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Mea Culpa welcomes Trygve Olson, a strategist for the Lincoln Project, founder of Viking Strategies which provides clients worldwide with political risk and public affairs solutions. Trygve has spent his career working on elections in over thirty countries. In the United States, he has served in senior leadership positions on three Presidential campaigns, worked on numerous Congressional Elections, and worked for all the central Republican Party’s political committees. Olson is a sought-after speaker. He regularly briefs leaders in politics, business, academia, and the media. Micheal and Trygve dig deep into the upcoming Mid Terms, Tish James and DOJ.
Mea Culpa welcomes back, the groundbreaking, congressional reporter, Hugo Lowell. Lowell reports on Washington Politics for the Guardian. And has broken a number of high-profile stories about the January 6th committee’s investigation, including several scoops pertaining to Mark Meadows, the “war room” at the Willard Hotel and insider facts such as; Trump ordering his advisors NOT to comply with January 6 committee subpoenas. Lowell regularly appears as a political analyst on MSNBC. And is often a guest on Morning Joe, The Beat with Ari Melber, Velshi and All In with Chris Hayes. His reporting has been cited in the Washington Post, Bloomberg and the New York Times. Michael and Hugo dig deep into the DOJ, Judge Cannon, Tish James and what's coming for the Mango Mussolini.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mea Culpa welcomes back Reed Galen, co-founder of The Lincoln Project and an independent political strategist. Reed is a veteran public affairs and political analyst with more than 20 years of experience. Reed has been involved in politics, government, and business at the highest levels. Galen has spent more than a decade advising Fortune 50, 100, and 1000 companies in need of high-level counsel. In addition, Reed served as Deputy Campaign Manager for John McCain’s presidential campaign and Deputy Campaign Manager for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s successful 2006 re-election campaign. Galen also worked on both President George W. Bush's campaigns and served the Bush Administration at both the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Department of Homeland Security. Michael and Reed dig into the January the Ginni Thomas and the January 6th hearings, DeSantis, Trump, and the DOJ. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mea Culpa welcomes acclaimed author David Enrich. Enrich is the Business Investigations Editor at the New York Times and the bestselling author of Dark Towers. He previously was an editor and reporter at the Wall Street Journal. He has won numerous journalism awards, including the 2016 Gerald Loeb Award for feature writing. His first book, “The Spider Network: How a Math Genius and Gang of Scheming Bankers Pulled Off One of the Greatest Scams in History,” was short-listed for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year award. Michael and David dive deep into Davids's New book, Servants of the Damned, an exposé of the shadowy power wielded by the world’s largest law firms and how that one firm shielded opioid makers, gun companies, big tobacco, Russian oligarchs, Fox News and helped Donald Trump get elected. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mea Culpa welcomes our old friend Harry Litman. Litman was a former US Attorney and Deputy Assistant Attorney General and is currently the legal affairs columnist for the Los Angeles Times Opinion Page and professor of Constitutional Law at UCLA and UCSD. He can be seen as a legal and political commentator on CBS, NPR MSNBC and CNN. Litman is also the creator and host of the Talking Feds Podcast and YouTube Channel. He’s also a member of the Constantine Cannon Whistleblower Team find them at @CCWhistleblower. Michael and Harry dig deep into all of Trump's legal matters. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
We welcome back to our show Jeet Heer, the Canadian author, comics critic, literary critic and journalist. He is the National Affairs correspondent for The Nation and the host of the weekly Nation podcast, The Time of Monsters. He also pens the monthly column Morbid Symptoms. Jeet was a former staff writer at the New Republic and has written for numerous publications including: The National Post, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, the Boston Globe and The Guardian. Jeet has written several books — his anthology “A Comic Studies Reader”, co-authored with Kent Worcester, was the winner of the Rollins Award. He joins Mea Culpa as Trump takes his authoritarian Civil War show on the road. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
We welcome back to our show, political satirist and digital comedian, Walter Masterson. Walt is a progressive video content creator who has turned trolling the likes of Marjorie Taylor Green, Matt Gaetz and the whole MAGA shit-show into an art form. His recent work trolling anti-choice protestors, anti-vaxxers and MAGA Republicans brilliantly captures the idiocy of the movement. Video footage that Walt shot while working on the frontlines during the January 6th insurrection has been instrumental in helping the FBI apprehend rioters who were stupid enough to brag about their crimes on tape! Walt’s hilarious and insightful work has garnered him thousands of followers on multiple platforms and pro-democracy sites, like Patriot Takes and Meidas Touch. Walt’s even brave enough to interact with users who both love and hate him on Twitch and Snapchat. Currently, he’s crowdsourcing for his latest venture, “Trolling Conservatives Across America”.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
