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KCRW's Left, Right & Center

KCRW, Josh Barro, Rich Lowry

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Left, Right & Center is KCRW’s weekly civilized yet provocative confrontation over politics, policy and pop culture.
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51:38 | Aug 31st

The week started with news from the G7 summit and headline-grabbing fires in the Amazon. Then, new polls this week seemed to indicate the Democratic primary race was tightening around Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Other new polls sh...Show More

54:27 | Aug 23rd

Clearly, it’s still August. Let’s review. President Trump was told he couldn’t buy Greenland from Denmark, so he canceled a visit to Denmark. The White House floats trial balloons of policies to address recession fears, while the president calls co...Show More

52:17 | Aug 16th

It was a wild week in the financial markets, driven by increasing worries about the global economy. President Trump delayed some tariffs on China so they won’t affect the holiday shopping season — an implicit admission that his trade policy is hurtin...Show More

53:08 | Aug 3rd

This week, the political debate dominated political debate.

55:33 | Jul 26th

Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally testifies before congress but did anything new come to light?

57:02 | Jul 19th

President Trump infuriated a fractured Democratic party this week by telling four of its newest members to go back to where they came from, but did his statement galvanize his base or his opponents’?

54:41 | Jul 5th

How is the American government system doing in its 243 year?

56:55 | Jun 21st

President Trump got ready to attack Iran and then, at the last minute, called it off.

50:28 | Jun 14th

There’s been some interesting movement in the polls as the candidates parade through Iowa.

51:22 | Jun 7th

There were Trumpian moments, but it wasn’t Trump’s most turbulent trip to Europe.

53:56 | May 24th

It was supposed to be infrastructure week for real this time.

58:55 | May 17th

This week, we moved a lot closer to a court challenge that could significantly reduce or eliminate constitutional protections for abortion rights.

53:28 | May 10th

It’s a special live Left, Right & Center recorded at UC Santa Barbara.

55:27 | May 3rd

A special live Left, Right & Center from the Milken Institute Global Conference.

56:35 | Apr 20th

Even with redactions, there’s plenty to discuss

54:06 | Apr 13th

Secretary Nielsen resigns, starting a string of departures at DHS

52:45 | Apr 5th

What Trump the golfer can tell us about Trump the president.

51:31 | Mar 29th

We don’t have the Mueller report yet, but we do have the Attorney General’s letter about the Mueller report.

51:33 | Mar 22nd

Democratic candidates are getting their days in the sun

51:33 | Mar 15th

Also in the show: President Trump’s first veto in defense of his border wall, Boeing, and college admissions scandal

51:31 | Mar 1st

President Trump said there is “warmth” between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, even though their summit was cut short with no deal.

51:37 | Feb 23rd

Plus: a catch-up conversation on the 2020 field

51:31 | Feb 15th

President Trump decides he’s done waiting for Congress to fund his border wall. He’s doing it himself, or at least trying to, anyway.

38:13 | Feb 8th

After a week of scandals, Virginia Democrats are in disarray.

28:28 | Feb 6th

Everyone is talking about Tuesday’s State of the Union, including us.

51:31 | Feb 1st

Democrats seem unlikely to give in to President Trump’s wall funding demands, making another government shutdown likely.

51:30 | Jan 26th

The government reopens (for now) after Trump caves on his wall demands.

51:53 | Jan 21st

Listen to America change… one person at a time. For these six people, the politics of the Trump era have changed everyday life. Follow them in real time through the tumultuous two years since he became president.

51:32 | Jan 18th

We’re not talking about the hamberders.

51:31 | Jan 11th

More than 800,000 federal employees continue to go without pay in what could soon be the longest government shutdown yet.

51:31 | Dec 23rd, 2018

A Left-only panel and a Right-only panel debate the future in this special episode

51:31 | Dec 21st, 2018

Secretary of Defense James “Maddog” Mattis resigns a day after Trump announces plans to withdraw military forces from Syria. Plus: can we afford a government shutdown?

51:31 | Dec 14th, 2018

President Trump says he’ll gladly take dire action if Congress won’t fund his border wall.

