Ring of Fire is a podcast hosted by Farron Cousins that began as a radio show in 2004 by Mike Papantonio. The show focuses on exposing corporate fat cats, polluters and media spinmeisters.

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  • Episode 752: Is Biden Dropping Out? Trump Goes Into Hiding; Trump Ally Seeking Revenge?
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    In a powerful letter delivered to Congressional Democrats on Monday, President Biden made it crystal clear that he is not dropping out of the presidential race and that it was time to drop the talk of replacing him and move forward on a united front. This comes as an increasing, though still small, number of elected Democrats are calling for him to drop out of the race - along with donors and 70% of liberal voters. But Biden is adamant that he can do the job.

    Most of the media attention for the past week and a half has been on President Biden following his debate performance. The few times the media talked about Donald Trump it centered on how dangerous he could become due to the Supreme Court's immunity ruling and Project 2025. Trump, according to Democrats, has been hiding out for the last week, hoping to keep the media spotlight on Biden, but Democrats are now calling him out of hiding to shift the media's focus.

    During a recent interview with Steve Bannon (before he was incarcerated), Donald Trump ally Kash Patel issued a direct threat to those of us on the Left. Patel stated clearly that "we're going to come after you," referring to anyone that has gone after Trump in the media in a way that Patel and Trump's other allies don't approve of. This is not just unconstitutional, it is insanely dangerous for the future of this country.

    Kellyanne Conway is going to continue to get paid to push propaganda for Donald Trump, and her payday is getting even bigger. Fox announced this week that Conway would soon begin hosting her own show on Fox Nation, the network's streaming platform, just in time to push pro-Trump nonsense ahead of the election. Trump spent the weekend railing against the network on Truth Social, so maybe this was their attempt to appease him.

    All that, and much more, on this week's Ring of Fire Podcast!

  • Episode 751: Democrats Start to Worry After Debate; MTG Doesn't Need More Cowbell
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    The Supreme Court issued their long-awaited ruling on Presidential immunity on Monday, and it didn't do anything to clear things up. The Court actually just regurgitated what the Constitution says - specifically that the President has absolute immunity for official acts, but not from other acts. But this is still a major victory for Trump, as it sends the issue of whether the acts are official or not back to the lower courts, which could create months or even years of delays.

    Bloomberg is reporting that Democratic operatives are floating a plan to nominate President Biden earlier than the DNC convention in August in order to squash the talk of replacing him on the ballot. While chatter about replacing him has died down considerably in just a few short days, there are still plenty of voices calling for a new nominee - and making that happen while we still have time.

    Marjorie Taylor Greene tried to hold a press conference outside the prison where Steve Bannon surrendered on Monday, and it couldn't have gone worse for the Georgia lawmaker. Anti-Trump protesters showed up and drowned Greene out with chants of "Trump lost!" along with an increasingly-annoying cowbell that sent Greene over the edge. Greene had to abruptly end her little crusade after no one could hear what she was saying.

    And Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced this week that she would be filing articles of impeachment against the corrupt Justices of the US Supreme Court who have gutted our rights and protections with rulings handed down this past week. To be fair, this effort will not go anywhere since Republicans control the House and there aren't enough votes in the Senate to convict anyone, but at least she is doing SOMETHING about the problem.

    All that, and so much more, on this week's Ring of Fire Podcast!

  • Episode 750: Judge Cannon Snaps; Alex Jones Next Move; Boebert Manages to Win in Colorado
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    Lauren Boebert prevailed in her Republican primary for Colorado's 4th Congressional district, and this means that she will likely cruise to a relatively easy victory in November in the deeply red area of the state. The real disappointment, however, is the fact that the Republicans in that district had the opportunity to pick anyone else to represent them, but they went with the disgusting, perverted person who has proven that she can't deliver for her constituents - and actually votes against allowing good things to happen for her voters. They own her now, and they deserve all the misfortune that comes along with that.

