After a look at the latest news, we check in with our regular Thursday guest - Howie Klein of DownWithTyranny.com and the Blue America PAC to talk politics. Today, Howie broke a bit of news (Alan Grayson is running for Congress again), and we also talked a bit about Howie's background as president of Reprise Records and working with Neil Young!
Today is the day that the president has threatened to release his fake news awards, and some Republicans are calling him out on the danger to our democracy. We have the details. Plus Trita Parsi of the National American Iranian Council fills us in on what's happening with the recent Iranian protests and the Iranian nuclear deal.
After an update on the day's news, including the president's calling out African nations, Haiti and El Salvador as "shithole" countries, I speak with investigative journalist Greg Palast about the GOP's latest efforts to keep us from voting Democratic. The newly updated version of Greg's movie, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: The Case of the Stolen Election, is available now via Amazon (and you can stream for free with Amazon Prime).
With Trump mis-tweeting on today's FISA vote, I reached out to Emptywheel's Marcy Wheeler to get the full explanation on FISA and what was voted on today. Then, Howie Klein of Down with Tyranny and the Blue America PAC, just back from vacation, joined in for his first Thursday appearance on the show of the new year.
Every Tuesday, I'm joined by GottaLaff to shoot the shit about the news, as mostly gleaned from Laffy's Twitter feed... Today the news mostly centered on Trump's meeting with Congressional reps about DACA and immigration, and Dianne Feinstein's decision to release the transcripts of the testimony of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, going around the back of Chuck Grassley and the Republicans. Oh, and we also discussed the ridiculous calls for Oprah to run for president.
To celebrate making it through to the end of the first week of the new year, we welcome Driftglass back to the show to help make sense of the shit show we're living through. Find the Driftglass blog here, and the Professional Left Podcast, hosted by Driftglass and Blue Gal Fran, here.
The Michael Wolff book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, is still making waves and lots of news today. Trump's attorneys have threatened to sue Steve Bannon for quotes attributed to him in it, and both the author and publisher to keep them from releasing the book. Their response was to move the official release date from next Tuesday Jan.9 to tomorrow. (If it's a book you plan to buy from Amazon, please use this link so we get a small commission!) I recently discovered Current Affairs magazine when a friend posted an article written by its editor in chief, [...]
Every year, The Nation magazine publishes its Progressive Honor Roll. Today, we're joined by John Nichols to go over the best of the left list for 2017. But first, Donald Trump is a moron, and Steve Bannon spilled the beans to author Michael Wolff in the forthcoming book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, a bit of which was excerpted today by NY Magazine...
It's fitting that our first show of the new year falls on a Tuesday when GottaLaff is our regular guest, as we could certainly use a bit of humor to begin the year. Of course, we take our humor from the news, which is what we discuss each week, during Laffy's "Tweet Spot"