Hello and Welcome to today's show and show notes! You are a very good person for reading this and I am extremely grateful to have you listening. I hope you had a good thanksgiving week and are now back at the grind and listening to this show. I have about 15 minutes of news then a great and hilarious conversation with a very ill but generous Maura Quint then at about 58 minutes in I welcome conservative Matt Lewis for a really interesting and provocative conversation about where the country and the republican party are at. I hope you like it! Stand Up is a daily podcast that I book,host,edit, post and promote new episodes with brilliant guests every day. Please subscribe now for as little as 5$ and gain access to a community of over 800 awesome, curious, kind, funny, brilliant, generous souls Check out StandUpwithPete.com to learn more Maura Quint is a humor writer and activist whose work has been featured in publications such as McSweeneys and The New Yorker. She was named one of Rolling Stone's top 25 funniest twitter accounts of 2016. When not writing comedy, Maura has worked extensively with non-profits in diverse sectors including political action campaigns, international arts collectives and health and human services organizations. She has never been officially paid to protest but did once find fifteen cents on the ground at an immigrants' rights rally and wanted to make sure that had been disclosed. She was the co founder and executive director of TaxMarch.org She is now the Wealth Tax Campaign Director at the Americans for Tax Fairness Called a “first-rate talent” in The Washington Post and “super-smart” by John Heilemann, Matt K. Lewis is a center-right critic of American politics and pop culture. As a journalist, Lewis has earned a reputation as an “independently minded” (Columbia Journalism Review) and “intellectually honest” commentator (Ben Adler, Newsweek). He is a senior columnist for The Daily Beast, and his work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, GQ, The Washington Post, The Week, Roll Call, Politico, The Telegraph, The Independent, and The Guardian. He previously served as senior contributor for The Daily Caller, and before that, as a columnist for AOL's Politics Daily. Lewis dissects the day's issues in conversation with other thinkers, authors, and newsmakers on his podcast Matt Lewis and the News, and co-hosts The DMZ Show with liberal pundit Bill Scher. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, PBS NewsHour, ABC's “Nightline,” HBO's “Real Time with Bill Maher,” and CBS News' “Face The Nation,” and has contributed to radio outlets including NPR and the BBC. Kirsten Powers described Lewis's 2016 book, Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Went From the Party of Reagan to the Party of Trump, as “a lively and fascinating read for any person confounded by the state of today's Republican Party.” In 2011, Lewis released The Quotable Rogue: The Ideals of Sarah Palin in Her Own Words, an edited compilation of the Alaska governor's much-discussed public utterances. Check out all things Jon Carroll Follow and Support Pete Coe Pete on YouTube Pete on Twitter Pete On Instagram Pete Personal FB page Stand Up with Pete FB page
In which John Heilemann talks with actor Adam Scott, best known for his roles in beloved sitcoms including Parks and Recreation and The Good Place. Heilemann and Scott discuss his latest role in Severance, the new Apple TV+ sci-fi series directed by Ben Stiller; why the comedy veteran was eager to take part in the psychological drama; and how the backdrop of Covid-19 and the Trump presidency contributed to the dystopian nature of the show. They also reflect on Scott's career – from his decade-plus as a struggling actor, his breakout role in Step Brothers, and his penchant for playing wanton assholes to hilarious effect – and look ahead to Scott's highly anticipated return as Henry Pollard in the forthcoming reboot of the cult comedy classic STARZ series Party Down. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Nicolle Wallace discusses the latest from the devastating shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, the newest investigation into the former president and more. Joined by: Tim Miller, Frank Figliuzzi, Michigan State Senator Mallory McMorrow, Dave Cullen, Michael Cohen, Kim Atkins Stohr, John Heilemann, Claire McCaskill and Marc Elias.
