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Focusing on issues, not tweets, Raw Story and AlterNet’s Joshua Holland and Liz Preza talk politics with academics, newsmakers and progressive journalists.


This week, Liz Preza and Joshua Holland marvel at what long, bizarre year the last week has been as Trump's goofy yet Machiavellian efforts to compel Ukraine to fabricate a controversy around Joe Biden has put Republicans on the defensive. 
Then we're joined by Randall Eliason, a legal scholar at George Washington University Law School and contributor to The Washington Post to talk about the legal ramifications of all of this. Spoiler alert: It goes a lot further than campaign finance violations. 
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This week, we look at what may shape up as a game-changing story of intrigue as Democrats wrangle with Trump's partisan intelligence chief over a whistleblower that appears to have some damaging information about the president*. 
Then we're joined by Vox.com Senior Correspondent Ian Millhiser to discuss the renewed controversy surrounding Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and look at how Democrats might respond to a judicial system that has been captured to a significant degree by the Republican Party. Court-packing may be an option, but it's not the only approach they should consider.  


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