Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Jan 10, 2016 - Hr 2

January 10, 2016
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Questions swirl around Ted Cruz related to his birth in Canada. How significant are they? Why are legal scholars divided on the meaning of "natural born citizen"? Is it better to discuss this issue now -- before Democrats file lawsuits down the road -- or is it all deeply unfair to the Cruz campaign? Is Trump doing Cruz any favors in this? We discuss with Jennifer Kerns, Beltway Correspondent. Meanwhile, has the Republican Party entered a new phase in its ongoing "civil war"? As the Virginia GOP seeks to thwart Trump by blocking newcomers to its open primary, we ask to what degree the Establishment has become a bit of a "racket." And why are billionaires lamenting their lack of influence on the 2016 campaign? And have the Clintons really hoisted the white flag on "sexism" issues? Also, we review the new movie "The Big Short" and contend the financial crisis of 2008 has helped undermine confidence in "elites" around the world. Deservedly so. With music and listener calls.       

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Jan 10, 2016 - Hr 1

January 10, 2016
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Is it almost too easy for Donald Trump these days? With a few seemingly modest "nudges," Trump appears to have muted the Clintons, lifted Bernie Sanders, and planted a question mark on the Ted Cruz campaign. Have Hillary's plans for "War on Women" attacks already gone "poof"? Why is Bill Clinton dodging questions about his past? How has Sanders pulled ahead in New Hampshire? And with 20 days unto Iowa, will questions about Ted Cruz' birth in Canada blunt his poll-topping momentum? Should they? Meanwhile, Iowa underdog Trump draws "rock star" crowds to rallies in Iowa, Nevada and even Vermont -- i.e. "Berniestan" -- as new polling data shows 20 percent of likely Democrat voters say they will cross the aisle to vote for Trump. While Tucker Carlson marvels at Trump's capacity to expand the Republican Party, we ask why the GOP Establishment appears disgruntled by the news. Also, we ponder the leadership of Angela Merkel in Germany after reports of refugee assaults upon women in Cologne and Hamburg. With music and listener calls.  

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Jan 3, 2016 - Hr 3

January 3, 2016
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Callers share their concerns with the tenure of Colorado Senator Cory Gardner. Has there been enough resistance to President Obama's agenda? Has the presence of Donald Trump in the race altered the way Republicans now relate to their leadership? What kind of political language connects with voters? Also, we discuss Obama's forthcoming executive actions on Second Amendment issues with Jennifer Kerns, Beltway Correspondent. What can we expect? How might the American people react to a renewed battle over gun rights? Also, we review current issues in the Republican primary, and consider new polling data which suggests minority voters might be unexpectedly supportive of Trump. We listen to "Diamond and Silk" speak at last night's mega-Trump rally in Biloxi, Mississippi. Is the "Obama Coalition" in jeopardy? With music and listener calls.      

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Jan 3, 2016 - Hr 2

January 3, 2016
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Callers react to the confrontation between Hillary Clinton and the "rape survivor" protester in New Hampshire. We review the audio. Will Democrats be able to use the standard playbook "Republican War on Women" tactic in 2016 -- especially if Hillary is the nominee? Meanwhile, Donald Trump is pledging to spend millions on a new media campaign in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Though Trump leads in the polls, will his supporters actually get out and vote? Also, we study the language of traditionally "boring" Republican candidates, and ask to what degree Establishment Republicans have become enforcers of "political correctness." In particular, we ask, is Colorado Senator Cory Gardner exhibiting true leadership in Washington? Why won't Sen. Gardner pledge support to the GOP nominee, even if it's Trump? Why did Gardner not oppose Obama's executive actions on amnesty? With music and listener calls.     

Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn - Jan 3, 2016 - Hr 1

January 3, 2016
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The debate between the Clintons and Donald Trump is heating up, with the Republican frontrunner now 'daring' Bill Clinton to talk about women's issues. Is Trump's aggressive strategy signaling we are down to a two-person race for the presidency? Are the primaries already over, as the Drudge Report seems to indicate? As Hillary attempts to avoid the "sexism" issue, she is confronted by a rape survivor at a town hall in New Hampshire. A CNN reporter attempts to protect Hillary by casting aspersions on the heckler, but ends up looking more than a little unhelpful. How should the media cover political protestors in general? Is there a double-standard? And are there any legitimate parallels between Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby? Meanwhile, Trump holds a full-house rally at an arena in Biloxi, Mississippi. Also, we scrutinize the decline of the Republican Establishment and take a look at the career of country singer Kenny Rogers, who recently said of Trump: "I love what he says." With dance music and listener calls.