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25: Hospital Experiences Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Government Unfiltered

Release Date: 04/30/2020

29: Diplomacy in Crisis - The Trump Administration's Decimation of the State Department show art 29: Diplomacy in Crisis - The Trump Administration's Decimation of the State Department

Government Unfiltered

On July 28, 2020, the Democratic Staff of the U.S. Senate's Committee on Foreign Relations released a 46-page report documenting their concerns with regard to length vacancies of key positions within the State Department, the vetting of nominees for Presidential appointees that have to be confirmed by the Senate and issues of morale under Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's leadership. Diplomacy in Crisis: The Trump Administration's Decimation of the State Department (2:10) Executive Summary (2:28) Prologue - Diplomacy 101: Why the State Department Matters (11:46) Chapter 1 - Vacant Posts and...

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28: The Horowitz Report Executive Summary - Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane Investigation show art 28: The Horowitz Report Executive Summary - Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane Investigation

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On December 9, 2019, U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a 478-page report titled, "." This report identified at least 17 significant errors or omissions in the Carter Page FISA applications. It also found no evidence that political bias or improper motivations influenced the FBI's decision to use confidential sources or undercover employees to interact with Trump campaign officials in the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. This episode provides the 19-page executive summary of the full report. Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI's...

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27: Middle East Marshall Plan - Corporate interests push to transfer U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia show art 27: Middle East Marshall Plan - Corporate interests push to transfer U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia

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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...

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26: Middle East Marshall Plan - Whistleblowers concern with transfer of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia show art 26: Middle East Marshall Plan - Whistleblowers concern with transfer of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia

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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...

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25: Hospital Experiences Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic show art 25: Hospital Experiences Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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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...

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24: Postponing Federal Elections and the COVID-19 Pandemic show art 24: Postponing Federal Elections and the COVID-19 Pandemic

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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)...

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23: COVID-19 and using advanced refundable tax credits as economic stimulus show art 23: COVID-19 and using advanced refundable tax credits as economic stimulus

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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...

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22: Impeachment Trial opens with arguments surrounding issues with documents and witnesses show art 22: Impeachment Trial opens with arguments surrounding issues with documents and witnesses

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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)...

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21: President Trump's Dec. 17 Letter to Nancy Pelosi show art 21: President Trump's Dec. 17 Letter to Nancy Pelosi

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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...

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20: H. Res. 755 Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors show art 20: H. Res. 755 Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors

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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 ...

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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 interviews conducted with hospital administrators overseeing 323 hospitals across 46 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. It may be helpful for understanding strategies and approaches hospitals were taking to expand their capacity, conserve PPE, and find new uses for medical equipment to meet challenges they faced.

The full report is titled, "Hospital Experiences Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results of a National Pulse Survey March 23–27, 2020

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