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Politics War Room with James Carville & Al Hunt

English, National/National politics/National assembly, 1 season, 254 episodes, 4 days, 12 hours, 59 minutes
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Master political strategist James Carville and revered journalist Al Hunt convenes a war room each week to discuss the battle for the soul of the nation! Join them as they gather the sharpest minds from across the country to see who has the most compelling case for the American people on the issues that matter most.
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253: The Fall Of Roe with Lisa Lerer

James and Al explain the impact of Hunter Biden’s conviction, emphasize the political power of falling crime rates, and welcome Lisa Lerer, author of The Fall of Roe.  They expose the right-wing movement that gave us Dobbs, call out Supreme Court corruption, debate the role of role of Alito’s leaked decision, discuss the failures of the progressive movement, and empahsize the need for pro-Roe forces to abandon their boadrooms and make their case at the grassroots.  Then, they look at what the new reality means for women, how it affects elections, and what the future holds. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city– we love to hear where you’re from! Watch James Carville Explains on YouTube Playlist James Carville & Al Hunt have launched the Politics War Room Substack Get More From Lisa Lerer: Twitter | NYT | Nieman Reports | Author of “The Fall of Roe” Please Support Our Sponsors: Beam: Sleep better with Beam’s best-selling Dream Powder and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to shopbeam.com/warroom and use code: WARROOM Miracle Made: For 40% off high-quality self-cooling sheets, plus an extra 20% off with 3 free towels, use promo code WARROOM when you go to TryMiracle.com/warroom
6/13/20241 hour, 26 minutes, 10 seconds
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252: How To Win An Information War with Peter Pomerantsev

James and Al defend Dr. Fauci and analyze Biden’s improving electoral prospects after the Trump trial verdict and the recent primaries before welcoming propaganda expert Peter Pomerantsev.  They discuss how the successful British information campaign against the Nazis broadcast from an in-group and absurdist perspective to undermine the party’s leadership and create a safe space for dissenters to criticize the regime.  Then they look at how similar techniques could be used to undermine Putin and explore how a campaign based on personal stories could boost support for Ukraine and help win elections. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city– we love to hear where you’re from! Watch James Carville Explains on YouTube Playlist James Carville & Al Hunt have launched the Politics War Room Substack Get More From This Week’s Guest: Get More From Peter Pomerantsev: Twitter | John Hopkins’ Agora Institute | Author of “How To Win An Information War” & Other Books Please Support Our Sponsors: 3 Day Blinds: For their buy 1 get 1 50% off deal, head to 3DayBlinds.com/warroom Miracle Made: For 40% off high-quality self-cooling sheets, plus an extra 20% off with 3 free towels, use promo code WARROOM when you go to TryMiracle.com/warroom ExpressVPN: Control your data, defend your privacy, and protect yourself online with 3 free months on a VPN plan when you go to expressvpn.com/warroom
6/6/20241 hour, 8 minutes, 29 seconds
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251: Oxbridge Sentences with Ed Luce

James and Al preview Trump’s imminent Manhattan verdict, call for the SCOTUS to be on the ballot, demand a higher minimum wage, and welcome the Financial Times’ Ed Luce.  They discuss Labor’s prospects in the upcoming British elections, how the conservatives have decimated the country, the rising radicalism of the Right, Europe’s leadership post-Brexit, and the budding alliance between MAGA and the Tories.  They also game out Putin’s next moves, how to counter China, nuclear proliferation in Asia, and the growing costs of the climate crisis using India as a case study. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city– we love to hear where you’re from! Watch James Carville Explains on YouTube Playlist James Carville & Al Hunt have launched the Politics War Room Substack Get More From This Week’s Guest: Get More From Ed Luce: Financial Times | Twitter | Author of “The Retreat of Western Liberalism & Many Other Books Please Support Our Sponsors: Miracle Made: For 40% off high-quality self-cooling sheets, plus an extra 20% off with 3 free towels, use promo code WARROOM when you go to TryMiracle.com/warroom Washington Post: Get the best journalism in the business when you go to washingtonpost.com/warroom to subscribe for just 50 cents per week during your first year. Ladder: Go to ladderlife.com/warroom today to see if you’re instantly approved for term coverage life insurance.
5/30/20241 hour, 15 minutes, 56 seconds
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250: Around The World with Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi

James and Al lay out the hard choices facing the Biden campaign, blast corruption on the Supreme Court, and welcome Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi to dive into geopolitics.  They start by exploring US-Sino relations, covering President Xi’s governing philosophy, the enslavement of the Uighurs, what a successful trade policy looks like, how to bolster our regional alliances, and the need to protect Taiwan.  Then, they look at the effects of Iran’s presidential succession and how to counter Russia’s total war mobilization in Ukraine before pivoting to the fentanyl crisis, the death of substance in Congress, and turning immigration into a winning issue. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city– we love to hear where you’re from! Mentioned On The Show: James’ Polling Class Watch James Carville Explains on YouTube Playlist James Carville & Al Hunt have launched the Politics War Room Substack Get More From This Week’s Guest: Get More From Rep. Raja Krisnamoorthi: Twitter | House.gov | Website  Please Support Our Sponsors: Laundry Sauce: For 15% off your order, head to LaundrySauce.com/warroom and use code WARROOM Miracle Made: For 40% off high-quality self-cooling sheets, plus an extra 20% off with 3 free towels, use promo code WARROOM when you go to TryMiracle.com/warroom
5/23/20241 hour, 8 minutes, 28 seconds
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249: The Lost Cause with Heather Cox Richardson

James and Al tear into Trump for seeking bribes from Big Oil, blast the MSM for failing to cover what matters, share their take on the recent polls and primaries, and welcome historian Heather Cox Richardson.  They draw parallels between contemporary politics and the Civil War era, exploring MAGA’s regressive roots, our democracy’s war with demagoguery, the electorate’s disillusionment, and why J6 represents a new “Lost Cause”.  They also cover the corruption of the judicial system and the modern Republican party, calling for a revival of populism to revitalize our system and put in guardrails to protect it. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Watch James Carville Explains on YouTube Playlist James Carville & Al Hunt have launched the Politics War Room Substack Get More From This Week’s Guest: Heather Cox Richardson: Twitter | Boston College | Substack | Facebook | Author of “Democracy Awakening” & Many Other Books Please Support Our Sponsors: ExpressVPN: Control your data, defend your privacy, and protect yourself online with 3 free months on a VPN plan when you go to expressvpn.com/warroom 3 Day Blinds: For their buy 1 get 1 50% off deal, head to 3DayBlinds.com/warroom Beam: Sleep better with Beam’s best-selling Dream Powder and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to shopbeam.com/warroom and use code: WARROOM
5/16/20241 hour, 15 minutes, 47 seconds
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248: God & Country with Katherine Stewart

James and Al reflect on Trump’s ongoing trial, the need for Biden to run a focused campaign, and the future of Gaza before welcoming author and journalist Katherine Stewart.  They discuss the rise of the Christian nationalism movement in the USA, exploring how it relates to popular Christianity, its exploitation of the culture war and other political strategies it uses, and its tendency towards hierarchy, dominionism, and authoritarianism.  They also examine its relationship to Trump and the modern Republican party, how it leverages the judicial system, and the dangers of Project 2025. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Watch James Carville Explains on YouTube Playlist James Carville & Al Hunt have launched the Politics War Room Substack Get More From This Week’s Guest: Katherine Stewart: Twitter | Website | The New Republic | New York Times | All Articles | Author of “The Power Worshippers” & Other Books | God & Country  Please Support Our Sponsor: Washington Post: Get the best journalism in the business when you go to washingtonpost.com/warroom to subscribe for just 50 cents per week during your first year.
5/9/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 10 seconds
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247: Campus Chaos with Professor Emeritus Mark Yudof

Guest host Paul Begala joins Al to analyze the factors driving the ‘24 election and the dangers of another Trump term before speaking with UC President Emeritus Mark Yudof.  They discuss where the pro-Palestine protests fit in the history of campus movements, how an oppressor/oppressed schema contributes to anti-Israel and anti-Semetic sentiment, why support for Israel is a liberal position, and where the line is between constitutionally protected speech and threatening action.  With no end to the chaos on campuses in sight, they consider the best way to restore order and turn recent events into a teachable moment.    Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Watch James Carville Explains on YouTube Playlist James Carville & Al Hunt have launched the Politics War Room Substack Get More From This Week’s Guests: Paul Begala: Twitter | University of Virginia Center For Politics | CNN | Author Mark Yudof: Twitter | Berkeley Law | UT System | Academic Engagement Network | Facebook Please Support Our Sponsors: Ladder: Go to ladderlife.com/warroom today to see if you’re instantly approved for term coverage life insurance Kalshi: Make predictions and trade on current events you care about with a $20 bonus on a $50+ deposit when you sign up using the link: kalshi.com/politicswarroom Total Gym: For an ADDITIONAL 20% off your order, head to TotalGymDirect.com/warroom 
5/2/20241 hour, 29 minutes, 30 seconds
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246: War & Peace with General John Allen

James and Al game out Trump’s prosecution, reluctantly give credit to Speaker Johnson, and castigate the SCOTUS, before welcoming retired General John Allen to discuss our place in world affairs.  They look at the effects of the foreign aid package, how to continue to support our allies, and the next phase of the Russia-Ukraine and Israel-Hamas wars.  Their analysis also dives into the evolving duties of the Marine Corps, how warfare is waged on the information battlefield, the challenges that define our relationship with China, and the role of risk and vulnerability in successful diplomacy.   Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Watch James Carville Explains on YouTube Playlist James Carville & Al Hunt have launched the Politics War Room Substack Get More From This Week’s Guest: General John Allen: Defense.gov | Brookings Institution | DHS.gov | AF.mil | Author of “Turning Point” | Author of “Future War” Please Support Our Sponsors: Lomi: Turn your food waste into plant-food at the press of a button with Lomi. Use the code WARROOM to save $50 at lomi.com/warroom Miracle Made: For 40% off high quality self-cooling sheets plus an extra 20% off with 3 free towels, use promo code WARROOM when you go to trymiracle.com/warroom 3 Day Blinds: For their buy 1 get 1 50% off deal, head to 3DayBlinds.com/warroom
4/25/20241 hour, 14 minutes, 3 seconds
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245: Convicting Trump & Finding The Center with Fred Wertheimer & Billy Ray

James and Al dive into Congress’ handling of the conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East, and analyze the politically transformative effects of Dobbs on the Republican party.  Then they welcome legal expert Fred Wertheimer to discuss the progression of Trump’s first criminal trial, how the charges can be proven, and developments in the other legal challenges confronting him.  They also are joined by political strategist Billy Ray to explore how identity politics have moved Democrats away from effective messaging, the changes the party needs to make, and why appealing to the center will lead to generational wins. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Watch James Carville Explains on YouTube Playlist James Carville & Al Hunt have launched the Politics War Room Substack Get More From This Week’s Guests: Fred Wertheimer: Twitter | Just Security | Wertheimer Lipton | Democracy 21 Billy Ray: Twitter | Common Defense | IMDB  Please Support Our Sponsors: Reel Paper: Get 30% off a subscription and free shipping on sustainable paper products for your home when you go to reelpaper.com/warroom and use promo code: WARROOM ExpressVPN: Control your data, defend your privacy, and protect yourself online with 3 free months on a VPN plan when you go to expressvpn.com/warroom
4/18/20241 hour, 19 minutes, 12 seconds
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244: Supreme Allied Commander for The War On Women - Senator Tina Smith

James and Al decry Islamophobia and welcome MN Senator Tina Smith to discuss foreign relations and the Dobbs decision’s role in our politics.  Following anti-abortion revanchism under the Comstock Act and extreme restrictions in red states, they analyze how to fight back by enacting legislation to secure women’s rights, the policies that will energize young voters, and what it will take to win state and national elections.  They also strategize about how to overcome pro-Putin Republicans in the House to get support to Ukraine, secure an Israel-Hamas cease fire, and deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza.  Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Watch James Carville Explains on YouTube Playlist James Carville & Al Hunt have launched the Politics War Room Substack Get More From This Week’s Guest: Senator Tina Smith: Senate.gov | Website | Twitter | MN.gov Please Support Our Sponsors: Total Gym: For an ADDITIONAL 20% off your order, head to TotalGymDirect.com/warroom  Beam: Sleep better with Beam’s best-selling Dream Powder and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to shopbeam.com/warroom and use code: WARROOM Miracle Made: For 40% off high quality self-cooling sheets plus an extra 20% off with 3 free towels, use promo code WARROOM when you go to trymiracle.com/warroom
4/11/20241 hour, 8 minutes
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243: The Court & The Constitution with Justice Stephen Breyer

James and Al critique coastal elitism, explore how the Israel-Gaza war ends, and welcome Justice Breyer to discuss the role of the Supreme Court and its judges.  They compare textualism and pragmatism using Justice Scalia as a foil, weigh the factors that go into reading the Constitution, debate politics’ place on the bench, review the ethics governing the court, and look at why public approval of the judicial branch is plummeting.  In their conversation they also break down the language of the 2nd Amendment, explain how history is the ultimate arbiter of past decisions, and call on us to listen to one another to find compromise where we can. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Watch James Carville Explains on YouTube Playlist James Carville & Al Hunt have launched the Politics War Room Substack Get More From This Week’s Guest: Justice Stephen Breyer: SupremeCourt.gov | Oyez | Harvard | Author of “Reading The Constitution” & Other Books Please Support Our Sponsors: Miracle Made: For 40% off high quality self-cooling sheets plus an extra 20% off with 3 free towels, use promo code WARROOM when you go to trymiracle.com/warroom
4/4/20241 hour, 21 minutes, 40 seconds
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242: March Madness with John Feinstein

James and Al take Rep. Jim Jordan to task for continuing to spew lies about the 2020 election and review the status of Trump’s many trials, their possible outcomes, and their effect on the race.  They also debate what NBC’s firing of Ronna McDaniel says about the state of network journalism, and weigh how RFK Jr. affects the election after his vice presidential pick.  Author and sports journalist John Feinstein joins them to discuss March Madness, the business of sports, Pete Rose’s fall from grace, all time sports greats, the best city for sports, and more.  Short note on audio quality:  Due to unforeseen technical issues we had to record this episode on Zoom without our professional microphones and audio interfaces!  Please excuse the slightly diminished audio quality.  Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Watch James Carville Explains on YouTube Playlist James Carville & Al Hunt have launched the Politics War Room Substack Get More From This Week’s Guests John Feinstein: Twitter | WaPo | Author Please Support Our Sponsors: Miracle Made: For 40% off high quality self-cooling sheets plus an extra 20% off with 3 free towels, use promo code WARROOM when you go to trymiracle.com/warroom Total Gym: For an ADDITIONAL 20% off your order, head to TotalGymDirect.com/warroom 
3/28/20241 hour, 26 minutes, 19 seconds
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241: Pestilence and War with Admiral James Stavridis and Dr. Cornelia Griggs

James and Al tear into the Orban government and analyze Trump’s influence on the Ohio Senate race before welcoming Admiral James Stavridis to discuss the global military landscape.  They explore strategies for success in the Ukraine-Russia and Israel-Hamas conflicts, game out an effective response to threats against Taiwan, and look at how war fighting will evolve in the future.  Then, they are joined by Dr. Cornelia Griggs for a reflection on the state of our healthcare system, current pandemic preparedness, and the COVID response on its 4th anniversary. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Watch James Carville Explains on YouTube Playlist James Carville & Al Hunt have launched the Politics War Room Substack Get More From This Week’s Guests Admiral James Stavridis: Twitter | Website | Carlyle Group | Author of “2054” & Other Books Dr. Cornelia Griggs: Twitter | Threads | Website | MA General Hospital | Author of “The Sky Is Falling” Please Support Our Sponsors: Washington Post: Get the best journalism in the business when you go to washingtonpost.com/warroom to subscribe for just 50 cents per week during your first year. Earth Breeze: Get 40% off earth friendly laundry detergent sheets when you go to earthbreeze.com/warroom Lomi: Turn your food waste into plant-food at the press of a button with Lomi. Use the code WARROOM to save $50 at lomi.com/warroom
3/21/20241 hour, 22 minutes, 30 seconds
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240: Rural Rage with Tom Schaller and Paul Waldman

James and Al destroy the RNC and Senator Katie Britt’s SOTU response, before welcoming authors of “White Rural Rage” Tom Schaller and Paul Waldman for a demographic deep dive.  They expose the disproportionate influence of rural White voters, analyze the factors driving their regional decline, and explain how Republicans have leveraged their grievances to win a larger share of their vote.  Then, they prove that rhetoric has not translated into results on issues like coal mining expansion and rural broadband access, arguing that Democrats are actually the better choice. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Check Out James Carville's New Videos: James Carville Explains…Donald Trump’s Potential Felony Conviction James Carville Explains…Why Trump Might Pick Kellyanne Conway As VP James Carville Asks… Does Trump Have Syphilis? James Carville Explains… Moms For Liberty #TrumpStinks James Carville Explains… Why Mike Johnson is a P.O.S. James Carville Explains… everything about Mike Johnson James Carville on the trail of Lauren Boebert Option: Watch James Carville Explains on YouTube - Playlist James Carville’s & Al Hunt’s Substack: Carville Uncensored | People & Politics  Get More From This Week’s Guests: Paul Waldman: Twitter | Substack | Boundary Issues Podcast | The American Prospect | WaPo | MSNBC | Author of “White Rural Rage” & Other Books Tom Schaller: Twitter | UMBC | Author of “White Rural Rage” Please Support Our Sponsors: Beam: Sleep better with Beam’s best-selling Dream Powder and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to shopbeam.com/warroom and use code: WARROOM Naked Wines: Head to nakedwines.com/warroom and click ‘enter voucher’ in the top right when you get to the website.  Put in WARROOM for both the code and password to get 6 premium bottles of wine for just $39.99 with shipping included! Reel Paper: Get 30% off a subscription and free shipping on sustainable paper products for your home when you go to reelpaper.com/warroom and use promo code: WARROOM
3/14/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 34 seconds
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239: Biden’s Last Campaign with Evan Osnos

James and Al give their take on Super Tuesday and the impact of a Trump conviction, before welcoming journalist Evan Osnos.  They analyze Biden’s electoral prospects and the validity of the polls, looking at how his personality has changed, whether he is fit to serve, and how to win over the doubters.  Then, they preview the potential and peril of the upcoming SOTU and evaluate the arguments driving his campaign strategy, including how to speak effectively about the increase in the cost of living, his policy successes, and the threat Trump poses to democracy.    Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Check James Carville's new videos: James Carville Explains…Why Trump Might Pick Kellyanne Conway As VP James Carville Asks… Does Trump Have Syphilis? James Carville Explains… Moms For Liberty #TrumpStinks James Carville Explains… Why Mike Johnson is a P.O.S. James Carville Explains… everything about Mike Johnson James Carville on the trail of Lauren Boebert Option: Watch James Carville Explains on YouTube - Playlist Get More From This Week’s Guest: Evan Osnos: Twitter | The New Yorker | Brookings Institution | Website | Author Please Support Our Sponsors: Miracle Made: For 40% off high quality self-cooling sheets plus an extra 20% off with 3 free towels, use promo code WARROOM when you go to trymiracle.com/warroom Zbiotics: Get back into action with Zbiotics with 15% off your first order of the perfect solution to a night out when you go to zbiotics.com/pwr and use code: PWR Henson Shaving: Go to hensonshaving.com/pwr and enter PWR at checkout to get 100 free blades with your purchase. (Note: you must add both the 100-blade pack and the razor for the discount to apply.)
3/7/20241 hour, 8 minutes, 46 seconds
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238: Greedflation with Senator Bob Casey

James and Al expose the hypocrisy of Jim Jordan and Matt Schlapp and welcome PA Senator Bob Casey.  They discuss the role of President Biden in down ballot elections, what it will take to win in PA, and the issues most important to voters.  They cover how Republican obstruction is exacerbating the border crisis and undermining national security, laying out how support for Ukraine and Israel makes us safer and boosts domestic manufacturing.  They also dive into Senator Casey’s work on the fentanyl crisis and how to win on economic issues by focusing on the effect that shrinkflation and greedflation have on our cost of living. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Check James Carville's new videos: James Carville Explains…Why Trump Might Pick Kellyanne Conway As VP James Carville Asks… Does Trump Have Syphilis? James Carville Explains… Moms For Liberty #TrumpStinks James Carville Explains… Why Mike Johnson is a P.O.S. James Carville Explains… everything about Mike Johnson James Carville on the trail of Lauren Boebert Option: Watch James Carville Explains on YouTube - Playlist Get More From This Week’s Guest: Senator Casey: Twitter | Senate.gov | Congress.gov | Website | Facebook | Senate Committee On Aging Please Support Our Sponsors: Naked Wines: Head to nakedwines.com/warroom and click ‘enter voucher’ in the top right when you get to the website.  Put in WARROOM for both the code and password to get 6 bottles of wine for just $39.99 with shipping included! Washington Post: Get the best journalism in the business when you go to washingtonpost.com/warroom to subscribe for just 50 cents per week your first year. Miracle Made: For 40% off high quality self-cooling sheets plus an extra 20% off with 3 free towels, use promo code WARROOM when you go to trymiracle.com/warroom
2/29/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 12 seconds
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237: Putin, Trump & Lincoln with Sidney Blumenthal

James and Al skewer the radical Republicans complicit in the events of J6 and welcome former presidential advisor and Lincoln biographer Sidney Blumenthal.  They shut down the corruption allegations targeting President Biden, discuss the capture of MAGA by Putin and propaganda, and lay out the threat Russia poses to our elections and allies.  Then, they dive into the life and times of Abraham Lincoln, examining what made him such an effective politician, key moments on his path to the presidency, and the steps he took to hold the country together while it was tearing itself apart. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Check James Carville's new videos: James Carville Explains…Why Trump Might Pick Kellyanne Conway As VP James Carville Asks… Does Trump Have Syphilis? James Carville Explains… Moms For Liberty #TrumpStinks James Carville Explains… Why Mike Johnson is a P.O.S. James Carville Explains… everything about Mike Johnson James Carville on the trail of Lauren Boebert Option: Watch James Carville Explains on YouTube - Playlist Get More From This Week’s Guest: Sidney Blumenthal: Just Security | Wilson Center | The Guardian | Author Please Support Our Sponsors: Earth Breeze: Get 40% off earth friendly laundry detergent sheets when you go to earthbreeze.com/warroom Stellar Sleep: For a 7 day free trial then JUST $99 a year, head to stellarsleep.com/warroom
2/22/20241 hour, 35 minutes, 17 seconds
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236: Catching A Supreme Court Case with Professor Pam Karlan

James and Al celebrate the Democrats win of George Santos’ seat, blast Republicans for stopping the border bill, take on Robert Hur, and welcome law professor Pam Karlan.  They discuss what will go into the SCOTUS rulings on Trump’s immunity and ballot cases and whether the justices will attempt to “split the baby”.  Then they debate Judge Cannon’s impartiality in the Mar-A-Lago documents case and explore what can be done if she gets out of line.  Critically, they lay out the timelines of Trump’s cases and what it will take for them to be resolved before voting begins. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Check James Carville's new videos: James Carville Explains…Why Trump Might Pick Kellyanne Conway As VP James Carville Asks… Does Trump Have Syphilis? James Carville Explains… Moms For Liberty #TrumpStinks James Carville Explains… Why Mike Johnson is a P.O.S. James Carville Explains… everything about Mike Johnson James Carville on the trail of Lauren Boebert Option: Watch James Carville Explains on YouTube - Playlist Get More From This Week’s Guest: Professor Pam Karlan: Stanford Law | DOJ.gov | Supreme Court Litigation Clinic Please Support Our Sponsors: Zbiotics: Get back into action with Zbiotics with 15% off your first order of the perfect solution to a night out when you go to zbiotics.com/pwr and use code: PWR Beam: Sleep better with Beam’s best-selling Dream Powder and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to shopbeam.com/warroom and use code: WARROOM Reel Paper: Get 30% off a subscription and free shipping on sustainable paper products for your home when you go to reelpaper.com/warroom and use promo code: WARROOM
2/15/20241 hour, 21 minutes, 28 seconds
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235: The New York Times with Adam Nagourney

James and Al fire off on the continuing MAGA takeover of the Republican Party that led to the scuttling of the Democrats’ national security and immigration bill, and welcome NYT journalist Adam Nagourney.  They discuss the role of The New York Times as a media institution, its mission, its leadership, and the scandals and financial challenges it has overcome to deliver us the news.  Adam gives an inside scoop on the events that led to editorial page editor James Bennet’s resignation, the struggle to prevent bias, and how The Times has adapted to publishing in the digital era. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Check Out James Carville's new videos: James Carville Explains…Why Trump Might Pick Kellyanne Conway As VP James Carville Asks… Does Trump Have Syphilis? James Carville Explains… Moms For Liberty #TrumpStinks James Carville Explains… Why Mike Johnson is a P.O.S. James Carville Explains… everything about Mike Johnson James Carville on the trail of Lauren Boebert Option: Watch James Carville Explains on YouTube - Playlist Get More From This Week’s Guest: Adam Nagourney Twitter | NYT | Author of “The Times” & Other Books Please Support Our Sponsors: Washington Post: Get the best journalism in the business when you go to washingtonpost.com/warroom to subscribe for just 50 cents per week your first year. Henson Shaving: Go to hensonshaving.com/pwr and enter PWR at checkout to get 100 free blades with your purchase. (Note: you must add both the 100-blade pack and the razor for the discount to apply.) ExpressVPN: Control your data, defend your privacy, and protect yourself online with 3 free months on a VPN plan when you go to expressvpn.com/warroom
2/8/20241 hour, 11 minutes, 40 seconds
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234: From The Civil War To The Middle East w/ Professor Sean Wilentz and Indira Lakshmanan

James and Al break down the border battle and skewer Republican attacks on Taylor Swift, before welcoming historian Sean Wilentz.  They discuss the best media practices for covering Trump, recent parallels to the Civil War, the role the SCOTUS plays in maintaining our democracy, and how to put an end to Trump’s rolling coup.  Then, James and Al are joined by AP’s Global Enterprise Editor Indira Lakshmanan to lay out the Iranian threat, and explore how the Middle Eastern nations relate to one another, Israel’s internal politics, and the next phase of the Israel-Hamas war. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Recommended In The Show: The Bill Bradley Documentary Rolling Along James Longstreet’s Memoirs Check James Carville's new videos: James Carville Asks… Does Trump Have Syphilis? James Carville Explains… Moms For Liberty #TrumpStinks James Carville Explains… Why Mike Johnson is a P.O.S. James Carville Explains… everything about Mike Johnson James Carville on the trail of Lauren Boebert Option: Watch James Carville Explains on YouTube - Playlist Get More From This Week’s Guests: Indira Lakshmanan: Twitter | AP | Pulitzer Center | Bloomberg Professor Sean Wilentz Twitter | Princeton History Department | Author of “No Property In Man” & Many Other Books Please Support Our Sponsors: Songfinch: Add Spotify Streaming for your customized original song for FREE when you go to songfinch.com/warroom! (A $50 value) Stellar Sleep: For a 7 day free trial then JUST $99 a year, head to stellarsleep.com/warroom Naked Wines: Head to nakedwines.com/warroom and click ‘enter voucher’ in the top right when you get to the website.  Put in WARROOM for both the code and password to get 6 bottles of wine for just $39.99 with shipping included!
2/1/20241 hour, 41 minutes, 53 seconds
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233: Democratic Rebels with Joshua Green

