The McLaughlin Group
The McLaughlin Group — September 18, 2020
guest panelist this week is Kaylee McGhee of the Washington Examiner
Issue one: Trump Train
The Trump Train seems to be gaining steam in the key swing states of Florida, Wisconsin, and North Carolina. And his favorability rating, now at just over 43 percent, has also risen since July. How much should we read into this notion that Trump is staging a late comeback into this race?
Issue two: Biden’s Bandwagon
Biden’s lead narrows in the key swing state of Florida. However, he continues to hold commanding leads in national polls and in other swing states such as Pennsylvania. Where does the Biden campaign go from here?
Issue three: Abraham Accords
On Tuesday, the leaders of Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates established full diplomatic relations. Brokered by the Trump administration, the deal illustrates rising cooperation between the former devoted enemies, and reflects a re-centering of concern toward Iran.
Issue Four: Potpourri
Discussing the Breonna Taylor compensation, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Trump immigration deportations, and the DOJ investigation into John Bolton’s book.
The McLaughlin Group — September 11, 2020
guest panelist this week is Ryan Girdusky of the Washington Examiner
Issue one: Insecurity
A mixture of peaceful protests and violent rioting continued across the nation this week. President Trump insists only he can restore order to America. And while Joe Biden has taken a more ardent stance against rioting, he also insists that police reform will be at the top of his governing agenda.
Issue two: A Question of Legitimacy
Discussing the Washington Post’s article examining various election night outcomes and the potential for massive disinformation campaigns, violence in the streets, and a constitutional impasse.
Issue three: Trump’s Russia Record
President Trump is often criticized for his approach toward Russian Leader Vladimir Putin. How does this measure up against his record?
Issue Four: Where’s the Power?
Beset by wildfires, Californians continue to face intermittent power cuts this week. Discussing Democratic Party energy policies on climate change in this context.
The McLaughlin Group — September 4, 2020
guest panelist this week is Kerry Picket of the Washington Examiner
Issue one: Trump and Kenosha
Visiting Kenosha, Wisconsin this week, President Trump doubled down on two of his central reelection narratives: that it is the Trump campaign against the media elite, and that Trump alone can deliver security to American streets. Joe Biden disagrees, saying the president is stoking a toxic anger and fueling disorder.
Issue two: Biden Silence
Speaking in Pennsylvania, Joe Biden this week addressed the civil unrest grappling the nation. However, he failed to take many questions from the media. And while he has conducted some local news interviews, his recent schedule has included no major network interviews.
Issue three: Back to School
The good news: COVID cases across the nation appear to be flattening out. The bad news: the Midwest is still struggling with the virus. But with schools and colleges returning to session, fears over the future are becoming very present concerns.
Issue Four: Charlie Hebdo
Discussing Charlie Hebdo’s decision to republish the Mohammed cartoon. What are the limits and responsibilities of free speech?
The McLaughlin Group — August 28, 2020
Seth Berenzweig fills in for Tom Rogan
guest panelist this week is Inez Stepman of the Independent Women’s Forum
Issue one: Virtual Republican National Convention
After last week’s Democratic National Convention, conducted virtually for the first time due to the pandemic, this week was the Republicans’ turn to talk to America and tell their story of why Donald Trump deserves four more years as president.
Issue two: Kenosha Killings and the Cultural Divide
It’s been a summer filled with civil rights protests that have at times led to riots in major cities. This now includes the heartland of America, after another tragic police shooting of a black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Issue three: The ’92 RNC and the Buchanan Brigade
At the Republican National Convention in 1992, Pat Buchanan delivered what the New York Times called a jarring political message, in what is often referred to as the “Culture War Speech.”
Issue Four: Mother Nature Continues to Roar
Hurricane Laura pounded the gulf coast of Louisiana and Texas late this week, while over 14,000 firefighters continue to battle 3 major wildfires in California. The severity of these developments have brought into focus renewed concerns regarding the impacts of climate change.
The McLaughlin Group — August 21, 2020
guest panelist this week is Dr. James D. Boys.
Issue one: The Democratic National Convention
The Democratic Party crowned Joe Biden as their Presidential nominee. The convention was mostly virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic and democrats saluted Biden as the man to lead America Forward.
Issue two: The Postal Issue
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused President Trump this week of slowing mail delivery and handicapping the U.S. Postal Service. President Trump denies the allegations but insists Mail-in voting carries many risks.
Issue three: The Israeli UAE Peace Deal
Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to establish full diplomatic relations, brokered by the Trump Administration. The deal will see Israel suspend claims of sovereignty in over areas of The West Bank.
