Podcast

POLITICO's Nerdcast

POLITICO's top reporters dive into the political landscape, the latest numbers that matter, and detail what's really happening behind closed doors. They're people who spend Friday nights poring over poll numbers or the latest Federal Election Commission reports — so if you want to understand how the modern politics game is played, this is the podcast for you. New episodes every Friday, hosted by Scott Bland.

Episodes

  • Trump team braces donors for potential recession

    Aug 23 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 slowdown triggering a U.S. recession. Also, White House reporter Daniel Lippman looks inside the president's feud with Tom Barrack, on of his closest friends. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Trump finally tries the patience of Evangelicals

    Aug 16 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, POLITICO's senior politics editor Charlie Mahtesian joins national politics reporters Chris Cadelago and Natasha Korecki to break down what's happening on the ground in Iowa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Is Joe Biden’s brother the next Billy Carter?

    Aug 09 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 political career. We have POLITICO's Ben Schreckinger on to discuss his investigation on former Vice President Joe Biden's family finances. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The post-debate state of the race

    Aug 02 2019

    This week on the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland: POLITICO national political reporter Elena Schneider and senior politics editor Charlie Mahtesian break down who came out on top in this week's democratic debates. Also: A divided Federal Reserve is cutting interest rates for the first time in more than a decade. What’s that mean and why does it matter? POLITICO financial services reporter Victoria Guida explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Dissecting a moment: Booker piles on Biden

    Aug 01 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 to fix the problem of mass incarceration, after Biden’s authorship of punitive crime legislation in the ‘90s. POLITICO national political reporter Chris Cadelago joins host Scott Bland to analyze an important moment from round two of the second Democratic debate on Tuesday night.L...more

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

    Jul 31 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 evening of conflict between the left and the center. POLITICO health care reporter Dan Diamond joins host Scott Bland to analyze an important moment from round one of the second Democratic debate on Tuesday night.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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

    Jul 29 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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Democrats plot a post-Mueller strategy

    Jul 26 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 why Nancy Pelosi's team is maintaining a united front in public, even if they're arguing behind closed doors.Plus, POLITICO's Chief Economic Correspondent Ben White breaks down how the president's advisers are trying to safeguard the long-running economic boom, even if it means wa...more

  • Is the Democratic field about to shrink?

    Jul 19 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 political reporter David Siders on why a big shrink to the democratic primary field might be coming soon.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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

    Jul 15 2019

    Today on a special edition of Nerdcast with Scott Bland: Tim Alberta, chief political correspondent for POLITICO Magazine, talks about his forthcoming book AMERICAN CARNAGE: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Does conventional wisdom have it wrong on Sanders and Warren?

    Jul 12 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 left of the party. POLITICO's National political reporters Holly Otterbein and Alex Thompson check on the 2020 race. Also: What would you ask Robert Mueller, if you got the chance? POLITICO's national security correspondent Natasha Bertrand and POLITICO's legal affairs analyst Josh Gerstein  discuss what might happen on Capitol HIll for Robert Mue...more

  • Two Supreme Court decisions, explained

    Jul 03 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, immigration reporter Ted Hesson joins to explain how a road block has been put in the path of implementing a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Then, Scott and Charlie talk about the ruling on partisan gerrymandering.  In the second segment, national political reporter Natasha Korecki explains where the democratic presidential candidates ...more

  • How Harris made her moment against Biden

    Jun 28 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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Dissecting a moment: Elizabeth Warren on Medicare for All

    Jun 27 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 important moment from Wednesday’s night Democratic debate.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Bonus: The new politics of trade

    Jun 24 2019

    Check out an episode of POLITICO's latest podcast: Global Translations. The show looks at big global problems that are vexing politicians and policymakers, and this episode examines how Donald Trump has scrambled the usual politics of trade. Check it out, and subscribe for free wherever you get your shows.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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

    Jun 21 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 Politico reporters who are debate experts at this point join the show. Then, centrists who used to fear Warren was the end of the party are starting to levitate towards her. We've got two reporters who just attended an event aimed at centrists coming on to break down how Warren has become a palatable candidate for a group that once eviscerated her in an o...more

  • Will FDR comparisons connect Bernie with older voters?

