Best Washington Politics podcasts we could find (Updated May 2019)
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A weekly discussion about politics, hosted by The New Yorker's executive editor, Dorothy Wickenden.
 
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Political Gabfest
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Voted “Favorite Political Podcast” by Apple Podcasts listeners. Stephen Colbert says "Everybody should listen to the Slate Political Gabfest." The Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz, is the kind of informal and irreverent discussion Washington journalists have after hours over drinks.
 
Catch up on the stories of the day in Washington, DC. Hear portions of key events and interviews with journalists who provide background and perspective. Programs posted after 6pm ET, Monday - Friday.
 
NBC News' Meet the Press is the longest-running television show in history. If it's Sunday, it's Meet the Press with Chuck Todd.
 
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FP's First Person
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Each week here at Foreign Policy, we interview one person for an intimate, narrative-driven conversation about something timely and important in the world. Our guests are people who have participated directly in events, either as protagonists or eyewitnesses. We get them to tell a story about their experience, not just offer their analysis. That approach is driven by the feeling here at Foreign Policy that to understand our world—to grasp the complexities and nuances of our time—we need to g ...
 
The Chuck ToddCast is NBC News’ latest podcast tackling all things politics and 2020 with Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd. The mid-week, in-the-know podcast is Chuck at his best – unscripted, informed and focused on what really matters in the 2020 presidential race. Join Chuck each Wednesday as he talks with top reporters from the nation’s capital, plus exclusive sit-down interviews and on-the-ground dispatches from across the campaign trail.
 
For 50 years, Washington Week has been the most intelligent and up to date conversation about the most important news stories of the week. Washington Week is the longest-running news and public affairs program on PBS and features journalists -- not pundits -- lending insight and perspective to the week's important news stories.
 
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Fake The Nation
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Hosted by Negin Farsad, Fake the Nation is all the comedy about politics without any of the politics about politics. Every week Negin and a cast of her funniest, smartest and most politically astute friends (John Fugelsang, Lizz Winstead, Dean Obeidallah and others) gather 'round the political roundtable to break down the news, make you laugh, think, and deliver a gut punch to the American political system.
 
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Can He Do That?
Weekly
 
Donald Trump’s historic presidency is unlike any other that’s come before it. From a record-setting staff turnover rate to unpredictable policy decisions to an ongoing investigation into his campaign, each episode of this podcast focuses on one aspect of Trump’s time in the White House that raises the question: ‘Can He Do That?’Led by host Allison Michaels, the podcast features Washington Post reporters and experts to illuminate the ways Donald Trump can reshape the presidency. And what that ...
 
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Quorum Call
Weekly
 
No one knows Capitol Hill and the corridors of Washington power like National Journal, and now NJ brings you Quorum Call—a weekly podcast on Congress, policy, and politics. Hosted by National Journal's veteran reporting team, new episodes of Quorum Call will be available every Monday.
 
Drawing upon his experience as a former chief of staff on the Senate Finance Committee and as an Emmy-winning executive producer and writer of ‘The West Wing,’ Lawrence O’Donnell examines the compelling and impactful political stories of the day. Join him every weeknight.
 
Most people settle for a life of mediocrity between total failure and their true potential. If you dream of more than an average life then this is the show for you. Jason is a successful entrepreneur, business coach, Award winning film producer and investor who’s unique take on life, culture and success will leave you both empowered and inspired to be better each day.
 
Dana Perino, co-host of The Five on the FOX News Channel and FOX News Digital Politics Editor Chris Stirewalt discuss, dissect and debate the changing world of Washington politics.
 
Journalist Mehdi Hasan is known around the world for his televised takedowns of presidents and prime ministers. In this new podcast from The Intercept, Mehdi unpacks a game-changing news event of the week while challenging the conventional wisdom. As a Brit, a Muslim and an immigrant based in Donald Trump's Washington D.C., Mehdi offers a provocative perspective on the ups and downs of American—and global—politics.
 
