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Greg Dworkin keeps us up to date with the Chris Christie's political saga, including the latest polling and Ron Fournier's "Why I Was Wrong About Chris Christie." Next up, "Where Obamacare Is Succeeding... and Where It's Falling Short." Extended discussion of the latest Obamacare horror story that turned out to be B.S.: "Bette in Spokane." Senate Gop has to rework its ACA "replacement," because gigantic tax. DNI James Clapper "should have been more careful," says the Pres. But why bother? What can Congress really do about it?

Direct download: January_31_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:48pm EDT

It's the Great American Rich People's Freak-Out! The WSJ says Kristallnacht Perkins was right. Greg Dworkin brought us one of his trademark flu updates and told us Christie is still toast, Hillary's way out front, Avik Roy tipped the Gop hand on "repeal & replace," relatively strong economic growth shows the US is a socialist hellholle. "Politics is predation, organized crime by a prettier name," says Scott Raab at Esquire. (Story illustrated by DonkeyHotey!) Outrage of the day: school lunches confiscated from students who owed money & dumped! And Politico explains "Why the rich are freaking out."

Direct download: January_30_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:43pm EDT

We were supposed to be talking about the State of the Union address and the many thousands of Republicans "responses" to it, but all that's on anyone's mind today is Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) and his thuggish threats to a local reporter. Joan McCarter joined us to discuss last night's events, noting in particular that Sen. Mike Lee's (R-UT) "response" seemed to acknowledge that there was no going back on some of the key provisions in the ACA, and the complete absence of abortion as an issue in the official response, despite the passage earlier that very day of yet another draconian limitation. Greg Dworkin jumped in to join Joan in rounding things up, and carry the show during our snow-delayed school departures. Edward Snowden gets nominated for a Nobel Prize, and that brings the NSA issues back into the news. The Gop is stuck dealing with continuing ACA success and The Math of Medicaid expansion. We take a look back at Michael Grimm's checkered past. And at another bit of background info on the wider look at Uber story, "tech libertarianism," and the "disruption" model.

Direct download: January_29_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:22pm EDT

Tom Perkins digs the Kristallnacht hole a little deeper. Greg Dworkin rounds up the continuing Christie plummet in the polls, previews the SOTU previews, notes the belated arrival of something resembling a Republican alternative to the ACA, and points us to the LGBT rights issue wrapped up in a jury selection case. Armando weighed in on the case, on the Superb Owl, new media ventures launched around Ezra Klein and Glenn Greenwald, and the SOTU. Also, the House takes up its favorite tax hike bill, under the guise of yet another swing at the abortion issue. And the LA Times reports "Guns sent 20 children to U.S. hospitals every day, study finds."

Direct download: January_28_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:23pm EDT

Twitter says the news is that Trey Radel (R-FL) is retiring because cocaine. Greg Dworkin says it's AP polling showing a drop in negative views of the ACA, but a drop in positive views as well. The State of the Union is tomorrow, so today's the day to find out Everything You Need To Know About what's going to be in it, and who will say what about why it actually sucked. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA) will give the "official" Republican response to the SOTU, and TPM's Sahil Kapur looks at why, and we look at whether that makes any sense. We learned this weekend that the War on Women is over and women won, which you can tell from the Daily Caller's Free Beacon's "smokes" tag, which brings us to the latest news that the military's got a bit of a libido-controlling problem, too. A rich guy complains that everyone else's complaints are basically Kristallnacht. And we look back and update the Google Bus story, with more on the Uber angle, too. Speaking of private efforts to do what public efforts can't, another newspaper outfit is thinking about compiling a concealed weapon permit database.

Direct download: January_27_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:52pm EDT

The morning's news swirl included Mike Huckabee insisting that women needed to control their libidos, even as Dick Black has been saying it'd be impossible for men to do so. Because "nighties." Greg Dworkin rounds up the day's Christie news and polling, Ryan Cooper's "The tea party and the structure of American government," Beinert on Rand Paul, two from Sarah Kliff tracking ACA news. We gave in to the temptation to take yet another look at the Richard Sherman story, once again comparing his bravado to that of, say, "successful" businessmen and tech bros. Very Serious News interview interrupted for a Bieber update! "Miami Beach mayor: Take your tech start-up gospel and shove it." And a theme emerges, as we continued into "When companies break the law and people pay: The scary lesson of the Google Bus." One of those rare items that seems like it'll be minor, but ends up encompassing Everything In The Entire World.

