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Is your brain overwhelmed by politics? Would you like to skip the BS and have your facts broken down? Welcome to The Uninformed States of America Podcast with host Mike Riley. A show that is considered the safe-space for the uninformed. New Episodes of #TheUSAPodcast every other Wednesday.
Welcome to The USA Podcast Hosted by Mike RileyEpisode 154 Tonight is the night. Tonight is the night that we announce the winner of the first Riley Now University Fund contest. One lucky college student will when $500 to go towards their college expenses tonight. We want to thank every single student who submitted an essay concerning the student debt crisis and for listening to episode 151. Listen in to see if you are the winner. In this episode, Mike Riley gives us a very in depth and thorough evaluation of gun rights versus voting privileges. This past week we saw another mass shooting happen in the United states. Mass shooting after mass shooting continues to happen however many of the Republicans in the United states Congress say there is absolutely nothing we can do about it. While Democrats are calling for assault weapons bans, gun control and universal background checks, Republicans say that trying to stop mass casualty events which involve firearms from occurring in the United states is a futile effort. At the same time the Republican Party is laser focused on try to curb voter fraud, a crime which very rarely occurs in this country. Why is it that it's so easy to do something about voter fraud, which hardly ever happens, but so hard to do something about mass shootings, which happen all the time? Why is it that owning a gun is considered a right and voting is considered a privilege? Mike breaks it all down.
Welcome to The USA Podcast hosted by Mike RileyEpisode 153 March 17, 2021Infrastructure is not often considered a sexy topic, but it is a topic that is extremely vital to the progress of America. Jackson, Mississippi is currently facing a water crisis due to their failing infrastructure. When Jackson was hit a couple of weeks ago by a severe storm, their infrastructure was not up to date and this left many of Jackson's residents without any clean drinking or bathing water. This is not just a problem in Jackson, but a problem all across America. All across America we are facing crumbling roads, bridges, dams, tunnels and many other things that are considered part of our infrastructure. Why is this? In tonight's episode, Mike speaks with Will Stribling of Mississippi Today about the water crisis facing Jackson, Mississippi as well as the bigger infrastructure issue facing the entire country. Learn more about Will Stribling by visiting https://mississippitoday.org/author/wstribling/Mike also goes over the Republican outrage at the border, the shooting that took place in Atlanta, that left eight mostly women of Asian descent dead, and some other news items of the week.
Welcome to The USA Podcast hosted by Mike RileyMany Americans know that black history plays a key role in the American story, however, often times this black history is taught from an indistinct perspective. In episode 152, Mike speaks with Professor Joyice Robinson about how dissecting black history can help us reframe our perspective on its significance to not only American history, but world history. Prof Joyice Robinson, is an educator who teaches Black-interest classes, prepare families for school transition, and supports young adults & women in relationship readiness. You can learn more about Prof. Joyice by visiting https://professorjoyice.com/In the 2nd segment, Mike breaks down some of the arguments and some of the myths surrounding raising the federal minimum wage to $15.00 an hour. Many Americans believe that raising the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour will be interfering with the free market and will force many small businesses to shut down. But is this true? Should employers be forced to pay their workers a livable wage? Mike breaks it all down in this segment.
Tonight, on The USA Podcast hosted by Mike Riley, we take an in depth look into what is the student loan debt crisis in the United States. Mike brings on a special guest, Jay, who has first-hand experience of working in the student loan industry. Jay educates Mike Riley and his audience about how student loans work, what the consequences of education debt can be on the country, the prospects of debt-free college and what we can do to survive student loan debt. this is also the opening night of The Riley now University Fund. Mike Riley has teamed up with Franek technologies to start a college grant that will reward a lucky college student with $500 for listening to the conversation between Jay & Mike Riley concerning student loan debt. go to www.rileynowuniversity.com to learn more and sign up. Also, in tonight's episode, Mike Riley Gets into a very in-depth discussion about Oligarchy and the relationship The United States has with it. Mike Riley breaks down how he feels we are being ruled by the rich, how the United States is living in a state of oligarchy and what we can do about it. Student Debt Survival & Living in a State of Oligarchy
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The Vaccine Situation Conversation Part 2 w/ Anne Heiner We continue our discussion about the COVID-19 vaccine on this episode of The USA Podcast. Mike Riley speaks with a physician’s assistant who works in an urgent care center in rural Oregon about some of the myths and questions people may have surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine. With the swearing in of a new administration today, this could be a chance to move forward and finally get this virus under control. Mike speaks with Anne Heiner and continues the conversation about the COVID-19 vaccineThe Post-Trump EraIt has been done. Donald Trump is no longer the President of the United States and Joe Biden was sworn in today at his Inauguration as the 46th president of the United States. Along with this, Kamala Harris was also sworn in as Vice President and the tie breaker in the United States Senate that will give Democrats the majority. So what does this mean? What happens next? What does moving forward and living in the Post-Trump Era look like ? Many people say this will be the new “Reconstruction” of trying to heal and unify the country . Mike explores this topic in this segment of the Open Mike.Uncensored Censorship 2021In the past week we witnessed the historical impeachment of Donald Trump for a second time and we also witnessed a complete repudiation of Donald Trump on social media platforms. What does the banning of Donald Trump and other right wing echo chambers on social media in 2021 say about censorship in the digital age? Mike explores this topic and gives his opinion on censorship in this segment
Welcome to The USA Podcast with host Mike Riley. Ep 149The Vaccine Situation Conversation with Dr.Catherine Fuller, MDIn this episode of the USA podcast, Mike Riley speaks with a physician about the ins and outs of The COVID 19 Vaccine. Catherine Fuller, MD, is a Physician whose practice is clinical immunology, allergy and asthma. Many people have a lot of questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Trust in the vaccine is very low amongst much of the public. Mike speaks with doctor Fuller about some of those trust issues and answers many of the questions that many people might have about the vaccine. Learn more about Dr. Catherine Fuller by visiting drfullerallergy.comLiving The Conspiracy theoryOn this day January 6, 2020 we witnessed an attempted coup on the United States Capitol. Much of this is due to the fact that many of Donald trump's followers are living through conspiracy theories and unproven claims. But what is a conspiracy theory really? Where did they come from? How is it that people live through them? Mike goes over much of these things in this episode.
