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How Impeachment Consumed a Governors Race
"From The New York Times. I'm Michael Barr. This is the daily. Last night's election for Governor of Kentucky is drawing outside attention because of what it may tell us about the politics of impeachment. Jonathan Martin on how a local race became a national test. It's when Thursday November Sixth Jonathan. What was happening in the Kentucky Governor's race back in April so governor Matt Bevin? The incumbent Republican was pursuing a very controversial pension overhauls in the state for state state employees and teachers were striking and protests and speaking to reporters in the state capital. The governor deeply angry about the teachers sick Al Said essentially. I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky. Today a child was sexually assaulted. There was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them that they were accessories to child molestation. And how did that go over. It created created a huge backlash by the way just made crazy things up and I find it odd that his mind went there here in the first place and it reinforced for a lot of Kentucky and even Republicans this a governor who was prone to own worst enemy Senate Minority leader Ray Jones said Bevin and crossed the line when he insulted public teachers and it also I think it hurt his agenda because it made his would be allies is in the state legislature less inclined support his already controversial pushed overhaul state pensions. What kind of person thinks like that? I just it's appalling rolling. It's inexcusable and they're just there aren't words to describe so of course when you're accusing teachers. There's of aiding and abetting the child molestation of children. That's going to create significant backlash because people are offended by that kind of rhetoric and be because because a lot of them are family members or friends or neighbors of these teachers who are being accused of this vile act right and maybe see. Because it's factually they're very prosperous right. And what are some of the other example. Jonathan of governor Bevin being his own worst enemy as you said. It's a constant combativeness over issues large and small lashing out at the media almost weekly. I don't frankly have enough time to do my job. which is what you elected me to do and also try to counter act every single misinformation that is put out there by the media but not answering answering questions about accountability basic questions about his use of the state plane questions about his own private residence how he paid for it? If the tax payers didn't pay for it's none of their business simple as that really is if the tax payers didn't pay for it. Why should they care? In addition to his controversial conduct he also pursued policies. He's that angered a lot of Kentucky. One being this overhaul of the state pension system which is what prompted the protest in the first place from the teachers but also trying trying to undo parts of the state's Medicaid expansion. This is good for the individual. It is good for the community. It is good for the workforce it is good for the economy. It is good for Kentucky and it's good for America which not only put a lot of Kentuckians on the healthcare roles got them insured but also was a boon to the states healthcare industry which which a lot of rural counties in the state is one of the dominant employers now so he goes into the summer of his reelection with his deep unpopularity ready. According to some polls the most unpopular governor in America and does Ben have a viable challenger Democrats trying to take advantage of what would seem like an opportunity opportunity here yet. In fact even Kentucky has become a fairly red state in recent years. There is still a bench of Democrats there who are vying to run against him and there's a pretty competitive Democratic primary and like half of Kentucky. My family has preexisting conditions. We're lucky they're not serious. But that's it's not the case for Lucas Stevens and thousands of Kentuckians and Matt Bevin is trying to take away their healthcare. I'm Andy Bashir Andy Bashir emerges from format. He is the state attorney. General who is the son of the governor who preceded Matt Bevin Steve Kerr as governor all were to lower healthcare costs for all of US governor. Bevin won't and actually it was into Bashir's father. The former governor who accepted the expansion of Medicaid aide under President Obama's forebear Act Johnson. Help me understand the politics of Kentucky that would allow this red state to have a governor's seat that flips back unfortunately Republican and Democrat. It's really fascinating state. Because of the ancestral ties of voters eastern and Western Kentucky to the Democratic Party up until very recently they were still voting for Democrats at the local and state level even as they were overwhelmingly backing. Gop Presidents Senators like like Mitch. McConnell they're perfect were still for local and state Democrat so you had Democrats winning. The governor's race as recently as two thousand seven. Two Thousand and eleven Bashir's father earn. You know one twice pretty easily. Now that has changed in recent years as recently as two thousand and four John Kerry was the Democratic nominee for president. Did he carried some of these historically democratic counties not by huge margins but he carried them if you Flash Forward Twenty sixteen when Hillary Clinton's on the ballot not only. Oh is she losing some of those old democratic counties in Rural Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky. She's losing them by sixty and seventy point. Marge well I think the reason for that is because you you had a politics that was still not quite as nationalized as politics has become in the last four to five years so with all that in mind. Jonathan how does this race start to play out ones Bevin becomes so vulnerable and Bashir emerges as his challenger you have the incumbent governor and his national allies recognizing pretty fast that they have to change the narrative of this race it cannot be a pure referendum on the incumbent things that they're gonNA lose lose pretty convincingly so what do you do if you're a Republican State Kentucky. We stand proud lead with the president and vice president of the United States of America were you nationalize the race. We saw the animosity. The vitry all the insanity of what was coming out of Washington even just yesterday where the mockery that what is being made of the political process and the disregard and the disrespect by the elected officials themselves in Washington you make it about democratic figures nationally and he make it about hot button issues. That are going to move voters in the state who might not like you as the incumbent but they don't like democratic policies and National Democratic leaders at the same time you make it not about Kentucky. Yeah this is trump country. Let there be no doubt about it. The team read. Are you on team blue. Because Bevan's calculation is if it's about that tribal question in a red state like Kentucky where trump. Well my thirty points in two thousand sixteen. I'm GonNa win this thing. And what is the Democrat. But you're doing well. She wants it to be about Kentucky. This race comes down to four critical issues. Pensions Public Education Jobs and health care. He wants it to be about Bevan's unpopularity uphill Wrong and keep it away from Washington. Keep it away. From president trump portray himself as a safe pragmatic choice. A last name voters in the state are familiar with right. Somebody who's not going to bring the drama that Bevin has brought to the last four years. It's reckless and Bashir. Is doing a pretty good job. Actually for most of the summer and going into the fall of making this about Matt Bevin and have have you had enough of this incumbent after four years of turbulence in the state capital and then something unexpected happens which is election Bevan desperately wanted to change the issue Matrix from state politics national politics. What falls in his lap like Santa dropping something on Christmas morning? The impeachment of the president that this state loves We'll be right back home. The daily is supported by net flicks presenting marriage story from Academy award nominee Noah Baumbach and incisive and compassionate. 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I asked him to record for me. as he was doing his reporting and he sent me all these interviews and I was able to put on my headphones and immediately feel like I was meeting seventeen year old in the streets. Fires blazing around air. Tear gas canisters find that the air and to hear why she was there and that gave me a deeper understanding of this far away news in Hong Kong and this intimate global reporting is something matter so special about the New York Times and it's one of the reasons we need people to subscribe if you believe in this kind of work and want to hear more of it. Please subscribe to The New York Times so Jonathan what happens to this race. Once impeachment is underway. Well it becomes the first most important test of the Political Michael Resonance of impeachment at how this is playing out in electoral politics. ooh Kennedy Republican governor. WHO's deeply unpopular salvage his reelection in a red state date by essentially nationalizing it and asking voters? Are you on the side of House. Democrats impeachment of a president that you like or where are you on. The side of president trump here stood with hillary when she lost he became part of the radical resistance repeatedly suing to stop trump's agenda in the hall weeks of the campaign focused squarely on asking voters. which saw do you want sears? With them not us right. The question is are Kentuckians. Ready to vote for a deeply unpopular Republican governor who has challenged their pension system and tried to take away their Medicaid over for a Democratic candidate. Who is saying? I'm going to protect those pensions. I am going to protect that Medicaid. The very things that the Republican is trying to take away yes AM It gets to the central test of this race. which is what is the greater motivator for voters? Are they going to go into the ballot booth on Tuesday. And are they going to be voting on on their deep disdain for Matt Bevin and the policies that he's pursued that you just outlined or are they gonNA show up on Tuesday at the polls and register their love love for president trump and their deep disdain for the National Democratic Party. And that's when you decide to go to Kentucky. Yeah late last month. I went down to Kentucky because I was so so fascinated by what was becoming this not only interesting governors race but this I think Super Important National Political Story Abou Al What is more compelling to voters in this moment they're clear local and state preference or their national instincts and sort of tribal able preference in once. You find actually great about going down. There is that I spend time with both gained. Certainly admit that that is trying to hide behind Arctic. Drink or a president or anything else he can because he has a disastrous record. Here in Kentucky I was at a Democratic County dinner in Georgetown Kentucky which is just north of Lexington between ten and after Bashir spoke to the Democratic Group. I got a few minutes to chat with them. And what does he say about the fact. This is becoming the national contests that he never wanted leaded to be. He is trying to benefit by saying that Bevan is hiding behind president trump himself. He has to find something to hide behind. But he certainly isn't running on anything that governor directly impacts here in Kentucky and he studiously avoided saying anything controversial about President trump or taking aside on the impeachment impeachment inquiry and I asked politicians which is do the president. Trump's a good man. I don't know the president but I know that I can work with any president when they are doing something good for Kentucky and he said he doesn't know president trump and quickly pivoted to saying I'll work with him for Kentucky and offering a line. I heard before which is if it's good for my state I'll work of its battle. Oppose them what about Bevan around. So I went to this community about forty miles. South of Louisville Ville pretty conservative part of the state and it was a shoney's where there was a breakfast rally for Bevan who was embarking on this multi day bus tour and they packed this show news what is a shoney's shillings a reasonably priced restaurant very popular off the highways and interstates mostly known for its breakfast but also serves a lunch and dinner as well Eh but was so telling is that the Republicans who were there. They weren't wearing Bevan. Buttons are Bevin Shirt Bevin hats. They were all wearing in trump hats and trump buttons. They're motivated more by trump by their opposition to Democrats than they are for Matt Bevin and the governor clearly recognizes that because in his stump speech. He's talking about National Democrats and how extreme they are. He's talking about policy issues. That are more national like immigration and local issues. And obviously he's talking about his support for president trump Andy Beshir's opposition to president trump and stumps in our. Ask you worry the president race. It's made people in this state ticked off we have a bunch of liberals in Washington. DC Burns snickers or in such a twist over the fact that this guy was elected president. Did they will do anything to try to undermine legitimacy of what he's doing people in Kentucky respect it appreciate this president they respected and what I said you know why is this race even competitive given how conservative becoming now did he say that he didn't the race was in fact all that competitive he even gave me a prediction shocked at how uncompetitive is actually. We'll see your margins for it's six to ten percent will say at the end of the day. The voters decide that you hear politicians of any party for any office often predict their margin of victory career interviews but he sure did so this but this is bad then he loves the back and forth and when pressed he says things that can be pretty controversial commercial real by being in at this point. Do you have a sense on the ground. Jonathan of WHO this Impeachment issue is working better for the Democrat or the Republican clearly. It's been helping the Republican because it it allowed Bevan to make what was not a very competitive race a much more competitive race go into election. How competitive well polls have showed the race closing earlier in the year Bashir was was leading more comfortably and now you have a much more competitive race? Both public and private surveys suggest that this is a raise that as you know under five live points so basically deady and then well I just want to say a very big Hello Kentucky Jackie. President trump can't stay away and he stepped into the story tomorrow. The people of Kentucky Talk You will head to the pulse you will vote to reelect. You're terrific Republican governor. Matt Bevins' fantastic on election eve. He has a rally in Lexington Story. Rubber Rena the home of the UK wildcats in about fills the arena on behalf. ofo Matt Bevin and trumpy fashion. He allows that Bevan is a pain in the ASS. His words words not ours. He sets your pain when he needs something for Kentucky like money like aid like he wants me to call one of the many manufacturers. Now that are coming into Kentucky Rocky but tries to portray Bevan as a pain in the ass on behalf of the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Could you call the head of some company in Japan and please say mad. Do I have to do it. Please please but isn't that really what you wanted to govern. He says if we lose here it's GONNA look bad national. It's GonNa send a bad message. Don't let me down. Here's the story of your win. They're gonNA to make like Ho hum and if you lose sticking to say. Trump's suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world. This was the greatest. You can't let that happen to me. So trump somewhat explicitly says. This is about me yes. Trump is the icing on the cake for the nationalization of this race by the Republicans. Okay so John You and I are talking now at around four eighteen on Tuesday where the things stand in the race. It's uncertain I mean there's genuine drama. You talked to a lot of Democrats. They believe that they have a chance to win. Probably narrowly but he talked a lot of Republicans pins both in Kentucky. AN-AND DC and. They are just sceptical. Any Democrat can win in that state at this point so this might be less of an indicator in terms of how national national elections might go with impeachment as a backdrop and maybe more an indicator of whether there's really such a thing as a local race as anymore I mean if a candidate offering people in Kentucky what they seem to want policy-wise right loses to a candidate saying he will take things away from people that what they want. What does that tell us about the nature of any election anymore oil bit the old tip? O'Neill Max all politics is. Local has been flipped and all politics is now national and that it's going to be tough for a candidate even the best of circumstances to localize a campaign if they're running against the wind in terms of the partisan preference of the state So this is not just about one. St One government this is about is all politics. Nationalized analyzed now. Can Democrat still win in red states under good circumstances because if they can't hear I think you're gonNA see less investment and Democratic candidates. It's in Red American and twenty twenty after right in a governor who literally has no role in national politics cannot be local the idea that congressman a congresswoman or a senator could be local. That seems even less possible. Yeah I mean you just ask the members of Congress who lost their races last last year and the house it with Republicans. Who said you know me? I'M NOT DONALD TRUMP. I'm your long-serving pragmatic pork. Bearing incumbent who has served served you able leave for X.. Number of years the voters and a lot of those districts turn a deaf ear to that plea at the same time you had red state Democratic senators. WHO said I'm not some crazy? Easy wild eyed liberal. I'm a modern you know me I've delivered for the state and help the farmers here and guess what the Red State voters in those states rejected that appeal in support of the Republicans. I think that is why. It's going to have implications for twenty twenty as well because I think the handful of the House Democrats. Who would you pursue impeachment? who come from conservative districts could pay price for that? Thank you Jonathan Okay. So what happened are in ten fifty. Were still in the news room with one hundred percent of votes in any Bashir. Her has won the governorship of Kentucky. But the catch governor Matt Bevin is not conceding he said tonight to supporters that he wants to see all the rules all scholars basically he just buying time. It's pretty clear that Bashir's GonNa win the election so not all. Politics are national. Well even in Deep Deep Red Kentucky. A governor can only be so unpopular and still win reelection. No matter how read the status. What if your email that you see a projects entire history history and not just the messages sent to you? What if everyone else on your team could see it as well then? It wouldn't be email at all move. Communication from inboxes is two channels in slack. Instead of seeing a partial set of messages about a project everyone in slack sees exactly the same thing and moves work forward faster slack. Choose a better way to work get started at slack dot com. Here's what else you need turning in the. US Ambassador to the European Union. Oh crucial witness. Any impeachment inquiry has revised his testimony and now says that he told Ukrainian officials that US military assistance was dependent on investigating president. Trump's rifles the witness Gordon Santon had previously said he had no knowledge of such a quid pro quo making his new testimony of powerful or full admission by a senior figure in the trump administration and an associate of Rudy. Giuliani the president's lawyer who has been accused of participating in the scheme to pressure Ukraine. Now says he is willing to cooperate with impeachment investigators. The associated love parties has previously resisted speaking with investigators seemingly out of loyalty to Giuliani and trump and finally on Tuesday. The impeachment investigators summoned the White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to testify about his Knowledge College of Ukraine situation. Maldini is not expected to comply. Yeah that's it for the daily. I'm Michael Bavaro. See You tomorrow. What is decision
Thursday, November 7th, 2019
"On the impeachment inquiry goes public next week among those testifying acting. US Ambassador to Ukraine. Bill Taylor in his private testimony Taylor said he believed there was a quid pro quo. What will he say before the cameras? I'm Rachel Martin along with David Green and this is up I from NPR news to former over twitter employees were spying for Saudi Arabia. That's according to charges from the justice. Department is big tax able to protect the privacy of dissidents and other users and Kentucky Governor Matt. bevin refuses to concede in his reelection. He wants a re canvass and he's claiming voter fraud without evidence. There really are a number of significant different irregularities. If you lose this fight. He's still not out of options. When is an election really over? Stay with us. We'll give you the news. You need to start your day Support for this podcast and the following message come from the capital one walmart rewards card earn five percent back at Walmart online and two percent at Walmart Art in store restaurants and travel the capital one Walmart rewards card. What's in your wallet? Terms and exclusions apply support also comes from simply safe a wireless tireless home security system with video verification technology. That can help. Police get on the scene faster. Get Free Shipping on your system and a sixty day money back guarantee at simplisafe dot com slash. NPR Okay public hearings in the impeachment inquiry are going to begin next week and now we know who the first witnesses are. Yeah the House. Intelligence Committee has called three senior state. Department officials including William Taylor. He's the top US diplomat to Ukraine. In Taylor's closed door testimony. He presented a damning account of the events at the heart of the impeachment inquiry. Taylor says he believed there was a quid pro quo and offer for in which. US military aid would be granted in exchange for investigations. That president trump wanted this comes amid reports that president trump also wanted attorney. General William Bar to go on. TV hold this big press conference to clear him of wrongdoing in trump's phone call with Ukraine's president the Attorney General did not do that. Let's start there with NPR Washington reporter. Tim macos with center Washington studios appointing Heatherton. Hey there so tim. This was first reported by the Washington Post about the president wanting bill bar to hold this news conference and do this for him. What exactly was happening here? So president trump passed along word through staff that he wanted attorney. General William Bar to go on television Asian declaring that the commander in chief had broken no laws during a phone call in which he pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate a political rival bar ultimately. He declined to do this. That's according to the Washington Post and the New York Times. The Post goes on to say that trump had told associates in recent weeks. He had wished that bar deed actually really hold that press conference to clear him or absolve him trump fired back though in tweet at twelve zero eight. Am writing that it was quote totally untrue and just another fake news story with anonymous sources that don't exist. It's worth noting though as we talk about this story the Justice Department did put out a statement that there was no no action needed based on the record of that now famous July twenty fifth call between trump and the president of Ukraine the president has used that as fodder to defend the call and it's also worth noting noting that trump continues to praise bar publicly. And privately I look. Let's move onto the next phase of this impeachment inquiry learning that William. Am Taylor this. Top diplomat is going to be among the first witnesses to testify in public. But it's so interesting. A lot of these witnesses who will be testifying public already testified in private. So what have we learned from him so so far. So the House Intelligence Committee released the transcript of his closed door deposition yesterday afternoon and it reveals some interesting things you can read the whole three three hundred twenty four page transcript that. Npr Org but let me just get to some of those highlights just in case. You don't have that time. I E says that it was his quote not clear understanding that there was a quid pro quo military assistance being leveraged for this request for investigations against political rivals levels. And second Taylor says that he believes that. The president's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was behind. This idea it's a preview of what's to come in open hearings. Tim Are you getting a sense for what Democrats are trying to do here. by releasing these transcripts like putting out more than three hundred pages of something that someone said behind closed doors ahead of when there'll be testifying in public what what are the two they're trying to lay the groundwork for coming weeks in public hearings. A here's what House intelligence committee chairman. Adam Schiff had to say about that. Those those open hearings will be an opportunity for the American people to evaluate the witnesses for themselves to make their own determinations about the credibility of the witnesses but also to learn first hand about the facts of the presence misconduct so the House Intelligence Committee will be bringing its investigation into the public realm with televised open hearing starting starting next week. William Taylor. Who We've been talking about will be testifying on Wednesday along with US diplomat? George can't and former ambassador to Ukraine. Marie Ivanovich is scheduled to testify on Friday. So it's GonNa be really interesting week next week. Sure well we'll be covering it. NPR's thanks so much. Dan They slot the story. We brought you yesterday from the State of Kentucky where Republican Governor Matt Bevin is not not ready to concede. nope he's not Bevin has formally requested that the state double check the vote. totals from Tuesday's gubernatorial election. The official process process is called vote. Re canvassing the election results show the Bevan is trailing the Democrat. Andy Bashir by five thousand votes. Bevin is alleging there was voter under fraud though he hasn't presented any actual evidence. Here's what he said in the governor's mansion yesterday. We know there have been thousands of of Absentee ballots were were illegally counted. That's that is known In this again is something that's being looked into We know that there are reports of people having been turned away Incorrectly turned away from various voting booths around the state again things that need to be corroborated and looked into Ryland. Barton is the capital bureau chief for Kentucky Public Radio Radio and is with US Ireland. Good Morning David Okay so Bevan claiming irregularities but I you know is is there firm evidence what exactly is he talking about here is that he really. He hasn't gone into any detail about what any of those irregularities are He says they need to be corroborated. And we haven't seen any evidence of voter fraud yet or anything like that so this re canvassing process and his allegations of voter fraud are there. They're not at all related at this point re canvassing just kind of the first step you needed to take and challenging any sort of election results in Kentucky. It's not an unusual process re canvassing. It's something that takes place pretty frequently actually back in two thousand sixteen a Bernie Sanders in and Kentucky's presidential primary Had the results re- canvassed A. It was a close race here between him and Hillary Clinton that ended up netting him about thirteen votes. And that's one of the largest just a differences we'd seen come out of a re canvas At this point we're we're really not sure where the governor's claims of voter fraud. Come from or what will happen next with them. Well we should say hey. This is not just something that Kentucky voters are watching that this was a race where president trump came in invested some some political capital to try and get Bevan reelected. I mean both parties are kind of keeping an eye on how turns out right President trump came here on the on the eve of election. Day In several trump surrogates. Were here over. The course of the Campaign Kentucky is known own is a red state In part because of how it performs in the presidential election and in federal elections over recent decades but Kentucky's actually an old Democrat state There are more registered Democrats in Kentucky Than Republicans That's not new Kentucky's are known for Choosing Democrats. A governor Bevin actually is only the third Republican governor of Kentucky since World War. Two Democrats They still have forty. Nine percent of registered voters in Kentucky. Republicans have forty-two percent same time. Republicans they've been doing really well in state elections and they still did really well all the down ballot races here in Kentucky it was just the top of the ticket. Bevin really tried to tie this race to impeachment and big national and social issues so Some people thought this was going to be a referendum on impeachment but it was much more a referendum on Bevan and his unpopularity does he. Do you have options. If this recast doesn't get him what he wants. So after re canvassing there's this thing called an election contest and it is a process that is it kicks the results the election to the legislature so all Bevin has to do is request the legislature have this election contest and they'll form a committee and ultimately decide whether His allegations are true or not and their Republican. I mean so in theory that gives it really Republican legislature super majorities in chambers. That would be a big partisan battle. Ryland Barton from Kentucky public radio. Thanks thanks David None of this story. The Justice Department has charged two former twitter complies with spying for Saudi Arabia right so analysts say this is the first time federal prosecutors have publicly accused the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of spying in the United States they are suspected of accessing personal information of thousands of twitter users including critics of the Saudi government. So so who was involved in this scheme and whose accounts were compromised. Let's someone who's been covering its greg. Bensinger of the Washington Post. He's in San Francisco on skype with us this morning. Either Greg hither hither to who these twitter employees the former twitter employers. And what exactly are they being accused of here when one case it's a US citizen and he's been arrested and the other is society citizen Jason and he's back in Saudi Arabia and what they're accused of his espionage spying on behalf of the Kingdom and Looking into accounts of as you set thousands of twitter accounts personal information An identifiable information email addresses names. Ip addresses so they could see where they were tweeting tweeting from and there's a third person charged as well here right. That's right a another person acted as an intermediary from the from the kingdom to these is to twitter employees Helping range what amounted to the alleged espionage and he's also charged also back in Saudi Arabia. So you said that I mean learning about where they were tweeting from. I mean what what what details beyond that where they actually getting what sort of information might have been compromised if all this is true. Well we all we all presume that our accounts are safe with these technology companies and what. These two twitter employees did is just look everything up that they could about these accounts ounce and pass it along to the Saudi officials and to do what they want with and you can imagine if these are critics of the Saudi government and the Royal Family. They might have a dire consequences if they were able to track down anyone That they thought was a real critic. Yeah I mean we live in a country. Where are you feel like you have the freedom to go on social media and save? What shoe one? Even if you're criticizing government you know broad that that doesn't allow that so I I I wonder I mean. Is this a one offer. This rate some real questions about the whole tech industries ability to to protect users especially people who are like dissidents well it it raises that very question you have to wonder if others have attempted something similar twitter other social media. Companies You know yes we we. We often go on these and and presumed that we're speaking our mind without fear of someone coming after us if you will and so this does raise that question you have to wonder who else else has ill intent and could come after people who are speaking their mind on social media all right extraordinary story in extraordinary charges here Greg. Bensinger of the Washington Post covering it. For thanks Greg thank you. That's a first for Thursday November seventh. 