Hashing it Out

Oct 16 2020 35 mins 125

Hashing it Out is a podcast hosted by Siraj Hashmi, Washington Examiner's commentary video editor & writer. Each episode includes a political guest to offer historical context of the news and politics of the day, and insight into how we got to where we are. If you want to find the deeper meaning behind current events, then Hashing it Out is the podcast for you.







The Growing Influence of the Supreme Court
Oct 09 2020 51 mins  
Judge Amy Coney Barrett was nominated to the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With only weeks until the 2020 presidential election, liberals and progressives have lambasted President Trump for attempting to fill the seat so close to Election Day. Those who oppose Barrett’s nomination view her as too extreme, highlighting either her Catholic faith or just that, by virtue, she’s a conservative woman and jurist who subscribes to the judicial philosophy of being both an originalist and a textualist, part of the Antonin Scalia school of thought. How would those judicial philosophies play out if confirmed? My guest today is Andrew Heaton, he’s a comedian, contributor for the libertarian publication, Reason Magazine, and host of the political and comedic podcast, “The Political Orphanage.” On today’s show, we’re going to discuss the differences between the judicial philosophies of originalism, textualism, and living constitutionalism, what Amy Coney Barrett’s hurdles are in the Senate confirmation process, and how the Supreme Court became so powerful and so politicized. "Hashing it Out" is a podcast hosted by Siraj Hashmi, Washington Examiner's commentary video editor and writer. Each episode includes a political guest to offer historical context of the news and politics of the day and insight into how we got to where we are. If you want to find the deeper meaning behind current events, then "Hashing it Out" is the podcast for you.





A Supreme Fight
Sep 25 2020 44 mins  
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at the age of 87 after a decade-long battle with pancreatic cancer. Perhaps during any other year, we’d be focusing on RBG's legacy and her advocacy for women’s rights and gender equality, but this is an election year. And with Justice Ginsburg passing with just 46 days until the presidential election, the debate over President Trump nominating and confirming her replacement has already reached a fever pitch in Washington. For the GOP, filling the seat before the election is of the utmost importance with historical precedent. For Democrats, not only do they want to have the next president fill the vacancy, they’re calling the GOP hypocrites for their actions in 2016, threatening to pack the courts and abolish the filibuster, and even impeaching President Trump again. Who has history on their side? My guest today is Richard Lim, he’s the host of the history podcast, “This American President.” On today’s show, we’re going to discuss Ginsburg’s legacy, the historical precedent of filling a Supreme Court vacancy during an election year, and how this particular vacancy changes the 2020 election. "Hashing it Out" is a podcast hosted by Siraj Hashmi, Washington Examiner's commentary video editor and writer. Each episode includes a political guest to offer historical context of the news and politics of the day and insight into how we got to where we are. If you want to find the deeper meaning behind current events, then "Hashing it Out" is the podcast for you.


World on fire
Sep 18 2020 53 mins  
Wildfires are raging out west. As of this week, there are approximately 28 wildfires burning across California, destroying 3.3 million acres. In Oregon, 36 active fires have burned more than 1 million acres. And in Washington State, there have been a reported 1,458 fires that have burned over 800,000 acres of land. In addition to Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, the wildfires have killed approximately three dozen people and displaced hundreds of thousands of others. Where is this all coming from? Depends on who you ask. If you were to ask California Gov. Gavin Newsom, the cause for all the fires is climate change straight up. If you were to ask President Trump, he’d put the onus on forest mismanagement. Who’s right in this debate? My guest today is Gabriella Hoffman, she’s host of the podcast, “District of Conservation,” and an award-winning outdoor writer whose columns you can find in TownHall.com. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss how conditions on the ground have made these wildfires so intense, what’s causing all of it, and how people on opposite sides of the spectrum can unite to address our many environmental problems. "Hashing it Out" is a podcast hosted by Siraj Hashmi, Washington Examiner's commentary video editor and writer. Each episode includes a political guest to offer historical context of the news and politics of the day and insight into how we got to where we are. If you want to find the deeper meaning behind current events, then "Hashing it Out" is the podcast for you.






