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Isaac Saul

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Episodes

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
Federal mask mandates end.

On Monday, Florida Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle declared the Biden administration's Covid-19 mask mandate for public transportation unlawful. The ruling... more

20 Apr 2022 · 28 minutes
The RNC's debate decision.

On Thursday, the Republican National Committee (RNC) voted to withdraw from the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), effectively ending more... more

19 Apr 2022 · 26 minutes
A year ago, I went all in.

A departure from form today, as Tangle reaches an important milestone. Thanks for listening. You can read today's podcast here. You can... more

13 Apr 2022 · 22 minutes
Amazon workers unionize.

Amazon workers in Staten Island, New York, voted to unionize earlier this month, the first time a successful organizing effort... more

12 Apr 2022 · 26 minutes
Ketanji Brown Jackson's judicial philosophy

We're covering Judge Jackson's confirmation and what it means for the court. Plus, a question about the "gap" in Trump's... more

11 Apr 2022 · 24 minutes
INTERVIEW: Politics + Media 101's Justin Higgins

On today’s podcast, we are sitting down with Justin Higgins. Justin is the host of Politics + Media 101, he... more

10 Apr 2022 · 51 minutes
Your criticism, my response.

Every once in a while, a newsletter we publish generates enough feedback and criticism that we feel it's necessary to... more

08 Apr 2022 · 33 minutes
War crimes in Ukraine.

Over the last two weeks, a series of news reports broke about the town of Bucha, which sits in the... more

07 Apr 2022 · 22 minutes
Elon Musk joins Twitter.

Yesterday, the social media platform Twitter announced that Musk would be joining its board of directors. The announcement came just... more

06 Apr 2022 · 24 minutes
The Disney controversy.

A closer look at what is going on with Disney and and the events unravelling in Florida. There are two... more

05 Apr 2022 · 28 minutes
The Iran Nuclear Deal negotiations.

For the past several months, the Biden administration and the European Union have been negotiating to reinstate the 2015 Joint... more

04 Apr 2022 · 26 minutes
The end of Title 42.

Yesterday, The New York Times reported that the Biden administration is planning to end Title 42, the emergency CDC health... more

31 Mar 2022 · 23 minutes
Biden's new budget.

Is this a pivot? A White House budget like this is not a binding document; it is more like a... more

30 Mar 2022 · 23 minutes
The Ginni Thomas texts.

The conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas caused a stir last week when her text messages... more

29 Mar 2022 · 25 minutes
Biden's Warsaw speech.

On Saturday, the president traveled to Poland to deliver what was billed as the most important speech of his presidency... more

28 Mar 2022 · 22 minutes
An update in Ukraine.

It has now been one month since the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine began. It has been 10 days since... more

24 Mar 2022 · 25 minutes
Ketanji Brown Jackson's hearing.

Jackson was nominated to become a United States Supreme Court justice on February 25. Yesterday was the second day of... more

23 Mar 2022 · 25 minutes
The Hunter Biden story.

Last week, The New York Times published an update on an ongoing federal investigation into Hunter Biden (Tangle covered that... more

22 Mar 2022 · 27 minutes
A gas tax holiday.

With the average price of gasoline at $4.25 per gallon, politicians are discussing ways to drive the price down. As... more

21 Mar 2022 · 23 minutes
INTERVIEW: Scott Tinker on the future of energy

Scott Tinker is an energy expert, geologist, and documentary filmmaker trying to carve out the "radical middle" on the future... more

20 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Raskin's nomination fails.

