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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.

February 12, 2021

Senate expert explains why the Democrats must kill the filibuster this year

We kick off this week's show with a look at what should be another blockbuster story of corruption during the Trump regime, when senior political appointees at William Barr's Department of Justice allegedly obstructed justice to protect Rudy Giuliani even as he sought to overturn Trump's loss.  
 
Then we're joined by Adam Jentleson, a former staffer for then-Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid and the author of Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy. Jentleson argues that Senate Republicans will leave Democrats no choice but to reform the filibuster if they want to compete in a functional democracy. 
 
Then we speak with Keshav Poddar, a recent Yale Law School grad who has a simple but ingenious idea for how Democrats can keep a progressive agenda from being killed by a Supreme Court that Trump packed with conservative ideologues. 
 
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