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

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    • Oct 14, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    Ian Bassin: Putting Democracy First

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 44:12

    Our democracy is in a crisis, but there's also a growing movement across the country to join forces to fight for it. Protect Democracy's Ian Bassin joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: Ian Bassin.

    Emma Green: Is the Claremont Institute saying the silent part out loud?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 47:38


    The Claremont Institute is the intellectual home of America's Trumpist right — as well as election theft mastermind John Eastman. The Atlantic's Emma Green joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Is the conservative think tank just giving words and ideas to the ball of energy that elected Trump, or further inflaming our already inflamed politics? Special Guest: Emma Green.


    David Priess: Getting the Truth on January 6

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 45:28


    Not only is Trump doubling down in support of the Jan. 6 insurrectionists, he's turning Ashli Babbitt into a martyr. Plus, when will Biden build back better bumper sticker-style messaging from the White House? Lawfare's David Priess joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Special Guest: David Priess.


    Larry Sabato: Our Divided America

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 43:19

    Americans hate the other side so much, they want to bust up the country, censor media they don't like, and allow "their"president to act without checks and balances. That's according to recent polling by Larry Sabato, who joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. As long as Donald Trump remains on the stage, democracy in America is not safe, says Sabato. Special Guest: Larry Sabato .

    James Carville and Tim Miller: Some Tough Love For the Dems

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 52:42


    Democrats on Twitter don't win votes and won't save our democracy from the madman who's back to playing his golden escalator greatest hits. James Carville and Tim Miller join Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. When will the Democrats see that constructive criticism is really an act of love? Special Guests: James Carville and Tim Miller.


    Elie Mystal: Anti-Maskers, SCOTUS, and Roe

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 55:18


    Tucker Carlson's got anti-maskers yelling at schoolchildren, Texas' abortion bill is on hold — and enough with the Trump tell-all grifters. The Nation's Elie Mystal joins guest host Amanda Carpenter on today's podcast. Special Guest: Elie Mystal.


    Josh Kraushaar: Everything is Political, Everything is Tribal

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 45:46

    Sinema's silence gets decoded, and The Big Lie officially becomes The Great Grift. Josh Kraushaar joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast and breaks down the neck-and neck governor's race in Virginia and the politics of Arizona. Special Guest: Josh Kraushaar.

    Karen Tumulty on Facebook, the Debt Ceiling, and Sinema

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 43:20

    Steve Bannon is gearing up for the MAGA Revenge Tour, Mike Pence is talking like he went to a re-education camp, and Democratic activists seem to be relying on some good old-fashioned sexism to go after Kyrsten Sinema. The Washington Post's Karen Tumulty joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast, and shares her predictions on the reconciliation bill and the debt ceiling." Special Guest: Karen Tumulty.

    Mona Charen on The Future of the Pro-Democracy Coalition

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 47:53


    One party has embraced its inner lunatic, while the other plays political chicken. Can the Democrats not implode — and keep the pro-democracy coalition together? Mona Charen joins Charlie Sykes on today's podcast. Plus, we're not living in a new Gilded Age, we're living in the Grifted Age. Special Guest: Mona Charen.


    Tim Miller on Joe Manchin's Moment

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 55:06


    On today's podcast, Tim Miller joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Julie Andrews' birthday, why Dems should be grateful to Joe Manchin, Biden's immigration mess, Liz Cheney's opponent, and why Mike Pence is fawning over Hungary. Special Guest: Tim Miller.


    Bret Stephens: A Plea for Centrism

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 43:39

    On today's podcast, New York times columnist Bret Stephens talks about Trump's moral universe, Biden's centrist dilemma, the looming danger of inflation, and why Manchin-Sinema could actually save the Democrats. Special Guest: Bret Stephens.

    A.B. Stoddard: What Are They Thinking?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 44:30

    On today's podcast, A.B. Stoddard joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the Pentagon hearing, Mitch McConnell's endgame, the standoff over spending, Stephanie Grisham's new book, and Trump's plan for the midterm. Special Guest: A.B. Stoddard.

