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Isaac Saul

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Every now and then, I like to put together a newsletter of reader feedback on a specific edition. I do this for a few reasons: One, I think it's really interesting to let Tangle readers see the kinds of emails and replies I get. Two, I think it's important to keep sharing the opinions and views of people who aren't me. And three, I think it's important to share those opinions even — and especially — if they are ideas I didn't think of, or don't agree with, or otherwise feel like they add something of value I wasn't providing. You can read today's newsletter here. It's the holiday season, and there are worst gifts than the gift of knowledge. Want to open new political doors to a friend or family member? Give a gift subscription to Tangle. Want to give a gift to us, the Tangle team? Become a subscriber. Want to give a more tangible gift — like a mug, hoodie, sticker, or new item of clothing? You can check out our merchandise store. You can subscribe to Tangle by clicking here or drop something in our tip jar by clicking here. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Dec 6

29 min 50 sec

Mississippi’s abortion law. Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the case regarding a law enacted in 2018 by the Mississippi legislature that banned abortions if the "probable gestational age of the unborn human" was more than 15 weeks. The law had narrow exceptions for medical emergencies and severe fetal abnormalities, but no exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. In case you missed it, we published a lengthy newsletter on Tuesday that explained the background of Roe v. Wade and the Dobbs v. Jackson challenge. If you haven't read that yet, I strongly suggest you go read it now. You can read today's podcast here. You can subscribe to Tangle by clicking here or drop something in our tip jar by clicking here. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Dec 2

26 min 46 sec

On Monday, Jack Dorsey announced he was stepping down as CEO of Twitter, the social media website he co-founded in 2006. He is going to be replaced by Parag Agrawal, the company's chief technology officer who started at Twitter as an engineer and has been working on technologies associated with cryptocurrencies. Why it matters: Twitter is one of the most important meeting places for political minds and discourse, and has played a huge role in the political world over the last five years. Former President Donald Trump mastered engagement on the platform, using it to drive media coverage of his presidency, sidestep traditional news outlets and speak directly to his followers. And then, in the wake of the January 6 riots at the Capitol, he was banned. You can read today's podcast here. You can subscribe to Tangle by clicking here or drop something in our tip jar by clicking here. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Dec 1

22 min 41 sec

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the two Supreme Court rulings that have mostly defined the Constitutional right to abortion in the United States. If the state of Mississippi wins the case, depending on the nature of the justices’ ruling, it could effectively end the Constitutional right to abortion and pass the job of regulation over to the states, many of which are prepared to immediately limit when, how and where abortions can happen. Today, we're going to explore the history of abortion law and what exactly is being argued before the Supreme Court. You can subscribe to Tangle by clicking here or drop something in our tip jar by clicking here. You can read today's newsletter here. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Nov 30

26 min 18 sec

Over the weekend, several countries around the world implemented new Covid-19 travel restrictions over fears of the newest variant, despite little knowledge of how contagious it is or where exactly it is present. Omicron was first detected in South Africa, which has one of the most sophisticated screening systems in the world (it's a presumption to say it "originated" there — more likely, they were just the first to discover it). Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Britain, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, France, and Canada have all also detected the variant, according to Reuters. This week, in honor of Giving Tuesday, one of the most charitable days of the year, Tangle will be donating 50% of all new subscription revenue and "tips" this week to Heavenly HRVST, one of my favorite charities that provides delicious shelf-stable meals to the hungry in New York City and across the east coast. I've met and interviewed their founder, John Doherty, and even tried their meals, which are fantastic. It's a great organization that we love to support. You can subscribe to Tangle by clicking here or drop something in our tip jar by clicking here. You can read today's newsletter here. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Nov 29

24 min 29 sec

On Monday, closing arguments began in the trial of his killers, and are expected to end on Tuesday before the jury begins deliberations. Arbery's case is the third in a series of politically and racially charged murder/homicide cases that rocked the nation last year to go to trial — the murder of George Floyd, the Kyle Rittenhouse shooting, and now the Arbery trial. You can read today's newsletter here. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Nov 23