51:32 | Nov 30th, 2018

President Trump says it was very legal and very cool to run his business and campaign simultaneously, but was it?
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51:32 | Nov 22nd, 2018

Outrage about President Trump’s allegiance to Saudi Arabia is coming from both sides.
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51:31 | Nov 16th, 2018

We have a result in all but one of last week's Senate races and, of course, we're waiting on Florida.
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21:03 | Nov 9th, 2018

Jeff Sessions is out as President Trump’s attorney general.
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59:55 | Nov 8th, 2018

The results are in. Who’s happy? Who’s not?
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51:31 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Are we there yet? It's been a rough week.
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51:30 | Oct 26th, 2018

There has been an arrest in the attempted bombings of President Trump's opponents and critics: a 56-year-old resident of South Florida.
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51:32 | Oct 20th, 2018

‘Rogue killers’ or a planned murder?
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51:30 | Oct 12th, 2018

It’s a special live Left, Right & Center from San Francisco!
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51:30 | Oct 5th, 2018

As we taped this show, it appears Judge Brett Kavanaugh will soon be Justice Kavanaugh
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51:31 | Sep 28th, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford bared their souls in a hearing that lasted almost all of Thursday.
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51:31 | Sep 21st, 2018

It's a special live show of Left, Right & Center!
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51:32 | Sep 15th, 2018

Researchers say 3,000 people died because of Hurricane Maria, but President Trump says Democrats came up with that number to make him look bad.
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51:32 | Sep 7th, 2018

The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings and “Fear” inside the White House.
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51:31 | Aug 31st, 2018

Memories of John McCain from a close policy adviser and a reporter who covered his campaign.
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51:30 | Aug 24th, 2018

Two of President Trump’s close associates, eight felonies each.
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51:32 | Aug 17th, 2018

But important things are happening too, so we're going to talk about them.
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0:00 | Aug 11th, 2018

In Tuesday’s elections, Republicans appear to have held onto an Ohio House seat by the skin of their teeth. It shouldn’t have been that hard.
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0:00 | Aug 4th, 2018

The Constitution says yes, but common sense says no — says the lawyer representing the 3D-printed gun blueprint maker
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0:00 | Jul 27th, 2018

President Trump and Jean-Claude Juncker had very friendly meetings on trade and tariffs.
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0:00 | Jul 20th, 2018

We've all seen the press conference between President Trump and Vladimir Putin. Is there more to it?
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0:00 | Jul 13th, 2018

President Trump has harsh words for European leaders at the beginning of his visits, but by the end, he says it's all fine. Is it all fine?
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0:00 | Jul 6th, 2018

Like Scott Pruitt's former landlord, it took President Trump a while to get rid of him.
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0:00 | Jun 29th, 2018

Justice Anthony Kennedy announces his retirement from the Supreme Court. Who will be President Trump's second nominee to the bench?
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0:00 | Jun 22nd, 2018

There's more immigration news to discuss than just the First Lady's controversial jacket. Let's dig in.
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0:00 | Jun 15th, 2018

President Trump feels good about the summit and the agreement he signed with Kim Jong-Un, but does it mean anything?
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0:00 | Jun 8th, 2018

President Trump says Russia should be invited back to the group of world leaders.
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0:00 | Jun 6th, 2018

Subscribe to our new special series LRC Presents: All The President’s Lawyers and you’ll never miss a conversation about the president and all of his lawyers and legal troubles.
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0:00 | Jun 2nd, 2018

On the eve of hurricane season, a study says the death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria is 70 times higher than the official count.
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0:00 | May 25th, 2018

The Trump-Kim summit is canceled, but both Trump and Kim are expressing hope it will be un-canceled.
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0:00 | May 23rd, 2018

What does Michael Cohen, the president’s longtime personal lawyer, have to do with a guilty plea in Albany?
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0:00 | May 18th, 2018

Meanwhile, the love-fest is over in the Korean peninsula.
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0:00 | May 16th, 2018

...It doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not on your side. “It’s just how they say hello,” says criminal defense attorney Ken White. Ken and Josh Barro talk through some of the legal news this week: Paul Manafort’s attempts to get his...
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0:00 | May 11th, 2018

Will other world powers go along with President Trump’s plan to put pressure on Iran?
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0:00 | May 9th, 2018

When the news broke that major companies including AT&T and Novartis — and a Russian oligarch — made payments to a company controlled by Michael Cohen, the president’s personal lawyer, that was also used to pay out hush money to porn actress...
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0:00 | May 4th, 2018

Stormy Daniels, Rudy Giuliani, Michael Cohen and all the president's lawyers.
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0:00 | May 3rd, 2018

There was just too much to talk about: Rudy Giuliani admits to Sean Hannity that President Donald Trump reimbursed his attorney for the $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet. Plus, more on those leaked questions Robert Mueller...
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0:00 | Apr 28th, 2018

Kim Jong-Un of North Korea and Moon Jae-In of South Korean had a historic meeting where they set big goals for peace and denuclearization. The meeting was big on drama and scant on details. Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron deepen...
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0:00 | Apr 20th, 2018

But will he be confirmed as the new secretary of state?
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0:00 | Apr 13th, 2018

