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August 14, 2022 @ 7:28 pm

8/15/22 - Puppies and Rainbows and Safes

In Which We Discuss:

1. After his home’s FBI raid, Trump turned on his beloved Richard Nixon. Is there no longer such a thing as loyalty!?

2. Trump pleds the fifth 440 times in Tish James’ corruption investigation, which, according to his own 2016 words, means he’s guilty. Congrats to Tish and good game!

3. Democrats finally embrace the Puppies and Rainbows™ bill naming strategy.

4. Elections. Against all odds, they’re still happening.

5. The CDC thinks it’s fine if you want to cough on the elderly. Everybody ultimately dies anyway, right?

Brain Trust Live is 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!

And, as always, you can buy and review Lila's book here: Some Kids Left Behind. Plus, subscribe to Lila's new podcast, What Can I Do, wherever you get your podcasts!

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June 26, 2022 @ 10:28 pm

6/27/22 - The End of Roe/World Roundtable

In Which We Discuss:

We’re doing a roundtable about the end of Roe and…that’s basically it.

 

About Our Guests:

BEN SOFTNESS is an old friend of Lila’s who spent years as partner at a DC law firm, where he briefed half a dozen cases in the Supreme Court on issues of statutory and constitutional law. He’s the author of an article on how the Supreme Court is usually incrementalist and avoids seismic shifts in the law to protect its legitimacy —an article who's premise was recently disproven! He is also the reformed Republican from Lila’s book, Some Kids Left Behind, available wherever books are sold.

SASCHA MEISEL is a lawyer and friend of the pod who’s experience in campaign work and the law seemed relevant here. And also she’s Lila's personal lawyer b/c sometimes Lila gets into her car and cries until she gives her legal advice.

 

Brain Trust Live is 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!

And, as always, you can buy and review Lila's book here: Some Kids Left Behind

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June 19, 2022 @ 10:08 pm

6/20/22 - Diet Pepsi Drunk

In Which We Discuss:

1. The June corporate appropriation holiday bonanza continues!

2. Biden will try literally anything to make America think he’s President Bartlett.

3. Rudy Giuliani didn’t knowingly break the law, he was just drunk on Diet Pepsi.

4. Can we please put a news embargo on reporting CA election results until we actually have California election results?

5. When will Democrats learn: Part 435 of our ongoing series.

6. Have you ever wondered if the current inflation was caused by something other than that one time the government sent you a measly check? We have.

 

Brain Trust Live is 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!

And, as always, you can buy and review Lila's book here: Some Kids Left Behind

 

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May 9, 2022 @ 10:07 pm

5/9/22 - Governing With Imagination

In Which We Discuss:

1. It’s time to try to dream as big as Republicans.

2. Also, If you’re in line to protest at the homes of the SCOTUS judges, stay in line!

3. When Jen Psaki and Bill Kristol give you life advice, do the opposite.

4. If you’re going to pursue student loan forgiveness, try actually forgiving some loans.

BUT most importantly, you can do more than vote. Burn it down! Become ungovernable!

 

Brain Trust Live is 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!

And, as always, you can buy and review Lila's book here: Some Kids Left Behind

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June 13, 2021 @ 10:09 pm

6/14/21 - Emu Crime

In Which We Discuss:

1. Thankfully Tiktok will live on under the Biden administration because there are emus committing crimes out there.

2. Terry McAuliffe is still here. Why?

3. World leaders donated money to telling developing nations about technology they can’t afford.

4. Kamala Harris is a woman, so yes, she will only be given tasks she can fail at

5. Infrastructure month has officially turned into infrastructure season

6. Israel elected new impossible person to lead their impossible government

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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November 8, 2020 @ 10:49 pm

BTL #374 - Old Democrats, New Georgia [w/ guest Kat Calvin] - 11/9/20

In Which We Discuss:

1. We’re joined by the founder of Spread The Vote and host of Vote! The Podcast, Kat Calvin! 

2. Joe Biden was declared the winner by Lila Nordstrom a full 12 hours before network news had the balls to step up and say something.

