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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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“Hillary endorses Bernie.”

“Hillary endorses Bernie.”

2020-01-2101:27:0315

Trump’s lawyers kick off his impeachment trial by arguing that the President can’t be impeached, Mitch McConnell is forced to make concessions on the rules, Biden and Bernie tangle on Social Security, and the New York Times endorses Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren. Then Chris Lidell-Westefeld talks to Tommy about his oral history of the 2008 Obama campaign.
Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan talk about Donald Trump’s impeachment trial and the final Democratic debate before the Iowa caucuses, hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines.  BIG NEWS. Pod Save America is going on tour. Presale is January 15-17 using code CROOKED2020 and public on-sale is Saturday January 18. Get tickets: http://crooked.com/events
“It's wide open!”

“It's wide open!”

2020-01-1301:11:4027

The Trump Administration is caught lying about Iran, the public sours on the President’s handling of the crisis, and the Des Moines Register poll shows a very close race in Iowa between Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, and Joe Biden. Then Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement talks to Jon L. about climate change and the group's endorsement of Bernie Sanders.
Jon Favreau looks for the path to victory in 2020 by talking to voters, strategists, organizers, and candidates in the battleground states that will decide the election. Subscribe to The Wilderness: Apple Podcasts: apple.co/thewilderness Other Podcast Platforms: crooked.com/thewilderness
“All is not well!”

“All is not well!”

2020-01-0901:30:5924

Trump gives his Mission Accomplished speech after a momentary pause in the crisis he started, Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans get ready to vote for a rigged impeachment trial, and the endorsements start piling up in the Democratic primary. Then Senator Elizabeth Warren talks to Jon about the Iran crisis and her campaign strategy in the weeks before Iowa.
Trump starts a new conflict in the Middle East by assassinating an Iranian general, John Bolton says he’s willing to testify in the Senate impeachment trial, and the primary is too close to call with less than 30 days until Iowa. Then Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) talks to Tommy about what Congress can do to restrain Trump’s actions towards Iran.
In their second annual New Year’s resolutions pod, Jon, Jon, and Tommy react to resolutions from some of your favorite 2020 candidates. Then they hold themselves accountable for the resolutions they made a year ago - and make new resolutions for the big year ahead in 2020.
“Holiday mailbag!”

“Holiday mailbag!”

2019-12-2600:56:4724

Jon F. and Dan answer your questions on 2020, the Senate, campaign finance, their top Spotify picks, and more.
Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan talk about the impeachment of Donald Trump and the final Democratic debate of 2019, hosted by PBS and POLITICO in Los Angeles, California.
The House prepares to impeach Donald Trump as new polling shows an uptick in support, Chuck Schumer tries to prevent Mitch McConnell from rigging the Senate trial, and the Democratic presidential candidates prepare for their final debate of 2019.
Democrats are on the verge of voting to impeach Donald Trump and to approve his trade deal, Bernie Sanders is underestimated, Joe Biden contemplates serving one term, and Pete Buttigieg releases his McKinsey clients. Then Mike Isaac of the New York Times talks to Dan about Uber, Facebook, and tech industry culture.
In episode four of this five-part series on the Iowa caucuses, we take you behind the scenes as the campaigns prepare for one of the biggest nights of the primary season, the Liberty and Justice Dinner. Obama’s speech at the event back in 2007 gave his candidacy an enormous boost, but we’ll explain why the evening is as much about what you say as how well you’ve organized. Then we’ll consider proposals to change the primary process that would reduce Iowa’s influence as we continue to wrestle with the question: is this really the best way to pick a president? This series is hosted by Tommy Vietor and produced by Pineapple Street Studios.
“Devin’s Gate.”

“Devin’s Gate.”

2019-12-0901:04:5129

Alyssa Mastromonaco joins Jon, Jon, and Tommy to discuss the Inspector General’s report, Donald Trump’s response to the shooting in Pensacola, Joe Biden’s confrontation with an Iowa voter, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg’s transparency debate, and Michael Bloomberg’s massive ad buy.
“A global laughingstock.”

