Episode

4/18 The Judiciary Debacle, Child Labor Scandal, & The Fate Of Mifepristone

April 18, 2023

It’s News Day Tuesday! Sam catches up on some of the biggest stories of the day, as well as some he missed while he was out. First, he runs through updates on the launching of the Fox-Dominion trial, the Mifepristone ban, the GOP’s support for Dianne Feinstein, the WGA overwhelmingly authorizing a strike, the White House’s role in the recent Child Labor revelations, continuing gun violence in the US, Sudan’s ceasefire failing to materialize, and Karen Bass’ anti-homelessness project. Next, Sam dives a little deeper into the absurdity of allowing Dianne Feinstein to continue her reign, Samuel Alito putting the Mifepristone hold on hold, why his own precedents delegitimize the ban, and whether the Major Questions Doctrine will come into play, before touching on the potential next step for the conservative judiciary: trans healthcare. Then, he walks through a recent New York Times article on the rise of the right wing’s obsession with transphobia, why it (unsurprisingly) ignores the role of liberal institutions – such as the New York Times – in legitimizing this rise, and refuses to acknowledge the negative electoral impact this bigotry has had. Wrapping up the first half, Sam and the MR crew run through the White House’s role in the recent child labor crisis, the central role undocumented children play, and why Arkansas’ new child labor laws put migrant kids at risk.

And in the Fun Half: Amy from Oregon dives into the inside perspective on the science behind trans healthcare, Ron DeSantis releases a defensive ad in response to Trump’s attacks, Ben Shapiro worries that Elsa might be gay, and the right offers its first anti-monopoly stance: break up big beer! Eric from San Diego reflects on the 75th anniversary of the Nakba, San from Texas discusses the local impact of rising Christian Nationalism in politics, and Clark from Houston discusses the inflaming genocidal rhetoric from the right. Sam also touches on the Ali Alexander revelations, plus, your calls and IMs!

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