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Focusing on issues, not tweets, Raw Story and AlterNet’s Joshua Holland and Liz Preza talk politics with academics, newsmakers and progressive journalists.

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This week, Joshua Holland kicks off our first show after the curtain fell on Donald Trump's failed presidency with a rant about the right's maddening weaponization of Joe Biden's promise to promote healing and unity. 
 
Then we're joined by Slate's Jordan Weissmann to talk about what the new administration can and probably can't achieve with an evenly divided Senate if they don't eliminate the filibuster.
 
And finally, we speak Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a historian at NYU and the author of Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present, about why it's so important to hold Donald Trump and other seditionists accountable for attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election in order to stave off a more disciplined coup attempt in the future.  
 
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Queen Latifah: "U.N.I.T.Y."
Amanda Gorman: "The Hill We Climb"
John Legend: "Feeling Good"
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There's one one story that matters this week. 
 
First, we're joined by Crooks and Liars Managing Editor Karoli Kuns to talk about the second impeachment of Donald Trump, and where the MAGA insurgency might go from here. 
 
Then we speak with Nicholas Grossman, a professor of international relations at the University of Illinois and senior editor at Ars Technica, about how the far right got the attention of the real deep state--America's sprawling national security bureaucracy--with last week's insurrection, and why they will soon come to regret the heat. 
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Joshua Holland kicks off this week's show marveling at the emotional rollercoaster of winning two Senate runoffs in Georgia just before Trump incited a violent insurgency that shook the country. 
 
Then we are joined by Adele Stan, director of Rightwing Watch, to talk about what went down in DC, and some of the likely ramifications of what Senator Chuck Schumer called another "day of infamy" in America's history. 
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Liz Preza and Joshua Holland kick off our final show of 2020 with a look at what may be the single most outrageous thing Donald Trump has done as president. 
 
Then we're joined by Mike Rothschild, a writer and researcher tracking the increasingly mainstream far-right conspiracy complex, to talk about how the QAnon movement became so widely distributed and where it will go once Donald Trump's ludicrous coup attempt is foiled. 
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This week, we're joined by David Dayen, executive editor at The American Prospect, to talk about how the Biden administration could interpret existing laws to get around GOP obstruction in the Senate and deliver real progress on healthcare, wages, the environment and a host of other problems facing the American people.

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This week, we're joined by ProPublica reporter Lydia DePillis to discuss Donald Trump's efforts to "burrow" loyalists into the federal civil service and pass or finalize a slew of federal rule changes that threaten to bog down a new administration even as he refuses to acknowledge his defeat. 

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We kick off the show with a look at what was truly a banner week in right-wing tantrums, with Trump lambasting Attorney General Bill Barr for not backing his election fraud conspiracy theories, a civil war breaking out in conservative media over the upcoming Senate runoff races in Georgia and recently pardoned former General Michal Flynn joining calls for Trump to suspend the Constitution and declare martial law. 
 
Then we're joined by Jeff Hauser, director of The Revolving Door Project at the Center for Economic and Policy Research to talk about Biden's early staff picks, how the new administration can interpret existing laws to advance their agenda even if Mitch McConnell controls the Senate, how to manage a far-right Supreme Court and more.  
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This week, Cliff Schecter is our guest host while Joshua Holland and Elizabeth Preza have the week off.

Cliff speaks with Kim Lawson, senior editor at Courier, to talk about President-elect Joe Biden's win in Georgia and the state's upcoming Senate run-off elections.

Then, Cardinal & Pine reporter Sarah Ovaska gives a firsthand account after witnessing voter suppression by law enforcement in North Carolina.

Cliff Schecter was an ad maker--through his firm Blue Amp Strategies--for President-Elect Biden's 2020 presidential campaign. He's a bestselling author, co-host of the UnPresidented Podcast and a contributor to The Daily Beast. Follow him @cliffschecter.

 

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Liz Preza and Joshua Holland kick off this week's show lamenting how utterly exhausting it is that the Donald Trump show just keeps dragging on and on like a horror movie monster that just won't die. They also look at a wild presser by the few remaining lawyers still working for the regime, who are not the best and brightest. 

Then we're joined by Princeton historian Kevin Kruse to put this crucial moment in America's often turbulent history into some perspective. 

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This week, we talk about election, the election and then discuss some details about the 2020 election. There's no other news anyway. 
 
Liz Preza and Joshua Holland kick things off recounting the emotional roller-coaster rides they took on Tuesday night. 
 
And then Salon columnist Heather "Digby" Parton joins us to talk about Trump's ham-fisted attempt to steal it, how Dems countered, the new Tea Party movement demanding that ballots be counted or not counted, depending on the state, and what might be ahead as we move to the next battle -- two Senate runoff races in Georgia. 
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