Direct download: January_24_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:21pm EDT

Chris Christie still in the news, and not going away, Greg Dworkin told us. Virginia's new Attorney General, Mark Herring, announces the state won't defend its same-sex marriage ban. A new Pew poll shows partisan divide on economic inequality. A roundup and explainer on the "three Rs" of the ACA: reinsurance, risk adjustment and risk corridors. Which Repblicans seem desperate to call a "bailout." And the explosive story out of Texas, where a hospital says it's being forced by state law to keep a brain dead woman alive (for 20+ weeks!) to incubate her unborn baby, against her family's wishes. Shifting gears entirely, the story of how the town where the Superb Owl<sup>TM</sup> is actually being played is getting none of the NFL love & big buck$. An unintentionally revealing almost-sorta-semi-defense of Bob McDonnell. A former coal miner says they've been dumping this stuff in the WV water forever. Hunter's take on Dick Black's apparently uncontrollable libido has a happy ending (no pun intended): he's dropping out of the VA-10 congressional race.

Direct download: January_23_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 3:06pm EDT

Greg Dworkin joined us for his regular morning roundup, including the much-discussed "The Loud Truth About Abortion Protesters," the McDonnell indictment, the continuing Chris Christie saga, and the rather ridiculous notion that it somehow helps Christie for it to have legs. No less ridiculous: the idea that Christie, the new head of the RGA, is somehow thrilled with Bob McDonnell being in the headlines. Greg's most interesting reads on the subject: Matt Bai and Matt Katz. Plus Jonathan Chait has seen the Gop future: GWB. (Not the bridge, though that, too.) For the second hour, we welcomed Sophia Yen and Ellen Shaffer of the Silver Ribbon Campaign to Trust Women, our co-hosts for the day, thanks to their winning bid in the latest round of Netroots Nation fundraising auctions! Today being the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, it was a perfect day to dive deep into the bundle of issues surrounding reproductive rights and health. Their backgrounder on the campaign and roundup of the issues took us from insurance coverage, to "crisis pregnancy centers," to the Hyde amendment, to forced birthing. But just as important, they broke through the walls of the "issue silo" and reminded us that no matter what your top priorities are, these issues are tied in many ways to everything you care about.

Direct download: January_22_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 2:57pm EDT

Yet another snow day. And with a special election on to determine party control of the Virginia state senate, at that. We caught up on the latest SuperDerp from Fox News: The Five's Andrea Tantaros scolds Americans for not knowing their history. Like, for instance, not knowing "why some guy in boston got his head blown off because he tried to secretly raise the tax on tea." Which of course didn't happen. But, Freedom. Armando joined for a recap on the weekend's Chris Christie news, catching us up on the inauguration, the Hoboken angle and more. We actually cobble together a credible segue (via would-be NJ pol and former Olympian Carl Lewis) to the weekend's big sports outrage story, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. We read Ta-Nehisi Coates (twice) on the subject, and then mused about what, if anything, made his boastfulness different from that of outspoken billionaires and their "prosperity gospel." Maybe it helps if you think about that in the context of this weekend NYT piece, "For the Love of Money."

Direct download: January_21_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:52pm EDT

The big news event of the day: President Obama's speech addressing proposed NSA reforms. David Brooks steps in it again. Greg Dworkin's lightning round headline recap! Duck Dynasty's season premiere tanks in the ratings. Mathematigal smacks down a mansplaining letter printed in Nature. Obamacare success story from Utah, enabled by (apparent RINOs) Orrin Hatch & Mike Lee! The Jonathans corner: Cohn, "Obamacare's a 'Bailout' Now?" and Chait, "The Death of the Death of Obamacare." Media Matters notes "Fox News Doesn't Care About The 'Bloody Senate Report'" on Benghazi. Reaching a subpoena-driven crescendo in the GW Bridge scandal. Armando called in for discussion about the continuing Benghazi mania, in which, of course, all previous attacks on American diplomatic installations have been ignored, the larger implications of Christie's bridge closure episode and other transportation shenanigans, and recent revelations about yet more NSA spying techniques. Then, a look ahead at the president's NSA speech from Reuters and Marc Ambinder.

Direct download: January_17_2014_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 1:23pm EDT