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Let's Get After it with Chris Cuomo
23 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Is piecemeal the way?
A major concern over the sheer volume of unemployment relief payments during COVID was always the potential for fraud. Well, that fear may have become a reality. And, as Chris surmises, if the amount the imposters stole is anywhere near what Axios has reported, then foreign crime syndicates have surely won this battle. Also on the Table: We'd all prefer something rather than nothing, right? This same logic may apply to how to get a stagnant Senate to move. Case and point: the Senate passing the Innovation and Competition Act with a 68/32 vote. Is it time to consider doing HR1/S1 in pieces to get more Senators on board?You've Been Warned: Never mess with another person's Lip Smackers. But if you do, you better be as fast as Chris was in the hilarious childhood story he tells that didn't end well for his sister.Cuom'ote of the Day: "The Mo Man was fat, but quick and crafty."
19 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
De Jure vs De Facto on Voting Rights
"Give me a way to not lose by helping the other side and I'll do it". So goes the sentiment of many in the GOP according to Chris' logic. While part of Republican resistance to any Dem proposal is a natural push and pull of ideas, the intensity is heightened right now out of fear of consequence. Not from voters, but from their own party.These "election integrity" laws moving through many state legislatures seem to fail a basic sniff test: is there any proof of a lack of integrity in the voting process that needs correcting?Cuom'ote of the Day: "One of the things that's killing us in our dialogue is mangling context for advantage."
27 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
You don't understand what you're up against...
Are Dems playing the game the way it needs to be played in our new political 'normal'? Chris asserts that the sentimental adage of love beating out hate has no place when there is an existential threat posed on the future of our democracy. Sen Joe Manchin has stated his case. Now it is time for all Senate members to cast votes on the floor and let the opposition be seen and heard. If the GOP don't play ball in the bipartisan way Manchin hopes, will he and other moderate Dems shift their thinking on the filibuster?Cuom'ote of the Day: "We are at a point of inflection and no one is paying attention."
24 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Common concern can create collective will
There has always been xenophobia, there has always been animus, there has always been the 'other' when it comes to each new generation of immigrants. Who is embracing this dynamic and who is rejecting it?In this bonus episode, Chris recounts getting to know a first generation immigrant who came to his house to handle some electrical work. The conversation gives Chris pause to reflect on the Cuomo family's immigration experience, and understanding this man as just one generation removed from his own family story.Still on the Table: Joe Manchin is the greatest Rorschach test for where we are politically. How do you see Manchin's choice not to support the For The People Act while still holding out hope for a deal on the John Lewis Voting Rights Act? Is he right to continue to stand on principle when a large swath of the Republican party sees more value in obstruction than acting in good faith?Cuom'ote of the Day: "Common concern can create common will."
25 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Passivity has no place in progress
We all should maintain hope that we will be better prepared the next time there is an international viral outbreak. But are we? Does our government have a plan in place for a future pandemic? Rather than focusing every moment we have to equip ourselves, we're currently caught up in weaponizing the virus through a debate on it's origin.Also on the Table: The pervasive nature of conspiracy theories, often applied to unknown events like Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, have found their way into what should remain objective. What is true? What is real? Shouldn't these debates on UFO's and extra-terrestrial life be held to the high bar of undisputed facts?Weekend Homework: Watch the movie Contagion and be awed by how telling this film was for things to come during this pandemic.Cuom'ote of the Day: "Passivity has no place in progress."
24 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
It can't happen here...
In this episode, Chris owns that the two party system is breaking down. We need rational actors in positions of power who are motivated by the voters that put them there. Are we at an inflection point we can get beyond?While recognition of a problem is a meaningful part of finding a solution, it can't end there. That's tough on an individual basis, even tougher on a collective one. Cliché's aside (and Chris rattles off many!) how do we nullify or at least reduce our divisions to get the gears turning again? Is filibuster reform a path?Cuom'ote of the Day: "Democracy is because you want it- not because you have to have it. It is not a 'must'."
