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Divided States is the American politics podcast from Sky News looking at all the issues that divide the most powerful country on the planet.

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Divided States is the American politics podcast from Sky News looking at all the issues that divide the most powerful country on the planet.

    Will new evidence change the Senate impeachment trial?

    Will new evidence change the Senate impeachment trial?

    The impeachment trial is upon us, and the 2020 race is heating up – all while Donald Trump goes head-to-head with Iran.

    This week Amanda Walker, Cordelia Lynch and Emily Purser Brown catch up on the surprising twist in the impeachment story, as new evidence comes out ahead of the Senate trial beginning in earnest. We also check in on which of the Democrat candidates is cutting through, as the ‘woman’ question comes to the fore, and chew over the impact of President Trump’s action in the Middle East.

    Listen to Divided States every Saturday, wherever you get your podcasts.

    • 36 min
    President Trump gets impeached

    President Trump gets impeached

    It was a momentous week in Washington: for the third time in America's history - the House of Representatives voted to impeach a president.

    Donald Trump will not be removed from office but that should not detract from the gravity of this moment and what it means for the future.

    This week, Cordelia Lynch, Emily Purser Brown and Greg Milam talk through the highlights of this historic week, why it matters and what comes next.

    Cordelia takes us to Capitol Hill, where she was reporting as the House debated and then voted on the articles of impeachment. She got the views of several of those voting, including New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

    Plus, Greg travelled to Michigan, where President Trump held his final rally of the year, complete with Christmas trees topped with Make America Great Again hats. He spoke to Trump’s loyal fans to get their views on all the developments in Washington.

    Listen to Divided States every Saturday, wherever you get your podcasts. We’re taking a break for the holidays now – see you in the New Year.

    • 43 min
    High crimes and misdemeanors

    High crimes and misdemeanors

    It’s Go time in Washington DC. The Democrats have filed their Articles of Impeachment, and the stage is set for Donald Trump to be impeached by the House of Representatives.

    This week on Divided States, Cordelia Lynch, Amanda Walker and Emily Purser Brown catch up on the latest news in the impeachment process that is dominating politics in Washington – and get a view into how much Americans outside of the nation’s capital actually care.

    In part one, we discuss the highlights of the week – what’s in the articles of impeachment, what happens with the big vote next week – and are the outcomes already set in stone?

    In part two, Amanda travels to Racine in the south east corner of Wisconsin. A swing state, in 2016 the voters there turned away from the Democrats and helped Trump on his path to the White House. How do they feel now their president is facing such a serious challenge from the Democrats, and are they even listening?

    In part three, Cordelia has a conversation with Jeffrey Engel, co-author of the brilliant Impeachment: An American history. It is essential reading on what’s come before, and what the founding fathers would have made of Donald Trump’s actions – making him the perfect person to round out the week.

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    • 37 min
    The beginning of the beginning

    The beginning of the beginning

    This week on Divided States, it’s the end of the impeachment investigations, and the start of what might be the endgame for House Democrats.

    Amanda Walker, Cordelia Lynch and Emily Purser Brown talk you through another dizzying week of impeachment developments in Washington, as politicians hurtle towards Christmas – and Donald Trump makes a splash in London.

    In part 1, we discuss our highlights from this week, which saw the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee hand the baton to their colleagues in Congress. President Trump has been in at the NATO summit in London, and Nancy Pelosi has come out fighting.

    In part 2, Cordelia takes a deep dive in Rudy Giuliani, the president’s lawyer and the man at the heart of this investigation. How did he go from being America’s mayor, beloved for his role in New York following 9/11 – to the President’s problematic fixer?

    And in part 3, Amanda talks to Washington grande dame, journalist and writer Elizabeth Drew. She lived through and covered Watergate, and has plenty to say about this impeachment too.

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    • 35 min
    The president punches back

    The president punches back

    This week on Divided States, Cordelia Lynch, Amanda Walker and Emily Purser-Brown have got a Thanksgiving infused feast for you - a three course impeachment banquet.

    In part one, we discuss some of our highlights of the week, including President Trump's expletive-filled rally in Florida.

    In part two, we have a revealing report from our Los Angeles Correspondent Greg Milam who’s been getting voters opinions about the inquiry in Orange County, California. He’s braved the sands of Huntington Beach - known as Surf City, USA. It’s historically been a Republican stronghold but has experienced a blue wave recently. You may be surprised by what you hear.

    And in part three, we speak with Jeff Mason, White House Correspondent for Reuters - always at the centre of the story, he'll tell us about spending time with the president at Mar-a-Lago in Florida this week.

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    • 39 min
    Impeachment goes public

    Impeachment goes public

    The impeachment hearings this week were a roaring success, and a complete sham. They were honest and transparent, and filled with falsehoods. The witnesses had decades of experience, and were completely untrustworthy.

    And that was how the first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump played out. It depended on who you were; what you wanted to hear; the decision you had made when you walked in the room.

    There was no meeting of minds between Democrats and Republicans, even when the future of the presidency is at stake. Their leaders in the room sat inches away from each other, fuming, and unwilling to compromise.

    It is into that environment that we launch with our new weekly podcast, Divided States. Our team here in the US are living and breathing every moment of this impeachment inquiry, and we hope to answer your questions, explain where it might all lead, and take you to the heart of the story, in Congress and with voters across America.

    Every Saturday we’ll bring you the latest news from the week, and give you a flavour of what it’s like reporting this story.

    In this episode, we take you to the Longworth building on Capitol Hill, where those long days of testimony have been taking place. In the studio, we break down how we got here and what we learnt from the hearings, and hear from Alan Barron, former special impeachment counsel to the House of Representatives, and Michael Carpenter, the former Director for Russia at the National Security Council, and friend of many of the witnesses we saw this week.

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    • 59 min

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