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Jan 10, 2014 — Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
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The DMZ
On The DMZ, Matt explains why the right isn’t rallying to defend Chris Christie during the bridge scandal. Bill thinks the story highlights that electability is a thin reed on which to base a presidential candidacy. They note that ruthlessness is often rewarded in politics, but only if you get away with it. Next, Matt argues that the right has something important to learn from MSNBC. Do conservatives have a soft spot for monarchies? Plus: On Bob Gates’s new memoir, Bill says we should consider history’s long view.
Jan 6, 2014 — Glenn Loury & Laurence Kotlikoff
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The Glenn Show
On The Glenn Show, Larry makes the case for abolishing the corporate income tax. He describes his economic model, and critiques the demand-side theories of Paul Krugman. So why should the corporate income tax be done away with? Glenn wonders whether there’s a better way to counteract the tax-rate “race to the bottom.” Larry’s argues that his plan would boost Americans’ incomes by 8%. Plus: Glenn and Larry debate whether technological change is hurting American workers.
Jan 5, 2014 — Glenn Loury & Harold Pollack
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The Glenn Show
On The Glenn Show, Glenn and Harold discuss their reflexive distaste for social justice bandwagons. For example, Glenn agrees that poverty is a problem, but thinks raising the minimum wage is an “intellectually impoverished” response. Harold has advice for the minimum wage activists: stick to the facts. Next, Glenn and Harold argue over the relative merits of incrementalism vs. radicalism. Harold is jarred by the discrepancy between Paul Ryan’s recent anti-poverty campaign and his proposed budget. They close by debating poverty and political correctness.
Jan 3, 2014 — Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
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The DMZ
On The DMZ, Bill and Matt consider a recent poll stating that fewer Republicans believe in evolution. Matt argues that Christians should not reject evolution. Could this culture war issue have political implications in 2016? Next, Bill describes the Democrats’ push to renew extended unemployment insurance, and Matt encourages the GOP to pursue new conservative ideas to fight unemployment.
Jan 2, 2014 — Matthew Duss & Robert Farley
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Foreign Entanglements
On a special year-in-review edition of Foreign Entanglements, Matt and Rob examine the biggest foreign policy stories in 2013, starting with the NSA revelations. They consider the lack of US intervention in Syria and the amazingly fast change in America’s relationship with Iran. The Afghanistan War has become incredibly unpopular—so why does no one in Washington seem to care? Will the coming 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War change foreign policy views? Was 2013 the year that the GOP finally turned against neoconservatism? Finally, the real issue: whether it’s permissible to have both a lemon twist and olives in a martini.

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