Episode

2/6 Boeing’s Falling Apart & Trump’s Immigration Gift w/ Katya Schwenk

February 6, 2024

It’s News Day Tuesday! Sam and Emma speak with journalist Katya Schwenk, to discuss her recent reporting on Boeing published in The Lever. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Blinken’s visit to the Middle East, Amnesty International’s report on Israel’s murders in the West Bank, the dearth of evidence of actual UNRWA involvement in October 7th, Michigan Democrats’ action against Biden’s Gaza policy, the GOP’s immigration bill fiasco, the Mayorkas impeachment, Harlan Crow’s suspect finances, college student unions, and another corrupt funder of Eric Adams’ mayoral campaign, also parsing through Mayor Abdullah Hammoud of Dearborn, Michigan’s statements on voters’ and Arab-Americans’ issues with Joe Biden. Katya Schwenk then joins, diving right into the most recent Boeing scandal, kicking off this January when the door panel blew out in an Alaska Airlines flight over Portland, and how it put the spotlight back on Boeing’s string of fatal crashes at the end of the 2010s, before briefly touching on the (nonexistent) role DEI played in these malfunctioning. Stepping back, Schwenk dives into Boeing’s launch of a new Max 737 in 2018 despite internal awareness of various software issues, the company’s skirting of certain federal regulations, and their eventual (minimal) fraud charges from Trump’s DOJ during his final weeks in office, also exploring the DOJ’s eventual agreement to drop charges if the company met compliance over the next three years – a period that ended just two days after the recent Alaska Airlines emergency landing. Expanding on this, Katya looks at the reassessment of this deal between Boeing and the US Government, and whether the obvious continuation of Boeing’s unregulated production issues will be called into question, or if the US will continue to allow a major US company to skirt regulation, before wrapping up, by walking Sam and Emma through the major financial success of Boeing. Sam and Emma also dive into the collapse of Biden’s immigration deal with the GOP, and parse through each side of the bipartisan opposition to the Biden Administration’s “Trump-Era policy.”

And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Dave Rubin use racism to back his racism, Tim from Chicago shines a light on a MAJOR blind spot heading into the 2024 election, and a Syrian student from Germany explores the major issues with the monolithic representation of Islamist movements in Western media. Ronald Raygun provides great commentary on Biden’s ongoing immigration deal fiasco, plus, your calls and IMs!

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