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An inside-the-beltway show that's truly for beltway outsiders. Each week the HuffPost Politics team offers an entertaining alternative to the Sunday shows you've stopped watching. Along with their outside the beltway guests, join Arthur Delaney and Elise Foley as they analyze the news of the week an… read more

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Government Workers Await News Of Whether They Have Friday Off

February 8th, 2018


The government is on the verge of another shutdown, which is lots of fun for people who like political drama but less so for people who work in …

Trump Truly Owns The Republican Party Now

February 1st, 2018


Republicans are helping President Donald Trump undermine an investigation into his campaign's collusion with the Russian government, revealing that …

Only President Trump Can Save The Dreamers

January 25th, 2018


The government's open, but where do we go from here? Democrats want legal status for 700,000 Dreamers, and they'll ultimately need President Donald …

The So That Happened Shutdown Special

January 23rd, 2018


In this special dispatch, So That Happened takes a look at the Schumer Shutdown. Or was it the Trump shutdown? Did Dems cave? Or was this the best …

The Government Might Shut Down Because No One Knows What Donald Trump Wants

January 18th, 2018


The government might shut down this week and this is the ONLY podcast that can tell you HOW, WHY and also WHO to blame. We interviewed Congressman Ted Yoho, a conservative House Republican who definitely blames the …

What We Talk About When We Talk About Government Shutdowns

January 11th, 2018


The government might shut down next week partly because Donald Trump refuses to help Dreamers without getting his wall or other policy changes -- …

Nazis, North Korea And The World's Biggest, Dumbest Feud

January 4th, 2018


This week, America gained new insight into the fraught relationship between Donald Trump and his erstwhile white house strategist, Steve Bannon. It's …

Trump's Biggest Win Of The Year

December 28th, 2017


Tax reform is a big deal, but Donald Trump's reshaping of the judicial branch of government might be his biggest achievement of 2017. 

Republicans say the estate tax hurts farms and small businesses and that …

Republicans Pass Sweeping Tax Plan, Still Working On Basic Governance

December 21st, 2017


Republicans Pass Sweeping Tax Plan, Still Working On Basic Governance

This week, Republicans succeeded in passing their tax bill. So what did Arthur have for lunch?

Republicans won on taxes, but are looking shaky on …

Paul Ryan Is So Tired

December 14th, 2017


There are whispers that Paul Ryan might resign -- we asked Matt Fuller why and when this could happen and who could be the next speaker. 

Accused …

Politician Accused Of Creepy Behavior Does Highly Unusual Right Thing

December 7th, 2017


Al Franken is resigning, which we boldly predicted would happen! But what does it mean for partisan politics? 

The Supreme Court took up the …

Tax Cuts Might Pass And The Government Might Shut Down

November 30th, 2017


This week, the U.S. Senate stumbled forward on tax reform with a government shutdown looming around the corner. 

North Korea launched a missile that …

Donald Trump Is Thankful For Plausible Deniability

November 23rd, 2017


This week, Donald Trump pardoned some turkeys and endorsed Roy Moore. Then: long ago, legendary British economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that …

Political Men Continue To Be Disgusting

November 16th, 2017


Republicans are really moving their tax reform legislation -- does it have a chance of becoming law? We'll hear from Huffpost reporters Elise Foley, …

Looks Like A Democratic Wave Is Coming

November 9th, 2017


Democrats crushed Republicans in off-year elections on Tuesday, delivering a resounding rebuke to President Donald Trump. Daniel Marans and Elise …

Tax Reform Is Not For The Poor

November 2nd, 2017


Republicans say their tax reform plan will massively benefit the middle class, but the most direct beneficiaries of their plan are corporations and wealthy individuals. The plan includes an expanded child tax credit, …

Republicans Are Not Joining #TheResistance

October 26th, 2017


Two Senate Republicans denounced their party's leader this week, accusing President Donald Trump of "debasing" the United States and betraying its values. 

That doesn't mean the Republican agenda isn't going strong. The …

Trump Acts Like He Owns The Military

October 19th, 2017


During the campaign Donald Trump ridiculed Sen. John McCain for having been a prisoner of war in Vietnam and said he knew more than the generals …

The President Seems Really Sad

October 12th, 2017


President Donald Trump has been unhappy lately, according to his own tweets and reports that he "hates everyone in the White House" and is often "consumed by dark moods." HuffPost reporters S.V. Date and Jessica …

The Toddler President Demands Praise

October 5th, 2017


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called a press conference this week to insist that he believes President Donald Trump is "smart," because it had come out that Tillerson once called Trump a "moron."Tillerson's presser …

Sorry NFL Fans, Protests Don't Work If They Aren't Annoying

September 28th, 2017


Earlier this year Donté Stallworth and three other former and current NFL football players spent three days lobbying Congress in favor of criminal …

