PRE-ORDER: 'The Populist's Guide To 2020'

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We’re VERY excited to announce that our book is now available for pre-order!

As a special thank you to anyone who pre-orders the book, Krystal and Saagar will send you a personalized video! Just forward your receipt to krystalandsaagar@gmail.com OR reply to this email with a screenshot!

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Where You Can See Us

1) Don’t Forget! We’re launching the book in Los Angeles on February 8th with special guest Jimmy Dore! VIP Tickets are already sold out but general admission seats are still available. Come meet us!

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2) We’re coming to NYC on March 6th with special guests Michael Brooks and Kyle Kulinski for a special live book show. VIP Tickets have sold out for this one as well and general admission seats are selling out fast!

TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/risings-krystal-ball-and-saagar-enjeti-live-tickets-88550184987

3) By popular demand we’re doing a DC show on April 24th! Special guest announcements to come, but let’s just say it will be a STACKED stage of hometown talent. All VIP tickets come with a signed copy of the book

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What They Are Saying:

"As we saw in 2016 and we're seeing in 2020, many in the mainstream media just don't get what's going on in this country. Krystal and Saagar, however, see the trends that are impacting Americans across this country, which is why their election coverage has been some of the best out there. They're some of the only people talking about the need to rewrite the rules of the 21st century so they work for Americans again."

- Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang

"The striking thing about revolutionary moments is that almost nobody understands them as they're happening. Saagar Enjeti and Krystal Ball do. They know exactly what's going on in our country right now, and they can explain it with near-perfect clarity. This is a tremendous and important book."

- Fox News Host Tucker Carlson

"Krystal and Saagar weave a poignant and righteous web of reflection of the political climate we are in. They call out the role elites of both the Democratic and Republican parties play, including the mainstream media, in propping up a rigged system that ignores the needs of the working poor and middle class. This is one of the best political books I always knew I needed. Ultimately, The Populist's Guide to 2020 reminds us that no matter how the elites try to thwart the progress of the majority, our Rising is in our hands."

- National Co-Chair Bernie 2020, Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner

"Rising brings a refreshingly bold and rare voice, shining a spotlight on how inextricably tied together the corporate media, foreign policy establishment and war machine are in Washington. While representing different ends of the political spectrum, Krystal and Saagar bring voice to so many Americans across party lines who have had enough of the stupid, wasteful wars the war machine is championing that have cost us so much in lives and taxpayer dollars. Ending the pay-to-play culture in Washington can only happen with leaders willing to speak the truth. Krystal and Saager are unafraid and doing just that."

- Presidential Candidate and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

"Krystal and Saagar are the indispensable new media stars. They're raw truth tellers beholden to nobody and nothing but their own conscience. They marry the populist left and populist right in a perfect balance of outsider wisdom. They're the future of politics and this book demonstrates that perfectly."

- Justice Democrats Co-Founder Kyle Kulinski

Rising Newsletter: Media Blows Another Election

9 Days til Iowa. Will Bernie do what it takes?

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As promised every week we’ll tell you what our favorite segments of the week are, give you a written and expanded version of #RisingQs, and give you our weekly takeaways. If there’s anything you love, like, dislike, or hate don’t hesitate to reply to this email with your thoughts!

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Book Q&A:

Many of you have asked us questions about our forthcoming book ‘The Populist’s Guide To 2020,’ SO here is everything you need to know:

1) It will be available on February 8th, 2020. Make sure you are subscribed to this newsletter for exclusive previews, to get notified first on how to pre-order, and more. An Amazon link will be available VERY soon

2) We’re launching the book in Los Angeles on February 8th with special guest Jimmy Dore! VIP Tickets are already sold out but general admission seats are still available. Come meet us!

TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/risings-krystal-ball-and-saagar-enjeti-live-w-special-guest-jimmy-dore-tickets-88540806937

3) We’re coming to NYC on March 6th with special guests Michael Brooks and Kyle Kulinski for a special live book show. VIP Tickets have sold out for this one as well and general admission seats are selling out fast!

TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/risings-krystal-ball-and-saagar-enjeti-live-tickets-88550184987

Favorite Segments Of The Week

1) Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot:

Why: We were first to speak to Mayor Lightfoot after news broke that a case of coronavirus has been confirmed in the city of Chicago. The mayor outlined the steps the city will take to contain the disease and also talked extensively about who she might endorse in the 2020 Democratic primary. She had nice things to say about Micheal Bloomberg and also faced a probing question on how she views the legacy of Chicago native-son Barack Obama.

2) Micheal Brooks:

Why: Michael is a great friend of the show and just returned from Brazil where he interviewed former president Lula Da Silva. Michael previewed his interview with Lula but also did an excellent job dismantling the absolutely bogus charges the Brazilian government is bringing against Glenn Greenwald. We’ve highlighted as much as we can the hypocrisy of those who scream about press freedom when Trump attacks CNN but refuses to stand with a real journalist who is under attack.

3) Matt Stoller:

Why: If there ever was a perfect foil for Matt Stoller, it is JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon. Matt dismantled Jamie Dimon’s defense of so-called free market capitalism and pointed out the CEO’s advocacy for corporate welfare and socialism for his industry. Somehow it wasn’t called “socialism” when his bank got a massive bailout.

Weekly Takeaways:

Krystal’s Takeaway:

We are now 9 days out from Iowa and one thing is complete clear, the media has once again completely blown their election coverage. They are left with gaping jaws as Bernie Sanders, a candidate they completely dismiss and malign, surges to the finish consolidating progressive voters at just the right moment.

At the same time, they have also underestimated the resilience of Joe Biden’s older working class support, constantly predicting his campaign would crumble. It never did. And so while they could have been digging into a fascinating generational and ideological struggle, instead they spent their time puffing up flavor of the moment candidates like Beto, Pete, Kamala, and Warren and even candidates who never broke through like Booker and Klobuchar.

The perfect culmination of this absurdity came with the New York Times duel endorsement of Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, two pale images of the ideological poles in the party, with disproportionately affluent and white supporters, neither of whom is going to be the nominee. 

By doing so, the New York Times has put their complete powerlessness on full display. They don’t exert any influence over who voters will pick and they’re not really even trying.

And so as we rapidly approach Iowa and New Hampshire and Super Tuesday, we are left with some truly great moments in pundit history. Like when Cilizza and Harry Enten declared: “It’s Beto’s world and every other Democrat is living in it.” Or when Mimi Rocah offered the brilliant insightful analysis that as a woman Bernie makes her skin crawl although she doesn’t really know why.

My guess is Mimi is just feeling that affluent class solidarity. Or when Dr. Jason Johnson confidently proclaimed of Sanders back in January of 2019 that “He’s done,” and would be out of the race by the summer. They didn’t learn anything in 2016 and they won’t learn anything this time either. 

Saagar’s Takeaway:

Bernie Sanders appears to be surging in the Democratic primary. Yet, I believe he has a fundamental weakness which could stop him from actually beating Joe Biden. I highlighted a similar theme last week, but it bears repeating.

Sanders was attacked by Biden, Warren, and Hillary Clinton all within the span of two weeks. In almost every single case he did not really push back. He apologized to Joe Biden for his campaign surrogate correctly saying that he had a corruption problem, only for Joe to hit him with a negative ad within 24 hours.

He didn’t engage with Hillary Clinton when she said “nobody likes him” and essentially refused to commit to campaign for him. In almost every case he defaults to trying to find an agreeable solution.

This seems pretty ridiculous. This is a politician who claims his theory of change is to fly into districts of Democrats who won’t support Medicare for All in order to change their vote and call them out for being corrupt industry shills to their face. Color me skeptical that will happen if he can’t even call out Hunter Biden’s board seat on a Ukrainian Energy Company.

