6/2 Debt Deal Kabuki & The Trump/DeSantis Tango w/ Alex Pareene & Adam Conover

June 2, 2023

It’s Casual Friday! Sam and Emma host Alex Pareene, Contributing Editor at the New Republic and proprietor of the AP newsletter on Substack, to round up the week in news. Then they are joined by comedian and writer Adam Conover to give an update on the WGA writers strike. First, Sam runs through updates on the debt ceiling, labor updates across the US, Biden’s student loan forgiveness, Georgia’s Trump investigation, and Ron DeSantis’ continuing embarrassments, also touching on the Right’s most recent super secret documents that will definitely nail the Biden family this time! Alex Pareene then dives right into assessing how much this debt ceiling could’ve been avoided if Democrats weren’t obsessed with publicity and crisis politics and had just passed it in December, walking through the myriad legislative shortcomings from Biden and Democratic leadership since the first separation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure bill from Build Back Better. Alex and Sam wrap up by tackling the GOP primary, and whether every single Republican hopeful might just be praying for a Trump conviction. Adam Conover then talks Sam through updates on the writers’ strike as it reaches its fifth week, tackling the scope of the issues – from the gigification of the job to the labor threat of AI – and exploring why the Film and TV CEOs are so intent on breaking age-old norms of how to make good products just to save a few bucks. Wrapping up, Adam walks through the Guild’s proposals and the value of both intra-union and inter-union solidarity.

And in the Fun Half: Sam and the MR Crew discuss Trump’s claims that going-anti-woke makes you go broke, admire Donald’s fine tiptoeing of the vaccine-denial line, and explore Chick-Fil-A’s decision to go woke! Markwayne Mullin boldly asks “Why not just replace actual education with religion,” and Redford in Dallas parses through an upcoming real estate crisis, plus, your calls and IMs!

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