PG59: GOP Convention, Clinton’s VP, Voter ID Laws, Ailes Ousted, NBA & Charlotte

This week’s show starts with a look at the Republican National Convention. Things were calmer than expected on the streets but there was some controversy in the Quicken Loans Arena, thanks in large part to Ted Cruz’s non-endorsement speech. After discussing the convention, Mike and Jay talk about Hillary Clinton’s VP pick – Virginia Senator Tim Kaine – followed by an important appeals court ruling on Texas’ strict voter ID law, Roger Ailes’ removal as CEO of Fox News, and the NBA’s decision to not hold the 2018 All-Star Game in Charlotte, NC because of a recently state law widely seen as anti-LGBTQ.

Russ Roberts Interview

Mike interviews economist Russ Roberts, host of the EconTalk podcast and the book How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness.

PG58: Dallas Shooting, Trump’s VP, Cleveland in the Spotlight, The Notorious RBG

The first post-summer vacation episode of The Politics Guys starts with a discussion of President Obama’s remarks at the memorial service for the five police officers murdered at a Black Lives Matter rally. Then it’s a look at the wisdom of Mike Pence as Donald Trump’s running mate, a look ahead to what we might see at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and some ill-considered remarks by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Summer Vacation

The Politics Guys are on summer vacation. Mike and Jay will be back with new shows starting on July 17 – the day before the Republican National Convention.

PG57: Obama Endorses, Trump’s Anti-Campaign, SCOTUS on Recusal, Voting and Pot in Ohio

Note: After this episode, The Politics Guys will be taking their summer vacation. Mike and Jay will be back with new episodes starting on July 17 – the day before the Republican National Convention.

This week, the Guys start off by looking at the last big round of primaries, where Hillary Clinton won big, essentially dooming Bernie Sanders chances (failing a Clinton indictment). Then it’s on to Donald Trump’s unorthodox (to say the least) campaign – will it be the disaster all the experts are predicting, or will Trump prove the so-called experts wrong again? After that, Mike and Jay talk about a Supreme Court ruling on judicial recusal, followed by discussion of some big news coming out of Ohio on voting and marijuana.

Ask The Politics Guys: Are Liberals Smarter?

This week’s question comes from Alexx, from Hastings, Minnesota.

I remember reading a study that said generally people with higher IQs or more education are generally more liberal than conservative. Any idea as to why?

PG56: Trump ‘University’, ‘Mexican’ Judges, Libertarians, Sleazy Payday Loans

This week, the Guys start out by reviewing the Week in Trump, which features revelations about his sham ‘University’ accusations against a ‘Mexican’ judge born in Indiana, Trump’s war with the media, and Paul Ryan’s decidedly tepid endorsement. Mike and Jay also look at the Libertarian party nominees – two former Republican governors – and discuss what their impact might be. After reviewing the not-so-hot May jobs report, they end by discussing a new regulation that will make life harder for payday loan lenders.

Ask The Politics Guys: The Case for Trump

This week’s Ask The Politics Guys question is: “How could anyone in their right mind vote for Donald Trump?”

PG55: Clinton’s Email, Trump’s Energy Policy, Obama’s Asian Trip, The TSA

This week’s episode starts with a discussion of the State Department Inspector General’s report on Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server while she was Secretary of State. Both Mike and Jay agree that Clinton screwed up, though they don’t quite see eye-to-eye on how big (or how criminal) that screw-up was. Next, they look at the Week in Trump, focusing mainly on his energy policy proposals that seem to suggest that he either doesn’t know or doesn’t care how markets actually work. Then it’s a look at President Obama’s trip to Vietnam and Japan, followed ┬áby discussion of why airport security lines are so long, and what can be done about it.

Ask The Politics Guys: Voter Fatigue?

This week’s Ask The Politics Guys question comes from Chris, who lives near Chester, England.

Does the US electorate suffer from voter fatigue due to democratic overload?