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Welcome to The USA Podcast hosted by Mike Riley Ep148The Blue Peach Movement with Daniel Blackman All eyes are on the State of Georgia right now as Americans prepare for the game-changing special elections taking place on January 5, 2021. While everyone seems to be focused on The Senate races, there are other races happening in Georgia on the same ballot that will do more to affect the local climate in the state. One of these important races is the race for Public Service Commissioner in Georgia’s 4th District. In this episode, we speak to one of the candidates running in that race Daniel Blackman. Mike will be speaking to Mr. Blackman about what this position is all about and if the citizens on The Peach State are ready to swing this district blue. Learn more about Daniel Blackman by visiting https://danielforgeorgia.com/.The Two Santa Clause Theory:It's time for Mike to tell the story of how The Republican Party created 2 Santa Claus's in order to give the top 1% of earners the gift that keeps on giving! Major Tax Cuts! In this episode, Mike breaks down what The 2 Santa Claus theory is and how a real life Grinch named Jude Wanniski used this as a political tactic that has been leaving large lumps of coal in the stockings of average Americans for decades. E Pluribus Unum? / 2020 Stars In the Open Mike segment, Mike gives his thoughts on what Americans need to do in order to unify and get back on the right track. This involves Americans embracing the idea of “we are all in this together.” From the COVID epidemic to moving on from Trumpism, Mike explains how the old Democratic culture of taking care of each other. Mike also explains how Donald Trump’s influence has cast a dark shadow of 2020 and why we need to get over it in 2021. This is our annual Christmas episode and the last episode of 2020. From TheUSAPodcast Team we wish you all a very Happy Holidays!!
Welcome to TheUSAPodcast with host Mike RileyEp147In this episode Mike talks about all of the different ways Donald Trump is trying to “salt the fields,” or “burn down the house” & make things very difficult for the Joe Biden administration. What is Donald Trump's plans to ensure that Joe Biden will not have a successful presidency? Also, in this episode Mike goes over his theory of why Democrats performed so bad in the down ballot races. Has the culture on the left, like the Defund the Police movement, hurt the Democrats? And how would this make a difference coming up in the Georgia races?
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Welcome to TheUSAPodcast with host Mike RileyEp 146Now that the presidential election this is pretty much in the bag , and Joe Biden is the new president elect, there is another large prize that the Democrats need to obtain. This price is the two Senate seats up for grabs in the state of Georgia. All eyes are on Georgia right now. This runoff election will determine if The Republicans can keep the Democrats at Bay when Joe Biden takes office or if the Democrats will be able to finally get the majority control that they need in order to bring in effective change and undo much of what Donald Trump has done. In this episode, Mike breaks down the Georgia runoff election, talks about the candidates, and gives us the inside of how important the election is. In the second segment Mike breaks down the process of the Electoral College in all the different ways Donald Trump is going to try to finagle his way to stay in the White House even though he has lost the election. Mike also explains the process of faithless electors. Get your degree from the Electoral College. Lastly, in the open mic, Mike gives his feelings on how Donald Trump has used the power of social media in order to create absolute manipulation. Mike also talks about how he has, like so many other Americans, has personally been caught up in this and how we can maybe break free from it.
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Welcome to theUSAPodcast with your host Mike Riley This is a special post-election episode of theUSAPodcast Well the election has come, but it has not gone.The showdown between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is still in the midst, as ballots are still being counted and a winner has not yet been declared. There was anticipation for this especially from Mike Riley, who is going to be breaking down what took place during one of the biggest elections in US history. Mike will be talking about the results from the California propositions as well as breaking down how the country felt in terms of representation in the Senate and the House. Mike will also be giving his analysis on The Presidential Election. There is no winner and Donald Trump is already claiming that fraud is taking place. Will he go quietly if he loses? Does Joe Biden still have a chance to win? These are all things Mike will breakdown and go over.
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Welcome to #TheUSAPodcast hosted by Mike RileyThe election is only days away (This is It!) and many citizens in The US are looking at not only who the next POTUS will be, but also which districts in the country will flip either blue or red. Texas happens to be one of the states that many feel is going blue in 2020 and candidates like Dr. Lia Welch, who is running to turn Texas’ 12th congressional district blue, is the reason why. Dr. Welch is looking to flip a notoriously red district blue in 2020 because she feels the people there care about science, women’s rights and healthcare. In this episode, Mike speaks with her about these issues and why she thinks Texas 12th district is ready for change. You can learn more about Dr. Welch by visiting https://www.lisawelch.org/ This is it: There are only 6 days left until the 2020 Presidential and General Election. Many people say that this is the most important election in the history of this country. For many people THIS IS IT!This is the big one! With record voter turn out, this is a chance to see which direction our country really wants to head in. Go down memory Lane as Mike recaps the accomplishments and failures of the Trump Administration over the last 4 years. Mike also breaks down the differences in policy between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. In The Open Mic, Mike talks about why a vote for Donald Trump is not just a vote for him, but also a vote for the Senate Republicans that have done dirty tricks to win at their agenda in the past. Mike breaks down why THIS IS IT! Share this episode with friends and follow Mike Riley on social @mikerileynow
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Welcome to TheUSAPodcast with host Mike RileyOn this episode:One of the more serious ballot initiatives that will appear on the ballot in CA this November is Prop 17, which will allow those who are on parole to be able to vote in CA. Voter rights and voter suppression have long been brought up around this debate and this November the people of CA will get the chance to decide if those who are trying to gain their way back into society should also be able to vote. In this episode, Mike speaks with community activists Shay-Franco Clausen about Prop 17, why she is in favor of it and why we should restore voting rights to those convicted of crimes. You can learn more about Shay by visiting https://www.shayfrancoclausen.com/ AlsoIn the second segment, Mike goes over all 12 of the California propositions that will be on the 2020 ballot. Californians will get the opportunity to decide on a variety of measures that include issues from stem cell research to rent control. Mike breaks them down.In the 3rd segment, Mike discusses how extremism both on the left and right is enough to tear the country apart. How has American extremism gotten so deep and is Donald Trump encouraging this kind of culture?
