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    Columbia Energy Exchange
    Supreme Court Rules on EPA Carbon Regulation. Now What?

    Columbia Energy Exchange

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 38:29


    In a 6-3 decision in West Virginia v. EPA, Supreme Court justices determined that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) overstepped its authority in regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Since the Thursday decision, several environmental groups have called the monumental ruling devastating to the Biden administration's efforts to facilitate a clean energy transition.  For a breakdown of the decision and its implications for climate regulations moving forward, host Bill Loveless spoke with legal experts Michael Gerrard and Jeff Holmstead.  Michael is founder and director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University. He has pioneered innovative legal strategies and teaches courses on environmental law, climate change law and energy regulation. Before his time at Columbia, Michael was the head of the New York law office of Arnold & Porter. Jeff heads the Environmental Strategies Group at the law firm Bracewell. He previously served as assistant administrator for air and radiation at the EPA under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. During his tenure, he was one of the architects behind the Clean Air Interstate Rule, the Clean Air Diesel Rule and the Mercury Rule for power plants. The pair discussed precisely how the rule curbs the EPA's power, where it stops short, and the kind of legal precedence it sets for future cases.

    Liberty & Justice with Matt Whitaker
    John Ratcliffe, former Director of National Intelligence and Member of Congress, joins Liberty & Justice

    Liberty & Justice with Matt Whitaker

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2022 31:06


    John Ratcliffe, former Director of National Intelligence and previously a Member of Congress, joins Liberty & Justice with Matt Whitaker.  Director Ratcliffe and General Whitaker discuss reducing violent crime in he US, Russia and Ukraine war, lessons from Afghanistan and China's long term plan for world-wide influence.  It is a great discussion and worth your time.  Watch every episode of Liberty & Justice at Whitaker.tv.SAVE MISSOURI VALUES PAC is this week's show sponsor.On December 22, 2020, in recognition of his national security achievements as both Director of National Intelligence and previously as a Member of Congress, the President awarded Director Ratcliffe the National Security Medal, the nation's highest honor for distinguished achievement in the field of intelligence and national security.The Secretary of Defense also awarded Director Ratcliffe the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal for “playing an integral role in multiple special operations successes and empowering the Secretary of Defense to make fully informed decisions to remove terrorists from the battlefield and keep United States forces and the American people safe.”“I will deliver the unvarnished truth. What anyone wants the intelligence to reflect won't impact the intelligence I deliver. Ever.”  Director Ratcliffe during his Confirmation Hearing, May 5, 2020Prior to his nomination and confirmation as DNI, John Ratcliffe served for over five years as the U.S. Representative for the 4th Congressional District of Texas. As a Congressman, Director Ratcliffe was a leading policy maker on national security issues as a member of the House Intelligence, Homeland Security and Judiciary committees.Director Ratcliffe authored The United States-Israel Advanced Research Partnership Act, signed into law by President Obama on December 16, 2016, which allowed the U.S. and Israel to collaborate on research and development of cybersecurity technologies for national security purposes. The Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act, authored by Director Ratcliffe and signed into law by President Trump on November 2, 2017, established the National Computer Forensics Institute as a national center for training law enforcement officials on the use of cyber technologies to investigate and secure digital evidence.Prior to serving in Congress, Director Ratcliffe served in the George W. Bush administration from 2004 to 2008, initially appointed as Chief of Anti-Terrorism and National Security for the Eastern District of Texas before being named the U.S. Attorney from 2007 to 2008.From 2008 until 2014, Director Ratcliffe was a founding partner with former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft of Ashcroft Sutton Ratcliffe LLP, a firm providing strategic legal advice on national and international security issues.SAVE MISSOURI VALUES PAC is this week's show sponsor.Matthew G. Whitaker was acting Attorney General of the United States (2018-2019).  Prior to becoming acting Attorney General, Mr. Whitaker served as Chief of Staff to the Attorney General. He was appointed as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa by President George W. Bush, serving from 2004-2009. Whitaker was the managing partner of Des Moines based law firm, Whitaker Hagenow & Gustoff LLP from 2009 until rejoining DOJ in 2017. He was also the Executive Director for FACT, The Foundation for Accountability & Civic Trust, an ethics and accountability wFedBiz'5 is Your Definitive Resource to Accelerating Government SalesSeries of 5-minute podcasts designed to help federal contractors find and win businessListen on: Apple Podcasts Spotify

    NH Secrets Legends and Lore
    Congressman Dick Swett:: Civility, Vision, and Honor Matter

    NH Secrets Legends and Lore

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 56:29


    In an era where civility is a rare commodity, recalling the way that Dick Swett conducted himself as a US Congressman and later as an Ambassador to Denmark is a reminder that civility, humility and conscience are still honorable and - perhaps even possible again. Dick was elected to the second congressional district seat in congress in 1990 and in 92 he was handily re-elected for another term. The turning point of Dick's political fortunes came in 1994 with the successful passage of the assault weapons ban. Despite the danger to his own career, Dick voted for the measure and it became law. He lost his reelection bid by less than a percentage point. FOLLOWING ON THE HEELS of the ban, there was a decline in gun violence but when the ban was not extended under George W. Bush we reverted to the status quo ante and we all know what that has looked like for our country. In 1998 he was named Ambassador to Denmark by President Bill Clinton a post he held until 2001. In this podcast I speak with Dick Swett about his political journey and his life journey since his act of courage led to the passage of the (temporary) assault weapons ban in 1994 and his razor close loss, fueled by the NRA, in the subsequent election.

    The Ezra Klein Show
    The Single Best Guide I've Heard to the Supreme Court's Rightward Shift

    The Ezra Klein Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 94:50


    In the past few weeks alone, the Supreme Court has delivered a firestorm of conservative legal victories. States now have far less leeway to restrict gun permits. The right to abortion is no longer constitutionally protected. The Environmental Protection Agency has been kneecapped in its ability to regulate carbon emissions, and by extension, all executive branch agencies will see their power significantly diminished.But to focus only on this particular Supreme Court term is to miss the bigger picture: In the past few decades, conservative court majorities have dragged this country's laws to the right on almost every issue imaginable. Shelby County v. Holder gutted the Voting Rights Act and opened the door for states to pass restrictive voting laws. Rucho v. Common Cause limited the court's ability to curb partisan gerrymandering. Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission unleashed a torrent of campaign spending. Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 weakened unions. A whole slew of cases, including some decided on the shadow docket during the Covid-19 pandemic, undercut federal agencies' power to help govern in an era of congressional gridlock. And that's only a partial list.Kate Shaw is a law professor at Cardozo School of Law, a co-host of the legal podcast Strict Scrutiny and a former clerk for Justice John Paul Stevens. In this episode, she walks me through the most significant Supreme Court cases over the past 20 years, from the court's decision to hand George W. Bush the presidency in 2000, to the dismantling of the Voting Rights Act, to the assertion of an individual's right to bear arms.Along the way, we discuss the right's decades-long effort to transform American law from the bench, how Republican-appointed judges have consistently entrenched Republican political power, the interpretive bankruptcy of constitutional originalism, how the Warren Court radicalized the conservative legal movement, what might happen to decisions like Obergefell v. Hodges now that the court majority seems to be so comfortable throwing out precedent, what cases to watch in the Roberts Court's next term, and more.Mentioned:“After Citizens United: How Outside Spending Shapes American Democracy” by Nour Abdul-Razzak, Carlo Prato and Stephane Wolton“The Most Important Study in the Abortion Debate” by Annie LowreyBook recommendations:The Turnaway Study by Diana Greene FosterTorn Apart by Dorothy RobertsWho Decides? by Jeffrey S. Sutton51 Imperfect Solutions by Jeffrey S. SuttonThoughts? Guest suggestions? Email us at ezrakleinshow@nytimes.com.You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more episodes of “The Ezra Klein Show” at nytimes.com/ezra-klein-podcast, and you can find Ezra on Twitter @ezraklein. Book recommendations from all our guests are listed at https://www.nytimes.com/article/ezra-klein-show-book-recs.“The Ezra Klein Show” is produced by Annie Galvin and Rogé Karma; fact-checking by Michelle Harris, Rollin Hu, Mary Marge Locker and Kate Sinclair; original music by Isaac Jones; mixing by Isaac Jones; audience strategy by Shannon Busta. Our executive producer is Irene Noguchi. Special thanks to Kristin Lin, Kristina Samulewski, David A. Kaplan, Ian Millhiser, Aziz Rana and Kate Redburn.