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"Hello listeners and welcome to another episode of Politicos Nerd cast. I'm Scott Bland your host this week on the nerd cast we are going to talk about. Elizabeth warns latest plan are most eagle-eyed listeners. Might recall that we had a segment about this last week about the growing DIN OF PEOPLE DEMANDING A A healthcare financing plan from Warren. And so we talked all about that and then she made her healthcare financing plan public last Friday as nerd cast came out and so it blew up our a little podcast world and we had to scrap it so we had received an embargoed copy of Warren's long awaited white paper the most anticipated white paper and research the politics history. And so we're going to sit down with a couple of political reporters hear at politico to talk about. How healthcare has kind of taken over the Democratic primary and some Ways Elizabeth Warren campaign? It's dominated the beginning of a lot of debates medicare for all who want. I will not embrace a plan like Medicare for all who can afford it. Difference between a plan and a pipe dream is something that you can actually get done. I think we should have a debate on. Healthcare Take Credit Bernie. Healthcare is a human right. Not something to make you eat so I know a lot of doctors question. It's forced her. We're going to hear about into this position where she's had to release this plan to talk about how she's GonNa pay for it. We're going to dive into a lot more with that later. But first we're GONNA talk about some elections that took place this week especially the ones in Kentucky and Virginia Kentucky. A big governor's race there the Democratic candidate is leading the Republican incumbent in the the unofficial tallied. Still some kind of legal wrangling over that but it looks like the Republicans going to be unseated and then in Virginia State legislative elections with some big future implications. And we're gonNA talk about Why those elections might matter all the way until the year twenty thirty if you can believe it will dig into that in just a moment? Quick note before we get started. We're taping this on Thursday. So so anything notable or breaking happening after that we're going to cover it next week but now back to Kentucky and Virginia and elections are first segment and with us. Talk all about Ah to a politicos election experts. Get Steve Shepherd here in the studio. Hey Steve Hi Scott and making her nerd cast debut Alliott. Nick Hi Allie. Hi thanks for having me so this is the point. Everyone on their first nurse has to recite the California congressional delegation in Reverse District Order So do you want to do that now. or at the end of the segment and let's go now season Davis second checking the scary thing about this is the alley is actually one of like six people on on earth. Who could actually do this if she sat in concentrated so she's she's going to be a really great addition to nerd cash tracking house races for politico? Or we're going to have her back over the course of twenty twenty to talk all about that but first let's let's turn to Kentucky. That was the the kind of marquee election going into Tuesday night. So Steve set the scene for us a little bit. You went to Kentucky in the days right before This election You've got Mavin Evan. Who's been a pretty unpopular governor? So far kind of racing and and it seemed like potentially successfully to undo that and connect himself at the hip with President. Donald Trump impose very popular in Kentucky. And you were there to to see the final days of this effort. Yeah I spent time with both Matt Bevin Andy. Bashir in the final days of the campaign followed them around Parts of Eastern Kentucky. I'd been out to West Kentucky earlier this year so I got to see a lot of the Commonwealth And you're absolutely right about Matt Bevins' strategy it was to hug Donald Trump as closely as possible leading up to that final day rally Donald Trump remains very popular a lot. More Popular Than Matt. Bevin was was who is one of the most unpopular governors in the country despite the state's partisan lean and I had a conversation At the rally. The trump rally the night before the election With Congressman. Jaime comber. WHO's out from West Kentucky He was Matt Bevins' primary opponent in two thousand fifteen There was a very close race. Matt Bevin defeated him by only eighty three votes. The two men have really not mended fences and patch things up There there there are still big intraparty rivals and have this big rivalry and I asked Jamie encumber about this strategy that Bevan's executing and he said it was a smart year district. I mean that's definitely not Malaya's made it about a referendum apparatus really trump's not seventy percent. He said that the president's really popular in his district and so I followed up and asked him well. What about Governor Bevin how popular is he in. What's the governor's perforating year? A lot lower it does and he he told me well a lot less popular than president trump. This is a an in laughed when I asked the question and this is i. It was just a really interesting dynamic. Where Map Devon tried to associate himself with the most popular politician and his party and that that politician Donald Trump was eager to come in there and save the day and while the vote has not been finalized it appears like came up short the practical effect? Why why does this matter? What in the state changes because it appears that Democrat Andy? Beshir's headed to the governor's mansion unless this kind of Nebulous Silas legal challenge from Republican governor. Matt Bevin turns into something real against the odds. Well Kentucky isn't going to overnight become a bastion of liberal legislation because the democratic governors elected apparently been elected In fact they Kentucky Governor doesn't have as much power some other governors Kentucky is still all the state legislature the state legislature was not up on Tuesday and Republicans. Still Control that. Republicans won the other six. Statewide constitutional offices is that were for election on Tuesday and that Republican legislature has a veto power over. The governor only requires a majority to override vetos. The the governor's vetoes. So this is not a very powerful governorship. Not a lot necessarily is going to change overnight there However Andy Bashir she your campaigned on expanding public education which has contracted under Republican Governor Matt? bevin campaigned on increasing access to healthcare. He campaigned on some things that he's going to seek to to move forward and so it's going to be interesting to see how he negotiates with basically Republicans in control of every other level of government in Frankfort voting rights is another big one. That Bashir talked act PAT. And there's probably people who by executive order he's going to be able to hundreds of thousands tens of thousands of people over one hundred thousand people who are going to be able to vote in future elections who were were not able to vote and in this one. What did we learn about this election about the State of American politics in Kentucky politics but the the the forces that we saw at work secure Speak broadly to stuff. We've been tracking a lot over the past the trump presidency before the trump presidency even but but forces that have really accelerated since then you know we learned a lot. What about this continued realignment of American Politics With urban and suburban areas moving sharply towards Democrats rural areas moving sharply toward Republicans but we also learned about the limits of that kind of partisanship particularly when it comes to state and federal races. You had here a state that president. Donald Trump carried by thirty percent points in two thousand sixteen and he traveled to the state the night before Election Day to campaign for Matt Bevin urge voters the rally that they held. I I was there in China In Lexington Kentucky Minimum side of the Republicans and fifteen thousand people maybe in this arena carry live on local. TV affiliates broadcast TV affiliates covered by the statewide media Really got the message out there that these voters needed to go out and vote for Matt Bevin but they knew that and Matt Bevin had alienated large spots of the electorate of around the edges rough around the edges. abrasive personality had made some some controversial comments to too numerous to list here They knew who he was. And even in a state that President Donald Trump carried by thirty deep points and Bashir appears to have won by four tenths of a percentage point and and again appears to have one on the back of He. He did much better than in any national Democrat is going to do in eastern Kentucky in the rural counties there but but the main driver of this he lost a lot of those places he did enough to survive. While driving up these huge margins in Lexington Louisville suburbs outside Cincinnati plays like that and Ali. This is a threat that also ran through some other local elections not say why contest but local elections around the country on Tuesday. Night that you were keeping an eye on. Yeah so if you go away on the ballot. There's some more tea leaves in suburban DNA to towns Carmel and fishers in Hamilton County. A really Republican county. They got their first ever democratic members of the city council so And then in Indianapolis and the county surrounding that they have a unit government one county and Democrats flipped four seats. So we're looking really close. You can start to see some of that. Suburban rock the Republicans on what we've been tracking in Atlanta Houston Orange County all over the place in Pennsylvania. Right was another place. That's right the counties around Philadelphia South Seattle. So they're county commissions their county councils all got some democratic flips and then meanwhile in you know elsewhere in Pennsylvania outside the big cities we saw some county commissions flip flip Republican Kim. And there's there's this push pull going on there and then of course there's Virginia an l.. You're watching Virginia really closely on election. I can you tell us a little bit about what was going non in the in the legislature there. That was kind of the big prize besides Kentucky for for the Democratic Party. So yeah I mean. Democrats really picked up where they left off. In two thousand seventeen eighteen. Few people thought that has to delegates is going to be in play. Democrats flipped fifteen seats and then ended up not getting the majority because of their Republican incumbents events name was pulled out of a ball. That's how close it was. Came down to one seat in the coin flip basically right and so so. They went into this election kind of hoping to be able to to flip both houses legislature. And it worked. Yeah it did for the first time since nineteen ninety-three they've got trifecta control in Virginia. They control both houses of the General Assembly and the governorship ownership and they flipped a couple state Senate seats and a couple State House seats on the way. Why is that so important? I mean I I talked at the top of the podcast. This particular or election is going to reverberate for over a decade now. Because of what's coming down the pike that's right Democrats now have complete control over drawing the maps in Virginia. That was the big prize here. They didn't have any stake in the process in two thousand twelve so you saw millions of dollars of outside spending of democratic groups coming in because they wanted to be able to control Virginia not just for the next two years but for the next tent and so and that process is going to play itself out all all over the in almost every state over After twenty twenty when we get the new census people are GONNA be joining. You mentioned twenty one twenty two An obviously we saw in in the most recent house elections just because you have control of redistricting redistricting Republicans have control in most places in two thousand ten. It doesn't guarantee anything especially when you get the kind of realignment that that We've been talking about in this segment but but It's it's still pretty important yet. I think that's right when you look at Virginia. Republicans j the maps. They had eight of the eleven seats for almost the whole decade but then Democrats flips three three twenty eighteen on on a similar map. Yeah so long term effects against stretching out over the course of the next decade and beyond a pretty wild when you think about like how little little attention state legislative races usually get to have that kind of long-term Ramification Steve. What are some other implications? You're looking at on Tuesday night to do those results in Kentucky mean anything anything for Senate Majority Leader Mitch. McConnell who's up for reelection in two thousand twenty on the surface a map Evan and Mitch McConnell have pretty good amount in common. They're both really really really unpopular even in a state as Republicans Kentucky When it comes to presidential orientation but once you dig deeper? It's difficult to see how this all of a sudden means Mitch. McConnell all is vulnerable now in twenty twenty minutes to a lot of the people who don't like McConnell See Him as insufficiently supportive of president trump. You know we think of the two so joined at the hip as they've been particularly with When it comes to restocking the federal judiciary over the past two years? But I'm old enough to remember the first six eight months of trump's presidency Z.. When he spent? So you're three when he's been significant time on twitter -freshing Mitch McConnell just trashing him The the two of them have have mid especially Mitch. McConnell has made his peace as he had to do with Matt Bevin remember. Matt Bevin is the man who challenged him with primary him in two thousand fourteen eighteen as he has with Rand Paul who defeated his Desired seat-mate in two thousand ten in a Republican primary Mitch McConnell is really good at mending fences. He he is a political survivor And it's difficult to see That all of these folks now who looked at Matt Bevin and saw him as too abrasive. And we're willing to take a chance chance on Andy Bashir with Donald Trump at the top of the ticket in November twenty twenty. All of a sudden are willing to entertain when it comes to the Senate and the Senate majority leader are willing linked to entertain the idea of voting for amy McGrath. WHO's the likely Democratic candidate there? Yeah I the I think the we we learned once again uh like federal and state elections have just like a bit of a different flavor going on and they they're definitely converging and trending in the same direction in a lot of ways. But there's still I think just seems like there's more opportunity to break things open the little bit In in a deep rhetoric deep blue state at at the gubernatorial level or the state legislative level in a Senate Senate race certainly an in- Mitch. McConnell might not he might end up underperforming. Donald Trump In Kentucky on November in November twenty twenty. But you'd have to underperform by probably twenty to thirty points in order for that seat to play and that's that's hard to imagine yeah alley big takeaway from Tuesday. I think the Democrats are finally serious about redistricting. If you'll get all the money that came into Virginia this was them. Piloting Noah tested their strategy to do that on a much larger scale scown 2021. There's a lot more going on. They want to take back the Senate they want the White House. They want to protect the House majority. But if they don't keep paying attention keep putting money into these state legislative races. They're gonNA how really rough congressional map and state legislative nap for the next ten years and it seems like the upper echelons of the party. Really regret that they did not come to this realization in two thousand nine twenty two thousand ten when it was Republicans who spent big and and of course. There's a wave election. You know. Maybe maybe democratic spending at higher rates would only have done so much but the There's a real feeling of missed opportunity there among Democrats that they're looking forward to rectify. It seems yeah and you can see that now by the names getting involved President Obama endorsed a bunch in Virginia legislative candidates Eric Holder Terry McAuliffe. These are people signing the alarm and redistricting That's very interesting my my big takeaway from from Tuesday is that there's someone I was talking to on Wednesday morning. Basically said it's like the dynamics that we saw in Kentucky and also Virginia and a bunch of other places. You know this suburban rural urban suburban rural divide Is is just like buckle up and get ready to to be watching that all through two thousand twenty in the way the way he phrased it was that the blue areas are going to be lit up so blue and the red area areas so read that you can see them from space and you know every it's there's going to be it's going to be a divisive it's going to be divisive election So on that on that Uplifting note we're going to cut this one off move on to our next segment alley. Thank you so much for making the time to join of course and Steve Thank you for being here as well. Always a pleasure all right so for the second. Half of the show this week we are going to talk about health care. And one of the major flashpoints within that debate that has popped hopped up recently in the Democratic presidential primary. And so here to talk about it. We have Alice Holstein politico healthcare reporter. Alex hello thanks for being here. Sure and Alex Thomson National Political Reporter for politico. Hi Alex what's going on. Oh not much so Alex. Let's let's get the backstory of this a little bit so some of our most eagle-eyed listeners might might recall that we actually had a brief segment about this For why a not so brief segment about this for a brief time last week before we pulled it down on Friday because there was absolute chaos. That just blew up our little podcasts world and it also blew up your your world that morning right. That's exactly right we we. We received it late Thursday night. which was Halloween night and the embargo was for noon on Friday and then we woke up? Good morning everybody and Fox News News. Who I found out actually wasn't on the embargo list? Warren's Medicare for all plan exclusively obtained by Fox News Louis Debre hadn't received it before they had somehow been given the white paper early and they ran with it they ran with it at six. Am and we woke up and so the embargo had been lifted. So then they were like okay. Everyone's GonNa go at eight thirty and we're like eight fifteen an alice. UH-HUH I was biking to work in the cold all bundled up and I got the tax from Alec saying Oh shit pulled over immediately. Got On my computer. Peter and we hammered out a draft and got up and continued to update it with more context about the policy involved. Alice can can you explain why this is such a thorny question you before Warren had put out her plan and then after you've written a lot about about the just the the how of how to raise the money to pay for single payer healthcare it has been a a big issue garnering a lot of attention for a long time. It's very complicated absolutely and I think that Warren went beyond what she was getting pressure. Sure to do in two important ways so not only does she lay out exactly how to pay for the entire plan but she actually lays out new policies sees that go beyond what Bernie's bill that she endorsed and cosponsored would do and part of that is to make the math work so she says I have. All these policy is to bargain down prescription drug prices to cut payments to hospitals and physicians. And all of these very aggressive ways to constrain costs those are Actual policies not just pay fors But they help pay for it So there's that there's this new transition plan that's coming out because in the cost cost breakdown that she put out last last week it assumes that Medicare for all is all the way implemented already and that's the way they do the cost whereas the inbetween part is the really tricky part. What happens if you say okay? We have a four year transition. What's to stop private insurance companies during that transition position from either jacking up insurance rates to crazy levels to get every last dollar they can before they're put out of business or to just fold immediately and then all of those people who were dependent ended on them are screwed so the transition really matters and so it's interesting that she is digging into this in a way that other candidates have not yet? That is really interesting. What what what what struck you is like the the most the most interesting or important thing in all this Alex and I were texting about this on Halloween as I was handing out candy with my nephews so a a lot of it was what we expected a lot of it was. We're going to tax the rich. We're going to you know bargain down prescription drug prices and pay hospitals and doctors last We're going to count on on all of these administrative savings for having a more efficient single payer system instead of our current system where you A doctor's office has to build a million different private places and that takes time and money so that was all very expected. A couple of things that weren't expected were the employer piece and how she designed it so all of this pressure was on her her on her pledge that she sat on the debate stage and sense to not raise middle class taxes and here gets a little semantic so sh- what what she's doing is she is charging employers a flat per employee. Fee saying. Okay you already pay all this money to private insurance companies to cover rear workers. You'RE GONNA pay almost that exact. Same amount teeny bit less but to the federal government. Now so she's saying look that's not a new tax. That's not a new tax on the middle class. People are saying okay but it really is It's sort of a payroll tax but it's actually. She's getting slammed on it from both ends. Yes you have Biden saying. Oh you're breaking your pledge not to do a middle class tax and then you have people on the left you have Bernie and some progressive groups saying hey this is missing being an opportunity if you did it. As more of a percentage tax instead of a flat tax you could hit the higher income people more have them pay more into the system protect the lower income. People have them play last. Part of this question is so complicated right so another thing. That was a bit surprising in the plan was that she laid out a couple of things. Things to pay for the Medicare for all plan that would also like the Medicare plan itself have a really hard time passing in Congress and one of those is comprehensive immigration perform. She specifically used the twenty thirteen immigration reform. Bill that passed the Senate and then died in the house. As you know generate all this new tax tax revenue as millions of undocumented immigrants started paying taxes so counting that an counting a deep deep cut to the Pentagon's budget so this this is I'm already hearing folks pointing to this saying look. We told you this plan was already not realistic and couldn't pass in Congress. This is even more proof of that because because it depends on pay for is that themselves are huge heavy lifts for Congress and very unlikely to pass and so I think that in in the broader debate of does this have the votes that this is going to be a piece. We're GONNA see folks pointing to and so I mean this is all about and you're working through this complicated idea of how Elizabeth Warren wants to pay for Medicare for all and this has been a big topic in the primary for the last few weeks right Alex and somehow the the plans candidate Elizabeth born with more plans probably than anyone else about what she wants to do was getting hammered for one plan that she didn't have to take us back to. Why how we got to this moment of why Warren was putting out this Highly anticipated White Paper in the first place. I think a lot of people said Warren's campaign are asking themselves that exact same question about how record scratch moment yeah out Added we get here. I mean let. Let's go back first to the first six months of this of this campaign which warned does not have a clear answer on healthcare which almost every poll shows that that is the most important issue to Democrat voters. You know. She's asked in this New York Times piece where they ask everyone the same questions. Do you care more about a building. On the affordable care act or Medicare medicare for all on healthcare. Would you be focused on improving obamacare or on replacing it with a single payer system. Yes and she answers yes both she. He is very much saying. Let's get everyone at the table. Let's make sure we build in Medicare for all obviously the end goal but we can do this and we can do this. And then apparently as she's getting pressure on this issue decides that answer is not good enough and so she says I'm with Bernie a medicare for all that sort of become the famous answer but people forget the first six months that was not her answer on this Then she starts getting. Won't you have your own plan. Like wise brings good and she's like well burnings plans great And then then she starts getting questioned on the more on popular parts of Bernie's plan namely Bernie's admission that he would raise middle class taxes and she does not perhaps APPs with an eye on the on. The general election won't make that concession. She won't say I'm raise middle class taxes. Even if cost healthcare costs will go down. which is what Bernie argues and now she tries to address this by by making that exact point? There's this this interview after one of the debates on MSNBC. Where Chris Matthews right is trying to corner on this question favor go on up tonight? I know you're talking our kept saying how much your taxes go up and you'd say you how search your costs going to different question. How much your tax? How much are your cost? It's how much families end up struggling argument mm-hmm and she's really standing firm and saying it's not a question of taxes. It's about what you pay dollar taxes dollar premiums. It's all a dollar coming over your popcorn four in taxes. But don't you need some that question because said tonight's Republican talking point. It's not a Republican. This question it's a question about where people are gonNA come out economically. Look at that. That's not enough to quell this line of questioning from from the media in and then in the last debate it wasn't just us from the media right. It was from the other candidates Bernie's being honest here and saying how he's GonNa pay for this and that taxes are gonNA go global. Char goes after her. Pretty hard about you and her own SORTA Minnesota Nice way of attacking where she goes. And I'm sorry Elizabeth but I'm sorry but you need to tell people where the invoicing voiced to tell them where we're going to send the invoice. Pete obviously says you have a plan for everything your signature senators to have a plan for everything everything except this but not this the most important issue and I'm clearly like the campaign feels that nor to continue it's it's Reputation is on the plan. Candidate I do all my work. I do the do the homework which is what the campaign said this last last week I mean they even use the word like I did the homework? You know I- crunch the numbers. They felt that in order to preserve that SORTA brand That they had to go all in and really explain what they want to do on health care in the striking thing is that this is an over because the Warren campaign is coming out with another plan on on its transition to medicare for all in just the vague but they said in the coming weeks so clearly. We're going to be talking about this for a little time to come. What we're seeing in this election is the more details you put out The more you open yourself up to you. You anticipated my next question to to Alex. It's like so yes now. She's put out her plan and presumably presumably all the criticism from club. Judge and the folks who were going after in the last debate has just stopped right because now she said well that's how it works right. Yeah are you suggesting that the the tax were motivated by more than just intellectual curiosity. I imagined that already seeing it like Pete as impact on attacking hurt. We'll the math is certainly controversial again. They're variations in the estimates in the trillions and trillions and trillions of and by doesn't doesn't back down and attacking real numbers and in fact you're even seeing burning were really attack her over the weekend and saying that her plan would hurt workers. I think wasn't progressive enough mix which is for more I think progressive so it has been interesting to to see that but You know the the plan did not quell the criticism at all. In fact in some ways it's Ramps it up. Because she's reinserting it to the center of the conversation what what a lot of progressive groups that are pro Medicare for. All were hoping would happen was that she would throw down the gauntlet say. Here's my plan. Where's yours even if you are for doing nothing and maintaining the current healthcare system whereas your plan to pay for that? Where's your plan to deal with the millions of people who are now uninsured? She was hoping it would take the heat off her and put it on them. That hasn't really happened yet. But it's going to be interesting to see if you read through the plan. The outlines of how she would attack other candidates especially ones in the center. You know I think this is me speculating. A little bit. That as much as the plan was about rebutting rebutting these attacks I feel that Warren herself feels more comfortable when she has sort of a plan behind her. She feels more confident. She feels less on the back for heels. I think you're GONNA be able to see her. Be More assertive in contrasting yourself and re budding attacks on the debate stage in just in general with candidates now that she has done the work and I was like put pen to paper. I think like this is much about this against me. Speculating about her own head. Space as it is like a political maneuvering strategy. That's a really interesting point. Well we've got only a couple more weeks ago until the next debate in won't be able to find out how all that works out. Alex thanks so much for joining us. Now thanks Alice. Thank you as well absolutely and as always is a big thank you to our listeners for tuning in our producer this week is any reese. Dave Shaw is our executive producer. illustrators Bill Cook a quick note here This is Dave's last week as executive producer. He is leaving us to join the team producing the daily over New York Times. And so we just want to wish Dave well. He's been so much fun to work with. Had such a great impact on the nerd cast. 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GOP plays defense in Kentucky, Mississippi and Virginia
"Welcome to the live from meet the press. I`Ma Carry Dan. It is a Tuesday in early November which means voters. Here's our voting among other places. Check your local newspapers folks. The big elections today are in Kentucky Mississippi and Virginia. And here's a a good way to think about this. Republicans are playing defense but they could have a good night. We'll see why defense I mean Kentucky and Mississippi Exactly Brooklyn but the Republicans in those states are facing conservative in well known Democrats who have mostly kept up with them on the air waves in Kentucky. It could be a tossup incumbent Governor Matt Bevin has struggled with low job approval ratings. But he's hoping that a high profile visit from the president last last night could put him over the edge. In Mississippi Republican Tate Reeves is also hoping to ride that nationalized politics wave to victory and that is estate by the way that trump won by eighteen points the toughest contest of the night for Republicans are going to be in Virginia. If you recall that's where Republicans have the barest areas of majorities in both the State House of delegates in the Senate. It's also a state where the president hasn't been all that popular at least in the states most populous suburban regions. The president notably hasn't campaigned. They're like he has in the redder states with elections today but he did tweet this yesterday. Quote Virginia has the best unemployment. I'm an economic numbers in the history of the seat. If the Democrats get in those numbers will grow rapidly in the other direction on Tuesday vote Republican Unquote Democrats. Were quick to point out that one could argue. Those great economic numbers have something to do with their. Party's control of the governor's mansion in fact no. Republican has won statewide office in Virginia. Since two thousand thousand nine. So what's a good night for. The Republicans look like probably if they limit their losses in Virginia to only one chamber in the legislature in if they win. Both of those governor's races I talked about. So what's a good night for. Democrats a sweep in Virginia and perhaps picking off Bevan the more likely of of those two republican gubernatorial candidates to falter Andrew member the next first Tuesday in early November. We all experienced together. We'll be a year from now. It'll be here before you know it and the stakes will be exponentially higher. That's a live
AP Headline News Jan 30 2019 13:00 (EST)
"The. Radio news. I'm ed. Donahue, cold, weather blanketing. The midwest is moving east in Pennsylvania. This man is had enough already used to home definitely and hot chocolate. Lots of hot chocolate will be needed to keep people warm in the midwest. It's twenty one degrees below zero in Minneapolis, sixteen below in Chicago where the Margie's our Letta is bundled up Wendy outside for less than ten seconds. Makes it feel like your eyes are starting to freeze. That's when Chicago's starts being called chubby area. More than fifteen hundred flights at Chicago airports are canceled. Amtrak stopped all service into an out of Chicago and commuter train. Runs have been suspended universities, libraries courts, and many businesses are closed and the US postal service will not deliver today. According to NASA. There are parts of Mars that are warmer than Chicago Mars will have a high of nineteen degrees today, but low of ninety nine below Margie's are letter Chicago with the coal moving into New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo says he'll be watching the work of local utilities. Utilities to hear me today. We expect a better level of service than we have been getting from the utility companies in terms of both communication of the problem and resolution of the prop at least four deaths have been linked to the weather system in the midwest, including a man's struck and killed by a in the Chicago area negotiations starting on Capitol Hill on border security. It's part of the agreement that led to the end of the partial government shutdown. President Trump tweeted lawmakers are wasting their time if they aren't discussing or contemplating a wall or physical barrier. Lawyers for info wars host Alex Jones, vast, a Connecticut judge to move defamation cases against him to another part of the state as he defends discussions on his web show about the sandy hook elementary school massacre being a hoax a man accused of plotting mass shooting at an Ohio synagogue in the weeks following the deadly attack in Pittsburgh has been indicted on hate crimes charges. This is AP radio news. There's a change in plans for Foxconn in Wisconsin. The project was touted by the White House. Here's the AP saga megani? When he announced FOX Foxconn plans to build a mass of site for making liquid crystal displays a year and a half ago, the president outed, the job creation possibilities more manufacturing jobs than we've seen in many many decades. But Foxconn now says it's shifting focus in Wisconsin from blue collar manufacturing to a research hub and will not build a factory there. The state and local governments had promised to pay Foxconn roughly four billion dollars in exchange for investment commitments and a requirement that it create thirteen thousand jobs, which the company says it will still honor saga megani at the White House. Governor Matt Bevin is getting some heat for saying school districts are being too soft on kids when the canceled classes because of cold, weather and Donohue AP radio. News.
