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Live from Nashville: President Trump on Charlottesville and Women in Politics  

From redpepper in Nashville, TN, we hang out with a roomful of awesome people to discuss the President's remarks on Charlottesville (that he made while we were conducting a workshop on getting involved!) and the importance of women in politics. 

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Reflecting on Charlottesville  

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Painfully, we are discussing Nazis, white supremacists, and the KKK. We consider the violence hate wrought upon Charlottesville, the President’s response, and our moral responsibilities at this moment in history. 

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The Pearls

We talk about the President's approach to North Korea, the territory of Guam, and whether there is a viable military or political solution to North Korea's nuclear proliferation. We also briefly discuss whether America has an interest in Venezuela and the President's threat of using military force there. 

Sarah compliments the President for declaring the opioid epidemic a national emergency. Beth sends good thoughts to Michael Signer, Charlottesville's mayor. 

The Suit

The horrific events in Charlottesville have us thinking about racism, individual responsibility, violence, and moral culpability. We also discuss President Trump's response to these events. 

The Heels

We discuss The Daily's reporting on Weight Watchers

The Briefcase: What's local office really like with Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless  

Many of you have been asking for an update on Sarah's life as a city commissioner. She invited her friend and Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless to chat openly about what it was like to run and win and then govern! 

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Affirmative Action, August recess, and is motherhood a sacrifice or a privilege?  

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According to the New York Times, the Department of Justice is taking on affirmative action in admissions. We discuss this controversial policy, as well as Congress's plans after the August recess.

Join us in Nashville on August 15 for our very first live podcast at redpepper. Get your tickets today! 

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The Pearls

Congress has BIG plans for their return from August recess and we are skeptical they can get any of it accomplished. 

Listener Caitlin sent us the New York Times editorial Motherhood Isn’t Sacrifice, It’s Selfishness and we talked about whether or not we agreed and what the type of impact this discussion had on those who choose not to have children. We mentioned this book by Caitlin Moran and this essay by Ayelet Waldman.

We compliment Senator Alexander and Senator Murray on their bipartisan approach to health care.

The Suit

We discuss the history of affirmative action and the courts' attempts to deal with it. We also discuss the underlying attitudes and assumptions that seem to fuel discussions about affirmative action.

The Heels

We talk about Sarah's vacation to Canada and Beth's vacation to the beach. 

The Briefcase: Immigration, Tax Reform, and Healthcare with Special Guest Perry Bacon  

During John Kelly's first week as Chief of Staff, the President rolled out a plan to curb legal immigration. Beth discusses this plan and the future of healthcare and tax reform legislation with Perry Bacon of FiveThirtyEight

Thank you to Mary for sharing the Optimist's Creed

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Healthcare and Activism with Special Guest Emily Ellsworth  

While Sarah enjoys time away with family, former Congressional staffer and writer Emily Ellsworth joins Beth to discuss the news of the week and effectively contacting your representatives. 

Come see us in Nashville for our first ever live podcast as part of redpepper's Hustle and Grow series. Tickets are on sale now

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The Pearls

We discuss the Senate's failure to pass a repeal or replacement of the Affordable Care Act, including the valiant efforts of Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski

We also talk about Reince Preibus's departure from the White House and the President's appointment of John Kelly as the new Chief of Staff. 

To compliment the other side, Beth highlights the work of Take Back Our Republic, and Emily compliments Chuck Schumer

The Suit

We discuss Emily's viral tweetstorm and Call the Halls: Contacting Your Representatives the Smart Way

The Heels

Since we're both introverts, we discuss the introversion, the internet, public service, and the importance of our extroverted friends. 

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Pantsuit Politics Book Club: The Righteous Mind  
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion By Jonathan Haidt

Sarah talks with our Pantsuit Politics Book Club founder Megan Hart and former U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district Jason Altmire about the book club's June pick The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt. Next month's pick is Tribe by Sebastian Junger. 

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The Tweets Won't Stop: Big Problems We Can't Solve While Focused on Trump's Tweets  

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On most days, you can bank on the news being brought to a grinding halt by a tweet from the President. Today we discuss all of the problems we aren’t solving because we are fixated on his 140 character musings. 

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The Pearls

Sean Spicer is out, and Anthony Scaramucci is in. We struggle to care about that, but we do get a little fired up about "the Mooch" making sexist comments about new Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. 

Surprise! There's more stuff that Jared Kushner left out of required disclosures. We try to put the constant barrage of information in perspective. 

We'd love to offer a nuanced analysis of the healthcare bill that will be voted on this week. If only we knew what's in it. 

