We talk with Chase Strangio, staff attorney at the ACLU, about their lawsuit against Trump on behalf of six members of the armed forces who are transgender. The lawsuit argues that “the new ban violates the constitutional guarantees of equal protection and substantive due process by singling out transgender individuals for unequal and discriminatory treatment based on uninformed speculation, myths and stereotypes, moral disapproval, and a bare desire to harm this already vulnerable group.”
We also discuss Trump ending DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. And talk with Chase about his tweetstorm about people defend those who have DACA (and other groups) as being “not criminals.”
Activists in Durham pulled down the Confederate Soldiers Monument. A woman of color named Takiyah Thompson who climbed the statute and attached a strap to it was arrested — PLEASE DONATE TO THE BOND FUND HERE. And donate to Takiyah’s solidarity fund HERE.
Eugene Puryear, author of “Shackled and Chained,” joins us as guest host to discuss Charlottesville, confederate memorials, Trump’s presser, how we should never lose our sense of outrage, and ongoing acts of resistance, and how to support it. Eugene also discusses how Charlottesville has been another wake up call to a lot of white America about the nature of the struggle of Black America, and how difficult the denial of America’s history makes addressing other problems.
Activists in Durham pulled down he Confederate Soldiers Monument. A woman of color named Takiyah Thompson who climbed the statute and attached a strap to it was arrested — PLEASE DONATE TO THE BOND FUND HERE.
We discuss the recent events of resting evil face Stephen Miller, and examine his long history of racism and white nationalism. In addition, we look at GOP attempts to rip away our right to a day in court. But just like with Trumpcare, united Democratic opposition and at least one Republican defection spells good news for the rest of us.And that’s not the only bit of good news! Betsy DeVos recently backed off her spectacularly dumb idea to make student loan servicing Too Big To Fail.
The BCRA, Straight Repeal, and Skinny Repeal versions of Trumpcare ALL FACE PALMED Thursday night/Friday morning. We’re gonna recap reactions from us and from listeners, as well as talking about what’s next.
And it seems like just last week that we were making fun of Anthony Scaramucci because…it was just last week! And now he’s fired. So we’ll do a little dance on the grave of his short-lived Comms Director career.
Who is Anthony Scaramucci, Trump’s new communications director? We talk about his history in finance, the long con we think he’s playing, and how much money you needed to go to his SALT conference.
ALSO: In April, the Trump administration and GOP congress killed one of Obama’s most important achievements: Federal Communications Commission regulations that would have barred internet service providers like Charter and Comcast from selling your sensitive information without your consent. State lawmakers from both parties in nearly thirty states leapt into action, introducing bills to fill the gap. We’ll talk about how Comcast is lying in order to stop these bills, debunking the dishonest arguments they and other ISPs are making as they try to kill these bills, and how we can fight back against this particular part of the corporate takeover of the US government.
Betsy DeVos has continues to be up to no good, giving garbage speeches and pursuing bad policy. But many people are fighting back, including one of our awesome listeners!
And finally, since it’s the summer and maybe you’re fortunate enough to get to travel, we’re going to talk about airport security.
Betsy DeVos just keeps getting sued! We talk to Eileen Connor from the Project on Predatory Student Lending at Harvard Law about just ONE of their lawsuits against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. We will also talk about the very strange and Kafkaesque story of how Boston law enforcement officials used a warrantless surveillance order to try to unmask a government critic, and then pressed to keep that order COMPLETELY SECRET for more than five years. The ACLU of Massachusetts recently sued to crack the secrecy around the case.
Trumpcare has stalled in the Senate today, but the fight is just getting started. We CELEBRATE but then get right to talking about what we need to do next. We also dive into some wonky details about why Trumpcare, if it passes, will gut Medicaid forever — and the dangers that we ALL face, however we get our insurance, from this evil Trumpcare bill.
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You may be familiar with the many times the ACLU has sued the president, but today we’re going to cover two lawsuits against the Trump Administration you may NOT have heard of. We interview Glenda Aldana Madrid, Staff Attorney at the the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project about their lawsuit against Jeff Sessions. We also discuss a couple of lawsuits against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and some awesome Listener Mail about the UK election.
Betsy DeVos lost the first part of a a court battle when a California federal judge ruled that her Department’s effort to delay addressing a defrauded student’s claim for loan relief was “both frivolous and in bad faith.”
We start out with Comey Week! The hearing, the media’s response, our thoughts, Trump’s insane post-hearing press conference, and all the he said/he said you can stand.
Then, we’re going to talk about the horrible bullshit the GOP was up to while everyone was hungover from the Comey hearing, including voting to rip up Dodd-Frank, because I guess the only thing the GOP likes better than stealing our healthcare is stealing our healthcare in the middle of a brand new financial crisis.
Finally, we’ll also give a quick update on the latest flaming garbage coming out of Betsy DeVos’s Department of Education.
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The Trump Administration isn’t good at much, but one thing they ARE good at is ripping up important rules from the Obama Administration. We talk with Erin Gloria Ryan (@MorningGloria) about a leaked draft of a new rule that would eliminate Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate. We also talk about Ivanka Trump’s nonsense and how she wants to have her champagne popsicle and eat it, too, about Jared Kusher’s “resting treason face,” and Donald Trump Jr’s obsession with conspiracy theories.