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Politics. Policy. Progress. All under one big tent. Produced by The Center for American Progress Action Fund, The Tent is a weekly news and politics podcast hosted by Daniella Gibbs Léger. Listen in on each Thursday for new episodes diving in to the world that progressives are focused on.
 
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In 2016, Donald Trump conspired with a foreign government to become President of the United States. On July 25, 2019, with the 2020 election around the corner, he decided to do it again. The first time around, it was collusion, aiding and abetting Russia’s attack on American democracy. The second time, it was extortion, demanding the Ukrainian government manufacture dirt on Trump’s political opponents in exchange for help the country needs to fend off a Russian invasion and chart a democrati ...
 
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This week, former Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) joins Daniella to discuss justice in the United States—from the leaked Supreme Court draft decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade, to the ongoing investigation of the January 6 insurrections, and to his recent work as the Senate “sherpa” for the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Daniella also go…
 
This week on “The Tent,” Daniella revisits a conversation she recently had with professor and author Rick Hasen on his 2022 book, “Cheap Speech: How Disinformation Poisons Our Politics—And How to Cure It.” They discuss how disinformation undermines election integrity and what legislators, courts, tech companies, and individuals can do to fight back…
 
This week, Brandon Wolf, activist and press secretary for Equality Florida, joins Daniella to discuss the state’s "Don’t Say Gay" law, restrictions on gender-affirming care for transgender youth, and what right-wing attacks on equality mean for LGBTQI+ individuals and their families. Daniella also discusses the latest disturbing revelations out of …
 
In honor of Earth Day, Daniella sits down with Christy Goldfuss, senior vice president of Energy and Environment at the Center for American Progress and former managing director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, to discuss recent climate science findings, the state of climate legislation, and the need for energy independence. Dan…
 
This week on “The Tent,” Daniella revisits a conversation she had recently with Stanley Nelson and Traci Curry, directors of the Oscar-nominated documentary, “Attica.” They discuss the 1971 uprising and massacre at the Attica Correctional Facility, the importance of depicting the harrowing reality of America’s prison system, and what they hope view…
 
This week, New York University law professor Melissa Murray joins Daniella to discuss the historic confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, what this moment means for the court, and some of the many high-profile cases the high court will consider these next few months. Daniella also shares updates on the war in Ukraine and …
 
This week, Daniella and Max Bergmann, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, break down the latest from Ukraine, including what the fighting on the ground actually looks like; the strength of the U.S. and European responses; and what the future holds for Ukraine, Russia, and President Vladimir Putin. Daniella also reviews th…
 
This week, Daniella sits down with Michelle Holder, president and CEO of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and professor of economics. They talk about how the economy’s doing (for more than just white men), how Michelle has navigated her field as a black woman, and what policies she wants to see lawmakers advance this year. Daniella also b…
 
This week on “The Tent,” professor and author Rick Hasen shares insights from his new book “Cheap Speech: How Disinformation Poisons our Politics—And How to Cure It.” He and Daniella discuss how disinformation undermines election integrity and what legislators, courts, tech companies, and individuals can do to fight back. Daniella also breaks down …
 
This week on “The Tent,” Daniella is joined by Stanley Nelson and Traci Curry, directors of the new, Oscar-nominated documentary, “Attica.” They discuss the 1971 uprising and massacre at the Attica Correctional Facility, the importance of depicting the harrowing reality of America’s prison system, and what they hope viewers will take away from the …
 
This week on “The Tent,” Jesse Lee, senior adviser for communications at the White House National Economic Council, returns to the pod to discuss President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address. He and Daniella also break down the past year’s record job creation, the president’s plan to lower costs for families, and why it’s so critical that…
 
This week on “The Tent,” Daniella is joined by Dr. Christina Greer, associate professor of political science at Fordham University and political analyst at theGrio.com, to discuss President Joe Biden’s imminent nomination of a Black woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. They also touch on why, despite the racism and sexism that still permeates …
 
This week on “The Tent,” Daniella is joined by Laphonza Butler, president of EMILY’s List, an organization that helps Democratic pro-choice women get elected at the federal, state, and local levels. They discuss the fast-approaching midterm elections, the importance of having diverse representation at all levels of government, and why it’s so criti…
 
This week on “The Tent,” Daniella is joined by Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. They discuss President Joe Biden’s upcoming nomination of a new U.S. Supreme Court justice, the importance of strengthening voting rights across the country, and Wade’s favorite memory in his long career t…
 
This week on “The Tent,” Kimberly Atkins Stohr of The Boston Globe joins Daniella to discuss President Joe Biden’s short list for the U.S. Supreme Court. Stohr also talks about the vile comments from Republicans questioning the need for representation on the court, the impact a new justice will have on the bench, what’s at stake with important ruli…
 
