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Government Workers Await News Of Whether They Have Friday Off

58:47 | Feb 8th, 2018

The government is on the verge of another shutdown, which is lots of fun for people who like political drama but less so for people who work in government, benefit from government services and think that Congress should be able to do its job. Then ...Show More

Trump Truly Owns The Republican Party Now

56:38 | Feb 1st, 2018

Republicans are helping President Donald Trump undermine an investigation into his campaign's collusion with the Russian government, revealing that Trump is now in full control of the GOP. Trump delivered his first State of the Union address, but I...Show More

Only President Trump Can Save The Dreamers

56:37 | Jan 25th, 2018

The government's open, but where do we go from here? Democrats want legal status for 700,000 Dreamers, and they'll ultimately need President Donald Trump to make it happen. We talked to Michael Steel, a former aide to House Speaker John Boehner. Am...Show More

The So That Happened Shutdown Special

52:57 | Jan 23rd, 2018

In this special dispatch, So That Happened takes a look at the Schumer Shutdown. Or was it the Trump shutdown? Did Dems cave? Or was this the best they could have hoped for?

The Government Might Shut Down Because No One Knows What Donald Trump Wants

1:03:20 | Jan 18th, 2018

The government might shut down this week and this is the ONLY podcast that can tell you HOW, WHY and also WHO to blame. We interviewed Congressman Ted Yoho, a conservative House Republican who definitely blames the Democrats.   Republicans in Congr...Show More

What We Talk About When We Talk About Government Shutdowns

55:41 | Jan 11th, 2018

The government might shut down next week partly because Donald Trump refuses to help Dreamers without getting his wall or other policy changes -- Elise Foley reports from the Capitol. The Trump administration wants work requirements for medicaid, so...Show More

Nazis, North Korea And The World's Biggest, Dumbest Feud

55:15 | Jan 4th, 2018

This week, America gained new insight into the fraught relationship between Donald Trump and his erstwhile white house strategist, Steve Bannon. It's like a Shakespearean drama, but just the parts where people insult and stab each other. SV Date join...Show More

Trump's Biggest Win Of The Year

51:13 | Dec 28th, 2017

Tax reform is a big deal, but Donald Trump's reshaping of the judicial branch of government might be his biggest achievement of 2017.  Republicans say the estate tax hurts farms and small businesses and that Congresswoman Kristi Noem's story shows ...Show More

Republicans Pass Sweeping Tax Plan, Still Working On Basic Governance

58:18 | Dec 21st, 2017

Republicans Pass Sweeping Tax Plan, Still Working On Basic Governance This week, Republicans succeeded in passing their tax bill. So what did Arthur have for lunch? Republicans won on taxes, but are looking shaky on children's health insurance, k...Show More

Paul Ryan Is So Tired

56:04 | Dec 14th, 2017

There are whispers that Paul Ryan might resign -- we asked Matt Fuller why and when this could happen and who could be the next speaker.  Accused child molester Roy Moore lost the Alabama Senate race this week. Jen Bendery tells us what she learned...Show More

Politician Accused Of Creepy Behavior Does Highly Unusual Right Thing

52:38 | Dec 7th, 2017

Al Franken is resigning, which we boldly predicted would happen! But what does it mean for partisan politics?  The Supreme Court took up the Masterpiece Cake Shop case. Sam Baker from Axios tells us about the oral arguments.  And Donald Trump dec...Show More

Tax Cuts Might Pass And The Government Might Shut Down

49:54 | Nov 30th, 2017

This week, the U.S. Senate stumbled forward on tax reform with a government shutdown looming around the corner.  North Korea launched a missile that could theoretically reach Washington. We talked to Mike Fuchs, a foreign policy expert with the Cen...Show More

Donald Trump Is Thankful For Plausible Deniability

55:44 | Nov 23rd, 2017

This week, Donald Trump pardoned some turkeys and endorsed Roy Moore. Then: long ago, legendary British economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that in the future, we would only work 15 hours a week. What happened to that? Former co-host and Keynes e...Show More

Political Men Continue To Be Disgusting

53:14 | Nov 16th, 2017

Republicans are really moving their tax reform legislation -- does it have a chance of becoming law? We'll hear from Huffpost reporters Elise Foley, Arthur Delaney and SV Date. This week, men continued to be disgusting, especially a Republican Sena...Show More

Looks Like A Democratic Wave Is Coming

53:20 | Nov 9th, 2017

Democrats crushed Republicans in off-year elections on Tuesday, delivering a resounding rebuke to President Donald Trump. Daniel Marans and Elise Foley join the show to talk about whether this is the beginning of the end of Trumpism. The crown pri...Show More

Tax Reform Is Not For The Poor

51:26 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Republicans say their tax reform plan will massively benefit the middle class, but the most direct beneficiaries of their plan are corporations and wealthy individuals. The plan includes an expanded child tax credit, but the biggest changes to the cr...Show More

Republicans Are Not Joining #TheResistance

48:39 | Oct 26th, 2017

Two Senate Republicans denounced their party's leader this week, accusing President Donald Trump of "debasing" the United States and betraying its values.  That doesn't mean the Republican agenda isn't going strong. The same day Sen. Jeff Flake (R-...Show More

Trump Acts Like He Owns The Military

52:24 | Oct 19th, 2017

During the campaign Donald Trump ridiculed Sen. John McCain for having been a prisoner of war in Vietnam and said he knew more than the generals about fighting terrorists. This week, he told a soldier's widow that her late husband, who'd been killed ...Show More

The President Seems Really Sad

49:45 | Oct 12th, 2017

President Donald Trump has been unhappy lately, according to his own tweets and reports that he "hates everyone in the White House" and is often "consumed by dark moods." HuffPost reporters S.V. Date and Jessica Schulberg join the show to talk about ...Show More

The Toddler President Demands Praise

53:10 | Oct 5th, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called a press conference this week to insist that he believes President Donald Trump is "smart," because it had come out that Tillerson once called Trump a "moron." Tillerson's presser appeared to be the latest in a...Show More

Sorry NFL Fans, Protests Don't Work If They Aren't Annoying

47:41 | Sep 28th, 2017

Earlier this year Donté Stallworth and three other former and current NFL football players spent three days lobbying Congress in favor of criminal justice reform. In other words, they did politics outside of football -- demonstrating that even as pla...Show More

Zombie GOP Health Bill Temporarily Exits Grave

50:41 | Sep 21st, 2017

Republicans in the U.S. Senate have been unable to garner enough support within their own conference for their latest bill to repeal Obamacare. One way they could do it, though, is by adding special provisions to woo holdout senators -- like an amend...Show More

