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Underhandedness. Trickery. Unscrupulous behavior. Skullduggery breaks down the latest revelations in the Russia probe as well as the numerous — and multiplying — other investigations into President Trump's business practices and conduct in office. Yahoo News’ veteran investigative journalists Michae…

Michael Isikoff & Daniel Klaidman


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    The Truth Behind "American Crime Story: Impeachment"

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 67:12


    In recent weeks, a television series has been airing called American Crime Story: Impeachment that explores the events leading up to the impeachment of then U.S. President Bill Clinton. The story, mostly told through the eyes of former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, seemingly conflates and at times completely fabricates the truth to inflict maximum drama while depicting key role players involved with varying degrees of accuracy. Yet, at other times, completely nails exactly what was actually said and/or happened. One of those characters is Skullduggery's own Michael Isikoff who was the original reporter piecing together the landmark story that would change Clinton's Presidency forever. Our hosts, whom all three were involved - Isikoff and Klaidman both at Newsweek at the time, Bassetti who was in the room for Lewinsky's depositions - weigh in on what the show gets right and what it gets wrong.HOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:Michael Isikoff's 1999 book about the events - Uncovering Clinton: A Reporter's Story - Here.Original Posting from the Drudge Report - Here.Isikoff's Original Story from 1998 for Newsweek - Diary of a Scandel - Here.Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Schiff on Trump and the future of American Democracy (with Adam Schiff)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 47:10


    In late September of 2019, Congressman Adam Schiff, the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, gathered with his staff to read a remarkable document just released by the Trump Whitehouse. It was the transcript to the phone call Trump had that July with Ukrainian President Zelensky stating, "I'd like you to do us a favor though..." then pressing Zelensky to launch an investigation of Joe Biden and his son Hunter. At this point, Schiff had muttered to himself, "Holy Shit." He thought in that moment that he had acquired the ultimate smoking gun. He then lead the charge in Trump's first impeachment. This is a scene he recounts in his brand new book, Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could. Flash forward to today. How have the effort of Schiff and others been trying to purge Trump from politics? And what lessons has he learned to help guide members of his fellow January 6th committee as they seek to get to the bottom of Trump's role in one the darkest days in American Democracy? Congressman Schiff joins to breakdown his book and weigh in on where we are and could be headed.GUEST:Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff), Rep. from CA's 28th Congressional District, Chairman of the House Intel Committee @HouseIntelHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:Congressman Adam Schiff's new book - Here.Yahoo News' latest story on Schiff - Here.Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    The fight over executive privilege (with Norm Eisen)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 50:33

    On New Years Day 2021, Mark Meadows the Chief of Staff to the President of the United States emailed a YouTube video to the acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen. The video promoted a bizarre conspiracy theory known as Italy-Gate, asserting that a tech employee at an Italian Aerospace company had worked with the CIA to use US Military Satellites that flipped votes on election night from Donald Trump to Joe Biden. There wasn't a shred of evidence to support this fantastical claim. Nevertheless, Meadows wanted Rosen to have the Department of Justice investigate the matter. Rosen forwarded the YouTube video to his deputy Richard Donahue who responded with two words - Pure insanity. This new exchange is found in a new Senate Judiciary Committee report that documents how then President Donald Trump and his top aides repeatedly pressured the Justice Department to take steps to block the rightful winner of last year's election and from becoming President and how it all connects to the riot that took place on the US Capitol on Jan. 6th. Will the public ever learn the full extent Trump took to stay in power? Norm Eisen, a former White House lawyer, and a special counsel to the House Judiciary Committee. GUEST:Norm Eisen (@NormEisen), Senior Fellow @brookingsgov, former White House lawyer, and a special counsel to the House Judiciary CommitteeHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:Norm Eisen Bio for Brookings Institute - Here.Norm Eisen's latest CNN Opinion piece on Sen. Judiciary Committee report - Here.Reuters Article on new details of Trump's attempt to overturn the election - Here.Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Unpacking the Pandora Papers (with Greg Miller)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 60:12

    Billions hidden beyond reach. So the headline proclaimed in The Washington Post this week. The paper alongside more than one hundred partner news organizations around the world reported on a remarkable cache of documents exposing a secretive off-shore system that hides billions of dollars from tax authorities, creditors, criminal investigators, and the public. And who takes advantage of the system? World leaders, the rich, and the powerful worldwide.Greg Miller, one of the reporters from The Washington Post who worked on the exposure of information contained in what has been dubbed the Pandora Papers, helps unpack what we know about where all this money is being hidden, and how. GUEST:Greg Miller (@gregpmiller), National Security Correspondent for The Washington PostHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:Yahoo News' Guide to nine years of finance leaks - Here.Greg Miller's Bio Page at The Washington Post - Here.Washington Post Reports answer your Pandora Papers - Here.Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Peril of Trump's Final Days (with Bob Woodward & Robert Costa)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 66:06


    The final days of Trump's Presidency were filled with struggles, chaos, and an insurrection on the US Capitol. Bob Woodward and Robert Costa's new book, Peril, gives us insight into what happened during this tumultuous time period that almost destroyed democracy from the inside out. The authors join to discuss the final days of Trump's time in office. What happened? And more importantly what could have happened had the efforts of a select few not stepped in to intervene.GUESTS:Bob Woodward (@realBobWoodward), Professor at the University of California – Berkeley's Institute of Governmental StudiesRobert Costa (@costareports), National Correspondent, Yahoo News. Former Newsweek/Daily BeastHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:Peril - the new book from Bob Woodward and Robert Costa - Here.Bob Woodward's Bio - Here.Robert Costa's Bio - Here. Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Inside the CIA's secret war plans against WikiLeaks (with Zach Dorfman)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 41:44


    CIA Director Mike Pompeo back in April 2017 depicted Wikileaks as a grave threat to American national security. He also called it a Non-State Hostile Intelligence Service was a grabby rhetorical talking point However, with some exclusive reporting from the Yahoo News Team - Zach Dorfman, Sean Naylor, & Michael Isikoff - Pompeo's branding opened the door for the CIA to plan all sorts of extreme measures to dismantle the organization. Including a snatch operation to kidnap the group's leader Julian Assange, then holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and possibly to even assassinate him.This and so much more uncovered including a plan for a gun battle on the streets of London. Zach Dorfman joins to break it all down.GUEST:Zach Dorfman (@zachsdorfman), National Security Correspondent @yahoonews, Former Senior Staff Writer @aspencyberHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:Yahoo News Article Inside the CIA's secret war plans against Wikileaks - Here.Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    The Real Thiel (with Max Chafkin)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 52:09


    Just days before the Republican Convention in 2016, 150 Tech executives and investors published a stinging open letter condemning the man the party was about to nominate for President. Donald Trump's candidacy the tech moguls wrote was fueled by “anger, bigotry, fear of new ideas, and a fundamental belief that American is weak and in decline.” That was undoubtedly the view that most of the big players in Silicon Valley. But there was one who had a decidedly contrary view. Peter Thiel was the billionaire co-founder of PayPal and Palantir. And was the first outside investor in Facebook giving him instant entree and more than a little clout with the company's CEO Mark Zuckerberg. And Thiel had gone all in for Trump. Speaking at the convention, donating more than one million dollars to a Trump Super PAC. And later serving on his transition team as he sought to place figures who share his unorthodox views of the world in high places in the US Government. How much influence did Thiel have during the Trump era? And how much power does he yield today in the insular world of Silicon Valley. Max Chafkin, author of the new book about Thiel called The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley's Pursuit of Power, joins to discuss. GUEST:Max Chafkin (@chafkin), Features Editor/Writer @BW, Author of The ContrarianHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:Obtain The Contrarian - Here.Yahoo News' David Knowles original piece on critics latest blasting of Facebook - Here.Time Magazine's Who's Afraid of Peter Thiel? - Here.Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Botched Drone Strike (with Joe Cirincione)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 42:57


