Hashing It Out https://ricochet.com Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:06:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Ricochet Audio Network Ricochet.com support@ricochet.com https://cdn.ricochet.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/937DF660-6C79-4B34-8CEB-3664D55B507A-e1569290311660.jpeg Hashing It Out https://ricochet.com no episodic 2020 by Ricochet.com 174309703 55. World on fire World on fire 55 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:06:09 +0000
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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. Gavin Newsom, the cause for all the fires is climate change straight up. If you were to ask President Trump, he'd put the onus on forest mismanagement. Who's right in this debate? My guest today is Gabriella Hoffman, she's host of the podcast, "District of Conservation," and an award-winning outdoor writer whose columns you can find in TownHall.com. On today's show, we're going to discuss how conditions on the ground have made these wildfires so intense, what's causing all of it, and how people on opposite sides of the spectrum can unite to address our many environmental problems.


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54. Dumping China Dumping China 54 Fri, 11 Sep 2020 13:22:10 +0000
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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. economy from China, an idea that many multi-national corporations aren't taking seriously. So, what's at stake? My guest today is Gordon Chang, he's a columnist and author of "The Coming Collapse of China." You can find him on Twitter @GordonGChang. On today's show, we're going to discuss how these global corporations have been lowering their standards for human rights to access the Chinese market, what it means to decouple from China, and how it would impact the United States down the road.


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53. Chaos at home Chaos at home 53 Fri, 04 Sep 2020 13:32:23 +0000
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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. From the protests that devolved into riots following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin to protesters clashing with police and counter-protesters in cities like Portland, Seattle, Washington, DC, New York, Chicago, and elsewhere, it seems like the violence will only intensify until election day. My guest today is Julio Rosas, he's a senior writer for TownHall.com, who has been traveling the country and covering the protests and riots. On today's show, we're going to discuss the unrest in these various pockets in America, how Trump and Biden have been handling the chaos, and what lies ahead.


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52. Chaos abroad Chaos abroad 52 Fri, 21 Aug 2020 13:50:46 +0000
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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.

 

Part I: The Lebanese crisis

On August 4th, two explosions occurred at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, causing the deaths of nearly 200, wounding over 6,000 more, and displacing over 300,000 people. The second explosion was so devastating that it was detected by the U.S. Geological Survey as a seismic event with a 3.3 magnitude and was felt in Turkey, Syria, and Israel. It couldn't have come at a worse time for Lebanon, which has been suffering from an economic collapse and widespread political instability and corruption. Within a week of the explosion, the entire Lebanese government resigned. My guest today is Tom Rogan, he's a commentary writer with the Washington Examiner, host of the McLaughlin Group, and covers foreign policy and affairs. On part I, we're going to discuss how the explosion in Beirut happened, the deep-rooted problems that exist in Lebanon's government, and what will likely happen on the horizon. Part II: The awakening in Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, the president of the Eastern European nation of Belarus, is clinging onto power after 26 years. How has he been able to do it? Well, every election he's been in with the exception of his first victory in 1994 has been labeled by international monitors as neither free nor fair. The latest presidential election on August 9th between Lukashenko and his main opponent, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, sparked intense nationwide protests and allegations of election fraud after Lukashenko claimed to have won 80% of the vote. On part II, we're going to discuss what the dynamic is like in Belarus, how it impacts U.S. strategic goals in Eastern Europe, and what Lukashenko's fate might be.


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51. The importance of being Veep The importance of being Veep 51 Fri, 14 Aug 2020 14:01:41 +0000
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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. 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 discuss the historical significance of picking a running mate, what kind of message Biden is sending by picking Harris, and what the Democratic party may look like in the years ahead. "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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50. The Lincoln Grift The Lincoln Grift 50 Fri, 07 Aug 2020 14:05:14 +0000
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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. But despite being embraced by the #Resistance, their respective histories have been called into question through numerous reports about their finances to the point where they've been nicknamed "The Grifter Project." My guest today is Ebony Bowden, she's a Washington correspondent with the New York Post who has broken several damaging stories on the Lincoln Project. On today's show, we're going to discuss the background of the founders of the Lincoln Project, what their motivations are, and what their presence means for the 2020 presidential election.


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49. The rise of Black anti-Semitism The rise of Black anti-Semitism 49 Fri, 31 Jul 2020 08:00:00 +0000
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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.


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48. A dogfight in Arizona A dogfight in Arizona 48 Fri, 24 Jul 2020 09:00:00 +0000
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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.


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47. The case of Ghislaine Maxwell The case of Ghislaine Maxwell 47 Fri, 17 Jul 2020 01:18:34 +0000
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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.


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46. The Final Sessions The Final Sessions 46 Fri, 10 Jul 2020 05:00:00 +0000
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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.


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45. John Bolton’s heel turn John Bolton’s heel turn 45 Fri, 26 Jun 2020 09:00:00 +0000
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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.


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44. The national populist revolution The national populist revolution 44 Fri, 19 Jun 2020 05:00:00 +0000
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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.


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43. How to effectively reform the police How to effectively reform the police 43 Fri, 12 Jun 2020 05:00:00 +0000
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"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.


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42. Hong Kong has fallen Hong Kong has fallen 42 Fri, 05 Jun 2020 04:23:24 +0000
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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.


