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POLITICO's Nerdcast

POLITICO's top reporters dive into the political landscape, the latest numbers that matter, and detail what's really happening behind closed doors. They're people who spend Friday nights poring over poll numbers or the latest Federal Election Commission reports — so if you want to understand how the modern politics game is played, this is the podcast for you. New episodes every Friday, hosted by Scott Bland.

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Behind the scenes as Kavanaugh's nomination hit the rocks

POLITICO's Nerdcast

Kavanaugh's hearing and midterm elections that will be real nail biters.

34 Min

Sep 21, 2018

Is the left building its own Tea Party or something else entirely?

POLITICO's Nerdcast

Democrats seem to be after style as much as substance in 2018

32 Min

Sep 7, 2018

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33 min
Aug 24, 2018
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A guilty verdict, a guilty plea, and an indictment. What a week in national politics.

13 min
Aug 22, 2018
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Did a presidential pardon just become more likely?

27 min
Aug 17, 2018
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We break down what happened during the primaries on Tuesday night, and what we're expecting to see in the midterms and beyond

34 min
Aug 10, 2018
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Bernie Sanders is endorsing underdog candidates. Winning is a long shot, but there might be a bigger strategy at play.

32 min
Aug 3, 2018
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How do you win in 2020? By coming out on top in 2018.

27 min
Jul 27, 2018
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Less and less is coming from the White House, frustrating reporters and lawmakers.

34 min
Jul 20, 2018
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GOP lawmakers are quick to forgive the president's missteps.

34 min
Jul 13, 2018
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President Trump is ruffling feathers in Europe while Mike Pence heads to the Midwest. Plus, Supreme Court!

29 min
Jul 6, 2018
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We've gone full Supreme Court this week.

35 min
Jun 29, 2018
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In a news week that seemed like it would never end, there were two big upsets for the Democrats. We get into both.

34 min
Jun 22, 2018
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This week we're talking about the turmoil on the U.S.-Mexico border and the democrats not backing Nancy Pelosi.

30 min
Jun 15, 2018
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What's the state of the GOP? Then breaking down DACA and immigration.

10 min
Jun 12, 2018
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While we were sleeping, President Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Singapore. They signed a "very comprehensive document," but what was in it?

34 min
Jun 8, 2018
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Sizing up the race for the House this fall

33 min
Jun 1, 2018
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Hear about California's top-two primary system (it's wonky!) and then what the White House has up its sleeve for the 2018 Midterms.

33 min
May 25, 2018
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Paul Ryan is a lame duck, and he's gotten himself into a pickle. Plus, primaries!

31 min
May 18, 2018
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Primaries again! Then a look inside the Mueller investigation.

31 min
May 11, 2018
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We talk about what unfolded in Tuesday night's primary elections and how our relationships with Iran and North Korea are similar but so different.

38 min
May 7, 2018
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The story of how one pioneering female journalist used grit, determination and some intimate diplomacy to establish a secret backchannel between the U.S. government and Fidel Castro, altering the course of the Cold War.

35 min
May 4, 2018
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Unpacking Rudy Giuliani's big Stormy Daniels reveal and sharing the primaries we're following.

30 min
Apr 27, 2018
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We break down the rise and fall of Dr. Ronny Jackson and what's going on in Missouri's midterm election.

32 min
Apr 13, 2018
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Unpacking Paul Ryan's departure from the House and recapping this week in the White House.

31 min
Apr 6, 2018
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We're talking about the controversies surrounding EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. Then, shifting gears to take on the big economic stories from this week: Tariffs from China and Trump's hate for Amazon.

30 min
Mar 23, 2018
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On the show this week, it's Facebook's future in Washington, a senate race in West Virginia and questions asked by Politico readers. Plus, Charlie gets some "Deer Hunter" closure.

29 min
Mar 16, 2018
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On the show this week, we’re talking Rexit and the oh-so-close race for a Congressional seat in the Western Pennsylvania

34 min
Mar 9, 2018
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We’re talking tariffs, trade, the stock market and Texas primaries.

