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Subscribers: 1481
Reviews: 13

Esteban de Smurfe
 Feb 12, 2022
I am a former far left lefty that has moved more toward the center in political ideology. While I realize most of the hosts here are former REAL Republicans, they have definitely helped me open my mind to both sides.

Sonny
 Nov 7, 2021
what a disappointing joke of a podcast, typically predictable and boring , Kristol is a sad joke, having watched his smug self righteous interpretation of curmudgeonly conservatism for years he now stands in a puddle of Redumblican piss


 Aug 20, 2021

Brandi
 Mar 26, 2021
This is my "NEVER MISS IT" pandemic companion podcast! Please keep up the good work!

Denise
 Feb 11, 2021
I love you, Charlie.

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Charlie Sykes and guests discuss the latest news from inside Washington and around the world. No shouting, grandstanding, or sloganeering. Conservative, conscientious, and civil. Bulwark+ members can get a totally ad-free version of the show delivered right to their favorite podcast player. Click here for more information.

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Tom Nichols: Clowns with Flame Throwers
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Roger Stone, Tucker Carlson, and other clowns rile people up only to stand back and let violent political tourists do the actual fighting — and jail time. Plus, the nuclear threat from Russia. Tom Nichols joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 28, 2022
A.B. Stoddard: The Super Kooks
3520
Oz is critiquing Fetterman's clothing style, Obama supporter and liar Kari Lake is a contender, Marjorie Taylor Greene has been normalized — and Elise Stefanik is trying to stay in her good graces. Plus, progressives may be in for a reckoning. A.B. Stoddard joins Charlie Sykes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 27, 2022
Tim O'Brien: For Trump, It's Always about the $$$
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Letitia James aims to shut down the Trump family operation in New York, which means he'd have to unload his skyscrapers in a fire sale. Plus, Trump will sell anything — he's sold underwear, water, and steaks. Why wouldn't he monetize nuclear secrets? Tim O'Brien joins Charlie Sykes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 26, 2022
Tim Miller: Can We Indict Him Just by Thinking about It?
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Judge Dearie is not the kind of master Trump wanted, Hannity is like a North Korea propagandist, DeSantis has thoughts about history, and Turning Point welcomes Alex Jones. And from TribFest, Charlie Sykes and Tim Miller debate immigration deep in the heart of Texas. Your weekend pod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 23, 2022
Jonathan Lemire: How Do You Cover an Insurrectionist?
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The media had to learn never to quote Trump verbatim because of the lies, and it fact-checked him on steroids. Is it up to the task of covering him again? Plus, is the Big Lie just a pretext for not letting the other side win? Jonathan Lemire joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 22, 2022
Stephanie Slade: The NatCons’ Will to Power
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Elements on both the left and right are tracking in the same illiberal direction on economic regulation, the First Amendment, and on radical rhetoric. Plus, the NatCons’ plan to get the country to go full Trump. Stephanie Slade joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 21, 2022
Dylan Byers: What's Going On at CNN?
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It's a new era at CNN. Don Lemon's moving to mornings, and some of the more outspoken anchors and correspondents, like Brian Stelter, have been cleared out. Plus, the goings-on at Politico, Semafor and Puck. Dylan Byers joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 20, 2022
Will Saletan: Nice Little Democracy You Got There
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Trump hosted a Q extravaganza, DeSantis won't let anyone else be more cruel than him, Lindsey keeps pushing his abortion ban pitch, and the risk of polling errors. Will Saletan is back with Charlie Sykes for Charlie and Will Monday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 19, 2022
Tim Miller: LOLs in DeSantis-Stan
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Refugees escaping communist Venezuela are pawns in a big joke, but isn't it brilliant political theater? -> Charlie Sykes and Tim Miller do an epic takedown of the "Nothing Matters" crowd. Plus, weird Blake Masters, putting Kemp on the spot, and Republicans: Put up or shut up on same-sex marriage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 16, 2022
Catherine Rampell: The Economy Is Weird Right Now
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Too few workers, too much inflation — these are confusing times for our economy. Plus, the myth of a manufacturing comeback, and the slow-moving employment crisis among teachers, cops, and other public servants. Catherine Rampell joins Charlie Sykes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 15, 2022
General Mark Hertling: Russia’s Awful Army
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Ukraine's advances are due to Western weapons, and also American training during the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. But Ukraine can also credit the Russian Army, which has been debased and corrupted by senior officers and political leaders. Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling (Ret.) joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 14, 2022
David Corn: How the GOP Unleashed the Furies
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Establishment Republicans let the kooks out of the basement, and now they're dominant. But this didn't start with Trump. David Corn argues it started 70 years ago when Dwight D. Eisenhower surrendered to Joseph McCarthy on a train. Today's podcast with Charlie Sykes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 13, 2022
Will Saletan: A Tribute to Ukraine
3766
Zelensky continues to rally his country and the world, Trump planned to never leave, and Republicans splinter on culture war issues. After a summer holiday, Will Saletan is back with Charlie Sykes for Charlie and Will Monday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 12, 2022
Bill Kristol: The Intersection of Trump and Roe
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In recent midterms, the right bet was against the incumbent party. But those elections didn't have an overturning of a popular SCOTUS precedent and an ex-POTUS who tried to stage a coup on the ballot. Plus, an appreciation of the queen. The weekend pod with Charlie Sykes and Bill Kristol. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 09, 2022
David Priess: Why Trump Did It
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Sure, Trump could have kept top secret docs for blackmail or profit. Or maybe he was simply collecting classified intel on what other countries said about him — in much the same way he collects magazine covers featuring his face. David Priess joins Charlie Sykes on today's pod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 08, 2022
Mike Murphy: Democrats Should Run like They're Five Points Behind
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August polling is not a guarantor of November results. And in a nation of grumpy voters, why are Dems not running offense on the CHIPS act? It's bringing good-paying manufacturing jobs and a new plant to Ohio, and most Republicans voted against it. Mike Murphy joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 07, 2022
Amanda Carpenter: Need to Know
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Trump has stayed on message from the start: The people who stormed the Capitol did nothing wrong. This once-radical idea has since become mainstream MAGA. Amanda Carpenter drills down on how the movement to pardon the rioters took off — on the latest installment of "Need to Know." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 06, 2022
Mitch Daniels: Raised Four Wonderful Daughters and Fixed the BMV
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Purdue President Mitch Daniels joins guest host Mona Charen to talk about loan forgiveness, negative campaigning, threats to democracy, and making government work well. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 02, 2022
James Carville: Better Constipated than Evil
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Come for the West Wing fantasy politics, stay for the Carville-isms, like: "Really stupid voters produce stupid candidates," "MAGA runs the show," and "If you're going to look at something 150 times a day, it might as well be pretty." James Carville joins guest host JVL today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 01, 2022
Bakari Sellers & Lis Smith: Can Dems Do Better in Red America?
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Enough unforced errors, Democrats: 1. Get mayors to talk up the infrastructure & inflation bills. 2. Be like Warnock, Shapiro, and Kelly —> cut into GOP margins in red areas. Plus, Trump lawyer missteps and staying honest in your writing. Bakari Sellers and Lis Smith join guest host Tim Miller. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 31, 2022
Alex Holder: A Weird, Simple Man
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Trump lives in a world where he can't understand anything other than total and absolute adoration — and the top priority of the Trump kids is that their father is not associated with defeat. Plus, how Ivanka and Donald really act off camera. Alex Holder, director of the documentary, "Unprecedented," joins guest host Tim Miller today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 30, 2022
Will Saletan: Biden Is Playing to the Middle
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Biden hits MAGA Republicans hard, threatening to riot in the streets if your guy gets prosecuted IS semi-fascist, the Trump team tampered with elections, and the student loan relief plan may be 3-D chess. Will Saletan joins Amanda Carpenter for the last Summer Monday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 29, 2022
Tim Miller: Wait, Are You Getting Squishy?
