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Independent, non-partisan politics news where you'll hear the best arguments from across the political spectrum on the news of the day. Plus, fascinating interviews with people in the political world. Check out our newsletter: https://www.readtangle.com/ Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

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Nikki Haley is running for president.
00:25:06

Yesterday, news broke that the former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley will be announcing an official campaign for president on February 15 at a launch event in Charleston. Haley, 51, was South Carolina's governor for six years before she joined former President Donald Trump's White House to serve as ambassador to the United Nations. Haley is the first Republican to formally enter the race against Trump, who announced his plans to run shortly after the 2022 midterms.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here. 

Today’s clickables: Quick Hits (0:48), Today’s Story (2:36), Right’s Take (6:11), Left’s Take (11:24), Isaac’s Take (16:16), Your Questions Answered (19:25), Under the Radar (21:27), Numbers (22:22), Have A Nice Day (23:15)

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Our podcast is written by Isaac Saul and edited by Zosha Warpeha. Music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75.

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Feb 02, 2023
Biden will end Covid emergency.
00:25:51

The end of the Covid emergency. On Monday, the White House said it is planning to end its emergency declarations tied to the Covid-19 pandemic on May 11. Ending the emergency declaration will have some major, immediate impacts on government programs established during the pandemic.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here. From the Blindspot Report, a story that the left missed here and one that the right missed here.

Today’s clickables: Quick Hits (0:52), Today’s Story (2:46), Left’s Take (7:02), Right’s Take (11:55), Isaac’s Take (16:53), Your Questions Answered (19:25), Blindspot Report (21:59), Under the Radar (22:36), Numbers (23:21), Have A Nice Day (23:59)

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Feb 01, 2023
The Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell removal.
00:27:08

The House committees. Last week, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) formally removed Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) from the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (commonly known as the House Intelligence Committee). McCarthy announced the move after House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) penned a letter pressing him to allow Schiff, the top Democrat on the panel, to keep his seat. McCarthy has also pledged to move Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from her seat on House Foreign Affairs. Plus, a question about the spate of tech layoffs.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick Hits (1:42), Today’s Story (3:35), Right’s Take (7:38), Left’s Take (12:44), Isaac’s Take (17:33), Your Questions Answered (21:01), Under the Radar (23:20), Numbers (24:07), Have A Nice Day (25:05)

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Jan 31, 2023
The death of Tyre Nichols.
00:27:36

Today, we're covering the death of Tyre Nichols, and the footage that was released on Friday. Plus, an under-the-radar story on the border and some numbers about police killings. Videos were released by the Memphis Police Department here (warning: graphic content).

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick Hits (0:56), Today’s Story (2:34), Left’s Take (7:47), Right’s Take (12:51), Isaac’s Take (17:40), Under the Radar (23:45), Numbers (24:31), Have A Nice Day (25:18)

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Jan 30, 2023
INTERVIEW: The case for 9 justices
00:27:34

On today's podcast, we are sitting down with Paul Summers and Steve Rosenthal, two of the men behind the Keep Nine Coalition. Paul is a former Tennessee attorney general and appeals court judge, and Steve is the former attorney general of Virginia. Both men are on a mission to create a constitutional amendment that prescribes the number of Supreme Court justices to nine. Today, we talk about why.

The Keep Nine coalition website: https://keepnine.org/

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Jan 27, 2023
Ukraine gets its tanks.
00:26:41

On Wednesday, after weeks of deliberation, the German government said it would send 14 of its modern Leopard 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine, and would also allow other countries to send German-made tanks to Ukraine. Hours later, the White House formally announced it was sending 31 M1 Abrams tanks, signifying a coordinated effort with European nations. Plus, a question about the sex crime allegations against Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and an update on the southern border.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick Hits (2:22 ), Today’s Story (4:11), Those in favor of sending tanks (7:03), Those against sending tanks (11:41), An opinion from Germany (15:14), Issac’s Take (17:02), Your Questions Answered (20:22), Under the Radar (22:59), Numbers (23:50), Have a Nice Day (24:35)

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Jan 26, 2023
Florida's African American Studies debate.
00:27:37

On Friday, the Florida Department of Education said it will not allow an Advanced Placement (AP) class on African American Studies to be taught in the state's public schools. The class was developed by the College Board as one of its many classes high school students could take to gain college credits. The Department of Education says the class violates a Florida law which Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) introduced to fight what he describes as "woke indoctrination" in schools. Plus, a follow-up story on Rep. George Santos (R-NY) and some good news for veterans' health.

You can read today's podcast here and today’s “Under the Radar” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick Hits (0:58 ), Today’s Story (2:58), Left’s Take (7:06), Right’s Take (12:00), Isaac’s Take (17:08), Under the Radar (23:52), Numbers (24:51), Have A Nice Day (25:35)

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Jan 25, 2023
The reparations proposal in San Francisco.
00:26:37

Last week, a committee in San Francisco released a reparations proposal for the city that includes $5 million for each qualifying Black resident of the city. The San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee (AARAC) was formed in 2020 and was asked to develop a plan to address institutional harms African Americans have had to face. Plus, a question about being scared to air my "real" opinion and an important story the Supreme Court leak.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick Hits (1:04), Today’s Story (2:29), Right’s Take (5:57), Left’s Take (10:55), Isaac’s Take (16:14), Your Questions Answered (21:38), Under the Radar (23:16), Numbers (24:06), Have A Nice Day (24:39)

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Jan 24, 2023
More Biden classified documents.
00:26:25

Biden's classified documents. We first covered this story on January 12. Hours after we published that piece, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to investigate Biden's handling of classified documents, creating a historical anomaly where both the current and former president (Donald Trump) are now under simultaneous special counsel investigations. Plus, a correction, some reviews from Friday, reader feedback and a question about the fentanyl crisis and efforts to address it.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here. Also, prompted by listener feedback, here’s a link to a historical breakdown of the word “woke.”

Today’s clickables: Quick Hits (2:19), Today’s Story (4:09), Left’s Take (7:39), Right’s Take (12:35), Isaac’s Take (17:17), Your Questions Answered (21:16), Under the Radar (22:58), Numbers (23:48), Have A Nice Day (24:34)

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Jan 23, 2023
A gas stove ban (or not).
00:27:04

Gas stoves. Last week, Richard Trumka Jr., a commissioner on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, said his agency was considering a ban on gas stoves amid rising concerns about harmful indoor air pollutants. “This is a hidden hazard,” Trumka Jr. told Bloomberg. "Any option is on the table. Products that can’t be made safe can be banned.” The comments set off a firestorm.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick Hits (0:53 ), Today’s Story (2:33), Right’s Take (6:06), Left’s Take (11:25), Isaac’s Take (16:04), Your Questions Answered (21:15), Under the Radar (23:46), Numbers (24:32), Have A Nice Day (25:06)

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Jan 19, 2023
The George Santos scandal.
00:28:30

Rep. George Santos (R-NY). In the November election, Santos flipped New York's 3rd District red, defeating Democrat Robert Zimmerman. But the newly elected member of the House is now facing increasing pressure to resign after revelations that much of what Santos told the public about his life was untrue or cannot be verified. Plus, a question about the word "woke" and what it really means.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Blindspot” stories here and here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick Hits (2:27 ), Today’s Story (4:30), Left’s Take (9:01), Right’s Take (13:17), Isaac’s Take (18:32), Your Questions Answered (22:05), Under the Radar (24:37), Numbers (25:20), Have A Nice Day (26:15).

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Jan 18, 2023
The debt ceiling, explained.
00:25:36

The debt ceiling (or debt limit). During the recent debate over the next Speaker of the House, one of the key impending issues was the debt ceiling, or debt limit. Several conservative House members used the upcoming deadline to raise the debt limit to leverage a commitment from Kevin McCarthy to force spending cuts by Congress. Since being elected Speaker, McCarthy has confirmed that Republicans won't raise the debt limit without changes to federal spending, including programs like Social Security and Medicare.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick Hits (0:58), Today’s Story (2:54), Right’s Take (7:24), Left’s Take (12:33), Isaac’s Take (16:57), Your Questions Answered (20:05), Under the Radar (22:23), Numbers (23:08), Have A Nice Day (23:46).

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Jan 17, 2023
Biden's classified documents.
00:26:46

Today, we're covering the classified documents found at a Biden think tank, and the latest news about a batch of documents discovered in his Delaware garage. We've also got a reader question about Democrats and the House Speaker race.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Story that Matters” here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here. Read our previous coverage on documents found at Mar-a-Lago here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (1:26), Today’s story (3:16), Left’s take (6:42), Right’s take (11:02), Isaac’s take (15:55), Listener question (21:17), Story that Matters (23:30), Numbers (24:18), Have a nice day (24:59)

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Jan 12, 2023
Biden's new border plan.
00:28:16

President Biden has announced a tougher stance on immigration at the border, saying the U.S. would begin turning away Cubans, Haitians, and Nicaraguans who cross the border from Mexico illegally. Under the new rules, migrants who come to the U.S. without first asking for asylum in the countries they travel through will be denied asylum and deported, a nearly identical plan to one the administration has used to drastically reduce the number of Venezuelan migrants traveling to the U.S.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

You can find our previous coverage of the border and immigration here. We also answer a listener's question about the economy under Democratic vs. Republican presidencies and discuss Timothy Noah's past writings on the matter, available here. 

Today’s clickables: Quick Hits (2:05), Today’s Story (3:54), Right’s Take (7:55), Left’s Take (12:33), Isaac’s Take (17:07), Your Questions Answered (21:56), Under the Radar (24:45), Numbers (25:32), Have A Nice Day (26:24).

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Our podcast is written by Isaac Saul and edited by Zosha Warpeha. Music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75.

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Jan 11, 2023
The $1.6 trillion omnibus bill.
00:27:40

Last month, Congress passed a $1.65 trillion government funding bill that provides record allocations for defense and sends more emergency aid to Ukraine. The bill passed by a 225-201 vote in the House, largely along party lines, after passing the Senate 68-29, with the support of 18 Senate Republicans, including minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). The bill is a massive, 4,100-page piece of legislation that does not only pertain to funding, but also implements new laws. 

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick Hits (2:06), Today’s Story (3:41), Left’s Take (10:54), Right’s Take (15:26), Isaac’s Take (19:59), Under the Radar (24:12), Numbers (25:13), Have A Nice Day (25:57).

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Jan 10, 2023
Republicans pick Kevin McCarthy for Speaker.
00:27:28

McCarthy is finally in. On Saturday, the 57-year-old Republican representative Kevin McCarthy from California was elected Speaker of the House after a historic 15 votes on the House floor over the span of five days. The process required more ballots than the House has needed to pick a Speaker since 1859, illustrating deep divisions in the Republican caucus.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick Hits (4:20), Today’s Story (6:01), Right’s Take (9:44), Left’s Take (14:33), Isaac’s Take (18:49), Your Questions Answered (23:13), Under the Radar (24:17), Numbers (24:57), Have A Nice Day (25:36)

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Our podcast is written by Isaac Saul and edited by Zosha Warpeha. Music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75.

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Jan 09, 2023
Reader Interview, Part V: Rick McPherson
00:51:27

Rick is a 61-year-old maintenance technician at a Steel Mill in Butler, Pennsylvania. He is married with four children aged 40 to 28 and three grandchildren. He's a 35+ year union member and a lifelong Democrat who considers himself left-leaning but disenfranchised by both parties. In our conversation, we talk about the pros and cons of unions, what the politics of his steel mill are, what he thinks of Biden, and the way his world has changed in the last 20 years.

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Jan 06, 2023
Reader interview, Part 4: Kristen / Jon
00:43:49

Kristen (who sometimes goes by Jon) is from Des Moines, Iowa. They are a Christian, raised Catholic in a moderate left household, and say the teachings of the church pushed them "wayyyyy far left." Kristen is non-binary, a lesbian, just graduated college, and moved states to start their first adult job as a software engineer.

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Jan 05, 2023
Reader interview, Part 3: Bradley
01:00:06

Bradley Pierce is a 40-year-old Christian, attorney, father of 10, husband of one, who says he is pro-parental rights, anti-abortion, and pro-self-defense. Bradley is also a homeschool graduate who is now home-schooling his kids. In this episode, we talk about raising 10 kids, his work on parental rights, and the quest to abolish abortion.

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Jan 04, 2023
Reader interview, Part 2: Miriam
00:46:34

Miriam Stein is a Gen X woman from Yucipa, California, a mom of 2 teens & married for 25 years. She got her degree in environmental engineering and is also a photographer. Miriam says she grew up Republican and voted Republican until approximately 2012 when she realized that she liked Obama and the candidates the GOP were bringing forward no longer aligned with her beliefs. Today, we discuss her upbringing, raising kids in today's world, and what she thinks of California's environmental laws.

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Jan 03, 2023
Reader Interview, Part 1: Jamie
01:14:43

Jamie Costello is a 39-year-old American woman from Maryville, Tennessee, who feels politically homeless. She is also a disabled combat veteran who served in the Army for five years as a HUMINT collector/interrogator, and then as a defense contractor doing the same work for a little over five years. Today, we discuss her upbringing, what she experienced when deployed, and what she's doing now.