Zombie GOP Health Bill Temporarily Exits Grave

September 21st, 2017


Republicans in the U.S. Senate have been unable to garner enough support within their own conference for their latest bill to repeal Obamacare. One …

Single Payer Is Alive And Obamacare Repeal Is Dead

September 14th, 2017


President Donald Trump dined with Democrats repeatedly this week and on Wednesday night struck some sort of agreement with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Nancy Pelosi to avoid the deportation of Dreamers -- immigrants …

Oh Donald Trump, What Is You Doing

September 7th, 2017


This week President Trump struck a surprising deal with congressional Democrats to fund the government for only three months. The move was a slap in the face to Republicans but Trump reportedly raved about the news …

After Harvey

August 31st, 2017


In the wake of one of the worst storms in US history, Huffpost national reporter Roque Planas talks to Zach Young about what it was like to report from Houston during Hurricane Harvey and witness the destruction …

Trump Reads Fake Version Of Own Speech

August 24th, 2017


President Donald Trump read what he pretended was an excerpt of his own speech this week in order to claim he'd been wrongly criticized, except he omitted the part that caused all the criticism. You know, the part in …

What Happens Now That The President Has Openly Embraced White Supremacists?

August 17th, 2017


President Trump this week spoke of "very fine people" among the Nazis and Ku Klux Klanners who staged a violent protest that resulted in the deaths …

HuffPost Hits The Road

August 10th, 2017


This week, we turn the show over to the New York office and HuffPost reporters Jeff Young and Sam Levine. First, they’re joined by our …

LIVE From Politicon

August 3rd, 2017


This week, we take a little break from things that happened this week to head to Pasadena, California, for Politicon! Over the weekend, So That …

Jeff Sessions Is A Great Attorney General... For Trump To Poop On

July 27th, 2017


Donald Trump rose to power thanks in large part to his fame from having done a TV game show in which he ceremoniously "fired" contestants. Candidate Trump vowed to shake up Washington with this hard-hearted business …

Happy Birthday, Dodd-Frank!

July 20th, 2017


This week on So That Happened: Zach Carter takes a break from book leave to return and host the show! He’s joined by ProPublica reporter Jesse Eisinger and Huffpost’s Alexander Kaufman to talk about why bankers never …

Donald Trump Junior Stepped In Deep Doo Doo

July 13th, 2017


For months, President Trump and his supporters said it was all just a political witch hunt, that his campaign had not colluded with the Russian …

The Battle For The Soul Of The Anti-Anti Trump Movement

July 6th, 2017


Did CNN screw up this week by seemingly threatening to reveal the identity of a Reddit user who made a silly gif that President Trump tweeted? The Washington Examiner's Tim Carney says the episode represents the kind …

Zombie Senate Healthcare Bill Will Be Back To Eat Your Brains

June 29th, 2017


Republicans in the U.S. Senate completely boofed their health care bill, so this week on "So That Happened" we discuss the politics of their failure …

Republicans Could Really Pass Their Obamacare Repeal Bill

June 22nd, 2017


Senate Republicans finally released their secret Obamacare repeal bill, so this week on "So That Happened" we explore the real possibility that this …

The Worst Week In Washington

June 15th, 2017


So, that happened. This week, we discuss the assassination attempt on members of Congress, which has left House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) grievously injured. Fallout from the shooting included efforts to …

James Comey Calls Donald Trump A Liar Because Of How Much He Lies

June 8th, 2017


So, that happened. This week, the White House celebrated Infrastructure Week. Or at least, they wanted to, but couldn't because this week was James …

The Trump Doctrine: Go %#&$ Yourself, Other Countries

June 1st, 2017


So, that happened. This week, we're going in search of a Trump Doctrine. President Donald Trump has returned from his first lengthy trip abroad. You've heard the speeches, you saw the photos, you know about the orb. Now …

Draconian Budget Cuts And Fake News Conspiracy Theories: Just Another Week In Trump's America

May 25th, 2017


So, that happened. This week, while President Donald Trump was away on foreign business, the wider world got a look at the latest White House budget proposals and the experience was like staring into a moral void. …

Donald Trump Is Taking His Clown Show To Europe

May 18th, 2017


So, that happened. This week, President Donald Trump had another one of those weeks where Donald Trump is president. By which I mean, total omnidirectional omnishambles. Building off the controversy of last week's …

Donald Trump Is Lighting His Presidency On Fire

May 11th, 2017


So, that happened. This week, Donald Trump fired James Comey. And that's been the implacable news event of the week, so much so that we are just going to surrender to it entirely. This single decision is the apotheosis …

Republicans Initiate Brilliant Midterm Strategy Of Kicking Tens Of Millions Of People Off Health Insurance

May 4th, 2017


So, that happened. This week, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a bucket of garbage, placing the lives of some 24 million people at risk. Quite a spectacle really. …

The 100 Day Deadline Has Trump Flailing

April 27th, 2017


So, that happened. This week, we've reached the end of Trump's first 100 days. How will it be remembered? In many ways, it's been like watching someone's body reject an organ transplant. Somehow, Trump has managed to …

