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The Weekly List is a podcast hosted by Amy Siskind, author of The List. It supplements the popular Weekly List on our website, www.theweeklylist.org, which tracks the ever changing new normals of American politics. The podcast gives greater context to the "not normal" news items from the previous week, and will highlight a few stories and changing norms from the Trump regime that you may have missed.
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Week 200 - West on Fire

Week 200 - West on Fire

2020-09-1401:32:58

Things are getting worse in America, week by  week. This week, as the West Coast saw wildfires spread, with much of  California, Oregon, and Washington covered in smoke so thick the sun  couldn’t break through and the sky was a hazy gray or shade of yellow  and orange, Trump ignored it. Just as he skipped a commemorative  ceremony in lower Manhattan for the anniversary of 9/11 — as if the blue  states were not his responsibility — repeating a theme from the start  in office: leader of his supporters, not the country. This week Trump was engulfed in a second major  scandal, as journalist Bob Woodward released tapes of conversations he  had with Trump on a variety of topics, including Trump admitting he knew  in early February that Covid-19 posed a dire risk — a fact he hid and  lied about for months. One historian described it as “the greatest  dereliction of duty” in presidential history. This week reporting revealed the Trump regime’s  embrace of tactics more familiar to an authoritarian regime than a  democracy. Department of Health and Human Services officials sought to  hide information and alter reports on the extent of the Covid-19  outbreak, while a whistleblower complaint portrayed Department of  Homeland Security officials hiding intelligence on Russian interference,  and altering reports to blame left-leaning groups for violence. There  was more shocking news about the Justice Department intervening in a  case for Trump on a personal matter, while a top deputy of John Durham  resigned from his investigation of the investigators, citing pressure  from Attorney General William Barr to finalize a report before the  election. The Treasury Department sanctioned Andrii Derkach, described  as an active Russian agent, who had been a source of information for  both Rudy Giuliani and Senate Chairs Ron Johnson and Chuck Grassley in  their investigations of Democratic nominee Joe Biden. America is a country at war with itself, with  Trump stoking division as a campaign strategy. The apocalyptic skies of  the West seemed to capture the dystopian feel of an exhausted, anxious,  fearful, downtrodden America. Having failed to truly tame the  coronavirus over the summer with no federal strategy and Trump refusing  to even encourage face masks, the country now heads into fall and  winter, with dire predictions on illness and death. Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-200/
Week 199 - Vote Twice

Week 199 - Vote Twice

2020-09-0701:42:18

This week, with no discernible post-convention  bounce and the election two months away, Trump was frenzied. He started  the week with a storm of tweets, and then embarked on espousing a series  of bizarre conspiracy theories that made him appear mentally unfit to  lead, some of which were then backed in part by Attorney General William  Barr — our country’s chief law enforcement, who openly lied and  obfuscated in a television interview. While continuing to attack the integrity of the  election, Trump encouraged his supporters, at campaign rallies in two  swing states and on Twitter, to vote twice, an illegal act. Notably,  reporting this week indicated the attack lines used by his campaign,  including disparaging the integrity of mail-in voting, nearly mirrored  those of Russian intelligence. The entire week felt not only chaotic,  but almost surreal given the bizarre conspiracies, lies, and calls for  both violence and illegal acts Trump openly floated. The week closed with blockbuster reporting by the Atlantic on  Trump’s disparaging of members of the U.S. military, calling them  “losers” and “suckers” for the ultimate sacrifice. A story Trump denied,  but was confirmed by the Post, the AP and even Fox News. The story shook the nation, and Trump could not  shake its impact on his image as a pro-military strong man as the week  came to a close. In between, this was the longest week so far, by  far. There are so many stories that needed focus, and got very little  or none. They are recorded here for posterity and to be undone when this  nightmare of an era is over. Notably also in the midst of the gravest  public health crisis in a century, Trump has managed to undermine the  trust in all our public health agencies, as we near 200,000 Americans  dead, with projections showing more than double that could die by  year-end in the pandemic. Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-199/
This week, the Republican Party held its  convention — which was likened to a Trump convention — a four-day span  of shattered norms, and possibly multiple violations of the law. Gone  were names familiar to the Grand Old Party, replaced by Trump loyalists  and his family members. Republicans, for the first time 1856, didn’t  even produce a platform! Instead, the convention was akin to a reality  television show, starring Trump every night, full of lies,  misinformation, and an alternative reality in which the pandemic was  over. As the election approaches, the Trump regime  continues to be increasingly brazen and lawless. This week, the regime  threatened a Post reporter by  telling him they were building a dossier on him and others, mail  continued to pile-up as Trump’s Postmaster General continued to  obfuscate, and by week’s end, the director of the Office of the Director  of National Intelligence said his agency would no longer brief Congress  in person on foreign interference. Jacob Blake, a Black man, was shot seven times  in the back by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, setting off protests, and  later killings by an armed militia member who came from out of state.  Disturbing videos from Kenosha, as well as Portland, Oregon, seemed to  show police officers in cahoots with far-right hate groups and armed  militants. Major league teams protested Blake’s shooting and systemic  racism by canceling games, while Trump stoked division and hate. Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-198/
Week 197 - Bannon Charged

