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Tim Miller and guests discuss the latest political news for the flagship podcast of the Never Trump movement and the reality-based community. Every weekday we provide insightful analysis, political hot-takes, an unabashed defense of liberal democracy and long-form interviews that cut through the "both-sides" BS. Plus a few laughs to help you wash down the crazy.

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Pound for pound, the media treats Trump better than any Democrat. Plus, talking about abortion in a way that wins the most votes, NPR and identity politics, Biden gets too little credit for bipartisan deals, and the first big sign of softening support for Israel on the populist right. Jon Chait joins Tim Miller for the weekend pod. show notes VOTE HERE for Will Saletan's 'Corruption of Lindsey Graham' podcast O.J. verdict live on Oprah The guy behind the 1864 Arizona abortion law Tim’s Playlist Goose x Vampire Weekend 
Steve Bannon fueled the rise of MAGA by offering true believers a sense of community and purpose. A new book tells the story of ordinary Americans swept up in the movement. Plus, hanging out at the DC jail with the Jan 6 choir, and the House drama over Ukraine and FISA. Isaac Arnsdorf and Joe Perticone join Tim Miller. show notes: Isaac's book, "Finish What We Started"
Kari Lake can deliver a good performance, but she's not really a true believer, as her flip on the Arizona abortion law shows. Plus, the normal part of life near the border, the specter of violence at MAGA rallies, and the grueling but necessary function of covering Trump for the long haul. Olivia Nuzzi joins Tim Miller. show notes: Olivia's new piece on the AZ Senate race and the border Matt Labash profile of Roger Stone Trailer for "A Face in the Crowd" *Graphic: Palin's pre-Thanksgiving interview with turkeys
Two powerful Republican congressmen say some of their colleagues are advancing Russian propaganda, but they're still letting Moscow Marjorie run the show. Plus, Biden needs to hammer the GOP on Ukraine, Trump's weird smell, and how the Bush 43 contingent in Texas can help KO Ted Cruz. Kinzinger joins Tim Miller. show notes: Tim's article on Red Dog Democrats Trump ad, with his head blocking out the sun
Trump's billionaire donors had it so bad under Obama, Clinton, and RINO presidents that they just have to go with the authoritarian. Plus, the return of s**thole countries, women's hoops and culture war killjoys, a follow-up on white rural rage, and Trump's latest abortion position. Kristol joins Tim Miller. show notes: White Rural Rage episode 
While Trump's calling card is stoking white grievance, he's making unprecedented inroads with Black and Hispanic voters. But in a twist, Biden is matching or even exceeding his support among white voters from 2020. Plus, the perils of Michigan and RFK, Jr., and more from the mailbag. Ron Brownstein joins Tim Miller for the weekend pod. show notes: Ron's piece on Trump's support among nonwhite voters RFK speech from 1968 https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0dApY6YT48kTh6j9xFDQch?si=1acb0411ebdc43fa
Republicans can't get off the Trump highway to hell, but business and media elites are also cozying up to him in case he returns to power. Meanwhile, Trump's project to legalize crimes and delegitimize democracy continues. Ruth Ben-Ghiat joins Tim Miller today. show notes: Umberto Eco's essay on fascism Ruth's book, "Strongmen"
The 118th Congress has made history: by removing a speaker, expelling a member, and holding sham impeachment hearings. Without Dem votes, the government would have shut down multiple times. Plus, the home insurance crisis, abortion politics, and the Democrats' uphill climb in Florida. Rep. Moskowitz and Marc Caputo join Tim Miller. show notes Steve Schale's Bulwark piece on Florida Tim's interview with Fred Guttenberg
Kari Lake said she'd fight to the bitter end to prove the AZ governor's race was stolen from her, but in court she essentially conceded that it was all a lie. Plus, the danger of the white grievance movement, the Florida abortion ruling, and a shout-out to Caitlin Clark. Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer and Will Saletan join Tim Miller. show notes https://stephenricher.com/ Vote for Will's 'Corruption of Lindsey Graham' here 'The Corruption of Lindsey Graham' limited series
MAGA spent the holiday weekend arguing that Trump is more faithful than Biden, and also managed to slip in a possible dog whistle to evangelicals about Catholics. Plus, the value of Never Again Trump voters, early Senate polls, and Tim Miller reads from the mailbag. Kristol joins Tim today. show notes: Tim's Triad note about Widespread Panic from 2020
