AMERICAblog NewsElections – AMERICAblog News http://americablog.com A great nation deserves the truth // One of America's top progressive sites for news and opinion Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:10:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Rosie O’Donnell on Trump, Kavanaugh, the Apprentice tapes, Mueller, leaving The View, growing up gay, and the elections http://americablog.com/2018/09/rosie-odonnell-on-trump-kavanaugh-the-apprentice-tapes-mueller-leaving-the-view-growing-up-gay-and-the-elections.html http://americablog.com/2018/09/rosie-odonnell-on-trump-kavanaugh-the-apprentice-tapes-mueller-leaving-the-view-growing-up-gay-and-the-elections.html#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:23:41 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144850 Cliff and I had a great conversation with Rosie O’Donnell about a whole slew of subjects, including the origins of her long-running feud with Donald Trump (“he’s a carnival barker”), Russia (“I knew from day one he cheated”), Brett Kavanaugh (“We’ve already been through this fight to get the right to decide what happens to […]

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Cliff and I had a great conversation with Rosie O’Donnell about a whole slew of subjects, including the origins of her long-running feud with Donald Trump (“he’s a carnival barker”), Russia (“I knew from day one he cheated”), Brett Kavanaugh (“We’ve already been through this fight to get the right to decide what happens to our bodies, this is not Gilead and he is not the king”), Mark Burnett’s Apprentice tapes of Trump’s profanity (“he’s holding Satan’s videotapes”), Robert Mueller (“I love him, I look at him and think there’s Captain America, he’s going to save America”), the media’s complicity in creating Trump, Rudy Giuliani (“he’s like your drunk uncle at the Knights of Columbus hall”), her heart attack, why she left “The View,” and what is was like growing up gay. It was a FUN and fascinating conversation. Enjoy.

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Beto O’Rourke 2 points ahead of Ted Cruz in new poll — first time Beto leads http://americablog.com/2018/09/beto-orourke-2-points-ahead-of-ted-cruz-in-new-poll-first-time-beto-leads.html http://americablog.com/2018/09/beto-orourke-2-points-ahead-of-ted-cruz-in-new-poll-first-time-beto-leads.html#respond Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:43:27 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144839 A new Reuters poll shows Democrat Beto O’Rourke 2 points ahead of Tea Party Republican Ted Cruz in the hotly-contested Texas Senate race. (Within the margin of error.) This is the first time O’Rourke has polled ahead of Cruz. Just last week, word leaked that the Trump White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told GOP […]

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A new Reuters poll shows Democrat Beto O’Rourke 2 points ahead of Tea Party Republican Ted Cruz in the hotly-contested Texas Senate race. (Within the margin of error.)

This is the first time O’Rourke has polled ahead of Cruz.

Just last week, word leaked that the Trump White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told GOP donors that Cruz might lose because he’s not “likable” enough. (Cruz’s approval rating stands at 29%, with disapproval at 58%).

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also indicated concern about Cruz’s race.

Here’s the new Reuters poll:

Beto’s numbers have been getting better for months, while Cruz’s have been dropping (other than one recent poll). Clearly 10% to 15% of the electorate is undecided. But they’re slowly moving Beto’s way. And Beto has six weeks left to seal the deal.

It shouldn’t be this way. Trump won Texas by 9 points. And Texas has been notoriously hard for Democrats to win statewide office. So the fact that O’Rourke is polling close to Cruz, let alone ahead, is already news, and yet another sign of voter discontent and a building Democratic wave in November.

We’ve been told for months that the Democrats had zero chance of taking back the Senate. I’d been arguing that wave elections do strange things, and many times the impossible becomes possible in the final months of the campaign. And in fact, a growing number of pundits are now saying there’s an outside chance the Democrats could take the Senate in addition to the House. It’s still a long-shot, as Dems are on the defensive in most of the races — some are saying there’s a 1 in 3 chance — but it’s on the map now, and wasn’t before.

You never know what’s going to change the electoral math. A week ago, we had no idea we’d be having a MeToo moment with Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, but here we are. How Republicans handle that controversy could further erode their chances at holding the Congress.

red-donateAnd that’s why we need to support Democratic candidates now. The election is November 6. That’s a little over six weeks away. If you haven’t already — heck, even if you have — please chip in and support Beto’s race.

And if you have the chance, support other Dems too! We don’t ever have to go through another Kavanaugh. We just have to take back the Senate.

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Kavanaugh in flames http://americablog.com/2018/09/kavanaugh-in-flames.html http://americablog.com/2018/09/kavanaugh-in-flames.html#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 19:37:46 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144816 Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court is in flames. Only days before the scheduled Senate vote, a law professor from California, Christine Blasey Ford, came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her in high school. The Senate is in confusion and Republicans are in disarray, unclear how to move forward, especially with […]

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Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court is in flames.

Only days before the scheduled Senate vote, a law professor from California, Christine Blasey Ford, came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her in high school. The Senate is in confusion and Republicans are in disarray, unclear how to move forward, especially with the November midterm elections only six weeks away.

In today’s episode of the UnPresidented podcast, Cliff and I walk you through Judge Kavanaugh’s MeToo moment, why Dr. Ford’s charges appear credible, and why Kavanaugh ought to be increasingly worried that his near-certain seat on the court is quickly slipping away.

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Impeaching Kavanaugh http://americablog.com/2018/09/impeaching-kavanaugh.html http://americablog.com/2018/09/impeaching-kavanaugh.html#respond Wed, 12 Sep 2018 18:14:11 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144808 With the Senate preparing to vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Cliff and I discuss what the Republicans would do if the Democrats stole a Supreme Court seat and then nominated a judge who perjured himself: They’d impeach him. In today’s episode, Cliff and I talk Kavanaugh, the increasing good signs for […]

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With the Senate preparing to vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Cliff and I discuss what the Republicans would do if the Democrats stole a Supreme Court seat and then nominated a judge who perjured himself: They’d impeach him.

