PG34: Budget Bipartisanship, GOP Debate, The Fed, Big Pharma, Obama Doesn’t Drink His Own Urine, Bombing Fictional Cities

This week, the Politics Guys start off with something new and strange – bipartisanship breaking out in Congress. While neither Jay and Mike think this is the start of a trend, they’re glad that the U.S. has a budget for fiscal year 2016 (which started on October 1, 2015). Next, the Guys discuss the latest GOP debate (which neither of them thinks changed much of anything), the Federal Reserve’s move to raise interest rates, and why even though former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli is a Big Giant Ass, the anger against him is misplaced. Finally, Mike and Jay talk about President Obama’s appearance on Running Wild with Bear Grylls as well as the 30 percent of Republicans who want to bomb the fictional city of Agrabah, from the Disney movie Aladdin.

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PG33: Climate Accord, Obama vs Trump on Terror, The End of No Child Left Behind & (Possibly) College Affirmative Action

This week’s top story is the international climate agreement reached after two weeks of negotiations outside of Paris. Mike says that while it won’t prevent the catastrophic effects of climate change, it’s a step in the right direction. Jay feels that nothing will come of it, and that that’s probably a good thing. Next is a look at Obama’s response to the terror attack in San Bernardino (not much) compared to Trump’s response (mindless over-reaction – in other words, typical Trump). After that, Mike and Jay find themselves agreeing with almost everyone else that No Child Left Behind is best left behind, before turning to college affirmative action. Both of the Guys feel that diversity is a worthwhile goal, but they differ on how far colleges should go to achieve it.

PG32: Terrorism in California, Women in Combat, Agreement on Infrastructure, Climate Talks, and Trump’s Perfect Health

The top story this week is the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, which is the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11. Mike and Jay talk at the calls for more gun regulation, the decades-long decrease in gun violence, and why Congress has been keeping the CDC from studying gun-related deaths. Next is a discussion of the Pentagon’s move to allow women in all combat roles. Jay is skeptical of using the military for social engineering purposes, but both Mike and Jay agree that if women in combat roles don’t make the military less effective, women should be allowed to serve in any position for which they’re qualified. After that, the Guys look at the big bipartisan agreement on a $305 billion transportation bill, the Paris climate talks,  Donald Trump’s perfect health – despite a horrible lifestyle, and the lesson Jay’s daughter Emma learned about knowing your audience.