Cheney makes clear where she comes down on the POTUS rematch and is showing ex-Trumpworld figures how it's done. Plus, the 'Dallas' and 'Dynasty' show at the RNC, Biden's unforced error with anti-Trump Republicans, and 'Genocide Joe' campus activists are not the Dem base. A.B. Stoddard joins Tim Miller for the Easter weekend Bulwark Pod. show notes: Send your mailbag questions here: BulwarkPodcast@TheBulwark.com Tim’s Playlist Article on Biden with a super soaker Tim and Eric Levine on MSNBC: https://youtu.be/N7Or-ORaW30
Republicans have entrapped themselves with the promise of a massive surveillance state for American women. Plus, how Never Trumpers can put Biden over the top, the dangers of RFK, Jr.'s super pac money, Hamas may have gotten what it wanted, and a remembrance of Miranda Frum. David Frum joins Tim Miller. show notes: Frum's piece on the passing of his daughter Frum on Trump's self-sabotaging campaign Reagan's "Morning in America" ad Reagan '84 ad with the Statue of Liberty 
As local news is hollowed out, rightwing news fills in the gaps. In Tennessee—ground zero for the culture war—Justin Kanew's site, The Tennessee Holler, holds leaders to account. Kanew joins Tim Miller on the anniversary of the Nashville school shooting. Plus, an update on the bridge disaster from Baltimore Banner reporter Justin Fenton. show notes: The Tennessee Holler The Baltimore Banner Baltimore bridge collapse (around 5:40) Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, as a high school student, dressed in drag
Elon Musk, for all his keyboard courage, couldn't handle Don Lemon's Q and A, but then sicced his Twitter minions on the ex-CNN host after their interview. Plus, a surprising take on Tucker—and a shout-out to Rachel Maddow and other MSNBC anchors speaking out against the Ronna McDaniel hire. Lemon joins Tim Miller. show notes: The Don Lemon Show 
Mike Gallagher is following Ken Buck out the House door, as they both abandon their jobs, their voters, and any sense of public service. Plus, MTG threatens Mike Johnson, Lisa Murkowski signals she may leave the GOP, and Lil Marco auditions for the VEEP stakes. Kristol and Perticone join Tim Miller today.
Rural white voters wield outsized power in our democracy, yet they are also more likely to support violence as a political tool—and to hold antidemocratic views. Meanwhile, rural whites enjoy the perk of being seen as the "real" Americans. Waldman and Schaller join Tim Miller for the weekend pod. show notes: Tom and Paul's book Tim’s Playlist
It used to be that politicians who had affairs, took bribes, and paid people off lost their office or lost their base. Tapper joins Tim to discuss his CNN series, "United States of Scandal," as well as his role in freeing a wrongly convicted man. Plus, rising antisemitism on the left and right. show notes: https://www.cnn.com/videos/title-2411812 https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2024/03/cj-rice-philadelphia-exonerated/677787/ Fundraiser for C.J. Rice
A recent editorial in The Dispatch rejected both Trump and Biden as acceptable choices in 2024. Tim takes strong exception to that position, arguing it's a danger to democracy. Today, a debate between Steve and Tim over how to handle the choice in this year's election. Plus, an agreement on spending. show notes: The Dispatch editorial on the Trump-Biden rematch Matt Yglesias on spending
Trump's 2024 lies are not just the familiar ones about a 'rigged election' and 'Sleepy Joe.' He's also unleashing a flood of untruths about Biden and his record that gets filtered through the media mill and reduced to background noise. Plus, Putin's Potemkin victory. Glasser joins Tim today. show notes: Susan's most recent column
Trump stands and salutes the  insurrectionists during the national anthem, and may rehire the treasonous Paul Manafort to help out in '24. Plus, the dust settles on the Fani Willis' prosecution in Georgia, and Aileen Cannon seriously entertains Trump's absurd claim in the docs case. Kristol and Wittes join Tim.
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michael gilman

Thanks, Tim. This 70 year old, native Manhattanite, always learns something when listening. BTW love the profanity. I was a bartender in a neighborhood bar for 10 years before becoming a PA. I also was an English Major, concentration Creative Writing, in the 70s, so it is amusing, and perplexing, to hear you say Tenant, when you mean Tenet. Not sure if, like Ms.Wallace, you also say AffaDavid instead of Affidavit. Anyway, keep the faith, keep the good work coming. Michael Gilman PA Falmouth, MA

Apr 11th
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Social Justice Warrior

One thing's for sure: atheists come and go in a blink of an eye. But almighty God is forever.

