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Charlie Sykes and guests discuss the latest news from inside Washington and around the world. No shouting, grandstanding, or sloganeering. Truth over tribalism. Principles over partisanship. Bulwark+ members can get a totally ad-free version of the show delivered right to their favorite podcast player. Join now
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Is the Almighty, who made heaven and earth, also biting his nails over next year's election? Tim Alberta joins Charlie Sykes to discuss the evangelicals who worship America, a 500-year moment for Christianity, and the organized crime syndicate Jerry Falwell built. Christmas comes early on the weekend pod. show notes: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/the-kingdom-the-power-and-the-glory-tim-alberta?variant=41012408516642
And now no one is afraid of Mike Johnson—so he won't be able to lead either. Plus, a Christie-Haley alliance is starting to materialize, Marjorie Taylor Greene now has no sugar daddy, and Liz Cheney reminds us that we have one job. A.B. Stoddard joins Charlie Sykes. show notes: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2024/01/donald-trump-second-term-policies/676176/ https://www.axios.com/2023/12/07/trump-loyalty-cabinet-2025-carlson-miller-bannon https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2023/12/05/donald-trump-authoritarian-rule-second-term-maga/ 
Donald Trump will never be the lesser of two evils. We must unite, look beyond partisanship, and vote in ways that will maintain the republic. Liz Cheney joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. show notes: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/liz-cheney/oath-and-honor/9780316572064/?lens=little-brown 
The smoking gun turns out to be a dud, but James Comer and the Republicans move ahead on their evidence-free Biden impeachment inquiry. The Washington Post’s Philip Bump joins Charlie Sykes on today’s podcast.
The progressives both-sidesing the sexual violence against Israeli women and girls has only added to the horrors of the Israel-Hamas conflict. Plus, Trump won't take 'No' for an answer, and Lindsey Graham capitulates to the anti-Ukraine isolationists. Will Saletan joins Charlie Sykes for Charlie and Will Monday.
Trump wants to weaponize the office of the presidency, and who would stop him? We have a built-in weakness of basing our constitutional norms on the honor system. Plus, the Democrats have a Hamas problem. Adam Kinzinger joins Charlie Sykes for the weekend pod.
The Banality of Crazy

The Banality of Crazy

2023-11-3045:063

From Elon to Trump to Kanye, public decompensation is a part of our culture now. Plus, Georgia's inadequate investigation of the potential Trump-related conspiracy to copy election software, and the uncertainty of a verdict before Election Day. Ben Wittes and Anna Bower join Charlie Sykes for The Trump Trials. show notes: https://www.lawfaremedia.org/article/what-the-gbi-missed-in-coffee-county
This is the era of political humiliation: From Kevin nursing Trump back to health after Jan 6, to dominatrixes who get paid to mock your political views. Plus, the Koch network is doing it backwards. Michael Steele joins Charlie Sykes.
Don't underestimate the power of the belief that Trump is part of a prophecy for many evangelicals. And don't underestimate the general lack of knowledge about Trump's corruption. Plus, putting pressure only on Israel does Hamas' work for them. David French joins Charlie Sykes.
Trump wants you to know that he remembers who the president is. Plus, the asymmetry in the hostage-prisoner exchanges, linking reform of asylum rules to aid for Ukraine and Israel, and is Christie helping Haley? Will Saletan is back with Charlie Sykes for Charlie and Will Monday.
Hamas triggered the Gaza war—and signed the death warrants of thousands of Palestinians—when it purposefully targeted civilians on 10/7. Israeli journalist Amir Tibon joins guest host Mona Charen to discuss how his family survived the terror attack, Netanyahu's failures, Biden's support, and the bad options for post-war rule in Gaza.
A disconnect from reality has descended on the US: Republicans practice fantasy politics day and night, Trump is out to paint Biden as corrupt, and Americans think the economy is in the crapper. Plus, family love and loss, and gratitude for a good ending. JVL joins guest host A.B. Stoddard.
New Hampshire voters are famously contrarian, and the non-MAGA set is showing up for Haley and Christie ahead of the first-in-the-nation primary. Plus, a Rosalynn Carter appreciation, and the 'Lord of the Flies' vibe in the House. Karen Tumulty joins Charlie Sykes from New Hampshire. show notes: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2023/11/20/rosalynn-carter-place-in-history/ 
We are in an age where internet randos are beating out reality. Plus, Haley's abortion dance, the cowardice of DeSantis, another Biden panic poll, and the Steve Bannon wing feels like it has the wind at their backs. Will Saletan is back with Charlie Sykes for Charlie and Will Monday.
Fox launched the Big Lie based on a random email from a woman in Minnesota who heard voices in the supermarket. And its viewers wanted to be told that Trump was robbed of reelection. Brian Stelter has the receipts, and joins Charlie Sykes for our live show in Washington, D.C. show notes: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Network-of-Lies/Brian-Stelter/9781668046906
Too Crazy for Rudy

