POLITICO's Off Message

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Ed Murray: Meditating in the age of Trump
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray joins Off Message to discuss the city's lawsuit against the federal government on the sanctuary cities, how a monk encouraged him come out as a young man and what President Trump doesn't understand about the immigrant community.
52 min
Roger Stone on Russian claims: "They have no pr...
Republican strategist Roger Stone says he’s apologized to Paul Manafort for getting him involved in all the inquiries about possible Russian connections to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
52 min
Dave Brat: 'There's primaries coming' off Obama...
The Virginia congressman says it shouldn’t take a PhD to see what’s wrong with how his own party is handling the health care situation. He also discusses the importance of civics classes, if Paul Ryan is a conservative and his take on "fake news."
50 min
Adriano Espaillat: Trump has ‘permeated this to...
The New York congressman discusses the challenges of growing up undocumented, his take on fellow New Yorker President Donald Trump and more.
30 min
Michael Chertoff: 'I’d be guessing' on Trump's ...
Former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff sits down with Isaac Dovere to discuss the country's most pressing security concerns, how to be prepared for the unexpected and his experiences with 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.
55 min
Donna Brazile on DNC hack: 'I was scared'
The former Democratic National Committee Interim Chair Donna Brazile opens up about the toll the 2016 election hacks took on her personally, how her rapport with Donald Trump turned sour and discusses the CNN questions flap.
39 min
Tom Perez: "Trump is anathema to America"
Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez discusses his fight to become the new chair of the Democratic National Party and the many mistakes made in the 2016 presidential election.
45 min
Jon Karl: Trump White House "incredibly open"
ABC's Chief White House Correspondent Jon Karl has a front row to the Trump White House. And despite what the president has said about the "unfair media", Karl says this administration has been incredibly accessible and open.
37 min
Congressmen Marc Veasey and Brendan Boyle: Reac...
The two Democratic congressmen sit down with Isaac Dovere over some beers to discuss why they felt compelled to start the Blue Collar Caucus and how they're going to help Democrats understand what they missed about the electorate in 2016.
40 min
Hakeem Jeffries: 'Every racist' voted for Trump
POLITICO's Isaac Dovere sits down with New York Congressman Hakeem Jeffries to discuss his experience with detainees at JFK Airport, the similarities between Donald Trump and Richard Nixon, and how Democrats plan on pushing back against the White House.
36 min
John Malcolm: Is Trump a Constitutional conserv...
Isaac Dovere sits down with Heritage Foundation's John Malcolm for an in-depth discussion about how the next Supreme Court justice is chosen, what sets the best candidates apart from the rest and Donald Trump's Constitutional politics.
41 min
Chuck Todd: What makes Donald Trump laugh?
Meet the Press host Chuck Todd sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss his father's influence on his career, why he regrets allowing Donald Trump to call in to the show and the public's perception of the media.
52 min
Keith Ellison's one-man march
Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss growing up in Detroit, fighting Muslim stereotypes, what led him to Louis Farrakhan as a young man and why he's best suited for the top DNC post.
55 min
Tim Ryan: Lessons in losing
The Ohio congressman sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss how mindfulness influences his everyday life, why losing to Pelosi was the "best professional experience" of his life and how Democrats need to tweak their messaging to working class people.
53 min
David Brock: Clinton campaign allowed her image...
Media Matters founder sits down with Glenn Thrush for a 2016 post-mortem. Brock criticizes the Clinton campaign's press strategy, lays out tactics for Democrats going forward and opens up about how pizza-gate has affected his day-to-day life.
68 min
Grover Norquist: The anti-tax man's take on Trump
Americans for Tax Reform founder Grover Norquist sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss how anti-communism books inspired his political career at 10 years old and why he believes America does best with less government.
59 min
Maggie Haberman: How New York tabloids shaped T...
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss how they began their career together in New York City Hall and how the tabloid culture shaped Donald Trump.
73 min
Best of Off Message
In honor of Election Day, Glenn Thrush takes a look back at his favorite moments on the show - interviews that framed the narrative, made news, gave insight into the candidates' mindsets or, at least, gave us a laugh.
39 min
Mark Stephenson and John Hagner on early voting
Data gurus Mark Stephenson and John Hagner sit down with Glenn Thrush to discuss early voting and absentee ballots - what the trends say about campaign strategies and the electorate.
56 min
Mark Kelly: Everyone deserves to be heard on guns
Astronaut Mark Kelly sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss his lifelong experience with guns. Kelly opens up about the importance of having civil conversations with those who adamantly disagree with you and what needs to be done to stop gun violence.
46 min
Kris Kobach: Trump’s immigration whisperer
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach sits down with Glenn Thrush in Topeka, Kansas to talk immigration and maintaining civility.
66 min
Michael Che, Colin Jost: What SNL's weekend anc...
Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost and Michael Che sit down with Glenn Thrush in 30 Rock for an unvarnished conversation about hating on Donald Trump, what Hillary Clinton is like behind the scenes and growing up in New York City.