Listener Leslie compliments Senators Rand Paul and Kamala Harris.

The Suit

We're as guilty as anyone of focusing too much on the President's tweets. But there's a giant world of problems that we aren't solving because of this obsession. We start making that list. 

We think that the country's opiate crisis requires all hands on deck. Sarah recommends The House We All Live In. We also talk about our caregiving crisis and new ways to think about death. 

Technology is changing everything. We don't seem to be adapting our principles rapidly enough to affirmatively decide what kind of world we want to live in. What do we want from artificial intelligence? (Beth references this quote.) How do we adapt our educational systems to a post-industrial society? (We detour a little to discuss multipotentialiteswhy college isn't for everyone, and the limitations of valedictorians). 

Thanks to our listeners and patrons Meg (educational inequality), Aaron (inefficient military spending), and Katy (foster care as punishment) for contributing to our conversation. We ultimately think that on a lot of these issues, we need to go back to the drawing board

The Heels

We discuss the music festival Beth worked on this weekend (check out The Flower Man) and Sarah learning to water ski. 

The Briefcase: McCain, Trump, Session, Kobach and more  

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It's been another whirlwind week, so we experiment with covering five topics each in 20 minutes. 

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Here's our lightening round!

1.  The President's interview with the New York Times is really something. We also discuss  'The Daily': Life as a G.O.P. Congressman in the Trump Era

2. Apologies to Ann Coulter -- she paid for extra leg room not an extra seat. Here's the article Sarah mentioned about observations v. expectations - The Silent Killer Of Relationships — Derek Harvey.

3. We're sending our thoughts to Senator McCain

4. Leah asked for our thoughts on Charles Koch's interview with Freakonomics. 

5. This episode of Criminal about the clergy abortion network blew us away.

6. Jana gave Beth a great intro suggestion, as the struggle to identify with the parties continues. 

7. Our listener Peggy thinks the President's remarks about Brigitte Macron were directed at the French President. 

8. The President's remarks on healthcare are concerning. 

9. Our maternal death rates are shockingly high. 

10. Kris Kobach, please stop talking. 

Climate Change and Hope: "The Uninhabitable Earth"  

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We take a look at the frightening possibilities ahead for humanity because the planet is getting warmer. In the Pearls we discuss Colombia's continued peace process and President Trump's comment to Brigitte Macron and compliment the other party. In the Heels, we discuss cooking and eating. 

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The Pearls

Sarah provides an update on the peace process in Colombia. We discuss the President's comments to Brigette Macron on her appearance and how objectifying women is never appropriate. Really. Between the President's statements and Ann Coulter's ridiculous twitter fit over the weekend, we share some reflections on those who rail against "political correctness." 

For our compliments to the other party, Sarah tips her hat to Representative Martha McSally for raising the need to update the Congressional dress code. Beth compliments Senators Claire McCaskill and Tom Carper for their bipartisan work (with Senator Rob Portman) on online sex trafficking

The Suit

We take a deep dive into David Wallace-Wells' stunning essay in New York Magazine: The Uninhabitable Earth. We discuss why we're all in denial about the real scope of possibilities presented by climate change, what this means for our children, and why we still have hope. 

The Heels

Beth has been cooking. You should go make this and this, and use this for all your pie crusts. Unless, like Sarah, you're tracking and counting all the things.  

The Briefcase: Don Jr., Russia, and Anti-Trust Feedback  

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Today, we discuss the reporting regarding Donald Trump, Jr., and the Russian influence in the United States today. 

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Donald Trump, Jr.'s behavior has us reeling. Plus, we discuss Leah's feedback on our antitrust episode: 

On antitrust, your discussion of the very grey area was so important. I'm a policy lawyer in the agricultural industry, and consolidation and mergers are a huge topic for our industry like most. Obviously, there are concerns about putting market share into less and less companies, and I share those concerns. At the same time, the costs, for example, of bringing new seed or a new drug to market are prohibitive and possibly insurmountable for any new/small company to actually hurdle. So, along with this discussion of what the corporations are doing to limit market access, is a question of, has the government through regulation or other means also (unintentionally) encouraged that consolidation and lack of market access? I'm totally in support of reasonable regulation and I see the need for a lot of the reviews/permits/etc that have to be done for many of these companies that create high tech solutions like seeds, pharmaceuticals/etc. At the same time, if those requirements are making it impossible for new innovation to be explored (and if that new innovation is not going to be properly funded through public research-but that's another issue) than aren't we (collectively as the govt/people demanding this) at least contributing to the issue of the consolidation?

