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What the Hell Is Going On
49 minutes | 7 days ago
WTH is going on with President Biden? John Podesta on the Biden administration’s first 100 days in office
President-elect Joe Biden will enter office today during one of the most chaotic periods of American history. With a raging pandemic, record unemployment numbers, and a recent assault against lawmakers in the Capitol, his administration will face a number of challenges in its first days in office. Obama and Clinton White House alum John Podesta joined Dany and Marc to talk about Democratic priorities and Biden’s first 100 days as president. He also discusses foreign policy concerns, Biden’s promise to unify the country, and the likelihood of bipartisan policy in a split Senate. John Podesta served as counselor to President Obama, where he was responsible for coordinating the administration’s climate policy and initiatives. In 2008, he served as co-chair of President Obama’s transition team. Podesta previously served as White House chief of staff to President William J. Clinton. Download the transcript here.
50 minutes | 15 days ago
WTH is going on with impeachment? Andy McCarthy on the case, the 25th Amendment and the president’s final days in office
House Democrats introduced articles of impeachment against Donald Trump this week, making him — probably — the first president in US history to be impeached twice. The Speaker threatened to move forward with impeachment if Vice President Pence does not remove Trump under the 25th Amendment.Will Trump’s final days in office be cut short? National Review’s Andy McCarthy joined Dany and Marc to discuss the case for impeachment, the 25th Amendment and the legality of Trump pardoning himself. They also talk about the future of the Republican Party and Trump’s political career.Andy McCarthy is a senior fellow at National Review Institute, an NR contributing editor, and author of Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency. He served as an assistant US attorney for the Southern District of New York.Download the transcript here.
26 minutes | 20 days ago
WTH is going on in DC? Discussing the Capitol breach, Trump’s rally and the future of the GOP
As Congress prepared to certify Joe Biden’s presidential victory, a mob of pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol, demanding justice in pursuit of President Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud. The breach followed Trump’s “Save America” rally, in which he encouraged protesters to march to the Capitol to “take back our country.”On this episode of the podcast, Dany and Marc reflect on the day’s events and the future of the Republican Party. They also discuss Trump’s failure to accept the election results, the GOP Senate losses in Georgia and what the president’s actions today will mean for his legacy.Download the transcript here.
54 minutes | a month ago
WTH is going on with the Electoral College? Allen Guelzo on how it works, why it was created and what abolishing the centuries-old system could mean for voters
Despite losing the 2020 popular vote, President Trump nearly won a second term by capturing enough Electoral College votes to remain in the White House. This year’s close results, combined with Clinton’s Electoral College loss in 2016, have led many to demand an end to the centuries-old body. American historian Dr. Allen Guelzo joined the show to discuss why abolishing the Electoral College would be a disaster for US politics. He explains why alternatives to the Electoral College would fail and explores the system’s origins and importance to American democracy. Dr. Guelzo is a New York Times best-seller author, American historian and commentator on public issues. He is also Director of the James Madison Program Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship and Senior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University.Download the transcript here.
43 minutes | 2 months ago
WTH is the China nightmare? Dan Blumenthal on the threat of a massively armed and decaying China, Covid and more
Will the Biden administration hold the tough Trump line on Beijing? Will the world hold China responsible for the Covid pandemic? And how does this all factor into Xi Jinping’s global ambitions? AEI’s Dan Blumenthal, author of the newly released “The China Nightmare: The Grand Ambitions of a Decaying State” joined the show to explain the threat posed by a decaying but aggressive China. He discusses the Chinese Communist Party’s long-term goals, conflict with the US, the country’s authoritarian use of technology, and more. Dan Blumenthal is a resident fellow and the director of Asian studies at AEI, where he focuses on East Asian security issues and Sino-American relations. He has served in and advised the US government on China issues for more than a decade.Download the transcript here.
44 minutes | 2 months ago
WTH is going on with the killing of Iran’s lead nuclear scientist? Behind the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and the latest on the Iranian nuclear weapons program
Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated in Tehran last week, eliminating the country’s leading nuclear expert and the head of its program. Iranian officials have blamed Israel for Fakhrizadeh’s killing, vowing retaliation for the targeted attack. Nuclear weapons expert David Albright joined Dany and Marc to explain what Fakhrizadeh’s death means for the country’s effort to obtain nuclear weapons. He also discusses what to expect from Iran in the coming days and how the Biden administration’s Iran policy will differ from that of the Trump administration. David Albright, a physicist, is founder and President of the non-profit Institute for Science and International Security. He is a former weapons inspector and has written numerous assessments on secret nuclear weapons programs throughout the world.Download the transcript here.
