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In this episode of The Briefcase, we discuss Friday Feedback from so many listeners: Vielka, Bryn, Rachel, and Obie on college and school dress codes; Katie on Hillary Clinton and women in leadership; and Megan on the Oregon standoff.  Additionally, we promise to devote Tuesday's episode to populism, Trump, and Sanders based on a series of topics from Nickie.   Additionally, we discuss the "hot mic" audio from a Donald Trump interview with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brezenski.  Our listener Kedar flagged this for us, and it led to so many questions: In this media environment, what are the rules? What are journalists? And, what are we? 
We're talking about the FISA process, Retired General Michael Flynn, and the failure of the American Health Care Act.  The Pearls We comfort ourselves about our miserable election predictions by noting that we predicted that the American Health Care Act would not make it through the House of Representatives. And it didn't. Big winners: the American people for not being subjected to a half-baked, not-really-about-health-care-health-care-bill. Big losers: Paul Ryan, Donald Trump, Republicans generally.  Sadly, we have two incidents of violence to acknowledge. A British man, Khalid Masood, rammed his vehicle into a crowd at Westminster Bridge in London after stabbing a police officer. His connections to Saudi Arabia have police still investigating his possible motives. On Sunday morning, a dispute escalated into a shooting in a Cincinnati, Ohio, night club, leaving one person dead and 15 injured. Our prayers are with everyone impacted in London and Cincinnati.  For our compliments to the other party, Sarah tipped her hat to the Freedom Caucus for standing their ground in opposition to the AHCA. Beth complimented the Democratic lawmakers behind the Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act (the MAR-A-LAGO Act), which would require the White House to publish its visitor logs and mandate the release of visitor logs when the President conducts business...elsewhere.  The Suit We start with a mini-primer on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ("FISA"), which was enacted in 1978 to protect Americans’ privacy in the midst of counter-terrorism efforts. A law enforcement training white paper helped us significantly in understanding key provisions of FISA. FISA was enacted to limit the presidents' power and to create a judicially-manageable standard for issuing warrants in national security investigations.  The key provisions of FISA were:  Non-criminal electronic surveillance can only occur for the purpose of collecting foreign intelligence and foreign counterintelligence Foreign powers and agents of foreign powers could be targeted for electronic surveillance (foreign powers and agents of foreign powers are defined in the statute—explicitly says “non US persons” — US persons are citizens, legal permanent residents, US corporations, unincorporated associates with a substantial number of members who are citizens or lawful permanent residents)  The government needs probable cause to conduct surveillance (and set a probable cause standard) Established foreign intelligence surveillance courts (FISC) at the district and appellate levels to review applications for warrants under the act The government can only conduct electronic surveillance in the US for the purpose of collecting foreign intelligence or foreign counterintelligence pursuant to a warrant issued by a FISC or in an emergency with approval from the attorney general provided that a warrant is sought within 24 hours  In 1995, FISA was expanded to include physical searches (which meant a recognition that the president’s power to order physical searches in the interest of nat security is limited)  In 1998, provisions were added on pen registers and trap and trace - includes phone calls, email, and all electronic forms of communication. These provisions specifically prohibit investigation of US persons for activities protected by the 1st Amendment.  Often the collection of information under FISA leads to collection of evidence of a domestic crime (not the intention of the surveillance). The FBI is obligated by the statute and executive order to pass that evidence the appropriate law enforcement agency. But, there have been many challenges to evidence collected under FISA in criminal cases because of 4th and 5th Amendment concerns. These challenges led to the establishment of the “primary purpose” test and “the wall” — the intelligence community became very careful about ensuring that applications for FISA warrants demonstrated that the primary purpose of surveillance was foreign intelligence or foreign counterintelligence — not law enforcement. Law enforcement and intel community have struggled a little with the appropriate sharing of information.  This information-sharing struggle was directly confronted and significantly altered by the October 2001 passage of the Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act (the PATRIOT Act). Under the PATRIOT Act, the intelligence community's burden on a FISA warrant application is to show that collection of foreign intelligence or counterintelligence is a significant purpose rather than the purpose of the activity.  