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John Bolton Fired, Remembering 9-11
Sep 13 • 59 min
In the "The Swamp, Explained" series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works. President Trump has fired John Bolton. We debate if Bolton is the last Wilsonian hawk in the White House. Rob shares where he was on 9-11, and we…
Trump’s Wild Week, The Fed, Joe Walsh Jumps In’
Aug 26 • 62 min
The Swamp, Explained" series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works. In this episode, we discuss Trump's wild week where he proposed buying Greenland and accepted the title 'King of the Jews.' Joe Walsh is getting into the…
End The Homeland Security Department? AOC vs. Trump
Jul 22 • 58 min
"The Swamp, Explained" series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works. In this episode, they discuss ending the Department of Homeland Security and Trump's fight with the "Squad." Check out Rob's resume here:…
Justin Amash for President? Should Trump Be Impeached?
May 27 • 62 min
"The Swamp, Explained" series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in depth on how Washington works. Today we discuss the possible Justin Amash campaign and if impeaching Donald Trump is politically smart for the Democrats. Check out his resume here:…
Rob’s Time on the George HW Bush Campaign
Feb 6 • 73 min
Rob Quartel served as Issues Director for two Presidential campaigns. After serving on Gerald Ford's 1976 campaign, he was the third person hired on George HW Bush's 1980 campaign. He details how the campaigns worked and what kind of man Bush was. He went…
Political Violence Now vs. 60s, Is Trump Draining the Swamp?
Oct 30, 2018 • 87 min
In our "The Swamp, Explained" series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in depth on how Washington works. On this episode, we compare the heated political environments of the 1960's to today, we examine how Trump is emboldening the Swamp by not staffing…
Manafort and McCain
Aug 31, 2018 • 65 min
Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel discuss the Paul Manafort trials and how it is emblematic of the Swamp, and we discuss the complex legacy of John McCain. Rob then answers listener questions about the Jones Act. Paul Manafort - 00:04:08 John McCain Dies -…
Russians and Trump, The Jones Act
Aug 2, 2018 • 68 min
In the second episode of our series "The Swamp, Explained", Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in-depth on how Washington works. Rob gives us a view of Russian meddling and possible Trump collusion from the swamp. Rob explains the Jones Act. GOP lawmaker…
The EPA and the Roots of Bureaucracy
May 10, 2018 • 73 min
In the first episode of our "The Swamp, Explained" series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in depth on how Washington works. They discuss the origins of the EPA, the roots of bureaucracy, and what Washington thinks of Gary Johnson by telling the story of…