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Let's start with a returning segment, “Democracy Watch.” Then, we spend the rest of the episode covering Britney Spears' dad allegedly spying on her, the return of USC frat parties (under certain conditions), and Pope Emeritus Benedict's failure to act against abusive priests. Finally, we discuss the coordinated effort on Twitter to spread hate about Meghan Markle. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: CNN: “Senate Democrats suffer defeat on voting rights after vote to change rules fails” CNN: “GOP gubernatorial candidate David Perdue calls for new election police unit in Georgia” NBC: “Jan. 6 committee asks Ivanka Trump to give voluntary testimony” The Hill: “Former FBI agent says Britney Spears's father spied on her during conservatorship” Daily Beast: “USC Fraternities Allowed to Party Again if They Hire Security for Bedrooms to Prevent Rape” Washington Post: “Pope Benedict accused of wrongdoing in Munich abuse report” The Cut: “There Really Is a Coordinated Online Attack on Meghan Markle”
Today marks one year since President Joe Biden's inauguration, so let's unpack what happened during his anniversary conference. The administration also announced that they will begin making 400 million N95 masks available for free starting next week. Then, we discuss the anti-critical race theory bill that was just passed in Florida, before moving to the Supreme Court's ruling against Trump's request to block the release of White House records. To close the show, we cover Puerto Rico's bankruptcy plan and Starbucks' decision to drop its employee vaccination and testing requirements. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: Washington Post: “Joe Biden Live Updates” AP News: “Biden to give away 400 million N95 masks starting next week” CBS: “Florida bill would bar businesses and schools from making anyone “feel discomfort” or “guilt” about race” Axios: “Federal judge approves Puerto Rico's plan to cut debt by 80%” Salon: “Wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas signs letter against Jan. 6 committee” Axios: “Federal judge approves Puerto Rico's plan to cut debt by 80%” Axios: “Starbucks drops worker vaccine or test requirement after SCOTUS ruling”
Yesterday, the House January 6th committee dropped some new subpoenas. Also, you can now officially order free COVID test kits online via USPS. We share some concerning data from epidemiological models, before unpacking why AT&T is delaying launching their 5G towers. For the rest of the episode, let's cover some international headlines, including Indonesia's new capital, updates from Tonga, and why lawmakers are issuing warnings over risky Chinese tech. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: CNN: “Exclusive: Eric Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle's phone records subpoenaed by January 6 committee” NBC: “Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Giuliani, 3 other Trump allies, accuses them of pushing election lies” Washington Post: “Federal website for rapid tests goes live a day early” Order Your Free COVID Test Kit Here AP News: “US faces wave of omicron deaths in coming weeks, models say” NPR: “Fauci says COVID-19 won't go away like smallpox, but will more likely become endemic” Reuters: “AT&T to delay some 5G deployment in bid to address aviation standoff” CNN: “Indonesia names new capital, approving shift from Jakarta” Axios: “Ukraine crisis: Blinken to visit Kyiv, then meet Russian foreign minister”? Axios: “At least 3 dead after Tonga volcano eruption and tsunami” Washington Post: “Tonga's volcanic eruption may harm environment for years” Axios: “Lawmakers warn of states using risky Chinese tech”
We begin today with what's happening between OANN and DirecTV. Next, we have an update in the hostage situation in Colleyville, Texas. Then, we discuss Tonga's volcanic eruption, a concerning discovery from Microsoft, and the Senate's debate on voting rights legislation. To close the show, let's finish off with some Omnicron headlines. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: Axios: “DirecTV to remove conservative news network OANN” CNN: “The FBI is investigating the Texas hostage standoff as a ‘terrorism-related' incident, the agency says” NY Times: “Officials Investigating Synagogue Attacker's Link to 2010 Terror Case” BBC: “Tonga tsunami: Anxious wait for news after Tonga cut off” AP News: “Microsoft discloses malware attack on Ukraine govt networks” NY Times: “Senate Democrats Press Ahead With Debate on Voting Rights Bill” AP News: “Israel study: 4th vaccine shows limited results with omicron” NPR: “In Greece, unvaccinated people ages 60 and up now face monthly fines” Washington Post: “China halts Winter Olympics ticket sales as omicron arrives in Beijing” Axios: “CDC director says COVID-19 messaging should have been clearer”
We start this week with some concerning news out of Texas. Next we move to a decision right out of the Supreme Court regarding the status of vaccine mandates. Then, we share a January 6th update, before revisiting the deal with Trump wanting to buy Greenland. We discuss a problematic story out of a Mississippi middle school and why they were planning to offer shapewear to girls dealing with “body image” issues. Lastly, we cover why Kim Kardashian is getting sued and an update on Novak Djokovic. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: Reuters: “FBI storms Texas synagogue to release hostages, gunman dead” NY Times: “Businesses are whipsawed again as the Supreme Court blocks OSHA's vaccine mandate” NY Times: “Oath Keepers Leader Stewart Rhodes Arrested in Jan. 6 Inquiry” Reuters: “Denmark accuses Russia, China, Iran of espionage threat” Today: “Mississippi middle school offers girls shapewear to address ‘body image' concerns” BBC News: “Kim Kardashian sued in crypto ‘pump and dump' case” BBC News: “Novak Djokovic: Tennis star deported after losing Australia visa battle”
