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Trump attacks the Squad

Today's episode is devoted to Trump's racist attacks on the Squad -- the four freshmen members of the House (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley) who have so freaked Trump out that he's been on a racist rant for days now. But also, there's some method to Trump's madness, as I argue in today's podcast: He's effectively changed the conversation from those horrible camps on our borders to his racism (which is a net-plus with the GOP) and the four liberal...


Why are Democrats refusing to get Trump's taxes?

In today's episode, we talk about Amy McGrath announcing her challenge to Mitch McConnell in 2020, Tom Steyer entering the presidential race, the latest fundraising numbers for the Democratic presidential candidates, House Ways & Means chairman Richard Neal incredibly refusing to get Trump's taxes from NY state, the Alex Acosta - Jeffrey Epstein connection, and the recent discovery that the Seth Rich conspiracy was created by Russian intelligence. This is a 5-minute excerpt of the 1 hour 18...


Trump will lose in 2020, explains pollster Dr. Rachel Bitecofer

Dr. Rachel Bitecofer, the only political pollster to nail the 2018 election, joins us to explain why she thinks Donald Trump is going to lose in 2020, and how Democrats will fare in the House and Senate. Rachel, a self-described "data girl living in a data bro's world," is really accessible -- she's a geek, no doubt, but she excels at explaining data in a way anyone can understand. In this episode, we talk about why the numbers say Trump will lose, whether it matters who the Democratic...


Huge fundraising numbers for Dem presidential candidates

In today's episode, Cliff and I tell you what the new fundraising numbers mean for the various Democratic presidential candidates (Buttigieg, incredibly, beat Bernie Sanders -- by a LOT). And we talk about the new polls that consistently show Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren improving since last week's debate, while Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders keep slipping. Bernie, in particular, seems almost out of the picture, but there's a year to go, so who knows. And finally, Cliff and I have a...


Kamala Harris slays Biden (and Trump is still a traitor)

In today's episode, Cliff and I talk about the two-night Democratic presidential debate, and Trump's ongoing train-wreck of a mini-summit that Donald Trump held with Putin today in Japan. As for the debate, Elizabeth Warren won the first night, and Kamala Harris won the second. But Pete Buttigieg did well too, as did Julián Castro and Corey Booker. (We thought Bernie yelled too much.) As for Biden, it wasn't his best performance, to say the least. Harris clearly bested him. As for Trump and...


Mueller needs to explain why he didn't indict Trump

Cliff and I talk about Mueller finally agreeing to testify and whether it will matter (we're not sure it will, as Mueller still doesn't seem to understand the gravity of the situation or the hyper-partisan era we are in); the latest new implosion of the NRA (Dana Loesch is out!), Bernie Sanders' new student loan forgiving proposal that taxes everyone with any investments, Eric Trump claiming he was spit on, and Trump's crazy call to Maria Bartiromo's show on Fox this morning in which he...


Buh-bye Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the one true Enemy of the People

In today's podcast, Cliff and I discuss the fact that the White House press corps is throwing a going away party for Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the person most responsible for the greatest destruction of White House transparency in recent memory. We also talk about Joe Biden's latest "gaffe," and whether it really was a gaffe, and the larger issue of comity and compromise, and whether both concepts are dead in today's Washington, and whether there's no any possibility in bringing them back. And...


Crooks & Liars' John Amato talks the 2020 election

Our good friend John Amato, the founder of Crooks & Liars, joins us to talk about the latest really bad polls for Trump's reelection effort (including an awful Fox News poll -- awful for Trump, that is), the Kyle Kashuv Harvard controversy, and ThinkProgress' money trouble and what it means for online media and the future of Facebook's monopoly control over so much of the media world. PS John also talks to us about the time he toured with Duran Duran! This is a 17-minute excerpt of the hour...


Norm Ornstein makes the case for impeachment

Congressional scholar Norm Ornstein joins us for a really interesting discussion on impeachment, and the never-ending Trump scandals. Ornstein talks with us about the origins of tribalism and Republican extremism, going all the way back to Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh and the rise of Fox News. We then segue into a discussion of how Donald Trump's incessant corruption is forcing us to lose our sense of moral outrage, and that's how countries slide towards autocracy. Ornstein then segues the...


The history of MeToo and women's wokeness since Chappaquiddick, with social historian Linda Hirshman

This is the second half our interview with social historian Linda Hirshman, who joins us to talk about her new book, just released today, about the origins of the MeToo movement: "Reckoning: The Epic Battle Against Sexual Abuse and Harassment." The book looks at the historian of women's fight against sexual abuse and harassment, from Chappaquiddick to today. Here is Amazon's summary of the book: Linda Hirshman, acclaimed historian of social movements, delivers the sweeping story of the...


How Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O'Connor changed the world, with historian Linda Hirshman

My longtime friend Linda Hirshman, who wrote a book about how Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O'Connor changed the world with their historic appointments to the Supreme Court (and how RBG started shaking things up decades before that), talks to us about both amazing women, with a particular focus on RBG. (Linda's book is called: "Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World"). In the second half of our interview, to be...


The Clampetts go to London

The Trumps are in London, en masse, and it's as embarrassing a spectacle as you can imagine. From Ivanka's cowgirl dress, to Tiffany's "Gone With the Wind" curtains, and Donald Trump's too-short-in-front tailcoat, it's as if the Trump's just threw it all together at the last minute in the tackiest way possible. We also discuss Trump's newest attack on AT&T, in order to pressure CNN to give him good coverage; that NYT hatchet job on Joe Biden that just blew up in the NYT's face after the...


Laura Ingraham's favorite white supremacist

In today's show, we discuss Fox News host Laura Ingraham's embrace of white supremacist Paul Nehlen, Bill Barr's 60 Minutes interview in which he lies again about the Mueller report, Trump's crazy new trade war with Mexico, and Fox News' stranglehold on information and how it's deceiving Republican voters. (Laura Ingraham image by Gage Skidmore.)


Ian Dunt on Brexit, European elections, and fighting demagogic populism

Brexit is still in chaos, and things didn't get any clearer with the results of the European Parliament elections, that seemed to hand victory to populists across the board, both pro- and anti- Brexit. Joining us again to tell us what all of this means is British political pundit Ian Dunt, the author of "Brexit: What the hell happens nows?," editor of Politics.co.uk, and co-host of the Remainiacs podcast. Among other things, we talk to Ian about whether there's any kind of synergy, or...


Trump's temper tantrum

In today's episode, we discuss a few new bad polls for Trump, Pete Buttigieg's delicious attack on Trump's draft-dodging, the weird non-story about Elizabeth Warren having worked as a lawyer, more Infrastructure Week madness and the beauty that is Nancy Pelosi, news that the Wall is going to cost $1bn per mile and it's supposed to be 500 miles long, and finally we close with Nancy Pelosi's press conference about Trump today that was absolutely delicious. (And sorry for the sound quality, I...


Measles, Trump's taxes, Facebook, and impeachment

In today's episode, Cliff and I talk about the wickedness of anti-vaxxers, a federal court ruling that Trump's accountants have to turn over his taxes to House committees, why Trump is spending so much money on Facebook ads when Democrats aren't, the Washington Post's sickeningly poofy profile of George "I found out the Russians hacked Hillary and didn't call the FBI" Papadopoulos, Tea Partyer Justin Amash calling for Trump to be impeached, and a new Sushi restaurant in Tokyo where you send...


Election polls, the GND, and investigating Mueller

In today's show, we discuss the latest polls showing Bernie's support among young people dropping while that same support rises for Biden and Warren, talk a bit about Kamala Harris as a possible VP choice (should she not win the nomination), look at the Green New Deal and whether its promoters are actually undercutting its passage, discuss Bill Barr launching another investigation of the Mueller investigation, and then a quick look at Rod Rosenstein's obsequiousness and the importance of...


Trump cheats little boy at golf

We all knew Trump was a cheater, but cheating a ten-year-old kid? Oh yeah. We start with that little anecdote, and move to James Comey's appearance on CNN last night, then Don Jr.'s subpoena, Giuliani pressuring the Ukrainian government to interfere in the 2020 election, Sarah Sanders' lack of self-awareness, why 2020 polls don't mean much at this point, and how Ben Shapiro owned himself on the BBC. This is a ten-minute excerpt of the hour long podcast. To hear the entire show, and support...


Jerry Falwell's pool boy

In today's episode, we discuss the breaking that Trump didn't pay taxes for 8 of 10 years during the 1980s and 90s, after losing more than a billion dollars. But the real question is whether Trump is just an awful businessman, or someone cheats on his taxes. Then we talk about big Trump supporter Jerry Falwell Jr. and new allegations that he had Michael Cohen help him destroy "personal photos" that someone in Florida seemed to be blackmailing Falwell over. Interestingly, this isn't the first...


"Everything's a f'g haiku with Mueller." Bob Cesca joins us to talk Bill Barr.

Bob Cesca joins us to talk about Attorney General William Barr's disastrous testimony before the Senate this week. We all agreed that Mueller seems to have punted far too much to Congress, when he could have been far more helpful by being more direct, and reaching more conclusions, in his report. And we also have a little chat about Facebook. This is an 11-minute excerpt of the 1 hour and 5 minute episode. To hear the entire show, and support independent media, please become a patron over at...