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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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Justice Alito and his wife seem to have some pretty deep and dark feelings about the people they dislike. Tim Miller also asks Lauren Windsor about the ethics of her undercover recordings. Plus, Ben Wittes shares his predictions for a presidential immunity ruling, his praise for Amy Coney Barrett's handing of the case, and his observations about the criminals Trump unapologetically hangs out with. show notes: Justice Alito's 2022 Notre Dame speech Lawfare's piece on a presidential self-pardon
Trump visited an African American church in Detroit and the pews were filled with white people; Republicans keep flooding social media with cropped videos to smear Biden; and foreign policy hawks, like Tom Cotton, now say we should be standing up to our allies, not Putin. MAGA land can't quit its shamelessness. Will Saletan joins Tim Miller, who is back from vacation. show notes: Detroit reporter shared images from Trump's Black church event
Republicans had a tête-à-tête with Trump to remind him how, if he wins, he should extend the tax cuts before he gets tied up with punishing all his enemies. Meanwhile, should Biden suggest extending the tax cuts so CEOs can end their flirtation with authoritarianism? Plus, the value of 'agreeing to disagree' in the pro-democracy coalition. JVL and Protect Democracy's Ben Raderstorf join guest host Amanda Carpenter. show notes: Protect Democracy's "If you can keep it" newsletter JVL's newsletter piece on Truth Social JVL's newsletter piece on the Epoch Times 
A coalition of Christian lawyers, activists, and politicians methodically and secretly took down Roe, and in the process, outsmarted Democrats who believed they had permanently won on the issue of abortion. And the end of Roe v Wade is just the beginning of an effort to roll back the sexual revolution. Lisa Lerer and Elizabeth Dias join guest host A.B. Stoddard today. show notes: Elizabeth's and Lisa's book, "The Fall of Roe: The Rise of a New America"
Pulitzer-Prize winning Jen Senior joins Tim Miller for a free-form conversation about jail-bound, faux martyr Steve Bannon, the debilitating reality of living with long Covid, unearthing a family trauma, and how Americans with differing political persuasions can find their way to back to each other. show notes: Jen's story on her Aunt Adele Jen's "On Grief," originally published as the Pulitzer-winning, "What Bobby McIlvane Left Behind." 
Tommy Tuberville's know-nothing appeasement of Putin lines up exactly with where the ex-POTUS is—Biden should be making Trumpworld squirm over that fact. Plus, the antisemitic white nationalists who could be back at the White House next year, the far-right's momentum in Europe, and the curious case of why Trump would be reluctant to release the Epstein file. Bill Kristol joins Tim Miller.
Young Latinos are a giant emerging voter bloc with populist leanings—who also favor tougher border security. If Trump was to win reelection, it would ironically be because these voters put him over the top. How can Democrats reach them? Mike Madrid joins Tim Miller for the weekend pod. Plus, in a mega-mailbag segment, Tim gets personal and shares the story of his daughter's adoption. show notes: Mike's new book, "The Latino Century" Tim's playlist
This D-Day is a good reminder that the growing nationalist movement across the globe aims to undermine the alliance between free and democratic countries. Meanwhile, Trump gets two stooges on the House Intelligence Committee who will have access to top national defense secrets. Plus, his New York conviction is the Big Lie 2.0, and Biden's executive order on immigration. Adam Kinzinger joins Tim Miller. show notes: Piece on Jared's anti-NATO memorial The Allahpundit piece Tim mentioned New Republic story on Tucker and Erik Prince Send your mailbag questions here: BulwarkPodcast@TheBulwark.com
Trump and MAGA, with all their banana republic claims, are not being America First—they're being anti-American, and renouncing the country they live in. Meanwhile, the WSJ goes dog bites man on Biden, Europeans are fixated on our election and terrified Trump will win, and the GOP's new Hunter-inspired concern about enforcing gun laws. Plus, will Mitt endorse Joe? McKay Coppins and Will Saletan join Tim Miller. show notes: McKay's piece, "What Europe Fears" JVL's response to Romney Clip from Seinfeld's first Izzy Mandelbaum episode
Rep. Ritchie Torres joins Tim Miller to discuss how to win working-class voters, his Dickensian upbringing, and Israel under the microscope of 24-hour news. Plus, mental health, Pride, and Trump as the GOP's new lord and savior. Then, Ben Smith talks about Americans fragmenting the media universe, and the Epoch Times grift. show notes: Torres talking about being a Zionist after being heckled New Yorker piece on Guo Wengui that Ben mentioned 
This is a good moment for Biden to proudly raise the flag right-side up, and share his love of America—even as his Justice Department's prosecution of Hunter gets underway. Meanwhile, the extremism from the country-in-distress crowd continues to be over-the-top, including Felon 45 emboldening vigilante groups to act on his behalf. Bill Kristol joins Tim Miller. show notes: ABC News video of WWII vets arriving in France Other footage of US vets at Charles-de-Gaulle Airport Vets arriving in Normandy James Carville on Bill Kristol's pod
Donald Trump collaborated with a slimy crew to break the law, and it may have swung the 2016 election. Russia's election interference was troubling—and so is the National Enquirer's. And the deranged response from MAGA goons to his conviction only shows how much Trumpworld operates like an organized crime syndicate. Ben Wittes and Ron Filipkowski join Tim Miller for the weekend pod. show notes: Tim's interview with Ron on The Next Level Tim's playlist Tim's special GUILTY! playlist
America is currently stuck in a negativity vibe, and it's shaping the media we consume, impacting how we look at the economy, and contributing to the anxiety of our teens. Can we fairly blame it all on Donald Trump? Plus, the brilliance of Victor Wembanyama and the age of the do-it-all center in the NBA. Derek Thompson joins Tim Miller. Show Notes: https://blueprint2024.com/analysis/optimism-pessism-youth-poll/
If Trump were to win, his plans to sabotage the Justice Department and consolidate power would plunge the country into chaos: Our government would be disabled, Americans would pour into the streets, and our enemies would be very happy. Plus, Alito is not being on the level, and a helpful primer on Mexico's election this weekend. show notes: Press Advance podcast episode when Tim was a guest
If persuadable voters are going to back an octogenarian, they are going to need to see less caution—and more piss and vinegar from Biden to combat Trump's "me strong, you weak" schtick. Meanwhile, TFG and RFK, Jr face-planted at the Libertarian convention, James Carville's advice for the Dems, and a tribute to an American original, Bill Walton. show notes: Biden in 2020 calling a voter fat, and a "damn liar" Biden's address at West Point Heilemann's Puck newsletter 
First off, Nikki, you're canceled. And while Trump's out on bail flaunting his partnership with Putin and showcasing two men charged with murder, too many members of the media are covering 2024 like it's a normal campaign. Plus, Ted Cruz gets owned, Alito has too many flags, and Dems keep sending progressive DAs packing. show notes: Kaitlin Colllins' full exchange with Cruz on accepting election results Tim's interview with SF DA Brooke Jenkins Tim's playlist
Rep. Jasmine Crockett joins Tim Miller to talk about the origins of "bleach blond bad built butch body," what it's like to work with a House GOP that spends most of its time on pro-Trump messaging instead of serving the public, and African American voters in 2024. Plus, Tim's thoughts on Nikki Haley.
Former FBI Director James Comey joins Tim Miller to discuss the choices he made in 2016, the DOJ's self-sabotaging avoidance of the media, and how to maintain your integrity and principles in the face of a lying, lawless bastard. Plus, Ben Wittes in New York updates the status of the Trump trial, and praises the fairness of Judge Merchan. show notes: Comey's new crime novel Ben on Judge Merchan
The "unified Reich" reference was no accident: Trump is aiming to both fire up the base and court public controversy. Meanwhile, Giuliani is hawking sedition coffee, Marco Rubio is auditioning for secretary of state, and the UN had a dumbass reaction to the Iranian president's death. Rick Wilson joins Tim Miller today. show notes: https://www.thebulwark.com/p/the-killing-of-roger-fortson
Trump has embraced the culture war on guns and abortion, but he is somehow being painted as a moderate again. Meanwhile, Giuliani and Abbott served up fresh reminders that MAGA thinks law and order doesn't apply to them. And today's authoritarians aren't anti-elite—it's just that the wrong elites are in charge. Tom Nichols joins Tim Miller. show notes: Tom's piece about Carla, the cat
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Linnea Johnson

