The Gist

Billionaire Bashing Is Just for Sport

America’s billionaires don’t make the rest of us any poorer.

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On The Gist, even with a genuinely good story, president Trump just can’t get his facts right.

In the interview, his name is Mo Rocca, and he’s out with a new podcast of obituaries.
So it’s only natural, of course, that it be called Mobituaries. His audio tributes can be for both people and things, including JFK impersonator Vaughn Meader and the humble station wagon.

In the Spiel, America’s billionaires do some good, and they don’t make the rest of us any poorer.

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Podcast production by Pierre Bienaimé and Daniel Schroeder.