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Michael Lewis: Who’s Actually Running Our Government?

30:19 | Oct 12th, 2018

How do you make the most arcane, overlooked, eyes-glaze-over – and most critical – aspect of the U.S. government – interesting? How do you help folks understand that the so-called deep state – the parts of the bureaucracy that some people ignore and ...Show More
Sen. Maggie Hassan: 'No More Medical Surprises'

18:32 | Dec 6th, 2018

So you’re in a restaurant. Great meal. The bill comes, and it’s got a surprise – an unexpected $10 charge because, well it turns out your entrée required a special ingredient the server forgot to mention.   Would you pay it? Would you expect to have ...Show More
Live from Harvard's Kennedy School

1:17:30 | Oct 29th, 2018

This is a special live edition of Political Wire Conversations. On Friday, I hosted an outstanding live event and discussion at Harvard’s Kennedy School: Midterm Elections Preview: Blue Wave or Red Save? I was joined onstage by an All Star cast of p...Show More
Richard Clarke: Democracy Is On the Ballot

30:20 | Oct 19th, 2018

The countdown to Midterms is on. With less than three weeks to go, many questions remain and the stakes couldn’t be higher. How high? According to my guest today, “the nature of our democracy is on the ballot.” I’m not sure I disagree.You may remembe...Show More
Rebecca Traister: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger

34:30 | Oct 2nd, 2018

One thing is sure about the extraordinary, once-in-a-generation Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing last week: There was a lot of anger in the room.Judge Brett Kavanaugh: Angry. Senator Lindsay Graham: Angry.But it might have been the anger outside ...Show More
Major Garrett: What’s It Like to Cover the Trump White House

32:37 | Sep 25th, 2018

Think your life is crazy? How’d you like to be a White House correspondent with Donald Trump in the Oval Office?After all, if your daily schedule doesn’t get turned around multiple times, you always could get cursed or threatened at a campaign rally....Show More
Doris Kearns Goodwin: Trolling Trump on Leadership

29:41 | Sep 18th, 2018

Doris Kearns Goodwin. Do I need to say more?Seven books; multiple New York Times’ best sellers; Pulitzer Prize. She is simply one of our nation’s great presidential historians.And Doris has spent much of her career studying four of the best – Lincoln...Show More
David Kaplan: The Most Dangerous Branch of Government

36:53 | Sep 7th, 2018

How important has the Supreme Court become in American life? From gun rights to personal relationships, from money in politics to healthcare, whether it’s access to abortion, the voting booth or even our borders, the Supreme Court increasingly domina...Show More
Michael D’Antonio and Peter Eisner: Who Is Mike Pence?

34:06 | Aug 30th, 2018

Who is Mike Pence? It seems strange, but more than two years after he entered our national stage, how much do you feel you know about the Vice President? He’s a man of faith – we know that… but what exactly does it mean? He has acted as something of ...Show More
Jason Kander: Lessons In Everyday Courage

29:24 | Aug 20th, 2018

Jason Kander has a lot going on.To begin, he’s running for mayor of Kansas City. For most of us, that would be a full-time job. But as you’ll hear, Jason Kander is most definitely not the rest of us. It’s not just that he can rebuild a combat weapon ...Show More
Rick Wilson: A GOP Strategist on the 'Worst President Ever'

21:02 | Aug 10th, 2018

Rick Wilson doesn’t expect you to like him.For the last 30 years, Rick has been part of the underbelly of American politics: A self-described “Republican political strategist and infamous negative ad-maker.”And he’s done it for Republicans at all lev...Show More
Catherine Rampell: What, Exactly, is Trumponomics?

32:30 | Jul 28th, 2018

The latest economic numbers are out, and by the time you hear this podcast, Donald Trump surely will have told us all why they are great, why tariffs work, and why this economy is the best ever.But you know better. Or at least Washington Post opinion...Show More
Nicholas Burns: 'I Don’t Think He’s Fit for Office'

25:17 | Jul 20th, 2018

Well, that was quite a week. And no doubt, in the few hours between my recording this intro and when the podcast drops, another extraordinary week will have passed.How to make sense of it? To fashionably employ the double negative – it’s so good to s...Show More
Brian Abrams: Understanding Obama

33:58 | Jul 13th, 2018

It feels like a lifetime ago, I know. But so much of what’s happening today – the divides, anger, insults, policy realities – have emerged as a reaction to the Obama years. To understand today, it helps to understand what came before.Brian Abrams mak...Show More
Dan Pfeiffer: What Comes Next for Democrats

31:18 | Jun 29th, 2018

So here’s the timeline: Two days ago, I spoke with Dan Pfeiffer. As you surely know, he’s President Obama's former communications director and senior advisor and co-host of a podcast you might have heard of: Pod Save America. Then yesterday, Dan’s ne...Show More
Steven Brill: The Fifty-Year Fall of America

26:33 | Jun 22nd, 2018

In the face of jailing immigrant children, questions about capitalism amid tariffs and possible trade wars, and concerns about democracy as we reject western allies and warmly welcome authoritarians and dictators, a lot of us are wondering not just w...Show More
Scott Jennings: What's Happening to the Republican Party?

34:07 | Jun 15th, 2018

For many on the right and left, the question has been “what’s happening to the GOP?” Free Trade? Gone. Budget deficits? No problem Free movement of labor? Not so much. Military war exercises? Who needs’em? Russia as outlaw state? How about Russia in ...Show More
Harry Litman: Does President Trump Think He's a King?

