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Pod Save America is a no-bullshit conversation about politics hosted by former Obama aides Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer, and Tommy Vietor. It cuts through the noise to break down the week’s news and helps people figure out what matters and how they can help. They’re regularly joined by journalists, activists, politicians, entertainers, and world leaders. You can watch on YouTube or listen to new episodes every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

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Jon talks to Alex Garland, writer and director of the hit movie 'Civil War,' about why he wanted to make a blockbuster about the demise of American democracy. Plus, Jon and Dan talk about the 12 jurors who have officially been seated in Trump's hush-money trial, MAGA Mike Johnson’s gamble on foreign aid for Ukraine and Kari Lake encouraging her supporters to strap on a Glock as Arizona becomes a central battleground of the 2024 election. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. 
Tommy is joined by Terrance Woodbury, Democratic strategist and pollster, to talk about President Biden's standing with young Black men and other groups he'll need to win the White House a second time. Plus, highlights from the opening days of Trump's criminal trial in New York, Biden's promise to tax the rich, and what new data says about the influence of third-party candidates like Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Cornel West.For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast.
The People vs Donald Trump

The People vs Donald Trump

2024-04-1601:19:3011

Donald Trump makes history as the first US President to face a criminal trial and reportedly falls asleep at the defense table during jury selection. President Biden urges restraint from Bibi Netanyahu after Iran launches retaliatory drone and missile strikes against Israel. Meanwhile, Speaker Mike Johnson finds himself in a political pickle trying to pass aid for Israel and Ukraine. Then, Tommy and Strict Scrutiny's Melissa Murray discuss Trump's first day in court, the process of jury selection, and how the New York case compares to Trump's other indictments. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. 
Joe Biden lays out the choice on the economy. Donald Trump stands by his man Mike Johnson despite Marjorie Taylor Greene's threats to oust him as Speaker. Republicans tell the New York Times they plan to elevate third party candidates like RFK Jr. as a way to help Trump win. And Fox News can’t get enough of Trump’s masterful Chick-fil-A order. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. PRE-ORDER DEMOCRACY OR ELSE: https://crooked.com/crookedmediareads/MORE INFOTour dates & cities: crooked.com/eventsSupport abortion freedom & shop Crooked’s new No Trespassing Collection: crooked.com/store
Dan is joined by Jennifer Palmieri, co-host of MSNBC's How to Win 2024 podcast and a former communications director for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, to discuss the ramifications of Arizona's Supreme Court upholding a 160-year old abortion ban. Then they break down President Biden's interview with Univision reporter Enrique Acevedo and his campaign’s efforts to reach out to Latino voters. And with just over seven months until the election, they look at the state of both campaigns, how much each candidate is raising and whether or not all that money really matters. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. 
Donald Trump once again takes credit for overturning Roe v. Wade and promises to allow states to enact even the most extreme abortion bans. He also promises billionaire donors more tax cuts and whiter immigrants. Joe Biden announces a new student debt relief plan for another 23 million people and finally gives Benjamin Netanyahu an ultimatum. Then, Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin stops by the studio to talk to Jon Lovett about her tough re-election campaign, TikTok, and what actually counts as milk. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast.
Jon and Dan discuss why Donald Trump is suddenly so eager to debate, how the Florida abortion ballot measure could help Democrats’ chances there, and what doomed the No Labels presidential ticket. Then, Senator Bernie Sanders stops by the studio to talk with Jon about his frustrations with President Biden’s Gaza policy, what it will take to fix our broken health care system, and why beating Trump is so critical.PRE-ORDER DEMOCRACY OR ELSE: https://crooked.com/crookedmediareads/   For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast.
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, host of All In and Why Is This Happening?, joins Jon Lovett to talk about why Trump’s rhetoric on immigration and crime is so dangerous, why being optimistic about America has fallen so far out of the mainstream, and the disconnect between what’s actually happening in politics and how people feel about it. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast.You can check out Chris Hayes’s podcast, Why Is This Happening, here: https://link.chtbl.com/withpod_sn
Trump's Veepstakes Begin

