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Gun control expert Cliff Schecter and LGBT advocate John Aravosis give you an unfiltered and humorous insider's look at the latest political news from a decidedly anti-Trump perspective. Please support the show, and listen to our full episodes, by subscribing at Patreon, thanks: https://www.patreon.com/UnPresidentedPodcast @CliffSchecter & John @Aravosis (Intro and outro musical credits: "Egmont Overture Finale" and "Summon the Rawk," by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)). ℗ 2020 Lucky Media Group LLC

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    Colin Powell's mixed legacy

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 16:59


    Today's show is all about Colin Powell's death from complications associated with Covid, and his mixed legacy as an African-American trailblazer, who was the first Black US Secretary of State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and National Security Adviser, who also had a few blots on his record, including his support for banning gays from the military (Powell successfully sabotaged President Clinton's effort to repeal the gay ban), and his now-infamous speech to the United Nations justifying the second Iraq War by claiming that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, when he did not.This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to a free excerpt here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


    Which Covid booster is best?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 16:47

    In today's show, we talk about the all-important upcoming election for Virginia's governor, the latest on Covid boosters, and why President Biden isn't the reason that we're having such supply chain problems in the economy (the UK is having the same issue).This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to a free excerpt here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Hillary Clinton was right!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 16:29


    In today's show, we talk about Hillary Clinton's latest warnings about losing our democracy, and more Covid nonsense. Don't let the short description fool you, we went on for 90 minutes!This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to a free excerpt here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


    Mobsters, Moscow & Mark (Zuckerberg): American democracy in danger, with guest Lincoln's Bible

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 16:16

    Lincoln's Bible (aka LB), host of the podcast "The World Beneath," joins us to talk about how Facebook can take the most trivial information you give them, and use it to introduce you to conspiracies and worse; how Russia is the first modern mob state; and how more Americans—and specifically, Republicans—are compromised than you think. It was a fascinating, and somewhat scary, discussion. Cliff and I close the show with a chat about the breaking news that AT&T helped inspire, and is the major funder of, far-right pro-Trump propaganda network, One American News (OAN).This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to a free excerpt here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Disillusioned Trump Voters

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 17:08

    Producer and author Melissa Jo Peltier joins us to talk about her new movie, "The Game is Up: Disillusioned Trump Voters Tell Their Stories."This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to a free excerpt here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The Gathering Storm of the 2024 Election

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 18:43

    Concern grows about Trump and the Republicans preparing to steal the 2024 election. Other topics include: the Infrastructure latest, General Milley, the American Dental Association being evil to seniors, and heat waves.This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to a free excerpt here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Trump loses Arizona, again!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021 19:02


    In today's show we discuss Trump losing the Arizona recount, booster, Michael Flynn's latest conspiracy, whether 88 y.o. members of Congress should really be running for re-election, and the latest on the Infrastructure bill.This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to a free excerpt here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


    Mary Trump unplugged

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 101:51


    Donald Trump's niece, Mary, returns to talk about her new book, "The Reckoning: our nation's trauma and finding a way to heal."Among the topics Mary discusses with us: Don Jr's intelligence; Ivanka ego; her recent slapdown of Meghan McCain; why Dems should be more outspoken about gun control, voting rights, and abortion; expanding the Supreme Court; standing up to Joe Manchin, and the relative lack of Democratic messaging and backbone. It was a fun chat, as always, with Mary -- she's a very interesting and fun person.You can listen to the audio version of the interview here, or watch the Zoom video version here.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


    The History of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 30:45

    Today's show is an interview with Dixon Osburn, an old friend and colleague who was one of the key players in the repeal of the US military's ban on gay service members, the infamous "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Dixon has a new book out about the history of DADT, "Mission Possible: The Story of Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Dixon and I talk about the history of the gay ban, going back to the early 1900s, the adoption and implementation of DADT under President Clinton, and its ultimate repeal under President Obama. And finally, we close with a discussion of lessons learned that other movements can take away from the successful fight to repeal the gay ban.This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to a free excerpt here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The Danger of Chinese dominance of 5G

