We speak to Vanessa A. Bee, writer and editor at Current Affairs, about Joe Biden, bodily autonomy, consent, power, Biden’s defenders, floating Stacey Abrams’ name without asking, being a hugger, how easy it is to ask first and change your own behavior.
Writer, brave human, and opinion columnist for the Guardian Moira Donegan joins Alexis and Kade to discuss the 2020 Democratic primary — in a calm, thoughtful, policy-filled way! We discuss the candidates on housing, healthcare, financial policy, taxation, education, child care, drug policy, reparations, climate, foreign policy, immigration, and decriminalizing sex work (oh my!)
Why immigrant rights groups are trashing the government funding deal because it will increase immigrant detention. An update on the fight against facial surveillance. How payday lenders bought off Trump. And why Jeff Bezos should Quit his Job.
We discuss the end of the Trump/McConnell shutdown, and how it was a victory by workers AND by Pelosi. Alexis discusses her piece Don’t Build the Wall, Build Affordable Housing and makes a pitch to ABOLISH the Clinton-era Faircloth Limit. We delight in AOC owning the right-wing, and Kade updates us on the ACLU’s campaign against facial surveillance.
We discuss the MIDTERMs, debrief on the hearing with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and the uprising in support of her, what happens if the Dems Retake the House, and encourage y’all to kick in some money to help Moira Donegan, who created the Shitty Media Men list: https://www.gofundme.com/hz8sxq
Trump violates the Iran Deal; the Senate will choose if they want to appoint a torturer to head the CIA, with Gina Haspel’s confirmation hearing coming up; AT&T and Novartis pay hundreds of thousands to Trump’s personal attorney; Ticketmaster wants to use facial recognition at concerts; and an update on the attempt to make discrimination in auto lending easier.
Massachusetts passed a good criminal justice reform bill. Five years later, we still don’t know who built the Boston Marathon bombs. The Senate makes it easier for auto lenders to discriminate against people of color. And James Comey, bitch please.
The news lately is full of the warning signs of surveillance capitalism. We discuss Cambridge Analytica’s use of the private data of friends and family of people who took a personality quiz. We note the CEO’s approach of finding the “emotional center” of voters. We also discuss why you should delete Facebook, Uber’s self-driving car killing a pedestrian in Arizona, and Cynthia Nixon challenging Andrew Cuomo for Governor of New York (and bringing lefty politics to the crazy corporate Human Rights Campaign gala!)