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Seth Meyers: Trump wanted me to apologize for making fun of him (REPRISE)

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A reprise episode: The “Late Night” host talks about President Trump and the time Michael Cohen tried to negotiate a mea culpa from the comedian.

42 Min

Sep 4, 2018

Tony Perkins: Trump gets ‘a mulligan’ on Stormy Daniels and other past indiscretions (REPRISE)

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A reprise episode: The head of the Family Research Council says that evangelical conservatives are willing to overlook Trump’s past behavior so long as he delivers for them on policy.

45 Min

Aug 28, 2018

Why Michael Hayden says Trump is helping Russia (Reprise)

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A reprise episode: Former CIA Director Michael Hayden doesn’t know whether Donald Trump colluded with the Russian attack on the 2016 election—but he’s sure the president helped the Kremlin and is continuing to do so every day.

40 Min

Aug 21, 2018

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49 min
Aug 14, 2018
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The president of the American Federation of Teachers says that union members haven’t just cooled on Trump—they’ve turned on him.

50 min
Aug 7, 2018
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The founder of Moms Demand Action talks about how she created one of the most successful gun control groups in the country—and where they go from here.

43 min
Jul 31, 2018
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An encore of our first interview of 2018. John Dean — the Nixon aide who flipped, became the Watergate prosecution’s star witness and brought down a president — gets real about the Trump-Russia scandal and the differences between it and Watergate.

45 min
Jul 24, 2018
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The progressive Boston mayor fits the profile of a Trump voter. And if Democrats want to win them back, he says they need to stop with the abstract talk and get real.

40 min
Jul 17, 2018
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He's a registered Republican, but he didn't vote for Trump.

38 min
Jul 10, 2018
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How does Mike Pence keep his boss happy? By staying out of the spotlight, for starters, says journalist Kate Andersen Brower, whose new book looks at the relationships between presidents and vice presidents.

49 min
Jun 19, 2018
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The New York senator has a different word for the family separation policy which the attorney general and White House press secretary call “Biblical.” Her word is “evil.” In the Biblical sense.

39 min
Jun 5, 2018
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For Congressman John Delaney, the 2020 campaign is already underway. The money is there. So is the commitment. And people in are starting to pay attention.

46 min
May 29, 2018
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The billionaire California activist says Democratic leaders who don’t take up the cause are writing off millions of potential voters.

21 min
May 22, 2018
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Former President Jimmy Carter joins us to talk about the lack of moral leadership in the White House, faith, and what it would take for Donald Trump to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

41 min
May 15, 2018
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Donald Trump the first president to live his whole life in a city. So why does he have such an adversarial relationship with mayors? Steve Benjamin, the head of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, joins us to discuss.

42 min
May 8, 2018
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The “Late Night” host talks about President Trump, the White House Correspondents Dinner, and the time Trump sent Michael Cohen to negotiate a mea culpa from the comedian.

51 min
May 1, 2018
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The host of MSNBC's "Hardball" and sharp observer of politics talks about 2020, why the Trump Show "is wearing surprisingly well," what Trump understands about white ethnic politics and what you don't understand about cable news.

41 min
Apr 24, 2018
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Michael Tubbs is the 27-year-old leader of one of California’s biggest cities. And he’s using that position to try out some truly radical policy ideas.

43 min
Apr 17, 2018
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Jennifer Rubin is a leading voice for conservative intellectuals who don’t fit comfortably in either political party—and sees the party she left behind as ‘immoral’ and ‘anti-American.’

41 min
Apr 3, 2018
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Rep. Matt Gaetz on what he's learned as Trump's apprentice in Congress, and why he thinks it's time to end special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

53 min
Mar 27, 2018
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The 36-year-old South Bend mayor is an Afghanistan veteran, Rhodes Scholar, out gay man and plain-spoken Midwesterner. Could he be the next president?

54 min
Mar 20, 2018
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The Texas congressman talks Ted Cruz, the lyrics he wrote in his old punk band, and the ways he wishes he was more like his dad.

58 min
Mar 12, 2018
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Live from SXSW, Arnold Schwarzenegger joins us for a wide-ranging conversation on politics, the environment — and even the upcoming "Terminator" movie.

40 min
Mar 6, 2018
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Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington and DGA head, wants gubernatorial races to become a battlefield for the anti-Trump resistance.

41 min
Feb 27, 2018
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Retired General and former CIA Director Michael Hayden sees a "convergence" between the Trump campaign and Russia. He's ‘very concerned’ about it—and thinks you should be, too.