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Blake Masters is dog paddling away from a personhood amendment, the term "pro-life" is in flux, and a president acting by fiat is bad for democracy. Plus, Oz's trolling of Fetterman's health and Jared/Slenderman's no apology tour. The weekend pod with Charlie Sykes and Tim Miller. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 26, 2022
James Hohmann: The Dems’ Squad Fatigue
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Four years after AOC's surprise win, the pendulum is swinging back to moderates, turnout in the midterms may be historic, and both sides underestimated the effect of overturning Roe. Plus, Biden's cave on student loans. James Hohmann joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 25, 2022
Elliot Ackerman: Leaving Afghanistan, One Year Later
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With no evacuation plan in place to get Afghan allies out of Kabul, people like veteran Elliot Ackerman helped organize a "Digital Dunkirk" that rescued thousands. Ackerman joins Charlie Sykes today to share his story, and to warn of the dangers of politicizing the military. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 24, 2022
Nicole Hemmer: When the Line between Politics and Entertainment Disappeared
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Republicans cling to the idea they are members of the party of Reagan, but Reaganism ended in the 90s when angry right-wing populists like Rush, Pat Buchanan, and Newt Gingrich seized control of the conservative movement. Nicole Hemmer joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 23, 2022
Amanda Carpenter: Need to Know
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Liz Cheney is campaigning against election deniers, Republicans were too arrogant about a red wave, and Trump's new made-for-TV legal team. Plus, a deep dive into the Georgia election interference investigation. Amanda Carpenter flies solo today — listen and share your feedback! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 22, 2022
Tim Miller: Sad Turtle Mitch
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McConnell sounds like a man who's lost control of his party, rising MAGA star Kari Lake has taken a raving antisemite under her wing, DeSantis loses in court (again) — and Dan Crenshaw knows Liz is right. Your weekend pod with Tim Miller and Charlie Sykes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 19, 2022
Philip Bump: A Reminder that the "Russia Hoax" Is a Hoax
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Trump may have been giddy thinking the raid would boost his numbers, but that's not showing up yet, and DeSantis fandom lives. Plus, Cheney won't go quietly, something has changed in the polls since Dobbs, and a reminder that the 'Russia Hoax' is a hoax. Philip Bump joins Charlie Sykes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 18, 2022
Tom Nichols: She's Daring Them to Pick Sides
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When Liz Cheney invoked history in her concession speech, Trumpers and anti-anti-Trumpers sneered. But they know the truth of her stance on the Constitution and the rule of law, and they know everything about Donald Trump is a lie. Tom Nichols joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 17, 2022
Charlie Warzel: Alex Jones' Footprint of Misery
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From Trump to Tucker, figures on the far-right are cribbing from the Alex Jones' playbook — using outrageous antics to spread their message and creating their own information networks to inoculate themselves from any consequences. Charlie Warzel joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 16, 2022
Will Saletan: They Keep Negotiating with Their Own Hostage-Takers
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Magic declassification wand or feds planted the docs? And after a week of attacks on the FBI, will the game now be 'Blame Merrick Garland?' Plus, Dominion's suit vs Fox, Afghanistan one year later, and Cheney's closing argument. Amanda Carpenter & Will Saletan are back for Summer Monday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 15, 2022
Jonathan Martin: Liz Cheney's Political Awakening
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Liz Cheney is sacrificing her seat to get charges brought against Trump, the smoke's clearing on the Mar-a-Lago search, and Democrats should hand in their politician cards if they can't capitalize on the GOP attacking law enforcement. Jonathan Martin joins Charlie Sykes for the weekend pod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 12, 2022
Dana Milbank: The 25-Year Crack-Up of the GOP
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The lies, conspiracies, demonizing, and sedition didn't start with Trump. The Newt Gingrich era set the ball in motion — and Trump stood on the sidelines, waiting and watching for his shot. Dana Milbank joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 11, 2022
James Wigderson: From Paul Ryan to Paranoia
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Ron Johnson keeps doubling down on all his crackpot ideas, but he couldn't have been handed a more ideal challenger — progressive Mandela Barnes. And the Wisconsin GOP goes MAGA in the governors' race. James Wigderson joins Charlie Sykes for a deep dive on Wisconsin politics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 10, 2022
Peter Wehner: The GOP Thinks Trump Is above the Law
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Trump supporters who slammed the left for Defund the Police now want to Defund the FBI because whatever the "Lock Her Up" guy was doing to justify a search warrant couldn't possibly be illegal. Peter Wehner joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 09, 2022
Will Saletan: It's Not Just Trump, It's Party-Wide
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Republicans may love Trump because "he fights," but CPAC showed that a lust for violence has extended to the whole party. Plus, Doug Ducey gets no props, and are Democrats afraid to be happy with their policy wins? Will Saletan and Amanda Carpenter are back for Summer Mondays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 08, 2022
Tim Miller: When Bad Things Happen to Bad People
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On the weekend pod: Alex Jones' bad week was cathartic, Orban's a troll, and Biden delivers on bipartisanship. Plus, Tim issues a correction for overstating Hawley's manliness, and even Trump thinks Kari Lake takes the election stuff too far. Tim Miller's back with Charlie Sykes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 05, 2022
Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and Andrew Yang: Who's up for a Third Party?
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Leaders of Forward — the new national third party — think they have the answers to move us past our divisiveness and extremism. Gov. Christine Todd Whitman and Andrew Yang join Charlie Sykes to make the case for systemic change. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 04, 2022
Josh Kraushaar: If Only You'd Been Warned
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Arizona Republicans doubled down on the crazy, voters in very red Kansas turned out in huge numbers to protect abortion rights, and Democrats played with fire in Michigan. Josh Kraushaar joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 03, 2022
Rachel Kleinfeld: Republicans Have a Militia Problem
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Trump created a permission structure for militia groups starting in 2016, and now those groups are infiltrating state and local Republican parties around the country. The Carnegie Endowment's Rachel Kleinfeld joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the growing threat from the mainstreaming of political violence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 02, 2022
Will Saletan: Hot Joe Summer
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Biden's getting a lot done, the Dems are finding their footing, and Joe Manchin is the face of the climate bill. Plus, the tactical perspectives of a third party, a preview of Tuesday's primaries, and the gaudy and gross LIV. Will Saletan's back with Amanda Carpenter for Summer Mondays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 01, 2022
Tim Miller: The Politics of Petulance
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Republicans are so pissed about the Manchin deal that they talked themselves into voting against wounded veterans. Meanwhile, the Dems have the wind at their backs for the first time in a year. Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes for a jam-packed weekend pod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 29, 2022
Adm. James Stavridis: An Endgame in the Russia-Ukraine War?
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Putin's mission has failed — he controls only slightly more stolen Ukraine land than he did in 2014. And the war may be headed to a conclusion much like the end of the Korean War, a "frozen conflict." Adm. James Stavridis joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 28, 2022
James Poniewozik: They Knew They Had a Thriller on Their Hands
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The Jan 6 committee hearings are like a well-produced true crime doc. Using TV tropes and popcorn elements, the committee is the telling the very serious story of how Trump & co tried to steal the election. Yes, the ketchup does matter. James Poniewozik joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 27, 2022
Andrew Weissmann: Trump Acted with Premeditation
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Trump lied when he said on Jan 5 that Pence was on board with his plan, and he lied when he said he immediately sent in the National Guard. The committee has given the DOJ political cover, but the time to bring charges against him is limited. Andrew Weissmann joins Charlie Sykes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 26, 2022
Will Saletan: What Happens to Jan. 6th Investigations Now?
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What should Congress and the Department of Justice do with all the shocking new details presented by the Jan. 6th Committee, and how is it changing conservative media? Will Saletan's back with Amanda Carpenter for Summer Mondays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 25, 2022
Tim Miller: These Guys Are Worse than Whores
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The political operatives who felt "white hot rage" at Trump after Jan 6 are back to being tribalist trolls, Josh Hawley is a prissy little wuss, and Liz Cheney is going to follow Trump to the gates of hell. Tim Miller's back with Charlie Sykes for the weekend pod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 22, 2022
Adam Kinzinger: We're Going to Prove What Trump Knew during Those 187 Minutes
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Trump was aware of what was happening in real time on January 6 and the committee is going to prove it. And while Rome burned, he sat there and did nothing in violation of his oath of office. Adam Kinzinger joins Charlie Sykes to preview tonight's committee hearing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 21, 2022
Bill Kristol: Trumpism Is on the Ballot
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The list of election deniers on the ballot keeps growing, and now includes the GOP nominee for governor of Maryland. Plus, Trump is still trying to win Wisconsin in 2020, and the Dems' shrewd move on same-sex marriage. Bill Kristol's back with Charlie Sykes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 20, 2022
Michael Steele: Fighting the GOP Crazification
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From Supreme Court rulings, to the candidate crazification, and the impact of the Jan 6 hearings, Republicans have handed Democrats a real chance in the fall. Plus, the case for why Trump may not run. Michael Steele joins Charlie Sykes on today's pod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 19, 2022
Will Saletan: Are Democrats Going to Fight?
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The base is in a fighting mood ahead of the midterms, but the party may get in the way. Plus, the Secret Service's deleted texts and the potential benefits of Biden's Saudi trip. Amanda Carpenter and Will Saletan are back for Summer Mondays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 18, 2022
David Jolly: DeSantis Has the Hottest Hand in Politics Right Now
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Of course Trump's grift is driving him to run again — and DeSantis is the only one who's got a shot. Plus, the political class gets a pass on crime, and the millions of voters who don't identify as pro-choice, but are pro-Roe. David Jolly joins Charlie Sykes for the weekend pod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 15, 2022
Bart Gellman: What the Hell Happened to Michael Flynn?
