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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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Senate Democrats pass Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, the fight for the $15 minimum wage continues, and Joe Manchin opens the door to reforming the filibuster. Then Virginia State Delegate Danica Roem talks to Jon Lovett about the fights over trans rights happening in statehouses across the country. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include which podcast you would like. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The end of the pandemic may finally be in sight, the House passes historic voting rights legislation, and Joe Biden offers his support to unionizing workers at Amazon. Then Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick talks to Jon Favreau about his new proposal that's been called the most radical reimagining of policing in the post-George Floyd era. Subscribe to Crooked's new sports pod Takeline: apple.co/takeline For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include which podcast you would like. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Democrats debate a path for the minimum wage now that the Senate parliamentarian has ruled against using budget reconciliation. Donald Trump gives the first speech of his ex-presidency at CPAC, where Republicans spend more time talking about Mr. Potato Head than about the pandemic. And Will Smith joins Jon F. to talk about his new docuseries on the 14th Amendment, “Amend: The Fight for America.” For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Trump tightens his grip on the GOP ahead of this weekend’s CPAC speech, Texas Democrats analyze why they came up short in November, and new Data for Progress/Vote Save America polling shows overwhelming bipartisan support for voting and democracy reforms. Then ProPublica’s Dara Lind talks to Dan about Biden’s immigration moves and the influx of unaccompanied minors at the border. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
House Democrats try to pass the American Rescue Plan by the end of the week, President Biden says he wants schools open five days a week by the end of April, and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Administration is under investigation for undercounting Covid-related nursing home deaths. Then Georgia State Representative Bee Nguyen talks to Tommy about her fight against a new round of voter suppression legislation from Republicans. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
“Flyin’ Ted.”

“Flyin’ Ted.”

2021-02-1801:18:06

The MAGA vs. Mitch McConnell battle heats up with Trump’s return to public life, Joe Biden and progressives debate how much student debt to cancel, and Texas suffers from freezing storms and rolling blackouts while Ted Cruz jets off to Cancun. Then Dr. Anthony Fauci talks to Jon about variants, vaccination timelines, and what he’s learned from this pandemic. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Trump is acquitted despite a bipartisan majority voting to convict and a few last-minute witness surprises, Republicans can’t quit Trumpism, and Democrats look to pass reforms that would save democracy. Then Heather McGhee talks to Jon Lovett about her new book The Sum of Us, What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
House Democrats use video footage of the Capitol attack to make a powerful case against Donald Trump, Republican Senators look for excuses to acquit, and the Republican Party has been losing voters since January. Then Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal talks to Dan about Covid relief negotiations and the minimum wage.   For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The second impeachment of Donald Trump begins, President Biden reins in ICE as part of an immigration overhaul, and Fox News is hit with a $2.3 billion defamation lawsuit for spreading election conspiracies. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
“Party of Q.”

“Party of Q.”

2021-02-0401:23:41

Democrats choose to go big and fast on Covid relief, Republicans choose applause over punishment for Marjorie Taylor Greene, and control of the House could hinge on the redistricting battles set to begin soon. Then journalist Farai Chideya talks to Dan about building a media that’s more representative and better connected to all communities. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.  For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Republicans make Joe Biden an offer he can refuse, the race to vaccinate America is on, and the new face of the GOP is a QAnon school shooting truther who believes that wildfires are caused by Jewish laser beams. Then Congresswoman Katie Porter talks to Jon Lovett about getting people access to mental health care during the pandemic and why the GameStop drama should lead to tougher Wall Street regulation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
“Go Big or Lose Small.”

“Go Big or Lose Small.”