Single Payer Is Alive And Obamacare Repeal Is Dead

54:49 | Sep 14th, 2017

President Donald Trump dined with Democrats repeatedly this week and on Wednesday night struck some sort of agreement with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Nancy Pelosi to avoid the deportation of Dreamers -- immigrants brought to the U.S. as children...Show More

Oh Donald Trump, What Is You Doing

42:16 | Sep 7th, 2017

This week President Trump struck a surprising deal with congressional Democrats to fund the government for only three months. The move was a slap in the face to Republicans but Trump reportedly raved about the news coverage. HuffPost White House Corr...Show More

After Harvey

48:12 | Aug 31st, 2017

In the wake of one of the worst storms in US history, Huffpost national reporter Roque Planas talks to Zach Young about what it was like to report from Houston during Hurricane Harvey and witness the destruction firsthand. Then, former Texas guberna...Show More

Trump Reads Fake Version Of Own Speech

57:00 | Aug 24th, 2017

President Donald Trump read what he pretended was an excerpt of his own speech this week in order to claim he'd been wrongly criticized, except he omitted the part that caused all the criticism. You know, the part in which he excused white supremacis...Show More

What Happens Now That The President Has Openly Embraced White Supremacists?

51:12 | Aug 17th, 2017

President Trump this week spoke of "very fine people" among the Nazis and Ku Klux Klanners who staged a violent protest that resulted in the deaths of three people on Saturday. Trump's comments drew cascades of condemnation, but we already knew he ...Show More

HuffPost Hits The Road

50:02 | Aug 10th, 2017

This week, we turn the show over to the New York office and HuffPost reporters Jeff Young and Sam Levine. First, they’re joined by our editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen to talk about the HuffPost “Listen to America” bus tour. Starting in September a who...Show More

LIVE From Politicon

1:03:33 | Aug 3rd, 2017

This week, we take a little break from things that happened this week to head to Pasadena, California, for Politicon! Over the weekend, So That Happened producer Zach Young attended the "unconventional political convention" and talked with Symone San...Show More

Jeff Sessions Is A Great Attorney General... For Trump To Poop On

51:25 | Jul 27th, 2017

Donald Trump rose to power thanks in large part to his fame from having done a TV game show in which he ceremoniously "fired" contestants. Candidate Trump vowed to shake up Washington with this hard-hearted business persona, and yet faced with an att...Show More

Happy Birthday, Dodd-Frank!

1:00:20 | Jul 20th, 2017

This week on So That Happened: Zach Carter takes a break from book leave to return and host the show! He’s joined by ProPublica reporter Jesse Eisinger and Huffpost’s Alexander Kaufman to talk about why bankers never seem to go to jail. Then, Michell...Show More

Donald Trump Junior Stepped In Deep Doo Doo

52:10 | Jul 13th, 2017

For months, President Trump and his supporters said it was all just a political witch hunt, that his campaign had not colluded with the Russian government's interference in last year's presidential election. This week Donald Trump, Jr. revealed that ...Show More

The Battle For The Soul Of The Anti-Anti Trump Movement

53:03 | Jul 6th, 2017

Did CNN screw up this week by seemingly threatening to reveal the identity of a Reddit user who made a silly gif that President Trump tweeted? The Washington Examiner's Tim Carney says the episode represents the kind of media excess that gives rise ...Show More

Zombie Senate Healthcare Bill Will Be Back To Eat Your Brains

1:01:12 | Jun 29th, 2017

Republicans in the U.S. Senate completely boofed their health care bill, so this week on "So That Happened" we discuss the politics of their failure as well as how the underlying policy could change when the zombie Senate bill rises from the dead nex...Show More

Republicans Could Really Pass Their Obamacare Repeal Bill

54:58 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Senate Republicans finally released their secret Obamacare repeal bill, so this week on "So That Happened" we explore the real possibility that this thing could actually pass and become law. We also take a look at Democrats' total fecklessness in spe...Show More

The Worst Week In Washington

56:20 | Jun 15th, 2017

So, that happened. This week, we discuss the assassination attempt on members of Congress, which has left House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) grievously injured. Fallout from the shooting included efforts to blame political opponents, as w...Show More

James Comey Calls Donald Trump A Liar Because Of How Much He Lies

1:03:27 | Jun 8th, 2017

So, that happened. This week, the White House celebrated Infrastructure Week. Or at least, they wanted to, but couldn't because this week was James Comey-A-Go-Go in the Senate Intelligence Committee. Yes, the former FBI director debuted his testimony...Show More

The Trump Doctrine: Go %#&$ Yourself, Other Countries

1:00:13 | Jun 1st, 2017

So, that happened. This week, we're going in search of a Trump Doctrine. President Donald Trump has returned from his first lengthy trip abroad. You've heard the speeches, you saw the photos, you know about the orb. Now it's time to consider the ways...Show More

Draconian Budget Cuts And Fake News Conspiracy Theories: Just Another Week In Trump's America

57:53 | May 25th, 2017

So, that happened. This week, while President Donald Trump was away on foreign business, the wider world got a look at the latest White House budget proposals and the experience was like staring into a moral void. Broadly targeted for elimination: ju...Show More

Donald Trump Is Taking His Clown Show To Europe

1:01:03 | May 18th, 2017

So, that happened. This week, President Donald Trump had another one of those weeks where Donald Trump is president. By which I mean, total omnidirectional omnishambles. Building off the controversy of last week's controversial firing of James Comey,...Show More

Donald Trump Is Lighting His Presidency On Fire

58:29 | May 11th, 2017

So, that happened. This week, Donald Trump fired James Comey. And that's been the implacable news event of the week, so much so that we are just going to surrender to it entirely. This single decision is the apotheosis of Trump. It has everything: a ...Show More

Republicans Initiate Brilliant Midterm Strategy Of Kicking Tens Of Millions Of People Off Health Insurance

1:01:40 | May 4th, 2017

So, that happened. This week, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a bucket of garbage, placing the lives of some 24 million people at risk. Quite a spectacle really. We'll have fifteen minutes of f...Show More

The 100 Day Deadline Has Trump Flailing

1:00:24 | Apr 27th, 2017

So, that happened. This week, we've reached the end of Trump's first 100 days. How will it be remembered? In many ways, it's been like watching someone's body reject an organ transplant. Somehow, Trump has managed to hit the century mark at the thres...Show More

O'Reilly Out, Pointless Executive Orders In

55:05 | Apr 20th, 2017

So, that happened. This week, President Donald Trump issued another one of his patented executive orders, this time endeavoring to bring jobs back to America through a "Buy American, Hire American" policy. Trump immediately went back out on the campa...Show More