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Jan 02, 2023
INTERVIEW: Simon Rosenberg, the man who got 2022 right.
00:40:36

In our last preview of the 2022 election, I cited Democratic strategist Simon Rosenberg as a "unique voice" in a sea of forecasters and pundits who said Democrats were going to get wiped out in the midterms. I also said that if he was right, I'd reach out to him for an interview and figure out why he got it right when everyone else got it wrong. Well, he was right. And I did reach out. And today, you'll hear our conversation about 2022, the people who got it wrong, what he saw that everyone else didn't, and what he expects in 2024.

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Dec 23, 2022
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Dec 21, 2022
The Republican fight for Speaker of the House.
00:28:16

In the 2022 midterms, Republicans won the House of Representatives 222-213, grabbing the same number of seats Democrats currently hold in Congress. Because they will be in the majority, they need to elect a House Speaker, but the current favorite — Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) — does not appear to have the necessary votes. Today, we explore what both sides are saying about who the next House Speaker should be.

Today’s clickables: Quick Hits (0:54), Today’s Story (2:56), Right’s Take (6:42), Left’s Take (11:31), Isaac’s Take (16:17), Your Questions Answered (22:06), Under the Radar (24:30), Numbers (25:19), Have A Nice Day (26:17)


Today’s links:

The return of earmarks (pork).

FBI warns of explosion of "sextortion" schemes targeting kids and teens

A stranger on a plane gave two girls fleeing civil war $100. Decades later, they reunited.


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Dec 20, 2022
November's inflation numbers.
00:25:12

Last month, consumer prices rose 7.1% from a year ago, down from 7.7% in October and the peak of 9.1% in June. On a month-to-month basis, inflation rose just 0.1%. Core CPI, which excludes more volatile food and energy costs, was up 0.2% from October to November, the lowest month- to- month increase since August of 2021. All of these numbers came in lower than economists expected, which spurred a momentary stock market rally. Today, we're going to take a look at some reactions to the latest numbers, then my take.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (1:41), Today’s story (3:21), Right's take (7:14), Left's take (12:07), Isaac’s take (17:20), Your Questions Answered (19:56), Under the Radar (21:51), Numbers (22:36), Have a nice day (23:22).

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Dec 19, 2022
The Respect for Marriage Act.
00:25:19

The Respect for Marriage Act. Yesterday, President Biden signed the Respect for Marriage Act into law, a bill that codifies into law national protections for same-sex and interracial couples. The House passed the bill by a 258-169 vote last week, with every Democrat and 39 Republicans voting in favor. Today, we're going to hear some commentary on the bill from the right and left, then my take.

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Today’s clickables: Quick hits (2:00), Today’s story (3:36), Left’s take (6:55), Right’s take (11:26), Isaac’s take (15:54), Your Questions Answered (19:31), Under the Radar (21:41), Numbers (22:40), Have a nice day (23:20).

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Dec 15, 2022
Twitter Files: Part 2, 3, 4, and 5
00:28:42

We're covering Parts 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the Twitter files. Plus, a question about the Nord Stream pipeline sabotage and an under the radar story on youth support for Democrats.

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Dec 14, 2022
The Senate's two immigration bills.
00:25:39

We're covering the two immigration bills that are being debate in the lame-duck session of Congress. Plus, a very big story from Talking Points Memo and some important quick hits involving stories we've covered this month.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (1:00), Today’s story (2:12), Right’s take (6:28), Left’s take (11:40), Isaac’s take (16:30), Under the Radar (21:54), Numbers (23:02), Have a nice day (23:46)

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Dec 13, 2022
Kyrsten Sinema leaves the Democratic Party.
00:25:39

We're covering Kyrsten Sinema's decision to leave the Democratic party and a reader question about what is going to happen to the J6 committee. Plus, a reminder about what's in our merch store if you still need to do some holiday gift shopping!

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (1:40), Today’s story (2:52), Right’s take (11:12), Left’s take (7:06), Isaac’s take (16:14), Listener question (19:35), Under the Radar (21:46), Numbers (22:58), Have a nice day (23:44)

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Dec 12, 2022
The independent state legislature theory.
00:31:10

We're covering the independent state legislature theory, and the arguments around it that happened before the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Plus, a question about Elon Musk and free speech.

Read the story about how the Pinckney Plan became a key element in this case here.

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Dec 08, 2022
The same-sex wedding website case.
00:28:38

In today's issue, we're covering the Supreme Court case where a Colorado web designer is challenging the state's anti-discrimination laws. Plus, a question about Trump's children and comparing them to Hunter Biden.

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Dec 07, 2022
The Georgia Senate runoff.
00:26:10

It's Election Day in Georgia, where voters are deciding between Sen. Raphael Warnock and challenger Herschel Walker. Plus, a question about investigating Hunter Biden and the mystery unraveling in North Carolina.

Find our previous coverage of the Georgia runoff and the midterm elections here.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (1:04), Today’s story (2:10), Right’s take (10:10), Left’s take (5:24), Isaac’s take (14:45), Listener question (19:40), Under the Radar (22:58), Numbers (23:37), Have a nice day (24:18)

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Dec 06, 2022
The Twitter files on Hunter Biden.
00:26:56

Today, we're covering Twitter's decision to suppress the Hunter Biden story and the new leaks showing internal discussions. Plus, an important story about Covid relief money for hospitals.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (00:58), Today’s story (2:10), Right’s take (9:02), Left’s take (13:41), Isaac’s take (17:51), Under the Radar (23:09), Numbers (24:06), Have a nice day (24:51)

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Dec 05, 2022
The potential railroad strike.
00:27:10

Congress is trying to stop a potential railroad workers strike. But is Biden on the right side of the issue? Plus, a question about TikTok.

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Dec 01, 2022
The Indian Child Welfare Act.
00:29:32

Today, we're covering one of the most complex stories Tangle has ever seen: The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. Plus, we've got a question about why same-sex marriage may become law while codifying abortion rights hits the back burner.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (00:57), Today’s story (2:18), Right’s take (12:40), Left’s take (7:26), Isaac’s take (18:16), Listener question (24:12), Under the Radar (25:38), Numbers (26:28), Have a nice day (27:20)

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Nov 30, 2022
The protests in China.
00:29:42

We're breaking down the protests in China and what they mean for the world. Plus, a question about mass shooting statistics and an opportunity to do some good on this Giving Tuesday.

On this giving Tuesday, donate to Double Trellis Food initiative here.

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Today’s clickables: Quick hits (3:43), Today’s story (4:43), Right’s take (10:20), Left’s take (15:52), Isaac’s take (20:40), Listener question (23:51), Under the Radar (26:52), Numbers (27:36)

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Nov 29, 2022
The Colorado Springs shooting.
00:28:46

In today's edition of Tangle, we're going to be breaking down the Colorado Springs shooting and what we know about it. We also have the news you missed over Thanksgiving, an opportunity to tell your story to Tangle readers, and a fascinating "under the radar" section. We're skipping our reader question today. 

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Holiday weekend quick hits (3:02), Today's quick hits (4:00), Today’s story (5:00), Right’s take (14:08), Left’s take (8:28), Isaac’s take (19:16), Under the Radar (25:13), Numbers (26:07), Have a nice day (26:47) 

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Nov 28, 2022
A note to listeners from Isaac.
00:07:05

Thanks from Isaac and the whole Tangle team. 

In the spirit of giving, we ask that you share this url: www.readtangle.com/give. For every new subscriber we get through that url, we will donate $1 to either No Kid Hungry or Meals on Wheels. Help us give back!

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Nov 23, 2022
The (new) Trump special counsel.
00:25:52

We're breaking down the appoinment of another special counsel investigator to look into Trump. Plus, a question about who Democrats might try to run in 2024 (if not Biden).

Find our previous coverage of the Mar-a-Lago search here, and of January 6 here.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (00:54), Today’s story (1:56), Right’s take (6:50), Left’s take (11:36), Isaac’s take (16:14), Listener question (19:56), Under the Radar (22:06), Numbers (22:50), Have a nice day (23:46)

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Nov 22, 2022
Nancy Pelosi steps down.
00:27:18

Nancy Pelosi steps down from her leadership position. Plus, an update on a reader question from last week about candidate funding, and an important under the radar story on the Supreme Court.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Find the AP piece about Republican infighting following the delegation of election race funds here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (1:00), Today’s story (2:14), Right’s take (11:48), Left’s take (7:00), Isaac’s take (16:38), Listener question (21:31), Under the Radar (24:00), Numbers (24:43), Have a nice day (25:22)

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Nov 21, 2022
The FTX collapse, explained.
00:32:10

We're going long on Sam Bankman-Fried and FTX, the complicated story of a Democratic mega donor and cryptocurrency exchange going belly up. Plus, a reader question about the alleged "15,000" Iranians being sentenced to death, a preview of tomorrow, and a chance to advertise in Tangle.

Follow this link to advertise with Tangle!

See Tangle's instagram post, among the first to debunk the "15,000 protesters executed in Iran" viral article, here.

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Nov 17, 2022
Trump announces presidential run.
00:26:55

We're covering Trump's big announcement for another presidential run. Plus, we've got a new survey on how you're feeling about 2024 and an important story about the border.

Do us a favor, and take this short poll.

You can read today's podcast here, today's "Under the Radar" story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (1:00), Today’s story (2:14), Right’s take (13:00), Left’s take (8:15), Isaac’s take (17:50), Under the Radar (23:28), Numbers (24:18), Have a nice day (25:02)

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Nov 16, 2022
What the latest inflation numbers mean.
00:25:53

We're covering the latest inflation numbers and what they mean (some good news, maybe?)... plus, a question about what candidates do with leftover campaign funds and an under the radar story about Adderall.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (2:30), Today’s story (3:17), Right’s take (7:34), Left’s take (12:40), Isaac’s take (17:35), Listener question (20:06), Under the Radar (22:22), Numbers (23:14), Have a nice day (23:50)

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Nov 15, 2022
Democrats win the Senate.
00:29:34

We're covering the results from the 2022 midterms, including Democrats officially taking the Senate. Plus, a question about why some results take so long to come in, and an important under the radar story about Taiwan.

You can find our previous midterm coverage here.

Here is a good breakdown of why voting takes so long in California.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (1:10), Today’s story (2:14), Right’s take (11:26), Left’s take (5:36), Isaac’s take (17:46), Listener question (22:48), Under the Radar (25:55), Numbers (26:44), Have a nice day (27:40)

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Nov 14, 2022
Everything we missed (and an update).
00:25:51

We're covering everything that didn't make it into the newsletter yesterday, a reader question, and Isaac's thoughts on some of the election fraud claims from the last few days.

You can read today's podcast here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Read Isaac's twitter feed of election fraud claims here.

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Nov 10, 2022
SPECIAL EDITION: Democrats' shocking performance.
00:28:10

We're taking a look at Democrats suprisingly strong night, where the midterm race stands now, and what to expect in the next few days. Plus, a list of notable election results and a mea culpa on Isaac's inaccurate predictions.

You can read today's podcast here.

Today’s clickables: Today’s story (1:44), Right’s take (10:45), Left’s take (14:47), Isaac’s take (19:11), Notables (23:35), Quick Hits (24:45)

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Nov 09, 2022
It's Election Day.
00:27:09

We're giving our final preview and rundown of the midterms, what we're watching, and what to expect. Plus, a question about Isaac's perfect voting system.

Read our full midterm primer here.

Read our previous 2022 midterm coverage here.

Read Isaac's piece on why you should vote here.

Find your personalized sample ballot here.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (2:32), Today’s story (3:38), Right’s take (8:54), Left’s take (13:26), Isaac’s take (18:20), Listener question (21:40), Under the Radar (23:36), Numbers (24:24), Have a nice day (25:10)

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Nov 08, 2022
Brazil's new (old) president.
00:25:09

Today, we're covering the return of Lula. We also have a reader question about how to prepare for the midterms.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here (paywall), and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (1:08), Today’s story (2:04), Right’s take (11:32), Left’s take (7:12), Isaac’s take (16:18), Listener question (19:58), Under the Radar (21:34), Numbers (22:18), Have a nice day (23:02)

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Nov 07, 2022
SPECIAL EDITION: Yes, you should vote.
00:15:44

Election day is in four days. Today, Tangle founder Isaac Saul discusses the reasons most people don't vote, and why you should.

Find NPR's coverage on elections decided by a single vote here.

If you're not sure what is happening in your state's midterm elections, use this site as a resource.

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Nov 04, 2022
Affirmative action at the Supreme Court.
00:29:29

Today, we're covering the debate over affirmative action, and going long on the arguments for and against it. Plus, a reader question about yesterday's coverage on Paul Pelosi, and a major Justice Department sting.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (0:58), Today’s story (1:58), Right’s take (7:36), Left’s take (12:52), Isaac’s take (17:44), Listener question (24:26), Under the Radar (25:50), Numbers (26:36), Have a nice day (27:40)

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Nov 03, 2022
Elon Musk takes over Twitter.
00:28:52

We're breaking down the Elon takeover of Twitter. Plus, a question about "grassroots" movements and an important reader survey about a potential new product.

Interested in seeing more content from Tangle? Take a brief survey here and weigh in on new ideas we've got in the works!

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (2:38), Today’s story (3:38), Right’s take (9:00), Left’s take (13:46), Isaac’s take (18:34), Listener question (23:10), Under the Radar (25:16), Numbers (26:00), Have a nice day (26:44)

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Nov 01, 2022
Progressives retract letter on Ukraine.
00:27:15

Today, we're covering the progressives criticism of Biden's approach in Ukraine — and then the backtracking. Plus, a correction and a question about what it means to caucus with a party.

