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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-b******t 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. Text us questions and comments: (323) 405-9944. New episodes Mondays and Thursdays.

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Donald Trump and Jared Kushner let the states fend for themselves, Republicans in Wisconsin fight Democratic efforts to make voting safer, and Bernie Sanders’s advisors encourage him to end his candidacy. Then Elizabeth Warren talks to Jon F. about her plans to fix our public health and economic crises, and how she’s thinking about the November election. Crooked has started a Coronavirus Relief Fund for organizations supporting food banks, health care workers, restaurant workers, seniors, kids who depend on school lunches, and others in need. Donate: crooked.com/coronavirus
“New tone, who dis?”

“New tone, who dis?”

2020-04-0201:27:5441

Donald Trump says he’ll have done a “great job” if the coronavirus death toll is between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans, some reporters praise his somber delivery of this news, and Nancy Pelosi begins to float ideas for a fourth economic relief bill as weekly jobless claims surpass six million. Then Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair Ben Wikler talks to Jon about how he’s fighting to ensure a safe and fair election on April 7th, and the importance of voting by mail in November. Crooked has started a Coronavirus Relief Fund for organizations supporting food banks, health care workers, restaurant workers, seniors, kids who depend on school lunches, and others in need. Donate: crooked.com/coronavirus
“Ratings to die for.”

“Ratings to die for.”

2020-03-3001:13:4838

The United States becomes the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, Trump blames everyone but himself for the bungled response, and public health officials persuade him to abandon his Easter deadline. Then PBS's Yamiche Alcindor talks to Jon L. about covering the Trump White House during this crisis. Crooked has started a Coronavirus Relief Fund for organizations supporting food banks, health care workers, restaurant workers, seniors, kids who depend on school lunches, and others in need. Donate: crooked.com/coronavirus
The Senate passes the largest economic relief bill in history, Trump spreads the deadly lie that letting the virus run wild will boost the economy, and the daily White House briefings get record cable ratings. Then Governor Gretchen Whitmer talks to Dan about Michigan’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Crooked has started a Coronavirus Relief Fund for organizations supporting food banks, health care workers, restaurant workers, seniors, kids who depend on school lunches, and others in need. Donate: crooked.com/coronavirus
“Slush Fund Baby.”

“Slush Fund Baby.”

2020-03-2301:14:5321

Trump refuses to force the production of life-saving medical equipment, Democrats fight to eliminate a corporate slush fund from Mitch McConnell’s stimulus bill, and the coronavirus pandemic upends the 2020 campaign. Then, health care workers share stories about how they’re grappling with this crisis. Crooked has started a Coronavirus Relief Fund for organizations supporting food banks, health care workers, restaurant workers, seniors, kids who depend on school lunches, and others in need. Donate: crooked.com/coronavirus We played clips from listeners around the country in today’s episode about how they’ve been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. if you’d like to share your story, send a voice note or video to 323 405-9944.
“Where are the tests?”

“Where are the tests?”

2020-03-1901:38:5835

Trump’s failures put the U.S. behind the rest of the world on testing, Congress debates the size and scope of the next economic relief package, and Joe Biden moves closer to clinching the Democratic nomination. Then Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, host of Crooked Media’s America Dissected, answers some of your questions about the coronavirus pandemic. Crooked has started a Coronavirus Relief Fund for organizations supporting food banks, health care workers, restaurant workers, seniors, kids who depend on school lunches, and others in need. Donate: crooked.com/coronavirus We played clips from listeners around the country in today's episode about how they've been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. if you'd like to share your story, send a voice note or video to 323 405-9944.
“The coronavirus debate.”

“The coronavirus debate.”

2020-03-1601:35:0835

Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders hold a very unusual debate amid the coronavirus crisis, governments close public places across America, Trump refuses to take responsibility for testing failures, and lawmakers work to pass economic relief. Then Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) talks to Tommy about Congress’s response to the pandemic. Have questions/comments/concerns? Text us at (323) 405-9944
Donald Trump’s disastrous Oval Office address fails to calm Americans, Republicans fight Democratic proposals to provide economic relief, Joe Biden inches closer to an insurmountable pledged delegate lead, and Bernie Sanders vows to debate on Sunday. Then Governor Gavin Newsom talks to Dan about what the state of California is doing to battle the coronavirus pandemic. Have questions/comments/concerns? Text us at (323) 405-9944
The coronavirus pandemic worsens and markets tank, Trump downplays the crisis and bungles the response, and Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders face off in another six states on Tuesday. Then North Carolina Senate candidate Cal Cunningham talks to Jon F. about his race to replace Republican Thom Tillis and flip the Senate. And the hosts of Crooked Media’s new podcast Hall of Shame, Rachel Bonetta and Rachna Fruchbom, talk to Jon L. about their first two episodes. Want some 2020 pep talks, the most important things to do/know, and the occasional dog pic? Shoot us a text at (323) 405-9944.
“Joe’s Super Tuesday.”

