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Isaac Saul

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Episodes

The independent state legislature theory.

We're covering the independent state legislature theory, and the arguments around it that happened before the Supreme Court on Wednesday.... more

08 Dec 2022 · 31 minutes
The same-sex wedding website case.

In today's issue, we're covering the Supreme Court case where a Colorado web designer is challenging the state's anti-discrimination laws.... more

07 Dec 2022 · 28 minutes
The Georgia Senate runoff.

It's Election Day in Georgia, where voters are deciding between Sen. Raphael Warnock and challenger Herschel Walker. Plus, a question... more

06 Dec 2022 · 26 minutes
The Twitter files on Hunter Biden.

Today, we're covering Twitter's decision to suppress the Hunter Biden story and the new leaks showing internal discussions. Plus, an... more

05 Dec 2022 · 26 minutes
The potential railroad strike.

Congress is trying to stop a potential railroad workers strike. But is Biden on the right side of the issue?... more

01 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
The Indian Child Welfare Act.

Today, we're covering one of the most complex stories Tangle has ever seen: The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978.... more

30 Nov 2022 · 29 minutes
The protests in China.

We're breaking down the protests in China and what they mean for the world. Plus, a question about mass shooting... more

29 Nov 2022 · 29 minutes
The Colorado Springs shooting.

In today's edition of Tangle, we're going to be breaking down the Colorado Springs shooting and what we know about... more

28 Nov 2022 · 28 minutes
A note to listeners from Isaac.

Thanks from Isaac and the whole Tangle team.  In the spirit of giving, we ask that you share this url: www.readtangle.com/give.... more

23 Nov 2022 · 7 minutes
The (new) Trump special counsel.

We're breaking down the appoinment of another special counsel investigator to look into Trump. Plus, a question about who Democrats... more

22 Nov 2022 · 25 minutes
Nancy Pelosi steps down.

Nancy Pelosi steps down from her leadership position. Plus, an update on a reader question from last week about candidate... more

21 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
The FTX collapse, explained.

We're going long on Sam Bankman-Fried and FTX, the complicated story of a Democratic mega donor and cryptocurrency exchange going... more

17 Nov 2022 · 32 minutes
Trump announces presidential run.

We're covering Trump's big announcement for another presidential run. Plus, we've got a new survey on how you're feeling about... more

16 Nov 2022 · 26 minutes
What the latest inflation numbers mean.

We're covering the latest inflation numbers and what they mean (some good news, maybe?)... plus, a question about what candidates... more

15 Nov 2022 · 25 minutes
Democrats win the Senate.

We're covering the results from the 2022 midterms, including Democrats officially taking the Senate. Plus, a question about why some... more

14 Nov 2022 · 29 minutes
Everything we missed (and an update).

We're covering everything that didn't make it into the newsletter yesterday, a reader question, and Isaac's thoughts on some of... more

10 Nov 2022 · 25 minutes
SPECIAL EDITION: Democrats' shocking performance.

We're taking a look at Democrats suprisingly strong night, where the midterm race stands now, and what to expect in... more

09 Nov 2022 · 28 minutes
It's Election Day.

We're giving our final preview and rundown of the midterms, what we're watching, and what to expect. Plus, a question... more

08 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
Brazil's new (old) president.

Today, we're covering the return of Lula. We also have a reader question about how to prepare for the midterms. You... more

07 Nov 2022 · 25 minutes
SPECIAL EDITION: Yes, you should vote.

Election day is in four days. Today, Tangle founder Isaac Saul discusses the reasons most people don't vote, and why you... more

04 Nov 2022 · 15 minutes
Affirmative action at the Supreme Court.

Today, we're covering the debate over affirmative action, and going long on the arguments for and against it. Plus, a... more

03 Nov 2022 · 29 minutes
Elon Musk takes over Twitter.

We're breaking down the Elon takeover of Twitter. Plus, a question about "grassroots" movements and an important reader survey about... more

01 Nov 2022 · 28 minutes
Progressives retract letter on Ukraine.

Today, we're covering the progressives criticism of Biden's approach in Ukraine — and then the backtracking. Plus, a correction and... more

31 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
The Fetterman-Oz debate.

Today, we're covering the John Fetterman vs. Dr. Mehmet Oz debate. Plus, a question about how I think of Tangle,... more

27 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
The pandemic learning losses.

Today, we're covering the results from the "Nation's Report Card," which showed significant drops in learning for fourth and eighth... more

26 Oct 2022 · 24 minutes
Courts halt student debt forgiveness.

We're breaking down the lawsuits that threaten Biden's student loan plan. Plus, a reader question about the Republican party platform... more

25 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
INTERVIEW: Ivan Moore on Alaska and ranked choice voting.

