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IMPEACH THE MOTHER F*CKER, ALREADY!

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Impeach the Mother F*cker already! That’s what many Democrats are saying. Nancy Pelosi doesn’t seem to be listening and that’s just where we begin this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show as Trump continues to stonewall the House investigation, while Trump’s number one nemesis and possible opponent in the 2020 run for President, Joe Biden, continues to surge in the polls…these stories and more when Halli and Halli’s partner in politics veteran White House correspondent Matthew Cooper, and author of THEY WERE HER PROPERTY Stephanie Jones-Rogers join Halli on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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In our first half-hour, Halli and Matt slice and dice the week’s political news. Trump Inc. continues to defy subpoenas and in doing so, appears to want to push Democrats to impeachment. There are cracks in Trump’s wall, small but there. Republican Representative Justin Amash dared to cross Trump and and called for Trump’s impeachment. It got dirtier: Rep. Jerry Nadler accused Trump of “witness intimidation” and we’re just beginning. What a show!

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In our second half-hour, drawing on the recorded recollections of formerly enslaved individuals, as well as on financial and legal documents, author Stephanie Jones-Rogers opens up a new conversation in the exhaustive study of slave-holding in the United States, myth-busting at its best. In THEY WERE HER PROPERTY, WHITE WOMEN AS SLAVE OWNERS IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH, Ms. Jones-Rogers presents an eye-opening, highly-detailed and vivid account that challenges assumptions about the role of white women in the buying, selling, managing, and hiring of enslaved people, prompting a rethinking of women’s history and the history of slavery. You will be astonished!

Impeach the Mother F*ucker. What is Nancy Pelosi up to? Does Jerry Nadler have what it takes to go nose to nose with Donald Trump and this week in anti-Semitism and a very special guest, Stephanie Jones-Rogers talks her provocative new book THEY WERE HER PROPERTY…always insightful political conversation on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

POLITICS AIN’T SOYBEANS CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM

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Politics ain’t soy beans mid-west farmers are learning as Trump ups the ante in his trade war with China, Jr. to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, abortion, this week in anti-Semitism, Joe Biden continues to surge in the polls, Florida…Florida…Florida and a very special guest, Andrew L. Seidel talks about his provocative new book THE FOUNDING MYTH in which the author asks if Christian Nationalists are un-American…these stories and more when Halli and Halli’s partner in politics veteran White House correspondent Matthew Cooper, and Mr. Seidel join Halli 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. As Trump Inc. Defies supoenas, is impeachment back on the table? Seriously, what’s up with Lindsey Graham? The lobby most feared in Washington D.C., the NRA is knee deep in grifters, activist Alyssa Milano calls for a sex-strike and the latest round of anti-abortion legislation nd we’re just beginning, here we go.

In our second half-hour: The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is all for challenging myths.This week’s guest is the author of THE FOUNDING MYTH, WHY CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM IS UN-AMERICAN, Andrew L. Seidel whose provocative new book seeks to bust the myth indelibly woven into the founding of the Republic that is the United States of America: That our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. Here’s why: In today’s contentious political climate, understanding religion’s role in American government is more important than ever. Christian nationalists do indeed assert that our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, and advocate an agenda based on this popular historical claim. But is this belief true? Do the Ten Commandments, “In God We Trust,” George Washington’s “prayer” at Valley Forge, and other historical “evidence” prove that America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles? Are the Ten Commandments the basis for American law? Andrew Seidel, a constitutional attorney, dives into the debate about religion’s role in America’s founding…and he argues that our founding fathers did not, as is previously thought, look to the Bible when they drafted the pillar of the United States – the Declaration of Independence.

Politics ain’t soybeans Mid-west farmers have learned as Trump ups the ante in his trade war with China, Jr. to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, abortion, this week in anti-Semitism, Joe Biden continues to surge in the polls, Florida…Florida…Florida and a very special guest, Andrew L. Seidel talks his provocative new book THE FOUNDING MYTH and Matthew Cooper and Halli have fun bringing you insightful political conversation on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS IS HERE

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Constitutional crisis is here. Congressional authority vs. Executive Authority. Is it time to begin impeachment proceedings? Will Attorney General Bob Barr be found in contempt of Congress? Joe Biden continues to surge in the polls, this week in anti-Semitism and a very special guest, Caroline Fredrickson talks about her new book THE DEMOCRACY FIX in which she lambastes the Democratic Party for its failure to stop the long-term goals of the GOP…these stories and more when Halli and Halli’s partner in politics veteran White House correspondent Matthew Cooper, and Ms. Fredrickson join Halli 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. Are the Democrats and the Republicans both guilty of delay…delay…delay? On impeachment, has Trump cornered Speaker Pelosi? The Republicans have had a long-term strategy to takeover the halls of power in every government branch. Is it too late to stop them? Mitch McConnell says it’s time to move on from the Mueller Report,”Case closed.” But a letter from a group of 700 bi-partisan prosecutors disagrees and says President Trump is a felon. And we’re just beginning, here we go.

