ‘flexibility’ works in a legislative context, how he views the first year of the Trump presidency, what to look for in the upcoming State of the Union address and what 2018 holds both legislatively and politically.

Jan 11, 2018

In this conversation, we talk policy and politics with Brian McGuire, who served as Chief of Staff for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

We began with a conversation about his own career path, what it’s like to work for Sen. McConnell and what he thinks is a common, yet unfair criticism of him.

Then we turned to timely subjects: Steve Bannon’s sudden fall, whether the Michael Wolff book matters, and where Congressional negotiations are headed on a range of policy issues.

Jan 9, 2018

Our subject for the 63rd episode is the #MeToo movement.

Our guest is Olivia Messer, reporter for The Daily Beast.

She has done some groundbreaking reporting on sexual harassment and abuse, with a special focus on state legislatures.

We discuss where the #MeToo movement stands currently, how the Congressional Hush Fund is working, how pervasive this problem is at the national and state levels, why it is a watershed moment that women victims are now being believed, how due process plays into this, and where the movement goes from here.

Jan 3, 2018

This man has lived an interesting life.

A recent tragedy caused him to see things differently, and was the catalyst for his new book, “Politics Has Failed: America Will Not,” which will be published by the Sutherland Institute in May

He is a senior fellow at the King’s College in New York and editor-at-large for Ballotpedia, and many people know him as the founder of the national polling firm Rasmussen Reports, which he left in 2013.

In this conversation, we delve into the book, examine how polling has changed, evaluate Trump’s political standing, look ahead to the midterms and consider what Trump could do to strengthen his position for reelection.

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