    Jun 14 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 his competitors from foreign actors. Or maybe he would. A White House reporter explains the president's bizarre statement. Then, a 2020 reporter breaks down why Senator Sanders is doubling down on socialism. Plus, Mitch McConnell may have benefited from his wife Elaine Chao's position as the secretary of transportation. And he's proud of it! The repo...more

  • Trick or Trade and the 2020 Electoral Map

    Jun 07 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 surprising wins in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan in 2016. He’s shooting for New Hampshire, New Mexico and Nevada in 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • New Dem debate criteria has candidates miffed

    May 31 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 with her and the new qualifying rules for the second set of democratic debates are out. And the candidates hate them! We've got some of POLITICO's campaigns reporters coming in to explain what's going on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • How the 2020 Democratic candidates are preparing for the primaries

    May 24 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 sits down with some of POLITICO’s national political reporters to talk about 2020 campaign strategies. They’re all over the place. They explain the thinking behind the candidates' decisions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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

    May 17 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 week that pundits have absolutely trashed. But voters might actually love it… we’ll talk about the what the plan is and the why people are loving it (and hating it) with POLITICO reporter Marc Caputo. Plus, Scott sits down with some of POLITICO’s health care reporters to talk about the major anti-abortion bills that are passing in state legislatur...more

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

    May 10 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 spot. POLITICO national political reporter Elena Schneider joins the show to talk about the requirements for getting onto the stage, and how democratic candidates have reacted. Then, national political reporter Chris Cadelago joins the show to talk about Kamala Harris, who had a ...more

  • How Trump warmed up to AG Barr

    May 03 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, congressional campaigns reporter James Arkin joins the Nerdcast to talk about a problem for democrats: finding people willing to run for senate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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

    Apr 26 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 chance? Maybe. He could even be a front-runner.Then, Anita Kumar and Sarah Ferris join Scott to talk about a fight between the White House and 12 House committees. Basically, the White House is refusing to give up documents requested by these House committees. It seems like a big dea...more

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

    Apr 19 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 report and figures out what’s next -- how will Congress act on this report?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Will the purge at DHS scare people into acting?

    Apr 12 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? Plus, POLITICO Playbook authors Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman join the Nerdcast to talk about their new book about congress in the Trump era, "The Hill To Die On." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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

    Apr 05 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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

    Mar 29 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 of the month, and the end of the first quarter. It matters because that’s when candidates for president have to report to the federal government just how much money they’ve raised so far this year.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Does the 'candidate next door' stand a chance?

    Mar 22 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 for president have already built big national followings before campaign season has really even fully started. We break it down. Plus, 17 House Committees are currently attempting to investigate the Trump White House. Are they going to get anywhere? We talk about why the White House is largely ignoring the requests from those committees. Learn m...more

  • Beto is in. Now what?

    Mar 15 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 sexual harassment case that is haunting Kirsten Gillibrand. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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

    Mar 08 2019

    White House reporter Nancy Cook and congressional reporter Burgess Everett join the Nerdcast to discuss the tension between President Trump.... and some republicans. Plus, campaign reporter Holly Otterbein joins to explain what's different for presidential hopeful Senator Sanders this time around, and why some former Clinton campaign staffers just can't stand the guy.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Cohen testimony renews impeachment speculation

    Mar 01 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Bernie is back — and backed — bigly

    Feb 22 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 popular so you probably don't need to tell a friend because they probably already know.... We're breaking down Bernie 2020 and a similar candidate from a state very close to Vermont... who will get the progressive vote? Plus, Trump 2020 is looking pretty corporate! A POLITICO national political reporter joins to talk about Rosslyn's hottest campaign he...more

  • These are the 2020 Democrats who Trump is worried about

    Feb 15 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 -- is thought to be the candidate the campaign is most worried about in a general election contest.Plus, the unfolding drama over the budget, the president's plan for a wall on the border with Mexico, and a looming shutdown gives us plenty of clues about what to expect in the era o...more

  • Even more democrats are diving into the 2020 pool

    Feb 08 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 announcements coming up this weekend. Elizabeth Warren will presumably announce that her exploratory committee has ended and she will officially become a presidential candidate, and Amy Klobuchar, the democratic senator from Minnesota will likely announce her run at an event scheduled in...more

  • Will 2020 be the battle of the billionaires?

    Feb 01 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. Howard Schultz, former CEO of Starbucks and Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York, have indicated interest in running. It begs the question: Has Donald Trump set the standard rather than the exception as a wealthy presidential candidate? Plus, Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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

    Jan 25 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Looks like the shutdown could stretch into February

    Jan 18 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 Cook, congressional reporter Sarah Ferris and senior politics editor Charlie Mahtesian join to explain how the move might be less about security concerns and more of a sign of acrimony between president Trump and the democrats. Plus national political reporter Natasha Korecki, who spent some time following Elizabeth Warren around Iowa, joins the Nerd...more

  • Three ways President Trump could get his wall

    Jan 11 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 the podcast to give an update on what's happening in the White House during the shut down as federal employees miss their first paychecks. Last week she told us not much was going on, but this week everything has gone into hyper drive. Then POLITICO reporters Elena Schneider and David Siders join to talk about the democrats with big donation possibi...more

