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Hold These Truths with Dan Crenshaw

Hold These Truths with Dan Crenshaw

Congressman Dan Crenshaw joins the world's leading experts for deep and insightful conversations about the most important issues facing us today.


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Here?s the Truth SPECIAL: The Hypocritical Attacks Against President Trump?s COVID-19 Response

Nancy Pelosi accused President Trump of ?delay? and ?denial? in the response to COVID-19. The political media was quick to repeat these talking points. But is that really the case? Were Democrats and the media sounding the alarm on coronavirus before the Trump Administration? Where did Democrats focus their attention as the White House ramped up their efforts to address coronavirus?

I answer those questions with a detailed timeline of the Trump Administration?s response to this pandemic, and compare the president?s actions with the priorities of Speaker Pelosi over the last several weeks.

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How the Political Media Has Failed America, with David Harsanyi

Latest Gallup polling reveals that, among U.S. institutions and leaders, American media has the lowest approval rating in terms of its response to the coronavirus. Which aspects of the media's reporting on COVID-19 account for such unpopularity? How has the media's historical coverage of the Trump administration contributed to its current predicament? As we balance health and economic concerns amidst a pandemic, what kind of nuanced questions should the media be asking, but due to partisan "gotcha" games, are not? David Harsanyi shares his insight on these questions, as well as his take on the coronavirus relief package passed by Congress last week. 

David Harsanyi is a senior writer for National Review and a former senior editor at The Federalist. Harsanyi is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of four books. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Weekly Standard, National Review, Reason, New York Post, and numerous other publications. David has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News and dozens of radio talk shows across the country. 

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Making China Pay - How to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for COVID-19, with Gordon Chang

With the revelation that China has suppressed and manipulated the data on COVID-19, how do we, or any nation, trust China under the Chinese Communist Party? And what are the reasons behind the World Health Organization and many American politicians and media outlets parroting the CCP?s propaganda about the virus? China expert Gordon Chang joins us to answer these questions and examine how China is exploiting the virus to its geopolitical advantage.

Gordon Chang is a columnist, author, and lawyer who lived and worked in China and Hong Kong for almost two decades. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and National Review and he is the author of The Coming Collapse of China. Find him on twitter at @GordonGChang.

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Corona Curveballs: Staying Houston Strong, with Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr

In this very special episode, Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers, Jr. joins Dan to talk about adapting to life in quarantine (hint: the training doesn?t stop, it just gets more creative). They dive into their workout routines, injury stories, and the right balance for celebrities and politics. Dan also shares further proof that he is in fact Wolverine.

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Our debt just got a whole lot bigger - solutions every young person should be fighting for, with Dr. Charles Blahous

Social Security is projected to be insolvent in 2035 - which means that millennials and gen z paying into the program today may never receive its benefits. Dr. Charles Blahous returns to the show to talk about how we got to this point, and a realistic plan to save the program for future generations.

Dr. Charles Blahous is the J. Fish and Lillian F. Smith Chair and Senior Research Strategist at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where he specializes in domestic economic policy and retirement security, as well as federal fiscal policy, entitlements, and health care programs. Blahous is the author of Social Security: The Unfinished Work and Pension Wise: Confronting Employer Pension Underfunding and Sparing Taxpayers the Next Bailout, as well as the influential studies The Costs of a National Single-Payer Healthcare System and The Fiscal Consequences of the Affordable Care Act.

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The Consequences of Medicare-for-All and Single-Payer Health Care, with Chris Jacobs

Single-payer health care systems, such as Medicare-for-All, have long been pursued by far-left activists - but until recently remained on the fringes of the Democratic Party. Now it is front and center in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary and openly advocated for in mainstream media. What would really happen if we gave the federal government complete control of our health care system? Health care expert Chris Jacobs joins Dan to shed light on a policy that would have dramatic consequences for every American.

Chris Jacobs, the Founder and CEO of Juniper Research Group, has spent more than 15 years studying health care on and off Capitol Hill. He has analyzed health policy and legislation for some of the leading lights of the conservative movement?including Jim DeMint, Bobby Jindal, Mike Pence, Pat Toomey, and Jeb Hensarling. He is the author of ?The Case Against Single Payer - How ?Medicare for All? Will Wreck America?s Health Care System - And Its Economy?.