Donald Trump Has Small Hands But Huge Flip-Flops

58:54 | Apr 13th, 2017

So, THAT happened! Remember all that stuff about draining the swamp and taking down the Washington establishment? Well, President Trump talked to some guys from Goldman Sachs and has decided to be Jeb Bush instead. HuffPost reporter S.V. Date joins u...Show More

A Colony In A Nation On A Podcast

1:05:02 | Apr 6th, 2017

So, that happened. This week, we are joined by the host of MSNBC's "All In With Chris Hayes," who in case you haven't figured it out is named Chris Hayes. We'll be talking about his new book "A Colony In A Nation," which documents how white fear has ...Show More

The Brief Wondrous Life Of Trumpcare

1:03:22 | Mar 30th, 2017

So, that happened. This week, Washington lawmakers began crawling out from under the wreckage of the failed American Health Care Act, better known as the bill that finally emerged from the GOP's seven-year effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. The ...Show More

Trump's Defense Splurge Won't Trickle Down To Working Soldiers

1:04:39 | Mar 23rd, 2017

So, that happened. This week, Neil Gorsuch made his confirmation hearing debut as Donald Trump's prospective Supreme Court nominee. And he came to DC with a long and concerning history of putting his finger on the scales of justice in favor of entren...Show More

Three Trump Fails In One Week

1:03:51 | Mar 16th, 2017

So, that happened. This week, President Donald Trump moved forward on a number of policy fronts. He also moved backward on a number of policy fronts. Very typical week, to be honest. But we now have the first Trump budget, and as you might expect, it...Show More

The Early Reviews Of Trumpcare Are In And They're Not Great

55:06 | Mar 9th, 2017

So, that happened. This week, House Speaker Paul Ryan finally released the Republican alternative to Obamacare plan from the sanctum sanctorum in which he'd been keeping hidden, and as soon as it was seen by the light of day it became something every...Show More

Donald Trump's Not Changing; Here's How Dems Can Go Populist

1:00:14 | Mar 2nd, 2017

So, that happened. Well, how about that pivot, folks? Tuesday night, President Donald Trump gave a speech to a joint session of Congress and somehow the media managed to extract the idea that he'd finally undergone that transformation into a real liv...Show More

Town Halls And Tocqueville Are Back In Style

1:15:37 | Feb 23rd, 2017

So, that happened. Every week we talk about how insane it can be to simply live in America. This week, we're going to help you do something about it, by welcoming journalist and author James Poulos to the show. James' new book, THE ART OF BEING FREE,...Show More

This Week Has Been Flynn-sane

1:01:52 | Feb 16th, 2017

So, that happened. It's been a truly FUBAR week for the Trump administration, who this week accepted the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn in the wake of an unfolding investigation into Flynn's contacts with Russian officials, wh...Show More

The Resistance Gets A New Mantra

59:45 | Feb 9th, 2017

This week, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren tried to read a letter penned by Coretta Scott King and an objecting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided that she should the maximum amount of attention she could possibly receive by silenc...Show More

Democrats Notice They Have A Base

54:56 | Feb 2nd, 2017

So, that happened. This week, something interesting started to occur. The Democrats...started listening to their base. After a weekend in which demonstrated erupted at major airports in protest of President Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban, Democrats...Show More

Big League Lying From The Trump Administration So Far

57:28 | Jan 26th, 2017

So, that happened. This week, the wider world was introduced to Donald Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer, who christened his tenure in the White House Briefing Room with several days of big league lying. Now, this may not be Spicer's choice -- Whit...Show More

The Trump Administration Is Already A Mess

57:33 | Jan 19th, 2017

So, that happened. This week, the parade of cabinet appointments continued in the Senate, as Trump's nominees continued to try to strut their stuff under what was often withering questioning from Senate Democrats. There should be little doubt that al...Show More

Repeal and Replace Collides With Reality

1:01:16 | Jan 12th, 2017

So, that happened. So, everything happened! This was one of those weeks where the worst thing you could say is that the news wouldn't get any crazier. By mid-day on Tuesday, we were pretty convinced the most bonkers story was going to be the anti-vac...Show More

The DNC Chair Race Is Lit

44:07 | Jan 5th, 2017

So, that happened. Happy New Year everyone. On January 18th the Huffington Post will be hosting a debate between the declared candidates for the chair of the Democratic National Committee. The way things are shaping up, it's looking like the top cont...Show More

Let's Talk About Moral Grandstanding

51:10 | Dec 29th, 2016

This week, we are bidding farewell to to an old year and welcoming in a new one, because we are slaves to artificial constructs like calendars. But since this is a time for New Years' resolutions, we'll offer one up: let's try to do less moral grands...Show More

Four Books That Should Be On Your Holiday Reading List

50:28 | Dec 22nd, 2016

Happy holidays, friends! This week, we have a special treat for everyone -- we're welcoming back the authors of our four favorite books of 2016 to celebrate their accomplishments and hopefully convince you that if you need last-minute or late gifts f...Show More

What If Obama Actually Prosecuted Wall Street?

53:53 | Dec 15th, 2016

This week, we bring you a Democratic party autopsy, of sorts. But it's not likely to be the one sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee. And in fact, much of it was written before the election took place, and written by our guest, author Thom...Show More

The Real Reason Carrier Stayed In The U.S.

51:33 | Dec 8th, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump doesn't just use his phone for tweeting. Apparently, he's also taking and making frequent calls with other world leaders. And hey, it's good to get to know other people. But there is some concern that Trump's communicatio...Show More

A New Era Of Theatrical Populism

58:43 | Dec 2nd, 2016

Over the course of the presidential campaign, president-elect Donald Trump was quick to make elaborate promises to working class Americans, promising to do away with Washington's business as usual, usher in an era of tough dealmaking, and revive the ...Show More

Obama Has Pardoned More People Than Turkeys

52:10 | Nov 23rd, 2016

It's Thanksgiving week, and by the time you hear this podcast, President Barack Obama will have already performed his ceremonial turkey pardoning duties. But here in the last few months of his presidency, Obama will have more acts of mercy on his min...Show More

A Messy Transition For President-elect Trump

1:01:21 | Nov 17th, 2016

So *that* happened, Donald Trump is now President-elect of the United States. With this somewhat unexpected victory, the So That Happened team takes a deep dive into the messy transition process for Trump, and questions what will happen to the Affor...Show More

2016 Election Post-Mortem

55:45 | Nov 10th, 2016

Welcome to our official 2016 post-mortem. Emphasis on the mortem. So, let's remember my first rule of political thermodynamics: an object in fucked-up motion tends to stay in fucked-up motion until a force sufficient to the task arrests it. That forc...Show More

Then We Came To The End Of The Election

1:07:26 | Nov 3rd, 2016

We have finally come to the end of this election cycle. It was too long and mostly terrible. And we're probably kidding ourselves that everything is going to be fine just because it's over. But let's end it anyway. At this point, you probably want to...Show More

What Kind Of Voters Make Up Trump's Donor Base?