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How did Flynn go from a successful military career to a conspiracy theorist talking about Italian satellites switching votes from Trump to Biden? Bart Gellman joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 14, 2022
Bill Kristol: This Is Why We Were Never-Trump
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When Trump refused to accept the outcome of the election, he cooked up a scheme to keep himself in office, unleashed the mob, and proved how dangerous an unprincipled demagogue in the White House can be. Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 13, 2022
Mark Leibovich: The Parasitic Suck-Ups of the Trump Era
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If there were more Liz Cheneys, we wouldn't have to deal with Trump anymore. But Lindsey Graham has no life aside from the Senate and Kevin McCarthy "needs" to be Speaker, so we get potted plants and continued threats to our democracy. Mark Leibovich joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 12, 2022
Will Saletan: Biden Is Right - The Activists Are Out of Step
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When the Supreme Court ended Roe, it handed voters, not Biden, an issue to resolve. Plus, the Jan. 6 committee broke Bannon, the day Team Crazy took over operation Big Lie, and the GOP thinks inflation alone will do the work for them. Amanda Carpenter and Will Saletan are back for Summer Mondays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 11, 2022
Addicted to Rage Juice (with Tim Miller)
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Tim Miller's book drills down all the ways people rationalized and enabled Trump — and No, Mick Mulvaney, you are not moving into the light. Plus, the train wreck in GOP Senate races, Biden's human rights record and Brittney Griner. Tim's back with Charlie for the weekend pod. Love the show but hate the ads? Bulwark+ members get access to an exclusive, ad-free version of the podcast. Sign up here: https://plus.thebulwark.com/subscribe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 08, 2022
Boris Johnson Is More Bill Clinton, Less Donald Trump (with David Frum)
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Boris Johnson is a charming and self-indulgent character, but fundamentally not sinister — he didn't attack the British constitutional order. Plus, the Fulton County investigation of Trump, and how Dobbs is like Prohibition. David Frum joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 07, 2022
A.B. Stoddard: This Is a Different Election Now
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When it comes to coups, guns, and abortion, Republicans have shown us just what they do when they have power. Now, Democrats have to get out and vote — and stop cannibalizing each other. A.B. Stoddard joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 06, 2022
Adam White: A Generational Turning Point at the High Court
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The Supreme Court revealed itself as an aggressive, confident, and conservative court. But rulings this term have intensified the attacks on its legitimacy. Adam White joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 05, 2022
Tom Nichols: You Don't Know What You're Talking About
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We don't need to hear from any more tough guys talking about making babies have babies. Plus, Tom Nichols gets personal about a pre-Roe abortion, and compares the Cassidy Hutchinson testimony to a peek inside the Soviet archives. Your holiday weekend podcast from Charlie Sykes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 01, 2022
Tim O'Brien: Trump Has Always Been a Drama Queen
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Trump doesn't care that Jan 6 was an assault on democracy and the Constitution. He was only irked that his own staff thwarted his made-for-TV coup. Plus, Liz Cheney's speech, SCOTUS' impact on the midterms, and the Democrats' missing street fighting gene. Tim O'Brien joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 30, 2022
David Priess: A Damning Witness
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A White House insider straight out of central casting took congressional testimony to a whole new level. It's no longer 'what did the president know and when did he know it?' It's now 'how many weapons was he directing to the Capitol for a coup?' David Priess joins Charlie Sykes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 29, 2022
Tim Miller: Mea culpa. Really.
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"America never would have gotten into this mess if it weren't for me and my friends," Tim Miller writes in his new book. He joins Charlie Sykes today to discuss the GOP political culture that set the stage for Trump — a culture that was all about the thrill of winning at all costs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 28, 2022
The Post-Roe World Is Now
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Amanda Carpenter and Will Saletan are back for Summer Monday to discuss the new post-Roe political landscape in America. They analyze the uncomfortable questions about abortion Republicans must now confront, Democratic messaging, and where we go from here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 27, 2022
Ben Wittes: Roe/Coups/Guns
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The Supreme Court reoriented our understanding of fundamental rights today. Now come the fights over the right to travel, and access to FDA-approved drugs. Plus, the former president tried to get the Department of Justice to commit fraud. Ben Wittes joins Charlie for the weekend pod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 24, 2022
Bill Kristol: Why We Were Alarmed
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Ron Johnson has no good explanation for why his staff tried to hand fake electors to Pence. Plus, the Jan 6 hearings' trickle down effect on Trump's standing, racial prejudice in today's conservatism, and Dem candidates decoupling from Biden. Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 23, 2022
Greg Lukianoff: Democracy Can Handle Free Speech
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Roughly 700 professors have been targeted for firing in recent years for something they said - an historic high. Yet, critics still say there's no such thing as cancel culture. Do Americans just have to shut up to keep their jobs? FIRE's Greg Lukianoff joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 22, 2022
Denver Riggleman: How the 1/6 Committee could succeed
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The Qanon election conspiracy runs deep and wide, and the Jan 6 committee will succeed if it can wrest a small percentage of voters from Trump's grasp. Plus, the rising threat of domestic terrorism, and Ginni Thomas bragging about her access. Former Rep. Denver Riggleman joins Charlie today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 21, 2022
Will Saletan: A More Clever Autocrat Would Keep his Mouth Shut
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Trump is only proving the January 6 committee's point. And Mike Pence put his own life in danger by not speaking up sooner. Will Saletan joins guest host Amanda Carpenter on today's podcast. Audio clip credit: Politico Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 20, 2022
Tim Miller: Mike Pence Must Testify
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Mike Pence: Your career is over anyway. Put a stake in the heart of the guy who left you for dead — Trump sure sounds like he knows how bad the hearings are for him. Plus: Biden, moral clarity, and the Saudis. Tim Miller's back with Charlie Sykes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 17, 2022
Jennifer Senior: Bannon Is Loathsome — and Consequential
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Steve Bannon's show may have a low budget Wayne's World quality, but he is working to get Trumpists in control of state election infrastructure — so that the system that barely held together in 2020 will come undone in 2024. Jennifer Senior joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 16, 2022
Will Saletan: Big Liars Are Winning All over the Place
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Even more election deniers won in Tuesday's primaries, Mastriano is too close for comfort in PA, Trump's ego was the only thing that stopped a coup in the DOJ, and White House staff need to let Biden be Middle Class Joe. Will Saletan's back with Charlie Sykes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 15, 2022
Katy Tur: We're Not a Final Draft 'til We're Six Feet Under
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The sensationalized journalism Katy Tur's parents created has led her to some soul searching in her new book about the way the news is covered today. Plus, the shock of watching Trump associates under oath speaking truth instead of spin. She joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 14, 2022
Jamie Kirchick: When Homosexuality Was a National Security Threat
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Washington is a city run on secrets, and between WWII and the end of the Cold War, no secret was more deadly to a political career than homosexuality. Jamie Kirchick joins guest host Tim Miller to discuss his book, "Secret City." Plus — gay bigotry's past in today's politics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 13, 2022
This Is What Democracy Looks Like
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Liz Cheney and company rekindled our rage at Republicans: They knew Trump was lying, subverting the law, and inciting the mob — and 147 of them went along anyway. Bulwark all-stars Sarah Longwell, Tim Miller, and Bill Kristol join Charlie Sykes for the weekend podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 10, 2022
Karen Tumulty: The Country Owes Mike Pence
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Everything would be different if Mike Pence had not counted the votes. He showed courage and faced real potential physical danger. Plus, Biden on Kimmel, Jared & Ivanka's reputation laundering, and Abbott's flip-flop on guns. Karen Tumulty joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 09, 2022
David French: America Is Exceptionally Violent
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America has a violent heart, even going back to the colonial era. But our gun culture is shifting from self-defense to defiance — where guns are about threats and intimidation, not saving lives. David French joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 08, 2022
Jonathan Allen: Trump 2024 May Start Earlier than You Imagined
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Trump is totally bored, but he's also got Ron DeSantis nipping at his heels, which means he may start his 2024 campaign this summer — even if that could hurt Republicans in the midterms. Jonathan Allen joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 07, 2022
Will Saletan: Biden’s Return to Realpolitik
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The Jan 6 committee has brought in a TV pro for this week's prime-time hearing, and Republicans sound worried it could be a blockbuster. Plus, the prospects for a gun bill, and the moral gray area of a Biden visit to Saudi Arabia. Will Saletan's back for Charlie and Will Monday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 06, 2022
Tim Miller: Everything Is 20% More Annoying
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Gun legislation shouldn't be hard — everyone knows how stupid it is that an 18-year-old can't buy a White Claw, but can get an AR-15. Plus, MAGA media shamelessness, a turning point in Putin's war, and Democrats: Do something about inflation. Tim Miller's back with Charlie Sykes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 03, 2022
Russell Moore: The Southern Baptist Apocalypse
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America's largest Protestant denomination has lost more than a million members over the past three years. Meanwhile, many Evangelicals can't tell the difference between gospel and politics. Russell Moore joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 02, 2022
James Hohmann: Time for an Emmett Till Moment?
