3318 – Gauging Iran’s Response To Israel; FISA Passes House, Spying Intact w/ Matt Duss

It’s News Day Tuesday! But first, Sam and Emma speak with Matt Duss, executive vice president at the Center for International Policy, to discuss the events of the past weekend involving Iran & Israel. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Trump’s legal woes, Israel’s ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, the New York Times’ anti-Palestinian bias, the House GOP’s conflicted agenda, DOJ anti-trust, and SCOTUS’ recent attack on protest, before exploring reports on how Trump’s hush money case is devastatingly interfering in his personal life. Matt Duss then joins, first parsing through the context for Iran’s retaliation against Israel, including the consistent communication between Iran and the US, and clear intent from Iran to deescalate in the wake of their attack on Israeli military facilities, before touching on the conflict between the genuine threat of rising tensions in the region and the understanding that this response could have been much worse. After briefly touching on the role that this Iran-Israel affair plays in Bibi Netanyahu’s attempt to cling to power (and Israel’s attempt to maintain international legitimacy), they shift to the US perspective, exploring the complete failure of Biden’s approach to Israel’s genocidal and offensive campaign, and what it has done to undermine his ability to reestablish (or even maintain) an international rules-based order. Sam and Emma wrap up the first half by diving into the ongoing attempt by the House to reauthorize FISA’s expansion of the surveillance state.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Mike Johnson maintain a brave facade in the face of his party’s insanity, chat with a Tesla worker, and watch Clay Travis and Buck Sexton walk through their plan to get Trump off (of his criminal charges). Annie Fitzgerald calls in to discuss her campaign for State House in Washington’s 38th District, Matthew from Oregon on the hypocrisy of Israel’s rhetoric, and John Hagee reiterates Christian Theocrats’ support for Israel. Aaron Rodgers goes full conspiracy brain in an honest vocalization of why someone would support RFK, and Ronald Raygun asks some important questions about David Pakman’s role in things, plus, your calls and IMs!

 

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