Vin Weber

Mercury/Clark & Weinstock

Guest/Host

Vin Weber is a partner at the Washington, DC-based public strategy firm of Mercury (formerly Mercury/Clark & Weinstock).

Weber was an advisor to Jeb Bush's (2016) and Mitt Romney's (2012) presidential campaigns, and a co-chairman of Tim Pawlenty's political action committee. From 1981-1993 Weber served as a Republican Congressman for Minnesota.

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First term Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake is a staunch conservative, and he's voted the Party line — as defined by President Trump.

A never-Trump Republican senator says, 'Never more…'

First term Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake is a staunch conservative, and he's voted the Party line — as defined by President Trump.

from To the Point

Day Two of the GOP convention was more about demonizing Hillary Clinton than extolling Donald Trump -- nominated by delegates who were still divided.

Does "Make American Great Again" Mean 'Turn Back the Clock?'

Day Two of the GOP convention was more about demonizing Hillary Clinton than extolling Donald Trump -- nominated by delegates who were still divided.

from To the Point

Surrogates for Donald Trump claim he's no racist, but his attack on a federal judge with Mexican ancestors was the last straw for many Republicans.

Donald Trump Divides the Republican Party

Surrogates for Donald Trump claim he's no racist, but his attack on a federal judge with Mexican ancestors was the last straw for many Republicans.

from To the Point

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President Trump’s denial of climate change has him at war with California.  Their battle over fuel emission standards has divided the auto industry as well as drivers.

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Experts worldwide are trying to tackle climate change with radical proposals, but one thinker is advocating for a more moderate approach.

from Scheer Intelligence

On Tuesday night, the NBA season began with the Clippers beating the Lakers 112-102. Outside the Staples Center, activists were staging a peaceful protest for Hong Kong.

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Lots of news this week.

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This morning, a bitterly divided U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution guiding the rules of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks has been closed since November 7, 2018, the night a Marine veteran walked in and shot and killed 12 people before taking his own life.

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66 million years ago, an asteroid caused Earth’s Fifth Extinction, destroying the dinosaurs and most other life forms. Now Earth is facing another extinction, as fish, plants and animals vanish forever. But this time, it’s not the asteroid, it’s us. This week, hundreds of people, both young and old, took to the streets in cities all over the world to begin weeks of protest called the Extinction Rebellion. In the natural course of evolution, the decline and disappearance of a life form takes thousands of years. In the course of a human lifetime, not even one species might disappear. But now, some 28,000 species are vanishing all of a sudden. Elizabeth Kolbert of the New Yorker magazine has written a book called “The Sixth Extinction.” She says, “Extinction rates are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of times higher than what is known as the background extinction rate that has pertained over most of geological history.” In her words, “You should not be able to see all sorts of mammals -- to name just one group -- either going extinct or on the verge of extinction. And that is a tipoff that something very, very unusual, and I would add, very dangerous, is going on.” “We’re running geological history backwards. Fossil fuels that were created over the course of hundreds of millions of years buried a lot of carbon underground. We’re now combusting it, putting that carbon back into the atmosphere over a matter of centuries. So we’re taking a process that hundreds of millions of years to run in one direction and then, in a matter of centuries, running it in another direction.” We’ll hear what that means now and for the future of life as we know it.

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Today  the U.S House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to adopt bill H.RES.296, affirming the U.S . record on the Armenian Genocide .

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The Trump administration wants to end Temporary Protected Status, which allows immigrants currently living in the U.S.

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