In today’s episode, Cliff and I talk Kavanaugh, the increasing good signs for Democrats in the November elections, and a short discussion about fascism.

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Lauren Duca on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, youth engagement, media bias, the Supreme Court & Trump’s gaslighting http://americablog.com/2018/07/lauren-duca-on-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-youth-engagement-media-bias-the-supreme-court-trumps-gaslighting.html http://americablog.com/2018/07/lauren-duca-on-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-youth-engagement-media-bias-the-supreme-court-trumps-gaslighting.html#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 13:35:19 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144659 In today’s UnPresidented podcast, activist and writer Lauren Duca, who singlehandedly put Teen Vogue on the political map, joins us for a discussion of the Supreme Court, the child-separation policy, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ stunning primary victory, getting more young people engaged in politics, and how she put Tucker Carlson in his place. You can listen to […]

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In today’s UnPresidented podcast, activist and writer Lauren Duca, who singlehandedly put Teen Vogue on the political map, joins us for a discussion of the Supreme Court, the child-separation policy, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ stunning primary victory, getting more young people engaged in politics, and how she put Tucker Carlson in his place.

You can listen to an 8-minute excerpt of our interview with her below, and the entire hour-long interview here.

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A primer on the Jim Jordan college sexual assault scandal http://americablog.com/2018/07/a-primer-on-the-jim-jordan-college-sex-scandal.html http://americablog.com/2018/07/a-primer-on-the-jim-jordan-college-sex-scandal.html#respond Fri, 06 Jul 2018 20:13:29 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144555 GOP Rep. Jim Jordan, a far-right family-values Republicans who many believe will be the next Speaker of the US House (if the GOP wins the fall congressional elections), was accused this week by 5 former students of turning a blind eye to a widespread sexual abuse scandal at Ohio State, where Jordan worked as an […]

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GOP Rep. Jim Jordan, a far-right family-values Republicans who many believe will be the next Speaker of the US House (if the GOP wins the fall congressional elections), was accused this week by 5 former students of turning a blind eye to a widespread sexual abuse scandal at Ohio State, where Jordan worked as an assistant wrestling coach in the 80s and 90s.

Victims say as many as 2,000 students may have been molested over a 20-year period by a sports doctor who worked alongside Jordan, Yet, the media is giving the story scant coverage because IOKIYAR. In today’s UnPresidented podcast, Cliff and I delve into the Jordan scandal, and why the media is always willing to cut Republicans some slack while hounding Democrats to political death.

We also discuss the treasonous GOP congressional delegation that thought this 4th of July would be a great time to visit Moscow, and the GOP governor of Illinois who is refusing to take a firm stand against a literal-Nazi who’s the Republican nominee in a congressional seat on the south side of Chicago.

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5th Ohio State student says GOP Rep Jim Jordan knew of sexual abuse; did nothing http://americablog.com/2018/07/4th-ohio-state-student-gop-rep-jim-jordan-knew-were-being-sexually-abused.html http://americablog.com/2018/07/4th-ohio-state-student-gop-rep-jim-jordan-knew-were-being-sexually-abused.html#respond Thu, 05 Jul 2018 22:06:38 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144544 The future in politics of a top House Republican grew more precarious today as a fourth Ohio State former-wrestler went public with charges that GOP Rep. Jim Jordan was explicitly told, when he worked as an assistant coach at Ohio State University, that then- team doctor Richard Strauss was sexually abusing boys on the wrestling […]

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The future in politics of a top House Republican grew more precarious today as a fourth Ohio State former-wrestler went public with charges that GOP Rep. Jim Jordan was explicitly told, when he worked as an assistant coach at Ohio State University, that then- team doctor Richard Strauss was sexually abusing boys on the wrestling team, and did nothing about it.

NBC News broke the original story, and also broke the news of the charges from the newest victim against Jordan. As the doctor was on staff for nearly twenty years, one of the victims says he could have abused as many as 2,000 Ohio State students.

UPDATE: A fifth student has now come forward to accuse Jordan of knowing, and doing nothing, about the abuse.

Jordan, a cofounder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, known for staunch “family values” and anti-gay views, recently denied having any previous knowledge of the ongoing abuse, and went so far as to suggest that the now-men were lying, and perhaps part of a deep-state conspiracy involving the FBI and the Justice Department who, Jordan appears to now be claiming, are out to destroy his career.

But now that a fourth former student has come out publicly to accuse Jordan of enabling the serial sexual assault of young college students, some of whom may have been minors, Jordan’s denials are likely to be viewed skeptically at best. With many of the recent MeToo accusations, while the first alleged victim’s accusations were always taken with a grain of salt, once multiple victims stepped forward, it’s usually game-over as it becomes increasingly difficult to believe that there’s a conspiracy of victims — especially men — willing to lie about being sexually assaulted.

Jordan has made no secret of the fact that he has eyes on current House Speaker Paul Ryan’s speakership when Ryan leaves after this Congress. It’s difficult to image Jordan getting the speakership, let alone winning his seat again this fall against Democrat Janet Garrett, if this scandal continues to grow.

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Malcolm Nance warns Trump is “stoking civil war” http://americablog.com/2018/06/malcolm-nance-warns-trump-is-stoking-civil-war.html http://americablog.com/2018/06/malcolm-nance-warns-trump-is-stoking-civil-war.html#respond Tue, 26 Jun 2018 01:07:23 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144511 National security expert Malcolm Nance joins us on the UnPresidented podcast more to talk about his newest book, “The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling the West.” The book focuses on how, since the election, Vladimir Putin is using Trump to implement his plan “to end democracy […]

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National security expert Malcolm Nance joins us on the UnPresidented podcast more to talk about his newest book, “The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling the West.” The book focuses on how, since the election, Vladimir Putin is using Trump to implement his plan “to end democracy and the way of American life as we see it.”

