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17 December 2018

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Apr 15, 2014 — Michael Brendan Dougherty & Freddie deBoer
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The Score
On The Score, Freddie wonders why geeks are so aggrieved when geek culture, as embodied by Game of Thrones, is ascendant. Michael notes that an obsession with being the victim is a key aspect of the culture war, and they discuss why “you’re doing it wrong” has become a prime trope of online conversation. They consider the forced resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, and the left’s effort to thoroughly stigmatize opposition to same-sex marriage. Freddie makes the case for legalizing polygamy, and explains why he’s an apathetic atheist. Has atheism become pathological? Plus: What would happen if everyone’s Gmail archive suddenly became public?
Apr 13, 2014 — Greg Marx & Gordon Witkin
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Democracy in America
On Democracy in America, Greg talks to Gordon about transparency and accountability in government. Gordon explains why New Jersey got high marks just before Gov. Christie’s bridge scandal. Greg asks why special interests are sending more money to Montana, of all places. Is all this outside money shifting politics to the left or the right? Is the Supreme Court making it harder to report on campaign finance? They close by considering how many races are determined by outside money.
Apr 11, 2014 — Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis
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The DMZ
Bill welcomes Matt back to The DMZ. Why have conservatives embraced Uber? Is technology destroying traditional retail, and is that a bad thing? Are dynasties like the Bushes and the Clintons a threat to democracy? What about the fact that every Supreme Court justice is an Ivy Leaguer? Plus: Matt defends the right of private businesses not to participate in gay weddings.
Apr 10, 2014 — Matthew Duss & Robert Farley
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Foreign Entanglements
On Foreign Entanglements, Matt reports on his recent trip to Israel, where peace negotiations with the Palestinians have reached a crisis point. Matt and Rob discuss whether Israeli domestic politics will preclude any sort of final deal, and Matt notes that the settlement project has become deeply embedded in the Israeli government. Ripping into a recent WSJ op-ed, Rob argues that sending old American B-52s to Israel would be a bad idea for all involved. They critique Reihan Salam’s column declaring that he is still a neoconservative, and consider what that controversial label means now. They analyze Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the “asshole problem” in international relations. Plus: Geography is for losers!
Apr 7, 2014 — Kevin Glass & Danny Vinik
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Rational Actors
On Rational Actors, Kevin and Danny take a close look at Paul Ryan’s new budget. They consider the controversial budgetary practice known as “dynamic scoring,” and whether Ryan’s budget can be reconciled with Rep. Dave Camp’s tax reform plan. Does Ryan have political ambitions beyond the House of Representatives? Kevin notes that Ryan has subtly changed his Medicare plan to make it more politically plausible. Have conservatives reached the final stage of Obamacare grief—acceptance? Plus: How liberals won the debate over pre-existing conditions.
Apr 4, 2014 — Bill Scher & Justin Green
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The DMZ
On The DMZ, guest-host Justin makes the case for Paul Ryan’s new budget. Is Ryan secretly hoping that Obamacare works? Bill and Justin debate the meaning of the Affordable Care Act’s seven million sign-ups. Bill condemns, and Justin defends, Ezra Klein’s highly critical reporting on Healthcare.gov’s early failures. Is balancing the budget without raising taxes the conservative version of the left’s dream of single-payer health care? Plus: Is Ryan alienating the middle or shrewdly moving the “Overton window”?

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