Week 197 - Bannon Charged

2020-08-2401:34:52

This was the longest weekly list, and it was  simply exhausting. The Democrats held a very successful first virtual  Democratic National Convention, while Trump spent the week advancing  lies and conspiracy theories about voting to undermine the election.  Polls continue to show he will lose by a wide margin. In a break from tradition, both former First  Lady Michelle and President Barack Obama gave historic speeches, focused  on warning the American people that Trump is a danger to our democracy,  and is not capable of doing the job. The emotional speeches were a call  to action, from the former first family who had largely has given Trump  a chance to grow into the position. Barack in particular portrayed  Trump as a grave threat. Meanwhile, nominee Joe Biden gave what was  widely heralded as the best speech of his career, in a moving,  emotional, optimistic speech of unity, promising light, hope, and  competence. This week, the U.S. Postal Service was front and  center, as Postmaster General Louis DeJoy faced public outcry for the  slowing mail, and Congressional hearings got underway. Trump tried to  gaslight, suggesting the slowing mail was, ironically, a conspiracy  theory by Democrats. This week a nearly 1,000 page shocking Senate  Intelligence Committee report was released, revealing a deep connection  between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential  election. Trump largely abandoned his so-called daily  coronavirus briefings, instead holding campaign rallies and some Q&A  sessions with the media. Dr. Deborah Birx has largely disappeared from  the public, as Trump switched to a radiologist who frequently appeared  on Fox News for advice and shares his point-of-view. College reopening,  like K-12 openings the week before, got off to a rocky start, with  outbreaks on several campuses — again a result of a patchwork strategy,  with inadequate testing and few guidelines. Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-197/
This week, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe  Biden chose his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, the first Black and  Asian American vice presidential candidate. An oddly unprepared Trump  campaign and Republican Party reacted with a deluge of sexist and racist  attacks, including shameful accusations of “birtherism.” Trump also  threw his support behind a House candidate who espouses the QAnon  conspiracy theory and is openly racist, raising serious concerns again  about the future of the Republican Party. This week, as polls continued to show Trump down  to Biden nationally and in key battleground states, and despite the  pandemic continuing to impact much of the country, Trump openly said he  would block needed funding for the U.S. Post Office in an effort to  thwart mail-in voting for the November election. An incredible  admission, but yet Republicans seemed largely unwilling to call him out,  or band with Democrats to protect this basic tenet not only of American  democracy, but of everyday life. As democracies around the world looked  on in horror at a stolen election in Belarus, Americans were left to  wonder if we were next — with Trump’s efforts to compromise the upcoming  election. This was another week full of stories of  corruption, kleptocracy, and division, as an exhausted America, that  couldn’t even agree on a scientifically proven measure like wearing  masks, faced an uncertain election in 80 days. Even as tens of millions  of Americans were still without a weekly unemployment payment, Senate  Majority Leader Mitch McConnell adjourned the Senate until  mid-September, and Trump headed back to the golf course. Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-196/
Week 195 - Back to School

