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24 November 2014

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The DMZ

Liberal Bill Scher and conservative Matt Lewis meet in the rancor-free DMZ to hash out the week’s political events.

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Jul 2, 2014 — Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
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On The DMZ: Matt doesn’t consider Hobby Lobby a huge victory, and Bill argues it was a narrower ruling than many liberals fear. Matt takes the left’s reaction to the ruling as another example of our age of constant outrage. Why is John Boehner threatening to sue Obama over the president’s executive orders? Bill thinks the death of comprehensive immigration reform could have unexpected results in November. They check in on the still unspooling craziness that was the Mississippi GOP Senate primary. Plus: Will a Republican Bill Clinton emerge from the midst of the GOP civil war?
Jun 26, 2014 — Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
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On The DMZ, Bill and Matt discuss the GOP Senate primary in Mississippi, where Thad Cochran pulled out a surprising win over Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel. Bill talks about some of the quirks of politics in the South that might have tipped the race in Cochran’s favor, and Matt wonders whether Cochran’s victory means that populist, big-government conservatism is making a comeback. They move on to the Supreme Court’s rulings on presidential recess appointments and abortion-clinic buffer zones. Is Bernie Sanders the liberal to give Hillary Clinton a run for her money in 2016? Plus: The agony and the ecstasy of the World Cup.
Jun 19, 2014 — Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
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On The DMZ, Bill and Matt want to see some introspection from conservatives who supported the Iraq War and are now urging intervention. Matt thinks the neoconservative perspective may well be right, and Bill makes the case that ISIS is a threat that the US needs to confront. Is a partition of Iraq a likely outcome of the current violence? On the domestic front: Is Senator Thad Cochran going to lose his primary because he delivered too much bacon to Mississippi? Bill argues that Bernie Sanders is the most relevant potential primary challenger to Hillary Clinton. Plus: Matt defends the name of the Washington Redskins.
Jun 11, 2014 — Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
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On The DMZ: Why did Eric Cantor lose? Bill argues that Cantor’s loss doesn’t doom immigration reform, and Matt explains why the GOP base is so against reform. What happens now that Cantor is out as Majority Leader? Does Hillary Clinton’s comments about being “dead broke” prove that she’s off her game? Is former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer’s strategy to win the Democratic nomination so crazy that it just might work? Bill defends Woodrow Wilson against critics from the left. Plus: The case for running against a seemingly unbeatable candidate.
Jun 4, 2014 — Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
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On The DMZ, Bill and Matt respond to a Twitter controversy sparked by their previous diavlog on #YesAllWomen. They debate Matt’s recent piece suggesting that white men are no longer allowed to voice opinions on race and gender. Bill outlines his liberal case for the NSA. Is freed POW Bowe Bergdahl a hero or a traitor? Matt describes what Tony Kornheiser taught him about blogging. Plus: Recapping the Mississippi GOP primary.
May 29, 2014 — Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
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On The DMZ, Bill and Matt react to the Isla Vista shooting: Has the feminist response been productive or damaging? Matt fears all white men being presumed guilty. Is liberal Hollywood responsible for spreading a message of violence and misogyny? Is normal young male behavior at risk of being stigmatized? Moving to politics: Why did the Tea Party oust a 91-year-old conservative WWII veteran the day after Memorial Day? Matt has some counterintuitive advice for Ted Cruz on how to run for president. Plus: How Godzilla is a cautionary tale about a new kind of terrorist attack.

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