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“Sex Demons and Karaoke with Dan and Alyssa.”

Alyssa Mastromonaco joins Dan to talk about Trump’s promotion of more conspiracy theories, jealousy of Dr. Anthony Fauci, inability to help himself politically, and failure to confront Vladimir Putin, even when American lives are at risk. Then, they take your most pressing questions on the VP selection process, the 2020 election, and whether karaoke is actually fun.

Show Notes 

Trump is Pushing Hydroxychloroquine, Again

  • NYT: The virus death toll in the U.S. reaches 150,000
  • WBUR: More Than 150,000 People Have Died From Coronavirus In The U.S
  • WSJ: Trump Retweets Attacks Against Fauci on Coronavirus Policy
  • CNN: Social media giants remove viral video with false coronavirus claims that Trump retweeted
  • NBC: Dark money and PAC’s coordinated ‘reopen’ push are behind doctors’ hydroxychloroquine video
  • CNBC: Watch Live: Trump holds briefing as Congress debates coronavirus relief bill
  • CNN: Trump abruptly ends briefing after being pressed over retweeting misinformation
  • WH: Remarks by President Trump in Press Briefing
  • Chicago Tribune: Trump defends decision to retweet viral video that promotes disproved use of malaria drug as treatment for COVID-19
  • WaPo: Trump retweeted a video with false covid-19 claims. One doctor in it has said demons cause illnesses.
  • The Daily Beast: Trump’s New Favorite COVID Doctor Believes in Alien DNA, Demon Sperm, and Hydroxychloroquine
  • Recode: How Trump and his son helped make a Covid-19 conspiracy theorist go viral in a matter of hours
  • NYT: Misleading Virus Video, Pushed by the Trumps, Spreads Online
  • Vox: Covid-19 conspiracy theories are being fed by institutions meant to inform the public
  • FDA page on Hydroxychloroquine
  • Vox: Covid-19 conspiracy theories are being fed by institutions meant to inform the public
  • CNN: Another study finds hydroxychloroquine does not help Covid-19 patients
  • WaPo: Antimalarial drug touted by President Trump is linked to increased risk of death in coronavirus patients, study says
  • WaPo: FDA warns about hydroxychloroquine dangers, citing serious heart issues, including death
  • Legum Tweet Thread
  • NYT: Information Contagion
  • Wired: Stop Saying Facebook Is ‘Too Big to Moderate’

Trump First, America Last

  • NYT: ‘Nobody Likes Me,’ Trump Complains, Renewing Defense of Dubious Science
  • Axios: Trump asks why he doesn’t have a high coronavirus approval rating like Fauci
  • Reuters: Trump on Fauci’s high approval ratings: ‘Nobody likes me’
  • CNN: ‘Nobody likes me’: Trump ponders pandemic popularity of Fauci and Birx
  • WaPo: Trump complains Fauci has better approval rating as coronavirus deaths near 150,000
  • CNN: Trump’s announcement he was throwing the first pitch at a Yankees game surprised staff
  • Vanity Fair: Trump Won’t Throw First Pitch At Yankees Game Because No One Asked Him To
  • NYT: Trump Announced, Then Canceled, a Yankees Pitch. Both Came as a Surprise.
  • Politico: ‘He just needs to win 60 percent of the next 100 days’
  • The Hill: Schumer: Trump should want COVID-19 deal to help GOP election chances
  • WaPo: One question still dogs Trump: Why not try harder to solve the coronavirus crisis?
  • WaPo: How Fox News may be destroying Trump’s reelection hopes
  • FiveThirtyEight: Why Blaming China For The Pandemic Probably Won’t Help Trump Win
  • NYT: How Local Covid Deaths Are Affecting Vote Choice
  • NY Mag: Trump to Promote COVID Vaccine in Election Messaging Pivot: Report
  • AP: Trump seeks political shot in the arm in vaccine push
  • CNN: The polls show Biden is a clear favorite 100 days out from an unprecedented election
  • Politico: Is Trump on track for an October vaccine surprise?
  • Axios: Exclusive: Trump never raised Russia’s Taliban bounties with Putin
  • WaPo: Trump says he has not spoken to Putin about alleged Russian bounties on U.S. troops
  • NYT: Trump Did Not Ask Putin About Bounties on U.S. Troops in Afghanistan, He Says
  • Axios: Podcast: Trump never asked Putin about bounties 
  • WaPo: Three big takeaways from Trump’s awful new admission about Putin
  • Politico: ‘A lot of people said it’s a fake issue’: Trump confirms he didn’t raise Russian bounties with Putin
  • WaPo: At the heart of Trump’s Taliban bounty crisis are questions about the President’s Daily Brief 
  • Politico: Russia bounty flap highlights intel breakdown under Trump
  • CNN: Intelligence on Russian bounty plot was included in the President’s Daily Brief earlier this year, source says 
  • NYT: Spies and Commandos Warned Months Ago of Russian Bounties on U.S. Troops
  • Axios: Biden campaign calls Trump’s failure to raise Russian bounties with Putin “despicable”
  • CNN: Trump says he didn’t bring up bounties against US troops in recent call with Putin
  • Rolling Stone: Jake Tapper Rips Into Trump for Ignoring Russian Bounties Story
  • CNN: Jake Tapper: This is the very least Trump can do
  • Politico: Senate Dems demand Trump’s daily intelligence briefings on Russian bounties
  • Politico: Dems press for more details on Russian bounties

Changing the Date of the Election

  • NYT: Trump Floats Whether to ‘Delay the Election,’ Something He Cannot Legally Do
  • NBC News: Trump floats delaying the election, but he can’t do that (7/30)
  • Vox: No, Trump can’t delay the election (7/30)

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