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Manchin on the Hill


Emily, John and David discuss Joe Manchin, how the Trump DOJ lives on, and George Packer’s four Americas.

Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:

John Dickerson for CBS News: “Sen. Joe Manchin on Face the Nation, June 6, 2021

Ruth Marcus for the Washington Post: “Attorney General Garland, Please Stop Digging

George Packer for the Atlantic: “How America Fractured Into Four Parts

Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal, by George Packer

George Packer for the Atlantic: “Can Civics Save America?

The Ezra Klein Show: “Obama Explains How America Went From ‘Yes We Can’ to ‘MAGA’

Jane Mayer for the New Yorker: “Inside the Koch-Backed Effort to Block the Largest Election-Reform Bill in Half a Century

Here’s this week’s chatter:

John: Elizabeth Weise for USA Today: “This Man Spent Last Year Flushing Hundreds of Toilets. The New Fear as the Pandemic Wanes: Legionnaires’ Disease

Emily: Michael Powell for the New York Times: “Once a Bastion of Free Speech, the A.C.L.U. Faces an Identity Crisis

David: Rachel Gutman for the Atlantic: “A Crumpled, Dried-Out Relic of the Pandemic

Listener chatter from Andrew Goetz: Mick West’s YouTube videos explaining UFO footage

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank.

Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap.

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