Posts Tagged ‘politics’

THE STATE OF THE DISUNION

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President Joe Biden delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, but since this was his first address, it is not technically called a “State of the Union” speech. It is an “annual message.” Did you know that? This week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show we take a look at Biden’s not a State of the Union speech and a whole lot more when Halli and her partner in politics, former White House correspondent and Newsweek and Time alum, Matthew Cooper, slice and dice the political news of the week.

STATE OF THE DISUNION

President Joe Biden spoke to a joint session of Congress but because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, he spoke to less than 200 lawmakers and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, history made when behind the President stood Vice-President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a first for all women, a first for women of color. How did Biden do? Halli called the president a gracious man. You’ll want to tune in to hear Matt’s impressions and a rare disagreement between Matt and Halli over Republican Senator Tim Scott’s response to President Biden’s speech. But that’s not all. Former Mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, once a beloved figure in America had his home and office searched by federal agents as part of lobbying probe, and according to sources Giuliani’s electronic devices were confiscated by authorities. We discuss Covid-19 and the stubborn who won’t get a jab, and those who are having difficulty returning to normal life. Democratic Party policy guru James Carville has a few things to say about “wokeness.” Will Dems take his advice?

Vladimir Putin, Alexei Navalny, Ukraine, Rep. Liz Cheney, Rep. Matt Gaetz, Rep. Val Demings, California Gavin Newsom…even Willie Nelson makes an appearance. Tune in to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show with Matthew Cooper the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too. We’ve got a lot to get to. Here we go!

SHOT’S IN ARMS, CHECK’S IN MAIL, SHOVEL’S IN GROUND…

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Shot’s in the arms, check’s in the mail, shovel’s in the ground and  that’s where we are in America today and where we begin this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast when Halli and her partner in politics, former White House correspondent and Newsweek and Time alum, Matthew Cooper, slice and dice the political news of the week.

SHOT'S IN THE ARM, CHECK'S IN THE MAIL, SHOVEL'S IN THE GROUND...
SHOT’S IN THE ARM, CHECK’S IN THE MAIL, SHOVEL’S IN THE GROUND…

And what a week it has been. Congressman Matt Gaetz and Gaetzgate are at the top of our list of subjects to discuss. The New York Times is reporting that Gaetz asked White House officials for blanket preemptive pardons for himself and other congressional allies of Trump. Is that what an innocent man does? Venerable news magazine 60 Minutes took on another Florida politico, Governor Ron DeSantis, accusing of him participating with Florida’s top supermarket chain, Publix, in a pay for play scheme, giving the large donors to DeSantis’s PAC the exclusive rights to distribute the Covid-19 vaccine. Was it a hit or a miss for 60 Minutes and/or Ron DeSantis? We discuss. And what of Covid-19? President Joe Biden has overseen a nearly flawless roll-out of the vaccine. Following his extraordinary legislative accomplishment with the passing of the stimulus package, Biden might be the least polarizing figure to sit in the most powerful position in Washington, and one of the most surprisingly successful. Can he continue his success with his Infrastructure Bill?

Those stories and the MLB and the moving of the All-Star Game out of Atlanta to Denver, Republican voter suppression efforts, former House Speaker John Boehner’s scintillating new book, does Israel Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu pull together a coalition government? Derek Chauvin, George Floyd…there’s a lot to get to and here we go. Join Halli and Matthew Cooper on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too.

THE TRUMP CULT & ITS BAD BOYS

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Matt Gaetz, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Tucker Carlson, oh yeah, and Donald Trump. What do they have in common? They are members of the Trump Cult and a GOP gone bad boys and that’s where we begin this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast when Halli and her partner in politics, former White House correspondent and Newsweek and Time alum, Matthew Cooper, slice and dice the political news of the week. We bring it all together in our second half-hour when Halli is joined by Dr. Steven Hassan, the author of the eye-opening book THE CULT OF TRUMP in which he expertly takes us through a fascinating, engaging exploration of the coercive control technique Donald Trump used daily as president and continues to deploy in his post presidency.

THE TRUMP CULT & ITS BAD BOYS
THE TRUMP CULT & ITS BAD BOYS

But in our first half-hour: Republican Florida Representative Matt Gaetz, a member in standing of the Trump Cult, is under investigation by the Department of Justice over an alleged sexual relationship he had with a 17-year-old girl and investigators are examining whether the congressman has violated federal sex trafficking laws. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is accused of fudging the state’s Covid-19 numbers, covering up as many as 14,000 deaths. Gaetz ran to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson to defend himself and may have implicated the firebrand anchor his naughty-boy antics, and all three are dyed-in-the-wool Trump cultists, which makes you wonder what’s the criteria for becoming a member of the Trump Cult?

