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Watchdog Podcast: It’s Trump vs. Clinton in November

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With the presidential primary season officially in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to look ahead to the least inspiring presidential election in recent memory: Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton.

On this edition of the Watchdog Podcast, hosts Eric Boehm and Matt Kittle sit down to discuss the final stages of the primary process and the latest developments in the ongoing awkward relationship between Trump and Republican officials who are trying to support him without lending approval to the things he says.

The most concerning thing of all is Trump’s tendency to use his position atop the Republican ticket to advance a personal agenda — most recently on display in his comments about a federal judge who is handling the Trump University case, but also in his comments about “opening up” libel laws to go after journalists.

For Clinton, it was an historic week where she became the first woman in U.S. history to lead a major party’s presidential ticket.  She doesn’t have the same sort of baggage as Trump, but her own problems — a lack of likability and questions about her time as secretary of State — will continue to dog her into the general election season.

Then, Kittle discusses the newest revelations in his investigation into the administrative judges in the Social Security Administration.  As the allegations of misconduct and retaliation mount inside Social Security disability claims review offices, new charges of “pervasive” sexual harassment, bribery and nepotism are coming to light at the Madison Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, he reports.

All that, plus the federal government’s new rules for payday lending and a look at the expensive plan for light rail in San Antonio, 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]