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Suit up!The imagery. The voices. The music. The deep philosophical ramblings about war and peace. Old enough to know better, two friends decide to tackle the sprawling space opera epic of Gundam Wing – a show they just can’t get out of their heads. High school is over and now they’re ready for a sophisticated, comprehensive and nuanced retrospective of all 49 episodes, free of the idiotic humor that formerly plagued all their discussions of the show. Maybe. Mission Accepted.
 
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At the end of the 1980s, China's leaders came close to implementing the kind of economic shock therapy reforms that a few years later caused a social and economic catastrophe in the former Soviet Union and much of eastern Europe. A moment of enormous significance for Chinese and world history, Isabella Weber explains how and why China came to the b…
 
Today, in the Hot Notes: DeSantis signs voter suppression into law and is immediately met with lawsuits; the FEC unanimously recommends Congress ban pre-checked recurring campaign donation boxes; President Biden is snubbing some of the former guy’s favorite autocrats; thanks to the vaccine COVID cases and hospitalizations are WAY down; San Francisc…
 
Today, in the Hot Notes: four additional insurrectionists are set to cooperate with federal prosecutors; the Biden White House is poised to confront red states on their anti-trans bills; the Army Reserve stops the promotion of South Dakota Attorney General Ravnsborg’s promotion because of his hit and run case; a Facebook board refuses to reinstate …
 
Today, in the Hot Notes: Buzzfeed gets 300 more pages of emails and 302s from the Mueller Investigation in their FOIA suit; Chris Steele produced a second Trump dossier; Judge Jackson orders the release of Barr’s OLC Trump obstruction memo; McCarthy is caught on a hot mike bad-mouthing Liz Cheney; the NRA has another bankruptcy hearing; Biden amend…
 
Today, in the Hot Notes: Liz Cheney deals what I think will be the death knell to the Republican Party; experts are now concerned about what we all knew: that there may be too many anti-vaxxers to reach herd immunity; Justice Thomas pens a rare dissent in a sexual assault case but there may be ulterior motives at work; Biden is quietly laying the g…
 
Today, in the Hot Notes: the crimes behind the raid of Rudy Giuliani’s home and office come into focus; Gaetz’s wingman Joel Greenberg wrote a confession letter and tried to pay Roger Stone $250K to lobby the former guy for a pardon; as predicted; prosecutors are seeking a higher sentence for Derek Chauvin; the Arizona Secretary of State is sending…
 
Today, in the Hot Notes: Biden’s first speech to a joint session of Congress gets high praise; Andrii Artemenko confirms to Politico that he spoke with the FBI about Rudy Giuliani; a state appellate court dismisses the former guy's opposition to being deposed; the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee advances Biden’s pick for…
 
Today, in the Hot Notes: Rudy Giuliani’s apartment has been raided by the FBI; a judge has refused to release the Andrew Brown body cam footage to the public; the prosecutors in the Derek Chauvin case say they will also prosecute the case against the other three officers involved in the murder of George Floyd; Biden ends the practice of ICE and Bor…
 
Today in the Hot Notes: the CDC announces new guidelines for wearing masks outdoors; Biden will seek $80 billion as part of his $2 trillion infrastructure bill aimed at beefing up IRS audits of high earners; the FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into the killing of Andrew Brown Jr.; Fox News and the NY Post walk back a bunch of bullshit; …
 
Today, in the Hot Notes: Merrick Garland announces an investigation into the Louisville Police Department’s patterns and practices; the Fulton County DA is hitting a wall with the Georgia Secretary of State’s office in the investigation into the former guy and is considering obstruction of justice charges; Texas Republicans are taking voter suppres…
 
Today, in the Hot Notes: prosecutors are expecting at least 100 more arrests in the insurrection investigation; prosecutors seek to deny pretrial release of a Proud Boys chapter president, Charles Donohoe; the Matt Gaetz Campaign is in full damage control mode according to new documents as the investigation expands to include illegal pay for play; …
 
Today: the Capitol Police are under investigation for ordering officers to single-out anti-Trump protestors during the insurrection; the former guy awarded a $1.3B contract to make vaccine syringes but nothing was delivered; another Proud Boy is arrested and charged with conspiracy; Dems call on Amy Coney Barrett to recuse herself; the House passes…
 
