The Bulwark Podcast

Charlie Sykes and guests discuss the latest news from inside Washington and around the world. No shouting, grandstanding, or sloganeering. Conservative, conscientious, and civil.

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News Commentary
Chef José Andrés: Feeding the Soul of Ukraine
Chef Andrés' World Central Kitchen has set up a sprawling network of cafes and food distribution sites in and around Ukraine. En route to the outskirts of Mariupol, Andrés tells Charlie Sykes he sees the will of the Ukrainian people in every corner, and talks of his mission to make food an agent of change. Don't miss today's podcast.
30 min
Tim Miller: Cowardly Kevin
McCarthy thought he was rid of Trump after Jan 6, but he didn't have the backbone to stand up to him. And Mitch is just as guilty. Plus: JD Vance's post-constitutionalism, and calling DeSantis' Disney vengeance campaign for what it is: "Socialism." Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes on the weekend podcast.
50 min
Juliette Kayyem: Living in an Age of Disasters
Don't let your last words be, "I'm such an idiot." Plus, the Biden administration should better explain how we got to this Covid recovery period. Juliette Kayyem joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
43 min
Yascha Mounk: The Most Dangerous Idea in Americ...
Both Democrats and Republicans agree on only one thing, but it isn't even true: that whites and people of color are splitting into two opposing voting blocs. It's driving panic on the right, and triumphalism on the left. Yascha Mounk joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
40 min
Yuval Levin: Trump's Strategic Error
By making so many endorsements, Donald Trump is turning himself into a factional leader rather a leader of his party
44 min
Will Saletan: Tucker’s Twisted Notions of Manli...
Tucker Carlson's hyper-masculinity flex, Mike Lee's coup scheming texts, and the Biden administration's chill on Covid. Plus, Will Saletan and Charlie Sykes have a radical disagreement about how much we're arming Ukraine. Today's edition of Charlie and Will Monday.
52 min
Robert Tracinski: The Birchers Are Back - And W...
There's a secret cabal that's trying to control us — they're lying to you, and they're communists. Sound familiar?
49 min
Amanda Carpenter: The Senate Is the World's Gre...
Some of Dianne Feinstein's colleagues say she's no longer fit to serve. Meanwhile, McConnell's backing a candidate in Georgia who's not prepared to take a major vote in the Senate. Plus: Ukraine, Biden, and the PA governors' race. Amanda Carpenter joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
35 min
Ruth Ben-Ghiat: Fascism 2.0
Like Hitler and Mussolini before him, Putin's acting with hubris and arrogance because he's been in power for too long. And to save face, he'll likely escalate his terror tactics in Ukraine. Today, the amorality of strongmen — including Trump. Ruth Ben-Ghiat joins Charlie Sykes.
42 min
Jonathan Chait: More MAGA than MAGA
The parts of the Republican Party that see Trump as a political liability are setting Ron DeSantis up as a MAGA alternative. And that includes the Murdoch empire, which is cranking out DeSantis propaganda night and day. Jonathan Chait joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
43 min
Will Saletan: Who Will Get Lindseyed Next?
Trump couldn't resist endorsing fellow TV huckster Dr. Oz, despite PA Senate candidate David McCormick pulling a Lindsey Graham knee-bend. Plus, the potential danger of political clowns, and the two kinds of war crimes in Ukraine. Will Saletan's back for Charlie and Will Mondays.
46 min
Tim Miller: Mitch McConnell Has No Moral Red Lines
McConnell calling out Trump for January 6 had nothing to do with morals. Also on the weekend podcast: Republicans are corruptly aiding Trump's latest failed business, and widening their campaign to demonize gay people. Plus, Tim Miller and Charlie Sykes have book recs!
52 min
Tom Nichols: Where Putin Might Use Nukes
When one-third of the House GOP is voting against NATO, McCarthy's lost control. Meanwhile CPAC will meet in Budapest, in an SNL skit come-to-life. Plus, how to stop Putin — and "globo-homo' lands in the lexicon. Tom Nichols joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
52 min
Josh Kraushaar: Democrats Are Bracing for a Rep...
