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February 24, 2022
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"Putin Chooses War in Ukraine."

In This Episode

Ben Rhodes joins to talk about Vladimir Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, as well as the response from the U.S. and the world. And later, Democratic strategist and pollster Celinda Lake joins to talk about the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s midterm manifesto, which includes raising taxes on more than 100 million Americans.


Show Notes



  • Playbook: GOP pans Biden’s first taste of sanctions
  • MSNBC: It’s time to admit the obvious: Donald Trump sure is acting like a Russian agent WaPo: Russia rationalization breaks further into the Trump-ian GOP mainstream
  • WaPo: Republicans view Putin more favorably than they do leading Democrats
  • WaPo: With his praise for Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Trump makes his apologists look foolish. Again.
  • NYT: Trump, again cozying up to Putin, praises Russian aggression as ‘genius.’
  • NBC: Trump praises Putin’s ‘genius’ as GOP fissures grow on Ukraine crisis
  • Politico’s Morning Money: The economic price of Putin’s use of force
  • Punchbowl: Crisis in Ukraine
  • WSJ: S&P 500 Falls Into Correction Territory as Russian Troops Enter Ukraine Region


Rick Scott’s Manifesto  

  • WaPo: Rick Scott thrusts the GOP back into Romney-‘47 percent’ territory
  • WaPo: New tax plan from leading GOP senator would require all Americans to pay federal income taxes
  • NBCNews: Sen. Rick Scott’s GOP manifesto denies existence of transgender people
  • Politico: Scott’s ‘Rescue America’ plan falls flat
  • Other reactions to Scott’s plan, per WaPo, Politico and CBSNews



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