“Joe’s Super Tuesday.”

2020-03-0401:06:0625

Joe Biden’s victories on Super Tuesday mark the most dramatic political comeback in recent history, Bernie Sanders faces a tougher map and a need to expand his coalition, Mike Bloomberg ends his campaign, and Elizabeth Warren contemplates her future.
“Joementum!”

“Joementum!”

2020-03-0201:42:0238

Joe Biden scores a decisive victory in the South Carolina primary, causing Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, and Tom Steyer to end their campaigns. As the last four candidates look to Super Tuesday, the Trump Administration continues to bungle the response to the growing threat of coronavirus. Then David Plouffe talks to Jon L. about what to watch for on Super Tuesday and his new book, A Citizen’s Guide to Beating Donald Trump.
Jon, Jon and Tommy talk about the chaotic Democratic debate that went down in South Carolina just days ahead of the Palmetto State’s primary, and where the candidates stand with just a week to go until Super Tuesday.
“Getting tense out there!”

“Getting tense out there!”

2020-02-2501:24:2847

Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan break down the results of the Nevada caucuses and the ensuing freakout that Bernie Sanders is now the prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic nomination.
Jon, Jon, and Tommy break down the feistiest Democratic debate yet, hosted by NBC in Las Vegas, Nevada. Then Democratic candidate Jessica Cisneros talks to Tommy about her primary challenge to one of Congress's most conservative Democrats in Texas’s 28th district.
Democrats weigh how to confront Trump’s post-impeachment lawlessness, Mike Bloomberg buys himself and his record a lot of attention, and Bernie Sanders looks for another win in Nevada. Then Jon Ralston of the Nevada Independent talks to Jon F. about the caucus ground game and how he’s preparing to moderate the next Democratic debate.
Bernie Sanders wins a narrow but crucial victory in New Hampshire, the rest of the candidates compete to be the Bernie alternative, and Donald Trump’s Tuesday massacre reminds us of the stakes in November. Then chip in to help build the much-needed ground game in battleground states: votesaveamerica.com/field
Democrats try to break out of the pack in the last debate before the New Hampshire primary, Joe Biden hits Pete Buttigieg on his experience, Bernie Sanders coasts, Mike Bloomberg rises, and Donald Trump hands Democrats a gift with his budget. Then Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager Faiz Shakir talks to Jon F. about their strategy for the rest of the primary.
“Get it together.”

“Get it together.”

2020-02-0601:21:0542

Iowa is still too close to call as the candidates try to break through in New Hampshire, Mitt Romney votes to convict as Trump is acquitted, and the President’s State of the Union should be a wake up call for Democrats. Then Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg talks to Dan about his post-Iowa strategy.
As they wait for Iowa caucus results, Jon, Jon, Tommy and Dan talk about what went wrong in the first contest in the nomination process, what it means for the caucus moving forward and how the candidates move on from here, even as they learn more about the delegate counts.
"Secret poll results."

"Secret poll results."

2020-02-0301:15:0526

Republicans block witnesses, sealing up President Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate. The Des Moines Register cancels its highly anticipated Iowa poll the weekend before the caucus. Then, Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan talk about what they've seen and heard observing candidates on the ground in Iowa over the past few days.
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Comments (1546)

WatchDawg

What am I waiting for? Oh I don't know, maybe for you to say the god damn name of the podcast so I can understand it!?!? If you are going to tellme about a podcast I should check out, say the name clearly.

Apr 8th
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Brian Keith

Trump has never done one thing for anyone other than himself.

Apr 8th
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Jonathan Sykes

5:08 start of the pod

Apr 7th
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Austin S

This podcast isnt even honest democratic perspective. It's a shameless attempt to misconstrue as much information as they reasonably (often unreasonably) can. All in attempt to convince gullible people to go as far left as possible.

Apr 6th
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Karen Yoho

And we're in Maryland.

Apr 6th
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Karen Yoho

A local Democratic advocate organized a group of people to write postcards for Judge Jill Karofsky. We'll be rooting for her

Apr 6th
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Philly Burbs

I foresee hunger & homelessness. I foresee riots in the streets. I foresee random Hispanics & Asians being murdered in broad daylight. a one time $1200, while they have bailed out their pet corporations, is an insult. Mnuchin was asked & not realizing he was live said they don't count. Neither Berni or Biden will make it over the finishing line. Trump will because the devil always takes care of its own. 🤢🤮🤧🤒😷😷😷 What you send out you get. Reread Trump's carnage speech the day he was sworn in. ( written by that racist Miller, a jew who hates jews). Everything he lied about & said was happening is now occurring one thing at a time. Remember when Michelle Obama looked like she was going to finally lose it?

