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Politics! We know you love them just as much as we do. Join political commentator Ben Kissel and radio man Marcus Parks each week as they discuss what's going on in politics and the world of social issues.

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    Episode 672: The Announcement

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2022 40:17


    Ben, Travis, and Fernando react to Trump's 2024 campaign announcement and what this push could mean for his campaign coffers... ALSO the boys discuss what they're thankful for, both politically and personally, this Thanksgiving season.

    Episode 671: De-Sanitized

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 36:49


    Ben, Travis, and Fernando mentally prepare for the Trump announcement while discussing the 12 women governors elected this midterm, Sen. Portman signing an amendment to protect marriage for everyone, Pence revealing he was angry at Trump after the insurrection, Rupert Murdoch says he will support a democrat if Trump decides to run in 2024, and what the future for Republicans could look like.

    Episode 670: Swimmin' with Sharks

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2022 46:08


    The Top Hat boys round out your week with this week's headlines including an update on the Midterm elections, Trump endorsements not automatically spelling a winner and what that means for his upcoming announcement, META cutting 13% of its workforce, Amazon premiering a new robot that will take more peoples jobs, how inflation is affecting everyone, and MORE!

    Episode 669: The Midterm Election Hangover

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2022 53:01


    Ben, Travis, and Fernando react to the midterm elections and ballot initiatives results throughout the country, the impact Obama still has on voters, Georgia runoff elections, Arizona pushing against "dark money" in their elections, and MORE!

    Episode 668: Fear Sells

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2022 47:26


    The Top Hat Boys are all back together to break down this week's news in politics including  Newsom's comments on Democrats and how they are losing ground, Republican candidates claim Democrats are soft on crime while making jokes about violent attacks on Pelosi's husband, Death threats to Republican candidates punished while death threats to Democrats are mocked, Tim Ryan doesn't back down from the truth in front of a Fox audience, MTG proving she isn't a fit for leadership yet again, Liz Cheney endorses democrats in Ohio, the New York post hacker, and much more!

    Episode 667: Violence All Around

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2022 42:18


    Ben, Travis, and Fernando help round out your week with the rest of this week's news in American Politics including armed "poll watchers" guarding mail-in ballet boxes with guns and kevlar vests as Micheal Flynn's "One More Mission" encourages people to fight voter fraud, Paul Pelosi attacked by an invader looking for Nancy, Liz Cheney endorsing a Democrat, a Jan 6 rioter gets 90 months in jail, Biden calls out Shell for price gouging and MORE! 

    Episode 666: Take Me Out to the Ball Game

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2022 48:52


    Ben is back in the studio with Travis and Fernando to break down this week's news in American politics including Ted Cruz getting boo'd at the Yankees game, the Fetterman vs. Oz debate in PA, strong words from Charlie Crist and Val Demings out of FL, Lauren Boebert misspeaking for women everywhere, White Nationalists get bolder, and more!

    Episode 665: Georgia on my Mind w/ Corey R. Forrester

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2022 56:11


    On this episode Travis and Fernando are joined by comedian Corey R. Forrrester to talk about growing up under Georgia politics, his emergence as a political comedian in the south, as well as District 14 and Marcus Flowers running against MTG.

    Episode 664: Woman, Life, Freedom w/ Seena Ghaznavi

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2022 54:43


    On this very special episode of Top Hat, Ben is on the road so Travis and Fernando are joined by Seena Ghaznavi to talk about current events in Iran, how it relates to Democratic progressives here in America, and what we can do to help the people of Iran here at home.

    Episode 663: The Lesser of Two Evils

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2022 33:33


    Ben brings you a solo edition of Top Hat recorded live from Dublin, Ireland - breaking down the key senate races, swing states, Tommy Tuberville's racist rant, Dr. Oz's speech in front of Hitler's limo, JD Vance vs. Tim Ryan, and much MORE!

    Episode 662: Call a Crackhead

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 45:21


    Ben, Travis, and Fernando serve up this week's news in politics including Gavin Newsome protecting artistic freedom, New York in the spotlight with its "Bike-Lane-Bounty Law", a man's clever use of a gun buy-back program, Susan Collins saying threats could become more real as election workers train for the battle at the polls... and much, much, MORE!