“A global laughingstock.”

2019-12-0501:36:2639

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."

2019-11-2501:39:2238

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.
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Comments (1338)

Lauren Chemplavil

I want to go to the live event here in Charlotte on 8/23... but it's the night before the RNC starts (which I'm sure it's on purpose). It's gonna make getting into uptown Charlotte a freaking nightmare (just like it was during the DNC in 2012). Wish this were a week earlier!

Jan 21st
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Dre

If you want to listen to a bunch of white, rich boys gush about being #berniebros and getting off on each other’s policy knowledge then this is your show! #berniebros

Jan 21st
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Michelle McCurdy

I really respected Warren until what she did to Bernie - she basically chose to slander his character for her own gain. What does that say about her character? How can we expect her to stand up for the American people if she won't even defend her friends? What she accused Bernie of is in no way consistent with his platform, his personal or political history - it was clearly a misunderstanding and the fact that she decided to let the accusation stand really hurts.

Jan 18th
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Jason McIntyre

it's totally illogical to drop a "oh did you know this guy is sexist bomb" when the group of candidates gets smaller and Bernie is starting to lead in the polls are you kidding me guys you truly don't see a incentive. look I enjoy this podcast but for there to be four of you on here and nobody sees this is unbelievable and it feels disingenuous

Jan 16th
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Sam Kemperman

lol "where's Banff". it's in Alberta, Canada is where it is

Jan 14th
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Tatyana Noyb

Great timely interview!

Jan 14th
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Justin Ebron

I was sorting through the comments by what is "Hot" seems like there are a lot of trolls just trying to get a rise out of everyone.

Jan 10th
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Jonathan Sykes

8:22 to get to the actual podcast

Jan 10th
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SMSimon

At a Warren Town Hall I attended, yesterday in Davenport, IA, the Iran topic wasn't even mentioned at all. I was shocked and actually planned to ask her about it but didn't get a chance.

Jan 7th
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John Moore

I'm ashamed. This is the second known proven terrorist leader in a few months that's been taken out, and the response both times has been a wild mix of apologies, doomsday prophecies, and disturbing and disgusting puff pieces. This is simply too much, and when the experts who were so wrong before are wrong again, no one's going to own up or apologize for this behavior, and you'll all forget about this. Donald Trump didn't see a report on tv and randomly say "kill this guy cuz I'm mad. Our intelligence, our military, professional, experienced, reliable individuals tracked, targeted, and killed a known threat to the peace and stability of the region, probably months of work by our best and brightest. I can't wait for Trump to be out of office, not because I give a shit about who's the president, but because I hope you folks can just get back to normal, ya know? Actually opposing people who kill our troops and innocent muslims, or actually being supportive of our hardworking military and content with bringing murderous extremists to justice.

Jan 7th
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PJ Simon

hey goofball. what is 2000? 2010? aren't those the year zero?

Jan 6th
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Susan Myers

clearly you guys do Not lift. 😬

Jan 3rd
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Andrew Humphrey

Strong Hemingway game

Dec 30th
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Macoy Ruthardt

dumdest crap I've ever listened too

Dec 27th
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Bert James

as0

Dec 26th
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American Jobs Factory

No, time for Yang!

Dec 26th
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Lori C

ugh, bernie bro time. you guys...

Dec 22nd
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Msteeves

not a good podcast, if this is the top podcast, then the majority of people are morons.

Dec 22nd
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Chad Drumhiller

no comment on bernies billionaire contest between biden and pete? i thought that was the most viral moment to come out of the debate...

Dec 21st
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Rebecca Charles

I absolutely adore this entire series! It makes me miss team Iowa from OFA 2012! I do wish that more States had the opportunity to feel the energy and excitement that you get on the ground in Iowa.

Dec 20th
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