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Welcome to Playbook Deep Dive, the stories behind the power. From Congress and the White House to bar stools and back rooms, POLITICO Playbook’s Ryan Lizza brings you interviews with the most compelling and important figures who explain what’s really going on in Washington.

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Katherine Clark names the Democrats’ price to save Kevin McCarthy

September 22nd, 2023


After losing a series of votes this week to avoid a government shutdown, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy has effectively lost his majority. On this episode of Playbook Deep Dive, host and Playbook co-author Ryan …

Who’s really in charge? McCarthy, moderates, or the Freedom Caucus?

September 15th, 2023


It would be easy to look at the House of Representatives and assume that the members of the Freedom Caucus — and not Speaker Kevin McCarthy — are the …

Revelations about Biden’s White House from the first inside account

September 8th, 2023


What makes President Joe Biden?

We’re all pretty familiar with Vice President Biden and Senator Biden. But in his latest iteration as commander-in-chief, it hasn’t been as easy to see inside his mind. 

Cracking into …

Behind the scenes at the GOP debate with Martha MacCallum and Bret Baier

August 25th, 2023


On Wednesday night, eight Republican presidential candidates gathered in Milwaukee for the first GOP primary debate.

There was a lot on the line for each of them. But there was also an enormous amount at stake for the …

How Doug Burgum plans to disrupt the GOP debate & scale his campaign

August 18th, 2023


This coming Wednesday, something big is happening in Milwaukee: the first Republican presidential debate. 

On this week’s episode of Playbook Deep Dive, host & Playbook co-author Ryan Lizza talks with North Dakota …

How to beat Trump in Iowa – and survive the state fair

August 11th, 2023


This week, almost every Republican running for president is headed to the Iowa State Fair, famous for its fried Twinkies and statues of farm animals made out of butter and —  every four years — extremely embarrassing …

What American leaders don't get about the new Europe

August 4th, 2023


In 2023, there are two Europes: the Europe of the museums and the beaches – and the real Europe as lived by its people. And that Europe has changed …

What Republicans, Democrats, and the Pentagon don’t want to hear about the NDAA

July 28th, 2023


This week, the action in the Senate was all about the annual defense authorization – the NDAA. Usually, the argument about what goes into this enormous bill that governs everything the military can and can’t do is a …

Behind the scenes at DHS with Alejandro Mayorkas

July 21st, 2023


When Alejandro Mayorkas was tapped to run DHS – the now 20-year-old behemoth with 260,000 employees created in the aftermath of 9/11 – Mayorkas said …

Lost & broken in Congress

July 14th, 2023


“Early one morning in April of 2016 I woke up and seriously contemplated the possibility that I would never be able to generate the strength, focus, …

The British ambassador spills the tea on Biden, Sunak, & Ukraine

July 7th, 2023


This weekend, President Joe Biden is headed to Europe. His first stop: the U.K.

Biden is scheduled to meet with both His Royal Highness King Charles, …

Rahm “the un-diplomat” Emanuel reports from Japan

June 30th, 2023


In American politics, there is a small group of leaders who are – to borrow a term from Hollywood – hit makers. Everything they touch seems to turn …

How evangelicals are setting the stage for Trump's return

June 23rd, 2023


The big debate in Washington this week is about realism versus idealism. It played out first in foreign policy, when Joe Biden hosted Indian Prime …

Why federal prosecutors may have handed Trump a huge gift

June 16th, 2023


Timothy Parlatore spent over a year working for Donald Trump on a number of legal challenges, including the Department of Justice’s probe into …

How gamblers, party animals, and true believers are hitting it big in Washington

June 9th, 2023


Ben Terris is a feature writer at The Washington Post, where he’s carved out a unique role: reporting on what he calls, “the weirdo beat.” While …

Inside the debt ceiling vote with GOP Whip Tom Emmer

June 1st, 2023


In this episode of Deep Dive, Playbook co-author Rachael Bade joins House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) and Chief Deputy Whip Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa.) just hours before final passage of the debt ceiling bill they …

How Ron DeSantis went from GOP prom queen to MAGA wallflower

May 26th, 2023


This week, the rumors became reality as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott announced their long-awaited presidential …

AOC’s advice to Joe Biden on the debt limit showdown

May 19th, 2023


In the last year, a lot has changed in Washington for progressives like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

In 2021 and 2022, with Democrats …

Moderate Dem says Title 42 was Biden’s border blunder

May 12th, 2023


This week, after years of criticism from immigration rights activists and many progressive Democrats, President Joe Biden has ended the use of Title 42. That’s the public health law that Donald Trump first used during …

Why Asa Hutchinson isn’t scared of Trump, Biden, or impossible odds

May 5th, 2023


If you talk to Democratic strategists about the 2024 presidential election, there is a certain type of Republican nominee who they fear: Someone who knows how to speak in the language of inclusion; who can discuss …

Bonus: Live from the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

May 2nd, 2023


This past week, luminaries from politics, media, and Hollywood came together for the annual White House Correspondents' dinner in Washington. …

Why this week’s media meltdown was years in the making – and what comes next

April 28th, 2023


This week in Washington – more so than anytime in Joe Biden’s presidency – the news has been all about… the news.

To start, it’s the weekend of the White House Correspondents Association Dinner. But outside of the …

White House Plumbers

April 21st, 2023


On May 1, the hotly-anticipated HBO series White House Plumbers will premiere. The 5-episode series takes viewers along on a darkly funny ride with the fumbling ex-spooks and misguided “patriots.” E. Howard Hunt, played …

DeSantis & the Florida speaker are just getting started. Here’s what’s next.

April 14th, 2023


This week, Florida’s statehouse cleared the way for Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign a six-week abortion ban. The man who shepherded the bill, House Speaker …

How Vivek Ramaswamy thinks he’s got Trump & DeSantis beat

April 7th, 2023


The 2024 Republican presidential primary is off to a bit of a slow start.

Donald Trump and former governors Nikki Haley and Asa Hutchinson have entered the race, but other likely candidates, such as Ron DeSantis and Mike …

Donald Trump’s indictment: Our reporters dig into the repercussions for 2024

March 31st, 2023


Playbook Deep Dive host and Playbook co-author Ryan Lizza gathers three of the best journalists in the POLITICO’s newsroom to break down the immediate questions of what Trump's indictment means. Joining him is Jonathan …

Porn stars, felons, and spin doctors: Who will jurors believe in Trump’s case?

March 24th, 2023


Lanny Davis long ago established himself as the go-to operative in Washington when you’re in the middle of a PR crisis. 

He was famously the public face defending Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal in 1998. …

What Iran and China stand to gain from an Iraq AUMF repeal

March 17th, 2023


On Thursday, the Senate began to re-evaluate one of the most controversial episodes in American history: the Iraq war. 

After a generation of use and abuse, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling a vote to …

AI is advancing faster than Congress. Here’s why that’s a bug

March 10th, 2023


Last November, when the artificial intelligence platform ChatGPT launched, an old science fiction question suddenly became very real: How long until …

Finnish Ambassador: Here’s the right way to poke the Russian bear

March 3rd, 2023


The war in Ukraine is just over one year old. There is widespread talk of a major spring offensive from both sides. War in Europe, once unthinkable, …

How to investigate the president, his predecessor & keep your job

February 24th, 2023


Until last month, Anthony Coley was Director of Public Affairs at the Justice Department and a Senior Adviser to Attorney General Merrick Garland. 

What experts get wrong about Nikki Haley’s run

February 17th, 2023


Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, and President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, is running for president. But not …

Have China hawks flown the coop?

February 10th, 2023


In Washington, there is now a bipartisan consensus around being tough on China.

This was happening even before the Chinese sent a spy balloon drifting across the United States. Last month, by a vote of 365-65, the House …

Why Kevin McCarthy thinks he’s already won

February 3rd, 2023


A small group of longtime Kevin McCarthy aides who decamped downtown to lobby are suddenly some of the most influential and sought-after people in Washington. They remain intensely loyal to the new speaker and serve as …

Behind the RNC's anti-Trump revolt

January 27th, 2023


After losing both chambers of Congress during Trump’s presidency and after waging a disappointing campaign to recapture them in 2022, the Republican Party is having a lot of intra-party feuds.

This week, the …

The people of New Hampshire vs. Joe Biden

January 20th, 2023


What do you do when you are one of the guardians of your state’s most precious political and cultural institution — the very thing that defines New …

The strategist who didn't believe in the red wave

January 13th, 2023


In off-the-record conversations and private emails, AFL-CIO political director Michael Podhorzer argued that the pundits focusing exclusively on the …

The unauthorized history of the House Freedom Caucus

January 6th, 2023


In late 2014, Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) was traveling back to Louisiana with his wife when he had an idea: a plan to empower arch-conservatives to push back against their Leadership, led by then-Speaker of the House …

The anti-McCarthy faction teases a shadow speaker

December 23rd, 2022


Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.) and his allies are trying to end Kevin McCarthy’s reign as leader of the House Republicans. Good is one of five Republicans in the far-right Freedom Caucus vowing to block McCarthy’s path to the …

Will the fusion breakthrough ignite a Congressional chain reaction?

December 16th, 2022


Department of Energy announced a breakthrough in the decades-long quest to recreate on Earth the process that powers the Sun: nuclear fusion. To simplify slightly, scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National …

Gov. Chris Sununu surveys the field

December 9th, 2022


Gov. Chris Sununu was recently re-elected to his fourth term in office. The Republican governor has been positioning himself for the 2024 presidential primaries for a while now. 

Before Election Day, there were a lot of …

True or false: Colorado is a swing state

December 2nd, 2022


Michael Bennet is the senior Democratic senator from Colorado, a famously purple state. In the weeks leading up to the 2022 midterms, Colorado seemed …

Sen. Markey vs. Musk’s Twitter: The freed bird might get its wings clipped

November 18th, 2022


There are some members of Congress who have famously struggled to understand the online world. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) prides himself on not only understanding the internet, but also for passing some of the key …

How to flip a GOP stronghold: be a normal politician

November 11th, 2022


Why were Democrats seemingly able to by and large defy history and avoid a catastrophic result in the midterms? Across the country, Democrats …

Democrats' 'optimistic apostle' offers hope for the midterms

November 4th, 2022


Simon Rosenberg is the head of the progressive think tank NDN, and he has a message for jittery Democrats on the eve of the midterms: cheer up! This week on the Playbook Deep Dive podcast we sit down with the Democratic …

The quarter-billion dollar PAC driving a red wave

October 28th, 2022


Dan Conston is the president of the Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC aligned with Rep. Kevin McCarthy with the singular mission of making …

Weaponized (un)truths: Has the GOP ‘lost its mind’?