Let's start with some better news (for once) about Omnicron. Yesterday, Biden announced that the government will double the number of rapid tests available to Americans. Also, the House of Representatives passed the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act. Let's also talk about the RNC feud with the Commission on Presidential Debates. Meanwhile, the House January 6th committee asked House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to testify voluntarily. Plus, we share some recent data on the declining number of students enrolled in college now. Next, we share some numbers, this time on climate change. We move to a quick update on Russia, before closing with an announcement from Queen Elizabeth you won't want to miss. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NY Times: “Is Omnicron Peaking?” AP News: “Biden to double free COVID tests, add N95s, to fight omicron” NY Times: “Sinema Says She Will Not Support Changing Filibuster” NY Times: “RNC Signals a Pullout From Presidential Debates” NPR: “The top House Republican won't comply with Jan. 6 panel request to voluntarily testify” Axios: “Blue Nashville to be split into three red congressional districts”
U.S. inflation has hit 7%, so let's talk about it. Next, we cover the drama between Dr. Anthony Fauci and Sen. Rand Paul during a congressional hearing Tuesday. Of course, we can't forget about the election scandal story involving pro-Trump groups (but are we really surprised?). Then, we discuss Kanye West's planned visit to Russia and what he's got planned there. We share an update on Prince Andrew, before moving to why Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been called to resign. Finally, Maya Angelou has officially become the first black woman to appear on the U.S. quarter. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: Washington Post: “December prices rise 7 percent, compared to a year ago, as 2021 inflation reaches highest in 40 years” CNBC: “Fauci says Sen. Rand Paul's false accusations ‘kindles the crazies' and have incited death threats” Newsweek: “Pro-Trump Groups Forged Election Documents Saying He Won Arizona, Michigan” Billboard: “Ye Planning Russia Trip to Meet Putin and Perform Sunday Service, Says Advisor” AP News: “Giuffre's Prince Andrew suit goes ahead despite Epstein deal” Axios: “Boris Johnson apologizes for lockdown-breaking party amid calls to resign” NPR: “The poet Maya Angelou is the first Black woman to be featured on a U.S. quarter”
Let's start today's news day with a major investigation into the Ivy League and other top colleges in the U.S. Next, we cover several Covid news stories, before moving over to the latest updates involving Biden and the filibuster. Meanwhile, the Justice Department is establishing a specialized unit focused on domestic terrorism. And finally, former American Idol runner up Clay Aiken is running for Congress again in North Carolina. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: Washington Post: “Former students sue Georgetown, Columbia and other elite universities over financial aid practices” NPR: “How to get insurance to pay for at-home COVID tests, according to the White House” Washington Post: “Pfizer plans to manufacture up to 100 million doses of omicron-specific vaccine by spring” BBC: “Covid: Half of Europe to be infected with Omicron within weeks - WHO” AP News: “Biden to back Senate rule change to pass voting rights bill” AP News: “Justice Dept. creating unit focused on domestic terrorism” Hollywood Reporter: “Clay Aiken Running for Congress Again in North Carolina”
We begin today's news day with the passing of Bob Saget. Next, we have a quick update on Kazakhstan, and then move onto the Russia-US security talks in Geneva. Then, we share some unfortunate news about the increase in US carbon emissions as a result of the pandemic recovery. To close, we share a hopeful resolution about the Novak Djokovic vs. Australia drama. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NY Times: “Bob Saget, Comic Who Portrayed Danny Tanner on ‘Full House,' Dies at 65” AP News: “Nearly 8,000 detained in Kazakhstan over violent protests” Washington Post: “Russia-U.S. talks hit impasse over NATO expansion, but Moscow says the situation is not ‘hopeless'” Axios: “U.S. greenhouse gas emissions jumped in 2021” NY Times: “Novak Djokovic Can Remain in Australia, Judge Rules”
We start off this week with, you guessed it, more Omnicron news. We cover the trial verdict of the the three men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, before moving to constitutionality of the Biden administration's vaccine mandates. For the rest of the episode, let's pivot to some international news. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: CNN: "Child hospitalization rates hit record highs as Omicron variant becomes prevalent" Axios: "Ahmaud Arbery killers sentenced to life" New Yorker: "Vaccine Mandates Have a Bad Day at the Supreme Court" Washington Post: "Kazakhstan officials say 164 are dead in protests, country now ‘stabilized'" NY Times: "Canada Bans ‘Conversion Therapy'" El Pais: "Law change sees pets in Spain considered sentient beings, with welfare taken into account should a couple separate"
Let's start today with Biden's entire January 6th speech and the vigils held to commemorate those who took part in the insurrection. Next, we cover the historic posthumous pardon of civil rights leader Homer Plessy, before unpacking some of the drama that's been happening with Novak Djokovic and how he ended up in Australian immigration detention. Meanwhile in New York, to-go cocktails are making a permanent comeback. Finally, we unpack why Netflix's 'Emily in Paris' is under fire. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NY Times: "At the Capitol on Jan. 6, a Day of Remembrance and Division" Independent: "Liz Cheney and father Dick stand as only two Republicans joining House Democrats for January 6 memorial" Washington Post: "Rival Jan. 6 vigils reflect deep divides over insurrection" CNN: "Homer Plessy, of Plessy v. Ferguson's 'separate but equal' ruling, pardoned by Louisiana governor" AP News: "Djokovic in limbo as he fights deportation from Australia" NBC New York: "To-Go Drinks Coming Back to New York, Hochul Announces" Washington Post: "‘Emily in Paris' portrayal of shoplifting Ukrainian is ‘insulting,' culture minister complains to Netflix"