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We couldn't understand the Holocaust without pictures — is it time to see what an AR-15 actually does to the human body, especially children? Plus, average people will have to step up to save democracy. James Hohmann joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 01, 2022
Ryan Busse: The NRA Created Our Paranoid, Conspiracy Culture
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The NRA is not in the gun rights business — It's in the culture war business. When will the responsible gun owners stand up and say "Enough?" Ryan Busse joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 31, 2022
Tim Miller: Rage at the Carnage
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The one door at Parkland didn't save the kids, and neither will teachers packing heat or good guys with guns — why exactly did police in Uvalde wait so long to go in? Plus, a sneak peak of Tim's new book! Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes for the weekend podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 27, 2022
Peter Wehner: Christianity’s Generational Catastrophe
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Southern Baptist leaders covered up sex abuse, and slandered and vilified the victims. No atheist has done this much damage to the faith. Peter Wehner joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 26, 2022
Lucy Caldwell: A Second Amendment Fetish
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The fetish for weapons of war has no end, even when police officers are outgunned. Plus, Trump's bad day in Georgia and Alabama. Lucy Caldwell joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 25, 2022
Rick Hasen: Pushing Back against 'Cheap Speech'
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Misinformation, disinformation and other 'cheap speech' has voters confused about truth and lies, and is threatening our democracy. Law professor and author Rick Hasen joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 24, 2022
Will Saletan: The GOP Has a Racism Problem
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Evangelicals are moving from saving souls to pushing a political uprising, Trump's got a reckoning in Georgia, and the party that complained about Democrats not saying 'radical Islamic terrorism' won't condemn white nationalist terror. Will Saletan's back for Charlie and Will Monday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 23, 2022
Tim Miller: The GOP Has Gone Soft on Terrorism
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When 200+ Republicans nix a domestic terror bill, maybe it's time to point out they aren't the party of law & order. Plus, CPAC in Hungary, Dems have golden tickets they're not using — and Better Call Saul or Breaking Bad? Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes for the weekend podcast. Bulwark+ members can access an ad-free version of this show and carry on the conservation we started today over on the site at https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/. Try a Bulwark+ membership FREE for the next 30 days at thebulwark.com/charlie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 20, 2022
Kim Wehle: A Deep Dive on Roe
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Roe has been vulnerable because it's been about individual rights, and not the scope of government power — which was the focus of the Framers. Law professor Kim Wehle makes the case for keeping the government out of certain spheres of life. Today's podcast with Charlie Sykes. Bulwark+ members can access an ad-free version of this show and carry on the conservation we started today over on the site at https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/. Try a Bulwark+ membership FREE for the next 30 days at thebulwark.com/charlie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 19, 2022
Philip Bump: When Support for Jan 6 Is a Political Plus
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Doug Mastriano won because he made clear he's ready to use the power of the state to steal an election, Republicans find 'replacement theory' useful, and D'Souza admits he has no evidence. Philip Bump joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 18, 2022
Tim Alberta: The Poisoning of the Evangelical Church
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Conspiracy politics are turning evangelicals against each other as the Church becomes increasingly radicalized — an unraveling that went into overdrive during the shutdown. Tim Alberta joins Charlie Sykes today to discuss the war for the soul of the Church. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 17, 2022
Will Saletan: White Nationalism Is the No. 1 Terrorism Threat
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The replacement theory has become a mainstream Republican talking point while the party also preps for no-exception abortion bans. Plus, the invasion of Ukraine is the biggest geopolitical disaster since 1939. Will Saletan is back for Charlie and Will Monday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 16, 2022
Tom Nichols: This Isn't Therapy, It's Politics
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Democrats are wrapped up in emotion in a post-Roe world, pushing facepalm-inducing messaging and a loser bill. We're here to help. Plus, Esper, Mattis, McMaster, and Kelly failed in their duty. Tom Nichols joins Charlie Sykes for the weekend podcast. Bulwark+ members can access an ad-free version of this show and carry on the conservation we started today over on the site at https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/. Try a Bulwark+ membership FREE for the next 30 days at thebulwark.com/charlie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 13, 2022
Nick Confessore: Why Tucker Has the Most Racist Show on Cable
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Tucker has become the high priest of Trumpism, but he's also the host of what may be the most racist show in the history of television. He teaches fear and loathing every single night. Nick Confessore joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 12, 2022
Dana Milbank: Color Me Skeptical About McConnell's Promises
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McConnell's long history of deception means his promise to not end the filibuster to pass a national abortion ban is worthless. Plus, the potential SCOTUS ruling is such an earthquake, it'd be beyond the Democrats' ability to screw it up. Dana Milbank joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 11, 2022
Will Hurd: Moderates Get Sh*t Done
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Will Hurd thinks there are enough normal Republicans out there to back a presidential candidate who works in the middle and across party lines. The former congressman joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 10, 2022
Will Saletan: No One Is Ready for the Post-Roe Era
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If abortion is really murder, there are no exceptions — that eventually will impact contraceptives and lead to women being held legally responsible. Meanwhile, protesting at justices' homes plays directly into the right's hands. Will Saletan is back for Charlie and Will Monday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 09, 2022
Bill Kristol: Esper, Pompeo, and Roe
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No, letting states resolve abortion rights won't lower the temperature. Plus, Trump is strangely silent on the SCOTUS news, why didn't Esper say anything before the election, and what is Pompeo up to in the PA Senate race? Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes for the weekend podcast. Bulwark+ members can access an ad-free version of this show and carry on the conservation we started today over on the site at https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/. Try a Bulwark+ membership FREE for the next 30 days at thebulwark.com/charlie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 06, 2022
Adam Kinzinger: Make Clear to Putin There Is a Red Line
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Once Putin accepts he's losing, there's a real risk he'll use WMDs. Put him on notice that he would be crossing a red line, and can expect a response. Plus, drones are the future of warfare — the US must lead the world in that technology. Adam Kinzinger joins Charlie Sykes today. Bulwark+ members can access an ad-free version of this show and carry on the conservation we started today over on the site at https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/. Try a Bulwark+ membership FREE for the next 30 days at thebulwark.com/charlie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 05, 2022
A.B. Stoddard: Trump's Base Only Wants "Killers"
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Republican voters are right where Trump is — they too want to see the judiciary undermined, and checks and balances ignored. And they only want politicians who hunger for the fight. Meanwhile, party leaders are on defense over Roe. A.B. Stoddard joins Charlie Sykes today. Bulwark+ members can access an ad-free version of this show and carry on the conservation we started today over on the site at https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/. Try a Bulwark+ membership FREE for the next 30 days at thebulwark.com/charlie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 04, 2022
Ben Wittes: Parsing Roe; Trolling Russia
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The Supreme Court is poised to overrule Roe after reaffirming abortion rights for nearly 50 years. This would mean a free-for-all in the states, and a fresh election narrative for Democrats. Other privacy rights, like gay marriage, may be next. Ben Wittes joins Charlie Sykes today. Bulwark+ members can access an ad-free version of this show and carry on the conservation we started today over on the site at https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/. Try a Bulwark+ membership FREE for the next 30 days at thebulwark.com/charlie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 03, 2022
Will Saletan: Is the Crazy Dangerous Sedition Hurting the GOP After All?
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A new generic congressional ballot poll shows Republicans may be losing ground ahead of the midterms. Plus, Tucker Carlson's racism, JP Mandel, JD Mandel and the real guy, Vance, who's proud to campaign with Marjorie Taylor Greene. Will Saletan is back with Charlie Sykes for the Charlie and Will Monday podcast. Bulwark+ members can access an ad-free version of this show and carry on the conservation we started today over on the site at https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/. Try a Bulwark+ membership FREE for the next 30 days at thebulwark.com/charlie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 02, 2022
Anne Applebaum: Putin Has Created an Alternate Reality for Russians
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Russian media is deliberately undermining the truth, which helps explain the inhuman behavior of its troops in Ukraine. Meanwhile, Zelensky is the anti-Putin Everyman who's changing the image of Ukraine in the eyes of the world. Anne Applebaum joins Charlie Sykes on the weekend podcast. Bulwark+ members can access an ad-free version of this show and carry on the conservation we started today over on the site at https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/. Try a Bulwark+ membership FREE for the next 30 days at thebulwark.com/charlie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 29, 2022
Lucy Caldwell: Knives Out For McCarthy
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Face it: Republicans are so much better at politics. Democrats stick to the moral high ground while Republicans focus on winning by any means necessary. Plus, Elon Musk is a crony capitalist, and the knives are out for Kevin McCarthy. Lucy Caldwell joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Bulwark+ members can access an ad-free version of this show and carry on the conservation we started today over on the site at https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/. Try a Bulwark+ membership FREE for the next 30 days at thebulwark.com/charlie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 28, 2022
David Frum: It's Not DeSantis v Disney — It's DeSantis v Trump
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DeSantis' anti-gay agenda is all about winning over the conservative entertainment wing, Musk paid the GDP of Paraguay for a company with the gross revenues of the Olive Garden, and we need to start planning the rebuilding of Ukraine now. David Frum joins Charlie Sykes today. Bulwark+ members can access an ad-free version of this show and carry on the conservation we started today over on the site at https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/. Try a Bulwark+ membership FREE for the next 30 days at thebulwark.com/charlie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 27, 2022
Will Saletan: Are We Living in an Age of American Oligarchs?