On Tuesday, Raskin withdrew her nomination to join the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and... more

17 Mar 2022 · 25 minutes
Daylight saving.

The great debate! Make sure you weigh in, in our poll below. The Sunshine Protection act. Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed... more

16 Mar 2022 · 24 minutes
The return of earmarks (pork).

Earmarks are back. Sometimes called member-directed spending, pork, pork-barrelling, bacon, fat, or fluff, earmarks are funding for projects that get... more

15 Mar 2022 · 26 minutes
The Polish fighter jets.

A welcome back to the daily pod, a hello to the new members of the Tangle team, and our main... more

14 Mar 2022 · 25 minutes
RE-RUN: Alex Vitale on abolishing the police

Our last flashback of Tangle's two-week vacay. See you next Monday for a brand new daily pod! Original air date:... more

10 Mar 2022 · 41 minutes
RE-RUN: A conversation with Alex Nowrasteh

Homestretch! Our deepest dive yet; Isaac's first published audio interview for the Tangle podcast (Trevor wasn't even on the team... more

09 Mar 2022 · 26 minutes
RE-RUN: A conversation with Andrew Yang

Original air date: Jan 7, 2022 Still want the news? You can read today's newsletter here. You can subscribe to Tangle by... more

08 Mar 2022 · 42 minutes
RE-RUN: Yousef Munayyer on the Israel-Palestine conflict

Halfway through our deep dive into the Tangle interview archives while our producer Trevor is away. Original air date: May... more

07 Mar 2022 · 30 minutes
RE-RUN: Texas Right to Life's John Seago

Mining old treasures from the Tangle archives while our producer, Trevor, is away. Back to the dailies 3/15. Original air... more

03 Mar 2022 · 49 minutes
RE-RUN: Conservative writer Drew Holden on bias in the media

Another interview from the Tangle archives while we take a brief break from the the daily pod. Original air date:... more

02 Mar 2022 · 46 minutes
RE-RUN: Former CIA operative Jonna Mendez

Isaac talks with a former CIA operative. Original air date: March 21, 2021. Still want the news? You can read today's... more

01 Mar 2022 · 58 minutes
RE-RUN: Josh Rogin on the Wuhan lab leak.

The news is still happening, but the pod is taking some time off while our producer Trevor takes a vacation.... more

28 Feb 2022 · 46 minutes
It's happening.

Vladimir Putin has invaded Ukraine. The Washington Post put it like this: “Russia launched a broad attack on Ukraine from multiple... more

24 Feb 2022 · 18 minutes
Rising violent crime.

Over the last few months, a debate has been raging about the rise in violent crime across the United States.... more

23 Feb 2022 · 25 minutes
Ukraine and Russia on the brink.

Yesterday, Vladimir Putin announced that he was recognizing the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR) as independent... more

22 Feb 2022 · 26 minutes
An update on Ukraine-Russia.

In short, the world is watching this story because Russian President Vladimir Putin has amassed 150,000 troops along Ukraine's border.... more

17 Feb 2022 · 26 minutes
Sarah Palin vs. The New York Times

The former governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate (running alongside John McCain) had sued The New York... more

16 Feb 2022 · 24 minutes
The Durham news, explained.

Late last week, something interesting happened: A news story began percolating in many conservative online spaces, but got very little... more

15 Feb 2022 · 27 minutes
Biden's border problem.

In 2021, U.S. Border Patrol agents made 1.9 million arrests, a record high, according to new data. The data were... more

14 Feb 2022 · 27 minutes
INTERVIEW: Grace Lavery on today's free speech issues

On today's episode, we sat down with Grace Lavery to talk about why she left Substack, how platforms should be... more

13 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
The Ottawa trucker protest.

Two weeks ago, a so-called "Freedom Convoy" of truckers began a trip across Canada. Their goal was to demonstrate against... more

10 Feb 2022 · 24 minutes
The Olympics begin.

The 2022 Winter Olympics began in Beijing, China, last week with opening ceremonies on Friday. In early December, we covered... more

09 Feb 2022 · 22 minutes
Trans swimmer Lia Thomas.

The University of Penn swimmer is a trans woman who is competing on the women's swim team. During her first... more

08 Feb 2022 · 27 minutes
The Republican censures.

On Friday, the Republican party censured Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). Cheney and Kinzinger are the... more

07 Feb 2022 · 24 minutes
INTERVIEW: Brad Polumbo, founder of BASED Politics.

Brad Polumbo is a policy correspondent with Foundation for Economic Education (also known as FEE), a contributor at The Washington... more

