Episode

11/21 Builders Of Al Shifa Tunnel, What’s Next For Argentina, And Latest Voting Rights Attack W/ Jacob Sugarman

November 21, 2023

It’s News Day Tuesday! But first, Sam and Emma speak with Jacob Sugarman, lifestyle editor at the Buenos Aires Herald and writer at The Nation, to discuss Javier Milei’s recent victory in Argentina’s presidential election. First, Sam and Emma react to the absolute shock from the crew over at “The Daily”, the New York Times podcast, and CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, that Israel could’ve potentially constructed the tunnels under Al-Shifa hospital that Hamas is supposedly using to conduct their operations in Gaza. Then, Jacob returns to the program to react to Javier Milei’s resounding victory in the presidential race in Argentina. Jacob runs through how Milei, while slightly underperforming in the general election, received a groundswell of coalition support from the right to catapult him to victory in the runoff against his opponent Sergio Massa. Jacob, while not wanting to make too broad of a comparison between Argentinian and American politics, does see Milei’s coalition support on the right as analogous to the wagon circling that took place within in the GOP under Trump. Jacob runs through some of Milei’s policy prescriptions and oddities (like…potentially tapping his sister to be first lady), and then Emma has Jacob run through why, contrary to certain political victories recently by the left in countries such as Brazil and Chile, Argentina’s left has proved itself to be rather anemic. Jacob also runs through some of the broad strokes of context of the political movement of the Peronists, and whether or not the party itself continues to have any viability after Milei’s resounding victory. After Jacob jumps off, Sam and Emma break down the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals taking another stab at gutting the Voting Rights Act, this time going after Section 2, making it more difficult for voting rights groups and other entities to file legal challenges against discriminatory voting practices.

And in the Fun Half, the MR Crew reacts to Sen. Markwayne Mullin, fresh off his potential title bout against Teamsters President Sean O’Brien, going on Fox Business to explain that, actually, Gazans don’t live in a ghetto and could go anywhere they want if they’d just endure entering and exiting checkpoints! (Is that right?). Sam and Emma then check in on Nikki Haley’s race for 2nd place, which includes getting owned by a girl at one of her rallies who, contrary to Nikki’s wishes, is just wearing her campaign merch because it was free. Mike Lindell puts himself up (again) to be RNC Chair if Trump gives him the call, and then Sam, Emma and the MR Crew really go into the Right Wing Freak Swamp for some fun: Dave Rubin’s reactions to the Ben Shapiro/Candace Owens spat, and Tim Pool coming to the ardent defense of…Marvel movies. Plus, your calls & IM’s!

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