    Bill Kristol: How Alarmed Should We Be?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 44:28

    On today's podcast, Bill Kristol joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the dangers of a constitutional crisis, the prospects of a Trumpian Restoration, and the fight over infrastructure spending. Special Guest: Bill Kristol.

    Amanda Carpenter on the Arizona Fraudit

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 50:46


    On today's podcast, Amanda Carpenter joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the Cyber Ninja flop, the Democratic budget follies, and the Liz Cheney interview on 60 minutes. Special Guest: Amanda Carpenter.


    Sarah Longwell on the Cyber Ninjas and Democratic Brinksmanship

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 52:19

    On today's podcast Sarah Longwell joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the Arizona Fraudit's epic flop, the ongoing threats to democracy, and the disarray among the Dems. Special Guest: Sarah Longwell.

    Rick Wilson Sounds Off on Trump, Dems, and Coups

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 52:01


    On today's podcast, Rick Wilson joins host Charlie Sykes to offer some tough love to just about everybody. Special Guest: Rick Wilson.


    Adam Kinzinger: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 46:55

    On today's podcast Rep. Adam Kinzinger joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the House 1/6 Committee's work and the dilemma of principled GOPERs... is it better to leave the party or stay and fight? Special Guest: Rep. Adam Kinzinger.

    The Focus Group Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 48:09

    We're giving Charlie's listeners a peek at the newest podcast from the Bulwark: The Focus Group with Sarah Longwell. If you love this as much as we think you will, subscribe to get every episode delivered straight to your podcast app of choice: focusgroup.thebulwark.com (https://focusgroup.thebulwark.com) Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-focus-group-with-sarah-longwell/id1586423406 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0gDimb1FOmkdoNqkxCRA1i?si=skkdtydrQlGZzEj9WBfpLQ&dl_branch=1 Overcast: https://overcast.fm/itunes1586423406/the-focus-group-with-sarah-longwell Castro: https://castro.fm/podcast/8ae45fb1-b338-4d2d-81c3-f3e69ba71594 Pocket Casts: https://pca.st/5c6ei5nj Amazon Music/Audible: https://www.amazon.com/item_name/dp/B08JJRPSPZ TuneIn: https://tunein.com/podcasts/News--Politics-Podcasts/The-Focus-Group-with-Sarah-Longwell-p1521094/

    Geoff Duncan on GOP 2.0

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 47:43

    On today's podcast, Geoff Duncan, the lieutenant governor of Georgia joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the Big Lie about the 2020 election, and his new book about the future of the GOP (https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/GOP-2-0/Geoff-Duncan/9781637630136). PLUS: A special appearance by Sarah Longwell as she unveils a new Bulwark podcast: "The Focus Group" (https://focusgroup.thebulwark.com/) Special Guests: Geoff Duncan and Sarah Longwell.

    David Frum on What Never Trump Wants Now

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 50:43


    On today's podcast, David Frum joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss The Former Guy riding Velociraptors; the debate over vaccines; how Democrats can keep Never Trump voters - and the problem with Bob Woodward's books. Special Guest: David Frum.


    Tim Miller on Biden's Brass Clankers

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 55:15


    On today's podcast, Tim Miller joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the retirement of Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, Biden's new COVID mandates, this weekend's Pro-Sedition Rally, and the Dem victory in the California recall election. Special Guest: Tim Miller.


    Scott Gottlieb: How COVID Crushed Us

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 46:38


    On today's podcast, former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his new book: "Uncontrolled Spread: Why COVID-19 Crushed Us and How We Can Defeat the Next Pandemic." (https://www.amazon.com/Preparing-Inevitable-Normal-Survive-Epidemic/dp/006308001X) Special Guest: Scott Gottlieb.


    Stuart Stevens: It Was Worse Than I Thought

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 48:55

    On today's podcast, veteran political consultant Stuart Stevens joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the Trumpifciation of the GOP; the upcoming mid-terms; the biggest threat to the Biden presidency; and the new paperback edition of his book, "It Was All a Lie." (https://www.amazon.com/Was-All-Lie-Republican-Became/dp/0525658459) Special Guest: Stuart Stevens.