    Unhinged with Chris Klemens

    Sitting on his empty hardwood floors, Chris unloads on packing up his house, tells behind the scenes moments of the movers, gets a surprise visit from bff and roommate Andrew Lowe, mentions a secret Patreon episode spilling the tea about his neighborhood, mentions the grapefruit method, gets into historical birthday drama with Ellen DeGeneres and Dakota Johnson, gets confused between George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush, gets inquisitive about c*m and gives verdicts on caller disputes as a last hoorah from his LA house. •Get $10 off any order of $50 or more when you go to https://MilkBarStore.com/UNHINGED. •Dipsea is offering an extended 30 day free trial when you go to https://DipseaStories.com/UNHINGED • DONATE to support the Perry Family: https://gofund.me/d4ffdcb8 • DONATE to support LA Family Housing; https://lafh.org/donate • DONATE to support Angel City Pit Bulls: http://www.angelcitypits.org Follow Unhinged with Chris Klemens on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unhingedwithchrisklemens Follow Chris: https://www.instagram.com/chrisklemens/ Follow Big Spark Studios: https://www.instagram.com/bigsparkstudios Leave Chris a voicemail: 310-844-6459 Submit your secrets: https://forms.gle/ZPtbT3EKFHQWpZ4K7  Submit Charitable Shoutout: https://forms.gle/6GSAoacSoepsZ5v47 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Talks from the Hoover Institution
    Fireside Chat With Secretary DeVos And Secretary Rice

    Talks from the Hoover Institution

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 51:47


    Tuesday, June 28, 2022 Hoover Institution, Stanford University   The Hoover Institution hosts a Fireside Chat with Secretary DeVos  and Secretary Rice on Tuesday, June 28 from 5:15 - 6:00PM PT. In this timely discussion, DeVos will provide her candid thoughts about serving as Secretary of Education, her battles to put students first, the urgent need to transform America's approach to education to meet the realities of the 21st century, and the dangers of "woke" ideology being force-fed to our kids. She will explain why she believes we are on the verge of finally shifting the balance of power in education in America to expand parental authority and put the unique needs of each individual student first. ABOUT THE SPEAKERS Condoleezza Rice is the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution and the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy. From January 2005 to 2009, Rice served as the sixty-sixth Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush's Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001 to January 2005, the first woman to hold the position. Betsy DeVos is a leader, an innovator, a disruptor, and a champion for freedom. She is the nation's leading advocate for education freedom for students of all ages, having served as the 11th U.S. Secretary of Education from 2017-2021. For more than three decades, she has been tireless in her pursuit of public policy reforms that get government out of the way and allow all students the freedom, flexibility, resources and support they need to choose where, when and how they learn. Her advocacy has helped create new educational choices for K-12 students in more than 25 states and the District of Columbia and expanded post-high school education options for students and adult learners alike. Betsy is also an accomplished business leader. She served as Chairman of The Windquest Group, a privately held investment and management firm based in Michigan. She is the former chair of the American Federation for Children, The Philanthropy Roundtable, and the Michigan Republican Party. Betsy is a graduate of Calvin College and is married to entrepreneur, philanthropist and community activist Dick DeVos. Together, they have four children and ten grandchildren. Long before she was tapped by President Trump to serve as secretary of education, DeVos established herself as one of the country's most influential advocates for education reform, from school choice and charter schools to protecting free speech on campus. She's unflinching in standing up to the powerful interests who control and benefit from the status quo in education – which is why the unions, the media, and the radical left made her public enemy number one. Now, DeVos is ready to tell her side of the story after years of being vilified by the radical left for championing common-sense, conservative reforms in America's schools.   In Hostages No More, DeVos unleashes her candid thoughts about working in the Trump administration, recounts her battles over the decades to put students first, hits back at “woke” curricula in our schools, and details the reforms America must pursue to fix its long and badly broken education system. And she has stories to tell: DeVos offers blunt insights on the people and politics that stand in the way of fixing our schools. For students, families and concerned citizens, DeVos shares a roadmap for reclaiming education and securing the futures of our kids – and America.

    Hielscher oder Haase - Deutschlandfunk Nova
    Gefälschter Klitschko - Russische Comedians wollen Urheber des Betrugs sein

    Hielscher oder Haase - Deutschlandfunk Nova

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 4:39


    Zwei russische Comedians behaupten, sie hätten sich in der Videokonferenz mit Berlins Bürgermeisterin Franziska Giffey als Kiews Bürgermeister Vitali Klitschko ausgegeben. Ob hinter dem Betrug der Comedians ein Deepfake steckte oder wie sie sich als Vitali Klitschko ausgegeben haben, wollten sie nicht sagen. Das Satirikerduo gilt als kremlnah und hatte vor wenigen Wochen vom russischen Außenministerium einen Preis für ihre Fake-Anrufe erhalten. In der Vergangenheit hatten sie sich schon gegenüber George W. Bush, Justin Trudeau und Boris Johnson am Telefon für jemand anderen ausgegeben. **********Ihr könnt uns auch auf diesen Kanälen folgen: Instagram und YouTube.

    The Gary Bisbee Show
    70: 4th of July: A Presidential Perspective, with Tevi Troy, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center

    The Gary Bisbee Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 8:13


    Meet Tevi Troy, Ph.D.:Tevi Troy, Ph.D. is a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center as well as a Senior Fellow of the Hudson Institute. He is the founder and CEO of American Health Policy Institute. His career extends into the public sector as a former member of President George W. Bush's transition team, a Deputy Secretary in HHS, and Acting Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. Additionally, Dr. Troy is a prolific writer with 4 books on presidencies and over 300 articles commenting on political trends.Key Insights:Dr. Troy reflects on the 4th of July through the lens of past presidencies. Bonds of Liberty. During the 4th of July, Presidents look for ways to unite the country. Dr. Troy points to an overarching message of liberty as a way to remember our shared bonds as Americans. (1:49)Did You Know? Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on the same day, July 4th, 1826, 50 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. (3:32)How We Celebrate. Sometimes Presidents host activities on the 4th of July that advance policies of their administration, like parades or naturalization ceremonies. However, most often Presidents go to a vacation place they are comfortable with and celebrate with family. (6:12)Relevant Links: Follow Tevi Troy on TwitterTevi Troy has published 4 books analyzing past and present presidentsRead Tevi Troy's article in National Affairs

    NBE - Die Nilz Bokelberg Erfahrung
    Andreas Dresen & Nilz

    NBE - Die Nilz Bokelberg Erfahrung

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 103:48


    Andreas Dresen ist einer der prägendsten Regisseure des deutschen Kinos. Jüngst ist sein Film “Rabiye Kurnaz gegen George W. Bush” erschienen. Bei Nilz am Wohnzimmertisch blickt Dresen zurück auf das Filmstudium, seine größten Kinohelden und die Magie der Leinwand. Außerdem erzählt er von der inneren Reise, die er in seiner Arbeit antritt: Mit jedem Film lernt Andreas Dresen neue Menschen und ihre Geschichten kennen, die seine Welt immer wieder bereichern. Was sowohl Andreas als auch Nilz im Kino zu tränen rührt? Ihr erfahrt es hier, in der NBE. *Werbung* Diese Episode erscheint mit freundlicher Unterstützung von Hello Fresh. Mit dem Aktionscode HFBOKELBERG erhalten Neukund*innen auf https://hlfr.sh/HFBOKELBERG bis zu 80 € Rabatt in Deutschland und in Österreich. Oder bis zu 140 CHF in der Schweiz unter https://hlfr.sh/HFBOKELBERGCH. Der Rabatt richtet sich nach der Boxgröße, verteilt auf die ersten 4 Boxen.

    Know Your Enemy
    How They Did It, Pt. 3: The End of the Beginning

    Know Your Enemy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 107:37


    In the third and final episode in their series on the overturning of Roe v. Wade—recorded on the day it happened—Matt and Sam pick up with 1990s, the George W. Bush administration, and eventually take listeners up to the present. They focus especially on way conservative, mostly Christian intellectuals, many of them connected to the religious journal First Things, brought Catholics and evangelicals together to fight against abortion rights, with figures like Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, Robert P. George, and Hadley Arkes providing language and arguments in a more elite idiom—a project that deeply influenced Bush's presidency and helped cement the anti-abortion movement's place not just in the religious right but the broader conservative movement and the GOP.Sources:"Killing Abortionists: A Symposium," First Things, December 1994"Evangelicals and Catholics Together: The Christian Mission in the Third Millenium," First Things, May 1994"The End of Democracy? The Judicial Usurpation of Politics," First Things, November 1996Damon Linker, The Theocons: Secular America Under Siege (Doubleday, 2006)Mary Ziegler, Dollars for Life: The Anti-Abortion Movement and the Fall of the Republican Establishment (Yale University Press, 2021)Joshua Wilson, The Street Politics of Abortion: Speech, Violence, and America's Culture Wars, (Stanford University Press, 2013)Richard John Neuhaus, The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America (Eerdmans, 1984)Robert P. George, Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality (Oxford University Press, 1993)Hadley Arkes, "The End of the Beginning of the End of Abortion," First Things, June 24, 2022Matthew Sitman, "Reading Left to Right" (review of Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square), Commonweal, August 24, 2015Tara Isabella Burton, "The Biblical Story the Christian Right Uses to Defend Trump," Vox, March 5, 2018

    Sunday Morning Magazine with Rodney Lear

    Ben Feller, Author, Big Problems Little Problems. Mr. Feller is a former award-winning chief White House correspondent for The Associated Press. During his years of covering Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, he was a leader of the White House press corps, traveled aboard Air Force One around the world, and was honored as a “master of deadline reporting.” Now he is writing about his personal passion: being a dad. His latest project is his heartwarming new book, Big Problems Little Problems, which is inspired by his relationship with his son.

