Episode 46

Which Party’s Changed More, Market Turmoil, ACLU, Cap Hill Union, NY Maps

Ravi, Cory, and Rikki start with the worrying trend of increasing polarization we’re seeing in both the Democratic and Republican parties. They then move on to the tanking markets, mission creep at the ACLU, Capitol Hill staffers finally unionizing, and the demise of New York’s gerrymandered congressional map. 


Ravi outlines the changes he perceives within the respective parties and Cory argues that the radical changes to the Democratic platform in his lifetime still don’t equate to the radical shift in Republicans’ approach to politics in the last half-decade. Rikki finishes up by pointing out how this has caused significant portions of both parties’ former bases to no longer identify with them. [1:02]

The hosts discuss why markets are tumbling, whether a recession is inevitable, and how the economy might fare in the near future. [15:20]

Rikki goes through the ACLU’s bizarre ties to the Amber Heard-Johnny Depp defamation case and how that and several other recent examples amount to a worrying case of mission creep in the increasingly partisan organization. [22:00]

Ravi remarks on House staffers only just now getting the green light to unionize, calling out Democrats for a longstanding discrepancy between their pro-union rhetoric and how they manage their own staff. He then plays a disconcerting game with Cory and Rikki, comparing quotes from campaign staffers versus Amazon employees. [30:44]

Cory then wraps up with an update on New York’s gerrymandered congressional map getting thrown out once and for all, delaying this year’s primaries. [39:09]

Elon Musk Extreme Left Tweet (Twitter, 04/29)
Elon Musk Political Leaning Tweet (Twitter, 04/28)
Colin Wright Tweet (Twitter, 05/09)
Elon Musk Obama Tweet (Twitter, 04/28)
Democrats have changed a lot since 2012 (Slow Boring, 05/04)
Republicans have changed a lot since 2008 (Slow Boring, 05/11)
The polarization in today’s Congress has roots that go back decades(Pew Research Center, 03/10)
Americans now see both parties as equally extreme (The Washington Post, 05/09)
America More Liberal than 50 Years Ago—But Change Not Reflected in Its Politics (NYU, 12/09/21)
 ACLU helped draft article at heart of Depp v Heard case for $3.5m donation, court hears (The Guardian, 04/28)
Would Today’s ACLU Defend the Speech Rights of Nazis? (ReasonTV Youtube Channel, 10/19/2020)
The ACLU Has Lost Its Way (The Atlantic, 05/10)
Amber Heard: I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change. (The Washington Post, 12/18/2018)
ACLU History (ACLU)
Ira Glasser on Free Speech | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) (Real Time with Bill Maher YouTube Channel, 01/28)
WATCH LIVE: Biden delivers remarks on plan to fight inflation and lower prices to American consumers (PBS NewsHour YouTube Channel, 05/10)
Squawk Box Tweet #1 (05/11)
Squawk Box Tweet #2 (05/11)
US inflation stays at 40-year high, defying expectations of bigger drop (Financial Times, 05/11)
Inflation Slipped in April, but Upward Pressures Remain (The Wall Street Journal, 05/11)
The stock market’s panicking, but you don’t have to (Vox, 05/11)
Inflation’s Descent Will Be Slow, Economists Say (The Wall Street Journal, 05/11)
8/9. That’s the Fed’s record on triggering a recession while trying to fix inflation. (Politico, 03/29)
A major recession is coming, Deutsche Bank warns (CNN Business, 04/26)
Nasdaq falls more than 3% as U.S. inflation data gives little relief to investors (Reuters, 05/11)
Stocks Close Lower on Inflation Data (The Wall Street Journal, 05/11)
Why So Many Tech Stocks Are Falling (TIME, 05/11)
A soft landing in the US is possible but unlikely (Financial Times, 05/10)
Coinbase trading volumes plummet as ‘crypto winter’ sets in (Financial Times, 05/10)
Rising prices seen as top concern for voters: poll (The Hill, 04/12)
House Votes to Extend Union Organizing Protections to Its Staff (The New York Times, 05/10)
Congressional Workers Union Twitter Profile (Twitter)
Dear White Staffers Instagram Account (Instagram)
House Votes to Extend Union Organizing Protections to Staff (The New York Times, 05/10)
Sanders is first presidential campaign to approve union contract with workers (NBC News, 05/08/2019) 
House gives green light to staffer unionization (Politico, 05/10)
On Capitol Hill, a Push to Unionize House Aides Gains Traction (The New York Times, 02/11)
Federal Judge Dashes Democrats’ Hopes for N.Y. District Maps (The New York Times, 5/10)
A judge in Florida says he will block Republicans’ new congressional map (The New York Times, 5/11)
New York Map Trial Has Democrats Holding Their Breath (The Cook Political Report, 04/12)