Powerhouse Politics

Headliner interviews and in-depth looks at the people and events shaping U.S. politics. Hosted by ABC News' Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein.

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11/17/16: Team of Enemies?
Jason Miller of the Trump transition team walks us through the president-elect's days in Trump Tower - including Donald Trump's conversations with vanquished rivals. Miller tells Rick Klein, Shushannah Walshe, and John Santucci that Trump's children will continue to be consulted for advice and counsel. And while several major picks could be imminent, Trump is putting the emphasis on getting the right people in the right jobs, even if that means some positions might not be filled by Inauguration Day. Follow Rick on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2d00npb Follow Shushannah on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2eLfKqZ Follow John on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2g0IMjK Check out more ABC News podcasts: http://abcn.ws/2cUluMJ
29 min
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Bonus: Gov. John Kasich
In this special bonus episode, ABC's Jonathan Karl catches up with Ohio governor John Kasich during Thursday's visit to the White House, which happened the same day as President-elect Donald Trump's meeting with President Obama and the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Championship celebration. Karl gets Kasich's reaction to Trump's victory after opposing him during the Republican primaries. Follow Jon on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2cK8Pv4 Follow Rick on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2d00npb Discover more ABC News podcasts: http://abcn.ws/2cUluMJ
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11/10/16: Witness to History
Jon makes history by asking Donald Trump his very first Oval Office question just one day after President-Elect Trump's gracious early morning victory speech and just three days after President Obama said that Trump was "temperamentally unfit" for office. Jon and Rick talk about those political deliverables - what can Trump do immediately and what will have to wait? 70 days until the inauguration and everyone is on their best behaviors in the nation's capital. Follow Jon on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2cK8Pv4 Follow Rick on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2d00npb Check out more ABC News podcasts: http://abcn.ws/2cUluMJ
15 min
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11/8/16: Election Day Special
In today's special Election Day episode, we take a look back on the campaign with a focus on Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's paths to this moment. Follow Jon on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2cK8Pv4 Follow Rick on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2d00npb Check out more ABC News podcasts: http://abcn.ws/2cUluMJ
8 min
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11/7/16: Election Eve
It’s Election Day Eve, and even top pollsters are uncertain. In today’s episode, ABC’s Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein talk to FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver about his weekend tweetstorm argument with Huffington Post journalists questioning his model, and about this election’s X-Factor demographic. We’ll also hear from one of the Western world’s renowned critics of Vladimir Putin - who happens to be one of the greatest chess players of all time, Garry Kasparov - on how he thinks a Trump-Putin friendship could bring down Western foreign policy as we know it. Follow Jon on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2cK8Pv4 Follow Rick on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2d00npb Check out more ABC News podcasts: http://abcn.ws/2cUluMJ
32 min
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11/6/16: Enthusiasm Gap
Two more days and here's a question: do you dampen enthusiasm for Trump by insisting he stick to his message? Is being a more conventional candidate really the better play? In today's episode, ABC's Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein talk to Terry Moran, ABC's Chief Foreign Correspondent about the view of the election from around the world. Follow Jon on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2cK8Pv4 Follow Rick on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2d00npb Check out more ABC News podcasts: http://abcn.ws/2cUluMJ
13 min
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11/5/16: The Favorite Could Actually Lose
Do the number of road signs determine the winner? In today's episode, ABC's Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein talk three days out about the state of those upside down state polls, the surrogate competition and Speaker Ryan's about face. Follow Jon on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2cK8Pv4 Follow Rick on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2d00npb Check out more ABC News podcasts: http://abcn.ws/2cUluMJ
15 min
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11/4/16: Close to the Abyss
In today's episode, ABC's Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein speak to former senator and 2000 presidential candidate Bill Bradley who says he hopes he can look back after Tuesday and say "this is a time where America came to its senses because it got very close to the abyss and pulled back." Bradley tells us he fears for the safety of the world and the financial markets should Donald Trump win on Tuesday. Karl and Klein also discuss Bradley's nuclear bomb campaign ad and the latest poll numbers. Follow Jon on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2cK8Pv4 Follow Rick on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2d00npb Check out more ABC News podcasts: http://abcn.ws/2cUluMJ
