Politics War Room with James Carville & Al Hunt

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 Jun 20, 2020

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Master political strategist James Carville and revered journalist Al Hunt convenes a war room each week to discuss the battle for the soul of the nation!  Join them as they gather the sharpest minds from across the country to see who has the most compelling case for the American people on the issues that matter most.

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86: David Leonhardt
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David Leonhardt of the New York Times sits down with James and Al to discuss how we can start moving our country forward after the Covid Pandemic and Trump era.  Is it time to start lifting the lockdown orders and focusing on the working people who keep the country running?  Or will Democrats keep the House competitive in 2022?


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May 13, 2021
85: Michael Waldman
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With Trump back in the news and Derek Chauvin recently convicted, James and Al bring on the President of NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice Michael Waldman for his take.  Can we expect Trump to finally land in legal trouble, and what’s the best way for the Democrats to remove the many obstacles he placed in the way of our democracy?  Will they also be able to make progress on criminal justice reform or is more persuasion needed for the country to start moving forward?  

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May 06, 2021
84: Zach Carter and Evan Osnos
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As the Biden Administration continues to build support and consolidate its hold on the ship of state, James and Al are joined by John Maynard Keynes expert and author Zach Carter to give us perspective on Biden’s economic vision.  Then, Evan Osnos of The New Yorker comes on to analyze what we’re seeing from China.  But the episode wouldn’t be complete without James following up on his Vox interview-- you won’t want to miss it!

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Apr 29, 2021
83: Jim Gerstein & Phil Klay
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With troops due to come out of Afghanistan, James and Al welcome veteran and author Phil Klay and pollster Jim Gerstein to discuss the state of world affairs and when we should be going to war.  How are things looking in the Middle East 20 years on?  Are we leaving too soon, or is it time to focus our attention here at home where we have enough problems? 

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Apr 22, 2021
82: Our Towns, w/ Deb & James Fallows, Jeanne Jordan & Steven Ascher
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James and Al bring on the creators of HBO’s Our Towns-- Deb Fallows, James Fallows, Jeanne Jordan and Steven Ascher to discuss their journey to towns across our nation during the pandemic era.  In the process, they saw that the causes of our division pale in comparison to the bonds we build when we live, work, and dream together.  Now, if only DC would get on message...

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Apr 15, 2021
81: Manchin, Gaetz and James's famous tuna sandwich recipe
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Al and James argue against the voter law in Georgia and don’t pull any punches about the allegations facing Matt Gaetz.  They also discuss the role Joe Manchin has to play in the Senate, and whether the Democrats can do anything with their majorities.  Come for the unparalleled political insight, and stay for James’ tuna fish sandwich recipe!

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Apr 08, 2021
80: From G. Gordon Liddy to Matt Gaetz
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James and Al try to figure out what the heck is wrong with the Republican party, from G. Gordon Liddy on to Rep. Matt Gaetz.  What gives?  If their party doesn’t get its act together soon, they could easily slip into irrelevance-- and that’s in spite of the best efforts of the Democrats!

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Apr 01, 2021
79: Ron Brownstein & John Feinstein
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James and Al get fired up for some March Madness with John Feinstein-- taking a look at what’s best for the sport and the NCAA.  Better check your brackets!  Then, Ron Brownstein of the Atlantic comes on to discuss the shift from class to culture based partisanship and the way the forces unleashed in 1974 Los Angeles continue to define our future.

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Mar 25, 2021
78: Dr Sean Carroll
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With our future seeming more unpredictable by the year, James and Al invite theoretical physicist and host of the Mindscape Podcast, Dr Sean Carroll to the show to gain insight into the secrets of existence-- that is, if anything exists outside of politics... In their wide ranging conversation we find out whether anyone really understands quantum physics, the fate of Iran and Schrödinger's cat, along with much more.  You might even want to check your bracket.  

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Mar 17, 2021
77: Ret. Brigadier General Ty Seidule & Former NOLA Mayor Mitch Landrieu
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James and Al host Ret. Brigadier General Ty Seidule for a deep dive into the residual myths surrounding Robert E. Lee and the confederacy, as well as the implications they have for the region and our politics.  Former NOLA Mayor Mitch Landrieu then calls in to join the conversation, discussing the changes happening in the modern South and how we can reclaim patriotism from those who would divide us.


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Mar 10, 2021
76: Amanda Carpenter
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Is the GOP on the short bumpy road to irrelevance?  James and Al bring on strategist, author, and Bulwark contributor Amanda Carpenter-- formerly a Ted Cruz staffer-- to find out why the Republican Party can’t escape Trump, and what things might look like if they do.  If they can’t, Democrats can press a generational advantage, but it might not matter if they can’t get their act together!

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Mar 03, 2021
75: Rep. Colin Allred
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With Texas in turmoil after facing down a disastrous ice storm and Ted Cruz caught making a run for the sun, Al and James welcome Congressman Colin Allred from Texas to fill us in on what’s happening there on the ground.  Will the state pull itself together or will it need to turn blue first?

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Feb 25, 2021
74: Jane Fonda
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With our nation buffeted by everything from climate change to Covid, James and Al are joined by the incomparable activist and actress Jane Fonda find out how we all can become more involved on the issues most critical to our shared future.  Can President Biden rally us in time?  The consensus is yes-- so we might make it after all! 

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Feb 18, 2021
73: Senator Doug Jones
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With the impeachment process ongoing and President Biden scrambling to right the wayward ship of state, Senator Doug Jones of Alabama joins James and Al to give his unique insight into the challenges that face the Democratic party and the country.  How difficult will it be to govern when we’re at each other's throats?  And is there hope for the more moderate among us once we get past Trump?