We welcome back to Mea Culpa David Corn, the veteran Washington journalist, Bureau Chief from Mother Jones and an on-air analyst for MSNBC. Corn co-authored with Michael Isikoff “Russian Roulette, The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump." He's also the author of three New York Times best selling books and was the long time Washington editor of “The Nation”. Check out his twice weekly newsletter “Our Land” that covers the news of the day and delivers his no-BS analysis on everything from DC politics to his entertainment recommendations. He has a new book coming out next week entitled, "American Psychosis: A Historical Investigation of How the Republican Party Went Crazy.” To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Our guest today on Mea Culpa is the notorious, Cenk Uygur. Cenk is an activist, political commentator and businessman known for creating and hosting, ’The Young Turks’ — a progressive online news network that supports independent journalism. He was a prolific attorney in Washington D.C. before embarking on a career as a political commentator. He enjoys a massive fan base in the USA due to his fearless activism and heated debates conducted on his show — always with a hint of satirical humor. Cenk has been seen as a political commentator on MSNBC, and before being replaced by Al Sharpton, he hosted a weeknight show on the network. He also served as the chief news officer at Current TV and succeeded Keith Olbermann. Cenk has been an activist since his college days and he has raised his voice against the oppression of minorities and Muslims in the gulf countries. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Meal Culpa welcomes to the show Michael's old friend and former lawyer, Danya Perry. Danya is a founding partner at Perry Guha LLP. She is a nationally recognized white-collar criminal defense attorney and commercial litigator. Danya is equally gifted at litigating high-profile matters in court and in the press as she is at navigating backchannels to obtain quiet victories for her clients. Danya has represented corporations and individuals from every walk of life. And her criminal defense practice includes representing clients in cases involving everything from fraud to sexual assault of both men and women. Prior to founding Perry Guha with Samidh Guha in 2019, Danya spent five years as the Chief of Litigation and Deputy General Counsel at MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated. From 2002 to 2013, Danya served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Today she is a regular media commentator, on MSNBC, CNN, and BBC. She’s also written a number of op-eds and articles, including for the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, the New York Daily News, and Law360. Michael and Danya reveal a lot in regards to Michaels's case and dig deep into Trump's mounting legal woes.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mea Culpa welcomes political analyst, Zerlina Maxwell. Maxwell is the Director of Progressive Programming at SiriusXM and a Political Analyst for MSNBC. She’s had her own show “Zerlina” on Peacock and was formerly the Director of Progressive Media for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Maxwell is also a sought-after commentator, speaker, and writer. She writes and speaks about culture, gender inequity, sexual consent, racism, and similar topics from a liberal perspective. She describes herself as a survivor of sexual assault and a "survivor activist. Catch her great daily show “Mornings with Zerlina” on XSMProgress. Michael and Zerlina discuss everything from sexism in politics to the raid on Mara Largo. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Today we have a special episode of Mea Culpa with our old friend Frank Figliuzzi. Frank is a former assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI, where he served for 25 years as a special agent and directed all espionage investigations across the entire government. Frank is a regular contributor for NBC News and MSNBC, and also the author of the national bestseller “The FBI Way: Inside the Bureau’s Code of Excellence.” And check out his most recent OP-Ed on the MSNBC opinion page, entitled “There’s a Reason Why Hoarding Classified Documents is a Crime." Frank breaks down for us the redacted version of the Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit and what it possibly means for the Mandarin Mussolini. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mea Cupla is honored to welcome back our friend, Norm Eisen. There’s pretty much nothing going on in politics today that he doesn’t have an opinion about. His latest book, "Overcoming Trumpery” is a great read, especially as we gear up for the midterms and watch Republican candidates try to mimic Trumpian tactics to get elected. Eisen is a CNN Legal Analyst.  And the founder and executive chair of “States United Democracy Center”, a nonpartisan organization advancing free, fair, and secure elections. Eisen served as special counsel to President Barack Obama on ethics and government reform. In that role, he was dubbed “Mr. No” and the “Ethics Czar” because he's well known for his tough anti-corruption approach to governance. Eisen is also active with the Brookings Institute and other groups working to expose the myriad of ways Trump and his cronies broke the law and attempted to overturn the 2020 election. From exposing Trump’s potential crimes in Georgia — to suing the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, Eisen is a witness to history. So, let’s go now to my conversation with Norm Eisen. Micheal and Norm dig heavily into the newly released Justice Department's heavily redacted Mar-a-Lago affidavit. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mea Culpa welcomes the former Oath Keeper who testified before the January 6th Committee, Jason Van Tatenhove. A one-time tattoo shop owner, Van Tatenhove studied fine art in college and as a journalist, in 2014, he embedded with the Oath Keepers while following the story of Cliven Bundy and the rancher’s standoff with law enforcement.  Later, Jason went on to become the Oath Keepers National Media Director. But after being silenced by the Oath Keepers leader, Stewart Rhodes, for his support of same-sex marriage, Van Tatenhove distanced himself from the group. He did not attend or support the January 6th Insurrection, but he did the country a great service when he testified to the committee. Helping us all understand more about the inner-workings of extremist para-military groups like the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys. Michael and Jason talk about what Jason believes is coming for democracy and what it's like to work for egomaniacs.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mea Culpa welcomes back David Corn, the veteran Washington journalist, Bureau Chief Mother of Jones, and an on-air analyst for MSNBC. Corn co-authored with Michael Isikoff “Russian Roulette, The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump. He’s also the author of 3 New York Times best-selling books as was the long time Washington editor of “The Nation”. David has written for numerous magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Harper’s, and The Atlantic. He regularly appears on Face the Nation and PBS’s Newshour and often provides commentary on National Public Radio. Michael and David talk about everything from the raid on Mara Largo to Trump's legal woes to the upcoming midterms. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mea Culpa welcomes back Ali Velshi. Host of “Velshi” and seemingly the favorite fill-in host of every other MSNBC Prime Time News Show. Velshi also reported live from the frontlines of the George Floyd protests and most recently he dodged incoming fire from Russian artillery when he fearlessly reported live from the frontlines in Ukraine. A concerned citizen of the world, Velshi seems to be everywhere there is an injustice. Velshi has been a contributor at CNN, Al Jazeera America, NBC to name a few. Velshi is a prolific writer, has written books, articles, and columns for newspapers and monthly publications throughout the northern hemisphere. Michael and Ali talk about everything from the raid on Mar-a-Lardo to Liz Cheney to Ukraine. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mea Culpa welcomes the prolific, Jill Wine-Banks to the show. Jill is currently an MSNBC Legal Analyst, appearing regularly on primetime and daytime shows. Jill is a sought-after professional speaker, and has written numerous OpEds for NBC.com, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Politico, and the Huffington Post to name a few. Wine-Banks was at one time a prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice in DC, specializing in Organized Crime. She was also one of only three Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutors and later wrote a book about it, “Watergate Girl …My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President”. Michael and Jill dig deep into the January 6th Hearing and GOP. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mea Culpa welcomes Victor Shi, the youngest elected Delegate for Joe Biden in 2020, he is a former White House Intern and the co-host of the iGen Politics Podcast with the distinguished Jill Wine-Banks. Shi is also a writer, speaker, organizer, activist, and a junior at UCLA, where he is majoring in American Literature and Culture. Shi is currently a communications intern at Precision Strategies and his on-air commentary and interviews have been seen on MSNBC, CNN, NBC, PBS Newshour, ABC, the Daily Herald, and the Chicago Tribune. His op-eds have been published in Newsweek, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, CNN, USA Today, The Hill, and International Business Times. Michael and Victor talk about the current state of politics and what needs to be done to get the attention of young voters. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mea Culpa welcomes back Glenn Kirschner, a former federal prosecutor with 30 years of trial experience. Glenn brings analysis and insight to legal issues of the day, drawing from his experience as a federal prosecutor, homicide prosecutor, and Army JAG. Glenn is an NBC News and MSNBC legal analyst and teaches criminal law at GWU. Glenn also hosts Capitol Crimes with Glenn Kirschner and Justice Matters on YouTube. Michael and Glenn dig deep into conservative politics, the DOJ, and January 6th. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mea Culpa welcomes back our good friend Harry Litman. Harry was a former US Attorney and Deputy Assistant Attorney General and is currently the legal affairs columnist for the Los Angeles Times Opinion Page and professor of Constitutional Law at UCLA and UCSD. He can be seen as a legal and political commentator on CBS, NPR MSNBC, and CNN. Litman is also the creator and host of the Talking Feds Podcast, a must-listen for its sharp analysis of the corruption, crimes, and moral failures of the Trump era and beyond. Michael and Harry dig deep into the legalities of January 6th. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Comments (497)

