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.
We rage about the Trump budget bill, which is coming to fuck up every American that isn’t a millionaire or billionaire. But these are all just policy choices, and the GOP is deciding to raid the poor to pay the rich. For an alternative vision, we look at the Congressional Progressive Caucus’s People’s Budget.
We talk to national security and surveillance policy expert Marcy Wheeler (@EmptyWheel) about reports that the NSA will be stopping ONE of its methods of spying on Americans — is it true?
The kill-us-all death care bill isn’t the only piece of legislation moving ahead in Congress. The GOP also advanced a bill that shreds the protections passed in the wake of the last financial crisis, also know as Dodd-Frank. Alexis catches us up on where we are, and what to do next.
Finally, we also talk about the License to Discriminate Executive Order that Trump signed in early May, an EO that turned out to be so pointless, the ACLU doesn’t even need to sue over it.
On news that Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey, we record an emergency episode about what a new FBI Director will mean, given the broad powers the FBI has inherited. We discuss how we can push back against FBI abuses by encouraging our local elected officials to follow the lead of San Francisco, who left the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force following concern over the Trump administration’s Muslim Ban and concerns that participation in the task force might violate local laws protecting immigrants and religious minorities.
We discuss Betsy DeVos’s latest move in her war on students: undoing protections for student loan borrowers put in place by the Obama admin. Kade breaks down the news that district attorneys in Massachusetts dismissed over 21,000 tainted drug convictions, the most in one day in US history. We talk about what led to those dismissals, and what they mean about the current legal system. Finally, we also give you an update on the latest Tsarnaev related chicanery. A Boston based journalist has a new book out, and some of what she’s documented will shock even the most cynical observers.