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In politics, you’re often told not to get lost in the weeds. But we love the weeds! That’s where politics becomes policy – the stuff that shapes our lives. Every Tuesday and Friday, Matthew Yglesias is joined by Ezra Klein, Dara Lind, Jane Coaston and other Vox voices to dig into the weeds on important national issues, including healthcare, immigration, housing, and everything else that matters. Produced by Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.
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Dara and Matt on the congressional debate over Trump's trade deal.What to read:"USMCA, the new trade deal between the US, Canada, and Mexico, explained" by Jen Kirby, Vox"How the Trans-Pacific Partnership could drive up the cost of medicine worldwide" by Julia Belluz, Vox"How Canada's supply management system works" by John Paul Tasker, CBCWhite paperHosts:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, VoxDara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublicaMore to explore:Subscribe to Impeachment, Explained on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get stay updated on this story every week.About VoxVox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Follow Us: Vox.comFacebook group: The Weeds**COME SEE THE WEEDS LIVE ON FRI., DECEMBER 18TH IN WASHINGTON D.C. (TICKETS HERE)**Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Build housing near transit

Build housing near transit

2019-11-2900:36:321

San Diego-area congressman Scott Peters joins Matt to talk about his plan to boost transit-oriented development.Guest: Rep. Scott Peters (@RepScottPeters), U.S. Representative from California's 52nd congressional districtHost:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, VoxMore to explore:Subscribe to Impeachment, Explained on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get stay updated on this story every week.About VoxVox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Follow Us: Vox.comFacebook group: The Weeds**COME SEE THE WEEDS LIVE ON FRI., DECEMBER 18TH IN WASHINGTON D.C. (TICKETS HERE)**Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Impeachment's policy roots

Impeachment's policy roots

2019-11-2601:16:563

Andrew Prokop joins Dara and Matt to discuss the long shadow of Viktor Yanukovitch's downfall.What to read:"Top U.S. official visits protesters in Kiev as Obama admin. ups pressure on Ukraine president Yanukovich" NYT"Paul Manafort has now been sentenced to a combined 7.5 years in prison" by Andrew Prokop, Vox"Former CIA Director: We worried arming Ukraine would hand technology to Russian spies" by Ken Dilanian, NBC News""Hillary is the worst option": How Moscow sees American politics" by Max Fisher, VoxHosts:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, VoxAndrew Prokop (@awprokop), Senior Politics Correspondent, VoxDara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublicaMore to explore:Subscribe to Impeachment, Explained on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get stay updated on this story every week.About VoxVox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Follow Us: Vox.comFacebook group: The Weeds**COME SEE THE WEEDS LIVE ON FRI., DECEMBER 18TH IN WASHINGTON D.C. (TICKETS HERE)**Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Single-payer federalism

Single-payer federalism

2019-11-2200:50:044

Rep. Ro Khanna joins Matt to make the case for his legislation encouraging state-based Medicare for All programs.What to read:Rep. Khanna's proposed legislationGuest: Rep. Ro Khanna (@RepRoKhanna), U.S. Representative from California's 17th congressional districtHost:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, VoxMore to explore:Subscribe to Impeachment, Explained on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get stay updated on this story every week.About VoxVox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Follow Us: Vox.comFacebook group: The Weeds**COME SEE THE WEEDS LIVE ON FRI., DECEMBER 18TH IN WASHINGTON D.C. (TICKETS HERE)**Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jane, Dara, and Matt on white nationalists' campus battles, plus a major scandal in Swedish administrative data.What to read:"Why alt-right trolls shouted down Donald Trump Jr." by Jane Coaston, Vox"Democrats want Stephen Miller to resign after report exposes emails promoting white nationalism" by Michael Brice-Saddler, The Washington Post"The groypers are American fascists" by Dominic Green, Spectator"Stephen Miller planted anti-Rubio stories in Breitbart during 2016 campaign, leaked emails show" by Ben Collins and Anna Schecter, NBC News"Immigration, Not White Suburbs, Turning VA Blue. GOP Still Can Win With Sailer Strategy—But Ultimately Needs An Immigration Moratorium" Anonymous, Vdare"The real reason SAT scores are falling" by Libby NelsonWhite paperHosts:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, VoxJane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, VoxDara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublicaMore to explore:Subscribe to Impeachment, Explained on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get stay updated on this story every week.About VoxVox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Follow Us: Vox.comFacebook group: The Weeds**COME SEE THE WEEDS LIVE ON FRI., DECEMBER 18TH IN WASHINGTON D.C. (TICKETS HERE)**Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The case for subsidized jobs

