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Hello you fellow right wing, knuckle-dragging troglodytes and welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast number 213!!! it is the Ten in Twenty edition of the show with your 2 in 2 hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and AI guy Mike Stopa. We come to you every week….but you *know* that already, don’t you? What, you ask, are the topics for this week? Where, you ask, is the beef?

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America appreciate the comments former CBS reporter Lara Logan made on media bias turning into media activism. They also discuss Bernie Sanders launching another presidential campaign and wonder if the 77-year-old democratic socialist will be able to make waves in 2020. And they also chuckle as California Sen. Kamala Harris stumbles badly over her response to the Jussie Smollett hoax.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America walk through three major media embarrassments in recent days. They react as CNN’s Brian Stelter suggests everyone but the mainstream media is responsible for lavish coverage of the alleged assault of actor Jussie Smollett, which now appears to have been fabricated. They also shake their heads as the reporters covering Kamala Harris ooh and ah over the clothes she tries on at a campaign stop in South Carolina. And they push back hard as the New York Times suggests Republicans are “painting” Democrats as socialists, baby-killers, and anti-Semitic in advance of the 2020 campaign.

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Green New Deal: Serious as a Mass Famine

 

Keep yucking it up. Talk about Alexandria Occasional Cortex. Hey, it could never happen here right? Not so fast, slick, your laughter is actually based in ignorance or forgetfulness. Stalin engineered a terror famine, the Holodomor, and Mao killed off up to 60 million inconvenient people with his Great Leap Forward. Today, Venezuelans are eating rats. Now are you focused?

Holodomor memorial monument in Kyiv, UkraineAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s socialist scheme reveals, in its own words, the red origins and aims of the Green movement. Instead of greedy capitalists oppressing wage slaves, evil polluters are killing everyone. those at the top of the intersectional virtue pyramid hit hardest.

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Green, With Envy

 

An end to industrial civilization, but like in a totally pro-union way.

If this week’s Green New Deal boomlet was politically significant, it wasn’t just because a legislative newcomer elected by 110,318 voters in Queens and the Bronx proposed a government program to renovate or replace every building in the country within ten years, abolish internal-combustion-engine cars and commercial air travel, shut down all conventional utility generation without building nuclear, phase out flatulent cows, support persons “unwilling” to work, print new paper money to pay for it all, and on and on. New York City voters have elected radical mavericks to Congress before and will do so again.

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Welcome caffeine addicts to the Harvard Lunch Club political podcast number 210 for January 30, 2019 it is the Venti Macchiato edition of the show with your big gulp hosts Todd Feinburg, east coast radio guy, and Mike Stopa, west coast graph machine learning guy. We come to you every week, as you know, to bring you the best, the most interesting and the deepest analysis of the events of the day. I.e. we da guys, y’all!!!!

This week, we focus on two of the entrants into the 2020 presidential race, coffee guy Howard Schultz (in the right corner) and Flaming, economic idiot Kamala Harris in the left corner (and we do mean left). Kamals says abolish private health insurance. Howard says, not so fast. We report, you decide.

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Why “Medicare for All” Isn’t Really Medicare at All

 

It was only days ago that Democrats were lambasting the Trump administration for its perceived indifference to the plight of 800,000 federal workers temporarily going without pay. Yet there seems to be little concern about the long-term fate of the more than half-million Americans who work in the health insurance industry from Democrats who support “Medicare for All.”

During a CNN interview Monday, anchor Jake Tapper asked presidential candidate Kamala Harris whether people would be able to keep their private insurance, if they preferred, under her MfA plan. Harris breezily responded “Let’s eliminate all of that. Let’s move on.” Now maybe some of these folks would end up working for the government helping to administer the expanded Medicare program. Others, seeing the writing on the wall, might start transitioning to other work before such a plan was ever implemented. The rest? Well, that’s the way the labor market churns, I guess. Millions of American gain and lose jobs every month, as it should be in a dynamic economy.

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Here’s how to tell if Kamala Harris is serious about eliminating all private insurance

 

…in her call for “Medicare for All”. Ask her if “all” includes members of Congress. More

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America pop some popcorn as Democrats will likely have to eliminate one of their members from the Senate Judiciary Committee and the one with the least seniority – California’s Kamala Harris – is furiously fighting to stay on the panel. Of course, all of this is assuming Republicans will win the Mississippi Senate runoff Tuesday, in a race that has Republicans increasingly nervous. They also roll their eyes as Ohio Gov. John Kasich is seriously considering another White House bid and David explains why Kasich is the answer to a question no one is asking. And they shake their heads as Twitter starts banning users for “misgendering” or “deadnaming” transgenders online and perpetuates efforts to stifle all debate on the issue.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America growl in frustration as the questioning of Dr. Christine Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh is chopped up into five minute chunks for each party, preventing any sort of flow to the GOP’s line of questioning. While some on the right want it to be true, Jim and Greg are skeptical of reports that two men have come forward to the Senate Judiciary Committee suspecting Dr. Ford might be remembering something they did to her. And they fume as California Sen. Kamala Harris forwards an anonymous accusation against Brett Kavanaugh containing virtually no details to the FBI for further scrutiny, leading Jim to suggest the FBI give lawmakers some clues about what they need to conduct an investigation.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Politifact for not trying to explain away the birth control smear Sen. Kamala Harris aimed at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and giving Harris “four Pinocchios.” They also cringe as a new batch of polls show President Trump’s approval taking a hit in recent weeks, because that may mean bad news in November for Republicans in competitive races. And they pause to remember the anguish of the terrorist attacks that happened on this date in 2001 and the resolve we still need to confront today’s threats.

