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Headliner interviews and in-depth looks at the people and events shaping U.S. politics. Hosted by ABC News' Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein.

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Headliner interviews and in-depth looks at the people and events shaping U.S. politics. Hosted by ABC News' Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein.

    "We Can't Afford Not To Go Big"

    "We Can't Afford Not To Go Big"

    Don't call it a "State of the Union." President Joe Biden tonight will address a joint session of Congress, 99 days after being sworn into office. Powerhouse Politics speaks with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki about what the look, sound and substance of the speech will be.

    • 31 min
    "A Master of the Inside Game"

    "A Master of the Inside Game"

    For the guilty findings in connection with the killing of George Floyd to mark a true turning point will take much more than verdicts in Minneapolis. It falls now to a president elected on the promise of unity to both heal and advance policy in tense and still-uncertain times. ABC's Rachel Scott joins from Minneapolis to talk about the road ahead. Plus, Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today, talks about her newly released biography of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
    Guest: Susan Page, author of “Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power” 

    • 33 min
    "One Thing Leads to Another"

    "One Thing Leads to Another"

    President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan before the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks because "it is time to end America’s longest war." Meanwhile, April 28th has been announced as the date of President Biden's first address to a joint session of Congress.
    Guest: Journalist, Neil King

    • 33 min
    "Over-Broad" & "Extreme"

    "Over-Broad" & "Extreme"

    Amid the fallout over Georgia's new sweeping elections law, Texas Democrats and voting rights activists are strategizing how to get some of the state's biggest employers to apply political pressure on lawmakers weighing restrictive voting bills in the Lone Star State. Plus, Governor Asa Hutchinson joins to talk about the Arkansas state legislature's vote on Tuesday to override his veto on a bill that would ban gender-affirming treatments for transgender youths in the state.

    • 38 min
    "America Is Worth It"

    "America Is Worth It"

    The $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill got more attention and its goals may matter more in addressing the challenges of the moment. But President Joe Biden's two-phase jobs and infrastructure package will carry a larger price tag along with potentially greater implications. 
    Guest: Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill), author of the new book, "Every Day Is A Gift"

    • 35 min
    "A Point Of View Is Based In Truth"

    "A Point Of View Is Based In Truth"

    Despite President Joe Biden's calls for quick action after another mass shooting and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer's vow to force votes on the Senate floor, the calcified politics of gun rights leave congressional action almost impossible to envision. Plus, CNN Tonight anchor, Don Lemon joins to talk about his new book and his experiences in covering politics over the last 5 years.
    Guest: Don Lemon, CNN anchor and author of the book, "This is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism"

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
323 Ratings

323 Ratings

W9KEN ,

Good Cast

Jonathan is courageous journalist and reporter. You are not a disgrace to anyone or anything. Thank you for doing a good and speaking truth to this moronic POTUS.

BethAP2010 ,

Validating!

I love this podcast! Helped me stay sane in 2020! I went back and listened to the Jan 6th episode. Wow, if we knew then what we know now. “Enormous Pressure” was actually an understatement. Good work!

Footballowner ,

Worst aspects of both sidesism

It’s really unfortunate to me that this podcast has become significantly worse since Biden became president. Due to the absence of Republican voices and opinion in the public (because they are playing politics), they have chosen to make the argument for them and then question why Democrats haven’t budged or where there red line is in negotiations over the government stimulus. They just seem to criticize whoever is trying to solve problems and punish them for talking to the public about their policy by attacking it.

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