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Feb 10, 2021
72: Laurie Garrett & Greg Cosell
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With Covid-19 raging across the country for a full year, James and Al are joined by Pulitzer prize winning author and journalist Laurie Garrett to find out what we can expect going forward, and what our lives will look like in 2021 once the vaccine begins to get more widely distributed.  Then expert football analyst and senior producer at NFL Films Greg Cosell comes on to get us fired up about the Super Bowl this weekend and talk about recent developments in the game.  Who’s your pick?

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Feb 04, 2021
71: Michael McFaul & David Folkenflik
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With Russia in upheaval, and our media not exactly sure how to cover the Biden Administration, Al and James are joined by former Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, and NPR’s David Folkenflik to take a look at how both will fare after the transition to the new presidency.  Can the media keep the Biden Administration honest while respecting the American people?  And will Russia fall to the wayside on its own or will more action be necessary?  No matter how things play out, Al and James don’t think the Republican party will be much help in the foreseeable future, but there’s always hope!

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Jan 28, 2021
70: Inauguration Day w/ Leon Panetta & Walter Dellinger
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In spite of the mayhem at the Capitol, the inauguration of Joe Biden and the transfer of power went smoothly, and James and Al are beginning to feel some optimism about the next four years...if the Democrats don’t screw it up!  Leon Panetta joins them to look at the domestic and international prospects for the new administration.  Then, Duke Law School’s legal mastermind Walter Dellinger comes on to look at the legal future for the Trump family and how the actions of the administration can be refuted and undone.  

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Jan 21, 2021
69: Impeachment Day... again w/ Professor Kathleen Belew & Walter Pincus
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With the Capitol garrisoned with troops and the passions of insurrection and the subsequent defense of the Union still cooling, Al and James examine the worrisome situation we find ourselves in going into the Biden inauguration.  The threat is evident, and so they are joined by expert on the militia and white power movements, University of Chicago Professor Kathleen Belew to look at how we got to this point, and national security expert and senior columnist for The Cipher Brief, WaPo Alum Walter Pincus to war game how best to handle the final days of the Trump Presidency.

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Jan 14, 2021
68: John Couvillon & Sec William Cohen
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2021 already promises to be as crazy as 2020, and Al and James are ready to game things out for you in their Politics War Room.  They’re joined on their first episode of the year by award winning pollster John Couvillon to take a look at the double Democratic victory in the GA Senate races and bask in the results.  Then, former Defense Secretary William Cohen comes on to game out the final days of the Trump Administration and how we might handle the ensuing chaos as the nation approaches the transition of power.  

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Jan 06, 2021
67: Joe Drape
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With 2021 just around the corner, Al and James celebrate our scientists and first responders, and give us the inside scoop on who has power in the Democratic congress. Then they’re joined by author of Saint Makers, Joe Drape of @NYTSPORTS, to discuss some of the things we’ve seen in the cultural realms outside of politics-- updating us about the state of the modern church, before switching over to take on the way the pandemic has affected the sports industry.  Like many others, there is the fear that it won’t come back, but they are still fans rooting for a comeback!  More than anything, they look forward to figuring out how to bring our country back in 2021 with our great guests and listeners!


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Dec 30, 2020
66: David Sanger, Mary Matalin & Judy Woodruff
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Al and James welcome The New York Times National Security Correspondent David Sanger to analyze the recent Russian cyber attacks on our country and go through our possible responses, legislative and otherwise.  James is appalled we could let it happen, and all three wonder if our country is still secure.  Then, Al and James continue their annual holiday season tradition by bringing their wives Judy Woodruff and Mary Matalin on the podcast to end the year before the Politics War Room gears up for 2021!

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Dec 23, 2020
65: Ron Brownstein
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Texas and Trump have been rejected by the Supreme Court and things are starting to look like President-Elect Biden will sail smoothly into his inauguration.   Al and James discuss their support for most of his cabinet picks so far, even though they worry that the party needs to focus on shoring up support (not to mention the Senate) before swinging for the fences.  Then, they are joined by Ron Brownstein to shoot down any concerns about fraud overturning the election, and gaze into the future of Trump and the two parties, so we can be ready for what’s coming next.

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Dec 16, 2020
64: Tim O’Brien & John Barry
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President Elect Biden’s cabinet is beginning to fill up, and James and Al have a lot to say on the subject.  And if the party wants to win both seats in the Georgia Senate run-offs, they would do well to listen!  Then, they are joined by Bloomberg columnist and author of Trump Nation, Tim O’Brien to give insight into the final machinations of the Trump White House and what we can expect from him going forward.  Luckily there is some optimism from historian and author of The Great Influenza, John Barry, when he helps us game out the next phase of our battle against COVID.


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Dec 09, 2020
63: Senator Chris Dodd & Stephen Fowler
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It’s the election that never seems to end, but with President-Elect Biden putting together a cabinet and Trump’s legal challenges floundering across the country, Al and James are looking ahead to 2021.  Georgia maven Stephen Fowler joins the show to discuss the facts on the ground and his expectations for the Senate races there.  Then Senator Chris Dodd comes on to share his optimism for the Biden administration and his surprising hopes for bi-partisanship between Biden and McConnell.  The question is, will the country be able to move on with them?

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Dec 02, 2020
62: Bill Kristol & Evan Osnos
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The Biden era is finally beginning, and his cabinet and prospective agenda are already exciting people across the political spectrum.  Al and James are fired up, and talk to political maven Bill Kristol about the prospects for the Republican party, and why he’s a fan of Biden and the Democrats after Trump.  Then, journalist and author of Joe Biden: The Life, The Run, and What Matters Now, Evan Osnos, comes on to tell us about the real Biden and what we can expect from his administration internationally.  Verdict is, it’s looking good!


