PG113: Charlottesville (again), Bannon’s Out, and the Rise of Hope Hicks

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This week’s show starts by examining Trump’s ever changing statement on Charlottesville, VA. Trump would end up setting a more measured tone renouncing Neo-Nazi’s and other hate groups, but then on Tuesday Trump became combative with reporters and argued there are two sides to the story, specifically calling out the “alt-left.” The shift has seemingly shaken the White House as Trump goes off message again.

Next, we look specifically at the ever evolving White House. This week it is the exit of Bannon. Early Friday news broke that Bannon had mutually agreed to leave, but that afternoon it became clear that Trump had asked him to step down. By late Friday reports emerged that Bannon would be returning to Breitbart. We talk generally about the White House churn and, specifically, what a “freed” Bannon means both for the news cycle and the White House.

After that the Guys discuss Hope Hicks, the 28 year old interim communications director. We also respond to some listener mail.

Mike’s Recommended Reading:

Neustadt’s Presidential Power

Bloomberg on Neustadt

Trey’s Recommended reading:

David McCullough’s The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

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Journalist & Environmental Activist Mark Lynas

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Mike talks with author, journalist, and environmental activist Mark Lynas. He’s a frequent speaker around the world on climate change, biotechnology and nuclear power, and was climate change advisor to the President of the Maldeeves from 2009 – 2011. In 2013 he was appointed a Visiting Fellow at Cornell University’s Office of International Programs, and now works with the Cornell Alliance for Science, which is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

His books include Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet, winner of the 2008 Royal Society Science books prize, The God Species: Saving the Planet in the Age of Humans, and, most recently, Nuclear 2.0: Why a Green Future Needs Nuclear Power.

Mark’s Recommendations:
Pandora’s Promise (documentary)
Food Evolution (documentary)

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PG112: Charlottesville, North Korea, Opioid Emergency, Climate Report

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This week’s show starts with the tragic events in Charlottesville, VA where there were multiple clashes between white nationalist protesters and counter-protesters, the most horrific by far being a young white man deliberately ramming his vehicle into the counter-protesters, resulting in one death and 19 injuries. President Trump condemned the violence, but made no specific mention of white nationalists or other hate groups by name, instead pointedly saying that there was violence ‘on many sides’. Later on Saturday, the Justice Department announced that it would be starting a civil rights investigation into the the circumstances of the deadly car ramming.

Next, it’s a look at the situation between the United State and North Korea. As President Trump doubles down on his bellicose rhetoric in response to North Korea’s typical semi-lunatic public pronouncements, Mike and Jay consider whether President Trump has a strategy and what options the US has.

After that, the Guys discuss the opioid crisis, which President Trump has declared to be a national emergency, as well as a new draft climate report that government officials leaked to the media for fear that the Trump administration might downplay or possibly even bury their findings.

Mike’s Recommended Reading:
The Political Abstract

Jay’s Recommended Reading:
The Liberal Crackup (WSJ – paywall)

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Defense Spending, Future Jobs, Overpaying for Health Care, Fossil Fuel Subsidies

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In this listener mail episode, Mike and Jay tackle a bunch of questions including whether we’re spending the right amount of money on the right things for national defense, how to deal with a future in which machines are doing so many of the things people currently do, news outlets and columnists we don’t agree with but respect and recommend, why Americans pay so much for health care when American healthcare outcomes seem to lag those of other rich countries, and why we’re subsidizing the fossil fuel industry.

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PG111: Scaramucci Out & Kelly In, Immigration, Jobs, Senate Ignoring Trump

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Mike and Jay start this week with an analysis of the shakeup among President Trump’s top advisors. First it was Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci being fired 10 days after he was named to the position and before his first official day on the job. The man behind the firing was new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who many conservatives hope will bring some order and discipline to the White House. Mike and Jay wonder if this is possible, given that so much of the chaos seems to come from the president himself.

Next it’s a look at the major restructuring of immigration policy for which President Trump signaled his approval. Neither Jay nor Mike think the move is advisable, but it’s clearly near and dear to the hearts of nationalists like top Trump advisor Steve Bannon.

After that the Guys take a look at some good jobs news, which President Trump quickly took full credit for, even though the pace of job creation over his first six months in office is actually slightly behind job creation during President Obama’s last six months in office. The larger point though is that presidents tend to get (and take) way too much credit for good economic news, and get way too much blame when the economy isn’t performing well.

Finally, Jay and Mike consider some actions recently taken by the Senate, particularly a move to shore up Obamacare, and wonder whether the Senate might be moving on from President Trump.

This Week’s Recommendations:
MikeGlobal Dispatches (podcast)
JayStruggling Americans Once Sought Greener Pastures – Now They’re Stuck.

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Former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter on The New Energy Economy

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Mike talks to Bill Ritter Jr., director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University. Prior to that he served as Governor of Colorado from 2007 to 2011.

During his term, Governor Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in renewable energy by building a New Energy Economy that’s creating thousands of new jobs and establishing hundreds of new companies. He also enacted an aggressive business-development and job-creation agenda focused on knowledge-based industries of the future like energy, aerospace, biosciences, and information technology.

Governor Ritter is also the author of Powering Forward: What Everyone Should Know About America’s Energy Revolution.

Governor Ritter Recommends
The Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker
Spot for Clean Energy
Sue Tierney – The Analysis Group
The Atlantic Magazine

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