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Nancy and Chuck, Yes they Can!

Chuck and Nancy, yes they CAN! The dynamic Democrats won the headline of the week after they went nose to nose with President Trump in a photo op gone rogue, they along with Mike Flynn, Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Mike Pence and Trump’s great wall, just some of the topics we explore this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast when Halli and her partner in politics veteran White House correspondent Matthew Cooper wax eloquent on all things politics, the podcast posted on all your favorite sites and apps,at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

As we do every week, newsman Matthew Cooper joins Halli for their politics segment, PODCAST AMERICA, in which Matt and Halli slice and dice all things politics. And what a week it was. President Donald Trump’s personal fixer was sentenced to 36 months in Club Fed another Trump associate off to the pokey. The stock market went up and down and up and down — sorta like Trump’s moods, Trump’s Twitter feed as raucous as the markets; Chief of Staff John Kelly is out, but no one else wants in; Mike Flynn is soon to be sentenced and Paul Manafort, we learned, might have been lying to his own lawyers as he lied to the feds. But the big story of the week: Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer paid a visit to the Oval and proved there’s a new show in town and Yes they CAN! It was just another week in the storied presidency of Donald J. Trump. Welcome to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show and we’re just beginning.

Chuck and Nancy, yes they CAN!, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, those subjects and more when journalists Halli Casser-Jayne and Matthew Cooper present their fun and insightful political conversation on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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Win Some, Lose Some Election 2018

Win some, lose some, change is a comin’ to Washington, D.C. and Donald Trump’s life. A day after the Midterm Election 2018, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, Halli and her partner in politics journalist Matthew Cooper take a look at the state of the nation after the historical vote that put the Democratic Party back in control of the House of Representatives but allowed Republicans to maintain control of the Senate.

As we do every week, newsman Matthew Cooper joins Halli for our politics segment, PODCAST AMERICA, in which Matt and Halli slice and dice all things politics. And what a week it has been. Democratic stars Andrew Gillum in Florida, Stacey Abrams in Georgia, and Beto O’Rourke in Texas were spotlight races because they seemed impossible, but Gillum and O’Rourke didn’t quite pull it off. The Blue Wave really was a wave, but not quite as big a wave as pollsters thought. The Democrats took back the House after 8 years and the Republicans maintained control of the Senate. It appears health care has been saved, Democrats get subpoena power, the Robert Mueller investigation is protected, a ton of Democratic women and minorities will take their place in Congress and in State Houses in both blue and red states. Yes, Democrats permeated the red wall, and what has been called Trumpism might be on the run. Yep, it is true, you win some and you lose some.

Win some, lose some, change is coming to Washington, D.C. and Donald Trump’s life. Join Halli and Matthew Cooper on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.



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Donald Trump is Hazardous to Your Health

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Washington Post political blogger and author Greg Sargent and Washingtonian Magazine’s Matthew Cooper talk all things politics in the Age of Trump as we approach the midterm elections on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

As we do every week, newsman Matthew Cooper joins me for our politics segment, PODCAST AMERICA, in which Matt and I slice and dice all things politics. Matthew Cooper is known for his in-depth reporting and analysis from Washington. Mr Cooper has worked for some of America’s most prestigious magazines including Time, Newsweek, The New Republic, National Journal and U.S. News & World Report. He now serves as a contributing editor to Washingtonian magazine. For the record, Cooper also earned national attention during the CIA leak case when he was held in contempt of court and threatened with imprisonment for his refusal to name his sources and to testify before the Grand Jury regarding the Valerie Plame CIA leak investigation, a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court. He has appeared on 60 Minutes,Meet the Press, Hardball, The O’Reilly Factor and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. He has covered Donald Trump extensively, his hard-hitting and insightful profiles of “The Donald” always well-worth the read.

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In AN UNCIVIL WAR: TAKING BACK OUR DEMOCRACY IN AN AGE OF TRUMPIAN DISINFORMATION AND THUNDERDOME POLITICS, journalist Greg Sargent who writes the popular “Plum Line” blog at The Washington Post doesn’t fool around. He says that American democracy is facing a crisis as fraught as we’ve seen in decades and Donald Trump’s presidency has raised the specter of authoritarian rule. He notes that extreme polarization and the scorched-earth war between the parties drags on with no end in sight. And makes the case that at the heart of this dangerous moment in American history is a paradox: It took a figure as uniquely menacing as Donald Trump to rivet the nation’s attention on the fragility of our democracy. Yet the causes of our dysfunction are long-running and predate Trump. It is these ‘causes’ that helped facilitate the rise of Trump, and, distressingly, will outlast his presidency. In an account that includes numerous interviews with political operatives and strategists in both parties, political scientists and historians, Sargent argues why we cannot shy away from big arguments over our democratic future and considers what must be done to save it.

