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Charlie Sykes and guests discuss the latest news from inside Washington and around the world. No shouting, grandstanding, or sloganeering. Conservative, conscientious, and civil.

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310 Episodes
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Training and diversity are not enough — cops who break the law must be prosecuted. Plus, the normalization of political violence around Jan 6 and the attack on Paul Pelosi, and Steve Bannon goes deeper on election denialism. Will Saletan joins Charlie Sykes for Charlie and Will Monday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Republicans are so out of touch, their public brand is in trouble. Plus, MTG is Queen of the GOP, Schlapp is too sleazy for Gaetz, and party types are praying for a Trump heart attack. Oh, and Tim Miller tells Charlie Sykes he wants to hang with Kari Lake. Your weekend pod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
It took a lot of arm-twisting, but the West has finally committed to arming Ukraine with battle tanks — not only to boost its defenses, but also to take the fight to the Russians. And Crimea is now in play. Michael Weiss joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Biden has been seen as scandal-free, but his classified docs case may cost him a big political asset: the benefit of the doubt. Plus, Trump's map in the '24 primaries looks smaller. And the fallout from the arrest of a former FBI agent with ties to Russia. Jonathan Alter joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Republicans may have underperformed in the midterms, but the RNC chair fight is not about changing the party's direction. For the base, it's about out-suing the "cheating" Democrats. Plus, the free-for-all in Chicago's mayoral race, and the Oscar noms. Dave Weigel joins Charlie Sykes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The pro-life movement, undaunted by the midterms, is pushing for more restrictions— and the political backlash will be severe. Plus, give Ukraine the tanks, and don't invite Donald Trump to your funeral. Will Saletan's back with Charlie Sykes for Charlie and Will Monday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Republicans are back to extortion and holding the debt ceiling hostage after adding $4.7 trillion to the deficit during the Trump years — and that was before the pandemic. Why risk financial market chaos? Catherine Rampell joins Charlie Sykes for the weekend pod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Before John Kelly became chief of staff, he thought the chaos at the White House was due to the people around Trump. Instead, each day was about getting through the day without Trump doing something illegal, immoral, or damaging to himself or the country. Mike Schmidt joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The shift in attitudes about defense and foreign policy in Germany has been dramatic since the war in Ukraine began. Plus, will ripping off a dying dog be the tipping point for George Santos? Bill Kristol — fresh off a series of meetings in Berlin — joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
New York Times-bound David French tells Charlie Sykes how he re-thought same-sex marriage, how he felt he was living in a bubble, and how religious liberty is more strongly protected than it's ever been. Plus, the inevitability of George Santos. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
RonAnon Johnson wanted to get beat up on "Meet the Press" — so he could weaponize it. Plus, the active moving backward from MLK's dream, Trump gets the ultimate whataboutism, debt ceiling dangers, and a football confession. Will Saletan's back with Charlie Sykes for Charlie and Will Monday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Former RNC Chair Michael Steele had a front-row seat for the start of the ugly transformation at CPAC. Racist rhetoric has now been normalized, and they're not even pretending anymore. Steele joins Charlie Sykes for the weekend pod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Watching from a distance, former Rep. Kinzinger tells Charlie Sykes that House moderates have a lot of power they're not willing to use, while the Freedom Caucus —AKA "The Terror Club" — is willing to shoot hostages. Plus, McCarthy will say whatever he needs to say to stay in power. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Without his secret pact, Kevin McCarthy likely would not be Speaker. Now, the American public — and members of Congress — are in the dark about the terms of McCarthy's agreement. Plus, will Joe Biden's classified documents sink a prosecution of Trump? Aaron Blake joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Trump rarely leaves his 'weird' smelling, moldy mansion, he seems bored and tired, and D-List MAGA are his main loyalists now. Plus, Olivia and Charlie go all in on the parallels to the film, Sunset Boulevard. Olivia Nuzzi joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
McCarthy paid the ransom, Bannon is openly supporting violence in Brazil, and even normie Republicans are prepared to put the US economy at risk. Plus, Charlie and Will disagree on Hakeem Jeffries' speech. Will Saletan's back with Charlie Sykes for Charlie and Will Monday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The hijackers have the energy in the House, Biden is quietly succeeding, no-mentum Trump's biggest fear is being ignored, DeSantis is a closet wimp, and George Santos doesn't respond to his name — is his name fake too? A.B. Stoddard joins Charlie Sykes for the weekend pod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Rep. Elise Stefanik was a star pupil and the future of the GOP — now she's joined the kids in the back of the class, whose only role in Congress is to generate outrage. Plus, Trump turned the party into a roadshow and McCarthy is paying the price. Nick Confessore joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
McCarthy thought he could appease the kamikaze caucus with cash and playing along with Stop the Steal — surprise, they'd rather ruin everything if they can't rule. CNN's John Avlon joins Charlie Sykes on today's pod. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The House Republican caucus is a jackal pack, with George Santos — the poster boy for our era of grift — along for the ride. Plus, 2023 is starting with green shoots of optimism, including a battered, bruised, and tired Donald Trump. Tom Nichols joins Charlie Sykes today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Comments (326)