Week 195 - Back to School

2020-08-1001:18:56

This week U.S. intelligence revealed Russia is  actively interfering in the 2020 presidential election, with a goal of  harming presumptive Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Democratic leaders  pressed NCSC Director William Evanina to inform the American people,  while Republicans, reminiscent of 2016, tried to obfuscate intelligence  by publicly claiming it was unclear Russia was helping Trump, and using  the whataboutism that other countries, China and Iran, were also  interfering. This week Trump continued to push for schools to  reopen, falsely claiming on Fox News that children are “almost  immune” — a clip of which was then pulled by Twitter and Facebook over  it being false information on Covid-19. Schools that reopened however,  had a shaky start with unclear guidance and patchwork approach. Trump  also had another disastrous interview with Axios’s  Jonathan Swan, revealing a lack of basic knowledge about the pandemic,  and raising concerns about his mental acuity and competency. This week with the virus spreading and Trump  regurgitating the same disinformation, tens of millions of unemployed  Americans were without an essential $600 weekly payment to help make  ends meet. Trump left town for a long weekend at his Bedminster club,  and Republican leaders also skipped town. Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-195/
This week, for the first time, Trump publicly  floated the idea of delaying the November election, drawing swift  condemnation from Democrats and a mild rebuke from Republican  leadership. The co-founder of conservative Federalist Society said in an  op-ed that Trump should be removed if he tries to follow through.  Undeterred, Trump spent the week continuing to sow doubt about the  results of the “rigged” and “most fraudulent” upcoming election. His  U.S. Postal Service appointee meanwhile took steps to slow the flow of  mail ahead of the expected surge of mail-in and absentee ballots in less  than 100 days. This week, the pace of coronavirus deaths  started to increase as the U.S. passed another grim milestone of 150,000  deaths, and while Trump outwardly suggested that large areas of the  country were “corona-free,” an internal White House document showed the  exact opposite: a virus spreading to new states and out of control. Portland was front and center this week, as  Trump’s stormtroopers tear-gassed and shot non-lethal bullets in the  faces of largely peaceful protestors. Trump continued to invoke  decades-old racist tropes about suburbia in a failed effort to win over  white suburban voters, especially women, who largely disapproved of his  handling of the social unrest. By week’s end, Trump pulled out the  troops, leaving the city to peaceful protests and calm. Attorney General  William Barr finally testified in a cantankerous bad-and-forth with  Congressional Democrats, filled with disinformation and gaslighting. Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-194/
This week, as the coronavirus raged out of  control, passing 4 million U.S. cases and 145,000 deaths, Trump  resurrected his daily coronavirus briefings — by himself, with no health  officials. He also sought to divert attention to Portland, Oregon,  where alarming images of unmarked federal law enforcement were seen  shoving and tear-gassing growing crowds of Black Lives Matter  protestors. Reporting indicated Trump has purposefully picked Portland  to create imagery and video content of a culture war, which he continues  to flame. This week a series of stories came out about the  corruption of the Trump regime, but in the chaos, got little attention.  Reporting indicated Attorney General William Barr was behind Michael  Cohen being sent back to prison, and Barr’s rationale for pushing out  U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman was related to the Cohen investigation,  and Barr potentially outed a F.B.I. source on Russia. The Department of  Homeland Security was also under fire for admitting the agency had  provided false information to justify Trump retaliating against New  York. Meanwhile, Trump was forced this week to retreat  on several issues, as his poll numbers continued their plummet, and  even some Republicans turned on him or refused to do his bidding. Trump  abruptly canceled the Republican National Convention, amid his already  imperiled re-election campaign. Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-193/
Week 192 - Secret Police