Want to help us decide what we will cover next? Click here to vote!

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (2:52), Today’s story (4:00), Right’s take (12:52), Left’s take (7:42), Isaac’s take (17:43), Listener question (21:35), Under the Radar (23:37), Numbers (24:26), Have a nice day (25:14)

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Oct 31, 2022
The Fetterman-Oz debate.
00:27:46

Today, we're covering the John Fetterman vs. Dr. Mehmet Oz debate. Plus, a question about how I think of Tangle, and a preview of tomorrow's subscribers-only Friday edition.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here (paywalled), and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (2:12), Today’s story (3:15), Right’s take (7:50), Left’s take (12:33), Isaac’s take (17:23), Listener question (22:27), Under the Radar (24:18), Numbers (25:08), Have a nice day (25:53)

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Oct 27, 2022
The pandemic learning losses.
00:24:01

Today, we're covering the results from the "Nation's Report Card," which showed significant drops in learning for fourth and eighth graders — tied to the pandemic — in both math and reading. We also have a major milestone and a reader question about Steve Bannon's sentence.

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Oct 26, 2022
Courts halt student debt forgiveness.
00:27:39

We're breaking down the lawsuits that threaten Biden's student loan plan. Plus, a reader question about the Republican party platform and some very important quick hits.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (2:46), Today’s story (3:56), Right’s take (9:10), Left’s take (14:04), Isaac’s take (18:40), Listener question (21:34), Under the Radar (24:06), Numbers (25:00), Have a nice day (25:48)

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Oct 25, 2022
INTERVIEW: Ivan Moore on Alaska and ranked choice voting.
00:34:34

Ivan Moore is one of Alaska's top pollsters. Today, he sits down with Tangle to discuss ranked choice voting, the contentious House and Senate races, and what he expects from the midterms.

You can read today's podcast here

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Oct 20, 2022
Biden's gig economy rule.
00:27:15

We're covering the new rules about contractors and the gig economy, which could impact millions of workers. Plus, a question about how Isaac thinks of the "My Take" section.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (0:56), Today’s story (1:56), Right’s take (7:08), Left’s take (12:03), Isaac’s take (16:58), Listener question (22:00), Under the Radar (23:32), Numbers (24:31), Have a nice day (25:16)

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Oct 19, 2022
The scandal in Los Angeles.
00:27:19

We're discussing the scandal in Los Angeles over a leaked audio recording of racist remarks. Plus, a question about why Biden is blamed for inflation when inflation is happening globally.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (1:16), Today’s story (2:16), Right’s take (11:05), Left’s take (6:32), Isaac’s take (15:42), Listener question (20:52), Under the Radar (23:42), Numbers (24:36), Have a nice day (25:25)

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Oct 18, 2022
September's troubling inflation numbers.
00:27:28

We're covering the latest inflation numbers from the Labor Department, what they mean, and who has gotten most of this right. Plus, a question about Israel's Iron Dome and if it could be used in Ukraine.

Read Tangle's previous coverage on inflation here.

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Oct 17, 2022
Biden's mass pardons. (MONDAY'S NEWSLETTER)
00:28:32

We're covering Biden's announcement of a wave of pardons. Plus, a question about state residency and running for office, and an update on the investigation into the Trump-Russia investigation.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (2:25), Today’s story (3:45), Right’s take (7:52), Left’s take (12:48), Isaac’s take (17:15), Listener question (22;10), Under the Radar (24:26), Numbers (25:17), Have a nice day (25:55)

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Oct 14, 2022
The war in Ukraine escalates.
00:27:26

Today, we're covering some harrowing updates from the war in Ukraine. Plus, a question about drawing the perfect congressional map.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (1:09), Today’s story (2:28), Right’s take (7:05), Left’s take (11:56), Isaac’s take (16:55), Listener question (21:20), Under the Radar (23:32), Numbers (24:26), Have a nice day (25:02)

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Oct 13, 2022
The protests in Iran, explained.
00:26:01

We're covering the protests in Iran and what they mean for Iranians and the U.S. Plus, a question about how the Tangle team goes to work every morning.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (00:58), Today’s story (2:04), Right’s take (9:47), Left’s take (6:43), takes from Iran (13:07) Isaac’s take (16:16), Listener question (20:20), Under the Radar (23:23), Numbers (24:12), Have a nice day (24:50)

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Oct 12, 2022
OPEC+ announces oil cuts.
00:25:19

We're covering the decision by OPEC+ nations to cut oil production — and what it means for gas prices and Biden's global diplomacy. Plus, a question about the likelihood of World War III.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (00:57), Today’s story (1:57), Right’s take (11:00), Left’s take (5:54), Isaac’s take (15:52), Listener question (20:28), Under the Radar (22:18), Numbers (22:57), Have a nice day (23:48)

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Oct 11, 2022
The Alabama gerrymandering case.
00:26:29

We're covering the voting rights cases in front of the Supreme Court. Plus, a preview of tomorrow's edition. No listener question today.

Read Tangle's previous coverage on gerrymandering here.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (2:52), Today’s story (4:04), Right’s take (13:36), Left’s take (9:37), Isaac’s take (18:51), Under the Radar (23:22), Numbers (24:14), Have a nice day (25:07)

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Oct 06, 2022
Have an easy fast...
00:06:13

We're taking the day (mostly) off in observation of Yom Kippur. To those of you observing, we wish you an easy fast. 

Want to know more about Yom Kippur? Click here.

Read yesterday's newsletter here, and preview one of our most popular recent Friday editions here.

Help us give back! For every new reader/listener who signs up for Tangle using this link, we will donate $1 to Meals on Wheels or No Kings Hungry. 

Today's clickables: Quick hits (4:18)

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Oct 05, 2022
Ukraine's advance.
00:26:27

We're covering the latest from the war in Ukraine — including the annexations of four regions and Ukraine's advances. Plus, a question about Hurricane Ian and Ron DeSantis.

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Oct 04, 2022
The new Supreme Court term
00:27:50

We're covering the upcoming Supreme Court term. Also, a reader question about finding good presidential candidates and a brief note about the Brett Favre scandal.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (00:52), Today’s story (1:53), Right’s take (6:05), Left’s take (11:46), Isaac’s take (16:54), Listener question (21:06), Under the Radar (23:54), Numbers (24:44), Have a nice day (25:22)

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Oct 03, 2022
Some big Tangle announcements.
00:14:56

Today, Isaac apologizes for not answering your email, announces some changes at Tangle, and launches our charity drive.

Links:

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Sep 30, 2022
Who attacked the Nord Stream pipeline?
00:30:27

Unpacking the global whodunnit.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (1:28), Today’s story (2:28), Russia?(7:31), Not Russia (10:43), US? (13:44), Not US (15:50), Isaac's take (17:21), Under the Radar (26:19), Numbers (27:16), Have a nice day (28:08)

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Sep 29, 2022
The Energy Independence and Security Act.
00:27:44

The controversial permitting reform bill. Plus, a question about how Isaac starts his day, and a special shoutout to three listeners!

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (2:45), Today’s story (4:15), Right’s take (13:14), Left’s take (8:12), Isaac’s take (18:02), Listener question (22:00), Under the Radar (24:01), Numbers (24:50), Have a nice day (25:40)

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Sep 28, 2022
Elections in Italy.
00:25:59

The elections in Italy and a question about talking to people who believe in conspiracies.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (1:04), Today’s story (2:25), Right’s take (6:50), Left’s take (10:10), Takes from Italy (13:18), Isaac’s take (16:20), Listener question (19:05), Under the Radar (22:05), Numbers (22:50), Have a nice day (23:50)

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Sep 27, 2022
The fraud lawsuit against Trump.
00:28:14

We're covering the New York attorney general's lawsuit into Trump. Plus, a question about food prices.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (3:14), Today’s story (4:10), Right’s take (13:30), Left’s take (8:51), Isaac’s take (18:22), Listener question (22:34), Under the Radar (24:40), Numbers (25:50), Have a nice day (26:27)

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Sep 26, 2022
INTERVIEW: Michael McDonald on midterms, "The Big Lie", and mail-in voting
01:12:41

On today's episode, we sit down with election expert Michael McDonald. Michael is the author of the new book From Pandemic to Insurrection: Voting in the 2020 Presidential Election. He also runs the website ElectProject.org and is a widely cited expert frequently seen on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and others. Today, we talk to him about his new book, where things stand on the 2022 midterms, mail-in voting, and "The Big Lie." 

You can follow Michael on Twitter @ElectProject

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Sep 25, 2022
Electoral Count Act reform.
00:25:15

We are covering the Electoral Count Act reforms and skipping our reader question. Plus, a preview of tomorrow and a story on the Cherokee Nation.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (0:59), Today’s story (2:52), Right’s take (8:24), Left’s take (12:28), Isaac’s take (17:04), Under the Radar (21:44), Numbers (22:33), Have a nice day (23:18).

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Sep 22, 2022
Biden says the pandemic is over.
00:26:32

Plus, a question about Lindsey Graham's abortion bill.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (00:56), Today’s story (1:57), Right’s take (10:25), Left’s take (5:27), Isaac’s take (14:57), Listener question (19:38), Under the Radar (22:25), Numbers (23:22), Have a nice day (24:17)

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Sep 21, 2022
Lindsey Graham's abortion bill.
00:27:06

Lindsey Graham's abortion bill, a question about the migrants in Martha's Vineyard, and the incoming challenge to student debt cancellation.

Click here for Tangle's previous coverage on abortion and Roe v. Wade.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (01:00), Today’s story (02:00), Right’s take (06:20), Left’s take (10:57), Isaac’s take (15:42), Listener question (20:02), Under the Radar (23:43), Numbers (24:26), Have a nice day (25:12)

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Sep 20, 2022
Martha's Vineyard migrants.
00:25:01

The Martha's Vineyard story. Plus, a question about where migrants cross the border.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (00:58), Today’s story (02:02), Right’s take (09:53), Left’s take (05:35), Isaac’s take (14:25), Listener question (19:02), Under the Radar (21:55), Numbers (22:33), Have a nice day (23:05)

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Sep 19, 2022
The August inflation report.
00:24:51

We're covering the latest inflation news. Plus, some reader feedback, a preview of tomorrow's subscribers-only newsletter, and a question about immigration judges.

A reminder of the Fed's role in inflation here.

You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice day” story here.

Today’s clickables: Quick hits (03:00), Today’s story (03:58), Right’s take (07:12), Left’s take (11:48), Isaac’s take (16:30), Listener question (18:50), Under the Radar (21:10), Numbers (21:58), Have a nice day (22:34)

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Sep 15, 2022
The Pennsylvania senate race.
00:28:52

The race that could decide the Senate. Plus, a question about Gov. Abbott's immigration policy.

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Sep 14, 2022
Ukraine's counteroffensive.
00:28:09

Happy 1 year anniversary to the Tangle Podcast!

Advancing Ukrainian troops have made sudden gains with "shocking speed" in the northeastern region of the country, prompting several U.S. military experts to suggest this may be a major turning point in the war. Plus, a question about investigating political leaders.

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Sep 13, 2022
The death of Queen Elizabeth.
00:25:49

On Thursday afternoon, Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving British monarch, died at her estate in Scotland. She was 96 years old, and had ruled for 70 years after acceding to the throne in 1952.

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Sep 12, 2022
The situation on the border.
00:28:11

Over the last few months, a record number of migrant encounters at the southern border and a controversial new policy of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s has set off a wave of commentary about our immigration system. Plus, a forthcoming bill in the Senate.

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Sep 08, 2022
Biden's speech in Philly.
00:28:21

The news we missed on our break, Biden's speech in Philly, and another question about Trump.

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Sep 07, 2022
INTERVIEW: Hyrum Lewis on the myth of "Right" and "Left".
00:35:17

On today's episode, we sit down with Hyrum Lewis to discuss the misconceptions of political polarization. He is the co-author of the forthcoming book "The Myth of Left and Right."  In our chat, Hyrum talks about how the words "left" and "right" have become meaningless in today's political climate, and how what we are really experiencing is people self-sorting into tribes. It's a fascinating chat that will challenge your perception of American politics.

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Sep 04, 2022
The death of Mikhail Gorbachev.
00:26:37

We explore the legacy of the late Soviet leader. Plus, a question about comparing Hillary's emails to Trumps documents.

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Sep 01, 2022
Is student debt cancellation legal?
00:25:45

Plus, a reader question about electric vehicles.

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Aug 31, 2022
California's gas car ban.
00:24:58

On Thursday, California announced it would ban the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles starting in 2035. Plus, a question about the legality of student loan forgiveness.

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Aug 30, 2022
The Mar-a-Lago affidavit.
00:28:49

On Friday, the government released a 38-page affidavit related to the search of Donald Trump's residence. Plus, a question about PPP forgiveness vs. student loan forgiveness.

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Aug 29, 2022
INTERVIEW: Economist Noah Smith
00:32:23

On today's episode, Bloomberg columnist Noah Smith comes on the pod to talk about inflation — and what impact Biden's student debt cancellation might have. Smith also shares his view on what he will have to see to feel that inflation numbers are truly improving, and talks about how the U.S. stacks up to other nations across the globe.