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Nov 25, 2020
61: Shane Harris & Chris Huttman
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As we get further from the election, it’s time for Biden to start putting together a cabinet.  Al and James take a look at how it might look and what to expect in the early days of a Biden-Harris administration before taking your questions.  Then they’re joined by Shane Harris, to talk about how President Trump could make the Snowden leaks pale by comparison to what he can sell or release, and Georgia expert Chris Huttman to give us insight into the fate of its Senate seats.  Will it go dark blue?


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Nov 19, 2020
60: Ed Luce & Tom Edsall
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With Biden the presumptive President-Elect, James and Al take a moment to celebrate the win, despite wishing that the Democratic party had worked harder on its messaging.  They’re joined by Ed Luce of the Financial Times and Tom Edsall of the New York Times to discuss how the international order will change under a Biden Administration and whether the party can mend the growing schism between the work and moderate wings of the party.  Either way, it’s a whole new world...

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Nov 11, 2020
59: In Limbo: Paul Begala, Jill Abramson, Tara Setmayer & Cass Sunstein
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James and Al break down election law and court challenges with Cass Sunstein before being joined by an all star panel with Jill Abramson, Paul Begala, and Tara Setmayer to help us digest what we experienced on election day.  With no official call made, is it in the bag for Biden and McConnell?  It’s a whole new era.  Will we be stuck in the same battles of the last four years, or can we expect to build back bigger, bolder, and better in 2021? 

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Nov 05, 2020
58: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Live Stream 'Election 2020
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Nov 02, 2020
57: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer & Sen. Bob Casey
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James and Al are joined by two political giants from critical swing states - Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan - to discuss the situation on the ground with only a few days to go until the election.  
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Oct 29, 2020
56: Sarah Silverman and Michael McDonald
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Sarah Silverman is excited about the Biden campaign, but worries that we are losing the cause of progress to our cultural divisions.
Meanwhile election day is only 2 weeks away, and over 41 million voters have already cast their ballots.  Michael McDonald of the United States Elections Project goes over how things look.  And so far, the early voting seems to indicate a groundbreaking year for Democrats, but in election season, anything can happen. 
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Oct 22, 2020
55: Dr. Richard Murray on Taking Texas and Fred Wertheimer on the Influence of Dark Money
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With only weeks to go, gigantic sums of campaign cash have washed over the electoral landscape, but when the country is this polarized does money still talk?  James and Al are starting to become optimistic about a Biden election, and think this might be his chance to expand the map.  University of Houston’s Dr. Richard Murray reviews the possibility of flipping reliably red states, while Founder and President of Democracy 21
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TIMELINE:
00:00 - Intro
03:00 - Liberty vs. Democracy
06:15 - The stain on Amy Coney Barrett
11:00 - Remembering Roberta McCain
15:15 - Taking Texas
17:00 - The real demographics
20:30 - An outstanding gerrymander
23:00 - The Texas Republican dilemma
27:30 - The most interesting county in the US
30:00 - Election bellwethers
36:45 - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Money
40:00 - Unprecedented cash flow
44:30 - Shining a light on dark money
48:45 - The fight for the courts
55:30 - Listener Q&A


Oct 15, 2020
54: Andrew Weissman on Trump's criminality and Kathleen Belew on the hidden threat of white supremacy
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The President and his team have been infected with the Coronavirus, giving new significance to the phrase October Surprise.  But even though James and Al think an electoral blow out is coming, it’s too early for Democrats to get comfortable— there are too many threats.  Guest Professor Kathleen Belew details the rise of white supremacist movements and their plans for overthrowing the United States, while former DOJ Fraud Section Chief Andrew Weissmann tells us that Bill Barr has downplayed the foreign plans to affect our elections.  Is our country at risk once again?

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TIMELINE:
00:00 - Intro
01:30 - One incredibly long week
04:00 - Disease in the White House
08:00 - House and Senate predictions
11:45 - Crunching the voting numbers
19:00 - The hidden threat of white supremacy
23:30 - Pent-up frustation
29:30 - Oklahoma as a flash point
34:00 - The post-war bump in hate
38:30 - The banality of evil
42:30 - Bob Mueller’s failures
47:15 - Republican law and order
54:45 - Why did you lie to Congress?
1:00:45 - The Dunham investigation
1:08:00 - Audience Q&A


Oct 08, 2020
53: Ben Ginsberg and Mayor Michael Coleman: James Carville and Al Hunt Discuss the Debate and the State of the Election
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The first presidential debate is over and James and Al declare Joe Biden the clear winner. Following favorable post-debate coverage across the platforms, and with mail-in ballot use breaking records and banking Democratic votes, it’s not looking good for President Trump.  Ben Ginsburg wonders whether he's running effectively as an incumbent or if the party will collapse after he leaves office.  Meanwhile Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman questions recent Democratic strategy in the Ohio battleground and whether the Biden campaign is repeating Hillary’s mistakes in misunderstanding the electorate there.

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00:00 - Intro
01:00 - Less of a mess than you think
03:45 - Biden toughs it out
08:15 - The Great Divider
12:00 - No pardon without an admission of guilt
14:30 - New York's finest prosecutors
20:30 - The Ohio playbook
26:00 - The persuasion zones
28:30 - A post-industrial state
30:00 - Campaigning like there's no pandemic
35:00 - Buckeye Republicans
42:45 - The truth about ballot fraud
46:15 - A former strategy for the right
48:00 - The future of a party in distress
53:30 - The role of poll watchers
Oct 01, 2020
52: Sen. Cory Booker on the Battle for the Supreme Court and Sean McElwee on the Strength of Progressive Democrats
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With the election only 6 weeks away and Democrats confronted with a surprise conservative Supreme Court nomination, worries are rising about the strength of Biden’s candidacy.  Senator Cory Booker has some reassuring words for the concerned, tells us about the equalizing power of baby bonds, and the feeling that this election is a moral moment for the nation.  Meanwhile, Sean McElwee discusses the difficulties of uniting the left, and his belief that progressives will unite behind Biden in November.

