Ask The Politics Guys: Is the U.S. A Flawed Democracy?

This week our question comes from Julia in Hamburg, Germany, who asks whether the American political system is in a state of erosion, if America will soon be a ‘flawed democracy’, and why the heck we don’t care more about gridlock in our political system.

PG72: 3rd Debate, Democratic Senate?, Police Apologies, Supreme Court

This week Mike was not able to be with us, so Jay was joined by special guest and Cincinnati area attorney Dominique Wagner to discuss the week in politics. Listen as they discuss the final debate, Trump’s chances of winning, whether the debate changed the potential outcomes of the Senate and House races, the official apology issued by the International Association of the Chiefs of Police to communities of color, and what John McCain’s statements about blocking Supreme Court nominations mean for the future of the Supreme Court.

Jay for President!

Unlike Mike, Jay’s not actually running for president, but since we did a show in which Mike talked about his issue positions, we thought we’d turn things around and let Jay talk about his vision for the United States. In this episode, Jay covers economic policy, regulation, trade, immigration, and more.

PG 70: Trump’s Death Spiral, Email Hacks, Unconstitutional Agencies, Shooting Data

This week, Mike and Jay start by talking about the disastrous Trump campaign, wondering if he’s even trying to win at this point and what will happen to the Republican party in the wake of an all-but-certain Trump loss. They also discuss more Wikileaks revelations concerning the Clinton campaign, a federal court ruling that will affect the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a new push to collect police shooting data, and some great listener mail questions.

A Trump Supporter Speaks

Mike talks to a Trump supporter – not a know-nothing or ‘lesser of two evils’ Trump supporter, but an intelligent, well-read, politically astute guy who makes a positive case for Donald Trump. (He also has a few website recommendations: Ace of Spades HQ and Instapundit.)

PG 70: Is Trump Toast?, Russian Hacking, VP Debate, Israeli Settlements

This week, Mike and Jay start by talking about the fallout from a video of Donald Trump saying some extremely vulgar and objectifying things about women. The Guys agree that it’s awfully hard to see how Trump can recover from this. After that, they discuss potential Russian hacking of the U.S. election system, the suddenly not very important-seeming Vice Presidential debate (not that VP debates are ever all that important), and Israel announcing new settlements – over U.S. objections – only weeks after the U.S. signed a massive military aid agreement with Israel.

Dan Carlin Interview

Mike interviews the amazing Dan Carlin, professional journalist and long time podcaster who hosts two of the best and most popular podcasts in the world: Hardcore History and Common Sense. They talk about the importance of history in understanding current politics, political dynasties, Donald Trump (of course), whether Edwards Snowden should be pardoned, if the United States is like the Roman Republic, and lots more.

PG69: The Debate, Congress Gets Busy, State of the Race, Nursing Home Rules

Jay’s back this week! He and Mike start off by talking about the first presidential debate. After that, they discuss a fairly busy week for Congress, which included keeping the government from shutting down and overriding an Obama veto, the current state of the presidential race, and new rules governing nursing homes.

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.