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Gun control expert Cliff Schecter and LGBT advocate John Aravosis give you an unfiltered and humorous insider's look at the latest political news from a decidedly anti-Trump perspective. Please support the show, and listen to our full episodes, by subscribing at Patreon, thanks: https://www.patreon.com/UnPresidentedPodcast @CliffSchecter & John @Aravosis (Intro and outro musical credits: "Egmont Overture Finale" and "Summon the Rawk," by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)). ℗ 2020 Lucky Media G ...
 
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Today's show is all about the blockbuster hearing in Congress today about the January 6th Insurrection. Cliff and I have several clips of the most important and poignant moments, from the police officers who testified and members of Congress, and as always, we offer our analysis. This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 30 minutes her…
 
On today's show, we start with the new revelations that the FBI lied about vetting now- Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Then we talk about the indictment and arrest of Trump ally, and campaign adviser, Tom Barrack. Next up, Covid, Delta, the NFL, the Olympics and more Coronavirus-related news. And finally, we dig deeper into the latest on th…
 
Today's discussion starts with the space launch(es) of late, including Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, and why both of us hope that Biden can use science to reunite the nation and also, slyly, re-educate Republicans about the important of science and facts to our daily lives. Next topic is Covid. It always is :) The Delta Variant has how become 83% of th…
 
Today's big story is that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley -- America's top career military official -- so feared that Donald Trump was preparing a military coup that he reached out to other military leaders in an effort to thwart it. A just unbelievable, yet all too believable, story from a new book by two senior Washingt…
 
In today's episode, the big issue is whether President Biden is being too bipartisan by asking former conservative Republican anti-Trump Senator Jeff Flake to be his ambassador to Turkey. Cliff and I think there's both a philosophical and Machiavellian reason for Biden to choose Flake, so we're on board. We also talk about everyone's favorite Supre…
 
On today's episode, we delve into Tucker Carlson's latest lie about the NSA allegedly spying on him (never happened), about the growing Covid outbreak in Missouri (and other Covid news), about Trump's bogus social media lawsuit, and some hilarity form two new books about Trump that both make him look like a fool. (Trump thought the Democrats were g…
 
In today's show, our big topic is the latest news about the Covid Delta variant and how well the Pfizer vaccine is working against it, why you shouldn't be panicked yet, but also why there is cause for concern even if you're vaccinated. We sift through the deets. Other topics include: The six-month anniversary of the Insurrection; Jimmy and Rosalyn…
 
On today's show, we talk about the indictment of the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, and why the indictment ended up being a way bigger deal, and problem for Trump, than anyone expected. Not only were the charges much more than we thought -- 15 felony charges totalling a max of 105 years in prison -- but the i…
 
Cong. Torres is the first openly-gay candidate to be elected to legislative office in the Bronx, was the youngest member of the New York City council, is the first openly-gay Afro-Latino elected to Congress, and he and Mondaire Jones are the first openly-gay black men elected to Congress. Cong. Torres joins talks to us about the Insurrection, and w…
 
In late-breaking news, the Supreme Court this morning threw out a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) that many observers thought would lead to the the entire law being struck down as unconstitutional, costing 31 million Americans, myself included, their health insurance. Instead, the court threw out the lawsuit! We invited ba…
 
David Pakman, the host of the YouTube/Twitch talk radio program "The David Pakman Show," joins the UnPresidented podcast's John Aravosis and Cliff Schecter to talk about how Joe Biden is doing as president, what Democrats/the Left should and can do about Joe Manchin obstructing our agenda, how David defines his own politics and why he was happy to …
 
Doug Pagitt is executive director of Vote Common Good, a non-profit that tries to invite religious voters to take an off ramp from the Republican party. In today's show, Doug talks to us about how his organization reaches Republican evangelicals, and why it even matters? We also get into a discussion on how religious voters can not only stand Donal…
 
Today's guest, Julie Oliver -- a two-time congressional candidate from Austin, Texas, and executive director of the non-profit Register to Vote -- joins us to talk about the latest Jim Crow legislation in Texas, voting rights overall, the filibuster, and the problem that is George P. Bush, the Trump-loving son of Jeb. This is one of our free episod…
 
Today's big story is Trump's former National Security Adviser, and then felon, Michael Flynn attending a QAnon cult conference in Dallas, where he expressed support for a military coup in the US. Flynn, who is a convicted liar, later claimed that he did not support a coup, but video of the event suggests otherwise. We delve into all of that, and mo…
 
On today's show, we discuss the Senate vote on the January 6th Sedition Commission (taped before the vote, but the analysis is the same), and what we think might be motivating Joe Manchin. We also talk about Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz, about the maskholes, about our modest proposal to set up Satan statues across country to honor MTG and …
 
Salon writer Amanda Marcotte is back to talk with us about her concerns surrounding the ongoing Republican effort to steal the 2022 and 2024 elections, and what's up with Roe v. Wade and the Supreme Court. This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 30 minutes here, and then, if the spirit moves you, head on over to Patreon and become a …
 
