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Deep State Radio

English, Political, 1 season, 1706 episodes, 13 hours, 36 minutes
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Twice a week, this podcast will take you on a smart, direct, sometimes scary, sometimes profane, sometimes hilarious tour of the inner workings of American power and of the impact of our leaders and their policies on our standing in the world. Hosted by noted author and commentator David Rothkopf and featuring regulars Rosa Brooks of Georgetown Law School, Kori Schake of Stanford University and David Sanger of the New York Times, the program will be the lively, smart dinner table conversation on the big issues of the day that you wish you were having...without the calories. Sometimes special guests will join the conversation and always the emphasis will be on providing the unvarnished perspectives others shy away from. Deep State Radio is the insider perspective on American national security and foreign policy that you can't find anywhere else. If you are enjoying this podcast, please consider becoming a member by visiting thedsrnetwork.com or supporting our show by making a donation by visiting https://supporter.acast.com/deepstateradio. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/deepstateradio. See acast.com/privacy (https://acast.com/privacy) for privacy and opt-out information.
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Special Episode: A World in Transition

With consequential elections coming up in Britain, France, and the US, monumental change is on the horizon . In a special two-part episode, Clive Priddle and Ed Luce join David Rothkopf to forecast the upcoming elections while members will hear from Kori Schake and Rosa Brooks on the most impactful headlines from around the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/19/202436 minutes, 46 seconds
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The DSR Daily for June 19: Putin and Kim Sign Strategic Partnership

On the DSR daily for Wednesday, we break down Russia and North Korea’s new strategic partnership, new tensions in the South China Sea, the Boeing CEO’s Senate testimony, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/19/202414 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Daily Blast - Weird New Hannity Rants and Doctored Biden Videos Drive MAGA Off Rails

MAGA deception seems to have gone nuclear. Fox News’s Sean Hannity is floating strange new theories about President Biden’s upcoming debate with Donald Trump. Republicans dishonestly doctored numerous videos to make Biden look befuddled and senile. And we learned that the Sinclair media apparatus is blaring out all that deception to huge audiences. We talked to well-known writer and podcaster Thom Hartmann, author of a New Republic piece, “From the Border to Bump Stocks, the MAGA Lie Machine Is Heating Up,” about whether we’re approaching a point of no return that will make this election like no other.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/19/202427 minutes, 22 seconds
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AAI: Inside the Special Relationship Between Israeli and US Intelligence

The relationship between the Israeli and US intelligence services is longstanding. Yet the October 7th Hamas attack and subsequent Israeli invasion of Gaza has presented unique challenges and opportunities on both sides. National Security reporter Shane Harris, just back from Israel, joins Marc to discuss why the US remains Israel’s key intelligence partner. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/18/202448 minutes, 59 seconds
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Word Matter: Walking the Fine Line of Media Accountability

The media and journalists are pillars of a healthy democracy, but they’re not infallible. So how do we hold errant media personalities and companies accountable? Norm and Kavita break down this unique issue and pay tribute to one of the greats, Howard Fineman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/18/202434 minutes, 10 seconds
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The DSR Daily for June 18: New Executive Action Protects Immigrants

On the Tuesday edition of the DSR daily, we discuss President Biden’s new executive action to protect immigrants, increased spending among NATO allies, a severe heatwave in the US, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/18/202419 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Daily Blast - Shocker Poll: Trump Verdict Actually Does Matter to Voters—Big Time

This week, Politico released a new poll with some pretty big surprises: A larger-than-expected percentage of Americans say Donald Trump’s criminal conviction in Manhattan makes them less likely to vote for him. The finding is even more striking among independents. The poll also took the innovative step of trying to gauge how important Trump’s conviction is to voters. And the answer is: Pretty important! We talked to Ankush Khardori, a senior writer for Politico Magazine who oversaw this poll, who walked us through its findings, what they mean, and whether Trump’s pressure on Republicans to protect him from the law will backfire on the GOP in November.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/18/202426 minutes, 57 seconds
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The DSR Daily for June 17: Netanyahu Disbands War Cabinet

On the Monday edition of the DSR daily, we cover Netanyahu disbanding his war cabinet, Putin’s planned trip to North Korea, polling troubles for Donald Trump, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/17/202417 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Daily Blast - Krugman: Trump's Mental State Is Visibly Getting Much More Dangerous

This week, Dr. Anthony Fauci’s new book comes out, and it contains a disturbing chapter about Donald Trump’s ignorance, explosive rage and megalomania during the coronavirus pandemic. We think this should be covered as a loud, clanging alarm bell about the dangers of a second Trump term. So we talked to New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, who has written a series of columns on voter amnesia about Trump’s 2020 performance, about the horrors unleashed on the country by his unfitness for the presidency—and why recent events suggest he’s gotten much worse.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/17/202435 minutes, 32 seconds
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FTS: How to be a Master CIA Recruiter

Original Air Date: July 3, 2023 On this week's episode of the DSR, co-host Marc Polymeropoulos is joined by guest James Lawler, a former CIA operations officer for 25 years and former member of the CIA's Senior Intelligence Service where he specialized in the recruitment of foreign spies. Don’t miss their discussion on the Iranian nuclear program and the qualities that make an effective CIA recruiter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/16/202444 minutes, 23 seconds
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FTA: How Will Our 45th President Do in Prison? A Conversation with Mary Trump

Original Air Date: June 22, 2023 Few people have offered the kind of insight into Donald Trump than has his niece, psychologist Mary Trump. On this special episode of DSR, we speak to Mary about how she thinks the former president is responding to the legal walls closing in on him, how he would react were he sentenced to prison and how his very first years growing up in Queens may have scarred him and put the country at risk. Don't miss this fascinating, wide-ranging conversation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/15/202449 minutes, 7 seconds
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WAGD: The Blinding Future of Nuclear Weapons

Much of our discussions about nuclear weapons focus on Oppenheimer, the Manhattan Project, or the Cold War. But what does the current nuclear age really look like? Sarah Scoles joins Heather Williams to discuss her book “Countdown” and share first hand reporting on the scientists who work within the nuclear apparatus of the United States. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/14/202434 minutes, 35 seconds
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Siliconsciousness: From Cheap Fakes to Deep Fakes: AI, Gender and How to Fix a Growing Problem

AI affects us all, for better or for worse. But AI has long been used to harass and exploit women in particular. Disinformation expert Nina Jankowicz joins David Rothkopf to share how and why AI has an adversarial relationship with gender and women, and how officials can be doing more to protect us from its malign uses.  This material is distributed by TRG Advisory Services, LLC on behalf of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in the U.S.. Additional information is available at the Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/14/202439 minutes, 43 seconds
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The DSR Daily for June 14: The Latest from the G7 Summit

On the DSR daily for June 14, we discuss the latest news from the G7 summit, Putin’s laughable ceasefire demands, the arrival of a US submarine in Cuba, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/14/202425 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Trump’s Bizarre Rants At Private GOP Meeting Are a Break-Glass Moment

New reports are emerging about Donald Trump’s tightening grip on the GOP, and the upshot is this: It’s crazier and more dangerous than you thought. First we learned that Trump and House Speaker Mike Johnson privately schemed over how to sabotage ongoing prosecutions of Trump. Then Trump met with Republicans and reportedly unleashed numerous strange rants, calling the Justice Department “dirty no good bastards” and spinning out a wild tale about Nancy Pelosi’s daughter. We talked with A.B. Stoddard, a columnist at The Bulwark and shrewd observer of GOP politics, and she trenchantly explained why this moment is very much not a drill.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/14/202430 minutes, 1 second
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Entering a Critical Month in Campaign 2024 (Biden Can Do Great)

It’s go time for the Biden campaign. With only five months to go until Election Day, polls suggest that Biden and Trump are neck and neck. Tara McGowan and Simon Rosenberg join David Rothkopf to share what the Democrats need to do to secure victory in November, and why this month is critical for the future of the race. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/13/202449 minutes, 20 seconds
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The DSR Daily for June 13: US and Ukraine to Sign Security Agreement

On the DSR daily for Thursday, we cover the US and Ukraine’s expected security agreement, attempts to overturn President Biden’s asylum restrictions, President Miley’s radical overhauls in Argentina, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/13/202417 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Daily Blast: In Texas, Right Wing Rage Takes a Dark Turn: “War On White America”

An influential group called the True Texas Project is hosting a conference in July that will actively promote Christian Nationalism and the racist great replacement theory, the Texas Tribune reports. The group, which subscribes to the idea of a “war on white America,” has ties to many Texas GOP officials, the report says, including Senator Ted Cruz and Attorney General Ken Paxton, a major supporter of Donald Trump. We talked to Sarah Posner, author of several books on the religious right, who sheds much-needed light on this ugly tangle far right ideologies—and how they’re being mainstreamed at the highest levels of Republican power.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/13/202429 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ukraine at a Turning Point: Will the US & the West Do What is Needed to Win?

The western world hailed President Zelenskyy as a protector of democracy at the 80th anniversary of Normandy. But will we give Ukraine the support it needs to defend itself? Ivo Daalder, Nate Mook, and Kori Schake join David Rothkopf to illustrate why were are at a critical moment in Ukraine and what the US and the West need to do to win.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/12/202443 minutes, 25 seconds
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The End of Ambition: A Conversation with Steven Cook

The US can’t seem to figure out the Middle East. Decades of involvement in the region has had mixed results to say the least. So where did we go wrong? Steven Cook, author of the new book “The End of Ambition” joins David Rothkopf to explain America’s past, present, and future in the Middle East. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/12/202436 minutes, 37 seconds
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The DSR Daily for June 12: Hamas Submits Response to Ceasefire Plan

On the DSR daily for Wednesday, we discuss Hamas seeking a ‘complete halt’ in the war in Gaza, Hunter Biden’s guilty verdict, impending announcements from the G7 summit, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/12/202416 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Daily Blast: How Trump’s Ugliest Authoritarian Threats May Soon Blow Up In His Face

Donald Trump is now leveling his authoritarian threats right out in the open. He appears supremely confident that none of it will alienate swing voters. Now NBC News reports that the Biden campaign hopes to draw out this side of Trump at their upcoming debate—but if Trump doesn’t see these things as liabilities, he may advertise them all over again when voters are paying attention. We talked to Slate legal writer Dahlia Lithwick, author of an excellent new piece outlining how Trump is running on an overt promise of authoritarianism, about whether voters will awaken to the threat he poses—and how this could cause his confidence to blow up in his face.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/12/202432 minutes, 22 seconds
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Words Matter: The Fire Sale at the Supreme Court

Money can’t buy happiness. But it seems like it can buy you a Supreme Court justice. The corruption of certain justices continues to be laid bare for all to see, but the question remains: what can we do about it? Norm and Kavita break it all down. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/11/202433 minutes, 14 seconds
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The DSR Daily for June 11: Security Council Adopts Ceasefire Resolution

On the Tuesday edition of the DSR daily, we cover the UN Security Council’s adoption of a resolution on a permanent Gaza ceasefire, the US lifting a ban on the Azov Brigade using American weapons, Modi’s retention of key cabinet ministers, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/11/202415 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Mike Johnson’s Sleazy New Scheme to Protect Trump Should Fire Up Dems

In the wake of Donald Trump’s criminal conviction, House Speaker Mike Johnson and Republicans are ramping up with sordid new efforts to use their congressional powers to protect Trump from other ongoing prosecutions. This gives Democrats an opening to hammer Republicans for aiding and abetting Trump’s nonstop quest to place himself above the law. Yet some Democrats seem reluctant to engage this fight. We talked to California Representative Eric Swalwell, who breaks down the absurdity of the GOP’s various tactics—and how Democrats can go on offense against them.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/11/202421 minutes, 24 seconds
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AAI: Has Cuba Flown Under The Radar for Too Long?

Russian warships are arriving in Cuba. Another US senior official sentenced for spying for the Cubans. Sound familiar? Retired FBI counterintelligence expert Pete Lapp joins Marc to shed light on Cuba’s tense history with the US and why this persistent thorn in the side of US national security has been underestimated for too long. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/10/202440 minutes, 34 seconds
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The DSR Daily for June 10: Surprises from European Parliament Elections

On the DSR daily for Monday, we discuss the announcement of snap parliamentary elections in France, Antony Blinken’s visit to the Middle East, Republican plans for 2025, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/10/202418 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Why Trump’s Spiraling Obsession with Verdict Has Unnerved Some GOPers

Some Republicans are reportedly worried that Donald Trump’s ongoing public attacks on his criminal conviction show that he’s overly focused on lathering up his base, and refuses to grasp that the verdict will likely alienate swing voters. We think this highlights a deeper truth about Trump and the MAGA movement itself: They cannot acknowledge that such Trump-centrict obsessions might be unpopular with the broader electorate, as this would constitute showing weakness. We talked to Washington Post reporter Isaac Arnsdorf, author of an excellent new book called Finish What We Started: The MAGA Movement’s Ground War to End Democracy, who helped us unravel this tangle of MAGA pathologies. Listen to this episode here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/10/202428 minutes, 35 seconds
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FTS: On the Ground In Ukraine with James Rushton

Original Air Date: June 5, 2023 Michael’s guest this week is James Rushton, a journalist at Yahoo News who is covering the Ukraine-Russia war from his home in Kyiv. He’s been reporting amidst air raid sirens and other challenges and is extremely well-placed on the front lines of the war to tell you what is happening in the country. His experience and perspective on all things Ukraine is not to be missed. Tune In. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/9/202455 minutes, 35 seconds
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FTA: Is There Hope for the American Justice System?

Original Air Date: June 16, 2023 There have been glimmers of sanity from a Supreme Court that seemed hopelessly radicalized. The former president of the United States has begun to be held accountable and America has not rioted in the streets in response. We are far from out of the woods and Donald Trump has promised that the first thing he would do were he to be reelected is to turn the country into a banana republic. But what are we to make of the progress, the good news? And what should we brace for in terms of the next wave of bad news? We discuss with the one and only Dahlia Lithwick of Slate and the Amicus brief. You won't want to miss this conversation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/8/202443 minutes, 9 seconds
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AAI: A Former Child Soldier’s Story of Survival

How does someone become a child solider? More importantly, how do they escape? Anthony Opoka joins the podcast with Mick Mulroy and Eric Oehlerich to share his journey from unwilling soldier in Kony’s LRA to crusader for the freedom of child soldiers. Don’t miss his incredible story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/7/202442 minutes, 22 seconds
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WAGD Radio: How Worried Should We Be About Iran’s Nuclear Future?

You can never be too certain about what might happen next in Iran. With the death of President Raisi, the country’s future is more unpredictable than ever. Thankfully, expert Barbara Slavin joins Heather and Jon to analyze what could come next for both Iran and the region. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/7/202430 minutes, 25 seconds
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The DSR Daily for June 7: Bannon Ordered to Prison

On the DSR Daily for June 7, we cover a federal judge ordering Steve Bannon to prison, Joe Biden’s meeting with Zelenskyy in Paris, Netanyahu’s upcoming visit to the US, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/7/202416 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Why MAGA’s Eruption of Rage at Bannon’s Jail Sentence Is So Alarming

A judge just ordered longtime Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon to surrender to prison on July 1st after his conviction for defying the Jan. 6th committee’s subpoena. Not surprisingly, Trump and MAGA have already exploded in rage. Making this worse, Bannon is one of the leading pro-Trump figures calling on Trump to jail Democrats without cause if he wins the White House—and Bannon’s jail time will only fuel that mania. We talked to Eric Columbus, a lawyer who represented the Jan. 6th committee, about the alarming signals this sends about the perils of a second Trump presidency. Listen to this episode here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/7/202424 minutes, 54 seconds
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The DSR Daily for June 6: Israel Strikes UN Shelter

On the DSR Daily for June 6, we cover an Israeli strike on a UN school in Gaza, shifting support towards Biden in the wake of Trump’s conviction, the Houthi rebels’ new missile, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/6/20248 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Dems Brutally Shred Shady Wall Street Journal Hit Piece on Biden's Age

On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal published a dodgy hit piece about President Biden’s age. Then something unusual happened: Democratic lawmakers went nuclear on the piece, going on record to forcefully undermine its core assertions. This deserves some discussion: Could Dems better “work the refs” the way Republicans do? When liberals do criticize coverage, why do newsroom leaders shrug it off? Why do editors insult our intelligence with phony justifications for the overemphasis on Biden’s age? We chatted with Aaron Rupar, a shrewd media observer and author of the “Public Notice" Substack, about the deeper problems with the press this episode reveals.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/6/202428 minutes, 9 seconds
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Lessons of the Very Surprising Results from the World's Biggest Election 

Modi has claimed victory in the Indian elections, but the reality isn’t so rosy for the BJP. For the first time in his tenure, Modi has failed to secure the majority. Journalist Rana Ayyub joins David Rothkopf alongside Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and Ed Luce to break down why this election could be a turning point for India and how Modi lost his touch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/5/202446 minutes, 47 seconds
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The DSR Daily for June 5: Biden Announces Asylum Restrictions

On the DSR Daily for June 5, we cover President Biden’s new asylum restrictions, the House efforts to sanction ICC officials, an election debate in Britain, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/5/20248 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Striking New Polls on Trump Verdict Wreck One of MAGA’s Dumbest Scams

MAGA loyalists have been relentlessly pushing a silly talking point: The American people are in full scale revolt against the criminal conviction of Donald Trump. Guess what? The polls are telling a different story, finding majority support for the verdict. One of these, from the progressive firm Data for Progress, finds that this is also true among swing voters. We chatted with Data for Progress’s executive director, Danielle Deiseroth, about what all these numbers are really telling us, most (though not all) of it good news. Listen to this episode here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/5/202423 minutes, 35 seconds
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World on the Brink: A Conversation with Dmitri Alperovitch

The competitive relationship between the US and China manages to be both novel, and strikingly familiar. With shades of the Cold War, the potential for escalation is a constant threat. Dmitri Alperovitch joins David Rothkopf to discuss his book “World on the Brink” and how the US can win a Cold War with China. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/4/202431 minutes, 39 seconds
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Words Matter: Trump is Guilty… So What Happens Now?

Trump is guilty 34 times over. That’s a big deal. So, what happens now? Norm and Kavita break down the political ramifications of the ruling, how MAGA-world is coping with the news, and the political fallout that is already underway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/4/202434 minutes, 3 seconds
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The DSR Daily for June 4: Modi Poised to Win Third Term

On the DSR Daily for June 4, we cover the BJP’s election performance in India, the Biden administration’s expected new asylum restrictions, Dr. Fauci’s public hearing appearance, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/4/202420 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Daily Blast: GOP Fury At Trump Verdict Just Got Scarier. This Dem Sees An Opening.

In the wake of Donald Trump’s conviction on 34 felony counts, Republican anger at the verdict is getting darker, with GOP leaders talking about holding hearings and even defunding other prosecutions of Trump. But Democrats are not engaging this debate nearly as intensively, and appear divided over how to proceed. This is puzzling: The furious GOP defense of Trump is deranged and reckless, and would almost certainly be deeply unpopular—if voters are made to understand it. We talked to veteran Democratic strategist Celinda Lake, who suggested ways the party might find a stronger and more unified posture in this battle going forward. Listen to this episode here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/4/202423 minutes, 28 seconds
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Siliconsciousness - A Delicate Balance: Promoting AI Growth While Containing Myriad Risks: The White House Perspective

Artificial intelligence has limitless potential and presents a multitude of risks. So how do we manage the positives without the negatives. White House Special Advisor on AI Ben Buchanan joins David Rothkopf to share what the White House has been doing to promote beneficial growth in AI and more. This material is distributed by TRG Advisory Services, LLC on behalf of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in the U.S.. Additional information is available at the Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/3/202433 minutes, 5 seconds
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The DSR Daily for June 3: Mexico Elects First Female President

On the DSR daily for June 3, we discuss Mexico electing it’s first woman president, Georgia signing a contentious bill into law, a Chinese spacecraft landing on the far side of the moon, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/3/202422 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Daily Blast: “You’re Lying”: Why George Conway Erupted at a Pro-Trump GOPer on CNN

The other day on CNN, prominent Never Trump lawyer George Conway did something you rarely see in Washington. He dressed down a GOP commentator for lying his ass off about Donald Trump—and then, right on the air, he asked why CNN was paying this Republican to spread lies on Trump’s behalf. We think this episode illustrates a deep problem with the media’s handling of pro-Trump propaganda. So we chatted with Conway about why he unloaded—and in the process, he revealed some interesting things about the network. Listen to this episode here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
6/3/202437 minutes, 32 seconds
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Trump is a Convicted Felon Special Edition

Following on the heels of a Manhattan jury convicting twice-impeached disgraced former president Donald Trump on 34 felony counts, we sit down with the Washington Post's Jen Rubin and Mike Tomasky of the New Republic and try to figure out what to make of these recent events. One conclusion: Apparently we would be better off if everyone actually read some news every day. We discuss that and much more in a must listen episode. Join us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/31/202436 minutes, 8 seconds
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WAGD Radio: Debating US Support for Ukraine and Nuclear Stability

This week, Heather and Jon talk to James Acton, the Jessica T. Mathews Chair and is co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. They delve into the escalating nuclear risks arising from recent events in Ukraine and their potential impact on global security. They also explore the intersection of American interests, European alliances, and the strategic risks associated with the Ukraine war. The discussion highlights the need for risk reduction and the challenges of managing nuclear risks without a cooperative partner. It also addresses the debate around the role of the US in supporting Ukraine and the potential consequences of aggressive actions on nuclear stability. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/31/202424 minutes, 34 seconds
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The DSR Daily Brief for May 31, 2024: Trump Convicted on 34 Counts

The conversation covers the criminal conviction of former President Donald Trump, the implications of the conviction on the upcoming election, the decision to authorize Ukraine to use US-supplied weapons, the rare direct talks between the US and China, the controversy surrounding Supreme Court justices, and a humorous incident involving a Michigan man during a court hearing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/31/202421 minutes, 17 seconds
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A Conversation with an Architect of the Biden's Administration's AI Strategy

On this special edition of Siliconsciousness, we have an in-depth conversation with Arati Prabhakar, the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. We discuss the current state of the administration-wide effort to adapt to the complex realities of age of Artificial Intelligence. Prabhakar also details evolving objectives and challenges for the effort. A must-listen on a wide range of vital topics. Join us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/31/202433 minutes, 36 seconds
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AAI: The Sisterhood: Unveiling the Secret History of Women at the CIA

Award-winning journalist and author, Liza Mundy, discusses her latest book 'The Sisterhood: The Secret History of Women at the CIA' and delves into the experiences of women at the CIA, their challenges, and their contributions to the agency. The conversation also explores the complexities of the CIA as an institution and the unique experiences of women within it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/31/202436 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Daily Blast: The Alito Flag Scandal Just Got Worse. What’s the Next Move for Dems?