Ivan Moore is one of Alaska's top pollsters. Today, he sits down with Tangle to discuss ranked choice voting, the... more

20 Oct 2022 · 34 minutes
Biden's gig economy rule.

We're covering the new rules about contractors and the gig economy, which could impact millions of workers. Plus, a question... more

19 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
The scandal in Los Angeles.

We're discussing the scandal in Los Angeles over a leaked audio recording of racist remarks. Plus, a question about why... more

18 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
September's troubling inflation numbers.

We're covering the latest inflation numbers from the Labor Department, what they mean, and who has gotten most of this... more

17 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
Biden's mass pardons. (MONDAY'S NEWSLETTER)

We're covering Biden's announcement of a wave of pardons. Plus, a question about state residency and running for office, and... more

14 Oct 2022 · 28 minutes
The war in Ukraine escalates.

Today, we're covering some harrowing updates from the war in Ukraine. Plus, a question about drawing the perfect congressional map. You... more

13 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
The protests in Iran, explained.

We're covering the protests in Iran and what they mean for Iranians and the U.S. Plus, a question about how... more

12 Oct 2022 · 26 minutes
OPEC+ announces oil cuts.

We're covering the decision by OPEC+ nations to cut oil production — and what it means for gas prices and... more

11 Oct 2022 · 25 minutes
The Alabama gerrymandering case.

We're covering the voting rights cases in front of the Supreme Court. Plus, a preview of tomorrow's edition. No listener... more

06 Oct 2022 · 26 minutes
Have an easy fast...

We're taking the day (mostly) off in observation of Yom Kippur. To those of you observing, we wish you an... more

05 Oct 2022 · 6 minutes
Ukraine's advance.

We're covering the latest from the war in Ukraine — including the annexations of four regions and Ukraine's advances. Plus,... more

04 Oct 2022 · 26 minutes
The new Supreme Court term

We're covering the upcoming Supreme Court term. Also, a reader question about finding good presidential candidates and a brief note... more

03 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
Some big Tangle announcements.

Today, Isaac apologizes for not answering your email, announces some changes at Tangle, and launches our charity drive. Links: Our advertising policy: https://www.readtangle.com/tangle-advertising-policy/ Advertise... more

30 Sep 2022 · 14 minutes
Who attacked the Nord Stream pipeline?

Unpacking the global whodunnit. You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and today’s “Have a nice... more

29 Sep 2022 · 30 minutes
The Energy Independence and Security Act.

The controversial permitting reform bill. Plus, a question about how Isaac starts his day, and a special shoutout to three... more

28 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
Elections in Italy.

The elections in Italy and a question about talking to people who believe in conspiracies. You can read today's podcast here,... more

27 Sep 2022 · 25 minutes
The fraud lawsuit against Trump.

We're covering the New York attorney general's lawsuit into Trump. Plus, a question about food prices. You can read today's podcast... more

26 Sep 2022 · 28 minutes
INTERVIEW: Michael McDonald on midterms, "The Big Lie", and mail-in voting

On today's episode, we sit down with election expert Michael McDonald. Michael is the author of the new book From... more

25 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Electoral Count Act reform.

We are covering the Electoral Count Act reforms and skipping our reader question. Plus, a preview of tomorrow and a... more

22 Sep 2022 · 25 minutes
Biden says the pandemic is over.

Plus, a question about Lindsey Graham's abortion bill. You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under the Radar” story here, and... more

21 Sep 2022 · 26 minutes
Lindsey Graham's abortion bill.

Lindsey Graham's abortion bill, a question about the migrants in Martha's Vineyard, and the incoming challenge to student debt cancellation. Click... more

20 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
Martha's Vineyard migrants.

The Martha's Vineyard story. Plus, a question about where migrants cross the border. You can read today's podcast here, today’s “Under... more

19 Sep 2022 · 25 minutes
The August inflation report.

We're covering the latest inflation news. Plus, some reader feedback, a preview of tomorrow's subscribers-only newsletter, and a question about... more

15 Sep 2022 · 24 minutes
The Pennsylvania senate race.

The race that could decide the Senate. Plus, a question about Gov. Abbott's immigration policy. You can read today's podcast here,... more

14 Sep 2022 · 28 minutes
Ukraine's counteroffensive.

Happy 1 year anniversary to the Tangle Podcast! Advancing Ukrainian troops have made sudden gains with "shocking speed" in the northeastern... more

13 Sep 2022 · 28 minutes
The death of Queen Elizabeth.

On Thursday afternoon, Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving British monarch, died at her estate in Scotland. She was 96 years... more