And Paul Ryan announces his departure from Congress.
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0:00 | Apr 6th, 2018

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's job is to protect wetlands. Is that why he can't convince anyone he's draining the swamp?
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0:00 | Mar 30th, 2018

President Trump picks his own doctor to run the VA.
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0:00 | Mar 23rd, 2018

John Bolton- a hawk's hawk- becomes Trump's National Security Advisor.
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0:00 | Mar 16th, 2018

The president uses social media to tell his secretary of state it's over.
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0:00 | Mar 9th, 2018

The two leaders move from taking Twitter shots to agreeing to an in-person summit.
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0:00 | Mar 2nd, 2018

President Trump wants tariffs on steel, and softens his tone on gun restrictions after meeting with the NRA.
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0:00 | Feb 24th, 2018

Plus, the Left, Right & Center panel picks up the national debate on gun violence.
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0:00 | Feb 16th, 2018

Hopes dim for a DACA fix and infrastructure deal.
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0:00 | Feb 9th, 2018

...And you probably slept through both.
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0:00 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Now that the Nunes memo has been released...well, what's in it?
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0:00 | Jan 26th, 2018

President Trump tells the world America is open for business while dealing with a big story at home.
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0:00 | Jan 19th, 2018

Will they or won't they? With no deal, Congress edges closer to the deadline to avoid a government shutdown.
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0:00 | Jan 12th, 2018

A certain word allegedly uttered by the president dominates the headlines as the DACA deal derails.
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0:00 | Jan 6th, 2018

President Trump and Steve Bannon exchange fire and furies over controversial White House tell-all book.
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0:00 | Dec 29th, 2017

Three stories from the year's news that need a little more attention and context from experts and the Left, Right & Center panel.
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0:00 | Dec 22nd, 2017

The LRC panel names the year's winners and losers, revisits their Inauguration Day predictions, and then makes more predictions for 2018.
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0:00 | Dec 15th, 2017

Doug Jones delivers an upset to Roy Moore as both parties look to the midterms
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0:00 | Dec 9th, 2017

President Trump says the US is recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He calls it a campaign promise, but is it a wise move? Under pressure from scandal, Democratic Senator Al Franken and Republican representative Trent Franks will resign, t...Show More
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0:00 | Dec 1st, 2017

Mike Flynn pleads guilty to lying to the FBI about Russia investigation.
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0:00 | Nov 24th, 2017

Thanksgiving from the Left, Right & Center.
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0:00 | Nov 17th, 2017

Should sexually harassing politicians step down?
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0:00 | Nov 15th, 2017

President Trump often gets blamed for the current backlash against immigrants. But do Democrats share any blame?
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0:00 | Nov 10th, 2017

Wins for Democrats, trouble for Roy Moore, and a look at the year that was.
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0:00 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Should terrorism in New York lead to the end of the Diversity Visa Lottery?
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0:00 | Oct 27th, 2017

Why are anti-Trump Republicans quitting instead of fighting?
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0:00 | Oct 20th, 2017

Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly says he is stunned.
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0:00 | Oct 13th, 2017

Trump issues two orders to undermine Obamacare.
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0:00 | Oct 6th, 2017

Will a gun control proposal find agreement?
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0:00 | Sep 29th, 2017

What's the right approach?
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0:00 | Sep 22nd, 2017

The GOP replacement plan is on life support, again.
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0:00 | Sep 15th, 2017

Trump negotiates with Democrats about Dreamers.
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0:00 | Sep 8th, 2017

President Trump & Congress Dems work together.
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0:00 | Sep 1st, 2017

President Trump on down react to the enormous disaster.
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0:00 | Aug 25th, 2017

Trump criticizes the media. Monument removal and Republicans
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0:00 | Aug 18th, 2017

Should Confederate monuments come down?
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0:00 | Aug 11th, 2017

Will the President start a war with North Korea via Twitter?
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0:00 | Aug 4th, 2017

Should there be a merit system?
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0:00 | Jul 28th, 2017

New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza describes his conversation with Anthony Scaramucci.
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0:00 | Jul 21st, 2017

Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci to be White House communications director which drove Spicer to resign.
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0:00 | Jul 14th, 2017

Is it still just smoke? Or is there a fire?
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0:00 | Jul 7th, 2017

Vladimir Putin denied Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
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0:00 | Jun 30th, 2017

Newest SCOTUS Justice Neil Gorsuch makes himself known.
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0:00 | Jun 23rd, 2017

Is it still too mean for Trump?
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0:00 | Jun 16th, 2017

If Washington isn't a swamp, can it be drained?
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0:00 | Jun 9th, 2017

