This week Dr. David Root stepped away to visit family for Thanksgiving, in his place is the ever-talented Rob Kendall from the Mock n' Rob show joining Ethan Hatcher to discuss this week in news. For those concerned about President Trump refusing to relinquish the white House in January, the sitting President gave the go-ahead to the General Services Administration to begin a provisional transfer of power. Trump has not officially conceded as he continues to challenge the legitimacy of the 2020 election in courtrooms across the country. A Pennsylvania Federal Appeals court dismissed Trump's lawsuit seeking to halt the certification of their election results, the Trump-appointed Federal Judge simply stated the Administration failed to provide sufficient evidence. As lockdowns tighten spontaneous civil disobedience is sparking across the country. Millions kept to their travel plans despite dire Government warnings warning of death and despair, and sheriffs in New York and Colorado have refused to enforce the draconian restrictions levied by local officials. Things are on track for tensions and stakes to raise through the month of December. Listen to this week’s episode of Saturday Night on the Circle for discussion on these topics and more!
With a Biden victory secured and elections finished, lockdowns across the nation resume. Gov. Gavin Newsom imposed a 10pm curfew on most of California, and now Pennsylvania requires negative Covid-19 tests from travelers and returning residents. Seemingly little will exists among politicians to resist as Dr. Anthony Fauci ominously predicts social distancing and business restrictions will still be necessary even after a vaccine is released. Joe Biden made clear in a press conference he does not plan to institute a national lockdown, though this contradicts statements made to the press a few weeks ago. Rudy Giuliani held a 90 minute press conference on the state of Donald Trump’s election challenges while black makeup streaked down his face in a bizarre appearance. Ethan Hatcher and Dr. David Root discuss the ongoing state of the Trump legal team challenges in an exciting episode of Saturday Night on the Circle. Listen and subscribe!
President Donald Trump held a press conference on Friday detailing progress on Operation Warp Speed, an initiative to remove hurdles for progress on developing a vaccine to combat COVID-19. Pfizer has indicated they may have a vaccine with 90% effectiveness according to preliminary tests. The Trump Administrated pre-ordered $1.95 billion worth of vaccine doses if proven to be effective. April 2021 projected for the release of the vaccine nationwide. Joe Hogsett has announced sweeping, arbitrary and capricious restrictions on venues across Indianapolis including such absurd limitations like 'no more than a party of 6 at a restaurant'. Many businesses have shut down under the strain of pandemic restrictions and now the Mayor has dealt another significant blow to the local economy. The 2020 election seems to have brought out the worst in people, and this week we present a collection of characters like Kenneth Copeland, Whoopi Goldberg and Van Jones of CNN succumbing to the hysteria. Also this week includes a tribute to the outgoing Trump Administration set to The Who. Listen to Ethan Hatcher and Dr. David Root share their insights on this week in news!
After a long and contentious election cycle at last some clarity has been granted to a weary American public that has suffered through an embittered battle. By all apparent indications, Vice President Joe Biden has been declared the 46th President-Elect, Kamala Harris Vice President-Elect. Donald Trump is not taking this loss at face value and has vowed to litigate results in several crucial swing states. Many legal experts question the ability of Trump to sufficiently prove large-scale election fraud in a way that would alter the outcome of the election. In the coming weeks it is up to the Trump Administration to sufficiently prove their argument of fraudulent mail-in ballots. Ethan Hatcher and Dr. David Root discuss the results of the Indiana Governor's race and several Congressional elections including the close race between Republican Victoria Spartz and Democrat Christina Hale. In preparation for an incoming Biden Presidency we also take a retrospective look at the Biden campaign's "greatest hits." Also featured on this special episode is Joe Biden and Kamala Harris first address to the nation as the presumptive victors of the election.
Following a spectacular Governors debate, Libertarian candidate Donald Rainwater returns to the WIBC studios to expound on his policy proposals and outline a vision for what a Rainwater Administration would accomplish in its first year. The Governor's debate set the example for how debates should function. The final Presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden functioned much better than their previous meetup, much to the detriment of Biden who potentially damaged his lead in key swing states by outlining his intention to 'transition' away from fossil fuels. New court documents shed light on a foiled plot to assassinate the former Vice President from a 19-year old also allegedly found in possession of child pornography. Dr. Kristina Box has released some guidance for Hoosiers on alternative ways to celebrate Halloween during the Coronavirus pandemic, and for the first time since the 1960's the Peanuts holiday specials won't be airing on traditional broadcast television. Ethan Hatcher and Dr. David root give you their thoughts on this week in news!
