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Bloggingheads.tv videos — August 2013

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Aug 20, 2013 — Matthew Duss & Michael Hanna
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Foreign Entanglements

On Foreign Entanglements, Matt and Michael discuss the Egyptian military’s crackdown, which Michael contends is aimed at dissolving the Muslim Brotherhood. Who is responsible for killing Egyptian security officers in the Sinai? Are neoconservatives turning into realists over Egypt? Should the US suspend aid? Is Egypt still the center of the Arab world? Has the military completely alienated political Islam? Is there any constructive role the US can play in influencing Egyptian politics? And how have these developments affected Iran?

Aug 19, 2013 — Glenn Loury & Laurence Kotlikoff
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The Glenn Show

On The Glenn Show, Glenn and Larry debate who should be the next Federal Reserve Chair, Larry Summers or Janet Yellen. Larry lays out his case against Summers. Does Summers have relevant experience in high finance, or is he in bed with Wall Street? Why does President Obama seem to be favoring Summers? Larry explains what the next Fed chief should do to fix the financial system. Plus: Maybe Larry Summers just isn’t as smart as he thinks.

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?

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