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Four former aides to President Obama — Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor — host a biweekly Ringer podcast to discuss the political world, analyze the Trump presidency, and welcome commentary from journalists and politicians.
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1:09:09 | Dec 22nd, 2016

Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer reflect on the year that was and set their sights on the year to come in their last episode of 2016 (1:30). They also bring on Brian Beutler of the New Republic to further reflect on the election, the fights that Democrat...Show More

47:03 | Dec 19th, 2016

Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor discuss Monday's Electoral College vote (0:45), Trump's press party at Mar-a-Lago (14:03), and the GOP power grab in North Carolina (23:29). Then, they call Republican strategist Ana Navarro (34:48) to discu...Show More

1:02:00 | Dec 16th, 2016

Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer discuss Trump's 'Vanity Fair' beef (6:00), Putin's role in the hacking (17:00), and Trump's tech summit (20:00). Then, 'Meet the Press' moderator Chuck Todd teams up with Jon and Dan for a special co-pod to break down the...Show More
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1:03:48 | Dec 14th, 2016

Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor discuss reports that the CIA believes Russian hackers were trying to help Trump win the election and Trump’s nomination of Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state. Then they’re joined by independent ...Show More
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55:28 | Dec 9th, 2016

Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer discuss Scott Pruitt's nomination for EPA administrator (2:35), Trump's fight with a union local president (14:35), and Time's "Person of the Year" (24:13). Then, Jason Kander, Missouri's secretary of state, joins the sho...Show More
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59:43 | Dec 6th, 2016

Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor discuss Trump's budding relationship with China (0:40), Al Gore's meeting with Ivanka on climate change (16:20), and efforts to repeal Obamacare (23:57). Then they call Ana Marie Cox of MTV to talk about "acc...Show More
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1:01:32 | Dec 1st, 2016

Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer discuss Trump’s Carrier deal (00:55) and his Goldman Sachs Cabinet (16:38), Barack Obama's Rolling Stone interview (23:53), and what the voice of the Democratic Party should sound like in the Trump era (35:33). Then, Loui...Show More
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42:59 | Nov 28th, 2016

Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor reflect on their failed efforts to avoid Twitter on Thanksgiving, and then cover Trump’s conflicts of interest (4:05), the unprecedented campaign against Mitt Romney for secretary of state (18:45), and Trump’...Show More
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52:09 | Nov 21st, 2016

Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor discuss the Great 'Hamilton' Debate of 2016 (1:25), Trump’s mounting business conflicts (9:27), and how Democrats can fight back (13:10). Then they call Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison to discuss the futu...Show More
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1:05:04 | Nov 17th, 2016

Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer talk about Trump's rumored Muslim registry (2:30), the latest transition developments (5:50), and the problem of “fake news” (16:50). Then, they call former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs to discuss presidential...Show More
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57:32 | Nov 15th, 2016

Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor discuss the hiring of Stephen Bannon (5:05), President-elect Trump's potential Cabinet (13:24), and President Obama's role in the conversation after the election (29:50). The Guardian’s Sabrina Siddiqui joins...Show More
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57:05 | Nov 12th, 2016

Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer talk about trusting the polls (4:00) and where we go from here (14:40). Then, they call Alyssa Mastromonaco of Vice Media to discuss her article "A Letter to Young Women: How We Will All Move Forward Together Now" (30:50)...Show More
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54:59 | Nov 9th, 2016

Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor talk about how they were wrong, what happened, what it all means, and what comes next after the election of Donald Trump.
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1:02:21 | Nov 7th, 2016

Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor give an update on the state of the race, and the latest (and hopefully last) letter from James Comey. Obama campaign guru David Plouffe joins to give his predictions (23:15), followed by a GOTV update from Cl...Show More
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1:11:05 | Nov 4th, 2016

Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer address peak bed-wetting, the media's coverage of the race, how Hillary or Trump might govern, and more live from Drew University's Concert Hall.
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39:09 | Oct 31st, 2016

Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor break down the FBI director’s letter to Congress on the Clinton email investigation and the criticism he’s faced (2:00). NBC News justice correspondent Pete Williams joins the show to walk through everything...Show More
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1:18:12 | Oct 29th, 2016