    US Central Command's top general Kenneth McKenzie last week had to make one of the most painful mea culpas in the history of the US Government's war on terror. A drone strike intended to save the lives of US soldiers had ended up taking the lives ten innocent Afghan civilians. Seven of them were children. A rare acknowledgment that a tool the Pentagon and CIA have relied on for years to target terrorists was in this instance tragically botched thanks to sketchy intelligence that confused a civilian aide worker with an ISIS suicide bomber. McKenzie came clean, only after reporters on the ground exposed the Pentagon's mistake raising new questions about how many other civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen have also been killed in US drone strikes. And how does this affect the Biden administrations planned use of “over the horizon” drone strikes to prevent Al-Qaeda resurgence in the country we just abandoned? Joe Cirincione joins to discuss the botched strike and where we go from here. GUEST:Joe Cirincione (@Cirincione), Analyst, Author, Distinguished Fellow @QuincyInst, Fmr. President @plough_shares, VP @amprog, Hill rat.HOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:The Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft - Here.Yahoo News' Dylan Stableford and Chris Wilson's original piece on the bothced drone strike - Here.Dan Klaidman's book Kill or Capture on focusing on drone strikes - Here.Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    California Recall (with Dan Schnur and Andrew Romano)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 49:33

    It's a legacy of the progressive era in American politics. Voters in California get to recall State office holders if they don't like the job they're doing without waiting for the next election. It's facing one of its biggest tests this week when Gavin Newsome, the liberal democratic governor who was elected by a whopping twenty-four percent margin in 2018 will face a recall fueled by discontent. Yahoo News' political correspondent Andrew Romano as well as former GOP strategist turned academic who's studied the recall movement help sort out the confusing details of the said election. GUESTS:Dan Schnur (@danschnur), Professor at the University of California – Berkeley's Institute of Governmental StudiesAndrew Romano (@AndrewRomano), National Correspondent, Yahoo News. Former Newsweek/Daily BeastHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:Dan Schnur's "Politics in the Time of Coronavirus." - Here.Andrew Romano's Yahoo News articles - Here. Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Lessons of 9/11 (with Kristen Breitweiser & Karen Greenberg)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 69:34

    On that gorgeous Tuesday morning twenty years ago, Kristen Breitweiser was one of thousands who's lives were shattered forever. Her husband Ron, a Senior VP at a brokerage firm was working on the 94th floor of the World Trade Center South Tower when Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked the plane that crashed into the building. The second wave of a terrorist attack that killed nearly three thousand. Breitweiser soon emerged as one of the most outspoke 9/11 family members, a trained lawyer that prodded lawmakers to create the national commission to investigate the attack. And ever since she's embarked on a tireless campaign demanding accountability for the terrorists and for those in authority who allowed the attack to happen. As the country commemorates the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, we talked to Breitweiser about her own recollections of that terrible day and what still needs to be done. And then we talked to Karen Greenberg, Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law, and the author of a new book about how 9/11 transformed the country's politics. GUESTS:Kristen Breitweiser (@kdbreitweiser), 9/11 widow and activist, widely credited with forcing the creation of the 9/11 CommissionKaren Greenberg (@KarenGreenberg3), Director @CNSFordhamLaw, Author of new book Subtle Tools, Host @VI_PodcastCNS.HOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:Kristen Breitweiser's op-ed for The Intercept: My Husband Died on 9/11. I'm Still Waiting for a Trial of His Killers. Here.Karen Greenberg's new book Subtle Tools. Here. Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Texas Abortion Ban takes hold

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 66:10

    It has been the law of the land for forty-eight years, women have had the constitutional right to abortion. This was a decision made by the Supreme Court back in 1973. But this week, the court with no written opinion allowed to go into effect a harsh new Texas law that effectively eviscerates the landmark decision of Roe v Wade. The new law bans most abortions after six weeks, before many women even know they are pregnant and makes no exception for rape or incest. And it deputizes private citizens to file lawsuits who aids or abets an abortion. Dahlia Lithwick joins to discuss. Then, outspoken Congresswoman Susan Wild of Pennsylvania weighs in on the Biden administrations handling of Afghanistan. A sign of some discontent within the Democratic Party. GUESTS:Dahlia Lithwick (@Dahlialithwick), writes about the courts and the law for Slate and hosts the podcast Amicus.Congresswoman Susan Wild (@RepSusanWild), represents Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional DistrictHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:Jon Ward's latest Yahoo News article on Jan. 6th committee and its requests - Here.Mark Hosenball's article on FBI's findings in regards to insurrection being a coordinated attack. Here.Kim Wehle's latest article on Trump's lawyers abuse of the court system for political gain. - Here. Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The longest US war is over (with Craig Whitlock)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 50:41


    In May of 2003, then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, flew to Kabul to declare that combat operations were indeed over in Afghanistan. "The country is now secure." This was quite the misleading statement as our guest Craig Whitlock explains. Just one example of numerous half-truths told over four administration about the US' now longest war. On this day, the last flight out of Afghanistan carrying American troops has left, ending the endless war. We'll take a deep dive as to how we got here with the aforementioned author the brand new book, THE AFGHANISTAN PAPERS: A Secret History of the War.GUEST:Craig Whitlock (@CraigMWhitlock), Investigative reporter for The Washington Post AuthorHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:Whitlock's new book, The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War - Here.Whitlock's Washington Post bio page - Here.Yahoo News' latest article on the end of the war in Afghanistan - Here. Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Jan. 6th Committee's Record Requests (with Kim Wehle & Mark Hosenball)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2021 47:27

    The January 6th committee is in full swing. It has made sweeping requests for records and information as they work towards discovering what actually happened leading up to the insurrection on the US Capitol. Will the requests reveal Trump administration officials had a hand in the attack? And if so, what will become of them? Who will receive a subpoena and who will claim executive privilege? And how long will this whole process take? Mark Hosenball, investigative reporter for Reuters, talks about his latest article on the FBI's findings and Kim Wehle, Professor of Law, talks about what the consequences could or would be as it all plays out. GUESTS:Kim Wehle (@kimwehle), Professor of Law, Fmr Asst US Attorney, Author.Mark Hosenball (@Reuters), investigative correspondent at Reuters. Formally of Newsweek and Dateline NBCHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:Jon Ward's latest Yahoo News article on Jan. 6th committee and its requests - Here.Mark Hosenball's article on FBI's findings in regards to insurrection being a coordinated attack. Here.Kim Wehle's latest article on Trump's lawyers abuse of the court system for political gain. - Here. Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Bombings at the Kabul Airport (with General McMaster & Congressman McCaul)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 50:35