James and Al analyze the New Hampshire primary results and lay out the evidence of the Republican Party’s capitulation to Trump.  Then, they welcome journalist Joshua Green to explore how the combination of the 2008 financial crisis and pandemic’s economic effects led to the rebellion on the Democratic Left, represented by Elizabeth Warren, AOC, and Bernie Sanders.  They discuss the electoral viability of the rebels’ policy positions, the ways that their politics have influenced successful moderates like President Biden, and the growing distance between the parties. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Check James Carville's new videos: James Carville Asks… Does Trump Have Syphilis? James Carville Explains… Moms For Liberty #TrumpStinks James Carville Explains… Why Mike Johnson is a P.O.S. James Carville Explains… everything about Mike Johnson James Carville on the trail of Lauren Boebert Get More From This Week’s Guest: Joshua Green: Twitter | Bloomberg | Washington Monthly | Author of “The Rebels” & Other Books Please Support Our Sponsors: Earth Breeze: Get 40% off earth friendly laundry detergent sheets when you go to earthbreeze.com/warroom Miracle Made: For 40% off high quality self-cooling sheets plus an extra 20% off with 3 free towels with promo code WARROOM, go to trymiracle.com/warroom
1/25/20241 hour, 19 minutes, 11 seconds
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232: After Iowa

James and Al dive into the state of the race after the Iowa caucus by examining the performances of the candidates and the role of third parties before welcoming Rep. Rosa DeLauro.  They game out the upcoming budget battle facing the divided Congress, explain why we’re stuck with continuing resolutions, and weigh the potential replacement of Speaker Johnson.  With essential services supporting vulnerable women and children on the line thanks to radical Republicans’ willingness to shut down the government, will the Democrats be able to pull off an important win? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Check James Carville's new videos: James Carville Asks… Does Trump Have Syphilis? James Carville Explains… Moms For Liberty #TrumpStinks James Carville Explains… Why Mike Johnson is a P.O.S. James Carville Explains… everything about Mike Johnson James Carville on the trail of Lauren Boebert Get More From This Week’s Guest: Rep. Rosa DeLauro: Twitter | House.gov | Congress.gov | Website Please Support Our Sponsors: Reel Paper: Get 30% off a subscription and free shipping on sustainable paper products for your home when you go to reelpaper.com/warroom and use promo code: WARROOM Lomi: Turn your food waste into plant-food at the press of a button with Lomi. Use the code WARROOM to save $50 at lomi.com/warroom Beam: Try Beam’s best-selling Dream Powder and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to shopbeam.com/warroom and use code: WARROOM
1/18/20241 hour, 7 minutes, 42 seconds
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231: Iowa Caucus Kickoff with Jill Abramson

James and Al dive into the upcoming primaries, the budget battle being waged by Speaker Johnson, and the intensifying debate around border policy.  Then, they welcome former executive editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson, to consider the implications of Claudine Gay’s firing and discuss how the media is dealing with Trump ahead of the Iowa caucus.  Between the free coverage Trump can harness with his outrageous actions and the media bubbles locking in voters, will President Biden be able to break through with the messaging he previewed at Valley Forge? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Check James Carville's new videos: James Carville Explains… Moms For Liberty #TrumpStinks James Carville Explains… Why Mike Johnson is a P.O.S. James Carville Explains… everything about Mike Johnson James Carville on the trail of Lauren Boebert Get More From This Week’s Guest: Jill Abramson: Twitter | NYT | Harvard | Author   Please Support Our Sponsors: Stellar Sleep: For a 7 day free trial then JUST $99 a year, head to StellarSleep.com/warroom ExpressVPN: Control your data, defend your privacy, and protect yourself online with 3 free months on a VPN plan when you go to expressvpn.com/warroom Songfinch: Add Spotify Streaming for your customized original song for FREE when you go to songfinch.com/warroom! (A $50 value)
1/11/20241 hour, 24 minutes, 14 seconds
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230: Polling Prognostication with Fred Yang & Jim Gerstein

James and Al skewer so-called family values Republicans after recent scandals and welcome polling experts Fred Yang and Jim Gerstein.  They dive into the weak numbers being put up by the Biden campaign, analyzing what’s bringing them down, the composition of the electorate, the role of 3rd party candidates, the messaging challenges ahead, and how to take the lead.  They cover the effects of inflation, the crisis at the border, the lack of enthusiasm among young and minority voters, the Israel-Hamas war, and whether Dobbs has given Democrats a silver bullet.  Plus with the year kicking off, James and Al tackle the latest in college sports as long time fans. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Check James Carville's new videos: James Carville Explains… Moms For Liberty #TrumpStinks James Carville Explains… Why Mike Johnson is a P.O.S. James Carville Explains… everything about Mike Johnson James Carville on the trail of Lauren Boebert Get More From This Week’s Guests: Jim Gerstein  GBAO Strategies  Fred Yang: Twitter | Hart Research  Please Support Our Sponsors: Henson Shaving: Go to hensonshaving.com/pwr and enter PWR at checkout to get 100 free blades with your purchase. (Note: you must add both the 100-blade pack and the razor for the discount to apply.) Zbiotics: Get back into action with Zbiotics with 15% off your first order of the perfect solution to a night out when you go to zbiotics.com/pwr and use code: PWR
1/4/20241 hour, 45 minutes, 25 seconds
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229: And A Happy New Year

James and Al welcome Stanford Law’s Pam Karlan, academy member George Stevens, and economic maven Roger Altman to get their takes on the year ahead in their field of expertise. In the financial arena, they cover the importance of the economy to a Democratic victory in 2024, the factors driving inflation, and how we managed to avoid the predicted recession.  Legally, they look ahead to the coming developments facing Trump in his court cases, and what’s next in the intensifying battle over reproductive rights.  Looking at entertainment, they analyze the impact of the strikes on Hollywood, and share their Best Picture and Super Bowl predictions. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Check James Carville's new videos: #TrumpStinks James Carville Explains… Why Mike Johnson is a P.O.S. James Carville Explains… everything about Mike Johnson James Carville on the trail of Lauren Boebert Get More From This Week’s Guests: George Stevens: Oscars.org | IMDB | Website Roger Altman: Evercore | The Hamilton Project  Pam Karlan: Stanford Law | DOJ.gov | Supreme Court Litigation Clinic Please Support Our Sponsors: Co-Pilot: Use our link at mycopilot.com/warroom to get a 14-day FREE trial AND 20% off your first month of personalized fitness if you sign up before February 1st!
12/28/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 34 seconds
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228: We Wish You A Merry Christmas

In this special holiday episode, James and Al take Netanyahu to task for his failures and welcome their spouses Judy Woodruff and Mary Matalin.  They explore the causes driving the partisan divisions that have come to define our politics, including the demise of local media, the salience of racism, and how we’ve come to disregard anything that comes from the other side.  Building off of their conclusions, they discuss how we can rebuild a sense of community, hold conversations that move us forward, and bring opposing sides back together– both here and in the Middle East. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Check James Carville's new videos: James Carville Explains... F You Mike Johnson James Carville Explains… Why Mike Johnson is a P.O.S. James Carville Explains… everything about Mike Johnson James Carville on the trail of Lauren Boebert Get More From This Week’s Guest: Mary Matalin: Website | Author   Judy Woodruff: Twitter | PBS NewsHour | Instagram Please Support Our Sponsors: Miracle Made: For 40% off high quality self-cooling sheets plus an extra 20% off with 3 free towels with promo code WARROOM, go to trymiracle.com/warroom Collective: Waive the onboarding fee when you start using Collective’s business optimization services covering booking keeping, to corporate compliance, and more, when you go to collective.com/warroom and tell them WARROOM sent you. (A $199 value) Songfinch: Add Spotify Streaming for your customized original song for FREE when you go to songfinch.com/warroom! (A $50 value)
12/21/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 33 seconds
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227: The State of the Nation

James and Al analyze the ominous poll numbers confronting President Biden, dissect the issues driving them, and try to find the way forward.  They also compare his support with Trump’s, and look ahead to the effects of the ongoing criminal cases and weigh whether the Supreme Court will throw him a lifeline.  From there, they fire off on the Ivy League in the aftermath of their public relations fiasco, lambast Netanyahu for his failed leadership, and tear apart the evidence-free House impeachment inquiry– with choice words for Speaker Johnson. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Check James Carville's new videos: James Carville Explains… Why Mike Johnson is a P.O.S. James Carville Explains… everything about Mike Johnson James Carville on the trail of Lauren Boebert Please Support Our Sponsors: Reel Paper: Get 30% off a subscription and free shipping on sustainable paper products for your home when you go to reelpaper.com/warroom and use promo code: WARROOM Miracle Made: For 40% off high quality self-cooling sheets plus an extra 20% off with 3 free towels with promo code WARROOM, go to trymiracle.com/warroom Lomi: Turn your food waste into plant-food at the press of a button with Lomi. Use the code: WARROOM to save $50 at lomi.com/WARROOM
12/14/202358 minutes, 25 seconds
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226: Religion & Speech with Professor Marci Hamilton

James and Al tear apart the premise and political opportunism of the renewed attempt to impeach President Biden, and welcome Professor Marci Hamilton for a wide ranging conversation about religion and speech.  They break down how the lowering of the barriers between Church and State goes against the principles of the founding, and look at the consequences if the Right successfully removes them.  Then, they explore where limits should lie on campus speech using the aftermath of the October 7th attacks by Hamas as a test case, and weigh whether regulation harms academic freedom. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Check James Carville's new videos: James Carville explains everything about Mike Johnson James Carville on the trail of Lauren Boebert Get More From This Week’s Guest: Professor Marci Hamilton: Twitter | Child USA | University of Pennsylvania | Author Please Support Our Sponsors: Zbiotics: Get back into action with Zbiotics with 15% off your first order of the perfect solution to a night out when you go to zbiotics.com/pwr and use code: PWR ExpressVPN: Control your data, defend your privacy, and protect yourself online with 3 free months on a VPN plan when you go to expressvpn.com/warroom Reel Paper: Get 30% off a subscription and free shipping on sustainable paper products for your home when you go to reelpaper.com/warroom and use promo code: WARROOM
12/7/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 4 seconds
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225: Evangelicals and Extremism with Tim Alberta

James and Al share how Hunter Biden has outmaneuvered the partisan investigations of his family, give an update on the Republican primary, and welcome journalist Tim Alberta to discuss the modern evangelical movement and its alliance with Trump.  They investigate how the faith has been co-opted by politics and culture, driven by the apocalyptic view that envisions Democrats as waging a war on Christianity.  While doing so, they cover how religion has moved away from scripture, the disintegration of church and state being encouraged by Trump, and why religion is driving away many of its adherents. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Check James Carville's new videos: James Carville explains everything about Mike Johnson James Carville on the trail of Lauren Boebert Get More From This Week’s Guest: Tim Alberta: Twitter | Website | Politico | The Atlantic | Author of “American Carnage” & “The Kingdom”
11/30/20231 hour, 44 minutes, 54 seconds
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224: The Day The President Was Shot

James and Al discuss the Israel-Hamas cease fire, give tribute to Rosalynn Carter, and welcome Judge John Tunheim on the anniversary of JFK’s assassination.  They dive into his work reviewing the confidential documents that were released, and weigh the events of that day in pursuit of the truth.  They cover the single bullet theory, the importance of the Zapruder film, whether the FBI and CIA can be trusted about their role, and the actions of Lee Harvery Oswald and Jack Ruby.  With some materials still set to be released, did they find out what actually happened? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Check James Carville's new videos: James Carville explains everything about Mike Johnson James Carville on the trail of Lauren Boebert Get More From This Week’s Guest: Judge John Tunheim: Federal Bar Association | USCourts.gov Please Support Our Sponsors: Henson Shaving: Go to hensonshaving.com and enter PWR at checkout to get 100 free blades with your purchase. (Note: you must add both the 100-blade pack and the razor for the discount to apply.) Reel Paper: Get 30% off a subscription and free shipping on sustainable paper products for your home when you go to reelpaper.com/warroom and use promo code: WARROOM Miracle Made: For 40% off high quality self-cooling sheets plus an extra 20% off with 3 free towels with promo code WARROOM, go to trymiracle.com/warroom
11/23/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 4 seconds
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223: Generational Victory with John Della Volpe

James and Al condemn Republicans in each branch of government and welcome polling expert and author of Fight: How Gen Z Is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America,  John Della Volpe.  They analyze the growing cynicism of key parts of the Democratic coalition and discuss how vigorous campaigning, exciting young surrogates, and strong messaging around Biden’s accomplishments can bring them to the polls.  While doing so, they highlight the critical role of Millenial and Gen Z voters while exploring their political leanings with the goal of making sure they show up big for Democrats.  Will a focus on individual rights and restoring choice be the key to a winning campaign? Check James Carville's new videos: James Carville explains everything about Mike Johnson James Carville on the trail of Lauren Boebert Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: John Della Volpe: Twitter | Harvard Institute of Politics | Website | Social Sphere | Substack | Author of “Fight” Please Support Our Sponsors: Beam: Try Beam’s best-selling Dream Powder and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to shopbeam.com/warroom and use code: WARROOM Lomi: Turn your food waste into plant-food at the press of a button with Lomi. Use the code: WARROOM to save $50 at lomi.com/WARROOM ExpressVPN: Control your data, defend your privacy, and protect yourself online with 3 free months on a VPN plan when you go to expressvpn.com/warroom
11/16/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 53 seconds
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222: The Return of the Religious Right with Thomas Edsall

James and Al celebrate the election wins by Democrats in typically Republican strongholds, and implore the Democrats to avoid division over the war in Gaza.  Then, they welcome veteran journalist Thomas Edsall to delve into the return of the religious right exemplified by the speakership of Mike Johnson, how Republicans have forsaken their moderate pro-business roots for votes from non-college educated voters, and the failure of the media to differentiate the two parties with their coverage when the Right has revealed its true colors.  With that in mind, they lay out what it will take to hold the Democrats together, expand their voting block, and continue to win elections..   Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Thomas Edsall: Twitter | NYT | Columbia University | Author Please Support Our Sponsors: Miracle Made: For 40% off high quality self-cooling sheets plus an extra 20% off with 3 free towels with promo code WARROOM, go to trymiracle.com/warroom Reel Paper: Get 30% off a subscription and free shipping on sustainable paper products for your home when you go to reelpaper.com/warroom and use promo code: WARROOM Zbiotics: Get back into action with Zbiotics with 15% off your first order of the perfect solution to a night out when you go to zbiotics.com/pwr and use code: PWR
11/9/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 55 seconds
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221: Bibi’s Face with Indira Lakshmanan

James and Al analyze the growing presidential field, and fire off on Mike Johnson and Netanyahu, before diving into foreign affairs with AP Global Enterprise Editor Indira Lakshmanan.  They break down the effects of the accelerating conflict in Israel in the Middle East, how long the conflict will last, and the changing tide of global opinion.  They also lay out how the war impacts our domestic polling, the leverage President Biden and Tony Blinken have over its future, and how splitting our priorities has impacted Ukraine’s fight against Putin.  Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Indira Lakshmanan: Twitter | AP | Pulitzer Center | Bloomberg
11/2/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 58 seconds
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220: Strategy of War with Admiral Stavridis and Ehud Barak

James and Al preview Rep. Mike Johnson’s upcoming speakership and are joined by former Israeli PM Ehud Barak to lay out the military options under consideration in Gaza, the goals that the war will seek to accomplish, and how the intervention might end.  Then, they speak with Admiral James Stavridis to discuss the practicalities of a ground invasion and the effect of Iran backed Hezbollah becoming involved.  They also delve into the status of forces that we are bringing to support Israel in the region, the state of our military readiness, and the pragmatism behind our actions there and in Ukraine. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Admiral James Stavridis: Twitter | Website | Carlyle Group | Author of “To Risk It All” & Other Books Ehud Barak: Twitter | FaceBook | Jewish Virtual Library | BGR Group Please Support This Week’s Sponsor: Miracle Made: For 40% off high quality self-cooling sheets plus an extra 20% off with 3 free towels with promo code WARROOM, go to trymiracle.com/warroom Beam: Try Beam’s best-selling Dream Powder and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to shopbeam.com/warroom and use code: WARROOM
10/26/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 11 seconds
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219: Israeli Intrigue w/ Alon Pinkus & Congressional Chaos w/ Carl Hulse

James and Al are joined by Israeli foreign policy expert Alon Pinkas to explain the latest developments in the accelerating war in Gaza, its regional effects, and the roles of President Biden and PM Netanyahu.  They explore the ramifications of the hospital explosion, the threat of Iran and Hezbollah, how the USA is viewed in the region, and if the Israeli government has the confidence of its people.  Then, they speak with NYT’s chief Washington correspondent Carl Hulse to discuss the implications of Jim Jordan’s lack of qualifications to become the Speaker and his failure to attain the position despite the novel pressure being applied by conservative media.  Will Steve Scalise be the next one to try for the position?  And what are the downstream effects going into the 2024 elections? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Alon Pinkas: Twitter | Haaretz  Carl Hulse: Twitter | NYT | Author of “Confirmation Bias” Please Support This Week’s Sponsor: ExpressVPN: Control your data, defend your privacy, and protect yourself online with 3 free months on a VPN plan when you go to expressvpn.com/warroom
10/19/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 39 seconds
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218: Israel with Jim Gerstein and Brigadier General Ty Seidule

Following the tragic attack on Israel by Hamas, James and Al are joined by political strategist Jim Gerstein to break down the situation on the ground and its regional ramifications.  They delve into the potential for a wider conflict, how a follow-up invasion can destroy the prospects for Middle East peace, and how the Israeli government is responding.  Then, they welcome Brigadier General Ty Seidule to examine the tactics used and the harm to our military readiness caused by Republicans.  Between their war on the diversity of our troops and Senator Tuberville’s blockade of military promotions, are we ready for the next crisis?    Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Jim Gerstein  GBAO Strategies  Brigadier General Ty Seidule (Ret.): Twitter | West Point | Website | Hamilton College | New America | Author of “Robert E. Lee & Me” Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Lomi: Turn your food waste into plant-food at the press of a button with Lomi. Use the code WARROOM to save $50 at lomi.com/WARROOM Zbiotics: Get back into action with Zbiotics with 15% off your first order of the perfect solution to a night out when you go to zbiotics.com/pwr and use code: PWR Miracle Made: For 40% off high quality self-cooling sheets plus an extra 20% off with 3 free towels with promo code WARROOM, go to trymiracle.com/warroom
10/12/20231 hour, 29 minutes, 41 seconds
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217: Beating Boebert with Adam Frisch & Identity Politics with Yascha Mounk

James and Al are joined by the congressional challenger to Lauren Boebert in Colorado, Adam Frish.  They discuss the factors that led to her near defeat in the last election, his strategy of drawing a contrast between the chaos of MAGA rule and sane governance, and the importance of fighting to win back rural areas.  Then they welcome Professor Yascha Mounk to explore the capitulation of pluralism to identity politics and ideological policing.  Together, they explain how despite their good intentions, proponents are bringing about new forms of discrimination and undermining trust in our institutions. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Adam Frisch: Twitter | Campaign Website | Website | FaceBook Yascha Mounk: Twitter | John Hopkins | The Atlantic | Persuasion Community | Website | Author of “The Identity Trap” & Other Books  | The Good Fight Podcast | CFR | CCNY Please Support Our Recent Sponsors In Past Episode Show Notes: Past Episodes & Show Notes
10/5/20231 hour, 30 minutes, 54 seconds
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216: The Shutdown with Rep. Brendan Boyle

James and Al contrast Senator Menendez with the crimes of Trump, preview the Republican field before the debate, and welcome PA Congressman Brendan Boyle.  They discuss the likelihood of a government shutdown at Republican hands, why it’s proof that MAGA owns the party, and the financial dangers it poses.  From lost job creation, cuts to schools, leaving law enforcement and the military without pay, and raising the risk of recession, is this an opportunity to flip the congressional seats that elected Republicans but were won by Biden in the general? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Rep. Brendan Boyle: Twitter | House.gov | Website | FaceBook | Instagram Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Miracle Made: For 40% off high quality self-cooling sheets plus an extra 20% off with 3 free towels with promo code WARROOM, go to trymiracle.com/warroom Beam: Try Beam’s best-selling Dream Powder and get up to 40% off for a limited time when you go to shopbeam.com/warroom and use code: WARROOM
9/28/202355 minutes, 45 seconds
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215: 2024 Election Prospects with Elaine Kamarck & Susan Swecker

James and Al welcome election expert Elaine Kamarck to discuss the primary process, the placement of South Carolina as the first in the nation, presidential succession, and the impact of No Labels.  Then they talk with VA Democratic Party Chairwoman Susan Swecker to break down the upcoming elections in her state, how MAGA has supplanted traditional Republicans, and why 2023’s elections are such an important bellwether.  James and Al also advise the press on how they should handle Trump, lambast Congressional Republicans, and analyze the likely government shutdown. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Elaine Kamarck: Twitter | Brookings Institute | FixGov Blog | Author of “Primary Politics” & Other Books Susan Swecker: Twitter | Democratic Party of Virginia | The Majority Project | @VaDemocrats Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Henson Shaving: Go to https://hensonshaving.com and enter code WARROOM at checkout to get 100 free blades with your purchase. (Note: you must add both the 100-blade pack and the razor for the discount to apply.) Miracle Made: For 40% off high quality self-cooling sheets plus an extra 20% off with 3 free towels with promo code WARROOM, go to trymiracle.com/warroom Magic Spoon: Get $5 off your custom bundle of delicious Magic Spoon cereal when you go to magicspoon.com/warroom and use the promo code: WARROOM
9/21/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 15 seconds
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214: The Fight For Our Kids with Senator Chris Murphy

James and Al shame Republicans for threats of government shutdown and for prioritizing spending cuts that killed the expanded Child Tax Credit and threw millions of kids into poverty.  Then they welcome Senator Chris Murphy to discuss the disastrous repeal of the assault weapons ban, celebrate Biden’s passage of a gun safety bill, and highlight the  potential for a coalition of parents and youth to take further action.  They also look at the electoral prospects in 2024 and ways to expand the democratic coalition to create big wins.  Is a focus on conversion over purity the answer? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Senator Chris Murphy: Twitter | Website | Senate.gov Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Zbiotics: Get back into action with Zbiotics with 15% off your first order of the perfect solution to a night out when you go to zbiotics.com/pwr and use code: PWR ExpressVPN: Control your data, defend your privacy, and protect yourself at expressvpn.com/warroom with a VPN plan.
9/14/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 22 seconds
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213: Biden’s White House with Frank Foer & The Extremist Threat with Kathleen Belew

James and Al welcome journalist Frank Foer for an inside look at the Biden White House, its strengths and policy successes, how his novel transition strategy kicked off a strong first year, and the factors defining the 2024 race as we head into the fall.  Then, they talk with Professor Kathleen Belew to discuss the growing domestic threat of white power groups, how they operate and recruit, their obsession with controlling white women, and Trump’s role in fomenting energy around the great replacement theory while merging extremists and the Republican party. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Frank Foer: Twitter | The Atlantic | NewAmerica.org | Author of “The Last Politician” & Many Other Books Kathleen Belew: Twitter | Website | Northwestern University | Author of “Bring The War Home” Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Reel Paper: Get 30% off a subscription and free shipping on sustainable paper products for your home when you go to reelpaper.com/warroom and use promo code: WARROOM
9/7/20231 hour, 6 minutes
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212: The State of The Economy with Roger Altman

James and Al lament the Trumpist takeover of the House Oversight Committee and the expiry of childcare support, and talk with financial maven Roger Altman.  They look at the improving strength of the economy, and weigh the options of Jay Powell as the risks of recession and inflation's dangers seem to be declining.  Then, they break down the effects of China’s economic malaise and why they won’t surpass us, and explain why one of our biggest upcoming challenges will be spending the massive funds allocated to our country from the infrastructure bill and other initiatives.  Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Roger Altman: Evercore | The Hamilton Project 
8/31/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 30 seconds
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211: The Media with Sarah Ellison

James and Al give their take on the Republican field going into their first debate and preview the current legal outlook of Trump and his co-conspirators on the heels of Rudy’s prison booking.  They also break down why the national mood has soured despite positive economic numbers and welcome journalist Sarah Ellison to discuss the love-hate relationship between Trump and Fox, how to cover Donald, and why Tucker is growing irrelevant in the face of Murdoch’s media machine.  Then, they explore why Trump’s popularity holds with the people who feel forgotten and left behind. Will they ever see sense and abandon their candidate? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Sarah Ellison: WaPo | Twitter | Author Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: EveryPlate: Get delicious high quality meal kits delivered to you with EveryPlate for just $1.49 per meal by going to everyplate.com/podcast and using promo code: 49WARROOM
8/24/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 39 seconds
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210: Trump’s Indictment & American History

James and Al are joined by Professor Morgan Cloud to explain the difference between the federal and Georgia state RICO statutes, why Trump was indicted there, and if it will split the Republican party.  Then, they sit down with Professor Sean Wilentz to discuss how the way history is being taught is changing with the growing trend towards presentism and dive into how it affects coverage of the early days of the abolition movement in the United States.  They also share their benchmark odds for important political happenings– do they have them right? Political Odds Making From James & Al Trump Winning The Nomination- 2:1 Over/Under On How Many Indicted In Fulton County Go To Trial- Under 13 Which Trump Case Goes First- Mar-A-Lago Trump Not Having A Bombshell Press Conference- 2:1 Trump Schedules His Arraignment During Republican Milwaukee Debate- 1:1 (and if he does 4:1 CNN has a split screen to cover it) Most Likely Nominee If It’s Not Trump- J.D. Vance Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Professor Morgan Cloud: Emory University School of Law | SSRN Articles  Professor Sean Wilentz Twitter | Princeton History Department | Author of “No Property In Man” & Many Other Books Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Lomi: Turn your food waste into dirt with the press of a button with Lomi. Use the code WARROOM to save $50 at lomi.com/warroom ExpressVPN: Control your data, defend your privacy, and protect yourself at expressvpn.com/warroom and get 3 months free on your VPN plan.
8/17/20231 hour, 40 minutes, 14 seconds
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209: Dropping A Bombs & F Bombs

James and Al celebrate the collapse of the DeSantis campaign and the recent show of strength by Democrats in midwestern Republican strongholds post Dobbs.  Then, they’re joined by historian and author Evan Thomas to discuss the surrender of Japan during World War II after our decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki with a focus on the key decision makers in both countries.  From there, they weigh the threats to bring back the use of nuclear weapons by Russia and look at what those involved during 1945 would think of the world’s continued reluctance to use them again. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Get More From Evan Thomas: Twitter | Website | Author of “The Road to Surrender” & Many Other Books
8/10/20231 hour, 17 minutes
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208: It's The Economy, Stupid w/ Professor Laura Tyson

James and Al emphasize how winning the upcoming elections is dependent on us all getting politically active and are joined by economics expert Professor Laura Tyson.  Together, they give us the case for Bidenomics, explain the similarities and differences to what Clinton did, and why Democrats are historically far better for the economy than Republicans.  Whether it’s the focus on bottom up and middle out growth, or infrastructure projects that create jobs and strengthen social support systems, they make it clear voters don’t want to get trickled down on! Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Get More From Professor Laura Tyson: Twitter | UC Berkeley | Econtwitter.net | Project Syndicate | Obamawhitehouse.archives.gov
8/3/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 18 seconds
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207: Building A Democratic Majority with Simon Rosenberg

James and Al explore the growing constitutional crisis in Israel, Team Trump’s legal troubles, and welcome master Democratic strategist Simon Rosenberg to discuss growing the party’s share of the 2024 vote.  They focus on the power of the Dobbs decision to split the Republican party and win over voters, the key demographics in the Democratic coalition in the 2024 elections, and how focusing on them and the GOTV effort can continue to grow the expanding majority that began with Bill Clinton.  Will it be enough to solidify its lasting leadership after President Biden’s policy successes? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Get More From Simon Rosenberg: Twitter | New Democrat Network Bio | Substack
7/27/20231 hour, 12 minutes, 52 seconds
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206: Running Things with OMB Director Shalanda Young

