HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! Sam and the MR Crew are back to break down the biggest headlines coming out of the holidays, as well as what’s to come in 2023. Sam begins by running through updates on Russia’s expanding drone war in Ukraine, the final releases of the 1/6 Committee, Donald Trump’s tax returns, and the partisan polling behind 2022’s pre-election “Red Wave” narrative, also touching on an insulin cap for medicare. Then, he dives into Brazil’s election of Lula da Silva as President, walking through the mass coalition that elected him (and the countless numbers that showed up for his inauguration), as well as contrasting that with Bolsonaro’s arrival in Florida. Next, Sam and the crew discuss the ongoing House Leadership vote as Kevin McCarthy arrives on the floor, parsing through the various responses to the Freedom Caucus 5’s attempt to disrupt his candidacy and the institutional backlash seen on Fox, also taking on the complete absence of a policy-argument in this challenge, and what the Republican agenda actually is. Wrapping up, they zero in on New York politics, first tackling the continuing revelations around Congressman-elect George Santos, before exploring Gov. Hochul’s nomination of conservative Judge LaSalle, and the coming together of the New York left to collectively reject his nomination.
And in the Fun Half: Sam takes on the continued prevalence of anti-trans issues, even in the wake of this topic’s failure to act as a motivating force over the midterms, discussing Chaiya Raichik’s fear-mongering performance on Tucker Carlson, and tracing her roots back to another fundamentalist cult. Jacob from Alabama discusses the West Rock Paper Mill lockout and the lack of coverage around it, Alan from NC discusses the hypocrisy of the “genital mutilation” talking point, and Tim from Kansas calls in to discuss the COVID-deniers’ heartless response to Damar Hamlin’s shocking accident this weekend. They also tackle the attack on Librarians as a result of the transphobic stochastic terrorism on the right, discuss the ever-prominent fundamentalists and theocrats working for the GOP, and discuss Europe’s place in the movement for trans rights. Ayantu from Massachusetts expands on the recent interview about the Tigray War, the crew gives updates on the vote for Speaker of the House plus, your calls and IMs!
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