It's been an entire year since the insurrection, so let's start with some January 6th headlines. Next, the CDC has officially updated its isolation guidance (and yet it's still not as clear as the last guidance). Then, we check in on Ghislaine Maxwell and how she's doing in jail. Finally, we talk about the postponed Grammy awards ceremony. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: CNN: "Attorney general speaks ahead of Jan. 6 anniversary" NY Times: "House Panel Asks Sean Hannity of Fox News to Cooperate in Jan. 6 Inquiry" ABC News: "Majority of Americans think Jan. 6 attack threatened democracy: POLL" CBS News: "CDC stops short of requiring test for ending COVID isolation, but says they're the "best approach" The Cut: "Ghislaine Maxwell Got Dumped In Jail" Deadline: "Grammy Awards Postponed Indefinitely Amid Omicron Surge"
The U.S. has hit a staggering milestone for Covid cases over the recent holiday weekend. Next, we discuss WTF 'flurona' is, before getting into a scary weather report out of Virginia. Then, we cover the dropped charges against former NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, and who was endorsed by Trump ahead of his election in Hungary. Lastly, we talk about California Representative Devin Nunes' resignation to become CEO of the Trump Media & Technology Group. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NPR: "More than 1 million Americans were diagnosed with COVID over the long holiday weekend" CNN: "What is 'flurona' and how serious is it?" AP News: "Stranded drivers endure frigid night on impassable highway" NY Times: "Cuomo Will Not Be Prosecuted in Groping Case, Albany D.A. Says" Insider: "Trump endorses authoritarian Hungarian leader Viktor Orbán, praising him as 'strong' and 'respected by all'" CNN: "Devin Nunes officially resigns from Congress"
Let's start 2022 with the Elizabeth Holmes verdict. Next we have some Omnicron of course. Plus, with the 1 year anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection approaching, let's cover some Trump news from the weekend. Lastly, let's finish off with our favorite segment, Headlines That Speak For Themselves. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: CNN: “Elizabeth Holmes trial: The jury has reached a verdict” NY Times: “Covid Live Updates: Staff Shortages Force the Shutdowns That Leaders Vowed to Avoid” NBC News: “Jan. 6 panel has ‘firsthand testimony' Ivanka Trump asked father to intervene in riot, Cheney says” ABC News: “Eldest Trump children won't comply with subpoenas from New York attorney general” NY Times: “Twitter permanently suspends Marjorie Taylor Greene's account” LA Times: “California's universal voting by mail becomes permanent” Insider: “Birth control will be free for women in France until they're 25”
It's another quick news day, but fortunately we have more good news than bad. Up first, we share President Biden's latest announcement on the pause on federal student loans, before covering two Omnicron related stories, and the potential delay in 5G wireless service over safety concerns. Lastly, we close with why Mitch McConnnell is trying to get Joe Manchin to switch to the Republican Party. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: Washington Post: “Biden administration extends federal student loan payment pause until May” ABC News: “Pfizer's COVID treatment pill authorized by FDA” Washington Post: “South Africa's omnicron variant appears to subside as quickly as it grew” NPR: “Boeing and Airbus urge a delay in 5G wireless service over safety concerns” Daily Beast: “Mitch McConnell: I've Spoken to Joe Manchin About Joining GOP”
On this short news day, we cover Biden's Omnicron plan, who is pushing for Joe Manchin to support the Build Back Better Bill, and an update on the Kelloggs strike. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NY Times: “Covid Live Updates: Biden Details New Measures to Fight Omicron” Business Insider: “The United Mine Workers of America is urging Sen. Manchin to rethink his opposition to Build Back Better” Washington Post: “Kellogg's cereal workers approve contract, ending 11-week strike and averting job losses”
We start this today with more Omnicron news and its rising Covid cases. Let's also circle back to Biden's $2 trillion dollar Build Back Better bill. Speaking of the bill. we share reportings on where the monthly child tax credit payments have been used towards and why Senator Joe Manchin said he would vote against it. Finally, we close with updates from Ghislaine Maxwell's trial and Steve Bannon's pledge to take over the entire United States election apparatus. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: AP News: "Omicron sweeps across nation, now 73% of US COVID-19 cases" CNBC: "Goldman cuts GDP forecast after Sen. Manchin says he won't support Biden's ‘Build Back Better' plan" Bloomberg: "Here's What Families Are Actually Using the Child Tax Credit to Pay For" Miami Herald: "Maxwell case logs show how frequently Trump flew on Epstein jets; Bill Clinton, too" Daily Beast: "Steve Bannon Threatens to Take Over Entire U.S. ‘Election Apparatus'"
Well... it looks like the Build Back Better bill won't be passed until 2022. Next, let's share another Omnicron update, before getting to Governor Ron Desantis' new legislation that will allow parents to sue schools for teaching critical race theory. Then, we throwback to Kanye's attempt at a presidential campaign, before closing with two court stories. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NY Times: "Manchin Pulls Support From Biden's Social Policy Bill, Imperiling Its Passage" Washington Post: "Health officials say omicron variant likely to cause record-high coronavirus cases, hospitalizations in U.S" Axios "Study: J&J vaccine provides little or no protection against Omicron" Twitter: "DeSantis unveils legislation to let parents sue schools that teach critical race theory" Daily Beast: "Kanye West's ‘Independent' Campaign Was Secretly Run by GOP Elites" CNN: "Ghislaine Maxwell's defense team rests its case after she declines to testify" NY Times: "During Testimony, Kimberly Potter Apologizes for Killing Daunte Wright"