Farhad Rad

#Mahsa_Amini

Oct 1st
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Vinnie Krieger

I have enjoyed your podcast from day one. To go from detesting you to looking forward to every new episode says a lot about your character. Keep it up!!!

Oct 1st
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William

I support this podcast, but can you STOP telling the LIE that 'only' 12 or 13 people died when Biden pulled the US (and most aid agencies) out of Afghanistan. Over 145 people died at Kabul airport just on that one day. Or does Michael Cohen not consider Afghans people? Then, a couple days later, as some sort of 'retaliation' Biden ordered a missile strike that wiped out an aid worker and most of his family, 7 of which were children!

Sep 25th
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Chayla Freeman

this dudes voice is annoying!! Mea Culpa is part of my bedtime ritual. But tonight..... Don't invite him back ever.

Sep 20th
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Marc Watt

that was one of the best, most entertaining, podcasts I've ever heard. nice work

Sep 12th
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Theresa Thompson

Wow Michael, I have had the same theory about the docs!!! Leverage is exactly what he had planned!

Aug 19th
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Theresa Thompson

Hi Michael, I use Castbox app for my podcast, all I see on here are Mage idiots running ads on here. I have never seen a Democratic ad on here. Any ideas? Thanks, a devoted follower...Theresa

Aug 12th
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Teddy

The proof will be at the ballot box. It's easy to say that one is out of the "cult", but when a person is voting and no one is watching, they will vote "cult". Let's see the proof in the next 5 elections.