Week 192 - Secret Police

2020-07-2001:20:39

This week, as the coronavirus raged out of  control in many states, Trump sought to discredit Dr. Anthony Fauci,  with several members of the regime publicly attacking Fauci’s  credibility. Reporting indicated Trump had lost interest in the  pandemic, with an adviser telling the Post,  Trump’s “not really working this anymore. He doesn’t want to be  distracted by it” — as the country hit a daily record 77,000 new cases. As Trump continued his fall in the polls, he  fired his campaign manager, but stuck with his strategy of us vs. them:  this week repeatedly invoking the white “suburbs” and stoking  not-so-well disguised racist tropes of integration. He turned a Rose  Garden speech meant to address deregulation into a bizarre, meandering,  hour-long campaign speech — drawing ire from even Fox News. In new tests of authoritarian boundaries, Trump  sent federal law enforcement to Portland, Oregon — uninvited and  unwelcome — to quell protests. In what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi  described as “unidentified stormtroopers” and “Trump’s secret police,”  law enforcement in unmarked cars were seen grabbing protestors off the  streets and whisking them away. Trump also sought to hide the extent of  the pandemic, by ordering hospitalization data to be sent to Washington  rather than the CDC, and threatening to block funding for testing in the  upcoming coronavirus relief bill. Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-192/
Week 191 - Daily Records

Week 191 - Daily Records

2020-07-1301:14:36

This week, the pandemic continued to worsen,  with many states seeing new highs and the death toll starting to rise.  By week’s end, the U.S. registered an unthinkable nearly 70,000 new  daily coronavirus cases. Amid the surge, issues that plagued the April  wave of cases in New York and elsewhere, like shortages of PPE and  testing, reappeared, making it clear the federal government had done  nothing to address or plan for a new surge. Trump continued to deny the  severity of the virus, falsely claiming “99 percent of [cases] are  totally harmless,” and then pushing for schools to reopen. This week Trump lost a landmark case, with the  Supreme Court ruling 7-2 that Trump cannot keep his tax returns and  financial records from the Manhattan U.S. Attorney; however, the ruling  would likely mean the public will not see the documents ahead of the  election. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman retired from the Army, citing  bullying by Trump after he testified in the impeachment inquiry. Days  later, Trump commuted Roger Stone’s sentence days before his former  associate was set to serve 40 months in prison. Republican Sen. Mitt  Romney called the commuting of Stone’s sentence “unprecedented, historic  corruption,” but he was — as would be typical — the lone GOP voice to  criticize Trump, as an exhausted, outraged country had dejectedly grown  accustomed and normalized to such lawlessness from our budding  authoritarian leader. Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-191/
Week 190 - Russian Bounties

Week 190 - Russian Bounties

2020-07-0601:10:02

This week the coronavirus spread further out of  control, topping 50,000 daily cases for three consecutive days — more  than 10,000 higher than the early peak in April. Trump continued to  largely ignore the pandemic, refuse to wear a mask, and make the most  trusted source of information, Dr. Anthony Fauci, less accessible,  leading to confusion in the patchwork of state responses. This week reporting indicated Trump knew as  early as 2019 that Russia had put bounties on U.S. troops in  Afghanistan, and several U.S. Marines were killed as a result. Trump  pretended he had not been briefed, and after he officially was briefed  Tuesday, continued to call the matter a “hoax” repeatedly, and took no  steps to hold Russia accountable. Trump continued to stoke an us vs. them divide  in America, invoking a straw man “new far-left fascism” in a divisive,  dystopian July Fourth speech at Mount Rushmore, claiming to be the  savior of law enforcement and our “heritage.” Even as Trump continued to  fall in the polls, and the mood of the nation continued to darken,  Trump seemed unable to rise to the occasion, and do anything other than  revert to racism and divisiveness — moving in the opposite direction of  the country’s mood amid what the New York Times coined the broadest social movement in history. By week’s end, even  Republican lawmakers worried Trump would forever associate their party  with racial animus. Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-190/
Week 189 - Out of Control

