presidential election

BTL #300 - Politicon 2018 / The Stress Is Getting To Us - 10/22/18

BTL #300 - Politicon 2018 / The Stress Is Getting To Us - 10/22/18

This week on the podcast, we celebrate a major milestone and we do it AT POLITICON. That’s right, our 300th episode coincided with our favorite yearly gathering of shouting policy wonks and talking heads. Our thoughts on that, plus some polls and political shenanigans from the week in this very caffeinated special episode of BTL! Also Inside: our Cal Props Voter Guide.

BTL #295 - Watergate Pt. II - 8/20/18

BTL #295 - Watergate Pt. II - 8/20/18

This week on BTL, it’s election results galore! We’ll tell you why what you’ve been reading about what they mean isn’t totally true. Also, indictments/legal entanglements/lies galore! But don’t worry, according to Giuliani, the truth is not the truth anyway so what does it matter? It was a big two weeks and we’ve got it all right here!

BTL #260 - Wildcard Socialism [w/ Ramy Youssef] - 9/18/17

BTL #260 - Wildcard Socialism [w/ Ramy Youssef] - 9/18/17

This week on BTL, the hilarious Ramy Youssef joins us to chat about the (still) (forever) (consistently) (even when it defies logic) never-ending Obamacare dramas. Plus we've got the dirt on the Sanders Medicare-for-all bill, our review of the Great 2017 White House Greasy Chinese Food Bonanza that led to a...result of some sort (we'll update when we know exactly what it is), California, St. Louis, and the ongoing dramas of the Strange-Moore Alabama race. So just listen, okay? That means you.

BTL #243 - Press-Palooza [w/ Dmitry Zotman] - 5/8/17

BTL #243 - Press-Palooza [w/ Dmitry Zotman] - 5/8/17

Dmitry Zotman sits in for Brent as we discuss the AHCA (aka Achoo) passage in the house, the RELIEF of a boring moderate winning the French presidential elections (how far we've fallen), the chaos in Venezuela, Trump’s Monday press storm, and more!  And a speedy recovery to Brent, whose trip to Mexico left him with a terrible death-illness that Donald Trump's continued existence is NOT helping go away.

BTL #242 - The European Margin of Error - 4/24/17

BTL #242 - The European Margin of Error - 4/24/17

This week on BTL, we do a deep dive into the French presidential elections because they're somehow even more entertaining than our own.  Then we review Trump's first 100 days; he doesn't have much to show for it, and let's hope this week doesn't change that. Plus, there's Georgia's 6th, Chaffez's last, and the Tom Perez/Bernie Sanders sideshow that perfectly sums up why "unity" is eluding the Dems. All that, plus an in-depth analysis of Bill O'Reilly's hopefully not-prophetic work of fiction in which an angry, disgraced newsman who's out of a job murders all of his enemies. Eek! Watch out, women everywhere.

BTL #229 - Pussy Hats and Alternative Facts - 1/24/17

BTL #229 - Pussy Hats and Alternative Facts - 1/24/17

This week on a bicoastal BTL, it's tales of the largest march in US history!  We got crowd counts as well as stories of attending on both coasts!  (Well done LA!  750,000?!)  And guess what wasn't the largest gathering in US history?  Duh, the inauguration, despite what Trump and Sean Spicer's "Alternative Facts" may claim.  Plus, we've got a rundown of the week's insano cabinet confirmation hearings, the already mounting tragedy that is Trump's first days in office, and, most importantly, the real deal with Sean Spicer's five-year feud with Dippin' Dots.  

BTL #228 - Extra Rights - 1/16/17

BTL #228 - Extra Rights - 1/16/17

This week on BLT...will anybody actually be at the inauguration on Friday?  So far it looks like it's going to be Hillary Clinton and Code Pink.  Plus, Trump will save the ungrateful voters in John Lewis’ totally functioning district whether they want him to or not, and Ben Carson will stop all those pesky gay people from getting their extra rights.  What a relief!  Meanwhile, Cory Booker shoots himself in the 2020 foot,  the GOP signals their plans to take away your healthcare are just as ill conceived as you imagined,  and nobody does a press conference like Donald Trump and a stack of blank paper.  Bonus: we did it, America!  #GoldenShowers has now officially trended on Twitter.  Come for the news, stay for the...news!

BTL #227 Un-Losable - 1/9/17

BTL #227  Un-Losable - 1/9/17

This week on BTL...do you want to cry tears of joy/frustration/helplessness/anger/inspiration?  Good, because you'll have no choice if you try to watch Michelle Obama's final speech as FLOTUS.  Other things that might make you cry include: basically anything else that's going on in America.  Shootings (the domestic terror kind, stand down war hawks!), gaffes, ineptitude of the highest order by the seasoned professionals in Congress, and a few things that are so bad they're funny like the rumor Hillary Clinton is mulling over a run for the Mayor of NYC.  First obstacle: she's never actually lived there.  Okay, 2017, let the games begin!