30 min
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11/3/16: Trump Targets Blue Wall
Five days to go - we can now count down to Election Day on one hand. In today's episode, ABC's Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein speak to National Review editor Rich Lowry about Donald Trump's rise to GOP presidential nominee and how he might have put himself in a better position to win. Plus, they ask him who the major Republican players might be in 2020 and how the party will have to approach things after November 8th. Karl and Klein also discuss the very different approaches of campaign surrogates Tim Kaine and Melania Trump. Follow Jon on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2cK8Pv4 Follow Rick on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2d00npb Check out more ABC News podcasts: http://abcn.ws/2cUluMJ
24 min
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11/2/16: Numbers Game
We're just six days away from Election Day. In today's episode, ABC's Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein talk to Arizona Senator Jeff Flake to discuss why he has not been able to support Trump from the beginning and why he may end up voting for independent candidate Evan McMullin (14:00). He also explains why he believes Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland should get a confirmation hearing during the 'lame duck' session. Karl and Klein also break down the polls in a number of key states which find the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump getting closer by the day (2:23). Follow Jon on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2cK8Pv4 Follow Rick on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2d00npb Check out more ABC News podcasts: http://abcn.ws/2cUluMJ
32 min
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11/1/16: The Tightening
In the second of our daily election podcasts, ABC's Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein discuss tightening national polls - including the newest ABC News tracking poll which shows the race in a statistical dead heat (2:00). They talk to Washington Post columnist George Will about what happens to the Republican Party going forward and about why Comey should have heeded the maxim that silence is golden (8:10). Follow Jon on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2cK8Pv4 Follow Rick on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2d00npb Check out more ABC News podcasts: http://abcn.ws/2cUluMJ
28 min
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10/31/16: She's Got Mail
We're just 8 days away from Election Day. In the first of our daily podcasts, ABC's Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein examine how the new FBI e-mail inquiry may impact Hillary Clinton's chance of taking the White House. ABC News law enforcement reporter Mike Levine joins the show to discuss the latest developments in the case (6:00) and we call up former Justice Department spokesperson Matt Miller to get his take on how FBI Director James Comey has handled the investigation (10:45).  Follow Jon on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2cK8Pv4 Follow Rick on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2d00npb Check out more ABC News podcasts: http://abcn.ws/2cUluMJ
26 min
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10/27/16: Home Stretch
We are just 12 days from Election Day. In this week's episode, ABC's Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein talk to former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, and ask him if he's serious about a Senate run against Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2018. Plus we discuss his support for Trump and what he means when he says "If Trump doesn't win, we'll never see a Republican president in our lifetimes." (32:00). And, FiveThirtyEight politics editor Micah Cohen joins the show to break down the latest polling (14:57). Plus, an announcement! Starting Monday, we will be posting daily podcasts up until Election Day. Look for them here, and be sure to tell your friends about the show. Follow Jon on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2cK8Pv4 Follow Rick on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2d00npb Check out more ABC News podcasts: http://abcn.ws/2cUluMJ
51 min
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10/21/16: Defiance and Disarray
Is this it for Donald Trump? In this week's episode, ABC's Jonathan Karl (live from the campaign trail) and Rick Klein discuss the final presidential debate and how Trump failed to win the postgame spin yet again. They talk about Trump's potential refusal to respect the results of the election, and look at how Hillary Clinton might approach the final weeks of the campaign. We also look down-ballot to examine how the presidential race is impacting crucial Senate contests. And, former Jeb Bush campaign advisor Michael Steel joins the show to discuss the future of the Republican party. Follow Jon on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2cK8Pv4 Follow Rick on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2d00npb Check out more ABC News podcasts: http://abcn.ws/2cUluMJ