58:34 | Oct 27th, 2016

This week, with the election winding down, Donald Trump is running out of creative ways to spend Republican money on himself. But the wily old grifter has still got it, and now people who thought they were donating to a presidential campaign have act...Show More

The Presidential Debates Are Over, Now The Voters Have To Decide

1:00:25 | Oct 21st, 2016

This week, the season of debates has finally ended, with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her Republican counterpart Donald Trump doing battle in Las Vegas, Nevada. And the emerging headline from the final head-to-head tilt is that...Show More

What We Learned From Clinton's Wall Street Speeches

58:30 | Oct 13th, 2016

This week, with the help of WikiLeaks, we've finally gotten some real insight into Hillary Clinton's famous speeches to Wall Street elites, and you'll probably be shocked to learn that many of the policies she happily advocated in those circles are a...Show More

Trump And Clinton: Ready For Round Two

55:02 | Oct 7th, 2016

This week, it's all about hot vice-president on vice-president action, as largely forgotten white guys Mike Pence and Tim Kaine laced them up in Farmville, Virginia. Who won? Who lost? Will it matter in the end? Surely our thoughts will be worth the ...Show More

Let's Talk Trade: Is There An Alternative To TPP?

1:05:20 | Sep 29th, 2016

If there's been one issue that has animated the presidential race this year, it's got to be the future of trade. The Obama administration's efforts to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership in place have been met with resistance. The issue has been centra...Show More

The Final Stretch: What To Expect In The First Presidential Debate

1:05:00 | Sep 23rd, 2016

I don't know if you've noticed this, but when people talk about how it came to pass that Donald Trump is the presidential nominee of a major political party and looking more and more like he could win, one group that often gets the blame is...well, u...Show More

Big Banks Are Still Behaving Badly

1:01:50 | Sep 14th, 2016

This week, we have a bank dork treat for everyone as we are joined by author and historian Eric Rauchway, to talk about his most recent book, "The Moneymakers" and how FDR getting our currency off the gold standard is the gold standard of economic po...Show More

Journalists Have Become Comfortably Numb To Trump

55:00 | Sep 8th, 2016

Summer vacation is over, school's back in session. and the long hard march to Election Day is the only thing filling our days. Fortunately, we are sharing this journey with one of our favorite guests, MTV News' Ana Marie Cox. She joins us today to ta...Show More

The Crisis Facing America's Public Higher Education

1:02:13 | Sep 1st, 2016

This week, joining us in the studio we have documentary filmmaker Steve Mims, whose latest movie, "Starving The Beast," details an ongoing crisis in public higher education. After decades of funding cuts, our great public universities are finding the...Show More

Lets Talk About The Clinton Foundation

1:02:41 | Aug 26th, 2016

This week, we have got the latest storm and stress from the 2016 presidential race. The Associated Press rocked the Clinton campaign's world after they released a report detailing new concerns about the Clinton Foundation, alleging that foundation do...Show More

Does The Aetna Merger Have Obamacare On Its Deathbed?

1:00:15 | Aug 18th, 2016

This week, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump opted to shake-up his campaign for what seems like the twenty-third time. Paul Manafort, who was the campaign's manager -- and who was thought to be a force toward professionalizing the wayward ...Show More

The Long Intertwined History Of Politics And Protests

1:02:15 | Aug 11th, 2016

This week, we are going long on the politics of protest and the short term legacies of movements that have become an essential part of the public discourse. First up, we welcome journalist and author Sarah Jaffe to the program to discuss her forthcom...Show More

This Week In Trump

1:10:20 | Aug 4th, 2016

This week, we are happy to have one of our old Huffington Post colleagues on the show for the first time: author and journalist Marc Lamont Hill. Marc has new book out called "Nobody," in which he traces America's state-sanctioned war on its most vul...Show More

Bernie Sanders Supporters Express Their Fears At DNC

56:15 | Jul 29th, 2016

We are coming to you this week from both Washington, DC and from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the host city of the Democratic National Convention. The big issue of the week has been about unifying the party after a bruising primary fight between Democ...Show More

So That Happened Crashes The Republican National Convention

1:02:39 | Jul 22nd, 2016

We are coming to you this week from both the nation's capital and from Cleveland, Ohio, the host city of the Republican National Convention, where amid the chaos, there has been one consistent refrain from the gathered delegates -- that Hillary Clint...Show More

Brace Yourself, The Conventions Are Coming

1:02:44 | Jul 14th, 2016

It was just over a year ago that a Texas woman named Sandra Bland died, under mysterious circumstances, while being held in jail after being arrested at a routine traffic stop. Among the many unanswered questions was this: how often does this sort of...Show More

Where's The Accountability?

55:16 | Jul 7th, 2016

This week's podcast seems to have a common theme: accountability. In the biggest political news story of the week, the FBI has concluded their investigation into the matter of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email server, and have decided...Show More

Sorry, But Alexander Hamilton Is So Overrated...

52:11 | Jun 30th, 2016

This week, an awful terrorist attack in Istanbul seemed to trigger less than the usual amount of Facebook sympathy, but the same amount of enthusiasm for torture from Donald Trump. Democratic congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout cruised to victo...Show More

Congress Says 'Hello Summer', Ignores Democrats Sit-In

1:15:16 | Jun 23rd, 2016

This week, Democratic members of the House Of Representatives staged a sit-in in the chamber to try to force House leadership to allow a vote on a pair of gun safety measures. But one proposal -- to use the so-called terrorist "no fly list" as a scre...Show More

America, Where Do We Go From Here?

1:20:21 | Jun 17th, 2016

This week on the podcast, we reflect on the Pulse nightclub terrorist attack that left 49 dead and dozens more wounded. We talk about the LGBT community, gun reform, and what if anything can be done to prevent another mass shooting. We also sit dow...Show More

So You Survived The Primaries, Brace Yourself For The Next 5 Months Of The Presidential Race

52:45 | Jun 9th, 2016

This week, the primary season finally came to a merciful, and historic end, with Hillary Clinton reeling off series of decisive primary victories one day after the AP reported that she'd earn the backing of a sufficient number of superdelegates to ta...Show More

So Much For That Trump University Degree...

