Happy Valentine’s Day! Sam and Emma break down the biggest headlines of the day, running through updates on this weekend’s mass shooting at Michigan State, the slowing consumer price increases, the revelations coming out of East Palestine, Biden nominating his 100th Federal Judge, Starbucks being punished for union busting, and Israel’s protests over Netanyahu’s abuses of the Judicial branch, before diving deeper into Nikki Haley’s Presidential run. Next, they parse through the discourse around the Norfolk Southern train derailment in East Palestine, with the catastrophe coming just months out from the US Federal Government stepping in to break a freight rail strike, as US freight companies cut down on their workforce, making fewer people work longer hours on bigger trains, before Sam and Emma tackle the lobbying of the Trump Administration to reverse break requirements of freight lines, which further emphasized the externalized cost of freight rail deregulation. Shifting into an Ohio-specific lens, Sam and Emma walk through the responses of Governor DeWine and Senator JD Vance as they tiptoe around the severe regulatory and labor issues at hand, pointing their fingers at woke EPA policies and a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that is still waiting for Ohio to actually request aid.
And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Rep. Maxwell Frost absolutely nail his appearance on the House Oversight Committee, Biden nailing down the GOP on Social Security during the State of the Union and why we still can’t trust them, and the GOP’s bigoted and violent legislation against trans Americans. Patrick from Pelham Bay also walks through Brett Weinstein’s most recent quackery promotion, Rin from California dives into the GOP’s turn to fascism, and Hua from Raleigh talks about internal dysfunction and corruption at the EPA. Jordan Peterson wishes men had more at stake to stop them from assaulting women, plus, your calls and IMs!
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