Yesterday the FDA lifted a major restriction that will permanently allow people to access abortion pills by mail. Next, let's talk Omnicron and the rising surge. BTW, it turns out that the drug Regeneron is not as effective against the Omicron variant as against previous ones. Meanwhile, the Republican Party has agreed to pay up to $1.6 million in legal bills for former president Donald Trump to help him fight investigations. This week, Biden signed an executive order that will allow you to renew your passport online. And lastly, (trigger warning: discussions of sexual assault), we talk about the sexual assault allegations against actor Chris Noth. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: NY Times: "F.D.A. Will Permanently Allow Abortion Pills by Mail" NY Times: "C.D.C. Recommends Other Covid Vaccines Over J.&J.'s Shots" Washington Post: "Regeneron and AstraZeneca give mixed results on potency of coronavirus antibody cocktails against omicron" Washington Post: "GOP agrees to pay up to $1.6 million of Trump's legal bills in N.Y. probes" NPR: "You may soon be able to renew your passport online, instead of sending in documents" Axios: "Senate passes Uyghur forced labor bill" Hollywood Reporter: "Chris Noth Accused of Sexual Assault by Two Women"
The House voted on Tuesday night to cite former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows for criminal contempt. Next, we share an Omnicron update (and it's not looking too great), before discussing a bombshell voter fraud story, and why Derek Chauvin is back in the news. Finally, we close with an announcement from the Federal Reserve, and what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi feels about the idea of banning congressional lawmakers and their spouses from owning stock shares of individual companies. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: NBC News: “House finds Mark Meadows in contempt over defiance of Jan. 6 committee subpoena” AP News: “US faces a double coronavirus surge as omicron advances” NY Times: “Covid Live Updates: U.S. Deaths Surpass 800,000” Orlando Sentinel: “3 residents of The Villages arrested after casting multiple votes in 2020 election” NPR: “Derek Chauvin pleads guilty to violating George Floyd's civil rights” NY Times: “Fed Shifts to Inflation Battle, Winding Down Pandemic Support” Business Insider: “These are the 50 top stocks that members of Congress own” CBNC: “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi opposes banning Congress members from owning individual stocks: ‘We're a free-market economy'”
Today's Morning Announcements start with some exiting news about a new Covid pill that reduces the risk of hospitalization and death by 89 percent. Text. Next we have more positive Covid news, as data out of South Africa shows that the omicron variant is not as deadly as previous iterations of the virus. After that, we cover a new ruling that employers with covid may be protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. We also have a follow up from he ongoing January 6th insurrection cases making their way through the courts. Next, we discuss a group of women who are suing Tesla for allegedly fostering a hostile work environment even after complaining to their superiors. To round things out, we end with Andrew Cuomo's latest setback, with a ethics panel ruling that he has to return his multi-million dollar payment for the book he wrote while serving as governor of New York. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: ABC News: Texts show Trump Jr., Fox News hosts pleaded with Meadows: Get Trump to stop Capitol attack AP News: Data indicate omicron is milder, better at evading vaccines Axios: COVID may qualify as disability under ADA, EEOC says NPR: D.C.'s attorney general is suing the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers over Capitol attack Washington Post: Six Tesla workers file additional lawsuits alleging sexual harassment CBS News: Andrew Cuomo ordered to return millions in book proceeds
Last night the January 6th committee in the House voted to hold Trump's former chief of staff Mark Meadows in contempt. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court declined to block New York's vaccine mandate for heath care workers. President Biden will travel to Kentucky tomorrow as the death toll rises. We also cover some updates on what we know about the “doomsday glacier” (and why we should be seriously concerned). And lastly, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee have agreed to pay a $380 million settlement to hundreds of survivors of sexual abuse by Larry Nassar. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: ABC News: “Jan. 6 committee recommends holding Mark Meadows in criminal contempt” NY Times: “Supreme Court allows vaccine mandate for New York health care workers” AP News: “Air Force discharges 27 for refusal to get COVID vaccine” Washington Post: “Biden will travel to Kentucky on Wednesday, where governor says 74 are confirmed dead” NBC News: “Factory workers threatened with firing if they left before tornado, employees say” AP News: “Thousands without heat, water after tornadoes kill dozens” Axios: “Cracks could cause key ice shelf holding back “Doomsday Glacier” to collapse” NPR: “Nassar abuse survivors reach $380 million deal with USA Gymnastics, Olympic committee”
We start with our biggest story on the devastating storms this past weekend. On Saturday, California governor Gavin Newsom made an announcement pledging to empower private citizens to enforce a ban on the manufacture and sale of assault weapons in the state. Lastly, we leave you with some semi positive news involving the filibuster. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: NY Times: "Live Updates: Tornado Death Toll Rises as States Assess Damage" NPR: "California's governor pledges to model an assault weapons ban on Texas abortion law" Axios: "Clyburn predicts Dems will “get around” filibuster on voting rights"
Political leaders in California announced that they would work to make California a sanctuary state for women seeking abortions if P vs. Wade is overturned. New York Attorney General Letitia James is seeking a deposition from former President Donald Trump on January 7th, 2022. A federal appeals court ruled Thursday against an effort by former President Donald Trump to shield documents from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. Meanwhile, two National Guard officials are testifying that the Army's report over the response to the Capitol riot is “whole fiction.” Moving on, Starbucks workers at three stories in Buffalo voted to unionize. Finally, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is dropping the Sackler name from seven exhibition spaces. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: NY Times: "California Positions Itself as a ‘Refuge' of Abortion Rights" Washington Post: "New York attorney general seeks Trump's deposition as part of civil fraud investigation" AP News: "Court rejects Trump's efforts to keep records from 1/6 panel" The Daily Beast: "Top National Guard Bosses Say Army's Jan. 6 Narrative Is a ‘Fiction'" Washington Post: "Starbucks workers in Buffalo win watershed union vote" NPR: "The Met will strip the Sackler family's name from its exhibition spaces"