1:00:13 | Jun 2nd, 2016

This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has published new rules that would govern the super-scammy payday lending industry, in the hopes that new oversight will lead to fewer people falling victim to the industry's predations. Alexis Gold...Show More

Twitter Wars: Elizabeth Warren Takes Down Donald Trump

56:00 | May 26th, 2016

This week, as Donald Trump celebrated winning the GOP nomination, he also earned himself a new antagonist -- Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. After spending the bulk of the primary season cautiously straddling the line between the candidacies ...Show More

Sorry, Party Unity Is Clinton's Job

57:14 | May 19th, 2016

This week, a fracas at the Nevada state Democratic convention in Las Vegas has rent divisions between the Hillary and Bernie camps newly asunder, leading the media to speculate about whether Sanders will ever be able to unify the party again. But wha...Show More

Donald Trump and Paul Ryan: A Flailing Bromance

1:03:59 | May 12th, 2016

This week, GOP nominee Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan sat down for a meeting that the media has been hyping as something on the level of the Yalta Conference, if the Yalta Conference was about domesticating an insane, doll-handed white supr...Show More

What Does The Future Hold For The GOP?

1:01:35 | May 5th, 2016

This week, New York Magazine's Andrew Sullivan penned an alarming missive to America, contending that our presumed-to-be stable democracy is ripe for an authoritarian takeover. Wondering is he had anyone particular in mind? Well, we're going to find ...Show More

Why Politicians Lie

1:00:00 | Apr 29th, 2016

This week, someone in the 2016 campaign did something crazy and unprecedented. And for once, it's not something that reality-television star Donald Trump did. I mean, okay, he offered up his fair share of deep weirdness, don't get me wrong, but for o...Show More

What's Next For Bernie?

1:04:38 | Apr 22nd, 2016

This week, we are taking a look at the possibility -- THE POSSIBILITY! -- that maybe -- MAYBE -- Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is not going to win the Democratic primary. We know how difficult this prospect is for some people to face. We are being g...Show More

Gloves Off For Hillary And Bernie

57:45 | Apr 15th, 2016

This week, Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton took to the debate stage in Brooklyn, in what might be the final debate of the Democratic primary. The setting is key: New York State has loomed as a delegate-heavy prize to the two ...Show More

What Are The Panama Papers?

1:09:31 | Apr 7th, 2016

One week after a sheaf of leaked documents fingered Unaoil as a hothouse of global corruption, we get the Panama Papers -- a massive document dump that reveals the extent to which Panama has been used as a tax haven for the world's plutocrats, and th...Show More

The Problem With Donald Trump's Current Stance On Abortion

1:03:26 | Mar 31st, 2016

This week, documents obtained by Fairfax Media, have exposed energy contractor Unaoil as an almost comical practitioner of corporate graft, bribing their way across the developing world on behalf of well-known Western corporations. We'll break down ...Show More

Is Donald Trump A Fascist?

55:00 | Mar 24th, 2016

This week we witnessed an awful terrorist attack in Brussels, so we'll ask what that means for America's foreign policy. Is Donald Trump a fascist? Kind of, but we asked a history professor and it turns out he may be closer to Jefferson Davis than ...Show More

Are Democrats Still The Party Of The Working Class?

1:09:30 | Mar 17th, 2016

This week, President Barack Obama picked Judge Merrick Garland to fill Antonin Scalia's vacant seat on the Supreme Court. But who is Merrick Garland, and why? Answers are coming. Meanwhile, is the Democratic Party still the party of the working clas...Show More

America's Lead Pipe Problem, A SCOTUS Reproductive Rights Battle, And All The 2016 You Can Handle

1:12:24 | Mar 11th, 2016

This week, the intensity of the 2016 campaign season ratched up another hundred notches or so. On the Democratic side, a surprise win in Michigan from Bernie Sanders flummoxed the pollsters, boosted the Vermont Senator's chances, and put the Clinton ...Show More

War On Terror Worries, Super Tuesday Woes, And An Interview With Comedian Anthony Atamaniuk

1:12:28 | Mar 4th, 2016

This week, we had a Tuesday that some would say was far more super than most other Tuesdays, as voters in eleven states took to the polls to weigh in on who should be the presidential nominees. But beyond the winners and losers, what we learned from ...Show More

Michigan Lawmaker Speaks Out On Flint, Another GITMO Closure Plan, And Marco Rubio's Last Stand

1:12:24 | Feb 26th, 2016

This week, one of President Barack Obama's oldest campaign promises -- his pledge to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility -- is back in the news after the Pentagon put forth the latest version of a plan to finally fulfill this commitment. Me...Show More

Supreme Court Battle, 2016 Madness, And The Black Vote Is Up For Grabs

1:13:16 | Feb 18th, 2016

This week, the passing of Supreme Court Justice has created yet another opportunity for a gigantic political meltdown between President Barack Obama and his opponents in the Senate, as well as a new round of talking points for candidates on the campa...Show More

Flint Fights For Accountability, Mississippi Fights Payday Lenders, Bernie and Hillary Fight Too

1:10:57 | Feb 12th, 2016

This week, the 2016 campaign went to New Hampshire for the Granite State's first in the nation primaries, and after all the hoopla, we ended up with the blowout wins for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders that the polls predicted. Meanwhile, payday le...Show More

Interviews with Zephyr Teachout, Chris Murphy, and Reid Ribble, Plus A Super Sweet 2016 Recap

1:13:21 | Feb 5th, 2016

This week, Zephyr Teachout wants in! The Fordham law professor has set her sights on New York's 19th District's House seat. Meanwhile, Reid Ribble wants out! The reform-minded Wisconsin Republican announced that he'd be retiring from the House at th...Show More

Interviews Galore Episode With Adam McKay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Tim Canova -- Plus The GOP Debate

1:16:20 | Jan 29th, 2016

So, that happened. This week, we have interviews galore. First up, Hollywood Director Adam McKay. Next up, award-winning author and Atlantic reporter-slash-essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates is on hand to offer his perspective on about reparations, Reconstru...Show More

An Inside Look At The Flint Water Crisis, And The Latest On The 2016 Trail

1:01:14 | Jan 22nd, 2016

So, that happened. The water crisis in Flint, Michigan has reached a fever pitch, as 2016 candidates weigh in and various emergency declarations get made. We're going to step away from the sideshow this week and attempt to figure out how all of this ...Show More

Another GOP Debate, One Last State Of The Union, A Glass-Steagall Redux, And A Hillary-Bernie Brawl

1:15:00 | Jan 15th, 2016

So, that happened. Another GOP debate is in the books, as the remnants of the Establishment do battle to preserve their bid against the firebrands currently dominating the race. And what of those two firebrands? Will Donald Trump successfully paint T...Show More

Chris Murphy On Gun Control (Again), Hillary vs. Bernie, SOTU Preview, And Food Stamped Out!