60 min
Jen Palmieri: 2016 is 'a harrowing experience'
Hillary Clinton’s communications director Jen Pal…
56 min
Jill Stein: Trump may have 'memory problem'
Jill Stein: Trump may have 'memory problem' by P…
54 min
Ann Coulter: The Doyenne of the Deplorables
Author and political commentator Ann Coulter delv…
72 min
Neera Tanden: Hillary Clinton's anger translator
Neera Tanden: Hillary Clinton's anger translator…
64 min
Tony Blair: Centrism may be dead
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair sits dow…
48 min
John Dickerson: Don't blame media for Donald Tr...
John Dickerson: Don't blame media for Donald Trum…
65 min
Chris Murphy: Newtown gave me a mission
Senator Chris Murphy made a name for himself when…
40 min
Jeff Weaver on the Bernie Sanders surrender
Bernie Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver sits …
49 min
Robby Mook on how to sell Hillary
Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook sits …
46 min
Nancy Pelosi's advice to Hillary Clinton: 'Be y...
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi sits down with Gle…
34 min
Mike DuHaime: Christie 'wasn't expecting' veep nod
Longtime Chris Christie adviser Mike DuHaime sits…
27 min
Bill Kristol to Democrats: Don't underestimate ...
Weekly Standard founder Bill Kristol sits down wi…
56 min
Chuck D takes on Rudy G
Public Enemy frontman Chuck D sits down with Glen…
39 min
Ted Cruz talks: He's not ready to endorse ... yet
Texas senator and former 2016 hopeful Ted Cruz si…
58 min
Playbook passes the torch
The new Playbook authors Anna Palmer and Jake She…
43 min
Nate Silver: Primary whiff made me humbler, sma...
Statistician and fivethirtyeight.com founder Nate…
70 min
Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Trump’s political godfather
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio sits down with…
77 min
Jeff Roe: Allergy to analytics could be fatal f...
Ted Cruz strategist Jeff Roe and Glenn Thrush get…
82 min
Joe Scarborough dishes on Donald Trump, Jeff Zu...
'Morning Joe' host Joe Scarborough sits down with…
54 min
Gary Johnson on Zen and the art of Trump trolling
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson s…
55 min
Jeff Sessions to GOP: Adapt to Trump or die
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions sits down with Glen…
56 min
Paul Ryan: Trump could win, but I’m not ‘bettin...
House Speaker Paul Ryan sits down with Glenn Thru…
36 min
Mark Salter on Trump: 'I think he could come ap...
Former top John McCain aide and one of the most p…
52 min
Larry Wilmore is not joking around
Comedian and 2016 White House Correspondents' Din…
46 min
Roger Stone on Trump campaign: 'You don't manag...
Republican political adviser Roger Stone sits dow…
66 min
Kirsten Gillibrand's tearful plea to Bernie: Gi...
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, a passion…
55 min
Tim Miller: ‘Hillary would beat him from jail’
Republican strategist Tim Miller tells Glenn Thru…
53 min
Hillary Clinton has had enough of Bernie Sanders
Hillary Clinton sits down with Glenn Thrush follo…
58 min
Alan Gross on Bernie Sanders, 'failure' of soci...
Former Cuban prisoner Alan Gross sits down with G…
47 min
Gen. Michael Hayden: Hillary Clinton second cho...
Former CIA Director Michael Hayden sits down with…
54 min
Jill Abramson on NYT email stories: 'Why is th...
Jill Abramson, the first woman editor of the New …
64 min
Joel Benenson: No path for Donald Trump in Nove...
Pollster Joel Benenson tells Glenn Thrush that Do…
50 min
Sanders strategist Tad Devine: Losing Nevada wa...
Bernie Sanders' senior advisor Tad Devine sits do…
48 min
Former top Ted Cruz adviser: Conservatives won'...
Rick Tyler sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss…
41 min
David Plouffe: Hillary Clinton has 98% chance o...
Former Obama political strategist and UBER SVP Da…
56 min
Ben Carson: Obama was ‘raised white’
Dr. Ben Carson sits down with Glenn Thrush to dis…
34 min
Rev. Al Sharpton: Donald Trump is the white Don...
Rev. Al Sharpton talks with Glenn Thrush about wh…
37 min
'The Big Short' director on supporting Bernie S...
'The Big Short' director Adam McKay sits down wit…
24 min
Jeb goes after Marco: 'He's never been challeng...
Governor Jeb Bush and Glenn Thrush discuss the 20…
35 min
Martin O'Malley insists he won't play Iowa king...
Governor Martin O'Malley sits down with POLITICO'…
35 min
Glenn Thrush interviews President Obama on Iowa...
In an Oval Office interview for POLITICO's Off Me…
39 min
Hugh Hewitt gives Donald Trump 25 percent chanc...
Radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt sits down with G…
48 min
George Pataki: The underdog's take
POLITICO's Chief Political Correspondent Glenn Th…
26 min
Axe on Hillary: I would have nixed paid speeche...
Glenn Thrush with David Axelrod, author of 'Belie…
27 min
Nicolle Wallace's advice to Carly Fiorina: Hand...
POLITICO's Chief Political Correspondent Glenn Th…
34 min
Paul Ryan's advice to Hillary: Figure out who y...
POLITICO's Chief Political Correspondent Glenn Th…
36 min
50 Shades of Barney Frank
POLITICO's chief political correspondent Glenn Th…
41 min