    PBD Podcast
    Political Operative Roger Stone & CIA Agent Ric Prado | PBD Podcast | Ep. 166

    PBD Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 117:53


    Try our sponsor Aura for 14 days free - https://aura.com/pbd to see how many times your personal information was found on the dark web today. PBD Podcast Episode 166. In this episode, Patrick Bet-David is joined by Roger Stone, Ric Prado, and Adam Sosnick. To donate to the Stone Family Support Fund: https://bit.ly/3OGNpyk To purchase Ric Prado's book, Black Ops: https://amzn.to/3bBHL2w For all things Ric Prado: https://bit.ly/3OD1lJU Text: PODCAST to 310.340.1132 to get added to the distribution list About Roger: Roger Jason Stone is an American conservative political consultant and lobbyist. Since the 1970s, Stone has worked on the campaigns of Republican politicians, including Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Jack Kemp, Bob Dole, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump. About Ric: Enrique "Ric" Prado is a paramilitary, counter-terrorism, and special/clandestine operations specialist, with a focus on international training operations and programs. Mr. Prado is a twenty-four-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency where he served as an Operations Officer in six overseas posts. He was Deputy Chief of Station and "Plank Owner" of the original Bin Ladin Task Force/Issues Station under Senior Analyst, Michael Scheuer, as well as Chief of Station in a hostile Muslim country. Patrick Bet-David is the founder and CEO of Valuetainment Media. He is the author of the #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller Your Next Five Moves (Simon & Schuster) and a father of 2 boys and 2 girls. He currently resides in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. To reach the Valuetainment team you can email: booking@valuetainment.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/pbdpodcast/support

    Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael
    Trailed: One Woman's Quest to Solve the Shenandoah Murders w/ Kathryn Miles

    Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 62:10


    On this edition of Parallax Views, journalist Kathyrn Miles joins the show to discuss her new true crime book Trailed: One Woman's Quest to Solve the Shenandoah Murders. In the spring of May 1996, Julianne “Julie” Williams and Laura “Lollie” Winans went into Shenandoah National Park, part of the Appalachian trail. They were two bright young women in college with a future ahead of them. That future, however, was stolen as both Lollie and Julie were murdered in the woods of Shenandoah Nation Park. Their murder became nationwide news. So much so in fact that when George W. Bush became President of the United States, the Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales of announced that they had found a suspect and that the murder was a hate crime. You see, Lollie and Julie had been in a romantic relationship. As such, their murder could've been a hate crime. The culprit? A man by the name of Darrell David Rice. However, not all is as it seems. Kathyrn Miles takes us through her investigation of the Shenandoah murders explaining the missteps and even, in some cases, malfeasance by the FBI, National Park Service, and the Department of Justice. In doing show she cast doubt on Rice as the perpetrator (note: Rice has not been convicted, even to this day) and offers another suspect. But this isn't just the story of the investigation of the murders. It's also an exploration of what it's like to be a woman, LGBTQ+, or other marginalized identity exploring the frontier of the Appalachian trail and the ways in which that trail is experienced differently by men and women. We discuss all that and more on this edition of Parallax Views.

    Anticipating The Unintended
    #174 Society is a partnership of the dead, the living and the unborn*

