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Ray Hanania is an award-winning former Chicago City Hall reporter & columnist writing from the frontlines of Chicago's rough & tumble politics. Hanania writes a syndicated column on politics, media, and a wide range of topics including seniors and humor. He also writes and host a radio show on Middle East issues for the prestigious Arab News Newspaper at ArabNews.com/rayradioshow. You can subscribe to his 4-Times Weekly Syndicated columns by visiting https://RayHanania.com

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Ray Hanania is an award-winning former Chicago City Hall reporter & columnist writing from the frontlines of Chicago's rough & tumble politics. Hanania writes a syndicated column on politics, media, and a wide range of topics including seniors and humor. He also writes and host a radio show on Middle East issues for the prestigious Arab News Newspaper at ArabNews.com/rayradioshow. You can subscribe to his 4-Times Weekly Syndicated columns by visiting https://RayHanania.com

    5-03-24 Should Kennedy be part of the Trump-Biden debates? And, comparing student protests today with 1968

    5-03-24 Should Kennedy be part of the Trump-Biden debates? And, comparing student protests today with 1968

    5-03-24 Should Robert F. Kennedy Jr. be part of the Trump-Biden debates? And, comparing student protests today with 1968

    S3E14 Two Guys on Politics:

    Hosts Bill Lipinski and Ray Hanania discuss

    “Two Guys on Politics” Podcast presents a Reagan Democrat Perspectives from Chicagoland’s Southwest Side and the Midwest. Lipinski and Hanania explore the upcoming presidential debates. Should RFK Jr be included.

    And Lipinski and Hanania discuss the student protests at Universities and colleges over the Israel-Hamas in Gaza. They compare the student protests today over the Israel-Gaza war and the protests that divided America during the Vietnam war and how the protestors disrupted the 1968 Democratic Convention and had a negative impact on the candidacy of Democrat Hubert H. Humphrey. Assertions of outside influence today reflect the same assertions of outside influence in 1968, and the brutality used against student protestors then and now are compared.

    Bill Lipinski served as Democratic Committeeman/Alderman of Chicago’s 23rd Ward. Lipinski was elected to Congress in 1983 and served through 2005. He currently writes the “Right from the Center” opinion column at BillLipinski.com

    Ray Hanania covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 and writes mainstream opinion columns for The Southwest News Newspaper Group.

    Subscribe to his syndicated columns by visiting https://www.Hanania.com;

    Hanania also writes Middle East columns and news for the Arab News Newspaper https://www.ArabNews.com
    Our web address is www.TwoGuysonPolitics.com
    Our Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/TwoGuysOnPolitics

    • 36 min
    04-24-24 Israel, Ukraine & Taiwan Aid; Tiktok influence; Hollywood's anti-Trump movie "Civil War," & Robert F. Kennedy Jr's challenge to become president

    04-24-24 Israel, Ukraine & Taiwan Aid; Tiktok influence; Hollywood's anti-Trump movie "Civil War," & Robert F. Kennedy Jr's challenge to become president

    04-24-24 S3E13 Israel, Ukraine & Taiwan Aid; Tiktok influence; Hollywood's anti-Trump movie "Civil War," & Robert F. Kennedy Jr's challenge to become president


    Two Guys on Politics Episode


    Hosts Bill Lipinski and Ray Hanania discuss

    “Two Guys on Politics” Podcast presents a Reagan Democrat Perspectives from Chicagoland’s Southwest Side and the Midwest. Lipinski and Hanania explore the impact of movies and Hollywood on American politics, including a look at the film "Civil War" which some call an anti-Trump propaganda film; and also GOP House Speaker Mike Johnson juggling his leadership and party politics; and updates on the RFK Jr candidacy.

    Lipinski and Hanania also discuss the role of GOP House Speaker Mike Johnson and his role in passing the 95 billion aid package for Israel Ukraine and Taiwan.

