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Master political strategist James Carville and revered journalist Al Hunt convenes a war room each week to discuss the battle for the soul of the nation!  Join them as they gather the sharpest minds from across the country to see who has the most compelling case for the American people on the issues that matter most.

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Master political strategist James Carville and revered journalist Al Hunt convenes a war room each week to discuss the battle for the soul of the nation!  Join them as they gather the sharpest minds from across the country to see who has the most compelling case for the American people on the issues that matter most.

    Convicting Trump & Finding The Center with Fred Wertheimer & Billy Ray

    Convicting Trump & Finding The Center with Fred Wertheimer & Billy Ray

    James and Al dive into Congress’ handling of the conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East, and analyze the politically transformative effects of Dobbs on the Republican party.  Then they welcome legal expert Fred Wertheimer to discuss the progression of Trump’s first criminal trial, how the charges can be proven, and developments in the other legal challenges confronting him.  They also are joined by political strategist Billy Ray to explore how identity politics have moved Democrats away from effective messaging, the changes the party needs to make, and why appealing to the center will lead to generational wins.

    Email your questions to James and Al at politicswarroom@gmail.com or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from!

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    James Carville & Al Hunt have launched the Politics War Room Substack

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    Fred Wertheimer:
    Twitter | Just Security | Wertheimer Lipton | Democracy 21

    Billy Ray:
    Twitter | Common Defense | IMDB 

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Supreme Allied Commander for The War On Women - Senator Tina Smith

    Supreme Allied Commander for The War On Women - Senator Tina Smith

    James and Al decry Islamophobia and welcome MN Senator Tina Smith to discuss foreign relations and the Dobbs decision’s role in our politics.  Following anti-abortion revanchism under the Comstock Act and extreme restrictions in red states, they analyze how to fight back by enacting legislation to secure women’s rights, the policies that will energize young voters, and what it will take to win state and national elections.  They also strategize about how to overcome pro-Putin Republicans in the House to get support to Ukraine, secure an Israel-Hamas cease fire, and deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza. 

    Email your questions to James and Al at politicswarroom@gmail.com or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from!

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    Senator Tina Smith:
    Senate.gov | Website | Twitter | MN.gov

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Court & The Constitution with Justice Stephen Breyer

    The Court & The Constitution with Justice Stephen Breyer

    James and Al critique coastal elitism, explore how the Israel-Gaza war ends, and welcome Justice Breyer to discuss the role of the Supreme Court and its judges.  They compare textualism and pragmatism using Justice Scalia as a foil, weigh the factors that go into reading the Constitution, debate politics’ place on the bench, review the ethics governing the court, and look at why public approval of the judicial branch is plummeting.  In their conversation they also break down the language of the 2nd Amendment, explain how history is the ultimate arbiter of past decisions, and call on us to listen to one another to find compromise where we can.

    Email your questions to James and Al at politicswarroom@gmail.com or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from!

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    Justice Stephen Breyer:
    SupremeCourt.gov | Oyez | Harvard | Author of “Reading The Constitution” & Other Books

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    March Madness with John Feinstein

    March Madness with John Feinstein

    James and Al take Rep. Jim Jordan to task for continuing to spew lies about the 2020 election and review the status of Trump’s many trials, their possible outcomes, and their effect on the race.  They also debate what NBC’s firing of Ronna McDaniel says about the state of network journalism, and weigh how RFK Jr. affects the election after his vice presidential pick.  Author and sports journalist John Feinstein joins them to discuss March Madness, the business of sports, Pete Rose’s fall from grace, all time sports greats, the best city for sports, and more. 

    Short note on audio quality: 
    Due to unforeseen technical issues we had to record this episode on Zoom without our professional microphones and audio interfaces! 
    Please excuse the slightly diminished audio quality. 

    Email your questions to James and Al at politicswarroom@gmail.com or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from!

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    John Feinstein:
    Twitter | WaPo | Author

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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Pestilence and War with Admiral James Stavridis and Dr. Cornelia Griggs

    Pestilence and War with Admiral James Stavridis and Dr. Cornelia Griggs

    James and Al tear into the Orban government and analyze Trump’s influence on the Ohio Senate race before welcoming Admiral James Stavridis to discuss the global military landscape.  They explore strategies for success in the Ukraine-Russia and Israel-Hamas conflicts, game out an effective response to threats against Taiwan, and look at how war fighting will evolve in the future.  Then, they are joined by Dr. Cornelia Griggs for a reflection on the state of our healthcare system, current pandemic preparedness, and the COVID response on its 4th anniversary.

    Email your questions to James and Al at politicswarroom@gmail.com or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from!

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    Admiral James Stavridis:
    Twitter | Website | Carlyle Group | Author of “2054” & Other Books

    Dr. Cornelia Griggs:
    Twitter | Threads | Website | MA General Hospital | Author of “The Sky Is Falling”

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Rural Rage with Tom Schaller and Paul Waldman

    Rural Rage with Tom Schaller and Paul Waldman

    James and Al destroy the RNC and Senator Katie Britt’s SOTU response, before welcoming authors of “White Rural Rage” Tom Schaller and Paul Waldman for a demographic deep dive.  They expose the disproportionate influence of rural White voters, analyze the factors driving their regional decline, and explain how Republicans have leveraged their grievances to win a larger share of their vote.  Then, they prove that rhetoric has not translated into results on issues like coal mining expansion and rural broadband access, arguing that Democrats are actually the better choice.

    Email your questions to James and Al at politicswarroom@gmail.com or tweet them to @politicon.  Make sure to include your city, we love to hear where you’re from!

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    James Carville’s & Al Hunt’s Substack:
    Carville Uncensored | People & Politics 

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    Paul Waldman:
    Twitter | Substack | Boundary Issues Podcast | The American Prospect | WaPo | MSNBC | Author of “White Rural Rage” & Other Books

    Tom Schaller:
    Twitter | UMBC | Author of “White Rural Rage”

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    • 1 hr 7 min

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ElizaCost ,

Let’s get real here, and truthful.

We all know the sorry ——that Trump is, a rapist, a life long criminal that our justice system has never held accountable because of his wealth. He should never be president again.
Biden has become a horrible war criminal, having cast his lot with Netanyahu and all manor of crimes against humanity. Biden cares not for our laws or international laws, not for decency. The atrocities against the civilian population in Gaza and the West Bank are unforgivable. Biden does NOT deserve to be president again either. I’m older but I agree with the young people. Both these guys must go.

MD Devereux ,

Fantastic

Love this show 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🏈🍻

gybuse ,

What?

I was very disturbed by the Justice Breyer episode. He didn’t answer any of your legitimate questions and he spoke in arcane and unclear examples and references. The court has lost its legitimacy and standing. Period. All of the rulings have been biased.

The fact that they have no ethics standards is alarming. Dark money Leonard Leo and the billionaires, have their foot on the necks of these people. I think there is no way they can be taken seriously anymore until this changes.

Justice Thomas and his wife are grifters and his wife should be arrested. Justice Alito is an ideologue on steroids.

I used to respect the court but no more.

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