    The worst case scenario just got even worse. Today, ISIS-K struck the area outside the airport in Kabul twice. Two bombings, one a suicide attack. The events resulted in casualties for both Americans and Afghans, something President Biden said was inevitable in a situation like this. There's finger pointing from all sides, but in the end the deaths ring loud and true. The first loss of American life in Afghanistan since February of 2020. Biden condemned today's attack by responding, "We will hunt you down and make you pay" Does this mean that the endless war won't be coming to and end after all?August 31st is just days away and intelligence tells us that there are more potential attacks. General McMaster, Trump's National Security Advisor, and US Rep. Michael McCaul join to discuss.GUESTS:General McMaster (@LTGHRMcMaster), Former US National Security Advisor, Senior Fellow at the Hoover InstitutionCongressman Michael McCaul (@RepMcCaul), Republican US Representative for Texas's 10th congressional districtHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:Isikoff's McMaster Article - Here.Biden's speech after terrorist attack in Kabul - Here.Latest info on terrorist attack at Kabul Airport - Here. Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Biden doubles down on Aug. 31st deadline (with David Sedney)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 34:13

    The clock is ticking ever closer to August 31st. That's the day that President Biden claims we'll have all US citizens out of Afghanistan. Something he doubled down on in his latest press conference on the matter. But what about all those Afghans that fought alongside the US over the last twenty years? Will the US help them escape the oppressive regime that is the Taliban? With only a week to go before the deadline, and too many people to evacuate, the mess has become a debacle. David Sedney, former President of the American University of Afghanistan weighs in on the struggle to get not only the Americans out, but those Afghans who have spent the last twenty years building a new life only to have it seized away in less than twenty days.GUEST:David Sedney (@david_sed), Frm. President of American University of Afghanistan, Frm. US Diplomat & Frm. US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in AfghanistanHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:Biden claims US is on track to finish Afghanistan evacuations by Aug. 31st - Here.David Sedney Bio - Here.Yahoo News' Jon Ward article, Who are the Taliban today - Here. Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Forty Years in Afghanistan (with Annie Pforzheimer)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 50:48


    As US Troops and Afghan refugees are being evacuated from Afghanistan, media outlets are reflecting on the twenty year war that was. But the truth is, it's actually been forty. It dates back to the time when President Jimmy Carter signed a secret finding authorizing the CIA to funnel lethal weapons to the Mujahideen warriors who were resisting the Soviets. This was the arming of Islamic rebels who later became the Taliban. Our guest Annie Pforzheimer, former US diplomat who served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Afghanistan, gives us a harsh reality check on the situation currently going on lead by the Biden administration.GUEST:Annie Pforzheimer (@pforzheimera), Deputy Chief of Mission in Afghanistan '17-'18HOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:Isikoff's latest article on Afghanistan - Here.Conspiracyland Season 3 Episode 3 (Afghanistan excerpt source) - Here.Yahoo News' Jon Ward article, Who are the Taliban today - Here. Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Afghanistan Has Fallen

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 46:35

    Kabul has fallen. It was the last city under control of the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani until he decided to flee before it was lost. And now we are left with the striking images of the Taliban inside the Presidential Palace he once occupied. Disturbing video, which now plays on a loop across the news media, shows desperate Afghanis clinging to a US military jet as it departs from Kabul. Shocking footage that has instantly become a stain on the Biden administration despite being something that three presidents before him wanted to do, remove our US troops. It seemed universally what everyone wanted, but apparently not how everyone thought it should have been done. Biden boldly defended himself and the move in a press conference while placing blame on others even after admitting that the Taliban takeover happened more quickly than expected. Where do we go from here as we rapidly approach the twentieth anniversary of 9/11. The optics are not good. GUEST:Peter Bergen (@peterbergencnn), VP at New America, CNN National Security Analyst, Prof. Arizona State, author, documentary producer.HOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:Bergen's new book: The Rise and Fall of Osama Bin Laden - Here.Bergen's latest CNN article - Here.Shocking Video of people clinging to US plane as it departs Afghanistan - Here. Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Afghanistan U.S. troop debacle (with Elliot Ackerman, Carol Leonnig, & Phil Rucker)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 61:12


    Back in April, President Biden announced the full U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by Sept. 11th. With said date now less than a month away, the news out of the region is that city after city is falling to Taliban forces. And now the U.S. is asking the Taliban to spare its embassy in the capital city of Kabul with the anticipation of an upcoming fight for its control. Quite the mess to say the least. Where do we go from here? Everyone agrees that this solution isn't the best, yet no one has a solution that satisfies all those involved. One thing we do know for sure is that more blood will be shed in the coming days, months, and potentially years in a place the U.S. has spent so much time, money, and loss of life in order to protect. This is quickly shaping up to be another Saigon.GUESTS:Elliot Ackerman (@elliotackerman), Author and Fmr. U.S. Marine, served multiple tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq.Carol Leonnig (@CarolLeonnig), Washington Post reporter, MSNBC contributor, and co-author of I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump's Catastrophic Final YearPhil Rucker (@PhilipRucker), Washington Post Senior Washington Correspondent, NBC News Political Analyst, and co-author of I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump's Catastrophic Final YearHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief of Yahoo News RESOURCES:2034: A Novel of the Next World War - Here.Carol Leonnig Washington Post Profile page - Here.Phil Rucker Washington Post Profile page - Here.I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump's Catastrophic Final Year book - Here.Hindsight Up Front: Afghanistan: Ambassador Mark Green in conversation with H.R. McMaster - Here.Biden announces troop withdrawal by Sept.... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Covid crisis current state (with Dr. Leana Wen)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 31:38

    As the Delta variant of the coronavirus runs rampant across not only the US, but the world, new hot spots have emerged and hospitals are once again filling up to capacity. It appears we are right back where we started with things trending in the wrong direction. And with summer comes huge gatherings at places like concerts, vacation destinations, and weddings. The messaging on Covid seems to change daily and the public confusion grows as misinformation and disinformation spread just as fast and effectively as the virus itself. So where are we now? How do we change this downward trend? With the new school year on the horizon and the fight over masks taking place at the Federal, State, and Local levels, we check in with Doctor Leana Wen, former Health Commissioner for the City of Baltimore, and author of the new book Lifelines: A Doctor's Journey in the Fight for Public Health.GUESTS:Leana Wen (@DrLeanaWen), Fmr. Health Commissioner for the City of Baltimore, and author of the new book Lifelines: A Doctor's Journey in the Fight for Public Health.HOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo News RESOURCES:Lifelines: A Doctor's Journey in the Fight for Public Health. - Here.Washington Post Contributor Profile page - Here.Current Coronavirus Map & Statistics via John Hopkins University - Here. Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    When will Cuomo go?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 44:28


    When the Cuomo Report from the NY Attorney General's office was released, it revealed that eleven women - more than previously reported, had come forward with charges of sexual harassment against the current NY State Governor. The details were both graphic in nature and painted the picture of a hostile work environment. Now everyone, including President Biden is calling for his resignation. Karen Hinton, Former Press Secretary for Andrew Cuomo while he was in the cabinet for then sitting President Bill Clinton, joins the podcast to talk about her own experience with Cuomo and how the harassment and intimidation goes back more than 20 years.GUESTS:Karen Hinton, (@KarenHinton), Frm. Press Secretary for Andrew CuomoHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsHunter Walker (@hunterw), Reporter @theuprising RESOURCES:Report of Investigation into allegations of sexual harassment by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo - Here.Biden calls for Governor Cuomo's resignation - Here.NY AG Letitia James announces findings in the sexual harassment investigation against Gov. Cuomo - Here. Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    The truth about Jan.6: The inquiry begins (with Bill Kristol)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 64:50

