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Politics in America is transforming. We’re embarking on a new series to deepen our understanding of who we are, how we got here, and how we rebuild without repeating the mistakes of the past. Ron Steslow hosts academics, behavioral economists, social psychologists, politicos, philosophers, anthropologists, journalists, poets, and storytellers—and more—to discuss America’s political present and future and dive into the deeper problems we face as a nation. Email us questions or comments: podcast@politicology.com.

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Politics in America is transforming. We’re embarking on a new series to deepen our understanding of who we are, how we got here, and how we rebuild without repeating the mistakes of the past. Ron Steslow hosts academics, behavioral economists, social psychologists, politicos, philosophers, anthropologists, journalists, poets, and storytellers—and more—to discuss America’s political present and future and dive into the deeper problems we face as a nation. Email us questions or comments: podcast@politicology.com.

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    IVF vs The Border— The Weekly Roundup

    IVF vs The Border— The Weekly Roundup

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    What will the protest votes in Michigan mean for the Biden campaign? What major Trump weakness did we see in his 20-point win in South Carolina? 

    Joining Ron Steslow on week’s panel: 

    Mike Madrid (Lincoln Project cofounder) 

    Anthony York (Fmr. Senior Communications Advisor to Gov. Gavin Newsom) 

    Segments this week:

    (02:30) Did the “uncommitted” protest vote against Biden in Michigan backfire? 

    (13:03) The Republican Primary in South Carolina, what it means for Haley, and Trump’s weaknesses with Republicans

    (30:00) Crosspressure on IVF and reproductive rights vs border security and immigration 

    [Politicology+] The bipartisan crypto SuperPAC targeting Katie Porter in the California Senate Primary and the partisan realignment on Wall Street

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    Check out the LA Times series about Latino politics in L.A.: https://bit.ly/3T1qotI

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    Send your questions and thoughts to podcast@politicology.com or leave a voicemail at ‪(202) 455-4558‬

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    Related reading:
    Segment 1: 
    Detroit Free Press - 'Uncommitted' Michigan primary vote results: What happens next for Biden, campaign
    NPR - The push to vote 'uncommitted' to Biden in Michigan exceeds goal
    NYT - Hamas Rejects Cease-Fire Proposal, Dashing Biden’s Hopes of Near Term Deal - The New York Times



    Segment 2: 
    Politico - Takeaways from Trump's thumping of Haley in South Carolina - POLITICO
    ABC News - Nikki Haley argues Trump not getting 40% of primary voters is clue he'd lose to Biden - ABC News
    Axios - “Suicide for our country”: Nikki Haley goes scorched earth on Trump
    AP - Trump calls himself a ‘proud political dissident’ in CPAC speech


    Segment 3: 
    Axios - Scoop: House Democrats plan barrage against GOP on IVF
    Politico - Alabama said frozen embryos are kids. The GOP isn’t sure what to do about it. - POLITICO
    Politico - Senate GOP poised to block IVF protection bill - POLITICO
    NYT - Arrest of Migrant in Georgia Killing Turns City Into Latest Battleground on Immigration - The New York Times
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    [+] Crypto Dissonance [Members Only]

    [+] Crypto Dissonance [Members Only]

    Mike Madrid, Anthony York, and Ron Steslow discuss the bipartisan crypto SuperPAC targeting Katie Porter in the California Senate Primary and what it shows about the industry maturing as a political force.


    Related reading:

    Axios - Crypto super PAC unloads on Katie Porter in California Senate race
    https://www.axios.com/2024/02/28/fairshake-crypto-pac-katie-porter-ads-california-senate

    Axios - Scoop: Crypto leaders build colossal $78 million war chest for 2024
    https://www.axios.com/2023/12/18/crypto-super-pac-fairshake-2024-elections

    Your Face Belongs To Us — Part 2

    Your Face Belongs To Us — Part 2

    Have you ever thought about what it means to be anonymous? 

    Have you considered what it means that you can walk down the street or go to the grocery store or out to dinner without someone you’ve never met knowing your name, everything you’ve posted online, or your political leanings?

    Or when you go on a first date with someone, they’d walk in knowing your dating history, your political affiliations, your credit score or what groceries you buy?

    Advancements in facial recognition and a secretive startup could end privacy as we know it. 

    In this two-part conversation, New York Times Tech Reporter Kashmir Hill joins host Ron Steslow to discuss privacy, anonymity, facial recognition software and her book Your Face Belongs to Us: A Secretive Startup’s Quest to End Privacy as We Know It.


    In part 2:

    (01:40) “Technical sweetness” and the lack of ethical considerations by the people building these new technologies 

    (12:30) Privacy laws in the U.S. and Europe 

    (15:24) The trend of law enforcement agencies skirting constitutional protections by buying information from private companies.

    (27:20) Balancing security and privacy in the age of ubiquitous surveillance

    (30:50) What the future of privacy might look like 


    Read Your Face Belongs to Us: https://bit.ly/49qsbQm

    Follow Ron and Kashmir  on X (formerly Twitter):

    https://twitter.com/RonSteslow

    https://twitter.com/kashhill

    Email your questions and thoughts to podcast@politicology.com or leave us a voicemail at ‪(202) 455-4558‬.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Laces And Legacies — The Weekly Roundup

    Laces And Legacies — The Weekly Roundup

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    Last week, Vladimir Putin had his biggest domestic rival, Alexei Navalny murdered in prison. Now Donald Trump is comparing himself to Navalny. 

