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Gen. Mark Milley and Donald Trump.
General Mark Milley. In a forthcoming book, Bob Woodward and Robert Costa allege that Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest-ranking and most senior military officer in the armed forces, was single-handedly taking action to prevent President Donald Trump from ordering a dangerous military strike against China or launching a nuclear strike at the end of his presidency. Today, we'll take a look at some reactions from the right and left, then my take. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. For more from Tangle, subscribe to our newsletter or check out our content archives at https://www.readtangle.com/
24:28
September 16, 2021
Democrats release their tax plan.
Democrats have released a new tax plan that would raise rates on corporations and the wealthiest Americans in order to offset some of the spending in their $3.5 trillion reconciliation package aimed at expanding the social safety net and addressing climate change. The plan will bring in an estimated $2.1 trillion over 10 years. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. For more from Tangle, subscribe to our newsletter or check out our content archives at https://www.readtangle.com/
23:48
September 15, 2021
When we kill the innocent.
On August 29th, the U.S. military announced a successful retaliatory drone strike against an ISIS-K combatant who was planning a suiciding bombing. But subsequent reporting has told a much different, and much more troubling story. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa, who also created our logo. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. For more from Tangle, subscribe to our newsletter or check out our content archives at https://www.readtangle.com/
13:43
September 14, 2021
The new vaccine rules.
On Thursday, President Joe Biden announced a new slate of federal vaccine requirements that could impact as many as 100 million Americans. The new rules impose different mandates for both private and federal employees. We’re looking at the reactions from the right and left, our take, and a listener question about Ivermectin. Our newsletter is written by Isaac Saul, edited by Bailey Saul, Sean Brady, Ari Weitzman, and produced in conjunction with Tangle’s social media manager Magdalena Bokowa. The podcast is edited by Trevor Eichorn, and music for the podcast was produced by Diet 75. For more from Tangle, subscribe to our newsletter or check out our content archives at https://www.readtangle.com/
28:54
September 13, 2021
Cuba, the U.S. embargo and why people are protesting; with Jorge Felipe-Gonzalez
In today's podcast, we sit down with Cuba expert Jorge Felipe-Gonzalez to discuss what's happening in Cuba, what the U.S. should do about the embargo and why Cubans are in the streets in the first place. Felipe-Gonzalez is a history professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio and has recently been published in The Atlantic. You can read his latest article here. Tangle is podcast produced in partnership with Imposter Radio. To subscribe to our newsletter, go to readtangle.com.
26:05
August 1, 2021
Ilana Redstone discusses higher education and politics
On today's podcast, we sit down with Ilana Redstone. She is a professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champagne and the co-author of Unassailable Ideas: How Unwritten Rules and Social Media Shape Discourse in American Higher Education. She also serves as a faculty fellow at Heterodox Academy, a non-profit advocacy group working to counteract a lack of viewpoint diversity on college campuses. In our conversation, we talk about whether there is a free speech problem on college campuses, how to address a lack of political diversity, and Redstone's thoughts on the Critical Race Theory debate. If you enjoy the discussion, please rate us five stars wherever you rate podcasts. You can subscribe to Tangle here. And you can read more about Heterodox Academy here.
25:35
July 12, 2021
Rabbi Moskowitz on LGBTQ rights and religion
On today's podcast, we are sitting down with Rabbi Mike Moskowitz — an ultra-orthodox religious leader who is also an LGBTQ advocate and progressive activist. Rabbi Mike Moskowitz is the Scholar-in-Residence for Trans and Queer Jewish Studies at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the world’s largest LGBTQ synagogue. He also happens to be my rabbi, and someone I have a personal relationship with. In this episode, we discuss the intersection of faith, politics and LGTBQ issues, and how Rabbi Moskowitz ended up landing in a rather heterodox spot compared to his peers. If you'd like to see more of his writing, you can find them on his website, https://www.rabbimikemoskowitz.com/resources If you enjoyed this episode and want to support Tangle, please give us a 5-star rating and subscribe to our newsletter: https://www.readtangle.com/
40:39
June 28, 2021
D.C. statehood and why retrocession might work
On today's podcast, we sat down with David Krucoff, the founder and executive director of Douglass County Maryland, a 501c4 that is advocating for the creation of Douglass County, Maryland, as a solution to the issue of D.C. statehood. David was also an independent candidate for Congress whose ideas about solving the D.C. statehood issue has gotten him coverage in the DCist, the Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post and many others. During the show, David explains why he is pursuing retrocession, his qualms with D.C. statehood, and why a change is needed in the first place. If you're interested in more, you can follow David on Twitter here. You can also find his website about Douglass County, Maryland, here.  If you are not yet a subscriber to Tangle, you can do that here: https://www.readtangle.com/about
35:44
June 11, 2021
Josh Rogin explains the coronavirus lab leak theory
