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Chapo Trap House is a YouTube channel that discusses current news and events. In their most recent video, they discuss the appointment of Rick Scott as the special master for the Republican National Senate Committee. They also discuss the death of Barbara Ehrenreich, and how her death is a reminder that even successful people can have a short and tragic life.

  • 00:00:00 In his most recent campaign speech, Joe Biden called out Republican politicians, specifically Donald Trump, for their policies concerning the ultra-rich and the large number of Americans who are impoverished. Some listeners feel good about this, while others feel alarmed. Whether or not Joe Biden would target other groups if he were in office is up for debate.
  • 00:05:00 In his 2020 reelection speech, President Biden addressed GOP divisions and the threat posed by President Trump. He also outlined Democratic priorities, including criminalizing dissent and using the federal government to transform America into a one-party state.
  • 00:10:00 The video discusses how the Republican Party is propping up the campaigns of mag republicans with actual money and advertising, as it is their only move given their policy goals. It is astonishing to see these creeps backtrack on abortion, as their consultants have led them to this situation. The Republicans need to fully commit to the maximal position on abortion in order to maintain forward momentum, or else their coalition will stagnate and they will lose the issue.
  • 00:15:00 According to the New York Times, a Trump appointee, a federal district judge, has blocked federal prosecutors from further examining seized materials until a special master has completed the review. This is the latest development in the Trump classified documents case, in which the appointed special master has the power to intercede in the criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump's hoarding of sensitive government documents.
  • 00:20:00 The Special Master is a person appointed by the court to oversee and manage certain proceedings. Chapo Trap House discusses the concept of special masters, noting that they should advertise their services on TV in order to bring in more business. They also discuss the possibility of Trump going to prison, and how his time in prison could be beneficial for him.
  • 00:25:00 The Special Master, Chapo Trap House, discusses how if Trump were to be convicted of a criminal offense, he would be ineligible to run for president again. He also notes that Trump is already on house arrest and would not be sent to prison, but would instead be confined to a "cushy" prison.
  • 00:30:00 The Special Master is a video about General Pinochet, who was the dictator of Chile for 17 years. In that time, he instituted a number of changes, including making it harder to raise taxes and selling lithium to American and British companies. General Pinochet's constitution was eventually invalidated due to popular opposition. This video argues that, even if the people did not want Pinochet's constitution, it was still enacted due to lack of democracy and lack of trust in the electorate. The new British Prime Minister, Liz Trust, is also discussed. She is seen as a strong leader, and is being praised by some for her work in creating a "firedaughter." However, there is also speculation that she may be a "top bird," or a goer. There is also discussion of Professor John Kenneth Trust, who is supposedly the son of Priscilla Grasby, formerly known as Priscilla Trust. Professor Trust is credited with creating a firedaughter, but is not well known to the public. The video ends with a plea to Boris Johnson, the current British Prime Minister, to come back and save the day.
  • 00:35:00 Chapo Trap House discusses the recent news that the FBI raided the apartment of French President Emmanuel Macron. It is not clear whether the information found had anything to do with Macron's personal life, and it is also not clear if the document mentioned in the article is the same document that Macron was reportedly seeing when the FBI raided his apartment.
  • 00:40:00 In this video, Chapo Trap House host John Oliver reviews some international news that is relevant to Catholics. The pope has dissolved the leadership of the Knights of Malta, a Catholic religious order, and installed a provisional government ahead of the election of a new grand master. This change comes after five years of often acrimonious debate within the order and between some top members of the old guard and the Vatican over a new constitution. The pope also did some moves of sort of knee capping a lot of the authority of Opus Dei, a Catholic organization with ties to the pope.
  • 00:45:00 Rick Scott has been appointed to be the special master for the Republican National Senate Committee; the committee has not previously been disclosed to have used a fundraiser scheme involving sending text messages to people asking provocative questions and then requesting donations. Some Republicans have complained the tactic is exploitative.
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  • 00:55:00 Chapo Trap House discusses the death of Barbara Ehrenreich, who was a highly influential writer and guest on the show. Her death is a reminder that even influential, successful people can have a short and tragic life.

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