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before Congress.
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0:00 | Jun 2nd, 2017

Trump says he was elected to serve Pittsburgh, not Paris.
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0:00 | May 26th, 2017

President Trump's travels got less fun as he went from the Middle East to Europe.
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0:00 | May 19th, 2017

Will next week get even weirder? (Special one-hour episode)
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0:00 | May 12th, 2017

The White House said James Comey's firing wasn't about the Russia investigation, but Trump kind of said it was.
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0:00 | May 5th, 2017

The House votes to repeal and replace Obamacare.
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0:00 | Apr 28th, 2017

What were the most important developments in Trump's first 100 days?
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0:00 | Apr 21st, 2017

Unauthorized crossing are down at the US-Mexico border. President Trump wants credit. Plus, Bill O'Reilly is out at Fox News.
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0:00 | Apr 14th, 2017

Will the new normal stick?
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0:00 | Apr 7th, 2017

Trump authorizes strikes in Syria after a chemical attack.
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0:00 | Mar 31st, 2017

Senate hearings on Russia, Flynn wants to testify, and the crisis of Trumpism.
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0:00 | Mar 24th, 2017

President Trump suffers his first big legislative defeat.
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0:00 | Mar 17th, 2017

Trumps' skinny budget goes fat on the military.
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0:00 | Mar 10th, 2017

The House Republicans present a healthcare bill.
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0:00 | Mar 3rd, 2017

Jeff Sessions recuses himself from investigations into Russia connections.
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0:00 | Feb 24th, 2017

President Trump has had it with leaks from his administration.
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0:00 | Feb 23rd, 2017

LRC travels to NYC, President Trump's hometown. Thursday, February 23 at 7pm
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0:00 | Feb 17th, 2017

Why can't Trump fill the NSA position? Also, ICE raids.
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0:00 | Feb 10th, 2017

President Trump's travel ban gets slapped down in court.
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0:00 | Feb 3rd, 2017

President Trump's busy second week.
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0:00 | Jan 27th, 2017

Building a wall along the Mexican border.
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0:00 | Jan 20th, 2017

How much will Donald Trump's posture shift now that he is president?
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0:00 | Jan 13th, 2017

A dubious dossier, cabinet nominees and repealing Obamacare.
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0:00 | Jan 6th, 2017

Trump gets intelligence briefings, and Republicans get Obamacare cold feet.
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0:00 | Dec 30th, 2016

A year ago pundits were laughing off Donald Trump. Now who's the joke?
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0:00 | Dec 23rd, 2016

Donald Trump says attacks in Berlin and Turkey prove him right about Islamist terrorism.
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0:00 | Dec 16th, 2016

Is the US doing what it should in Syria?
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0:00 | Dec 9th, 2016

Is it time to let go of Trump outrage?
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0:00 | Dec 2nd, 2016

It's drama worthy of a reality TV show over Secretary of State.
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0:00 | Nov 25th, 2016

Thanksgiving from the Left, Right & Center.
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0:00 | Nov 18th, 2016

Will Senate Republicans rein Trump in?
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0:00 | Nov 12th, 2016

Our panelists react to the 2016 presidential election. They're somewhere between hopeful and despondent.
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0:00 | Nov 11th, 2016

In this one-hour special, our panelists react to the 2016 presidential election. They're somewhere between hopeful and despondent.
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0:00 | Nov 4th, 2016

How anxious are you? Who is going to win?
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0:00 | Oct 28th, 2016

The FBI reopens its Clinton email investigation
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0:00 | Oct 21st, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's final debate.
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0:00 | Oct 21st, 2016

We break down this wild, wacky circus of an election season.
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0:00 | Oct 14th, 2016

Republicans and Democrats respond to Trump's Access Hollywood tape.
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0:00 | Oct 7th, 2016

Is Mike Pence prepping for 2020?
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0:00 | Sep 30th, 2016

Will post-debate banter be more important?
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0:00 | Sep 23rd, 2016

Should the Charlotte police department release video of an officer shooting?
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0:00 | Sep 16th, 2016

…and then blames Clinton for the idea.
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0:00 | Sep 9th, 2016

What is Aleppo?
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0:00 | Sep 2nd, 2016

...then they got into a fight on Twitter.
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0:00 | Aug 26th, 2016

Hillary Clinton ties Trump to his fringe white supporters.
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0:00 | Aug 19th, 2016

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0:00 | Aug 12th, 2016

...and more outrageous remarks.
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0:00 | Aug 5th, 2016

Three national polls have the GOP candidate down.
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0:00 | Jul 29th, 2016

How did Hillary Clinton's convention measure up?
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0:00 | Jul 22nd, 2016