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What Happened This Week - Everything You Need to Know About the Stimulus Bill

This is a special episode of the podcast. No guests this time, just Dan here to give you a very detailed overview of the stimulus bill. Find out what?s in it, what?s not in it, and how the Democrats have been lying through their teeth constantly in a game of petty politics. There is a ton of detail in this episode, so to help you sort through it we?ve included a breakdown of topics:

0:25 - Recap of what Democrats did this week to block passage of the stimulus bill.

3:12 - Why Americans need an economic rescue package and how this is very different from the 2008 bailout.

7:00 - What is really in the stimulus bill.

11:00 - The truth about Democrats claims that by delaying the bill?s passage they got stricter controls on provision of credit to big business.

16:45 - The long list of progressive items that had nothing to do with COVID-19 which the Democrats tried to add to the stimulus bill, like climate change studies and new emission standards for airlines.

19:35 - On the bill that passed the Senate on Wednesday night (almost the same bill which could have been passed last weekend but for the Democrats delays).

Details in the bill:

24:53 - Individual tax rebates

27:25 - Expansion of unemployment benefits

30:37 - Small business loans

32:40 - Housing support

33:38 - Support for medical professionals on the front lines

35:30 - Loans to distressed industries

37:14 - Education and student loan relief

Frequently asked questions about the bill:

39:00 - Is there really $25 million allocated to give Congress a raise?

39:38 - How does the bill help restaurants?

40:00 - What does the bill do to support airline workers and keep the airline industry afloat?

40:30 - What about the impact on non-profits like the YMCA?

40:47 - Does the bill include funding for PPE, grant CMS authority to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens, and increase tele-health?

41:25 - Does the bill provide for student loan cancellation?

42:13 - Does it provide relief for health clubs and studios?

42:33 - What kind of stuff did Nancy Pelosi get into the bill that has nothing to do with COVID relief?

43:22 - Is there a loophole for Planned Parenthood to get funding?

43:37 - Will individuals who were injured and unable to work last year be eligible for stimulus?

43:51 - Is there a way for an individual to prove that their finances are substantially less than in the previous tax year, so that they can be considered eligible for the stimulus?

44:38 - Will this bill include Pelosi?s pork? Will there be consideration for the Green New Deal?

45:08 - Why are we bailing out cruise ships that are registered in other countries so they can avoid paying taxes?

45:34 - Are people that own their own businesses eligible for the crisis assistance?

45:45 - How will the assistance be disbursed? Will it be automatically deposited or will they have to apply for it individually?

45:59 - What about adults that don?t report anything to the IRS because their sole income comes from Social Security?

46:08 - Concluding thoughts about the bill and the way forward from here.

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COVID-19, Outrage Culture, & the Future of Education - How one university is adapting in this tumultuous era, with Dr. Richard Ludwick

Dr. Richard Ludwick, President of the University of St. Thomas, joins Dan to talk about how his campus is adapting and responding to the threat of COVID-19, why skin in the game is so important for students choosing the major that will define their career, and how St. Thomas creates a culture of free and open dialogue among students in an era when identity politics and outrage culture are destroying many campuses.

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Democrats Are Holding Americans Hostage, with Joe Pags

Dan went on the Joe Pags Show to discuss one of the most cynical, disgusting, malevolent actions committed by Democrats in recent history: blocking the urgent relief needed for Americans out of work, businesses of all sizes, and our health care system. Call the office of every Democrat in Congress. Do not let them get away with this.

Special thanks to Joe Pags for allowing us to re-broadcast his interview. Follow him on Twitter @JoeTalkShow.

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Saving the American Economy - Why Congress Needs to Pass a Stimulus Package Immediately, with Oren Cass

On Sunday night the Democrats torpedoed a bipartisan emergency bill that would have increased unemployment benefits, provided payroll and rent for small businesses, and financial assistance for millions of American households. Oren Cass joins us to discuss these and other stimulus measures which would bring desperately needed economic relief to Americans in the age of COVID-19. We also have a wide-ranging conversation about everything from the real cost of climate change to whether or not the gig economy is undermining American industries, and much more.

Oren Cass is the executive director of American Compass, whose mission is to restore an economic orthodoxy that emphasizes the importance of family, community, and industry to the nation?s liberty and prosperity. From 2015 to 2019, Cass was a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, where his work on strengthening the labor market addressed issues ranging from the social safety net and environmental regulation to trade and immigration to education and organized labor. Cass regularly writes for publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Affairs, and National Review, speaks at universities, and testifies before Congress. He is the author of The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America.