34:14 | Jun 12th, 2018

Does President Trump think he’s a king?That was the provocative headline to a recent piece by Harry Litman, a former U.S. Attorney and Deputy Assistant U.S. Attorney General. Litman made his argument after reviewing the legal arguments made in that c...Show More
Bill Browder: Vladimir Putin's Public Enemy No. 1

36:30 | Jun 1st, 2018

If you know Bill Browder's story already, you surely won’t mind hearing it again. It’s extraordinary. If you haven’t heard it before, get ready. Bill Browder very well may be Vladimir Putin’s public enemy No. 1. Why? Remember that “Hillary dirt” Russ...Show More
Gen. Michael Hayden: Trump's Assault on Intelligence

33:50 | May 25th, 2018

Of the many institutions that Donald Trump has attacked – Courts, Congress, media, political parties, diplomats, former Presidents – perhaps the most surprising and unnerving has been the relentless attacks on our intelligence community. Even before ...Show More
Amy Walter: Six Months Until Midterms… What Do We Know?

37:42 | May 20th, 2018

Can we talk politics?In the last weeks on this podcast, we’ve talked about racism, our shrinking diplomacy, the Mueller investigation, how democracies die, and more.But we ought not forget: it’s the political elections that deliver the policies that ...Show More
Mitch Landrieu: A White Southerner Confronts History

22:52 | May 7th, 2018

Usually we drop these conversations on Friday mornings – you know, something to look forward to since the workweek excitement is about to end.But we’re posting this on Monday, May 7 because of my guest: It’s his last day as Mayor of New Orleans.Did y...Show More
Ronan Farrow: Inside the War on Peace

31:02 | May 4th, 2018

Iran, North Korea, Syria, Brexit, Paris Agreement, China. Prime Minister Abe, Macron, Merkel, Xi, a fellow named Putin. At a time when U.S. foreign policy – when diplomacy itself – requires as much clarity and coordination and skill as it has in deca...Show More
Stuart Eizenstat: Taking Another Look at the Carter Years

39:49 | Apr 27th, 2018

Forget everything you think you know about President Jimmy Carter and get ready to ask yourself: Was he an ineffective, overwhelmed outsider who oversaw four of the worst years in our history… or, as my guest today argues, was Carter’s presidency one...Show More
Asha Rangappa: How Will the Mueller Investigation End?

32:31 | Apr 13th, 2018

How will it end?For any of us following the Mueller investigation -- hanging on the latest leaks around the mood inside the White House and who might get fired or not fired – the wonder of what’s next is relentless. The possibilities seem endless.Tha...Show More
Jennifer Palmieri: Who Will Be the First Woman President?

38:19 | Apr 9th, 2018

Why is Hillary Clinton not the first woman President?Many people, political types, historians and sociologists will consider that question for many years to come. But besides Hillary Clinton herself, the people who surely must think about it most are...Show More
Rick Hasen: How Antonin Scalia was the Donald Trump of the Supreme Court

35:43 | Mar 30th, 2018

Perhaps this is how the Framers wanted it, but has there ever been a time where more issues with the potential to more deeply divide us – has there ever been a time where more of them seemed so likely to head to the same place: The U.S. Supreme Court...Show More
David Wasserman: The House Outlook for 2018

25:35 | Mar 23rd, 2018

For the last several weeks, regular listeners will know that I’ve been pretty focused on the state of our democracy. We all need to pay attention. At the heart of democracy, of course, is elections… and so today we get to focus on the politics and pr...Show More
Michael Isikoff and David Corn: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America

28:57 | Mar 15th, 2018

With the daily headlines on Russia – Nunes memos, Mueller indictments, Trump denials, continual cable TV panels – it’s easy to miss a powerful and – as it turns out, complicated – question: How did Russia happen? How did we get here?For many of us, t...Show More
Chris Whipple: How the Trump White House Is the Most Dysfunctional Ever

37:37 | Mar 9th, 2018

I’ve just got one thing to say: Thank goodness for John Kelly! I bet that’s not the one thing you expected me to say. But here’s why:With Kelly so much in the news – for the Rob Porter disaster, inexplicable non-existent security clearances, insultin...Show More
Steve Coll: Inside America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan

31:23 | Feb 20th, 2018

About 13 years ago, I climbed on the bandwagon and, like lots of other folks, read several books to better understand our history in Afghanistan and Iraq and with Al Quaeda — how we got into the mess and, maybe how we’d get out.You may recall – it wa...Show More
How Democracies Die

38:57 | Feb 9th, 2018

I might not have a more important political conversation this year than the one I just had with Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. You’ll be tempted to look at the title of their book How Democracies Die and – particularly if you sit on the left sid...Show More
Peter Enns: Where Polls Live Forever

42:22 | Jan 31st, 2018

If you’ve ever wondered: Where do public polls go to die, today we bring you the answer: They don’t. They live on forever at the Roper Center. One of the things I love most about doing this podcast is the opportunity to talk with incredibly smart peo...Show More
David Cay Johnston: Political Termites

40:47 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Investigative Reporter David Cay Johnston documents President Trump’s first year in office and explains why “It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America.”
McKay Coppins: What Is God's Plan for Mike Pence?

