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Today's topics: the sequester, guns and false equivalence. Greg Dworkin joined us to talk about United Physicians of Newtown's recognition in the traditional media, the dynamics of the gun conversation in general, and as regards the sequester, the continuing media penchant for false equivalency. Other hot topics: the Bob Woodward blow-up, today's most outrageous #GunFAIL examples, and an extensive look at false equivalency and the emerging hotness of editorializing against it. Jennifer Rubin "fans" in particular will delight in her roasting by The Atlantic's Conor Friedersdorf.

Direct download: February_28_2013_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:19pm EDT

Greg Dworkin joined us this morning to congratulate Tom Tomorrow on his 2013 Herblock Prize! We also had other things to discuss, but that was a great way to start the day! From there, we went on to the sequester, Speaker Boehner's puzzling insistence that the Senate "get off its ass," and the equally puzzling fact that the Senate Republicans' inability to settle on what they'd offer as an alternative is preventing Senate Democrats from being able to present their own alternative. Why would that be? It's our friend, the filibuster. And if you're having trouble seeing the connection, we lay it out for you. Taking a look at the Congressional schedule, we discuss the status of the Violence Against Women Act in the House, and how the Senate comes to find itself facing yet another cloture vote on a motion to proceed. Did you think we'd taken care of that in what passed for filibuster reform earlier in the year? I'll explain why that might not be working in this case. We had to check in on the latest in #GunFAIL, of course, then add a little more data to the cars vs. guns canard, the legislative and lobbying machine behind so-called "Stand Your Ground" laws, the nutter arrested for threatening the life of a pro-gun control legislator, and a look at the way authorities in Asheville, NC went out of their way to accommodate Second Amendment protesters who just sort of felt like breaking local laws to prove how law-abiding they are.

Direct download: February_27_2013_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:47pm EDT

Nothing pairs better with technical difficulties than still more technical difficulties. But live streaming or no, you can't keep a podcast down. So here we are! Greg Dworkin joined us to set up the day's discussion of the looming sequester, and the continuing traditional media insistence that the fault lies somewhere other than where the data says people are placing it. This morning's edition of The Fix tells us that far fewer people are closely watching the sequester as compared with the numbers of those who closely watched the Fiscal Thingy, even though they set up pretty much exactly the same way. Why? Perhaps because the Fiscal Thingy included the dreaded "T" word (taxes), whereas the sequester is about spending cuts, and most people like to think the government isn't spending money on them, anyway. That opened the door for a far-ranging discussion of why some people seem to have such difficulty understanding their position in an interconnected world (and therefore tend to become Republicans), whereas for others, the understanding comes much more naturally (and they therefore tend to become Democrats). Where do we see this dichotomy played out? Everywhere, from privatization of government services to how we make policy decisions on financial regulatory reform, to, well, everything else. But the financial regulation story is an easy one to understand, and a Bloomberg editorial we discussed makes that surprisingly clear. What does that portend for the future? And does the crazy story surrounding Jack Lew's contract with former employer Citibank fit in as a piece of this puzzle? A surprisingly coherent show, given the technical circumstances!

Direct download: February_26_2013_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:54am EDT

It's Monday of the last week left before sequestration kicks in. Congress has nothing on the schedule about it, but that doesn't always mean they aren't working on things in the background. Only this time, there's a significant part of the Congress dedicated to the proposition that nothing ought to be done, not to mention that the traditional media's pundits often define political bravery (or "Seriousness") in terms of your willingness to do the things people very clearly don't want done. Greg Dworkin talked with us about how different the Senate and House Republicans are in their approaches to crises like the sequester, and how David Brooks was finally called to account by others among the punditariat for continuing to blindly insist that both sides were refusing compromise. He also told us about the new group, United Physicians of Newtown, pushing to restore the ability of government agencies to collect public health data related to guns and gun violence, a reexamination of cultural norms relating to the same, a renewed emphasis on access to mental health care, and endorsing gun safety measures. Afterwards: we read through a fun post on language manipulation from Daily Kos community member jurassicpork, noted the interesting data gathered by the state of Minnesota on gun usage by its concealed carry permit holders, referred to a recent report showing that tax treatment of capital gains is the single biggest contributor to growing income inequality, and rounded up news related to the last-minute sequester scramble.

Direct download: February_25_2013_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:42pm EDT

It's Friday, and that's #GunFAIL day. Greg Dworkin told us about yesterday's gun policy forum in Connecticut, including the participation of Vice President Biden, and noting the odd angle taken on it by the press, which emphasized Biden's "pleading" for the passage of the more controversial arms of a proposed gun violence reduction package. That's another symptom of the continuing media obsession with horse race politics, even as so many journalists cry out for a return to substance. Whatever! Next story arch: conservative cognitive dissonance, in the persons of David Brooks and Orrin Hatch. Each has a completely separate and distinct delusion with respect to the looming sequester. Also: a read through a New York Times story on creeping "degree inflation" in the job marketplace, a new angle on problems posed by the brave new world of 3D printing, the FBI raid on The Scooter Store, and some great points from Dave Johnson about the push for postal service privatization.

