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Breaking Battlegrounds is a Politics Podcast show that interviews opinion leaders from across the world to discuss politics, culture, and policies that are shaping our day-to-day lives.

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Breaking Battlegrounds is a Politics Podcast show that interviews opinion leaders from across the world to discuss politics, culture, and policies that are shaping our day-to-day lives.

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    Charting Economic Tides with Marc Goldwein and David Harsanyi on Israel's Geo-Political Realities

    Charting Economic Tides with Marc Goldwein and David Harsanyi on Israel's Geo-Political Realities

    Join Chuck and Sam on this week's Breaking Battleground episode as they welcome Marc Goldwein, Senior Vice President and Senior Policy Director for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, and David Harsanyi, senior editor at The Federalist. With expertise in inflation, interest rates, and the national debt, Marc dives deep into the economic challenges facing the nation. Later, David Harsanyi, joins the show, offering bold insights on the Middle East crisis, CBS letting Catherine Herridge go for digging into government corruption, and more. From discussing the looming threat against Israel to the implications of rising inflation, each guest brings a dynamic discussion, challenging perceptions and enhancing understanding of the issues that shape our world. Stay tuned for Kiley’s Corner, where she was in a positive mood today and discussed two feel-good stories: one about a rubber duck who traveled 423 miles, and another about five sorority sisters from the University of Georgia who rescued a family from their sinking car.
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    Marc Goldwein is the Senior Vice President and Senior Policy Director for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, where he guides and conducts research on a wide array of topics related to fiscal policy and the federal budget. He is frequently quoted in a number of major media outlets and works regularly with Members of Congress and their staffs on budget-related issues. 
    Previously, Marc served as Associate Director of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (The Fiscal Commission) and senior budget analyst on the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (The Super Committee).  He also conducted research for the Government Accountability Office, the World Bank, the Historian's Office at the Social Security Administration, and the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley.  
    In addition to his work at the Committee, Marc serves on Martha's Tables' Business Advisory Council and teaches economics at Johns Hopkins University and the University of California DC. Marc is the recipient of the Johns Hopkins University Excellence in Teaching award and was featured in the Forbes "30 Under 30" list for Law & Policy. He holds a BA and MA from Johns Hopkins University.  Find him on Twitter at @MarcGoldwein. Learn more about Center for Responsible Budget at www.crfb.org.
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    David Harsanyi is a senior editor at The Federalist, a nationally syndicated columnist, a Happy Warrior columnist at National Review, and author of five books—the most recent, Eurotrash: Why America Must Reject the Failed Ideas of a Dying Continent.



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    John Ziegler's California Chronicles & Diana Furchtgott-Roth's Electrifying Insights: Navigating Policy Pitfalls and EV Mandates

    John Ziegler's California Chronicles & Diana Furchtgott-Roth's Electrifying Insights: Navigating Policy Pitfalls and EV Mandates

    Welcome back to Breaking Battlegrounds! This week, Chuck Warren is first joined by John Ziegler, host of the Death of Journalism podcast and a renowned political commentator, who fearlessly navigates the murky waters of media integrity. From dissecting headlines to challenging popular narratives, John delves into topics ranging from the pitfalls of crappy journalism to the implications of California's minimum wage hike and Governor Newsom's policies furthering the state's downfall. Next, we're honored to welcome Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Director of the Center for Energy, Climate, and Environment at The Heritage Foundation, who offers invaluable insights into the intersection of policy and economics. Diana discusses a wide range of topics including luxury belief systems, New York's controversial $15 congestion charge, and Biden’s focus on electrification to cut emissions, despite its limited impact on reducing fossil fuel use due to our reliance on fossil fuels for electricity. And stay tuned for Kiley’s Corner as she discusses the largest cash money heist in LA history on Easter Sunday.
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    About out guests
    John Ziegler is an award winning journalist and truth crusader. He is host of "The Death Of Journalism" where he examines the loss of integrity in the news media and rips apart the popularized narratives of the biggest headline making stories. You can follow him on X @Zigmanfreud.
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    Diana Furchtgott-Roth is Director of the Center for Energy, Climate, and Environment and the Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow in Energy and Environmental Policy at The Heritage Foundation. She is an Oxford-educated economist, a frequent guest on TV and radio shows, and a columnist for Forbes.Diana worked in senior roles in the White House under Presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. She has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology at the U.S. Department of Transportation; Acting Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the U.S. Department of Treasury; Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor; Chief of Staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers; and Deputy Executive Secretary of the White House Domestic Policy Council.Diana is the author or coauthor of six books and hundreds of articles on economic policy, including Regulating to Disaster: How Green Jobs Policies are Destroying America's Economy (Encounter Books, 2012). Her most recent book is United States Income, Wealth, Consumption, and Inequality (Oxford University Press, 2021). She received degrees in Economics from Swarthmore College and Oxford University.