25:19 | Dec 18th, 2017

McKay Coppins, Staff Writer at The Atlantic, joins Chris to discuss religion and politics, and his recent piece: "God’s Plan for Mike Pence." If we want to understand just how divided the country is – and if we want to consider whether it will ever ...Show More
Chris Matthews: Looking at Today's Politics Through the Perspective of RFK

39:00 | Dec 8th, 2017

First, where to begin? Roy Moore? Al Franken? Tax bill? Jerusalem? Government shutdown? Russia? The pace of politics is relentless – fatiguing, really – so you need someone of relentless energy to talk about politics with. And few have more relentles...Show More
Charlie Cook: Is There a Democratic Wave Coming In 2018?

44:01 | Nov 22nd, 2017

It’s only a slight exaggeration that there is nothing in the political world that Charlie Cook can’t analyze, clarify or explain.Which is good news, because we had plenty to cover, starting with the Cook Political Report’s Midterm analysis. The repor...Show More
Preet Bharara: How to Flip a Witness

28:53 | Nov 13th, 2017

I just finished talking with former U.S. Attorney and current podcast/analysis/and media star Preet Bharara. He claims to be a rookie at this whole media thing, but if you’ve listened to his top rated podcast “Stay Tuned with Preet,” you know that’s ...Show More
Rep. Jim Jordan: "Just Ask Me"

20:07 | Oct 4th, 2017

So a couple of weeks ago, I saw Rep. Jim Jordan – Republican from Ohio’s 4th congressional district – say something on TV that I feel I see our politicians say all the time and I never believe: Call me.Rep. Jordan was reacting to something that had b...Show More
Jason Altmire: A Former Congressman Explains Our Divided Country

41:54 | Oct 3rd, 2017

So this is tough one. I just finished speaking with former Congressman Jason Altmire. He has written a new book that I really hope you read. It captures exactly what most of us hope for, but also seems like a ridiculous long shot at the moment: That ...Show More
David Litt: My Hopey, Changey White House Years

29:25 | Sep 20th, 2017

It turns out the key to a great conversation: Book a comedy-writing presidential speechwriter as your guest. That’s what we have for you today. David Litt worked in the Barack Obama White House as Special Assistant to the President and senior preside...Show More
Joshua Green: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency

25:47 | Jul 22nd, 2017

If you’re going to read one book on politics this summer vacation, the word is out: Devil’s Bargain – Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency is the one. The book is by Josh Green, Senior National Correspondent for Bloomberg Bu...Show More
Graham Allison: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War?

33:52 | Jul 21st, 2017

That’s the provocative, timely, and somewhat scary question posed by one of America’s great authorities on international affairs: Harvard’s Graham Allison. Allison looks at the rising tensions between the two global competitors through a 2500-year le...Show More
Al Franken: "I freed up the funny"

34:05 | Jun 8th, 2017

So where do you start a conversation with U.S. Senator Al Franken? There’s so much to discuss. Russia investigations? President Trump? Congressional Hearings? Health Care? Which is why we started with the obvious: The Grateful Dead. He’s a big fan. B...Show More
Sidney Blumenthal: 'Wrestling with His Angel'

33:09 | May 20th, 2017

I just finished talking with Sidney Blumenthal, and I know, depending on which cable network you prefer, he’s someone you already likely either love or hate. But I’m telling you, regardless of where you fall, you’re really going to like this conversa...Show More
Tom Walker (a.k.a. Jonathan Pie): Political satire in the Trump era

48:29 | Apr 11th, 2017

Today Tom Walker is going to set you straight on politics, liberalism, free speech, and more. Who’s Tom Walker? You might know him better as Jonathan Pie, the liberal British “newscaster” – and that’s in quotes – who keeps getting surreptitiously fil...Show More
Garry Kasparov: Why Trump Will Lose Playing Putin’s Dangerous Game

42:42 | Mar 3rd, 2017

What went on – and is going on – with Russia and the U.S., or more specifically, Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump? DNC hacking; the President’s continually positive characterizations of Putin; former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn;...Show More
Norm Eisen: Is Donald Trump Above the Law?

34:08 | Jan 19th, 2017

It feels like every day we reach a new point of “well, this has never happened before” in American politics. And I’m not just talking about the Tweets. Ok, the tweets are something. Incredible, really. We can and will have a conversation on when to i...Show More
Celinda Lake: It Was Still the Economy, Stupid

31:07 | Dec 24th, 2016

The Electoral College has voted. The next cabinet is essentially filled. And with the holiday season here, and our focus is turning to the little things like peace on earth and good will towards men. And yet, even with the time passing, even with the...Show More
Neil Newhouse: The ‘Nose-Holder’ Election

38:43 | Nov 4th, 2016

We’re down to the numbers game, folks. Don’t worry, I’m sure we’ll still have the name calling, threats, promises, rallies, commercials and more – I didn’t say the campaign is over – but all focus now turns to a single number: 270. What’s the best p...Show More
David Wasserman: Can Democrats Put More House Seats In Play?

25:35 | Oct 26th, 2016

It’s so hard to talk politics and not have the whole conversation be about Donald Trump. And with all of the coverage – even ours – seemingly centered on the Presidential race, it might be hard to remember that there’s another branch of government wh...Show More
What's Going On with the Republican Party?