Adam is so right about the elder abuse! On the Pantsuit Politics podcast, Beth told about interviewing her grandmother for a show, and she said Trump ruined her 80s because he's been everywhere and lives rent-free in our heads. I can get angry thinking about how much Trump's chaos was a big part of my husband's last days on earth. I know now that I should have diverted his attention, although he wanted to watch the news. I now limit my own media diet and reactions. Stop abusive ad tactics!

Jun 7th
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michael gilman

Ode to Philadelphia, MS. Since St. Ron you Republicans hunted, captured, and converted racists into your voters. And GOP polluted and perverted. But shoot, don't worry nuthin' really bad gonna happen. Except: Thomas Alito Beer boy Bret Catholic Coney B. But don't worry. Elect Reagan. USA,USA. Felt good, huh? Worked for the Bushes Worked for Trump Told yourself that Haley is honorable, different? No it's the racism stupid & the tax cuts fools. It's a million COVID deaths. Thanks ex-GOPers

May 25th
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michael gilman

Yes show the work I love it. As for SNAP make ads playing on heart strings, voice over statistics about children without food and end with pics of white kids. For loan relief talk about people trying to get into the trades who need help because they can't keep earn enough while in CC trade school, then end on scenes of white people and say the GOP opposes such aid. Haley is a POS. My rant: there's pundiNt ain't a word, and it is verse-us not verse. Peace.