This week on “The Tent,” House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-SC) joins Daniella to discuss the path forward on two major priorities: voting rights and the president’s economic and climate agenda. They also discuss Justice Stephen Breyer’s impending retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court and the importance of inspiring younger generations to rem…
 
This week on “The Tent,” Daniella speaks with Dr. Kavita Patel, primary care physician and MSNBC and NBC correspondent. Nearly two full years into the pandemic, they discuss the omicron variant, the importance of addressing long-haul symptoms and mental health, and more. Daniella also recaps President Joe Biden’s first year in office, which resulte…
 
This week on “The Tent,” Daniella is joined by Ted Johnson, senior fellow and director of the Fellows Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law. They discuss his new book, When the Stars Begin to Fall: Overcoming Racism and Renewing the Promise of America, and the existential threat that structural racism po…
 
This week on “The Tent,” Daniella is joined by intelligence analyst and New York Times-bestselling author Malcolm Nance to reflect on the one-year anniversary of the January 6 insurrection. They also discuss Nance’s forthcoming book, They Want to Kill Americans: The Militias, Terrorists, and Deranged Ideology of the Trump Insurgency, and why affirm…
 
This week on “The Tent,” Daniella revisits a conversation she and former co-host Jesse Lee had with Scott Keyes, CAP alumnus and founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights. Since 2013, Scott has been using his platform to connect travelers with the best deals they can find to reach new and exciting destinations. His book, Take More Vacations: How to Search B…
 
This week on “The Tent,” Daniella checks in with CAP Action President and Executive Director Navin Nayak to reflect on key moments from the past year—from the January 6 insurrection to President Joe Biden’s historic American Rescue Plan. With the new year fast approaching, they also discuss why Congress must act with urgency to reaffirm voting righ…
 
This week on “The Tent,” Daniella speaks with Kate Bahn, director of labor market policy and interim chief economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, about what’s causing inflation, how workers and families are faring in the economic recovery, and why Congress must pass the Build Back Better Act soon. Daniella also reflects on the rec…
 
This week on “The Tent,” Daniella checks in with CAP Action Senior Fellow Max Bergmann, who breaks down the developing situation in Ukraine, President Joe Biden’s recent phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and how the United States can best respond to rising tensions ​between the two countries. Max also discusses what we should expect…
 
This week on “The Tent,” lead producer Chris Ford speaks with Jacqueline Ayers, senior vice president of policy, organizing, and campaigns at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. They discuss the fate of Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, what the Supreme Court’s decision could mean for reproductive rights, and why we should all be alarmed. C…
 
In Season 1 of the Unconventional Threat-- one of our other podcasts produced in partnership with the non-partisan organization Keep Our Republic--we issued warnings last year that were unfortunately made into a reality on January 6, 2021, when Trump loyalists stormed the Capitol and attempted to overthrow the certified Presidential election result…
 
This week on “The Tent,” Daniella speaks with filmmaker Julie Cohen, the director of the new documentary feature “My Name Is Pauli Murray.” The two discuss Murray’s legacy as a trailblazing civil rights figure and the influence of their pioneering legal theories that centered LGBTQ and women’s rights. Daniella also discusses the important next step…
 
This week on “The Tent,” Daniella checks in with Seth Hanlon, senior fellow for Economic Policy and former special assistant to President Obama, on the state of the economy. They talk about how the Build Back Better Act will help address inflation, and why recent jobs reports and declining unemployment show just how far the economic recovery has al…
 
This week on the “The Tent,” Daniella connects with John Podesta, the founder of the Center for American Progress, for an in-depth conversation about COP26 and President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda. With the two-week summit coming to a close and the recent passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill in the House of Representatives, Danie…
 
This week on “The Tent,” Daniella connects with Democratic pollster and strategist Celinda Lake, the founder of Lake Research Partners, for a debrief on the election results in Virginia and New Jersey. They talk about Republican inroads in the suburbs, the ramifications for the Democratic Party, and what these trends may mean for elections in 2022 …
 
This week on “The Tent,” Daniella speaks with former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro about President Biden’s upcoming trip to Rome. They discuss the president's historic meeting with Pope Francis, the important role that faith plays in politics and social justice, and what policymakers can do to protect voting rights in Ame…
 
This week on “The Tent,” Daniella speaks with Patrick Gaspard, the new president and CEO of the Center for American Progress and CEO of the CAP Action Fund. They talk about his vision for the organizations, what he sees as the key challenges facing progress in the United States today, and the need to advance President Joe Biden’s economic agenda.…
 
This week on “The Tent,” Daniella reflects on Congress extending the debt limit to early December and continued negotiations on the Build Back Better Act. She also connects with Ben Berwick, counsel at Protect Democracy, for an engaging discussion on the challenges facing American democracy. They talk about explore Congress’s investigation of the J…
 