In the aftermath of the Democratic Party's successful showing in last week's midterm elections, John Heilemann welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham, author of the recent presidential biography, And Then There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle. Heilemann and Meacham, a friend of President Joe Biden, discuss Biden's buoyant mood after the midterms and how he'll determine whether he'll run again in 2024; Meacham's belief that Americans voted to support Democrats over Republicans in key swing states because they dislike having rights taken from them; that the ability of Democrats to put democracy on the ballot was a key determinant in their favor; how Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania's next governor, has become an an ascendant political star; and why presidents and vice presidents never have close relationships. They also talk about Ron DeSantis' recent deeply narcissistic political ad and why his anti-woke message may not play well on the national scene if he tries to be the Republican's presidential nominee in two years; debate Donald Trump's chances of becoming president again; and weigh the potential for election chaos if Republicans don't support the rational rule of law in 2024. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Nicolle Wallace previews the midterm elections before polls close and discusses the consequences of the Big Lie on this election, as well as those to come. Joined by: Matt Dowd, Jim Messina, John Heilemann, Cecile Richards, Jason Johnson, Rich Hasen, Greg Bluestein, Jacob Soboroff, Yamiche Alcindor, Eddie Glaude, Claire McCaskill, David Jolly, Mary McCord, Rep. Ruben Gallego and Jocelyn Benson.
John Heilemann welcomes Joe Scarborough, the co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe, just two days before the final votes for the critical midterm elections are cast. Heilemann and Scarborough discuss why it's so difficult to predict the results of the key Senatorial, congressional, and gubernatorial races; the prevalence of Republican attack ads on television and the paucity of countermeasures taken by Democrats; the importance of the Hispanic vote in determining the final results and why Republicans have been able to capture a larger share of these voters; how Democrats can improve their messaging; the political genius of Barack Obama and his efforts to push back against missteps made by his party; and why Mallory McMorrow and Josh Shapiro are the rising stars the Democrat's need to succeed in the future. Joe also tells us whether a run for office is in his future; why he'll never be a Republican again; and why he thinks Donald Trump can never win another election. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
John Heilemann welcomes Jordan Klepper, the correspondent for The Daily Show and two-time Emmy nominee, whose special, The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Presents: Jordan Klepper Fingers the Midterms -- America Unfollows Democracy, premieres November 1st on Comedy Central. They discuss the midterm elections, focusing specifically on the Pennsylvania Senatorial race and the performances of John Fetterman and Dr. Mehmet Oz in their only debate conducted last week; whether it was a wise strategy for Fetterman to debate Oz as Fetterman continues his recovery from a stroke; and Klepper's nuanced approach to talking about Fetterman in front of audiences without appearing offensive or insensitive. They also discuss Klepper's comedic influences, including the British humorists Monty Python, Chris Morris, and Steve Coogan; the author Kurt Vonnegut; and Nobel Prize winner, Bob Dylan; the winding road Klepper took that got him to The Daily Show; the awkward audition process that landed him the gig; and his fabled first appearance on the program that earned the approval of another of his revered comedy mentors, Jon Stewart. Klepper ends the show by talking about his upcoming special; what it's like to engage with the MAGA crowd at Donald Trump rallies; and why he feels that the midterms could be the beginning of the end for America's democracy. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
John Heilemann welcomes David Axelrod, the former Senior Political Adviser to President Barack Obama and host of The Axe Files podcast on CNN Audio. As we approach the crucial midterm elections in early November, Axelrod offers his thoughts on the key races that may determine the fate of America's democracy going forward, including: whether or not recent political winds have shifted in favor of Republicans and what this means to their chances of taking over both the Huse and the Senate; the Democrats over-reliance on the issue of abortion and how they should change their messaging going forward to improve their standing with voters; the rise of Marjorie Taylor Greene and the possibility that she could be a presidential candidate one day; the effect John Fetterman's health is having on the Pennsylvania Senate race and whether he's vulnerable enough on crime to tip the outcome in Dr. Mehmet Oz's favor; will Black Democratic voters in Georgia show up in numbers large enough to keep Rafael Warnock's Senate seat secure from Herschel Walker; whether the Republican stalwarts Mike Lee and Chuck Grassley will safely hold their positions in the Senate; how Mandela Barnes should be attacking the Ron Johnson campaign in Wisconsin; that Kari Lake's performative abilities outstrip those of even Donald Trump; and the danger that the Democratic Party now caters too much to college educated metropolitans and has lost its touch with America's working and middle classes. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Nicolle Wallace discusses jury selection beginning in the Trump Organization tax fraud trial. Plus, a new study on Trump's Republican allies attacking their Democratic colleagues, the Dominion Voting CEO condemns conspiracy theories, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas temporarily blocks Lindsey Graham's testimony in the GA election probe, how a pro-Trump group misled election officials to gather information on voting machines, and Barack Obama has a message for young voters.Joined by: Tim O'Brien, Barbara McQuade, Jackie Alemany, Rep. Jim Himes, David Jolly, Jason Johnson, John Heilemann, Peter Strzok, Jeremy Peters, Jason Szep, Tim Miller, and Donna Edwards
