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Brett and the Giant Im-Peach (Ep.176)

  This week’s episode of the MPU podcast looks at the possible fallout of the Kavanaugh appointment to the Supreme Court. We also discuss Trump’s foreign policy plan (or lack of one) and finally we talk about the best way to protest that won’t offend your conservative friends and family.

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Judging the Judge (Ep. 175)

This episode of the MPU podcast looks at the dual testimonies of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Prof. Christine Blasey Ford, where things go from here, and cool Go Fund Me ideas for our political times. Brought to you by – the app that makes reading easy. Use promo code to start your free seven...

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He Said, THEY Said (Ep. 174)

This week the gang speaks to Naseem Makiya, CEO of, a new app designed to help people get their friends and contacts out to vote in the midterms. Then the conversation turns to the latest Rod Rosenstein controversy, the new accuser in the Brett Kavanaugh saga, and new suggestions for Ben & Jerry’s politically themed flavors.

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Manafort Flips (Ep. 173)

This week the gang is joined by former Atlanta radio personality Jimmy Baron (99x), as they discuss at Paul Manafort’s felonious flip, Brett Kavanaugh’s high school harassment allegations, Nikki Haley’s costly curtains controversy, and GOP mega-donors who are walking away fro the Republican party.

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25th Amendment? (Ep. 172)

This episode covers how the Anonymous op-ed is being used by the media, how the #TFA hashtag is used by the White House staff, how Trump campaign aid George Papadopoulos was used by the Russians, how SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh was used by Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, how President Obama is is being used by Democrats and Republicans, and how Serena...

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The 60 Day Rule (Ep. 171)

This week the gang debates the impact of the Justice Department’s 60 day rule on the midterms and the Mueller investigation, the Florida governor’s race, Colin Kaepernick’s new Nike deal, the fallout from Louis CK’s surprise comeback performance, the push to rename the Senate Office Building after John McCain, and which historic senators are also worthy...

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Not-So-Super Delegates (Ep. 170)

This episode of the MPU podcast looks at the legacy of John McCain, the latest legal developments threatening to sink the Trump presidency, the true story of Donald the Flipper, and how the DNC has changed its superdelegate rules to help win back the hearts and souls of progressive Democrats.

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Verdicts and Plea Bargains (Ep.169)

This special episode of The More Perfect Union podcast looks at the upshot of the Paul Manafort guilty verdicts and the Michael Cohen plea bargain.

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Latest Articles

At War With Millennials

by Kevin Kelton There are some 80 million millennials in the U.S. today, approximate 25% of the country and 31% of the voting-age population. And they seem angry. As I scan their posts in my Facebook political group, Open Fire, I invariably read sentiments like, “Your generation screwed it all up for us” and “Now we...

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Pop Goes The Political Culture, Week of October 1, 2018

Hello, MPU-universe. Chances are you are reading this through a red scrim of rage that has suffused your vision ever since the FBI released it’s “report” this week and it became clear that the GOP was going to finalize the nomination process of Rapey McLiarson and put him on the Supreme Court. Then, to add...

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Is Raising the Minimum Wage Really Progressive? Why I Say No.

by D.J. McGuire Amazon’s announcement that it will pay all its employee no less than $15 per hour (with a call for the rest of American businesses to do the same) has added fuel to the flames of the minimum wage debate. As usual, I find myself at odds with nearly every other Democrat on...

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Pop Goes The Politial Culture, Week of September 24, 2018

Oh, hi there, MPU-universe. Hang on a second. I’m just trying to put out this dumpster fire over here but it just keeps burning. This week has been truly amazing. We saw a Supreme Court nominee yell at all the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee but no one asked him if he thought he...

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Pop Goes The Political Culture, Week of September 17, 2018

by Rebekah Kuschmider, MPU-cohost Welcome back, MPU-inverse. How are you? I’m exhausted. I would like just one week in 2018 to last an actual week. It seems like weeks this year have all lasted about a century and a half. They are all jam-packed with headlines that would make Jerry Springer go “Nah, man. That...

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Partisan Politics Metastasize to Supreme Court

by Kevin Kelton When Americans bemoan the divisive hyper-partisan tone of our politics today, we invariably point fingers at the current POTUS. But he is only one of many poisonous factors. Mitch McConnell, Chuck Grassley, Trey Gowdy, Devin Nunes, Louie Gohmert and others like them are just as guilty, if not more so. What Senate...

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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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