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27: Middle East Marshall Plan – Corporate interests push to transfer U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia

This episode builds off of the previous show’s reading of the February 2019 Interim Staff Report for the Committee on Oversight and Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives. Months after the February report, the same House committee released a July 2019 document titled, “Corporate and Foreign Interests Behind White House Push to Transfer U.S.…
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26: Middle East Marshall Plan – Whistleblowers concern with transfer of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia

This episode goes back to a February 2019 Interim Staff Report for the Committee on Oversight and Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives. This report is titled, “Whistleblowers Raise Grave Concerns with  Trump Administration’s Efforts to Transfer Sensitive Nuclear Technology to Saudi Arabia.” EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (2:51) Summary of Whistleblower Concerns (9:26) Limitations and Next…
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25: Hospital Experiences Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

On April 3, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a 41-page report documenting the significant challenges facing the health care industry in caring for patients with COVID-19.  With widespread shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), concerns were mounting at hospitals around keeping staff safe. There were concerns of hospitals being overwhelmed…
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24: Postponing Federal Elections and the COVID-19 Pandemic

With concerns around just how long the COVID-19 pandemic could impact our lives, the fact that we are in a presidential election year has brought up a number of questions. Does the President have the authority to cancel or postpone the election? What is the framework in place if an emergency keeps us from voting…
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23: COVID-19 and using advanced refundable tax credits as economic stimulus

COVID-19 and Stimulus Payments to Individuals: Considerations on Using Advanced Refundable Credits as Economic Stimulus What is a refundable tax credit? (3:01) What does “advancing” a tax credit mean? (4:37) How long would it take for the IRS to begin issuing advanced credits? (6:54) How many individuals could receive an advanced refundable tax credit? (8:11)…
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22: Impeachment Trial opens with arguments surrounding issues with documents and witnesses

This episode begins with a recap of the amendments that were proposed during nearly 12 hours of arguments on the second day of the impeachment trial. The podcast covers the President’s support for the rules in Senate Resolution 483 and the reasoning behind the opposition for these rules. SR483 was adopted with a 53-47 vote.…
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21: President Trump’s Dec. 17 Letter to Nancy Pelosi

Watching multiple news outlets, it can be interesting to hear how public documents are characterized in different ways. One of the reasons I’m doing this show is so people can hear the words for themselves and make their own decisions, rather than relying on others to characterize a document for them. After seeing this exchange…
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20: H. Res. 755 Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors

On Friday, December 13th, the House Judiciary Committee did something that had only been done twice before in history by voting on and passing articles of impeachment. The two articles of impeachment are contained within House Resolution 755 titled, “Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.” This is…
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19: Turkey’s October 2019 incursion into Syria, Background, and U.S. Relations

This episode focuses on October’s Incursion into Syria and the withdrawal of US troops that was reported on the in media. However, this episode provides a much deeper understanding of the issues in the region and offers information and analysis on five points with regard to Turkey: Turkey’s strategic orientation toward the United States and…
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18: Sen. Ron Johnson details May 23 White House meeting on Ukraine

Over the past two weeks, the House Intelligence Committee heard from a dozen witnesses regarding military aid that had been held back from Ukraine. Senator Ron Johnson is one of 17 members of the Senate Ukraine caucus and was among the delegation who attended the inauguration of President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine.  Last week, he…
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