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Now displaying: July, 2019
Jul 26, 2019

New York Times bestselling author Tim Alberta is our guest for the 146th episode.

He is the chief political correspondent for Politico Magazine and the author of “American Carnage”, which traces the arc of the Republican Party before and during the Trump era.

In this conversation, we look back the pre-Trump era and explore whether he caused the current moment or seized it, consider whether Sarah Palin foreshadowed the Trump era, discuss central figures Ted Cruz, John Boehner, Paul Ryan and Mike Pence, finally attempt to answer the question of whether Trump ran for President wanting to win, review the internal deliberations held during ‘Access Hollywood tape’ weekend, consider a post-Trump era and discuss what the author learned from writing his first book.

Jul 19, 2019

The Democratic Party and the Democratic presidential nomination are the subjects of our 145th episode.

Our guest is Christian Hanley, Democratic consultant and founder of Defiance Strategies.

In this conversation, we talk about this week’s racial storyline and whether it will matter over the long term, whether the 2020 election will be a base election, whether the Democratic Party is moving too far to the left, how he ranks the current 2020 field, how he evaluates President Trump’s reelection prospects, whether Pelosi is leading her caucus in the right direction, and whether he thinks beginning an impeachment inquiry is necessary.

Jul 11, 2019

The 2020 Democratic primary is the subject of the 144th episode.

Our returning guest is veteran Democratic strategist Joe Trippi.

In this conversation, we explore the state of the Democratic primary, who he sees as the top tier, how he assesses Biden, Sanders, Warren, Harris and Buttigieg, who he thinks can surprise people in Iowa, whether the debates matter, whether the primary will go to the convention, how the top tier ranks as general election candidates, what he makes of Trump’s general election standing, and we take a stroll down memory lane for our guest’s history on presidential campaigns.

Jul 1, 2019

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George F. Will, the author of the new bestseller “The Conservative Sensibility”, is our guest for the 143rd episode.

In this conversation, we explore the balance between freedom and government, the importance of federalism, how a limited federal government should look, the state of the conservative movement, the rise of socialism and populism, how the Democratic Party is changing, what the GOP looks like after Trump, how he views the 2020 presidential election, and what challenges face America in the future.

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