James and Al take down the faltering DeSantis campaign and lay into the legal issues that will likely take down Trump and might prevent him from the nomination.  They also welcome OMB Director Shalanda Young for a conversation about the politics of the South East, what it takes to rise to a position of leadership, and how government functions from the inside.  Together, they discuss the way politics plays out on the ground, building legislative coalitions, and keeping the country going in the face of extreme partisanship.    Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Get More From OMB Director Shalanda Young: Twitter | WhiteHouse.gov | Council On Foundations  Director Shalanda Young Bio: She made history when she was confirmed with a bipartisan vote in the United States Senate, becoming the first Black woman to lead the agency. As Director, she has secured historic levels of funding for key national priorities—from vital assistance to Ukraine, to disaster relief for communities impacted by natural disasters, to critical investments in child care, education, public health, and climate. She was a top negotiator in the spring of 2023 averting a catastrophic debt default. A native of Southern Louisiana, Young moved to D.C. nearly two decades ago to serve as a Presidential Management Fellow at the National Institute of Health. She then spent 14 years on Capitol Hill, where she ultimately served as Staff Director for the House Appropriations Committee. She holds a Master’s Degree from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Loyola University New Orleans. She lives with her family – including her young daughter, Charlie – in Washington, DC. Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: ExpressVPN: Control your data, defend your privacy, and protect yourself at expressvpn.com/warroom and get 3 months free on your VPN plan. Henson Shaving: Go to https://hensonshaving.com and enter: WARROOM at checkout to get 100 free blades with your purchase. (Note: you must add both the 100-blade pack and the razor for the discount to apply.)
7/20/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 16 seconds
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205: Al Gore: Climate Crisis

With so many multi-faceted global issues requiring leadership, James and Al are joined by climate visionary and former Vice President Al Gore to discuss the challenges and hopes surrounding the plans to save the planet– plus their role in building a successful 21st century economy here at home.  Then, they talk to Rep. Krishnamoorthi about how we should handle the escalating competition we face from China and the importance of planning ahead in a world facing resource shortages– before it’s too late! Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Get More From Former Vice President Al Gore: Twitter | Website | Climate Reality Twitter | Senate.gov | IMDB | Author of “An Inconvenient Truth & Others” Get More From Rep. Raja Krisnamoorthi: Twitter | House.gov | Website  Please Support This Week’s Sponsor: Lomi: Turn your food waste into dirt with the press of a button with Lomi. Use the code WARROOM to save $50 at lomi.com/warroom
7/13/20231 hour, 29 minutes, 23 seconds
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204: Chris Christie

James and Al are joined by Republican Presidential candidate Chris Christie to dive into how he plans to win the nomination, the legal issues facing Trump, and what his administration would prioritize.  From there, Michael Kofman lays out the current state of the Russia-Ukraine War, and looks ahead to how it might end.  During their conversation, James and Al also take the Supreme Court’s leadership to task for their politicized decisions and corruption, with an additional warning about the growing threat of spoilers like RFK Jr. and Cornel West in 2024.   Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Get More From Governor Chris Christie: Twitter | Website | National Governor’s Association | FaceBook Get More From Michael Kofman: Twitter | Senior Carnegie Fellow | War On The Rocks Please Support This Week’s Sponsor: Reel Paper Get planet friendly Reel Paper products at target.com, in store, with the Target App, or at reelpaper.com/warroom
7/6/20232 hours, 5 minutes, 26 seconds
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203: RUSSIA

James and Al look at how President Biden will hold up going into 2024, and welcome WaPo’s David Ignatius and USICH President Jeff Olivet to examine our most pressing international and domestic issues.  David discusses the recent coup attempt in Russia, Donald’s mishandling of information, and what China might be thinking.  From there, Jeff shares the intricacies of the homelessness crisis, what works, and how our politicians should address the issue. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Get More From Jeff Olivet: Twitter | USICH  Get More From David Ignatius: Twitter | WaPo | Website | Author Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Zbiotics: Get back into action with Zbiotics with 15% off your first order of the perfect solution to a night out when you go to zbiotics.com/pwr and use code: PWR
6/29/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 50 seconds
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202: #StillWinning w/ Ron Brownstein

James and Al shame Justice Alito and stand up for the necessary integrity of our legal system before being joined by revered journalist Ron Brownstein for a deep dive into the 2024 race.  They look at how the public sees the assumed Biden/Trump match up, what things would be like if the dynamics were changed, and the strong Democratic bench that could help heal the increasingly dangerous political divide. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Get More From Ron Brownstein: Twitter | The Atlantic | National Journal | Author of “Rock Me On The Water” Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Henson Shaving: Go to https://hensonshaving.com and enter: WARROOM at checkout to get 100 free blades with your purchase. (Note: you must add both the 100-blade pack and the razor for the discount to apply.) ExpressVPN: Control your data, defend your privacy, and protect yourself at expressvpn.com/warroom and get 3 months free on your VPN plan.
6/22/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 53 seconds
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201: Espionage w/ Fmr SecDef Bill Cohen

James and Al skewer Trump for continuing to publicly convict himself of the crimes he’s accused of, and emphasize the need for civic education to protect our democracy.  They also speak with Fmr. Defense Secretary Bill Cohen for an analysis of how serious the charges facing Trump are, the implications for our alliances, and the importance of regulation to protect the lives of our people out in the field. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Former Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen: Defense.gov | Center For Strategic & International Studies | The Cohen Group Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Hold On Bags: Shop plant based bags and replace single use plastics all over your home by visiting holdonbags.com and enter promo code: WARROOM at checkout to save 20% off your order. Lomi: Turn your food waste into dirt with the press of a button with Lomi. Use the code WARROOM to save $50 at lomi.com/warroom
6/15/20231 hour, 23 minutes, 17 seconds
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200: Ro Khanna

James and Al are joined by Rep. Ro Khanna for a powerful and wide ranging conversation about the future.  They discuss what should happen to Senator Feinstein’s seat, why “it’s the economy, stupid” and how to improve messaging, and weigh President Biden’s strengths and weaknesses– concluding there are risks, but his record has made him the best choice given the current challengers. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Congressman Ro Khanna: Twitter | Website | House.gov Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Reel Paper: Get 30% off your first order and free shipping of environmentally friendly paper products when you sign up for a subscription at reelpaper.com/warroom and use the promo code: WARROOM
6/8/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 30 seconds
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199: The 4 F’s with Paul Begala (there’s actually 5)

James and Al take a moment to celebrate President Biden’s strong negotiation of the debt ceiling and welcome master strategist Paula Begala to talk politics, sports, faith, and the lay of the land in Texas.  Does AG Ken Paxton’s fall and Republican overextension create an opportunity for Democrats in the Senate there?  And more importantly, is Colin Allred the candidate to get it done? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Paul Begala: Twitter | University of Virginia Center For Politics | CNN | Author
6/1/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 13 seconds
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198: Artificial Intelligence w/ MIT Prof. John Guttag

James and Al take on the growing debt ceiling debacle caused by Republican intransigence, and welcome Artificial Intelligence expert John Guttag of MIT to explore the novel technologies upending our notions of work.  They cover how programs like ChatGPT will change the way companies do business, how politicians craft campaigns and messages, and what it all means for the future.  Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Professor John Guttag: MIT | Author Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Zbiotics: Get back into action with Zbiotics with 15% off your first order of the perfect solution to a night out when you go to zbiotics.com/pwr and use code: PWR Henson Shaving: Go to https://hensonshaving.com and enter: WARROOM at checkout to get 100 free blades with your purchase. (Note: you must add both the 100-blade pack and the razor for the discount to apply.) ExpressVPN: Control your information. defend your rights and protect yourself at expressvpn.com/warroom and get 3 months free on your VPN plan.
5/25/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 40 seconds
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197: The World In Review w/ Ed Luce

James and Al attack the politicized investigation of John Durham and welcome Ed Luce for a review of the biggest developments at home and around the world.  Together, they look at the latest in Europe, China’s role in the Ukraine-Russia war and the international order, the risks facing President Biden’s re-election campaign, and how CNN has revealed Trump’s dangerous ongoing pull on the media.  Then, James and Al do a deep dive into how Republicans are screwing the voters in a brand new segment! Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Ed Luce: Financial Times | Twitter | Author of “The Retreat of Western Liberalism & Many Other Books Please Support This Week’s Sponsor: Lomi: Turn your food waste into dirt with the press of a button with Lomi. Use the code WARROOM to save $50 at lomi.com/warroom
5/18/20231 hour, 18 minutes, 13 seconds
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196: Law & Sports w/ Aitan Goelman & Luke Russert

James and Al tear into the eroding institution of monarchy across the pond, then welcome legal maven Aitan Goelman for a deep dive into the legal troubles facing Donald Trump, the potential for Jack Smith to hold him to account, and what comes next.  Then, they sit down with Luke Russert for a poignant conversation about finding your own way and his relationship with his dad, Tim Russert– along with a healthy dose of sports. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Aitan Goelman: Twitter | Zuckerman Spaeder Law | LinkedIn | CFTC Luke Russert: Twitter | Instagram | Website | Harper Horizon | Author of “Look For Me There” Please Support This Week’s Sponsor: Hold On Bags: Shop plant based bags and replace single use plastics all over your home by visiting holdonbags.com and enter promo code: WARROOM at checkout to save 20% off your order.
5/11/20231 hour, 28 minutes, 48 seconds
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195: Gov. Josh Shapiro

James and Al welcome PA Gov. Shapiro to discuss restoring bipartisan trust in elections, why to take campaigns on the road, the Republican budget mess, and the policies to focus on– from tackling crime to public-private partnerships that benefit children.  They also lay into the fall of the Supreme Court, the hope Senate candidate Colin Allred is giving to Democrats in Texas, and the state of the parties.   Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Governor Josh Shapiro: PA.gov | Twitter | Website | FaceBook 
5/4/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 56 seconds
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194: Tucker's gone, now what? with Sarah Ellison

James and Al raise heck over the corruption of the Republican House, lay out the implications of Tucker Carlson’s departure, and celebrate the fall of Fox News.  Then they welcome WaPo’s Sarah Ellison to explain the media ecosystem’s tectonic changes, how coverage might change going forward, Trump’s growing challenges, and what we can expect in the aftermath of the current news cycle. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Sarah Ellison: WaPo | Twitter | Author Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Henson Shaving: Go to https://hensonshaving.com and enter: WARROOM at checkout to get 100 free blades with your purchase. (Note: you must add both the 100-blade pack and the razor for the discount to apply.) Zbiotics: Get back into action with Zbiotics with 15% off your first order of the perfect solution to a night out when you go to zbiotics.com/pwr and use code: PWR
4/27/20231 hour, 23 minutes, 11 seconds
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193: The Business End of a Mop

James and Al sound off on the pathetic leadership of Rep. McCarthy, his failure to put forward a coherent budget, and the danger of the ‘No Labels’ campaign.  Then, they discuss the various lawsuits targeting FOX, before welcoming WaPo senior national security writer Shane Harris to explore the recent leaks by Jack Teixeira, how they affect our politics, and the ways leakers have affected policy in the past. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Shane Harris: WaPo | Website | Twitter | Chatter Podcast | Author Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Express VPN:   Protect your cybersecurity with an extra three months free on a one-year package when sign up for Express VPN at expressvpn.com/warroom Magic Spoon: Get $5 off your custom bundle of delicious Magic Spoon cereal when you go to magicspoon.com/warroom and use the promo code: WARROOM
4/20/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 14 seconds
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192: Political Violence w/ Thomas Edsall & Michael Fanone

James and Al fire off on the extreme actions of Republican state governments in Texas and Tennessee that are actively undermining our country.  Then, they welcome revered journalist Thomas Edsall to discuss the Right’s radical rejection of centrism and former D.C. Police Officer Michael Fanone to share his experiences at The Capitol on J6 with insight into how he now feels about the MAGA movement. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Thomas Edsall: Twitter | NYT | Columbia University | Author Michael Fanone: Bio | Author Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Lomi:   Turn your food waste into dirt with the press of a button with Lomi. Use the code WARROOM to save $50 at lomi.com/WARROOM Hold On Bags: Shop plant based bags and replace single use plastics all over your home by visiting holdonbags.com and enter promo code: WARROOM at checkout to save 20% off your order.
4/13/20231 hour, 15 minutes, 31 seconds
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191: Trump Arraigned

James and Al break down the recent elections of a Democrat Supreme Court Justice in Wisconsin and for the next mayor of Chicago.  They also hold court on Donald’s arraignment and its political impact, the other charges he faces in jurisdictions across the country, and how the electorate thinks about him now.  Now that the Republicans look weak, is this the perfect time to press them on their failure to produce a budget? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Please Support This Week’s Sponsor: Reel Paper: Get 30% off your first order and free shipping of environmentally friendly paper products when you sign up for a subscription at reelpaper.com/warroom and use the promo code: WARROOM
4/6/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 11 seconds
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190: Rep. Dan Goldman & John Feinstein

James and Al emphasize the case for sensible gun reform and bring on Rep. Dan Goldman to break down the legal threats facing Donald, the potential for indictment, and the risk Michael Cohen poses in NYC.  Then, they welcome sports expert John Feinstein to give us the latest updates on the state of college basketball and what to expect during the finals of March Madness. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Rep. Dan Goldman: Twitter | Campaign Site | Act Blue John Feinstein: Twitter | WaPo | Author of “Raise A Fist, Take A Knee” & More 
3/30/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 57 seconds
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189: WisDems with Ben Wikler

James and Al are joined by Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair Ben Wikler to discuss their critical upcoming Supreme Court election that will decide the balance of power in their state’s justice system.  At stake is the right to abortion that faces draconian limitations, and voting suppression initiatives that threaten democracy and hand elections to Republicans for years to come. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Ben Wikler: Twitter | Wisconsin Democratic Party | Website | Wisconsin Donations | MoveOn Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Hold On Bags: Shop plant based bags and replace single use plastics all over your home by visiting holdonbags.com and enter promo code: WARROOM at checkout to save 20% off your order. Henson Shaving: Go to https://hensonshaving.com and enter: WARROOM at checkout to get 100 free blades with your purchase. (Note: you must add both the 100-blade pack and the razor for the discount to apply.)
3/23/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 48 seconds
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188: The Two Franks

James and Al give their insights on March Madness and welcome former ambassador to Egypt Frank Wisner and storied congressional representative Barney Frank.  In their conversations they discuss the Iranian-Saudi relationship, how China plays into the modern diplomatic landscape, and examine the recent financial troubles facing banks like SVB across the nation. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Frank Wisner Middle East Institute | American Iranian Council Rep. Barney Frank Twitter | House.gov | Website Please Support This Week’s Sponsor: Lomi: Turn your food waste into dirt with the press of a button with Lomi. Use the code WARROOM to save $50 at lomi.com/WARROOM
3/16/20231 hour, 1 minute, 14 seconds
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187: From The Middle East To Middle America

James and Al celebrate President Biden’s defense of Medicare before welcoming strategist Jim Gerstein and transportation expert Jeff Davis.  In their conversation, they discuss the breakdown of Israeli politics and how the rise of their Right wing mirrors Trumpism in the USA, before taking on the logistical difficulties involved in upgrading our transportation infrastructure and preventing disasters in Middle America. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Jim Gerstein  GBAO Strategies  Jeff Davis Twitter | Eno Transportation Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Hold On Bags: Shop plant based bags and replace single use plastics all over your home by visiting holdonbags.com and enter promo code: WARROOM at checkout to save 20% off your order. Sleep Me: Head over to sleep.me/warroom to learn more about comfortable and cooling sleep systems and save 25% off the purchase of any new Dock Pro, Ooler, or Cube order. Reel Paper: Get 30% off your first order and free shipping of environmentally friendly paper products when you sign up for a subscription at reelpaper.com/warroom and use the promo code: WARROOM
3/9/20231 hour, 24 minutes, 28 seconds
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186: Gov. Wes Moore

James and Al take on the anti-woke focus of Ron DeSantis, and dive into the recent electoral battles from Wisconsin to Chicago that are defining the next phase of our country’s future.  Then, they welcome MD Governor Wes Moore to discuss the importance of creating opportunity in tech, building up minority constituents, and enacting policy that supports the needs of workers and children. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Governor Wes Moore Twitter | Official Twitter |  Website | Facebook | Instagram Please Support This Week’s Sponsor: Sleep Me: Head over to sleep.me/warroom to learn more about comfortable and cooling sleep systems and save 25% off the purchase of any new Dock Pro, Ooler, or Cube order.
3/2/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 46 seconds
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185: Trump’s Malfeasance with Marcy Wheeler & Morgan Cloud

James and Al dive into the budding 2024 race and emphasize the importance of the WI Supreme Court elections.  Then, they welcome journalist Marcy Wheeler to explain the pernicious influence of Russia on the MAGA Republicans, followed by Professor Morgan Cloud to discuss the recent grand jury developments targeting Trump’s actions in GA during the 2020 elections.   Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Marcy Wheeler Twitter | Website | The Intercept | The Marshall Project Professor Morgan Cloud Emory University School of Law | SSRN Articles  Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Hold On Bags: Shop plant based bags and replace single use plastics all over your home by visiting holdonbags.com and enter promo code: WARROOM at checkout to save 20% off your order. Magic Spoon: Get $5 off your next delicious custom bundle of Magic Spoon cereal when you go to magicspoon.com/warroom and use promo code: WARROOM Henson Shaving: Go to hensonshaving.com and enter promo code: WARROOM at checkout to get 100 free blades with your purchase.  (Note: you must add both the 100-blade pack and the razor for the discount to apply.)
2/23/20231 hour, 26 minutes, 4 seconds
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184: Rep. Colin Allred

James and Al share their thoughts on Trump’s new nickname for DeSantis, recent natural disasters and the war in Europe.  Then, they welcome Rep. Colin Allred to share a Super Bowl retrospective and discuss the House weaponization committee, retaking Red States, and fighting for racial progress when Republicans are censoring the Black experience in the education of our children. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Rep. Colin Allred Twitter | House.gov | Website | Facebook Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Rhone Apparel: Upgrade your closet with Rhone’s high quality clothing and use promo code: WARROOM to save 20% at rhone.com/warroom  Lomi: Turn your food waste into dirt with the press of a button with Lomi. Use the code WARROOM to save $50 at lomi.com/WARROOM
2/16/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 40 seconds
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183: The Big Battles with Greg Cosell & Brandon Presley

James and Al review the strong SOTU speech by President Biden and take on the Timid 20 in the Republican caucus who refuse to stand up to their side’s extremists.  Then, they welcome Greg Cosell for an in-depth analysis of Super Bowl LVII and to hear his winner prediction, followed by MS gubernatorial candidate Brandon Presley to discuss his upcoming race and how Democrats can retake the South. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Greg Cosell: Twitter | NFL Films | The Install Podcast Brandon Presley Twitter | Website | MS Public Services Commission | Instagram Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Reel Paper: Save 30% on your subscription order of sustainable home paper products when you go to reelpaper.com/warroom and use the promo code: WARROOM HoldOn Bags: Save 20% off your order of plant based bags to replace single use plastics all over your home when you go to holdonbags.com and use promo code: WARROOM
2/9/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 43 seconds
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182: Policing with David Harris

James and Al break down the ridiculous debt ceiling fight sparked by the Republicans and skewer the 2024 Republican primary field that could lead to an independent run by Trump.  Then, they’re joined by law professor and author David Harris to examine current policing policies that have led to disastrous outcomes, the role of systemic racism, and how we can reform the force. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: David Harris: Twitter | University of Pittsburgh Law | Criminal Justice Podcast | Author  Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Upside: Download upside.com’s free app to start getting major cash back on your purchases, plus get an extra 25 cents a gallon on your first tank of gas when you use promo code: WARROOM Henson Shaving: Go to hensonshaving.com and enter promo code: WARROOM at checkout to get 100 free blades with your purchase.  (Note: you must add both the 100-blade pack and the razor for the discount to apply.)
2/2/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 42 seconds
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181: Admiral James Stavridis

James and Al discuss the traitors in our midst like former counter intelligence official and FBI agent Charles McGonigal, and how Russia continues to upend our politics.  Then, they are joined by former NATO Supreme Commander Admiral James Stravridis to discuss the facts on the ground in Ukraine, the need for Western aid, and how things might end, before looking at how our readiness compares to potential threats from China. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Admiral James Stavridis: Twitter | Website | Carlyle Group | Author of “To Risk It All” & Other Books Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Hold On Bags: Shop plant based bags and replace single use plastics all over your home by visiting holdonbags.com and enter promo code: WARROOM at checkout to save 20% off your order.
1/26/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 47 seconds
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180: A Tale Of Two Documents with Andrew Weissmann

James and Al look at the weaknesses of the GOP caucus and the difficulty they will have in taking congressional action.  Then, they welcome legal expert Andrew Weissmann to discuss the process that goes into investigations of our politicians with a particular focus on the differences between the recent finds of classified documents at the homes of Trump and President Biden. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Andrew Weissmann: Twitter | NYU Law | Just Security |  Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation | Author Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Lomi: Turn your food waste into dirt with the press of a button with Lomi. Use the code WARROOM to save $50 at lomi.com/WARROOM
1/19/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 11 seconds
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179: Coming Challenges with Professor Julian Zelizer

James and Al decimate the insanity of the incoming Republican congress with a strong defense of immigration and President Biden.  Then, they welcome Princeton’s Julian Zelizer to discuss the many myths in our collective memory going from the Revolutionary War all the way to the so-called Reagan Revolution that continue to define the way we think about our country and our politics. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Professor Julian Zelizer: Twitter | Princeton | Author of “Myth America” & Many Other Books Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Rhone Apparel: Upgrade your closet with Rhone’s high quality clothing and use promo code: WARROOM to save 20% at rhone.com/warroom  Hold On Bags: Shop plant based bags and replace single use plastics all over your home by visiting holdonbags.com and enter promo code: WARROOM at checkout to save 20% off your order.
1/12/202349 minutes, 36 seconds
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178: Speaker Madness with Carl Hulse

In the midst of the Republican’s farcical battle to elect the next Speaker of the House, James and Al are joined by NYT’s Washington expert Carl Hulse for deeper insight into the proceedings.  They discuss Rep. McCarthy’s prospects, the effect of the proposed motion to vacate, and what the disarray means for critical legislation and the future of the next congress– with a little bit of football thrown in.  Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Carl Hulse: Twitter | NYT | Author of “Confirmation Bias” Please Support This Week’s Sponsor: Reel Paper: Get 30% off your first order and free shipping of environmentally friendly paper products when you sign up for a subscription at reelpaper.com/warroom and use the promo code: WARROOM
1/5/202351 minutes, 20 seconds
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177: Ringing In The New Year

With 2023 almost here, James and Al ring in the new year with friends George Stevens, Jill Abramson, Fred Wertheimer, and Jane Mayer.  Together, they discuss the current state of the media and entertainment, before forecasting the political future of the speakership, the presidency, dark money, and the Ukraine-Russia war– with a solid takedown of lying George Santos.   Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: George Stevens: Oscars.org | IMDB | website Jane Mayer: Twitter | The New Yorker | Author of “Dark Money” & Other Books Jill Abramson: Twitter | NYT | Harvard | Author   Fred Wertheimer: Twitter | Just Security | Wertheimer Lipton | Democracy 21 Please Support This Week’s Sponsor: Blinkist: For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership– plus Blinkist Connect which gives you two premium memberships for the price of one– go to blinkist.com/warroom
12/29/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 34 seconds
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176: Mary & Judy

With Christmas just around the corner, James and Al welcome their wives Judy Woodruff and Mary Matalin to ring in the season with some holiday stories.  Then, they take on the corruption of the Republican party, contrast Trump and Nixon, and lay out the perils of dark money and why it’s a winning issue.  Should the Democrats be focused on the big issues with more than 2/3rds support instead of wedge topics catering to the base? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Mary Matalin: Website | Author   Judy Woodruff: Twitter | PBS NewsHour  Please Support This Week’s Sponsors Reel Paper: For little lemur Reel Paper products and 30% off and free shipping on your first order, go to reelpaper.com/lemur and use promo code: WARROOM Miracle Brand: For 40% off high quality self-cooling sheets with 3 free towels that makes a great holiday gift, go to trymiracle.com/warroom and use the promo code: WARROOM HoldOn Bags: Save 20% when you replace your single use plastic by visiting holdonbags.com and using the promo code: WARROOM
12/22/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 35 seconds
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175: Butt Plugs & Dildos

James and Al summon political consultant and the mastermind behind the win of Senator Warnock in Georgia, Quentin Fulks, to analyze how their campaign won its critical run-off election for majority control.  They also discuss the ways campaigns in swing states can broaden their appeal, how to bring voters with Democratic sympathies back to the polls, and what it might look like if the party adopted a 50 state strategy. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Quentin Fulks: Twitter | LinkedIn | Think Big Illinois | Warnock For Georgia Please Support This Week’s Sponsors Lomi: Turn your food waste into dirt with the press of a button with Lomi. Use the code WARROOM to save $50 at lomi.com/WARROOM Henson Shaving: Go to hensonshaving.com and enter promo code: WARROOM at checkout to get 100 free blades with your purchase.  (Note: you must add both the 100-blade pack and the razor for the discount to apply.) Raycon: Get 15% off your Raycon order and free express shipping on orders over $85 when you go to buyraycon.com and use the promo code: HOLIDAY
12/15/202259 minutes, 40 seconds
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174: After Georgia with Michael McDonald

James and Al are joined by UF Political Science Prof. Michael McDonald to discuss the factors that led to the re-election of Sen. Warnock in GA, the weakness of MAGA, and how minorities and turn-out play a key role in victory.  They also look at the issues that bring voters to the polls, why Democrats overperformed expectations in the midterms, and what to do to make sure it keeps happening in 2024 and beyond. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Dr. Michael McDonald: Twitter | University of Florida | Mastodon | ElectProject.org Please Support This Week’s Sponsors Blinkist: For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership– plus Blinkist Connect which gives you two premium memberships for the price of one– go to blinkist.com/warroom Miracle Brand: For 40% off high quality self-cooling sheets with 3 free towels that makes a great holiday gift, go to trymiracle.com/warroom and use the promo code: WARROOM Sleep Me: Save 25% off the purchase of any new Dock Pro, Cube, or Ooler sleep system when you got to sleep.me
12/8/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 30 seconds
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173: Glob of Protoplasm

James and Al are joined by Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego for a wide ranging conversation covering everything from the prospects of the newly elected House and who might lead each party, to the desires of AZ voters and how to keep the state voting Blue.  They also do a deep dive into border issues, focusing on how to support immigration and win elections with smart and nuanced policy.   Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Rep. Ruben Gallego: Twitter | House.gov | Website | Instagram | Newsletter | Facebook | Statement on Dobbs Please review our recent episode show notes for sponsor discounts and deals to support the show!
12/1/202256 minutes, 26 seconds
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172: Dark Money

In this special episode exploring the pernicious effects of dark money on our politics, James and Al welcome Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, investigative journalist Jane Mayer, and former AZ AG Terry Goddard.  They dive into how dark money is corrupting our political parties, the Supreme Court, and our electoral systems, while naming some of the biggest offenders.  More importantly, they also share the ways we can fight back! Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse: Twitter | Senate.gov | Congress.gov | YouTube | Author of “The Scheme” & Other Books Jane Mayer: Twitter | The New Yorker | Author of “Dark Money” & Other Books Former AZ AG & Phoenix Mayor Terry Goddard: Twitter | Central Arizona Project | Goddard Law PLC | Ballotpedia | StopDarkMoney.com Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Reel Paper: For little lemur Reel Paper products and 30% off and free shipping on your first order, go to reelpaper.com/lemur and use promo code: WARROOM Express VPN: Get 3 months free on an Express VPN subscription when you go to expressvpn.com/warroom Miracle Brand: For 40% off high quality self-cooling sheets with 3 free towels that makes a great holiday gift, go to trymiracle.com/warroom and use the promo code: WARROOM
11/24/202254 minutes, 35 seconds
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171: Ro Khanna & Tyler Bridges