30 min
Feb 24, 2018
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Utah Governor Gary Herbert explains why he doesn't mind Romney's flip-flop on taking Trump's endorsement, the gun law changes he'd like to see, and why Utah is chasing another shot at hosting the Olympics.

42 min
Feb 20, 2018
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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy talks about gun violence, what he has in common with Donald Trump, and his time working as a textbook salesman.

36 min
Feb 13, 2018
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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on the political rise of black women, what it would take for Democrats to win Georgia in 2020, and how it feels to visit your father in prison while you're just a child.

38 min
Feb 6, 2018
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Kennedy on why Democrats need a “big, messy” primary in 2020, the reason he thinks Joe Biden would've defeated Trump, his time as Elizabeth Warren's student at Harvard, and what it's like to learn about your family members in history class.

44 min
Jan 30, 2018
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Steve Stivers heads up the House GOP's campaign arm. And that means that, among other things, he's faced with figuring out where—and how—President Trump can be helpful to Republican candidates.

45 min
Jan 23, 2018
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Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, says that evangelical conservatives are willing to overlook Trump’s past behavior so long as he delivers for them on policy.

51 min
Jan 21, 2018
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An all-star panel discusses how #MeToo changes the way we think about Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, how the scandals of 1998 would play out in today's media environment, and what Trump learned from Clinton's example.

41 min
Jan 16, 2018
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DNC chair Tom Perez talks about Trump's 'shithole countries' remark, and shares why he thinks the "party of Lincoln" is dead — despite the fact it controls the White House, Congress, Judiciary, and most states.

31 min
Jan 9, 2018
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Comedy Central host Jordan Klepper discusses satire, conspiracy theorists (including Donald Trump), and working on a fake news show in the "fake news" era.

44 min
Jan 2, 2018
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John Dean, Nixon's White House counsel, has a warning for Trump's team: they're repeating the mistakes of Watergate, this isn't going to end any time soon, and nobody should assume they're prepared.

40 min
Dec 26, 2017
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In Des Moines, de Blasio talks about the New Yorkers who could run in 2020, and the direction progressives should head.

2 min
Dec 18, 2017
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“What they did to Al, the Democrats, was the most hypocritical thing I've ever seen done to a human being,” says Manchin.

65 min
Dec 12, 2017
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The retired general and former CIA director explains why he thinks Trump’s foreign policy is more continuation than change, what he knows about Mike Flynn, and

47 min
Dec 5, 2017
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Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie don’t know if Donald Trump will remain a Republican, but they believe Republicans owe him their loyalty.

36 min
Nov 28, 2017
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Isaac talks with Politico congressional reporters Rachael Bade and Elana Schor about Al Franken, John Conyers, Roy Moore, why Hill staffers fear what leadership will do if they speak out and what it will take for the ‘dam to break.’

37 min
Nov 7, 2017
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The former Attorney General talks impeachment, redistricting, and why Jeff Sessions is “racially unaware.”

58 min
Nov 2, 2017
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Nancy Pelosi is hated; she’s a hero. She’s the Democrats’ secret weapon; she’s the Republicans’ favorite target. She’s been around politics her entire life...

50 min
Oct 31, 2017
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For years, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was one of the most feared prosecutors in America. Then President Trump asked him to resign...

54 min
Oct 24, 2017
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North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis discusses his dream of going to Burning Man and how he sees Breitbart and the Huffington Post as the same...

40 min
Oct 17, 2017
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Puerto Rico's delegate in Congress discusses what she made of President Trump’s promise to wipe away the territory’s debt...

41 min
Oct 10, 2017
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Captain Mark Kelly sits down to discuss gun control in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting...

38 min
Sep 26, 2017
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Actor and activist Rob Reiner sits down with Isaac Dovere in New York to discuss Russia, Trump, cultural fights sweeping and country and celebrities' role in all of it.

46 min
Sep 19, 2017
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Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley discusses what became of the wind turbine he built in his backyard, how an offhand slight in the math-science center in high school got him started in his first race...

36 min
Sep 11, 2017
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Texas Congressman Will Hurd has a message for Republicans who don’t like the funding deal President Donald Trump made with Democrats: Get yourself together, or quit complaining.

26 min
Sep 5, 2017
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Dolores Huerta, the famed labor leader who marched with Cesar Chavez and coined his rallying cry, is still mad as hell—and she was spitting fire when I asked her about..

40 min
Aug 29, 2017
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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan discusses his unexpected write-in victory, turning around the city's urban decline and turning the street lights back on.

57 min
Aug 21, 2017
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In the wake of the the Charlottesville terrorism, civil rights leader Al Sharpton and New York City congressman Jerry Nadler discuss hate in America and the role President Trump is playing on those fronts.