37:07 | Oct 17th, 2016

I wanted to step away from the daily politics today and take a bit of a longer view, because maybe you’re wondering the same thing I am: What’s going on with the Republican Party? Everywhere you turn there’s another layer of erosion, whether from pol...Show More
Dan Drezner: Foreign Policy for Campaigns is Like an Unexploded Landmine

37:47 | Sep 28th, 2016

I just finished talking with Dan Drezner, Professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Stay with me now… because Drezner is most definitely not your parents’ poli sci professor.   For one, you’...Show More
Jim Messina: "It Was Always Going to be Close"

32:28 | Sep 24th, 2016

So I just finished talking with Jim Messina, Barack Obama’s winning 2012 campaign manager. Boy this guy knows politics. He knows the numbers. He knows the states. He knows the strategies. He knows the personalities. And he offers this great mix of n...Show More
Maureen Dowd: "This is Pure Madness"

27:44 | Sep 16th, 2016

So if this campaign is part psychological drama, part comical farce – a matchup of personalities that would be case studies 1 and 1a for any Psych 101 class… is there anyone better to talk to than Maureen Dowd? Of course there isn’t. Which is why I ...Show More
Robert Costa: Reporting on a 'Wild and Weird' Election

35:09 | Sep 8th, 2016

So I just finished talking with Robert Costa, the Washington Post National Political Reporter and political analyst for NBC and MSNBC. The call was perfectly timed, as just this morning, a bunch of publications – including the Washington Post and Bo...Show More
Stuart Stevens: A Neutron Bomb Has Gone Off in the Republican Party

53:03 | Aug 27th, 2016

Where does Stuart Stevens find the time? He is a founding partner of Strategic Partners & Media, the political consulting firm. He’s a Daily Beast contributor. He was the lead political strategist for the 2012 Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Rom...Show More
Jim Lehrer: There's Never Been One Like This

32:26 | Aug 3rd, 2016

Jim Lehrer, the Dean of debate moderators, as Bernie Shaw once called him, joins us on Political Wire Conversations. Moderator of 12 U.S. Presidential debates. He’s also a current member of the Board of Directors for the Commission on Presidential De...Show More
Taegan Goddard: Is This Clinton's Election to Lose?

30:26 | Jul 13th, 2016

The 2016 presidential campaign is shaping up as Hillary Clinton's race to lose -- unless everything we know about politics is wrong. Clinton is leading Donald Trump in the national polls and most state polls as well. Nearly every forecast at this poi...Show More
John Dickerson: Have We Really Never Seen a Presidential Election Like This One?

44:41 | Jul 8th, 2016

We’re in the middle of a political campaign that everyone says is unprecedented. There’s never been a candidate like Donald Trump. There’s never been a candidate like Hillary Clinton. There’s never been a campaign like this one. Never more negative. ...Show More
Van Jones: When the Temperature Gets Too Hot

40:00 | Jun 2nd, 2016

So as you know, because you can hardly turn on the television without seeing him, Van Jones is a political commentator on CNN. But as you’ll hear, he’s got so much else going on. He is President of Dream Corps and Rebuild the Dream, and you’ll hear a...Show More
Josh King: An Advance Man’s Look at the 2016 Campaign

37:46 | May 11th, 2016

Chris Riback talks to Josh King about his new book, An Advance Man’s Guide to White House Stagecraft, Campaign Spectacle, and Political Suicide, and the 2016 presidential campaign. King, a veteran of Bill Clinton's White House, leads readers through ...Show More
Charlie Cook: This Has Been the Wildest Year

29:01 | Apr 21st, 2016

If you really want to know how good the Cook Political Report is, you’ll want to listen up – because we’ve got the real thing! Charlie Cook is Editor and Publisher of the eponymous Cook Political Report. He is also a National Journal columnist, and i...Show More
Taegan Goddard: The Outcomes Look Bleak for Republicans

32:59 | Apr 12th, 2016

The candidates may be riding the subway in New York. Perhaps they’re thinking about Pennsylvania – Even California. But all political eyes are on Cleveland. While polls show Donald Trump crushing in the Big Apple, Ted Cruz was the Big Cheese in Wisc...Show More
Rick Shenkman: What Your Brain Really Thinks About Donald Trump

38:09 | Apr 1st, 2016

Many of us look at this extraordinary, ridiculous, seemingly-unprecedented political season and wonder: How is this possible? The anger perhaps we understand. The feeling that the system is so corrupted that the only effective approach will be to ki...Show More
Mark Blumenthal: What Do Americans Really Think About Politics?

34:37 | Mar 20th, 2016

Chris Riback speaks with pollster Mark Blumenthal on what we know about the 2016 presidential election. For answers to a Presidential campaign that few predicted and fewer, perhaps, pretend to understand, we often turn to the dark science of polling....Show More
Taegan Goddard: The Party No Longer Decides

25:46 | Mar 16th, 2016

Chris Riback and Taegan Goddard discuss the how Donald Trump's campaign not only broke the Republican party but broke political science. What in the world is going on? We are well into a primary season with results few of us expected, headed straigh...Show More
Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore

23:18 | Nov 22nd, 2014

With the elections finally behind us, our focus turns the hard work of governing – and the big question of what, if anything, will get done?With Republicans controlling Congress and a lame duck Democrat who’s surely thinking about his legacy in the W...Show More
David King, Harvard Kennedy School

26:11 | Nov 1st, 2014

Midterms 2014 are just around the corner, and for Repubicans it seems the voting can’t come soon enough. State by state, poll by poll, the GOP appears to pick up steam by the day. They can taste Senate control.Are the appearances true? Might there ev...Show More
Larry Sabato, Center for Politics at the University of Virginia

