Impeachment Trial, A New Party?, Georgia Investigates Trump

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Mike, Jay, and special guest-star Olivia talk about week one of Impeachment 2, does the forgone conclusion mean we get a political show trial rather than a deliberative hearing?  Then, is there really any chance of moderate (or more accurately non-Trump Republicans) forming a third party?  Well, some people had a Zoom call about it, so we discuss. Finally, a criminal investigation of Trump from a Georgia county prosecutor may be less than peachy for a lot of reasons, but should there be a prudential (if not legal) line drawn on what activities of a former president should be subject to prosecution?

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Stimulus Talks, Greene, Cheney, and the GOP, Trump Impeachment

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Mike and Jay open the show with a discussion of the latest COVID stimulus talks, including their views on the competing proposals and whether or not either side is negotiating in good faith. Next is a look at the votes on Marjorie Taylor Greene and Liz Cheney, and what they say about the congressional politics and the state of the GOP in 2021. They close by considering the briefs filed by the House impeachment managers and President Trump’s defense team, as well as how they would vote on convicting Donald Trump.

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Impeachment Part 2, Organization of the Senate, Leahy’s Health, Biden’s Executive Actions

In this week’s episode Trey and Ken discuss Trump’s historic second impeachment Senate proceedings, the organization of a divided Senate, the importance of Senator Leahy’s health, and finally a heated discussion of executive actions, Biden’s executive actions, and the role of executive actions in a Madisonian Constitutional system.

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President Biden’s Inauguration and Executive Actions

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In this extended-length episode (it was a big week), Mike and Jay discuss the Biden inauguration, the mass protests that didn’t happen at state capitols, and a flurry of executive actions on the pandemic, immigration, LGBTQ+ rights, and rollbacks of Trump administration orders and regulations.

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Capitol Riot, Republican Reactions, Trump’s Second Impeachment

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On this week’s show, Mike is joined by both Kristin and Jay as they discuss the Capitol Riot and some of the issues stemming from last week’s news, including the reactions of Republicans, the fallout for President Trump, and the implications for national security. They also weigh in on the second impeachment of President Trump and how this issue may seep into politics in the future, even after he has left office.

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The Insurrection, Trump’s Culpability, Social Media’s Role, the Future of the American Presidency

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This week Trey, Ken and Mike come together talk about Wednesday’s storming of the Capital. In this focused episode the hosts cover issues including the political ramifications of the violent protest, the culpability of President Trump, the role of social media, the support of attackers, the division between the major political parties, the possibility of impeachment, and the future of the American Presidency.

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Trump Overridden, COVID Stimulus, Vaccine Rollout, Election Challenges

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Happy New Year and Good Riddance 2020! Mike and Jay talk about President Trump’s first and likely last veto override and then on to the politics and economics of stimulus payments.  Like the click-bait ads say, the results may surprise you! Then its on to the vaccine rollout, what’s working and what’s not — and what to do with vaccine skeptics?  Finally — we hope — we’ll talk about the who has won the 2020 presidential election and Trump’s increasingly goofy legal longshots.

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COVID Relief, Russian Hacking, Election Challenges, Barr Resigns

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On this week’s show, the last of 2020, Mike and Kristin discuss the current state of the COVID relief package, which seems to have stalled out in Congress – though the outlook is favorable for the week ahead. They also weigh in on the recent Russian hacking story, as well as moving one step further towards a Biden presidency and the resignation of Attorney General Bill Barr.

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SCOTUS Rejects Election Challenge, Vaccine Approval, Facebook Antitrust, COVID Talks

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It’s Jay and Mike this week, as the Supreme Court harpoons the Kracken (which in a weird mixed-metaphor arose from the fairly dry climes of Texas). But Mike is still concerned over the number of apparent Kracken believers. Then the vaccine is approved and is the FDA really a big, old slow turtle? And everyone and their friends are suing Facebook. What will FTC and state antitrust suits mean for social media? And will Congress end up approving another COVID relief package before the end of the year?

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DACA Ruling, Stimulus Talks, Election Challenges, GA Runoff, Bill Barr’s Big Week

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Mike & Jay open the show with a discussion of the recent ruling mandating that the Trump administration restart the DACA program. While the Supreme Court has ruled on DACA, it hasn’t ruled on the merits of the case – only  on the Trump administration’s method of ending it. Both Mike & Jay think that a legislative fix would be preferable to any executive action and see DACA as executive overreach.

Next is a look at the ongoing COVID stimulus talks. Jay believes there’s a real possibility of a deal largely along Republican lines, whereas Mike feels that Democrats have compromised more than Republicans and that we might not see a major relief package until after Joe Biden becomes president.

After that they turn to President Trump’s continuing election challenges and how lucrative they’ve been for his post-presidency political action committee. The president’s claims of massive election fraud have complicated things for Republicans in the Georgia US Senate runoff elections, though Jay doesn’t believe that calls from some Trump supporters to boycott the election will have a significant effect. Mike agrees, but points out that in a close election, even a few election boycotters might tilt the races in favor of the Democrats.

They close the show with a discussion of Attorney General William Barr. Early in the week he announced that the Department of Justice had found no evidence of fraud significant enough to overturn the results of the presidential election, which President Trump vigorously disputes. Barr also named US Attorney John Durham as special counsel in the investigation of the ‘Russia conspiracy’ investigators. While Mike questions the legal legitimacy of the appointment, both Jay and Mike believe the Biden administration won’t make any move to dismiss the special counsel. 

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