Washington Post, politics, Election 2018, Trump, Civil War, democracy, Democrat vs. Republican, Progressive, Conservative on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show with Washington Post journalist and author AN UNCIVIL WAR Greg Sargent and Washingtonian magazine journalist Matthew Cooper,this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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“We had it all, just like Bogie and Bacall,” is the lyric that touched hearts and imaginations and allowed us to sail away to Key Largo. The songwriter? Bertie Higgins, whose Key Largo blew a hole in the U.S. charts when it reached number one in the nation, and went on to become an international hit. For Higgins, it was only the beginning. Wednesday, March 16, 3 pm ET Bertie Higgins joins Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. Come sail away.

Like his great, great grandfather, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the German poet who penned “Faust”, Bertie Higgins is a storyteller. Bertie, who once supported himself as a sponge diver, began his career in show business at the age of twelve as a ventriloquist. But music was in his heart and he became drummer for the Tommy Roe band, The Roemans. He toured the world alongside the Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Tom Jones, Roy Orbison, Manfred Mann, Peter and Gordon, The Dave Clark Five and many more. Tiring of the rigors of the road and yearning to make his own musical statement, Bertie left The Roemans, put down his drumsticks, picked up a guitar and began crafting music and lyrics. The rest, as they say is history.

Trop rock, yacht rock, romance, Key Largo, sail away with Halli and her guest, singer/songwriter, musician Bertie Higgins for an hour of romance and reminiscing on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, March 16, 3 pm ET. For more about the show visit Halli


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I wanted to give you a heads up on a great event happening tonight in Miami. Don’t miss this one, my friends!

Meet the Artists and Poets at Art/Center South Florida’s “Pin Up Pop Up Poetry”
Reading by 14 Poets/Artists
Culmination of Month-Long Event for the O, Miami Poetry Festival

ArtCenter/South Florida’s Richard Shack Gallery
800 Lincoln Road (at Meridian Avenue)
Miami Beach, FL 33139  (305) 538-7887

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.


ArtCenter/South Florida’s “Pin Up Pop Up Poetry” Culminates with April 24th Group Reading
by Collection of Miami Poets & Artists

ArtCenter/South Florida invites the community for a group poetry reading on April 24th at 7:00 p.m. at the Richard Shack Gallery, 800 Lincoln Road. The event features 14 local poets and culminates ArtCenter’s month-long “Pin Up Pop Up Poetry,” part of the O, Miami poetry festival.

Throughout the month of April, ArtCenter has invited local poets to push-pin their poems onto the walls of its common areas. More than 300 poems have been push-pinned onto the walls, featuring original work, drawings, photographs, mementos and other inspirations. The month-long interactive program was created by ArtCenter resident artist Beatricia Sagar.

Poets invited to read at the event are from diverse backgrounds with literary styles ranging from spoken word to the professorial, from the published to the non-published, and even a guitar playing scribe. They share a strong passion for the written word and a need to be heard.

Poets & artists at the April 24 group reading event include:

Atlas, Aza, Mary Kate Azcuy, Marcus Blake, Jeffrey Bustos, Gianni Cohen, William Curtis, George Durham, Maha Adachi Earth, Diego Flores, Pierre Max Freesney, Dana Rodriguez, Beatricia Sagar and Chloe Firetto-Toomey.

The event is part of ArtCenter/South Florida’s ongoing, innovative arts community partnership campaign, joining efforts with some the area’s leading arts organizations.

Last week, ArtCenter concluded its popular impromptu: concert series for the season. Musicians from the New World Symphony gathered once per month at the Richard Shack Gallery for classical music jam-sessions that delighted both locals and tourists. The series will begin again in the fall.

On May 18, ArtCenter collaborates with Next@19th and The Betsy Hotel for the upcoming event Accordion Invasion. Future cultural partnerships planned for late summer include ArtCenter joining forces with the Miami Beach Botanical Garden and the Bass Museum of Art.

About ArtCenter/South Florida

The cultural epicenter of South Beach’s Lincoln Road, ArtCenter/South Florida welcomes more than 100,000 visitors every year. Since its founding in 1984, ArtCenter has been home to more than 1,000 resident artists. Counting down to its 30th anniversary in the Spring of 2014, the organization provides subsidized studio and exhibition space, plus teaching opportunities for emerging and career artists.  ArtCenter also offers over 100 studio and artist development classes per year at its South Beach location and satellite venues. The mission of the ArtCenter, a non-profit 501(C)(3), is to advance the knowledge and practice of contemporary visual arts and culture in South Florida while providing affordable programming and work space for professional artists. 305.674.8278

For further information:

Media Contacts:
William Spring & Jose Lima


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Good morning, my friends!