James and Al take on the greed of oil companies and the dark money fueling the Republican takeover of the judicial system before bringing on Rep. Ro Khanna to explore the role of progressives, how they play into the future of liberalism, and their place in the Democratic party.  Then, they pivot to author Tyler Bridges to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the infamous Stanford v. Cal football game. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Congressman Ro Khanna: Twitter | Website | House.gov Tyler Bridges: Twitter | Website | NOLA.com | Author of “Five Laterals & A Trombone” & Other Books Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Henson Shaving: Go to hensonshaving.com and enter promo code: WARROOM at checkout to get 100 free blades with your purchase.  (Note: you must add both the 100-blade pack and the razor for the discount to apply.) Raycon: Get 20% off your Raycon order when you go to buyraycon.com and use the promo code: EARLYBF Upside: Download upside.com’s free app to start getting major cash back on your purchases, plus get $5 back on your first purchase of $10 or more when you use promo code: WARROOM
11/17/20221 hour, 20 minutes, 49 seconds
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170: Election Aftermath with Robert Draper

With the midterm results continuing to come in with a strong showing for Democrats, James and Al bring on NYT contributor and author of ‘Weapons of Mass Delusion’ Robert Draper to dive into why many expectations of a red wave got upended.  They cover the weaknesses of the Republican candidates, the electoral hazards of playing into Trumpian delusions, and if the Right has finally been taken to task by voters. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Robert Draper: Twitter | NYT | National Geographic | Author of “Weapons Of Mass Delusion” & Other Books Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Henson Shaving: Go to hensonshaving.com and enter promo code: WARROOM at checkout to get 100 free blades with your purchase.  (Note: you must add both the 100-blade pack and the razor for the discount to apply.) Blinkist: For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership– plus Blinkist Connect which gives you two premium memberships for the price of one– go to blinkist.com/warroom Miracle Brand: For 40% off high quality self-cooling sheets with 3 free towels that makes a great holiday gift, go to trymiracle.com/warroom and use the promo code: WARROOM
11/10/202257 minutes, 5 seconds
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169: Midterms By The Numbers with Stanley Greenberg

James and Al fire off on the forces in the Democratic Party driving away voters and bring on pollster Stanley Greenberg to explore the numbers behind the issues that are defining the midterms.  They examine how proposed policy and language affects the electorate with a view towards what works and what doesn’t, before diving into elections in Israel and other countries around the world. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Stanley Greenberg: Twitter | Democracy Corps | Greenberg Research | Author Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Lomi: Turn your food waste into dirt with the press of a button with Lomi. Use the code WARROOM to save $50 at lomi.com/WARROOM ‘Some Of My Best Friends Are’ Podcast: Listen to ‘Some Of My Best Friends Are’ with Harvard Professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad and journalist Ben Austen for incredible bridge building conversations wherever you get podcasts
11/3/202257 minutes, 3 seconds
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168: PA & UK with Ed Luce and Jonathan Tamari

James and Al bring on Associate Editor of the Financial Times Ed Luce to discuss the fall of Liz Truss, the high turnover of the UK’s Prime Ministers, and what to expect going forward under Rishi Sunak.  Then, they’re joined by expert on Pennsylvania politics Jonathan Tamari from the Philadelphia Inquirer to lay out the factors defining the midterm races there, weigh the candidates, and look ahead to what to expect on November 8th. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s GuestS: Ed Luce: Financial Times | Twitter | Author of “The Retreat of Western Liberalism & Many Other Books Jonathan Tamari: Twitter | The Philadelphia Inquirer Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: The Economist’s Checks & Balance: Subscribe to The Economist’s Checks & Balance podcast on Acast or wherever you prefer to listen.  You can also find it at economist.com Reel Paper: Go to reelpaper.com/warroom to get 30% off and free shipping on your first order when you sign up for a subscription using the promo code: WARROOM The Jordan Harbinger Show: Go to jordanharbinger.com or wherever you prefer to get your podcasts and start listening
10/27/20221 hour, 33 minutes, 59 seconds
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167: From Georgia to Iran with David Ignatius & Stephen Fowler

Facing a world in chaos and with early voting in Georgia surprising observers, James and Al bring on foreign policy expert David Ignatius and Georgia political specialist Stephen Fowler to break down the latest.  In their discussion, they look at the state of the midterm elections in Georgia after the debates, and explore the latest from the Ukraine War, and the growing political discontent in Iran.  Do we dare hope Iran can one day become an ally? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: David Ignatius: Twitter | WaPo | Website | Author of “The Paladin” & Many Other Books Stephen Fowler: Twitter | Georgia Public Broadcasting  Please Support This Week’s Sponsors Lomi: Turn your food waste into dirt with the press of a button with Lomi. Use the code WARROOM to save $50 at lomi.com/warroom Blinkist: For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership– plus Blinkist Connect which gives you two premium memberships for the price of one– go to blinkist.com/warroom Raycon: Get 15% off your Raycon order when you go to buyraycon.com and use the promo code: WARROOM15
10/20/202253 minutes
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166: The Battle for Arizona with Yvonne Wignett Sanchez

Now that the midterms are only a few weeks away, James and Al summon WaPo political reporter and Arizona expert Yvonne Wignett Sanchez for a deep dive into the crucial gubernatorial and senate races there.  In their analysis, they discuss the impact of MAGA extremism and transplanted voters, the decisive importance of latinos and suburbanites, and compare the candidates while looking ahead to 2024. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Yvonne Wignett Sanchez: Twitter | WaPo | The Arizona Republic Please Support This Week’s Sponsors The Jordan Harbinger Show: Go to jordanharbinger.com or wherever you get your podcasts to start listening Upside: Download upside.com’s free app to start getting major cash back on your purchases, plus get $5 back on your first purchase of $10 or more when you use promo code: WARROOM
10/13/202251 minutes, 39 seconds
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165: Michael Kofman & Howard Wilkinson

James and Al let loose on the hypocrisy of Herschel Walker and the so-called Religious Right, and bring on veteran Ohio political analyst Howard Wilkinson to look at the Democrats’ midterm prospects there.  Then, they welcome military analyst Michael Kofman to break down the latest developments in the Ukraine War including annexation, the nuclear option, conscription, and more.  Is Russia finally on the ropes?   Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Michael Kofman: Twitter | CNA | CNAS | War On The Rocks Howard Wilkinson: Twitter | WVXU  Please Support This Week’s Sponsors Blinkist: For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership– plus Blinkist Connect which gives you two premium memberships for the price of one– go to blinkist.com/warroom Miracle Brand: For 40% off high quality self-cooling sheets with 3 free towels, go to trymiracle.com/warroom and use the promo code: WARROOM
10/6/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 4 seconds
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164: Nevada Midterms with Jon Ralston

James and Al emphasize the importance of addressing climate change in light of the massive storms brewing on the East Coast, and give us a general overview of the state of the midterms with just over a month left.  Then, they bring on Nevada Independent CEO Jon Ralston to break down the politics of his state, and how we can expect Democrats to do there in the upcoming election. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Jon Ralston: Twitter | The Nevada Independent | Ralston Reports Please Support This Week’s Sponsors HoldOn Bags: Save 20% when you replace your single use plastic by visiting holdonbags.com and using the promo code: WARROOM The Jordan Harbinger Show: Go to jordanharbinger.com or wherever you get your podcasts to start listening Miracle Brand: For 40% off high quality self-cooling sheets with 3 free towels, go to trymiracle.com/warroom and use the promo code: WARROOM
9/29/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 17 seconds
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163: Introducing: It Was Said Season 2

It Was Said, the 2021 Webby Award winner for Best Podcast Series, returns with a new season to look back on some of the most powerful, impactful, and timeless speeches in history. Written and narrated by Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author-historian Jon Meacham, this documentary podcast series takes you through another season of ten generation-defining speeches. Meacham, along with top historians, authors and journalists, offers expert insight and analysis into the origins, the orator, and the context of the times each speech was given, and they reflect on why it’s important to never forget them.  It Was Said is a creation and production of Peabody-nominated C13Originals, in association with The HISTORY® Channel.
9/28/20225 minutes
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162: Tar Heel Politics with Michael Bitzer

James and Al lay out how the Republican electorate is pushing the party’s candidates towards extremism and call on people of faith to stand up for immigrants and refugees.  Then, they bring on Catawba College’s Politics Chair Michael Bitzer to analyze the prospects of Democrats in North Carolina’s midterms.  Will changing demographics reverse the state’s rightward turn?  Keep a close watch on Cabarrus County! Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Michael Bitzer: Twitter | Catawba College | Old North State Politics | Author of “Redistricting and Gerrymandering in North Carolina” Please Support This Week’s Sponsors Reel Paper: Go to reelpaper.com/warroom to get 30% off and free shipping on your first order when you sign up for a subscription using the promo code: WARROOM Blinkist: For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership– plus Blinkist Connect which gives you two premium memberships for the price of one– go to blinkist.com/warroom ExpressVPN: To get 3 free months of VPN service with a 12 month plan, go  to Expressvpn.com/warroom
9/22/20221 hour, 2 minutes
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161: The State of Wisconsin with Ben Wikler

James and Al give an update on the politics of the Ukraine War and the ongoing fight for our rights.  Then, they bring on Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair Ben Wikler to analyze the gubernatorial and senate races in his state, expound on the quality of the candidates, and tell us how to make an impact.  Will extremism and retrograde Republican policies deliver them big losses in this crucial midterm election? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests Ben Wikler: Twitter | Wisconsin Democratic Party | Website | Wisconsin Donations | MoveOn Please Support This Week’s Sponsors Sleep Me: Save 25% off the purchase of any new Dock Pro, Cube, or Ooler sleep system when you got to sleep.me Magic Spoon: To get $5 of your next custom bundle of delicious Magic Spoon cereal go to magicspoon.com and use the promo code: WARROOM Raycon: Get 15% off your Raycon order when you go to buyraycon.com and use the promo code: WARROOM15
9/15/202254 minutes, 12 seconds
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160: Michigan Midterms with Bill Ballenger

James and Al are joined by Bill Ballenger of the Ballenger Report for a thorough look at the midterm prospects for Democrats in the key swing state of Michigan.  Together, they analyze the impact of recent political developments from Dobbs to the Mar-a-Lago seizure on our elections, the growing fissure in the Republican Party, and the shrinking chances of a red wave. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests Bill Ballenger: Twitter | The Ballenger Report Please Support This Week’s Sponsors Blinkist: For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership– plus Blinkist Connect which gives you two premium memberships for the price of one– go to blinkist.com The Jordan Harbinger Show Go to jordanharbinger.com or wherever you get your podcasts to start listening
9/8/202255 minutes, 18 seconds
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159: A history lesson with Stephen Kotkin

James and Al are joined by foreign affairs and Russian expert Stephen Kotkin for a deep dive into the history of the Soviet Union, how Putin is running the country in its aftermath, and the current state of the war in Ukraine.  What role do the United States and the European powers have in repulsing their aggression?  Will Ukraine hold firm?  And how does the conflict impact the world? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests Stephen Kotkin: Princeton | Hoover Institution | Author  Additional Reading On Russia Mentioned By Stephen: Carnegie Endowment In Washington Michael Kofman- CNA & Twitter Rob Lee- Foreign Policy Institute & Twitter Please Support This Week’s Sponsors Miracle Brand: For 40% off high quality self-cooling sheets with 3 free towels, go to trymiracle.com and use the promo code: WARROOM
9/1/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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158: Richard Ben Veniste & Mark Leibovich

James and Al are joined by Watergate Special Prosecutor Richard Ben Veniste to break down the differences between Trump and Nixon, and look at the role of the DOJ now that it’s faced with Trump’s crimes.  Then, they welcome premiere journalist Mark Leibovich to discuss the state of the country, Trump’s impact on the nation, and why journalists need to stand up for their political beliefs.  Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests Richard Ben Veniste: 9/11 Commission | IMDB | Author Mark Leibovich: Twitter | The Atlantic | NYT | Author of “Thank You For Your Servitude” & Other Books Please Support This Week’s Sponsors Reel Paper: Get planet friendly Reel Paper with 30% off and free shipping at reelpaper.com when you use the promo code: WARROOM Chili Sleep: To save 30% off your purchase of any new Ooler or Cube Sleep System, go to chilisleep.com and use the promo code: WARROOM
8/25/20221 hour, 30 minutes, 39 seconds
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157: Sean Wilentz

James and Al reflect on the recent primary elections, the raid on Mar-a-Lago, and the Democrats’ growing odds in the midterms.  Then, they bring on Princeton professor and author Sean Wilentz to dive into the potential of populism and an embrace of FDR’s and Bill Clinton’s legacies to revitalize the party.  Will that be the key to defeating the growing radicalism of MAGA Republicans? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Professor Sean Wilentz: Twitter | Princeton University | Author of “No Property In Man” & Other Books Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Blinkist: For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership go to blinkist.com Feals Focus Melts: Save 50% off your first order of Feals focus melts and get free shipping by going to feals.com with promo code: WARROOM
8/18/202250 minutes, 48 seconds
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156: Will Bunch: After The Ivory Tower Falls

James and Al lay out the current state of the midterm elections and the implications of the raid on Mar-a-Lago.  Then, they are joined by author and Philadelphia Inquirer national columnist Will Bunch for a conversation about the disaster Republican moves to privatize and commoditize higher education have posed for young people around the country. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Will Bunch: Twitter | The Philadelphia Inquirer | Author of “After The Ivory Tower Falls” & Other Books Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Feals Focus Melts: Save 50% off your first order of Feals focus melts and get free shipping by going to feals.com with promo code: WARROOM Raycon Get 15% off your Raycon order when you go to buyraycon.com and use the promo code: WARROOM15 Miracle Brand: For 40% off high quality self-cooling sheets with 3 free towels, go to trymiracle.com and use the promo code: WARROOM
8/11/20221 hour, 1 minute, 3 seconds
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155: David Maraniss: Path Lit By Lightning

James and Al celebrate Celtics star Bill Russell, then bring on accomplished author and WaPo associate editor David Maraniss to discuss the life and legend of Jim Thorpe.  In their conversation they look at the struggles he faced throughout his life, the restoration of his status as an Olympic champion, and the many challenges Native Americans have suffered in our history. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: David Maraniss: Twitter | Website | WaPo | Author of “Path Lit By Lightning” & Other Books Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Miracle Brand: For 40% off high quality self-cooling sheets with 3 free towels, go to trymiracle.com and use the promo code: WARROOM Magic Spoon: To get $5 of your next custom bundle of delicious Magic Spoon cereal go to magicspoon.com and use the promo code: WARROOM
8/4/202257 minutes, 50 seconds
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154: Rico with Law Prof. Morgan Cloud

James and Al highlight the need for Democrats to maintain solidarity in the primaries to protect democracy and the importance of the Dobbs referendum coming up in Kansas. Then, they’re joined by Emory Law School Professor Morgan Cloud for an in depth discussion of RICO laws and how federal statutes differ from those in Georgia.  Will GA be more successful in prosecuting Trump’s actions after the election results came out?   Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Professor Morgan Cloud: Emory University School of Law | SSRN Articles 
7/28/202258 minutes, 42 seconds
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153: Lis Smith: Any Given Tuesday: A Political Love Story

James and Al are joined by Pete Buttigieg’s Senior Communications Advisor Lis Smith for a conversation about her career journey as a political veteran, how to succeed on the campaign trail, and what to look for when you pick a candidate.  They also take on the issues defining the midterms, what democratic messaging needs, and the importance of making the elections about the candidates instead of a referendum. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Lis Smith: Twitter | Georgetown | Author of “Any Given Tuesday: A Political Love Story” Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Miracle Brand: For 40% off high quality self-cooling sheets with 3 free towels, go to trymiracle.com and use the promo code: WARROOM Raycon Get 15% off your Raycon order when you go to buyraycon.com and use the promo code: WARROOM15 Reel Paper: Get planet friendly Reel Paper with 30% off and free shipping at reelpaper.com when you use the promo code: WARROOM
7/21/20221 hour, 37 seconds
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152: Foreign Affairs with Ed Luce & Michael Abramowitz

James and Al are joined by Financial Times U.S. National Editor Ed Luce and Freedom House President Michael Abramowitz for a look at the recent upheavals in foreign affairs.  In their conversations, they cover the resignation of Boris Johnson and its impact on Britain, the latest developments in our relationship with Saudi Arabia, and what it all means for the United States, Ukraine, and Europe. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Ed Luce: Twitter | Financial Times | Author Michael Abramowitz: Twitter | Freedom House Please Support This Week’s Sponsor: Chili Sleep To save 30% off your purchase of any new Ooler or Cube Sleep System, go to chilisleep.com and use the promo code: WARROOM
7/14/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 3 seconds
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151: Revisionist History: The Triplicate Program and Opioid Epidemic

We’re sharing a bonus episode from our friends at Revisionist History, Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast about things misunderstood and overlooked. This season, Malcolm’s obsessed with experiments – natural experiments, scientific experiments, thought experiments. In this preview, we learn about Paul Madden, who ran the California Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement in the 1930s. He enacted an expensive, burdensome, annoying bit of bureaucratic anti-drug hysteria known as the “triplicate program” that made every doctor in the state miserable because it involved a lot of paperwork. But Madden insisted this kind of paperwork would save lives. Fast forward to the 90s and early 2000s, when opioids were being prescribed as painkillers at a rapid rate – and killing tens of thousands of Americans due to overdoses. The government looked to Madden’s triplicate program as a way of preventing the epidemic. A handful of states started their own triplicate prescription programs, but most ignored the warning signs. The result was a devastating natural experiment. You can hear more from Revisionist History at https://podcasts.pushkin.fm/rhs7?sid=warroom.
7/10/202213 minutes, 46 seconds
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150: Tim Miller: Why We Did It

James and Al are joined by Bulwark writer, author, and anti-Trump conservative Tim Miller to delve into the departure of the Republican party from the Reagan/Bush legacy in an appeal to the grievances of its base.  They also look at the fire of political passion, the addiction of the campaign trail, and how it can drive people to go along to get along.  When your candidate goes off course, what does it take to break free? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Tim Miller: Twitter | The Bulwark | SnapChat | Not My Party | Author of “Why We Did It” Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Magic Spoon: To get $5 of your next custom bundle of delicious Magic Spoon cereal go to magicspoon.com and use the promo code: WARROOM Miracle Brand: For 40% off high quality self-cooling sheets, go to trymiracle.com and use the promo code: WARROOM
7/7/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 30 seconds
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149: The State of the Supreme Court with Linda Greenhouse

The State of the Supreme Court with Linda Greenhouse
6/30/202258 minutes, 25 seconds
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148: Ryan Grim from The Intercept

James and Al review the latest 1/6 hearing and upcoming Supreme Court rulings, then welcome D.C. Bureau Chief of The Intercept Ryan Grim to analyze the increasing ineffectiveness of progressive organizations and the perils of woke culture.  In their conversation, they break down the fragmentation of the Left, and emphasize the need to build coalitions to achieve goals and win elections– even if it’s uncomfortable. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Ryan Grim: Twitter | The Intercept | Author | Deconstructed Podcast | On the Meltdown of Progressive Orgs Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Blinkist For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership go to blinkist.com Raycon Get 15% off your Raycon order when you go to buyraycon.com and use the promo code: WARROOM15
6/23/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 14 seconds
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147: Rep. Ro Khanna

James and Al fire off on the ineffectiveness of liberal organizations and what they need to do to help win elections.  They then welcome Silicon Valley Congressman Ro Khanna to lay out his view of progressive capitalism and the need to bring our industries back home, highlighting the importance of common sense and why we shouldn’t give up on the promise of the USA.  Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Congressman Ro Khanna: Twitter | Website | House.gov Please Support This Week’s Sponsor: Chili Sleep To save 30% off your purchase of any new Ooler or Cube Sleep System, go to chilisleep.com and use the promo code: WARROOM
6/16/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 33 seconds
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146: The Betrayal: How Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans Abandoned America with Ira Shapiro

James and Al break down the results of this week’s primary elections and are joined by author and congressional expert Ira Shapiro.  In their conversation, they discuss how Mitch McConnell has contributed to the destruction of the Senate as an institution, its value as a check on executive power, and the need to unify against obstruction and to defend our values. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Ira Shapiro: Twitter | Website | Albright Stonebridge | Author  Please Support This Week’s Sponsor: Blinkist For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership go to blinkist.com Magic Spoon For $5 off your next order of Magic Spoon, go to magicspoon.com and use promo code: WARROOM
6/9/20221 hour, 13 seconds
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145: To Risk It All with Admiral James Stavridis

Following the Memorial Day weekend, James and Al welcome former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Admiral James Stravidis, to look back on some of our greatest naval heroes.  Then, they discuss the ways the different branches of the armed forces are responding to modern challenges, the need for more ships, and how strategic ambiguity is being used to deter a conflict between China and Taiwan. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Admiral James Stavridis: Twitter | Website | Carlyle Group | Author of “To Risk It All” & Other Books Please Support This Week’s Sponsor: The Jordan Harbinger Show Go to jordanharbinger.com or wherever you get your podcasts to start listening
6/2/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 42 seconds
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144: It's The Economy Stupid with Roger Altman

James and Al go off on the growing epidemic of gun violence and the apathy of the public.  Then, they welcome Fmr. US Deputy Treasury Secretary and Evercore Founder Roger Altman to understand what’s happening with the economy.  In their conversation, they cover the role of the Fed, the possibility of recession, and what President Biden has done to strengthen the country’s prospects. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Roger Altman: Evercore | The Hamilton Project  Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Reel Paper Get planet friendly Reel Paper with 30% off and free shipping at reelpaper.com when you use the promo code: WARROOM Blinkist For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership go to blinkist.com The Jordan Harbinger Show Go to jordanharbinger.com or wherever you get your podcasts to start listening
5/26/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 31 seconds
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143: This Will Not Pass with Jonathan Martin & Alexander Burns

James and Al sound off on the politicians who would back Russia after their aggression.  Then, they are joined by NYT political correspondents and authors of “This Will Not Pass” Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns to analyze where the parties stand going into midterms, and break down the most important results from this week’s primaries. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Jonathan Martin Twitter | NYT | Author of “This Shall Not Pass” Alexander Burns Twitter | NYT | Author of “This Shall Not Pass” Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Raycon Get 15% off your Raycon order when you go to buyraycon.com and use the promo code: WARROOM15 Chili Sleep To save 30% off your purchase of any new Ooler or Cube Sleep System, go to chilisleep.com and use the promo code: WARROOM
5/19/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 55 seconds
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141: Debugger - Defending democracy from big tech

Big Tech makes big decisions over our lives: What products we see, how we feel about world events, what to censor — to some degree, even what medical decisions we make. Yet who controls Big Tech? The firms are so powerful and rich they really act as judge and jury now. Increasingly, they are accountable to no one. “Defending Democracy (and us!) from Big Tech” is a 3-episode docu-series from the Debugger Podcast exploring the depths of the problem...and the potential for solutions. Link to Defending Democracy From Big Tech Ep1 Podcast on Apple Link to Defending Democracy From Big Tech Ep1 on Spotify
5/13/20226 minutes, 36 seconds
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142: Fmr. SecDef Bill Cohen

James and Al take on the Supreme Court for invalidating abortion rights, and stress the need for activist groups on the Left to get out into the field and fight for us.  Then, they welcome former Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen for an update of the situation in Ukraine and the fight for democracy here at home after the events of January 6th. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Former Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen: Defense.gov | Center For Strategic & International Studies | The Cohen Group Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: The Jordan Harbinger Show Go to jordanharbinger.com or wherever you get your podcasts to start listening Smith.ai Save $100 when take your business to the next level with smith.ai and use the promo code: WARROOM
5/12/202239 minutes, 41 seconds
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140: Jeff Nussbaum

James and Al fire off on the disastrous Supreme Court decision overturning Roe V. Wade, and the state of our judicial system after the leak.  Then, they welcome former speech writer to Joe Biden, Al Gore, and many other leaders, Jeff Nussbaum.  In their conversation they cover the history of the key moments and undelivered speeches that defined the world from Emperor Hirohito, to Eisenhower, Nixon and Hillary Clinton. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Jeff Nussbaum: Twitter | Website | Author of “Undelivered” & Other Books Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Blinkist For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership go to blinkist.com Magic Spoon For $5 off your next order of Magic Spoon, go to magicspoon.com and use promo code: WARROOM Reel Paper Get planet friendly Reel Paper products at target.com
5/5/202255 minutes, 7 seconds
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139: Will Be Wild

From critically acclaimed podcast studios Pineapple Street and Wondery comes a new 8-part series called Will Be Wild that shines a light on the human stories left out of the headlines. It goes deep into the lives of people who took part in that day. People who saw it coming. And people who fear that January 6th was just the beginning of something, not the end.   Follow Will Be Wild wherever you get your podcasts, or you can listen early on Amazon Music or early and ad-free by subscribing to Wondery Plus in Apple Podcasts or the Wondery app. wondery.fm/PWR_WillBeWild
4/29/20226 minutes, 23 seconds
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138: Sen. Mallory McMorrow

James and Al call on Democratic interest groups to kick things into high gear before the midterms and are joined by MI State Senator and viral star Mallory McMorrow.  They discuss the increasing hate and personal attacks from Republicans, how to stand up for the values of the Democratic party, and the need to fight back with policy and hope when faced with culture war.   Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: MI State Senator Mallory McMorrow: Twitter | 4/19 Floor Speech | MI State Senate | Campaign Website  Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Smith AI Save $100 when take your business to the next level with smith.ai and use the promo code: WARROOM Trade Coffee For $30 off your 1st order and free shipping on your coffee go to drinktrade.com The Jordan Harbinger Show Go to jordanharbinger.com to start listening
4/28/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 9 seconds
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137: War & Peace w/ General John Allen

James and Al lay out the case for Democrats to stop their internal criticism and infighting going into the midterms.  They also welcome 4-Star USMC General John Allen for an in-depth analysis of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, our readiness, and the current threats we face.  How is Ukraine fairing?  What are the weaknesses of Russia’s military?  And how can the USA and NATO help?   Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: General John Allen: Defense.gov | Brookings Institution | Author of “Turning Point” Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Hell & High Water Podcast To start listening, find it on podcasts.apple.com or search for it wherever you get your podcasts Workable For a 15 day free trial go to workable.com HelloFresh For 16 free meals and 3 free gifts, got to hellofresh.com and use the promo code: WARROOM16 Blinkist For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership go to blinkist.com
4/21/20221 hour, 13 minutes, 43 seconds
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136: Border Breakdown w/ Amna Nawaz

James and Al explain Trump’s weakening hold on the Republican Party and host PBS NewsHour’s Chief Correspondent Amna Nawaz for a discussion on immigration and incarceration.  They look at the role of border issues in our politics, the need for increased immigration and streamlined commerce, our history of asylum, and the dangers of the nation’s growing emphasis on criminalization. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Amna Nawaz: Twitter | PBS NewsHour | Life After Lockup Documentary Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Hell & High Water Podcast To start listening, find it on podcasts.apple.com or search for it wherever you get your podcasts Democracy In Danger To start listening, go to dindanger.org or look for it wherever you get your podcasts Chili Sleep To save 30% off your purchase of any new Ooler or Cube Sleep System, go to chilisleep.com Raycon: Get 15% off your Raycon order when you go to buyraycon.com 
4/14/202253 minutes, 31 seconds
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135: Just Smell It & Go On w/ David Pepper

James and Al are joined by author and former Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper for a deep dive into the bellwether politics of his state, the hypocrisy of Republicans, and the need to meet their attacks head on.  They also discuss the importance of winning local elections, mobilizing small donors, and reminding voters of President Biden’s many accomplishments going into the midterms. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: David Pepper: Twitter | Democrats.org | LabratoriesOfAutocracy.com | Author  Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Magic Spoon For $5 off your next order of Magic Spoon, go to magicspoon.com and use promo code: WARROOM Blinkist For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership go to blinkist.com Workable For a 15 day free trial go to workable.com
4/7/202256 minutes, 32 seconds
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134: From Against the Rules with Michael Lewis: Six Levels Down