Nicolas Brylle

What an incredible guest. Amazing insights!

Jan 27th
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Richard Thornton

Note to Charlie: Marjorie Greene is *not* crazy. She’s stupid. Do you understand the difference????

Jan 11th
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JRoss Levine

Charlie Sykes podcast episodes ranging quality from good to excellent. This one is in the latter category.

Jan 7th
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Richard Thornton

I recall that Charlie used to really admire and respect Stefanik. When did you wake up Charlie?? When did the Bulwark become woke??

Jan 5th
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Richard Thornton

I don’t get why Tom Nichols wastes any time on Twitter. What value is it for him??

Jan 3rd
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Jonathan Vedamuthu

Been waitin' for the return of Dr. Tom!

Jan 3rd
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Ed Potter

The avatar of the Republican party could have run as a Democrat?? No. He knew where the ground was fertile.

Dec 1st
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Ed Potter

This is a minstrel show saying Fockyou to black Americans!! These motherfuckers are diabolical!!

Nov 18th
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John Bollwerk

This podcast is marketed as "conservative" on the radio, yet most of the comments seem to be from Democrats (leftist) who love it, and the titles seem to point to a "Never Trumper" establishment Republican point of view. Is this REALLY a conservative podcast (dedicated to the functional preservation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, small government, accountable government, fiscal conservatism, freedom of faith/religion), or is it just an intellectual outlet for big government, Never-Trumper, RINOs?

Oct 20th
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Pam N

Fox Furry Furore? Oh, please let it be! 😆

Oct 5th
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Richard Thornton

When will Charlie and Will quit idolizing Donald Trump??

Oct 4th
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Ed Potter

Putting two and two together, I'm sure this comment is reflective of the reality that China is not giving Putin the support he thought would come should he need it. Putin needs it badly and no country is coming to his aid. China may disapprove of the conduct of Russian and it's soldiers. Recall Trump shoving the president of Montenegro!

Oct 3rd
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Bryan McIntyre

unlistenable. wow this guy is too much, Mona is fawning and boring.

Sep 2nd
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Diane M

The former REPUBLICAN CEO of the Financial Aid office A Wayne Johnson (under Betsy DeVos!!) also promotes student loan debt forgiveness because of the anchor it is causing to the US economy. It is the real underlying issue to all of us.

Aug 28th
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Ed Potter

I don't disagree with you that the debt forgiveness will incentivise universities to raise costs. But, this isn't a Democratic party problem alone. This happened because there isn't a loyal opposition to weigh in and countervail. No whining! Democrats need you!

Aug 27th
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Karluigi Marie

cooking Sons are awesome and I have one that partners with his wife amazingly

Aug 16th
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Sally French

Eye opening and scary.

Aug 4th
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Karluigi Marie

I love you both 💓

Jul 30th
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Bryan McIntyre

Don't listen to this episode, it's just so frustrating that you'll be yelling at the speaker.

Jul 7th
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NoahArkwright

The guy's mother died of complications from an illegal abortion, so now he opposes legal abortion...This is the problem with these people. Their political opinions are too often based on blind faith rather than logic or critical thought, and then they feel entitled to force their nonsense on everyone else. And i love the Bulwark and have listened almost since the beginning, but I absolutely cannot stand when Sykes and some other well-to-do older white man sit around and opine about abortion. At the very LEAST have a freaking female guest on. i could not possibly care any less what men think about abortion unless they assisted with the pregnancy in question. I'm kinda sorry, but mostly not. It's just not their business.

Jul 6th
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