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On today’s Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast, host Shane Vander Hart discusses with Chris Jacobs President Donald Trump’s recent healthcare executive order, as well as, the deal that was made between U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) to address issues with the individual health insurance market.

Chris Jacobs, the Founder and CEO of Juniper Research Group, is a policy writer and analyst based in Washington, DC. He holds over a decade of policy experience in a variety of roles on and off Capitol Hill. Chris previously worked as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Heritage Foundation and the Joint Economic Committee’s Senate Republican staff.

Before that, he worked as a Policy Advisor for the House Republican Conference under then-Chairman Mike Pence during the debate surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and as a Health Policy Analyst for the Senate Republican Policy Committee during the first two years of the law’s implementation. He has taught part-time on health policy at The American University.

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Personalized learning. It sounds like something that would be good for our students, but that is not the case. Our guest today warns that instead of teachers spending more individual time with your student, personalized learning decreases the time teachers spend one-on-one with students.

Jane Robbins, an attorney and senior fellow with American Principles Project, joins Shane Vander Hart to discuss this educational fad that is present in schools throughout the nation. They also consider how educational technology used for personalized learning impacts students and why that should concern parents as well.

She even says that personalized learning conflicts with scientific reality, ignoring what works to help students commit information to their long-term memories. (So much for education reformers advancing evidence-based practices.)

Robbins recently wrote articles at Truth in American Education and The American Spectator on the subject.

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Can we turn around climate change? Brian Myers in his interview with Dr. John Christy referencing Bjorn Lomberg said, “We will spend at least a 100 trillion dollars in order to reduce the temperature by the end of the century by a grand total of three-tenths of one degree.”

Does this sound very feasible to you?

Caffeinated Thoughts’ senior contributor Brian Myers interviews Dr. John Christy. Christy is a professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He is also Alabama’s State Climatologist. His chief interests are satellite remote sensing of global climate and global climate change.

In the second part of a two-part interview, Myers discusses with Christie Climate Change as it relates to public policy, as well as, the economic impact public policy makes. (Be sure to listen to Part I here.)

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We hear a lot about consensus in the scientific community when it comes to mankind’s impact on climate change. “Consensus is not science. Science is numbers,” Dr. John Christy would counter.

Regarding our impact on global climate change we just don’t know. Christy says, “There is no experiment that you can do that will determine the impact of CO2 on the climate.”

Caffeinated Thoughts’ senior contributor Brian Myers talks to Dr. John Christy. Christy is a professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He is also Alabama’s State Climatologist. His chief interests are satellite remote sensing of global climate and global climate change.

In the first part of a two-part interview, Myers discusses with Christie how he became interested in climate science, the push for consensus surrounding climate change, and whether or not mankind is to blame.

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This show is sponsored in part by American Principles Project, a conservative political think tank in Washington, D.C. American Principles Project believes that human dignity should be at the heart of public policy. They work in all 50 states and in Washington, D.C. to promote life, religious freedom, local control over education, authentic economic progress for working Americans, and a return to constitutional principles, such as federalism. Want to help American Principles Project? Visit their website today. Sign up for e-mail updates, send a small (or large) donation their way, help them out. They’re a great group.

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Hurricane Irma

It has been an active hurricane season with three hurricanes – Harvey, Irma, and Maria – impacting the U.S. mainland or its territories. Christian-based organizations have led the relief efforts for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Hurricane Maria also recently devastated Puerto Rico presenting significant challenges to meeting basic human needs.

Southern Baptists are one of the leading groups on the ground. They have provided disaster relief for fifty years. Shane Vander Hart speaks with David Melber, the Vice President of Send Relief which is the compassion ministry of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Melber discusses what Southern Baptists do, the impact they have made, and what the pressing needs are for disaster relief efforts in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. They also discuss what you can do to help.

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This show is sponsored in part by American Principles Project, a conservative political think tank in Washington, D.C. American Principles Project believes that human dignity should be at the heart of public policy. They work in all 50 states and in Washington, D.C. to promote life, religious freedom, local control over education, authentic economic progress for working Americans, and a return to constitutional principles, such as federalism. Want to help American Principles Project? Visit their website today. Sign up for e-mail updates, send a small (or large) donation their way, help them out. They’re a great group.

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This week U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced that the House would vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act next Tuesday. The bill, sponsored by Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), passed in the U.S. House in 2015 on a 242-184 vote, but the Senate failed to invoke cloture 54 to 42, six shy of the votes needed to bypass a filibuster.

Former Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave who serves as the Vice President for Government Affairs at Susan B. Anthony List joins Shane Vander Hart on this episode of the Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast to discuss the bill, why she supports it, the science behind it, and the legislation’s standing should it pass the U.S. House and go on to the Senate.

Action items: Contact your U.S. Representative here. Read the research here.

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This show is sponsored in part by American Principles Project, a conservative political think tank in Washington, D.C. American Principles Project believes that human dignity should be at the heart of public policy. They work in all 50 states and in Washington, D.C. to promote life, religious freedom, local control over education, authentic economic progress for working Americans, and a return to constitutional principles, such as federalism. Want to help American Principles Project? Visit their website today. Sign up for e-mail updates, send a small (or large) donation their way, help them out. They’re a great group.

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Former U.S. Senator and Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum (R-PA) may be out of the U.S. Senate, but he is still working to effect change. He recently helped write the Graham-Cassidy Bill that is co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Ron Johnson (R-WI).

He joins Shane Vander Hart on the inaugural episode of The Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast to discuss this bill that many are calling the “last ditch effort” to repeal and replace Obamacare. He explains what the bill does, addresses some common questions and concerns about the bill, and why he thinks the Graham-Cassidy Bill repeals Obamacare and replaces it with a program that states can tailor to their needs.

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This show is sponsored in part by American Principles Project, a conservative political think tank in Washington, D.C. American Principles Project believes that human dignity should be at the heart of public policy. They work in all 50 states and in Washington, D.C. to promote life, religious freedom, local control over education, authentic economic progress for working Americans, and a return to constitutional principles, such as federalism. Want to help American Principles Project? Visit their website today. Sign up for e-mail updates, send a small (or large) donation their way, help them out. They’re a great group.

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