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How to Discharge Your Student Loans with Austin Smith

How to Discharge Your Student Loans with Austin Smith

What do you do when your congressman is an a**hole who celebrates the January 6 insurrection and uses it to try propel himself to governor of New York? You run against him and f*cking beat him.

At least that’s what attorney and former Onion writer Austin Smith plans to do. And he’s using his “furious, blood-boiling” anger toward Lee Zeldin and the rest of Trump’s losers to help the people of New York’s first district to finally get a decent guy to represent them.

Smith, who previously worked for the campaigns of both John McCain and Hillary Clinton, has a clear mission in Congress once he unseats Zeldin: help people understand and navigate the ridiculous stupidity of student loans. He discusses his lawsuits against the deceitful companies who keep people buried in debt and shares well-hidden secrets for people who might not know they’re eligible to discharge their loans.

Listen here to what he has to say and then support his intellectual and for-the-people campaign here. Or just send him your junk (no, really).

Also in this week’s episode of Useful Idiots:

–Nina Turner gets the much-coveted “Jim Clyburn backs the other candidate” bump

–Katie goes from inviting a NYT writer onto the show to cursing him out in a record-setting 7 minutes

–Republicans love their ugly confederate heroes

–And Matt laughs louder than he ever has on Useful Idiots

It’s all this, and more, on this week’s episode. Check it out.

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Useful Idiots
Useful Idiots with Katie Halper and Aaron Maté
Useful Idiots is an informative and irreverent politics podcast with journalist Aaron Maté and podcaster/writer Katie Halper. Episodes feature on-the-road coverage of the 2020 campaign and exclusive interviews, with humor, commentary and dissection of the politics news of the week. Join Katie and Aaron as they examine important stories that have slipped through the cracks and what the media got wrong – and laugh about whatever is left to laugh about.