From the Iran deal pullout to the Michael Cohen payments to Gina Haspell's confirmation hearings and more, it's a busy Wednesday. Dave Johnson, former senior fellow at the Campaign for America's Future who blogs at Seeing the Forest joins Nicole to wade through the swamp. National security journalist Marcy Wheeler joins in at the start of the show to talk about the Gina Haspell hearing too. She wrote about it on her blog at emptywheel.net. By the way, if you're looking for the Michael Avenalli executive summary of the money Michael Cohen's LLC took in, you can find it here.
Nicole is joined by Dave Johnson, former senior fellow at the Campaign for America's Future who writes at Seeing the Forest, to talk about Trump's first State of the Union address, what was left unsaid, and more
After an update on the day's news, I'm joined by Dave Johnson of Seeing the Forest and We Can Have Nice Things to talk about the GOP Tax Scam that passed yesterday and is soon to be our new reality.
We begin the show with breaking news from the Washington Post of allegations surrounding Judge Roy Moore as a sexual predator preying on teen aged girls when he was in his 30s. After an update on the rest of the news, we're joined by Dave Johnson to talk about how life has changed in the one year since the election of Donald Trump as president.
Today's the day that Bernie Sanders introduces his Medicare for All Act of 2017, with 16 co-sponsors. Dave Johnson, former fellow at CAF, joins in to talk about how far we've come, and other good ideas that should be the way of our future.
The so-called skinny repeal bill failed in the senate last night. Dave Johnson joins in to talk about life with Trump in the White House, how we got here and how we survive it. I also shared a bit of commentary from David Dayen's newsletter (click here to subscribe) about the unsung heroes of last night's skinny repeal defeat: the media! Everyone on the left who came of age during Bush v. Gore has had to put up with the insufferable punditry about John McCain, maverick. Last night he actually lived up to it, though he overshadowed Susan Collins, [...]
Nicole Sandler welcomes Desi Doyen of the Green News Report to tell us what's at stake if Trump pulls the US out of the Paris Climate accord. Dave Johnson of the Center for Media & Democracy then joins in to talk about Trump's tough trade talk about Germany, their cars and more.
The Congressional Progressive Caucus released their "People's Budget" today. I invited Dave Johnson on to the show to discuss the difference between that one (the most common sense of any budget you'll see), and the "plan" put out by the Trump administration. As usual, there was lots of other news, from Comey's testimony at the Senate Judiciary Committee to D'ump meeting with Palestinian Authority President Abbas and going off script to say that the Israelis and Palestinians are working "beautifully together". And it's my daughter's 18th birthday...
I'll admit it: I never thought Donald Trump would or could be elected president. I somehow gave this country more credit. But it turns out that the dumbing down of America by Republicans really worked. Most citizens lack the capacity for critical thought. They went for the bright, shiny object. In this case, it was a man who lies prolifically, is a sexual predator who thinks he's better than everyone else. I could continue, but you get the idea. By the time I hit the air next Friday, D'ump will already have been sworn in as President of the United [...]