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Mark Schmitt (New America, Vox Polyarchy) and Jamelle Bouie (Slate)

On Fireside Chats, Mark and Jamelle talk about Jamelle’s American Prospect cover story arguing that Mitt Romney would be a very conservative president. But would the GOP really push the button on radical spending cuts? Jamelle thinks Romney should back off his recent rhetorical embrace of Bill Clinton. Mark and Jamelle are skeptical of a Romney adviser’s argument that states should compete like corporations to provide the best services.  The two discuss the implications of a new super PAC plan that describes Obama as a “black, metrosexual Abraham Lincoln.” Finally, they talk about the demise of Americans Elect, which tried to use the Internet to recruit a third-party presidential candidate.

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Fireside Chats | May 20, 2012 | Mark Schmitt & Jamelle Bouie

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The televised Resistance 

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Writer Christa Blackmon explains why jokes made at Trump’s expense aren’t necessarily politically subversive.

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Daniel Kaufman questions Hegel on art’s inherent purpose.Plus: What art tells us.

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Robert Wright and historian Craig Harline, author of A World Ablaze, discuss how Luther’s chronic remorse fostered the doctrine of salvation through faith. Plus: Protestantism celebrates its 500th anniversary.

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Should Al Franken step down?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis weigh the senator’s political options.

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Social psychologist and 2017 MacArthur “Genius” grant winner Betsy Levy Paluck explains how narrative can open people to opposing worldviews.

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Scholar of religion Michael Jerryson, author of the forthcoming book If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, explains why Buddhists are attacking Muslims in Myanmar.

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What our laws say about who we are

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Philippe Lemoine argues that state violence against blacks is exaggerated by the media.