24:55 | Oct 24th, 2014

It’s almost time – Election Day 2014, Midterm style is less than two weeks away. We can see the finish line from here – unless, that is, the finish line gets moved.With Republicans seeming more and more likely to take Senate control, could this elect...Show More
Charlie Cook, The Cook Political Report

26:00 | Oct 16th, 2014

We’re proud to have as our guest today – our sponsor, Charlie Cook, Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report and Columnist for the National Journal.Few follow the ins and outs of political campaigns more closely than Cook and his team of rep...Show More
Stan Greenberg, Democratic pollster

27:26 | Oct 9th, 2014

With less than a month to go, the question that’s been at the center of the midterm elections continues to be the big unknown: Who will take control of the Senate.We know that stats: 36 races are on the ballots; to takeover control, Republicans need ...Show More
Jules Witcover, author of "The American Vice Presidency: From Irrelevance to Power"

31:21 | Oct 3rd, 2014

Is there any office in American politics with simultaneously more and less power than the Vice Presidency?Indeed, there may be no phrase in American politics that carries more unspoken meanings than “A heartbeat away.” It’s been used to create fear a...Show More
Sam Wang, Founder of Princeton Election Consortium

31:27 | Sep 25th, 2014

It remains impossible to talk about the 2014 Midterms without turning immediately to the big question – the only question –which party will take Senate Control? And who are we to fight that power?So while we wait 6 weeks for actual results, we turn i...Show More
Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight

25:24 | Sep 18th, 2014

As we make our way towards the first Tuesday in November, a highly-watched, always-debated component of American politics is ready to take it’s place center stage: Statistical models.These models, which connect and weight a range of ever-changing dat...Show More
Chuck McCutcheon and David Mark, authors of "Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs and Washington Handshakes"

24:55 | Sep 10th, 2014

Every topic has its own slang, it’s own lingua franca. From football’s NFL stadiums to academia’s ivory towers to California’s beaches, every niche these days maintains a coded language of its own.To really understand these niches – to be clear on wh...Show More
John Avlon, Editor in Chief of The Daily Beast, author of "Wingnuts"

23:33 | Sep 5th, 2014

Finally, summer is over! The relaxation, beach vacations and barbecues are finally behind us and in this post-Labor Day glow, Americans can focus on our prime national sport – the one with the late hits, flagrant fouls and crazy fanatics.Of course, I...Show More
John Dean, author of The Nixon Defense

24:43 | Jul 28th, 2014

In little more than a week, we’ll mark 40 years since one of the darkest days in American politics, government and culture – 40 years since President Richard Nixon resigned our nation’s highest office.Much has been written and reviewed about Watergat...Show More
Alex Lundry

30:52 | Jul 22nd, 2014

It’s time to review what may become the most important words in the 2014 Midterm and 2016 Presidential campaigns. These words are not immigration or gun control or employment. They’re neither liberal or conservative The most important words just may ...Show More
Noam Bramson, Mayor of New Rochelle

26:40 | Jul 18th, 2014

Is political courage dead? The question gets asked a lot these days, most recently around President Obama and the immigration-border control disaster. Joe Klein of Time wrote what many of us feel: “True political courage is near extinct.” He continue...Show More
Willy Jay on the Supreme Court term

27:27 | Jul 3rd, 2014

It’s an annual summer event, as much a part of our American culture as a Fourth of July barbeque – often with its own set of fireworks: Another Supreme Court term ended. It’s time to make sense of the policies and the politics.Important and intriguin...Show More
Carroll Doherty, Pew Research Center

30:50 | Jun 27th, 2014

It’s no shock, of course, that we live in polarized times. Even with no empirical evidence, everything seems to feel more ideological and divided than it has in many of our lifetimes. So is that true? And if so, is there a way out?Well, we now have a...Show More
David Wasserman, Cook Political Report

28:26 | Jun 25th, 2014

For anyone who thought Midterms 2014 was only about the Senate and which party will take control, we recently got our wakeup call. Congress has another chamber, as well.You may have heard: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary race to a ...Show More
Doug Schoen, Democratic pollster

16:12 | Jun 20th, 2014

Today’s issue, who’s running harder against President Obama – Republicans or Democrats? The question is only partly exaggerated. From criticism on “who lost Iraq” to the handling of the Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prisoner exchange to even the environmen...Show More
Philip Howard, author of "The Rule of Nobody"

30:07 | Jun 20th, 2014

For anyone who looks at our government today and says, “Everything seems great to me. No room for improvement here,” well, today’s conversation is not for you.Now that that person has stopped listening, here’s what the rest of America can learn from ...Show More
Ken Vogel, author of Big Money

36:26 | Jun 13th, 2014

At first glance, today’s conversation might seem as surprising as dog bites man: Money has taken over our political process. I know – not a shocker. But what if I told you that, quite possibly, our next President will be chosen by 5 or 6 of the riche...Show More
Joe Lockhart, former White House Press Secretary

27:57 | Jun 8th, 2014

The White House recently announced a change at the top. Not the very top, of course, but as head of the Press Office. Jay Carney is stepping down; Josh Earnest is stepping up.The White House Press Secretary is, quite often, America’s face to the worl...Show More
Nate Cohn, The Upshot/New York Times

