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This week, Mona and Jay welcome Brad Smith, a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission. He explains some of the strange doings of the IRS and other federal bodies in the Age of Obama. Then, Mona and Jay discuss a vexing question: Why do the people let the government get away with it? Why do they let the government tie us down, in nonsensical and harmful ways? The second the people want a different kind of government, we will have it. There is talk of Ted Cruz, the Olympics, opera, and even Ike’s Tree (R.I.P.). Finally, Mona has some kind words for the New York Times, which, even more amazing, are justified.

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