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Recent Episodes

A Blameless Life (Ep. 197)

This week’s MPU podcast looks at Paul Manafort’s “otherwise blameless life” prison sentence, the latest turns in the Democratic primary race, what’s behind Chelsea Manning’s refusal to testify against Julian Assange, and Rebekah puts forth a strong feminist view on a woman’s right to control her own body.

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The Cohen Mutiny (Ep. 196)

This week the gang discusses Michael Cohen’s public congressional testimony and offer up their dream tickets for the Democratic nomination.

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Waiting for the Man (Ep. 195)

This week the MPU gang tells you why the Mueller Report is unlikely to be the dud that some cable news talking heads are claiming it could be, why Trump’s meeting with Kim Jung Un will be a bigger dud than Trump is would like it to be, and what they’ll be snacking on when...

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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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Latest Articles

The ‘Right’ College Is The One You Go To

by Kevin Kelton I got a 1190 when I took the SAT in the 1970s. And though I went on to become a fairly successful professional writer, my verbal score lagged far below my math score, proving that the SAT’s ability to test “aptitude” was pretty poor in my case. In the college application world,...

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In Defense of Freer Trade

by D.J. McGuire As we careen towards another presidential election, one of the issues that has been once again shunted to the side is international trade. This is a mistake, especially for Democrats looking to expand their coalition (or hold the expansions achieved in last year’s Congressional election). Before we get to that, however, we...

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Against the New Isolationism

by D.J. McGuire As good as the principle of democracy is, it can not defend itself. Like everything else in the battlefield of ideas, it needs people to champion it. For decades, the understanding that a more democratic world was more just, more prosperous, and more in America’s best interests was carried forth by those...

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Trump’s Latest Unlikely Helper: Justin Trudeau

by D.J. McGuire There are two governments in what is sometimes called “Anglo-America.” One of them is facing charges of corruptions, demands for resignation, and the real risk of defenestration by the voters in the upcoming election. The other is the Trump Administration. It’s been that kind of month in Canada, where former Attorney General...

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Kim-Trump Summit: Thank God It’s Over

by D.J. McGuire About a week ago, I wondered if Trump would cave to Kim Jong-un at the Hanoi summit. It turns out he did. However, it wasn’t enough to get a “deal,” for which we should all be very grateful. Prior to the summit, there was widespread concern about what Trump might offer the...

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Primary Colors 2020

by Kevin Kelton Democrats, forget left vs. moderate for a moment and talk raw primary politics. Because ultimately primary races are a battle of personalities, not political purity. Once Joe Biden and Beto O’Roarke jump into the 2020 race, the field will be set.* Now the game is primary chess. So let’s look at the board. Bernie...

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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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