January 6th Committee, Infrastructure, COVID

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This week Trey is joined by Jay. They start the show discussing the recent developments in the January 6 Committee, but they disagree over its importance. Jay considers the lack of true Republican representation as a major issue and Trey argues Republicans missed their opportunity to engage. They also disagree over the extent to which certain Republicans violated their trust with the public. Next the pair talk infrastructure. Trey and Jay both agree that inflation will be the outcome of the continued spending projects when they are not coupled with increased revenues. Finally the pair tackle the most recent COVID updates and argue about the importance of institutional nudges in order to help influence human behavior.

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Jan 6 Commission, Infrastructure Again, Pegasus Project, Chinese Cyberhacking

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Trey and Ken open the show by discussing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi striking down two Republican picks for the January 6 commission. Neither disagree with the move, but both speculate about what happens next. Then it’s back to the bipartisan infrastructure deal and its merit. Trey isn’t sold on another large package and Ken thinks a completely partisan bill is the right thing. Next the pair talk about the Pegasus Project and the balance between digital liberty and law enforcement. Trey and Ken close the show discussing the DOJ’s indictment of Chinese hackers.

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DACA, Dems $3.5 Trillion Budget, Inflation, Schumer’s Pot Bill, Prosecuting Military Crimes

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Mike and Jay open the show with a discussion of a federal judge ordering a halt to DACA – which they both agree was the right call, although they’d likely support a similar policy were it passed by Congress. Then it’s a discussion of Senate Democrats $3.5 trillion budget framework (pre-framework?), whether Fed Chair Jerome Powell is being too cavalier about inflation (Jay thinks so, Mike disagrees), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s marijuana decriminalization proposal, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s push to change the way serious crimes in the military are prosecuted.

Jay’s (Re)Recommendation
The Pioneers. David McCullough

Mike’s Recommendation
Cancer Ward. Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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States Sue Google, Trump Sues Social Media Giants, Biden Order on Competition

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This week, Trey joins Mike in a discussion of the-multi state lawsuit against Google alleging anti-competitive practices in the Google Play Store (as Mike takes more than a few shots at Trey’s beloved Apple). They stick with the lawsuit theme as they move to a discussion of Donald Trump’s bizarro-world 1st Amendment argument underpinning his lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter, and Google – an almost certain loser in court, but maybe not as a fund-raising tactic. Finally, they look at President Biden’s expansive order on competition. If you’re interested in a deeper dive on declining American competitiveness, you might want to check out Thomas Philippon’s book The Great Reversal: How America Gave up on Free Markets, and listen to Mike’s interview with Professor Philippon (March 2020).

Mike’s Recommendations
A.P. Bio
The Power of the Dog and The Cartel. Don Winslow

Trey’s Recommendation
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

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Trump Indictments, SCOTUS on AZ Election Laws & CA Donor Registration, Facebook Antitrust Suit

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On this week’s show, Mike and Kristin discuss the recent indictments of the Trump Organization’s embattled CFO and the organization itself, as well as several big legal rulings from earlier in the week. They unpack two SCOTUS decisions, one upholding Arizona voting rules and one striking down donor reporting in California. Finally, Mike and Kristin talk about the dismissal of the federal antitrust suit brought against Facebook.

Kristin’s Recommendation
Root Nine Baking Company

Mike’s (not exactly) Recommendation
Consequences of Capitalism. Chomsky & Waterstone

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