Trump's Veepstakes Begin

2024-04-0253:3613

Conservatives celebrate Easter Sunday with a meltdown after Biden acknowledges Trans Day of Visibility. Trump kicks off his “Apprentice”-style veepstakes with a list of possible contenders that includes Kristi Noem, JD Vance and Marco Rubio. Wall Street billionaires come to Trump’s rescue as his campaign scrambles for cash and his Truth Social stock tanks. Trump continues his streak of attacking and threatening his political opponents and their families. Joe Biden drops a new ad reaching out to Nikki Haley voters, and new RNC Chair Lara Trump drops a certified banger.MORE INFOTour dates & cities: crooked.com/eventsSupport abortion freedom & shop Crooked’s new No Trespassing Collection: crooked.com/store For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast.
A Tale of Two Campaigns

A Tale of Two Campaigns

2024-03-2901:10:4512

Joe Biden breaks fundraising records and hits 8 swing states in 18 days, while a cash-strapped Donald Trump splits time between his beach club and a Manhattan courtroom. Trump goes after RFK Jr., Larry David goes after Trump, and No Labels goes after anyone left who will join their ticket. MAGA world goes nuts with conspiracy theories about how the Francis Scott Key bridge collapsed because of DEI programs and open borders. And later, Congresswoman Jasmine Crockett of Texas stops by the studio to talk to Tommy about the secret to driving House Republicans crazy and reproductive rights. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast.
Donald Trump: Bible Salesman

Donald Trump: Bible Salesman

2024-03-2701:08:5017

The Bulwark’s Sarah Longwell joins Dan to talk about Biden’s post State of the Union uptick in the polls. A cash-strapped Donald Trump is now selling bibles while preparing to be the first President to be criminally prosecuted after his hush money case gets a trial date. Meanwhile, he’s refusing to court the Nikki Haley voters who might make or break his fate in the general election. And Sarah tells Dan about the voters she’s targeting with ads from Republican Voters Against Trump. Later, Democratic Strategist Lis Smith joins the pod to talk about Robert F. Kennedy’s Vice Presidential pick Nicole Shanahan and how the Democratic National Committee is countering the threat posed by third party candidates. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. 
Donald Trump prepares to pay a $175 million bond, Truth Social goes public and a date is set for the first ever criminal trial of a former president. Mike Johnson faces a motion to vacate his speakership while his House majority seems to be disappearing. Bibi Netanyahu beefs with Joe Biden over the UN ceasefire resolution and NBC faces an internal revolt over the network’s decision to hire former RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel. And later, Senator Raphael Warnock stops by the studio to talk to Lovett about Georgia, the 2024 campaign, and more.  For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast.
Donald Trump is desperately looking for help to raise the 464 million dollar bond he has to put up for his New York civil fraud case. Joe Biden makes another big push on climate and student loans. Democrats try to keep voters of color from defecting to Trump. And later, Strict Scrutiny co-host Leah Litman joins the pod to talk with Dan about the latest Trump legal developments and the border war between Texas and the federal government. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast.
Addisu Demissie joins Tommy to discuss President Biden’s post State of the Union swing state tour, plan to reach Latino voters, and dig into the key 2024 battleground states. They also cover Tuesday’s primary election results and the down ballot races that will determine control of Congress next year, including the critical Ohio Senate race between Senator Sherrod Brown and Trump-backed MAGA candidate Bernie Moreno. Then they discuss Trump getting the old criminal band back together as former aides Paul Manafort and Corey Lewandowski are rumored to be making a return to his 2024 campaign team. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast.
Donald Trump salutes violent insurrectionists at a rally in Ohio over the weekend and deals with the fallout from his comments that there will be a "bloodbath" if he's not elected. Former VP Mike Pence says he won’t endorse Trump, Chuck Schumer calls for elections to replace Benjamin Netanyahu, and Congresswoman Katie Porter stops by the pod to talk about her Senate primary loss, crypto, and why she voted against a possible TikTok ban. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast.  Tour dates & cities: crooked.com/events Support abortion freedom & shop Crooked’s new No Trespassing Collection: crooked.com/store.
Donald Trump tries to walk back his comments on cutting Medicare and Social Security while Joe Biden goes on offense during a campaign swing in Wisconsin and Michigan. Kamala Harris becomes the highest ranking government official to visit an abortion clinic and RFK Jr. praises Aaron Rodgers as a "critical thinker" after he's reported to be a Sandy Hook truther. Later, EPA Administrator Michael Regan stops by the studio to talk to Tommy about clean energy and environmental justice.For Pod Save America tour dates and cities, please visit: crooked.com/events For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast.
Trump's TikTok Dance

