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MUELLER TIME EDITION

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MUELLER REPORT

It’s Mueller Time. What about Bob? Attorney General Bill Barr? Trump after the Mueller report, collusion with Russia, obstruction of justice, no exoneration, sigh! Welcome to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show and our weekly political review with Halli and veteran White House correspondent Matthew Cooper the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on all your favorite apps.

As always, Halli and Matt slice and dice the week’s political news. And what a week it has been. This week it’s Mueller time. Yep, finally America was able to get a look at the Mueller Report, sorta, a redacted version of what we’ve all been waiting for, for a very long time. Did Mueller do his job or was Donald Trump able to obstruct justice? Did Trump’s new Attorney General Barr serve the people as he is supposed to do, or is he acting as Trump’s personal counselor? Did the Russians hack our 2016 election? Was Mueller Time good news for Trump or bad news for Trump? A good day for the Dems or a bad day? What comes next? Impeachment? And then there’s Hillary Clinton. Welcome to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show and we’re just beginning.

Halli and Matt get into the weeds and offer up some surprises when they take to the airwaves. It’s Mueller Time, collusion, conspiracy, obstruction of justice. Attorney General Barr as Trump’s personal counselor. What comes next? Only Nancy and Chuck know for sure. What a conversation. Do join journalists Halli Casser-Jayne and Matthew Cooper when they talk politics on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot comand on all your favorite apps.

NETANYAHU AND ISRAEL

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Bibi Netanyahu

Bibi Netanyahu defied the odds and just won his 5th term as Israel’s Prime Minister to become the longest-serving prime minister in Israel’s history, longer than even founding father David Ben-Gurion. This week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show an important conversation with one of Israel’s most notable writers and commentators, the author of an important new book SPIES OF NO COUNTRY, SECRET LIVES AT THE BIRTH OF ISRAEL the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

Bibi Netanyahu

“Compelling, compulsively readable, an arresting account of espionage at the genesis of the Israeli state,” are just some of the accolades given journalist and award-winning author, New York Times Op-Ed contributor, and former AP correspondent Matti Freidman for his new book SPIES OF NO COUNTRY, SECRET LIVES AT THE BIRTH OF ISRAEL, which examines the founding of Israel and the forging of Israeli identity through a little-known, real-life espionage story. Already the recipient of the Natan Book Award at the Jewish Book Council, SPIES OF NO COUNTRY chronicles the exploits of a ragtag unit of Arabic-speaking Jewish spies, assembled by the British during World War II, who would go undercover in the battle for Israeli statehood. A longtime resident of Jerusalem himself, Friedman sets out to reframe the story of Israel as a Middle Eastern one, freed from Europe-centric clichés—to tell a new story about the state’s creation that reflects a more complicated story than the one Israel tells itself and the world. From the early days of Israel, to present day Israel, from the Palmach to the Mossad, from nothing to a thriving state in a fraught land, from David Ben-Gurion to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu you won’t want to miss this free-wheeling conversation with Matti Friedman.

Israeli election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Birth of Israel, the Mossad, Israel in the age of Donald Trump on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

REP. JACKIE SPEIER AND POLITICAL ROUNDTABLE

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Jackie Speir

Jackie Speier, Congresswoman, and Halli’s partner in politics veteran White House correspondent Matthew Cooper join Halli this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

In our first half-hour, Halli and Matt slice and dice the week’s political news. Joe Biden isn’t even in the race for the White House and he’s already facing head winds. Does the Democratic Party eat its own? Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders all took in quite a monetary haul, not so much Elizabeth Warren? Attorney General Bill Barr didn’t make the deadline demanded by the Democrats to submit the full Mueller Report to Congress. How ugly will the quest for the full document get? And about that Border “crisis” — that isn’t a crisis but is being called a crisis because Trump likes a crisis? And we’re just beginning, here we go.

