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Meet the Candidates 2020: Tom Steyer

Meet the Candidates 2020: Tom Steyer

Electing a rich guy from New York with no obvious qualifications to be president is going so swimmingly, why not try it again? That’s the apparent logic behind native Upper East Sider, retired hedge funder, and anti-Trump commercial-maker Tom Steyer’s campaign for president. 

Meet the Candidates 2020: Bill de Blasio

Meet the Candidates 2020: Bill de Blasio

NYC mayor Bill de Blasio is among the most distinctive members of the forgettable generic white people club for two reasons:

  1. He’s tall. Too tall. If you noticed a giant lumberjack (beanpole?) of a man shouting from the fringes of the stage at the first two Democratic debates, you probably were noticing Bill de Blasio. 

  2. He’s, politically speaking, far to the left of the other generic white people. That means that when you noticed him shouting from off-camera, it was probably about how some other godforsaken corner-person was telling us what we can’t do and can’t have and shouldn’t stand for and why to stop dreaming IMMEDIATELY.

Meet the Candidate 2020: Joe Sestak

Meet the Candidate 2020: Joe Sestak

Here’s the thing: it doesn’t matter what Joe Sestak says or does because he hasn’t qualified for a single debate and his platform is indistinguishable from every other generic white person on the trail anyway. See: Tim Ryan, Michael Bennet, and John Delaney. Or actually see none of them because even finding out about Joe Sestak second-hand isn’t worth it. But fine, if you insist…

Meet the Candidates 2020: John Delaney

Meet the Candidates 2020: John Delaney

What could be better that big, structural change? Well small, imperceptible change that doesn’t impact the ultra wealthy, of course! With so much dreaming going on among this year’s top presidential contenders, John Delaney on the scene to scold us about how our dreams of living in a just society are just a scooch too big. Why not try something smaller? Or maybe try nothing. It’s better if we don’t rock the boat. After all, if John Delaney got rich in this system, anybody can!

Meet The Candidates: Michael Bennet

Meet The Candidates: Michael Bennet

Michael Bennet is a man who, unlike you, has been personally impacted by humans having health. That’s, at least, what he would like you to believe as he argues passionately that he’s uniquely positioned to understand the challenges of the healthcare system (and why we can’t challenge corporate control of it) because...he’s experienced being sick. In early 2019 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent a “completely successful” surgery. No update on the billing scenario he faced in the aftermath, though chances are it was less scary than what you as a non-Senator would face in a similar situation. But, you know, we defer to him since apparently he’s the expert.

BTL Newsletter #1 - 5/27/19 - We've Started a Newsletter!

BTL Newsletter #1 - 5/27/19 - We've Started a Newsletter!

There's no new podcast this week, but…we’ve started a newsletter!

Our goal is to make you sound smart to your friends (and more importantly, for us to sound smart to you). From now on, whenever we don't get the chance to record a podcast, we'll be providing a news summary right here in your inbox! That way, everybody's smarts get their moment in the sun.  Here's what happened this week:

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California Primary Election Prop Cheatsheet (June 2018)

California Primary Election Prop Cheatsheet (June 2018)

Jungle primaries are confusing enough. That's why we've put together this handy cheat sheet, along with our reasons for taking the positions we did.  Now you can sound informed at dinner parties AND avoid screwing up on Election Day.