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"Don't Hijack My Thread" is an interactive discussion on today's hot political topics with a progressive slant. Join "rapid fire" hosts Adam Lambert (clammyc) and David Atkins (thereisnospoon) as they take your calls and opinions! Shows are generally scheduled for Wednesday nights at 8PM Eastern/5PM Pacific. Call in number is 718-508-9410.
 
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We at Daily Kos were prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic from the very start thanks to comprehensive and relentless coverage by Mark Sumner. He wrote his first story on the emerging pandemic on Jan. 23, 2020, and has since written 382 additional stories, including a recent update on the omicron variant. Today, Mark joins me and Cara Zelaya to talk a…
 
This episode first aired on August 25, 2021. On this week’s episode of The Brief, hosts Markos Moulitsas and Kerry Eleveld unpacked the current state of COVID-19, voting rights, and electoral politics in Texas with special guest Julián Castro—as well as whether Castro himself is preparing for a run against Gov. Greg Abbott next year. Castro, a Demo…
 
Arizona will be a critical battleground on every possible level. We are still waiting on new maps in Arizona, but we are guaranteed competitive House seats and should have a chance at picking up the state legislature. Our guest Montserrat Arredondo of One Arizona, which worked with partner organizations to register over 250,000 new voters in the 20…
 
Today, we take a look at last week’s electoral wreckage and what it means for next year’s 2022 midterm elections. Joining us are Drew Linzer, who runs Civiqs, our data and research arm, and David Nir, who runs Daily Kos Elections. We’ll look at the results, the data, and the current polling, and explore whether Democrats have any chance of holding …
 
Virginia isn’t the only state with key races on the ballot, but it’s the one everyone is watching. How Virginia goes today, goes the nation next year! Or does it? Join us as we discuss Tuesday’s elections with Virginia elections expert Carolyn Fiddler, and we examine our chances of prevailing, as well as what the results (good or bad) mean for the …
 
Today we’re talking to two of our in-house experts: Joan McCarter will join us to give us an update on Democratic efforts to … get anything out of the Senate, where Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia remain intractable, insufferable a-holes. The delays and chaos have helped drive President Joe Biden’s numbers below 40%…
 
Markos and Kerry are joined by Jamie Perrapato, Executive Director of Turn PA Blue, an organization dedicated to flipping the Pennsylvania state legislature by training and mobilizing grassroots groups and volunteers to support candidates in Southeastern PA and beyond.
 
North Carolina is a purple state, but one that leans red. Today, on The Brief, we talk to Marcus Bass, Deputy Director for the North Carolina Black Alliance. Also joining is La’Meshia Whittington a campaign director from North Carolina Black Alliance. This organization advocates for North Carolinas historically black institutions of faith, educatio…
 
Arizona and Georgia’s big 2020 flips have gotten a ton of attention, and they were undoubtedly dramatic. But they weren’t the only states to flip based on dramatic Democratic gains. Today, we will talk to Art Reyes of We The People Michigan about their work to organize their community on the ground. He will be joined by one of his grassroots organi…
 
Virginia is one of a handful of states with statewide elections this off-year. We are exactly five weeks from Election Day, with Republicans hoping to flip what has been an increasingly reliable blue state in recent years. Joining us to talk about this critical election on our podcast, Daily Kos The Brief, are two on-the-ground experts. Gwen Mills …
 
Is California a bellwether for the epic incoming 2022 cycle, or is it its own blue bubble, with its own dynamics divorced from the rest of purple America? To discuss this topic, today’s guest on The Brief is Nick Rathod. He is the founder of the State Innovation Exchange, a progressive answer to ALEC—the right-wing group that writes model conservat…
 
Markos and Kerry talk with Jodi Hicks, CEO and President of Planned Parenthood California to talk about the awful Texas law, how it may have helped Democrats during the California recall election, and her experiences on the ground with voters facing a radicalized Supreme Court and Republican Party.
 