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Welcome to TheUSAPodcast with Mike RileyIn this episode, Mike speaks with recording artist Amberlin about her new song “Golden Rule” and what she feels is the golden rule we need to apply as a society to make true progress in the world. Go to https://amberlinmusic.com/ and http://www.prizefightrecords.com/ The Washington Filibusters So what the hell is a filibuster exactly? The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg has not only left an empty hole in the nation but also an empty seat in The Supreme Court. The Democrats have no power to block this nomination weeks before the election due the Nuclear Option attached to the Filibuster. What does this all mean? Why are Democrats talking about getting rid of the filibuster? Mike breaks it down! The Consequences of your Elections In the Open Mike Segment, Mike gives his opinion on how the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg proves how elections can have dire consequences. Mike offers his opinion on the alternate universe of possible different election outcomes as well as his commentary on the current situation. Follow Mike on Social Media
Welcome to TheUSAPodcast hosted by Mike Riley Episode 142Reforming the police and changing our criminal justice system are some of the biggest issues that are at the forefront of this November Election. Many Americans around the country are going to be looking to the District Attorneys around The USA to usher in this reform. On this episode of TheUSAPodcast, Mike speaks with Mimi Rocha who is running to be District Attorney in Westchester County New York. Mimi wants to bring in a more progressive approach to law-enforcement, incarceration and prosecution and Mike will talk with her about how she plans to do just that. Follow her at https://www.mimirocahforda.com/In the second segment, A California proposition that will be on the November ballot will give citizens the chance to choose whether gig workers are independent contractors or employees. This has brought in the question of workers rights and how workers should be treated. ￼￼Mike talks about this and the strength of workers rights movements in America that lead to Labor Day. In the third segment Mike gives his analysis on Joe Biden‘s America versus Trump’s America with a recap of the RNC.￼Download the app by going to www.mikerileynow.com
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The Supreme Court has been called America’s most powerful, least accountable government institution, and all throughout American history there have been countless people who have been trying to change it. In this episode, we speak with Gabe Roth who is The Executive Director of Fix the Court, an organization who has made it their mission to change The United States Supreme Court. Mike will be asking Mr. Roth about why The SCOTUS should be changed and how. Find out more by going to https://fixthecourt.com/In the second segment Mike talks about how income and wealth inequality create a wealth gap that has an adverse effect on society. Why is it that the United States, which is the richest country in the world, has such a huge wealth gap? Mike digs in. Also, The 2020 Democratic national convention is taking place & there are many Republicans who using the convention as an opportunity to ￼voice their ￼disdain for Donald Trump and their support for Joe Biden.￼ With so many Republicans deciding to support a Democratic ticket for the first time does this mean that there is something deeper than just getting rid of Donald Trump? Mike explains his conspiracy theory on why so many Republicans are deciding to go blue.!! ￼￼ The USA Podcast with Mike Riley www.theUSApodcast.com
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Ep 140 with host Mike RileyWelcome to TheUSAPodcast As COVID still remains a problem and the economic engines of the country continue to slow down, many are beginning to fear that there will be an influx of homelessness in a State already inundated by the issue. But before COVID-19, places like LA and San Francisco had already been experiencing record rates of homelessness. In the midst of all of this are organizations such as The Midnight Mission, who has made it their duty to help out those who are experiencing homelessness in a variety of ways. In this episode we speak with Katya Askar, who is Manager of Corporate Relations at Midnight Mission LA, about what some of the ways are. We also speak with her about the issue of homelessness, why it is growing and what can we do about it. Learn more by going to https://www.midnightmission.org/People are always talking about the swap. Too many people, the political swamp consist of career long politicians and greedy bureaucrats stuffing their pockets. But who are the real swamp creatures in Washington? It’s Donald Trump himself a member of the swamp or is he working his best to drain the swamp? Plus how the swamp relates to coronavirus relief. And lastly, Mike gets into the importance of a large voter turn out this November to ensure victory and to ensure a fair turnout! ￼
Tonight on #theUSApodcast we speak with Eliza Orlins who is running to be the next DistrictAttorney in Manhattan NY. The recent movements across the nation to ameliorate policedepartments and usher in criminal justice reform have sparked many to seek changes inleadership. Many feel as if changing those who have let misconduct fester will FINALLY changecriminal justice for the better. This is especially true in the Manhattan District Attorney officewhere many high-profile cases, police misconduct and bail reform have been front and center inthe public eye. In this episode, we speak with Eliza Orlins about how she plans to change theculture of criminal justice in NY, what do we do about bad cops and what her vision for a betterNYC will be. You can follow Eliza Orlins @ElizaOrlins Also, with coronavirus still raging out-of-control many Americans are still suffering from the economic affects of it.￼ with the federal unemployment insurance stimulus expiring this week, many Americans are left wondering what they will do and if there will be another help from the government. This has bought the question of social safety nets in to play. Does the United States need a stronger social safety nets? And if so what?And lastly, Donald Trump has now taken the step of moving an identifiable federal troops into US cities for what he thinks is law and order practice. Is this OK? Have any other presidents done this in the past and what will be the consequences if it is allowed to continue?￼￼￼￼￼
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Welcome back to TheUSAPodcast hosted by Mike RileyEpisode 138 The recent events that have been taking place in the US have motivated and energized many people to finally want to get informed, get involved and make a change. However many people, especially young, have no clue where to start. Even more, many feel as if their voices are too tiny to be heard. That is where Jessica Burnquist comes in. Jessica Burnquist is the director of “Rock Your World,” an organization that inspires students to take action to improve the challenges they see in the world around them. In this episode, we talk with Jessica about how this organization is reaching young activists, how education plays a role, and how we can rock our own worlds through activism. Learn more info at https://www.rock-your-world.org/ Also, on theUSApodcast we dare to ask the question, are corporations people? If so, do they have the same rights as humans? Last week, energy company PG&E pled guilty to killing 84 people, but not one “person” will spend a day in jail. Why? Why are corporations considered people if they cannot be punished like people? And also, what is with “cancel culture?” Is the left becoming too extreme or is this just all a part of changing the normal way we think? Donald Trump and Lindsay Graham say Democrats have gone nuts but is this true? Should we killing cancel culture or is cancel culture crucial? Mike breaks it all down!!!
