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A White House insider straight out of central casting took congressional testimony to a whole new level. It's no longer 'what did the president know and when did he know it?' It's now 'how many weapons was he directing to the Capitol for a coup?' David Priess joins Charlie Sykes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
"America never would have gotten into this mess if it weren't for me and my friends," Tim Miller writes in his new book. He joins Charlie Sykes today to discuss the GOP political culture that set the stage for Trump — a culture that was all about the thrill of winning at all costs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Amanda Carpenter and Will Saletan are back for Summer Monday to discuss the new post-Roe political landscape in America. They analyze the uncomfortable questions about abortion Republicans must now confront, Democratic messaging, and where we go from here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Supreme Court reoriented our understanding of fundamental rights today. Now come the fights over the right to travel, and access to FDA-approved drugs. Plus, the former president tried to get the Department of Justice to commit fraud. Ben Wittes joins Charlie for the weekend pod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ron Johnson has no good explanation for why his staff tried to hand fake electors to Pence. Plus, the Jan 6 hearings' trickle down effect on Trump's standing, racial prejudice in today's conservatism, and Dem candidates decoupling from Biden. Bill Kristol joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Roughly 700 professors have been targeted for firing in recent years for something they said - an historic high. Yet, critics still say there's no such thing as cancel culture. Do Americans just have to shut up to keep their jobs? FIRE's Greg Lukianoff joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Qanon election conspiracy runs deep and wide, and the Jan 6 committee will succeed if it can wrest a small percentage of voters from Trump's grasp. Plus, the rising threat of domestic terrorism, and Ginni Thomas bragging about her access. Former Rep. Denver Riggleman joins Charlie today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Trump is only proving the January 6 committee's point. And Mike Pence put his own life in danger by not speaking up sooner. Will Saletan joins guest host Amanda Carpenter on today's podcast. Audio clip credit: Politico Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mike Pence: Your career is over anyway. Put a stake in the heart of the guy who left you for dead — Trump sure sounds like he knows how bad the hearings are for him. Plus: Biden, moral clarity, and the Saudis. Tim Miller's back with Charlie Sykes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Steve Bannon's show may have a low budget Wayne's World quality, but he is working to get Trumpists in control of state election infrastructure — so that the system that barely held together in 2020 will come undone in 2024. Jennifer Senior joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Even more election deniers won in Tuesday's primaries, Mastriano is too close for comfort in PA, Trump's ego was the only thing that stopped a coup in the DOJ, and White House staff need to let Biden be Middle Class Joe. Will Saletan's back with Charlie Sykes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The sensationalized journalism Katy Tur's parents created has led her to some soul searching in her new book about the way the news is covered today. Plus, the shock of watching Trump associates under oath speaking truth instead of spin. She joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Washington is a city run on secrets, and between WWII and the end of the Cold War, no secret was more deadly to a political career than homosexuality. Jamie Kirchick joins guest host Tim Miller to discuss his book, "Secret City." Plus — gay bigotry's past in today's politics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Liz Cheney and company rekindled our rage at Republicans: They knew Trump was lying, subverting the law, and inciting the mob — and 147 of them went along anyway. Bulwark all-stars Sarah Longwell, Tim Miller, and Bill Kristol join Charlie Sykes for the weekend podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Everything would be different if Mike Pence had not counted the votes. He showed courage and faced real potential physical danger. Plus, Biden on Kimmel, Jared & Ivanka's reputation laundering, and Abbott's flip-flop on guns. Karen Tumulty joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
America has a violent heart, even going back to the colonial era. But our gun culture is shifting from self-defense to defiance — where guns are about threats and intimidation, not saving lives. David French joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Trump is totally bored, but he's also got Ron DeSantis nipping at his heels, which means he may start his 2024 campaign this summer — even if that could hurt Republicans in the midterms. Jonathan Allen joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Jan 6 committee has brought in a TV pro for this week's prime-time hearing, and Republicans sound worried it could be a blockbuster. Plus, the prospects for a gun bill, and the moral gray area of a Biden visit to Saudi Arabia. Will Saletan's back for Charlie and Will Monday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Gun legislation shouldn't be hard — everyone knows how stupid it is that an 18-year-old can't buy a White Claw, but can get an AR-15. Plus, MAGA media shamelessness, a turning point in Putin's war, and Democrats: Do something about inflation. Tim Miller's back with Charlie Sykes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
America's largest Protestant denomination has lost more than a million members over the past three years. Meanwhile, many Evangelicals can't tell the difference between gospel and politics. Russell Moore joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Ed Potter

