Well, that’s not quite what the president said. It was something about American companies and trade with China, not you and your podcast app. And IEEPA can’t be used to make anyone listen to this podcast, we suppose. But voluntary cooperation is welcome, and those who tune in this week won’t be disappointed when they find co-hosts Vladeck and Chesney discussing and debating:
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And we are back with more debate and discussion concerning the latest national security and law news! In this week’s episode, co-hosts Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladeck explore:
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