Earlier this week, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito refused to recuse himself from hearing Jan. 6-related cases amid controversy over an upside-down U.S. flag outside Alito’s home that’s associated with Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” effort. Then, on Thursday, Chief Justice John Roberts denied Democrats’ demand for a meeting, adding to the imperiousness around the conservative justices and making the Alito scandal look worse. We talked to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, about what he called the “omerta” code for right wing justices—and whether it’s time for hearings into the Alito mess. Listen to this episode here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/31/202430 minutes, 30 seconds
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The DSR Daily Brief for May 30, 2024: Deliberations Continue in Trump Trial, The Latest in Gaza and Morey

The conversation covers a range of topics including the Trump trial, Supreme Court Justice Alito's refusal to recuse himself, the US-built pier in Gaza, Ukrainian drone strikes, and the South African elections. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/30/202419 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Inside Trump-MAGA’s Secretive Plot to Come After Your Birth Control

Donald Trump recently said he’s “looking at” imposing restrictions on contraception if he is elected president, and even promised a concrete policy. Then he quickly walked it back. But certain constituencies on the right have not given up—far from it. We chatted with Politico reporter Alice Miranda Ollstein, co-author of a great new piece detailing the blueprint that Trump’s MAGA allies are developing for him to restrict birth control through executive action, about how far this could get if he regains the White House. It isn’t pretty. Listen to this episode here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/30/202425 minutes, 47 seconds
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What Should the Biden Administration Do Differently with Israel and Gaza?

The war in Gaza is horrifying. It is also a war being conducted without a strategy and without a clear end goal in mind by an ally that opposes most core American objectives. Are these people we should be sending more weapons to? If so, on what conditions? What should we be doing differently. Israeli journalist Noga Tarnopolsky, former Israeli diplomat Alon Pinkas, Georgetown Law Professor Rosa Brooks and Dr. Kori Schake of the American Enterprise Institute join David Rothkopf for a conversation in search of constructive answers. Don't miss it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/29/202448 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Road to Freedom: A Conversation with Joseph E. Stiglitz

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz has just produced an important new book, "The Road to Freedom: Economics and the Good Society" that explores not just the merits but the urgent need to embrace progressive economics as an alternative to the distortionary, inequality-driving and freedom-limiting consequences of neo-liberalism. Ed Luce of the Financial Times and host David Rothkopf engage in an important, wide-ranging discussion with Stiglitz about his book and its relevance to the current political and economic situation in the United States and worldwide. Don't miss it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/29/202436 minutes, 24 seconds
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The DSR Daily Brief for May 29, 2024 - US Says Israel Did Not Cross a Red-Line, Jurors Deliberate in Trump Trial

On this edition of the DSR Daily Brief, we cover the Israeli airstrike in Rafah, South Africa's upcoming election, North Korea's balloon incident, the criminal trial of Donald Trump, and the controversy surrounding the upside-down American flag at Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's home.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/29/202410 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Yet Again, Shady Judge Cannon Does Trump’s Bidding—But It May Backfire

On Tuesday, Judge Aileen Cannon temporarily denied special counsel Jack Smith’s latest request for a gag order on Donald Trump’s lie that the FBI was set to use lethal force on Trump at Mar-a-Lago. In keeping with a shady pattern of favoritism to Trump, Cannon said No, but she may feel pressure to grant the gag order later, lest Smith seek her removal. We talked to legal scholar Matthew Seligman, who has done great work road-mapping Trump’s legal travails, about why Cannon’s move may not help Trump in the long run—and why it’s premature to assume he won’t face a federal criminal trial before the election. Listen to this episode here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/29/202429 minutes, 56 seconds
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DSR Daily Brief: May 28, 2024 - Israel in Rafah, Trump Closing Arguments

On this episode of the DSR Daily Brief, we cover the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the situation in Ukraine, Donald Trump's legal issues, and a natural disaster in Papua New Guinea. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/28/202419 minutes, 51 seconds
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How Fox News Fabricated a Toxic Lie for Trump—and Why It’s So Alarming

Donald Trump and his media propagandists have been preposterously suggesting the FBI under President Biden was set to use “lethal force” against Trump when it searched Mar-a-Lago. This fabrication was summoned into existence by Fox News and the right wing media. We talked with media reporter Brian Stelter, author of a great new piece on Trump in The New Republic’s “American Fascism” issue, who put all this in its larger context, explaining what the right wing media has become under Trump, and how he will bully non-compliant media outlets if reelected president. Listen to this episode here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/28/202424 minutes, 42 seconds
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FTS: Supreme Court Rules On Biden’s Immigration Guidelines, Justice Alito and More

Original Air Date: June 23, 2023 Norm and Kavita are back this week to discuss the 8-1 ruling in favor of the Biden administration’s immigration enforcement guidelines. From there, they turn their attention to Justice Alito, who earlier in the week wrote a preemptive opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal addressing the ProPublica investigative piece which disclosed his fishing trips with a Billionaire Hedge Fund manger that petitioned the Supreme Court to rule in his favor in his business dealings. Don’t miss it! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/26/202437 minutes, 56 seconds
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FTA: How to Capitalize on Putin's Weakness In the Wake of the Prigozhin Mini-Coup

Original Air Date: June 26, 2023 The dust is still settling from Yevgeny Prigozhin's march on Moscow that gripped the world and rocked the Kremlin. Many questions remain but one thing is certain. In the wake of Prigozhin's bold if seemingly ill-fated challenge to the authority of Russia's Ministry of Defense, Vladimir Putin is weaker today in the eyes of Russians, Ukrainians and the world. We discuss the consequences of that change with the Washington Post's Shane Harris, former CIA Moscow hand John Sipher, co-host former CIA operations officer Marc Polymeropoulos and co-host David Rothkopf. Join us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/25/202452 minutes, 39 seconds
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WAGD Radio: Snuggling Satellites are Scarier than they Sound

Two satellites snuggling doesn’t sound so bad, right? The new space race with China, Russia, and the US has led to some interesting new tech with scarier implications than you might expect. David Sanger and Victoria Samson join Jon and Heather to break down the far-reaching consequences of space defense. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/24/202426 minutes
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The DSR Daily for May 24: China Stages Mock Strikes, US Announces New Ukraine Aid

On the Friday edition of the DSR daily, we discuss China staging mock missile strikes on Taiwan, the US announcing new military aid for Ukraine, the dispute over President Biden on the ballot in Ohio, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/24/20248 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Trump’s Ugly Eruption: Putin Will Only Free Jailed Reporter “For Me”

On Thursday, Donald Trump tweeted that Vladimir Putin will release Evan Gershkovich, the Wall Street Journal reporter detained in Russia, after the election—“for me,” meaning for Trump. In other words, elect Trump president, and Putin will release him. We think this saga gets at a larger story about Trump’s approach to politics and foreign policy. So we talked to Nicholas Grossman, a professor of international relations who writes about Trump’s Putinist inclinations. He explains how Trump may be sabotaging U.S foreign policy to help himself politically, while aligning himself with the world’s autocrats and dictators. Listen to this episode here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/24/202429 minutes, 21 seconds
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FTA: The Case Against Trump is Getting More Serious...So the GOP is Turning on the DoJ & the FBI

Original Air Date: June 1, 2023 Every day it seems new revelations suggest Donald Trump is in greater legal jeopardy. And, with each new revelation, comes a chorus of accusations and threats from the GOP led by Trump himself that it is time to shut down the Department of Justice and the FBI, time to fire those who are involved in investigating him, time to purge the government of everyone disloyal to the MAGA movement. It is a perilous moment. But where will it lead? We discuss with former FBI special agent Peter Strzok in a wide-ranging, insight-rich conversation you won't want to miss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/23/202446 minutes, 3 seconds
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SLoC: Nazi Hunters: A Love Story with Journalist Jess McHugh

Jess McHugh joins Marissa to share the compelling true life story of two people who fell in love--one Jewish and one German-- and made it their life’s work to bring Nazis to justice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/23/202439 minutes, 42 seconds
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The DSR Daily for May 23: Haley Will Vote for Trump, Israel Reprimand’s Ambassadors

On the Thursday edition of the DSR daily, we cover Nikki Haley’s statement that she will vote for Trump, Israel’s intention to reprimand Irish, Norwegian, and Spanish ambassadors, the Pentagon’s report of a Russian space weapon, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/23/20247 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Trump’s Unhinged Ranting At Biden’s FBI Reveals His “Wannabe Fascism”

Trump and MAGA Republicans are floating the crackpot idea that President Biden’s FBI was ready to target Trump with lethal force when it searched Mar-a-Lago. This is based on a wildly absurd reading of FBI policy, but beyond this, we think this saga says something larger about the fascistic politics of Trump and his MAGA allies. We talked to Federico Finchelstein, an expert on fascist movements and author of a new piece in The New Republic’s issue on “American Fascism,” who explains why Trump is best seen as a “wannabe fascist.”  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/23/202423 minutes, 13 seconds
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FTA: What if We Told You Things Were Actually Going Better Than Expected in the US?

Original Air Date: May 31, 2023 America did not choose to blow up the world economy. The lunatic caucus in Congress did not prevail. An experienced president helped strike a deal that preserved critical U.S. programs and priorities. The world can stop thinking we've lost our minds. Or can they? With 2024 looming we discuss whether the trends are encouraging or discouraging or downright frightening both at tome and in terms of U.S. foreign policy. Ed Luce of the Financial Times, Rosa Brooks of Georgetown Law Center and host David Rothkopf, do a deep dive...and end up being a little bit optimistic for a change. Join us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/22/202444 minutes, 9 seconds
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The DSR Daily for May 22: Formal Recognition of Palestine, Potential US Sanctions on ICC

On the Wednesday edition of the DSR daily we cover Ireland, Norway, and Spain’s recognition of a Palestinian state, the US signaling towards ICC sanctions, Rudy Giuliani and Trump allies pleading not guilty, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/22/20248 minutes, 40 seconds
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WM: An All-You-Can-Listen Political Buffet

To say it’s been a busy week in American politics would be an understatement. Thankfully, Kavita and Norm are here to discuss the unfolding dynamics of the primaries and Senate races, the state of the Supreme Court and upcoming decisions, and why voters’ economic perception isn’t matching the reality.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/21/202433 minutes, 43 seconds
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The DSR Daily for May 21: Haiti’s Gang’s Grow Stronger, Prosecutor’s rest in Trump Trial

On the Tuesday edition of the DSR daily, we cover the updated situation in Haiti, the conclusion of the prosecutors’ case against Donald Trump, the German foreign minister’s visit to Kyiv, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/21/20248 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Why Trump Is “Very Close” to a Conviction, Per This Former Prosecutor

On Monday, the prosecution rested its case in Donald Trump’s hush money trial in Manhattan. This comes after Trump’s defense team concluded their efforts to destroy former Trump fixer Michael Cohen’s credibility as one of the chief witnesses against Trump. So has the prosecution proven its case? We talked to New York Law School professor Rebecca Roiphe, who has prosecuted cases like these in New York, about why she thinks a conviction is now likely—even as it still remains very possible that Trump could beat the rap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/21/202424 minutes, 51 seconds
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AAI: Reflections on a Legendary 24-Year Career at CIA

Emerging from the shadows after a 24 year career at CIA, former senior case officer Ed Bogan joins Marc to share his insights on serving everywhere from South Asia to Ukraine, including the critical importance of people at CIA, the need to form enduring liaison partnerships and building a resilient workforce. A lively tour d’horizon of an amazing agency life, that includes Ed’s journey from skateboarder in New Jersey, law school in Philadelphia, and then the back alleys of Afghanistan.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/20/202441 minutes, 45 seconds
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The DSR Daily for May 20: President Raisi Dies in Helicopter Crash, ICC Prosecutor Requests Warrant for Netanyahu

On the Monday edition of the DSR daily, we cover the death of Iranian President Raisi in a helicopter crash, the ICC prosecutor requesting warrants for Hamas and Israeli leadership, Trump’s potential testimony on Monday, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/20/20249 minutes
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The Daily Blast: MAGA Rage at Trump’s Trial Has Grown “Dangerous,” Like a “Cult”

The GOP’s embrace of Donald Trump’s authoritarianism is growing more blatant. Republicans have joined him in attacking his criminal trials as illegitimate. Those angling to be his running mate say they wouldn’t have certified his 2020 loss. And many Republicans are echoing his refusal to say he’ll respect the 2024 outcome. We talked to Tom Nichols, a leading Never Trump conservative and staff writer at The Atlantic about why he is now arguing that his former party’s support for Trump has driven it into the abyss. Listen to this episode here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/20/202431 minutes, 53 seconds
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FTS: Is the Ukraine Counter-Offensive Imminent?

Original Air Date: May 30, 2023 Michael’s guest this week is Jennifer Cafarella, the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW). Jennifer and her team of analysts have been providing detailed reports and interactive maps each day since the war began on both Russian and Ukrainian positions. If you’re interested in what’s really happening in Ukraine, don’t miss this conversation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/19/202452 minutes, 21 seconds
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FTA: A Stage 4 Cancer on Our Democracy

Original Air Date: April 13, 2023 It is bad enough the Supreme Court has been transformed from the central pillar of our justice system into a mood ring reflective the shifting views of the extreme right. But the damage that has been done to our legal system and our democracy at large now is visible at every level of the courts, state legislatures and in our Congress. We don't often connect the dots to see how serious the decay has been...but in this special one-on-one conversation with Dahlia Lithwick that's exactly what we do. It is a must-listen episode of Deep State Radio. Join us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/18/202447 minutes, 36 seconds
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WAGD Radio: What’s Keeping Us Up at Night?

We’re getting worried about the things that go boom in the night. Between talk about removing one of the legs of the US nuclear triad and Russia’s ever-present saber-rattling, there’s no shortage of things that give us insomnia. Heather and Jon are back to talk about the many foolhardy ideas being floated in the world of nuclear arms and defense both in the US and abroad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/17/202424 minutes, 7 seconds
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The DSR Daily for May 17: First Aid Trucks Arrive by Pier in Gaza, Trump’s FBI Overhaul Revealed

On the Friday edition of the DSR daily, we discuss the first food trucks arriving via the US pier in Gaza, a new report on Trump’s plans for the FBI in a second term, unrest in New Caledonia, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/17/202418 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Yikes: RFK Jr.’s Rich Running Mate Just Added $8 Million to His Effort

This week, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s running mate, Nicole Shanahan, dropped a bomb: She announced a donation of another $8 million to his campaign. That’s substantially more than her initial $2 million, and suggests much more is coming. Which is a reminder: It’s still very plausible that RFK Jr. will get on the ballot in many of the swing states that will decide the election. We talked to veteran Democratic strategist Stephanie Schriock, who explains why Shanahan’s wealth suggests it’s time to take the RFK Jr. spoiler threat very, very seriously. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/17/202426 minutes, 52 seconds
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Does that Tik Tok You Hear Mean Time Is Running Out for Democrats?

Should we be panicking about the election yet? While there’s been chatter about recent negative polls for Biden and fears over the campaign’s strategy, there are still many reasons to stay positive. Tara McGowan and Simon Rosenberg join David Rothkopf to break down the good, the bad, and the ugly for the Biden camp and forecast what’s next at the long road ahead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/16/202442 minutes, 37 seconds
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The DSR Daily for May 16: US Completes Gaza Strip Pier, Putin Arrives in Beijing

On the Thursday edition of the DSR daily, we cover the completion of the aid pier in Gaza, Putin arriving in Beijing for a meeting with Xi, an assassination attempt on the Prime Minister of Slovakia, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/16/202418 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Unhinged MAGA Media Figures Are Already Prepping for Trump’s Next Coup

Earlier this month, Donald Trump refused to commit to accepting the outcome of the 2024 election, shamelessly declaring he’d only do so “if everything’s honest.” Translation: He’ll only treat the outcome as valid if he wins. Infuriatingly, Trump has crucial backing for this project: Fox News and other MAGA propaganda outlets are already laying the groundwork to treat the outcome as illegitimate, should he lose. We talked to Matt Gertz of Media Matters, author of a new piece detailing how these right wing media figures are “warning” that Democrats intend to steal the election, and why that could produce another Jan. 6th or worse. Listen to this episode here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/16/202426 minutes, 39 seconds
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A Session with the World's Worst Therapist

There is certainly no shortage of news to make us stressed, anxious, and depressed. Thankfully Rosa Brooks joins David Rothkopf for an episode that is sure to make us all feel better, right? Rosa and David break down the ever-looming threat posed by Trump, the current status of Ukraine, the Israel-Gaza conundrum, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/15/202436 minutes, 30 seconds
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The DSR Daily for May 15: Takeaways from Tuesday Primaries, $1 Billion in Arms Deals for Israel Moves Forward

On the Wednesday edition of the DSR daily, we cover the key takeaways from Tuesday’s primaries, the advancement of $1 billion in arms for Israel, new tariffs on Chinese goods, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/15/20247 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Michael Cohen’s Testimony Exposes the Ugly Lunacy of the Trump “Cult”

On Tuesday, when Michael Cohen testified against Donald Trump, the former president’s lawyers reminded jurors that Cohen was once slavishly devoted to Trump and used to lie relentlessly on his behalf—before Cohen turned on him. Cohen responded by admitting it: Yes, he was once a member of the Trump “cult.” Which is apt: Again and again, Trump’s own lawyers have seemingly designed their strategy around flattering Trump as much as serving his legal needs. We talked to Ankush Khardori, a former federal prosecutor and senior writer for Politico Magazine, who explained how Trump’s lawyers are making serious mistakes that are rooted in his demand for absolute devotion.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/15/202432 minutes, 49 seconds
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Words Matter: Trump’s Cronies are Out in Full Force

As Donald Trump deals with a gag order in his hush money trial, his various cronies have come out of the woodwork to do his dirty work. JD Vance, Tommy Tuberville, and more have come out to criticize the trial and jockey for a vice presidential nomination. Norm and Kavita break down this MAGA race to the bottom and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/14/202425 minutes, 5 seconds
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The DSR Daily for May 14: Cohen Says He Paid Trump Hush Money, US and Taiwan Hold Drills in the Pacific

On the Tuesday edition of the DSR daily, we cover Cohen’s testimony in Trump’s hush money trial, the US and Taiwan holding drills in the Pacific, the 76th anniversary of the Nakba, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/14/20248 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Alarmed By Trump’s Scary New Polling Lead? Listen To Biden’s Data Guy.

This week, The New York Times released new polls that sent shock waves through the Democratic establishment, finding Donald Trump leading in all six key swing states, in some cases by startling margins. While President Biden has fared better in other recent polls, the bottom line is that he is trailing in all the swing-state polling averages. So we talked to Jefrey Pollack, a top pollster for the Biden campaign, who laid out why he thinks it’s premature to read too much into these polls, and why the current data set, in his view, actually shows a hidden path to reelection for the president. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/14/202423 minutes, 17 seconds
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AAI: The State of the Middle East after October 7th

It’s been 7 months since the devastating Hamas attack in Israel. Doug London joins Marc to assess the region after 10/7, including the ferocious Israeli reaction, how Hamas can be "strategically defeated,” the importance of the US as an ally to provide wise counsel, and the prospects of Israel-Saudi normalization. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/13/202443 minutes, 26 seconds
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The DSR Daily for May 13: Shoigu Out as Defense Minister, Cohen Set to Take the Stand

On the Monday edition of the DSR daily, we cover the ouster of Sergei Shoigu as Russia’s Defense Minister, Michael Cohen’s impending testimony, a recent poll showing discontent among young voters, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/13/202420 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Biden Is Quietly Winning the War On Crime—After Trump Epically Lost It

Donald Trump constantly claims that crime is out of control. In reality, it’s substantially down under Biden, after soaring during the pandemic that Trump catastrophically botched as president. Now the Democratic group Third Way is releasing a new study finding that this year, congressional Democrats secured substantially more funding for public safety projects across the country than Republicans did. We talked to Jim Kessler of Third Way, who explains how Democrats can go on offense on the issue and beat back Trump’s relentless lies about it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/13/202424 minutes, 6 seconds
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FTS: The IRA Under the Microscope

Original Air Date: September 2, 2022 On this week's episode, we do a deep dive on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. In the bonus segment, Norm talks about the latest Trump crime news and Biden's most recent speech. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/12/202451 minutes, 44 seconds
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FTA: How the Dems Can Get to 55 (Percent) in '24

Original Air Date: April 28, 2023 The Democrats should not be trying to eke out a narrow win in 2024. Given recent results in statewide elections, the Republicans active desire to embrace policies that are opposed by a supermajority of Americans, their seeming impulse to hitch their wagon to a star that is in deep legal trouble and the great record of the Biden Administration, a bigger win is possible. In fact, according to our discussion with guests Simon Rosenberg and David Corn and host David Rothkopf, the Democrats goal should be nothing less than delivering the blow that puts MAGA out of business. That's because it's doable and because given the pace MAGA is trying to game our electoral system, this may be the country's last chance to so. It's an important episode. Don't miss it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/11/202447 minutes, 1 second
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Words Matter: Can Trump Handle the Truth?