    Episode 661: Give It a Mulligan

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022 46:03


    It's Sunday Top Hat time and the boys are breaking down the new John Fetterman attack ad as well as his upcoming debate with Dr. Oz, Manchin and Mastriano using the power of faith and fasting, Ginni Thomas and her Jan 6th beliefs, how inflation is hurting more Americans and how some billionaires feel about it, and Alex Jones doubling down.

    Episode 660: Meme Mania

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2022 47:55


    This week on Top Hat, the Florida CEO that wanted her Greeting Card company employees to work through Hurricane Ian, Marjorie Taylor Greene's personal life and how it reflects on her political beliefs, Cuomo's new podcast, the scam that is "The Lincoln Project", Florida's Governor vs. California's governor, armed protestors showing up at a Texas church's drag bingo event, and MORE!

    Episode 659: Tamie vs. Goliath w/ Tamie Wilson

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2022 57:32


    On this episode the Top Hat Boys are joined Congressional Candidate Tamie Wilson to talk about her campaign, being a single mom, a small business owner, and her motivation to take on serial sexual predator enabler's like Jim Jordan in congress.Website: https://www.tamiewilson.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TamieUSCongressInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/tamieuscongress/

    Episode 658: Take a Seat

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 52:33


    Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's political stories including 80 year old Linda Paulson's hot new campaign ad for political office in Utah, age limits on politicians, Conservatives banning more books in the name of free speech, The Standing is Tiring (SIT) act, DeSantis' skewed handling of immigration and much more!

    Episode 657: The Rising Tide

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2022 51:39


    On this week's second Top Hat, Ben, Travis, and Fernando talk about the tentative Freight-Rail strike and the importance of worker's unions in our current America, Ron DeSantis's political stunt with immigrants and how Martha's Vineyard reacted, Trump saying an indictment would bring big problems, and more!

    Episode 656: Double Jeopardy

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 47:19


    It's Top Hat time! Ben, Travis, and Fernando discuss Steve Bannon's indictment and his many, many shirts, the FBI busting Mike Lindell at a Hardee's, a SF woman's sexual assault kit used to arrest her in an unrelated crime, credit card companies tracking your gun purchases, Republicans trying to put gay marriage back in the closet while Lindsay Graham comes out of his closet to announce a plot to ban abortion on a Federal level.

    Episode 655: Grifters Grifting Grifters

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 58:50


    Top Hat returns! This week Ben, Travis, and Fernando break down the water crisis in Mississippi, Ted Cruz and student loan forgiveness, prisoners in debt for going to state prisons, conservative publishers and their bad takes on children's books, Gavin McIness stages his own arrest, Youtube algorithms pushing the election fraud narrative, American's are "Too Fat to Fight" and much more!

    Episode 654: The Liberal Redneck w/ Trae Crowder

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 52:03


    On this episode, we are joined by comedian, podcaster, and proud southerner Trae Crowder to talk dive deep on his dinner with JD Vance, doing Progressive comedy in a conservative country, and how he lives up to his brand as a Liberal Redneck. linktr.ee/traecrowder

    Episode 653: Just Add Pepper w/ David Pepper

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 61:16


    On this episode we are joined by author David Pepper to dive deep into the extremist attacks on democracy happening in US State Houses, the importance of just being present in elections, changing the campaign game with BlueOhio.org, and confronting Bill Seitz to his face. http://davidpepper.com/Book: Laboratories of Democracy, Simple ChoiceBlueohio.org

    Episode 652: Late Night Politics w/ Nick Vatterott

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 62:23


    Ben, Travis, and Fernando are joined by Nick Vatterott to talk about his work as a primetime political comedy writer, bipartisanship, and the boon/bane of social media.https://twitter.com/nickvatterott http://www.nickvatterott.com/

    Episode 651: Dark Brandon w/ Joe Biden (James Adomian)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 40:25


    James Adomian joins us as President Joe Biden to breakdown the breakdown of Democracy.https://twitter.com/JAdomian

    Episode 650: Beyond the Pale

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2022 48:00


    The Top Hat Boys are back with more of this week's political stories including genital checks in Utah, pushback on Gov. DeSantis and his Anti-Woke agenda, Texas schools banning Anne Frank and the Bible, Ben Stein is not on the money with his opinion, Steve Bannon feeds the satanic panic, Don Junior flips out for two minutes, both Giuliani and Graham going to court for their trying to affect the Georgia elections and MORE!

