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Today's burning question: How did ABC News write a story that actually totalled the current inventory of Army and Marine bayonets without answering even the admittedly dumb question of whether there are fewer now than there were in the past? Well, I guess that just goes to prove that data isn't smart all by itself. Thankfully, there was some smarter data to be had, when we checked in for our regular regimen of poll watching with Greg Dworkin. In the second hour, Armando joined us to interview author Chuck Thompson about his book Better Off Without 'Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession. Finally, we wrapped up with a sneak preview of an upcoming issue: the new Washington consensus that automatic, across-the-board sequestration is no longer accepted as a Very Serious tool for Very Serious people. Why? Because as Congressional observers will tell you (and told you at the time) Congress lives by different rules, where there's nothing automatic about "automatic" triggers.

Direct download: October_24_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:06pm EDT

Post-debate wrap, of course, with Greg Dworkin & Armando. How nutty was Romney's antiquated view of foreign and military policy? Strange enough to make us raise Smedley Butler's name in casual conversation. Talk about your throwbacks, though some would argue we never really left that era behind. Seriously, though. Path to the sea? And counting ships as the sole metric of naval strength? What's next, counting cans of spinach? Plus we dive back into the world of Republican voter registration criminality and the growing trend of bosses harassing their workers with political coercion. And sadly, there's been another round of multiple shooting incidents, plus one bizarre shooting story, that once again have the NRA folks out hoping that if we all squint just right, we'll see things their way.

Direct download: October_23_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:54am EDT

We're pre-gaming the debate once again, and there's no better or more reality-based way to do that than to get your Monday Double Shot of polling roundups, with Greg Dworkin & Steve Singiser. What's up with Gallup? How about those likely voter screens? How do they account for early voting and same day registration? For tonight's debate, will the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis play a role? Which candidate would you rather have had with his finger on the button in 1962? And here's a question: Why so much media interest in the mechanics and methodolgies of polls, which don't count, but so little interest in mechanics and methodologies of voting rights and voter access, which does count? The arrest of a Republican operative in Virginia last week, on charges of dumping completed voter registration forms, matches exactly the m.o. employed in years and years of previous Republican schemes in multiple states. And curiously, they're all traceable to the same Republican consultant: Nathan Sproul. When are they going to get serious and arrest this guy?

Direct download: October_22_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:45am EDT

A fine Friday news roundup, with a dash of polling from Greg Dworkin. What's up with that Gallup poll? Should you be freaking out? (Answer: No.) Mitt Romney is 18 days from overturning decades of precedent on financial disclosure. The Republican Ohio Secretary of State apparently thinks the Supreme Court can go screw itself. An arrest is finally made in Virginia on Republican election shenanigans. And in the Wisconsin Senate race, ALEC poster boy Tommy Thompson accuses Tammy Baldwin of being soft on Iran, even while he's underwriting Iranian uranium mining!

Direct download: October_19_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:58am EDT

Greg Dworkin returned from a short absence to go over the polls with us, and survey the post-debate landscape, plus answer the lingering question of why national polling still matters, even though we elect our presidents state-by-state, through the Electoral College. And what defines the post-debate landscape today? The binder. Tagg Romney wanting to punch the President. "Five point" jobs plans that have no points in them, and three studies that "support" the plan, but actually don't. And the amazing ability of conservatives to connect poverty and gun violence, but still refuse to see the connection between access to health care and mortality. All this can only exist in a world full of isolated information bubbles, of course. And we can't be sure whether the relentless march of technology is freeing us from that bubble, or just making it easier to build newer, smaller ones. Ah, life!

Direct download: October_18_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:36am EDT

Post-debate discussion with Andrew Jones (aka sluggahjells) and our loyal UK listener, Gideon! The format. The moderation. The questions. The curious avoidance of the word "Massachusetts." The Rose Garden transcript. And... THE BINDER. Plus the latest voter suppression scheme at work in Virginia, and the emergence of red flags raised at VMI as the Romney campaign hatched its plans for Mitt's "major foreign policy" address there earlier this month. Multiple topics, multiple voices, from multiple continents! A great post-debate show!