26 min 27 sec

On Friday, Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges related to his shooting of three people during riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year. The jury deliberated for three and a half days and found Rittenhouse not guilty on all five counts, including charges of reckless homicide in the death of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and intentional homicide in the death of Anthony Huber, 26. As the not guilty verdicts were read, Rittenhouse collapsed into the arms of his lawyer. Experts largely expected the outcome after the judge in the case, Bruce Schroeder, granted a defense motion to drop a gun possession charge against Rittenhouse, which was viewed as the most likely charge to stick. You can read today's newsletter here. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Nov 22

22 min 29 sec

Yesterday, the House voted to censure Gosar by a 223-207, mostly party line vote. Just two Republicans, Liz Cheney (WY), and Adam Kinzinger (IL), voted for the censure. Gosar was also stripped of his committee seats. The controversy started when Gosar posted a video on Twitter asking if he had any "anime fans" out there. In the video, Gosar's head is photoshopped into an animated scene where a cartoon character attacks an animated giant, this one with Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez's head photoshopped on. Gosar's character flies through the air with two swords and strikes her in the back as blood spurts out. Interspersed in the anime scene is real-life footage from the southern border, photos of House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and videos of soldiers parachuting from helicopters. You can read today's newsletter here. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Nov 18

24 min 18 sec

On Friday, the U.S. government released its latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) data, showing an estimated all-time high of 4.4 million workers who quit their jobs in September, up from 4.3 million in August, indicating the pace of employees quitting their jobs is still increasing. The percentage of resignations relative to total employment was 3%, also the highest such figure on record. The "quits rate" data came along with a more encouraging jobs report, as September numbers were revised upward and October numbers exceeded expectations. 6.5 million new hires were made in September, and over 530,000 new jobs were added in October, but around 10.4 million jobs remained open. The pre-pandemic job vacancy high was 7.5 million. Since April, 24 million workers have quit their jobs. There are about 160 million people in the entire labor force. Quits are defined as voluntary separations initiated by an employee. Economists and analysts are calling this phenomenon The Great Resignation. You can find today's newsletter here.  Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. You can support our podcast by clicking here --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Nov 17

24 min 9 sec

Last week, a group of donors, scholars, writers and political activists announced the launch of a new college: The University of Austin. The people behind the school say that fundamentally, it will be dedicated to free speech, citing concerns about “the illiberalism and censoriousness prevalent in America’s most prestigious universities.” The school will go by UATX for short, and is launching a noncredit program called "Forbidden Courses" as a kind of soft launch, which the creators say will encourage “spirited discussion about the most provocative questions that often lead to censorship or self-censorship in many universities," according to The New York Times. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. You can support our podcast by clicking here --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Nov 16

25 min 42 sec

On Wednesday, the government said its consumer price index rose in October 6.2% from a year ago — the largest 12 month jump in 31 years, since 1990. Because of the unique economic recovery we've been living in, economists have been debating whether inflation is "transitory" or not — fundamentally unsure  if it will pass on or settle in. Many on the left have argued that the inflation we're seeing is due primarily to things like supply chain snarls, and will resolve itself on its own as the economic disruptions shake out. Others have argued that inflation is the result of government spending, comparing our relatively higher numbers to many European countries experiencing supply chain issues, and saying we need policy changes as well. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. You can support our podcast by clicking here --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Nov 15

26 min 32 sec

In this edition of Tangle, we are going to take a detailed look at the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. Because covering this case requires more extensive background information — like detailing the events of Kenosha and what has happened at the trial to date — we are going to focus solely on this topic for today's newsletter. As always, we will include views from the left and right, then my take. But this should be the only thing you need to read about the Rittenhouse trial for a comprehensive understanding of what’s happening. There are also some quick hits at the end of the edition. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. You can support our podcast by clicking here --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Nov 11