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The Psychology of a Pandemic, and How to be Anti-Fragile, with Dr. Jonathan Haidt

Best selling author Dr. Jonathan Haidt joins us to discuss the psychology of America?s reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic and how to build resilience and thrive in this volatile, uncertain world. Along the way we explore the rise of micro aggression and ?safetyism? on campuses, the moral roots of conservatives and liberals, the increasingly toxic polarization on social media and college campuses, and the implications for our democracy.

Dr. Haidt is a professor of social psychology at NYU-Stern and author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion and co-author of The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure. He is also the co-founder of, a collaboration among nearly 2500 professors who are working to increase viewpoint diversity and freedom of inquiry in universities.

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Could stem cells treat COVID-19? - The future of stem cell therapy, with Donna Chang

There are early indicators that the coronavirus harms a patient?s lungs, which is why older patients have trouble recovering from the virus ? they don?t have the regenerative stem cells which develop naturally in our bodies as children. How does stem cell therapy help patients with coronavirus and other serious diseases and injuries? What are the challenges in getting this treatment to patients who need it? Stem cell innovator Donna Chang joins us to explain how stem cells work, their potential to change medicine forever, and the regulatory hurdles which researchers like her go through to bring this treatment to patients.

Donna Chang is the Founder and CEO of Hope Biosciences, a biopharmaceutical company developing adult stem cell based therapeutics located in Sugar Land, Texas.

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China?s Propaganda Machine - How the communist party is changing the narrative on COVID-19 - with Michael Sobolik

The Communist Party of China?s initial failings in their reaction to the emergence of the new coronavirus greatly contributed to the global pandemic we are experiencing today. How are the party?s leaders spinning its response to the crisis to spread propaganda, claim a global leadership role, and shift blame to America? China expert Michael Sobolik returns to the podcast to give insight into how the Chinese government thinks and operates.


Michael Sobolik is a Fellow in Indo-Pacific Studies at the American Foreign Policy Council and expert on China.

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The Economics of a Pandemic ? What makes for good economic policy in the age of COVID-19? - with Dr. Ed Lazear

It has been exactly two months since the first case of coronavirus was detected in the United States. As the stock market continues to fall and businesses temporarily close, questions are mounting as to how to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19. How is the current economic downturn different from the 2008 recession? What should be the overarching aim of our economic policy moving forward? How can Congress target the individuals and businesses that need assistance the most ? both in the short-term and the long-term? Dr. Ed Lazear offers answers to these questions and more.


Dr. Ed Lazear is Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a Professor of Economics at Stanford University?s Graduate School of Business. He served as Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors under President George W. Bush from 2006 to 2009. Dr. Lazear is a labor economist by trade and is the founder of the field of economics known as ?personnel economics.? His extensive research, which has appeared in numerous economic journals, has focused primarily on employee incentive structures and productivity in firms. Dr. Lazear is the recipient of over two dozen awards and fellowships and is a frequent contributor to Wall Street Journal.

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Why Is College So Expensive? Myths and Facts about Tuition, Student Loan Debt, and the New Alternatives - with Beth Akers

We dive into the depths of the student loan debate with higher education expert Beth Akers, co-author of Game of Loans: The Rhetoric and Reality of Student Debt. Progressive politicians have made student loan forgiveness one of their major talking points this election cycle, citing astronomical numbers on student debt. But who really owes that money? Do loan forgiveness programs already exist for people in the worst financial hardship? What alternative tuition financing models are emerging in the free market? Beth also shares invaluable advice for students applying to colleges.

Beth Akers is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, where her work focuses on labor economics and the economics of higher education. Previously, she was a fellow at the Brookings Institution and a staff economist with the Council of Economic Advisors under President George W. Bush. Her writing and research have been featured in, among others, The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, Quartz, Newsweek, and The Hill. She has appeared on CNBC, ABC News, Bloomberg TV, C-SPAN, among other TV and radio networks.

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The Truth About Gun Bans, Violent Crime, and Universal Background Checks. What Really Happens When Firearms are Banned, with Dr. John Lott

Dr. John Lott is an economist and a world-recognized expert on guns and crime. What happens in communities where guns are banned? Do universal background checks really accomplish what advocates say - or are there unintended consequences? How does gun ownership empower the weakest members of society? Dr. Lott has spent decades researching the statistics behind questions like these, and his answers may surprise you.