With J.D. Vance, Kari Lake and other Big Lie Republican candidates, America is going to go down a “rabbit hole” of chaos, according to the hosts of The Circus. Plus, Anand Gridiharadas toughens up progressive messaging Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
John Heilemann sits down with former chief strategist for George W. Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger and now a leading Never Trumper, Matthew Dowd, and former White House communications director for Barack Obama and co-host of Showtime's The Circus, Jennifer Palmieri. They discuss the recent developments that will likely determine the outcomes of the key senate and gubernatorial races in the upcoming midterm elections, including Raphael Warnock's and Herschel Walker's surprising performances in their recent debate in Georgia; the effect John Fetterman's health crisis is having on his battle in Pennsylvania against Dr. Mehmet Oz; the likelihood that Ron Johnson will keep his senate seat in Wisconsin against challenger Mandela Barnes despite his unlikeability; and assess the chances that election-denier Kari Lake has to become governor of Arizona and and the possibility that South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem may be more vulnerable than most pundits realize. They also talk about whether Joe Biden's recent decriminalization of marijuana will impact the midterms; and dig deep into the what looks to be the final hearing of the January 6th House Select Committee, including Nancy Pelosi's bad-assery and concerns that the Secret Service may be deeply compromised by the MAGA movement. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Nicolle Wallace discusses the latest updates after the January 6th Select Committee's bombshell hearing, previews a look at some new footage of lawmakers on January 6th, a preview of the Georgia Senate race and more. Joined by: Harry Litman, Devlin Barrett, John Heilemann, Mara Gay, Eddie Glaude, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Barry Berke, Fred Guttenberg and Ryan Reilly.
John Heilemann sits down with the New York Times's Maggie Haberman — the dominant/defining reporter on the Donald Trump beat for the past decade and the author of the instant best-seller Confidence Man — for an epic, two-part episode of the podcast. Haberman discusses her most recent scoop that the Justice Department believes the Former Guy still has classified documents in his possession and how it might increase his degree of legal peril; her long history of covering Trump and what it's taught her about how the outer borough, 1970-80s New York milieu from which he emerged shaped his essential character; what Trump most loves and hates about his media coverage; his performance as a candidate, president, insurrectionist, and potential future criminal defendant — and whether he will run for president again in 2024. Haberman also addresses the criticism that she withheld critical news about Trump for her book; provides an exclusive, never-before-heard audio clip from one of her book interviews with Trump on his handling of Covid; and explains why the Herschel Walker abortion scandal may prove to be a replay of Trump's own Access Hollywood imbroglio. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In a special two-part episode, John Heilemann welcomes the ultimate ruler of the Donald Trump beat, New York Times Senior Reporter Maggie Haberman, who's also the author of the new book that everyone is talking about, Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America. They discuss Maggie's recent scoop that that the DOJ thinks Trump still has classified documents in his possession and how this might affect Trump's legal jeopardy going forward; Maggie's over 10-year history of covering Trump and her perception that his uncanny ability to tap into the dark side of human emotions and his strong sense of entitlement explain much of his behavior; the difficulties in covering Trump and why it's hard to get him to make definitive statements; what Trump likes and hates about his media coverage; the truth behind Trump's relationships with women and how to make sense of his carefully worded responses to accusations of misogynistic behavior; the motivation behind Trump's authoritarian impulses; whether Trump is now chastened by his role in the insurrection; and if Maggie thinks he'll run for president again in 2024. Maggie also speaks extensively about the criticism that she withheld critical news about Trump exclusively for her book; and she provides an exclusive, never-before-heard audio clip from one of her book interviews with Trump, where he acknowledges that he was much more aware of the severity of COVID from the very start of the pandemic than he originally let on. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Tonight on The Last Word: The Washington Post reports Donald Trump routinely mishandled classified records. Also, a teenager is denied a life-saving medication under Arizona's abortion law. Plus, Herschel Walker denies paying for his girlfriend's abortion. And Ukraine reclaims towns in the east and south that were annexed by Vladimir Putin. Andrew Weissmann, Barbara McQuade, Ben Rhodes, Sen. Mark Kelly, John Heilemann, Claire McCaskill and Cal Perry join Lawrence O'Donnell.
