Jan 29, 2014
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.