12 Sep 2022 · 25 minutes
The situation on the border.

Over the last few months, a record number of migrant encounters at the southern border and a controversial new policy... more

08 Sep 2022 · 28 minutes
Biden's speech in Philly.

The news we missed on our break, Biden's speech in Philly, and another question about Trump. You can read today's podcast... more

07 Sep 2022 · 28 minutes
INTERVIEW: Hyrum Lewis on the myth of "Right" and "Left".

On today's episode, we sit down with Hyrum Lewis to discuss the misconceptions of political polarization. He is the co-author... more

04 Sep 2022 · 35 minutes
The death of Mikhail Gorbachev.

We explore the legacy of the late Soviet leader. Plus, a question about comparing Hillary's emails to Trumps documents. NOTE: We... more

01 Sep 2022 · 26 minutes
Is student debt cancellation legal?

Plus, a reader question about electric vehicles. You can read today's podcast here. You can subscribe to Tangle by clicking here or... more

31 Aug 2022 · 25 minutes
California's gas car ban.

On Thursday, California announced it would ban the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles starting in 2035. Plus, a question about... more

30 Aug 2022 · 24 minutes
The Mar-a-Lago affidavit.

On Friday, the government released a 38-page affidavit related to the search of Donald Trump's residence. Plus, a question about... more

29 Aug 2022 · 28 minutes
INTERVIEW: Economist Noah Smith

On today's episode, Bloomberg columnist Noah Smith comes on the pod to talk about inflation — and what impact Biden's... more

28 Aug 2022 · 32 minutes
Biden announces student loan cancellation.

Yesterday, President Joe Biden formally announced an executive order for widespread student debt cancellation. The move comes after more than... more

25 Aug 2022 · 29 minutes
Dr. Fauci retires.

Dr. Fauci retires, some changes to Tangle, and a recap of last night's midterm results. You can read today's podcast here. You... more

24 Aug 2022 · 29 minutes
Who will win the Senate?

It's a toss-up. We'll look at some of the competitions. Plus, a question about the term "pro-life." You can read today's... more

23 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
Changes at the CDC.

CDC director announces new COVID guidelines and an organizational overhaul. Plus, a question about politicians' priorities. You can read today's podcast... more

22 Aug 2022 · 26 minutes
The war in Ukraine.

Three months since our last coverage of the conflict, we revisit.  You can read today's podcast here. You can subscribe to Tangle... more

18 Aug 2022 · 25 minutes
Liz Cheney loses.

And some more updates on recent primaries. Plus, a question about what she'll do next. You can read today's podcast here. You... more

17 Aug 2022 · 26 minutes
Good news about inflation?

Another update. Plus, a question about birthright citizenship. You can read today's podcast here. You can subscribe to Tangle by clicking here... more

16 Aug 2022 · 26 minutes
An update on the Mar-a-Lago search.

What we've learned since our previous coverage on the FBI's raid of Trump's Florida residence. Plus, a question about armed... more

15 Aug 2022 · 29 minutes
IRS funding.

On Sunday, Senate Democrats passed their climate, health care and tax package. Part of the package includes $80 billion in... more

11 Aug 2022 · 28 minutes
The Mar-a-Lago search.

The FBI's search of Mar-a-Lago. On Monday, news broke that federal agents had executed a search warrant at former President... more

10 Aug 2022 · 29 minutes
The monkeypox outbreak.

On Thursday, the federal government declared monkeypox a public health emergency. Plus, a question about how journalists use polls. You can... more

09 Aug 2022 · 26 minutes
Senate passes Democrats' "Inflation Reduction Act".

After a year of negotiations between Democrats' progressive wing and their more conservative flank, the Senate passed the Inflation Reduction... more

08 Aug 2022 · 28 minutes
The Kansas abortion vote.

On Tuesday, Kansas voters rejected a referendum on an amendment to remove the right to abortion from the State Constitution.... more

04 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
The burn pits bill (the PACT act).

The bill, short for the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act, passed the... more

03 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
Pelosi's controversial Taiwan visit.

The Democratic House Speaker began her trip to Asia on Monday with a stop in Singapore, and the three largest... more

02 Aug 2022 · 25 minutes
Covid strikes again at Tangle.

The Tangle pod is extending its hiatus by one more day so Isaac can move his recording setup to his... more

01 Aug 2022 · 2 minutes
Isaac debates Wayne Alynn Root.

On July 16, Isaac flew to Las Vegas to attend FreedomFest as an invited guest speaker. Check out today's episode... more

25 Jul 2022 · 58 minutes
A climate change emergency

NOTE: The Tangle Podcast will go on break next week. Back with your daily news 8/1! On today's episode, Biden's climate... more

21 Jul 2022 · 28 minutes
The controversial computer chip bill.

On Tuesday, the Senate took the first step to advance what lawmakers are calling "CHIPS-plus," a piece of legislation that... more

20 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
Biden meets Bin Salman.