1:12:36 | Jan 7th, 2016

This week, President Barack Obama has kicked off 2016 by issuing a new set of executive actions intended to reduce the number of people who end up as casualties to America's gun culture. But it's an open question as to how significant, and how lastin...Show More

2015 Year In Review: #GOP Cringe Politics, Sad Bank Lobbyists, And Paul Ryan's Hipster Beard!

1:03:45 | Dec 31st, 2015

This week, it's time to bid farewell to an old year and move on to a new one. And in a few short months, at last, we'll have the Iowa Caucus -- you know, when the story we spent all of 2015 talking about finally starts. Some things don't change, thou...Show More

So Christmas Happened: We Watch Movies, Celebrate The CFPB, And Unwrap A Gift From Janet Yellen!

1:07:39 | Dec 24th, 2015

This week, it's Christmas, and we're celebrating the holidays by talking about our favorite Christmas movies, and adding a lot of silly economic and political wonkery. What do our Christmas entertainments teach us about our life and times? Let's find...Show More

Flint's Water Emergency, A Trump Fan Explains Trump Fandom, Omnibus, And #GOPDebate!

1:18:00 | Dec 17th, 2015

This week, the Mayor of Flint, Michigan declared a state of emergency over the amount of lead that's been in the city's drinking water. But why did it take so long? Joining us to talk about it is the woman who's been beating the drum about this emerg...Show More

GOP Cowers As Trump Towers, More Hillary Skepticism, And Congress Gets Omni-Busted!

1:16:18 | Dec 10th, 2015

This week, Donald Trump said some crazy stuff -- but what does it matter? How to solve a problem like Donald Trump? We've got guests who'll do their best to answer just that including Wisconsin Republican Congressman Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wisc), and w...Show More

Agony in California, Banks Bask In Congress' Cash, And A Diaper Fix For Working Families!

1:08:43 | Dec 3rd, 2015

This week, we live through the horrors of two mass shootings -- one in Colorado Springs, one in San Bernadino. We'll fight this battle of broken records with our August 28 interview with Senator Chris Murphy. In hopeful news, world leaders have assem...Show More

Surviving The Politics of Thanksgiving, Playing The Trump Card, And Reclaiming Black Friday!

1:02:44 | Nov 27th, 2015

This week, it's Thanksgiving, and we've got a diverse array of guests around our table. Here to join us to talk about his biennial budgeting reform proposal, Wisconsin Representative Reed Ribble. And giving us a lesson in how to get along with everyo...Show More

#ApresParis, Congress Debates AUMF & Syrian Refugees, And Racist Auto Loan Lenders Get A Break!

1:17:27 | Nov 20th, 2015

It's been a week since a cell of European ISIS-supporting death cultists launched a horrific attack on the city of Paris. None of us would be here were it not for France, we are going to try to do right by them. But why have so many American politici...Show More

#Mizzou Students Prevail, Jeb’s Debatable Performance, The Fight For $15, And Gitmo Problems!

1:10:00 | Nov 12th, 2015

This week, students at the University of Missouri, angry about the school's indifference to racist incidents on campus, forced the resignation of the anthropomorphic shrug emoticon that had managed to become the school’s president. What next? Meanwhi...Show More

Obama 'Bans The Box', Latinos Get No (GOP) Respect, And Ben Carson’s Pyramid Scheme!

1:03:19 | Nov 5th, 2015

This week, the GOP candidates, furious at the rough treatment they received at the hands of CNBC, rebelled against the debate process. The first casualty of all this nonsense was a debate scheduled to take place on Telemundo. It's just one of a serie...Show More

#GOP vs. CNBC, Ted Cruz-es To Win, Ryan Gets To Eat His Cake, And Warren Schools Wall St. AGAIN!

1:11:03 | Oct 29th, 2015

This week, the GOP met in Colorado for their third debate, and once again we were struck by how many of them there are! So many candidates, plus Jim Gilmore, the human asterisk. Will this be the debate that finally begins the winnowing? Meanwhile, Co...Show More

Ryan's In, Biden's Out, The SEC Is Up To No Good, And Come Get It Trudeau!

1:09:33 | Oct 23rd, 2015

This week, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that they were going to reanimate a zombie deregulation plan from the pre-financial crisis Bush administration, that could tip the balance of power away from Main Street. Meanwhile, imagine ...Show More

#DemDebate Takes, The Future Of Cold Beer, And Dude Where’s My Drone!

1:10:00 | Oct 15th, 2015

This week, the Intercept published new information on our drone assassination program, gleaned from a trove of secret documents, which include new details on how targets are selected, and how well we do at hitting those targets. Also, the Democratic ...Show More

McCarthy Can’t Speak, Rep. Thompson: Focus On Guns, And Draft Fiends!

1:05:33 | Oct 8th, 2015

This week, we bombed some folks. Specifically, a Doctors Without Border hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. President Barack Obama finally came out with an apology, but why the hell did this happen in the first place? Meanwhile, you've heard of the Beng...Show More

Elizabeth Warren vs. #ThisTown, Trump Has A Tax Plan, And Congress Vents Near Cecile Richards!

1:05:00 | Oct 1st, 2015

This week, Donald Trump provided us with some evidence that he might really be a serious candidate by doing something that a serious candidate would do -- release a tax plan claiming to benefit some people when it really benefits others. Meanwhile, t...Show More

#PapalChase2015, Walker Drops Out, and Rocker Ted Leo Has 2016 Advice!

1:03:07 | Sep 24th, 2015

This week, Pope Francis comes to the United States, driving around in his Fiat, paying President Obama a visit, and taking his act to a joint session of Congress for a round of grand-master level thought leadering. Much of the focus in the lead up to...Show More

#GOPDebate Pt. Deux, Pope-splaining, And Bernie Visits The Land Of Liberty!

1:03:38 | Sep 18th, 2015

This week, the 278 candidates vying for the Republican nomination gathered in the seamiest of valleys to debate one another. Or, sorry, deal with Donald Trump. New York Times magazine's Ana Marie Cox joins us for some debate post-game analysis. Meanw...Show More

#WTFCongress?! Jeb Files A Colbert Report, And #TBT Hillary: Bring Child "Superpredators" To Heel

1:02:38 | Sep 11th, 2015

This week Congress is set to return from Labor Day weekend, and once again we find ourselves staring down the prospect of government shutdown. Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro joins us to explain the next coming chapter of political dysfunctio...Show More

Kids Lunch w. Sec. Tom Vilsack, Congress Plays Chicken, Iran Away, And Brady Is The New Trump!

