2016 was the year where politics as we knew it died. Two presidential candidates either won the nomination or came close with little help from their party or faced outright sabotage. The parties don't work for the people anymore and with the fractured bases of both major parties, it's looking downright unlikely they can recover with the current leaderships.
Rather than do no harm and push Congress to if not fix immigration, codify the DACA kids in legislation, Trump acted. But rather than be humane, he chose to be heinous. There's no walking this one back. (05:11)
This week Trump reversed a long held policy position by reversing on Afghanistan. What else could he reverse on? 04:15
Everything Trump does he does in pairs. Monday night we saw his rational reading of a speech void of details but full of old cliches. Tuesday night he'll wipe it all away with a free-for-all in Phoenix. Length: 4:00.
Trump claimed there were fine people on both sides in Charlottesville. Only a fraction of Congress has called him out for the comment but America's CEO's foreclosed on his moral bankruptcy. How do we effectively take him down?
Internet service provider DreamHost has been served a near unlimited search warrant to provide all personal data from a left-wing website in a fishing expedition challenging your 4th Amendment against unreasonable searches.
As Trump drops further in the polls so does his behavior and the number of people willing to support or work with him. Meanwhile, Bannon confesses to a liberal magazine.
What happened in this week's UK election is further proof that liberal populism is prevailing over the conservative's victory by austerity movements on both sides of the Atlantic. The group talked about the reasons for May's disMAYl election results, and how Corbyn took it to the roots and may have uprooted May for real. The rest of the podcast was spent on the Comey testimony and all the sneaky things McConnell and Ryan tried or managed to slip through while no one was watching.
Thanks to Mire from NOLA for jumping into the weekly gumbo!
Last week set the record for Trump making a bad decision, but what he wasn't counting on was the global coming together to unite against him. He's ended the days of America as Leader of the Free World and changed the image of America for the next several years.
We talk about the Paris pullout, rise of global liberalism, fall of British conservatism and major media events of the week.
Thanks Richard Ebbs for joining the podcast by way of Liverpool and Toronto. It's so much better to get perspectives beyond America's borders. The title speaks for itself so I won't delve into it here.
Glad I get this chance to correct something I said rather stupidly on the podcast. I was trying to make he point it's nice having another voice on the podcast versus me and Michele, Toni and Jane. The diversity I was trying to describe was just having a little more bass in the vocal mix. Everyone knows the women are the brains of this operation. Whew! #montana #G7 #fascism #personalitydisorders #impeachment #resignation #democrats #specialelections
Everyone says the same things, "I can't believe he said/did that", "There's more news in a day than there used to be in a week", "We're all afraid what he's gonna do next", etc.
Following what can only be described as Hell Week, Trump took off for the royal treatment in Saudi Arabia. The pageantry is sure to re inflate his deflated ego but it's doubtful that it can even last for the remainder of his trip. The bubble is going to pop eventually. Let's hope he's nowhere near the nuclear button.
Toni, Michele and Mary carry the discussion while Jane is out on "special assignment".
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Second week back and a second new voice on the podcast, Mary Alden-Allard joins Jane Perry, Toni Diego, Michele Happe and Chris for a tossup discussion of the past week's news and a look to the next.
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There's 47 levels of grief and reconciliation you have to go through after an election like 2016, but all good thing must also come to a beginning so here we are.
Happy to add a new voice and perspective this time with Jane from Sacramento. Should be even more in the coming weeks.
This podcast discusses the abomination passed by the Republican House this past week and what lies in store for the Democratic party. We also riffed on some lesser stories of the week because too much Trump talk is toxic.
Great to be back!
This is the third podcast in a series about the movement behind The Indivisible Guide. Everything in this podcast can be found at Indivisible .
Everything in this podcast can be found at Indivisible . This podcast is an introduction to Indivisible and a summary how it can be used.
There is no "one way" to take back our government, nor will liberals ever unite behind a single goal. What must happen though is a sustained loud noise without wavering. Everyone has one or more parts in making this happen from citizen/non-citizen to your 3 members of Congress.
In this Re-Grand Opening, the focus is on what the Senate can do. They know they can do something but history tells us when push comes to shove, Democrats too often chose to be pushed. No more!
