17 – Oh, Dinocrates…

On this episode of The JDRC Politics Podcast, Jay Doherty and Ryan Clark went in-depth on the news concerning the United States of America and the world as a whole. Topics of this episode are stated below.

 

TOPICS OF EPISODE 17

  • TRAVEL BAN MOST RECENTLY LEVIED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HAVING BEEN UPHELD BY THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ WINS DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 14TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
  • SUPREME COURT ABOLISHES MANDATORY UNION LABOR DUES
  • FIVE SLAIN IN NEWSPAPER SHOOTING
  • ASSOCIATE JUSTICE ANTHONY KENNEDY ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT FROM SUPREME COURT
  • SENATE PASSES FARM BILL, OMITS SNAP WORK REQUIREMENT
  • MEXICAN ELECTIONS TOMORROW

 

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2018

16 – Trump’s American Death Star Rocket Ship

TOPICS DISCUSSED ON EPISODE 16

  • ERDOGAN’S VICTORY
  • SAUDI DRIVING BAN LIFTED
  • TRUMP SEEKS TO REUNITE BORDER FAMILIES
  • PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ORDERS PENTAGON TO CREATE ‘SPACE FORCE’
  • PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SEEKS PROTECTIONS FROM CHINESE TECHNOLOGICAL CONTROL

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2018

14 – The House, Haspel, and Horror in Texas

TOPICS DISCUSSED ON EPISODE 14 OF JDRC POLITICS

  • HOUSE REJECTS FARM BILL
  • SENATE CONFIRMS GINA HASPEL TO BE CIA DIRECTOR
  • TRUMP CEASES MILITARY EXERCISES IN KOREA
  • TRUMP ALLEGES BEING SPIED ON BY FBI
  • 10 KILLED IN TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING
  • NEW MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT MOVES TO PUNISH FORMER PRIME MINISTER
  • SAUDI ARABIA DETAINS ACTIVISTS FOR WOMEN’S DRIVING RIGHTS

 

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2018

13 – Supreme Court, Senate Confirmations, and Secretary of State

Topics Discussed on JDRC Politics Episode 13

  • Pompeo was confirmed in the Senate 57-42
  • Bridenstine confirmation
  • Giuliani joins Trump legal team
  • Trump mets Macron
  • Supreme Court limits foreign terror victims right to sue corporations
  • Supreme Court rules deportation laws are too vague
  • Illinois sells $500 million in bonds
  • The leaders of North and South Korea met and vowed to end the Korean War.

 

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2018

12 – Ryan Resigns and Zuckerberg Testifies

Topics of JDRC Politics: Episode 12

  • Paul Ryan has announced his coming resignation.
  • Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo reassured lawmakers at confirmation hearing
  • Mark Zuckerberg completed his two-day testimony in Washington D.C.
  • Trump has struck Syria
  • Trump is mad at Comey
  • Japanese Rare Earth Metals

 

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2018

11 – Park Geun-Hye, Paranoia, and Russia Penalties

JDRC Politics Episode 11

April 7, 2018

 

Topics discussed on Episode 11

  • The White House penalizes Russian oligarchs.
  • The US government plans to re-initiate its H1-B visa lottery-based distribution system.
  • White House Chief of Staff John Kelly urges President Trump to condemn and remove EPA Director Scott Pruitt
  • Trump’s online merchandise store with Trump-branded products only collects taxes in two states, Florida and Louisiana.
  • Trump threatens an additional $100 billion of tariffs on Chinese imports
  • Former President of South Korea is sentenced to twenty-four years in prison.

 

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2018

10 – Iran Sanctions, Amazon Feud, and Vermont Gun Laws

Topics discussed on Episode 10 of JDRC Politics

  • Trump attacks Amazon’s business practices
  • Trump terminates $200 million of Syrian recovery efforts.
  • Congress and Betsy DeVos fight each other
  • ICE ends policy for pregnant women.
  • Vermont Senate passes legislation to tighten regulations on firearms
  • North Korean nuclear talks uncertain
  • Moscow expels 60 US diplomats
  • Saudi Arabian Crown Prince calls for sanctions on Iran

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9 – Tillerson fired and Mueller Subpoenas

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PRELUDE TO EPISODE 9: A MESSAGE FROM THE ABSENT CO-HOST RYAN CLARK

  • Present show host Jay Doherty is instructed by the JDRC Media Group to announce the mathematical beauty of the episode number.
    • Ryan Clark would like to formally announce to listeners the significance of Episode 9. 9 is a perfect square, the product of 3 multiplied by itself. Thus Episode 9 is special, and thus listeners should take a minute to contemplate the perfection of the system of quantitative enumeration. Ryan Clark would like to formally thank listeners for their contemplation.

