The appointment of a political neophyte as her chief of staff and criticisms of President Obama’s semantics in the fight against the Islamic State have put Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard squarely in the spotlight. So Pod Squad host Chad Blair sat down with Civil Beat staffers, Rui Kaneya and Todd Simmons, to talk about how these things could impact her effectiveness in Washington.

The group talked about Kainoa Penaroza’s lack of experience compared to other chiefs of staff and how this could help or hurt Gabbard. They also discussed Gabbard’s concerns that president is being too cautious in his comments about radical Islam. Another question: is Civil Beat out of line by reporting on these issues?

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