TheUSAPodcast Episode 137 with Mike RileyIn this episode Mike digs into how the whole world is beginning to reject the ideals, principles and customs of systemic racism in the wake of the George Floyd killing. Many States are even going as far as removing their relics that pay homage to the old Confederacy which many see as a monument to America's racist past. But not all are on board with this concept. Donald Trump is not interested in renaming forts or tearing down statues in the name of removing racism. But why? Also, with many calling for serious police reforms the question of what to do next is constantly coming up. Calls to defund the police and even disband police departments have been made but what does this really mean. Mike breaks it down. Plus, with the elections coming up,many fear that voter suppression tactics may come into play. On Tuesday, several states voted in their primary elections, but some states, such as Georgia, went through a tough episode featuring long lines and mistreatment of absentee ballots. What does this all mean and can we expect this in November?
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TheUSAPodcast Ep 136Tonight is a special edition of the USA podcast. With all that has been going on in the country surrounding the protest of George Floyd’s death, as well as the practice of police brutality in this country, ￼ it has shaken things to its core. Many people feel that enough is enough and the time to move forward has come. But in the midst of all of the turmoil and chaos, there is much confusion about where to go next. In this special episode, Mike digs deep into the racism that has been the poison cancer within the United States since its beginning. Racism has evolved. And police and law-enforcement in this country has naturally evolved with it. Mike digs into the history of racism in the United States and how it has evolved into what it is now. The practicing of the police has been put on trial by the American people. Mike also goes over why the constitutional rights of many Americans have been violated, by Donald Trump, and by many Democratic governors and mayors across the country. What should we do next? Mike also talks about where we should go next when it comes to policing, and curving systemic racism so that way it is gone once and forever! This needs to be more than just a #Movement! ￼￼ ￼￼￼￼
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Welcome back to TheUSAPodcast hosted by Mike Riley As election season looms on many are hoping the fight for the Blue Wave continues for the down ticket and local elections across America. Races are being watched closely especially in Republican held districts. One of those districts is Alaska House District 25 where Democrat Janice Park is looking to flip that district and bring it into a progressive era. In this episode we speak with Janice Park about her plans for Alaska and her campaign to get elected. You can follow Janice Park on twitter @alaskawater. Plus, with America beginning to open back up, many Americans have nowhere to turn to get them back on their feet. Many jobs that were lost during the pandemic will be lost forever and Americans need help. Democrats have tried to pass a bill called the HERO Act that will give aid to many of those in need, however many Republicans oppose it. Mike and his friend Abbey will discuss first hand the troubles that Americans are facing because of this lack of help and what we could possibly do to get the economy going again. Plus, Donald Trump has started many culture wars over the past couple of weeks. From wearing a mask, to fighting with Twitter and mostly going against mail-in voting! What is Donald Trump so against mail-voting? Why does he believe it will lead to cheating? Is he right? Mike breaks it down Plus we continue our discussion of Black Death as the the murder of George Floyd has shaken the nation to its core
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TheUSAPodcast Ep 134 with Mike Riley The justice system in America is supposed to be a system that is fair and equal, with the goal of simply upholding the law. But in America that is not always the case. In this episode Mike talks about the inequality that plagues the Justice System! Mike breaks down how there are 2 different Justice systems that serve two purposes with one aimed at controlling African Americans and one aimed at protecting those in power. With the death of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor have raised many questions when it comes to justice for blacks in America. Likewise, the installation of Bill Barr as Attorney General has it’s own dealings when it comes to the Justice System. By allowing Michael Flynn to reject his plea deal, many people are saying Bill Barr is nothing more than Donald Trump’s personal attorney general. Is this true? And what does this mean when it comes to Justice
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Welcome to #theUSApodcast with Mike RileyAs the fight against COVID-19 continues, so does the fight to keep up the Blue Wave and turn crucial districts from Red to Blue. One of those such fights is in Georgia’s 9th District where candidate Devin Pandy is looking to take the seat from incumbent Rep. Doug Collins and turn a traditionally red district to the left. In this episode Mike speaks with Devin Pandy about Georgia and COVID-19, if Georgia's 9th is ready to go blue, healthcare and the economic future. You can follow Devin Pandy on twitter @DevinPandy and by going to https://devinpandyforcongress.com/ Also,Tonight Mike talks about the definition of Government and what role it should play in the public’s best interest during the COVID-19 pandemic! With COVID-19 creating an economic nightmare across the country, many States are looking to the Federal government for help but Donald Trump and many Republicans have publicly stated that bailing out States is not the job of the federal government. Well then what the hell is? We break it all down! Follow Mike Riley on social @mikerileynow
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In this episode Mike has a discussion with congressional candidate Perry Gershon who is looking to continue the blue Wave and flip NY’s 1st congressional district from red to blue. Mike speaks with Mr. Gershon about healthcare, NY in the midst of COVID-19, and what his plans are for NY’s 1st district. You can learn more by visiting https://www.perrygershon.com/Also, there is a hard movement amongst many on the right who want to quickly reopen the country, even though there is no vaccine and not enough tests for COVID-19. This idea has been headed by Donald Trump who desperately wants to get the country back to normal. But why? Why are the Republicans and those in the Trump admin so anxious to reopen America with no remedy for COVID-19? Could it be because they want herd immunity? Listen as Mike breaks this down. And, The United States Post Office is now on life support and could run out of money by this Summer. Why is this and is the post office worth saving? Mike talks about how Donald Trump and the Republicans have been trying to take down the post office for years! Follow on social @mikerileynow