Week 189 - Out of Control

2020-06-2901:17:55

This week started with a humiliating return to  the campaign trail for Trump, as a mere 6,200 supporters showed up for  his rally in Tulsa, after the campaign bragged more than one million had  registered. Trump’s poll numbers continue to sag amid his mishandling  of the pandemic and racial justice protests. Instead of rising to the  challenge, Trump reverted to drumming up racism and division — resulting  in even the conservative Wall Street Journal Editorial  Board warning he was in danger of not only losing to Democrat Joe  Biden, but also taking the Republican Senate down with him. This week the coronavirus pandemic got out of  control in several states that reopened without proper precautions.  Trump ignored the record number of daily cases, repeatedly lying that  the increase was due to an increase in testing. The White House  Coronavirus Task Force returned after a two month hiatus, and Vice  President Mike Pence likewise used it as an opportunity to lie to the  American people that the curve was flattened and states were reopening  safely. The Trump regime refused to take any leadership in testing or  contact tracing, leaving states on their own, as the death toll passed  125,000 Americans in just four months’ time. As the week came to a close, shocking reporting  indicated that Russia had put a bounty on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan,  and that Trump had been informed months ago, yet took no action, raising  renewed questions and concerns about his strange relationship with  President Vladimir Putin. Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-189/
Week 188 - Tulsa

Week 188 - Tulsa

2020-06-2201:20:25

This week grave polling results revealed a  downtrodden country feeling the impact of concurrent and intersecting  crises, as national pride fell to its lowest level in two decades, while  just 20% were satisfied with the direction of the country. Trump  received poor marks for his handling of the coronavirus and for dividing  the country amid social unrest. The coronavirus was back with a vengeance this  week, as several states experienced spikes and daily record highs, weeks  after reopening and Memorial Day celebrations. Nonetheless, Trump  denied the new surge, claiming the virus was “dying out” and it would  “fade away.” Vice President Mike Pence also pivoted to get behind Trump  as a denier, falsely claiming that cases “had declined precipitously”  and blamed the media in an op-ed. Despite numerous warnings and pleas  from Oklahoma officials to postpone, Trump planned what the campaign  claimed would be a huge rally there for Saturday night — claiming as  many as one million had registered to attend. There was another Friday night firing this week,  of U.S. attorney general for the SDNY Geoffrey Berman, who initially  resisted late Friday and said he would not leave, leading to a standoff  as the week came to an end. Berman’s SDNY has several investigations  relating to people in Trump’s orbit, and there was much speculation  about the abrupt departure of a Trump appointee. One explanation put  forth was information gleaned from former NSA John Bolton’s book, which  was released to the media, and pointed to Trump wanting to help out his  dictator friends. Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-188/
Week 187 - Questionable

Week 187 - Questionable

2020-06-1501:18:17

This week Trump seemed to fade into the  background, unsure of how to respond to a triple set of crises that  gripped the nation: continuing social unrest, a second wave of  coronavirus, and the stock market plunging with the economy officially  entering a recession. Trump spent most of the week locked up in the  White House, behind the layers of fencing he had constructed, which  protestors in turn decorated with signs reading “Black Lives Matter,”  “Fuck Trump,” “I Can’t Breathe,” and other such posters. Trump finally  emerged on Thursday, heading to Dallas, but still without addressing the  killing of George Floyd whose funeral was in Houston days earlier, or  coming up with any policies or plans despite one of the most rapid  shifts in opinion in our country’s history: support for Black Lives  Matter and the need for police reform. The military continued to turn on Trump, as the  nation’s top military officer, Gen. Mark Milley, publicly apologized for  his role in Trump’s photo op at St. John’s. He and Defense Secretary  Mark Esper were called out in a letter signed by more than 700 West  Point alumni, as Trump delivered a commencement address there Saturday.  More than 1,250 former Justice Department officials also called for an  investigation of Attorney General William Barr for his role in gassing  peaceful protestors. Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-187/
Week 186 - Coward-in-chief