President Biden's trip to Saudi Arabia. We previewed the trip at the end of June, but now that Biden is... more

19 Jul 2022 · 28 minutes
Joe Manchin's decision.

On Thursday, the West Virginia senator Joe Manchin told Democratic leaders that he was not going to back a new... more

18 Jul 2022 · 26 minutes
Inflation (again).

Yesterday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its inflation numbers for June, and prices have once again risen sharply. Plus,... more

14 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
Brittany Giner's imprisonment.

American basketball star Brittney Griner was arrested in Russia over four months ago on drug smuggling charges for allegedly possessing... more

13 Jul 2022 · 23 minutes
President Biden's age.

President Biden, who is now 79, became the oldest president in U.S. history to be elected when he was voted... more

12 Jul 2022 · 26 minutes
Shinzo Abe's assassination.

On Friday, Shinzo Abe, Japan's longest serving prime minister, was assassinated while giving a speech in Nara. Plus, a question... more

11 Jul 2022 · 22 minutes
The death of Shireen Abu Akleh.

The Palestinian-American journalist was killed on May 11, 2022, as Israeli soldiers conducted a raid in the West Bank city... more

07 Jul 2022 · 29 minutes
Passing an abortion bill (without the filibuster).

On Thursday, President Biden for the first time expressed support for making an exception to the filibuster rule in order... more

06 Jul 2022 · 27 minutes
The Supreme Court's EPA ruling.

In a 6-3 ruling last week, the Supreme Court agreed with Republican-led states and coal companies that the 1970 Clean... more

05 Jul 2022 · 26 minutes
Biden and Saudi Arabia.

President Biden says he will travel to the Middle East next month, from July 13-16. He will be visiting Saudi... more

29 Jun 2022 · 25 minutes
SCOTUS's gun control ruling

On Thursday, the Supreme Court struck down a law in New York that required anyone who wanted to carry a... more

28 Jun 2022 · 28 minutes
Roe v. Wade is struck down.

On Friday, the Supreme Court ended the constitutional right to an abortion, overruling the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling and... more

27 Jun 2022 · 36 minutes
INTERVIEW: Clementine Morrigan on cancel culture, social justice, and white guilt.

Clementine Morrigan is not someone you'd expect to be an outspoken critic of the left. Warning: this episode contains explicit language You... more

24 Jun 2022 · 56 minutes
The SCOTUS religious school ruling.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled that Maine violated the Constitution when the state refused to make public funding available... more

23 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
The whole point of Tangle

A message from Isaac about what this is and why we do it. Plus, some quick hits from yesterday's news. You... more

22 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
The drag show controversy.

One of the newest culture war battlegrounds in the U.S. is the exposure of children to drag shows. Plus, a... more

21 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
Republicans flip a Texas seat.

Last week, Republican Mayra Flores won a special election for an open congressional seat in South Texas. Her win over... more

20 Jun 2022 · 28 minutes
The Fed takes on inflation.

Yesterday, the Federal Reserve approved the largest interest rate increase since 1994 and signaled it would continue lifting interest rates... more

16 Jun 2022 · 26 minutes
The SCOTUS bill & Kavanaugh threats.

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the Supreme Court Police Parity Act to extend Supreme Court security to the family... more

15 Jun 2022 · 28 minutes
A gun control deal in the Senate.

On Sunday, a group of 20 senators said they struck a bipartisan gun safety framework, a major breakthrough in talks... more

14 Jun 2022 · 24 minutes
The Jan. 6 hearings

On Thursday, the Jan. 6 committee held the first of its prime time hearings on the events leading up to... more

13 Jun 2022 · 29 minutes
INTERVIEW: Dorothy Schulz on how we can reform police.

On today’s episode, we are sitting down with Dorothy Schulz to discuss Biden's executive order on policing. Dorothy was a... more

12 Jun 2022 · 37 minutes
California's election results.

We have most of the results from Tuesday's primaries now. One of the things many people were watching was how... more

09 Jun 2022 · 29 minutes
Ilya Shapiro's free speech fight.

In January, Shapiro — a prominent lawyer who had just been hired as a law professor at Georgetown — became... more

08 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
The Peter Navarro indictment.

