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BONUS EPISODE: The Focus Group with Sarah Longw...
America's Dairyland is becoming America's Election Land. Wisconsin has major races for governor and for U.S. Senate...and how are the Trump-to-Biden voters that delivered Wisconsin for Joe Biden feeling about them? The Bulwark's own Charlie Sykes joins Sarah Longwell to talk about what the voters (and Charlie) are thinking. Listen to the end for the most laugh-out-loud funny moment Sarah's ever heard in a focus group.
43 min
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Will Saletan: Shrugging in the Face of Threats ...
Trump makes an apparent death threat against McConnell and Marjorie Taylor Greene incites violence at one of his rallies. Official GOP response? Crickets. Meanwhile, CPAC goes full RT and Russia stumbles in Ukraine. Will Saletan is back with Charlie Sykes for Charlie and Will Monday.
45 min
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Tim Miller: Why Lizzo Triggers Ben
Kevin McCarthy tries/fails to argue he's not a spineless suck-up, the [Blame] America First crowd goes full Alex Jones, and the fake mad get tied in knots over Lizzo and the flute. Plus, Trump really had the USS John McCain moved out of sight. Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes for the weekend pod.
62 min
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Susan Glasser & Peter Baker: A History and a Wa...
The history of the Trump presidency is also a warning of a Trump 2.0 — this time, he would know how to pull the levers of power to get what he wanted, and there would be no John Kelly or Jim Mattis looking out for our democracy. Peter Baker and Susan Glasser join Charlie Sykes.
34 min
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Tom Nichols: Clowns with Flame Throwers
Roger Stone, Tucker Carlson, and other clowns rile people up only to stand back and let violent political tourists do the actual fighting — and jail time. Plus, the nuclear threat from Russia. Tom Nichols joins Charlie Sykes today.
46 min
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A.B. Stoddard: The Super Kooks
Oz is critiquing Fetterman's clothing style, Obama supporter and liar Kari Lake is a contender, Marjorie Taylor Greene has been normalized — and Elise Stefanik is trying to stay in her good graces. Plus, progressives may be in for a reckoning. A.B. Stoddard joins Charlie Sykes.
53 min
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Tim O'Brien: For Trump, It's Always about the $$$
Letitia James aims to shut down the Trump family operation in New York, which means he'd have to unload his skyscrapers in a fire sale. Plus, Trump will sell anything — he's sold underwear, water, and steaks. Why wouldn't he monetize nuclear secrets? Tim O'Brien joins Charlie Sykes.
38 min
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Tim Miller: Can We Indict Him Just by Thinking ...
Judge Dearie is not the kind of master Trump wanted, Hannity is like a North Korea propagandist, DeSantis has thoughts about history, and Turning Point welcomes Alex Jones. And from TribFest, Charlie Sykes and Tim Miller debate immigration deep in the heart of Texas. Your weekend pod.
48 min
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Jonathan Lemire: How Do You Cover an Insurrecti...
The media had to learn never to quote Trump verbatim because of the lies, and it fact-checked him on steroids. Is it up to the task of covering him again? Plus, is the Big Lie just a pretext for not letting the other side win? Jonathan Lemire joins Charlie Sykes today.
43 min
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Stephanie Slade: The NatCons’ Will to Power
Elements on both the left and right are tracking in the same illiberal direction on economic regulation, the First Amendment, and on radical rhetoric. Plus, the NatCons’ plan to get the country to go full Trump. Stephanie Slade joins Charlie Sykes today.
47 min
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Dylan Byers: What's Going On at CNN?
It's a new era at CNN. Don Lemon's moving to mornings, and some of the more outspoken anchors and correspondents, like Brian Stelter, have been cleared out. Plus, the goings-on at Politico, Semafor and Puck. Dylan Byers joins Charlie Sykes today.
43 min
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Will Saletan: Nice Little Democracy You Got There
Will Saletan is back with Charlie Sykes for Charlie and Will Monday.
48 min
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Tim Miller: LOLs in DeSantis-Stan
Refugees escaping communist Venezuela are pawns in a big joke, but isn't it brilliant political theater? -> Charlie Sykes and Tim Miller do an epic takedown of the "Nothing Matters" crowd. Plus, weird Blake Masters, putting Kemp on the spot, and Republicans: Put up or shut up on same-sex marriage.