John Heilemann sits down with President Biden's first White House press secretary, Jennifer Psaki, who recently left the administration to join MSNBC as a political analyst and host of a new show that will launch next year on Peacock. Psaki discusses how it feels to be free of the burdens of discussing current events from the podium in the White House briefing room, with the eyes of the world scrutinizing every word; her take on the biggest stories of last week, from Hurricane Ian to Iranian women cutting their hair as a form of protest; Psaki's tangles with Vladimir Putin and the degree to which he seems to be losing control of the narrative over the war in Ukraine; the moment in nearly a decade of working for Barack Obama that moved her the most and she knew instantly she'd remember forever; and Psaki's struggles with imposter syndrome — her recurring worry that she wasn't really qualified for any of the jobs she's done so well. Psaki also admits that no one was more surprised than her to see her regular smackdowns (aka, #psakibombs) of reporters trading in bullshit or bad faith turn into a social-media sensation. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
John Heilemann welcomes Lincoln Project co-founder and board member Rick Wilson and senior advisor Stuart Stevens to the pod. They discuss the looming threat that Donald Trump and his MAGA enablers pose to democracy; the fear that many Republicans have of crossing Trump and their resultant willingness to lie for him to protect their jobs and their physical safety; the strategies Democrats should take advantage of to defeat their Republican opponents in the upcoming midterm elections; why Trump will almost certainly run for president in 2024 and the possibility that Ron DeSantis will end up being his running mate; the Republican Party's open embrace of fascism and its playbook to collapse the pillars of civil society to replace democracy with autocracy; and the Lincoln Project's efforts to thwart the candidacies of DeSantis, Kari Lake, and Herschel Walker. Stuart and Rick also talk about both the controversies surrounding the Lincoln Project, including the investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by co-founder John Weaver, and its many successes, as one of the nation's most prominent political action committees. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Nicolle Wallace discusses the newest developments in the January 6th Select Committee's investigation ahead of their newest hearing, another huge set back for the right of women to control their own bodies and health after a judge in Arizona allows a near total abortion ban, the former president's growing embrace of QAnon and the protests in Iran. Joined by: Luke Broadwater, Mary McCord, Claire McCaskill, John Heilemann, Errin Haines, Charlie Sykes, Jonathan Lemire, Ashley Parker, Vaughn Hillyard, Simon Shuster, Michael McFaul and Nazanin Boniadi
Nicolle Wallace discusses next week's newest January 6th Selection Committee hearing, the latest news from GOP candidates around the country and a conversation with Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney for the former president. Joined by: Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Katie Benner, Andrew Weissmann, Dahlia Lithwick, Michael Steele, Rev. Al Sharpton, Michael Cohen, John Heilemann, Eddie Glaude and Marc Elias.
