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Four former aides to President Obama—Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor—are joined by journalists, politicians, activists, and more for a no-b******t conversation about politics. They cut through the noise to break down the week’s news, and help people figure out what matters and how they can help. Text us questions and comments: (323) 405-9944. New episodes Mondays and Thursdays.

New series on the VP selection process: That’s The Ticket!—hosted by Dan Pfeiffer and Alyssa Mastromonaco—all 3 episodes out now in the Pod Save America feed.

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“Debate me, coward.”

“Debate me, coward.”

2020-08-0601:47:5226

Tuesday’s primaries lead to Missouri victories for Medicaid expansion and Black Lives Matter activist Cori Bush, the Biden campaign announces the biggest advertising buy in history across 15 states, and the Trump campaign makes debate demands while lowering expectations for Joe Biden. Then Manny Garcia and Cliff Walker, the leaders of the Texas Democratic Party, talk to Dan about what it will take to turn the state blue in 2020. And Ben Rhodes talks to Tommy about his new Crooked Media podcast, Missing America.
“You’ve got (no) mail.”

“You’ve got (no) mail.”

2020-08-0301:14:1327

The Trump campaign smashes that reset button, the President tries to undermine the election by attacking mail-in voting and the Postal Service, Republicans refuse to extend unemployment benefits, and Joe Biden gets close to selecting his running mate. Then journalist Kara Swisher talks to Jon Lovett about Trump’s threat to ban TikTok and the tech CEOs who recently testified on Capitol Hill. Subscribe to Missing America: apple.co/missingamerica
Alyssa Mastromonaco joins Dan to talk about Trump's promotion of more conspiracy theories, jealousy of Dr. Anthony Fauci, inability to help himself politically, and failure to confront Vladimir Putin, even when American lives are at risk. Then, they take your most pressing questions on the VP selection process, the 2020 election, and whether karaoke is actually fun.
The Intercept’s Mehdi Hasan joins to discuss the state of the presidential campaign now that we’re less than 100 days out, how COVID reached deep into the White House and forced major changes to Trump’s campaign, the latest with COVID relief in Congress, how Trump’s message went from calling Biden soft on China to member of Antifa, and how the media can learn from the mistakes of 2016. Then Jon F. interviews Mother Jones' Ari Berman about voting during the pandemic. Make sure you're registered, request an absentee ballot, and get involved at votesaveamerica.com/everylastvote.
Dan and Tommy talk about the new tone that President Trump is not adopting now that daily White House coronavirus briefings have resumed, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calling out a culture of misogyny after a Republican accosted her on the steps of the Capitol, the latest on the negotiations over pandemic relief in Congress, and the new plan Joe Biden has proposed to help caregivers and parents.
Donald Trump’s 40-minute interview with Fox News’s Chris Wallace is perfection, the Administration is sending unidentified paramilitary troops to crack down on protesters in Portland, and America says goodbye to Congressman John Lewis and CT Vivian, two giants of the Civil Rights Movement. Then Voto Latino’s María Teresa Kumar talks to Tommy about organizing the Latino community ahead of November.
Trump replaces his campaign manager as his re-election bid hits a rough patch, Joe Biden rolls out an ambitious new climate plan, and his campaign decides whether to expand the map by competing in states like Texas and Georgia. Then Dr. Abdul El-Sayed talks to Jon about his America Dissected interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, and his role on the Biden-Sanders health care task force.
“Cold Stone Schemery.”

“Cold Stone Schemery.”

