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An inside-the-beltway show that's truly for beltway outsiders. Each week the HuffPost Politics team offers an entertaining alternative to the Sunday shows you've stopped watching. Along with their outside the beltway guests, join Arthur Delaney and Elise Foley as they analyze the news of the week and explain why it should matter to you.

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An inside-the-beltway show that's truly for beltway outsiders. Each week the HuffPost Politics team offers an entertaining alternative to the Sunday shows you've stopped watching. Along with their outside the beltway guests, join Arthur Delaney and Elise Foley as they analyze the news of the week and explain why it should matter to you.

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Gonna miss you guys!

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Cant believe the pod is going away...always one of the high points of my week.

Where are you?!?!?

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This podcast really needs to come back. My Thursday’s just not the same without it.

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478 Ratings
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61

Gonna miss you guys!

By wildbill95 - Feb 07 2019
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Cant believe the pod is going away...always one of the high points of my week.

Where are you?!?!?

By McDiesel420 - Jun 27 2018
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This podcast really needs to come back. My Thursday’s just not the same without it.
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So That Happened

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An inside-the-beltway show that's truly for beltway outsiders. Each week the HuffPost Politics team offers an entertaining alternative to the Sunday shows you've stopped watching. Along with their outside the beltway guests, join Arthur Delaney and Elise Foley as they analyze the news of the week and explain why it should matter to you.

Rank #1: The Resistance Gets A New Mantra

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This week, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren tried to read a letter penned by Coretta Scott King and an objecting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided that she should the maximum amount of attention she could possibly receive by silencing her on the floor of the Senate. Smooth move, Ex-Lax, for out of this dust-up, a new slogan of resistance was born. Meanwhile, you've probably noticed that Donald Trump's White House is the leakiest one in memory, and this week, the Huffington Post told the story of the President making oddball late-night calls and complaining about the quality of Air Force One handtowels. But hey, should you be concerned by all of this? Well, the people who keep leaking stories like this clearly are. Finally, as you may have heard, one of the more potent members of Trump's inner-circle is former Breitbart News' media maven Steve Bannon, who is a different sort of conservative than your standard issue Beltway Republican. One way in which he differs? He's a full-on...  

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Feb 09 2017

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Rank #2: America, Where Do We Go From Here?

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This week on the podcast, we reflect on the Pulse nightclub terrorist attack that left 49 dead and dozens more wounded. We talk about the LGBT community, gun reform, and what if anything can be done to prevent another mass shooting. We also sit down with Green Party presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein. She lays out her platform for us, and explains why she's unlike Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.  

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Jun 17 2016

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Rank #3: Donald Trump Has Small Hands But Huge Flip-Flops

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So, THAT happened! Remember all that stuff about draining the swamp and taking down the Washington establishment? Well, President Trump talked to some guys from Goldman Sachs and has decided to be Jeb Bush instead. HuffPost reporter S.V. Date joins us to discuss the latest contours and convulsions of the Trump presidency. But some things never change, including The Democratic Party, which just blew a chance to pick up a House seat in deep-red Kansas. Party leaders -- they actually said this and appear to believe it -- they told reporters they thought the best way to win the election ... would be to not try to win. Amanda Terkel helps us break down why Democrats are still bad at politics. Speaking of bad, for-profit colleges exploit people desperate for higher education thanks partly to political rhetoric about how college is the only way to have a good life. We interviewed Virginia Commonwealth University Professor Tressie McMillan Cottom about her new book on the great college swindling of America's...  

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Apr 13 2017

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Rank #4: 2016 Election Post-Mortem

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Welcome to our official 2016 post-mortem. Emphasis on the mortem. So, let's remember my first rule of political thermodynamics: an object in fucked-up motion tends to stay in fucked-up motion until a force sufficient to the task arrests it. That force did not materialize in this election. We'll try to get started down the path to explaining why that is. Meanwhile, the polling industry spent the bulk of election night coming to the numbing realization that the mechanics of their enterprise need to be newly recalibrated. We are joined once again by HuffPost Pollster's Ariel Edwards-Levy who will endeavor to explain what went so badly wrong. Additionally, for every winner there is a loser -- in this case Hillary Clinton, who's political fortunes rose and fell in dramatic fortunes over the course of an evening. We'll take a look at the remarkable circumstances that led to her having to concede this election, and what can be drawn from a speech she never anticipated having to give. Finally, it's not too soon...  