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

    Jan 04 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 discuss if there is an end in sight for the government shutdown. Plus, senior politics editor Charlie Mahtesian breaks down Warren's potential presidential run and politics reporter Alex Isenstadt explains what's going on with Mitt Romney, who, as you may remember, he went on a hike...more

  • Unpacking the government shutdown

    Dec 28 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 reporters Rachael Bade and Burgess Everett. Dan Diamond guest hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Examining Trump's grip on GOP leaders

    Dec 20 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Republicans are in a shutdown pickle

    Dec 14 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 republican mood with the shutdown deadline approaching. Then, hear from two White House reporters on the chief of staff search. Nobody wants the job that used to be one of the most sought after in Washington.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The invisible primary becomes visible

    Dec 07 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 forum. Then, a House race in North Carolina is still undecided, and could lead to a whole special election. Elena joins to explain what's going on in her home state. Plus, Charlie breaks down the last time something like this happened. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit ...more

  • Connecting the dots of the Mueller investigation

    Nov 30 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 seems to be heating up. The president’s one-time lawyer was back in court, this time admitting he lied to Congress about Donald Trump’s business dealings in Russia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • How pardons hang over the Mueller investigation

    Nov 21 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 period to pardon controversial people. But president Trump isn't waiting. He's been pardoning the controversial from the beginning. In this episode of the Nerdcast, Scott is joined by presidential historian Jeffrey Engel and Politico senior reporter Darren Samuelsohn in an attempt to ...more

  • The precarious power of the progressive left

    Nov 16 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 races that have yet to be called and how Sinema flipped a long-held Arizona senate seat blue. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Trump comes to grips with divided government

    Nov 09 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 into the political landscape and the latest numbers that matter.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • How to make sense of the midterm results

    Nov 07 2018

    POLITICO's senior politics editor, Charlie Mahtesian, and campaign reporters Elena Schneider and Steve Shepard explain how Democrats won so much in the House but lost so much in the Senate. Tune in each week to geek out with us as we dive deep into the political landscape and the latest numbers that matter.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • What we're watching for on election night

    Nov 02 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 all across the country as things get down to the wire, who might come out in top in gubernatorial races and if the blue wave is really coming. Plus: Which candidate for U.S. Senate "exudes New Jersey." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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

    Oct 26 2018

    POLITICO senior politics editor Charlie Mahtesian and White House reporters Nancy Cook and Chris Cadelago discuss President Donald Trump's phantom tax plan. Plus, POLITICO campaign reporter Zach Montellaro has been watching hundreds of political ads — and lived to tell the tale. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • All election edition: Live at Politicon

    Oct 21 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. Tune in each week to geek out with us as we dive deep into the political landscape and the latest numbers that matter.Subscribe and rate the Nerdcast on Apple Podcasts.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Inside Donald Trump's safe space

    Oct 19 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, White House reporter Andrew Restuccia talks about Donald Trump, insult comic, who is living in a safe space of his own creation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Whose Kavanaugh vote is going to hurt them the most?

    Oct 12 2018

    This week on Nerdcast: The future of senators Murkowski and Collins after they cast controversial Kavanaugh votes, and a Race Ratings and midterm check-in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The White House's nickname for President Trump

    Oct 05 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 some behind the scenes tape that shows the different sides of vulnerable House republicans. Who they are depends on who is listening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • What are the political consequences of Kavanaugh's testimony?

    Sep 28 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 coming midterms just one big national election? We parse the map.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Behind the scenes as Kavanaugh's nomination hit the rocks

    Sep 21 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 assault in the 80s. TLDR: It's a mess for everybody. Then, in our second segment we talk about the midterm races shaping up to be real nail biters. Will Texas go blue for Beto? Charlie's all "nah." Can Steve change his mind? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/a...more

  • The politics of hurricanes explained

    Sep 14 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 with Puerto Rico back up over how the administration handled Hurricane Maria there last year. Plus, find out what people who want to run for president in 2020 learned from the primaries in 2018. Tune in each week to geek out with us as we dive deep into the political landscape and the latest numbers that matter.Learn more about your ad choices. Vis...more

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

    Sep 07 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 joke as we check on the mood at the White House after a roller coaster week.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Trump's pre-Magna Carta mindset

    Aug 31 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 before the midterms and talk about the White House, Trump's promises and what happens when he doesn't keep them and the exit of McGahn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Inside Trump's split screen reality

    Aug 24 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 bubble, 'Sympathy for the Devil' but no talk of Cohen By Lorraine WoellertTrump paints his own reality amid legal fallout By Andrew Restuccia and Nancy Cook ‘A new cherry put on top of the story of corruption’: Trump scandal fallout hangs over midterms By Natasha Korecki and James ArkinTrump’s new rallying cry: Mollie Tibbetts By Natasha KoreckiHunte...more

  • BONUS: Did a presidential pardon just become more likely?