Direct download: October_17_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:34am EDT

It's debate day, so it's a big day for pre-gaming. We were without Greg Dworkin today, but the publication of the latest Daily Kos/SEIU State of the Nation poll gave us the opportunity to highlight the differences between analyzing an unfavorable poll and "unskewing" one (i.e., cheating). Then a meandering stroll through the news, including the launch of Glenn Beck's line of jeans, the absurdity of Rep. Joe "You Lie!" Wilson (R-SC) complaining about the inappropriateness of President Obama's campaign accusing Mitt Romney of lying, and Rep. Darrell Issa's stretch in comparing the Benghazi attacks to President Bush's "mission accomplished" moment. Finally, we returned to the story of Mitt Romney's time at the head of Bain & Company's consultancy with the Russian government, and wondered why being a top advisor to the Yeltsin administration gets no mention from a campaign that admits it's lacking in foreign policy experience. Is it just that he's reluctant to accept the Cold War-era implications? Or is it that given the chance to construct a free market economy from the ground up, Romney instead opted to reconstruct a much more familiar (and personally profitable) kind of crony capitalism?

Direct download: October_16_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:38am EDT

It's debate week again, so it's a great time for a Monday Double Shot of polling & punditry roundups from Greg Dworkin and Steve Singiser. Freakouts always go better with a little inoculation of reality and the long view, right? Hour two today took us on a "Connect the Dots" stroll down Memory Lane. Or as Republicans would have it, down the Memory Hole. What connects today's focus on the latest Bain plunder target, Sensata, with supply-side economics, the 2009 Obama stimulus program, the 1993 Clinton stimulus program, Medicare, Social Security, and the Republican proclivity for betting against America and constantly claiming our country is an unlivable hellhole? Listen in and find out!

Direct download: October_15_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:40am EDT

It's VP Debate Night, but we're still untangling the fallout of the last debate. And now that things have calmed down some, we were glad to have Greg Dworkin back with us to take us on a tour of the polling landscape. From there, it was on to an exploration of new frontiers for the show--specifically science and space. This week saw the successful launch and docking of the first private, unmanned resupply mission to the International Space Station, pulled off by SpaceX and its Dragon cargo vessel. A great leap forward? A victory for privatization at the expense of a once-inspiring public endeavor? Aaron Oesterle (aka FerrisValyn) joined us for a discussion, and raised some thought-provoking questions and issues about an area that used to border on science fiction, but are going to become part of our everyday reality in the near future. Privatization is everywhere these days, and that led us to wrap up with a detour into prison privatization in particular, and the peculiar dangers of letting hyper capitalists (and future locust capitalists) lead the effort to privatize an entire economy all at once, as with Bain & Co. and the former Soviet Union. Now I have a headache! But what a set of issues to sort out next week!

Direct download: October_11_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:18pm EDT

It's a veritable sideshow shooting gallery of Republican jerks today. There's one-time billionaire and now just mega-millionaire David Siegel and his crazy-ass, plagiarized email threatening to fire employees if Obama wins reelection. West Virginia Senate candidate John Raese, who just up and decided a river needed to be diverted and have a waterfall in it because he wanted one, but construction permits were terrorism, so screw it. Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz, whose registered no recognition at all when his empty-headed reliance on scripted talking points was lampooned before his very eyes by Soledad O'Brien on CNN. The new just-say-whatever strategy coming out of the Romney campaign. And finally, newly-crowned King of the Sleazebags, Tennessee Congressman and (soon-to-be-former) doctor Rep. Scott DesJarlais, revealed by his own tape recording to have knocked up one of his patients, then pressured her to have an abortion... before later running for office as a pro-life Teabagger.

Direct download: October_10_2012_56.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:09pm EDT