The case for subsidized jobs

2019-11-1501:01:563

Indi Dutta-Gupta of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality's big idea for turning Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) into an effective recession-fighting tool.What to read:"Recession ready: Fiscal policies to stabilize the American economy" by Heather Boushey, Ryan Nunn, and Jay Shambaugh, Brookings"'If the goal was to get rid of poverty, we failed': the legacy of the 1996 welfare reform" by Dylan Matthews, Vox"The Legacy of the TANF Emergency Fund" by LaDonna Pavetti, Ph.D."Why politicians should promise every American a job" by Matthews Yglesias, VoxGuest: Indi Dutta-Gupta (@IndivarD), Co-Executive Director at the Georgetown Center on Poverty & InequalityHost:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, VoxMore to explore:Subscribe to Impeachment, Explained on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get stay updated on this story every week.About VoxVox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Follow Us: Vox.comFacebook group: The Weeds**COME SEE THE WEEDS LIVE ON FRI., DECEMBER 18TH IN WASHINGTON D.C. (TICKETS HERE)**Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Introducing Reset

Introducing Reset

2019-11-1300:46:46

Every story is a tech story. We live in a world where algorithms drive our interests, scientists are re-engineering our food supply, and a robot may be your next boss. Host Arielle Duhaime-Ross explores why–and how–tech is changing everything. Produced by Recode and Stitcher, and part of the Vox Media Podcast Network.If you enjoyed these episodes, If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to Reset for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get new episodes every week.More to explore:Subscribe to Impeachment, Explained on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get stay updated on this story every week.About VoxVox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Follow Us: Vox.comFacebook group: The WeedsLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The billionaire backlash

The billionaire backlash

2019-11-1200:56:034

Jane, Dara, and Matt on Michael Bloomberg’s presidential aspirations and the case against billionaires.What to read:"Bashing Bill Gates lets the rest of the billionaire class off the hook" by Dylan Matthews, Vox"AOC’s policy adviser makes the case for abolishing billionaires" by Dylan Matthews, Vox"Anand Giridharadas on the elite charade of changing the world" by Ezra Klein, Vox"A Michael Bloomberg presidential run is unlikely to help moderate Democrats’ cause" by Matthew Yglesias, VoxWhite paperHosts:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, VoxJane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, VoxDara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublicaMore to explore:Subscribe to Impeachment, Explained on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get stay updated on this story every week.About VoxVox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Follow Us: Vox.comFacebook group: The Weeds**COME SEE THE WEEDS LIVE ON FRI., DECEMBER 18TH IN WASHINGTON D.C. (TICKETS HERE)**Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The internet we lost

The internet we lost

2019-11-0800:59:502

Function's Anil Dash joins Matt to discuss how Big Tech broke the web and how we can get it back.Guest: Anil Dash (@anildash), CEO of Glitch and host of Function with Anil DashHost:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, VoxMore to explore:Subscribe to Impeachment, Explained on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get stay updated on this story every week.About VoxVox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Follow Us: Vox.comFacebook group: The WeedsLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Paying for single-payer

Paying for single-payer

2019-11-0500:55:252

Jane, Dara, and Matt on Elizabeth Warren's Medicare-for-all financing plan and its critics.What to read:"Elizabeth Warren’s plan to pay for Medicare-for-all, explained" by Ezra Klein, Vox"The Sanders-Warren dispute about how to pay for Medicare-for-all, explained" by Matthew Yglesias, Vox"From Incremental to Comprehensive Health Reform: How Various Reform Options Compare on Coverage and Costs" Urban Institute (white paper)Hosts:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, VoxJane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, VoxDara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublicaMore to explore:Subscribe to Impeachment, Explained on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get stay updated on this story every week.About VoxVox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Follow Us: Vox.comFacebook group: The WeedsLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Beyond the leaky bucket

Beyond the leaky bucket

2019-11-0100:57:314

Heather Boushey of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth makes the case that a rise in equality would stimulate the economy.Guest: Heather Boushey (@HBoushey), Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Washington Center for Equitable GrowthHosts:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, VoxJane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, VoxDara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublicaMore to explore:Subscribe to Impeachment, Explained on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get stay updated on this story every week.About VoxVox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Follow Us: Vox.comFacebook group: The WeedsLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The fall of Katie Hill