O'Reilly Out, Pointless Executive Orders In

April 20th, 2017


So, that happened. This week, President Donald Trump issued another one of his patented executive orders, this time endeavoring to bring jobs back to …

Donald Trump Has Small Hands But Huge Flip-Flops

April 13th, 2017


So, THAT happened! Remember all that stuff about draining the swamp and taking down the Washington establishment? Well, President Trump talked to …

A Colony In A Nation On A Podcast

April 6th, 2017


So, that happened. This week, we are joined by the host of MSNBC's "All In With Chris Hayes," who in case you haven't figured it out is named Chris …

The Brief Wondrous Life Of Trumpcare

March 30th, 2017


So, that happened. This week, Washington lawmakers began crawling out from under the wreckage of the failed American Health Care Act, better known as the bill that finally emerged from the GOP's seven-year effort to …

Trump's Defense Splurge Won't Trickle Down To Working Soldiers

March 23rd, 2017


So, that happened. This week, Neil Gorsuch made his confirmation hearing debut as Donald Trump's prospective Supreme Court nominee. And he came to DC with a long and concerning history of putting his finger on the …

Three Trump Fails In One Week

March 16th, 2017


So, that happened. This week, President Donald Trump moved forward on a number of policy fronts. He also moved backward on a number of policy fronts. …

The Early Reviews Of Trumpcare Are In And They're Not Great

March 9th, 2017


So, that happened. This week, House Speaker Paul Ryan finally released the Republican alternative to Obamacare plan from the sanctum sanctorum in …

Donald Trump's Not Changing; Here's How Dems Can Go Populist

March 2nd, 2017


So, that happened. Well, how about that pivot, folks? Tuesday night, President Donald Trump gave a speech to a joint session of Congress and somehow …

Town Halls And Tocqueville Are Back In Style

February 23rd, 2017


So, that happened. Every week we talk about how insane it can be to simply live in America. This week, we're going to help you do something about it, …

This Week Has Been Flynn-sane

February 16th, 2017


So, that happened. It's been a truly FUBAR week for the Trump administration, who this week accepted the resignation of national security adviser …

The Resistance Gets A New Mantra

February 9th, 2017


This week, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren tried to read a letter penned by Coretta Scott King and an objecting Senate Majority Leader Mitch …

Democrats Notice They Have A Base

February 2nd, 2017


So, that happened. This week, something interesting started to occur. The Democrats...started listening to their base. After a weekend in which demonstrated erupted at major airports in protest of President Donald …

Big League Lying From The Trump Administration So Far

January 26th, 2017


So, that happened. This week, the wider world was introduced to Donald Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer, who christened his tenure in the White House Briefing Room with several days of big league lying. Now, this may …

The Trump Administration Is Already A Mess

January 19th, 2017


So, that happened. This week, the parade of cabinet appointments continued in the Senate, as Trump's nominees continued to try to strut their stuff under what was often withering questioning from Senate Democrats. There …

Repeal and Replace Collides With Reality

January 12th, 2017


So, that happened. So, everything happened! This was one of those weeks where the worst thing you could say is that the news wouldn't get any …

The DNC Chair Race Is Lit

January 5th, 2017


So, that happened. Happy New Year everyone. On January 18th the Huffington Post will be hosting a debate between the declared candidates for the chair of the Democratic National Committee. The way things are shaping up, …

Let's Talk About Moral Grandstanding

December 29th, 2016


This week, we are bidding farewell to to an old year and welcoming in a new one, because we are slaves to artificial constructs like calendars. But …

Four Books That Should Be On Your Holiday Reading List

December 22nd, 2016


Happy holidays, friends! This week, we have a special treat for everyone -- we're welcoming back the authors of our four favorite books of 2016 to …

What If Obama Actually Prosecuted Wall Street?

December 15th, 2016


This week, we bring you a Democratic party autopsy, of sorts. But it's not likely to be the one sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee. And in fact, much of it was written before the election took place, and …

The Real Reason Carrier Stayed In The U.S.

December 8th, 2016


President-elect Donald Trump doesn't just use his phone for tweeting. Apparently, he's also taking and making frequent calls with other world leaders. And hey, it's good to get to know other people. But there is some …

A New Era Of Theatrical Populism

December 2nd, 2016


Over the course of the presidential campaign, president-elect Donald Trump was quick to make elaborate promises to working class Americans, promising to do away with Washington's business as usual, usher in an era of …

Obama Has Pardoned More People Than Turkeys

November 23rd, 2016


It's Thanksgiving week, and by the time you hear this podcast, President Barack Obama will have already performed his ceremonial turkey pardoning duties. But here in the last few months of his presidency, Obama will …

A Messy Transition For President-elect Trump

November 17th, 2016


So *that* happened, Donald Trump is now President-elect of the United States. With this somewhat unexpected victory, the So That Happened team takes a deep dive into the messy transition process for Trump, and …

2016 Election Post-Mortem

November 10th, 2016


Welcome to our official 2016 post-mortem. Emphasis on the mortem. So, let's remember my first rule of political thermodynamics: an object in …

Then We Came To The End Of The Election

November 3rd, 2016


We have finally come to the end of this election cycle. It was too long and mostly terrible. And we're probably kidding ourselves that everything is going to be fine just because it's over. But let's end it anyway. At …

What Kind Of Voters Make Up Trump's Donor Base?

