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Liberal Bill Scher and conservative Matt Lewis meet in the rancor-free DMZ to hash out the week’s political events.
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2019-11-27 21:19
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Special Thanksgiving Edition (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Previewing the Scher and Lewis Thanksgiving family fights ... The complicated method to watch Bill's favorite Thanksgiving sitcom episode ... Matt's case for dragging out impeachment ... Should Dems hold out for an impeachment bombshell to break? ....
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As Good As It Gets? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Matt: Democrats have exceeded my expectations at the impeachment hearings ... Signs that Giuliani will be the fall guy ... In defense of boring hearings ... Why wasn't the debate a Pete pile-on? ... Bill: Don't sleep on Klobuchar ... Matt: Is this Dem ...
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Hatred Not Welcome Edition (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Bill: FDR's "I welcome their hatred" line has been misunderstood ... Buttigieg runs as an anti-populist ... Dueling polls show either only Biden or every Dem defeating Trump ... Matt: Mayor Pete is the Obama in the race ... The meaning of the upset D...
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Choose Your Own Impeachment (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

DC celebrates as the Nats win the World Series! ... Trump's brazen impeachment strategy ... Bill: "The crime is in real time" ... Matt puts himself in the shoes of a Trump supporter ... Matt criticizes Brit Hume's recent defense of Trump ... Biden rem...
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If We Lose the Republic... (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

More and more people are talking about impeachment ... Why Trump's betrayal of the Kurds rocked conservatives ... Is Matt in the Resistance now? ... Explaining Biden's dominance in recent polls ... Matt: If Warren is the nominee, conservatives will co...
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Nepotism, the Debate, and Robots (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Billy Carter and political nepotism ... The blessing and burden of having a famous parent ... A good debate night for Buttigieg and Bernie ... Matt: Warren is almost Trumpian in her ability to lie ... Bill: Biden is no longer the frontrunner ... If T...
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Defining Moments (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Are cracks showing among Trump's GOP defenders? ... Matt: Trump has changed the conservative base ... Which GOP senators might vote to convict? ... Are Dems already screwing this up? ... Warren on the rise, Biden stagnant ... The political fallout fr...
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The Dangers of Impeachment (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Is impeaching Trump smart politics? ... Comparisons to Clinton’s impeachment ... Bill: Trump seems unconcerned with his legacy ... Matt: Why are conservatives drinking Trump’s Kool-Aid? ... Would Trump’s failures stick to a President Pence? ... Biden’...
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High-Energy Impeachment Edition (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Why Matt is in favor of impeachment ... Bill praises Pelosi's wait-and-see strategy ... Bill: Dems should be whispering to GOPers, "President Pence" ... Do Warren's big crowds matter? ... Poor Joe Biden just can't get good press ...
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Corn Pop Is Canceled (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Biden, Corn Pop, and the pragmatism of older black voters ... Does the media choose who it wants to win? ... Matt doubts black voters will abandon Biden for Warren ... What happened to Kamala? ... Is Matt's "too dumb to fail" thesis playing out on the...
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Trump's Challengers (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

The persistence of Biden  ... Do any of Trump’s GOP primary challengers have a shot?  ... Is Trump a dove? A hawk? Neither?   ... What's Gabbard’s endgame?  ... Can Buttigieg’s big campaign fund buy him a late surge? ... Matt: Buttigieg should run as m...
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Climate Change Politics (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Reviewing CNN's climate forum ... The case for nuclear power ... Would Dems accept carbon tax + nuclear + fracking? ... Climate change as culture war ... Biden's bad news cycles and high poll numbers ... Why are the three Dem frontrunners the old whit...
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Governing's Last Day (Bill Scher & Graham Vyse)

Why special guest host Graham is freshly unemployed ... Why did Governing close down? ... How career trajectories in journalism have changed in recent years ... What happens to communities when they lose their local media? ... Can Elizabeth Warren lear...
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Undisclosed Beachside Location Edition (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Is Trump's "I am the state" vibe enough to fend off primary challengers? ... Considering the (possibly nonexistent) Nikki Haley VP rumors ... Has Warren put the Native American charge to rest? ... Is Bernie blocking Warren from overtaking Biden? ... T...
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The Boys Are Back in Town (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Bill's presidential biography book collection corner ... Would an economic downturn sink Trump? ... Would an economic downturn sink Biden in the primary? ... Matt previews podcast interviews with John Delaney and Joe Walsh ... Bill lays out the very ...
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Short and Sweet Debate Review (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Bill: The candidates should all be praising Obama ... Matt: Delaney, Tulsi, and Yang did well ... Why can't Biden get no respect? ... Is Biden a man more sinned against than sinning? ...
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Mueller’s Last Stand (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Parenting and the politics of pop culture ... Did Mueller’s testimony help the case for impeachment? ... The symbolic value of the testimony ... The DMZ is Team Pelosi ... Biden’s aggressive primary strategy ... Bill: Biden, Harris, and Booker have pr...
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Trump vs. "the Squad" (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Kids, s'mores, and Bible camp ... Conservative reactions to Trump’s “lowest moment” last night ... Is fiscal conservatism coming back into vogue? ... Matt: Trump interrupted a good fight between Pelosi and "the Squad" ... Shuffling the deck of Democrat...
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AOC vs. Pelosi (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Labor Secretary Acosta resigns in midst of Epstein scandal ... How being an attorney general can come back to haunt a politician ... Has Biden stopped the bleeding? ... AOC vs. Pelosi ... Who will AOC endorse? ... Why Matt is rooting for Pelosi ... Bi...
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Matt Addresses His Detractors (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