Today, we run through your favorite segment: Headlines That Speak For Themselves. Up first, Australia, Canada, and the UK announced yesterday that they'll be joining the US in its diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics. Yesterday Pfizer announced that its booster shot offers significant protection from the Omicron variant. Also yesterday, the head of Instagram Adam Mosseri testified in front of the Senate. As predicted, Trump's former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows did not show up for his January 6th committee testimony. Meanwhile, this week began the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Kim Potter for the killing of Daunte Wright. Finally, we close with why a school district in San Antonio pre-emptively pulled more than 400 books from its libraries. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: BBC: "UK and Canada join diplomatic boycott of China Winter Olympics" NY Times: "Covid Live Updates: Over 200 Million Americans Are Fully Vaccinated" AP News: "CDC chief says omicron mostly mild so far" Washington Post: "‘Baby steps' won't fix Instagram, lawmakers say in first hearing with social network head" NY Times: "Meadows Sues Pelosi in Bid to Block Jan. 6 Committee Subpoena" Axios: "Trump-backed Perdue says he wouldn't have certified Georgia 2020 results" Washington Post: "Kim Potter trial begins in case of former officer charged with Daunte Write shooting" NBC News: "Texas school district pulls 400 books from library shelves for review after legislator's inquiry"
Let's start this news day with a debt ceiling update. We cover Biden and Putin's two hour video chat, the end of an era following the end of Germany's first female chancellor's tenure, and why a Georgie federal judge blocked the COVID vaccine mandate for employees of federal contractors. Earlier this week, the Justice Department closed the investigation into the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till. Finally, Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows says he will no longer cooperate with the House committee that's investing the January 6th insurrection. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: Washington Post: "Debt ceiling deal reached in Congress, party leaders say" NY Times: "Biden Delivers a Warning to Putin Over Ukraine" AP News: "End of an era: Germany's Merkel bows out after 16 years" AP News: "Judge blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for federal contractors" NPR: "The Justice Department closes its investigation into the lynching of Emmett Till" Axios: "Mark Meadows will stop cooperating with Jan. 6 panel"
The United States announced that it will stage a diplomatic boycott at the Beijing Olympics next year. Next, we move to why the Justice Department has once again sued the state of Texas over its redistricted voter maps. Meanwhile, California Republican congressman Devin Nunes announced yesterday that he's leaving his job to become the CEO of Donald Trump's new media company. Then we cover the story on about the plumber who discovered of money hidden in the walls of Joel Osteen's Houston church. Finally, we discuss the alleged use of illegal drugs in the UK Parliament. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: AP News: "US plans diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics" Washington Post: "Texas voting maps targeted in Justice Department lawsuit" CBS News: "GOP Congressman Devin Nunes will leave House to work for Trump media company" CNN: "Plumber finds money in the walls of Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church" Washington Post: "'Rife' cocaine use reported in U.K. Parliament — just as Boris Johnson announces crackdown on drug crime"
Let's start the week with a quick Omicron update. Next, let's meet the Crumbleys (AKA the parents of the 15 year old boy behind the Michigan school shooting). Then, we have to talk about Chris Cuomo before talking about former Republican Senator David Perdue and the passing of GOP Senator and one-time presidential nominee Bob Dole. Lastly, let's talk about that cream cheese shortage and its effects on NYC bagel shops. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: AP News: "Fauci says early reports encouraging about omicron variant" Washington Post: "Fugitive parents of Mich. school-shooting suspect in custody after brief hunt" NPR: "Parents of Michigan school shooting suspect are held on $500,000 bond after manhunt" NY Times: "CNN Fires Chris Cuomo Amid Inquiry Into His Efforts to Aid His Brother" Washington Post: "Former senator David Perdue to challenge incumbent Brian Kemp for Georgia governor" NPR: "Bob Dole, longtime GOP senator and 1996 presidential nominee, dies" NY Times: "How a Cream Cheese Shortage Is Affecting N.Y.C. Bagel Shops"
This Friday's episode begins with confirmed cases of the Omicron variant hitting the United States. Then we get an update on the potential government shutdown. Next, we hear the latest on the Oxford High School shooting. We also cover the severe impact of a staffing crisis in New York State. Finally, we get details on Angela Merkel transferring power to her successor in Germany. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: Axios: Omicron cases confirmed in 5 U.S. states NPR: House approves a short-term funding bill to avoid a government shutdown Washington Post: Charging decision for Washington school shooting suspect's parents is imminent, says official Times Union: Staff crisis had state planning to move disabled into facility with cots AP: Germany's Merkel at farewell ceremony: Don't tolerate hate