    Lipinski and Hanania talk about how American politics is being manipulated by the pro-Israel community to push through without challenge funding for Israel, one of the world's most powerful and wealthy nations, without much debate, but had to struggle to get support for funding for Ukraine which is on the verge of being destroyed by Russia, an opponent of Democracy and America. In recent months we have seen more and more American protesting against Israel's government actions in Gaza, and part of the discussion involves the influence of Tiktok which is today's version of "Television" for many young people.

    Ironically, it was the rise of television videos in the late 1960s that turned the American people against the American-backed war in Vietnam. Tiktok is doing the same in the Israel-Gaza conflict, which is one reason why members of the US Senate and Congress have approved legislation assaulting Tiktok threatening to shut it down.

    Lipinski and Hanania then discuss the Hollywood movie "Civil War" which is playing into fueling a. wider divide, growing the polarization of American society between pro-Trump and anti-Trump Americans. The film portrays an unnamed president who is clearly based on Trump who is authoritarian and who has issued a shoot-to-kill order against any journalist, who takes over government and is serving his third term in office in violation of the U.S. Constitutions 22nd Amendment limiting presidents to two full terms. Eventually, the Trump-like President is captured by "Western Forces" led aby an African American female Unit commander dragged out from under the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office and after being questioned by a journalist is executed at point blank range by the soldiers.

    Finally, Lipinski and Hanania discuss the continued candidacy of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and his need to become more focused on the issues and topics of most interest to the mainstream American people. Is Kennedy the candidate who can bring the country together? Certainly neither Trump not Biden ar ecapable of bringing the American people together and bridging the growing polarization and political divide.

    Bill Lipinski served as Democratic Committeeman/Alderman of Chicago’s 23rd Ward. Lipinski was elected to Congress in 1983 and served through 2005. He currently writes the “Right from the Center” opinion column at BillLipinski.com

    Ray Hanania covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 and writes mainstream opinion columns for The Southwest News Newspaper Group.

    Subscribe to his syndicated columns by visiting https://www.Hanania.com;

    Hanania also writes Middle East columns and news for the Arab News Newspaper https://www.ArabNews.com

    Our web address is www.TwoGuysonPolitics.com

    Our Facebook page is:   / twoguysonpolitics  

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    • 32 min
    04-18-24 S3E12 The Iran attack on Israel; Kennedy family abandon's RFK Jr; Donald Trump on trial

    04-18-24 S3E12 The Iran attack on Israel; Kennedy family abandon's RFK Jr; Donald Trump on trial

    04-18-24 S3E12 The Iran attac on Israel and Reagan's strategic defense initiative; Kennedy Family abandon's RFK Jr, and Donald Trump on trial

    A Two Guys on Politics podcast

    Hosts Bill Lipinski and Ray Hanania discuss “Two Guys on Politics” Podcast presents a Reagan Democrat Perspectives from Chicagoland’s Southwest Side and the Midwest. Lipinski and Hanania explore the continued deterioration of the role of the United States as a leader of the Free World as conflict expands and escalates in many different arenas.

    1 - Strategic Defense Initiative that was set up by former President Ronald Reagan and our co-host, and Iran Drone attack. (Israel attacked Iran on April 1, 2024 killing 12 Iranians, and Iran responded with its drone strike that was taken out mainly by the United States which continues to prop up Israel's rightwing government.

    2 - Kennedy family turns back on RFK Jr and endorses Joe Biden. But the Kennedy Family today is nothing like what it was 60 years ago when it was led by President John F. Kennedy and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedty. For the Kennedy's to abandon Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a member of their family, to support Joe Biden suggests how deeply Biden is in political trouble

    3 - Former President Donald Trump's court case is unique as it is founded on what oftentimes is considered a minor transgression of using campaign money for non-campaign purposes.Lipinski and Hanania also talk about the continued expansion of conflict under Biden's leadership, the continued threat of Russia not just against Ukraine but NATO and Europe, and growing polarization in America and the rise of emotion rather than reasoned thought.


    Bill Lipinski served as Democratic Committeeman/Alderman of Chicago’s 23rd Ward. Lipinski was elected to Congress in 1983 and served through 2005.