2021-01-2801:39:25

Senate Republicans seem likely to exonerate the man who incited a mob that almost killed them, and our new Crooked Media/Change Research Pollercoaster series shows that Joe Biden’s agenda is extremely popular and MAGA media continues to radicalize its audience. Then Ezra Klein of The New York Times talks to Jon about ending the filibuster and the future of democracy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
President Biden steers his Covid relief plan through bad faith whining about unity, Mitch McConnell tries to prevent Democrats from taking control of the Senate, and the MAGA extremists are winning the Republican civil war. Then White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki talks to Tommy about being back in the briefing room and the first week of the Biden Administration. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, Kamala Harris is sworn in as the 49th Vice President, former game show host Donald Trump retires to Florida, and the new administration immediately gets to work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
“Trump who?”

“Trump who?”

2021-01-1901:15:07

In the final pod of the Trump Era, Jon, Jon, and Tommy talk about the 45th President’s final days in office, how he’s changed the Republican Party and America over the last four years, and President-elect Joe Biden's new plans to fight the recession and the pandemic. Then Lovett and Favreau talk about what goes into writing an inaugural address as part of their Crooked Media YouTube series, Speechwriters React. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Donald Trump becomes the first president in history to be impeached twice, ten Republicans break from the party over the vote, and Mitch McConnell weighs a conviction in the Senate. Then Stanford researcher Renée DiResta talks to Dan about online right-wing organizing and the spread of misinformation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The fallout continues from last week’s Trump-inspired attack on the U.S. Capitol, as the House prepares to impeach Donald Trump for the second time, and the President’s personal Twitter account is banned forever. Then former Bernie Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir talks to Jon Favreau about how Joe Biden can get a progressive agenda through a closely divided Senate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
“Two Americas.”

“Two Americas.”

2021-01-0701:50:10

Donald Trump incites a violent insurrection against the U.S. Capitol, and Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff make history in Georgia, wresting control of the U.S. Senate away from Mitch McConnell. Then New Georgia Project CEO Nsé Ufot talks to Dan about how years of grassroots organizing paved the way for Tuesday’s victory. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
“Sedition: Impossible.”

“Sedition: Impossible.”

2021-01-0401:20:48

Jon, Jon and Tommy kick off 2021 by examining the last ditch attempts by Donald Trump and Republicans to subvert November’s election, the latest in the Senate races in Georgia, and what it will take to fix the Trump administration’s bungled vaccine rollout. Then, they share an installment of Alyssa Mastromonaco’s video series, “Let’s Break it Down,” exploring the presidential transition. For more episodes, check out: YouTube.com/CrookedMedia Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jon, Jon, and Tommy go over the worst takes of 2020 (including their own) during Pod Save America’s first annual Pundies! Then, they reflect on their 2020 New Year’s resolutions and make some new ones for 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Travis Cutler

GOP will drop the filibuster the moment it's convenient without a second thought. The only real question is why don't the Dems? Either they are too incompetent or won't to protect the donor class. Either way the results are the same. #thesystemworks but for whom?

Mar 8th
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Alan

Haha Tanden failed confirmation had nothing to do with her criticism of power people and everything to do with her personal attacks on senators. You can have policy disagreements and still work with people, but you're much less likely get along with someone who has personally attacked you. And I wish they were more consistent on their application of wanting free speech.

Mar 6th
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Karen Ann Yoho

You all nailed it during your discussion of reopening schools. I taught for 25 years, retired in 2018, and got elected to the school board that fall. You've talked with the right people. Your analysis was spot on!

Mar 5th
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Travis Cutler

If Biden passes the $15min wage and actually helps his base and the GOP base. Fox News: Biden Destroys Small business Biden gives Republicans everything they ever wanted. Fox News: Biden Destroys Small business

Mar 3rd
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Krystof Dayne

Will Smith's laugh will always make me smile

Mar 2nd
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Alan

It's so funny they'll talk about Ted Cruz leaving Texas but I don't think I've heard a word about Andrew Cuomo and all the recent revelations about his administration hiding deaths in nursing homes or sexual harassment accusations. But what would probably be a more accurate comparison would be all the people who advocated for shutdowns (Newsom, Lightfoot, Adler) while not following their own shutdown orders. And even that's not a good comparison because I don't think Cruz advocated for staying home. The people ripping on Texas right now for not being prepared for a "hundred year cold snap" are the same people that don't have a problem with the yearly blackouts in California simply because it's predictably hot every summer and ignore the fact that California's outdated power grid has caused nearly 1500 fires in 6 years. I'm also on the SERC grid and in our area the power company was doing mandatory rolling blackouts because they were unable to provide enough base load.