Longtime Democratic campaign expert James Carville, who was the lead strategist in charge of getting Bill Clinton elected president in 1992, joins us to talk about how Democrats should message in order to win now and in the future. Carville talks about why Democrats aren't as good as Republicans at messaging, how "woke" messaging is hurting us at t…
 
In today's show, Cliff and I talk about the battle over Congress establishing an independent commission to investigate the January 6th Insurrection -- or as Cliff and I call it, the Sedition Commission. From that, we move to the Arizona presidential election "recount," where even GOP officials have had enough of the Trumpers' games. We also get int…
 
Today, Cliff and I do a deep dive on the implications of the House GOP having removed Liz Cheney from leadership, and replaced her with nouveau Trump sycophant Elise Stefanik. This isn't just about the GOP being upset that Cheney was mean to Trump. When you look at this move, alongside the increased noise we're hearing from Republicans defending th…
 
On today's show, we talk to c, who played a key role getting Bill Clinton elected president in 1992, and is now a Democratic strategist, author CNN contributor. Among our topics: Why Democrats didn't do better in the 2020 elections, both presidential and congressional? How Biden won the Democratic primary? Biden's great new polls, and whether they …
 
In today's show, former conservative Republican congressman, and outspoken anti-Trumper, Joe Walsh joins us again to talk about Liz Cheney growing opposition to Trump, her oped in the Washington Post saying that the GOP is "at a turning point," and whether it's already too late for both Cheney and the Republican party. Joe thinks it IS too late for…
 
Chicago Tribune humor columnist Rex Huppke joins us to talk about the growing civil war in the Republican party between Trumpers and the few sane GOPers, like uber-conservative Congresswoman Liz Cheney, who don't believe in violent insurrection. We then segue into a discussion of the 2022 and 2024 elections: Whether Democrats may lose the House in …
 
Today's leitmotif is messaging. Staring with Biden quasi- State of the Union address last night before a joint session of Congress, and then leading to a long conversation about Democratic strategist James Carville's Vox interview about how Democrats are doing a lousy job messaging. Carville's interview is fantastic -- don't believe what you've hea…
 
On today's show, Cliff and I talk a lot about lies -- Republican lies, to be precise. How the GOP is lying about Biden, and how they're lying about Kamala. We also get into the topic of why so many people aren't getting their second Covid vaccine, and why we think their reason is pretty bogus. Oh yeah, we also talk about how the media is lying abou…
 
On today's show we have Charles Gaba, the editor of ACASignups, one of the top Web sites out there for detailed data about the Affordable Care Act, aka ACA, aka Obamacare. Charles joins us in an almost two-hour episode to talks about: 1. What is Obamacare? Who does it benefit, and what are the details of what it does and what subsidies it provides?…
 
In today's show, our old friend Amanda Terkel, the DC bureau chief of the Huffington Post -- and before that, longtime ThinkProgress guru -- joins us to talk about the issues of the day, and a smattering of journalistic ethics to boot. Cliff and I conclude with a longer-than-expected discussion of cryptocurrency investing, and the anti-vaxx movemen…
 
In today's show, French-American cooking writer Jamie Schler joins us to talk baking and politics. We get into the whole Coronavirus situation in Europe, and how things got so out of control over there, and also delve in to the resurgence of far-right politics there and here at home. But a good portion of our show is in fact devoted to food! I admi…
 
In today's show, we talk about the ongoing effort of the GOP to rewrite the history of the January 6h Insurrection, while rehabilitating Donald Trump and his role in the bloody coup attempt. We also start with a discussion of the breaking news about the potential troubles surrounding the Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine. This is one of our premium e…
 
In our show we discuss conservative-Democratic Senator Joe Manchin's (D-WV) call for Democrats to pander to the Insurrectionists, the latest on Matt Gaetz's FBI investigation for child sex trafficking, and lots of other little topics, including a somewhat lengthy discussion about the merits of the TV show "The Americans." This is one of our free ep…
 
In today's show, Cliff and I talk about the Republicans whining about "cancel culture," because Major League Baseball just pulled from the All-Star game from Atlanta over the state's draconian new Jim Crow voter suppression laws, then we have a little update about Matt Gaetz's child sex trafficking investigation, and finally a rather lengthy Covid …
 
The Matt Gaetz sex scandal just got a whole lot bigger. It's our big story for today. And boy, it's a doozie. We lay out the details, and discus why it matters. And we laugh, and laugh, and laugh. This is one of our free episodes. To hear the rest of our shows, and support our work, please consider becoming a patron over at Patreon, thanks. See Pri…
 
Today's show is heavy on messaging. We start with a discussion of former top Trump Covid adviser Dr. Birx's claim that while the first 100,000 US Coronavirus deaths were unavoidable, the next 450,000 deaths were eminently avoidable. We get into the issue of why Democrats aren't embracing this talking point more, that Trump's own top adviser says th…
 