Each day of Trump’s election interference trial manages to be more salacious than the last. From the testimony of Stormy Daniels to Trump’s inability to stop smearing everyone involved, it’s clear that the trial will continue to be a roller coaster until the very end. Norm and Kavita take us through the latest from the trial, and what could be around the corner.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/10/202434 minutes, 44 seconds
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The DSR Daily for May 10: New Testimonies in Trump’s Criminal Trial, UN General Assembly Set to Back Palestinian Membership

On the Friday edition of the DSR daily, we cover the latest testimonies in Trump’s criminal trial, a top Indian opposition candidate receiving interim bail, the UN General Assembly preparing to support the Palestinian bid for UN membership, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/10/202417 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Stormy Daniels’s Brutal Mockery of Trump Makes Conviction More Likely

On Thursday, Stormy Daniels faced tough cross examination from Donald Trump’s attorneys in his hush money trial in Manhattan. By most accounts, she responded with humor and harsh mockery directed at Trump, which helped parry their assaults on her credibility. The ridicule, however, could serve another purpose: It could help convince the jury that Trump had a clear motive for committing crimes related to the hush-money scheme. We talked to former federal prosecutor Barbara McQuade, who explains how Daniels’s testimony may have damaged Trump more deeply than it first appears. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/10/202426 minutes, 8 seconds
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Trying Trump: A Conversation with Norm Eisen

It’s safe to call Trump’s ongoing legal woes the trial of the century. At least for far. But what remains in store for the trial, and how likely is the prosecution to secure a conviction? Norm Eisen joins David Rothkopf to discuss his new guidebook to the trial, “Trying Trump,” and to breakdown both the trial so far and what comes next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/9/202438 minutes, 53 seconds
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The DSR Daily for May 9: Johnson Removal Vote Fails, Biden Warns Israel Against Rafah Invasion

On the Thursday edition of the DSR daily, we cover the failure of Marjorie Taylor Green’s attempt to oust Speaker Johnson, Biden’s warning to Israel over an invasion of Rafah, the expulsion of a Russian diplomat in the UK, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/9/202418 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Daily Blast: “Warning Sign” For Trump As Anti-MAGA Vote Surges In Indiana Primary

In the Indiana GOP primary on Tuesday night, Donald Trump lost 22 percent of GOP primary voters to Nikki Haley. That’s surprising, since Haley ended her campaign two months ago. So it’s clearly a trend: A sizable bloc of Republican voters in GOP primaries has resisted Trump again and again. We chatted with David Drucker, a senior writer at The Dispatch and author of a new piece about the Indiana outcome, about whether President Biden can poach these voters away from Trump and why it’s a warning sign for MAGA in November. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/9/202425 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Real Arithmetic of Israeli Politics and Peace in Gaza

With Israel’s operation in Rafah underway, the Benjamin Netanyahu continues to be at odds with the Biden administration. But what does the withholding of US bombs really mean for the souring relationship between the US and Israel? Noga Tarnopolsky, Alon Pinkas, and Kori Schake join David Rothkopf to assess the current state of Israeli politics, and how Netanyahu continues to hold on to power. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/8/202441 minutes, 24 seconds
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The DSR Daily for May 8: US Pauses Bomb Shipment to Israel, Ukraine Thwarts Assassination Attempt

On our Wednesday episode of the DSR daily, we cover a Russian plot to kill President Zelensky, the US pausing a weapons shipment to Israel over Rafah concerns, a grim milestone in the Myanmar conflict, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/8/202419 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Rage At Mike Johnson Is Suddenly Fizzling Out

This week, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene is deciding whether to call a snap vote to oust Mike Johnson as House Speaker. She has a list of demands, and if they aren’t met, she will pull the trigger. If so, Democrats seem prepared to save Johnson. Which raises some questions: Can Democrats leverage anything in exchange for protecting Johnson? Are Greene and MAGA losing power inside the House GOP? We talked to Representative Ted Lieu, the Number 4 in the House Democratic leadership, about how Democrats should proceed—and where all this is heading next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/8/202422 minutes, 50 seconds
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Siliconsciousness: AI Fears, Scapegoats, and Myths

Over the past year, there have been a startling amount of misconceptions spread about artificial intelligence and its potential impacts on all corners of society. Rob Atkinson, author of the new book “Technology Fears and Scapegoats” joins David Rothkopf to cut through the noise of AI discourse and provide a clear look at what this rapidly developing technology really means for all of us. This material is distributed by TRG Advisory Services, LLC on behalf of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in the U.S.. Additional information is available at the Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/7/202439 minutes, 24 seconds
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The DSR Daily for May 7: Israel Seizes Rafah Border Crossing, Putin Inaugurated for Fifth Term

On the Tuesday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover Israel’s seizure of a key border crossing in Rafah, Vladimir Putin’s fifth inauguration, election updates in India, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/7/202417 minutes
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The Daily Blast: Bombshells in Trump’s Trial Show How This Case Will Get Worse for Him

Donald Trump’s hush-money trial in Manhattan has already served up some extraordinary moments. On Friday, former Trump aide Hope Hicks’s tearful testimony undermined the defense that Trump’s legal team will attempt to mount. On Monday, new evidence tied the payments to mistress Stormy Daniels tightly to Trump, and he was again held in contempt for attacking jurors, this time threatened with jail. We talked to Kim Wehle, a professor of law and former assistant U.S. attorney, about why these developments signal still more damning revelations ahead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/7/202431 minutes, 35 seconds
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AAI: The Hidden World of Private Intelligence

When we think of intelligence, we most often think of state organizations like the CIA. Yet the private sector has a robust intelligence community that keeps on growing. Lewis Sage-Passant joins Marc to shine a light on the overlooked world of private intelligence, and why it has become more critical than ever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/6/202435 minutes, 19 seconds
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The DSR Daily for May 6: Israeli Military Orders Evacuation of Rafah, Macron and Xi Meet in Paris

On the Monday edition of the DSR daily, we discuss the Israeli military ordering an evacuation of Rafah, meetings between Emmanuel Macron and Xi Jinping in Paris, severe flooding in Kenya, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/6/20248 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Trump’s Vile New Threat to Unleash “Military” Has a Hidden, Darker Aim

In his much-discussed Time interview, Donald Trump threatened to use the military to carry out mass deportations in a second term. The proposals he offered are appalling on their face. But beyond that, by regularly using vicious tropes about undocumented immigrants and other domestic enemies within, Trump is trying to acclimate voters to the ugliest forms of authoritarian, dehumanizing language. We talked to Maria Teresa Kumar, the president of Voto Latino, about a new effort she’s launching with other Hispanic leaders to alert voters to the grave threat Trump poses—before it’s too late. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/6/202423 minutes, 51 seconds
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FTA: Why? Part One

Original Air Date: May 18, 2023 In a special two part series of pods, we turn to some of our favorite observers and analysts of America today to ask why we have ended up where we are, divided, with corrupted institutions, half the country seemingly committed to a path of ignorance and hate. On the first part, we discuss these issues with two of the most distinguished columnists in America, EJ Dionne and Jennifer Rubin, both of the Washington Post. It's a great, incisive, and vitally important discussion. Don't miss it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/4/202443 minutes, 17 seconds
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FTS: Why? Part Two

Original Air Date: May 19, 2023 In a special two part series of pods, we turn to some of our favorite observers and analysts of America today to ask why we have ended up where we are, divided, with corrupted institutions, half the country seemingly committed to a path of ignorance and hate. On this, the second in the series, we discuss these issues with one of the country's wisest and often wryest commentators, author and host of the Democracy-ish podcast, Wajahat Ali. It's a great, incisive, and vitally important discussion. Don't miss it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/4/202435 minutes, 7 seconds
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The DSR Daily for May 3: Turkey Halts Trade with Israel, UK Conservatives Suffer Big Defeat

On the Friday edition of the DSR Daily, we discuss Turkey halting trade with Israel, UK Conservatives suffering a big defeat in local elections, China’s new lunar probe, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/3/202415 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Why Trump and His Aides Suddenly Seem So Alarmed About RFK Jr.

Unexpectedly, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has been making a huge number of appearances all over right wing media of late. Trump advisers are loudly warning that this threatens to take voters from him, helping President Biden. But we’re skeptical: It’s still more likely that in the end RFK hurts Biden more than Trump. And there are cynical reasons why right wing media sources might be boosting RFK Jr. right now. We chatted with Matt Bennett, a co-founder of the Democratic group Third Way and a shrewd observer of U.S. party politics, about the true RFK effect, how RFK is functioning as a stalking horse for Trump, and what MAGA media might be doing to help along the scam. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/2/202423 minutes, 58 seconds
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A Sane Discussion on Campus Demonstrations (Which May Make You Crazy)

Campus protesters have been vilified, accused of being terrorists, and attacked. But why has there been such a strong and polarized reaction to current demonstrations taking place at universities across the country? Emily Tamkin and Wajahat Ali join David Rothkopf to consider what makes this issue so divisive, and why campus protests have been a cornerstone of US politics for decades.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/2/202438 minutes, 26 seconds
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The DSR Daily for May 2: Russia Using Chemical Agents in Ukraine, Arizona Senate Strikes Down Abortion Law

On the Thursday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover US allegations that Russia is using chemical weapons in Ukraine, the Arizona Senate striking down the 1864 abortion law, giant pandas returning to the San Diego Zoo, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/2/20248 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Trump’s Polling Suddenly Looks Scary. This Dem Has a Plan to Stop Him.

A new consensus is settling in among political analysts: Donald Trump’s poll numbers look unexpectedly formidable in states like Arizona and Georgia, which means President Biden’s most likely path to victory requires winning Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. And yet Trump will almost certainly lose if he can’t win one of those three. That’s why Democrats can stop Trump if they beat him in Wisconsin. We talked to Ben Wikler, the chair of the Wisconsin Democratic Party, who explains how years of painstaking organizing is laying the groundwork to defeat Trump by thwarting his designs, first and foremost, in the Badger State. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/2/202428 minutes, 34 seconds
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New Cold Wars: A Conversation with David Sanger

Is the US in a new Cold War with Russia and China? The answer is more complicated than you may think, but David Sanger’s book “New Cold Wars” looks to provide an answer. Sanger joins David Rothkopf to explain how we got to this point in US relations with China and Russia and what makes these conflicts so new. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/1/202433 minutes, 49 seconds
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Siliconsciousness: The Truth About Killer Robots, Death Rays and Frontier AI

Welcome to Siliconsciousness, a DSR Network podcast! Every week, Siliconsciousness will dive into the AI revolution, looking at key issues and politics. Executive Vice President and Director of Studies at CNAS Paul Scharre joins David Rothkopf for our inaugural episode and shares his insight into AI-powered weapons systems, frontier AI, and more.  This material is distributed by TRG Advisory Services, LLC on behalf of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in the U.S.. Additional information is available at the Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/1/202439 minutes, 55 seconds
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The DSR Daily for May 1: House Dems to Block Johnson Ouster, Protesters Clash at UCLA

On the Wednesday edition of the DSR Daily, we discuss the House Democrat plan to protect Speaker Johnson from being ousted, protesters clashing on UCLA’s campus, the latest on Secretary Blinken’s ceasefire negotiations, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/1/20248 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Trump Exposes the Truth About His “Leave It to the States” Scam

In a new interview, Donald Trump gave away the game: If he wins the White House, he’d be fine with anti-choice crackdowns in red states going to horrific extremes. Trump vowed (unconvincingly) to leave abortion to the states, but when pressed, he suggested he’d be okay with prosecutions of women who get abortions and even with states monitoring their pregnancies. In addition to revealing what Roe v. Wade’s demise has wrought, that could give Democrats a boost in this fall’s state-level elections. We talked Arizona state senator Eva Burch about how the future of reproductive rights will raise the stakes in these contests—and about her own personal and emotional experiences with the issue. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
5/1/202421 minutes, 23 seconds
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Words Matter: Untangling the University Protests

There’s much to unpack with the ceasefire protests at universities across the country. From students occupying a building at Columbia to the abysmal response by USC’s administration, it is clear that there is no easy way to address the issue. Norm and Kavita break down the latest news on this contentious topic, and why it may be even more impactful than we realize.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/30/202433 minutes, 12 seconds
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The DSR Daily for April 30: Columbia University Protests Escalate, Biden Admin Continues Ceasefire Negotiations

On the Tuesday edition of the DSR Daily, we discuss the latest from the Columbia University protests, the ongoing ceasefire efforts by the Biden administration, an election disinformation investigation into Meta, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/30/202418 minutes, 4 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Elon Musk’s Weird Obsession With “Low Birth Rates” Takes an Ugly Turn

Recently Elon Musk triggered outrage by promoting a vicious speech by a Dutch activist that pushed virulent white nationalist ideologies. Musk added that Europe is threatened by “population collapse” that could lead to “dead civilizations.” What often gets lost amid such controversies is that Musk is pushing ideas that are part of a genuine political movement shaped around long term demographic anxieties. We chatted with reporter Gaby Del Valle, author of a great new Politico piece about the first ever “Natal Conference,” in Austin, Tx., and the far-right movement to get (some) people to have more babies, who helped place Musk’s talk about low birth rates in a global political context. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/30/202427 minutes, 2 seconds
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AAI: Inside the Fight for Better Protection for Women at the CIA

The House Intelligence Committee recently released a report on the investigation into reports of sexual harassment at the CIA. The findings were not pretty. So what does the agency need to do to protect women at the agency, and why has this problem persisted for so long? Christina Hillsberg joins Marc Polymeropoulos to discuss this critical issue and why the intelligence community can and must do better.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/29/202439 minutes, 50 seconds
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The DSR Daily for April 29: Israeli Officials Fear Arrest Warrants, Spain’s PM Refuses to Resign

On the Monday edition of the DSR Daily, we discuss potential arrest warrants from the ICC for Israeli officials, the Spanish PM refusing to step down after a turbulent week, deadly flooding in Kenya, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/29/202417 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Daily Blast: How Trump’s Insane Rant About “Gutless” Bill Barr Unmasks GOP and MAGA

Over the weekend, a CNN interview with former attorney general Bill Barr went viral after Barr performed a spectacular on-air capitulation to Donald Trump. The former president had posted an unhinged rant that mercilessly belittled Barr, yet Barr affirmed his endorsement of Trump and downplayed the threat he poses, including a bizarre aside about Trump talking about “executing” rivals. We chatted with Amanda Carpenter, the prominent Never Trumper and an editor at Protect Democracy, about what this whole saga says about today’s GOP and its broader capitulation to MAGA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/29/202429 minutes
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FTS: Deepfakes and Generative AI with Ben Colman

Original Air Date: May 30, 2023 This week Zoe and Natalya are joined by CEO of Reality Defender Ben Colman, to discuss the power of synthetic media and the risks it poses to geopolitics and democracy. They discuss a recent deepfake of an attack at the Pentagon, as well as potential regulatory solutions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/28/202451 minutes, 49 seconds
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FTA: What do the Coronation, the WH Correspondents Dinner, the Met Gala and the alleged drone attack on the Kremlin have in common?

Original Air Date: May 3, 2023 In this rapid fire edition of America's most entertaining foreign policy and national security podcast, the Financial Times' Ed Luce and Georgetown University's Rosa Brooks join host David Rothkopf to discuss some of the week's stranger international stories--like whether Putin launched a drone attack against himself and why someone thought it would be a good idea to have all the UK pledge allegiance to their new king as they watched his coronation on television. They also, of course, examine more serious ones like recent and seeming looming developments in Ukraine, the US-China relationship and a landmark speech on international economics delivered recently by U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan (which riffs in part on a column our own Ed wrote the week before.) Don't miss it. Join us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/27/202438 minutes, 6 seconds
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WAGD Radio: Are China and the US Destined for War? A Conversation with Graham Allison

The relationship between China and the US is the most important in the world, and cutting through the cacophony of commentary to the heart of the matter is no easy task. Thankfully, Jon and Heather are joined by one of the leading experts on China and national security, Graham Allison. Graham shares his decades of experience to reveal why China and the US may be on a collision course — and why there are unprecedented opportunities for cooperation.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/26/202455 minutes, 22 seconds
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Words Matter: What Happens When Leaders Don’t Lead

At the Supreme Court and college campuses, leaders aren’t leading. As the court weighs incredibly consequential decisions and colleges grapple with divisive protests, we need clear leadership more than ever. Norm and Kavita discuss this unique problem and where we go from here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/26/202438 minutes, 32 seconds
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The DSR Daily for April 26: Weinstein Conviction Overturned in NY, Supreme Court Closes in on Decision on Trump Immunity

On the Friday edition of the DSR Daily, we discuss Harvey Weinstein’s conviction being overturned in NY, the Supreme Court’s deliberations on Trump’s immunity claims, Secretary Blinken’s trip to Beijing, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/26/202420 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Inside the Nasty Shadow War Between The New York Times and Team Biden

A new Politico report has exposed deep tensions between The New York Times and the White House. President Biden’s team believes The Times isn’t adequately capturing the threat Donald Trump poses to democracy, while The Times responds that Team Biden is out to micromanage the paper of record’s coverage. We think this debate is badly muddled and in need of some major clarifications. So we chatted with Substacker Brian Beutler, a frequent media critic, about today’s flawed conventions of political reporting, why they aren’t meeting the challenge of this moment, and what’s needed to change them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/26/202437 minutes, 23 seconds
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The DSR Daily for April 25: Arizona House Repeals Abortion Ban, Ukraine Uses Long-Range US Missiles

On the Thursday edition of the DSR daily, we cover the Arizona House repealing an 1864 abortion ban, Ukraine using longer-range US missiles for the first time, Rudy Giuliani and others being indicted for 2020 election interference, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/25/20247 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Daily Blast: MAGA Rage at Mike Johnson Suddenly Takes a Dark and Dangerous Turn

Now that the House has passed military aid to Ukraine, MAGA personalities like Donald Trump Jr. and Tucker Carlson have joined Marjorie Taylor Greene in attacking House Speaker Mike Johnson as a traitor to the cause. Yet this isn’t just typical right wing ranting. It reveals very specific expectations of what Donald Trump would do to our international alliances if he wins back the White House. We talked to A.B. Stoddard, columnist at The Bulwark and author of a new piece digging into these dynamics, about what this MAGA vision for the world really looks like—and why a second Trump term would be so dangerous. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/25/202425 minutes, 18 seconds
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Update on the GOP Circular Firing Squad

Speaker Johnson has finally done the right thing for Ukraine. In passing Ukraine aid, the self-destructive Republican Party has inflamed the war with itself. Ed Luce and David Rothkopf break down what the aid package really means for Ukraine and how the GOP’s circular firing squad will impact the party’s chances in November and beyond. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/24/202437 minutes, 14 seconds
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An Exclusive Conversation with Secretary Pete Buttigieg

The latest in our series of Bernard L. Schwartz PolicyForum events is here. In conjunction with the New Republic, we host Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg for an insightful conversation with DSR Network CEO David Rothkopf and The New Republic Editor Michael Tomasky. Don’t miss this fascinating conversation as Secretary Buttigieg gives his unique insight into some of the greatest challenges facing our country today.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/24/202454 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Don’t Be Fooled: Here’s How We Know RFK Jr. Is Tacitly Boosting Trump

New polls this week offered something of a surprise: They show Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential run pulling more support from Donald Trump than from President Biden. And even some Republicans are publicly insisting that they fear the same. One person who is deeply skeptical of this reading is veteran Democratic strategist and podcaster Joe Trippi. We chatted with Trippi about his grand theory of the election, why he thinks the only threat RFK poses is to Biden, and how Trump and Republicans are attempting to disguise all of it with a clever bait-and-switch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/24/202423 minutes, 31 seconds
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The DSR Daily for April 23: Israel Poised for Escalation in Gaza, New Accusations in Trump Trial

On the DSR Daily for Tuesday, we discuss Israeli troops amassing near the Gaza Strip, new accusations from prosecutors in Trump’s hush money trial, mass arrests in US campus protests, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/23/202417 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Why Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Fury Is About to Get Worse for the GOP

Now that Mike Johnson allowed Ukraine aid to pass the House on a broad bipartisan basis, an enraged Marjorie Taylor Greene is ramping up her threats to oust the Speaker. But a funny thing has happened: For many reasons, Greene’s efforts could end up accomplishing little for the MAGA right, even as they do more to endanger GOP control of the House. We chatted with Democratic Representative Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania, a shrewd observer of all these dynamics, about the possibilities of more coalition governing, the future of MAGA in the House, and the threat posed by the ticking time bomb otherwise known as MTG. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/23/202429 minutes, 36 seconds
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AAI: National Security Journalism is Even Harder than it Looks

With conflicts raging in Ukraine, Gaza, and beyond, the job of covering conflict and national security is more important than ever. But how do journalists provide accurate and reliable coverage? CNN national security correspondent Kylie Atwood joins Marc Polymeropoulos to discuss the unique challenges our current national security climate and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/22/202428 minutes, 37 seconds
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The DSR Daily for April 22: House Passes Aid Bill, Israeli IDF Intelligence Head Resigns

On the Monday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the House finally passing an aid bill for Ukraine, the head of the IDF’s intelligence department’s resignation, the Supreme Court reviewing anti-camping laws, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/22/202415 minutes, 47 seconds
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How Trump’s Rage At Hush Money Trial Is Already Backfiring On Him

This week, arguments begin in Donald Trump’s hush money trial in Manhattan, and he’s raging over the unfairness of it all. Amazingly, some are rushing to insist the trial won’t pose a serious problem for his presidential chances. But progressive political strategist Anat Shenker-Osorio disagrees: She writes in a new piece for Slate that due to some hidden public opinion dynamics, the case is already damaging him. So we chatted with Shenker-Osorio about why the trial and Trump’s impulsive conduct at it is so alienating to voters outside the MAGA bubble—and why this dynamic will only get worse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/22/202426 minutes, 50 seconds
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FTS: Check Your Blood Pressure Before You Listen to this Episode

Original Air Date: June 16, 2023 The lies and deflections from Republicans defending Trump have spun up the ire of "Words Matter" co-host Norm Ornstein. So in this episode he not only explains why but guest co-host David Rothkopf tries unsuccessfully to defuse his anger. Instead, both recount the facts surrounding the case for which Trump was arraigned this week and the likely cases to come and frankly, the outrage only grows. Join them to understand why it is fully justified. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/21/202451 minutes, 19 seconds
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FTA: Iran-Saudi Deal Shows It's Not Your Father's Middle East...But Is It Now China's?

