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Airline Crisis: Why Is the FAA Failing Under Buttigieg?

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Pete Buttigieg is in the news a lot for a Transportation Secretary. Either he’s a media darling the democratic establishment is keen to keep in the public eye, or he’s really bad at his job. Methinks it’s both. Today’s Topical Cream examines Mayor Pete’s borderline catastrophic run as head of the agency and the fallout from the multiple airline crises that have plagued his tenure. There’s no doubt this guy wants to be POTUS, but what exactly is he qualified to do other than burn progressives?


Intro: 00:00:16

Section One: 00:00:49

Section Two: 00:09:53

Outro: 00:15:30


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Economic Policy Institute: Flying Blind: The Failure of Airline Deregulation

The American Prospect: The Airline Bailout Is the CARES Act’s Biggest Debacle

AttorneyGeneral.gov: Airline Accountability and Increased Consumer Protection

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