Episode

5/26 Biden’s Debt Ceiling Cave-In & Writers Vs AI w/ David Dayen & David Feldman

May 26, 2023

It’s Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host David Dayen, executive editor at the American Prospect to round up the week in news. Then, they’re joined by David Feldman of The David Feldman Show!

First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the debt ceiling debacle, Trump’s masterful classified document gambit, Gov. Waltz stopping Minnesota’s legislative roll dead, and the corruption of Ken Paxton, before parsing through the Supreme Court’s dismantling of the EPA’s clean water act and the future it warns for the Chevron Doctrine. David Dayen then joins as he, Sam, and Emma walk through the ongoing non-negotiations that are also totally not about the debt ceiling, from why Democratic leadership is continuing to speak one way and act another, to the potential roles of a continuing resolution or sequester tactic. They also dive into the lawsuit against Biden and Yellen filed by a Boston Federal Employees’ Union, and why Biden will ultimately have to break a law (whether constitutional or congressional is up to him), before watching AOC’s response to Democrats legitimizing McCarthy’s tactics, and assessing the “red lines” of either party in this negotiation. David Feldman trades barbs with Sam and Emma before Sam realizes they’re just speaking to a computer.

And in the Fun Half: MR Emeritus (MR-itus?) Brendan Finn calls in to reflect on his time with MR and offer up Sam 72 boys to mentally train, the MR crew assesses DeSantis’ presidential tact now that he’s actually announced and Trump’s response to said announcement. They also touch on why the media refuses to cover Biden’s horrifying immigration policy, and touch on progressive arguments on the future of debt forgiveness, plus, your calls and IMs!

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