    He currently writes the “Right from the Middle” opinion column at BillLipinski.com

    Ray Hanania covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 and writes mainstream opinion columns for The Southwest News Newspaper Group.

    Subscribe to his syndicated columns by visiting https://www.Hanania.com;

    Hanania also writes Middle East columns and news for the Arab News Newspaper https://www.ArabNews.com

    Our web address is www.TwoGuysonPolitics.com

    Our Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/TwoGuysOnPoliticsEND

    • 42 min
    04-11-24 S3E11: the OJ SImpson judicial flaw; non-citizens voting; and seniors pushed to gamble

    04-11-24 S3E11: the OJ SImpson judicial flaw; non-citizens voting; and seniors pushed to gamble

    04-11-24 S3E11 Two Guys on Politics: the OJ SImpson judicial flaw; non-citizens voting, and seniors turning to gambling when government doesn't do enough for them

    “Two Guys on Politics” Podcast presents a Reagan Democrat Perspectives from Chicagoland’s Southwest Side and the Midwest. Hosts Bill Lipinski and Ray Hanania discuss:

    1 - OJ Simpson finally gets justice, and the "OJ Simpson flaw" in our American justice system
    2 - Voting by non-citizens on local elections in some states; courts strike it down
    3 - cracking down on illegal immigrations
    4 - how not enough is being done to help Seniors who flock to the false promise of gambling wins at casinos

    Bill Lipinski served as Democratic Committeeman/Alderman of Chicago’s 23rd Ward. Lipinski was elected to Congress in 1983 and served through 2005. He currently writes the “Right from the Center” opinion column at BillLipinski.com

    Ray Hanania covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 and writes mainstream opinion columns for The Southwest News Newspaper Group.

    Subscribe to his syndicated columns by visiting https://www.Hanania.com;

    Hanania also writes Middle East columns and news for the Arab News Newspaper https://www.ArabNews.com
    Our web address is www.TwoGuysonPolitics.com
    Our Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/TwoGuysOnPolitics

    • 24 min
    04-04-24 S3E10 WSJ poll Trump leads Biden; Israel losing US public support; RFK & No Label updates

    04-04-24 S3E10 WSJ poll Trump leads Biden; Israel losing US public support; RFK & No Label updates

    04-04-24 S3E10 Two Guys on Politics: WSJ poll shows Trump leading Biden; Israel losing American public support, RFK & No Label Updates. Is RFK addressing the right issues?



    A "TWO GUYS ON POLITICS" podcast for the "Ray Hanania on Politics" podcast series

    Hosts Bill Lipinski and Ray Hanania discuss a recent poll by the Wall Street Journal showing Trump leading Biden in the presidential race. Does that mean that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. can sweep away the anti-Biden and anti-Trump supporters? Or is Kennedy failing to see the issues that Biden and Trump are fumbling? Is Kennedy focused on issues that are not the primary focus of the American people?

    And they discuss polling by the PEW Research Center and another by the Associated Press showing support for Israel diminishing the longer the Gaza war continues ... including the Israeli killing of 7 aid workers with the World Central Kitchen, a humanitarian group that provides food in crisis situations to refugees and victims of war. One of those killed by Israel is an American. The Washington-headquartered charity provides meals to disaster-struck regions and communities around the world. It is one of the few aid organizations delivering desperately needed food in Gaza where 2.2 million people do not have enough to eat.

    Also, the No Labels Party decided not to run a candidate ... and maybe it was a mistake not to reach out to the Robert F. Kennedy Jr., campaign to keep their momentum going. No Labels is on 24 states and they could have come together to help strengthen a third party option to the horrendous stumbling of President Biden and the continued rancor and uncertainty of the Trump campaign. Kennedy's problem is he is not addressing the major issues that Americans are most concerned with and spends too much time on extraneous issues that are being brushed aside as "conspiratorial."

    “Two Guys on Politics” Podcast presents a Reagan Democrat Perspectives from Chicagoland’s Southwest Side and the Midwest.

