Sam and Emma speak with Ken Klippenstein, investigative reporter at the Intercept, to discuss his coverage of the World Economic Forum summit in Davos, Switzerland for his newsletter on SubStack. Emma and Sam begin by running through updates on yesterday making another mass shooting in a Californian Asian-American community, the Florida Supreme Court cementing the state’s abortion ban, the split within the Blue Dog Caucus, and the DOJ making Google the next anti-trust target, before diving deeper into the EPA struggling to turn it around since the Trump cuts to the agency, and Ruben Gallegos announcing his run against Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona. Ken Klippenstein then joins as he gets right into parsing through the weirdest takes on the Davos conference in Switzerland, from the “everything they say is right” to the “actually, they’re eating babies there,” before walking through how the conference sets up the appropriate networking opportunities to keep the world economies in line with the neoliberal model, espousing the inflation-blaming and anti-worker rhetoric that has dominated the US economic policy over Biden’s reign as a bellwether for the rest of the West ™. After briefly touching on the conference’s meaningless panel on quiet quitting, Ken, Emma, and Sam walk through Chris Coons’ role as a protectionist dove during a conversation about bringing jobs back to the Americas, exploring what “friend-shoring” entails and why it would be good for way more than just the US. Wrapping up the interview Ken takes on the ingratiation of two horrendous political actors (Henry Kissenger and Saudi Arabia) at the conference, and what that says about who Davos is for.
And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss Bernie’s upcoming return to his hometown of Brooklyn, the Blue Dogs Caucus splitting over their title (despite the existence of countless other “bipartisan” anti-democracy caucuses), and dive into Ron DeSantis dressing his racism in homophobic clothing. They also discuss the Good Liars’ appearance at the March for Life, Jordan Peterson launching the IDW’s newest educational accrediting grift, and Candace Owens asks us to pray for Crowder straying from god. Mark from Buffalo asks about YouTube’s right-wing, Sophia from Atlanta unpacks anti-immigration talking points, and Crowder continues his attack on the Daily Wire, plus, your calls and IMs!
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