October 21st, 2022


Robert Draper's "Weapons of Mass Delusion: When the Republican Party Lost Its Mind" focuses exclusively on the GOP during the crucial 18-month period after January 6 and vastly adds to our understanding of the Trump …

How we predict elections

October 14th, 2022


Scott Bland is POLITICO’s national politics editor and leading all of POLITICO’s 2022 midterm coverage. To do it, he has a team of about 15 reporters …

Dream job disappointment: Testifying against Trump

October 7th, 2022


Sarah Matthews has a political resume similar to a lot of conservatives her age. At Kent State, she joined the College Republicans and made her first …

Giorgia Meloni's Hard Right Playbook

September 30th, 2022


Last Sunday, Italians voted for the most right-wing government since Benito Mussolini. The controversial politician leading the winning coalition, …

The untold story of Trump's botched impeachments

September 23rd, 2022


It’s hard to imagine a political event that was covered more intensively in real time than Trump’s two impeachments. But only now, 18 months after …

The Bitter End to democracy? Hindsight is 20/20.

September 16th, 2022


UCLA political scientists Lynn Vavreck and Chris Tausanovitch and Vanderbilt’s John Sides argue that political party identity has become increasingly …

Kara Swisher knows when to fold ‘em

September 9th, 2022


Kara Swisher has hosted the annual Code Conference for the last twenty years. Recently she announced that this was her final year organizing and running the event, which concluded on Thursday in Los Angeles.

At the final …

When Senator Leahy laughed with Raul Castro

August 26th, 2022


On Tuesday, Leahy, who is retiring this year after representing Vermont in the Senate since 1975, released “The Road Taken,” an engrossing memoir …

Ron Klain says ‘season of substance’ could save Dems

August 19th, 2022


The White House suddenly has a lot to brag about. And the president’s aides, led by chief of staff Ron Klain, are reaching deep into the 20th century to make the case that Joe Biden is a transformational president with …

Byrd nerds: Why the byzantine process of budget reconciliation exists and how it actually works

August 12th, 2022


This week the Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 using the process known as budget reconciliation. The upside? No filibuster is allowed. You only need a majority to approve a reconciliation bill. And the …

Biden’s big bill: Two GOP strategists on how to kill it

August 5th, 2022


The biggest remaining obstacle for the Democrats is now Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, who will continue to host Democratic and Republican aides behind closed doors today (no press allowed) to scrub the …

Legalizing the trip: One ‘shroom advocate’s playbook

July 29th, 2022


Here’s something about Washington, D.C. that even a lot of people who live here don’t know: Psychedelic mushrooms are basically legal. In 2020 voters approved a ballot initiative that made growing, purchasing, and …

He was right about inflation. Biden wasn’t. Larry Summers on what’s coming next

July 22nd, 2022


Ryan caught up with the former treasury secretary — and thorn in the side of Biden White House economists — Larry Summers on the sidelines of the Aspen Security Forum for a wide-ranging interview about last 18 months of …

LA wants to recall its most progressive prosecutor. Inside the DA’s hostile office

July 15th, 2022


THE PLAYBOOK INTERVIEW: GEORGE GASCÓN — Gascón was elected district attorney of Los Angeles County in November 2020 with 54% of the vote. 

“I won handsomely,” he reminisced Wednesday during a 90-minute conversation at …

Why haven’t there been more Cassidy Hutchinsons?

July 1st, 2022


The question of why so few Republicans have stepped forward to testify about what they heard and saw in the Trump White House, is very much at the heart of much of the House Jan. 6 committee’s work — and of Tim Miller’s …

New Jan. 6 witness: Trump had mystery call with Putin

June 24th, 2022


If documentary filmmaker Alex Holder’s memory is accurate, Donald Trump was on the phone with Vladimir Putin just minutes after the news broke that …

Director’s cut: What else did Judge Luttig have to say about Jan. 6 in his interview

June 17th, 2022


J. Michael Luttig is the former federal appeals court judge who advised Vice President Mike Pence that the VP had no authority to reject electors on Jan. 6. Back in February, Playbook co-author Ryan Lizza spent four …

He defied Trump and still survived a GOP primary

June 10th, 2022


This week in the GOP primary for South Dakota’s at-large district, Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) defeated a challenger from his right who claimed he wasn’t aligned closely enough with former President Donald Trump, even …

Will the GOP control Congress for the next decade?

June 3rd, 2022


There’s at least a few people in the Democratic establishment who have hope for the midterms. They’re the redistricting experts, people like Kelly …

Will ‘extremism’ fracture the GOP? Cheney vs. Trump in Wyoming

May 27th, 2022


Trump-backed candidates have lost recently in Georgia, Nebraska, North Carolina and Idaho. The biggest caveat about how the lessons of other states …

The GOP rancher trying to save Idaho from the far right

May 20th, 2022


Jennifer Ellis is the face of the movement that handed Donald Trump his biggest defeat of the year. She leads Take Back Idaho, a political action …

'He absolutely betrayed me': Steve Schmidt tells all about John McCain

May 13th, 2022


This week on “Playbook Deep Dive,” we sat down over Zoom with Steve Schmidt, the architect of the late Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential run, to …

Lifting the curtain on SCOTUS with a POLITICO reporter who broke the Roe story

May 6th, 2022


This week on Playbook Deep Dive, POLITICO’s Peter Canellos talks with our own Josh Gerstein, who broke this week’s massive news that the Supreme Court’s conservative majority has drafted an opinion to overturn Roe v. …

Haddad dishes on more than brunch

April 29th, 2022


The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is back for the first time since 2019. Journalists, A-list celebrities and Washington’s power players will pack the cavernous ballroom at the Washington Hilton. That means brunch …

‘You only win if you fight:' Will Gallego unseat Sinema?

April 22nd, 2022


This week Playbook co-author Ryan Lizza is in Arizona to dig into a few big plotlines ahead of this year’s elections. Trump narrowly lost the state in 2020, Senator Mark Kelly – the Democratic incumbent – is one of the …

Biden’s pollster on how to ‘not get our a---- kicked’ in midterms

April 15th, 2022


In the coming weeks and months, the Playbook team will be out covering the key districts and states that will decide the outcome of the midterm elections. This week, co-author Ryan Lizza was in Las Vegas to interview …

Ro Khanna had some BBB advice for the president. Biden called it ‘homicide.’

April 8th, 2022


Congressman Ro Khanna is one of the most influential progressives inside the house democratic caucus. He represents California’s 17th district – a large chunk of Silicon Valley. It’s wealthy, influential and home to …

Think you understand suburban voters? Doug Sosnik has a 14-page memo betting otherwise.

April 1st, 2022


Doug Sosnik is a man whose deep dive political memos are considered essential reading in Washington. He's best known as a former senior adviser to …

'It's war and the enemy gets a vote’: The man advising Blinken

March 25th, 2022


When you look at the major diplomatic events of the last thirty years, Derek Chollet has experienced them all. He’s worked with legends like James …

Why a centrist Democrat is ditching Congress

March 18th, 2022


Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) pioneered the playbook that helped Democrats flip the House in 2018. Less than four years later, she announced her retirement. Her experience has raised alarms about the Democratic Party …

The man fighting for Ukraine in DC

March 11th, 2022


Even as President Joe Biden has emphasized that the U.S. and NATO do not want to engage with Russia militarily, Congress has pushed the administration to take a hard stance against Russia through unprecedented financial …

An insider’s look into Putin’s long game

March 4th, 2022


More than a week into the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has escalated his military offensive. Ukrainian President …

Putin’s new war, inside and out

February 25th, 2022


It’s an event that Russians, Ukrainians and the rest of the world have been thinking about, but one that many people didn’t think would actually …

The never-before-told backstory of Pence's Jan. 6 argument

February 18th, 2022


For most of his life, J. Michael Luttig has operated behind the scenes at the top of the conservative legal world. He started his career as a young aide at the U.S. Supreme Court, worked as an attorney in the Reagan …

The Gen X activists upending Democratic politics

February 11th, 2022


For months, the parental backlash against school closings has dominated headlines and driven speculation about a brewing electoral wave for …

Why Stephanie Cutter says Dems need a new SCOTUS strategy

February 4th, 2022


Now that Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring, the Biden Administration is racing to select the perfect nominee to be his replacement. According to one …

A former NATO ambassador gets inside Putin’s head

January 28th, 2022


More than 100,000 Russian troops are mobilized along the Ukrainian border. What is Vladimir Putin’s ultimate goal? Today, Playbook author Ryan Lizza …

Cedric Richmond on Biden's turnaround plan

January 21st, 2022


President Joe Biden’s first year in office has been tumultuous, marked by domestic and international challenges that have overshadowed the …

What Joe Manchin told Steve Clemons at dinner

January 14th, 2022


Steve Clemons is a DC institution — an operator who connects some of the biggest power players in the Capitol. He also happens to be the confidant of …

Jamie Raskin's plan to hold Trump accountable

January 7th, 2022


One year later, the ripples of the Jan. 6th riot continue to reverberate throughout American politics. For Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), who led the …

Joe Biden's inflation whisperer

December 17th, 2021


Unemployment is dropping and the economy, by many measures, is humming. But spiraling inflation is creating a serious drag on the economic recovery and hurting President Joe Biden's approval ratings. This week Playbook …

Has Twitter warped politics?

December 10th, 2021


Can Twitter carry a politician to victory in an election? Playbook co-author Eugene Daniels and deputy editor Zack Stanton talk to Republican digital …

Houses on the Hill aren't for living. They're for lobbying

December 3rd, 2021


From their lofty offices along K street, Washington lobbyists have spent decades trying to pull the levers of power. But changing times sometimes …

Kiss your swing districts goodbye

November 19th, 2021


Gerrymandering: Depending on where you stand, it’s either the cause of, or solution to, many of America’s political problems. Here’s what that fight …

CNN's Manu Raju vs. Jeff Flake: Cat and mouse

November 12th, 2021


 It’s one of the most demanding jobs in Washington journalism: tracking down a lawmaker who’s in the news but doesn’t necessarily want to talk. For the Congress press corps, scoring that story-making quote might mean …

The strategists who made the “Youngkin Republican”

November 5th, 2021


For the first time in 12 years, a Republican won the governorship in Virginia. And it wasn’t just any victory — to claim the seat, Glenn Youngkin had …

The activists outside Joe Manchin's houseboat

October 29th, 2021


All summer long, activists have pressured Democratic leaders for a reconciliation package that delivers on all of President Biden’s promises. That means Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin faced protesters in their …

Meet D.C.'s 'Lobbyist Hunter'

October 15th, 2021


“Somebody’s gotta do it. It might as well be me.” So says Ivan Adler, the “lobbyist hunter” who plucks D.C.’s most idealistic Hill staffers and turns them into K Street top dogs. POLITICO’s Hailey Fuchs and Playbook …

Push it to the (debt) limit

October 8th, 2021


What actually happens if the nation defaults on its debt? Planes fall out of the sky, the streets run red with blood — OK, not literally. But the …

The Biden family's secrets

October 1st, 2021


After seven Senate terms and three runs for president, Joe Biden has mastered his folksy image. But behind "the Delaware way" are secrets in Joe's …

Regulating crypto: The $2 trillion Rubik's Cube

September 24th, 2021


Crypto trading! Bitcoin! Dogecoin! Stablecoin! Even if lawmakers don't understand blockchain, Capitol Hill is finally waking up to digital currency — …

Pelosi vs. everybody: Dems’ high-wire health care act

September 17th, 2021


As Democrats' massive reconciliation bill makes its way through the machine, one item is getting all the attention right now: health care. It’s a fight that basically boils down to Nancy Pelosi versus … everyone else — …

Biden’s abortion clash with the Catholic Church

September 10th, 2021


What does it mean to be the nation’s second Catholic president? Playbook co-author Ryan Lizza talks with senior staff writer Ruby Cramer about how …

These Republicans are going...big government?

