Those Who Remained Groaned and Gasped

June 14, 2017

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Holy freaking crap some guy started shooting at GOP Members of Congress at their baseball practice, wounding House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, and likely others. 

The organizers of the Sandy Hook Promise Champions Gala have dropped Megyn Kelly as the event's host due to her upcoming interview with Alex Jones. 

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The Universe is an Echoing Void

June 13, 2017

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I'm quite proud of this new episode of Point of Inquiry, my second as the new host, where I talk to The New Yorker's Elizabeth Kolbert about how we might honestly come to grips with inevitable climate change. She was super cool and really informative. PLUS, there's a bonus "exit interview" with now-former POI producer Nora Hurley.  

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Insufficiently Terrified

June 12, 2017

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Laurie Goodstein at NYT has a big feature on the religious left: newly galvanized by opposition to Trump, but tied to a party that is largely secular. Sojourners founder Rev. Jim Wallis tells her:

The fact that one party has strategically used and abused religion, while the other has had a habitually allergic and negative response to religion per se, puts our side in a more difficult position in regard to political influence. ... Most progressive religious leaders I talk to, almost all of them, feel dissed by the left. The left is really controlled by a lot of secular fundamentalists.

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Bucket of Deplorables

June 09, 2017

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"Veni, dixi, vici." - Comey, probably. 

"Conati, perdidi, victi." May, probably.

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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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