3369 – AIPAC Wins In New York; Assange Returns Home w/ Ryan Grim

It’s Hump Day! Sam and Emma speak with Ryan Grim, D.C. Bureau Chief at The Intercept and co-host of Counter Points, to discuss Jamaal Bowman’s loss in last nights NY-16 Democratic primary, and Julian Assange’s plea deal. First, Sam runs through updates on yesterday’s primaries, social media disinformation policy, aid to Gaza, Oklahoma’s separation of church and state, Biden’s pardoning of vets convicted of having gay sex as recently as 2013, Mayor Eric Adams’ questionable trips to China, and Trump-Biden polling, before parsing through some $15mln worth of reasons why George Latimer beat Jamaal Bowman, and the reactions from both candidates coming out of the race. Ryan Grim then joins, first helping to expand on the Latimer-Bowman conversation, the role AIPAC played in the battle (and where they might have gone wrong, despite their ultimate success), and how Bowman and the squad have influenced AIPAC’s fight, also briefly previewing the upcoming battle facing Cori Bush in St. Louis. Next, Grim and Sam look at the recent pardoning of Julien Assange, the absurd conversation still lingering around his whistleblowing, what this development means for freedom of the press, and what to make of Assange’s role in media and politics both looking back and to the future.

And in the Fun Half: Sam previews tomorrow’s presidential debate, including some of the major narratives the Right is pushing heading into it, talks with Malachi from Boston about the Presidential election and harm reduction, and parses through JD Vance’s A+ audition for Trump’s VP pick. Mehdi Hasan eviscerates Dean Phillips over voting to sanction the ICC and RELATIVES of ICC members, Mom’s for Liberty continues the struggle to define “woke” without obvious bigotry, and Anthony from LA asks Sam’s take on racism and reparations in Israel and the US. Oochie Wally calls in from St. Louis, plus, your calls and IMs!

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