Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines as the midterm elections approach this evening. Plus, they’re joined by Amjad Iraqi, editor at 972 Magazine, to give us the state of play of what happened with the Israeli elections. First, Emma and Sam run through updates on Donald Trump’s buildup to another presidential run, midterm early voter suppression attempts and the efforts to fight back, and early talk of potential Zelensky-Russia negotiations, before diving deeper into Tucker’s recent expert coverage on why John Fetterman must die. Amjad Iraqi then joins as he gets right into assessing the recent election of perhaps both the furthest right and most stable government in Israeli history, before he steps back a few years to discuss the developments in Israeli politics that led us here, walking through the last decade of affiliation being defined around one’s support of Netanyahu, despite rampant conservative beliefs even among the anti-Bibi coalition. After tackling the fermentation and growth of far-right Israeli politics – across the spectrum of Zionists –during the Bibi years, they parse through the fracturing of the Joint List alliance of the four Arab-majority parties and the role liberal Zionists played in the issue, as well as assessing the state of the labor and left parties in Israel. Jumping further back, they tackle the lasting reactionary impulses in the wake of the Second Intifada and the bolstered Islamophobia of the aughts and how it set the stage for Bibi’s right to rise, and wrap up by exploring the central role of the Israeli judiciary in the current political moment.
And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss the Democratic funding of Don Bolduc, Matt Walsh appears on Joe Rogan to show off his expertise (it is neither in queer psychology nor counting), and JR Majewski challenges Tim Ryan and Nancy Pelosi. James from Fort Worth discusses the employment of teachers ON election day, Sam from Youngstown grapples with his pessimism regarding tonight, Hunter from Atlanta discusses felon disenfranchisement, and Mike and Daniel from NY and Austin expand on midterm discussions, plus, your calls and IMs!
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