Original Air Date: March 15, 2023 There is never a dull period for the Middle East. David and Rosa are joined by Alon Pinkas of Haaretz to discuss Iran and Saudi Arabia resuming diplomatic ties and the ongoing crisis in Israel. Do we anticipate big changes in the Middle East following this announcement? What does this say about America's role in the region? Is Israel in an (unwritten) constitutional crisis? All of this and more during this thoughtful discussion. Members get a bonus segment where David and Kim Ghattas, author of Black Wave, continue the conversation about the Saudi-Iran relationship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/20/202456 minutes, 50 seconds
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WAGD Radio: What Iran’s Attack Tells Us About Their Arsenal

In launching over 300 drones and missiles at Israel, Iran has revealed a lot about not only its own arsenal, but the effectiveness of missile defense. So what can the international and defense communities learn? Experts Ankit Panda and Tom Karako join Jon to share the key takeaways from the attack and what it means for the future of defense.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/19/202433 minutes, 29 seconds
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Words Matter: Accountability is Gone but Not Forgotten in the Senate

The House is its own special kind of crazy, but the Senate is no slouch either. Tom Cotton’s recent comments calling for Americans to “take matters into their own hands” in response to protests reminds us that Senators can seemingly call for acts of violence and get away with it. Norm and Kavita break down the fall of accountability in the Senate and why some Senators continue to embarrass the institution.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/19/202430 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Trump’s Bizarre Rants Over Wind Power Are More Ominous Than You Think

At a fundraiser with oil and gas industry executives last week, Donald Trump reportedly ranted angrily about, of all things, wind power. “I hate wind,” Trump told the executives. That may seem like a joke, but it gets at a deadly serious topic: If Trump wins this fall, he’d very likely try to repeal President Biden’s climate policies. We chatted with David Roberts, author of a great energy Substack called “Volts,” about Trump’s prospects for success at that project, about its potential consequences for the world, and about an intriguing concept known as “petro-masculinity.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/19/202429 minutes, 29 seconds
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The World at a Turning Point: A Conversation with Senator Chris Coons

From the tumult in Israel and Ukraine to widespread challenges across Africa, the world is at a turning point. Senator Chris Coons, a leading voice in the US Senate on international affairs, joins David Rothkopf on a special episode of DSR to share his perspective on the most critical foreign policy issues today.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/18/202431 minutes, 26 seconds
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The DSR Daily Brief Thursday, April 18, 2024: Biden Supports Aid Package, Volcano Erupts in Indonesia

Our Sources for Today's Episode: 1:02: AP News: House’s Ukraine, Israel aid package gains Biden’s support as Speaker Johnson fights to keep his job President Joe Biden expressed strong support for House Speaker Mike Johnson's proposal to approve $95 billion in aid for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan, highlighting a bipartisan push amid political tensions. 2:01: Washington Post: Red states threaten librarians with prison — as blue states work to protect them Sam Lee, a leader of the Connecticut Library Association, finds herself conflicted as she heads to work amidst a nationwide increase in book challenges. 3:24: Al Jazeera: Hezbollah launches missiles and drones at northern Israel Hezbollah has claimed responsibility for an attack on a new military reconnaissance command center in Arab al-Aramshe, Israel, which wounded at least 14 Israeli soldiers, in retaliation for Israeli strikes that killed Hezbollah members. 4:24: BBC: Ukraine warns of WW3 ahead of long-stalled Congress aid vote Ukraine's Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, in an interview with the BBC in Washington DC, expressed cautious optimism about the U.S. Congress passing a crucial foreign aid bill that includes $61 billion earmarked for Ukraine. 5:20: Straits Times: Thousands evacuated as Indonesia volcano erupts, causes tsunami threat and airport closure Indonesian rescuers urgently evacuated thousands of people on April 18 after Mount Ruang erupted five times in two days, prompting authorities to raise its alert level to the highest and shut down the nearest international airport in Manado city. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/18/20249 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Kari Lake’s Vile New Threat of “Glock” Violence Exposes MAGA’s Lunacy

Kari Lake, a diehard MAGA Republican who’s running for Senate in Arizona, told a rally this week that it’s time for supporters of her and Donald Trump to “put on the armor of God and maybe strap on a Glock just in case.” There you have it: God and Glock, side by side. We talked to Elizabeth Neumann, a Homeland Security counterterrorism official during Trump’s presidency and author of a new book about Christian extremism, about how MAGA rhetoric normalizes political violence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/18/202431 minutes, 54 seconds
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DSR: How Should Israel Respond to Iran’s (Failed) Attack?

It’s been several days since Iran’s failed attack on Israel, and the world is still waiting to see how Israel will respond. Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and David Rothkopf take up the unenviable task of putting themselves in Netanyahu’s shoes to chart the best path forward — both for Israel, and the region. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/17/202428 minutes, 21 seconds
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The DSR Daily for April 17: Foreign Ministers Visit Israel, US and China Defense Chiefs Hold Talks

On the Wednesday edition of the DSR Daily, we discuss David Cameron’s visit to Jerusalem, US and China’s defense chiefs holding talks, Russia’s strategies to diminish Western influence, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/17/202419 minutes, 39 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Finally, Mike Johnson Makes His Move to Shiv Marjorie Taylor Greene

Here on the podcast we’ve repeatedly argued that Mike Johnson might ultimately allow a vote on military aid to Ukraine, even if it might get him ousted as speaker by MAGA forces in the House. Thankfully, this now looks real: The House GOP leadership is preparing to move forward with Ukraine aid as part of a broader set of bills—and Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene is furious. We talked to Democratic Representative Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey, a former U.S. Navy Pilot and member of the Armed Services Committee, who helped us unravel why Johnson is doing this now, its prospects for success, and the true extent of Russian influence over MAGA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/17/202422 minutes, 30 seconds
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DSR: The Washington Book: A Conversation with Carlos Lozada

Reading a politician’s memoir can tell you a lot about them, but reading between the lines can teach you even more. Carlos Lozada joins David to discuss his recently released “The Washington Book,” and share how to analyze memoirs and speeches to gain a deeper understanding of our politics and history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/16/202429 minutes, 31 seconds
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The DSR Daily for April 16: Trump Trial Rejects Dozens of Jurors, Violence Continues in the West Bank

On the Tuesday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the rejection of dozens of jurors in Trump’s hush money trial, the killing of two Palestinians in the West Bank, Mike Johnson’s plan to split foreign aid into separate bills, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/16/202422 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Why the Kennedys Suddenly Fear RFK Jr. Is a Secret Spoiler for Trump

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s presidential run is inspiring new fears among Democrats that he will help Donald Trump win the White House again. Meanwhile, Kennedy’s campaign is now expressing confidence that he’ll appear on the ballot in all the key swing states and beyond. So it’s notable that the Kennedy clan is taking urgent new steps to mobilize in response—against their own family member’s candidacy. We chatted with Jill Lawrence, a veteran journalist and author of a new piece for The Bulwark on this dynamic, who explains the remarkable role the Kennedys are poised to play in stopping RFK Jr. from serving as pro-Trump spoiler. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/16/202425 minutes, 24 seconds
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AAI: What Makes Iran’s Attack on Israel Unprecedented — And What Comes Next?

Nearly every news station is describing Iran’s attack on Israel ‘unprecedented’. But why? More importantly, what comes next? Former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East Mick Mulroy joins Marc to give a run-down on the implications of Iran’s attack, why it represents a huge escalation in the region, and what might be coming next in the embattled region. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/15/202438 minutes, 32 seconds
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The DSR Daily for April 15: US Won’t Join Retaliatory Strikes Against Iran, Trump Criminal Trail Begins Today

On the DSR Daily for April 15, we cover the White House saying the US will not be involved in retaliatory strikes against Iran, the impending start of Trump’s criminal trial, the Colorado House passing a semi-auto weapons ban, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/15/202417 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Daily Blast: How Surprise Evidence Against Trump May Wreck Hush Money Trial Defense

With jury selection in Donald Trump’s hush money trial beginning this week in New York, some have dismisses the case as weak. Yet Trump, who is accused of falsifying business records to conceal payoffs over his alleged affair with Stormy Daniels, is not acting as if he’s out of the woods. Dave Aronberg, a prosecutor in Florida who writes for Meidas Touch News, has argued that it’s not necessarily a weak case at all. We chatted with Aronberg about what to expect from the trial and how surprise evidence could emerge that badly complicates Trump’s defense. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/15/202426 minutes, 46 seconds
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FTS: Our Two Speed Country

Original Air Date: 3/10/23 From the media and books to drag shows and voting, states is in the South have been trying to turn back the clock. Kavita and Norm talk about these updates, what they mean for the country as a whole, and what we can do about it. Members get a bonus conversation about Walgreens. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/14/202449 minutes, 7 seconds
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FTA: How is the World Supposed to Deal with Another Biden v. Trump Election?

Original Air Date: 4/26/23 The world faces the prospect that US foreign policy could once again change on a dime if, as could happen, Donald Trump is again elected president of the United States. How do our allies deal with this? Our enemies? Ukraine? Putin? China? We discuss this as well as President Xi's call with President Zelensky, South Korea's president's meeting with Joe Biden and really bad tv shows and movies about DC. Don't miss this great episode with Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake and Ed Luce. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/13/202440 minutes, 40 seconds
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Words Matter: Republicans are Reaching New Levels of Ineptitude

House Republicans are fighting or floundering, Mike Johnson is traveling to Mar-a-Lago to pray at the altar of Trump, and Arizona lawmakers grapple with an archaic abortion law. All in a week’s work for this Republican Party. Norm and Kavita discuss the farce that is the contemporary Republican agenda and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/12/202432 minutes, 17 seconds
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The DSR Daily for April 12: US Sends Top General to Israel, States Warn Biden Could Miss Ballot

On the Friday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the US sending a top general to Israel, state officials in Ohio and Alabama warning that Biden could miss the ballot, reports that aid is still not reaching Gaza, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/12/202414 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Daily Blast: How Fox News Is Quietly Covering Up Stories That Make Trump Look Weak

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been hit by a lot of bad news lately. His former vice president declined to endorse him. His legal travails are getting worse. And some states are lurching to new extremes on abortion, making it impossible for Trump to shrug off responsibility for the end of Roe v. Wade. Yet as Media Matters has documented, Fox News appears to be dramatically downplaying a lot of these stories. We talked to Media Matters news director John Whitehouse about Fox’s evolution into a pro-Trump propaganda network and what that says about today’s right wing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/12/202420 minutes, 44 seconds
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DSR: Campaign 2024 Update with Simon Rosenberg & Tara McGowan

The polling is looking better and better for President Biden, but we’re not out of the woods yet. The Biden camp still needs to win over members of the 2020 coalition to cement Trump’s defeat. Tara McGowan and Simon Rosenberg join David Rothkopf to give us the lay of the land for where we are, and the work that needs to be done to ensure victory come November.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/11/202441 minutes, 5 seconds
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The DSR Daily for April 11: Arizona Republicans Block Repeal Effort, Biden Vows Support for Israel

On the Thursday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover Arizona Republicans blocking an effort to repeal an 1864 abortion law, President Biden vowing support for Israel in the face of Iranian threats, a Canadian inquiry into Chinese election interference, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/11/202417 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Daily Blast: “Five Alarm Fire”: Why Arizona Ruling Is a Disaster for Trump and GOP

On Wednesday, Donald Trump declared that he won’t sign a national abortion ban if elected president, a clear sign he recognizes the issue poses a severe threat to his prospects. But this week, the Arizona State Supreme Court upheld an 1864 law banning almost all abortions, demonstrating that Trump will be forced to answer for every extremist lurch in the states from now until the election. We chatted with Elvia Diaz, the editorial page editor of The Arizona Republic, who explains how deeply personal this issue is for millions of women and why that’s a serious problem for Trump and the GOP in Arizona and beyond. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/11/202426 minutes, 41 seconds
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DSR: We Can’t Afford Passivity in the Face of Trump

Donald Trump presents an existential threat to the US. And Ukraine. And NATO. Should we go on? It’s time to get serious about defeating Trump in November, and there are a million reasons why. Ed Luce and Rosa Brooks join David Rothkopf to share a few of those reasons and the ways we can send MAGA packing come Election Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/10/202428 minutes, 40 seconds
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The DSR Daily for April 10: January 6th Rioters Win Early Release, Parents of Michigan Gunman Sentenced

On the Wednesday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the early release of some January 6th defendants, the sentencing of a Michigan gunman’s parents, new claims from a Boeing whistleblower, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/10/202422 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Trump Finally Reveals It: Billionaires Get Tax Cuts, We Get Autocracy

At a recent fundraiser, Donald Trump promised big tax cuts to some of the richest donors in the country. He also suggested he wants more immigrants from countries like Norway—hint, hint—while blasting Latin American migrants as criminals and worse. This corrupt bargain—offer huge giveaways to wealthy elites so they embrace far right governance—is an old story. In today’s episode, Harvard professor Daniel Ziblatt—who studies what happens when conservative elites ally with authoritarian movements—explains why it’s extraordinary reckless for corporate leaders to calculate they can work with Trump despite his promise of a lawless second term. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/10/202426 minutes, 15 seconds
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DSR: Blowback Revisited: A Conversation with Miles Taylor

A year ago, our biggest fear was the next Trump. Now that our candidates are locked in for the 2024 election, our biggest fear is Trump himself. Miles Taylor joins David Rothkopf to discuss his book “Blowback: A Warning to Save Democracy from Trump’s Revenge” and why the threat Trump poses is even greater than ever — whether he wins or loses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/9/202437 minutes, 19 seconds
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AAI: A Crash Course in Investigative Journalism with Michael Weiss

Investigative journalism is difficult enough, but studying Russia and the intelligence community is on another level. Michael Weiss is one of the journalists up to the task. Michael joins Marc Polymeropoulos to break down his latest reporting on Havana Syndrome and takes us on a tour of his investigation and beyond. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/9/202438 minutes, 48 seconds
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The DSR Daily for April 9: Israel Sets Date for Rafah Offensive, Haiti Finalizes Deal for Transitional Council


On the Tuesday edition of the DSR Daily, we discuss Netanyahu’s announcement that a date has been set for the invasion of Rafah, Haiti’s plan for a transitional government, a landmark climate ruling in Europe, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/9/202410 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Mike Johnson Finally Seems Ready To Stiff-Arm Marjorie Taylor Greene

This week, Mike Johnson finally appears set to decide whether to hold a House vote on funding military aid to Ukraine. If so, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene has threatened to try to oust him as Speaker. Yet something funny has happened: A lot of House Republicans want to vote on Ukraine aid. Is there any chance it might pass? How will Donald Trump react? We talked to Julia Ioffe, a journalist for Puck and a leading voice on Russia-U.S. relations, who shed light on the brutal road ahead for Ukraine and explained how the MAGA-Putin alliance really works. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/9/202428 minutes, 54 seconds
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The DSR Daily for April 8: Israel Confirms Troop Reduction in Gaza, Pro-Russian Candidate Wins in Slovakia

On the Monday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the reduction of Israeli troops in Gaza, the pro-Russian president-elect in Slovakia, a Brazilian investigation into Elon Musk, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/8/202420 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Daily Blast: MAGA Rage Targeting Local Librarians Is Getting Uglier

It’s a new trend: GOP legislatures are advancing bills that place onerous new kinds of restrictions on public and school libraries in states like Idaho, Alabama, Georgia and others. On the front lines of taking on this trend is Emily Drabinski, the president of the American Library Association, who also grew up in Idaho and is openly gay. So we invited Drabinski on to the show to shed light on what it takes to battle the book banners targeting LGBTQ materials in states like her own, and what sort of toll this is taking on communities across the country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/8/202422 minutes, 14 seconds
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FTS: Why Can't We Have an "Operation Indictment Warpspeed?"

Original Air Date: April 5, 2023 Note: this podcast was taped prior to the announced indictments of Donald Trump. The absence of real indictments against Donald Trump allows him to set the narrative. That's not a good thing. So maybe prosecutors should consider drinking a little more Red Bull, having a few more cups of coffee. This is getting ridiculous. We discuss with Dr. Kavita Patel, Norm Ornstein and David Rothkopf. We also discuss who will be the GOP candidate for president when Trump and DeSantis flame out. And we consider the imponderable: Why is George Santos still a member of Congress. Join us for answers to all the most pressing political questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/7/202438 minutes, 29 seconds
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FTA: The China Question

Original Air Date: March 21, 2023 America's politicians have become more hawkish on China but is that the only path forward? David Rothkopf debates this issue with Dmitri Alperovitch of the Silverado Policy Accelerator and Josh Rogin of the Washington Post. Is China willing to compete and cooperate? How does Taiwan play into all of this? Can America not tilt completely into a militaristic framing of the competition? Find out during this argumentative conversation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/6/202445 minutes, 5 seconds
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WAGD Radio: Nuclear War is Back, Sadly - What Would it Actually Look Like? With Annie Jacobson

Pulitzer-prize finalist and New York Times best selling Author Annie Jacobsen joins Jon and Heather to discuss her ground-breaking and compelling new book “Nuclear War: A Scenario” The volume looks at how dangerous our nuclear world has become, and how a nuclear war would actually be conducted, including its terrifyingly short time scale. Based on exhaustive research with the nuclear operators, leaders and scientists, it is an episode and a publication not to be missed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/5/202429 minutes, 17 seconds
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Compelling Investigation Suggests Havana Syndrome Points to Russian Operatives

Investigative journalists Christo Grozev, Roman Dobrokhotov and Michael Weiss have been looking into the Havana Syndrome since 2020. They initially approached the topic skeptically, questioning the capability of any government to carry out such a mass global attack. However, they discovered a document linking a Russian military unit to the Havana weapon, which sparked their investigation. They have been gathering evidence of overlaps between the travel of members of this unit and incidents related to the Havana Syndrome. The journalists have presented a prosecution case, highlighting motive, means, and opportunity, and are calling for the U.S. government to act as a defense attorney for the accused criminals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/5/202444 minutes, 3 seconds
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Words Matter: Joe Biden’s Israel Problem is Going from Bad to Worse

The Biden administration’s policy towards Israel has been controversial to say the least. As the conflict grinds on and the election approaches, it is clear that the conflict will loom large in the voting booth. Norm and Kavita break down the key issues that Biden faces, and why the administration desperately needs a new strategy.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/5/202430 minutes, 23 seconds
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The DSR Daily for April 5: Israel Offers Concessions, No Labels Officially Fails Miserably

On the Friday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover Israel’s new concessions after a call with Biden, No Labels abandoning its efforts to field a presidential candidate, rescue efforts underway in Taiwan, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/5/202419 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Why Trump’s Sordid New Dealings With Saudis Have Jamie Raskin Alarmed

This week, The New York Times reported that Donald Trump recently spoke privately with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. Trump’s team won’t say word boo about what was discussed, and we can guess why: His private business dealings with the Saudis are going gangbusters even as he’s locking up the GOP presidential nomination, creating all kinds of opportunities for corruption. We talked to Representative Jamie Raskin of Maryland, who explained why the Trump-Saudi relationship is absolutely crying out for serious scrutiny. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/5/202425 minutes, 30 seconds
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DSR: The Latest on Trump's Legal Follies

Donald Trump’s latest schemes are some of his shadiest yet, and that’s saying something. Between the rejection of his bond in the NY civil fraud case and the greatly inflated value of Truth Social, Trump is coming up with all sorts of schemes to pay his dues. Allison Gill joins David Rothkopf to give a run-down on his various cases, and what Jack Smith and others can do to ensure that Trump faces justice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/4/202436 minutes, 59 seconds
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The DSR Daily for April 4: Judge Rejects Trump’s Trial Delay, Aid Groups Halt Work in Gaza

On the Thursday edition of the DSR Daily, we discuss the rejection of Trump’s request to delay his hush-money trial, aid groups halting their work in Gaza, Russia blaming Ukraine and the West for a deadly terrorist attack, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/4/202419 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Daily Blast: How Judge Cannon Is Quietly Strangling Jack Smith’s Case Against Trump

This week, special counsel Jack Smith made a surprise move in his prosecution of Donald Trump for stealing classified documents. He called on Judge Aileen Cannon to make a quick decision on a key matter, flaunting his frustration with her over numerous rulings putting the thumb on the scale for Trump. We chatted with Philip Rotner, a veteran lawyer who has written a series of pieces for The Bulwark arguing that Cannon is killing the case against Trump right in broad daylight. Rotner explains in unsettling terms why her interventions for Trump are likely to get uglier. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/4/202423 minutes, 50 seconds
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DSR: What Could Biden Do Differently with Israel and Gaza? What Should He Do Now?

