Transcript of OA355: Honest Answers to Impeachment Questions

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 355, I’m Thomas Smith, that’s Andrew Torrez!  How’re you doing, Andrew?

Andrew:         I’m fantastic Thomas, how are you?

Thomas:         Ooooh, doing well doing well.

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         It feels like – in fact, you know what?  I take that back.  I’m doing very well because I’m pretty sure we singlehandedly made a difference for the witnesses.  I say we and by that I mean the royal we of the whole audience and the whole show, because it really feels like the noodle got moved a little bit.

Andrew:         It does.  I would say, look, Mitch McConnell is still trying to move the noodle back.

Thomas:         [Laughs]  

Andrew:         Do not let up.  If you have not yet called your Senators, call your Democratic Senators and praise them, call Mitt Romney and praise him, call Republican Senators who have not spoken out and the script, we’ll continue to use the script and have it in the show notes.  This is super easy, hundreds of you have Tweeted in, emailed us, maybe even a thousand.  A lot of you have done this, this is really, really great.  It’s really important.  Keep doing that.  The other side is doing the same thing so it is important to keep that up.  The vote, if it happens, will happen sometime late on Friday so as you’re hearing this you still have time to call your Senators? and make sure they line up for witnesses.

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Transcript of OA354: A Russian Asset Sues What?

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 354.  I’m Thomas Smith.  I’m a new man!

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         I went in that water tank that Luke is in in the beginning of Empire Strikes Back, you know?

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         I mean, I still sound like crap but not as bad.  How’re you doin’?

Andrew:         I wanted to say I’ve been frozen in carbonite or something but, [Laughs]  I’m doing great, Thomas.  Glad to hear you’re on the mend.

Thomas:         Aside from the fact that you had to watch Jay Sekulow talk, right?

Andrew:         [Sighs] Oh my god, yeah.  That is-

Thomas:         That takes a toll.

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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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