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May 30, 2017

We cover the G7 summit and tragic news out of Oregon and Beth shares her interview with Sarah Rumpf - Republican operative and former Evan McMullin communications director.

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Aaptiv What do you get when an app that Sarah is obsessed with becomes a sponsor of the show? Aaptiv - a fitness app that provides audio workouts guided by a trainer synched with the perfect playlist and fully customizable by workout type, machine, duration, and intensity. Aaptiv is are offering our listeners a free 30 day trial. Go to https://aaptiv.com, sign up for a monthly subscription, and enter promo code PANTSUIT.

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The Pearls

After reveling in the pomp and circumstance of his trips to Saudi Arabia and the Vatican, President Trump had a rougher visit to the G7 summit and we discuss the fallout from his at-times downright rude behavior, including Angela Merkel's comments on the future of our relationship with Europe.

We also discuss the tragic attack in Oregon.

For our compliments to the other side, Sarah compliments John Boehner and his recent comments on life post-Congress clearing illustrating that he is out of f***s. Beth compliments Representative Gerry Connolly and his recent comments urging restraint with regards to impeachment talk. 

The Suit 

Beth talks with Sarah Rumpf—lawyer, Republican operative, and the communications director for the Evan McMullin campaign
 
Sarah discusses her background of political involvement, why liberty and limited government should be inclusive principles, and the path forward for a more centrist conservative movement. 

The Heels 

In the Heels, we talk about the ramifications of Tipsy Pantsuit Politics aka we're super-hungover and Beth shares the details of her upcoming trip to Europe. 

May 26, 2017

Sarah chats with Annie Jones from the podcast From the Front Porch about the importance of reading fiction. (Check out Sarah's discussion on Annie's podcast about the politics of being southern.)

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WNYC On the Media: When our phones are our very own, tailor-made media universes, and our social media feeds are seeded with opinions and lies, how can we possibly find common ground? Thankfully, there is one way to maintain a level of frankness and transparency in your media. Listen to On the Media, WNYC’s weekly investigation into how the media shapes our world view. While maintaining the civility and fairness that are the hallmarks of public radio, the team at On the Media tackles sticky issues and untangles this era’s most intractable questions.  Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield are your hosts on a search for the truth in a 24-hour news cycle. Catch them on their weekly podcast, On the Media, on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts!

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Annie owns The Bookshelf in Thomasville, Georgia, and came with lots of great fiction recommendations including:

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Small Great Things: A Novel by Jodi Picoult

 

May 23, 2017

We talk today about the President's trip abroad, bipartisan legislation on cybersecurity, a religious freedom executive order, and The Crisis of the Middle Class Constitution

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The Pearls

President Trump has kicked off his first international trip with an ambitious schedule. We discuss the media coverage of his trip and his joint "strategic vision" with Saudi Arabia. We also happily discuss bipartisan, bicameral legislation that's been proposed to enhance our cybersecurity. Finally, we talk about President Trump's executive order on the Johnson Amendment, which poses interesting issues about taxation, government, and religion despite being, as Slate calls it, a non-solution to a non-problem. 

For our compliments to the other side, Beth compliments Texas State Representative Helen Giddings for her efforts to stop shaming around school lunch balances, and Sarah compliments Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen for her open and thoughtful communication about her decision to retire. 

The Suit 

Sarah talks with Constitutional Law professor Ganesh Sitaraman, author of The Crisis of the Middle Class Constitution - our latest Pantsuit Politics book club pick!

The Heels 

In the Heels, we talk about Get Me Roger Stone and Sarah's obsession with The Nest's eco-settings. 

May 19, 2017

It's been another whirlwind week! 

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WNYC On the Media: When our phones are our very own, tailor-made media universes, and our social media feeds are seeded with opinions and lies, how can we possibly find common ground? Thankfully, there is one way to maintain a level of frankness and transparency in your media. Listen to On the Media, WNYC’s weekly investigation into how the media shapes our world view. While maintaining the civility and fairness that are the hallmarks of public radio, the team at On the Media tackles sticky issues and untangles this era’s most intractable questions.  Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield are your hosts on a search for the truth in a 24-hour news cycle. Catch them on their weekly podcast, On the Media, on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts!