46 minutes | 2 months ago
WTH is going on with the COVID vaccines? Dr. Scott Gottlieb with everything you need to know about the end of the COVID road
Pfizer and Moderna recently announced that their coronavirus vaccines are both safe and highly effective, shattering the previous record for developing a vaccine for a novel virus. While this news is promising, Americans are also approaching the worst phase of the pandemic as we enter the winter with a record number of cases. Dr. Scott Gottlieb once again joined the show to explain everything you need to know about the forthcoming vaccines. He discusses vaccine distribution, when things will finally get back to normal, and whether US adversaries might weaponize viruses to target Americans in the future. Dr. Gottlieb is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He returned to AEI in 2019 after serving as the 23rd commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. He has a medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and did his residency in internal medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center.Download the transcript here.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
WTH is going on in Iraq and Afghanistan? Gen. Jack Keane on Trump’s troop drawdowns, his gift to Iran and the danger to Americans at home
President Trump recently announced that he plans to pull 2,500 US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan before he leaves office. While he has faced backlash for the scale of the drawdown, reports suggest Trump was originally hoping to withdraw all American forces by mid-January. What does this mean for US national security and for the region?General Jack Keane joined the show to talk about how Trump’s drawdowns help Iran and endanger Americans at home. He also discusses the importance of remaining in the region, the incoming Biden administration’s foreign policy platform, and America’s changing position in the Middle East.Gen. Jack Keane is a foreign policy and national security expert, a retired 4 star general, former Vice Chief of Staff of the US Army and currently serves as the chairman of The Institute for the Study of War as well as being Fox News Senior Strategic Analyst.Download the transcript here.
41 minutes | 2 months ago
WTH is going on with the election endgame? Gov. Scott Walker on Trump’s legal challenges and his prospects for victory
Two weeks after the election, President Trump has still not conceded victory to former Vice President Joe Biden. While the media has called the election for Biden, Trump has mounted several legal challenges, requesting recounts or hoping to toss votes in a number of key states.Gov. Scott Walker joined Dany and Marc to discuss Trump’s refusal to concede, voter fraud, and the likelihood of a Trump victory. They also talk about whether Trump will run in 2024, and necessary changes to the mail-in and absentee voting systems moving forward. Gov. Walker served as the 45th Governor of Wisconsin from 2011 to 2019. He is currently CEO of Young America’s Foundation and will become president in early 2021.Download the transcript here.
43 minutes | 3 months ago
WTH happened to the Blue Wave? What went wrong (and right) in the polls, who will control the Senate, and what it all means for the next president
Who’s going to be the next President of the United States? What went wrong with the 2020 polls? How should we interpret the election results? And what might a Biden presidency, or second Trump term look like? With the presidential race still undecided, Democratic strategist Mo Elleithee joined Dany and Marc to discuss his reaction to the election and what the results mean for the Democratic Party moving forward. They talk about polling errors, how a President Biden might govern, who really controls the Democratic Party and whether Trump might run again in 2024. Mo Elleithee is the founding Executive Director of Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service. He spent two decades as one of the top communications strategists in the Democratic Party, was Senior Spokesman and Traveling Press Secretary on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign, and is a Fox News contributor.Download the transcript here.
41 minutes | 3 months ago
WTH is going to happen on Election Day? RCP’s Sean Trende on the latest polls, early voting, and what to expect on November 3rd
We have less than a week until Election Day. Who wins? When? Does President Donald Trump have a path to victory, or is Joe Biden already the clear winner? What do early voting numbers really mean? Who is voting for whom? RealClearPolitics’ Sean Trende joined Dany and Marc to talk about the latest polls and what to expect on November 3rd. He outlines what it will take for Trump to win, makes predictions on close Senate races, and discusses changes to the electorate. Sean Trende is the Senior Elections Analyst for RealClearPolitics. He is the author of "The Lost Majority: Why the Future of Government Is Up for Grabs and Who Will Take It," and co-authored the Almanac of American Politics 2014. Download the transcript here.
40 minutes | 3 months ago
WTH is going on in the 2020 polls? Election predictions with RealClearPolitics’ Tom Bevan
Just weeks before the election, polls show President Trump trailing former Vice President Biden by a substantial margin. However, 2016 polls predicated a significant Clinton victory, failing to account for a number of Trump voters who turned up on election day. Does Trump still have a chance? Or is this election a runaway for Biden? RealClearPolitics co-founder Tom Bevan joined Dany and Marc to discuss the 2020 election. He explains what the 2016 polls got wrong, how to interpret recent numbers, and how Trump’s COVID diagnosis and his Supreme Court nomination could impact the election. Tom Bevan is the co-founder and president of RealClearPolitics. In addition to overseeing the editorial staff and writing regular features for RCP, his work has appeared in numerous publications and he is featured frequently as a political analyst on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and the BBC.Download the transcript here.
47 minutes | 3 months ago
WTH is going on at the White House? President Donald Trump joins us to talk about his COVID recovery, the 2020 election, the Supreme Court, and more
What’s going on in the White House? Three weeks out from the 2020 election, has President Trump fully recovered from COVID? Does he have a strategy beyond his base? What would a second term hold? President Donald Trump joined the show to talk about having COVID, the Supreme Court confirmation hearings, and foreign policy. He also discusses what he hopes to accomplish in a second Trump term, the COVID lockdowns, the economy, and Operation Warp Speed. Donald J. Trump is the 45th President of the United States.Download the transcript here.