    The first of what will most likely be many hearings to uncover the truth about the January 6th insurrection on the US Capitol has taken place. It was a sobering approach by the select committee. Something we haven't seen at a hearing in quite some time. The result, an emotional and electrifying set of testimonies from those who were on the front lines of the riot that day. From Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell's quote, "This is how I'm going to die," to Officer Michael Fanone of the Metropolitan Police Department stating, "the indifference shown to his colleagues by Republicans even after officers risked their lives to keep those same lawmakers safe that day, Disgraceful," then slamming the table. In addition, previously unseen body camera and CCTV footage revealed just how real and raw the attack was. Bill Kristol, neoconservative political analyst who has served in both the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, joins to discuss the reaction of Republicans to the hearing and what's in store for the future of the party.GUESTS:Bill Kristol, (@BillKristol), Director, http://defendingdemocracytogether.org. Editor at large, http://thebulwark.com. Host, http://conversationswithbillkristol.org. Fellow, @HarvardIOPHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:Just Security document - "Questions the January 6 Select Committee Should ask Its Witnesses" - Here.Lawfare - "House Select Committee Investigating Jan. 6 Holds Its First Hearing" - Here.Testimonies highlights from Capitol and Metropolitan Police - Here. Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Guantanamo debacle continues (with Carol Rosenberg and Jeh Johnson)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 56:27

    It has been just about twenty years since the opening of Guantanamo Bay and we are no closer today than we were back then to resolving what will go down in history as one of the biggest debacles in American history. After the recent news that Chief Guantánamo Prosecutor Gen. Mark Martins announced his surprise retirement, what will be the next steps in relieving the stalemate preventing things from moving forward? The families of those lost in the horrific attacks on 9/11 are sitting on what is now two decades worth of frustration with no end in sight. Carol Rosenberg, reporter for The New York Times, who's been covering Guantanamo since the beginning joins to put forth her solution. Then, Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, weighs in on the matter in addition to the withdrawing of US Troops in Afghanistan.GUESTS:Carol Rosenberg (@carolrosenberg), covers Guantánamo Bay, the base, policy, prison, people and war court for The New York TimesJeh Johnson, Former United States Secretary of Homeland SecurityHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:Rosenberg latest article on Guantanamo - Here. Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Trump book blitz begins (with Michael Bender)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2021 47:02

    We all knew it was coming once the Trump Administration was replaced with that of Biden's. Book after book after book would start hitting shelves unleashing insider details that pulled back the curtain on what happened behind the scenes during Trump's four years in office. First up, Michael C. Bender, senior White House reporter for the Wall Street Journal, releases Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost. Bender has been reporting on the former President since his time on the campaign trail. On the podcast he talks about that time he was left alone in the Oval Office for thirty minutes before an interview, his time spent on Air Force One, and what it what he learned being embedded into the reoccurring group of people found in the front row of over dozens of MAGA rallies.GUEST:Michael C. Bender (@MichaelCBender), senior White House reporter for the Wall Street JournalHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:Bender's new book - Here.Bender's Wall Street Journal Profile/Work - Here. Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Six Months Later (with Congressman Swalwell)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 48:50

    It's been six months since the attack on the Capital and we're still searching for answers. Now that the House has approved a new select committee to investigate the January 6th riot, will we get said answers? With Liz Cheney defying the GOP by joining the investigation, what will be House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's next move? Will he appoint members of his liking to join or choose the path of selecting no one and call it partisan ploy? Congressman Swallwell joins to discuss his recent Capital siege lawsuit against Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani, and Congressman Mo Brooks.GUEST:Congressman Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell), member of the House Judiciary and Intel CommitteesHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:Congressman Swalwell's lawsuit - Here.Congressman Swalwell's recent book, "Endgame: Inside the Impeachments of Donald J. Trump" updated with four new chapters - Here. Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Supreme Court Rulings (with Jess Bravin & Jackie Calmes)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 62:54

    It's the end of the term for the Supreme Court. And with that comes a number of decisions. Some more closely watched than others, specifically the case in regards to Arizona and its voting restrictions. Some may argue that the current court is a 6-3 majority in favor of the conservatives. Those same conservatives might argue it's a 3-3-3 court in favor of no one based on past decisions. How are Trump's two recent nominees shaping the future of our country? And what will this mean moving forward with high profile cases already on the horizon including Mississippi's abortion law. Our hosts also react to the news coming out of the New York DA's office about the Trump Organization and whether or not it's another dead end to pin past accusations on the former President.GUESTS:Michael Zeldin (@MichaelZeldin), Fmr. DOJ attorney & Resident Fellow IOP Harvard Kennedy SchoolJackie Calmes (@jackiekcalmes), Editor, LATimes and author of the new book "Dissent: The Radicalization of the Republican Party & Its Capture of the Court"Jess Bravin (@JessBravin), Supreme Court correspondent for The Wall Street JournalHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:Pick up Jackie Calmes new book - Here.Read all of the Supreme Court rulings discussed from this episode - Here.Everything you need to know about the charges brought forth against the Trump Organization - Here. Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Rudy's fall from Grace (with Christine Chung)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 34:43

    Rudy Giuliani's Law License in the State of New York has just been suspended for citing election lies. Once referred to as "America's Mayor" after 9/11, has now become anything but. He now faces possible disbarment for attempting to help Trump overturn the 2020 election results by abusing his power and the courts. Well, the courts just punched back. Christine Chung, one of the lawyers and former Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York - who drafted the original complaint against Giuliani, joins the show to discuss what this all mean for Giuliani, Trump, and the future of American Democracy.GUEST:Christine Chung (@chrischunglaw), New York City-based trial and appellate attorney, fmr. Federal Prosecutor in the Southern District of New York HOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:Text of the decision to suspend Rudy Giuliani - Here.Original Letter that Christine Chung co-wrote - Here. Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Juneteenth: America's second Independence Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2021 33:54

    Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of the enslaved peoples in America in the wake of the end of the Civil War. Over 160 years after it was first celebrated, President Biden signed legislation this week making it a federal holiday. On this occasion, the Brennan Center's Ted Johnson joins hosts Michael Isikoff and Victoria Bassetti to discuss the holiday's legacy, and his new book When the Stars Begin to Fall: Overcoming Racism and Renewing the Promise of America.GUEST:Ted Johnson (@DrTedJ), Author; director, Fellows Program, Brennan Center for Justice HOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:"McConnell shoots down Manchin's voting compromise" by Jordain Carney (June 17; The Hill)When the Stars Begin to Fall: Overcoming Racism and Renewing the Promise of America by Theodore J. Johnson (2021; Penguin Random House) Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Crime and punishment (with Bill Bratton)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 59:51