We catch up on the news since our Tuesday episode: 

  • On Tuesday morning, the President tweeted that he had properly shared information with Russian officials in order to pressure them to join the fight against ISIS. 
  • We then learned that Israel was the source of information shared with Russia. That's complicated, but we didn't have time to think about how complicated because...
  • The New York Times reported that James Comey kept contemporaneous memos of conversations with President Trump, and that one of those memos details the President asking Comey to back off Michael Flynn. 
  • Meanwhile, the President met with the Turkish president, and protestors were attacked outside the Turkish embassy. 
  • Also, a subpoena was issued for financial records related to a loan Paul Manafort took out right after leaving the Trump campaign. 
  • Representative Jason Chaffetz demanded to see all the Comey memos. 
  • Members of Congress started openly discussing impeachment, and, of course, many Trump supporters say this is all the media crying wolf. 
  • AND, Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel on the Russia investigation.

We also share listener feedback from Brett and Kerri. 

Hi Beth and Sarah,
 
I’m writing to draw your attention to two items that actually managed to make me feel a bit more optimistic about politics than I have been recently. 
 
First, I don’t know if either of you had a chance to see the town hall CNN hosted with Bernie Sanders and John Kasich.  Most of the thing was taken up with discussion about the recent Trump/Comey/Russia stuff, but the last 20 minutes or so were pretty powerful and more philosophical about the direction of the nation, particularly with respect to division and polarization.  These are two men who are certainly not perfect, and with whom I would disagree about various things (and who themselves disagree about many things), but their interactions at that town hall gave me a bit of renewed hope that a higher, more thought provoking, and generally more respectful discourse between different perspectives is absolutely possible when you recognize that the person opposite you is a human being with good intentions. 
 
Second, I was struck by the reporting about Emmanuel Macron selecting a member of a rival party to be France’s Prime Minister.  I found that move to be incredibly refreshing, and a signal that his message about leading a centrist, inclusive government wasn’t just campaign talk, but an actual strategy he intended to pursue.  I hope the arrangement works, because our country could certainly do well to see examples of people from various perspectives and ideologies working together in good faith.  A truly centrist government feels like it’s a long way from a practical reality in the United States, but that sort of movement has to start somewhere. 
 
Being concerned about the breakdown of our national identity and discourse at the hands of partisanship, I found these two stories encouraging. 
 
Regards,
Brett
 

I appreciate your show.  I wanted to comment on the thought, briefly mentioned on your latest episode, that none of what we're learning about Trump was not evident during the election.  That may be true, BUT no one in the establishment thought he was actually going to be elected (not even Trump himself thought he was going to win).  The election itself demonstrated over and over again that the Republican establishment is out of touch with its base (for better and worse), so for them to not really get what was going to happen after he was elected is really not a surprise.

Very few people within the party backed Trump enthusiastically at any point during the campaign, really.   I think most established Republicans did fear what might happen were he elected, which is why they didn't support him.  Of course, now they see an opportunity to push their agenda forward and seem willing to publicly tolerate almost anything.  Which is apparently true of their base, regardless.

Sincerely,

Kerri 
 
May 16, 2017

Today, we're talking about the Washington Post's reporting that President Trump shared classified information with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. In the Suit, we discuss Evan Osnos's May 8 article "How Trump Could Get Fired." In the Heels, we reflect on our Mother's Day weekends. 

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Aaptiv What do you get when an app that Sarah is obsessed with becomes a sponsor of the show? Aaptiv - a fitness app that provides audio workouts guided by a trainer synched with the perfect playlist and fully customizable by workout type, machine, duration, and intensity. Aaptiv is are offering our listeners a free 30 day trial. Go to https://aaptiv.com, sign up for a monthly subscription, and enter promo code PANTSUIT.

Third LoveStop tugging at your bra straps and second-guessing your size. It’s time to put fit first, with ThirdLove. ThirdLove uses women’s real measurements—and super smoothing memory foam—to create bras that fit better and are more comfortable. They offer sizes from double-A to G, as well as their exclusive halfcup sizes. Just answer a few simple questions online, and ThirdLove will recommend a bra in the right size and style for you. And now ThirdLove is offering you a chance to try one of their perfect 24/7 bras FREE for 30 days! Just pay $2.99 for shipping—and you’re on your way to a perfect fit. You’ll get to really live in this bra. Feel free to wash it. Wear it all day. You might even forget that you’re wearing it. If ThirdLove isn’t your new favorite bra, just return or exchange it, for free. Go to thirdlove.com/pantsuit now to get your perfect ThirdLove bra… and try it for 30 days!