TYT Hour 1 - November 6th, 2019
"If you like the young Turks podcast. I think you'll love a lot of the podcasts on the network old school is one of my favorites one of the favorites for a lot of the listeners. Please check that out subscribe Cher. It makes a big difference and give it a five star rating. Thank what's up everyone. Welcome to the Young Turks Turks Amana Casts Burian and Jake again. But he'll be back tomorrow. We have Franchesca fear on TV. And Jerry Jackson our one today. What's up guys? I've been just trying to say quid. Pro Quo as fast see. I can't even throw quinto. What quo? Yeah it's funny because I don't think I've ever said this on this show. Every time I hear quid pro quo. I think of the hangover. Where the I forget the name of the character but he says quid pro quo? Mother plays in my mind. We need that. Yeah that's I'm sure that's a GIF. It's really good. Does He. Quickly tried type and it really fast Crow Crow Crow where We have a lot of great news to cover today as some good news in regard to the elections that took place yesterday. So I don't WanNa waste any time. Why don't we get right to it? Democratic candidates in in a major local elections one yesterday and this is a really big deal because it does make a statement when it comes to Donald Trump his popularity and how much which sway he has on these local elections. So let's start off with the Great State of Virginia where Democrats were able to flip the the state to their advantage in Virginia. Democrats reclaimed control of the states. General Assembly for the first time in two decades building on big gains. The party made it just a year. After trump took office when trump took office Democrats held just thirty three of one hundred seats in the states house of delegates come January they will hold take as many as fifty five in the state Senate. Democrats won at least twenty one out of forty seats meaning that the state legislature consists image of majority Democrats. Incredible yes it is incredible very very good news And then there was also a great news out of Kentucky now. Republicans in Kentucky. We're really hoping that they could sway the gubernatorial race in their direction by nationalizing that race so you had Governor Matt Bevin. Who is the Republican incumbent running against Bashir the Democrat in the state and It's incredible because Matt Bevin was not popular by any means He was not pulling well and part of the reason why was because he was constantly going after the powerless in his state namely the teachers who had decided to strike because There was some talk about their pensions. Not being properly funded so they strike and then Matt Bevin thinks it's a great idea idea to come out and say things like this you know. Here's what's crazy to me you know. How many hundreds of thousands of children today were left home alone? I guarantee you you somewhere in Kentucky. Today a child was sexually assaulted. There was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them a guarantee you somewhere today. A child was physically harmed or ingested arrested poison. Because they were home alone because a single parent didn't have any money to take care of them so he went out there and he demonized these teachers who were are essentially going to get screwed when it came to their own. Pensions and remember. We're talking about teachers. We're talking about people who are severely underpaid as it is and he goes out there and he blame them for being accessories to terrible things like sexual assault. Can I just say that. No one suggests that a child who is at Home from school will be sexually assaulted or poisoned unless they're a pedophile. Bevin has sexual elite May maybe thought about it but no one's like Oh. Yeah home from school. I'd be you know you get to watch cartoons rights bikes. And he's like they're going to be touched and you like no. It was weird that his mind went there and I remember at the time when we covered that story it was in two thousand eighteen. I said that I was like I find it. Strange that his mind automatically automatically goes there. That's not the way normal person. Thinks they support him. You'd stop and go man. I believe in Matt what he's saying. Now that part we're competing and Also so since. He's so concerned with kids being home with single payer single parent households whether or not they can get to school early days. He worried about maybe funding for school lunches. They can eat enough because a single parent household. Maybe enough also during the summertime passing legislation to to fund some kind of oversight for kids when they're on some vacation maybe spring break when a big things like that and people have to work constantly and our kids are home alone. It's not just that they were kids at home alone in parents are confronted with what to do with their chosen for daycare. It was his way of attempting getting a guilt trip. These teachers who absolutely should have gone out there they should have done the strike. I'm glad that they did it. But you know Matt. Bevin love to go after the powerless in Kentucky for instance He was very supportive of the The law he was proposing law where you would have to work in order order to receive Medicaid and so that was wrapped up in the courts. But it's just another example of something that led to his Level of or lack of popularity in the state. Hey now let's go to the election. What actually happened in Kentucky Attorney General Andy Bashir declared victory over Governor Matt Bevin by just over four thousand six hundred votes out of more than one point four million cast and apparent upset election in one of the more conservative states in the country? Now just to give you an idea of how much of an upset this really is. Four four years ago Bevan defeated his Democratic rival by about eighty five thousand votes and in Jefferson County. The most populous in the state Bashir beat Bevan by almost just one hundred thousand votes more than twice as large as the margin by which Bevan's twenty fifteen opponent wanted share almost doubled the twenty-fifth democratic nominees performance normans in Fayette County. Home of Lexington. So this is a big deal and look Bevan fought well. Here's the thing. Kentucky is an interesting state right because Kentucky will elect democratic local politicians but on a federal level. They're not happy with Democrats and and so they have latched onto trump. Partly because trump has this populist economic message like we all know he's lying but positioning himself self is like this. Populist has really resonated with the conservative voters in Kentucky and so what did Bevan do he asked Donald Trump to basically rally for Kentucky. And that's exactly what he did on Monday. We have a short clip about. Let's take a look tomorrow. Kentucky has a chance to send the radical Democrats message you will vote to reject the Democrats extremism socialism and corruption. And you will vote to reelect Kentucky Governor Governor Matt Bevin. Who's done a great job? Now is difficult have to say you know maybe the election but it's okay here looking. He said your pay when he needs something for Kentucky like money like aid like he wants to call one of the many manufacturers. Now coming into Kentucky could you call the head of some company in Japan. Please I say mad. Do I have to do it please please. But but isn't that really what you wanted to go for what you want the. He's such a pain in the butt. That's what you want. That is the president of the United States. But Look Bevan's attempt I'm to nationalize that race didn't work. It wasn't good enough. So the economic populist message that came from Bashir out-trumped bumped Donald. Trump's rally and Bevan's attempts to national is. The there was a camera shot that we didn't have their he's sitting there and he was going the the whole time. You're sitting there going to pain. How does that work so again? We just talk last week. How Arabia for early this week? When trump was was going after California over the wildfires and going after the governor here newsom? Oh my God he wants all this money. I'm GonNa pull that money because you guys don't listen to me. I thought what you just said. That's a pain for Matt. Bevin to be bugging you all the time to beg for money and Beg for this and beg for that but somehow California with a natural disasters. That's happening normal funding for things that help citizens of this country. That's not good enough but but this guy begging for money so he can make sure companies come in you can give tax breaks to while the screws over the people of the state. That's a that's an okay thing which one is because he supports you and this other one doesn't it all comes down to that. I think I mean first of all that entire claim like. Don't you want someone who's a sycophantic loyalists. Hey you don't want that This the defeat of beverly things shows a number of things. And to your point about Bevin trying to nationalize trump's victory trump's message edge to sort of like latch onto his coat tails and say this still works in two thousand and two thousand nineteen Did absolutely fail And he shows that the message around radical socialism. It's not it's falling on deaf ears because people don't actually understand what is being said like all right. Are there re education camps yet. Like when do I go to. They got healthcare. 'cause I'm talking about healthcare turns out. That's what this year is talking. Yes exactly is talking about healthcare. He is against These Medicaid work requirements. He's for keeping Medicaid expansion And then I think think it's really important that it's not just Bevan's miscalculation in terms of whether he you know brought trump in at the wrong time which is like such a gamble like hey. Let's bring senile old GRANDPA in here to sort things he's out like whoa but it shows that like organizing the teachers. Yeah Organizing Works Kentucky Education Association or Yeah These Kentucky Kentucky Education Association knocking on doors that actually works like a lot of the media. Were were always like okay. Well how does it have to do with DC or not like. Screw not see you know this has to do with people on the ground you know just like a victory like ao season Queens. Yeah desperately or the Bronx why AM I. Why am I saying Queens? Yeah no you're you're absolutely really right. That activism on a local level is incredibly effective but also I just want to know and really hammered this point because people keep arguing that Joe Biden should be the Democratic nominee for president because of his electability. But keep in mind that the one message possibly the only message that resonates voters across the ideological spectrum is the economic populist message. It really is because because whether you're a Democrat or Republican if you're working class or middle class you are feeling the injustice of this economic system so what Bashir did was incredibly savvy. Incredibly Smart Smart. He stayed on message There were multiple attempts to try to get him to attack trump and while I believe it's obvious that he's not a fan of trump. He avoided doing Matt because he understood making that race. About whether or not you support. Donald Trump is essentially handing a victory to Bevan. Because you're seeing the way. Sometimes from sport is worth they don't care that he has been policies the other maybe other Republicans again in this case his bad policies are on full display. Okay those I think the four of the five seat still stuck with Republicans. They're talking about and we'll talk about how Fox News was bragging about that and trump. Junior was as well. But that's the thing when people are dug into their smaller Elections smaller campaigns. They're still stuck with. I gotta go with Republicans. Republicans because Republicans are best for me but on the full state scale. Where Bevan's running you have to deal with everyone and everyone is GonNa have to deal with seeing what this guy's doing for the entire state and there's enough enough people that look up and say this isn't working out for me but so to take the lead Fort Bashir? Did you have to continue to push that the truth narrative of what's really happening with policies because these guys have just as bad policy as Bevan did this is. They weren't put it such a large scale the entire state his. He's being the head of the state. His is put on blast so so smaller campaigns running gets for these other seats make sure you point out the opponents same same type of Judas they have that are very similar to Bevan's and then one other thing I wanted wanted to point out so in Kentucky. The voters tend to vote for both Republican and Democrat candidates. Right but on a national level level. They have a great deal of disdain for Democratic members of Congress. I mentioned that. And I mentioned the relevance of that because what that means needs is they feel look we already know the economic populist message resonates with them. They feel left behind by Democrats on a national level. So for the Democrats. What's the corporatists who are saying? Oh No no no forget about the Warren's in the burnings of the world they're gonNA cost us the election we need a moderate. We need a centrist. The understand understood that the messaging coming from those types of candidates does not resonate with as many. It just doesn't absolutely and I think you put the shoe on the other foot okay. Running on pro-trump from pro or anti impeachment doesn't work so then the converse is true running only on the impeachment and only against trump biden. doesn't work. It's not going to work to only make this a national thing go local and I think we saw you know some Democrats saying Oh hey look. A healthcare wins education education wins. It's like who are the candidates who are speaking about this public education expanding public education. Who are the candidates who were talking about expanding Medicaid and Medicare here for all like these? It's it's not a philosophical conversations not ideological conversation it is a stat heavy proven conversation when you run on these bread and butter issues. You'RE GONNA win definitely now. Let me go to a part of the story that could end up being disastrous if Democrats crowds. Don't fight to maintain this clear win. Okay so In the State of Kentucky You had Bashir. who was the attorney? General role in the state beat the incumbent Republican Gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin. Now the sheer won by a slim margin but he he wants and now but here is you know of course saying he won but then Bevan's saying no. I'm not going to concede I'm not buying this at all. So as a result Colt You have some bad actors getting involved. Kentucky's Senate President Robert Stivers through another reg that the state's razor thin gubernatorial outcome late Tuesday night saying that the legislature could decide the race stivers said based on his staff's research. The decision could come before the Republican controlled trolled state legislature. So they're going to try to have Republicans in the state legislature later. Decide who actually won. Even though if you count the votes. The the person who was the clear winner here was a Bashir. I and share what. Where is the legality in that like? I'm not under saying what what rock that law is hidden under isn't it. I thought it was supposed to be. If you WANNA recount you. File a formal request to the judiciary right and we we know that Republicans like to make up rules as they go along. So let's let's actually hear from legal experts in what they have to say So one legal expert from Brandeis School of law says they can't can't just make them up if the House and Senate were just proceed on big allegations without proof that raises. Serious questions about disenfranchised disenfranchisement the franchise of voters who voted for Attorney General Bashir. It's an extraordinary proposition to suggest that the general assembly would take vague allegations Gatien's of unspecified irregularities and call into question gubernatorial election sounds similar to the president after heathen won the election. Still talking about the millions and millions of votes that were stolen by illegal immigrants. I'm not sure where he was pulling it off from but every time you hear them a QS one group of doing what they always always trying to do. Then you know to look at that source look at where that information is coming from. They're probably had that down the pike to pull off anyway. So the pull them out that one line the disenfranchisement franchising of the voters. When is Republican Party cared about that? Never never boating rights act opposition to that too literally tossing out votes for people. Make sure that the machines aren't aren't counting votes where they should be the way to go way too strong for for for them continue to go out on his route but they will anyway until someone actually calls me and says this is. The Republican Party needs to be that level of strength in your statement what's incredible about Republicans since both on a local and national level is. They know they can't win based on their messages right. They know that they don't have any popular political positions surreally run on and went on and so they try to game the system to their advantage. So they can literally cheat to win right. They do it when it comes to changing voter. Id Laws The do it when it comes to Gerrymandering and drawing up districts in a way that puts them at a an incredible advantage. Their ideas are unpopular occular. And what we need on the left is more of that firebrand you know behavior like the AFC like behavior. Were you call it what it is you call it out. I just feel like Democrats overall. Haven't done a good job in calling it out right. They always play defense. They never play offense. I I think it's time to play off the playbook Republicans fear we've talked to all Bevin and the school agenda yet when teachers were striking. You you pump fear. I Chris because our voters are fearful and they're going to be motivated by fear and anger. So that's why he went with the rape today. Oh my God kids getting raped. Just go with the most extreme. Because your your your your base is going to be riled up by that voter suppression you. Then after you've lost that will of voter suppression and fear just subvert the whole process at the end of it. All I and I think one of the ways and I'm not sure I've Seen Democrats come up with a skilful way to tackle the extreme racism and xenophobia phobia. That comes out of the right. Like I'm surprised. Actually they went in. You know in Kentucky with the socialism rather than immigrants are coming for your jobs you know which Azeem sort of like you know. That's that's like hit number one and it always kinda works and everyone dances to it It's a terrible song but the point is I think. Democrats need not just an economic populist message but also one that is inclusive one that is anti-racist and one that says listen all of these economic reforms help all of us us and they also primarily benefit people of color working class people of color. An immigrants aren't stealing your jobs It's corporations who aren't actually giving a fair shake to their workers. Who are you know taking away money from public education? It's governors who take millions of dollars out of the public education system. That is a threat right to your job and your stability. Yeah I mean look again just to give you an example of what I would do if I were playing offense. And that's at this point in the game. I I really think that's the most important thing to do is every time I suspect that anti immigrant message is gonNA come up. I'm going to bring up the fact that Donald Trump hired foreign workers as soon as he got selected. It was the first thing he did. Raise the cap on foreign workers and then trump properties immediately applied for over seventy four and workers for their company. Okay what happened in America I. They're all lies right. I would hit them with that before. They can hit me so much rich. You can hit it all so oh I remember when I was debating. Ann Coulter politicains. Someone someone in the audience who I knew was unfortunately seated around a bunch of her fans and I brought up up that thing about the foreign workers and apparently a few of them were like wait. Is that true is that they don't know they don't know because it's not information that's ever given to them by the media media they watch certainly so anyway we gotta take a quick break but when we come back we're GONNA give you Donald Trump's reaction to what happened Kentucky last night and then Some other other great developments that might have fallen through the cracks. 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You got a vote because if you lose it sends a really bad message just sends a bad and they will build it up. Here's a story of your win. They're gonNA make it ECO home and if you lose to say trump suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world. This was the greatest. You can't let that happen to me. So it seems like he recognizes that Bevan losing signals. Something about Donald Trump's not only popularity but influence wentz influences. The right word right so now. He's saying via twitter. No it has nothing to do with me. Okay all right we won big in the state of Kentucky. This is what is tweet. Set One five out of six elections in Kentucky including five great candidates that I spoke for and introduce last night interesting. How he doesn't mention any names there? MHM Matt Bevin picked up at least fifteen points in the last days but perhaps not enough fake news will blame trump right Look I don't think anyone's blaming trump for bevin losing but the fact that Bevan's attempt to big piggyback off of trump nationalize that race and the fact that it failed says something about trump's influence. Oh Yeah I just love that that rallies. Just it's like his aid you know just like inside every day especially at that face that perfectly square orange like he's I it's just like him like farting on the toilet. Thinking about the impeachment going lead. That happened in me. Well no film me while I do this please let I mean that's trump. That's all we're seeing. It's all about me I will make anything about me. Always your niece having a birthday party. It's about me because I'm also having a birthday party. Hi is throw the best birthday parties for nieces. Like he'll find a way. Yeah now he also tweeted our big Kentucky Rally on Monday night had a massive impact on all the races. The increase in governor's race was at least fifteen points. Maybe twenty put more numbers while he's added maybe fifty maybe fifty. Why Not Bev? Bevan was polling zero percent before I came in there. And then you get up to forty eight just make it up. So let's go to Don Jr. attempt attempt to distance his father for Matt Bevin. Bevin was the most unpopular governor in the country was once down twenty points. I like Matt Bevin. He's been a friend of minute. Been A he's a good guy but he's picked a lot of battles he's You know teed off on a lot of people in Kentucky that's not always popular. We understand how that works Like I said I think he's done a good job job. Matt Bevin has picked some fights so this has nothing to do with trump. The to the I don't think have that much to do with each other. Nothing to do with trump. I mean trump came in and attempted to save Bevan but his influence wasn't significant enough to save him now. This is where the message should go again. So yeah yeah they won five out of those six other ones Trump has nothing to do with Bev and all of a sudden we just heard him say trump has everything to do with Ahmet night. I guess but any other time no not at all that. Oh He's been picking fights. He's totally unpopular again. Why was begging unpopular? He signed laws to mandate ultrasounds and require health care providers to so patients. Pictures of thesis before you're performing an abortion remember. A trump was running for president and he was asked at one of those Town halls what do you think about women that make it an abortion. I think they should be punished. She said what about about the men maybe not sounds like matches up with your policies. He also there was they pass conservative-liberal ause a right-to-work policy that undercut unions replaced their prevailing wage aged guaranteed public work employee base hours. Cut All that down. Sounds a lot like the Republican party agenda altogether. He also successfully pursued a waiver from the trump administration nation to add work requirements. Premiums Co payments to the Medicaid program sounds a lot like president trump and his entire agenda. They're not separate. You can say. Hey he had those bad policies trump junior goes on TV. He was on. He was picking fights with teachers he was. He was stepping up against hard unions. That's what you guys do. Who's WHO's last time? The trauma surgeon came out and said Oh man he's teaches. They really need a pay raise. They haven't got one in thirty five years. They don't do that. Bevan's policies are the Republican Party's and EXP- especially the president's policies. Don't let them separate the two. He follows the lead. What Republican doesn't follow the lead of Donald Trump? So they all do it's such a great point. Jr and there's is a disconnect because remember voters in Kentucky might be in favor of voting Democratic candidates into office on a local level but again they have great disdain stained for Democrats on a national level so there is a disconnect there because they tend to believe that Donald Trump is looking out for their their economic interests but in reality he's not so there needs to be a better strategy on the left to make it abundantly clear that Donald Trump is not looking out for you. He's not he's not even looking out for his base. Donald Trump looks out for himself for the wealthy and the swamp that he has infested his administration is entire administration Asian and his candidacy has been a Trojan horse for a dying Republican Party. The didn't know how to package their bogus policies anymore and the last car that they had to play was the race card. It was the racist card and they decided to play with trump. And it's actually not holding up for them as well as they thought it would because is exactly like mask off. And guess what they're against labor unions mask off and they're against A woman deciding what to do with her own body Against against raising the minimum wage in all of the same things and therefore tax breaks for the wealthy etc.. I just think what happens to the Republican Party. You know who is going to roll out the red carpet when they decide to try and recess tate themselves when the Romney's and you know the flakes and whomever else who they come back into the fold like will it be Democrats and that's what I'm afraid of with an and I don't mean that to say like let's further drive a rift in our country. I mean today's there needs to be some kind of I mean. Atonement is the most ridiculous word that could come out of my mouth right now. There's gotTa be a shift. There's got to be an understanding that this party and it's not just what the economic policies with the impeachment with the corruption Jews. Come out against the or for the impeachment from Republicans who said there was actually Shuli something wrong with offering or holding up aid to another country until they investigated your political rival. That is wrong. That is right and high crime and misdemeanor right there and I think the only person I can think of who still identifies as a Republican who came out and said that this is wrong. Is Romney right right. Like I mean just a marsh does not identify as a Republican anymore. They kicked him out so he's an independent now. This is the guy who read the full muller reports. He you read the report he was like. Oh Oh you guys this is really. This is before this. And they're like get out of here. We remodeled remodel. So look even though I disagree with Justin Amash on just about everything. He's as Conservative as conservative can be conservatives can be I I give him credit for at least being principled and carrying about the rule of law. I mean you hear. Republicans claim they care about the rule of law. Donald Trump send the law and order candidate when he was running. We all know that that that is the furthest thing from I guess what I mean is accountability. I'm sorry the last thing I'll say is it's it's not just the amount of other Hogan's have hitched. Their horse to trump goes far deeper than I think we even know. At this point we have to remember. Are these two Giuliani. goons were arrested. You know like thumb phase one and thumb face to like they they were arrested for funneling campaign money money the into Republican campaigns into Republican PACs. Not just donald trump packs right but other republican pacts. And so it's like everyone's touched the dirty money like everyone. Everyone dotted on them so what they have nowhere to go but down. There's no way they can get out of this other than doubling down on a corrupt president. GotTa keep them keep their feet feet to the fire as you mentioned earlier so also to be fair to To trump by law and order preser- he's seen every episode. That's that's the good good good. All right We gotta move onto the next story and this is a little bit of a round up that I think is important to share with you all because it talks talks about all the little accomplishments Democrats made last night. That might not be getting as much attention. So trump's taking the main election day headlines especially because Virginia has flipped the Legislative Control for Republicans Democrats and then when it comes to Kentucky The governor's race went from Republican Matt Bevin to Democrat Andy Bashir. Even though bevin still refuses to concede that he lost now now there were a bunch of other things that happen during the election yesterday that I wanNA share with you and this is really great news because of all the gains that were made Four war vote for Democrats in both Virginia and Kentucky Medicaid worker requirements were defeated at the ballot box last night that is a headline from the Washington and Post. It's absolutely true. So the trump administration can only do so much in carrying out. Its Vision for the Medicaid program which includes requiring able bodied enroll lease lease to work or volunteer generally Trying to limit further dependence on public benefits by discouraging Medicaid expansion to accomplish its goals for Medicaid. The trump administration needs to help needs the help of state political leaders and election results in Kentucky and Virginia yesterday made that less likely likely as Democrats widened. Their control in those states is constant. Proof that it's all connected again exactly what that was saying. You need these guys to head of these states to control that agenda to make sure you reject that for the people of each state. We talked about how these states reject what happened with the when Obamacare was trying to actually do something. Something didn't do enough and they rejected. Make sure that it's a failure at least in our state so the people here can be suffering and then we say that's Obama's fault when we just rejected what's GonNa come in. A state to help continued to link the two people have the time to analyze it. It seems pretty simple mobile. Yeah and I think just going off. Let's clarify here. And it's something that I didn't really know. But that under obamacare Medicaid which is health care for the poorest Americans was expand yes right and that means actually that the federal government will pay eight. Four ninety percent of Medicaid expansion costs. So it's not even going back to the state tax payers anymore right and fourteen states. The Republican states have not expanded Medicaid. They rejected that money. It was federal money. Yes so look. Portable care did have wonderful components components and that was one of those wonderful component Obama essentially said in the way that law was written. Hey you know what. The federal government with this resources wants wants to help State and local governments expand Medicaid. And so we're going to help fund that to the tune of ninety percent and you have these Republican Governors From Red States obviously give the federal government the Middle Finger and say no. We're going to allow people in our state to go without healthcare. Right right people. People die under that type of thinking disgusting that they did that so finally there is some retaliation and there has been in two thousand eighteen also in the midterms you you saw in a couple of states red states. There were ballot initiatives and ballot measures where we put it to the people and the people were like yes medicaid expansion. Exactly you just got to complain. Talk About Matt Bevin being a pain because asking for money for things in the state. You didn't take that money. That was coming to your state bill. Things that are part of law already. Democrats have taken control of Columbus Indiana. That's actually his hometown and so again. You're seeing these elections that are flipping from red to blue all over the place including in areas. Where people like Mike Pence grew up? Also two other great wins. I don't know if you remember the story but there was a woman named Julie Brisk come in. She was a woman who flipped off Donald Trump's motorcade shortly after he was inaugurated there's one of the headlines that CNN put out there and so we're not gonNA show you the photo but she got fired from her government job as a result of that photo going viral and she decided to run and for a local race and she won So she is now a district supervisor. in Virginia in K.. So she says healthcare doesn't pass us but you try to dismantle it from the inside five hundred people get shot in Las Vegas. You're doing nothing about it. You know white supremacists have this big march and heard a bunch of people in downtown Charlottesville and you call them good people so she's noticing all of the issues on the right and these are the types of issues that encourage people to go to the polls and retaliate. Honest politicians would pay attention to the fact that she ran on those types of things. But I haven't heard of yet because I haven't listened very closely closely but what people's reactions are winning but they'd say this is the woman who flipped off the president and that's why she won because there's this much hate and division in the country. No she had an agenda. She's he's running on. That actually paid attention to the American people you can try and blow it off all you want because that one instance was fired for that is actually the story behind that not. That's what she was delectable. She was elected for other reasons. And then I want to end on what happened in Lewis in Lewiston Maine. They actually hired Somali immigrants which is great news and she had been targeted by online trolls so This is her name is Safia. Khalid Sheikh Molly immigrant who ran for city council in Lewiston Maine and online trolls. From as far away as Alabama and Mississippi unsurprising surprising. We're hurley vile abuse at her telling her that Muslims had no place in American government and she should go back to where she came from. Well she wasn't buying it. She ran she one and this is really great news. I saw a representative Ilhan Omar tweets support toward her which was wonderful to see as well. Look this is. This is really great to see because there's been so much fear mongering toward the powerless the disenfranchise people of Color and to see voters get energized. Josh to come out and defend these groups of people is is important. And it's also let's keep it real. It's important to have representation in local government in Congress. This you know. There's so many Muslims in the country Muslim women in the country who haven't received much representation at all so to see an increasing number of lawmakers get elected did with that background is yeah and at a time when it's you know it's easy to I mean I think I think a lot of immigrants around the country and a lot of religious. Just minorities are feeling like well. Maybe we should. Just maybe this country isn't I mean we should hide. You know maybe we should make ourselves small I think that elected representatives tentatives like this woman. Show that no make yourselves big. Make yourself known represent as abroad and has narrow swath of people as you want and that actually your policies are what matter exactly. And don't let the trolls intimidate you. That's exactly what they want. And it's just makes me really proud to see women fight back like this all right. We're going to take our break but when we come back. We're you'RE GONNA discuss how Lindsey Graham not only move the goalposts when it comes to evidence for Donald Trump's impeachment he has gotten rid of the goalposts is altogether. He doesn't WANNA see evidence pertaining to this investigation. We'll give you the details when we return. We hope you're enjoying this free clip from the young Turks. If you WANNA get the whole show and more exclusive content while supporting independent media become a member t t dot com slash joined today in the meantime enjoy this recycle Welcome back to t y t Anna Francesca and JR with you. A few member comments before we move on. Jay Bone writes in This is again from our member comments here me now quote me later the Kentucky General Assembly will vote to remove powers from the governor before Bashir's sworn in just like they did in North Carolina. I'm really glad you mentioned that. I think. Jr you mentioned that as well during our production meeting how to strip all the power from a any democratic governor. Exactly marijuana's number three fan. Why is it Repub? Republican always make beards look horrible trump. Junior look horrible in a beard. Yeah you know. It's that is interested in comedy. So yes but so that means Ted Cruz. Oh tapert feared is. I feel assaulted by it every time I see it. I just feel like anything that covers his face a little bit more. That's good to cover. It'd be every time it's a Gorka. no-one can do it in a few T.. Lives I bathe in Tommy Lawrence Tears. I that election was all about trump. That's why Democrats actually won. I totally agree with you. ECLECTIC miscellaneous says. Francesca's right. Where all all the people of good conscience in the GOP fighting against trump's racism and corruption? Either what's left of the Republican Party are cowards. Racists corrupt or all three. Yeah Yeah one hundred percent. They care about their political careers way more than they care about anything else including their so-called values and principles I mean they're so afraid of donald trump coming after them on twitter and that means that they're reelection is in jeopardy right. That's all they care about. The only reason why Romney is okay. Hey with timidly criticizing donald trump's because he doesn't have to worry about reelection for like five six years right hoping he'll be gone by then. Can I mention one thing Burned it also heart of life seventy-seven She mentioned the thing with the Milky. MLK Street named said the change was done just randomly by the city council. Not by both of the people. So if that's that's the case I apologize to implicating the people of can't it was a Kansas City area the city councillor. I mean I'm going off of this tweet we can maybe look into two more but okay sorry about that racists right the fact the fact that someone was doing it just wasn't the also also counsel. Yeah well let's move onto impeachment. Related News Senator Lindsey Graham. Although very very critical of Donald Trump during the election in two thousand fifteen has decided to be a Donald Trump sycophant and nothing makes that clear then his Defense Defensive Donald Trump in this impeachment investigation. Now if you can recall earlier Lindsey Graham made some declarations about how this impeachment investigation has no evidence which is why he supportive of Donald Trump. In fact let's give you a little taste of woody at previously said If you're looking for a circumstance where the pros the united. The states was threatening the Ukraine with cutting off aid unless investigative political opponent. You would be very disappointed that does not exist. Well it turns out that evidence does in fact exist it exists in the form of actual testimony given by actual trump administration officials. Old People like Bill Taylor who was the US ambassador People like Gordon Song Lind The EU ambassador people like Lieutenant Colonel Edmon WHO said that? They're absolutely was quid. Pro Quo. I mean the list goes on and on you have more. And more trump administration officials both current and and former trump administration officials testifying before these House committees to say this was wrong. Yes there was quid pro quo right. Now Wow What does Lindsey Graham have to say about this overwhelming evidence? Well Lindsey Graham. The Republican chairman of the Senate. Judiciary Committee doesn't plan on reading the transcripts of testimony from former special envoy to Ukraine. Kurt Volker or you ambassador Gordon Sunland declaring the entire deposition and impeachment process BS. Graham Dismiss Ahnlund's apparent reversal in which he now admits he thought Ukraine aid was tied to Ukraine making a public like anti-corruption statement. And I want by the way. Click clarify that for a second. It's not just that Ukraine needed to make a public anti-corruption statement Ukraine Ukraine had to publicly announce that they were launching an investigation into the Biden's okay Donald Trump's political opponents so I didn't like the wording there that CBS issues being very specific about what the trump administration demanded here. Now in regard to that Graham suggested he doesn't care. What any bureaucrat? Like sunlen thinks by the way Psalm Lynn Not Bureaucrat. In fact he was a huge trump supporter and donated one million dollars to Donald Trump's inaugural fund so to say that he's just. Oh some lame bureaucrat. Or some partisan WHO's out to get trump is absolutely ridiculous. He spent a million dollars stupidly of his own money to support a criminal and now he's wrapped up in this impeachment investigation. He looks like the Dodo Bird from runaway bird. You Know Sesame Street He would go like that anyway anyway. I'm going to add for that. Poor doting aging. Oh no he was mean it was the mean Dodo Bird. You guys tweet me tweet me no pun intended Also Maria Ivanovich. Let's not my favorite thing about. This is the week where we're seeing the transcripts right there being released and then the actual public testimony is going to happen next week in terms of these same people mind you. None of these people are the whistle blower like this is what I love about the ceremonies like. They're not the whistle blower and they're saying in all his aim things the whistleblower said So wow you've just got to go to bat against all of these career officials who I have to say at this point. I'm like you know what good for you thank you. There's like they couldn't scoop the State Department out and just like completely empty it out. I know there's nothing but bramble rambling there at this point. But you know there's something like twenty percent haven't been hired up still in the State Department like still there were some officials and they pay attention and and and they know crime and they know when something's crossed the line when they see it. My favorite part though is Uganda says that Sauna Lynn the EU ambassador told her Because she was like. I think that I'm being set up. Essentially they're trying to remove me from my job because because I won't play ball 'cause they won't play they ball and I'm sort of raising concerns about the strategy to strong arm Ukraine and Sahhin was like tweet something about trump no tweets the positive phrasing praising was the word trump on twitter. So you can secure your job. Is that when you bring up things like let's go up those I don't believe bureaucrats like that. 'cause what's on his only bureaucrat in Washington not simply bureaucrats like that meaning ones that don't Don't help out his agenda as is lies so I mean bureaucrats bar bureaucrats like my dad know. Those bureaucrats are totally on. They're not bureaucrats apparently It also so you just you go tos. Those hot words but remember the t shirts behind trump and Was It in our in Kentucky. Read the transcripts. Hey let's send Lindsey Graham a whole bunch of those t shirts. Read the transcripts transcripts. Read the transcripts because I mean until you want to find out what really happened and don't don't do worse I don't attract them. I don't like cottage cheese to me he's he's spineless Lard. Corrupt terrible politicians into this reminded me a lot closer. I wasn't prepared for them. Just like silly putty. I'm sorry I didn't mean well. Let's go from one. A giant Republican disappointment to the next senator rand. Paul has decided to make a big deal about the identity of the whistle missile blower. This is the individual who filed a formal complaint in regard to Donald Trump's phone conversation with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zeleski. Now in that phone conversation. It was clear that trump wants Alinsky to dig up dirt on his political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. Now Rand Paul has started regurgitating. What trump is said? Trump wants to retaliate against this whistle blower the whistle blower at. This point is irrelevant because now you have more and more evidence Including trump administration officials coming out and testifying that what Donald Trump did was wrong and that there was quid pro quo involved so they have corroborated robbery. Wha what the whistle blower has said in his formal complaint and the federal government is supposed to protect his identity if he if he or she wishes to remain anonymous. But you have rand Paul running around town arguing that I know I know the identity and you know what I might reveal it. I might reveal the identity of this whistle blower because I'm trying to cozy up to trump. Because I wanNA make sure that Republican voters reelect me in the future right so Asked why he hasn't disclosed the the name of the official individual. Paul told reporters that he probably will. Then he said I'm more than willing to I probably will at some point. There's no law preventing anybody anybody from saying the same. He actually doubled down on these types of statements In his appearance on Bret Baier show on Fox take a look. Don't don't think this is dangerous to actually out the whistle blower. I mean the president has said that he's off treasonous and a traitor. I think that the sixth amendment of the Constitution Institution's very clear and I think that we should have all right so let's go to e. two. Please choose what about this concern that protecting whistleblowers blowers overall if you name this person suddenly jeopardizes other things. Let's go back to twenty fourteen campaign for Liberty founded by Your Dad Use a a this. We've got so many millions of government contractors that when they see something wrong they should be able to report it without repercussions. Your Dad says. I think we should praise are whistleblowers Ron. Paul said to applause. Adding people like Edward Snowden should be rewarded. Absolutely those statements are. Why are you doing what you're doing? Agree completely really with it. But we were defending Edward Snowden who I still defend and I think he should have gotten whistleblower status most of the people defending the current whistle blower wanted to lock up Edward Snowden in and hang him or execute him. So yes the whistle blower statute should protect people only the whistle blowers. And you're like no. They should protect him. I Want Edward Snowden protected so he's not executed excuted Wanting to protect this guy. I don't want him executed either. I don't think it should be fired. But I agree with what Lindsey Graham said in your lead in and that is that it's a protection from being fired. It's not a protection to be anonymous particularly if it's going to be a criminal case once you have a crime. There is a constitutional protection to you have to confront your accuser so there are different standards depending on which was lower. He likes right. So there are certain whistleblowers that deserve protections as long as they go along with Something I believe but when it comes to. Let's keep a real it's not even about liking a whistle blower or disliking whistleblower. It's about Rand Paul's political career. It's about appealing to trump's base. That's all this is about. If trump's base was in favor of protecting this whistle blowers identity then he would fight to protect the whistle blowers identity again. The whole purpose of revealing revealing this individual's name is so people can attack him or her right. I don't know who this person is. And I have no interest in reading any of the disgusting right wing media That's putting names out there when Bret Baier leg catches you in a lie and points on your hypocrisy. I mean packet and the walking looking date rape drug. Just like called me a hypocrite Brad. Beyer looks like a walk rich. That's what I just said and I'm I stand by it The point is is that like faulk even Fox News. I think they're like all right. How much disbelief am I going to enter into here? You know. In order to to to continue allowing Republicans answer just say whatever they feel like I don't know where this Ed's where does this go on the lie. Discontinue move the lastly brought up. Maybe the Craig if I'm wrong. We're still a an impeachment inquiry. All right yeah. It's not a criminal investigation. It's not a criminal trial. Donald trump up Do they sentence him if they convict them of these crimes no Six Amendment says the very first phrase in all criminal prosecutions the accused. Sean joined the right to a speedy and public trial and on and on and on and also council and also gets to face his accuser. That's what Rand Paul keeps referring to the sixth amendment the six amend the Constitution requires you to face accuses in a criminal prosecution south. This is right. This is to investigate his lawlessness. So we can see if we're GONNA put them up and then impeach him impeach him. He's not necessarily going to be taken out of office yet. So to keep shifting the reality of the situation when you talk spoke to report a network she was from he was. You have to get your factory. Get your factory. I can do all this because the six minutes six. It doesn't matter. If if if we're endangering the life of this whistleblower also blower the sixth amendment. These are two different things. So you WANNA go with the law at least read it first before you start land-based and other people for not reading and I think bear apologies as for what I said about you but He does of a point. which is that? And I think for people on the left and the right and it doesn't really matter what your party is but you know having it double standard around whistleblowers is not okay right and we should be protecting whistleblowers but I mean for example. The Republican Party Went assange Andrzej released video of Blackwater right you know. Killing civilians like okay assange pariah we hate him and then when Asandra Lisa stuff around around Hillary Clinton trump talks about him at every rally. I love Assange Julian at wikileaks. I gave you know so so you can't you can't just bend whatever I mean. Listen I think assange has gone off the deep and a little bit. I also think that he you know should not be necessarily. I don't know what I don't know if he should be extradited etc but you can't have a bold ways you know change where you stand on various issues Based on whether it helps your political agenda and you see that happening certainly on the right and one thing that I wanted to just quickly mention look who knows what other questionable things. Donald Trump has done while in office. I think this is also his way of intimidating future whistle blowers from from coming forward. This is a this is a form of intimidation. This is what he's doing that's all it is because he knows that the evidence is out there. I mean he knows that there are people testifying against him right now. I mean he's putting this argument that you know he wants to be able to confront his accuser right. That's what he wants to do their accusers right now. You know them by. Hey you know them by name. How come you don't want to confront then
Election hot take: Republicans in Kentucky and Virginia disappoint Trump
"Welcome to the live from meet the press. I'm Kerry Dan. It is the day after an election which means it's never fear. America is in no danger of having to tap into its strategic reserve of hot takes because everyone everyone has hot takes wchs about what happened last night. Why it happened and what it means for twenty twenty? The big result was Democrat. Andy Bashir who is the apparent winner of the governor's race in Kentucky. I will note that the incumbent Republican Matt Bevin has not conceded at the time of this recording saying that it's too close to call and alluding to quote it irregularities but the reason that National Democrats are extremely stoked about Bashir being the apparent winner other than personal dislike of Matt. Bevin who you went out of his way at times to rub the other party the wrong way as well as his own. There's also the fact that trump campaigned for Bevan. This week he said this. And if you lose. Say Trump suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world. This was the greatest you get. Let that happen and to me. That was this week now. The White House has kind of tried to walk that back a little bit last night and this morning seeing that trump did get other statewide republicans across the finish line in Kentucky and basically implying. That Bevan is lucky. He didn't lose by more. Okay in fairness here Matt. Bevin is kind of unique. He was one of the least popular governors in the entire country and Bashir. The Democrat Pratt ran of really smart campaign and he also happens to share a last name with his father. A popular former Democratic governor also. Republicans aren't wrong along that they had a good night elsewhere in the state including electing the first black attorney general who is also the first Republican to hold that office since nineteen forty eight but at the same time for all of that talk about how. Republicans we'RE GONNA be mobilized by impeachment and the president. That just didn't happen in in Kentucky or in Virginia which might honestly be a bigger story than Kentucky coming out of last night's elections. They're Democrats flipped both the state eight Senate and the House of delegates and they just demolished Republicans in the Virginia suburbs. Speaking of which this is a statistic that I am pretty stunned by because it's not only about my home state of Virginia. It's about my Home County of Fairfax County. This is a populous suburban Bourbon County. Right outside of DC and it will have zero Republican representatives at either the state or congressional level in two thousand twenty. Okay this is a county that reliably voted for Republicans for president every cycle from the mid nineteen sixties until two thousand four and just having grown up there. Let's just say it ain't Berkeley who well with that. I'm going to get a cold glass of water because those are all of my hot takes for today but tomorrow Loro I'll be back at the hot take victory for tomorrow's batch. That's good for us. If you'd like to hear more of this free audio briefing you can always down on your favorite podcast APP.