Apr 4th
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Benjamin Franks

ya no

Apr 4th
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Alan

"The government could do exponentially more than it did in this bill and it could do it for an unlimited amount of time" This is by far the most dangerous and biggest lie said in this podcast. The government is not some beings with unlimited power. Their money and resources come from the American people and we don't have unlimited of either. In 2000 the US was about 5 trillion in debt, 2010 about 13.5 trillion, 2015 about 18 trillion, and in 2020 will an estimated 24 trillion in debt. At one point people will realize the US is never going to pay them back will stop loaning the US money, and interest rates will skyrocket. How does 25% interest on a home loan sound to you? This could be far more devastating than the results of the coronavirus. I'm not saying we shouldn't spend money now to help people in a time of national crisis, but we have to get our spending under control after this is over or we're only delaying the collapse and fall of the United States.

Apr 2nd
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Top Clean

And many dollar's go to the very rich people and company's = aka profit. And how to grasp how much it is, look here. •1 million seconds equal 11 and 1/2 days. •1 billion seconds equal 31 and 3/4 years. •1 trillion seconds equal 31,710 years. Or in a visual term, for 100$ bills. (^^,) https://africanexplorermagazine.com/2018/10/24/asteroid-mining-and-the-age-of-the-trillionaire/ I say save the worker's and there children, they are the voters too. The one's that pays the most and the tax bill. A way to stay employed, is maybe to work every second week, in a company. Until the Covid is less pressing on everything. Oh, by the way if you have a 3D printer at home, you can help the hospitals and clinics. https://duckduckgo.com/?q=3D+Printer+help+hospital&t=ofa&ia=web

Apr 2nd
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Michelena Wolf

😒it must be embarrassing to work so hard to make Joe Biden seem interesting or relevant right now.

Apr 1st
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G-LaL

yea cause the powers to be in New York didn't tell everyone to act normal and go to the Chinese parade and visit the movie theater.. now look who has the most cases

Apr 1st
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Top Clean

Time line is longer than you think. https://youtu.be/JEZHVtNDutA

Mar 30th
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John Moore

It's funny, for all the complaints about the right wing media, the solution offered here is the exact same solution you'd hear out of right leaning podcasts for the past few days. And that's fine. I think that a staggered approach to people returning to work and a more targeted testing and treatment strategy makes a ton of sense, and that type of approach has been successful in South Korea. It's just frustrating that we can literally all see the answer to the problem but we can't work together to get it done. And for what, Monday-morning-quarterbacking or complaining about red tape? Who cares who didn't do what or what regulation caused what shortage, I wanna get on with my life. We all keep saying "listen to the experts," well the experts are starting to say the same things, that this virus is becoming increasingly more treatable and less deadly by the day, that far more people have already been infected and gotten over it than we'll ever know, that we have beat previous projections for death rates so much so that previously reported death rates couldn't possibly be correct. There wasn't a single doctor quoted in this entire episode, so what the hell are we even talking about? I just want my life back, but that's not happening, so I'll just waste time in this comment section. Who wants to suffer with me? I've got booze for days!

Mar 26th
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Tang

Is this fake news podcast? The description says 'Democrats fight to remove slushfund' when they themselves add bunch of pork that has nothing to do with fighting coronavirus like funding windmills and Kennedy Centre.

Mar 26th
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Alan

Ah yeah I remember all the news coverage about the coronavirus at end of January / start of February.... Oh wait that was impeachment trial coverage 😅 my bad!

Mar 25th
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Robert Nicholson

absolutely a lie. trumps working with the public sector to make ventaltors and find other supplies!! as well that bill was to help Americans and Businesses during this once in a century pandemic.. if they don't help the business from folding or going bankrupt there won't be jobs to go back to. this bill was bipartisan as the Democrats were putting it until NAZI NANCY flew in on her broom from vacation and ripped the bill up a magically wrote a 1400+ page bill over nite which she threw in everything and the kitchen sink.. she's playing politics with the American people and they should be asking for her resignation at once for this.. solar energy,greenhouse gas credits, windmills blah blah.. nothing to do with help the people only her pocket book..

Mar 25th
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Nick Kerr

I'm glad you mentioned the Senators who sold their stock in anticipation of the crash. But I wish you would have mentioned that Diane Feinstein was one of them, and also took that into a conversation about why Congress people shouldn't be trading on the stock market at all.

Mar 24th
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Rob Dommer

So why aren't you advocating for vote by mail for the democratic primary?

Mar 24th
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Alan

"we don't have to put spin on the ball when the facts are on your side" yet on nearly every other podcast they talk about "setting the narrative".... Aka spin on the current events that make them look good and others look bad. The bias is incredible.... You're not really getting any facts here and more misinformation (like CDC funding was cut, it was not). They're talking today about what we should have done 2 months ago when the WHO was still telling us this was not transmittable person to person. Of course hindsight is 20/20. Where are the simple facts about what's happening and who's doing what?

Mar 22nd
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