The Ringer's Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Tommy Vietor, and Jon Lovett report live from Cinefamily in Los Angeles to discuss all things Election 2016 and take questions from the audience.
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52:38 | Oct 24th, 2016

Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor discuss the strangely calm final stretch of the 2016 election, and Obama campaign guru Mitch Stewart joins the podcast to discuss the impact of redistricting as well as early voting (33:25).
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39:45 | Oct 21st, 2016

Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer discuss Trump's refusal to accept the election results (6:00), Marco Rubio's cowardice (20:00), the future of the GOP (32:00), and the awkwardness of the Al Smith dinner (32:45).
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38:40 | Oct 20th, 2016

Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor, with help from Republican pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson, discuss all the notable moments from the final showdown between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
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53:58 | Oct 17th, 2016

Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor, and Jon Lovett discuss Trump’s accusations of a rigged election (3:08), the ongoing WikiLeaks email dump (13:30), the state of the GOP (23:30), and talk to Dave Wasserman of 'The Cook Political Report’ about downballot race...Show More
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51:16 | Oct 12th, 2016

Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer discuss the fallout from the second debate (8:00), the GOP civil war (13:00), and the state of the race (33:00). Then, the Qriously polling team joins (36:00) to discuss the results of the inaugural “Qriously–Keepin’ It 1...Show More
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49:18 | Oct 10th, 2016

The Ringer's Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor, and Jon Lovett are LIVE post-debate with The Daily Beast's Olivia Nuzzi to discuss the many fascinating moments of the second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
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40:33 | Oct 7th, 2016

Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer discuss the aftermath of the VP debate (10:00), and the upcoming town hall debate between Hillary and Trump (14:00). Then, NBC News correspondent Katy Tur joins (22:30) to talk covering the Trump campaign (28:00), the cha...Show More
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48:28 | Oct 5th, 2016

The Ringer's Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor, and Jon Lovett react to the VP debate and then provide an update on the campaign, including the pollercoaster (20:00), Trump's taxes (26:00), the problems with punditry (31:00), and the upcoming town hall debat...Show More
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58:21 | Sep 29th, 2016

Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer discuss Trump's response to the first debate (6:00), and what both candidates need to do in the second debate (26:00). Then, Harry Enten, senior political writer and analyst for FiveThirtyEight, joins to talk about pollin...Show More
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1:00:52 | Sep 27th, 2016

The Ringer's Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor, and Jon Lovett are joined by Jessica Yellin and Tim Miller to react to the first presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
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1:02:04 | Sep 22nd, 2016

Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer discuss Donald Trump's tone-deaf town hall event with Sean Hannity (8:00), George H.W. Bush's support for Hillary Clinton (19:00), an update on the polls post-birtherism (26:00), prep for Monday's debate(34:00), and Hilla...Show More
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59:52 | Sep 19th, 2016

Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor, and Jon Lovett examine Donald Trump's birtherism announcement and how it affects the upcoming debate. Then Jake Tapper of CNN joins to discuss his experiences as a debate moderator, as well as the importance of fact-checkin...Show More
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1:04:48 | Sep 15th, 2016

Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer bring on former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe to discuss the incessant bed-wetting over recent media polls and the three biggest moments remaining in the election. Then, Politico's Glenn Thrush joins to offer his t...Show More
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59:48 | Sep 13th, 2016

Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor, and Jon Lovett discuss Clinton's pneumonia, “deplorables,” and the Trump Foundation scandal. Then Julia Ioffe, a contributor at Politico and Foreign Policy, calls in to discuss Vladimir Putin's role in the election.
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1:03:44 | Sep 8th, 2016

Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer discuss the Clinton-Trump forum with Matt Lauer (8:00), the caricature of Hillary Clinton (21:00), and Hillary's decision to hold a press conference (31:00). Then, former Battleground States Director for the Obama for Ame...Show More
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58:47 | Sep 6th, 2016

The Ringer's Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor, and Jon Lovett discuss the week in politics by breaking down Donald Trump’s pay-to-play scandal, debating the fairness of recent media coverage, and dissecting what’s so secret about Hillary Clinton’s emails.
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1:02:04 | Sep 2nd, 2016

Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer discuss Donald Trump's trip to Mexico on Wednesday and his immigration speech at a rally in Phoenix that night. Then, they talk poll numbers and consider why Hillary Clinton's lead has narrowed. Later, Mark Leibovich, chi...Show More
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1:08:37 | Aug 29th, 2016

Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor discuss the curious case of Donald Trump's personal physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein (6:00), and Trump's response to the death of Dwyane Wade's cousin, Nykea Aldridge (14:00), and look ahead to Trump-Hillary d...Show More
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1:07:37 | Aug 26th, 2016

The Ringer's Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer discuss Trump's immigration policy (12:00), Kellyanne Conway's MSNBC showdown (18:00), and the Clinton press strategy (29:30). Then, Slate's chief political correspondent, Jamelle Bouie, joins (41:40) to give...Show More
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53:51 | Aug 25th, 2016

Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor on Trump’s immigration pivot (2:00), the Clinton Foundation controversy (15:30), and how the Obama White House dealt with the conspiracy theory that the president grew up Muslim (24:00). Then, 'New Girl' crea...Show More
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1:05:37 | Aug 18th, 2016

The Ringer's Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer discuss Paul Manafort's Russian connections (6:00), Donald Trump's campaign shake-up with Roger Ailes and Steve Bannon (15:00), and Hillary's vigor vs. Trump's conspiracies (27:00). Then, Atlantic senior edit...Show More
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1:01:49 | Aug 11th, 2016

The Ringer's Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer discuss Donald Trump's refusal to pivot (12:00), Hillary Clinton's Republican endorsements (25:00), and an update on the state of the electoral map (30:00). Then, Republican political consultant Mike Murphy j...Show More
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57:15 | Aug 4th, 2016

The Ringer's Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer discuss Donald Trump's bizarre six days, including his spat with Khizr Khan, his refusal to endorse Paul Ryan and John McCain, and him eating KFC with utensils. Then, they dive into the possibility of Trump d...Show More
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1:10:28 | Jul 29th, 2016

Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer weigh in on Bill Clinton, Bloomberg, Biden, Kaine, and Obama at the DNC (6:00). Plus, Joel Benenson, chief strategist for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, joins the show to discuss Clinton's speech and the po...Show More
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40:24 | Jul 26th, 2016

The Ringer's Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer discuss the bed-wetting over the Trump bump in the "pollercoaster," the Democratic National Committee email leaks (12:00), the "Bernie or Bust" booing (17:00), the performances of Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warre...Show More
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1:12:26 | Jul 22nd, 2016

Back from Cleveland, The Ringer's Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer discuss topics from this week's RNC in Cleveland, including Mike Pence (1:30), Ted Cruz's refusal to endorse (5:30), Trump's children's speeches (26:00), and whether Trump's dark speech w...Show More
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38:10 | Jul 20th, 2016

The Ringer's Jon Favreau is joined by Dan Pfeiffer on the scene in Cleveland to discuss Melania Trump's plagiarism (6:00), Donald Trump's poor performance with Republican women (14:00), Donald Trump Jr.'s stance against elitism (21:00), Paul Ryan's h...Show More
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1:12:28 | Jul 14th, 2016

The Ringer's Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer offer up their thoughts on the reactions to last week’s tragedies in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas; take stock of the continued swings in the polling numbers; and discuss Trump's rumored VP pick, In...Show More
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1:02:21 | Jul 7th, 2016

The Ringer's Jon Favreau calls in from Washington, D.C., to discuss this week's big news with Dan Pfeiffer. They talk about the outcome of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, Trump and the Republican Party's response, and what it all...Show More
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1:16:09 | Jun 30th, 2016

The Ringer's Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer discuss the Brexit and Trump's reaction to it. Then, they talk about Trump’s trade speech, Hillary’s campaigning with possible running mate Elizabeth Warren, and why Bernie Sanders hasn’t yet endorsed the Dem...Show More
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1:11:40 | Jun 23rd, 2016

The Ringer's Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer discuss yesterday's all-nighter on the Hill and their thoughts on gun-control efforts by both parties (1:00). The hosts move on to this week's speeches by both front-runners and Marco Rubio's announcement tha...Show More
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1:09:05 | Jun 16th, 2016

