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This week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show join Halli and her guests, her partner in politics, journalist and former White House correspondent, Matthew Cooper. And in our second half-hour meet prominent scholar and author Dr. Stephen Krasner, who is challenging America’s longtime foreign policy in his provocative new book HOW TO MAKE LOVE TO A DESPOT. 

Donald Trump Is Hazardous to Your Health

We begin with Halli and Matt and some startling statistics:  Seventy-seven thousand American souls are dead, The U.S. has more  confirmed cases of Coronavirus than any other country. Americans died from Covid-19 at the rate of about one every 42 seconds in the last month. Thirty-three million Americans are unemployed, and 1 in 5 American children are going to bed hungry. Given all of that, Trump is asking the American people to risk their lives and return to the workplace. What? For a plate of sushi? Trump blames China for it all, and that’s just where we begin.  

In our second half-hour we turn to foreign policy. In the age of a global pandemic, an important conversation on American foreign policy is warranted. Consider that since the end of the Second World War, the United States has sunk hundreds of billions of dollars into foreign economies in the hope that its investments would help remake the world in its own image. So far the returns have been disappointing. As country after country failed to conform to America’s Utopian hopes, a more Dystopian vision has taken hold, as America now recoils from engaging. Aware of these problems, prominent scholar Dr. Stephen Krasner, challenges America’s longtime foreign policy in his new book HOW TO MAKE LOVE TO A DESPOT. The Stanford University professor and former diplomat urges policymakers to get real, accept the facts on the ground and recalibrate U.S. expectations to more achievable goals abroad. 

Donald Trump is hazardous to your health. The Coronavirus Pandemic, Election 2020, China, U.S. Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump, food stamps, Joe Biden, Mourning in America ad, Florida…tune into The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too.


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It Takes A Woman is one of the great songs from one of the great Broadway musicals of all-time Hello Dolly and women are very much at the forefront of our political lives today. Think of the most powerful women in America today: Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Dr.Deborah Birx who, love her scarves or not, holds our lives in her Trump-powered hands. And think that in January 2019, the largest number of women ever elected to Congress was sworn in—87 in the house and 23 in the Senate. This week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show we take a look at the power of women in the 116th Congress with veteran New York Times Capitol Hill reporter, Jennifer Steinhauer, whose new book THE FIRSTS: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE WOMEN RESHAPING CONGRESS is a must read. As always, Halli and her partner in politics, Matthew Cooper, slice and dice all things politics in this week’s conversation on the political scene. The podcast is posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com and is available on all your favorite apps.


We begin with Halli and Matt. Over sixty-thousand Americans are dead from Covid-19 and the virus continues to spread. Yet Trump is pushing to open up the economy. Is he trying to kill us all? Republican governors are going along with the plan, ignoring the standards set by Trump’s own task force. Presumed Democratic Party presidential candidate, Joe Biden, is rising in the polls, and Trump is not happy with his campaign’s team. Is long-time South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham’s re-election bid in trouble? Where oh where is Kim Jong Un? And we’re just beginning.

It Takes a Woman

It takes a woman doesn’t begin to cut it. But one hundred years after earning the right to vote, women make up only twenty-five percent of Congress. Still, the history-making Class of ’19 includes many remarkable firsts. And Rhashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Deb Haaland, Abigail Spamburger, Ilhan Omar, Kysten Sinema and her hot pink dress and metallic heels, Katie “Yes, We have to fix this shit” Porter became household names. How are they making a difference? The story of this transitional moment has been chronicled by veteran New York Times Capitol Hill reporter, Jennifer Steinhauer, who has been following this historic transition from day one. She reports her findings in her new book THE FIRSTS: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE WOMEN RESHAPING CONGRESS, a dizzying ride into what makes a Congresswoman, and how they navigate that ride.Tune in.

It takes a woman, Nancy Pelosi, Dr. Birx, the Coronavirus, Donald Trump, Joe Biden and Election 2020, Stacey Abrams, Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida, Florida, Florida, and we’re just beginning. Tune into The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too.


