Episode

4/19 Avoiding Israel’s Regional War; GOP House Slow Motion Meltdown & More w/ Jeet Heer

April 19, 2024

It’s Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with Jeet Heer, national affairs correspondent for The Nation, to round up the week in news. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on Israel’s retaliation against Iran, the US veto of UN Membership for Palestine, Trump’s legal woes, the State Department’s internal reports of Israel’s human rights violations, Mike Johnson’s foreign aid failures, Columbia University’s crackdown on student protesters, FISA, and RFK’s candidacy, before watching Kevin O’Leary continue his campaign as Trump’s PR Rep for New York-based legal battles. Jeet Heer then joins, diving right into Israel’s ongoing campaign to drag the US into a regional conflict, first walking through the obvious signs before this past week, and touching on the telling parallels with the proxy warfare that led up to World War I, before looking at the major role both Bibi Netanyahu as an individual, and the Israeli government writ large play in pushing this conflict expansion to galvanize support from the political apparatuses backing them. After walking through the context for the US’ veto of Palestinian membership to the UN, and our insistence on walking this road of wholehearted Genocide Denial alone, Jeet, Sam, and Emma parse through the horrifying developments out of Columbia University as the university President had over 100 students arrested for peaceful protest. They also discuss the threat of a Trump presidency, the GOP’s insistence on pretending they don’t want to ban abortion (despite their myriad ongoing attempts to ban abortion), and wrap up with a brief assessment of Mike Johnson’s job security.

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