Episode

12/8 Trump/GOP Flaunt Authoritarian Plans w/ Alex Pareene, Francesca Fiorentini

December 8, 2023

It’s Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with Alex Pareene, contributing editor at the New Republic, proprietor of the AP newsletter on SubStack, and co-host of the Politics of Everything podcast, to round up the week in news. Then, they’re joined by Francesca Fiorentini, host of the Bitchuation Room podcast! First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s ongoing assault on Gaza, the initiation following international law with future US military aid, the US economy, Hunter Biden getting charged with the SAME CRIMES as Al Capone, labor action with VW, SWaPo, DHL and educators, and the lies of the retail crime wave, before parsing through the recent devastating death of Refaat Alareer in the wake of Western Zionists putting a target on his back. Next, Alex Pareene joins as Sam and Emma force him to consider the recent GOP debate, assessing the rising star campaign of Nikki Haley (raising tens of millions for a few points of polling) and who the potential candidate would be if Steve Bannon’s theory of the bipartisan double assassination comes to fruition. Wrapping up, they explore how Mike Johnson is carrying forward the McCarthy torch of ineptitude, including the very same controversies as his aid package for Ukraine falls short. Francesca Fiorentini also joins, as she reflects on experiencing these last few months as a new mother, discusses the killer commentary coming from the other half of her household, and tackles the return of red scare politics to Hollywood. They conclude the free half with a brief analysis of Mike Johnson’s “I am Moses” moment, and Tim Pool’s difficulty in reconciling knowing nothing about women with hating everything about them.

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