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First 100 days

Donald Trump’s First 100 days. Will he be impeached or will he survive as President of the United States for his full four-year term? What is it like to cover the presidency of arguably one of the most controversial presidents in United States history? Halli speaks with the Distinguished Professor of History at American University, author of the much talked about book THE CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT, Allan J. Lichtman. And joining Halli at her table is veteran newsman and the political editor for the prestigious NEWSWEEK magazine, Matthew Cooper to review Donald Trump’s First 100 Days in office.

Allan J. Lichtman, has correctly forecasted thirty years of presidential outcomes. And he continued his forecasting winning streak in the fall of 2016 when he predicted that Donald J. Trump would defeat the heavily favored Democrat, Hillary Clinton, to win the presidential elections. The pollsters wish they could have fared as well. Hillary acolytes wish he had broken his winning streak. But all might not be lost for those who are still nursing the Clinton loss. In his new book, THE CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT, Professor Lichtman turns his focus to President Donald Trump and his next forecast – that it is not a question of IF President Trump will be impeached but a question of WHEN!

First 100 daysNewsweek magazine’s political editor, Matthew Cooper, has worked for some of America’s most prestigious magazines including Time, The New Republic, National Journal, U.S. News & World Report. He wrote for Newsweek in the 1990s and rejoined the magazine in 2014. A veteran White House correspondent, he’s known for his in-depth reporting and analysis from Washington. Cooper also earned national attention during the CIA leak case where his refusal to name his sources went all the way to the Supreme Court. He has appeared on “60 Minutes,” “Meet the Press” and a host of broadcast and cable shows.

Professor Allan Lichtman, THE CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT, Newsweek’s political editor Matthew Cooper, President Donald Trump’s First 100 Days in office all on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show podcast. For more information visit Halli Caser-Jayne dot com.


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We return to politics on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, January 25 when joining Halli at her table is journalist Jonathan Chait, author of the brand new book AUDACITY HOW BARACK OBAMA DEFIED HIS CRITICS AND CREATED A LEGACY THAT WILL PREVAIL and Steve Hilton, Prime Minister David Cameron’s former senior adviser author of MORE HUMAN: DESIGNING A WORLD WHERE PEOPLE COME FIRST.

Jonathan Chait writes about politics and more as a columnist for New York magazine. Previously a senior editor at the New Republic he has also written for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic. He has been featured throughout the media, including appearances on NPR, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, HBO, The Colbert Report, Talk of the Nation, C-Span, Hardball, and on talk radio in every major city in America. In his new book AUDACITY, HOW BARACK OBAMA DEFIED HIS CRITICS AND CREATED A LEGACY THAT WILL PREVAIL, Chait makes the argument that most of Obama’s achievements will not only survive a Trump administration, but also the judgment of time, which will proclaim that Obama was among the greatest and most effective presidents in American history.

politics steve hilton conservatismSteve Hilton has been called many things and one is the Steve Jobs of politics. The T-Shirt clad Hilton is one of UK’s most known political figures. As former Prime Minister Cameron’s senior adviser, he remade the Tory party into a modern, winning conservative party. Now Hilton has his eyes set on America’s political system. In MORE HUMAN: DESIGNING A WORLD WHERE PEOPLE COME FIRST, Hilton posits that government, business, the lives we lead, the food we eat, the way our children are brought up, the way we relate to the natural world around us – it’s all become too big and distant and industrialized — inhuman. It’s time to put people first. Hilton is also the cofounder and CEO of Crowdpac, a Silicon Valley political, non-partisan tech start-up, and teaches at Stanford University.

Politics, liberal, conservative, left, right, Barack Obama, Tories whatever your political flavor, a conversation with Jonathan Chait and Steve Hilton on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


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S.E. Cupp is a Conservative pundit who has had a humdinger of a week, literally, thank you, Hustler magazine.  Flynt, by the way, is one hustler.

In what Flynt calls a satirical photo, the nubile Cupp who presents herself as the repressed, cultured, brainiac who beneath the façade of propriety is one sexy babe whose glasses men want to rip off before they throw her to the ground and have their way with her, is portrayed in Flynt’s raunchy girlie magazine as doing something conservative young women like the branded New York Daily news writer aren’t supposed to do, in yes, one humdinger of a photograph.