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 21:43

    On today's show, our guest is longtime telecom executive Jonathan Pelson, talking to us about his new book, "Wireless Wars: China's dangerous domination of 5G, and how we're fighting back." Pelson talks to us about Chinese dominance of 5G wireless technology, and why it poses a threat to America and the world. Pelson also gives us a really interesting primer on what 5G is, and why it's so much better than 4G.This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to a free excerpt here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The Covid Filibuster

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 17:53

    On today's show, we discuss President Biden's sweeping new Covid vaccine mandate, and how a minority of Americans hold, in essence, a filibuster over the head of the majority on health care policy, like so much else.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Dangerous Times

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 16:51

    On today's show, Cliff and I talk about the rumor that Trump may run again, and more generally, the danger of the increased radicalism of the GOP; the latest on Covid; and a bit on the California recall election.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Another great Psaki bomb

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 17:31

    In today's show, we talk about gunmaker Remington's obscene legal strategy, another great Psaki bomb, that new abortion law in Texas, and Madison Cawthorn's threat of violence.This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 15 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Kevin McCarthy, Cherokee

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 15:35


    In today's show, we talk about Kevin McCarthy's brother getting $7 million in no-bid government contracts because he says they're part Cherokee, the latest on the January 6th Commission, the end of the Afghan withdrawal, a rather racist controversy, Richard Marx vs. Chacci, and Afghanistan's last Jew.This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 15 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


    Covid, Obamacare & Biden, with health care activist Laura Packard

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2021 16:42

    Health care advocate and activist Laura Packard, a stage 4 cancer survivor, and award-winning progressive digital/new media and communications strategist, joins us to talk about everything health care, from Obamacare to Covid to Biden's new proposals.This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 15 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Afghanistan, the evacuation actually went quite well

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 15:34

    An in-depth look at how, in spite of today's terror attack, the Afghan evacuation ended up being quite a successful effort. Then we cover the latest on Covid, including Pfizer finally being approved.This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 15 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Gun violence, what can be done -- with our guest Dr. Chethen Sathya

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2021 21:39

    Today's guest is Dr. Chethen Sathya, a pediatric trauma surgeon who is the Director of the Gun Violence Prevention Center at Northwell Health, the largest system of hospitals and outpatient clinics in New York. Northwell is doing a big push on gun violence prevention, highlighted by fighting for funds in the infrastructure bill that go to gun violence prevention programs like the one at Northwell. As we're not seeing a spike in crime so much as a spike in gun crime right now, Dr. Sathya is a perfect guest to discuss what Northwell's doing, what we all should be doing, why the US is unique among high income countries, and the financial, personal and emotional cost of this scourge. And afterwards, we talk about the latest on Afghanistan and Covid.This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 15 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Afghanistan

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 17:02

    Oy. Is Biden to blame? Is Trump to blame? What happens to the interpreters? Wasn't this all inevitable anyway? And will the American people even care? All that and more in our special Afghan episode.This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 15 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Rand Paul's wife secretly bought pharma stocks at the beginning of the pandemic

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 15:55


    On today's show, Cliff and I delve into the news that Rand Paul's wife secretly bought stocks in a drug company way back in February of 2020, and Paul failed to report it for 16 months. And it just so happens that the pharmaceutical company, Gilead, makes the Covid treatment drug Remdesivir. At the time his wife bought the drug, Rand Paul, as a member of Congress, was receiving secret Covid briefings that the rest of us weren't privy to. He knew what was coming, we didn't. And his wife invested in the drug that would be needed to help fight the pandemic. All just a big coincidence, right Rand? This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 15 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


    Twitter suspends MTG, why isn't Trump indicted, and Dominion's new lawsuits

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 17:40

    Today's episode starts with a discussion about Marjorie Taylor Greene getting kicked off Twitter for a week for spouting anti-vaccine nonsense. Then we talk about why Donald Trump hasn't been indicted yet, and what it means for our democracy moving forward. We then get into the new huge Dominion lawsuits against OAN and Newsmax.This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 30 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Ohio special election, Fox News embraces Hungary, and Covid