We start with what happened during the Mississippi abortion rights case yesterday and the very first case of the Omicron variant detected in the United States. Next, we talk about the Cuomo brothers and Stacey Abrams' announcement that she's running again for governor of Georgia against Brian Kemp in 2022. Lastly, we have some more tragic news out of Michigan. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: Washington Post: “Supreme Court seems inclined to uphold Mississippi abortion law that would undermine Roe v. Wade” NY Times: “Covid Live Updates: California Reports First Omicron Case in U.S.” AP News: “CNN suspends Chris Cuomo for helping brother in scandal” Axios: “Stacey Abrams launches second campaign for Georgia governor” AP News: “Michigan teen charged in Oxford High School shooting”
We kick off today's news day with a couple stories about Trump. Next, we cover why the House leadership is considering whether to take action against Rep. Lauren Boebert. over some inappropriate comments Then, we share some breaking news from the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Meanwhile, we unpack what went down in Barbados and Dr. Oz.'s announcement that he will be running for Senate in Pennsylvania next year. Finally, we close with the tragedy at a Michigan highschool and updates from the Ghislaine Maxwell trial (trigger warning: discussion of school shootings and sexual assault). Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: The Guardian: "Trump called aides hours before Capitol riot to discuss how to stop Biden victory" Buzzfeed News: "A Court Temporarily Paused Trump's Records From Going To The Jan. 6 Committee" Washington Post: "Trump Jan. 6 records lawsuit goes before appeals court" Buzzfeed News: "The Government Was Ordered To Unveil More Of The Mueller Report After A Court Ruled In Favor Of BuzzFeed News" Axios: "Top House Democrats weigh action against GOP Rep. Boebert" Wisconsin Supreme Court Decisions The Cut: "Rihanna Is Officially a National Hero" CNN: "Dr. Oz announces bid for US Senate seat in Pennsylvania" NBC News: "3 killed, 8 injured in shooting at Oxford High School in suburban Detroit" Daily Beast: "Ghislaine Maxwell's Accuser: She Was in the Room While Epstein Raped Me"
Let's start with our Omicron variant update. Next, we talk about Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's decision to step down (and who his replacement is). Yesterday was also the beginning of the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell. Finally, we share a story about what's happening in Barbados. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: Washington Post: "Biden calls omicron variant concerning but ‘not a cause for panic' as WHO says risk ‘very high'" NY Times: "Twitter's Jack Dorsey Steps Down From C.E.O. Role" AP News: "Maxwell, Epstein were ‘partners in crime,' prosecutor says" BBC: "Barbados to remove Queen Elizabeth as head of state"
We have a new COVID variant in town (but honestly, what else is new?). Meanwhile, on Wednesday the Supreme Court plans to hear arguments in a case out of Mississippi that will likely determine whether or not Roe v Wade is overturned. Next, we turn to how the Texas abortion law makes risky pregnancies more difficult (yes, even harder than it already is). And on Friday, Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky claimed that a group of Russians and Ukrainians are currently plotting a coup against him for next month. Lastly, we cover the loss of two incredible artists. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: NY Times: "Covid Live Updates: Scientists Focus on Whether Omicron Variant Causes Severe Illness" AP News: "Supreme Court set to take up all-or-nothing abortion fight" NY Times: "Texas Abortion Law Complicates Care for Risky Pregnancies" Washington Post: "Ukraine's Zelensky alleges Russia plotting coup against him for next week"
Let's start today with our favorite segment, Democracy Watch. Next, we move to why the Republican National Committee is paying some of former President Donald Trump's legal bills and an update on the Charlottesville rally trial. Finally, we end with the pharmacy companies responsible for fueling the opioid crisis. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: Washington Post: "U.S. listed as a ‘backsliding' democracy for first time in report by European think tank" CNN: "RNC is paying some of Trump's legal fees in New York probe into Trump Organization" Washington Post: "Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' trial verdict: Live updates" Washington Post: "Daily coronavirus cases up 18 percent, according to CDC director"
We begin with the aftermath of the Waukesha Christmas Parade incident, before covering some January 6th committee updates. Next we share some conclusions from the 8 month long investigation over former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as well as some disappointing (but unsurprising) news about Facebook. Plus, we share Biden's nominees for the Federal Reserve. Lastly, we have an update for you on the Theranos trial. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: Washington Post: "After SUV slammed into Wis. parade and killed 5, driver to be charged with homicide" AP News: "Alex Jones, Roger Stone subpoenaed by House Jan. 6 committee" NY Times: "Assembly Finds ‘Overwhelming Evidence' Cuomo Engaged in Sexual Harassment" Washington Post: "Facebook's race-blind practices around hate speech came at the expense of Black users, new documents show" Axios: "Biden's Fed pick puts progressives on notice" Axios: "Ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes testifies in her own defense"
Let's catch you up on some news, starting with the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict. We move to our next story on Ohio's newly approved congressional district map, before covering the mysterious disappearance of Chinese tennis star, Peng Shuai. Finally, let's end with a lighter story on the first US city to require free menstrual products in public restrooms. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: NY Times: "Kyle Rittenhouse Acquitted on All Counts" Axios: "Ohio lawmakers pass new congressional district map" CNN: "Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai said she is safe in video call, says International Olympic Committee" NPR: "Michigan city will require all public restrooms to carry free menstrual products"
