Episode

3/22 Injustice In Phoenix; Biden Lets Medicaid Roll Back w/ Meg O’Connor & Kathy Hempstead

March 22, 2023

Sam and Emma host Meg O’Connor, senior reporter with The Appeal, to discuss her recent piece “POLICE KILLED HIS SON. PROSECUTORS CHARGED THE TEEN’S FRIENDS WITH HIS MURDER.”. Then, they’re joined by Kathy Hempstead, senior policy advisor at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to discuss the impending unwinding of Medicaid continuous enrollment benefits. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on DeSanctis floundering in a theoretical primary, Twitter’s antisemitism problem, TikTok’s CEO’s testimony, new anti-trans legislation in Arkansas and Georgia, and the author of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill pleading guilty to PPP fraud, before diving into Tucker Carlson’s musings on the potential arrest of Donald Trump. Next, Meg O’Connor dives right into the story of the murder of Jacob Harris, parsing through the Phoenix Police’s 12 hours of surveillance of Harris, 19, and three of his friends – some as young as 14 – the deletion of the Police Department’s internal communication from that period, and the charging of his compatriots with his murder. Stepping back, O’Connor walks through the robbery investigations by the Phoenix PD that led to this surveillance, why the complete lack of probable cause forced the police to delay any confrontation until the last possible moment, and how careless their ultimate approach to the situation was, before they wrap up by reflecting on how Phoenix prosecutors were able to turn the 11 bullets fired by their Police into the fault of his friends. Kathy Hempstead then runs Sam and Emma through what Medicaid’s impending breakdown actually entails, the role of joint Federal/State funding, and why dismantling this system is drastically more costly than keeping it in place.

And in the Fun Half: Emma and the MR Crew tackle the absurdity of the Ted Lasso performance at the White House Press Briefing, Marcus from Ohio calls in to debate gun control and assess the constant threats to private life, and Nikki Haley incorporates China hawkery into her defense of wokeness being more dangerous than COVID. Tusli continues her anti-trans grift, Alyssa from North Dakota reflects on her political environments, and Alex Jones, Stephen Crowder ask Trump to calm down the incitement while also claiming “what incitement?” Kowalski from Nebraska also calls in, plus, your calls and IMs!

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