Week 186 - Coward-in-chief

2020-06-0801:27:481

This week, in a scene reminiscent of a crackdown  in an authoritarian regime, U.S. troops stationed in our nation’s  capital at Trump’s behest fired tear gas and rubber bullets on peaceful  protestors to disperse them as Trump delivered a “law and order” speech  from the White House Rose Garden. The sounds of protestors screaming and  shots being fired could be heard in the background as Trump spoke tough  talk, and threatened to send the U.S. military to cities to take  control. Trump then awkwardly swaggered to St. John’s Church, with a few  in his inner circle, and held up a Bible. It was a scene evoking a  democracy in collapse —while the country and the world looked on in  horror. While Republicans largely remained silent and  went along, top generals, some of whom formerly worked in the regime,  spoke out about the violation of our Constitution, and Trump and the  military troops he used, violating their oath. Democracies turned on  Trump, while he embraced strongmen from Russia and Brazil, and by week’s  end said he would pull troops out of Germany. Trump spent most of the week cowering in the  White House — having extended its perimeter with, ironically, walls of  his own — and continued his tough talk, using term like “dominate” and  referring to protestors as “terrorists.” As with his inability to show  any empathy for 100,000 Americans dead from the coronavirus, Trump made  no effort to acknowledge the social unrest with healing words or  actions. But the American people were not deterred.  Protests continued, and by Wednesday, the 9th day, had turned mostly  peaceful. Americans, who had been cooped up at home for months from the  coronavirus took to the street in the broadest protest in U.S. history,  spreading to more than 650 cities and towns, across all 50 states — and  even in cities worldwide. Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-186/
This was one of the darkest weeks since I  started the list. The week began with Trump spinning conspiracy theories  to distract from the country reaching the grim milestone of losing  100,000 Americans to the coronavirus, and ended with our country  literally burning in the flames of our racial divide, with Trump  throwing kerosene on the flames. Susan Glasser, a writer for the New Yorker,  noted the year 2020 has been some horrible combination of the 1918 (the  deadly Spanish flu pandemic), 1929 (the Great Depression), and 1968  (the Civil Rights Movement). The heaviness, sorrow, and sheer exhaustion  our country felt this week was the summation of Americans suffering,  dying, and starving from the pandemic, and yet another death of a Black  American at the hands of police. Trump was ill-equipped to handle any of  it — let alone all at once. He golfed, tweeted, threatened Twitter for  fact-checking tweets, and played upon every worse impulse in some hope  of salvaging his approval and re-election prospects. As we head into the November election, and Trump  plays at every ploy he can to make voting less accessible, and raise  concerns about the validity of an election with mail-in ballots, it is  starkly clear that our country may hobble through to the election, but  we could not withstand another four years of Trump — that would spell  the end of the great American experiment. Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-185/
This week, Trump fully transitioned from leader  to salesman, leaving the states to fend for themselves, while he  promoted a “transition to greatness.” After a week when two White House  employees tested positive for the coronavirus, Trump made the remarkable  claim he has been taking hydroxychloroquine prophylactically — leading  public health experts to sound the alarms to American citizens not to  follow Trump’s lead. Days later, the largest study yet on the drug’s  efficacy to date found no benefit, but severe cardiac risks for Covid-19  patients. This week, Trump continued campaign stops at  battleground states, visiting a Ford Motor plant in Michigan that had  been reconfigured to manufacture ventilators. Despite requests from the  company and demands by the state’s attorney general to abide by  restrictions requiring a face mask, Trump refused, later saying, “I  didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it.” Trump also battled with Michigan’s secretary of  state (notably Michigan’s governors, SoS, and AG are all women), and  with Nevada, over those states offering voters the option to vote by  mail given the pandemic. Without offering any evidence or proof, Trump  made accusations of voter fraud and threatened both states with  withholding federal funding — something he cannot do. Days later he  commanded houses of worship to reopen immediately as “essential,” and  similarly threatened governors not to get in the way — another power he  does not have. As the week came to an end, and the death toll  neared 100,000 Americans in less than three months, Trump started  Memorial Day weekend by golfing at one of his clubs. Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-184/
Week 183 - Obamagate