On Friday, Navarro, a White House adviser to former President Donald Trump, was indicted by a grand jury after failing... more

07 Jun 2022 · 24 minutes
The Michael Sussmann verdict.

Last week, Sussmann was found not guilty of lying to the FBI when, in 2016, he passed on a tip... more

06 Jun 2022 · 28 minutes
Red flag laws.

Members of the Senate are working together to adopt a set of red flag laws or create incentives for states... more

02 Jun 2022 · 29 minutes
Biden's executive order on police.

The order came on the two-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd and after Congress failed to pass bipartisan... more

01 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
The Uvalde police response.

On Sunday, the U.S. Justice Department announced it was going to launch an investigation into the police response to the... more

31 May 2022 · 25 minutes
Biden's Taiwan comments.

On Monday, President Joe Biden was visiting Japan when he told world leaders that the U.S. would militarily defend Taiwan... more

26 May 2022 · 25 minutes
We are broken.

Every now and then, Isaac feels compelled to abandon the Tangle formula and write something from the heart. Today is... more

25 May 2022 · 29 minutes
An update on Afghanistan.

It has now been over nine months since the U.S. left Afghanistan, so we thought it’d be a good time... more

24 May 2022 · 26 minutes
The $40 billion Ukraine bill.

On Thursday, the Senate approved $40 billion of additional military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Plus, a question about where... more

23 May 2022 · 27 minutes
The midterm results (and what they mean).

Primaries took place in Idaho, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. To narrow our focus a bit, we are going... more

19 May 2022 · 27 minutes
Sweden and Finland bid for NATO.

Plus, an update on primaries, and a reader question about the baby formula shortage. You can read today's podcast here. You can... more

19 May 2022 · 26 minutes
The Buffalo Shooting.

On Saturday, 10 people were killed in a grocery store in Buffalo, NY, by an 18-year-old white man. The violence... more

17 May 2022 · 27 minutes
The baby formula shortage.

Over the last few weeks, what began as a pandemic-era quirk has spiraled into a national crisis. More than 40%... more

16 May 2022 · 26 minutes
Allowing Trump back on Twitter.

On Tuesday, Elon Musk said he would reverse Trump's Twitter ban if he takes over the company. Plus, are Republicans... more

12 May 2022 · 26 minutes
The inflation problem.

Yesterday, President Biden addressed the country on inflation, telling Americans he understands what they are grappling with and that solving... more

11 May 2022 · 28 minutes
Democrats' abortion bill.

In the wake of the Roe v. Wade opinion leak, which revealed that the Supreme Court is ready to overturn... more

10 May 2022 · 26 minutes
J.D. Vance's win in Ohio

Last week, Vance won the Republican primary for the hotly contested Senate seat that opened when Republican Sen. Rob Portman... more

09 May 2022 · 24 minutes
INTERVIEW: Jacob Mchangama on the history of free speech

Jacob Mchangama is a Danish lawyer, human-rights advocate, and social commentator. He is the founder and director of Justitia, a... more

09 May 2022 · 37 minutes
The Disinformation Governance Board.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says it is stepping up an effort to counter disinformation from Russia, along with... more

05 May 2022 · 25 minutes
The end of Roe v. Wade?

On Monday night, Politico published a bombshell story that included a leaked draft of a majority opinion striking down Roe... more

04 May 2022 · 40 minutes
Prayer at school.

Thanks for your patience as our podcast platform was down for software updates this afternoon! On today's ep; Last week,... more

03 May 2022 · 30 minutes
Forgiving student debt.

President Joe Biden is reportedly nearing a decision on how to handle forgiving student debt for borrowers, a policy he... more

02 May 2022 · 28 minutes
Listener Mailbag: Your questions answered.

Plus, an exclusive offer for listeners of the pod. You can read today's podcast here. You can subscribe to Tangle by clicking... more

28 Apr 2022 · 38 minutes
The Kevin McCarthy tapes.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is considered the favorite to become speaker of the House, replacing Rep. Nancy Pelosi... more

27 Apr 2022 · 26 minutes
Elon Musk buys Twitter.

Yesterday, after weeks of news reports swirling about Musk's involvement with the social media giant, Twitter accepted his takeover bid.... more

26 Apr 2022 · 30 minutes
Macron wins in France.

Yesterday, Emmanuel Macron defeated Marine Le Pen in France's presidential election, becoming the first French president in 20 years to... more

25 Apr 2022 · 24 minutes
Libs of TikTok.

A "very online" story, but one that quite a few listeners have asked about. The controversy surrounding the alleged "doxxing"... more

21 Apr 2022 · 30 minutes
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Jacob Mchangama is a Danish lawyer, human-rights advocate, and social commentator. He is the founder and director of Justitia, a Copenhagen-based think... more