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POLITICO's Off Message
POLITICO's podcast on Washington politics with Edward-Isaac Dovere
News & Politics
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Jeff Merkley: Meet the leader of the vast left-...
Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley discusses what became of the wind turbine he built in his backyard, how an offhand slight in the math-science center in high school got him started in his first race...
46 min
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Will Hurd: Everybody needs to stand up
Texas Congressman Will Hurd has a message for Republicans who don’t like the funding deal President Donald Trump made with Democrats: Get yourself together, or quit complaining.
36 min
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Dolores Huerta: I think the '60s are back
Dolores Huerta, the famed labor leader who marched with Cesar Chavez and coined his rallying cry, is still mad as hell—and she was spitting fire when I asked her about..
26 min
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How Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan became unbeatable
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan discusses his unexpected write-in victory, turning around the city's urban decline and turning the street lights back on.
40 min
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Al Sharpton & Jerry Nadler on hate in America
Rev. Al Sharpton and Rep. Jerry Nadler, who battled Donald Trump for years in New York, consider the lasting consequences of his Charlottesville comments and their own experiences with racism and anti-Semitism.
57 min
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Cecile Richards and the future of choice politics
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards discusses women senators' role in the health care repeal vote, the resilience of volunteers and clinics, and what the future holds for the abortion fight.
32 min
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Alaska Gov. Bill Walker on the future of indepe...
Bill Walker sits down with Isaac Dovere to discuss the last time he saw Sarah Palin, standing in the middle of a river at age 12 when an earthquake destroyed his hometown and what his meetings during Energy Week at the White House were like.
34 min
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Obama’s inner circle is urging Deval Patrick to...
Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick sits down with Isaac Dovere at Bain Capital in Boston to discuss his decision to join the investment firm, his tight-knit relationship with President Obama and what's next for his political career.
43 min
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Maz Jobrani on Trump protest comedy
Comedian Maz Jobrani reflects back on his own immigrant experience as a child and how that has influenced his perception of the world, especially now that the country is charged by policies like President Trump's travel ban.
28 min
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Arnold Schwarzenegger's not done with politics
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sits down with Isaac Dovere to discuss gerrymandering, the similarities between politics and show business, and why he gets under President Trump's skin.
46 min
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Debating free journalism in Cuba
One of the most recognizable journalists from Cuba's state television, Cristina Escobar, sits down with Isaac Dovere to discuss censorship, the impact of President Obama's historic visit in 2016, and Cubans' take on the Trump White House.
33 min
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Can Roy Cooper show Democrats how to win again?
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper talks high school sports highlights, gerrymandering and building up the Democratic party at the state levels.
39 min
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How Trump Is changing the Washington game
Playbook co-authors Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman join the show to discuss how they have reworked their lives around an early morning schedule that keeps them both going 365 days per year...
35 min
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Is Trump a Conservative? Mike Lee says yes
Here’s where Lee, the junior Republican senator from Utah, has landed: Trump makes sense in the White House, as the head of the Republican Party, and as a leader of the conservative moment because that’s what happened. It’s more deduction than enthusiasm.
26 min
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Wrestling with the Trump White House
AP's Julie Pace and NYT's Peter Baker discuss how they approach covering a president and White House that clearly wants a war with the media and looks for every opportunity to pick a fight.
40 min
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Gerard Araud: Europeans can't build a future wi...
French Ambassador Gerard Araud gives Isaac Dovere his read on Trump’s personality and the advice he gave Macron on dealing with him before their first encounter.
45 min
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Mitch Landrieu: The President of the United May...
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu wants to turn the Conference of Mayors into a powerful national platform as cities work around, ignore and resist the White House.
34 min
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Ben Cardin: America in danger of stumbling into...
Maryland Senator Ben Cardin on how the Trump administration's foreign policy strategy is affecting credibility, his take on Rex Tillerson and what he's prepared to do if Republicans bring a health care bill to the floor without a hearing.
35 min
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How Jason Kander won by losing
Jason Kander, who came shockingly close to ousting Missouri’s Republican Sen. Roy Blunt last November despite Hillary Clinton’s blowout loss in the state—has been a man in demand the last seven months.
