Wed, 30 January 2019
David Waldman braves the bitter cold in that stairwell on his commute to KITM Worldwide to bring us today’s Wednesday Winter Wonderland edition:
Donald Trump who? There’s a new billionaire butthead in town, for a while at least. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez opened up a brand-new franchise in Howard Schultz’ head and it’s going gangbusters. Greg Dworkin finds it hard to ignore rich independent candidates, especially with a weak incumbent, and journalists always ready to fall for that framing. Billionaires at Davos don’t need your love, they have their money to keep them warm. Donald Trump stays snug in his bubble, even as his followers’ start to burst. Foxconn backs out of its promise to revive American manufacturing.
Joan McCarter calls in to join the debate around putting an end to all government shutdowns. Republicans disclaim the shutdown as a really bad idea that totally wasn’t their fault. Both the House and Senate join in avoiding the next Trump/McConnell shutdown, while federal employees return to work knowing they’re still Trump’s bargaining chip.