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Episode #379: In The Middle Of Nowhere

Nov 19 • 58:54

Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, author of the new book, “The Centrist Solution,” argues that the only way to get things done in this bitterly split Congress is for lawmakers of both parties be willing to eschew the extremes and work across party lines to get things done....

Episode #378: A Hero, To The Max

Nov 13 • 36:06

Jim Galloway, the retired political columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, remembers Max Cleland, the former Georgia Democratic senator who died this week and who was on the receiving end of one of the most controversial TV attack ads in political history....

Episode #377: Yes Virginia, This One Matters

Oct 28 • 36:01

Bob Holsworth, the managing principal at DecideSmart and a leading analyst on Virginia politics, sets up Tuesday’s gubernatorial race between Democrat Terry McAuliffe, a former governor, and Republican Glenn Youngkin.  Democrats are hoping to make this a referendum on Donald Trump, and McAuliffe is doing everything he can to tie Youngkin to the former president.  But Repub...

Episode #376: Is There Hope For The GOP? Or Democracy?

Oct 22 • 53:49

Longtime Republican consultant Stuart Stevens, author of “It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump,” talks about what he sees as the Trumpification of the GOP and what if anything can be done to save the party....

Episode #375: Sinema Paradiso

Oct 10 • 34:46

Progressive Democrats trying to help enact President Biden’s agenda are constantly butting heads with Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.  They are especially frustrated with Sinema, who began her political career on the left.  But since she came to the Senate in 2019, she’s been an outspoken opponent of big spending bills and found herself at...

Episode #374: Trump Enemies List Loses One

Sep 22 • 46:41

The decision by Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio) to retire next year, rather than seek reelection, is a clear victory for Donald Trump and it helps ratify his influence in the Republican Party.  Gonzalez was one of ten House Republicans to vote to impeach the 45th president, and Trump made it clear he would work for his defeat in the 2022 midterm election.  Karen Kaslerof Id...

Episode #373: Can You Recall The Governor Of California?

Sep 12 • 44:18

John Myers of the Los Angeles Times sets up Tuesday’s recall election aimed at California Gov. Gavin Newsom.  Unlike the recall of 2003, where another Democrat, Gray Davis, was successfully recalled, polls indicate that Newsom is going to survive on Sept. 14th.  But win or lose, Golden State voters are going to go through another gubernatorial contest just 14 months later....

Episode #372: Remembering Neal Conan

Aug 28 • 23:11

The withdrawal from Afghanistan is not going as well as some hoped.  But did anyone ever think that extracting U.S. troops from a 20-year war was going to be easy?  And let the blame game begin....

Episode #371: No Mo Cuomo

Aug 12 • 46:52

Chris Churchill of the Albany Times-Union reports on the stunning (though expected) toppling of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose alleged history of sexual harassment — as outlined in a report by the state attorney general — left him no way out....

Episode #370: Texas Hold ‘Em? First You Gotta Catch ‘Em.

Jul 18 • 40:47

Abby Livingston of the Texas Tribune talks about the decision made by Texas House Democrats to flee the state in order to stymie GOP efforts to pass restrictive voting rights bills....

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