5/19 The Debt Ceiling Fiasco, The Feinstein Fiasco, & Our Appalling Yemen Policy w/ Ryan Grim

May 19, 2023

It’s Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Ryan Grim, DC Bureau Chief at The Intercept, to round up the week in news. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the Democratic Leadership’s abuse of Dianne Feinstein, the Supreme Court, Disney pulling their jobs from Florida, and Machaela Cavanaugh and Megan Hunt continuing to kill it on the Nebraska Senate floor. Ryan Grim joins as he, Sam, and Emma reflect on the history of the Biden and Obama administrations in debt ceiling fights, and the complete fear that should be held when they “negotiate” with Republicans. They tackle the likelihood of Biden invoking the 14th for the debt ceiling and why McCarthy would secretly love that, actually, before touching on the elite musings about how useful a little economic crisis would be. They also discuss the corruption behind keeping Dianne Feinstein in her seat, as well as Rudy Giuliani’s pardon scheme, and the lack of substance in the Durham investigation. Wrapping up, Ryan parses through his recent article on the US’ voluntary involvement in Yemen, despite what they had us believe, the failures of proxy warfare, and why the US’ paranoia as a failing superpower is pushing against peace, inflamed by China’s active brokering of peace.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma discuss White Supremacist Marjorie Taylor Greene’s genuinely despicable denouncement of Jamaal Bowman, the reporting of an Illinois teacher to the police for having a single queer book, and the following politicization of it by the far-right. Matt Walsh and Michael Knowles theocratically fascist all over the place, and Megan Kelly comes for an already injured Fox News, plus, your calls and IMs!

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