Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at the age of 87 after a decade-long battle with pancreatic cancer. Perhaps during any other year, we’d be focusing on RBG’s legacy and her advocacy for women’s rights and gender equality, but this is an election year. And with Justice Ginsburg passing with just 46 days until the presidential election, the debate over President Trump nominating and confirming her replacement has already reached a fever pitch in Washington
Wildfires are raging out west. As of this week, there are approximately 28 wildfires burning across California, destroying 3.3 million acres. In Oregon, 36 active fires have burned more than 1 million acres. And in Washington State, there have been a reported 1,458 fires that have burned over 800,000 acres of land. In addition to Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, the wildfires have killed approximately three dozen people and displaced hundreds of thousands of others. Where is this all coming from? Depends on who you ask. If you were to ask California Gov
China’s back in the news, and no, it’s not good news. After the release of the live-action film “Mulan,” Disney, in the end credits, offered “special thanks” to eight government entities in the Chinese province of Xinjiang, where over a million Uighur Muslims are being detained and face demographic genocide in modern-day concentration camps, operated by the Chinese Communist Party. Meanwhile, with less than two months until the presidential election, President Trump is openly pondering over the idea of decoupling the U.S
The unrest throughout America has gotten so bad. So much so that it’s now the dominating issue in the 2020 presidential election. Rather than prioritizing kitchen table issues like the economy or healthcare, President Trump and Joe Biden are concentrating on the issue everyone cares about: safety

A quick disclaimer here: we’ve got a two-for-one episode for you. In part I, we’re going to be discussing the fallout in Lebanon after the massive explosion in Beirut. Meanwhile, in part II, we’ll be discussing the nationwide backlash to the contested election in Belarus.

 

The pick is in. In the 2020 Democratic vice presidential draft, former Vice President Joe Biden selects… Kamala Harris from California. Someone who was once Biden’s biggest foe in the 2020 Democratic primary has now become his greatest ally in the general election as the two seek to unite the Democratic party and oust President Trump and Vice President Pence from office. But do VP picks really matter in the grander scheme of things? Depends on who you ask
With President Trump morphing the Republican party into the party of Trump, a band of disgruntled Never Trump Republican operatives came together to fight back. These operatives – Rick Wilson, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver, and George Conway – formed the Lincoln Project, a political action committee with the sole purpose of ousting Trump from office

Anti-Semitism, the prejudice against Jews, has largely been tied to sources on the Right, particularly white supremacists. However, it’s often ignored on the Left, yet time and again, we see anti-Semitic rhetoric rear its ugly head. In recent years, founders of the Women’s March or members of the so-called Squad have been dogged by accusations of anti-Semitism over their views on Israel. However, in 2020, on the issue of racial inequality, we’ve seen anti-Semitic rhetoric come from prominent Black public figures like Ice Cube, Nick Cannon, and DeSean Jackson. The common theme? Virtually all of them either praise or cite the talking points of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. My guest today is Dr. Jason Nichols, he’s a professor and senior lecturer at the University of Maryland. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss the relationship between the Black and Jewish communities, how Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam fit into it, and why there’s been a rise in hostility between the two sides.

The state of Arizona is going through a pendulum swing to the left. Having been a Republican hub that’s produced the likes of senators like Barry Goldwater and John McCain, both of whom won their party’s presidential nomination during their respective careers, Arizona elected its first Democratic senator since 1988 in Kyrsten Sinema, when she defeated then-Congresswoman Martha McSally in 2018. Following the death of McCain, however, McSally was appointed to finish out his term and faces a tough opponent in former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly in the 2020 special election. My guest today is the U.S. Senator from Arizona Martha McSally, who served in the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of colonel, from 1988-2010 where she was both the first woman to fly in combat and command a fighter squadron. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss the 2020 campaign, how we should deal with coronavirus heading into the fall, and what should be done with America’s biggest adversary: China.

Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite, who’s infamously known as the ex-girlfriend and former associate of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested in New Hampshire in early July, almost a year after Epstein committed suicide in his jail cell in Manhattan. The information the public couldn’t get out of Epstein could be drawn from Maxwell as just this past week she was arraigned and denied bail with an upcoming trial date of July 2021 for her alleged involvement in Epstein’s child sex trafficking ring. My guest today is Jerry Dunleavy, he’s a Justice Department reporter with the Washington Examiner. If you aren’t up to speed on everything with Epstein, I encourage you to go back and listen to “The case of Jeffrey Epstein” from October 2019. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss the case of Ghislaine Maxwell, who she is, and how she fits into Epstein’s sex trafficking ring.

The Alabama Senate special election in 2017 was a fluke. A Democrat wasn’t supposed to win. Yet, Doug Jones narrowly defeated Roy Moore to become the first Democrat to win a U.S. Senate seat in the state since 1992. In 2020, however, it’s a much different story. It’s not so much a question on whether Jones will lose, but who he will lose to: the newcomer Tommy Tuberville, who coached college football at programs like Auburn and Ole Miss, or the seasoned veteran, Jeff Sessions. The latter of the two is my guest today. Sessions is running for his old seat after being fired from his post as attorney general by President Trump in November 2018. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss why Sessions is running again, how he views the president and his agenda, and the challenges that face the country.

