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January 25, 2022
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"Cold War, Hot Mic."

In This Episode

Vladimir Putin inches closer to a war in Ukraine that could have global repercussions, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki talks about the Biden Administration’s new strategy for 2022, and Jon, Jon, and Tommy assess their level of concern over the latest headlines about creeping authoritarianism in a new segment called Democracy Doomscroll.


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Show Notes



  • Reuters: NATO strengthens east European flank, Russia accuses West of hysteria
  • WSJ: On the Brink of War with Russia, Ukrainians Are Resigned and Prepared
  • CNN: Biden cranks up pressure as Putin mulls Ukraine invasion
  • WaPo: A divided Europe confronts Russia with conflicting goals on Ukraine
  • NYT: Fiona Hill: Putin Has the U.S. Right Where He Wants It
  • The Beinart Notebook: America’s Generation Gap on Ukraine
  • The Atlantic: Only Putin Knows What Happens Next
  • WaPo: Volodymyr Zelensky: ‘Everyone will lose’ if Russia invades Ukraine
  • Forbes: Biden’s Remarks About Ukraine Shows That All Words Matter In A Crisis
  • Newsweek: Jen Psaki Cleans Up Biden’s Remarks on Russia, Legitimacy of 2022 Elections
  • CNN: DHS warns of potential Russia cyberattacks amid tensions
  • Axios: Europe’s energy reliance on Russia is a crucial shield for Putin
  • Sky News:  How the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has been controversial from the start
  • Fortune: Europe is suffering its worst energy crisis since the 1970s. Here’s 6 ways war in Ukraine could make it worse



  • Reuters: Pro-Trump death threats prompt bills in 3 states to protect election workers
  • NBC: Arizona Republicans propose major changes to elections after GOP review finds no fraud 
  • RollingStone: Start the Steal: New MAGA Emails Reveal Plot to Hand Arizona to Trump
  • Daily Beast: Matt Gaetz Backs Newt Gingrich’s Threat to Punish Jan. 6 Investigators
  • MSNBC: Why Newt Gingrich’s rant about the Jan. 6 investigation matters
  • RollingStone: Newt Gingrich, Who Is Advising GOP Leadership, Floats Jail Time for Jan. 6 Committee Members 
  • NYT: Top Jan. 6 Investigator Fired From Post at the University of Virginia
  • Politico: Read the never-issued Trump order that would have seized voting machines 
  • WaPo: Donald Trump’s rationale for seizing voting machines was worse than you might have assumed 
  • Yahoo: The former Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis says the January 6 committee members are subpoenaing her because they’re ‘mad they can’t date’ her 
  • Spectrum News: J.D. Vance’s Senate campaign aims to prove he’s a Trump convert 
  • WaPo editorial board: Ron DeSantis’s election police squad would poison democracy 
  • The Daily Beast: The Klan Was the Original ‘Election Police’
  • CNN: DeSantis’ proposed election police force alarms voting rights advocates