24: Postponing Federal Elections and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Release Date: 03/24/2020
This episode builds off of the previous show's reading of the February 2019 Interim Staff Report for the Committee on Oversight and Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives. Months after the February report, the same House committee released a July 2019 document titled, "." After the February report, more than 60,000 pages of new documents were obtained by the committee revealing how "the Trump Administration has virtually obliterated the lines normally separating government policymaking from corporate and foreign interests," showing "the Administration's willingness to let private parties...info_outline 26: Middle East Marshall Plan - Whistleblowers concern with transfer of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia
This episode goes back to a February 2019 Interim Staff Report for the Committee on Oversight and Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives. This report is titled, "." EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (2:51) Summary of Whistleblower Concerns (9:26) Limitations and Next Steps (13:14) TIMELINE OF REPORTED EVENTS (14:39) Transition (14:54) January 1, 2017 (15:35) January 20, 2017 (16:19) Week of January 21, 2017 (16:57) January 27, 2017 (18:16) January 28, 2017 (21:07) Jan. 28, 2017, Email from McFarlane to Flynn and McFarland (23:19) January 29, 2017 (24:47) January 30, 2017 (25:02) January 31, 2017...info_outline 25: Hospital Experiences Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic
On April 3, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a 41-page report documenting the significant challenges facing the health care industry in caring for patients with COVID-19. With widespread shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), concerns were mounting at hospitals around keeping staff safe. There were concerns of hospitals being overwhelmed in areas hit the hardest, as hospitals in rural areas had concerns about how the cancelation of elective procedures would limit the funds available to pay hospital staff. This report is based off telephone...info_outline 24: Postponing Federal Elections and the COVID-19 Pandemic
With concerns around just how long the COVID-19 pandemic could impact our lives, the fact that we are in a presidential election year has brought up a number of questions. Does the President have the authority to cancel or postpone the election? What is the framework in place if an emergency keeps us from voting in November or we are somehow unable to have a vote ahead of the expiration of the President's term as written the Constitution. This episode provides answers to those questions as well as the process leading up to the November presidential election date. Presidential Elections (2:15)...info_outline 23: COVID-19 and using advanced refundable tax credits as economic stimulus
COVID-19 and Stimulus Payments to Individuals: Considerations on Using Advanced Refundable Credits as Economic Stimulus What is a refundable tax credit? (3:01) What does “advancing” a tax credit mean? (4:37) How long would it take for the IRS to begin issuing advanced credits? (6:54) How many individuals could receive an advanced refundable tax credit? (8:11) Resources: Romney Calls for Urgent Action on Additional Coronavirus Response Measures Premium Tax Credit: Claiming the Credit and Reconciling Advance Credit Payments What is the difference...info_outline 22: Impeachment Trial opens with arguments surrounding issues with documents and witnesses
This episode begins with a recap of the amendments that were proposed during nearly 12 hours of arguments on the second day of the impeachment trial. The podcast covers the President's support for the rules in Senate Resolution 483 and the reasoning behind the opposition for these rules. SR483 was adopted with a 53-47 vote. Pat Cipollone's Opening Statement (5:02) Pat Cipollone offers support for the Senate Resolution (6:07) Process of the impeachment trial explained (6:46) The President has done absolutely nothing wrong Adam Schiff's Argues Against Senate Resolution 483 (7:47)...info_outline 21: President Trump's Dec. 17 Letter to Nancy Pelosi
Watching multiple news outlets, it can be interesting to hear how public documents are characterized in different ways. One of the reasons I'm doing this show is so people can hear the words for themselves and make their own decisions, rather than relying on others to characterize a document for them. After seeing it made me realize how this podcast can be an important service. If only the gentleman in the video would have , he could have avoided an embarrassing exchange. While I'm continuing to work on some longer episodes, hopefully shorter episodes like this one help provide some value in...info_outline 20: H. Res. 755 Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors
On Friday, December 13th, the House Judiciary Committee did something that had only been done twice before in history by voting on and passing articles of impeachment. The two articles of impeachment are contained within titled, "Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors." This is a reading of the resolution. These episodes are created based on the value-for-value model. Please support the podcast at by clicking the donate button for a one-time donation or by going to to support monthly. If you'd like to donate anonymously, you can go to ...info_outline 19: Turkey’s October 2019 incursion into Syria, Background, and U.S. Relations
This episode focuses on October’s Incursion into Syria and the withdrawal of US troops that was reported on the in media. However, this episode provides a much deeper understanding of the issues in the region and offers information and analysis on five points with regard to Turkey: Turkey’s strategic orientation toward the United States and Russia, and how that affects Turkish cooperation with the United States and NATO; Turkey’s October 2019 incursion into Syria, including the effect on Syrian Kurds who have helped the United States counter the Islamic State; Trump Administration...info_outline 18: Sen. Ron Johnson details May 23 White House meeting on Ukraine
Over the past two weeks, the House Intelligence Committee heard from a dozen witnesses regarding military aid that had been held back from Ukraine. Senator Ron Johnson is one of 17 members of the Senate Ukraine caucus and was among the delegation who attended the inauguration of President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine. Last week, he was asked by House Republicans to provide his first-hand account with some of the meetings he was involved in and interactions with some of the people testifying last week. In this letter, he provides details of a May 23 White House meeting, his interactions...info_outline
With concerns around just how long the COVID-19 pandemic could impact our lives, the fact that we are in a presidential election year has brought up a number of questions. Does the President have the authority to cancel or postpone the election? What is the framework in place if an emergency keeps us from voting in November or we are somehow unable to have a vote ahead of the expiration of the President's term as written the Constitution.
This episode provides answers to those questions as well as the process leading up to the November presidential election date.
- Presidential Elections (2:15)
- Presidential Primaries (2:43)
- Selection of Presidential Electors (5:32)
- Selection of the President (7:52)
Constitution: Twelfth Amendment
Constitution: Twentieth Amendment
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