It’s Casual Friday! Sam is joined by Heather Digby Parton, contributing writer at Salon.com and proprietor of the blog Hullabaloo, to round up the week in news. First, Sam runs through updates on the passage of a continuing resolution, Israel’s blackout of Gaza, mass starvation amid Israel’s blockade and bombardment, the UAW’s contract, George Santos’ reelection bid, Donald Trump’s various trial schedules, Florida’s drag ban, the Pentagon’s audit, the FBI vs. Eric Adams, and US-China relations, before touching on the unsurprising lack of evidence that resulted from Israel’s raid on Al Shifa hospital (despite their hand in building the very bunkers they sought). Digby then jumps into the role of the Heritage Foundation in attempting to bolster the agenda of the Trump campaign heading into 2024, seeking to professionalize the administration at a much more prolific level than his previous term, and furthering the fascist takeover of the entire US administrative state, before touching on the particular strains of American fascism. They also parse through updates from the House with Mike Johnson’s term coming into full swing, James Comer’s meltdown, Nancy Mace’s theatrics, and Chip Roy’s oddly hollow plea. Wrapping up, they discuss the recent story on AIPAC’s planned tsunami of anti-progressive campaign funding, what (if anything) Hakeem Jeffries is prepared to do to protect his party members, and the apt comparison between AIPAC’s current role in the DNC and the NRA’s former glory within the party.
And in the Fun Half: Sam watches Fox’s The Five dive into the deep conspiracy that gave us “Black Disabled Santa” and “Gay Nutcracker,” Tim Pool “doesn’t believe” that he was actually an influence on Paul Pelosi’s attacker (so humble), and Josh from New York parses through his own evolution in unlearning the cognitive dissonance of Zionism. Kyle from Brooklyn dives into Germany’s concerning policy discussions, Batty from Cincinnati dives into rescuing voters from disillusionment, and Tucker, Candace, and Charlie Kirk finally give away the game on the anti-semitism behind their White supremacy, plus, your calls and IMs!
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