Nicolle Wallace discusses the Justice Department saying it would accept one of the candidates for special master proposed by Trump's lawyers. Plus, a judge unseals more portions of the Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit, Sen. Graham proposes a national 15-week abortion ban, and the former US attorney for the Southern District of New York discusses the efforts by Trump and his allies to weaponize the Justice Department.Joined by: Katie Benner, David Laufman, Joyce Vance, John Heilemann, Tom Winter, Basil Smikle, Errin Haines, Geoffrey Berman, and Andrew Weissmann
Eight weeks out from Election Day, John Heilemann welcomes The Cook Political Report's publisher and editor-in-chief, Amy Walter, and its senior editor, House of Representatives, Dave Wasserman, for a preview of what may be the most consequential midterm election of our lifetime. Walter and Wasserman assess the prospects of both parties at the House, Senate, and gubernatorial levels; the marked shift in the national political environment that has given Democrats an outside chance of retaining control of the House and picking up seats in the Senate; the factors that still favor Republicans, from the persistence of inflation to President Biden's approval ratings; the impact of Donald Trump (in light of both his success as a king-maker in the GOP primaries and his metastasizing legal woes) on the fall campaigns; and the potentially game-changing electoral fall-out from the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v Wade. They also offer analysis of some of the country's most closely watched races — John Fetterman v. Dr. Oz in Pennsylvania, Raphael Warnock v. Herschel Walker and Stacey Abrams v. Brian Kemp in Georgia; Tim Ryan v. J.D. Vance in Ohio; Beto O'Rourke v. Greg Abbott in Texas; and more! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
This week The Axe Files team is sharing an episode of Hell & High Water with John Heilemann. This episode features a conversation with David Axelrod and was recorded in New York City in December 2021. Together they took a look back at the year in politics, from the Biden administration's successes and mishaps, Covid-19, the polarization and paralysis in Washington, and Donald Trump's continued stranglehold on the Republican Party. Axelrod reminisces about his storied career as a political reporter, Democratic strategist, and architect of Barack Obama's rise to the White House. Looking ahead to 2022, Axelrod lays out what he sees as the greatest challenges ahead for Democrats — and American democracy.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Nicolle Wallace discusses the Justice Department's response to the federal judge revealing it has completed an initial review of the documents found in Donald Trump's residence in Mar-a-Lago, the impact that the search of documents will have on the 2022 midterm elections, the news of Republican candidate for governor in Pennsylvania dressed up as a confederate, the latest in Ukraine and more. Joined by: Katie Benner, Harry Litman, Claire McCaskill, David Jolly, Rick Wilson, Mary McCord, Peter Strzok, John Heilemann, Eddie Glaude, Josh Shapiro and Alexander Vindman.
Tonight on the Last Word: An archivist's letter details the back and forth with Donald Trump's lawyers over the retrieval of classified documents before the Mar-a-Lago search. Also, NBC News projects Rep. Jerry Nadler defeats Rep. Carolyn Maloney in the New York Democratic primary. And Gen Z activist Maxwell Alejandro Frost wins the Democratic primary for Florida's 10thCongressional District. Mark Zaid, Glenn Kirschner, Harry Litman, Steve Kornacki, Rep. Eric Swalwell, John Heilemann and Maxwell Alejandro Frost join Lawrence O'Donnell.
John Heilemann, in for Nicolle Wallace, discusses right-wing rhetoric in the wake of the Mar-a-Lago search. Plus, Democrats deliver ahead of the midterms, Trump's words are undercut by his legal team's actions, and a series of provocations by Russia in Ukraine.Joined by: Michael Steele, Ben Collins, Frank Figliuzzi, Donna Edwards, Symone Sanders, Joel Benenson, Harry Litman, Miles Taylor, Tracy Walder, Rev. Al Sharpton, Meagan Fitzgerald, Barry McCaffrey, and Rick Stengel
John Heilemann, in for Nicolle Wallace, discusses a judge's request for the DOJ to release a redacted Mar-a-Lago warrant affidavit. Plus, ex-Trump Org CFO Allen Weisselberg pleads guilty, the DOJ subpoenas White House documents, and Democrats prepare to face far-right Republicans in the midterms.Joined by: Neal Katyal, Betsy Woodruff Swan, Peter Baker, Tom Winter, David Jolly, Eugene Daniels, Jessica Taylor, Tim Miller, Michael Hirschorn, and Robert Draper
John Heilemann, in for Nicolle Wallace, discusses Liz Cheney's primary defeat and political future. Plus, Sarah Palin heads to a runoff for Alaska's congressional seat, Giuliani testifies in Georgia, Trump's new legal troubles, more Mar-a-Lago search details, election deniers' success in the midterms, and Fetterman's latest dig at Oz.Joined by: Mike Murphy, Jonathan Lemire, Rick Wilson, Mara Gay, Asha Rangappa, Harry Litman, George Conway, Carol Lee, Rep. Jim Himes, Alexi McCammond, Matt Dowd, and David Plouffe
Tonight on the Last Word: Rep. Liz Cheney excoriates Republicans who “vehemently defend those who caused” January 6th. Also, The New York Times reports that the FBI spoke to Trump White House lawyers about missing documents. And President Biden signs the Inflation Reduction Act into law. Rep. Adam Schiff, Steve Kornacki, John Heilemann, Laurence Tribe and Ali Zaidi join Lawrence O'Donnell.