32 min
Aug 15, 2017
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Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards discusses women senators' role in the health care repeal vote, the resilience of volunteers and clinics, and what the future holds for the abortion fight.

34 min
Aug 8, 2017
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Bill Walker sits down with Isaac Dovere to discuss the last time he saw Sarah Palin, standing in the middle of a river at age 12 when an earthquake destroyed his hometown and what his meetings during Energy Week at the White House were like.

43 min
Aug 1, 2017
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Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick sits down with Isaac Dovere at Bain Capital in Boston to discuss his decision to join the investment firm, his tight-knit relationship with President Obama and what's next for his political career.

28 min
Jul 29, 2017
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Comedian Maz Jobrani reflects back on his own immigrant experience as a child and how that has influenced his perception of the world, especially now that the country is charged by policies like President Trump's travel ban.

46 min
Jul 25, 2017
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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sits down with Isaac Dovere to discuss gerrymandering, the similarities between politics and show business, and why he gets under President Trump's skin.

33 min
Jul 22, 2017
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One of the most recognizable journalists from Cuba's state television, Cristina Escobar, sits down with Isaac Dovere to discuss censorship, the impact of President Obama's historic visit in 2016, and Cubans' take on the Trump White House.

39 min
Jul 18, 2017
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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper talks high school sports highlights, gerrymandering and building up the Democratic party at the state levels.

35 min
Jul 14, 2017
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Playbook co-authors Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman join the show to discuss how they have reworked their lives around an early morning schedule that keeps them both going 365 days per year...

26 min
Jul 11, 2017
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Here’s where Lee, the junior Republican senator from Utah, has landed: Trump makes sense in the White House, as the head of the Republican Party, and as a leader of the conservative moment because that’s what happened. It’s more deduction than enthusiasm.

40 min
Jul 7, 2017
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AP's Julie Pace and NYT's Peter Baker discuss how they approach covering a president and White House that clearly wants a war with the media and looks for every opportunity to pick a fight.

45 min
Jul 3, 2017
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French Ambassador Gerard Araud gives Isaac Dovere his read on Trump’s personality and the advice he gave Macron on dealing with him before their first encounter.

34 min
Jun 27, 2017
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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu wants to turn the Conference of Mayors into a powerful national platform as cities work around, ignore and resist the White House.

35 min
Jun 20, 2017
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Maryland Senator Ben Cardin on how the Trump administration's foreign policy strategy is affecting credibility, his take on Rex Tillerson and what he's prepared to do if Republicans bring a health care bill to the floor without a hearing.

45 min
Jun 17, 2017
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Jason Kander, who came shockingly close to ousting Missouri’s Republican Sen. Roy Blunt last November despite Hillary Clinton’s blowout loss in the state—has been a man in demand the last seven months.

50 min
Jun 13, 2017
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The Virginia governor talks skydiving, how he thinks Hillary Clinton needs to step back, taking on Trump, his campaign plans for 2018 and the looming question of whether he'll make his own White House run in 2020.

55 min
Jun 9, 2017
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Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin assesses the record of Trump White House--and Ivanka Trump--on gay rights and what the Resistance has to learn. Tony-nominated Paula Vogel talks her play "Indecent" and anxieties about art in the age of Trump.

35 min
Jun 6, 2017
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Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon discusses going from bankruptcy to WWE millions, the first time she met Donald Trump, staffing challenges and her mission to introduce more small business owners to the SBA.

27 min
Jun 2, 2017
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Wyclef Jean’s advice for celebrities who want to get political: Don’t be like Kathy Griffin.

73 min
May 30, 2017
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Mention President Donald Trump’s name and Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse closes his eyes, rocks back and forth on his heels in almost momentary pinched smile meditation, waiting for it to pass.

38 min
May 26, 2017
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Reed and Gottheimer aren’t crazy—they’re the co-chairs of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, and they insist their day has come. The voters who elected Trump demand it.

57 min
May 22, 2017
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L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti sits down with Isaac Dovere to discuss his relationship with Donald Trump, what he learned about politics from his father and what his hopes are for his own political career.

39 min
May 16, 2017
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel believes everyone in Washington is too focused on the craze around President Trump and unable to see what’s actually going on—and what’s not.

48 min
May 9, 2017
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Actress and political activist Sophia Bush sits down with Isaac Dovere in New Orleans to discuss fighting for what she believes in (even if that means losing followers) and standing up against sexism in the work place.

49 min
May 4, 2017
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Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton sits down with Isaac Dovere to discuss his love of Abraham Lincoln, how he cultivated such a friendly relationship with the Trump White House and what he learned from his time in the military.

