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July 2024

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Roundtable

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner… something different! Sam, Ed, Jenn, and Matt host this week. They discuss Elizabeth Warren persisting, Donald Trump’s adventures in foreign policy, and Trump’s court battles. Finally they step back a bit and talk about the lack of civility in politics today. With Ivan out dealing with family issues this week, you get to hear a different range of perspectives than usual. Check it out!

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Show Details:

Recorded 2017-02-11
Length this week – 1:32:42

  • (0:00:12-0:04:35) Introductions
  • (0:06:17-0:25:06) Jenn’s Topic: Nevertheless, she persisted
  • (0:25:42-0:55:50) Sam’s Topic: Trump and foreign policy
  • (0:56:59-1:12:54) Matt’s Topic: Trump and the judiciary
  • (1:13:58-1:32:22) Ed’s Topic: Vitriol in politics


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A Cousin on Foreign Policy Pundits

I try to point out when I see items by relatives or friends. Here is one from a cousin of mine on Huffington Post:

Note to Assignment Editor: Not Your Dad’s National Security Establishment

(Heather Hurlburt, Huffington Post, 5 Nov 2009)

I’m getting a little exhausted with reading assessments of President Obama and his team’s first year that feature ten white men (own it, National Journal), or six male “experts” including the writer, President Obama and John Bolton (that’s you, Politico). Foreign Policy “wins” this sorry competition with a roster that is less than 25% female and 20% minority voices.

So I set myself a little test. Could I come up with a truly great list of names – people whose assessments of the Administration I’d read, and twitter, and link to – that flipped this balance? And, just to make it harder, could I do it without Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, and Condoleezza Rice?

I saw this on Facebook from Heather, then I saw it in Google Reader from my Huffington Post RSS feed and marked it as something I wanted to post later, then after that I got a note from my mother also pointing me at it. So I figured I should go ahead and get it posted. :-)

One question though… Heather, where are you twittering? I couldn’t find you with a simple search on Twitter. :-)