Jackie Speier

In our second half-hour, Halli interviews Congresswoman Jackie Speier, the author of a new book UNDAUNTED:SURVIVING JONESTOWN, SUMMONING COURAGE, AND FIGHTING BACK. Jackie Speier is the U.S. Representative for California’s Fourteenth Congressional District. She is a recognized champion of women’s rights, personal privacy, and consumer safety—as well as an avowed opponent of government inefficiency and waste. In 2012, she was named to Newsweek’s list of 150 “Fearless Women” in the world. In November 2017, Congresswoman Speier co-authored the #MeTooCongress Act to overhaul how sexual harassment and assault are reported and mediated on Capitol Hill, and in 2018 she was named one of “Politico’s 50” for these efforts. Speier was first elected in 2008, her journey to the halls of Congress coming after she survived being left for dead during the Jonestown massacre while she was serving as a congressional legal adviser. A story of personal struggle—as a widow, a mother, and an outspoken victim of gun violence— and service, this is an interview you don’t want to miss.

Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, the “crisis” on the border, the Mueller Report — Matthew Cooper and Halli have fun and bring you insightful political conversation on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

WHAT ABOUT BOB? TRUMP AFTER THE MUELLER REPORT.

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What about Bob? Trump after the Mueller Report

What about Bob? Trump After The Mueller Report, Attorney General Barr’s letter to Congress, collusion with Russia, obstruction of justice, no exoneration…President Trump, for the moment, dodges a bullet and we’re just beginning. Welcome to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show and our weekly political review with Halli and veteran White House correspondent Matthew Cooper the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on all your favorite apps.

As always, Halli and Matt slice and dice the week’s political news. There’s a lot of news and a lot of questions needing answers. But this is a week more of unanswered questions than those answered by Attorney General William Barr in his 4-page summation of the Mueller Report delivered to Congress, the report still hidden behind closed doors. Will it ever come to light? Why couldn’t Robert Mueller exonerate President Trump? How did Mueller arrive at no collusion? After being sworn in as Attorney General, did Barr force the Mueller probe to an abrupt halt? Was Mueller more concerned with protecting the jury pool for a future grand jury? Or this one: Was there a a full investigation of Trump’s intent regarding obstruction of justice?

Halli and Matt get into the weeds and offer up some surprises when they take to the airwaves. What about Bob? Trump After the Mueller Report. What comes next for Trump? What about the motives of Attorney General Barr, no exoneration, did Trump or didn’t he obstruct justice? These questions and more when journalists Halli Casser-Jayne and Matthew Cooper talk politics on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on all your favorite apps.

GEORGE CONWAY, BETO O’ROURKE, DEVIN NUNES COW AND WIT

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George Conway

George Conway, Beto O’Rourke, Devin Nunes and a Cow, and Wit with the author of WIT’S END, WHAT WIT IS, HOW IT WORKS, AND WHY WE NEED IT, James Geary and we’re just beginning. Welcome to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show and our weekly political review with Halli and veteran White House correspondent Matthew Cooper the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on all your favorite apps.

As always, Halli and Matt slice and dice the week’s political news. There’s a lot of news and a lot of questions needing answers. Beto, Bernie, Harris, Warren can any of the announced Democratic Party candidates for POTUS beat the man waiting in the wings, Joe Biden? What are we to make of Kellyanne Conway’s husband George Conway’s battle royale with Donald Trump? Why is Devin Nunes having a cow? We love palace intrigue on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show.

George Conway

In our second half-hour because we all need a laugh, from New York Times best-selling author James Geary comes WIT’S END: WHAT WIT IS, HOW IT WORKS, AND WHY WE NEED IT, a whimsical book that explores every facet of wittiness—from its role in innovation, to why puns demonstrate the essence of creativity. According to Geary, wit is much more than just having a knack for snappy comebacks. It is the quick, instinctive intelligence that allows us to think, say, or do the right thing at the right time in the right place. Whether we’re talking verbal repartee, jokes, jive, through neuroscience, psychology, folk tales, spirituality, visual art, and literary history, Geary demonstrates that wit and wisdom are really the same thing.

George Conway’s war with Trump. Beto O’Rourke enters the presidential race. Devin Nunes has a cow and WIT in the age of Donald Trump…these stories and more when journalists Halli Casser-Jayne and Matthew Cooper talk politics and Halli talks with author James Geary on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, March 20, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, and on all your favorite apps.