It’s been more than seven months *after* widespread economic lockdowns were implemented across the United States and sent the economy into a freefalling plummet as thousands of people were forced onto unemployment rolls and small business owners were forced to shutter their doors. Those who protested were shamed as 'grandma killers' and 'sociopaths' being chided to 'just follow the science.' Now officials for the World Health Organization are back-peddling from their earlier positions, emphatically stating that economic lockdowns should *NOT* be the primary means of combatting the spread of Covid-19...... Oops. Also this week Indiana's foremost authority on Coronavirus, Dr. Kristina Box, architect of many devastating policies implemented by Eric Holcomb has now herself contracted Covid-19, blaming her infection on her 23-mnth old grandson. This comes as a smack in the face to many Hoosiers who had to forego spending time with their families because of Coronavirus restrictions, sometimes being prevented from seeing family in their finals days on Earth. Also this week President Donald Trump and his opponent Joe Biden held dueling town halls on Thursday in place of the scheduled debate, the contrast between how the events were moderated was quite stark. Ethan Hatcher flies solo this week discussing these important items in news, listen to the full show for more!
On the whole, the Vice Presidential debate moderated by Susan Page was a much more ordered affair than the debate between Trump and Biden. Senator Harris and Vice President Pence chose to address each other and ignore many of the questions posed from the moderator-- though the moderator’s bias against Pence became clear from the formatting of questions early on, but Pence held his ground. A plot to kidnap and kill Michigan Governor Whitmer was foiled by federal authorities, and now 13 individuals are charged in the scheme. Governor Whitmer quickly blamed the Trump Administration for inciting hate groups but videos from the suspects reveal they were anti-Trump and anti-law enforcement, seemingly having more in common with ANTIFA than Trump's politics. Trump says he won't attend the 2nd debate after the Debate Commission changed the format to virtual without consulting with medical experts or the campaigns themselves. Attorney General Bill Barr is telling sources close to him it is unlikely John Durham will release the results of his investigation into the Russian Collusion sage before the election, potentially robbing Republicans of an October rallying cry. There was a lot covered on this week's episode of Saturday Night on the Circle with Ethan Hatcher and Dr. David Root, tune in and subscribe for more!
The first Presidential debate was a shock to many when quickly it devolved into a three-way shouting match. The President made a point of fighting back against his opponent and the moderator, Chris Wallace, who quickly lost control of the affair. After the debate Trump's advisor Hope Hicks tested positive for COVID-19, and then on Friday morning news broke that both the President and the First Lady also tested positive. President Trump was transferred to Walter Reed Military Hospital as a precautionary measure, said to be in good spirits despite the illness. The Presidents debate performance, and his COVID-19 diagnosis both potentially have big impacts on the final stretch to Election Day. Trump's Press Secretary sparred with reporters over the President's debate performance, Melania trump's former friend released a surreptitiously recorded phone call between herself and the first lady recorded in 2018, and Democrat Governor Tom Wolf caught on a hot mic chuckling about the political theater of wearing masks. There was a lot to wade through in the news this week, listen to Ethan Hatcher and Dr. David Root share their thoughts and opinions on these topics and more on this week's episode of Saturday Night on the Circle.
The race for Indiana Governor is heatnig up and the dirsuption of 2020 have presented the Indiana voter with a unique opportunity to shift the paradigm of local politics by electing a 3rd party candidate to Governor. As Hoosier sour on the lackluster leadership of Eric Holcomb, polling indicates that the race is between Republican Governor Holcomb and Libertarian challenger Donald Rainwater. Rainwater is a common-sense Constitutionalist and a pro-life Libertarian who is also fighting to legalize and decriminalise all frms of cannabis in the state of Indiana. This week Donald Rainwater came into the Saturday Night on the Circle studios at WIBC to explain his qualifications and provide his views on Indiana state Government, it was a very compelling interview. Also on the show this week we discuss the dreaded ruling from the Grand Jury on the Breonna Taylor case, and the pandemonium which quickly ensued after the verdict was delivered. Just a week following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Donald Trump has made his announcement who is a veteranof Notre Dame as both a graduate and a professor, also a mother of seven, Justice Amy Coney Barett. Now the race for confirmation in the Senate begins as Democrats desperately scrable to disrupt the nomination in an effort to shield the court from a Conservative majority on the bench. An exciting episode of saturday Night on the Circle with Ethan Hatcher and Dr. David Root, listen to the full show and subscribe for the future!