After a tumultuous 2017, we're looking ahead. Inspired by Ali Edwards's One Little Word, we choose our words of the year personally and for the podcast. We also talk about our political resolutions.
2017 has been a long year, to say the least. We’re reflecting on that year the same way we’ve gotten through it - with a little help from our friends
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The Republican Main Street Partnership prides itself on its commitment to "kitchen table issues." Beth asks Sarah about the party's agenda, media coverage, and the Women2Women National Conversations Tour.
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We discuss President Trump declaring Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel, as well as the resignations of John Conyers and Al Franken. We talk about the concerns about false accusations in light of the #metoo movement and Jenny's awesome video she shared with us on consent. We send our love to California and consider how often we offer sympathy and a "yes, but you choose..." along with it.
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In our feedback portion of the show, we reconsider the way we often talk about Baby Boomers in light of feedback from Juanita. We also discuss the wonderful feedback we received regarding the necessity of restraining children in special education settings.
Michael Flynn has entered a guilty plea and is cooperating with the Mueller investigation, and the Senate took a big step toward tax cuts. With very few days left in the legislative year, we’re considering how our national priorities measure up to our professed love of children.
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Michael Flynn entered a guilty plea to lying to the FBI. Legal experts seem to agree that this relatively minor offense must mean he has valuable information to offer to the Mueller investigation. They disagree about what, if anything, it means about criminal acts by other Trump transition team officials. Here is the double jeopardy/pardon theory Sarah discussed, as well as Jared Kushner's financial interest in Israel.
Beth reflects on whether you can vote for the candidate's policy and not character (aka we talk about Roy Moore again).
The Senate passed a version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and we share what we don't mind and what we hate about it. We also discuss growth and this episode of Freakonomics. We discuss the process and meaning of the vote. Meanwhile, the government still needs to be funded. And, CVS and Aetnahave announced plans to merge.
In our main segment, we talk about how our national priorities square with our expressed love for children through the prism of three topics: the funding of the Children's Health Insurance Program, the childcare tax credit, and a Politico investigation into reporting disciplinary restraint and isolation of special needs students. Here's Ross Douthat's Twitter rant on the baby bust we discussed.
We end, as always, with what's on our minds outside of politics. Beth is confronting her transition to self-employment. Sarah is all settled into her new house and enjoying some down time, including watching Mudbound, Thor: Ragnarok, and reading A Man Called Ove.
Oscar Wilde said, “everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.” Sex and power continue to dominate the headlines, and we’re still processing that along with our increasingly tenuous relationship with the truth.
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In a wide-ranging discussion, we talk about the state of the news-- the revelations regarding Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor, Republican efforts to cut taxes, North Korea, and the continued tweet-drowning presidency of Donald Trump. We also share listener feedback on our most recent #metoo conversation.