Sep 23, 2020
51: James and Deborah Fallows on Trump's Alternate Reality and the Concerns of Small Town America
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A major contributing factor to Trump's success in 2016 was his love-hate relationship with the mainstream media. Whether it was giving the then-candidate a disproportionate amount of free press, or an unwillingness to be critical in a misguided attempt to appear balanced, news agencies everywhere unwittingly aided and abetted the President's rise to power. Now journalist James Fallows argues they have neither learned their lesson nor are they willing to be held accountable for their irresponsible behavior. Also, author Deborah Fallows suggests that in remaining hyper-focused on the "sport" of national politics, little attention is ever given to the real needs and interests of communities outside urban coastal areas. 
Sep 18, 2020
50: Sen. Timothy E. Wirth on protecting our Republic, and Joseph Serna on the Toll of California's Wildfires
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Whether you’re convinced that nothing stands between Trump and another four years in the White House, or you manage to keep faith in the hope Biden’s campaign provides, it behooves all of us to be fully prepared as to what might happen once the vote counts come in on Election Night. United Nations Foundation vice chair and former U.S. Senator Timothy E. Wirth shines a light on all kinds of clandestine efforts the President might pursue in order to obfuscate or nullify a Democratic victory. But as the nation focuses on the election, Los Angeles Time Joseph Serna reminds us that the threat of climate change creates all kinds of future problems, not the least of which have  been manifested by the recent California wildfires.
Sep 16, 2020
49: Andrew Bacevich on the Future of Foreign Policy, Michael McDonald on Florida's Fate and Billy Begala on Trump's Texas Titanic
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While Trump's outrageous behavior may still shock some, there are plenty of the most savvy and seasoned political veterans who see him for what he really is: a desperate charlatan who is capable of anything. Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft president Andrew Bacevich is even able to look forward, beyond this dark period, to the larger issues America faces as a global player. Dr. Michael P. McDonald, professor of political science at the University of Florida, predicts a brighter future for Democrats. And Texas Democratic Party consultant Billy Begala enjoys a hearty laugh at the recent follies of Trump supporters in his state.

Sep 10, 2020
48: Conor Lamb on Biden's Everyman Appeal and Rashawn Ray on the Aftershock of Kenosha
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Any opponent of Donald Trump has their work cut out for them, as his use of disinformation, dishonesty and disorder are unprecedented. So the U.S. representative from Pennsylvania's 17th congressional district Conor Lamb fully understands the rough road ahead for Vice President Biden over the next few months. Yet Lamb also is keenly aware of the candidate's realist perspective, and just how useful that will be for campaigning in the part of his state often referred as "Trump country." Plus Dr. Rashawn Ray, a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution and Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of the Lab for Applied Social Science Research at the University of Maryland, College Park lends his considerable expertise to the conversation on what should be done in the wake of the protests throughout the nation.

Sep 03, 2020
47: Charlie Cook handicaps the Presidential race post-convention
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Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report handicaps the Presidential race coming out of the conventions as Biden's lead stays consistent. UNC Professor Dr. Rick Luettich shares his expertise on hurricanes heading into storm season. James and Al react to the conclusion of the Republican National Convention at the White House as a truly bizarre experience.   
Aug 29, 2020
46: Senator Jeff Flake Denounces Trumpism and Jerry Seib on How Reagan Led to Trump
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Senator Jeff Flake separates Conservatism from Trumpism seeking to reclaim the soul of the Republican Party while Wall Street Journal Executive Washington Editor Gerald F Seib examines Reagan as the precursor to Trump in his new book 'We Should Have Seen It Coming: FROM REAGAN TO TRUMP–A FRONT-ROW SEAT TO A POLITICAL REVOLUTION.'

Meanwile, James Carville pursues discussion with both guests on the concept that the base of the Republican party is preoccupied by racial resentment laying the foundation for Donald Trump to capitalize on this by speaking directly to the issue where others would not, and he was, in turn, embraced by Republican voters. 

Aug 27, 2020
44: Senator Michael Bennet on Russian Collusion, Corruption within the Trump Administration, and the future of our Nation
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Senator Michael Bennet, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, reflects on the Committee’s bipartisan report on Russia's interference in our elections, the US Government's response to prevent a repeat of 2016 this November, the details of Steve Bannon's indictment representative of the Trump Administration's serial corruption, and a recap of the Democratic National Convention. 

Aug 21, 2020
43: House Majority Whip James Clyburn champions his bill to save the US Post Office and America's right to vote-by-mail
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House Majority Whip James Clyburn champions the House bill to save the Post Office securing American's right to vote-by-mail. The Democratic Congressman from South Carolina discusses the races in his home state, Biden's strong pick of Kamala Harris as his running mate, and Michelle Obama's speech at the DNC. James and Al truly wish they were in Milwaukee, and dissect the latest revelations from the Senate Intelligence Committee which point to mounting evidence of collusion. 

Aug 20, 2020
42: Ben Wikler on the Realities of a Virtual Convention and Dan Mathews on America's Relationship with the Elderly
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COVID-19 has changed the landscape of American politics in countless ways. The logistics of the November election leave a lot of questions lingering in the air. However, the chair of the Democratic Party for the state of Wisconsin Ben Wikler has plans laid out, not only for the national convention, but also for addressing voter suppression and Trump's dismantling of the United State Postal Service. Senior Vice President of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Dan Mathews also underlines the  the troubling inadequacies in how the country treats its aging population while discussing his unique relationship with his schizophrenic mother, as detailed in his new book "Like Crazy: Life with My Mother and Her Invisible Friends."