50 min
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Catherine Rampell: The Economy Is Weird Right Now
Too few workers, too much inflation — these are confusing times for our economy. Plus, the myth of a manufacturing comeback, and the slow-moving employment crisis among teachers, cops, and other public servants. Catherine Rampell joins Charlie Sykes.
37 min
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General Mark Hertling: Russia’s Awful Army
Ukraine's advances are due to Western weapons, and also American training during the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. But Ukraine can also credit the Russian Army, which has been debased and corrupted by senior officers and political leaders. Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling (Ret.) joins Charlie Sykes today.
44 min
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David Corn: How the GOP Unleashed the Furies
Establishment Republicans let the kooks out of the basement, and now they're dominant. But this didn't start with Trump. David Corn argues it started 70 years ago when Dwight D. Eisenhower surrendered to Joseph McCarthy on a train. Today's podcast with Charlie Sykes.
50 min
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Will Saletan: A Tribute to Ukraine
Zelensky continues to rally his country and the world, Trump planned to never leave, and Republicans splinter on culture war issues. After a summer holiday, Will Saletan is back with Charlie Sykes for Charlie and Will Monday.
57 min
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Bill Kristol: The Intersection of Trump and Roe
In recent midterms, the right bet was against the incumbent party. But those elections didn't have an overturning of a popular SCOTUS precedent and an ex-POTUS who tried to stage a coup on the ballot. Plus, an appreciation of the queen. The weekend pod with Charlie Sykes and Bill Kristol.
52 min
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David Priess: Why Trump Did It
Sure, Trump could have kept top secret docs for blackmail or profit. Or maybe he was simply collecting classified intel on what other countries said about him — in much the same way he collects magazine covers featuring his face. David Priess joins Charlie Sykes on today's pod.
50 min
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Mike Murphy: Democrats Should Run like They're ...
August polling is not a guarantor of November results. And in a nation of grumpy voters, why are Dems not running offense on the CHIPS act? It's bringing good-paying manufacturing jobs and a new plant to Ohio, and most Republicans voted against it. Mike Murphy joins Charlie Sykes today.
47 min
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Amanda Carpenter: Need to Know
Trump has stayed on message from the start: The people who stormed the Capitol did nothing wrong. This once-radical idea has since become mainstream MAGA. Amanda Carpenter drills down on how the movement to pardon the rioters took off — on the latest installment of "Need to Know."
29 min
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Mitch Daniels: Raised Four Wonderful Daughters ...
Purdue President Mitch Daniels joins guest host Mona Charen to talk about loan forgiveness, negative campaigning, threats to democracy, and making government work well.
38 min
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James Carville: Better Constipated than Evil
Come for the West Wing fantasy politics, stay for the Carville-isms, like: "Really stupid voters produce stupid candidates," "MAGA runs the show," and "If you're going to look at something 150 times a day, it might as well be pretty." James Carville joins guest host JVL today.
48 min
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Bakari Sellers & Lis Smith: Can Dems Do Better ...
Enough unforced errors, Democrats: 1. Get mayors to talk up the infrastructure & inflation bills. 2. Be like Warnock, Shapiro, and Kelly —> cut into GOP margins in red areas. Plus, Trump lawyer missteps and staying honest in your writing. Bakari Sellers and Lis Smith join guest host Tim Miller.
60 min
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Alex Holder: A Weird, Simple Man
Trump lives in a world where he can't understand anything other than total and absolute adoration — and the top priority of the Trump kids is that their father is not associated with defeat. Plus, how Ivanka and Donald really act off camera. Alex Holder, director of the documentary, "Unprecedented," joins guest host Tim Miller today.
48 min
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Will Saletan: Biden Is Playing to the Middle
Biden hits MAGA Republicans hard, threatening to riot in the streets if your guy gets prosecuted IS semi-fascist, the Trump team tampered with elections, and the student loan relief plan may be 3-D chess. Will Saletan joins Amanda Carpenter for the last Summer Monday.
51 min
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Tim Miller: Wait, Are You Getting Squishy?
Blake Masters is dog paddling away from a personhood amendment, the term "pro-life" is in flux, and a president acting by fiat is bad for democracy. Plus, Oz's trolling of Fetterman's health and Jared/Slenderman's no apology tour. The weekend pod with Charlie Sykes and Tim Miller.