    Anticipating The Unintended

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 28:27


    Global Policy Watch: Woe Vs RaidInsights on policy issues making news around the World - RSJOn Friday, Justice Samuel Alito along with the conservative bloc of the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) overturned the landmark Roe v Wade judgment that had granted women a federal right to terminate a pregnancy about half a century ago. The conservative raid into the SCOTUS that started with the efforts of Bush Jr and concluded with Trump appointing three judges during his term has delivered to the great woe of the progressives. The learned judges searched for the word abortion in the Constitution. And to their surprise, they figured it just wasn't there. To quote:We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely—the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. That provision has been held to guarantee some rights that are not mentioned in the Constitution, but any such right must be “deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition” and “implicit in the concept of ordered liberty.”  The right to abortion does not fall within this category. Until the latter part of the 20th century, such a right was entirely unknown in American law. Indeed, when the Fourteenth Amendment was adopted, three quarters of the States made abortion a crime at all stages of pregnancy. The abortion right is also critically different from any other right that this Court has held to fall within the Fourteenth Amendment’s protection of “liberty.” Roe’s defenders characterize the abortion right as similar to the rights recognized in past decisions involving matters such as intimate sexual relations, contraception, and marriage, but abortion is fundamentally different, as both Roe and Casey acknowledged, because it destroys what those decisions called “fetal life” and what the law now before us describes as an “unborn human being.”Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.Strong stuff. But with a minor problem. I’m not sure SCOTUS has always stayed away from subjects that don’t have a reference to them in the Constitution like the learned judges have claimed. I mean I have gone through the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence document a few times. I could have also told them they won’t find a reference to abortion there. But I didn’t find the word woman in them either. No idea how that section of the human species got all sorts of rights in the US then. Also, missing from the Constitution are references to wild house parties involving strippers, or to tomatoes, home video recording, or swats to your bottom with a paddle to name just a few of my favourite things. But these are all things on whom the Court has delivered verdicts. Read them if your life is as boring as mine: Wild house parties involving strippers. Is the tomato a fruit or vegetable? The Betamax case of using a home recording device. And the case of the Principal who delivered 20 swats with a paddle to his pupil James. The SCOTUS has opined on them all. So, you see the judges aren’t exactly being consistent with precedence here. And they are setting new dubious benchmarks. There have been numerous instances of the Court striking down past judgments to grant more rights. Not to take them away. This is a repudiation of a lot of truths that progressives take for granted. That the arc of history in the long term bends towards moral justice. Or, that gains on individual liberty that survive more than a generation become irreversible. Apparently not. So, we have the US now joining El Salvador, Poland and Nicaragua in the list of countries that have rolled back abortion rights in the last three decades. About 26 states will make abortion illegal or restrict it on the back of this judgment with immediate effect. It is all quite remarkable. Some days you try and make sense of the pitched battles on the US cultural landscape: on how to use pronouns - he, she, they, it, them, their; or the definition of woman; or cancelling J.K. Rowling because she is a TERF. The terms of such debates are so rarefied that you need a primer first to understand the language being used before you can come to the substantive issues. And while they busy themselves in an ever-splintering contest of being ‘purer’ than the other, the rug gets pulled from under their feet with a judgment that rolls back years of hard-fought wins on women’s autonomy on their bodies, individual liberty and female reproductive health and safety. Now more than half the states are readying themselves to implement it tomorrow. It reinforces my view that any ideology or “-ism” isn’t threatened by its rival but by the absolute section of its own adherents. The desire to finish off the ‘near enemy” is stronger than fighting the real one. Some day the ‘trads’ and ‘raitas’ of Indian wrong wing will also get there. It is a point I have made a few times in explaining Schmitt’s notion of an enemy being essential for a political ideology to flourish.It is not that progressive are alone in this kind of hypocrisy. The same conservatives who value the life of a foetus or of those who are ‘unborn’ don’t see any problem in defending the ‘gun culture’ that takes away more than fifty thousand lives every year. For some convoluted reasons, those lives are an acceptable cost to pay for the right to possess firearms. It is sad yet funny to an outsider looking in.  This won’t stop here. The conservative majority in the SCOTUS took decades, and a lot of good fortune, to come to fruition. They will make the most of it. Justice Clarence Thomas gave a sense of what is to come in his concurring note to this ruling:“In future cases, we should reconsider all of this court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell.”Quick reminder. Griswold v Connecticut is about a married couple’s right to use contraception without state interference. Lawrence v Texas restricts the states from criminalising sodomy, and Obergefell v Hodges established the right for same-sex couples to marry in 2015. Justice Thomas might be alone now in raking these up. But something tells me that the genie is out now.For all its pretensions, ideology reduces itself to three functional truths. Find something to hate viscerally, over-extend the shadow of your ideology to all realms of a citizen’s life and protect yourself by sanctifying a core principle within the ideology that cannot be made profane. You will enjoy the fruits of power while future generations will foot the bill. We are now on an overdrive of ideology on both sides of the partisan divide.  Stepping back there are three points I want to make here about what this reversal could mean from the seemingly ineluctable path the American society was marching on since the civil rights movement of the 60s. First, the tyranny of the well-organised minority in a democracy is real. American society isn’t as divided on the issue of abortion as it was decades back. Roe v Wade didn’t ‘deepen division and enflamed debate’ as Justice Alito puts it. I went through Pew and Gallup surveys over the years on people’s attitudes towards abortion. It is safe to say anywhere between 60 - 80 per cent of Americans are against the idea of making abortion illegal. Most of the remaining too don’t hold extreme positions on this topic. Maybe there’s a 15 per cent minority of evangelicals and Catholics concentrated in certain states that hold views that have been upheld by the SC. Yet they have prevailed because single-issue voters like them matter in the Republican primaries and in winning the swing states. This is what explains Trump’s base among these groups despite his standing for everything they abhor on moral grounds. And once you establish this ‘tyranny of minority’, you can override the silent majority. Because the benefits are concentrated with them while the costs are diffused among the majority. It is not as if the founding framers of the US Constitution were unaware of this risk. Alexander Hamilton in Federalist Papers #22 (1788) had cautioned:“To give a minority a negative upon the majority (which is always the case where more than a majority is requisite to a decision), is, in its tendency, to subject the sense of the greater number to that of the lesser.If a pertinacious minority can control the opinion of a majority, respecting the best mode of conducting it, the majority, in order that something may be done, must conform to the views of the minority; and thus the sense of the smaller number will overrule that of the greater, and give a tone to the national proceedings. Hence, tedious delays; continual negotiation and intrigue; contemptible compromises of the public good.” This is the reality. The only way to deal with this is for the opponents to mobilise themselves into a single issue minority that counters this or to wait for this to splinter on its own. Neither seems possible at this time in the US. But the broader message on how a minority cause can overturn a majority consensus will not be lost on many who champion fringe causes. And this is also the reason one shouldn’t casually dismiss any voice even in India as fringe as we tend to do. Fringe swings votes and influences the social and cultural agenda of political parties. It is wise to remember that when considering the statements of Yati Narsinghanand or Nupur Sharma. Second, the concurrence note by Justice Thomas that refers to other hot-button conservative cultural causes will play out in a certain way. It is important to understand this. As he wrote:“we have a duty to “correct the error” established in those precedents …. After overruling these demonstrably erroneous decisions, the question would remain whether other constitutional provisions guarantee the myriad rights that our substantive due process cases have generated.”What Justice Thomas has done is in public policy called ‘shifting the Overton window’. What was earlier not in the realm of discussion or consideration now comes into play. The terms of reference for the cultural debate to be played out in courts have been widened with those lines. This will have an impact on the decisions made in numerous lower courts. Lives will be affected. Lastly, I come back to a point I have made before about the sanctity of Courts directing social norms in a top-down fashion as it was first done in Roe v Wade and the manner of overturning it on Friday. A bit of context will help here.The conservative preference is for any social change to be gradual. Societal change is shaped through the many eddies of debates and protests that resist the flow of the mainstream. As they gain wider acceptance, they begin changing the course of flow of social norms. This could be painstakingly slow, but it makes change acceptable and sustainable. For the conservatives, the role of the judges is to apply laws, not to create them. Going beyond this brief becomes judicial activism. So, the original conservative view was that all issues of public or social policy should be discussed and debated by the legislative and executive branches of the state that represents the society. Courts resolve disputes following the written-down law while sending back any ambiguities to the legislative arm for approval.The liberal position, as it has evolved over time, is marked with suspicion of the society reforming itself. The classical liberal approach to this problem was to accelerate the process of change in society. This was to be achieved through a combined political, social and cultural assault on the bastions of conservatism in the society. This led to the portrait of a liberal as a perpetual activist in a constant state of mobilisation to upend existing norms. The liberal belief that society must change from within was no different from the conservative stance. The difference was between the need to induce change through proactive measures and the speed of change. This need for speed eventually led the liberals to the courts.Based on the evidence it can be argued the conservatives have lost the argument. The courts are at the front and centre of social policy-making today. The many historic judgments that cleave the US society are evidence of it. The legislative arms of the state representing the society aren’t drafting these laws.But here’s the irony. The conservatives have co-opted the liberal model. With a few strokes of good fortune, the single-minded agenda of turning the US SC bench into a conservative majority has been fruitful. The peril of pushing social change into the cabins of a powerful, centralised and autonomous institution is clear to the liberals now when the shoe is on the other foot. A blunt instrument doesn’t look blunt till it is in the hands of your adversary. The path of wresting back control to society will be long and arduous. Roe v Wade verdict in 1973 was ahead of its time. It was imposed on a society where the majority weren’t onboard. It bred resentment and a counter-movement. Justice Alito’s verdict on Friday takes us back in time. It too is imposed on a society where the majority isn’t with it. The Court is either ahead or behind the times in which they live.And it is on this subject, I come to the only line that I agreed with in Justice Alito’s 213-paged judgment:It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives. “The permissibility of abortion, and the limitations, upon it, are to be resolved like most important questions in our democracy: by citizens trying to persuade one another and then voting.”That’s the way it should always be. Back in 1973. In 2022. And in future.Addendum— Pranay KotasthaneI don’t follow American politics. I’m also cognizant of my ignorance of the context of the abortion debate. And so I’ll stick to three broader points of comparison between the Indian and American political systems. First, this case brings the Constitutional Immutability Dilemma into focus. The underlying reasoning of the judgment is that the American constitution makes no specific reference to a right to obtain an abortion. The cases Roe and Casey tried to link it with other rights, which the current Court did not find acceptable. As an Indian observer, one would think that the constitution should’ve been amended to insert this right expressly, but that’s where the Constitutional Immutability Dilemma kicks in — how amendable should a constitution be after all?To resolve this dilemma, India and the US pick opposite ends. Amending the American constitution requires fulfilling extraordinary conditions, and hence just 27 amendments have been made in its nearly 250-year-old history. On the other hand, amending the Indian constitution is far easier. The latter’s mutability often attracts criticism on these lines—“a document that flexible is a periodical, not a constitution”. However, I’ve always been sceptical of that view. Constitutions are neither sacred books nor indisputable words of a supernatural force. Allowing subsequent generations to alter the constitution through their elected representatives is perhaps a better equilibrium than relying on future judges’ interpretations of an inflexible constitution. Ambedkar, in fact, cited Jefferson in defence of this choice:“We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of the majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country.”As this case illustrates, having rigid conditions for amendments open the door for partisan court benches to interpret the constitution as per their ideological worldviews. At the very least, I submit that a periodical is not worse than an immutable book. The working of a constitution is dependent on many factors outside the nature of the constitution itself. These lines from Ambedkar’s Constituent Assembly speech reverberate today:“..however good a Constitution may be, it is sure to turn out bad because those who are called to work it, happen to be a bad lot. However bad a Constitution may be, it may turn out to be good if those who are called to work it, happen to be a good lot. The working of a Constitution does not depend wholly upon the nature of the Constitution. The Constitution can provide only the organs of State such as the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary. The factors on which the working of those organs of the State depend are the people and the political parties they will set up as their instruments to carry out their wishes and their politics. Who can say how the people of India and their purposes or will they prefer revolutionary methods of achieving them?… It is, therefore, futile to pass any judgment upon the Constitution without reference to the part which the people and their parties are likely to pay.Second, every polity has its unique set of ‘sacred cows’—issues involving such deference and passion that logical arguments stand no chance. For reasons of historical path dependence, these issues over time become wicked, insurmountable problems. Guns and pro-life are two such sacred cow issues of the American polity. To an external observer, the solutions might seem absurdly simple. But to someone in the midst of it all, the issue seems intractable. India too has many such sacred cow issues, one of which is the sacred cow itself. Third, the judiciary often ends up confusing itself for the politician. These lines from the judgment are instructive: “And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.” Why should it be a court’s problem if its judgment has led to more division? Is it a Panchayat that needs to come to a mandavali (negotiated settlement) or should it only be concerned with the Constitutional provisions? These questions keep making a frequent appearance in India. Looks like they aren’t settled yet in the US as well. Course Advertisement: Admissions for the Sept 2022 cohort of Takshashila’s Graduate Certificate in Public Policy programme are now open! Apply by 23rd July for a 10% early bird scholarship. Visit this link to apply.India Policy Watch: Pension TensionInsights on burning policy issues in India— Pranay KotasthaneThe protests against the Agnipath scheme seem to have peaked. This gives us an opportunity to step back and look at the issue dispassionately. We have already looked at the Agnipath scheme in some detail last week. This time around, I’ll focus on the underlying motivation behind this scheme: India’s defence pension bill. In the Hindustan Times, I present a short history of India’s pension bill. "Before 1965, soldiers below officer ranks were recruited through a mechanism resembling Agnipath in the sense that they served seven years of compulsory service and didn’t receive a pension on retirement. This service period was first raised in 1965 to 10 years for bulking the armed forces after the 1962 defeat. Since a pension required a minimum service of 15 years, most soldiers still didn’t qualify.In 1976, this ten-year service term increased to 17 years, meaning every soldier in normal circumstances qualified for a pension on retirement. With the welcome development of a rising life expectancy, there was also a steady increase in the number of pensioners. The combined effect of these factors was a rapid rise in the pension bill. From Rs 228 crores in FY81, the pension expenditure galloped to Rs 5923 crores by FY99.The Kargil Review Committee (1999) set off the alarm bells over the pension issue, mooting the idea of reducing the service term to 7-10 years. As an alternative, the committee also proposed an inverse lateral induction mechanism, whereby a paramilitary force recruit would be deputed to the armed forces for seven years and repatriated back to the parent organisation after that. Through this mechanism, the experienced soldiers could be retained in the national security system longer while reducing the pension bill. None of these alternatives received the political nod. Meanwhile, in 2004, the union government was able to find a long-term solution for pensioners from the civil services cadre. While continuing to pay pensions of all current employees, the government moved its incoming employees recruited after 1 Jan 2004 to the National Pension System (NPS). NPS is a “defined contribution” scheme, where the pension is paid out of a corpus the employee and the government co-create over the employment period. Over time, this move will likely make the pension bill sustainable, as the liability is not being passed on exclusively to future taxpayers. However, armed forces personnel were kept out of this reform, mainly because non-officer rank soldiers retiring after a short 15-year service would not be able to build a robust corpus, unlike their civilian counterparts who were in service for twice that period. The lost opportunity in 2004 proved to be costly. By 2014, the public discourse had shifted in the opposite direction. Rather than customise the NPS to soldiers’ requirements—which would have been an ideal long-term solution—the NDA government implemented the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme. By agreeing to a “defined benefit” scheme that resets periodically based on current employee compensation, the union government unthinkingly committed itself to a perpetually fast-growing liability. While the government was happy to kick the can down the road, the COVID-19 pandemic was a wake-up call. On the one hand, government finances were thrown off balance. On the other, the border stand-off with China drove home the point that defence reforms are not just essential but also urgent. The creation of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) position was the first step. General Bipin Rawat repeatedly drew attention to the unsustainable defence pensions. During his tenure, a few alternatives were discussed. Each available option came with its own set of implementation challenges. Out of this imperfect set, the government chose to reduce the default service term to four years, labelling it as the Agnipath scheme.In the Times of India, I try to estimate the defence pension savings arising from Agnipath:Over the long term, it has the potential to reduce the pension burden substantially. At the same time, the scheme will not directly impact the allocations for modernisation in the short term. Here’s why.Agniveers recruited today are replacing soldiers who would have retired approximately 15 years from now. The purported pension savings would start accruing only after a decade-and-half. As for the size of savings, we created a basic model from publicly available data. Our thumb rule suggests that the net present value of all future pension outflows per soldier is Rs 1 crore. The actual savings might be higher. Reports on the initial proposal by the Indian Army for a three-year Tour of Duty put the prospective lifetime savings per soldier at nearly ten times our estimate.Arriving at an accurate figure is difficult as the government does not release the split-up of total pension expenditures between officers, soldiers, and defence civilians. To get around this data hole, we assumed that the average pension of a retiring officer is 3.5 times the average pension of a retiring soldier. To calculate the total pension outflow per soldier, we assumed that a soldier receives a pension for 29 years on average, i.e. the difference between average life expectancy (69) and the retiring age of a soldier (40). Further, since pension outflows happen over several years in the future, we use the Net Present Value (NPV) method to determine the current value of all future payments. For simplicity, we assume that the pension is indexed to the discount rate. Using even this extremely conservative model suggests significant long-term gains. Allowing 75% of the Agniveers recruited this year to let go after four years alone has a net present value of approximately Rs 34500 crores.As highlighted earlier, these savings will accrue only after 15 years. But just as today’s deficits are tomorrow’s taxes, today’s reforms become tomorrow’s savings. Through Agnipath, the government can manage pension expenditures over the long term.Finally, this entire defence pension debate has three important lessons in public policy.First, secrecy is the enemy of public policy. Kelkar & Shah, in their book In Service of the Republic, identify secrecy levels as one of the barriers to building state capacity. They write that it is harder to achieve state capacity in areas closed to open feedback and criticism. The defence pension debate is a good illustration of their assessment. As a policy analyst, the sad feature of this entire debate over defence pension is the complete absence of good data. Believe it or not, the government does not release defence pension data beyond the aggregate numbers listed in the budget documents. For example, we still don’t know how this Rs 1 Trillion amount is split up between officers, non-officers, and defence civilians. In the absence of this foundational information, myths abound (We tried to tackle five common myths in ThePrint). Moreover, without good data, the policy pipeline is clean-bowled at the very first step. There are no good models or projections to inform a cost-benefit analysis. Second, is the absolute need for ex-ante fiscal projections of government plans. Seemingly innocuous changes in pension policies can have hard-to-reverse adverse effects. An institution such as an Independent Fiscal Council can help the people and politicians understand the financial consequences of such plans even before they are implemented.Finally, I liken pension reforms to six-day test matches. Reducing employees' pensions while they are in service would be an immoral breach of trust. And hence, all pension reform options can only tackle future employees. Reforms done today can at best contain the rise in spending a couple of decades later when these yet-to-be-hired employees retire. Hence, it is imperative to exercise caution on pension policies at the inception stage. HomeWorkReading and listening recommendations on public policy matters[Articles] In #171, we discussed two missing meta-institutions in India. This week, a couple of excellent articles throw light on two other missing mechanisms. KP Krishnan in Business Standard writes about the need for an independent evaluation mechanism for statutory regulatory authorities. Rajya Sabha MP Sujeet Kumar, Vedant Monger, and Vikram Vennelakanti propose a method for formalised impact assessments before and after any law/scheme get a go-ahead.[Audiobook] The late Richard Baum’s The Fall and Rise of China lectures are terrific.[Podcast] Over at Puliyabaazi, we discuss Agnipath and related issues.* Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France, 1790 This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit publicpolicy.substack.com

