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The Progressive Movement’s Useful Idiots

Are Silicon Valley and Wall Street regretting being a part of creating the progressive movement? Has Silicon Valley become so intolerant to their own detriment? Are older Democrats worried about the new progressives taking over the party? Contributing editor at City Journal, Joel Kotkin joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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The Media’s Lack Of Intellectual Curiosity

Is hateful far right rhetoric kept on the dark web unlike left wingers who compare the crisis on the border to the Holocaust on national television? Is there any room for debate or compromise from either side? Does liberal media realize that people in the country are capable of thinking differently than them? Screenwriter, Andrew Klavan joins Dan and Kristen McQueary to discuss.

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The Future of Small “l” Liberalism

Are we nearing the end of small “l” liberalism? Should those on both ends of the political spectrum be critics of the political correctness movement? How do you strike the balance between regulation of content on big tech but still allow for innovation? Professor Slavoj Zizek joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Drunk On Euphemisms

How have the Democrats not realized that when they attack Trump he will fight back even harder? Does Pelosi know if they move forward with impeachment that it would guarantee a victory for Trump? Are some conservatives afraid to face the threat that the left poses? Editor at the New Criterion, Roger Kimball joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Deal Or No Deal

Should Trump sign the border wall funding compromise and claim victory? Do all Republicans have to do to win in 2020 is not be insane? Will only the most left/socialist candidate make it out of the Democratic primary? Co- Founder of the TheFederalist.com, Sean Davis joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Race To Be The Biggest Government Spender

Is Howard Schultz derailing the enthusiasm from far left candidates entering the race? What’s the over/under on 20 candidates in the primary? Is it a race to see who can make the government the biggest and most expensive? Is a border wall/barrier/fencing deal still possible before Tuesday's SOTU? Anchor of Special Report on Fox News, Bret Baier joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Dispelling The Media Narrative At The Border

Are the Left’s cries against the use of tear gas at the border falling on deaf ears in lieu of providing their policy solution and an assessment of the implications? Were the vast majority of confrontations at the border with adult males despite the women and children narrative pushed by the media? Did Obama’s broad asylum policy create a detrimental precedent? How many more caravans are on the way? Executive Director at The Center for Immigration Studies, Mark Krikorian joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Devolution Needed In The Supreme Court

Can Kavanaugh tip the balance of the court to reign in what the big government left has been able to accomplish? How can we restore America? Do we need a devolution, not a revolution? How has progressivism led us astray from what the Constitution intended? Author of “Restoring America,” Howell Woltz joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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#MeToo Movement Used As Political Weapon

Are the smears and attacks aimed at Kavanaugh a new low for our country? How is it that the most important event in these women’s lives is not coming out until 30 years later? Why are parents still getting fooled by the Ivy League’s reputation when they are nothing short of totalitarian institutions? Do we need to step back and laugh at the antics from the left but continue to fight back? The host of “Socrates In The City” and author, Eric Metaxas joins Dan and Amy to discuss

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Does The Left Embrace Diversity Or Tribalism?

Tucker Carlson sparked a renewal of the diversity debate with much flack from those on the left. Does the left’s favorite saying “diversity is our strength” mean anything more than mindless tribalism? Why does diversity need to be given oversight by the federal government if it’s our “strength?” Why should non-behavioral characteristics define us? Isn’t categorizing people by gender, race, religion, etc. fanning the flames even more? Dan and Amy discuss what truly holds America together.