Feb 25th
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DeputyDawn

Even if there was a smart grid, Texas would opt out of it.

Feb 19th
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Alan

Crazy how if you don't vote like a Democrat then you have no principles, hate democracy, don't represent your constituents, etc... They didn't have enough evidence to convict Trump no matter how you look at it. Impeachment is political process? They didn't have enough political capital to do it. Impeachment because of incitement? They didn't meet the legal standard of incitement, and they standard they were using would have taken down half the people currently in DC. And has anyone else wondered why places like Amazon are helping lobby for $15 min wage? They know it will stifle their competition and help increase their market share. Amazon the place who tried to block mail in voting for unionization, the place where tons of employees have claimed abuse by withholding bathroom breaks, tracking movements, searches when leaving... You know the place known for its compassionate treatment of its employees?

Feb 15th
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Dominick Walker

Why does Alan listen to the podcast? And comment so much

Feb 13th
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Nicholas Kerr

the claim that there is no evidence that raising the minimum wage leads to job loss is not accurate. there have been case studies of cities (particularly Seattle) that have raised their municipal minimum wage to $15/hr. there is not a concensus on the impact of those increases. it's entirely possible that raising the minimum wage leads to some job loss. we shouldn't go into this thinking that no one will get hurt. job loss tends to be regional when it comes to minimum wage increases because of differences in the cost of living, in local business net profit, the health of the local economy, etc. how a $15/hr minimum wage impacts Seattle probably won't be the same as Omaha, Nebraska.

Feb 12th
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Vicky Riddle

looks like Trump could just get another Twitter account in a different name. I don't know much about this do they have ways of finding out that you're the same person? Just curious. aren't there other platforms that Trump could use as well that haven't banned him?

Feb 12th
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Jules G

Katie Porter is a breath of fresh air and I learn so much from her. She explains it in a way that the average person can understand. She should teach a fiscal responsibility class to high school students! I would love to see her elevated in the Biden administration. Great job as usual on the podcast.

Feb 10th
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Alan

I'd say 90% at LEAST of Republican party doesn't actually know what qanon is. And far less believe in it. But they sit here and try to paint everyone as extremist without having ever looked in a mirror. This is more Republicans are evil and Democrats are here to save you. What's worse is that stupid things like qanon only exist because people see the media blatantly lie to them on a daily basis so when the media calls them conspiracy theorists they don't think they can believe them.

Feb 7th
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Nicholas Kerr

The gerrymandering Supreme Court case that they're talking about is gilvy whitford. And they completely miss understand, or misrepresent the legal decision. The decision didn't say that partisan gerrymandering was constitutional. It said that the courts may be able to hear such a case, but they don't have a standard by which they can address the issue. I definitely, they said that the plaintiffs did not show sufficient standing requirements to be able to bring the case in the first place. Literally, not one iota of that decision said that partisan gerrymandering was constitutional.

Feb 5th
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Alan

Welp I'm going to go ahead and start planning for at least 15% inflation and 25% interest rates in the future with the way they're talking about blowing out the debt, if you were smart you would too.

Feb 4th
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DeputyDawn

So all of Manchin’s friends had a party and he found out about it on social media? I think we all would be pissed too. 🤭

Feb 2nd
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Chriss Mock

'drawling' Dan?!😄

Jan 29th
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Vicky Riddle

I too was emotional watching Joe Biden take office. It brought tears to my eyes of relief. relief and hope for change

Jan 23rd
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Mark Abersold

So, when will be the first episode where the previous president's name is never mentioned?

Jan 22nd
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Kimberly Johnson

Sell the brownie, not the dang recipe!!!

Jan 22nd
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