Direct download: February_22_2013_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:11pm EDT

More technical difficulties today, but less delay as a result. This is progress! Greg Dworkin had a new crop of polls for us that say the President's popularity is rising to new highs while that of Republicans is falling to new lows, and to top it all off, Republicans are on the losing end of issues like the sequester, immigration and more. Time to compromise! So what's up with this sequester thing, anyway? David Frum asked yesterday why, if all agree that the sequester is a mistake, why it's being allowed to go forward. And the answer is that in Washington, a mistake that you think you can pin on the other side is a mistake worth making. Sure, the polling says Republicans can't pin this one on Democrats, but that's probably skewed, right? And just like the supposedly wise "business leaders" Republicans think would make such great stewards of the economy, it may turn out that many of them are actually economic kamikazes. So what's in store under the sequester? We review last weekend's New York Times editorial running down the impact, and it's an ugly picture. And of course, we spend some time embellishing that picture by tying in some of our recent discussion threads, just to round things out. We also added a mini #GunFAIL roundup, with the most egregious stories of the past day or two, a short clip from Gideon on the interesting development in the scientific world of "pre-registration" of a prominent neuroscience study, some observations on Senate paralysis (including the endgame on Hagel), and we wrapped up with mention of new polling out of California showing that ousting obstructionist Republicans from state government appears to have convinced more voters there that their government is finally on the right track again. Interesting!

Direct download: February_21_2013_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:52am EDT

Wednesday is Technical Difficulties Day on the show. It's a new tradition I just started. We did get the show underway eventually, however, and Greg Dworkin joined us to talk about the Derp of the Day: NY Daily News' Dan Friedman owning up to having inadvertently started the Hagel "Friends of Hamas" rumor, and Breitbart.com having run with it and defended it as an accurate story. We also revisited the issue of that Florida gag law preventing pediatricians from asking questions about gun safety at home. That became a wider discussion of how gun rights advocates are reading brand new privacy rights into the Second Amendment, even as courts appear to be chipping away at privacy rights elsewhere, demonstrating once again how Second Amendment interpretation left in the hands of lay people is somehow magically moving in the exact opposite direction of the jurisprudence on everything else. Also: skull-jarringly stupid #GunFAIL stories that just can't wait until Friday; an  interesting Wall Street Journal column from a liberal gun owner calling on "gun guys" to make gun safety--real gun safety, like where smaller numbers of people accidentally shoot themselves and others--cool again, and; a look at the claim some states are making that the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory reform law is unconstitutional. Why not? Isn't everything? Finally, Teh Crazy of Teh Ted Cruz.

Direct download: February_20_2013_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:20pm EDT

We're back from the Presidents Day holiday weekend, and wouldn't you know that guns continue to make headlines? As usual, they tie everything together for us, one way or another. Greg Dworkin joined us to talk about the weekend's kerfuffle surrounding the lack of access for White House correspondents to the President's round of golf with Tiger Woods, and also some other Very Important stuff. Like the reemergence of the Simpson-Bowles axis, along with No Labels and Fix the Debt, which, apparently because they wrap themselves in a veneer of "non-partisanship," are now eligible for outright media cheerleading. The No Labels mention led us to mention that the CEO of Panera Bread was among their founders, which led us to a Huffington Post article about labor practices and union busting at Panera. Who would have guessed the two would go hand in hand? Can we tie that to the gun issue? Sure we can! You'll have to listen in to see how, but from there, we get down to the Missouri state house to check in on the craziest piece of gun legislation yet proposed, which would make it illegal to propose gun legislation that the proponent of this bill doesn't like. Because Constitution! From there, some more random gun notes, including the story of elevated lead levels and lead poisoning indications among gun range workers in Washington state and even construction workers doing expansion work there! While we're tying stories together, how about the news that the tobacco industry and anti-smoking groups both think the ACA's provision allowing insurance companies to charge smokers up to 50% more is beyond the pale? What about letting insurers do the work of gun violence control, while we're at it? And just for good measure, another mention of 3D printing and guns, this time related to last week's State of the Union address. A little bit of everything, all tied together by the guns we're all so crazy for.

Direct download: February_19_2013_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:44am EDT

It's Friday, so it's time for publication of the next installment in the GunFAIL series. Greg Dworkin tells us about an upcoming PBS Frontline episode on the events of 12/14, including a somewhat more sympathetic portrait of Nancy Lanza, mother of the shooter. Next, the incredible meteorite strike in Russia, and just why there's so much in-car dashboard video of it! And speaking of wide adoption of mobile media technology, it's a factor in stories as different in kind as the recent cruise ship stranding and the Republican Party's (so far failed) attempts to remake itself in modern form. After a run through this week's GunFAIL listings, a round-up of Congressional activity, such as it is, including another granular look at the claims by Republicans that they're not filibustering the Hagel nomination, what such a claim might mean, and whether we're likely to see changes in the way Harry Reid approaches filibusters (and/or reform) in the future. Lastly, brief discussions of Sen. Frank Lautenberg's retirement announcement, and how John McCain's explanations for the Hagel blockade are shifting.

Direct download: February_15_2013_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:42pm EDT

Roses are red. Violets are blue. Here's hoping your partner doesn't shoot you. Happy Valentine's Day! Greg Dworkin chimes in with a collection of stories about the post-election efforts of pollsters to recalibrate the machinery, including their likely voter models, plus some speculation on the crack-up of the Republican Party. Guns are, of course, still in the news, with banner headlines about South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, a New York Times piece about guns and suicides, and Wayne LaPierre's latest ravings. We also dive into Ari Berman's coverage of the appointment of Ben Ginsburg to President Obama's voting rights commission, and FreeThoughtBlogs.com dissection of the ridiculous claim that there were no gun accidents in the time of the Founders. Lastly, a run-down on just exactly how Congress will be doing their daily ration of nothing.

Direct download: February_14_2013_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:58pm EDT