Alex De Waal joins PTO to talk about his new book, New Pandemics, Old Politics: Two Hundred Years of War on Disease. We discussed the history of pandemic disease control, from the cholera outbreaks of the 19th century to HIV/AIDS and the Covid19 crisis. We chatted why the war on disease narrative is so unhelpful, how colonial era vaccination progra…
 
Today: Attorney General Merrick Garland has announced a probe in the Minneapolis Police Department; Derrick Chauvin is in a restricted housing unit in jail, separate from the general population; a Missouri House member faces expulsion after an investigation finds he physically and sexually abused his children; the Senate has confirmed Vanita Gupta …
 
Today; Derek Chauvin is found guilty on all three counts, bail is revoked, and he goes directly to jail; Biden will NOT appoint the controversial Russia expert; the House has rejected a Republican attempt to censure Maxine Waters; the Senate has set a hearing for the confirmation of Biden’s nominees to the Postal Board of Governors (tomorrow, 4/22)…
 
Today: closing arguments in the Derek Chauvin trial begin; Proud Boys Biggs and Nordean have their bail revoked in the insurrection prosecution; former guy lackey Michael Ellis steps down as Head Legal Counsel for the NSA; the Supreme Court refuses to hear the Republican challenge to the PA ballot deadline; Dr. Fauci says gun violence is a public h…
 
Today: a founding member of the Oath Keepers John Schaffer becomes the insurrection’s first cooperating witness; a discussion with Andrew McCabe about the new Kilimnik - Manafort evidence; the Department of Justice files a civil suit against Roger Stone for tax evasion; Marjorie Taylor Greene and Gosar try to start a Ku Klux Kaucus then quickly pre…
 
Earlier this month rioting broke out in loyalist communities in several towns and cities in Northern Ireland - the worst such violence for years. PTO spoke to Daniel Finn about his recent article for the London Review of Books on the causes of the disturbances. Become a £5 PTO supporter to get access to this episode and all other episodes of PTO Ex…
 
Today: the US Treasury confirms for the first time that Manafort handed off Trump polling data to Konstantin Kilimnik; Jim Jordan clashes with Dr. Fauci again and Maxine Waters has something to say about it; there are now receipts that Greenberg made hundreds of payments to women and girls; Florida passes an anti-trans bill that would require genit…
 
Today: the Capitol Police were ordered to hold back on riot response on January 6th; Joe Biden ends the war in Afghanistan; Matt Gaetz had his iPhone seized by the feds last winter; Greenberg is cooperating with prosecutors; the Biden Justice Department refuses to hand over documents relating to the former guy’s zero-tolerance policy at the border;…
 
Today: the Brooklyn Center officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright and the Police Chief both resign; the NCAA back transgender athletes; Matt Gaetz is now connected to another shill candidate scheme in Florida; more messages from Joel Greenberg; Trump has a new excuse for why he can’t hand over his tax returns to Congress; Biden will nominate the fi…
 
Today: the Minneapolis police officer who shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop this weekend claims she meant to tase him; more than 100 corporate executives hold a call to halt donations and investments in those associated with voter suppression; Iran calls a blackout at its nuclear atomic site “nuclear terrorism”; Connecticut looks to expand v…
 
Today; the Matt Gaetz investigation expands; the Russian agent the former guy put in charge of communications at CDC celebrated doctoring reports; Vance hires one of the best forensic accountants that formerly worked on the Mueller probe for his investigation into the Trump Organization as we’re learning more about Barry Weisselberg; a Black Army O…
 
Robbie Shilliam joins PTO to talk about his article, 'Enoch Powell: Britain’s First Neoliberal Politician' which appeared in the New Political Economy Journal. We spoke about how Enoch Powell, far from being a political throwback was in fact a key figure in the emergence of neoliberalism and Thatcherism, and how his politics presaged the Brexit pro…
 
Today: Matt Gaetz appears to be in more trouble as Joel Greenberg is likely taking a plea deal; the case against the Trump Organization gets stronger as more financial records are handed over from the Weisselbergs; people get their voting rights restored in Washington; Cruz may be in trouble over possible ethics and campaign finance violations; plu…
 
Today: the parliamentarian rules in favor of additional budget reconciliation considerations; as predicted Arkansas lawmakers override Hutchinson’s veto of the bill banning treatment for transgender kids; Major League Baseball announces it will hold the All-Star game in Colorado; day 7 of testimony as the Derek Chauvin trial in the murder of George…
 
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