Dr. Lott is Founder and President of the Crime Prevention Research Center. He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and written nine books, including ?More Guns, Less Crime,? ?The Bias Against Guns,? and ?Freedomnomics.?

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What It's Like Being On a Committee with "The Squad" - with Rep. Patrick McHenry

Rep. Patrick McHenry is back to offer insight into the left?s approach to governance and the broader implications for everything from your 401k to the cost of housing in California vs Texas. What are their principles? What?s their end goal? McHenry is in a unique position to know, since he serves as ranking member on House Financial Services with Chairwoman Maxine Waters and three members of the ?Squad? (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and, Rashida Tlaib).

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The New Energy Frontier, with Nigel Jenvey

What is carbon capture? Can we really use this technology to turn CO2 into a commodity? It might sound like science fiction, but it?s actually the New Energy Frontier in America.

Nigel Jenvey is an industry leader and expert in Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS), having previously held roles such as the chair of the CO2 Capture Project, chair of the North American CCS Association, and program chair of the Society of Petroleum Engineers CCUS Technical Section. He leads the Carbon Management practice at Gaffney-Cline, a global oil and gas consultancy, helping clients understand the wide variety of options available that will ensure continued business success through the energy transition. He has over 23 years of global oil and gas industry experience in technology, exploration, development and production operations with major oil and gas operating companies.

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$23 T in Debt & Magic Monetary Theory, with Maya MacGuineas

Maya MacGuineas, head of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, stopped by to help us pick apart Modern Monetary Theory, which is trendy again among certain members of Congress and presidential candidates. How are debts and deficits like termites in a basement? What are realistic paths toward a sustainable budget?

Maya MacGuineas is the president of the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Her areas of expertise include budget, tax, and economic policy. As a leading budget expert for the past twenty years and a political independent, she has worked closely with members of both parties and serves as a trusted resource on Capitol Hill. MacGuineas testifies regularly before Congress and has published broadly, including regularly in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Atlantic, and numerous other outlets.

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Inequality in America, What?s True and What Isn?t, with Ramesh Ponnuru

The issue of inequality isn?t what many people think it is. Ramesh Ponnuru joins us to explain how to properly think about inequality and income mobility, and why tax increases and massive expansions of federal regulations do less to move people out of poverty and only increase wage stagnation, income immobility, the poverty rate, housing costs, student loan debt, and more. Ramesh and I discuss solutions that could actually benefit people who live in destitution, such as vocational training, occupational licensing reform, and the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Ramesh is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute. Follow him on Twitter at @rameshponnuru for more amazing facts and ideas.

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How Millennials Think, with Kristen Soltis Anderson

How have smart phones and social media shaped the political views of Millennials? What tricks do socialists like AOC and Bernie use to emotionally engage them into supporting programs like Medicare-for-All and the Green New Deal? Kristen Soltis Anderson joined me to delve into these topics and much more, including tips on how to bring young people into the conservative movement with honesty, not talking points.


Kristen is a pollster, speaker, commentator, and author of The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up). She is co-founder of Echelon Insights, an opinion research and analytics firm that serves brands, trade associations, nonprofits, and political clients.

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Rafting Over Dams, with Jay Faison

Jay Faison is a philanthropist and entrepreneur who founded ClearPath in 2013 to develop and advance conservative policies that accelerate clean energy innovation.

Jay joins Dan on the podcast to talk about the New Energy Frontier and to discuss why conservatives are (and have been) leading the way on clean energy and reducing emissions. They talk about American ingenuity and why the best way to tackle climate change is not through a carbon tax, but through the American innovation machine. There is also much discussion about "Wet and Sandys". Listen to find out more...

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How 5G Will Unleash Everything Awesome, with Ajit Pai

Ajit Pai is Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. We talk about the future of the internet, net neutrality, rural broadband, and, of course, our favorite memes.  We also hit on how government can get out of the way of innovation, allowing for more efficient transportation, telemedicine, and small business creation.

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Pulling Back the Curtain On Iran, with Ray Takeyh

Ray Takeyh is Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). His areas of specialization are Iran, political reform in the Middle East, and Islamist movements and parties. We examined the truth behind the November uprising, how the regime suppresses the will of the Iranian people, how the strike on Soleimani will help restore our deterrence posture and the numerous flaws with the JCPOA nuclear deal. 