Louisiana election marks tie-breaker for GOP and Dems in 2019
"Welcome to the lead from meet the press. I'm Melissa Hallsberg. Its last chance last dance on the Twain. Eighteen election cycle cycle on Saturday Louisiana. wease voters are going to the polls to either reelect democratic governor John Bel Edwards or elect Republican Challenger. Eddie responding isn't election that will end and a best of three stalemate between the parties in two thousand nineteen gubernatorial contests yesterday in Kentucky. Governor Matt Bevin conceded to Democratic winner. Are Andy Bashir. This came after Bevin asked for recombine of the elections original vote last week so now Kentucky will have a Democratic Governor and the twenty nineteen Mississippi Gubernatorial election went to Republican Tate Reeves. That leaves us with Louisiana as the Twain Nineteen Tiebreaker. Hi breaker the reasons. Essentially tied in the most recent mason-dixon poll Edwards held at forty eight percent and responding at forty six percent last night. The president traveled Louisiana to make the case for responding so trump to cross. You get a big win please okay. Okay but Republicans hoping to win the race by nationalizing. It hasn't always had the best results before the Kentucky Gobert Oriole election president trump traveled there to rally for Bevan. He went as far to say. And if you lose sticking to say trump's suffered the greatest defeat the history of the world. This was the greatest. You can't let that happen to me or remember Roy Moore in Alabama before Moore or was the Republican nominee for Senate in twenty seventeen. President trump endorsed and rallied for luther. Strange Democrat Doug. Jones is now the junior senator from Alabama and facing re election in twenty twenty one candidates. President trump supports lose it increases. Fear is that the president president isn't always a helpful guest on the campaign trail and nationalizing races isn't a winning message for Republicans that could be bad news for Republicans Publicans and Louisiana trying to get one last win before twenty twenty if democrats. Break the tie and win Louisiana tomorrow take a look at how much Republican Publican challengers and incumbents count on the president in twenty twenty. And how present he is in campaign ads going forward. That's for us if you'd like to hear more of this free audio briefing. You can always download us on your favorite podcast alley.
What The 2019 Election Results Mean
"Hello and welcome to this election. Twenty nineteen special official installment of the fivethirtyeight politics podcast. I'm galen drew. The results are mostly in and Democrats had a pretty good night. At the time of recording Wednesday morning Kentucky's gubernatorial race is still too close to call according to the Associated Press but Democrat. Andy Bashir is leading incumbent. Republican Governor Matt Bevin there By half a point with all precincts reporting in Virginia Democrats flipped both the State House and Senate giving them full party control of state government there since they already have the governorship and then in Mississippi Republicans will keep the governor's seat with a seven point. Win over the Democrat. There's lots more to get into as well. We're going to talk about the national environment local versus Washington politics and whether this gives us any hints about Twenty Twenty and here with me to do that are two five thirty elections analyst. Jeffrey skelly and Daniel Rakish Hello Jeff Nathaniel. Thank you for joining me this morning. Hey gaylon birthday. It was good. Thanks thanks for mentioning that I was not up all night watching returns although after dinner I did start tuning and thanks to you guys for staying up all night and crunching the returns so so that you could be here with me this morning to talk about it yeah no problem. Let's begin with the big picture. Jeffrey what is your top line. Take away from the night I think my top takeaway is that national forces outweigh state forces and that we sort of saw all this in the suburbs. Now it's not cut and dry on that because obviously the Kentucky result would seem to run against what we know about national. Oh conditions but I would argue that that was a special case because actually Republicans swept sometimes by very large margins. The rest of the statewide offices in Kentucky Kentucky. So Matt Bevin was particularly special case. But you saw actually in other elections outside of Kentucky and Virginia and Mississippi so you saw Democrats do well in the suburbs of Philadelphia for example in some local elections The big collar counties there so I think it's state forces are still important to some extent but we really saw national forces at work and they really should themselves in the suburbs. Because that's also where the Democrats made pretty much. Almost all their gains. In Virginia Yeah Nathaniel considering the what seems to be getting the headlines this morning is that Kentucky raise. Do you think it's fair to say that. The national environment is trumping state level politics in the twenty nine hundred elections. Yeah I think it's just more more of what we already thought that we knew. which is that politics is increasingly national but there is still some wiggle room around the edges for candidate quality to to make a difference for local considerations to make a difference and like Jeffrey said? I think you saw that in Kentucky. It was still you map. Evan is literally the least popular governor in the country and still came within half a percentage point of winning and that's due to partisanship frankly so the variation between that race and say the State Attorney General Race is is because I think of Bevan's unpopularity but overall I think the results were good for Democrats. They didn't show some huge unexpected democratic. Sue Nami but they they continue to outperform the partisanship of their states and districts. In a way that is consistent with a fairly blue environment. Yeah so let's get into that. NFL in two thousand Eighteen Democrats won the popular vote by eight and a half points. I was a very blue national environment. We called it a blue wave. What was the national environment like on Tuesday numerically? So I have preliminarily crunched. The numbers for Virginia at least and and basically what the district district numbers. There look like when you compare two fivethirtyeight. Partisan lean is that in the state Senate. Democrats outperformed all performed their partisan lean by four points on average and in the house of delegates. They outperformed it by three points on average now. If you compare that to special elections that have happened. So far this zere Democrats have outperformed by five points on average and in the two thousand eighteen cycle. They over performed partisan lean in special elections by ten points on average. But but it's important to remember that there are incumbents in these Virginia elections where a special elections are pretty much always open seat races. So if you look only at the open seat races in Virginia Democrats actually outperformed partisan lean by nine points so is actually a pretty strong performance by them. Basically this performance La- reminded me a lot of two thousand seventeen looking at the congressional generic ballot right now on fivethirtyeight dot com. I see Democrats are leading by about five and a half points or so is is it fair to say that the overall national environment is less blue than it was in two thousand eighteen. Yeah I mean we've talked about this before Gaylon. And that does seem I'm to be the consensus of the indicators. Special elections have been a little bit less good for Democrats this year. The generic ballot is a little bit less. Good but I will say. I think that these results for Democrats. What's last night? Were very impressive. And maybe more on par with a twenty eighteen level environment. That said you can argue. That maybe Virginia isn't very representative. It's particularly anti-trump state. So that might have something to do with it. So we'll see I think on balance the smart money is that it's a slightly less blue environment. The two thousand eighteen but still still blue Jeffrey. What kinds of overall trends are we seeing in terms of how Democrats and Republicans are performing in rural suburban and urban areas? Last night. Sure well at least. In Virginia's state legislative elections all democratic pickups came in suburban or or exurban or a little urban seats. You didn't see Democrats making any didn't see them making much headway in rural areas though there was actually actually a South West Virginia district where the Democrat Way Outperformed Hillary Clinton but still lost very badly. That's basically the most republican part of the state breath and in Kentucky. The down ticket Republican statewide candidates. All performed much better than that Bevan. Obviously because they won by. How much is something like twenty points? Is that what I saw. It varies Bevin loss by about a half point basement. We have right now in the attorney general's race which was is an open seat because Andy share who won. The governor's race was the sitting attorney. General the Republican won by fifteen. Sixteen points are so so you know sort of that kind of comparison in terms of the open seats to the governor's race but anyway like Bevan's performance were you really saw him. Struggle was actually places like the Cincinnati suburbs real huge shifts toward Andy share compared to the twenty fifteen gubernatorial election. Where Bevan did much better? In some of those counties that are just south of the Ohio River outside of Cincinnati and so I think the suburbs burbs were a warning sign for the GOP and we saw that in the two thousand eighteen election. The democratic gains almost entirely in the in the house almost entirely came from suburban and exurban urban areas of the country. So that I think is GonNa be the top concern for the GOP. Going forward at the same time though. I don't want to overstate the point. Point because as I said some of those down Ballot Republicans in Kentucky for instance did fine or comparatively much better than Bevan in those types of county so it may just sort of depend in race race on the candidate and I guess the question is you know. Matt Bevin has tried to Mimic Donald Trump in some ways but is trump's appeal different. I'm from Bevan's at the end of the day and I would argue probably so I you know I'm always a little hesitant to to sort of oversell. Just what this might mean for twenty only twenty but do you think the suburbs were a real big story here nathaniel does that track for you. I mean were there any places where rural or urban in areas did something unexpected or is the real story here like the rural and urban areas state exactly as we expected them to be and the movement is in the suburbs. Now I mean I think think that European and suburban areas are getting more democratic and rural areas on balance or getting more Republican. There was some kind of variation in Kentucky because Bashir showed some strength in some of the old coal mining counties in Eastern Kentucky. But yeah just to Echo Jeffrey's point so Bashir got forty seven percent in the the three counties in the Cincinnati suburbs that Jeffrey mentioned and in two thousand fifteen. The Democratic candidate for governor got only thirty seven percent. There you saw a similar thing happened in Mississippi Zippy so for example Madison County is the wealthiest county in Mississippi. It's the Jackson suburbs and Jim Hood the Democratic nominee there air when he ran for Attorney General in two thousand fifteen winning the state handily. He Lost Madison County but This year he won Madison County. Even though he was doing significantly worse I and losing statewide. So what does this tell us. Broadly I know Jeffrey. You're sensitive to saying that this gives us hints about what's to come in twenty twenty but if the suburbs continued this leftward shift essentially we. What does that mean for Republican and democratic politics looking forward? Well I guess that thinking about what Democrats did in two thousand eighteen where they won their house seats in the kind of candidates who tended to to win the seats for comparatively actively moderate compared to the Alexandria Cossio Cortez's of the world. And so I mean I think one of the big stories of the House Democratic Caucus Focus was the growth of sort of the center center left part of that party and so I think the suburbs are a key part of that. 'cause I it looks. Looks like things like Medicare for all. Don't necessarily pull terribly well In a Lotta suburbs and so it makes me wonder about sort of positioning running for presidential candidates in twenty twenty in the Democratic primary So that's that's one aspect of it that I that I do think about and I wonder if Democrats nominate donate someone who is pretty left wing candidate hold up these sorts of gains that they seem to be have seemed to have made And I guess it's an open question but at the same time is Donald trump popular enough in the suburbs that maybe that doesn't matter as much as we might think it does because if everything's about trump and he's not that popular in those parts of the the country maybe it doesn't matter that much at the end of the day when it comes to this potentially being about trump in the suburbs one thing that's changed. Since the last time Americans went to the polls is Democrats started their impeachment inquiry. Is it appropriate to see any of the results from Tuesday night as has a referendum on Democrats impeachment push. I think that it is fair to say that impeachment didn't help Bevan it didn't kind of rally up. The Republican base The way that he wanted to he obviously held a rally with trump. He ran ads. That focused on impeachment spent and it didn't work obviously. It's hard to say whether it worked in the reverse. Where Democrats were particularly riled up because again Bevan himself was so unpopular? It's hard to separate that out. What was turn out overall like looking at the various states where we had either statewide or state legislative races? Well it's a little. Oh complicated in Virginia because not like every single house of delegates race or state Senate race was contested by both parties. So that makes it a little tougher to add up all the numbers there but it was pretty clear. Are that turnout was was high in Virginia and looking at the statewide raises the gubernatorial contests in Kentucky and Mississippi. The turnout was way up in Kentucky from the two thousand fifteen gubernatorial election so I was doing a little number crunching on this. Using data from Michael McDonald Donald who runs elect project and forty three percent. Some my estimate of the voting eligible population so anyone over eighteen is a citizen. Jason who could register to vote for three percent turned out in the Kentucky. Gubernatorial race now that might sound low but only thirty percent showed up in two thousand fifteen. It's obviously that's a a a very large increase. The total number of votes went from almost a million to nearly one and a half million so very substantial and Mississippi facility. It was up to thirty seven percent from thirty three percent of the voting eligible population and Virginia. Those those elections are usually very low. Turn out in this particular Acre Cycle. It's basically like the gubernatorial midterm election in Virginia. But turnout was definitely up across the state and in most legislative districts. It's also worth noting that those turnout numbers were even higher than they were in the twenty fourteen midterm elections for both Mississippi and Kentucky now. Obviously midterms are lower turnout than presidential but for it to for an odd year to be higher than and even year is kind of significant. And what kinds of people were turning out to vote. Are we able role to tell whether there's an enthusiasm gap between Democrats and Republicans from the turn out last night. It's tougher to say. But I mean I guess given the results and the lean that nathaniel was finding when he was he was looking through. The data in terms of how Democrats were comparing compared to pass elections. I I I would think that there was at least especially with a relatively unpopular president republican president and the White House. Democrats had some advantage in terms of turnout. How much much is I think? Difficult to say and I think there is a thought that higher turnout is usually good for Democrats but that is not necessarily true in all all cases or even in a lot of cases because think about Kentucky. It's a Republican leaning state. If you have high turnout there A lot of the people who might be sort of more marginal voters voters are less likely to show up or probably republican-leaning so maybe it's even more impressive. The sheer seems to have pulled out a narrow win in a high turnout Out Environment in Kentucky. Yeah I mean something that's worth noting about Kentucky is we've talked plenty about non college educated White Voters and Kentucky is eighty seven percent white. Why with twenty percent of the population having a college degree and it seems like the polls there were pretty accurate? So does that. Tell us something about this conversation. We've been having about how well the polls are doing it. Picking up the white working class vote. Now I mean there were only believe two bowls of Kentucky in the entire stretch run And one of them actually was off because it showed Bashir winning by a huge margin so I'm not sure that we really learned anything about the accuracy of polls from these elections. I mean we know Oh that bulls were are. We were quite accurate. Twenty eighteen as nate recently wrote for the site but yeah they're actually. The lack of bowling for the twenty thousand. Nine races was a huge problem. The presidential race I think is setting up a lot of the oxygen there. Yeah I mean it is true that the other poll that we had from Kentucky the one that I think most people pointed to in saw as indicative take environment everyone sort of expected for the race. You know it'd be very close was a Mason Dixon. Poll that had tied at forty six all in Kentucky. And in that case yes you would say yeah did a pretty good job but there was this other poll that was markedly off. So it's sort of pick and choose and say well that seemed close but as a whole so. It's kind of difficult to say because as you said there just wasn't much polling to go on all right so I wanted to take a look at some of the specifics in the states that we've talked about and maybe expand out two referenda and other local races around the country. But before we do that. Today's podcast is brought to you by Bespoke Post. This false start a new monthly routine that will upgrade your life and style with a box of awesome from bespoke post. 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Three eight for more information or were back. And before we broaden out to kind of other dispersed local races and Referenda Verandah I want to zoom in on a few things within the three states that we've already discussed so Kentucky Mississippi and Virginia. Let's get this kind of out of the way right now. We saw in the governor's race in Kentucky. A Democrat likely to win by half a point. Does that mean that Kentucky is going to be competitive in two thousand twenty. No Daniel Concur. I concur all right. Do we need to expand on that. Yeah sure I mean look I I I did see some of the things. We're closing out. And it looked like Bashir was going to hold onto this rule narrow lead in the gubernatorial race for the Democrats. I I saw some people on twitter talking about Oh Mitch McConnell he might really be endanger in twenty twenty It's just unlikely. Look Matt Bevin was particularly in popular governor. And there's more of a separation between gubernatorial race and sort of the national federal conditions than than there is between a presidential race in a Senate race on the ballot at the same time. which is what is going to happen in two thousand twenty and I just have a very difficult time imagining a circumstance where Donald Trump is winning Kentucky by a really big margin and Mitch? McConnell is not also winning now. It's very possible. McConnell will not win by nearly as large margin Arjun as president trump McConnell's also pretty unpopular as a very poor approval rating. But I think people should really hold their horses and maybe even look down ballot. Well it the other statewide races tugging to see really more of what the environment is for Democrats in Kentucky. As a general rule we saw a decent amount a split ticket voting in Kentucky as apparent from the difference in vote totals for the governor's Race Versus AG and on down. The ballot generally uh consumers of political news. No split ticket. Voting is on the decline. Does Kentucky's results kind of change our thinking about that at all or is it only only in very peculiar cases where this happens now I mean look. It's just one data point and you know we had some of these data points in two thousand eighteen as well so for example Apple. Charlie Baker is a Republican governor in my home state of Massachusetts which also voted for Elizabeth Warren at the same time in two thousand eighteen. So you know every so often. You're going to have a politician who breaks mold because they have cross party appeal or because they're extraordinarily unpopular but overall the trend is clear that the correlation of partisanship and results is becoming stronger and stronger. Are there lessons in Matt. BEVINS' poor showing for other politicians. Like why was he so unpopular. Ah That's Is it's an interesting question in the sense that you know Matt Bevin actually has done. Certain things as sort of an abrasive and fought fought with People Kentucky media his own party and it reminds you a little bit of president trump but I do think Bevan's ability to alienate alienate. Even a lot of people in his own party as seen by the fact that he actually only one fifty two percent in his primary back in May which is very bad? Had for an incumbent. Governor running for renomination is indicative of the fact that we're as president trump does behave that way sometimes republicans are unified behind them and you could pretty clearly say that was not the case in Kentucky so I think that's a key difference. He alienated Bevan alienated a lot of people in his own party. And so it's almost like what works for trump doesn't necessarily work when other Republican politicians. Try it out. He's he might be the exception that proves the rule in that way. I don't know he's he's obviously an interesting I was speaking in American politics. Let's move onto Virginia Jinya and talk about some of the specifics there at the beginning of the year. Geoffrey you join me on the podcast to talk about the trio of scandals regarding the governor and attorney general reports involving them wearing black face or being racist images. And then the lieutenant governor. They're being accused of sexual assault. And we talked about this election in November KNBR. And how much of a factor that would play and whether or not Democrats could take control of state government after everything is said and done. Can we say that. That had an effect factor. Not I mean I believe Nathaniel and I have been a little skeptical that the state issues you know for these democratic officeholders. We're going to outweigh president. Trump's unpopularity and I think the results last night proved point that at the end of the day president trump feelings about him and his effect on the election environment were more important than the scandals involving the Democratic Office holders in Virginia. I don't want to say that they didn't didn't have any effect. Because that's maybe things even better for Democrats if they didn't have that weighing over their heads Ralph and Norton. The governor had been able the two campaign far and wide throughout the election season as a popular governor or something because before the scandals he he was pretty popular and actually there's data that suggests that his approval rating is kind of okay right now but nonetheless untarnished at that moment I mean you just don't know now that Democrats have full control of state government there. What kind of legislation can we expect coming out of that state? I think one of the first things you might see. He is a push for gun. Control legislation in other was A. It was a terrible shooting in Virginia beach back in May of this year and in the aftermath of that governor North called a special session to try to pass legislation that did things like ban assault weapons establish savage universal background checks that sort of thing and so they he called the special session they met the Republican majorities within an hour and a half voted to close. It was the special session so I think now Democrats having majorities in both houses. You're going to see a push to pass some sort of gun control legislation relation. There are other things you know. Maybe raising the minimum wage That had a lot of support in the in the previous general simply session among Democrats another thing thing is the equal rights amendment. which if people don't remember is is something that's been out there for a while? Starting nineteen seventy S as a push to sort of enfranchise franchise gender equality in the US Constitution and fell short of getting thirty eight states. Support it for ratification. Listen and right now might are saying that there are thirty seven states that have ratified it and Virginia would be in a position to be the thirty eighth though there are some questions about whether the deadline to ratify past so that could be a whole court fight over that if if Virginia does pass it. So that's something and then the other thing that I think is going to be very are interesting to watch redistricting. How yes yes? It's ridiculous redesign. Yes exactly because now obviously Democrats have full control so under the current rules. In Virginia they would be in a position to draw legislative lines for congressional and state legislative districts Gerrymander. All they aren't they could just gerrymander away but the thing is it's kind of interesting here. Is that in the previous General Assembly session with overwhelming. Bipartisan support a commission. Constitutional amendment passed through the General Assembly. Now it has to pass unchanged that legislation has to pass unchanged the next year will simply session before it can go on the ballot as a referendum in two thousand twenty for the voters to weigh in on. And if it passes it it would then become a constitutional amendment and we pretend you would have a redistricting commission. But we'll Democrats along with that. Now that they have full control will switch it up up unclear. So that's that's a real interesting thing. God Feeling Jeffrey. What are they gonNA do? Oh I don't know. They passed that that revision Russian commission thing was such overwhelming support on. Besides it would be. It might be tough to walk back but it would also be difficult to maybe abandoned the ability to draw lines. I mean that's that's tough so my feeling is democrats. Might try to wiggle out of it. I really think they might. So this will be interesting for folks who are interested in Gerrymandering redistricting to watch obviously over the past decade. Republicans had a lot more control of state governments. And we're able to draw the lines in twenty ten and Democrats and activists have spoken out a lot about gerrymandering and said that it's wrong. So now we're GONNA get to to see when Democrats newly take control of state government and have the opportunity to Gerrymander. Do they take that opportunity or do they stick with the we. We want this nonpartisan redistricting commission to do the work that line that they've been saying for the past decade. I think this will also give some hints as to what will happen. Post twenty twenty and with redistricting around the country was the democratic line about wanting this to be a non-partisan quote unquote fair process. More about being upset that Republicans Republicans were in control. Or was it more about genuinely wanting a non-partisan fair process. We are going to see but anyway let's expand out and let's look at Texas so the situation. There is right if Democrats were to pick up nine seats in the Texas House. They would control that Chamber Post Twenty Twenty and we got a little taste of what that competition might look like in a special election in the Twentieth House district in Texas last night. So how did that a shake out. Yeah this low key might have been the most important outcome of the night at least if you're going to be looking at twenty twenty implications. He most important. I like that I am hip with the kids gala. All right. So what does it tell us. Basically this is a kind of now swinging seat it in the Houston suburbs that Romney wanted by something like thirty points. Trump won it by ten and then Ted Cruz and twenty eighteen on it by only three. So it's basically really the picture of kind of district that is rapidly moving to the left and the kind of place. The Democrats need to flip in order to take control of the State House. Like you said but the the results were not so good for Democrats so it was a jungle primary because Texas has weird rules and Democratic candidates got thirty nine percent of the vote combined and Republican candidates got sixty sixty one percent of the vote combined so that is a net republican margin of twenty two points which is obviously not very good and the race is going to proceed to a runoff off because nobody got a majority. So it'll still be there still a chance for Democrats win that seat but the preliminary results just don't show the kind of shift if to project them out statewide that that would lead to Democrats taking control of the House and is that in part because trump wasn't on the ballot and the people are still interested in voting for Republicans down ballot or was. It was a turnout. What would you chuck up Ted Cruz winning only by three trump winning only by ton and then having that kind of margin last night? Yeah that's a great question. Gaylon and I think they're variety of possible explanations ranging from turn out to the candidate quality But I think maybe the most likely comes. Razor scenario is just that you know without a better work type. I figure on the ballot driving this huge democratic enthusiasm things kind of reverted to a bit of a A partisan norm in Texas I I do tend to think that the result will be better for Democrats so obviously the seat will be up like every other seat in Texas in In twenty twenty when trump is on the ballot and I feel like Democrats will do better than but it's still a big hurdle to actually flip this seat and then eight other seats like it in order to take control and it's also worth pointing out that twenty. Eighteen was the last election for which Texas will have straight ticket voting as an option so in twenty twenty voters will have to go down the line and pick the person slash partisanship that they want to vote for in each race as opposed to just say they vote against trump and and pull the lever and that means that there are no votes for Republicans Down Ballot Obviously Texas Republicans were keen on enacting that after how poorly trump did ed relatively in the state in two thousand sixteen so let's finally land on some more obscure local races. And I'll give you kind of both the opportunity to talk talk about whatever you found. Interesting just indulges in the walkie races or ballot initiatives around the state. Let's start with you Jeffrey. What did you find interesting? Well I suspect the annuals followed this more closely than I did. But I did notice. You're thinking about the suburbs. The Philadelphia Collar counties a lot of them held elections yesterday for County Offices and Democrats did very well in those and took control of some that they hat and controlled in living memory. In some cases it's important to know that the suburban counties of Philadelphia it used to be basically glee the base of the Republican Party in Pennsylvania. And so this is they've been trending democratic for a while now and we've seen it at the presidential level but but Republicans had still held hold on to a lot of a lot of local offices but Democrats making gains there and they made gains yesterday So that I think is a positive indicator for Democrats when looking ahead to twenty twenty and thinking about Pennsylvania obviously very important state in the Electoral College Nathaniel. I know you've been paying attention to all kinds about initiatives and local racists or give us what you got. Yeah how much time do you have. yeah so I would definitely Echo Jeffrey so I thought it was interesting that they were kind of these dress rehearsals for a couple of potentially competitive congressional races in twenty twenty so one of the counties that Jeffrey mentioned gend who's Local government switched from Republican to Democratic. Control was Bucks County which is a home to one of the few Republicans who still sits in a Hillary Clinton seat so that could suggest maybe you know an appetite for ousting him in two thousand twenty Also had a special election in in Missouri House District Ninety nine which is within Missouri's second district which is another one of these This suburban Saint Louis It's a district that Republicans skins one in two thousand eighteen but is continuing trend to the left and Democrats feel that they could flip in two thousand twenty and actually Democrats flipped this special election which was a bit for the prize because it was an are plus eleven seat so that was actually a very impressive result for them as well and then also in the suburbs of Indianapolis Democrats did very well L. in local elections in Hamilton County. Which is where the Indian Fifth District is which is another district that they kind of suburban district that they hope to Flip going even deeper into suburban territory. So I'll certainly be watching those in twenty twenty But you mentioned the balanced measures and you know a good note to end on perhaps so perhaps most notably notably New York City passed ranked choice voting for primary and special elections which is very interesting so baby exactly as people probably now. Now it's where instead of Jodi voting for one candidate and then the winner of the most votes wins the election even if they didn't get majority ranked choice voting allows you to say I want at this candidate first and then my second choice candidate and my third choice is this other candidate and then those votes are tabulated then the candidate with the fewest first place votes gets eliminated those votes get redistributed to their second choice and then so on and so on until somebody has a majority a lot of voting reformers believed that this is a better system than the a plurality system that most places have most notably main Passed this for some most of its elections in two thousand eighteen and now New York City will have it which I think because actually maybe even a bigger deal than people are making it out to be because you know obviously so many social political economic media elites live in New New York City. They're going to be exposed to the system for the first time in fact just In a couple of years in the 2021 mayoral election which is going to be a wide open race to succeed build a Blasi. Oh Oh and whether this system kind of implemented smoothly and maybe yields a fair result versus if it is seen as confusing or a a failure of implementation that's GonNa have huge implications for how ranked choice voting is covered either way. I think you're gonNA see a lot. More mention of it in the media in kind kind of the society sphere and people are going to become much more familiar with it and that could help it catch on in other areas. And I'll just add there that of course with in New York City's overeat and a half million people it's larger than all but eleven states and so kind of administering this in New York City will be an interesting fee. Yeah I know. The Bay area has experimented with rain choice voting as well and academics in San Francisco found some complicating results to this good governance events push for rain choice voting in that it can decrease turnout amongst low experience voters voters with lower education levels. And so on so I I am kind of interested in political theory and political systems as we all are I. Guess if we're listening to this politics possible definitely be interested. In how this turns Tau but Nathaniel. I'll let you get a couple more of the ballot initiatives around the country we as you mentioned the social economic and media elites of New York City We won't don't let them be the only word on ballot initiatives from twenty nine thousand nine. So what else should we have been paying attention to last night exactly. Let's go west. Young man basically. Ah I think It's also been under covered that conservatives had yesterday a lot of success in terms of ballot measures including some surprise victories. At least to me so for example in Colorado a ballot measure that would have allowed the state to retain funds for education and transportation rather than refunding them tax payers. That failed Even though Colorado I think is fairly liberal state So that was a surprising victory for me for conservatives. Texas US also voted overwhelmingly to ban a state income tax or at least put that banned in the state constitution. Which is interesting? Because I don't think that would be on the ballot if People didn't think there was a chance that Democrats might take control of the state at some point. It's now going to be much harder for them to implement an income tax if they ever do that and then in Arizona. The city of Tucson voted overwhelmingly not to become a sanctuary city. This ballot measure was opposed however on both sides it's both Democrats and Republicans so that isn't too surprising and then finally in Washington state there is a ballot measure to effectively legalize affirmative action. Which is currently Outlawed in terms of hiring education for government and public universities. Washington takes a long time to count its results because they vote by mail so the the ballots are still arriving. I think but currently that ballot measure is narrowly failing so if the result holds Washington would continue to not be allowed to use race a sex things like that at all as a factor in these admissions or hiring decisions. All right well some really good information there. We covered a lot and now that we have twenty nineteen election results in final question. You guys who's going to win the twenty twenty election. The American voter Gaylon all right right. Well hopefully listeners. You got a lot out of that. I know I did thank you Nathaniel and Jeff. I really appreciate it. Thanks for having Nathaniel Daniel wreckage and Jeffrey skelly fivethirtyeight elections analysts. My name is Gail Andrew. Toney Chow is in
