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February 8, 2018

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–On the Show:

–The conclusion to our interview with Andy Weir, author of “The Martian” and “Artemis,” who joins David to discuss how he transitioned from software engineering to writing novels, his books, and his commercial success

–Jeanette Manfra, cybersecurity chief at the Department of Homeland Security, says that in 2016, Russian hackers targeted the voting systems of twenty-one states “and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated”

–Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warns of Russian efforts to meddle in the 2018 midterm elections, explaining that the US is not prepared to prevent them

–Notable discussions from The David Pakman Show subreddit

–White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirms that President Trump wants to plan a massive military parade in Washington DC

–The European Union announces that it will only make trade deals with countries that have signed on to the Paris Climate Accord; President Trump pulled the United States out of the agreement in June of 2017

–Donald Trump has promised to make fighting the opioid epidemic a priority of his administration, but now the president appears to be more focused on enforcement rather than treatment

–President Trump congratulates Elon Musk and SpaceX on the Falcon Heavy launch, praising it on Twitter as a showing of “American ingenuity at its best,” apparently not realizing that Musk is South African

–Voicemail inquires about David and Pat’s favorite Pokemon

–On the Bonus Show: Nancy Pelosi speaks about DACA for eight hours, a gust of wind exposes Trump’s hair secret, White House aide resigns amid abuse accusations, and much more…

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