30 min
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10/12/16: Anatomy of a Meltdown
In this week's episode, ABC's Rick Klein and Brad Mielke break down another wild week full of GOP in-fighting after a wild second presidential debate (1:33). ABC's Mary Bruce checks in from Wisconsin as she tails Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who's keeping a low profile in the wake of his comments about Donald Trump (8:25). Wikileaks dumps another batch of Clinton camp e-mails (5:00). And Libertarian party vice presidential nominee Bill Weld joins the show to talk about his party's goals for the election, and tells us why Trump still has a chance to take the White House (15:35). Follow Rick on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2d00npb Follow Brad on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2e9LQcc Check out more ABC News podcasts: http://abcn.ws/2cUluMJ
30 min
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10/6/16: Debate Double Down
In this week's episode, ABC's Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein discuss the upcoming presidential town hall debate and Bill Clinton’s Obamacare critique. And a candid conversation with Eric Trump about his dad’s debate prep, tax returns and advice for his father on those late night Twitter tirades. Follow Jon on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2cK8Pv4 Follow Rick on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2d00npb Check out more ABC News podcasts: http://abcn.ws/2cUluMJ
36 min
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9/29/16: Spin Cycle
In this week's episode, ABC's Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein break down the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and its aftermath (1:00). We examine why Trump hasn't claimed post-debate victory and the possible dissent within the campaign’s ranks (5:45). Former Speaker of the House and Trump supporter Newt Gingrich joins the show to lend some debate advice, and says "it would be a mistake" for Trump to address President Bill Clinton's past infidelities (20:20). And, we discuss the powerful Clinton surrogates who have hit the trail for Hillary over the past week. Follow Jon on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2cK8Pv4 Follow Rick on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2d00npb Check out more ABC News podcasts: http://abcn.ws/2cUluMJ
38 min
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9/22/16: Debate Prep
In this week's episode, ABC's Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein preview the first presidential debate as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump prepare in very different ways. Former Democratic presidential candidate and Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis joins the show to offer first-hand debate advice to Clinton, and to discuss the role of moderators as fact-checkers. And, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd joins the show to respond to a recent Trump tweetstorm and tells us what it's like to talk to Trump one-on-one at Trump Tower. Follow Jon on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2cK8Pv4 Follow Rick on Twitter: http://abcn.ws/2d00npb Check out more ABC News podcasts here: http://abcn.ws/2cUluMJ
43 min
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9/15/16: Doctors' Orders
In this week's episode, ABC's Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein break down the health information released by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump this week and examine how it may impact the campaign going forward (1:00). Dr. David Scheiner, President Obama's personal doctor for more than 22 years joins the show and explains why he believes candidates should be examined by independent doctors, not their personal physicians (17:00). The polls are tightening in key battleground states and we hear from voters in Ohio as we near the first presidential debate (2:39). And, we take a look at former Secretary of State Colin Powell's hacked e-mails and how Russia may be playing a role in this presidential election (9:15). Follow Jon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonkarl Follow Rick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rickklein Check out more podcasts at www.abcnewspodcasts.com
31 min
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9/9/16: Russia with Love
In a season of the bizarre, is there anything stranger – not to mention ominous, and potentially downright terrifying – about the way Russia has come up in this campaign? What is going on here? ABC News Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein dissect. Has Donald Trump changed his tune on the “birther” issue? We didn’t see this one coming when he was pressed on it by Jon Karl before the campaign began. We listen back to that conversation. FiveThirtyEight’s Micah Cohen analyzes the polls and tells us what to expect this November. Plus, retired Marine Colonel and ABC News Contributor Steve Ganyard has been privy to many classified briefings - what does he think about what Trump says he learned in those meetings? Finally, we examine the question of the week, “What is Aleppo?” Follow us on Twitter: @jonkarl @rickklein Check out more podcasts at www.abcnewspodcasts.com
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9/2/16: Mr. Trump Goes to Mexico