    Gettin Head: A Bucketcast
    Episode 89: Head and Soldiers

    Gettin Head: A Bucketcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 117:49


    Sup wizard? Today we're listening to Buckethead's Pikes 265-267 (Ride Operator Q Bozo, Far, and Thoracic Spine Collapser). We also discuss how Spenser gets drafted into a command position on the Geek Militia and is sent to Password University, Pooldiaper (No Tool Pool), fuck George W Bush, Kravis's goth bachelor party, The Requin (2022), Mad God (2022), Buckethead (and most of Praxis) on Ben Wa - Devil Dub (1999), Q Bozo Drop, the songs you when driving in someone else's truck in Alaska, the worst place to have to ask to use the bathroom, Spenser's best burger, playing bass riffs while the Hindenburg goes down, what does God's cum taste like?, cheese whiz, predictability in music, The Emperor in Star Wars is just older Dani Filth, the G String on every guitar is always going out of tune, getting in trouble with God for spilling the seed, Jordan Vine doesn't poop, War, what is it (good for)?, there's a hole in my bucket dear Liza, the Hoobastank Hooburrito at Denny's, The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale, Before the Storm by Rick Perlstein, and some failed one-liners. Support the show

    The Secret Teachings
    The Secret Teachings 6/23/22 - Rub-A-Dub-Dub: Presidents in the Tub w. Mike D

    The Secret Teachings

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2022 120:01


    Art is an expression of the soul and the kind projecting dark themes indicated, typically, that there is som form of trauma at tis core. In 2013 we learned that George Bush Jr. was an avid painter, having painted himself nude in the shower and bathtub and sent the pictures to his sister Dorothy. Jeffrey Epstein's compound housed images of both former Presidents George Bush Jr. and Bill Clinton, the latter as a child with a paper airplane and twin towers and the former in a blue dress with red heels. Think Dorothy and her red shoes. Such art indicates both blackmail and a form of childlike innocence, almost suggesting an appeal for help by potential victims. Such is the case with Kim Noble paintings, a woman claiming to have been the victim of ritual abuse, wherein children are caged and innocence is depicted bloodied and destroyed. Now we are learning of President Joe Biden's daughter, Ashley, who wrote in her diary that her dad may have abused her when they inappropriately to shower together. She goes on to immediately say in the dairy that she felt turned on and that she would touch her vagina and listen to her parents have sex. Her diary was left, like Hunter Biden's laptop, for free pickings as if they were intended to be found. Any attempt to address the potentially horrific details of the laptop or dairy are dismissed, often by both parties, likely because, like Epstein, the red and blue are drowning in the same kinds of blackmail. This results in programmed drones, like much of the public, obsessed with fantasy to the point where fiction becomes indistinguishable from life. Such are the programming themes of Disney, Wizard of Oz, and Alice in Wonderland.