PAUL MANAFORT SENTENCING, CLIMATE CHANGE, IMPEACHMENT…

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PAUL MANAFORT SENTENCE

Paul Manafort sentencing, dangling pardons, Nancy Pelosi puts the kibosh on impeachment talk, anti-Semitism and the Democratic Party, Donald Trump signing Bibles and GRAND CANYON FOR SALE: PUBLIC LANDS VERSUS PRIVATE INTERESTS IN THE ERA OF CLIMATE CHANGE author Stephen Nash and we’re just beginning. Welcome to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show and our weekly political review with Halli and veteran White House correspondent Matthew Cooper the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on all your favorite apps.

As always, Halli and Matt slice and dice the week’s political news. There’s a lot of news and a lot of questions. Seventy-percent of Americans believe in climate change, but not Donald Trump.Why? Donald Trump’s poll numbers are tanking in Florida. Why? Can the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, become the next president of the United States? Why is Ann Coulter crying the blues?

paul manafort sentencing

In our second half-hour, Halli speaks with the author of GRAND CANYON FOR SALE, PUBLIC LANDS VERSUS PRIVATE INTERESTS IN THE ERA OF CLIMATE CHANGE, Stephen Nash. February 26, 2019 marked the 100th Anniversary of the establishment of Grand Canyon National Park by President Woodrow Wilson and an eager-and-willing U.S. Congress. Never has the future of the Grand Canyon National Park been in such peril thanks to decades of twisted incentives, rotten politics, and feckless regulators endangering some 28 percent of the national soil. Topped off with climate change and President Trump, “we’re on the precipice, both politically and biologically,” Nash asserts, and that’s just part of the problem.

Paul Manafort sentencing, the Democratic Party takes a trip to Milwaukee, Trump and Boeing, Trump’s Emergency Declaration, the Roger Stone saga…these stories and more when journalists Halli Casser-Jayne and Matthew Cooper talk politics and Halli talks Climate Change and our National Park land on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, and on all your favorite apps.

MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, TR ROOSEVELT, ILHAN OMAR, SOCIALISM, TRUMP?

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Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg chooses to become a kingmaker rather than a presidential candidate…the Democrats play footsie with socialism…Ilhan Omar and anti-Semitism, House Democrats open a sweeping corruption probe into Trump’s world, and a look at the life of Theodore Roosevelt with historian David Pietrusza and his book TR’S LAST WAR: THEODORE ROOSEVELT, THE GREAT WAR, AND A JOURNEY OF TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY and we’re just beginning. Welcome to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show and our weekly political review with Halli and veteran White House correspondent Matthew Cooper the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on all your favorite apps.

As always, Halli and Matt slice and dice the week’s political news. There’s a lot of news and a lot of questions. Now that Michael Bloomberg is out, will former Vice President Joe Biden toss his hat into the presidential ring? Do the Democrats have an anti-Semite in their midst and what to do about Rep. Ilhan Omar?

Michael Bloomberg

In our second half-hour, Halli speaks with author and historian David Pietrusza about his fascinating book TR’S LAST WAR: THEODORE ROOSEVELT, THE GREAT WAR, AND A JOURNEY OF TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY, a lively, witty, take on one of America’s greatest presidents. As seen through the lens of the Bull Moose, the 1916 presidential campaign, America’s entry into the Great War in 1917, Woodrow Wilson’s presidency, Pietrusza not only transports readers with his dramatic portraits of TR, his hated rival Wilson, and politics in wild flux, but also poignantly chronicles the horrific price a family pays in war and so much more.

Michael Bloomberg as kingmaker, Jerry Nadler writes 81 letters, is Roger Stone on his way to the pokey sooner rather than later? these stories and more when journalists Halli Casser-Jayne and Matthew Cooper talk politics and Halli talks Theodore Roosevelt with author David Pietrusza on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, and on all your favorite apps.

Michael Cohen Pays a Visit to Congress: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly Edition

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Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen pays a visit to Congress: The Good, the bad and the ugly…freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows – racism is alive and kicking in the Republican Party… witness intimidation by Republican Florida Representative Matt Gaetz…these stories and we’re just beginning. Welcome to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show and our weekly political review with Halli and veteran White House correspondent Matthew Cooper this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on all your favorite apps.

As always, Halli and Matt slice and dice the week’s political news. There’s a lot of news and a lot of questions. Does Jim Jordan own a suit with a jacket, just askin’. Who’s this character Louisiana’s Clay Higgins? Who has the better hairdo: Trump or North Korea’s Kim Jong Un? Does longstanding Israel Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu survive his bribery and fraud charges and live to fight another day?