In today's show, we talk a lot about Georgia's horrific new voter suppression law, Dominion suing Fox news, and Trump claiming the Insurrectionists loved the police, and we hugging and kissing them on January 6, when they were actually beating them up and murdering them. This is one of our free episodes. To hear the rest of our shows, and support o…
 
In today's show, Cliff and I talk about Lindsey Graham having the vapors of the new omnibus LGBT rights legislation in Congress, then we talk about guns, the filibuster, immigration, and some concerns we have about Biden's new tax bill -- it just might hit the middle class, including you and me -- and why we think that's a problem. This is one of o…
 
In today's show, the big topic is of course hate crimes, particularly anti-Asian bigotry on the rise over the past year, and of course, the horrible mass shooting in Atlanta. Cliff talks a bit about how tougher gun laws could have helped. We then talk about the technical definition of hate crimes, and why it matters to get the designation right, an…
 
On today's show, Cliff and I talk about: - My Covid vaccine, I got one! (But it was J&J, and I'm still unsure about it.) - Biden learning from the past, and understanding he needs to defend the Covid Stimulus bill. - And the GOP onslaught against voting rights in over 40 states. This is one of our premium episodes. You can listen to 30 minutes for …
 
We had a great Zoom conversation today with two of the founders of liberal Super PAC MeidasTouch -- brothers Jordy and Brett Meiselas -- about what led them to form MeidasTouch, how liberal advocacy changes now that Trump is gone (but Trumpism isn't), what they're focusing on over the coming year, and just a really fun conversation about lots of th…
 
The viability of human head transplantation, and its impact on the soul, is seriously the topic of today's podcast interview with Dr. Brandy Schillace, an expert on death and dying, and the author of the new book, "MR. HUMBLE & DR. BUTCHER: The mesmerizing true story of a brilliant and eccentric surgeon and his quest to transplant the human soul." …
 
Self-professed "liberal" energy expert Daniel Dicker -- author of the book, "Turning Oil Green: A Market-Based Path to Renewables" -- joins us to talk about how to turn American energy green, and the obstacles (from right and left) to making that happen. Among our topics: using natural gas to transition away from oil, the environmental implications…
 
We are joined today by our longtime friend and colleague Joan McCarter (aka McJoan), senior political writer at Daily Kos, who will be talking to us at length about the Covid/Economic stimulus bill that just passed the House and now is heading to the US Senate. We'll also discuss the ongoing Postal Service debacle, and Senator Manchin's vendetta ag…
 
Media critic Eric Boehlert, founder and editor of PressRun.Media, joins us to talk about: Rush Limbaugh's death, and the fact that the man was truly a blight on our body politic; how the media is no longer covering the daily White House briefings now that a Democrat is back in the White House; and the Washington Post's recent admission that they sh…
 
In today's episode, we speak with Sarah Reese Jones, the editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA, about: What does Ted Cruz’s behavior during the Texas power outage tell us about the republican party, who’s in it and what their philosophy is? What hope do we have that those who engaged in this January 6th sedition will be held accountable? What’s it like b…
 
On today's show, we discuss the Republican effort to blame Democrats, and green energy generally, for Texas' massive power outage during a quite serious winter storm. Spoiler alert: The Republicans are lying. Then we discuss last Saturday's impeachment vote, and whether there's a silver lining to it all. This is a subscriber-only episode. You can l…
 
In today's show, we discuss how Trump's anti-mask mania has helped create and spread new variants of the Coronavirus that might be harder for vaccines to quell, an conservative actor who was fired for putting some pretty out there stuff on social media, how Trump and the Republicans have broken our country (and what we can do about it), and the lat…
 
In today's show, we discuss: - Trump's second impeachment trial; - The news that prosecutors in Georgia are investigating Trump's phone call with the state's secretary of state, during which Trump tried to convince the secretary to "find" him 11,000 votes; and - We conclude with a chat about "unity," and how the media is unfairly trying to hang tha…
 
In today's show, we discuss yet another election defamation suit against Fox News and the Trumpers, the stimulus bill, and then devote most of our show to the aftermath of the House vote to strip Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee appointments. It's clear that the Republican party does not want to dissociate itself from far-right extremists, b…
 
Extremism expert Alan Silberberg joins us to talk about how extremists are using the Internet to foment trouble, and specifically how the Russians helped incite the insurrection at the US Capitol building on January 6. This is a free 30-minute excerpt of today's show. To hear the entire episode, and support our podcast, please become a patron over …
 
Today's show is about freshman Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, whose embrace of the QAnon conspiracy theory only begins to scratch the surface of her extremism. This is one of our free episodes. To hear the rest of our shows, and support our podcast, please consider becoming a patron over at Patreon, thanks. See Privacy Policy at h…
 
In today's episode, we continue the "happy" theme with a discussion about the My Pillow guy getting kicked off Twitter, a lead Trump troll getting arrested, freshman Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert possibly breaking the law, Kellyanne Conway joining her, and Fox News getting even foxier. This is one of our subscriber-only episodes. You can …
 
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