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  • Bonus: The Senators at the center of the 50-50 split

    Apr 23 2021

    “If we miss this opportunity, God help us.” Joe Manchin and Lisa Murkowski. Two moderate senators smack in the middle — and on either side — of a split 50-50 Senate. On our first episode of Playbook Deep Dive, the two friends open up in a rare interview with POLITICO’s Burgess Everett. They get personal: about reconciliation, frustration over the Senate’s hurdles — even why Murkowski hogs the best fishing holes. And Manchin reveals a major endorsement, heard first on this show.Subscribe to our n...more

  • Sponsored Content: How Covid-19 accelerated the future of work

    Feb 10 2021

    Presenting a sponsored episode of “Global Translations”: Over the past year, businesses, employees and families across the globe were forced to rethink what it means to “go to work.” Now, with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout underway, many corporate leaders are focused on ensuring the return to work is equitable for all employees.

  • The page who took down the GOP

    Jan 31 2021

    In 2006, a young man holding no political office brought down a 180+ years program and reshaped Congress forever. Scott Bland talks to POLITICO magazine reporter Zack Stanton, a former House page who leaked transcripts of sexual messages that former Congressman Mark Foley sent to teen pages... which resulted in his resignation and torpedoed the Republican hold on power for years.Scott Bland is a politics editor at POLITICO.Zack Stanton is an editor at POLITICO magazine. Annie Rees is a producer ...more

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

    Jan 23 2021

    On a special episode of POLITICO's Nerdcast:"It became clear that Scott Pruitt had sought to purchase a used mattress from the Trump hotel. And I thought, 'This is not what I expected this job would look like.'" At the close of Donald Trump's presidency, POLITICO's reporters and editors share their strongest memories of the last four years. Shocking moments they witnessed, conversations they overheard and what will stay with them forever. Plus, new Playbook co-author Tara Palmeri talks to Scott ...more

  • Cures for an Ailing Labor Market

    Jan 07 2021

    "Off Message" presents Episode 9 of the new season of POLITICO's podcast "Global Translations": The pandemic sent shockwaves through a global labor market already upended by digitization and the green energy transition. It left tens of millions jobless and amplified skills gaps. Even as we spent trillions keeping the economy on life support, investment in the skills of the future has been scarce. So how do we get the right skills to the right people, to get the economy motoring again? Hosts Ryan...more

  • Sponsored Content: Greening the Global Economy

    Dec 21 2020

    "Off Message" presents Episode 8 of the new season of POLITICO's podcast "Global Translations": [Sponsored Content] As the world looks to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to net zero by 2050, the financial sector is playing a critical role in facilitating this low-carbon transition through the deployment of innovative financing solutions and by rethinking how climate risk is analyzed and managed.

  • Digging for Solutions: Securing Minerals for Green Energy

    Dec 16 2020

    "Off Message" presents Episode 7 of the new season of POLITICO's podcast "Global Translations": What will it take to secure access to the critical minerals we need for the future — and can we solve one environmental challenge without creating a new one? Hosts Luiza Savage and Ryan Heath talk to political leaders around the world about what they are doing to shore up access to critical minerals. Luiza Savage is the host of "Global Translations".Ryan Heath is a host of "Global Translations". Annie...more

  • Why green energy means mining: the case of cobalt

    Dec 07 2020

    "Off Message" presents Episode 6 of the new season of POLITICO's podcast "Global Translations": To understand how essential critical minerals are to our world, we turn to a case study: cobalt. This mineral is proving key to the future of green energy, defense and high tech manufacturing — not to mention electric vehicles. But cobalt has its challenges. Hosts Luiza Savage and Ryan Heath look at China’s dominant role in global cobalt mining and the serious problems that can arise if other countrie...more

  • Critical Minerals: The next dirty fight over clean energy

    Nov 23 2020

    "Off Message" presents Episode 5 of the new season of POLITICO's podcast "Global Translations": The technologies that protect us, move us and power our daily lives require mining minerals and metalsin distant places. But access to these essential materials is increasingly under threat. Hosts Luiza Savage and Ryan Heath talk with experts who are sounding the alarm. Luiza Savage is the host of "Global Translations".Ryan Heath is a host of "Global Translations". Annie Rees is a producer for POLITIC...more

  • How can the US compete with China, Inc.?

    Nov 10 2020

    "Off Message" presents Episode 3 of the new season of POLITICO's podcast "Global Translations": The pandemic and the rise of China are prompting Republicans and Democrats to turn to government power to grow industries important to America’s security and place in the world. “Industrial policy” is an idea long reviled among Washington policymakers. Hosts Luiza Savage and Ryan Heath talk to the people trying to make industrial policy cool again.Luiza Savage is the host of "Global Translations".Ryan...more

  • Can we get enough vaccine?

    Nov 02 2020

    "Off Message" presents the second episode of the new season of POLITICO's podcast "Global Translations": Once there is a working Covid vaccine, manufacturers across the globe will need to scale up production to produce billions of doses — meaning billions of pharmaceutical-grade glass vials, rubber stoppers, packaging and storage and refrigeration. In a special airing of POLITICO's Global Translations podcast, hosts Luiza Savage and Ryan Heath look at the challenges of making enough vaccines for...more

  • Introducing... Global Translations: The world's tug-of-war

    Oct 28 2020

    "POLITICO's Off Message" brings you a special episode of POLITICO's new podcast series "Global Translations." From closed factories to closed borders, the Covid-19 pandemic exposed the fragility of our systems, creating a period of scarcity where demand skyrocketed — from freezers to PPE — and we couldn't supply items fast enough. In this episode of "Global Translations", POLITICO hosts Luiza Savage and Ryan Heath take a deep dive with experts into global supply chains and what "decoupling" and ...more

  • Rahm Emanuel weighs in on 2020

    Feb 28 2020

    Rahm Emanuel — former Chicago mayor and former chief of staff to President Barack Obama — talks to POLITICO founding editor John Harris about his new book, "The Nation City: Why Mayors Are Now Running the World," his "toy phone" in Bill Clinton's White House and his thoughts on the 2020 field.

  • A new tone from some in GOP on climate change -- but mostly behind closed doors

    Aug 23 2019

    We're bringing you an episode of POLITICO's Global Translations, a show about big global problems that will take a certain amount of creativity to solve. Driven by a public clamoring for action and pressure from corporate CEOs, lawmakers are noting an evolution in attitudes toward climate action among some of their Republican colleagues – a subtle but significant shift in tone that could pave the way for modest legislation this year. Guests include:Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)Rep. Francis Rooney ...more

  • Which 2020 Democrat should Donald Trump most be afraid of?

    Jun 26 2019

    To get the inside view from the only people in the world who know what it’s like to run in a primary field so large -- and do so in the shadow of Donald Trump -- we invited the strategists for four of the top GOP primary campaigns of 2016 into a Washington cigar bar, a literal smoke-filled room, to talk shop. Which Democratic candidate has the most raw political talent? What weaknesses of Donald Trump's would they exploit in 2020? And why is everybody still so ticked off about the Virginia prima...more

  • This is what Kirsten Gillibrand hates about running for president

    May 31 2019

    Kirsten Gillibrand is a U.S. Senator with a soaring national profile, but her presidential campaign has yet to take flight. She’s even at risk of failing to have enough donors to make the debate stage under DNC rules, leading her to ask people for just a dollar, to boost her numbers. But that’s not what bothers her most about running for president. 

  • Is John Hickenlooper too normal to be president?

    Mar 29 2019

    In a crowded field of Democratic presidential contenders, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper makes an impression on voters as a genuine candidate, even if he's a bit quirky. He colors outside the lines of the political conventions -- a geologist by training, a brewer and restauranteur by profession, and a politician only later in life. In this episode, he talks about his temper as a child, his pragmatic approach to politics, and how he's managed to succeed in a people-driven business despite...more

  • How it feels to win (and lose) a House majority

    Nov 08 2018

    For our post-midterms edition of Off Message, we talked to Corry Bliss and Charlie Kelly, the two men who led the largest House campaign organizations in 2018. This election, Bliss led the Republican-aligned Congressional Leadership Fund, and Kelly led its Democratic counterpart, the House Majority PAC. They talk about what went on behind the scenes, their biggest regrets of 2018, and where things go from here. 