45 minutes | 4 months ago
WTH is going on at the DOJ? Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen on election interference, politicization at the Justice Department, and crime in America
With the presidential election less than a month away, how worried should Americans be about foreign interference? Is there any truth behind accusations of politicization at the Justice Department? And will John Durham’s report on the origins of the Russia collusion investigation be complete before the election? Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen joined Dany and Marc to talk about the politics of the Justice Department, election interference, and crime in America. They also talk about how the DOJ has changed under the Trump administration. Jeffrey Rosen is the 38th Deputy Attorney General of the US. Most recently, Rosen was the Deputy Secretary of Transportation (2017-2019). He also served as General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor for the White House Office of Management and Budget (2006-2009) and as General Counsel at the US Department of Transportation (2003-2006).Download the transcript here.
39 minutes | 4 months ago
WTH is going on with peace in the Middle East II? Ambassadors of UAE and Bahrain on their new peace with Israel
In part 2 of Dany and Marc’s podcasts on the new Middle East peace, Emirati ambassador to the US Yousef Al Otaiba and Bahraini ambassador Shaikh Abdullah bin Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa joined the show to talk about the Abraham Accords, the Palestinian cause, Iran and much more. Are more agreements ahead? Will Iran and Salafi jihadis target these ground-breaking Gulf leaders? What does peace with Israel mean?Yousef Al Otaiba is the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the US. He took up his Washington-based post in July 2008. Shaikh Abdullah bin Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa is the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the US. He has served as ambassador since 2017.Download the transcript here.
41 minutes | 4 months ago
WTH is going on with peace in the Middle East? Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer on Israel, the UAE and Bahrain
Earlier this month, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain made history by normalizing relations with Israel. The Trump administration has since suggested that additional Arab countries are considering following suit. Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer joined the show to talk about the Abraham Accords. He discusses the Trump administration’s role in the negotiations, the impetus of the deals, regional threats, and the likelihood that additional Arab countries sign similar agreements. Ron Dermer is Israel’s Ambassador to the United States. He served as Israel's Minister of Economic Affairs in the United States from 2005 - 2008 and as Senior Advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from 2009 - 2013.Download the transcript here.
39 minutes | 4 months ago
WTH is going on with SCOTUS? Ginsburg’s successor and the history of Supreme Court vacancies in an election year
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s court vacancy has already caused quite a stir in Washington, with Republicans arguing that President Trump should immediately fill the vacancy and Democrats countering (with arguments lifted from 2016) that the choice should fall to the next president given the closeness of the election. With just over a month until the polls, what will happen? Dan McLaughlin joined Dany and Marc to explain precedent, law and the politics of Supreme Court confirmations. The three also talk about the likelihood a Democratic congress will pack the Court, whether the vacancy benefits Ds or Rs, and hypocrisy on the left and the right. Dan McLaughlin is a senior writer at National Review Online. He was formerly an attorney practicing securities and commercial litigation in New York City, a contributing editor of RedState, columnist at the Federalist and the New Ledger, and a baseball blogger at BaseballCrank.com.Download the transcript here.
49 minutes | 4 months ago
WTH is going on with the filibuster? Why Democrats’ threat to abolish the legislative filibuster is a danger to American democracy
After supporting and using the filibuster for years, Joe Biden announced in July that, if elected president, he would support eliminating the legislative maneuver. As more Senate Democrats come out in support of abolishing the filibuster, what could this mean for American democracy?Martin Gold joined Dany and Marc to discuss the history of the filibuster and the implications of its elimination. He explains how, without the filibuster, one party’s control of the House, Senate, and White House would enable it to make lasting and unprecedented changes to the fundamental structure of American checks and balances.Martin B. Gold is a partner with Capitol Counsel, LLC. With over 40 years of legislative and private practice experience, he is a recognized authority and author on matters of congressional rules and parliamentary strategies, and US policy in Asia. Download the transcript here.
46 minutes | 4 months ago
WTH will the 2020 election mean for US energy dominance? Daniel Yergin on America’s emergence as an energy superpower
Daniel Yergin joined the show to discuss the benefits of fracking, how energy production influences US policy with China, Russia, and the Middle East, and what the 2020 election could mean for US energy dominance. The post WTH will the 2020 election mean for US energy dominance? Daniel Yergin on America’s emergence as an energy superpower appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.
37 minutes | 5 months ago
WTH is at stake in the 2020 election? Lessons from history on the danger of going from bad to worse
Dr. Ruth Wisse joined Dany and Marc to discuss the upcoming election and the Democratic Party’s turn toward socialism. The post WTH is at stake in the 2020 election? Lessons from history on the danger of going from bad to worse appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.
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