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Nov 10 2016

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Rank #5: A Colony In A Nation On A Podcast

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So, that happened. This week, we are joined by the host of MSNBC's "All In With Chris Hayes," who in case you haven't figured it out is named Chris Hayes. We'll be talking about his new book "A Colony In A Nation," which documents how white fear has led to America's frustratingly unjust two-tiered justice system -- where some get to live peacefully as citizens, and others get treated by the state as if they were under the bootheel of an occupying force. Meanwhile, have you been wondering how the next big world war would start? Well, wonder no more! It could all begin over the Baltic Sea, with a confrontation between an American spy plane and a Russian fighter jet, pushing the boundary of confrontation. But this isn't just some fantasy out of "Top Gun." The real story here is that all of the traditional mechanisms by which we've de-escalated conflict so many times in the past have deteriorated, and leaders on both sides who seem ill-equipped to lead the way back. The Huffington Post's David Wood joins us...  

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Apr 06 2017

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Rank #6: The Early Reviews Of Trumpcare Are In And They're Not Great

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So, that happened. This week, House Speaker Paul Ryan finally released the Republican alternative to Obamacare plan from the sanctum sanctorum in which he'd been keeping hidden, and as soon as it was seen by the light of day it became something everybody from across the political spectrum instantly hated. Still, Ryan say it's the plan he's been dreaming about. What does this plan do, and how will he get it passed? We'll try to figure it out. Meanwhile, we are less than a week away from the implementation of the second version of President Trump's executive order banning Muslim travel into the United States. This time out, the White House believes they've got something that will survive legal scrutiny. Whether the tweaks they've made will be sufficient is unknown. What may be more important, is how these orders continue to reveal this White House's ideological beliefs where the Muslim world is concerned. Finally, we really can't let this week pass without mentioning some more of Donald Trump's lonely...  

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Mar 09 2017

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Rank #7: What Happens Now That The President Has Openly Embraced White Supremacists?

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President Trump this week spoke of "very fine people" among the Nazis and Ku Klux Klanners who staged a violent protest that resulted in the deaths of three people on Saturday. Trump's comments drew cascades of condemnation, but we already knew he had white supremacist tendencies. Jamelle Bouie, the chief political correspondent for Slate.com, joins So That Happened to talk about what has really changed, and whether Nazis are now in a real position of power. Also, HuffPost reporter Christopher Mathias talks to Black Voices editor Lilly Workneh about what he saw reporting from the Charlottesville riot and Paul Blumenthal explains what's going on with Vice President Mike Pence's unprecedented fundraising campaign.  

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Aug 17 2017

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Rank #8: Town Halls And Tocqueville Are Back In Style

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So, that happened. Every week we talk about how insane it can be to simply live in America. This week, we're going to help you do something about it, by welcoming journalist and author James Poulos to the show. James' new book, THE ART OF BEING FREE, looks back at Alexis de Tocqueville's masterwork, DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA, and pulls from its pages some wisdom about how each of us can confront the challenges of love, sex, loss, and this crazy-making, frustrating, wonderful nation that is our predicament and birthright. Yes, for a brief mad moment, we're going to try out this "optimism" thing we've heard so much about. Meanwhile, we've got politics as well. It seems like only eight years ago that the Affordable Care Act was galvanizing town hall protests all across the country, birthing new political movements. Well, it's happening again, only this time all the players are reversed and President Obama's landmark health care bill's defenders are the ones getting into lawmakers' grills. We'll talk about this...  

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Feb 23 2017

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Rank #9: The Problem With Donald Trump's Current Stance On Abortion

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This week, documents obtained by Fairfax Media, have exposed energy contractor Unaoil as an almost comical practitioner of corporate graft, bribing their way across the developing world on behalf of well-known Western corporations. We'll break down the story. Meanwhile, in some better news for major U.S. corporations, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal defied his party this week in vetoing a religious freedom bill that would have enshrined legal discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Finally, what is it like to fall into the burning ring of fire produced by Donald Trump's legion of social media fans? Our own Christina Wilkie found out for herself firsthand, and has some of the vile details to share with us.  

