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January 11, 2022
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“Joe and the Giant Speech.”

In This Episode

Joe Biden takes on Republican voter suppression in Georgia, Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair Ben Wikler talks about Ron Johnson’s re-election announcement and saving democracy in the Badger State, and Ted Cruz grovels to Tucker Carlson for referring to violent insurrectionists as terrorists.


Show Notes



  • Punchbowl: A week of reckoning for Democrats 
  • WaPo: Biden breaks his silence: Inside his decision to forcefully denounce Trump
  • Playbook: Biden faces his moment on the filibuster
  • WaPo: White House allies split over inflation plan as Biden trains attacks on corporate greed 
  • WaPo: Bipartisanship is out for Biden. It’s about time.
  • WaPo: Biden will make a critical speech on voting rights. He must keep in mind two audiences. 
  • WSJ: Biden Has Met the Enemy, and He Is Us
  • NYT: Steve Bannon Is Onto Something
  • NYT: Biden Comes Out Swinging Against Republicans as His Agenda Stalls 
  • Politico: ‘We are going right to the belly of the beast’: Biden takes on Georgia 
  • FiveThirtyEight: Why Democrats Keep Bringing Up Voting Rights
  • CNN: Michelle Obama’s urgent message about this year’s midterm elections
  • Politico: Michelle Obama and coalition vow to register more than a million new voters 
  • CNN: Biden touts low unemployment rate after US adds fewer jobs in December than expected 
  • NBC: Economy gained just 199,000 jobs in December, far below expectations 
  • WaPo: Whatever your assessment of jobs numbers in Biden’s first year, take it with a grain of salt 



  • NYT: Ron Johnson, G.O.P. Senator From Wisconsin, Will Seek Re-election.
  • WSJ: Why I’m Seeking a Third Senate Term 
  • AP: Wisconsin GOP leader: ‘Zero chance’ of taking over elections
  • WPR: GOP bill would add more voting restrictions on those with felony convictions in Wisconsin
  • CNN: ‘It’s the same story’: Wisconsin Republicans’ secretive review of 2020 election takes lessons from Arizona’s conspiracy-laden process
  • TPM: Wisconsin GOP’s Election Investigator Calls On Republican Who Criticized Him To Resign
  • Madison: ‘Zero chance’ of Legislature taking over elections, Wisconsin GOP leader says
  • Newsweek: GOP-Aligned Group Finds No Evidence of Wisconsin Voter Fraud After 10-Month Investigation
  • PBS: ‘This is a charade’: GOP senator, voting experts urge Wisconsin Republicans to halt election attacks
  • WPR: Dane County judge rejects attorney general’s attempt to block GOP election investigation subpoena 
  • US News and World Report: Wisconsin GOP Senate Leader Opposes ‘Blowing Up’ Elections
  • WaPo: Ron Johnson somehow isn’t clear on why post-illness immunity is worse than no-illness immunity


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