In 2002, the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (part of the DOJ) asked the FISC to remove “the wall” (separating law enforcement and foreign intel collection). The FISC declined and wrote its own minimization standards, trying to maintain a balance between effectuating the PATRIOT Act and limiting the very intrusive methods available under FISA. The DOJ appealed to the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review. The Court of Review said that the FISC was wrong and was trying to end run the PATRIOT Act. It found that the wall did not survive the PATRIOT Act.  Now, disclosure and use of FISA information:  Must be for a lawful purpose Must be accompanied by an admonishment that FISA derived info can only be used in a criminal proceeding with the advanced authorization of the Attorney General  The government has to give notice to the criminal defendant and the Court if it is going to use FISA derived info in a criminal proceeding (so the defendant has a chance to contest the use of the evidence) There are no exceptions to the AG having to approve disclosure in advance, and the government never produces a copy of the application to obtain a FISA warrant.  In 2008, FISA amendments were passed. These amendments included section 702, which allows the government to collect email and other communications of non-US persons. Over 25% of the NSA’s intelligence relies on information obtained under 702. Section 702 expires at the end of 2017 and needs to be reauthorized — that’s what House Republicans were referring to in the Comey/Rogers hearing. This section has been widely criticized but not well understood. Surveillance under Section 702 can only be directed at specific foreign targets outside the US. It doesn’t allow for bulk collections. There are two important aspects of the Section 702 program: PRISM and upstream collection. Section 702, FISC, and intelligence agencies use minimization standards to protect incidental collection of information, including masking.  After we discussed the process for collecting intelligence, we discussed the facts surrounding the resignation of Michael Flynn, who had registered with the Justice Department as a "foreign agent" because of a $530,000 contract from August - November 2016 with Inovo BV, which is owned by a Turkish businessman. It has been reported that Flynn's attorneys told the Trump campaign twice that he was going to have register as a foreign agent.  We also discuss reported from former CIA Director James Woolsey regarding Flynn's presence in a meeting with Turkish officials about the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, a cleric accused by the Turkish government of orchestrating a failed coup attempt. Finally, we discuss reports from the weekend that Flynn might now be cooperating with the FBI to aid in the investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.  The Heels We start talking food in the Heels since Beth has been cooking up a storm after her week with the flu. We mention amazing asparagus pizza, blueberry dumplings, and Beth's cobbler creation. Sarah recommended two books she just finished up -- A Piece of the World and The War that Saved My Life. 
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.  MEMBERSHIP DRIVE 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! 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. Leave us a review on iTunes by clicking here! Subscribe to Episodes: iTunes | Android Subscribe to our weekly email and get a free Pantsuit Primer audiobook! Follow Us: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook 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. 
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.) MEMBERSHIP DRIVE 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! 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. 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! Leave us a review on iTunes by clicking here! Subscribe to Episodes: iTunes | Android Subscribe to our weekly email and get a free Pantsuit Primer audiobook! Follow Us: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook 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  
Spend 20 minutes with Beth preparing for Tuesday's episode with some North Korean geography, history, and facts about the current state and its leader, Kim Jong-un.  Recommended Resources:  North Korea's Nuclear Program Fast Facts on North Korea  The Official Website of North Korea  Understanding Kim Jong-un Trump Inherits a Secret Cyberwar Against North Korea 
We celebrate our birthday (can you believe it?!?!) and talk about the "tightening" polls, momentum, and news cycles with five days until Election Day. 
We also discuss the increasing gun violence in America and if gun control offers any real solutions. This episode was recorded on December 1 before the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.
We received SO much feedback about celebrities and abortions, and the news has been CRAZY. So, we do a lightning round of news and nuance in this episode of the Briefcase.  Show Notes:  The Pantsuit Politics Book Club The Problem with Being Paternalistic about Disabilities The Trump Press Conference  The GOP's SLOW Going on an ACA Replacement  Investigation of Ties to Russia  Sister Women's Marches     
We take the Friday Feedback to a new level today in a conversation with Tamela Blalock on identity politics and race under a Trump administration. We know that the audio is difficult, and we appreciate your graciousness about that. We hope you enjoy this important and challenging conversation. 