45 min
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Terry McAuliffe looks past the Clintons
The Virginia governor talks skydiving, how he thinks Hillary Clinton needs to step back, taking on Trump, his campaign plans for 2018 and the looming question of whether he'll make his own White House run in 2020.
50 min
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Chad Griffin & Paula Vogel
Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin assesses the record of Trump White House--and Ivanka Trump--on gay rights and what the Resistance has to learn. Tony-nominated Paula Vogel talks her play "Indecent" and anxieties about art in the age of Trump.
55 min
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Linda McMahon complains of White House 'bottlen...
Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon discusses going from bankruptcy to WWE millions, the first time she met Donald Trump, staffing challenges and her mission to introduce more small business owners to the SBA.
35 min
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Wyclef Jean: I might run for office someday
Wyclef Jean’s advice for celebrities who want to get political: Don’t be like Kathy Griffin.
27 min
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Ben Sasse on Trump and being an adult
Mention President Donald Trump’s name and Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse closes his eyes, rocks back and forth on his heels in almost momentary pinched smile meditation, waiting for it to pass.
73 min
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Problem Solvers insist it's not too late for ta...
Reed and Gottheimer aren’t crazy—they’re the co-chairs of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, and they insist their day has come. The voters who elected Trump demand it.
38 min
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Eric Garcetti isn’t running for president (wink...
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti sits down with Isaac Dovere to discuss his relationship with Donald Trump, what he learned about politics from his father and what his hopes are for his own political career.
57 min
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Rahm Emanuel: 'America’s reliability is now in ...
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel believes everyone in Washington is too focused on the craze around President Trump and unable to see what’s actually going on—and what’s not.
39 min
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Sophia Bush: 'I have a right to take up space'
Actress and political activist Sophia Bush sits down with Isaac Dovere in New Orleans to discuss fighting for what she believes in (even if that means losing followers) and standing up against sexism in the work place.
48 min
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Tom Cotton has no problem with Donald Trump
Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton sits down with Isaac Dovere to discuss his love of Abraham Lincoln, how he cultivated such a friendly relationship with the Trump White House and what he learned from his time in the military.
49 min
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Gov. John Kasich on a "post-truth" America
Ohio Gov. John Kasich sits down with Isaac Dovere this week to discuss the development of his faith, the difficulty of losing both his parents at a young age to a drunk driver and the moment he met President Nixon.
48 min
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ crashes up against Trump
In Donald Trump, author Margaret Atwood and actress Elisabeth Moss see an eerie echo of her novels. Activist Stephanie Schriock is fighting to ensure that she’s wrong.
61 min
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Elliott Abrams: Steve Bannon 'not a good influe...
Former Reagan and Bush diplomat Elliott Abrams sounds off on Steve Bannon, President Trump’s about-face on Syria and the boss he almost had.
56 min
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Jen Palmieri: 2016 is 'a harrowing experience'
Hillary Clinton’s communications director Jen Pal…
56 min
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Jill Stein: Trump may have 'memory problem'
Jill Stein: Trump may have 'memory problem' by P…
54 min
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Ann Coulter: The Doyenne of the Deplorables
Author and political commentator Ann Coulter delv…
72 min
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Neera Tanden: Hillary Clinton's anger translator
Neera Tanden: Hillary Clinton's anger translator…
64 min
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Tony Blair: Centrism may be dead
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair sits dow…
48 min
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John Dickerson: Don't blame media for Donald Tr...
John Dickerson: Don't blame media for Donald Trum…
65 min
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Chris Murphy: Newtown gave me a mission
Senator Chris Murphy made a name for himself when…
40 min
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Jeff Weaver on the Bernie Sanders surrender
Bernie Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver sits …
49 min
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Robby Mook on how to sell Hillary
Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook sits …
46 min
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Nancy Pelosi's advice to Hillary Clinton: 'Be y...
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi sits down with Gle…
34 min
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Mike DuHaime: Christie 'wasn't expecting' veep nod
Longtime Chris Christie adviser Mike DuHaime sits…
27 min
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Bill Kristol to Democrats: Don't underestimate ...