September 3rd, 2021


There's an intra-party fight on the right — and it's not (all) about Trump! For decades, conservatives have called for the government to take a hands-off approach to the economy. But now, a group of self-styled “common …

How Kamala Harris is embracing — and changing — the system

August 27th, 2021


Kamala Harris entered law school as the daughter of activists and came out as a prosecutor — an evolution that shaped the politician she is today. …

The first true foreign policy test of Biden's presidency

August 20th, 2021


The Taliban's return to power marks the first real foreign policy crisis of the Biden administration — and a rare moment of bipartisan criticism of …

Vote-a-rama drama and the national debt

August 13th, 2021


Nobody on Capitol Hill got much sleep this week. The Senate passed its infrastructure bill, stayed up all night in a vote-a-rama and provided …

The Democratic ‘civil war’ in Ohio

August 6th, 2021


The Democratic establishment dealt a crushing blow to the progressive movement this week in Ohio, where tensions, bad blood and intraparty …

Strange but true: Bernie's pragmatic turn

July 30th, 2021


Bernie Sanders is behaving a lot like a pragmatist (just don’t say it to his face). As the Senate Budget chair and a member of Sen. Chuck Schumer’s …

Inside Biden’s slow-walk on Cuba

July 23rd, 2021


Cuba’s sweeping protests — and sweeping crackdown — are historic. But the situation is a political hot potato for Biden, whose sanction orders came …

Biden’s student debt promise comes due

July 16th, 2021


$1.6 trillion — that's how much student loan debt there is in the United States. Progressives want to cancel student loan debt. Republicans say that's wildly unfair. And President Joe Biden is....waiting. Playbook …

How the 'burbs turned blue

July 9th, 2021


Michigan’s Oakland County, once a Republican stronghold, is turning blue. Playbook's Eugene Daniels and Zack Stanton (also a Michigan native — he's …

Weed is popular. So what's the holdup in Congress?

July 2nd, 2021


Eight — that’s how many states have passed some form of cannabis legalization since November. And even though marijuana is gainingpopularity in …

‘It’s a clusterf*ck’: The college kid who cracked the election industry

June 25th, 2021


Matthew Caulfield was a college senior when he was given a seemingly simple assignment that took him more than five years and 3,000 emails to start …

The drama-filled race for 'America's mayor'

June 18th, 2021


It’s one of the top jobs in politics, period: mayor of the Big Apple. In a heavily left-leaning town, Tuesday’s crowded Democratic primary will …

The Capitol rioter next door

June 11th, 2021


Imagine learning that someone you've known for 18 years is alleged to have been responsible for some of the worst violence on Jan. 6. How do you …

McConnell, Oklahoma and the education culture war

June 4th, 2021


A century ago, a violent white mob razed the heart of Tulsa's thriving Black community. Now, Oklahoma — and Republicans on Capitol Hill — are swept …

Why UFOs are crashing into Congress

May 28th, 2021


Talking about UFOs was once kryptonite for your political career. Now, senators are openly talking about UFOs, and the Pentagon is set to deliver a …

Is Hill oversight dead? Inside the Jan. 6 commission fight

May 21st, 2021


This week's vote on a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection exposed some serious rifts on the Hill — rifts that could get even …

A GOP civil war? Don’t bet on it

May 14th, 2021


If you’ve paid any attention to the news lately, you’ve probably heard this line: There’s a “civil war” raging within the GOP. Republican leadership is duking it out in the open after losing the White House, the House …

The Black correspondents at the White House

May 7th, 2021


White House reporters have access to the highest seat in the country — and they’re a small group. An even smaller group? Reporters of color. On …

Money, MTG and the D.C. power machine

April 30th, 2021


Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has made a name — and recently, fundraised over $3 million — on becoming a political celebrity by oiling gears in the "

The senators at the center of the 50-50 split

April 23rd, 2021


“If we miss this opportunity, God help us.” Joe Manchin and Lisa Murkowski. Two moderate senators smack in the middle — and on either side — of a split 50-50 Senate. On our first episode of Playbook Deep Dive, the two …

BONUS: Why California’s fracking ban went bust

April 16th, 2021


California is the country’s leader when it comes to climate policies. But not even Democrats could impose a ban on fracking despite holding all …

Bonus: How a fake reporter infiltrated the White House press corps

April 14th, 2021


On this bonus episode of POLITICO Dispatch: Who is “Kacey Montagu”? Christopher Cadelago tells the wild and weird story of how a fictitious …

Coming soon: Playbook Deep Dive

April 9th, 2021


Playbook Deep Dive is a new weekly podcast from Politico — for the stories that seem stranger-than-fiction, but are all too real. Underneath all the …

The hellish future of post-Covid travel & a special tribute at the end of this show

April 2nd, 2021


Five cities, four countries and 15 days locked down in Australia: Global Translations author Ryan Heath talks to Playbook's Tara Palmeri about his 68-hour travel journey to get Down Under. He peers inside the hellish …

Fili-fix the Filibuster?

March 26th, 2021


Black civil rights leaders, voting rights advocates and elected officials are putting more and more pressure on Senate Democrats to nix the filibuster. The argument? Keep the filibuster OR pass voting rights …

Sen. Brian Schatz and why Senate Democrats are walking on eggshells

March 19th, 2021


POLITICO Playbook co-author Ryan Lizza interviews Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) to talk the next bill on the Democrats' agenda, whether or not Democrats will have to go around Republicans to get anything done and what his …

Biden's planes, trains and automobiles

March 12th, 2021


Bipartisanship didn’t happen with Covid relief. But President Joe Biden says he really, really wants to go bipartisan on infrastructure — plus, he'll need the Republican votes. POLITICO Playbook co-author Rachael Bade …

How do you solve a problem like vaccine hesitancy

March 5th, 2021


On today's episode, the PR campaign the government is waging on vaccine hesitancy and equitable access for vaccine. Playbook co-author Eugene Daniels talks to Dr. Ebony Hilton and POLITICO healthcare reporter Adam …

The most important person you don't know

February 26th, 2021


On today's episode, everything you want to know about the mysterious but powerful Senate Parliamentarian. Elizabeth MacDonough ruled Thursday that …

We'll always have the Des Moines Marriott

February 19th, 2021


We're roughly one year out from Iowa's catastrophic caucuses, and people are already thinking about the next primary calendar. Amid growing concerns that Iowa voters don't reflect the country, and pushes by Nevada and …

The post-Trump path of “one dude”

February 12th, 2021


With Donald Trump's impeachment acquittal almost assured, at the moment, the Republicans occupying the anti-Donald Trump lane in the post-Trump GOP are in danger of being run over. But if the GOP’s fervor for the former …

Biden's gatekeepers

February 5th, 2021


Gone are the late night tweets of yore. In their place? Meticulously managed calendars. White House correspondent Anita Kumar takes Scott Bland …

The page who took down the GOP

January 29th, 2021


In 2006, a young man holding no political office brought down a 180+ years program and reshaped Congress forever. Scott Bland talks to POLITICO …

"I haven't been able to get this moment out of my head"

January 22nd, 2021


"It became clear that Scott Pruitt had sought to purchase a used mattress from the Trump hotel. And I thought, 'This is not what I expected this job …

Impeached twice and still empowered

January 15th, 2021


He's spent a lifetime turning near-disasters into brand-building triumphs. POLITICO magazine writer Michael Kruse talks to Scott Bland about how …

A riot and a reckoning

January 8th, 2021


The government ground to a halt on Wednesday when rioters breached and laid siege to the Capitol. Hours later, Congress reconvened to complete the …

Nerdcast presents: Global Translations, episode 7

January 1st, 2021


"Nerdcast" presents Episode 7 of the new season of POLITICO's podcast "Global Translations": 

What will it take to secure access to the critical …

Nerdcast presents: Global Translations, episode 6

December 25th, 2020


"Nerdcast" presents Episode 6 of the new season of POLITICO's podcast "Global Translations": 

To understand how essential critical minerals are to our world, we turn to a case study: cobalt. This mineral is proving key …

Goin' to the chapel to get out the v-o-t-e

December 18th, 2020


Ahead of January's runoff election in Georgia, the Black church has been, once again, thrust into the spotlight as an organizing force for voters and as a point of contention for conservatives. POLITICO reporter Maya …

Abuela is always right, and other lessons from Florida 2020

December 11th, 2020


It's an unspoken rule not to talk politics at the dinner table — unless you have a podcast recording, then it's fine! POLITICO's Sabrina Rodriguez …

The one place where the 2020 election isn't over

December 4th, 2020


It's a political cliche to say that the stakes couldn't be higher — but we're looking at Georgia and the stakes couldn't be higher! Republicans and …

Introducing Global Translations: Critical Minerals: The next dirty fight over clean energy

November 25th, 2020


"Nerdcast" presents Episode 5 of the new season of POLITICO's podcast "Global Translations": 

The technologies that protect us, move us and power our …

New apps, no fact checks

November 20th, 2020


Dan Bongino is pushing a stolen election conspiracy theory, and he's gaining followers. Some far-right commentators like Dan are flocking to apps …

How to make a gov't in 4,000 easy steps

November 13th, 2020


The 2020 presidential transition is one of the most consequential transfers of power in American history: Covid-19 is raging, Joe Biden still isn't receiving classified information as prez-elect, and Donald …

The Longest Week

November 6th, 2020


Election Day came and went, and on this, Day 5 of Election Week, we have a result: Joe Biden is the president-elect. POLITICO's Sudeep Reddy and …

The results?

November 4th, 2020


It's definitely not the Election Night we dreamed of. But it definitely happened. Host Scott Bland teams up with Dispatch's Jeremy Siegel to analyze …

How to watch election night like a pro

October 30th, 2020


Nov. 3 is barreling toward us, but don't expect that to be the day we'll know who won the presidency. POLITICO's Zach Montellaro and Nerdcast host …

How Trump could repeat 2016

October 23rd, 2020


By almost every measure, the likely outcome is that Joe Biden will win the White House. Yet less than two weeks before Election Day, the unfolding …

Inside the weirdest, wildest, tightest state in politics

October 16th, 2020


While Florida Republicans used to dominate the absentee ballot game, this year there's been a stunning development: For the first time ever at this stage of a general election, Florida Democrats are outvoting …

Trump stock market soars — and wealthy reap gains

October 9th, 2020


President Donald Trump regularly promotes the soaring stock market as a barometer of the economy's health. But the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans …

6 Catholics, 1 Court: SCOTUS and the rise of the Federalist Society

October 2nd, 2020


Evangelicals make up a bigger share of the Republican electorate. But on the courts? It's conservative Catholics who reign supreme. If confirmed, …

Trump team braces for a presidential self-own

September 25th, 2020


Donald Trump will face Joe Biden for the first of three presidential debates on Tuesday. POLITICO's Gabby Orr and Scott Bland dive into how the president is prepping — or not — for the big day ... and why some of his …

Was the TikTok face-off 'security theater'?