The Democrats are the more sane party, but their self-inflicted wounds have created the most favorable Republican environment since 2010. National Journal's Josh Kraushaar joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
50 min
Lis Smith: Why Democrats Should Go on Fox News
Polls show independents think Democrats are condescending and out of touch. The best way to blow up the caricature? Go on Fox News and talk to them. Pete Buttigieg campaign alum Lis Smith joins Charlie Sykes today with some advice for the midterms.
50 min
Bill Kristol: Biden Was Right — Putin Must Be R...
After Bucha, Russia has to be defeated, and Putin's removal from power has to be a part of it. Plus, paleo-cons on Orbán, the return of Palin, and the war on Disney. Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
48 min
Tim Miller: I'd Like to Smack DeSantis ... But ...
"Don't Say Gay" is giving panhandle Karens permission to spout anti-gay and anti-transgender rhetoric, and kids are feeling afraid. Plus, the media's fail on Hunter's laptop and Trump's aid and comfort to a military foe. Tim Miller's back with Charlie Sykes on this weekend's podcast.
54 min
Greg Bluestein: Was Georgia's Flip to Purple Fi...
Georgia is the new epicenter of American politics after flipping the Senate and helping give Biden the White House. Have Georgia Democrats figured out a winning formula? Greg Bluestein joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
43 min
Adam White: The Court Needs to Maintain Its Leg...
The Supreme Court's recusal standard isn't just for a concrete conflict of interest. It's also for the appearance of a conflict, and Justice Thomas is clearly in that zone. Plus, the never-ending story of the people who won't tell Trump "No." Adam White joins Charlie Sykes today.
37 min
Francis Fukuyama: The End of Complacency
Francis Fukuyama joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
42 min
Will Saletan: Putin Is a Terrorist
The world's bloodiest terrorist is angling for concessions in exchange for not killing more Ukrainians civilians, Biden's real and honest moment was undercut by his own advisers, and Elise Stefanik's lack of principle is her biggest asset. Will Saletan is back for Charlie and Will Mondays.
46 min
Mona Charen: A Time to Recuse, a Time to Testify
Ginni Thomas was all-in for a coup and locking Biden up at Gitmo. And after Trump’s back-stabbing, Mo Brooks now sounds like he’s ready to talk to the January 6 committee. It was a week of jackassery and jerkitude — Mona Charen joins Charlie Sykes on the weekend podcast to break it all down.
45 min
Josh Rogin: Xi and Putin Are in This Together
Not only is China a co-conspirator in the Russian scheme to blame the war in Ukraine on the US and the West, it's also underwriting it economically. The Washington Post's Josh Rogin joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
41 min
David Corn: Tucker Carlson, Useful Idiot
Why is Tucker Carlson siding with Putin? Is he just trolling Biden, or is it more ideological? Plus, it's hard to have a democracy when you can't agree on basic facts. David Corn joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
45 min
A.B. Stoddard: The Pipeline of Crazy Is Clogged
Melania prefers Dr. Oz, Greitens may have just enough shamelessness to win Trump's blessing, and Ohio GOP Senate candidates are on the cusp of a fistfight. A.B. Stoddard joins Charlie Sykes today to give an update on the midterms.
45 min
Will Saletan: What Is the Red Line?
The Russians have become the largest terrorist organization in the world. How will NATO respond if Putin resorts to chemical weapons? Plus, Charlie Sykes says Josh Hawley deserves to be canceled. Will Saletan is back for Charlie and Will Mondays.
53 min
Bill Kristol: Maybe War Crimes Are a Bridge Too...
Most elected Republicans and the base are moving in a different direction from the pro-Putin and anti-anti-Putin crowd. How far can Marjorie Taylor Greene and Madison Cawthorn go without breaking the silo? Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes for this weekend's podcast.
44 min
Michael Weiss: Who Should You Believe about the...
Kyiv is not encircled, its air force is largely intact, and Russians soldiers keep abandoning their equipment. While Ukraine may have the momentum, Russian elites may be hunkering down in underground bunkers far from Moscow. Michael Weiss joins Charlie Sykes today to update the state of the battle.
45 min
David Priess: What Zelensky Needs
In a taste of what's to come, Lawfare's David Priess and Charlie Sykes have different takes on Zelensky's request for a no-fly zone. Also on the podcast, the Biden administration's use of intelligence to play with Putin's head.