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Aug 28, 2022
Biden announces student loan cancellation.
00:29:09

Yesterday, President Joe Biden formally announced an executive order for widespread student debt cancellation. The move comes after more than a year of internal debate by Biden and his administration, who were trying to execute one of his key campaign promises. In the end, the administration is going to wipe out $10,000 of federal student loan debt for any individual making under $125,000 per year, or any couple making less than $250,000. Borrowers who received Pell Grants (about 6 in 10 borrowers) and make less than $125,000 a year will be eligible for total forgiveness of $20,000.

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Aug 25, 2022
Dr. Fauci retires.
00:29:20

Dr. Fauci retires, some changes to Tangle, and a recap of last night's midterm results.

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Aug 24, 2022
Who will win the Senate?
00:27:53

It's a toss-up. We'll look at some of the competitions. Plus, a question about the term "pro-life."

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Aug 23, 2022
Changes at the CDC.
00:26:55

CDC director announces new COVID guidelines and an organizational overhaul. Plus, a question about politicians' priorities.

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Aug 22, 2022
The war in Ukraine.
00:25:23
Three months since our last coverage of the conflict, we revisit.  You can read today's podcast here. You can subscribe to Tangle by clicking here or drop something in our tip jar by clicking here. Our podcast is written by Isaac Saul and produced by Trevor Eichhorn. Music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. Our newsletter is edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support
Aug 18, 2022
Liz Cheney loses.
00:26:07

And some more updates on recent primaries. Plus, a question about what she'll do next.

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Aug 17, 2022
Good news about inflation?
00:26:11

Another update. Plus, a question about birthright citizenship.

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Aug 16, 2022
An update on the Mar-a-Lago search.
00:29:05

What we've learned since our previous coverage on the FBI's raid of Trump's Florida residence. Plus, a question about armed IRS agents.

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Aug 15, 2022
IRS funding.
00:28:05

On Sunday, Senate Democrats passed their climate, health care and tax package. Part of the package includes $80 billion in funding for the Internal Revenue Service over 10 years, which would almost double the agency’s current budget. Plus, a question about Adam Schiff.

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Aug 11, 2022
The Mar-a-Lago search.
00:29:54

The FBI's search of Mar-a-Lago. On Monday, news broke that federal agents had executed a search warrant at former President Trump's Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago. Plus, a question about Republicans sticking with Trump.

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Aug 10, 2022
The monkeypox outbreak.
00:26:06

On Thursday, the federal government declared monkeypox a public health emergency. Plus, a question about how journalists use polls.

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Aug 09, 2022
Senate passes Democrats' "Inflation Reduction Act".
00:28:33

After a year of negotiations between Democrats' progressive wing and their more conservative flank, the Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act  51-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote. 

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Aug 08, 2022
The Kansas abortion vote.
00:27:57

On Tuesday, Kansas voters rejected a referendum on an amendment to remove the right to abortion from the State Constitution. Plus, a question about expanding the House of Representatives, and happy three year anniversary to the Tangle Newsletter!

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Aug 04, 2022
The burn pits bill (the PACT act).
00:27:31

The bill, short for the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act, passed the Senate yesterday and is expected to be signed into law. Plus, a question about responding to reader emails. 

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Aug 03, 2022
Pelosi's controversial Taiwan visit.
00:25:21

The Democratic House Speaker began her trip to Asia on Monday with a stop in Singapore, and the three largest newspapers in Taiwan — The United Daily News, Liberty Times and China Times — reported that she will be visiting Taiwan on Tuesday night. Plus, a question about the climate change book Unsettled

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Aug 02, 2022
Covid strikes again at Tangle.
00:02:26

The Tangle pod is extending its hiatus by one more day so Isaac can move his recording setup to his quarantine space. Your patience is much appreciated, and healing thoughts for Isaac are welcome! 


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Aug 01, 2022
Isaac debates Wayne Alynn Root.
00:58:47
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Jul 25, 2022
A climate change emergency
00:28:31

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On today's episode, Biden's climate change plan. Plus, a question about Democrats' messaging.

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Jul 21, 2022
The controversial computer chip bill.
00:27:36

On Tuesday, the Senate took the first step to advance what lawmakers are calling "CHIPS-plus," a piece of legislation that aims to combat the global chip shortage impacting everything from the automaker industry to the video game industry. Plus, a question about Isaac's debate at Freedom Fest in Las Vegas last week. 

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Jul 20, 2022
Biden meets Bin Salman.
00:28:39

President Biden's trip to Saudi Arabia. We previewed the trip at the end of June, but now that Biden is back on U.S. soil, we figured we’d review what went down. Plus, a question about "centrists" and "moderates."

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Jul 19, 2022
Joe Manchin's decision.
00:26:46

On Thursday, the West Virginia senator Joe Manchin told Democratic leaders that he was not going to back a new economic package that included spending on climate change and an increase in taxes on corporations and the wealthy. The news came after reports that negotiations had looked promising and was a major blow to party leaders who were hoping to pass a critical element of their agenda before the midterm elections in the fall.

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Jul 18, 2022
Inflation (again).
00:27:07

Yesterday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its inflation numbers for June, and prices have once again risen sharply. Plus, an interesting question about the ripple effects of Roe v. Wade.

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Jul 14, 2022
Brittany Giner's imprisonment.
00:23:24

American basketball star Brittney Griner was arrested in Russia over four months ago on drug smuggling charges for allegedly possessing cannabis oil in her carry-on luggage. She was detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport just a week before Russia invaded Ukraine and has been in prison ever since. Plus, a question about Joe Biden and some very important numbers on inflation and political polling.

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Jul 13, 2022
President Biden's age.
00:26:37

President Biden, who is now 79, became the oldest president in U.S. history to be elected when he was voted into office. He will be 82 at the end of his first term, and if he is re-elected and finishes a second term, he'd be 86 when he leaves office. Plus, a question about the Supreme Court.

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Jul 12, 2022
Shinzo Abe's assassination.
00:22:30

On Friday, Shinzo Abe, Japan's longest serving prime minister, was assassinated while giving a speech in Nara. Plus, a question about Democrats passing and abortion rights bill.

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Jul 11, 2022
The death of Shireen Abu Akleh.
00:29:12
The Palestinian-American journalist was killed on May 11, 2022, as Israeli soldiers conducted a raid in the West Bank city of Jenin. Plus, a question about voter ID laws. You can read today's podcast here. You can subscribe to Tangle by clicking here or drop something in our tip jar by clicking here. Our podcast is written by Isaac Saul and produced by Trevor Eichhorn. Music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. Our newsletter is edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support
Jul 07, 2022
Passing an abortion bill (without the filibuster).
00:27:12

On Thursday, President Biden for the first time expressed support for making an exception to the filibuster rule in order to codify abortion rights and the right to privacy through Congressional legislation. Plus, a question about an Arizona voting law.

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Jul 06, 2022
The Supreme Court's EPA ruling.
00:26:39

In a 6-3 ruling last week, the Supreme Court agreed with Republican-led states and coal companies that the 1970 Clean Air Act did not give the Environmental Protection Agency expansive power to regulate carbon emissions. Plus, some quick hits from the holiday weekend.

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Jul 05, 2022
Biden and Saudi Arabia.
00:25:11

President Biden says he will travel to the Middle East next month, from July 13-16. He will be visiting Saudi Arabia to meet with Arab leaders, including Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and will also be traveling to Israel and Palestine. Plus, a question about the future of Eastern Europe.

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Jun 29, 2022
SCOTUS's gun control ruling
00:28:39

On Thursday, the Supreme Court struck down a law in New York that required anyone who wanted to carry a handgun in public to show a “special need for self protection.” Plus, a question about statistics in politics.

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Jun 28, 2022
Roe v. Wade is struck down.
00:36:56

On Friday, the Supreme Court ended the constitutional right to an abortion, overruling the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling and leaving the question of abortion's legality to the states.

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Jun 27, 2022
INTERVIEW: Clementine Morrigan on cancel culture, social justice, and white guilt.
00:56:19

Clementine Morrigan is not someone you'd expect to be an outspoken critic of the left.

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Jun 24, 2022
The SCOTUS religious school ruling.
00:27:27

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled that Maine violated the Constitution when the state refused to make public funding available to students who attend religious schools. Plus, how to make a winning presidential candidate, and a special thank you from Isaac. 

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Jun 23, 2022
The whole point of Tangle
00:17:48

A message from Isaac about what this is and why we do it. Plus, some quick hits from yesterday's news.

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Jun 22, 2022
The drag show controversy.
00:27:40

One of the newest culture war battlegrounds in the U.S. is the exposure of children to drag shows. Plus, a listener question about Julian Assange.

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Jun 21, 2022
Republicans flip a Texas seat.
00:28:39

Last week, Republican Mayra Flores won a special election for an open congressional seat in South Texas. Her win over Democrat Dan Sanchez was a major breakthrough for Republicans who have been trying to make inroads in the Rio Grande region. Plus, Juneteenth and a question about Judge Luttig.

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Jun 20, 2022
The Fed takes on inflation.
00:26:13

Yesterday, the Federal Reserve approved the largest interest rate increase since 1994 and signaled it would continue lifting interest rates as it attempts to slow the economy and combat inflation. Plus, a question about the alleged "recon tour" of the Capitol.

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Jun 16, 2022
The SCOTUS bill & Kavanaugh threats.
00:28:39

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the Supreme Court Police Parity Act to extend Supreme Court security to the family members of justices, sending it to President Biden's desk for a signature. Plus, Isaac changes his mind about the Boudin recall.

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Jun 15, 2022
A gun control deal in the Senate.
00:24:35

On Sunday, a group of 20 senators said they struck a bipartisan gun safety framework, a major breakthrough in talks that have been ongoing since the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Plus, a question about mental health funding.

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Jun 14, 2022
The Jan. 6 hearings
00:29:21

On Thursday, the Jan. 6 committee held the first of its prime time hearings on the events leading up to and through the day of the riots at the Capitol building in 2021.

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Jun 13, 2022
INTERVIEW: Dorothy Schulz on how we can reform police.
00:37:03

On today’s episode, we are sitting down with Dorothy Schulz to discuss Biden's executive order on policing. Dorothy was a Professor of Law, Police Studies, and Criminal Justice Administration at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and was the first woman captain to serve with the Metro-North Commuter Railroad Police Departmen. Her writing in City Journal has been cited in Tangle.

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Jun 12, 2022
California's election results.
00:29:25

We have most of the results from Tuesday's primaries now. One of the things many people were watching was how successful former President Trump's endorsements would be. Plus, a question about ammunition regulation.

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Jun 09, 2022
Ilya Shapiro's free speech fight.
00:27:04

In January, Shapiro — a prominent lawyer who had just been hired as a law professor at Georgetown — became the center of controversy over his tweet about President Biden's Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. Plus, a question about how Tangle diversifies its voices.

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Jun 08, 2022
The Peter Navarro indictment.
00:24:37

On Friday, Navarro, a White House adviser to former President Donald Trump, was indicted by a grand jury after failing to comply with a subpoena from the House committee investigating the riot at the Capitol on January 6. Plus, a question about anonymity online.

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Jun 07, 2022
The Michael Sussmann verdict.
00:28:25

Last week, Sussmann was found not guilty of lying to the FBI when, in 2016, he passed on a tip intended to raise suspicion about connections between Donald Trump and Russia in the lead-up to the election. Plus, a listener question on inflation and government spending. Plus plus, a little love for Isaac's special Friday edition last week.

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Jun 06, 2022
Red flag laws.
00:29:18

Members of the Senate are working together to adopt a set of red flag laws or create incentives for states to adopt them, as well as more expansive background checks. Though they vary in kind, 19 states already have red flag laws in the U.S. They are also sometimes called extreme risk protection orders (ERPO), gun violence restraining orders, or severe threat orders of protection. Today, we take a look at how these laws function and whether there is evidence they work.

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Jun 02, 2022
Biden's executive order on police.
00:27:42

The order came on the two-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd and after Congress failed to pass bipartisan legislation to address policing. It was overshadowed by news of the shooting in Uvalde, so we thought it'd be important to revisit now. Plus, a listener question about why the media is still so focused on Trump.

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Jun 01, 2022
The Uvalde police response.
00:25:55

On Sunday, the U.S. Justice Department announced it was going to launch an investigation into the police response to the shooting at Robb Elementary School. Officers have faced criticism from parents, politicians and officials after reports they chose not to immediately storm the school and engage the active shooter who killed 21 people, including 19 children. The account of events from police and law enforcement has at times been contradictory and unclear, including initial reports that a gun battle took place outside the school and that the shooter wore body armor, both of which appear to be inaccurate. Border patrol, local Uvalde police and the county sheriff's department were all at the school shortly after the shooter arrived, but were ordered not to storm the classroom where he had barricaded himself. The delay in confronting the shooter — who was inside the school unimpeded for more than an hour — has become the center of the story.

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May 31, 2022
Biden's Taiwan comments.
00:25:05

On Monday, President Joe Biden was visiting Japan when he told world leaders that the U.S. would militarily defend Taiwan if China invaded the island. Plus, a question about red flag laws.

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May 26, 2022
We are broken.
00:29:33

Every now and then, Isaac feels compelled to abandon the Tangle formula and write something from the heart. Today is one of those days.

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May 25, 2022
An update on Afghanistan.
00:26:16

It has now been over nine months since the U.S. left Afghanistan, so we thought it’d be a good time to do an update on what's happening there. Plus, a question about Vladimir Putin's health.

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May 24, 2022
The $40 billion Ukraine bill.
00:27:29

On Thursday, the Senate approved $40 billion of additional military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Plus, a question about where traditional Republicans go from here.

