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Apr 30, 2014 — Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
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On The DMZ, Matt explains why conservatives are wont to make folk heroes out of figures like Cliven Bundy. Bill and Matt analyze the political valence of the Donald Sterling case, and consider the traits that Bundy and Sterling have in common. Has Sarah Palin’s star faded enough that conservatives can now criticize her without fear? Bill argues that the media has overplayed John Kerry’s comments about Israel and apartheid. Plus: On foreign policy, should Obama be trying to hit singles or home runs?

Apr 26, 2014 — Glenn Loury & Laurence Kotlikoff
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The Glenn Show
On The Glenn Show, Larry explains his grave concerns about Social Security, which he calls a “bipartisan Ponzi scheme.” They dig deeper into Larry’s “astounding” numbers, and Glenn wonders why Paul Krugman isn’t on board. Larry sketches a progressive, fully-funded alternative to Social Security, but Glenn thinks it’s never going to happen.
Apr 25, 2014 — Heather Hurlburt & Daniel Drezner
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On Drezburt, Heather and Dan discuss the newly released memoirs of George Kennan, which include some incendiary racist material. How much weight should be given to the offensive views of major historical figures? Dan asks Heather to evaluate Obama’s foreign policy in light of Kennan’s realism. Dan also criticizes John Kerry‘s recent statements about the Cold War. Has Obama really bungled the Ukraine crisis? Finally, they assess the pivot to Asia in light of Obama’s visit to the region.
Apr 22, 2014 — Kevin Glass & Patrick Brennan
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Rational Actors
On Rational Actors, Kevin and Patrick discuss Cliven Bundy, the Nevada cattle rancher taking on the federal government. Does Bundy have a point about federal land management and militarized law enforcement? Or is this just a springboard for conservative conspiracy theories? Moving on to Obamacare, they discuss the new status quo now that enrollment numbers have clearly exceeded expectations. Could Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan help Obamacare?
Apr 21, 2014 — Kelsey D. Atherton & Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
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Foreign Entanglements
On Foreign Entanglements, guest hosts Kelsey and Daveed recount their epic battle as finalists in TwitterFightClub 2014, which Daveed won by using lessons learned from battle rap. Applying comic books to national security, they wonder how Iron Man and Galactus could help the US military. Is the sequel to Top Gun really going to be about drones? They analyze what the large outdoor meeting of Al Qaeda in Yemen reveals about what drones can and can’t do. Daveed offers a counterintuitive take on Al Qaeda’s strength and America’s drone war. Plus: The flaws in a Times op-ed connecting military veterans and white supremacy.