In this week's episode, ABC's Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein discuss Donald Trump's impromptu trip to Mexico and his immigration speech, where we heard some of Trump's harshest rhetoric yet against illegal immigrants. (2:00). Hillary Clinton campaign spokesperson Brian Fallon joins the show to discuss the candidate's lack of press availability, which he says "can only go up" (15:08). And, ABC's Ali Rogin checks in after traveling to Arizona to cover a number of key Republican primaries (34:25). Follow us on Twitter: @jonkarl @rickklein Check out more podcasts at www.abcnewspodcasts.com
44 min
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8/25/16: "Dump the Morons"
In this week's episode, ABC's Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein talk to Ann Coulter who says that Donald Trump should "dump the morons" who came up with Trump's idea of ditching his plan to deport all undocumented immigrants (8:49). They also talk about "Clinton Cash" with author Peter Schweizer who discusses the Clinton Foundation and whether Trump's money is next on his radar (30:00). Talk show host and former marine Montel Williams explains to them why he thinks Trump presents a "clear and present danger" to the U.S. and why he’s voting for Clinton (44:45). Plus, Jon talks to voters on the campaign trail. Check out more podcasts at www.abcnewspodcasts.com
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8/18/16: Late Summer Shakeup
In this week's episode, Hillary Clinton's e-mails continue to be scrutinized, but can Donald Trump take advantage? Former Trump adviser Roger Stone joins the show to give his thoughts on the campaign's new hires (15:50). And, former Breitbart spokesperson Kurt Bardella calls in to share his experiences with new Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon and tells us why he's voting for Hillary Clinton, despite being a lifelong Republican (34:08). Check out more ABC News podcasts at www.abcnewspodcasts.com
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8/11/16: Third-Party Play
In this week's episode, another chance for Donald Trump to reset his campaign goes off the rails when he calls President Obama "the founder of ISIS." (2:00). Former CIA agent Evan McMullin joins the show to talk about his freshly-launched independent bid for President - will it be enough to stop Trump? (5:00). And, deputy political director Shushannah Walshe weighs in on an electoral map that shows Hillary Clinton competing some awfully red states (20:20). Plus, presidential debates - over/under style! Check out more podcasts at www.abcnewspodcasts.com
31 min
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Bonus: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
At the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, ABC's Jonathan Karl caught up with basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to talk race, politics and of course, basketball.
11 min
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Breakdown of a Meltdown
In this week's episode, ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl, ABC News Political Director Rick Klein and ABC News Congressional correspondent Mary Bruce break down the meltdown in the Republican Party over Donald Trump's latest series of scandals. From attacking the parents of a fallen U.S. soldier and disrespecting the Purple Heart medal, to refusing to endorse Paul Ryan and calling the election 'rigged', to kicking out a crying baby from his rally and saying that women who get harassed at work should just find other work, Trump is causing serious buyer's remorse. Some GOP leaders are considering rescinding their endorsements and others have already said "you're fired!" to the Republican presidential nominee. Check out more podcasts at www.abcnewspodcasts.com
30 min
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Hillary Hits Philadelphia
In this week's episode, we take the show on the road to Philadelphia as Hillary Clinton accepts her historic nomination for President at the Democratic National Convention. We speak to Massachusetts Congressman Joseph Kennedy III about introducing his former law school professor Sen. Elizabeth Warren in primetime (9:40). Former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm previews the general election and talks about what Clinton's nomination means for women everywhere (25:00). And, ABC's Liz Kreutz has been on the road with Clinton for well over a year - she takes a pit stop to tell us about about her journey (32:00). Check out more ABC News podcasts at www.abcnewspodcasts.com
37 min
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Bonus: Sam Nunberg
Sam Nunberg was one of Donald Trump's earliest political advisors until he was fired over racially-charged Facebook posts. Now, he's being sued by Trump for millions of dollars. However, Nunberg says Trump still has his vote come November. ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl caught up with Nunberg at the RNC in Cleveland last week. Check out more ABC News podcasts at www.abcnewspodcasts.com
18 min
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RNC in Review
In this week's episode, ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl and ABC News Political Director Rick Klein review an eventful Republican National Convention. We hear from a fired up Texas delegation, following a speech from Ted Cruz that angered many Republicans. Plus we chat with ABC's John Santucci who's covered the Trump campaign since day one. Check our more ABC News podcasts at www.ABCNewsPodcasts.com
30 min
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Sen. Scott's Emotional Plea, "Never Trump" Move...
