Election 2020: Georgia Runoffs, Biden Priorities, Gridlock & 2022, What We’ve Learned

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In this installment of our “Election 2020” series, featuring six Northern Kentucky University students, we discuss the upcoming US Senate runoff elections in Georgia, top priorities for a Biden administration, legislative gridlock & the 2022 midterm elections, whether Joe Biden and Donald Trump are too old to run again, and what this election has taught us about American politics.

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Runoffs, Mike Pompeo, ACA

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This week Trey and Ken are joined by Mike and start by discussing the US Senate runoff elections to be  Georgia on January 5. They also discuss the ongoing election fallout, including a recent comment by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo concerning an easy transition to a second Trump term. Ken and Mike disagree over the extent of the  damage done by Donald Trump before all three hosts move on to discussing the future of the Affordable Care Act.

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Balance: Meditation & Sleep App

Ken
Do It! and Growing up at 37. Jerry Rubin
The Trial of the Chicago 7. Netflix

Mike
The Enchantments of Mammon: How Capitalism Became the Religion of ModernityEugene McCarraher 

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Election 2020: The Aftermath, Part II

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In this installment of our “Election 2020” series, featuring six Northern Kentucky University students, we discuss President Trump’s legal challenges in battleground states, potential Justice Department involvement in investigating allegations of vote fraud, if President Trump should concede, how claims of fraud might affect the perceived legitimacy of a Biden administration, and lots more.

Attorney General Barr’s memo to US Attorneys on vote fraud investigations.

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Election Analysis, Lessons for Republicans and Democrats

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This week, all of the Politics Guys hosts get together for a discussion of where things stand four days after the election, how well the system worked, what Republicans can learn from what looks like the loss of the presidency, and what Democrats can learn from the gap between their high expectations and modest electoral results.

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Election 2020: The Aftermath (Part I)

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In this installment of our “Election 2020” series, featuring six Northern Kentucky University students, we discuss another big popular vote win for the Democrats coupled with an (as of now)  too-close-to-call Electoral Vote, younger voters going overwhelmingly for Biden, the enthusiasm gap between Trump and Biden, Democratic bias in the polls and how that might have actually hurt Biden, how the campaigns have reacted so far, and what Democrats, Republicans, and the media can potentially learn from this election.

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Barrett Confirmation, SCOTUS Election Rulings, 2020 Election

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After some suggestions about how to deal with a tough election loss – something nearly half of all voters will experience in the near future – Mike and Jay open the show by discussing the Supreme Court confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, followed by a look at some important election-related rulings the Court has made this last week. Then they turn to the election, discussing who they think will win and what to make of all the conservatives who have made a case for not supporting Donald Trump in 2020.

Mike’s Weekly Recommendation
Fallacious Trump (podcast)

Jay’s Weekly Recommendations
The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin. Gordon Wood
Life on the Mississippi. Mark Twain

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Election 2020: Polls & Predictions

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In this installment of our “Election 2020” series, featuring six Northern Kentucky University students, we discuss how historically accurate election polling has been, what the polls say now, if we should trust the polls after 2016, and our predictions for the presidential race as well as control of the House and Senate.

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The Last Debate, 60 Minutes, Pennsylvanian Ballots, Google Antitrust

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On this week’s show, Trey and Mike discuss the last presidential debate, focusing on substance over who ‘won’ or ‘lost’. They also discuss the White House footage from the 60 Minutes interview. Additionally the pair talk about the Supreme Court’s ruling on absentee ballots in Pennsylvania and the antitrust action against Google.

This Week’s Recommendations
Trey suggests you check out Divided: A Walk on the Continental Divide Trail Mike suggests you check out The Vostok Amphibia: information | purchase link

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Election 2020: Immigration & Citizenship

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In this installment of our “Election 2020” series, featuring six Northern Kentucky University students, we discuss how the Trump and Biden camps differ on immigration and citizenship. We discuss the Mexico border wall & border security, asylum changes under the Trump administration, DACA & Dreamers, legal immigration, and lots more.

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Dr. Brad Spellberg on Solving The Great American Healthcare Rip-Off

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Mike talks with Dr. Brad Spellberg, chief medical officer at the Los Angeles County+ University of Southern California Medical Center and the associate dean for clinical affairs at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. Dr. Spellberg is also author of the recently released book Broken, Bankrupt, and Dying: How to Solve The Great American Healthcare Rip-Off which they discuss on this episode.

Topics Mike & Dr. Spellberg Cover Include:

  • the very unsystematic nature of the American healthcare ‘system’
  • how the US compares to other rich countries in healthcare access, cost, efficiency, and effectiveness
  • where all the money goes in US healthcare spending
  • the myth of lavishly overpaid US doctors
  • the problem with ‘fee for service’ medicine
  • medical bankruptcies
  • the Affordable Care Act
  • the importance of considering American culture in proposing healthcare ‘fixes’
  • market-oriented healthcare reform proposals
  • if progressives states like California can act on their own to reform healthcare

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