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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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“Fair Fight 2020!”

“Fair Fight 2020!”

2019-09-1601:08:318

An attack on Saudi Arabia leads to Trump saber-rattling on Iran, new allegations surface against Brett Kavanaugh, the United Nations convenes a Climate Action Summit next week, Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren avoid direct confrontation, and Crooked Media partners with Stacey Abrams to fund Fair Fight 2020. Then Politico’s Natasha Bertrand talks to Tommy about the news that the President may have used government resources to prop up his struggling hotels. Learn more about our partnership with Fair Fight 2020 & donate: votesaveamerica.com/fairfight
Jon, Tommy, and Dan break down the highlights, lowlights, and weird jokes from the third Democratic primary debate hosted by ABC in Houston, Texas.
The President cancels secret negotiations with the Taliban in between tweeting cat videos, the House investigates whether the Defense Department has been propping up Trump’s businesses, and Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders start to pull away from the pack. Then Ady Barkan talks to Jon F. about his new video series on health care and his new memoir, Eyes to the Wind, which you can get at beaherofund.com.
The House's impeachment inquiry ambles on as Trump’s crimes pile up, a North Carolina special election looms, and the Democratic presidential candidates talk about the climate crisis for seven hours on CNN.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio joins Jon L. to talk about staying in the race, running a city, achieving universal pre-K, beefing with Cuomo, and why he's still a Red Sox fan.
“Trump’s lost summer.”

“Trump’s lost summer.”

2019-09-0401:08:2423

Trump caps off a lost summer by golfing and rage-tweeting through a hurricane, and a debate begins about which states are most important in 2020. Then political strategists David Axelrod and Mike Murphy, co-hosts of the Hacks On Tap podcast, talk to Jon F. about the Democratic primary and upcoming debate.
Alyssa Mastromonaco and Jon L. discuss reports that Trump has promised pardons if aides break the law to build his border wall, the winnowing of the Democratic presidential field, and a new Senate seat opening in Georgia. Then, Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley joins to discuss the House, the Squad, and the fight for gun control and policies rooted in empathy.
"Nuke the Hurricane."

"Nuke the Hurricane."

2019-08-2601:34:2532

Trump makes an enemy of China and the chairman of the Fed while the Amazon rainforest continues to burn, Trump gets a new primary challenger, and the next Democratic debate might take place over two nights. Then, Dan talks to Ben Wikler, the chair of the Wisconsin Democratic party, about the organizing that is already going on in the state.
“The Chosen One.”

“The Chosen One.”

2019-08-2201:34:0838

Donald Trump has a meltdown for the ages that includes snubbing Denmark because they refused to sell him Greenland, accusing American Jews of stupidity and disloyalty, caving to the NRA, and blaming everyone else for an economy that Trump says is the greatest. Then Stacey Abrams talks to Dan about her new effort to fight voter suppression and expand democracy.
The Democratic primary is relatively stable heading into the fall campaign, voters are still trying to define electability, and Stacey Abrams passes on 2020 to focus on protecting the right to vote. Jemele Hill of The Atlantic joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan on stage at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Amanda Seales joins for a special edition of OK Stop, and Maggie Rogers, Jim James and Best Coast play a round of Pollercoaster Tycoon: Family Feud Edition.
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Alex Mercedes

please stop it JF! you keep interrupting (especially Lovett) to make a different point. let your co-hosts finish making their points. you'll have your chance.

Sep 17th
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Philly Burbs

we have lowered our standards so much that the media refuses to see what is in front of their faces. you will never see the Biden of 2008 again. trauma can bring on dementia. his son died. watch debate 1. read the transcripts & pretend you don't know who the candidates are. ask a doctor. ask your grandmother for Christ sakes. The sooner he bows out the sooner the real candidates will emerge. I'm so sorry to be blunt it's just that it breaks my heart to see him like that. and Trump is going to wipe the floor with him, he needs to gracefully sell out now, some illness. he should be enjoying his retirement and be respected as an elder Statesman, this is awful to watch.

Sep 15th
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fresh mannn

I believe Andrew Yang should be President. He’s got the solutions, he’s very open and friendly and non partisan, he has key morals, and he has the best chance of beating Trump

Sep 15th
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John Reed

Keep defending Biden you bunch of corporate whores. If all his corporate support puts him into position to take on tRump then tRump will be president again.

Sep 14th
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Alan Nicholson

🙄🙄🙄 Also the United States is not a democracy. It is a republic or representative democracy. Because of this it is not a simple majority rules. You have to have a super majority if you want to easily move things through. The system was designed to be slow or avoid change without a super majority. If these guys can't be trusted to correctly give us these most basic facts how are you supposed to trust them on anything else?!?!?

Sep 13th
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Pirate Tom

Alan Nicholson where in the actual constitution, not that .net website but the actual document, does it say it is important to make bills more difficult than gaining support of a basic majority in congress? this isnt impeachment we're talking about, its the basic mechanic of legislating the country. its hard enough for legislators to get the support of the entirety of their party in congress even when they have the majority. look at how difficult it was to pass the ACA with a dem majority, and in the same vein look how the GOP failed to repeal it with their own majority. theres no need to make it even more difficult.

Sep 16th
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Trevor F

Alan Nicholson This is a debate for a different podcast. Maybe Lawfare? Like 'The Implications for Foreign Policy of Democracy Versus Other Forms of Government,' or something. I don't know. It would probably come up there. But that's all it is, a debate to be had amongst scholars and experts. It's not a certainty. And it's not the province of Pod Save America.

Sep 15th
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Alan Nicholson

Wait.... Did they play a clip of Beto saying he'd take your guns, then they talked about how the NRA would unfairly say that Dems want to take your guns, and because of that they should take the most bold position which would be to ban and take your guns? They said people loved Beto in senate race because he took bold positions but in the senate race he didn't advocate for gun confiscation.