Week 183 - Obamagate

2020-05-1801:11:10

This week Trump tried out a new, more positive  approach as the death toll passed 80,000 and more than 36 million  Americans were unemployed, claiming, “We have met the moment and we have  prevailed.” Trump bragged the U.S. leads the world in testing, then  later seemed to indicate testing was not important, and if we didn’t  test so much, we wouldn’t have so many cases — leading an NYT health and science reporter to say of Trump, “This is not somebody whose grasp of the science is even third-grade-level.” Contrary to Trump’s upbeat assessment, this week  Dr. Anthony Fauci and CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield gave somber  testimony before the Senate, warning of dire consequences of reopening  too soon. Whistleblower Dr. David Bright warned the House in testimony,  “Without better planning, 2020 could be the darkest winter in modern  history.” This week Trump turned to an old strategy of  blaming former President Barack Obama and accusing him of  “Obamagate” — although it was unclear what this was, and Trump never  clarified. Nonetheless, Fox News and the conservative media compliantly  spent the week on this shiny coin, turning coverage away from the  growing death toll, and grim economic news. Health experts pressured the  FDA to issue a warning after a growing body of data showed  hydroxychloroquine, the drug touted by Trump and his cohorts, could be  deadly. The week closed with an emboldened Trump firing  another inspector general, the fourth in recent weeks, as he continued  to retaliate and surround himself by incompetent loyalists — sadly, with  little pushback and no consequences. Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-183/
This week, despite a White House model showing  ending social distancing would result in a spike of 200,000 new cases a  day and deaths of 3,000 a day, the majority of the country started to  reopen. Public health officials warned of dire consequences, with one  likening the premature reopening to genocide, but Trump triumphantly  declared Phase 1 was over, and now the American people would need to be  “warriors” and return to work — a possible death sentence for many of  the vulnerable. Trump was back out on the campaign trail,  visiting a factory in swing state Arizona, where his campaign music  played in the background, and Trump continued his strange bravado of not  wearing a face mask. Within days, it was discovered that two White  House employees in direct contact with Trump and Vice President Mike  Pence had tested positive, as had 11 members of the Secret Service, yet  Trump continued to flout advice from experts on wearing a mask and  social distancing. This week, the country lost 3.2 million  additional jobs, and the April unemployment rate came in at 14.7%, the  highest since the Great Depression. It became clear this week, as Trump  said the White House coronavirus task force would be shuttered, and then  under pressure, instead reconfigured its purpose to planning the  reopening, that indeed, Trump and the federal government did not  actually have a plan of what to do, or have interest in developing one.  Instead, Trump was willing the roll the dice with American lives in  hopes of reopening in time to spur the economy ahead of the November  election. As one op-ed writer noted, while numerous countries with mass  testing and contract tracing were returning to normal, Trump had  essentially quit. Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-182/
Week 181 - Vietnam War

Week 181 - Vietnam War

2020-05-0401:11:57

This week, with his approval dropping and  Republicans alarmed about losing the Senate in 2020, Trump shifted away  from holding daily task force briefings. Instead, he and his regime  sought to portray a great economic recovery coming soon, with the worst  of the pandemic behind us. Trump told reporters, “I see the light at the  end of the tunnel very strongly,” and Jared Kushner told “Fox &  Friends” that the regime’s handling of the crisis was “a great success  story.” While Trump tried to shift the narrative, the  death toll passed another milestone — deaths during the Vietnam  War — and ended the week with more than 65,000 Americans dead. Trump  sought to move the goal posts again for what he could call a “good job,”  from 60,000 on April 10, to 70,000 early this week, then by the end of  the week to hopefully less than 100,000. As Trump continued to agitate  for states to reopen and to back protestors, a patchwork of reopenings  played out, as Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that opening too soon would “get  us right back in the same boat that we were a few weeks ago.” This week Trump and his regime focused on  shifting blame to China as part of Trump’s re-election strategy. Trump  contradicted U.S. intelligence claiming, without evidence, that Covid-19  originated in a lab in Wuhan. Others in his regime and Republican  lawmakers turned up the rhetoric and threats of retaliation. Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-181/
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Mary Verzani Dunlap

Excellent analysis

Mar 23rd
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Kristin Wood

where is this weeks podcast? 😯

May 27th
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judith lessinger

The speaker is not engaging and poor at making me support her ideas because of her presentation.

Aug 22nd
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Wendi Dennis

where is this week's episode? Monday Aug 13?

Aug 13th
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