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With troops due to come out of Afghanistan, James and Al welcome veteran and author Phil Klay and pollster Jim Gerstein to discuss the state of world affairs and when we should be going to war. How are things looking in the Middle East 20 years on? Are we leaving too soon, or is it time to focus our attention here at home where we have enough probl…
 
James and Al bring on the creators of HBO’s Our Towns-- Deb Fallows, James Fallows, Jeanne Jordan and Steven Ascher to discuss their journey to towns across our nation during the pandemic era. In the process, they saw that the causes of our division pale in comparison to the bonds we build when we live, work, and dream together. Now, if only DC wou…
 
Al and James argue against the voter law in Georgia and don’t pull any punches about the allegations facing Matt Gaetz. They also discuss the role Joe Manchin has to play in the Senate, and whether the Democrats can do anything with their majorities. Come for the unparalleled political insight, and stay for James’ tuna fish sandwich recipe! EMAIL Y…
 
James and Al try to figure out what the heck is wrong with the Republican party, from G. Gordon Liddy on to Rep. Matt Gaetz. What gives? If their party doesn’t get its act together soon, they could easily slip into irrelevance-- and that’s in spite of the best efforts of the Democrats! EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS TO JAMES AND AL POLITICSWARROOM@GMAIL.COM …
 
James and Al get fired up for some March Madness with John Feinstein-- taking a look at what’s best for the sport and the NCAA. Better check your brackets! Then, Ron Brownstein of the Atlantic comes on to discuss the shift from class to culture based partisanship and the way the forces unleashed in 1974 Los Angeles continue to define our future. Pl…
 
With our future seeming more unpredictable by the year, James and Al invite theoretical physicist and host of the Mindscape Podcast, Dr Sean Carroll to the show to gain insight into the secrets of existence-- that is, if anything exists outside of politics... In their wide ranging conversation we find out whether anyone really understands quantum p…
 
James and Al host Ret. Brigadier General Ty Seidule for a deep dive into the residual myths surrounding Robert E. Lee and the confederacy, as well as the implications they have for the region and our politics. Former NOLA Mayor Mitch Landrieu then calls in to join the conversation, discussing the changes happening in the modern South and how we can…
 
Is the GOP on the short bumpy road to irrelevance? James and Al bring on strategist, author, and Bulwark contributor Amanda Carpenter-- formerly a Ted Cruz staffer-- to find out why the Republican Party can’t escape Trump, and what things might look like if they do. If they can’t, Democrats can press a generational advantage, but it might not matte…
 
With Texas in turmoil after facing down a disastrous ice storm and Ted Cruz caught making a run for the sun, Al and James welcome Congressman Colin Allred from Texas to fill us in on what’s happening there on the ground. Will the state pull itself together or will it need to turn blue first? Get More From This Week’s Guest: Rep. Colin Allred Twitte…
 
With our nation buffeted by everything from climate change to Covid, James and Al are joined by the incomparable activist and actress Jane Fonda find out how we all can become more involved on the issues most critical to our shared future. Can President Biden rally us in time? The consensus is yes-- so we might make it after all! Get More From This…
 
With the impeachment process ongoing and President Biden scrambling to right the wayward ship of state, Senator Doug Jones of Alabama joins James and Al to give his unique insight into the challenges that face the Democratic party and the country. How difficult will it be to govern when we’re at each other's throats? And is there hope for the more …
 
With Covid-19 raging across the country for a full year, James and Al are joined by Pulitzer prize winning author and journalist Laurie Garrett to find out what we can expect going forward, and what our lives will look like in 2021 once the vaccine begins to get more widely distributed. Then expert football analyst and senior producer at NFL Films …
 
With Russia in upheaval, and our media not exactly sure how to cover the Biden Administration, Al and James are joined by former Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, and NPR’s David Folkenflik to take a look at how both will fare after the transition to the new presidency. Can the media keep the Biden Administration honest while respecting the Ame…
 
In spite of the mayhem at the Capitol, the inauguration of Joe Biden and the transfer of power went smoothly, and James and Al are beginning to feel some optimism about the next four years...if the Democrats don’t screw it up! Leon Panetta joins them to look at the domestic and international prospects for the new administration. Then, Duke Law Scho…
 