61 min
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James Hohmann: The Dems’ Squad Fatigue
Four years after AOC's surprise win, the pendulum is swinging back to moderates, turnout in the midterms may be historic, and both sides underestimated the effect of overturning Roe. Plus, Biden's cave on student loans. James Hohmann joins Charlie Sykes today.
41 min
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Elliot Ackerman: Leaving Afghanistan, One Year ...
With no evacuation plan in place to get Afghan allies out of Kabul, people like veteran Elliot Ackerman helped organize a "Digital Dunkirk" that rescued thousands. Ackerman joins Charlie Sykes today to share his story, and to warn of the dangers of politicizing the military.
41 min
30
Nicole Hemmer: When the Line between Politics a...
Republicans cling to the idea they are members of the party of Reagan, but Reaganism ended in the 90s when angry right-wing populists like Rush, Pat Buchanan, and Newt Gingrich seized control of the conservative movement. Nicole Hemmer joins Charlie Sykes today.
44 min
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Amanda Carpenter: Need to Know
Liz Cheney is campaigning against election deniers, Republicans were too arrogant about a red wave, and Trump's new made-for-TV legal team. Plus, a deep dive into the Georgia election interference investigation. Amanda Carpenter flies solo today — listen and share your feedback!
44 min
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Tim Miller: Sad Turtle Mitch
McConnell sounds like a man who's lost control of his party, rising MAGA star Kari Lake has taken a raving antisemite under her wing, DeSantis loses in court (again) — and Dan Crenshaw knows Liz is right. Your weekend pod with Tim Miller and Charlie Sykes.
46 min
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Philip Bump: A Reminder that the "Russia Hoax" ...
Trump may have been giddy thinking the raid would boost his numbers, but that's not showing up yet, and DeSantis fandom lives. Plus, Cheney won't go quietly, something has changed in the polls since Dobbs, and a reminder that the 'Russia Hoax' is a hoax. Philip Bump joins Charlie Sykes.
42 min
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Tom Nichols: She's Daring Them to Pick Sides
When Liz Cheney invoked history in her concession speech, Trumpers and anti-anti-Trumpers sneered. But they know the truth of her stance on the Constitution and the rule of law, and they know everything about Donald Trump is a lie. Tom Nichols joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
50 min
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Charlie Warzel: Alex Jones' Footprint of Misery
From Trump to Tucker, figures on the far-right are cribbing from the Alex Jones' playbook — using outrageous antics to spread their message and creating their own information networks to inoculate themselves from any consequences. Charlie Warzel joins Charlie Sykes today.
40 min
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Will Saletan: They Keep Negotiating with Their ...
Magic declassification wand or feds planted the docs? And after a week of attacks on the FBI, will the game now be 'Blame Merrick Garland?' Plus, Dominion's suit vs Fox, Afghanistan one year later, and Cheney's closing argument. Amanda Carpenter & Will Saletan are back for Summer Monday.
50 min
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Jonathan Martin: Liz Cheney's Political Awakening
Liz Cheney is sacrificing her seat to get charges brought against Trump, the smoke's clearing on the Mar-a-Lago search, and Democrats should hand in their politician cards if they can't capitalize on the GOP attacking law enforcement. Jonathan Martin joins Charlie Sykes for the weekend pod.
38 min
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Dana Milbank: The 25-Year Crack-Up of the GOP
The lies, conspiracies, demonizing, and sedition didn't start with Trump. The Newt Gingrich era set the ball in motion — and Trump stood on the sidelines, waiting and watching for his shot. Dana Milbank joins Charlie Sykes today.
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James Wigderson: From Paul Ryan to Paranoia
Ron Johnson keeps doubling down on all his crackpot ideas, but he couldn't have been handed a more ideal challenger — progressive Mandela Barnes. And the Wisconsin GOP goes MAGA in the governors' race. James Wigderson joins Charlie Sykes for a deep dive on Wisconsin politics.
43 min
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Peter Wehner: The GOP Thinks Trump Is above the...