Ep. 891 - Here Comes The Sondland
"Trump EU ambassador. Gordon someone revises his testimony in a big way. Republicans play defense and we analyze the results of last night's off your elections. I'm Ben Shapiro. This is the Ben Shapiro. Show the Ben Shapiro. Show is sponsored by express. VPN Why haven't you gotten a VPN yet visit express VPN and dot com slash. Ben Okay. We have a lot to get to on today's show we'll get we'll get to the amazing incredible revelation surrounding trump. You Ambassador Gordon Sunland. Just a moment I you have to give you all of the updates with regard to the off your elections. That happened last night. So Democrats very celebrity a celebrity mood. Celebratory mood and should be mean. Last night was a good tonight for Democrats it was Republicans can spin it wasn't a terrible night for Republicans and in certain ways it was. I guess okay. If you look at Kentucky for example the the Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin who is always an unpopular figuring Kentucky remember. He Ran Against Mitch. McConnell in the Senate primary got destroyed by McConnell a few years back I think it was twenty six team and then he ran for Kentucky Governor and he won well. He was really really unpopular governor and he lost very very narrowly to Andy Bashir. That's not a huge huge surprise. A bit of a surprise is not an enormous surprise but it is a bad thing for Republicans. Virginia was much worse for Republicans. Virginia the entire state has now turned blue. The state legislature. You're in Virginia is now completely run by Democrat had narrowly divided between Republicans and Democrats before all of this has it should have republicans feeling quite nervous because if you're takeaway one message from the election results last night it is that Republicans continue to do fine in rural areas but if they under perform at all in those rural areas they are toast in in the suburbs. There's experiencing significant losses and those losses are in large part due to a perception of the Republican Party that is centered on president trump and. It's just an unfortunate truth truth and I'll prove this to you was numbers in just a second. I let me explain what exactly happened last night. According to The Washington Post Democrats gain control of both Houses of the Virginia General Assembly on Tuesday tapping strengthen the suburbs to consolidate power for the first time in a generation and liberal deliver a rebuke to president trump. Several results were still closed after polls closed on the most is expensive and most watched Virginia legislative races in years but Democrats flipped at least two seats in the state Senate at least five in the House of delegates to take majorities in both of those houses. Officials reported unusually high turnout in an election that served as an opening salvo in next year's presidential showdown a test of democratic defiance and Republican resolve in the trump. Now remember this should have been a bad year for Democrats it should have been named. The economy is good. The governor of Visionary Ralph Northern was caught up in a scandal in which he was apparently either in black face or a K. K. K.. Out at one of the two in in his medical school yearbook from the nineteen eighties and had been caught on tape talking about the killing of babies after they are born and then ten governor had been caught up in the sexual assault scandal and and then the third in line in the Virginia chain of command had been caught up in his own. Black face. Issue this is supposed to be a bad year for Democrats who is not a bad year for Democrats who was very bad year for Republicans in Virginia. The sweet completed dramatic political conversion from red to blue of a southern state on Washington's doorstep. I'm old enough to remember when Virginia was the very least. The Purple State now has moved blue. Both Virginia's senators majority of its congressional delegation. All three statewide officeholders are now Democrats. The state was carried by Democrats in the past. Three presidential elections. Republicans have not won a statewide contest in Virginia since two thousand nine. The last Republican in the northern Virginia Delegation del Fuego lost to Democrat. Dan Helmer National Democratic organizations interest groups according to The Washington Post carpeted the state with money boosting suburban legislative races to the spending level of congressional elections. They've been spending out the Oiseaux particularly with regard to the suburbs and of course Democratic Governor Ralph Northern is fine right he is his poised to be one of the most consequential. Virginia governor's in recent times according to The Washington Post he promises to work with the new democratic majority to enact gun control push forward. LGBTQ agenda and and fight climate change nor the said. Virginia is officially blue which is interesting because his face is officially white but apparently it depends on sort of how decides to dress that Republicans who when trump was elected has seemingly insurmountable majority in the House of delegates lost foothold and several suburban districts. They struggled to separate themselves from the unpopular president ends take moderate positions on gun in control and Medicaid expansion after years voting against them in the General Assembly. Terry McAuliffe Southern Losing Virginia. They're losing America. He said I think Donald Trump was humiliated tonight. Trump wasn't on the ballot. This your healthy. His policy his lunacy was on the ballot I think and Energize Democrats will didn't get Republicans out to the polls now to be fair to be fair to transit to give the full story story. The fact is that many of legislators in Virginia didn't want trump anywhere nearby because they said listen. We don't want trump here. He's just going to drive out the democratic base. We don't have enough for trump based in Virginia drive our base. The trump can correctly say. Well I didn't actually bring my weight to bear in Virginia and that's one of the reasons why they had problem there now. I think that is unlikely I. I don't think that if trump had set foot in northern Virginia suddenly Republicans would be winning sweeping victories in the suburbs of Virginia. Would that said trump elise has that defense to offer right. I wasn't called upon on. I didn't enter. So how are you going to blame me about his but it is true. That from suburban numbers have been consistently bad since two thousand sixteen. Two thousand eighteen was a wipe out in the suburbs for Republicans. We'll give you more on the results of the election in Virginia. The election in Kentucky and some good news some sort of bright spots for Republicans even though this was in fact a very blue night for the Democrats nearly across the board will get to that in just one second I when the founders crafted the constitution of the United States the first thing they did was make sacred the rights of the individual to share ideas without limitation by the government limit. That's the first amendment. The second day numerous did was the right of the population to protect that speech and their own persons with force. That's the second amendment. That's the reason I'm a gun owner because I believe in the Second Amendment I I believe that our rights have to be protected. I also believe that you have an innate right to self-defense. 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Terrific Americans the great product. Go check them out right now as I say Virginia shifts in a significantly blue direction it was supposed to be a bad year for Democrats. Are As governor Ralph Northern Virginia Virginia explaining that none of his scandals ended up mattering because presumably trump race and equity is something that I have fought for since I've been in public office Even practicing as a pediatrician. You know I I've always been inclusive And we've moved from that. Certainly racing equity will continue to be a top priority of mine but this this was about a bigger picture yesterday And I would also take the opportunity to thank Virginians. They they stuck with me. They elected me to be there. Governor there seventy third governor governor. They didn't turn their backs. Only they support me. They appreciate what we've done What our leadership has done and I think they look forward to continuing to do? Some good work does show how cynical they sort of canceled. Culture of left is because if it's one of them they don't get cancelled if it is a Republican of course that person's career is basically over meanwhile a cyclist who was fired after flipping the bird at president. Trump's motorcade has now been elected to local office in Virginia Bad night in Virginia for Republicans. Julie Brickman whose one handed salute according to the FBI was captured in an F. B. Photograph that went viral. beat the Republican incumbent to a seat on the Loudon County Board of Supervisors and state elections that saw trump's Republican party suffer a series of stinging defeats the single mother of two teams. He's lost her job as a marketing analyst for a US government and military subcontractor after the snapshot of her gesture spread across media and the Internet in two thousand seventeen but she then ran for office. She ran ran for local office on the Democratic ticket and she celebrated her victory and a tweet that linked to a copy of the image and so proud that we were able to Hashtag up. Flip loudon so exciting stuff for for the Democrats over in Virginia. Meanwhile over in Kentucky it was a bad night for Matt Bevin as I mentioned early on so Matt Bevin lost his gubernatorial Torius heat now again. That's really not trump K.. This one this will like in Virginia can say that sort of trump because the sub the suburbs didn't come in for for trump and they weren't going to come in for trump in Kentucky untucked. A large part of this was on Matt Bevin. Himself Bevan was running twenty point person personal popularity deficit as three weeks ago. He was twenty points underwater for most of his tenure. He's he's been literally the most unpopular govern America to him losing his really more on him than it is on. Trump trump. Came in rallied base. And this actually a much closer election than a lot of people expected it to be. Maybe maybe three or four weeks ago by the time of the election because of trump's intervention bevan was favored in the odds to win by a two to one odds but he ended up losing anyway. Is that on trump. So the question is sort of Split on the one hand. It's not on trump trump. Got Out the base. He did what he is supposed to do. and down ballot. Republicans did fine so really is more about Matt Bevin heaven than was about Republicans generally on the other hand Bevan was the most trumpy of all of the candidates were on the ballot in Kentucky. He was the guy who's the loudest he was. The the brashest he was the guy who really hugged trump. The tightest and it didn't pay. Hey offer him in the way that that. He was Suppo- that it was supposed to says that trump's fault or was it trump trying to save him. That data is just unclear. According to The New York Times Democrats in in Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and deeply unpopular Republican refused to concede the election to his Democratic challenger. Attorney General Andy Bashir with a hundred percent of the precincts counted. Bashir was ahead by approximately fifty one hundred boats mischer presented himself as the winner telling supporters. He expected seven to quote honor. The election was held tonight which is funny probably beverage. Just walk around for the next several years claiming that he's the actual legitimate governor of Kentucky. You Know Stacey Abrams in Georgia Bashir said tonight voters in Kentucky sent a message loud and clear for everyone to hear. It's a message that says our elections don't have to be about right versus left. There are still about right versus wrong. Bashir did run on a moderate platform. Many of the Democrats in Virginia were running a more moderate platform. So this should be a lesson to Democrats. Don't run it's hard left as you can. Just run against trump and be moderate. And you'll probably do okay. Particularly in the suburbs. Democrats at the national level are taking the wrong us so everybody is taking the wrong lesson. I think as per unusual arrangement Republicans are gonNA take this. We need more cowbell right. More Trump and Democrats are gonNA take away this from this. We need more progressive leftism that his anti-trump as as opposed to more moderate candidates like Bashir in Kentucky who was not campaigning as radical in the same way that the twenty twenty Democratic presidential candidates are Bevan's troubles however were not dragged on other Republicans. They captured every other statewide race in Kentucky so Kentucky voters were not really rejecting the Republican party per se. They're rejecting Bevan personally. Daniel Cameron in a historic win. Handily won the Attorney General's race. He became the first black black Americans who claim the office and the first Republican to do so in over seventy years so it's a major victory for Republicans there. Republicans also captured the governor's mansion in Mississippi as Lieutenant Governor Reeves defeated attorney. General Jim Hood by about five percentage points in in an open seat race that illustrated the enduring conservatism of the deep south. According to The New York Times I do love it they talk about the quote unquote enduring conservatism of the deep south deep South voted Democrat routinely up until the past twenty five years the final governorship up for grabs these off your elections in Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. A Democrat is facing reelection a week from Saturday in New Jersey Republicans Republicans. Were actually on the cusp of their first legislative. Gains in nearly a decade with final results. Still being tallied late on Tuesday republicans looked likely to pick up two seats in the assembly and one in the Senate powered Howard Park powered largely by Serge along the southern part of the state where trump won easily in two thousand sixteen despite Democrats local advantage in Pennsylvania the news is worse for Republicans Publican's Democrats are poised to gain control of local government in a bunch of suburban Philadelphia counties. That were Republican strongholds in other words the red areas. We're getting redder. The blue areas are getting bluer and the Purple Areas Are Getting Bluer that assured of that sort of the short answer. So what does that mean well again. A little bit of information here suggests is that this may be more about President Trump's personality than anything else right if you're hoping to win back the suburbs as Republican. We really need to be focused in on is more policy. More than Democrats are radical more. Their agenda stinks and less on personal loyalty to trump for example. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't back the president right. It does does mean that trump is not popular in the suburbs and hanging on his hotels on the suburbs was a fail in two thousand. Eighteen is likely to be a fail in twenty twenty as well Steve Kornacki who does the national political correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. He was analyzing some of the numbers in Kentucky. What it showed is that that trump in two thousand sixteen one about sixty eight percents of Boone county sixty percents of Kenton County and fifty nine percent of Campbell County those were Cincinnati suburb counties? How exactly did the various candidates fair in those districts? Bevan underperformed from dramatically in every one of those districts underperformed him in radical terms the other Republicans Republicans actually perform basically the same as trump. Some of them even outperformed trump in those in those districts so it's also worthwhile noting that in even more liberal suburban areas there were some moves to curb the extraordinarily leftward slant of the Democratic Party. Daniel Horowitz points out of conservative review that suburban voters electing Democrats aren't actually all that radical and he points to what just happened in Tucson Tucson had a proposition two oh five which was an effort to make the city a sanctuary for illegal ali-aliens. It went down in flames last night. By margin of seventy one percent to twenty nine percent despite backing from the ACLU and other special interest groups Horwood says despite Republicans facing increasing facing problems in the suburbs a trend highlighted last night by the GOP slaughter in Virginia State and local elections. It's clear much of it is a backlash against trump's personality the GOP's dysfunction lack of vision and and the absence of a bold contrast highlighting the radical nature of Democrats it's not trump's perceived policies that are getting rejected. I mean Tucson is a perfect example that is a very very blue area cavorted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton yet even in that area more than seventy percent. Voters said they did not want. Police prevented from enquiring about immigration status. So the criminals can be turned over to the to to Ice Cortez. This is the same reason. Why Montgomery County Maryland after much? Scrutiny of its sanctuary policies is beginning to change its tune in reverse sanctuary policies despite being accounts Hillary Hillary won by fifty five points. Horwitz has the moral of the story. Is that the. Gop Brand is tarnished for reasons that have nothing to do. With the core agenda Democrats are seeking to implement for example a radical Sheriff Hyphen Prosecutor for opposed ice won their respective races in Prince William County Virginia. But did they really wouldn't be cause of those views or did they win them to disperse or did they win despite those us because the GOP happy brand is so incredibly damaged and that seems correct. That's seems correct. He points out that there are areas where Republicans are are not seen as off putting and the wildly popular for example Florida Governor Rhonda scientists who has governed in very conservative. Fashion has a seventy two percent voter approval rating today and numbers. Eighty two percent among Hispanics despite that he is the fact that he has aggressively pushed anti-slavery legislation and is pushing mandatory e verify. I as well Washington State voters last night. Rejected affirmative action. Washington state is about as dark blue as it gets so this is the meanwhile in Texas Texas by a margin of seventy five to twenty four points out voters passed a constitutional amendment banning a state income tax a measure that will now require third support in both houses of the legislature to even even levy a one percent income tax. So is that really about the Republican agenda or the Democratic gender about personality foibles. I mean it. It seems that is much more personality foibles again a perfect example. Daniel Cameron the guy who historically just one the attorney general slot the Black Attorney General Republican of the State of Kentucky. He said that he was willing to work across the lines. He said that he has. He has pledged his support to conservative policies but he does not appear to be a radical. Oh He's only thirty three years old so he is rising star for sure. 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Help Deliver Victories for Democrats in Kentucky where they narrowly took governorship in Virginia where they complete control of the state the political forces. The last year's midterm elections showed no signs of abating Tuesday used as voters turned on Republicans and Establishment Democrats alike in racist from Philadelphia and Scranton to the suburbs of Delaware and Chester counties locally. Democrats will now hold all five seats. On the Delaware County Council a Republican stronghold since the civil war they also assumed the majority on the legislative body and Chester County in Bucks County Democrats captured the Board of Commissioners for the first time since nineteen eighty three now again to be fair to president trump. It is possible that because his name is not on the ballot. A lot of voters didn't get out. I said it's a local election. He's not on the ballot. I'm not showing up and Democrats. Democrats continue to be extremely excited about voting because trump isn't on the ballot until he's on the ballot and the only way they can take their revenge is to get out and vote today so maybe these numbers uptick once trump was on the ballot. However we've been we by we I mean conservatives? Republicans have been significantly underperforming in the suburbs since two thousand eighteen and that should be. He's scary. It should be scary for Republicans going into the two thousand twenty election which means less cowbell guys. Yeah I know. This is an unpopular view in the Republican Party. The fact is less cowbell is the answer here. He the shouting tweeting. We may love it in the base. May People in the basement enjoy it and every so often president from really hits the nail on the head. And it's fantastic and I've praised him when he's done that. But overall trump is alienating the very voters who he needs to bring him victory in the suburbs and he needs to help revive the state level support right for him now again a lot of people are gonNA say well you know brock. Obama lost a bunch of state seats also during his during his election campaign right in two thousand ten Republicans swamped him in two thousand seven. Fourteen again bad year for Democrats when threw off your elections are usually bad for the party in power. The problem is that the that these may a be permanent. We're not going to know the answer to whether these are permanent shifts if this is shifting the country in a permanent direction until president trump is actually on the ballot again. Right it's in two thousand twelve. I mean the forecast was that Brock Obama was in some trouble given how many seats he had lost across the country and then he wanted twenty twelve in large part because he ran a a very strong and a very concerted campaign. He had media support behind him. WHO's running against Mitt Romney who refused to attack him in a variety of ways? That trump is not gonNA benefit if it from from any of those systemic advantages. Plus Barack Obama had won an overwhelming victory in two thousand eight. And Ashley Wass votes from two thousand eight to two thousand twelve right margin victories much smaller in two thousand twelve than it was in in two thousand eight trump can't afford even one vote anywhere in the country so you can't afford to to like it. Did this drag effect on Barack Obama in two thousand twelve is just that he was so so far. Headings you thousand eight that the drag effect drag underwater trump loses like five votes and he's out of office so that means that something has to fundamentally change for Republicans it really does. Hey well speaking of all of that. This brings us to impeachment gate 2019 so the the great benefit that President Trump has in twenty twenty. That doesn't appear appear on the ballot and any of these off. Your elections is the fact that Democrats are going to be on the ballot and those Democrats are insanely radical. These Democrats are not popular again. I think Democrats can easily take the wrong lesson from the elections of two thousand eighteen twenty nineteen they can easily veer off into a radical direction. And that's going to be a major major mistake you know who's actually saying that today is Joe Biden which makes sense because he's the one who's saying listen. I'm Default Democrat Ray. Just just do it for me right. I am default Democrat and pretending that you can elect some sort of radical and that that person is going to sweep to victory is insane. Joe Biden put out a statement yesterday about this attacking Elizabeth Warren directly. He says the other day I was accused by one of my opponents of running running in the wrong primary pretty amazing on one level. It's kind of funny. I fought for the Democratic Party. My whole career. I know what we stand for who we stand with what we believe. And it's not just policies or issues. It's in my bones owns. That's not something everyone in this primary say but at another level these kind of attacks are a serious problem. They're reflecting angry. Unyielding viewpoint that has crept into our politics. If someone doesn't agree with you it's not just that you disagree. That person must be a coward or corrupt or small thinker is a direct attack on Elizabeth. Warren who has been saying to dream big and campaign. Big Big Biden says some. Call it the my way or the highway approach to politics but it's worse than that. It's condescending to millions of Democrats who have a different view. It's representative of an elitism that working middle class people do not share. We know best. You know nothing if only you were smart as I am you'd agree with me. This is no way to get anything. Done this way to bring the country together. This is no way for this party to beat Donald Trump. He says there are a lot of ways to fix our health care system and make our tax system fair to address the challenge of climate change. I believe I propose the most progressive transformational ideas in the campaign and I can get them done and he talks about all of his various plans. He says I learned a long time ago. If you question someone's motivations rather than the your judgement you then their judgment you get nowhere. It's hard to get Pasco if you start off by saying the other person is in the pocket of special interest or as corrupt. That's the way democracy works. He says he stands the Democratic Party of Barack Obama and the Democratic Party of Nancy Pelosi and he basically Tax Elizabeth Warren is too radical and his correct about that his correct about that and that's trump's big advantage is that if Democrats take the wrong lesson and run radical campaign from could easily win but trump would actually have to make campaign about the Democrats radicalism. Now as we'll see. The Democrats are incredibly vulnerable on the score. Which is why they're focusing in as I've been saying now for weeks on impeachment centrally make trump the issue trump loses make democratic policies issues? Democrats lose we'll get to more of this in just one second first. Let's talk about your sleep quality so the fact is that every night you probably climb on the spring mattress the inherited from relative. And it's just creek in and it's awful and you wake up in the morning backwards while you are a unique human being. 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We're just not going to have political ads which is going to ban them and they said at the time. That's a crackdown on basic free-speech notions. Anybody should be able to run any ad that they want and then we can fact. Check those ads. We can point out that they're wrong. They're stupid in fact. If you had the policy that every ad had to be fac half of the most half of the most effective political local ads in American history would never have run right. The daisy out of nineteen sixty four which is complete crap that Barry Goldwater is going to get us into nuclear war. Never run the the the ad that came. I'm from the Anti Mitt Romney Super Pac in two thousand and two thousand twelve. Although Romney gave some Lady Cancer Ray that that ad never would have run. It got fat fat check anyway right all of these ads. It's good to have more speech. More speech is better speech but Elizabeth. Warren doesn't believe that so she wanted twitter to shut this all down until it turns out it hit her speech. So this is is a perfect is a perfect hilarious wonderful example of Elizabeth Warren. Learning the lesson of the Monkey's paw the Monkey's paw if you've ever that short stories about a guy who gets three wishes and then every one of his wishes ends up with precisely the opposite result of what he wanted because he did not specifically say what he wanted. Elizabeth Warren really took a shot in the grill here from twitter. Elizabeth with worn is proven to be an equal opportunity when it comes to taking on Social Media Company says CNBC love. That's been solicitous worn calls for twitter to ban political ads. And then they do and then she's like but they banned and the ads I like and then. CNBC says she's an equal opportunist. She's willing to attack anyone Or she should have flaming hot hypocrite on Tuesday. Warren who's running for President President Slim twitter's new AD policy that bans political ads. which is weird? Since she's been ripping on facebook suggesting they should ban political ads in a series of tweets on Tuesday the Massachusetts Democrat attack. ACT The company for blocking organizations that are fighting climate change from running ads on the social network while allowing ads from companies. Like Exxon on the same topic. Oh you mean that when you ban political ads you into banning ads that you like Elizabeth Warren who could have predicted such thing aside from every sentient human being with working prefrontal Cortex who could possibly imagine that something like this would happen. Her criticism comes a week after twitter would no longer allow ads on. Its service a policy. The blocks ads from politicians ads that refer to election or candidate or ads related to politically sensitive issues. Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey then responded to warn with a tweet basically kowtowing to her. He said we haven't announced our new rules yet. They come out November fifteenth taking all this into consideration. And he's like please leave me alone. Stop more more beating Sir. Please more beatings. The media's playing this as Elizabeth Warren being mad at Big Tech No Zula Warren warning a different standard for her and her favorite causes than she wants for everybody else in other words she doesn't want trump to be able to run ads but she wants to be able to run. She doesn't want to be able to run at but she does want her favorite Robert Climate Change activists to be able to run. Ads Is Pretty Hilarious and pretty wonderful and she deserves every bit of the of the blowback that is going to get over all of this okay so with the Democrats and by the way P Buddha judge is is slamming warrant it is. 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That doesn't mean they can't do more it doesn't mean they didn't make mistakes but So I think we should applaud that and if you know people very specific things that we should do different than we should think about doing them different so again. These Democratic candidates are vulnerable on a variety of scores. Because they're learning they've taken too much away from these state and local elections over the past few years they think that animists for trump trump means that people are willing to embrace the most radical policies at the national level and that simply isn't true but the Smarter Democrats are saying. Okay well that means that we really should be doing is not focusing on our policies policies. which kind of sock and nobody likes instead? We should focus in on trump. And that's why impeachment gate matters to the Democrats. That's the real reason. Why impeachment gate is the thing now? What that means is that impeachment hate is GonNa be front and Center for months here at a time? Okay this thing is not gonNA stop. The Democrats are not going to do this fast dirty. They're not everybody keeps saying the Democrats going to speed this thing through. There is no reason in for them to speed this thing through instead. They're now going to drag this out subpoena everybody originally. They said they were going to get this done by late. October was the original estimate. Now there's estimates. They may get it done by Thanksgiving Unlikely Alm likely my guess is that they probably bring it over into the new year. Why because they think that the publicity is bad for trump and that is exacerbated by the fact that team trump doesn't and have any good defenses? Right there defenses. That they've they've put out there so far are really Kinda garbagey because they refused to embrace the only defense that actually makes any. 