Yeah, we were critical of Joe Biden all year, but we're holding out hope that he comes around. Just a little, anyway.
Our favorite stories about the Vermont senator and presidential candidate who made a huge impact this year.
John Knefel describes the narrative being pushed by the conservative media now that it is no longer possible to claim that Donald Trump is the rightful victor in the 2020 presidential election.
Cassie moved to Georgia from Pennsylvania and has lived in the state for over 10 years. She witnessed the growing diversity of her city and how the efforts of people like Stacey Abrams gave voice to its citizens, which led to the state turning blue in the 2020 US presidential election for the first time in nearly 30 years. She shares that, despite this win for democracy, it is not a time to relax. The country must work towards being anti-racist, from one’s self to our government leaders, before it can properly heal. 1st Person is presented by Urban Outfitters. Music featured in the episode: "Cool Kids" by Shana Falana
Biden announces some top cabinet positions. Stories about learning and growing. And music from Dolly Valentine.
What’s the point of “saving” American democracy if you’re not willing to protect its fundamental values?
Although the MAGA march that brought thousands to the streets on November 14, 2020 was not successful in garnering support for Donald Trump, John Knefel warns that the far right extremists responsible for the demonstration should not be so easily dismissed.
The president’s election denials are growing more pathetic by the day.
All you need to know about the races that will determine Senate control.
A majority of Republican voters don’t think the election was fair. And that’s what GOP lawmakers want.
In the wake of the 2020 election season, John Knefel comments on centrist Democrats’ public disdain for Leftist policies and what that means for the Biden Administration.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has some wondering whether the Trump administration is attempting a clumsy coup d'etat.
How are you supposed to find common ground with people who won’t accept the results of an election?
The former Fox News anchor isn’t taking Donald Trump’s loss very well.
The votes are still being counted, but some results are certain and others are likely. Plus music from Sam Burton and Ganga Lee.
Election Day—er, week—is stressful. These memes helped make it a little more bearable.
After receiving millions of dollars in donations, Never Trumpers made no difference.
Feeling uptight today? Here’s a quick list of things you can do to unwind and ignore election results.
On his final day of campaign rallying, the president is sure to leave a number of his supporters out in the cold.
Democrats have a solid chance to flip the Senate. These races could be critical in making it happen—or falling short.
A major part of Joe Biden's strategy is that he is not Donald Trump.
Rich Lowry writes that re-electing Trump would be a “middle finger” to the left. He’s right & it’s all Trump’s got.
The last debate of the 2020 presidential cycle calls for alternate programming and fresh adult beverages.
The president is shifting his plan to make coronavirus part of everyday life into hyperdrive.
Books and betting markets favor Biden. Can a longshot bet on Trump pay off?
We review the major election-related news of the week–and there’s plenty, of course. Plus music from Sad13.
Roughly two weeks from Election Day, Biden has extended his polling lead in key states.
​John Knefel  explains why even the best case scenario for the United States in 2021 is less than ideal.​
Is West a celebrity running for president or a replacement-level Republican running for state senate?
More than 215,000 dead won’t stop the president’s awkward grandpa shuffle.
A Democrat finally playing actual politics has the media and Republicans in a frenzy.
John Knefel explains how Donald Trump’s failure to shut down white supremacist groups during the first presidential debate serves to mobilize those same groups leading up to Election Day.
Biden and Harris shouldn’t go anywhere near the infected Trump campaign.
This can’t be as bad as Trump-Biden, but be sure to have a drink handy just in case.
It’s pretty difficult to deny the president’s racism when he spouts it nightly.
For Trump supporters, even baseline competence can turn into a full blown conspiracy.
The end is finally here. Don’t act like you won’t want a drink.
The post-election period won’t play out with snappy Aaron Sorkin dialogue. It’s going to be ugly.
A pro-Biden Super PAC is urging progressives to listen to Bernie Sanders. Maybe it should take its own advice.
No one is doing more to spread coronavirus than the president himself.
The Democratic nominee is offering an alternative to authoritarian fascism and corny campaign merch.
Donald Trump says he’s “up-played” the seriousness of the pandemic. Joe Biden needs to focus on winning. And we all need to worry about election result legitimacy. Plus music from Xanthe Alexis.
The president’s 2020 campaign emails are as dumb, aggressive, and ridiculous as he is.
John Knefel comments on some recent reactions of Joe Biden on the campaign trail and suggests that his attempts to win over affluent white voters may cause him to lose the support of other key voting groups.
Political polling is more precise than ever, but people still turn to nontraditional markers to predict election results.
Trump’s numbers are improving in the swing states that won him the White House in 2016.
The Attorney General isn’t as stupid as his boss, but he’s doing his best to sound like it.
While violence from Donald Trump’s supporters has been common throughout his presidency, John Knefel comments on the increase in violent incidents over recent months and the likelihood that more violence from the right can be expected.
If Trump is up big on election night, it’s up to news outlets to add context—not call a winner.
The former VP needs to hang militia violence and civil unrest around the president’s neck.
Trump is trying to run the same campaign he did four years ago—but it’s a cheap, pathetic imitation.
The vice president says Joe Biden’s America won’t be safe—but what about Trump’s?
John Knefel warns that the Biden/Harris strategy to appeal to Republican voters with a lack of policy specifics will make it difficult to govern should they win the election in November.
Militia murdering protestors provided stark relief to the putrefied stink of the RNC’s second night.
The RNC’s opening night exceeded even its worst dystopian expectations.
Biden cast the 2020 election as love vs. hate and light vs. dark in his DNC acceptance speech.
Biden’s big night caps off a week of vapid political theater—which means it’s time to drink.
