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For anyone discouraged by our current political discourse, Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers bring a nuanced and grace-filled perspective to discussions about politics and news.
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Jun 30, 2017

We discuss the Supreme Court's decision on the President's travel ban and your overwhelming health care feedback. 

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We discuss the Supreme Court and the difficulty created by its new order on the President's travel ban. We also talk about political questions and the unintended consequences of Supreme Court decisions

The Senate delayed its vote on the BCRA. We discuss the politics and substance, along with your fantastic feedback. 

 

Jun 26, 2017

In today's podcast, we discuss Mitch McConnell's Better Care Reconciliation Act. We also talk about PRIDE month and the gentrification of gay neighborhoods and Trump's Africa policy in the Pearls. In the Heels, we discuss the tragedy of Sarah's cell phone and too many birthday gifts. 

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We celebrate PRIDE month and all the progress that has been made for LGBTQ+ rights. We also discuss the New York Times's fascinating piece on the gentrification of gayborhoods, gentrification in general, and the affordable housing crisis

The President's proposed Pentagon budget for Africa indicates an increase in military spending and a sharp decrease in humanitarian spending. We talk about the possible consequences of this policy. 

To compliment the other party, Sarah gives a shout out to the Republican senators considering voting against the BCRA. Beth compliments Tim Kaine and Tom Karper, who've been discussing specific bipartisan solutions to health care problems. 

The Suit 

*We recorded this episode on Sunday, June 25 -- before the CBO released its score of the BCRA*

We talk about the Better Care Reconciliation Act, Mitch McConnell's controversial proposal to "repeal and replace Obamacare." For a detailed comparison of how the BCRA compares to the House's AHCA and the ACA, check out the Kaiser Foundation and the Washington Post's comparison. In reality, the BCRA is not a total repeal or replacement of the ACA -- it's a Medicaid reform bill, which is making it unprecedentedly unpopular. Almost all sides find large points of contention, as well as more minor issues that over time will have unintended consequences. (For a positive view of the BCRA, read Avik Roy's analysis in Forbes). 

We discuss the future of health insurance and health care, including the trillions of dollars we currently spend on end-of-life care and the Americare proposal

The Heels

Sarah's cell phone is the in Kentucky Lake. Beth's daughter, Ellen is 2. 

Jun 23, 2017

We talk about the results in Georgia's Special Election, as well as changes in the White House Press Office and at Uber. We also share listener feedback. 

Our membership drive continues, and we hope you'll head over to our Patreon page to support the podcast and receive bonus content. We're close to our first goal of $3,000 per month, and we'll be producing a new series of podcasts when we reach that goal. Thank you for supporting us! 

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Sarah shares her disappointment in Jon Ossoff's defeat and Beth shares her concern about the level of spending in the race. We also talk about the Nancy Pelosi blowback post-Election Day. We also discuss Sean Spicer changing role within the White House and how many recruitment problems the Trump administration is having

Rebecca had fabulous feedback on her belief that everyone's character traits are neutral and it's all about how they are used - even with Donald Trump. Shannon shared her thoughts on the "texting" case and how repulsive the text were. 

Lastly, we talk about the ouster of Travis Kalanick at Uber and the importance of leading a productive and supportive culture. 

Jun 21, 2017

Pedro Freyre, a nationally-recognized expert on US-Cuba relations with deep personal ties to Cuba, joins Beth for a brief discussion of the country and its relations with the United States. 

Show Notes: 

Trump's Cuba Policy

Huffington Post: Ending Insular Thinking 

Jun 20, 2017

Senate Republicans say they’re going to fix the health care system by July 4th, but they won’t say how. A jury couldn’t convict Bill Cosby or the officer who shot Philander Castile, and we’re wondering about the effectiveness of all three branches of government. 

Our membership drive continues, and we hope you'll head over to our Patreon page to support the podcast and receive bonus content. We're close to our first goal of $3,000 per month, and we'll be producing a new series of podcasts when we reach that goal. Thank you for supporting us! 

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We discuss the verdict in the Philando Castile murder trial and the hung jury in Bill Cosby's case. We're wondering how much the near universal outcry regarding the Castile verdict is influenced by the gun industry, and we're struggling with the Cosby jury's inability to reach a unanimous verdict. Should the standard for convicting a police officer be so high? What about the standard for sexual assault convictions? We also briefly discuss Michelle Carter's conviction for texting encouragement for her boyfriend's suicide. 

Beth compliments Senator Claire McCaskill for taking her colleagues to task on the health care law. Sarah compliments President Trump for his DACA announcement. 

The Suit

We discuss the process by which Senate Republicans are secretly drafting health care legislation (see Sarah Kliff's reporting on this and her guest appearance Pod Save America). The AHCA continues to be extraordinarily unpopular. Even fellow Republicans are frustrated by the process of drafting an alternative. Governors and most constituents are urging Senators to rethink the bill, and we are aghast at the process of drafting this legislation in secret then attempting to ram it through the Senate through the reconciliation process. Even Republicans who are close to the process can't describe what the policy objectives are. 

We also discuss Steve Hilton's interview on Freakonmoics and the lack of innovation in government and how that's evident in this process. We also come back to an issue we always discuss with regards to health care, which is costs and a great article from the Atlantic on where much of that spending goes. 