    Aug 22 2018

    President Trump loves a controversial pardon. Following his disgraced former campaign chairman Paul Manafort being found guilty, it's looking like we might be entering a fall filled with the will-he-or-won't-he energy of a president faced with the power to pardon and a loyal former campaign chair caught in a, shall we say, legal snafu. Plus, we talk about the implications of Michael Cohen's, uh, implication. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • High primary turnout creates more centrist Dems

    Aug 17 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 backing centrist candidates at the top of the ballot. We break down what happened during the primaries on Tuesday night, and what we're expecting to see in the midterms and beyond. Plus: The heartland's version of Costco and just a lil bit of Omarosa to top it off. Learn more ab...more

  • Bernie-backed underdogs underperform

    Aug 10 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 the midterm elections. Then, we get into the scandal of the week: Rep. Chris Collins and alleged insider trading. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Trump gets into the midterms. Big league.

    Aug 03 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 rally trail. When he's not dropping names out front, his 2020 re-election campaign is behind the scenes dropping dolla dolla bills, ya'll. We talk about who Trump wants to come out on top and what that's going to take. Then, we break down how ch-ch-changes to the electoral map will impact the outcome of 2020. PLUS: a mini-Mahtesian on mic! Learn m...more

  • The decrease in White House transparency continues

    Jul 27 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 dark when it comes to military issues. We also talk about the trade war's impact on farmers and how the White House is handling it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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

    Jul 20 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 office are in a pickle.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The Trump Pence split-screen

    Jul 13 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 little different from the president's.... or does it? Then, we talk about the Supreme Court some more. Three weeks in a row isn't too much, in our opinion, but it's a very narrow ruling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • How Supreme Court nominations are like political campaigns

    Jul 06 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 wait. We have two White House reporters bringing us up to speed on what Trump is thinking with his self-imposed announcement deadline rapidly approaching. Then, Josh Gerstein returns to tells us about the 38 cases the Supreme Court has agreed to hear next year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Kennedy retirement reunites fractured Republicans

    Jun 29 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, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unseated Joe Crowley, an incumbent no one expected to be defeated. Then, Justice Anthony Kennedy, considered a swing vote on the bench, announced that he would retire, opening up an opportunity for Trump and republicans to alter the Supreme Court as we know it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoice...more

  • The turmoil at the border is just beginning

    Jun 22 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, and why it seems like she might be okay with it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • For Republicans, Trump holds the cards

    Jun 15 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 what's going on with the republicans.  Then, Rachael Bade joins us from the Hill fresh from a presser with Paul Ryan to talk about DACA and immigration.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • BONUS: Decoding Trump, Post Summit

    Jun 12 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 hosts, joined by foreign affairs correspondent Halley Toosi and Michael Crowley, national security editor to break down what happened and what the future could hold. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • A sigh of relief from Democrats

    Jun 08 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 Trump-Kim summit in Singapore. Plus: A heartfelt apology to our many listeners in South Dakota. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Super Tuesday: primary elections edition

    Jun 01 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 about California's top-two primary system (it's wonky!) and then what the White House has up its sleeve for the 2018 Midterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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

    May 25 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 primaries that happened this week. Then, Paul Ryan is a lame duck, and he's gotten himself into a pickle. What happens when your own party doesn't wanna work with you? Rachael Bade breaks it down for us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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

    May 18 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 a look inside the Mueller investigation with POLITICO reporter Josh Gerstein. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Sizing up the primaries and unpacking two nuclear relationships

    May 11 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 to Iran and North Korea and all the ways they're intertwined — yet completely different. Plus, in a win for Charlie, he's asked to talk about his favorite place in the world: The Keystone State. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • BONUS: The woman who connected Castro with the White House

    May 07 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 between the U.S. government and Fidel Castro, altering the course of the Cold War.  Read the full Politico Magazine story at politico.com/magazine.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Nobody wants to be Trump's lawyer

    May 04 2018

    President Trump's new lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, shared some revealing news about the president during an interview with Sean Hannity regarding the alleged arrangement his former lawyer made with the adult film star Stormy Daniels. Following suit, we reveal a secret about Charlie. We also break down the upcoming primary elections, including the four happening next Tuesday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Dr. Ronny Jackson drops out, Missouri midterms heat up

    Apr 27 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 House reporter Eliana Johnson breaks down all the drama surrounding his nomination. Then, reporter Daniel Strauss breaks down what is shaping up to be an interesting midterm election in Missouri. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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

    Apr 20 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 about how the diplomatic world and corporate America have adapted to the way the president changes his mind. Plus, Scott Bland's favorite topic: CAMPAIGNS! We talk about Sun City, Arizona, the next stop in a special-election-season that keeps on giving.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Nine months is a long time to be a lame duck

