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Underhandedness. Trickery. Unscrupulous behavior. Skullduggery breaks down the conduct of Washington's political class, tracks the latest in conspiracy theories and disinformation campaigns coursing through social media — and who is pushing them — and keeps you up to date on the latest investigations into misbehavior by members of Congress as well as current and former government officials. Yahoo News’ veteran investigative journalists Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman break news, offer authoritative analysis on sensitive national security and law enforcement issues and draw intriguing historical parallels from decades of covering D.C. scandals. Come prepared to learn something every week.

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Underhandedness. Trickery. Unscrupulous behavior. Skullduggery breaks down the conduct of Washington's political class, tracks the latest in conspiracy theories and disinformation campaigns coursing through social media — and who is pushing them — and keeps you up to date on the latest investigations into misbehavior by members of Congress as well as current and former government officials. Yahoo News’ veteran investigative journalists Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman break news, offer authoritative analysis on sensitive national security and law enforcement issues and draw intriguing historical parallels from decades of covering D.C. scandals. Come prepared to learn something every week.

    The Trump book blitz begins (with Michael Bender)

    The Trump book blitz begins (with Michael Bender)

    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 Journal


    HOSTS:
    - Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo News
    - Daniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo News
    - Victoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host)
     
    RESOURCES:
    - Bender's new book - Here.
    - Bender's Wall Street Journal Profile/Work - Here.
     
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    Six Months Later (with Congressman Swalwell)

    Six Months Later (with Congressman Swalwell)

    It's been six months since the attack on the Capitol 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 Swalwell joins to discuss his recent Capitol 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 Committees


    HOSTS:
    - Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo News
    - Daniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo News
    - Victoria 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.
     
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    Supreme Court Rulings (with Jess Bravin & Jackie Calmes)

    Supreme Court Rulings (with Jess Bravin & Jackie Calmes)

    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 School
    - Jackie 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 Journal


    HOSTS:
    - Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo News
    - Daniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo News
    - Victoria 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.
     
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    Rudy's fall from Grace (with Christine Chung)

    Rudy's fall from Grace (with Christine Chung)

    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 News
    - Daniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo News
    - Victoria 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.
     
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    • 34 min
    Juneteenth: America's second Independence Day

    Juneteenth: America's second Independence Day

    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 News
    - Victoria 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)
     
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    • 33 min
    Crime and punishment (with Bill Bratton)

    Crime and punishment (with Bill Bratton)

    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 News
    - Daniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo News
    - Victoria 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 News)
     
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