The Democrats touched on women’s rights and gun violence, but Obama’s stark warning stood out most.
John Knefel comments on the 2020 Democratic presidential ticket.
Two nights in, and the Democratic Party’s priorities and target demographics are abundantly clear.
The elitist musical lineup is even more proof that the government is just a rich person’s game.
Sometimes politics are most effective from people you’ve never heard of.
From remote speeches to Republican endorsements, the 2020 Democratic National Convention will be tough to watch.
The president has nothing left but the racist hits that got him here.
Trump’s unique heinousness doesn’t mean Democrats shouldn’t be challenged, questioned, and pushed.
Roots Action is targeting disaffected leftists leery of voting for Biden—yet doesn’t actually endorse him.
The former Vice President is polling well in states that could very well decide the election, but it’s still early.
Based on recent interviews, there’s no reason to think the president would perform even competently.
It might actually be nice if Biden was who Trump says he is. Sadly, he’s not.
Suggesting an election delay is just the president’s latest attempt to sow division and chaos.
A new study shows that left wing violence isn’t nearly the problem Republicans portray it as.
The GOP can’t get out of its own ideological way and now face the consequences of their own inaction.
The president’s first briefing since April was a weak, self-serving attempt at humility.
If it looks like little more than cynical ladder-climbing, that’s because it is.
John Knefel makes the case that, despite the left having made some concessions from Joe Biden on his immigration and economic platforms, he still needs to move on dismantling the United States’ racist carceral system. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Awake” by Tycho
Despite Joe Biden currently polling ahead of Donald Trump nationally, John Knefel offers a reminder that centrist candidates do not offer a promising outcome against Trump or others who share his ideals.
The president will stir up hatred and culture war until November.
If Democrats blow the 2020 election, it’s on them and their candidate—even if Kanye runs.
Bowman and Booker prove progressive viability in high-profile congressional races.
Media coverage centered on his small Tulsa rally crowd, but mere hours before, Trump butchered his version of a Saturday Night Massacre.
He'll say the election was corrupt, illegal, and rigged against him—even if he wins.
Responsibility chains, intent-behavior gaps, local validators, and incalculable loss… but also koalas and yogurt.
COVID-19 response bungling. Biden’s VP options. News/media roundup. ‘Driveways’ now on VOD. BTR Live Studio w/ Honey Cutt.
No lockdown for Sweden. US economy in decline. NY cancels primary. News/media roundup. Chris Hemsworth in ‘Extraction.’ Music by Marble Arch.
Those who felt the primary was rigged against Sanders all along have even more fuel for their fire.
A preview of the 2020 general election. New movie, Selah and the Spades. And a preview of True Dreams' BTR Live Studio session.
If Dems don’t force mail-in voting into the next coronavirus relief bill, they will have failed.
We listened to Joe Biden’s new podcast and have thoughts. A discussion of Netflix’s ‘Tigertail.’ And a preview of GOLD DIME’s BTR Live Studio session.
Dr. Lynn Jiang, 1 of 2 doctors who began an Instagram account to document health workers on the frontline. Ryan Cooper on Gov. Cuomo. New gerrymander documentary ‘Slay The Dragon.’ And music by Parlor Walls.
As he exits the Democratic primary, it's clear Sanders' political impact is generational.
Rumors about the New York governor and the Democratic favorite have swirled for a couple weeks.
The presumptive Democratic nominee's last public appearance was Tuesday. Over the weekend, Twitter users openly wondered why.
Joe Virgillito is here to discuss the Democratic primaries and COVID-19. Also, we discuss new movie, Lost Girls.’ Plus a preview of Activity’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
The Hawaii representative finished her campaign as confusingly as she ran it.
The Democratic Party cares more about stifling Sanders than public safety.
Sunday could be the primary's final debate, so might as well send it off with a drink. Or several.
Joe Virgillito is here to discuss why Sanders shouldn’t drop out, the effects of COVID-19 on current politics, and more. Also, we discuss new movie, ‘Onward.’ Plus a preview of Momma’s upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
The uncertainty surrounding Joe Biden is more than enough reason for Sanders to keep fighting.
The former Bush advisor only believes civility should exist in one direction.
Joe Virgillito is here to discuss Super Tuesday and beyond. Also, we discuss new movie, ‘The Invisible Man.’ Plus a preview of Church Girls’ upcoming BTR Live Studio session.
The Massachusetts senator’s first presidential came to a disappointing end Thursday.
John Knefel explains why billionaires in politics are contrary to our democracy.
Beto, Amy and Pete made it onto some Joe merch. But Biden’s got other people to thank, too.
If Warren cares about a progressive agenda, backing Bernie is her best bet.
John Knefel describes Michael Bloomberg’s attempts to buy the presidential election and comments on how his mayoral history indicates he would be a poor choice for the nomination.
The billionaire former mayor's new baseball cap almost transcends mockery.
Last week's debate was actually entertaining. This one should be too. And yes, liquor helps.
The senator's reversal on accepting Super PAC money puts her in a cynical spot.
John Knefel explains how corporate democrats will try to incentivize voters with promises to lower the deficit.
The entrepreneur dropped out of the Democratic primary last night, but his presence still looms large.
Molly on the electability sham, the liberal boomer breakdown, and thoughts on the witness impeachment vote. photo courtesy of John Knefel
Despite Joe Biden polling well among older Americans, John Knefel explains why they would have the most to worry about should he become the Democratic nominee for president.
John Knefel shares his thoughts on how the outcome of the 2020 election will reflect whether Donald Trump’s 2016 election was an aberration, or the American people embracing bigotry and cruelty. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: "Awake” by Tycho