John Heilemann, in for Nicolle Wallace, discusses Biden's signing of the Inflation Reduction Act. Plus, the DOJ asks a judge to keep the Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit sealed, and primary day for Liz Cheney.Joined by: Maria Teresa Kumar, Jennifer Granholm, Neal Katyal, James Bennet, Stuart Stevens, Betsy Woodruff Swan, Tracy Walder, Andrew Weissmann, Joyce Vance, John Bolton, and Vaughn Hillyard
John Heilemann, in for Nicolle Wallace, discusses the ongoing fallout from the FBI's Mar-a-Lago search. Plus, Rudy Giuliani is named a target of the Georgia election probe, Wyoming prepares for a key GOP primary, and Salman Rushdie's road to recovery.Joined by: Jackie Alemany, Frank Figliuzzi, John Brennan, David Laufman, Carol Leonnig, Jake Sherman, Charlie Sykes, Vaughn Hillyard, and Suzanne Nossel
John Heilemann, in for Nicolle Wallace, discusses possible Espionage Act violations revealed in the Mar-a-Lago search warrant. Plus, the House passes the Inflation Reduction Act, and historians issue a warning to Biden.Joined by: Phil Rucker, Neal Katyal, Ben Rhodes, Olivia Troye, Ben Collins, Aruna Viswanatha, Harry Litman, Donna Edwards, Clint Watts, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, and Michael Beschloss
John Heilemann, in for Nicolle Wallace, discusses the DOJ's motion to unseal the Mar-a-Lago search warrant. Plus, Liz Cheney's fight for her congressional seat.Joined by: Katie Benner, Michael Bender, Andrew Weissmann, Barbara McQuade, Philip Bump, Peter Wehner, Tali Farhadian Weinstein, Peter Strzok, John Harris, and Vaughn Hillyard
John Heilemann, in for Nicolle Wallace, discusses the Mar-A-Lago search warrant. Plus, Trump pleads the fifth in the NY civil probe, Wisconsin embraces MAGA candidates, and Biden signs a bill expanding veterans' health benefits.Joined by: Jackie Alemany, Joyce Vance, Kurt Andersen, Rick Wilson, Alexi McCammond, Laurence Tribe, Phil Rucker, Katie Benner, David Plouffe, Matt Dowd, Cornell Belcher, and Maria Teresa Kumar
On the 100th episode of the podcast, John Heilemann welcomes hip hop veteran, DJ extraordinaire, and one of the inspirations for Hell & High Water: Derrick "D-Nice" Jones, fresh off a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall in New York. Heilemann and D-Nice discuss Club Quarantine, the experiment in Instagram Live DJing that D-Nice began in the darkest early days of Covid, and how his socially distanced dance parties exploded into an overnight sensation, with hundreds of thousands of housebound partiers around the world logging on to find community and solace (and fun!) in the face of the extreme isolation imposed by the pandemic; his musical philosophy and what he's learned from other elite DJs, including Q-Tip, Mark Ronson, and Questlove; and his experiences spinning for Barack and Michelle Obama both inside and outside the White House. They also explore D-Nice's storied history in rap music, starting with his role as as founding member of the legendary old-school hip-hop collective Boogie Down Productions, his self-reinvention as a DJ after his solo career fizzled in the 1990s, and what the future holds for D and Club Quarantine. It's a centenary saturnalia that you won't want to miss! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
John Heilemann, in for Nicolle Wallace, discusses the FBI's search of Trump's Mar-a-Lago home. Plus, far-right rhetoric intensifies online, and primary day in Wisconsin.Joined by: Betsy Woodruff Swan, Jonathan Lemire, Andrew Weissmann, Asha Rangappa, Charlie Sykes, Tim Miller, Nicolle Wallace, Katie Benner, Frank Figliuzzi, Maya Wiley, Ben Collins, Shaq Brewster, and Sam Stein
John Heilemann, in for Nicolle Wallace, discusses Biden's big legislative wins. Plus, Indiana's governor signs the first post-Roe abortion ban, the war between Trump and his generals, Trump targets a top Wisconsin lawmaker, GOP hypocrisy in Michigan, DeSantis ousts a state attorney, and a triple threat of viruses.Joined by: Jake Sherman, Katty Kay, Mike Murphy, Melissa Murray, Ashley Parker, Neal Katyal, Michael Steele, Nathan Layne, Neal Katyal, Andrew Warren, and Dr. Kavita Patel