You can listen to a ten-minute excerpt of the interview below:

In one of our longest, and most serious, podcasts to date, Malcolm walks us through just how corrupted Trump has become by Russia, how Trump has always aspired to be an oligarch (and how Russia appears to have gotten their claws in to Trump earlier than was previously known), how Trump is preparing to give away the house at his likely summit next month with Vladimir Putin, how Russia and China both have a long-term plan to replace the US as the global superpower worldwide (while the US does little to counter it), how and why Trump is now stoking the flames of a civil war (“This man is stoking civil war, he’s stoking violence”), and why the election in November is our last best hope to save our democracy because “America is under attack.” (“If they win this election, their destruction of American democracy, and European democracy and the Atlantic alliance, will be unstoppable.”) Malcolm also weighs in on the immigration debate, and Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ difficulty in finding a good restaurant.

A bit more from Malcolm about Trump’s penchant for lying: “Look, this is a man who used to read Mein Kampf to his wife in bed, and was fascinated at the strength of Hitler’s speeches, and Goebbel’s statement of the Big Lie: If you’re going to tell a big lie, tell it, and if you repeat it three times it becomes the truth. These people understand that, and they are using the power of lying all the time.”

It’s an admittedly serious discussion about a serious topic: the survival of our country. With the level of detail, and fascinating insight, that only Malcolm can provide.

You can listen to the entire 82-minute episode here.

And you can listen to our earlier interview with Malcolm here.

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Paul Begala says Mitch McConnell is guilty of “borderline treason” http://americablog.com/2018/06/paul-begala-says-mitch-mcconnell-is-guilty-of-borderline-treason.html http://americablog.com/2018/06/paul-begala-says-mitch-mcconnell-is-guilty-of-borderline-treason.html#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 21:09:13 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144461 Democratic strategist Paul Begala, who played a key role in helping get President Clinton elected to the White House in 1992, joins us for a free-ranging discussion  about the Trump era and whether America can survive the unprecedented attacks on our norms and democracy itself. Paul talks in particular about Mitch McConnell, and how he […]

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Democratic strategist Paul Begala, who played a key role in helping get President Clinton elected to the White House in 1992, joins us for a free-ranging discussion  about the Trump era and whether America can survive the unprecedented attacks on our norms and democracy itself.

Paul talks in particular about Mitch McConnell, and how he singlehandedly sold our country out when we needed him most, at the onset of the Russia election hack. And he examines what Democrats (including himself) did wrong in 2016, and how we can fix things going forward, such as reaching out to Trump voters without selling our souls, and promoting a concrete positive message for the midterm elections (Paul details a health care “contract with America” that he favors).

Paul Also talks about our chances in the fall elections, and his thoughts on impeachment. This is a good one, I know you’ll enjoy it.

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Elect Democratic women in November http://americablog.com/2018/06/women-won-big-on-tuesday.html http://americablog.com/2018/06/women-won-big-on-tuesday.html#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 14:32:50 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144454 Democrats (and progressives) had a huge victory on Tuesday in the biggest primary day before the 2018 elections, and among those who won big: women. A record number of women are on the ballot this year, and a lot of them are winning. Here’s a bit more from HuffPo: More than 500 women have so far […]

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Democrats (and progressives) had a huge victory on Tuesday in the biggest primary day before the 2018 elections, and among those who won big: women. A record number of women are on the ballot this year, and a lot of them are winning. Here’s a bit more from HuffPo:

More than 500 women have so far filed to run in primaries this year, according to the Center for American Women and Politics. That number represents a 67 percent jump from 2016. More than 110 of those women have won their races, 30 of them in California alone. Most of the women running are Democrats, although one-third of Republican women running have also won their races.

Yet despite the unprecedented number of female candidates, they still only represent about 23 percent of all candidates running nationwide, Lawless noted. “That’s not much different to the proportion in previous election cycles. Men are motivated to run for office too, and that’s why we’re seeing such a crowded primary.”

Let me walk you through a few of the most-notable female candidates on the ballot this fall, along with links for you to donate to their campaigns. If we’re going to take back the Congress in November, we need to support good candidates NOW. So here is my certainly-not-all-inclusive list of candidates of note who either won their primaries Tuesday, or are simply kick-ass women we need to support in November:

NEW JERSEY: Former US Navy pilot Mikie Sherrill is running for Congress from New Jersey in the open seat being vacated by GOP Trump protégé Rodney Frelinghuysen. She won her primary Tuesday night, and she’s the real deal. Donate here.

NEW MEXICO: Deb Haaland won her primary Tuesday, and is set to become the first Native American woman to ever serve in Congress. Donate here.

TEXAS: Veronica Escobar is set to become the first Latina congresswoman from Texas. Donate here.

ARIZONA: Kyrsten Sinema is running for the US Senate, and would be the first openly-bisexual US Senator. Donate here.

IOWA: Abby Finkenauer won her primary on Tuesday, and will be the youngest woman elected to Congress if she beats Tea Party Trump-supporting GOP congressman Rod Blum this fall. Donate here.

KENTUCKY: Former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath is running for Congress as a Democrat from the 6th district in Kentucky. McGrath just won her primary last night. Now let’s take her across the finish line. Donate here.

NEVADA: Jacky Rosen has the best to unseat a Republican US Senator this fall, in her battle against TrumpCare architect Dean Heller. Donate here.