Chaos abroad
Aug 21 2020 31 mins  
A quick disclaimer here: we’ve got a two-for-one episode for you. In part I, we’re going to be discussing the fallout in Lebanon after the massive explosion in Beirut. Meanwhile, in part II, we’ll be discussing the nationwide backlash to the contested election in Belarus. Part I: The Lebanese crisisOn August 4th, two explosions occurred at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, causing the deaths of nearly 200, wounding over 6,000 more, and displacing over 300,000 people. The second explosion was so devastating that it was detected by the U.S. Geological Survey as a seismic event with a 3.3 magnitude and was felt in Turkey, Syria, and Israel. It couldn’t have come at a worse time for Lebanon, which has been suffering from an economic collapse and widespread political instability and corruption. Within a week of the explosion, the entire Lebanese government resigned. My guest today is Tom Rogan, he’s a commentary writer with the Washington Examiner, host of the McLaughlin Group, and covers foreign policy and affairs. On part I, we’re going to discuss how the explosion in Beirut happened, the deep-rooted problems that exist in Lebanon’s government, and what will likely happen on the horizon. Part II: The awakening in Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, the president of the Eastern European nation of Belarus, is clinging onto power after 26 years. How has he been able to do it? Well, every election he’s been in with the exception of his first victory in 1994 has been labeled by international monitors as neither free nor fair. The latest presidential election on August 9th between Lukashenko and his main opponent, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, sparked intense nationwide protests and allegations of election fraud after Lukashenko claimed to have won 80% of the vote. On part II, we’re going to discuss what the dynamic is like in Belarus, how it impacts U.S. strategic goals in Eastern Europe, and what Lukashenko’s fate might be. "Hashing it Out" is a podcast hosted by Siraj Hashmi, Washington Examiner's commentary video editor and writer. Each episode includes a political guest to offer historical context of the news and politics of the day and insight into how we got to where we are. If you want to find the deeper meaning behind current events, then "Hashing it Out" is the podcast for you.


























































The endless Trump coup
Feb 14 2020 46 mins  
President Trump was impeached by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress and then acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate on both counts. Democrats and Republicans have framed the proceedings as a miscarriage of justice, but for different reasons. The President and his supporters perceive the latest impeachment drama as the culmination of a deep state coup d’etat, resulting from years of constant attempts by Democrats to find any reason to nullify the 2016 election and remove Trump from office. Recent statements from Democrats suggest that, despite their latest high-profile failure to remove the President from office, they’ll likely try again. Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans have pledged to push forward with investigations into abusive practices by the Intelligence Community. My guest today is Congressman Devin Nunes, he’s a Republican representing California’s 22nd congressional district and the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss the counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, what Congressman Nunes discovered through his own investigation, Objective Medusa, and how this all led to Trump's impeachment and acquittal. "Hashing it Out" is a podcast hosted by Siraj Hashmi, Washington Examiner's commentary video editor and writer. Each episode includes a political guest to offer historical context of the news and politics of the day and insight into how we got to where we are. If you want to find the deeper meaning behind current events, then "Hashing it Out" is the podcast for you.
















































Leaking and Whistleblowing
Sep 25 2019 47 mins  
Congress is talking about impeachment after news broke about a whistleblower complaint involving President Trump, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter.I've got the perfect guest for the moment: Andrew Bakaj, he served in the CIA and DOD, he’s an attorney with Compass Rose Legal Group who just so happens to represent the whistleblower in this case. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss the Espionage Act as it applies to whistleblowing and leaking within the intelligence and national security communities, and examining how important whistleblowing is to report waste, fraud, and abuse in our government.I want to issue a disclaimer here. Back in August, I interviewed Andrew Bakaj for the podcast, thinking we would have an in-depth discussion on the topic of whistleblowing and leaking. It wasn’t until late September that I learned that Bakaj was representing the government employee who filed a whistleblower complaint against Trump that caused Speaker Nancy Pelosi to ramp up the impeachment inquiry. As the story has unfolded, I reached out to Bakaj to comment on the Trump case. Unsurprisingly, he wouldn’t offer to comment on it. What you’re about to hear is my conversation with Bakaj about whistleblowing and leaking, and while he doesn’t comment on anything relating to the Trump case, it could very well provide some insight into this issue and possibly Trump’s case. Also noteworthy, Bakaj worked for three Democratic senators including Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer.Hashing it Out is a podcast hosted by Siraj Hashmi, Washington Examiner's commentary video editor & writer. Each episode includes a political guest to offer historical context of the news and politics of the day, and insight into how we got to where we are. If you want to find the deeper meaning behind current events, then Hashing it Out is the podcast for you.





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