3. Alaska‘s not bothering to count at all, GA’s going to have to count forever because they’re having two Senate runoffs in January.

4. We lost all sorts of house races b/c people won’t listen to AOC.

5. Californians fucked up on the props. And after we literally did all the work for you!

6. The Biden transition talk is as infuriating as you’d expect because Pete Buttigeig is involved.

 

Donate to organizations doing critical GOTV work in Georgia:

Spread The Vote

New Georgia Project

 

Brain Trust Live is 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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October 18, 2020 @ 9:57 pm

BTL #372 - Who Needs The News - 10/19/20

In Which We Discuss:

1. Americans everywhere vote early, wish they could now just sleep for weeks and wake up on November 4th. 

2. Amy Coney Barrett is awful, but is there anyone worse than Dianne Feinstein?

3. Biden hits Trump where it hurts the most: TV ratings.

4. Trump now banking all his election hopes on locking up all Democrats.

5. The NY Post posts the postiest election conspiracy theory yet. 

6. In a shocking departure from Trump, Chris Christie has mostly the right takeaways after his week in the ICU.

Brain Trust Live is Lila Nordstrom and Brent Thornburg's look at the week in electoral and political news. Join the millions of quarantiners, 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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October 4, 2020 @ 9:41 pm

BTL #370 - VIP Superspreader Event [w/ Special Guest Grant Sloss] - 10/5/20

In Which We Discuss [w/ special guest Grant Sloss]:

1. White House host nation’s first VIP-only, black-tie superspreader event. 

2. Trump now attempting to die of COVID in a last-ditch attempt to get out of a massive IRS bill and crushing debt.

3. The first presidential debate (and likely the last) was, in the words of Jake Tapper, “a hot mess inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck.”

4. Cal Cunningham is part of the exact kind of lame sexting scandal you’d expect from a DNC-backed moderate. But don’t worry, Thom Tillis has COVID.

5. Another year, another set of Prop 13 battles hit the California ballot.

Brain Trust Live is Lila Nordstrom and Brent Thornburg's look at the week in electoral and political news. Join the millions of quarantiners, 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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June 21, 2020 @ 9:56 pm

BTL #355 - The Emptysburg Address - 6/22/20

 

In Which We Discuss:

1. Hillary Clinton bravely comes off the sidelines to endorse a 16 term incumbent

2. Trump reveals himself to be an expert ramp physicist at his sparsely attended Tulsa rally

3. Neil Gorsuch borrows Dick Cheney’a hunting rifle for this week’s SCOTUS decisions

4. John Bolton’s Moustache finally reveals its secrets! 

5. “Law and Order” president signs entirely predictable policing executive order amidst nationwide protest

6. Klobuchar withdraws from VP race, seemingly unaware that the rest of us had proactively withdrawn her weeks ago

Brain Trust Live is Lila Nordstrom and Brent Thornburg's look at the week in electoral and political news. Join the millions of quarantiners, 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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May 3, 2020 @ 10:12 pm

BTL #349 - The Joe Biden Experience - 5/4/20

In Which We Discuss:

1. If 2019 was the year of believing women, then 2020 is the year we decided to stop.

2. If we can read anything into the Biden VP selection committee, it’s that Biden likes to stick to a theme.

3. If Kansas is lapping you in primary ideas, you might be New York State.

4. States are re-opening, so looks like we may have to die to save capitalism.

5. He may be the king of ratings, but his polling is the one stat Donald Trump can’t rescue through sheer force of personality.

6. If Kim Jong-Un really is back, then he’s wasted an opportunity to peddle a brilliant rebirth story. Amateur.

Brain Trust Live is Lila Nordstrom and Brent Thornburg's look at the week in electoral and political news. Join the millions of quarantiners, 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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