The Republican Convention comes to a close.
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0:00 | Jul 15th, 2016

What can be done to prevent such a simple and brutal attack?
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0:00 | Jul 8th, 2016

Two black men and then five police officers are shot.
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0:00 | Jul 1st, 2016

ISIS strikes in Turkey, Supreme Court upholds abortion rights, Britain struggles.
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0:00 | Jun 24th, 2016

How does Britain's leave from the EU affect the United States?
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0:00 | Jun 17th, 2016

Debating the motivations and preventions of tragedy.
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0:00 | Jun 10th, 2016

Will the parties rally behind their candidates?
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0:00 | Jun 3rd, 2016

Clinton says Trump should not be trusted to have a hand on the nuclear button. Paul Ryan endorses him. And Trump says a judge is too Mexican.
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0:00 | May 27th, 2016

Is it OK to wave a Mexican flag at a Donald Trump protest?
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0:00 | May 20th, 2016

It's time for a primary season group therapy session.
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0:00 | May 13th, 2016

Trump and Ryan's "great" meeting and what does Hillary Clinton owe African-American female voters?
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0:00 | May 6th, 2016

Clinton and Trump pivot for the general election. Will it work?
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0:00 | Apr 29th, 2016

Bernie Sanders will fight for a more left-wing platform and Lucifer gets a running mate.
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0:00 | Apr 22nd, 2016

The Supreme Court hears immigration policy arguments and Hamilton stays on the $10 bill.
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0:00 | Apr 15th, 2016

Rep. Barney Frank says Bernie Sanders should clarify what size of bank is acceptable.
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0:00 | Apr 8th, 2016

The race for both nominations get heated. Understanding the Panama Papers.
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0:00 | Apr 1st, 2016

GOP candidates back away from pledge to support their party's candidate.
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0:00 | Mar 25th, 2016

Were there errors on part of Belgian law enforcement? What is the significance of Obama's trip to Cuba?
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0:00 | Mar 18th, 2016

Are we on a runaway Trump train?
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0:00 | Mar 11th, 2016

Republicans endorse each other and blame Obama for Trump's rise.
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0:00 | Mar 4th, 2016

GOP anger, bargaining and depression; and the women of SCOTUS
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0:00 | Feb 26th, 2016

Chris Christie endorses Trump, closing Guantánamo, and iPhone security.
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0:00 | Feb 19th, 2016

Who should succeed Justice Scalia? Can the Pope judge someone's Christianity?
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0:00 | Feb 12th, 2016

What's going to happen in Nevada and South Carolina?
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0:00 | Feb 5th, 2016

Can Marco Rubio consolidate the establishment vote? Artful smears in the Democrat side?
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0:00 | Jan 29th, 2016

Donald Trump skips the last debate. Democrats fight for the soul of their party.
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0:00 | Jan 22nd, 2016

National Review goes "Against Trump," Bernie goes against the establishment, and Flint, Michigan still needs water.
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0:00 | Jan 15th, 2016

Does Donald Trump have New York Values? Does Ted Cruz have Calgary values?
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0:00 | Jan 8th, 2016

President Obama says he's a single-issue voter for gun control.
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0:00 | Jan 1st, 2016

We talk winners, losers, overrated and under-covered.
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0:00 | Dec 25th, 2015

Is America heading left?
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0:00 | Dec 18th, 2015

The Republicans hold their last presidential debate of the year.
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0:00 | Dec 11th, 2015

Donald Trump proposes banning Muslims from entering the US
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0:00 | Dec 4th, 2015

Trying to make sense of the latest mass shooting.
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0:00 | Nov 27th, 2015

We're thankful for modern medicine, helping refugees, consumer culture -- and Donald Trump?
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0:00 | Nov 20th, 2015

The Paris attacks, their aftermath and the Syrian refugee crisis.
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0:00 | Nov 13th, 2015

Republican candidates debate immigration reform.
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0:00 | Nov 6th, 2015

Obama rejects the Keystone Pipeline over climate concerns, Republicans fight for first place.
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0:00 | Oct 30th, 2015

Debate backlash and a budget deal in the Senate.
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0:00 | Oct 23rd, 2015

Hillary Clinton had a good week.
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0:00 | Oct 16th, 2015

Obama announces we will not withdraw from Afghanistan after all.
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0:00 | Oct 9th, 2015

Republicans search for a new Speaker of the House.
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0:00 | Oct 2nd, 2015

Another mass shooting has left ten people dead at a community college in Oregon. Also on the program, Russian strikes in Syria.
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0:00 | Sep 25th, 2015

Boehner's resignation, the Pope's visit, and China's and VW's emissions.