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 24:07


    In today's show, we delve into what meaning there is, if any, from Shontel Brown beating Nina Turner in the Ohio special election for the Democratic primary. We then have a long talk about Fox News, and Tucker Carlson spending the week in Hungary trying to sell Americans on the notion that so long as the trains run on time, dictatorship is swell. And we wrap up with another Covid update, focusing in particular on the growing disaster in Ron DeSantis' Florida.This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 30 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


    Matt Damon, Gov. Cuomo, and Covid

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 16:57

    In today's show, we chat about the latest homophobia controversy engulfing Matt Damon, about the sexual harassment findings about Gov. Cuomo, about that special congressional election in Ohio, and Covid!This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 30 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Infrastructure and Covid

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2021 32:36

    Today's show is all about the Infrastructure bill and the latest on the burgeoning threat from the Delta variant. This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 30 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Highlights from today's Insurrection hearing

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 31:39

    Today's show is all about the blockbuster hearing in Congress today about the January 6th Insurrection. Cliff and I have several clips of the most important and poignant moments, from the police officers who testified and members of Congress, and as always, we offer our analysis. This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 30 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    FBI lied about vetting Kavanaugh

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 32:03

    On today's show, we start with the new revelations that the FBI lied about vetting now- Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Then we talk about the indictment and arrest of Trump ally, and campaign adviser, Tom Barrack. Next up, Covid, Delta, the NFL, the Olympics and more Coronavirus-related news. And finally, we dig deeper into the latest on the Insurrection Committee.This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 30 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    The Space Launch, and Covid Covid Covid

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 31:31


    Today's discussion starts with the space launch(es) of late, including Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, and why both of us hope that Biden can use science to reunite the nation and also, slyly, re-educate Republicans about the important of science and facts to our daily lives. Next topic is Covid. It always is :) The Delta Variant has how become 83% of the cases in the US, and Olympians are coming down sick, France is requiring vaccine passports, and St. Jude's is firing staff who don't get vaccinated. We discuss all of this. Then we have a little chat about Jim Jordan going on the Insurrection Committee. This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 30 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


    Trump was planning a coup, top military leader feared

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 32:28

    Today's big story is that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley -- America's top career military official -- so feared that Donald Trump was preparing a military coup that he reached out to other military leaders in an effort to thwart it. A just unbelievable, yet all too believable, story from a new book by two senior Washington Post reporters. Cliff and I talk today about why this story matters, why it's not just a case of "we already knew that," and what this means going forward for those of us who care about this country and the survival of our democracy.This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 30 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Is Biden being too bipartisan?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 30:16

    In today's episode, the big issue is whether President Biden is being too bipartisan by asking former conservative Republican anti-Trump Senator Jeff Flake to be his ambassador to Turkey. Cliff and I think there's both a philosophical and Machiavellian reason for Biden to choose Flake, so we're on board. We also talk about everyone's favorite Supreme Court jester Brett Kavanaugh, and Trump's recent comments blasting him. Then on to Texas, where Democrats continue to thwart a GOP effort to pass new Jim Crow laws in that state. Next up, Dan Crenshaw has suddenly discovered that the Civil War was bad. And finally, Republican activists -- and Greenwald, of course -- are freaking out that a racist, white supremacist Holocaust-denier was kicked off Twitter. This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 30 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Tucker Carlson is lying again

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 32:00


    On today's episode, we delve into Tucker Carlson's latest lie about the NSA allegedly spying on him (never happened), about the growing Covid outbreak in Missouri (and other Covid news), about Trump's bogus social media lawsuit, and some hilarity form two new books about Trump that both make him look like a fool. (Trump thought the Democrats were going to dump Biden and Put Andrew Cuomo and Michelle Obama on the ticket! And then he went around telling people about it!)This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 30 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


    The Delta Variant & Pfizer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 31:52


    In today's show, our big topic is the latest news about the Covid Delta variant and how well the Pfizer vaccine is working against it, why you shouldn't be panicked yet, but also why there is cause for concern even if you're vaccinated. We sift through the deets. Other topics include: The six-month anniversary of the Insurrection; Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter's 75th wedding anniversary; Trump posing at Mar-a-Lago; and Fox News starting its own weather channel.This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 30 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.