Rising Newsletter: Warren's Smear Backfires, Book Update

Not Working Out As She Planned...

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As promised every week we’ll tell you what our favorite segments of the week are, give you a written and expanded version of #RisingQs, and give you our weekly takeaways. If there’s anything you love, like, dislike, or hate don’t hesitate to reply to this email with your thoughts!

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Book Q&A:

Many of you have asked us questions about our forthcoming book ‘The Populist’s Guide To 2020,’ SO here is everything you need to know:

1) It will be available on February 8th, 2020. Make sure you are subscribed to this newsletter for exclusive previews, to get notified first on how to pre-order, and more.

2) We’re launching the book in Los Angeles on February 8th with special guest Jimmy Dore! VIP Tickets are already sold out but general admission seats are still available. Come meet us!

TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/risings-krystal-ball-and-saagar-enjeti-live-w-special-guest-jimmy-dore-tickets-88540806937

3) We’re coming to NYC on March 6th with special guests Michael Brooks and Kyle Kulinski for a special live book show. VIP Tickets have sold out for this one as well and general admission seats are selling out fast!

TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/risings-krystal-ball-and-saagar-enjeti-live-tickets-88550184987

Favorite Segments Of The Week

1) LIVE Post Debate Show:

Why: The LIVE post-debate shows are always one of our favorite things to do. This time we had Sanders National Press Secretary Briahna Joy Gray in studio to react to Elizabeth Warren’s ‘sexism’ attack on Bernie. The panel reacted to Warren’s refusal to shake Bernie’s hand and the media’s outrageous bias.

2) Nina Turner:

Why: Sanders national co-chair Nina Turner joined us ahead of the debate to emphasize that the campaign is ready to take the gloves off against Joe Biden. Nina had just written an op-ed about Biden’s record on race in South Carolina and previewed what the two-person race is likely to hinge on.

3) Cenk Ugyur:

Why: Cenk joined us live from Iowa after the debate to give us his take on the Bernie-Warren spat. He accurately predicted that Bernie would go up in the polls afterwards and that her attack wouldn’t land.

Weekly Takeaways:

Krystal’s Takeaway:

This week Elizabeth Warren’s campaign launched the most vicious and personal attack of the cycle by alleging that Bernie Sanders said a woman couldn’t win the presidency. CNN leapt to take Warren’s side in the dispute in such an outrageous way that even Mika Brzezinski was stunned by the outrageous bias they displayed at Tuesday night’s debate.

The most charitable interpretation of the situation is that it’s a he said/she said. In reality, given Sanders’ consistent record of telling the truth and Warren’s consistent record of misrepresentation when it serves to make her look more aggrieved or victimized, it should be clear to all who is most likely the honest broker in this situation.

To any fair minded observer, the truth was obvious. Elizabeth Warren had slid in the polls, was being written off by the media, and needed a game changer to get herself back into contention with the Iowa Caucus rapidly approaching. Rather than aiming for her longtime ideological nemesis Joe Biden, she decided to launch a scurrilous attack on her “friend” Bernie Sanders, rightly understanding that the media has much more interest in covering this kind of political gossip and manufactured drama than actual policy disputes.

It’s still early but it sure looks like the attempt to throw the race into chaos backfired. A new poll of New Hampshire has Sanders in first. A new Reuters/Ipsos national poll shows a Sanders surge into first. Additional data gives us a hint as to why the attack didn’t land. While the media and the Democratic establishment may irrationally despise Sanders and paint him with all sorts of nefarious motives, in the real world he is well liked. Polling this week found Sanders to be the most popular Senator in the entire country. Elizabeth Warren on the other hand rated among the least popular.

Warren and the media decided to get into a credibility battle with Sanders and so far, it looks to have been a tremendous miscalculation.