Israel’s shocking strike on World Central Kitchen workers in Gaza has amplified calls for the Biden administration to step in. Yet a big question remains: What can President Biden actually do to stop the bloodshed? Noga Tarnopolsky, Rosa Brooks, and Ed Luce join David Rothkopf to analyze what the Biden administration has done so far and how it needs to respond at this critical point. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/3/202438 minutes, 47 seconds
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The DSR Daily for April 3: Taiwan Hit by Massive Earthquake, Biden and Xi Hold Talks

On the Wednesday edition of the DSR Daily, we discuss the 7.2 magnitude quake in Taiwan, Biden and Xi holding their first talks since November, NATO considering a plan for long-term Ukraine aid, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/3/202417 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Trump’s Sick Vow to Pardon Jan. 6 Rioters Just Got Even Uglier

One of Donald Trump’s central campaign promises has been to pardon untold numbers of rioters who attacked the Capitol—people he’s described as martyrs, victims and “hostages.” Now, an important new analysis finds that many of the inmates Trump has referred to are ones who violently attacked law enforcement officers. We talked to Tom Joscelyn, lead author of that analysis and a former senior Jan. 6 committee staffer, who explains how his findings blow apart a lot of Trump-MAGA propaganda about that dark and terrible day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/3/202426 minutes, 22 seconds
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AAI: A Peek Inside The Unit with Adam Gamal

Some elements of US intelligence and special operations are so secretive, we don’t even know their names. Adam Gamal lived that life and his new book “The Unit” pulls back the curtain on America’s most secret military unit. Adam joins Marc Polymeropoulos to discuss what is a true American Dream story from Alexandria, Egypt to the pinnacle of the special operations world, and why diversity is a necessary component in defense and intelligence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/2/202437 minutes, 24 seconds
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The DSR Daily for April 2: Israeli Strike Kills Aid Workers, Trump Posts Bond

On the Tuesday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the Israeli strike that killed World Central Kitchen workers, Trump posting his $175 million bond, Ukrainian drone attacks deep in Russian territory, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/2/202417 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Why Trump’s Lunacy Is Suddenly Raising GOP Fears of Down-Ballot Losses

GOP members of Congress facing tough races are suddenly worried that having Donald Trump at the top of the ticket might present them with a problem, according to new reports. They fear having to answer for Trump’s degeneracy and extremism, even as the GOP’s small donor base is not delivering at the very moment as Trump is siphoning off party money for legal fees. What explains this sudden GOP epiphany about Trump? How likely is it that these fears will materialize? We chatted with Tim Persico, a top Democratic operative involved in House races in 2022, who provided insights into how this Trump effect really works. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/2/202425 minutes, 10 seconds
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The DSR Daily for April 1: Thousands Protest Netanyahu in Israel, Opposition Stuns Erdogan in Turkish Elections

On the Monday edition of the DSR Daily, we discuss the massive protests against the Netanyahu government in Israel, the stunning performance of Turkey’s main opposition party, massive political rallies in India, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/1/20249 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Daily Blast: How Trump's Weird Bible Scam Sends Hidden Codes to His Angry MAGA Base

Donald Trump’s announcement that he is now peddling something called the “God Bless the USA Bible” drew outrage from some religious figures, but one group that’s been conspicuously quiet about it are evangelical leaders. Why? Perhaps because Trump is making subtle promises to give them what they want. We talked with Katherine Stewart, a journalist who covers the religious right, about all the ways Trump is signaling a second term shaped around ideals of Christian Nationalism. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/1/202421 minutes, 43 seconds
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FTS: Bail outs for thee but not for me?

Original Air Date: March 17, 2023 Silicon Valley Bank collapsed in spectacular fashion last week but the Biden administration stepped in to save its depositors. Was that the right thing to do and what can prevent things like this happening in the future? Norm and Kavita discuss during this thoughtful conversation. Members get a bonus conversation about Ron DeSantis and his views about the war in Ukraine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/31/202443 minutes, 41 seconds
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FTA: Israel's Democracy Crisis Continues Despite Netanyahu Temporary Halt to Plans to Gut Judiciary

Original Air Date: March 27, 2023 On this special edition of DSR, former diplomat and advisor to Israeli leaders Alon Pinkas provides an insight from Israel into that country's current democracy crisis. He provides insights into the state of affairs at the moment and why the crisis that has brought hundreds of thousands of Israelis into the streets is far from over. He also discusses why this unprecedented Israeli drama is so directly relevant to the United States. Join Pinkas and host David Rothkopf for this in-depth and timely conversation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/30/202442 minutes, 12 seconds
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WAGD Radio: Jon and Heather’s Nuclear-Powered World Tour

Why travel the world when you can get all the existential dread you could want on WAGD Radio? Jon Wolfsthal and Heather Williams are here to give us a world tour of the biggest news in nuclear weapons this week and a breakdown of just what Putin and Kim Jong Un’s coalition of cronies is up to now.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/29/202433 minutes, 51 seconds
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The DSR Daily for March 29: Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Visits India, Bankman-Fried Sentenced to 25 Years

On the Friday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the Ukrainian foreign minister’s visit to India, Sam Bankman-Fried’s 25 year sentence, the ICJ ordering Israel to allow aid into Gaza, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/29/202418 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Striking New Data Reveals It: Trump’s Support Is Shakier Than It Looks

You’ve probably heard someone say we’re in the midst of a “racial realignment.” The idea is that Donald Trump is surprisingly strong among nonwhite voters, helping explain why head-to-head polling looks rough for President Biden. But political analyst Ron Brownstein has written an important new piece that adds sorely needed nuance, finding that the flipside to Trump’s strength among nonwhites is Biden’s unexpected support among white voters. We chatted with Brownstein about why his thesis shows that Trump’s position is more precarious than it seems. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/29/202431 minutes, 8 seconds
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DSR Politics: Beware the Wounded Fox in Our Electoral Henhouse

Donald Trump isn’t the only threat that Joe Biden and the Democrats are fighting ahead of the election. Fox News continues to be a thorn in the side of our democracy, despite the networks stumbles in recent years. Journalist Nina Burleigh joins David Rothkopf to explain how Rupert Murdoch’s network still plagues the airwaves. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/28/202436 minutes, 59 seconds
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The DSR Daily for March 28: Ireland to Intervene in Israel Genocide Case, Joseph Lieberman Passes Away

On the Thursday edition of the DSR Daily, we discuss Ireland’s intentions to intervene in Israel’s genocide case at the ICJ, the passing of Joseph Lieberman, Sam Bankman-Fried’s impending sentencing, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/28/202418 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Horror in Baltimore: Awful New Info Emerges About Six Missing Workers

Two days after a major bridge collapsed in Baltimore when a cargo ship rammed into it, we still know little about six bridge workers who are presumed dead after an intensive search. Little by little, we’re learning that police were just about to alert the workers about the crash but were a hair too late, and that they were immigrants who were supporting children and families. Who were these workers? Could they have been saved? We talked to Maximillian Alvarez, editor in chief of the Baltimore-based Real News Network, about what this horror tells us about immigrant life in America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/28/202419 minutes, 55 seconds
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DSR Foreign Policy: The Ground Level Truth About the Morale of the People of Ukraine

Though US efforts to help Ukraine have been stymied by political infighting, thousands of individuals and organizations continue to provide much-needed aid. One such individual is Nate Mook, former CEO of World Central Kitchen and now active in several humanitarian initiatives in Ukraine since 2022. Nate joins David Rothkopf to share his work in Ukraine, the ways in which we can all lend a hand, and why Ukrainian resolve remains unbroken. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/27/202443 minutes, 23 seconds
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The DSR Daily for March 27 - New Details from Baltimore Bridge Collapse, Defense Secretary Concerned Over Gaza Death Toll

On the Wednesday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the new details from the Baltimore bridge collapse, Secretary Austin’s concerns over civilian casualties in Gaza, the Supreme Court’s seeming inclination to protect mifepristone, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/27/202419 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Rage at Mike Johnson Has Gone Nuclear. Why?

All of a sudden Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene seems to be attacking House Speaker Mike Johnson almost daily over all kinds of things, especially his promise to find a way to pass military aid to Ukraine. Does that mean Donald Trump and MAGA Republicans will successfully thwart that effort? Why is the House GOP in such chaos, anyway? We chatted with GOP lobbyist Liam Donovan, a Twitter virtuoso and shrewd observer of Republican politics, who helped demystify all the crazy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/27/202423 minutes, 5 seconds
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Words Matter: How is the Supreme Court Still Surprising Us?

The Supreme Court recently commenced hearings on a case that could restrict access to mifepristone, and the results were surprising. Only Justices Alito and Thomas appeared inclined towards supporting the ban on the drug, raising questions about the court's future direction. Norm and Kavita delve into the nuances of the hearing and the significant influence of women on the case. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/26/202432 minutes, 50 seconds
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The DSR Daily for March 26 - NY Court Reduces Trump’s Bond, US Allows Ceasefire Vote at UN

On the Tuesday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the NY appeals court reducing Trump’s bond, friction between Biden and Netanyahu after the US allowed a ceasefire vote, a major bridge collapsing in Baltimore, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/26/202410 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Why NBC Is Suddenly In Full Meltdown Over Ronna McDaniel Hiring Fiasco

NBC News is reeling over its decision to hire former Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel as a political analyst. McDaniel actively participated in Donald Trump’s effort to steal the 2020 election, pressuring state officials not to certify the outcome, and personalities like Joe Scarborough and Chuck Todd have been harshly critical. We chatted with New York University’s Jay Rosen, one of our most incisive media critics, about whether the uproar will prompt the media to grapple more deeply with its struggle to capture the true threat Trump and MAGA pose to our democracy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/26/202432 minutes, 41 seconds
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AAI: The Ghosts of Intelligence Past, Present, and Future with Amy Zegart

Believe it or not, international intelligence is a lot harder to predict than March Madness. From the attack in Moscow to the issue of emerging technologies, challenges both old and new will play a significant role in the coming years. Intelligence and security expert Amy Zegart joins Marc to break down the recently released Annual Threat Assessment and the challenges on the horizon for US intelligence.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/25/202432 minutes, 54 seconds
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The DSR Daily for March 25 - Moscow Attack Suspects Charged, European Climate Plan Shelved

On the Monday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the charging of four suspects in connection to the deadly attack in Moscow, the shelving of a key EU climate plan, Trump’s impending payment deadline, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/25/202413 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Krugman: Trump Has Duped MAGA Voters With an "Amazing" Scam

In recent days, Donald Trump opened the door to cutting Social Security, and he’s also threatened to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would throw millions off health insurance. All this comes as President Biden’s economy is doing quite well by many metrics. Yet Trump is favored on the economy, and his MAGA support remains solid, even though his policies would badly sell out his base. We talked to New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, author of a series of columns about the economies under Trump and Biden, who helps us make sense of all these disconnects. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/25/202431 minutes, 4 seconds
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FTS: Why Alliances Matter Now More than Ever

Original Air Date: August 21, 2023 Maintaining alliances isn’t easy; they must be nurtured on a regular basis, which takes skill and acumen. Yet even with challenges both domestically and internationally, the US’s allies are some of its greatest assets. Since World War 2, the true brilliance of US strategy is to build genuine and sturdy alliances, politically, militarily, and in intelligence, with partners across the globe. Marc is joined by former senior CIA operations officer Jerry O’Shea, a four time station chief, to discuss why alliances are so critically important. Don’t miss it. For more like this, follow the Above Average Intelligence feed: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/above-average-intelligence/id1731208065 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/24/202447 minutes, 58 seconds
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FTA: What if Dems Don’t Just Win in 2024, They Win Big?

Original Air Date: May 25, 2023 Recent election results are giving hope to many thoughtful analysts that Democrats might not just be able to eke out a victory in 2024, they might be able to win by substantial margins in the presidential election and in key Senate and House races. On this episode of DSR Politics, we talk to Missouri Senate Candidate Lucas Kunce and Democratic analyst and advisor Simon Rosenberg about how Kunce can defeat Josh Hawley next year and how that race resonates with other big national trends. Don't miss this insight-rich discussion. For more like this, follow the DSR Politics show feed: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dsr-politics-and-law/id1731231459 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/23/202437 minutes, 18 seconds
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WAGD Radio: Sitting on a Ticking Bomb - The Then and Now of Arms Control

The world has lived in the nuclear age for nearly 79 years. In that time, bombs have multiplied and gotten bigger, but has the debate over nuclear weapons, use, arms control and how technology affects security changed? Joe Cirincione joins Jon Wolfsthal for a look at how the US has grappled with nuclear policy and other key issues over time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/22/202437 minutes, 52 seconds
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Words Matter: If It’s Broke, Fix It - Why Congress Needs Reforms

It’s an open secret that Congress is broken. Between extremism from House Republicans to an inability to pass a budget, there is something deeply wrong on the Hill. Norm and Kavita discuss the ways in which we can fix our ailing system, and why some solutions even have the ever elusive support of Republicans.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/22/202436 minutes, 1 second
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The DSR Daily for March 22: US Draft Resolution Calls for Immediate Ceasefire, DOJ Sues Apple

On the Friday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover a US draft resolution calling for an immediate and sustained ceasefire in Gaza, the DOJ suing Apple for monopolistic practices, Senegal heading to the polls on Sunday, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/22/202416 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Christina Bobb Is Back, and Flailing Trump Needs Her More Than Ever

With Donald Trump’s fundraising badly trailing that of President Biden, the RNC’s new “election integrity” lawyer, Christina Bobb, is emerging as an important player in the Trump-MAGA campaign apparatus. Bobb, who was deeply involved in Trump’s Stop-the-Steal efforts, will help reassure the MAGA faithful, perhaps firing up the small-dollar donations that Trump desperately needs. We chatted with Andrew Egger, who has a great new piece for The Bulwark about Bobb’s role, about why she’s so pivotal for Trump and how she’s become the face of the new MAGA establishment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/22/202427 minutes, 38 seconds
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DSR: For Rich Guys Like Trump, Justice Delayed is...Precisely What They're Paying For

Donald Trump may have been hit with multiple steep fines from the E. Jean Carroll suits and the NY fraud case, but he’s still managed to avoid accountability in a plethora of legal battles. How does he keep getting away with it? Legal expert Kimberly Atkins Stohr joins David Rothkopf to break down the latest from Trump’s many trials. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/21/202440 minutes, 21 seconds
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The DSR Daily for March 21: Congress Releases $1.1 Trillion Spending Package, Ireland’s PM Resigns

On the Thursday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover Congress’s $1.1 trillion spending package to avert a shutdown, the surprise resignation of Irelands Prime Minister, Secretary Blinken’s impending visit to Israel, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/21/202421 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Daily Blast: She Had a Heart-Wrenching Abortion. Now She’s a Candidate—in Alabama

Donald Trump just announced that he’s likely to campaign for the presidency on a promise of a 15-week abortion ban, even as political commentators are wondering whether reproductive rights will be as salient this fall as they were in 2022 and 2023. An interesting test looms in deep red Alabama, where Marilyn Lands is running for a state House seat in a special election set for March 26th—a campaign that Lands has made about her own agonizing abortion story. We talked to Lands about what she’s hearing on the ground and how voters are reacting to her personal journey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/21/202419 minutes, 15 seconds
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The DSR Daily for March 20: Vietnam’s President Resigns, Famine Looms in Sudan

On the Wednesday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the resignation of the President of Vietnam, the looming famine and horrific reports from the civil war in Sudan, the indictment of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/20/202410 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Is Mike Johnson Finally Ready to Stick It to MAGA on Ukraine?

Is there any chance that Congress will not abandon Ukraine to the Russians? With Donald Trump and MAGA Republicans determined to cut off military aid to Ukraine, it’s looking grim. Yet there are glimmers of hope. Some Republicans are reportedly pushing a proposal that would offer aid to Ukraine as a loan. And there are signs that House Speaker Mike Johnson does want something to pass. We chatted with Democratic Congressman Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania, who offered a keen understanding of the tortured dynamics surrounding this deeply dispiriting debate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/19/202429 minutes, 6 seconds
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The DSR Daily for March 19: Hong Kong Passes New National Security Law, Supreme Court Extends Block on Texas Border Law

On the Tuesday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover Hong Kong’s contentious new national security law, the Supreme Court indefinitely blocking a Texas law cracking down on immigration, the death of a senior Hamas military leader, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/19/202411 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Trump’s Humiliating $454 Million Bond Fiasco Shows Deep 2024 Weakness

This week, Donald Trump’s lawyers admitted that he’s failed to secure a bond to cover the half-a-billion-dollar penalty he faces in his civil fraud case in New York. As The New York Times delicately noted, “he does not have enough liquidity” to persuade any company to provide that bond. Translation: He doesn’t have the cash. This is humiliating to Trump, relative to his self-mythology. But it also points to his broader, largely-overlooked weaknesses in the 2024 campaign. We discussed this with The New Republic’s Timothy Noah, author of a great new piece on Trump’s financial travails that predicts he will soon declare bankruptcy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/19/202419 minutes, 44 seconds
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Above Average Intelligence: Ukraine, Elections and AI - A Conversation with Patrick Weninger

Marc’s guest this week is Patrick Weninger, a retired CIA Senior Intelligence Service Case Officer with over 28 years of experience in the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. Air Force. He served executive-level headquarters assignments overseeing clandestine operations, tradecraft, and technical operations and served as a Senior Executive Operations Officer and Manager, with senior field assignments in the Near East, South Asia, and Europe, including multiple Chief of Station and war zone assignments. He led and oversaw the CIA’s global program for Russia. Marc and Patrick discuss Ukraine, election meddling and generative AI. Don’t miss this fascinating and wide-ranging conversation with one of the agency’s top former officers, in his national security podcast debut.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/18/202442 minutes, 42 seconds
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The DSR Daily Brief for Monday, March 18, 2024: Putin Wins Plus the Latest in Gaza and Haiti

Russian Election (0:33) - Reuters: Putin wins Russia election in landslide with no serious competition Israel (5:56) - Straits Times: Israeli troops raid Gaza’s Al-Shifa hospital Trump  (3:03) - Washington Post: Trump is eyeing Paul Manafort for 2024 campaign role The Guardian: Trump predicts ‘bloodbath’ if he loses election and claims ‘Biden beat Obama’ The Daily Blast covers the Trump Ohio Rally with special guest, Susan Glasser. Haiti (11:29) - NPR: First charter flight with U.S. citizens fleeing Haiti lands in Miami Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/18/202418 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Trump’s Deranged “Bloodbath” Rant in Ohio Should Wake Up the Media

In Ohio over the weekend, Donald Trump delivered one of his most unhinged and dangerous rally speeches yet: He used appallingly dehumanizing language about migrants, saluted the Jan. 6 rioters as patriots and heroes, and predicted a “bloodbath” if he loses the election. We talked to New Yorker staff writer Susan Glasser, the author of an excellent new piece about Trump’s use of violent and authoritarian language at rallies like this one, about why the media urgently needs to do better at conveying the full threat to democracy that Trump poses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/18/202428 minutes, 8 seconds
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FTS: Why Does the Judiciary Branch Wield So Much Power?

Original Air Date: April 14, 2023 On this week’s episode of Words Matter, Norm and Kavita discuss a number of judiciary issues, including reproductive health. In a special extended bonus section, Norm and Kavita tackle Clarence Thomas and Diane Feinstein. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/17/202457 minutes, 20 seconds
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FTA: Who is America's Most Annoying Ally?

Original Air Date: April 4, 2023 All friends are not allies and all allies are not friends. Sometimes countries that start out as allies stop behaving in an ally like way. And sometimes allies become annoying because their prime minister is too good looking. We list some of America's most annoying allies...and discuss why we're a pretty annoying ally ourselves. Join Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, Ed Luce and David Sanger for this lively, timely discussion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/16/202431 minutes, 53 seconds
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WAGD Radio: The Nuclear Anvil Hanging Over Ukraine

Recent reporting has suggested that Russia began preparations for a nuclear strike in Ukraine in 2022. But how close did they actually get to pressing the big red button? Security analyst Michael Kofman joins Heather Williams to get to the heart of why Russia would deploy one or more nuclear weapons, and what's keeping Putin away from the brink. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/15/202436 minutes, 27 seconds
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The DSR Daily for March 15: Schumer’s Speech Condemns Netanyahu, VP Harris visits Abortion Clinic in Historic First

On the Friday edition of the DSR Daily, we discuss Senator Schumer’s surprising speech on Israel, Kamala Harris visiting a Minnesota abortion clinic, the UK’s new policy on extremism, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/15/202413 minutes, 38 seconds
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Words Matter: Reflecting on Four Years of COVID

On March 13, 2020, COVID was declared a national emergency. Four years on, Norm Ornstein and Kavita Patel reflect on fallout of the COVID pandemic, what we learned, and why we're more prepared than ever for the next pandemic. Members get exclusive access to a discussion on the chaos around Representative Ken Buck's surprise early departure from Congress. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/15/202430 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Chuck Schumer’s Brutal Takedown of Bibi Is a Watershed Moment

On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer gave an extraordinary speech lacerating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel over the horrific civilian toll in Gaza. This is an important moment in U.S. politics: The highest ranking Jewish Democrat stood strongly for Palestinian rights at a time when the war in Gaza is badly dividing the Democratic coalition. To navigate these complexities, we talked to Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers, which is promoting a peace effort called Standing Together, and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, who writes regularly about intra-coalitional tensions among Democrats. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/15/202435 minutes, 4 seconds
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Is the Trump Campaign the Biggest Shitshow in the History of American Politics?