    What is the cause of the nationwide rise in personal, violent crime? Veteran police commissioner Bill Bratton joins hosts Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti to discuss the rise in crime, and to comment on the national conversation about the role of police. Bratton shares his thoughts on what reforms are needed, which ones he's against, and to talk about the role of the “Defund the Police” movement on officer morale. He also has some things to say about his former boss, Rudy Giuliani.Plus, we hear from DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas about the threat of domestic extremists, and get to hear some of the early responses to the new season of the critically-acclaimed podcast Conspiracyland, The Secret Lives and Brutal Death of Jamal Khashoggi, which is available now.GUEST:Bill Bratton (@CommissBratton), Executive Chairman, Teneo Risk; fmr. police commissioner, NYC (1994-1996; 2014-2016), Boston (1993-1994); fmr. police chief, L.A. (2002-2009) HOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:“Conspiracyland” Season 3: The Secret Lives and Brutal Death of Jamal Khashoggi“‘The most significant terrorism-related threat': DHS secretary says domestic extremists now more a danger to U.S. than foreign terrorist groups” by Michael Isikoff (June 15, Yahoo News)White House Fact Sheet: National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism (June 15)The Profession: A Memoir of Community, Race, and the Arc of Policing in America by Bill Bratton and Peter Knobler (2021; Penguin Random House)“As a longtime police chief, I believe we have to reestablish trust” by William J. Bratton (June 4, Washington Post)“Making New York less safe: Bills in Albany would make it harder to protect law-abiding” by William J. Bratton (June 10; New York Daily... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The untaxed rich (with ProPublica's Stephen Engelberg)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 52:57

    The ultrarich have ways of avoiding paying income tax that regular people simply don't have access to. This unfair balance-tipping is the subject of new reporting by ProPublica investigators, whose sources furnished them with a trove of data revealing the secrets of the megawealthy. ProPublica editor in chief Stephen Engelberg joins Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti to discuss their reporting.Plus, get a sneak peek of the new season of the critically-acclaimed podcast Conspiracyland. Season 3: The Secret Lives and Brutal Death of Jamal Khashoggi debuts on Monday, June 14th.GUEST:Stephen Engelberg (@SteveEngelberg), editor in chief, ProPublicaHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:“Conspiracyland Season 3: The Secret Lives and Brutal Death of Jamal Khashoggi“The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax” by Jesse Eisinger, Jeff Ernsthausen, and Paul Kiel (June 8; ProPublica)“Why We Are Publishing the Tax Secrets of the .001%” by Stephen Engelberg and Richard Tofel (June 8; ProPublica)“An Exposé Has Congress Rethinking How to Tax the Superrich” by Jonathan Weisman and Alan Rappeport (June 9; New York Times)“ProPublica's Jesse Eisinger on his reporting about ultra-wealthy tax avoidance” (June 9; CNBC) Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The "enemy of the people" (with Len Downie)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2021 50:12

    Len Downie's career at the Washington Post lasted over 40 years, and culminated with a stint as Executive Editor that ended in 2008. In light of the shocking news that Trump's DOJ pursued the acquisition of email data from several New York Times reporters, and a gag order on Times leadership, Downie joins Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman on this episode to discuss role of the free press, the evolving nature and technology of the media, the Trump administration's antagonistic relationship with the media, and to look back on some of the highlights from his storied career.Plus, our hosts are joined by Yahoo News's Jon Ward to discuss Trump's return to rallies, ahead of his anticipated appearance at the North Carolina GOP convention.GUESTS:Jon Ward (@jonward11), Chief National Correspondent, Yahoo NewsLen Downie, author, former Executive Editor of the Washington Post (1991-2008)HOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo News RESOURCES:“As Trump restarts rallies, GOP strategists hope against all odds that he won't rehash 2020 election” by Jon Ward (June 4, Yahoo News)“White House Disavows Knowledge of Gag Order on Times Leaders in Leak Inquiry” by Charlie Savage and Katie Benner (June 5, New York Times)All About the Story: News, Power, Politics, and the Washington Post by Len Downie (2020; PublicAffairs)Report: The Trump Administration and The Media (Committee to Protect Journalists, Apr. 16)“AP explains why it fired Emily Wilder for pro-Palestinian tweets” by David Goldman (May 30, CNN Business)“Intelligence officials weigh possibility coronavirus escaped from a Chinese lab” by Jenna McLaughlin (Apr. 14, 2020, Yahoo News) Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Let's play Hardball (with Chris Matthews)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 51:34


    Chris Matthews surprised his audience one evening in March of 2020 by suddenly stepping down from hosting “Hardball” on MSNBC, the political roundtable show he’d helmed for over 20 years. Matthews, whose new book This Country: My Life in Politics and History comes out this week, joins Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti on this episode to discuss the role of the media in politics, how the polarization of today compares to the era of Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill, and to talk about the moment Matthews stepped away from his program.Plus, our hosts respond to a troubling tweet from Maggie Haberman of the New York Times about Trump’s plans to return to the White House — quicker than seems possible, under a sober reading of the U.S. Constitution.GUEST:Chris Matthews (@HardballChris), Author; journalist; former host of MSNBC’s “Hardball”HOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:This Country: My Life in Politics and History by Chris Matthews (2021; Simon & Schuster)“Chris Matthews retires from MSNBC after string of recent controversies” by Brian Stelter (CNN, March 3, 2020)“Chris Matthews Tells Joy Reid ‘Nobody Needs to Defend Me, I Did Something Wrong” by Daniel Villarreal (Newsweek, June 1) Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to "Skullduggery" on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    America the Fallen (with Ben Rhodes)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2021 65:44


    How do we rescue American democracy from the corrupt grip of an extremist party, determined to undermine democratic norms and cement minority rule by authoritarian means? This is the problem before us as laid out by Ben Rhodes, the former deputy national security advisor to Barack Obama, co-host of the Pod Save the World podcast, and author of the new book After the Fall. Rhodes joins Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti on this episode to discuss many aspects of domestic and foreign policy, including the conflict between Israel and Palestinians, the global influence of Xi and Putin, and several of the sweeping legislative proposals before Congress today.All of this comes on the heels of the failure in the Senate to form an independent commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection on the Capitol, for which 19 more Senators voted in favor, but failed to meet the 60-vote threshold to invoke cloture.GUEST:Ben Rhodes (@brhodes), Fmr. deputy national security advisor to Barack Obama; authorHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:“Senate Republicans Filibuster Jan. 6 Inquiry Bill, Blocking an Investigation” by Nicholas Fandos (May 28; New York Times)“Ex-Speaker Ryan to GOP: Reject Trump, ‘2nd-rate imitations’” by Steve Peoples (May 28; Associated Press)After the Fall: Being American in the World We’ve Made by Ben Rhodes (2021; Penguin Random House)“American Demons: Ben Rhodes’ ‘After the Fall’ Excerpt” (May 26; The Atlantic)“Teshuvah: A Jewish Case for Palestinian Refugee Return” by Peter Beinart (May 11; Jewish Currents)“U.S. to reimpose sanctions on Belarus after forced diversion of Ryanair flight” by Amy B Wang (May 28; Washington Post)“France Suspects Russian Role in Campaign to Discredit Pfizer Vaccine” by Matthew Dalton (May 25; Wall Street Journal) Follow us on Twitter:


    Inside the Secret Service

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 49:54


    Given the lack of any successfully carried out assassination attempt on a President in the past 40 years, the Secret Service seems, at a first glance, to be an efficient and effective law enforcement agency. But author and Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig has spent years talking to individuals inside the agency, and her new book Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service paints a very different picture. Leonnig joins Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti on this episode to discuss the agency. She takes us through some of their recent newsmaking scandals, the unique relationship between the Secret Service and the Trump administration, as well as what she identifies as a toxic and confused culture, both among the leadership as well as the rank and file.Plus, an update on the scandal at the Post Office, and some real world effects from Yahoo News' reporting.GUEST:Carol Leonnig (@CarolLeonnig), Reporter, Washington Post; authorHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:“Kevin McCarthy Leads House GOP In Blasting Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Holocaust Remarks” by Barbara Spunt (May 25, NPR)Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service (Random House, May 2021)Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to “Skullduggery” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    The Postal Service's surveillance program

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 64:48


    Based on the dogged reporting of investigative journalist and Yahoo News contributor Jana Winter, Americans have recently learned about the covert internet surveillance operation being inexplicably run out of the U.S. Postal Service. The operation, charmingly dubbed “iCop,” targets citizens’ social media posts, and both the exact ends of this invasive effort, and the legal authority under which it exists, are unknown. Winter joins Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti on this episode to discuss the fruits of her reporting, the implications of her findings, and to ask why Democrats have not risen to the occasion to protect their constituents.Plus, author Brad Stone joins to talk about his new book Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire. They discuss some of Amazon’s unlikely successes (like Alexa), and notorious failures (like the Fire phone), as well as the scandalous episode where some of Bezos’s intimate text messages were leaked to the public.GUESTS:Jana Winter (@janawinter), Investigative journalist; contributor, Yahoo NewsBrad Stone (@BradStone), Author; head, Global Technology coverage, BloombergHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:“House Votes to Create Capitol Riot Commission” by Nicholas Fandos (May 19, New York Times)“Facial recognition, fake identities and digital surveillance tools: Inside the post office’s covert internet operations program” by Jana Winter (May 18, Yahoo News)“Chief postal inspector tells lawmakers that social media monitoring began after George Floyd protests” by Jana Winter (Apr. 30, Yahoo News)“The postal service is running a ‘covert operations program’ that monitors Americans’ social media posts” by Jana Winter (Apr. 21, Yahoo News)Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire by Brad Stone (Simon & Schuster, 2021)


    The Republican party's civil war (with Barbara Comstock)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2021 52:30

    With a vote taking place on Friday morning, the Republican party officially ousted Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and elected 36-year-old Elise Stefanik (R-NY) to be its new Conference chair. The dramatic leadership change reveals fault lines in a party where a significant — and evidently predominant — portion of its elected federal officials places fealty to Donald Trump above all else. Former Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) joins Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti on this episode to discuss this internecine struggle in the GOP, as well as to give her take on the ostracization of Cheney and coronation of Stefanik, based on her personal relationships with both women. She details her vision for a reformed, policy-driven post-Trump Republican party. But is that what Republican voters want?GUEST:Barbara Comstock (@BarbaraComstock), former Congresswoman (R-VA)HOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:“Elise Stefanik speaks to the press after replacing Liz Cheney on House GOP leadership” (The Hill, May 14)“New Yahoo/YouGov poll: Cheney has few supporters in GOP” by Jon Ward (Yahoo News, May 14)“Influential Republicans detail call to reform party, threaten to form new one” by Tal Axelrod (The Hill, May 13)Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to “Skullduggery” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Did Eddie Gallagher cross the line? (with Dan Taberski)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2021 43:14

    The 2019 trial of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher gripped the nation due to the heinousness of the crimes of which Gallagher, a SEAL team captain, was accused. And though he was charged with the 2017 murder of an Iraqi detainee, he was acquitted of all charges but one — posing in a photo with the young dead Iraqi man. But, over the course of the six episodes of the new podcast “The Line,” written and produced by Dan Taberski, the story of how that man died becomes much, much more complicated. Taberski joins Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti on this episode to discuss his podcast and its shocking new revelations, as well as the culture of the military’s elite special operators that Taberski spent so much time learning about firsthand, through the community of SEALs he spoke with for the show. What are the true costs of a twenty-year war on the psyches of the men and women who fight it? And, what responsibility do we, the American people, have for how they draw the line between what is acceptable and what is forbidden in war?GUEST:Dan Taberski (@dtaberski), writer and executive producer of “The Line” podcast HOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:“The Line” podcast (Jigsaw Productions & Apple Originals), available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify“Eddie Gallagher’s shocking claim that SEALs intended for detainee to die” by Luis Martinez (ABC News, May 5)Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to “Skullduggery” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The GOP's flight from facts (with Jon Meacham)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2021 53:02


    Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former Newsweek editor Jon Meacham has a new podcast called “Fate of Fact,” in which he investigates how it is that American politics — particularly in the Republican Party, as Meacham says — became detached not only from our constitutional system of checks and balances but from reality itself. Meacham joins Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti on this episode, which contains a deep and important conversation about history, our tumultuous present moment and where the country might go from here. GUEST:Jon Meacham (@jmeacham), Pulitzer Prize-winning author; presidential historianHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:“The GOP is at a turning point. History is watching us.” by Liz Cheney (Washington Post, May 5)“Jon Meacham to explore the spread of disinformation in ‘Fate of Fact’” by Jacquie Cadorette (Audacy, Apr. 26)The “Fate of Fact” podcast, from Shining City Audio, C13 Originals, and Jon Meacham, on Apple Podcasts and SpotifyFollow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to “Skullduggery” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Right-wing extremism and the FBI

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 57:35

    In the wake of the January 6th riot at the Capitol, which itself was preceded by multiple attacks on state governments by right-wing extremists, Attorney General Merrick Garland said publicly that domestic terrorism from white nationalist groups is now as much of a concern as foreign terrorism for the Department of Justice. Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti are joined by Michael German, a former FBI special agent who spent years undercover infiltrating violent right-wing extremist groups in the 1990s. He talks about why the FBI seems to ignore the violent deeds and threats posed by these groups while simultaneously going after environmentalists, anti-war activists, and Black Lives Matter protestors.Plus, our hosts talk about the political implications of the infighting in the GOP, and the renewed attempts to ostracize Rep. Liz Cheney (WY) for her refusal to toe the party line on the “Big Lie” about the 2020 Presidential election.GUEST:Michael German (@RethinkIntel), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice; former FBI special agentHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:Attorney General Merrick Garland testifies before a House subcommittee on the DOJ budget (May 4)“Prosecutors Are Said to Have Sought Aggressive Approach to Capitol Riot Inquiry” by Katie Benner (New York Times, Apr. 27)“Cheney could be ‘toast’ in fight with Trump over GOP future” by Lisa Mascaro, Alan Fram, and Mead Gruver (AP, May 5)Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to “Skullduggery” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Biden's hundred days (with Douglas Brinkley & Jonathan Alter)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 51:08