OHIO: Janet Garrett is running against treason-weasel Trump-defender Jim Jordan. Donate here.

Please do give to these candidates. The only way we’re going to win this fall is by supporting our candidates now, today. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for us to win back the Congress this fall. Our entire strategy for stopping Trump, and putting America back on the right path, depends on it. Please help.

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Russia swung the election to Trump http://americablog.com/2018/05/russia-swung-the-election-to-trump.html http://americablog.com/2018/05/russia-swung-the-election-to-trump.html#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 14:17:02 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144418 Former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, finally admitted what most of us already suspected: Donald Trump didn’t really win the election, Russia did. In his new memoir, “Facts and Fears: Hard Truths From a Life in Intelligence,” Clapper gives a scathing analysis of Trump’s victory (well, loss) against Hillary Clinton, and the role Russia played […]

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Former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, finally admitted what most of us already suspected: Donald Trump didn’t really win the election, Russia did.

In his new memoir, “Facts and Fears: Hard Truths From a Life in Intelligence,” Clapper gives a scathing analysis of Trump’s victory (well, loss) against Hillary Clinton, and the role Russia played in the 2016 election. According to Clapper, Trump wouldn’t have won the election without Russia’s help:

“Of course the Russian efforts affected the outcome. Surprising even themselves, they swung the election to a Trump win. To conclude otherwise stretches logic, common sense, and credulity to the breaking point. Less than eighty thousand votes in three key states swung the election. I have no doubt that more votes than that were influenced by this massive effort by the Russians.”

The Russians swung the election to Trump.

And but-for Russia, Hillary Clinton would now be president.

But it’s actually worse than that. As Clapper notes, Trump has remained “aggressively indifferent” to the news, and then fact, of Russia’s interference. At the very least you had soft-collusion (my term) with Russia — Trump Jr., and Trump himself, making clear that they welcomed Russia’s help. And at worst, they were knowingly part of a criminal conspiracy to defraud the American people of one of our most fundamental rights, the right to vote.

Donald Trump is mortally afraid of the Mueller probe because he fears, rightly, that the growing evidence of collusion with Russia calls into question his electoral legitimacy. And he should be. Even had Team-Trump not actively colluded with the Russians (I think they did), Russia still got Trump elected, and Trump’s victory is still, thus, tainted.

It’s bad enough that Trump “won” by losing the popular vote — a metric that in nearly every country in the world would spell loss. But Trump won the presidency of the United States due to the intervention of a foreign enemy, and one he welcomed (“Russia, if you’re listening…”) Had Hillary Clinton been elected under similar circumstances, let’s imagine how that would have played out:

1. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell would have said from day one that Hillary wasn’t legitimately elected, and they would have attempted to block the swearing-in until the American people could find out what “really” happened.

2. Trump would have declared himself the winner, and the GOP would have rallied around him. They’d have even held their own swearing-in, and set up their own White House in exile, if not openly-challenging Hillary’s right to occupy 1600 Pennyslvania.

3. The Republicans would have stopped all legislation, and nominations, until the American people could be assured that a Russian spy wasn’t working out of the Oval Office.

4. It would have been non-stop “Treason” hearings on the Hill.

5. The GOP would have called for Hillary and Kaine to step down and be replaced by a member of the other rightfully-elected party (Paul Ryan).

6. And the electoral college would have been gone by now had two Democratic presidents in two decades been elected after having lost the popular vote.

And finally, if Democrats said “no” to any of this, there would have been well-orchestrated riots in the streets. Eventually, some in the Democratic establishment would have urged Hillary to step down “for the good of the country.”

So what are we going to do about it?

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Stop Devin Nunes http://americablog.com/2018/05/stop-devin-nunes.html http://americablog.com/2018/05/stop-devin-nunes.html#respond Tue, 22 May 2018 22:09:35 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144415 One of the most effective, and dangerous, Trump allies is House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes. Nunes, for reasons unknown, has put his career on the line — and our safety — in order to derail the Mueller investigation and save Donald Trump, to hell with finding out what Russia actually did to undermine our election. […]

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One of the most effective, and dangerous, Trump allies is House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes. Nunes, for reasons unknown, has put his career on the line — and our safety — in order to derail the Mueller investigation and save Donald Trump, to hell with finding out what Russia actually did to undermine our election. And he’s at it again.

At the end of this Nunes Update I’m going to ask you to contribute to the campaign of Nunes’ Democratic opponent, Andrew Janz. But first a bit more background.

NUNES LIES ABOUT UNMASKING

Now, you may recall that Nunes is the good fellow who in March 2017 ran to the White House to brief Trump on new evidence he “found” that Obama administration officials had “incidentally collected” and “unmasked” Trump campaign officials. In fact, the White House “found” the information, gave it to Nunes, who then held a press conference claiming “he’d” found it, and then Nunes ran to the White House to brief them on the information they had surreptitiously given him. It was all a huge scam. In the end, there was no smoking gun, and Obama official Susan Rice it was determined did nothing wrong.

NUNES LIES ABOUT HIS SECRET MEMO

Nunes’ next stroke of genius to release the much-ballyhooed “memo” about the FBI secretly surveilling former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page AFTER Page left the Trump campaign. Page, you’ll recall, had all sorts of creepy Russia contacts before and during the campaign, and the FBI was concerned that he was a Russian asset. In an effort to brand the entire Trump-Russia investigation as tainted, Nunes claimed that the warrant used to spy on Page — the FISA warrant — was inappropriately issued. We were told, falsely, that the warrant was based on the Steele dossier, when in fact, the Steele dossier was one small part of the larger presentation to the FISA judges (who were all Republican appointees). We were also told that the Steele dossier had been debunked — it hasn’t been — and that the dossier was the entire basis of the Trump-Russia investigation — it wasn’t. Trump-Russia began when Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos bragged to an Australian diplomat in London that a Russian intermediary told him the Russians had hacked emails relating to Hillary Clinton. Papadopoulos and the Trump campaign didn’t even bother informing the FBI. Once the Nunes Memo was finally made public, all of Nunes’ claims fell.