Weekly Standard founder Bill Kristol sits down wi…
56 min
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Chuck D takes on Rudy G
Public Enemy frontman Chuck D sits down with Glen…
39 min
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Ted Cruz talks: He's not ready to endorse ... yet
Texas senator and former 2016 hopeful Ted Cruz si…
58 min
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Playbook passes the torch
The new Playbook authors Anna Palmer and Jake She…
43 min
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Nate Silver: Primary whiff made me humbler, sma...
Statistician and fivethirtyeight.com founder Nate…
70 min
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Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Trump’s political godfather
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio sits down with…
77 min
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Jeff Roe: Allergy to analytics could be fatal f...
Ted Cruz strategist Jeff Roe and Glenn Thrush get…
82 min
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Joe Scarborough dishes on Donald Trump, Jeff Zu...
'Morning Joe' host Joe Scarborough sits down with…
54 min
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Gary Johnson on Zen and the art of Trump trolling
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson s…
55 min
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Jeff Sessions to GOP: Adapt to Trump or die
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions sits down with Glen…
56 min
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Paul Ryan: Trump could win, but I’m not ‘bettin...
House Speaker Paul Ryan sits down with Glenn Thru…
36 min
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Mark Salter on Trump: 'I think he could come ap...
Former top John McCain aide and one of the most p…
52 min
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Larry Wilmore is not joking around
Comedian and 2016 White House Correspondents' Din…
46 min
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Roger Stone on Trump campaign: 'You don't manag...
Republican political adviser Roger Stone sits dow…
66 min
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Kirsten Gillibrand's tearful plea to Bernie: Gi...
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, a passion…
55 min
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Tim Miller: ‘Hillary would beat him from jail’
Republican strategist Tim Miller tells Glenn Thru…
53 min
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Hillary Clinton has had enough of Bernie Sanders
Hillary Clinton sits down with Glenn Thrush follo…
58 min
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Alan Gross on Bernie Sanders, 'failure' of soci...
Former Cuban prisoner Alan Gross sits down with G…
47 min
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Gen. Michael Hayden: Hillary Clinton second cho...
Former CIA Director Michael Hayden sits down with…
54 min
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Jill Abramson on NYT email stories: 'Why is th...
Jill Abramson, the first woman editor of the New …
64 min
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Joel Benenson: No path for Donald Trump in Nove...
Pollster Joel Benenson tells Glenn Thrush that Do…
50 min
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Sanders strategist Tad Devine: Losing Nevada wa...
Bernie Sanders' senior advisor Tad Devine sits do…
48 min
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Former top Ted Cruz adviser: Conservatives won'...
Rick Tyler sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss…
41 min
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David Plouffe: Hillary Clinton has 98% chance o...
Former Obama political strategist and UBER SVP Da…
56 min
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Ben Carson: Obama was ‘raised white’
Dr. Ben Carson sits down with Glenn Thrush to dis…
34 min
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Rev. Al Sharpton: Donald Trump is the white Don...
Rev. Al Sharpton talks with Glenn Thrush about wh…
37 min
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'The Big Short' director on supporting Bernie S...
'The Big Short' director Adam McKay sits down wit…
24 min
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Jeb goes after Marco: 'He's never been challeng...
Governor Jeb Bush and Glenn Thrush discuss the 20…
35 min
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Martin O'Malley insists he won't play Iowa king...
Governor Martin O'Malley sits down with POLITICO'…
35 min
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Glenn Thrush interviews President Obama on Iowa...
In an Oval Office interview for POLITICO's Off Me…
39 min
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Hugh Hewitt gives Donald Trump 25 percent chanc...
Radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt sits down with G…
48 min
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George Pataki: The underdog's take
POLITICO's Chief Political Correspondent Glenn Th…
26 min
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Axe on Hillary: I would have nixed paid speeche...
Glenn Thrush with David Axelrod, author of 'Belie…
27 min
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Nicolle Wallace's advice to Carly Fiorina: Hand...
POLITICO's Chief Political Correspondent Glenn Th…
34 min
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Paul Ryan's advice to Hillary: Figure out who y...
POLITICO's Chief Political Correspondent Glenn Th…
36 min
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50 Shades of Barney Frank
POLITICO's chief political correspondent Glenn Th…
41 min