31 min
Mar 2, 2018
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POLITICO reporters discuss White House communications director Hope Hicks' resignation, Jared Kushner's security clearance downgrade and the latest in the Paul Manafort indictment saga.

21 min
Feb 23, 2018
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Washington insider and former Clinton political director Doug Sosnik joins the Nerdcast to walk listeners through his latest analysis of the 2018 map.

32 min
Feb 23, 2018
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POLITICO reporters discuss the gun control debate that has taken hold of the country following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida last week and how the students' energy is impacting Washington.

31 min
Feb 16, 2018
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POLITICO reporters discuss the Rob Porter abuse allegations that have shaken the White House and why chief of staff John Kelly is in the middle of this scandal.

33 min
Feb 9, 2018
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POLITICO reporters discuss the recent fluctuations in the stock market and what the repricing means for the country's economy and politics...

10 min
Feb 2, 2018
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POLITICO Playbook producer Zach Montellaro joins Charlie to discuss and share highlights of Wednesday night's Mike Pence interview with Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman at the annual GOP winter retreat in West Virginia.

38 min
Feb 2, 2018
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POLITICO reporters discuss the looming shutdown and DACA deadlines, the surprisingly high number of Republican committee chairs have decided to leave office...

38 min
Jan 26, 2018
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POLITICO reporters discuss the DACA deal battle between Republicans, Democrats and President Trump, and the potential of a second shutdown in the beginning of February. The panel also discusses how to keep the characters...

36 min
Jan 19, 2018
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POLITICO reporters discuss the latest shutdown struggle on Capitol Hill, how President Trump's tweets and roving policy stances are complicating things and who would shoulder the shutdown blame.

39 min
Jan 12, 2018
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POLITICO reporters discuss President Trump's televised immigration meeting, lawmakers' struggle to strike a deal on DACA, Senator Ben Cardin's 200-page report on Putin's meddling in global democracies...

43 min
Jan 5, 2018
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POLITICO reporters discuss the frayed relationship between President Trump and Steve Bannon, and what Senator Hatch's retirement means for Mitt Romney.

31 min
Dec 29, 2017
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POLITICO reporters break down the top moments of 2017. From Senator McCain's "no" vote on the Obamacare repeal to Donald Trump's personnel shakeups to special elections across the country

32 min
Dec 22, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss the tax bill the Republican-led Congress passed this week and what it will mean for taxpayers in the coming months.

43 min
Dec 15, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss Democrat Doug Jones' victory in Alabama and what that win means for 2018 congressional races to come, President Trump's tweet blasting Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

22 min
Dec 12, 2017
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Playbook Audio Briefing hosts Jake and Anna talk with NRCC Executive Director John Rogers and DCCC Executive Director Dan Sena at a live podcast taping at Sixth and I Synagogue on Thursday.

42 min
Dec 8, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss the Alabama Senate Race, sexual misconduct in congress and the politicians to watch in 2018.

40 min
Dec 1, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss the sexual misconduct allegations plaguing congressional Democrats, President Trump's Twitter fingers and why the social media statements matter...

20 min
Nov 24, 2017
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In a special Thanksgiving edition of the Nerdcast, POLITICO Magazine reporter Tim Alberta joins Scott Bland to discuss his profile on former House Speaker John Boehner.

41 min
Nov 17, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss the number of women who have come forward accusing Roy Moore of inappropriate behavior, Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimony, and takeaways from President Trump's trip overseas.

42 min
Nov 10, 2017
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POLITICO reporters break down Democrat Ralph Northam win in Virginia’s gubernatorial race, including the White House's reaction, polling errors and the downfalls of gerrymandering...

35 min
Nov 3, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss Robert Mueller’s indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, President Trump's upcoming trip to Asia, and California Senator Dianne Feinstein's challenger.

41 min
Oct 27, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss Senator Flake pulling the plug on his reelection campaign in a dramatic Senate floor speech and what's to come in the second open Senate race in Arizona since 1994...