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What's Musk going to do to Twitter? Plus, Greg Abbott's costly border performance, San Francisco's become too woke for Democrats, and Kevin McCarthy is not only groveling, he's denying he had a flash of decency. Will Saletan is back with Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Bulwark+ members can access an ad-free version of this show and carry on the conservation we started today over on the site at https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/. Try a Bulwark+ membership FREE for the next 30 days at thebulwark.com/charlie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 26, 2022
Chef José Andrés: Feeding the Soul of Ukraine
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Chef Andrés' World Central Kitchen has set up a sprawling network of cafes and food distribution sites in and around Ukraine. En route to the outskirts of Mariupol, Andrés tells Charlie Sykes he sees the will of the Ukrainian people in every corner, and talks of his mission to make food an agent of change. Don't miss today's podcast. Help support World Central Kitchen here: https://donate.wck.org/team/423917 Bulwark+ members can access an ad-free version of this show and carry on the conservation we started today over on the site at https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/. Try a Bulwark+ membership FREE for the next 30 days at thebulwark.com/charlie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 25, 2022
Tim Miller: Cowardly Kevin
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McCarthy thought he was rid of Trump after Jan 6, but he didn't have the backbone to stand up to him. And Mitch is just as guilty. Plus: JD Vance's post-constitutionalism, and calling DeSantis' Disney vengeance campaign for what it is: "Socialism." Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes on the weekend podcast. Bulwark+ members can access an ad-free version of this show and carry on the conservation we started today over on the site at https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/. Try a Bulwark+ membership FREE for the next 30 days at thebulwark.com/charlie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 22, 2022
Juliette Kayyem: Living in an Age of Disasters
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Don't let your last words be, "I'm such an idiot." Plus, the Biden administration should better explain how we got to this Covid recovery period. Juliette Kayyem joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Bulwark+ members can access an ad-free version of this show and carry on the conservation we started today over on the site at https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/. Try a Bulwark+ membership FREE for the next 30 days at thebulwark.com/charlie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 21, 2022
Yascha Mounk: The Most Dangerous Idea in American Politics
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Both Democrats and Republicans agree on only one thing, but it isn't even true: that whites and people of color are splitting into two opposing voting blocs. It's driving panic on the right, and triumphalism on the left. Yascha Mounk joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Bulwark+ members can access an ad-free version of this show and carry on the conservation we started today over on the site at https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/. Try a Bulwark+ membership FREE for the next 30 days at thebulwark.com/charlie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 20, 2022
Yuval Levin: Trump's Strategic Error
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By making so many endorsements, Donald Trump is turning himself into a factional leader rather a leader of his party; Plus: Why do both party's pursue losing strategies? American Enterprise Institute's Yuval Levin joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Want to listen without ads? Bulwark+ members get access to an exclusive, ad-free version of The Bulwark Podcast. Learn more here: https://plus.thebulwark.com/p/how-do-i-add-a-bulwark-member-only?s=w Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 19, 2022
Will Saletan: Tucker’s Twisted Notions of Manliness
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Tucker Carlson's hyper-masculinity flex, Mike Lee's coup scheming texts, and the Biden administration's chill on Covid. Plus, Will Saletan and Charlie Sykes have a radical disagreement about how much we're arming Ukraine. Today's edition of Charlie and Will Monday. Bulwark+ members can access an ad-free version of this show and carry on the conservation we started today over on the site at https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/. Try a Bulwark+ membership FREE for the next 30 days at thebulwark.com/charlie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 18, 2022
Robert Tracinski: The Birchers Are Back - And Winning
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There's a secret cabal that's trying to control us — they're lying to you, and they're communists. Sound familiar? No, it's not QAnon. It's the John Birch Society. Our culture wars aren't new — they just get recycled. Robert Tracinski joins Charlie Sykes on this weekend's podcast. Want to listen without ads? Bulwark+ members get exclusive access to an ad-free version of the podcast. Learn more here: https://plus.thebulwark.com/p/how-do-i-add-a-bulwark-member-only?s=w Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 15, 2022
Amanda Carpenter: The Senate Is the World's Greatest Retirement Home
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Some of Dianne Feinstein's colleagues say she's no longer fit to serve. Meanwhile, McConnell's backing a candidate in Georgia who's not prepared to take a major vote in the Senate. Plus: Ukraine, Biden, and the PA governors' race. Amanda Carpenter joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Bulwark+ members can access an ad-free version of this show and carry on the conservation we started today over on the site at https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/. Try a Bulwark+ membership FREE for the next 30 days at thebulwark.com/charlie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 14, 2022
Ruth Ben-Ghiat: Fascism 2.0
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Like Hitler and Mussolini before him, Putin's acting with hubris and arrogance because he's been in power for too long. And to save face, he'll likely escalate his terror tactics in Ukraine. Today, the amorality of strongmen — including Trump. Ruth Ben-Ghiat joins Charlie Sykes. Bulwark+ members can access an ad-free version of this show and carry on the conservation we started today over on the site at https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/. Try a Bulwark+ membership FREE for the next 30 days at thebulwark.com/charlie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 13, 2022
Jonathan Chait: More MAGA than MAGA
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The parts of the Republican Party that see Trump as a political liability are setting Ron DeSantis up as a MAGA alternative. And that includes the Murdoch empire, which is cranking out DeSantis propaganda night and day. Jonathan Chait joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Bulwark+ members can access an ad-free version of this show and carry on the conservation we started today over on the site at https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/. Try a Bulwark+ membership FREE for the next 30 days at thebulwark.com/charlie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 12, 2022
Will Saletan: Who Will Get Lindseyed Next?
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Trump couldn't resist endorsing fellow TV huckster Dr. Oz, despite PA Senate candidate David McCormick pulling a Lindsey Graham knee-bend. Plus, the potential danger of political clowns, and the two kinds of war crimes in Ukraine. Will Saletan's back for Charlie and Will Mondays. Bulwark+ members can access an ad-free version of this show and carry on the conservation we started today over on the site at https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/. Try a Bulwark+ membership FREE for the next 30 days at thebulwark.com/charlie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 11, 2022
Tim Miller: Mitch McConnell Has No Moral Red Lines
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McConnell calling out Trump for January 6 had nothing to do with morals. Also on the weekend podcast: Republicans are corruptly aiding Trump's latest failed business, and widening their campaign to demonize gay people. Plus, Tim Miller and Charlie Sykes have book recs! An ad-free version of The Bulwark Podcast is available exclusively to members of Bulwark+. Learn more here: https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/account/add-podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 08, 2022
Tom Nichols: Where Putin Might Use Nukes
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When one-third of the House GOP is voting against NATO, McCarthy's lost control. Meanwhile CPAC will meet in Budapest, in an SNL skit come-to-life. Plus, how to stop Putin — and "globo-homo' lands in the lexicon. Tom Nichols joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. An ad-free version of The Bulwark Podcast is available exclusively to members of Bulwark+. Learn more here: https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/account/add-podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 07, 2022
Josh Kraushaar: Democrats Are Bracing for a Republican Wave
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The Democrats are the more sane party, but their self-inflicted wounds have created the most favorable Republican environment since 2010. National Journal's Josh Kraushaar joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. An ad-free version of The Bulwark Podcast is available exclusively to members of Bulwark+. Learn more here: https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/account/add-podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 06, 2022
Lis Smith: Why Democrats Should Go on Fox News
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Polls show independents think Democrats are condescending and out of touch. The best way to blow up the caricature? Go on Fox News and talk to them. Pete Buttigieg campaign alum Lis Smith joins Charlie Sykes today with some advice for the midterms. An ad-free version of The Bulwark Podcast is available exclusively to members of Bulwark+. Learn more here: https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/account/add-podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 05, 2022
Bill Kristol: Biden Was Right — Putin Must Be Removed from Power
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After Bucha, Russia has to be defeated, and Putin's removal from power has to be a part of it. Plus, paleo-cons on Orbán, the return of Palin, and the war on Disney. Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. An ad-free version of The Bulwark Podcast is available exclusively to members of Bulwark+. Learn more here: https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/account/add-podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 04, 2022
Tim Miller: I'd Like to Smack DeSantis ... But I Won't
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"Don't Say Gay" is giving panhandle Karens permission to spout anti-gay and anti-transgender rhetoric, and kids are feeling afraid. Plus, the media's fail on Hunter's laptop and Trump's aid and comfort to a military foe. Tim Miller's back with Charlie Sykes on this weekend's podcast. An ad-free version of The Bulwark Podcast is available exclusively to members of Bulwark+. Learn more here: https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/account/add-podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 01, 2022
Greg Bluestein: Was Georgia's Flip to Purple Firm — Or a Fluke?