Trump supporters who slammed the left for Defund the Police now want to Defund the FBI because whatever the "Lock Her Up" guy was doing to justify a search warrant couldn't possibly be illegal. Peter Wehner joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
44 min
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Will Saletan: It's Not Just Trump, It's Party-Wide
Republicans may love Trump because "he fights," but CPAC showed that a lust for violence has extended to the whole party.  Plus, Doug Ducey gets no props, and are Democrats afraid to be happy with their policy wins? Will Saletan and Amanda Carpenter are back for Summer Mondays.
49 min
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Tim Miller: When Bad Things Happen to Bad People
On the weekend pod: Alex Jones' bad week was cathartic, Orban's a troll, and Biden delivers on bipartisanship. Plus, Tim issues a correction for overstating Hawley's manliness, and even Trump thinks Kari Lake takes the election stuff too far. Tim Miller's back with Charlie Sykes.
59 min
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Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and Andrew Yang: Wh...
Leaders of Forward — the new national third party — think they have the answers to move us past our divisiveness and extremism. Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and Andrew Yang join Charlie Sykes to make the case for systemic change.
38 min
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Josh Kraushaar: If Only You'd Been Warned
Arizona Republicans doubled down on the crazy, voters in very red Kansas turned out in huge numbers to protect abortion rights, and Democrats played with fire in Michigan. Josh Kraushaar joins Charlie Sykes today.
45 min
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Rachel Kleinfeld: Republicans Have a Militia Pr...
Trump created a permission structure for militia groups starting in 2016, and now those groups are infiltrating state and local Republican parties around the country. The Carnegie Endowment's Rachel Kleinfeld joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the growing threat from the mainstreaming of political violence.
42 min
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Will Saletan: Hot Joe Summer
Biden's getting a lot done, the Dems are finding their footing, and Joe Manchin is the face of the climate bill. Plus, the tactical perspectives of a third party, a preview of Tuesday's primaries, and the gaudy and gross LIV. Will Saletan's back with Amanda Carpenter for Summer Mondays.
50 min
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Tim Miller: The Politics of Petulance
Republicans are so pissed about the Manchin deal that they talked themselves into voting against wounded veterans.
59 min
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Adm. James Stavridis: An Endgame in the Russia-...
Putin's mission has failed — he controls only slightly more stolen Ukraine land than he did in 2014. And the war may be headed to a conclusion much like the end of the Korean War, a "frozen conflict." Adm. James Stavridis joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
25 min
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James Poniewozik: They Knew They Had a Thriller...
The Jan 6 committee hearings are like a well-produced true crime doc. Using TV tropes and popcorn elements, the committee is the telling the very serious story of how Trump & co tried to steal the election. Yes, the ketchup does matter. James Poniewozik joins Charlie Sykes today.
40 min
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Andrew Weissmann: Trump Acted with Premeditation
Trump lied when he said on Jan 5 that Pence was on board with his plan, and he lied when he said he immediately sent in the National Guard. The committee has given the DOJ political cover, but the time to bring charges against him is limited. Andrew Weissmann joins Charlie Sykes.
37 min
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Will Saletan: What Happens to Jan. 6th Investig...
What should Congress and the Department of Justice do with all the shocking new details presented by the Jan. 6th Committee, and how is it changing conservative media? Will Saletan's back with Amanda Carpenter for Summer Mondays.
49 min
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Tim Miller: These Guys Are Worse than Whores
The political operatives who felt "white hot rage" at Trump after Jan 6 are back to being tribalist trolls, Josh Hawley is a prissy little wuss, and Liz Cheney is going to follow Trump to the gates of hell. Tim Miller's back with Charlie Sykes for the weekend pod.
57 min
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Adam Kinzinger: We're Going to Prove What Trump...
Trump was aware of what was happening in real time on January 6 and the committee is going to prove it. And while Rome burned, he sat there and did nothing in violation of his oath of office. Adam Kinzinger joins Charlie Sykes to preview tonight's committee hearing.
36 min
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Bill Kristol: Trumpism Is on the Ballot
The list of election deniers on the ballot keeps growing, and now includes the GOP nominee for governor of Maryland. Plus, Trump is still trying to win Wisconsin in 2020, and the Dems' shrewd move on same-sex marriage. Bill Kristol's back with Charlie Sykes.