43 min
Susan Glasser: Russia's New Iron Curtain
Putin has blown up Russia's 30-year relationship with the West, and his country has taken a North Korea-style turn. And those are good things in Putin's eyes. The New Yorker's Susan Glasser joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
47 min
Is Biden Deterring Putin?
We have made ourselves more nervous about what Putin might do than he is about what we might do. Will Saletan and Charlie Sykes have a  disagreement on today's Charlie and Will Monday.
45 min
Tim Miller: Trump Is the Leader of the Putin Wing
From Putin-phelia to homophobia to Trump's Zelensky-envy, Tim Miller's back with Charlie Sykes on this weekend's pod.
53 min
Amb. Eric Edelman: Why Are We Deterring Ourselves?
In addition to his other miscalculations, Putin has fathered modern Ukrainian nationalism, and made NATO stronger and more unified than it's been in years. Former Ambassador Eric Edelman joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
43 min
General Mark Hertling: Why the Russians Will Lose
Russia won't be able to take large Ukrainian cities. But that won't stop them from bombing them into rubble. Americans say 'make it end,' but it won't until Putin accepts defeat in a war he can't win. Retired Lt. General Mark Hertling, the former commanding general of U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army, joins Charlie Sykes today.
38 min
Kim Wehle: We Need To Learn How To Think
Whether it's the disinformation that's dividing Americans, or a hard problem in your own life, thinking more like a lawyer can actually help you sleep at night. Plus, Bill Barr's one and only breaking point. Kim Wehle explains on today's podcast with Charlie Sykes.
44 min
Will Saletan: A Failed Invasion
Putin can’t occupy Ukraine – an insurgency will bleed his forces. And Biden needs to use his bully pulpit to prepare the country for sacrifice if we embargo Russian oil. Will Saletan's back for Charlie and Will Mondays.
46 min
Tim Miller: Don't Buy Bill Barr's Book
So much to cover on this weekend's podcast!
53 min
Rachel Vindman: The GOP Enablers Brought Us to ...
44 min
Michael Steele: Biden Restores the Alliance
Biden has stitched NATO back together after Trump and Putin tried to tear it apart.
40 min
Clint Watts: What Is Putin's Offramp?
Putin lost the disinformation war in the West over Ukraine, but the man who laid waste to cities in Syria and Chechnya has a massive convoy heading to Kyiv.
40 min
Will Saletan: Courage Is Contagious
Ukraine's pushback against authoritarianism has lit a spark around the world.
47 min
Heath Mayo: Reimagining American Conservatism
While CPAC is mocking, meme-ing and owning the libs, a different summit —one for principled conservatives — is convening this weekend to reconceptualize the movement.
40 min
Tom Nichols: Putin, Unhinged and in a Bubble
How serious is Putin's nuke threat? How should the world react to the invasion of Ukraine? And thoughts on the GOP's entertainment wing.  Tom Nichols joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
40 min
Bill Kristol: MAGA Turns Anti Anti-Putin
In the middle of an international crisis, Trump is fawning over Putin, and the entertainment wing of the GOP loves it. But how will the elected wing respond? Is a pro-Putin party a bridge too far? Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
43 min
Tim O'Brien: Trump Was Giving Putin Everything ...
Trump's child-like fascination with "tough guys" like Putin is part of the reason why we are where we are today. Many Republicans are now following his lead — allying themselves with a foreign power that sows dissent and division here. Tim O'Brien joins Charlie Sykes today.
38 min
Will Saletan: Surprise, Trump Was in It for the...
Voters said they wanted a businessman for president. Now, he's making clear he treated our country as a vehicle for his own profit. Will Saletan is back for 'Charlie and Will Mondays.'
47 min
David Frum: O Canada!
46 min
Karen Tumulty: At Least One Party Kicked the Ex...
Progressives revolted against progressives in San Francisco — and that could have national implications. Meanwhile, Republicans stand for only one thing, and they're shrinking their base. The Washington Post's Karen Tumulty joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
42 min
Garry Kasparov: Putin Is a Merchant of Doubt
With Biden in the White House, Putin thought this was the time to deliver the final blow to NATO. But he has been surprised by the West's response to Ukraine. His game isn't chess, it's poker — and he may have overplayed his hand. Garry Kasparov joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
40 min
John Avlon: An Unconditional Surrender and a Ma...