23 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Collective will, collective conscience
The state of play: Everything is through the looking glass- things are seen only as we hope them to be. If politics are played at the state level with suppressive voting laws, is the fix at the federal level? If Democrats blow up the filibuster, will it come back to bite them when the GOP regain power? All our frustrations are part of this unending game, and the players are doing what you allow and reward.Plus: The pushback on young Tennis star Naomi Osaka for not speaking to the press was unrelenting. Chris looks at this story though the lens of increasing mental health awareness. If she broke her wrist would there be this same backlash? Mental health is health.
27 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Final Five Voting
In this episode, Chris chats with A.B. Stoddard about her recent RCP piece that takes a deep dive on Katherine Gehl's concept of Final Five Voting. A.B. digs into how it works and where it is working (currently in Alaska, in consideration in the legislature in Wisconsin).Chris and A.B. then break down potential pitfalls and if, how and where this could be implemented. Can this scratch our collective itch for better representation that more closely reflects our ideals, be it GOP, Dem or somewhere in between?
22 minutes | May 27, 2021
The Wuhan Lab theory...
Chris kicks the tires on this idea that the Wuhan lab theory hasn't been brought up before. It is being politicized and weaponized. Yes, Trump talked about it but he never offered up any sort of proof. And the proof, as you may remember, is in the pudding.Also on the table: the January 6th Commission- how could anyone not want to know how it happened? The opposition to the Commission is all part of the game. And lest ye not forget: a look at how populism is increasingly appealing to both parties; 10 Senate seats that have the potential to flip, and the reality that 18% of the population controls 50% of Senate.
18 minutes | May 26, 2021
Co-opted by the fringes
Chris talks well water plumbing problems and the Mo' Man taking it upon himself to climb into a crawl space where he met up with a live electrical current. Zaaaaaaap! Home Ownership 101.And he takes a bit of the air out of MTG's comments that are still being chewed on. She knows what she's doing, it's not a shock or even a new occurrence. But the focus on her is a continuing distraction from what matters. We don't accept this type of non-action in any other aspect of our lives other than politics.Chris believes in the marketplace of ideas, but also owns that often we are co-opted by the fringes on both sides. Also: Hunter S Thompson on the TV business...
27 minutes | May 25, 2021
What do you empower and what do you ignore?
Marjorie Taylor Greene continues to be given a voice even when making nutty comparisons between the House mask mandate and the Holocaust. Should this be news worthy? Is it worth our time and attention? In the end, everyone loses when it distracts from the real issues that we collectively face. This ongoing game sidetracks us all from progress.More instructive: asking GOP leaders to talk about infrastructure and voting rights, when their main position so far is opposition.
16 minutes | May 24, 2021
The Class Gap
TODAY'S BONUS EDITION: Chris' take is that class matters in some of the same ways that color does when it comes to systemic inequality. He believes there is a combined interest in addressing many of the same core issues- including policing, and argues it's not an either/or, it's an 'and'. Also: In his Morning Newsletter, NYT’s David Leonhardt looks at the class gap that exists in people not yet vaccinated, and those who are skeptical. While the dividing lines most often talked about are Republicans and also Black and Latino populations (for different reasons) there is also an analysis beyond: the gap in class. These groups each have working class populations. And when you look at the numbers (via Kaiser Foundation) divvied up by class (using college as a delineator) those most hesitant to getting the shot are non-college educated, regardless of race.
13 minutes | May 20, 2021
Chris sees it as a dangerous and toxic game to conflate the events of the January 6th insurrection and last summer's protests for racial equality. This thinking is often echoed by the same people who won't wear masks, and dont want to get vaccinated. And the numbers show the game being played is making us sick. Polling, as detailed by a recent op ed by Catherine Rampell, shows almost half of GOP respondents think it better to make voting harder then to come up with good ideas on governance.
22 minutes | May 19, 2021
What's with the mask confusion? Are vaccine passports a panacea?
Like almost every other phase in this pandemic, the CDC mask update has created more questions than answers. People are looking sideways at each other wondering if they are being honest about being vaccinated when not wearing a mask. If we can't trust each other, is the solution a federal vaccine passport? While there are upsides, there are also potential inequities a system like that could bring.Chris also looks at the CDC's sloth-like pace when it comes to updating their guidance and remembers the Trump administration's denial of the threat of COVID early on. If the President had owned the pandemic from jump, would he still be our Commander in Chief today?
