6/18 Manchin’s Quid No Quo & the Limits of Racial Democracy w/ Alex Pareene & This Is Revolution

June 18, 2021

Sam and Emma host Alex Pareene, staff writer at the New Republic, to discuss the week’s top stories including Biden’s first foreign policy trip to the G7, Manchin’s voting rights bill, and the endless revolving infrastructure negotiations.  Alex, Emma, and Sam start with the Manchin leak, in which he requests some quid pro quo help from his favorite billionaires, and look into Roy Blunt’s response to the call out and McConnell’s role in inspiring Manchin’s bipartisan fetish, before they touch on Manchin finally acknowledging that the 60-vote filibuster threshold was, indeed, not ordained by God, and ponder the question of where the leak came from. They also touch on the ancient neoliberal contradiction of public-private partnerships, and the important role Bernie Sanders is taking on in the infrastructure negotiations. Sam and Emma round out the first half by discussing MSNBC’s refusal to voluntarily recognize the recently announced union and contextualize it within a greater movement of media unions, and then take a look at Tucker Carlson’s masterful attempt to both back away from and further circulate his claim regarding FBI informants on Jan 6th.

Then Jason Myles and Pascal Robert of This is Revolution join to discuss the paradox of the new Juneteenth holiday, the limits of racial democracy in the face of wealth inequality, Biden’s black trauma gravy train, the black voting bloc superstructure and patronage network, and more.

And in the Freebie Friday Fun Half: Louie Gohmert wants answers on FBI involvement in January 6 but no investigation or commission, Barbara Lee and Ilhan Omar speak about ending the 200 AUMF, Roy Blunt’s dialectical determinism, plus your IMs!

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