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November 16, 2023
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First Rule of Republican Fight Club

In This Episode

It’s apparently Fight Club week on Capitol Hill. GOP Representatives are bidding farewell to decorum and possibly their own sanity as multiple almost-fights break out in Congress. Meanwhile, MAGA Mike Johnson gets his government funding bill passed in both the House and the Senate without any major cuts to spending or fulfilling any of his far-right fantasies. George Santos is no longer running for reelection as a House Ethics Committee investigation finds he spent campaign funds on Botox, Sephora runs and… Only Fans. Plus, Biden is getting advice from progressives about how to campaign on the economy and the New York Times says Trump may be more resilient than other Republicans when it comes to messaging on abortion. Finally, John Della Volpe, pollster and author of “Fight: How Gen Z is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America,” joins to talk about the President’s struggle with younger voters.


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Show Notes



  • WaPo: House passes funding bill to avert government shutdown 
  • RollCall: House passes two-tiered stopgap bill to avert shutdown
  • ABC News: Democrats help Johnson pass GOP bill to avoid government shutdown 
  • CNN: Schumer says Senate could vote to pass stopgap bill to avert shutdown ‘as soon as today’ 
  • The Hill: Most Americans in poll say Congress shouldn’t use government shutdown to bargain 
  • Forbes: Here Are The Likely Government Shutdown Deadlines For 2024 



  • New Republic: James Comer Melts Down Over Report He Did the Exact Same Thing as Joe Biden
  • USAToday: ‘You look like a Smurf’: Comer gets into heated exchange with Moskowitz during hearing
  • NPR: A GOP senator challenges Teamsters head to a fight in a fiery exchange at a hearing
  • WaPo: Teamsters president calls GOP senator a ‘greedy CEO’ in heated exchange 
  • NPR: GOP rifts boil over in exchange between Reps. McCarthy and Burchett
  • Hill: Burchett on McCarthy after alleged elbowing: ‘I feel sorry for him’
  • Forbes: Kevin McCarthy Accused Of Shoving GOP Rep. Who Voted To Oust Him — Leading To Chase Through Capitol



  • Politico: The alarming news progressive groups delivered to the White House
  • The Guardian: Biden’s economic messaging should ‘hit Trump’ and highlight his mistakes, data reveals
  • NYT: Why Trump Seems Less Vulnerable on Abortion Than Other Republicans
  • The Atlantic: Why a Blue-Leaning Swing State Is Getting Redder
  • CNN: Biden assails Trump’s ‘vermin’ remark and compares it to Nazi rhetoric
  • NBC: Sen. Joe Manchin says he ‘absolutely’ would consider a presidential run