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May 23, 2022
The midterm results (and what they mean).
00:27:15

Primaries took place in Idaho, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. To narrow our focus a bit, we are going to center our coverage on Pennsylvania and North Carolina, two battleground states that will be key to who wins the House and Senate in 2022 and the White House in 2024.

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May 19, 2022
Sweden and Finland bid for NATO.
00:26:08

Plus, an update on primaries, and a reader question about the baby formula shortage.

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May 19, 2022
The Buffalo Shooting.
00:27:41

On Saturday, 10 people were killed in a grocery store in Buffalo, NY, by an 18-year-old white man. The violence took place in a predominantly Black neighborhood. 

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May 17, 2022
The baby formula shortage.
00:26:34

Over the last few weeks, what began as a pandemic-era quirk has spiraled into a national crisis. More than 40% of baby formula is now out of stock in the U.S., a twentyfold increase since the first half of 2021.

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May 16, 2022
Allowing Trump back on Twitter.
00:26:25

On Tuesday, Elon Musk said he would reverse Trump's Twitter ban if he takes over the company. Plus, are Republicans trying to ban IUD's?

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May 12, 2022
The inflation problem.
00:28:08

Yesterday, President Biden addressed the country on inflation, telling Americans he understands what they are grappling with and that solving the issue is his top priority. A spike in inflation has pushed the consumer price index up 8% annually, and the average cost of gas per gallon hit a new high on Tuesday. Plus,  a listener question about the trustworthiness of news sources.

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May 11, 2022
Democrats' abortion bill.
00:26:41

In the wake of the Roe v. Wade opinion leak, which revealed that the Supreme Court is ready to overturn its previous rulings on abortion rights, the political blowback has been swift. Plus, a listener question on abortion rights in Europe.

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May 10, 2022
J.D. Vance's win in Ohio
00:24:26

Last week, Vance won the Republican primary for the hotly contested Senate seat that opened when Republican Sen. Rob Portman decided to retire. He is now set to face Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who won his primary easily, in the general election. Plus, a listener question about the economic recovery.

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May 09, 2022
INTERVIEW: Jacob Mchangama on the history of free speech
00:37:43

Jacob Mchangama is a Danish lawyer, human-rights advocate, and social commentator. He is the founder and director of Justitia, a Copenhagen-based think tank focusing on human rights, freedom of speech, and the rule of law. He is also the author of Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media, which is why he is here today.

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May 09, 2022
The Disinformation Governance Board.
00:25:40

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says it is stepping up an effort to counter disinformation from Russia, along with misinformation that human smugglers use to mislead migrants traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border.

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May 05, 2022
The end of Roe v. Wade?
00:40:16

On Monday night, Politico published a bombshell story that included a leaked draft of a majority opinion striking down Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which would effectively end federal protections for abortion rights.

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May 04, 2022
Prayer at school.
00:30:20

Thanks for your patience as our podcast platform was down for software updates this afternoon! On today's ep; Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, a case that could have implications for the divide between religion and education. Plus, an acknowledgement of today's Roe v. Wade news, with more extensive coverage to follow.

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May 03, 2022
Forgiving student debt.
00:28:07

President Joe Biden is reportedly nearing a decision on how to handle forgiving student debt for borrowers, a policy he ran on in the 2020 election. Plus, a listener question about a new law in California, and an extension of our pod listeners only membership offer!

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May 02, 2022
Listener Mailbag: Your questions answered.
00:38:46

Plus, an exclusive offer for listeners of the pod.

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Apr 28, 2022
The Kevin McCarthy tapes.
00:26:53

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is considered the favorite to become speaker of the House, replacing Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), if Republicans take control of Congress in the midterms. The position, along with Senate Majority Leader, is one of the two most powerful positions in Congress. Plus, a listener question about unaffiliated members of Congress.

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Apr 27, 2022
Elon Musk buys Twitter.
00:30:19

Yesterday, after weeks of news reports swirling about Musk's involvement with the social media giant, Twitter accepted his takeover bid. Musk has purchased the company for $54.20 per share, roughly $44 billion. Plus, Isaac tags in a guest response to a listener question.

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Apr 26, 2022
Macron wins in France.
00:24:03

Yesterday, Emmanuel Macron defeated Marine Le Pen in France's presidential election, becoming the first French president in 20 years to win a second term. Plus, a question about far-left and far-right news outlets.

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Apr 25, 2022
Libs of TikTok.
00:30:19

A "very online" story, but one that quite a few listeners have asked about. The controversy surrounding the alleged "doxxing" of the creator of the Libs of TikTok social media account by Washington Post reporter Taylor Lorenz.

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Apr 21, 2022
Federal mask mandates end.
00:28:20

On Monday, Florida Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle declared the Biden administration's Covid-19 mask mandate for public transportation unlawful. The ruling ended the federal requirement that travelers in the U.S. wear masks on airplanes, taxis, buses, trains or other mass transit.

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Apr 20, 2022
The RNC's debate decision.
00:26:11

On Thursday, the Republican National Committee (RNC) voted to withdraw from the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), effectively ending more than three decades of bipartisan cooperation to organize debates among the leading candidates for the White House.

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Apr 19, 2022
A year ago, I went all in.
00:22:24

A departure from form today, as Tangle reaches an important milestone. Thanks for listening.

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Apr 13, 2022
Amazon workers unionize.
00:26:34

Amazon workers in Staten Island, New York, voted to unionize earlier this month, the first time a successful organizing effort has taken place at one of the largest companies in America. Plus, a question about why people hate taxes.

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Apr 12, 2022
Ketanji Brown Jackson's judicial philosophy
00:24:48

We're covering Judge Jackson's confirmation and what it means for the court. Plus, a question about the "gap" in Trump's call logs on January 6.

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Apr 11, 2022
INTERVIEW: Politics + Media 101's Justin Higgins
00:51:59

On today’s podcast, we are sitting down with Justin Higgins. Justin is the host of Politics + Media 101, he led the legislative and media efforts to address Hurricane Marie as an appointed official for the Democratic Government of Puerto Rico, he has worked as a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives, as a senior research analyst for the RNC where he compiled opposition research, and — as I’m sure will be of much interest to our listeners — has actually switched political parties over the last few years.

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Apr 10, 2022
Your criticism, my response.
00:33:06

Every once in a while, a newsletter we publish generates enough feedback and criticism that we feel it's necessary to follow up on it. In today's special Friday episode, we address feedback we received after our episode on the controversy surrounding Disney and Florida's so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill. 

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Apr 08, 2022
War crimes in Ukraine.
00:22:44

Over the last two weeks, a series of news reports broke about the town of Bucha, which sits in the suburbs of Kyiv (Ukraine's capital). Russian forces had occupied the suburb for weeks, but withdrew last week. Then Ukrainian officials announced they had discovered evidence of war crimes. Plus, a preview of a special Friday edition.

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Apr 07, 2022
Elon Musk joins Twitter.
00:24:37

Yesterday, the social media platform Twitter announced that Musk would be joining its board of directors. The announcement came just a day after the company said Musk had bought a 9.2% stake in Twitter, making him the largest single shareholder of the company. Plus, Isaac's response to listener criticism.

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Apr 06, 2022
The Disney controversy.
00:28:22

A closer look at what is going on with Disney and and the events unravelling in Florida. There are two threads to this story, so we will try to flesh them both out properly.

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Apr 05, 2022
The Iran Nuclear Deal negotiations.
00:26:20

For the past several months, the Biden administration and the European Union have been negotiating to reinstate the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, informally known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. Plus, a question about the Republican Party platform.

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Apr 04, 2022
The end of Title 42.
00:23:36

Yesterday, The New York Times reported that the Biden administration is planning to end Title 42, the emergency CDC health order that has restricted immigration at U.S. land borders since the beginning of the pandemic. Plus, a question about America's attitude towards immigrants.

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Mar 31, 2022
Biden's new budget.
00:23:38

Is this a pivot? A White House budget like this is not a binding document; it is more like a baseline from which to begin negotiations, and sometimes a party agenda statement for Washington D.C. to squabble over. Many consider it little more than symbolic, while others view it as a document that creates the boundaries for federal priorities. So heading into the midterms, the budget is an important look at the administration's goals. Plus, a reader question about how the fed manages inflation.

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Mar 30, 2022
The Ginni Thomas texts.
00:25:38

The conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas caused a stir last week when her text messages about January 6th became public. Plus, an important update in Ukraine.

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Mar 29, 2022
Biden's Warsaw speech.
00:22:45

On Saturday, the president traveled to Poland to deliver what was billed as the most important speech of his presidency yet. Standing about 200 miles from  Ukraine’s border, Biden said the war in Ukraine represented a "battle for democracy" and framed it as part of a larger, longer struggle of people rising up to defend their freedoms throughout world history. Plus, a reader question about Ukrainian refugees fleeing to Russia.

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Mar 28, 2022
An update in Ukraine.
00:25:14

It has now been one month since the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine began. It has been 10 days since our last coverage of the war. Plus, a reader question about TV cameras in congressional hearings. Want to hear from us over the weekend? Become a paid subscriber here

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Mar 24, 2022
Ketanji Brown Jackson's hearing.
00:25:08

Jackson was nominated to become a United States Supreme Court justice on February 25. Yesterday was the second day of Jackson's hearing in front of the 22-member Senate judiciary committee. Plus, a question about Tulsi Gabbard running on a republican ticket.

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Mar 23, 2022
The Hunter Biden story.
00:27:20

Last week, The New York Times published an update on an ongoing federal investigation into Hunter Biden (Tangle covered that in December of 2020 here). In it, The Times reported that Biden had paid off a significant tax liability in hopes of staving off an indictment stemming from an investigation into his tax affairs, but that he is still the subject of a "wide-ranging examination of his international business dealings."

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Mar 22, 2022
A gas tax holiday.
00:23:36

With the average price of gasoline at $4.25 per gallon, politicians are discussing ways to drive the price down. As we covered in Friday's subscribers-only edition on what really drives gas prices, one component of pricing is taxes.

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Mar 21, 2022
INTERVIEW: Scott Tinker on the future of energy
01:04:49

Scott Tinker is an energy expert, geologist, and documentary filmmaker trying to carve out the "radical middle" on the future of energy. In today's podcast, he discusses both the reasons we need to move away from oil (or make it cleaner) while also diving into the myths of "renewable" energy, which he says simply is not a thing. Tinker breaks down the pros and cons of fossil fuels, solar, electric vehicles, nuclear energy and much more.

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Mar 20, 2022
Raskin's nomination fails.
00:25:07

On Tuesday, Raskin withdrew her nomination to join the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and every Senate Republican indicated they would oppose her confirmation, leaving President Biden one vote short to force a 50-50 tie and push Raskin's nomination through. Plus, a quick explainer on the Federal Reserve, and a reader question regarding "light editing" in journalism. 

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Mar 17, 2022
Daylight saving.
00:24:58

The great debate! Make sure you weigh in, in our poll below.

The Sunshine Protection act. Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed legislation that would make daylight saving time (the current time we're in) permanent beginning in 2023, ending the twice-annual changing of clocks to promote "brighter afternoons and more economic activity," as Reuters put it. The legislation still needs to pass in the House, and then get Biden's signature to become law, but its odds are looking better than ever.

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Mar 16, 2022
The return of earmarks (pork).
00:26:27

Earmarks are back. Sometimes called member-directed spending, pork, pork-barrelling, bacon, fat, or fluff, earmarks are funding for projects that get inserted into legislation at the request of specific members of Congress, usually in an effort to win over that member's vote (think of it as politically acceptable coercion, even bribery).

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Mar 15, 2022
The Polish fighter jets.
00:25:59

A welcome back to the daily pod, a hello to the new members of the Tangle team, and our main story: Last week, the Pentagon rejected an offer from Poland to transfer MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, despite initially signaling it would support the plan.

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Mar 14, 2022
RE-RUN: Alex Vitale on abolishing the police
00:41:13

Our last flashback of Tangle's two-week vacay. See you next Monday for a brand new daily pod! Original air date: Apr 25, 2021

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Mar 10, 2022
RE-RUN: A conversation with Alex Nowrasteh
00:26:42

Homestretch! Our deepest dive yet; Isaac's first published audio interview for the Tangle podcast (Trevor wasn't even on the team yet). How far we've come! Original air date: Jan 29, 2021

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Mar 09, 2022
RE-RUN: A conversation with Andrew Yang
00:42:20

Original air date: Jan 7, 2022

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Mar 08, 2022
RE-RUN: Yousef Munayyer on the Israel-Palestine conflict
00:30:28

Halfway through our deep dive into the Tangle interview archives while our producer Trevor is away. Original air date: May 23, 2021

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Mar 07, 2022
RE-RUN: Texas Right to Life's John Seago
00:49:31

Mining old treasures from the Tangle archives while our producer, Trevor, is away. Back to the dailies 3/15. Original air date: Sept 27, 2021

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Mar 03, 2022
RE-RUN: Conservative writer Drew Holden on bias in the media
00:46:32

Another interview from the Tangle archives while we take a brief break from the the daily pod. Original air date: April 5, 2021.

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Mar 02, 2022
RE-RUN: Former CIA operative Jonna Mendez
00:58:13

Isaac talks with a former CIA operative. Original air date: March 21, 2021.

