Joe Biden Wants 4 More Years 'To Finish the Job.' What Job?
Plus: A listener question scrutinizing current attitudes toward executive power
In this week's The Reason Roundtable, editors Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, and Peter Suderman puzzle over President Joe Biden's announcement that he's seeking reelection in 2024 and plod through the Republican-controlled House's recently passed debt ceiling plan.
1:46: President Joe Biden announces he's running again.
23:47: House Republicans pass a debt ceiling plan. Now what?
36:38: Weekly Listener Question
46:40: Revisionist history with Randi Weingarten
50:49: This week's cultural recommendations
Mentioned in this podcast:
"President Joe Biden Announces He Is Running for Reelection," by Joe Lancaster
"The Very Strange New Respect for Authoritarian Democrat Robert F. Kennedy Jr.," by Matt Welch
"Choose Between a Douche and a Turd…or Die (Special Get Out the Vote Edition)," by Nick Gillespie
"Biden Has Added 220 Million Hours of Regulatory Paperwork Since His Inauguration," by Mike Riggs
"Kamala Harris Is a Flop," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown
"What We Talk About When We Talk About the Debt Ceiling," by Nick Gillespie
"3 Reasons Why the Debt-Ceiling Debate is Full of Malarkey," by Nick Gillespie and Meredith Bragg
"The Cult of the Presidency," by Gene Healy
"Don't Believe the Media Fearmongering About Spending Cuts," by Veronique de Rugy
"The House GOP Debt Ceiling Plan Would Restore Spending Caps. Good." by Eric Boehm
"Kevin McCarthy, Joe Biden, and the Deeply Unserious Debate Over the Debt Ceiling," by Eric Boehm
"Randi Weingarten's Hilariously Awful Media Rehabilitation Tour," by Matt Welch
Reason's 1976 review of Bugsy Malone, by Charles Barr
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Audio production by Ian Keyser; assistant production by Hunt Beaty.
Music: "Angeline," by The Brothers Steve
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