We’re sharing a special preview of the new season of Against the Rules from Pushkin Industries. On Against the Rules, bestselling author Michael Lewis takes a searing look at what’s happened to fairness in American life. In the preview you’re about to hear, Michael speaks with Todd Park, entrepreneur and former chief technology officer of the United States. Todd talks about the idea that, in any big company, the person who actually knows what you need to know to solve a problem is buried deep in the organization, six levels down. You’ll hear how Todd found that exact person to help his first company, athenahealth, get insurance companies to pay their bills. You can hear more episodes of Against the Rules at https://podcasts.pushkin.fm/atrwar.
4/5/202210 minutes, 10 seconds
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133: Dr Fiona Hill on Russia & Jon Macks on The Oscars

James and Al sit down with former U.S. National Security Council official and expert in Russian and European affairs Fiona Hill to discuss why Putin invaded, what he expected in the aftermath, and what happens next.  Then, they welcome political consultant turned Academy Awards and comedy writer Jon Macks to analyze the events of the 2022 Oscars. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Fiona Hill Brookings Institution | Author of “There Is Nothing For You Here” & Other Books Jon Macks: Twitter | IMDB| Author of “Monologue “What Makes America Laugh Before Bed” & Other Books Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Trade Coffee For $30 off your 1st order and free shipping on your coffee go to drinktrade.com Democracy In Danger To start listening go to dindanger.org or look for it wherever you get your podcasts Workable For a 15 day free trial go to workable.com
3/31/20221 hour, 16 minutes, 24 seconds
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132: Just back from Ukraine with Nick Schifrin

James and Al are joined by PBS NewsHour’s foreign affairs and defense correspondent Nick Schifirin to lay out Russia’s goals for its war in Ukraine.  They also break down the balance of power between the two militaries, and highlight Zelensky’s appeals to the world compared to Putin’s authoritarian politics of control.  Is there a risk of unconventional weapons being used as the conflict continues?  And what does the off ramp look like? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Get More From Nick Schifrin: Twitter | PBS NewsHour Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Democracy In Danger To start listening go to dindanger.org or look for it wherever you get your podcasts Raycon: Get 15% off your Raycon order when you go to buyraycon.com  Blinkist For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership go to blinkist.com
3/24/202256 minutes, 33 seconds
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131: Is Russia a real country with Peter Pomeranzev

James and Al welcome John Hopkins’ Agora Institute Senior Fellow Peter Pomerantsev to examine Putin’s plans in Ukraine and the role of propaganda in the conflict.  They discuss what the West needs to do now, Russian public opinion, how to win the information war, and what it will take for democracies to triumph over authoritarian regimes while staying true to their innate strengths. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Get More From Peter Pomerantsev: Twitter | John Hopkins’ Agora Institute | Author of “This Is Not Propaganda” & Other Books Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Chili Sleep To save 30% off your purchase of any new Ooler or Cube Sleep System, go to chilisleep.com Smith AI Save $100 when take your business to the next level with smith.ai and use the promo code: WARROOM HelloFresh For 16 free meals and 3 free gifts, got to hellofresh.com and use the promo code: WARROOM16
3/17/20221 hour, 1 minute
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130: Ron Brownstein

James and Al look at the latest developments in Ukraine, and host Senior Editor of The Atlantic Ron Brownstein.  They take on the increasing regressivism of the Republican party, the role of race in contemporary politics, the state of the Supreme Court, threats to democracy at home and around the world, and where the Democrats should go from here. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Get More From Ron Brownstein: Twitter | The Atlantic | National Journal | Author of “Rock Me On The Water” Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Democracy In Danger To start listening go to dindanger.org or look for it wherever you get your podcasts Blinkist For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership go to blinkist.com Magic Spoon For $5 off your next order of Magic Spoon, go to magicspoon.com and use promo code: WARROOM
3/10/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 44 seconds
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129: 180º Addict

James and Al break down this week’s elections and review the State of the Union.  Then, they are joined by Ed Luce of the Financial Times to delve into President Biden’s handling of the Ukraine crisis, the role Putin has played in strengthening NATO and bringing Europe closer together, and possible off ramps to the conflict.  Could mediation by China be the answer?  And will sanctions and a successfully waged information war be the key to maintaining an independent Ukraine? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Website and show notes  Get More From This Week’s Guest: Get More From Ed Luce: Twitter | Financial Times | Author Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Workable For a 15 day free trial go to workable.com Stamps.com For a 4 week trial, free postage, and a digital scale, go to stamps.com and use the promo code: WARROOM after clicking the microphone icon on the top right The Jordan Harbinger Show Go to jordanharbinger.com to start listening
3/3/20221 hour, 30 seconds
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128: Ukraine with Anne Applebaum

James and Al highlight the importance of unity in the Democratic party going into midterms and welcome Pulitzer prize winning historian and journalist Anne Applebaum.  They examine the nature of Putin’s plans, the possibility of war and what it means for the current world order, and the value of defending an independent Ukraine facing imminent invasion. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Get More From Anne Applebaum: Twitter | Website | The Atlantic | National Endowment For Democracy | Author Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Blinkist For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership go to blinkist.com Smith AI Save $100 when take your business to the next level with smith.ai and use the promo code: WARROOM Raycon: Get 15% off your Raycon order when you go to buyraycon.com 
2/24/20221 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds
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127: Senator Bill Bradley

James and Al emphasize the likelihood that Trump will face legal action, and are joined by former NBA player and Senator from New Jersey Bill Bradley to look at the changes in US-Russian relations going back to the fall of the Soviet Union up through the crisis in Ukraine.  Then, they discuss his sports experience and analyze the state of the Olympics.  Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Get More From Bill Bradley: Website | Facebook | NBA.com | Author Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Reel Paper For 30% off your first order when you get a subscription, go to reelpaper.com and use the promo code: WARROOM Hello Fresh For up to 16 free meals and 3 free gifts, go to hellofresh.com and use promo code: WARROOM16 Chili Sleep For 20% off your new sleep system, go to chilisleep.com
2/17/202252 minutes, 44 seconds
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126: Super Bowl Special

In this special Super Bowl episode, James and Al are joined by Tulane Law’s Gabe Feldman and Greg Cosell of NFL Films to break down the upcoming game, and give us the state of the sport– from college to the pros.  They also hold the Supreme Court to account for undermining our voting rights, as well as those who still haven’t gotten vaccinated. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Get More From Greg Cosell: Twitter | NFL Films | The Install Podcast Get More From Gabe Feldman: Twitter | Tulane Law  Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: The Jordan Harbinger Show Go to jordanharbinger.com to start listening Magic Spoon For $5 off your next order of Magic Spoon, go to magicspoon.com and use promo code: WARROOM Blinkist For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership go to blinkist.com
2/10/20221 hour, 30 minutes, 46 seconds
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125: SCOTUS With Walter Dellinger

James and Al tackle the latest COVID news and are joined by former Solicitor General and Duke Law School Dean Walter Dellinger to explore the state of the current SCOTUS, the effects of Justice Breyer’s retirement and legacy, and the advantages of diverse appointees.  Then, with the Super Bowl coming up, they talk some football. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Study Mentioned By James: John Hopkins on pandemic lockdowns Get More From This Week’s Guest: Get More From Walter Dellinger: Twitter | O’Melveny Law | Duke Law  Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Stamps.com For a 4 week trial, free postage, and a digital scale, go to stamps.com and use the promo code: WARROOM after clicking the microphone icon on the top right The Jordan Harbinger Show Go to jordanharbinger.com to start listening Smith AI Save $100 when take your business to the next level with smith.ai and use the promo code: WARROOM
2/3/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 40 seconds
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124: Ukraine with David Sanger

James and Al are joined by NYT’s White House and National Security Correspondent David Sanger to break down the danger that Russia’s Putin poses to Ukraine and other former Soviet states in Europe.  Is there a danger of open cyber war or is this a chance to walk things back with a new missile deal?  And if things go hot, will we be able to protect our NATO allies? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Get More From David Sanger: Twitter | The New York Times | Harvard Kennedy School | Author Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Smith.ai Save $100 when take your business to the next level with smith.ai and use the promo code: WARROOM Raycon: Get 15% off your Raycon order when you go to buyraycon.com  Reel Paper For 30% off your first order when you get a subscription, go to reelpaper.com and use the promo code: WARROOM
1/27/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 56 seconds
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123: Sherrilyn Ifill & Michael Waldman

James and Al are joined by legal legends Sherrilyn Ifill, President of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and President of the Brennan Center for Justice Michael Waldman for a discussion about the ongoing fight to strengthen our voting rights.  Together, they take on an adversarial SCOTUS and hostile gerrymandering, and emphasize the need for activism, protest, and voting your values on races up and down the ballot. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Get More From Sherrilyn Ifill: Twitter | NAACP Legal Defense Fund | NAACP George Floyd Anniversary | Author Get More From Michael Waldman: Twitter | Brennan Center For Justice | Author Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Reel Paper For 30% off your first order when you get a subscription, go to reelpaper.com and use the promo code: WARROOM Blinkist For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership go to blinkist.com Hello Fresh For up to 16 free meals and 3 free gifts, go to hellofresh.com and use promo code: WARROOM16
1/20/20221 hour, 41 minutes, 17 seconds
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122: Molly Jong-Fast

James and Al give out some well deserved awards and are joined by author and cultural icon Molly Jong-Fast for a wide ranging conversation about her career and current events. In it, they cover how her notorious family inspired her writing, the upheaval in Britain sparked by Boris Johnson and Prince Andrew, and how Trumpites like Marjorie Taylor Greene are fueling the fever dreams of the Republican Party.   Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Get More From Molly Jong-Fast: Twitter | Newsletter | The New Abnormal Podcast | Author Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Magic Spoon For $5 off your next order of Magic Spoon, go to magicspoon.com and use promo code: WARROOM Chili Sleep For 20% off your new sleep system, go to chilisleep.com
1/13/20221 hour, 14 minutes, 20 seconds
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121: 1/6 with Rep. Jamie Raskin

James and Al welcome Congressman and member of the House Select Committee investigating the events of last January 6th, Jamie Raskin, for a discussion about handling loss and what truly happened the day our democracy faced an attempted coup.  Will justice be served?  And what is the Congress doing to get the facts out, hold the responsible to account,, and make sure it never happens again? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Congressman Jamie Raskin: Twitter | Website | House.gov | Author of “Unthinkable” Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Blinkist For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership go to blinkist.com Hello Fresh For up to 16 free meals and 3 free gifts, go to hellofresh.com and use promo code: WARROOM16 Stamps.com For a 4 week trial, free postage, and a digital scale, go to stamps.com and use the promo code: WARROOM after clicking the microphone icon on the top right
1/6/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 27 seconds
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120: Happy New Year With Friends

Al and James are joined by top experts from the fields of journalism, economics, entertainment, medicine, and law, featuring Jill Abramson, Roger Altman, George Stevens, Dr. Cornelia Griggs, and Walter Dellinger to ring in 2022 and discuss how Biden and the country are faring.  Then they share their outrages of the past year and let us know what we can expect going into the next one. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Jill Abramson: Twitter | NYT | Harvard | Author   Walter Dellinger: Twitter | Federalist Society | Duke Law | O’Melveny Roger Altman: Evercore | The Hamilton Project  George Stevens: Oscars.org | IMDB | George Stevens Academy  Dr. Cornelia Griggs: Twitter | MA General Hospital  Please Support Our Sponsors: Express VPN To protect your online activity and get 3 free months on a year package go to expressvpn.com
12/30/202146 minutes, 36 seconds
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119: RETRO: In memory of Harry Reid

In memory of Harry Reid, here is the episode we recorded with him earlier in May 2021 James and Al sit with Former Majority Leader Harry Reid to discuss Senate strategy and UFOs, with a few more nominations considered… Full Episode notes : https://politicon.com/podcasts/fmr-senate-major…eader-harry-reid/ BETTER HELP POLITICS WAR ROOM LISTENERS GET 10% OFF THEIR FIRST MONTH AT WWW.BETTERHELP.COM/WARROOM. With UFOs being reported and recorded across the country, James and Al welcome Fmr. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to get his take on the possible threat and why there’s been no disclosure.  But UFOs aren’t the only thing facing us, so they find out from Senator Reid how we can get our Congress working for us again, and what he’d say to the people running things now!  And of course-- more Hall of Sphincter noms... EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO JAMES AND AL AT [email protected] OR TWEET THEM TO @POLITICON.   MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR CITY, WE LOVE TO HEAR WHERE YOU’RE FROM! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Senator Harry Reid House.Gov | Author of “The Good Fight” | The Phenomenon | NYT UFO Series
12/29/202157 minutes, 14 seconds
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118: Holiday Spirit

In this special holiday themed episode James and Al take on Joe Manchin’s sabotage of the Build Back Better Bill, defend Joe Biden and his first year of impressive accomplishments, and point the way forward for the party.  Then, they welcome their amazing wives Mary Matalin and Judy Woodruff to reflect on the season and their friendship.  WE HAD SOME TECHNICAL ISSUES WITH SOME OF THE RECORDING Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Mary Matalin: Website | Author   Judy Woodruff: Twitter | PBS NewsHour 
12/23/202154 minutes, 24 seconds
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117: Omicron Is Here

James and Al are joined by Massachusetts General Hospital critical care and pediatric surgeon, Dr. Cornelia Griggs for an examination of the current state of the pandemic, and what the newest Omicron wave means for our medical system, social lives, mental health, and the country as a whole.  Then, they induct the final class of 2021 to the Hall of Sphincters. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Dr. Cornelia Griggs: Twitter | MA General Hospital  Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: The Jordan Harbinger Show Go to jordanharbinger.com to start listening Blinkist For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership go to blinkist.com Hello Fresh For up to 14 free meals and 3 free gifts, go to
12/16/20211 hour, 26 minutes, 20 seconds
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116: PHD In White-Trashology

James and Al are joined by author and Atlantic columnist Barton Gellman for a hard look at the threats to our democracy posed by the events of 1/6.  Is there a need for infiltration by law enforcement?  Why are politicians on the Right catering to the worst elements of the base?  And how do Democrats protect our system and keep winning? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Article By Bart Mentioned On The Show How Trump’s Next Coup Has Already Begun Get More From This Week’s Guest: Bart Gellman: Twitter | Atlantic Column | Author of “Dark Mirror”, “Angler” & More  Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Magic Spoon For $5 off your next order of Magic Spoon, go to magicspoon.com and use promo code: WARROOM Blinkist For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership go to blinkist.com
12/9/20211 hour, 12 minutes, 30 seconds
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115: Remembering Pearl Harbor with Craig Symonds

A week out from the upcoming 80th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, James and Al are joined by U.S. Naval Academy Professor and author of “World War 2 At Sea” to examine the opening phases of the Pacific War.  They look at what our leaders knew at the time, how they responded to the attack, and how we bounced back to win the war.  Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Craig Symonds: U.S. Naval Institute | The Great Courses | Author of Many Books Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Songfinch Get $20 off your own custom song, this week only, when you go to songfinch.com and use the promo code: WARROOM
12/2/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 22 seconds
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114: John Feinstein

In this Thanksgiving episode, James and Al are joined by sports journalist and author of “Raise A Fist, Take A Knee” John Feinsten to talk about the ongoing race issues in sports and how players have fought to end bias in the NFL and other leagues.  Then, they discuss the need to keep shaking up the status quo so that these institutions build on past progress and live up to the legacy of our country’s greatest sports heroes. *Please note there may be a slight decrease in audio quality during the guest interview due to some recording issues* Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: John Feinstein: Twitter | WaPo | Author of “Raise A Fist, Take A Knee” & More  Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Blinkist For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership go to blinkist.com The Lost Debate Join the conversation: listen and subscribe to “The Lost Debate” at lostdebate.com or find it wherever you listen.
11/25/20211 hour, 10 minutes, 31 seconds
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113: Rep. Dan Crenshaw “Jellybeans in a turd”

James and Al are joined by Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas for a wide ranging talk about the philosophical differences that define the two parties and how the legacy of Trump influences Republicans in 2021.  Then, they weigh the drawbacks of gerrymandering, and the challenges Congress faces trying to pass large bills like ‘Build Back Better’ and infrastructure.   Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Rep. Dan Crenshaw: Twitter | Website | House.gov | Author of “Fame, Blame, & the Raft of Shame” & More  Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Hello Fresh For up to 14 free meals and 3 free gifts, go to hellofresh.com and use promo code: WARROOM14 Express VPN For 3 free months on your subscription, go to expressvpn.com
11/18/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 31 seconds
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112: Danny Meyer

James and Al reflect on the recent elections and emphasize the need for Democrats to sell their policies in addition to governing.  Then, they sit down with CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group Danny Meyer to discuss the current employment situation in our country, creating an environment that puts workers first, and fighting child poverty.  Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: CEO Danny Meyer: Twitter | Union Square Hospitality Group | Instagram Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: The Lost Debate Join the conversation: listen and subscribe to “The Lost Debate” at lostdebate.com or find it wherever you listen. Blinkist For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership go to blinkist.com
11/11/20211 hour, 1 minute, 23 seconds
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111: Senator Angus King

James and Al celebrate the diversity of winners in the 11/2 election, mourn Virginia and examine where McAuliffe went wrong.  Then, they are joined by Senator Angus King (I) of Maine to look at politics in his state and the reforms the Senate needs to become effective and regain the trust of the American people.  Should we start by getting rid of the filibuster and giving power back to the majority party? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Senator Angus King: Twitter | Senate.gov | Campaign Site  Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Magic Spoon For $5 off your next order of Magic Spoon, go to magicspoon.com and use promo code: WARROOM
11/4/20211 hour
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110: Rep. Liz Cheney

James and Al are joined by Wyoming’s Congressional Rep. Liz Cheney to examine the events of 1/6 and how the investigation is being conducted, the need for Republicans to focus on principles over personalities, and the state of our foreign policy.  Our hosts also break down the state of the VA Governor’s race and the prospects for the billionaires’ tax. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Rep. Liz Cheney: Twitter | House.gov | Campaign Site | Author Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Raycon For 15% off your order, go to RayconGlobal.com and use the promo code: Warroom15
10/28/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 48 seconds
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109: Rt Hon. Tony Blair

James and Al are joined by former U.K Prime Minister Tony Blair to discuss the challenges faced by democracies around the world.  From terror, to the Afghan War, rising illiberalism, the changing media business model, and dealing with Brexit in the U.K and EU-- how can we get people to believe in our liberal institutions again?  And the most important matter of what The Queen is like. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Rt Hon. Tony Blair: Twitter | Institute for Global Change | Author Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Blinkist For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership go to blinkist.com ExpressVPN For an extra 3 months free on a 1-year package go to expressvpn.com Hello Fresh For up to 14 free meals including free shipping go to hellofresh.com and use promo code: WARROOM14
10/21/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 21 seconds
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108: Paul Begala

James and Al are joined by Democratic campaign mastermind Paul Begala for his take on Texas politics and how liberals can start to regain ground there going into 2022.  Then, they look at ways to unite the progressive and moderate wings of the party and the critical need to defeat Trumpism.  Is returning to Clinton era politics the answer? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Paul Begala’s Recent Article Paul on the need for Democrats to make a deal. The Trevor Project Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Blinkist For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership go to blinkist.com
10/14/20211 hour, 1 minute, 9 seconds
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107: Dems working it out ?

With the budget and debt ceiling votes sending the Democratic party into disarray, James and Al convene the Politics War Room to discuss the importance of mending the intraparty schism and using the levers of power for key priorities.  Can Manchin and Sinema be brought on board, or will we have to hope the progressives show their pragmatic side? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Magic Spoon: For $5 off our favorite cereal, visit magicspoon.com and use the promo code: WARROOM
10/7/202142 minutes, 42 seconds
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106: Barney Frank

James and Al are joined by Chairman of the Financial Services Committee, congressman Barney Frank, for an in depth look at the current budget negotiations and the thinking motivating its key players.  Then, they examine the power of a competent and active government to make our lives better in the fight against COVID and beyond, with an update on the 2021 baseball season. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Rep. Barney Frank Twitter | House.gov | ‘Compared To What’ Documentary  Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: HelloFresh: For up to 14 free meals including free shipping, visit hellofresh.com
9/30/202159 minutes, 8 seconds
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105: Emily Bazelon & David Wessel

James and Al are joined by David Wessel of the Brookings Institution to break down the challenges posed to our country by the debt ceiling, a stalled budget, and the real estate crisis in China.  Then, Emily Bazelon of the NYT and Slate’s Political gabfest discusses the latest fronts in the war against Roe, and signs on to James’ idea for the next Supreme Court Justice. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guests: David Wessel: Twitter | Brookings Institution | Author of “Only The Rich Can Pay” & Other Books Emily Bazelon: Yale | NYT | Twitter | Author of “Charged” & Other Books... Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Express VPN: Get 3 months free on a 1-year package at expressvpn.com Blinkist For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership go to blinkist.com
9/23/20211 hour, 15 minutes, 40 seconds
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104: Prof. Joseph Ellis

James and Al are joined by American historian Joseph Ellis for a deep dive into the politics, people and passions that set off the American Revolution on both sides of the Atlantic.  How deeply did the years of 1773 - 1783 shape our nation?  And after watching our country lose to two insurgencies across the globe and our politics fracture, what lessons can we learn? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Joseph Ellis: Website | Mount Holyoke | Author of “The Cause” and Many Other Books... Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Blinkist For a 7 day free trial and 25% off a premium membership go to blinkist.com Hello Fresh: For up to 14 free meals including free shipping go to hellofresh.com and use the promo code: WARROOM14
9/16/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 5 seconds
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103: WORTH: Ken Feinberg & Camille Biros

James and Al examine the legacy of September 11th by welcoming the Special Master of the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, Ken Feinberg, and his law partner Camille Biros.  Portrayed in the Netflix hit movie “Worth” by Amy Ryan and Michael Keaton Overcoming the daunting challenge of making sure the families received the right and just compensation.  What did it take?  And is something like it even possible today? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Ken Feinberg: Website | Netflix’s “Worth” | Author Camille Biros: Website | Netflix’s “Worth”  Please Support This Week’s Sponsor: Magic Spoon Get $5 off your order at magicspoon.com when you use our promo code: WARROOM
9/9/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 3 seconds
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102: Election Experts - Kristen Soltis Anderson & Amy Walter

James and Al bring on Echelon Insights founding partner, Kristen Soltis Anderson, and the editor of the Cook Political Report, Amy Walter, to discuss polling and how it influences strategy.  Then, they break down the changes that are happening in the most important swing states and what it will take for candidates to win in them going forward. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Kristen Soltis Anderson: Twitter | Website | Echelon Insights Amy Walter: Twitter | Website | Cook Political Report  | Host of “Politics With Amy Walter”
9/2/20211 hour, 20 minutes, 30 seconds
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101: Afghanistan with Ed Luce & Vali Nasr

With the Afghanistan pull out looking more disastrous by the day, James and Al bring on John Hopkins Professor of International Affairs and Middle East Studies, Vali Nasr, and US Editor of the Financial Times, Ed Luce to break things down.  In a panel discussion they debate our failures in Afghanistan, if there were any successes, and what we can expect the region and its neighbors to do next. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Ed Luce: Financial Times | Twitter | Author of “The Retreat of Western Liberalism & Many Other Books Vali Nasr: John Hopkins | Twitter | Author of “Dispensable Nation” & Many Other Books Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Blinkist Get 25% off and a 7-day free trial at blinkist.com. Raycon Save 20% on Raycon earbuds at rayconglobal.com using the promo code: STARTFRESH Chili Sleep Get 20% off your sleep system at chilisleep.com and use promo code WARROOM.
8/26/202157 minutes, 37 seconds
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100: EPISODE 100 !!!! - Professor Craig Symonds

In the wake of the chaos in Afghanistan, James and Al take on the leaders who contributed to the disaster that our country and the Middle East are facing.  Then they bring on Professor Emeritus at the U.S. Naval Academy, Craig Symonds, for a lesson in the WWII Pacific Theater, and a look back at when the United States was still able to win its wars. Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Professor Craig Symonds: U.S. Naval Academy | The Great Courses | Audible | Author of Many Books Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: Hello Fresh For up to 14 free meals, including free shipping, go to hellofresh.com and use code: warroom14. Rise Download the rise app today to try it free for 7 days at risescience.com.
8/19/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 6 seconds
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99: DeSantis Is A Giant Asshole also Donald McNeil discusses COVID

In their 100th episode, James and Al bring on veteran of the New York Times, Donald McNeil, for a look at what’s next for us during the pandemic now that the Delta variant is raging in hot spots fueled by the unvaccinated.  With other variants on the horizon, what will it take to convince the hold outs and get the country back on the track to health? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Donald McNeil Medium https://donaldgmcneiljr1954.medium.com/ Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: CHILI TECHNOLOGY For our listener’s special offer and to learn more, go to: https://www.chilisleep.com/pages/warroom BLINKIST For 25% off and a 7-day free trial go to: https://www.blinkist.com/en/nc/partners/politics-war-room
8/12/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 4 seconds
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98: Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré (Ret.)