    Trump Organization Indicted!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 72:01

    On today's show, we talk about the indictment of the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, and why the indictment ended up being a way bigger deal, and problem for Trump, than anyone expected. Not only were the charges much more than we thought -- 15 felony charges totalling a max of 105 years in prison -- but the indictment could mean that Trump's creditors all call in their loans en masse, leading the Trump Organization into bankruptcy. We also discuss Liz Cheney being appointed to the January 6th Insurrection Commission/Committee.This is one of our free episodes. To hear the rest of our shows, and support our work, please consider becoming a patron over at Patreon, thanks. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.

    Cong. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) on the Insurrection, being racially-profiled, and more.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 47:44

    Cong. Torres is the first openly-gay candidate to be elected to legislative office in the Bronx, was the youngest member of the New York City council, is the first openly-gay Afro-Latino elected to Congress, and he and Mondaire Jones are the first openly-gay black men elected to Congress.Cong. Torres joins talks to us about the Insurrection, and what it was like being in the Capitol building that day. His story is rather scary, and shows just how literal preparation there was for such an emergency. We then get into the infrastructure bill, the filibuster (the Cong. has a few choice words for Joe Manchin), racial profiling (and his own personal experiences being profiled), police reform, and more.He's a fascinating and smart progressive, and has a bright future in the Democratic party.This is the audio version of the interview. You can find the Zoom video version here.And this is one of our free episodes. To hear the rest of our shows, and support our work, please consider becoming a patron over at Patreon, thanks. Privacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.

    he Supreme Court saves the Affordable Care Act... for now. An interview with ACA expert Charles Gaba.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 78:54

    In late-breaking news, the Supreme Court this morning threw out a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) that many observers thought would lead to the the entire law being struck down as unconstitutional, costing 31 million Americans, myself included, their health insurance. Instead, the court threw out the lawsuit! We invited back ACA expert Charles Gaba to walk us through what happened, and what it means for the ACA going forward. The second half of the show we get into the other issues of the day.This is one of our free episodes. To hear the rest of our shows, and support our work, please consider becoming a patron over at Patreon, thanks.

    David Pakman on Biden, progressive politics, and his YouTube success

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 31:01


    David Pakman, the host of the YouTube/Twitch talk radio program "The David Pakman Show," joins the UnPresidented podcast's John Aravosis and Cliff Schecter to talk about how Joe Biden is doing as president, what Democrats/the Left should and can do about Joe Manchin obstructing our agenda, how David defines his own politics and why he was happy to support both Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, and a discussion at the end of the show about how David has managed to become such a great YouTube success. Overall, just a really fun and interesting conversation.This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 30 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.


    Progressive Evangelical pastor Doug Pagitt on how Dems woo religious voters

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 32:17

    Doug Pagitt is executive director of Vote Common Good, a non-profit that tries to invite religious voters to take an off ramp from the Republican party. In today's show, Doug talks to us about how his organization reaches Republican evangelicals, and why it even matters? We also get into a discussion on how religious voters can not only stand Donald Trump, but openly embrace him, and why progressives should welcome efforts to woo religious voters away from the GOP.This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 30 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.

    "Hunger Games" screenwriter Billy Ray on how Democrats should message to win elections

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 59:36

    What is going on in Texas?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 65:54

    Today's guest, Julie Oliver -- a two-time congressional candidate from Austin, Texas, and executive director of the non-profit Register to Vote -- joins us to talk about the latest Jim Crow legislation in Texas, voting rights overall, the filibuster, and the problem that is George P. Bush, the Trump-loving son of Jeb.This is one of our free episodes. To hear the rest of our shows, and support our work, please consider becoming a patron over at Patreon, thanks.

    Michael Flynn endorses a coup

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 30:05


    Today's big story is Trump's former National Security Adviser, and then felon, Michael Flynn attending a QAnon cult conference in Dallas, where he expressed support for a military coup in the US. Flynn, who is a convicted liar, later claimed that he did not support a coup, but video of the event suggests otherwise. We delve into all of that, and more.This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 30 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.


    Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, Ted Cruz and Satan walk into a bar...

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2021 57:22


    On today's show, we discuss the Senate vote on the January 6th Sedition Commission (taped before the vote, but the analysis is the same), and what we think might be motivating Joe Manchin. We also talk about Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz, about the maskholes, about our modest proposal to set up Satan statues across country to honor MTG and the Republicans (you have to hear it to get it), why Democrats can't unify their messaging, why Ted Cruz is the second-to-last member of Congress to be talking about pansies.This is one of our free episodes. To hear the rest of our shows, and support our work, please consider becoming a patron over at Patreon, thanks.


    Amanda Marcotte on Republican efforts to steal the 2024 election & overturn Roe v. Wade

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2021 31:08

    Salon writer Amanda Marcotte is back to talk with us about her concerns surrounding the ongoing Republican effort to steal the 2022 and 2024 elections, and what's up with Roe v. Wade and the Supreme Court. This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 30 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.

    Famed Democratic strategist James Carville on how Democrats win in 2022 and beyond

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 62:03


    Longtime Democratic campaign expert James Carville, who was the lead strategist in charge of getting Bill Clinton elected president in 1992, joins us to talk about how Democrats should message in order to win now and in the future. Carville talks about why Democrats aren't as good as Republicans at messaging, how "woke" messaging is hurting us at the polls, why Democrats didn't do better in the 2020 congressional elections, whether we should give Joe Manchin a harder time for opposing the elimination of the filibuster, how Donald Trump managed to win, and whether we should even care about Trump voters as we look to the future.James is a fun, frank and fascinating guy to interview. I think you'll really enjoy this chat, and learn something too.This is one of our free episodes. To hear the rest of our shows, and support our work, please consider becoming a patron over at Patreon, thanks.


    The Sedition Commission

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 31:17

    In today's show, Cliff and I talk about the battle over Congress establishing an independent commission to investigate the January 6th Insurrection -- or as Cliff and I call it, the Sedition Commission. From that, we move to the Arizona presidential election "recount," where even GOP officials have had enough of the Trumpers' games. We also get into how Trump and his minions, including that Women for Trump lady, have upped their rhetoric about the election having been stolen -- even for them, the new rhetoric is bad. And last, but not least, we start the show with a discussion about those God-awful cicadas.This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 30 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.

    Republicans are planning another Insurrection

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2021 78:30

    Today, Cliff and I do a deep dive on the implications of the House GOP having removed Liz Cheney from leadership, and replaced her with nouveau Trump sycophant Elise Stefanik. This isn't just about the GOP being upset that Cheney was mean to Trump. When you look at this move, alongside the increased noise we're hearing from Republicans defending the Insurrection, the Jim Crow 2.0 laws that GOP is passing in the states, and the fact that Republicans are currently favored to win the House back in 2022, it's clear that Republicans are preparing to steal the 2022 congressional and 2024 presidential elections, and they won't be afraid to use violence if they have to. It ain't good news, but it's important that we be ready for what's coming.This is one of our free episodes. To hear the rest of our shows, and support our work, please consider becoming a patron over at Patreon, thanks.

    Paul Begala on how Dems win in 2022 and beyond

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2021 32:43


    On today's show, we talk to c, who played a key role getting Bill Clinton elected president in 1992, and is now a Democratic strategist, author CNN contributor. Among our topics:Why Democrats didn't do better in the 2020 elections, both presidential and congressional?How Biden won the Democratic primary?Biden's great new polls, and whether they help Democrats in 2022.Hillary Clinton's "responsibility gene" and whether it handicaps Democrats.What role the Insurrection should play in our messaging?Is the GOP civil war a bigger threat to them or us?How do we stop Republicans from stealing the presidency in 2024?How do we deal with Joe Manchin?This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 30 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.