Michael Cohen pays a visit to Congress, Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows, Louisiana Rep. Clay Higgins, witness tampering via Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, Kim Jong Un, the end of Bibi Netanyahu? These stories and more when journalists Halli Casser-Jayne and Matthew Cooper talk politics on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, and on all your favorite apps.

FILM CRITIC RICHARD ROEPER, DIRECTOR CHARLES MATTHAU

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OSCAR2019

Film critic Richard Roeper and film director Charles Matthau celebrate the Academy Awards 2019, hooray for Hollywood and hooray for the Oscars, when they join Halli at her table for The Halli Casser-Jayne Show’s Annual Oscar 2019 Party Celebration the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

For more than three decades, Richard Roeper has been the leading film critic and a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. He rose to national prominence as the co-host of the popular series “Ebert and Roeper” alongside Roger Ebert, his film reviews always insightful and entertaining. In celebration of the film industry’s highest honor—the Academy Awards®–HDNET MOVIES rolls out the red carpet for its third annual movie event And The Oscar® Goes To… with Roeper returning to lend his movie industry and pop culture expertise to a slate of over 50 Oscar®-winning films, airing non-stop from Feb. 1 to the night of the 91st Academy Awards®, Feb. 24.

He attended The Oscars when he was but a boy. Director Charles Matthau was weaned on film. His father was Academy Award-winning actor and comedian, Walter Matthau, best known for his role as Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple. Charles began acting when he was a kid; as a child he appeared in such films as Charley Varrick, The Bad News Bears and House Calls before at the ripe young age of 24, he turned to directing with The Grass Harp, from a novella by Truman Capote, and the made-for-TV movie The Marriage Fool. A graduate of the film school at the University of Southern California, Matthau also has directed Doin’ Time on Planet Earth, Her Minor Thing, Baby-O, and Freaky Deaky starring Christian Slater based on Elmore Leonard’s book, which Matthau also wrote. His latest film is The Book of Leah, starring Armand Assante currently in post production.

Who will bring home this year’s Academy Awards for best actor, best actress, supporting actor and actress, the best picture? It’s the Annual The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Oscar 2019 Party Celebration with Halli’s guests film-critic Richard Roeper and director Charles Matthau the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

FROM THE SUBLIME TO THE RIDICULOUS EDITION

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sublime to ridiculous edition

From the sublime to the ridiculous: Does the Democratic Party have an anti-Semitic problem? Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and anti-Semitism. A wall by any other name is not a wall. Did Trump or did Trump not collude with Russia? Can satire save our nation? These topics and more in our political review with Halli and veteran White House correspondent Matthew Cooper and with our guest in our second half-hour, Sophia McClennen, the author of IS SATIRE SAVING OUR NATION? MOCKERY AND AMERICAN POLITICS this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and on all your favorite apps.

As always, Halli and Matt slice and dice the week’s political news. This week we begin with the infamous wall and the budget Congress presented to President Trump. Will he sign it? And what’s going on with the Senate Intelligence Committee? They seem to have differing points of view as to whether Trump colluded with Russia or not. Is Senator Amy Klobuchar the Dems magic candidate? Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Does Beto O’Rourke need a Valium? Has anybody looked at their tax rebates lately… and that’s just where we begin.

sublime to the ridiculous edition

In our second half-hour a fun conversation with Sophia McClennen the author of IS SATIRE SAVING OUR NATION MOCKERY AND AMERICAN POLITICS. In a time when good, old-fashioned humor seems to have fallen by the wayside, satire has become the de rigeur of the day. We thought we’d take a look at satire, and that’s why we’ve invited Penn State University Professor Sophia McClennen to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. McClennen works on the intersections between culture, politics, and society, her books focusing on cultural responses to complex social change, such as the connections between the satire of Stephen Colbert and Donald J. Trump.

From the sublime to the ridiculous. Anti-Semitism and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Kamala Harris, Executive Time, The House Intelligence Committee Report, the latest presidential contenders, Jon Stewart, SNL — these stories and more when journalists Halli Casser-Jayne and Matthew Cooper and author Sophia McClennen talk politics and humor on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, and on all your favorite apps.

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