As some have noted, VP Pence did his due diligence on behalf of Trump and investigated thoroughly the whole notion of election fraud, in addition to the VP rejecting a state's electoral college. I thank God He didn't try it. But really? Really?! He had to speak to an emanate member of the judiciary before being certain? He had to speak to a former VP to know what almost everyone knew right away: It's batshit crazy.

Jun 20th
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Estes Kefauver

If you're gay and you have fond memories of Ronald Reagan, they must be from early childhood. I graduated high school in 1985, was coming out, and was a political news hound. The Reagans, the WH appointments, and the policies were all despicable -- not just for gay people, but for people of color as well. Ponder Reagan's history while watching Youtube videos of AIDS patients in the late stages during the 80's. I remember the living skeletons of people too young to die. And I don't find more nuance with the passage of time.

Jun 15th
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Richard Thornton

When does this podcast get better? Sykes is a one note Johnny.

Jun 9th
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NoahArkwright

Holy cow - 1.1 million have left the Southern Baptist church in the past three years? I hate to say this, but a) good, the fewer Christo-fascists the better, and b) they have completely brought this upon themselves. I've been completely disgusted with American "Christians" since 2016, and the best thing they could do for themselves and the country is to completely disband, do some serious, serious reflection and introspection, and then come back as real Christians, who actually believe in and try to emulate the teachings of Jesus instead of using the Bible to justify their appalling bigotry and misogyny.

Jun 3rd
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Sid Leake

wow! What a ray of sunshine from my boyhood denomination and on & off up thru my thirties. I converted to RC, which was a breath of fresh air until the outing of cover up of pedophile priests. However, I don't hear political innuendo from the pulpit. So, I know why I left my SBC Church. Racism, which was prominent in Houston, in the 40's & 50's. I'm 82. Great guest, Pastor Russell Moore. If his type would have been around back then, who knows, I might still have been a member of an SBC church.

Jun 2nd
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Karluigi Marie

Tims tiktoc videos are awesome!

May 20th
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Ed Potter

Monday, Rachel Maddow details a through line for this evil and it's vociferous minions whenever and wherever black American communities have thrived. Let's do better. Yes, we can.

May 17th
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NoahArkwright

Another episode with white men opining on abortion, and yet never any mention of the role men play in unwanted pregnancies and what men can do to (finally) take responsibility for their sexual behavior. Men's opportunity to weigh in on abortion happens PRIOR to conception, when men decide to take stupid risks for their own fleeting pleasure without taking a woman's life or goals into consideration. THAT'S when men's thoughts on abortion matter, and I'm sick to death of listening to them dissecting women and women's behavior without EVER acknowledging that MEN play a huge role in causing abortions. God forbid a man's assumed entitlement to the use of women's bodies ever be challenged. This country is a backwards hell hole.

May 10th
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Richard Thornton

Great 👍🏾 interview with Hurd. I tepidly like him. On many levels he’s an intelligent, interesting guy, but his loyalty to the Republican Party is a real deal breaker for me.

May 10th
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Ed Potter

I am a moderate or moderately liberal Democrat raised in the Lutheran church who really enjoys the Monday conversations between Charlie and Will Saletan. If we would, all of us, conduct ourselves as admirably, we would be the people, or country, we like to think we are! One brick at a time, Charlie!