36:16 | Jun 6th, 2014

Forget the Koch Brothers or Super PACs or even President. The most-watched player in the 2014 Midterms just might be a computer program called LEO.LEO is the always-on, data-crunching, poll-adjusting Senate forecasting model used by the New York Time...Show More
Mike McCurry, former White House press secretary

34:57 | Jun 3rd, 2014

Throughout American history, the balance of faith and politics has helped define who we are. And that definition hasn’t always been totally clear.Examples of extreme positives and negatives have dominated our headlines – from the clergy’s role in dri...Show More
Michael D. Shear, White House Correspondent at the New York Times

32:52 | May 29th, 2014

You think it’s hard to manage your life? Your schedule runs at the mercy of your boss or your clients or spouse or kids… Well, I’m pretty confident your life is smooth sailing compared to today’s guest.Michael D. Shear is White House Correspondent at...Show More
Jonathan Alter, executive producer of Alpha House

34:35 | May 29th, 2014

It’s no secret that trust in government and politicians continues to chill. From a recent Harvard poll of Millennials to earlier surveys of older voters, the question for Midterms 2014 may not be whom do we trust, but do we trust at all?But as our tr...Show More
Jon Ralston, Ralston Reports

30:50 | May 23rd, 2014

As the battle for US Senate control continues to dominate Midterms 2014, perhaps the most influential and controversial senator in the process is not even running.It’s hardly an exaggeration that Majority Leader Harry Reid is the key Senate player in...Show More
John Della Volpe, Harvard Institute of Politics

30:55 | May 21st, 2014

With key Senate battles in multiple states, and both parties looking to build 2016 momentum, for Midterms this year, the old line is true: Every vote will count.So here’s some bad news for candidates who might be depending on young voters  for victor...Show More
Susan Demas, Inside Michigan Politics

28:58 | May 17th, 2014

It’s been more than a year since Michigan’s six-term U.S. Senator Carl Levin announced he was calling it quits. Like other Democrats, Levin made his decision early – giving his party the chance to choose its best candidate and build a big lead.While ...Show More
Wayne Slater, Dallas Morning News

42:04 | May 14th, 2014

As we continue our state by state deep dives, whaddya say we mess with Texas?In a place known for big personalities – big everything, really – this year is no exception.Of course, this year the eyes of Texas – and eyes in many other parts of the coun...Show More
Kay Henderson, Radio Iowa

31:55 | May 9th, 2014

If there’s one state where politics never turns off, it’s Iowa. And while preparations for the next Iowa Caucus seem to start the day the current Caucus ends, there is, perhaps, a more interesting new development on the Iowa horizon – for the first t...Show More
Adam Smith, Tampa Bay Times

26:18 | May 6th, 2014

As we continue our deep dives into Midterm 2014 key states, we visit a place where the focus is not on the Senate, but on the Governor’s mansion. It’s also been at the center of every Presidential race since 2000, and 2016 is no different. In fact, t...Show More
Elizabeth Wilner, Kantar Media Ad Intelligence

25:18 | May 2nd, 2014

There are two sporting events where the advertisements are watched as closely as the game itself – and we’re not talking today about the Super Bowl.We’re talking politics, and if you think it’s too early in the Midterm 2014 season to pay attention to...Show More
John Maginnis, LAPolitics.com

23:25 | Apr 30th, 2014

On our next stop of deep dives into key states for Midterm 2014 – Louisiana. To put it mildly, there’s always something colorful going on there.At the moment, highlights include a kissing Congressman stepping down, a former imprisoned Governor steppi...Show More
Geoff Garin, Democratic pollster at Hart Research

33:34 | Apr 25th, 2014

Geoff Garin has served as one of the most prominent Democratic pollsters of our generation. As President of Hart Research Associates, Garin has led research for nearly every leading policy, health care, education group in the world, including the Uni...Show More
Rob Christensen, Raleigh News and Observer

37:28 | Apr 24th, 2014

As everyone outside North Carolina knows, a big senate race is brewing in the Tar Heel state. The primary season isn’t over, and already millions of dollars in outside money have flooded the state. Negative ads fill the airwaves – covering Obamacare ...Show More
Skip Rutherford, Clinton School of Public Service

33:13 | Apr 16th, 2014

Think Arkansas and politics, and obviously one family name jumps to mind.But there's another family name in Arkansas politics that reigns supreme, too – this one for more than 50 years. It's also central to the biggest topic for the 2014 misterm elec...Show More
Anna Greenberg, Democratic pollster of the year 2013

32:38 | Apr 14th, 2014

Of the many political areas changing daily thanks to digital and social media, few are more significant than polling. If the ways we are persuaded depends on who favorite, tweeted or posted the latest campaign message, then understanding the trends b...Show More
Lynn Bartels, Denver Post

34:25 | Apr 11th, 2014

In the last month, Colorado jumped back into the national political discussion for more than just its policies on recreational drug use. Suddenly, the Centennial state is the latest chip in the battle for Senate control.It began when popular Republic...Show More
James Pindell, WMUR

27:55 | Apr 9th, 2014

It’s tough to find a state that is more politically interested – or interesting – than New Hampshire. Because it traditionally hosts the first Presidential primary, it’s been known to launch or torpedo campaigns over the years. It’s where, of course,...Show More
Nicholas Burns, Harvard Kennedy School

23:16 | Apr 3rd, 2014

Faster than you can say Crimea and almost as quickly as Russia invaded and annexed it, foreign policy has returned to the political radar. It never fully left, of course, as two wars, Arab Spring, Benghazi, Syria and more dominated the last decade.Bu...Show More
Sam Youngman, Lexington Herald Leader