This episode is dedicated to an Op-Ed piece "A Game Plan for Senate Democrats" by Sarah Binder, a professor of political science at George Washington University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. It appeared in the 2/10/17 New York Times
The time to hesitate it through
No time to wallow in the mire...
This week we face the facts, put on our long pants and marching boots and launch the first volleys at the orangeatang.
Here is the Rick Perlstein article Michele mentions: Meet The Press
From The Nation magazine, 5 Practical Principles to Guide Our Work Under Trump
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Anytime is the right time to get serious about your relationship with food, but for some reason, it's a timely topic during the Nov-Dec food fest we call "the holidays".
Michele Happe began her work with addiction with Dr. Judi Hollis, a vanguard in the fields of alcohol addiction and food obsession.
This episode is an informal discussion about our relationship with food and how to develop a livable relationship with what we eat, why we eat and how much. Whether you have an issue with your weight or are just curious about the subject, you'll enjoy this discussion on food and eating. Judy and Michele talk about eating attachment and how the concepts have changed over the past 50 years. They also discuss the similarities and differences between Alcoholics Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous.
Find out more, or post your questions on the Judi Hollis website. Be sure to check out her book "Fat Is A Family Affair", now in its 2nd edition. Of course, you can also discuss here or on the IMT Facebook page.
The Democrats now know why they lost and the goal is clear, they have to win back voters and get them to the polls. They have 3 distinct choices to get there, or they can find some combination of them.
One thing for sure, they need fresh faces in Congressional leaders. The old guard has got to go. Just as rural Americans voted for Trump, not so much what he said he was going to do, but just to send a message to America, something different is needed.
We discuss this at length and debate why Tim Ryan should replace Nancy Pelosi. Perhaps this floor speech from 2006 will convince you, he's the firebrand we need at this crucial time.
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There are many good opinion pieces being written in the near post-election days about the looming battle among GOP establishment, Conservative hardliners and shameless Trump lackey wannabes. They're coming from both sides and they all strike a similar tone that doesn't bode well for Trump.
Also in these post-election times, news sources are coming out of the woodwork. Russian hacking is epidemic and it's hard to tell truth from lies. You'll get some good tips how to recognize it.
To close, Samantha Bee made a call to action regarding Paul Ryan's comment about not being aware of the 400+ hate crime incidents since the President he endorsed but didn't support was elected. Sam suggests we all print out a story and mail it to the address shown below.
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The GOP and Trump's appointments
The triumphant GOP is mired in crisis after crisis
Fake News, How to Avoid It
We're back after a 3 week hiatus for our collective mental health. In this last podcast before the election we make our predictions and discuss the constantly changing dynamics of what's now a surreal electoral situation.
We're starting to turn a new corner and get into more cultural/social issues and put politics on the back burner. Michele, our resident mental health professional, has been interested in the connection between poverty and mental illness. We talk about how it's handled in other countries who make it a priority. Two of the sources she talks about this week are:
Poverty Can Lead to Mental Illness (NPR) and
Finally one last plea to get out an vote if you haven't already.
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Keeping up with Trump revelations is exhausting. By late October, he'll be caught whacking it outside a nunnery. There are not many places left for this thing to go that don't involve kids or cannibalism. We wait, miserably, for the dong shot. ~Matt Taibbi
This week is devoted solely to women's issues and how they have shaped the last weeks of the campaign from hell.
The VP debates turned out to be an event despite the major pundit predictions of a snooze-fest. Who won is determined by your criteria preference being either style (Pence) or substance (Kaine). As hurricane Matthew surges towards the U.S. no one seems to want to mention the climate change elephant in the room. Lastly, after having written off Clinton in Ohio, she's back leading in some polls mostly because Trump can't keep his cake-hole shut and is making some blue collar voters think twice.
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ToniD fills in for Bill this week as she, Michelle and Chris dissect the debate, ponder Trump's trauma and decide that it's only going to double down in the second debate. For the 3rd party people consider it perfectly sane to vote Green, seriously. The reasons are many in this article by Paul Street. Please, stop fretting over der Donald's neofascist nightmare. Now's not the time, but it is the time to not get distracted from true progressive issues.
I heard this discussion the day after we made the podcast on BBC World Service "Challenging America's Two Party System" and hope everyone gives it a listen. Great panel including Lawrence Lessig.
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