Saagar’s Takeaway:

I remain mystified as to why the progressive left is conducting itself so tepidly ahead of an election that they tell us is existential. I outlined Friday how I believe that Bernie Sanders does not appear to actually want to win given his lack of ability to call Elizabeth Warren a liar to her face, lash out at CNN during the debate, and generally display a killer instinct for his opponent.

One of the most stunning pieces of my monologue Friday was demonstrating how vicious the 2008 Democratic primary between Obama and Hillary was. Obama called out Hillary for her Iraq war vote, he called out her vote for NAFTA, and ruthlessly attacked her on the airwaves in South Carolina during the election. Bernie Sanders aside from a view moments on national TV and the debate stage has not once attacked Joe Biden with the same level of vitriol.

The same thing applies to the media. On the right, when the media lies or is biased against you then the best thing to do is simply call them out to their face. Bernie sat there as the CNN moderators openly sided with Elizabeth Warren in a move so transparent that even the audience laughed. His general reticence to draw contrasts between himself, Warren, and Biden in a more hard edged way shows to me that he doesn’t believe some of his own rhetoric about how high the stakes of the election really are.

When you’re anti-establishment you have to fight tooth and nail in order to overcome obstacles that your opponents never will. Only a fighting spirit can do it for you, and Bernie doesn’t seem to have what it takes.

REVEALED: The Populist's Guide To 2020 Book Cover

Plus how to meet us in LA or NYC!

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Krystal and Saagar are proud to reveal the cover of our forthcoming book ‘The Populist’s Guide To 2020’

Make sure you’re subscribed to this newsletter so you can be first to hear when you can pre-order the book. We’ve had such great interest in our LA and NYC shows and lots of requests to come to additional cities. We are working on it! Be one of the first to find out when and where by signing up below.

Book Launch in LA:

Don’t miss our book launch event in Los Angeles with special guest Jimmy Dore on February 8th! We’re running out of VIP tickets which include a chance to hang out with us before the show and a signed book:

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Book Show In NYC:

We’re also coming to NYC on March 6th for a special live show with Kyle Kulinski and Michael Brooks. VIP tickets are already sold out so make sure you nab a general admission ticket now!

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Rising Newsletter: We're Writing A Book!

How To Buy, Where To See Us, And More

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As promised every Friday we’ll tell you what our favorite segments of the week are, give you a written and expanded version of #RisingQs, and give you our weekly takeaways. If there’s anything you love, like, dislike, or hate don’t hesitate to reply to this email with your thoughts!

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In Case You Missed It:

We’re writing a book! The Populist’s Guide To 2020 due out on February 8th, 2020. Come meet us on our book tour in LA on 2/8 or in NYC on 3/6. Make sure you’re subscribed to this newsletter to find out when you can pre-order!

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Favorite Segments Of The Week

1) Tulsi Gabbard:

Why: Congresswoman Gabbard details to us how she tried on multiple occasions to constrain the Trump administration’s ability to strike Iran from the NDAA budget but was overruled at every turn by the complacent Democratic leadership in the House.

2) Trita Parsi and Michael Pregent:

Why: Trita and Micheal are on polar opposite ends of the foreign policy spectrum, but brought important differing view points to Rising the morning after Iran struck US bases in Iraq. Trita warned that absent a concerted US effort to provide Iran an off-ramp for hostilities, future conflict may be inevitable. We both truly learned so much from hearing these two debate.

3) Aaron Glantz:

Why: Aaron’s reporting on the housing crisis in the US is unparalleled. Now he’s turning to shell corporation ownership of American housing, which is often used for money laundering. It’s also an important part of why housing has become so unaffordable in major cities. He updated us on his latest work.

Expanded #RisingQs

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Answer (from Krystal): I think Ro has been one of the most thoughtful and forward thinking leaders on trying to check this administration’s hawkish instincts versus Iran. It certainly looks like if Democratic leadership had followed the lead of House members Khanna, Gabbard, Lee and others we may have averted this disastrous escalation. You don’t get anything without being willing to fight for it though and it appears that leadership would rather spend their political capital on fruitless gestures than on actually taking back war-making responsibilities. The truth is, most of these people don’t really want the accountability that comes with having real responsibility. They prefer fruitless gestures and McResistance.

