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Hanging with Mr. Trump (Ep. 194)

This week, the MPU gang is joined by standup comedian Bruce Smirnoff, who regales them with stories about his 48 hours hanging out with Donald Trump.

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Agreement In Principle (Ep. 193)

Comedian Ward Anderson joins the MPU gang as they look at the Democrats’ annoying habit of taking the high road, politicians’ annoying habit of wearing blackface, and Jeff Bezos’s annoying habit of emailing pics of his “junk.”

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Blackface About-face (Ep. 192)

This week the gang discusses the Gov. Ralph Northam blackface scandal, the latest entrees into the 2020 presidential race, the many confusing definitions of Medicare For All, and what’s behind Trump’s sudden turnaround on the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

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Indicting the Stone (Ep. 191)

This MPU episode looks at the aftermath of the shutdown battle, Roger Stone’s indictment in the Mueller Investigation, Bernie Sanders’ imminent announcement about his run for president, and whether Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz could shake up – and mess up – the 2020 campaign.

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BuzzFeed Buzzkill (Ep. 190)

This week’s More Perfect Union podcast takes a look inside the mind of Donald Trump, the latest on who’s in and who’s out of the 2020 presidential primaries, how Robert Mueller put the buzzkill on BuzzFeed News, and the controversial Gillette ad about “Toxic Masculinity.”

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Ladies First (Ep. 189)

This week’s More Perfect Union episode looks at the first set of Democratic candidates to announce for the 2020 presidential primary race, how Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is beating her critics on social media, the various nicknames for Donald Trump’s “manhood,” and how the walls of the Russia probe are closing in on Trump.  

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Shutdown Showdown Hoedown (Ep. 188)

This MPU episode looks at the ongoing showdown between President Trump and the new Democratic congressional majority over his demand for $5.7 billion for his border wall/steel slats/fence/drones/security/whatever, watching Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dance on the top marginal tax rate, and Elizabeth Warren’s first week on the presidential campaign trail.

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Rebekah Womansplains It All (Ep. 187)

This week we present a special New Year’s mini-episode where Rebekah takes on the guys without interruptions or mansplaining. If 2018 was the year of the woman, this is the MPU podcast of the woman.

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Latest Articles

Do Lower Interest Rates Actually Make Income Inequality Worse?

by D.J. McGuire Ever since John Maynard Keynes revolutionized the field of macroeconomics, left-wing and center-left politicians have included “expansionary monetary policy” – quoted because it’s the actual term – as part of their platform. Higher money supply and lower interest rates have been loudly endorsed by Democrats (and quietly cheered by many Republicans) since...

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Running Down The Impeachment Clock

What if Robert Mueller delivers a scathing criminal report against the Trump campaign, but it comes too late? By Kevin Kelton You may not realize it, but there is a very definite game clock on impeachment, and it is quickly winding down.  Even if the special counsel delivers a searing critique of Trump campaign Russian...

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Pop Goes The Political Culture, January 26, 2019

  By Rebekah Kuschmider, MPU Co-host Well, this week was a roller coaster, MPU-iverse! If you were looking for tension, drama, suspense, and sharp wit, you could get it all! And that was just the exchange between the White House and the Speaker’s office about when Trump was allowed to come give the State of...

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Pop Goes The Political Culture, January 19, 2019

By Rebekah Kuschmider, MPU co-host Greetings MPU-inverse! I’ve been taking a bit of breather from covering culture but it appears that culture is not taking a breather from needing to be covered. So, I am back and ready to tell a tale of two viral videos this week! As I type this, rumor has it...

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Gillibrand Shadowed By Her “Et Tu?” Moment

by Kevin Kelton For Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, the end of her presidential campaign may have come before it started. Gillibrand, of course, is a charismatic and mostly liberal New York senator who has 12 years of congressional experience (going on 14) that stands out among the other “fresh faces” who will populate the 2020 Democratic...

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership Begins … Without the United States

by D.J. McGuire Remember the Trans-Pacific Partnership? That was the major trade agreement between 12 nations, including the United States, that most Americans thought had died when Donald Trump pulled America out of it in early 2017. Well, Trump may have pulled us out of TPP, but he didn’t kill it (Telegraph, emphasis added). The...

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The Facebook group, Open Fire (politics), was co-founed by Jeff Penn and Kevin Kelton in 2014. Our modest goal was to create a forum for civil, intelligent political discussions - not the vulgar verbal mud-wrestling we were seeing in other debate groups. Our mantra is to debate with honor, not debase with insults. Today, with 11,000 members spanning the political spectrum, we have a bigger ambition: to become a relevant, powerful voice in national politics. We hope to achieve that by leveraging social media, expanding our footprint, and partnering with other groups to magnify our voice. We hope you'll join us in that lofty goal. So please join the group, read our Guidelines, and jump in. Let's make the citizen voice count.

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