US of Ed

An Insider Eye on US News and Politics

Ed Blakely has served in different capacities under a succession of presidential administrations, has guided government policy on urban planning and is a widely cited academic. My name is Sean Britten, and each week, Ed and I have a chat about what’s the latest news out of the United States, talking everything politics, planning and policy from sea to shining sea.

"Trump still doesn't care, because from his point-of-view his voters will stick with him no matter what."

The US government shutdown has now gone on for 26 days and seems no closer to a resolution than it did on day one. Trump may want his Wall, but given last week the first solid evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia was largely ignored in favor of shutdown updates, is the president stretching it out as a distraction as well? Also talking the Syria bombing, Steve King, and Brexit.

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"What does he want? He just wants five billion dollars and an erector set so he can play games?"

Trump's promised shutdown seems no closer to being resolved, as the president addresses the nation with fear and storms out of negotiations with Democrat leaders. Is America on the verge of a likely illegal declaration of national crisis? Can Democrats keep their hands clean, and keep following through on their refusals to fund The Wall?

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"[Trump] thinks... I don't have any support anywhere but my base. My base wants this, if I don't deliver this then I have no support anywhere at all.

As Trump's third government shutdown drags toward the two week mark, unfortunately for him it has done nothing to delay Democrats as they take over the House of Reps. If he couldn't pass his agenda when Republicans controlled both houses of government, what hope is there now? Also talking the chances of impeachment, Elizabeth Warren, Mitt Romney, and Ed lays out a three-point plan for the Democrats in 2019.

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"If the United States cannot be the moral leader, then the United States has no role in the world."

Jim Mattis' resignation and a government shutdown meant the final week of 2018 was anything but uneventful. Ed and Sean look back on the week, and the year, that was in an America-sized edition before the clock hits midnight on what may be the most chaotic year ever in modern US politics. Talking White House resignations and reshuffles, The Wall, Midterms, #MeToo, California fires, Jamal Khashoggi, Trump adventures abroad and much, much more.

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"This is a favor for the Russians, a big gift to the Russians."

Declaring over Twitter that ISIS has been defeated in the region, President Trump is pulling US troops out of Syria but not without resistance from within his administration. Meanwhile, Michael Cohen keeps on giving, Michael Flynn's sentencing delayed, and the Trump Foundation facing dissolution due to persistent illegal activity. Also talking Mick Mulvaney, government shutdown, and gun deaths at their highest levels in fifty years.

If you'd like to listen to the Guns Specials mentioned in this week's podcasts, you can find them here: US of Ed on Guns in America: Part One

And here: US of Ed on Guns in America: Part Two

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