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Mar 31 2016

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Rank #10: James Comey Calls Donald Trump A Liar Because Of How Much He Lies

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So, that happened. This week, the White House celebrated Infrastructure Week. Or at least, they wanted to, but couldn't because this week was James Comey-A-Go-Go in the Senate Intelligence Committee. Yes, the former FBI director debuted his testimony in front of an eager gaggle of Senators and he seemed pretty bent on making sure everyone knew that President Donald Trump was a serial liar. The White House struck back, accusing Comey of leaking privileged information and telling falsehoods of his own. Everyone in DC apparently went to a bar to watch these hearings on television, because we're a sad bunch of drunks. And that's Infrastructure Week. Congratulations to infrastructure. Meanwhile, if you can even remember where the country was a handful of days ago, you might remember last week's hullabaloo, President Trump's decision to exit the Paris Climate Accords. There was a lot of doomsaying in the wake of the decision, but there were also several renewed commitments made by other American politicians to...  

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Jun 08 2017

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Rank #11: The Real Reason Carrier Stayed In The U.S.

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President-elect Donald Trump doesn't just use his phone for tweeting. Apparently, he's also taking and making frequent calls with other world leaders. And hey, it's good to get to know other people. But there is some concern that Trump's communications abroad are being done off-the-cuff, without the benefit of briefing from the foreign policy community. And in a couple of examples, his mere phonecalls have had the potential to undo long-standing foreign policy goals and alliances. So, should this worry us? We're going to find out. Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress are already making plans to fulfill one of their longstanding goals -- the dissolution of Obamacare. But there's a catch: right now, the GOP doesn't have a plan in place to serve as a replacement. It's been sort of an ongoing thing with them, actually. So with the chance to repeal looming, Republicans are looking to pull off a maneuver called "repeal and delay" -- that is, if they convince everyone in their caucus to go along with it. Finally,...  

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Dec 08 2016

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Rank #12: Jeff Sessions Is A Great Attorney General... For Trump To Poop On

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Donald Trump rose to power thanks in large part to his fame from having done a TV game show in which he ceremoniously "fired" contestants. Candidate Trump vowed to shake up Washington with this hard-hearted business persona, and yet faced with an attorney general he seems to want to fire, Trump can't do it. Bok bok! Republicans in the U.S. Senate are on the verge of finally repealing Obamacare, but they're not sure if they really want to go through with it after seven years of promises. The Intercept's Ryan Grim explains why they might chicken out. Bok bok bok! Then: Democrats rebranded their agenda as "A Better Deal." HuffPost's Daniel Marans explains what's in the deal and why Democrats' usual critics are surprisingly pleased. Finally, HuffPost White House correspondent S.V. Date joins us to explain why Trump wants to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and why he's afraid to follow through.  

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Jul 27 2017

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Rank #13: The DNC Chair Race Is Lit

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So, that happened. Happy New Year everyone. On January 18th the Huffington Post will be hosting a debate between the declared candidates for the chair of the Democratic National Committee. The way things are shaping up, it's looking like the top contenders will be Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison and Obama Labor Secretary Tom Perez. We'll continue to dig down into the distinctions between the two men and explain what's at stake. Meanwhile, incoming President Donald Trump has made a lot of promises about keeping the United States out of pointless military conflicts. But in Yemen, which has become a destructive proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Trump is inheriting quite the quagmire. It's been almost a year since he's had anything substantive to say about Yemen, so I guess we're going to be warning him that he'd better stop tweeting and start thinking about this. Finally, we're going to spend a little time on the legacy of outgoing President Barack Obama, with an eye on his judicial legacy -- the...  

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Jan 05 2017

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Rank #14: The Battle For The Soul Of The Anti-Anti Trump Movement

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Did CNN screw up this week by seemingly threatening to reveal the identity of a Reddit user who made a silly gif that President Trump tweeted? The Washington Examiner's Tim Carney says the episode represents the kind of media excess that gives rise to Anti-Anti-Trumpism, a sort-of movement animated by the belief that Trump's critics somehow lie more than Trump does. The Anti-Anti-Trump argument loses credibility, Carney says, the minute it serves as an excuse to avoid criticizing the president. Meanwhile, Trump's in Europe, possibly altering the United States' role in the world. HuffPost White House correspondent S.V. Date joined us to talk about whether everything is truly as terrible as it seems and whether Trump could make it worse with his offhand tweets. And HuffPost labor reporter Dave Jamieson explains the Trump administration's recent moves to undo Obama's effort to restore overtime pay for millions of workers.  