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Rational Security
Weekly
 
A weekly discussion of national security and foreign policy matters hosted by Shane Harris of the Washington Post and featuring Brookings senior fellows Susan Henessey, Tamara Cofman Wittes, and Benjamin Wittes.
 
Dana Perino, co-host of The Five on the FOX News Channel and FOX News Digital Politics Editor Chris Stirewalt discuss, dissect and debate the changing world of Washington politics.
 
Ralph Nader talks about what’s happening in America, what’s happening around the world, and most importantly what’s happening underneath it all.
 
Join Chris Matthews each weeknight for a spirited hour of political analysis and debate with prominent politicians, newsmakers, and cultural icons. Matthews asks his guests the tough questions, and never backs down, in a relentless pursuit of the truth.
 
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AM Joy on MSNBC
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Every weekend on AM Joy, award-winning journalist and authorJoy Reid passionately tackles the most important political and news topics of the week, exploring how policy decisions are shaping the country, while also bringing viewers in-depth interviews with leading newsmakers.
 
Chris Hayes delivers the biggest news and political stories of the day with a commitment to in-depth reporting that consistently seeks to hold our leaders accountable for their actions. Join him as he has brings the nation’s officials, legislators, policymakers, and local activists to the table to address key issues affecting communities across America.
 
POLITICO Playbook's must-listen briefing on what's driving the day in Washington. Hosted by Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer.
 
Join Brian Williams as he delivers the latest pertinent updates on evolving news stories and places the major political events of the day into context for viewers.
 
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Rational Security
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A weekly discussion of national security and foreign policy matters hosted by Shane Harris of the Washington Post and featuring Brookings senior fellows Susan Henessey, Tamara Cofman Wittes, and Benjamin Wittes.
 
From the award-winning opinion pages of The Wall Street Journal, Paul Gigot, Kim Strassel and Bill McGurn discuss the latest from Washington. Get critical perspective and the analysis you need on developments from the nation’s capital. Join them every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
 
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The Takeout
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Politics, policy and a side of pop culture: Major Garrett and company serve up a balanced diet of serious discussion, humor and food...for thought.
 
Analysis of the biggest political stories of the day from Washington Post correspondent James Hohmann. Available every weekday morning.
 
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Bloomberg Law
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Host June Grasso speaks with prominent attorneys and legal scholars, analyzing major legal issues and cases in the news. The show examines all aspects of the legal profession, from intellectual property to criminal law, from bankruptcy to securities law, drawing on the deep research tools of BloombergLaw.com. Reporters from Bloomberg's Washington, D.C. bureau are prominently featured as they offer analysis of policy and legal issues.
 
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Whiskey Politics
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Think politics is boring? You are missing the greatest sport in the world. Forget the stuffy TV talking heads and learn what's going on while having a few laughs. Whiskey Politics Podcast is hosted by Dave Sussman where we interview luminaries, newsmakers and insiders from politics, culture, science, Hollywood and more.. Whiskey Politics takes a civil tone and has fun while talking about serious issues. It's all about the long-form conversation. Dave Sussman is a nationally recognized busine ...
 
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Homophilia
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Hosts Dave Holmes and Matt McConkey grill LGBT celebrities on what they’re loving, and who they’re loving. This queer comedy party celebrates pop culture obsessions and interrogates guests on their personal experiences with dating, sex and love. Looking for the archives? All episodes older than 6 months can be found exclusively on Stitcher Premium, ad-free. Go to stitcher.com/premium and use promo code EARWOLF for 1 month free (and $5 off the annual plan!).
 
Hosted by CNN's Jake Tapper, State of the Union features interviews with top newsmakers on politics and policy - covering Washington, the country and the world.
 
Charlie Sykes and guests discuss the latest news from inside Washington and around the world. No shouting, grandstanding, or sloganeering. Conservative, conscientious, and civil.
 