In this week's episode, ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl and ABC News Political Director Rick Klein discuss a number of new polls that show a tightening race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Republican Senator Tim Scott joins the show after making a passionate speech to President Obama on race relations in America (3:30). And, delegates on both sides of the "Never Trump" debate discuss the possibility of someone else grabbing the GOP nomination ahead of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland (22:30). Check our more ABC News podcasts at www.ABCNewsPodcasts.com
36 min
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Closing The Book on Hillary's E-Mails
In this week's episode, ABC's Brad Mielke and Shushannah Walshe break down the FBI's now-completed investigation into Hillary Clinton's e-mails and how it might affect her campaign (1:51). Donald Trump finds himself in hot water after a controversial "Star of David" tweet, and New York Observer writer Dana Schwartz joins the show to talk about the open letter she wrote to her boss and Donald Trumps' son-in-law Jared Kushner in response to the tweet (10:41). Plus, Harry Enten from our partners at FiveThirtyEight stops by the studio to talk about the numbers behind their new general election model, which does not look good for Donald Trump (20:30). Check out more podcasts at www.abcnewspodcasts.com
33 min
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Trump Going Conventional?
In this week’s episode, ABC’s Rick Klein and Shushannah Walshe discuss another eventful week for Donald Trump (1:17) and the controversial meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton. Elizabeth Warren spends some time on the trail with Hillary Clinton – are we seeing the Democratic ticket come together? (7:00) Former Chris Christie campaign manager Ken McKay joins the show to talk about his efforts with pro-Trump Super PAC “Rebuilding American Now.” (10:20) And, Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein joins the show to talk about her campaign and to explain why she says “Clinton is as bad as Trump.” (24:31) Check out more podcasts at www.abcnewspodcasts.com
46 min
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Trouble Signs for Trump?
In this week's episode, ABC’s Rick Klein and Shushannah Walshe discuss a tumultuous week for Donald Trump (2:00). House Democrats stage a dramatic sit-in on Capitol Hill as they push for stricter gun control legislation (4:51). Veteran Republican strategist and novelist Stuart Stevens joins the show to talk about efforts to block Trump and his new book, "The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear" (8:22). And, Mark Leibovich from the New York Times Magazine stops by to discuss what role RNC chairman Reince Preibus will play at the upcoming convention in Cleveland (21:00). Check out more ABC News podcasts at www.abcnewspodcasts.com
38 min
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Gunning for Action
In this week’s episode, the gun control debate is reignited on Capitol Hill after the tragedy in Orlando. ABC’s Mary Bruce tracks down senators on both sides of the aisle to break down the legislative prospects of gun-control measures (22:28). We also discuss how the gun and terrorism debates fit within the larger picture of the general election, and look back at Donald Trump’s campaign one year after kicking off his run for the White House (1:51). Plus, Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson joins the show to explain why he says Americans have a “moral obligation” to march on the Republican National Convention in Cleveland (9:04). Check out more ABC News podcasts at www.abcnewspodcasts.com
31 min
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Blocking Trump
Hillary Clinton makes history as she becomes the presumptive Democratic nominee, while Bernie Sanders continues his fight. For Republicans, Donald Trump wraps up a dominant primary campaign with a shaky week. Even as he turns to the general election, some prominent conservatives continue to plot ways to stop him. ABC’s Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein are joined by Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, to talk about whether Trump can be stopped (12:07). Former Marco Rubio spokesman Alex Conant also joins the show to discuss lessons he learned on the campaign trail, as we ask: Should Republicans have seen Trump coming? (28:09) Check out more ABC News podcasts at ABCNewsPodcasts.com
39 min
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End of the Road?