  • David Axelrod: Voters don't want a ‘Democratic version of Trump’

    Oct 30 2018

    The strategist behind Obama's presidential campaigns gives his midterms predictions, shares his lightning-round thoughts on 2020 candidates and tells Tim whether he thinks any politician can recapture the Obama magic.David Axelrod doesn’t like the path the country—or the Democratic Party—is on. The chief strategist who steered Barack Obama’s winning White House campaigns worries that President Trump has laid a trap—and that his party is walking right into it. “Escalation breeds escalation,” Axel...more

  • Meet the next Ted Cruz

    Oct 23 2018

    When Chip Roy was a top staffer for Ted Cruz, he was an architect of the Texas senator’s strategy to shut down the government over Obamacare.Now, in all likelihood, he’s heading for Congress with a House seat of his own, and top Republicans worry he’s going to make Cruz look like a squishy moderate.Roy is ready to play hardball with GOP leaders in Congress. He has pledged to support House Freedom Caucus founding chairman Jim Jordan for speaker, and is expected to quickly establish himself as one...more

  • Steve Scalise thinks he knows who'll be the next House Speaker

    Oct 16 2018

    Steve Scalise was nearly killed last summer when a gunman opened fire at the Republican congressional baseball team’s practice. Last September, after months of surgeries and intensive rehabilitation, the Louisiana congressman was met with a thunderous ovation when he returned to work at the Capitol. The emotional scene—cathartic for Scalise and so many colleagues who were on the baseball field with him—might have obscured just how far he has to go. He’s still undergoing regular physical therapy ...more

  • John Kerry on 2020, Trump and why we need to ask ourselves "what did you do?"

    Oct 09 2018

    Isaac's last episode: The former secretary of state has led a Forrest Gump-like life, from his high-school days playing hockey with Bob Mueller to introducing John Lennon at a Vietnam protest to running for president and almost winning. Some people think he should run again in 2020.He probably isn’t, but says he wants to be part of the future of the Democratic Party, and the country, no matter what. He’s sticking to his insistence that any White House talk distracts from 2018. But there’s clearl...more

  • Elijah Cummings is ready to investigate Trump

    Oct 02 2018

    If Democrats retake the House, Maryland congressman Elijah Cummings will likely become the new chair of the Oversight committee. Here, a preview of what to expect from their coming investigations of the Trump administration.Cummings says President Donald Trump “is a person [who] calls a lie ‘the truth’ and the truth ‘a lie.’” He thinks the president violates the Constitution’s emoluments clause daily, and sees an abnormal tolerance for corruption and misconduct emanating straight out of the Oval...more

  • Ken Starr: If I was Trump's lawyer, ‘I would be very concerned’

    Sep 25 2018

    The Clinton-era independent counsel weighs in on Brett Kavanaugh, why Trump has an obligation to answer Mueller's questions and whether he plans to support Trump in 2020.Ken Starr would love to hear from Donald Trump. He thinks he could help. The former independent counsel whose investigation into President Bill Clinton led to Clinton’s impeachment says President Trump has enough to be worried about that he’ll need good lawyers around him as he decides whether to sit down with special counsel Ro...more

  • Mazie Hirono: Brett Kavanaugh is fudging the truth

    Sep 18 2018

    Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono gets candid about why she believes Kavanaugh's accuser, what it's like being the only immigrant in the U.S. Senate, and shares her own #MeToo story.Mazie Hirono thinks Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is not telling the truth about the sexual assault he allegedly committed as a teenager. She thinks he wasn’t telling the truth to the Judiciary Committee when he claimed not to remember any sexual misconduct by a judge he clerked for who was forced to resign last year ...more

  • Ben Jealous: ‘Americans are suffering under the weight of half-measures’

    Sep 11 2018

    Ben Jealous is a venture capitalist. Opponents call him a socialist. He says that’s the cost of wanting “people to be treated in a way that’s just.”Ben Jealous campaigned all over the country for Bernie Sanders, but he has a platinum American Express card in his wallet. He got his first campaign experience as a 14-year-old volunteer for Jesse Jackson in 1988, but the presidential candidate from that year he has since reconsidered is Steve Forbes, whose ideas about transforming schools into vocat...more

  • Seth Meyers: Trump wanted me to apologize for making fun of him (REPRISE)

    Sep 04 2018

    A reprise episode: It wasn’t all porn star hush money: Michael Cohen once tried to negotiate an appearance by Donald Trump on Seth Meyers’ show, for what the “Late Night” host pitched as a fun way of coming together after torching Trump at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner.Meyers had invited Trump after running into him at the “Saturday Night Live” 40th anniversary special in February 2015, a few months before the real estate developer’s presidential campaign launched.Trump, Meyers told...more

  • Tony Perkins: Trump gets ‘a mulligan’ on Stormy Daniels and other past indiscretions (REPRISE)

    Aug 28 2018

    A reprise episode: Donald Trump is still the answer to many conservative evangelical leaders’ prayers. Or at least to their continuing grievances. They embrace Trump the policymaker, despite being uneasy about Trump as a man, says Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a prominent evangelical activist group.Perkins knows about Stormy Daniels, the porn actress who claimed, in a 2011 interview, that in 2006 she had sex with Trump four months after his wife, Melania, gave birth to ...more

  • Why Michael Hayden says Trump is helping Russia (Reprise)

    Aug 21 2018

    Michael Hayden doesn’t know whether Donald Trump colluded with the Russian attack on the 2016 election—but he’s sure the president helped the Kremlin and is continuing to do so every day.Hayden, a retired general who led the NSA and the CIA under President George W. Bush, is sure, too, of what he calls a “convergence” of interests between Trump and Russia. And he thinks it risks destroying America.POLITICO's Off Message podcast is hosted by Isaac Dovere and is part of the Panoply network. Produc...more

  • Randi Weingarten: For unions, this is a ‘which side are you on’ moment

    Aug 14 2018

    The president of the American Federation of Teachers says that union members haven’t just cooled on Trump—they’ve turned on him. Union leaders and members now “know who the bad guys are,” says Weingarten, the longtime head of the American Federation of Teachers—President Donald Trump and the five justices who signed on to the court’s Janus decision in June. Early on, Trump’s support among organized labor was at astronomical levels for a modern-day Republican, with November 2016 exit polls showin...more

  • Shannon Watts: How to create an ‘army of angry moms and women’ from your own kitchen

    Aug 07 2018

    The founder of Moms Demand Action talks about how she created one of the most successful gun control groups in the country—and where they go from here.Shannon Watts has a bodyguard who travels with her. He doesn’t carry a gun—his job is to scope out the local hospitals and know which one to rush her to if she gets shot. That’s been life for the mother of five since late 2012, when she founded Moms Demand Action, an organization that advocates for stricter regulation of guns. Watts says the threa...more

  • John Dean: Nixon ‘might have survived if there'd been a Fox News’ — Reprise

    Jul 31 2018

    This week, an encore presentation of an interview we first brought you earlier this year. John Dean was the star witness of the Watergate investigation — the counsel to President Richard Nixon who famously flipped and became the prosecution’s star witness in the process that helped take down the president. The Russia scandal is far from over, said Dean, but Trump has advantages that Nixon didn’t.“There’s social media, there’s the internet; the news cycles are faster. I think Watergate would have...more

  • Marty Walsh: Working-class Trump voters ‘forgot where they came from’

    Jul 24 2018

    Marty Walsh is a college drop-out and recovering alcoholic who grew up in a union household and worked his way up through organized labor and local politics. In many ways, he fits the profile of the kind of white working-class man who put Donald Trump in the White House.He also happens to be the Democratic mayor of Boston, and he has a bracing assessment of the blue-collar white voters backing Trump: They “forgot where they came from.”Walsh says it bothers him how many of the people he grew up w...more

  • Francis Suarez: Miami's almost-millennial, Latino mayor doesn't like labels

    Jul 17 2018

    Francis Suarez believes he may be the first Miami-born mayor of Miami. He also has a front-row seat to his swing state's senate and gubernatorial races. He didn't vote for Trump, but Mar-a-Lago isn't far. 