34:50 | Apr 2nd, 2014

Few states have more action right now than Kentucky. It’s home to One of the biggest Senate races – the fight for Mitch McConnell’s office and whether the Minority Leader can come out of this not just with his seat, but perhaps the upgraded title to ...Show More
Jim Galloway, Atlanta Journal Constitution

27:16 | Mar 28th, 2014

If the biggest story for Midterms 2014 will be the battle Senate control, then one of the most important states to watch will be Georgia.It’s a complicated package to unwind: A retiring Republican Senator. The Democratic favorite: The daughter of ano...Show More
Robert Costa, Washington Post reporter

30:53 | Mar 25th, 2014

If you have wanted over the last several months to understand what was really happening within in Republican Party, you had an obvious first stop: Robert Costa.For a few years, but especially during the Government Shutdown, Costa established himself ...Show More
Nicco Mele, Echo Ditto and Harvard Kennedy School

42:28 | Mar 21st, 2014

We might have debated who invented the Internet, but there’s no debate over which candidate brought the Internet into political campaigns. In 2003 and -4, Democrat Presidential candidate Howard Dean made fundraising go digital.The brains – if not the...Show More
Robert Shrum, Democratic strategist and NYU Wagner School

30:27 | Mar 18th, 2014

Is it time for Democrats to grow concerned? With Midterms 2014 picking up speed, the President’s approval numbers have fallen. Recent Obamacare sign-ups increased, but how popular is the program with voters – especially voters in key states? Internat...Show More
Neil Newhouse, Public Opinion Strategies

37:13 | Mar 14th, 2014

The numbers – and the votes – may be looking better for Republicans. From a recent NBC News-Wall St. Journal poll to a special House election in central Florida, the data and the facts – while not all positive – appear to be pushing red.How might thi...Show More
Jennifer Duffy, Cook Political Report

30:49 | Mar 10th, 2014

The jockeying continues in the US Senate races, and the challenge for Democrats seems to keep getting harder.With any thoughts of recapturing the House a longshot at best, focus remains on the Senate. Will the Democrats hang on? Or will full Legislat...Show More
Mark McKinnon, co-founder of No Labels

33:45 | Mar 6th, 2014

You don’t need me to tell you that we live in incredibly partisan times. Gridlock. Shutdowns. Tea Party. On the right and left, more calls to get more extreme.With Midterms 2014 heating up – and 2016 already discussed – if you think we’ve seen dysfun...Show More
Sasha Issenberg, Author of "The Victory Lab"

35:14 | Mar 5th, 2014

From Obama vs. Romney and McCain to Midterms 2014 and beyond, for all the data mining and digital magic that drives campaigns, winning elections still comes down to a simple task: Get out the vote.And it turns out that beyond the analytics and data m...Show More
Tom Jensen, Pulic Policy Polling

27:37 | Mar 1st, 2014

As we continue to watch the Battle for the Senate and the midterm elections, is the momentum is starting to shift?  We know the main story line: Many of the most competitive seats are held by Democrats in states where President Obama lost in 2012. An...Show More
Rick Hasen, election law expert

34:12 | Feb 26th, 2014

The campaign season is heating up, and not all the fire comes from the candidates.Issues of money in politics sit before the Supreme Court. Debate over Voter ID laws and continued fallout from last summer’s decision that reversed key parts of the 196...Show More
Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, co-authors of HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton

33:29 | Feb 21st, 2014

Will she or won't she? And if she does, can any Democrat stop her?“She" is Hillary Clinton and her participation in – and impact on – the 2016 Presidential race provides one of the great parlor games of the day.But beyond the will she or won't she, p...Show More
Patrick Ruffini, Republican digital strategist

43:56 | Feb 18th, 2014

It’s little secret that digital was among the key places where the last Presidential campaign was waged and won. From back end technology to analytics to engagement and more, Obama's digital campaign is still discussed and revered.How will Republican...Show More
Amy Walter, Cook Political Report

34:36 | Feb 13th, 2014

The gap is six. As we crunch the numbers, count the money and consider the issues around Midterm 2014, six is the figure you may hear more than any other.Of course, that’s the number of seats separating Democrats and Republicans from Senate control. ...Show More
Celinda Lake, Democratic pollster

21:24 | Feb 9th, 2014

No shortage of issues face American voters – jobs, economy, income inequality, health care success, immigration reform and more. But following years of governmental gridlock – highlighted by last fall’s shutdown – where are the voters themselves? As ...Show More
Jeffrey Toobin, legal analyst for the New Yorker and CNN

25:42 | Feb 7th, 2014

The next phase of Chris Christie’s bridge scandal has arrived, and it won’t end quickly. It’s the legal battle – subpoenas, documents, testimony and more. To complicate things, it’ll occur across several fronts: legislative and judicial; state and fe...Show More
Teddy Goff, digital director for President Obama's re-election campaign

37:37 | Feb 5th, 2014

With the midterm election season approaching, every aspect of every race will be watched: The issues; positioning; and, of course, campaigns. And within the campaigns, special attention on what’s new – and that means digital.So what can we expect fro...Show More
Stan Greenberg, Democratic pollster

24:45 | Jan 31st, 2014

The agenda is set. President Obama gave his State of the Union address this week, and he was clear: He wants a year of action, and he’ll go it alone if Congress won’t go with him.But with Midterm Elections driving the political calendar and 2016 comi...Show More
Inside the making of the State of the Union address