We start with an update on what's holding up the Build Back Better bill in congress (looking at you Joe Manchin). Next, we hear about Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt commuting the death penalty sentence of Julius Jones. Plus, we get another update on the slow deliberations in the Kyle Rittenhouse case, which involves some controversy surrounding a journalist's coverage. Finally, a coalition of state attorneys general have launched an investigation into how Instagram draws in young users and affects their well-being. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: WaPo: House readies Thursday evening vote on $2 trillion spending plan backed by Biden NYT: Oklahoma Governor Commutes Inmate's Death Sentence Hours Before Execution AP: Rittenhouse jury deliberates for third day without a verdict Axios: State AGs launch Instagram investigation
This Thursday's episode starts with actual consequences for the "QAnon Shaman" resulting from his role in the January 6th insurrection, and mild accountability in the House for Republican Paul Gosar. We hear new data about opioid use in the US. Then we get an update on the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, as well as the trial of Ahmaud Arbery's killers in Georgia, and the possible exoneration of two men convicted of killing Malcolm X. Finally, we hear about the disappearance of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai after she claimed in a Weibo post that the country's former vice premier sexually assaulted her. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: WaPo: ‘QAnon shaman' sentenced to 41 months for role in Capitol riot WaPo: House censures Rep. Gosar, ejects him from committees over video depicting slaying of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Axios: Drug overdose deaths top 100,000 for first time AP: Rittenhouse lawyers ask judge to declare mistrial over video AP: Man who shot Arbery testifies: ‘He had my gun. He struck me' NYT: 2 Men Convicted of Killing Malcolm X Will Be Exonerated After Decades Guardian: Naomi Osaka expresses ‘shock' over missing Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai
Today begins with some good news about widespread approval of the Pfizer vaccine booster, and an agreement for international use of the Pfizer COVID antiviral pill. Next, hear about the bizarre jury lottery selection process approved by the judge in Kyle Rittenhouse's case. Finally, the House of Representatives will vote on a resolution to censure Paul Gosar for his vile AOC tweet, and Wyoming Republicans voted to disavow Liz Cheney as a member of their party. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: NYT: The F.D.A. plans to authorize Pfizer-BioNTech boosters for all adults as soon as Thursday Axios: Pfizer agrees to share recipe for COVID-19 pill Chicago Sun Times: No verdict after daylong deliberations by Kyle Rittenhouse jury CNN: House plans to vote Wednesday to censure Paul Gosar and strip him of committee assignments WaPo: Wyoming GOP says it will no longer recognize Liz Cheney as a Republican after she criticized Trump
We begin today with another update on Steve Bannon's indictments. Next, we offer details on the $1 trillion infrastructure bill finally becoming law, as well as Biden's latest action on reducing crime and human trafficking on Native American lands. We also get an update on Kyle Rittenhouse's trial as the jury prepares to deliberate. Finally, we close things with Beto O'Rourke announcing his candidacy for Governor of Texas. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: CNN: Trump ally Steve Bannon released from custody pending trial on contempt of Congress charges NYT: Here's what's in the infrastructure bill that Biden signed today AP: Biden boosts crime fighting efforts on Native American lands Guardian: Kyle Rittenhouse trial: jury prepares to deliberate after closing arguments Texas Tribune: Beto O'Rourke says he's running for Texas governor
The week starts with some good news: Britney is free! Next, we share an update on Steve Bannon and Mark Meadows FINALLY facing consequences for not cooperating with the January 6th committee. Wisconsin is facing a redistricting crisis, and the FBI was hit with a hacking crisis of their own. Olympic gold medalist Suni Lee revealed that she was pepper sprayed while in LA last month. Finally, Austria is cracking down on unvaccinated citizens. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: Britney Spears' conservatorship is terminated after more than 13 years Federal grand jury indicts former Trump adviser Steve Bannon for contempt of Congress Wisconsin GOP OKs redistricting plans while Dems can't agree Fake FBI emails about a sophisticated attack are part of 'ongoing situation,' agency says Olympic gold medalist Suni Lee says she was pepper-sprayed in a racist attack Austria orders nationwide lockdown for the unvaccinated
We start with an update on the January 6th committee's attempts to get Trump to give up the documents that have been subpoenaed. Next, we share a proposed resolution from a group of House Democrats following Representative Paul Gosar's tweets depicting him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Then, we move to the ninth death resulting from the Astroworld festival, before closing with a story about the NRA. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: Axios: "Appeals court grants temporary stay in release of Trump's Jan. 6 records" Washington Post: "House Democrats introduce resolution to censure Rep. Gosar over animated video that depicted him killing Rep. Ocasio-Cortez" AP News: "Texas A&M student hurt at Astroworld dies; death toll at 9" NPR: "A secret tape made after Columbine shows the NRA's evolution on school shootings"
We begin today with the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. Next, we cover the inflation surge, before moving to a surprise announcement from the United States and China. Lastly, we wrap with the $600 million dollar Flint water settlement. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: NPR: "Defense calls for mistrial as Kyle Rittenhouse takes the stand in his homicide trial" NPR: "Inflation surges to its highest since 1990" Washington Post: "U.S. and China issue joint pledge to slow climate change" Axios: "Holocaust Museum report warns China 'may be committing genocide'" Detroit News: "Judge gives final approval to $600M-plus Flint water settlement"