48 min
May 1, 2017
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich sits down with Isaac Dovere this week to discuss the development of his faith, the difficulty of losing both his parents at a young age to a drunk driver and the moment he met President Nixon.

61 min
Apr 25, 2017
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In Donald Trump, author Margaret Atwood and actress Elisabeth Moss see an eerie echo of her novels. Activist Stephanie Schriock is fighting to ensure that she’s wrong.

56 min
Apr 11, 2017
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Former Reagan and Bush diplomat Elliott Abrams sounds off on Steve Bannon, President Trump’s about-face on Syria and the boss he almost had.

52 min
Apr 3, 2017
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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray joins Off Message to discuss the city's lawsuit against the federal government on the sanctuary cities, how a monk encouraged him come out as a young man and what President Trump doesn't understand about the immigrant community.

52 min
Mar 27, 2017
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Republican strategist Roger Stone says he’s apologized to Paul Manafort for getting him involved in all the inquiries about possible Russian connections to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

50 min
Mar 20, 2017
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The Virginia congressman says it shouldn’t take a PhD to see what’s wrong with how his own party is handling the health care situation. He also discusses the importance of civics classes, if Paul Ryan is a conservative and his take on "fake news."

30 min
Mar 13, 2017
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The New York congressman discusses the challenges of growing up undocumented, his take on fellow New Yorker President Donald Trump and more.

55 min
Mar 6, 2017
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Former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff sits down with Isaac Dovere to discuss the country's most pressing security concerns, how to be prepared for the unexpected and his experiences with 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.

39 min
Feb 27, 2017
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The former Democratic National Committee Interim Chair Donna Brazile opens up about the toll the 2016 election hacks took on her personally, how her rapport with Donald Trump turned sour and discusses the CNN questions flap.

45 min
Feb 23, 2017
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Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez discusses his fight to become the new chair of the Democratic National Party and the many mistakes made in the 2016 presidential election.

37 min
Feb 13, 2017
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ABC's Chief White House Correspondent Jon Karl has a front row to the Trump White House. And despite what the president has said about the "unfair media", Karl says this administration has been incredibly accessible and open.

40 min
Feb 6, 2017
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The two Democratic congressmen sit down with Isaac Dovere over some beers to discuss why they felt compelled to start the Blue Collar Caucus and how they're going to help Democrats understand what they missed about the electorate in 2016.

36 min
Feb 3, 2017
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POLITICO's Isaac Dovere sits down with New York Congressman Hakeem Jeffries to discuss his experience with detainees at JFK Airport, the similarities between Donald Trump and Richard Nixon, and how Democrats plan on pushing back against the White House.

41 min
Jan 30, 2017
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Isaac Dovere sits down with Heritage Foundation's John Malcolm for an in-depth discussion about how the next Supreme Court justice is chosen, what sets the best candidates apart from the rest and Donald Trump's Constitutional politics.

52 min
Dec 30, 2016
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Meet the Press host Chuck Todd sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss his father's influence on his career, why he regrets allowing Donald Trump to call in to the show and the public's perception of the media.

55 min
Dec 19, 2016
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Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss growing up in Detroit, fighting Muslim stereotypes, what led him to Louis Farrakhan as a young man and why he's best suited for the top DNC post.

53 min
Dec 16, 2016
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The Ohio congressman sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss how mindfulness influences his everyday life, why losing to Pelosi was the "best professional experience" of his life and how Democrats need to tweak their messaging to working class people.

68 min
Dec 12, 2016
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Media Matters founder sits down with Glenn Thrush for a 2016 post-mortem. Brock criticizes the Clinton campaign's press strategy, lays out tactics for Democrats going forward and opens up about how pizza-gate has affected his day-to-day life.

59 min
Dec 5, 2016
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Americans for Tax Reform founder Grover Norquist sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss how anti-communism books inspired his political career at 10 years old and why he believes America does best with less government.

73 min
Nov 27, 2016
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New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss how they began their career together in New York City Hall and how the tabloid culture shaped Donald Trump.

39 min
Nov 8, 2016
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In honor of Election Day, Glenn Thrush takes a look back at his favorite moments on the show - interviews that framed the narrative, made news, gave insight into the candidates' mindsets or, at least, gave us a laugh.

56 min
Oct 31, 2016
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Data gurus Mark Stephenson and John Hagner sit down with Glenn Thrush to discuss early voting and absentee ballots - what the trends say about campaign strategies and the electorate.

46 min
Oct 24, 2016
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Astronaut Mark Kelly sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss his lifelong experience with guns. Kelly opens up about the importance of having civil conversations with those who adamantly disagree with you and what needs to be done to stop gun violence.

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