Transferred to the Chicken

June 08, 2017

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Happy Comey Day, a day when Americans from all filter bubbles gather together to hear things we already know said in front of senators who will then put on amazing performances. It truly is a magical time.

But are you sure you wanna watch? As Julia Belluz reports, no, it's not just you: politics is now making people sick.

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Improving Drainage

June 07, 2017

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12 people are killed in two terrorist attacks in Iran: one at Parliament, the other at mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini. ISIS claims responsibility, making it the first major attack by the Islamic State in Iran.

The U.S. threatens to pull out of the UN Human Rights Council over what Ambassador Nikki Haley calls its "chronic anti-Israel bias," but assures us, hey, guys, we don't want to leave...

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Chewbacca with a Hangover

June 06, 2017

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Now it can be told. Yesterday, Michael De Dora announced that he would be leaving CFI this week, taking a new job at the Committee to Protect Journalists. And I'm fine with it. SERIOUSLY. It's fine. He's gotta live his own life. I can't tell him what to do. EVERYONE has to find their own path and just because he's ABANDONING me as though ALL WE'VE WORKED ON TOGETHER means NOTHING, hey, ob-la-di ob-la-da life goes on, right?!? No, no, YOU'RE handling it badly!!!!

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Tolerate It

June 05, 2017

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Due to the president's withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, we kicked off the next generation of Point of Inquiry earlier than we intended, because our first guest is the former head of the Sierra Club, Carl Pope, who also has an optimistic new book with Mike Bloomberg on climate change. Oh, and the host is me! Didn't see THAT coming, did you? Maybe you did.

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Lord, Here Comes the Flood

June 02, 2017

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Drink up, dreamers. You're running dry. We knew it was coming, but it's stunning all the same. President Donald Trump withdraws the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. When you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.

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Some Sort of Healing Vibrations

June 01, 2017

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This is how we reacted to the news that Trump is probably going to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement:

“Should he go through with withdrawal from the climate accord, the president will be turning his back on the rest of the world while it almost literally burns,” said [our boss Robyn] Blumner. “Having isolated our country, the president would be transforming America from a global superpower to a rogue state.” 

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This is Rather Troubling

May 31, 2017

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Jonathan Swan at Axios reports that Trump is pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, which is not a surprise, but also terrible.

A bomb detonated near the presidential palace in Kabul kills at least 80 people and injures hundreds.

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The Only Way Out is Way, Way Out

May 30, 2017

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A three-day weekend means there's a lot of news to catch up on. Let's try and burn through these.

Richard Dawkins talks to Scott Simon on NPR about the Portland attack, how good deeds are not the exclusive purview of religion, and the shifting religious landscape.

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Drips

May 26, 2017

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The swamp thickens. Journalist-assaulting Republican Greg Gianforte wins Montana's special election to the U.S. House. But he's real sorry, everybody. Read Josh Barro on why this is just the way of things now.

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I Hear the Word Messy a Lot

May 25, 2017

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Because things aren't ridiculous enough, the GOP candidate for Montana's House seat, Greg Gianforte, physically attacks Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs for having the gall to ask him questions about health care. Like, seriously attacks the guy, and literally puts his hands around Jacobs' throat. Broke the dude's glasses, too, which is ALSO NOT COOL. Two Montana newspapers retract their endorsements of Gianforte, and Gianforte is charged with misdemeanor assault (announced by a sheriff who actually donated to Gianforte's campaign).

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