Issue Four: The Situation in Belarus
President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus requested Russian security assistance to put an end to nation-wide protests. Belarusians have taken to the streets every day since an august 9th election that they believe Lukashenko rigged.
The McLaughlin Group — August 14, 2020
guest panelist this week is Tiana Lowe of the Washington Examiner.
Issue one: Madame Vice President
Discussing Kamala Harris as Vice President Biden’s Vice President. What benefits does she bring? What risks? What does her accession say about the direction of Democratic Party? The panel also touches on President Trump’s electoral strategy in the run up to the election.
Issue two: Crime and Suburbia
Discussing the resignation of Seattle’s police chief in protest of budget cuts, violent crime in major cities, police reform – and Trump’s assertion that he will win votes of suburban women over this issue.
Issue three: COVID Politics
Discussing the negotiations on the Hill, school reopening, Russia vaccine.
The McLaughlin Group — August 7, 2020
guest panelist this week is conservative strategist Matt Mackowiak
Issue one: Ballot Battles
Rashida Tlaib wins her primary rematch with a larger margin of victory than in 2018, Cori Bush defeats a 20-year incumbent in Missouri, and Carolyn Maloney fends off a progressive challenger in New York. The panel discusses the significance of these results, plus mail-in ballots and election security as we head toward November.
Issue two: Don’t Tear Down That Wall
Joe Biden tried to take a middle road this week when he was asked if he would tear down the wall along the Mexican border. Biden said he would not, but pledged there would be no new wall constructed during his administration.
Issue three: Mr. Azar Goes to Taipei
Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar will soon visit Taiwan to recognize their response to the Coronavirus pandemic. But believing Taiwan to be a breakaway province, China views this as an affront to its national integrity.
Issue four: Crossfire Hurricane Season Continues
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday held its second oversight hearing in relation to the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.
The McLaughlin Group — July 31, 2020
guest panelist this week is Dave Marcus of the Federalist
Issue one: Battling Bill
House Judiciary Democrats on Tuesday grilled Attorney General Bill Barr, while Barr defended President Trump’s decision to send federal law enforcement officers into various cities. The panel discusses the showdown in the context of partisanship that now defines our political landscape.
Issue two: Tech Reform
Executives from tech giants Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google testified to Congress this week, arguing that these companies are good for consumers, workers, and the nation. Democrats say they may have become too big and stifle innovation, while Republicans believe they have anti-conservative bias.
Issue three: Coronavirus Bailout Part Deux
Democrats and Republicans are negotiating over a second pandemic stimulus bill. Democrats want $3.4 trillion, while Republicans say new spending should be capped at one third of that amount. How does this play out toward the election?
Issue four: Biden’s VP Decision
Joe Biden says he’ll announce his Vice Presidential running mate next week, with Kamala Harris at the top of the speculation ticket. As Team Biden considers their strong position in the polls, they also fear giving the president any new ammunition to use with independent voters.
The McLaughlin Group — July 24, 2020
guest panelist this week is Alexander Heffner, host of Open Mind on PBS
Issue one: Federal Factor
While Portland’s mayor and Oregon’s governor protest the deployment of federal law enforcement officers, President Trump says he’s ready to send teams to other cities that are experiencing crime waves.
Issue two: Census Showdown
President Trump this week signed a memorandum seeking to bar undocumented immigrants from being counted for the purposes of congressional redistricting.
Issue three: Consulate Closure
The State Department this week ordered closed China’s consulate in Houston, TX. US officials had become increasingly concerned about the consulate’s use as a base for harassment of Chinese-Americans as well as its involvement in intellectual property theft. China is pledging to respond to the closure.
Issue four: Polar Bears
A University of Toronto study this week warns that polar bears could become extinct by 2100. How much global accountability is there for man-made climate change?
The McLaughlin Group — July 17, 2020
guest panelist this week is Shermichael Singleton, conservative writer and political consultant
Issue one: Trump Team vs. Fauci
Discussing the not-so-subtle war on Dr. Fauci’s credibility. Peter Navarro wrote a scathing USA Today op-ed and Dan Scavino retweeted a political cartoon of Fauci flushing the US economy down the toilet.. What’s motivating this effort?
Issue two: Governors on the Hot Seat
Discussing Andrew Cuomo’s effort to take a victory lap. Is it deserved? What about Gretchen Whitmer’s continuing focus on lockdowns and public mask wearing? And how would you rate Ron DeSantis’s efforts in Florida?
Issue three: China Tensions
President Trump this week signed a congressional sanctions act, punishing Chinese officials for Beijing’s new national security law in Hong Kong. Additionally, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US government regards the vast majority of China’s claims over territory in the South China Sea to be illegal.
Issue four: Donkey and Elephant Migration
Discussing the evolution of the GOP and Democratic Party.