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Our new Wisconsin poll shows Trump’s strengths and vulnerabilities in a pivotal state, the economy shows warning signs of a possible recession, and the White House shows once again that their re-election strategy involves racist policies. Then Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talks to Jon about immigration, race, the Green New Deal, and Democratic messaging.


Show Notes 


  • NYT: Trump’s Electoral College Edge Could Grow in 2020, Rewarding Polarizing Campaign
  • NYT: In Wisconsin Swing District, a Range of Views on Immigration
  • WaPo: The Trailer: From crucial Waukesha County, the battle for Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers tells Trump to stop ‘never-ending tariffs’
  • NYT: These 3 Cities Are Key for 2020 Democrats. They’re Not in Iowa
  • Bloomberg – Trump 2020 Rust Belt Pitch Threatened by Manufacturing Recession
  • American Prospect – Will Trump Steal a March on Democrats in the Midwest?
  • NY Mag – Trump’s State-by-State Approval Ratings Should Scare the MAGA Out of Him
  • WaPo: Why Democrats are stuck competing in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin
  • NYT: These Are the Mistakes Democrats Don’t Want to Repeat in 2020
  • CNN: How Democrats can take back these crucial states from Trump – Op-Ed by Tammy Baldwin
  • CNN: Trump’s base is very different than the swing voters he’ll need in 2020
  • FiveThirtyEight – Obamacare’s Unpopularity Suggests Medicare For All May Be A Hard Sell
  • FiveThirtyEight – Americans Are Sad About Politics. Who Could Blame Them?
  • The Hill – Biden just 1 point ahead of Warren in new weekly tracking poll
  • WaPo: Party is a much better predictor of skepticism about Trump’s views on race than race is


  • The Guardian: “Trump says he delayed China tariffs as Christmas gift to US shoppers”
  • Washington Post: “Stocks losses deepen as a key recession warning surfaces”
  • Yahoo Finance (via Reuters): “Trump sees Fed rather than trade war as source of market turmoil”
  • CBS News: “Why the “inverted yield curve” is fueling recession fears”
  • New York Times: “Germany Nears Recession and Chinese Factories Sow in Trade War Fallout”
  • Yahoo Finance (via Bloomberg): “Trump 2020 Rust Belt Pitch Threatened by Manufacturing Recession”
  • UCLA: “Foreign retaliation to U.S. tariffs disproportionately affects Republican-leaning counties, report finds”
  • Business Insider: The Trump administration is starting to publicly recognize the costs of the US-China trade war on Americans
  • CNBC: “Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross discuss the latest on China”
  • New York Times: “Global Economic Trouble is Brewing, and the Trade War is Only Part of It”


  • AP: New Rules to Deny Green Cards to Many Legal Immigrants
  • Politico: Trump to deny green cards to immigrants receiving public benefits
  • NPR – The History Of ‘Public Charge’ Requirements In U.S. Immigration Law
  • Axios: Trump administration to penalize immigrants likely to use public benefits
  • CNN: Trump admin announces rule that could limit legal immigration over use of public benefits
  • NYT: “California Counties Sue to Block Trump’s New Green Card Test.”
  • Salt Lake Tribune: “Utah immigrants say they’re ‘living in fear’ after latest Trump rule on green cards.”
  • NYT: Trump Immigration Plan Offers a Ticket to the American Dream. The Poor Need Not Apply.
  • Esquire – Any Thinking Person Could See This Coming as Soon as Stephen Miller Got Hold of Power
  • Vox: Why the Trump administration is going after low-income immigrants, explained by an expert
  • Politico: Emails show Stephen Miller pressed hard to limit green cards
  • WaPo: The Trump administration ramps up its war on legal immigration – Plum Line
  • HuffPo: What Trump’s Immigration And Welfare Policies Have In Common
  • NPR – Critics Of Trump’s Public Charge Rule Say It Will Cost Americans More In The Long Run
  • Axios: Health of immigrants at risk in changes to public assistance policies
  • NYT: In Her Own Words: The Woman Who Bankrolled the Anti-Immigration Movement
  • WaPo: How President Trump’s new immigration rule could erode the social safety net
  • WaPo: Don’t like Trump’s new ‘public charge’ rule? Blame Congress for shirking its duty.
  • NPR: Immigration Chief: ‘Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor Who Can Stand On Their Own 2 Feet’
  • Politico: Trump immigration official offers rewrite for Statue of Liberty poem
  • The Atlantic – The New Stephen Miller
  • WaPo: It’s the mainstream anti-immigration rhetoric, not the extreme, that’s shaping American politics
  • WaPo: The Daily 202: New polls identify fault lines inside the GOP over Trump’s immigration agenda and treatment of asylum seekers
  • Vox: Google employees are demanding an end to the company’s work with agencies like CBP and ICE
  • Pro Publica – The Case That Made an Ex-ICE Attorney Realize the Government Was Relying on False “Evidence” Against Migrant

Steve King

  • NYT: Steve King, Opposing All Abortions, Asks if There Would Be ‘Any Population’ Without Rape and Incest
  • Fox News – Rep. Liz Cheney blasts GOP colleague Steve King over ‘appalling’ rape and incest remarks: ‘It’s time for him to go’
  • The Atlantic – Why Democrats May Not Want Steve King to Resign -Several 2020 hopefuls have called for the congressman to step down following comments he made about rape and incest. But he represents the party’s best hope in northwest Iowa.
  • Vox: Steve King says without rape and incest, there wouldn’t “be any population of the world left”

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