CREDO Mobile What if you could make the world a little bit better every time you used your cell phone? Well, it turns out you can, thanks to CREDO Mobile. Because, whenever you use a CREDO product or service, you generate critical donations for progressive causes and vital activism work – at no extra cost to you. With over $150,000 donated every month to nonprofits like Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, CREDO truly does give you the power to make positive social change every day. Not to mention, they offer coverage on the nation’s largest and most dependable 4G LTE network, and you can easily transfer over with your existing number. So, if you want a better world for all of us, AND a better way to stay connected to it, you want CREDO mobile.  And, right now, CREDO has a special deal for our listeners. Go to CREDOMobile.COM/pantsuit and get 2 smartphones FREE plus 50% off unlimited talk and text.  Or call 1-866-689-0099.  It’s time your phone company represented your value
 
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The Pearls 
 
On Monday, the Washington Post published an extraordinary report entitled "Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador."  This reporting rendered the Pearls that we recorded on Sunday night irrelevant, so we hopped on the phone Monday evening to share our thoughts on this report and the White House's response to it. We also discuss the risk of sharing classified information and (obviously) the hypocrisy of this considering the reaction to Hillary Clinton's email. This was recorded Monday before President Trump seemingly confirmed the story on Twitter Tuesday morning. 
 
The Suit 
 
In the Suit, we discuss Evan Osnos's "How Trump Could Get Fired," which appeared in the New Yorker on May 8. For more information, we recommend listening to Osnos's interview on Fresh Air. Osnos describes two paths for Trump's removal from power: the 25th Amendment and the impeachment process. We talk about the possibilities and perils surrounding a discussion of the President's mental fitness. Including Howard Stern's take Sarah can't stop thinking about. Howard Stern: Presidency will be 'detrimental' to Trump's 'mental health'

We also discuss the impeachment process, which recent history has demonstrated is grueling for the country. Osnos reports that many House Republicans are privately concerned despite their pubic statements. Beth shares Mark Sanford's comments from the finale of The Circus. In light of recent developments, including Jim Clapper's comments to Jake Tapper over the weekend, we wonder whether our institutions can withstand the Trump presidency. 
 
The Heels 
 
We discuss our Mother's Day weekends, which were exhausting and fun. Sarah talks about the latest episode of Catastrophe. 
 
May 11, 2017

We struggle maintaining our nuance in the face of Sally Yate's testimony and (most impactful) President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey

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We discuss the takeaways from Sally Yates's testimony before Congress, including the fact that President Obama warned Donald Trump not to hire Michael Flynn.

As we now know, Donald Trump did hire, then fire Michael Fynn - as well as Sally Yates - and most shockingly FBI Director James Comey. Before Comey was fired there were additional subpoenas issued for Michael Flynn's associates from the US Attorney's office in Virginia and since then the Senate has subpoenaed Micheal Flynn himself.

We discuss Trump's letter, Session's letter, and Rosenstein's memo. We also express exasperation at the White House's handling of the process and aftermath of the firing, including the entirely bizarre moment with Spicer and the bushes.

In attempt to figure out what's really behind the firing, we look back at Comey's March 20th testimony as well as the role of intimidation and other's perspectives on this. 'Like the horse head in the bed': Ex-intel officer says Trump fired Comey to 'send a message' to FBI We mention a great New Yorker article we will discuss in depth at another time and the role of hubris in this crisis. 

Then, we talk about next steps and whether a special prosecutor or independent commission is the right path forward. 

May 9, 2017

The Trump campaign successfully took over the Republican party, replacing conservatism with nationalism. Today, we discuss globalism as the new dividing line. In the Pearls, we talk about the House's passage of the American Health Care Act and the French election, and in the Heels we discuss the Kentucky Derby, Beth's car accident, and the way our brains and bodies work together. 

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We're excited to launch our first annual membership drive. Pantsuit Politics has become more than we could have imagined, and we want to meet the expectations of our growing community. We are constrained only by time and resources, and we truly appreciate listener support. Visit our Patreon page to check out our goals and the ways that we are trying to thoughtfully provide additional value to subscribers. 

