We talk about the recent victories on health care and in Florida around an important State Senate election -- congrats to Annette Taddeo. We chat about movies, concerts, learning languages and we teach you how to avoid going to jail while recommending some folks go to jail. Lock them up!
Plus a fun chat on whether Trump is a rationale actor in general. I think you can guess what we think after his taking on the NFL.
The pod tries to make sense of a political situation where the President lacks a moral compass and where the Republican party comes to grip with the racist undertones they've fanned for decades.
We also talk about how the Democratic Party should deal with candidates who are anti-choice and Netroots Nation 17.
We celebrate another [probably temporary] victory, this one more dramatic than the last thanks to Sens. Collins, Murkowski & McCain. Franco teaches Ryan how to say "Reince" while the Mooch is brought on to give America the worst visual we've seen in years. We discuss what a change in Chief of Staff could mean in the day to day of this White House.
Before playing this podcast, please give this Cranberries tune a whirl.
Sunday night it seemed as though Trumpcare was dead. Then repeal seemed dead on Tuesday. By Wednesday, Senators were meeting around Trumpcare again. We finally recorded knowing that we know nothing a la Jon Snow. But we can't imagine a bill with 32 million uninsured is going to be more popular.
We wrap up on the GA-06 race from last week. We beat down bad ideas around Nancy Pelosi and then move on to Trumpcare. It's a comprehensive pod!
Let's talk about the sixth, baby.
Georgia's sixth congressional district is a heavily Republican leaning district. Yet, it's now the most expensive race in the history of our country and being presented as a make or break for the Democratic Party in the aftermath of the Trumpocalypse.
We talk with Nse Ufot, the wonderful Executive Director of the New Georgia Project who has been working day and night to turn key groups out and remake the electorate. She teaches us why this district is a microcosm of Georgia, a state that she explains is very competitive and challenges our perception of. Then she gives us the feel for what's happening on the ground in this district that carries the hopes of the Resistance.
As Comey prepares to testify and comes out of his quantum of solace. We discuss the potential damage and results from his testimony. Or will it be non-explosive a turn out to give Trump the opportunity to die another day.
This pod goes deep into talking about activism with Kaili Lambe who recently helped lead the People's Climate March of Colorado and has been diligently working with Together We Will in Colorado. What has gone well? What are the challenges? How do we respond to diversity and social differences?
We also spend (32:04) some time with the wonderful Arielle Swernoff, the Executive Director of LaunchProgress who's organization has undertaken the slow, grinding but crucial work of building a bench and long game in places like North Carolina, Ohio and Michigan.
We move away from all things Trump for an episode to talk with author Dan Ancona about his new book Venus Shrugged. Dan is a long time leader in the progressive movement, always imagining what a better country looks like and what technology and California can do to get us to that place. His new book meets the intersection of politics, race, sexuality and a vision for what the country could look like if progressives win.
Now go get the book!
We knew that Trump believed being President was harder than anticipated, but it doesn't help when you take stupid actions. Trump's 2016 campaign homie, James Comey, the head of the FBI and the man investigating Trump and his ties to Russia has been fired by...Trump. And with every hour that goes by the story gets worse.
It's all been said before but we're just going to repeat it because maybe if we say it three times, we'll wake up and things will be better.
Plus there's a funny story about a 5th grader.