    George Will On Our Unruly Torrent

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 42:31


    On today's podcast, George F. Will joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss writing, history, education, politics, history, and Nicki Minaj. His new book is "American Happiness and Discontents: The Unruly Torrent." (https://www.amazon.com/American-Happiness-Discontents-Torrent-2008-2020/dp/0306924412) Special Guest: George F. Will.


    Olivia Troye on Stephen Miller's Bigotry

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 49:04

    On today's podcast, Olivia Troye joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss GWB's 9/11 speech, Chris Christie, the fight over refugees, and the looming COVID winter. Special Guest: Olivia Troye.

    Tom Nichols on Confronting the Crazies

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 60:55


    On today's podcast, Tom Nichols joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Chris Christie; the Biden mandates; the thirsty politicians of Ohio; and our deeply unserious politics. Special Guest: Tom Nichols.


    Bill Kristol on 9/11, Twenty Years Later

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 51:56

    On today's podcast, Bill Kristol joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the 20th anniversary of 9/11; TFG's thoughts on Robert E. Lee; the new politics of abortion; and the normalization of political violence. Special Guest: Bill Kristol.

    Ashley Allison on Holding the Democratic Coalition Together

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 44:53


    Amanda and Ashley talk about what's up with Texas, Biden Agenda, and COVID overhang. Special Guest: Ashley Allison.


    Asha Rangappa on the J6 Domestic Terror Threat

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 60:23


    Guest host Amanda Carpenter is joined by Asha Rangappa, where they wonder what happened to COVID testing, go deep on J6 records requests, and talk about the Texas abortion law. Special Guests: Amanda Carpenter and Asha Rangappa.


    Tim Miller Braces for Cold Joe Fall

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 62:27


    On today's podcast, Tim Miller joins host Charlie Sykes to answer the question: what opinion are you most nervous about expressing in public? (Plus, Biden's polls, abortion, and the future of Never Trump.) Special Guest: Tim Miller.


    James Hohmann on the Dangers of a Rogue Military

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 46:56

    On today's podcast, the Washington Post's James Hohmann joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about the pro-life movement's Catastrophic Victory; the dangerous strain of thought in the military about civilian control; and Joe Biden's empathy problem. Special Guest: James Hohmann.

    David Jolly on the GOP's Gangster Politics

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 48:53


    On today's podcast, former congressman David Jolly joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Kevin McCarthy's threat against telecom companies; SCOTUS and the future of abortion, Biden's Afghanistan speech; and how the Dems could take down Ron DeSantis. Special Guest: David Jolly.


    Amanda Carpenter on The Day After

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 51:44


    On today's podcast, Amanda Carpenter joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the final plane out of Kabul; the GOP's sedition caucus, and why Democrats need not to screw up. Special Guest: Amanda Carpenter.


    Russell Moore on the Evangelical Future

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 41:21


    On today's podcast, Dr. Russell Moore joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the challenge that "cultural Christianity" poses to genuine Christian witness. Special Guest: Russell Moore.


    Tim Miller: Peeling the Onion of Awfulness

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 57:27


    On this weekend's podcast Miller joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss horse deworming medicine, the Nirvana baby, Joe Biden's prickly presser, and the cynical politics of Afghanistan. Special Guest: Tim Miller.


    Karen Tumulty: How Presidents Survive

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 48:47

    On today's podcast, the Washington post's Karen Tumulty joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about Kristi Noem, the debate over refugees and vaccines, and the history of presidential FUBARS. Special Guest: Karen Tumulty.

    David Priess: Was It An Intelligence Failure?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 47:27


    On today's podcast, Lawfare's David Priess joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss mosquitos, vaccines, and whether Afghanistan represented a failure of intelligence... or policy. Special Guest: David Priess.