In today's episode of the Briefcase, we talk about the appointment of H.R. McMaster before discussing the town hall meetings taking place during the Congressional recess. We discuss the Affordable Care Act and the political climate surrounding it. We also talk about the Trump administration's decision to revoke the Obama administration's guidance on transgender restrooms in schools, the role of the judiciary and the legislature, and the cultural polarization around these issues. We end with listener feedback on our last episode and a message from Autumn about Trump's creation of an "in group" and "out group." 
On Tuesday's episode, we'll talk about immigration. We find that the opinions about immigration are often unaccompanied by actual facts, so we're giving you a 20 minute overview in advance of our discussion on what's working and what's not working. 
Sarah and Beth discuss feedback on our abortion episode, the community of Pantsuit Politics listeners, and offer our unfiltered thoughts on the State of the Union and the GOP Response. 
On this episode of The Briefcase, we give a giant shoutout and thank you to Jacquie, Caitlin, and Sharon for supporting Pantsuit Politics.  We received a ton of great feedback this week and appreciate every email, tweet, and Facebook message.  We briefly discuss Lou's feedback on asymmetric polarization and the Supreme Court.  At Loree's request, we talk about Jeb's "America" photo.  We lament Nikki Haley's endorsement of Marco Rubio and the state of the Republican horserace.  Finally, thanks to listener Michael, we consider identity politics and how much it should matter, if at all, that Hillary Clinton would be the first woman to be president.
We discuss Noah Dyer - candidate for governor in Arizona - who posted a VERY transparent statement on his sex life on his website.   Is total transparency something we want? Wikileaks certainly does. We discuss the trove of documents allegedly showing the CIA's cyber hacking capacity and technologies. We also discuss Assange's belief that total transparency is the goal.    We follow up on some feedback from our Book Club discussion with Brynn who shared: I have tried SO.  HARD.  since the election to "reach across the aisle" and talk to people like this.  But now, 120 days later, I am done.  Do I condone physical or verbal aggression towards these people?  Of course not.  But if they are not willing to see that their views are truly HATEFUL then I don't know what else I can do.  At this point I say we just press on without them if they aren't willing to abandon Radical Christian Extremism, embrace public education and accept facts as truth.  Because there HAS to be some kind of line in the sand.  We cannot keep making excuses for them or analyzing them like we're anthropologists forever.  WE (all rational people of any political leaning) have to take a collective stand and tell them NO.       We also discussed our listener Chiara's argument that maybe we do want the President to fail. Chiara wrote us, " I was thinking about how, on the latest episode, you said that you aren't rooting for Trump to fail because you have respect for the office of the president. That's actually something I've been thinking about a lot too...but for me, I'm starting to think that I AM rooting for him to fail...but for the same reason: because I respect the office of the presidency. The truth is, if Trump succeeds, it will inevitably send the message that it is entirely okay for the American people to elect a president who is racist, sexist, bigoted, possibly engaged in illegal activities, and not at all knowledgeable about government or world affairs. If Trump succeeds, people will see that if such a person is elected, everything will be fine. And I don't think that's okay. So I don't want that message to be sent, lest he get re-elected (or we end up with a similar president in the future). It's the same as with President Obama, at least if we're going entirely on identity. Even though I didn't agree with all of his policies, his successful presidency demonstrated that a black, feminist community organizer/constitutional lawyer could do the job relatively well. And I believe that is a great thing, and fundamental to his legacy."   We also shared Amanda's thoughts on educated v. expert. "I wonder whether, when we're talking about the value of ideas, we shouldn't put a premium on expertise rather than education alone. They very often come hand in hand, but this leaves the door open for more people, allows more of us into the conversation. It allows both the economics professor and the lifelong welfare recipient to be heard because in different ways, they're both experts. When it comes to crafting policy, things get more complicated (this way of looking at expertise won't be of much use when it come, to dealing with global warming, for example), but I think it provides an okay framework for dealing with certain types of emotional arguments.     Of course, this doesn't shed much light on the discussions a lot of us are having right now, where it seems like individuals really want their feelings to have the same value as facts. Balancing knowledge and emotion is difficult for most of us as individuals, let alone as a nation."   Our Tuesday show will be discussing the Republican's Obamacare Replacement Plan so don't miss it!