NUNES LIES ABOUT RUSSIA’S ELECTION INTERFERENCE

Then Nunes, as head of the House Intelligence Committee, issued a “final” report on Trump-Russia, without interviewing scores of key witnesses. The “final” report determined that Russia had no intent on helping Trump win the election. In fact, everyone, including the GOP-run Senate Intelligence Committee, agrees that the Russians tried to help Trump win.

NUNES LIES ABOUT TRUMP CAMPAIGN BEING INFILTRATED BY AN FBI SPY

And now, Nunes is feeding Trump’s descent into paranoia by claiming that Trump’s election campaign was infiltrated by an FBI spy — it wasn’t. What happened was that the FBI, while investigating the accurate reports that the Russians had infiltrated Trump’s campaign, used an outside information to speak with the potentially-compromised Trump campaign officials to see what the Russians had been telling them. Ironically, the FBI didn’t want to approach the Trump campaign itself, lest word got out, and it appeared right before the election that “the FBI was investigating Donald Trump,” even though, in fact, the FBI was investigating Donald Trump. (Yes, you are correct, the FBI had no such concerns about publicly announcing, repeatedly, that it was investigating Hillary Clinton.)

So, Nunes started demanding that the FBI release the name of its confidential informant. The name finally did leak. That could have a number of impacts:

1. The man is ruined as a future FBI informant.

2. The man’s life could be at risk.

3. Future potential FBI informants are going to think twice about the FBI’s promise to keep their names secret.

4. And more on point, future potential FBI informants interested in turning state’s evidence against Donald Trump are going to think twice about the FBI’s promise to protect them.

And now, because of course Trump got involved, claiming repeatedly (and falsely) that the FBI embedded a spy on his presidential campaign, and demanding that the FBI investigate its own investigation, the FBI is having to sit down with Nunes and fellow House Republican Trey Gowdy on Thursday, where the FBI will provide access to secret documents about the information. No Democrats are invited. No Senate Republicans are invited. Just Nunes the Red and Trey Gowdy, who used to be nuts (he of Benghazi fame), but now that he’s retiring seems to have found a modicum of sanity, so Gowdy is the wild card here.

One additional benefit to Trump of all of this: Nunes can then brief Trump and his defense team, so they’ll know what information the FBI has on Trump.

WE MUST DEFEAT DEVIN NUNES IN NOVEMBER

As I said at the outset, Devin Nunes is Donald Trump’s most effective ally in Congress. Nunes has made it his mission — for reasons no one has quite figured out (is Nunes himself compromised?) — to derail Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation. And we need to make it our mission to defeat Devin Nunes at the ballot box in November.

One thing folks need to understand about elections. Yes, we need to vote on election day. But we also need to get involved NOW to ensure that Democrats win and Republicans lose in November. That means donating to  good progressives who are taking on bad Republicans, like Andrew Janz taking on Devin Nunes. They need your support now — not ten days before the election, now. Andrew Janz is a great progressive taking on a god-awful Trump-Republican. In addition to be no fan of treason, Andrew Janz is pro-choice, pro-immigration, pro-healthcare, pro-Dreamers and pro-DACA, pro- gun control and pro-education. And Janz is giving Nunes a run for his money. Please donate and support Janz’s campaign now.

STOPPING TRUMP STARTS WITH STOPPING THE GOP CONGRESS

As Devin Nunes’ interference makes clear, one of the best ways to stop Trump is by stopping his enablers in Congress. By getting rid of Devin Nunes, and taking back the House and possibly even the Senate, we not only stop people like Nunes from running interference for Trump, we also take over the reins of power, and the subpoena power that comes with it. That means that every Trump-related controversy that arises — from his ongoing graft, to his leaks of classified info to the Russians, to, most importantly, his election collusion with Russia, the Saudis, the Emiratis and more — all of that can and will be investigated by Democratic-run congressional committees. But that will only happen if we win. And we will only win if you help.

So please donate to Andrew Janz’s campaign to defeat Treason-Weasel Devin Nunes. And thanks.

JOHN

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GOP campaign consultant John Weaver on John McCain & the GOP Stockholm Syndrome under Trump http://americablog.com/2018/05/gop-campaign-consultant-john-weaver-on-john-mccain-the-gop-stockholm-syndrome-under-trump.html http://americablog.com/2018/05/gop-campaign-consultant-john-weaver-on-john-mccain-the-gop-stockholm-syndrome-under-trump.html#respond Mon, 21 May 2018 17:19:15 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144410 John Weaver is a longtime GOP presidential campaign manager (McCain 2000 & 2008 (for part of the campaign), Huntsman 2012, Kasich 2016) who, rare among campaign operatives, also nearly worked for the Democrats in the 2000s. A vocal Never-Trumper, John spoke to us today about John McCain and the “Stockholm Syndrome” grasp that Donald Trump […]

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John Weaver is a longtime GOP presidential campaign manager (McCain 2000 & 2008 (for part of the campaign), Huntsman 2012, Kasich 2016) who, rare among campaign operatives, also nearly worked for the Democrats in the 2000s.

