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    September 19, 2021 @ 8:02 pm

    9.21.21- No Takeaways

    In Which We Discuss:

    1. 9/11 is over, but you can still buy Lila’s book, Some Kids Left Behind.

    2. The main correct takeaway from the CA Recall is that money was wasted and there’s nothing to learn from it.

    3. Everybody is trying to leave the Senate

    4. Losing statewide office once is one of the ways to get yourself onto a ballot for statewide office in Texas.

    5. Infrastructure season update: lol.

    6. Joe Biden, just like last time he was in the Executive Branch, is not afraid to deport you.

    Brain Trust Live is (still) Lila Nordstrom and Brent Thornburg's look at the week in electoral and political news. Join the millions of quarantiners, sirens, helicopters, barking dogs, and computer beeps who love our podcast and tell your friends about BTL!  Then rate us on iTunes or find us FacebookTwitterTumblrStitcher, or Instagram!

     

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    May 9, 2021 @ 4:43 pm

    5/9/21 - What’s in Giuliani’s drag bag?

    In Which We Discuss:

    1. Biden speech to the Joint Session of Congress puts both Mitt Romney and Lila Nordstrom into a coma level sleep state

    2. This week’s burning question: What’s in Rudy Giuliani’s drag bag? Will the feds tell us?

    3. Arizona Republicans train fire on their newest enemy: Bamboo

    4. India and the rest of the world thwart Biden’s plan to thwart his own plan to release the COVID vaccine patents.

    5. Fearing the end of Florida's warring golf cart elder parades, Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene take to The Villages to spread election lies.

     

    Also:

    CALL YOUR REPS. ABOUT EVERYTHING. Make this number your profile picture. Tweet it every day. Add it to your phonebook:

    Capitol Hill Main Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

     

    Brain Trust Live is (still) Lila Nordstrom and Brent Thornburg's look at the week in electoral and political news. Join the millions of quarantiners, sirens, helicopters, barking dogs, and computer beeps who love our podcast and tell your friends about BTL!  Then rate us on iTunes or find us FacebookTwitterTumblrStitcher, or Instagram!

     

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    April 5, 2021 @ 6:16 am

    4/5/21 - The BTL Easter Spectacular

    In Which We Discuss:

    1. The BTL Easter story tradition continues...with a twist!

    2. Attacking the Capitol is now more regular than perhaps we’d want

    3. In a surprising turn of events, infrastructure week actually yields something of an infrastructure plan

    4. The Matt Gaetz revelations are somehow both the most mind boggling, and least shocking things we’ve heard in ages

    5. Quick! Get more progressive legislation in front of Andrew Cuomo while he’s still scandal-ridden

    6. Turns out Amazon knew about the bottle peeing all along

    Other than that, Happy Easter!

    Also:

    CALL YOUR REPS. ABOUT EVERYTHING. Make this number your profile picture. Tweet it every day. Add it to your phonebook:

    Capitol Hill Main Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

     

    Brain Trust Live is (still) Lila Nordstrom and Brent Thornburg's look at the week in electoral and political news. Join the millions of quarantiners, sirens, helicopters, barking dogs, and computer beeps who love our podcast and tell your friends about BTL!  Then rate us on iTunes or find us FacebookTwitterTumblrStitcher, or Instagram!

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    August 4, 2019 @ 11:31 pm

    BTL #321 - I Wrote The Bill - 7/5/19

    In Which We Discuss:

    1. Domestic terrorism has had a big week

    2. After 12 hours of debate, we still can’t pick the generic white moderates out of a Democratic Debate lineup

    3. The people of Puerto Rico overthrew their government last week. Now if only we could overthrow ours...

    4. Trump, unsurprisingly, can’t find a National Intelligence Director. Or an intelligent person to work for him in general.

    5. Trump furious that Elijah Cummings can’t stop Trump’s own family from slumming up Baltimore

    6. Go and demand some impeachment, people!

    Brain Trust Live is Lila Nordstrom and Brent Thornburg's look at the week in political news. Join the millions of sirens, helicopters, and computer beeps who love our podcast and tell your friends about BTL!  Then rate us on iTunes or find us FacebookTwitterTumblrStitcher, or Instagram! 

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    July 1, 2019 @ 10:33 pm

    BTL #319 - Who is John Delaney? - 7/1/19

    In Which We Discuss:

    1. Lila was in the thick of the biggest news of two weeks ago

    2. #DemDebate Real Talk: 

    3. Partisan gerrymandering is no big deal if you have a lifetime appointment

    4. SCOTUS is super confusing these days, but ultimately still as horrible as you’d expect

    5. We’ve been gone a month, so here are all the times we almost went to war

    6. Trump is celebrating the 4th of July by scheduling counterprogramming to PBS’s celebration because what better way to celebrate America than by getting better ratings than Carole King?