July the Second, America’s true birthday ... How are conservatives reacting to Trump’s move on North Korea? ... Bill: Biden’s electability is about perceived strength against Trump ... Why Matt distrusts early polling of Dem voters ... The Busing Quest...
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Biden and Kamala Face Off (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Bill and Matt agree: Kamala’s risky play paid off ... Kamala’s success: talent, prep, or luck? ... Matt: Biden is out of touch with his party ... Will radical left rhetoric on immigration help Trump in 2020? ... Can Biden recover? ... Bill’s latest pie...
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The Invincible Gaffe Machine (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Do conservatives ever satirize themselves? ... Lessons from politics: Never apologize ... Is Biden in danger of losing black voters? ... Matt wonders if Bernie and Warren are too similar for comfort ... Were AOC’s "concentration camp" comments beyond t...
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Will Matt Vote Blue in 2020? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Why Matt is on the Justin Amash train ... What would it take for Matt to vote for Biden (or any Democrat) in 2020? ... Bill: If Biden wins, he won’t be captive to the far left ... How to stand out on a crowded debate stage ... Bill: “Cult favorite” can...
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Who's Really Winning the Culture War? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Why shoe-leather reporting is really hard ... Why is the right debating “David Frenchism”? ... Who’s really winning the culture war? ... How Biden’s climate plan could win over the left ... Bill: Conservatives have been engaging in "cancel culture" s...
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Big Crowds, Yard Signs, and Virtual Caucusing (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

The legacies of Bill Buckner and Edmund Morris ... Should we be defined by their worst moments? ... Why big crowds and yard signs don’t win elections ... Iowa’s Democratic Party introduces remote caucusing—will it help Biden? ... Progressives jostle fo...
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The Mom-o-Meter (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Matt: I would vote for Justin Amash for president ... Bill: An Amash run would be good for Trump ... Bill's case against impeachment ... Matt: Trump wants to be impeached ... Signs that Biden gets under Trump's skin ... Biden's aspirational bipartisans...
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No Progressives in Foxholes (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Are Trump and Biden jockeying for the same voters? ... Aspirational vs. pragmatic campaigning ... Has Elizabeth Warren shot herself in the foot (again)? ... Is there a double standard in likability for men and women? ... What Dems could learn from Trum...
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Sense and Senility (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Bill and Matt agree that Biden’s two-pronged kickoff was a success ... Has Biden weathered #MeToo and Anita Hill? ... Elizabeth Warren as the “ideas” candidate ... Who would Biden pick as VP? Kamala, Bill says ... Bill: Warren is itching to debate Bide...
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What's Biden's Plan? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Biden announces his presidential bid, finally ... Why did Biden use Charlottesville to open his campaign? ... Bill: Black votes matter in this primary ... How will the rest of the pack “out-progressive” one another? ... Can Elizabeth Warren snag a few ...
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Assange and the Boundaries of Journalism (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Julian Assange’s arrest and the source–journalist relationship ... Trump, Barr, and the difference between “spying” and “investigating” ... Will Barr and the Mueller report help Trump’s chances for reelection? ... Bill: Moderates could make or break t...
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Biden, Buttigieg, and Bernie (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Has Biden weathered accusations of inappropriate touching? ... Bill: Biden splits Dems along generational lines ... Is Pete Buttigieg's youth an asset or a liability? ... How experience as a mayor could translate to the presidential office ... Matt: De...
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Buttigieg's Moment? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Buttigieg fever sweeps the nation ... Matt gets “ratioed” on Twitter ... Could the Electoral College prevent a future Trump? ... Is Buttigieg destined for the big time? ... Why Beto could become the Mike Huckabee of the left ... Can Elizabeth Warren re...
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Ten Year Anniversary Edition! (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Happy 10th anniversary, Bill and Matt! ... Why the DMZ dynamic still works ... Bill’s (supposed) powers of persuasion ... What keeps this political marriage so strong? ... Bill and Matt’s most eye-opening experiences over the years ... The show as a “...
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Off to the Primary Races (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Why a dozen Republicans voted against Trump’s emergency declaration ... Matt: Kasich can’t scold his way into the nomination ... Why did Beto’s momentum fizzle? ... Bill’s taxonomy of the left, from Bernie to Biden ... The perks of a Texan running mate...
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Bernie, Biden, and Winning the Left (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Bill and Matt trade breakfast smoothie tips ... Rep. Ilhan Omar and the Democrats’ resolution against “hate” ... Is Farrakhan-style anti-Semitism making a comeback? ... Intersectionality discourse looms large in Congress ... Can Bernie beat Trump’s ine...
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Breaking News and Breaking Norms (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Is the normalization of Trump complete? ... Matt to 90% of the House GOP: You're dead to me ... What would it take to get Republicans to turn against Trump? ... Bill's History Corner: John Tyler, the Whigs, and preventing war over Maine ... The Republi...
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Who's Afraid of Bernie? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