October 27th, 2016


This week, with the election winding down, Donald Trump is running out of creative ways to spend Republican money on himself. But the wily old …

The Presidential Debates Are Over, Now The Voters Have To Decide

October 21st, 2016


This week, the season of debates has finally ended, with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her Republican counterpart Donald Trump doing battle in Las Vegas, Nevada. And the emerging headline from the …

What We Learned From Clinton's Wall Street Speeches

October 13th, 2016


This week, with the help of WikiLeaks, we've finally gotten some real insight into Hillary Clinton's famous speeches to Wall Street elites, and …

Trump And Clinton: Ready For Round Two

October 7th, 2016


This week, it's all about hot vice-president on vice-president action, as largely forgotten white guys Mike Pence and Tim Kaine laced them up in Farmville, Virginia. Who won? Who lost? Will it matter in the end? Surely …

Let's Talk Trade: Is There An Alternative To TPP?

September 29th, 2016


If there's been one issue that has animated the presidential race this year, it's got to be the future of trade. The Obama administration's efforts to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership in place have been met with …

The Final Stretch: What To Expect In The First Presidential Debate

September 23rd, 2016


I don't know if you've noticed this, but when people talk about how it came to pass that Donald Trump is the presidential nominee of a major …

Big Banks Are Still Behaving Badly

September 14th, 2016


This week, we have a bank dork treat for everyone as we are joined by author and historian Eric Rauchway, to talk about his most recent book, "The …

Journalists Have Become Comfortably Numb To Trump

September 8th, 2016


Summer vacation is over, school's back in session. and the long hard march to Election Day is the only thing filling our days. Fortunately, we are …

The Crisis Facing America's Public Higher Education

September 1st, 2016


This week, joining us in the studio we have documentary filmmaker Steve Mims, whose latest movie, "Starving The Beast," details an ongoing crisis in public higher education. After decades of funding cuts, our great …

Lets Talk About The Clinton Foundation

August 26th, 2016


This week, we have got the latest storm and stress from the 2016 presidential race. The Associated Press rocked the Clinton campaign's world after they released a report detailing new concerns about the Clinton …

Does The Aetna Merger Have Obamacare On Its Deathbed?

August 18th, 2016


This week, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump opted to shake-up his campaign for what seems like the twenty-third time. Paul Manafort, who …

The Long Intertwined History Of Politics And Protests

August 11th, 2016


This week, we are going long on the politics of protest and the short term legacies of movements that have become an essential part of the public …

This Week In Trump

August 4th, 2016


This week, we are happy to have one of our old Huffington Post colleagues on the show for the first time: author and journalist Marc Lamont Hill. …

Bernie Sanders Supporters Express Their Fears At DNC

July 29th, 2016


We are coming to you this week from both Washington, DC and from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the host city of the Democratic National Convention. The big issue of the week has been about unifying the party after a …

So That Happened Crashes The Republican National Convention

July 22nd, 2016


We are coming to you this week from both the nation's capital and from Cleveland, Ohio, the host city of the Republican National Convention, where amid the chaos, there has been one consistent refrain from the gathered …

Brace Yourself, The Conventions Are Coming

July 14th, 2016


It was just over a year ago that a Texas woman named Sandra Bland died, under mysterious circumstances, while being held in jail after being arrested at a routine traffic stop. Among the many unanswered questions was …

Where's The Accountability?

July 7th, 2016


This week's podcast seems to have a common theme: accountability. In the biggest political news story of the week, the FBI has concluded their …

Sorry, But Alexander Hamilton Is So Overrated...

June 30th, 2016


This week, an awful terrorist attack in Istanbul seemed to trigger less than the usual amount of Facebook sympathy, but the same amount of enthusiasm …

Congress Says 'Hello Summer', Ignores Democrats Sit-In

June 23rd, 2016


This week, Democratic members of the House Of Representatives staged a sit-in in the chamber to try to force House leadership to allow a vote on a pair of gun safety measures. But one proposal -- to use the so-called …

America, Where Do We Go From Here?

June 17th, 2016


This week on the podcast, we reflect on the Pulse nightclub terrorist attack that left 49 dead and dozens more wounded. We talk about the LGBT …

So You Survived The Primaries, Brace Yourself For The Next 5 Months Of The Presidential Race

June 9th, 2016


This week, the primary season finally came to a merciful, and historic end, with Hillary Clinton reeling off series of decisive primary victories one …

So Much For That Trump University Degree...