    The Larry Kudlow Show
    Fmr. Chairman of the SEC Under President George W. Bush, Harvey Pitt | 06-25-2022

    The Larry Kudlow Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2022 11:18


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    Liberty & Justice with Matt Whitaker
    Brett Tolman, Right on Crime Executive Director, joins Liberty & Justice

    Liberty & Justice with Matt Whitaker

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2022 27:17


    Brett Tolman, Right on Crime Executive Director and the former Utah United States Attorney, is this week's guest on Liberty & Justice with Matt Whitaker, Episode 20.  Brett and Matt discuss the Supreme Court's term including recent opinions like Dobbs-which overturned Roe- and the New York conceal carry case plus conservative criminal justice reform.  Every episode of Liberty & Justice can be watched at Whitaker.tv.SAVE MISSOURI VALUES PAC is this week's sponsor.Brett L. Tolman is the executive director for Right on Crime (rightoncrime.com). He was a leading figure in the drafting and passage of the First Step Act, one of the most sweeping reforms of the federal criminal justice system in decades. Tolman continues to advise the White House and many members of Congress on such issues. He is an attorney and founder of the Tolman Group focusing on public policy and government reform. Previously, he was a shareholder at Ray Quinney and Nebeker and served as chair of the firm's White Collar, Corporate Compliance, and Government Investigations section. For the past 10 years, Tolman has defended corporations and executives in all manner of state and federal criminal and regulatory actions across the country.Prior to entering private practice, Tolman was appointed by President George Bush in 2006 as the United States Attorney for the District of Utah and held that office for nearly 4 years from 2006-2009. As U.S. Attorney, he was responsible for cutting-edge cases addressing such issues as international adoption fraud, mortgage fraud, international marriage fraud, sex and human trafficking, terrorism, and breaches of national security. In 2009 he handled the prosecution of Brian David Mitchell, the alleged kidnapper of Elizabeth Smart. From 2008-2009 he was selected by Attorney General Michael Mukasey to serve as special advisor to the attorney general on national and international policy issues affecting United States attorneys and the Department of Justice. Prior to his appointment as U.S. Attorney, Tolman served as chief counsel for crime and terrorism to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee.During his career, Tolman has testified multiple times in the United States Congress and assisted in drafting and passing many pieces of legislation affecting state and federal criminal justice systems. These include the First Step Act of 2018, the Corrections Act, the Sentencing Reform Act, the Justice for All Act of 2004, Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (2005), the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, the USA Patriot Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005, and the Adam Walsh Protection and Safety Act (2006). He is a frequent contributor on Fox News and No Spin News with Bill O'Reilly.SAVE MISSOURI VALUES PAC is this week's sponsor.Matthew G. Whitaker was acting Attorney General of the United States (2018-2019).  Prior to becoming acting Attorney General, Mr. Whitaker served as Chief of Staff to the Attorney General. He was appointed as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa by President George W. Bush, serving from 2004-2009. Whitaker was the managing partner of Des Moines based law firm, Whitaker Hagenow & Gustoff LLP from 2009 until rejoining DOJ in 2017. He was also the Executive Director for FACT, The Foundation for Accountability & Civic Trust, an ethics and accountability watchdog, between 2014 and 2017.   Mr. Whitaker is Author of the book--Above the Law, The InFedBiz'5 is Your Definitive Resource to Accelerating Government SalesSeries of 5-minute podcasts designed to help federal contractors find and win businessListen on: Apple Podcasts Spotify

    Firing Line with Margaret Hoover

    Republican election lawyer Ben Ginsberg joins Margaret Hoover to discuss speaking out against his party over former President Donald Trump's false election fraud claims and his recent testimony before the House January 6th Committee. Ginsberg, who represented GOP candidates for nearly 40 years, details the fallout from Trump's election lies and the reforms to the 135-year-old Electoral Count Act that he believes could help avert chaos in 2024 and beyond. The attorney also assesses the work of the January 6th Committee so far, the controversial actions of Trump legal adviser John Eastman, and the possibility that the Justice Department could pursue criminal charges against the former president. Ginsberg reflects on the 2000 recount, during which he represented George W. Bush's campaign, as well as other disputed elections in recent decades, and the responsibility he sees for both parties to restore faith in American elections. Support for “Firing Line for Margaret Hoover” is provided by Stephens Inc., Robert Granieri, Charles R. Schwab, The Margaret and Daniel Loeb Foundation, The Tepper Foundation, The Fairweather Foundation, The Asness Family Foundation, Pfizer Inc., Craig Newmark Philanthropies, The Rosalind P. Walter Foundation, Damon Button and Simmons Family Foundation.

    Common Sense Digest
    What Makes a Great City? featuring Mayor John Suthers and Councilman Dustin Zvonek

    Common Sense Digest

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 36:52


    The state of Colorado is facing a housing affordability crisis, inflation, dealing with soaring crime rates, and homelessness. The list of challenges Coloradans are facing is daunting. But across our great state local leaders are digging in, rising to the challenge and coming up with innovative ways to create opportunity for their residents. On this episode of Common Sense Digest, Host and Chairman Earl Wright welcomes Mayor of Colorado Springs John Suthers and Aurora City Councilman Dustin Zvonek to the show to discuss how each municipality is approaching the complex and intermingling challenges of housing affordability, homelessness, crime, economic opportunity and much more. They share ideas, opportunities and roadblocks to the creation of cities in which we all thrive, prosper and find happiness in the face of wicked problems and entrenched thinking. It's a wide ranging and informative conversation featuring two leaders working to shape the future of two of Colorado's most prominent cities. Thank you for listening to Common Sense Digest. Please rate, review, and subscribe on your favorite podcatcher. All of our podcasts can be found here. John Suthers was re-elected to a second term as Mayor of Colorado Springs by an overwhelming majority in April of 2019. Before being elected Mayor, Suthers served as Attorney General of Colorado from 2005 to 2015. Under Suthers' leadership, the Colorado Attorney General's office earned a national reputation for excellence. Prior to being Attorney General, he was named by President George W. Bush in 2001 to be United States Attorney for Colorado and he was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate. In 1999, Suthers was appointed by Governor Bill Owens as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, based in Colorado Springs. In that position, he managed an organization with 6,000 employees and a budget in excess of $500 million. In 1988, he was elected District Attorney of the 4th Judicial District, which includes El Paso and Teller Counties. The 41st mayor of Colorado Springs, Suthers' first term began in May of 2015. Dustin Zvonek is the President and founder of Zvonek Consulting, an executive management consulting firm, and a Partner and Senior Advisor at Rising Cloud, a first to market tech start-up. Dustin was elected to the Aurora City Council in November of 2021 to a four-year term as an At-Large Member. On Council, Dustin is currently the Chairman of the Public Safety Committee and the Vice Chairman of the Planning and Economic Development Committee. Dustin also serves as the Chairman of the Red Tape Reduction Committee and is a member of the Management and Finance committee.

    Betrouwbare Bronnen
    279 - Jaap de Hoop Scheffer over Poetin, Oekraïne, de NAVO en de toekomst van de EU