In a special two-part episode, John Heilemann talks with Mark Leibovich, former chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, current staff writer for The Atlantic, and author of This Town, the iconic skewering of the culture of pre-Trump Washington, DC; and Tim Miller, former Republican strategist, current #NeverTrump gadfly-cum-firebrand, writer-at-large for The Bulwark, and host of Not My Party on Snap. Leibovich and Miller are also the authors of a pair of hot new books — Thank You For Your Servitude: Donald Trump's Washington and the Price of Submission and Why We Did It: A Travelogue from the Republican Road to Hell, respectively — that tell essentially the same tale from different sides of the looking glass: the story of "the supplicant fanboys" and "parasitic suck-ups" who "permitted Donald Trump's depravity to be inflicted on the rest of us" (Leibovich); of "the army of [GOP] consultants, politicians, media figures" who "recognized all the risks but still climbed aboard for a ride on the SS Trump Hellship" (Miller). Heilemann and the authors discuss the dom-sub nature of the relationship between Trump and Mike Pence, Lindsey Graham's soulless craving for proximity to power, Miller's own flirtation with the dark side, and the broader pattern of Republican complicity, corruption, and cowardice that enabled Trump's rise, his rule, and his violent plot to overturn a presidential election and trash American democracy ... all of which, terrifyingly, persists unabated to this day. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In a special two-part episode, John Heilemann talks with Mark Leibovich, former chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, current staff writer for The Atlantic, and author of This Town, the iconic skewering of the culture of pre-Trump Washington, DC; and Tim Miller, former Republican strategist, current #NeverTrump gadfly-cum-firebrand, writer-at-large for The Bulwark, and host of Not My Party on Snapchat. Leibovich and Miller are also the authors of a pair of hot new books — Thank You For Your Servitude: Donald Trump's Washington and the Price of Submission and Why We Did It: A Travelogue from the Republican Road to Hell, respectively — that tell essentially the same tale from different sides of the looking glass: the story of "the supplicant fanboys" and "parasitic suck-ups" who "permitted Donald Trump's depravity to be inflicted on the rest of us" (Leibovich); of "the army of [GOP] consultants, politicians, media figures" who "recognized all the risks but still climbed aboard for a ride on the SS Trump Hellship" (Miller). Heilemann and the authors discuss the dom-sub nature of the relationship between Trump and Mike Pence, Lindsey Graham's soulless craving for proximity to power, Miller's own flirtation with the dark side, and the broader pattern of Republican complicity, corruption, and cowardice that enabled Trump's rise, his rule, and his violent plot to overturn a presidential election and trash American democracy ... all of which, terrifyingly, persists unabated to this day. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
John Heilemann talks with Jonathan Lemire, White House Bureau Chief at Politico, host of Way Too Early on MSNBC, and author of the new book, The Big Lie: Election Chaos, Political Opportunism, and the State of American Politics After 2020. Heilemann and Lemire discuss the January 6 select committee's final hearing of the summer; the scandal over the Secret Service's purge of text messages from the day of the Capitol riot; and the growing impatience among top White House officials with Attorney General Merrick Garland's Justice Department over its apparent lethargy around bringing criminal charges against former President Trump related to the insurrection. Lemire also unpacks the history of Trump's Big Lie as an idea; recalls what it was like to see his face on every TV screen in the world for days after asking the question at the 2018 Helsinki summit that led Trump to declare that he sided with Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence officials regarding Russia's interference in 2016; and discusses various 2024 scenarios, from a Biden v Trump rematch to potential presidential runs by Ron DeSantis and Gavin Newsom, the ultra-thirsty governors of Florida and California. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In a special two-part episode, John Heilemann talks with Lis Smith, the Democratic communications guru best known for her role in guiding Pete Buttigieg's long shot presidential campaign, and now author of a new memoir, Any Given Tuesday: A Political Love Story. In Part 1 of the podcast, Heilemann and Smith discuss the 1/6 committee hearings and their potential impact on Donald Trump's political future; the early years of Smith's career working on campaigns; the saga of her romantic involvement with former New York governor Eliot Spitzer, and the furor that erupted when the relationship became tabloid fodder. In Part 2, Lis looks back fondly on her time with Mayor Pete and much less fondly on her role as a member of former New York governor Andrew Cuomo's kitchen cabinet as he faced a wave of sexual harassment charges that ultimately forced him to resign. Lis also waxes (unaccountably) rhapsodic about her beloved Cincinnati Bengals, and explains why she refers to herself as a "competitive motherfucker." See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In part one of this special two-part epic, John Heilemann talks with Lis Smith, political communications savant and author of the newest, and greatest memoir, Any Given Tuesday: A Political Lose Story, about the effectiveness of the 1/6 committee hearings and what to expect from Thursday's supposed finale in primetime; why Smith got into politics to begin with; her rise through the Democratic ranks; and what Smith lost, and gained, in the fallout of her romance-turned-tabloid fodder with former NY Gov. Elliot Spitzer. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