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Mar 01, 2022
RE-RUN: Josh Rogin on the Wuhan lab leak.
00:46:28

The news is still happening, but the pod is taking some time off while our producer Trevor takes a vacation. While we're gone, let's revisit some of our favorite interviews that Isaac has done since the Tangle pod's inception in 2019. Today, Josh Rogin explains his coronavirus lab leak theory. Original air date: May 30, 2021.

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Feb 28, 2022
It's happening.
00:18:59

Vladimir Putin has invaded Ukraine.

The Washington Post put it like this: “Russia launched a broad attack on Ukraine from multiple directions early Thursday, bombarding cities, towns and villages and advancing toward the capital, Kyiv, as Ukrainian forces tried to stem the onslaught of Russian ground forces and air power.”

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Feb 24, 2022
Rising violent crime.
00:25:49

Over the last few months, a debate has been raging about the rise in violent crime across the United States. In 2020, murders in the U.S. went up 30%, the largest single year increase in sixty years. In 2021, new data are showing murders rising again, this time at a slower rate, but now reaching similar levels to the mid-1990s, when murders in the U.S. were near an all-time high.

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Feb 23, 2022
Ukraine and Russia on the brink.
00:26:53

Yesterday, Vladimir Putin announced that he was recognizing the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR) as independent states. During his speech, Putin said "Ukraine has never had its own authentic statehood" and demanded that "those who captured and are holding on to power in Kyiv" immediately "cease military action."

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Feb 22, 2022
An update on Ukraine-Russia.
00:26:14

In short, the world is watching this story because Russian President Vladimir Putin has amassed 150,000 troops along Ukraine's border. Russia and Ukraine have been engaged in a kind of trench warfare in Donbas, the eastern region of Ukraine, for years. But Russia's latest troop build-up signals to many the potential for a full-scale war or invasion.

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Feb 17, 2022
Sarah Palin vs. The New York Times
00:24:55

The former governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate (running alongside John McCain) had sued The New York Times for libel over a 2017 editorial that erroneously linked her political rhetoric to the 2011 mass shooting where Gabby Giffords, then-Democratic congresswoman from Arizona, was shot in the head, and six others were killed.

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Feb 16, 2022
The Durham news, explained.
00:27:39

Late last week, something interesting happened: A news story began percolating in many conservative online spaces, but got very little attention in more "mainstream" sources like The New York Times or The Washington Post. It was, seemingly, ignored by many news outlets with more liberal writers on staff.

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Feb 15, 2022
Biden's border problem.
00:27:09

In 2021, U.S. Border Patrol agents made 1.9 million arrests, a record high, according to new data. The data were revealed in just released court filings related to a lawsuit filed by the attorneys general of Missouri and Texas. Around 20% of the migrants arrested, approximately 402,000, were released into the U.S. while awaiting hearings, which is down from the 56% released during a surge in illegal crossings under the Trump administration just before the pandemic began. More than one million were sent back to Mexico or their home countries under Title 42. The Biden administration has used Title 42, a public health law, in order to limit the number of migrants released into the U.S. Former President Trump had used the same law to reject migrants before they could even claim asylum.

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Feb 14, 2022
INTERVIEW: Grace Lavery on today's free speech issues
01:05:05

On today's episode, we sat down with Grace Lavery to talk about why she left Substack, how platforms should be moderating speech in this moment, and what the state of free speech looks like in America. Grace Lavery is a writer, editor, and academic living in Brooklyn, NY. She is an Associate Professor of English, Critical Theory, and Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and her research explores the history and theory of aesthetics and interpretation, with particular interests in psychoanalysis, literary realism, and queer and trans cultures. She has a forthcoming memoir called Please Miss, which will be published by Seal Press in 2022.

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Feb 13, 2022
The Ottawa trucker protest.
00:24:17

Two weeks ago, a so-called "Freedom Convoy" of truckers began a trip across Canada. Their goal was to demonstrate against the Covid-19 vaccine mandates and other restrictions that have been put in place by the Canadian government, an effort led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The protesters’ destination was Ottawa, the nation's capital, and since arriving they have gathered throughout the city, blocking off streets, blaring their horns and demanding an end to the pandemic restrictions.

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Feb 10, 2022
The Olympics begin.
00:22:40

The 2022 Winter Olympics began in Beijing, China, last week with opening ceremonies on Friday. In early December, we covered Biden's announcement of a diplomatic boycott — meaning the U.S. won't be sending the president or any other official U.S. government delegation.

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Feb 09, 2022
Trans swimmer Lia Thomas.
00:27:17

The University of Penn swimmer is a trans woman who is competing on the women's swim team. During her first three years at Penn, she swam on the men's team. Thomas was a successful swimmer in the men's division, finishing second in the men’s 500, 1,000 and 1,650 freestyle at the Ivy League championships as a sophomore in 2019. She took two years off of swimming to undergo hormone replacement therapy as part of her gender transition, and returned to swimming this year on the women's team.

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Feb 08, 2022
The Republican censures.
00:24:37

On Friday, the Republican party censured Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). Cheney and Kinzinger are the only Republicans on the congressional committee tasked with investigating the events of, and leading up to, that day. The RNC has accused them of being engaged in the "persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse," which RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said had "nothing to do" with the violence at the Capitol.

While the censure doesn’t formally expel Cheney and Kinzinger from the party, it does resolve to cut off support for them as politicians. The censure says the party will  “immediately cease any and all support of them as members of the Republican Party for their behavior which has been destructive to the institution of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Republican Party and our republic, and is inconsistent with the position of the Conference.”

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Feb 07, 2022
INTERVIEW: Brad Polumbo, founder of BASED Politics.
00:50:02

Brad Polumbo is a policy correspondent with Foundation for Economic Education (also known as FEE), a contributor at The Washington Examiner and the co-founder of a new conservative news website called BASED Politics. I’m also proud to say he is a regular reader of the Tangle newsletter and was one of our original supporters in the media space.

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Feb 06, 2022
Whoopi Goldberg's suspension.
00:24:39

On Tuesday, Whoopi Goldberg was suspended for two weeks as co-host of ABC’s "The View" after comments she made about Jews and the Holocaust during a debate on book banning. During a conversation about a Tennessee school district removing the book Maus from its curriculum, Goldberg insisted that the Holocaust was “not about race ... it’s about man’s inhumanity to other man," arguing that the Holocaust was about two groups of white people doing horrible things to each other.

Goldberg apologized hours after her comments were made and again in a follow-up episode, but the two-week suspension rolled in after leaders of many Jewish groups and viewers of the show expressed their anger. The president of ABC News called her comments "wrong and hurtful."

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Feb 03, 2022
Gerrymandering in New York.
00:23:49

On Sunday, New York Democrats proposed a new congressional map for the state that could give the party an overt advantage in 22 of the state's 26 House districts in the midterm elections. Today, Republicans hold eight seats in New York’s congressional delegation, meaning the new map would eliminate their advantage in half of the districts they have. Reminder: We published a breakdown of gerrymandering and its history on Jan. 14th that is worth reading if you missed it.

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Feb 02, 2022
Your criticism, my response.
00:27:18

We re-visit yesterday's Joe Rogan piece.

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Feb 01, 2022
Joe Rogan and Spotify
00:23:29

Last week, podcasting mega-star Joe Rogan became the center of conversation after momentum grew on Spotify to boycott Rogan's show. It started when rockstar Neil Young demanded his music be removed by Spotify if Rogan remained on the platform, citing Covid-19 misinformation that has been spread on Rogan's show. “They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both," Young said.

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Jan 31, 2022
Stephen Breyer retires.
00:22:05

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Stephen G. Breyer. Yesterday, news broke that the senior member of the Supreme Court's three-member liberal wing will retire. Breyer, who is 83, was appointed in 1994 by Bill Clinton and is the oldest member of the court. When Ruth Bader Ginsburg died and was replaced by Justice Amy Coney Barrett, many progressives began urging Breyer to step down to ensure President Joe Biden would be able to select his replacement. Breyer's most consequential decisions on the bench involved holding up the Affordable Care Act, backing pro-choice rulings, and supporting the 2015 ruling to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Jan 27, 2022
Affirmative action goes to SCOTUS.
00:26:40

On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear two separate challenges to colleges who consider race during the admissions process (often called affirmative action). Both cases, one from North Carolina and the other from Harvard, allege that race-based admissions processes discriminate against Asian Americans.

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Jan 26, 2022
Ukraine, Russia, and rising tension.
00:24:26

On Saturday, the U.S. embassy in Ukraine requested the evacuation of all non-essential staff, including families of U.S. diplomats. The moves come in response to a Russian troop build up along Ukraine's border and intelligence reports that Russia is planning an invasion. Russia has so far denied such plans.

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Jan 25, 2022
Democrats try to abolish the filibuster.
00:25:15

Democrats say the threat to voting rights is a big enough deal that abolishing the filibuster for major legislation — or at least tweaking it temporarily to push through a voting rights bill — is a worthy cause. Last week, 48 out of 50 Senate Democrats voted to change the rules to push forward a voting rights bill. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Friday Democrats "made progress" on a voting rights bill and a filibuster rules change to pass it. But Sens. Joe Manchin and Kysten Sinema, two Democrats, still say they are opposed to changing the rules and pushing through a voting rights bill with zero Republican support.

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Jan 24, 2022
INTERVIEW: Nick Tomboulides on terms limits in Congress.
00:43:09

Every day, Tangle readers write in with questions.

And at least once a week, I get a reader question about term limits for Congress. Do I support them? Do I think they would work? Why don't we have them? Today we sat down with Nick Tomboulides, the Executive Director of U.S. Term Limits and one of the leading experts on term limits in the United States. You might recognize Nick from his 2019 Congressional testimony, which went viral, where he testified before the Senate and told them exactly why he thought they all needed to have their terms limited.

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Jan 23, 2022
Biden's first year (a review).
00:33:28

One year ago today, President Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States of America. Today, we review where things are.

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Jan 20, 2022
The synagogue attack in Texas.
00:20:48

On Saturday, four people — including a rabbi — were taken hostage inside Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas. The small city of 26,000 people is just north of Fort Worth. A 44-year-old British man named Malik Faisal Akram was later identified by the FBI as the hostage taker.

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Jan 19, 2022
The Electoral Count Act.
00:22:33

Momentum to reform the Electoral Count Act is growing in both Republican and Democratic circles, a change some say would help avoid the chaos of January 6 and ambiguity about how presidential elections are decided in the U.S.

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Jan 18, 2022
Should noncitizens be allowed to vote?
00:21:29

Starting next year, 800,000 legal permanent residents will be eligible to vote in New York City, despite not being citizens. The measure applies to legal residents, including those with green cards, and Dreamers who were brought here illegally as children under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). These residents will not be allowed to vote in state or federal elections, but will be allowed to vote in citywide contests.

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Jan 13, 2022
Biden's vaccine mandates.
00:23:17

On Friday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases: The first was the National Federation of Independent Business v. Department of Labor, which is a challenge to the Biden administration’s vaccine-or-test mandate that was instituted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The mandate requires employees at companies of at least 100 people to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be tested weekly and wear masks while in the workplace. The rule impacted about two-thirds of all private sector workers, more than 84 million people.

The second challenge is Biden v. Missouri. In that case, the Biden administration's nationwide mandate for all health care workers at facilities receiving federal funding is being challenged. The Department of Health and Human services instituted a rule that all workers that participate in Medicare or Medicaid programs must be fully vaccinated unless they qualify for a medical or religious exemption, according to SCOTUSblog.com. More than 10 million workers are impacted by this rule.

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Jan 12, 2022
Kazakhstan, explained.
00:23:14

If you've been reading the news recently, you have probably stumbled across some stories about Kazakhstan. The country is currently in the midst of civil unrest that has left at least 164 people dead, and more than 5,800 civilians detained. Today, we breakdown what's going on.

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Jan 11, 2022
The state of the economy.
00:23:13

On Friday, the latest jobs report was released, giving one final look at the state of the economy as we head into 2022. The report's numbers drew both celebration and disappointment in certain quarters, with a mixed bag of data on where things stand.

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Jan 10, 2022
INTERVIEW: a conversation with Andrew Yang
00:41:28

Isaac sits down with former presidential and New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang. They discuss his new third-party, what he thinks will happen in 2024, and why Democrats are in trouble.

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Jan 07, 2022
No podcast today...
00:01:11

Well... Covid-19 upended my travel plans. The result is I am on an airplane today, as is my podcast editor, so we don't have anyone to produce our reading of today's newsletter. You can go read it for yourself here if you want, though. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we'll be back tomorrow with our Andrew Yang interview!

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Jan 06, 2022
The child tax credit ends.
00:24:29

At the end of the year, the child tax credit legislation that provided monthly checks that were going out to millions of parents — which Democrats passed last year — lapsed. Party leaders had expected to pass a temporary or permanent expansion of the CTC in the Build Back Better legislation, but that bill was effectively killed last month when Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who Democrats needed to pass the legislation, announced he was not going to vote for the nearly $2 trillion bill.

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Jan 05, 2022
Biden signs the NDAA
00:25:39

On December 27, President Biden signed the NDAA for fiscal year 2022 into law. The bill, which authorized $768.2 billion of spending in 2022, passed the House and Senate with overwhelming majorities (88-11 in the Senate, 363-70 in the House), with Republicans outnumbering Democrats in support in both chambers despite being in the minority. Each year, the NDAA is considered a "must-pass" bill, as it is one of the only pieces of annual legislation that never seems to fail. It has become law every year for six consecutive decades.

