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Brief Update

Hey Everyone,
Just a quick update. We’re in the midst of a two month hiatus for academic and RhodySquash purposes respectively.

Feel free to check out Ross’ work for RhodySquash or my columns for the Brown Daily Herald.

Chip Lebovitz


The Forgotten Three

Entry requirements will prevent every candidate from participating at Wednesday night’s GOP Presidential debate. Some of these candidates like Representative Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) as well as former Governors Gary Johnson of New Mexico and Buddy Roemer of Louisiana bring unique perspectives to the campaign and deserve a voice and a podium at these intra-party debates. We were fortunate enough to talk to these three contenders this week. Clicking on the pictures below will take you to the corresponding discussion.

Update: Representative McCotter will unfortunately be unable to speak with us due to scheduling conflicts.

Buddy Roemer (Wednesday Morning)

Governor Gary Johnson (Wednesday Afternoon)

Representative Thaddeus McCotter

Quick Announcement

I hope everyone is having a happy Labor Day. We’re going to delay the episode that was scheduled today with Jim Tankersly, economics correspondent for the National Journal, until tomorrow in honor of the holiday.

Also, this week on ChrossTalk, we’ll be doing a small mini-series. Eight presidential contenders will attempt to sway public opinion this week at the NBC/Politico Republican Presidential Primary Debate, but those eight do not comprise the entire field.  ChrossTalk will be talking to two other candidates, Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico, and Buddy Roemer, former governor of Louisiana, to ask what they think the presidential candidates should be discussing this Wednesday night.

– Chip

Late Afternoon Tidbits

We’re changing things up a bit this week, replacing the Talk tomorrow with predictions of Ben Bernanke’s speech and the Federal Reserve’s future plans.

Also noteworthy, I contributed to a post on Jonathan Bernstein’s blog about Congress’ pro forma session and presidential recess appointments:

Charles Lebovitz of Chross Talk finds this one. My emphasis:

“Throughout the August recess, my colleagues and I will preside over pro forma sessions in the House — preventing congressional recess and presidential recess appointments,” said Rep. Jeffrey M. Landry, a Louisiana Republican who helped organize the effort.

Ooh, that’s a nice one, isn’t it? Oh, sorry: forgot to say what this is about. I’m looking for examples of Republicans, especially House Republicans, who slip up and say that Congress is currently in a recess. After all, the Constitution doesn’t say anything about how long Congress goes without a pro forma session; what the Constitution says is that the president can make appointments “to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate.” Well, is it a recess or isn’t it? Landry seems, shall we say, confused. Nice catch!

Here’s a link to the full post and don’t forget to check out the rest of Jonathan Bernstein’s blog. He’s both insightful and prolific, contributing often to the Washington Post’s Plum Line blog and to various other publications. 
 – Chip Lebovitz

Today’s Debt Ceiling Deal

A bit of prescience from Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer during our interview last Friday about the final debt ceiling compromise.

Our full episode with Charles Krauthammer comes out next week.

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