THE TRUMP CULT & ITS BAD BOYS

We answer that question and take a deep-dive into the cult of Trump in our second half-hour. Calling Republican lawmakers members of a cult has been a favorite moniker of the press, but is there such a thing as a Trump Cult? Steven Hassan, PH.D., a mental health professional who has been helping people leave destructive cults since 1976, after he was deprogrammed from Sun-Myung Moon’s Unification Church, The Moonies, by his family. He has written a must-read book, THE CULT OF TRUMP, and has some shocking things to tell us when he talks with Halli.

The Cult of Trump, Matt Gaetz, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Tucker Carlson, Joe Biden, Covid-19, Infrastructure, George Floyd, Derek Chauvin Trial, migrants, Israel’s election we’ve got it all for you.  Tune in to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too.

MAGA MEN, MEGHAN MARKLE & JOE’S BIG MISTAKE

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MAGA men, Meghan Markle and Joe’s BIG mistake and that’s just where we begin this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast when Halli and her partner in politics, former White House correspondent and Newsweek and Time alum, Matthew Cooper, slice and dice the political news of the week, and our lawmakers, too.

MAGA MEN, MEGHAN & BIDEN'S BIG MISTAKE

Migrants are crossing the border in droves. How is it that the Biden administration got caught off guard? How is that the Biden administration is repeating the mistakes of the Trump administration? After a perfectly flawless nearly two months in office, a brilliant roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine, a phenomenal legislative achievement with the passage of his Rescue Bill, even Republican lawmakers are envious of Biden. And yet, there’s that migrant problem threatening to undermine all the good President Biden has done. Then, of course, there’s those MAGA men who are refusing to get the vaccination. What’s up with that? And there’s the Governor Cuomo situation. And Meghan Markle and her Harry are still causing ripples across the pond and here.

It’s a full plate for a full hour, just Halli and Matt, MAGA men, migrants, Meghan and Harry, Mitch McConnell, Andrew Cuomo, sexual harassment, Covid-19, the filibuster, President Biden and we’re just getting started. Tune in to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the podcast available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too.

JUST SAY CUOMO – PHOTOG LYNN DAVIS

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Just Say Cuomo! Another male politician is on the hot seat battling charges of sexual harassment, the recently adored New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. I there a there there? We tackle that question and meet with one of America’s great women photographers, Lynn Davis, the focus of a new, extraordinary film that takes a look at climate change but is something truly unique. It’s a celebration of Women’s History Month on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast  when Halli and her partner in politics, former White House correspondent and Newsweek and Time alum, Matthew Cooper, slice and dice the political news of the week.  

JUST SAY CUOMO

How quickly the tide can change in politics. Only a few months ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was the darling of America, his compassion-filled daily updates on his state’s battle with coronavirus, a salve to the bombastic, unfeeling then President Trump much watch TV. Now after three young women have accused the governor of sexual harassment, the love is gone. And we as a society are back to that question of what’s credible? What’s fair? Must we believe a woman just because she says so? Have we swung too far in believing men at the expense of men’s rights? There’s much to discuss and Halli and Matt do, and a whole lot more from the HR-1 Bill, to the antics of Republican governors and their cheeky handling of coronavirus, to President Biden’s stimulus package and oh, so much more. Tune in, won’t you!

JUST SAY CUOMO - PHOTOG LYNN DAVIS

Sometimes we cross paths with something so astonishing, so unexpected, it just takes our breath away, And that is what will happen to you when you watch the new documentary MELTDOWN a film that features the stunning work of renowned photographer Lynn Davis and the profound insight of climate scientist Tony Leiserowitz  as they confront the effects of climate change in a remote area of the world, Illulisat, Greenland, “ground Zero” for the climate crisis, too many refuse to acknowledge as a real threat to civilization. Produced as a small, intimate conversation, the film’s stage the large, stunning canvas of glaciers and ice sheets, MELTDOWN is profoundly enlightening, a remarkable convergence of art, science, and humanity, where beauty and tragedy share the stage, a starkly thoughtful lesson for those who don’t know that we are the earth and the earth is us, we are the one. Davis, the award-winning “Ice” photographer, friend of the greats like Imogen Cunningham, Robert Mapplethorpe, is one of the most fascinating artists of our time, as you’ll learn from our interview.

