This week, Mike and Jay start out by discussing President Trump’s decision to discontinue President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. They both agree that it’s probably a good policy, but that it’s also probably unconstitutional, and as such President Trump did the right thing by discontinuing it and urging Congress to enshrine it into law.
Next it’s a look at President Trumps deal with his new friends Chuck (Schumer) and Nancy (Pelosi) to continue to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling until mid-December. The move caught Congressional Republicans by surprise and was not appreciated by them, to say the least. Mike optimistically wonders if maybe this is a sign of a more bipartisan Trump, while Jay things that it’s another example of Trump forgetting who his friends are – friends he might need in, say, an impeachment trial.
After that, the Guys turn to the still worsening situation in North Korea in the wake of the regime’s latest and most powerful nuclear weapons test. Jay is convinced that the US won’t let North Korea develop the capability to launch a nuclear strike on the mainland US while Mike believes that the costs of preventing it are simply too high to bear and that some day soon, North Korea will have that capability, despite President Trump’s promise that it will not be allowed to happen.
Finally, it’s an update on President Trump’s travel ban, which was dealt a setback this week by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Jay feel that the 9th Circuit got it wrong, while Mike argues that the administration’s interpretation of an earlier Supreme Court opinion was too narrow.
Mike’s Recommended Reading:
– Grand Hotel Abyss: The Lives of the Frankfurt School. Stuart Jefferies
Jay’s Recommend Reading:
– The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson
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