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Greg Dworkin rounds up the traditional media's "smoke/fire" takes on Clinton, not to mention the weird deals feeding those smoky/hot takes. Oh, plus also some more Benghazi. Even the Gop's "fresh faces" are stuck pretending to be old faces. Analyzing the 2016 fundamentals. Thank God someone in the press finally tells Hillary how to Clinton. Rosalyn MacGregor notes MI voters soon head to the polls on a critical sales tax & roads proposal. The Clinton Rules are back. (If they ever left.) The 10-vote gap between the Lynch cloture & confirmation votes, explained. Can hipsters make unions retro cool? While we're asking, can they make corporate governance retro cool, too?

Direct download: April_24_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 4:07 PM

Interesting mix we put together today! NC warns people near Duke Energy plants not to drink their water, though they're still not allowed to "stand their ground" against Duke, I guess. Armando brings us back to electoral politics, with questions about why the keen press curiosity about the Clinton Foundation seems to be missing with respect to, for instance, Jeb Bush's SuperPAC, which of course is not supposed to be connected with Jeb in the first place, but whatevs. The latest from Tulsa: investigators concluded in 2009 that "reserve deputy" Robert Bates had received special treatment during training and in the field, telling deputies who questioned his actions "that he could do what he wanted, and that anyone who had a problem with him should go see the sheriff." Well, it was nice while it lasted, America. Who should bear the costs of fast food restaurant robberies? Surprise! Franchise owners say the employees should!

Direct download: April_23_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 5:08 PM

Greg Dworkin notes Obama's trip to the Everglades to talk about climate change, which you're not allowed to say in Florida; Rick Scott's anti-Obamacare "tantrum," and Scott Walker squanders his first opening. Ted Cruz as college debate dick. Will [X] make more Jewish-Americans vote Republican? Still no. Joan McCarter visits to bring us up to speed on the Senate trafficking bill/Lynch nomination deal, Patriot Act reauthorization, TPP Fast Track, Ron Johnson's idea of delaying Obamacare-swiping until after his next election, more on Rick Scott's tantrum/lawsuit, and Trey Gowdy's decision to drop a Benghazi report in the middle of the 2016 election. Finally, Stephen Wolf's "The richest 0.01 percent of Americans gave 42 percent of political donations in 2012," and how the NRA may be evading federal campaign law.

Direct download: April_22_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 5:24 PM

Today's gun conversation: certain people are pretty sure they are super-awesome at convincing their kids not to touch guns. So that problem's solved! Greg Dworkin rounds up polling news, where Clinton dominates all comers. The Village is unsurprised. Warren's message gets required acknowledgement. Does Huckabee matter? Christie still toast, loses allies, with no McCain "comeback" in the cards. Docs want Dr. Oz out. Where did this 420 thing come from? The exciting conclusion of "The Free-Market Fantasy," plus a brief peek at the cold roots of libertarianism. A follow-up to the "pattern recognition" discussion sparked by the FBI crime lab news: right or wrong, our brains are hard wired for this.

Direct download: April_21_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 4:34 PM

Guy who flew his gyrocopter into DC to protest big money in politics is baffled as to how people have become distracted from his message. Lazy, shiftless workers skip out on their jobs. Oh, I mean, patriotic first responders express "safety concerns." Big story of the day: for decades, the FBI's crime lab techs helped convict defendants based on seriously flawed hair "matching" analyses. But the flaws are way, way bigger than the analyses themselves! Arliss Bunny helps us explain why. Did Tulsa Co. falsify Robert Bates' training records? The records he's provided don't actually measure up. It's no surprise that the wealthy want/need the rest of us to think of free markets as "natural." Just how far off the mark might that be?

Direct download: April_20_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 4:02 PM

We took a time-traveling, patchwork approach to today's show. If you only heard the show live, check out the <strong>extended podcast version</strong> & see what we mean! First, some discussion of the exploding scandal of the Tulsa County, OK "reserve deputy" program. Then, Meteor Blades checks in with an update on the Iran deal and the related Congressional maneuverings, plus a heads-up on the fast-moving TPP situation. Finally, the long-awaited reading & discussion of James Fallows' "The Tragedy of the American Military."

Direct download: April_17_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 4:33 PM

BREAKING: A rich fellow haz a public sad that "business" is no longer fun. No one could have predicted this, but white parents in NC are using charter schools to re-segregate. Did someone you know once work hard? Well, then, you should be rich! Joan McCarter brings us up to speed on the House's Tax Day shenanigans, the completion of the "doc fix" bill, the Senate's confirmation of a long-delayed judicial nomination, and developments on the Iran deal front. She also debunks a persistent Internet rumor about Idaho Gov. Butch Otter. But unfortunately, rumors of Sharia panic in the state's legislature aren't equally unfounded. Of note: Mother Jones takes on the ambitious question of how much money gun violence costs us each year.

Direct download: April_15_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 4:42 PM

Man shoots at armadillo, hits mother in-law! Not the armadillo's mother in-law. His! Greg Dworkin rounds up the news on 2016's latest official entrant, Marco Rubio, and how he stacks up against all the others. A nice peek at GunFAIL in mic.com. One IL county wants to bill Aaron Schock for the cost of the special election to replace him. The more money you make, the more sleep you get. In light of all the Civil War anniversaries being marked, "Why Sherman was right to burn Atlanta," a piece in many ways as relevant to today's politics as to that of yesteryear.

Direct download: April_14_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 3:51 PM

Is there a gun in every story covered in today's podcast? Well, not quite. There's one about vaccines. But other than that, yes! Looks like we've pushed another GunFAIL story into national headlines again, this time courtesy of a bizarre privatization/privilege/corruption angle. We discuss the shooting in Tulsa, OK of Eric Harris, by a "reserve deputy" who says he mistook his own gun for a taser. What is a "reserve deputy?" Is that a new thing? Does everyone have them? Should there even be any such thing? They're breaking records (of sorts) for the use of beanbag shotgun rounds... in SD. Gun enthusiast's normal arguments turned upside-down to argue that TSA is a waste & loaded guns should be allowed on airliners. A man commits suicide at the Capitol. If amateurs take selfies, that's gross. Though, if reporters do stand-up reports there, that's news. And an anti-vax mom changes her mind, after all 7 of her kids get whooping cough.

Direct download: April_13_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 4:48 PM

First, congratulations to jlms qkw for being recognized by her local Dems for outstanding volunteer work! Then, an entry in the spate of articles probing our historical understanding of the surrender at Appamattox, this one by Jamelle Bouie. Why do we go so far out of our way not to rile, or even to outright laud, some who fought for the Confederacy? And why do so many of their descendants (both biological and ideological) nonetheless insist they're America's most persecuted minority? Will that perception change any time soon? Or will it be cemented for as long as perceptions arising out of history's first draft of one of England's bloodiest civil wars (even though they don't call it one)? In between, Armando promotes the launch of a series of "left flank" critiques of Hillary Clinton's policy positions, kicking off this Sunday. A damn sight better than critiquing her wardrobe!

Direct download: April_10_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 6:43 PM