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Okay so let's get get to the latest breaking news in Impeachment Gay Twenty nineteen and the Republican defenses to it so as I say this Twenty Twenty Race Democrats think that trump is vulnerable because trump is trump and that is the truth but if they run on their own platform they're gonNA lose so instead what they're gonNA do is they're going to run on. Trump is worse. And that's why impeachment gate is really more about election. Two Two thousand twenty than it is about impeaching trump right now at the chances that the Senate is going to actually get rid of trump are incredibly incredibly well Mitch. McConnell basically said this yesterday said listen. The Democrats are not getting the process right. Nobody's going to vote for this thing. This whole effort is going nowhere. I'm not GonNa Start commenting on all of these episodes that occur on a daily basis there unfolding over in the house but to say it seems to me. They still are not providing the same kind of basic due process rights that were provided both Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton they can't even get the process right so Beyond that we'll wait until we got it here here. It looks to me like they are hell bent to do it and we will end up in an impeachment trial at some point. Okay so again. I think that the Democrats are doing this for political reasons but every bad headline is another brick in the wall. They're building against president trump. So the latest bad headline for the trump team is is Gordon. Someone who is trump's EU ambassador who basically look the ambassador of positions are basically push patronage jobs that you get for being an ally with the president. That's not unique to trump. It's it was true for Obama to basically give a lot of money and you end up as like Ham Basseterre to Morocco. Morocco Reagan's can absorb pick which country you wish to live in for the next four years and hang out in for the next four years they actually put real political experts in some of these positions but a lot. All of them. Like you're the you're the ambassador to the gets live in Brussels and hang out in Europe. All the time seems kind of awesome. That's what happened in Gordon. Sunlen give bunch money the trump campaign and then he ends up with no experience being the EU ambassador and gets roped into this thing where he is now worried about having committed perjury in front of Congress so yesterday he revised his testimony. He had testified before that he did not think there was a quid pro quo. That went on between the trump administration and the Ukrainian government for Ukraine to pursue investigations into a variety of topics including the two thousand sixteen elections burris reasonable and hundred Joe Biden while Gordon. Something came back yesterday. And he revised his testimony so according to The Washington Post in a significant revision to his testimony. The US Ambassador to the e U Gordon Sunland now says he told the Ukrainian official that security assistance to the country. Would likely do would be likely to resume. Only if the authorities in Kiev opened investigations requested by I president trump that could be damaging to former vice president Joe Biden and a supplemental declaration. Someone wrote I. Now recall speaking individually with Ukrainian individual and in that conversation saying that resumption option of. US aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anti-corruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks so he suddenly remembers all of this happening. Someone's new statement adds to testimony by other national security officials that describe it effort directed by trump and personal attorney. Rudy Giuliani to link nearly four hundred million dollars in security assistance investigations that could politically benefit president. Trump's sunland a trump donor turned diplomat had been seen as a loyalist and he had said originally that trump was just trying to combat corruption. He had a certain the previously released text message. That trump didn't quid pro. Quos many kind. Someone said well no that was just me quoting trump. And he said they'll just quoting from really I think it was kind of a quid pro quo. Oh now the White House released a statement on this. They said that the transcripts of someone's new testimony show there's even less evidence for this illegitimate impeachment sham than previously thought. White House. Press Secretary Secretary Stephanie. Grisham says quote ambassador summoned squarely states. He did not know and still does not know when why or by whom the aid was suspended. He said he presumed there was a link to the aid. But cannot identify any solid source for that assumption. So the White House continues to trot out a defense saying there was no quid pro quo. The problem is saying there was no quid. Pro Quo is now indirect contravention of testimony. From Ambassador Someone Kerr Vulgar the special envoy Bill Taylor. The charge d'affaires in Ukraine. Maria of Norwich the ambassador to Ukraine nine there was a widespread perception inside the State Department and virtually throughout the diplomatic corps that there was a quid pro quo that happened between the White House and Ukraine rain and trump keeps saying there was no there was no quid pro quo. I could say there was a quid pro quo quid. Pro Quo is fine. But I'M GONNA say there's no quid. Pro Quo the problem. Is that the bad defense tactic. Because the fact it's pretty obvious from the transcript and it's also pretty obvious from everybody's testimony that there was in fact some sort of quid pro quo. Going on the question as always was going to be was the quid pro quo illegal illegal now could be. Based on false information. Equip broke all it could be based on the president receiving bad information from Juliani and people feeding bad information to originally on and it could still be not impeachable. It could be dumb. It could be bad policy. That is not the same thing as he c- he committed a crime. This is the president's final defense. I've been saying this for literally weeks. I'm I'm not the only one Andy McCarthy who's been very pro-trump throughout the administration and McCarthy the lawyer who writes over at National Review Former special prosecutor former prosecutor at the southern district of New New York he said also relying on this no quid pro quo. Defense to fool's errand what trump's jace is okay. Yes of course. I was pressuring Ukraine. I was pressuring Ukraine for legitimate investigations into what happened. Twenty sixteen and that includes any sort of corruption that occurred in Ukraine with regard to Hunter Biden and frankly wrinkly that'd be a basically arguments Har it's very very difficult to prove intense right. The fact is that then the Democrats would have to prove not that a quid. Pro Quo happened but the intent for for the quid pro quo was to get Biden looking forward to twenty twenty as opposed to looking into everything trump associated with corruption circa twenty sixteen. That's hard to prove. It really is difficult to prove and the fact that the White House refuses to rely on that defence is supremely bizarre. It's really really weird instead. Instead you end up with weird defenses like this from Lindsey. Graham Lindsey. Graham just looks like a show now because he won't say the obvious Lindsey Graham the senator from South Carolina Juries yesterday saying I'm not even going to I'm going to read the transcript right. Apparently he the reporter. Who tweeted out reporter? Do you plan on reading these transcripts. That were released Graham. No and the reporter asked why is as a sham process. Okay that's a sounds like you have no defense right. That sounds like you're you're covering your eyes and your ears and pretending that you don't know what's going on but we all Komo sort of what was going on. The fact is again that there is an actual response to all of this. It is the response. I've been laying out for weeks at this point and by the way there's also a good response that says yes of course. We asked Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden. Because there's some pretty good information that Hunter Biden was involved in something various Ed Morrissey reporting over at hot air quote quote. Does the appearance of Hunter Biden's name State Department e mail traffic show corrupt influence on. US policy emails dug up by John. Solomon his reporting on influence peddling then and now suggests that the timing of Joe Biden's infamous intervention in Ukraine. Might be even more suspect than it has look before Biden insist they brag that he threatened to withhold a mill a billion dollars in aid in March twenty sixteen. Almost most Petro Porsche Ankle fired prosecutor. General Viktor Shokhin Biden claims. He did that because Shokhin had not aggressively prosecuted corruption including at prisma however the new emails show that hunters name. I was being tossed around the State Department a month earlier as the firm pled that Shokhin being too tough according to Salomon's reporting during that February two thousand sixteen contact a U S representative four brees Matt Holdings sort of meeting with Under Secretary of State Katherine Novelli to discuss ending the corruption allegations against the Ukrainian firm where hundred worked as a board member. According to memos obtained under a foia lawsuit suit just three weeks before Barabbas overture to state Ukrainian authorities raided the home of the oligarch who owned the gas from employed Hunter Biden a signal. The long-running corruption probe was escalating. Equating the middle of the US presidential election hundred Biden's name in fact was specifically invoked by the Baristas representative as a reason. The State Department should help according to a series of email exchanges among us US officials trying to arrange the meeting subject line for the email exchanges read simply burris mma. According to Ed Morrissey at higher the email shows that the meeting was for the purpose of getting Ukraine to back Gov on its corruption probe of Brima. The email argued the burris had been unfairly targeted by Shokhin without evidence and outside of due process. It also noted very pointedly the too high profile. US citizens worked with charisma and named Hunter Biden explicitly as Morrissey points. Eddie says that last sentence sounds like the meeting was complete as well might since it concerned the VP son. However whether and when the meeting took place not established but clearly state was informed that hunters name was in play and the burris Mo was unhappy with Shokhin? This was no low level contact either. The people involved involved were senior officials in the Obama Administration. That discussion took place February. Twenty fourth two thousand sixteen exactly one week later hundred Biden's business partner and fellow Burris. MMA board members Domon Archer dropped by to see Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department's Siegfried offices. Archer was a college roommate of Kerry Stepson. So could have been a incidence but it's never been explored less than a month later by once Ukrainians mandated Shokhin's firing. So that's that looks Kinda bad right. I mean that those. What more seizing says? That certainly looks like the kind of corruption in which the House Democrats accusing Donald Trump does it not at the very least. These emails undermined the idea. That Shokhin wasn't being tough. I'm Reema and that no one. In the Obama administration connected the dots between Hundred Biden His dad breathes sinks of corruption injured and interference for personal or familial gain although one neaten goat didn't need to go to Ukraine to find evidence for it so in other words trump has pretty solid defense here. I was targeting corruption. I was suspicious of corruption. The reason I was suspicious of corruption is 'cause it there might have been corruption and that's that's why I asked him to investigate corruption and said they're not doing a good job of investigating corruption. So trump keeps putting out the worst defense there was no quid pro quo instead of the best defense. Of course there is a quid pro quo. This was Mulvaney. Great Mulvaney actually tried to put out the Stephens. He said yes quid. Pro Quos happened in foreign policy. All the time. And this wasn't a bad quid. Pro Quo and people went nuts and then from backtracked it and now people just keep saying no quid pro quo. Oh it's a dumb defense. It's a very defense. There's no reason to focus in on a bad defense when an actual good defense and probably a true defense is actually available. Meanwhile controversy has broken out as Republicans are trying to out the whistleblower now the Democrats are claiming that the whistleblower is relevant. That at this point we've moved who beyond the whistleblowers complained. There's truth to that. There is I mean the fact is that we now know what the war had to say we have the transcript of the call. The whistleblower complaint really didn't add anything now I'm being inconsistent on this. I said that the whistleblower complaint originally was less important than the transcript of the call. So but that's how Democrats that Democrats we need the entire whistle blower complaints or it's obstruction of justice. And cover up like we need to interview the whistle blower. We need his thoughts. And then as soon as it became clear that the whistle blower was probably a partisan hack on behalf Joe Biden. Then it was a we don't need to hear from the whistle blower or anymore so I'm of the opinion that the whistle blower is basically irrelevant once the claims of his complaint are made public but is it fair for Republicans to point democratic hypocrisy. I see right here. Yeah that's totally fair. And as far as the idea that it is a violation of law to to release the name of the whistle blower. No it isn't whistle. Blower laws are designed rent. A firing of whistleblower keeping whistle blowers named confidential is usually designed to prevent their firing in the private sector or as a private contractor contractor with the United States government. There are regulations in place that prevent the firing of whistleblower. The Inspector General of a particular department is prevented from speaking the name allowed of whistle. There's nothing that prevents Rand Paul from doing. It's the point that Rand Paul. Who's been pushing down? The whistle blower made yesterday when he was in a in a tete-a-tete with the media. You know what for legal to actually got at that wrong coming out. We should work on the facts. Here's the thing is the whistle blower statute protects the whistle blower from having his name revealed by the Inspector General Even The New York Times. uh-huh admits that no one else is under any legal obligation the other point. And you need to be very careful if you really are interested in the news is that the whistle blower actually is a material witness completely separate from being the whistle blower. Because he worked for Joe Biden he worked for Joe Biden at the same time. Hunter Biden is receiving fifty thousand dollars a month. Aw Okay so rand. Paul is actually making a pretty solid case is why we ought to know who was a war is which is why I covered it on the show. I mean that is newsworthy stuff. The fact is that if if the situation were reversed and this were a republican whistleblower it in a democratic administration. We would've been plastered all over the front pages of every newspaper immediately. If it turned out that the person was a partisan hack on behalf of the Republicans I mean the the media are so invested in trump being pushed out of office. They're so invested in hatred of trump is pretty astonishing. The best example today is that the Washington Post came out with a full illustrated Mullah report. It's embarrassing I mean. Really as democracy dies in crappy cartoons they drew all of these these pictures like Paul Manafort and James Komi with thought bubbles. It's absurd the publishing a graphic nonfiction book center Special Counsel Robert Muller's obstruction of justice inquiry. Suppose they couldn't do it on the Kenneth Starr report and it just would have been pornography. The Miller report illustrate is run directly from volume to a special counsel Robert Muller's report. Of course they're not going to do it on volume morning volume. One didn't uncover anything while one was about the trump Russia collusion nonsense volunteers about the so-called fraction of justice according to The Washington Post pumping this thing the book provides unique graphic depiction of the reports. Most scrutinized passages and pivotal moments all contextualized with posts original reporting the mullahs. Report illustrated offers a fly on the wall. Accounts of life in the White House told through the accounts of men and women. One time served the president's. Wow just how magical so we need a graphic novel of an incredibly credibly boring report. The media median all over the place so much journalism. The journalism is just getting everywhere. It's just it's everywhere. By the way I I'm not sure which is more journalists and the Washington Post Printing this insane cartoon version of all of this or a piece by Frank Bruni in the New York Times called why Donald Trump trump hits your dog. I'm not kidding. Because Donald Trump is constantly saying that people died like Doug or academic Doug so apparently according Frank Brunette Times from hits dogs and according to a columnist named Jia corless Sean Spicer the former White House press secretary dances in militaristic fashion Russian. And he has. His body is dishonest. Yes I certainly trust media with all of this. We'll get to more of. I have to Redo some of that. These in just one second first the thing I like anything I hate so things I like to I. I was on a sixteen hour flight from Israel to the United States over the weekend that I watched one million movies because because I mean what else am I going to do. My kids are kicking me. And you're stuck in one place for a very long time and I got to see a movie that I really enjoyed. I thought it's actually pretty fantastic is called in the the heart of the sea. It's Ron Howard film. Now I tend to think the Ron Howard's bit of a paint by numbers director. I've never seen anything of his where I thought this is just overwhelmingly good. But that's fine. I mean it's very straightforward it sort of classic cinema. It's called in the heart of the sea with Chris. Hemsworth and Benjamin Walker and and Kelly and Murphy who is fantastic. Tom Holland big big cast Brennan gleason and the and the movie is about these sort of source material form deck may starts off with with Herman Melville meeting with the sailor about what happened at sea on this boat called. Call the Essex and it's a true story and it is a pretty astonishing story. I mean what didn't make any moby. Dick is actually creeper and more terrifying than what did make it into Moby Dick. It's it's it for example after the Essex was it was in fact stove in by a white whale Weigiwa well that's the basis of Moby Dick but then the men were basically stranded at sea for like three months and they had resort to as you would think some pretty awful things. It's it's a good movie. It's worth seeing check. It out didn't get the kind of press that it should. The reviewers didn't like it because it was too straightforward because how dare you make a straightforward film. It didn't have any gender identity politics. We don't know the gender of the whale in the film but the movie is really good. It's called in the heart of the sea again and wildly underrated by critics. and well worth watching. Okay time for a quick thing that a hate so youtube. Big Tech companies are now censoring bring content and it's pretty obvious that they're censoring content on the basis of political persuasion the latest in creepiest examples. That youtube has now banned a video from Dr. Michele criteria a pediatrician with many years of experience the Executive Director of the American College of Pediatricians. There's video the daily signal published in two thousand seventy two years old and it was up for like two years and now youtube has pulled the video. The video has been removed from Youtube in its place. Youtube has displayed the message. The video has been removed for violating Youtube policy on hate speech. So what exactly. I was so hateful. What was the hate speech that this evil doctor had to say? Here's what she had to say that that got him banned from Youtube according to most mainstream medical organizations and you want to cut off a healthy arm or healthy leg. You're mentally ill. But if you want to cut off healthy breasts or penis You're transgender. Okay well sorry that happens to be a true statement. CanNot maybe stated in a way that's very blunt but that happens to be a true statement. Okay if you if you according to most mainstream medical organizations against the text of what she says according to most mainstream medical organizations if you want to cut off a a healthy arm or a healthy leg mentally ill if you want to cut off healthy breasts organised. She says you are transgender. And they don't classify transgenders in mental illness. which is what the juxtaposition means needs a this is again? I failed to see what is non factual about the statement. They may not like that statement. You may think that there is a moral difference between cutting off your genitals and cutting thing off your arm. You'RE GONNA have to explain why that is but the statement itself is not non factual but apparently this is now hate speech a so according to the daily signal which is a heritage foundation now at over the past few months the daily signal work with you to try to reach a resolution ultimately we were told the only way we can get the video back on Youtube was delete the previously mentioned sentence in other words get two choices choices censor the doctor's words or have no video on the world's biggest video platform the should horrify ever youtube user and anyone who values the importance of public square featuring a variety of perspectives Priscilla's. Words are no doubt controversial says the daily signal. She's no stranger to criticism. Neither is the daily signal. We welcome debate but we don't want to be spent but we don't want to be censored they say we believe only France gender individuals any individuals struggling with gender identity. Issues should be treated with love and respect but we also believe that on a topic were medical treatments have such serious ramifications from infertility permanent alteration of body body parts it's worth having a robust factor of discussion. She's making a point in that sense that maybe not not popular but remains true. There is no society wide. Push right now to allow patients suffering from body integrity identity disorder to amputate limbs. Furthermore just this may the World Health Organization removed transgenderism from its list of mental disorders moving into a section about sexual health off but as of July till his sentence amputation of body parts is different. Depending on the body parts in question is apparently so outrageous. Youtube can't even allow it on the platform form. That's pretty astonishing. Like Youtube doesn't like it. Then you know what their thousand videos on Youtube of people trying to explain why it is more beneficial to people's cut off their genitals than it is for them to cut off a a different body part. I mean there are lots of videos from left about this sort of thing the fact that Youtube banning it outright demonstrates they're putting their their thumb on the scales when it comes to contentious social issues that are very much open for debate and by the way we're the signs tends not to favor the left very much. Okay we'll be back here a little bit later today with two additional hours of content so we will see you then. I'm Ben Shapiro. This is the Ben Shapiro. Show if you enjoyed this episode. Don't forget to subscribe. And if you want to help spread the word. Please give us a five star review and tell your friends to subscribe to were available on Apple podcasts. spotify and wherever you listen to podcasts. Also be sure to check check out the other daily wire podcasts. 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OK Boomer and the Generational Divide 2019-11-06
"Off Year Election Day. Put The spotlight on Virginia Kentucky and Mississippi had the feel of a good shot for Democrats but but it just didn't play out that way here in Mississippi this is still a ruby red state. We'll see what these races might tell us about the national mood ahead of twenty twenty. I'm Tanzania Vega and this is the takeaway for November six also on the podcast young people online or blaming baby boomers for the country's problems. It seems like what they've taught me. He is a very outdated version of my own. These now it don't even give me started on my grandparents. Who were born in the thirties and forties the new internet catchphrase helps smooth generational racial divide? Well Okay boomer. Let's start there it just okay boomer. Those two words have become the latest catchphrase for a younger anger generation expressing its frustration with their older counterparts. And if you're tired of talking about millennials well this latest battle in the so called generation. Wars is between generations rations Z.. Those born roughly between the mid to late nineties in two thousand. Ten and baby boomers born between Nineteen forty-six nineteen sixty four and it was born on the social so media platform tick tock and one of the sites short videos and unidentified older man wearing a baseball cap and a polo shirt rails against younger. People saying the millennials O'Neil's and generation Z.. Have the Peter Pan Syndrome. They don't ever want to grow up and now there are thousands of similar videos. Tick Tock subverting. This man's Rant boomers don't understand anything they don't understand today's culture they don't understand technology they don't understand my sense of humor and they definitely don't understand my taste in music. So I got exactly two words for you okay boom located okay boomer boomer must hashtags merchandise and even a song but these generational barbs gloss over many of the nuances that define each generation. And I'm now joined by Philip bump national correspondent for the Washington Post and earnest Owens writer at large for Philadelphia magazine. Thanks to you both for joining me. Of course thank you Ernest. We're going to start with you for those of us who are not fluent in Tik Tok. Walk US through. What is this latest? Rallying cry I for Gen Z.. And millennials we spoke to a boomer yesterday. WHO said I didn't even know I was the target of all this first of all? It's a very boomer thing to say. Target I think that pretty much just a response to a lot of the ongoing critiques. That a lot of young people You know millennials like myself in younger a younger people. I have experienced over the years. Where we've seen so many articles especially millennials saying things like you? Know millennials are killing mayonnaise. They're killing the co-chair they're ruining the you know the housing market. It's a thousand articles out there that has consistently criticizing Young people for a lot of the things that arguably you know previous generations before us Played a bigger role. And so I think this is just that collective coach rural you know Response to years of being powdered on Critiques about our generation. And so you know to those who are hearing this a feeling attack. It's like well. Did you ever think about us. And all of these different headlines came out blaming millennials for this and Jin's ears for that you know at this thing it's hilarious. Well Philip as a Gen xer myself. I am supposed to be the neutral arbiter in all of this The middle child if you will so is it fair to say that the okay boomer phenomenon. Non and to earn a six point isn't really generate sort of rooted in this generational warfare but actual criticism about things like warming. And who has the power were in this world. Yeah I think that's certainly part of I will also stipulate at the outset that I too am gen-x. Thank God bless you know but yeah I mean I think the certainly is is. There are a lot of factors. One is just the fact that that older people always complain by younger people right. I mean like this this narrative of get off my lawn. That's something that very much predates the current moment. This as you know. That's that's what old people do a stereotypically. They complain about what young people are doing. So there's certainly an aspect of that here But it certainly is also the case there were actual real changes between the world in which the boomers grew up in the world. In which the millennials grow up and those changes are to to some extent you know the boomers came out of World War Two when they had good jobs that pay well and they were members of unions and and they also drove cars and he lived in the suburbs. They contributed a lot to climate change. And they've pumped a lot of carbon dioxide side into the atmosphere. Those are the sorts of things. Now the millennials look at and say I wish I had that. NBA Wish you hadn't done that so there certainly is a reason why they may be frustrated with that at the same time. The millennials are also growing up in an era when they have access to the Internet and they have access to tick tock in their voices can be amplified in a way. That wasn't the case when boomers were or younger when you and I were younger as Gen xer simply is a better. There is a more of an ability for this group of people to be heard. And so they're making those voices heard very clearly as as we. I remember dial up but we did not have social media so we were there at the beginning of the Internet. That's right earnest. One of the things that I was talking about or tweeting about last sweet was sort of who were talking about. When we talk about boomers how does race ethnicity immigration status fall into this? Because I asked people last week on twitter. I was like well. Oh I don't know like if your parents were Black Brown Asian immigrants would you actually be able to say okay boomer and some people feared for their lives metaphorically Arkley at least I think that the languages is changed. So you know and and a lot of You know black hoter. We don't use the word boomer as much but we'll say things like old head so that is typically the same type of I guess vibe that could be expressed I live in Philadelphia currently and people say young bull young buck to describe younger people and so there is always this type of You know cultural tro generational clash but the sentiment is the same. We're just communicating through different vernacular and different types of slang in different types of language. So I think boomers are very are- Manufactured you know word by a lot of you know white people who've kind of pushed that through pop culture but different cultures have different names. The sentiment is again the same and I think a lot of this is being pushed by capitalism arguably These terms are designated ways to you know really carve out communities that one kid you know market to or tailor things too and so I think you know many ways in different communities the language changes but the sentiment remains the same Philip. We got about thirty seconds in this segment. are we were is Gen Z.. And millennials really talking about the most privileged members of the boomer generation honoration. When they're throwing these barbs sure? Yeah I mean obviously when you stereotype so you tend to be referring to not the entire set of of people I think the demographic point that you raise those very very important one. I looked at this last week. You know three quarters of people sixty five and older are white. Half of people who are younger than eighteen are non white right and so there also are other overlapping being demographic trends that are important. Ernest let's get back to you because there was somebody who waded into this conversation About a week ago someone we all know former President Barack Obama who made comments about so called cancel culture. Let's take a listen to what he had to say. This idea of purity and you're never compromised then you're always politically woke and all that stuff you should get over that quickly the world the world is messy. There are ambiguities. He's so ernest The president former president they're saying woke What did you think about this whole cancel culture comment from former President Barack Obama? I'll say this by prefacing that I do think that President Barack Obama's probably been one of the best presidents we've had in a long long time And that we agree on a lot of things but there is just something about the way that Obama sometimes tries to find common ground around that he oversimplifies Something that is bigger and in this regard I think the way in which he treats this conversation conversation around you know counterculture to be very paternalistic in a way that really reduces the real conversations and the real activism and the real power of social media the same type of push of use of social media that really got him elected. It took a lot of of young woke people that really drove social media get him elected but also further conversations like black lives matter like the metoo movement like you know. Oh are you okay. Says in a lot of young people working alongside a lot of Gen xers and others to help you know keep pushing these conversations and doing so in ways that made sense for them you know social media to me is not deterrent but a tool. It's not the end. All be all but it should be something that we should keep ignoring and these conversations and it seems like The former president really you know kind of predates himself in really trying I'm to push respectability politics when it comes to. How People Express exchanged their views? It's a new day Philip and we have not. I mean this isn't new. We you said earlier you know the get off my lawn thing for older generations we also look at boomer themselves right and say They were going against their own parents in many ways. That's right with a lot of the social change that we see today. So I mean are why have boomers been singled out as the sort of discreet generation. That just doesn't get it right. Yeah I mean you're exactly right. I mean this is the the idea of teens. Being counter-culture is not new. I mean this is like this is James Dean's whole shtick right. But certainly was the boomer generation that really established themselves as a political voice as being counter cultural reason. Why because there's a lot of them right? I mean the only real demographic group we're talking about here is the baby boomers we I talked to the Census Bureau in two thousand fourteen. They made very clear. The boomers were the only ones that actually met a demographic description of being a generation. All the rest are marketing terms as early. When you're giving me an existential crisis here on the generation? I'm sure you talk to people who are like. Oh I was born in one thousand nine hundred am I. The answer is nothing like it's all made up. Don't worry about it right so anyway. The the the point being that since there were so many boomers they had their voices heard in a way that they weren't expecting. Now what's fascinating about. The money is a lot of millennials to right and so when I talked to the Census Bureau. They said they're keeping an eye on. This was several years ago may have changed by now. But the millennials may themselves be because of the number of them a distinct generational like something that can be identified as generation. There's a lot. Lot of millennials. So there's a lot of boomers fasching things going to happen is as we watch what happens in the United States United States is getting less white and it is getting grayer right by twenty fifty. There's going to be an increase. In the percentage of Americans who are over the age of sixty five. There are going to be older people who hold onto power for a long time in a way that we're not used to seeing because there's a a lot of boomers and people are living longer and so this is going this. I think we're at the front end of a wave of a lot of millennials who are coming up there a lot of them unfortunately more than us Gen xers we arve course the best generation yes. That's fine are you going to be coming up behind them. and seeing these boomers were still in positions of power for a long time. And that's going to add to the political tension. They were just starting to see emerge ernest. What do you think about that I mean do you describe yourself as a millennial and I think one of the things that millennials and Gen Z.? Years have been accused of largely. Lee is sort of Cancel Culture Right. Is that one of the defining elements of Millennials Gen Z.. Right now council co-chairs. There's been out before it was cancelled. Culture it was boycotts. It was protests. counter-culture is anything new. It's it's something that we've learned in and one interesting conversations rotations. That really surprised me about this. That for all the harsh critiques about millennials. I have to ask the question where you know. Did we get this from. How did we get these tools? How did we get here? There was a lineage and it just seems like Gin. Everyone forgets that. You know boomers are grandparents grandparents. Some of them are appearance. You know genetic genetics our parents in certain cases. So it's it's Kinda weird that you know you. Would you think they were abandoned island of people that were just by ourselves. That just kind of you know did whatever and I don't think they council coach I think the term is a millennial term just like okay boomers is a new term right from from GIN's ears and us but it's it's it again. It's the same rhetoric it's the same conversations but we're just re phrasing them remarking them and we're finding ways to capitalize off of the tension right right There's a growing wave. The stouter and people are looking for certain types of age class in groups to distinguish people so they can be able to sell to them so they can be able all to make them feel a sense of unity or purpose or of collective community Because that's what we do in America. We really love to make a lot of distinctions. Even when they don't make sense and this case that's what's happening here Philip your response I will say I think one of the fascinating things that particularly when you raise Barack Obama. WHO's been sort of been on this kick for a while? There's a great conversation with you ton coats Jonathan chait about five years ago looking at Obama saying similar things back then but what's changed. Last Brock Obama ran for office was twenty twelve in two thousand fourteen gene. We really saw the emergence of the black lives matter movement. We saw in two thousand seventeen. The emergence of Metoo and black lives matter in particular. Really reshaped how. A lot of Americans think about race think about race in politics in particular. It's that actually came. After Barack Obama was a politician I mean it happened with me was an office but not while he's running for office and I think that also was informing law. This cancelled culture stuff which is really rooted in respecting other people's identities which is something that came to a lot of prominent with the emergence of black lives matter over the course of the past five years and I wonder or if some of this is also we've got like literally ten seconds left and I'm wondering are Ernest. Yes or no is some of those taking the focus off the bigger issues. I mean I don't think anybody's. 401K is in good shape right now. Regardless of what generation urine absolutely people need to just really look at the things that bring us together. And what is some of the major points that we're all experiencing interesting. I think everyone knows the economy is a mess. The environment needs work and support. And if millennials are going to counsel people who are not supporting that we should be supporting them and there. We go earnest owens freelance journalist. Philip bump national correspondent at the Post. Thanks for joining us. Thank you very much from north. Hollywood my dad has generation X.. He just turned fifty this year. He's been with the company for thirty years. He's done well for himself being in an emigrant with a high school diploma and got his job when he was twenty. I myself I'm thirty years old myself and we've gone back and forth in regards to why haven't settled old and found a good career. He believe me and my generation tend to be lazy. My parents and I have had a difficult time talking about climate change and the future of the earth typically we're aligned but as my kids are still young. I have found it hard. Sometimes to engage in conversations for the other person feels there is no hope hi. Hey I'm Jesse Dawson from Greensburg Kentucky and I do find it hard to talk to people about issues going on in today's world especially if they're a younger than I am and they don't have the life experiences that I do. Hi My name is for read it and I am from Massachusetts. I do find it hard to talk to anyone. Anyone about politics policy is how I try to approach a conversation. But there's so much disinformation out there in the age Information Age age that is so readily available but hard to find the truth. Hi My name is Mary from Philadelphia. I find it easier to speak to people who are not if my generation mostly younger people. Because I'm seventy five. I find them to be more forward-looking on the whole more more socially socially responsible and also more open minded than people of my generation. There are a pleasure to talk to. This is in that in Harlem New York Mark. I think the reason why get to talk more open with people that are younger millennials or older people because it just seems that both of those are more educated and they have less hangups one because they're young and things are different and the other one because they've already lived so in my generation I just find on most