The fall of Katie Hill

2019-10-2900:46:502

Jane, Dara, and Matt on the California representative’s resignation, power imbalances, and the problem of “revenge porn.”Relevant links:"Revenge porn, biphobia, and alleged relationships with staffers: The complicated story around Rep. Katie Hill, explained" by Anna North, Vox"The Trauma of Revenge Porn" by Rebekah Wells, NYTWhite paperHosts:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, VoxJane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, VoxDara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublicaMore to explore:Subscribe to Impeachment, Explained on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get stay updated on this story every week.About VoxVox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Follow Us: Vox.comFacebook group: The WeedsLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gretchen Goldman of the Union of Concerned Scientists on the science and politics of clean air.Hosts:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, VoxJane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, VoxDara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublicaMore to explore:Subscribe to Impeachment, Explained on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get stay updated on this story every week.About VoxVox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Follow Us: Vox.comFacebook group: The WeedsLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The electability debate

The electability debate

2019-10-2200:54:102

Jane, Dara, and Matt debate the idea of pundits trying to guess what the public thinks — plus research on what happens when doctors are patients.Relevant links:American Voter Bot (@american__voter)White paperHosts:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, VoxJane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, VoxDara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublicaMore to explore:Subscribe to Impeachment, Explained on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get stay updated on this story every week.About VoxVox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Follow Us: Vox.comFacebook group: The WeedsLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This was the week of confessions. Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney admitted to a Trump administration quid quo pro with Ukraine, with cameras rolling. EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland confirmed that President Trump made Rudy Giuliani the hinge of America’s Ukraine policy. And then the administration announced that the location for the upcoming G7 summit: Trump’s own resort in Doral, Florida. We break down the three stories that mattered most in impeachment this week.And then we dig into the four words that will shape the entire impeachment fight: “High Crimes and Misdemeanors.” What did they mean when they were added to the Constitution? How have they been interpreted through American history? And do Trump’s acts qualify?Welcome to Impeachment, Explained. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to Impeachment, Explained on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get stay updated on this story every week.References:"Indispensable Remedy: The Broad Scope of the Constitution’s Impeachment Power" by Gene Healy"The case for normalizing impeachment" by Ezra KleinCredits:Producer and Editor - Jeff GeldResearcher - Roge KarmaEngineers - Malachi Broadus & Jeremey DalmasTheme music composed by Jon Natchez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Debating the robot takeover

Debating the robot takeover

2019-10-1601:03:155

Ezra and Matt break down some of the nerdier aspects of the fourth Democratic primary debate.Hosts:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, VoxJane Coaston (@cjane87), Senior politics reporter, VoxDara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublicaMore to explore:Subscribe to Impeachment, Explained on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Pocket Casts, or your favorite podcast app to get stay updated on this story every week.About VoxVox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Follow Us: Vox.comFacebook group: The WeedsWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Aspen Institute's Katherine Lucas McKay joins Matt to discuss the origins and consequences of America's ballooning student debt loan.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Pete Buttigieg joins Matt to discuss his latest prescription drug plan policy rollout and his broader thinking on health care.Hosts:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87),  Senior politics reporter, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublicaMore to explore:Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research. About Vox:Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Follow Us:Vox.com Facebook group: The WeedsWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dara, Jane, and Matt answer your questions on the impeachment inquiry.Related pieces:"What’s wrong with a President Pence?" by Jane Coaston, Vox"9 scenarios for how the Trump-Ukraine impeachment process could end" by Matthew Yglesias, VoxWhite paperHosts:Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias), Senior correspondent, Vox Jane Coaston (@cjane87),  Senior politics reporter, Vox Dara Lind (@DLind), Immigration reporter, ProPublicaMore to explore:Subscribe for free to the Ezra Klein Show, a Vox podcast where Ezra brings you far-reaching conversations about hard problems, big ideas, illuminating theories, and cutting-edge research. About Vox:Vox is a news network that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines.Follow Us:Vox.com Facebook group: The WeedsWe are conducting an audience survey to better serve you. It takes no more than five minutes, and it really helps out the show. Please take our survey here!Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Jack Jennaway

I would really like to hear what you all think about the paper referenced in the cover story of the most recent issue of the Economist. It is about how we measure inequality, and it is apparently more difficult than I thought.