    Betrouwbare Bronnen

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 58:04


    Er is oorlog in Oekraïne en de relatie met Rusland bevindt zich op het diepste dieptepunt sinds de val van de Muur. De NAVO, enkele jaren geleden volgens Emmanuel Macron nog ‘hersendood', houdt komende week haar top in Madrid. De Europese Unie ziet sterker dan ooit dat ook zij steeds vaker een militaire rol heeft te spelen. En ondertussen maakt China zich op voor werelddominantie. Geen beter moment voor Jaap Jansen en PG Kroeger om te gaan praten met de voormalige secretaris-generaal van de NAVO, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.Een uur lang praten zij over olifanten die het gras vertrappen – “En dat gras was ik” – over een woedende Angela Merkel, een formidabele president van Letland, de moedige president Volodimir Zelensky en vooral ook over zijn ontmoetingen met Vladimir Poetin.De Hoop Scheffer ziet voor de EU en de NAVO één glasheldere opdracht. "Solidariteit uitstralen en ondubbelzinnige eensgezindheid." En dat zal nog niet eens meevallen. Want niet alleen doet president Erdogan welbewust moeilijk aan het doen over Zweden en Finland als nieuwe NAVO-lidstaten, nog veel complexer dat de NAVO-landen geen gezamenlijke Rusland-strategie hebben. Die was er al niet sinds de val van De Muur en dat wreekt zich nu. En zeker ook, omdat hoe dan ook ‘op een dag de diplomatie toch weer aan zet is'.De Hoop Scheffer houdt er nadrukkelijk rekening mee dat ‘Poetin op een bepaald moment zal beseffen dat hij tijd nodig heeft om zijn aangeslagen troepen te hergroeperen'. “Dan gaat hij een staakt het vuren of iets dergelijks aanbieden. En wat doen wij dan?"De oud NAVO-topman haalt persoonlijke herinneringen op aan gesprekken over Oekraïne met mensen als Condoleeza Rice, Bob Gates, George W. Bush, Merkel, Dmitry Rogozin en Poetin. Hun grote confrontatie op de NAVO-top in 2008 in Boekarest zat hij zelf voor. “Not NATO's finest hour”, zegt hij met understatement.Hij onderstreept dat in ons land kennis, besef en begrip voor de partners in Midden- en Oost-Europa bijna afwezig lijkt, evenals het besef hoe wezenlijk het is dat op de aanstaande NAVO-top landen als Zuid-Korea, Japan, Australië en Nieuw-Zeeland actief meedoen en wat dit betekent voor de wereldpolitiek.Al deze ontwikkelingen en de noodzakelijke expansie van de EU moeten wat hem betreft leiden tot ‘een fundamentele herziening van wat de EU nu is'. Europa moet een van de polen in de multipolaire wereld van de 21e eeuw zijn. We beseffen nog nauwelijks wat dit van ons kan vragen en wat dit voor elk land in Europa gaat betekenen, zegt hij.***Deze aflevering is mede mogelijk gemaakt door donaties van luisteraars via Vriend van de Show. Sponsoring of adverteren is ook mogelijk. Stuur een mailtje naar adverteren@dagennacht.nl voor informatie.***Hieronder nog meer informatie. Op Apple kun je soms niet alles lezen. De complete tekst vind je altijd hier***Verder lezen2022 NATO Summit***Verder luisteren276 - 30 jaar politiek, 16 jaar bondskanselier en de hond van Poetin: Angela Merkel blikt terug272 - Dankzij Poetin: nu écht intensief debat over de toekomst van Europa260 - De toesprakentournee van Volodimir Zelenski en de worsteling van de SPD met de erfenis van Brandt en Schröder256 - Na de inval in Oekraïne: 'Nu serieus werk maken van Europese defensiesamenwerking'254 - Frank Heemskerk: dineren met Poetin, bij de Wereldbank Oekraïne helpen opbouwen en nu Europa economisch versterken253 - Poetins bizarre toespraak: hoe de president de geschiedenis van Oekraïne herschrijft252 - Guy Verhofstadt over Oekraïne, Rusland en zijn ontluikende vriendschap met Poetin, die plots voorbij was248 - Oekraïne en de eeuwenoude vriendschap tussen Duitsland en Rusland244 - Frans Timmermans over onder meer Rusland en Oekraïne218 - Angela Merkel, een bijzondere bondskanselier - gesprek met biograaf Ralph Bollmann151 - Terug naar Uruzgan22 - Jaap de Hoop Scheffer wil kernwapen onder F-3519 - Anne Applebaum: Poetin en de destabilisering van het Westen***Tijdlijn00:00:00 – Deel 100:33:18 – Deel 200:58:04 – EindeZie het privacybeleid op https://art19.com/privacy en de privacyverklaring van Californië op https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The Foreign Affairs Interview
    The World's First Energy Crisis

    The Foreign Affairs Interview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 45:48


    The global energy market is in a state of upheaval. The war in Ukraine and the resulting sanctions against Russian oil and gas have forced the West, especially Europe, to quickly find new energy sources to keep the lights on and the cars running this summer. In the United States, rising gas prices are pushing President Joe Biden to make a controversial trip to Saudi Arabia to encourage the oil-rich state to increase production. This scramble for quick-fix energy solutions comes as the world is trying to kick its addiction to fossil fuels and reduce the effects of climate change. How will these short-term needs affect the urgent but longer-term transition to clean energy? And could today's energy market turbulence be a harbinger of challenges to come as the global energy system is remade?  Jason Bordoff is the co-founding dean of the Columbia Climate School and the founding director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. During the Obama administration, he served as senior director for energy and climate change on the National Security Council. Meghan O'Sullivan is a professor of international affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School and the author of Windfall: How the New Energy Abundance Upends Global Politics and Strengthens America's Power. During the George W. Bush administration, she was deputy national security adviser for Iraq and Afghanistan. Together, they bring years of experience—both inside and outside of government—to the debates around energy, climate, economics, and geopolitics.   We discuss how the war in Ukraine continues to affect the global energy market, Biden's upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia, how governments can meet their energy security needs without decelerating the green transition, and why changes in the global energy system will continue to disrupt geopolitics. You can find transcripts and more episodes of "The Foreign Affairs Interview" at https://www.foreignaffairs.com/foreign-affairs-interview.

    Inside Health Care: Presented by NCQA
    Inside Health Care #82: Abner Mason, LGBTQ+ Equity, and the Value of "Cultural Experience"

    Inside Health Care: Presented by NCQA

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 41:15


    For this special episode of Inside Health Care, we continue our celebration of Pride month with Abner Mason, the Founder and C-E-O of SameSky Health. Abner, who is African-American and Gay, says he proudly represents all aspects of himself in his work. He say it was empathy that led him to create SameSky Health, his company that works with health plans to change their approach to patients. SameSky encourages health care that's based in “cultural experience”, and avoids traditional, impersonal methodologies, choosing instead to pay more attention to the individual. It envisions plans and systems that encourage dignity, autonomy and companionship.Abner Mason has spent decades working to reduce barriers to care faced by underserved people nationally and internationally, from the federal to the local level. He's a policy guru, first working with the Governor of Massachusetts before advancing to roles with President George W. Bush's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.Lori Ferguson is now NCQA's Senior Vice President for Product and Customer Operations. Lori leads a staff of more than one hundred in the implementation, delivery, and ongoing operation of NCQA's products and programs. Her portfolio includes:NCQA's flagship Health Plan Accreditation,Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition, and Software Certification (for vendors implementing HEDIS® measures).Previously, Lori served as a Senior Vice President for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, working with both Managed Long-Term Care programs as well as structuring Management Services Organizations.Later in the show, we use our "Matt's Facts" segment to recall October 6, 2016, the day the National Institutes of Health announced the formal designation of sexual and gender minorities (SGMs) as a health disparity population.

    T minus 20
    23 June 2002: the week that was

    T minus 20

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 90:19


    George W Bush gets a colonoscopy, someone invents an electronic dog translator and we take a 'trerp' to Nellyville.Rod Stewart and Coldplay headline Glastonbury, Ozzy Osbourne releases Live at Budokan and The Who's John Entwhistle is found dead in a hotel room.Cruise and Speilberg rule the box office with Minority Report, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are no longer in action and Australians still think Scooby Doo is the best thing to see at the movies.  Hang with us on socials to chat more noughties nostalgia - Facebook (@tminus20) or Instagram (tminus20podcast). You can also contact us there if you want to be a part of the show.

    Arroe Collins
    Play It Forward Episode 452 With Chef Andre Rush Call Me Chef Damnit

    Arroe Collins

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 12:40


    This is Play It Forward. Real people. Real stories. The struggle to Play It Forward Episode 452 with Chef Andre Rush Former White House Chef Andre Rush is set to release his debut memoir "Call Me Chef, Dammit!: A Veteran's Journey from the Rural South to the White House" on April 19, 2022, via Harper Horizon. The book chronicles Chef Rush's fight against poverty, racism, gender norms, and PTSD to become a master sergeant, celebrity chef, and a leading advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention among active US military members and veteran's organizations. Chef Rush became an overnight sensation in 2018 after a photograph of his now-famous 24-four-inch biceps--the by-product of 2,222 daily push-ups--went viral. From his childhood working on a farm, to developing into a gifted athlete and artist, to his joining the Army, Chef Rush has dedicated his life to serving others. During his 24-year military career, his reputation as an award-winning cook eventually led him to the White House, where he served under four United States presidents¬--Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and most recently, Donald Trump.

    Arroe Collins
    Play It Forward Episode 452 With Chef Andre Rush Call Me Chef Damnit

    Arroe Collins

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 12:40


    This is Play It Forward. Real people. Real stories. The struggle to Play It Forward Episode 452 with Chef Andre Rush Former White House Chef Andre Rush is set to release his debut memoir "Call Me Chef, Dammit!: A Veteran's Journey from the Rural South to the White House" on April 19, 2022, via Harper Horizon. The book chronicles Chef Rush's fight against poverty, racism, gender norms, and PTSD to become a master sergeant, celebrity chef, and a leading advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention among active US military members and veteran's organizations. Chef Rush became an overnight sensation in 2018 after a photograph of his now-famous 24-four-inch biceps--the by-product of 2,222 daily push-ups--went viral. From his childhood working on a farm, to developing into a gifted athlete and artist, to his joining the Army, Chef Rush has dedicated his life to serving others. During his 24-year military career, his reputation as an award-winning cook eventually led him to the White House, where he served under four United States presidents¬--Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and most recently, Donald Trump.

