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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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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.

    Week 195 - Back to School

    Week 195 - Back to School

    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/

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Week 194 - Delay the Election?

    Week 194 - Delay the Election?

    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/

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Week 193 - Person. Woman. Man. Camera. TV.

    Week 193 - Person. Woman. Man. Camera. TV.

    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/

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Week 192 - Secret Police

    Week 192 - Secret Police

    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/

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Week 191 - Daily Records

    Week 191 - Daily Records

    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/

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Week 190 - Russian Bounties

    Week 190 - Russian Bounties

    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/

    • 1 hr 10 min

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