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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, Liz Preza and Joshua Holland recap the last Democratic debate before Iowa, lament the left forming a circular firing squad and talk about what some folks are overlooking in Lev Parnas explosive revelations this week. 

Then we're joined by John Stoehr, editor of The Editorial Board, who argues that Senate Republicans are going to feel increasing public pressure as the drip-drip-drip of new evidence of Trump's perfidy continues unabated. 

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This week, Joshua Holland and Liz Preza talk about Nancy Pelosi's impeachment standoff with Mitch McConnell and the sense of deja vu they're getting watching the people who got Iraq totally wrong celebrating Trump's assassination of Qassem Suleimani. 

Then we're joined by Trita Parsi from the The Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft to dig deeper into the ramifications of Trump's impulsive act of war. 

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This week, Liz Preza and Joshua Holland examine some questionable choices by The New York Times and CBS when it comes to dealing with media personalities like Ivanka Trump.

Then Josh is joined by Daily Beast contributor Michael Tomasky to take a look at how the media handled -- and mishandled -- some of the top stories of the year.

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This week, Liz Preza and Joshua Holland discuss the historic impeachment of Donald Trump and the president's reaction to the constitutional reprimand.

And then Joshua speaks to Robin Marty, author of Handbook for a Post-Roe America, who argues that the Supreme Court and state legislatures have already effectively overturned Roe v. Wade abortion rights protections.

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This week, Liz Preza and Joshua Holland kick off the show with an odd misfire by <em>The New York Times</em> about Donald Trump's executive order on Judaism and some really screwed up stories that come to us courtesy of some deep red states. 
 
And then we're joined by former CIA officer and current writer Alex Finley, to talk about the FBI Inspector General's long-awaited report on the investigations into the Trump campaign and Russia, and William Barr's unprecedented propaganda push to undermine it.  
 
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This week, Joshua Holland and Liz Preza talk about impeachment, Rudy Giuliani’s brazenness and a massive smear campaign coming from the Israeli right against the first two Muslim women elected to the U.S. Congress.

Then we’re joined by Mother Jones climate reporter Rebecca Leber to talk about her recent piece on the innovative, in-your-face tactics that have fueled the remarkable growth of the youth-driven Sunrise Movement.

 

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Joshua Holland and Liz Preza kick off this week's show by trying desperately to get into the spirit of Thanksgiving before Fox News turns it into a new culture war. 

Then, in our ongoing quest for a segment with some optimism, we invited Lee Drutman, a New America fellow and author of the forthcoming book, Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multiparty Democracy in America, to discuss his recent NYT op-ed, "Why the Searing Politics of the Trump Era Give Me Hope." Drutman says he's been reading more history and less news of late, and it's given him some perspective on this era of contested democracy.

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This week, Joshua Holland watched the 5th Democratic primary debate so that you didn't have to--and he has a take. 

Then we're joined by Paul Waldman. a senior writer at The American Prospect and contributor to The Washington Post to talk about the latest impeachment testimony, how it plays on Fox News and what it all means if the Senate won't convict.

 

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This week, Liz Preza and Joshua Holland wonder how mainstream journalists could find that gripping testimony from the fourth presidential impeachment in our nation's 232-year history lacks pizzazz, but some obscure story about a college newspaper apologizing to students about its coverage of a protest merits several days in the news cycle. They also look at some stories that might have been overlooked in this week's flood of Trump news.

The we're joined by Joan Walsh, The Nation's national affairs correspondent and a contributor to CNN, to dig into the first impeachment hearings and to talk about why looking back to Watergate to get a handle on what's happening today is a fool's errand.  

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This week, Liz Preza and Joshua Holland talk about whiny billionaires, a bit of light fraud Trump is pulling on his most loyal supporters and how his wacky obsession with buying Greenland sidelined the Ukraine scandal that could bring down his presidency. 

 
Then we're joined by Thomas Pepinsky, a professor of government at Cornell University, to talk about "regime cleavage"--when democratic polities fight over the legitimacy of government itself. Pepinsky says that while other social divides are manageable, this one can lead to a fundamental breakdown in even a mature democracy. 
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