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Jul 06 2017

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Rank #15: Republicans Initiate Brilliant Midterm Strategy Of Kicking Tens Of Millions Of People Off Health Insurance

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So, that happened. This week, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a bucket of garbage, placing the lives of some 24 million people at risk. Quite a spectacle really. We'll have fifteen minutes of flabbergasted gasping for you to enjoy. Meanwhile, for some reason we'll also talk about other things. For example, just how populist is the Trump White House going to get? The new head of the SEC will be Goldman Sachs' bailout lawyer, Jay Clayton, so it's sure not looking good for that whole "drain the swamp" project. But maybe we're wrong. Joining us to figure this out is our pal Alexis Goldstein from Americans for Financial Reform. Finally, Donald Trump is hoping to appoint Tennessee State Senator Mark Green to the position of Secretary of the Army. This is his second attempt to place someone in that job, and based upon Green's litany of bizarre statements and strange positions, there is a not insignificant chance that he'll need a third. With that in mind,...  

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May 04 2017

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Rank #16: Then We Came To The End Of The Election

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We have finally come to the end of this election cycle. It was too long and mostly terrible. And we're probably kidding ourselves that everything is going to be fine just because it's over. But let's end it anyway. At this point, you probably want to know what's going to happen in a few days time. You're probably looking to polling experts for certainty. One of our in-house polling experts is here to help. Keep calm. Look at the polling aggregate. And remember that there is always a margin of error. Meanwhile, you have probably been wondering just what is going on over at the FBI ever since its director, James Comey, announced that the agency was pursuing a new and not-totally clear angle on the Clinton email scandal, despite longstanding Bureau traditions of keeping the hell out of the way of electoral politics. Former Justice Department official Matt Miller joins us to discuss Comey's decision to politicize the FBI by injecting the agency into our lives at this late date. It's not all 2016, thank God....  

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Nov 03 2016

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Rank #17: The Long Intertwined History Of Politics And Protests

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This week, we are going long on the politics of protest and the short term legacies of movements that have become an essential part of the public discourse. First up, we welcome journalist and author Sarah Jaffe to the program to discuss her forthcoming book, "Necessary Trouble: Americans In Revolt," which documents everything she has learned about the various protest movements that have emerged in post-crash America after spending years in the field with them. Meanwhile, we are marking the two-year anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown and the protest movement that emerged shortly thereafter, to consider what effect they've had in changing the conversation on the criminal justice system in Ferguson, Baltimore, and beyond. Finally, we are pleased to welcome Zephyr Teachout back to the show, now officially the Democratic party nominee for the House of Representatives in New York's 19th district. After a long career in taking on big issues like government corruption and economic justice, we'll ask...  

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Aug 11 2016

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Rank #18: Happy Birthday, Dodd-Frank!

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This week on So That Happened: Zach Carter takes a break from book leave to return and host the show! He’s joined by ProPublica reporter Jesse Eisinger and Huffpost’s Alexander Kaufman to talk about why bankers never seem to go to jail. Then, Michelle Kuo stops by to talk about her book Reading With Patrick, a memoir about a teacher’s relationship with a gifted student who ends up jailed for murder. It's an exploration of race, class, justice, and coming of age in the South. Finally, Mike Konczal is back, this time to help Zach and Arthur celebrate the 7th birthday of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law. Will there be cake?  

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Jul 20 2017

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Rank #19: What Are The Panama Papers?

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One week after a sheaf of leaked documents fingered Unaoil as a hothouse of global corruption, we get the Panama Papers -- a massive document dump that reveals the extent to which Panama has been used as a tax haven for the world's plutocrats, and the many global leaders who've been swift to stash their cash offshore. Meanwhile, six years ago an explosion at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia claimed the lives of 29 coal miners. This week, a court has rendered a sentence on Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's involvement in a conspiracy to systematically flout safety regulations. His punishment: one year in jail. If that seems deeply screwed up to you, we'll help you nurture your outrage. Finally, with every passing week on the campaign trail, resolution seems further away, and tensions keep getting racheted up. We'll discuss the New York Daily News interview that caught Bernie Sanders up in a hot sack of nonsense. Plus, Wisconsin Congressman Marc Pocan joins us to talk about how his...  