September 18th, 2020


After weeks of uncertainty following President Donald Trump's executive order on TikTok, the Chinese-owned video app that has stolen the hearts — if …

The 9/11 babies are all grown up — and ready to vote

September 11th, 2020


For the first time, young adults born on or around September 11, 2001, will vote in a presidential election this November. America has been at war …

Inside the Wild West of PredictIt

September 4th, 2020


When Joe Biden selected Kamala Harris as his running mate, it was a historic moment — and one that made some people thousands of dollars. Traders on …

Bonus episode: A tale of two conventions

August 31st, 2020


Are we a country that's failed disastrously to respond to a global pandemic, or a country that's overrun by protests and violence on the streets? …

The GOP's identity crisis

August 28th, 2020


A question from a high schooler left POLITICO chief political correspondent Tim Alberta stumped: What does it mean to be a Republican? Alberta talks …

Signed. Sealed. Delivered?

August 21st, 2020


The postal service is older than America itself. It delivers bills, Amazon packages and even ballots straight to your house. So what happens when, in …

Fundraising Remix: The Zoom where it happens

August 14th, 2020


In-person events have long been the bedrock of political fundraising. So what happens when a global pandemic takes away in-person fundraisers? … They …

Canvassing, interrupted

August 7th, 2020


Donald Trump's campaign says it knocks on a million doors a week. Joe Biden's campaign says it knocks on zero. Host Scott Bland talks to Miles Baker …

At-risk Republicans have a problem: Trump

July 31st, 2020


The congressional map as it stands now — three months out from the election — paints a cautiously optimistic picture for Democrats, who could see …

Everything that can go wrong in November

July 24th, 2020


November's election is about to be a perfect storm — that we can all see coming. Garrett M. Graff digs into his POLITICO magazine cover story with Scott Bland about the voting issues that have tripped up primaries in …

Trump vs. the NFL

July 17th, 2020


President Donald Trump's vendetta against the NFL isn't just political. It's personal. POLITICO Magazine's Michael Kruse talks with Scott Bland about …

Why a football coach could beat Jeff Sessions

July 10th, 2020


Trump's former attorney general wants his Senate seat back. But polling shows Tommy Tuberville — a former football coach and political newbie — ahead …

The SCOTUS case that could tip the 2020 scales

July 3rd, 2020


The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to strike down a Louisiana abortion law could motivate conservative voters at the ballot box — and progressives, …

How to handle a scandal

June 26th, 2020


House Democrats are wrestling with how hard to go after President Donald Trump's laundry list of alleged abuses. With just weeks to go until Election …

Split screen: Inside Trump's favorite network

June 19th, 2020


Guest host Eugene Daniels and POLITICO Magazine deputy editor Elizabeth Ralph lift the curtain on One America News Network — where liberal staff are chafing at their own network’s coverage of national protests and the …

White America reckons with racism: Polls and what it means for 2020

June 12th, 2020


Public opinion polls that show support for the Black Lives Matter movement has jumped almost as much in the last two weeks as it has in the past …

The protests — the political and the personal

June 5th, 2020


Guest host Eugene Daniels talks with chief Washington correspondent Ryan Lizza about the growing unrest and national protests — and what he's observed spending his nights outside the White House.

Thank you to Ryan Lizza, …

The politics of a pandemic

May 29th, 2020


Guest host Eugene Daniels talks with national political correspondent David Siders about how, three months in, the coronavirus crisis is …

The presidential race Florida is *really* talking about

May 22nd, 2020


White House reporter and guest host Nancy Cook chats with  Florida bureau chief Matt Dixon about  the 2024 - yes, 2024- political aspirations of some …

Hello? Hello? The Supreme Court calls in

May 15th, 2020


Congress reporter Kyle Cheney talks with White House reporter Nancy Cook about cases heard at the Supreme Court on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday: justices heard a case that pits the House’s demand for President …

The Biden paradox

May 8th, 2020


POLITICO reporters Eugene Daniels and Holly Otterbein tackle the political ramifications of the Tara Reade sexual assault allegations against Joe …

China vs U.S. fight turns into Thunderdome

May 1st, 2020


Chief economic correspondent Ben White sits in the host chair this week to talk to foreign affairs correspondent Nahal Toosi about the increasingly …

Nothing is enough: Governing during coronavirus

April 24th, 2020


What's coming? We haven't seen an economic crisis like this since before WWII or a health crisis like this in a century. And an unsettling reality is setting in: We’re not doing enough to ease the pain on either front …

Is this thing on? How Trump wants to restart the economy

April 17th, 2020


President Donald Trump is talking about reopening the economy -- and slinging around old movie references. But mid-pandemic, what does "reopening" …

The primary's over. The veepstakes have begun.

April 10th, 2020


Bernie Sanders bows out — POLITICO reporter Holly Otterbein gives us the inside scoop and whether Joe Biden can entice Bernie's supporters to his …

Mute ye, mute ye: What Congress might look like on videoconference

April 3rd, 2020


Zoom videoconferencing goes to Washington. Since 9/11, disaster planners have been trying to warn Washington of the risks of a government based on stuffing all of America’s most important legislators into one place. …

The two trillion dollar question

March 27th, 2020


Ten days and $2 trillion -- that's right, with a "tr." How did the Senate get to 96-0? Reporter Marianne LeVine joins host Scott Bland to talk …

The political system vs. COVID-19

March 20th, 2020


COVID-19 has upended daily life in the United States. On this week's Nerdcast, we're talking about how the virus is altering politics: from chaotic …

COVID-19 and the campaign trail

March 13th, 2020


There's one news story that's eaten all the others: COVID-19. Although the coronavirus has been a public health crisis and major news story for weeks now, this week it became the only story. Scott talks to editorial …

Mini Tuesday, Biden's not-so-mini wins

March 11th, 2020


Scott Bland talks to reporter Christopher Cadelago about Joe Biden's key wins in the "Mini Tuesday" primaries and how the door is closing on Bernie Sanders.

What we learned in a whirlwind 2020 week

March 6th, 2020


POLITICO health care reporter Dan Diamond talks us through the Trump administration's coronavirus response and the many questions being raised about preparedness. Later, campaign reporter Elena Schneider joins Scott to …

Super Tuesday: Biden & Bernie blast off

March 4th, 2020


POLITICO reporters and editors race to get Super Tuesday results up as Joe Biden makes a surprise surge in the delegate count. Plus, Scott Bland and …

South Carolina: Biden his time all along

March 1st, 2020


POLITICO's Ryan Lizza joins Scott to talk through Joe Biden's decisive victory in the South Carolina primary -- and whether or not it threatens …

Mega! Primary! Preview!

February 28th, 2020


POLITICO reporter Eugene Daniels talks Scott Bland through his recent reporting trip to South Carolina, where he caught up with his nana Ruby Brown …

Debate extra: When in doubt, shout!

February 26th, 2020


POLITICO's Elena Schneider and host Scott Bland break down a key moment in Tuesday night's Democratic Presidential debate: when Bernie Sanders admitted his mistake in voting for immunity for gun manufacturers.

Bernie hits the jackpot in Nevada

February 23rd, 2020


POLITICO reporter Holly Otterbein joins host Scott Bland to break down Bernie Sanders' big win in Nevada -- and what it means with South Carolina and …

The art of the troll

February 21st, 2020


Zach Montellaro and Scott talk about the Nevada caucuses and whether to expect Iowa 2.0 on Saturday. Plus, Gabby Orr clues us in about the Trump …

Debate extra: They (really) don't like Mike

February 20th, 2020


Scott and POLITICO reporter Chris Cadelago break down the spiciest debate yet: Elizabeth Warren's big night of burns, Mike Bloomberg's struggles and how Bernie Sanders did as the frontrunner.

Justice Dept. drama? Roger that.

February 14th, 2020


Josh Gerstein brings Scott up to speed on the two court cases with nine lives: Roger Stone and Michael Flynn. Plus, meet Alice, a 78-year-old …

New Hampshire feels the Bern

February 12th, 2020


The New Hampshire primary had ups, downs...and, oh yeah, decisive results! POLITICO reporters Holly Otterbein, Alex Thompson, Elena Schneider, Marc …

Debate extra: How Pete took the pressure

February 8th, 2020


In this debate night special, Scott Bland and political reporter Elena Schneider break down a fundamental disagreement between Pete Buttigieg and Joe …

Breakfast at Bernie's

February 7th, 2020


Nerdcast is in New Hampshire this week ahead of Tuesday's primary. We run into Bernie Sanders in a diner and talk to political reporter Holly …

Trump on trial: Acquitted

February 6th, 2020


The Nerdcast goes daily with short episodes providing the most crucial Senate impeachment trial updates with a stable of POLITICO reporters and editors. In the final episode: senior reporter Darren Samuelsohn on the …

Iowa: We're in this for the long haul

February 4th, 2020


It's the 2020 Iowa caucuses and basically nothing went according to plan. Scott Bland talks with POLITICO reporters Eugene Daniels, Charlie …

Trump on trial: End times

January 31st, 2020


The Nerdcast goes daily with short episodes providing the most crucial Senate impeachment trial updates with a stable of POLITICO reporters and editors. Today: editorial director Blake Hounshell on the trial creeping …

5 things to watch before the Iowa caucuses

January 31st, 2020


This week, Scott and national political reporter Natasha Korecki discuss the five big things to watch ahead of the Iowa caucuses, including the …

Trump on trial: Is the end near?

January 30th, 2020


The Nerdcast goes daily with short episodes providing the most crucial Senate impeachment trial updates with a stable of POLITICO reporters and editors. Today: senate reporter Marianne LeVine gives Scott the low-down …

Trump on trial: It's question time

January 29th, 2020


The Nerdcast goes daily with short episodes providing the most crucial Senate impeachment trial updates with a stable of POLITICO reporters and editors. Today: Senior reporter Darren Samuelsohn gives Scott the low-down …

Trump on trial: the defense rests

January 28th, 2020


The Nerdcast goes daily with short episodes providing the most crucial impeachment trial updates with a stable of POLITICO reporters and editors. Today: founding editor John Harris gives Scott a high-altitude view of …

Trump on trial: Bolton's room where it happened

January 27th, 2020


The Nerdcast goes daily with short episodes providing the most crucial Senate impeachment trial updates with a stable of POLITICO reporters and editors. Today: editorial director Blake Hounshell on the reported …

Trump on trial: TiVo and tweetin'

January 24th, 2020


The Nerdcast goes daily with short episodes providing the most crucial Senate impeachment trial updates with a stable of POLITICO reporters and editors. Today: Nancy Cook on the White House's mood, strategy, and what to …

A 'slap fight' and a court fight

January 24th, 2020


This week, Scott talks to healthcare reporter Susannah Luthi about the Supreme Court punting consideration of a high-stakes legal challenge to …

Trump on trial: Un-Schiff-ting strategy

January 23rd, 2020


The Nerdcast goes daily with short episodes providing the most crucial Senate impeachment trial updates with a stable of POLITICO reporters and editors. Today: Ben Weyl talks Adam Schiff's background and strategy.