Apr 11th
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NoahArkwright

"Not to go right to Hitler, but why not?" 😂😂😂😂😂

Apr 9th
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NoahArkwright

Moskowitz has done a great job in the bullshit congressional hearings about the Bidens, but his comments about Israel/Gaza were gross and I disagreed with almost all of it. Yuck.

Apr 6th
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NoahArkwright

"Men" who support Trump are the absolute weakest, most profoundly insecure, and hyperfragile bunch in the country. They're constantly terrified that they might be gay, they crave having other, "stronger" men tell them what to do, and the only way they know how to "feel like a man" is to degrade/blame women. They're cowards who hide behind guns and Bibles, who rely on threats and violence bc they know they're terminally unpopular. I'm glad these assholes are miserable, they're repulsive ppl.

Apr 5th
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michael gilman

Good on Congressman Moskowitz for many things. But I hear nothing about Netanyahu's commitment to war to stay in power and the schism he's created in Israel with his corruption and dedication to stay in power despite the diminution of Israel in the eyes of many in the world due to his policies. Bad on that. On a tongue in cheek note from a writer, English major, who appreciates good rhetoric, if he used the word "right" anymore, he should try to get a copyright on it. Right!?

Apr 5th
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ladan

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Apr 5th
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Apr 4th
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michael gilman

Grading Stephen. D- He protests too much. Honesty that is where you plant your flag? Really? Nixon- Watergate, Reagan - Iran Contra, Bush 2 - WMD. I suppose you would not choose one of them over Trump given your devotion to honesty. Really, honesty in politics is the best excuse, I mean principled objection you can offer for passive support of Trump? Grade change...Make it an F.

Mar 22nd
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ID25564562

When these men say a woman should "put an aspirin between her knees" they mean women should keep their legs together, as if they're holding an aspirin between their knees. In other words, they shouldn't spread their legs. This is what will prevent pregnancy. ( I realize that I am a day late and a dollar short, but since I have a signed of Tim’s book, I felt I should help him out. )

Mar 19th
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Loreen Broderick

Guys. the Republicans comments about "aspirn between the knees" has nothing to do with aspirin itself being contraceptive. it is a crass way of saying that if a woman holds an aspirin tablet between her knees she can't spread her legs.

Mar 16th
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michael gilman

Tim, really, who is this mealy mouthed, equivocating a hole? Tuning out on this episode.

Mar 10th
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Julie Grey

Great show! Love you & Katie!

Feb 22nd
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Cheriet

Sadly, no longer as nuanced, even, or insightful. Their blinders are growing and they're getting stuck in a worldview rut.

Feb 21st
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NoahArkwright

So much healthy masculinity and adorable, nerdy whiteness at the end - I love it! ❤️ I can't imagine what this podcast will be like without Charlie!

Feb 8th
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NoahArkwright

This episode made me super grateful that I am over halfway to dead. A lot of things make me feel that way these days.

Feb 7th
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NoahArkwright

JOE FUCKING BIDEN 2024!!!!! Perfect!

Feb 5th
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Bigislandguy

I'm so bummed you're leaving the podcast Charlie, it has become my favorite daily listen but I also respect your need to pull back a little. I'll just have to look forward to your spots on MSNBC. Peace 🤙

Feb 4th
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Feb 4th
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NoahArkwright

I can't believe Charlie is leaving!! As a lifelong progressive/leftist, I *never* would have thought I would ever be THIS fond of and attached to a huge group of conservatives, but I am so fucking grateful that I am today. Charlie and the Bulwark crew make me proud to be an American, they inspire me to keep fighting even when I want to give up, they've completely changed my willingness to compromise w the right by walking their fucking talk for once. I fucking love you guys! Good luck, Charlie!

Feb 2nd
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