A vocal Never-Trumper, John spoke to us today about John McCain and the “Stockholm Syndrome” grasp that Donald Trump has on today’s Republican party. John also talked to us about just how rare it is for a presidential campaign to have any foreign contacts at all, let alone the 75 contacts with Russians that Donald Trump’s campaign had, and then hid. We also talked to John about impeachment, which he favors if Mueller catches Trump with the goods, and his views of Karl Rove and Matt Schlapp. After John left, Cliff and I discuss North Korea, and Trump’s meltdown this weekend over his delusion that the FBI “infiltrated” his 2016 presidential campaign (they didn’t).

John rounds out our recent deeper-dive into the Never-Trump movement.

Hope you enjoy. (Image of John Weaver courtesy of C-Span.)

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Guest Ohio Democratic party chair David Pepper on gerrymandering reform & his time with Putin http://americablog.com/2018/05/guest-ohio-democratic-party-chair-david-pepper-on-gerrymandering-reform-his-time-with-putin.html http://americablog.com/2018/05/guest-ohio-democratic-party-chair-david-pepper-on-gerrymandering-reform-his-time-with-putin.html#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 17:17:17 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144402 Cliff and I talk with Ohio Democratic party chair David Pepper. Our discussion includes: Ohio’s recent successful gerrymandering reform; David’s extensive Russian background, the three years he spent working with Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg, and his impressions of Putin; Russian election interference and how the Ohio case sadly mirrors the confusion and disinterest that […]

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Cliff and I talk with Ohio Democratic party chair David Pepper.

Our discussion includes: Ohio’s recent successful gerrymandering reform; David’s extensive Russian background, the three years he spent working with Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg, and his impressions of Putin; Russian election interference and how the Ohio case sadly mirrors the confusion and disinterest that Trump is showing the issue at the federal level; about a series of Ohio scandals that should help Democrats in November; and more generally a discussion of key Ohio races taking place this fall. And finally, David talks about his new book, “The Wingman.

Below is a 10-minute excerpt (about gerrymandering and Putin) of the 75-minute long episode. Premium patrons can listen to the entire episode, and support our podcast, here.

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Support LGBT hero Zach Wahls http://americablog.com/2018/05/support-lgbt-hero-zach-wahls.html http://americablog.com/2018/05/support-lgbt-hero-zach-wahls.html#respond Wed, 16 May 2018 23:27:59 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144398 As a straight college kid with two lesbian moms, Zach Wahls famously spoke out in favor of gay marriage before the Iowa House of Representatives back in 2012, when he was only 19 years old. Zach gave an amazing speech, you can check it out here. He then went on to lead a campaign, as a former […]

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As a straight college kid with two lesbian moms, Zach Wahls famously spoke out in favor of gay marriage before the Iowa House of Representatives back in 2012, when he was only 19 years old.

Zach gave an amazing speech, you can check it out here. He then went on to lead a campaign, as a former Eagle Scout, to successfully pressure the Boy Scouts to drop their gay ban. Zach is the real deal. He was there to help us when we needed him. And now he needs our help in return.

Zach is now running for the Iowa State Senate, and I’d like to ask you to support his campaign for a seat held by a Democrat who is not running for reelection. You can donate to Zach here.

Zach Wahls

If we want good Democrats, we need to elect them AND find them young, and get them involved in the political process early on. And they don’t get any better than Zach. I’ve gotten to know Zach over the years, and he’s an amazing young man who is going to go far in progressive politics. His top three issues for this race are health care, education, and workers’ rights. The primary is in just three weeks, and then the general election is in the fall.

No one is more deserving of our help than Zach. He was there for the LGBT community when most kids his age were worrying about final exams. Please join me in returning the favor by helping elect Zach to the Iowa State Senate. This guy is going to go far, so long as we help him. Please donate $25 or more to his campaign. And as this is a local race, your donation will go a LONG way — you can actually make a difference in electing the next generation of progressives. Support Zach now.

And do take a minute and watch Zach’s speech, at only 19 years of age, before the Iowa legislature. It’s still one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. I think you’ll agree.

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Guest Amanda Carpenter on how Trump is gaslighting America http://americablog.com/2018/05/guest-amanda-carpenter-on-how-trump-is-gaslighting-america.html http://americablog.com/2018/05/guest-amanda-carpenter-on-how-trump-is-gaslighting-america.html#respond Tue, 15 May 2018 14:28:27 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144393 Prominent Never-Trumper and CNN contributor Amanda Carpenter joins us in today’s UnPresidented podcast for a discussion of her new book, “Gaslighting America: Why We Love It When Trump Lies to Us.” Among the topics: Trump’s birtherism; why the GOP fell for Trump and the importance of “the Flight 93 essay”; why Ted Cruz caved after […]

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Prominent Never-Trumper and CNN contributor Amanda Carpenter joins us in today’s UnPresidented podcast for a discussion of her new book, “Gaslighting America: Why We Love It When Trump Lies to Us.”

Among the topics: Trump’s birtherism; why the GOP fell for Trump and the importance of “the Flight 93 essay”; why Ted Cruz caved after initially publicly challenging Trump; how the GOP prepared the ground for Trump eventual arise; how the GOP ostracizes Trump critics; whether Trump should be impeached; and still, throughout all of this, why there’s cause for hope (which Amanda still, amazingly, has). It was another really interesting interview, we hope you enjoy.

Below is a 10-minute excerpt of our 70-minute episode. Premium patrons can listen to the entire episode, and support our podcast, here.

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President Pelosi http://americablog.com/2018/04/president-pelosi.html http://americablog.com/2018/04/president-pelosi.html#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 20:09:15 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144320 If Trump gets impeached, convicted and removed from office — and Democrats take back the House in the elections this fall, as currently expected — Democrat Nancy Pelosi could become president. How about them apples? In today’s UnPresidented podcast episode — snippet below — there’s a lot of focus on women: In addition to Pelosi […]

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If Trump gets impeached, convicted and removed from office — and Democrats take back the House in the elections this fall, as currently expected — Democrat Nancy Pelosi could become president. How about them apples?

