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Watchdog Podcast: The speech police, the Los Angeles Rams and Donald Trump

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Snow has shut down the nation’s capitol, but nothing can shut down the Watchdog Podcast.

This week, host Eric Boehm is joined by Watchdog’s top dog Will Swaim to discuss his once-and-now-again hometown football team: the Los Angeles Rams.  The Rams left behind in St. Louis a vacant stadium that still has local taxpayers on the hook for more than $100 million in debt, for the sunny confines of Inglewood, California. There is no public money being spent on the Rams’ new home, but taxpayers in southern California might not be completely off the hook. We’ll explain why.

Then, a look at Swaim’s latest story on the chilling effect state regulators can have on free speech. In Montana, the Commission on Political Practices is bringing a lawsuit against a former Republican state senator in the Left’s latest effort to fight “dark money” in politics. Speech police are bad enough, but partisan speech cops are even worse.

Finally, Ryan Young of the Competitive Enterprise Institute joins the program for a look at how the next president of the United States could take action to trim federal regulations. The first step: counting up just how many regulations exist. Then, Young says, Congress should reassert its power to write the rules for the nation.

All that, plus National Review taking on Donald Trump in a conservative-versus-fake-conservative showdown, and our Nanny State of the Week, on this edition of the Watchdog Podcast.

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    Eric Boehm is the national regulatory reporter for Watchdog.org. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. His work has appeared in Reason Magazine, National Review Online, The Freeman Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Examiner and Fox News. He was once featured in a BuzzFeed listicle. Follow him on Twitter @EricBoehm87 and reach him at [email protected]