1:00:56 | Sep 3rd, 2015

This week we examine the legacy of President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, which has just secured its political survival in the Senate. Also Congress is coming back after August recess which means the government is probably going to shut down. We ...Show More

Trump's Alienation Act, Sen. Chris Murphy On Gun Violence, And A Warren-Biden Showdown!

1:12:24 | Aug 28th, 2015

This week, the shocking murder of two television journalists in Virginia forced us to confront the fact that America only seems to be good at producing mass shooting tragedies. Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy joins us to see whether Congress has finall...Show More

Spies Get Scrutinized, Northwestern Labor Pains, Rubio Blows A Pass, And Forest Trump!

1:06:43 | Aug 21st, 2015

This week, we learned about the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, an interagency outfit set up to bring the nation's most elite interrogators to fight terror. But what we've learned kind of calls the entire"elite" thing into question. Meanwhil...Show More

Bernie and Hillary Meet #BLM, And White Men Can't Trump!

1:01:30 | Aug 14th, 2015

This week, Bernie Sanders had what might have been a dream week as a presidential candidate, drawing bigger crowds than anyone in the presidential race. But Sanders was also subjected to a Black Lives Matter protest. Can Sanders' new racial justice p...Show More

#GOPdebate, Fiorina's Finest Hour, And Student Loan Debt Threats!

53:52 | Aug 7th, 2015

This week, we cover the wild wonders of the first Republican Presidential debates. We hate to say it, but Donald Trump won. Carly Fiorina also won, because there were actually two debates. Everyone else landed somewhere between meh and oops-I-lost-my...Show More

GOP Debate ’n’ Switch, High(Way) Drama, And Leave That CEO Alone!

53:14 | Jul 30th, 2015

On this week's podcast, we game out the survival strategy for the seventeen GOP candidates who hope to succeed in August's debate, check in on the progress Congress has made on the highway funding bill, and note the irony of Phil Gramm returning to D...Show More

Warren PWNs Wall Street Again, Highway Funding And The NSA Goes Bananas!

1:04:50 | Jul 23rd, 2015

On this week's podcast, we look back on Elizabeth Warren ripping apart a rip-off artist from Primerica, break down the latest effort to pass a highway funding bill, and explain why a former NSA chief is talking to a bunch of fruit growers.

Senator Sherrod Brown, Money In The GOP Primary And Planned Parenthood Under Siege

54:25 | Jul 16th, 2015

This week we talk to Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) about austerity in Greece and banking regulations at home, break down the latest attack on Planned Parenthood, and examine the way unlimited money is wrecking the RNC's hopes for an orderly primary sea...Show More

Greece’s Debt, Iran’s Deal, A Food Stamp Testimonial And Tucker Carlson On The Grateful Dead

1:10:30 | Jul 9th, 2015

This week we examine the austerity battles in Greece, break down the latest stage of the Iran nuclear talks, and we get a real world account of what happens when Congress cuts off your access to food. Plus, the Daily Caller's Tucker Carlson is a huge...Show More

Laura Bassett's Own Goal, Grexits And Criminal Justice Horrors

42:42 | Jul 2nd, 2015

On this week's podcast, Dana Liebelson joins us to discuss her recent exposé of the prison system in Michigan, where children -- commingled with adult criminals -- are being broken, not rehabilitated. Plus: we discuss last week's marriage equality ru...Show More

Rep. Hank Johnson, Confederate Flags And The Charleston Shooting’s Aftermath

1:04:38 | Jun 25th, 2015

This week we hear from Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) about his bill to pursue police demilitarization, discuss the confederate flag and the aftermath of the Emanuel AME church shooting in Charleston, debrief on the Supreme Court's ruling on Obamacare sub...Show More

Senator Bernie Sanders, Rep. Keith Ellison And Some Magic

56:19 | Jun 18th, 2015

On this week's podcast, we talk to Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) about how he would get things done as president, discover the joys of hearing a magic trick delivered by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), chat with Rep. Keith Ellison about the fast track trade ...Show More

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Strategic Defaulting and Rep. Mark Pocan on TPP

48:10 | Jun 11th, 2015

This week we asked Senator Eilzabeth Warren (D-Mass.) if Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan Should be fired (she didn't say no), discuss strategic defaulting on student loan debt, and get the scoop from Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) on the late...Show More

Rand Paul Fails To Stymie More Bulk Data Collection

54:25 | Jun 5th, 2015

On this week's podcast, we get excited about some sporting updates, get the lowdown on newly passed USA Freedom Act and discuss why Senator Elizabeth Warren isn't happy with SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White.

FIFA Corruption, The GOP 2016 Field, Trade Bill Woes

1:09:19 | May 29th, 2015

This week we discuss how and why FIFA officials were arrested over a wide array of corruption charges, how crowded the 2016 GOP presidential field is getting and finally how the House is hoping to keep countries with oppressive labor and human traffi...Show More

The Trouble With This Texas Abortion Bill

1:05:50 | May 21st, 2015

This week we look into legislation passed in Texas restricting access to abortions for minors, compare and contrast federal legislation aimed at curbing what food stamps can buy with the fact that Congress want us to give them more money and we concl...Show More

How A Trade Deal Is Tearing Democrats Apart

54:55 | May 16th, 2015

This week we'll take a look at a trade deal that's so contentious, President Barack Obama is finding himself at odds with congressional leaders in his own party. We'll reflect on the tragic Amtrak train accident that left eight people dead, and discu...Show More

The Economic Context For Baltimore's Unrest

1:09:57 | May 1st, 2015

This week we take a look into some of the backstory explaining Baltimore's issues with inequality in the wake of protests after Freddie Gray's death, get the scoop on arguments heard this week in the Supreme Court's landmark case on same sex marriage...Show More

Obama's Trade Deal Battle Heats Up

52:26 | Apr 24th, 2015

This week we look at one Washington State community in which the battle for a $15 dollar minimum wage has been won, discuss the latest developments in the political battle over the Trans Pacific Partnership, and discuss the 2016 election by talking a...Show More

Hillary's Running, So Are The Reporters Covering Her

45:13 | Apr 17th, 2015

This week, Hillary Clinton launched her campaign, but didn't order sofritas at Chipotle, the House of Representatives voted to offer upwards of 250 billion dollars in handouts to needy, filthy rich Americans and a man flew a gyrocopter onto the U.S. ...Show More