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Ep130Welcome back to The Uninformed States of America Podcast hosted by Mike RileyWith The United States now leading the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, it leaves many wondering how we get to this point, and which direction could we be possibly headed into in the future? In this episode, Mike Riley digs into the history of pandemics and what lessons can be learned from them. Has something like this ever happened before and what have human beings done in order to battle it. Also, Mike digs into what many are calling a slow and unserious approach by Donald Trump and his administration when it comes to the Coronavirus. Did Trump act too slowly and too relaxed to this pandemic and did it cost The United States lives? Mike also gets into the economic fallout of this pandemic in full. Donald Trump and many of his followers are downplaying this incident as hysteria and want people to go back to work ASAP. Donald Trump has not even called for a national lockdown. But is it worth dying or getting sick in order to save the economy? Plus Mike talks about what is is the $2 Trillion stimulus package Follow Mike Riley on social media @mikerileynow
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Episode 129March 18, 2020Antonio Cortez Hicks was a congressional candidate running for the US House in Georgia’s 4th district until he suspended his campaign due to lack of fundraising. Tonight, Mike speaks with him about the journey of his campaign as well as the process of running for public office. Does money play the most important factor? Is pay for play the process for American politics? Follow him @achforcongress We also discuss the current situation facing the global pandemic of the COVID-19 CoronaVirus. Now that it has hit the United States hard, what are we to do? What will be the economic fallout of this situation and what has history taught us about seeing our way through it? Plus we go over why Donald Trump chose to sugarcoat and downplay the situation instead of taking it seriously from the beginning!!
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Welcome back to #theUSApodcast with host Mike RileyIn this episode Mike has a discussion with Rob Anderson running for congress in Louisiana and Tiffany Bond running for the US Senate in MaineLouisiana's 3rd Congressional District has been held by Republicans since 2011. But with many believing the time for a blue wave across the country is now, there are some who are fighting to flip this district from red to blue. One of those people is congressional candidate Rob Anderson. Rob Anderson is running as a Democrat to represent Louisiana's 3rd District in the US House. In this episode, we speak with him about why he believes it's time for this district to be represented by a Democrat, his stance on healthcare, gun legislation and his campaign. You can follow him by going to https://www.robandersonforcongress.com/ With Republicans and Democrats fighting to retain power and win seats in the House, the voices of the Independent can oftentimes be drowned out. However, many people are looking to hear from a voice going to Washington that is not taking a partisan side but an American side. That brings us to Tiffany Bond who is an Independent running to represent the State of Maine in the US House. We speak with her about why she has no party preference, what #MaineRaising is about and her plans for Maine if she ends up going to Washington. Follow her by going to http://bond4.me/Mike also goes over the election results from Super Tuesday! WTF actually happened and how did Joe Biden take such a lead? Plus, what happens to all of the delegates from the candidates who dropped out? What happens if there is a brokered convention? Mike also talks about the latest with the Corona Virus and how the case for Medicare for all can be made because of it.
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Ep 126 YEAH! Welcome back to #theUSApodcast With Super Tuesday quickly approaching, many Americans have their minds set on who they want their presidential pick to be; oftentimes neglecting the other local issues and races on the ballot that are just as important, if not more important, than selecting a presidential nominee. For LA County Residents, one of those important local races will be who will be sitting on the judicial bench for the largest county in The United States. In this episode, we speak to Troy Slaten who is running for judge in LA County seat 145. We speak with Troy about the significance of electing judges, his feelings on criminal justice reform and what he plans to do for LA if he is elected. Follow him on Twitter @troyslaten Also, in our second segment we speak about the issues that are surrounding the Democratic Primary including changing the rules of the debates to allow Micheal Bloomberg to join the debates. Is it fair to allow Michael Bloomberg to jump in with all of his money? Also, what will be on the ballot other than presidential primary candidates on Super Tuesday? This includes Prop 13. We go into depth what CA State Measure 13 means and what it can mean for California schools. In the 3rd segment we talk about how medicare for all is starting to spill over the border. With healthcare being one of the biggest topics in the election, many are wondering if Medicare for all passes, will it be extended to undocumented citizens? Does healthcare is a right mean it’s a right for everyone or only US Citizens? Mike breaks it down!!
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With the 2020 races coming in closer, many often wonder who the down-ticket candidates are on ballots that they may not recognize or even know they are able to vote for. In addition, most people are not aware that they have the power to vote on certain important positions, such as judges. This brings in Linda Sun who is running to be a Judge in California’s Superior Court. Tonight we speak with her about her campaign and what she plans to do if she if elected. Follow her by going to https://lindasunforjudge.com/Tonight we also speak with Kipp Mueller who is a candidate running for the California State Senate in SD21. We will be speaking with him about why he is running, what are his plans for homelessness, housing, climate change and where will CA be headed into the future. Follow him on twitter @KippforSenate. and in our 3rd segment we go over the theatrics that were Donald Trump's 3rd State of the Union address! The fact checking is real. In addition, we discuss the current state of the union or lack of union. With Donald Trump's acquittal from impeachment, it leaves the country even more divided. We discuss what this could mean for 2020 and why it is that way to begin with. We also discuss the disastrous mess that is going on with the Iowa caucuses and the fight amongst the Left. & we break down what the hell a caucus is.