  • Kate Andersen Brower: Making sense of the Trump-Pence relationship

    Jul 10 2018

    How does Mike Pence keep his boss happy? By staying out of the spotlight, for starters, says journalist Kate Andersen Brower, whose new book looks at the relationships between presidents and their vice presidents. She describes the Trump-Pence dynamic, and sizes up how Pence compares to his predecessor in the job, Joe Biden.

  • Tom Arnold: 'Donald Trump is a D-list president, and his enemies are D-list, like Tom Arnold'

    Jul 03 2018

    Tom Arnold talks about his hunt for Trump tapes, his selfie with Michael Cohen, and the mad coincidences that have injected him into a handful of political scandals. 

  • Seth Moulton: ‘We have a commander in chief that we fundamentally can’t trust.’

    Jun 26 2018

    Congressman Seth Moulton is amassing an army of service-oriented Democratic candidates. His goal isn’t simply to defeat Trump; it’s to change politics — and maybe form his own national campaign in the process. He joins us to talk about military service, Donald Trump, 2020, and how he's hoping the Democratic Party will change. 

  • Kirsten Gillibrand: Trump is pushing the ‘devil’s schemes’

    Jun 19 2018

    The New York senator has a different word for the family separation policy which the attorney general and White House press secretary call “Biblical.” Her word is “evil.” In the Biblical sense. Referencing the “devil’s schemes” from the Book of Ephesians, the New York senator said President Donald Trump’s administration qualifies for that label “if you were talking in Christian language.” “To me? Yes, these are all things that come from the darkness that are ripping children from their mothers’ ...more

  • Jenny Durkan: ‘The baton got dropped,’ and Obama alums are running to finish what he started

    Jun 12 2018

    Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan was the first Obama appointee to win a major election after his presidency. She's part of a network of Obama administration officials that want his presidency to mark the start of a new progressive era — and in order to make it a reality, they’re focused on defeating Trump, not simply by opposing him, but by out-organizing him.“‘Resist’ is too passive,” said Durkan. “We’ve got to focus and build a progress and a movement going forward,”“We saw the immense amount of pos...more

  • John Delaney: The 2020 long-shot candidate who’s gaining ground in Iowa

    Jun 05 2018

    For Congressman John Delaney, the 2020 campaign is already underway. The money is there. So is the commitment. And people in are starting to pay attention.The little-known Maryland congressman thinks that’s part of what will transform a presidential run that pretty much no one takes seriously into the next Jimmy Carter-style, out-of-nowhere explosion onto the presidential debate stage. Delaney, who made his fortune founding two commercial lending companies, has already spent $1 million out of hi...more

  • Steyer: Pelosi is ‘normalizing’ Trump by not talking about impeachment

    May 29 2018

    The billionaire California activist says Democratic leaders who don’t take up the cause aren't just writing off millions of potential voters, they are like those who told civil rights activists to be patient in the 1960s. 

  • Jimmy Carter: ‘Democracy has reached its peak and is declining’

    May 22 2018

    Former President Jimmy Carter joins us to talk about the lack of moral leadership in the White House, faith, and what it would take for Donald Trump to win the Nobel Peace Prize. We spoke to Carter at Liberty University shortly ahead of his delivery of the keynote speech at the school's commencement ceremonies. Though he and Jerry Falwell make an unlikely pair due to their very different politics (Falwell is a conservative Republican, Carter is a proud Democrat), Carter's deep and abiding Christ...more

  • Benjamin: ‘I don’t know exactly what the president cares and doesn’t care about’

    May 15 2018

    Trump has lived his whole life in the city. So why does he have such an adversarial relationship with mayors? Mayor Steve Benjamin, the head of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, joins us to discuss what cities are doing next in their battles with the Trump administration.

  • Seth Meyers: Trump wanted me to apologize for making fun of him

    May 08 2018

    The “Late Night” host talks about President Trump, the White House Correspondents Dinner, and the time Trump sent Michael Cohen to negotiate a mea culpa from the comedian.

  • Chris Matthews: ‘I’m not sure trust is what people want from Trump’

    May 01 2018

    The host of MSNBC's "Hardball" and sharp observer of politics talks about 2020, what Trump understands about white ethnic politics and what you don't understand about cable news.

  • The millennial mayor who could make universal basic income a reality

    Apr 24 2018

    Michael Tubbs is the 27-year-old leader of one of California’s biggest cities. And he’s using that position to try out some truly radical policy ideas.

  • Rubin: Trump’s GOP ‘has become the caricature the left always said it was’

    Apr 17 2018

    Jennifer Rubin has become a leading voice for conservative intellectuals who don’t fit comfortably in either political party—and sees the party she left behind as ‘immoral’ and ‘anti-American.’ “Republicans have permanently eliminated themselves from credibility to govern,” says Rubin, who writes the Washington Post's "Right Turn" blog. “You can’t be willing to sacrifice core American values for the sake of a tax cut and be deemed to be worthy of trust going forward.”

  • Inside Puerto Rico’s Plan to Influence the Midterm Elections

    Apr 10 2018

    Frustrated by Congress’s response to Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló is preparing to drop a ‘hammer’ in targeted states in 2018.

  • Should Sessions wrap up the Mueller probe?

    Apr 03 2018

    Rep. Matt Gaetz has emerged as Trump’s apprentice in Congress, receiving late-night phone calls from the president after his TV appearances defending him. He thinks the time has come for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to unrecuse himself, call up special counsel Bob Mueller and maybe even shut down Mueller's investigation.

  • Pete Buttigieg gets closer to a 2020 campaign

    Mar 27 2018

    The 36-year-old South Bend mayor is an Afghanistan veteran, Rhodes Scholar, out gay man and plain-spoken Midwesterner. He also has a PAC spending money in Iowa, is staffing up with presidential campaign vets and quietly building key relationships ahead of 2020. Could he be the next president?

  • Beto O'Rourke doesn’t want to be Democrats' next national cause

    Mar 20 2018

    The Texas congressman talks about his campaign to oust Ted Cruz, the lyrics he wrote in his old punk band, and the ways he wishes he was more like his dad.

  • Schwarzenegger lets loose on Trump, Big Oil and #MeToo

    Mar 12 2018

    Live from SXSW, Arnold Schwarzenegger joins Isaac Dovere for a wide-ranging conversation on politics, the environment — and even the upcoming "Terminator" movie. 

  • Democrats Vow to Go After GOP Governors ‘Kowtowing’ to Trump

    Mar 06 2018

    Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington and head of the Democratic Governors Association, wants gubernatorial races to become a battlefield for the anti-Trump resistance.

  • Michael Hayden on Trump, Russia and why you can expect more from Mueller

    Feb 27 2018

    Retired General and former CIA Director Michael Hayden sees a "convergence" between the Trump campaign and Russia. He's ‘very concerned’ about it—and thinks you should be, too.

  • BONUS: Utah Gov. on Romney’s Trump Endorsement Flip: ‘Things Have Changed’

    Feb 24 2018

    Utah Governor Gary Herbert explains why he doesn't mind Romney's flip-flop on taking Trump's endorsement, the gun law changes he'd like to see, and why Utah is chasing another shot at hosting the Olympics.

  • Yes to “thoughts and prayers,” but why not action, too?