06 Feb 2022 · 50 minutes
Whoopi Goldberg's suspension.

On Tuesday, Whoopi Goldberg was suspended for two weeks as co-host of ABC’s "The View" after comments she made about... more

03 Feb 2022 · 24 minutes
Gerrymandering in New York.

On Sunday, New York Democrats proposed a new congressional map for the state that could give the party an overt... more

02 Feb 2022 · 23 minutes
Your criticism, my response.

We re-visit yesterday's Joe Rogan piece. You can read today's podcast here. You can subscribe to Tangle by clicking here or drop... more

01 Feb 2022 · 27 minutes
Joe Rogan and Spotify

Last week, podcasting mega-star Joe Rogan became the center of conversation after momentum grew on Spotify to boycott Rogan's show.... more

31 Jan 2022 · 23 minutes
Stephen Breyer retires.

To subscribe and receive tomorrow's member's only post, go to https://www.readtangle.com/membership/ Stephen G. Breyer. Yesterday, news broke that the senior member... more

27 Jan 2022 · 22 minutes
Affirmative action goes to SCOTUS.

On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear two separate challenges to colleges who consider race during the admissions process... more

26 Jan 2022 · 26 minutes
Ukraine, Russia, and rising tension.

On Saturday, the U.S. embassy in Ukraine requested the evacuation of all non-essential staff, including families of U.S. diplomats. The... more

25 Jan 2022 · 24 minutes
Democrats try to abolish the filibuster.

Democrats say the threat to voting rights is a big enough deal that abolishing the filibuster for major legislation —... more

24 Jan 2022 · 25 minutes
INTERVIEW: Nick Tomboulides on terms limits in Congress.

Every day, Tangle readers write in with questions. And at least once a week, I get a reader question about term... more

23 Jan 2022 · 43 minutes
Biden's first year (a review).

One year ago today, President Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States of America. Today,... more

20 Jan 2022 · 33 minutes
The synagogue attack in Texas.

On Saturday, four people — including a rabbi — were taken hostage inside Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas. The... more

19 Jan 2022 · 20 minutes
The Electoral Count Act.

Momentum to reform the Electoral Count Act is growing in both Republican and Democratic circles, a change some say would... more

18 Jan 2022 · 22 minutes
Should noncitizens be allowed to vote?

Starting next year, 800,000 legal permanent residents will be eligible to vote in New York City, despite not being citizens.... more

13 Jan 2022 · 21 minutes
Biden's vaccine mandates.

On Friday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases: The first was the National Federation of Independent Business v.... more

12 Jan 2022 · 23 minutes
Kazakhstan, explained.

If you've been reading the news recently, you have probably stumbled across some stories about Kazakhstan. The country is currently... more

11 Jan 2022 · 23 minutes
The state of the economy.

On Friday, the latest jobs report was released, giving one final look at the state of the economy as we... more

10 Jan 2022 · 23 minutes
INTERVIEW: a conversation with Andrew Yang

Isaac sits down with former presidential and New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang. They discuss his new third-party, what... more

07 Jan 2022 · 41 minutes
No podcast today...

Well... Covid-19 upended my travel plans. The result is I am on an airplane today, as is my podcast editor,... more

06 Jan 2022 · 1 minute
The child tax credit ends.

At the end of the year, the child tax credit legislation that provided monthly checks that were going out to... more

05 Jan 2022 · 24 minutes
Biden signs the NDAA

On December 27, President Biden signed the NDAA for fiscal year 2022 into law. The bill, which authorized $768.2 billion... more

04 Jan 2022 · 25 minutes
We're back: Congress and stocks.

You can read today's podcast here. You can take the poll about Tangle we mentioned in today's podcast here. Shortly before... more

03 Jan 2022 · 25 minutes
The Jan. 6 investigation

A quick heads up that this is our last podcast until January 3rd. Today's episode is about the House committee... more

22 Dec 2021 · 26 minutes
INTERVIEW: Counterterrorism expert and former FBI agent Clint Watts

On today's Tangle podcast, we sit down with Clint Watts, a counterterrorism expert who studies Russian misinformation and used to... more