    Apr 13 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 fundraising money Ryan rakes in? We get into both. Then, Nancy Cook catches us up on another whirlwind week at the White House. It was, in a word: bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Scott Pruitt did 'the swampiest thing imaginable'

    Apr 06 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 economic stories from this week: Tariffs from China and why President Trump really doesn't like Amazon. Plus, in a tale of three Scotts, a Nerdcast mega-fan lends a hand. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Inside How Trump favored Texas over Puerto Rico

    Mar 30 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 House (only one firing), so what else is going on? Stick around to the end for a special surprise to celebrate 100 episodes of the Nerdcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Democrats Unfriend Facebook

    Mar 23 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 gets some "Deer Hunter" closure.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Post Tillerson Stress Disorder

    Mar 16 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? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Another week, another White House departure

    Mar 09 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 voting in Texas.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Is Hope Hicks gone for good?

    Mar 02 2018

    POLITICO reporters discuss White House communications director Hope Hicks' resignation, Jared Kushner's security clearance downgrade and the latest in the Paul Manafort indictment saga.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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

    Feb 23 2018

    Washington insider and former Clinton political director Doug Sosnik joins the Nerdcast to walk listeners through his latest analysis of the 2018 map. Doug explains why Donald Trump’s unpopularity and significant demographic shifts in once-solid Republican suburbs has given Democrats an opportunity—more perishable than many observers realize—to reverse a "lost decade" after their disastrous performance in 2010 elections.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Parkland students push for gun reform

    Feb 23 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 how the students' energy could impact policy in Washington. Plus, the panel tackles the scandal and subversion surrounding Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, the last cabinet holdover from the Obama administration.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Porter scandal rocks Kelly's credibility

    Feb 16 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 this scandal. The panel also breaks down the Trump polling bump we saw in the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll and what it means for the Republican Party in 2018. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Dow falls but the parade must go on

    Feb 09 2018

    POLITICO reporters discuss the recent fluctuations in the stock market and what the repricing means for the country's economy and politics, President Trump's request for a military parade akin to the 2017 French Bastille Day parade, and what recent House GOP fundraising numbers tells us about the upcoming midterm races.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • BONUS: Mike Pence on the midterm elections

    Feb 02 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Deadlines loom over Congress

    Feb 02 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 that led to CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald's resignation this week.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Will Trump stick to SOTU script?

    Jan 26 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 characters in the Russia probes straight and what to expect from Trump's State of the Union Tuesday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Shutdown blame game

    Jan 19 2018

    POLITICO reporters discuss the latest shutdown struggle on Capitol Hill, how President Trump's tweets and roving policy stances are complicating things and who would shoulder the shutdown blame. The group also dives into the "shithole" controversy that continues to reverberate in Washington and potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Washington struggles to strike DACA deal

    Jan 12 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 Oprah 2020 hype says about the Democratic party.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Trump blasts Bannon

    Jan 05 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 to make of the president's scathing North Korea tweets.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Defining moments of 2017

    Dec 29 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 moments mattered and what's to come in 2018.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Tax day

    Dec 22 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 group also ponders the next big policy push and if this will be Speaker Paul Ryan's last year in Congress.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Jones takes Alabama

    Dec 15 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 and Senate Republicans seeking to combine their tax bills and put legislation before the president next week.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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

    Dec 12 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 agree on very much – from how popular Nancy Pelosi is to how many seats are up for grabs.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Alabama Senate Preview

    Dec 08 2017

    POLITICO reporters discuss the upcoming Alabama Senate race following President Trump's endorsement of Roy Moore, the sexual misconduct allegations on Capitol Hill that have so far led to two resignations and a special guest joins host Scott Bland to predict the big names to watch in 2018. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Harassment dominoes on Capitol Hill

    Dec 01 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 the Senate. Plus, the group breaks down Nancy Pelosi's fumbling response to the John Conyers' accusations.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Boehner unchained

    Nov 24 2017

    In a special Thanksgiving edition of the Nerdcast, POLITICO Magazine reporter Tim Alberta joins Scott Bland to discuss his profile on former House Speaker John Boehner. Tim delves into his golfing outing in Ohio, how this piece came to be, and what Boehner regrets as he looks back on his lengthy career in Washington. Read Tim Alberta's piece here: http://politi.co/2zPclO1Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Moore allegations rock Alabama

    Nov 17 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Election Day recap

    Nov 10 2017

    POLITICO reporters break down Democrat Ralph Northam win in Virginia’s gubernatorial race, including the White House's reaction, polling errors and the downfalls of gerrymandering. The group also discusses what's in the House Republican's tax bill and what's still on the chopping block.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • It's Mueller time

    Nov 03 2017

    POLITICO reporters discuss Robert Mueller’s indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, President Trump's upcoming trip to Asia, and California Senator Dianne Feinstein's challenger. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Flake bows out