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    Analyzing COVID Lockdown Media Failures with Drew Holden

    Analyzing COVID Lockdown Media Failures with Drew Holden

    Tune in to this week's episode of Breaking Battlegrounds with hosts Sam Stone and Michelle Ugenti-Rita, filling in for Chuck Warren. Our first guest is Drew Holden, a freelance commentary writer whose work has been featured in prominent publications like the Free Beacon, New York Times, National Review, Washington Post, Fox News, and The Federalist. We delve into the worst lockdown media coverage from the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, examining the media's portrayal and political responses. Following that, we're joined by Kim George, retired FBI Special Agent and Congressional candidate for Arizona's 1st district. With over two decades of experience in law enforcement, Kim discusses her time in the FBI, focusing on investigations related to crimes against children, public corruption, organized crime, and elections fraud. We also delve into her candidacy for Congress, exploring themes of transparency, election security, and her vision for our future.
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    About our guests
    Drew Holden is a freelance commentary writer. You may find his work in the Free Beacon, New York Times, National Review, Washington Post, Fox News and The Federalist. Follow him on X at @DrewHolden360.
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    Kim George is a retired FBI Special Agent with over two decades of experience in law enforcement and investigations. Kim is running for Congressional District 1 in Arizona. 
    During her time with the FBI, Kim served in field offices in San Diego, New York, Washington, D.C., and Phoenix. Kim’s career with the FBI included extensive experience in both sensitive operations and investigatory work in areas including Crimes Against Children, Public Corruption and Elections Fraud, Organized Crime, and Counterintelligence.After retiring from a 23-year career in the FBI, Kim has worked as a Senior Insider Risk and Global Security Operations Investigator for two Fortune 500 companies, seeking to prevent the theft of intellectual property by hostile actors, and those engaged in economic espionage.Kim currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband of 16 years, Mark George. Mark and Kim are active in their church, where Kim serves on the Troop Care Ministry.



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    • 51 min
    Straight from the Floor: Congressman Joyce Talks Budget and Homeland Security Negotiations

    Straight from the Floor: Congressman Joyce Talks Budget and Homeland Security Negotiations

    In this episode of Breaking Battlegrounds, Congressman Dave Joyce from Ohio's 14th congressional district provides invaluable insights into federal spending and legislative processes as a key member of the House Committee on Appropriations and Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security. Congressman Joyce dives into dissecting the Homeland Security Bill, navigating appropriations negotiations, and addressing budget concerns. Following Congressman Joyce, Evan Power, Chairman of the Florida Republican Party, joins the discussion to examine the Florida primary results, providing a comprehensive recap of the political dynamics in the Sunshine State. Finally, Politico reporter Kimberly Leonard offers analysis on Florida's political landscape, including updates on Haiti and Governor Ron DeSantis’ response to Haiti. Stay tuned for Kiley’s Corner where she joins to provide an update on the missing Riley Strain, discuss squatter's rights, and explore the future of subscriptions amidst news of Walmart's self-checkout lanes potentially requiring subscriptions.
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    About our guests
    Congressman Dave Joyce has dedicated his life to family and public service. After graduating with his Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton, Dave worked as a public defender before being elected as Geauga County Prosecutor in 1988 – a position in which he served his community for nearly 25 years. In November of 2012, Dave was elected to represent the 14th Congressional District of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives and is currently in his sixth term. He considers it a great honor to represent the people of Northeast Ohio and serve the communities where he was born and raised.
    As a former prosecutor, the safety and wellbeing of Ohio’s communities remain one of Dave’s top priorities. He co-founded the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence in the 115th Congress and is the Vice Chair of the Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus. With Ohio being one of the states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic, Dave fights to ensure that the federal funding Congress provides to combat addiction effectively supports the lifesaving work local communities carry out on the front lines of this crisis.
    Dave serves on the influential House Committee on Appropriations, which is responsible for scrutinizing federal spending and determining how your tax dollars are spent. In this role, he works to restore fiscal responsibility, which he believes is needed to create a stronger, more prosperous nation for the next generation. In keeping with a tradition he established while serving as Geauga County Prosecutor, Dave has returned more than $1.5 million from his personal Congressional budget to the U.S. Treasury since 2013.
    In 2022, Dave was elected Chairman of the Republican Governance Group, a group of Republican lawmakers from across the country comprised of pragmatic members who are committed to productive and effective governance. Members carefully consider policy stances and aim to make a difference rather than pushing partisan noise.
    In the first session of the 117th Congress, Dave was once again recognized as one of the most effective and bipartisan lawmakers in Washington by the Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.
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    Evan Power is Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. He is a native of Chattanooga, TN where he graduated from the McCallie School. Mr. Power moved to Florida where he attended Florida State University. He received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master of Science in Political Science. Evan started his career working for the now-Senator Marco Rubio in the Florida House of Representatives, serving both in the