    Feb 20 2018

    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy talks about gun violence, what he has in common with Donald Trump, and his time working as a textbook salesman.

  • ‘Black women are realizing the power of their vote’

    Feb 13 2018

    Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on the political rise of black women, what it would take for Democrats to win Georgia in 2020, and how it feels to visit your father in prison while you're just a child.

  • Joe Kennedy could be the Democrats’ best hope. But is that what he wants?

    Feb 06 2018

    Rep. Joe Kennedy III sits down to talk about why Democrats need a big, messy primary in 2020, the reason he thinks Joe Biden would've defeated Trump, his time as Elizabeth Warren's student at Harvard Law, and what it's like to learn about your family members in history class.Last week, Kennedy gave the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union speech. The rebuttal heralded Kennedy's arrival in the national conversation at a time when Democrats are desperate to find the right me...more

  • House Republicans struggle with what to do about Trump

    Jan 30 2018

    Congressman Steve Stivers heads up the National Republican Congressional Committee, the House GOP's campaign arm. And that means that, among other things, he's faced with figuring out where—and how—President Trump can be helpful to Republican candidates.Here, he sits down with Isaac to talk about whether he'd send the president to campaign in a swing seat, how he convinces incumbents to run for reelection, and whether President Trump makes him proud to be a Republican.

  • Evangelicals give Trump a ‘mulligan’ on life pre-presidency, including Stormy Daniels

    Jan 23 2018

    Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, says that evangelical conservatives are willing to overlook Trump’s past behavior—even his alleged affair with porn actress Stormy Daniels—so long as he delivers for them on policy.“I think they are finally glad that there’s somebody on the playground that is willing to punch the bully,” Perkins tells us. What happened to turning the other cheek? “You know, you only have two cheeks,” Perkins says. “Christianity is not all about being a welco...more

  • ‘Washington was about to explode’: The Clinton scandal, 20 years later

    Jan 21 2018

    An all-star panel discusses how #MeToo changes the way we think about Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, why the scandals of 1998 would play out differently in today's media environment, and what Trump learned from Clinton's example.Join Politico editor-in-chief John Harris, New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker, Politico chief international affairs columnist Susan B. Glasser, and Yahoo News chief investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff for a roundtable discussion of the ...more

  • Perez: GOP must answer for "appalling silence" on Trump

    Jan 16 2018

    DNC chairman Tom Perez is the son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic. He shares his personal reaction to President Trump's comment about 'shithole countries,' and explains why he thinks the "party of Lincoln" is dead — despite the fact the GOP controls the White House, Congress, judicial branch, and most state governments.

  • Jordan Klepper: Is what we're living through funny?

    Jan 09 2018

    Jordan Klepper has spent the last three months hosting the Alex Jones-style parody “The Opposition” on Comedy Central, working hard to get into the head of all the conspiracy theorists — including President Donald Trump himself — who’ve latched onto tales of illegal voters and the “deep state” and media witch hunts. And he's scared of what he's seen there.

  • John Dean: Trump's inner circle has no idea what’s about to hit them

    Jan 02 2018

    John Dean, the former Nixon White House counsel, has a memo for White House lawyer Ty Cobb and the rest of President Donald Trump’s defenders as they enter 2018: believing the investigation and prosecutions will be over any time soon is “wishful thinking.” And, says the man who famously flipped and became the Watergate prosecution’s star witness in the process that helped take down Richard Nixon, no one in the president’s orbit should assume they’re prepared for everything that cooperating witne...more

  • Bill de Blasio says he isn’t running for president. So why is he in Iowa?

    Dec 26 2017

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes a break during his trip to Iowa to sit down with Isaac and assure him he isn't running for president. Hizzoner talks about why he's a polarizing figure, what it's like being a progressive leader in the Trump era, and what he thinks about all the New Yorkers being mentioned as 2020 candidates.

  • Joe Manchin: How Trump is losing red-state Democrats

    Dec 19 2017

    Joe Manchin is a rare breed: a West Virginia Democrat and self-proclaimed “radical moderate.” He's one of 10 Senate Democrats up for reelection in 2018 in states that Trump won. Red-state Democrats like Manchin should have been putty in the president’s hands. Instead, he’s alienated them to the point that he’s neither feared nor loved.

  • PREVIEW: Why Sen. Joe Manchin thinks Al Franken shouldn’t resign

    Dec 18 2017

    An exclusive preview of our upcoming episode with Sen. Joe Manchin, in which he talks about the sexual misconduct allegations against Al Franken, why he hopes Franken doesn't resign, and what he sees as total hypocrisy on the part of his fellow Democratic senators

  • Petraeus: ‘Life is not full of high-five moments’

    Dec 12 2017

    The retired general and former CIA director explains why he thinks Trump’s foreign policy is more continuation than change, what he knows about Mike Flynn, and what his own woes have taught him about life not being an endless series of 'high-five moments.'

  • Trump’s threat to take down the GOP still stands

    Dec 05 2017

    Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie don’t know if Donald Trump will remain a Republican, but they believe Republicans owe him their loyalty. They join Isaac to discuss their new campaign tell-all, Donald Trump, and why they think Paul Manafort deserves what’s coming to him. Also, Eliana Johnson swings by to discuss Trump’s inner circle.

  • Capitol Hill braces for a wave of sexual harassment scandals

    Nov 28 2017

    Isaac talks with Politico congressional reporters Rachael Bade and Elana Schor about Al Franken, John Conyers, Roy Moore, why Hill staffers fear what leadership will do if they speak out about sexual harassment and what it will take for the ‘dam to break’ and unleash a wave of scandals.

  • Garry Kasparov on whether Trump could beat Putin in chess

    Nov 21 2017

    Chess? That’s not what Garry Kasparov sees Donald Trump or Vladimir Putin playing—three-dimensional or any other kind. But if they did sit down for a game, the former grandmaster knows who’d win: “Both of them despise playing by the rules, so it’s who will cheat first.”

  • Perry: The Cabinet won’t stop Trump from launching a nuclear weapon

    Nov 14 2017

    Former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry is America’s nuclear conscience — and he’s worried. We talk to him about nukes, North Korea, and the two times he’s stared down the apocalypse.

  • What Jed Bartlet and Jack Donaghy would say to Donald Trump — Alec Baldwin & Bradley Whitford

    Nov 10 2017

    Alec Baldwin inhabits Donald Trump on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Bradley Whitford spent years in ‘The West Wing.’ Here’s what their time with fake presidents tells them about the real one.

  • Eric Holder is done holding his tongue

    Nov 07 2017

    An Election Day special: Heading out on the campaign trail, we talk with former Attorney General Eric Holder, who has taken to the stump himself to rally Democrats in Virginia, and occupies a newly political role.

  • Nancy Pelosi isn’t going anywhere

    Nov 02 2017

    Nancy Pelosi is hated; she’s a hero. She’s the Democrats’ secret weapon; she’s the Republicans’ favorite target. She’s been around politics her entire life — she tells us about a time she ditched her school’s Model UN to sit next to JFK at dinner — and at 77, shows no signs of slowing down. With Democrats out of power and Pelosi under attack from her own members, she has re-emerged as an essential player in Washington. But while the Democratic Party is in a rolling existential crisis, can she ho...more

  • Preet Bharara: Trump, indictments and the Godfather

    Oct 31 2017

    For years, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was one of the most feared prosecutors in America. Then President Trump asked him to resign. Now, as Robert Mueller’s investigation unleashes its opening torrent of indictments, we talk to Bharara about the president who ousted him, what to make the special prosecutor’s investigation into Trump’s orbit, and a similarity between Donald Trump and Vito Corleone.

  • Thom Tillis: ‘If they don’t like the process, change the rules'

    Oct 24 2017

    North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis discusses his dream of going to Burning Man and how he sees Breitbart and the Huffington Post as the same. The Republican also explains about the need to focus on results in the Senate and his commitment to conservative ideals.