    The Sean Hannity Show
    Journalism Is Dying - June 21st, Hour 3

    The Sean Hannity Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 33:53


    Ari Fleischer, author of the upcoming book, “Suppression, Deception, Snobbery, and Bias: Why the Press Gets So Much Wrong –Former White House Press Secretary to President George W. Bush, joins to take a look at the dying art of journalism and the complete lack of integrity in the media. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    Arroe Collins
    Play It Forward Episode 452 With Chef Andre Rush Call Me Chef Damnit

    Arroe Collins

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 12:40


    This is Play It Forward. Real people. Real stories. The struggle to Play It Forward Episode 452 with Chef Andre Rush Former White House Chef Andre Rush is set to release his debut memoir "Call Me Chef, Dammit!: A Veteran's Journey from the Rural South to the White House" on April 19, 2022, via Harper Horizon. The book chronicles Chef Rush's fight against poverty, racism, gender norms, and PTSD to become a master sergeant, celebrity chef, and a leading advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention among active US military members and veteran's organizations. Chef Rush became an overnight sensation in 2018 after a photograph of his now-famous 24-four-inch biceps--the by-product of 2,222 daily push-ups--went viral. From his childhood working on a farm, to developing into a gifted athlete and artist, to his joining the Army, Chef Rush has dedicated his life to serving others. During his 24-year military career, his reputation as an award-winning cook eventually led him to the White House, where he served under four United States presidents¬--Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and most recently, Donald Trump.

    Arroe Collins
    Play It Forward Episode 452 With Chef Andre Rush Call Me Chef Damnit

    Arroe Collins

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 12:40


    This is Play It Forward. Real people. Real stories. The struggle to Play It Forward Episode 452 with Chef Andre Rush Former White House Chef Andre Rush is set to release his debut memoir "Call Me Chef, Dammit!: A Veteran's Journey from the Rural South to the White House" on April 19, 2022, via Harper Horizon. The book chronicles Chef Rush's fight against poverty, racism, gender norms, and PTSD to become a master sergeant, celebrity chef, and a leading advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention among active US military members and veteran's organizations. Chef Rush became an overnight sensation in 2018 after a photograph of his now-famous 24-four-inch biceps--the by-product of 2,222 daily push-ups--went viral. From his childhood working on a farm, to developing into a gifted athlete and artist, to his joining the Army, Chef Rush has dedicated his life to serving others. During his 24-year military career, his reputation as an award-winning cook eventually led him to the White House, where he served under four United States presidents¬--Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and most recently, Donald Trump.

    Arroe Collins
    Play It Forward Episode 452 With Chef Andre Rush Call Me Chef Damnit

    Arroe Collins

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 12:40


    This is Play It Forward. Real people. Real stories. The struggle to Play It Forward Episode 452 with Chef Andre Rush Former White House Chef Andre Rush is set to release his debut memoir "Call Me Chef, Dammit!: A Veteran's Journey from the Rural South to the White House" on April 19, 2022, via Harper Horizon. The book chronicles Chef Rush's fight against poverty, racism, gender norms, and PTSD to become a master sergeant, celebrity chef, and a leading advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention among active US military members and veteran's organizations. Chef Rush became an overnight sensation in 2018 after a photograph of his now-famous 24-four-inch biceps--the by-product of 2,222 daily push-ups--went viral. From his childhood working on a farm, to developing into a gifted athlete and artist, to his joining the Army, Chef Rush has dedicated his life to serving others. During his 24-year military career, his reputation as an award-winning cook eventually led him to the White House, where he served under four United States presidents¬--Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and most recently, Donald Trump.

    The One Way Ticket Show
    Gil Troy - Historian

    The One Way Ticket Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 57:36


    A Distinguished Scholar in North American History at McGill University currently living in Jerusalem, Gil Troy is an award-winning American presidential historian and a leading Zionist activist. In the Foreword to Troy's book, The Zionist Ideas: Visions for the Jewish Homeland – Then, Now, Tomorrow, Natan Sharansky writes:  “This magnificent work is the perfect follow-up to Arthur Hertzberg's classic The Zionist Idea. Combining, like Hertzberg, a scholar's eye and an activist's ear, Gil Troy demonstrates that we now live in a world of Zionist Ideas, with many different ways to help Israel flourish as a democratic Jewish state.” Troy's latest book which he penned with Sharansky, is Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People. Recently designated an Algemeiner J-100, one of the top 100 people “positively influencing Jewish life,” Troy wrote The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s, and ten other books on the American presidency. One leading historian called Age of Clinton “the best book on the man and his times.” Troy edited and updated another classic, the multi-volume History of American Presidential Campaigns, originally edited by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. and Fred Israel. He is now writing new essays on the 2012 and 2016 elections. Troy's book Moynihan's Moment: America's Fight against Zionism as Racism, describes the fall of the UN, the rise of Reagan and the spread of Anti-Zionism.  Jewish Ideas Daily designated it one of 2012's “best books.” He appeared as a featured commentator on CNN's popular multipart documentaries, The Eighties, The Nineties, and The 2000s. He has been interviewed on most major North American TV and Radio networks. Troy has published essays in the American, Canadian, and Israeli media, including writing essays for the New York Times' “Campaign Stops” in 2012 and 2016. He wrote a weekly column for the Daily Beast, “Secret Lives,” putting current events in historical perspective, and writes a weekly column for the Jerusalem Post. On this episode, Troy shares his one way ticket to a “Free Marketplace of Ideas”. In the course of our sweeping conversation, he shares the importance of listening generously vs. listening censoriously, how racialism is spreading in America today where people are defined by the color of their skin and not the content of their character, and how the word “Zionism” has sadly become hijacked. Plus, Troy points to what every successful President should possess, why there were actually six George W. Bush presidencies, and the “secret sauce” of Bill Clinton. Gil Troy is just one of the engaging personalities featured on the podcast where Host Steven Shalowitz explores with his guests where they would go if given a one way ticket, no coming back. Their destinations may be in the past, present, future, real, imaginary or a state of mind. Steven's guests have included: Nobel Peace Prize Winner, President Jose Ramos-Horta; Legendary Talk Show Host, Dick Cavett; Law Professor, Alan Dershowitz; Fashion Expert, Tim Gunn; Broadcast Legend, Charles Osgood; International Rescue Committee President & CEO, David Miliband; Former Senator, Joe Lieberman; Playwright, David Henry Hwang; Journalist-Humorist-Actor, Mo Rocca; SkyBridge Capital Founder & Co-Managing Partner, Anthony Scaramucci; Abercrombie & Kent Founder, Geoffrey Kent; Travel Expert, Pauline Frommer, as well as leading photographers, artists, chefs, writers, intellectuals, etc.

    Isn't It Obvious
    073 - Presidential Dollars

    Isn't It Obvious

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 35:39


    Phil suggests that when we talk about dollars spent in the past, we use the President's name too. For example, back in 2010 a small house was only 100,000 Obama-Dollars. Also back in 2009, the federal minimum wage was 7.25 Bush Jr. Dollars, which also happen to be the same as 7.25 Biden Dollars.   Show notes: N/A   K Sera's after thoughts: -N/A   Phil's after thoughts: -This is the first time since the lockdowns ended that we recorded in K Sera's studio. The audio quality is very wonky because I didn't setup the audio checks (I was so used to having independent microphone feeds that going back to recording in person was a bit of a trip to memory lane). -This episode was originally recorded back in the summer of 2021 (a year prior to the release of this episode). It is funny how I keep complaining about inflation then not knowing what will become of us only a short year later. Oh boy, if this trend continues I sincerely hope that we all use Presidential-Dollar terms forever more.    

    For the Ages: A History Podcast
    How to Lead: Wisdom from the World's Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers

    For the Ages: A History Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 38:12


    What are the qualities of a great leader? For the past five years, David Rubenstein has spoken with some of the world's most distinguished visionaries in government, finance, technology, and beyond. In a discussion with historian Douglas Brinkley, Rubenstein reveals what he has learned in his conversations with influential history-makers such as Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Warren Buffett, and others. Recorded on September 22, 2020 

    Stranger Connections
    Scott Dikkers - founding editor of the news satire TheOnion.com, who pranked a US President

    Stranger Connections

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2022 40:12


    "The childlike side is still in us." What a thrill to chat with the founding editor of the the satirical newspaper The Onion!Scott Dikkers, who is from Minneapolis MN, shares how the many avenues of comedy got him to where he is today - a secretly shy dude with a busload of humor to teach and write about. Check out his online classes, humor writing books and video podcast, too!In this episode we chat about how The Onion started, his cartoons, his voice work (I even get an impression out of him!). There is also his animation and his talents shared with Saturday Night Live. It was wonderful to discuss his drive, why deadlines are a must, the best advice he ever got and how he pranked a president - twice!Site: scottdikkers.comSite: HowToWriteFunny.comVideo Podcast: Scott Dikkers AroundOver thirty books, including the series on How To Write Funny