POLITICO takes you behind the scenes with Washington's power players to uncover what's really driving politics and policy in the nation’s capital.
Steve Scalise on Trump, returning to the scene of his summer 2017 shooting, and who he thinks will be the next GOP House speaker.
The former secretary of state has led a Forrest Gump-like life. He went to high school with Bob Mueller. He introduced John Lennon at a Vietnam protest. He ran for president and almost won. Will he run again in 2020?
If Democrats retake the House, the Maryland congressman will likely become the new chair of the Oversight committee. Here, a preview of what to expect from their coming investigations of the Trump administration.
The Clinton-era independent counsel weighs in on Brett Kavanaugh, why Trump has an obligation to answer Mueller's questions and whether he plans to support Trump in 2020.
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.
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.
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.
The president of the American Federation of Teachers says that union members haven’t just cooled on Trump—they’ve turned on him.
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.
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.
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.
He's a registered Republican, but he didn't vote for Trump.
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.
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.
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.
The billionaire California activist says Democratic leaders who don’t take up the cause are writing off millions of potential voters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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.
Live from SXSW, Arnold Schwarzenegger joins us for a wide-ranging conversation on politics, the environment — and even the upcoming "Terminator" movie.
Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington and DGA head, wants gubernatorial races to become a battlefield for the anti-Trump resistance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Comedy Central host Jordan Klepper discusses satire, conspiracy theorists (including Donald Trump), and working on a fake news show in the "fake news" era.
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.
In Des Moines, de Blasio talks about the New Yorkers who could run in 2020, and the direction progressives should head.
“What they did to Al, the Democrats, was the most hypocritical thing I've ever seen done to a human being,” says Manchin.
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.’
Interviews with Alec Baldwin and Bradley Whitford
For years, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was one of the most feared prosecutors in America. Then President Trump asked him to resign...
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...
Puerto Rico's delegate in Congress discusses what she made of President Trump’s promise to wipe away the territory’s debt...
Captain Mark Kelly sits down to discuss gun control in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
The New York congressman discusses the challenges of growing up undocumented, his take on fellow New Yorker President Donald Trump and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.