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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Transcript of OA344: Did the Mormon Church Really Hide $100 Billion in Assets From the IRS? (Feat. Bryce Blakenagel)

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 344, I’m Thomas, that’s Andrew.  How’re you doing, Andrew?

Andrew:         I am fantastic, Thomas!  How are you?

Thomas:         Doin’ great.  I am very excited to have our good friend, Bryce Blankenagel on the show from the various incendiary Mormon podcasts, ex-mormon podcasts, the Glass Box podcast and Naked Mormonism.  So excited to get to that because it’s possible that the Mormon church is hiding $100 billion in taxable assets?

Andrew:         I read this article in the Washington Post, I looked at it and I was like [Stammers] somebody – journalists are as bad with numbers as they are with the law.  It has to mean they’re hiding $100 million, right?

Thomas:         Which still would be insane, by the way.

Andrew:         Right, which if you have $100 million that you would like-

Thomas:         Patreon.com/law!  [Laughs]  

Andrew:         Head on over to patreon.com/law. [Laughs]  We will not tell!  No, this story is amazing and I love the we have Bryce here to explain the facts, he knows some of the inner workings and I’m gonna get a chance to delve into arcane provisions in the tax law, which just – that’s like throwin’ a yule log on the fire over here at-

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Transcript of OA343: The End of the ACA? (Also: Some Stuff About Impeachment)

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to impeachmeeeeeent!!! [Celebratory clownhorns]  Put those sound effects in-

Andrew:         [Laughs]  I like how you did a little Michael Buffer, there!

Thomas:         [Laughs]  Yeah!  [Announcer voice] Let’s get ready to impeach in the Senaaate!  Hello everybody, it’s Opening Arguments episode 343, I’m Thomas, that over there is Andrew and that over there is impeach President Trump. 

[Trump – “So true!”]

Andrew:         Yeah, yeah!

Thomas:         It’s done.  Happened.

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Transcript of OA342: Why the Supreme Court Should Scare You Even More Than It Already Does

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 342.  I’m Thomas Smith, that over there is Andrew Torrez, how’re ya doing sir?

Andrew:         I am fantastic.  I am on pins and needles for the drastic, dramatic OA fantasy football semi-finals tomorrow, I’ll be rooting for Blank Boxman since my team just narrowly missed making the playoffs.

Thomas:         Yeah.  Wait, this happens on Tuesday, so semi-finals already happened.

Andrew:         Oh yeah.  Well then there you go.

Thomas:         Time machine malfunction, everybody!  Andrew-

Andrew:         I’m basking in the glory of your upset victory.

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Transcript of OA341: Articles of Impeachment (& Espinoza)

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 341, I’m Thomas, that’s Andrew.  How’re you doing, Andrew?

Andrew:         I am spectacular, Thomas!  How are you?

Thomas:         Ah, doing great.  I can’t wait for today’s episode, I wanna learn more about impeachment, and I also love that you’ve slotted our Wild Card segment that [Laughing] we haven’t been able to get to for, I dunno, a month.

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         You’ve slotted that into the A Segment to make sure we get to this good listeners question.  But before all that, a quick 35-minutes on my Fantasy Football birth.

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

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Transcript of OA340: OA and Serial, or, Why the Supreme Court Denied Cert in Syed v. Maryland

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 340.  I’m Thomas, that’s Andrew.  How ya doing, Andrew?

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

Thomas:         I am mainly just in absolute cliffhanger mode, I just can’t even deal with the fact that I have no idea how I did on the bar question.

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Transcript of OA339: Who is Jonathan Turley, Anyway?

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 339.  I am Thomas Smith, that’s Andrew Torrez.  How’re you doing Andrew?

Andrew:         I am fantastic Thomas, how are you?

Thomas:         I’m great!  You know, we have so much to talk about today, so many good segments that I’m not even going to mention the fact that I have my 27th consecutive cold in a row.

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         Not even gonna bring it up!

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Transcript of OA336: Warren’s Wealth Tax & CRA for SCOTUS?

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 336.  I’m Thomas Smith, that over there is Andrew Torrez, how’re you doing Andrew?

Andrew:         I am doing fantastic Thomas!  How are you?

Thomas:         I am doing even better because we have got the deepest of deep dives, I can’t wait for this episode because there’s some really cool law stuff happening and I’m just excited, and it’s not necessarily revolving around Trump which is fun.  It’s a nice change of pace, I think.

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Transcript of OA337: How to Talk to Your (Republican) Family About Impeachment

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 337.  Gobble, gobble, gobble!  I’m Thomas-

Andrew:         [Laughs]

Thomas:         -that’s Andrew.  How’re ya doing?

Andrew:         Gobble gobble to you, Thomas!  Happy Thanksgiving, we’re gonna get this episode out a little bit early for listeners so that if you have a long commute on Thursday out to visit your family you’ll have something to keep you company and maybe we’ll have some guidelines for how to have a productive conversation with your Republican family over Thanksgiving.  I think that’s kind of our goal for this episode, right?

Thomas:         Yeah, I think we’re gonna touch on the controversial stuff, like for example, mashed potatoes: skins in or out?  I think there’s no more contentious – I mean, there’s impeachment all that crap, but-

Andrew:         Yeah, but obviously that’s a skins out.

Thomas:         Oh thank god!

Andrew:         You’ve gotta use a-

Thomas:         Oh thank god, okay, finally!  We don’t have to have a big public fight, Andrew and I agree on the correct opinion.  Look, I’m not throwing mashed potatoes with skins out of bed, [Laughs]

Andrew:         No, that’s right! 

Thomas:         I mean I’ll eat them, but…

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Transcript of OA333: Bonus Impeachment Coverage!

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, don’t adjust that dial!  Bonus episode comin’ at you.  A lot of talk, we spent probably five or six hours debating the merits of keeping the episode numbering going or naming this bonus episode, it’s just the things that podcasters go through, but I think we’re keeping the numbering going which makes this episode 333, wow!  What does it all mean, Andrew?

Andrew:         [Laughs]

Thomas:         Numerology.  333, impeachment, there’s gotta be some tie in, someone come up with an elaborate theory.

Andrew:         Three plus three plus three equals impeachment.

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