June 2nd, 2016


This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has published new rules that would govern the super-scammy payday lending industry, in the hopes …

Twitter Wars: Elizabeth Warren Takes Down Donald Trump

May 26th, 2016


This week, as Donald Trump celebrated winning the GOP nomination, he also earned himself a new antagonist -- Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. …

Sorry, Party Unity Is Clinton's Job

May 19th, 2016


This week, a fracas at the Nevada state Democratic convention in Las Vegas has rent divisions between the Hillary and Bernie camps newly asunder, …

Donald Trump and Paul Ryan: A Flailing Bromance

May 12th, 2016


This week, GOP nominee Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan sat down for a meeting that the media has been hyping as something on the level of …

What Does The Future Hold For The GOP?

May 5th, 2016


This week, New York Magazine's Andrew Sullivan penned an alarming missive to America, contending that our presumed-to-be stable democracy is ripe for …

Why Politicians Lie

April 29th, 2016


This week, someone in the 2016 campaign did something crazy and unprecedented. And for once, it's not something that reality-television star Donald Trump did. I mean, okay, he offered up his fair share of deep …

What's Next For Bernie?

April 22nd, 2016


This week, we are taking a look at the possibility -- THE POSSIBILITY! -- that maybe -- MAYBE -- Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is not going to win …

Gloves Off For Hillary And Bernie

April 15th, 2016


This week, Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton took to the debate stage in Brooklyn, in what might be the final debate of the Democratic primary. The setting is key: New York State has loomed as a …

What Are The Panama Papers?

April 7th, 2016


One week after a sheaf of leaked documents fingered Unaoil as a hothouse of global corruption, we get the Panama Papers -- a massive document dump that reveals the extent to which Panama has been used as a tax haven for …

The Problem With Donald Trump's Current Stance On Abortion

March 31st, 2016


This week, documents obtained by Fairfax Media, have exposed energy contractor Unaoil as an almost comical practitioner of corporate graft, bribing their way across the developing world on behalf of well-known Western …

Is Donald Trump A Fascist?

March 24th, 2016


This week we witnessed an awful terrorist attack in Brussels, so we'll ask what that means for America's foreign policy. Is Donald Trump a fascist? …

Are Democrats Still The Party Of The Working Class?

March 17th, 2016


This week, President Barack Obama picked Judge Merrick Garland to fill Antonin Scalia's vacant seat on the Supreme Court. But who is Merrick Garland, and why? Answers are coming.Meanwhile, is the Democratic Party still …

America's Lead Pipe Problem, A SCOTUS Reproductive Rights Battle, And All The 2016 You Can Handle

March 11th, 2016


This week, the intensity of the 2016 campaign season ratched up another hundred notches or so. On the Democratic side, a surprise win in Michigan …

War On Terror Worries, Super Tuesday Woes, And An Interview With Comedian Anthony Atamaniuk

March 4th, 2016


This week, we had a Tuesday that some would say was far more super than most other Tuesdays, as voters in eleven states took to the polls to weigh in …

Michigan Lawmaker Speaks Out On Flint, Another GITMO Closure Plan, And Marco Rubio's Last Stand

February 26th, 2016


This week, one of President Barack Obama's oldest campaign promises -- his pledge to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility -- is back in the …

Supreme Court Battle, 2016 Madness, And The Black Vote Is Up For Grabs

February 18th, 2016


This week, the passing of Supreme Court Justice has created yet another opportunity for a gigantic political meltdown between President Barack Obama …

Flint Fights For Accountability, Mississippi Fights Payday Lenders, Bernie and Hillary Fight Too

February 12th, 2016


This week, the 2016 campaign went to New Hampshire for the Granite State's first in the nation primaries, and after all the hoopla, we ended up with …

Interviews with Zephyr Teachout, Chris Murphy, and Reid Ribble, Plus A Super Sweet 2016 Recap

February 5th, 2016


This week, Zephyr Teachout wants in! The Fordham law professor has set her sights on New York's 19th District's House seat.Meanwhile, Reid Ribble wants out! The reform-minded Wisconsin Republican announced that he'd be …

Interviews Galore Episode With Adam McKay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Tim Canova -- Plus The GOP Debate

January 29th, 2016


So, that happened. This week, we have interviews galore. First up, Hollywood Director Adam McKay. Next up, award-winning author and Atlantic …

An Inside Look At The Flint Water Crisis, And The Latest On The 2016 Trail

January 22nd, 2016


So, that happened. The water crisis in Flint, Michigan has reached a fever pitch, as 2016 candidates weigh in and various emergency declarations get made. We're going to step away from the sideshow this week and attempt …

Another GOP Debate, One Last State Of The Union, A Glass-Steagall Redux, And A Hillary-Bernie Brawl

January 15th, 2016


So, that happened. Another GOP debate is in the books, as the remnants of the Establishment do battle to preserve their bid against the firebrands currently dominating the race. And what of those two firebrands? Will …

Chris Murphy On Gun Control (Again), Hillary vs. Bernie, SOTU Preview, And Food Stamped Out!