May 24th
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michael gilman

Comey another "conservative" (what did you all say you are conserving,again?) who speaks out once he gets out. Profile in the usual bullshit. Where are the conservative Republicans who saw Trump from inside, who stayed to help "control" him, but did not. Kelly, et al silent as the "loser" dead soldiers. Give me AFB! Cowards all. Comey, sounds reasonable, reflecting on his tough choices as he torpedoed HRC, and go on shows to hawk his books. Wow. Man, your soft touch with him was cringe worthy.

May 23rd
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NoahArkwright

"...and Steve Bannon, looking like someone destroyed the painting he had hidden in his closet." 🤣😂🤣😂 Another blessing of the Trump era - finding out that some conservatives are actually quite funny when they loosen up! 😊

May 21st
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michael gilman

Interesting conversation. Fertilizer for fascism is everywhere, huh? By the way, upside down flags have historically been a sign of distress or a state of emergency... I might do it to demonstrate my horror with the anti-democratic pit MAGA is dragging us into, while the MAGAots down the street might do it to protest "the steal." Per U.S. flag code, the flag should never be displayed upside down "except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property." Cheers.

May 17th
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NoahArkwright

I doubt that Joe Walsh and I would agree about many policies, but I'm proud to call him my fellow countryman. This has been one of the best parts of the Trump years - realizing how much I actually have in common with so many conservatives when things get down to brass tacks. It makes me really hopeful. I've really enjoyed learning more about conservatives like the Bulwark with a newly open mind, since now I know they're sincerely patriotic and I can trust them.

May 17th
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michael gilman

Who the hell is Jonah? No, don't tell me. He does not interest me at all.

May 16th
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michael gilman

Ms. Neumann: US based Nazi summer camps, Lindbergh, Fish, Langer, Wheeler, Lundeen, Pelley's White Shirts, Father Coughlin's Christian Front, and many other far right, antisemitic, "Christian" movements in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s were armed. US armories were robbed factories blown up. A former RC my take on "Christians" following Jesus Christ who support or work with Donald Trump runs cynical to scornful. I think Jesus would agree as he damned hypocrites and fed the poor and healed the sick.

May 8th
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NoahArkwright

Look, Ockham's Razor has been around since before the English Civil War; I think it will survive trendy overuse by the goldfish-memory TikTokkers! 😋

May 5th
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NoahArkwright

1) Great interview by Tim! 2) Now I kinda think that there should be a regular, weekly Hopium feature or episode! We have a lot to be "quietly optimistic" about! 3) The weakest, most fragile, incompetent men in the country live in Idaho, apparently! Good to know! 4) Women should go on a sex and birth strike. No sex with men, no having men's babies, no raising their children until we are recognized as and accorded the rights of full equals. We can't afford to play around, ladies!

May 2nd
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michael gilman

IMHO our societal rot is from racism. (Jefferson knew it, Moynihan detailed it). From Jim Crow to Birmingham, Wallace to Trump through assassinations and beatings, red lining, school segregation and job discrimination it has lived. In the late 70's I tended bar on the Upper West Side in 90% blue Manhattan, before the Central Park 5, Rodney, and George Floyd our liquor salesman raged that blacks got everything. Christ would rage at this. We tiptoe around it. What exactly do conservatives propose?

Apr 30th
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NoahArkwright

"[Jesus] was a revolutionary of love." Agreed 1,000% - I may have left the church in my teens, but I've read the Bible twice and am absolutely certain that Jesus would be f'ing *horrified* by many of the people who claim to follow him in America.

Apr 29th
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NoahArkwright

Yes, Frank Bruni may have been mocking Trump for 8 years, but the mockery was way over MAGA fascists' heads. The bullshit farting stories are just on their level, that's why they care. I wish ppl would stop talking about it - I don't give a shit if Trump farts, everybody farts. I give a shit that he's a fascist traitor and should be in prison, that's it. Period. Idgaf if he shits his pants, that's the least of the country's concerns.

Apr 23rd
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michael gilman

Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush veterans shooting the breeze. When you guys were not yet born I worked for McGovern. In their wisdom the electorate chose to elect a Republican criminal who later was pardoned by a Republican coward, ancestor story of our current crop of Republican cowards who serve....what? Can you explain what "principles," or "conservative values" put children of the early 80's on the path to Cruz and Bush? And do you still profess them, our Duce, excluded? What do you conserve now?

Apr 20th
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I'm Shawn?

VP Kackala, the cackling national embarrassment, said to the illegal aliens "do not come" - then 15 million of them poured over the non existent southern border. Joe Briben' told Iran "don't" - then Iran rained down ballistic missiles and drones with payloads over Israel. Nobody takes these clowns seriously. Remember when the world was at relative peace under President Trump?

Apr 15th
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C B

They want to feel better about themselves and fervently believe nixon/god/trump will lift this black cloud off them, but until they figure out that the locus of control is inside of them, only then can they make the necessary changes to find inner peace.

Apr 14th
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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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