35:27 | Jan 26th, 2014

It’s one of the most important speeches ANY President gives in ANY year. Both houses of Congress attend. The Supreme Court justices. Joint Chiefs. Nearly the entire Cabinet.The speech is not mandated. Article II of the Constitution calls only for a r...Show More
Jon Favreau, former speechwriter for President Obama

15:50 | Jan 23rd, 2014

The connection between policy and communication is a close one. Get only the policy right, and you’re a wonk. Focus solely on the communication, and you risk being seen as just another political sweet-talker.For the Obama administration – from health...Show More
Mike Murphy, GOP media consultant

22:37 | Jan 21st, 2014

The challenges for Republicans keep piling up. First it was the Great Divide, the battle between the Tea Party wing and so-called Establishment. Now, NJ Gov. Chris Christie – Fort Lee and Bridgegate, along with Hoboken and Hurricane Sandy Funds. And ...Show More
Steve Kornacki, Host of "Up with Steve Kornacki" on MSNBC

29:30 | Jan 16th, 2014

New Jersey Bridgegate is not slowing down. Questions around how and why several George Washington Bridge access lanes were shut last September – around what Governor Chris Christie knew and when he knew it – are not only growing, they’ve now gone vir...Show More
Chuck Todd, Chief White House correspondent and political director for NBC News

24:57 | Jan 14th, 2014

It took less than 10 days for our first big political scandal of the year to hit:  Chris Christie’s revenge. Bridgegate.Whatever you call it, as we try to understand what happened – and as the New Jersey State Legislature and U.S. Attorney’s Office d...Show More
David Frum, author and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush

26:51 | Jan 9th, 2014

As both parties kick off the 2014 political season – and Midterm primaries and Elections creep closer on the calendar – both parties face questions. For Democrats: How to defend and, if they can, advance Obamacare, minimum wage and other initiatives....Show More
Joe Trippi, political consultant and media strategist

40:11 | Jan 7th, 2014

The holidays are over and politics is back.After what was a relatively quiet two weeks – President Obama didn’t even have to leave Hawaii this year – Washington and our other political centers are back to life.And as we begin the 2014 Midterm season ...Show More
Frank Rich, writer at New York Magazine and Executive Producer of Veep on HBO

30:51 | Dec 18th, 2013

The intersection of politics and drama is a busy place. Indeed, for many of us, the tensions, heroes, villains, battles, betrayals and just plain craziness of politics is what keeps us engaged.Certainly the public policy matters. But the narrative be...Show More
John Sides, political scientist and author of "The Gamble"

34:39 | Dec 16th, 2013

We all know the high points of elections – the zingers, the gotchas and the flat out mistakes. They’re often called “game changers,” and our recent campaigns have seen plenty of them. From Mitt Romney’s 47 percent speech to President Obama’s debate d...Show More
Stuart Stevens, chief strategist for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign

42:53 | Dec 12th, 2013

It was just over a year ago that we held our national poll to decide who would lead our country for the next four years. We know the results: 51-47 percent popular vote – nearly 60-40 by electoral votes – we stayed with President Obama over Former MA...Show More
Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of "The Bully Pulpit"

30:35 | Dec 10th, 2013

A massive and growing gap between rich and poor. A middle class squeeze. Technological shifts driving changes in how people live their lives everyday. Big corporations getting bigger, and the influence – and confluence – of money and politics growing...Show More
Mark Halperin, co-author of "Double Down" and "Game Change"

25:38 | Dec 5th, 2013

The U.S. presidential campaign. It’s the horse race. The often-ridiculous, never-ending, up and down, bad food and bad manners parade of candidates who travel the country for years trying to get that golden 50.1 percent ticket to the White House.At t...Show More
Larry Sabato, University of Virginia's Center for Politics

30:51 | Dec 2nd, 2013

For anyone trying to make sense now of the 2014 or even 2016 election cycles, good luck. For Republicans, battles around the party’s direction – battles that surely will play out even in upcoming primaries. For Democrats, real questions of how closel...Show More
Joe Scarborough, host of "Morning Joe" and author of "The Right Path"

29:46 | Nov 27th, 2013

Almost no Republican needs reminding: The party has lost 5 of the last 6 popular Presidential votes. And now, with one Government Shutdown behind them, new budget battles coming, and midterm elections on their minds, Republicans face a clear challeng...Show More
Michael Beschloss on presidential second terms

11:18 | Nov 25th, 2013

What is it about Presidential Second Terms? Just 11 months into Obama Term 2, he seems to have fallen into the same trap as many of his predecessors. Each of the last four two-term Presidents – Bush, Clinton, Reagan and Nixon – had extremely difficul...Show More
Michael Beschloss, presidential historian

12:09 | Nov 22nd, 2013

It was a Golden Age of hope and danger and opportunity. A young President; a glamorous wife; a country with internal conflict and external threat, but also inspiration. And suddenly 50 years ago, with a shot, it ended. Any person alive at the time re...Show More
Jeff Greenfield on "If Kennedy Lived"

24:29 | Nov 21st, 2013

Some 50 years ago, the gunshot that changed American politics – indeed, changed America – was fired. Dallas, November 22, 1963. President John F. Kennedy – urged by Vice President Lyndon Johnson – made a long-planned trip to Texas. With the ’64 elect...Show More