The January 6th committee issued 10 more subpoenas yesterday, so let's unpack who these were issued to. Meanwhile, the Republican Party is reportedly considering stripping committee assignments from their 13 members of Congress who voted in favor of the bill. Yesterday, Pfizer asked the FDA to allow boosters of its COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 18 or older. Also, Oklahoma's Supreme Court tossed out a ruling in a 2019 opioid case against Johnson &Johnson worth $465 million dollars. Lastly, we close with Malala Yousafzai's marriage to Asser Malik. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: NY Times: "House Inquiry Into Jan. 6 Issues 10 New Subpoenas" Reuters: "U.S. judge denies Trump bid to block Jan 6 select committee investigation" Washington Post: "GOP floats punishment for its 13 states" AP News: "Pfizer asks FDA to OK COVID-19 booster shots for all adults" NPR: "Oklahoma's Supreme Court tossed out a landmark $465 million opioid ruling" AP News: "Malala Yousafzai announces her marriage on Twitter"
Yesterday the January 6th committee in the House issued subpoenas to 6 of Trump's top advisors. Speaking of the insurrectionists, Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona shared a quite concerning video on Twitter. Next we share more updates on the Astroworld tragedy before closing with some good news. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: Washington Post: “House Jan. 6 committee issues subpoenas to 6 top Trump advisers, including pair involved in Willard hotel ‘command center'” Newsweek: “Paul Gosar Posts Anime Video Showing Him Killing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez” AP News: “‘A mass loss of control:' Answers sought in Houston concert” NPR: “Live Nation, a company behind Astroworld, has a long history of safety violations”
Something major passed in Congress last Friday, so let's start today off by unpacking it. Next, let's talk about some voter fraud news regarding the Virginia election. Meanwhile, this past weekend, a federal appeals court temporarily blocked a new coronavirus vaccine mandate for large businesses with over 100 employees. And for our last story, we cover the tragedy at the Astroworld music festival. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: CNN: "Congress passes $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, delivering major win for Biden" Washington Post: "Virginia Gov.-elect Youngkin's underaged son tried to vote in Tuesday's election, elections officials said" NY Times: "A court temporarily blocks Biden's vaccine mandate" AP News: "Pfizer says COVID-19 pill cut hospital, death risk by 90%" NY Times: "What to Know About the Houston Astroworld Tragedy"
Another day, another update on the election results. Yesterday, a federal judge slammed Trump's attempt to shield documents from Congress. Next, we have quite a satisfying story to share. Then, in Wisconsin in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, one of the jurors was dismissed yesterday morning after he made a joke to a deputy about the shooting of Jacob Blake. And lastly, yesterday some bombshell reporting came out in Business Insider about the founder of Barstool Dave Portnoy. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: HuffPost: "At Least 10 Republicans Who Were At The Jan. 6 Rally Just Got Elected To Office" Daily Beast: "Judge Slams Trump's Argument to Shield Jan. 6 Papers From Congress" The Hill: "Facebook discovers there's already a company named Meta" CNN: "Judge says 'there appears to be intentional discrimination' in Arbery jury selection, but allows trial to move forward with 1 Black juror" CNN: "Juror in Kyle Rittenhouse trial dismissed for telling joke about police shooting of Jacob Blake" Daily Beast: "Women Accuse Barstool Sports Founder of ‘Violent,' Humiliating Sex, Report Says"
Let's start today off with some more election results. Next, we share some good news about paid leave and the reconciliation bill. Also yesterday in the Senate, Republicans blocked the debate of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. And lastly, Facebook announced on Tuesday that they're getting rid of facial recognition. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: US News: “Republicans Win at Least 50 House Seats in Virginia” CNN: “Pelosi adds 4 weeks of paid family and medical leave back into social spending bill” NY Times: “Republicans Block a Second Voting Rights Bill in the Senate” Reuters: “Facebook will shut down facial recognition system”
First, we have some election results for you. (And of course, I'll be back with more results and analysis tomorrow, as well as on the Betches Sup podcast). Next we have an update on the Pfizer vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11, the $1.85 trillion dollar spending bill, and a compromise on the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Finally, we close this news day with a small climate win. Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: Axios: "Eric Adams wins New York City mayoral race" NY Times: "The next Manhattan D.A. will inherit the Trump investigation" CDC: "CDC Recommends Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 5 to 11 Years" NY Times: "Democrats Add Drug Cost Curbs to Social Policy Plan, Pushing for Vote" Axios: "Bipartisan group of senators announce compromise on voting rights bill" NPR: "Nations with 85% of Earth's forests pledge to reverse deforestation" AP News: "Leaders vow to protect forests, plug methane leaks at COP26"
Today is Election Day - so consider this your official reminder to go vote! Yesterday the Supreme Court heard two challenges to Texas's new abortion law. Next, we move to spending bill (yes, again), before wrapping with an explanation of the phrase "Let's Go Brandon." Resources/Articles mentioned in this episode: Washington Post: "Biden administration asserts 'no constitutional right is safe' if Texas abortion law allowed to stand" CNN: "Manchin warns he may vote against Biden social safety net plan as he criticizes key aspects" NPR: "A Southwest pilot is under investigation for the divisive phrase 'Let's go, Brandon'"