  • Puerto Rico's Jenniffer Gonzalez to Trump: ‘We are American citizens’

    Oct 17 2017

    Puerto Rico's delegate in Congress discusses what she made of President Trump’s promise to wipe away the territory’s debt, what she thinks will happen now that the White House has backtracked on it, and the new kind of community thinking that’s taken root since Hurricane Maria. 

  • Mark Kelly to lawmakers opposing gun laws: ‘You should quit’

    Oct 10 2017

    Captain Mark Kelly sits down to discuss gun control in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, how Gabby Giffords feels about returning to stand with her old colleagues on the Hill, and his own feelings about President Trump’s space council.

  • Rob Reiner tries to find the truth about Trump and Russia

    Sep 26 2017

    Actor and activist Rob Reiner sits down with Isaac Dovere in New York to discuss Russia, Trump, cultural fights sweeping and country and celebrities' role in all of it.

  • Jeff Merkley: Meet the leader of the vast left-wing conspiracy

    Sep 19 2017

    Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley discusses what became of the wind turbine he built in his backyard, how an offhand slight in the math-science center in high school got him started in his first race, and the experience of being watched by North Korean troops last month on his trip to the border.

  • Will Hurd: Everybody needs to stand up

    Sep 11 2017

    Texas Congressman Will Hurd has a message for Republicans who don’t like the funding deal President Donald Trump made with Democrats: Get yourself together, or quit complaining. Hurd discusses how President Trump handled Charlottesville, bipartisanship in Congress and even brags about how many of his bills Barack Obama signed.

  • Dolores Huerta: I think the '60s are back

    Sep 05 2017

    Dolores Huerta, the famed labor leader who marched with Cesar Chavez and coined his rallying cry, is still mad as hell—and she was spitting fire when I asked her about President Trump’s plans to stop protecting undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as kids.

  • How Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan became unbeatable

    Aug 29 2017

    Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan discusses his unexpected write-in victory, turning around the city's urban decline and turning the street lights back on. Plus, the mayor discusses his close relationship with Joe Biden and what John Kelly told him about the city's immigration policy.

  • Al Sharpton & Jerry Nadler on hate in America

    Aug 22 2017

    Rev. Al Sharpton and Rep. Jerry Nadler, who battled Donald Trump for years in New York, consider the lasting consequences of his Charlottesville comments and their own experiences with racism and anti-Semitism.

  • Cecile Richards and the future of choice politics

    Aug 15 2017

    Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards discusses women senators' role in the health care repeal vote, the resilience of volunteers and clinics, and what the future holds for the abortion fight.

  • Alaska Gov. Bill Walker on the future of independents in politics

    Aug 08 2017

    Bill Walker sits down with Isaac Dovere to discuss the last time he saw Sarah Palin, standing in the middle of a river at age 12 when an earthquake destroyed his hometown and what his meetings during Energy Week at the White House were like. 

  • Obama’s inner circle is urging Deval Patrick to run

    Aug 01 2017

    Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick sits down with Isaac Dovere at Bain Capital in Boston to discuss his decision to join the investment firm, his tight-knit relationship with President Obama and what's next for his political career. 

  • Maz Jobrani on Trump protest comedy

    Jul 29 2017

    Comedian Maz Jobrani reflects back on his own immigrant experience as a child and how that has influenced his perception of the world, especially now that the country is charged by policies like President Trump's travel ban. Jobrani discusses white protester privilege, finding the funny in Trump, and the president's appeals to some immigrants. 

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger's not done with politics

    Jul 25 2017

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sits down with Isaac Dovere to discuss gerrymandering, the similarities between politics and show business, and why he gets under President Trump's skin.

  • Debating free journalism in Cuba

    Jul 22 2017

    One of the most recognizable journalists from Cuba's state television, Cristina Escobar, sits down with Isaac Dovere to discuss censorship, the impact of President Obama's historic visit in 2016, and Cubans' take on the Trump White House. 

  • Can Roy Cooper show Democrats how to win again?

    Jul 18 2017

    North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper talks high school sports highlights, gerrymandering and building up the Democratic party at the state levels. The governor has eyes on 2018 state Legislature races and potential special elections before then, he is launching a multimillion-dollar, multiyear effort to knock Republicans out of the state capital. Read the full story here: http://politi.co/2uDFX21 

  • How Trump Is changing the Washington game

    Jul 14 2017

    Playbook co-authors Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman join the show to discuss how they have reworked their lives around an early morning schedule that keeps them both going 365 days per year and what they think the chances are for any major legislation passing Congress this year.  

  • Is Trump a Conservative? Mike Lee says yes

    Jul 11 2017

    Here’s where Senator Mike Lee, the junior Republican senator from Utah, has landed: Trump makes sense in the White House, as the head of the Republican Party, and as a leader of the conservative moment because that’s what happened. It’s more deduction than enthusiasm.Read full article: http://politi.co/2tEmgpn 

  • Wrestling with the Trump White House

    Jul 07 2017

     Julie Pace, the new Washington bureau chief for the Associated Press, and Peter Baker, the chief White House correspondent for the New York Times discuss how they approach covering a president and White House that clearly wants a war with the media and looks for every opportunity to pick a fight.

  • Gerard Araud: Europeans can't build a future without the Americans

    Jul 03 2017

    French Ambassador Gerard Araud gives Isaac Dovere his read on Trump’s personality and the advice he gave Macron on dealing with him before their first encounter. Plus, the ambassador delves into how diplomacy in Washington has changed since the inauguration and what he sees as the possible path back to strength for the European Union. 

  • Mitch Landrieu: The President of the United Mayors of America

    Jun 27 2017

    New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu wants to turn the Conference of Mayors into a powerful national platform as cities work around, ignore and resist the White House.

  • Ben Cardin: America in danger of stumbling into war

    Jun 20 2017

    Maryland Senator Ben Cardin details his bizarre meeting with Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe, how the Trump administration's foreign policy strategy is affecting credibility, his take on Rex Tillerson, and what he's prepared to do if Republicans bring a health care bill to the floor without a hearing.

  • How Jason Kander won by losing

    Jun 17 2017

    Jason Kander, who came shockingly close to ousting Missouri’s Republican Sen. Roy Blunt last November despite Hillary Clinton’s blowout loss in the state—has been a man in demand the last seven months. Isaac Dovere sits down with him in New Hampshire to discuss enlisting on 9/11, how "mug shots" contributed to his rise to political prominence and what's next for the rising star.. 

  • Terry McAuliffe looks past the Clintons

    Jun 13 2017

    The Virginia governor talks skydiving, how he thinks Hillary Clinton needs to step back, taking on Trump, his campaign plans for 2018 and the looming question of whether he'll make his own White House run in 2020.

  • Chad Griffin & Paula Vogel

    Jun 09 2017

    Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin assesses the record of Trump White House--and Ivanka Trump--on gay rights and what the Resistance has to learn. Tony-nominated Paula Vogel talks her play "Indecent" and anxieties about art in the age of Trump.

  • Linda McMahon complains of White House 'bottleneck'

    Jun 06 2017

    Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon discusses going from bankruptcy to WWE millions, the first time she met Donald Trump, staffing challenges and her mission to introduce more small business owners to the SBA.

  • Wyclef Jean: I might run for office someday

    Jun 02 2017

    Wyclef Jean’s advice for celebrities who want to get political: Don’t be like Kathy Griffin.Read up, said the musician of Fugees fame, and one-time aspiring celebrity-turned-president himself. And if you’re a high-profile person, think about how what you’re doing and saying might be interpreted, or maybe misinterpreted.

  • Ben Sasse on Trump and being an adult

    May 30 2017

    Mention President Donald Trump’s name and Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse closes his eyes, rocks back and forth on his heels in almost momentary pinched smile meditation, waiting for it to pass.He never liked Trump. He still doesn’t like Trump. And now that he’s promoting his new book, “The Vanishing American Adult,” he doesn’t want to talk about the American president’s not counting as an adult according to the principles he spends 300 pages laying out.