    Oct 27 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 second open Senate race in Arizona since 1994. The panel also discusses the 2016 Facebook ads that were placed by a Russian company last year. They’re now the subject of multiple investigations, but there’s an also an effort to close some regulatory loopholes to make sure this doesn’t happen again.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adc...more

  • 2017 election preview

    Oct 20 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 Bannon’s anointed outsider Republican Senate candidates.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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

    Oct 19 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, what's on his bookshelf, the Lakers, and D.C. versus L.A. Plus, the treasury secretary tells Ben White a tax overhaul is guaranteed by the end of the year.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Trump's hiring spree

    Oct 13 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 that are piling into races against Democratic senators.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Will Congress act on guns?

    Oct 06 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 their budget for tax reform and reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called President Trump a "moron."Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Puerto Rico's long road back

    Sep 29 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 anti-establishment wing of the Republican Party, and President Trump's latest cultural war, this time with NFL players and owners.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The GOP's final health care push

    Sep 22 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 Trump’s latest approval rating according to Real Clear Politics.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Single payer politics

    Sep 15 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 at next week’s United Nations General Assembly — the first one for Trump and his newly established foreign policy team.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Republicans reel from debt ceiling deal

    Sep 08 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 Obama's response to DACA and what it says about his post-presidency agenda. Plus, a look at the White House's tax reform plan.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Hurricane Harvey aftermath

    Sep 01 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 return from August recess to a packed schedule.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • No retreat, no surrender

    Aug 25 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 his foreign policy views has evolved since taking office. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The aftermath of Charlottesville

    Aug 18 2017

    POLITICO reporters discuss the political upset over Trump's statements on Charlottesville, the results of Alabama's special Senate race and the shifting map of power in the West Wing.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Fire and fury

    Aug 11 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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • It’s Trump’s party now

    Aug 04 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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • BONUS EPISODE: Live from Politicon

    Jul 31 2017

    Live from Politicon in Pasadena, California, POLITICO reporters discuss Trump's constantly rotating staff in the West Wing, the recent failure of the Senate healthcare bill and major winners and losers from Trump's presidency.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • What 'loyalty' means to Trump

    Jul 28 2017

    POLITICO reporters discuss Trump's bullying of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the transgender military policy he announced via Twitter Wednesday morning.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Republicans reset on health care again

    Jul 21 2017

    POLITICO reporters discuss the Republican party's health care strategy, how the Trump administration could accomplish broad sweeping tax reform and the number of exclusive interviews President Trump has conducted with the supposedly hated New York Times since he was elected. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Emails again

    Jul 14 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 Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s voluminous request for voter data as part of his role on Trump’s election integrity commission.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The 2018 Senate lookahead

    Jul 07 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 countries — one of several big issues on the table this week at the G-20 meetings in Europe, alongside Trump’s first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Health care whiplash

    Jun 30 2017

    POLITICO reporters discuss the Senate GOP health care plan negotiations, the number of public laws enacted this year by the Republican-controlled Congress and President Trump and opinions the U.S. Supreme Court decided during the term that ended this week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The Georgia season finale

    Jun 23 2017

    POLITICO reporters discuss Republican Congresswoman-elect Karen Handel's victory in Georgia, calls for Nancy Pelosi to step down after Republicans successfully deployed her as a bogeyman in that Georgia race, and what's in the newly unveiled Republican health care bill.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Is a White House policy reboot possible?

    Jun 16 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 Trump’s legislative director in the White House last week to rally support for the Trump agenda, and Republican Ed Gillespie’s tight margin of victory in the Virginia gubernatorial primaries Tuesday night.Show link: http://www.politico.com/podcasts/nerdcast Learn more about your ad...more

  • The Comey hearing aid

    Jun 09 2017

    POLITICO reporters discuss the Comey Senate Intelligence Committee testimony, the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia and the special election runoff in Georgia. Show link: http://www.politico.com/podcasts/nerdcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • We’ll never have Paris

    Jun 02 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 Congress as the August recess quickly approaches. Show link: http://www.politico.com/podcasts/nerdcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Special election smackdown

    May 26 2017

    POLITICO reporters tackle President Trump's first foreign trip, the $4.1 trillion dollar budget and the Montana special election results.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Special counsels and special elections

    May 19 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 investigation into Michael Flynn and the special counsel named to head up the investigation into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia.Then, the group discusses how Congress is attempting to circumvent the media firestorm to tackle legislative items. Plus, the latest in the Mont...more

  • The James Comey episode

    May 12 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 discusses the number of troops Trump’s military advisers are recommending he send to Afghanistan in a surge to help stabilize the country.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Decision day

    May 05 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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The health of the party

    Apr 28 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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Big money, small dollars

    Apr 21 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 for the network.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Voters are voting

    Apr 14 2017

    On this week’s show, POLITICO reporters discuss more special elections happening across the country, President Donald Trump’s ideological flexibility — which was on especially strong display this week — and what things look like for his administration as its first 100 days come to a close soon.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Special election season

    Apr 07 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 the rest of 2017.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Is the Senate headed for the 'nuclear option'?

