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Four former aides to President Obama—Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor—are joined by journalists, politicians, activists, and more for a no-bullshit conversation about politics. They cut through the noise to break down the week’s news, and help people figure out what matters and how they can help. New episodes Mondays and Thursdays.
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“A global laughingstock.”

“A global laughingstock.”

2019-12-0501:36:2631

House Democrats prepare to draft articles of impeachment, Trump embarrasses himself and America at NATO, and Kamala Harris ends her presidential campaign. Then Senator Cory Booker talks to Jon about his strategy to make the December debate and build momentum ahead of Iowa.
In episode three of this five-part miniseries on the Iowa caucuses, we dive into the all-important race to lock down the state’s key endorsements. These campaign surrogates, always critical, loom particularly large for the five US Senators running who may have to spend the bulk of January in impeachment hearings. We’ll also dig into all the criticisms of the Iowa caucuses, from the demographics of the state to the charge that the caucuses themselves are undemocratic. Plus: a ukulele. The series is hosted by Tommy Vietor and produced by Pineapple Street Studios.
The next phase of impeachment begins as the Judiciary Committee plans hearings, the 2020 primary is wide open with two months until Iowa, and Pete Buttigieg debates his opponents over free college.
“Thanksgiving mailbag.”

“Thanksgiving mailbag.”

2019-11-2701:22:2924

Jon, Jon, and Tommy answer your questions on impeachment, 2020, politics, Thanksgiving, and more. Then Ady Barkan checks in with Jon F. about his endorsement of Elizabeth Warren and his fight to achieve Medicare for All.
In episode two of this five-part miniseries on the Iowa caucuses hosted by Tommy Vietor and produced by Pineapple Street Studios, we’ll learn how violence at the 1968 Democratic National Convention led to Iowa becoming the first contest of the campaign season. We’ll take you to a house party with undecided voters and to an actual caucus location from 2016 to explain how the process works. And we’ll watch field organizers in action and learn how they hustle to get Iowans to commit to caucus.
“Everyone was in the loop."

“Everyone was in the loop."

2019-11-2501:39:2239

The impeachment inquiry moves to a new phase, Republican Congressman Devin Nunes may be implicated in the scandal he’s supposed to be investigating, and Michael Bloomberg officially enters the Democratic primary. Then Democratic digital strategist Tara McGowan talks to Dan about why Democrats need to focus more on digital advertising.
Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan break down a week of pizzazz-filled impeachment hearings and the fifth Democratic primary debate in Atlanta, Georgia.
Iowa Episode 1: The Stakes

Iowa Episode 1: The Stakes

2019-11-1900:33:0714

This is the first episode of a five-part miniseries on the Iowa caucuses hosted by Tommy Vietor and produced by Pineapple Street Studios. In episode one, Tommy looks back at Barack Obama's 2008 Iowa operation to explain how he won, how that victory propelled him to the White House, and why Obama says his Iowa caucus victory was more meaningful than the night he was elected president. Tommy also heads to the Iowa State Fair to talk with 2020 candidates and introduces you to some young campaign field staffers who we'll follow for the next few weeks.
“He loves your ass.”

“He loves your ass.”

2019-11-1801:24:3137

Rep. Adam Schiff joins to break down all of the latest impeachment news, Pete Buttigieg takes the lead in Iowa, and Elizabeth Warren offers her own Medicare for All plan. Then Senator Sherrod Brown talks to Jon F. about impeachment, health care, and his new book, Desk 88: Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America.
Bill Taylor drops a bombshell on the first day of the impeachment hearings while Republicans peddle conspiracies, Democratic presidential candidates prepare to be Senate jurors, and Deval Patrick enters the primary. Then former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal offers his legal and Constitutional analysis of the hearing and talks about his new book, “Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump.”
A five episode limited series by Pod Save America host Tommy Vietor on the Iowa Caucuses. Tommy takes the listener to Iowa to spend time with the candidates, staffers and undecided voters who will determine who wins. Tommy will explain why Iowa is first, how the caucuses work, and try to figure out what it takes to win. And finally he'll explore the question: is this really the best way to pick a president?New episodes drop on Tuesdays right here in the Pod Save America feed. Produced in partnership with Pineapple Street Studios. Listen wherever you get your podcasts.
Democrats and Republicans telegraph their strategies for the first public impeachment hearings, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg prepares to enter the Democratic primary. Then veterans’ advocate Paul Rieckhoff talks to Tommy about veterans policy and how America treats those who serve.
Democrats win big victories in Virginia and Kentucky, a new Crooked Media/Change PollerCoaster 2020 survey shows majority support for impeachment, and the Medicare for All debate between Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden gets heated. Then Run for Something’s Amanda Litman talks to Dan about all the new candidates who won on Tuesday.
The House prepares for the public phase of impeachment, Republicans move towards a defense of foreign interference, and the Democratic candidates make their best case to Iowa voters as the race gets incredibly close. Then Brian Beutler talks to Jon F. about Crooked Media’s new podcast on the impeachment process, Rubicon.
The House of Representatives votes to endorse the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump, a parade of the President’s employees testify against him, and the Democratic candidates descend on Des Moines for the biggest event of the Iowa caucuses.
President Trump announces the death of the Islamic State’s leader in the most Trump way possible. A federal judge gives a boost to the House’s impeachment inquiry. And Jon L. and Dan examine what Joe Biden’s apparent shift on Super PACs says about his campaign. Then, What a Day co-hosts Akilah Hughes and Gideon Resnick join Jon to talk about Rep. Katie Hill’s resignation from Congress.
Announcing: What A Day