September promises to be exhaustingly jam-packed. What can Democrats actually accomplish in a Senate where their margin of error is zero? Meanwhile, Texas has just passed the nation’s most restrictive anti-abortion law, and the Supreme Court allowed it to be enforced while the law works its way up the court system. For the second half of the show, …
 
At 20 years, it was America’s longest war. So what now Republicans are trying to take advantage of Biden’s slide in the polls to stop what’s left of his legislative agenda. They’ll try to make an issue of it in the 2022 and 2024 elections. Will it work? Today’s guest is Jon Soltz. Soltz did two tours of duty in Iraq and is the chairman of VoteVets—…
 
This week we talk to former Democratic presidential candidate, mayor of San Antonio, and Obama-era secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julián Castro. Castro has recently been pounding Gov. Abbott's lack of leadership on the pandemic among other failures such as the "big freeze" of February 2021. We'll unpack the current state of COVID-19, v…
 
It’s a story of transition, from an old America that was white-majority and white-dominant, to one that is increasingly Black, brown, Asian, and multiracial. It’s an America where small rural towns are dying while most cities are growing and thriving.Today on The Brief, we will be talking about the Census, what it means for redistricting efforts, a…
 
Today, we will explore what to expect both politically and legally as the process unfolds with two experts in the field, Daily Kos Elections redistricting analyst and gerrymandering savant Stephen Wolf, and Simone Leeper, legal counsel at the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center. The Center also just launched PlanScore.org, a free online tool to help …
 
Longtime Daily Kos readers might remember Emily Cain, as she was a Daily Kos-backed candidate for Maine’s 2nd congressional district in 2014 and 2016—the swingy rural Maine district that Democrats currently hold, but was won by Donald Trump in both his presidential races. We’ll talk to Cain about Emily’s List 2022 recruitment efforts, our chances t…
 
On this week's The Brief we replay our episode with Matt Hildreth, the Executive Director of RuralOrganizing.org, a national "boldly progressive and proudly rural" organization based in Columbus, Ohio, working locally and nationally to build a rural America that is empowered, thriving, and fair. And Daily Kos communications director, Carolyn Fiddle…
 
Democrats have long considered the rural vote as completely unchangeable. Are we wrong about that? Are rural values aligned with those of the Democratic Party? How can we change our messaging to appeal to rural voters without losing our progressive ideals? J.D. Scholten and John Ray join us in conversation on how the fight for rural America is far …
 
Longtime Daily Kos readers might remember Emily Cain, as she was a Daily Kos-backed candidate for Maine’s 2nd congressional district in 2014 and 2016—the swingy rural Maine district that Democrats currently hold, but was won by Donald Trump in both his presidential races. We’ll talk to Cain about Emily’s List 2022 recruitment efforts, our chances t…
 
Today we’re lookinh at the youth vote—how important it was in 2020, and how critical it will be in 2022 to have any chance of retaining control of both chambers of Congress. Our guest is Ben Wessel, the former executive director of NextGen America, an organization focused on youth voter turnout. His advice on how to keep young people engaged can’t …
 
As the Republican Party turns even more autocratic with folks like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, what has the political press learned about covering this dangerous party? This week we’ll be talking about the media and its coverage of both the Biden administration, and of the ongoing threat to our democracy from the increasingly autocratic and undemo…
 
Republican attacks on transgender Americans and transgender youth, in particular, have skyrocketed in 2021. Roughly 150 anti-trans bills combined have been introduced in over 30 state legislatures this year, setting a new record for anti-trans legislation in a single session. Today on Daily Kos’ The Brief Kerry and Markos explore the personal, poli…
 
Remember when Republicans used to claim that America was “center-right”? They don’t claim that anymore. They don’t even pretend. At this point, they realize they’ve lost the battle for the hearts and minds of Americans, and are doing everything they can to undermine, and maybe even destroy, American democracy. We also talk with Amanda Litman of Run…
 
It is the one-year anniversary of the George Floyd murder. That murder shook up the world, leading to protests around the globe. Yet today’s guest, Yale historian Dr. Elizabeth Hinton, writes in her new book, AMERICA ON FIRE: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s, that this is nothing new—that the Black rebellion…
 
This week Markos and Kerry talk with Daily Kos Elections guru Jeff Singer. Singer knows every race, every district, and every potential in the historically important upcoming 2022 midterm elections. Incumbent parties tned to lose ground during midterms but we are living in interesting times and Jeff has some insight into what might be different thi…
 
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