The Rand Paul School Of Journalism

51:27 | Apr 10th, 2015

This week, we discuss the fall out from the Columbia Journalism Review report on Rolling Stone Magazine’s “A Rape On Campus” story, Rand Paul’s campaign strategy of talking down to reporters, and why Democrats have been obscuring their positions in s...Show More

RFRA Laws, Homelessness And Some April Foolery

1:01:14 | Apr 3rd, 2015

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) one-upped Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) over the handling of controversial religious freedom legislation, there's a new hope for millions of Americans living on the ragged edge of homelessness, and since April Fool's Da...Show More

Ted Cruz 2016, A Foreign Policy Update And A Platinum Coin

1:01:29 | Mar 27th, 2015

This week, the 2016 race welcomed Ted Cruz to the GOP scrum after the Texas Senator made his presidential ambitions clear to a literally captive audience of Liberty University students. He's been immediately anointed as a long shot, but is he really?...Show More

The GOP Budget, Aaron Schock Resigns And The Starbucks Race Conversation

55:22 | Mar 20th, 2015

This week, the GOP released their budget proposals and it's good news if you like massive cuts in discretionary spending and a bloated defense budget. We'll detail the broad strokes of a funding fantasia that probably won't pass and will likely lead ...Show More

The Iran Letter, Hillary Clinton's Emails And A Fed Leak

59:04 | Mar 13th, 2015

This week, Iranian leaders got a letter, authored by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton and signed by 46 other Republican Senators, in which a clear message was sent. That message? "No one should ever take the United States of America at their word." Why di...Show More

The Politics Page, Obamacare On Trial And Scott Walker’s Union Bust

50:30 | Mar 6th, 2015

This week, let's talk about you. What kind of stuff you like to read on this site, and how do we provide it when Congress takes off a day early to avoid a snow storm? Senior Politics Editor Paige Lavender explains.  Meanwhile, the Supreme Court took...Show More

Food Stamps, Obama And Warren Team Up And The Invisible 2016 Primary

55:00 | Feb 27th, 2015

This week, the Republican-led House Agriculture Committee began what they termed as a "top to bottom" review of the federal food stamp program. In a surprising twist, however, the Committee's new management struck a soft and empathetic tone towards a...Show More

DHS Funding Fight, Jeb Bush And Elizabeth Warren’s Secret Meetings

1:00:44 | Feb 20th, 2015

This week, the fight over President Barack Obama's immigration policies returns to the halls of Congress, with opponents of the President's executive actions threatening to cease funding for the Department of Homeland Security. Is this a smart idea? ...Show More

AUMF, Governors Behaving Badly And Media Shake-ups

59:56 | Feb 13th, 2015

This week, America's ongoing battle with ISIS reached a new stage, specifically that stage where the President asks Congress if its okay with them that he started an ongoing battle with ISIS. Meanwhile, closer to home we have governors behaving badl...Show More

Vaccine Denialism, Obama's Budget And A Downton Abbey Scandal

48:28 | Feb 6th, 2015

This week, the early stages of the 2016 presidential election collided headlong with the phenomenon of vaccine denialism, with two candidates ending up in intensive care for foot-in-mouth disease. Meanwhile, the Obama budget is out, and from the lo...Show More

Obama's Trade Deal, Koch Brothers Spending And The Super Bowl

50:52 | Jan 30th, 2015

This week, we learned that President Barack Obama is really upset with our coverage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. So he's not gonna like what we're about to do, which is talk about the fact that the one part of his agenda Congress migh...Show More

The State Of The Union, Middle Class Economics And Congressional Fodder

50:58 | Jan 23rd, 2015

This week, President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State Of The Union Address before a joint session of Congress now completely controlled by his opposition. In that speech, the most newsworthy moment came when the President urged a focus on wha...Show More

Mitt Romney, A Volcker Rule Delay and Paid Family Leave

51:55 | Jan 16th, 2015

This week, the 2016 race was roiled by the announcement that former GOP nominee and 2012 loser Mitt Romney was, against all logic, getting his band back together to mount yet another run for the White House. This has baffled everyone, including the H...Show More

Charlie Hebdo, The New Congress And Barbara Boxer

43:06 | Jan 10th, 2015

This week, radical militants from a pseudo-Islamic death cult murdered twelve members of the staff of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo in their Paris office, ending any hope we had that 2015 would be a respite from 2014's garbage and misery. Mea...Show More

Cuba Relations, North Korea's Sony Hack And The 2014 Year In Review

56:51 | Dec 19th, 2014

This week, President Barack Obama announced that the United States would make an effort to normalize relations with Cuba, ending a decade long policy of distance that had been surprisingly effective in doing nothing in particular. We'll talk about th...Show More

The CIA Torture Report, The CROMNIBUS And DC Weed

54:49 | Dec 13th, 2014

So That Happened, Episode 13: The CIA Torture Report Was A Chronicle Of Depravity And Incompetence This week, the Senate's report on CIA torture was released into the wild, and while the redactions were thick, it nevertheless read as a thoroughgoing...Show More

Grand Jury Fallout, Ebola And The CROMNIBUS

44:32 | Dec 5th, 2014

This week, hard on the heels of the Ferguson grand jury decision, a grand jury in New York City returns no indictment on the police officer who choked Eric Garner to death on the streets of Staten Island. Can the cops be stopped before they kill agai...Show More

Immigration, Keystone XL And The CIA Torture Report

50:50 | Nov 22nd, 2014

This week, after several months of "will-he-or-won't he" wonderings, President Barack Obama went ahead on his own and issued new executive actions to fill the space where a comprehensive immigration reform bill should be. We'll sort this out with Huf...Show More

Net Neutrality And Obamacare Challenges

58:22 | Nov 15th, 2014

So, that happened: This week, President Barack Obama announced his full-throated support for "net neutrality," a term that basically means "don't let Comcast turn the Internet into a dystopian mess" -- unless you're Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and then ...Show More

Dems Got Waxed In The 2014 Midterms

35:42 | Nov 5th, 2014

So that happened: And we mean this literally just happened. The 2014 midterm elections are in the books, and for the Democratic party, it was one big coast-to-coast Red Wedding. "Drinking and Talking" host Sam Stein joins the podcast to pick through ...Show More

2014 Election Edition

54:44 | Nov 1st, 2014

So that... is about to happen: Tuesday, November 4th is Election day, and we've enlisted Huff Post Pollster's own Mark Blumenthal to set the table. We'll talk about the marquee event of Election Night -- which party will end up control the Senate -- ...Show More