Part 1: We chat with Scott Braddock about demographic changes in Texas.
In Texas' southern valley, there is some movement toward Republicans, but this is not the end of the story. Most new arrivals to Texas are moving into suburban areas, a Democratic stronghold.
Despite Trump's approval of Putin's invasion of Ukraine, Cruz and Cornyn support Ukraine, as do most US lawmakers.
Gov. Abbott is threatening parents of transgender children with prosecution for “child abuse”.
ERCOT (Electric Reliability Counc il of Texas) is facing pushback, because new death toll numbers from last year's freeze (5 days), and also from cost of electricity rise (from $1200/megawatt to $9000/megawatt). This was a governor-directed rise.
We talk with Steffen Schmidt and Bill Curry about the situation in Ukraine, and Putin's invasion. This action seems to indicate a failure of democracy and the rise of authoritarianism. Putin's objective is to defeat the US, by whatever means available. There is already a divide in the US about the use of force. Cyberwarfare if working for Russia. The status seems like the situation in Europe prior to WWII.
Biden inherited a bad situation, domestically and internationally. This situation is not getting better with the agitation by the Republicans. The UN is dysfunctional, and there is institutional weakness.