On George Washington and slavery ... Why do white men have the lead in the Democratic primary? ... Bill: Bernie has to hold his supporter base ... Matt: Bernie “owns his brand” like Trump does ... Can the Obama coalition ever be revived? ...
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Populism and the Green New Deal (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

A relic from Bill's childhood, "Free to Be... You and Me" ... Why Matt hates Trump's emergency declaration ... Is the Green New Deal more than a progressive litmus test? ... Matt: Dems should monitor their populist wave closely ... Which Democratic can...
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Can Ralph Northam Survive? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Will Dems flub their chance to beat Trump in 2020? ... The litany of scandals and bad press haunting elected Democrats ... How are Republicans preparing for 2020? ... Why Dems failed to counter the right-wing narrative on late-term abortion ... How Vir...
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Bipartisan Identity Crises (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Bill’s appearance on Matt Lewis and the News ... Will any GOPer primary Trump? ... What kind of Republican could actually beat Trump? ... Imagining a major GOP realignment ... Bill: Kamala Harris won the first round of primary announcements ... Early i...
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MAGA Teens and 2020 (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Bill and Matt weigh in on “MAGA teen mania” ... Matt’s latent prejudice against rich white kids resurfaces ... The 2020 presidential race starts early ... Matt puts his money on Tulsi Gabbard, but Bill isn’t sold ... Who can bring the Democratic Party...
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Why Run for President? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Will Tulsi Gabbard’s conservative background quash her presidential run? ... Romney vs. Gabbard: Who would Tucker Carlson vote for? ... Is it worth running for president if you know you won’t win? ... How Al Sharpton squashed Howard Dean ... Can Trump...
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Does Warren Still Have a Shot? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Does Trump care about the shutdown's effect on the heartland? ... Can Trump surrender and still save face? ... Where the Democrats' messaging on border security falls short ... Bill: Trump’s base cares about the fight, not the policy ... Is there sexi...
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2019 and 2020 (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Reviewing Christmas 2018 ... Did Elizabeth Warren miss her window? ... Bill: Why I don't count Warren out ... Is the shutdown moving from boring to a crisis? ... Will gravity reassert itself on high-flying Donald Trump? ... Biden's advantages ... The...
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DMZ's Year in Review (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Has the right surrendered in the War on Christmas? ... Trump's one-man government shutdown ... How McConnell went from RINO to "Cocaine Mitch" ... Matt reflects on the chaos of 2018 ... How left- and right-wing isolationists view withdrawal from Syria ...
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Is Paul Ryan a Con Artist? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Update on Bill’s one-man presidential book club ... Matt: Trump won in his immigration meeting with Nancy and Chuck ... Does Trump actually want a government shutdown? ... Ezra Klein's Vox piece on Paul Ryan’s legacy ... Paul Ryan, the ladder-climbing ...
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Too Old for 2020? (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Should we dance on George H.W. Bush’s grave? ... Why the left rejects national unity and bipartisanship ... Matt: The only way to beat Trump is to “out-cool” him ... Will experience be a disadvantage in 2020? ... Can Elizabeth Warren return to her rura...
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Pelosi and the "Green New Deal" (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Matt tells Republicans not to dismiss Mueller out of hand ... Would congressional Republicans ever turn on Trump? ... Matt: Nancy Pelosi is still pretty sharp ... Why Pelosi “has the institution’s back” ... Bill breaks down the speakership voting proce...
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The Battle for the House (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

The new battle over the House speakership ... Bill to young Dems: Be patient, Pelosi will retire! ... Why speakers aren’t usually the “face” of the party ... Should Republicans exploit party divisions and back Pelosi? ... Matt: Beto has 2020 star power...
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Midterm Roundup (Bill Scher & Matt K. Lewis)

Bill’s midterm all-nighter ... Which minority candidates were successful, and why? ... What lessons will Dems take from the election? ... Bill challenges the “two Americas” narrative ... Are low-key Dems like Amy Klobuchar the future of the party? ... ...
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