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Do You Need 1000 Hours of Training to Dry Hair? Let?s Ask Shoshana Weissmann

Shoshana Weissmann is a Senior Manager and Research Fellow at R Street Institute and the self-declared Senator of Twitter. She has helped elevate the national conversation on the weird world of occupational licensing and the needed reforms. We also discussed the best kind of sloths and the worst kind of sloths (hint: there are no bad sloths).

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How Bitcoin Is Already Changing the World, with Rep. Patrick McHenry

Patrick McHenry is the U.S. Representative for North Carolina?s 10th Congressional District and the Republican leader of the House Committee on Financial Services. We talked about how blockchain technology and bitcoin works, why it matters, and the future of currency.  This is the authoritative podcast if you want to grasp the intricacies of bitcoin and explain it to your friends. 

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Coffee and Guns, with JT from Black Rifle Coffee

Jarred ?Landing? Taylor is an Air Force veteran and the President of Article 15 Clothing, the Marketing Director of Leadslingers Spirits, and works in business development for Black Rifle Coffee Company. We had a wide ranging conversation about everything from the latest frontiers in space exploration to the challenges facing soldiers coming home from combat.

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Everything You Need to Know About China, with Michael Sobolik

Michael Sobolik is a Fellow in Indo-Pacific Studies at the American Foreign Policy Council. There is no doubt that China is our number one geoeconomic competitor, and what happens next in the U.S-China relationship may very well transform your life and how you see the world. We discussed China?s strategic goals and how America can retain its leadership of the global order.  We delved into China?s threatening behavior in the South China Sea, their abusive trade practices, and China?s harsh repression of millions of their own citizens.

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Free Speech is Under Attack, with Former President of the ACLU, Nadine Strossen

Nadine Strossen is the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, Emerita at New York Law School. From 1991 through 2008, she served as President of the American Civil Liberties Union, the first woman to head the nation?s largest and oldest civil liberties organization. Topics include the future of free speech and the role of social media companies in censorship. Nadine discussed why censorship so frequently fails and how limits on free speech were used to suppress the civil rights movement. We also debate abortion as it pertains to civil liberties. 

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Saving the Environment with Clean, Cheap, and Exportable Energy, with Neil Chatterjee

Neil Chatterjee is the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Texas has an abundance of clean, cheap, exportable energy and no one knows that better than Chairman Chatterjee. We discussed Texas?s unique situation with competitive retail markets and the impact of American energy in decreasing global emissions and increasing global standards of living.

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Why Embracing Capitalism Leads to a Better World for Everybody, with Marian Tupy of

Marian L. Tupy is the editor of Human?Progress?.org and a senior policy analyst at the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. He specializes in globalization and global well??being, and the political economy of Europe and sub??Saharan Africa. 

Poverty, human rights, education, life expectancy, and virtually every other aspect of our lives has improved dramatically over the last 100 years. We talked about why capitalism made this possible, and the disturbing rise in the popularity of socialism in today?s free societies.

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Nuclear Energy, Chernobyl, and the Simpsons, with Maria Korsnick

Maria Korsnick is the President and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute. Clean energy is currently one of our most important conversations on Capitol Hill. Maria joined me to debunk some of the myths about nuclear energy, that there really is *no* green slime in nuclear plants, and why nuclear needs to be a critical piece of our clean energy plans.

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The Medicare for All Fraud, with Charles Blahous

Charles Blahous is the J. Fish and Lillian F. Smith Chair and Senior Research Strategist at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where he specializes in domestic economic policy and retirement security, as well as federal fiscal policy, entitlements, and health care programs. Blahous is the author of the influential studies The Costs of a National Single-Payer Healthcare System and The Fiscal Consequences of the Affordable Care Act.

Medicare for All is expensive -- and Dr. Blahous tells us exactly *how* expensive this single-payer system would be. This would impact not just the very top of the 1%, but your everyday middle class family.

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Cheaper, Better, Prescription Drugs, with Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb

Dr. Scott Gottlieb is the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he continues his work on improving public health through entrepreneurship and medical innovation and on expanding regulatory approaches to maintain patient and physician autonomy. 

We talked about regulatory approaches to making prescription drugs more affordable. Learn why price controls, like those which would be implemented in the Democrats? drug pricing bill HR3, have terrible consequences for the development and innovation of prescription drugs.

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