38 min
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Michael Steele: Fighting the GOP Crazification
From Supreme Court rulings, to the candidate crazification, and the impact of the Jan 6 hearings, Republicans have handed Democrats a real chance in the fall. Plus, the case for why Trump may not run. Michael Steele joins Charlie Sykes on today's pod.
42 min
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Will Saletan: Are Democrats Going to Fight?
The base is in a fighting mood ahead of the midterms, but the party may get in the way. Plus, the Secret Service's deleted texts and the potential benefits of Biden's Saudi trip. Amanda Carpenter and Will Saletan are back for Summer Mondays.
57 min
57
David Jolly: DeSantis Has the Hottest Hand in P...
Of course Trump's grift is driving him to run again — and DeSantis is the only one who's got a shot. Plus, the political class gets a pass on crime, and the millions of voters who don't identify as pro-choice, but are pro-Roe. David Jolly joins Charlie Sykes for the weekend pod.
44 min
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Bart Gellman: What the Hell Happened to Michael...
How did Flynn go from a successful military career to a conspiracy theorist talking about Italian satellites switching votes from Trump to Biden? Bart Gellman joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
43 min
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Bill Kristol: This Is Why We Were Never-Trump
When Trump refused to accept the outcome of the election, he cooked up a scheme to keep himself in office, unleashed the mob, and proved how dangerous an unprincipled demagogue in the White House can be. Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
44 min
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Mark Leibovich: The Parasitic Suck-Ups of the T...
If there were more Liz Cheneys, we wouldn't have to deal with Trump anymore. But Lindsey Graham has no life aside from the Senate and Kevin McCarthy "needs" to be Speaker, so we get potted plants and continued threats to our democracy. Mark Leibovich joins Charlie Sykes today.
49 min
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Will Saletan: Biden Is Right - The Activists Ar...
When the Supreme Court ended Roe, it handed voters, not Biden, an issue to resolve. Plus, the Jan. 6 committee broke Bannon, the day Team Crazy took over operation Big Lie, and the GOP thinks inflation alone will do the work for them. Amanda Carpenter and Will Saletan are back for Summer Mondays.
51 min
62
Addicted to Rage Juice (with Tim Miller)
Tim's back with Charlie for the weekend pod.
57 min
63
Boris Johnson Is More Bill Clinton, Less Donald...
Boris Johnson is a charming and self-indulgent character, but fundamentally not sinister — he didn't attack the British constitutional order.
40 min
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A.B. Stoddard: This Is a Different Election Now
When it comes to coups, guns, and abortion, Republicans have shown us just what they do when they have power.
42 min
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Adam White: A Generational Turning Point at the...
The Supreme Court revealed itself as an aggressive, confident, and conservative court.
38 min
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Tom Nichols: You Don't Know What You're Talking...
We don't need to hear from any more tough guys talking about making babies have babies. Plus, Tom Nichols gets personal about a pre-Roe abortion, and compares the Cassidy Hutchinson testimony to a peek inside the Soviet archives. Your holiday weekend podcast from Charlie Sykes.
47 min
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Tim O'Brien: Trump Has Always Been a Drama Queen
Trump doesn't care that Jan 6 was an assault on democracy and the Constitution. He was only irked that his own staff thwarted his made-for-TV coup. Plus, Liz Cheney's speech, SCOTUS' impact on the midterms, and the Democrats' missing street fighting gene. Tim O'Brien joins Charlie Sykes today.
43 min
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David Priess: A Damning Witness
A White House insider straight out of central casting took congressional testimony to a whole new level. It's no longer 'what did the president know and when did he know it?' It's now 'how many weapons was he directing to the Capitol for a coup?' David Priess joins Charlie Sykes.
44 min
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Tim Miller: Mea culpa. Really.
"America never would have gotten into this mess if it weren't for me and my friends," Tim Miller writes in his new book. He joins Charlie Sykes today to discuss the GOP political culture that set the stage for Trump — a culture that was all about the thrill of winning at all costs.
43 min
70
The Post-Roe World Is Now
Amanda Carpenter and Will Saletan are back for Summer Monday to discuss the new post-Roe political landscape in America. They analyze the uncomfortable questions about abortion Republicans must now confront, Democratic messaging, and where we go from here.
