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Tue Jan 14, 2020, 02:34 PM

Gabe Fleischer has launched the WAKE UP TO POLITICS podcast


In partnership with St. Louis Public Radio, Gabe Fleisher is extending his popular Wake Up To Politics newsletter with a brand new podcast. From explaining election processes to a user guide for polling data, Gabe will break down complicated systems that shape what happens in the political arena every day. Episodes drop every other week starting Jan. 24, just in time for the Iowa Caucuses.

A 17-year-old politics junkie scooped Bill de Blasio on news of his own presidential launch

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio had it all planned out — a stunt inside Trump Tower on Monday, an announcement on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday and, from there, outings in Iowa and South Carolina to begin making his case that he should be elected president.

But a high school junior in St. Louis had other plans, which were set into motion on Wednesday.

Gabe Fleisher, the 17-year-old whose “Wake Up To Politics” newsletter reaches 50,000 people each weekday, was scrolling through a politics blog after school — “I did my homework, too,” he maintained — when a small item caught his eye. He paused. It was an announcement from a local wing of the Democratic Party in Sioux City, Iowa, inviting members to see de Blasio on Friday at the mayor’s “first stop on his Presidential announcement tour.”

The finding threw an elaborately choreographed launch into disarray. The Democrat had been scheduled to lift the curtain on his candidacy on the morning talk show, fending off the press until then.

Gabe posted an image of the notice on Twitter, and, with that, “the cat was out of the bag,” he said in an interview Wednesday night, as he finalized an outline for his Thursday morning newsletter. The high school student rises each day at 5:55 a.m. to flesh out the bulletin, whose slogan affirms, “Politics doesn’t have to be confusing.”


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