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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, Jon, Tommy, and Priyanka discuss the finale episode of Game of Thrones and look back on the politics of the series.
Justin Amash becomes the first Republican Congressman to say that the President crossed the threshold for impeachment, and Joe Biden says that Democrats don’t want an angry candidate. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and Goldie Taylor join Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Dan on stage at the Anthem Theater in Washington, DC.
Alabama Republicans pass the most extreme abortion ban in history, John Bolton tries to start a war with Iran, and Montana Governor Steve Bullock and New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio round out the 23-candidate field for the Democratic nomination. Then New York Attorney General Letitia James joins Tommy, Jon, Jon, Dan, and Akilah Hughes on stage at Kings Theater in Brooklyn.Audio note: At 13:01, Jon Favreau's microphone temporarily cuts out in the discussion about the Alabama abortion law. For clarity, here is his question to Akilah: "What can people do in the meantime starting now to protect access to abortion and to fight back?" 
“Joementum.”

“Joementum.”

2019-05-1301:34:37

Joe Biden’s frontrunner status changes the dynamic of the Democratic primary, and Donald Trump threatens to abuse his power in order to derail the former Vice President’s candidacy. Then Senator Brian Schatz joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, and Priyanka in studio to talk about impeachment, the Senate, the primary, and take some listener questions. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
Tommy talks with Congressman Eric Swalwell about gun control, what it means to be bold in his campaign, his work on the intelligence committee and how he plans to win over his Trump-supporting family.
The President's blanket defiance of Congressional oversight plunges the country into a constitutional crisis, the New York Times discovers that Trump avoided income tax by declaring a billion dollars of business loses, and Kamala Harris tries to reset her campaign by going after Trump. Then Stacey Abrams talks to Dan about fighting voter suppression and whether she’ll run for president. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
The President coddles Putin on future election sabotage, the White House says they’re killing it on the economy, Nancy Pelosi believes Democrats need to own the center-left, and the electability debate rages in America and Westeros. Then digital strategist Tara McGowan talks to Tommy about which candidates are spending most on digital ads and why that’s so important.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper talks with Jon Favreau about his life as a brewpub owner, his strategy for winning over Republicans, his plans to combat climate change and deal with automation, and what it’s like to govern in times of tragedy and crisis.
“Legislative cosplay.”

“Legislative cosplay.”

2019-05-0201:34:05

William Barr lies to Congress and angers Bob Mueller, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer decide to play along with the latest Infrastructure Week, and Democrats are in need of Senate candidates for 2020. Then Senator Bernie Sanders talks to Tommy about the Senate vote to end America's support for the war in Yemen, and activist Ady Barkan talks to Jon about his appearance at the first-ever Congressional hearing on Medicare for All. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan sits down with Dan Pfeiffer at Crooked HQ in Los Angeles to discuss his economic agenda, how Democrats can retake the Midwest and his passion for mindfulness.
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Ricardo Mota

Bran's story is not the best. he is the embodiment of history as the 3 eyed raven! that's where Tyrion was alluding to.

May 22nd
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Alex Mercedes

I love it when Lovett imitated the Boy King!! superb! and, yeah, I agree that the Biden shine will fade. he doesn't have what it takes to convince anyone who isn't already convinced. the rest of us are angry and it's unlikely we'll see changes in the current administration between now and the election that make us less angry. if Joe isn't angry, he's not paying attention.

May 20th
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Alex Mercedes

dok dicer actually, you just elaborated on my comment. yours is not "more" just longer. I am not baffled by those who support Biden. I understand but I don't agree.

May 21st
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dok dicer

Alex Mercedes And more than that, Biden is an example of exactly the Democratic Party that helped get Trump elected. An old, white, male establishment candidate with a very spotty record on voting on important issues, on respecting women's personal space, and on taking a stance against the fascist GOP. It is totally baffling to me why anybody would even consider taking him seriously as a candidate.

May 21st
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Gabe Marsan

am I crazy? I hear on this podcast constant praise for Elizabeth Warren but Bernie Sanders was saying pretty much everything she's been saying first AND has plans on his website! so, what gives? Granted they mention Bernie too but they never give him the nod

May 18th
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Meeae Dienemann

It kills me when you acknowledge the extremist anti-abortionists language by saying things like "pro-life". Don't allow their language to skew the discussion. Don't give their narrative any legitimacy. their position is NOT pro-life. It's anti women, it's anti progressiveness, it's forcing women to live with the consequences of men who don't respect a no is a no, it's forcing children who are being abused living with the consequences of rapist.

May 18th
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Owlblocks David

Meeae Dienemann That's like me calling "pro choicers" anti life. It's ridiculous to say that we shouldn't use those terms just because we want to slander each other. Pro lifers are not anti woman. We believe the fetus to be a person. That's the only difference between us.

May 19th
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Alex Mercedes

hmm...almost nothing of substance here. what is going on with you guys? who's in charge of quality control?

May 18th
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Moira Manley

That woman's laugh is annoying as hell.

May 17th
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Philly Burbs

I haven't listened yet. just reading comments. I like Joe Biden. He hasn't a chance in hell in beating Trump. unless something happens he'll make it & Trump will win 2020. Did u see him on the view? Joe is a 78 yr old man with a 78 yr old brain. The View was beyond friendly to him & he stumbled. He is too much a gentleman to beat Trump. Trump is a marketing genius. Biden nor Berni can beat Trump. Beto is an airhead. Time magazines pic of Buttigeg had a gross out factor to many hetros & Christians. Straight Men who support gays & gay marriage are not ready to see 2 men together. 2 Women are OK. 2 MEN NO WAY. The GOP was behind that pic. Warren not going on FOX is idiotic. How else does she plan on getting those people to hear her. Most were anti-Hillary votes. The right has been after Hillary for 30 years, so much so the left picked up their verbiage in 2007 & really noticeable in 2015/16.