Young professionals in Washington, DC get together weekly to discuss underreported global issues over drinks.
 
Thought-Provoking Insights from the Left Side of the Political Aisle
 
For 50 years, Washington Week has been the most intelligent and up to date conversation about the most important news stories of the week. Washington Week is the longest-running news and public affairs program on PBS and features journalists -- not pundits -- lending insight and perspective to the week's important news stories.
 
Since 2006, this podcast has been using history to elevate today's political debates. Bruce Carlson applies as much historical context as possible to politics and while he's at it, tells a few stories.
 
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Against the Grain
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National Journal Politics Editor Josh Kraushaar hosts the sharpest minds in Washington for no-BS conversations about what’s really happening inside the Beltway and on the campaign trail.
 
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Morning Joe
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Join Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, and Willie Geist, for in-depth and informed discussions that help drive the day's political conversation. Top newsmakers, Washington insiders, journalists, and cultural influencers, come together on Morning Joe for unparalleled insight and analysis around the day's biggest stories.
 
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The Impact
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In Washington, the story often ends when Congress passes a law. For The Impact, that’s where the story begins. Each season, Sarah Kliff investigates the way policy shapes people’s lives. This season, she’s crisscrossing the country to explore how cities and states are trying to solve our country’s biggest problems. Produced by Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.
 
A weekly podcast taking a closer look at the groundbreaking news stories coming out of our nation's capital. Including interviews with lawmakers, newsmakers, and political insiders.
 
CNN's chief Washington correspondent, Jake Tapper, hosts this hourlong weekday afternoon program, which mixes Tapper's interests with headlines from around the country and the world, headlines that span politics, money, sports and popular culture. "The Lead" also concentrates on bringing stories that aren't found on front pages -- buried leads -- to the forefront.
 
Shadow Politics is a grass roots talk show giving a voice to the voiceless. For more than 200 years the people of the Nation's Capital have ironically been excluded from the national political conversation. With no voting member of either house of Congress, Washingtonians have lacked the representation they need to be equal and to have their voices heard. Shadow Politics will provide a platform for them, as well as the millions of others nationwide who feel politically disenfranchised and di ...
 
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Airtalk
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Join Larry Mantle weekdays for lively and in-depth discussions of Los Angeles and Southern California news, politics, science, entertainment, the arts and more. More AirTalk at www.kpcc.org.
 
Up From Slavery is the 1901 autobiography of Booker T. Washington detailing his slow and steady rise from a slave child during the Civil War, to the difficulties and obstacles he overcame to get an education at the new Hampton University, to his work establishing vocational schools—most notably the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama—to help black people and other disadvantaged minorities learn useful, marketable skills and work to pull themselves, as a race, up by the bootstraps. He reflects on t ...
 
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Kasie DC
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Every Sunday night on Kasie DC, NBC News Capitol Hill Correspondent Kasie Hunt brings exclusive reporting, newsmaking interviews and sharp conversation -- taking viewers inside the corridors of power in Washington to help unlock the week ahead.
 
Join talk show host Mike O'Meara and top Washington journalist and former CNN on-air investigative correspondent Chris Frates as they talk news, analyze politics, and have a little fun.
 
Find out what the mainstream media ISN’T telling you about the Trump administration. BlazeTV White House correspondent Jon Miller braves The Washington Hit Squad to cut through the fake news.
 
Through her unique approach to storytelling, Rachel Maddow provides in-depth reporting to illuminate the current state of political affairs and reveals the importance of transparency and accountability from our leaders. Maddow works with unmatched rigor and resolve to explain our complex world and deliver news in a way that's illuminating and dynamic, connecting the dots to make sense of complex issues. Maddow also conducts thoughtful interviews with individuals at the center of current news ...
 