    Bill Lipinski served as Democratic Committeeman/Alderman of Chicago’s 23rd Ward. Lipinski was elected to Congress in 1983 and served through 2005. He currently writes the “Right from the Center” opinion column at BillLipinski.com

    Ray Hanania covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 and writes mainstream opinion columns for The Southwest News Newspaper Group.

    Subscribe to his syndicated columns by visiting https://www.Hanania.com;

    Hanania also writes Middle East columns and news for the Arab News Newspaper https://www.ArabNews.com

    Our web address is www.TwoGuysonPolitics.com

    Our Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/TwoGuysOnPolitics

    END

    • 34 min
    03-29-24 S3E9 VIDEO Joe Lieberman, the neverending elections counts, Kennedy's vice president, and Council Wars II

    03-29-24 S3E9 VIDEO Joe Lieberman, the neverending elections counts, Kennedy's vice president, and Council Wars II

    03-29-24 S3E9 Joe Lieberman, the neverending elections counts, Kennedy's vice president, and Council Wars II



    This is a TWO GUYS ON POLITICS podcast (merged with RAY HANANIA ON POLITICS podcast.

    Two Guys on Politics: Lipinski and Hanania discuss thew passing of Senator Joseph Lieberman; the fact that nearly two weeks since the March 19 Democratic Primary, the critical race for Cook County States Attorney is still undecided; and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. announces his VP Choice Nicole Shanahan; and the growing fight in the Chicago City Council.

    Senator Joe Lieberman, a former candidate for VP with Al Gore in 2020 passed this week. Lipinski knew Lieberman well and talks about him.

    The critical race for Cook County State's Attorney is still up in the air nearly two weeks after the election with no clear decision, partly driven by the expanded voting system that seems uncontrolled and scattered with many ballots depending on the poorly performing U.S. Postal System to deliver them. The leader is retired Appellate Judge Eileen O’Neill Burke has widened her lead over university lecturer and former government official Clayton Harris III. Burke maintains a 1,600 vote lead over Harris and it looks like she will hold out to win as the vote count drags on slowly towards its final end.

    Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., surprised everyone when he announced his choice for his vice presidential running mate. RFK had floated the names of wrestler Jesse Ventura and former Greenbay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. As soon as RFK announced them, the biased news media jumped all over both Ventura and Rodgers showcasing controversies. But RFK instead chose Nicole Shanahan, a California attorney and billionaire. She is half Irish and half Chinese. While her wealth will certainly help in the election, will she?

    And, Lipinski and Hanania discuss Chicago City Council Wars II: Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez is being attacked because he spoke at a rally where before he spoke an American flag was burned -- something that is protected speech under the U.S. Constitution. Sigcho-Lopez the chair of the Housing Committee and a member of Mayor Brandon Johnson’s leadership team.His colleagues condemning Sigcho-Lopez on Wednesday were Alds. Marty Quinn (13th Ward), Raymond Lopez (15th Ward), Silvana Tabares (23rd Ward), Bill Conway (34th Ward), Gilbert Villegas (36th Ward), Anthony Napolitano (41st Ward), Chris Taliaferro (29th Ward), Felix Cardona (31st Ward) and Nick Sposato (38th Ward). It looks as if the critics are grasping for straws in an attempt to build a voice against Chicago Mayor Johnson's administration, but they lack enough votes to make a difference.

    “Two Guys on Politics” Podcast presents a Reagan Democrat Perspectives from Chicagoland’s Southwest Side and the Midwest.

    Bill Lipinski served as Democratic Committeeman/Alderman of Chicago’s 23rd Ward. Lipinski was elected to Congress in 1983 and served through 2005. He currently writes the “Right from the Center” opinion column at BillLipinski.com

    Ray Hanania covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 and writes mainstream opinion columns for The Southwest News Newspaper Group.

    Subscribe to his syndicated columns by visiting https://www.Hanania.com;

    Hanania also writes Middle East columns and news for the Arab News Newspaper https://www.ArabNews.com

    Our web address is www.TwoGuysonPolitics.com

    Our Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/TwoGuysOnPolitics

    • 37 min

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