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Progressive Wisconsin Representative Mark Pocan joins Thom to discuss with callers the political strategies available contingent on the Georgia Senate runoff races and the political futures they predict. Will Kamala Harris be the first Vice-President in many decades to assume her Constitutional position of President of the Senate and overrule Mitch McConnell's perpetual obstruction?

Justice Matters with Glenn Kirschner
Justice Matters with Glenn Kirschner
Glenn Kirschner
Supreme Court Dismisses Emoluments Lawsuits. So Let's Add "Emoluments" to Trump Crimes Commission
Attorneys General of Maryland and the District of Columbia, as well as the nonprofit organization Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington (CREW) sued Donald Trump for his obvious and chronic violations of the emoluments clause of the Constitution (personally profiting from his office). The trial courts refused to dismiss the cases but Trump engaged in endless appeals and delays. When the cases finally made it up to the Supreme Court, the court dismissed the cases as moot because Trump is no longer president. This does little more than reward Trump for his endless delays. Sadly, the Supreme Court could have and should have relied on its own guiding principle of deciding - rather than dismissing - a case, that is "capable of repetition yet evading review."   This unjust development reinforces the need for a Presidential Crimes Commission, as Congressman Eric Swalwell has called it, or a Trump Crimes Commission, as I have called it while sharing a panel with Rep. Swalwell. Given the Supreme Court's unfortunate dismissal, the emoluments issue must now be put on the Crimes Commission's agenda.    Please consider becoming a #TeamJustice patron at: My podcast, "Justice Matters with Glenn Kirschner" can be downloaded where you get your podcasts. Follow me on: Twitter:  Facebook: Instagram: Support the show (
11 min
Best of the Left - Progressive Politics and Culture, Curated by a Human
Best of the Left - Progressive Politics and Culture, Curated by a Human
#1261 Profitable Extremism (How Social Media Propagates Hate) (Repost)
Air Date 4/2/2019 Today we take a look at the so-called "Algorithms of Oppression." Not that they're made to be that way on purpose but that it is a natural outcome of a profit-based system that incentivizes people to post the most click-baity content while the system learns the viewer's weaknesses to ruthlessly feed them whatever will keep them engaged. Be part of the show! Leave us a message at 202-999-3991 or email Get AD FREE Shows & Bonus Content: Support our show on Patreon! SHOW NOTES Ch. 1: Social Media Propagates Hate - Brian Lehrer - Air Date 3-21-19 YouTube will keep playing until you stop it, and it pushes extremes regardless of ideology. It is ruthlessly optimized to keep humans engaged, and YouTube can't possibly police their own content. Ch. 2: Algorithms of Oppression with Dr. Safiya Noble - Delete Your Account - Air Date 4-11-18 Dylan Roof was radicalized through Google - searching one thing gives you further items down the rabbit hole - not the opposing viewpoint. What's worse, is big tech has no accountability for their actions. Ch. 3: The Algorithm with Adam Conover - Point of Inquiry - Air Date 1-10-19 We are all falling for the YouTube slot machine of instant gratification Ch. 4: Fighting White Supremacy on Social Media - Brian Lehrer - Air Date 3-19-19 Are tech companies trying to crack down on hate speech? Those articles are super profitable for social media, and it creates a sensation, so they're not incentivized to change. Ch. 5: Yuval Noah Harari on Hacking Humanity - Ideas from CBC Radio - Air Date 9-5-18 Yuval Harari joins to discuss the human animal and our irrelevance in the digital age. At least when we were being exploited we were still needed. Ch. 6: Is the Press Finally Learning How to Cover White Supremacy? - On the Media - Air Date 3-22-19 Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google are still light years away from developing an enforceable code of ethics for dealing with hate groups but Bob and Joan Donovan discuss why she believes that stymieing the spread of hate online is possible. EDUCATE YOURSELF & SHARE Facebook is finally banning white supremacy that goes by other names (TechCrunch) Google’s algorithms are keeping us in a political bubble, study finds (MarketWatch) How to Escape Your Political Bubble for a Clearer View (The New York Times, 2017) Echo chambers are dangerous – we must try to break free of our online bubbles (The Guardian, 2017) Curated by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions): * Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr * Inessential - Bayou Birds * Heather - Migration * Gondola Blue - Towboat * Astrisx - Bodytonic * Solemn Application - Wax Museum * Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent * Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent Produced by Jay! Tomlinson Thanks for listening! Visit us at Support the show via Patreon Listen on iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify | Alexa Devices | +more Check out the BotL iOS/Android App in the App Stores! Follow at Like at Contact me directly at Review the show on iTunes and Stitcher!