In the last six weeks of his life, Abraham Lincoln sketched out a vision to win the peace after winning the war, principles that inspired future generations. CNN's John Avlon joins Charlie Sykes to share the story of Lincoln, the peacemaker.
42 min
Charlie and Will Monday
Sexual anarchy, trucker protests, rumors of war, and Trump’s feral ego. Will Saletan and Charlie Sykes hash it out on today's @BulwarkOnline podcast.
44 min
Tim Miller: The Worst and the Dumbest
Now that the Republican base is following the gazpacho soup lady, consider this Bulwark prediction for your Super Bowl weekend: Secession will be the next big thing in the MAGA-verse. Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes on the podcast.
46 min
Robert Draper: MAGA Martyr Michael Flynn
On the right-wing road show, Michael Flynn is the second-biggest draw after Trump — his "deep state" victimization is central to MAGA mythology. Oh, and he's still trying to steal the 2020 election. The New York Times Magazine's Robert Draper joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
40 min
Jeremy Peters: The GOP’s Ongoing Insurgency
From Pat Buchanan's culture war to Sarah Palin wearing her resentment on her sleeve, Trump's escalator ride was a long time coming. The New York Times' Jeremy Peters joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
43 min
Adam Kinzinger: McCarthy Looks Like a Weak, Fec...
Adam Kinzinger joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
41 min
Will Saletan: It's Easy to Become an Authoritar...
You don't have to renounce democracy or reject the Constitution — all you have to do is be persuaded to believe a few lies. Will Saletan joins Charlie Sykes today for the launch of our new 'Charlie & Will Monday' on The Bulwark Podcast.
45 min
Tim Miller: China, Zucker, Schumer, SCOTUS, Cou...
On our weekend omnibus podcast, Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes to vent about it all.
50 min
Scott MacFarlane: Jan. 6 Committee Is Connectin...
Congressional committee hearings can be a hot mess. But the Jan. 6 committee is moving with strategic steps and a unified message — it fits the moment. CBS News' Scott MacFarlane joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
42 min
George Packer: Afghanistan Was Biden's Saigon
Biden's empathy didn't extend to Afghan allies — like interpreters — who risked their lives for our troops. When the administration didn't plan for their exit, vets, soldiers, and others came together to save lives. The Atlantic's George Packer joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
42 min
Dana Milbank: The Right's Snowflakes
As Black History Month gets underway, teachers around the country are afraid to teach about civil rights or reconstruction. Meanwhile, Glenn Youngkin's kids are learning all about CRT at their tony private schools. The Washington Post's Dana Milbank joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
43 min
Will Saletan: We Are Too Politically Segregated
Don't only talk to people you agree with politically. Break free from the echo chamber, and help cure our tribalism. Will Saletan officially joins The Bulwark — and Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
46 min
A.B. Stoddard: MAGA in Disarray
Trump's kingmaking keeps hitting bumps in the road, and the GOP is helping to spread Covid as an electoral strategy. Plus, why does Schumer's sloppy leadership get so little notice? A.B. Stoddard joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
41 min
Matt Bennett: This Is a Paul Revere Moment
The Democratic establishment needs to wake up. The time is now for democracy's allies to unify and stop the Big Lie from becoming the Big Coup. Third Way's Matt Bennett joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
41 min
David Priess: Beware of Russian Trolls
Parts of Ukraine are physically closer to — and more culturally aligned with — Central and Western Europe than they are to Russia. Lawfare's David Priess joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
48 min
Ruy Teixeira: What Would the Working Class Say?
Increased turnout and more nonwhite voters don't give Democrats the edge. To win, they have to remember the mantra: What Would the Working Class Say? Ruy Teixeira joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
43 min
Bill Kristol: The Dysfunction Is a Pre-Existing...
Newt Gingrich's recklessness with partisanship was a precursor of where we are today, and now Trump's followers, like Steve Bannon and Ron DeSantis, are trying to one-up Trump. Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
43 min
Mark Bowden & Matt Teague: 2020's Unsung Heroes
The Trump campaign banked on local Republican officials to help steal the election. But ordinary Americans from all walks of life stood up to the lies. Authors Mark Bowden and Matthew Teague join Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
38 min
Tim Miller: About That Press Conference
Charlie Sykes and Tim Miller take the measure of Biden's press conference and his first year in the office — and come down on different sides. The Bulwark coalition in all its glory, on today's podcast.