Every Friday, Amy Walter brings you the trends in politics long before the national media picks up on them. Known as one of the smartest and most trusted journalists in Washington, D.C., Amy Walter is respected by politicians and pundits on all sides of the aisle. You may know Amy her from her work with Cook Political Report and the PBS NewsHour where she looks beyond the breaking news headlines for a deeper understanding of how Washington works, who's pulling the levers of power, and how it ...
 
Fiya spit on a myriad of hot topics.
 
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The president has directed former White House Counsel Don McGahn to defy a congressional subpoena and skip a House Judiciary hearing scheduled for Tuesday. And, Mika Brzezinski sits down with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to discuss Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., who is calling for the impeachment of the president. Does the speaker think impeachment ...…
 
President Trump lost an early round of his court fight with Democrats last night after a federal judge ruled the president’s accounting firm must turn over his financial records to Congress as lawmakers seek to assert their oversight authority.By The Washington Post.
 
Behind the scenes of the Democrats' unrest over impeachment, previewing the budget and debt limit talks and more in today's Audio Briefing.By POLITICO.
 
Defying subpoenas, stonewalling congressional investigators, and more, the behavior from the Trump White House is leading to more impeachment talk. Philip Rucker, Barbara McQuade, Michael Schmidt, Ashley Parker, Bill Kristol, and Gen. Barry McCaffrey join to discuss that and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Tonight on The Last Word: The White House directs McGahn to defy his House subpoena. Chairman Nadler responds saying his committee is prepared to use “all enforcement mechanisms at its disposal.” Plus, a judge upholds House Democrats’ subpoena for Trump’s financial records. The New York Times is reporting that anti-money laundering specialists ...…
 
Through her unique approach to storytelling, Rachel Maddow provides in-depth reporting to illuminate the current state of political affairs and reveals the importance of transparency and accountability from our leaders. Maddow works with unmatched rigor and resolve to explain our complex world and deliver news in a way that's illuminating and d ...…
 
The massive stakes over the Don McGahn fight, the implications of the new sweeping repudiation of Trump's claim that Congress cannot investigate him, and the new reporting that Donald Trump's current lawyer instructed his former lawyer to lie to Congress. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen told lawmakers behind closed doors that Jay Sekulow, one of the president's attorneys, encouraged him to give untrue information to lawmakers about the Trump Tower project in Moscow, according to transcripts released Monday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Yes, that's right. Today we're going to tackle the very polarizing issue of abortion. It's especially difficult to discuss in libertarian circles because there are those who hold very principled views on both sides of the issue. I also take you through the last 60 seconds of the Fox News Town Hall with presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg. Let m ...…
 
Today's program includes Dan Balz of The Washington Post, Dave Michaels of The Wall Street Journal, and Bailey Vogt of The Washington Times.By C-SPAN.
 
Soon: Trump rally in PA as campaign plans formal launch; GOP leadership rushes to call out only Republican to break tanks on Trump impeachment; GOP Rep. Amash provokes primary challenger after making case for Trump impeachment; GOP Rep. Amash doubles down on Twitter, makes legal case for Trump impeachment; Harris plans to fine companies paying ...…
 
Sahil Kapur, Bloomberg news National Political Correspondent, discusses how Democrats are attempting to turn the Supreme Court into a campaign issue, as they confront President Donald Trump’s success at reshaping the federal judiciary. He speaks to Bloomberg’s June Grasso.By Bloomberg News.
 
Harold Krent, dean of the Chicago-Kent College of Law, discusses the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court deferring acting on two Indiana cases putting restrictions on abortions. He speaks to Bloomberg’s June Grasso.By Bloomberg News.
 
Mayor Pete Buttigieg once again gave voters a stark reminder that he is not the affable, responsible candidate he is being portrayed as. He wants to erase history because the Founders of the country are too “problematic” for him. It’s not just his rhetoric that’s ridiculous; his policies are too. The people who live in his town don’t think he’s ...…
 
Mackenzie Weinger speaks with Erin Durkin and Alex Clearfield about a new PAC's campaign to sever Democrats' ties to the pharmaceutical industry, and the health crisis for migrant children deprived access to their medications at the border.By National Journal.
 
