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POLITICO takes you behind the scenes with Washington's power players to uncover what's really driving politics and policy in the nation’s capital.

    Rahm Emanuel weighs in on 2020

    Rahm Emanuel weighs in on 2020

    Rahm Emanuel — former Chicago mayor and former chief of staff to
    President Barack Obama — talks to POLITICO founding editor John Harris
    about his new book, "The Nation City: Why Mayors Are Now Running the
    World," his "toy phone" in Bill Clinton's White House and his thoughts
    on the 2020 field.

    • 20 min
    A new tone from some in GOP on climate change -- but mostly behind closed doors

    A new tone from some in GOP on climate change -- but mostly behind closed doors

    We're bringing you an episode of POLITICO's Global Translations, a show
    about big global problems that will take a certain amount of creativity
    to solve. 

    Driven by a public clamoring for action and pressure from corporate
    CEOs, lawmakers are noting an evolution in attitudes toward climate
    action among some of their Republican colleagues – a subtle but
    significant shift in tone that could pave the way for modest legislation
    this year. Guests include:Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)Rep. Francis Rooney
    (R-FL)Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)Catherine McKenna, Canada’s first foreign
    minister for climate and the environmentDan Byers, U.S. Chamber of
    CommerceIf you like the episode, check out the show wherever you listen.

    • 34 min
    Which 2020 Democrat should Donald Trump most be afraid of?

    Which 2020 Democrat should Donald Trump most be afraid of?

    To get the inside view from the only people in the world who know what
    it’s like to run in a primary field so large -- and do so in the shadow
    of Donald Trump -- we invited the strategists for four of the top GOP
    primary campaigns of 2016 into a Washington cigar bar, a literal
    smoke-filled room, to talk shop. Which Democratic candidate has the most
    raw political talent? What weaknesses of Donald Trump's would they
    exploit in 2020? And why is everybody still so ticked off about the
    Virginia primary?

    Guests Danny Diaz (from the Bush campaign), Beth Hansen (Kasich), Jeff
    Roe (Cruz), and Terry Sullivan (Rubio).

    • 39 min
    This is what Kirsten Gillibrand hates about running for president

    This is what Kirsten Gillibrand hates about running for president

    Kirsten Gillibrand is a U.S. Senator with a soaring national profile,
    but her presidential campaign has yet to take flight. She’s even at risk
    of failing to have enough donors to make the debate stage under DNC
    rules, leading her to ask people for just a dollar, to boost her
    numbers. But that’s not what bothers her most about running for
    president.

    • 24 min
    Is John Hickenlooper too normal to be president?

    Is John Hickenlooper too normal to be president?

    In a crowded field of Democratic presidential contenders, former
    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper makes an impression on voters as a
    genuine candidate, even if he's a bit quirky. He colors outside the
    lines of the political conventions -- a geologist by training, a brewer
    and restauranteur by profession, and a politician only later in life. 

    In this episode, he talks about his temper as a child, his pragmatic
    approach to politics, and how he's managed to succeed in a people-driven
    business despite a condition commonly known as face blindness, a
    condition that keeps him from recognizing familiar faces.

    • 22 min
    How it feels to win (and lose) a House majority

    How it feels to win (and lose) a House majority

    For our post-midterms edition of Off Message, we talked to Corry Bliss
    and Charlie Kelly, the two men who led the largest House campaign
    organizations in 2018. This election, Bliss led the Republican-aligned
    Congressional Leadership Fund, and Kelly led its Democratic counterpart,
    the House Majority PAC. They talk about what went on behind the scenes,
    their biggest regrets of 2018, and where things go from here.

    • 56 min

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