Explore the 2016 election and today’s political news with host Brian Beutler and his friends from both sides of the aisle. A weekly podcast from the New Republic.
The Republican Party's Descent Into the Dark Ages
It’s hard to boil down all the ways the Trump campaign and presidency have reshaped American political norms into a single conceptual frame.
But in his new, best-selling book Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and The Storming of the Presidency, Businessweek’s Joshua Green has done just that. He joined New Republic Senior Editor Brian Beutler in studio to discuss the duo's impact on politics, and whether there’s any going back to how things were before.
The Republicans' Obamacare 'Waterloo' Moment Has Arrived
Trumpcare is dead! At least for now. Senate Republicans lack sufficient support to repeal and replace Obamacare, or do anything to the health care system on a purely partisan basis.
So what happens next? Will Republicans sabotage Obamacare for revenge? Will they feel compelled to stabilize the health care system? And how will congressional Republicans’ passivity toward Trump change now that their legislative agenda is in freefall.
Daily Beast politics editor Sam Stein joined New Republic Senior Editor Brian Beutler in studio to discuss.
The Trump-Russia Conspiracy Is Real
The Trump campaign’s efforts to collude with the Russian government against Hillary Clinton have now been established. Donald Trump’s son, Don Jr, produced emails on Tuesday that corroborate a meeting where he and the campaign’s top leadership sought compromising information about Clinton, sourced to the Russian government.
Trump and his allies have been caught in a full year’s worth of lies. Republican congressional leaders have been caught covering up a conspiracy. The question now is what anti-Trump forces can do to make accountability more likely.
Greg Sargent, author of the Washington Post’s Plum Line blog joined us by phone to discuss these issues and more.
Mitch McConnell's "Unconscionable" Health Care Bill
Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear discusses the health care policy successes in his state, the threat of the Senate's new health care bill, and a new path forward for Democrats with New Republic Senior Editor Brian Beutler.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is just a few votes away from passing legislation that would reduce health insurance coverage by 22 million people.
Ironically, the impact would be most severe in his home state of Kentucky, where the Affordable Care Act covered half a million people—a huge percent of that state’s population.
The person most responsible for that success story is Kentucky’s former governor, Steve Beshear. He joined Primary Concerns by phone from Lexington to discuss GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare, and his prescriptions for a Democratic party revival.
Fighting the Secret Plan to End Obamacare
Democratic Strategist and CNN Political Analyst Hilary Rosen discusses Democratic strategies to resist AHCA.
Republicans are crafting a secret health care bill, and nobody has any idea how to stop them from passing it.
President Trump is champing at the bit to fire the Justice Department special counsel investigating him and associates for obstruction of justice, and financial and election-related crimes.
In the suburbs of Atlanta, voters will determine Tuesday night whether Democrats flip the conservative sixth district, and create a new benchmark for the political environment Trump’s presidency has created, or not.
Here’s how all these stories interlock.
Comey Is Breaking Trump. Trump Is Breaking the Government.
Brian Beutler and Ron Klain discuss Klain's political history [1:30], his role in response to the Ebola outbreak [12:30], and James Comey's Senate Intelligence committee hearing [28:15].
The Trump administration is roiled by both political and substantive crises. At a basic level, Trump doesn’t know how to run the government, or think in terms of the public interest. And at an acute level, he is mired in the scandal of the century. On Thursday, fired FBI Director James Comey testified that Trump is an abject liar, and without explicitly saying so, left no doubt he believes Trump obstructed justice as well
The interaction of these crises is particularly striking to people who have worked in high levels of both politics and governing. Ron Klain was chief of staff to the Vice President in the Obama and Clinton administrations. He joined me in studio to assess this perilous moment.
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