Culture in America is often hard to define. Some would argue that culture has been deliberately and systematically destroyed. In 1944, Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Jew who fled the Nazis to America, coined the terms “genocide” and “ethnocide.” While Lemkin believed those words to be interchangeable, the definitions diverged over the last several decades. Genocide, a widely understood concept today, focuses on the intentional physical destruction of a large number of people, particularly of a certain group. Meanwhile, ethnocide, a term which is seldom used, concentrates on the destruction of the culture of a certain group of people. My guest is Barrett Holmes Pitner, he’s a philosopher, writer, journalist, and founder of the cultural think tank, Sustainable Culture Lab. He’s also been published in the Daily Beast and BBC. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss what “ethnocide” means, how it impacts American society today, and what grassroots organizations, like the Sustainable Culture Lab, are doing to reverse its effects. “Hashing it Out” is a podcast hosted by Siraj Hashmi, Washington Examiner’s commentary video editor and writer. Each episode includes a political guest to offer historical context of the news and politics of the day and insight into how we got to where we are. If you want to find the deeper meaning behind current events, then “Hashing it Out” is the podcast for you.

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The Iowa caucuses are only days away, and the race is tightening between four candidates: former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. As Sanders and Warren feud over the details of a 2018 meeting, the New York Times’s editorial board gave both Warren and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., an additional boost with a joint endorsement for the Democratic nomination. At the same time, President Trump’s impeachment complicates the race for Sanders, Warren, and Klobuchar, who have to spend time away from the campaign and on Capitol Hill for the trial in the Senate. My guest today is Naomi Lim, a politics reporter with the Washington Examiner. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss the background of the feud between Sanders and Warren, how the New York Times’s editorial board impacts the Democratic primary, and what the Senate impeachment trial means for the senators running for president.

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With the House voting to send the impeachment articles against President Trump to the Senate for a trial, the debate is intensifying over how the Republican-led chamber should proceed. Should Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell move to bring forward witnesses in the trial or should he look for a speedy acquittal of the president? My guest today is Sen. Mike Braun, a first-term Republican from Indiana. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss how Republicans are approaching the Senate trial, as well as other political issues being debated on Capitol Hill like health care, combatting climate change, and restricting President Trump’s war powers.

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Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, announced their decision to step back from their roles as “senior” members of the British royal family. The Royal family was blindsided by the decision, as they were given little notice, and now it’s raising questions about the future of the British monarchy and how it impacts British politics at large. My guest today is Tom Rogan, he’s a commentary writer with the Washington Examiner, as well as our resident Brit. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss Harry and Meghan’s announcement, why it’s such a big deal, and how it impacts Brexit as well as the future of the United Kingdom. “Hashing it Out” is a podcast hosted by Siraj Hashmi, Washington Examiner’s commentary video editor and writer. Each episode includes a political guest to offer historical context of the news and politics of the day and insight into how we got to where we are. If you want to find the deeper meaning behind current events, then “Hashing it Out” is the podcast for you.

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President Trump ordered an airstrike targeting and killing Qassem Soleimani, who was the commander of the Quds Force, a unit within Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Soleimani was a terrorist who killed hundreds of Americans, but many of Trump’s critics believe this move would lead the country on a collision course to war with Iran. My guest today is Russ Read, he’s a defense reporter with the Washington Examiner. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss the operation that killed Soleimani, who he was, and what it means going forward between the U.S. and Iran.

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Michael Horowitz, the inspector general for the Department of Justice, released a damning report about the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Specifically, Horowitz found that the FBI abused the process of obtaining warrants to initiate surveillance on the campaign through the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, better known as FISA. My guest is Jerry Dunleavy, he’s a Justice Department reporter with the Washington Examiner. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss the I.G. report, how the FISA courts are supposed to work, and how the FBI abused the entire process.

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Ever since Donald Trump was sworn into office, Democrats have been circling the impeachment wagons around the White House. Following a whistleblower complaint and three weeks of congressional hearings, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled articles of impeachment against Trump on two counts: 1) abuse of power and 2) obstruction of Congress. My guest is Jay Caruso, he’s the Managing Editor for the Washington Examiner Magazine. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss the events that led up to Democrats releasing articles of impeachment as well as what this means for Trump’s presidency, the 2020 election, and the country, as a whole.

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Resistance to the Trump presidency has taken on many different forms, from peaceful protest to more violent means. A collective of self-described anti-fascists, dubbed “antifa,” fit into the violent category. Instead of just protesting, they vandalize property and brutally assault those on the other side, whether that be neo-Nazis, Proud Boys, white nationalists, Trump supporters, or even sometimes journalists covering their gatherings. My guest is Julio Rosas, he’s a senior writer with Town Hall dot com and formerly a reporter with the Washington Examiner. Julio has covered antifa demonstrations across the country, including Charlottesville, Virginia, Portland, Oregon, and Washington D.C. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss the origins of antifa, how they differ from peaceful protesters of Trump, and how they use these violent and intimidating tactics to build up their platform while stamping out dissent.

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The United States is seemingly at war over the Second Amendment. After each incident of gun violence, particularly after public mass shootings, the debate around guns rises to the forefront. And in that debate, there is almost no consensus. My guest today is Stephen Gutowski, he’s a firearms policy reporter with the Washington Free Beacon. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss America’s gun laws, how we got here, and why misinformation/politics has tainted the whole debate.

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President Trump’s trade policies have mostly made their impact on the People’s Republic of China. After immigration, Donald Trump’s biggest issue was renegotiating America’s trade deals with our allies and confronting bad actors like China. But what exactly is U.S. policy towards China? My guest is Andrew Blasi, he’s a director of Crowell & Moring International, a leading international trade and regulatory affairs consulting firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss Trump’s trade war, how exactly the U.S. is approaching China, and where it will ultimately lead.