Just Say Cuomo, photographer Lynn Davis, climate change, Women’s History Month, President Biden, Covid-19, voter suppression, and so much more, this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast with Matthew Cooper and always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too. Let’s talk politics and prose!

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THE ELEGANT SPY, THE MOURNER-IN-CHIEF

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The elegant spy, the Mourner-in-Chief. That’s what we explore on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast when Halli and her partner in politics, former White House correspondent and Newsweek and Time alum, Matthew Cooper, slice and dice the political news of the week. And in our second half-hour Halli talks with international bestselling author, Larry Loftis, about his new book, a look at the true story of the life of World War II American Spy, Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones as told in his lively THE PRINCESS SPY, his new book getting rave reviews. 

THE ELEGANT SPY, THE MOURNER-IN-CHIEF

Over five hundred thousand Americans are dead from Covid-19. Hearts are broken. We grieve as a nation, led by our Mourner-in-Chief   President Joe Biden. Is Biden the Twenty-first century’s FDR? From there it’s to the Texas debacle. We have a few choice words to say about Senator Ted Cruz and what we learned from the Texas mess. Has Republican’s love of deregulation come home to roost? It surely gave Beto O’Rourke a second wind. What becomes the GOP? There’s much to explore there. Will hearings on the January 6th Insurrection go anywhere? The fate of Biden’s cabinet, Joe Manchin, Biden’s stimulus package. And oh, you don’t want to miss Halli and Matt’s predictions on whether or not ‘you know who’ will ever spend a night in the pokey.

THE ELEGANT SPY, THE MOURNER-IN-CHIEF

On the first page of this real-life espionage thriller, author Larry Loftis writes: “In most cases, a spy cannot survive without being a consummate liar.” For that reason, when a friend spoke admiringly of the works of Aline Griffith —a glamorous American who had been a spy in Spain during World War II and, decades later, wrote a series of memoirs about her exploits—Mr. Loftis decided to find out just how truthful her spy stories might be. Intrigued, Loftis went to work painstakingly seeking out the truth. What followed is an extraordinary account of the life of Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones as told in Loftis’s lively new book THE PRINCESS SPY.

President Biden, World War II, spies, espionage, romance, Covid-19, the fate of the Republican Party, Tiger Woods, Biden’s cabinet, Senator Joe Manchin the Democrat everyone loves to hate and so much more, this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast with Matthew Cooper, always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too. Let’s talk politics and prose!

Biden: No Drama! No Screwups! (So Far)

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President Biden. Are you getting used to our having a new Commander-in-Chief and an administration that prides itself on no drama! Welcome to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast and the new normal, where we begin this week when Halli and her partner in politics, former White House correspondent and Newsweek and Time alum Matthew Cooper dissect the political news of the week, and the shenanigans of our lawmakers, too.

This week we take a look at Impeachment 2.0. Who were the winners, who were the losers? Trump was acquitted but more Senators voted him guilty then in any previous impeachment trial. We move on to Covid-19. Halli had her first vaccination. You’ll want to hear her experience. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis vs. California Governor Gavin Newsom. Two different styles, but some say they got their states to the same outcomes. Floridian Halli offers a different opinion. Then it’s onto the Middle East. What’s up with President Biden taking so long to phone in to our ally Prime Minister Netanyahu? Is there a more impressive Congressman than Rep. Jamie Raskin? Good riddance to Rush Limbaugh as we say RIP. And what becomes of “the former guy,” as President Biden calls you know who.

President Biden, Rush Limbaugh dead at 70, impeachment, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Covid-19. Tucker Carlson and Fox News. We’re just getting started. Tune in to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast with Matthew Cooper, always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too. Let’s talk politics!

CITIZEN’S UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FAIL

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Citizen’s United We Stand, Divided We Fail. On this week’s episode of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show it’s a beautiful day in Joe Biden’s neighborhood, the United States now officially under new management, gone is ‘you know who,’ and we begin our four year stroll alongside President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. and Vice-President Kamala Harris.