Tuesday will mark the end of the Democratic primary season, at least according to Joel Benenson, Hillary Clinton’s senior strategist. But Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, tells ABC’s Jonathan Karl, Rick Klein, and Matthew Dowd that the Sanders campaign will continue regardless of what happens in voting in California. Plus, political trivia! #PowerhousePolitics
43 min
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Democratic Divisions
Suddenly it’s the Democrats dealing with dissension in their ranks. ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl and ABC News Political Director Rick Klein speak with Dr. James Zogby, who will represent Bernie Sanders on the platform committee at the Democratic National Convention, about what Sanders needs to achieve unity in the party. Then they speak with Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), who will represent Hillary Clinton on the same committee, for his take on what Sanders is owed. Finally, they catch up with the filmmakers behind the new documentary “Weiner,” a behind-the-scenes look at Anthony Weiner’s failed mayoral bid in the midst of scandal and how it relates to this year’s presidential race.
41 min
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Renegade Republicans
ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein speak with one of Donald Trump's most notorious and loyal allies, Roger Stone. Surprisingly, Stone tells us why he may not back Trump, but instead support the Libertarian ticket of former Republican Governors Gary Johnson and Bill Weld. Then the third-party Vice Presidential Candidate himself, Bill Weld, joins us. Finally, we catch up with Breaking Bad and LBJ star Bryan Cranston. Cranston channels LBJ to discuss Donald Trump, and the actor makes his own political leanings known. #PowerhousePolitics
44 min
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House Divided
Donald Trump hit Capitol Hill in search of an endorsement he didn’t get from House Speaker Paul Ryan. Will the Republican Party close ranks behind Trump or will it turn on itself? ABC News Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein ask Rep. Darrell Issa, a Trump supporter, about how long Ryan can hold out and whether Trump is now the leader of the GOP. Plus veteran republican strategist Rick Wilson outlines efforts to recruit a conservative to run as a third-party challenger to Trump and Hillary Clinton. #PowerhousePolitics
33 min
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Voice of the GOP?
Donald Trump will be the nominee for the GOP, but is he the new voice of the Republican Party? ABC News Chief White House correspondent Jon Karl and Political Director Rick Klein pose that question to RNC Chief Strategist & Communications Director Sean Spicer. As Bernie Sanders continues to contest Hillary Clinton for the Democratic ticket, we speak with Clinton Press Secretary Brian Fallon and Sanders Senior Advisor Tad Devine. Plus, we take your questions! #PowerhousePolitics
46 min
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Koch Part 2, Carly and Cruz
ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl and ABC News Political Director Rick Klein discuss why Ted Cruz chose to name Carly Fiorina as his running mate and if it will make a difference in the presidential race. Then, part two of Jon’s fascinating interview with one of the most powerful and controversial people in politics, billionaire Charles Koch. Finally, Ken Cuccinelli supervises the Cruz campaigns delegate operation. He takes us inside their strategy to acquire delegates.
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Charles Koch Part 1
In this bonus episode, ABC News Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl sits down for a rare and wide ranging conversation with one of the richest people in America and controversial figures in American politics, Charles Koch, the CEO of Koch industries, the largest privately held company in the United States. Koch had some surprising things to say about the state of American politics and explained why he isn’t spending a dime, at least not yet, on any of the presidential candidates.
30 min
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Bound
This week we speak with Republican National Committee member Henry Barbour, a delegate from Mississippi. His first ballot vote at the convention will be bound. On a 2nd ballot, when the choice is his, how will he vote? He says that at times Donald Trump is incoherent. Joining us next is ABC’s Candace Smith who is on the campaign trail with Donald Trump. Is she seeing a new side of the candidate? Matt Dowd suggests a Trump Veep, and we pay homage to music icon Prince.
36 min
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Rigged
In a one-on-one interview, Donald Trump tells ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl the election process is rigged. Then ABC News Political Analyst Matthew Dowd and ABC News Political Director Rick Klein explain why he’s right – with exceptions. Trump senior advisor Ed Brookover talks about Trump’s “pivot” to the general election. Plus, former Gov. George Pataki talks New York politics and explains why he favors an open convention.
53 min
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Wooing
Is a contested Republican convention a foregone conclusion? Not so fast says Ted Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe. He tells us why Cruz, not Donald Trump, might be the one to wrap up the nomination before Cleveland. Then Bernie Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver joins us to explain why it’s the Democrats who may be the ones hosting a contested convention. Finally, we speak with a Republican delegate and ask him what the campaigns are doing to woo him.
