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We just had to talk about the wacko Bundy Ranch situation, as well as the wacko weather situation. Bundy supporters advance the theory that county sheriffs have the right to disarm federal law enforcement, a theory mostly invented by... a former county sheriff! Why do they think so? Because they do. Joan McCarter, a Westerner herself, reminds us that Bundy's likely got few allies among his actual rancher neighbors. She also rounds up health care news, including the Reuters/Ipsos polling, and how Republicans are dealing with constituents who say they've benefited from the ACA. We also discuss the ongoing judicial nominations crisis, and the possibility of a SCOTUS blockade under a Gop majority. Just for fun, Josh Romney's tweeting of a picture of Mitt at the Post Office. And the Koch brothers' weird opposition to a Memphis bus line ends up in a state-wide legislative ban. Armando weighs in briefly from the road on continued Chait fallout. And the weather! Finally, the bizarre and infuriating case of the student who caught the school bullies on tape, and ended up arrested for wiretapping!

Direct download: April_16_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 5:45 PM

Rounding up the recent rash of shootings on military bases, and more nutty gun legislation from Florida. A quick layman's read of an actual expert's read on Heartbleed. The (latest) tragic mistaken police shooting in LA. A little-noticed passage in the Christie whitewash report raises questions about what it means to "play ball" in NJ. An amazingly bold credit card theft scam in NY subways! National Memo's This Week in Crazy. Choot-spah of the day: ex-Breitbart dude says Colbert's act is "political blackface." Subpoenas fly in the Chatttanooga VW case. Is "the ideological middle dead," or is it being systematically obscured from view?

Direct download: April_11_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 5:53 PM

Sen. Angus King (I-ME) suggests he may caucus with Republicans if they win control of the Senate. No word on whether he understands what that means any better now than he did when he said it in 2012. Greg Dworkin joins us to discuss that, House Gop rumblings against Boehner (again), and wider conservative rumblings against Jeb Bush. He briefly touches on new discoveries in the Christie whitewash report that I've been meaning to get to before falling victim to yet more tech troubles. (We'll return to that in the future!) We do finally get to an expansive look at the provocatively titled "Meet The Google Engineer And Occupy Wall Street Organizer Who Wants Silicon Valley To Run The Country," though. Also, a piece from David Sirota, noting a growing trend in corporate-owned media, this time in the purchase of the Anchorage Daily News. Can we tie all that together? You bet! Especially if there's no one around to tell us we can't or didn't!

Direct download: April_10_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 5:35 PM

Greg Dworkin walks us through the RAND Corp. insurance rate data, points to the blurred lines dividing the Tea Party and the "mainstream" Gop, and brings us some conservative yargle bargle that reminds us that it's Jeb Bush's "reasonableness" act that makes him unacceptable to the base, with a guest appearance by old-school "notch babies." Joan McCarter remembers that issue, too. She also notes that the ACA might save you money on car insurance, too. Which is great if your car is infested with spiders! We check in on the non-happenings in Obamacare replacement, immigration reform, and unemployment insurance, have an additional laugh at Vance McCallister, and shake our heads at the Iowa Republican who apparently credits Obama's black privilege with saving him from certain impeachment. Just to throw a little substance in the show, we look ahead to the House vote on the Ryan budget and why, once again, they anticipate dissension in the ranks.

Direct download: April_9_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 6:35 PM

Rep. Vance McAllister celebrates Equal Pay Day by firing his girlfriend/staffer. Greg Dworkin samples the headlines on retail medical clinics, "How politics makes us stupid," and the Gop civil war & 2016 primary jockeying. Glum turnout picture for 2014. Armando leads discussion of Jonathan Chait's latest controversial article. Barbara Comstock gives her vote to Rush, now wants Congressional seat.

Direct download: April_8_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 6:26 PM

 

Back from the weekend, Greg Dworkin notes how Gop ACA opponents are still inventing new metrics to be outraged about. Chili's reverses course on their anti-vax error. Jeb Bush looks for a seam to squeeze through. Will it basically be "I'm too reasonable (on exactly one thing) to get the nomination?" BiPM's Cheers & Jeers updates us on Oklahoma. The many issues wrapped up in the Mozilla, Brendan Eich, OkCupid blow-up. Sen. Angus King (I-ME) enjoyed much Twitter love for pushing back against Dick Cheney on torture, but Cheney needs to be steamrollered. Changing gears, a privatization FAIL: rural fire hydrants shut down by water company, because their water "is for farms and homes, not fires."

 

Direct download: April_7_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 4:42 PM

Jobs report day gives us an opportunity to note record corporate profits & CEO pay alongside a drop in average hourly compensation for everyone else. Greg Dworkin joins us for a look at the report landscape, the daily ACA news roundup, and to check in on the Gop 2016 sweepstakes. A closer look at how CEOs are making out while the rest of us lose. Speaking of CEOs, Don Blankenship formerly of the Upper Big Branch mine-exploding Massey Energy Co. has a new "documentary" film out saying he's awesome & its all everybody else's fault. More on McCutcheon, from Dahlia Lithwick and Jeff Toobin. For further study: "Plagued With High Cancer Rates, One Tar Sands Community’s Eight Year Quest For Answers."

Direct download: April_4_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 4:58 PM

We've had to reset the mass shooting clock, again. And along with the tragedy itself comes the tragedy of watching people "score points" by being among the first to remind people not to try to "score points." Greg Dworkin asks questions about McCutcheon, highlights Sam Baker's ACA-themed Twitter rant, notes the many reasons some might not have paid their premiums, and spots Bobby Jindal trying to deal himself back in with some cribbed health care talking points. There being no such thing as "too soon," we had to address some of the usual memes with respect to the latest Ft. Hood shooting. Some background for and reflection on McCutcheon. MoJo puts an eye on celebs who take big checks to perform for dictators.

Direct download: April_3_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 5:33 PM

Greg Dworkin is hot on the trail of this new health care law you might have heard about. A growing number of conservatives urge moving on to the acceptance stage. "Poll Shows Republicans Really Have No Idea What They Want Obama To Do With Russia." Is Obama finally "leading?" After a brief scramble to figure out what happened in the DC elections, MoJo takes us through the other 71 companies suing to block the ACA birth control mandate. A bipartisan Senate group works to rein in executive branch war powers. David Dayen's "How Chase Bank Denying Services to a Condom Shop Is Really About Deregulating Payday Lending." Push-back on Flash Boys from Felix Salmon. Is the market really rigged against everybody?

Direct download: April_2_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 5:37 PM

Today's flash news via Twitter: Hobby Lobby's retirement plan invests in contraception manufacturers. Greg Dworkin rounds up Day One of BenghaziCare. More plaudits for Charles Gaba! Douthat is pleased with himself for facing reality. The Senate intelligence committee's report on CIA torture is being leaked/discussed, and it turns out the agency has been "misleading" everyone about it. We already knew the Bush "administration" was using it to try to extract "confessions" of links between Iraq & al Qaeda, and now Cheney says he'd do it all again. One market watcher reminds us that the markets have always been "rigged." TN reporters say they've got documents proving Gov. Haslam tied economic incentives for VW to the outcome of the unionization vote. Why changing fonts might not save the government money after all. And finally, we couldn't completely avoid April Fools' Day.

Direct download: April_1_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 6:03 PM