    Amb. Eric Edelman on the Catastrophe in Afghanistan

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 46:50

    On today's podcast, Ambassador Eric Edelman, a former undersecretary of defense for policy, joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the collapse of Afghanistan, the future of terrorism, and the damage to America's reputation. Special Guest: Eric Edelman.

    A.B. Stoddard: Democrats Face the Headwinds

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 43:56


    On today's podcast, A.B. Stoddard joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Biden's polls, Pelosi's challenge, and GOP crackpottery. Special Guest: A.B. Stoddard.


    Bill Kristol: How Bad Will It Be?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 46:37

    On today's podcast, Bill Kristol joins host Charlie Sykes to react to President Biden's Friday afternoon statement, and to discuss the possible outcomes of the fall of Afghanistan. Special Guest: Bill Kristol.

    Sarah Longwell: What Biden Needs To Do Now

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 43:14

    On today's podcast, Sarah Longwell joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Biden's latest comments on Afghanistan; the politics of refugees; and Ron Desantis's base play. Special Guest: Sarah Longwell.

    Alexander S. Vindman: Why I Testified

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 45:29


    On today's podcast , Lt. Col. (Ret.) Alexander S. Vindman joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about his new book, "Here Right Matters." (https://www.amazon.com/Here-Right-Matters-American-Story/dp/0063079429) Special Guest: Col. Alexander Vindman.


    Matt K. Lewis on Biden's Disaster

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 48:28


    On today's podcast, the Daily Beast's Matt K. Lewis joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the fall of Afghanistan, the right's anti-refugee pivot; the crisis of the Biden presidency; and Ron DeSantis's unconservative COVID policies. Special Guest: Matt Lewis.


    Kevin Kruse on the Bipartisan Afghanistan Disaster

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 46:43


    On today's podcast, historian Kevin Kruse joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the Trump/Biden Afghanistan fiasco; the history of normalcy; and the madness over masking. Special Guest: Kevin M. Kruse.


    Tim Miller: I'm Actually Not a Childless Cat Person

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 53:02


    On today's podcast, Tim Miller joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about Dan Crenshaw, My Pillow Guy, the Know-Nothing Revolution, childless cat people, and Biden's Afghan disaster. Special Guest: Tim Miller.


    Amanda Carpenter on Covid Compassion Fatigue

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 47:46


    On today's podcast Amanda Carpenter joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss Trump's attack on Capitol police; compassion fatigue for the unvaccinated; the demagoguery of Ron DeSantis, Biden's infrastructure bill, and the disaster in Afghanistan. Special Guest: Amanda Carpenter.


    Stephen Richer On The Bogus Cyber-Ninja Audit

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 47:27

    On today's podcast, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer joins host Charlie Sykes to talk about the politics of the Big Lie, and the fight over ballots in Arizona. Special Guest: Stephen Richer.

    David French On Whatever Happened To David French?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 58:18

    On today's podcast, David French joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the debate over race, faith, and vaccines. Special Guest: David French.

    Max Boot: Why It Might Be Worse Next Time

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 39:41


    On today's podcast Max Boot joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss coups past and future; vaccine passports; the politics of nihilism; Tucker's Hungarian Rhapsody; and the fascist-curious right. Special Guest: Max Boot.


    Tim Miller on the Chuckling Chodes of Disnformation

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 55:06


    On today's podcast, Tim Miller joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his worries about Hot Joe Summer, Tucker's Anti-American Tour, the GOP's Herschel Walker problem, Apple's creepy surveillance plan, and the future of Andrew Cuomo. Special Guest: Tim Miller.


    Tom Nichols on Cat Ladies, Fascists, and Cori Bush

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 46:40


    On today's podcast, Tom Nichols joins host Charlie Sykes to torch just about everybody: Ben Domenech's thirstiness, Tucker in Hungary, Biden's eviction moratorium, and Cori Bush's "defund the police" fiasco. Tom Nichols' new book: "Our Own Worst Enemy: The Assault from within on Modern Democracy"(https://www.amazon.com/Our-Own-Worst-Enemy-Democracy/dp/0197518877) Special Guest: Tom Nichols.


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