The Heels 

Sarah talks about Sklar Body, a new perfume she's loving, and Beth discusses Leah Remini's Scientology and The Aftermath and we talk about Going Clear.

Jun 16, 2017

Three very strange things happened this week: the Attorney General testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee; the Cabinet lavished praise on the President in a public meeting; and a man fired shots at Congressional Republicans during their baseball practice in what we've learned was a politically-motivated act of violence. 

Our membership drive continues, and we hope you'll head over to our Patreon page to support the podcast and receive bonus content. We're close to our first goal of $3,000 per month, and we'll be producing a new series of podcasts when we reach that goal. Thank you for supporting us! 

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We talk about Attorney General Jeff Sessions's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Summary: he doesn't remember much. We also talk about the treatment of Senator Kamala Harris and wonder what the future will hold for Trump staffers. 

We also discuss the Cabinet meeting, during which Reince Preibus said the group is blessed to work for President Trump, and President Trump said that the administration is the most accomplished in history. 

Finally, we talk about the horrifying attempt to kill Congressional Republicans, our immediate reactions, and the aftermath of the discussion. 

Jun 13, 2017

We cover the latest Senate Intelligence Committee hearings in the Pearls. In the Suit, we talk about free speech and political correctness. In the heels, we discuss Stonehenge and Orange is the New Black. And we close out the show with a song from Revolution Choir!

Our membership drive continues, and we hope you'll head over to our Patreon page to support the podcast and receive bonus content. We're close to our first goal of $3,000 per month, and we'll be producing a new series of podcasts when we reach that goal. Thank you for supporting us! 

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The Pearls

We discuss the Senate Intelligence Committee hearings last week. First, we talk a little about Dan Coats and Admiral Mike Rogers. Coats is the Director of National Intelligence, a position created in the late 1970s to serve as the principal intelligence advisor to the White House. Rogers is the Director of the National Security Agency, which collects intelligence and focuses on both offensive and defensive actions in cyberspace. 

Coats and Rogers, along with Andrew McCabe and Rod Rosenstein, were unwilling to answer questions about their conversations with the President, prompting the ire of Senators like Angus King of Maine and John McCain of Arizona. We also briefly discuss Senator Kamala Harris's questioning of Rod Rosenstein regarding the independence of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. 

We also discuss the hearing during which former FBI Director James Comey offered both verbal and written testimony regarding interactions with the President. We talk about the strong testimony on Russia's hostile actions toward the United States and the ways in which Comey's willingness and ability to push back against the President were questioned. 

Our listener Katy shared Joe Biden's encouragement of Mitt Romney to run for Senate as a real world compliment to the other side. 

The Suit 

We continue our ongoing exploration of political correctness and free speech by diving into the Kathy Griffin and Bill Maher controversies. We also discuss speech and political correctness at college campuses generally and the situation at Evergreen State specifically. 

In our wide-ranging conversation, we talk about the importance and limitations of freedom of speech under the First Amendment, the influence of implicit bias, and the power we have to change our brains as discussed in the new season of Invisibilia

The Heels

Beth just returned from England and talks about Stonehenge. She was especially influenced by Jacquetta Hawkes's observation that every era gets the Stonehenge it deserves. Sarah is not so psyched about the new season of Orange is the New Black

Jun 9, 2017
Sarah interviews Jason Silverstein, lecturer at Harvard Medical School and writer for Vice’s health channel Tonic, about global health, whether or not health care is a human right, and empathy in our societal lives. We talk about Jason's articles on the ridiculous way we talk about maternity care, the risk to families with terminally ill children, and the empathy gap on pain perception between races. We also mention this article in Marie Claire that addresses a similar problem for women and what all this means for the drug epidemic as recently covered by the New York Times.

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Jun 6, 2017

Beth calls in from Scotland and we talk about the latest attacks in London as well as the upcoming election. We share Beth's interview with Derek Cohen and talk summer trips in the Pearls. 

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The Pearls

Beth calls in from Scotland to share her experience being in London during the latest terrorist attacks to strike the United Kingdom. We also discuss President Trump's reaction to the attacks and his tweets directed at London's mayor. We also discuss the upcoming election there and the difference between the media coverage here and abroad. 

The Suit 

Derek Cohen, PhD, is the deputy director at Right on Crime and the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a leading think tank for conservative criminal justice reform. Equally important, he’s married to our listener, friend, and frequent contributor, Debbie Cohen
 
Derek joins Beth for a wide-ranging discussion of criminal justice reform. He describes Texas’s efforts to tackle justice while closing prisons

The Heels 

In the Heels, we talk about Beth's trip, Sarah's summer, and the new Sarah Silverman standup.

Jun 2, 2017
Beth interviews Chris Seelbach, a Democrat and member of Cincinnati’s City Council. Seelbach is Cincinnati’s first openly-gay council member and has led the charge on progressive policies in Cincinnati. From banning conversation therapy to transgender rights, Seelbach believes that honest and hard conversations are crucial to bringing people together. Chris was recognized by President Obama as a “Champion of Change.” 

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Pantsuit Politics takes time and energy to produce and that's why we're asking for your help and support. By pleading your monthly support for Pantsuit Politics, you make it possible to produce additional content, improve our offerings, and host events. Check out our Patreon page to see how you can support our show and get loads of additional content!

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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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