  • Problem Solvers insist it's not too late for tax reform

    May 26 2017

    Rep. Tom Reed and Rep. Josh Gottheimer say that President Trump can get the biggest tax reform package in history done in conjunction with the largest infrastructure package, and that he can get it through with bipartisan support by early 2018. Reed and Gottheimer aren’t crazy—they’re the co-chairs of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, and they insist their day has come. The voters who elected Trump demand it.

  • Eric Garcetti isn’t running for president (wink, wink)

    May 22 2017

    L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti sits down with Isaac Dovere to discuss his relationship with Donald Trump, what he learned about politics from his father and what his hopes are for his own political career. Plus, Isaac is joined by California Playbook author Carla Marinucci for insight into Garcetti's possible career moves.

  • Rahm Emanuel: 'America’s reliability is now in question'

    May 16 2017

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel believes everyone in Washington is too focused on the craze around President Trump and unable to see what’s actually going on—and what’s not. Emanuel says that “America’s word and America’s reliability is now in question,” and the turmoil and drama surrounding the West Wing has over shadowed major events like the proposed upheaval to the tax code, mounting tensions with North Korea and Oval Office invites for anti-democratic leaders.

  • Sophia Bush: 'I have a right to take up space'

    May 09 2017

    Actress and political activist Sophia Bush sits down with Isaac Dovere in New Orleans to discuss fighting for what she believes in (even if that means losing followers), standing up against sexism in the work place and why her social anxiety is "through the roof."

  • Tom Cotton has no problem with Donald Trump

    May 05 2017

    Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton sits down with Isaac Dovere to discuss his love of Abraham Lincoln, how he cultivated such a friendly relationship with the Trump White House and what he learned from his time in the military.

  • Gov. John Kasich on a "post-truth" America

    May 02 2017

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich sits down with Isaac Dovere this week to discuss the development of his faith, the difficulty of losing both his parents at a young age to a drunk driver and the moment he met President Nixon and the incredible amount of compassion he witnessed from him.

  • ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ crashes up against Trump

    Apr 25 2017

    In Donald Trump, author Margaret Atwood  and actress Elisabeth Moss see an eerie echo of her novels. Activist Stephanie Schriock is fighting to ensure that they're wrong. 

  • Elliott Abrams: Steve Bannon 'not a good influence'

    Apr 11 2017

    Former Reagan and Bush diplomat Elliott Abrams sounds off on Steve Bannon, President Trump’s about-face on Syria and the boss he almost had.

  • Ed Murray: Meditating in the age of Trump

    Apr 03 2017

    Seattle Mayor Ed Murray joins Off Message to discuss the city's lawsuit against the federal government on the sanctuary cities, how a monk encouraged him come out as a young man and what President Trump doesn't understand about the immigrant community.

  • Roger Stone on Russian claims: "They have no proof"

    Mar 27 2017

    Republican strategist Roger Stone says he’s apologized to Paul Manafort for getting him involved in all the inquiries about possible Russian connections to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. But Stone says he hasn’t apologized for anything he’s done himself—not to Trump, and not to anyone else. There’s nothing to apologize for, in his mind.

  • Dave Brat: 'There's primaries coming' off Obamacare repeal

    Mar 20 2017

    The Virginia congressman says it shouldn’t take a PhD to see what’s wrong with how his own party is handling the health care situation.  He also discusses the importance of civics classes, if Paul Ryan is a conservative and his take on "fake news."

  • Adriano Espaillat: Trump has ‘permeated this toxic environment’

    Mar 13 2017

    The New York congressman discusses his experience coming to the United States as a nine-year-old boy, his take on fellow New Yorker President Donald Trump, his love for foreign affairs and more.

  • Michael Chertoff: 'I’d be guessing' on Trump's ability to handle crisis

    Mar 06 2017

    Former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff sits down with Isaac Dovere to discuss the country's most pressing security concerns, how to be prepared for the unexpected, his experiences with 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, and how he thinks the Trump administration is holding up. 

  • Donna Brazile on DNC hack: 'I was scared'

    Feb 27 2017

    The former Democratic National Committee Interim Chair Donna Brazile sits down with Isaac Dovere in the midst of the election in Atlanta. Brazile opens up about the toll the 2016 election hacks took on her personally, how her good rapport with Donald Trump turned sour and addresses the CNN flap.

  • Tom Perez: "Trump is anathema to America"

    Feb 23 2017

    Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez discusses his fight to become the new chair of the Democratic National Party and the many mistakes made in the 2016 presidential election. Perez discusses the upcoming election to lead a party on the mend, the milestones reached under President Obama which are on their way to the chopping block under President Trump and the desperate need to redefine the mission of a faltering political party.

  • Jon Karl: Trump White House "incredibly open"

    Feb 13 2017

    ABC's Chief White House Correspondent Jon Karl has a front row to the Trump White House. And despite what the president has said about the "unfair media", Karl says this administration has been incredibly accessible and open. He also says reporters can fall victim to groupthink and get caught up in thinking about traditions Trump is breaking more than thinking about why the traditions were there in the first place. 

  • Congressmen Marc Veasey and Brendan Boyle: Reaching out to blue collar voters

    Feb 06 2017

    The two Democratic congressmen sit down with Isaac Dovere over some beers to discuss why they felt compelled to start the Blue Collar Caucus, what Republicans really think of Donald Trump and how they're going to help Democrats understand what they missed about the electorate in 2016.

  • Hakeem Jeffries: 'Every racist' voted for Trump

    Feb 03 2017

    POLITICO's Isaac Dovere sits down with New York Congressman Hakeem Jeffries to discuss his experience with detainees at JFK Airport, the similarities between Donald Trump and Richard Nixon, and how Democrats plan on pushing back against the White House. 

  • John Malcolm: Is Trump a Constitutional conservative?

    Jan 30 2017

    Isaac Dovere sits down with Heritage Foundation's John McDonald for an in-depth discussion on how the next Supreme Court justice is chosen, what sets the best candidates apart from the rest and Donald Trump's Constitutional politics.

  • Chuck Todd: What makes Donald Trump laugh?

    Dec 30 2016

    Meet the Press host Chuck Todd sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss his father's influence on his career, why he regrets allowing Donald Trump to call in to the Sunday show and the public's perception of the media.

  • Keith Ellison's one-man march

    Dec 19 2016

    Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss growing up in Detroit, fighting Muslim stereotypes, what led him to Louis Farrakhan as a young man and why he's best suited for the top DNC post. 

  • Tim Ryan: Lessons in losing

    Dec 16 2016

    Ohio congressman Tim Ryan sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss how mindfulness influences his everyday life, why losing to Nancy Pelosi for House minority leader was the "best professional experience" of his life and how Democrats need to tweak their messaging in order to reach working class people. 

  • David Brock: Clinton campaign allowed her image "to be destroyed"

    Dec 12 2016

    Media Matters founder and long-time Clinton friend David Brock sits down with Glenn Thrush for a 2016 post-mortem. Brock criticizes the Clinton campaign's press strategy, lays out tactics for Democrats going forward and opens up about how pizza-gate has affected his day-to-day life.

  • Grover Norquist: The anti-tax man's take on Trump

    Dec 05 2016

    Americans for Tax Reform founder Grover Norquist sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss how anti-communism books inspired his political career at 10 years old, his take on Donald Trump's politics and why he believes America does best with less government. 

  • Maggie Haberman: How New York tabloids shaped Trump

    Nov 27 2016

    New York Times reporter and friend Maggie Haberman sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss how they began their career together in New York City Hall and how the tabloid culture shaped Donald Trump. Haberman also sheds light on Trump's angry tweeting, cabinet picks and management style.