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What Makes California Senators So Rude?

 

Yesterday, I watched California Senator Kamala Harris on her high horse interrogate Gina Haspel, the President’s well-qualified nominee to be CIA director. Haspel was professional, deliberate, and courteous. Kamala Harris was arrogantly demanding, rude, and dismissive.

The very senior Senator from California, Dianne Feinstein, was more pleasant but was corrected several times by Haspel because Feinstein’s “facts” were out of date and inaccurate. Feinstein did admit in her preface that the Haspel hearing would be one of the most difficult she ever participated in because she knows Haspel and they’ve had a friendly relationship. It turns out, however, that the hearing was difficult for Feinstein because her “facts” were all wrong. Her big “gotcha” question blew up in her face.

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David Spady on LA, Stupid People, DACA, and the NFL

 

David SpadyDavid Spady returns to Whiskey Politics where we discuss if Los Angeles and California can afford the Olympics, the national debt just hit $20 trillion and all we got was this lousy t-shirt (what the heck are Republicans doing to reduce the debt?), Annenberg’s study showing just how stupid people really are, Trump, Pelosi, and Schumer, DACA, and tax reform. Will Trump get a bad deal, and is the Kaepernick effect causing lower ratings and empty stadiums?

David, who has 25 years of experience in media and political consulting, is the California state director of Americans for Prosperity. He also serves as government affairs adviser for Salem Media Group and provides strategic guidance to more than 35 radio talk shows including Larry Elder, Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Prager, and others. Spady is a columnist for Townhall.com and produced a weekly video series called “Common Sense with David Spady.” He has appeared on numerous television news broadcasts, and his columns have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and the Sacramento Bee, among others.

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Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are actually glad to see Sen. Kamala Harris and other national Democrats admitting they want single payer, government-run health care for everyone and they hope America is still ready to reject it. They also hammer radical activist Linda Sarsour for acting as if she’s raising money for hurricane victims when her real goal to build up the bank of her organization to foster division along ethnic, racial, and gender lines. They also pound Politico for a horrible political cartoon characterizing Texans as confederate, Christian rubes who should realize they are being rescued by government rather than God. And they close by shaking their heads at the cases of Americans who injured themselves by applying sunscreen directly to their eyeballs to look at the recent solar eclipse.

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Identity Politics a Ticking Time Bomb for Democrats

 

shutterstock_56132851I’ve often thought that I probably couldn’t be a Democrat even if I held liberal policy views. The reason: it’s just too much work. The number of identity-based tripwires you have to navigate on any given day virtually assures you’re going to blow off a limb at some point. As Glenn Reynolds notes in his new USA Today column, the consequences of that trend are now playing out in the intra-Democratic fight over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal:

Right before Obama’s trade bill cratered in the Senate last week, Obama complained that its chief Senate critic, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., didn’t understand the real world. [National Organization for Women President Terry] O’Neill then chalked Obama’s attitude up to sexism.

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Sweet Loretta?

 

Congresswoman+Loretta+Sanchez+Joins+WGA+Picket+2AP6UjWqRkKlYou can’t blame Californians for being somewhat jaded, if not downright disinterested, in statewide elections. Just look at the numbers.

Jerry Brown won last year’s gubernatorial contest by 20 points without working up a sweat (or bothering to run ads). He also won by a shade under 13%, back in 2010. As for presidential contests, America’s nation-state hasn’t gone with a Republican since George H.W. Bush back in 1988. The average spread in the last five presidential years is 17 points, ranging from a 24-point Obama win in 2008 to a 10-point George W. Bush loss in 2004. Then there’s the U.S. Senate, which will be in play in 2016 with Barbara Boxer stepping down after four terms. Will a Republican take her seat? Don’t bet on it. The average GOP Senate loss in years coinciding with a presidential election — this is going back to 1992, when Boxer and Dianne Feinstein were first elected — is the same 17 points. Take out Boxer’s 5% win in 1992 and it’s over 20%.

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Will California (Once Again) Fear the Reefer?

 

On Tuesday, and with little fanfare (maybe that’s because smoke has a hard time wafting down from the Last Frontier to the Lower 48), Alaska became just the third state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana use. Oregon and Washington D.C. also approved recreational marijuana last year, joining Colorado and Washington State, which broke ground in 2012. D.C.’s law will likely go into effect by week’s end. Oregon law won’t change until later this year.

Voters approved the notion by a 52%-48% margin, but left it to lawmakers to work out the kinks in allowing adults to legally partake in the herb in private places. And under the category of can’t smoke ‘em if you don’t got ‘em: it’ll be a while before Alaskans will be making a purchase.

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