Today on AirTalk, our weekly political roundtable recaps the big stories you might’ve missed over the weekend and looks ahead to the week to come in national political news. We also discuss whether or not the U.S. is ready for an atheist in the oval office; and more.By KPCC 89.3 | Southern California Public Radio.
 
The Green New Deal is the most ambitious climate proposal ever brought to Congress. And it’s coming to the table during one of the most divisive periods that Washington has ever seen. The New Yorker’s Eliza Griswold recently spoke with a woman named Varshini Prakash. Prakash, who is twenty-five, is the co-founder of the Sunrise Movement, a grou ...…
 
On today's Bulwark Podcast, author John Gans joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book "White House Warriors: How the National Security Council Transformed the American Way of War" Special Guest: John Gans.By The Bulwark.
 
South Bend Mayor and Democratic presidential contender, Pete Buttigieg, appeared Sunday at a Fox News town hall, and the Morning Joe panel discusses the event and Buttigieg's remarks. Joe Biden on Saturday officially kicked off his campaign during a rally in Philadelphia, and during the event Biden spoke of party unity. The Morning Joe panel di ...…
 
In 2017, the US Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency, often referred to as the opioid crisis. This crisis, which addresses the significantly imbalanced ratio of prescription drugs to the patient population, often overshadows the illicit side of this public emergency. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, which st ...…
 
In his opening weeks as a presidential candidate, Joe Biden has rejected much of the conventional wisdom that drove the opening stretch of the Democratic nomination fight.By The Washington Post.
 
Shadow Politics with Senator Michael Brown and Maria SanchezBy hrzcom@aol.com (Senator Michael Brown).
 
The executive producer for the weekend "Fox and Friends" is gone, the Trump administration's hunt for an immigration czar continues and more in today's Audio Briefing.By POLITICO.
 
As President Trump took in cable news coverage this weekend, he watched as new threats came barreling towards him in real time. Among them: Joe Biden, who officially launched his presidential campaign, and Rep. Justin Amash, who became the first Republican in Congress to call for impeachment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm ...…
 
On Tuesday organizers plan to lead tens of thousands of women in protests around the country demanding that women be treated as full and free citizens, in the wake of more states passing and considering anti-abortion laws. Joy Reid and her panel discuss. Then: As many see the Democrats in Washington, D.C. as agonizing over whether to impeach Do ...…
 
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy Booker T. Washington.
 
Today on “Meet the Press,” Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton discussed new state laws restricting access to abortion and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., shared his perspective on his presidential campaign. NBC News national political correspondent Heidi Przybyla, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, National Review editor Rich Lowry and for ...…
 
First, Jake sits down with Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney about Michigan Republican Justin Amash laying out the case for impeachment, heightened tensions with Iran, and the President's trade war with China. Then, Jake is joined by Montana Governor and 2020 Democratic candidate Steve Bullock to discuss the strong economy, abortion, and his ...…
 
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy Booker T. Washington.
 
Will the Democrats in the House suffer a rebellion by the party base if they do not push for the impeachment of Donald Trump? Tom Steyer, founder of Need to Impeach, and Democratic U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin join Joy Reid to discuss. Plus: Could Trump administration trends threaten the ground-breaking Brown v. the Board of Education Supreme Court d ...…
 
A special weekend Megacast with Charlie Sykes, Bill Kristol, and Sarah Longwell with a review of the first months of The Bulwark. Bill analyzes the current U.S. posture towards Iran, do Bolton and Pompeo have a strategy? Plus, a discussion about "jabronis." Special Guest: Bill Kristol.By The Bulwark.
 
