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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.


This week, Liz Preza and Joshua Holland talk about the police slaying of George Floyd, Kayleigh McEnany's impressive hypocrisy and Trump's latest authoritarian tantrum. 
Then we're joined by Brian Merchant, Senior Editor at OneZero, who read 16 books about how pandemics have given rise to states and cities, and says that we face a dangerous future but also one that offer real possibilities for creating more equitable societies. His piece is titled, "We Already Have a Blueprint for What Comes Next."
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This week Liz Preza and Joshua Holland talk about Trump's war on Inspectors General, a QAnon wackjob running for the United States Senate and red states cooking the books on their Coronavirus numbers even as they reopen over the warnings of public health experts. 
Then, as the official unemployment rate nears 20 percent, we're joined by Nicholas Rush Smith, a political scientist at the City University of New York, to talk about the looming unemployment crisis. Smith has studied the impact of high levels of long-term unemployment in South Africa, and he sees some warning signs that the rest of the world must heed. 
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This week, Joshua Holland talks to Heather "Digby" Parton about #Obamaghazi, the FBI investigating Sen. Richard Burr for insider trading (but not Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler), the phony debate over reopening the economy before we have the capacity to do so safely and other issues that came up during a very crazy week in Trump's America. 

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This week, Liz Preza and Joshua Holland talk about Republicans showing Democrats how to really rig a primary and look at the fabulous grifting opportunities that come to those who defy lockdown orders. 
Then we're joined by Richard Kreitner, author of  the upcoming book, BREAK IT UP: Secession, Division, and the Secret History of America’s Imperfect Union. Kreitner looked at the history of secessionist (and devolutionist) movements, which may be the only kind of revolution available to us. A timely book given that one of our two major parties has embraced the idea of sacrificing lives to stimulate the economy. 


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