In preparation for Tuesday's podcast on the Republican health care proposal, Beth gives a quick overview of Medicaid and the American Health Care Act. 
Today, the amazing Rebecca Traister joins us to discuss her new book, the influence of single women on the political landscape, and feminism and politics.  First, in The Pearls, we discuss violence at Ivanka's Dad's events and the state of the race.  We end on a light note--talking about things we are looking forward to!
According to the New York Times, the Department of Justice is taking on affirmative action in admissions. We discuss this controversial policy, as well as Congress's plans after the August recess. Join us in Nashville on August 15 for our very first live podcast at redpepper. Get your tickets today!  Thanks to our sponsors for this episode: Crane & Canopy is an online bedding brand that wants to give you an amazing night’s sleep with their luxurious duvet covers, quilts, and sheets. Crane & Canopy bedding combines superior quality with modern style. Their bedding collection is made from the finest cotton sateen, so it’s silky-soft and incredibly comfortable. Crane & Canopy’s bedding comes in a variety of stylish patterns and colors, making it simple to find bedding that’s perfect for you and your home.  Rent the Runway allows you to finally get the wardrobe you love. Rent the Runway’s Unlimited subscription gives you access to premium designer styles for work, weekends and everything in between – at a flat monthly price. Rent unlimited designer pieces – including tops, jackets, handbags, and jewelry – on rotation, and enjoy the thrill of new clothes without the commitment, closet space, or buyer’s remorse.  And now, our listeners can get 25% off their first month by entering the code PANTSUIT at checkout.  ModCloth is your go-to spot for fashion as unique as you. Whip up your wardrobe with quirky prints and classic silhouettes. Make every day extraordinary by going to modcloth.com and entering the code PANTSUIT to receive $30 off your purchase of $100 or more.  The Pearls   Congress has BIG plans for their return from August recess and we are skeptical they can get any of it accomplished.  Listener Caitlin sent us the New York Times editorial Motherhood Isn’t Sacrifice, It’s Selfishness and we talked about whether or not we agreed and what the type of impact this discussion had on those who choose not to have children. We mentioned this book by Caitlin Moran and this essay by Ayelet Waldman. We compliment Senator Alexander and Senator Murray on their bipartisan approach to health care. The Suit    We discuss the history of affirmative action and the courts' attempts to deal with it. We also discuss the underlying attitudes and assumptions that seem to fuel discussions about affirmative action. The Heels  We talk about Sarah's vacation to Canada and Beth's vacation to the beach.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
While Sarah enjoys time away with family, former Congressional staffer and writer Emily Ellsworth joins Beth to discuss the news of the week and effectively contacting your representatives.  Come see us in Nashville for our first ever live podcast as part of redpepper's Hustle and Grow series. Tickets are on sale now!  Thanks so much to our sponsor for this episode:  Virtue Labs is a new haircare brand with a vision to give everyone the best hair scientifically possible. Six years ago, a group of bio scientists working in restorative medicine discovered an incredible new protein called Alpha Keratin 60ku, which has the power to completely transform your hair. Alpha Keratin 60ku is a whole, human protein that’s identical to the Keratin in your own hair, so it can resurface and fill in cracks from damage to change your hair’s quality and appearance forever. And, right now, you can only find it in Virtue Labs’s line of shampoos, conditioners, and styling products.  Not to mention, each formula was created to address specific issues like heat damage, frizz, or thinning hair. That means more bounce, more shine, more strength, and more life for your hair. Visit Virtue Labs and use the code PANTSUIT for 10% off and free shipping. The Pearls  We discuss the Senate's failure to pass a repeal or replacement of the Affordable Care Act, including the valiant efforts of Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.  We also talk about Reince Preibus's departure from the White House and the President's appointment of John Kelly as the new Chief of Staff.  To compliment the other side, Beth highlights the work of Take Back Our Republic, and Emily compliments Chuck Schumer.  The Suit We discuss Emily's viral tweetstorm and Call the Halls: Contacting Your Representatives the Smart Way.  The Heel Since we're both introverts, we discuss the introversion, the internet, public service, and the importance of our extroverted friends.  Thank you to Nicholas, Tracey, Leslie, and Sabrina. Please visit Patreon to support Pantsuit Politics and to receive all kinds of bonus content.