Episode

11/16 CBO Score Purgatory

November 16, 2021

Sam and Emma break down what’s to come in the week in news, from the reconciliation negotiations on the Hill, to updates on labor, the courts, and climate. They begin by covering the religious reaction to Universal Pre-K’s non-discrimination requirement, and the news that September was a record-breaking month in terms of workers quitting jobs that simply did not appreciate their labor. They move forward to take on the upcoming Build Back Better bill, hopefully, to be signed in the coming days, and look through the new and old money piled into the investment in our public infrastructure, parsing through the policies around upgrading our electricity grid, interstate rails, broadband, climate resiliency, and “expanding transportation projects,” as well as getting into the incredible vagueness of those last two elements. Next, they look at the recent NYT report on a 2019 bombing in Syria in which the US massacred upwards of 80 women and children, before frantically working over the past two years to cover it up, as an Air Force lawyer unsuccessfully sought higher and higher backing for the necessary investigation. Sam and Emma look at the type of reporting that is relevant to this story, as well as what kind of reaction could be seen in the House and the Senate, and dive into the recent leak that surprised nobody, confirming that the Trump administration did, indeed, seek to undermine their own CDC as they attempted to manage their image in the run-up to the election.

And in the Fun Half: Nomiki joins Sam and Emma as they discuss lead poisoning in US infrastructure, particularly in NYC, before Matty from Oregon calls in with one of the most interesting calls of the year, exploring his upbringing under a Right-Wing talk show host and how he and his siblings worked out of the shadows after leaving home. Laura Ingraham struggles to remember when her vaccine fear-mongering covered measles, and the MR crew discusses the insane stupidity of the Right’s “coded language” from “Let’s go Brandon” to Dick Morris having the gall to make fun of the genitalia in Pete Buttigieg’s name. Manuel from the Dominican Republic also touches on the severe abuses of Haitian people in the DR’s turn to the Right, plus, your calls and IMs!

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