Transcript of OA353: Duplicity and Impeachment

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, oh this is gonna be fun.  It’s episode 353, and no that is not the Megatron voice, I just sound like this.  How’s it going, Andrew?

Andrew:         Ah, it’s going fantastic for me.  I would ask how you are doing, but I know how you’re doing.

Thomas:         Well, I took enough ibuprofen to get down to a nice manageable 101-

Andrew:         Ooof!

Thomas:         Which is better than 102.8 or whatever.  There’s a big difference in that one degree.

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Transcript of OA352: Phil Ferguson Explains the SECURE Act

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 352.  I’m Thomas, that’s Andrew.  How’re you doin’, Andrew?

Andrew:         I am fantastic Thomas, how are you?

Thomas:         I’m good!  I always love when we have Phil Ferguson on the show ‘cuz I’ve got a little bit of an accounting background but it’s been long enough that I basically don’t remember anything so, you know, [Laughing] it’s always fun to get a little refresher on a finance topic and we’re gonna talk about the SECURE Act and find out just how secure it is, I guess.

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Transcript of OA351: Who’s the Next Justin Amash? Your Guide to Impeachment, Part XVIII (Feat. Lev Parnas)

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 351.  I was so excited by the new intro music that we definitely all just heard even though I have to make it after we’re done recording.

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         How’s it going, Andrew?

Andrew:         It is going fantastically well.  How are you, Thomas?

Thomas:         Good.  You know it’s just time machine stuff that we do here on podcasts.  I can’t wait to make that new thing.  We’ve got so much to talk about.  The news is just unbelievable, Andrew.  I do wanna toss out a quick plug for Law’d Awful Movies that we just did.

Andrew:         Oh, yeah!

Thomas:         Oh, so much fun.  Pelican Brief.

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Transcript of OA350: Interview with House Candidate Chris Armitage

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 350.  Ah!  What a nice landmark number, 350.

Andrew:         [Laughs]  If only there was a year zero we would have a fancy new introduction.

Thomas:         [Laughs]  Confusing, but no, new introduction next episode so patrons hop on, get your quotes suggested.  I’m Thomas, that’s Andrew, how ya doing, Andrew?

Andrew:         I am fantastic, excited about today’s episode.

Thomas:         I’m always excited.  I’m in a constant state of excitement about our episodes.

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         We have an interview with Chris Armitage who is a candidate for Washington’s 5th Congressional District, challenging a very Trumpy person who we will talk about later.

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Transcript of OA349: Bolton Will Testify; Iran, Soleimani & So Much More

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 349.  I’m Thomas Smith, that’s Andrew Torrez.  How’re you doing, sir?

Andrew:         I am fantastic, Thomas, how are you?

Thomas:         I’m good but I’m just realizing does this mean new intro quotes soon?

Andrew:         Ooooh!

Thomas:         Is that how the numbers work?  I can’t remember.

Andrew:         Yeah, it is how the numbers work.

Thomas:         Okay.

Andrew:         Yeah, we’ll have to get that up and running awfully quickly over at patreon.com/law where people can submit their own 15 second intro quotes for the show.

Thomas:         It’s definitely a lot shorter than 15 seconds, but that’s okay!

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Transcript of OA348: The State of the Secular States, with Alison Gill

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 348.  I’m Thomas and you know what?  I know what day it is now!

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         I finally figured it out, I had to regroup.  How’s it going, Andrew?

Andrew:         It’s going fantastic, Thomas, how are you?

Thomas:         Ah, back on a regular schedule.  I’m so excited.

Andrew:         Oh yeah!

Thomas:         I’m also excited to have Alison Gill, Vice President of Legal and Policy over at American Atheists coming on today, she’s going to discuss the State of the States Report that they have put out all about religious freedom and religious freedom laws, which is to say oftentimes those are kind of named misleadingly.

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Transcript of OA347: Pennhurst and the Voter Purge in Georgia

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 347, I’m Thomas, that’s Andrew.  How’re you doin’ Andrew?

Andrew:         I am fantastic, Thomas, how are you?  Did you have a good holiday?

Thomas:         Okay, I’ll bite.  What day is it?

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         I don’t – I have no idea.  We’re recording so I guess we both must think it’s Thursday to some extent, right?  But is it Thursday?

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         My kids were home yesterday, doesn’t that mean it’s Monday?  I don’t [Sighs]

Andrew:         I think “what day of the week is it?” is gonna replace “I keep writing 2019 on my checks”

Thomas:         [Laughs]  

Andrew:         Because nobody writes any checks anymore.

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Transcript of OA346: Faithless Electors (w/Lawrence Lessig)

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 346.  I’m Thomas, that’s Andrew, how’re you doin’ Andrew?

Andrew:         I am fantastic and I’m full of holiday cheer.  I had a lovely Christmas, I assume you did the same?

Thomas:         I assume I did too!

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         Tell you what, probably enjoyed several fine Italian bottles of wine from our new first annual wine exchange that we’re now doing between Andrew and I.

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         It was meant to be, I’m glad we’re doing this.

Andrew:         And I actually did crack open the now six year old aged eggnog that I’ve had in my fridge.

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Transcript of OA334: IVF, LIHEAP & the Russians

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Argument!  This is episode 334, I’m Thomas Smith, that’s Andrew Torrez!  How’re you doing Andrew?

Andrew:         I am doing fantastic Thomas!  We just recorded episode 35 of Law’d Awful Movies!

Thomas:         Ha-hah!

Andrew:         We watched the pilot of Bluff City Law and, you know, they’re all great.

Thomas:         [Laughs]

Andrew:         All of our Law’d Awful Movies are great, I dunno, I felt like this was a pretty good episode.

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Transcript of OA345: How John Roberts Saved Christmas (Or: Everything You Need to Know About Nixon v. US)

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments.  Merry Christmas Andrew Torrez!  I’m Thomas Smith, how’s it going Andrew?

Andrew:         Merry Christmas Thomas Smith, happy holidays, I am doing fantastic.  How are you?

Thomas:         Oh, good!  I was visited by three ghosts in the night.

Andrew:         Okay?

Thomas:         And I’ve gotta turn myself around.

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