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Ep 125 Welcome to The Uninformed States of America Podcast hosted by Mike Riley It’s 2020 which means it is a big election year and there are many big elections coming up! As California voters brace themselves for Super Tuesday many are wondering who and what will be on the ballots. One of the most significant races are for the residents of LAUSD’ District 7 as they will be going to the polls to select a new board member. Tonight we speak with one of the candidates in that race Tanya Ortiz Franklin. We ask Tanya about why she thinks she would be a good choice for school board, her stance on the growing charter schools, special education and the future of LAUSD. Tweet her at @TanyaForLAUSDAlso tonight we discuss how the Impeachment of Donald Trump is not only putting the US Senate on trial but the entire United States Constitution. Listen in as Mike breaks down how the impeachment is calling many of the ideas the framers put into the constitution into serious question. What will the Senate do? Will it follow the rules or simply make up new ones. We also discuss the 10 year anniversary of Citizens United and how that Supreme Court decision is still affecting us today with money in politics. Please write a review, subscribe and share
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Ep 124Welcome to #theUSApodcast hosted by Mike Riley who happens to remain the flyest Podcast host on the planet Earth! Welcome to 2020, this is the 1st show of the year! And already The United States has been taken to the brink of war with Donald Trump going at Iran. In this episode we take a small trip to the Middle East to see what all of this conflict in Iran is all about. The Mainstream Media is doing a great job of confusing people on how we got to the point where we are at the brink of war with Iran, but Mike cuts through the BS and gets straight to the point. What is our history with Iran and why is there such tension there? Who is Soleimani and should he have been taken out? Can there be a peaceful solution and what happens next? Listen as Mike Riley breaks down the Iranian conflict. Also in this epsiode Mike gets you all caught up with where The US is regarding the impeachment of Donald Trump. What’s been going on and how come there is a stall in the impeachment process? Are politicians playing fair and following the constitution or are they playing partisan politics just to stick it to the other side? We also talk about the devastating wildfires in Australia. Is climate change the cause of this? Plus Mike goes over some new laws that take effect in 2020 and that will effect you! Subscribe, Share and Leave a Comment! www.mikerileynow.com
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Welcome back to #TheUSAPodcast hosted by Mike Riley This is our annual Christmas episode so lets HO HO HO ourselves with an Impeachment in a pear tree!Yes! Tonight we talk about the impeachment of Donald J Trump which has formally taken place. Now what does this all mean? Will Trump be removed from office? Listen up as Mike explains the impeachment treatment and talks about how impeachment stole Christmas. Tonight we also talk about how Congress has finally passed an historic trade deal that could mean an end to NAFTA and usher in a new wave of economic growth, or could it? Listen as Mike breaks down the USMCA and tonight we also discuss the struggle that many Democratic candidates are having with the Black vote. Why is it such a struggle and is getting Donald Trump out of office good enough to get it? Follow on the social medias by visiting www.theUSApodcast.comAround here we say Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays ;)!
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Ep 122 With Montero Garcia Thanksgiving is among us!! And with Thanksgiving comes the inevitable political debate that can make us want to choke-out those whom we claim to love. On this episode we have guest co-host Nico Garcia who has right leanings versus Mike's liberal leanings. They will give you all you need to survive this Thanksgiving. Some of the issues we touch on are:What makes us vote the way we do?Guns!Taxes#TooFarLeftImpeachment This is not one you are going to want to miss.
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Ep 121 Hosted by Mike RileyIn tonight's episode of #theUSApodcast we take a deep dive into the so-called "deep state." What is the deep state and who is running it? According to Donald Trump it is an attempted coupe set up to destroy him, but is that true? To find out we take a look at big corporations who have a deep vested interest in the infrastructure of States like PG&E and what California has to do with it getting deep into the state. We also explore the tie with big corporations, money in politics and the deep state. Plus we discuss the results from elections all across the nation as the Blue Wave continued in VA and in KY, plus we get into Elizabeth Warren's healthcare plan. How will higher taxes effect us all and will it be worth it?
EP 120 Hosted by Mike Riley In this episode we speak with 2020 candidate for Los Angeles County DA, Richard Ceballos. Mr. Ceballos has been serving in the LA County DA office for years and now he wants to take on the big job of reinstating trust between the community and the criminal justice system as well as make LA County the leader in criminal justice reform. But how is that possible in the most populated County with the largest inmate population? We ask him to fill us in!We also talk about the protests that are taking place right now in Hong Kong. Why is Hong Kong protesting in China and are they right to do it? Plus we go into the history of Hong Kong and China. We also dip into the power that money gives big corporations and the rich in a capitalist system. Donald Trump will do anything for money but Elizabeth Warren wants to break up the big tech companies much like Teddy Roosevelt did the banks in the past. But there are many that say that is going too far. Is it true? We break it down tonight!