46 min
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Ben Wittes: Roe/Coups/Guns
The Supreme Court reoriented our understanding of fundamental rights today. Now come the fights over the right to travel, and access to FDA-approved drugs. Plus, the former president tried to get the Department of Justice to commit fraud. Ben Wittes joins Charlie for the weekend pod.
53 min
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Bill Kristol: Why We Were Alarmed
Ron Johnson has no good explanation for why his staff tried to hand fake electors to Pence. Plus, the Jan 6 hearings' trickle down effect on Trump's standing, racial prejudice in today's conservatism, and Dem candidates decoupling from Biden. Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes today
48 min
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Greg Lukianoff: Democracy Can Handle Free Speech
Roughly 700 professors have been targeted for firing in recent years for something they said - an historic high. Yet, critics still say there's no such thing as cancel culture. Do Americans just have to shut up to keep their jobs? FIRE's Greg Lukianoff joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
54 min
74
Denver Riggleman: How the 1/6 Committee could s...
The Qanon election conspiracy runs deep and wide, and the Jan 6 committee will succeed if it can wrest a small percentage of voters from Trump's grasp. Plus, the rising threat of domestic terrorism, and Ginni Thomas bragging about her access. Former Rep. Denver Riggleman joins Charlie today.
38 min
75
Will Saletan: A More Clever Autocrat Would Keep...
Trump is only proving the January 6 committee's point. And Mike Pence put his own life in danger by not speaking up sooner. Will Saletan joins guest host Amanda Carpenter on today's podcast.
57 min
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Tim Miller: Mike Pence Must Testify
Mike Pence: Your career is over anyway. Put a stake in the heart of the guy who left you for dead — Trump sure sounds like he knows how bad the hearings are for him. Plus: Biden, moral clarity, and the Saudis. Tim Miller's back with Charlie Sykes.
52 min
77
Jennifer Senior: Bannon Is Loathsome — and Cons...
Steve Bannon's show may have a low budget Wayne's World quality, but he is working to get Trumpists in control of state election infrastructure — so that the system that barely held together in 2020 will come undone in 2024. Jennifer Senior joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
51 min
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Will Saletan: Big Liars Are Winning All over th...
Even more election deniers won in Tuesday's primaries, Mastriano is too close for comfort in PA, Trump's ego was the only thing that stopped a coup in the DOJ, and White House staff need to let Biden be Middle Class Joe. Will Saletan's back with Charlie Sykes.
57 min
79
Katy Tur: We're Not a Final Draft 'til We're Si...
The sensationalized journalism Katy Tur's parents created has led her to some soul searching in her new book about the way the news is covered today. Plus, the shock of watching Trump associates under oath speaking truth instead of spin. She joins Charlie Sykes today.
42 min
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Jamie Kirchick: When Homosexuality Was a Nation...
Washington is a city run on secrets, and between WWII and the end of the Cold War, no secret was more deadly to a political career than homosexuality. Jamie Kirchick joins guest host Tim Miller to discuss his book, "Secret City." Plus — gay bigotry's past in today's politics.
58 min
81
This Is What Democracy Looks Like
Liz Cheney and company rekindled our rage at Republicans: They knew Trump was lying, subverting the law, and inciting the mob — and 147 of them went along anyway. Bulwark all-stars Sarah Longwell, Tim Miller, and Bill Kristol join Charlie Sykes for the weekend podcast.
58 min
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Karen Tumulty: The Country Owes Mike Pence
Everything would be different if Mike Pence had not counted the votes. He showed courage and faced real potential physical danger. Plus, Biden on Kimmel, Jared & Ivanka's reputation laundering, and Abbott's flip-flop on guns. Karen Tumulty joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
48 min
83
David French: America Is Exceptionally Violent
America has a violent heart, even going back to the colonial era. But our gun culture is shifting from self-defense to defiance — where guns are about threats and intimidation, not saving lives. David French joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
49 min
84
Jonathan Allen: Trump 2024 May Start Earlier th...
Trump is totally bored, but he's also got Ron DeSantis nipping at his heels, which means he may start his 2024 campaign this summer — even if that could hurt Republicans in the midterms. Jonathan Allen joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
49 min
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Will Saletan: Biden’s Return to Realpolitik
The Jan 6 committee has brought in a TV pro for this week's prime-time hearing, and Republicans sound worried it could be a blockbuster. Plus, the prospects for a gun bill, and the moral gray area of a Biden visit to Saudi Arabia. Will Saletan's back for Charlie and Will Monday.