Join …

Trump on trial: Senate factions

January 22nd, 2020


The Nerdcast goes daily with short episodes providing the most crucial Senate impeachment trial updates with a stable of POLITICO reporters. Today: Burgess Everett guides Scott through the Senate factions and Nancy Cook …

Trump on trial: Mitch McConnell

January 21st, 2020


The Nerdcast goes daily with short episodes providing the most crucial Senate impeachment trial updates with a stable of POLITICO reporters. Today: Darren Samuelsohn guides Scott through day one.

Join us for a daily look …

How to run an impeachment trial

January 17th, 2020


This week, Scott talks to polling expert Steven Shepard and House campaign reporter Ally Mutnick about the latest 2020 election developments. Plus, …

Sanders, Warren and the great debate over how to win

January 15th, 2020


In this debate night special, Scott and senior politics editor Charlie Mahtesian break down a disagreement between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth …

Iran conflict shakes Washington

January 10th, 2020


This week, Scott talks to foreign affairs correspondent Nahal Toosi and deputy defense editor Dave Brown about the last week's worth of news of the Iran conflict, where things stand now and the Pentagon's inconsistent …

Four decades in politics - what's next?

January 3rd, 2020


In this New Years special, Scott and senior White House reporter Darren Samuelsohn look back at the defining political moments of the 80s, 90s, 2000s …

Back next week!

December 27th, 2019


We'll be back with a new episode next Friday, January 3rd.

Klobuchar strikes Buttigieg in fight for center

December 20th, 2019


Scott and senior politics editor Charlie Mahtesian break down a key moment in a battle of the moderates between Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg. …

Debate week day 4: Moderating

December 19th, 2019


Go inside the making of the December Democratic presidential debate with POLITICO on this special edition of the Nerdcast. POLITICO debate moderator Tim Alberta fills us in and chief Washington correspondent Ryan Lizza …

Debate week day 3: Playbook in LA

December 18th, 2019


Go inside the making of the December Democratic presidential debate with POLITICO on this special edition of the Nerdcast. POLITICO Playbook co-author Anna Palmer talks to Scott from Los Angeles about impeachment, which …

Debate week day 2: The making of

December 17th, 2019


Go inside the making of the December Democratic presidential debate with Politico on this special edition of the Nerdcast.

POLITICO's editor Carrie …

Debate week day 1: You didn't answer my question

December 16th, 2019


Go inside the making of the December Democratic presidential debate with Politico on this special edition of the Nerdcast. Scott talks to the 2020 …

A nightmare December and a 2020 tiff

December 13th, 2019


The Nerdcast talks to POLITICO White House reporter Nancy Cook and congress editor Ben Weyl about the chock-full December ahead: USMCA, prescription …

Digging into Kamala's downfall and the demographics of 2020

December 6th, 2019


The Nerdcast talks to POLITICO national political reporter Christopher Cadelago about what went wrong in Kamala Harris' bid for president.

Plus, …

Prospective 'first gentlemen' on the campaign trail

November 27th, 2019


The Nerdcast talks to POLITICO national political reporter Elena Schneider about the 2020 husbands on the campaign trail. The Democratic primary …

What we learned in the impeachment hearings

November 22nd, 2019


The Nerdcast talks to POLITICO national security correspondent Natasha Bertrand as she breaks down four major takeaways from this week's slew of …

A can't-we-all-get-along debate

November 21st, 2019


The Nerdcast breaks down an emblematic moment from Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate -- a question about President Trump highlighting a primary field determined, for the moment, to focus on next year's general …

The 2020 party crashers

November 15th, 2019


The Nerdcast talks to POLITICO’s Nahal Toosi and Ben Weyl as the first public impeachment hearing pulls the spotlight away from the campaign trail …

Remember remember the fifth of November: breaking down Tuesday's election results

November 8th, 2019


The Nerdcast talks to reporters Steven Shepard and Ally Mutnick about the election day results out of Kentucky and Virginia, what those results could …

Ironman Sen. Kyrsten Sinema

November 1st, 2019


The Nerdcast talks to ace congressional reporter Burgess Everett as he introduces us to the independently minded Democratic senator irritating the left and delighting the GOP: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema.

Political nightmares and peering into the future

October 25th, 2019


The Nerdcast gets into the Halloween spirit with White House reporters Darren Samuelsohn and Gabby Orr, who entertain some future speculations and …

Money in the bank and the latest on impeachment

October 18th, 2019


The Nerdcast nerds out with Maggie Severns and Zach Montellaro over the campaigns releasing their Q3 fundraising numbers. Which candidates are on top as they head into the most expensive part of the race so far and …

Warren gets the front-runner treatment

October 16th, 2019


We unpack a key moment of the latest Democratic presidential debate -- when the differences between former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren came into focus. POLITICO's Elena Schneider joins guest host …

Senator, is your refrigerator running? Sen. Graham's hoax calls with Russians

October 11th, 2019


The Nerdcast has a stacked show this week as we get Natasha Bertrand to take us inside two prank calls to Sen. Lindsey Graham that fly in the face of his recent comments on Turkey, the Kurds and Syria.

Plus, Nancy Cook, …

Impeachment and Iowa

October 4th, 2019


The Nerdcast sits down with Politico's Nancy Cook and Ben Weyl to go inside Trump's impeachment bunker and Pelosi's war room.

Plus, get up to speed on …

The moment that impeachment got real

September 27th, 2019


Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) helped kick off the latest phase of the House Democrats' impeachment debate when she and six other moderate members of …

Trump's Turnberry resort and a zombie impeachment memo

September 20th, 2019


The Nerdcast sits down with Politico's Natasha Bertrand and Ben Shreckinger to find out what's going on at Turnberry, President Trump's luxury golf …

Breaking down Castro vs Biden

September 13th, 2019


The Nerdcast team breaks down a key moment from Thursday's democratic presidential debate -- when former HUD Secretary Julian Castro took a swipe at …

Not the debate that climate activists wanted

September 6th, 2019


On this episode of the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland: In a marathon forum on climate change, Democratic contenders began to seek separation from one another on the key issue. POLITICO energy reporter Kelsey Tamborrino …

Nerdcast bonus: The presidential race enters a new phase

September 2nd, 2019


On this episode of the Nerdcast with guest host John Harris: The presidential campaign may feel like it’s been going on forever, but it’s about to enter a new phase. POLITICO founding editor John Harris joined …

Dem campaigns get desperate after debate shutout

August 30th, 2019


This week on the Nerdcast with Scott Bland: More than half of the Democratic presidential field got bounced from the party’s debate circuit Wednesday night, but they’re not meekly exiting stage left. POLITICO campaign …

Trump team braces donors for potential recession

August 23rd, 2019


This week on the Nerdcast with Scott Bland: White House reporter Nancy Cook explains how the Trump administration may be putting on a happy face in public, but in private, they’re worrying about a global economic …

Trump finally tries the patience of Evangelicals

August 16th, 2019


This week on the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland: Evangelicals chafe at Trump’s blasphemy— POLITICO White House reporter Gabby Orr explains why. Also, …

Is Joe Biden’s brother the next Billy Carter?

August 9th, 2019


This week on the Nerdcast with guest-host Blake Hounshell: Over his decades in office, ‘Middle-Class Joe’s’ family fortunes have closely tracked his …

The post-debate state of the race

August 2nd, 2019


This week on the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland: POLITICO national political reporter Elena Schneider and senior politics editor Charlie Mahtesian …

Dissecting a moment: Booker piles on Biden

August 1st, 2019


Cory Booker, in search of his first bona fide “moment” as he tries to work his way up in the presidential race, came ready to lunge into his critique of Joe Biden’s new criminal justice proposal as too little, too late …

'You're wrong' vs. 'I'm right': Sanders and Warren spar with moderates

July 31st, 2019


"You're wrong" for criticizing “Medicare for All,” Sen. Bernie Sanders told former Rep. John Delaney in the first answer of the night — setting up an …

2020 Dems prepare to come out swinging in this week's debates

July 29th, 2019


On this special episode of the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland, POLITICO White House reporter Chris Cadelago on the things he'll be watching for during this week's debates.

Democrats plot a post-Mueller strategy

July 26th, 2019


This week's Congressional appearance by Robert S. Mueller III landed with a thud, so what's next for Democrats itching to impeach the president? Sarah Ferris from POLITICO's Congressional team joins the show to explain …

Is the Democratic field about to shrink?

July 19th, 2019


This week on the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland, POLITICO White House reporter Gabby Orr and Congressional reporter Heather Caygle explain the fallout of President Trump's racist tweets. Also: POLITICO national …

AMERICAN CARNAGE: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump

July 15th, 2019


Today on a special edition of Nerdcast with Scott Bland: Tim Alberta, chief political correspondent for POLITICO Magazine, talks about his …

Does conventional wisdom have it wrong on Sanders and Warren?

July 12th, 2019


This week on the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland: We examine some of the front-runners who have begun to emerge for Democrats, particularly on the …

Two Supreme Court decisions, explained

July 3rd, 2019


This week on the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland: The Supreme Court had a busy week, ruling on two cases that have big political implications. First, …

How Harris made her moment against Biden

June 28th, 2019


The California senator came prepared to prosecute a case against the front-runner. We analyze an important moment from Thursday night's Democratic debate.

Dissecting a moment: Elizabeth Warren on Medicare for All

June 27th, 2019


Sen. Warren seemed to make her fullest embrace of Bernie Sanders’s healthcare plan, but did she leave herself room to change her mind. We analyze an …

Centrist Dems are warming up to Warren. That's a big change.

June 21st, 2019


This week on the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland: It’s debate night in America! Well, it will be next week, and we’re giving you a preview! Two …

Will FDR comparisons connect Bernie with older voters?

June 14th, 2019


This week on the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland: The president isn't so sure that he would call the FBI if he was approached with information about …

Trick or Trade and the 2020 Electoral Map

June 7th, 2019


This week on the Nerdcast with guest-host Charlie Mahtesian: the minds of POLITICO's White House and trade team to help you understand what’s happening with a looming trade war with Mexico. Also: The president scored …

New Dem debate criteria has candidates miffed

May 31st, 2019


This week on the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland: A deep dive into Elizabeth Warren’s campaign strategy with a politico reporter who was on the trail …

How the 2020 Democratic candidates are preparing for the primaries

May 24th, 2019


This week on the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland: a surprising figure has come forward in the impeach trump movement…and no one seems happy about it! Correspondant Tim Alberta joins Scott to talk about it. Plus Scott …

Democrats want a progressive in the White House. They also want someone who is going to get things done.