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Georgia is the new epicenter of American politics after flipping the Senate and helping give Biden the White House. Have Georgia Democrats figured out a winning formula? Greg Bluestein joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. An ad-free version of The Bulwark Podcast is available exclusively to members of Bulwark+. Learn more here: https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/account/add-podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 31, 2022
Adam White: The Court Needs to Maintain Its Legitimacy
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The Supreme Court's recusal standard isn't just for a concrete conflict of interest. It's also for the appearance of a conflict, and Justice Thomas is clearly in that zone. Plus, the never-ending story of the people who won't tell Trump "No." Adam White joins Charlie Sykes today. An ad-free version of The Bulwark Podcast is available exclusively to members of Bulwark+. Learn more here: https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/account/add-podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 30, 2022
Francis Fukuyama: The End of Complacency
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The West had begun to take liberal democracy for granted. Then came the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Is it a turning point? Francis Fukuyama joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. An ad-free version of The Bulwark Podcast is available exclusively to members of Bulwark+. Learn more here: https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/account/add-podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 29, 2022
Will Saletan: Putin Is a Terrorist
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The world's bloodiest terrorist is angling for concessions in exchange for not killing more Ukrainians civilians, Biden's real and honest moment was undercut by his own advisers, and Elise Stefanik's lack of principle is her biggest asset. Will Saletan is back for Charlie and Will Mondays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 28, 2022
Mona Charen: A Time to Recuse, a Time to Testify
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Ginni Thomas was all-in for a coup and locking Biden up at Gitmo. And after Trump’s back-stabbing, Mo Brooks now sounds like he’s ready to talk to the January 6 committee. It was a week of jackassery and jerkitude — Mona Charen joins Charlie Sykes on the weekend podcast to break it all down. Bulwark+ members can listen to an ad-free version of this podcast to your player of choice. Learn more at Bulwark+ Podcast FAQ. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 25, 2022
Josh Rogin: Xi and Putin Are in This Together
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Not only is China a co-conspirator in the Russian scheme to blame the war in Ukraine on the US and the West, it's also underwriting it economically. The Washington Post's Josh Rogin joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Bulwark+ members can listen to an ad-free version of this podcast to your player of choice. Learn more at Bulwark+ Podcast FAQ. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 24, 2022
David Corn: Tucker Carlson, Useful Idiot
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Why is Tucker Carlson siding with Putin? Is he just trolling Biden, or is it more ideological? Plus, it's hard to have a democracy when you can't agree on basic facts. David Corn joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Bulwark+ members can listen to an ad-free version of this podcast to your player of choice. Learn more at Bulwark+ Podcast FAQ. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 23, 2022
A.B. Stoddard: The Pipeline of Crazy Is Clogged
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Melania prefers Dr. Oz, Greitens may have just enough shamelessness to win Trump's blessing, and Ohio GOP Senate candidates are on the cusp of a fistfight. A.B. Stoddard joins Charlie Sykes today to give an update on the midterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 22, 2022
Will Saletan: What Is the Red Line?
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The Russians have become the largest terrorist organization in the world. How will NATO respond if Putin resorts to chemical weapons? Plus, Charlie Sykes says Josh Hawley deserves to be canceled. Will Saletan is back for Charlie and Will Mondays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 21, 2022
Bill Kristol: Maybe War Crimes Are a Bridge Too Far for Pro-Putin GOP
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Most elected Republicans and the base are moving in a different direction from the pro-Putin and anti-anti-Putin crowd. How far can Marjorie Taylor Greene and Madison Cawthorn go without breaking the silo? Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes for this weekend's podcast. Bulwark+ members can listen to an ad-free version of this podcast to your player of choice. Learn more at Bulwark+ Podcast FAQ. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 18, 2022
Michael Weiss: Who Should You Believe about the War?
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Kyiv is not encircled, its air force is largely intact, and Russians soldiers keep abandoning their equipment. While Ukraine may have the momentum, Russian elites may be hunkering down in underground bunkers far from Moscow. Michael Weiss joins Charlie Sykes today to update the state of the battle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 17, 2022
David Priess: What Zelensky Needs
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In a taste of what's to come, Lawfare's David Priess and Charlie Sykes have different takes on Zelensky's request for a no-fly zone. Also on the podcast, the Biden administration's use of intelligence to play with Putin's head. Bulwark+ members can listen to an ad-free version of this podcast to your player of choice. Learn more at Bulwark+ Podcast FAQ. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 16, 2022
Susan Glasser: Russia's New Iron Curtain
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Putin has blown up Russia's 30-year relationship with the West, and his country has taken a North Korea-style turn. And those are good things in Putin's eyes. The New Yorker's Susan Glasser joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Bulwark+ members can listen to an ad-free version of this podcast to your player of choice. Learn more at Bulwark+ Podcast FAQ. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 15, 2022
Is Biden Deterring Putin?
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We have made ourselves more nervous about what Putin might do than he is about what we might do. Will Saletan and Charlie Sykes have a disagreement on today's Charlie and Will Monday. Bulwark+ members can listen to an ad-free version of this podcast to your player of choice. Learn more at Bulwark+ Podcast FAQ. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 14, 2022
Tim Miller: Trump Is the Leader of the Putin Wing
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From Putin-phelia to homophobia to Trump's Zelensky-envy, Tim Miller's back with Charlie Sykes on this weekend's pod. Bulwark+ members can listen to an ad-free version of this podcast to your player of choice. Learn more at Bulwark+ Podcast FAQ. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 11, 2022
Amb. Eric Edelman: Why Are We Deterring Ourselves?
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In addition to his other miscalculations, Putin has fathered modern Ukrainian nationalism, and made NATO stronger and more unified than it's been in years. Former Ambassador Eric Edelman joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Bulwark+ members can listen to an ad-free version of this podcast to your player of choice. Learn more at Bulwark+ Podcast FAQ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 10, 2022
General Mark Hertling: Why the Russians Will Lose
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Russia won't be able to take large Ukrainian cities. But that won't stop them from bombing them into rubble. Americans say 'make it end,' but it won't until Putin accepts defeat in a war he can't win. Retired Lt. General Mark Hertling, the former commanding general of U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army, joins Charlie Sykes today. Bulwark+ members can listen to an ad-free version of this podcast to your player of choice. Learn more at Bulwark+ Podcast FAQ. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 09, 2022
Kim Wehle: We Need To Learn How To Think
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Whether it's the disinformation that's dividing Americans, or a hard problem in your own life, thinking more like a lawyer can actually help you sleep at night. Plus, Bill Barr's one and only breaking point. Kim Wehle explains on today's podcast with Charlie Sykes. Bulwark+ members can listen to an ad-free version of this podcast to your player of choice: https://bulwarkpodcast.thebulwark.com/account/add-podcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 08, 2022
Will Saletan: A Failed Invasion
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Putin can’t occupy Ukraine – an insurgency will bleed his forces. And Biden needs to use his bully pulpit to prepare the country for sacrifice if we embargo Russian oil. Will Saletan's back for Charlie and Will Mondays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 07, 2022
Tim Miller: Don't Buy Bill Barr's Book
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So much to cover on this weekend's podcast: A former president giving aid and comfort to our enemies, Tucker working through his Putin love, Bill Barr's cover-ups, NIMBY hippy-crits in Berkeley, and the ISIS bride. Tim Miller's back on with Charlie Sykes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 04, 2022
Rachel Vindman: The GOP Enablers Brought Us to This Moment
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Zelensky has inspired the world and led a continent to change its foreign policy. But don't forget that the GOP enablers who are now wearing Ukrainian flag pins were praising Vladimir Putin just eight days ago. Rachel Vindman joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 03, 2022
Michael Steele: Biden Restores the Alliance
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Biden has stitched NATO back together after Trump and Putin tried to tear it apart. The alliance still matters. Meanwhile, Trump-backed candidates won all their races in Tuesday's primaries — the crazy's making the crazy crazier. Michael Steele joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 02, 2022
Clint Watts: What Is Putin's Offramp?
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Putin lost the disinformation war in the West over Ukraine, but the man who laid waste to cities in Syria and Chechnya has a massive convoy heading to Kyiv. He doesn't want to just win — he wants to be remembered. Clint Watts joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 01, 2022
Will Saletan: Courage Is Contagious
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Democracy and freedom have seemed to be on the decline. But Ukraine's pushback against authoritarianism has lit a spark around the world. Will Saletan is back for Charlie and Will Mondays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 28, 2022
Heath Mayo: Reimagining American Conservatism
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While CPAC is mocking, meme-ing and owning the libs, a different summit —one for principled conservatives — is convening this weekend to reconceptualize the movement. Principles First's Heath Mayo joins Charlie Sykes on the podcast. Principles First Summit Website Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 25, 2022
Tom Nichols: Putin, Unhinged and in a Bubble
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How serious is Putin's nuke threat? How should the world react to the invasion of Ukraine? And thoughts on the GOP's entertainment wing. Tom Nichols joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 24, 2022
Bill Kristol: MAGA Turns Anti Anti-Putin
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In the middle of an international crisis, Trump is fawning over Putin, and the entertainment wing of the GOP loves it. But how will the elected wing respond? Is a pro-Putin party a bridge too far? Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 23, 2022
Tim O'Brien: Trump Was Giving Putin Everything He Wanted
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Trump's child-like fascination with "tough guys" like Putin is part of the reason why we are where we are today. Many Republicans are now following his lead — allying themselves with a foreign power that sows dissent and division here. Tim O'Brien joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 22, 2022
Will Saletan: Surprise, Trump Was in It for the Money
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Voters said they wanted a businessman for president. Now, he's making clear he treated our country as a vehicle for his own profit. Will Saletan is back for 'Charlie and Will Mondays.' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 21, 2022
David Frum: O Canada!
