The Argument Podcast

The other side is dangerously wrong. They think you are too. But for democracy to work, we need to hear each other out. Each week New York Times Opinion columnists David Leonhardt, Michelle Goldberg and Ross Douthat explain the arguments from across the political spectrum. Their candid debates help you form your own opinion of the latest news, and learn how the other half thinks. Find the best ways to persuade in the modern search for common ground.

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The Supremes' Greatest Hits

The Supremes’ Greatest Hits

I bought a copy of The Supremes’ Greatest Hits at the Supreme Court gift shop last summer. Yes, there is a gift shop and yes, it is as delightfully dorky as it sounds. I sat in the actual Courtroom, where the long, high bench resides, along with the 9 tall chairs sitting behind it. I honestly couldn’t believe they just let people line up then walk in there, sit down and listen to a little history lesson given by a very nice man in a very funny jacket. But they did. You can’t get near The White House and yet, possibly the most important building in these entire United States, sits open all day long, welcoming anyone who wants to have a look around. I love America. We make inaccessible places that don’t really matter and leave open places any lunatic would happily burn to the ground. Read more

Kyrsten Sinema

The Honorable Richard E. Neal

We are breaking with our custom of featuring female talent crushes because this guy just asked the IRS to cough up Trump’s tax returns. Onward Honorable Politician I had never heard of until last week!

We have included a link to the letter, just in case you wanted to read what the legal version of “no matter how long it takes, we will get the truth out of you even if it’s the last thing we ever do” looks like.

Sen Martha McSally

Sen Martha McSally

Sen Martha McSally (R-AZ) need never have said a word about the sexual assault. But some people show up for their compatriots above and beyond the call of duty. Here is a link to her comments, it’s only 2 minutes, please watch.

Gov. Janet Mills

Gov Janet Mills

Gov Janet Mills signed Executive Order 1 on her second day as Governor of Maine, making 70,000 more Mainers eligible for health insurance. The former governor, Paul LePage, refused to expand Medicaid coverage even though the population of Maine voted to expand it during his tenure. Read more

Work Like a Woman Reading Challenge

Work Like a Woman

Work Like a Woman, by Mary Portas is part autobiography, part political commentary and part, as she says, a manifesto for change. Read more

Kyrsten Sinema

Nancy Pelosi

The look on her face when she clapped at him. Oh, Nancy Pelosi. You give us hope.

To see a woman in a white suit do that in front of the whole wide world…I can’t come up with a reaction that isn’t just swearing interspersed with maniacal laughter.

Thank you, Nancy. 

Lauren Underwood

Lauren Underwood

Rep. Lauren Underwoodis an American nurse and politician who serves as the U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 14th congressional district as a member of the Democratic Party.” Thank you to wikipedia for that sentence. There are some very good links in there. As the youngest black woman ever elected to Congress, people might think she has a lot of catching up to do. Not so. Underwood  worked in the Obama Administration in 2014 and later worked as a Senior Advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services, back in the days when the Secretary of HHS actually cared about the well-being of their fellow Americans. Read more

Kyrsten Sinema

Lucy McBath

Lucy McBath won the House seat once held by disgraced HHS Secretary Tom Price and the just generally disgraceful Newt Gingrich. I’ll repeat it. Lucy McBath won the House seat once held by Newt Gingrich. Gingrich held the seat for 20 years and used it to empower Republicans by dividing the country. The seat was also held for 12 years by Tom Price. Remember him? He was Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services. Let’s let wikipedia tell us how his political story ended: Read more

Kyrsten Sinema

Ayanna Pressley

Ayanna Pressley was the first black woman elected to the Boston City Council. Ten years later she is the first black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts. Unseating 10-term Rep. Michael Capuano in the state primary, 59 percent to 41 percent, Pressly will represent the 7th Congressional District — the first in Massachusetts where minorities make up a majority of the voting population. Endorsed by President Obama and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who similarly defeated veteran Rep. Joe Crowley of New York in June, Pressley joins a large group of freshmen congresspeople heading to Washington DC this January.

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