21 Dec 2021 · 48 minutes
My Covid-19 story

Isaac tells the tale of his Covid-19 diagnosis. You can subscribe to Tangle by clicking here or drop something in our... more

21 Dec 2021 · 38 minutes
Manchin says 'no' to Biden

Yesterday, the West Virginia Democrat went on Fox News Sunday and all but ended the negotiations over President Biden's $1.7... more

20 Dec 2021 · 25 minutes
Covid strikes at Tangle.

Trevor is on the mic today to pass along a note from Isaac, and give you the quick hits of... more

15 Dec 2021 · 7 minutes
Julian Assange's extradition.

On Friday, a British court ruled that Assange could be extradited to the U.S. to face charges under the Espionage... more

14 Dec 2021 · 26 minutes
Tick-tock: Biden's agenda on the clock.

This week is crunch time for President Joe Biden and Democrats, who are hoping to push through Biden's $1.7 trillion... more

13 Dec 2021 · 25 minutes
The Ukraine Situation.

Last week, news outlets in the U.S. began reporting that intelligence officials had determined Vladimir Putin was considering a "military... more

09 Dec 2021 · 24 minutes
The Michigan school shooting.

Last week, a 15-year-old boy named Ethan Crumbley was charged with murder and terrorism for a shooting that killed four... more

08 Dec 2021 · 25 minutes
Biden boycotts the Olympics.

Yesterday, the Biden administration confirmed that it will not be sending the president or any other official U.S. government delegation... more

07 Dec 2021 · 22 minutes
Your response to my abortion pieces.

Every now and then, I like to put together a newsletter of reader feedback on a specific edition. I do... more

06 Dec 2021 · 30 minutes
The SCOTUS abortion case.

Mississippi’s abortion law. Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the case regarding... more

02 Dec 2021 · 27 minutes
Jack Dorsey just resigned. Now what?

On Monday, Jack Dorsey announced he was stepping down as CEO of Twitter, the social media website he co-founded in... more

01 Dec 2021 · 23 minutes
Abortion rights and Roe v. Wade.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a direct challenge to... more

30 Nov 2021 · 27 minutes
The Omicron variant.

Over the weekend, several countries around the world implemented new Covid-19 travel restrictions over fears of the newest variant, despite... more

29 Nov 2021 · 25 minutes
The killing of Ahmaud Arbery.

On Monday, closing arguments began in the trial of his killers, and are expected to end on Tuesday before the... more

23 Nov 2021 · 27 minutes
The Kyle Rittenhouse verdict.

On Friday, Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges related to his shooting of three people during riots... more

22 Nov 2021 · 23 minutes
Paul Gosar gets censured.

Yesterday, the House voted to censure Gosar by a 223-207, mostly party line vote. Just two Republicans, Liz Cheney (WY),... more

18 Nov 2021 · 25 minutes
The Great Resignation.

On Friday, the U.S. government released its latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) data, showing an estimated all-time... more

17 Nov 2021 · 24 minutes
The new 'anti-woke' university.

Last week, a group of donors, scholars, writers and political activists announced the launch of a new college: The University... more

16 Nov 2021 · 26 minutes
Inflation rises (again).

On Wednesday, the government said its consumer price index rose in October 6.2% from a year ago — the largest... more

15 Nov 2021 · 27 minutes
SPECIAL EDITION: The Kyle Rittenhouse trial.

In this edition of Tangle, we are going to take a detailed look at the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. Because covering... more

11 Nov 2021 · 33 minutes
The Trump-Russia story takes another turn.

On Thursday last week, a Russian analyst who was a primary source for the opposition research about former President Donald... more

10 Nov 2021 · 25 minutes
SCOTUS appears set to expand gun rights.

Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, a challenge... more

09 Nov 2021 · 24 minutes
Biden gets his infrastructure deal.

On Friday, the House of Representatives passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill after months of negotiations. The bill had already... more

08 Nov 2021 · 25 minutes
Defunding the police hits the ballot.

On Tuesday night, 18 months after the murder of George Floyd, Minneapolis voters went to the polls to vote on... more