To the surprise of no one, Donald Trump and Joe Biden have officially secured their party's nomination for president. But while President Biden’s campaign is on a roll, Donald Trump’s is self-destructing. Veteran political strategists Simon Rosenberg and Tara McGowan join David Rothkopf to bring us the latest news from the 2024 campaigns. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/14/202454 minutes, 7 seconds
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The DSR Daily for March 14: Ken Buck Announces Surprise Departure from Congress, Israel to ‘Flood’ Gaza with Aid

On the Thursday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover Ken Buck's surprise departure from Congress, Israel saying that it will ‘flood’ Gaza with aid, a report that Trump started a CIA influence operation against China, and more Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/14/202412 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Daily Blast: The Serious Case for Not Freaking Out About Trump’s Scary Poll Numbers

Democratic strategist Simon Rosenberg has prominently argued that it’s premature to freak out about Donald Trump’s lead in the polls. Rosenberg’s case is partly that the Democratic Party is strong and has been winning lots of elections lately, as readers of his “Hopium Chronicles” well know. But there’s another, less-appreciated side to his analysis: That the people who make ads and run campaigns and do politics for a living know that Trump’s unfathomably high pile-up of negatives is, in the end, probably insurmountable for him. So we chatted with Rosenberg about this side of his theory — and about why the Biden team appears quietly confident of victory. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/14/202437 minutes, 14 seconds
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A DSR Conversation About the World with Newly-Minted Media Mogul Mehdi Hasan

Mehdi Hasan, founder of the new media company Zeteo, joins Ed Luce, Kori Schake, and David Rothkopf to break down he ever-present threat of a global authoritarian-right alliance, continued destruction in Gaza and Ukraine, and the disturbingly real possibility of a Trump second term. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/13/202429 minutes, 10 seconds
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The DSR Daily for March 13: Russia Fires Naval Commander, Congress Considers TikTok Ban

On the Thursday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover Russia’s firing of a top naval commander, Congress considering a potential ban on TikTok, AI regulation in India, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/13/202427 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Inside the $50 million “Never Trump” Plan to Finish Him Off for Good

This week, a group of prominent “Never Trump” Republicans and conservatives announced that they will spend $50 million to defeat Donald Trump this fall. The group, Republican Voters against Trump, hopes to appeal to independents and moderate Republicans who backed him in 2020 and might be persuaded not to in 2024. But how big is this pool of voters, and what’s the best way to reach them? We chatted with strategist Sarah Longwell, who runs the group and regularly conducts focus groups to figure out what really makes these elusive voters tick. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/13/202429 minutes, 1 second
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The Return of Great Powers: A Discussion with Jim Sciutto

The great power competition between the US and China and Russia poses an enormous challenge to US leadership. But this is not the first time the US has been faced with such a task. Jim Sciutto joins David Rothkopf to discuss his new book, “The Return of Great Powers,” and why we’re currently living in a “1939 moment.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/12/202440 minutes, 27 seconds
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The DSR Daily for March 12: Haiti’s Prime Minister Resigns, Aid Ship Sets Course for Gaza

On our Tuesday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the resignation of Haiti’s Prime Minister, a aid ship carrying 200 tons of food to Gaza, Robert Hur’s impending testimony in front of Congress, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/12/202424 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Daily Blast: How the Media Whitewashes the Trump-MAGA Threat—Revealed by an Insider

Over the weekend, The New York Times published a news analysis entitled, “The Biden-Trump rerun: A nation craving change gets more of the same.” This has become a constant refrain in the press: One of the candidates is running on an explicit set of promises to destroy American democracy, yet the press keeps calling this a “rerun” of 2020, almost as if it’s all a sporting event. We chatted with Mark Jacob, a former veteran journalist who writes the “Stop the Presses” newsletter, about all the insidious ways that press coverage is sanitizing the threat posed by Donald Trump and MAGA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/12/202430 minutes, 1 second
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AAI: The Syria Problem that Just Won’t Go Away

With such a heavy focus on the situations in Gaza and Ukraine, other foreign policy priorities have taken a back seat. Syria is one priority that is likely to get worse before it gets better. Director of the Middle East Institute’s Syria program Charles Lister joins Marc Polymeropoulos to outline the need for a coherent strategy to deal with Syria, and how the country is primed to explode.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/11/202434 minutes, 54 seconds
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The DSR Daily for March 11: Trump Meets with Orban, US Evacuates Nonessential Personnel from Haiti

On the Monday edition of the DSR Daily, we discuss Donald Trump’s meeting with Viktor Orban, the US evacuating nonessential personnel amid escalating violence in Haiti, Joe Biden’s new budget proposal, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/11/202411 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Daily Blast: Moms for Liberty Founder’s Sex Scandal Spells Big Trouble For MAGA

Have you heard of Bridget Ziegler? A co-founder of the far right Moms for Liberty, she is embroiled in a three-way sex scandal involving her husband, Florida GOP chair Christian Ziegler. Now some Florida parents are running brutal ads attacking her, even as the Moms for Liberty movement is unexpectedly losing ground everywhere. We chatted with journalist Jennifer Berkshire, the author of a forthcoming book on our cultural battles over education, who explained the bigger, deeper story here: The right are the ones now on the defensive in the school wars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/11/202426 minutes, 19 seconds
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FTS - Disinformation and Its Discontents

Original Air Date: March 22, 2021 Johns Hopkins scholar and “Active Measures” author Thomas Rid on the DNI report on Russian meddling and how 2020 is different from 2016. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/10/202452 minutes, 48 seconds
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FTA - The State of Our Union Is...Yep, That's the Word We Were Going to Use, Too

Original Air Date: February 4, 2019 This week our leader will, as the Constitution mandates, let us know the state of our union. We won't believe a word he says. And we already know the answer. Just look at the week's other events from political chaos in Virginia to brewing wars overseas to upcoming testimony from the president's lawyer that probably won't be good for the occupant of the Oval Office. (Who's not really orange, he just has "good genes." Join us for a discussion with attorney Katie Phang, law professor Rosa Brooks and law-abiding columnist, Ed Luce as we prepare you for the week ahead.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/9/202448 minutes, 20 seconds
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WAGD Radio: A Peek Behind the Nuclear Curtain

How many nukes does Putin have, and what are they for? This is just one of the questions that Hans Kristensen and Matt Korda’s team at the Federation of American Scientists tries to answer in their Nuclear Notebook. Hans and Matt join Jon Wolfsthal this week to discuss their report and the challenges of collecting intel on the largest nuclear arsenals in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/8/202426 minutes, 21 seconds
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The DSR Daily for March 8 - How good was that State of the Union?

On a special episode of the DSR Daily, David Rothkopf, Chris Cotnoir, and Riley Fessler share their thoughts on the State of the Union and why President Biden was in peak form, sending the Republicans into a tailspin.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/8/202429 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Daily Blast - RFK Jr.’s Creepy Claim About Jeffrey Epstein Has a Hidden Dark Side

This week, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. triggered an online explosion with a very weird defense of himself for spending time with Jeffrey Epstein. Everyone laughed, but we think this saga is revealing: It opens a window on his underappreciated appeal to disaffected young men. So we chatted with Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, a New School professor who specializes in politics and culture and has dissected the Kennedy phenomenon in surprising ways. Petrzela helped us uncover the darker undercurrents driving Kennedy’s popularity and the ugly truths it reveals about our politics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/8/202423 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Only State of the Union-Oscar Podcast You'll Ever Need

Joe Biden’s State of the Union address has been a source of speculation, anticipation, and a little bit of dread. The address presents Biden with an opportunity to shape the narrative around the election now that he and Trump have officially secured their nominations. The Washington Post’s Jen Rubin joins David Rothkopf on the day of the address to forecast the President’s message and, crucially, what to look for to make the Oscars less disappointing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/7/202433 minutes, 40 seconds
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The DSR Daily for March 7 - First Civilian Deaths in Red Sea Attack, Violence in Haiti Worsens

On the Thursday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the first civilian deaths from a Houthi attack on a ship in the Read sea, the rapidly deteriorating situation in Haiti, reports of Israel blocking aid into Gaza, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/7/202424 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Daily Blast - Is Ted Cruz Finally in Trouble? Meet the Dem Who Aims to Take Him Down

Texas is a state that keeps breaking the hearts of Democrats everywhere. But hopes are rising again this week, after Representative Colin Allred, a former NFL player and civil rights lawyer, captured the Democratic nomination to unseat Senator Ted Cruz. Six years after Beto O’Rourke fell three points short of beating Cruz, what will be different this time? We chatted with Allred about his path forward, how Democrats can compete in rural America, and why Republicans have turned the border into a fantasy zone. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/7/202426 minutes, 9 seconds
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Israel, Gaza, Ukraine and More Topics Sure to Come Up in the State of the Union

While the state of the union is ordinarily focused on domestic policy, nothing about this year has been ordinary. On the eve of the State of the Union address, Kori Schake, Ed Luce, and Alon Pinkas join David Rothkopf to predict how large of a role that foreign policy will play in President Biden’s speech.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/6/202428 minutes, 26 seconds
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The DSR Daily for March 6 - The Results from Super Tuesday, Ceasefire Talks Falter

On the Wednesday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the big results from Super Tuesday, faltering ceasefire talks in Cairo, the hunger crisis in Sudan, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/6/202419 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Daily Blast - Unsung heroes of the Trump era: Female governors who face down MAGA rage

Earlier this week, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico signed a handful of gun control bills in the face of a terrible spate of gun violence in her state that has drawn national attention. Lujan Grisham is smack in the middle of some big trends in our politics right now: The transformation of the southwest, the success of Democrats in border states, and the rise of the female Democratic governor in the era of Donald Trump. We chatted with Lujan Grisham about all these things—and a whole lot more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/6/202427 minutes, 13 seconds
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The DSR Daily for March 5 - Gaza Ceasefire Talks Continue, Supreme Court Issues Unanimous Decision

On the Tuesday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the continuing Gaza ceasefire talks in Cairo, the Supreme Court’s decision to keep Trump on the ballot, Germany’s response to an intelligence leak, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/5/202420 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Daily Blast - The Supreme Court is peddling a big, ugly lie about Trump and MAGA

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled 9 to zero that Donald Trump will not be disqualified from appearing on the ballot in Colorado, despite having engaged in insurrection. Coupled with the court’s willingness to hear Trump’s demand for full immunity from prosecution for insurrection-related crimes, all this raises serious questions about whether it is functionally placing Trump beyond accountability. We chatted with New Republic writer Matt Ford, author of a new piece eviscerating the court’s latest ruling, about the deeper falsehoods about Trump and the MAGA movement that the court is advancing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/5/202425 minutes, 42 seconds
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AAI - How the CIA Secretly Helps Ukraine Fight Back

New York Times award winning journalist Adam Entous joins Marc Polymeropoulos to discuss Adam’s latest NY Times article chronicling the extraordinary evolution between 2014 until today of the partnership between US and Ukrainian intelligence. From initial efforts by the US to “put in the plumbing,” building personal ties and basic intelligence exchanges, to the CIA remaining on the ground during the Russian invasion and an admission from Ukrainian intelligence that without CIA’s targeting help, Kyiv would have fallen, it is an intelligence success story for the ages.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/4/202435 minutes, 27 seconds
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The DSR Daily for March 4 - Kamala Harris Set to Meet with Benny Gantz, US Airdrops Food into Gaza

On the Monday edition of the DSR daily, we cover Kamala Harris’s scheduled meeting with Benny Gantz, the US airdropping food into Gaza, France preparing to enshrine abortion rights in the constitution, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/4/202420 minutes, 18 seconds
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Why Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Meeting with Orban Should Terrify Us All

With Donald Trump set to host Viktor Orban at his Mar-a-Lago retreat this week, it's time to get serious about the rise of the global far right and why its worldview poses such a dire threat. This week, Donald Trump will host Hungarian leader Viktor Orban at his Mar-a-Lago resort.  Meanwhile, Congress is on the verge of abandoning Ukraine to Vladimir Putin. Trump’s romance with Orban—and the opposition of MAGA Republicans to helping Ukraine—are part of the same story, in which the American right has grown besotted with international strongmen. We chatted with Jacob Heilbrunn, author of “America Last: The Right’s Century-Long Romance with Foreign Dictators,” about the rise of the global far right and the deeper threats posed by this perilous moment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/4/202428 minutes, 14 seconds
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FTS - The Politics of Justice

Original Air Date: March 24, 2023 Trump might finally be indicted but what impact will that have on the political landscape? Kavita and Norm seek to answer that question during this engaging conversation. Members get a bonus conversation about COVID and the recent UN Climate Report. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/3/202448 minutes, 22 seconds
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FTA - Which US Allies Aren’t Really Allies?

Original Air Date: January 18, 2023 Davos may attract some of the world's wealthiest people but DSR continues to attract the best foreign policy and national security thinkers and analysis. David Rothkopf talks with David Sanger of the New York Times and Rosa Brooks of Georgetown University about Kissinger's remarks at Davos and other foreign policy issues cropping up around the world. Should Ukraine join NATO? Will Sweden and Finland actually join NATO? How should the U.S. handle the new (old) government in Israel? Find out in this wide-ranging conversation. Don't miss it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/2/202440 minutes, 34 seconds
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WAGD Radio - What’s Scarier than Climate Change? Climate Change and Nuclear Weapons

Climate change is scary enough on its own. But what about the effect of climate change on our nuclear weapons? Expert Jamie Kwong joins Jon Wolfsthal and Heather Williams to break down the recent incident at Pantex, and the increasing risk that effects of climate change poses to our nuclear installations. This episode is best enjoyed with a cocktail in hand. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/1/202427 minutes, 51 seconds
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Words Matter: Trump’s Potemkin Village

Donald Trump is the healthiest, most successful, and most innocent man in America — according to Donald Trump. The grifts and lies show no signs of slowing even as the walls close in around the former president. Norm and Kavita go over the many machinations of the former president, including the New York criminal trial, his efforts to turn the RNC into his personal piggy bank, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/1/202433 minutes, 21 seconds
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The DSR Daily for March 1 - Senate Approves Stopgap Funding, Biden and Trump Visit Border

On the Friday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the Senate approving a stopgap funding bill, Joe Biden and Donald Trump visiting the border, Alabama passing legislation to protect IVF, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/1/202411 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Daily Blast - Is the Media Enabling Trump to “Usher in a New Era of Fascism”?

This week, former MSNBC journalist Mehdi Hasan launched a new digital media company called “Zeteo,” which is Greek for “to seek.” Hasan intends this as an answer to the failings of the mainstream media, which he says is enabling Donald Trump’s effort to “usher in a new era of fascism in the United States.” We chatted with Hasan about his new project’s goals, his belief that the conventions of political reporting are failing to meet this moment, and why the far-right information space is flourishing while the small-L liberal media is in crisis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/1/202427 minutes, 26 seconds
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Special Edition Pod: What Was the Supreme Court Thinking?

We’re not just disappointed — we’re mad. The Supreme Court’s decision to hear Trump’s immunity claims has dealt another blow to efforts to hold Trump accountable for his numerous misdeeds in office. Experts Norm Eisen and Allison Gill join David Rothkopf to break down the implications of the decision.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/29/202436 minutes, 53 seconds
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DSR - Attack from Within: A Conversation with Barbara McQuade

American society is more polarized than ever before, and disinformation is pouring gasoline on the fire. As we head into an existentially important election, this issue becomes even more pronounced. Barb McQuade joins David Rothkopf to discuss her new book, “Attack from Within,” and how we can fight back against the flood of disinformation.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/29/202433 minutes, 14 seconds
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The DSR Daily for February 29 - McConnell to Step Down from Leadership, Supreme Court to Consider Trump’s Immunity Claims

On the Thursday edition of the DSR Daily, we discuss Mitch McConnell stepping down from GOP leadership, the Supreme Court agreeing to consider Trump’s immunity claims, Putin threatening nuclear war, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/29/202422 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Daily Blast - Mitch McConnell tried to ride the MAGA monster. Then it ate him alive.

The news that Mitch McConnell will step down as GOP senate leader later this year has led many to argue that he was fundamentally a foe of Donald Trump who is no longer welcome in the party of MAGA. But the story is more complicated than that: In crucial ways, McConnell’s own career trajectory helped bring about the descent of our politics into its current disastrous mess. We chatted with Congressional scholar Norman Ornstein, who was among the first to identify McConnell as key to the GOP slide into dysfunction and extremism. He helped us assess McConnell’s real legacy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/29/202431 minutes, 37 seconds
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DSR: America's Allies are Worried About Us

Friends don’t let friends drive drunk, and friends don’t let friends support Russia. The increasingly erratic Republican Party has the US’s allies in Europe worried, especially as Russia gains momentum in its assault on Ukraine and Election Day draws near. Rosa Brooks, David Sanger, and Ed Luce join David Rothkopf to break it all down.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/28/202430 minutes, 9 seconds
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The DSR Daily for February 28 - Navalny’s Funeral on Friday, Michigan Primary Results

On the Wednesday edition of the DSR Daily, we discuss plans for Navalny’s funeral on Friday, the results of the Michigan primary, skepticism about a Gaza ceasefire, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/28/202423 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Daily Blast - Stephen Miller’s Ugly Detention-Camp Fantasies Just Got More Unhinged

In recent days we’ve learned that Stephen Miller is drawing up plans for a shockingly cruel second-term immigration agenda, complete with mass deportations and huge detention camps. Meanwhile, President Biden is set to visit the southern border—and is mulling a new asylum crackdown of his own. We chatted with Jason Houser, a former senior official at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement under Biden, who explained how operationally absurd Miller’s fantasies truly are—and why new asylum restrictions are a very bad idea. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/28/202425 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Internationalists: A Conversation with Alex Ward

Joe Biden brought an a-team of talent with him to the White House in 2021. Between repairing America’s damaged reputation and adapting to crises in Ukraine and Afghanistan, the administration has had its work cut out for it since day one. Alexander Ward joins David Rothkopf to discuss all this and more in his new book, the “Internationalists.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/27/202441 minutes, 6 seconds
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The DSR Daily for February 27 - US Airman Dies after Self-Immolation Protest, Biden Says Temporary Ceasefire Could be Coming

On the Tuesday edition of the DSR Daily, we break down the self-immolation of a US airman, Biden’s optimism that a temporary ceasefire could be coming soon, declining attacks by Iranian proxies, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/27/202423 minutes, 4 seconds
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The Daily Blast - Let’s just say it: What if Trump is weaker than he looks?

Donald Trump’s victory over Nikki Haley in the South Carolina GOP primary has sparked another round of punditry about his supposed political dominance. Yet the primaries have revealed his weaknesses with independents, and he clearly fears his legal travails are a major liability that will get worse. So what if Trump is weaker than he appears? We chatted about this with political scientist Julia Azari, co-author of a new piece arguing that the long shadow of his 2016 victory is still badly distorting our understanding of the present and the majority coalition that continues handing him and the MAGA movement defeat after defeat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/27/202427 minutes, 41 seconds
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AAI - ‘I Told You So’: Russian Intelligence is Alive and Well in the US

Alexander Smirnov has showed us that Russian ‘active measures’ are even more active than we thought. An FBI informant working with Russian intelligence is no small feat, but the extent of the Kremlin’s efforts is even greater. Former CIA officer Alex Finley joins Marc Polymeropoulos to break down how the Russian security threat at home and abroad. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/26/202434 minutes, 47 seconds
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The DSR Daily for February 26 - Palestinian PM Resigns, Government Shutdown Looms… Again

On the Monday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the resignation of the Palestinian Prime Minister, Biden summoning Congressional leaders to avoid a government shutdown, Hungary ratifying Swedish NATO accession, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/26/202420 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Daily Blast - Finally, Some Good News: New Polls Show MAGA cultist Kari Lake Behind

For the first time in months, a pair of new polls has found that election-denier Kari Lake is trailing in the Arizona Senate race to the Democratic candidate, Representative Ruben Gallego. But she remains a MAGA celebrity phenomenon who cannot be counted out, making this race highly unpredictable with Independent Sinema Kyrsten Sinema also in the mix. So we chatted with Gallego about how he hopes to defeat Lake and Sinema, why Democrats should level with voters about the border, and what’s really driving the southwest’s evolution in a Democratic direction. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/26/202432 minutes, 22 seconds
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FTS - Our Man in Kyiv

Original Air Date: March 2, 2022 British journalist John Sweeney reports from Ukraine's besieged capital. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/25/202429 minutes, 38 seconds
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FTA - Is Putin Crazy?

Original Air Date: February 24, 2022 In the late hours of Wednesday, Vladimir Putin began a war of choice in Ukraine. On Thursday, President Biden detailed a variety of harsh sanctions that the United States, our allies, and partners will place upon Russia for his actions. To make sense of these developments, David Rothkopf spoke with David Sanger of the New York Times, Andrea Kendall-Taylor of the Center for a New American Security, and Joe Cirincione of the Quincy Institute. What comes next for Ukraine? Is Putin a rational actor? What more can the United States do to push back? All these questions and more answered on this episode. Don't miss it! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/24/202445 minutes, 55 seconds
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WAGD Radio - Is Russia Stationing Nukes in the Final Frontier?