In today’s UnPresidented podcast episode — snippet below — there’s a lot of focus on women: In addition to Pelosi and impeachment, we talk about the never-ending attacks on Hillary Clinton by the Republicans and the media; the lack of attention being played to a hugely important US House race in Arizona in which Democrat Hiral Tipirneni has a real chance for an upset in this traditionally-Republican seat; and another hand-holding snafu between Trump and Melania, who clearly doesn’t want to touch her husband with a ten-foot pole.

We also discuss Trump’s abominable behavior with French President Macron, and his embattled Veterans Affairs secretary nominee Ronny Jackson. Lots to unpack today.

This is an 8-minute snippet of the 70-minute episode, below. Premium patrons can listen to the entire episode here.

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Neera Tanden: “Trump acts like a traitor” http://americablog.com/2018/04/neera-tanden-trump-acts-like-a-traitor.html http://americablog.com/2018/04/neera-tanden-trump-acts-like-a-traitor.html#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:42:37 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144313 In today’s UnPresidented podcast episode, our guest is Neera Tanden, the president and CEO of the liberal think-tank Center for American Progress (CAP). You can listen below. Neera talked to us for almost a full hour about Sean Hannity, James Comey, the 2016 election debacle, the Resistance, Democrats’ chances for winning the House in 2018 […]

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In today’s UnPresidented podcast episode, our guest is Neera Tanden, the president and CEO of the liberal think-tank Center for American Progress (CAP). You can listen below.

Neera talked to us for almost a full hour about Sean Hannity, James Comey, the 2016 election debacle, the Resistance, Democrats’ chances for winning the House in 2018 and the White House in 2020, impeaching Trump, working with Never-Trump conservatives, CAPs work against Trump, and much more.

Here’s a 13-minute excerpt, below — you can find the full hour-long interview here — and below that are some quotes I pulled from the interview:

Among the highlights:

On Fox News
“They are a propaganda arm of the Republican party.”

On James Comey
“He was fired because Trump was trying to limit the Russia investigation. My view of this is had he just said, ‘Look I made a mistake, I’m sorry,’ and moved on, it would have been fine. His own mistake was he rationalized his own decision, and there’s really no defense… He screwed up, he didn’t follow Department of Justice guidelines, he made his own unilateral decisions because of how he perceived politics at the time. It turns out he’s a terrible reader of politics and he shouldn’t have played pundit.”

“Comey was incredibly concerned about the political perceptions his actions would have. And how people would perceive what he’s doing. But the truth is, when you really unpack it, he only cared about the perceptions of the right…. He was shaped by the impact of the right-wing noise machine.”

On the Resistance
“We should remember who the resistance is, the new activists are really a lot college-educated women. It’s not just millennials, it’s not just ideologically hard-left. It’s a lot of, essentially, moms who are scared for the future of the country, for their children, and they’re getting involved in politics to take their country back.”

On how Liberals need to fight like Conservatives
“I think this is the asymmetric warfare that liberals and conservatives are engaged in every day. Conservatives are willing to use every tactic at their disposal to reach their political ends. And liberals are trying to be fair-minded in political discourse. This has some benefits too. We believe in good-government so that when we’re in government we’re actually competent. If this administration were more competent it would be far more damaging to the American people…. I think progressives need to recognize that we are in a street-fight for the soul of the country. We are not in an arm-chair chess match. We are in a street-fight. And we have to fight as hard as they do, and we have to use every tool that we can. We shouldn’t be evil, but we have to be really a lot tougher.”

On Trump being a traitor
“He acts like a traitor. My view of it is, I think it is beyond odd. I think it is very suspicious…. and evidence of some kind of Kompromat at play that on every issue Trump is an ‘America First’ person until it comes to Russia. It’s astounding on how every issue related to Russia he tries to be as weak as he can.”

On Impeachment
“[Trump] definitely colluded… If we find that Trump knowingly colluded to impact the election, he knew about Wikileaks or any other of the various strands in play, and then came into power. And then these actions to limit the impact of the government’s ability to effect Russia is because of this collusion, that would make him a traitor in my view.”

“I think that people [on the left arguing against impeachment] are making a huge mistake. This is really a legal question in front us. If Donald Trump has broken the law, I think he should be impeached. I think the Founders thought that if we have a president breaking the law they should be impeached.”

“If the special prosecutor makes a clear case that Donald Trump has broken the law, a lot of Republicans will recognize, just like eventually they did with Nixon, that they were in a fever-dream with a criminal. And I think that can also be a cathartic moment for a lot of people.”

On Mitch McConnell
“One of the many things that gave rise to Trump was the actions of Mitch McConnell…. I think what really gave rise to Trump is, a lot of people looking around saying ‘you know, I’m not doing so well, and Washington isn’t doing anything to solve it.’”

On being called a Corporate Democrat
“I went from being attacked as a communist and a socialist to a neoliberal corporate shill.”

On the importance of embracing Never-Trump conservatives
“Jennifer Ruben, David Frum, Bill Kristol. I have had knock-down drag-down fights with those folks during the Obama years. I had major battles on health care, and taxes, and the whole range of issues. But look, at the end of the day, if I’m going to argue to my friends on the left that we have an existential threat in front of us, and we could stop taking our pitchforks and sticking them into each other … I don’t need to agree with every one of David Frum’s views on the world to say that it’s important to have republicans make the critique of Trump…. Let’s eliminate the assault on democracy, and the impact of a possible traitor, and then I’m happy to argue tax policy with any of these people.”

Neera also discusses CAP’s role in the upcoming elections and the resistance overall, and CAP’s upcoming Ideas conference. It’s a really interesting interview, hope you enjoy.