In today's podcast, we sit down with Josh Rogin to discuss the "lab-leak" theory. Rogin is a columnist for The Washington Post and the author of the book Chaos Under Heaven: Trump, Xi, and the Battle for the Twenty-First Century. For the last year, Rogin has been one of the most consistent and loudest voices calling for investigations into the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a laboratory in Wuhan, China, where Rogin says coronavirus may have originated. After more than a year of being dismissed as a conspiracy theory, "the lab-leak theory" has suddenly become more accepted as a possibility. In this episode, Rogin explains why the lab theory was dismissed early on, why reporters got it wrong, how intelligence agencies ignored the possibility, and what he thinks should happen now to determine the truth. Rogin is a deeply sourced reporter who has dominated this story for more than a year.  If you're not yet subscribed to Tangle, you can do that here: https://www.readtangle.com/
43:31
May 30, 2021
Yousef Munayyer on the Israel-Palestine conflict, and what's next
In today's podcast, we sit down with Palestinian-American writer Yousef Munayyer to discuss the current conflict in Gaza and what the future holds for Palestine and Israel. Munayyer is a columnist whose work has been published in major newspapers across the globe and has advocated for a one-state solution. You can find his most recent column in The New York Times here: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/19/opinion/israel-palestine.html You can follow Munayyer's work on Twitter here If you're not yet subscribed to Tangle, you can do that here: https://www.readtangle.com/
29:14
May 23, 2021
Former police officer Randy Shrewsberry on reforming police
On today's podcast, we sit down with Randy Shrewsberry. Randy is the founder and current Executive Director of the Institute for Criminal Justice Training Reform. He is a former police officer, Crash Reconstruction Investigator, and Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator. He has spent over 30 years in both the public and private sector criminal justice field and has attended basic police training in Ohio, South Carolina and Indiana as well as 100’s of advanced training in investigations as well as other specialized areas in law enforcement. Randy has been a lecturer on criminal justice matters and has been admitted as an expert in the State of California, State of South Carolina, and the State of Indiana in Criminal and Civil court. If you're not yet subscribed to Tangle, you can do that here: https://www.readtangle.com/ If you want to see more of Randy's work, go here: https://www.trainingreform.org/vision
49:47
May 11, 2021
Dr. Leana Wen on COVID-19, mask-wearing and the J&J vaccine
In today's podcast, we sit down with Dr. Leana Wen. Dr. Wen is an emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University. Previously, she served as Baltimore's Health Commissioner. She’s a contributing columnist for the Washington Post, CNN medical analyst, and the author of the forthcoming book, Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health. On the show, I ask Wen about whether we should still be wearing masks outside, her thoughts on our fight against COVID-19, and some of her more heterodox views about how to manage the pandemic. If you're not yet a Tangle subscriber, you can sign up here: https://www.readtangle.com/
20:42
May 3, 2021
Alex Vitale on abolishing the police
In today's podcast, we're sitting down with Alex Vitale, the author of The End of Policing and an advocate for abolishing the police. We spoke about how he defines the movement he is behind, what changes he'd prioritize, and whether we can expect these changes to happen. He also shared his thoughts on the Derek Chauvin verdict. You can find Alex's book here and his Twitter profile here. If you're not yet a Tangle subscriber, you can sign up here: https://www.readtangle.com/ And you can find a transcription of this interview here: https://www.readtangle.com/p/abolishing-the-police-alex-vitale
39:18
April 25, 2021
Isaac quits his job
In today's Tangle podcast, a brief but important special message from Tangle founder Isaac Saul. If you're not yet a subscriber, please consider signing up for Tangle: https://www.readtangle.com/subscribe Please give Tangle a five-star rating wherever you rate podcasts!
06:43
April 19, 2021
The National Review's David Harsanyi on Biden, guns and how Republicans can win
On today's podcast, we sit down with the nationally syndicated columnist David Harsanyi. He is an author, a senior writer at The National Review and a columnist at The New York Post. Harsanyi spoke with us about his view of the Biden administration, reflected on the state of the Republican party, shared his thoughts about the latest conversations around gun control and offered his view of how conservatives can win in the upcoming elections. To follow David you can check him on Twitter here. Be sure to subscribe to the Tangle newsletter: https://www.readtangle.com
36:08
April 11, 2021
Conservative writer Drew Holden on bias in the media
In today's podcast, we sit down with conservative writer Drew Holden to discuss the state of bias in the media. Holden's work has been published in The New York Times, The National Review, The Washington Post, Fox News and The Federalist. He is also a media strategist and a former legislative assistant in the House of Representatives, where he spent some time working for Republican Rep. Paul A Gosar (R-AZ). During our conversation, we get Holden's thoughts on how the press is treating Biden, how things will change post-Trump, and what he made of those memorable attack ads from Rep. Gosar's family members.  To follow Drew, you can check him on Twitter here. Be sure to subscribe to the Tangle newsletter: https://www.readtangle.com/
44:42
April 5, 2021
Treating transgender youth with Dr. Erica Anderson