Dec 4th
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J Collins

Usually love vox discussions, but had to cut it short. The word "like" was so overused it diminished their points and eventually all I could hear was "like,like,like"

Nov 25th
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Sharon McKinnon

I love the title 😅

Oct 8th
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Brian Reinke

you said Andrew's Yang 🤣🤣

Sep 18th
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Darcie Harris

I cannot even listen to this, though the topic is quite interesting. Please, as educated people, refrain from using the word "like" as every third word.

Sep 6th
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yakurbe 0112

I really want you guys to talk about Yang. he's got a ton of policies on his site so there's plenty there for weedsey discussion. plus there's the Freedom Dividend.

Sep 1st
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Greg Clayson

Completely disingenuous conversation in which the speaker was really talking about economic Warfare through the establishment of segmented trade negotiation policies and not a discussion about international trade. this is just an individual trying to use us trade policy as a vehicle to advance their geopolitical interest and not the economic interest of body politic. this conversation was absolutely not about the words that were being used.

Aug 23rd
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Brian Reinke

Why is it unreasonable to expect non-disabled Americans who are receiving benefits paid by taxpayers to work? I mean 80 hours a month is nothing. I do this in 1 week, and I pay for my own health care? Why is it the fault of the state if those who fubar the paperwork or don't do something as simple as report the fact that they are working lose benefits? I'm sure it was written in the welcome package. Is it that unreasonable for someone who is working 80 hours a month to read the information on his or her free healthcare? When is it acceptable for people to own their own mistakes, why do we lay blame everywhere else?

Aug 22nd
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Jim Danger

Loved this :)

Aug 21st
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yakurbe 0112

I feel like you didn't do a fair job describing the right wing perspective for social media regulation, particularly at the end. it's not just "we're bigots who hate minorities and you should let us be hateful bigots on your platform" I recommend listening to Tim Pool's conversation with Jack on Rogan. Jack really doesn't hold his own, but Tim (who's left libertarian btw not conservative) lays out particular examples of how Twitter is biased against conservative premisses, not just conservative bigotry. It seemed pretty weedsey to me, so you might enjoy it.

Jul 22nd
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Cindy Eyka Rola Ginting

good

Jul 11th
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Robert Blacher

Really excellent episode. Thanks.

Jun 29th
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Peter DeBoer

Mm hmm. Mm hmm. Right.

Jun 23rd
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Nicolas Brylle

Matt's voice is just too annoying and high pitched. Had to quit listening after a couple of episodes. Too bad because the other people were really interesting.

Jun 20th
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yakurbe 0112

I'll be honest, I was kinda hoping for more than c we're both liberals and neither of us really understand the conservative perspective, but we're going to talk about this anyway. I mean I get it, I'm a liberal too, but maybe you could find a conservative coworker and get their take on this. maybe we can get out of the echo chamber a little bit? the first bit was informative, but by the end all you were doing was shitting on Republican positions. that's not really helpful for understanding "the illiberal right" you know?

Jun 19th
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William Balk

Fake news

Jun 9th
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William M Westcott

No conservative trolls on the weeds yet? Talk about fulfilling a stereotype.

Jun 2nd
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Marva Nogradi

Please stop saying "like" every 5 seconds its ruining the whole podcast.

May 28th
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Darcie Harris

I simply cannot listen to another episode in which the words most frequently used are "like" and "right?" You are all too well educated to be speaking like valley girls.

May 7th
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Eoj Hou

it is absolutely insane that y'all think there is still a schism within the Republican party. The radical wing of the party has been systematically eliminating moderate Republicans through the primary process for nearly a decade. Even Susan Collins has been going along with Trump and Mitch McConnell. I don't understand how y'all can criticize moderate Democrats for fighting to keep some moderates around when the ones on the right are gone. If moderate Democrats are replaced with the barn storming, bomb throwing Bernie wing, we'll never get anything accomplished, which is garbage. But I heard y'all saying that policy is merely a way to reflect your values, which, again, is garbage. Policy is how you change our country and improve the lives of people across the country. It's so infuriating to hear the cynicism and defeatist attitudes on your show being directed towards people who want to preserve some modicum of cooperation and productivity in Washington.

May 5th
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