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225: Where's the line between religious freedom and civil rights?

December 28th, 2017


The clash of two American values -- religious freedom and freedom from discrimination –- didn’t seem so huge when a broad coalition of religious and civil rights representatives got together in a room in 1993. While s…

224: The 2017 Lie of the Year

December 21st, 2017


Our friends at PolitiFact have sorted through a year of lies, fibs, exaggerations, fabrications and outright falsehoods to find the worst of the worst. PolitiFact’s Editor Angie Drobnic Holan joins us to reveal the 20…

223: This is what happens when Congress polices itself

December 14th, 2017


Congress is considering changes to the way it handles sexual harassment complaints after its current rules have been called onerous by critics. We take stock of what might change with Patrick Terpstra of the Scripps W…

222: The Changing Race of Immigration in America

December 7th, 2017


America has long sold itself as "the nation of immigrants." But when you look at our history -- even the halcyon Ellis Island days -- that branding has always come with an asterisk. Give us your tired, your poor, your…

221: What happens when the DOJ defies the courts?

November 30th, 2017


Judges in a legal stand-off. A power struggle between two branches of the federal government has left potentially thousands of undocumented immigrants stuck in detention centers with no idea how long they'll be there.…

Revisiting how tax reform really works

November 21st, 2017


With Republicans pushing ahead on their plan to overhaul taxes for the first time in 30 years, we revisit an episode of DeocdeDC that explained how that reform 30 years ago actually came together. Jimmy speaks with tw…

220: A Republican has some advice for the GOP

November 16th, 2017


Phyllis Henderson is a state representative in South Carolina, and she is worn out by the state of political discourse. We spoke with her right after the 2016 election, and she had some reservations. Now we check back…

219: Fact checking the link between mental illness and mass shootings

November 9th, 2017


Last Sunday, a gunman walked into a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas and opened fire on the congregation -- killing more than two dozen people. The next day, President Donald Trump told reporters the mass shooting …

218: Don’t touch my tax loophole!

November 2nd, 2017


It seems like for every winner in tax reform, there’s a loser. As the House beings its push for huge changes to how American people and companies pay their taxes, we explain the basics and dig into the intended and un…

217: When politicians scream "bailout," what do they really mean?

October 30th, 2017


From the beginning of American politics, politicians have been using the term "bailout" as a political cudgel. In this week's podcast, Jimmy speaks with two experts who explain the what, when, why, where, and how of g…

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