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 Jun 20, 2020


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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56: Sarah Silverman and Michael McDonald
Sarah Silverman (https://twitter.com/SarahKSilverman?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) 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 (https://twitter.com/ElectProject?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) of the United States Elections Project (http://www.electproject.org/) 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.  Can we look forward to normalcy after November 3rd?  EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO JAMES AND AL POLITICSWARROOM@GMAIL.COM (mailto:POLITICSWARROOM@GMAIL.COM)   OR TWEET THEM TO @POLITICON (http://www.twitter.com/@politicon) THIS WEEKS SPONSORS: STEADYMD  (00:12:27) SteadyMD is now accepting members of all ages, in all 50 states. go to http://www.steadymd.com/warroom to TAKE THE FREE QUIZ AND SEE WHICH DOCTOR IS A PERFECT FIT FOR YOU.  BLINKIST  (00:37:41) Right now, for a limited time Blinkist has a special offer just for our listeners:  Go to http://www.blinkist.com/warroom to TRY IT FREE FOR 7 DAYS AND SAVE 25% OFF YOUR NEW SUBSCRIPTION. THE GREAT COURSES PLUS  (00:58:41) Start your journey with The Great Courses Plus today, your future self will thank you! Sign up with our special url: www.TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/warroom (http://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/warroom) when you go there, YOU’LL GET A FULL MONTH OF UNLIMITED ACCESS- FOR FREE
Oct 22, 2020
55: Dr. Richard Murray on Taking Texas and Fred Wertheimer on the Influence of Dark Money
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 (https://uh.edu/hobby/community/murray-scholarship/murraybio.pdf) reviews the possibility of flipping reliably red states, while Founder and President of Democracy 21 (https://democracy21.org/) Fred Wertheimer (https://twitter.com/fredwertheimer?lang=en) discusses the role of cash in 2020 strategy and where it comes from.  After listening to them, do you think this is the year that the Democrats shock in the south? EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS FOR JAMES AND AL AT  POLITICSWARROOM@GMAIL.COM  (mailto:POLITICSWARROOM@GMAIL.COM ) OR TWEET THEM TO @POLITICON (http://www.twitter.com/@politicon)   THEY WILL DO THEIR BEST TO ANSWER THEM ON NEXT WEEK'S EPISODE! WE THANK THIS WEEKS SPONSORS: BLINKIST (00:12:17) Right now, for a limited time Bslinkist has a special offer just for our listeners:  Go to http://www.BLINKEST.COM/WARROOM to try it FREE for 7 days AND save 25 percent off your new subscription. FOUR SIGMATIC  (00:33:50) We've worked out an EXCLUSIVE offer with Four Sigmatic on their best-selling Mushroom Coffee: Get up to 40% off plus Free Shipping on Mushroom Coffee bundles.  Go to http://www.FOURSIGMATIC.COM/WARROOM This offer is ONLY for Politics War Room listeners and is not available on their regular website. MAGIC SPOON (00:53:34) Go to http://www.MAGICSPOON.COM/WARROOM to grab a variety pack and try it today! And be sure to use our promo code WARROOM at checkout to get free shipping. 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
55: Kamala: Next In Line Promo
Subscribe today: http://wondery.fm/Kamala_WR If Joe Biden wins in November, Kamala Harris would become Vice President after one of the most consequential and tumultuous elections in American history.  Already a rising leader in the Democratic party, Harris would be the most significant player to help Biden manage a country in crisis, and a frontrunner to lead the ticket in 2024 should Biden not seek re-election. Kamala: Next in Line goes inside the cross-cultural journey that led Harris from her humble roots to become the first African-American woman to represent California in the Senate and now the first African-American woman to be the Vice Presidential nominee for a major party. From Oakland to Howard University, California to Washington DC, experience her story as it has never been told before. This is an intimate and immersive dive into who Kamala is, what her critics say about her, and how she arrived at this moment.   Hosted by MSNBC’s Joy Reid, the show features exclusive interviews with those who know her best, painting a picture of a woman who has fought her way to the top at every turn.
Oct 12, 2020
54: Andrew Weissman on Trump's criminality and Kathleen Belew on the hidden threat of white supremacy
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 (https://twitter.com/kathleen_belew?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) details the rise of white supremacist movements and their plans for overthrowing the United States, while former DOJ Fraud Section Chief Andrew Weissmann (https://twitter.com/aweissmann_?lang=en) tells us that Bill Barr has downplayed the foreign plans to affect our elections.  Is our country at risk once again? TWEET YOUR QUESTIONS FOR JAMES AND AL TO @POLITICON (http://www.twitter.com/@politicon) AND THEY WILL ANSWER THEM ON NEXT WEEK'S EPISODE! Latest Books By Our Guests: Kathleen Belew: Bring the War Home (https://www.amazon.com/Bring-War-Home-Movement-Paramilitary/dp/0674286073) Andrew Weissmann: Where Law Ends (https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/634189/where-law-ends-by-andrew-weissmann/) THIS WEEKS SPONSORS: HYDRANT (00:16:40:16) We’ve got a special deal for our listeners to save 25% off your first order:  Go to http://www.DrinkHydrant.com/WARROOM  or enter our promo code WARROOM at checkout. MAGIC SPOON (00:40.25.14) Go to http://www.magicspoon.com/WARROOM to grab a variety pack and try it today! And be sure to use our promo code WARROOM at checkout to get free shipping. STEADY MD ( Go to http://www.SteadyMD.com/WARROOM to take the FREE quiz and see which doctor is a perfect fit for you.  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
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 (https://twitter.com/michaelbcoleman) questions recent Democratic strategy in the Ohio battleground and whether the Biden campaign is repeating Hillary’s mistakes in misunderstanding the electorate there. Email your questions for James and Al to politicswarroom@gmail.com (mailto:politicswarroom@gmail.com) and they will answer them on next week's episode! This episode is brought to you by Magic Spoon cereal.    Magic Spoon tastes amazing.  It’s honestly too good to be true.   0 sugar, 11 grams of protein, and only 3 net carbs, It’s keto-friendly, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, low carb, and GMO-free. Go to http://MagicSpoon.com/WARROOM and use the code WARROOM for free shipping. Show Notes: 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
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 (https://twitter.com/CoryBooker) 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 (https://twitter.com/SeanMcElwee) 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
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 (https://www.ourtownsbook.com/about/view/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 (https://www.ourtownsbook.com/about/view/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
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 (https://unfoundation.org/who-we-are/our-board/timothy-e-wirth-usa-vice-chair/) 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 (https://www.latimes.com/people/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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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Mar 12, 2020
18: James Carville Super Tuesday Wrap Up and Roger Altman on the Economy

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

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

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

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 Jeff Berman to share his expertise on delegates. Christy 'Numbers' Harvey tries to keep baseball boring. 

Feb 13, 2020
15: Ann Selzer on Iowa and The Fate of the Democratic Party

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 09, 2020
10: Michael McDonald and our Democratic Candidate Report Card

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

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

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

Former Managing Editor of The New York Times Jill Abramson 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

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

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'. For show notes, go to PoliticsWarRoom.com.

Nov 28, 2019
4: Pollster Ann Selzer on the Pete Buttigieg Surge

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

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

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

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!

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!

James Carville and Al Hunt go deep into the politics of impeachment and the 2020 US Presidential Election.

Oct 20, 2019