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41. George Floyd and identifying America’s racial problem George Floyd and identifying America’s racial problem 41 Thu, 04 Jun 2020 05:00:00 +0000
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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.


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40. Obamagate: conspiracy theory or legitimate coup? Obamagate: conspiracy theory or legitimate coup? 40 Fri, 29 May 2020 05:00:00 +0000
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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.


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39. America vs. the virus: A history of responding to outbreaks America vs. the virus: A history of responding to outbreaks 39 Thu, 21 May 2020 05:00:00 +0000
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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.


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38. Joe Biden’s #MeToo Conundrum Joe Biden’s #MeToo Conundrum 38 Wed, 13 May 2020 22:00:46 +0000
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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.


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37. The Kim Jong Un death that never happened The Kim Jong Un death that never happened 37 Wed, 06 May 2020 05:00:00 +0000
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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.


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36. Still Like Mike? Still Like Mike? 36 Fri, 24 Apr 2020 05:00:00 +0000
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The debate over who is the greatest basketball player of all time between Michael Jordan and LeBron James was re-energized after the release of the 10-part documentary "The Last Dance," focusing on Jordan's career with the Chicago Bulls and the lead up to his sixth and final NBA title during the 1997-98 season. For those who grew up or simply lived through the Jordan era of the 1980s and 90s, it was peak nostalgia, but also a reminder that His Airness still holds the crown and not King James. My guest today is a good friend of mine, Noah Northcott-Grant, a teacher in Baltimore, Maryland. We went to college together and since he's an avid basketball fan and wonk, I could think of no one better to join me and talk about it. On today's show, we're going to examine the Jordan-LeBron GOAT debate, how "The Last Dance" came to be, and how different the NBA has become over the years.


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35. Bernie’s Dream Deferred, Pt. 2 Bernie’s Dream Deferred, Pt. 2 35 Wed, 22 Apr 2020 05:01:00 +0000
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In Bernie's Dream Deferred Pt. 1, we covered some of the failings of Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential campaign and touched on some of the aspects of the progressive movement. In Pt. 2, we're speaking with Nomiki Konst and taking a deeper dive into the progressive movement, looking at the association it has with socialism. The "socialist" label is something that some progressives have tried to disassociate themselves from, while others have fully embraced it. Nomiki Konst is a former surrogate for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaigns in 2016 and 2020 and host of "The Nomiki Show." Additionally in Pt. 2, we're going to look at the struggles that the progressive movement has had with the Democratic establishment, and unpack some of the seldomly discussed aspects of the Democratic party that could've made the difference between Bernie Sanders twice-failed presidential candidate to President Bernie Sanders.


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34. Bernie’s Dream Deferred, Pt. 1 Bernie’s Dream Deferred, Pt. 1 34 Wed, 22 Apr 2020 05:00:00 +0000
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Bernie Sanders was incredibly close to nabbing the Democratic nomination in 2020, until the Democratic establishment coalesced behind Joe Biden. Less than 40 days after a disappointing Super Tuesday result, Sanders dropped out of the presidential race and endorsed Biden, ensuring that the progressive takeover of the Democratic party would have to wait another four years. My guest today is Emma Vigeland, she's a correspondent with TYT Network. On today's show, we're going to discuss Bernie's presidential run, the impact he had on the progressive movement, and where it goes from here.


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33. The cost of diplomacy in a pandemic The cost of diplomacy in a pandemic 33 Fri, 10 Apr 2020 05:00:00 +0000
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As the coronavirus was classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization in early March, the State Department undertook a massive effort to bring tens of thousands of Americans abroad back home to the United States. But that's just one of the many challenges facing the State Department. On top of that, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has to walk a fine line with the Chinese, Iranian, and Russian governments for disinformation campaigns about the virus and ensure human rights standards are being met. My guest today is Morgan Ortagus, she's the State Department spokesperson. On today's show, we're going to examine the inner workings behind the State Department's repatriation efforts during the coronavirus pandemic, how the U.S. should respond to its adversaries, and the cost of diplomacy.


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32. How much blood is on China’s hands? How much blood is on China’s hands? 32 Fri, 03 Apr 2020 05:00:00 +0000
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While the public health battle continues around the world to combat the coronavirus pandemic, world leaders are grumbling about the Chinese government's negligence and mishandling of the virus's outbreak. Multiple reports have shown that the Chinese government silenced doctors who were ringing the alarm in Wuhan in late 2019/early 2020. In addition to that, the U.S. intelligence community concluded that the Chinese government concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak, saying that they under-reported both total cases and deaths from the virus. My guest today is Jonathan Soo Hoo, he's a Chinese American political consultant, lawyer, and economist. On today's show, we're going to examine the role that China played in the coronavirus outbreak, what the Trump administration has done so far to respond to it, and how they should go forward with dealing with the Chinese government.


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31. The $2 Trillion Rescue The $2 Trillion Rescue 31 Sat, 28 Mar 2020 14:05:53 +0000
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In an effort to provide immediate economic relief during the coronavirus pandemic, Congress passed a $2 trillion stimulus bill, funding all different areas of the American economy, from small businesses to large corporations to individuals out of work because of the virus. My guest today is Lance Gooden, he's a Republican congressman from the 5th district in Texas. On today's show, we're going to examine the $2 trillion stimulus package, the public health response to coronavirus, and what to expect going forward.


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