On this week’s episode of “The Tent,” Daniella discusses ​ongoing negotiations over the debt ceiling. She also talks with Rosa Mendoza, director of research at the Global Strategy Group, about the Latino electorate as Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close. They dig into 2020 voting trends, how Latinos view President Biden's Build Back Better age…
 
Th​is week on “The Tent,” Daniella speaks with filmmaker Julie Cohen, the director of the new documentary feature My Name Is Pauli Murray. The two ​discuss Murray’s legacy as a trailblazing civil rights figure, the influence of their pioneering legal theories that centered LGBTQ and women’s rights, and the task filmmakers have in including new and …
 
In the latest episode of "The Tent," Daniella reflects on the appalling images out of Del Rio, Texas, and the hardships Haitian refugees have faced as they seek asylum in the United States. She also speaks with Democratic Rep. Don Beyer, who represents Virginia’s 8th congressional district, about Congress’s effort to pass ​landmark legislation crit…
 
Daniella and Jesse return to “The Tent” this week with an episode focused on America’s tumultuous August, which saw the Biden administration bring the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan to a close, worsening wildfires in the West, and catastrophic storms and floods in the East. Dan Berschinski, a retired Army combat veteran, joins for a guest inter…
 
​​CAP Action’s Akua Amaning joins Daniella and Jesse for a discussion about the inconsistent marijuana-related policies across the various levels of government and proposed federal legislation to combat this. In light of Sha’Carri Richardson’s suspension from the Olympics for cannabis use, Amaning explains how organizational policies have or have n…
 
On “The Tent” this week, Daniella and Jesse debrief on the dire state of American democracy and the President’s speech on voting rights in Philadelphia. They also dive deeper into the sprawling January 6 investigations with Ryan Reilly, senior justice reporter at HuffPost, whose reporting this year has focused on the growing number of charges that …
 
Tuesday July 6th marked six months since the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. was attacked by a violent mob seeking to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 general election. Ryan Goodman, co-editor in chief of the online forum Just Security, joins Daniella and Jesse to update us on where the many investigations into the…
 
This week’s episode of The Tent features a special recording of a live event with Daniella and Jesse in conversation with CAP alumnus and the founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights, Scott Keyes. Since 2013, Scott has been using his platform to connect travelers with the best deals they can find to reach new and exciting destinations. His new book, Take M…
 
On “The Tent” this week, Daniella is joined by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) for a conversation on Pride Month and how political life for LGBTQ Americans has changed since the Biden administration assumed office and her own groundbreaking career in public service. They also discuss voting rights, the recent vote on the For the People Act, and o…
 
This week on “The Tent,” Texas state Reps. Trey Martinez Fischer (D) and Gina Hinojosa (D) join the pod to talk about the struggle for voting rights in Texas, their trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with Democrats in the U.S. Senate and Vice President Kamala Harris, and how they hope to see democracy protected in America. Plus, Jesse and Daniella r…
 
On “The Tent” this week, Daniella and Jesse connect with Slate legal writer Mark Joseph Stern for a conversation on the underdiscussed but still very important federal judiciary, focusing in the influence of the new 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court. They also dig into the Biden administration’s judicial strategy. Plus, Daniella reflec…
 
This week on “The Tent”, Daniella and Jesse connect with Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois for an insightful conversation on how the new Democratic majority in the Senate has worked to pass ambitious legislation to bolster the economy and help pull Americans out of the pandemic. She also discusses where bipartisanship has worked – like with the p…
 
In the year since the murder of George Floyd, Americans have sought to rethink their relationship with policing and the justice system. Thea Sebastian, Director of Policy at the Civil Rights Corps in Washington, D.C., joins Daniella and Jesse on “The Tent” this week to discuss how some of these reform efforts have been actualized in states and citi…
 
Four and half months after the January 6th insurrection, Republicans in Congress find themselves unwilling to commit to a bipartisan commission looking into the tragic and deadly events. Daniella and Jesse discuss the deadlocked negotiations this week on “The Tent” as well as the efforts to de-escalate violence in Israel and Gaza. Plus, they connec…
 
Congress returns to Washington this week, with party leaders resuming their negotiations with President Joe Biden over his ambitious infrastructure and jobs package. Daniella and Jesse dissect the status of the negotiations as well as continued Republican infighting in the House of Representatives. Plus, Bill Spriggs, chief economist at the A.F.L.-…
 
This week on The Tent, Daniella and Jesse explore infighting amongst congressional Republicans as Trump loyalists in Congress seek to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) from her leadership position in the House G.O.P. Caucus for speaking out against the Big Lie. Our hosts also discuss the slowdown in demand for vaccinations and what that means for the pan…
 
This week, President Joe Biden laid out an ambitious plan to invest in American infrastructure, workers, and families in his first joint address to Congress, continuing his effort to lift the United States out of the pandemic. On this episode of “The Tent,” former Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), a distinguished fellow at CAP, joins Daniella and Jesse to re…
 
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