SPONSORS: 

Aaptiv What do you get when an app that Sarah is obsessed with becomes a sponsor of the show? Aaptiv - a fitness app that provides audio workouts guided by a trainer synched with the perfect playlist and fully customizable by workout type, machine, duration, and intensity. Aaptiv is are offering our listeners a free 30 day trial. Go to https://aaptiv.com, sign up for a monthly subscription, and enter promo code PANTSUIT.

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The Pearls

First, we talk about the House's passage of the American Health Care Act. Spoiler: we aren't impressed by the process. Senate Republicans have assembled a working group to try to rewrite the bill. It doesn't include any women

We also talk about Emanuel Macron's decisive victory over Marine Le Pen in France's election. 

In our regular feature of complimenting the other party, Sarah praised Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker for their comments on the AHCA. Beth complimented Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for her video series encouraging folks to run for office. 

The Suit 

We were inspired by several op-eds and an episode of This American Life to discuss the way views on globalism are redefining the political parties. In an op-ed in the New York Times, R.R. Reno described how the party of Reagan has become the "America First" party. Similarly, The National Review has lamented that Republicans have abandoned conservatism. In "The Beginning of Now," This American Life traces globalism's roots in the GOP back to Pat Buchanan, through Eric Cantor's defeat, to Brietbart, to Trump. We discuss what's happening with American identity and the future of the political parties. 

We also discuss the political impact of the next stage of globalization and the book Beth is currently enjoying. We also discussed another episode of This American Life on Russian propaganda and parallels in our own country.  

We end with a simple question, "What do we do now that our labels don't make sense anymore?"

The Heels 

We obviously had to spend a couple of minutes on the Kentucky Derby (with a shout-out to Keeneland, one of the most beautiful racetracks in the country)!

Beth spent a recent day watching arraignments and has some thoughts on our criminal justice system, including the impact of our process on the poor. (Cash bail system under attack as unconstitutional) She also learned about the incredible case of Tyra Patterson, which we hope to discuss on a later show. Sarah also talked about this article and it's interesting illustration of similar issues in the criminal justice system. 

We also discussed this phenomenal article by Atul Gawande on the brain-body connection and Beth thanked everyone for the support on Twitter after her recent car wreck. 

May 5, 2017

Mo Brooks makes interesting connects between morality and health. Elizabeth Warren criticizes President Obama. Donald Trump becomes a Civil War historian and Hillary Clinton starts talking. We discuss it all and address listener feedback. 

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In a CNN interview, Representative Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, said, "It will free healthy people from having to pay the cost of the sick. It will allow insurance companies to require people who have higher health care costs to contribute more to the insurance pool that helps offset all these costs, thereby reducing the cost to those people who lead good lives, they’re healthy, they’ve done the things to keep their bodies healthy. And right now, those are the people who have done things the right way that are seeing their costs skyrocketing.”
 
We discuss the morality of healthy, as well as Blue Zones.
 
Elizabeth Warren critiqued President Obama during an interview with the Guardian
“I think President Obama, like many others in both parties, talks about a set of big national statistics that look shiny and great but increasingly have giant blind spots,” she said. “That GDP, unemployment, no longer reflect the lived experiences of most Americans. And the lived experiences of most Americans is that they are being left behind in this economy. Worse than being left behind, they’re getting kicked in the teeth.”
 
President Trump, in an interview with Salena Zito, a reporter for The Washington Examiner, on Sirius XM’s “Main Street Meets the Beltway,” Mr. Trump said the following: “Had Andrew Jackson been a little later you wouldn’t have had the Civil War. He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart, and he was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War. He said, ‘There’s no reason for this.’ ” We have nothing kind to say for this observation, except acknowledging the good point of one of our listeners that he did do Big Block of Cheese Day
 
Wilbur Ross, speaking at the Milken Institute Global Conference on Monday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross recalled the scene at Mar-a-Lago on April 6, when the summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping was interrupted by the strike on Syria.
“Just as dessert was being served, the president explained to Mr. Xi he had something he wanted to tell him, which was the launching of 59 missiles into Syria,” Ross said. “It was in lieu of after-dinner entertainment.” As the crowd laughed, Ross added: “The thing was, it didn’t cost the president anything to have that entertainment.”
 