January 7th, 2016


This week, President Barack Obama has kicked off 2016 by issuing a new set of executive actions intended to reduce the number of people who end up as …

2015 Year In Review: #GOP Cringe Politics, Sad Bank Lobbyists, And Paul Ryan's Hipster Beard!

December 31st, 2015


This week, it's time to bid farewell to an old year and move on to a new one. And in a few short months, at last, we'll have the Iowa Caucus -- you …

So Christmas Happened: We Watch Movies, Celebrate The CFPB, And Unwrap A Gift From Janet Yellen!

December 24th, 2015


This week, it's Christmas, and we're celebrating the holidays by talking about our favorite Christmas movies, and adding a lot of silly economic and …

Flint's Water Emergency, A Trump Fan Explains Trump Fandom, Omnibus, And #GOPDebate!

December 17th, 2015


This week, the Mayor of Flint, Michigan declared a state of emergency over the amount of lead that's been in the city's drinking water. But why did it take so long? Joining us to talk about it is the woman who's been …

GOP Cowers As Trump Towers, More Hillary Skepticism, And Congress Gets Omni-Busted!

December 10th, 2015


This week, Donald Trump said some crazy stuff -- but what does it matter? How to solve a problem like Donald Trump? We've got guests who'll do their …

Agony in California, Banks Bask In Congress' Cash, And A Diaper Fix For Working Families!

December 3rd, 2015


This week, we live through the horrors of two mass shootings -- one in Colorado Springs, one in San Bernadino. We'll fight this battle of broken …

Surviving The Politics of Thanksgiving, Playing The Trump Card, And Reclaiming Black Friday!

November 27th, 2015


This week, it's Thanksgiving, and we've got a diverse array of guests around our table. Here to join us to talk about his biennial budgeting reform proposal, Wisconsin Representative Reed Ribble. And giving us a lesson …

#ApresParis, Congress Debates AUMF & Syrian Refugees, And Racist Auto Loan Lenders Get A Break!

November 20th, 2015


It's been a week since a cell of European ISIS-supporting death cultists launched a horrific attack on the city of Paris. None of us would be here …

#Mizzou Students Prevail, Jeb’s Debatable Performance, The Fight For $15, And Gitmo Problems!

November 12th, 2015


This week, students at the University of Missouri, angry about the school's indifference to racist incidents on campus, forced the resignation of the …

Obama 'Bans The Box', Latinos Get No (GOP) Respect, And Ben Carson’s Pyramid Scheme!

November 5th, 2015


This week, the GOP candidates, furious at the rough treatment they received at the hands of CNBC, rebelled against the debate process. The first …

#GOP vs. CNBC, Ted Cruz-es To Win, Ryan Gets To Eat His Cake, And Warren Schools Wall St. AGAIN!

October 29th, 2015


This week, the GOP met in Colorado for their third debate, and once again we were struck by how many of them there are! So many candidates, plus Jim …

Ryan's In, Biden's Out, The SEC Is Up To No Good, And Come Get It Trudeau!

October 23rd, 2015


This week, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that they were going to reanimate a zombie deregulation plan from the pre-financial …

#DemDebate Takes, The Future Of Cold Beer, And Dude Where’s My Drone!

October 15th, 2015


This week, the Intercept published new information on our drone assassination program, gleaned from a trove of secret documents, which include new details on how targets are selected, and how well we do at hitting those …

McCarthy Can’t Speak, Rep. Thompson: Focus On Guns, And Draft Fiends!

October 8th, 2015


This week, we bombed some folks. Specifically, a Doctors Without Border hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. President Barack Obama finally came out with …

Elizabeth Warren vs. #ThisTown, Trump Has A Tax Plan, And Congress Vents Near Cecile Richards!

October 1st, 2015


This week, Donald Trump provided us with some evidence that he might really be a serious candidate by doing something that a serious candidate would …

#PapalChase2015, Walker Drops Out, and Rocker Ted Leo Has 2016 Advice!

September 24th, 2015


This week, Pope Francis comes to the United States, driving around in his Fiat, paying President Obama a visit, and taking his act to a joint session of Congress for a round of grand-master level thought leadering. Much …

#GOPDebate Pt. Deux, Pope-splaining, And Bernie Visits The Land Of Liberty!

September 18th, 2015


This week, the 278 candidates vying for the Republican nomination gathered in the seamiest of valleys to debate one another. Or, sorry, deal with Donald Trump. New York Times magazine's Ana Marie Cox joins us for some …

#WTFCongress?! Jeb Files A Colbert Report, And #TBT Hillary: Bring Child "Superpredators" To Heel

September 11th, 2015


This week Congress is set to return from Labor Day weekend, and once again we find ourselves staring down the prospect of government shutdown. Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro joins us to explain the next coming …

Kids Lunch w. Sec. Tom Vilsack, Congress Plays Chicken, Iran Away, And Brady Is The New Trump!

