PG06: Ted Cruz, Anti-Gay Laws, Bowe Bergdahl

This Week’s Stories
– Ted Cruz: Why he won’t win, but what he could accomplish.
– Indiana: Anti-gay or pro-religion? (Both, maybe?)
– Bowe Bergdahl: should he be prosecuted, or has he suffered enough already?
– The ungodly mess that is U.S. foreign policy.
– The mystery man behind California’s “Sodomite Suppression Act”

Links
Ted Cruz’s phenomenally bad idea (Washington Post)
Indiana’s ‘Religious Freedom Restoration Act’
The proposed ‘Sodomite Suppression Act’

PG05: Meaningless Budgets, Mandatory Voting, Talking Race at Starbucks

This Week’s Stories
– The stingy, shortsighted, and essentially meaningless GOP budget plan.
– President Obama on mandatory voting (he’s for it).
– Starbucks attempt to get us to talk about race with our baristas.
– Mitch McConnell to the EPA: I hate you guys so much.
– The (not so high) rise and fall of Congressman Aaron Schock.
– The Obama / Magnum P. I. Connection.

Links
How the Budget Process Works (in theory)
If Everyone Voted, Not Much Would Change (The Monkey Cage)
The Aaron Schock Workout (Men’s Health)
Obamas not buying Magnum P.I. House (we refuse to believe this)

PG04: The Senate Writes to Iran, Hillary Hides Her Email, Progress in Ferguson?

This Week’s Stories
– The Senate GOP ‘open letter’ to Iran: secretly brilliant, or not-so-secretly moronic?
– Hillary Clinton to the media: I didn’t do anything wrong. Technically.
– Ferguson, Missouri: some positive developments, then a tragedy.
– Is climate change a belief system or scientific fact?
– “It’s never good to be drunk at work, especially if you are in the Secret Service.”

Links
The Senate GOP’s open letter to Iran (with the Iranian Foreign Minister’s reply)
– Climate Change: It’s not a religion. It’s a scientific fact. (The New Republic)

PG03: Obamacare at the Supreme Court, The Justice Dept Slams Ferguson

The audio on this week’s episode is, in places, less than stellar, thanks to one of Michael’s failed recording experiments. At first, we weren’t going to post this episode, but due to popular demand, we decided to put it up, but with this ‘low audio quality’ disclaimer. Things will sound better next week.

Also, you’ll notice that we ditched the opening music and announcer. If you have any preference between this format and the music / announcer approach we used in episode 02, please let us know.

This Week’s Stories
– Will the Supreme Court send Obamacare into a Death Spiral?
– Israeli PM Netanyahu’s speech to Congress (and Jay’s urinal moment with Netanyahu)
– Justice Department to Ferguson Police: You stink! (Also –  we might sue you.)
– Hillary Clinton once again shows her love of openness and transparency (not).

Links
King v. Burwell (Obamacare case) oral argument (U.S. Supreme Court)
Justice Department Report on Ferguson Police (Washington Post)
How Ferguson Uses Cops and Courts to Prey on Residents. (The Nation)
The Left Turns on Hillary (The Hill)

PG02: Funding Homeland Security, Dr. Seuss and Obamacare, Net Neutrality

This week’s stories:
– Why can’t Congress fund the Department of Homeland Security?
– What undersized red grouper & Dr. Seuss have to do with Obamacare.
– The FCC ruling that’s made Comcast and Time Warner very, very sad.
– Does the Obama administration really think Samoans are a ‘savage and alien’ race?

Links
Justice Kagan cites legal authority Dr. Seuss in Yates v. United States dissent (Slate)

John Oliver’s take on the FCC and net neutrality (YouTube)

American Samoa: Football Island (60 Minutes)