Episode

4/7 Casual Friday! TN Lawmakers Expelled, Matt Taibbi Faceplants w/ Alex Pareene & Jacob Silverman

April 7, 2023

It’s Casual Friday! Emma hosts Alex Pareene, Contributing Editor at the New Republic and proprietor of the AP newsletter on Substack, to round up a CRAZY week in news. Then, Emma’s joined by writer Jacob Silverman! First, Emma runs through updates on the threats to trans rights from the Supreme Court and Joe Biden, respectively, AOC on the impeachment of Clarence Thomas, Israel’s attacks on Palestinians observing Ramadan, a death row conviction being vacated, unemployment increases, and the outrageous $15 donation from the Judge in Trump’s NYC case, before parsing through the ousting of Justine Pearson and Justin Jones from the Tennessee statehouse for attempting to have a voice. Alex Pareene then joins as he and Emma walk through Donald Trump’s ongoing case in New York, the charges he’s facing, the impact it will (or won’t) have on the 2024 election, and why it reinforces his desire to regain the presidency. They also tackle this week’s results in Wisconsin’s special elections, and Scott Walker perfectly represents the GOP’s open warfare on the priorities and rights of young people, before they wrap up the interview by assessing Brandon Johnson’s victory in Chicago and what urban progressives can learn from it. Jacob Silverman also walks through the collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX, and what it tells us about the worlds of crypto and Big Tech writ large, before he and Emma dive into Matt Taibbi’s recent evisceration at the hands of Mehdi Hasan, and the absurdity of being a journalist that gets countless facts wrong and refuses to be critical with their sources.

And in the Fun Half: Emma and Bradley dive into AOC’s statements on Clarence Thomas’ corruption, and how Congress will move forwards, Fox ignites a brand new culture war: now in Two-Ply! They also touch on the coverage of Israel’s attacks on Al Aqsa mosque, plus, your IMs!

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