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In our second half-hour, Caroline Fredrickson talks about her new book THE DEMOCRACY FIX. Fredrickson, progressive activist and attorney who served as the director of the ACLU’s Washington legislative office and as general counsel and legal director of NARAL Pro-Choice America was chief of staff to Senator Maria Cantwell and deputy chief of staff to the then Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. Along her journey, she learned a lot about politics and in her book chronicles how the Right has seized power at every level of government by ruthlessly focusing on building intellectual capital, winning elections, selecting judges, changing legal rules, promoting fake news, gerrymandering, and suppressing the vote while the Left has sat back and watched, as if their hands were tied behind their backs.

Constitutional crisis is here. Attorney General Bill Barr, Joe Biden, The Mueller Report, this week in anti-Semitism, author THE DEMOCRACY FIX Caroline Fredrickson and Matthew Cooper and Halli have fun bringing you insightful political conversation 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 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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

AT THE HEART OF JOE BIDEN

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These days, heart and politics seem to be anathema to one another. That is the American political reality. While we like to think that our elected officials seek office for the greater good and sacrifice their personal lives in order to serve, more of us know that the truth is that in these cynical times, far too many of our politicians are self-serving. Or, as I like to say, too many of them pledge their allegiance to their parties rather than to their constituents’ needs.

To a generation of Americans the naïve and sentimental Jefferson Smith, the dedicated politician so brilliantly portrayed by that regular guy actor Jimmy Stewart in the film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, might appear to be a bit of a buffoon. In today’s times, does any politician really give a hoot about anything? Is there even one honest politician out there in the sea of many deceitful ones? I suppose it would be fair to say that they each have their moments, but the moments seem few and far between. If you can’t tell, I’ve been feeling down in the dumps about our country’s politics of late and have been close to losing all hope in our tarnished system.

But just when my cynicism reached full-bore, along came a moment in political history that deserves a shout-out and restores my hope that there is still some heart left in our politicians. In the case of Vice President Joe Biden there is a heart so big the Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz would be proud. We Americans should be, too.

Vice President Biden has served his role as Vice President of the United States admirably. There are some who say that it is a vice president’s job to play the role of America’s buffoon. There’s a long history of vice presidential fall guys, with the poster child for the silliest veep, being, of course, Dan Quayle. Biden has given us some rare performances himself, and taken a few on the chin for his President, Barack Obama. As is our nation’s history, the opposition has played Biden with finesse. Any gaff, however small used to torture the president and vice president with glee.

But here’s the deal: Joe Biden ain’t like other vice presidents. Dumb like Quayle, he is not. Surreptitious like Aaron Burr, he is not. A crook like Spiro Agnew, he is not.

What Vice President Joe Biden is a mensch. For those of you who don’t understand Yiddish, a mensch is a person of integrity and honor. Biden honored us, last Friday, when addressing a group associated with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, a national nonprofit that supports friends and family of service members killed in action. Biden delivered what some might call the speech of our lifetime, an emotional retelling of his own family tragedy, the death of his wife and daughter in a car crash 40 years ago, saying the experience helped him understand why people commit suicide.

Biden described the shock and sting of the deaths in 1972, shortly after he was first elected to the Senate, as a “black hole you feel in your chest, like you’re being sucked back into it.”

“It was the first time in my career, my life, I realized someone could go out – and I probably shouldn’t say this with the press here, but – no, but it’s more important. You’re more important. For the first time in my life I understood how someone could consciously decide to commit suicide,” Biden said. “Not because they were deranged, not because they were nuts; because they’d been to the top of the mountain and they just knew in their heart they’d never get there again, that it was never going to be that way ever again. That’s how an awful lot of you feel.”

The vice president has previously spoken about his personal tragedy, although he rarely describes the emotional aftermath in such gut-wrenching detail. Biden recounted how he heard the news while in Washington.

“I was down in Washington hiring my staff, and I got a phone call saying that my family had been in an accident. And just like you guys know by the tone of a phone call – you just knew, didn’t you? You knew when they walked up the path. You knew when the call came. You knew. You just felt it in your bones something bad happened,” Biden said.

“And I knew. I don’t know how I knew. But the call said my wife was dead, my daughter was dead, and I wasn’t sure how my sons were going to make it. They were Christmas shopping, and a tractor trailer broadsided them and in one instant killed two of them and – well.”

Biden, an ardent Catholic, said he was so angry he cried out in the Capitol. “I remember being in the Rotunda, walking through to get to the plane to get home, to get to identify the – anyway. But I remember looking up and saying, ’God!’ It was if I was talking to God myself: ’You can’t be good! How can you be good?’”

Biden said he credits his return from his grief to the help of his mother, his sister and, eventually, his second wife, Jill Biden, whom he married five years later. “This woman literally saved my life,” he said.

“There will come a day, I promise you, and your parents as well, when the thought of your son or daughter or your husband or wife brings a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eye. It will happen,” he said. “My prayer for you is that day will come sooner or later. But the only thing I have more experience than you in is this: I’m telling you it will come.”

And so, out of tragedy comes something good: a vice president with heart, just when America needed a lot of heart.

 

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