Sep 1, 2023
“A New Club Of Thugs”— The Weekly Roundup
Play • 1 hr 15 min

What will BRICS expansion mean for the United States? 

Is your pension paying for China’s aircraft carriers? 

How did China spend four years conducting an influence campaign on the biggest social media platforms before they were caught?

Why do Republican voters think Donald Trump has the best chance at beating Joe Biden in 2024?

Join our host, Ron Steslow, as he explores the latest political news with this week’s guests: Mike Madrid (Lincoln Project cofounder) and Hagar Chemali (Former spokesperson for the U.S. Mission to the UN).

Segments to look forward to:

(02:44) The BRICS Summit and expansion

(08:01) Breaking down the biggest news about the U.S. China Relationship 

(12:44) China’s real estate market crisis 

(22:40) Is your pension fueling the Chinese military and surveillance state? 

(35:30) Meta executes its largest ever removal of accounts linked to a four-year-long Chinese influence campaign 

(:50) Why Republicans Don’t want to be saved by Donald Trump 

[Politicology+] How Artificial Intelligence will shape our elections and be a tool for bad actors on the world stage.

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Related reading:

Segment 1: 

CBS News—The 4 biggest moments from this week's BRICS summit — and why they matter - CBS News

CNN—BRICS expansion is a big win for China. But can it really work as a counterweight to the West? | CNN

CNN—China's Xi unexpectedly skipped a key BRICS event. No one is saying why

CNBC—China's property giant Evergrande files for bankruptcy protection in Manhattan court

WP—Opinion | Rep. Mike Gallagher: U.S. investment in problematic Chinese companies has to stop - The Washington Post

NYT—Meta’s ‘Biggest Single Takedown’ Removes Chinese Influence Campaign - The New York Times

SCMP—Republican candidates talk ‘tough on China’ as Trump skips first debate

Segment 2: 

NYT—The Thing Is, Most Republicans Really Like Trump - The New York Times

Jonathan Last—Joe the Plumber and Partisan Schadenfreude

The Atlantic—The Fourteenth Amendment Fantasy

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