Trump's TikTok Dance

2024-03-1301:01:0311

Jon Favreau and guest host Jane Coaston discuss why Robert Hur's Capitol Hill testimony infuriated both Republicans and Democrats, the potential TikTok ban that Donald Trump no longer supports, RFK Jr. reportedly considering Aaron Rodgers as his running mate, and whether Republican politicians are too online to win this election.Support abortion freedom! Shop Crooked’s new No Trespassing Collection: crooked.com/store. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast.
President Biden’s re-election effort kicks into high gear, including a 30 million dollar ad buy and a run of campaign stops in battleground states. Meanwhile, Donald Trump launches his campaign by mocking Joe Biden’s stutter, hosting a concert for Viktor Orban, and floating cuts to Medicare and Social Security. Alabama Senator Katie Britt and Republicans are still dealing with the fallout from what may have been the worst-ever State of the Union response. And later, producer Elijah Cone joins the pod for a round of Take Appreciator. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast. Subscribe for pre-sale access: crooked.com/friendsTour dates & cities: crooked.com/events
Jon and Dan break down the highlights of what might be the biggest speech of Joe Biden's re-election campaign so far, from his hits on Donald Trump to his defense of reproductive rights and tax fairness for working families. Then, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stops by to talk about the new policy initiatives Biden will be pushing in the months ahead. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast.
Nikki Haley suspends her campaign and doesn’t endorse Trump. Adam Schiff finishes first in California’s primary, Colin Allred will face Ted Cruz in Texas and Ruben Gallego goes against Kari Lake in Arizona as Kristen Sinema announces she will not run for reelection. North Carolina Republicans nominate Holocaust denier Mark Robinson for Governor. And Joe Biden prepares for his State of the Union speech. For a closed-captioned version of this episode, click here. For a transcript of this episode, please email transcripts@crooked.com and include the name of the podcast.
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Scott Stock

Isn't it possible that Trump and Co want FISA elements to fail so their dealings with foreign governments don't accidentally come under scrutiny?

Apr 12th
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E P

this is THE BEST Tommy interview ever

Mar 30th
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Helen Gilkison

Lovett is a very good interviewer. Thanks for another great podcast 💚

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Joe A. Finley II

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Mar 8th
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Michelle McCurdy

This is great advice for people who have means, but it gaslights those who don't benefit from the lottery of birth - the good old conservative trickle down, pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps mentality. It's also important to inform readers that he worked for a think tank that wrote policy that promoted conservative ideology - policies that actually contributed to decreased happiness in society.

Feb 28th
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Michelle McCurdy

Thank you for finally talking about this issue!!! I'm honestly tired about hearing how awful Trump is - we all know that. What I want to know is what we as Democrats are doing to hold our party accountable for failing abysmally on defense here. Biden has failed in so many respects it's ludicrous - it's not enough to be marginally better than Trump. When we lose in '24, it's on Biden and the Dem party, not voters.

Feb 28th
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E P

I missed this type of banter

Feb 27th
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Chak Olate

I sincerely hope she paid you guys a lot of money for playing this commercial for her.

Feb 20th
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OP

well that's 15 minutes of my life I won't get back

Feb 20th
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Saba Alavi

Who taylor swift supports? Republican or democrates?

Feb 14th
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NoahArkwright

For real? NOW Congresspersons like Murphy are looking around Europe and noticing far-right groups are making gains on immigration demagoguery? NOW, in 2024??? That shit has been going on for a decade!! Wtf...Fuck Congress, the whole thing, both parties. Barring a handful of ppl that I can count on less than two hands.

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Joe A. Finley II

Boomers and Gen-Xers are asleep at actually wanting to change status quo and Zoomers spent their entire youth coddled in their Gen-X parents' basements. It's Millennials fixing all the problems as we reach middle age and realize nobody else wants to do anything about the climate, housing, education, etc.

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Trump is coming back, and there's nothing that can be done to stop it.

Jan 17th
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MrTrekfan

I know how the night could have gone better for Trump, the Supreme Court could have legalized incest so he could finally marry Ivanka.

Jan 17th
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An interested party

Tommy I really enjoyed this. You do such a good job. you're my favorite one on the pod. Hope you do more breakouts like this one

Jan 13th
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