Jul 29th
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Marilyn Richardson

Michael please give your guest some space to talk

Jul 17th
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Bea Kiddo

Thoughts and prayers don’t do crap. Sick of people saying that instead of actually doing the right thing and preventing it. The republicans and the court will maybe, and that’s a big maybe, do something if it’s their kid or family get shredded by a AR. No stooooopid kid or young person in their 20s or even 30s or any fckn one, need a weapon like that. It’s messed up and it’ll continue since it’s all about money. Blood money

Jul 8th
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Marc Watt

how many peeps think Trump will launch in his Dr. evil rocket over to his brother , the butcher putin. living his last disgraced years on the lam in Moscow

Jul 1st
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ID17535494

I believe Cohen’s bizarre loyalty because.. Dear Deep Red Trump Base, I GET IT! Signed, Dark Blue Democrat For a while I was absolutely flabbergasted at how Trump had any supporters at all. I read, I listened, I watched the experts try to explain this phenomenon. No answers there. And then I GOT IT! Because I had lived through the same mesmerization, and I understand how it happened and how bedazzled I was. No, not about Trump. BUT if you want to see how this love affair with Trump works, read this. In my late 20s I had given up on dating, guys just didn’t live up to anything that I wanted and I was weary of being disappointed. kinda like those who stopped voting because of similar reasons. One day as I went about the business of work, I ran into a guy. I liked the way he looked, carried himself and talked. sound familiar? Of course I didn’t know him, I had just crossed paths during the course of a work day. perhaps you saw T on Fox or Apprentice yet he captured something in me As he headed towards the exit I asked a co-worker if she knew him. She said he was not available as he was married.. not in politics, not available to voters, to you Three years later I ran across this man again. he stepped right in front of me and bingo. He was now available and I was interested, I was steadily drawn into his orbit (kinda like when Trump spoke early on, you perked up with interest , and then he ran for president you were on the MAGA train. Like your T, my guy was not ordinary, his opinions were out of the box and nothing that I had even heard spoken before. He had the confidence and charm and presence of the gods and I was awed. Clearly I thought he must be a genius like no other. Honestly those were my thoughts and perhaps yours of T. His life experience was so foreign to me, so glamorous and wordly I assumed he was just so much superior in the ability to know how life works.....like the rich successful businessman you adore and believed I deferred to his wisdom, his take charge self, his way of looking at the world, I lost myself into his version of how I would willingly worship and serve him. T loyality I was bedazzled and couldn’t stop seeing him no matter the lack of enthusiasm of friends and family. No matter the many obstacles, no matter the lack of substance to things he had said. I was hooked. The magnetic field was unbreakable. Some T base seem the same We got married T was elected and I still did not know if he was genius or a con . I was so busy as are you with the day to day life of babies and family responsibilities there was no brain time to examine the truth of this man who did not meet my needs who had interest only in himself and why I felt increasingly at odds with my attraction to this man. if your jobs, paycheck, healthcare etc. are declining under T you may recognize this nagging dissatisfaction. I know how this story ends, you may not at this point, but realize that the Trump attraction is a character flaw a defect in ones perception and ability to examine truths as they apply to self...I lost my entire life to the smoke and mirror illusion of a manipulator, don’t let Trump ruin America and all our lives..open eyes turn off emotion, look at the facts be brave, be stronger than I was.

Jun 26th
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Dilena King

#BIDEN2024!!

Jun 18th
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Dilena King

I think BOTH of you are way off on Joe. #BIDEN2024!! Joke is on you. You recorded this BEFORE Fuax Gnues started SHOWING THEM!!

Jun 14th
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Dilena King

#BIDEN2024!!

Jun 12th
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William Leever

Worst interview ever Michael. I am a big fan of yours, but you wouldn't let the young man speak and you contradicted the things he said in a foolish way. Listen to it again and treat your next guest better.

Jun 2nd
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Dilena King

Holy shit! Richard's voice is perfect! As a sleeping pill!!

May 23rd
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Dilena King

You forgot to mention, you used to be a REPUBLICAN!! So, you aren't really a Democrat. Just a Republican who's party left him. Instead of staying and fixing your own party, you want to take over the Democratic party. Gotcha!!

May 23rd
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Dilena King

Excuse me. Senator Jon Tester is still there!!

May 23rd
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Dilena King

If mass shootings are a mental health issue, why is it that there were ZERO mass shootings during the pandemic? 😜

May 20th
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