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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, Donald Trump floated the idea of postponing the election. Liz Preza and Joshua Holland kick off the show with some thoughts about his mental health and the politics of distraction. 
 
Then we're joined by Imani Gandy, Rewire.news's senior editor for law and policy, to talk about the future of the Court, pundits' double-standard when it comes to "overly ambitious" women like Kamala Harris and the moral panic over "cancel culture."
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Elizabeth Preza and Joshua Holland kick off this week's show looking at how a perfect storm of factors unique to 2020 is cursing us with the worst political punditry in memory.

 

Then we're joined by Princeton University historian Julian Zelizer to discuss his new book, Burning Down The House: Newt Gingrich, The Fall of a Speaker, and The Rise of The New Republican Party. Zelizer details how the career of firebrand former Speaker Newt Gingrich helped usher in the hyperpolarized environment in which a clearly unqualified crackpot like Donald Trump could take over one of America's two major parties. 

 

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This week, Liz Preza and Joshua Holland kick off the show by marveling at the substantive and political madness of the crackpots in the Trump regime attacking their own top infectious disease expert.
 
Then we're joined by Matt Robison to talk about his AlterNet piece, "Here’s why re-opening schools before next spring will be a disaster." Matt took a hard look at the arguments for re-opening schools and found that they all fall apart on close inspection.
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This week, Liz Preza and Joshua Holland talk about Trump's Supreme Court appointees standing for the rule of law, and experience some déjà vu over another mind-bogglingly ridiculous debate over re-opening schools in the midst of a raging pandemic. 
 
Then we're joined by David Neiwert, a Daily Kos contributor and veteran journalist covering the fringe right. David gives us a first-person view of the recently disbanded Seattle occupation known as CHOP, and talks about the Boogaloo Bois and other wingnut militias, and their potential for violence in November. 
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