32 min 42 sec

On Thursday last week, a Russian analyst who was a primary source for the opposition research about former President Donald Trump compiled in the "Steele Dossier" was arrested and charged with lying to the FBI. Russian-born Igor Danchenko was charged with five counts of making false statements to the FBI about, among other things, the sources of information he fed to Christopher Steele, according to an unsealed indictment in a Virginia federal court. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. You can support our podcast by clicking here --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Nov 10

25 min 9 sec

Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, a challenge to a 108-year-old New York gun law that requires someone who wants to carry a concealed weapon for self-defense to show "proper cause" for doing so, and to apply for a special permit. The law is being challenged by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA), which says it is an overburdensome restriction on the Second Amendment. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. You can support our podcast by clicking here. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Nov 9

23 min 15 sec

On Friday, the House of Representatives passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill after months of negotiations. The bill had already passed the Senate 69-30, and will now head to President Biden's desk to become law. The bill passed by a 228-206 vote, with six progressive Democrats voting against it and 13 Republicans voting for it. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. You can support our podcast by clicking here. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Nov 8

24 min 20 sec

On Tuesday night, 18 months after the murder of George Floyd, Minneapolis voters went to the polls to vote on a ballot amendment to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new public safety organization. The ballot measure was rejected by voters by a 12-point margin. While that was happening in Minneapolis, voters in Cleveland cast ballots to approve a civilian commission to oversee the police department. Voters in Austin, Texas, voted to reject a proposal that called for expanding the police force, which would have mandated that there be two officers for every 1,000 residents. Today, we take a look at the state of the "defund the police" movement and what these latest developments mean. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. You can support our podcast by clicking here. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Nov 4

22 min 10 sec

Last night, Glenn Youngkin (R) defeated Terry McAuliffe (D) in Virginia's highly-watched governor's race. With more than 95% of the vote tallied, Youngkin was leading McAuliffe by a full two percentage points. Jason Miyares, the Republican state delegate who ran on a tough-on-crime campaign, won the race for attorney general, becoming Virginia's first Cuban-American AG. Republican Winsome Sears won the race for Lt. Governor, becoming the first Black woman ever elected to a statewide post in Virginia. Sears's campaign focused on lowering taxes, supporting school choice and investing in Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Today, we're going to examine what was behind the results.  Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. You can support our podcast by clicking here. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Nov 3

20 min 42 sec

In today's Tangle, we're taking a break from our usual format to take a look at some of the elections happening today. We're also answering a reader question and we have your usual quick hits, a story that matters, and have a nice day sections. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. You can support our podcast by clicking here. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Nov 2

19 min 28 sec

On Thursday, the president announced a new framework for Democrats' reconciliation bill, also known as his Build Back Better plan, that he said would garner the support of moderates in the Senate and progressives in the House. The legislative text is still being negotiated, but the framework wasn't rejected out of hand by any members of the Democratic party — which is a sign of progress after many months of negotiations. Democrats need every member of their party to support the bill in the Senate, and can only lose three votes in the House. They are attempting to pass the bill in tandem with a $1 trillion infrastructure bill that has already been passed in the Senate but still needs to pass the House of Representatives. The plan's top line number is $1.75 trillion, down from the $3.5 trillion initially proposed by the Biden administration. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. You can support our podcast by clicking here. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Nov 1

23 min 21 sec

Earlier this week, Democrats released a new proposal that they said will help them pay for their infrastructure and reconciliation bills: A billionaire income tax (BIT). The legislation was drafted by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR), who said the new bill would impact about 700 billionaires who earn "over $100 million in annual income for three consecutive years or who have more than $1 billion in assets," according to CNBC. Wyden says the changes would raise hundreds of billions of dollars in new revenue. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. You can support our podcast by clicking here. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Oct 28