2020-07-1301:06:0326

Roger Stone is rewarded for covering up Trump’s corruption with a commuted prison sentence, the White House orchestrates a hit job on Dr. Anthony Fauci for telling the truth about the pandemic, and Congress debates the next round of pandemic relief as the economy stalls. Then Pod Save the People’s Kaya Henderson talks to Jon Lovett about the debate over re-opening schools this fall.
On the third, and final, installment of That's the Ticket, Dan and Alyssa talk about what factors a candidate has to consider once they've vetted potential VPs, how the vice presidential announcement process has evolved over time, and finally who they think Biden will pick. Dan also talks to Perry Bacon Jr., a senior writer from FiveThirtyEight, about what polling does and doesn't tell us about the impact of a VP pick.
The Supreme Court rules on Native rights and Trump’s taxes, the President bullies schools to re-open, Joe Biden and progressive Democrats find common ground, and Kanye West flirts with a presidential bid. Oklahoma journalist Rebecca Nagle talks to Jon about the legal victory for tribal nations, and Color of Change’s Rashad Robinson talks to Dan about Facebook’s handling of hate speech and misinformation.
The President commemorates July 4th with a racist speech at Mt. Rushmore, the Biden and Trump campaigns focus on the pandemic response, and Senate Republicans weigh distancing themselves from Trump as they fall behind their Democratic challengers in the polls.
On the second episode of That's the Ticket, Dan and Alyssa talk through Biden's pledge to select a woman as his running mate and how the candidacies of Geraldine Ferraro and Sarah Palin got us to where we are today. Then, Alyssa talks to writer Rebecca Traister about what media challenges the eventual nominee will face.
Trump celebrates another month of double-digit unemployment and rising Covid infections, and Dan and Jon answer your questions about reopening schools, the Lincoln Project, DC statehood, Supreme Court vacancies, Pod Save America dance-offs, and more. Then political message guru Anat Shenker-Osorio talks to Dan about 2020 campaign ads and the race-class narrative.
"Statues over soldiers.”

"Statues over soldiers.”

2020-06-2901:05:1323

Trump does nothing about reports that Russia put a bounty on American troops, shares a video of his supporters chanting “white power,” and asks the Supreme Court to end the Affordable Care Act. Then Biden adviser Ron Klain talks to Jon Favreau about the state of the pandemic, and the state of the 2020 campaign.
In the first episode of this three part mini-series, Dan Pfeiffer and Alyssa Mastromonaco break down the vetting for vice presidential candidates - how it happens, why it's so secret, and what can go wrong. They'll talk you through the history of the vetting process, their experiences on the Kerry and Obama campaigns, and how they think the Biden campaign is approaching the process.
Alyssa Mastromonaco joins as a guest host to talk about the Covid resurgence, what Tuesday’s progressive primary victories mean for the Democratic Party, and Joe Biden’s commanding lead over Donald Trump in the battleground states. Then Jamaal Bowman talks to Tommy about his upset victory in the primary for New York’s 16th Congressional district.
Trump tanks in Tulsa with a small crowd and rambling speech, fires a U.S. Attorney who was investigating his allies, loses a legal battle to stop John Bolton’s book from being published, and loses the Supreme Court decision over DACA. Then Jon Stewart talks to Jon Favreau about money in politics, the media, and his new movie, Irresistible.
“Juneteenth.”

“Juneteenth.”

2020-06-1801:16:4932

Color of Change Chair Heather McGhee joins as a guest host to talk about Trump’s speech on police reform, the Senate Republican bill, where Joe Biden and the Democrats stand, and how we can ensure that this moment becomes a durable political movement to fight systemic racism. Then Reverend William Barber talks to Dan about the Poor People’s Campaign and this weekend's Moral March on Washington.
“Trump, unmasked.”

“Trump, unmasked.”

2020-06-1501:28:3233

Police kill Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta as Republicans in Congress balk at reform proposals, Trump moves the date of his Juneteenth MAGA rally even as some advisors suggest he attack the Black Lives Matter movement, and Covid cases rise in 22 states as the President pretends the pandemic is over. Then ACLU attorney Chase Strangio talks to Jon L. about the landmark Supreme Court ruling on LGBTQ rights, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Wesley Lowrey discusses his reporting on the nationwide protests.
“Let the healing begin!”

“Let the healing begin!”

2020-06-1101:15:0130

Trump prepares for a potential speech on race and unity by attacking an elderly protester and defending Confederate-named buildings, Republicans feel the pressure on police reform, and Joe Biden opens up a big lead in the polls. Then Stacey Abrams talks to Jon about the voting disaster in Georgia and her new book, Our Time Is Now.
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Comments (1905)

Philly Burbs

Biden also told Billionaire/millionaire donors he would Not change Trump's tax cuts... it's the only reason the media especially MSNBC became the Biden show...Bloomberg show now the Biden show again. I'm so embarrassed he is our candidate. if they debate Trump will prove his dementia. they must never debate. he also has to remember there are others in the DEM party than black people. they don't want to vote for either one.

