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