Announcing: What A Day

2019-10-2800:03:045

“What A Day,” Crooked Media’s new daily news podcast, is here! Hosted by comedian Akilah Hughes and politics reporter Gideon Resnick, “What A Day” cuts through the chaos and crimes to break down the biggest news of the day, help you understand what matters, and how you can fix it—all in 15 minutes or less. New episodes come out every morning, Monday through Friday, at 5 a.m. Eastern. Subscribe and listen wherever you get your podcasts.apple.co/whatadaycrooked.com/whataday
“PizzaGaetz.”

“PizzaGaetz.”

2019-10-2401:05:5047

New testimony from the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine all but assures the president will be impeached, while House Republicans stage a pizza sit-in to disrupt the ongoing impeachment inquiry. Jon F. and Dan also examine why some Democratic donors are freaking out about the party's current slate of potential presidential nominees, the importance of digital advertising to the race, and Elizabeth Warren's next moves on Medicare for All.
Trump cancels his plan to host the G7 at his struggling hotel amid growing Republican criticism on everything from Ukraine to Syria, Pete Buttigieg is making moves in Iowa, and AOC endorses Bernie. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes joins as a guest co-host, and then Susan Rice chats with Tommy and Ben about her new book, Tough Love.
Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan break down all the highs and lows of the fourth and largest Democratic debate hosted by CNN and The New York Times in Westerville, Ohio.
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John Moore

Cory Booker is making a great pitch. For a Secretary position in the actual candidates administration. C'mon Booker, who are you kidding?

Dec 8th
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Darcie Harris

It's not really a big mystery why Kamala Harris did not get more support. As people listened to her they experienced her as phony, inauthentic. It wasn't about policy, it was about being genuine. That's why the two candidates with the most solid support are Bernie and Biden. Both are completely genuine.

Dec 6th
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K W

I love hearing those little stories about working with Obama. Keep it up!

Dec 6th
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daisy

so sad Kamala dropped out. interesting take on what happened

Dec 6th
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Alex Mercedes

"not great, Dan" is only one of many things that JF repeats in most pods. I wish I found it amusing. I continue to listen because all three of the other hosts offer insights I don't find anywhere else.

Dec 5th
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Nancy Loomis

last comment..what about all the former Obama voters who supposedly voted for Trump in 2016? Can't imagine them voting for Trump again.

Dec 5th
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Nancy Loomis

Trump won't testify live. His lawyer knows he's too much of a liar. He can not speak extemporaniously under oath.

Dec 5th
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Nancy Loomis

it's now happened and never to disappoint, the said Republican Clowns did their best to disrupt. But Nadler did a good job in holding them back from turning the entire thing into a circus & I thought the 3 profs for the Dems were great, but they should have been....being that they're some of the country's "cream of the crop"constitutionional experts. It was so cool at the end when Nadler cut one of those Repub disruptors off cold...like bang that gavel...this hearing is OVER and he meant it...over their objections..but Mr Chairman...Mr Chairman....everyone was standing up and moving toward the door. Trumplican nonsense is over...for that hearing, at least.

Dec 5th
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John Reed

Just checking in because I used to like you guys before I figured out you're not really progressive. Anyway during the interview a question was asked about your opinion of Warren and Sanders. As usual coming from the corporate dems now , warren is talked up and as I was expecting when you got to Bernie you went negative. Will check back when Bernie has proven himself to be unstoppable. Odds are you will quit criticizing then.