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    Crisis at the Border, Navigating Haiti's Gang Turmoil

    Crisis at the Border, Navigating Haiti's Gang Turmoil

    Join us this week on Breaking Battlegrounds for an action-packed lineup featuring esteemed guests tackling pressing global issues. Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies and contributor at National Review Online, offers insights on fixing the border. Caroline Downey, an education reporter for National Review, discusses the case of female swimmers suing the NCAA. Award-winning journalist Jacqueline Charles delves into the crisis facing Haiti amidst escalating gang-related turmoil. Finally, Sean Noble, host of Light Beer, Dark Money, joins Chuck and Sam to dissect media hypocrisies. Plus, stay tuned for Kiley's Corner, where she covers the recent disappearances of two college men and provides updates on the Gilbert Goons arrests.
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    About our guests
    Mark Krikorian is the Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies. Mark Krikorian, a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues, has served as Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) since 1995. The Center, an independent, non-partisan research organization in Washington, D.C., examines and critiques the impact of immigration on the United States. Mr. Krikorian’s knowledge and expertise in the immigration field are sought by Congress, as well as the mainstream and new media. He frequently testifies before Congress and has published articles in numerous outlets including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Commentary. He is a contributor at National Review Online, and has appeared on 60 Minutes, Nightline, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CNN, and NPR, among other television and radio programs. He is on Twitter at @MarkSKrikorian .
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    Caroline Downey is an education reporter for National Review.
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    Jacqueline Charles has reported on Haiti and the English-speaking Caribbean for the Miami Herald for over a decade. A Pulitzer Prize finalist for her coverage of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, she was awarded a 2018 Maria Moors Cabot Prize — the most prestigious award for coverage of the Americas.
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    Sean Noble is host of Light Beer, Dark Money Podcast and a founding partner of DC London, Inc., which provides political, public relations, and public affairs consulting services.



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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Congressman Carter Co-Sponsors the Laken Riley Act and Congressman Davidson's Insights on the State of the Union

    Congressman Carter Co-Sponsors the Laken Riley Act and Congressman Davidson's Insights on the State of the Union

    Join us on Breaking Battlegrounds as we welcome Congressman Buddy Carter from Georgia's 1st congressional district and Congressman Warren Davidson from Ohio's 8th congressional district. In this episode, we dissect President Biden's State of the Union address, delve into the Laken Riley Act, which aims to detain an illegal immigrant who commits a crime in the US, analyze Putin's motives in the Ukraine/Russian war, and discuss the implications of the escalating tensions with China and in the Middle East. With expert insights, this episode offers a comprehensive exploration of pressing political issues shaping our future.
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    Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter is an experienced businessman, health care professional and faithful public servant. For over 32 years Buddy owned Carter’s Pharmacy, Inc. where South Georgians trusted him with their most valuable assets: their health, lives and families. While running his business, he learned how to balance a budget and create jobs. He also saw firsthand the devastating impacts of government overregulation which drives his commitment to ensuring that the federal government creates policies to empower business instead of increasing burdens on America’s job creators.A committed public servant, Buddy previously served as the Mayor of Pooler, Georgia and in the Georgia General Assembly where he used his business experience to make government more efficient and responsive to the people. Buddy is serving his fifth term in the United States House of Representatives and is a member of the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee and the House Budget Committee. He proudly serves as Chairman of the E&C Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials, where he prioritizes beating China, reducing emissions, unleashing American energy, and creating a pro-growth business environment. As a pharmacist serving in Congress, Buddy is dedicated to working towards a health care system that provides more choices, less costs and better services.A lifelong resident of the First District, Buddy was born and raised in Port Wentworth, Georgia and is a proud graduate of Young Harris College and the University of Georgia where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. Buddy married his college sweetheart, Amy. Buddy and Amy have three sons, three daughters-in-law and six grandchildren.
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    Congressman Warren Davidson represents Ohio’s 8th Congressional District. He is a member of the House Financial Services Committee, where he is focused on policies that help grow our economy, instill fiscal discipline, advance innovation, and limit runaway government expansion that threatens to bankrupt America.
    After high school, Congressman Davidson enlisted in the Army as an infantryman. As part of the 3rd Infantry Division, he was stationed in Germany and witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall. Warren’s commanding officers recognized his potential and helped him earn an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated near the top of his class as a student of American history and mechanical engineering. As an officer, he led in The Old Guard, the 75th Ranger Regiment, and the 101st Airborne Division.
    After the Army, Congressman Davidson returned home, worked with his father, earned an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, and spent fifteen years owning and operating manufacturing companies in Ohio. In 2016, he again responded to the call of service, and came to work in the U.S. House of Representatives.Warren and his wife Lisa have been married for 25 years and have two adult children.



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