Delicious rain in Florida today. I never thought I’d welcome rain, but yes, day after day of an Orange-Julius sun, even that can become redundant. Happy Valentine’s Day all. Wishing you sunshine and showers or whatever you want.

Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d offer you a listen to our chocolate show. It’s fun and delicious and if anything goes with Valentine’s Day its CHOCOLATE…CHOCOLATE…CHOCOLATE!

Below some sweet stories for Valentine’s Day.

Have a sweet day!

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Halli ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥







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When I’m not in my role as a talk radio host, or writing, or kayaking, or running on the beach, or gardening, or whatever (there’s a lot I love to do), I am a photographer. My book, Still Life, images of Antietam is my photographic essay on the Battle of Antietam, and the first serious book of photographs taken of the Antietam Battlefield since Alexander Gardner’s 1866 book Sketchbook of the Civil War. It’s available on for those of you who might be interested in obtaining a copy. As my Facebook friends know, from time to time I  include a photograph in my daily posts. “Like” my page, and see what I see in the View from My Window. I’m lucky to live on the Indian River lagoon in central Florida where the landscape is ever-changing, moment to moment. Here’s an image photographed today. I hope you like it.


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I thought you might like to see the view from my window. Here’s my Maxfield Parrish world. Living on the water is like watching frames of a movie. The scenery is ever-changing, second by second. The joke around here (Central Florida) is if you don’t like the weather, blink your eyes. It’ll change that fast. Mother Nature is a fickle friend. Enjoy the view.

Halli's Maxfield Parrish World


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With all due respect for the state of Florida and its current influx of zombies, you are not alone. We are a nation of zombies. We don’t need drugs like the au courant bath salts that allegedly led a naked, zombie-like man to nibble on the face of a homeless man for a late night Draculean snack to prove it. In fact, in a play on words, a bad one, forgive me, I’m wondering if what this country doesn’t need isn’t a long, hot bath laced with…ah…bath salts.

If I hear one more person tell me how exhausted they are and how they feel like a zombie, like the walking dead, I think I’m going to scream like a banshee!

Wide-eyed and bushy-tailed ain’t the current mantra of most Americans who, if you haven’t noticed, lately are looking zombie-like. Today’s kids have an otherworld look in their eyes, and the pasty skin of vampires. Take a look around and you’ll see that the average Joe and Joanie have deep purple pockets etched beneath their tired eyes and lumber along like old Frankenstein Monsters from working too many jobs and sleeping too little.

According to too many studies too exhausting to name here, over 35 million Americans suffer from sleep deprivation. Yikes! Are Americans the living dead?

Is it any wonder that prescription drug use and consequential deaths are up? That we’ve turned into the most obese nation in the world? That approximately fifty percent of all marriages end in divorce? That although the crime rate is down statistically in the U.S., it ain’t for the zombies trying. Rather law enforcement has all sorts of technology at its disposal that they are quick on the draw to use like zombies enraged. Taser, anyone?

Our sleep-deprived (or is it depraved?) society is near hysteria. There appears to be a doomsday mentality amongst the many, when it used to be amongst the few. We’ve become a nation of zombies riveted to ugly news. What used to pepper the papers of the tabloids has become mainstream drama in our few remaining dailies.

Take the somnolent state of Florida where high-profile murders continue to titillate the nation in a state governed by a creature created by an unorthodox scientific experiment — modern-day Republicanism. That creature? Governor Rick Scott who, by the devil and the deep blue sea bears an uncommon resemblance to the product of that experiment, Frankenstein’s Monster.

Included in the long list of sensational dramas splashed across the Florida papers like the incoming tide thrashes against a barnacled wooden jetty is this delicious headline: Florida Doctor Spits Blood at Highway Patrolman.

OK, so it’s not just Florida. Illinois: Man Bites Women in Westchester. California: Man Bites Cousin’s Nose Off. It’s a regular feeding-frenzy out there by the sleep-deprived, mal-nourished soulless walking corpses that are too many Americans.

On Tumblr, the social networking site, the many cases of cannibalism and related dramas are listed under the I vant to suck your blood sensational heading: “Zombie Apocalypse Coming Soon.”

Guess what folks, it’s here.

Most of us are just too tired to care. 


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