John Heilemann talks with Marie Brenner, Vanity Fair writer-at-larger and author of the new book, The Desperate Hours: One Hospital's Fight to Save a City on the Pandemic's Front Lines. The book provides a detailed account of the struggle of New York's largest hospital system, New York Presbyterian, to combat the brutal Covid-19 surge in the initial months of the pandemic. Heilemann and Brenner discuss the divide between the corporate side of New York Presbyterian, which put a gag order on its personnel, and the medical professionals who wanted to tell the truth about the city's, the state's, and the federal government's unpreparedness in the fight against COVID; the difficulties New York Presbyterian faced because of the Trump administration's anti-science rhetoric; and the heroism of hospital employees as the pandemic raged on. John also takes Marie for a walk down memory lane and through her storied career in journalism, focusing on three stories she wrote that were adapted into critically acclaimed films (The Insider, Richard Jewell, A Private War); her experience writing about the late Marie Colvin, the legendary war correspondent; and Brenner's run-in decades ago with Donald Trump, who was so enraged by a profile she wrote about him that he took revenge on her in a public, scene-making, cowardly, incompetent -- all of which is to say, perfectly Trumpian -- fashion. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
John Heilemann talks with Jason Kander, an army veteran and former secretary of state of Missouri who was one of the Democratic Party's brightest young rising stars ... until his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder caused him to walk away from politics four years ago. Heilemann and Kander discuss the latter's new book, Invisible Storm: A Soldier's Memoir of Politics and PTSD, along with the blockbuster testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson before the House Janary 6 committed. Kander lays out his long and torturous battle with PTSD and how it affected every aspect of his life; his decision to turn away (at least temporarily) from public life and seek help in 2018; how his recovery has progressed and what he's learned about living with the disorder; and whether he might ever run for office again. Kander also assesses the 1/6 committee hearings and their potential impact on the midterms in November; the worldwide struggle between democracy and authoritarianism; and the flat-footed response by Democrats to the overturning of Roe v. Wade. And he shares his experience meeting with Barack Obama, who called Kander "the natural" and encouraged him to run for president ... while Kander was still in his thirties. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
John Heilemann talks with Alyssa Mastromonaco and Dan Pfeiffer, both former senior advisers to Barack Obama in the White House and on his two presidential campaigns, both best-selling authors, and both members of the Crooked Media team. Heilemann spoke with Mastromonaco and Pfeiffer just hours after the historic Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson that overturned Roe v. Wade. They discuss the political implications of the decision and how Democrats might combat its effects; the possibility that Republicans ultimately aim to ban abortion nationwide; the profound erosion of the public legitimacy of the Supreme Court and Mitch McConnell's role in that development; and the apparent lies by Justices Alito, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh regarding Roe during their Senate confirmation hearings. They also assess the impact of the January 6 committee's hearings and Matthew McConaughey's emotional remarks at the White House about the Uvalde school massacre. And Pfeiffer gets in a few words (too few ... he'll be back on the pod with more) about his new book, Battling the Big Lie: How Fox, Facebook, and the MAGA Media Are Destroying America. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
John Heilemann, host of the Hell & High Water podcast and executive editor of The Recount, is back with Axe and Murphy to discuss the revelations from the January 6th hearings, President Biden's limited toolkit on inflation and what it means for the midterms, whispers of Biden's political future, the bipartisan gun bill, and the races to watch in South Carolina.