James and Al bring on Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré (Ret.) for a wide ranging conversation about how we can defend the Capitol, protect our most cherished institutions, and finally put an end to the pandemic.  Is strengthening the Capitol police force and mandating vaccinations enough to stop the forces holding our country back? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré (Ret.) Twitter https://twitter.com/ltgrusselhonore Website https://generalhonore.com/ Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: CHILI TECHNOLOGY For our listener’s special offer and to learn more, go to: https://www.chilisleep.com/pages/warroom RISE To try the Rise App for free for 7 days, go to:  https://www.risescience.com/warroom MAGIC SPOON Try it with $5 off today, by using promo code: WARROOM at: https://magicspoon.com/pages/partner?partner=warroom
8/5/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 42 seconds
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97: Professor Randall Kennedy

James and Al are joined by Harvard Law Professor Randall Kennedy to look at the Democratic Party’s best strategies for approaching issues of race, policing and criminal justice.  Will they be able to continue inspiring the wider electorate without scaring off centrist and independent voters?  Or will 2022 be about who best calms our fears? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Professor Randall Kennedy Harvard Law https://hls.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/10470/Kennedy Books By Professor Randall Kennedy https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/15433/randall-kennedy/ Please Support This Week’s Sponsors: RISE To try the Rise App for free for 7 days, go to:  https://www.risescience.com/warroom HELLO FRESH For up to 14 free meals plus free shipping, use code: Warroom14 at:  https://www.hellofresh.com/pages/podcast?c=WARROOM14&utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=cpm&utm_campaign=4020201510podcast&utm_content=warroom14&dm=meals&featured=family&mealsize=3-4
7/29/20211 hour, 20 minutes, 27 seconds
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96: Fmr. US Deputy Treasury Secretary Roger Altman

James and Al welcome Fmr. US Deputy Treasury Secretary Roger Altman to the War Room to find out what’s next for our recovering economy and how we stack up against our global competitors.  Are we looking at high growth, high inflation, or are we living in a unique situation caused by the Pandemic?  Then, James and Al induct a historical class into the Sphincter Hall of Fame-- so keep those submissions coming! Note: Sound quality might vary in this episode, we appreciate your understanding during our efforts to bring on some of the world’s most busy guests and the perils of live interviews.  Thank you! Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Roger Altman Evercore https://www.evercore.com/bios/roger-c-altman/ The Hamilton Project https://www.hamiltonproject.org/people/roger_c._altman PLEASE SUPPORT THIS WEEK’S SPONSOR: BLINKIST For your free 7 day trial and 25% off a Blinkist premium membership, go to https://www.blinkist.com/en/nc/partners/politics-war-room
7/22/202153 minutes, 13 seconds
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95: Michael C Bender

James and Al bring on Wall Street Journal White House reporter and author of “Frankly We Did Win This Election”, Michael Bender for a look at how this administration compares to the last.  With President Biden receiving 80 million votes— a record— they explore what got so many people on board and what the party needs to do to keep them.  Will the Democrats be able to do it? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Michael Bender Twitter https://mobile.twitter.com/MichaelCBender Wall Street Journal https://www.wsj.com/news/author/michael-c-bender Author Of “Frankly We Did Win This Election” https://www.amazon.com/Frankly-Did-Win-This-Election/dp/153873480X PLEASE SUPPORT THIS WEEK’S SPONSORS: BLINKIST For your free 7 day trial and 25% off a Blinkist premium membership, go to Https://www.blinkist.com/en/nc/partners/politics-war-room HELLO FRESH For up to 14 free meals plus free shipping, use code: Warroom14 at:  https://www.hellofresh.com/pages/podcast?c=WARROOM14&utm_source=podcast&utm_medium=cpm&utm_campaign=4020201510podcast&utm_content=warroom14&dm=meals&featured=family&mealsize=3-4
7/15/20211 hour, 8 minutes
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94: Admiral James Stavridis, Fmr Supreme Nato Commander

James and Al welcome former Supreme Nato Commander, Admiral James Stavridis for a discussion about our military readiness and how to build a secure future for the country and the world-- because by “2034” it’s going to be a whole different place.  Are we up to the challenge of recreating a peaceful and prosperous planet? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Admiral James Stavridis Twitter https://twitter.com/stavridisj Website https://admiralstav.com/ Carlyle Group https://www.carlyle.com/about-carlyle/team/admiral-james-stavridis Author Of “2034” And Many Other Excellent Books https://www.amazon.com/James-Stavridis/e/B001JP2IW8%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share Please Support This Week’s Sponsor: Magic Spoon Get $5 off your next delicious order of guilt-free cereal at Magic Spoon with the code Warroom. (That’s all one word). https://magicspoon.com/pages/partner?partner=warroom
7/8/202159 minutes, 21 seconds
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93: Mayor Phillip Levine

James and Al welcome former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine for a discussion about our failing infrastructure, what our politicians need to do, and how Democrats can win over a Florida that seems less Purple and more Red by the year.  More importantly, does the modern party have what it takes to reclaim the state from Governor DeSantis? Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected] or tweet them to @politicon.   Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Mayor Philip Levine Twitter https://twitter.com/MayorLevine Website www.mayorphiliplevine.com/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/mayorlevine/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mayorphiliplevine
7/1/202154 minutes, 5 seconds
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92: Penis talk, Brett Kavanagh with Jackie Calmes and Tucker Carlson with Ben Smith

James and Al are joined by Ben Smith of the NYT and LA Times editor Jackie Calmes for a deep dive into the transformation of the media and the Republican party during the last election and over the last year.  What changed?  From our reporting to our governance, how do we restore trust in our institutions and get our country back on track? EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO JAMES AND AL AT [email protected] OR TWEET THEM TO @POLITICON.   MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR CITY, WE LOVE TO HEAR WHERE YOU’RE FROM! GET MORE FROM THIS WEEK’S GUESTS: JACKIE CALMES TWITTER HTTPS://TWITTER.COM/JACKIEKCALMES AUTHOR OF “DISSENT: THE RADICALIZATION OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND ITS CAPTURE OF THE COURT” HTTPS://WWW.AMAZON.COM/DISSENT-RADICALIZATION-REPUBLICAN-PARTY-CAPTURE-EBOOK/DP/B08MZT57NC BIO HTTPS://WWW.PBS.ORG/WETA/WASHINGTONWEEK/PROFILE/JACKIE-CALMES BEN SMITH NYT HTTPS://WWW.NYTIMES.COM/BY/BEN-SMITH TWITTER HTTPS://TWITTER.COM/BENYT BUZZFEED HTTPS://WWW.BUZZFEED.COM/BENSMITH PLEASE SUPPORT THIS WEEK’S SPONSORS: BLINKIST TO START YOUR FREE 7 DAY TRIAL AND GET 25% OFF OF A BLINKIST PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP, GO TO: HTTPS://WWW.BLINKIST.COM/EN/NC/PARTNERS/POLITICS-WAR-ROOM  HELLO FRESH FOR UP TO 14 FREE MEALS PLUS FREE SHIPPING, USE CODE WARROOM14 WHEN YOU GO TO: HTTPS://WWW.HELLOFRESH.COM/PAGES/PODCAST?C=WARROOM14&UTM_SOURCE=PODCAST&UTM_MEDIUM=CPM&UTM_CAMPAIGN=4020201510PODCAST&UTM_CONTENT=WARROOM14&DM=MEALS&FEATURED=FAMILY&MEALSIZE=3-4
6/24/20211 hour, 16 minutes, 56 seconds
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91: Andy Slavitt and Bill Leonard

James and Al welcome religious historian Bill Leonard and Biden’s former Senior Advisor for COVID Response, Andy Slavitt, to look at the mythologies holding the USA back-- from the supposed glory of the Old South, to anti-social and harmful views about the pandemic and the ongoing efforts to end it.  Should we be optimistic?  And what will it take to convince the more recalcitrant among us to embrace the policies we need to create an inspiring future?  EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO JAMES AND AL AT [email protected] OR TWEET THEM TO @POLITICON.   MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR CITY, WE LOVE TO HEAR WHERE YOU’RE FROM! PLEASE SUPPORT THIS WEEK’S SPONSOR: Blinkist GO TO WWW.BLINKIST.COM/WARROOM TO START YOUR FREE 7 DAY TRIAL AND GET 25% OFF OF A BLINKIST PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP.  LISTEN TO OTHER PODCASTS FROM POLITICON:  #SISTERSINLAW- FEATURING JILL WINE-BANKS, JOYCE VANCE, KIMBERLY ATKINS & BARB MCQUADE HOW THE HECK ARE WE GONNA GET ALONG!- FEATURING CLAY AIKEN Link on the website to this episode:  https://politicon.com/podcasts/filmmaker-alex-gibney/
6/17/20211 hour, 23 minutes, 2 seconds
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90: Coach Pete Carroll & Audrey Cavenecia

James and Al welcome coaching legend Pete Carroll and co-host of his Amplify Voices podcast, Audrey Cavenecia, to discuss the role of equity, inclusion and diversity in our society as we go into the next decade.  And after seeing the impact of racial issues on the front lines (even if measured in yards), the time is now to look at how diverse and future focused voices can lead us to where we need to be.  Will it be enough?  EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO JAMES AND AL AT [email protected] OR TWEET THEM TO @POLITICON.   MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR CITY, WE LOVE TO HEAR WHERE YOU’RE FROM! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Pete Carroll Twitter | Website | Amplify Voices | Podcast Trailer | NFL Seahawks Audrey Cavenecia Twitter | Facebook | Amplify Voices | Podcast Trailer | Website PLEASE SUPPORT THIS WEEK’S SPONSOR: MAGIC SPOON GO TO WWW.MAGICSPOON.COM/WARROOM TO GRAB A CUSTOM BUNDLE OF CEREAL AND TRY IT TODAY! AND BE SURE TO USE OUR PROMO CODE WARROOM AT CHECKOUT TO SAVE FIVE DOLLARS OFF YOUR ORDER!  LISTEN TO OTHER PODCASTS FROM POLITICON:  #SISTERSINLAW- FEATURING JILL WINE-BANKS, JOYCE VANCE, KIMBERLY ATKINS & BARB MCQUADE HOW THE HECK ARE WE GONNA GET ALONG!- FEATURING CLAY AIKEN
6/10/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 43 seconds
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89: Alex Gibney: Crime Of The Century

James and Al welcome Director Alex Gibney of HBO’s Crime of the Century to the Politics War Room to take on the threats to the American people posed by lobbyists, Big Pharma, and corporations who would put profits above people.  Why does it seem like the damage they do to our country is usually buried under other ledes and pushed to the bottom of the page?  They intend to find out-- even if they have to name names! EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO JAMES AND AL AT [email protected] OR TWEET THEM TO @POLITICON.   MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR CITY, WE LOVE TO HEAR WHERE YOU’RE FROM! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Alex Gibney Twitter | IMDB | Jigsaw Productions | HBO’s “Crime of the Century” PLEASE SUPPORT OUR RECENT SPONSOR: BETTER HELP POLITICS WAR ROOM LISTENERS GET 10% OFF THEIR FIRST MONTH AT WWW.BETTERHELP.COM/WARROOM. LISTEN TO OTHER PODCASTS FROM POLITICON:  #SISTERSINLAW- FEATURING JILL WINE-BANKS, JOYCE VANCE, KIMBERLY ATKINS & BARB MCQUADE HOW THE HECK ARE WE GONNA GET ALONG!- FEATURING CLAY AIKEN
6/3/202159 minutes, 29 seconds
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88: Fmr. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

With UFOs being reported and recorded across the country, James and Al welcome Fmr. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to get his take on the possible threat and why there’s been no disclosure.  But UFOs aren’t the only thing facing us, so they find out from Senator Reid how we can get our Congress working for us again, and what he’d say to the people running things now!  And of course-- more Hall of Sphincter noms... EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO JAMES AND AL AT [email protected] OR TWEET THEM TO @POLITICON.   MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR CITY, WE LOVE TO HEAR WHERE YOU’RE FROM! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Senator Harry Reid House.Gov | Author of “The Good Fight” | The Phenomenon | NYT UFO Series PLEASE SUPPORT THIS WEEK’S SPONSOR: BETTER HELP POLITICS WAR ROOM LISTENERS GET 10% OFF THEIR FIRST MONTH AT WWW.BETTERHELP.COM/WARROOM. LISTEN TO OTHER PODCASTS FROM POLITICON:  #SISTERSINLAW- FEATURING JILL WINE-BANKS, JOYCE VANCE, KIMBERLY ATKINS & BARB MCQUADE HOW THE HECK ARE WE GONNA GET ALONG!- FEATURING CLAY AIKEN Link on the website to this episode: https://politicon.com/podcasts/fmr-senate-major…eader-harry-reid/
5/27/202157 minutes, 14 seconds
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87: Sphincter Hall of Fame

Al and James are joined by Princeton historian Julian Zelizer to look at the evolution of the Republican Party from a party of issues to a party of disinformation and division.  Then Al and James announce the first inductees for a very special honor... EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO JAMES AND AL AT [email protected] OR TWEET THEM TO @POLITICON.   MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR CITY, WE LOVE TO HEAR WHERE YOU’RE FROM! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Julian Zelizer Princeton | CNN |Twitter | Author of “Burning Down The House” | & Many Other Books... PLEASE SUPPORT THIS WEEK’S SPONSOR: BLINKIST GO TO WWW.BLINKIST.COM/WARROOM TO TRY IT FREE FOR 7 DAYS AND SAVE 25% OFF YOUR NEW SUBSCRIPTION. HELLOFRESH GO TO WWW.HELLOFRESH.COM/WARROOM12 AND USE CODE WARROOM ONE TWO FOR 12 FREE MEALS, INCLUDING FREE SHIPPING!
5/20/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 58 seconds
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86: David Leonhardt

David Leonhardt of the New York Times sits down with James and Al to discuss how we can start moving our country forward after the Covid Pandemic and Trump era.  Is it time to start lifting the lockdown orders and focusing on the working people who keep the country running?  Or will Democrats keep the House competitive in 2022? EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO JAMES AND AL AT [email protected] OR TWEET THEM TO @POLITICON.   MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR CITY, WE LOVE TO HEAR WHERE YOU’RE FROM ! Get More From This Week’s Guest: David Leonhardt Twitter | New York Times  PLEASE SUPPORT THIS WEEK’S SPONSOR: MAGIC SPOON GET YOUR NEXT DELICIOUS BOWL OF GUILT-FREE CEREAL AT WWW.MAGICSPOON.COM/WARROOM AND USE THE CODE WARROOM TO SAVE FIVE DOLLARS OFF. 
5/13/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 30 seconds
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85: Michael Waldman

With Trump back in the news and Derek Chauvin recently convicted, James and Al bring on the President of NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice Michael Waldman for his take.  Can we expect Trump to finally land in legal trouble, and what’s the best way for the Democrats to remove the many obstacles he placed in the way of our democracy?  Will they also be able to make progress on criminal justice reform or is more persuasion needed for the country to start moving forward?   EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO JAMES AND AL AT [email protected] OR TWEET THEM TO @POLITICON.   MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR CITY, WE LOVE TO HEAR WHERE YOU’RE FROM! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Michael Waldman Twitter | Brennan Center For Justice | Author of “The Fight to Vote” & Many Other Books PLEASE SUPPORT THIS WEEK’S SPONSOR: BLINKIST GO TO WWW.BLINKIST.COM/WARROOM TO TRY IT FREE FOR 7 DAYS AND SAVE 25% OFF YOUR NEW SUBSCRIPTION. LISTEN TO OTHER PODCASTS FROM POLITICON:  #SISTERSINLAW- FEATURING JILL WINE-BANKS, JOYCE VANCE, KIMBERLY ATKINS & BARB MCQUADE HOW THE HECK ARE WE GONNA GET ALONG!- FEATURING CLAY AIKEN
5/6/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 36 seconds
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84: Zach Carter and Evan Osnos

As the Biden Administration continues to build support and consolidate its hold on the ship of state, James and Al are joined by John Maynard Keynes expert and author Zach Carter to give us perspective on Biden’s economic vision.  Then, Evan Osnos of The New Yorker comes on to analyze what we’re seeing from China.  But the episode wouldn’t be complete without James following up on his Vox interview-- you won’t want to miss it! EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO JAMES AND AL AT [email protected] OR TWEET THEM AT @POLITICON.   MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR CITY, WE LOVE TO HEAR WHERE YOU’RE FROM! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Zach Carter Twitter | Website |@OmidyarNetwork | Author of “The Price of Peace”  Evan Osnos Twitter |Website |New Yorker | Author of “Joe Biden: The Life, The Run & What Matters Now” PLEASE SUPPORT THIS WEEK’S SPONSOR: HELLO FRESH GO TO WWW.HELLOFRESH.COM/WARROOM12 AND USE CODE WARROOM12 FOR 12 FREE MEALS, INCLUDING FREE SHIPPING! LISTEN TO OTHER PODCASTS FROM POLITICON:  #SISTERSINLAW- FEATURING JILL WINE-BANKS, JOYCE VANCE, KIMBERLY ATKINS & BARB MCQUADE HOW THE HECK ARE WE GONNA GET ALONG!- FEATURING CLAY AIKEN
4/29/20211 hour, 20 minutes, 37 seconds
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83: Jim Gerstein & Phil Klay

With troops due to come out of Afghanistan, James and Al welcome veteran and author Phil Klay and pollster Jim Gerstein to discuss the state of world affairs and when we should be going to war.  How are things looking in the Middle East 20 years on?  Are we leaving too soon, or is it time to focus our attention here at home where we have enough problems?  EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO JAMES AND AL AT [email protected] OR TWEET THEM TO @POLITICON.   MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR CITY, WE LOVE TO HEAR WHERE YOU’RE FROM! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Jim Gerstein GBAO Strategies  Phil Klay Website |Fairfield University | Twitter |Author of “Missionaries” | And Other Books... PLEASE SUPPORT THIS WEEK’S SPONSOR: BLINKIST GO TO WWW.BLINKIST.COM/WARROOM TO TRY BLINKIST FREE FOR 7 DAYS AND SAVE 25% OFF YOUR NEW SUBSCRIPTION. LISTEN TO OTHER PODCASTS FROM POLITICON:  #SISTERSINLAW- FEATURING JILL WINE-BANKS, JOYCE VANCE, KIMBERLY ATKINS & BARB MCQUADE HOW THE HECK ARE WE GONNA GET ALONG!- FEATURING CLAY AIKEN
4/22/20211 hour, 33 minutes, 56 seconds
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82: Our Towns, w/ Deb & James Fallows, Jeanne Jordan & Steven Ascher

James and Al bring on the creators of HBO’s Our Towns-- Deb Fallows, James Fallows, Jeanne Jordan and Steven Ascher to discuss their journey to towns across our nation during the pandemic era.  In the process, they saw that the causes of our division pale in comparison to the bonds we build when we live, work, and dream together.  Now, if only DC would get on message... EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO JAMES AND AL AT [email protected] OR TWEET THEM TO @POLITICON.   MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR CITY, WE LOVE TO HEAR WHERE YOU’RE FROM! PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: MAGIC SPOON GO TO WWW.MAGICSPOON.COM/WARROOM TO GRAB SOME BLUEBERRY, OR A CUSTOM BUNDLE OF CEREAL TO TRY IT TODAY! AND BE SURE TO USE OUR PROMO CODE WARROOM AT CHECKOUT TO SAVE FIVE DOLLARS OFF YOUR ORDER.  LISTEN TO OTHER PODCASTS FROM POLITICON:  #SISTERSINLAW- FEATURING JILL WINE-BANKS, JOYCE VANCE, KIMBERLY ATKINS & BARB MCQUADE HOW THE HECK ARE WE GONNA GET ALONG!- FEATURING CLAY AIKEN
4/15/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 54 seconds
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81: Manchin, Gaetz and James's famous tuna sandwich recipe

Al and James argue against the voter law in Georgia and don’t pull any punches about the allegations facing Matt Gaetz.  They also discuss the role Joe Manchin has to play in the Senate, and whether the Democrats can do anything with their majorities.  Come for the unparalleled political insight, and stay for James’ tuna fish sandwich recipe! EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO JAMES AND AL AT  [email protected] OR TWEET THEM TO @POLITICON.   MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR CITY, WE LOVE TO HEAR WHERE YOU’RE FROM! PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS: BLINKIST GO TO WWW.BLINKIST.COM/WARROOM TRY IT FREE FOR 7 DAYS AND SAVE 25% OFF YOUR NEW SUBSCRIPTION.  HELLO FRESH GO TO WWW.HELLOFRESH.COM/WARROOM12 AND USE CODE WARROOM ONE TWO FOR 12 FREE MEALS, INCLUDING FREE SHIPPING! SONG FINCH SONGFINCH IS OFFERING 20 DOLLARS OFF ALL PERSONALIZED SONGS AT WWW.SONGFINCH.COM WITH CODE WARROOM.  LISTEN TO OTHER PODCASTS FROM POLITICON:  #SISTERSINLAW- FEATURING JILL WINE-BANKS, JOYCE VANCE, KIMBERLY ATKINS & BARB MCQUADE HOW THE HECK ARE WE GONNA GET ALONG!- FEATURING CLAY AIKEN
4/8/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 45 seconds
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80: From G. Gordon Liddy to Matt Gaetz

James and Al try to figure out what the heck is wrong with the Republican party, from G. Gordon Liddy on to Rep. Matt Gaetz.  What gives?  If their party doesn’t get its act together soon, they could easily slip into irrelevance-- and that’s in spite of the best efforts of the Democrats! EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO JAMES AND AL  [email protected] OR TWEET THEM TO @POLITICON.   MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR CITY, WE LOVE TO HEAR WHERE YOU’RE FROM! LISTEN TO OTHER PODCASTS FROM POLITICON:  #SISTERSINLAW- FEATURING JILL WINE-BANKS, JOYCE VANCE, KIMBERLY ATKINS & BARB MCQUADE HOW THE HECK ARE WE GONNA GET ALONG!- FEATURING CLAY AIKEN
4/1/202138 minutes, 3 seconds
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79: Ron Brownstein & John Feinstein

James and Al get fired up for some March Madness with John Feinstein-- taking a look at what’s best for the sport and the NCAA.  Better check your brackets!  Then, Ron Brownstein of the Atlantic comes on to discuss the shift from class to culture based partisanship and the way the forces unleashed in 1974 Los Angeles continue to define our future. Please excuse the echo with our final guest John Feinstein it was an external issue that we could not fix, but we wanted to bring you the interview anyway as it was so great ! Get More From This Week’s Guests: Ron Brownstein Twitter|Recent Articles By Ronald| Author of ‘Rock Me On The Water’ John Feinstein Twitter|Website| Author of Many Excellent Books... EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO JAMES AND AL AT  [email protected] OR TWEET THEM TO @POLITICON.   MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR CITY, WE LOVE TO HEAR WHERE YOU’RE FROM! PLEASE SUPPORT OUR RECENT SPONSORS: FUNDRISE SEE FOR YOURSELF HOW ONE HUNDRED THIRTY THOUSAND INVESTORS HAVE BUILT A BETTER PORTFOLIO WITH PRIVATE REAL ESTATE. IT TAKES JUST A FEW MINUTES TO GET STARTED. GO TO WWW.FUNDRISE.COM/WARROOM BLINKIST GO TO WWW.BLINKIST.COM/WARROOM TRY IT FREE FOR 7 DAYS AND SAVE 25% OFF YOUR NEW SUBSCRIPTION.  LISTEN TO OTHER PODCASTS FROM POLITICON:  #SistersInLaw- Featuring Jill Wine-Banks, Joyce Vance, Kimberly Atkins & Barb McQuade How The Heck Are We Gonna Get Along!- Featuring Clay Aiken
3/25/20211 hour, 21 minutes, 22 seconds
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78: Dr Sean Carroll

With our future seeming more unpredictable by the year, James and Al invite theoretical physicist and host of the Mindscape Podcast, Dr Sean Carroll to the show to gain insight into the secrets of existence-- that is, if anything exists outside of politics... In their wide ranging conversation we find out whether anyone really understands quantum physics, the fate of Iran and Schrödinger's cat, along with much more.  You might even want to check your bracket.   Get More From This Week’s Guest: Sean Carrol Twitter|Caltech| YouTube | Website | Mindscape Podcast | @SFIscience | TED  | Edge | Preposterous Universe | Author of: Something Deeply Hidden| And Many Other Books  EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO JAMES AND AL AT  [email protected] OR TWEET THEM TO @POLITICON.   MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR CITY, WE LOVE TO HEAR WHERE YOU’RE FROM! PLEASE SUPPORT OUR RECENT SPONSORS: MAGIC SPOON  GET YOUR NEXT DELICIOUS BOWL OF GUILT-FREE CEREAL AT WWW.MAGICSPOON.COM/WARROOM AND USE THE CODE WARROOM TO SAVE FIVE DOLLARS OFF.  LISTEN TO OTHER PODCASTS FROM POLITICON:  #SistersInLaw- Featuring Jill Wine-Banks, Joyce Vance, Kimberly Atkins & Barb McQuade How The Heck Are We Gonna Get Along!- Featuring Clay Aiken
3/17/20211 hour, 1 minute, 48 seconds
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77: Ret. Brigadier General Ty Seidule & Former NOLA Mayor Mitch Landrieu

James and Al host Ret. Brigadier General Ty Seidule for a deep dive into the residual myths surrounding Robert E. Lee and the confederacy, as well as the implications they have for the region and our politics.  Former NOLA Mayor Mitch Landrieu then calls in to join the conversation, discussing the changes happening in the modern South and how we can reclaim patriotism from those who would divide us. Get More From This Week’s Guests: Ret. Brigadier General Ty Seidule Twitter |Website | Hamilton College | Author of: Robert E. Lee & Me | And Many Other Books Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu Twitter |Website | Unum Fund | Author of: In The Shadows Of Statues EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO JAMES AND AL AT  [email protected] OR TWEET THEM TO @POLITICON.   MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR CITY, WE LOVE TO HEAR WHERE YOU’RE FROM! THIS WEEK’S SPONSOR: MAGIC SPOON  GET YOUR NEXT DELICIOUS BOWL OF GUILT-FREE CEREAL AT WWW.MAGICSPOON.COM/WARROOM AND USE THE CODE WARROOM TO SAVE FIVE DOLLARS OFF.  LISTEN TO OTHER PODCASTS FROM POLITICON:  #SistersInLaw- Featuring Jill Wine-Banks, Joyce Vance, Kimberly Atkins & Barb McQuade How The Heck Are We Gonna Get Along!- Featuring Clay Aiken
3/10/20211 hour, 35 minutes, 52 seconds
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76: Amanda Carpenter

Is the GOP on the short bumpy road to irrelevance?  James and Al bring on strategist, author, and Bulwark contributor Amanda Carpenter-- formerly a Ted Cruz staffer-- to find out why the Republican Party can’t escape Trump, and what things might look like if they do.  If they can’t, Democrats can press a generational advantage, but it might not matter if they can’t get their act together! Get More From This Week’s Guest: Amanda Carpenter  Twitter |Author of: Gas Lighting America | @BulwarkOnline EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO JAMES AND AL AT  [email protected] OR TWEET THEM TO @POLITICON.   MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR CITY, WE LOVE TO HEAR WHERE YOU’RE FROM! THIS WEEK’S SPONSOR: BLINKIST  GO TO WWW.BLINKIST.COM/WARROOM TO TRY IT FREE FOR 7 DAYS AND SAVE 25% OFF YOUR NEW SUBSCRIPTION. LISTEN TO OTHER PODCASTS FROM POLITICON  #SistersInLaw- Featuring Jill Wine-Banks, Joyce Vance, Kimberly Atkins & Barb McQuade How The Heck Are We Gonna Get Along!- Featuring Clay Aiken
3/3/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 28 seconds
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75: Rep. Colin Allred

With Texas in turmoil after facing down a disastrous ice storm and Ted Cruz caught making a run for the sun, Al and James welcome Congressman Colin Allred from Texas to fill us in on what’s happening there on the ground.  Will the state pull itself together or will it need to turn blue first? Get More From This Week’s Guest: Rep. Colin Allred Twitter |House.Gov |Facebook | @transportDems |@houseforeign | @vetaffairsdems EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO JAMES AND AL AT  [email protected] OR TWEET THEM TO @POLITICON.   MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR CITY, WE LOVE TO HEAR WHERE YOU’RE FROM! THIS WEEK’S SPONSORS: BLINKIST  GO TO WWW.BLINKIST.COM/WARROOM TO TRY IT FREE FOR 7 DAYS AND SAVE 25% OFF YOUR NEW SUBSCRIPTION.   FUNDRISE  SEE HOW ONE HUNDRED THIRTY THOUSAND INVESTORS HAVE BUILT A BETTER PORTFOLIO WITH PRIVATE REAL ESTATE. IT TAKES JUST A FEW MINUTES TO GET STARTED @ TO WWW.FUNDRISE.COM/WARROOM HONEY GET HONEY FOR FREE AT WWW.JOINHONEY.COM/WARROOM LISTEN TO OTHER PODCASTS FROM POLITICON  #SistersInLaw- Featuring Jill Wine-Banks, Joyce Vance, Kimberly Atkins & Barb McQuade How The Heck Are We Gonna Get Along!- Featuring Clay Aiken
2/25/20211 hour, 14 minutes, 40 seconds
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74: Jane Fonda

With our nation buffeted by everything from climate change to Covid, James and Al are joined by the incomparable activist and actress Jane Fonda find out how we all can become more involved on the issues most critical to our shared future.  Can President Biden rally us in time?  The consensus is yes-- so we might make it after all!  Get More From This Week’s Guest: Jane Fonda IMDB Twitter Facebook Instagram Website Email your questions to James and Al at  [email protected]  or tweet them to @POLITICON.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! THIS WEEK’S SPONSORS: GAINFUL GET $15 OFF YOUR FIRST MONTH OF PERSONALIZED PROTEIN POWDER WHEN YOU GO TO WWW.GAINFUL.COM/WARROOM.   IPVANISH GO TO WWW.IPVANISH.COM/WARROOM TO CLAIM YOUR 65% SAVINGS!
2/18/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 52 seconds
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73: Senator Doug Jones