    On the day after President Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress, and to mark the occasion of his first hundred days in office, Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti are joined by esteemed historians and authors Douglas Brinkley and Jonathan Alter to break down the speech, and place Biden’s nascent presidency in important historical context. They discuss parallels with both F.D.R. and Jimmy Carter, place Biden in the history of modern progressive presidents, as well as look ahead to possible pitfalls and obstacles that may stand in the way of the agenda that Biden introduced to the nation.Also, our hosts discuss the latest news in the ignominious downfall of Rudy Giuliani, who once graced the cover of TIME magazine, but who this week had his office and home searched by the FBI as part of an ongoing investigation into his corrupt practices.GUESTS:Douglas Brinkley (@ProfDBrinkley) Professor of History at Rice University, authorJonathan Alter (@jonathanalter), Contributing Correspondent, NBC News; authorHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:President Biden delivers first address to a joint session of Congress (Apr. 28, 2021)“How F.D.R.’s Heir Is Changing the Country” by Jonathan Alter, New York Times (Apr. 12, 2021)Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America by Douglas Brinkley (HarperCollins, 2017)His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life by Jonathan Alter (Simon & Schuster, 2020) Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to “Skullduggery” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Fear and partisanship in Georgia (with Gabriel Sterling)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 53:51


    The controversial new election law passed in Georgia has been derided by many, including Stacey Abrams and President Biden, and has inspired many high-profile businesses, like Major League Baseball, to relocate interests out of the state. But Gabriel Sterling, the chief financial and operations official in the office of the Georgia Secretary of State, is a defender of the law. Sterling, who was an outspoken critic of former President Trump’s bullying of state officials in the handling of the 2020 election, joins Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti to talk about what the law does and doesn’t do, whether or not the 2020 election was free and fair, and about whether or not Georgia’s Election Integrity Act of 2021 was, at its core, a Republican party power-grab.GUEST:Gabriel Sterling (@GabrielSterling), COO/CFO, Georgia Secretary of StateHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:“Supreme Court to Hear Case on Carrying Guns in Public” by Adam Liptak, New York Times (Apr. 26, 2021)“Mr. President, your misinformation on Georgia’s voting law is dangerous” by Gabriel Sterling, Washington Post (Apr. 14, 2021)“Fulton County DA has grown frustrated with Georgia Secretary of State’s office cooperation in Trump probe, source says” by Sara Murray and Jason Morris, CNN (Apr. 24, 2021)“Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger Defends Controversial Election Law” by Sanya Mansoor, Time (Apr. 26, 2021)“What Georgia’s Voting Law Really Does” by Nick Corasaniti and Reid J. Epstein, New York Times (Apr. 2, 2021)Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to “Skullduggery” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify,


    Biden's refugee problem

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2021 60:43

    The Biden Administration has failed to facilitate the admission of more refugees into the United States, which was a campaign promise and a much longed-for change from the punitive policies of the Trump era. Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti are joined by Mark Hetfield, the president and CEO of HIAS, the Jewish-American refugee advocacy group, to talk about the refugee resettlement program and what the Biden Administration could — and should — do to serve this humanitarian need.Then, investigative journalist and Yahoo News contributor Jana Winter joins to talk about her recent bombshell story about a covert operation to monitor citizens’ social media posts being run by the United States Postal Service. What do we know about this program, and what more can we find out?GUESTS:Mark Hetfield (@MarkJHetfield), President and CEO, HIASJana Winter (@janawinter), Investigative reporter and contributor, Yahoo News HOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:“‘Broken promise’: Biden’s backtrack on refugees still slammed by advocates” by Laura Barrón-López, Politico (Apr. 16, 2021)“Why the White House wanted to avoid the refugee issue” by Natasha Korecki, Laura Barrón-López, and Nahal Toosi, Politico (Apr. 21, 2021)“The Postal Service is running a ‘covert operations program’ that monitors Americans’ social media posts” by Jana Winter, Yahoo News (Apr. 21, 2021)Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to “Skullduggery” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Guilty, guilty, guilty: Processing the Chauvin verdict

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 35:45

    The guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd brought up a wave of emotions for a beleaguered nation who watched it read live on Tuesday afternoon. For the first time in the history of the state of Minnesota — over 160 years — a white police officer was convicted for killing a Black civilian while on duty. Should this give us hope about the future of police accountability and racial justice in America? Or is this just a lone data point? Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti are joined by Yahoo News reporter Crystal Hill who covered the trial, and then by Dr. Nakia Gordon, a neuroscientist and psychology professor at Marquette University, who talks about the range of emotional responses to what was at the core of this trial: the denial of a person’s humanity.GUESTS:Crystal Hill (@crysnhill), reporter, Yahoo NewsDr. Nakia Gordon (@Nakia_S_Gordon), Assistant Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology at Marquette UniversityHOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:“Derek Chauvin found guilty in the murder of George Floyd” by Crystal Hill, Yahoo News (Apr. 20, 2021)“Derek Chauvin, convicted of murdering George Floyd in Minneapolis, is led away in handcuffs” by Chao Xiong and Paul Walsh, Star Tribune (Apr. 20, 2021)“Being Seen: Valuing Humanity Amid Social Unrest” by Nakia S. Gordon, Psychology Today (Nov. 5, 2020)“Justice Department announces Minneapolis police probe after Chauvin murder conviction” by Crystal Hill, Yahoo News (Apr. 21, 2021) Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to “Skullduggery” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify,

    The threat of QAnon (with Ali Soufan)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2021 41:09

    Former FBI special agent, author, and counterterrorism expert Ali Soufan joins Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti to talk about his organization’s shocking new report about the spread of the Q conspiracy. Soufan talks about the influence of foreign adversaries in the spread of disinformation, the role of the tech platforms and the algorithms that promote and fuel the conspiracy, and about what can be done to counter this dangerous movement, by taking what Soufan calls an “all-citizens” approach to the problem.GUEST:Ali Soufan (@Ali_H_Soufan) former FBI special agent; CEO, Soufan Group; founder, Soufan Center HOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:“Quantifying The Q Conspiracy: A Data-Driven Approach to Understanding the Threat Posed by QAnon,” Soufan Center Special Report (Apr. 19, 2021)“Report: China, Russia fueling QAnon conspiracy theories” by Michael Isikoff, Yahoo News (Apr. 19, 2021)“In secret Facebook groups, America’s best warriors share racist jabs, lies about 2020, even QAnon theories” by Carol E. Lee, NBC News (Apr. 16, 2021)“Reps. Malinowski and Eshoo Reintroduce Bill to Hold Tech Platforms Accountable for Algorithmic Promotion of Extremism” (Mar. 24, 2021) Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to “Skullduggery” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Will Afghanistan end like Vietnam?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2021 64:45


    President Biden’s announcement that he plans to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11th of this year will mark the end of America’s longest war. But: is it too soon to leave? Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti are joined by Richard Clarke, the former White House counterterrorism adviser on 9/11 and outspoken critic of the George W. Bush administration. Clarke talks about the original flaws in the Afghanistan campaign, and gives his informed take on what future threats might endanger not only the Afghan government, but the United States, as well. Then, eight-year Marine veteran and novelist Elliot Ackerman joins to respond to some of Clarke’s opinions, and to offer his own foreboding predictions about what is to come. The United States might be done with Afghanistan, Ackerman says, but Afghanistan isn’t done with the United States.GUESTS:Richard Clarke (@richardclarke), former Assistant Secretary of State, NSC member, and White House counterterrorism adviser.Elliot Ackerman (@elliotackerman), author of 2034: A Novel of the Next World War (with Admiral James Stavridis) HOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:President Joe Biden on his plans for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan (Apr. 14, 2021) Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to “Skullduggery” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Sen. Murphy's Law