of the people are just too stubborn. Call us at eight seven seven eight five t or tweet us at the takeaway. Hi everybody. I'm Tansy Vega and you're listening to the takeaway. Tuesday was election day in a number of southern in states. That could serve as bellwethers ahead of Twenty Twenty in Virginia. Democrats pulled off significant victories flipping control of the state. House and Senate and Kentucky. Chucky was another bright spot for Democrats as Andy. Bashir won a tight vote against opponent incumbent. Republican Matt Bevin who has not yet conceded in the race and while the state typically leans right and presidential elections Bevan's was not particularly well liked in his state holding an approval rating of just thirty four percent. According to a morning morning consult poll from October for more. I'm joined now by Daniel Durocher political reporter for the Lexington Herald leader Daniel. Thanks so much for joining us. Yeah yeah thanks for having me so Bevin is not conceding. What is that all about it so Last night when one hundred percent of the precincts were in India Bashir I was winning by around five thousand votes and so it's not exactly unusual for someone to not concede the race is that close He'll have seven days. He's to request a canvas which is where they kind of go around and make sure that all the county clerk's got their vote totals right and then after that that's when things would start to get more involved if he wanted to keep pushing it down the line and that's where things would start to get more unusual if you wanted to keep pushing it down the line and continue to challenge the the results tell us a little bit about the issues that dominated the race and What looks like could have tipped the scales in favor of Bashir right now? Really I think the best way to put it is that this race was about Matt. Kevin rate he is a guy who was kind of historically unpopular despite is conservative stances in Kentucky And a lot of that comes from the way that he speaks the way that you know. His personality is and some examples of that is when the teachers protested in Frankfurt Bevin guaranteed that a child eld was sexually assaulted because teachers protesting in Frankfurt and children may have been left home alone You know he went after judges. He went after members of his own. Party you know he he. He would criticize the Republican Senate president for not understanding legislation. You'd go to reporters he would go after basically anyone who tried to question him and you know Bevan painted this as him being the guy who will tell you the Truth and fix Kentucky and set it on the right track but it really rubbed a lot of Kentucky Inns the wrong way there was another interesting race That happened in the state of Kentucky. Daniel Cameron won the race to be Kentucky's next attorney general he will be the state's first first African American attorney general and the first Republican to hold the office in about seventy years. Tell us about Cameron. What his appeal was to Kentucky voters? So Daniel Oh cameron is this kind of protege of US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and so he got a ton of support from Mitch. McConnell machine in Kentucky and that was really so you know what kind of put him over the edge he. He's he's a relatively young lawyer. He had clerked for a judge. He had been senator McConnell's council and the Democrat tried to kind of use that against him and say that he's not experienced enough to be attorney general but that really didn't work And I think that you know what that indication about a Daniel Cameron is that Kentucky still largely a red state. You Know Matt Bevins' race was the outlier in this campaign but Daniel Cameron along with the rest of the Republicans on the ticket. They all won their races and to that point Daniel of course we have to talk about where or whether this election will indicate anything about where Kentucky might be headed in twenty twenty. I personally think that it's really hard to draw conclusions from this race. Just because Matt Bevin is such a you know. He's his own sick. I I was out on the campaign trail. I would talk to a lot of people and they would love president trump but they hate Matt Bevin and so you know president trump did come in and you know some people felt like president. Trump's association with Bevan helped Bevan. And so you're looking at this this situation where you know yes. Trump could not help bevan crossed the finish line but trump's Bevan's association with trump's certainly helped him. Daniel Durocher is a political reporter for the Lexington Herald leader. Daniel thanks so much. Thanks for having me and now we go to Mississippi where Republican Tate Reeves defeated Democrat attorney. General Jim Hood in last night's governors election and although hood was running as a Democrat in a staunchly red state he's still appeal to moderates and independents through his pro-life and pro-gun stances but Mississippi. That was still not enough for more more on Mississippi's election. I'm joined by Adam Gantsho political reporter with Mississippi today. Adam thanks for joining us. Sure thanks for having me. So how did tate reeves pull off the win. I I think it's it's as easy as looking at northeast. Mississippi Attorney General. Jim Hood has won four statewide elections previously Going back to two thousand and three. He's done so in. His is home. Region Northeast Mississippi a lot of white moderate conservatives live in that region of the state last night tate reeves just absolutely swept that region of the state. A lot of a lot of prognosticators have sort of initially suspected that the reason the Republicans did so well in that region is because president. Donald Trump came to visit that very region on Friday suggest five days ago and you know if the Democrat couldn't win that region. I think everyone everyone assumed that was the battleground Democrat. Couldn't win there It probably wasn't going to happen and I think that's what we saw play out yesterday. And as you mentioned at the top this wasn't just any Democrat macron. This was a Democrat who whose pro-life and pro second amendment pro gun and that still didn't sway enough voters. That's right yeah. Jim Hood is is a uh-huh gun-toting as he calls himself gun toting Bible Thumping Democrat. He really has always had that ability to sort of appeal to the right side of the aisle or at least some some of the more moderate conservatives in this state it just didn't play out that way here in Mississippi this is still a ruby red state in every sense of the word. Thirty eight percent or about forty percent of Mississippi's population is black. And I'm wondering if either candidate made any effort to reach out to that community in advance of this election so immediately as soon as the race was called yesterday for Tate Reeves. There were a lot of people in the state who immediately just started blasting criticizing housing Jim Hood for his strategy and his lack of strategy and appealing to that African American base in the Democratic Party. Here in the state. I guess it was about Monday the day before the election. There were some Robo calls that were going around the state Former president Barack Obama recorded some Robo calls on behalf of Jim Hood The Republican Party used that against him. I think all cycle along all year long. The Republicans tried to paint Jim Hood as as a guy who would be in lockstep with national liberals like Obama were like Hillary Clinton or even Bernie Sanders. AFC I mean they they really hurled those pairings at Jim Hood and all year long long he really resisted that and like I said Jim Hood has received a lot of criticism initially for focusing too much perhaps on swaying white moderate voters and not enough of locking down the the base of the party Adam. Lots of attention is being focused across the country and in different states on things like voter. Id Laws voter suppression depression voter turnout and one of the things. That's unique to Mississippi is that there is a Jim Crow era law which adds a hurdle to winning statewide office beyond winning the popular vote. And that's come under scrutiny in the run-up to this election what was that law. And where does it stand today. He's IT's being challenged in court. As far far as we understand in eighteen ninety which is when our current state constitution was drafted and passed the framers of the constitution who were wight. They wanted to make it as difficult as possible for. AFRICAN AMERICANS HOLD PUBLIC OFFICE MISSISSIPPI IN MISSISSIPPI as part of that constitution. Statewide candidates must do two do things. We're the only state that does this not only have to win a majority of the popular vote. So that's fifty percent plus one but you also have to win a majority of the State House districts like like you said it it has been challenged in federal court earlier this year and the Federal District Judge. He refused to toss out this provision so close before the election you're right. This governor's race Really did sort of put that at the forefront as it turned out Tate Reeves the Republican. Did it looks like neat. Both of those provisions The federal lawsuit is perhaps still employ. But just because of the outcome of the election I believe you know at least for. This governor's race. I'm not sure anything will change inge regardless of what happens in that in that federal lawsuit. Adam gannet show is a political reporter for Mississippi
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"Welcome to the lead from meet the press. I'm Kerry, Dan. If you're an election nerd, odd numbered years, are kind of a bummer. Yeah. Right now, there's the ramp up to the presidential race, of course. But let's be honest, we are still more than eight months until voters actually start voting in the primaries. The only general special election of two thousand nineteen so far has been a snooze her. And there were European elections this past weekend, but I definitely cannot explain this to you, but never fear election lovers because there is a very competitive very interesting contest coming up this fall, that you can pay attention to. And it's in Kentucky. Here's what you need to know. Incumbent Republican governor Matt, Bevin is up for reelection. And if you don't know much about Matt Bevin. It's fair to say that he was kind of Trump before Trump. He's a wealthy businessman who got elected by railing against the establishment. He's. Extremely critical of ObamaCare and has taken a hard line on social issues like abortion access. And he tends to say what's on his mind, which results in soundbites. Well like this. No, we canceled school for cold what happens to America? We're getting soft. Bevin hangs out with Donald Trump, so often that political reports his presence in the White House is kind of a running gag with administration officials. Oh, and one of the thing that Bevin has in common with the president. He's not very popular. He's actually one of the least popular governors in the country, which is why Democrats find themselves in the unusual position of being competitive in Kentucky, the democratic candidate is Andy Bashir who won a primary last week for the privilege of running against Matt Bevin. If the name Bashir sounds familiar, it's because he's the son of the governor who served before Bevan. Steve Bashir, and Andy Bashir is also the attorney general of the state, and we learned something interesting from that primary contest. Last week, which Bashir beating out to other candidates on the democratic side and Bevin beating out three electoral foes, while it was expected to be a low turnout primary. They're actually winning more voters than there were even back in twenty fifteen which is particularly interesting because that was a race for an open seat, instead of one like this. That includes an incumbent and second. This was really interesting. Bevin just squeaked by in his primary getting just fifty two percent of the vote, as a really bad number for an incumbent governor. And it shows just how vulnerable he may be. Now Bevin hopes that his ties to Donald Trump can help him in his very red home state, and he's also got all the resources of Mitch McConnell senior Senator from the state, which is funny because Bevan actually challenged McConnell back in two thousand fourteen that didn't go great for Bevan and usually with Mitch McConnell, you come at the king, you best, not miss so. So train, your eyes on the state that brought us the Kentucky Derby Muhammed Ali, and the delicious spirits that are probably responsible for your most memorable hangover, because this one is going to be a heck of a race. That's good for us, if you'd like to hear more of this free audio briefing, you can add, meet the press the lid to your flash briefings on Amazon Alexa, able to buy or just download us as a free podcast.
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Tuesday night in the Kentucky Governor's race but the incumbent Republican Governor Matt Bevin said he is not conceding. It appears the Democrat Crat Bashir edged out Republican Bevan by a very close six thousand vote margin as a Wednesday morning. CNN had not yet called the race there were a lot of local factors at play here. That helped Bashir apparently win over Bevan including Bevan significant unpopularity but Bevan closely aligned himself with trump even rallying with the president trump won Kentucky by thirty points in two thousand sixteen. Still Senate Majority Party leader Mitch. McConnell who is also from Kentucky called the results disappointing adding the margin of four tenths of one percent is really close with a margin that small look for that vote to be contested in some sort of reassessment of the ballots will happen second. Virginia's House House and Senate are now in Democrats control giving the Democratic Party. Hold on all three bodies for the first time in a generation. That's Virginia House. The Virginia John and the Virginia Governor's Office this solidifies. What had once been a swing state as a stronghold for the Democratic Party? It also happens to be a good would return on investment for the Democrats who poured money and resources into winning the state this year. The winds also opened the door for new gun control laws an an increase minimum wage and other progressive measures that Republicans had previously blocked. Plus it offers Democrats the chance to redraw the state's electoral districts in redistricting. Dang in two thousand twenty one another interesting tidbit out of Virginia in two thousand seventeen. A cyclist was fired. After giving president trump's motorcade the middle finger last night she was elected to a local seat in Loudon County Virginia Third Mississippi showed. It wasn't a complete blue washout last night. Republican Governor Tate Reeves defeated the State's democratic attorney. General in the governor's race trump tweeted his congratulations to reeves. Saying our big big rally on Friday night moved the numbers from a tie to a big win. Great reaction under pressure. Tate trump won Mississippi by about eighteen points in two thousand sixteen reeves won by six points on Tuesday night. It's tempting to want to say that. Statewide results apply to the national landscape. They don't nor do they tell. The future feature of what will happen in next year's election but they show that right now. Democrats are making major inroads. That could pay off next year. which brings us to the appoint? Democrats have a lot to cheer for from Tuesday's election results. But that doesn't mean it's smooth sailing onto twenty twenty and that is the point for November. Remember Sixth Two Thousand Nineteen. Thank you for listening for more updates throughout the week including our Sunday night. Campaign edition. 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It feels later than ever. We'll get to it. Let's get into it. What a week facebook? FACEBOOK has redesigned. Its logo to say facebook in all capital letters. And I think it's working a lot of people were mocking facebook for the timing in the midst of a scandal which the company seems not to take any responsibility for its role in spreading misinformation for profits. What would you have them to wait for a good news cycle? You're going to have facebook book way to roll out a new logo for a good news cycle sincere question. When is the last time anyone in here? Can I can remember a story about facebook. That was good for facebook. Was it when they expanded to Vassar. Some may say that facebook trying to fix its brand image with capital letters is like rearranging deck chairs on the titanic. I think that is ridiculous. Facebook is not the titanic. FACEBOOK is the iceberg. But what is the titanic. That's not the thing about it. Microsoft Japan tested the effects of a four day workweek and a three day weekend on employee productivity. The company reported shame on you. Shame on all of you show respect for capital. The company reported that the shorter week boosted workers productivity by forty percent said Travis casually in conversation Asian. Fourteen Times. This week turns out actually. It's interesting I don't know if you saw it actually get just as much work done but with a three day weekend. Seems like a win win for everybody you else me anyway just something to think about some food to noodle on what I can't believe you said food to noodle on what a moron on Tuesday voters across America went to the polls among the results in Kentucky Democrat Democrat. Andy Bashir defeated. Republican governor and Bush would country club. President Matt Bevin State Trump won by thirty thirty points though Matt Bevin has refused to concede Bevan is deeply unpopular. He famously claimed during the teacher strike in two thousand eighteen that the strike would lead to child sexual abuse. It was a flawless argument. That went over perfectly. He tried to use impeachment and support from trump to nationalize the race. In fact. Here's what trump had to say when campaigning four seven you're sending that big message to the rest of the country it's important you gotta get your friends. You gotTa vote because is if you lose it sends a really bad message to sends a bed and they were building up. Here's a story of your win. They GonNa make like And if you lose they say trump suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world. This was the greatest. You can't let that happen to me. That's what they're gonNA say they're going to say. Trump suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world. Say It with me. Trump suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the world. So far Dr. Meanwhile Democrats now control the Assembly and governorship in Virginia for the first time in a generation Virginia flip both the House of delegates and the Senate blue. But if we're being honest it's Virginia so they may just be wearing blue face. The I want everyone here to know I went into that joke with is open but we decided we we had to. We decided we had no choice going over the jokes before I came up here and Lisa said maybe we cut that at one and finally the New York Times is reporting that Mike Bloomberg is going to run for president and the Democratic primary. This is the first time anyone today today has said finally in relation to this event Onto impeachment on Wednesday there's applaud article two section eight. I believe on Wednesday. It was announced at the House. Intelligence Committee will hold the first first public hearings on the impeachment inquiry next week each Shit Little Mermaid live the TV event of the season is here US ambassador to the EU Gordon Song revises testimony this week claiming that his memory has been refreshed. You know what always refreshes my memory being being caught lying under oath. It's really it's a mentor into the Diet Coke of the minds Gordon. Salmon suddenly remembered that there was a quid pro quo after all your skeptical. But you don't know Goeransson Lind's life every morning. He wakes up and he looks in the mirror and there it is tattooed it across his chest. Donald Trump engaged in a quid pro quo with Ukraine. Do not defend him and then he puts his shirt on slips his mind starts all over again sunlen a man who has the job because he was a trump mega donor and supporter has now put Republicans an even deeper bind for Lindsey Graham. Especially who said this a you open minded. If more comes out that you could support impeachment share. I mean aimed I mean show me something that is a crime if you could show me that. You know trump actually was engaging quid pro quo outside the phone call. All that would be very disturbing. Well what do you do now. You set the standard and now we're meeting the standard. How do you reconcile what you said about the evidence as the evidence comes out? Well you do this. I've written the whole process off. I'm written him off. I think this is a bunch of BS. The the phone call I made up. My mind is is no. It's a cool surprising twist. Just don't ever look at the evidence and then it can hurt you Lindsey. Graham's relationship to Donald Trump has evolved quite a bit over the past few years obviously originally a huge trump opponent. He is very much like a person. Trying trying to not eat a cupcake at work. You know it's it's three o'clock and their cupcakes cakes at work. And he says to himself. No no Lindsey. You don't want one. You want anything to do with it. You made a promise to yourself. You weren't GonNa have any this cupcake. A little hungry stressed little tired a little worried about a primary challenger. You Walk by that cupcake couple times. Maybe a little plastic knife get yourself a little sliver. We'll segment no harm in that. No one's ever look. Go wrong. Sliver of a cupcake eats the sliver keeps finding himself walking by the kitchen. Maybe goes back in it. Takes another science before you know it. You've eaten too drunk cupcakes. Maybe a trump doughnut and once again another day has gone by where you started out thinking. You weren't going to have any trump cupcakes that you were going to be good and you failed yet again. You find yourself on television saying you will not read the evidence of crimes because the crimes are the things you said you would impeach him over. If you've found the evidence all right we've got a great show for you guys Kalpana Year. Emily Heller is here. 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I'm looking at you as if you're solely responsible for for this but like bill fucking subway to the airport. I understand the rich. People don't want it to happen for a number of reasons. Whatever like just make it happen? There should be a magic wand like Obama had and didn't used used for some reason. Yeah he didn't go on. Show us the magic wand guys the thing about when when New York airports though have construction and the cabs are supposed to be at one place. Yeah if you can follow the rules but if you just run into so and you can just you can just kind of make a cab to take contacts. You can just grab one. Everybody looks around. You jump in your on your home L. A. It's a little bit more or less because you're white. I'm not saying not make eye contact. I think making the rule cab drivers are crown. So I'm not saying I'm I'm just saying they look at me and they're like nope you're not gonna tip me at anything. 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You're obviously I'm a nerdy a gay person born in the eighties. I know about he-man I know a lot about he man. I knew I was gay before I did. Get the fuck out of here. You have no the business being here. Hang out with my pal he-man even though I like Shiro soared more. That is super specific. And I'm telling you there are KAFFA dozen people out there nodding so hard. They're hurting all right anyway. Don Jr. Kimberly kilfoyle or America's Harry and Meghan sat down. What are you doing what are you doing? You don't like it either. Why they sat down to the ladies of the view and things got intense recently? You've been very outspoken. About how Hunter Biden has benefited from Lepres. And you say I wish my name was hunter Biden heighten could make millions off of my father's presidency. Okay stop he wishes. His name was hunter Biden so he could make millions aliens off his father's presidency because he knows that his father is going to go bankrupt again and he's not gonna hit millions of his. Is that what I don't think even done junior knew how hypocritical don Jr. sounded when he said that it's so fun watching that sentence being read to Don Jr. he has this look on his space. Like how dare you read that to me. Don't you know how dumb I am on you. Teich get I'm the son of a rich guy from New York. I understand that my father has done a lot. I've benefited from that. As Hunter Biden has the differences. We did that as a private company when we got into international national politics. The second my foster won the presidency. He said we will not do four and deals going forward. We've done things that we regret. I mean if we're talking about bringing discourse uh joy you've worn black face won't be up. Jesus is this the first time the audience in okay stop and obviously they're not that's a lie right but not doing deals. They're making tons of money. That's not true. Just WanNa make sure I get that in part. I'm not I'm not facebook. We've we don't want to do. We don't do this information mation. I'm sorry and Polanski. It wasn't rape brave when he going. I've seen this with the first time. I'm freaking out. I'm breathing freaking out. It wasn't rape rape are you. What are what is happening? What is happening? I didn't know that happened up there on the view. This morning you you didn't you didn't know that this happened. I didn't know it happened like this. I've seen this game. I was not prepared for this. I like read the quotes. I didn't know how how weird is face. Looked when he was saying this stuff. Look for those at home. I'm just going to describe it. So Kimberly Guilfoil shows this who he apparently met at A. Melania trump look alike contest the the thing about Donald Trump is the fact that he is such a kind of embodiment of. I don't mean evil in the sense of like he's got who's like evil has like we're all fallen and each of us has darkness within us and he is a kind of a manifestation of all the different ways a person can be broken and the fact that he's like that and the people in his live can't help but reveal their own business. All the time like Kimberly Guilfoil is the same same age as Melania. What what Yep there is something interesting being worked out on the view before is? But what's happening with Kim here to me. Is someone having a just a genuine reflection about a calculation she made aide and now realizing that the expected value of Don Jr. is not equaling what she thought it was you know. Don Jr. equals money plus fame plus I don't know she's a woman looking up her beanie babies ABC's on Ebay and facing the truth. They are not appreciating. The way she anticipated is a painted on my God. I'm freaking out. Don Jr. Subpoenaed Baby John beanie baby. Nobody wants the baby after the crash and the little poem on his Dad rhymes rape with rape. It's just not a good so let's bring this up. The question came up with black face lifts. She was ninety. I got to pretend that in Dubai visa black face. The question came up. Wire meet where we fucking normalizing these people I have now. I lose sympathy for these folks like why. Why do you have on the show to begin with? Why have them on the show? It's the same. Could be said about talking about the clip. Yeah I don't know it seems like I didn't mean it that way but really why you'd like. What if they feel so strongly have them on the show and what happened? Did it start out this hot or do this. I haven't seen this hour. It started out who they were like. They were like welcome to the view and he was like joy. Behar wore black face. How listen being black? I recognize black based this. I can the same when you're talking about your father's taking more heat than anybody that it's not solve instead went. Yes the president. He's getting pregnant at five. Took a lot more that your father has taken at his hands. I'm an okay stop. She is ringing the bell at the Hotel California and realizing thinks he's not allowed to check out. What isn't that bell there for? Who gave Whoopi a bell? How along that whole thing the view for the whole hour they did four or five hours and then they cut it down to that and that's okay so we come back? We're going to play a game about the Iowa. Jj goanywhere the love it or leave it is more on the way. Love it or leave it is brought to you by the New Yorker. It's the best writing in America today. Backsliding there in the copy. 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They're just gonNA offer tips advice. You know they don't know they're in the same boat as you here to help and you're going to have to tell us who gave the speech. Are you ready Carla. Yeah where are you from Carla New Jersey. Where in Jersey? See Clifton. Sorry it's an infamously being from New Jersey it's true supersedes all else. All Right Carla. I quote the first time I came to. This state was volunteered. And knock on doors for presidential candidate a young man with a funny name Pete. Yeah I think it's I think it's yeah I'm GonNa go with that to you got it. Yeah he's always vamping about how young he is. It's very bold to walk out on stage and be like you know who I remind me of Obama so intense next quote I can see Iowa from my porch Amy Klobuchar. Yeah the people who appear on the stage all pointing towards February third twenty twenty because that's caucus day but for me the big Iowa Day December nineteenth two thousand nineteen because my aunt betsy going to turn one hundred in Iowa City and she told me I have to be there which candidate has an aunt. Betsy not comal okay. That's all I think I have to say about that. One okay warrant notes. It's Tom Style Tom. We know what Warren's aunt's name is it's g one aunt though start acting like the next look folks. I learned something early on from my family and my mom and dad they said nobody is better than you but everybody is your equal folks. Think about it. There's a folks in their bided. You got it next quote. I want to tell you a story about a toaster. When I was a young mom? A toaster could set your house on fire. Really you could put in the bread. Hear the baby cry. 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Is it one of the people whose names I don't know it might be okay. I'll start thrown out some hints the people who have to Google if they dropped out would you have to google a member of the US. Senate maybe Nice Harlow. I definitely have to Google that we're going to build a blue wall around Iowa and all the states that Donald Trump won in two thousand sixteen. We're going to build that Blue Wall and make Donald trump pay for it amy klobuchar less clue Carla. My first move was not to run for president of the United States. Because I'm not Insane Cory Booker. No one was Andrew Young but but Karla you've won the game right back take cocoa anywhere. There's more of love leave it coming up. Love it or leave it is brought to you by borough okay. That whole summer outdoors thing was nice and all but fall. TV is here. And I know I'm not the only one who's about to get cozy with my remote control. Please share with upcoming shows your most excited. Let's hear it let's hear it. 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Thank you for inviting me so the last time you're on the show you were here to discuss the report. Around that time you submitted a foia request I and you've since received some of the subpoenas search warrants emails memos injury transcripts that led to the report. Can you tell us some of the more revelatory findings things. Yes so. These are the documents that Muller used to write the report and these are essentially interview summaries the ones that we received saved over the weekend with Steve Man Rick Gates and Michael Cohen. And this information that I pulled these are sort of the greatest hits. None of this made it into the report. None of this was this into the report so none of this is and why in the report this this is yeah. That's that's what I was. I was actually saying as I read this. I was like Holy Shit they have. Could this not be in the report. So this is an email from donald trump. Junior to Steve Bannon Jared Kushner and a bunch of other names that are redacted here on the subject line is wikileaks. It's September twenty two thousand sixteen guys. I got a weird twitter. Damn from wikileaks see below. I tried the password and it works and the about section they reference contains the next pick in terms of who is behind it. Not sure if this is anything but it seems like it's really wikileaks. Asking me as I follow them and it is a DM do you know the people mentioned. And what the conspiracy they are looking for. What first of all what that means if you direct message Donald Trump junior and you send animal link and a password? He will just type type it in. These are just screen shots. But it's a fully built out page claiming to be a pack Please let me know your thoughts and we want to look into it and in August two thousand sixteen if you remember. Paul Manafort with fire Well it turns out third. Paul Manafort was still advising the campaign in secret and we found that that again wasn't in the report but we found that out through the summaries is that were received over the weekend and this is an email three days before election day on November fifth. Two Thousand Sixteen. He's sending this email to jared Kushner. And he says jared jared not certain if offline but I'm sending for when you are online again really feeling good about our prospects on Tuesday and focusing on preserving the victory. This Komo deals with the concern. I sent this to rent and briefed Rick Gates and Hannity so healing to the core uh jared then forwards this email to Steve Bannon and says what do you think Steve Bannon says we need to avoid this. This guy like the play but he goes on to say they're going to try and say the Russians worked with wikileaks just to give this victory to us. Paul is a nice guy but can't let word get out he is advising us that was not in Muller's reports. Ah Come on Bob Komi fucking Robert Muller sitting in a tree being us you know if you follow go on so so this is the most explosive explosive breaking revelation. I love this I spent. I've been spending the past week reading all of this and so this is an explosive revelation because this deals directly with impeachment. Yeah and this is from Rick. Gates's what they call an FBI three. Oh two right. That's the interview summary. That's how the FBI refers to it and the Dawn. And this is an April two thousand eighteen gates recalled. That manafort said the hack the the hack of the DNC was likely carried out by the Ukrainians not the Russians which parodied a narrative. Constantine clinic which is a close manafort associate associate often supported. So why this is important is because this is exactly what trump had discussed on the phone call with the presence Lewinsky so and this is the first time we are learning now that this this seed was planted in July of two thousand sixteen So this is when he was this went manafort told trump about this told the campaign about this and that the campaign then believe that Ukraine it was behind it so we really don't know when this idea took hold that in trump's mind anyway that I wasn't Russia it was Ukraine and it wasn't about helping him win. Dan was about undermining his victory. Do we know whether or not it was literally a Paul Manafort idea planted in trump's mind. We know where this came from from from these documents. Do I mean that. This is the earliest known evidence that that's there. And Constantine Clinic is named popped up quite a bit uh he ties to Russian intelligence and it was a close manafort associate so he had been saying this he passed it to Manafort. Manafort then passed it to the campaign including trump and this is something that they parachuted as early as July. Two Thousand Sixteen which. We didn't know that so when he gets on the phone with presents Lewinsky and says hey can. Can you investigate this as well. We know that that was something that just continued throughout the past three years even after. US intelligence had concluded noted that the Russians were behind it so they never ever believed it. It's a challenge because when it comes to these kinds of revelations I think there's two political worries I think that our subconsciously consciously on the minds of those who are following Ukraine's right now one is. We went through the Miller report and as damning as it was. If we're we're looking at what happened. Bar successfully spun it for a while the report came. The Republicans rallied to his defense. And we kind of moved on the second part of that is the fact that that report had the two big sections one was obstruction and one was Russia. And he the report's conclusions in terms of the potential criminality were entirely early focused on obstruction. So I find myself thinking two things. One is incredibly important and damning. Some of these things weren't in the Miller report And to do it makes them want to get out my red string and make a little connection from the current investigation to what was happening Russia. Because what's clear from this is the reason. Donald trump trump was stuck on. This was in part because of Paul Manafort because some of the connections to Russia during the campaign and yet this Ukraine story. We don't need the Russia booster the rockets. You know or whatever I sometimes you'll go on analogy journey and you end up nowhere but the the it'll happen but no no but we don't Wanna add Russia to this. We feel like we've got this incredibly powerful story. What is the lesson from what you've found here to what's happening right now? With the Ukraine investigation allegation. There is a lot we still don't know and the reason that I went after these documents is because that Mullah report was Robert Muller's narrative right these Are If you will. This is like raw intel. This is word for word at least in some reform what these people are saying. This helps flesh out the narrative this has helped further expose. What exactly was happening? What was taking place behind the scenes that we really didn't know about You know the Muller reports only four hundred and forty eight pages. I know. That's a lot but for historic investigation. Like that I mean you know they. They could obviously a fit a lot more and so the other thing. That's really important here is is that there is a apparently criminal investigation a criminal investigation into the genesis of the Russia investigation. And they're going after everyone. Apparently that started that. This is the world your with a magnifying glass and going for Prince in in in Italy personal. Personally you know a lobbying other governments to to look into this so this these documents actually could help further. Explain why this investigation was started. And what I just read to you arguably would make sense that there would be a counterintelligence investigation investigation launched into what was taking place in two thousand sixteen. You know if I want to read one more thing here and that is is the fact that trump apparently this is again from Rick Interview. They were traveling they were leaving. Lax they were together and trump told gates. That more leaks were coming and that's in gates's interview summary With the FBI and that was in the Miller report that was not in the mold report that that that trump somehow knew that. There's another part in here where the RNC apparently had advanced knowledge of what was going to be leaked. So all of this sort of you when you start to look at it you can understand what was happening. Why the F. B. I. Perhaps became concerned what they were looking into because there it was a hostile government obviously getting involved in the In the two thousand sixteen election and you can see parallels right pitching the Nabet now with the power of the US government kind of trying to get the exact same playing the same playbook right. Let's get damaging information and this time from Ukraine to go after our political opponents so that we can use it but now how cool is this. I'm President I have all this leverage and I can use it to basically try to get the same kind of investigatory anti-democrats stories in the bloodstream. I think the great thing about this is the fact that so there's about forty six thousand pages that the FBI has of these interviews and we are going to receive them every month for the next eight years. Oh and so forget the next seven years both going to be a real right up until the elections can be a real a real Downer for vonk inauguration but this this is actually a funny part that there's also some great color in these interviews summaries. I'm just going off here. He's but in Bannon's three zero two which is very colorful by by the way he discusses when he first met trump he says he first met trump in August of two thousand ten. The first meeting was approximately two hours. Long David Bossie was present and Said said that trump was thinking of running for President in two thousand twelve. Bannon say for what country. Aw Alright Jason Leopold thank you so much for being here fascinating we come back durant will. We'll go anywhere. Love it or leave it. There's more on the way lover leave. It is brought to you by the cash APP as you know. Cash is the simplest way to send and save money and now it's the the simplest way to try to grow your money introducing cash investing here. 