Welcome back to The Uninformed States of America Podcast hosted by Mike Riley Where politics is digestable!!The calls for a reform to our voting system have been loud for decades and these days many Americans are beginning to find pragmatic solutions to the problem. On tonight’s episode we speak with Aaron Hamlin, the Executive Director from The Center for Election Science. The Center for Election Science has proposed Approval Voting, a voting system that redefines how our votes are counted and how candidates win. We will be asking Aaron how Approval Voting works, what true election reform looks like and is it a possibility in our country?In this episode we also talk about the elephant in the room that is impeachment. Nancy Pelosi has finally issued an impeachment inquiry for Donald Trump but is it legitimate? Are Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff trying to stage a coup or did Donald Trump actually violate the constitution? What was the reason behind his controversial phone call with the president of Ukraine? Is there a reason for impeachin or are the Democrats reachin?Plus we talk about the history of the Kurds and their fight with Turkey. Why did Donald Trump decide to pull out of Syria and leave the Kurds to be slaughtered? We talk about the history of endless wars in the middle east and why leaving can cause major problems. #theUSApodcast
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Ep 118 9/18/2019 Welcome back to The Uninformed States of America Podcast with host Mike Riley. We are going to try the best to simplify the complex issues in politics so you don't have to. In tonight's show we will discuss the fight the Democratic candidates seem to be having for the voters in the middle. Many voters say that do not want to vote blue because democratic policies are too fare left. But what does it mean to be too far to the left? What policies are considered too extreme and is that why many are uncertain in which way to go in 2020? Also we will discuss the 18th anniversary of the Sept 11 attacks and what it still means for the United States. We take a deep trip to the Middle East to talk about the complexity of our involvement. Plus we discuss the economic policies behind war and oil that keep the United States open for business. With recent attacks on Saudi Arabia, many are saying we may go to war with Iran, but Donald Trump sounds like he is only interested if the money is right. Subscribe and share #theUSApodcast
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EP117 Welcome back to #theUSApodcast hosted by Mike RileyTonight on The Uninformed States of America we discuss the Tale of Mitch McConnell and why he hates the name Moscow Mitch! We also discuss why he is such a big part of why #USAElectionsMatter We also talk Trump stacking the federal courts with his own players. Another gun massacre in Texas? What is with Texas and it's loose state on firearms? We talk Climate change and the G7 Summit!!In the 3rd segment we discuss the myths behind fiscal conservatism. Many say this is the reason they vote Republican but is the GOP truly Fiscally Conservative?
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This past week the United States has witnessed Donald Trump release a tirade of statements (mainly on twitter) that are making many people, not only question his mental state, but also make parallel comparisons to those in history who have come before him, and essentially screwed things up. In this episode we will take a little trip down memory lane and explore the historical comparisons that people are making towards the US President. Is he like the fascist of old or is he really “the chosen one?” We will also look into how history repeats itself and provide evidence that history moves in stages and right now history is in motion.3rd segment – Economics: The Recession 1st StageAccording to many leading economist, the economic forecast is looking rather bleak in the upcoming future. Many are predicting a recession that will be coming soon and the Donald Trump has been doing everything to assure Americans that things are okay. But are things okay? In this segment we will talk about why economists are saying this and what is making Donald Trump say otherwise. We also go into what is the federal reserve, how China is playing a part in all of this, the yield curve, interest rates and what Trump plans to do about it.We also have co-host Ali Eagle ask Mike a few questions about politics that she wants to know and that Mike may or may not have the answer to. Plus we talk Ilhan Omar, Rashida Talib and how they got banned from Israel, Trump wants to buy Greenland, ICE Raids and much more!!Make sure you share and subscribe
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In tonight's episode of #theUSApodcast we speak with photojournalist, human rights activist, host of the "America Speaks" podcast and author of "We Protest," Tish Lampert. We will be speaking with Tish about her new book coming out on March 10, 2020 and also about her experience with civil disobedience, protest and how it has changed over the years.We also will have to discuss what is going on with guns in this country in the wake of these 2 deadly mass shootings that recently took place. What is going on with guns, mental illness and domestic terrorism?
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Welcome to #theUSApodcast hosted by Mike Riley In tonight's show Mike goes over the cult like following that Donald Trump is starting to gather amongst his supporters. Recently a mafia boss was killed in Staten Island. Many thought this was a calculated hit, but it was done by someone who thought the mafia boss was part of the deep state. This was something he got from Donald Trump. Why is it that Donald Trump's supporters will follow him until the ends of the Earth, even if the facts show that he is not a good person?Also, we go over what happened with the Mueller testimony today on Capitol Hill. What happened? And are we ready to impeach Donald Trump based on today's hearing?We also talk Boris Johnson, the debt Ceiling and a recent study that says that Republican policies kill people! All this and more on The Uninformed States of America
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Welcome back to #theUSApodcast here on The Young Angels Network In this episode mike digs into the theory behind why The GOP decides to remain silent when prominent members of their party do absolutely immoral acts such as blasting racist tweets and cheating in elections? Some members of The GOP find these acts disgusting while others always turn a blind eye or simply make an excuse for the action. Is it that they fear the majority of the population is becoming more progressive? Also tonight we talk about all the racism that is being thrown around these days. After Donald Trump sent off a series of really insensitive tweets about race and ethnicity, blaming it on lack of patriotism, the discussion of race is now back in the mainstream. Is the race card being overplayed too much and is it hurting the Dems for 2020?Also in economics we discuss what the CBO report for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour says. Is it a bad or a good thing?Plus we talk Black Lives Matter with Eric Gardner and the life of Justice John Paul Stevens. Please subscribe and share with the loved ones!!!
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On tonight’s episode we feature guest co-host, comedian Ali Eagle ( https://www.alieagle.com/ )!!2020 is fast approaching and there is a lot more that people are worried about other than the presidential election. Some of the main issues concerning 2020 other than the election are the issues of Gerrymandering and The US Census. Now, if you are thinking “what the flying f**k are you talking about?,” I am about to break it down for you. Last year, The Trump administration attempted to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Many said this was unconstitutional and just a ploy for Trump to find out where undocumented citizens are, so he can round them up. This issue was brought in front of The US Supreme Court and they struck it down, saying that Trump could not add the question to the Census. In the same instance however, they did say that States Legislatures had the right to redraw the congressional district maps and gerrymander their states based on the results of that census.In this segment we breakdown what this all means. What exactly is the US Census? Why is it important? Is is really unconstitutional to add a citizenship question to it? What is gerrymandering? Why does it always work in favor of The GOP?Plus Trump at G20 Summit, Trump in North Korea, Trump 4th of July parade flop, The 2nd Amendment Myth, ustin Amash leaves the GOP because of Trump, Appeals Court Seems Skeptical About Constitutionality of Obamacare Mandate & Corporate Powers.
