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Four former aides to President Obama — Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor — are joined by journalists, politicians, comedians, and activists for a freewheeling conversation about politics, the press and the challenges posed by the Trump presidency.
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Jon talks to Montana Governor and Democratic presidential candidate Steve Bullock about getting dark money out of politics, making college and health care more affordable, and why he loves a “good” dad joke. 
Tensions with Iran grow as the President threatens obliteration, the U.S. government is holding young children in inhumane detention facilities, and Trump is accused of rape. Then Change Research co-founder Pat Reilly and Jon, Jon, and Tommy break down the results of the very first poll in the Crooked Media/Change Research PollerCoaster 2020 series.
Tommy talks to Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke about why he thinks he can win, what President O’Rourke would do on day one, recent comments by Joe Biden, lots and lots of policy and why his dog Artemis should be leading the pack.
“Trump on shuffle.”

“Trump on shuffle.”

2019-06-2001:35:1227

The President reprises his greatest hits from 2016 at his 2020 re-election kickoff, Joe Biden struggles to keep up with politics in 2019, and Bernie Sanders feels the heat from Elizabeth Warren’s rise. Then Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) talks to Dan about her decision to come out in favor of beginning an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump’s abuse of power.
Trump offers up a smorgasbord of delusional buffoonery over the weekend, his Administration saber-rattles with Iran, the Democratic debate lineup is set, and Elizabeth Warren surges to the top of the field. Then Senator Harry Reid talks to Jon F. about impeachment and the state of the Senate, and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar joins us for a game about student debt from our Minneapolis show on June 7th.
Tommy talks to Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang about why he feels a universal basic income is necessary as more jobs are automated, how he'd get his agenda through Congress, and why he feels America needs to leave the penny behind.
The President says he’d accept foreign assistance to win in 2020, Democrats hold contempt votes over the Census scandal, Joe Biden and Donald Trump tear into each other, and Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders deliver two big speeches. Then Congresswoman Ilhan Omar talks to Ana Marie Cox about her new plan to relieve student debt.
Trump caves on his Mexican trade war, and the race to win Iowa brings 19 Democratic candidates to Cedar Rapids. Des Moines Register pollster Ann Selzer joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan, and Connie Schultz on stage in Des Moines, Iowa.
Trump’s trade war threatens the economy, Elizabeth Warren calls for a new economic patriotism, and Joe Biden reverses his position on the Hyde amendment. Illinois Congressional candidate Marie Newman joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan, and Brittany Packnett on stage at the Chicago Theater. 
“Donald Trump, Diplomat.”

“Donald Trump, Diplomat.”

2019-06-0301:23:1061

Trump spends the weekend picking fights with our biggest trading partner (Mexico) and our closest ally (the U.K.), the mass shooting in Virginia Beach puts gun control proposals back in the spotlight, and the Democratic candidates for president descend on California to make their case. Then London Mayor Sadiq Khan talks to Tommy about Trump’s U.K. visit, and Cherokee journalist and activist Rebecca Nagle talks to Tommy about her new podcast, This Land.
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dok dicer

that extended plug for this polling company was very weird.

Jun 26th
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Alex Mercedes

Katie Porter makes me want to move to CA. so smart. ethics apparently intact. clear about her responsibilities as an elected official. not Dan's best work but I'm still a huge fan of his. he is the Katie Porter of Crooked Media.

Jun 23rd
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dok dicer

Huh. The Biden fanboy brigade seems to waver. Did not expect that. Good to hear. But then again, they didn't seem to have learned anything from 2016 when they still blame 3rd party candidates for Trump's victory. 3rd party candidates didn't hand Trump the election. The DNC handed Trump the election by forcing through shady neoliberalist Clinton just because they felt it was "her turn". Susan Sarandon didn't hand Trump the election by voting for Stein, Stein didn't hand Trump the election by running, the DNC handed Trump the election by offering a less attractive candidate to Sarandon than Stein was.

Jun 21st
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crackhead

This podcast's establishment bias is super annoying.

Jun 21st
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Rachel Frye

crackhead why do you listen?

Jun 22nd
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John Spence

I agree you can not trust the intelligence industry. You I and Don are of the same mind.

Jun 21st
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lovesbigkissell

it would be great if the debate was just about the individual plans and not a tear down each other debate. I'm sick of hearing them talk so ugly about each other.

Jun 21st
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Astrou

Dems are absolute lunatics.

Jun 19th
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Alice S-S

Astrou Are confident women such a foreign concept to you?