04 Nov 2021 · 22 minutes
How Democrats lost in Virginia.

Last night, Glenn Youngkin (R) defeated Terry McAuliffe (D) in Virginia's highly-watched governor's race. With more than 95% of the... more

03 Nov 2021 · 21 minutes
Election Day.

In today's Tangle, we're taking a break from our usual format to take a look at some of the elections... more

02 Nov 2021 · 20 minutes
The new Build Back Better framework.

On Thursday, the president announced a new framework for Democrats' reconciliation bill, also known as his Build Back Better plan,... more

01 Nov 2021 · 24 minutes
The billionaire tax.

Earlier this week, Democrats released a new proposal that they said will help them pay for their infrastructure and reconciliation... more

28 Oct 2021 · 23 minutes
Why the Virginia governor's race matters.

Virginia is considered a bellwether state, one that has been reliably blue in presidential elections over the last few cycles... more

27 Oct 2021 · 25 minutes
Steve Bannon gets held in contempt.

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to hold Steve Bannon, the former Trump advisor, in criminal contempt of... more

26 Oct 2021 · 26 minutes
We're taking a few days off...

Hey everyone! The pod is taking a few days off. We'll be back on Tuesday, October 26th! --- Send in a... more

18 Oct 2021 · 2 minutes
The new corporate tax rules.

Over the weekend, 136 nations officially agreed to enforce a corporate tax rate of at least 15 percent, and also... more

14 Oct 2021 · 25 minutes
China, Taiwan and rising tension.

In the last two weeks, China has conducted several consecutive days of military exercises over Taiwan, sending a record number... more

13 Oct 2021 · 23 minutes
The school board showdowns.

Last week, Attorney General Merrick Garland said he would be deploying federal officials across the country to address instances where... more

12 Oct 2021 · 27 minutes
The debt ceiling standoff.

Did Mitch McConnell cave? He has said he would not support raising the borrowing limit because it would allow Biden... more

07 Oct 2021 · 25 minutes
The Supreme Court's historic term begins.

On Monday, the Supreme Court began its fall term, which many experts on the court say could be the most... more

06 Oct 2021 · 24 minutes
The Kyrsten Sinema drama.

The Arizona Democrat has been getting more and more attention as the debate over how to move forward on Joe... more

05 Oct 2021 · 25 minutes
The progressives strike back.

Heading into Friday, there was a quiet confidence on Capitol Hill that Democrats in the House were going to be... more

04 Oct 2021 · 25 minutes
Joe Biden's agenda hangs in the balance.

The president is trying to pass a $1.2 trillion, bipartisan infrastructure bill today. But progressive Democrats say they will only... more

30 Sep 2021 · 25 minutes
The Generals testify on Afghanistan.

Yesterday, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley and the head of U.S. Central Command, Gen.... more

29 Sep 2021 · 27 minutes
A wild week in Congress.

This week could determine the future of Joe Biden’s domestic legislative agenda — and is perhaps the most important week... more

28 Sep 2021 · 22 minutes
The Arizona election audit.

On Friday, Cyber Ninjas, the group that conducted the audit of Arizona's largest county, released its official results of their... more

27 Sep 2021 · 28 minutes
INTERVIEW: Texas Right to Life's John Seago

John Seago is the legislative director of Texas Right to Live, the group that recently helped shepherd Texas’s anti-abortion law... more

27 Sep 2021 · 48 minutes
A message from Isaac (and Trevor)...

Today's episode is a brief (but important) message on the future of this podcast! Please consider supporting this podcast by clicking... more

24 Sep 2021 · 6 minutes
France's spat with the U.S.

Late last week, the United States announced that it would work with Australia and the United Kingdom in a new... more

23 Sep 2021 · 22 minutes
Joe Biden speaks at the U.N.

Yesterday morning, President Joe Biden delivered his first-ever speech to the U.N. General Assembly, a gathering of leaders from across... more

22 Sep 2021 · 22 minutes
The John Durham indictments.

Remember the Trump-Russia investigation? The one that produced Robert Mueller, and which many believed would lead to the end of... more

