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February 29, 2024

Is Lina Khan REALLY Doing a Good Job at the FTC? (Audio: Podcast)

A few days ago, Republican Senator J.D. Vance (R-OH) praised extreme progressive activist Lina Khan as “one of the few people in the Biden administration that I think is doing a pretty good job.” Is J.D. Vance right? Or is J.D. Vance an example of the “horseshoe theory” of politics in action, where the extremes of populism and the extremes of progressivism meet? A solo rant by IPI President Tom Giovanetti on who Lina Khan is, what the FTC is, and whether Senator J.D. Vance is correct.

February 8, 2024

Can States Deny Donald Trump Ballot Access? (Audio: Podcast)

We discuss today’s Supreme Court arguments on Colorado’s case for denying Donald Trump ballot access, and agree with the apparent leanings of SCOTUS that Colorado’s arguments are unsustainable. Nevertheless, it’s a great opportunity to nerd-out on constitutional law and federalism. With IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews, IPI Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland, and IPI President Tom Giovanetti.

February 5, 2024

President Biden Says, 'Let the Vote Buying Begin' (Audio: Podcast)

In a single week the Biden administration announced a number of spending projects targeted at states and demographic groups considered vulnerable and critical to Biden’s re-election campaign. Huge federal spending is bad enough in and of itself, says IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews. But when Republicans sign on to massive spending projects like the infrastructure bill, they create opportunities for the President to use the money as an indirect contribution to his re-election campaign. Discussion led by IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews, with IPI President Tom Giovanetti.

November 30, 2023

Who's Afraid of an Anarcho-Capitalist? (Audio: Podcast)

We discuss Argentina, its tremendous natural resources and its history of terrible governance, in light of the recent election of self-proclaimed libertarian Javier Milei. IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews wish Milei the very best and praise the Argentine people for making the choice for change from Peronism.

October 9, 2023

Four Strikes and You're Out (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews discusses why labor actions and strikes have returned. Hint: Inflation, technological change, and a pro-union administration. With IPI President Tom Giovanetti.

October 5, 2023

Are Democrats Getting Mugged by Reality? (Audio: Podcast)

With the shocking news that the Biden administration has resumed building a border wall (!), IPI President Tom Giovanetti wonders if Democrats are finally getting mugged by the reality of the results of their policies. Tom talks about the border crisis, the crime spike, and persistent inflation with IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

September 14, 2023

The Ten New Rules of American Politics (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews leads a fascinating discussion about a recent analysis by Doug Sosnik of current and emerging trends among the American electorate. With IPI President Tom Giovanetti.

September 12, 2023

Can the 14th Amendment Block Trump's Aspirations? (Audio: Podcast)

The latest effort to keep Donald Trump from running for president is to invoke Section 3 of the Constitution's 14th Amendment which prohibits certain individuals who have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the government of the United States from holding high office. In this podcast, IPI's Addie Crimmins and Merrill Matthews discuss the historical roots of the 14th Amendment, the notion that it's provisions are "self-executing," and why this may be the worst idea yet for denying Trump's presidential aspirations.

September 11, 2023

All Eyes on Texas (Audio: Podcast)

by Merrill Matthews, Addie Crimmins, Scott Braddock

Suspended Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's impeachment trial has drawn nationwide attention. In this podcast, Austin-based political analyst and Quorum Report editor Scott Braddock joins IPI's Addie Crimmins and Merrill Matthews to discuss ongoing developments in the Senate trial and how that may play out in the coming days.

August 25, 2023

IPI's Take on the First Republican Presidential Debate of 2024 (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews, Director of Development & Events Addie Crimmins, and President Tom Giovanetti share our thoughts and reactions to the first Republican Presidential Debate of the 2024 cycle. We discuss overall impression, FoxNews’ production, who helped themselves, who hurt themselves, and who surprised. And we wonder if our impressions reflect at all the impressions of today’s Republican Party.


Total Records: 258