Hillary Clinton sat down with moderator Christiane Amanpour, the CNN anchor, at a Women for Women International event in New York. “If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president,” Clinton said. We talk about the ways in which Clinton is covered are unfair, as well as the perspective this article offered Democrats say they now know exactly why Clinton lost and whether or not it was James Comey
 
In listener feedback, we addressed Eric: I try to listen to shows that veer away from emotional responses to news as I view that as part of the problem, you don't de-escalate or resolve issues when you are operating on the emotional side of your brain. As an officer we learned to de-escalate a person by asking factual questions and to get them to disengage from their self feeding emotional loop that they are in.
 
After her blog post, Beth heard from Christopher again and he has some questions:
Now here are a few questions for you.
If not America first then who first?
How is stopping criminal entry to our nation racist?
How is enforcing our law racist?
How is keeping our nation safe from a group that has told us "we will infiltrate our fighters with the refugee population" xenophobic?
 
We also talk trolling generally, in particular Lindy West's excellent examination in her book Shrill.
 
If you want a little homework, we'll be discussing the future of the Republican party, including this episode of This American Life on Tuesday.  

 

May 2, 2017

Arkansas is carrying out a wave of lethal injections. Today, we reflect on the death penalty in the United States. In the Pearls, we discuss the order enjoining President Trump's sanctuary cities order, President Trump's first hundred days, and the attack at Transylvania University. In the Heels, we discuss the Handmaid's Tale and the Whitney Plantation. 

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The Pearls

First, we discuss the federal court order enjoining enforcement of President Trump's executive order purporting to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities. We also discuss President Trump's interview with Reuters during which he reflected on his first 100 days in office (spoiler: Sarah is incensed; Beth hopes this indicates the beginning of some humility in the President), including past interviews from White House staffers on why it is such a hard job. 

We are heartbroken that our alma mater, Transylvania University, endured an attack that appears to be politically-motivated. The attacker previously wrote a post about his experience as a conservative at Transylvania. We also praised the response from the university president

Compliments to the Other Party: At listener Jaime's suggestion, Sarah complimented President Trump for his remarks about Senator Tammy Baldwin and her Buy American initiative. Beth complimented Heather Boushey, an economist who spoke compellingly at Vox Conversations about wealth inequality and taking a holistic approach to economic policy. 

The Suit

Arkansas is executing death row inmates because of a supply issue with a drug involved in lethal injections. The state had planned 11 executions. The court orders ultimately blocked half of the scheduled lethal injections, including a second that had also been scheduled for last Thursday night. There was an issue with the execution of Kenneth Williams, which is raising additional questions about lethal injection. 

We both highly recommend More Perfect's Cruel and Unusual podcast about lethal injection advocacy.

In 1972, the Supreme court decided Furman v. Georgia , 408 U.S. 238. From the case wikipedia page, "In a 5-4 decision, the Court's one-paragraph per curiam opinion held that the imposition of the death penalty in these cases constituted cruel and unusual punishment and violated the Constitution. However, the majority could not agree as to a rationale. There was no opinion of the court or plurality as none of the five justices constituting the majority joined in the opinion of any other." States began passing legislation to address the Supreme Court's concerns with unfair application and several of these statues were upheld in Gregg v. Georgia in 1976. 

The United States is the world's only western nation that still uses capital punishment. In addition to the federal government, 31 states use the death penalty. According to Gallup polling, 60% of Americans support the death penalty. Eighteen people have been exonerated by DNA evidence while serving on death row and there have been several issues with botched executions leading to an effective execution hiatus in many states. 

We discuss whether or not Texas executed an innocent man. We also discuss the purpose of the death penalty if it isn't a deterrent and if people age out of crime. We recommend the work of Bryan Stevenson

We even deep dive in the purpose of punishment generally and alternate approaches within parenting. Sarah recommends Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason and For most of history, people didn’t assume they deserved to be happy. What changed?

The Heels

We talk about The Handmaid's Tale (Beth preferred Alias Grace). Don't watch The Handmaid's Tale after reading about declining birth rates. We also discussed Sarah's trip to Whitney Plantation. If you're in Cincinnati, visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, too. 

 

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