It feels like every day someone new announces they are running for President. But Andrew Yang, the founder of the fellowship program for recent college graduates Venture for America, was one of the first to declare. If elected, he says he would implement a universal basic income, meaning that every American citizen over 18 years of age would ge ...…
 
Ralph talks to professor Ruth Wilson Gilmore about abolishing prisons and journalist Adam Higginbotham about his book, “Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster.”
 
After a day spent alleging spying, treason, & fake news, Trump claims he wasn't warned about Flynn. But we KNOW that's not true. Plus, how has the president hurt the Trump brand? We discuss that and all the latest 2020 headlines with Michael Schmidt, Annie Karni, Harry Litman, Donny Deutsch, Laura Barrón-López, Liz Goodwin, and Jeffrey Prescott ...…
 
Tonight on The Last Word: James Comey attacked Bill Barr for "sliming" the Justice Department and Trump for inappropriately claiming "treason." A new Fox News 2020 poll shows Biden leading Trump by 11 points. The Irish Prime Minister pushes back against Trump’s efforts to hold state visit at Trump’s golf course. And it was revealed in court tha ...…
 
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio became the latest Democrats to join the 2020 presidential race this week. As the current list of Democratic candidates clocks in at 24, the panelists discussed the latest developments in campaign 2020.
 
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio became the latest Democrats to join the 2020 presidential race this week. As the current list of Democratic candidates clocks in at 24, the panelists discussed the latest developments in campaign 2020.
 
Congressman Al Green on his call for Impeachment how 2020 Democrats are messaging their pitches to hold Trump accountable. Plus - as another state votes to eliminate abortion rights we'll take a look at the men taking those rights away . Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy Chris Hayes, MSNBC.
 
After the Trump administration reached an agreement with Canada and Mexico to lift tariffs on steel and aluminum being shipped to the United States, the panelists discussed if the move could jolt the negotiations to end the trade war between the U.S. and China. The show’s conversation also turned to President Donald Trump’s new merit-based immi ...…
 
After the Trump administration reached an agreement with Canada and Mexico to lift tariffs on steel and aluminum being shipped to the United States, the panelists discussed if the move could jolt the negotiations to end the trade war between the U.S. and China. The show’s conversation also turned to President Donald Trump’s new merit-based immi ...…
 
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy Booker T. Washington.
 
Mueller Memo: People tied to Trump Admin, Congress discouraged Flynn from cooperating with investigation; Trump: No one told me about Flynn (but Obama did); Trump unleashes on Twitter over "Treason," Flynn, and Clinton; Barr: "Comfortable" with Trump calling Mueller investigation a "Witch Hunt"; Biden to hold first major campaign rally in PA to ...…
 
Today's program includes Politico's Megan Casella on auto tariff delays and House debate on LGBTQ anti-discrimination bill.By C-SPAN.
 
Trump and Iran and his new immigration policy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy Paul Gigot, The Wall Street Journal.
 
THIS WEEK: After the U.S. raised tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports, last week, China retaliated by slapping tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods. As trade negotiations hit a stalemate, lawmakers who represent farm-country say a deal needs to be made soon. Jared sat down with Iowa Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer to discuss the growing ten ...…
 
Leon Fresco, a partner at Holland & Knight, discusses President Trump’s proposal to overhaul the immigration system and the problems with many of the concepts. He speaks to Bloomberg’s June Grasso.By Bloomberg News.
 
On the podcast: George Packer, in conversation with Stephen M. Walt, on America’s long-serving diplomat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy Foreign Policy.
 
On today's Bulwark Podcast, Mona Charen and Sarah Longwell join host Charlie Sykes to talk about President Trump's record on war crimes, and the efforts of state-level Republicans to change the debate on abortion. Special Guest: Mona Charen.By The Bulwark.
 
Today on AirTalk, we discuss the latest on the Trump administration's cancellation of nearly $1 billion in federal money for California's high-speed rail project. We also examine the tabling of state senator Scott Weiner's controversial housing bill; check in on Boeing and the FAA; and more.By KPCC 89.3 | Southern California Public Radio.
 
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