Ask The Politics Guys: Special NFL Edition

This week, in honor of the NFL season kicking off not too long ago, Mike and special guest co-host Dominique Wagner talk about the National Football League and politics. They get into Congressional action on concussions, the NFL’s special legal status, whether taxpayer-funded stadiums are a good idea, and if the Washington Redskins should change their name.

PG68: Terror Attacks, Police Shootings, and A Whole Lotta’ Trump

Jay had some technical difficulties and wasn’t able to record this show, so Mike is joined by his friend and Cincinnati area attorney Dominique Wagner. They talked about the ‘lone wolf’ terror attacks in Minnesota and New York, how differently Tulsa and Charlotte handled their police shooting incidents, Donald Trump’s stand on ‘stop and frisk’ as well as some problems with his foundation, and the current state of the presidential race.

Rich Boehne Interview

Mike talks to E.W. Scripps President and CEO Rich Boehne about how the news business has changed, why Scripps is investing in podcasts, the difficulty of being well-informed without getting overwhelmed, covering Donald Trump, and lots more.

PG67: The Polls Tighten, Trump’s Policies, and Some Good Economic News

This week, Mike and Jay start by looking at the tightening polls in the presidential race. While they both think Hillary Clinton will still win, it’s becoming easier and easier to construct realistic scenarios of not just a Trump presidency, but of a Trump presidency with Republicans in control of both the House and the Senate. After that, they talk about what to expect in the first presidential debate, examine Trump’s  proposals for child care and economic growth, and discuss come surprisingly good economic news. In this week’s listener mail, the Guys discuss whether or not the media is going too easy on Trump and why there haven’t been any female or minority guests on the show to this point.

Trey Grayson Interview

Mike interviews Trey Grayson, best known nationally for running against Rand Paul in 2010 for the Republican US Senate nomination. Prior to that, he was a two-term Kentucky Secretary of State. Mr. Grayson served as Director of Harvard’s Institute of Politics from 2011 – 2014, and is currently the President and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

PG 66: Foreign Policy-Palooza! & Financial Regulation

This week, it’s a seriously foreign-policy centric Politics Guys, with Jay and Mike discussing the presidential candidate forum moderated by NBSC’s Matt Lauer, an agreement between Russia and the US on Syria, North Korea’s nuclear advances, and a bill to allow victims of 9/11 to sue Saudi Arabia. After that, Mike channels his inner Bernie Sanders over financial regulation.

James Taranto Interview

Jay interviews James Taranto, author of the Wall Street Journal’s popular Best of the Web column and member of the WSJ editorial board. Mr. Taranto joined the Journal in 1996 as an assistant editorial features editor after spending five years as an editor at City Journal, the Manhattan Institute’s quarterly of urban public policy. He has also worked for the Heritage Foundation, United Press International, Reason magazine and KNX News Radio in Los Angeles. He is co-editor of Presidential Leadership: Rating the Best and the Worst in the White House.

PG 65: Mexican Trips, FBI Files, Slavery Reparations, & Colin Kaepernick

This week, Mike and Jay start off by talking about Donald Trump’s surprise trip to Mexico, where he sounded almost moderate at times. That was followed up by a more characteristic Trump appearance in Arizona, where he was back to his usual ‘we’ll build a wall, and Mexico will pay for it’ form. Trump’s week was actually pretty good – or at least not bad – and the polls have started to tighten. The Guys remind everyone that this was to be expected, and that much of the media is, once again, overreacting. Mike has no interest in spending more time talking about Hillary Clinton’s email, but Jay presses the point (at least a little). Then it’s on to Georgetown University’s attempt to make amends for its slave-owning past and reactions to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the National Anthem.