September 3rd, 2015


This week we examine the legacy of President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, which has just secured its political survival in the Senate. Also …

Trump's Alienation Act, Sen. Chris Murphy On Gun Violence, And A Warren-Biden Showdown!

August 28th, 2015


This week, the shocking murder of two television journalists in Virginia forced us to confront the fact that America only seems to be good at producing mass shooting tragedies. Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy joins us to …

Spies Get Scrutinized, Northwestern Labor Pains, Rubio Blows A Pass, And Forest Trump!

August 21st, 2015


This week, we learned about the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, an interagency outfit set up to bring the nation's most elite interrogators to fight terror. But what we've learned kind of calls the …

Bernie and Hillary Meet #BLM, And White Men Can't Trump!

August 14th, 2015


This week, Bernie Sanders had what might have been a dream week as a presidential candidate, drawing bigger crowds than anyone in the presidential race. But Sanders was also subjected to a Black Lives Matter protest. …

#GOPdebate, Fiorina's Finest Hour, And Student Loan Debt Threats!

August 7th, 2015


This week, we cover the wild wonders of the first Republican Presidential debates. We hate to say it, but Donald Trump won. Carly Fiorina also won, because there were actually two debates. Everyone else landed somewhere …

GOP Debate ’n’ Switch, High(Way) Drama, And Leave That CEO Alone!

July 30th, 2015


On this week's podcast, we game out the survival strategy for the seventeen GOP candidates who hope to succeed in August's debate, check in on the progress Congress has made on the highway funding bill, and note the …

Warren PWNs Wall Street Again, Highway Funding And The NSA Goes Bananas!

July 23rd, 2015


On this week's podcast, we look back on Elizabeth Warren ripping apart a rip-off artist from Primerica, break down the latest effort to pass a highway funding bill, and explain why a former NSA chief is talking to a …

Senator Sherrod Brown, Money In The GOP Primary And Planned Parenthood Under Siege

July 16th, 2015


This week we talk to Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) about austerity in Greece and banking regulations at home, break down the latest attack on Planned …

Greece’s Debt, Iran’s Deal, A Food Stamp Testimonial And Tucker Carlson On The Grateful Dead

July 9th, 2015


This week we examine the austerity battles in Greece, break down the latest stage of the Iran nuclear talks, and we get a real world account of what happens when Congress cuts off your access to food. Plus, the Daily …

Laura Bassett's Own Goal, Grexits And Criminal Justice Horrors

July 2nd, 2015


On this week's podcast, Dana Liebelson joins us to discuss her recent exposé of the prison system in Michigan, where children -- commingled with …

Rep. Hank Johnson, Confederate Flags And The Charleston Shooting’s Aftermath

June 25th, 2015


This week we hear from Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) about his bill to pursue police demilitarization, discuss the confederate flag and the aftermath of …

Senator Bernie Sanders, Rep. Keith Ellison And Some Magic

June 18th, 2015


On this week's podcast, we talk to Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) about how he would get things done as president, discover the joys of hearing a …

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Strategic Defaulting and Rep. Mark Pocan on TPP

June 11th, 2015


This week we asked Senator Eilzabeth Warren (D-Mass.) if Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan Should be fired (she didn't say no), discuss …

Rand Paul Fails To Stymie More Bulk Data Collection

June 5th, 2015


On this week's podcast, we get excited about some sporting updates, get the lowdown on newly passed USA Freedom Act and discuss why Senator Elizabeth Warren isn't happy with SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White.

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FIFA Corruption, The GOP 2016 Field, Trade Bill Woes

May 29th, 2015


This week we discuss how and why FIFA officials were arrested over a wide array of corruption charges, how crowded the 2016 GOP presidential field is getting and finally how the House is hoping to keep countries with …

The Trouble With This Texas Abortion Bill

May 21st, 2015


This week we look into legislation passed in Texas restricting access to abortions for minors, compare and contrast federal legislation aimed at curbing what food stamps can buy with the fact that Congress want us to …

How A Trade Deal Is Tearing Democrats Apart

May 16th, 2015


This week we'll take a look at a trade deal that's so contentious, President Barack Obama is finding himself at odds with congressional leaders in his own party. We'll reflect on the tragic Amtrak train accident that …

The Economic Context For Baltimore's Unrest

May 1st, 2015


This week we take a look into some of the backstory explaining Baltimore's issues with inequality in the wake of protests after Freddie Gray's death, get the scoop on arguments heard this week in the Supreme Court's …

Obama's Trade Deal Battle Heats Up

April 24th, 2015


This week we look at one Washington State community in which the battle for a $15 dollar minimum wage has been won, discuss the latest developments …