    Mar 31 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 hearing.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The House of pain

    Mar 24 2017

    POLITICO reporters discuss the Republican divide over Obamacare repeal in the House, Intel chair Devin Nunes' wiretap claims, and how global populism is taking shape in France.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The bully pulpit

    Mar 17 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 nominee Neil Gorsuch needs to avoid getting stuck in a filibuster and the number of National Security Council staffers who have been removed since the start of the Trump administration.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Health scare politics

    Mar 10 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 administration.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The Russia merry-go-round

    Mar 03 2017

    POLITICO reporters talk President Trump's joint sessions address, the Republicans' Obamacare repeal and replace strategy, and the future of the Democratic party following Tom Perez's DNC chair win. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Trump's big speech

    Feb 24 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 party, and the number of special elections on tap in the first half of 2017, mostly to fill seats left vacant by Trump Cabinet appointees.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • A week of chaos

    Feb 17 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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Live from D.C., it’s Saturday Night

    Feb 10 2017

    POLITICO reporters discuss Saturday Night Live's satirization of the Trump administration, cabinet secretaries' controversial confirmations and Elizabeth Warren's quashed floor speech. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Trump's Supreme week

    Feb 03 2017

    POLITICO reporters discuss Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, the immigration executive order and the protests that followed, and the GOP’s margin for error on the Betsy DeVos confirmation.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Trump off and running

    Jan 27 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Trump takes the oath

    Jan 20 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 reform, and Trump's favorability numbers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The Russia files

    Jan 13 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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Trump’s Cabinet heads to Capitol Hill

    Jan 06 2017

    POLITICO reporters discuss the confirmation hearings hitting the Hill, PEOTUS's upcoming press conference and which Democrats voted against Nancy Pelosi for Speaker.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Trump goes off the record

    Dec 23 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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • No honeymoon for Trump

    Dec 16 2016

    POLITICO reporters discuss the Electoral College confusion, how Donald Trump's favorability numbers will affect his presidency and the latest cabinet appointments - including Rex Tillerson.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Trump's nontraditional transition

    Dec 09 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 leadership. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Trump's conservative dream team

    Dec 02 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Your 2016 questions answered

    Nov 18 2016

    POLITICO’s Charlie Mahtesian, Scott Bland and Katie Glueck answer listeners' questions about the 2016 election.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The 2016 postmortem

    Nov 11 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 media should course correct.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Trump defies the odds

    Nov 09 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 pollsters and media got it so wrong.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Who will win?

    Nov 08 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 polls and Congressional race predictions.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Is it really a nailbiter?

    Nov 04 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 this divisive campaign cycle.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Donald Trump's detour from reality

    Oct 28 2016

    POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Scott Bland, Ken Vogel and Eli Stokols discuss early voting, the Trump campaign's fundraising strategy as Election Day approaches and the down-ballot effect.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Trump's last chance

    Oct 21 2016

    POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Scott Bland and Katie Glueck discuss Donald Trump's assertion that he may not honor the election results, the percentage of Republicans Trump is winning and what early voting results tell us.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Donald Trump in freefall

    Oct 14 2016

    POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Scott Bland, Ken Vogel and Eli Stokols discuss the Trump tape fallout, how Trump's unconventional campaign is affecting down-ballot races and what John Podesta's emails in the latest Wikileaks dump reveal.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • It’s hers to lose on Sunday

    Oct 07 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 Pence's strong performance means for the Trump campaign, the latest polling in Ohio and what impact Gary Johnson is having. Plus, Charlie takes a call from a listener about predictions for 2020.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Donald Trump loses the post-game

    Sep 29 2016

    POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Hadas Gold, Scott Bland and Eli Stokols discuss Donald Trump's performance in the first debate, the Trump campaign's first big paid media blitz and what to expect from the VP debate in Virginia. Plus, Charlie takes a call from a listener on why the media doesn't focus more coverage on policy.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Are you ready for debate night?

    Sep 22 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 right’s conversion to Donald Trump, Trump as “strongman” and more.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Trump can win.

    Sep 15 2016

    POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian, Scott Bland, Shane Goldmacher and Hadas Gold analyze recent battleground polls showing Trump and Clinton neck and neck and delve into which campaign ads are most effective and why. The group also compares the coverage of Clinton's '08 campaign shake-ups to Trump's current record of campaign unrest. Also on the docket - is Bill Clinton still the coveted closer he once was?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Is Trump’s bounce-back legit?