47 min
Oct 20, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss President Trump’s comments about fallen troops this week, the competitive Virginia governor’s race with Democrat Ralph Northam and Republcian Ed Gillespie pitted against one another...

30 min
Oct 19, 2017
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POLITICO's new podcast POLITICO Money takes over the Nerdcast feed. In the first episode, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin opens up about his relationship with President Trump...

38 min
Oct 13, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss three major White House personnel picks in the works, the spat between President Trump and Senator Bob Corker, and major megadonors that are supporting...

47 min
Oct 6, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss the impact of the Las Vegas shooting on gun control legislation in Congress, how much room Senate Republicans have made in their budget for tax reform...

42 min
Sep 29, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss the recovery and rebuilding efforts Puerto Rico is facing since Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory a week ago, Alabama Republican Roy Moore's primary election victory...

44 min
Sep 22, 2017
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POLITICO reporters tackle the Graham-Cassidy health care bill in the works in the Senate, the Alabama special election..

44 min
Sep 15, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss Bernie Sanders’ new single-payer health care legislation, the number of House Republicans from potential battleground districts have retired in the last week...

47 min
Sep 8, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss President Trump's deal with Democrat leadership to raise the debt ceiling, fund the government for 3 months and provide Hurricane Harvey aid.

40 min
Sep 1, 2017
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POLITICO's top reporters discuss Hurricane Harvey, President Trump's visit to the state and disaster optics, and what to expect from Congress as they return from August recess to a packed schedule.

37 min
Aug 25, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss President Trump's decision to go off script in Phoenix, Arizona this week and his aversion to be managed by staff...

34 min
Aug 18, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss the political upset over Trump's statements on Charlottesville, the results of Alabama's special Senate race and the shifting map of power in the West Wing.

38 min
Aug 11, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons, Trump's shrinking support among registered voters and how John Kelly's first two weeks as White House chief of staff are going.

44 min
Aug 4, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss Trump's new immigration proposal, the reelection implications for Arizona Senator Jeff Flake after his criticism of President Trump and the upcoming Alabama Senate special election.

50 min
Jul 31, 2017
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Live from Politicon in Pasadena, California, POLITICO reporters discuss Trump's constantly rotating staff in the West Wing, the recent failure of the Senate healthcare bill and major winners and losers from Trump's presidency.

32 min
Jul 28, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss Trump's bullying of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the transgender military policy he announced via Twitter Wednesday morning

43 min
Jul 21, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss the Republican party's health care strategy, how the Trump administration could accomplish broad sweeping tax reform...

39 min
Jul 14, 2017
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POLITICO reporters dive into Donald Trump Jr.'s emails and the legal implications, how Republicans are balancing the varying health care demands within the party...

26 min
Jul 7, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss the number of Republican Senate candidates that have decided not to actually run for Senate in 2018 and ...

42 min
Jun 30, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss the Senate GOP health care plan negotiations, the number of public laws enacted this year by the Republican-controlled Congress and President Trump...

43 min
Jun 23, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss Republican Congresswoman-elect Karen Handel's victory in Georgia, calls for Nancy Pelosi to step down after Republicans successfully deployed her as a bogeyman in that Georgia race...

44 min
Jun 16, 2017
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POLITICO reporters cover the shooting in Virginia that wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others at a practice for the Republican congressional baseball team, megadonors gathering with President Donald Trump’s legislative director

41 min
Jun 8, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss the Comey Senate Intelligence Committee testimony, the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia and the special election runoff in Georgia.

39 min
Jun 2, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss the Paris climate agreement, the FBI turning their focus on Jared Kushner's Russian dealings and what's to come for Congress as the August recess quickly approaches.

39 min
May 26, 2017
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POLITICO reporters tackle President Trump's first foreign trip, the $4.1 trillion dollar budget and the Montana special election results.