21 Sep 2021 · 24 minutes
The Haitian migrants on the border.

More than 12,000 migrants, mostly from Haiti, are currently congregated underneath and beside International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas, after... more

20 Sep 2021 · 22 minutes
Gen. Mark Milley and Donald Trump.

General Mark Milley. In a forthcoming book, Bob Woodward and Robert Costa allege that Milley, the Chairman of the Joint... more

16 Sep 2021 · 25 minutes
Democrats release their tax plan.

Democrats have released a new tax plan that would raise rates on corporations and the wealthiest Americans in order to... more

15 Sep 2021 · 24 minutes
When we kill the innocent.

On August 29th, the U.S. military announced a successful retaliatory drone strike against an ISIS-K combatant who was planning a... more

14 Sep 2021 · 14 minutes
The new vaccine rules.

On Thursday, President Joe Biden announced a new slate of federal vaccine requirements that could impact as many as 100... more

13 Sep 2021 · 29 minutes
Cuba, the U.S. embargo and why people are protesting; with Jorge Felipe-Gonzalez

In today's podcast, we sit down with Cuba expert Jorge Felipe-Gonzalez to discuss what's happening in Cuba, what the U.S.... more

01 Aug 2021 · 26 minutes
Ilana Redstone discusses higher education and politics

On today's podcast, we sit down with Ilana Redstone. She is a professor of sociology at the University of Illinois... more

12 Jul 2021 · 26 minutes
Rabbi Moskowitz on LGBTQ rights and religion

On today's podcast, we are sitting down with Rabbi Mike Moskowitz — an ultra-orthodox religious leader who is also an... more

28 Jun 2021 · 41 minutes
D.C. statehood and why retrocession might work

On today's podcast, we sat down with David Krucoff, the founder and executive director of Douglass County Maryland, a 501c4... more

11 Jun 2021 · 36 minutes
Josh Rogin explains the coronavirus lab leak theory

In today's podcast, we sit down with Josh Rogin to discuss the "lab-leak" theory. Rogin is a columnist for The... more

30 May 2021 · 44 minutes
Yousef Munayyer on the Israel-Palestine conflict, and what's next

In today's podcast, we sit down with Palestinian-American writer Yousef Munayyer to discuss the current conflict in Gaza and what... more

23 May 2021 · 29 minutes
Former police officer Randy Shrewsberry on reforming police

On today's podcast, we sit down with Randy Shrewsberry. Randy is the founder and current Executive Director of the Institute... more

11 May 2021 · 50 minutes
Dr. Leana Wen on COVID-19, mask-wearing and the J&J vaccine

In today's podcast, we sit down with Dr. Leana Wen. Dr. Wen is an emergency physician and public health professor... more

03 May 2021 · 21 minutes
Alex Vitale on abolishing the police

In today's podcast, we're sitting down with Alex Vitale, the author of The End of Policing and an advocate for... more

25 Apr 2021 · 40 minutes
Isaac quits his job

In today's Tangle podcast, a brief but important special message from Tangle founder Isaac Saul. If you're not yet a subscriber,... more

19 Apr 2021 · 7 minutes
The National Review's David Harsanyi on Biden, guns and how Republicans can win

On today's podcast, we sit down with the nationally syndicated columnist David Harsanyi. He is an author, a senior writer... more

11 Apr 2021 · 36 minutes
Conservative writer Drew Holden on bias in the media

In today's podcast, we sit down with conservative writer Drew Holden to discuss the state of bias in the media.... more

05 Apr 2021 · 45 minutes
Treating transgender youth with Dr. Erica Anderson

On today's Tangle podcast, we sit down with Dr. Erica Anderson, a psychologist and clinician who works with transgender youth.... more

28 Mar 2021 · 50 minutes
Former CIA operative Jonna Mendez

Today, we sit down with Jonna Mendez, the former chief of disguise at the CIA. She was recruited to the... more

22 Mar 2021 · 57 minutes
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In today's podcast, we sit down with Josh Rogin to discuss the "lab-leak" theory. Rogin is a columnist for The Washington Post... more