Mueller says little, but was that the point?

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Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Judiciary Committee at a hearing on the Office of Special Counsel's investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 24, 2019. Photo credit: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

It was finally Mueller time this week, and some say the Special Counsel’s tight-lipped low energy approach was intentional to avoid creating a soundbite for the news cycle. Robert Mueller did confirm that there was significant Russian interference in the 2016 US election, and that the country continues to interfere with our election system. The Democrats seemed to get the better part of the budget deal struck this week ahead of Congress’ long summer break. But some of the Democratic presidential candidates are focusing on issues like medicare for all and healthcare for undocumented immigrants, which a recent poll shows, is not what the majority of voters actually want.

Special guests J.W. Mason of the Roosevelt Institute and Joseph Majkut of the Niskanen Center join the panel to do a deep dive into the macroeconomic case for the Green New Deal. Evelyn Farkas of the German Marshall Fund gives her take on what to do about tension with Iran (hint-it involves getting back into the nuclear deal President Trump pulled out of). And we talk about whether Trump’s demand that Sweden release rapper ASAP Rocky is a good idea.

Credits

Guests:
J.W. Mason - Assistant Professor of Economics at John Jay College and fellow at the Roosevelt Institute - @JWMason1, Joseph Majkut - Director of Climate Policy at the Niskanen Center - @JosephMajkut, Evelyn Farkas - Senior fellow at German Marshall Fund - @evelynnfarkas

Hosts:
Josh Barro, Rich Lowry, Felicia Wong

Producer:
Rebecca Mooney