May 17th, 2019


It's time for a new episode of the Nerdcast, with host Scott Bland.

This week on the show: Joe Biden has been touting a new plan on the trail this …

'It's definitely causing stress': New DNC debate requirements put the pressure on democratic candidates

May 10th, 2019


On the show this week, a packed democratic presidential field makes getting a spot on the debate stage a challenge for candidates, so some of them have completely changed their campaign strategies in hopes of securing a …

How Trump warmed up to AG Barr

May 3rd, 2019


On the show this week, a roundup from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with White House reporters Nancy Cook and Andrew Restuccia. Plus, a look into the relationship between evangelical voters and Trump's inner circle. Then, …

With 20 candidates 'you're going to have a lot of wreckage when it's done'

April 26th, 2019


First, Scott and POLITICO reporter Marc Caputo talk all things Joe Biden. The former vice president finally announced that he's running for president, becoming the 20th democrat to enter the race. Does Biden stand a …

The Mueller report lands. Now it's Congress's turn

April 19th, 2019


It's an all Mueller edition of the Nerdcast show, with host Scott Bland and reporters Kyle Cheney and Melanie Zanona.

The crew unpacks some of the fundamental questions from Thursday’s release of the redacted Mueller …

Will the purge at DHS scare people into acting?

April 12th, 2019


Immigration hard-liners are ascendant at the White House. What does it mean for people trying to enter the U.S., and for the president politically? …

Where do you draw the line between friendly grandpa and creepy uncle?

April 5th, 2019


What might have been seen as normal behavior in the past is not welcome in the present. How will Biden handle the change? Plus, how much money do you really need to raise to become president? We discuss.

'It felt really different at the White House this week'

March 29th, 2019


How have things changed at the White House since the report came out? We go behind the scenes at the White House and on the Hill post-Mueller report. Plus, only three days remain until the end of the weekend, the end …

Does the 'candidate next door' stand a chance?

March 22nd, 2019


Beto O'Rourke raised $6.1 million in the first 24 hours of his presidential candidacy. That's a huge number. It indicates how the Democrats running …

Beto is in. Now what?

March 15th, 2019


No one has successfully gone from U.S. representative to president since James Garfield. Beto O'Rourke thinks he can. Plus, the mishandling of a …

For the time being, Bernie's got his groove back

March 8th, 2019


White House reporter Nancy Cook and congressional reporter Burgess Everett join the Nerdcast to discuss the tension between President Trump.... and …

Cohen testimony renews impeachment speculation

March 1st, 2019


President Trump's former fixer spent hours fixating the American public. Did his testimony reveal anything new? Plus, Iowa proves to be twice as nice.

Bernie is back — and backed — bigly

February 22nd, 2019


Guess who's back (back back)!? back again (again again)!? Bernie's back (back back) AND..... he's already gotten a ton of donations and is pretty …

These are the 2020 Democrats who Trump is worried about

February 15th, 2019


With the field of Democrats running for president growing more crowded each week, the Trump re-election effort has started to zero in on three of them. But Joe Biden -- who's yet to decide whether he'll join the field …

Even more democrats are diving into the 2020 pool

February 8th, 2019


The three top Democrats in Virginia are facing scandals, and it's a story that just keeps getting worse. Campaigns reporter Zach Montellaro joins the Nerdcast to explain. Plus, We've got another two presidential …

Will 2020 be the battle of the billionaires?

February 1st, 2019


Trump might not be the only billionaire running for president in 2020. Looks like there’s two other ultra-rich contenders considering a campaign. …

As the shutdown drags on it is 'unclear what will get us out of this'

January 25th, 2019


The White House hasn't been able to strike a deal with Congress to end the shutdown. It may come down to Mitch McConnell getting involved.

Looks like the shutdown could stretch into February

January 18th, 2019


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Trump should reschedule the speech if the government is still shut down come January 29. White House reporter Nancy …

Three ways President Trump could get his wall

January 11th, 2019


There's ways the president could get his wall without congressional approval. But it won't be pretty. POLITICO White House reporter Nancy Cook joins …

Possibility of a shutdown deal is at a 'total impasse'

January 4th, 2019


The president and democrats haven't been able to come to an agreement, and with the new congress sworn in it doesn't look like things are going to get any easier. White House reporter Nancy Cook joins the Nerdcast to …

Unpacking the government shutdown

December 28th, 2018


The government is shutdown…and everyone seems pretty mellow about it. Why aren’t more people freaking out? We’ll dive into what’s going on now that the new Congress is about to take over with POLITICO congress …

Examining Trump's grip on GOP leaders

December 20th, 2018


The president has been able to get once resistant GOP party leaders to fall in line — but how? Plus, how southern democrats manage to exist in a party moving further left with each passing day.

Republicans are in a shutdown pickle

December 14th, 2018


Hope for avoiding shutdown is evaporating; it might be a long few weeks in Washington, with less than happy holidays approaching. We breakdown the …

The invisible primary becomes visible

December 7th, 2018


With Avenatti and Patrick taking a pass on running in 2020, the field is narrowing before the chaos of a long election season even begins. Hear how things that used to happen in private have taken on a new, very public …

Connecting the dots of the Mueller investigation

November 30th, 2018


This week, as Nancy Pelosi takes a big step toward reclaiming the gavel as Speaker of the House, how did she manage to turn back so many vocal critics in this round of the speakership fight?

The Mueller investigation …

How pardons hang over the Mueller investigation

November 21st, 2018


Even though the Founding Fathers were anti-king, there was one king-ly power they really liked: the pardon. Thus the presidential pardon was born. Traditionally, presidents have waited patiently for their lame duck …

The precarious power of the progressive left

November 16th, 2018


Everything seemed fine in the White House during midterms, but now there's the churn and burn. Big staff turnover is expected, and no one is sure who will make the cut. Plus, what's going on with the midterm election …

Trump comes to grips with divided government

November 9th, 2018


It’s time for a new episode of Nerdcast, POLITICO’s podcast on the White House and politics. Tune in each week to geek out with us as we dive deep …

How to make sense of the midterm results

November 7th, 2018


POLITICO's senior politics editor, Charlie Mahtesian, and campaign reporters Elena Schneider and Steve Shepard explain how Democrats won so much in …

What we're watching for on election night

November 2nd, 2018


'Twas the week before midterms and all through the House everyone was stirring and totally freaking out!! This is the week before midterms edition of the Nerdcast. Find out what's happening in congressional districts …

We watched every campaign ad so you don't have to

October 26th, 2018


POLITICO senior politics editor Charlie Mahtesian and White House reporters Nancy Cook and Chris Cadelago discuss President Donald Trump's phantom …

All election edition: Live at Politicon

October 21st, 2018


It’s time for a new episode of Nerdcast, POLITICO’s podcast on the White House and politics. This week, we're live from POLITICON in Los Angeles. …

Inside Donald Trump's safe space

October 19th, 2018


This week is all about the money money money mooooney! First, POLITICO's Elena Schneider explains the bananas amount of money that Democratic candidates have raised compared to Republican incumbents. It's bonkers. Then, …

Whose Kavanaugh vote is going to hurt them the most?

October 12th, 2018


This week on Nerdcast: The future of senators Murkowski and Collins after they cast controversial Kavanaugh votes, and a Race Ratings and midterm …

The White House's nickname for President Trump

October 5th, 2018


White House staffers have been using an.... interesting nickname for President Trump. Maybe a reference to his love for skyscrapers? Who can say? White House reporter Nancy Cook spills. Then reporter Rachael Bade shares …

What are the political consequences of Kavanaugh's testimony?

September 28th, 2018


The partisan display at Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing is likely to change the way future nominees are vetted -- and whether people are willing to submit themselves to such scrutiny. Plus, are the …

Behind the scenes as Kavanaugh's nomination hit the rocks

September 21st, 2018


Brett Kavanaugh's hearing was on track.... then off..... then on.... and now maybe off track again? We break down what's happening between Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused him of sexual …

The politics of hurricanes explained

September 14th, 2018


On this week’s Nerdcast, POLITICO’s podcast on the White House and politics: As Hurricane Florence arrives, Donald Trump can’t resist firing his feud …

Is the left building its own Tea Party or something else entirely?

September 7th, 2018


The defeat of an incumbent congressman in Massachusetts and the contentious Supreme Court nomination hearings for Brett Kavanaugh show how Democrats seem to be after style as much as substance in 2018. Plus, a lodestar …

Trump's pre-Magna Carta mindset

August 31st, 2018


A primary Tuesday means a primary Friday on Nerdcast — a primary analysis, that is. We break down what happened in the last big multi-state primary …

Inside Trump's split screen reality

August 24th, 2018


A guilty verdict, a guilty plea, and an indictment. What a week in national politics.

POLITICO reporting referenced in this segment:Inside the Trump …

BONUS: Did a presidential pardon just become more likely?

August 22nd, 2018


President Trump loves a controversial pardon. Following his disgraced former campaign chairman Paul Manafort being found guilty, it's looking like we …

High primary turnout creates more centrist Dems

August 17th, 2018


What do democratic voters want? A candidate that will win! How will they try to get it? By moving more to the center, probably! High voter turnout in the primaries among Democrats is showing that there is promise in …

Bernie-backed underdogs underperform

August 10th, 2018


Primaries, nerds! *cue emoji clapping hands and confetti* We're in our happy place. First, we're talking campaigns, what Bernie Sanders might be getting at when he backs underdog candidates and what we can expect in …

Trump gets into the midterms. Big league.

August 3rd, 2018


Ahhh Midterm season is (still) in the air. With president Trump back on the road, we've been hearing him drop some midterm hopefuls' names on the …

The decrease in White House transparency continues

July 27th, 2018


The White House has decreased press briefings and announced that they'll no longer be sharing summaries of Trump's call's with foreign heads of state. Plus, they pentagon is not talking to reporters, leaving them in the …

Trump's Russia comments: deeply damaging or just bizarre?