56 min
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Tim Miller: Everything Is 20% More Annoying
Gun legislation shouldn't be hard — everyone knows how stupid it is that an 18-year-old can't buy a White Claw, but can get an AR-15. Plus, MAGA media shamelessness, a turning point in Putin's war, and Democrats: Do something about inflation. Tim Miller's back with Charlie Sykes.
53 min
87
Russell Moore: The Southern Baptist Apocalypse
America's largest Protestant denomination has lost more than a million members over the past three years. Meanwhile, many Evangelicals can't tell the difference between gospel and politics. Russell Moore joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
42 min
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James Hohmann: Time for an Emmett Till Moment?
We couldn't understand the Holocaust without pictures — is it time to see what an AR-15 actually does to the human body, especially children? Plus, average people will have to step up to save democracy. James Hohmann joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
50 min
89
Ryan Busse: The NRA Created Our Paranoid, Consp...
The NRA is not in the gun rights business — It's in the culture war business. When will the responsible gun owners stand up and say "Enough?" Ryan Busse joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
43 min
90
Tim Miller: Rage at the Carnage
The one door at Parkland didn't save the kids, and neither will teachers packing heat or good guys with guns — why exactly did police in Uvalde wait so long to go in? Plus, a sneak peak of Tim's new book! Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes for the weekend podcast.
50 min
91
Peter Wehner: Christianity’s Generational Catas...
Southern Baptist leaders covered up sex abuse, and slandered and vilified the victims. No atheist has done this much damage to the faith. Peter Wehner joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
41 min
92
Lucy Caldwell: A Second Amendment Fetish
The fetish for weapons of war has no end, even when police officers are outgunned. Plus, Trump's bad day in Georgia and Alabama. Lucy Caldwell joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
49 min
93
Rick Hasen: Pushing Back against 'Cheap Speech'
Misinformation, disinformation and other 'cheap speech' has voters confused about truth and lies, and is threatening our democracy. Law professor and author Rick Hasen joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
41 min
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Will Saletan: The GOP Has a Racism Problem
Evangelicals are moving from saving souls to pushing a political uprising, Trump's got a reckoning in Georgia, and the party that complained about Democrats not saying 'radical Islamic terrorism' won't condemn white nationalist terror. Will Saletan's back for Charlie and Will Monday.
50 min
95
Tim Miller: The GOP Has Gone Soft on Terrorism
When 200+ Republicans nix a domestic terror bill, maybe it's time to point out they aren't the party of law & order. Plus, CPAC in Hungary, Dems have golden tickets they're not using — and Better Call Saul or Breaking Bad? Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes for the weekend podcast.
52 min
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Kim Wehle: A Deep Dive on Roe
Roe has been vulnerable because it's been about individual rights, and not the scope of government power — which was the focus of the Framers. Law professor Kim Wehle makes the case for keeping the government out of certain spheres of life. Today's podcast with Charlie Sykes.
42 min
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Philip Bump: When Support for Jan 6 Is a Politi...
Doug Mastriano won because he made clear he's ready to use the power of the state to steal an election, Republicans find 'replacement theory' useful, and D'Souza admits he has no evidence. Philip Bump joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast.
43 min
98
Tim Alberta: The Poisoning of the Evangelical C...
Conspiracy politics are turning evangelicals against each other as the Church becomes increasingly radicalized — an unraveling that went into overdrive during the shutdown. Tim Alberta joins Charlie Sykes today to discuss the war for the soul of the Church.
44 min
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Will Saletan: White Nationalism Is the No. 1 Te...
The replacement theory has become a mainstream Republican talking point while the party also preps for no-exception abortion bans. Plus, the invasion of Ukraine is the biggest geopolitical disaster since 1939. Will Saletan is back for Charlie and Will Monday.
52 min
100
Tom Nichols: This Isn't Therapy, It's Politics
Democrats are wrapped up in emotion in a post-Roe world, pushing facepalm-inducing messaging and a loser bill. We're here to help. Plus, Esper, Mattis, McMaster, and Kelly failed in their duty. Tom Nichols joins Charlie Sykes for the weekend podcast.
44 min