With the Capitol garrisoned with troops and the passions of insurrection and the subsequent defense of the Union still cooling, Al and James examine the worrisome situation we find ourselves in going into the Biden inauguration. The threat is evident, and so they are joined by expert on the militia and white power movements, University of Chicago P…
 
2021 already promises to be as crazy as 2020, and Al and James are ready to game things out for you in their Politics War Room. They’re joined on their first episode of the year by award winning pollster John Couvillon to take a look at the double Democratic victory in the GA Senate races and bask in the results. Then, former Defense Secretary Will…
 
With 2021 just around the corner, Al and James celebrate our scientists and first responders, and give us the inside scoop on who has power in the Democratic congress. Then they’re joined by author of Saint Makers, Joe Drape of @NYTSPORTS, to discuss some of the things we’ve seen in the cultural realms outside of politics-- updating us about the st…
 
Al and James welcome The New York Times National Security Correspondent David Sanger to analyze the recent Russian cyber attacks on our country and go through our possible responses, legislative and otherwise. James is appalled we could let it happen, and all three wonder if our country is still secure. Then, Al and James continue their annual holi…
 
Texas and Trump have been rejected by the Supreme Court and things are starting to look like President-Elect Biden will sail smoothly into his inauguration. Al and James discuss their support for most of his cabinet picks so far, even though they worry that the party needs to focus on shoring up support (not to mention the Senate) before swinging f…
 
President Elect Biden’s cabinet is beginning to fill up, and James and Al have a lot to say on the subject. And if the party wants to win both seats in the Georgia Senate run-offs, they would do well to listen! Then, they are joined by Bloomberg columnist and author of Trump Nation, Tim O’Brien to give insight into the final machinations of the Tru…
 
It’s the election that never seems to end, but with President-Elect Biden putting together a cabinet and Trump’s legal challenges floundering across the country, Al and James are looking ahead to 2021. Georgia maven Stephen Fowler joins the show to discuss the facts on the ground and his expectations for the Senate races there. Then Senator Chris D…
 
The Biden era is finally beginning, and his cabinet and prospective agenda are already exciting people across the political spectrum. Al and James are fired up, and talk to political maven Bill Kristol about the prospects for the Republican party, and why he’s a fan of Biden and the Democrats after Trump. Then, journalist and author of Joe Biden: T…
 
As we get further from the election, it’s time for Biden to start putting together a cabinet. Al and James take a look at how it might look and what to expect in the early days of a Biden-Harris administration before taking your questions. Then they’re joined by Shane Harris, to talk about how President Trump could make the Snowden leaks pale by co…
 
With Biden the presumptive President-Elect, James and Al take a moment to celebrate the win, despite wishing that the Democratic party had worked harder on its messaging. They’re joined by Ed Luce of the Financial Times and Tom Edsall of the New York Times to discuss how the international order will change under a Biden Administration and whether t…
 
James and Al break down election law and court challenges with Cass Sunstein before being joined by an all star panel with Jill Abramson, Paul Begala, and Tara Setmayer to help us digest what we experienced on election day. With no official call made, is it in the bag for Biden and McConnell? It’s a whole new era. Will we be stuck in the same battl…
 
James and Al are joined by two political giants from critical swing states - Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan - to discuss the situation on the ground with only a few days to go until the election. Which counties are make or break for Biden? Will he be able to flip both states and expand the map? And perha…
 
Sarah Silverman 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 of the United States Elections Project goes over how things look. And so far, the early voting …
 
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 reviews the possibility …
 
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 details the rise of white supremacist movements an…
 
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 th…
 
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 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 t…
 
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 t…
 
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 Timot…
 
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 iss…
 
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 ca…
 
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 exper…
 
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 Ca…
 
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…
 
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 Mil…
 
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 Trum…
 
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 …
 
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 argu…
 
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…
 
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 Sup…
 
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 s…
 
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 …
 
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, toward…
 
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") refuse…
 
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 pres…
 
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