July 20th, 2018


As Trump walks back his remarks on Russian meddling, the question of whether he's compromised by a foreign power moves from the fever swamps to the mainstream. Plus, POLITICO'S Rachael Bade says GOP women running for …

The Trump Pence split-screen

July 13th, 2018


While President Trump is ruffling feathers of world leaders in Europe, Mike Pence is on his own press tour a little closer to home: he's in the Midwest. We get into what he's doing there, and why his message sounds a …

How Supreme Court nominations are like political campaigns

July 6th, 2018


Scott's on vacation, but we're not! Charles Mahtesian, Esq. sits in the host seat this week. Name a better time to go full Supreme Court..... we'll …

Kennedy retirement reunites fractured Republicans

June 29th, 2018


In a news week that seemed like it would never end, there were two big upsets for the Democrats: First, in New York's 14th congressional district, …

The turmoil at the border is just beginning

June 22nd, 2018


This week we're talking about the border from two perspectives: The White House and the Hill. Then, we'll explain why democratic congresspeople and democratic candidates have been turning their backs on Nancy Pelosi, …

For Republicans, Trump holds the cards

June 15th, 2018


The primary outcomes have us wondering: What's the state of the GOP? Politico's Elena Schneider and Alex Isenstadt join us this week to fill us in on …

BONUS: Decoding Trump, Post Summit

June 12th, 2018


While we were sleeping, President Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore. They signed a "very comprehensive document," but what was in it? And what does it all mean in the long run? Emily Stephenson …

A sigh of relief from Democrats

June 8th, 2018


With a giant primary day in the rearview mirror, the Nerdcast team sizes up the race for the House this fall, and we explain what to expect from the …

Super Tuesday: primary elections edition

June 1st, 2018


Just when you thought primary election season couldn't get any better, we get 8 primaries on a single Tuesday! We're calling it a Super Tuesday. Hear …

Can Democrats win in the South, and Paul Ryan’s pickle

May 25th, 2018


You already know what time it is: Primary discussion time! *Insert airhorn sound effect* Daniel Strauss and Steve Shepard are back to talk about the …

Inside Mueller’s team, and a look at the Dems

May 18th, 2018


If you ain't talking primaries, we don't wanna talk (we'll call you back). Talking primaries again, we know you love it! Hear what democrats are facing, and how women are faring in primary elections this year. Then, get …

Sizing up the primaries and unpacking two nuclear relationships

May 11th, 2018


We talk about what unfolded in Tuesday night's primary elections, and then breakdown the next round of primaries we're gearing up for. Then, it's on …

BONUS: The woman who connected Castro with the White House

May 7th, 2018


History forgot Lisa Howard, but we still see the implications of her work today. The story of how one pioneering female journalist used grit, determination and some intimate diplomacy to establish a secret backchannel …

Nobody wants to be Trump's lawyer

May 4th, 2018


President Trump's new lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, shared some revealing news about the president during an interview with Sean Hannity regarding the …

Dr. Ronny Jackson drops out, Missouri midterms heat up

April 27th, 2018


It seems like we are destined to have at least one confirmation battle pending before the senate until the end of time. This week, we can thank Dr. Ronny Jackson, who has withdrawn his nomination to lead the VA. White …

Abe visits Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Nikki Haley and Election 2018

April 20th, 2018


It's been a very foreign-policy focused week for the White House. We bring you a breakdown of the big events that made headlines. Then we’ll talk …

Nine months is a long time to be a lame duck

April 13th, 2018


Paul Ryan announced that he'd be retiring after three years as Speaker of the House. Where does that leave republicans, and what about all that …

Scott Pruitt did 'the swampiest thing imaginable'

April 6th, 2018


Scott Bland is back! This week, our host has returned, and somehow, no one left the White House. We're talking about the controversies surrounding EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, then shifting gears to take on the big …

Inside How Trump favored Texas over Puerto Rico

March 30th, 2018


In this episode, going in-depth on a POLITICO investigation that found disparities in how the federal government handled the responses to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Maria. Plus, it was a quiet week at the White …

Democrats Unfriend Facebook

March 23rd, 2018


On the show this week, it's Facebook's future in Washington, a Senate race in West Virginia and questions asked by Politico readers. Plus, Charlie …

Post Tillerson Stress Disorder

March 16th, 2018


On the show this week, we’re talking Rexit and the oh-so-close race for a Congressional seat in the Western Pennsylvania — what does it mean for republicans in the midterms?

Another week, another White House departure

March 9th, 2018


This week, we’re talking tariffs, trade and why the stock market seems pretty much unfazed by Donald Trump despite all the uncertainty he brings. Plus, what we learned (and what we didn’t) from this week’s primary …

Is Hope Hicks gone for good?

March 2nd, 2018


POLITICO reporters discuss White House communications director Hope Hicks' resignation, Jared Kushner's security clearance downgrade and the latest …

BONUS: Why 2018 Is do-or-die for Democrats

February 23rd, 2018


Washington insider and former Clinton political director Doug Sosnik joins the Nerdcast to walk listeners through his latest analysis of the 2018 map

Parkland students push for gun reform

February 23rd, 2018


POLITICO reporters discuss the gun control debate that has taken hold of the country following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida last week and …

Porter scandal rocks Kelly's credibility

February 16th, 2018


POLITICO reporters discuss the Rob Porter abuse allegations that have shaken the White House and why chief of staff John Kelly is in the middle of …

Dow falls but the parade must go on

February 9th, 2018


POLITICO reporters discuss the recent fluctuations in the stock market and what the repricing means for the country's economy and politics, President …

BONUS: Mike Pence on the midterm elections

February 2nd, 2018


POLITICO Playbook producer Zach Montellaro joins Charlie to discuss and share highlights of Wednesday night's Mike Pence interview with Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman at the annual GOP winter retreat in West Virginia.

Deadlines loom over Congress

February 2nd, 2018


POLITICO reporters discuss the looming shutdown and DACA deadline, the surprisingly high number of Republican committee chairs have decided to leave office at the end of this Congress, and the explosive POLITICO story …

Will Trump stick to SOTU script?

January 26th, 2018


POLITICO reporters discuss the DACA deal battle between Republicans, Democrats and President Trump, and the potential of a second shutdown in the beginning of February. The panel also discusses how to keep the …

Shutdown blame game

January 19th, 2018


POLITICO reporters discuss the latest shutdown struggle on Capitol Hill, how President Trump's tweets and roving policy stances are complicating …

Washington struggles to strike DACA deal

January 12th, 2018


POLITICO reporters discuss President Trump's televised immigration meeting, lawmakers' struggle to strike a deal on DACA, Senator Ben Cardin's 200-page report on Putin's meddling in global democracies, and what the …

Trump blasts Bannon

January 5th, 2018


POLITICO reporters discuss the frayed relationship between President Trump and Steve Bannon, and what Senator Hatch's retirement means for Mitt Romney. The group also discusses the White House's Iran strategy and what …

Defining moments of 2017

December 29th, 2017


POLITICO reporters break down the top moments of 2017. From Senator McCain's "no" vote on the Obamacare repeal to Donald Trump's personnel shakeups to special elections across the country, the group unpacks why these …

Tax day

December 22nd, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss the tax bill the Republican-led Congress passed this week and what it will mean for taxpayers in the coming months. The …

Jones takes Alabama

December 15th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss Democrat Doug Jones' victory in Alabama and what that win means for 2018 congressional races to come, President Trump's tweet blasting Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and the deal struck by House …

Bonus: Playbook interview with NRCC's John Rogers & DCCC's Dan Sena

December 12th, 2017


Playbook Audio Briefing hosts Jake and Anna talk with NRCC Executive Director John Rogers and DCCC Executive Director Dan Sena at a live podcast taping at Sixth and I Synagogue on Thursday. Unsurprisingly, they don’t …

Alabama Senate Preview

December 8th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss the upcoming Alabama Senate race following President Trump's endorsement of Roy Moore, the sexual misconduct allegations …

Harassment dominoes on Capitol Hill

December 1st, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss the sexual misconduct allegations plaguing congressional Democrats, President Trump's Twitter fingers and why the social media statements matter, and the Republican tax plan speeding through …

Boehner unchained

November 24th, 2017


In a special Thanksgiving edition of the Nerdcast, POLITICO Magazine reporter Tim Alberta joins Scott Bland to discuss his profile on former House …

Moore allegations rock Alabama

November 17th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss the number of women who have come forward accusing Roy Moore of inappropriate behavior, Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimony, and takeaways from President Trump's trip overseas.

Election Day recap

November 10th, 2017


POLITICO reporters break down Democrat Ralph Northam win in Virginia’s gubernatorial race, including the White House's reaction, polling errors and …

It's Mueller time

November 3rd, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss Robert Mueller’s indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, President Trump's upcoming trip to Asia, and …

Flake bows out

October 27th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss Senator Flake pulling the plug on his reelection campaign in a dramatic Senate floor speech and what's to come in the …

2017 election preview

October 20th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss President Trump’s comments about fallen troops this week, the competitive Virginia governor’s race with Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie pitted against one another, and Steve …

POLITICO Money: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on taxes, Trump's tweets and Hamilton

October 19th, 2017


POLITICO's new podcast POLITICO Money takes over the Nerdcast feed. In the first episode, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin opens up about his relationship with President Trump and how he became treasury secretary, …

Trump's hiring spree

October 13th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss three major White House personnel picks in the works, the spat between President Trump and Senator Bob Corker, and major megadonors that are supporting Republican candidates across the country …

Will Congress act on guns?

October 6th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss the impact of the Las Vegas shooting on gun control legislation in Congress, how much room Senate Republicans have made in …

Puerto Rico's long road back

September 29th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss the recovery and rebuilding efforts Puerto Rico is facing since Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory a week ago, Alabama Republican Roy Moore's primary election victory and what it means for …

The GOP's final health care push

September 22nd, 2017


POLITICO reporters tackle the Graham-Cassidy health care bill in the works in the Senate, the Alabama special election and how much money the super PAC aligned with Mitch McConnell has spent so far, and President Donald …

Single payer politics

September 15th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss Bernie Sanders’ new single-payer health care legislation, the number of House Republicans from potential battleground districts have retired in the last week and the number of nations meeting …

Republicans reel from debt ceiling deal

September 8th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss President Trump's deal with Democrat leadership to raise the debt ceiling, fund the government for 3 months and provide Hurricane Harvey aid. The panel also delves into former President …

Hurricane Harvey aftermath

September 1st, 2017


POLITICO's top reporters discuss Hurricane Harvey, President Trump's visit to the state and disaster optics, and what to expect from Congress as they …

No retreat, no surrender

August 25th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss President Trump's decision to go off script in Phoenix, Arizona this week and his aversion to be managed by staff. The panel also unpacks the president's primetime Afghanistan address and how …

The aftermath of Charlottesville

August 18th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss the political upset over Trump's statements on Charlottesville, the results of Alabama's special Senate race and the …

Fire and fury

August 11th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons, Trump's shrinking support among registered voters and how John Kelly's first two weeks as White House chief of staff are going.

It’s Trump’s party now

August 4th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss Trump's new immigration proposal, the reelection implications for Arizona Senator Jeff Flake after his criticism of President Trump and the upcoming Alabama Senate special election.