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sarah talks with our Pantsuit Politics Book Club founder Megan Hart and former U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district Jason Altmire about the book club's June pick The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt. Next month's pick is Tribe by Sebastian Junger.  TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE FOR OUR FIRST EVER LIVE SHOW IN NASHVILLE ON AUGUST 15TH. Seating is VERY limited so get your ticket now! Please help support Pantsuit Politics by becoming a patron and enjoying all of our bonus content.  Thanks to our sponsors for this episode:  School’s out for summer! And Redbox has the video games to keep you entertained. With over 40 thousand locations nationwide, you can rent and return anywhere. Better yet, you’ll get a FREE 1-night game rental from Redbox when you use the promo code PANTSUIT6. Swing by a Box in your neighborhood, or if you want to make sure the game you want is there when you arrive, reserve it online at Redbox.com/games. Offer valid through August 4, 2017. Subject to additional terms. Charges apply for additional nights. Payment card required. Getting into video games has never been so easy! Kiva.org is the world's largest crowdfunding platform for social good. With Kiva, you can back the dreams of refugees, small business owners, students, and those needing a chance - at home in the U.S. and abroad. The best part is that it's a loan, not a donation, so as you get repaid you can continue to recycle your money to fund more individuals. Join in the movement today at kiva.org/PANTSUIT, and if you make your first loan during July or August, Kiva will give you a $25 credit to back a second dream.     See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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. MEMBERSHIP DRIVE 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! 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. 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 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!   Leave us a review on iTunes by clicking here! Subscribe to Episodes: iTunes | Android Subscribe to our weekly email and get a free Pantsuit Primer audiobook! Follow Us: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook 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...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, Betsy DeVos announced her intention to open a process that will lead to changed regulations for publicly-funded campuses responding to sexual assault allegations under Title IX. We discuss this announcement, a variety of social media hot topics, and Sarah's trip to Washington D.C.  Please consider supporting Pantsuit Politics through a monthly contribution that will allow you to access the secret garden of content on Patreon. We'd also love to hear from you if you're in a relationship with someone who has completely different political views than you. Email your voice memos to sarah@pantsuitpoliticsshow.com and beth@pantsuitpoliticsshow.com.  Thanks so much to our sponsors for this episode:  Joan Osborne’s brand-new album, “Songs of Bob Dylan,” features 13 Bob Dylan covers that span his entire career – including "Tangled Up in Blue," "Rainy Day Women," "Quinn the Eskimo," and more. For tour dates and more information, check out JoanOsborne.com. Get Joan Osborne’s “Songs of Bob Dylan” now on Amazon. ModCloth is your go-to spot for fashion as unique as you. Whip up your wardrobe with quirky prints and classic silhouettes. Make every day extraordinary by going to modcloth.com and entering the code PANTSUIT to receive $30 off your purchase of $100 or more.  Ellevest is the online investment platform for women where you can invest in specific life goals such as buying a house, starting a business, or retiring comfortably. Ellevest gives you a free financial plan — customized for you, based on where you are now and where you want to go with your finances. Go to ellevest.com/pantsuit to get $100 toward your first funded goal when you sign up with Ellevest.  The Pearls  We briefly review the history of Title IX (also named the Patsy Takemoto Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act) before discussing Betsy DeVos's announcement that she'll be reviewing and replacing the Obama administration's guidance on campus sexual assault. We talk about the difficulty of grappling with both the criminal and non-criminal aspects of harassment, the impact public discussion has on victims, and the damage that occurs when accusations are proven to be false.  We also talk about some of the topics making the social media rounds:  We don't all need to issue an opinion on Hillary Clinton's book.  It would be great for us to stop See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