In the 21st century, we should all know that putting nukes in space is a bad idea. Yet intelligence reports suggest that Russia is attempting to do just that. What does that actually look like, and what are the implications ranging from bad to worse? Experts Laura Grego and David Sanger join Heather Williams and Jon Wolfsthal to discuss all this and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/23/202432 minutes, 35 seconds
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Words Matter - Alabama’s Twisted ‘Family Values’ aren’t very Small Government

The Republican crusade against families continues. The Alabama Supreme Court ruling equating embryos with babies makes clear the fact that they won’t stop any time soon. So what comes next? Norm and Kavita break down the ruling and the political fallout.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/23/202433 minutes, 8 seconds
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The DSR Daily for February 23 - Netanyahu Reveals Post-War Plan, US Hits Russia with New Sanctions

On the Friday edition of the DSR Daily, we discuss Netanyahu’s plans for a post-war Gaza, the US sanctioning 500 new Russian targets, a measles outbreak in Florida, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/23/202423 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Daily Blast - Fox News twists itself into wild contortions on GOP “informant” fiasco

Fox News and other right wing media are currently engaged in absurdities that are as bad as anything they’ve attempted in recent memory. They are struggling to spin away everything from the collapse of an informant’s claims about President Biden to the GOP’s killing of a border security deal that Republicans themselves demanded. Yet in a darker sense, right wing media is also flourishing. We talked to Matt Gertz of Media Matters, who helped us unravel the tangled web those sources are weaving. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/23/202435 minutes, 13 seconds
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A Handmaid's Supreme Court: Is This What Becoming a Theocracy Feels Like?

Right-wing Christian extremists want to roll back the clock on your rights. If the Alabama Supreme Court ruling is any indication, they’re succeeding. Legal expert Dahlia Lithwick joins David Rothkopf to discuss the carefully crafted assault on fundamental rights in America, and why the fight isn’t over yet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/22/202450 minutes, 48 seconds
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The DSR Daily for February 22 - Ukraine Military Shortages Reaching Critical Point, Trump’s Properties Could be Seized

On the Thursday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the worsening state of Ukraine’s military shortages, NY Attorney General Letitia James threatening to seize Trump’s properties if he doesn’t pay his fraud penalty, Japan’s soaring stock market, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/22/202423 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Daily Blast - David Axelrod: Here’s How Biden Can Fix the “Age” Issue—and Beat Trump

It’s the question that won’t die among D.C. elites: Should President Biden step aside so another Democrat can run instead? Democrats have engaged in some remarkably public handwringing about Biden’s age that just won’t let up. One Democrat who has insistently sounded the alarm is veteran strategist David Axelrod. So we invited him on the show, where he allowed that an alternative is unlikely—while explaining how Biden can address the issue and why he’s still the favorite against Donald Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/22/202431 minutes, 4 seconds
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Is Starvation the Next Horror Awaiting Gaza?

The unimaginable human cost of Israel’s invasion of Gaza may be about to rise to unprecedented levels. International organizations agree that a famine is looming as Israel continues to impede foreign aid from entering the area. President of Refugees International Jeremy Konyndyk joins David Rothkopf, Ed Luce, and Rosa Brooks to shed light on the coming crisis, and what can be done to prevent disaster. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/21/202430 minutes
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The DSR Daily for February 21 - Alabama Ruling Says Frozen Embryos are Children, US Vetoes Ceasefire Resolution

On the Wednesday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the Alabama ruling that says that frozen embryos are children, the US vetoing the security council ceasefire resolution, the EU’s new round of Russia sanctions, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/21/202413 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Daily Blast - Finally, Democrats have defeated one of the worst gerrymanders of all

This week, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed a new set of maps for legislative districts in the state—an important and overlooked victory that came after a long struggle dating back well over a decade. We talked to Greta Neubauer, the 32-year-old Minority Leader of Wisconsin Assembly Democrats, who explained what Democrats did to prevail, why this was such a significant achievement, and how it shows that reviving democracy is a grueling game of inches. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/21/202427 minutes, 7 seconds
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AAI - The Profound Impact of Alexei Navalny

Alexei Navalny’s influence cannot be overstated, and the impact of his death has sent shockwaves across Russia, and around the world. As Putin’s regime grows bolder by the day, we turn to journalist Julia Ioffe at the Munich Security Conference for her insight into Putin’s Russia, and how the country has continued to transform for the worse.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/20/202433 minutes, 11 seconds
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The DSR Daily for February 20 - US Proposes UN Ceasefire Resolution, Russia Withholds Navalny’s Body

On the Tuesday edition of the DSR Daily, we discuss the US proposing a temporary ceasefire resolution at the UN, Russia withholding the return of Alexei Navalny’s body, Julian Assange’s case returning to court, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/20/202412 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Daily Blast - Trump’s Devastating $355 Million Penalty Blows Up His Biggest Lie

The stunning news that Donald Trump has been hit by a $355 million penalty in his civil fraud case in New York deals a big blow to his mystique as master of “the deal.” But Justice Arthur Engoron’s ruling also exposes a deeper undercurrent of scamming that Trump has been surfing on for decades and hopes to ride right back into the White House. We chatted with journalist David Cay Johnston, author of a new piece in The New Republic about the ruling, who helped us plumb the depths of the dark ethos of grift that has driven Trump throughout his career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/20/202423 minutes, 43 seconds
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The DSR Daily for February 19 - Trump Hit with Massive Fine, ICJ Begins Hearing Arguments on Israeli Occupation

On the Monday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover Trump’s colossal fine in the NY fraud case, the ICJ’s hearings on Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories, Iran’s warnings to it’s proxies, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/19/202413 minutes, 55 seconds
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FTS - The Bill of Rights and the Continued Fight for Freedom

Original Air Date: 07/08/2022 On this week's episode, we talk about the first, second, ninth, and tenth amendments and for members we talk about disinformation and Twitter. We ground all of our analysis in the words of the Bill of Rights. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/18/202451 minutes, 13 seconds
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FTA - How the Trump Cases Will Impact the 2024 Elections

Original Air Date: 08/17/2023 With yet another indictment against Donald Trump, his 2024 chances have taken another serious blow. David is joined by the host of the Amicus podcast Dahlia Lithwick and political strategist Simon Rosenberg to analyze how the deluge of legal drama will impact the 2024 race and why the Republicans' problems go beyond Trump. Join us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/17/202450 minutes, 42 seconds
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WAGD Radio - It Pays to Have Friends Like NATO

Donald Trump loves to portray fellow NATO members as free-loaders. In reality, NATO is invaluable for the US and has been since its inception. Former US Ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute joins Heather and Jon to shine a light on the enormous, and increasing, importance of NATO to US interests around the world and how the alliance will continue to evolve in the coming years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/16/202426 minutes, 56 seconds
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The DSR Daily for February 16 - Alexei Navalny Dies in Penal Colony, Munich Security Conference Begins

On the Friday edition of the DSR Daily, we discuss the death of Alexei Navalny, VP Harris’s trip to the Munich Security Conference, the latest from Rafah, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/16/202420 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Daily Blast - How Trump Iced Ronna McDaniel, Signaling Big Trouble for the MAGA-GOP

This week, Donald Trump announced that he wants Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel replaced with a loyalist: Michael Whatley, the head of the North Carolina Republican Party. Behind the jockeying looms a very big story: The Trump-MAGA takeover of the GOP, and the challenges the party faces as it nominates someone facing multiple criminal indictments. We talked to Marc Caputo, a reporter for The Bulwark and author of a great new piece on McDaniel’s ouster, who helped us unravel the mysteries of GOP politics in the MAGA era. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/16/202431 minutes, 21 seconds
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Democrats are on a Roll, MAGA is Circling the Drain. Will it Last?

The Democrats’ win in the New York special election is yet another example of over performing the polls. So why does this keep happening, and what does it mean for November? Expert Simon Rosenberg is back with David Rothkopf to give us another dose of Hopium and discuss the path forward for a Biden victory. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/15/202448 minutes, 13 seconds
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The DSR Daily for February 15 - World Leaders Warn Israel, Concerns Over Russian Nuclear Weapon Program

On the Thursday edition of the DSR Daily, we discuss world leaders warning Israel against a Rafah offensive, US intelligence on Russia’s space-based nuclear weapon program, the UK and Japan slipping into recessions, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/15/202413 minutes, 1 second
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How Does Biden Beat Trump — and Save America — in November?

Biden needs to win in November. Trump is growing even more unhinged as the election nears, and the danger he represents to America, and the world, grows. Political Strategist Steve Schmidt joins David Rothkopf to break down what the Biden camp needs to do to save democracy come November. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/15/202446 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Daily Blast - Shocker: A Big Win for Dems Flips the Script on Trump’s Favorite Issue

Earlier this week, Democrats executed a remarkable 8-point win in a special House election in suburban Long Island, a race that was all about immigration. Republicans ran millions of dollars in ads on the issue, yet Democrat Tom Suozzi prevailed, flipping the seat of disgraced Republican George Santos. What on earth really happened here? We talked to Mike Bocian, the chief Democratic pollster on this race, who offered a fascinating and detailed glimpse into how his party pulled it off. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/15/202427 minutes, 54 seconds
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“I Want to Grab Mike Johnson by the Lapels”

Mike Johnson and the MAGA Republicans are sacrificing Ukraine at the altar of Trump. The Republicans’ use of Ukraine aid as a political tool has worsened an already dire situation, with only Putin and MAGA standing to benefit. On the heels of his trip to Ukraine, Max Boot joins Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, Ed Luce, and David Rothkopf to share his first-hand account of the devastation of Russia’s assault — and the incredible bravery of Ukrainians.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/14/202430 minutes, 23 seconds
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The DSR Daily for February 14 - Republicans Impeach Mayorkas, Democrats Win in New York

On the Wednesday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the Democrat victory in the New York special election, House Republicans impeaching Alejandro Mayorkas, Ukraine’s strike on a Russian warship, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/14/202421 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Daily Blast - The Ugly Truth Behind Mike Johnson’s MAGA-fied Blockade on Ukraine Aid

On Tuesday, in a decisive 70 to 29 vote, the Senate passed a mammoth bill containing $60 billion for Ukraine’s self defense against Russian aggression, as well as $14 billion for Israel. Yet House Speaker Mike Johnson is vowing that the House won’t vote on the measure, in part because MAGA hard-liners are raging against it. We talked to Democratic Congressman Jason Crow of Colorado about what’s really driving the opposition, how Democrats can try to get around it with a “discharge petition,” and whether there’s a genuine pro-Putin faction in the U.S. House of Representatives. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/14/202423 minutes, 10 seconds
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The DSR Daily for February 13 - Senate Passes Ukraine and Israel Aid Package, Russia Preparing for Confrontation with West

On our Tuesday edition of the DSR Daily, we discuss the Senate passing an aid package for Ukraine and Israel, Estonian reports that Russia is preparing for confrontation with the West, new polling on the Biden document probe, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/13/202425 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Daily Blast - Why Democratic Elites are “Shaken to their Core” about Trump and Biden

This week, the freakout among Democrats about President Biden reached its shrillest pitch yet, after a special counsel report exonerated Biden but included combustible claims about Biden’s mental capacities. While many Democrats redoubled calls for the party to entertain alternatives to nominating Biden, confusion and disagreement reigns among them about what precisely to take away from this moment. We talked to Brian Beutler, who  regularly criticizes the Democratic Party’s approach to politics on his “Off Message” Substack, to sort through all the noise. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/13/202437 minutes, 35 seconds
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AAI - Trump Throws Europe to the Wolves

Donald Trump will throw Europe to the wolves, and he’s said so himself. The former president has said that he would not defend NATO countries in case of a Russian invasion, shocking our European allies. Yet the story has been little more than a footnote in the US news cycle. Journalist Michael Weiss joins Marc Polymeropoulos and David Rothkopf to discuss the profound damage of Trump’s statements and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/12/202428 minutes, 25 seconds
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The DSR Daily for February 12 - Israeli Strikes on Rafah, Trump’s Threats to Abandon NATO Allies

On our Monday edition of the DSR Daily, we discuss the Israeli strikes on Rafah, Trump’s threats to abandon NATO allies in the case of a Russian attack, post-election strife in Pakistan, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/12/202420 minutes, 22 seconds
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Elon Musk’s Unhinged Pro-MAGA Tweets Expose Tech Oligarchy’s Dark Side

Elon Musk has unleashed numerous tweets lately boosting far right personalities and endorsing MAGA tropes holding that migration constitutes a deliberately engineered invasion. He even endorsed a version of “white genocide theory.” Along with his elevation of Tucker Carlson’s interview with Russian president Vladimir Putin, it all amounts to a genuine ideology: Reactionary tech authoritarianism. We discussed this with Gil Duran, author of a New Republic piece called “The Tech Plutocrats Dreaming of a Right Wing San Francisco,” which offers a window into this ugly worldview. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/12/202428 minutes, 30 seconds
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FTS - Supreme Injustices

Original Air Date: 07/1/22 On this week's episode, we talk about the end of a monumental Supreme Court term and the explosive testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson before the January 6th committee. We ground all of our analysis in the words of Justice Barrett, Cassidy Hutchinson, and Kelly Shackelford. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/11/202451 minutes, 15 seconds
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FTA - The War in Ukraine After One Month: A Look Ahead

Original Air Date: 3/29/22 The war in Ukraine has extended into its second month. To make sense of how we got to this point and what comes next David Rothkopf speaks with Ed Luce of the Financial Times, Rosa Brooks of Georgetown University, and Kori Schake of the American Enterprise Institute. Is Macron getting constantly fooled by Putin? How well is the West doing when the Ukrainians continue to fight alone? What impact has the war had on the defense budget moving forward? Find out as we get the original crew back together for a fascinating conversation. Join us! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/10/202444 minutes, 12 seconds
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WAGD Radio - More Money, More Missiles: A Look at the Sentinel Program

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a Pentagon program is over budget. The Sentinel ICBM program is envisioned as a keystone of the US nuclear triad, but why do we need 400 new missiles? Slate columnist Fred Kaplan and Mackenzie Knight from the Federation of American Scientists join Jon Wolfsthal and Heather Williams to shine a light on the program and why it may, or may not, be necessary.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/9/202430 minutes, 14 seconds
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Words Matter - Courting Disaster

The Supreme Court is finally hearing Trump’s appeal of the Colorado ruling removing him from the ballot. The decision will be massive, but it is not the only legal challenge on Donald Trump’s plate. Norm and Kavita break down the case before the Court, and the state of Trump’s numerous legal battles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/9/202429 minutes, 41 seconds
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The DSR Daily for February 9 - Carlson Interviews Putin, Special Counsel Report Released

On our Friday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover Tucker Carlson’s interview of Putin, the Special Counsel’s report on Biden’s handling of classified documents, the Supreme Court’s Colorado hearing, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/9/202420 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Daily Blast - How Trump’s White Evangelical Army is Slowly Destroying Nikki Haley

With Nikki Haley set to make a last stand of sorts in the South Carolina primary later this month, there’s a hidden reason that Donald Trump has been so dominant throughout the GOP nomination process: White evangelicals. Their support for Trump has held through impeachments, scandals, revelations about sexual assault, multiple serious criminal prosecutions, and even an insurrection attempt. We talked to Sarah Posner, a scholar of the religious right, about Trump’s extraordinary hold on these voters—and why it’s changing the Republican Party in insidious, alarming ways. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/9/202441 minutes, 15 seconds
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Hit 'Em Where It Hurts: A Conversation About How Dems Can Win in November with Rachel Bitecofer

Democrats need to get serious about winning in 2024, and they need to hit the Republicans hard. Rachel Bitecofer joins David Rothkopf to talk about her new book, “Hit ‘Em Where It Hurts”, and why Democrats need to embrace their status as the standard bearers of democracy and freedom to mobilize voters and beat Republicans at their own game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/8/202441 minutes, 18 seconds
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The DSR Daily for February 8 - Trump Brings Legal Battle to Supreme Court, Police Target Bolsonaro Allies in Coup Probe

On the Thursday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover Trump’s impending hearing at the Supreme Court, Brazilian police investigating close Bolsonaro allies in a coup probe, Ukrainian solider shortages, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/8/202420 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Daily Blast - Republicans Admitted the Deal They Killed Was a Good One, Senator Says

In an extraordinary spectacle, virtually all Senate Republicans joined together Wednesday to block a bipartisan bill that would have given Republicans much of what they wanted on border security. Why? Because Donald Trump told them to. We talked to Democratic Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, who conferred with Republicans throughout this process. He opened up about what Republicans said behind closed doors, noting that they privately admitted that this bill was “aligned with their view of what would be useful for securing the border." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/8/202431 minutes, 17 seconds
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Would Failing to Provide Ukraine Aid be the Beginning of the End of US Global Leadership?

Congressional Republicans are sacrificing Ukraine for the sake of sticking it to Biden. But failing to provide aid to a key ally would do more than just harm the Biden administration. Kori Schake, Ed Luce, and Rosa Brooks join David Rothkopf for a look at the cost of failure in Ukraine for US global leadership. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/7/202428 minutes, 58 seconds
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The DSR Daily for February 7 - Hamas Proposes Ceasefire Plan, Haley Loses to… No one?

On the Wednesday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the 135 ceasefire proposed by Hamas, Nikki Haley losing to ‘none of these candidates’ in Nevada, the House Republicans’ failure to impeach Mayorkas, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/7/202420 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Daily Blast - How Trump’s trial-delaying scam could screw over GOP voters

On Tuesday, a federal appeals court ruled that Donald Trump is not immune from criminal charges stemming from his effort to steal the 2020 election. With Trump expected to take this to the Supreme Court, how will the timeline of his insurrection-related trial dovetail with the presidential election? We talked to former federal prosecutor Barbara McQuade about all the possible scenarios—including one that backfires spectacularly on none other than the Republican Party’s own voters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/7/202426 minutes, 43 seconds
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The DSR Daily for February 6 - Ukraine and Border Deal ‘Dead’, Orban’s Party Delays Sweden NATO Vote

On the Tuesday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the imperiled Ukraine and Border deal, Orban’s Fidesz party boycotting a parliamentary session, Antony Blinken’s Middle East visit, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/6/202425 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Daily Blast - J.D. Vance’s Ugly Rant About Trump’s Coup Portends a Dark MAGA Future Daily Blast for February 6

This week, Senator J.D. Vance of Ohio declared in an on-air rant that if he had been Trump’s vice president in the run-up to Jan. 6, 2021, he would have told states to send Congress multiple slates of electors so lawmakers could “debate” the election’s supposed improprieties. That may sound like typical MAGA bluster, but it has deadly serious ramifications, confirming that Republicans still think Trump’s effort to overturn the election was in some ways a good thing. So what might they attempt next fall? We talked to legal scholar Matthew Seligman, co-author of “How to Steal a Presidential Election,” who road-mapped all the sordid possibilities ahead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/6/202428 minutes, 6 seconds
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AAI - What Can Be Done to Prevent the Looming Dramatic Worsening of the Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza?

The Israel-Hamas conflict has wreaked havoc on civilians in Gaza, but the worst may be yet to come. As international watchdogs warn of potential famine and disease outbreaks, what can the US do to prevent disaster? Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East Mick Mulroy joins Marc Polymeropoulos and David Rothkopf to share insight from his recent trip to Israel and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/5/202430 minutes, 3 seconds
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The DSR Daily for February 5 - US Senate Releases Deal on Ukraine and Border, Zelensky Confirms Potential Military Leadership Change

On our Monday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the US Senate’s deal on Ukraine aid and border control, President Zelensky confirming his intention to replace a top general, election news in El Salvador and Senegal, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/5/202413 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Daily Blast - Krugman: Trump-MAGA are in Desperate Denial About the Economy

It’s one of the strangest disconnects in our politics today: By many metrics, the economy is doing extremely well, yet President Biden’s approval numbers on the economy are in the toilet. With the latest jobs report showing an extraordinary 353,000 jobs created in January, we talked to New York Times columnist Paul Krugman about what the boom means, why Trump and MAGA Republicans are in denial about it, and how President Biden should respond. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/5/202436 minutes, 40 seconds
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FTS - A House Divided Against Itself

Original Air Date: January 13, 2023 On this week's episode, Norm and Kavita talk about the start of a divided and performative Congress. Members of The DSR Network get a bonus conversation about Biden's classified documents and the Republicans investigations efforts across the government. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/4/202445 minutes, 20 seconds
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FTA - Maybe It Should Have Been Called the Summit with Added Democracy-Like Product

Original Air Date - March 29, 2023 Celebrating democracy seems like a good idea. Further, President Biden and his team have been actively supporting democracy worldwide since they took office. But that doesn't mean hosting a democracy summit is a great idea. Because a lot of difficult questions are raised. Like who thinks they're a democracy but really isn't? What do you do with wannabe authoritarians like Netanyahu, Modi & Lopez Obrador? And what long term results can come from these summits. We discuss with Kori Schake, Rosa Brooks and Ed Luce. Join us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/3/202436 minutes, 22 seconds
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WAGD Radio - Is the US-Iran Situation the Worst It Has Ever Been? 

Are tensions between Iran and the US the highest they’ve ever been? The conflict between Israel and Gaza is only the latest in a long line of events that have put both countries at odds. Foreign policy experts Robin Wright and Barbara Slavin join David Rothkopf and hosts Heather Williams and Jon Wolfsthal to untangle the complicated history of the US and Iran, and forecast future crises in the region. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/2/202431 minutes, 42 seconds
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The DSR Daily for February 2 - Over 800 Western Officials Protest Israel-Gaza Policy, US Approves Plan to Strike Targets in Syria and Iraq

On the Friday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover a letter from over 800 western officials protesting Israel-Gaza policies, the US approving a plan to strike Iranian targets in Syria and Iraq, and Russia refusing to turn over the bodies of Ukrainian POWs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/2/202421 minutes, 11 seconds
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Trump’s Legal Mess Triggers Shocking New Levels of Right Wing Grift

This week, we learned that Donald Trump’s fundraising committees channeled an extraordinary $50 million toward bankrolling his myriad legal defenses throughout 2023. Such sordid trickery has a long history on the right: For decades, shrewd fundraising gurus have raked in cash from conservative voters with hallucinatory alarmism about leftist villains and other apocalyptic threats. We talked to Geoff Kabaservice, the author of a “Rule and Ruin,” a history of the GOP, to situate Trump in this hallowed tradition of grifters. It turns out Trump may have outdone them all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/2/202430 minutes, 35 seconds
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The 2024 Election Will Come Down to...You!