Welcome to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast, it’s nice to have you here. As we do every week, newsman Matthew Cooper joins Halli for their weekly political review in which Matt and Halli slice and dice all things politics. And what a week it has been. Despite the scourge of the Covid19 pandemic, Washington, D.C. in shock after Trump’s followers, at his incitement, stormed the Capitol, a city under military might, former Vice-President Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. And we have a new Vice-President, too, her name, Kamala Harris.The future for America is promising, right? Well, maybe not. After the other scourge that was the presidency of Donald Trump was officially brought to a close, the Republicans appear none the less chastened. Candidate Biden promised to unite the country, Republicans, despite the fact that their leader was impeached a second time for his role in the assault on the American Capitol and run out of town in shame, appear to want to continue to sow division, seemingly willing to do anything to stop President Biden’s efforts at unification, enacting his agenda, taking control of the Covid19 Pandemic, bringing the country back to fiscal order. And what of the second trial of the former president? There’s a lot to dissect. Here we go.

Covid19, impeachment, President Biden, Vice-President Harris, what will be the fate of seditionists Senator Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz,  Trump’s militia storming the Capitol, the future of the filibuster, which Republican will be the first to put country before party — all on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too. Let’s talk politics!

FRANK FIGLIUZZI – A COUP BY ANY OTHER NAME

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Welcome to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast, it’s nice to have you here. On this week’s episode Halli visits with the FBI’s former head of counterintelligence and national security analyst for NBC News, Frank Figliuzzi the author of the brand new book THE FBI WAY. And in our second half-hour, Halli an her partner in politics, veteran White House correspondent Matthew Cooper ponder the end of Donald Trump’s reign and so much more.

 Frank Figliuzzi A Coup By Any Other Name

As the FBI’s former head of counterintelligence, Frank Figliuzzi, a national security analyst for NBC News and a popular guest on MSNBC cable shows, served as special agent with the FBI for twenty-five years, rising to become assistant director charged with leading the Bureau’s famed Counterintelligence Division. Figliuzzi held senior FBI leadership positions in major American cities, and was appointed the FBI’s chief inspector to oversee sensitive internal inquiries by then Director Mueller. Now, drawing on his distinguished career, Figliuzzi reveals how the Bureau achieves its extraordinary track record of excellence in his new book THE FBI WAY: INSIDE THE BUREAU’S CODE OF EXCELLENCE an eye-opening and sometimes brutally frank expose, Figliuzzi unafraid to identify fellow agents who erred—including James Comey and Peter Strzok, and is even more frank in his assessment of the closing days of Donald Trump’s presidency.

FRANK FIGLIUZZI A COUP BY ANY OTHER NAME

It is January 2021, it’s our first show of the new year, and it’s soon to be a new day in America. Right? In exactly 4 days, 11 hours, twenty-nine minutes and 20 seconds Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States and we will have a new Vice-President, her name, Kamala Harris.The future for America is promising, right? That question pondered and other questions answered when Halli and Matthew Cooper begin this week’s broadcast of The Halli Casser-Jayne Podcast

A look at the last days of Donald Trump’s presidency, Trump’s coup, Covid-19, Melania Trump, Trump’s second impeachment, the seditionists storming the Capitol, all on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show podcast always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too. Let’s talk politics!

BANANA REPUBLICANS OF AMERICA

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Welcome to The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast and to the Banana Republicans of America. On this week’s episode Halli and her partner in politics, veteran White House correspondent Matthew Cooper ponder Donald Trump’s refusal to concede his defeat by President-elect Joe Biden, and all his little Republican lemmings, too. But there’s more.

BANANA REPUBLICANS OF AMERICA

On November 3, 2020, America spoke and spoke loudly and clearly, much to Donald Trump’s dismay and denial. Former Vice-President Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. won the American presidency with over fifty percent of the vote, beating out the incumbent president, a rare event in American history. But Donald Trump is refusing to acknowledge his defeat, acting more like Gone With the Wind’s Aunt Pittypat, hysterical, hold up in the White House like an 19th century woman having the vapors, refusing a peaceful transition of power, a first in American history. Has the United States of America officially become a Banana Republican? And then there is the Covid-19 Pandemic that is ravaging the U.S.. It seems unfathomable that over 250,000 Americans are dead, and not a word from President Donald ‘Aunt Pittypat’ Trump, indulging in his own personal pity party.  

The Banana Republicans of America, the Covid19 Pandemic, was Senator Lindsey Graham trying to fix the election for Trump? The fate of the U.S. Senate remains up in the air. Will the Republican Party come to their senses? Will Trump? And that’s just where we begin this week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, always available at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com, on all your favorite apps, and on your Alexa device, too. Let’s talk politics!

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