Dec 1st
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John Moore

Does anyone else know what a server is? I can't be the only one who knows what a server is. I gotta go do a fucking Google search to make sure I'm not mixing up what a server is. BRB..... Yeah... I feel a great deal of shame for listening to that and letting it penetrate my mind. Come on guys🙄

Nov 30th
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James R

used different image for Iowa episode two: threw me guys

Nov 28th
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AL Hi

Superb analysis. Your ability to put all this in context and to explain quite complex issues clearly and plainly is excellent

Nov 27th
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Tatyana Noyb

this IS interesting. Thank you!

Nov 24th
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Catherine Endicott

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Nov 22nd
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John Moore

😃Guys! You wanna change minds? 🤚😃 I've got and idea. Why not just ask President Volodymyr Zelensky?!🤯 If you're gonna ask me about Zelenky not risking future aid and Trump holding him hostage so he can't tell the truth, or if you want an example of what the letter should say, dont worry! I got you. 👇😎 Get Crongress to send a formal letter to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, put the full weight and authority of the United States government behind it, and we all accept his response as the truth and act accordingly. Here: "President Volodymyr Zelensky, It has come to our attention that the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, may have initiated a quid pro quo campaign against you and the Ukrainian government, conditioning arms, aid, or other political favors for his own personal gain, including the investigation of his political enemies. We request your candor in this matter, with the assurance that your response will have no impact on current or future resolutions to support and defend Ukraine against Russian aggression. We respectfully ask your truthful answers to the following questions: Were you pressured to initiate any investigation into Hunter Biden or Barisma in exchange for aid? Were you pressured to initiate any investigation into Hunter Biden or Barisma in exchange for political meetings, or for any other conditional compensation? Were you instructed to announce any investigation into Hunter Biden or Barisma? Did you or any members of the Ukrainian government grant any political favors in exchange for or in response to the release of aid or the meetings between yourself and the President of the United States? We look forward to your response, and remind you again that the continued support of Ukrain will not be jeopardized by any responses that you give in this matter. Thank you." Tell him to tell the truth, no strings attached. Nullify any potential pressure or threat of reprisal. Then, accept his answer.

Nov 21st
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John Moore

Or... just ASK President Volodymyr Zelensky! Hey..... HEY! The president of Ukraine. Write a letter. Send an email. Call him. SLIDE IN HIS DM'S, I DON'T GIVE A SHIT! Shut your stupid bug-eyed face unless you're gonna ask the goddamn source!

Nov 19th
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John Moore

You wanna solve this whole thing? Here's how we cut through all the bullshit. Get Crongress to send a formal letter to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, put the full weight and authority of the United States government behind it, and we all accept his response as the truth and act accordingly. Here: "President Volodymyr Zelensky, It has come to our attention that the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, may have initiated a quid pro quo campaign against you and the Ukrainian government, conditioning arms, aid, or other political favors for his own personal gain, including the investigation of his political enemies. We request your candor in this matter, with the assurance that your response will have no impact on current or future resolutions to support and defend Ukraine against Russian aggression. We respectfully ask your truthful answers to the following questions: Were you pressured to initiate any investigation into Hunter Biden or Barisma in exchange for aid? Were you pressured to initiate any investigation into Hunter Biden or Barisma in exchange for political meetings, or for any other conditional compensation? Were you instructed to announce any investigation into Hunter Biden or Barisma? Did you or any members of the Ukrainian government grant any political favors in exchange for or in response to the release of aid or the meetings between yourself and the President of the United States? We look forward to your response, and remind you again that the continued support of Ukrain will not be jeopardized by any responses that you give in this matter. Thank you." No more hearings, no more "Republicans did" this and "Democrats said" that. No more fighting about who needs to testify, or who's got the right credentials. Ask the guy. Tell him to tell the truth, no strings attached. Nullify any potential pressure or threat of reprisal. Then, accept his answer. Is that too complicated? Would that not be sufficient? Why has no one else spoken about doing this?

Nov 17th
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Ann Stephenson

Hey guys, I was surprised to not hear any mention of Duvall Patrick's horrible behavior around his sexual predator brother in law. I admittedly know very little about Patrick but I was shocked by this story and would like to know your take on it as people who know him better.

Nov 16th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

Hey @danpfeiffer, will #UnTrumpingAmerica be available as an audio book? SAY YES. @PodSaveAmerica

Nov 15th
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Ty Smith

What's with this aversion to talk about Republican talking points? The Democrats are running against a Republican, right? Aren't those points going to be debated in the 2020 campaign? Don't you want to have that "talking point" flushed out with an appropriate answer that has been tested through debate and conversation?

Nov 10th
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