With the impeachment process ongoing and President Biden scrambling to right the wayward ship of state, Senator Doug Jones of Alabama joins James and Al to give his unique insight into the challenges that face the Democratic party and the country.  How difficult will it be to govern when we’re at each other's throats?  And is there hope for the more moderate among us once we get past Trump? Get More From This Week’s Guest: Senator Doug Jones Twitter Website Author of ‘Bending Towards Justice’ Email your questions to James and Al at  [email protected]  or tweet them to @POLITICON.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! THIS WEEK’S SPONSORS: IPVANISH  GO TO WWW.IPVANISH.COM/WARROOM TO CLAIM YOUR 65% SAVINGS! FUND-RISE  SEE FOR YOURSELF HOW ONE HUNDRED THIRTY THOUSAND INVESTORS HAVE BUILT A BETTER PORTFOLIO WITH PRIVATE REAL ESTATE. IT TAKES JUST A FEW MINUTES TO GET STARTED.  GO TO WWW.FUNDRISE.COM/WARROOM TODAY.  MAGIC SPOON  GO TO WWW.MAGICSPOON.COM/WARROOM TO GRAB A VARIETY PACK AND TRY IT TODAY! AND BE SURE TO USE OUR PROMO CODE WARROOM (THAT’S ALL ONE WORD) AT CHECKOUT TO SAVE FIVE DOLLARS OFF YOUR ORDER! 
2/10/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 40 seconds
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72: Laurie Garrett & Greg Cosell

With Covid-19 raging across the country for a full year, James and Al are joined by Pulitzer prize winning author and journalist Laurie Garrett to find out what we can expect going forward, and what our lives will look like in 2021 once the vaccine begins to get more widely distributed.  Then expert football analyst and senior producer at NFL Films Greg Cosell comes on to get us fired up about the Super Bowl this weekend and talk about recent developments in the game.  Who’s your pick? Get More From This Week’s Guests: Greg Cosell Twitter NFL Match-Up NFL Films Co-Author of ‘The Games That Changed The Game’   Laurie Garrett Twitter Website CFR Author of ‘The Coming Plague’ And many other books! Email your questions to James and Al at  [email protected]  or tweet them to @POLITICON.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! THIS WEEK’S SPONSORS: GAINFUL  GET $15 OFF YOUR FIRST MONTH OF PERSONALIZED PROTEIN POWDER WHEN YOU GO TO WWW.GAINFUL.COM/WARROOM! IPVANISH  GO TO WWW.IPVANISH.COM/WARROOM TO CLAIM YOUR 65% SAVINGS! BLINKIST  GO TO WWW.BLINKIST.COM/WARROOM, THAT’S ALL ONE WORD, TO TRY IT FREE FOR 7 DAYS AND SAVE 25% OFF YOUR NEW SUBSCRIPTION.
2/4/20211 hour, 41 minutes, 12 seconds
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71: Michael McFaul & David Folkenflik

With Russia in upheaval, and our media not exactly sure how to cover the Biden Administration, Al and James are joined by former Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, and NPR’s David Folkenflik to take a look at how both will fare after the transition to the new presidency.  Can the media keep the Biden Administration honest while respecting the American people?  And will Russia fall to the wayside on its own or will more action be necessary?  No matter how things play out, Al and James don’t think the Republican party will be much help in the foreseeable future, but there’s always hope! Get More From This Week’s Panelists: Michael McFaul Twitter Website Author of ‘From Cold War To Hot Peace’   And Many Other Books David Folkenflik Twitter NPR Author of ‘Murdoch’s World’ Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press Email your questions to James and Al at  [email protected]  or tweet them to @POLITICON.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! THIS WEEK’S SPONSORS: WORD FOREST  WORD FOREST IS OFFERING YOU 2500 COINS AND 500 GEMS WHEN YOU DOWNLOAD AND PLAY.  GO TO THE APPLE OR GOOGLE STORE AND SEARCH FOR WORD FOREST TO DOWNLOAD IT FOR FREE TODAY. MAGIC SPOON GO TO WWW.MAGICSPOON.COM/WARROOM TO GRAB A VARIETY PACK AND TRY IT TODAY! AND BE SURE TO USE OUR PROMO CODE WARROOM (THAT’S ONE WORD) AT CHECKOUT TO SAVE FIVE DOLLARS OFF YOUR ORDER.
1/28/20211 hour, 29 minutes, 44 seconds
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70: Inauguration Day w/ Leon Panetta & Walter Dellinger

In spite of the mayhem at the Capitol, the inauguration of Joe Biden and the transfer of power went smoothly, and James and Al are beginning to feel some optimism about the next four years...if the Democrats don’t screw it up!  Leon Panetta joins them to look at the domestic and international prospects for the new administration.  Then, Duke Law School’s legal mastermind Walter Dellinger comes on to look at the legal future for the Trump family and how the actions of the administration can be refuted and undone.   Get More From This Week’s Panelists: Leon Panetta Center For Strategic & International Studies The Panetta Institute For Public Policy Author of Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in Times of War and Peace   Walter Dellinger Twitter Firm: O’Melveny & Myers Duke Law Email your questions to James and Al at  [email protected]  or tweet them to @POLITICON.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! THIS WEEK’S SPONSORS: FUNDRISE  SEE FOR YOURSELF HOW ONE HUNDRED THIRTY THOUSAND INVESTORS HAVE BUILT A BETTER PORTFOLIO WITH PRIVATE REAL ESTATE. IT TAKES JUST A FEW MINUTES TO GET STARTED.  GO TO WWW.FUNDRISE.COM/WARROOM TODAY.  BLINKIST  GO TO WWW.BLINKIST.COM/WARROOM, THAT’S ALL ONE WORD, TO TRY IT FREE FOR 7 DAYS AND SAVE 25% OFF YOUR NEW SUBSCRIPTION.  WORD FOREST WORD FOREST IS OFFERING YOU 2500 COINS AND 500 GEMS WHEN YOU DOWNLOAD AND PLAY.  GO TO THE APPLE OR GOOGLE STORE AND SEARCH FOR WORD FOREST TO DOWNLOAD IT FOR FREE TODAY.
1/21/20211 hour, 38 minutes, 13 seconds
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69: Impeachment Day... again w/ Professor Kathleen Belew & Walter Pincus

With the Capitol garrisoned with troops and the passions of insurrection and the subsequent defense of the Union still cooling, Al and James examine the worrisome situation we find ourselves in going into the Biden inauguration.  The threat is evident, and so they are joined by expert on the militia and white power movements, University of Chicago Professor Kathleen Belew to look at how we got to this point, and national security expert and senior columnist for The Cipher Brief, WaPo Alum Walter Pincus to war game how best to handle the final days of the Trump Presidency. Get More From This Week’s Panelists: Professor Kathleen Belew Twitter Website University of Chicago Author of the Bring The War Home: The White Power Movement & Paramilitary America Walter Pincus Twitter The Cipher Brief Washington Post Email your questions to James and Al at  [email protected]  or tweet them to @POLITICON.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! THIS WEEK’S SPONSOR: MAGIC SPOON  GO TO www.MAGICSPOON.COM/WARROOM TO GRAB A VARIETY PACK AND TRY IT TODAY!  BE SURE TO USE OUR PROMO CODE WARROOM (THAT’S ONE WORD) AT CHECKOUT TO GET FREE SHIPPING.
1/14/20211 hour, 30 minutes, 35 seconds
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68: John Couvillon & Sec William Cohen

2021 already promises to be as crazy as 2020, and Al and James are ready to game things out for you in their Politics War Room.  They’re joined on their first episode of the year by award winning pollster John Couvillon to take a look at the double Democratic victory in the GA Senate races and bask in the results.  Then, former Defense Secretary William Cohen comes on to game out the final days of the Trump Administration and how we might handle the ensuing chaos as the nation approaches the transition of power.   Get More From This Week’s Panelists: John Couvillon Twitter JMC Analytics & Polling Blog Fmr. Defense Secretary William Cohen The Cohen Group The Cohen Institute CSIS Books by William Email your questions to James and Al at  [email protected]  or tweet them to @POLITICON.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! THIS WEEK’S SPONSOR: BLINKIST  BLINKIST HAS A SPECIAL OFFER JUST FOR OUR AUDIENCE: GO TO www.BLINKIST.com/warroom, TO TRY IT FREE FOR 7 DAYS AND SAVE 25% OFF YOUR NEW SUBSCRIPTION.
1/6/20211 hour, 29 minutes, 50 seconds
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67: Joe Drape

With 2021 just around the corner, Al and James celebrate our scientists and first responders, and give us the inside scoop on who has power in the Democratic congress. Then they’re joined by author of Saint Makers, Joe Drape of @NYTSPORTS, to discuss some of the things we’ve seen in the cultural realms outside of politics-- updating us about the state of the modern church, before switching over to take on the way the pandemic has affected the sports industry.  Like many others, there is the fear that it won’t come back, but they are still fans rooting for a comeback!  More than anything, they look forward to figuring out how to bring our country back in 2021 with our great guests and listeners! Get More From This Week’s Panelists: Joe Drape Twitter @NYTSPORTS NYT Sports Author of American Pharoah Author of Saint Makers And many other books! Email your questions to James and Al at  [email protected]  or tweet them to @POLITICON.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! THIS WEEK’S SPONSORS: MAGIC SPOON (00:22:44) GO TO www.magicspoon.com/warroom TO GRAB A VARIETY PACK AND TRY IT TODAY! AND BE SURE TO USE OUR PROMO CODE WARROOM (THAT’S ONE WORD) AT CHECKOUT TO GET FREE SHIPPING.
12/30/202058 minutes, 11 seconds
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66: David Sanger, Mary Matalin & Judy Woodruff

Al and James welcome The New York Times National Security Correspondent David Sanger to analyze the recent Russian cyber attacks on our country and go through our possible responses, legislative and otherwise.  James is appalled we could let it happen, and all three wonder if our country is still secure.  Then, Al and James continue their annual holiday season tradition by bringing their wives Judy Woodruff and Mary Matalin on the podcast to end the year before the Politics War Room gears up for 2021! Get More From This Week’s Panelists: David Sanger Twitter Author of Confront and Conceal Author of The Inheritance Author of The Perfect Weapon The Perfect Weapon HBOTrailer Mary Matalin Website Author of Love & War Author of All’s Fair Author of Letters To My Daughters Judy Woodruff Twitter PBS NewsHour Email your questions to James and Al at  [email protected]  or tweet them to @POLITICON.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! THIS WEEK’S SPONSORS: BETTER HELP (00:59:31) VISIT WWW.BETTERHELP.COM/WARROOM AND JOIN THE OVER 1,000,000 PEOPLE WHO HAVE TAKEN CHARGE OF THEIR MENTAL HEALTH WITH THE HELP OF AN EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL.
12/23/20201 hour, 17 minutes, 32 seconds
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65: Ron Brownstein

Texas and Trump have been rejected by the Supreme Court and things are starting to look like President-Elect Biden will sail smoothly into his inauguration.   Al and James discuss their support for most of his cabinet picks so far, even though they worry that the party needs to focus on shoring up support (not to mention the Senate) before swinging for the fences.  Then, they are joined by Ron Brownstein to shoot down any concerns about fraud overturning the election, and gaze into the future of Trump and the two parties, so we can be ready for what’s coming next. Get More From This Week’s Panelists: Ron Brownstein Twitter CNN National Journal The Atlantic Email your questions to James and Al at  [email protected]  or tweet them to @POLITICON.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! THIS WEEK’S SPONSORS: BETTER HELP  VISIT WWW.BETTERHELP.COM AND JOIN THE OVER 1,000,000 PEOPLE WHO HAVE TAKEN CHARGE OF THEIR MENTAL HEALTH WITH THE HELP OF AN EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL.
12/16/20201 hour, 13 minutes, 25 seconds
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64: Tim O’Brien & John Barry

President Elect Biden’s cabinet is beginning to fill up, and James and Al have a lot to say on the subject.  And if the party wants to win both seats in the Georgia Senate run-offs, they would do well to listen!  Then, they are joined by Bloomberg columnist and author of Trump Nation, Tim O’Brien to give insight into the final machinations of the Trump White House and what we can expect from him going forward.  Luckily there is some optimism from historian and author of The Great Influenza, John Barry, when he helps us game out the next phase of our battle against COVID. Get More From This Week’s Panelists: Tim O’Brien Twitter Trump Nation John Barry Twitter Website The Great Influenza Email your questions to James and Al at  [email protected]  or tweet them to @POLITICON.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! THIS WEEK’S SPONSORS: BETTER HELP (00:20:18) VISIT WWW.BETTERHELP.COM/WARROOM AND JOIN THE OVER 1,000,000 PEOPLE WHO HAVE TAKEN CHARGE OF THEIR MENTAL HEALTH WITH THE HELP OF AN EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL. MAGIC SPOON (01:01:48) GO TO WWW.MAGICSPOON.COM/WARROOM TO GRAB A VARIETY PACK AND TRY IT TODAY! AND BE SURE TO USE OUR PROMO CODE WARROOM (THAT’S ONE WORD) AT CHECKOUT TO GET FREE SHIPPING.
12/9/20201 hour, 29 minutes, 52 seconds
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63: Senator Chris Dodd & Stephen Fowler

It’s the election that never seems to end, but with President-Elect Biden putting together a cabinet and Trump’s legal challenges floundering across the country, Al and James are looking ahead to 2021.  Georgia maven Stephen Fowler joins the show to discuss the facts on the ground and his expectations for the Senate races there.  Then Senator Chris Dodd comes on to share his optimism for the Biden administration and his surprising hopes for bi-partisanship between Biden and McConnell.  The question is, will the country be able to move on with them? Get More From This Week’s Panelists: Stephen Fowler Twitter Podcast: Battleground: Ballot Box  Senator Chris Dodd Twitter Email your questions to James and Al at  [email protected]  or tweet them to @POLITICON.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! THIS WEEK’S SPONSORS: The Great Courses Plus  Get access to any and all courses for an entire month- completely free!  So don’t wait any longer, sign up today using our special url: www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/warroom United Harvest  If you value quality, flavor, and convenience when ordering your meat, check out www.unitedharvest.com and be sure to use that promo code warroom to save 20% off your order of 50 dollars or more. Paint Your Life  Celebrate the moments that matter most with Paint Your Life.  Text politics to 64-000 for 20% off and free shipping on your order.
12/2/20201 hour, 22 minutes, 30 seconds
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62: Bill Kristol & Evan Osnos

The Biden era is finally beginning, and his cabinet and prospective agenda are already exciting people across the political spectrum.  Al and James are fired up, and talk to political maven Bill Kristol about the prospects for the Republican party, and why he’s a fan of Biden and the Democrats after Trump.  Then, journalist and author of Joe Biden: The Life, The Run, and What Matters Now, Evan Osnos, comes on to tell us about the real Biden and what we can expect from his administration internationally.  Verdict is, it’s looking good! Get More From This Week’s Panelists: Evan Osnos Twitter Author of Joe Biden: The Life, The Run, And What Matters Now Bill Kristol Twitter Conversations With Bill Kristol  Defending Democracy Together Republican Voters Against Trump The Foundation for Constitutional Government The Bulwark Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected]  or tweet them to @POLITICON.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! THIS WEEK’S SPONSORS: Four Sigmatic  Fuel your productivity and creativity with some delicious mushroom coffee. You’ll save up to 40% and get free shipping with Four Sigmatic when you go to: www.foursigmatic.com/warroom. United Harvest  If you value quality, flavor, and convenience when ordering your meat, check out www.unitedharvest.com and be sure to use that promo code warroom to save 20% off your order of 50 dollars or more. Paint Your Life  Celebrate the moments that matter most with Paint Your Life.  Text politics to 64-000 for 20% off and free shipping on your order.
11/25/20201 hour, 15 minutes, 24 seconds
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61: Shane Harris & Chris Huttman

As we get further from the election, it’s time for Biden to start putting together a cabinet.  Al and James take a look at how it might look and what to expect in the early days of a Biden-Harris administration before taking your questions.  Then they’re joined by Shane Harris, to talk about how President Trump could make the Snowden leaks pale by comparison to what he can sell or release, and Georgia expert Chris Huttman to give us insight into the fate of its Senate seats.  Will it go dark blue? Learn More About This Week’s Panelists: SHANE HARRIS Twitter: @shaneharris Books: @WAR, The Watchers CHRIS HUTTMAN Website: 20/20 Insight Email your questions to James and Al at  [email protected]  or tweet them to @POLITICON.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! THIS WEEK’S SPONSOR: MAGIC SPOON  Go to www.magicspoon.com/warroom to grab a cereal variety pack and try it today!  Be sure to use our promo code warroom (that’s all one word) at checkout to get free shipping!
11/19/20201 hour, 9 minutes, 27 seconds
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60: Ed Luce & Tom Edsall

With Biden the presumptive President-Elect, James and Al take a moment to celebrate the win, despite wishing that the Democratic party had worked harder on its messaging.  They’re joined by Ed Luce of the Financial Times and Tom Edsall of the New York Times to discuss how the international order will change under a Biden Administration and whether the party can mend the growing schism between the work and moderate wings of the party.  Either way, it’s a whole new world... Books From This Week’s Panelists: ED LUCE The Retreat Of Western Liberalism TOM EDSALL The Age of Austerity: How Scarcity Will Remake American Politics Email your questions to James and Al at [email protected]  or tweet them to @POLITICON.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! THIS WEEK’S SPONSOR: THE GREAT COURSES PLUS (00:18:45) Start your journey with The Great Courses Plus today! Sign up with our special url: www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/warroom.  When you go there, you’ll get a full month of unlimited access- for free! 
11/11/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 18 seconds
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59: In Limbo: Paul Begala, Jill Abramson, Tara Setmayer & Cass Sunstein

James and Al break down election law and court challenges with Cass Sunstein before being joined by an all star panel with Jill Abramson, Paul Begala, and Tara Setmayer to help us digest what we experienced on election day.  With no official call made, is it in the bag for Biden and McConnell?  It’s a whole new era.  Will we be stuck in the same battles of the last four years, or can we expect to build back bigger, bolder, and better in 2021?  Books & Podcasts From This Week’s Panelists: Jill Abramson Merchants of Truth Paul Begala You’re Fired: The Perfect Guide To Beating Donald Trump Tara Setmayer Honestly Speaking With Tara Setmayer Cass Sunstein How Change Happens Email your questions to James and Al at  [email protected]  or tweet them to @POLITICON.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from! THIS WEEK’S SPONSOR: MAGIC SPOON Go to www.magicspoon.com/warroom to grab a variety pack and try it today! and be sure to use our promo code warroom (that’s one word) at checkout to get free shipping.
11/5/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 27 seconds
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58: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Live Stream 'Election 2020

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11/2/20201 hour, 4 seconds
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57: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer & Sen. Bob Casey

James and Al are joined by two political giants from critical swing states - Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan - to discuss the situation on the ground with only a few days to go until the election.   Which counties are make or break for Biden?  Will he be able to flip both states and expand the map?  And perhaps most importantly, when will we know either way?   Listen and find out what the War Room predicts for November 3rd!  Gov. Whitmer’s article ‘The Plot to Kidnap Me’ in The Atlantic Register for the FREE Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Live Event  Thursday 29 Oct at 7:00 ET - James and Al will be talking to David Shribman live at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Election 2020 Online Town Meeting. Email your questions to James and Al at  [email protected]  or tweet them to @POLITICON  THIS WEEK’S SPONSORS: HYDRANT  Hydrant - Where water meets wellness - we’ve got a special deal for our listeners to SAVE 25% OFF YOUR FIRST ORDER: Go to www.drinkhydrant.com/warroom or enter our promo code warroom (that’s all one word) at checkout.  STEADYMD  SteadyMD is now accepting members of all ages, in all 50 states. Go to www.steadymd.com/warroom to take the free quiz and see which doctor is a perfect fit for you. THE GREAT COURSES PLUS  Start your journey with The Great Courses Plus today, your future self will thank you! Sign up with our special url: www.TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/warroom and get a full month of unlimited access - for free!
10/29/20201 hour, 11 minutes, 41 seconds
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56: Sarah Silverman and Michael McDonald

Sarah Silverman is excited about the Biden campaign, but worries that we are losing the cause of progress to our cultural divisions. Meanwhile election day is only 2 weeks away, and over 41 million voters have already cast their ballots.  Michael McDonald of the United States Elections Project goes over how things look.  And so far, the early voting seems to indicate a groundbreaking year for Democrats, but in election season, anything can happen.  Can we look forward to normalcy after November 3rd?  LISTEN TO THE SARAH SILVERMAN PODCAST EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO JAMES AND AL [email protected]  OR TWEET THEM TO @POLITICON THIS WEEKS SPONSORS: STEADYMD  (00:12:27) SteadyMD is now accepting members of all ages, in all 50 states. go to www.steadymd.com/warroom to TAKE THE FREE QUIZ AND SEE WHICH DOCTOR IS A PERFECT FIT FOR YOU.  BLINKIST  (00:37:41) Right now, for a limited time Blinkist has a special offer just for our listeners:  Go to www.blinkist.com/warroom to TRY IT FREE FOR 7 DAYS AND SAVE 25% OFF YOUR NEW SUBSCRIPTION. THE GREAT COURSES PLUS  (00:58:41) Start your journey with The Great Courses Plus today, your future self will thank you! Sign up with our special url: www.TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/warroom when you go there, YOU’LL GET A FULL MONTH OF UNLIMITED ACCESS- FOR FREE
10/22/20201 hour, 21 minutes, 46 seconds
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55: Dr. Richard Murray on Taking Texas and Fred Wertheimer on the Influence of Dark Money

With only weeks to go, gigantic sums of campaign cash have washed over the electoral landscape, but when the country is this polarized does money still talk?  James and Al are starting to become optimistic about a Biden election, and think this might be his chance to expand the map.  University of Houston’s Dr. Richard Murray reviews the possibility of flipping reliably red states, while Founder and President of Democracy 21 Fred Wertheimer discusses the role of cash in 2020 strategy and where it comes from.  After listening to them, do you think this is the year that the Democrats shock in the south? EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS FOR JAMES AND AL AT  [email protected]  OR TWEET THEM TO @POLITICON  THEY WILL DO THEIR BEST TO ANSWER THEM ON NEXT WEEK'S EPISODE! WE THANK THIS WEEKS SPONSORS: BLINKIST (00:12:17) Right now, for a limited time Blinkist has a special offer just for our listeners:  Go to BLINKIST.COM/WARROOM to try it FREE for 7 days AND save 25 percent off your new subscription. FOUR SIGMATIC  (00:33:50) We've worked out an EXCLUSIVE offer with Four Sigmatic on their best-selling Mushroom Coffee: Get up to 40% off plus Free Shipping on Mushroom Coffee bundles.  Go to FOURSIGMATIC.COM/WARROOM This offer is ONLY for Politics War Room listeners and is not available on their regular website. MAGIC SPOON (00:53:34) Go to MAGICSPOON.COM/WARROOM to grab a variety pack and try it today! And be sure to use our promo code WARROOM at checkout to get free shipping. TIMELINE: 00:00 - Intro 03:00 - Liberty vs. Democracy 06:15 - The stain on Amy Coney Barrett 11:00 - Remembering Roberta McCain 15:15 - Taking Texas 17:00 - The real demographics 20:30 - An outstanding gerrymander 23:00 - The Texas Republican dilemma 27:30 - The most interesting county in the US 30:00 - Election bellwethers 36:45 - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Money 40:00 - Unprecedented cash flow 44:30 - Shining a light on dark money 48:45 - The fight for the courts 55:30 - Listener Q&A
10/15/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 43 seconds
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54: Andrew Weissman on Trump's criminality and Kathleen Belew on the hidden threat of white supremacy

The President and his team have been infected with the Coronavirus, giving new significance to the phrase October Surprise.  But even though James and Al think an electoral blow out is coming, it’s too early for Democrats to get comfortable— there are too many threats.  Guest Professor Kathleen Belew details the rise of white supremacist movements and their plans for overthrowing the United States, while former DOJ Fraud Section Chief Andrew Weissmann tells us that Bill Barr has downplayed the foreign plans to affect our elections.  Is our country at risk once again? TWEET YOUR QUESTIONS FOR JAMES AND AL TO @POLITICON AND THEY WILL ANSWER THEM ON NEXT WEEK'S EPISODE! Latest Books By Our Guests: Kathleen Belew: Bring the War Home Andrew Weissmann: Where Law Ends THIS WEEKS SPONSORS: HYDRANT (00:16:40:16) We’ve got a special deal for our listeners to save 25% off your first order:  Go to DrinkHydrant.com/WARROOM  or enter our promo code WARROOM at checkout. MAGIC SPOON (00:40.25.14) Go to magicspoon.com/WARROOM to grab a variety pack and try it today! And be sure to use our promo code WARROOM at checkout to get free shipping. STEADY MD (01.06.22.07) Go to SteadyMD.com/WARROOM to take the FREE quiz and see which doctor is a perfect fit for you.  TIMELINE: 00:00 - Intro 01:30 - One incredibly long week 04:00 - Disease in the White House 08:00 - House and Senate predictions 11:45 - Crunching the voting numbers 19:00 - The hidden threat of white supremacy 23:30 - Pent-up frustation 29:30 - Oklahoma as a flash point 34:00 - The post-war bump in hate 38:30 - The banality of evil 42:30 - Bob Mueller’s failures 47:15 - Republican law and order 54:45 - Why did you lie to Congress? 1:00:45 - The Dunham investigation 1:08:00 - Audience Q&A
10/8/20201 hour, 17 minutes, 21 seconds
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53: Ben Ginsberg and Mayor Michael Coleman: James Carville and Al Hunt Discuss the Debate and the State of the Election

The first presidential debate is over and James and Al declare Joe Biden the clear winner. Following favorable post-debate coverage across the platforms, and with mail-in ballot use breaking records and banking Democratic votes, it’s not looking good for President Trump.  Ben Ginsburg wonders whether he's running effectively as an incumbent or if the party will collapse after he leaves office.  Meanwhile Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman questions recent Democratic strategy in the Ohio battleground and whether the Biden campaign is repeating Hillary’s mistakes in misunderstanding the electorate there. Email your questions for James and Al to [email protected] and they will answer them on next week's episode! This episode is brought to you by Magic Spoon cereal.    Magic Spoon tastes amazing.  It’s honestly too good to be true.   0 sugar, 11 grams of protein, and only 3 net carbs, It’s keto-friendly, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, low carb, and GMO-free. Go to MagicSpoon.com/WARROOM and use the code WARROOM for free shipping. Show Notes: 00:00 - Intro 01:00 - Less of a mess than you think 03:45 - Biden toughs it out 08:15 - The Great Divider 12:00 - No pardon without an admission of guilt 14:30 - New York's finest prosecutors 20:30 - The Ohio playbook 26:00 - The persuasion zones 28:30 - A post-industrial state 30:00 - Campaigning like there's no pandemic 35:00 - Buckeye Republicans 42:45 - The truth about ballot fraud 46:15 - A former strategy for the right 48:00 - The future of a party in distress 53:30 - The role of poll watchers
10/1/20201 hour, 1 minute, 10 seconds
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52: Sen. Cory Booker on the Battle for the Supreme Court and Sean McElwee on the Strength of Progressive Democrats

With the election only 6 weeks away and Democrats confronted with a surprise conservative Supreme Court nomination, worries are rising about the strength of Biden’s candidacy.  Senator Cory Booker has some reassuring words for the concerned, tells us about the equalizing power of baby bonds, and the feeling that this election is a moral moment for the nation.  Meanwhile, Sean McElwee discusses the difficulties of uniting the left, and his belief that progressives will unite behind Biden in November.
9/23/202046 minutes, 32 seconds
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51: James and Deborah Fallows on Trump's Alternate Reality and the Concerns of Small Town America

A major contributing factor to Trump's success in 2016 was his love-hate relationship with the mainstream media. Whether it was giving the then-candidate a disproportionate amount of free press, or an unwillingness to be critical in a misguided attempt to appear balanced, news agencies everywhere unwittingly aided and abetted the President's rise to power. Now journalist James Fallows argues they have neither learned their lesson nor are they willing to be held accountable for their irresponsible behavior. Also, author Deborah Fallows suggests that in remaining hyper-focused on the "sport" of national politics, little attention is ever given to the real needs and interests of communities outside urban coastal areas. 
9/18/202052 minutes, 2 seconds
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50: Sen. Timothy E. Wirth on protecting our Republic, and Joseph Serna on the Toll of California's Wildfires