43 min
May 19, 2017
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POLITICO reporters break down the 3 huge, separate-yet-linked stories: Trump’s meeting with top Russian officials last week, former FBI Director James Comey's memo indicating that President Trump asked him...

41 min
May 12, 2017
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POLITICO reporters do a deep dive into President Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey - examining the implications for the bureau, why the president chose this moment and how Democrats are reacting.

47 min
May 5, 2017
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POLITICO reporters tackle the House's Obamacare repeal bill, Sen. Jim DeMint's sudden exit from the conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation and rising number of congressional members calling it quits.

43 min
Apr 28, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss the White House's latest health care push, strategies for the administration's impending tax cut effort and the future of the Democratic party.

42 min
Apr 21, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss Democrat Jon Ossoff's performance in Georgia’s special House primary, the amount of money President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee raised and what Bill O'Reilly's exit from Fox News means for the network.

40 min
Apr 14, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss more special elections, President Donald Trump’s ideological flexibility, and what things look like for his administration as its first 100 days come to a close soon.

44 min
Apr 7, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss Democrat Jon Ossoff's fundraising in the Georgia special election, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon's departure from the National Security Council and GOP lawmakers' priorities for the rest of 2017.

36 min
Mar 31, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss the House Freedom Caucus's strategy going forward, the latest on Devin Nunes and his intelligence reports and the impending Senate clash over Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing.

47 min
Mar 24, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss the Republican divide over Obamacare repeal in the House, Intel chair Devin Nunes' wiretap claims, and how global populism is manifesting in France.

42 min
Mar 17, 2017
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The POLITICO nerds discuss Donald Trump's approval rating according to a new Fox News' poll, the number of senate Democrats that Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch needs to avoid getting stuck in a filibuster and more.

45 min
Mar 10, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss the Republicans' strategy for passing a health care bill through the House, how the Trump White House is handling allegations of Russian ties, and how the new president is faring 50 days into the administration.

43 min
Mar 3, 2017
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POLITICO reporters talk President Trump's joint sessions address, the Republicans' Obamacare repeal and replace strategy, and the future of the Democratic party following Tom Perez's DNC chair win.

48 min
Feb 24, 2017
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POLITICO reporters tackle President Trump's first address to Congress next week, the history of CPAC and the current role it serves in the Republican party, and the number of special elections on tap in the first half of 2017.

49 min
Feb 17, 2017
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POLITICO reporters dive into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's resignation after only 25 days, President Trump's 77-minute press conference and who's in the lead in the race to become DNC chair.

46 min
Feb 10, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss Saturday Night Live's satirization of the Trump administration, cabinet secretaries' controversial confirmations and Elizabeth Warren's quashed floor speech.

47 min
Feb 3, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, the immigration executive order and the protests that followed, and the GOP’s margin for error on the Betsy DeVos confirmation.

51 min
Jan 27, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss Donald Trump's first week as president, including his upcoming Supreme Court pick, his illegal voting claims and how Democrats are planning on fighting back.

46 min
Jan 20, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss expected themes of Donald Trump's inaugural address, the lack of under-secretaries named at the Defense and State departments, and Trump's favorability numbers.

48 min
Jan 13, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss BuzzFeed's decision to publish the Trump dossier, the biggest news to come out of Donald Trump's Wednesday press conference and Rex Tillerson's rocky hearing on the Hill.

42 min
Jan 6, 2017
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POLITICO reporters discuss the confirmation hearings hitting the Hill, PEOTUS's upcoming press conference and which Democrats voted against Nancy Pelosi for Speaker.

36 min
Dec 23, 2016
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POLITICO reporters discuss Hillary Clinton's final vote count, Donald Trump's private security contracting, transition team vetting and the president-elect's unexpected off the record gathering in Mar-A-Lago.

47 min
Dec 16, 2016
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POLITICO reporters discuss the Electoral College confusion, how Donald Trump's favorability numbers will affect his presidency and the latest cabinet appointments - including Rex Tillerson.

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