Jun 21st
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Cozy Cubby

Alaska "gives away money" and they are a "red State" is an interesting theory. The money doesn't come from the government, it comes from the oil. universal basic income is different than what Alaska does.

Jun 17th
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Nick Kerr

Universal basic income is an interesting concept, but it's completely impractical. Implementing it would cost between 50 and 75% of our current national budget. we would have to increase our Revenue considerably to be able to even think about implementing a pilot program.

Jun 17th
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fresh mannn

Nick Kerr He’s proposed some ways to pay for the Freedom Dividend. And he has always said the VAT will skew towards the costs that businesses have, that adds up.

Jun 23rd
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Matthew DeJonge

Don't listen to the polls. Andrew is going to have a real upward bound trajectory - #Yang2020

Jun 16th
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Nick Kerr

Matthew DeJonge probably not. I see that you have a lot of enthusiasm, but the reality is that he still has very low name recognition. He doesn't have any major government experience, and he likely won't get a whole lot of time during the Democratic debates. Even if he is on stage, they tend to focus and give the questions on the major candidates like Biden and Warren. if anything, Yang's value is as a potential running mate.

Jun 17th
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Alex Mercedes

you say that Dem Soc won the argument. it would seem then not that they should stop calling themselves Dem Soc but that the Democrats should relinquish their label. why should Bernie have to defend and explain his choice of label if he won the debate?

Jun 16th
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Alex Mercedes

Tommy Fafalios yeah, I got that. the discussion about the difficult position Bernie is in, having brought forward a democratic socialist agenda that has been accepted by Democrats, how does he justify continuing to use a different label.... that's the conversation I'm referring to.

Jun 25th
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Tommy Fafalios

Alex Mercedes I think the point they were trying to make was that he didnt need to defend his political label and that his speech, while good, didnt do that anyway? but Bernie's campaign themselves marketed the speech as a defense and definition of dem soc, nobody is putting that pressure on him but himself.

Jun 22nd
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Alex Mercedes

besides Twitter ville, where else have you observed the "trend" you mention,. Jon?

Jun 16th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

Okay, you guys, hang on a minute. I do not hate Biden in any way. I think he's generally a pretty good guy, even if he's not my first choice for president. I'm not a dumbo, though, for thinking that his promise to cure cancer was silly. You wanna know the difference between this campaign promise versus others? Here it is: Other campaign promises may fall through, but they are promises based on policies that could actually happen overnight. The actual likelihood of that happening is irrelevant; the fact is, we could, conceivably, enact health care for all. That promise isn't reliant upon research that doesn't yet actually exist. He should have promised to increase funding into the search for the cure for cancer. But to promise to cure cancer is simply ludicrous. You cannot swear that researchers will discover something. We may never find the cure. I hope we do, but hope is not reliable. And just so you know, I'd think that promise was weak no matter who said it. I'm not deranged. I'm realistic. Biden might as well have promised me a unicorn. Honestly, y'all owe me an apology for assuming that I have beef with Uncle Joe just because I think he said something lame. I love my husband dearly but that doesn't stop me from calling him out when he screws up -- which he does fairly often. You can like someone and still laugh when they fumble. tl;dr -- Biden's promise to cure cancer was silly, and if you disagree, then you're silly, too. But that's okay; I still love you.

Jun 15th
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fresh mannn

I like Yang more than any other qualifying Democratic candidate. I hope he wins it all.

Jun 14th
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dok dicer

I do get that the guys have personal sympathies for Biden. They said so repeatedly in the past and that is fine. But that level of apologism is just silly. And seems quite Trumpy to me too. "Biden derangement syndrome"? Really? There are a lot of candidates who don't say and do stupid, if not outright creepy or horrible things on a constant basis. Why defend him? I really don't get why he is frontrunner. If he ends up as the candidate, the Democrats (or rather the DNC) deserve their election loss even more so than they did with Clinton part 2, because they have proven (again) that they are utterly incapable of learning.

Jun 14th
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Leslie Darrah

I like some of the things he's talking about.

Jun 14th
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lovesbigkissell

I like him. he has a plan.

Jun 14th
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Kevin Bell

can't wait to see Yang at the debates!!

Jun 14th
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Esther  Lopez

Maybe we should sit back and watch the team of little sharks devour the big shark.

Jun 14th
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Gayle Allen Choojitarom

"This isn't New Orleans, I'm fine," didn't slide past me, Lovett. That's some weak (sweet) tea, bud.

Jun 12th
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