Pocket Sized Politics
Summary: Pocket-Sized Politics is a podcast where co-hosts Mallory & Amelie, who are politically active high school students, provide a young voter's perspective on the most pressing political issues in UNDER 10 minutes. New episodes every Friday!
We discuss gun reform following the New Zealand mass shooting, President Trump's ongoing negative sentiments towards the late Senator John McCain, Elizabeth Warren's controversial CNN town hall and issues with a widening democratic primary.
Join us as we discuss all things election, Brexit, and voting.
On our 10th episode, we briefly discuss the US trade deficit and more potential presidential candidates for 2020. Our main focus is on recent events in the House of Representatives. Between the Cohen testimony and Ilhan Omar's controversial comments, many stories (such as the first passed gun control bill in two decades) were lost in the mayhem. This is episode 10 of our podcast, which is hard to believe! Thanks so much for listening. We appreciate you all.
This week, we focus on the heavily anticipated and mostly underwhelming summit between North Korea and the United States. We discuss the past, present, and future for these two nations where nuclear weapons are concerned and give our own two cents on how President Trump has been handling the situation.
In this episode, we discuss Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, the newest, and youngest member of the House of Representatives and her Green New Deal. We debunk some common misunderstandings with the Deal as well as summarize what it entails. We close out the episode with predictions for the vote Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has put forth on the Deal.
In this episode, we mainly focus on the National Emergency that President Trump issued on Friday and its implications on the 2020 election, precedent and Congress. We also share the results of a poll administered to our peers earlier in the week asking them which democratic candidate(s) for President they have heard of.
In this episode, we discuss the controversy surrounding Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, a heightened abortion debate, and 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates. We focused on Democrats because there are many already announcing candidacy, while Donald Trump remains the only Republican on the ticket.
On our fifth episode, we delve into British politics, specifically concerning Brexit. We attempt to summarize what has happened so far regarding the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union and analyze the two amendments passed in the most recent parliament hearing as well as what is to come for Theresa May's deal if she is unable to negotiate changes to the Irish backstop.
As the government shutdown comes to a temporary end, we make predictions for what’s to come (and well, what’s not to come) in the next 3 weeks. We also break down the feud between our President and Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, over the date and location of the State of the Union address which has now become one of the many issues that divide these two leaders.
On the 22nd day of what is now the longest government shutdown ever, we talk about the new era of divided government, standouts from the freshman class entering Congress and how divisions along party lines impede legislative productivity. Recorded January 12th, 2019
We discuss the factors that have contributed to the current government shutdown as it extends into 2019 as well as the impact it has had on federal employees. We close out the episode with our predictions on the long term effects of a shutdown and if there is an end in sight. Recorded on January 1st, 2019.
On the inaugural episode of the podcast, Amelie and Mallory discuss the importance of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she has tackled health struggles over the last few weeks, the effects of Chief Justice John Roberts taking the swing vote position on the Supreme Court and the growing number of resignations in the White House. Recorded December 23rd, 2018.