    Brain Trust Live is Lila Nordstrom and Brent Thornburg's look at the week in political news. Join the millions of sirens, helicopters, and computer beeps who love our podcast and tell your friends about BTL!  Then rate us on iTunes or find us FacebookTwitterTumblrStitcher, or Instagram! 

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    July 15, 2018 @ 9:33 pm

    BTL #293 - BALLOON BABY [w/ guest host Grant Sloss] - 7/16/18

    In Which We Discuss:

     

    1. We tuned in for “Bachelorette: The SCOTUS Edition’s” finale

    2. Note to head-in-hands, NATO-meeting-era John Kelly: you are literally the problem here.

    3. Trump gets a taste of his own medicine from royals and regular people alike

    4. Dianne Feinstein can’t even take a hint and now it’s kind of like...sad

    5. Paul Ryan apparently knows more about the destructive nature of woodchucks than his constitutional powers

    Brain Trust Live is Lila Nordstrom and Brent Thornburg's look at the week in political news. Join the millions of summer breezes and thunderstorms who love our podcast and tell your friends about BTL!  Then rate us on iTunes or find us FacebookTwitterTumblrStitcher, or Instagram!

     

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    January 10, 2018 @ 12:23 am

    BTL 273 - LIZARD BLIZZARD - 1/10/18

    In Which We Discuss:

    1. Fire and Fury paints Donald Trump as exactly the kind of lazy, incompetent federal employee he most fears

    2. 45 definitely isn’t a "stable genius," but he sure tried to play one on TV today

    3. Fire up your iPod and blast some “Gangnam Style” because the 2012 presidential candidates are BACK and coming to a senate race near you!

    4. Why do so many men brag about having destructive buttons on their desks?

    5. There is something called a lizard blizzard happening in Florida, which sounds right.

    Brain Trust Live is Lila Nordstrom and Brent Thornburg's look at the week in political news. Join the millions of sirens and helicopters who love our podcast and tell your friends about BTL!  Then rate us on iTunes or find us FacebookTwitterTumblrStitcher, or Instagram!

     
     
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    August 31, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

    POLITICON 2017

    Mid-Week Special!

    When we promise you we’ll post something, you can count on us to post it…weeks later! That’s right, we’re putting up a supercut of the audio from our wild weekend at Politicon!  Check out some clips from the awesome panels and get our thoughts on Ann Coulter’s sanity, our unending love for the queen of 2017 Symone Sanders, and the bathroom habits of Trump supporters.  It’s all here, so enjoy!

     

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    August 20, 2017 @ 6:41 pm

    BTL #256 - WHEN EVEN THE “BEST WORDS” FAIL - 8/21/17

    In Which We Discuss:

    1. Hapless White Nationalists fail to grasp the irony of carrying tiki torches while marching against people of color. The Tiki torch industry responded with fire. The police did not.

    2. Trump does not have the “best words” when it comes to racism, and that may be his biggest problem

    3. Trump tries to break up with his CEO exes, but they did it first! What a loser!

    4. Beelzebub Bannon is gone, just in time for us to discover that Trump has always been the White House’s leading white supremacist

    5. Catalonia is the latest victim of what Trump might call “real terrorism,” meaning it wasn’t committed by white guys with torches

    6. Americans grasp onto the once-in-a-lifetime eclipse as sign Trump’s days are numbered. (We are desperate out here.)

    Brain Trust Live is Lila Nordstrom and Brent Thornburg's look at the week in political news. Join the millions of sirens and helicopters who love our podcast and tell your friends about BTL!  Then rate us on iTunes or find us FacebookTwitterTumblrStitcher, or Instagram!

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    July 23, 2017 @ 10:50 pm

    BTL #254 - BRANDING MEDIOCRITY - 7/24/17

    In Which We Discuss:

    1. The new Sean Spicer is a Nickelodeon villain who donated to Barack Obama

    2. Russia actually called us thugs this week, which is cute

    3. Zombie healthcare will kick a new and exciting figure of 32 million off their healthcare. Way to keep playing, guys!

    4. Al Gore is the latest borderline Republican to come out in favor of single payer

    5. Democrats new motto urges us not to lose faith. Our most mediocre times are still ahead of us!

    6. A "spicey" goodbye to America’s most exciting and irreverent character in the nation’s first reality presidency

    PLUS, don't forget to follow us next weekend on social media as we follow all the fun at Politicon!  We'll be galavanting AND asking the hard-hitting questions all weekend! 

    Brain Trust Live is Lila Nordstrom and Brent Thornburg's look at the week in political news. Join the millions of sirens and helecopters who love our podcast and tell your friends about BTL!  Then rate us on iTunes or find us FacebookTwitterTumblrStitcher, or Instagram!

     
     
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