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Jan 04, 2022
We're back: Congress and stocks.
00:25:13

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Shortly before Christmas break, Business Insider published a series that found 52 members of Congress and 182 senior-level staffers had violated the STOCK Act, which requires members and their familiey members to publicly disclose sales or purchases of individual stocks, bonds and commodity futures within 45 days of their actions.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), whose husband has a reputation for being a prolific stock trader, responded to a question about whether Congress should ban members and their families from trading stocks by saying "no... we're a free market economy. They should be able to participate in that."

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Jan 03, 2022
The Jan. 6 investigation
00:26:44

A quick heads up that this is our last podcast until January 3rd. Today's episode is about the House committee investigating the riots at the Capitol in Washington D.C. on January 6th, which voted to hold former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress over his refusal to cooperate with the probe. The full House voted on the measure, which passed bywith a 222-to-208 vote, with just two Republicans — Reps. Liz Cheney (WY) and Adam Kinzinger (IL) — voting “yes" with Democrats. The Justice Department will now decide whether to pursue the contempt referral, a misdemeanor criminal offense that is punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

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Dec 22, 2021
INTERVIEW: Counterterrorism expert and former FBI agent Clint Watts
00:48:23

On today's Tangle podcast, we sit down with Clint Watts, a counterterrorism expert who studies Russian misinformation and used to serve in the FBI. Watts has testified before Congress and is considering one of the leading experts on Russian misinformation. 

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Dec 21, 2021
My Covid-19 story
00:38:08

Isaac tells the tale of his Covid-19 diagnosis.

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Dec 21, 2021
Manchin says 'no' to Biden
00:25:03

Yesterday, the West Virginia Democrat went on Fox News Sunday and all but ended the negotiations over President Biden's $1.7 trillion social spending and climate change bill plan, dubbed Build Back Better (BBB).

Speaking with Bret Baier, Manchin cited rising inflation, the national debt, and the latest Covid-19 variant, and said "I can't go home and explain it to the people of West Virginia, I can't vote for it. And I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can't. I've tried everything humanly possible. I can't get there."

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Dec 20, 2021
Covid strikes at Tangle.
00:07:06

Trevor is on the mic today to pass along a note from Isaac, and give you the quick hits of the day.

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Dec 15, 2021
Julian Assange's extradition.
00:26:37

On Friday, a British court ruled that Assange could be extradited to the U.S. to face charges under the Espionage Act for his role in publishing classified military and diplomatic cables. These charges are tied directly to a U.S. indictment against Assange for helping former Army analyst Chelsea Manning leak thousands of U.S. military reports on Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as American diplomatic cables. Assange was initially charged with conspiracy to hack a computer to disclose classified information, as well as helping Manning crack a Defense Department computer password that provided her access to a U.S. government network storhousing classified information.

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Dec 14, 2021
Tick-tock: Biden's agenda on the clock.
00:25:32

This week is crunch time for President Joe Biden and Democrats, who are hoping to push through Biden's $1.7 trillion social spending and climate change package before Christmas. Democrats are using a Senate process called reconciliation to pass this bill, so they don't need a single Republican vote to push it through. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), a longtime holdout, would not commit to voting for the bill earlier this month, but Congressional insiders say she is privately on board (and is supportive of keeping paid family leave in the bill, a major win for Democrats).

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Dec 13, 2021
The Ukraine Situation.
00:24:17

Last week, news outlets in the U.S. began reporting that intelligence officials had determined Vladimir Putin was considering a "military action" in Ukraine — possibly an invasion — that could begin as early as 2022. The intelligence finding estimated Russia was planning to deploy as many as 175,000 troops and almost half of them were already present along Ukraine's border.

In response, President Joe Biden pledged to make it "very, very difficult" for Putin to take any military action, and then held a two-hour video conference with Putin in which U.S. officials say Biden issued a warning about the economic penalties that would come down if a large-scale invasion took place.

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Dec 09, 2021
The Michigan school shooting.
00:25:36

Last week, a 15-year-old boy named Ethan Crumbley was charged with murder and terrorism for a shooting that killed four students and injured several more at Oxford High School in Michigan. Then on Friday, prosecutors took the unusual step of also charging Ethan's parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, with involuntary manslaughter.

Karen McDonald, prosecutor for Oakland County, Michigan, says the Crumbleys committed "egregious" acts that contributed to the mass shooting, including buying Ethan the weapon, leaving it in an unsecure place, and ignoring obvious signs that their son could be dangerous. Under Michigan law, an involuntary manslaughter charge can be filed if authorities "believe someone contributed to a situation where there was a high chance of harm or death," according to the Associated Press. Both the Crumbleys entered not guilty pleas and are being held on $500,000 bond each.Last week, a 15-year-old boy named Ethan Crumbley was charged with murder and terrorism for a shooting that killed four students and injured several more at Oxford High School in Michigan. Then on Friday, prosecutors took the unusual step of also charging Ethan's parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, with involuntary manslaughter.

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Dec 08, 2021
Biden boycotts the Olympics.
00:22:42

Yesterday, the Biden administration confirmed that it will not be sending the president or any other official U.S. government delegation to the Beijing Winter Olympics in February. The move is designed as a protest against China's ongoing human rights abuses, and is a notable snub given the Chinese government’s hopes to use the Olympics to enhance its public standing. But the boycott by officials will not affect the ability of any U.S. athletes to participate in the games.

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Dec 07, 2021
Your response to my abortion pieces.
00:30:35

Every now and then, I like to put together a newsletter of reader feedback on a specific edition. I do this for a few reasons: One, I think it's really interesting to let Tangle readers see the kinds of emails and replies I get. Two, I think it's important to keep sharing the opinions and views of people who aren't me. And three, I think it's important to share those opinions even — and especially — if they are ideas I didn't think of, or don't agree with, or otherwise feel like they add something of value I wasn't providing.

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Dec 06, 2021
The SCOTUS abortion case.
00:27:32

Mississippi’s abortion law. Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the case regarding a law enacted in 2018 by the Mississippi legislature that banned abortions if the "probable gestational age of the unborn human" was more than 15 weeks. The law had narrow exceptions for medical emergencies and severe fetal abnormalities, but no exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest.

In case you missed it, we published a lengthy newsletter on Tuesday that explained the background of Roe v. Wade and the Dobbs v. Jackson challenge. If you haven't read that yet, I strongly suggest you go read it now.

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Dec 02, 2021
Jack Dorsey just resigned. Now what?
00:23:26

On Monday, Jack Dorsey announced he was stepping down as CEO of Twitter, the social media website he co-founded in 2006. He is going to be replaced by Parag Agrawal, the company's chief technology officer who started at Twitter as an engineer and has been working on technologies associated with cryptocurrencies.

Why it matters: Twitter is one of the most important meeting places for political minds and discourse, and has played a huge role in the political world over the last five years. Former President Donald Trump mastered engagement on the platform, using it to drive media coverage of his presidency, sidestep traditional news outlets and speak directly to his followers. And then, in the wake of the January 6 riots at the Capitol, he was banned.

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Dec 01, 2021
Abortion rights and Roe v. Wade.
00:27:03

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the two Supreme Court rulings that have mostly defined the Constitutional right to abortion in the United States. If the state of Mississippi wins the case, depending on the nature of the justices’ ruling, it could effectively end the Constitutional right to abortion and pass the job of regulation over to the states, many of which are prepared to immediately limit when, how and where abortions can happen.

Today, we're going to explore the history of abortion law and what exactly is being argued before the Supreme Court.

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Nov 30, 2021
The Omicron variant.
00:25:14

Over the weekend, several countries around the world implemented new Covid-19 travel restrictions over fears of the newest variant, despite little knowledge of how contagious it is or where exactly it is present. Omicron was first detected in South Africa, which has one of the most sophisticated screening systems in the world (it's a presumption to say it "originated" there — more likely, they were just the first to discover it). Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Britain, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, France, and Canada have all also detected the variant, according to Reuters. This week, in honor of Giving Tuesday, one of the most charitable days of the year, Tangle will be donating 50% of all new subscription revenue and "tips" this week to Heavenly HRVST, one of my favorite charities that provides delicious shelf-stable meals to the hungry in New York City and across the east coast. I've met and interviewed their founder, John Doherty, and even tried their meals, which are fantastic. It's a great organization that we love to support.

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Nov 29, 2021
The killing of Ahmaud Arbery.
00:27:13

On Monday, closing arguments began in the trial of his killers, and are expected to end on Tuesday before the jury begins deliberations. Arbery's case is the third in a series of politically and racially charged murder/homicide cases that rocked the nation last year to go to trial — the murder of George Floyd, the Kyle Rittenhouse shooting, and now the Arbery trial.

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Nov 23, 2021
The Kyle Rittenhouse verdict.
00:23:14

On Friday, Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges related to his shooting of three people during riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year. The jury deliberated for three and a half days and found Rittenhouse not guilty on all five counts, including charges of reckless homicide in the death of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and intentional homicide in the death of Anthony Huber, 26.

As the not guilty verdicts were read, Rittenhouse collapsed into the arms of his lawyer. Experts largely expected the outcome after the judge in the case, Bruce Schroeder, granted a defense motion to drop a gun possession charge against Rittenhouse, which was viewed as the most likely charge to stick.

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Nov 22, 2021
Paul Gosar gets censured.
00:25:03

Yesterday, the House voted to censure Gosar by a 223-207, mostly party line vote. Just two Republicans, Liz Cheney (WY), and Adam Kinzinger (IL), voted for the censure. Gosar was also stripped of his committee seats.

The controversy started when Gosar posted a video on Twitter asking if he had any "anime fans" out there. In the video, Gosar's head is photoshopped into an animated scene where a cartoon character attacks an animated giant, this one with Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez's head photoshopped on. Gosar's character flies through the air with two swords and strikes her in the back as blood spurts out. Interspersed in the anime scene is real-life footage from the southern border, photos of House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and videos of soldiers parachuting from helicopters.

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Nov 18, 2021
The Great Resignation.
00:24:54

On Friday, the U.S. government released its latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) data, showing an estimated all-time high of 4.4 million workers who quit their jobs in September, up from 4.3 million in August, indicating the pace of employees quitting their jobs is still increasing. The percentage of resignations relative to total employment was 3%, also the highest such figure on record.

The "quits rate" data came along with a more encouraging jobs report, as September numbers were revised upward and October numbers exceeded expectations. 6.5 million new hires were made in September, and over 530,000 new jobs were added in October, but around 10.4 million jobs remained open. The pre-pandemic job vacancy high was 7.5 million. Since April, 24 million workers have quit their jobs. There are about 160 million people in the entire labor force. Quits are defined as voluntary separations initiated by an employee. Economists and analysts are calling this phenomenon The Great Resignation.

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Nov 17, 2021
The new 'anti-woke' university.
00:26:27

Last week, a group of donors, scholars, writers and political activists announced the launch of a new college: The University of Austin. The people behind the school say that fundamentally, it will be dedicated to free speech, citing concerns about “the illiberalism and censoriousness prevalent in America’s most prestigious universities.”

The school will go by UATX for short, and is launching a noncredit program called "Forbidden Courses" as a kind of soft launch, which the creators say will encourage “spirited discussion about the most provocative questions that often lead to censorship or self-censorship in many universities," according to The New York Times.

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Nov 16, 2021
Inflation rises (again).
00:27:17

On Wednesday, the government said its consumer price index rose in October 6.2% from a year ago — the largest 12 month jump in 31 years, since 1990. Because of the unique economic recovery we've been living in, economists have been debating whether inflation is "transitory" or not — fundamentally unsure  if it will pass on or settle in. Many on the left have argued that the inflation we're seeing is due primarily to things like supply chain snarls, and will resolve itself on its own as the economic disruptions shake out. Others have argued that inflation is the result of government spending, comparing our relatively higher numbers to many European countries experiencing supply chain issues, and saying we need policy changes as well.

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Nov 15, 2021
SPECIAL EDITION: The Kyle Rittenhouse trial.
00:33:27

In this edition of Tangle, we are going to take a detailed look at the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. Because covering this case requires more extensive background information — like detailing the events of Kenosha and what has happened at the trial to date — we are going to focus solely on this topic for today's newsletter. As always, we will include views from the left and right, then my take. But this should be the only thing you need to read about the Rittenhouse trial for a comprehensive understanding of what’s happening. There are also some quick hits at the end of the edition.

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Nov 11, 2021
The Trump-Russia story takes another turn.
00:25:54

On Thursday last week, a Russian analyst who was a primary source for the opposition research about former President Donald Trump compiled in the "Steele Dossier" was arrested and charged with lying to the FBI. Russian-born Igor Danchenko was charged with five counts of making false statements to the FBI about, among other things, the sources of information he fed to Christopher Steele, according to an unsealed indictment in a Virginia federal court.

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Nov 10, 2021
SCOTUS appears set to expand gun rights.
00:24:00

Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, a challenge to a 108-year-old New York gun law that requires someone who wants to carry a concealed weapon for self-defense to show "proper cause" for doing so, and to apply for a special permit. The law is being challenged by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA), which says it is an overburdensome restriction on the Second Amendment.

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Nov 09, 2021
Biden gets his infrastructure deal.
00:25:05

On Friday, the House of Representatives passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill after months of negotiations. The bill had already passed the Senate 69-30, and will now head to President Biden's desk to become law. The bill passed by a 228-206 vote, with six progressive Democrats voting against it and 13 Republicans voting for it.