Whether you’re convinced that nothing stands between Trump and another four years in the White House, or you manage to keep faith in the hope Biden’s campaign provides, it behooves all of us to be fully prepared as to what might happen once the vote counts come in on Election Night. United Nations Foundation vice chair and former U.S. Senator Timothy E. Wirth shines a light on all kinds of clandestine efforts the President might pursue in order to obfuscate or nullify a Democratic victory. But as the nation focuses on the election, Los Angeles Time Joseph Serna reminds us that the threat of climate change creates all kinds of future problems, not the least of which have  been manifested by the recent California wildfires.
9/16/202053 minutes, 17 seconds
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49: Andrew Bacevich on the Future of Foreign Policy, Michael McDonald on Florida's Fate and Billy Begala on Trump's Texas Titanic

While Trump's outrageous behavior may still shock some, there are plenty of the most savvy and seasoned political veterans who see him for what he really is: a desperate charlatan who is capable of anything. Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft president Andrew Bacevich is even able to look forward, beyond this dark period, to the larger issues America faces as a global player. Dr. Michael P. McDonald, professor of political science at the University of Florida, predicts a brighter future for Democrats. And Texas Democratic Party consultant Billy Begala enjoys a hearty laugh at the recent follies of Trump supporters in his state.
9/10/20201 hour, 9 minutes, 35 seconds
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48: Conor Lamb on Biden's Everyman Appeal and Rashawn Ray on the Aftershock of Kenosha

Any opponent of Donald Trump has their work cut out for them, as his use of disinformation, dishonesty and disorder are unprecedented. So the U.S. representative from Pennsylvania's 17th congressional district Conor Lamb fully understands the rough road ahead for Vice President Biden over the next few months. Yet Lamb also is keenly aware of the candidate's realist perspective, and just how useful that will be for campaigning in the part of his state often referred as "Trump country." Plus Dr. Rashawn Ray, a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution and Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of the Lab for Applied Social Science Research at the University of Maryland, College Park lends his considerable expertise to the conversation on what should be done in the wake of the protests throughout the nation.
9/3/202054 minutes, 10 seconds
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47: Charlie Cook handicaps the Presidential race post-convention

Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report handicaps the Presidential race coming out of the conventions as Biden's lead stays consistent. UNC Professor Dr. Rick Luettich shares his expertise on hurricanes heading into storm season. James and Al react to the conclusion of the Republican National Convention at the White House as a truly bizarre experience.   
8/29/202058 minutes, 53 seconds
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46: Senator Jeff Flake Denounces Trumpism and Jerry Seib on How Reagan Led to Trump

Senator Jeff Flake separates Conservatism from Trumpism seeking to reclaim the soul of the Republican Party while Wall Street Journal Executive Washington Editor Gerald F Seib examines Reagan as the precursor to Trump in his new book 'We Should Have Seen It Coming: FROM REAGAN TO TRUMP–A FRONT-ROW SEAT TO A POLITICAL REVOLUTION.' Meanwile, James Carville pursues discussion with both guests on the concept that the base of the Republican party is preoccupied by racial resentment laying the foundation for Donald Trump to capitalize on this by speaking directly to the issue where others would not, and he was, in turn, embraced by Republican voters. 
8/27/202043 minutes, 23 seconds
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44: Senator Michael Bennet on Russian Collusion, Corruption within the Trump Administration, and the future of our Nation

Senator Michael Bennet, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, reflects on the Committee’s bipartisan report on Russia's interference in our elections, the US Government's response to prevent a repeat of 2016 this November, the details of Steve Bannon's indictment representative of the Trump Administration's serial corruption, and a recap of the Democratic National Convention. 
8/21/202048 minutes, 24 seconds
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43: House Majority Whip James Clyburn champions his bill to save the US Post Office and America's right to vote-by-mail

House Majority Whip James Clyburn champions the House bill to save the Post Office securing American's right to vote-by-mail. The Democratic Congressman from South Carolina discusses the races in his home state, Biden's strong pick of Kamala Harris as his running mate, and Michelle Obama's speech at the DNC. James and Al truly wish they were in Milwaukee, and dissect the latest revelations from the Senate Intelligence Committee which point to mounting evidence of collusion. 
8/20/202038 minutes, 36 seconds
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42: Ben Wikler on the Realities of a Virtual Convention and Dan Mathews on America's Relationship with the Elderly

COVID-19 has changed the landscape of American politics in countless ways. The logistics of the November election leave a lot of questions lingering in the air. However, the chair of the Democratic Party for the state of Wisconsin Ben Wikler has plans laid out, not only for the national convention, but also for addressing voter suppression and Trump's dismantling of the United State Postal Service. Senior Vice President of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Dan Mathews also underlines the  the troubling inadequacies in how the country treats its aging population while discussing his unique relationship with his schizophrenic mother, as detailed in his new book "Like Crazy: Life with My Mother and Her Invisible Friends."
8/13/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 53 seconds
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41: Geoff Garin on Truth in Polling and Jim Tankersley on the Slow Demise of America's Middle Class

The specter of 2016 still looms in the minds of Democrats everywhere, creating no small amount of fear and uncertainty about what might happen come November. But while caution may prove prudent, there is no denying that there are stark differences between four years ago and today. Hart Research Associates president Geoff Garin outlines key polling numbers explaining a likely turn away from Trump in the coming months. And nowhere is that resentment towards the current status quo felt more than among America's beaten and broken middle class, whom New York Times economics reporter Jim Tankersley explores the plight of in his new book "The Riches of the Land."
8/5/202058 minutes, 58 seconds
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40: Kelly Burton and Jessica Post on Bottom-of-the-Ballot Battles and Seth A. Richardson on Corruption in Ohio

With all eyes on Trump v. Biden , it can be easy to forget that there's a lot more at stake this November than just the presidency. Even congressional races may finally be getting the attention they deserve. But National Democratic Redistricting Committee president Kelly Burton and Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee preside Jessica Post argue that the real work is far more granular, down at the local legislative level. And the world of political scandal, journalist Seth A. Richardson (The Cleveland Plain Dealer) highlights one of the most staggering examples of graft in American history, involving an energy company, a wide array of figures at the heart of Ohio politics, and $60 million in bribes.
7/29/202045 minutes, 44 seconds
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39: Julian Zelizer and Thomas Patterson on the Modern History of the GOP

Much of the blame for the sad state of affairs the United States is facing gets heaped at the feet of Donald J. Trump. But while a fair amount of guilt should be borne by his contemporary enablers, there has also been a clear path over the last 50 years that has led the Republican party towards the existential darkness the president is now dragging them into. Bradlee Professor of Government & the Press at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Thomas Patterson and Julian Zelizer, the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton School of Public & International Affairs, pinpoint the key players in this grand decline, including Nixon, Cohn, Reagan and Gingrich. 
7/23/202048 minutes, 9 seconds
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38: Lisa Remy on the Safest Path to Schools Reopening and Ben Sheehan on the Contents of the Constitution

While the coronavirus creates chaos and uncertainty in every sector, there are few things as vital to both the immediate and distant future of the United States as the country's education system. And its importance is matched only by the complexity involved in starting the school year safely in a few months. As West Des Moines Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Remy points out, every school is different, and no one plan will suffice for all of the nearly 13,000 school districts throughout the country. And on the topic of learning, author Ben Sheehan ("OMG WTF Does The Constitution Actually Say?") laments the lack of civic education and what that means for the future of American democracy.
7/16/202050 minutes, 2 seconds
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37: David Paul Kuhn and Stan Greenberg on Democrats' Alienation of White Working-Class Voters

The Hard Hat Riot of 1970 may have lost some of its historical importance in the eyes of everyone but the most astute modern day political operatives. But author David Paul Kuhn ("The Hard Hat Riot") and political strategist Stan Greenberg ("RIP GOP") make the case that any Democrat worth their salt should mark that infamous clash between college students and construction workers as the inception of the greatest electoral barrier their party has faced in the 50 years since. That is the disenfranchisement of blue collar whites, and their departure from the left was felt in the 2016, just as they may serve as Biden's key to victory in 2020. Plus, Al and James discuss Trump's latest outrages.
7/9/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 7 seconds
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36: James Lankford on the State of Lincoln's Party and Matt Bai on the Truth about Trumpism

The prevailing belief of the day may be that the Republican Party has sold its soul to the devil and a Democratic victory in November is America's only hope for salvation. But Oklahoma Senator James Lankford begs to differ, asserting that his colleagues in Congress have made efforts to ensure rule of law and equality for all, including introducing police reform and voting protection measures. At the same time, journalist Matt Bai ("All The Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid") argues that by valuing urbanity over all else, the Democrats loosen their connection to some of the most important voters in the country, allowing Trumpism to take hold.
7/2/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 34 seconds
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35: Walter Dellinger on the Eroding Justice Department and Keith Mason and Paul Begala on the Odds of Texas and Georgia Going Blue

The Supreme Court has dealt powerful blows to the Trump agenda in recent days, protecting DACA recipients' status and upholding anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ individuals. Duke University School of Law Douglas B. Maggs Professor Emeritus of Law Walter Dellinger notes that the conservative justices see beyond the current president, towards a lifetime of decision-making. But that does not mean the U.S. justice system will remain intact with William Barr at the helm, he warns. On the other hand, political consultants Keith Mason and Paul Begala find hope in the new direction communities around Atlanta and Houston are taking, no matter the outcome of 2020.
6/25/202047 minutes, 45 seconds
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34: Howard W. French on Race and the Media, and Ron Brownstein on Shifts in the Electorate

There is no doubt that footage of George Floyd's death at the hands of four Minneapolis police officer is as shocking as it is damning of the American criminal justice system. But it is far from being the first incident of its kind, and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism professor Howard French ("Everything Under The Heavens") refuses to let white people use the excuse they didn't already know this was the reality for black people across the country. He notes it is time for America's institutions to take a long, hard look at themselves if they want this tragedy to not be in vain. And political reporter Ron Brownstein (The Atlantic) crunches the numbers on demographic changes among both Democrat and Republican voters, as well as posits some suggestions for the coalition Biden could build. 
6/17/20201 hour, 12 minutes, 28 seconds
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33: Timothy L. O'Brien on the Methodology and Madness of Trump

Few people have as deep and intimate an understanding of who Donald Trump is as a person as Bloomberg Opinion executive editor Timothy L. O'Brien. Not only has O'Brien written an entire biography of the man in his book "TrumpNation: "The Art of Being The Donald," he was even sued by Trump for libel for giving a true account of the scope of the president's financial worth. In due course, Timothy has actually become an astute observer of the Trump brand, peering beyond the fabricated persona to see what really lies beneath. Plus, Al and James discuss just what might happen if things don't go well for Trump in November.
6/11/202049 minutes, 20 seconds
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32: David Harris on Essential Police Reforms

Yet another death of an African American man at the hand's of the police has lead to demonstrations across United States and around the world. People are yet again demanding greater accountability, transparency and equality in treatment from their peace officers. But what will it really take to dramatically change how men and women in uniform interact with the public,  especially minorities? David Harris, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law's Sally Ann Semenko Endowed Chair, tries to answer some of the questions about the nature of this issue and suggest how policing systems can be changed at all levels of government. Plus, Al and James touch base on Trump's photo op and Senate election prospects.
6/3/202048 minutes, 18 seconds
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31: Charlie Sykes and Tim Miller on the Fight for the Soul of the Republican Party and Ron Chernow on the Truth about Ulysses Grant

How has the Republican party fallen so far from grace? Is the rise of Trumpism the cause of this rapid decline, or a symptom of the party leadership's disconnection from its base? What does the future hold for a political organization that has sold it soul for victory? These are just some of the questions Charlie Sykes, editor-in-chief, and Tim Miller, and contributor for the Never-Trump, conservative news site The Bulwark, try to answer. Historian Ron Chernow ("Alexander Hamilton") sets the record straight about Ulysses S. Grant's military prowess, presidential record and alcoholism. Plus Al and James give a rundown on the Senate seats up for grabs in November. 
5/28/20201 hour, 1 minute, 57 seconds
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30: David Wessel on the Unpredictability of the Current Economy

To many Americans, the economy is mystery. Normal market trends and fiscal policy aside, though, the coronavirus pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge for understanding how the country might weather the storm of soaring unemployment and a near total halt to business as usual. That's where David Wessel,  director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution, steps in, providing unique insight into what extremely low interest rates and climbing national debt mean for investors and individuals of all stripes. Plus, James presents an outline for how Joe Biden's campaign can springboard off of an existing network of talented creatives rather than build an entire movement from the ground up. 
5/21/202051 minutes, 8 seconds
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29: Norman Pearlstine on Journalism During a Global Crisis and Jung H. Pak on the Real Power of North Korea

Balanced, accurate and informative journalism is possibly more important now than it ever has been. Yet with financial limitations and logistical nightmares a plenty, publishing the most important stories in an rapidly changing world is no easy task. Los Angeles Times executive editor Norman Pearlstine expounds on the precautions his newspaper has taken, as well as the need to shift focus away from from Europe and North America. In that same vein, Brookings Institute senior fellow and former CIA analyst Jung H. Pak explains how the often maligned and misunderstood dictator of North Korea poses a greater threat to global peace than many anticipate, as laid out in her book “Becoming Kim Jong Un: A Former CIA Officer’s Insights into North Korea’s Enigmatic Young Dictator."
5/14/202054 minutes, 35 seconds
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28: Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue on Marriage Lessons from Quarantine

While facing the global pandemic on your own might seem frightening and difficult, going through this one-of-a-kind crisis with a partner does still present its own challenges. How does one keep themselves and their significant other healthy, safe and entertained enough in quarantine to not be at each others' throats? Well actress Marlo Thomas and her husband, American media personality Phil Donahue, have 40 years of successful marriage to pull from in that regard, in addition to the cumulative knowledge gathered for their forthcoming book "What Makes a Marriage Last — 40 Celebrated Couples Share with Us the Secrets to a Happy Life." Plus, Al and James discuss the moral and intellectual incompetence of the Trump administration's coronavirus response.
5/7/202047 minutes, 39 seconds
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27: Drew Faust on Dignity and Death in the COVID Era and John Feinstein on the Sports World's Pandemic Response

The grim toll of the coronavirus pandemic is a reality many Americans have come face-to-face with in recent months. And with the number of COVID-19 related deaths rising daily, it can be difficult for those who have yet to experience loss from it firsthand to understand the scope of this terrible disease. There is historical precedent, however, for how the country has dealt with this sort of tragedy, author and former Harvard president Drew Faust (The Republic of Suffering) notes. How the U.S. handled its hundreds of thousands of Civil War dead revealed a great deal about the country, she says, as does the current crisis. And while many of us might seek reprieve from our harrowing circumstances in the world of basketball, baseball or football, sports writer John Feinstein (The First Major) paints an unfortunately complex and nuanced picture of what it might take for athletes to get back to their respective games.
4/30/202057 minutes, 4 seconds
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26: John R. Allen on The Readiness of the U.S. Military During the Pandemic

If the title of president of the Brookings Institution isn't impressive. enough, John R. Allen has plenty on his resume to raise your eyebrows at. Retired four-star Marine Corps general. Former commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. Department of State Distinguished Honor Award winner. So when he suggests that America's adversaries are taking advantage of the global pandemic, it's time to pay attention. But when he says that the country's military has never been more ready to take on these looming threats, it should offer some solace. Plus, Al and James talk out the pros and cons of Klobuchar, Harris and other possibilities for Biden's VP spot.
4/23/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 57 seconds
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25: Madeleine Albright on America's Role as a Global Leader

From Secretary of State to Ambassador to the United Nations, Madeleine Albright has been a major player on the world stage in many different capacities, and therefore has spent a decades-long career embracing the bigger picture and seeking solutions to humanity's problems on a global scale. So there are few people better equipped to step back and evaluate the magnitude of America's involvement in geopolitics and the need for its leadership in an ongoing crisis like the coronavirus. She also acknowledges that the next step our government should take is to look within and try to heal the partisan fracturing in order to better deal with the larger issues at play. In that vein, Al and James offer praise to governors on the other side of the aisle who have taken it upon themselves to go against the White House and their party leadership in addressing the pandemic.
4/16/202046 minutes, 11 seconds
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24: Michael Tackett Talks Going Toe-to-Toe with Trump and Joanne Lipman Illuminates A Hidden Healthcare Crisis

Associated Press Deputy Bureau Chief for all White House, Congressional and political coverage Michael Tackett has seen a lot in his career, and never backed down from a challenge. He discusses how covering controversial basketball coach Bobby Knight in college trained him to deal with Trump, and explains how he stays focused on the issues at hand, even when the president makes things personal. Meanwhile, journalist Joanne Lipman (USA Today, Wall Street Journal) shares details of one the most important stories surrounding the coronavirus pandemic: its impact on a variety of medical treatments and procedures, many of which are lifesaving. And to top things off, Bernie Sander's surprise announcement creates clarity for November.
4/9/202049 minutes, 20 seconds
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23: Journalist David Shribman Juxtaposes Canada's Coronavirus Response With The United States' Efforts

As a dual citizen of the United States and Canada, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Shribman (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/Boston Globe) has had keen insight into how the two countries have been operating since coronavirus first reached North America. On the one hand, he notes, Canada has taken decisive action directed by a head of government who exemplifies the seriousness and gravitas needed for these extreme circumstances. On the other, he points out that the U.S. has been directionless and far from uniform in its approach, and the difference shows. Al and James also hold their breath in the hopes that things don't get any more outrageous before November.
4/2/202033 minutes, 29 seconds
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22: Author Deborah Fallows and Journalist James Fallows Examine the Pandemic's Effect on Small Town America

Author Deborah Fallows and journalist James Fallows spent years traveling to small cities and towns outside America's major population centers in order to research their national bestseller "Our Towns A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America." In following up with those communities recently, they are able to share how individual leaders and local groups have stepped up to deal with the growing coronavirus outbreak in spite of the lack of guidance from higher levels of government. Al and James also ponder what a candidate like Joe Biden can do in a situation as dire as this.
3/26/202041 minutes, 14 seconds
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21: Stephanie Cutter Discusses Joe Biden's Next Moves and Dr. Zeke Emanuel Explains the Scope of the Coronavirus

Political consultant Stephanie Cutter (former Deputy Campaign Manager for Obama 2012) weighs in on how Joe Biden can gracefully accept Bernie Sanders near-certain defeat in the primary. She also offers some advice on how Biden can appear more presidential in the months to come. University of Pennsylvania Department of Medical Ethics chair Dr. Zeke Emanuel lays out just how much of an effect coronavirus will have on American society, as well as offers some thoughts on how to manage the crisis. Al and James also discuss how Bernie Sanders can keep his movement alive, even in near-certain defeat.
3/19/202053 minutes, 23 seconds
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20: John Barry Compares the Coronavirus to the 1918 Spanish Flu

Historian and author John Barry ("The Great Influenza") draws comparisons between the follies of Woodrow Wilson's handling of the of the major flu outbreak over 100 years ago and the Trump administrations approach to the ongoing global health crisis. Al and James examine the outcomes of this week's primaries and offer some advice to Joe Biden as he makes his way towards the Democratic convention and a near-certain nomination. 2020 Politics War Room is produced by Native Creative Podcasts from American University in Washington, DC.
3/12/202048 minutes, 39 seconds
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18: James Carville Super Tuesday Wrap Up and Roger Altman on the Economy

James Carville and Al Hunt analyze Joe Biden's super Super Tuesday taking the delegate lead over Bernie Sanders. Evercore CEO Roger Altman examines the volatility of the stock market amidst CoronaVirus concerns. 2020 Politics War Room is produced by Native Creative Podcasts.
3/5/202052 minutes, 32 seconds
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18: Antjuan Seawright on South Carolina and Amy Dacey on Possible Brokered Convention

Blueprint Strategies founder and CEO Antjuan Seawright shares insight on the debate and primary from South Carolina. Former CEO of the DNC and the current Executive Director of the SINE Institute of Policy and Politics at American University Amy Dacey discusses a possible brokered convention. On the 'Back Page', James and Al lament the administration's management of the coronavirus outbreak.  2020 Politics War Room is produced by Native Creative Podcasts from American University in Washington, DC.
2/27/202042 minutes, 56 seconds
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17: Jon Ralston on Nevada and Ruy Teixeira on Ideological Motivations

Nevada debate moderator Jon Ralston from The Nevada Independent discusses Bloomberg's first debate in Nevada. Ruy Teixeira helps us understand the ideological motivation providing greater context on his Washington Post column. On the 'Back Page', James and Al talk about the pervasiveness of corruption. 2020 Politics War Room is presented by the SINE Institute at American University. Read the transcripts of every episode at ncpodcasts.com/politicswarroom
2/19/202055 minutes, 6 seconds
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16: Governor Terry McAuliffe and Jeff Berman

Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe talks election politics postulating that Michael Bloomberg could take Virgnia. James and Al borrow time from Tom Steyer's senior advisor Geoff Berman to share his expertise on delegates. Christy 'Numbers' Harvey tries to keep baseball boring. Find transcripts at https://ncpodcasts.com/politicswarroom
2/13/20201 hour, 3 seconds
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15: Ann Selzer on Iowa and The Fate of the Democratic Party

Pollster Ann Selzer explains what happened in Iowa. James Carville proposes we let Nancy Pelosi pick the Democratic nominee. Christy 'Numbers' Harvey highlights the lowlights with the White House threatening to remove millions of poor kids from student meal program. Lastly, on the 'Back Page', James suggests a permanent site for the DNC Convention. 
2/6/202052 minutes, 51 seconds
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14: Impeachment Trial in the Senate Analysis from James Carville and Al Hunt

James Carville and Al Hunt dissect the President's Impeachment trial in the Senate excluding witnesses officially heading towards conclusion. In the war room political strategy session, we focus on key states Georgia and North Carolina. Christy 'Numbers' Harvey examines voting rights and the Super Bowl. In the 'Back Page' segment, we celebrate the life of Judy Woodruff's mentor Jim Lehrer and the 250th anniversary of James's family parish St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Louisiana.    2020 Politics War Room is partnered with the SINE Institute at American University in Washington, DC.
2/1/202044 minutes, 46 seconds
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13: Former White House legal counsel Greg Craig compares Trump's impeachment defense to Clinton's and Jim Dunnam breaks down Trump's legal defense team member Ken Starr

Former White House Counsel Greg Craig shares stories from the 1990s comparing the legal defense he helped craft for Bill Clinton to Trump's impeachment. Texas State Representative Jim Dunnam sheds light on the ongoing legal action against Baylor amidst ousted University President Ken Starr's mishandling of sexual assault cases as he joins Trump's legal team. And Christy "Numbers" Harvey delivers highlights from this year's Baseball Hall of Fame induction announcements.
1/23/202049 minutes, 24 seconds
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12: Jonathan Martin on Democratic Debate and LSU's Epic Football Season

New York Times National Political Correspondent Jonathan Martin joins James and Al to breakdown the Democratic debate and Louisiana State University's historic National Championship victory. Christy Harvey runs the 'Numbers' segment with the focus on the Houston Astros' sign stealing scandal. On the 'Back Page', the spotlight is on LSU and Impeachment.
1/16/202045 minutes, 43 seconds
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11: Trump Plays the War Card and Michael Gartner on the Iowa Caucuses

James Carville and Al Hunt discuss the President's smokescreen assassination of Iranian General Soleimani to distract from impeachment and the indictment of Bibi Netanyahu leading up to the Israeli election. Pulitzer prize-winning editor Michael Gartner, who worked with Al at The Wall Street Journal before running NBC News putting Tim Russert on the air, shares the nuance - both dysfunction and charm - of the Iowa Caucuses.
1/9/202044 minutes, 8 seconds
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10: Michael McDonald and our Democratic Candidate Report Card

University of Florida Associate Professor of Political Science Michael McDonald discusses the astounding growth of interest in the 2020 Presidential Election. James and Al deliver their Democratic Candidate Report Card. During Christy 'Numbers' Harvey's segment, we handicap Impeachment in the Senate. Last, but not least, a farewell to Bob Greenstein on the 'Back Page'.
1/2/202054 minutes, 54 seconds
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9: Judy Woodruff and Mary Matalin

Judy Woodruff and Mary Matalin join their husbands Al Hunt and James Carville, respectively, on 'The Better Halves' Holiday Episode. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the 2020 Politics War Room family to yours.
12/24/201930 minutes
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8: Former Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen on Impeachment

Former Secretary of Defense and Senator (R-Maine) Bill Cohen brings his experience from the impeachment of President Nixon to evaluate the President's actions as offenses clearly warranting impeachment, and hopes for restored civility in the nation's highest office. James and Al discuss the latest research on guns during Christy Harvey's 'Numbers' segment, and we take a look at the polls during the 'Back Page' segment.
12/19/201933 minutes, 2 seconds
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7: Jill Abramson on the Media's Coverage of Impeachment

Jill Abramson is the former Executive Editor of The New York Times and the author of Merchants of Truth and she dissects the media, bubbles and the truth with impeachment front and center. Christy Harvey shares a list of who's been naughty or nice and the 'Back Page' focus is on college football.
12/12/201940 minutes, 7 seconds
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6: Kamala Harris Bows Out and Walter Dellinger Talks Impeachment

Impeachment scholar Walter Dellinger explains the difference between a crime and the impeachable offenses committed by this President. James Carville and Al Hunt react to Kamala Harris calling it quits. We admit we are addicted to our phones on Christy Harvey's 'Got Our Number' segment, and we wrap the show with the 'Back Page'. 
12/5/201947 minutes, 23 seconds
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5: Roger Altman on the Economy and The Fall of Rudy Giuliani

Roger Altman, CEO of Evercore and former Deputy and Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, explains why the tax bill was a bust for America. After Christy Harvey's 'Got Your Number', James Carville and Al Hunt analyze the fall of Rudy Giuliani, the artist formerly known as 'America's Mayor'. 
11/28/201946 minutes, 27 seconds
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4: Pollster Ann Selzer on the Pete Buttigieg Surge

The foremost respected expert on polling Ann Selzer enters the War Room to discuss the latest Des Moines Register poll in which Pete Buttigieg surged to the top of the Democratic pack. James and Al react to the latest in the impeachment saga. Christy Harvey's 'Got Your Number' segment features the Washington football team before we take a look at the 'Back Page'.
11/21/201942 minutes, 16 seconds
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3: Elizabeth Warren Rejects the War Room and Ed Luce dissects Brexit

Al Hunt and James Carville talk impeachment and respond to Elizabeth Warren's rejection of the "War Room" political strategy James made popular. Financial Times US national editor and author of The Retreat of Western Liberalism Ed Luce dissects the UK elections and the ramifications of Brexit on the world at large.
11/13/201942 minutes, 1 second
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2: Election 2020 presented by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette & Highmark

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Executive Editor Emeritus David Shribman moderates a panel with our hosts Al Hunt and James Carville. 'Election 2020' presented by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette & Highmark Health was recorded in front of a live audience at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 
11/7/20191 hour, 25 minutes, 42 seconds
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1: Nancy Pelosi - Charlie Cook - Tom Edsall

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi joins James & Al in the first interview following the vote on the Impeachment Inquiry. Then, it's a Countdown Roundtable 365 days out from the 2020 Election with Cook Report publisher Charlie Cook and New York Times columnist Tom Edsall.
11/3/20191 hour, 31 seconds
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Nancy Pelosi Preview - Listen Sunday!

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks to James Carville and Al Hunt in her first interview following the big vote to move forward with the Impeachment Inquiry. Listen to the full interview this Sunday, November 3rd as part of a countdown roundtable 365 days before the 2020 Election. 
11/1/20196 minutes, 4 seconds
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The War Room is coming in November!

James Carville and Al Hunt go deep into the politics of impeachment and the 2020 US Presidential Election.
10/20/201949 seconds