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Answer (from Saagar): Coming up with something useful to say everyday is extraordinarily challenging. I keep my eyes peeled on Twitter and the news in the hours after the show that I think fits within the themes we love to discuss on Rising. When I’m reasonably certain nothing else will break for the rest of the day I start writing. Next thing I know its the next day, I’m done, and I’m doing it all over again.

Answer (from Krystal): My process is pretty much the same as Saagar. The comments you all make to us and stories you send us are tremendously helpful! In the morning we go over elements like polls, graphics or soundbites with the team. We do a practice run and then it’s off to the races! I will say that having the discipline of writing every day really made the book process a lot easier.

Answer (from Saagar): Yes. You’ll just have to read it or come to one our book shows to find out the full story.

Weekly Takeaways

Krystal’s Takeaway:

This week perhaps more than any other has exposed the vacuous priorities of Democratic leadership. While anti-war Democrats like Tulsi Gabbard, Bernie Sanders, Ro Khanna, Barbara Lee and others, have been pushing for years to constrain Trump’s war-making powers, Democrats have used all their political capital elsewhere. If they had spent a fraction of the energy they spent on Russia conspiracies and Ukraine on avoiding war with Iran, we would be in a very different situation this week. Instead, the week ends with Democrats having taken an impotent protest vote on the War Powers Act; a useless statement of protest with no power or leverage behind it. 

As recently as just weeks ago, progressives were working with anti-war Republicans to push for an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would have denied Trump funding for an Iran strike without seeking Congressional approval. The amendment passed the House but was stripped out in conference with the Republican led Senate. It’s unknown whether it was house or senate leadership who stripped that provision out, but one thing is clear: Democrats, having just impeached the President for lawlessness and abuse of power, have continued to hand him a blank check when it comes to war making. Outside of a few courageous voices, they haven’t even put up a fight. 

The President is fully responsible for his wreckless assassination of Suleimani which very nearly triggered a full on war and still might. However, it is unconscionable that Democrats, having witnessed the ratcheting up of tensions, and knowing full well where this could be heading, spent no time pressing to assert their power in this sphere. In fact, Bernie Sanders has gotten nothing but shit for being the lone vote against additional sanctions on Iran which directly helped Trump to execute his maximum pressure strategy. Those Iran sanctions were cleverly paired with Russia sanctions and nearly every Democrat is running around with their neo-McCarthy hair on fire simultaneously seeking an aggressive posture towards Russia and terrified of being smeared as a Kremlin asset. 

Thank goodness, we have stepped back from the cliff for at least the time, but this moment has been deeply revealing. It was deeply revealing of the hollowness of the President’s rhetoric around endless wars. This week was deeply revealing of the Democratic candidates and who has a voice of moral clarity against war and mindless tough guy rhetoric even when there is a political price to pay. And it clarified more than maybe any other moment, just how impotent and off-target the #resistance of Democratic leadership really is.

Saagar’s Takeaway:

Escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran this week serve as a stark reminder that endless war is a built in condition within the national security bureaucracy. This was best on display in how President Donald Trump’s decision to kill General Qassim Sulemani.

Trump did not purposefully seek out the death of the Iranian general. Instead according to reporting from The New York Times it was the most extreme decision response offered to him by the national security state.

As I explained on the show, the way the Pentagon normally operates is that it has 3 options for a President: A mild one, a middle one, and an extreme one. They usually insert the extreme option to ensure that the President picks the middle one and they get their way.

In this particular case, they leaked afterwards that they were shocked Trump picked the extreme option at all. It demonstrates that the national security bureaucracy can box Presidents in to doing whatever they want by manipulating the range of options that are available to you to respond.

Options that actually ring true to what you promised on the campaign trail are very rarely entertained, and therein lies the problem.

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