49 min
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Turning Point?
As the campaign trail rolls through Wisconsin, is now the time Republicans take back their party from Donald Trump? Republican political consultant Mike Murphy, who ran Jeb Bush's political action committee and talk show host Charlie Sykes, one of the most influential conservative voices in Wisconsin, explain why the race is about to shift. Plus former presidential candidate turned Trump surrogate Ben Carson tells us why he thinks Trump is not your typical conservative and who he thinks would make good running mates for the Donald. The names might surprise you.
50 min
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The Anti-Trump Effort
This week Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein examine the campaign to stop Donald Trump. Former Marco Rubio campaign manager Terry Sullivan and writer Sasha Issenberg, perhaps the only man on Earth who understands the delegate process, tell us how the GOP can take the nomination away from the Donald – House of Cards style. But the Trump campaign won’t be blindsided. Their strategist Barry Bennett tells us how his team is gearing for a convention fight.
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#4: Outraged
Presidential hopeful John Kasich sounds as animated as you’ve ever heard him. He tells Jonathan Karl in a one-on-one interview that Donald Trump needs to watch his mouth: "He’s not running for presidency of the WWE, he’s running for President of the United States. This kind of language is an outrage." Plus we check in with our reporters who’ve been embedded with the Trump and Bernie Sanders campaigns for the better part of a year. They have the inside scoop on what the candidates are NOT saying.
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#3: GOP Ready to Support Donald Trump?
Will the Republican Party come together to support Donald Trump? Jonathan Karl has intel from party-insiders. Is Marco Rubio’s political career over? One of the most powerful men in the GOP tells us why that may be the case. And was Bernie Sanders' surprising win in Michigan a fluke? Our friends at FiveThirtyEight join us to explain how they got it wrong. --- Follow: Jonathan Karl, ABC News Chief White House Correspondent (@jonkarl) Rick Klein, ABC News Political Director (@rickklein) Matthew Dowd, ABC News Chief Political Analyst (@matthewjdowd) ABC News Politics (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/) Twitter: @ABCPolitics ABC News (http://abcnews.go.com/) Twitter: @ABC
33 min
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#2: The End of the GOP?
Are we watching the end of the Republican Party as we know it? Our ABC News team examines that question. We hear from GOP lawmakers who are proudly positioning themselves on both sides of the Trump debate. Plus, we speak with a graduate of Trump University – what’s it like on the inside? Finally, never a day off… we hear what life is like on the campaign trail from our reporter embedded with the Hillary Clinton campaign. --- Follow Us: Jonathan Karl, ABC News Chief White House Correspondent (@jonkarl) Rick Klein, ABC News Political Director (@rickklein) Matthew Dowd, ABC News Chief Political Analyst (@matthewjdowd) ABC News Politics (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/) Twitter: @ABCPolitics ABC News (http://abcnews.go.com/) Twitter: @ABC
39 min
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#1: The Truth Behind Carson's Fruit Salad
We take the show on the road this week! Jon catches up with Donald Trump after Thursday night's fiery debate in Houston, Ben Carson tells our own Josh Haskell what he meant by "fruit salad," and former Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole makes his own endorsement -- right here on the show! --- Follow Us: Jonathan Karl, ABC News Chief White House Correspondent (@jonkarl) Rick Klein, ABC News Political Director (@rickklein) Matthew Dowd, ABC News Chief Political Analyst (@matthewjdowd) ABC News Politics (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/) Twitter: @ABCPolitics ABC News (http://abcnews.go.com/) Twitter: @ABC
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Pilot: February 19, 2016
Jonathan Karl interviews Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams stops by to discuss the potential legal battle between GOP candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. --- FOLLOW: Jonathan Karl, ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Twitter: @jonkarl Rick Klein, ABC News Political Director Twitter: @rickklein Matt Dowd, Chief Political Analyst Twitter: @matthewjdowd ABC News Politics (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/) Twitter: @ABCPolitics ABC News (http://abcnews.go.com/) Twitter: @ABC
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