NEWS CONCERNING THE ACTIVITIES OF THE WHITE HOUSE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

  • Trump replaces Tillerson with CIA Director
    • Donald Trump has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
    • He has chosen CIA Director Pompeo to be Tillerson’s successor.
    • The decision comes at a moment in which Trump will begin discussions with North Korea and must decide the fate of the Iran nuclear deal.
    • Gina Haspel, who has worked at the CIA for decades, has been appointed to be the new chief of the CIA.
    • Haspel and Pompeo will be subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
    • Gina Haspel is 61, and has worked ath CIA since 1985. Last year she became deputy director of the agency. She has served in clandestine operations during most of her career. Because of this, no public records of her existence were known until last year. Many senators have raised issue with her involvement in interrogation techniques labelled as torture by some experts. Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon said that her background “makes her unsuitable” for the position, and Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona demanded assurances from Haspel that she would follow public guidelines prohibiting torture.
    • Mike Pompeo was selected because his views more closely align with Trump’s. He is skeptical of North Korea and opposes the Iran nuclear accord. Pompeo is a Harvard Law graduate and former Army officer who graduated at the top of his class from West Point. He is viewed as espousing a more aggressive stance on diplomacy with North Korea than Tillerson.
    • Tillerson and Trump disagreed on key issues like the Iran nuclear agreement, talks with North Korea, terrorist financing among nations of the Persian Gulf, and the Paris climate agreement. Tillerson also called Trump  “moron” at a meeting in the Pentagon.
  • The White House places new sanctions on Russia due to its election meddling and cyberattacks on critical American infrastructure.
    • The sanctions target nineteen individuals and five entities.
    • National security officials accuse the Kremlin of attacking American aviation, manufacturing, energy, and water facilities with computer attacks.
    • Experts say the poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal (which the JDRC Media Group reported in Episode 8 of the JDRC Politics Podcast) likely prompted the new sanctions. Analysts also say the efforts are unlikely to deter Russia.
    • The Trump administration has received heavy criticism over its lack of action against Russia.
  • The White House is preparing a collection of measures to pressure China to eliminate requirements forcing American companies to transfer technology to Chinese firms.
    • The Trump administration has found that Beijing is violating US intellectual-property legislation and unfairly coerces American corporations to take their technology to within China.
    • The measures in consideration are tariffs of at least an annual $30 billion on a range of Chinese products, restrictions on Chinese investment in the US, limitations on visas for students, academics, and business officials from China, and a potential filing of a case at the World Trade Organization.
    • The measures are expected to be announced in the next fortnight.

OTHER ACTIVITIES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

  • Mueller subpoenas the Trump Organization
    • Special counsel Robert Mueller has ordered the Trump Organization, Donald Trump’s real estate company, to submit documents related to possible Russia collusion.
    • The documents consist of papers and e-mails from top officials of the company that contain keywords relating to Russia.
    • The Trump Organization has been voluntarily submitting documents for months.
    • Mueller has interviewed witnesses about the Trump Organization’s business operations in Russia. The Special Counsel also has investigated Trump’s former efforts to create a skyscraper in Russia.
    • An attorney for the company named Michael Cohen also contacted President Vladimir Putin’s highest-ranking press officials to request assistance in creating a deal for the skyscraper.
  • Democrat Conor Lamb wins Pennsylvania special-election for the House.
    • With a victory of only a few hundred votes, Lamb claims the new seat.
    • The election was seen as a test of whether Democrats will be able to gain control over Congress in the midterm elections.
    • The special election arose after Representative Tim Murphy resigned, an action prompted after it came to light that he had asked a women he was engaged in an affair with to get an abortion while publicly condemning abortion.