22 min 16 sec

Virginia is considered a bellwether state, one that has been reliably blue in presidential elections over the last few cycles but can still tell us a lot about the mood of the country. Because its governor's races are in off-years, it is often the only major state race before the midterms and can shed light on how voters nationally might be feeling. This week, the latest polls show Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin are in a dead heat at about 45% each, with around 5% of voters still undecided (the election is Tuesday, November 2). Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. You can support our podcast by clicking here. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Oct 27

24 min 54 sec

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to hold Steve Bannon, the former Trump advisor, in criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena. Bannon was one of four former Trump officials subpoenaed by the January 6 committee in Congress investigating the riots at the Capitol. Members of the committee believe Bannon has crucial information about plans to obstruct the electoral college ratification of the vote on the same day a Trump rally in Washington D.C. ended with hundreds of rioters storming the Capitol building. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. You can support our podcast by clicking here. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Oct 26

25 min 27 sec

Hey everyone! The pod is taking a few days off. We'll be back on Tuesday, October 26th! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Oct 18

1 min 55 sec

Over the weekend, 136 nations officially agreed to enforce a corporate tax rate of at least 15 percent, and also pledged to institute better systems of taxing profits fairly, where they are earned. The agreement, announced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), included countries like Ireland that once opposed the deal but now support it. The overarching goal is to address multinational companies that have made a habit out of rerouting their profits through low tax rate countries. The OECD has been leading talks on a plan to institute a minimum rate for a decade. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. You can support our podcast by clicking here.  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Oct 14

25 min 9 sec

In the last two weeks, China has conducted several consecutive days of military exercises over Taiwan, sending a record number of fighter jets into Taiwan's airspace. This included a four-day period when it flew 150 military planes through Taiwan's airspace, which left the Taiwanese air force scrambling to respond. Taiwan's foreign defense minister Joseph Wu said "we are very concerned China is going to launch a war." In today's episode, we explore what's going on and what the U.S. role should be. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Oct 13

22 min 24 sec

Last week, Attorney General Merrick Garland said he would be deploying federal officials across the country to address instances where parents have threatened or harassed educators over issues like mask mandates, critical race theory education and other hot-button topics that are dominating classrooms and school board meetings. The move comes after the National School Boards Association (NSBA), a group representing school board members across the United States, sent a plea to Garland for help, citing a spike in threats and acts of violence against members of school boards. What does this promise mean? Today, we'll take a look at some reactions from the left and right, then my take. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Oct 12

26 min 21 sec

Did Mitch McConnell cave? He has said he would not support raising the borrowing limit because it would allow Biden to push through another $5 trillion of spending, something Republicans don't want. Then he instructed Republicans to sink a government spending bill that suspended the debt limit, forcing Democrats to remove the debt limit language from the legislation in order to keep the government open. Earlier this week, Senate Democrats and President Biden began openly floating the idea of abolishing the filibuster altogether to raise the debt ceiling. Then he proposed a deal: He would agree to rule changes that would allow Democrats to either fast-track the suspension of the debt limit using a budget reconciliation process or raise the limit to a specified figure through December, giving them more time to figure it out later and ensuring the process doesn't get caught up in other partisan wrangling (it'd also take the pressure off Democrats now, as they figure out how to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the $3.5 trillion reconciliation deal). Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Oct 7

24 min 59 sec

On Monday, the Supreme Court began its fall term, which many experts on the court say could be the most consequential term in decades. After 18 months of remote activity, Justices returned to the bench for in-person oral arguments (with the exception of Brett Kavanaugh, who recently tested positive for Covid-19 and was calling in remotely). While the nine-month term began this week with a rather typical fight over water rights in Mississippi, the court is going to be hearing explosive cases on abortion rights, gun rights and religious rights over the next few months. Oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, in which the state of Mississippi has asked the court to overturn Roe v. Wade, will begin on December 1. In New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn. v. Bruen, the National Rifle Association is fighting New York State's restrictions on people carrying concealed handguns in public. Oral arguments begin November 3. And in two separate cases, Carson v. Makin and Shurtleff v. Boston, Justices will consider battles over free speech rights and tax dollars being used for religious instruction in school. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Oct 6

