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Tired of liberals and conservatives screaming partisan talking points? We were, and so we created The Politics Guys as a sane and civil alternative. Each week, a liberal and a conservative talk *to*, not at each other, in an attempt to better understand the week in politics & policy. We're not about scoring cheap partisan points or preaching to the ideological choir. We reject the notion that people who see the world differently are either stupid or evil. Our mission is to promote a shared, evidence-based understanding of American politics and policy. We hope you'll join us.

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Tired of liberals and conservatives screaming partisan talking points? We were, and so we created The Politics Guys as a sane and civil alternative. Each week, a liberal and a conservative talk *to*, not at each other, in an attempt to better understand the week in politics & policy. We're not about scoring cheap partisan points or preaching to the ideological choir. We reject the notion that people who see the world differently are either stupid or evil. Our mission is to promote a shared, evidence-based understanding of American politics and policy. We hope you'll join us.

    Reconciliation, SALT, Gun Control, COVID Passports, Supreme Court Reforms

    Reconciliation, SALT, Gun Control, COVID Passports, Supreme Court Reforms

    Reconciliation is back! Trey and Ken talk about the recent Senate parliamentarian ruling on a third budget reconciliation and what it means for Biden's infrastructure bill. Then Trey and Ken argue over progressive taxes and SALT, before agreeing on Biden's recent gun control legislation. Next the pair discuss the long history of vaccine skepticism and its most recent incarnation in the form of COVID passports. Finally they discuss Biden's commission examining the U.S. Supreme Court.

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Infrastructure, Georgia Voting Law, NCAA at the Supreme Court

    Infrastructure, Georgia Voting Law, NCAA at the Supreme Court

    Infrastructurepalooza! Mike and Jay talk about what's in the bill (lots), what's left out (not much), and how the procedure is guiding the substance of the bill. Then Mike and Jay board the midnight train to Georgia to talk election bill specifics, Biden's "hyperbole" (Jay's air quotes), and whether corporations are responding to customer perception or government demands. Finally--March Madness Baby-- as Mike and Jay talk about the NCAA at the Supreme Court and how to make college athletics fair for college athletes.

    *Mike’s Weekly Recommendation*

    Network ( https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/network ) (1976) and Apocalypse Now ( https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/apocalypse-now-redux ) (1979)

    *Jay’s Weekly Recommendation*

    Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal ( https://www.netflix.com/title/81130691 ) (Netflix)

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Mass Shootings, Biden News Conference, Voting Rights & The Filibuster

    Mass Shootings, Biden News Conference, Voting Rights & The Filibuster

    Mike and Jay open the episode with a discussion of the mass shooting in Boulder Colorado. Is the same script of “outrage, resistance, inaction” going to play out after this tragedy that we’ve seen so many times before? They also reexamine their discussion of the Georgia mass shooting from last week. Did they downplay the issue of AAPI intolerance? What about violence against women and sex workers?

    Next is a look at Joe Biden’s first news conference as president, with a focus on voting rights. Biden seems determined to pass voting rights legislation, but can it happen given the filibuster, and will the filibuster be changed? And how important are presidential news conferences anyway?

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Border Crisis, Georgia Shootings, US / China Talks

    Border Crisis, Georgia Shootings, US / China Talks

    Mike and Jay talk about the mess at the border, where good intentions create bad incentives. Then the Georgia shootings. Are they part of a larger trend of intolerance and violence toward Asians? Should this be viewed through the prism of race? And can anti-Chinese rhetoric be blamed for an increase in hate crimes against Asians? Biden takes a tough line against China. Can a rising China be contained and is there a role for American businesses to play?

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Uzuegbunam v. Preczewiski, Biden’s Record, Voting Rights, Trump Tells RNC to Cease and Desist

    Uzuegbunam v. Preczewiski, Biden’s Record, Voting Rights, Trump Tells RNC to Cease and Desist

    This week Trey is joined by Ken and the pair start with the Supreme Court case of Uzuegbunam v. Preczewiski. Here the pair discuss the standards the Supreme Court uses to determine if a case ought to be heard and Ken argues the Supreme Court should do away with the concept of mootness.

    Next the pair discuss the dubious record Biden has set in not holding a press conference. Trey notes his 45 days without a conference is the longest of any modern president in the last 100 years and he suggests the delay may be a new normal. Ken argues Biden's lack of a press conference doesn’t matter as long as competent individuals are running government.

    After that Trey and Ken discuss not only Biden’s most recent executive order on voting rights, but how it is a reaction to Republicans in state legislatures pushing to make elections more secure. The pair also discus Mike Pence's article on the subject.

    Finally they examine the recent back and forth between the RNC and Trump over the use of Trump’s name and image in campaign materials.

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    COVID Bill, For The People Act, Joe Manchin, CPAC & Trump

    COVID Bill, For The People Act, Joe Manchin, CPAC & Trump

    Mike and Trey open the show with a look at  final negotiations over the latest COVID relief legislation, in which centrist Senate Democrats - Joe Manchin in particular - forced significant revisions to the House-passed measure.

    Next, they discuss H.R. 1, the “For The People Act”, which would be the largest federal intervention in election procedures in a very long time. Mike thinks that’s a good thing - both for Democrats and democracy. Trey also generally favors making the system more small-d democratic, but has issues with certain aspects of the legislation.

    After that they look back on the Conservative Political Action Conference meeting, Donald Trump’s closing night speech, and whether or not the GOP is truly a conservative party any more. The former president was not only the favorite of CPAC attendees, but oddsmakers think he has a good shot ( https://www.sportsbettingdime.com/politics/us-presidential-election-odds/ ) at capturing the GOP nomination in 2024.

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    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
709 Ratings

709 Ratings

Holdem Harley ,

Great Pod Cast

I love hearing both sides. I consider my self a middle of the road kinda gal. And I really hope we can move away from this division of extreme left and right. Favorite episode so far 2/20/21. Great back and forth guys. 👍🏼

caromaurr ,

so insightful

i’m a highschool student, and the first election i ever felt really conscious of was trump vs. clinton in 2016. ever since then i’ve wanted to educate myself further so i didn’t feel so confused and out of the loop, as well as feeling confident in my opinions. i’ve been so lucky since then to find resources like this podcast to help me learn more, keep an open mind, and gain a better understanding of politics than if i only listened to people who agree with me.

one of my favorite things about the show is how smart everybody is, which sounds like a bare minimum requirement, but so often one side is clearly being demonized in a “discussion”, so there’s clearly a winner picked from the start. it’s also so helpful that they’re such good explainers, because, being in high school, a lot of things are being introduced to me for the first time.

while i’m definitely on the left myself, listening to this podcast had definitely given me a more expanded world view that i’m so thankful for!!!

Drakeisbored ,

Go-to podcast for political discussion

Thanks for being consistent with your political views while presenting a logical not emotional argument for your beliefs.

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