NEWS CONCERNING THE POLITICS OF THE NATIONS OF EARTH

  • The Communist party of China expands powers for policing of government officials.
    • With its newly created powers, China can now detain government corruption suspects without a lawyer. Moreover, the new powers have jurisdiction at all levels of Chinese government, including mere school officials and train conductors.
  • The following is an opinion of the JDRC Media Group: Italian citizens are now figuring out that delusional and crazed populist parties are horrible at actually governing because now the government won’t fix anything and there is trash everywhere in Rome.

 

8 – Tariffs and Korea Talks

THE TOPICS OF EPISODE EIGHT

NEWS PERTAINING TO THE ACTIVITIES OF THE WHITE HOUSE

  • Trump announces new steel and aluminum tariffs.
    • US executives warn that the tariffs could damage the strengthening US economy.
    • Manufacturers who use aluminum and steel to produce cans, cars, refrigerators, and additional goods warn of shortages, price surges, and trade barriers on US exports levied for retaliatory purposes. Executives complain of a lack of specific detail regarding the plan for the new duties.
    • Trump imposes a 25% tariff on imported steel and a 10% tariff on imported aluminum.
    • The president of the German Steel Federation, Hans Jürgen Kerkhoff, said that the EU must act to end the new tariffs or the European steel industry “is going to be left footing the bill for American protectionism.
    • Trump immensely harmed his own infrastructure plan by instituting the new tariffs.
    • Tariffs, industry groups say, will diminish prospects of American energy independence as the price of building steel pipelines will rise sharply.
    • Goldman Sachs economists said that Trump’s new tariff plan doesn’t rely “on any economic argument and instead imposes trade restrictions on national security concerns.” They also added that “This could lead to other trading partners taking similar actions and could ultimately weaken the international trade conventions like the [World Trade Organization] rules.”
    • Economists fear an international trade war.
    • Trump’s chief economic advisor, Gary Cohn, will resign from the White House after 14 months. The announcement marks Cohn’s failure to dissuade Trump from the tariffs. Cohn also tried to dissuade Trump from leaving the Paris climate accord, another issue he was on the losing side of.
    • Trump signed act to levy new tariffs on Thursday.
    • After intense lobbying and pressure from Congress, Trump moderated his plan. Canada and Mexico are now exempt,” and Australia, which Trump called a “great country” and a “long-term partner, will likely also be soon.
  • Trump plans to meet Kim Jong Un for nuclear talks
    • Trump breaks with the formalities of negotiation and avoids using lower-ranking officials to contact the government first.
    • The talks were spurred by a de-escalation between the two halves of Korea following the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyongyang.

NEWS CONCERNING OTHER AMERICAN AFFAIRS

  • The Justice Department is suing California over three of it statutes that protect sanctuary city systems and undocumented immigrants because they say it violates the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution.
    • The Supremacy Clause says that “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land.”
  • Climate change lawsuit advances
    • The Ninth Circuit Appellate Court ruled that the case termed Juliana vs. US can move forward for trial after the White House attempted to prevent the case from beginning, alleging it could not on legal grounds.
    • The case is filed by teenagers seeking declaratory and injunctive relief. They claim that the government’s lack of regulation on climate change is unconstitutional because it denies them a stable climate and will cause flooding and harm to natural resources.
    • They use the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment and the Ninth Amendment’s protection of unenumerated rights to make allege constitutional protections.

NEWS CONCERNING THE POLITICAL ACTIVITIES OF EUROPE AND ITS NATIONS

  • Populism disrupts electoral outcomes and party activities in Europe.
    • A new pact was announced in Germany this week. It will form a coalition joining the center-left Social Democrats and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s own conservative Christian Democrats.
    • Anti-establishment votes accounted for half of Italy’s parliamentary elections. Distrust towards immigrants, fiscal constraints, and politicians in general bolstered support for the 5 Star Movement and other populist Italian policies.
  • A former English spy and his daughter were found comatose from poisoning on a bench in Salisbury, England this week
    • Sergei V. Skripal, 66, and his daughter, Yulia Skripal, 33, were targeted with a rare nerve agent.
    • Skripal spied on Russia.
    • His death was likely carried out by agents from Russia.
    • It is unclear how England will respond to the likely Russian aggression.