Feb 15, 2017 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 169

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Topics: Protests and health reform debates in Idaho; Black History Month 2017. People: Bill, Sarah, and De Ana. Produced: Feb 14th, 2017.

Episode 169 (50 min):
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Reading materials:

– Washington Post: Republicans in Idaho Tried to Design a Better Plan than Obamacare — and Failed
– Arsenal For Democracy 2015: #ReclaimMLK: Why We Need a Bigger Picture of the Civil Rights Movement

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Feb 8, 2017 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 168

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Topics: Congressional Republican proposals on replacing the ACA and what legislative actions they have taken so far. People: Bill, Jonathan, and Greg. Produced: Feb 8th, 2017.

Episode 168 (53 min):
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Discussion Points:

– What is the “Cassidy plan” to replace the Affordable Care Act and should Democrats stand firm against it?
– What legislative priorities have Republicans worked on so far and what have they stalled on?

Reading materials:

– Tim Jost’s HealthAffairs blog post “ACA Replacement Bill From Cassidy And Colleagues Offers State Options, Roth HSAs
Washington Post article on Rep. Chaffetz withdrawing his federal lands bill

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Feb 1, 2017 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 167

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Topics: Reactions to the first week of the Trump Administration and the emerging protests. People: Bill and Jonathan. Produced: Feb 1st, 2017.

Episode 167 (55 min):
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Discussion Points:

– Who’s calling the shots inside the White House?
– What are the opportunities in the emerging street protests against the Trump Administration’s overreaches?

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No new episode 1/25/17

We’re on break this week for the first time since November. If you missed last week’s episode, please definitely give it a listen. (Guest expert Felix Biederman discusses his investigative reporting for Deadspin on social media in Saudi Arabia, as well as the future of the US-Saudi alliance.)

You might also want to check out this recent great expert discussion on the near future of US health policy:
Part 1: Greg, Jonathan, Bill discuss what worked and didn’t work in Dem health reform as well as what bad ideas GOP has for replacing it.
Part 2: Greg and Jonathan join Bill to discuss the fate of the health insurance industry and what the left should counter Republican proposals with.

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Jan 18, 2017 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 166

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Guest Interview: Felix Biederman (@byyourlogic) discusses his investigative reporting for Deadspin on social media in Saudi Arabia, as well as the broader geopolitical future of the Gulf’s biggest kingdom and the US-Saudi alliance. Produced: Jan 15th, 2017.

Episode 166 (54 min):
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Discussion Points:

– For marginalized people, is Silicon Valley tech a liberator from or enforcer of the status quo in Saudi Arabia? Can US consultants really modernize the kingdom?
– What is going on with Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen – and US media coverage of it?
– Would a US alliance with Iran be preferable to the current alliance with Saudi Arabia?
– Is it possible to safely disentangle US-Saudi ties without blowback and catastrophic meltdown?

Articles referenced:

Deadspin: “Your App Isn’t Helping The People Of Saudi Arabia”
Al Jazeera: “Saudi Arabia and the US: More military misfires”
The Globalist: “Does Saudi Arabia Want to Break Up Yemen?”

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Jan 11, 2017 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 165

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Topics: How do we develop overarching messaging and themes for a Democratic left? People: Bill, and Jonathan. Produced: Jan 11th, 2017.

Episode 165 (55 min):
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Discussion Points:

– What makes a clear and snappy campaign slogan for a political party or candidacy?
– How do we talk concisely but inclusively about and in solidarity with as many constituencies as possible?
– What state ballot measures would advance the progressive cause and be relatively easy to sell to the voters?

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