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Nov 08, 2021
Defunding the police hits the ballot.
00:22:55

On Tuesday night, 18 months after the murder of George Floyd, Minneapolis voters went to the polls to vote on a ballot amendment to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new public safety organization. The ballot measure was rejected by voters by a 12-point margin. While that was happening in Minneapolis, voters in Cleveland cast ballots to approve a civilian commission to oversee the police department. Voters in Austin, Texas, voted to reject a proposal that called for expanding the police force, which would have mandated that there be two officers for every 1,000 residents.

Today, we take a look at the state of the "defund the police" movement and what these latest developments mean.

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Nov 04, 2021
How Democrats lost in Virginia.
00:21:27

Last night, Glenn Youngkin (R) defeated Terry McAuliffe (D) in Virginia's highly-watched governor's race. With more than 95% of the vote tallied, Youngkin was leading McAuliffe by a full two percentage points. Jason Miyares, the Republican state delegate who ran on a tough-on-crime campaign, won the race for attorney general, becoming Virginia's first Cuban-American AG. Republican Winsome Sears won the race for Lt. Governor, becoming the first Black woman ever elected to a statewide post in Virginia. Sears's campaign focused on lowering taxes, supporting school choice and investing in Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Today, we're going to examine what was behind the results. 

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Nov 03, 2021
Election Day.
00:20:13

In today's Tangle, we're taking a break from our usual format to take a look at some of the elections happening today. We're also answering a reader question and we have your usual quick hits, a story that matters, and have a nice day sections.

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Nov 02, 2021
The new Build Back Better framework.
00:24:06

On Thursday, the president announced a new framework for Democrats' reconciliation bill, also known as his Build Back Better plan, that he said would garner the support of moderates in the Senate and progressives in the House. The legislative text is still being negotiated, but the framework wasn't rejected out of hand by any members of the Democratic party — which is a sign of progress after many months of negotiations. Democrats need every member of their party to support the bill in the Senate, and can only lose three votes in the House. They are attempting to pass the bill in tandem with a $1 trillion infrastructure bill that has already been passed in the Senate but still needs to pass the House of Representatives.

The plan's top line number is $1.75 trillion, down from the $3.5 trillion initially proposed by the Biden administration.

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Nov 01, 2021
The billionaire tax.
00:23:02

Earlier this week, Democrats released a new proposal that they said will help them pay for their infrastructure and reconciliation bills: A billionaire income tax (BIT). The legislation was drafted by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR), who said the new bill would impact about 700 billionaires who earn "over $100 million in annual income for three consecutive years or who have more than $1 billion in assets," according to CNBC. Wyden says the changes would raise hundreds of billions of dollars in new revenue.

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Oct 28, 2021
Why the Virginia governor's race matters.
00:25:39

Virginia is considered a bellwether state, one that has been reliably blue in presidential elections over the last few cycles but can still tell us a lot about the mood of the country. Because its governor's races are in off-years, it is often the only major state race before the midterms and can shed light on how voters nationally might be feeling. This week, the latest polls show Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin are in a dead heat at about 45% each, with around 5% of voters still undecided (the election is Tuesday, November 2).

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Oct 27, 2021
Steve Bannon gets held in contempt.
00:26:12

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to hold Steve Bannon, the former Trump advisor, in criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena. Bannon was one of four former Trump officials subpoenaed by the January 6 committee in Congress investigating the riots at the Capitol. Members of the committee believe Bannon has crucial information about plans to obstruct the electoral college ratification of the vote on the same day a Trump rally in Washington D.C. ended with hundreds of rioters storming the Capitol building.

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Oct 26, 2021
We're taking a few days off...
00:02:40

Hey everyone! The pod is taking a few days off. We'll be back on Tuesday, October 26th!

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Oct 18, 2021
The new corporate tax rules.
00:25:54

Over the weekend, 136 nations officially agreed to enforce a corporate tax rate of at least 15 percent, and also pledged to institute better systems of taxing profits fairly, where they are earned. The agreement, announced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), included countries like Ireland that once opposed the deal but now support it. The overarching goal is to address multinational companies that have made a habit out of rerouting their profits through low tax rate countries. The OECD has been leading talks on a plan to institute a minimum rate for a decade.

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Oct 14, 2021
China, Taiwan and rising tension.
00:23:09

In the last two weeks, China has conducted several consecutive days of military exercises over Taiwan, sending a record number of fighter jets into Taiwan's airspace. This included a four-day period when it flew 150 military planes through Taiwan's airspace, which left the Taiwanese air force scrambling to respond. Taiwan's foreign defense minister Joseph Wu said "we are very concerned China is going to launch a war."

In today's episode, we explore what's going on and what the U.S. role should be.

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Oct 13, 2021
The school board showdowns.
00:27:06

Last week, Attorney General Merrick Garland said he would be deploying federal officials across the country to address instances where parents have threatened or harassed educators over issues like mask mandates, critical race theory education and other hot-button topics that are dominating classrooms and school board meetings. The move comes after the National School Boards Association (NSBA), a group representing school board members across the United States, sent a plea to Garland for help, citing a spike in threats and acts of violence against members of school boards. What does this promise mean?

Today, we'll take a look at some reactions from the left and right, then my take.

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Oct 12, 2021
The debt ceiling standoff.
00:25:44

Did Mitch McConnell cave? He has said he would not support raising the borrowing limit because it would allow Biden to push through another $5 trillion of spending, something Republicans don't want. Then he instructed Republicans to sink a government spending bill that suspended the debt limit, forcing Democrats to remove the debt limit language from the legislation in order to keep the government open. Earlier this week, Senate Democrats and President Biden began openly floating the idea of abolishing the filibuster altogether to raise the debt ceiling.

Then he proposed a deal: He would agree to rule changes that would allow Democrats to either fast-track the suspension of the debt limit using a budget reconciliation process or raise the limit to a specified figure through December, giving them more time to figure it out later and ensuring the process doesn't get caught up in other partisan wrangling (it'd also take the pressure off Democrats now, as they figure out how to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the $3.5 trillion reconciliation deal).

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Oct 07, 2021
The Supreme Court's historic term begins.
00:24:14

On Monday, the Supreme Court began its fall term, which many experts on the court say could be the most consequential term in decades. After 18 months of remote activity, Justices returned to the bench for in-person oral arguments (with the exception of Brett Kavanaugh, who recently tested positive for Covid-19 and was calling in remotely). While the nine-month term began this week with a rather typical fight over water rights in Mississippi, the court is going to be hearing explosive cases on abortion rights, gun rights and religious rights over the next few months.

Oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, in which the state of Mississippi has asked the court to overturn Roe v. Wade, will begin on December 1. In New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn. v. Bruen, the National Rifle Association is fighting New York State's restrictions on people carrying concealed handguns in public. Oral arguments begin November 3. And in two separate cases, Carson v. Makin and Shurtleff v. Boston, Justices will consider battles over free speech rights and tax dollars being used for religious instruction in school.

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Oct 06, 2021
The Kyrsten Sinema drama.
00:25:26

The Arizona Democrat has been getting more and more attention as the debate over how to move forward on Joe Biden's agenda continues. While Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has owned much of the spotlight as a "moderate" or "conservative" Democrat who needs to be won over to advance some of Biden's top priorities, Sinema has frequently joined him as a pillar of opposition to some of Biden's largest spending plans.

Attention on Sinema has reached a fever pitch in the last few days after several public encounters with protesters who are trying to pressure her into voting for Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill.

In today’s episode, we’re going to discuss those protests and the commentary on Sinema from across the media world.

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Oct 05, 2021
The progressives strike back.
00:25:49

Heading into Friday, there was a quiet confidence on Capitol Hill that Democrats in the House were going to be forced to pass the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill by their leadership, which would’ve effectively detached it from the larger $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill and handed moderates a victory (if you need to catch up on this whole dynamic, you can read our coverage of this from last week).

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Oct 04, 2021
Joe Biden's agenda hangs in the balance.
00:25:28

The president is trying to pass a $1.2 trillion, bipartisan infrastructure bill today. But progressive Democrats say they will only vote for that bill if it comes with a guarantee that the Senate passes its $3.5 trillion spending bill, also known as the reconciliation bill, which can become law without a single Republican vote.

The problem: Moderate Democrats in the Senate, including Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), say they won't support another three trillion dollars of spending, and want more time to scale the bill down and flesh out what it's going to do. Pelosi has said she wants the language of the $3.5 trillion bill settled on before passing the smaller bipartisan bill, a demand to appease the progressives in her caucus, but Manchin and Sinema say there is no way that will be ready by today.

What's going to happen? On today's podcast, we discuss.

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Sep 30, 2021
The Generals testify on Afghanistan.
00:27:19

Yesterday, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley and the head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Frank McKenzie, all testified before Congress. They were called up to testify about the withdrawal from Afghanistan and were slated to be questioned about the chaos and failures of the withdrawal. However, Gen. Milley also fielded questions related to several tell-all books about the Trump administration, in which he was often a central character and conceded to being a source for the authors.

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Sep 29, 2021
A wild week in Congress.
00:22:15

This week could determine the future of Joe Biden’s domestic legislative agenda — and is perhaps the most important week of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's 44-year career in Congress (and her biggest challenge to date). Today, we're setting the table.

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Sep 28, 2021
The Arizona election audit.
00:28:47

On Friday, Cyber Ninjas, the group that conducted the audit of Arizona's largest county, released its official results of their hand recount. The review actually yielded more votes for Joe Biden and fewer votes for Donald Trump. In sum, Biden picked up 99 votes and Trump received 261 fewer votes. However, the group also alleged that they unearthed evidence that tens of thousands of votes were potentially fraudulent. Today, we review those claims and examine what this all means.

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Sep 27, 2021
INTERVIEW: Texas Right to Life's John Seago
00:48:36

John Seago is the legislative director of Texas Right to Live, the group that recently helped shepherd Texas’s anti-abortion law into existence. We sat down for a wide-ranging, 45-minute discussion about the bill, why it was crafted the way it was, and some of his thoughts about the ethical nuances of the pro-life position.

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Sep 27, 2021
A message from Isaac (and Trevor)...
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Sep 24, 2021
France's spat with the U.S.
00:22:32

Late last week, the United States announced that it would work with Australia and the United Kingdom in a new defense partnership, one in which the U.S. would hand over its nuclear-powered submarine technology to Australia. The security coalition is called AUKUS. 

Once Australia made the new pact with the U.S. and United Kingdom, it also abandoned a $66 billion submarine defense deal it had with France. In response to the new security arrangement, and the loss of the defense deal, French President Emmanuel Macron took the unprecedented step of recalling the French ambassadors to the U.S., signaling a tension between the two countries that has not been seen since they first formed an alliance over two centuries ago.

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Sep 23, 2021
Joe Biden speaks at the U.N.
00:22:58

Yesterday morning, President Joe Biden delivered his first-ever speech to the U.N. General Assembly, a gathering of leaders from across the world. You can read a transcript of his remarks here.

In the address, President Biden focused on Covid-19, climate change, emerging technologies and defending human rights. He reinforced the United States' commitment to keeping nuclear weapons from Iran and out of the Korean peninsula, as well as our commitment to defending the state of Israel and pushing for a two-state solution. He issued warnings to nations like China for their human rights violations while also calling on global leaders to lean into diplomacy instead of armed conflict.

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Sep 22, 2021
The John Durham indictments.
00:24:44

Remember the Trump-Russia investigation? The one that produced Robert Mueller, and which many believed would lead to the end of the Trump presidency? Right now, there is an investigation into the investigation, being led by a different Special Counsel: this one is a man named John Durham. Durham was appointed in 2019 by former Attorney General William Barr to look into the origins of the Russia investigation.

On Thursday, an indictment came down alleging that Michael Sussmann, a high-profile cybersecurity lawyer, lied to the former FBI general counsel James Baker. Specifically, when Sussmann approached the FBI with a tip toward the end of the 2016 presidential race, he allegedly told the FBI he was not representing a client but coming forward as a citizen. According to the indictment, though, he was representing the Clinton campaign and a technology executive. During the meeting, Sussmann presented the FBI with evidence that a server belonging to the Russia-based Alfa Bank appeared to be communicating with Trump organization computers.

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Sep 21, 2021
The Haitian migrants on the border.
00:22:46

More than 12,000 migrants, mostly from Haiti, are currently congregated underneath and beside International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas, after they waded across the Rio Grande River from Mexico into the U.S. The town of Del Rio has a population of roughly 35,000 people, and the influx of migrants quickly exceeded the border patrol's capacity to process them.

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Sep 20, 2021
Gen. Mark Milley and Donald Trump.
00:25:13

General Mark Milley. In a forthcoming book, Bob Woodward and Robert Costa allege that Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest-ranking and most senior military officer in the armed forces, was single-handedly taking action to prevent President Donald Trump from ordering a dangerous military strike against China or launching a nuclear strike at the end of his presidency. Today, we'll take a look at some reactions from the right and left, then my take.

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Sep 16, 2021
Democrats release their tax plan.
00:24:33

Democrats have released a new tax plan that would raise rates on corporations and the wealthiest Americans in order to offset some of the spending in their $3.5 trillion reconciliation package aimed at expanding the social safety net and addressing climate change. The plan will bring in an estimated $2.1 trillion over 10 years.

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Sep 15, 2021
When we kill the innocent.
00:14:28