Nov 24, 2023
More Than a Messaging Problem—The Weekly Roundup
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On Tuesday, Israel approved a short-term ceasefire in exchange for the return of hostages being held captive by Hamas in Gaza. 

On this weekly roundup, host Ron Steslow and guests Mike Madrid (Lincoln Project cofounder) and Hagar Chemali (Former spokesperson for the U.S. Mission to the UN) discuss the deal, Hamas’s wide reaching financial empire, and the fight against jihad.

Then they look at the challenges facing Joe Biden as he heads toward reelection, the policy failure hurting him with Latino voters, and why messaging alone won’t fix the problems

Next, they discuss Sam Altman’s firing and rehiring at OpenAI and the tension between rapid commercialization and extreme caution over the risks AI poses to humanity.

Segments this week:

(02:30) Israel-Hamas

(22:03) Democrats’ problems run deeper than messaging 

(47:30) OpenAI and tensions over the speed of commercialization

[Politicology+] Donald Trump becoming even more unhinged, the stakes in the 2024 election, and the challenge of building an anti-Trump coaltion…again.

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Related reading:

Segment 1: 

Axios - Israeli Cabinet meets to vote on deal with Hamas on hostage release and ceasefire

The Economist - Inside Hamas’s sprawling financial empire

WP - Opinion | Joe Biden: U.S. won’t back down from the challenge of Putin and Hamas - The Washington Post

WP - U.S. close to deal with Israel and Hamas to pause conflict, free some hostages - The Washington Post

FP - Why Western Women Are Converting to Islam | The Free Press

Quillette - The Return of the Progressive Atrocity

Segment 2: 

NYT - Biden Faces Economic Challenges as Cost-of-Living Despair Floods TikTok - The New York Times

The Dispatch - Support for Israel Is Costing Biden. But for How Long? - Chris Stirewalt - The Dispatch

CNN - CNN Poll: Trump narrowly leads Biden in hypothetical rematch | CNN Politics

NYT/Siena College Cross tabs -Cross-Tabs: October 2023 Times/Siena Poll of the 2024 Battlegrounds

Segment 3: 

The Atlantic - The Money Always Wins - The Atlantic

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