56 min
Politics War Room with James Carville & Al Hunt
Politics War Room with James Carville & Al Hunt
70: Inauguration Day w/ Leon Panetta & Walter Dellinger
In spite of the mayhem at the Capitol, the inauguration of Joe Biden and the transfer of power went smoothly, and James and Al are beginning to feel some optimism about the next four years...if the Democrats don’t screw it up!  Leon Panetta ( joins them to look at the domestic and international prospects for the new administration.  Then, Duke Law School’s legal mastermind Walter Dellinger ( comes on to look at the legal future for the Trump family and how the actions of the administration can be refuted and undone.   Get More From This Week’s Panelists: Leon Panetta Center For Strategic & International Studies ( The Panetta Institute For Public Policy ( Author of Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in Times of War and Peace   ( Walter Dellinger Twitter ( Firm: O’Melveny & Myers ( Duke Law ( Email your questions to James and Al at  POLITICSWARROOM@GMAIL.COM (mailto:POLITICSWARROOM@GMAIL.COM)   or tweet them to @POLITICON ( .  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! THIS WEEK’S SPONSORS: FUNDRISE  SEE FOR YOURSELF HOW ONE HUNDRED THIRTY THOUSAND INVESTORS HAVE BUILT A BETTER PORTFOLIO WITH PRIVATE REAL ESTATE. IT TAKES JUST A FEW MINUTES TO GET STARTED.  GO TO WWW.FUNDRISE.COM/WARROOM ( TODAY.  BLINKIST  GO TO WWW.BLINKIST.COM/WARROOM ( , THAT’S ALL ONE WORD, TO TRY IT FREE FOR 7 DAYS AND SAVE 25% OFF YOUR NEW SUBSCRIPTION.  WORD FOREST WORD FOREST IS OFFERING YOU 2500 COINS AND 500 GEMS WHEN YOU DOWNLOAD AND PLAY.  GO TO THE APPLE OR GOOGLE STORE AND SEARCH FOR WORD FOREST TO DOWNLOAD IT FOR FREE TODAY. (
1 hr 40 min
The Professional Left Podcast with Driftglass and Blue Gal
The Professional Left Podcast with Driftglass and Blue Gal
Driftglass and Blue Gal
Ep 582: The Inauguration
Driftglass has been banned, yes, banned, from Twitter (@twittersafety).  We're working on that.  We cover the inauguration and how media types are all returning to square one.  But we, the audience, are not.  No more playing nice, and do read Sheldon Whitehouse on Medium: More at! Support the show ( REVIEW US ON APPLE PODCASTS - SUPPORT OUR SHOW - BUY PROLEFTPOD MERCH - *CONTACT US:* *MAILING ADDRESS - Make checks payable to: * *The Professional Left Podcast* PO Box 9133 Springfield IL 62791-9133 *EMAIL ADDRESSES* Podcast Email: Email for Sci-Fi Trivia Questions: *SUPPORT OUR WORK:* PayPal: GoFundMe: Patreon: Buy Us A Coffee: Shop Our Merch Store: Link To All the Ways You Can Support Us: *SOCIAL & MEDIA: YouTube: ** Twitter:* @ProLeftPodcast - Driftglass (@Mr_Electrico) - @BlueGal - *Facebook:* ProLeftPodcast - BlueGal.Fran - Internet Kitty of The Week - *Original Flickr IKOTW Gallery *- *Blogs:* Driftglass' - Blue Gal's - Fran's - *Podcast Archive: * *Podcast RSS Feed: * Democratic Congress, Democratic Senate, Democratic White House, politics, progressive, #GOP, media, Joe Biden, Democratic Congress, #TheLeftRemembers, #BothSidesDont, #BurnTheLifeboats, #CornfieldResistance, #GoPostalUnions!, #GoPostalUnions, Never Tru Support the show (
1 hr 12 min
Hell & High Water with John Heilemann
Hell & High Water with John Heilemann
The Recount & iHeartRadio
Kurt Andersen and Lawrence O’Donnell
