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Out d’Coup Podcast

Aug 2018

Out d’Coup | Big Primaries; Is Socialism Dead?; Trumpka on Trump; Koch Money Heading to PA; Wolf “No” on Legal Pot; Kevin’s Dog; Sean’s Cocktails; Netroots 2019 in Philly; more!

August 9, 2018

Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian American from Detroit, will become the first Muslim Woman to ever be elected to Congress, and she’s also a Democratic Socialist. But...Is Socialism Dead?  That’s what pundits are proclaiming because a number of Ocasio-Cortez backed candidates lost their primaries this week.

New York Times Magazine releases “Losing Earth,” by Nathaniel Rich - a devastating look at the chance to stop climate change between 1979 and 1989. Naomi Klein corrects Rich’s retreat to “human nature” in his conclusion. Meanwhile, California battles the largest fire in the state’s history as 17 additional fires still burn. Want a look at our dystopian climate future? Just take a look at California’s use of prison labor to help fight these fires. Inmates are being paid as little as $1 to $2 a day.

In today’s “you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me” file, President of AFL-CIO Richard Trumpka offers qualified support for Trump’s trade policies and would not rule out supporting Trump in 2020 when asked.

Trump goes off the rails in Wilkes-Barre. We get mainstream media introductions to QAnon and the Washington Post profiles white supremacist sanctuary city in Ulysses, PA.

Some of the biggest winners of the Trump Tax Break are...surprise, surprise...Corporate CEOs.

In today’s PA focus, the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity gets ready to dump cash in the state to back Scott Wagner. Scott Wagner flip-flops on climate change, sort of.

Tom Wolf says that Pennsylvania is “not ready” for recreational marijuana even though two-thirds of Pennsylvanians want it. Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s 18-month-long investigation detailing sexual abuse allegations against more than 300 Catholic priests is due out any day now. Are there still behind-the-scenes legal efforts to delay the report’s release?

In today’s last call, Kevin gets a dog. Sean makes cocktails. Next Free Range is coming. And, Raging Chicken is going to Netroots Nation 2019 in Philly!