    Episode 649: A Special Kind of Grifter

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 59:12


    Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's news in American Politics including Dr. Oz trying to find a Veggie Tray, Sarah Palin in Alaska, Mandela Barnes vs Ron Jonhson in Wisconsin, Tim Ryan's campaign manager gives JD Vance some advice, Andrew Yang cant give a clear answer, Lauren Boebert's drunken neighborhood antics, The Right can't decide exactly how to feel about the FBI raid, and we pontificate more on who the informant could be.

    Episode 648: The Rat

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2022 59:52


    The Top Hat Boys are back with more of this week's news in American Politics including Pro Trump Republican's snatching up wins across the states, Liz Cheney bringing Dick Cheney in for a campaign ad against Trump, Merrick Garland detailing the DOJ reasoning for the Mar-a-Lago raid, speculation on the identity of Trump informant heats up, Mick Mulvaney and the secret safe, Facebook/Meta proving it doesn't care about its users well being, and much, much, MORE!

    Episode 647: The Raid

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 62:42


    Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's news in American Politics including Alex Jones caught sending nudies to Roger Stone, what the historic climate bill means for the country and for Democrats, and of course, the reaction on both sides of the aisle to Monday's FBI raiding of Trumps Mar-a-Lago home.

    Episode 646: Per-jury Mason

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 62:50


    The Top Hat Boys are back for another round of this week's top news as we see it including an update on the passing of the PACT act and the 11 Republican votes against it, the judge having to explain definitions of the law to Alex Jones and his defense team, Roger Stone caught on a hot mic, Bank of America leaked memos, Arizona Republicans that Democrats funded did in fact win their state races and what that could mean for the purple state, while a similarly eerie situations are reflected in other parts of the country, like Michigan and MORE!

    Episode 645: Basket Cases

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 52:54


    Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's news in American Politics including Biden delivering a speech on the killing of Zawahiri while former President Trump hosts the Saudi Arabians for a golf tournament, Democrats funding Republicans in California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Arizona in hopes to fight the greater threat - other Republicans, an Arizona candidate says he will refuse to concede if he loses election, Jon Stewart raises hell, Rand Paul rationalizing why he voted against veterans healthcare, Truth Social shadow bannings and more!

    Episode 644: Ain't That America

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2022 51:56


    Ben, Travis, and Fernando are rounding out your week with the news in American Politics including Republicans failing to pass PACT Act of '22 and then fist-bumping on the house floor in celebration, Rick Scott spreading hypocritical rhetoric about "book burners", Pelosi selling $5 Million worth of stock ahead of a related legislation bill she is set to vote on, Guatemalan migrant children working at a Hyundai plant in Alabama, DeSantis attacking woke businesses, Samuel Alito boasting from the Vatican, a reporter forced out of an execution for her choice of skirt, and MORE!!

    Episode 643: The Devil's Rainbow

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 62:12


    Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's news in Politics including Arizona's Kari Lake spewing dangerous rhetoric, ALSO Lake supporters caught on tape harassing PetsMart employees over Gay Pride Flag, Matt Gaetz unsurprisingly voting against bill to curb human trafficking, fugitive Steve Bannon praising Alex Jones, Lindsay Graham lovin' his buddy Trump, Kamala Harris disappoints, John Fetterman doing campaign attack ads right, Brittney Griner freed! and MORE!

