News & Politics
This week Trey & Ken start the show by analyzing Robert Mueller’s brief statement to the press. Specifically they address why Mueller spoke and why there were no charges brought. They also parse his words on the question of crimes and the lack of support he offered to Barr. Trey thinks that Mueller has opened a greater possibility of impeachment proceedings.
Next is a discussion of Mexico tariffs over immigration. Trey hypothesizes the timing of this conversation is directly related to Mueller’s statement. Ken largely agrees. On the policy side they discuss the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, which is the supposed basis for President Trump’s tariffs. Ken sees there being no emergency and therefore not valid, Trey wonders if the act would even apply to a mechanism such as tariffs.
After that it is to the newest abortion restrictions coming from Louisiana. Both agree that one of the unique aspects of this week’s potential restrictions are they originate from Democrats and was signed by a Democratic governor. Trey wonders if this doesn’t point to a larger set of schisms while Ken sees it as regional politics as usual.
Finally, Trey & Ken discuss the new DNC debate thresholds. While some are arguing this makes the Democratic Party a filtering device Ken and Trey argue that is precisely what political parties were designed to do. Trey takes aim at the progressive and populist tendencies that have put too much power into the wrong hands, despite good intentions. Trey sees both the rise of punditry and the decline of parties as bad unintended outcomes to progressive initiatives to end backroom deals.
We Landed on the Moon, Trump Tweets, Contempt, and Conditions at the Border
Kristin & Mike Take a Test
Epstein / Acosta, Border Crossings Down, British Ambassador Resigns, Emoluments Suit Dismissed, Democratic Tensions
Tyler Cowen’s Love Letter to Big Business
Trump’s Potential Executive Orders on the Census Citizenship Question and Drug Prices, The Border Patrol Facebook Group, School Busing
Superdelegates, Democratic Strategy, Biden’s Troubled Past, Out of Touch Politics Guys, and Media Bias
Democrats Debate, Gerrymandering, Census Citizenship Question, Administrative Authority, Border Crisis Funding
Helena Rosenblatt on the Lost History of Liberalism
Trump in 2020, Hicks before the House, Gallagher Trial, and the Actions of Iran
David Rose on Why Culture Matters Most
Mexico Deal, Iran Tensions, Barr & Ross Contempt Charges, Conway & Sanders
Impeachment and 2020
Trump Goes to Europe, Jobs Report, Mexican Tariffs, and ICE
Israel, Electoral Strategies, "Freedom molecules," Presidential Crimes, Presidential Power, Political Moderates
I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening): Beth Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland on How to Have Grace-Filled Political Conversations
Trump Investigations, Iran Tensions, Health Care Conscience Rule, Tobacco Legislation
Matt Grossmann on How Policy Change Happens
US v China, Overturning Roe, Apple Lawsuit, Trump’s Immigration Plan
Trump Approval, 2020, and Party Leadership