Aug 13, 2020
41: Geoff Garin on Truth in Polling and Jim Tankersley on the Slow Demise of America's Middle Class
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The specter of 2016 still looms in the minds of Democrats everywhere, creating no small amount of fear and uncertainty about what might happen come November. But while caution may prove prudent, there is no denying that there are stark differences between four years ago and today. Hart Research Associates president Geoff Garin outlines key polling numbers explaining a likely turn away from Trump in the coming months. And nowhere is that resentment towards the current status quo felt more than among America's beaten and broken middle class, whom New York Times economics reporter Jim Tankersley explores the plight of in his new book "The Riches of the Land."

Aug 05, 2020
40: Kelly Burton and Jessica Post on Bottom-of-the-Ballot Battles and Seth A. Richardson on Corruption in Ohio
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With all eyes on Trump v. Biden , it can be easy to forget that there's a lot more at stake this November than just the presidency. Even congressional races may finally be getting the attention they deserve. But National Democratic Redistricting Committee president Kelly Burton and Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee preside Jessica Post argue that the real work is far more granular, down at the local legislative level. And the world of political scandal, journalist Seth A. Richardson (The Cleveland Plain Dealer) highlights one of the most staggering examples of graft in American history, involving an energy company, a wide array of figures at the heart of Ohio politics, and $60 million in bribes.

Jul 29, 2020
39: Julian Zelizer and Thomas Patterson on the Modern History of the GOP
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Much of the blame for the sad state of affairs the United States is facing gets heaped at the feet of Donald J. Trump. But while a fair amount of guilt should be borne by his contemporary enablers, there has also been a clear path over the last 50 years that has led the Republican party towards the existential darkness the president is now dragging them into. Bradlee Professor of Government & the Press at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Thomas Patterson and Julian Zelizer, the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton School of Public & International Affairs, pinpoint the key players in this grand decline, including Nixon, Cohn, Reagan and Gingrich. 

Jul 23, 2020
38: Lisa Remy on the Safest Path to Schools Reopening and Ben Sheehan on the Contents of the Constitution
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While the coronavirus creates chaos and uncertainty in every sector, there are few things as vital to both the immediate and distant future of the United States as the country's education system. And its importance is matched only by the complexity involved in starting the school year safely in a few months. As West Des Moines Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Remy points out, every school is different, and no one plan will suffice for all of the nearly 13,000 school districts throughout the country. And on the topic of learning, author Ben Sheehan ("OMG WTF Does The Constitution Actually Say?") laments the lack of civic education and what that means for the future of American democracy.

Jul 16, 2020
37: David Paul Kuhn and Stan Greenberg on Democrats' Alienation of White Working-Class Voters
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The Hard Hat Riot of 1970 may have lost some of its historical importance in the eyes of everyone but the most astute modern day political operatives. But author David Paul Kuhn ("The Hard Hat Riot") and political strategist Stan Greenberg ("RIP GOP") make the case that any Democrat worth their salt should mark that infamous clash between college students and construction workers as the inception of the greatest electoral barrier their party has faced in the 50 years since. That is the disenfranchisement of blue collar whites, and their departure from the left was felt in the 2016, just as they may serve as Biden's key to victory in 2020. Plus, Al and James discuss Trump's latest outrages.

Jul 09, 2020
36: James Lankford on the State of Lincoln's Party and Matt Bai on the Truth about Trumpism
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The prevailing belief of the day may be that the Republican Party has sold its soul to the devil and a Democratic victory in November is America's only hope for salvation. But Oklahoma Senator James Lankford begs to differ, asserting that his colleagues in Congress have made efforts to ensure rule of law and equality for all, including introducing police reform and voting protection measures. At the same time, journalist Matt Bai ("All The Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid") argues that by valuing urbanity over all else, the Democrats loosen their connection to some of the most important voters in the country, allowing Trumpism to take hold.

Jul 02, 2020
35: Walter Dellinger on the Eroding Justice Department and Keith Mason and Paul Begala on the Odds of Texas and Georgia Going Blue
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The Supreme Court has dealt powerful blows to the Trump agenda in recent days, protecting DACA recipients' status and upholding anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ individuals. Duke University School of Law Douglas B. Maggs Professor Emeritus of Law Walter Dellinger notes that the conservative justices see beyond the current president, towards a lifetime of decision-making. But that does not mean the U.S. justice system will remain intact with William Barr at the helm, he warns. On the other hand, political consultants Keith Mason and Paul Begala find hope in the new direction communities around Atlanta and Houston are taking, no matter the outcome of 2020.

Jun 25, 2020
34: Howard W. French on Race and the Media, and Ron Brownstein on Shifts in the Electorate
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There is no doubt that footage of George Floyd's death at the hands of four Minneapolis police officer is as shocking as it is damning of the American criminal justice system. But it is far from being the first incident of its kind, and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism professor Howard French ("Everything Under The Heavens") refuses to let white people use the excuse they didn't already know this was the reality for black people across the country. He notes it is time for America's institutions to take a long, hard look at themselves if they want this tragedy to not be in vain. And political reporter Ron Brownstein (The Atlantic) crunches the numbers on demographic changes among both Democrat and Republican voters, as well as posits some suggestions for the coalition Biden could build. 

Jun 17, 2020
33: Timothy L. O'Brien on the Methodology and Madness of Trump
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Few people have as deep and intimate an understanding of who Donald Trump is as a person as Bloomberg Opinion executive editor Timothy L. O'Brien. Not only has O'Brien written an entire biography of the man in his book "TrumpNation: "The Art of Being The Donald," he was even sued by Trump for libel for giving a true account of the scope of the president's financial worth. In due course, Timothy has actually become an astute observer of the Trump brand, peering beyond the fabricated persona to see what really lies beneath. Plus, Al and James discuss just what might happen if things don't go well for Trump in November.