23 min 28 sec

The Arizona Democrat has been getting more and more attention as the debate over how to move forward on Joe Biden's agenda continues. While Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has owned much of the spotlight as a "moderate" or "conservative" Democrat who needs to be won over to advance some of Biden's top priorities, Sinema has frequently joined him as a pillar of opposition to some of Biden's largest spending plans. Attention on Sinema has reached a fever pitch in the last few days after several public encounters with protesters who are trying to pressure her into voting for Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. In today’s episode, we’re going to discuss those protests and the commentary on Sinema from across the media world. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Oct 5

24 min 41 sec

Heading into Friday, there was a quiet confidence on Capitol Hill that Democrats in the House were going to be forced to pass the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill by their leadership, which would’ve effectively detached it from the larger $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill and handed moderates a victory (if you need to catch up on this whole dynamic, you can read our coverage of this from last week). Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Oct 4

25 min 4 sec

The president is trying to pass a $1.2 trillion, bipartisan infrastructure bill today. But progressive Democrats say they will only vote for that bill if it comes with a guarantee that the Senate passes its $3.5 trillion spending bill, also known as the reconciliation bill, which can become law without a single Republican vote. The problem: Moderate Democrats in the Senate, including Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), say they won't support another three trillion dollars of spending, and want more time to scale the bill down and flesh out what it's going to do. Pelosi has said she wants the language of the $3.5 trillion bill settled on before passing the smaller bipartisan bill, a demand to appease the progressives in her caucus, but Manchin and Sinema say there is no way that will be ready by today. What's going to happen? On today's podcast, we discuss. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Sep 30

24 min 43 sec

Yesterday, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley and the head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Frank McKenzie, all testified before Congress. They were called up to testify about the withdrawal from Afghanistan and were slated to be questioned about the chaos and failures of the withdrawal. However, Gen. Milley also fielded questions related to several tell-all books about the Trump administration, in which he was often a central character and conceded to being a source for the authors. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Sep 29

26 min 33 sec

This week could determine the future of Joe Biden’s domestic legislative agenda — and is perhaps the most important week of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's 44-year career in Congress (and her biggest challenge to date). Today, we're setting the table. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Sep 28

21 min 30 sec

On Friday, Cyber Ninjas, the group that conducted the audit of Arizona's largest county, released its official results of their hand recount. The review actually yielded more votes for Joe Biden and fewer votes for Donald Trump. In sum, Biden picked up 99 votes and Trump received 261 fewer votes. However, the group also alleged that they unearthed evidence that tens of thousands of votes were potentially fraudulent. Today, we review those claims and examine what this all means. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Sep 27

28 min 2 sec

John Seago is the legislative director of Texas Right to Live, the group that recently helped shepherd Texas’s anti-abortion law into existence. We sat down for a wide-ranging, 45-minute discussion about the bill, why it was crafted the way it was, and some of his thoughts about the ethical nuances of the pro-life position. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, who conducted this interview. The transcript was edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75.  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Sep 27

47 min 51 sec

Today's episode is a brief (but important) message on the future of this podcast! Please consider supporting this podcast by clicking here. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Sep 24

6 min 6 sec

Late last week, the United States announced that it would work with Australia and the United Kingdom in a new defense partnership, one in which the U.S. would hand over its nuclear-powered submarine technology to Australia. The security coalition is called AUKUS.  Once Australia made the new pact with the U.S. and United Kingdom, it also abandoned a $66 billion submarine defense deal it had with France. In response to the new security arrangement, and the loss of the defense deal, French President Emmanuel Macron took the unprecedented step of recalling the French ambassadors to the U.S., signaling a tension between the two countries that has not been seen since they first formed an alliance over two centuries ago. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. Please consider supporting this podcast by clicking here.  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Sep 23

