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January 18, 2022
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"Spar-a-lago: Ron v. Don."

In This Episode

Donald Trump’s Arizona rally offers a preview of the 2022 midterm campaign and perhaps a 2024 rivalry between him and Ron DeSantis, Martin Luther King III joins to talk about his father’s legacy and what’s next in the fight to protect voting rights, and Democrats and Republicans debate banning Members of Congress from trading stocks while in office.


Show Notes



  • NBC News: In Arizona, ground zero for 2024, Trump spins lies and conspiracy theories
  • NBC News: A majority of Trump’s 2022 endorsements have questioned the 2020 election results
  • NYT: Trump Rally Underscores G.O.P. Tension Over How to Win in 2022
  • NYT: Who Is King of Florida? Tensions Rise Between Trump and a Former Acolyte
  • NBC News: Behind Trump’s vaccine boosterism, allies see chance for political payoff
  • Axios: Trump dogs “dull” DeSantis ahead of potential 2024 matchup
  • Politico: DeSantis uses conservative lifeline as Trump sours on him
  • CNN: DeSantis says he regrets not speaking out ‘much louder’ against Trump’s recommendation to stay home
  • Politico: DeSantis pulls ahead of 2024 GOP pack as Florida’s Covid cases fall
  • The Atlantic: ​​Trump Soft-Launches His 2024 Campaign



  • Punchbowl: What’s next 
  • Punchbowl: An unhappy new year for Democrats
  • The Nation: Members of Congress Shouldn’t Be Getting Rich From Trading Stocks
  • Yahoo: Who still thinks members of Congress should be able to trade stocks
  • CNBC: Competing bills could ban lawmakers from trading stocks while in office 
  • Financial Times: An inherent conflict of interest’: US officials under pressure over trading 
  • Daily Beast: Stock Trade Ban Gains Steam Despite Pelosi’s ‘Mind-Boggling’ Resistance 
  • Fox: McCarthy considers banning stock trades in Congress if Republicans win majority
  • The Hill: Three in four voters support banning lawmakers from trading stocks: poll 
  • MSNBC: Trump’s financial conflict of interest strategies are alive and well in Congress 
  • Insider: A ‘populist’ Senate candidate wants to ban members of Congress from holding and trading stocks — and throw them in jail if they don’t comply 
  • Fox: Arizona Senate candidate calls for ban on congressmen owning and trading stocks on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ 
  • NYT: What Congress Traded in 2021
  • WaPo: Pelosi said it’s fine for lawmakers to trade stocks. She’s wrong. 
  • Insider: ‘Conflicted Congress’: Key findings from Insider’s five-month investigation into federal lawmakers’ personal finances
  • Insider: Pelosi rejects stock-trading ban for members of Congress: ‘We are a free-market economy. They should be able to participate in that.’
  • Insider: Congress and top Capitol Hill staff have violated the STOCK Act hundreds of times. But the consequences are minimal, inconsistent, and not recorded publicly. 
  • Insider: These are the 50 top stocks that members of Congress own 
  • Insider: Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasts ‘brazenness’ of lawmakers who flouted a federal law meant to stop congressional insider trading
  • CNBC: Sen. Richard Burr, brother-in-law spoke on phone just before stock sales that are under investigation, SEC says
  • NPR: TikTokers Are Trading Stocks By Copying What Members Of Congress Do


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