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June 03, 2021
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“Cowboy up, Joe Manchin.” (with Stacey Abrams and Ben Rhodes!)

In This Episode

Donald Trump says he’ll be reinstated as President this August as his former National Security Advisor calls for a military coup, Republicans continued their coordinated assault on voting rights, and Democrats win big in a New Mexico special election. Then, Stacey Abrams talks to Jon Favreau about the fight for democracy, her latest book, and more.


Show Notes



  • CNN: Listen to former Trump attorney’s comment on Myanmar-style coup
  • WaPo: Michael Flynn’s ridiculous defense of his coup comments, in context 
  • Rolling Stone: Trumpers Are Moving From Coup Curious to Full-on Coup Horny
  • WaPo: At Texas event with QAnon ties, Louie Gohmert downplays Jan. 6: ‘It wasn’t just right-wing extremists’ 
  • CNN: Former WH ethics lawyer: Flynn should be court-martialed
  • Slate: How the Military Should Deal With Its Michael Flynn Problem 
  • The New Republic: Trump’s Republicans Want a Coup 
  • The Week: Michael Flynn cranks the right’s rhetorical ratchet 
  • USA Today: Michael Flynn’s coup talk makes him the poster boy for an addiction to rage
  • NYT: QAnon Now as Popular in U.S. as Some Major Religions, Poll Suggests 
  • Quinnipiac: 85% Of Republicans Want Candidates To Agree With Trump, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Americans Support Early Cut To Federal Jobless Benefit 
  • Vox: Michael Flynn’s coup comments show how QAnon is evolving in the Biden era
  • WaPo: Opinion: Republicans are fighting against democracy — and the future 
  • WaPo Editorial: In Texas, Arizona and Washington D.C., the GOP advances its election lie 
  • WaPo: Observers of Arizona’s GOP-led election audit document security breaches, prohibited items on counting floor 
  • NYT: Katie Hobbs, Arizona Secretary of State, Announces Bid for Governor
  • FiveThirtyEight: What’s Happening In Arizona Is Not Really An Audit Or A Recount. It’s A Partisan Inquisition. 
  • Slate: What if the Unorthodox Arizona Audit Declares Trump Won? 
  • ABC: Texas House advances restrictive voting bill after late-night vote
  • NBC: Texas Gov. Abbott says he’ll target legislator pay after Democrats block strict voting bill 
  • MSNBC: Texas State Rep. explains why Dems walked out to block GOP voting restrictions 
  • Salon: Texas Democrats stand up for democracy and send a loud message to Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema 
  • Truthout: Republicans Are Vocally Opposed to Democracy, From Texas to Myanmar 
  • Mother Jones: Jim Crow Killed Voting Rights for Generations. Now the GOP Is Repeating History. 
  • HuffPost: Biden Calls Out 2 Democratic Lawmakers For Blocking Agenda
  • WaPo: Opinion: A frantic warning from 100 leading experts: Our democracy is in grave danger
  • NYT: Biden Assigns Harris Another Difficult Role: Protecting Voting Rights 
  • NYT: As Biden Vows to ‘Fight Like Heck,’ Voting Overhaul Falters in Congress 
  • CBS News: Senate to take up sweeping voting rights bill in June 



  • Intelligencer: Democrat Wins Big in New Mexico Special Congressional Election
  • CNN: Democrat Melanie Stansbury wins New Mexico special election for US House seat, CNN projects 
  • FiveThirtyEight: Updated: What The New Mexico 1st Special Election Can — And Can’t — Tell Us About 2022 
  • NYT: Why a New Mexico House Race Is a Crucial Test of the G.O.P. Focus on Crime 
  • Politico: Dems notch easy win in New Mexico special election
  • NYT: Melanie Stansbury, a Democrat, Cruises in New Mexico House Race 
  • Axios: Democrat Melanie Stansbury wins House seat to replace Deb Haaland
  • KOB4: Early voting for CD-1 special election shows sizable lead for Democrats
  • Politico: Election Results
  • Slate: Is a Democratic Landslide in New Mexico’s Congressional Special Election a Sign?
  • WaPo: House Democrats’ 2020 election autopsy: Bad polling hurt and GOP attacks worked 
  • Fox News: Surge in crime, defund the police push are top issues in House special election 
  • NYT: Who Financed the Georgia Sixth, the Most Expensive House Election Ever (6/20/17)
  • FiveThirtyEight: 5 Takeaways From The Georgia 6 Special Election (5/19/17)
  • The Atlantic: The Democrats’ New Trump Problem 
  • Rolling Stone: The Democrats Have Power. How Can They Keep It?


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