Jun 11, 2020
32: David Harris on Essential Police Reforms
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Yet another death of an African American man at the hand's of the police has lead to demonstrations across United States and around the world. People are yet again demanding greater accountability, transparency and equality in treatment from their peace officers. But what will it really take to dramatically change how men and women in uniform interact with the public,  especially minorities? David Harris, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law's Sally Ann Semenko Endowed Chair, tries to answer some of the questions about the nature of this issue and suggest how policing systems can be changed at all levels of government. Plus, Al and James touch base on Trump's photo op and Senate election prospects.

Jun 03, 2020
31: Charlie Sykes and Tim Miller on the Fight for the Soul of the Republican Party and Ron Chernow on the Truth about Ulysses Grant
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How has the Republican party fallen so far from grace? Is the rise of Trumpism the cause of this rapid decline, or a symptom of the party leadership's disconnection from its base? What does the future hold for a political organization that has sold it soul for victory? These are just some of the questions Charlie Sykes, editor-in-chief, and Tim Miller, and contributor for the Never-Trump, conservative news site The Bulwark, try to answer. Historian Ron Chernow ("Alexander Hamilton") sets the record straight about Ulysses S. Grant's military prowess, presidential record and alcoholism. Plus Al and James give a rundown on the Senate seats up for grabs in November. 

May 28, 2020
30: David Wessel on the Unpredictability of the Current Economy
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To many Americans, the economy is mystery. Normal market trends and fiscal policy aside, though, the coronavirus pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge for understanding how the country might weather the storm of soaring unemployment and a near total halt to business as usual. That's where David Wessel,  director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution, steps in, providing unique insight into what extremely low interest rates and climbing national debt mean for investors and individuals of all stripes. Plus, James presents an outline for how Joe Biden's campaign can springboard off of an existing network of talented creatives rather than build an entire movement from the ground up. 

May 21, 2020
29: Norman Pearlstine on Journalism During a Global Crisis and Jung H. Pak on the Real Power of North Korea
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Balanced, accurate and informative journalism is possibly more important now than it ever has been. Yet with financial limitations and logistical nightmares a plenty, publishing the most important stories in an rapidly changing world is no easy task. Los Angeles Times executive editor Norman Pearlstine expounds on the precautions his newspaper has taken, as well as the need to shift focus away from from Europe and North America. In that same vein, Brookings Institute senior fellow and former CIA analyst Jung H. Pak explains how the often maligned and misunderstood dictator of North Korea poses a greater threat to global peace than many anticipate, as laid out in her book “Becoming Kim Jong Un: A Former CIA Officer’s Insights into North Korea’s Enigmatic Young Dictator."

May 14, 2020
28: Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue on Marriage Lessons from Quarantine
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While facing the global pandemic on your own might seem frightening and difficult, going through this one-of-a-kind crisis with a partner does still present its own challenges. How does one keep themselves and their significant other healthy, safe and entertained enough in quarantine to not be at each others' throats? Well actress Marlo Thomas and her husband, American media personality Phil Donahue, have 40 years of successful marriage to pull from in that regard, in addition to the cumulative knowledge gathered for their forthcoming book "What Makes a Marriage Last — 40 Celebrated Couples Share with Us the Secrets to a Happy Life." Plus, Al and James discuss the moral and intellectual incompetence of the Trump administration's coronavirus response.

May 07, 2020
27: Drew Faust on Dignity and Death in the COVID Era and John Feinstein on the Sports World's Pandemic Response
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The grim toll of the coronavirus pandemic is a reality many Americans have come face-to-face with in recent months. And with the number of COVID-19 related deaths rising daily, it can be difficult for those who have yet to experience loss from it firsthand to understand the scope of this terrible disease. There is historical precedent, however, for how the country has dealt with this sort of tragedy, author and former Harvard president Drew Faust (The Republic of Suffering) notes. How the U.S. handled its hundreds of thousands of Civil War dead revealed a great deal about the country, she says, as does the current crisis. And while many of us might seek reprieve from our harrowing circumstances in the world of basketball, baseball or football, sports writer John Feinstein (The First Major) paints an unfortunately complex and nuanced picture of what it might take for athletes to get back to their respective games.

Apr 30, 2020
26: John R. Allen on The Readiness of the U.S. Military During the Pandemic
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If the title of president of the Brookings Institution isn't impressive. enough, John R. Allen has plenty on his resume to raise your eyebrows at. Retired four-star Marine Corps general. Former commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. Department of State Distinguished Honor Award winner. So when he suggests that America's adversaries are taking advantage of the global pandemic, it's time to pay attention. But when he says that the country's military has never been more ready to take on these looming threats, it should offer some solace. Plus, Al and James talk out the pros and cons of Klobuchar, Harris and other possibilities for Biden's VP spot.

Apr 23, 2020
25: Madeleine Albright on America's Role as a Global Leader
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From Secretary of State to Ambassador to the United Nations, Madeleine Albright has been a major player on the world stage in many different capacities, and therefore has spent a decades-long career embracing the bigger picture and seeking solutions to humanity's problems on a global scale. So there are few people better equipped to step back and evaluate the magnitude of America's involvement in geopolitics and the need for its leadership in an ongoing crisis like the coronavirus. She also acknowledges that the next step our government should take is to look within and try to heal the partisan fracturing in order to better deal with the larger issues at play. In that vein, Al and James offer praise to governors on the other side of the aisle who have taken it upon themselves to go against the White House and their party leadership in addressing the pandemic.