As our country continues to feel divisive and unstable, it can be helpful to focus on our shared struggles. Today, our listener, Aubrey, shares her story and offers a nuanced perspective on sex addiction. In the Pearls we discuss President Trump's decision to pardon Joe Arpaio, North Korea's latest missile test, and the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey.  You can receive lots more nuance by becoming a supporter of Pantsuit Politics. We hope you'll check out our bonus episodes, blog posts, and videos.  Thanks to our sponsors for this episode:  ModCloth is your go-to spot for fashion as unique as you. Whip up your wardrobe with quirky prints and classic silhouettes. Make every day extraordinary by going to modcloth.com and entering the code PANTSUIT to receive $30 off your purchase of $100 or more.  Casper Mattress Casper’s award-winning sleep surface combines supportive memory foams and a springy comfort layer for just the right levels of sink and bounce. Not to mention, its breathable design keeps you cool all night. Buying the Casper is easy. Just order online and it’s delivered to your door in a compact, “how did they do that” sized box. Considering we spend one third of our lives on our mattress, it’s so important to truly sleep on a mattress before committing. That’s why Casper gives you 100 nights to try it out, risk-free. If you don’t love it, they’ll pick it up and refund you everything. Get $50 toward any mattress purchase by visiting www.casper.com/PANTSUIT and using the code PANTSUIT. Terms and Conditions Apply. The Pearls The White House took the concept of a Friday night news dump to new heights over the weekend. We discuss the implications of President Trump's decision to pardon Sherriff Joe Arpaio and what we didn't know about Arpaio. In addition to inflaming racial tensions, the pardon could also impact Robert Mueller's investigation.  After the President claiming during his Phoenix rally that North Korea has started to respect the United States, North Korea launched three short-range ballistic missiles. This news comes as the President signed a directive banning transgender military service.  Although Sebastian Gorka's bizarre departure from the White House made some headlines, we're a little tired of pretending that people AROUND the President are the problem.  We also discuss the Kasick/Hickenlooper Unity Ticket 2020. We send our thoughts to all impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Here is See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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!  Thanks to our sponsors for this episode:  Aaptiv is more than a fitness app -- it's on-demand audio fitness with the advice of a professional trainer and a perfect playlist. Go to aaptiv.com and enter the promo code PANTSUIT for a 30-day free trial when you sign up for a monthly subscription.   Harry and David has the perfect gift for any dad! Father's Day is right around the corner. Go to harryanddavid.com, click the radio icon, and enter the code PANTSUIT for 20% off select Father's Day treats!  ModCloth is your go-to spot for fashion as unique as you. Whip up your wardrobe with quirky prints and classic silhouettes. Make every day extraordinary by going to modcloth.com and entering the code PANTSUIT to receive $30 off your purchase of $100 or more.  Leave us a review on iTunes by clicking here! Subscribe to Episodes: iTunes | Android Subscribe to our weekly email and get a free Pantsuit Primer audiobook! Follow Us: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook 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.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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!  Thanks to our sponsors for this episode:  Aaptiv is more than a fitness app -- it's on-demand audio fitness with the advice of a professional trainer and a perfect playlist. Go to aaptiv.com and enter the promo code PANTSUIT for a 30-day free trial when you sign up for a monthly subscription.  Credo Mobile allows you to turn your phone into a powerful tool in the fight for social justice. By using Credo, you generate donations for progressive causes at no extra cost to you. 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 values. Casper Mattress Casper’s award-winning sleep surface combines supportive memory foams and a springy comfort layer for just the right levels of sink and bounce. Not to mention, its breathable design keeps you cool all night. Buying the Casper is easy. Just order online and it’s delivered to your door in a compact, “how did they do that” sized box. Considering we spend one third of our lives on our mattress, it’s so important to truly sleep on a mattress before committing. That’s why Casper gives you 100 nights to try it out, risk-free. If you don’t love it, they’ll pick it up and refund you everything. Get $50 toward any mattress purchase by visiting www.casper.com/PANTSUIT and using the code PANTSUIT. Terms and Conditions Apply. Leave us a review on iTunes by clicking here! Subscribe to Episodes: iTunes | Android Subscribe to our weekly email and get a free Pantsuit Primer audiobook! Follow Us: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook The Pearls  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?...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Started
Nov 3rd, 2015
Latest Episode
Mar 27th, 2020
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About 1 hour
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