    Sep 08 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 2 points and debate which battleground states are still within reach for Trump. Also on the docket; how Republicans' August freak-out paid off in donations and what to expect from Sheldon Adelson.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Is immigration a win for Trump?

    Sep 01 2016

    POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Ken Vogel, Eli Stokols, Scott Bland and Charlie Mahtesian discuss Donald Trump's visit to Mexico, his immigration messaging and the current estimated electoral college count - is the map already cooked? Also on the docket, how Hillary Clinton's August fundraising haul highlights her reliance on big donors.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The rise of the 'alt-right'

    Aug 25 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 email dump could affect that plan, Donald Trump's digital campaign spending and polling in swing states - can we trust the numbers?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Do the third-party candidates stand a chance?

    Aug 18 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 the presidency. Roberts and Bland are joined by Annie Karni and Hadas Gold to discuss the Trump campaign shakeup, Clinton debate prep and coasting, media buys and media ventures.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Can Trump rebound?

    Aug 11 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 campaign's increase in events in these key areas can knock Hillary Clinton's numbers down. Also discussed are the challenges the media is facing in covering Donald Trump's unconvential campaign-are reporters spouting off on Twitter going too far? Plus, VP reporter Burgess Everett stops by to talk what life's like on the trail with Tim Kaine. Lear...more

  • Will Trump drop out?

    Aug 04 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 Donald Trump's week of gaffes is burying bad news for Hillary Clinton and they examine Trump's fundraising efforts and why it's so hard for him to ask for money. Also discussed are the Paul Ryan and John McCain snubs and the delicate dance many Republican lawmakers are doing to win votes their home districts.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit me...more

  • What if Clinton v. Trump ends in a tie?

    Jul 29 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 the unlikely but not impossible scenario that the election ends in a tie, the Russians hacking DNC emails and Donald Trump's response, and President Obama's address to the convention.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Trump claims the title

    Jul 21 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 youth vote, Donald Trump's children playing a starring role at the convention, Ivanka's influence on Trump and Super PAC fundraising.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Live from the RNC with Sarah Huckabee and David Pepper

    Jul 20 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 inside the Trump campaign, the future of the Republican Party and Rob Portman's race in Ohio.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Why Trump is gaining on Clinton

    Jul 14 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 and Donald Trump's tie in a recent New York Times/CBS poll, Clinton's unfavorability numbers, the Trump VP stakes and why Trump is suing former aide Sam Nunberg.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Trump fumbles Clinton's bad week

    Jul 07 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 Clinton's email investigation, Donald Trump's June fundraising, the possibility of delegates unbinding at the RNC and Trump's VP contenders - including Ivanka?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Trump's trade war on the GOP establishment

    Jul 01 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 fundraising catch-up, Nate Silver's campaign math and Pennsylvania's politics.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Was firing Lewandowski the start of Trump's turnaround?

    Jun 23 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 Lewandowski's sudden exit from Donald Trump's team and the role Trump's children are playing in the campaign. Plus, the group analyzes the fundraising gap between the Trump and Clinton campaigns and discusses how Trump's money disadvantage could affect him in the crucial months to come.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Did Trump blow it on Orlando?

    Jun 16 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 reaction to the Orlando shooting and if his off-the-cuff style will translate to national election success. Plus, the group looks at where Hillary Clinton is spending her ad money and if it's helping her favorability numbers.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Donald Trump’s big-money blues

    Jun 09 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 money woes, Paul Manafort's influence on the Trump campaign and whether or not Elizabeth Warren is campaigning to be Hillary Clinton's VP.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Trump's Libertarian nightmare

    Jun 03 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 Libertarian's threat to Donald Trump, why Hillary Clinton's winning the war for superdelegates and the unique role Twitter is playing in this race.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • What is Bernie Sanders up to?

    May 26 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 Wiley, Donald Trump's national campaign director, leaving the job after only six weeks, Trump's complicated relationship with the RNC, and a potential debate between Bernie Sanders and Trump. Plus, how Sanders' momentum is affecting upcoming congressional races, namely Debbie Wasserman Schultz's contest in Florida.Learn more about your ad choices. V...more

  • How badly is Sanders hurting Clinton?

    May 20 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 Democratic crackup and Bernie Sander's long game, Facebook's optics problem with conservatives and the gender gap driving 2016.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Is Trump really making nice with the GOP?

    May 12 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 Hillary Clinton's dismal showing in West Virginia, Donald Trump meeting with the RNC, primary polling versus general election, and more.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Does Donald Trump have a prayer?

    May 06 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 episode of the 2016 NerdcastLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • Welcome to the 2016 Nerdcast

    May 05 2016

    Welcome to the 2016 Nerdcast by POLITICOLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices