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Hard Reset is a podcast dedicated to misinformation, media and news.

    Hard Reset: This fact check is a Magic Eight Ball

    Hard Reset: This fact check is a Magic Eight Ball

    The Equal Rights Amendment is getting a second life, but a lot is up in the air, including whether or not it could go into effect after missing a ratification deadline decades ago. Meanwhile, some opponents argue that it could increase access to abortion.
    Also on the show: Roger Stone’s attorneys requested a new trial, alleging the head juror was biased. His defense team knew she had run for office as a Democrat, but did not attempt to remove her from the case. 
    Plus, an update on white nationalist Nick Fuentes, who YouTube banned last week for hate speech violations.

    • 30 min
    Red flags, Shadow and the app behind Iowa’s chaotic caucuses

    Red flags, Shadow and the app behind Iowa’s chaotic caucuses

    The results from last week’s Democratic caucuses in Iowa were delayed for days after the app responsible for reporting the results malfunctioned. Co-host Justin Sanders, who works in software and app development, explains how the app failed and some ways these issues could have been avoided. Also: One last impeachment fact check and a look into a Trump administration plan that could lead to Medicaid cuts.

    • 29 min
    How disinformation conquered Trump’s impeachment

    How disinformation conquered Trump’s impeachment

    Disinformation and propaganda have dominated the impeachment process from the beginning. On this week’s show, we look at this through the lens of two claims from Senate Republicans and Trump’s defense attorneys during the trial: Did the House of Representatives “not do its job” when requesting evidence for the impeachment investigation? And was attorney Alan Dershowitz’s jarring comment about quid pro quos and the public interest mischaracterized in the media?

    • 12 min
    Impeachment ennui

    Impeachment ennui

    President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is underway, and there are still some uncertainties. Will the trial include witnesses? Will the Senate stay awake during any part of the proceedings? Will Sen. Rand Paul ever finish his crossword puzzle?
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    • 13 min
    What are “high crimes and misdemeanors”?

    What are “high crimes and misdemeanors”?

    Presidents and other officials can be impeached for “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” On today’s show: What that means and why impeachment charges don’t have to be tied to a specific crime.

    • 13 min
    Factchecking claims about the Soleimani drone strike

    Factchecking claims about the Soleimani drone strike

    After an American drone strike killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani this month, President Donald Trump and other officials have said that the general had been planning an attack against the U.S. at the time of his death. But the White House has offered conflicting details of Soleimani’s plans to attack and no evidence to support them.
    On this episode of Hard Reset, we’ll explore those contradictions and factcheck two other claims that emerged after Soleimani’s death: Did Democrats mourn Soleimani and is his daughter a U.S. citizen?

    • 18 min

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