We also appreciate our listener Sarah explaining that paper was indeed invented by a person at a specific time: 

Sarah, you made an off-hand comment in the latest episode about how no one really invented paper, and societies all simultaneously invented it. It was actually invented in China in 105 AD by Tsai Lun. Papyrus, because it is woven, is not technically paper, so it was definitely invented in China at one time (approximately).

"America. We always take it too far." Considering Trump, the G20, and Antitrust Laws  

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We spend a lot of time talking about the size and scope of government. Today, we turn those questions to private industry. 

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The Pearls

Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted the G20 in Hamburg, and it was a tough time.Merkel and others (including this Australian journalist) criticized the United States for the President's decision to exit the global climate accord. Ivanka Trump sat in for her father for part of the summit, prompting controversy. The President met with Vladimir Putin -- a meeting that generated conflicting accountsconsternation for Americans, and according to the President,"tremendous" results. 

For our compliments to the other party, Sarah gives kudos to RepublicanRepresentative Shelley Capito for her stance on the BCRA. Beth compliments former Representative Donna Edwards for her moving Washington Post op-ed on health care and MS. 

The Suit

Antitrust laws are receiving increased attention. We were particularly struck by Steve Hilton's comments on the importance of antitrust laws in this Freakonomics interview. So, today we consider how the US economy is becoming less competitive. We talk about the importance of stability in the people and policies enforcing antitrust laws. We consider the mergers over the past two years (the most on record). We wonder about our myopic focus on price is causing us to miss other important aspects of private power. European countries seem to be taking a harder line on large tech companies, and we wonder if America needs to follow suit. But antitrust is complex, and who knows where the President will come out on these issues

The Heels

Based on y'all recommendations, Sarah has gotten into Harlots. Beth discusses her visit to Country Concert and saying "yes" to the universe. 

Primer: Antitrust Laws  

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In this quick primer, we set the table for a discussion of federal antitrust laws and enforcement. 

Resources: 

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Current FTC Personnel

Why Antitrust Laws Matter

The Briefcase: Dear Mitch McConnell (plus North Korea and Clay Higgins)  

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Mitch McConnell has been our Senator since we were toddlers. We have thoughts. 

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North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile, and the Trump administration is considering U.S. options. We discuss how we'd handle this escalating situation if we were in the White House. 

Representative Clay Higgins filmed himself discussing his public service in a gas chamber in Auschwitz. He has apologized. We reflect on whether we're losing our sense of sacred spaces. 

We discuss listener feedback on patriotism before turning to our thoughts on Kentucky Senator and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Believe it or not, McConnell used to be a moderate and even helped work toward passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. But the Senator has built his career on tactical, rather than legislative, achievements and is now seeking the tactical victory of repealing the Affordable Care Act. We talk about what we've observed and hoped for in our Senator. 

Trump on Mika Brzezinski and CNN, LecturePorn, and Independence Day Trump on Mika Brezenski and CNN, LecturePorn, and Independence Day  

It's an interesting year to celebrate America's birth. We talk about our patriotism here in 2017. 

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The Pearls

We discuss the President's vile tweets about Mika Brzezinski and CNN. We also talk about lectureporn and its manifestation in a recent HuffPo piece. We're frustrated by the general approach of the Trump administration (and Sarah discusses the downside of the cautious Obama administration). While the lectureporn essay is aimed at liberal narcissism, it applies to the conservative narcissism on display in the new NRA ad

We both compliment Secretaries of State today. Beth appreciates Kentucky's Secretary Alison Lundergan Grimes, and Sarah compliments Mississippi's Secretary Delbert Hosemann.

The Suit

We discuss our patriotism and the nature of America in 2017. You can find the Pantsuit Politics book club selection here and the episode of On Being Sarah discusses here.

The Heels 

We talk about Sarah's #lakelife and Beth's Big Brother viewing. 

The Briefcase: SCOTUS, Trump's Travel Ban,  and Health Care Feedback  

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We discuss the Supreme Court's decision on the President's travel ban and your overwhelming health care feedback. 

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We discuss the Supreme Court and the difficulty created by its new order on the President's travel ban. We also talk about political questions and the unintended consequences of Supreme Court decisions

The Senate delayed its vote on the BCRA. We discuss the politics and substance, along with your fantastic feedback. 

 

The Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act: McConnell, Trump, Resistance, and Medicaid  

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In today's podcast, we discuss Mitch McConnell's Better Care Reconciliation Act. We also talk about PRIDE month and the gentrification of gay neighborhoods and Trump's Africa policy in the Pearls. In the Heels, we discuss the tragedy of Sarah's cell phone and too many birthday gifts. 