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Apr 07 2016

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Rank #20: Are Democrats Still The Party Of The Working Class?

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This week, President Barack Obama picked Judge Merrick Garland to fill Antonin Scalia's vacant seat on the Supreme Court. But who is Merrick Garland, and why? Answers are coming. Meanwhile, is the Democratic Party still the party of the working class and the little guy? Our guest, Thomas Frank, says this is not the case, and he joins us to talk about it. Finally, Wisconsin Representative Reid Ribble is back with us, talking about his plans to travel to Cuba with President Obama.  

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Mar 17 2016

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Government Workers Await News Of Whether They Have Friday Off

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The government is on the verge of another shutdown, which is lots of fun for people who like political drama but less so for people who work in government, benefit from government services and think that Congress should be able to do its job.


Then we travel to south america: Nicholas Casey from the NYT is here to tell us what the hunt for Venezuela’s most wanted man tells us about the political and economic crisis in the country.


And the White House was employing a dude who couldn't get a full security clearance because he allegedly abused women, but the president is still there.



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Feb 08 2018

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Trump Truly Owns The Republican Party Now

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Republicans are helping President Donald Trump undermine an investigation into his campaign's collusion with the Russian government, revealing that Trump is now in full control of the GOP.


Trump delivered his first State of the Union address, but I had a hard time hearing it because my dog kept barking at the TV for some reason.


And you might have seen news stories about people getting thousand dollar bonuses because of the new tax law. These stories have been very misleading, and we can explain why.

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Feb 01 2018

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Only President Trump Can Save The Dreamers

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The government's open, but where do we go from here? Democrats want legal status for 700,000 Dreamers, and they'll ultimately need President Donald Trump to make it happen. We talked to Michael Steel, a former aide to House Speaker John Boehner.


American infrastructure is a mess, and in Orlando, it's hurting poor people of color. HuffPost's Julia Craven looked at the effect of unchecked highway construction on one neighborhood.


And there have been major gerrymandering developments in Pennsylvania and voting rights developments in Florida. HuffPost's voting rights reporter Sam Levine will catch you up.

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Jan 25 2018

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The So That Happened Shutdown Special

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In this special dispatch, So That Happened takes a look at the Schumer Shutdown. Or was it the Trump shutdown? Did Dems cave? Or was this the best they could have hoped for?

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Jan 23 2018

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The Government Might Shut Down Because No One Knows What Donald Trump Wants

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The government might shut down this week and this is the ONLY podcast that can tell you HOW, WHY and also WHO to blame. We interviewed Congressman Ted Yoho, a conservative House Republican who definitely blames the Democrats.  


Republicans in Congress say text messages between two FBI agents have totally compromised the special investigation into Trump's campaign. What's more likely is that Republicans compromised the agents' marriages by exposing the affair they were having.


And this week, the question of Trump's mental and physical stability reached its savage climax. Is the president crazy? We're the ONLY podcast that has the answer.



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Jan 18 2018

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Government Shutdowns

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The government might shut down next week partly because Donald Trump refuses to help Dreamers without getting his wall or other policy changes -- Elise Foley reports from the Capitol.

The Trump administration wants work requirements for medicaid, so we talked to health policy reporter Jonathan Cohn about dog whistles.

The federal government stood aside as states legalized marijuana under the Obama administration, but Attorney General Jeff Sessions is changing THAT. Nick Wing explains how the Justice Department is re-asserting its authority on weed.

And Jessica Schulberg reports that some clever lawyers are using Donald Trump's foolish statements to try to spring people from GITMO.

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Jan 11 2018

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Nazis, North Korea And The World's Biggest, Dumbest Feud

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This week, America gained new insight into the fraught relationship between Donald Trump and his erstwhile white house strategist, Steve Bannon. It's like a Shakespearean drama, but just the parts where people insult and stab each other. SV Date joins to discuss.