  • Best of Off Message

    Nov 08 2016

    In honor of Election Day, Glenn Thrush takes a look back at his favorite moments on the show - interviews that framed the narrative, made news, gave insight into the candidates' mindsets or, at least, gave us a laugh.

  • Mark Stephenson and John Hagner on early voting

    Oct 31 2016

    Data gurus Mark Stephenson and John Hagner sit down with Glenn Thrush to discuss early voting and absentee ballots - what the trends say about campaign strategies and the electorate. 

  • Mark Kelly: Everyone deserves to be heard on guns

    Oct 24 2016

    Astronaut Mark Kelly sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss his lifelong experience with guns, from having two parents in law enforcement to being shot at while in Navy and, of course, the act of gun violence that left his wife, Gabby Giffords, in critical condition. Kelly opens up about the importance of having civil conversations with those who adamantly disagree with you and what needs to be done to stop gun violence. 

  • Kris Kobach: Trump’s immigration whisperer

    Oct 17 2016

    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach sits down with Glenn Thrush in Topeka, Kansas, to discuss the challenges of being a conservative at Harvard, what has driven Kobach to make immigration reform his life's work, his take on the Trump tapes and voter fraud.

  • Michael Che, Colin Jost: What SNL's weekend anchors really think of 2016

    Oct 03 2016

    Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost and Michael Che sit down with Glenn Thrush in 30 Rock for an unvarnished conversation about hating on Donald Trump, what Hillary Clinton is like behind the scenes and growing up in New York City. These guys are hilarious and their take on Trump might just surprise you. 

  • Jen Palmieri: 2016 is 'a harrowing experience'

    Sep 26 2016

    Hillary Clinton’s communications director Jen Palmieri sits down with Glenn Thrush in the Brooklyn headquarters to talk debate prep and which Donald Trump the campaign is expecting on the stage Monday night. Palmieri also opens up about her time working with Elizabeth Edwards and discusses why Hillary has a hard time connecting with voters.

  • Jill Stein: Trump may have 'memory problem'

    Sep 19 2016

    Jill Stein: Trump may have 'memory problem' by POLITICO

  • Ann Coulter: The Doyenne of the Deplorables

    Sep 12 2016

    Author and political commentator Ann Coulter delves into what in her genetic makeup allows her to endure and even delight in being called unsavory names (most recently at the Comedy Central Roast). Coulter also discusses why she is so drawn to Donald Trump and what influence she's had over his immigration platform.

  • Neera Tanden: Hillary Clinton's anger translator

    Aug 29 2016

    Neera Tanden: Hillary Clinton's anger translator by POLITICO

  • Tony Blair: Centrism may be dead

    Aug 23 2016

    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair sits down with Glenn Thrush in London to discuss the relationship between American and British politics, his close relationship with the Clintons, Brexit, and the danger of approaching politics with a closed-mind.

  • John Dickerson: Don't blame media for Donald Trump's rise

    Aug 15 2016

    John Dickerson: Don't blame media for Donald Trump's rise by POLITICO

  • Chris Murphy: Newtown gave me a mission

    Aug 08 2016

    Senator Chris Murphy made a name for himself when he held a 15 hour filibuster calling for gun control reform. The freshman senator sits down with Glenn Thrush in Philadelphia to discuss how the Sandy Hook shooting jolted him into action - giving his work in the Senate and life purpose.

  • Jeff Weaver on the Bernie Sanders surrender

    Aug 01 2016

    Bernie Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver sits down with Glenn Thrush in Philadelphia to discuss growing up in Vermont, his love of comic-books, Clintonism and what Sanders understands about politics that she doesn't.

  • Robby Mook on how to sell Hillary

    Jul 28 2016

    Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook sits down with Glenn Thrush in Philadelphia to discuss how they came together with the Sanders camp, why voters may not trust Clinton until after she's elected and the Russians hacking DNC emails.

  • Nancy Pelosi's advice to Hillary Clinton: 'Be yourself'

    Jul 26 2016

    Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi sits down with Glenn Thrush in Philadelphia's Walls Fargo Center to share her perspective on being the country's highest-ranking female politician and what she learned from her experiences at 14 conventions - including the 1968 Chicago convention brimming with protests and violence. Pelosi also gives some advice to Hillary Clinton in order to rise above Donald Trump's "faked" sincerity.

  • Mike DuHaime: Christie 'wasn't expecting' veep nod

    Jul 24 2016

    Longtime Chris Christie adviser Mike DuHaime sits down with Glenn Thrush in Cleveland to discuss Christie's complicated relationship with Donald Trump, how the Bridgegate scandal affected his White House bid and Trump's RNC performance.

  • Bill Kristol to Democrats: Don't underestimate Trump

    Jul 23 2016

    Weekly Standard founder Bill Kristol sits down with Glenn Thrush in Cleveland to discuss his take on Donald Trump's candidacy and why he can't get on board. Kristol reviews Trump's performance at the convention and muses about how he could strengthen his policy platforms while preserving his brand.

  • Chuck D takes on Rudy G

    Jul 20 2016

    Public Enemy frontman Chuck D sits down with Glenn Thrush in Cleveland to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement, his experience with race relations growing up in New York City and his take on the 2016 race.

  • Ted Cruz talks: He's not ready to endorse ... yet

    Jul 18 2016

    Texas senator and former 2016 hopeful Ted Cruz sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss Governor Mike Pence joining the Trump ticket, what the senator admires about President Obama's past campaigns, and what he and Bernie Sanders have in common. Cruz also blasts the media's coverage of Trump and delves into what the press has gotten wrong about him.

  • Playbook passes the torch

    Jul 11 2016

    The new Playbook authors Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman sit down with Glenn Thrush to discuss how they got their start in Washington, what they've learned along the way and how they plan to fill the shoes of Mike Allen.

  • Nate Silver: Primary whiff made me humbler, smarter

    Jul 05 2016

    Statistician and fivethirtyeight.com founder Nate Silver sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss his general election predictions, how his attitude towards journalism has changed since 2008, what he's learned from getting it wrong, and how third-party votes could affect 2016.

  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Trump’s political godfather

    Jun 20 2016

    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio sits down with Glenn Thrush on his and Donald Trump's birthday. The sheriff looks back on his 84 years and opens up about how his mother made the ultimate sacrifice for him. The two also discuss the media's role in politics, discrimination in the country and immigration.

  • Jeff Roe: Allergy to analytics could be fatal for Trump

    Jun 14 2016

    Ted Cruz strategist Jeff Roe and Glenn Thrush get in the weeds about campaign operations and strategy. Roe also reflects back on what went wrong on the Cruz campaign and discusses his love for baseball.

  • Joe Scarborough dishes on Donald Trump, Jeff Zucker

    Jun 08 2016

    'Morning Joe' host Joe Scarborough sits down with Glenn Thrush to talk music, what fuels Donald Trump and the balancing act of being a good host and asking tough questions.

  • Gary Johnson on Zen and the art of Trump trolling

    Jun 03 2016

    Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson sits down with Glenn Thrush to talk Donald Trump's immigration policy, the benefits of marijuana, similarities with Bernie Sanders and how he stays so Zen.

  • Jeff Sessions to GOP: Adapt to Trump or die

    May 31 2016

    Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss his idyllic childhood just miles away from civil rights battlegrounds, why Republican lawmakers need to accept the will of the people and support Donald Trump and the importance of guarding our border.

  • Paul Ryan: Trump could win, but I’m not ‘betting’ on it

    May 23 2016

    House Speaker Paul Ryan sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss the importance of party unity, how he's adjusting to his new leadership role and the importance of keeping expectations in line with reality. The Speaker also reflects back on the 2012 presidential campaign and shares his views on Obama's presidency.

  • Mark Salter on Trump: 'I think he could come apart'

    May 09 2016

    Former top John McCain aide and one of the most prominent Republicans to publicly back Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump – tells Glenn Thrush that he believes the 2016 campaign could drive Trump insane- literally clinically insane- on cable TV. Salter also discusses the decision to choose Sarah Palin as McCain's VP and if that choice cracked the door open for Trump's candidacy.