Apr 16, 2020
24: Michael Tackett Talks Going Toe-to-Toe with Trump and Joanne Lipman Illuminates A Hidden Healthcare Crisis
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Associated Press Deputy Bureau Chief for all White House, Congressional and political coverage Michael Tackett has seen a lot in his career, and never backed down from a challenge. He discusses how covering controversial basketball coach Bobby Knight in college trained him to deal with Trump, and explains how he stays focused on the issues at hand, even when the president makes things personal. Meanwhile, journalist Joanne Lipman (USA Today, Wall Street Journal) shares details of one the most important stories surrounding the coronavirus pandemic: its impact on a variety of medical treatments and procedures, many of which are lifesaving. And to top things off, Bernie Sander's surprise announcement creates clarity for November.

Apr 09, 2020
23: Journalist David Shribman Juxtaposes Canada's Coronavirus Response With The United States' Efforts
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As a dual citizen of the United States and Canada, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Shribman (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/Boston Globe) has had keen insight into how the two countries have been operating since coronavirus first reached North America. On the one hand, he notes, Canada has taken decisive action directed by a head of government who exemplifies the seriousness and gravitas needed for these extreme circumstances. On the other, he points out that the U.S. has been directionless and far from uniform in its approach, and the difference shows. Al and James also hold their breath in the hopes that things don't get any more outrageous before November.

Apr 02, 2020
22: Author Deborah Fallows and Journalist James Fallows Examine the Pandemic's Effect on Small Town America
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Author Deborah Fallows and journalist James Fallows spent years traveling to small cities and towns outside America's major population centers in order to research their national bestseller "Our Towns A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America." In following up with those communities recently, they are able to share how individual leaders and local groups have stepped up to deal with the growing coronavirus outbreak in spite of the lack of guidance from higher levels of government. Al and James also ponder what a candidate like Joe Biden can do in a situation as dire as this.

Mar 26, 2020
21: Stephanie Cutter Discusses Joe Biden's Next Moves and Dr. Zeke Emanuel Explains the Scope of the Coronavirus
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Political consultant Stephanie Cutter (former Deputy Campaign Manager for Obama 2012) weighs in on how Joe Biden can gracefully accept Bernie Sanders near-certain defeat in the primary. She also offers some advice on how Biden can appear more presidential in the months to come. University of Pennsylvania Department of Medical Ethics chair Dr. Zeke Emanuel lays out just how much of an effect coronavirus will have on American society, as well as offers some thoughts on how to manage the crisis. Al and James also discuss how Bernie Sanders can keep his movement alive, even in near-certain defeat.

Mar 19, 2020
20: John Barry Compares the Coronavirus to the 1918 Spanish Flu
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Historian and author John Barry ("The Great Influenza") draws comparisons between the follies of Woodrow Wilson's handling of the of the major flu outbreak over 100 years ago and the Trump administrations approach to the ongoing global health crisis. Al and James examine the outcomes of this week's primaries and offer some advice to Joe Biden as he makes his way towards the Democratic convention and a near-certain nomination.

2020 Politics War Room is produced by Native Creative Podcasts from American University in Washington, DC.

Mar 12, 2020
18: James Carville Super Tuesday Wrap Up and Roger Altman on the Economy
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James Carville and Al Hunt analyze Joe Biden's super Super Tuesday taking the delegate lead over Bernie Sanders. Evercore CEO Roger Altman examines the volatility of the stock market amidst CoronaVirus concerns.

2020 Politics War Room is produced by Native Creative Podcasts.

Mar 05, 2020
18: Antjuan Seawright on South Carolina and Amy Dacey on Possible Brokered Convention
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Blueprint Strategies founder and CEO Antjuan Seawright shares insight on the debate and primary from South Carolina. Former CEO of the DNC and the current Executive Director of the SINE Institute of Policy and Politics at American University Amy Dacey discusses a possible brokered convention. On the 'Back Page', James and Al lament the administration's management of the coronavirus outbreak. 

2020 Politics War Room is produced by Native Creative Podcasts from American University in Washington, DC.

Feb 27, 2020
17: Jon Ralston on Nevada and Ruy Teixeira on Ideological Motivations
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Nevada debate moderator Jon Ralston from The Nevada Independent discusses Bloomberg's first debate in Nevada. Ruy Teixeira helps us understand the ideological motivation providing greater context on his Washington Post column. On the 'Back Page', James and Al talk about the pervasiveness of corruption.

2020 Politics War Room is presented by the SINE Institute at American University. Read the transcripts of every episode at ncpodcasts.com/politicswarroom

Feb 19, 2020
16: Governor Terry McAuliffe and Jeff Berman
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Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe talks election politics postulating that Michael Bloomberg could take Virgnia. James and Al borrow time from Tom Steyer's senior advisor Geoff Berman to share his expertise on delegates. Christy 'Numbers' Harvey tries to keep baseball boring. Find transcripts at https://ncpodcasts.com/politicswarroom

Feb 13, 2020
15: Ann Selzer on Iowa and The Fate of the Democratic Party
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Pollster Ann Selzer explains what happened in Iowa. James Carville proposes we let Nancy Pelosi pick the Democratic nominee. Christy 'Numbers' Harvey highlights the lowlights with the White House threatening to remove millions of poor kids from student meal program. Lastly, on the 'Back Page', James suggests a permanent site for the DNC Convention. 

