Nov 17, 2023
Losing The Information War—The Weekly Roundup
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On Wednesday, President Joe Biden met with Chinese Leader Xi Jinping for the first time in a year after months of building tensions between the two countries.

On this weekly roundup, host Ron Steslow and guests Molly McKew (writer and lecturer on Russian influence and information warfare) and Zack Czajkowski (former Lincoln Project Political Director; Principal at Title Fight) discuss the meeting and how it connects to the Israel-Hamas war and Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Then they look at Joe Biden’s denial of the multiple battleground state polls showing Donald Trump leading in 2024

Next, they discuss Israel’s raid on a Hamas command center at Gaza’s largest hospital and the spiraling distrust in news media.

Segments this week:

(1:44) Biden-Xi Meeting

(28:18) Biden’s polling denial 

(47:30) Israel raids Hamas command center at Gaza hospital 

[Politicology+] Speaker of the House “MAGA Mike Johnson” working with Democrats to successfully avoid a government shutdown and what you really need to know about the strange flag prominently posted outside his office.

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Related reading:

Segment 1: 

AP News—Biden and Xi are meeting in San Francisco, seeking better US-China relations despite tough issues

Axios—Biden holds much-anticipated meeting with China's Xi

Axios—Chinese state media turns on the charm ahead of Biden-Xi meeting

Segment 2: 

C-SPAN—President Biden White House Departure | November 9, 2023 | C-SPAN.org

Bloomberg—Israel-Hamas War Has Voters Trusting Trump Over Biden in Key States: Poll - Bloomberg 


CNN—Joe Manchin won’t run for reelection, giving GOP an opening to flip West Virginia seat | CNN Politics

Axios—Manchin says he would consider 2024 presidential run

Segment 3: 

Reuters—Hamas command centre, weapons found at Gaza hospital, Israeli military says | Reuters

NYT—U.S. Says Hamas Operates Out of Gaza Hospitals, Endorsing Israel’s Allegations - The New York Times

BBC—Apologizing for error saying Israel was targeting medical teams during operation 

NYT—Israel Accuses Freelance Photographers of Advance Knowledge of Oct. 7 Attack - The New York Times

NBC—Throngs gather for March for Israel rally at D.C.’s National Mall to condemn antisemitism

FreeP—Metro Detroit Jews miss March for Israel due to bus driver walk-out, trip organizers say

The Atlantic—Hamas Must Go - The Atlantic

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