John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, has come out with a new book, titled, “The Room Where It Happened,” detailing his time in the Trump White House. However, compared to other Trump alums, Bolton’s book takes a sharply critical approach to both the president and his administration, making such serious allegations of corruption as well as condoning horrific human rights abuses for political gain. My guest today is Joe Simonson, he’s a political reporter with the Washington Examiner who has been dissecting the new Bolton book. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss what’s in Bolton’s new book, the warm and cold reception he’s received because of it, and whether or not he’s to be believed.

Despite the criticisms made about President Trump’s bombastic behavior and conduct, his base has stuck with him throughout because he taps into a movement that’s so much bigger than him. What movement is that exactly? That would be the national populist movement. It’s an ideology that directly challenges the global neoliberal status quo, which inherently favors the elites over the working class. My guest today is Ryan Girdusky, he’s the co-author of “They’re Not Listening: How the Elites created the National Populist Revolution.” On today’s show, we’re going to discuss what the national populist movement is, how Trump fits into the movement, and what their goals are in 2020 and beyond.

“Defund the Police,” that’s the talking point being used by many protesters demanding accountability from local law enforcement following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor this year. What does it mean? That depends on who you ask. Some want to abolish police entirely, while others believe they simply want to reform how police departments and officers operate. Libertarians have arguably been the most consistent group calling for police reform before the topic was considered mainstream, wanting to address qualified immunity and police unions first. My guest today is Zuri Davis, she’s an assistant editor at Reason. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss where we are in the debate about policing and systemic racism, the role qualified immunity and police unions have, and how to address the topic of reform.

China’s legislature approved a controversial new security bill nearly unanimously to implement on the semi-autonomous territory of Hong Kong that bans secession, subversion of state power, terrorism, foreign intervention, and allows mainland China to operate its state security agencies in the city. In other words, Hong Kong is losing its autonomy. My guest today is Andrew Blasi, he’s a director at Crowell & Moring International, an international trade firm. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss exactly what is happening between Hong Kong and mainland China, how it affects every day Americans, and what we can expect in the future for U.S.-China relations.

America is tearing itself apart. Massive social unrest has swept through the nation following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Peaceful protests demanding more police accountability were soon hijacked by bad actors and turned many of the protests into riots, which included looting, destruction of businesses and property, and violence that have left people dead and brutally injured on both sides. My guest today is Barrett Holmes Pitner, he’s a writer, philosopher, and founder of the cultural think tank, the Sustainable Culture Lab. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss the fallout of George Floyd’s murder, the political and social ramifications, and ways Americans can solve the root cause of the problem.

To borrow an old adage, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. That has never been more appropriate for the latest line of attack by President Trump against his predecessor, dubbed simply as “Obamagate.” What is Obamagate? Trump believes it was a conspiracy to at the very least undermine his presidency, if not, completely oust him from Office in an act of subversion, a coup d’etat, if you will. Meanwhile, Trump’s critics would just chalk it up to being a conspiracy theory and move on. Who’s right in this debate? My guest today is Jerry Dunleavy, he’s a reporter covering the Justice Department for the Washington Examiner. On today’s show, we’re going to cut through a lot of the misinformation and analyze what Obamagate really is, the role Michael Flynn played in all of this, and whether former President Barack Obama really did what Trump accuses him of.

Coronavirus has drawn many parallels to the Spanish Flu pandemic over a hundred years ago where tens of millions of people died. However, coronavirus might have more in common with the smallpox outbreak during the American Revolutionary War, where more soldiers in General George Washington’s Continental Army died from disease, not British bullets or cannons. My guest today is Richard Lim, he’s the host of the historical podcast titled, “This American President.” On today’s show, we’re going to look at the historical parallels of the coronavirus between the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 and the smallpox epidemic in the late 18th century and discuss what lessons we can learn from history to combat viral outbreaks today.

The #MeToo movement has culminated into one of your all-time backfires. Joe Biden, one of the main proponents of having victims speak up about being the targets of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape, has been accused of sexual assault by Tara Reade, a former Senate staffer who worked in Biden’s office in the early 90s. My guest today is Emily Larsen, she’s a political reporter with the Washington Examiner. On today’s show, we’re going to look at Reade’s sexual assault allegations made against Biden, whether her account stands up to scrutiny, and what might happen going forward.

Kim Jong Un is dying. Or at least that’s what we thought for almost two weeks. When you think about it, all of us are dying. But when it comes to the Hermit Kingdom, Kim Jong Un gave the world a “scare,” if you can call it one, that he was in “grave danger” following surgery or that he was on his deathbed. So, what exactly is going on in North Korea? My guest today is Rebeccah Heinrichs, she’s a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and an expert in nuclear deterrence and missile defense. On today’s show, we’re going to look at the situation surrounding Kim Jong Un, how it came to be reported that he was nearly dead, and how to deal with the North Korean regime going forward. “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.