Kurt Andersen and Lawrence O’Donnell first met 46 years ago as undergraduates at Harvard, forming a friendship that’s flourished alongside their careers as two of their generation’s most incisive, insightful observers of American politics and culture. Andersen made his mark in the 1980s as co-founder of the iconic Spy magazine, then went on to serve as editor-in-chief of New York magazine, host of the Peabody Award-winning radio program “Studio 360,” and best-selling novelist and non-fiction author. O’Donnell cut his teeth in Washington as staff director of the powerful Senate Finance Committee and protege to legendary New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, then transitioned to the TV business — first as an Emmy Award-winning writer on “The West Wing” and currently as host of “The Last Word” on MSNBC. On this week’s Hell & High Water, Heilemann, a friend of both Andersen and O’Donnell, brings the two men together for their first-ever joint interview. They discuss the performances of Joe Biden and Amanda Gorman on inauguration day, O’Donnell’s insider’s perspective on the January 6 assault on the US Capitol, and Andersen’s “grand unified theory” of modern American life, as sketched out in his recent companion volumes, “Fantasyland” and “Evil Geniuses.” Learn more about your ad-choices at
1 hr 18 min
The Majority Report with Sam Seder
The Majority Report with Sam Seder
Sam Seder
2509 - How the Biden Administration Can Free Americans from Student Debt w/ Astra Taylor & Debt Collective
Sam and Emma host author and activist Astra Taylor (@astradisastra) to discuss how and why the Biden administration can wipe out student debt for millions of Americans. They're also joined by special guest Elizabeth Alvarez from Debt Collective (@StrikeDebt) to discuss the organization's new strike, the "Biden Jubilee 100." On today's show: CNN host suggests hypocrisy that Sanders wants to use reconciliation for legislative goals, Sanders says he's using it to provide for working people, not billionaires. Sam and Emma host author and activist Astra Taylor (@astradisastra) to discuss how and why the Biden administration can wipe out student debt for millions of Americans. They're also joined by special guest Elizabeth Alvarez from Debt Collective (@StrikeDebt) to discuss the organization's new strike, the "Biden Jubilee 100." What is a debtors' union and how does it benefit its participants? How would it help the economy and American civic life to forgive everyone's student loans? On the fun half: People are canceling their memberships to Mar-a-lago. Deborah Birx says there were parallel data streams that were not informing the White House correctly. Fox and Friends is bringing back the caravan, calling it a superspreader event, get upset that Biden is suspending travel for England and Ireland and rest of Europe. Plus, your calls and IMs! Become a member at Check out the Brand New Majority Report Merch Shop! (Merch issues and concerns can be addressed here: The AM Quickie is now on YouTube Subscribe to the AM Quickie at Make the AMQ part of your Alexa Flash Briefing too! You can now watch the livestream on Twitch Subscribe to Discourse Blog, a newsletter and website for progressive essays and related fun partly run by AM Quickie writer Jack Crosbie. Subscribe to AM Quickie writer Corey Pein’s podcast News from Nowhere, at Check out The Nomiki Show live at 3 pm ET on YouTube at Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at, or on iTunes. Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at, on iTunes, or at (streaming every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7pm ET!) Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @EmmaVigeland @Jamie_Elizabeth @MattLech @BF1nn
1 hr 6 min
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