Sep 13th
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Pirate Tom

Alan Nicholson a reasonable misunderstanding as that part of the pod was kinda convoluted. they are saying people liked beto for making bold stands in his Senate race, not necessarily about guns at that time. In terms of the debate conversation, theyre saying dems often hedge their promises in fear of the conservatives coming for them, saying "theyre a socialist" or "they want to take your guns away". but as they point out, conservatives makes these claims no matter who is the candidate or what their plans are. beto is not hedging his bets in this way: he is directly saying he wants to have a mandatory buyback for weapons designed for war.

Sep 14th
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Robert Jagger

Alan Nicholson what are you talking about?

Sep 14th
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John Reed

Just wanted to check in on you guys but nope still corporate dems going on about how great some speech was. Will check back in a few months to see if you got pulled left enough.

Sep 13th
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ilike people1

a result of utterance. hereby actually properly used. also "authoritarian curious" lol

Sep 13th
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ilike people1

you shouldn't get to use George Washington's picture. try lenin with earbuds. just workashopping

Sep 13th
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John Moore

That one about the Air Force crews staying in Trump Resorts is kinda dicey. If you've been on a TDY with the Air Force you know that's not how it works. The TDM and the Group finance office decide what lodging accommodations we use based on availability and value, and our per diem rates are based on location and availability of government meal services like a DFAC or flight kitchen. If I were specifically ordered to exceed our spending limit at my own expense, I promise that you would never hear about it in the news. I would file a complaint with the AF Inspector General's office and it would be litigated through them, and I certainly wouldn't be allowed to pass on any of that information to the press. IDK, I question these sources.

Sep 13th
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dok dicer

oh but Biden *is* the Trump in this race. Not only for the reason Lovett gave, but also for how grossly and obviously unfit for office he is. Even his avowed fanboys on PSA struggle to defend him on a more substantial basis than "Hmbut I like my Uncle Joe".

Sep 10th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

I belong to several library systems, so I requested they all purchase Ady's audiobook from Overdrive. Can't wait to give it a listen, and hope I've helped others get a chance to read it as well!

Sep 10th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

ilike people1 Actually, I'm not an idiot. I want the file available to EVERYONE, so yes, I requested several systems purchase the material for their patrons. Now people throughout the state of Ohio will have access to this from their local libraries. YOU'RE WELCOME. I only checked out the book for myself from ONE single library branch. Why on Earth would I borrow more than one copy? That would, indeed, be stupid. Do you understand how library branches differ from library consortiums, or how library acquisitions actually work? I do. Because I'm a member of systems -- consortiums -- throughout my state. And several systems have made hundreds of purchases thanks to my suggestions. I could teach you how this works, if you like. I love helping authors get their work out to the public, and the way I help is to make the books available to the public via local libraries. Typically, authors appreciate having their writing spread to a larger public, if not for individual sales, at least for the reviews. Or, you know, art for the sake of art, for those who write and publish less for notoriety and more for the love of writing in and of itself. What are you doing to support authors? or readers? or libraries? -- Besides calling me an idiot.

Sep 13th
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ilike people1

Andi-Roo Libecap so to get this straight you requested books (audio or print) at multiple.libraries when you only intend to check out one time one copy from one library. do you think books (audio or print) are free because the library obtains the by magic? you're an idiot

Sep 13th
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Tatyana Noyb

Lovett. "..he's Mother Teresa of nursing his ego.." is brilliant. As well as, sadly, "improvisational authoritarianism"..

Sep 10th
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Tatyana Noyb

ilike people1 Aha and you clearly got the best words lol, people liker.

Sep 13th
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ilike people1

Tatyana Noyb actually both quotes (stupid analogy and non sencical phrase) are so dumb that people who actually know what words mean don't use them.

Sep 13th
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Caleb White

wait did he claim that his Pre-K program increased high school graduation rates in less than two terms?

Sep 7th
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Alex Mercedes

what would PSA be without Dan? God I love that guy.

Sep 6th
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Alex Mercedes

A. E. Bedz it was podcasting at its best IMO. chemistry is sooo important when you can't see their faces.

Sep 6th
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A. E. Bedz

Alex Mercedes Love how Dan and Lovett worked together on that last pod.

Sep 6th
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Brendan W

I thought the team was going to keep holding out and pretending to not invite him until he finally dropped out.

Sep 4th
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Tatyana Noyb

Brendan W All a show.

Sep 5th
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Ty Smith

Yikes @1:02:10. Using the phrase "we will bring the fire" after a molotov cocktail was used on an Immigration facility in Florida. I'm willing to bet that was just bad timing, but if not that's not a good look.

Sep 2nd
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Nick Kerr

i enjoyed her interview, but the fact that she continued to refer to Donald Trump as "the occupant of this White House" was a little ridiculous. say the man's name. You're playing into the hands of the Trumpster "TDS" bull by doing that.

Aug 31st
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Alex Mercedes

Nick Kerr who cares? people who actually speak his name are also accused of TDS. I get the sense that coordinating her work with the opinions of trump supporters is not a priority for her.

Aug 31st
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Venice Lockjaw

I think it's pretty fucking disgusting that Joe Biden used his family tragedy to attack progressive ideas. he dishonors his family's memory and cheapens their tragedy. he's vowed to serve the big donors and special interest. he doesn't give a shit about affordable healthcare for ordinary Americans. that's how Hollow of an a human being he is. we're going to end up with a redo of Hillary versus Trump all over again

Aug 31st
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Nance G.

I never knew what Alyssa used to do. I know important people can be funny but I love her so much. She's great on Hysteria.

Aug 30th
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