Then, Huffpost's Luke O'brien breaks down his reporting on Andrew Anglin, one of the principal propagandists of the alt-right neo-nazi white-nationalist whatever-you-want-to-call-it movement. It's a story that sheds light on extremism in america, and it provoked an angry and very personal backlash.


Finally, Trump stepped up his long-established habit of tweeting ill-advised threats at nuclear-powered foreign leaders. Mike Fuchs from the Center for American Progress tells us whether it's time to start stocking up on canned food and hazmat suits.

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Jan 04 2018

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Trump's Biggest Win Of The Year

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Tax reform is a big deal, but Donald Trump's reshaping of the judicial branch of government might be his biggest achievement of 2017. 


Republicans say the estate tax hurts farms and small businesses and that Congresswoman Kristi Noem's story shows it -- but it doesn't, and I'll explain why. 


And if you like Bitcoin, well you're not gonna like our third segment. Unless Bitcoin has already crashed by the time you hear it. 

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Dec 28 2017

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Republicans Pass Sweeping Tax Plan, Still Working On Basic Governance

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Republicans Pass Sweeping Tax Plan, Still Working On Basic Governance


This week, Republicans succeeded in passing their tax bill. So what did Arthur have for lunch?


Republicans won on taxes, but are looking shaky on children's health insurance, keeping the government open, and saving Dreamers from deportation. We talked to Adrian Reyna, a Dreamer who's been lobbying Congress about what might happen. 


And Zach Carter has a surprising amount of things to say about A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Season's greetings! 

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Dec 21 2017

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Paul Ryan Is So Tired

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There are whispers that Paul Ryan might resign -- we asked Matt Fuller why and when this could happen and who could be the next speaker. 


Accused child molester Roy Moore lost the Alabama Senate race this week. Jen Bendery tells us what she learned when she went there to talk to voters. 


And the government could be about to crack down on a popular herbal supplement, even though some people are using it to cope with opioid addition. 

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Dec 14 2017

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Politician Accused Of Creepy Behavior Does Highly Unusual Right Thing

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Al Franken is resigning, which we boldly predicted would happen! But what does it mean for partisan politics? 


The Supreme Court took up the Masterpiece Cake Shop case. Sam Baker from Axios tells us about the oral arguments. 


And Donald Trump declared that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel -- why the hell did he do that?

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Dec 07 2017

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Tax Cuts Might Pass And The Government Might Shut Down

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This week, the U.S. Senate stumbled forward on tax reform with a government shutdown looming around the corner. 


North Korea launched a missile that could theoretically reach Washington. We talked to Mike Fuchs, a foreign policy expert with the Center for American Progress, about whether we're all going to die. 


And men continued to be bad. Why are bad men being thrown out of their media jobs, but not their political ones? Marina Fang explains. 

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Nov 30 2017

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Donald Trump Is Thankful For Plausible Deniability

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This week, Donald Trump pardoned some turkeys and endorsed Roy Moore. Then: long ago, legendary British economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that in the future, we would only work 15 hours a week. What happened to that? Former co-host and Keynes expert Zach Carter joins to discuss. Finally, what DOES one have to do to get hounded out of Washington in disgrace? According to Huffpost's Eliot Nelson, quite a lot.

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Nov 23 2017

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Political Men Continue To Be Disgusting

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Republicans are really moving their tax reform legislation -- does it have a chance of becoming law? We'll hear from Huffpost reporters Elise Foley, Arthur Delaney and SV Date.


This week, men continued to be disgusting, especially a Republican Senate candidate in Alabama. Marina Fang and Jen Bendery help answer whether this is the beginning of the end of men. 


And there's going to be a new chairman of the Federal Reserve, which could dramatically affect your life -- Zach Carter and Daniel Marans explain.

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Nov 16 2017

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Looks Like A Democratic Wave Is Coming

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Democrats crushed Republicans in off-year elections on Tuesday, delivering a resounding rebuke to President Donald Trump. Daniel Marans and Elise Foley join the show to talk about whether this is the beginning of the end of Trumpism.


The crown prince of Saudi Arabia rounded up his political opponents -- Akbar Ahmed and Jessica Schulberg explain what it means for regional stability and what Jared Kushner might have had to do with it.


And the latest mass shooting gave way to the latest frenzy of conspiracy theories -- Dana Liebelson and Paul Blumenthal break down the lies.