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Ever since Donald Trump was inaugurated, there’s been a campaign, dubbed the Resistance, whose aim is to thwart his administration’s agenda and undermine his presidency. Their ultimate goal is to get Trump out of office. My guest is Kimberley Strassel, she’s a columnist and member of the editorial board for the Wall Street Journal and author of the new book, “Resistance (At All Costs): How Trump Haters Are Breaking America.” On today’s show, we’re going to discuss what the Resistance is, who’s in it, and everything they’ve done to get themselves closer to an America without Trump.

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While liberals are fighting about where they want to take the Democratic party, conservatives are doing the same within the GOP. President Trump has spearheaded an effort to rid his administration not only of the internal #Resistance, but of Republicans and conservatives who oppose his agenda, dubbed NeverTrumpers. My guest today is Shermichael Singleton, he’s a conservative political commentator and former deputy chief of staff under House & Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. On today’s show from Politicon in Nashville, Tenn., we’re going to discuss what the ideological fight between Trump supporters and NeverTrumpers, and conservatism at large.

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There’s an internal battle about where Democrats want to take their party. Should it maintain a semblance of center-left ideas that can resonate well with Independents or should it cater to more socialist proposals that ramp up enthusiasm with progressive voters? A microcosm of that is the debate around Medicare for All in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. My guest today is Rick Ungar, he’s a liberal political commentator and syndicated radio host. On today’s show from Politicon in Nashville, Tenn., we’re going to discuss how the Democratic primary is being shaped around healthcare and what Democrats are actually trying to accomplish.

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The perception in Washington is that there’s a growing divide between President Trump and the media. From calling the journalists and reporters who cover him “fake news” to “the enemy of the people,” many feel there’s been a departure of what “normal” looks like at the White House. My guest today is J.D. Durkin, the Washington Bureau Chief of Cheddar. On today’s show from Politicon in Nashville, Tenn., we’re going to discuss what covering the Trump White House is like, the U.S. special forces raid that led to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and what’s on the horizon for the 2020 election.

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Jeffrey Epstein, a powerful and well-connected financier as well as a convicted sex offender, died in his jail cell while awaiting trial from what the medical examiner ruled as a suicide. He was facing federal charges for sex trafficking of minors, but it wasn’t his first run-in with the law. In 2008, Epstein received what many perceive to be a slap on the wrist for soliciting an underage prostitute. My guest today is Jerry Dunleavy, he’s a Justice Department reporter with the Washington Examiner. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss the case of Jeffrey Epstein, what led to his death, all the questions that surround it, and what happens now. “Hashing it Out” is a podcast hosted by Siraj Hashmi, Washington Examiner’s commentary video editor and writer. Each episode includes a political guest to offer historical context of the news and politics of the day and insight into how we got to where we are. If you want to find the deeper meaning behind current events, then “Hashing it Out” is the podcast for you.

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With only a few months remaining until the Iowa caucuses, Elizabeth Warren is arguably the frontrunner in a crowded Democratic primary field.My guest is Naomi Lim, she’s a reporter for the Washington Examiner who has been covering Warren’s presidential campaign from the beginning. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss Warren’s campaign, how she got this far, and the missteps she’s made along the way that could haunt her down the road.”Hashing it Out” is a podcast hosted by Siraj Hashmi, Washington Examiner’s commentary video editor and writer. Each episode includes a political guest to offer historical context of the news and politics of the day and insight into how we got to where we are. If you want to find the deeper meaning behind current events, then “Hashing it Out” is the podcast for you.

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American corporations have been hustling to expand their business into the Chinese market, which offers a billion potential customers. However, chasing the almighty dollar in the People’s Republic comes at a price: lowering one’s standards of freedom and human rights. My guest is Tiana Lowe, she’s a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss how the Chinese Communist Party exerts a huge influence over American enterprise–how in the age of woke capitalism, the NBA, Hollywood, and fashion industry have all become Chinese sycophants. “Hashing it Out” is a podcast hosted by Siraj Hashmi, Washington Examiner’s commentary video editor and writer. Each episode includes a political guest to offer historical context of the news and politics of the day and insight into how we got to where we are. If you want to find the deeper meaning behind current events, then “Hashing it Out” is the podcast for you.

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President Trump is fighting back against charges he used his office to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election. A whistleblower revealed Trump had asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into a corruption case involving former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. As a result, Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker, gave her blessing to the impeachment inquiry into the president. My guest is Tom Rogan, he’s a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner and host of the political talk show, The McLaughlin Group. On today’s show, we’re going to parse through the whistleblower complaint, discuss the Biden corruption case, and look at the likelihood that Trump will be impeached.

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Congress is talking about impeachment after news broke about a whistleblower complaint involving President Trump, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter. We’ve got the perfect guest for the moment: Andrew Bakaj, he served in the CIA and DOD, he’s an attorney with Compass Rose Legal Group who just so happens to represent the whistleblower in this case. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss the Espionage Act as it applies to whistleblowing and leaking within the intelligence and national security communities, and examining how important whistleblowing is to report waste, fraud, and abuse in our government.

 

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Donald Trump ran for president in 2016 with a central plank in his platform: building the wall. While reports from July indicate that no new miles of wall or fencing had been added along the southern U.S. border, the Trump administration has been aggressive at attempting to reform an immigration system that Americans across the political spectrum agree is broken. My guest today is Art Arthur. He’s a Resident Fellow in Law and Policy at the Center for Immigration Studies, and served as an immigration judge under both the Bush and Obama administrations. So on today’s show, we’re going to discuss how broken the U.S. immigration system is, how it became this way, and why there doesn’t seem to be any solution on the horizon.

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