BONUS EPISODE: Live from Politicon

July 31st, 2017


Live from Politicon in Pasadena, California, POLITICO reporters discuss Trump's constantly rotating staff in the West Wing, the recent failure of the …

What 'loyalty' means to Trump

July 28th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss Trump's bullying of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the transgender military policy he announced via Twitter Wednesday …

Republicans reset on health care again

July 21st, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss the Republican party's health care strategy, how the Trump administration could accomplish broad sweeping tax reform and …

Emails again

July 14th, 2017


POLITICO reporters dive into Donald Trump Jr.'s emails and the legal implications, how Republicans are balancing the varying health care demands within the party, and the number of states that have declined Kansas …

The 2018 Senate lookahead

July 7th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss the number of Republican Senate candidates that have decided not to actually run for Senate in 2018 and the tariff President Donald Trump is reportedly considering on major steel producing …

Health care whiplash

June 30th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss the Senate GOP health care plan negotiations, the number of public laws enacted this year by the Republican-controlled …

The Georgia season finale

June 23rd, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss Republican Congresswoman-elect Karen Handel's victory in Georgia, calls for Nancy Pelosi to step down after Republicans …

Is a White House policy reboot possible?

June 16th, 2017


POLITICO reporters cover the shooting in Virginia that wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others at a practice for the Republican congressional baseball team, megadonors gathering with President Donald …

The Comey hearing aid

June 9th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss the Comey Senate Intelligence Committee testimony, the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia and the special …

We’ll never have Paris

June 2nd, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss the Paris climate agreement, the FBI turning their focus on Jared Kushner's Russian dealings and what's to come for …

Special election smackdown

May 26th, 2017


POLITICO reporters tackle President Trump's first foreign trip, the $4.1 trillion dollar budget and the Montana special election results.

Special counsels and special elections

May 19th, 2017


POLITICO reporters break down the 3 huge, separate-yet-linked stories: Trump’s meeting with top Russian officials last week, former FBI Director James Comey's memo indicating that President Trump asked him to drop the …

The James Comey episode

May 12th, 2017


POLITICO reporters do a deep dive into President Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey - examining the implications for the bureau, why the president chose this moment and how Democrats are reacting. Then the group …

Decision day

May 5th, 2017


POLITICO reporters tackle the House's Obamacare repeal bill, Sen. Jim DeMint's sudden exit from the conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation and rising number of congressional members calling it quits.

The health of the party

April 28th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss the White House's latest health care push, strategies for the administration's impending tax cut effort and the future of the Democratic party.

Big money, small dollars

April 21st, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss Democrat Jon Ossoff's performance in Georgia’s special House primary, the amount of money President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee raised and what Bill O'Reilly's exit from Fox News means …

Voters are voting

April 14th, 2017


On this week’s show, POLITICO reporters discuss more special elections happening across the country, President Donald Trump’s ideological flexibility …

Special election season

April 7th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss Democrat Jon Ossoff's fundraising in the Georgia special election, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon's departure from the National Security Council and GOP lawmakers' priorities for …

Is the Senate headed for the 'nuclear option'?

March 31st, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss the House Freedom Caucus's strategy going forward, the latest on Devin Nunes and his intelligence reports, and the impending Senate clash over Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's confirmation …

The House of pain

March 24th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss the Republican divide over Obamacare repeal in the House, Intel chair Devin Nunes' wiretap claims, and how global populism …

The bully pulpit

March 17th, 2017


The POLITICO nerds discuss Donald Trump's approval rating according to a new Fox News' poll, the number of Senate Democrats that Supreme Court …

Health scare politics

March 10th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss the Republicans' strategy for passing a health care bill through the House, how the Trump White House is handling allegations of Russian ties, and how the new president is faring 50 days into …

The Russia merry-go-round

March 3rd, 2017


POLITICO reporters talk President Trump's joint sessions address, the Republicans' Obamacare repeal and replace strategy, and the future of the …

Trump's big speech

February 24th, 2017


POLITICO reporters tackle President Trump's first address to Congress next week, the history of CPAC and the current role it serves in the Republican …

A week of chaos

February 17th, 2017


POLITICO reporters dive into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's resignation after only 25 days, President Trump's 77-minute press conference and who's in the lead in the race to become DNC chair.

Live from D.C., it’s Saturday Night

February 10th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss Saturday Night Live's satirization of the Trump administration, cabinet secretaries' controversial confirmations and Elizabeth Warren's quashed floor speech.

Trump's Supreme week

February 3rd, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, the immigration executive order and the protests that followed, and the GOP’s margin …

Trump off and running

January 27th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss Donald Trump's first week as president, including his upcoming Supreme Court pick, illegal voting claims and how Democrats are planning on fighting back.

Trump takes the oath

January 20th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss expected themes of Donald Trump's inaugural address, the lack of under-secretaries named at the Defense and State departments, how Congressional Republicans are grappling with healthcare …

The Russia files

January 13th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss BuzzFeed's decision to publish the Trump dossier, the biggest news to come out of Donald Trump's Wednesday press conference and Rex Tillerson's rocky hearing on the Hill.

Trump’s Cabinet heads to Capitol Hill

January 6th, 2017


POLITICO reporters discuss the confirmation hearings hitting the Hill, PEOTUS's upcoming press conference and which Democrats voted against Nancy Pelosi for Speaker.

Trump goes off the record

December 23rd, 2016


POLITICO reporters discuss Hillary Clinton's final vote count, Donald Trump's private security contracting, transition team vetting and the president-elect's unexpected off the record gathering in Mar-A-Lago.

No honeymoon for Trump

December 16th, 2016


POLITICO reporters discuss the Electoral College confusion, how Donald Trump's favorability numbers will affect his presidency and the latest cabinet …

Trump's nontraditional transition

December 9th, 2016


POLITICO reporters discuss Ivanka Trump's interest in environmental issues, the percentage of voters who had a more favorable view of Trump after the Carrier deal and how Democrats can begin to rebuild the party's …

Trump's conservative dream team

December 2nd, 2016


POLITICO reporters discuss Donald Trump's cabinet picks thus far, the ratio of the president-elect's at-the-mic statements to tweets, hints of 2018 and what to expect from Congress.

Your 2016 questions answered

November 18th, 2016


POLITICO’s Charlie Mahtesian, Scott Bland and Katie Glueck answer listeners' questions about the 2016 election.

The 2016 postmortem

November 11th, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Scott Bland, Ken Vogel, Eli Stokols and Hadas Gold discuss what the pollsters got wrong and how the …

Trump defies the odds

November 9th, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian and Scott Bland react to the news that Donald Trump won the 2016 election, and dive into how the …

Who will win?

November 8th, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian and Scott Bland discuss the key counties to watch on Election Day, Donald Trump's path to 270, exit …

Is it really a nailbiter?

November 4th, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Scott Bland, Ken Vogel and Josh Gerstein discuss the latest FBI Clinton email probe, the impact of October surprises, Trump's path to victory and what we've learned from …

Donald Trump's detour from reality

October 28th, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Scott Bland, Ken Vogel and Eli Stokols discuss early voting, the Trump campaign's fundraising strategy …

Trump's last chance

October 21st, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Scott Bland and Katie Glueck discuss Donald Trump's assertion that he may not honor the election …

Donald Trump in freefall

October 14th, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Scott Bland, Ken Vogel and Eli Stokols discuss the Trump tape fallout, how Trump's unconventional …

It’s hers to lose on Sunday

October 7th, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Hadas Gold, Scott Bland and Ken Vogel discuss Donald Trump's taxes, the VP debate and what Governor …

Donald Trump loses the post-game

September 29th, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Hadas Gold, Scott Bland and Eli Stokols discuss Donald Trump's performance in the first debate, the …

Are you ready for debate night?

September 22nd, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Ken Vogel, Hadas Gold, Scott Bland and Katie Glueck discuss what can we expect from the first debate, the religious …

Trump can win.

September 15th, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Scott Bland, Shane Goldmacher and Hadas Gold analyze recent battleground polls showing Trump and …

Is Trump’s bounce-back legit?

September 8th, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Ken Vogel, Eli Stokols, Scott Bland and Charlie Mahtesian analyze the latest CNN/ORC poll showing Donald Trump leading by …

Is immigration a win for Trump?

September 1st, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Ken Vogel, Eli Stokols, Scott Bland and Charlie Mahtesian discuss Donald Trump's visit to Mexico, his immigration …

The rise of the 'alt-right'

August 25th, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Ken Vogel, Eli Stokols, Scott Bland and Hadas Gold discuss Hillary Clinton's run-out-the-clock strategy and how the next …

Do the third-party candidates stand a chance?

August 18th, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts and Scott Bland interview Evan McMullin on the third-party candidate's chances of getting on the ballot, let alone winning …

Can Trump rebound?

August 11th, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Eli Stokols, Scott Bland and Hadas Gold discuss the latest polling in swing states and if the Trump …

Will Trump drop out?

August 4th, 2016


POLITICO’s Charlie Mahtesian, Ken Vogel, Eli Stokols, Hadas Gold and Scott Bland geek out over the race to the White House. The group discusses how …

What if Clinton v. Trump ends in a tie?

July 29th, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Ken Vogel and Hadas Gold geek out over the race to the White House in Philadelphia with segments on …

Trump claims the title

July 21st, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Ken Vogel and Eli Stokols geek out over the race to the White House in Cleveland with segments on the …

Live from the RNC with Sarah Huckabee and David Pepper

July 20th, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts and Charlie Mahtesian sit down with senior Trump advisor Sarah Huckabee and Ohio Democratic Party chairman David Pepper in Cleveland to discuss how to win battleground states, what it's like …

Why Trump is gaining on Clinton

July 14th, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Scott Bland and Hadas Gold geek out over the race to the White House with segments on Hillary Clinton …

Trump fumbles Clinton's bad week

July 7th, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Eli Stokols and Hadas Gold geek out over the race to the White House with segments on Hillary …

Trump's trade war on the GOP establishment

July 1st, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Ken Vogel, Eli Stokols and Scott Bland geek out over the race to the White House with segments on …

Was firing Lewandowski the start of Trump's turnaround?

June 23rd, 2016


POLITICO’s Susan Glasser, Charlie Mahtesian, Ken Vogel, Eli Stokols and Scott Bland geek out over the race to the White House with segments on Cory …

Did Trump blow it on Orlando?

June 16th, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Ken Vogel, Eli Stokols and Scott Bland geek out over the race to the White House with segments on …

Donald Trump’s big-money blues

June 9th, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Ken Vogel, Eli Stokols and Scott Bland geek out over the race to the White House with segments on …

Trump's Libertarian nightmare

June 3rd, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Ken Vogel, Eli Stokols and Scott Bland geek out over the race to the White House with segments on the …

What is Bernie Sanders up to?

May 26th, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Ken Vogel, Hadas Gold and Scott Bland geek out over the race to the White House with segments on Rick …

How badly is Sanders hurting Clinton?

May 20th, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Ken Vogel, Hadas Gold and Scott Bland geek out over the race to the White House with segments on the …

Is Trump really making nice with the GOP?

May 12th, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Ken Vogel, Eli Stokols and Scott Bland geek out over the race to the White House with segments on …

Does Donald Trump have a prayer?

May 6th, 2016


POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Ken Vogel, Eli Stokols and Scott Bland geek out on the race to the White House on the inaugural …

Welcome to the 2016 Nerdcast

May 5th, 2016


Welcome to the 2016 Nerdcast by POLITICO

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