54 min
Will Saletan: The Coalition of the Sane
America needs a coalition that crosses party and ideological lines — to counter the authoritarian menace inside the Republican Party, and GOP leaders who lie about the election and the virus. Will Saletan tells Charlie Sykes why he's joining the fight at The Bulwark.
45 min
Matthew Yglesias: The Center Is There, We Just ...
Why Biden can't have a Kumbaya moment, and tangible things can't get done. Matt Yglesias joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
46 min
Josh Barro: Obsessing Over Democracy Won't Save It
For the Democrats to win, they need to focus on what normal people think about — which is NOT Jan. 6 and the potential end of democracy. They want Covid shut down and the economy opened. Josh Barro joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
41 min
David French: Biden’s Divisive Speech
The crisis of democracy is in the counting, not the casting, of votes. The Dispatch's David French joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
51 min
Adam Kinzinger: Jan 6 Primetime Hearings Will B...
The behind-the-scenes evidence presented during the upcoming primetime Jan 6 committee hearings will be "compelling" and "shocking," and will be directed to an audience who's going to go out and vote. Rep. Adam Kinzinger joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
40 min
Tim Alberta: The Fringe Has Merged with the Mai...
With all the manic, hyperbolic nonsense about the election and vaccines, the fringe is no longer visible. The Atlantic's Tim Alberta joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
40 min
Barbara Walter: Is America at Risk of a 21st Ce...
There have been more than 200 civil wars since WWII — and the conditions that triggered those conflicts are now present here in America. Author Barbara Walter joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
43 min
Tom Nichols: Time for a Grand Coalition
Sure, former Republicans in the democracy coalition bear some responsibility for where we are today — and Democrats do too. But the only thing that matters now is who's on the side of the Constitution, and who isn't. Tom Nichols joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
52 min
Tim Miller: Cruz’s Grovel
Ted Cruz found out what happens when you don't use the language of the MAGA woke orthodoxy. Plus, liberals grousing about Dick Cheney: Do you want a pro- democracy coalition or don’t you? Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
54 min
January 6 Was Built on Years of Lies and Propag...
Conspiracy theories are at the core of Donald Trump, and the Republican Party still took him in. The surprise is that we are surprised. The New Yorker's Susan Glasser and Princeton's Julian Zelizer join Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
36 min
Olivia Nuzzi: The Ambition of Dr. Oz
GOP operatives are none too pleased that Dr. Oz wants to be the next Republican senator from Pennsylvania. Democrats — who remember when the guy from The Apprentice was underestimated — are worried. Olivia Nuzzi joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
51 min
Evan Osnos: Hardening the Hard Core
What's sustaining the belief that the election was stolen from Trump? It's rage-makers like Dan Bongino, who feed existential conflict to millions of Americans daily — in between ads for gun holsters and survivalist food rations. The New Yorker's Evan Osnos joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
40 min
Bill Kristol: New Year, New Chance for Democrat...
Democrats say they're the party of government. Why not make it run more effectively — so the FDA isn't so ham-fisted and the CDC isn't so slow? Also, one year after Jan.6, how have our electoral guardrails still not been fixed? Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
45 min
We're Not All Crying Karens
A panel of Bulwark favorites share their predictions (AKA warnings) for 2022. They also take time to give a shout-out to the people who aren't shouting — the people on the ground helping others and working to save democracy. Bill Kristol, Tim Miller, Sarah Longwell, and JVL join guest host Mona Charen on today's episode.
54 min
The State of Black Lives Matter Now
BLM signs have come down, and tough conversions now are about what racial equity looks like. For instance, is getting rid of the SAT the best solution? Plus, The Washington Post's Perry Bacon and guest host Tim Miller get personal on the struggle to find a diverse school for their kids.
87 min
When the Main Point of Politics Is Vengeance
The Republican Party is now about knife fights and justifying just about anything -- like Peter Navarro laying out a clear description of the attempted Trump coup. Still, there are 2021 bright spots. Peter Wehner joins guest host Mona Charen on today's episode.
41 min
China's Breaking up with Hollywood
Hollywood shared its magic with China. Now some of 2021's biggest box office draws were Chinese films. With fewer American movies being shown there, Hollywood's confronting what creative freedoms it gave up to play in China. Author Chris Fenton joins guest host Sonny Bunch on today's episode.