In this election, the most important campaigners are coming from outside of the political establishment. Democratic strategists Tara McGowan and Simon Rosenberg join David Rothkopf to share why now is the time for everyone to use their platform to push for victory in 2024, and why the Taylor Swift factor may be even bigger than you think. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/1/202453 minutes, 34 seconds
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The DSR Daily for February 1 - EU agrees on 50 Billion Euro Package for Ukraine, Zuckerberg Apologizes in Senate Hearing

On the Thursday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the EU agreement on a 50 billion euro package for Ukraine, Zuckerberg apologizing to families in a Senate hearing, the escalating farmer protests in Europe, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/1/202420 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Daily Blast - Alarming New Polls Show Trump Ahead. So Why do Dems Keep Winning?

A frightening new batch of polls this week showed President Biden trailing Donald Trump in all the key battleground states. And yet, as bleak as the polling has looked, Democrats racked up an impressive winning streak in special elections all throughout 2023. This disconnect is why political pros are closely watching an election for state House in the Philadelphia suburbs that’s set for Feb. 13th. We talked to Democratic candidate Jim Prokopiak to gauge what he’s seeing on the ground in swing territory, why Biden is struggling on the economy, and how Trump can still looks strong despite his descent into derangement and severe criminal jeopardy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/1/202425 minutes, 55 seconds
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Will the 2024 Election Be the Last One Ever for...India?

The world’s largest democracy is in danger. Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist movement continues to erode the rights of Indian Muslims and the country’s democratic systems. Indian journalist Rana Ayyub joins Ed Luce and David Rothkopf to shine a light on the peril India faces as elections loom.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/31/202428 minutes, 52 seconds
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The DSR Daily for January 31 - Zelensky to Oust Top General, Iran Threatens Decisive Response to Any US Attack

On the Wednesday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover reports that Zelensky will oust a top general, Iran’s threats to ‘decisively respond’ to any US strikes, an Argentinian court striking down Milei’s labor policies, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/31/202426 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Daily Blast - MAGA’s Ugly New “Civil War” Fantasy Should be Taken Seriously

Far-right personalities are fantasizing about “civil war” again, amid a standoff between Texas Governor Greg Abbott and the feds over border enforcement. That may seem silly, but unbridgeable differences over immigration truly are driving many big stories of the moment, from that Texas battle to Senate negotiations over a border bill to the House GOP impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. If you want to understand what’s really going on with all these complex issues, few voices bring more clarity than Aaron Reichlin-Melnick of the American Immigration Council. We chatted with him about the deeper conflicts and tensions animating this crisis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/31/202444 minutes, 12 seconds
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Words Matter - The Impending Border Battle

Greg Abbott and the House Republicans are using the border as a political poker chip, with disastrous implications for immigrants. As Abbott continues to defy the Supreme Court and the House refuses to pass immigration reform, what does the Biden administration need to do? Norm and Kavita discuss the answers and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/30/202440 minutes, 7 seconds
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The DSR Daily for January 30 - US Preparing Response to Jordan Attacks, House Republicans Move to Impeach Alejandro Mayorkas

On the Tuesday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover statements from Secretary Blinken on the US response to attacks on service members, House Republicans moving to impeach Alejandro Mayorkas, and the latest from Israel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/30/202427 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Daily Blast - Meet the Lonely Republicans Who Think Trump is Disqualified from Running

Three former Republican governors—Marc Racicot of Montana, Christine Todd Whitman of New Jersey, and Bill Weld of Massachusetts—have signed on to a legal brief to the Supreme Court arguing that Donald Trump is disqualified from running for president under Section 3 of the 14th amendment to the Constitution. Greg Sargent talks to Racicot about what he hopes this will achieve, whether the GOP is to blame for the rise of Trump and the MAGA movement, and why principled anti-Trump Republican elites are a disappearing species. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/30/202434 minutes, 25 seconds
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AAI - From Hollywood with Love: What Makes for a Good Spy Movie?

Spy movies have been a staple of Hollywood for decades, but how many of them actually get it right? Spycraft Entertainment’s John Sipher joins Marc Polymeropoulos to talk about what makes for a good spy story, and why more accurate depictions of the intelligence community make for great entertainment. John and Marc also discuss the generational divide between the old guard and Gen Z at the CIA and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/29/202426 minutes, 43 seconds
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The DSR Daily for January 29 - 3 US Troops Killed in Jordan, US and Chinese Official to Meet on Fentanyl

On the Monday edition of the DSR daily, we cover the mounting pressure to retaliate over the deaths of US troops in Jordan, the upcoming meeting between US and Chinese officials to curb the production of Fentanyl, UN workers accused of aiding Hamas, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/29/202413 minutes, 35 seconds
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FTS - DeSantis Announces Candidacy

Original Air Date: May 16, 2023 Norm and Kavita are both traveling, but that doesn’t stop them from discussing the issues. This week, in this abbreviated version of Words Matter, Norm and Kavita discuss Ron DeSantis’s presidential bid announcement, the Surgeon General’s announcement on the impact of social media on adolescents and the Nebraska Abortion Case. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/28/202433 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Secret Life of Cookies - Stop Making Trump Jokes with David Kamp

Marissa’s guest is noted writer David Kamp, who (along with Marissa) is an alumnus of Spy Magazine, which famously coined the term “short-fingered vulgarian” to describe New York real estate celebrity Trump. David discusses his recent editorial for the New York Times where he argues the stakes for our democracy are too high and it’s time to stop laughing at Trump. Which isn’t to say Marissa and David don’t share a chuckle or two on the podcast. Chocolate chip and halvah cookies are baked. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/27/202448 minutes, 23 seconds
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FTA - Putin Underestimated Biden and NATO: Big Mistake

Original Air Date: January 25, 2021 All eyes remain on the border between Ukraine and Russia as the conventional wisdom is that Russia is more likely than not further invade Ukraine. President Biden is considering sending thousands of troops into the region while other NATO allies have already begun moving weapons and soldiers into Eastern Europe. What lessons has the Biden administration learned from Obama's experience with Crimea? Are there any off-ramps left for Putin to deescalate? Will this situation ultimately strengthen NATO and perceptions of American power abroad? Deep State Radio host David Rothkopf speaks with Kori Schake of the American Enterprise Institute, Ed Luce of the Financial Times, Rosa Brooks of Georgetown University, and Evelyn Farkas former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia about these and other issues facing the United States and our Allies. Join us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/27/202444 minutes, 21 seconds
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WAGD Radio - 90 Seconds to Midnight: The Cogs of the Doomsday Clock

The Doomsday Clock remains at 90 seconds to midnight. But what actually goes into the decision to set the time, and how panicked should we really be? Bulletin of Atomic Scientists member Daniel Holz and former executive director Kennette Benedict join Jon Wolfsthal and Heather Williams to break down what the clock really means and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/26/202433 minutes, 6 seconds
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The DSR Daily for January 26 - World Court Makes Ruling on Israel, France to Enact Controversial Immigration Law

On the Friday edition of the DSR Daily, we break down the World Court’s ruling on Israel’s war in Gaza, France enacting its controversial immigration law, Biden positioning new approvals for natural gas export terminals, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/26/202423 minutes, 28 seconds
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Is it Time to Panic Yet?

Donald Trump is now the GOP's presumptive nominee. How should the Biden team be responding? What should they be doing differently.?David Rothkopf joins Norm and Kavita to analyze the good, the bad, and the ugly of the election so far and what comes next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/25/202436 minutes, 18 seconds
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The DSR Daily for January 25 - General Strike Protests Milei’s Policies in Argentina, Ukraine Calls for Probe into POW Plane Crash

On the Thursday edition of the DSR Daily, we break down the general strike in Argentina, Ukraine’s calls for a probe into the Russian plane crash, Ohio lawmakers banning gender-affirming care for minors, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/25/202422 minutes, 24 seconds
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Biden is Israel's Most Popular Politician. How Should He Use That Influence?

Whereas Benjamin Netanyahu is struggling with flagging domestic support , Joe Biden is the most popular politician in Israel. As the devastating war in Gaza drags on, how can Biden channel his popularity into substantive policy change? Jerusalem-based journalist Noga Tarnopolsky joins Kori Schake, Ed Luce, Rosa Brooks, and David Rothkopf to answer this question and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/24/202444 minutes, 38 seconds
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The DSR Daily for January 24 - US Strikes Militia in Iraq, Ethiopia Nears Famine

On our Wednesday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the results of the New Hampshire primary, US strikes on Iran-backed militias in Iraq, fears of an impending famine in Ethiopia, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/24/202422 minutes, 45 seconds
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The DSR Daily for January 23 - The New Hampshire Primary, 24 IDF Soldiers Killed in Gaza

On our Tuesday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the New Hampshire Primary today, 24 IDF soldiers being killed in Gaza, Elon Musk’s trip to Auschwitz, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/23/202425 minutes, 8 seconds
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The View from the Pentagon: What's Next In the Mideast, Ukraine, on China and on AI?

Has the US response to attacks on our troops and ships, been adequate? Are the attacks against Houthis too little too late...or the start down a slippery slope to another military quagmire? What if our aid to Ukraine dries up? Is the Pentagon losing focus on the China threat? Marc Polymeropoulos and David Rothkopf discuss these issues and more with Politico's Lara Seligman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/22/202428 minutes, 26 seconds
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To Catch a Spy in Estonia - A Conversation with Toomas Ilves and Dan Hoffman

Last week, reports surfaced of a teacher in Estonia who was charged with spying for Russia. Host Michael Weiss discusses this as well as the state of the Russia/Ukraine war with former President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves and former CIA Intelligence Officer, Dan Hoffman. Don’t miss this vital discussion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/22/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 27 seconds
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The DSR Daily for January 22 - Ron DeSantis Drops Out, Israeli Protests for Hostage Release

On our Monday edition of the DSR Daily, we cover Ron DeSantis dropping out of the Republican primary, mounting protests in Israel demanding the release of hostages, Iran and Pakistan resuming diplomatic relations, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/22/202414 minutes, 53 seconds
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FTS - Nikki Haley Jumps In

Original Air Date: February 17, 2023 On this week's episode, Kavita is still out of town. So Norm and producer Grant Haver talk Nikki Haley getting into the Presidential race, her potential candidacy, and what this means for the future of our democracy. Members of The DSR Network get access to a bonus segment about the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/21/202442 minutes, 45 seconds
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FTA - Trump's Disastrous Decision to Get Out of the Iran Deal Has Left Us with Only Bad Options

Original Air Date: November 29, 2021 Once upon a time, the Israeli government urged the US to get out of the Iran deal. The American president at the time, Donald Trump, obliged. Now, Israeli officials are calling the decision the worst in the past decade of Iran policy and their intel community is whispering to the US that Iran may be getting very close to the ability to produce nuclear weapons grade uranium. Meanwhile, negotiations with Iran are being resumed in Europe with very low expectations of success. What is the Biden Administration to do? We discuss their options with David Sanger of the New York Times, Rosa Brooks of Georgetown Law Center and Kori Schake of the American Enterprise Institute. Don't miss this timely episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/20/202438 minutes, 41 seconds
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WAGD Radio - Keeping Humans in the Nuclear Loop

Are we in danger of the nuclear loop being automated? As nuclear powers grapple with the advent of AI, questions remain about how much of a role automated system should play in the nuclear chain of command and the control of advanced weapon systems. Experts Michael Depp and Paul Scharre join hosts Jon Wolfsthal and Heather Williams to share concerns about AI and nuclear stability and the ways that governments are rising to the challenge. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/19/202428 minutes, 24 seconds
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Words Matter - Does the Trump Train Have Brakes?

The Iowa caucus was a blowout. Trump trounced DeSantis and Haley, leaving us all wondering how much longer they will hold on. But how much can we actually learn from the caucus? Norm and Kavita are back to break down the lessons from Iowa and the trouble for Trump looming on the horizon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/19/202429 minutes, 1 second
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The DSR Daily for January 19 - Government Shutdown Averted, Netanyahu Rejects Calls for Palestinian State

On this Friday’s edition of the DSR Daily, we cover the stopgap spending bill to avoid a government shutdown, Netanyahu’s rejection of calls for a Palestinian state, protests in Russia, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/19/202429 minutes, 3 seconds
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What Do You Do With a Problem Like Bibi?

Benjamin Netanyahu just can’t help but make trouble for the US. Netanyahu’s recent statements rejecting the idea of a two-state solution lead us all wonder what endgame Israel envisions for Gaza. Alon Pinkas, Kori Schake, Rosa Brooks, and David Rothkopf break down how the administration can deal with Bibi to avoid calamity in the region.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/18/202431 minutes, 36 seconds
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The DSR Daily for January 18 - Pakistan Retaliates with Strikes in Iran, Judge Threatens to Remove Trump from Court

On today’s edition of the DSR Daily, we cover Pakistan’s strikes in Iran, the latest drama from Trump’s defamation trial, Brazil’s investigation into the 2023 riots, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/18/202426 minutes, 31 seconds
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The DSR Daily for January 17 - Iranian Strikes in Pakistan, Israel and Hamas Reach New Deal

On today’s edition of the DSR Daily, we cover initial steps in congress to avert a government shutdown, a new deal reached between Israel and Hamas, Iran’s strikes in Pakistan, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/17/202411 minutes, 56 seconds
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DSR’s Above Average Intelligence - What Can Be Done About the Growing US Domestic Terrorism Threat?

One of the greatest security threats the US faces comes from within. As we enter 2024, the threat of right-wing terrorism and electoral violence is very real. Authors of the new book “God, Guns, and Sedition: Far Right Terrorism in America” Bruce Hoffman and Jacob Ware join Marc and David to shine a light on the dangers of the far-right and what can be done to combat right-wing violence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/16/202432 minutes, 5 seconds
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The DSR Daily for January 16 - Trump Trounces in Iowa, Guatemalan Reformist Assumes Presidency

On today’s episode of the DSR Daily, we cover Trump’s decisive victory in Iowa, Guatemala’s new reform-minded president, US condemnation of Iran over a missile strike, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/16/202422 minutes, 21 seconds
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FTS - How Intelligence Pros See the Future of the War in Ukraine

Original Air Date: May 15, 2023 On this, the inaugural episode of DSR's new weekly Spy Show podcast with Marc Polymeropoulos, Marc and co-host David Rothkopf are joined by one of the most respected officers in the CIA's recent history, Paul Kolbe. Together they discuss what to make of the recent criticisms of Vladimir Putin from within his own ranks, the likely consequences of potential instability in Belarus, and what is working for the US and our allies on the intel front in this complex and consequential war. Join us for perspectives and insights you won't find anywhere else. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/14/202450 minutes, 21 seconds
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FTA - The Myth of the Red Wave: Encouraging Signs the Pundits Have Missed Leading to the Election

Original Air Date: November 3, 2022 With less one week before the midterms, David Rothkopf, Simon Rosenberg of NDN, and Tara McGowan of Good Information and Courier Newsroom speak with Cecile Richards, co-founder of Supermajority about the role of women and abortion as an issue in the midterms. How are Republicans changing the subject on abortion? Will women be the X-Factor to Democratic victory? Is the media getting bullied by Republicans? Find out the answers to these and other questions in this thoughtful conversation. Don't miss it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/13/202446 minutes, 14 seconds
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WAGD Radio - Is the Chinese Nuclear Arsenal All Wet?

Recent reports from the DOD include surprising revelations about China’s nuclear arsenal. From components filled with water instead of fuel to silos that just don’t work, clearly something is very wrong Nuclear weapons experts Heather Williams and Hans Kristensen join Jon to break down what this all means for China, and how international organizations and the US should respond to avoid a dangerous fallout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/12/202426 minutes, 40 seconds
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The DSR Daily for January 12 - US, Britain Carry Out Strikes in Yemen, Argentina’s Inflation Soars

On our Friday edition of the DSR daily, we cover the US and British strikes in Yemen, Argentina’s soaring inflation, fresh sanctions over Russia and North Korean missile transfers, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/12/202421 minutes, 17 seconds
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Dumbing Treason Down: The Minimization of the Crimes of Donald Trump

Long gone are the days when a scream could end a presidential campaign. In the age of Donald Trump, no crime is outrageous enough to be disqualifying for the highest office in the land. Political journalists Michael Tomasky and David Corn join David Rothkopf to break down the dangerous trend in America where anything goes - so long as your name is Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/11/202438 minutes, 15 seconds
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The DSR Daily for January 11 - UN Court Hears Genocide Case Against Israel, Taiwan Calls out China’s Election Interference

On today’s episode of the DSR daily, we cover the latest news about the 2024 election, the case against Israel at the International Court of Justice, Taiwan’s election interference allegations against China, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/11/202422 minutes, 33 seconds
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It is Time to Rethink and Revitalize U.S. Ukraine Policy

Ukraine’s need for aid grows by the day as Biden’s aid package faces congressional blockage. Former US ambassador to NATO Doug Lute joins Kori Schake, Rosa Brooks, and David Rothkopf to formulate how the US can strengthen and improve its Ukraine policy to secure a Ukrainian victory. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/10/202432 minutes, 57 seconds
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The DSR Daily for January 10: Gang Violence Rocks Ecuador, US and UK Repel Houthi Attack in Red Sea

On today’s DSR Daily, we cover the wave of gang violence in Ecuador, the Houthi attack repelled by the US and UK navies, Zelensky’s tour of the Baltic countries, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/10/202424 minutes, 17 seconds
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DSR Spy Show - Are We Paying Enough Attention to Potential Middle East Terrorist Threats?

The US media's and the public's attention has shifted mainly to great power competition in recent years. Yet the shocking attacks by Hamas on October 7th and ISIS on January 3rd serve as reminders that terrorists still pose a grave threat to international security. Counter-terrorism expert Colin Clarke joins Marc and David to illuminate this critical issue. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/9/202430 minutes, 45 seconds
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The DSR Daily for January 9: Russian Strikes Taxing Ukrainian Defenses, Trump Set to Appear in Court Today

On today’s edition of the DSR Daily Doomscroll, we discuss the increased Russian strikes that are straining Ukrainian air defenses, Donald Trump making a voluntary appearance in court in DC, and Secretary Blinken’s message to Israel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/9/202419 minutes, 29 seconds
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FTS - Guns: What Are They Good For?

Original Air Date: June 6, 2022 On this week's episode, we talk about the epidemic of mass shootings in the country, the mental health red herring, and how this will impact the midterm elections in the fall. We ground all of our analysis in the words of America's political leaders like President Biden, Senators Mitch McConnell and Chris Murphy, and former Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/7/202447 minutes, 7 seconds
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FTA - Defeating The Right's Authoritarian Media Machine

Original Air Date: January 19, 2023 The right's hate-filled, authoritarian media machine is loud. It's time for pro-democracy media tech to GET LOUDER! Watch this superstar panel of Joe Trippi, Tara McGowan, Ben Meiselas, and David Rothkopf, moderated by Simon Rosenberg, talk turning up the volume. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/6/20241 hour, 1 minute, 11 seconds
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How Democrats Can Win (and Save Democracy) in 2024

Election year is finally here. 2024 will be pivotal, but how can we do our part to ensure the Democrats win big? Election strategists Tara McGowan, Simon Rosenberg, and Tom Bonier join David to shine a light on the role we can all play heading into campaign season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/5/202452 minutes, 52 seconds
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The DSR Daily for January 5 - Trump Received Millions from Foreign Governments as President, Israel Outlines New Phase of War

On today’s episode of the DSR Daily, we cover a new report that Trump received millions from foreign governments as president, an Israeli defense minister outlining the next phase of the war, a US strike on a militant leader in Iraq, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/5/202424 minutes, 51 seconds
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Words Matter - Political Prognostications for the New Year

With 2023 in the rearview mirror, many of our greatest political challenges remain unresolved. Norm and Kavita are back for a new year with new political prognostications about what 2024 holds for Congress and what will undoubtedly be a dramatic campaign season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/5/202438 minutes, 29 seconds
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Is There Any Way to Get Bibi to Go?

It may be a new year, but the conflict in Gaza continues unabated. However, experts say the Israeli invasion could fundamentally change at the end of the month. Alon Pinkas and Kori Schake join David Rothkopf to forecast the changing nature of the war in the coming weeks and months and shed light on the potential future of Netanyahu’s government. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/4/202432 minutes, 28 seconds
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The DSR Daily for January 4 - Donald Trump Asks for Supreme Court Intervention in Colorado Case, Ukraine and Russia Engage in Prisoner Swap

On today’s episode of the DSR Daily, we cover Donald Trump requesting the intervention of the Supreme Court in Colorado, Ukraine and Russia engaging in the biggest prisoner swap so far, a deadly bombing in Iran, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/4/202423 minutes, 40 seconds
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The DSR Daily for January 3: Harvard President Resigns, Hamas Leader Killed in Beirut

On today’s episode of the DSR Daily Doomscroll, we cover the resignation of Harvard’s president, the killing of a Hamas leader in Beirut, a court ruling on abortion in Texas, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/3/202427 minutes, 59 seconds
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DSR Spy Show - Ukraine in 2024: What to Watch For

It’s a new year, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine nears its second anniversary. The stakes remain as high as ever as Ukraine continues its struggle, but what can we expect as the conflict enters a new year? Seasoned intelligence pro Glenn Corn joins Marc Polymeropoulos and David Rothkopf to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/2/202429 minutes, 41 seconds
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The DSR Daily for January 2: Deadly Earthquake Hits Japan, Israeli High Court Strikes Down Judicial Overhaul

On the very first DSR Daily Doomscroll of 2024, we cover the deadly earthquake in Japan, the Israeli high court striking down Netanyahu’s judicial overhaul, the lat