    A very irate and confused Judge Aileen Cannon snapped at federal prosecutors multiple times in hearings this week, and it was all because she didn't seem to understand how things are supposed to work under the law. At one point, she snapped at a prosecutor for defending the funding of the special prosecutor's office - something that Cannon has no control or say over. At another point, she told a prosecutor she didn't like his tone while he was arguing that federal witnesses should have their identities shielded.

    The court-appointed financial monitor overseeing Alex Jones' media empire has now recommended that the entire thing be liquidated and sold off in order to pay off what he owes to the families of the Sandy Hook victims that he attacked. This could mean the (at least temporary) end of Jones' show, as he will likely be left with absolutely nothing.

    As part of their Project 2025, the right wing Heritage Foundation is paying another conservative group to gather intelligence on existing federal workers to find out which people are loyal to Donald Trump. Those that are not considered "loyal," according to a report from the Associated Press, could end up being either "reassigned" to other areas or simply fired if Trump wins this year's election. This is horrifying, dystopian stuff happening right in front of us, and voters need to be alarmed about what's going on.

    All that, and much more, on this week's Ring of Fire Podcast!

  • Episode 749: Trump Lap Dog's Over Inflate Popularity; MTG Fooled Again; Bannon Names Possible Trump Enemy List
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    Kellyanne Conway has returned to her previous role as the chief lie-teller for Donald Trump. Over the weekend, Conway appeared on Fox News to falsely claim that Trump spoke to about 8,000 people at a predominantly black church in Detroit, even though photos showed roughly 200, mostly-white people attending his speech. In spite of the photographic evidence to the contrary, Conway continued to push the lie to make Trump feel good, just like she used to do.

    Marjorie Taylor Greene is so desperate for Donald Trump to be granted immunity by the Supreme Court that she'll believe anything - including that a video from two years ago was somehow taken just hours ago. Greene fell for a deceptive video on social media that was originally posted by a Turning Points contributor that has a history of plagiarism accusations, with Greene claiming that the video was proof that SCOTUS was about to give Trump immunity.

    On Saturday, the soon-to-be incarcerated Steve Bannon rattled off the top names on Donald Trump's enemies lies that will be targeted first if Trump wins the election this year. Those names include special prosecutor Jack Smith, Merrick Garland, and Lisa Monaco. These Justice Department officials and prosecutor are the ones that have caused the most headaches for Trump, but they aren't the only people his allies have talked about targeting.

    And it may already be game over for Donald Trump in this year's election as a new poll has found that 21% of Independent voters say that his criminal convictions make it less likely that they will vote for him. They also say that these convictions WILL impact their voting decisions later this year. The only problem is that the public quickly forgets things, and this sentiment could easily die off before we get to November, especially since Trump's other legal cases are likely not happening this year.

    All that, and much more, on this week's Ring of Fire Podcast!

  • Episode 748: Experts Weigh in on Judge Cannon; Trump's Potential VP; Alito Drama
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    Judge Aileen Cannon has officially been on the documents case for a year, and legal experts are saying that they are shocked she still has a job. These experts have been so repulsed by the behavior of Judge Cannon that they now believe she's no longer fit to serve on the bench at all. And the rulings she issued last week are no exception.

    Last week, Donald Trump's shortlist of potential running mates was made public, as the potential picks were sent vetting information by Trump's campaign. And the list is nothing short of horrifying. All of the people are considered hard right extremists, with some masquerading as "normal." But don't be fooled - these people are ready to strip away your rights at the first opportunity.

    The neighbor that allegedly had some problems with Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's wife spoke out publicly about their altercations last week, and suggested that the Alito family is "outright lying" about what happened. One of the big issues was the upside down flag that was flown outside of Alito's home following the 2020 election. Alito claimed the flag was put that way after a spat with the neighbor, but the neighbor says the flag was like that for weeks before things blew up.

    Rather than giving themselves a raise, Congress passed a law a few years ago that allows for an insane amount of reimbursements for members of Congress, on everything from travel to housing. And a new analysis of the receipts has revealed that Matt Gaetz is one of the top recipients of these new government handouts, that actually don't require any receipts at all. And Republican Nancy Mace wasn't far behind him.

    All that, and much more, on this week's Ring of Fire Podcast!