21 min 47 sec

Yesterday morning, President Joe Biden delivered his first-ever speech to the U.N. General Assembly, a gathering of leaders from across the world. You can read a transcript of his remarks here. In the address, President Biden focused on Covid-19, climate change, emerging technologies and defending human rights. He reinforced the United States' commitment to keeping nuclear weapons from Iran and out of the Korean peninsula, as well as our commitment to defending the state of Israel and pushing for a two-state solution. He issued warnings to nations like China for their human rights violations while also calling on global leaders to lean into diplomacy instead of armed conflict. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. For more from Tangle, subscribe to our newsletter or check out our content archives at https://www.readtangle.com/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Sep 22

22 min 13 sec

Remember the Trump-Russia investigation? The one that produced Robert Mueller, and which many believed would lead to the end of the Trump presidency? Right now, there is an investigation into the investigation, being led by a different Special Counsel: this one is a man named John Durham. Durham was appointed in 2019 by former Attorney General William Barr to look into the origins of the Russia investigation. On Thursday, an indictment came down alleging that Michael Sussmann, a high-profile cybersecurity lawyer, lied to the former FBI general counsel James Baker. Specifically, when Sussmann approached the FBI with a tip toward the end of the 2016 presidential race, he allegedly told the FBI he was not representing a client but coming forward as a citizen. According to the indictment, though, he was representing the Clinton campaign and a technology executive. During the meeting, Sussmann presented the FBI with evidence that a server belonging to the Russia-based Alfa Bank appeared to be communicating with Trump organization computers. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. For more from Tangle, subscribe to our newsletter or check out our content archives at https://www.readtangle.com/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Sep 21

23 min 59 sec

More than 12,000 migrants, mostly from Haiti, are currently congregated underneath and beside International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas, after they waded across the Rio Grande River from Mexico into the U.S. The town of Del Rio has a population of roughly 35,000 people, and the influx of migrants quickly exceeded the border patrol's capacity to process them. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. For more from Tangle, subscribe to our newsletter or check out our content archives at https://www.readtangle.com/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Sep 20

22 min 1 sec

General Mark Milley. In a forthcoming book, Bob Woodward and Robert Costa allege that Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest-ranking and most senior military officer in the armed forces, was single-handedly taking action to prevent President Donald Trump from ordering a dangerous military strike against China or launching a nuclear strike at the end of his presidency. Today, we'll take a look at some reactions from the right and left, then my take. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. For more from Tangle, subscribe to our newsletter or check out our content archives at https://www.readtangle.com/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Sep 16

24 min 28 sec

Democrats have released a new tax plan that would raise rates on corporations and the wealthiest Americans in order to offset some of the spending in their $3.5 trillion reconciliation package aimed at expanding the social safety net and addressing climate change. The plan will bring in an estimated $2.1 trillion over 10 years. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. For more from Tangle, subscribe to our newsletter or check out our content archives at https://www.readtangle.com/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Sep 15

23 min 47 sec

On August 29th, the U.S. military announced a successful retaliatory drone strike against an ISIS-K combatant who was planning a suiciding bombing. But subsequent reporting has told a much different, and much more troubling story. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. For more from Tangle, subscribe to our newsletter or check out our content archives at https://www.readtangle.com/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Sep 14

13 min 42 sec

On Thursday, President Joe Biden announced a new slate of federal vaccine requirements that could impact as many as 100 million Americans. The new rules impose different mandates for both private and federal employees. We’re looking at the reactions from the right and left, our take, and a listener question about Ivermectin. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichhorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. For more from Tangle, subscribe to our newsletter or check out our content archives at https://www.readtangle.com/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Sep 13