May 10th
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Richard Thornton

Actually a total ban on abortion will hurt republicans more than liberal women, in my opinion. Republicans are not monolithic on any issue including abortion. The group of Neanderthals who vote Trump may think that they have won this prize of a total abortion ban, but therefore what? That they now own all of the USA government and society including the courts??? Nah, they are horribly, stupidly mistaken.

May 9th
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NoahArkwright

I love the Bulwark, but I'm tired of having to listen to old white men pontificate about abortion. If vasectomy ever becomes a hot button political issue, then they can opine away.

May 9th
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NoahArkwright

"...may have been a little overheated..." I can think of few things I care less about right now than what two white men think about abortion.

May 4th
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NoahArkwright

I hope religion is on it's way out of our society, especially after the past five years. I think "Christianity" needs to go on a nice, long retreat at some remote monastery in Northern California or wherever, swear a vow of total silence, and spend 9-12 months meditating on where they went wrong, how they can make amends to the country, and whether they should maybe call it quits.

Apr 15th
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NoahArkwright

It's a cult of fragile masculinity - half of it is the same kind of cos-playing and posturing you see in all men who are deeply insecure and feel the constant need to prove themselves.

Apr 15th
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NoahArkwright

BULLSHIT!!!! I'm SO sick of this narrative about how outlawing abortion is going to galvanize the Democrats/left to rise up and defeat the Christo-fascists. Where has all of our outrage been up to now? i sure haven't seen any. i haven't seen any protests or any meaningful opposition from ANYONE. I've seen a lot of Tweeting, and a lot of complaining in comment threads, but no one acting like they actually give a shit. So why should I believe that everyone is going to get off their ass and try to save this fucking country when Roe v Wade is overturned? I don't. I don't believe Americans are gonna come through, and I'm sick to death of the false hope. The Democrats are either completely incompetent, or else they're in on things with the Republicans, because they haven't done SHIT to stop any of this other than acting stern in news clips. None of these people seem like they're taking this seriously, and I'm disgusted.

Apr 15th
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NoahArkwright

I'm not forgetting Trump, and I'm never going to let anyone who voted for him forget, either. Every chance I get, I'm going to remind them how they supported an attack on the country, embraced fascism and white supremacy, assisted Trump in murdering almost 1,000,000 American citizens, and turned their back on democracy. I can't wait for the inevitable day when Trump becomes a pariah on the right, and no one will admit to having voted for him...Pepperidge Farm remembers. They won't be allowed to forget, and they certainly won't be forgiven.

Apr 15th
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NoahArkwright

Idk where these progressives living in a bubble are. How can anyone know NOTHING about the right, when they've dominated the headlines for 5+ years. I love Charlie and all, but he both-sides'ed that particular issue. I'm not saying there AREN'T progressives who are poorly informed, but I don't think they're very common.

Apr 15th
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NoahArkwright

Saletan says that Ginny Thomas is "mentally ill" because she fell deep down into the QAnon rabbit hole, and I take issue with that. They are a destructive, violent cult whose members have committed kidnappings, murders, and several attempted acts of domestic terrorism. They are NOT mentally ill, they're just terrible, ignorant people who took part in J6 and present a danger to national security. Have they been manipulated and used? Yes. Are they suffering from a mass delusion? Yes. Do they need help? Yes. But they have been in control of their actions and have become what they are due to their own deliberate actions and their hateful beliefs. Excusing their inexcusable, unacceptable behavior by calling them "mentally ill" is a slap in the face to anyone who genuinely struggles with a legitimate psychiatric disorder. If they are protected from consequences, they will continue to be the dangerous, white supremacist, Christo-fascist cult that they are.

Apr 1st
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Sally French

McConnell ruined the court when he didn’t give Garland a hearing and then rushed unqualified Amy Covid Barrett. I don’t want to hear about what the Dems did to the rapist Kavanaugh. There was no FBI investigation. I knew people who called the tip line and nothing happened.

Mar 24th
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