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The Left: Ideology Trumps Everything

Should Trump have fired Comey and Rosenstein on day one? Why is the left still obsessed with trying to overturn the 2016 election results? Is the media showing its true colors defending Pope Francis and releasing a glowing piece about Bruce Ohr right before his hearing? Filmmaker, Dinesh D'Souza joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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The Far Left And The Press

Are we going to see an increasing acceptance of socialist platforms? Will the Democratic Party’s move to the left help or hurt the Republican Party in the upcoming November elections? Is the D.C. press corps doing their job as journalists? Should Trump declassify the Carter Page Fisa documents for the American public? Washington Examiner Reporter, Salena Zito joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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The New Left

Are we seeing the ushering in of a new type of leftist politics? If so, what exactly does this mean and how does the Republican Party prepare for it? Who is Senator Cory Booker attempting to appeal to? Will the Democrats emerge victorious as they have been in special elections heading into the midterms? Will conservatives look back on this time and realize they missed an opportunity? Associate Editor for Commentary Magazine, Noah Rothman joins Dan and Amy to discuss the evolving landscape of the left.

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Is The Left Finally On Board Against Totalitarian Regimes?

Is it possible for members of the mainstream media to question Trump’s remarks about Putin before they go into full on hysterics? Was the President not prepared properly for the joint press conference? If Trump could openly disagree with Putin on Crimea, why can’t he call out Putin on meddling in the 2016 election? President of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Cliff May joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Politics Trump Civility

Americans of all political stripes say they want more civility in politics. Yet recent stories of Trump Administration officials being refused service and verbally attacked in public indicate otherwise. Upstream Ideas asked Chicagoans if they could Follow the Logic.  


Shame Mobsters On The Rise

Williams College grad and self-described liberal Democrat is an advocate for uncomfortable learning. Is there any more room on the Left for him? Is the new ACLU statement on free speech contain an unnerving chilling effect? Zach Wood, author of Uncensored, joins Dan and Amy to discuss the recent silencing tactics of the left.

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Up In Smoke: Legalization of Marijuana and Public Safety

The movement to legalize marijuana in Illinois is very popular. But studies have shown that legalization in other states has had a significant impact on public health and safety. Upstream Ideas went to the Capitol Building in Springfield to see if some of the state's most vocal activists could Follow the Logic.  


Questions For The Left

I’m an inquisitive sort.

I want to understand the Left but I have questions.

-          When it comes to your concern that law enforcers not be above the law, is that just for beat cops or does it extend to senior level officials at the nation's most powerful law enforcement agency?

I ask because I haven’t heard the date announced for the Andy McCabe protests.

-          Is your concern about instances of alleged excessive use of force by police entirely contingent on the race of the alleged victim?

I ask because I can’t find the GoFundMe page for the family of John Albers in Overland Park, Kansas.

-          When it comes to treating the Constitution like an Asian buffet, are their limits to the application of the sanctuary designation?

I ask because Effingham County, Illinois, voted to make their jurisdiction a sanctuary county for 2nd Amendment rights to protect the rights of their residents to protect themselves.

-          I understand you to be stalwart defenders of a free press now. Could you share your conversion story?

I ask because of your silence when Obama Attorney General Eric Holder surveilled and subpoenaed Fox News reporter James Rosen and when Patrick Fitzgerald imprisoned New York Times reporter Judith Miller in the Scooter Libby case to cite but two examples.

Thank you in advance for helping me distinguish your virtue from your virtue-signaling.


Is America Moving Left And The Democrats Moving Left Faster?

Is Trump decimating the NFL? Was the NFL a glass house before Trump even got involved? Is Trump exposing the Republican establishment for their progressive views? The media is in hysterics over Trump’s tone, meaning, when Obama or late night talk show hosts say something extreme or wildly offensive in a room temperature conversational tone of voice, it’s okay and understandable. National Review columnist and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Victor D Hanson joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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Trump Is The Culture Warrior For Those Cut Out Of The Conversation

“They are protesting for justice that is already part of the American mindset that is represented by the flag for which people died.” Andrew Klavan blasts the NFL for condoning the disrespect of the flag. Trump is finally bursting the leftist bubble that believes America itself is the problem and they don’t know how to handle it. Andrew Klavan, screenwriter, essayist, and author of “The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ,” joins Dan and Amy to discuss.

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