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Nov 09 2017

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Tax Reform Is Not For The Poor

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Republicans say their tax reform plan will massively benefit the middle class, but the most direct beneficiaries of their plan are corporations and wealthy individuals. The plan includes an expanded child tax credit, but the biggest changes to the credit actually benefit people with six figure incomes. Low-income tax payers get nothing. 


Also on the show this week: what comes next in a special prosecutor's probe of the Trump campaign -- maybe some obstruction of justice? And while most people aren't paying attention, Senate Republicans and the Trump administration are swiftly remaking the federal judiciary. 

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Nov 02 2017

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Republicans Are Not Joining #TheResistance

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Two Senate Republicans denounced their party's leader this week, accusing President Donald Trump of "debasing" the United States and betraying its values. 


That doesn't mean the Republican agenda isn't going strong. The same day Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) denounced Trump on the Senate floor, he joined his Republican colleagues in overturning a new regulation that made it easier for consumers to join class action lawsuits over bank ripoffs. 


"Even the visual of it was plutocracy," Alexis Goldstein of Americans for Financial Reform told So That Happened. "Ben Sasse and Tom Cotton were actually dressed in tuxedos while the vote was going down."


Former Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), who harshly criticized Trump all the way back in 2015, noted on the podcast that Republicans still agree with the president on policy. Ribble specifically cited Republican votes in favor of a tax overhaul that would add more than $1 trillion to the deficit. 


"When you look at the policy that Sen. Flake and Sen. [Bob] Corker are voting for, they're mostly in alignment with where the president is, but they feel that his rhetoric has gotten so divisive that they can't move forward with their agenda," Ribble said. "That's a tragedy." 

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Oct 26 2017

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Trump Acts Like He Owns The Military

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During the campaign Donald Trump ridiculed Sen. John McCain for having been a prisoner of war in Vietnam and said he knew more than the generals about fighting terrorists. This week, he told a soldier's widow that her late husband, who'd been killed by ISIS militants, "knew what he was getting into."  


Trump hasn't shown a lot of respect for the military, and yet as President, he has surrounded himself with generals. It's all part of a pattern, says Richard Allen Smith, a former Army sergeant and Afghanistan war veteran. Trump views the military as something prestigious that he can co-opt. "It all comes back to submission," he says. "He wants everything and everyone to be under the purview of Trump."


"Donald Trump doesn't consider himself a president the way we traditionally think about it... the way I think him and and his family consider the presidency is that this was a corporate takeover by the Trump Organization of the government of the United States." 


Also on the podcast: HuffPost reporters Igor Bobic and Jen Bendery explain what Congress is doing vis a vis Puerto Rico, while Jeffrey Young and Daniel Marans explain what's happening with Obamacare. 

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Oct 19 2017

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The President Seems Really Sad

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President Donald Trump has been unhappy lately, according to his own tweets and reports that he "hates everyone in the White House" and is often "consumed by dark moods." HuffPost reporters S.V. Date and Jessica Schulberg join the show to talk about how Trump's whims could affect foreign policy -- especially the Iran deal he might undo. Facebook has gotten so powerful it could wind up getting regulated by the government, HuffPost's Paul Blumenthal reports in a segment with Julia Craven. And just what on earth was Trump talking about when he said the stock market is somehow reducing the debt? S.V. Date and Arthur Delaney try to figure it out.  

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Oct 12 2017

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The Toddler President Demands Praise

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called a press conference this week to insist that he believes President Donald Trump is "smart," because it had come out that Tillerson once called Trump a "moron." Tillerson's presser appeared to be the latest in a series of attempts by senior White House officials to assuage the feelings of the president, a man who insists that his cabinet secretaries praise him. Reporters Jessica Schulberg and S.V. Date assess how much of his own dignity Tillerson shredded. Then: reporters Julia Craven and Nick Wing discuss the political fallout of the Las Vegas massacre, and S.V. Date disagrees with host Arthur Delaney's contention that Republicans won't pass tax reform.  

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Oct 05 2017

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Gonna miss you guys!

By wildbill95 - Feb 07 2019
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Cant believe the pod is going away...always one of the high points of my week.

Where are you?!?!?

By McDiesel420 - Jun 27 2018
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This podcast really needs to come back. My Thursday’s just not the same without it.