39 min
Trump's Dereliction of Duty on Covid
The Trump administration's malfeasance in responding to Covid demands a 9/11 commission-style investigation. Plus, Biden's 2020 victory was more Dunkirk, and less D-Day. Churchill fan Bill Kristol joins guest host JVL on today's episode.
43 min
The Republicans' Dangerous Vigilante Messaging ...
From lionizing Kyle Rittenhouse, to stopping abortion in Texas, and threatening to take over America's election apparatus, Republicans are sending a dangerous message: Take matters into your own hands. Real Clear Politics' A.B. Stoddard joins guest host Mona Charen on today's episode.
45 min
Democrats Need a Plan to Save Democracy in 2024
The ultimate survival of American democracy is going to come down to the Democrats figuring out how to defeat the party that wants to overturn it. Plus, it's Joe Manchin's way or the highway. New York magazine's Ed Kilgore joins guest host JVL on today's episode.
58 min
Manchin Puts Coal in the Democrats' Stockings
Democrats are furious with Manchin, but they still need him to pass a voting rights bill. Plus, while Biden readies for his big Covid speech, the man who brought us "lock her up" sounds nervous about the Jan. 6 committee. Mona Charen joins guest host Sarah Longwell on today's episode.
39 min
Covid Should Be the Democrats' Culture War
With Gen Z really not that into Biden, and median voters tuning out politics, Biden definitely needs a new message: Blame the GOP for Covid dragging on. Snapchat's Peter Hamby joins guest host Tim Miller on today's episode.
78 min
The Next Level Takeover!
Sarah, Tim, and JVL sit in for Charlie. Trump knows his supporters better than anyone around him. He knew they'd be fine with an insurrection.
55 min
Amanda Carpenter: Jan. 6 Committee Is Bringing It
Trump aggressively shut down protesters for his Bible photo-op, but let the insurrection run on for more than three hours. We've passed 'what did they know, and when did they know it?' We're now at 'when did they start planning it?' Amanda Carpenter joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
44 min
Charlie Warzel: Out of Office
The way we work isn't working — fewer, more focused hours on the job can actually be more productive. And just because tech makes it possible to work at any time doesn't mean we should. Will the Great Resignation change our workaholic ways? Charlie Warzel joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
48 min
Damon Linker: Can Journalists Save American Dem...
Journalism traditionally treats the two parties as equals, but Republicans are fabricating an alternate reality and sabotaging democracy. Can reporters be "partisans for democracy" without rooting for the Democrats? The Week's Damon Linker joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast
48 min
Tim Miller: This Is Madness
Republicans are siding with Putin over NATO, top candidates are flocking to Bannon's podcast, and New Yorkers are handing the GOP a Christmas gift by giving noncitizens the right to vote. Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
53 min
Bart Gellman: Stealing Democracy Right before O...
Trump's official power as president wasn't what got him so close to toppling the 2020 election. It was his ability to convince supporters that black is white, and up is down — and they're preparing for next time. The Atlantic's Bart Gellman joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
42 min
Ben Wittes: You Have to Speak Up, Merrick Garland
If the attorney general wants to restore norms at the Justice Department, he's got to talk about it. He's got to give speeches on democracy, voting rights, and accountability. He has to sell the message. Ben Wittes joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
49 min
Jonathan Allen: Georgia Will be Ground Zero in ...
Stacey Abrams sees good odds in the Georgia's governor's race, while the Republican candidates are stuck in the amber of Trump's Big Lie. Plus: Nunes' job change shows that being on Fox is the new path to power. NBC News' Jonathan Allen joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
41 min
David Frum: Big Macs, Russia, and Afghanistan
The build-up of Russian troops on the border is alarming. Afghanistan is facing mass starvation. Meanwhile, Trump country is not only anti-vax, it's pro-obesity. Get fat to own the libs. David Frum joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
46 min
Bill Kristol: It's Still the Economy, Stupid
It's not just The Bulwark saying the Democrats have a branding problem — Democrats are saying it too. So, cool it with the culture talk, control inflation, and as Bill Kristol has been telling the White House: Make Covid tests cheap and plentiful. Kristol joins Charlie Sykes today.
44 min