The photo appears next to the headline “Celebrity Fantasy” with the caption “What Would S.E. Cupp Look Like With A D— In Her Mouth?”

The blurb beneath this reads: “S.E. Cupp is a lovely young lady who read too much Ayn Rand in high school and ended up joining the dark side. Cupp, an author and media commentator, who often shows up on Fox News programs, is undeniably cute. But her hotness is diminished when she espouses dumb ideas like defunding Planned Parenthood. Perhaps the method pictured here is Ms. Cupp’s suggestion for avoiding an unwanted pregnancy.”

A disclaimer revealing the illegitimacy of the photo follows: “No such picture of S.E. Cupp actually exists. This composite fantasy is altered from the original for our imagination, does not depict reality, and is not to be taken seriously for any purpose.”

Conservative women and progressives alike are outraged by the photo-shopped image. The women on The View, mostly progressives, blew a gasket in defense of the maligned Cupp, coming together in a rare singular voice.

“This is really going to piss a lot of you women off and I hope you’re going to make your voices heard,” Whoopi Goldberg said when she introduced Cupp, who appeared on the program to discuss the controversy.”

No mention, by the way, that the feature, which Hustler runs every month, has previously depicted such male luminaries as Mario Cuomo, Dan Rather and, most recently, Bill Maher. How misogynistic or sexist is that?

The conservative single wing-nut engine of  The View, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, pointed out that the National Organization for Women (NOW) has remained silent on the issue, and called the group, “the National Organization for Some Women.”

Smarmy, disgusting, over-the-top, funny, dumb, outrageous–call Larry Flynt’s attack on conservatism what you will. Surely the attack bears discussion, and is, indeed, being discussed. The politically correct words for outraged women are being typically bandied about: misogynistic, well, we all know the, ah, drill.

But lost in the tenor of the discussion is first, the outrage in the conservative programmed response of Ms. Cupp. And warranted is a further conversation as to whether S.E. Cupp’s image, not just politics, didn’t loan itself to Larry Flynt’s purpose.

First, Cupp’s weird response. Of course there are PR folks who would have advised her not to respond at all, as to respond would lend credence to Flynt’s ploy. But after all, what self-respecting, self-promoter wouldn’t respond? Oh, so clever, the demure conservative media maven was when she praised the Hustler publisher. “I have to commend them for their honesty. They don’t like my Conservative voice.”

Commend them for their honesty?

How polite, and also an acknowledgement that this was a purely political attack.

Unwittingly or not, Larry Flynt played into the hands of the Republican War on Women and Cupp, who in the same interview said she is not a victim, then went on to portray her phony outrage, at the phony photo, in a decidedly phony manner, before she ejaculated her conservative talking points, attacking The National Organization of Women (NOW), and saying that Flynt would never try this on a progressive woman.

Flynt won’t, but The Penis Brigade of the Republican Party has, on the other hand, attacked both conservative and progressive women. And, by the way, not a word about it from the likes of GOP Babe S.E. Cupp planted in the audience on The View set, dressed like a 1950’s society wife, her pretty neck adorned with cultured pearls that only Barbara Bush would wear, her lips luscious with the appropriate gloss to catch the camera’s light, which might have been something that could have enhanced the poorly photo-shopped Hustler image of S.E. Cupp.

“By the end of the day [after the photo’s release]” Cupp said, her voice quivering, “I felt ashamed, as if I had…”

Had, what, Ms. Cupp? Debased yourself  as the photo suggests? Gimme a break! Do you really think so little of yourself? I think not. You didn’t get on the pages of Larry Flynt’s Hustler magazine because you’re a weak, sniveling, insecure fool.

You got there in a quid pro quo: You got what you gave. You kept your mouth shut when members of your Conservative Movement, Rush Limbaugh for one, debased a fellow woman. In order to further your conservatism and your career, you sexualized your contrived image. You should not have done either.  And for that, I’m spitting mad.


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