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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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Iowa Episode 1: The Stakes

Iowa Episode 1: The Stakes

2019-11-1900:31:213

This is the first episode of a five-part miniseries on the Iowa caucuses hosted by Tommy Vietor and produced by Pineapple Street Studios. In episode one, Tommy looks back at Barack Obama's 2008 Iowa operation to explain how he won, how that victory propelled him to the White House, and why Obama says his Iowa caucus victory was more meaningful than the night he was elected president. Tommy also heads to the Iowa State Fair to talk with 2020 candidates and introduces you to some young campaign field staffers who we'll follow for the next few weeks.
“He loves your ass.”

“He loves your ass.”

2019-11-1801:24:3120

Rep. Adam Schiff joins to break down all of the latest impeachment news, Pete Buttigieg takes the lead in Iowa, and Elizabeth Warren offers her own Medicare for All plan. Then Senator Sherrod Brown talks to Jon F. about impeachment, health care, and his new book, Desk 88: Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America.
Bill Taylor drops a bombshell on the first day of the impeachment hearings while Republicans peddle conspiracies, Democratic presidential candidates prepare to be Senate jurors, and Deval Patrick enters the primary. Then former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal offers his legal and Constitutional analysis of the hearing and talks about his new book, “Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump.”
A five episode limited series by Pod Save America host Tommy Vietor on the Iowa Caucuses. Tommy takes the listener to Iowa to spend time with the candidates, staffers and undecided voters who will determine who wins. Tommy will explain why Iowa is first, how the caucuses work, and try to figure out what it takes to win. And finally he'll explore the question: is this really the best way to pick a president?New episodes drop on Tuesdays right here in the Pod Save America feed. Produced in partnership with Pineapple Street Studios. Listen wherever you get your podcasts.
Democrats and Republicans telegraph their strategies for the first public impeachment hearings, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg prepares to enter the Democratic primary. Then veterans’ advocate Paul Rieckhoff talks to Tommy about veterans policy and how America treats those who serve.
Democrats win big victories in Virginia and Kentucky, a new Crooked Media/Change PollerCoaster 2020 survey shows majority support for impeachment, and the Medicare for All debate between Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden gets heated. Then Run for Something’s Amanda Litman talks to Dan about all the new candidates who won on Tuesday.
The House prepares for the public phase of impeachment, Republicans move towards a defense of foreign interference, and the Democratic candidates make their best case to Iowa voters as the race gets incredibly close. Then Brian Beutler talks to Jon F. about Crooked Media’s new podcast on the impeachment process, Rubicon.
The House of Representatives votes to endorse the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump, a parade of the President’s employees testify against him, and the Democratic candidates descend on Des Moines for the biggest event of the Iowa caucuses.
President Trump announces the death of the Islamic State’s leader in the most Trump way possible. A federal judge gives a boost to the House’s impeachment inquiry. And Jon L. and Dan examine what Joe Biden’s apparent shift on Super PACs says about his campaign. Then, What a Day co-hosts Akilah Hughes and Gideon Resnick join Jon to talk about Rep. Katie Hill’s resignation from Congress.
Announcing: What A Day

Announcing: What A Day

2019-10-2800:03:045

“What A Day,” Crooked Media’s new daily news podcast, is here! Hosted by comedian Akilah Hughes and politics reporter Gideon Resnick, “What A Day” cuts through the chaos and crimes to break down the biggest news of the day, help you understand what matters, and how you can fix it—all in 15 minutes or less. New episodes come out every morning, Monday through Friday, at 5 a.m. Eastern. Subscribe and listen wherever you get your podcasts.apple.co/whatadaycrooked.com/whataday
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John Moore

Or... just ASK President Volodymyr Zelensky! Hey..... HEY! The president of Ukraine. Write a letter. Send an email. Call him. SLIDE IN HIS DM'S, I DON'T GIVE A SHIT! Shut your stupid bug-eyed face unless you're gonna ask the goddamn source!

Nov 19th
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John Moore

You wanna solve this whole thing? Here's how we cut through all the bullshit. Get Crongress to send a formal letter to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, put the full weight and authority of the United States government behind it, and we all accept his response as the truth and act accordingly. Here: "President Volodymyr Zelensky, It has come to our attention that the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, may have initiated a quid pro quo campaign against you and the Ukrainian government, conditioning arms, aid, or other political favors for his own personal gain, including the investigation of his political enemies. We request your candor in this matter, with the assurance that your response will have no impact on current or future resolutions to support and defend Ukraine against Russian aggression. We respectfully ask your truthful answers to the following questions: Were you pressured to initiate any investigation into Hunter Biden or Barisma in exchange for aid? Were you pressured to initiate any investigation into Hunter Biden or Barisma in exchange for political meetings, or for any other conditional compensation? Were you instructed to announce any investigation into Hunter Biden or Barisma? Did you or any members of the Ukrainian government grant any political favors in exchange for or in response to the release of aid or the meetings between yourself and the President of the United States? We look forward to your response, and remind you again that the continued support of Ukrain will not be jeopardized by any responses that you give in this matter. Thank you." No more hearings, no more "Republicans did" this and "Democrats said" that. No more fighting about who needs to testify, or who's got the right credentials. Ask the guy. Tell him to tell the truth, no strings attached. Nullify any potential pressure or threat of reprisal. Then, accept his answer. Is that too complicated? Would that not be sufficient? Why has no one else spoken about doing this?

