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Jun 27, 2018

Perhaps no two people have studied Trump voters with greater focus, depth, and commitment than Salena Zito and Brad Todd, co-authors of the national bestseller, “The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics.”

In this conversation, we first examine why they wrote the book and how they did it – together.

Then we turned to the book’s biggest questions: Is Trump’s election a major political realignment? Are Trump voters misunderstood? How severe is the economic pain that fueled the anger that elected him? Is the media missing this story? And finally, can Trump lose this coalition, and if so, how?

 

Jun 19, 2018

Mexico is the subject of the 88th episode and I can think of no one I would rather talk to than Alfredo Corchado.

He is the border correspondent for The Dallas Morning News, splitting time between El Paso and Mexico City. He is the author of the fantastic book, “Midnight in Mexico,” and his new memoir, “Homelands” is just out. 

In this conversation, we discuss why he wrote the book, how the guest worker program has been vital to the U.S. and Mexico over decades, where the current Mexican presidential election stands, what Lopez Oprador’s expected victory will mean for the U.S.-Mexico relationship, what life is like in Mexico today, how the trade issue is being negotiated, how Trump is viewed in the country and how the border wall issue plays.

Jun 12, 2018

On the 87th episode, we talk all-things-Trump with Sam Nunberg, a longtime political advisor to Trump who left in the early days of the campaign but remains close to many high ranking Trump world figures.

In this conversation, we discuss the optics of the North Korea summit, the prospects for the midterms, and where he thinks the Russia inquiry stands.

We discuss his questioning before the grand jury, and get his take on Roger Stone, Michael Cohen, Rudy Giuliani, Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon.

Finally, we delve into the question of whether Trump should agree to be interviewed by Mueller and whether pardons are likely.

Jun 6, 2018

Sean Davis is our guest for the 86th episode.

He’s a co-founder of The Federalist and a former aide to U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK).

In this conversation, we preview the forthcoming U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General report, which is independently examining how DOJ and the FBI conducted the Clinton email investigation. We explore what questions most need an answer, who the key individuals are, and how this may connect to the Russia inquiry.

Then we discuss the Mueller inquiry, the Steele dossier, Spygate, whether Trump should agree to an interview, and how this all may end.

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