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With two Arctic powers in crisis, David Frum joins Charlie Sykes to cover the waterfront: Canada, Ukraine, the meme-ification of politics, the uncoolness of Facebook, and the need for more historical analogies beyond WWII. Plus, Trump: self-aware or self-deluded? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 18, 2022
Karen Tumulty: At Least One Party Kicked the Extremists Out
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Progressives revolted against progressives in San Francisco — and that could have national implications. Meanwhile, Republicans stand for only one thing, and they're shrinking their base. The Washington Post's Karen Tumulty joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 17, 2022
Garry Kasparov: Putin Is a Merchant of Doubt
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With Biden in the White House, Putin thought this was the time to deliver the final blow to NATO. But he has been surprised by the West's response to Ukraine. His game isn't chess, it's poker — and he may have overplayed his hand. Garry Kasparov joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 16, 2022
John Avlon: An Unconditional Surrender and a Magnanimous Peace
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In the last six weeks of his life, Abraham Lincoln sketched out a vision to win the peace after winning the war, principles that inspired future generations. CNN's John Avlon joins Charlie Sykes to share the story of Lincoln, the peacemaker. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 15, 2022
Charlie and Will Monday
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Sexual anarchy, trucker protests, rumors of war, and Trump’s feral ego. Will Saletan and Charlie Sykes hash it out on today's @BulwarkOnline podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 14, 2022
Tim Miller: The Worst and the Dumbest
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Now that the Republican base is following the gazpacho soup lady, consider this Bulwark prediction for your Super Bowl weekend: Secession will be the next big thing in the MAGA-verse. Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes on the podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 11, 2022
Robert Draper: MAGA Martyr Michael Flynn
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On the right-wing road show, Michael Flynn is the second-biggest draw after Trump — his "deep state" victimization is central to MAGA mythology. Oh, and he's still trying to steal the 2020 election. The New York Times Magazine's Robert Draper joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 10, 2022
Jeremy Peters: The GOP’s Ongoing Insurgency
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From Pat Buchanan's culture war to Sarah Palin wearing her resentment on her sleeve, Trump's escalator ride was a long time coming. The New York Times' Jeremy Peters joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 09, 2022
Adam Kinzinger: McCarthy Looks Like a Weak, Feckless Man
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When Kevin McCarthy deposed Liz Cheney, he thought she'd just go away. Instead, he empowered his greatest enemy. And if he ever gets the speaker's gavel, he'll be held hostage to Marjorie Taylor Greene. Adam Kinzinger joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 08, 2022
Will Saletan: It's Easy to Become an Authoritarian
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You don't have to renounce democracy or reject the Constitution — all you have to do is be persuaded to believe a few lies. Will Saletan joins Charlie Sykes today for the launch of our new 'Charlie & Will Monday' on The Bulwark Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 07, 2022
Tim Miller: China, Zucker, Schumer, SCOTUS, Coups, and GOP purges
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On our weekend omnibus podcast, Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes to vent about it all. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 04, 2022
Scott MacFarlane: Jan. 6 Committee Is Connecting the Dots
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Congressional committee hearings can be a hot mess. But the Jan. 6 committee is moving with strategic steps and a unified message — it fits the moment. CBS News' Scott MacFarlane joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 03, 2022
George Packer: Afghanistan Was Biden's Saigon
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Biden's empathy didn't extend to Afghan allies — like interpreters — who risked their lives for our troops. When the administration didn't plan for their exit, vets, soldiers, and others came together to save lives. The Atlantic's George Packer joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 02, 2022
Dana Milbank: The Right's Snowflakes
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As Black History Month gets underway, teachers around the country are afraid to teach about civil rights or reconstruction. Meanwhile, Glenn Youngkin's kids are learning all about CRT at their tony private schools. The Washington Post's Dana Milbank joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 01, 2022
Will Saletan: We Are Too Politically Segregated
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Don't only talk to people you agree with politically. Break free from the echo chamber, and help cure our tribalism. Will Saletan officially joins The Bulwark — and Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Welcome, Will! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 31, 2022
A.B. Stoddard: MAGA in Disarray
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Trump's kingmaking keeps hitting bumps in the road, and the GOP is helping to spread Covid as an electoral strategy. Plus, why does Schumer's sloppy leadership get so little notice? A.B. Stoddard joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: A.B. Stoddard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 28, 2022
Matt Bennett: This Is a Paul Revere Moment
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The Democratic establishment needs to wake up. The time is now for democracy's allies to unify and stop the Big Lie from becoming the Big Coup. Third Way's Matt Bennett joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Matt Bennett. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 27, 2022
David Priess: Beware of Russian Trolls
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Parts of Ukraine are physically closer to — and more culturally aligned with — Central and Western Europe than they are to Russia. Lawfare's David Priess joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: David Priess. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 26, 2022
Ruy Teixeira: What Would the Working Class Say?
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Increased turnout and more nonwhite voters don't give Democrats the edge. To win, they have to remember the mantra: What Would the Working Class Say? Ruy Teixeira joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Ruy Teixeira. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 25, 2022
Bill Kristol: The Dysfunction Is a Pre-Existing Condition
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Newt Gingrich's recklessness with partisanship was a precursor of where we are today, and now Trump's followers, like Steve Bannon and Ron DeSantis, are trying to one-up Trump. Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Bill Kristol. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 24, 2022
Mark Bowden & Matt Teague: 2020's Unsung Heroes
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The Trump campaign banked on local Republican officials to help steal the election. But ordinary Americans from all walks of life stood up to the lies. Authors Mark Bowden and Matthew Teague join Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guests: Mark Bowden and Matt Teague. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 21, 2022
Tim Miller: About That Press Conference
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Charlie Sykes and Tim Miller take the measure of Biden's press conference and his first year in the office — and come down on different sides. The Bulwark coalition in all its glory, on today's podcast. Special Guest: Tim Miller. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 20, 2022
Will Saletan: The Coalition of the Sane
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America needs a coalition that crosses party and ideological lines — to counter the authoritarian menace inside the Republican Party, and GOP leaders who lie about the election and the virus. Will Saletan tells Charlie Sykes why he's joining the fight at The Bulwark. Special Guest: Will Saletan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 19, 2022
Matthew Yglesias: The Center Is There, We Just Can't Hear It
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Why Biden can't have a Kumbaya moment, and tangible things can't get done. Matt Yglesias joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Matthew Yglesias. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 18, 2022
Josh Barro: Obsessing Over Democracy Won't Save It
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For the Democrats to win, they need to focus on what normal people think about — which is NOT Jan. 6 and the potential end of democracy. They want Covid shut down and the economy opened. Josh Barro joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Josh Barro. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 17, 2022
David French: Biden’s Divisive Speech
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The crisis of democracy is in the counting, not the casting, of votes. The Dispatch's David French joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: David French. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 14, 2022
Adam Kinzinger: Jan 6 Primetime Hearings Will Be Must-See TV
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The behind-the-scenes evidence presented during the upcoming primetime Jan 6 committee hearings will be "compelling" and "shocking," and will be directed to an audience who's going to go out and vote. Rep. Adam Kinzinger joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Rep. Adam Kinzinger. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 13, 2022
Tim Alberta: The Fringe Has Merged with the Mainstream
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With all the manic, hyperbolic nonsense about the election and vaccines, the fringe is no longer visible. The Atlantic's Tim Alberta joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Tim Alberta. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 12, 2022
Barbara Walter: Is America at Risk of a 21st Century Civil War?