Aug 8th
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Alan

For anyone who thinks Biden is a moderate, Biden has said he would be the most progressive president ever if elected.

Aug 5th
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Alan

Why did this guys description of fascist describe the democrat party? 🤔

Aug 4th
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Karen Ann Yoho

How have I not known of Mehdi Hasan before? Great guest/co-host!

Jul 30th
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Sam

You need to bring Hasan back to the pod again. Loved listening to him!

Jul 29th
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Ciara G

Have this guy on more often, great guest.

Jul 28th
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Alenka Grealish

OMG

Jul 28th
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Podcast Fanatic

I'm not saying we shouldn't help people out with unemployment. But I'm working seventy hours a week doing three jobs and I'm not making anywhere near $800 a week. What about the people who are working? do they get nothing?

Jul 26th
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Jamie Kelly

Just another podcast aimed at getting clicks through divisiveness. Thank you for slowly eroding our society for a few dollars. Maybe try the Joe Rogan model and educate people on both sides of the argument.

Jul 25th
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.45RWBNK

Silly lazy republicans. Lies are not work. Do something other than cry and lie you treasonous shit bags. Fuck Trump. USA 2020 or get the fuck out

Jul 25th
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Galina Vladi

Hey guys, please mention progressive candidates in Minnesota: Paula Overby for Senate and Cole Young for Congress! We have primaries on August 11th. Love your show.

Jul 21st
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John Moore

This is a joke. No one's being serious about anything anymore. It's worse than parody, because parody has the pretext of irony. Are there dead minorities as a result of these moronic "protests" or not? Ask the families of Italia Marie Kelley, David Dorn, Antonio Mays Jr. if these "protests" accomplished anything for preserving black lives. You want to complain about people being rounded up by unidentified federal officers? I want to complain about how the elders in the black inner cities can't walk down the street after the sun goes down, and their lack of access to essentials because all of the stores in their neighborhoods are looted and burned, never to return. I don't know who the fuck these people are, but they don't give a shit about black lives, not one fucking bit. They have a political movement that needs a nice, acceptable slogan and front, and what's a better slogan than "racism is bad"? I wanna hear about the conspiracy theories about infiltration by secret government assets in "peaceful protests" where people all seem to be on the same violent wavelength for some unrelated reason, because you know what stops a stupid plan like that? Going home, not being in a giant crowd, using the power of your votes and your relationships with the people in your own community to affect undeniable grass roots change from the ground up. I'm sick of pundits pretending that this bullshit is doing anything but making things worse.

Jul 21st
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Jonathan Sykes

4:40 let's get to the news

Jul 21st
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Alan

Through the lack of wisdom from our founders? Are they serious?! This may be the worst thing I've ever heard from these guys. The electoral college was set up like so intentionally because the founders did not want a national popular vote. The presidential election is more a accumulation of 50 state elections. Smaller states would have had no reason to join if they knew their voices would get steamrolled by larger states. Winning the electoral college also requires you to win more votes over a larger area as opposed winning just a few highly populated city centers. So what makes these guys think they're suddenly so much more wise than the founders?

Jul 20th
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ID19065754

I roor I am x

Jul 18th
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Bubbles the Hog

Starts: 4:16

Jul 17th
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Alan

They do know thousands of at risk prisoners have been released due to coronavirus right? Why should they be released and not Stone? And how could Stone present evidence of a crime if he never witnessed one. If these guys know Trump and Stone committed a crime, they should present evidence instead of just sitting back speculating like it's fact. And hopefully Mueller is called before the senate to answer all the questions he didn't answer in Mueller report!

Jul 15th
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Alan

Joe Biden is going to fight as hard for me as his family? So does that mean I'll get billion dollar deals in China and Ukraine with no experience? And if the deal is corrupt and prosecutors come after me Joe will threaten to withhold funding for them until they fire the prosecutors so we can maintain the status quo?

Jul 13th
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Victor Lopez

Honestly, he should have the tribes give him permission to go to My. Rushmore, with all the flags to do his announcement. That would be a smack down!

Jul 11th
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Tino Romano

I wonder who Rebecca will vote for in November?

Jul 10th
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