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Ritual Humiliation: The Favorite Sport of Autocrats
Ruth Ben-Ghiat taps into how public shaming and divide-and-rule tactics used by autocrats create toxic environments of fear and insecurity, where opportunists thrive at the expense of individual dignity and the good of the people.
February 15, 2024
Democrats: Don't "Defend," Go On Offense
Sound advice from Robert McElvaine: "Call Hur’s 'Bombshell' what it is: Bullshit!" Don't miss his debunking of baseless claims surrounding Joe Biden's mental fitness with undeniable facts and accomplishments: Joe Biden tackles the challenges head-on while his predecessor's mental decline remains ignored.
February 15, 2024
Are Women And Black People "People" Under The 14th Amendment?
The 14th A states: "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." Seems clear enough - but Teri Kanefield explains that it wasn't enough to provide women and Black people equal protection or equal rights.
February 15, 2024
Dead Quiet: Ukrainian Voices Silenced
Special guest Romeo Kokriatski, Managing Editor of New Voice Ukraine, joins Sarah Ashton-Cirillo and Lisa Senecal to discuss the underrepresentation of Ukrainian voices in Western media's coverage of the war. Romeo highlights the critical importance of authentic Ukrainian perspectives in understanding the ongoing conflict and its global implications for democracy. The conversation addresses the challenges faced by Ukrainian journalists, critiques Western media's narrative shortcomings, and underscores the resilience of the Ukrainian people.
February 15, 2024
Lindsey Graham Has Always Been Weak
Stuart and Tom discuss the weakness of Sen. Lindsey Graham and his willingness to shape-shift in order to stay close to power.
February 14, 2024
Joe Trippi: With Putin, It's A Matter Of Time
Joe explains why walking away from Ukraine is an invitation to Putin to continue with criminal invasions of other nations.
February 14, 2024
Tom Nichols on the devolution of the GOP
Tom joined the Strategy Session to discuss the geopolitical danger that the GOP has become and why they now are what they are.
February 14, 2024
Democrats Keep Winning
From Simon Rosenberg: "MAGA is a failed politics. It lost in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2023, and is losing 2024. And this struggle Republicans have seen could get worse for them in the coming months. Their nominee is far weaker than 2020. He is campaigning from the court house not the White House this time." And Democrats? They just keep winning.
February 14, 2024
The Rise Of GOP Malice
Gone from the GOP are compassionate conservatism and dignified leadership, replaced by populist nationalism, marked by malice and division. On this episode, Rick is joined by writer and former speechwriter for the administrations of three Republican U.S. presidents, Peter Wehner. Together they engage in a deep discussion about the significant ideological and moral shifts within the Republican Party, particularly under Trump's influence.
February 14, 2024
Strategy Session with Special Guest: Tom Nichols!
Special guest Tom Nichols, Atlantic staff writer, author, and self-described "Curmudgeon. Cat guy. Democracy enthusiast, defender of experts," joined the Strategy Session for an essential conversation on the GOP, Trump, and Putin - and what that toxic brew means for the future of Ukraine, liberal democracies, and the risk of WWIII.
February 14, 2024
Podcast #100 - Fox News: The Biden Special Counsel Report Freakout
Come for the Fox News freak-out, stay for Juliet's goofy impressions! "Fox freaked out over the special counsel report on Joe Biden's handling of classified documents. They predicted he would resign immediately. They also acted as if he was an unhinged violent lunatic who would physically assault the press. The pearl clutching was next level. I also explore how the network handled the bipartisan spending bill."- Juliet Jeske
February 13, 2024
We're Going To Kick Trump's Ass This Year
Despite the special counsel report last week, Simon Rosenberg still believes in a bigger win for Joe Biden in 2024 than in 2020, and he has four ideas to support his viewpoint. Discover why nothing Trump does should surprise us anymore, especially after attempting to overturn an election with foreign help. Also, hear Joe's take on the RFK Super Bowl ad and how it reveals cracks in the foundation of the Republican Party.
February 13, 2024
The Peril Of Impatience
In his weekly campaign memo, Stuart Stevens writes: "The most underrated quality in politics (like investing) is patience. Politics in America in 2024 is a multi-billion-dollar business open for three weeks. Most political commentary, amateur and professional, is done by those who rush to sell stocks when the market drops."
February 12, 2024
A New World Order with John Bolton
The GOP's shift to pro-Putin and its embrace of authoritarianism is undeniable. To discuss, former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton joins Rick. They explore the Republican Party's transformation, the Ambassador's insights into US foreign policy, NATO, and his concerns about Ukraine's security and the potential outcomes of a second Trump term.
February 12, 2024
When Rule of Law Becomes Rule of the Lawless
Ruth Ben Ghiat explains how Pinochet's Chile is a warning for us today.
February 9, 2024
Two Epic MAGA Faceplants Spell Bad News For Trump
Joe Trippi discusses the consequences of "MAGA Mike's" vote-counting mishap and its potential impact on Trump's chances in November. Find out what are the implications of the failed impeachment and how it might affect the MAGA movement in the House?
February 9, 2024
A Bunch Of Good Books
Teri Kanefield astounds us once again with this incredible list of essential reading for anyone who wants to understand where our democracy is, how we got here, and how we can find our way through.
February 8, 2024
Ethics Meltdown At the Highest Level
In the midst of a "descent away from the rule of law," Ohio faces a troubling new ethics meltdown of significant proportions. David Pepper uncovers the alarming issues plaguing the Buckeye state and asks: When will the tipping point will be reached?
February 8, 2024
How Vladimir Putin Took Over The GOP
Rick Wilson writes: "The architects of the coming Russian victory in Europe and the enablers of the new axis of autocracy between Russia, China, and Iran aren’t in Moscow, Tehran, or Beijing. They’re in Washington, D.C., and every last one of them is a Republican."
February 8, 2024
How the Court Should Deal with Trump Disqualification
Robert S. McElvaine: "If it wants to uphold the Constitution, the Court really has no choice but to find that Donald J. Trump is ineligible to hold the presidency again. Failure to do so would be a step towards Trump’s stated goal of terminating the Constitution."
February 8, 2024