28 min 53 sec

In today's podcast, we sit down with Cuba expert Jorge Felipe-Gonzalez to discuss what's happening in Cuba, what the U.S. should do about the embargo and why Cubans are in the streets in the first place. Felipe-Gonzalez is a history professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio and has recently been published in The Atlantic. You can read his latest article here. Tangle is podcast produced in partnership with Imposter Radio. To subscribe to our newsletter, go to readtangle.com. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Aug 1

26 min 4 sec

On today's podcast, we sit down with Ilana Redstone. She is a professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champagne and the co-author of Unassailable Ideas: How Unwritten Rules and Social Media Shape Discourse in American Higher Education. She also serves as a faculty fellow at Heterodox Academy, a non-profit advocacy group working to counteract a lack of viewpoint diversity on college campuses. In our conversation, we talk about whether there is a free speech problem on college campuses, how to address a lack of political diversity, and Redstone's thoughts on the Critical Race Theory debate. If you enjoy the discussion, please rate us five stars wherever you rate podcasts. You can subscribe to Tangle here. And you can read more about Heterodox Academy here. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Jul 12

25 min 35 sec

On today's podcast, we are sitting down with Rabbi Mike Moskowitz — an ultra-orthodox religious leader who is also an LGBTQ advocate and progressive activist. Rabbi Mike Moskowitz is the Scholar-in-Residence for Trans and Queer Jewish Studies at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the world’s largest LGBTQ synagogue. He also happens to be my rabbi, and someone I have a personal relationship with. In this episode, we discuss the intersection of faith, politics and LGTBQ issues, and how Rabbi Moskowitz ended up landing in a rather heterodox spot compared to his peers. If you'd like to see more of his writing, you can find them on his website, https://www.rabbimikemoskowitz.com/resources If you enjoyed this episode and want to support Tangle, please give us a 5-star rating and subscribe to our newsletter: https://www.readtangle.com/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Jun 28

40 min 38 sec

On today's podcast, we sat down with David Krucoff, the founder and executive director of Douglass County Maryland, a 501c4 that is advocating for the creation of Douglass County, Maryland, as a solution to the issue of D.C. statehood. David was also an independent candidate for Congress whose ideas about solving the D.C. statehood issue has gotten him coverage in the DCist, the Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post and many others. During the show, David explains why he is pursuing retrocession, his qualms with D.C. statehood, and why a change is needed in the first place. If you're interested in more, you can follow David on Twitter here. You can also find his website about Douglass County, Maryland, here.  If you are not yet a subscriber to Tangle, you can do that here: https://www.readtangle.com/about --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

Jun 11

35 min 44 sec

In today's podcast, we sit down with Josh Rogin to discuss the "lab-leak" theory. Rogin is a columnist for The Washington Post and the author of the book Chaos Under Heaven: Trump, Xi, and the Battle for the Twenty-First Century. For the last year, Rogin has been one of the most consistent and loudest voices calling for investigations into the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a laboratory in Wuhan, China, where Rogin says coronavirus may have originated. After more than a year of being dismissed as a conspiracy theory, "the lab-leak theory" has suddenly become more accepted as a possibility. In this episode, Rogin explains why the lab theory was dismissed early on, why reporters got it wrong, how intelligence agencies ignored the possibility, and what he thinks should happen now to determine the truth. Rogin is a deeply sourced reporter who has dominated this story for more than a year.  If you're not yet subscribed to Tangle, you can do that here: https://www.readtangle.com/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

May 30

43 min 31 sec

In today's podcast, we sit down with Palestinian-American writer Yousef Munayyer to discuss the current conflict in Gaza and what the future holds for Palestine and Israel. Munayyer is a columnist whose work has been published in major newspapers across the globe and has advocated for a one-state solution. You can find his most recent column in The New York Times here: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/19/opinion/israel-palestine.html You can follow Munayyer's work on Twitter here If you're not yet subscribed to Tangle, you can do that here: https://www.readtangle.com/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tanglenews/support

May 23

29 min 13 sec