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The Pearls

We celebrate PRIDE month and all the progress that has been made for LGBTQ+ rights. We also discuss the New York Times's fascinating piece on the gentrification of gayborhoods, gentrification in general, and the affordable housing crisis

The President's proposed Pentagon budget for Africa indicates an increase in military spending and a sharp decrease in humanitarian spending. We talk about the possible consequences of this policy. 

To compliment the other party, Sarah gives a shout out to the Republican senators considering voting against the BCRA. Beth compliments Tim Kaine and Tom Karper, who've been discussing specific bipartisan solutions to health care problems. 

The Suit

*We recorded this episode on Sunday, June 25 -- before the CBO released its score of the BCRA*

We talk about the Better Care Reconciliation Act, Mitch McConnell's controversial proposal to "repeal and replace Obamacare." For a detailed comparison of how the BCRA compares to the House's AHCA and the ACA, check out the Kaiser Foundation and the Washington Post's comparison. In reality, the BCRA is not a total repeal or replacement of the ACA -- it's a Medicaid reform bill, which is making it unprecedentedly unpopular. Almost all sides find large points of contention, as well as more minor issues that over time will have unintended consequences. (For a positive view of the BCRA, read Avik Roy's analysis in Forbes). 

We discuss the future of health insurance and health care, including the trillions of dollars we currently spend on end-of-life care and the Americare proposal

The Heels

Sarah's cell phone is the in Kentucky Lake. Beth's daughter, Ellen is 2. 

The Briefcase: Osoff, Spicer, and Kalanick Are Out  

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We talk about the results in Georgia's Special Election, as well as changes in the White House Press Office and at Uber. We also share listener feedback. 

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Sarah shares her disappointment in Jon Ossoff's defeat and Beth shares her concern about the level of spending in the race. We also talk about the Nancy Pelosi blowback post-Election Day. We also discuss Sean Spicer changing role within the White House and how many recruitment problems the Trump administration is having

Rebecca had fabulous feedback on her belief that everyone's character traits are neutral and it's all about how they are used - even with Donald Trump. Shannon shared her thoughts on the "texting" case and how repulsive the text were. 

Lastly, we talk about the ouster of Travis Kalanick at Uber and the importance of leading a productive and supportive culture. 

Primer: Cuba (with Special Guest Pedro Freyre)  

Pedro Freyre, a nationally-recognized expert on US-Cuba relations with deep personal ties to Cuba, joins Beth for a brief discussion of the country and its relations with the United States. 

Show Notes: 

Trump's Cuba Policy

Huffington Post: Ending Insular Thinking

Are Our Branches All Broken? The Cosby and Castile Verdicts, and the Super Secret Senate Health Care Law  

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Senate Republicans say they’re going to fix the health care system by July 4th, but they won’t say how. A jury couldn’t convict Bill Cosby or the officer who shot Philander Castile, and we’re wondering about the effectiveness of all three branches of government. 

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The Pearls

We discuss the verdict in the Philando Castile murder trial and the hung jury in Bill Cosby's case. We're wondering how much the near universal outcry regarding the Castile verdict is influenced by the gun industry, and we're struggling with the Cosby jury's inability to reach a unanimous verdict. Should the standard for convicting a police officer be so high? What about the standard for sexual assault convictions? We also briefly discuss Michelle Carter's conviction for texting encouragement for her boyfriend's suicide. 

Beth compliments Senator Claire McCaskill for taking her colleagues to task on the health care law. Sarah compliments President Trump for his DACA announcement. 

The Suit

We discuss the process by which Senate Republicans are secretly drafting health care legislation (see Sarah Kliff's reporting on this and her guest appearance Pod Save America). The AHCA continues to be extraordinarily unpopular. Even fellow Republicans are frustrated by the process of drafting an alternative. Governors and most constituents are urging Senators to rethink the bill, and we are aghast at the process of drafting this legislation in secret then attempting to ram it through the Senate through the reconciliation process. Even Republicans who are close to the process can't describe what the policy objectives are. 

We also discuss Steve Hilton's interview on Freakonmoics and the lack of innovation in government and how that's evident in this process. We also come back to an issue we always discuss with regards to health care, which is costs and a great article from the Atlantic on where much of that spending goes. 

The Heels

Sarah talks about Sklar Body, a new perfume she's loving, and Beth discusses Leah Remini's Scientology and The Aftermath and we talk about Going Clear.

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