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Bloggingheads.tv videos — August 2013

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Aug 15, 2013 — Bill Scher & Justin Green
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The DMZ
On The DMZ, Bill and guest-host Justin discuss Republican attempts to defund Obamacare. Justin thinks large parts of the GOP base exist in a misinformation bubble. Justin critiques the Affordable Care Act, but wants conservatives to accept that the law will be enacted. Bill and Justin debate whether the Justice Department erred by suing to block the US Airways–American Airlines merger. Reviewing the recent economic growth in Europe, Justin comes out as a conservative Keynesian. Plus: Should Larry Summers be the next Fed Chief?
Aug 14, 2013 — Robert Farley & Dmitry Gorenburg
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Foreign Entanglements
On Foreign Entanglements, Rob speaks with Dmitry about US-Russian relations. Dmitry suggests that the causes of the summit cancellation go beyond Snowden, and Rob wonders whether the United States and Russia are stuck in an unproductive paradigm with respect to Syria. How has the Russian public responded to Snowden? Rob and Dmitry talk about the potential for an Olympic boycott in response to Russia’s “gay propaganda” law, then discuss recent changes in how the Russian military conducts readiness exercises.
Aug 13, 2013 — Kevin Glass & Jim Tankersley
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Rational Actors
On Rational Actors, Kevin and Jim start off by discussing President Obama’s proposal to reform the housing market. Kevin notes that by praising renting, Obama is rejecting Bush’s vision of an “ownership society,” which many conservatives came to reject as well. They discuss how the popular view of the financial crisis as a morality tale prevented government action on behalf of irresponsible homeowners. What are the political prospects for reform? Kevin wonders whether predictions that the sequester would tank the economy have been proven false. If we take Republicans’ goal of reducing the long-term deficit seriously, what are politically feasible alternatives to sequestration?
Aug 12, 2013 — Michael Brendan Dougherty & Daniel Strauss
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The Score
On The Score, Daniel and Michael discuss what to do when your favorite sports team is terrible. They link the rise of the stathead and the decline of old media. Turning to politics, Daniel talks about the strange way Chris Christie has set himself against the rising tide of libertarianism in the GOP. Michael distinguishes between a broad trend of libertarianism in American society versus a more narrow and ideological one in politics. Michael brings up his new love for fringe political bloggers and how they’ve preserved an earlier blogging culture. They examine the Jack Hunter/Southern Avenger imbroglio as an example of the Internet’s power to punish those with fringe opinions. Should we fear the glare of the Internet spotlight more than Obama’s NSA?
Aug 9, 2013 — Matthew Duss & Yousef Munayyer
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Foreign Entanglements
On Foreign Entanglements, Matt and Yousef discuss the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, which Yousef believes leave foundational problems unaddressed. Can the US serve as an effective broker? Yousef offers a cynical take on the negotiations, arguing that the process is set up to fail. They discuss the current Palestinian leadership’s problematic lack of legitimacy. Finally, if the talks do fail, what should the Palestinians do next?
Aug 7, 2013 — Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
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The DMZ
On The DMZ: Matt argues that libertarian populism is not the right path for conservatism. Is the concept itself oxymoronic? What are the alternatives for the future of conservatism? Bill and Matt debate debates—should the GOP have fewer 2016 presidential debates with more ideologically friendly moderators? They read the tea leaves on Marco Rubio’s latest maneuverings. Plus: Should we be happy that Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post?
Aug 2, 2013 — Robert Farley & Bryan McGrath
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Foreign Entanglements
On Foreign Entanglements, Rob and Bryan discuss concerns and myths about AirSea Battle. They consider whether ASB should be regarded as an anti-Army power play, whether it would increase the chances of war with China, whether it demands a particular strategic outlook, and whether the United States could afford ASB. They close by speaking about the dire impact of the sequester on the US defense community.

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