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Rick Wilson on why Trump is a traitor http://americablog.com/2018/04/rick-wilson-on-why-trump-is-a-traitor.html http://americablog.com/2018/04/rick-wilson-on-why-trump-is-a-traitor.html#respond Tue, 10 Apr 2018 23:01:24 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144284 GOP political consultant Rick Wilson joins us in today’s premium episode of our UnPresidented Podcast for a long talk about Donald Trump and the danger he poses to the Republican party and the long-term survival of the republic. You can hear a 13-minute free clip of the interview just below, and the entire 75-minute interview […]

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GOP political consultant Rick Wilson joins us in today’s premium episode of our UnPresidented Podcast for a long talk about Donald Trump and the danger he poses to the Republican party and the long-term survival of the republic.

You can hear a 13-minute free clip of the interview just below, and the entire 75-minute interview with a premium subscription ($5/month or more) to our podcast. I’ve also transcribed some of the best quotes from this episode below.

Among the podcast highlights….

Rick Wilson on Michael Cohen’s FBI raid: “It couldn’t happen to a nicer douchebag… this guy is so eminently punchable.”

Rick on the 2018 elections: “Democratic voters will crawl over broken glass to vote against Donald Trump’s friends.”

Rick on what GOP Senators will, and should, do if Trump fires Mueller: “Believe me, they won’t do a damn thing. They will not do a damn thing. Nothing will happen. “

Rick on how GOP members of Congress really hate Trump: “A lot of the ones that hate him are publicly the most red-hat wearing, chest beating, MAGA, ‘build the wall’ people you see out there. They hate him. They fear him, they loathe him, they hate their voters because of him. They hate him because they know they basically sold out their conservative principles.”

What Rick recently told a GOP Senator complaining about Trump’s attacks on Mueller: “You guys have to all get together and send him a f*cking letter that says ‘Dear Mr. President, if you remove Robert Mueller from office, we in the United States Senate Republican caucus will take up articles of impeachment when they are sent to us from the House and will proceed with convicting you.”

Rick on the damage Trump is doing to our country: “We’re going to have generational damage from what Trump is doing. He’s broken what the presidency means as a leader for the country. He’s broken the moral stature of the presidency. He’s broken the belief that the president will adhere to the Constitution and the rule of law. He’s moved from being the leader of the Free World to somebody who at best is the bullsh*tter of the Free World with a love of authoritarians. I think there’s a lot of damage he’s done to the American brand.”

Rick when asked if Donald Trump is a traitor: “I believe that Donald Trump has put the national interest of Russia above the national interest of the United States repeatedly. And by any definition I think that’s traitorous.”

Rick on why Trump is the worst president ever: “Even our worst presidents, none of them were willing to burn down the republic for their own ego… If Trump were impeached and convicted, he wouldn’t leave the White House. He would dig in and make them pull him out of there like a tick on the back of a hog, it would not be pretty.”

Rick also called Trump “a gigantic c*cknozzle,” and discussed his upcoming book: “Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican consultant gets real about the worst president ever.”

It was a wild interview, with a lot of laughs, and a lot of sobering discussion of where our country is heading. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did.

This is a 13-minute snippet of the 75-minute-long interview — listen to the full episode here with a premium subscription.

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Roseanne vs. Jared Yates Sexton http://americablog.com/2018/04/roseanne-vs-jared-yates-sexton.html http://americablog.com/2018/04/roseanne-vs-jared-yates-sexton.html#respond Mon, 09 Apr 2018 17:01:55 +0000 http://americablog.com/?p=144280 The reboot of Roseanne Barr’s eponymous show “Roseanne” has caused a bit of controversy, not just in that both the real-Roseanne and her fictional TV character are both Trump supporters, but in the way that Roseanne is whitewashing Trump’s bigotry on the show. That’s the argument that author Jared Yates Sexton makes in our latest […]

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The reboot of Roseanne Barr’s eponymous show “Roseanne” has caused a bit of controversy, not just in that both the real-Roseanne and her fictional TV character are both Trump supporters, but in the way that Roseanne is whitewashing Trump’s bigotry on the show.

That’s the argument that author Jared Yates Sexton makes in our latest UnPresidented Podcast, below, and it’s quite compelling. (Jared got into a Twitter-fight with Roseanne after she read his criticism, and wasn’t amused.)

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We had a fascinating, almost 90-minute discussion with Jared, about Roseanne, but also his theory about how “toxic masculinity” undergirds much of Trump’s appeal, and much of the damage Trumps is causing our country. That then took us into a larger conversation about Jared’s theory of “the knot” that plagues much of America — as Jared puts it: “The idea that over time, all of our problems become interconnected [like one big knot]. And you don’t even know where to start, there’s no idea of which strand to start tugging. It’s gender, it’s race, economics, world views, money and politics.”

That led us into a discussion of: Trump’s election; Obama’s re-election in 2012 and whether a black man winning the presidency was an aberration or a sign of hope; Jared’s take on the “Alt Right”; and then a rather interesting discussion of whether the Internet has been a force for good or bad (Jared thinks more bad than good). Jared also talks about his most recent book, “The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage,” and its themes permeate the entire podcast discussion.

And finally, we close with Jared telling us a hilarious anecdote about his rural Indiana mom and the stray chicken she just adopted.

It was a really fun, interesting interview. I hope you’ll listen to the 15-minute excerpt about Roseanne, then become a premium subscriber to our podcast for as little as $5/month to unlock the rest of the interview with Jared, and our other premium episodes, like our blockbuster interview with national security expert Malcolm Nance.

(As always, a podcast is simply audio – like a radio show – that you listen to on your computer, tablet or phone.)

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