On today's Tangle podcast, we sit down with Dr. Erica Anderson, a psychologist and clinician who works with transgender youth. Anderson's particular expertise is in the psychological aspects of gender and gender identity formation, and their relationship to individual development. She is also an expert in evaluating patients with psychological disorders and separating these conditions from gender issues.  During our conversation, we have Dr. Anderson explain the basics of what it means to be transgender, the challenging work of her day-to-day, how to tell the difference between a child "going through a phase" and a child experiencing gender incongruence, and all of the other questions you have probably wanted to ask about some hot button trans-related issues. If you enjoy this podcast, please be sure to give it a 5-star rating. You can subscribe to the Tangle newsletter here: https://www.readtangle.com/
49:38
March 28, 2021
Former CIA operative Jonna Mendez
Today, we sit down with Jonna Mendez, the former chief of disguise at the CIA. She was recruited to the agency in 1966, spent 27 years in service, and is on the Board of Directors for the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. She spent her career in the Office of Technical Services of the CIA, which is staffed by engineers, chemists, physicists, makeup artists and counterfeiters. It's the part of the CIA you probably imagine when you think of a James Bond movie. In this podcast, we chat with her about her favorite CIA gadgets, what her scariest moments in the service were, the time she got to impress George H.W. Bush and what it's like being in the CIA. If you enjoy this podcast, please be sure to give it a 5-star rating. You can subscribe to the Tangle newsletter here: https://www.readtangle.com/
56:16
March 22, 2021
Minky Worden explains what is happening in China — and how we know
On today's podcast, we sit down with Minky Worden, the Director of Global Initiatives at Human Rights Watch. Worden authored the 2008 book China's Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges and has previously lived and worked in Hong Kong as an adviser to the Democratic Party of Hong Kong chairman Martin Lee. We chatted with Worden about the current human rights crisis in China, the state of press freedom there, how global organizations could respond in a helpful way and the opportunity to do something about it before the 2022 Olympic games in Beijing, China. You can follow Worden on Twitter here. And if you're not yet subscribed to Tangle, you can get the daily newsletter here. 
38:44
March 7, 2021
How we bring America together
On today's podcast, we sit down with Ciaran O'Connor, the Chief Marketing Officer of Braver Angels. Braver Angels is an organization that is seeking to depolarize America by getting people with different political views to speak with each other. O'Connor, a former Obama campaign staffer and self-proclaimed liberal, joined the group after Trump's victory in 2016 to seek out a new path in politics.  In this episode, we talk about the monumental task of bridging the partisan divide, opine on whether the country is actually divided, and chat about how to have difficult political conversations. You can follow Ciaran on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/ciaranjoconnor You can read more about Braver Angels here: https://braverangels.org/ You can subscribe to the Tangle newsletter here: https://www.readtangle.com/about
53:21
February 26, 2021
Dark money in politics
On today's Tangle episode we sit down Anna Massoglia, an investigative researcher with OpenSecrets. Her work exposes how money is being spent in politics, tracks the sources of "dark money" and helps illuminate the underworld of campaign spending.  OpenSecrets is a non-partisan organization used by journalists across the world that tracks money in politics. You can find Anna on Twitter @annalecta and you can visit OpenSecrets at https://www.opensecrets.org/ For daily issues like this, don't forget to subscribe to the Tangle newsletter: https://www.readtangle.com/about
38:28
February 21, 2021
Frank Morano on Donald Trump, Andrew Yang and policing in New York.
Frank Morano is the host of "The Other Side of Midnight," one of the most popular political radio programs in New York City. This self-described "center-left" populist is a two-time Trump voter with high hopes for Andrew Yang and stories about his relationships with everyone from Roger Stone to John Gotti Jr. 
42:43
February 12, 2021
A conversation with Alex Nowrasteh
On today's Tangle pod, we sit down with Alex Nowrasteh to discuss Joe Biden's immigration bill. Alex is the director of immigration studies at the Cato Institute, a Libertarian think tank. 
27:28
January 29, 2021
FINAL 2020 ELECTION UPDATE
Tangle News' founder Isaac Saul discusses the final polls, what he is looking for, and his 2020 electoral college and the Senate race predictions.  Subscribe to Tangle: https://tangle.substack.com/about :00 - 14:53 Introduction, hellos and what the last batch of polls are telling us. 14:53 - 20:28 The early vote and what we can take away from the numbers so far. Plus, the data in there that’s sticking out to me. 20:28-27:20 What I’ll be watching tonight as the results come in: the red and blue mirages, the Florida county that could be the earliest indication of who will win. 27:20 - 38:01 Florida, the best political advertisement of the week, and how Trump can pull off another upset this year. 38:02 - 48:10 The court battles, voter suppression, counting the ballots and the known unknowns. 48:10 -54:25 My mom’s rejected ballot in Pennsylvania, my prediction in Pennsylvania, and why my home state feels uniquely positioned to defy the data. 54:25 - 1:01:23 My electoral college prediction, my hot take about Joe Biden’s path to victory and how this election could change the way we think about the electoral college map in the United States. 1:01:24 - 1:13:53 The Senate races. Who will end with the majority and what’s going to happen in Arizona, Colorado, Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. 1:13:53 - 1:19:20 What to expect on election a day and in the days that follow (note: we’re going to need to be patient). A closing message about the dangerous stuff that’s going to pop up in the next 72 hours, and how to be a responsible citizen along the way. Plus, some thank you’s. 1:19:20 - 1:20:50 Thank you!
01:20:49
November 3, 2020