In addition to quoting They Might Be Giants lyrics, this week’s episode features cohosts Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladeck taking on three big issues:
- The Impeachment Inquiry and the White House counsel’s letter on non-cooperation
- President Trump’s decision to abandon America’s Kurdish allies and thus set in motion the potential release of thousands of Islamic State fighters
- A set of newly-declassified decisions by the FISC (and FISC-R) involving the latest round of Section 702 certification, including a finding that compliance problems at FBI (with respect to running U.S. person queries of the 702 database) amounted, in the totality of the circumstances, to a Fourth Amendment violation.
As for frivolity: the world of sportsball meshed with foreign relations as the NBA quivered in the face of a Beijing backlash, all triggered by a tweet from the Rockets’ general manager. “It is time for us all to decide who we are…”