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There have been more than 200 civil wars since WWII — and the conditions that triggered those conflicts are now present here in America. Author Barbara Walter joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Barbara Walter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 11, 2022
Tom Nichols: Time for a Grand Coalition
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Sure, former Republicans in the democracy coalition bear some responsibility for where we are today — and Democrats do too. But the only thing that matters now is who's on the side of the Constitution, and who isn't. Tom Nichols joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Tom Nichols. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 10, 2022
Tim Miller: Cruz’s Grovel
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Ted Cruz found out what happens when you don't use the language of the MAGA woke orthodoxy. Plus, liberals grousing about Dick Cheney: Do you want a pro- democracy coalition or don’t you? Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Tim Miller. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 07, 2022
January 6 Was Built on Years of Lies and Propaganda
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Conspiracy theories are at the core of Donald Trump, and the Republican Party still took him in. The surprise is that we are surprised. The New Yorker's Susan Glasser and Princeton's Julian Zelizer join Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guests: Julian E. Zelizer and Susan Glasser. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 06, 2022
Olivia Nuzzi: The Ambition of Dr. Oz
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GOP operatives are none too pleased that Dr. Oz wants to be the next Republican senator from Pennsylvania. Democrats — who remember when the guy from The Apprentice was underestimated — are worried. Olivia Nuzzi joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Olivia Nuzzi. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 05, 2022
Evan Osnos: Hardening the Hard Core
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What's sustaining the belief that the election was stolen from Trump? It's rage-makers like Dan Bongino, who feed existential conflict to millions of Americans daily — in between ads for gun holsters and survivalist food rations. The New Yorker's Evan Osnos joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Evan Osnos. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 04, 2022
Bill Kristol: New Year, New Chance for Democrats to Lead
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Democrats say they're the party of government. Why not make it run more effectively — so the FDA isn't so ham-fisted and the CDC isn't so slow? Also, one year after Jan.6, how have our electoral guardrails still not been fixed? Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Bill Kristol. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 03, 2022
We're Not All Crying Karens
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A panel of Bulwark favorites share their predictions (AKA warnings) for 2022. They also take time to give a shout-out to the people who aren't shouting — the people on the ground helping others and working to save democracy. Bill Kristol, Tim Miller, Sarah Longwell, and JVL join guest host Mona Charen on today's episode. Try a Bulwark+ membership free for the next 30 days to gain access to more from these panelists on the member-only Secret Show and Next Level podcasts: [https://thebulwark.com/secret] Special Guests: Bill Kristol, Jonathan V. Last, Sarah Longwell, and Tim Miller. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 30, 2021
The State of Black Lives Matter Now
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BLM signs have come down, and tough conversions now are about what racial equity looks like. For instance, is getting rid of the SAT the best solution? Plus, The Washington Post's Perry Bacon and guest host Tim Miller get personal on the struggle to find a diverse school for their kids. [](https://www.littlebrown.com/titles/courtney-e-martin/learning-in-public/9780316428262 [](https://www.clintsmithiii.com/book-of-nonfiction [](https://www.harpercollins.com/products/the-state-must-provide-adam-harris?variant=33007266791458 [](https://heathermcghee.com Try a Bulwark+ membership free for the next 30 days to gain access to more on the member-only Secret Show and Next Level podcasts: [https://thebulwark.com/secret] Special Guest: Perry Bacon, Jr.. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 29, 2021
When the Main Point of Politics Is Vengeance
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The Republican Party is now about knife fights and justifying just about anything -- like Peter Navarro laying out a clear description of the attempted Trump coup. Still, there are 2021 bright spots. Peter Wehner joins guest host Mona Charen on today's episode. Special Guest: Peter Wehner. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 28, 2021
China's Breaking up with Hollywood
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Hollywood shared its magic with China. Now some of 2021's biggest box office draws were Chinese films. With fewer American movies being shown there, Hollywood's confronting what creative freedoms it gave up to play in China. Author Chris Fenton joins guest host Sonny Bunch on today's episode. Special Guest: Chris Fenton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 27, 2021
Trump's Dereliction of Duty on Covid
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The Trump administration's malfeasance in responding to Covid demands a 9/11 commission-style investigation. Plus, Biden's 2020 victory was more Dunkirk, and less D-Day. Churchill fan Bill Kristol joins guest host JVL on today's episode. Special Guest: Bill Kristol. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 23, 2021
The Republicans' Dangerous Vigilante Messaging Campaign
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From lionizing Kyle Rittenhouse, to stopping abortion in Texas, and threatening to take over America's election apparatus, Republicans are sending a dangerous message: Take matters into your own hands. Real Clear Politics' A.B. Stoddard joins guest host Mona Charen on today's episode. Special Guest: A.B. Stoddard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 22, 2021
Democrats Need a Plan to Save Democracy in 2024
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The ultimate survival of American democracy is going to come down to the Democrats figuring out how to defeat the party that wants to overturn it. Plus, it's Joe Manchin's way or the highway. New York magazine's Ed Kilgore joins guest host JVL on today's episode. Special Guest: Ed Kilgore. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 21, 2021
Manchin Puts Coal in the Democrats' Stockings
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Democrats are furious with Manchin, but they still need him to pass a voting rights bill. Plus, while Biden readies for his big Covid speech, the man who brought us "lock her up" sounds nervous about the Jan. 6 committee. Mona Charen joins guest host Sarah Longwell on today's episode. Curious about the Secret Show? Try a Bulwark+ membership, free for the next 30 days and see what the Secret Pod is all about. TheBulwark.com/secret Special Guest: Mona Charen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 20, 2021
Covid Should Be the Democrats' Culture War
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With Gen Z really not that into Biden, and median voters tuning out politics, Biden definitely needs a new message: Blame the GOP for Covid dragging on. Snapchat's Peter Hamby joins guest host Tim Miller on today's episode. Special Guest: Peter Hamby. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 17, 2021
The Next Level Takeover!
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Sarah, Tim, and JVL sit in for Charlie. Trump knows his supporters better than anyone around him. He knew they'd be fine with an insurrection. Special Guests: Sarah Longwell and Tim Miller. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 16, 2021
Amanda Carpenter: Jan. 6 Committee Is Bringing It
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Trump aggressively shut down protesters for his Bible photo-op, but let the insurrection run on for more than three hours. We've passed 'what did they know, and when did they know it?' We're now at 'when did they start planning it?' Amanda Carpenter joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Amanda Carpenter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 15, 2021
Charlie Warzel: Out of Office
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The way we work isn't working — fewer, more focused hours on the job can actually be more productive. And just because tech makes it possible to work at any time doesn't mean we should. Will the Great Resignation change our workaholic ways? Charlie Warzel joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Charlie Warzel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 14, 2021
Damon Linker: Can Journalists Save American Democracy?
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Journalism traditionally treats the two parties as equals, but Republicans are fabricating an alternate reality and sabotaging democracy. Can reporters be "partisans for democracy" without rooting for the Democrats? The Week's Damon Linker joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast Special Guest: Damon Linker. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 13, 2021
Tim Miller: This Is Madness
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Republicans are siding with Putin over NATO, top candidates are flocking to Bannon's podcast, and New Yorkers are handing the GOP a Christmas gift by giving noncitizens the right to vote. Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Tim Miller. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 10, 2021
Bart Gellman: Stealing Democracy Right before Our Eyes
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Trump's official power as president wasn't what got him so close to toppling the 2020 election. It was his ability to convince supporters that black is white, and up is down — and they're preparing for next time. The Atlantic's Bart Gellman joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Bart Gelllman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 09, 2021
Ben Wittes: You Have to Speak Up, Merrick Garland
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If the attorney general wants to restore norms at the Justice Department, he's got to talk about it. He's got to give speeches on democracy, voting rights, and accountability. He has to sell the message. Ben Wittes joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Benjamin Wittes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 08, 2021
Jonathan Allen: Georgia Will be Ground Zero in the Midterms
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Stacey Abrams sees good odds in the Georgia's governor's race, while the Republican candidates are stuck in the amber of Trump's Big Lie. Plus: Nunes' job change shows that being on Fox is the new path to power. NBC News' Jonathan Allen joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Jonathan Allen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 07, 2021
David Frum: Big Macs, Russia, and Afghanistan
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The build-up of Russian troops on the border is alarming. Afghanistan is facing mass starvation. Meanwhile, Trump country is not only anti-vax, it's pro-obesity. Get fat to own the libs. David Frum joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: David Frum. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 06, 2021
Bill Kristol: It's Still the Economy, Stupid
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It's not just The Bulwark saying the Democrats have a branding problem — Democrats are saying it too. So, cool it with the culture talk, control inflation, and as Bill Kristol has been telling the White House: Make Covid tests cheap and plentiful. Kristol joins Charlie Sykes today. Special Guest: Bill Kristol. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 03, 2021
Tom Nichols: Grow Up and Act like an Adult
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Republicans are blowing off the Jan. 6 investigation, and the Deplorable Squad is normalizing rhetoric that can lead to political violence. Can the pro-democracy coalition quit the name-calling and get down to business? Tom Nichols joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Tom Nichols. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 02, 2021
Amy Walter: Our Political Known Unknowns
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Just as we thought we were turning the corner on Covid, a new variant is bringing travel restrictions and heightening anxiety about the future. Is Biden in a no-win situation? The Cook Political Report's Amy Walter joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Amy Walter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 01, 2021
Jonathan Karl: Trump Loved Jan. 6
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Yes, there was a riot at the Capitol, but keep your eye on the ball: Trump tried to destroy American democracy. He literally tried to steal the election. Jonathan Karl joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Jonathan Karl. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 30, 2021
Tim Miller: We're All Hostage to the Crazy
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Marjorie Taylor Greene is calling the shots and owning Kevin McCarthy, while some Republican governors are paying people NOT to get vaccinated. Bonus content: Taylor v Jake. Tim Miller joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Tim Miller. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 29, 2021
Thanksgiving Special: The Bulwark Takes Time Out for Gratitude
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Sarah Longwell, Charlie Sykes, Amanda Carpenter, and Mona Charen stop by to talk food, the dearth of Thanksgiving movies, and to highlight something in the political world they are most grateful for. Let's just say Liz Cheney got some love. Special Guests: Amanda Carpenter, Charlie Sykes, and Mona Charen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 25, 2021
Kristin Du Mez: Love Thy Neighbor Is for Wimps
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Militant hyper-masculinity is the ideal of Christian manhood in the white evangelical world, and it's part and parcel of Trumpism and today's Republican Party. Author Kristen Du Mez joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Kristin Du Mez. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 24, 2021
Donald Cohen: The Privatization of Everything
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Should the government really be run like a business, or just be run really well? Author Donald Cohen debates Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Donald Cohen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 23, 2021
Bill Kristol: Fetishizing Political Violence
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We are in a dangerous moment when members of the political class celebrate violence and fetishize guns. Plus, contemplating an America if JFK had not been assassinated. Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Bill Kristol. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 22, 2021
Greg Lukianoff: We Are Creating a Culture of Student Fragility
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People are actually quite resilient, but when young students are told they can be harmed by words, it can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Greg Lukianoff from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Greg Lukianoff. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 19, 2021
Adam Schiff: The GOP Has Created a Monster
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"If you persuade people that we cannot rely on our elections to decide who should govern, then what is left but violence?" Rep. Adam Schiff joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Adam Schiff. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 18, 2021
David Priess: It Wasn't a Hoax
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The findings of the Mueller report have been overshadowed by the discrediting of the Steele dossier, but the Russia-Trump campaign ties were a real thing. Lawfare's David Priess joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: David Priess. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 17, 2021