In light of the Department of Homeland Security’s new crackdown on immigration, Rich Smith and Sydney Brownstone dive back into the still-developing case of Daniel Ramirez, a DREAMer who was recently arrested in Seattle. Then, Ana Sofia Knauf and Dan Savage unravel Milo Yiannopoulos's death spiral. The blogger was accused of and has apologized for appearing to advocate for sexual relationships between 13-year-olds and grown men, but he lost a book deal, a gig at CPAC, and a chunk of fans in the process. Finally, it's congressional recess week! Rich Smith offers up a curated selection of town hall confrontations, as well as a few recess plans from some of our listeners. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
With Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders we dive into “Flynnghazi” (aka “Flynn-gate,” aka big trouble for Trump). What, exactly, is going on in this huge political mess? And what would Republicans be doing if anything remotely like this were unfolding under a President Hillary Clinton. After that, Sydney Brownstone is back on the show to discuss a young, immigrant “Dreamer” named Daniel Ramirez who was arrested in Seattle this week, and how his arrest could provoke a showdown with Trump. Next, a liberal woman from deep red Oklahoma calls in for advice on how to resist when her elected Republican representatives “don’t give a crap.” We get some ideas from Ezra Levin of the Indivisible movement, and then Dan and Rich toss in their two cents. Finally, a segment called “Dan Was Right”—kicked off by a call from a woman in Milwaukee. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo
First, Dan Savage and Rich Smith chew through all that’s happened this week (which, once again, is quite a lot). In particular, we’ll discuss the Betsy DeVos confirmation, the silencing of Elizabeth Warren, and why Dan is furious at Jill Stein all over again. After that, Sydney Brownstone talks about what it was like to be in the courthouse as a federal judge halted Donald Trump’s travel ban—and where the case against the ban goes next. Finally, Dan and Rich are back to remind you: The Congressional recess is coming! Time to sharpen your town hall meeting questions. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.
Has there ever been a week in American politics like the one that just passed? Dan Savage, Rich Smith, and Eli Sanders start off by trying to digest the Trump administration’s blitzkrieg of alarming actions and policy pronouncements. Dan also offers some advice for a caller who—like Dan—is currently trying to resist Trump from Europe. After that, Sydney Brownstone talks about something perhaps lost in the flurry of democracy-rattling Trump activity: his administration’s reported moves to allow the Dakota Access pipeline to go forward, despite many months of objection and action at Standing Rock. (And despite the Obama administration’s efforts to slow down or halt the pipeline project.) Finally, Rich talks to Dan and Eli about the latest trend in demanding action from your Democratic US Senator: calling for “holds” to be used to grind Senate business to a halt until the Trump administration changes course on major issues. Plus, as always, the music of Ahamefule J. Oluo.