  • Larry Wilmore is not joking around

    Apr 29 2016

    Comedian and 2016 White House Correspondents' Dinner host Larry Wilmore sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss what attracts people to Donald Trump and why he thinks voters might be suffering from Clinton fatigue. The Nightly Show host also rates President Obama's performance and muses about why he pursued the frequently dreaded WHCD gig.

  • Roger Stone on Trump campaign: 'You don't manage Donald'

    Apr 25 2016

    Republican political adviser Roger Stone sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss his advice to Donald Trump's campaign and why the candidate didn't take it. He also reveals the meaning behind his Richard Nixon tattoo and how his love for theater led him to politics.

  • Kirsten Gillibrand's tearful plea to Bernie: Give up your guns

    Apr 18 2016

    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, a passionate Clinton backer and feminist, broke down during an emotional sit-down when asked her about her own conversion from a upstate House member with a 100 percent NRA rating (who once stored a shotgun under her bed) to an upper-chamber anti-gun crusader.

  • Tim Miller: ‘Hillary would beat him from jail’

    Apr 11 2016

    Republican strategist Tim Miller tells Glenn Thrush why he thinks Donald Trump would be beat soundly by Hillary Clinton. The two explore the future of the Republican party, muse on a contested convention and Miller discusses the nuances of being a gay Republican staffer.

  • Hillary Clinton has had enough of Bernie Sanders

    Apr 06 2016

    Hillary Clinton sits down with Glenn Thrush following a campaign event in Syracuse, New York. The former secretary of state compares Donald Trump to foreign demagogues and says she's not even sure her primary opponent is a Democrat.

  • Alan Gross on Bernie Sanders, 'failure' of socialism in Cuba

    Mar 30 2016

    Former Cuban prisoner Alan Gross sits down with Glenn Thrush to recount how he spent his 1,481 days locked up, who visited him (plus what snacks they brought) and why socialism has failed Cuba. Gross also explains why he thinks Congress needs to lift the embargo and confesses he was angry with Secretary Hillary Clinton at the time, but has since forgiven her.

  • Gen. Michael Hayden: Hillary Clinton second choice on national security

    Mar 28 2016

    Former CIA Director Michael Hayden sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss his career at the NSA and CIA, who he trusts in the 2016 race on national security and his criticisms of certain journalists he's encountered over the years.

  • Jill Abramson on NYT email stories: 'Why is that a big deal?'

    Mar 21 2016

    Jill Abramson, the first woman editor of the New York Times, tells Glenn Thrush that Hillary Clinton gets "more scrutiny" than men because she's subjected to a political "purity test." She also talks about beginning her career in the South, how people how overlooked Donald Trump's 'Apprentice' years, what she learned from The New York Times and more.

  • Joel Benenson: No path for Donald Trump in November

    Mar 14 2016

    Pollster Joel Benenson tells Glenn Thrush that Donald Trump has no path to victory in November and predicts that states like Arizona and North Carolina could flip in a Clinton/Trump matchup.

  • Sanders strategist Tad Devine: Losing Nevada was a game-changer

    Mar 07 2016

    Bernie Sanders' senior advisor Tad Devine sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss how the loss in Nevada forced the campaign to restrategize, what drove Sanders to double down on the Goldman Sachs attacks, reclaiming American imagery with their ads and Sanders' favorite food on the road.

  • Former top Ted Cruz adviser: Conservatives won't stop making case against Trump

    Feb 29 2016

    Rick Tyler sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss his sudden dismal from the Cruz campaign, why conservatives will keep pushing back against Trump and the future of the Republican party.

  • David Plouffe: Hillary Clinton has 98% chance of beating Bernie Sanders

    Feb 29 2016

    Former Obama political strategist and UBER SVP David Plouffe sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss Hillary Clinton's winning odds, why she's a better candidate, the Donald Trump phenomenon and muses on how the Trump, Clinton matchup would end.

  • Ben Carson: Obama was ‘raised white’

    Feb 22 2016

    Dr. Ben Carson sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss how his background has informed his presidential campaign, his feelings about President Obama and classism vs. racism. Plus, Dr. Carson divulges his strategies for staying so calm and defends his statement that a Muslim shouldn't run for president.

  • Rev. Al Sharpton: Donald Trump is the white Don King

    Feb 21 2016

    Rev. Al Sharpton talks with Glenn Thrush about what drives Donald Trump in today’s episode of the Off Message podcast. Sharpton also discusses Bernie Sanders’ Brooklyn roots and his record on race, and what it’ll take for one of the candidates to receive his endorsement. Plus: he weighs in on Black Lives Matter and evaluates the Obama administration on criminal justice.

  • 'The Big Short' director on supporting Bernie Sanders and avoiding politics with his parents

    Feb 14 2016

    'The Big Short' director Adam McKay sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss how the financial crisis is shaping the 2016 presidential race — and to trace the candidacies of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders back to what happened on Wall Street.

  • Jeb goes after Marco: 'He's never been challenged in his life'

    Feb 07 2016

    Governor Jeb Bush and Glenn Thrush discuss the 2016 race, standing up to Donald Trump, George W. Bush's presidency and more while the Jeb! campaign bus makes its way from Manchester to Concord.

  • Martin O'Malley insists he won't play Iowa kingmaker, tells supporters "hold strong"

    Feb 01 2016

    Governor Martin O'Malley sits down with POLITICO's Glenn Thrush in Johnston, Iowa, to discuss what motivates him to keep campaigning despite low poll numbers, his parents' influence on his political career, the Celtic punk band The Pogues and why voting has become an "act of protest."

  • Glenn Thrush interviews President Obama on Iowa, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and the 2016 race

    Jan 24 2016

    In an Oval Office interview for POLITICO's Off Message podcast, the president offers his most expansive comments yet on the race to succeed him in the White House.

  • Hugh Hewitt gives Donald Trump 25 percent chance of winning nomination

    Sep 21 2015

    Radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt sits down with Glenn Thrush to talk about the 2016 race, how he got his start in politics and why Donald Trump is the best interview.

  • George Pataki: The underdog's take

    Sep 11 2015

    POLITICO's Chief Political Correspondent Glenn Thrush sits down with Republican 2016 candidate George Pataki at the Mayflower Hotel to discuss the race and what compelled him to jump in. The former New York governor also expands on his immigration stance and why he thinks its important to move beyond the Bush or Clinton name.

  • Axe on Hillary: I would have nixed paid speeches, book tour

    Sep 02 2015

    Glenn Thrush with David Axelrod, author of 'Believer,' on President Barack Obama's evolution on same-sex marriage, Valerie Jarrett's role in the White House, Hillary Clinton in 2016 and why reporters are some of his best friends.​

  • Nicolle Wallace's advice to Carly Fiorina: Hands off Hillary

    Sep 02 2015

    POLITICO's Chief Political Correspondent Glenn Thrush sits down with 'Madam President' author and political commentator Nicolle Wallace this week. The two political junkies talk 2016's female candidates, the similarities between Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton, the GOP's social messaging hurdles and immigration.

  • Paul Ryan's advice to Hillary: Figure out who you are

    Apr 20 2015

    POLITICO's Chief Political Correspondent Glenn Thrush sits down Rep. Paul Ryan to discuss growing up in Wisconsin, his love of Metallica and being Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012. The Ways and Means chairman also offers some advice to Hillary Clinton and shares what he thinks President Obama gets wrong.

  • 50 Shades of Barney Frank

    Apr 20 2015

    POLITICO's chief political correspondent Glenn Thrush sits down with Congressman Barney Frank to discuss his early life in Bayonne, New Jersey, the challenges of concealing his private life, the politics of being gay in Congress and the New York Times book review of 'Frank.'