Hillary's Running, So Are The Reporters Covering Her

April 17th, 2015


This week, Hillary Clinton launched her campaign, but didn't order sofritas at Chipotle, the House of Representatives voted to offer upwards of 250 …

The Rand Paul School Of Journalism

April 10th, 2015


This week, we discuss the fall out from the Columbia Journalism Review report on Rolling Stone Magazine’s “A Rape On Campus” story, Rand Paul’s …

RFRA Laws, Homelessness And Some April Foolery

April 3rd, 2015


Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) one-upped Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) over the handling of controversial religious freedom legislation, there's a new hope for millions of Americans living on the ragged edge of …

Ted Cruz 2016, A Foreign Policy Update And A Platinum Coin

March 27th, 2015


This week, the 2016 race welcomed Ted Cruz to the GOP scrum after the Texas Senator made his presidential ambitions clear to a literally captive audience of Liberty University students. He's been immediately anointed as …

The GOP Budget, Aaron Schock Resigns And The Starbucks Race Conversation

March 20th, 2015


This week, the GOP released their budget proposals and it's good news if you like massive cuts in discretionary spending and a bloated defense budget. We'll detail the broad strokes of a funding fantasia that probably …

The Iran Letter, Hillary Clinton's Emails And A Fed Leak

March 13th, 2015


This week, Iranian leaders got a letter, authored by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton and signed by 46 other Republican Senators, in which a clear message …

The Politics Page, Obamacare On Trial And Scott Walker’s Union Bust

March 6th, 2015


This week, let's talk about you. What kind of stuff you like to read on this site, and how do we provide it when Congress takes off a day early to …

Food Stamps, Obama And Warren Team Up And The Invisible 2016 Primary

February 27th, 2015


This week, the Republican-led House Agriculture Committee began what they termed as a "top to bottom" review of the federal food stamp program. In a …

DHS Funding Fight, Jeb Bush And Elizabeth Warren’s Secret Meetings

February 20th, 2015


This week, the fight over President Barack Obama's immigration policies returns to the halls of Congress, with opponents of the President's executive …

AUMF, Governors Behaving Badly And Media Shake-ups

February 13th, 2015


This week, America's ongoing battle with ISIS reached a new stage, specifically that stage where the President asks Congress if its okay with them that he started an ongoing battle with ISIS.Meanwhile, closer to home we …

Vaccine Denialism, Obama's Budget And A Downton Abbey Scandal

February 6th, 2015


This week, the early stages of the 2016 presidential election collided headlong with the phenomenon of vaccine denialism, with two candidates ending …

Obama's Trade Deal, Koch Brothers Spending And The Super Bowl

January 30th, 2015


This week, we learned that President Barack Obama is really upset with our coverage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. So he's not gonna like what we're about to do, which is talk about the fact that the one …

The State Of The Union, Middle Class Economics And Congressional Fodder

January 23rd, 2015


This week, President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State Of The Union Address before a joint session of Congress now completely controlled by his …

Mitt Romney, A Volcker Rule Delay and Paid Family Leave

January 16th, 2015


This week, the 2016 race was roiled by the announcement that former GOP nominee and 2012 loser Mitt Romney was, against all logic, getting his band back together to mount yet another run for the White House. This has …

Charlie Hebdo, The New Congress And Barbara Boxer

January 10th, 2015


This week, radical militants from a pseudo-Islamic death cult murdered twelve members of the staff of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo in their …

Cuba Relations, North Korea's Sony Hack And The 2014 Year In Review

December 19th, 2014


This week, President Barack Obama announced that the United States would make an effort to normalize relations with Cuba, ending a decade long policy …

The CIA Torture Report, The CROMNIBUS And DC Weed

December 13th, 2014


So That Happened, Episode 13: The CIA Torture Report Was A Chronicle Of Depravity And IncompetenceThis week, the Senate's report on CIA torture was released into the wild, and while the redactions were thick, it …

Grand Jury Fallout, Ebola And The CROMNIBUS

December 5th, 2014


This week, hard on the heels of the Ferguson grand jury decision, a grand jury in New York City returns no indictment on the police officer who …

Immigration, Keystone XL And The CIA Torture Report

November 22nd, 2014


This week, after several months of "will-he-or-won't he" wonderings, President Barack Obama went ahead on his own and issued new executive actions to …

Net Neutrality And Obamacare Challenges

November 15th, 2014


So, that happened: This week, President Barack Obama announced his full-throated support for "net neutrality," a term that basically means "don't let …

Dems Got Waxed In The 2014 Midterms

November 5th, 2014


So that happened: And we mean this literally just happened. The 2014 midterm elections are in the books, and for the Democratic party, it was one big coast-to-coast Red Wedding. "Drinking and Talking" host Sam Stein …

2014 Election Edition

November 1st, 2014


So that... is about to happen: Tuesday, November 4th is Election day, and we've enlisted Huff Post Pollster's own Mark Blumenthal to set the table. …

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