    This week’s panel: 

    Ron Steslow

    Hagar Chemali (Fmr. spokesperson for the U.S. Mission to the UN)

    Zack Czajkowski (Fmr. Lincoln Project Political Director)

    Segments this week:

    (02:50) Navalny’s killing; and the Republican impeachment probe takes a big hit

    (29:04) Donald Trump is selling sneakers to cover his legal bills

    (39 :00) Trump allies plotting to make Christian nationalism a key part of a second administration

    [Politicology+] The hearing about whether Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis can continue prosecuting Trump and the huge blunder in her relationship with the special prosecutor in the case

    Not yet a Politicology+ member? It’s our private, ad-free version of this podcast, with 30% more episodes filled with more strategy, analysis, thoughtful discussion…aaand the occasional piece of hot gossip. Upgrade now at politicology.com/plus.

    Check out Oh My World!: https://www.ohmyworld.tv/

    Send your questions and thoughts to podcast@politicology.com or leave a voicemail at ‪(202) 455-4558‬

    Follow this week’s panel on X (formerly Twitter):

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    https://twitter.com/HagarChemali


    Related reading:
    Segment 1: 
    Reuters - What we know about Alexei Navalny's death in Arctic prison | Reuters
    NBC News- A now-indicted FBI informant was at the 'heart' of the GOP's case against Joe Biden
    CNN - Alexander Smirnov: Former FBI informant charged with lying about the Bidens’ role in Ukraine business | CNN Politics
    Axios - Russia arrests Los Angeles woman on treason charges



    Segment 2: 
    NBC News - Judge fines Donald Trump more than $350 million, bars him from running businesses in N.Y. for three years
    Get Trump Sneakers 
    ABC News - Trump hawks $399 branded shoes at 'Sneaker Con,' a day after a $355 million ruling against him - ABC News
    Politico - Trump leadership PAC racked up $4.8 million in new legal bills - POLITICO
    The Dispatch - Navalny’s Death Sheds Light on the Moral Rot of the American Right - Jonah Goldberg - The Dispatch


    Segment 3: 
    Politico - Trump allies prepare to infuse ‘Christian nationalism’ in second administration - POLITICO
    Politico - Mike Johnson invoked God in a GOP presentation on keeping the majority. It didn’t land well. - Live Updates - POLITICO
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    [+] Fani “Grey Goose” Willis [Members Only]

    [+] Fani “Grey Goose” Willis [Members Only]

    Hagar Chemali, Zack Czajkowski, and Ron Steslow discuss the hearing over whether Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis can continue prosecuting Trump and the huge blunder in her relationship with the special prosecutor in the case.

    Related reading:

    Atlanta Journal Constitution - Key testimony could shape judge’s decision in Fani Willis removal fight

    https://www.ajc.com/politics/analysis-the-testimony-that-could-shape-judges-decision-in-fani-willis-removal-fight/GBCBE7GYBRB5TI2IUGDSMWHCQY/

    The Atlantic - Fani Willis Should Step Aside - The Atlantic
    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2024/02/fani-willis-fultun-trump/677506/

    CNN - DA Fani Willis testified she paid cash during trips with top prosecutor. One winery host remembers her paying in paper bills | CNN Politics

    https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/20/politics/willis-wade-cash-payment-napa-valley-winery/index.html

    Your Face Belongs To Us — Part 1

    Your Face Belongs To Us — Part 1

    Have you ever thought about what it means to be anonymous? 

    Have you considered what it means that you can walk down the street or go to the grocery store or out to dinner without someone you’ve never met knowing your name, everything you’ve posted online, or your political leanings?

    Or when you go on a first date with someone, they’d walk in knowing your dating history, your political affiliations, your credit score or what groceries you buy?

    Advancements in facial recognition and a secretive startup could end privacy as we know it. 

    In this two-part conversation, New York Times Tech Reporter Kashmir Hill joins host Ron Steslow to discuss privacy, anonymity, facial recognition software and her book Your Face Belongs to Us: A Secretive Startup’s Quest to End Privacy as We Know It.


    In part 1:

    (01:43 ) Ron and Kashmir discuss anonymity and privacy and the erosion of both in our daily lives 

    (00:00 ) Balancing convenience and privacy 

    (11:00) The origins of ClearviewAI 

    (13:30) Genetic determinism in the development of facial recognition 

    (18:20) Kashmir dives deep into the history of facial recognition software and how it developed. 

    (22:37) How Facebook crowdsourced training facial recognition technology

    (25:00) How much privacy should we have and who should be able to use facial recognition software? 

    Read Your Face Belongs to Us: https://bit.ly/49qsbQm

    Follow Ron and Kashmir  on X (formerly Twitter):

    https://twitter.com/RonSteslow

    https://twitter.com/kashhill

    Email your questions and thoughts to podcast@politicology.com or leave us a voicemail at ‪(202) 455-4558‬.
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    • 46 min

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Great show, informative, digging in really, bringing different points of view. In an era of misinformation this is a podcast that will always value the truth

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DrDK2 ,

Both Sides-ism

I’m a progressive Democrat, but I admire The Lincoln Project. We must work together to stop Trumpism and its existential threat to American democracy and the loss of our freedoms. So I was surprised to hear you “both sides” a possible picture of classified documents in Biden’s garage. The issue with Trump is his obstruction of justice, refusal to return documents, lying about it, and then blaming the FBI while Trump plays the victim every day. None of that is equivalent to President Biden’s behavior. Your amoral Republicanism is showing.

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