The Politics Guys
About This Show
If you're tired of liberals and conservatives screaming at each other and you're looking for reasoned, civil political debate and analysis, The Politics Guys is here to help. Every week, a liberal political scientist and a conservative attorney discuss the latest political news, going beyond the stale, partisan talking points so often parroted by party hacks. The show also features regular interviews with guests from the political arena who weigh in with their unique perspectives on current issues.
Most Recent Episode
PG146: North Korea, Russia, Gorsuch Sides with Liberals, Crafty Congressional Republicans, James Comey's Media Blitz
3 days ago
This week, Mike welcomes special guest co-host Will Miller, a center-right political scientist. Mike and Will start the show by discussing the upcoming negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea in the wake of Secretary of State Nominee Mike Pompeo's Easter weekend visit to North Korea and recent indications by the regime that they're willing to freeze nuclear testing and discuss denuclearization. Both Mike and Will are skeptical, but believe that getting the North talking is a step in the right direction.
After that, it's a discussion of the Russia sanctions that didn't happen, when UN Ambassador Nikki Haley's announcement of upcoming sanctions was walked back by the administration, which claimed that Haley had gotten ahead of herself. Mike and Will see this as yet another example of the Trump administration's poor message discipline - a problem that seems to stem largely from President Trump himself. The Guys also discuss whether additional sanctions should have been imposed.
Next is a discussion of a Supreme Court decision on immigration in which Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch joined with the Court's four liberals to strike down part of a law used to deport immigrants on the grounds that it is unconstitutionally vague. Will argues that this isn't really a partisan issue, but rather one of statutory construction, and says that the real surprise is that other conservatives on the Court didn't have more of a problem with the vague wording of the law.
Then Mike gets to talk about his favorite government agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as well as explain the intricacies of the Congressional Review Act, which Senate Republicans used to overturn a CFPB 'guidance' issued during the Obama administration. Mike says that this is a clever / sneaky move by Republicans that could lead to a good deal more Obama-era regulatory guidance being overturned. Will agrees, but as he's no fan of regulation, he sees this as a potentially good thing.
The Guys close with a discussion of James Comey's media blitz and what his new book and memos tell us about whether or not President Trump obstructed justice. Mike says that it tells us next to nothing, and the media is making focusing far too much on the clash of personalities. Will agrees, and says that the Republicans' move to release the Comey memos may have partially backfired on them.
**What Will's Reading & Watching** [Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities](http://bit.ly/2JeOMTs) (PBS documentary)
[Why Historically Black Colleges and Universities are Enjoying a Renaissance](https://on.natgeo.com/2JaoFNa). (National Geographic)
[The Paradox of Choice . Barry Schwartz.](https://amzn.to/2Jb37QQ)
**What Mike's Reading**
[Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times . Kenneth Whyte](https://amzn.to/2J4Ta7k)
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Episodes of This Show
7 days ago
Rated 5 out of
Politic sience and law, republican and democrat.
Together the two guys have important knowledge and interesting reflections to share. I find it particullary refreshing to listen to a democrat and a republican who both are capabel of agreeing now and then. And who treat each other with respect, when they disagree. (Forgive my english/speiling, from Europe)
Date published: 2016-05-06
Rated 5 out of
Thoughtful and well-informed political analysis
While you might two different viewpoints from the hosts, you’ll get a rational and well-informed discussion of political news absent almost anywhere else. Most political news and talk is caught up in the rhetoric. These guy know their stuff and so will you, if you listen.
Date published: 2015-07-02
Rated 5 out of
Great dialogue from both sides
I love hearing that there are still people that can talk from both the left and right together without hearing fisticuffs after mere minutes. These guys really know their stuff, and do very well conveying poignant political information, and their viewpoints.
Date published: 2016-08-17
Rated 5 out of
This is a very insightful podcast from two experts on different sides of the political spectrum.
Date published: 2016-05-01