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A rare joint appearance by Greg Dworkin and Armando this morning, featuring discussion of the Colbert Report finale, Cuba, Obama's exceptional week, Rubio's less-exceptional one, the mess surrounding The Interview (on which even George Clooney weighs in). Why Planned Parenthood supported a CRapnibus full of abortion restrictions. More on the "nuclear option" & it's effect on the judiciary. Been committed to a mental institution but want your guns back? OK. A Rosalyn MacGregor update from Michigan. Republicans <3 judicial activism. The Ferguson grand jury's "Witness 40" is a bigger wacko than anyone originally thought. And the thing we didn't get to, but you should: Shaun King on what to do about it.

Direct download: December_19_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 7:50 PM

We somehow allow ourselves to get caught up in the weird Sony/North Korea/The Interview story, even though we don't have any real idea what's going on. Even though there are more important stories, like cop push-back on the nationwide protests. Greg Dworkin willingly went along for a bit, then ran through his top APR headlines, focusing heavily on Cuba, including one throwback reference to 1998. Side note to the bizarre Sony story: Did Iran hack Sheldon Adelson? Hey, St. Louis cops didn't shoot this guy. Correction from yesterday, re: impeachment penalties. Plus, the 19th century impeachment case that could have saved us heartache in 1974. NYC police union leader invites discussion, let's say, on the confusion about and amongst cops, citizens, and our rights.

Direct download: December_18_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 7:01 PM

We're still talking about torture. You'd think it was important, or something. Does it make sense for Sen. Ron Wyden to introduce legislation on it? For Hillary Clinton to endorse the idea? Greg Dworkin rounded up judicial nomination news & commentary, the many implications of the Russian collapse, our own improving economic picture, and the coming Republican Medicaid expansion. Could torture start again? Armando joined us for an extended segment on anti-torture legislation, Jeb-mentum, billion dollar spy blimps, Cuba, the curious case of Estefanía Isaías, and Antonio Weiss.

Direct download: December_17_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 6:53 PM

Peshwar demands our attention, right out of the box. We have our own shooting problems, as usual. Speaking of which, Greg Dworkin notes that Newtown families file suit against the maker of Bushmaster rifles, and the amazing Australian response to the Sydney attack. Also: the ruble collapse; oil prices drop, airlines pass the savings on keep the $, and; the latest poll to ask the wrong questions about torture. Torture isn't new, and neither are anti-vaccine beliefs. The mechanics & dynamics of how the derivatives rule rollback got into the CRapnibus.

Direct download: December_16_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 6:44 PM

We start the week with an eye on the Sydney hostage situation, plus the weird bent that the Uber surge pricing story put on it. Greg Dworkin rounds up weekend news, including the procedural wrangling in the Senate, Obama's immigration move, the Lima climate change talks, the CRomnibus & Elizabeth Warren, Cheney on MTP & torture polling (a real thing), while even John Yoo backpedals. The Senate's weekend, explained. A look back at the 2009 torture "debate" shows little has changed, and prompts Armando to join the discussion. The media examines wages of torture. Now Ohio cops want apologies for protest t-shirts. But have you ever seen cops' t-shirts?

Direct download: December_15_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 6:12 PM

Unraveling the procedural issues surrounding the passage of the CRapnibus. What was up with that super-close vote on the rule? What if it hadn't passed? Why would anyone vote no on the rule and yes on the bill? Why would the White House want it to pass? Is Elizabeth Warren's current opposition equivalent to Ted Cruz's past opposition? The argument that allowing bigger donations to parties is a good thing. Allowing Native Americans to grow & sell marijuana on reservations. Torture accountability is for those who didn't do it. Turns out the more wolves ranchers kill, the more livestock they lose. A member of the Open Carry Tarrant County gang allegedly flipped her switch and killed her family. Catching up on the state of filibuster reform thinking among Senate Republicans.

Direct download: December_12_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 5:38 PM

Outgoing Rep. Paul Broun, after years of telling people to just take whatever McJobs they can find, says he's now accepting offers for fat cat corporate compensation. Greg Dworkin explains how Broun might actually have become dumber, then rounds up morning headlines. The Company Behind CIA Torture. Vox on torture. Cheney throws Bush under the bus. Media FAILs and torture. Doctor FAILs and torture. Heavy competition for the title of "most underreported" B.S. provision in the cromnibus: gutting pension protections; suspending truck safety rules; rolling back environmental & nutritional standards; reviving public derivatives trading bailouts; a 10x hike in campaign contribution limits; jamming DC's new marijuana laws; even blocking light bulb efficiency regulations and ACORN funding! In other news: ISIS seeks to sell the bodies of murdered hostages. Harvard prof's crazy Chinese food war. Koch brothers now writing their own school curriculum. Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) blames her husband's death on Obamacare. Canadian news reminds people you can be prosecuted for torture. When it comes to Obamacare, Republicans love judicial activism.

Direct download: December_11_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 6:29 PM

The torture report continues to dominate the news today, and Greg Dworkin helps round up headlines and more on the subject. The cromnibus bogs down under the weight of extraneous riders. Time's Person of the Year: Ebola fighters. The "disastrous flaw" in the CIA torture program. Another cromnibus rider: block DC pot legalization, in the dumbest possible way. Armando weighs in on a broad range of torture issues. But in the end, "we're awesome," so what does it matter?

Direct download: December_10_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 6:46 PM

Greg Dworkin jammed as many of the top stories of the day into his roundup as he could: the CIA torture report; the Surgeon General nomination (even supported by an ex-NRA lobbyist); another attempt at a "left" Tea Party?; this year's flu vaccine; NJ legislature's Chris Christie investigation ends; polling on Brown, Garner cases & police cams and what to do about it; WTF with watermelons? Campus reaction to the UVA developments. Pelosi scores one on Schumer. Emptywheel focuses on the key issue in the torture report: it's for exploitation, not intel. Armando has an eye out for the CIA/Gop rebuttal, and raises questions about the next ACA repeal moves, plus the very weird "order" issued by a TX-based federal judge. A counter-intuitive call for torture pardons... from the ACLU!

Direct download: December_9_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 7:37 PM

Much of the weekend (and this morning's Abbreviated Pundit Roundup), and therefore much of the show, was consumed by debate over the Rolling Stone UVA rape allegations, their subsequent apology (but not retraction), push-back from other media, and then just outright nuttery, as highlighted by the WaPo, and brought to our attention by none other than Ron Fournier. Turning to electoral politics, Armando called in to discuss the outcome of the LA-SEN runoff, and the sort of reactions it sparked on the future of Dems in the South. The DNC launches its post-election review. Is it likely to yield decent results?

Direct download: December_8_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 6:20 PM