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Welcome to #theUSApodcastRecently a California jury awarded a couple more than $2 billion dollars after they claimed thepharmaceutical company Monsanto/ Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer caused theircancer. This is not the first such lawsuit that has hit the big pharma company for the same reason. Nowthere are countless others who claim that Monsanto is continuing to use glyphosate in our food, it isbecoming more wide-spread and no one is doing anything about it. Tonight on #theUSApodcast wespeak with Kara Cook-Schultz, who is with the US PIRG, about the movement to ban the chemicalroundup! Why is this chemical being consumed by us and what can we small folk do to fight bigpharma? Plus we ask wha the deal is with the surge in Joe Biden's popularity? Is it becasue Democratic voters want a return to normalcy with a white male candidate? Plus we pick up where we left off with Trump's trade war with Mexico or lack thereof! Plus we talk Climate change, Pride Month and Saving the Internet!!
Welcome back to #theUSApodcastBe sure to like, comment and share this episode!On tonight's show, Mike will be addressing what the government's role is when it comes to abortions and abortion rights. There has been much infighting happening in the Democratic party leading up to the 2020 race. One of these hot topic issues is of course, abortion. Joe Biden's campaign recently came out and said that he will continue to support the Hyde Amendment, a bill which prohibits federal funds going to abortions. Many on the left has said this where Joe has crossed the line, however when this bill was passed in the 1970's, it had bi-partisan support. What role should the government play in abortions? Should tax dollars go to fund abortions and has the party moved left on this issue since it's beginnings?We also talk about rules and the economy? Should the economy have rules associated with it and how does this relate to the game of Monopoly?Plus we talk the results from the June 4 LA election, mass shooting in VA, Trump's visit to the UK and tariffs on Mexico to control immigration?
BE SURE TO SUBSCRIBE AND SHARE!!!! LA is having yet another special election for City Council in Council District 12. The citizens of that district will have the opportunity to send a new representative to LA City Hall to replace the seat that was vacated by Mitchell Englander. Tonight on #theUSApodcast we will be speaking with Loraine Lundquist, a candidate who is running for Los Angeles City Council in Council District 12 for the upcoming election on June 4. Loraine is scientist; educator, mom and community advocate who wants to bring serious reform to her district from city hall. Tonight we will speak with her about her upcoming race, the issues facing her district and the city of Los Angeles as a whole.Plus we will be speaking with Matt Klink with Klink Campaigns & No on Measure EE. Measure EE is a measure that will be coming up on the ballot for Los Angeles County this June 4. The Measure claims that if passed, it will raise property taxes to provide much needed funding for LA public schools. Matt and his organization believe differently however. Tonight we will be asking him why he thinks voters should vote no on EE. Plus we take about the issues many farmers in The United States are facing due to trade wars and climate change!! Will farmers in the US be able to hang on with such dire issues facing them?
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Its time for #theUSApodcast Listen in as Mike Riley explains what the deal is with this so-called constitutional crisis. Today the House voted to hold AG William Barr in contempt of Congress but the Trump administration is giving them the finger!! What is a constitutional crisis first of all? & is the Attorney General really in trouble for being held in contempt of congress? Also, we dig into what the future is going to be between us and China! As the trade wars heat up, China is readying itself to become the worlds leading super power in a race for digital dominance!!We also dig into mass shootings and school shootings, Mass extinctions, Sanda Bland and War drums with Iran!! Follow Mike by going to www.theUSApodcast.com
Welcome back to #theUSAPodcast yalls!!!Tonight we will be speaking with candidate for LAUSD School Board Heather Repenning. Heather is a former teacher and parent who says she wants to bring back to basics experience to help uplift LA’s public schools. In this segment we find out more about her, why she is running and what changes she plans to bring to LAUSD if elected.Tonight we also discuss the deep problem with identity politics in The United States. With the 2020 election soon approaching, many want the politicians out there to be able to identify with their struggle, race, class, and concerns. But by doing this are we truly a untied nation?Plus we discuss what the hell is going on with Bill Barr and the letter that was sent to him from Robert Mueller and we talk about the new bi-partisan infrastructure bill. Is it really a good idea for Democrats to give into Trump?? Will it seal another victory for him?
Welcome back to #TheUSAPodcast!! This week we go in on that Mueller Report and all the shit that comes with it!! Now that there are those who have read the full 448 page report, many Democrats are calling for Trump's head, or at least an impeachment trial!! But would this be the smart thing to do? Would impeaching Donald Trump help him or hurt him in the long run and are the Democrats ready to take this step?Also, we discuss the conversation around the so-called "free stuff" everyone keeps saying the Democrats are trying to give out in order to get votes. What free stuff are people talking about and is it truly free? Plus we discuss what happened in Sri Lanka, The CNN Townhalls, Citizenship question on the census and the War on Islam stratedgy!!
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Welcome back to The USA Podcast!! Tonight we will be discussing all of the fuss concerning the multiple hearings that took place on Capitol Hill this week. We will start with The House Judiciary Committee hearing on White Nationalism. The GOP says it's a joke and they brought out black conservative Candace Owens to try to prove that point. She stated that it's a ploy made up by the left to scare blacks into voting Democrat. Is she right? And what were the findings of the hearings. We also discuss William Barr's new problems, the crisis at the border is getting worse and income inequality.
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