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Trying to find today's podcast? Congration You Done it! What'd we talk about? Cliven Bundy's got Marco Rubio Syndrome. Greg Dworkin tells us Digby's won a Hillman, points to a cache of NYT's 2014 analysis, and says Medicaid expansion seems to be pretty popular. Joan McCarter says the ACA's birth control coverage is pretty popular, too. And so's the so-called "private option" Medicaid expansion in Arkansas. More of the Gop "no backsies!" theory of governance. ALEC goes Bundy & Raul Grijalva pushes back. Nixon (a 3rd one) to face impeachment? Bill Cassidy imagines a pivotal historical role for himself. NFL cheerleaders join the fight against wage theft. And listener Gilbert Aquino takes a stab at answering our theological questions.

Direct download: April_23_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 6:00 PM

The Aereo case came before the Supreme Court today, and it poses fascinating questions  about technology, copyright law, and even economic inequality, in a way. Matt Taibbi's got another book out about that, specifically how the rich never seem to get punished for any wrongdoing. Speaking of which: more about what might be next for labor after the UAW drops its NLRB appeal, followed by TomDispatch.com's " 7 horrific crimes that aren’t crimes any more for America’s most powerful." Oklahoma gimmetarians prohibit localities from changing the minimum wage (with ALEC's help), as Florida gimmetarians did for gun laws.

Direct download: April_22_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 5:15 PM

We're back on the air after a shortened Spring Break week, and Greg Dworkin joins us with a pundit round-up featuring some of his own punditry. Don't forget "doctor satisfaction" in health care delivery assessments. "When Power Goes To Your Head, It May Shut Out Your Heart." And more on the brewing Gop war over Common Core. NYT and Morning Joe both urge Dems to run proudly on Obamacare. We somehow wander from there into the dynamics of campaign cash in determining party leadership. Alphabet soup: UAW drops NLRB appeal of VW vote. Once again, the guys who turn it up to 11 appear to have won. Scandal opens on yet another front for Chris Christie.

Direct download: April_21_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 5:20 PM

We had an extended conversation with long-time Netroots denizen Mark Brooks today. He's actually got some experience working for the Bureau of Land Management that's interesting background for the current Bundy Ranch Cowachella loopy-ness. But the main part of our discussion was about his efforts to stay on top of issues of local governance in his rural Virginia county, and fight his way through the many (and familiar) obstacles that still hinder effective use of the Freedom of Information Act. Local? Yes. Unsexy? Maybe. But it's an issue with enormous impact on your everyday life. Come hear what he's got to say about it, and learn where you can turn if you're fighting a similar uphill battle. And the story I snuck in under the wire: U.S. appeals court finds conflict-minerals rule violates free speech.

Direct download: April_17_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 5:01 PM

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