Category: Podcast

How to beat corporate PAC money – with special guest Sean McElwee from Data for Progress

How to beat corporate PAC money – with special guest Sean McElwee from Data for Progress

[T]he three main factors of the election last week seem to be (1) Trump repulsing everyone but billionaires, temporarily embarrassed billionaires and white people who’ve never slept in a dorm, (2) historic turnout for a midterm fed by massive  organizing efforts like the Women’s March and Indivisible and (3) Democrats magnifying their reach by donating everywhere. The Cook Report’s Dave […]

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Vote the WHOLE ballot; the whole ballot MATTERS! with special guest Andy Slavitt

Vote the WHOLE ballot; the whole ballot MATTERS! with special guest Andy Slavitt

One thing Jesus was clear about was how he felt about starving migrants—feed them. He was—as far as this fellow Jew can tell—far less clear about how he felt about the baking of gay wedding cakes. Yet I see no conservative Christians making a religious stand for migrants. So, let’s stop pretending these concerns are religious. It’s all about race […]

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Do something EVERY day – with special guest Gretchen Whitmer, candidate for Michigan governor

Do something EVERY day – with special guest Gretchen Whitmer, candidate for Michigan governor

Powerful women. Legal weed. Fair electoral maps. Automatic Registration. Easy voting. If you live in Michigan, you have a chance to vote for almost everything Republicans despise on November 6. You’ve probably heard that Trump’s fluke success across the Big Ten states of Michigan, Iowa, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania doesn’t seem fated to be repeated by Republicans. But we have […]

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Beyond Thunderdome Politics with special guest Greg Sargent from The Washington Post

Beyond Thunderdome Politics with special guest Greg Sargent from The Washington Post

If voting didn’t matter, Republicans wouldn’t mind if your vote counted. The safest bet in the world is that Democrats will win the popular vote for the House on November 6 the way they have won the popular vote in the last 6 out of 7 presidential elections. But they could still easily lose the House majority. Republicans starting off […]

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The big, beautiful gender gap – with special guest Laura Olin

The big, beautiful gender gap – with special guest Laura Olin

Donald Trump has built a big, beautiful gender gap. And the question is, “Who is going to pay for it?” A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that registered voters prefer House Democrats to Republicans by 11 percentage points while likely voters prefer Democratic House candidates by 13 points. This divide is the result of an enthusiasm among Democrats, younger […]

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2018: The best year for voting rights since 1965??? with special guest Ari Berman

2018: The best year for voting rights since 1965??? with special guest Ari Berman

If everybody voted, Republicans would lose almost everywhere. And no one knows this better than Republicans. As we recorded this podcast — on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 — it was the voting registration deadline in Michigan and 14 other states. And it could be the last voting registration deadline in this state ever if voters pass Proposal 3/Promote the Vote, […]

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“Unhinged and unseemly”: The sad case of Brett Kavanaugh – with special guest Ryan Goodman

“Unhinged and unseemly”: The sad case of Brett Kavanaugh – with special guest Ryan Goodman

Brett Kavanaugh is pissed. He’s pissed because he thought he’d be on the Supreme Court now—and to be honest, so did I—he’s pissed because accusations of sexual abuse have come back to haunt him. And most of all, he’s pissed because these accusations are being taken seriously. But how seriously? A small group of Senators who either love attention or […]

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Martin Luther King, Jr. never gave an “I Have a Complaint” speech – with special guest messaging specialist Anat Shenker-Osorio

Martin Luther King, Jr. never gave an “I Have a Complaint” speech – with special guest messaging specialist Anat Shenker-Osorio

Old white dudes are scared by minorities and turned on by blondes so much that the right even started a news channel that’s always doing one or the another Or to put it another way, Republicans require dog-whistling to win. That’s the finding of research conducted by our guest Anat Shenker-Osorio along with Prof. Ian Haney López with help of […]

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Are we reliving 2016 in 2018? (w/ Josh Pugh from For Our Future) and a Manafort update from Marcy Wheeler/@EmptyWheel

Are we reliving 2016 in 2018? (w/ Josh Pugh from For Our Future) and a Manafort update from Marcy Wheeler/@EmptyWheel

Marcy Wheeler on Twitter: @EmptyWheel Marcy Wheeler at EmptyWheel.net: Paul Manafort’s $46 Million plea deal Marcy Wheeler at EmptyWheel.net: Checkmate: The Manafort cooperation is pardon proof Marcy Wheeler at EmptyWheel.net: The objection that made Mueller’s case Marcy Wheeler at EmptyWheel.net: A comparison of Rick Gates and Paul Manafort’s plea deals This week Democrats lead in many polls expanded to double […]

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The 2018 midterm election: A matter of survival – with special guest Laura Packard

The 2018 midterm election: A matter of survival – with special guest Laura Packard

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Stacey Abrams, Andrew Gillum, Ayanna Pressley, Sharice Davids, Rashida Tlaib. Julius N. Richardson, A. Marvin Quattlebaum Jr., Andy Oldham, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh. In the Democratic Party it’s the most diverse of times. Between 30 and 40 new women are poised to enter the House next January, shattering the previous record of 24 set in 1992’s “Year of […]

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The most important place for democracy – with special guest Michigan Supreme Court candidate & civil rights lawyer Sam Bagenstos

The most important place for democracy – with special guest Michigan Supreme Court candidate & civil rights lawyer Sam Bagenstos

Donald Trump is the God’s way of teaching us the importance of down-ballot races. For about half a century, the right has been manufacturing an assault at every layer of government, from the lowest state house to the highest court. And the successes over the last few decades have largely gone unnoticed despite their raging successes. They were so successful […]

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