    Episode 642: Bipartisan Douchery

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 61:37


    Episode 641: Out of the Ordinary

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2022 53:14


    Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this weeks news in politics as Trump uses Ivana's death as a fundraising opportunity, Errol Musk reminding us that the billionaire class doesn't think the way we do, House Republicans vote against investigating Nazi's in the police and military, O'Rourke out-raising Abbott in Texas, Indiana AG Todd Rokita threatening to prosecute a doctor for doing their job, a law professor warns about the violence of forced birth, and Glenn Grothman hates the pride flag. 

    Episode 640: Useful Idiots

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 65:08


    Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's News in American Politics including Nuclear Preparedness Ads in NYC, Jill Biden loving Latinos and Tacos while unable to pronounce Bodega, Coup expert John Balton explaining where Jan 6th Insurrectionists got it wrong, former Oath Keepers and Raskin also breaking silence about Jan 6th, Musk using Twitter to distract from more Tesla Autopilot evils, California getting it right with insulin users,Gun Safety and MORE!

    Episode 639: Freedom Holes

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 53:08


    Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you even more of this week's news in Politics including an update on Cassidy Hutchinson vs. the Secret Service, Police reform and Jayland Walker, MTG claiming 4th of July shootings are false flags, Debbie Lesko proclaiming that she would shoot her grandkids to protect their guns, Jerone Davison wanting to "Make Rifles Great Again", Ron Johnson attack ad backfires, Newsom vs DeSantis 2024, Senate Democrats calling on Joe to legalize Marijuana, and MORE!

    Episode 638: Fireworks and Firearms

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 63:59


    Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's news in politics including Micheal Moore giving up his citizenship in protest, Adam Kinzinger playing some of the spiciest voicemails he's received so far, information on several of the July 4th shootings and casualties, Maryland loosening concealed carry laws, the Dallas Cowboys go all in on the gun theme with a new coffee sponsorship, and much MORE!

    Episode 637: Separation Between Algorithm and State

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2022 40:06


    For this very special 4th of July Top Hat, Ben, Travis, and Fernando are talkin' Rudy Giuliani's special code for major savings, Lauren Boebert and her understanding of the what the founding fathers had to say, Nick Fuentes getting canceled from a Libertarian conference, the unexpected results of Googling "Desk Ornament", Ohio State Rep. Jan Schmidt wanting to ban birth control all while Texas AG says he will defend only "bible style" sex and MORE!

    Episode 636: The Ketchup on the Wall

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2022 28:43


    Ben, Travis, and Fernando focus on the events of Jan 6th and break down what we have learned from Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony to the committee about Trump, Meadows actions throughout the infamous day, as well as where it can all be heading! 

    Episode 635: All or Nothing

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 52:25


    Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this week's news in politics as the country reacts to the controversial decision of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, restricting abortions in multiple states across the country, SCOTUS's religious double standards, gun law news in NY, and MORE!

    Episode 634: Hot Takes From Cold Hands

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 50:44


    Ben, Travis, and Fernando are back with this week's political stories including Lauren Boehbert spreading the gospel of Christ, Texas AG general saying God has a plan to parents of murdered children, Elon Musk endorsing DeSantis and potentially firing 10K people over "bad feelings", finally some good news from Ohio and MORE!

    Episode 633: Feral Hogs

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 55:04


    This week on Top Hat the boys are talking about Pelosi pandering to gay voters, Republicans spilling the truth about Jan 6th, Trump scamming 250 million out of his supporters for a Fraud Fund along with highlights of his 12 page statement on the Jan 6th committee, Arizona republicans asking for blanket pardons, Ohio trans and guns laws making us question GOP sanity, and MORE!

    Episode 632: Pardon Me

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2022 48:48


    Ben, Travis, and Fernando are back with a second helping of this week's political stories including Liz Cheney and the Jan 6th committee, the FBI arresting a Michigan gubernatorial candidate for insurrection involvement, trust in US government at an all time low, Meta and Amazon's WICKR showing us the evils of the internet, the Border Patrol emboldened by the Supreme Court and MORE.

    Episode 631: Critical Mass

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 47:53


    Ben, Travis, and Fernando bring you this weeks news in Politics!

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