The Ringer's Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer discuss the Orlando tragedy (2:00), Donald Trump's response and the political fallout (18:00), Hillary Clinton's speech (26:00), and the focus on the phrase "radical Islam" (35:00). Then, national corresponde...Show More
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1:09:31 | Jun 10th, 2016

Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer discuss Hillary Clinton becoming the presumptive Democratic nominee (01:00), Bernie Sanders’s future and Obama’s endorsement (28:00), and the possibility that Donald Trump won't be the Republican nominee (32:00). Then for...Show More
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1:03:36 | Jun 2nd, 2016

The Ringer's Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer discuss Trump's lack of impulse control and attempts to mute the media, the Trump University scandal, prospective third-party candidate David French, and Gary Johnson and the Libertarian ticket. Then, Jonatha...Show More
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58:06 | May 26th, 2016

The Ringer's Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer discuss Donald Trump: conspiracy theorist candidate, Paul Ryan's pending endorsement, and Bernie Sanders's final push. Then, Jennifer Palmieri, director of communications for the 2016 Hillary Clinton presiden...Show More
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1:13:45 | May 19th, 2016

Jon and Dan discuss the Democratic primary results from Kentucky and Oregon, Bernie's stance toward Clinton (14:00), Trump vs. The New York Times (23:00), and the horse race between Hillary and Trump. Then, S.E. Cupp joins (37:10) to discuss the long...Show More
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1:26:03 | May 12th, 2016

Jon and Dan talk about Trump's attempts to pivot, "cocky" Democrats, close polls, and The NYT Magazine’s Ben Rhodes profile. Then, ‘Meet the Press’ host Chuck Todd joins (50:30) to discuss Trump hacking the political process, Todd’s critiques of the ...Show More
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59:46 | May 6th, 2016

Jon and Dan rehash the highlights from the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Then, Tommy Vietor, former spokesman for President Obama, joins to discuss Trump virtually securing the nomination, Hillary-vs.-Trump scenarios (22:00), Hillary's strategy...Show More
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49:43 | May 6th, 2016

Jon and Dan are joined by Jon Lovett, a former speechwriter for President Obama, to discuss Trump’s triumph in the Northeast (6:00), the Cruz-Kasich alliance (8:00), the beginning of the "veepstakes" (16:00), Clinton's potential progressive VP option...Show More
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51:42 | May 6th, 2016

Jon and Dan break down New York’s big winners, Trump's "reset button" (3:00), Bernie's bleak outlook (12:00), Hillary's hopes for Sanders support (18:00), and new ways to recruit millennial voters (25:00). Then, ‘Today’ co-anchor Savannah Guthrie joi...Show More
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48:12 | May 6th, 2016

Jon and Dan recap the major story lines of the week: Bill Clinton's finger-wagging, De Blasio's botched bit with Hillary, President Obama's 'GoT' viewership, Trump's new hires, and Cruz's craziness. Then, former White House adviser and actor Kal Penn...Show More
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51:52 | May 6th, 2016

Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer recap the week in politics, react to the Republican race in Wisconsin, discuss Trump vs. Cruz, debate Bernie's long-shot odds, and examine Bernie Sanders’s new aggressive tone. Then, Thomas Perez joins to offer his insigh...Show More
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51:12 | May 6th, 2016

Jon and Dan rename the podcast to kick things off, then they recap the ridiculous week of Ted Cruz coverage, discuss Donald Trump's phony conservatism (10:00), and list Twitter must-follows for Election 2016 (17:00). Then Jeb Bush's former top commun...Show More
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44:04 | May 6th, 2016

Jon and Dan announce the name of their weekly political podcast, which is set to lead up to the 2016 election. They discuss the optics of responding to terrorism, President Obama's comments on Brussels, the primaries in Utah and Arizona, Jeb! endorsi...Show More
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48:14 | May 4th, 2016

Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer, former advisers to President Obama, host their inaugural joint podcast to discuss the political world, Trump and the media, Rubio's missteps, the future of the Republican Party, and the television battles between Clinton...Show More