    Joe Walsh says it's too late to save the GOP

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 78:40


    In today's show, former conservative Republican congressman, and outspoken anti-Trumper, Joe Walsh joins us again to talk about Liz Cheney growing opposition to Trump, her oped in the Washington Post saying that the GOP is "at a turning point," and whether it's already too late for both Cheney and the Republican party. Joe thinks it IS too late for both Cheney and the party, and that a third party will be formed of centrists. But in the meantime, we'll have an increasingly neo-fascist Republican party to deal with, and they may just take back the House in 2022, and the White House in 2024.Joe also calls out the other 9 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump -- where they have been the last two weeks when Cheney needed their support? They've been silent.That's the heavy and heady stuff we discuss in today's episode. It was really interesting, hope you enjoy.This is one of our free episodes. To hear the rest of our shows, and support our work, please consider becoming a patron over at Patreon, thanks.


    Rex Huppke on the GOP yet again jumping the shark

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2021 32:14

    Chicago Tribune humor columnist Rex Huppke joins us to talk about the growing civil war in the Republican party between Trumpers and the few sane GOPers, like uber-conservative Congresswoman Liz Cheney, who don't believe in violent insurrection. We then segue into a discussion of the 2022 and 2024 elections: Whether Democrats may lose the House in 2022, and whether Trump will run again in 2024. And we end with a chat about good newspapers being taking over by venture capital firms that then destroy them.This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 30 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.

    Democratic Messaging Matters

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 105:50


    Today's leitmotif is messaging. Staring with Biden quasi- State of the Union address last night before a joint session of Congress, and then leading to a long conversation about Democratic strategist James Carville's Vox interview about how Democrats are doing a lousy job messaging. Carville's interview is fantastic -- don't believe what you've heard about it. It is a master class on how Democrats should and shouldn't message -- from climate change to defining bad Republicans -- when trying to pass legislation and win elections.This is one of our free episodes. To hear the rest of our shows, and support our work, please consider becoming a patron over at Patreon, thanks.


    Lies, Lies, and more Republican Lies.

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 34:39

    On today's show, Cliff and I talk a lot about lies -- Republican lies, to be precise. How the GOP is lying about Biden, and how they're lying about Kamala. We also get into the topic of why so many people aren't getting their second Covid vaccine, and why we think their reason is pretty bogus. That sounds like a short show, but it's actually a pretty long one. And fun, I think. Enjoy.This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 30 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a patron. Thanks so much.

    Everything you wanted to know about Obamacare

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 110:13

    On today's show we have Charles Gaba, the editor of ACASignups, one of the top Web sites out there for detailed data about the Affordable Care Act, aka ACA, aka Obamacare. Charles joins us in an almost two-hour episode to talks about:1. What is Obamacare? Who does it benefit, and what are the details of what it does and what subsidies it provides?2. The details of the upcoming Supreme Court decision that might strike down the ACA. What are the options for what the court might do, and how will each affect Obamacare's survival. AND, what can Congress do to fix it?3. Next steps for health care reform in America, from Obamacare 2.0 (what Biden can do to expand Obamacare), to Medicare for All and improving Medicare's own coverage.This is an in-depth episode that ran long, but that's because the topic is so interesting, important and detailed.Let us know what you think.This is a free episode. To hear the rest of our shows, and support our work, please consider becoming a patron over at Patreon, thanks.

    HuffPost DC bureau chief Amanda Terkel joins us to discuss covering Trump vs Biden

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2021 30:49

    In today's show, our old friend Amanda Terkel, the DC bureau chief of the Huffington Post -- and before that, longtime ThinkProgress guru -- joins us to talk about the issues of the day, and a smattering of journalistic ethics to boot. Cliff and I conclude with a longer-than-expected discussion of cryptocurrency investing, and the anti-vaxx movement.This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 30 minutes here for free, and then head on over to Patreon and become a patron to hear the rest of the show, and support our work. Thanks!

    Food writer Jamie Schler talks food & politics

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2021 87:47

    In today's show, French-American cooking writer Jamie Schler joins us to talk baking and politics. We get into the whole Coronavirus situation in Europe, and how things got so out of control over there, and also delve in to the resurgence of far-right politics there and here at home. But a good portion of our show is in fact devoted to food! I admittedly had fun with this one. Hope you do too.This is one of our free episodes. To hear the rest of our shows, and support independent journalism, please consider becoming a patron over at Patreon, thanks.

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