Nov 17th
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Ann Stephenson

Hey guys, I was surprised to not hear any mention of Duvall Patrick's horrible behavior around his sexual predator brother in law. I admittedly know very little about Patrick but I was shocked by this story and would like to know your take on it as people who know him better.

Nov 16th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

Hey @danpfeiffer, will #UnTrumpingAmerica be available as an audio book? SAY YES. @PodSaveAmerica

Nov 15th
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Ty Smith

What's with this aversion to talk about Republican talking points? The Democrats are running against a Republican, right? Aren't those points going to be debated in the 2020 campaign? Don't you want to have that "talking point" flushed out with an appropriate answer that has been tested through debate and conversation?

Nov 10th
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Jaala Spiro

Thanks for introducing us to Run For Something! checking out the site right now and planning to volunteer.

Nov 9th
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Francis Stasky

Are they really going to blame the patriarchy for Katie Hill having an inappropriate relationship with her staff? What happened to her is evil, no one should ever have their privacy violated; but she used (knowingly or unknowingly) her power to form a sexual relationship with her subordinates.

Nov 8th
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Ian Carroll

Hi! I'm a voter in Pennsylvania, and listening to your interview reminded me of my frustration with the general lack of information voters are provided with here. I grew up in California and was very accustomed to receiving a voter pamplet but here in PA there is nothing. most people dont know what we're voting on before we arrive, and there is no clear understanding of who has proposed a bill and to what ends they are working towards when we vote on it. I've used ballotpedia and it's a help but it's more work than the average person who might not even vote is going to put into it. and often any online information is not truly comprehensive. I feel like having an infrastructure to allow for informed voting should be at the best interests of the public, is anyone working on this in Pennsylvania? thanks for providing me with my doses of weekly information! cheers Ian

Nov 8th
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K Sho

It is indeed exhausting to be a Virginian. 🤣

Nov 8th
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John Moore

34:30 - 37:51 Ok, guys. If you wanted me out on impeachment, mission accomplished, I'm out. I'm done giving the benefit of the doubt. If sabotaging political campaigns is the end goal of envoking the single most divisive political process we have in our constitution then I'm out. I'm not supporting this bullshit anymore, I'm not doing this to my country for something so stupid. Nah. I'm out.🤚😐👉

Nov 8th
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Adam Wurm

8:00

Nov 8th
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leslie

holy shit, how did this podcast get so boring.

Nov 8th
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Accordionbabe

Your book is going to be amazing. Feb 15th!!!

Nov 7th
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A H

Trump 2020

Nov 7th
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Alex Mercedes

to Lovett's rhetorical question: could it be that Biden doesn't actually want to be president? maybe he's running because a lot of other folks think he should?

Nov 7th
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Venice Lockjaw

man Kamala Harris is really going all-in on the identity politics ticket. she's going to offer 0 structural changes for income inequality, Wall Street reform, foreign policy. and the suckers going to fall for it

Nov 6th
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Christina Delarosa

I love how they always disregard Yangs campaign. From what I saw and read he had a decent amount of support there.

Nov 5th
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John Moore

At some point THIS impeachment process will either fall flat, or worse, fall on deaf ears. If you want this to work, its gonna take real tangible evidence. Everything, every single accusation of criminality has fallen into the deep dark tiger trap of opinion. "Stormy Daniels was just another NDA in a long history of NDAs, there's no conclusive collusion in the Mueller report, the obstruction allegations were mostly about Trump just saying things, no one has ever been convicted of emoluments wrongdoing, the Ukrain phone call was equivalent to many instances of foreign policy pressure." This is the river you have to swim upstream against, and do not discount how many people either believe it, or just want more information before they can take a side. Measuring intent is not gonna work, we can't expect people to read minds, it's too murky for people to feel comfortable with the idea of getting rid of a president. My opinion doesn't matter, your opinion doesn't matter. Tangible evidence is gonna decide this, intent is just going to keep us staunchly committed to our sides, or lack thereof.

Nov 5th
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Pete Jackson King

#BIDEN2020

Nov 4th
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Venice Lockjaw

jump to six minutes in to skip all the bullshit

Nov 2nd
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