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Presidential Responses to Racial Unrest


President Trump's initial response to the carnage in Charlottesville was criticized for being weak and equivocal. Two days later, he issued a second statement that explicitly condemned the racists and Nazi sympathizers who clashed with counter-protesters, resulting in one death and numerous injuries. But many of his critics were not appeased, saying that Trump had not risen to the occasion the way his predecessors had done when responding to racially tinged social unrest. RCP Assistant Editor James Hitchcock examines previous American presidents' comments at moments of similar upheaval.

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On This Date: An Interview With Author Carl M. Cannon


RCP Washington Bureau Chief Carl Cannon discusses the historical narratives explored in his new book, On This Date: From the Pilgrims to Today, Discovering America One Day at a Time. By revealing defining moments in the lives of individuals as varied as Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys and 19th century cartoonist Thomas Nast, Cannon illuminates what he calls the American Identity.

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Episode 4: Empowering The Administrative State


The Future of the Administrative State is a weekly podcast, hosted by RealClearPolicy editor Tony Mills, that explores the virtues and vices of administrative power in the era of Trump. In this fourth episode, Tony talks with Nicholas Bagley, a professor of law at the University of Michigan, who argues that contemporary critiques of executive power miss the mark. What we really need, he thinks, is not more "judicial review" of administrative actions, but more "judicial humility." Their discussion touches on the nature of regulatory oversight, the role of the courts, and today's political dysfunction.

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RCP’s Tom Bevan: Georgia Special Election Very Close, Expect A Late Night


RCP co-founder Tom Bevan joins a Fox News panel hosted by Martha McCallum about Tuesday night's special election in Georgia's sixth district between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel. FNC's Chris Stirewalt and Austin Goolsbee and fill out the panel. About the electorate, Bevan explains: "This is a very Republican district, although Trump only won it by two points last time. The trend lines favor Handel. Ossoff had a lead in the polls… but the last round of polls showed her closing pretty quick. Now the polls are an absolute tossup. It is going to be a nail-biter, a late night. But if you look at the way things are moving, things seemed to shift in [Handel's] direction at the end of the campaign." Asked who he thinks will win, Bevan predicted a close Handel win.

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RealClearPolitics Panel: The Construction Industry’s Role In Building The U.S. Economy


At the 'Building the U.S. Economy: The Construction Industry's Role' event hosted by RealClearPolitics on June 15, RCP co-founder Tom Bevan hosted a panel of experts and industry leaders to talk about the role the construction industry can play in rebuilding the U.S. economy. Todd Hitt, President of Kiddar Capital; Colin Dunn, President of Heffron Company; Steve Jones, Senior Director at Dodge Data & Analysis; and Andrew Hanson, a senior research analyst from Georgetown University, made up the panel. Their discussion showcased the newly released USG + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index, which will measure the vitality of the construction industry.

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Rep. David McKinley: It Doesn’t Get As Much Attention As Auto Industry, But Construction Is Far Larger


At the 'Building the U.S. Economy: The Construction Industry's Role' event hosted by RealClearPolitics on June 15, Rep. David McKinley (WV-1) spoke about his lifelong connection to the construction industry and some pertinent potential legislation. Several issues he said would come to the forefront in the near future were: workforce development and training, education, and infrastructure.

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Bevan: Democrats Moved From ‘Collusion’ To ‘Obstruction’ To ‘Emoluments’ Accusations; Only Want Trump Out


RCP co-founder and publisher Tom Bevan joins Bret Baier and FNC's 'Special Report' panel to explain why today's Senate testimony from Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not going to be the end of the attempts to implicate the Trump administration for doing something (anything) illegal. BRET BAIER: Is there a chance that Capitol Hill moves on [from the Russia investigation]? When does the onus shift? I've asked this a couple times to different panels and different people… Does it ever shift to there being a there, there? Otherwise we all need to move on. TOM BEVAN: I don't think so. BAIER: [Special investigator] Bob Mueller? BEVAN: Well look, theoretically in a perfect world, Bob Mueller will come out with a decision that… moves forward the investigation. And that would be sort of the decisive moment. But I do think we have seen the Democrats… because the base of their party… do not believe that Trump is the legitimate president, and they want to see him removed by any means necessary. So there was initially collusion, then we are moving to obstruction, and now we're moving to Democratic Attorneys General of states suing on the emoluments clause, next they are going to go after his business dealings. So even if Bob Mueller comes out with a decisive opinion one way or the other, this is going to carry on.

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Tom Bevan: Stop The Congressional “Kabuki” Hearings And Let The Special Investigator Do His Job


RCP co-founder and publisher Tom Bevan joins FNC's 'Special Report' panel to react to today's explosive Senate testimony from Attorney General Jeff Sessions: TOM BEVAN: Bloomberg report this morning that 39 states… the Russians tried to hack into. This is serious stuff, and it is bipartisan. Let's get to the bottom of this. But what we've seen in Washington for the past couple of weeks has not been about this. It is about James Comey, Jeff Sessions, collusion, obstruction. I fully agree with Sen. Klobuchar and others [that we need to find the truth]. But do it in a classified setting then, let the special counsel proceed with his investigation. Let's stop the public Kabuki that is going on here, which is all about innuendo and not about that, which is a serious matter.

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Politics Is Everything Episode 4: Food


In episode four of "Politics is Everything,†Caitlin Huey-Burns examines the relationship between politics and food. She speaks with Maura Judkis, food and culture reporter for the Washington Post, Cornell University professor David Sherwyn, and Darren Tristano, restaurant consultant and president of Technomic.

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