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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Seth David Radwell and American Schism

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In this special midweek episode Trey interviews author Seth David Radwell on his new book American Schism which is coming out this week. The pair discuss the major theme of his book: how the enlightenment informs contemporary American politics.

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Biden on Crime, New York Mayoral Race, Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, Students’ Speech Rights, NCAA

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In this week’s show Trey and Ken start by talking about Biden’s proposal to curb crime. The pair get into the stats and whether or not a bold crime push is even a good idea. Then they turn to the New York Mayoral race. Here the talk about rank choice voting and how crime rates may have factored into the primary. Next the pair turn to what Trey calls the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill that wasn’t. Did anything really happen? Trey and Ken finish the show examining two U.S. Supreme Court cases, one on student speech rights outside of school grounds and the other on whether the NCAA violated anti-trust laws.

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SCOTUS and the ACA, Juneteenth, The Fed & Inflation, Religious Freedom

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Mike and Jay this week as the ACA Supreme Court trilogy reaches its thrilling conclusion. As often is the case, the sequels just aren’t as good and the Court dismisses for lack of standing. Jay and Mike talk about standing severability and a mandate that really looks unconstitutional but is as toothless as that Abominable Snow Monster at the end of Rudolf. Then — Happy Juneteenth! Mike and Jay agree that our new holiday is good one and discuss why.  Next, disco may be dead, but 70s style inflation may be making a comeback. Are the Feds expected rate hikes a drag or just groovy enough for the economy to keep on truckin’?  And finally, its back to the Supreme Court where Justice Alito’s had a busy week. Religious liberty wins 9-0, but is the Court ducking the question on the free exercise clause?

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Biden in Europe, Infrastructure, Inflation, January 6 Senate Committee Reports

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This week Trey and Ken talk about Biden on his overseas visit. What is to be gained and what are the optics? Next the pair talk about the future of Biden’s agenda. Does Congressional theater work? Should it work? Have standards been applied evenly to both parties? Then it’s off to inflation where Trey argues government spending is leading to unhealthy levels of inflation while Ken argues things are fine as is. Finally the two look at the outcome from the Senate’s investigation into the January 6 insurrection.

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Texas’ Voting Law, Assaults on Democracy, Labor Market

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This week Mike and Jay ignore all advice to the contrary and mess with Texas. Is Texas’ new proposed voting law really an “assault on democracy” or just some marginal policy changes?  And is walking out on a vote any way to do your job? Speaking of doing your job, why is it so hard to find good (or any) help these days? Mike laments the unfulfilling nature of so many occupations in our post-capitalist moment while  Jay says, “Get a damn job.”

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Jay’s Recommendation
Farnsworth’s Classical English Style. Ward Farnsworth

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January 6 Commission, COVID Lab Leak, China Competition Act

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Kristin is back! She and Mike tackle the end of the proposed January 6th Commission, Republican Senators blocking the proposal, and some individual Senators’ concerns. They also discuss the COVID lab leak issue and some pressing questions, including whether Trump was right and what the future holds for U.S.-China relations. Finally, Mike and Kristin discuss the bipartisan U.S. Innovation and Competition Act

Kristin’s Recommendation
The Bridge

Mike’s Recommendations
The Nick Mankey Hook Strap
A Secular Age. Charles Taylor

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Israel & Hamas, 1/6 Commission, The End of Roe v. Wade?

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Mike and Jay open the show with a look at the recently agreed upon cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. They consider whether Israel’s response was disproportionate, where responsibility lies for the current crisis, and what role the United States should play. Following that, they discuss the bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6th takeover of the US Capitol. Mike believes it should absolutely happen, while Jay agrees with Donald Trump that it’s a “Democrat trap”. They close with a look at an upcoming Supreme Court case on the right of states to ban all pre-viability abortions. 

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Cheney Out, Stefanik In, Colonial Pipeline, Infrastructure Taxes

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Trey and Ken begin by asking: who controls the Republican Party and is there a place for Cheney like Republicans? The looming question for Trey is if there can remain a place in the Republican Party for non-Trump supporters. Next the pair get technical, and economic, on the colonial pipeline debate. They also discuss the balance of environmentalism with its human cost. Finally, Trey and Ken discuss the dueling proposals from Biden and Republicans on the new red line: no new infrastructure taxes.

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Florida Voting Law, COVID Vaccine, Liz Cheney & House GOP

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Mike, Jay, and Olivia discuss whether Florida’s new voting law is a solution in search of a problem or a reasonable election security measure, COVID vaccination rates and whether waiving intellectual property protections will be an overall benefit, and what Liz Cheney’s all but certain ouster as the #3 House Republican means for the near-term future of the GOP.

Mike’s Recommendations
For All Mankind and Ted Lasso (Apple+)

Olivia’s Recommendations
Sharp Objects and The Undoing (HBO Max)

Jay’s Recommendation
The Pioneers. David McCullough
 

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