19 minutes | May 18, 2021
You only know what you show
Chris urges transparency on the part of North Carolina authorities, as he reacts to DA Andrew Womble announcing that the shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. was justified and that no charges will be filed against the deputies involved. While DA Womble showed some snippets of the body cam footage during the press conference, he said he will not release it to the public.
15 minutes | May 17, 2021
Dr. Leana Wen on the confusion around the new CDC mask guidelines
Dr. Leana Wen, emergency physician, public health professor at George Washington University and former Baltimore Health Commissioner joins Chris to look at what the somewhat surprising new recommendations from the CDC mean for those who are vaccinated and for those who can't get the shot yet, if at all (kids under 12, immuno-compromised).What's good and essential about the new guidance, what needs to be flushed out further?Further reading: Dr. Wen's Washington Post Op Ed
16 minutes | May 14, 2021
A revised mask mandate; Stefanik is the new #3; Manchin has an idea on voting reform
While it is welcome news that the fully vaccinated among us can now unmask in most places, it also brings more questions than answers in some ways. While Chris applauds the move, he asks, why not play it straight from the start? Both pre and post-Biden, the CDC has had a bit of a credibility dent for not being transparent in real time throughout the pandemic.Also on the table: Elise Stefanik ascends to the #3 House leadership role with a vote this morning. What does this mean for the direction of the new GOP? Her argument for the job has been that, like McConnell, she will oppose any and all that President Biden puts forth and that she'll continue to back former President Trump's election claims. Plus this on a Friday: WV Sen. Joe Manchin suggests a take on the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, making federal pre-clearance on any new voting laws a 50 state rule. So any states looking to change voting laws have to pass muster on the federal level of not disenfranchising minority populations before enactment. While it is a far cry from the For The People Act, it could immediately stop any questionable voting laws in their tracks until they are reviewed by the DOJ. Does he have/could he get the votes to do it?
24 minutes | May 13, 2021
Left, Right or Reasonable?
Chris expounds on the notion that both political parties as we've known them are no more. They are not the same parties and it's not the same politics. He urges those stuck somewhere in between to go beyond left or right to REASONABLE. We have to change the game.Also up to bat: Looking at the realities of the filibuster and a strategy to tackle the For the People Act; Sen. Shelly Moore Capito of WV meeting Biden today on Infrastructure; how to use progressive pragmatism.Bonus Sidebars: A family Safari story in which Chris' spirit animal was declared for him by his oldest daughter; getting the side eye from a two toed sloth while anchoring the news with Sam Champion on GMA.
20 minutes | May 12, 2021
Liz Cheney is out but not going gently into that good night
Rep Liz Cheney knew it was coming, she wasn’t trying to whip votes in her favor, but she also isn’t taking her licks and going home quietly. She will continue to speak out about the Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen, and now has no tether to leadership to keep it muted in any way. The GOP has a problem: their internal squabbles are on full display at a time they'd rather be focusing on President Biden and 2022. Instead, all eyes are on them. And Cheney isn’t going anywhere.
24 minutes | May 11, 2021
"Fox-itis" and The Big Lie; McCarthy's Big Tent
Chris had accused Capitol rioter Anthony Antonio on Cuomo Prime Time last night- not to litigate his case but to have him explain what his lawyer called a case of ‘Fox-itis”: the idea that he truly believed the 2020 election was stolen from Trump and that he needed to go to the Capitol to fight. Whether he is credible is up to you, but Antonio's belief that he was fed a steady diet of mis-information about a stolen election, from what he saw as credible news sources and the President himself, is something none of us should sleep on. This, as House Leader McCarthy announces a vote Wednesday to strip Rep. Liz Cheney of her leadership position in the House for continually countering "The Big Lie". In the same breath, in a letter to his members, he argues that their party has a big tent and is a haven for "free thought and debate." Tell that to your number three.
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