May 15th
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Hoff

great works guys keep it up

May 14th
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Shane Septon

Joe Biden is giving Progressives a bad taste in their mouth. The reason people are saying that it is death for our generation is becuse there is no middle ground on climate change. You have to go big and even then it is still going to fall short. What do we know about Republicans? That even when you are willing to compromise, they won't. They will make you back down and compromise more. If you start from the middle and they start from the far right, when you compromise, you end up on the right. If you start far left and then have to make compromises, you have more room to budge without going over to their side. For the first time I had to turn them off. Their inability to even understand the view that there is no middle ground on climate change just speaks worlds to how the Obama administration, or how the Biden one, will fall so short from ever achieving a valuable goal. Sanders, Gabbard, Warren, these are people with bold policy. Biden doesn't have time to talk about his plans but has plenty of time to hate on Trump while trying to be the guy against hate? He has zero values, he does not want to end money in politics, he does not want universal healthcare, he does not want bold climate change policy, he does not want anything bold. He wants the status quo, and as much as I loved Obama, we have to remember that eight years of Obama's Neo-Liberal, Centrist Establishment politics left 30 million Americans still without insurance. It still left tens upon tens of millions of Americans under-insured. He made the economy look good on paper and he did get some 20 million Americans health coverage that otherwise would not have happened, but average Americans are still struggling. That is how Trump was able to appeal to them. Saying Biden will make things like they were before Trump does not speak to how he is going to fix things, because he is not trying to fix things. Sanders, Warren, Gabard, they have legitimate plans that they are passionate about that will make everyday Americans so much better off. Biden did not even get into the race because he had any policy that he was passionate about, that he thought would make things better. His campaign launch video wasn't about anything. Oh wow Joe, you are against Nazis? That is such a low bar to set in a Democratic race with actual goals and values. Empty talking points. Hillary 2.0 will see the same results as Hillary 1.0. You need to bring in young voters if you want to win. Sanders polls well with young voters because he has policies that matter to them, that will setup a future that they want to live in. As Biden talks more, more young people will feel less interested in voting for him. Their inability to see it is infuriating - "wait for the white paper to come out".... they already said that it is the middle ground. Scientists are in favour of BOLD policy and even then we are still in for a ride.

May 14th
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Joshua Giuliano

Shane Septon agreed

May 16th
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Chris Chapman-Stone

Shut the fuck up about Game of Thrones already

May 14th
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Alex Mercedes

boo!!!!! GOT talk without spoiler warning!!!!!

May 14th
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asknise

11:47 "We could he well in to Don Jr's first term....." PLEASE don't put that out into the universe!

May 10th
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Alex Mercedes

whew! boom! Dan, as always, nails it: the administration is immune to political pressure. those guys don't give a fuck. please, please, let there be a group of power brokers and decision-makers within the government who are brainstorming "how to deal with a leader who will not submit to political or constitutional pressure" 'cause that is what's going on....and has been going on for a while.

May 9th
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Alex Mercedes

David S not sure why you are addressing this to me as an individual. I agree with you about the relative centrism of PSA perspective. it's just who they are and I respect their right to a worldview that isn't just like mine. I go to other sources for more radical analysis.

May 10th
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David S

Alex Mercedes The only problem I have with the Pod Save guys is they don't go far enough. They cop out with moderate liberalism á la Elizabeth Warren and only reticently throw any support behind AOC, Sanders, and the Green New Deal. It seems like what they want is a return to establishment politics of yesteryear rather than the creation of something better, v something. I like them, I agree with many of their policies, but I am repeatedly disappointed in their super for Harris, Warren, Clinton, etc. These candidates are problematic and have deep inconsistencies in their records.

May 10th
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Erin Bristow

are you KIDDING ME- IMPEACH YES IMPEACH!!

May 8th
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**

What a goofy inarticulate meandering dingus. Thank you for having this guy on for no other reason than narrowing the field for the nomination. Good grief.

May 8th
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Venice Lockjaw

that last interview was boring as shit. nearly fell asleep at the wheel

May 7th
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Alan Nicholson

So they want people who can't vote and aren't citizens to be counted towards the population that can vote so that those areas can have more representation. How is it fair to take away representation for citizens in favor of non citizens?

May 6th
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jack mchogoff

Alan Nicholson liberalism is a mental disorder

May 6th
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Alex Mercedes

again, I recommend you take a look at your format. JF asks the questions and whoever is with him answers. problem 1: this is fake. JF already knows the answer to the question. problem 2: it's always the same two or three questions "Dan, how imprtant is it that...?" etc. JUST TALK to each other. you're smart guys. a conversation between smart people will be interesting. JF doesn't have to prod. Dan and Tommy and Lovett know what to say without a prompt. the awkwardness and inauthenticity of the format is making it hard to listen any more.

May 3rd
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Ray

Alex Mercedes 👍

May 3rd
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John Moore

Me: "Hey guys, we talking about some important things? We breaking out of the mainstream media loop, getting to the heart of the real news? We're not STILL going on about stuff that's never gonna go anywhere? We've got a 24hr news cycle nobody trusts doing that already, destroying itself in the process, so we're smarter than that, right?" PSA: "So Barr's lying about this Mueller Report..." Me: 😞"Ok guys, I'll see you next time."

May 3rd
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Gavin Milligan

John Moore ^^^found the russian^^^

May 3rd
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Accordionbabe

Methinks Barr stopped Mueller's work. $10 on it. Takers?!?

May 2nd
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