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Double Doublet. Download cache APP from the APP store or Google play store today and used crooked. And we're back back no. It's time for the rent wheel. You know how it works. You spin the wheel wherever it lands. We rent amount the topic this week on the wheel. We have daylight saving time time. Wonder if it'll end there one year until the election Martin Scorsese's op Ed About Cinema uh-huh Don Juniors Book Kiana Reeves has a girlfriend James Dean fake the TI controversy and gluten. What's been the wheel landed on the TI controversy which I put up there as the TI controversy? Because because I know only one other word about it and every time I got close to finding out the rest of the details it felt like opening a box of screams is this is your suggestion. Take it away. This was my suggestion. Ti who is the rapper. Another calculator went on some radio show or podcast and said that he takes his daughter who's now eighteen every year to the gynecologists the day after her birthday to check to see that her. I'm so sorry I have to to say this that her hymen is still intact which is just so vile and upsetting for a number of reasons. Obviously it's a violation. It's abusive it's disgusting. It's not an accurate good way of telling whether or not someone is sexually active. Because I can tell you I was a virgin until I was like nineteen technically I was masturbating so much that there is no way there was a hymen left. and Ah I will also say just because I didn't have vaginal intercourse until I was nineteen doesn't mean I didn't blow my boyfriend. Brendan The library at my high school. which I don't think it would be cool with but the doctor can't fuck and check for that but guess what I went back and I spoke at my high school's graduation last year because none of that shit matters? I didn't tell that story when I did it. Obviously Virginia they all do it now. Face no it now who and my parents too but they're cooler than ti so There's so much to UNWRAP here. Uh You shouldn't obviously treat your children like their mint. Condition Action figures that can't be taken out the packaging. That's not how people work you also if you are a doctor you should not give that that information to the parents. I don't care if the kids signed a piece of paper saying it was okay. That's not medicine that's not. You should not be a practicing doctor so I just want to extend an offer out there like whoever the spoken doctor is. Who's doing this is obviously not a legit person? But if you are a person whose parents are being psycho with you and mm demanding that a quote unquote doctor confirms that you're not having sex. I Will Photoshop some letterhead and you can just send me an email and I will tell them you're a virgin because that is as legitimate of medicine as whatever that's fucking doctor was doing it again. It has landed on gluten else. Talk about good so I have food allergies. I'm allergic to tree. Nuts like almonds cashews pecans etc and oftentimes go ahead. Go ahead I say PECANS DANCE PECANS. Well Continue I'm from New Jersey. We say put comes we. We don't say that they say Pecans. But AH I eat them and I go to the hospital throat closes up My face blows up what dinner sometimes with people and I say the way. I have a food allergy. Jim Allergic to tree nuts. Somebody at table will go. Yeah me too. I can't have gluten Mike. No you've chosen this fake diet of not having gluten which gives as you. What happens when you'd only gluten? I get a stomach ache. Oh my God that's so terrible. Irrelevantly nuts I go to the hospital because I can't breathe because my throat closes up. It's not the fucking same thing so don't pretend it's the same thing it's fake allergy giving yourself state so stop it right now that I prefer preferred not to have gluten. Say It's a preference. I prefer not to have glued be honest with the way unless you're one of the very very very very small percent of people who medically exception important but most people most people are not that. I feel very strongly about this because because everybody knows the gluten things bullshit. The chefs are less less. Likely to take your allergy seriously and I just want to die. That's all had to say yes. That's my rant. Don't pretend you have a food allergy when you just have. Food Preference Preferences are valid but don't conflict the too don't get me started on the CILANTRO throw people. What's been it again? It is landed on daylight savings time. And what a surprise that is more will he say has it actually landed on daylight savings time or are we supposed to go back one little. Aw daylight saving humor to kick us off very exciting. It's happened. We fell back. We got one one extra hour of sleep and now the sun sets at four fucking thirty as you all know. Do the strange twists and turns of life. I've asked many presidential candidates about this issue. I believe now eight of about ending the scourge of falling back and springing forward. It began as a bit of a Lark but now it's time we get serious. Switching time is bad bad. A study found a ten percent increase in the risk of heart attack on the Monday and Tuesday. After moving the clocks ahead other research suggests the increase in heart attack attack. Risk could be as high as twenty four percent spring forward to your sudden and painful death. A Twenty Twenty six study in the Journal of epidemiology founded increase in depressive episodes in the fall fall back into a well of sadness so the switch can be harmful but whether to stay on daylight saving time or standard time is actually actually a little bit complicated and we're gonNA introduce some nuance everybody. Ready Buckle up Newark's I actually depends on where you live if if you live in Boston on the eastern edge of the time zone the sun rises and sets almost an hour earlier than if you live in Detroit On the western edge of the time zone so look it out different things depending on where you are in the time zone and I wanNA thank my twitter pals or as I call them the Gay Gay Hive Jonathan Spring and Paul Bailey. Who crunch some numbers? After I was tweeting about this obsessively let's go to the first chart art for those listening at home in this audio medium. There is a chart that I will put on the top of my twitter. Feed that shows you something. And here's what basically shows you if you live on the eastern edge of a time zone. You're Boston's your Chicago's your LAS. Vegas is your Las Vegas the sunsets much earlier than if you were to say live in Detroit or in Miami or in some of the Southern States in Dallas according according to the Washington Post researchers found that people who live on the western side of their time zone where eleven percent more likely to be overweight twenty one percent more likely to be obese as they had a nineteen percent increase risk of heart attack. They were more likely to have diabetes. There were also five percent more likely to get breast cancer and it may be because they're nine. AM feels too early. Their sleep deprived. It's wild at the time zone where you live in your time zone. He's such a dramatic effect on your quality of life in the interesting. I didn't know that. What are you not fascinated delighted by this terrifying information about the importance of geography into every facet of your being? So because I am an honest broker respected on all sides any solution to the daylight saving conundrum room has to reflect the fact that being on the western side of any time zone is like having daylight saving time all the time anyway in a way Detroit is is always living an hour ahead. TIME-WISE GETS fucked up. You know if you really start breaking down down starts to screw with your mind. What is time then Boston? In the summer nine fifteen sunset set in Detroit is pretty late and it's hard to sleep and if you kept daylight saving in Detroit all year in the winter eight. Fifteen sunrise is brutal. I'm being honest. I'm introducing integrity into this debate where I've come to discover that some places might be better off on Standard Time I've listened and I've grown the energy data is also conflicting. There's always TACO IT saves energy. It's really unclear. So it may save you on electricite because your lights are on at night eight but it may cost you energy because you heat your house in the morning and you use more. I see and by the way everybody's driving around to fund evening activities during daylight saving. You knew loves daylight savings time golf courses and big barbecue. That's real the barbecue industry is making Bank of this time switching switching. Follow the money Kuno right now. According to the uniform time act of nineteen sixty six states can choose news to either stand standard time year round. which a few states like Arizona Hawaii Indiana until recently have opted to do or you can participate in daylight saving time and spring spring ahead and fall back with everybody else? There's only two options. Here's what I've come to conclude. There should be a third option. There should be option the options we have. Let's call it the Switcheroo Haroo and standard time. But there should be an option for states especially states in the eastern part of the time zone to be on daylight saving meantime all year round. Sometimes states rights is not racist. It's one this time it's not. It's not that it's a good states right. If Florida wants to stay on daylight saving time year round those old weird bastards should be left to do ahead they should be allowed and if Massachusetts is sick of four. PM sunsets they should be able to keep daylight saving time when they're guzzling Maple Syrup and cheating the football in the light in the sunlight same goes for all of us who live on the eastern edge out here. You're Nevada's your California's if we WANNA say daylight. Saving time is eight. Congress should let us the only other option is to just get rid of time zones
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"This is an ABC podcast. Only one weightlift before the UK goes on election and Boris Johnson report about Russian electoral interference. That right now is just sitting in his top draw. Then he's not releasing it so y. I'm Stephen Stockwell and I'm Angela up and down the signal watts. Russia got to do with the British election so in two thousand sixteen there there was a referendum and Britain decided it wants the EU. You you might have heard of it. It was called Brexit. Now there are questions about the role that Russia played in that vote if it somehow interfered and bear it is because the starts pretty unusual place with Donald Trump landing in London I love the people of the UK. I mean I've loved them. They show great support from me. Mother was born as you know in Scotland. She loved Scotland. She loved the Queen Cool so loves the Big Fan not the biggest fan of NATO I told which is the reason he's there. He's twenty nine world leaders at this NATO summit where allied countries meet and brainstorm security defense military licenses the lot stuff. Yeah and this year NATO turn seventy last year it was a bit of a disaster. Donald trump came in and basically came after everybody. Who was there saying that? There were a bunch of freeloaders and reprobates. And there's every indication that he'll do something similar this year at the NATO meeting in the UK that's friend of the POD and host of Russia Review. Listening Matt Bevin gravitating. What's the background of this meeting? How Boris Johnson and Donald Trump beginning along with the moments? Well it's funny actually a as far as donald trump is concerned. They're getting along great and Boris's very excited to have him. They're very excited for to have good chat room but as far as bars concerned while Boris is generally very happy to see Donald Trump at this very a particular moment. This very this this minute right now. A week out from an election he would really rather that. Donald Trump was on on the other side of the Atlantic and not anywhere near him at all. Donald trump is coming to town fairly shortly. He offered his support. You Dave mcauley nausea garage on this radio station. Is that welcome mm-hmm well we have very close relationships and friendships with The United States at every level of what it what we don't do due traditionally as as as being allies and friends do traditional is is getting involved in each other's election election campaign heated. We interest interesting. Why does he want to keep that distance? Well look it's because during the Election Campaign Jerry Gordon and the other parties that are taking on Boris Johnson making been making this allegation that Boris Johnson if he's reelected prime minister is going to sill the National Health Service the riches the beloved coaches to Donald Trump so the NHL is the UK's publicly funded healthcare system and it can't literally be sold to the the US but the fear is that post brexit assuming that ever happens the UK could cut a trade deal with US would allow more private pharmaceutical and insurance orange companies into the market and potentially drive up the cost of healthcare. Yeah Labor leader. Jeremy Corbyn has been waving around these documents. He says prove this is the plane or something. I can reveal to you. Four hundred and fifty one pages of unredacted acted documents and information so these documents are basically records of negotiations between the UK and the US about a potential trade daily. Everything goes to plan this as boss. Johnson expect it to and documents indicate that they are discussing these things discussing Suta calls and various other medical supplies which could increase the cost of the or forced parts of the United States to be privatized talk which is the number one nightmare for British people. They do not want anyone to touch the inches but especially not to make it anything like the American system because was everybody in the UK sees that as the absolute worst possible that we've now got evidence that under Boris Johnson the NHS is on the table and will be up for sale. Nothing could be further from the truth and that will not happen under this government or need any conservative government. This story gets even Wieder. Because there's this allegation that the NFL is going to be solved as these talks about trade. And how the price of medicine could go up and and to be clear. It is the argument. Jeremy Corbyn has this is the whole campaign is hanging on this argument and he's got these documents and there's this question I suppose of where these documents have come from and some of the things appointing Russia a hello. That's why I'm here. Hello Steven is this Russia. Potentially trying to interfere in the election up well Kim. Maybe they'd love to. I don't necessarily think it is but if it is it wouldn't be a big surprise. Wouldn't be out of character. I wouldn't be surprised. What does Russia have a dog in this race? Who they want to win? Well Russia you know as has been very heavily reported by many many many different publications Russia intervened in the brexit referendum to try and help the leave campaign of which Boris Johnson was apart. Now they they've main objective for doing that is to cause chaos in Europe caused chaos in Europe and chaos in the UK. And I think you'll agree. If the aim is chaos. They absolutely hit the Jackpot and there is a report that's been handed to the prime minister. Bros Johnson about all of this throwing up. Basically how Russia tried to interfere in in the BREXIT referendum and Russia's ties to the UK in UK politics. Yeah so this report was done by parliamentary committee. Not by the police or by an equivalent to Robert Muller Alar or something like that. It was done by a parliamentary committee and it was completed back in March and went through a process of checking and it went through the process of figuring out with this information could be released to the public and then it was handed to Boris Johnson in October. So that seven weeks before for the election and Boris Johnson went. Look I'm just GonNa sit on my desk I'm going to actually. He's the one who gets the final say about when it's released to the public and handed over to the newspapers and he's just lifted on his desk and hasn't handed over just yet so so the UK. Prime Minister has a report about Russian interference in the bridge political process it's in the brexit referendum and a workout from another election. He's not releasing it. Yeah he says that you know. We're not sure if everything in this report is safe for public release. Maybe it's going to you know expose activities that in my six engage in order together the information or it's going to release state secrets and he's just a fixation for not releasing why the government withholding the The dossier on Russian interference UK elections and referendums when it's already been given the green light by the secret services goes absolutely no evidence that I've ever seen any Russian interference in any British democratic event. And because this report is being released I wish we don't know what that interference like or if it made any difference at all it's only thanks to elite summary of the findings that we know what happened and that doesn't by the national security argument following the rest of the details back. You know my speculation is that in. The report is a certain amount of information about links between Russian Oligarchs Gawks or russian-born rich British people and the conservative buddy donations. That'd be my perhaps legal donations that were made ride to the Conservative Party over the last few years at maybe decade. We know that the rich people in London London tend to back the Conservative Party. For a number of reasons. There are a lot of very rich russian-born people in London. Perhaps they were donating the conservative body. And if that was released then you go boss Johnson. He's in the pocket of all these Russians. Even if everything was above board and legal. It wouldn't look right. Boris Johnson. Okay so the theory goes that the reason bars hasn't released this report isn't necessarily because it proves Russian interference it could be to do with embarrassing Russian donations to his party. Yeah and Matt's not the only one who thinks that my personal opinion is that the report gave details of Wealthy people of Russian origin but a lot of money into the Conservative Party and to Boris Johnson's party and I suspect with an election coming up. He felt that would be embarrassing and might lead to a few headlines and that he would rather have the headlines above you know people being cross with him. Suppressing the report then have the headlines of people being crossed with him accepting hundreds of thousands of pounds from full ministers in Putin's governments and so on this is Oliver Blow he writes about money laundering and Russian politics and even does does these tours around London where he points out the long history of Russian cash pouring into the city. What we're looking at here part for me obviously is sixty million pounds worth of house and this belongs to a Gentleman Komeito Ukrainian who made an absolute fortune by essentially allying with Gazprom with Putin to overcharge everyone in Ukraine for gas the deal imposed on Ukraine essentially destroyed the government in Ukraine government collapsed and he made an absolute fortune going back a long time? British politicians. I've been very happy to to hang out with Ex. Soviet Allah gawks basically just because they they like the money you know. Boris Johnson. Famously partied need the Italian Palazzo. Getting the son of a former KGB agent and owner of a British newspaper other politicians partied on oligarchs yachts. So you no. This goes right to the top very senior. British politicians have been very happy to hang out with. You know wealthy ex-soviet oligarchs I think probably for two reasons. One that they ah they would mind having a bit of money for that political parties too because rich people and they have a lot of fun. Do we know how much Russian money is is linked to British politics. That we don't is the short answer but I mean let's not get too carried away. I mean one of the things about British politics in in distinction to for example American politics which your listeners probably more oh familiar with I mean is that we're pretty cheap in this country you know. We're a cheap date. You don't need to spend much to get a long way in British politics. Just fifty thousand pounds. which is what some sixty thousand or so on? We'll get you dinner with a government minister so it you know it's not that much in terms of the actual huge volume we're not talking about billions and billions Eh. But I think the most important aspect is is it's corrosive I think it spreads a feeling that politicians take it spreads distrust in politicians which in a very bad news for democracy in general particularly at the moment where you know the whole brexit debate has really opened up some some pretty deep fault lines in British society and the idea that we've got politicians who might be possibly theoretically doing the bidding of some wealthy Russian oligarch rather than the bidding of that. Constituents is a pretty alarming. We have been willfully blind in this country for a long time to to this money. We've essentially seen it as being a good that. This money's coming here. If money wasn't coming here it'd be going somewhere else. We've seen this as good business that this has been creating crazy jobs for our lawyers for a bank accounts and so on and so that has been for a long time of degree of willful blindness. And it's only now. I think that people are looking up thinking. What have we been and selling all this time? Yeah I mean do we have any idea you know to what extent that this money you know could be affecting UK politics so having some kind of undue influence we we. Don't I mean you know. Boris Johnson. We'll tell you that is irrelevant that it doesn't make any difference but to my mind okay. I'm not a billion but if I was to spend one hundred thousand pounds something something I'd want some form of return for that I don't see why a Russian origin billionaire will be dropping that kind of money on to fund the political party without expecting some form. Some of you know political benefit from it. It just doesn't make any sense to me and I suppose that is the concern that everyone has if this money's going into politics and what is it buying so we we're talking about this. Because of the report showing Russia try to influence the brexit referendum. And from this is a fee they could try to influence the election. That's coming up next week in the UK. Do you think that's something that people people should be wired about. That is the backstory to why this is a big deal right. I mean you know I mean. Did they possibly at the margins. I mean it seems unlikely that they consider convinced that much their own the UK was nothing like the role of Russians in the US with the The hacking of the Democratic Party and so on. But but I do think that trust trust is the oxygen that democracy needs without trust. Trust comes in short supply then everything gets a bit of awful yeah. I don't think Boris Johnson is criminal. Agents I mean obviously that would be absolutely absurd. I don't think the Conservative Party is bought up by the Russians. That would be absurd. I do worry a little bit about this. Money is doing in our politics and what they think buying when they're giving this kind of money to the Conservative Party to my mind. I am look concerned about the money and not just about the short money. About the long-term entanglement between our financial system and the criminally we have essentially been sending them the services they need to be corrupt. We've been selling them the access to the financial system. We've been selling outing the products. They need to hide for a long time for decades without us doing what they would not have been able to get away with much theft as they're done and Russia will get a much better state. I'm I'm someone who lives in Michigan for a long time. The country I I. I'm very disturbed about the degree to which the country has been mooted in its assets been parked in various places like undo so to my mind. I'm far more disturbed about the long-term alliance between human needs in order to essentially facilitate diluting the entire continent. Yes I think that Russian money in British politics is alarming to that is very much a subset of the first concern. Is there any sense that the general public really Kate Bruce Johnson sitting on this report I dunno in other areas. I mean I live in a bit of a bubble so we we could send. We're concerned because this is what we talk about. We talk about this all day so more. Broadly no right now. I think people in Britain just exhausted all this nonsense. They want to go away on in politics in this country has been like a blood sport for three or four years and so doing this four years ago would have been a disastrous step by any prime minister but doing it now it just kind of vanishes into the background horror everyday politics so I'm not sure to be honest that it will make a big difference in that is something I'm sorry about because this this genuinely matters and I think it's a shame that because of the the backgrounds of rule of British politics this is probably what makes much invite as it should. Well that's depressing. which is the traditional white and the UK politics story? And who am I to miss the tradition in today's episode of the signal. And if you do like what you're a hearing please leave us a review If your podcast APP allows that Because it really helps this and we'll be back in you tomorrow so you've been vice.
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"This message comes from. NPR sponsor. Xfinity some things are slow like a snail races. Other things are fast like Xfinity X.. By get get fast speeds even when everyone is online working to make WIFI simple easy awesome more at xfinity dot com restrictions apply live from NPR news in Washington. I'm Jeanine herbst. The public phase of the House. Impeachment inquiry will begin in earnest next week with the House Intelligence Committee holding public hearings with several. US diplomats as NPR's to AMAC reports from Capitol Hill. President trump is accused of leveraging military aid to get the Ukrainian being governments who open an investigation into the Biden family. After weeks of closed-door depositions witnesses will now appear on camera in an open setting house intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff said US diplomats. William Taylor and George can't will testify on Wednesday and former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Ivanovich. We'll testify on Friday. Those open hearings will be an opportunity for the American people to evaluate the witnesses for themselves to make their own determinations about the credibility the lady of the witnesses but also learn first hand about the facts of the presence. Misconduct shifts said the inquiry has thus far shown that the president quote enlisted whole departments Hartman of government to get Ukraine to investigate his potential domestic political opponent to Mac. NPR News Washington in Kentucky's race for Governor Democrat. Andy Bashir has claimed victory and he started to assemble his administration but Republican incumbent. Matt Bevin still hasn't conceded and as Kentucky okay. Public Radio's Ryland Barton. Reports Bevin has asked for an official secondhand. Look our second look rather at the vote totals with all precincts reporting governor Bevin trails Bashir by more even five thousand votes but Bevin has claimed without evidence that there are irregularities in the election that need to be looked into now he's asked for something called a re canvass a light double checking checking of the vote totals recanted rarely produced different results. And when they do. They're very small on Wednesday morning. Bashir said he was moving forward. As Kentucky's governor elect last night the election ended it ended and it's time to move forward with a smooth transition if the results hold Bashir would have to deal the legislature that has a republican supermajority for NPR news. I'm Ryan Barton. In Louisville Kentucky NATO is marking the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall all an event that symbolized for many people the end of communism and the reunification of Eastern and Western Europe in Brussels Teri Schultz reports NATO expanded to take in many countries once dominated by the Soviet Union. Speaking against a backdrop of heavy concrete slabs that came from the Berlin Wall German ambassador hans-peter Lucas recalled the alliance alliance had spoken out in nineteen sixty one against building the barrier and pledged to protect West Berlin. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg evoked the popular pressure that eventually brought brought it down a generation of courageous men and women braved bullets and barbed wire he said linked hands hearts and minds to live in freedom and democracy. Stenberg says the Alliance Lance must still fight for these values. Every day TERI Schultz Reporting Wall Street ended the day in mixed territory. The Dow down a fraction. 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"Live from NPR news in Washington. I'm Shay Stevens for the first time. In Nearly Twenty Five Years Democrats control the Virginia legislature later is NPR Serra McKEN reports. It was a hard-fought victory for party recently percent by political scandal this victory comes at the end of what's been a tough off year. For Virginia Democrats it began with cascading scandals and the executive branch which is democratically controlled beginning with governor black-faced scandal. He weather is lieutenant governor whether to scandal involving allegations of sexual assault with which Lillard tenant governor denied. NPR Serra Cam in Richmond. Virginia Republicans will keep the governorship of Mississippi. NPR's Debbie Elliott reports. Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves was in an unexpectedly tight race. Ace with Attorney General Jim Hood the Lone Democrat to hold statewide office and Conservative Mississippi Reeves campaign got a boost when president trump campaigned in Tupelo. Cupola ahead of the election where he painted the race as a referendum on the congressional impeachment inquiry and a sign of his support in next year's presidential election the GOP also swept all the down ballot races marking the first time since reconstruction that Republicans will hold all statewide offices in Mississippi Reeves will replace Republican Governor Phil Bryant who is term limited Debbie Elliott. NPR News Kentucky's gubernatorial race remains onto side it unofficial results results get Democrat. Andy Bashir a narrow lead over incumbent Republican Matt Bevin Bashir has declared victory but Bevin has not conceded house impeachment impeachment. Investigators have released transcripts on testimony from former US envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker and the US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sandline as that's NPR's Michelle Kellerman reports sonnen as revised some of his testimony. The lengthy transcript of Gordon Sunland includes unusual addendum. He says his memory was refreshed crashed after reading. Some of the opening statement of others who have testified at issue is what sunland thought about trump's hold on. US security assistance to Ukraine. He now says is that Bhai September. He understood that the aid was linked to the Ukrainians making a public statement. Promising to investigate corruption sunland says trump's lawyer was seeking GINA statement that specifically mention the energy company that had former Vice President Biden's on on the board Kurt Volker says he agreed with the Ukrainians. They should not issue such a statement Michele Kelemen NPR news. The State Department jury selection is under way in the Washington federal trial of Roger Stone. The informal trump political IOS visor is charged with obstruction witness tampering and lying to Congress about his efforts to contact a whistle blower side during the two thousand sixteen election. Campaign stone has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He left the courtroom early Tuesday telling the judge had food poisoning. You're listening to NPR news. President Trump has offered to help Mexico. Find the gunman who killed nine Americans and injured five others on Monday as NPR's Carrie. Kahn reports the Mexican. The government is taking a pass on the offer. Mexico's President says he appreciates President Trump's offer of assistance but that Mexico's institutions will find justice in the case. Ace the women and children were attacked in a rural region of northern Sonora State. They are part of an extended. Religious community many are relatives of settlers who broke off in the early one thousand nine hundred from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Settles in Mexico to practice polygamy one of the three ambushed vehicles was found riddled with bullets and incinerated incinerated on a country road remains of the driver and her four children including mental twins were found in the car. Some children who survived were able to hide in bushes for hours many with gunshot wounds until rescuers found them Carrie Kahn. NPR News Mexico City in Hong Kong Police and anti-government supporter stabbed and wounded a pro-beijing aging lawmaker. who was campaigning for local elections on Wednesday? It is the latest spate of attacks on prominent individuals as the political unrest. That broke out. In June escalates relates novelist Ernest. Gaines has died at his home in Oscar Louisiana. He was eighty six years old. Gains wrote eight books on the struggles of blacks in pre civil war America. His celebrated works include a lesson before dying. The autobiography