Too Crazy for Rudy

2023-11-1648:203

One person we can be certain will not be called as a witness in Georgia: nutty Sidney Powell. Plus, the unsettled Trump trial calendar, one way we may get to 'hear' Chutkan's trial, and the missing funding for Ukraine. Ben Wittes joins Charlie Sykes for The Trump Trials.
We may have averted a government shutdown for the moment, but the new speaker of the House believes dinosaurs were on Noah's Ark. Pete Wehner joins Charlie Sykes for a deep dive on Mike Johnson. Plus, the closing of the American mind on the right. show notes: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2023/10/polite-zealotry-mike-johnson/675845/ https://www.nytimes.com/2023/11/06/opinion/trump-allan-bloom-republicans.html 
Deep down, Trump knows the truth, and is running again to stay out jail—just like authoritarian leaders do in other countries. Plus, the new non-MAGA initiative to protect the rule of law. George Conway joins Charlie Sykes today.
Very powerful and strong Donald Trump is promising his supporters the freedom to go after the people they don't like if he returns to the White House. Plus, pathological lying fascists, Hamas tunnels, and the day after in Gaza. Will Saletan joins Charlie Sykes for Charlie and Will Monday. 
Flooding the Zone

Flooding the Zone

2023-11-1047:591

Jack Smith's office filed an epic motion this week laying out the central role of Trump's lies in the election subversion case. Meanwhile, the ex-POTUS will never just shut-up. Plus, the proper way to dispose of dog poop bags. Yes, you read that right. Ben Wittes joins Charlie Sykes for The Trump Trials. show notes Ben's piece from 2016: https://www.lawfaremedia.org/article/trump-and-powers-american-presidency-part-i 
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Comments (387)

NoahArkwright

Kudos to Cheney for doing the right thing on and after J6, but let's not forget that she voted for most of Trump's garbage policies up until then. And I don't think another Cheney in the White House would be anything like a rebirth of American democracy, considering that her father is a fucking war criminal and co-conspirator in what is likely the greatest financial fraud in the history of the country - and he never paid the piper. Not a fan of the Cheney family.

Dec 8th
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NoahArkwright

Ok...I'm sick of hearing men pretend to care about the systematic rape of Israeli women when most of them watch porn. Internet porn has revealed, loudly and clearly, the VIOLENCE and DEPRAVITY that are integral to what passes for male sexuality today. If men REALLY give a shit about rape, then they'll look in a fucking MIRROR for once, because it's not just "bad men." ALL MEN have contributed to this situation, and MEN need to fucking fix it instead of pointing fingers elsewhere.

Dec 7th
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Patrick Waickman

Everything Trump says is projection. Every single thing he accuses people of is true about him.

Nov 14th
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Patrick Waickman

Ben takes such glee in stealing Charlie's tagline

Nov 2nd
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Nicolas Brylle

The Dunning-Kruger effect explains so much in our world!

Oct 25th
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Karluigi Marie

ugg doesn't kamala follow what is dictated by the president.

Sep 12th
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dp

thoughts? Dem ticket 2024 Gretchen Whitmer President Joe Biden Vice President plan to step down in 2026 not publicized. Succession to Biden Kamala to Sec State and becomes VP again when Biden steps down in 2026, runs for President 2028 or 32 Wes Moore (MD Gov) appointed to Atty General to groom for future Presidential run.

Sep 2nd
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John Bacon

n490 a

Aug 30th
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Estes Kefauver

I hate this series. Don't want to re-live Lindsey Graham's hypocrisy every week, I just want mor Charlie.

Aug 7th
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dp

could you please turn the volume down on the intro music. it's really loud.

Aug 5th
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dp

film was a disappointment. What happened after for the rest of his life? Where did he and his wife go? No real insight or mention of the masterful coordination of the project, no insight into building the 3 labs in created cities. Too much about the kangaroo "hearings" about his security clearance. over an hour of the questions and witnesses and answers. Why it was filmed in IMAX was a waste. This could have been a TV movie. The explosion itself was maybe 10 minutes of the 3 hours. Overall great acting performances, but producers and directors made creative choices that were bad in my opinion.

Aug 1st
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Gordon Paul

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Jul 28th
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Richard Thornton

Alyssa Farah is just an idiot Trojan horse Trumper. Why does “The Bulwark” try to waste my time with such trash? I’m willing to bet $100 she will never vote for a democrat. The Bulwark keeps trying to normalize the republican party as though it’s really full of sincere , good people like Tim Scott; sorry the politicians from SC should never get a chance to run the country and Tim Scott is a classic Uncle Tom.

Jul 14th
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Christine Paul

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Jul 4th
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Richard Thornton

I can’t take this bs anymore.

Jun 20th
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Richard Thornton

Obviously I’d rather have Christie than Trump or Desantis. But honestly speaking, I dislike all republicans.

Jun 20th
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Anthony Famularo

How ... How does a native English-speaker who talks and writes for a living not know what "the straw that broke the camel's back" means? I wouldn't do this if Tim weren't sounding so sure of himself elsewhere in this episode, but here's the kindergarten explanation: 1) Putting one piece of straw on a camel's back will not break it. 2) Putting a billion pieces of straw on a camel's back WILL break it. 3) Somewhere between Straw#1 and Straw#1,000,000,000 is a *single straw* that changes the state of the camel's back from unbroken to broken. It represents the quantity that causes a phase transition in a system. 4) Rough translation: "There's only so much stress that a thing can manage without breaking, and if the stress increases constantly, the thing WILL break." It's such a basic idiom that it doesn't require a fable to dumb it down. You're welcome.

Jun 10th
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Redeyz

Simply a great guest who has a great way of communicating.

Jun 8th
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Richard Thornton

Trump is done. He will go down in history as a stain on Melania’s underwear!

Jun 8th
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NoahArkwright

I'm not a fan of Smith's mealy-mouthed water carrying for and justification of the social media oligarchy's appallingly irresponsible business practices. Facebook facilitated a fucking GENOCIDE. I'm not interested in hearing anything like whataboutism from these people.

May 3rd
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