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 45:12

    In the aftermath of the 2012 massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) says he experienced an awakening, and was called to fight for meaningful gun reform on behalf of the grieving families in his home state. Murphy joins Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti on this episode to talk about his renewed push for gun control legislation now, in the wake of recent shootings in Atlanta and Boulder. He talks about his strategy to get things done with — or without — the help of Senate Republicans, and about the Biden administration's announcement to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan later this year.Our hosts also discuss the federal pause in the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines, and the police shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, as the trial of Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd continues in nearby Minneapolis.GUEST:Senator Chris Murphy, D-Conn. (@ChrisMurphyCT) HOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) RESOURCES:“Student killed by police after firing at officers in shooting at Tennessee school” (AP, Apr. 12, 2021)The Violence Inside Us: A Brief History of an Ongoing American Tragedy, by Chris Murphy (Random House, 2020) Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to “Skullduggery” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions, or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Skullduggery Trailer: 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2021 1:46

    Donald Trump may be out of office, but we're going to keep digging into the latest in political trickery, underhandedness, and all manner of unscrupulous behavior, as well as analyzing the news of the day, and hearing from high-ranking members of Congress, journalists, and experts on domestic and foreign policy.So subscribe to Skullduggery today. You can find Skullduggery on Acast, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.HOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Q: Unmasked

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2021 56:07

    The writer/director of the stunning new six-part investigative documentary series Q: Into the Storm, Cullen Hoback, joins Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti to talk about his amazing project, which spans years and multiple continents in search of the connections between the QAnon movement and a mysterious trio of figures associated with the website 8chan (or, as it was later known, 8kun). They talk about the implications of the documentary’s more fascinating discoveries: including a possible “confession” by Ron Watkins. Our hosts also give you the latest on Gaetz-gate, and update you on the backlash to MLB’s fight against Georgia’s restrictive new voting laws, which President Biden has called “Jim Crow on steroids.”GUEST:Cullen Hoback (@CullenHoback), Investigative filmmaker, writer/director of Q: Into the Storm HOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice RESOURCES:“Gaetz Paid Accused Sex Trafficker, Who Then Venmo’d Teen” by Jose Pagliery and Roger Sollenberger, The Daily Beast (Apr. 9, 2021)Q: Into the Storm, available on HBO and HBO Max (Footage Courtesy HBO)Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to “Skullduggery” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Email us with feedback, questions, or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Florida Georgia Line

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 48:53

    In the wake of Georgia's controversial and restrictive new voting laws, Major League Baseball decided to move their All-Star Game out of Atlanta. They weren’t alone in their reaction. Yahoo News’s Jon Ward joins Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti to talk about the implications of the corporate backlash in Georgia. Then, they are joined by Florida State Attorney Dave Aronberg of Palm Beach County, who lends his insight on a number of Florida stories in the news: the recent allegations that Gov. Ron DeSantis mishandled his state’s vaccine rollout through preferential treatment, the ongoing unravelling of Matt Gaetz, and the possibilities for the future indictment of one auspicious Palm Beach resident.GUESTS:Jon Ward (@jonward11), Chief National Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDave Aronberg (@aronberg), State Attorney, Palm Beach County, Florida HOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice RESOURCES:“All-Star Game: Gov. Kemp defends election laws after MLB moves game,” Fox 5 Atlanta (Apr. 4, 2021)“As in Georgia, Texas Democrats look to mobilize business against voting restrictions” by Jon Ward, Yahoo News (Apr. 6, 2021)“The Working-Class GOP: A Muddled Concept” by Matthew Continetti, National Review (Apr. 3, 2021)“How the Wealthy Cut the Line During Florida’s Frenzied Vaccine Rollout” by Sharyn Alfonsi, CBS 60 Minutes (Apr. 5, 2021)“Matt Gaetz, Loyal for Years to Trump, Is Said to Have Sought a Blanket Pardon” by Michael S. Schmidt, Maggie Haberman and Nicholas Fandos, New York Times (Apr. 6, 2021) Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to “Skullduggery” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify,

    Gaetz-gate

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2021 56:53

    In the wake of reporting that there is an ongoing Justice Dept. investigation into him, which involves sex, trafficking a minor across state lines, and possible campaign finance misdeeds, Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti sit down to untangle the twisted web that is Gaetz-gate (or maybe just “Gaet”?) They are joined by Washington Post Justice Dept. reporter Devlin Barrett, and former federal prosecutor Steven Block, who each lend their insight and expertise to predicting what comes next in this wild story.GUESTS:Devlin Barrett (@DevlinBarrett), reporter, Washington PostSteven Block (@sablockus), former federal prosecutor HOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice RESOURCES:“Gaetz investigation complicated by overture to his father about ex-FBI agent who went missing” by Mike Zapotosky and Devlin Barrett, Washington Post (Mar. 31, 2021)“Justice Dept. Inquiry Into Matt Gaetz Said to Be Focused on Cash Paid to Women” by Katie Benner and Michael S. Schmidt, New York Times (Apr. 1, 2021) Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to “Skullduggery” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.E-mail us with feedback, questions, or tips: SkullduggeryPod@yahoo.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Prosecuting the police

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 62:37

    The trial of Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd is underway in Minneapolis, and it represents a moment of grave importance in the fight against police brutality and abuse of power. First, Brandt Williams, MPR reporter who’s on the scene of the trial in Minneapolis, joins Michael Isikoff, Dan Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti to report on the trial’s opening days and on the mood in the city. Then, former DOJ veteran Kristy Parker joins to talk about the difficulties inherent in prosecuting police officers, and how the Garland Justice Department can take steps in the future to hold officers accountable. Our hosts also talk about the import and significance of Biden’s list of judicial nominees, headed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.GUESTS:Brandt Williams (@BrandtMPR) Reporter, Minnesota Public RadioKristy Parker (@KPNatsFan), Counsel, Protect Democracy HOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDan Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice RESOURCES:“What Biden’s first list of judicial nominees tells us about his approach to the courts” by Ian Millhiser, Vox (Mar. 30, 2021)“Chauvin Trial: Witnesses say they felt anger, powerlessness as Floyd died” by Brandt Williams, MPR (Mar. 31, 2021)“Prosecute the Police” by Kristy Parker, The Atlantic (June 13, 2020) Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPodListen and subscribe to Skullduggery on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Jim Eagle: Biden's first press conference

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2021 39:21

    After much waiting and to much fanfare, President Biden gave his first press conference on Thursday, fielding reporters’ questions for a little over an hour. But what, exactly, was revealed? Michael Isikoff, Dan Klaidman, and Victoria Bassetti are joined by National Political Correspondent at the Washington Post Olivier Knox and Yahoo News reporter Caitlin Dickson to break down this presser, discussing the news-breaking moments, the artful (and less artful) dodges, and the state of the White House press corps, post-Trump.GUESTS:Olivier Knox (@OKnox), National Political Correspondent and Anchor of The Daily 202, Washington Post.Caitlin Dickson (@CEDickson), Reporter, Yahoo News HOSTS:Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDan Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice RESOURCES:“Biden defends immigration policies by pointing to differences with Trump” by Caitlin Dickson, Yahoo News (Mar. 25, 2021)“The Daily 202: Immigration, North Korea, and guns -- Biden’s news conference is a minefield” by Olivier Knox, Washington Post (Mar. 25, 2021)Full press conference video (NBC News) Follow us on Twitter: @SkullduggeryPod Listen and subscribe to Skullduggery on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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