Feb 06, 2020
14: Impeachment Trial in the Senate Analysis from James Carville and Al Hunt
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James Carville and Al Hunt dissect the President's Impeachment trial in the Senate excluding witnesses officially heading towards conclusion. In the war room political strategy session, we focus on key states Georgia and North Carolina. Christy 'Numbers' Harvey examines voting rights and the Super Bowl. In the 'Back Page' segment, we celebrate the life of Judy Woodruff's mentor Jim Lehrer and the 250th anniversary of James's family parish St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Louisiana

 

2020 Politics War Room is partnered with the SINE Institute at American University in Washington, DC.

Feb 01, 2020
13: Former White House legal counsel Greg Craig compares Trump's impeachment defense to Clinton's and Jim Dunnam breaks down Trump's legal defense team member Ken Starr
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Former White House Counsel Greg Craig shares stories from the 1990s comparing the legal defense he helped craft for Bill Clinton to Trump's impeachment. Texas State Representative Jim Dunnam sheds light on the ongoing legal action against Baylor amidst ousted University President Ken Starr's mishandling of sexual assault cases as he joins Trump's legal team. And Christy "Numbers" Harvey delivers highlights from this year's Baseball Hall of Fame induction announcements.

Jan 23, 2020
12: Jonathan Martin on Democratic Debate and LSU's Epic Football Season
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New York Times National Political Correspondent Jonathan Martin joins James and Al to breakdown the Democratic debate and Louisiana State University's historic National Championship victory. Christy Harvey runs the 'Numbers' segment with the focus on the Houston Astros' sign stealing scandal. On the 'Back Page', the spotlight is on LSU and Impeachment.

Jan 16, 2020
11: Trump Plays the War Card and Michael Gartner on the Iowa Caucuses
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James Carville and Al Hunt discuss the President's smokescreen assassination of Iranian General Soleimani to distract from impeachment and the indictment of Bibi Netanyahu leading up to the Israeli election. Pulitzer prize-winning editor Michael Gartner, who worked with Al at The Wall Street Journal before running NBC News putting Tim Russert on the air, shares the nuance - both dysfunction and charm - of the Iowa Caucuses.

Jan 09, 2020
10: Michael McDonald and our Democratic Candidate Report Card
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University of Florida Associate Professor of Political Science Michael McDonald discusses the astounding growth of interest in the 2020 Presidential Election. James and Al deliver their Democratic Candidate Report Card. During Christy 'Numbers' Harvey's segment, we handicap Impeachment in the Senate. Last, but not least, a farewell to Bob Greenstein on the 'Back Page'.

Jan 02, 2020
9: Judy Woodruff and Mary Matalin
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Judy Woodruff and Mary Matalin join their husbands Al Hunt and James Carville, respectively, on 'The Better Halves' Holiday Episode. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the 2020 Politics War Room family to yours.

Dec 24, 2019
8: Former Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen on Impeachment
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Former Secretary of Defense and Senator (R-Maine) Bill Cohen brings his experience from the impeachment of President Nixon to evaluate the President's actions as offenses clearly warranting impeachment, and hopes for restored civility in the nation's highest office. James and Al discuss the latest research on guns during Christy Harvey's 'Numbers' segment, and we take a look at the polls during the 'Back Page' segment.

Dec 19, 2019
7: Jill Abramson on the Media's Coverage of Impeachment
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Jill Abramson is the former Executive Editor of The New York Times and the author of Merchants of Truth and she dissects the media, bubbles and the truth with impeachment front and center. Christy Harvey shares a list of who's been naughty or nice and the 'Back Page' focus is on college football.

Dec 12, 2019
6: Kamala Harris Bows Out and Walter Dellinger Talks Impeachment
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Impeachment scholar Walter Dellinger explains the difference between a crime and the impeachable offenses committed by this President. James Carville and Al Hunt react to Kamala Harris calling it quits. We admit we are addicted to our phones on Christy Harvey's 'Got Our Number' segment, and we wrap the show with the 'Back Page'. 

Dec 05, 2019
5: Roger Altman on the Economy and The Fall of Rudy Giuliani
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Roger Altman, CEO of Evercore and former Deputy and Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, explains why the tax bill was a bust for America. After Christy Harvey's 'Got Your Number', James Carville and Al Hunt analyze the fall of Rudy Giuliani, the artist formerly known as 'America's Mayor'. 

Nov 28, 2019
4: Pollster Ann Selzer on the Pete Buttigieg Surge
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The foremost respected expert on polling Ann Selzer enters the War Room to discuss the latest Des Moines Register poll in which Pete Buttigieg surged to the top of the Democratic pack. James and Al react to the latest in the impeachment saga. Christy Harvey's 'Got Your Number' segment features the Washington football team before we take a look at the 'Back Page'.

Nov 21, 2019
3: Elizabeth Warren Rejects the War Room and Ed Luce dissects Brexit
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Al Hunt and James Carville talk impeachment and respond to Elizabeth Warren's rejection of the "War Room" political strategy James made popular. Financial Times US national editor and author of The Retreat of Western Liberalism Ed Luce dissects the UK elections and the ramifications of Brexit on the world at large.

Nov 13, 2019
2: Election 2020 presented by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette & Highmark
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Executive Editor Emeritus David Shribman moderates a panel with our hosts Al Hunt and James Carville. 'Election 2020' presented by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette & Highmark Health was recorded in front of a live audience at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Nov 07, 2019
1: Nancy Pelosi - Charlie Cook - Tom Edsall
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi joins James & Al in the first interview following the vote on the Impeachment Inquiry. Then, it's a Countdown Roundtable 365 days out from the 2020 Election with Cook Report publisher Charlie Cook and New York Times columnist Tom Edsall.

Nov 03, 2019
Nancy Pelosi Preview - Listen Sunday!
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks to James Carville and Al Hunt in her first interview following the big vote to move forward with the Impeachment Inquiry. Listen to the full interview this Sunday, November 3rd as part of a countdown roundtable 365 days before the 2020 Election. 

Nov 01, 2019
The War Room is coming in November!
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James Carville and Al Hunt go deep into the politics of impeachment and the 2020 US Presidential Election.

Oct 20, 2019