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    June 21, 2021 @ 10:45 pm

    6/22/21 - The Dem Consensus on Consensus [w/ guest Kat Calvin (@KatCalvinLA)]

    In Which We Discuss:

    1. Kat Calvin (@KatCalvinLA) is in the studio to tell you why we can’t have a Dem consensus on Voter ID that involves...having Voter ID. [Go share her twitter thread about it!]

    2. Democrats are bad at power: an exposé

    3. The latest on infrastructure season is that it is now infrastructure year. We will never have an infrastructure deal. Get a new hobby.

    4. The NYC Mayor’s race is ending in the same chaotic fashion it started: with headlines about Andrew Yang

    5. Rhode Island: A non-surprising place to find an all-white country club

    6. Happy Father’s day to all, including the sad men crashing weddings and funerals just for the attention while they work as unpaid hotel concierges at tacky resorts in Florida!

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    May 31, 2021 @ 9:49 pm

    6/1/21 - The News From A Single Room

    In Which We Discuss:

    1. Biden administration hellbent on up to one year of big structural change, which is actually the opposite of structural change

    2. Biden debuts infrastructure month, which is exactly like infrastructure week in that nothing gets accomplished, it’s just longer.

    3. Someone is about to have to take four months off work to to decide a question with a simple answer: Is Donald Trump a criminal? Yes.

    4. The battle of the working class origin stories is coming to a Florida Senate primary near you.

    5. There’s no one who wants Donald Trump to die more than Matt Gaetz.  Pass it on.

    6. Tom Perez is joining Jay Carney in union-busting hell.

    Also:

    Get a vaccine so you too can record a podcast in the same room as your co-host!

     

    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 16, 2021 @ 8:37 pm

    5/17/21 - Embrace the Chaos

    In Which We Discuss:

    1. CDC’s new mask guidance is to just embrace the chaos. We all have to die sometime.

    2. It’s finally okay to work in DC and not want to kill Palestinians! Baby steps.

    3. NYC Mayoral Debate season is upon us! Lots of 2020 vibes.

    4. Let the one lesson we learn from the pandemic be that you can extract more from your governors if you threaten to fire them.

    5. Message to Joe Biden: Success isn’t measured by how many meetings you take with asshat Kevin McCarthy. It’s measured by whether you actually pass a bill.

    6. Horse junkies are sweeping the horse races!

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    April 11, 2021 @ 6:42 pm

    4/12/21 - A Predictable Outcome

    In Which We Discuss:

    1. So the giant corporation wins again in Bessemer. It doesn’t have to always be this way.

    2. A Predictable Outcome: The Matt Gaetz Story.

    3. Mar-A-Lago’s activities coordinator inexplicably has opinions on the world’s evilest man.

    4. Andrew Cuomo is now a man without an enforcer or a clue, and it’s going awesomely.

    5. John Boehner is back, and just as drunk as ever.

    6. Caitlin Jenner is not a progressive icon, but she is a Republican trashbag and she cannot be the governor of California.

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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!

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    February 28, 2021 @ 9:31 pm

    BTL #389 - Never Run For a Third Term In New York -3/1/21

    In Which We Discuss:

    1. The further right you get on the political scale, the more you should not be allowed to dance in public. And yet...CPAC still happened.

    2. The House passed Biden’s stimulus bill, but was the less-than-$2000 really worth staying up all night for?

    3. In classic Biden fashion, he figures out how to send bombs to Syria before checks to your bank account.

    4. Kids in cages are being shuffled around to different cages under the Biden border plan.

    5. Listen, kids, here’s some advice to live by: Never run for a third term in New York.

    6. More vaccines are coming! So you can think about that while you continue to not be able to get an appointment.

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    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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    February 21, 2021 @ 8:42 pm

    BTL #388 - The Weather Messed With Texas - 2/22/21

    In Which We Discuss:

    1. Rush Limbaugh: A terrible person, now with deadness.

    2. The weather messed with Texas and...Texas folded immediately.

    3. Ted Cruz picked himself up by his bootstraps and flew himself to Cancun for some fun in the sun while Texas froze.

    4. “Joe Manchin saves the day” is a sentence we never thought we’d write.

    5. Famous empath Joe Biden can’t seem to find the aforementioned empathy for minimum wage workers and student borrowers.

    6. It’s so annoying that we’re going to have to boycott all the gig employers in California.

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    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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    February 14, 2021 @ 4:33 pm

    BTL #387 - No Defense - 2/15/21

    In Which We Discuss:

    1. We joked Donald Trump would not need an impeachment defense to get off scott free and he didn’t have one.

    2. Blowback for GOP convictors. Not yet enough blowback for Mitch McConnell’s open hypocrisy.

    3. Trump’s COVID was more serious than we were told. And yet, it was also less serious than it should have been.

    4. I guess local GOP officials would be the ones to know if Antifa caused the Capitol riots because tons of them were active participants.

    5. In the Biden administration, threatening the press gets you suspended, not promoted.

    6. Weather. It’s everywhere. We’ll tell you what to do.

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    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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    February 7, 2021 @ 5:46 pm

    BTL #386 - Bad Puns Gone Too Far - 2/8/21

    In Which We Discuss:

    1. The Iowa Caucus was one year ago this week in real time and this week last millennium in thought time.

    2. How can we tell Donald Trump that testifying himself at his impeachment trial would be so good for his ratings?

    3. Looking to compromise with someone, Democrats choose themselves in COVID stimulus reconciliation process. 

    4. Marjorie Taylor Green makes desperate attempt to cling to respectability by admitting 9-11 was real.

    5. Alert: The Newsom recall is actually happening.

    6. Pillows are now political: A treatise on bad puns gone too far.

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    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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    January 31, 2021 @ 7:46 pm

    BTL #385 - Unity - 2/1/21

    In Which We Discuss:

    1. It’s Occupy Wall Street, but instead of sleeping on a park bench, you get to make millions of dollars!

    2. Democrats continue to compromise with themselves over direct payments

    3. “Unity” with the GOP is not the same thing as unity with the American people

    4. Every day we’re a step closer to Donald Trump potentially representing himself in his second Impeachment trial

    5. Jewish Space Lasers: Where do you buy them and how do you use them?

    6. Schumer is a man who really, really, really doesn’t want to get primaried in 2022. Let’s dash that hope.

    Also:

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    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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