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Watchdog Podcast: Accountability, deception and Hillary Clinton

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If some Americans emerged from this week wondering if everyone is truly equal before the eyes of the law, forgive them.

Eric Boehm and Matt Kittle try to make sense of the week in politics, including the FBI’s recommendation that Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges despite a long history of reckless behavior with sensitive and classified government information. Would a standard employee of the federal government get such treatment if they had done the same things? Would the politically damning words of FBI Director James Comey have ended the campaigns of other politicians?

And, as Kittle points out, Clinton’s reprieve comes in the same week that we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act — drawing a clear contrast between the open and accountable government promised by that law and the reality of what we get from political elites.

Then, even though Texas has recently cut back on subsidies for film and television productions, some cities are trying to throw more taxpayer dollars at Hollywood. Texas Watchdog’s Mark Lisheron joins Boehm to discuss how lobbyists are trying to sell Austin and San Antonio on the idea of boosting film subsidy programs, even though the benefits of that spending is questionable at best.

All that, plus our Nanny State of the Week and Picks of the Litter, 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]