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Underhandedness. Trickery. Unscrupulous behavior. Skullduggery breaks down the conduct of Washington's political class, tracks the latest in conspiracy theories and disinformation campaigns coursing through social media — and who is pushing them — and keeps you up to date on the latest investigations into misbehavior by members of Congress as well as current and former government officials. Yahoo News’ veteran investigative journalists Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman break news, offer authoritative analysis on sensitive national security and law enforcement issues and draw intriguing historical parallels from decades of covering D.C. scandals. Come prepared to learn something every week.
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Skullduggery Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman, Victoria Bassetti

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Underhandedness. Trickery. Unscrupulous behavior. Skullduggery breaks down the conduct of Washington's political class, tracks the latest in conspiracy theories and disinformation campaigns coursing through social media — and who is pushing them — and keeps you up to date on the latest investigations into misbehavior by members of Congress as well as current and former government officials. Yahoo News’ veteran investigative journalists Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman break news, offer authoritative analysis on sensitive national security and law enforcement issues and draw intriguing historical parallels from decades of covering D.C. scandals. Come prepared to learn something every week.
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    The Mar-a-Lago Raid (w/ Mary McCord & Dana Milbank)

    The Mar-a-Lago Raid (w/ Mary McCord & Dana Milbank)

    Mary McCord and Dana Milbank join to discuss the recent raid of Trump's home, Mar-a-Lago, by the DOJ and FBI.

    • 59 min
    DOJ’s 1/6 Dilemma (w/ Mary McCord

    DOJ’s 1/6 Dilemma (w/ Mary McCord

    Many chilling images and voices were displayed by the January 6th Committee on Thursday Night including audio tapes of some of the rioters talking among themselves about hunting down and possibly even killing members of Congress. The Rioters wreaked havoc on the US Capitol, smashing windows, detonating smoke bombs, assaulting police officers, while President Trump sat watching Fox News in the White House dining room, indifferent and unmoved, rejecting repeated pleas from his top White House aides, the Republican Leader of the House, his friends at Fox News, and even members of his own family to speak out and call off the mob. We learned for the first time that members of Vice President Mike Pence's own security detail feared for their lives and were frantically calling home to their loved ones during the attack. And we heard for the first time from yet another incredibly strong young woman, White House Press Aide Sarah Matthews, describing how she was so repulsed by Trump's profound derelict of duty that she drafted and submitted her resignation that very day. How powerful was the committee's summertime finale? And perhaps more importantly, how will it be assessed at DOJ? We're joined by Mary McCord, Fmr. top National Security Official in the Department of Justice.
    GUESTS:
    Mary McCord, Fmr. Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division in the Department of Justice
    HOSTS:

    Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo News
    Daniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo News
    Victoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host)

    RESOURCES:

    Yahoo News' article about the key takeaways from final summer Jan. 6 hearing - Here.

    Yahoo News article focusing on what Trump was doing during Jan. 6 riot - Here.

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    • 54 min
    The Sycophants of Trump World (w/ Mark Leibovich)

    The Sycophants of Trump World (w/ Mark Leibovich)

    "The point with Trump is he's in on the joke." So said South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham about his odd relationship with the 45th President as quoted by veteran journalist Mark Leibovich in his new book Thank You For Your Servitude: Donald Trump's Washington and the price of admission. The idea that Trump's entire chaotic rollercoaster presidency was a giant joke and his army of Republican enablers were in on it all along is a continuing theme of Leibovich's book, as he charted how one after another top Republicans who privately had utter contempt for the occupant of the Oval Office, never the less fell loyally in line. Concluding, that it was all just some harmless charade that Trump himself was fully a part of. But what happens when the joke, including absurd claims about the results of a Presidential election leads to violence. Threatening the lives of even Trump's own Vice President. As the January 6th Committee plans to wrap up its summer hearings with a primetime special on Thursday night, we'll talk to Leibovich about his book and what happens when the big Washington joke stopped being funny.
    GUESTS:
    Mark Leibovich, (@MarkLeibovich), The Atlantic, (Fmr NYT), Author of Thank You For Your Servitude

    HOSTS:

    Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo News
    Daniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo News
    Victoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host)

    RESOURCES:

    Pick up Mark Leibovich's book Thank You For Your Servitude - Here.

    Yahoo News Exclusive Target Letters to Fake Electors - Here.

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    • 46 min
    The Jan 6 Georgia Connection (w/ Charlie Bailey)

    The Jan 6 Georgia Connection (w/ Charlie Bailey)

    Liz Cheney dropped one more nugget at the end of Tuesday’s January 6th Committee hearing, new evidence that Donald Trump may be contacting witnesses who are being called to testify in an apparent effort to influence what they might say. If true, it’s a federal crime. And Cheney’s statement that the Department of Justice had been alerted immediately set off speculation about another possible avenue for Attorney General Merrick Garland’s prosecutors to pursue. As the committee moves to wrap up its extraordinary series of hearings next week in primetime, the path to a possible prosecution of Donald Trump only seems to be expanding. Not just in Washington, but in Atlanta where Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is accelerating her own investigation. We’ll talk to someone who has their own unique perspective on the Willis probe, Charlie Bailey, a former prosecutor who used to work for Willis, and is now running for Lieutenant Governor against a Republican lawmaker deeply involved in Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
    GUESTS:
    Charlie Bailey, (@charlie4georgia), 2022 Democratic LG Nominee, Atty at Cook & Connelly, Fmr. Senior Assistant District Attorney
    HOSTS:

    Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo News
    Daniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo News

    RESOURCES:

    Isikoff and Klaidman's Fani Willis piece from June. - Here.

    David Knowles piece onGeorgia election officials debunking Trump claim - Here.

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    • 42 min
    Tim Miller’s Road to Hell (w/ Tim Miller)

    Tim Miller’s Road to Hell (w/ Tim Miller)

    "Nobody on planet earth was more horrified by the notion of Donald Trump as President." So writes Tim Miller in his new book Why We Did It: A Travelogue from the Republican Road to Hell. Miller was a longtime GOP operative, a spinmeister, a dirt disher, who worked for the McCain and Romney and Jeb Bush Presidential campaigns. And also served as a top spokesperson for the Republican National Committee. But his revulsion towards Trump knew no bounds and caused him to sever ties with virtually everybody he used to work with. Miller's book seems to answer an enduring question that persists to this day. Why did so many go along? "I felt like everything I ever knew and believed about my country, my career, my colleagues were a lie," he writes. The Americans I most despise had taken over the country I loved, bringing almost everyone I had once looked up to along with them. Miller joins us to discuss his book and more.
    GUESTS:
    Tim Miller, (@Timodc), Writer @bulwarkonline, Host “Not My Party” on Snap, @msnbc analyst, author
    HOSTS:

    Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo News
    Daniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo News
    Victoria Bassetti (@vbass), Senior Advisor at States United, Author of Electoral Dysfunction


    RESOURCES:

    You can pick up Tim Miller's new book Why We Did It: A Travelogue from the Republican Road to Hell - Here.

    Yahoo News' latest on the key cases on the Supreme Court docket next term - Here.

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    • 57 min
    Cloud Cuckooland (w/ Alex Holder)

    Cloud Cuckooland (w/ Alex Holder)

    "We're going to get charged with every crime imaginable." So said the White House Counsel, Patrick Cipollone on January 6th to White House staffer Cassidy Hutchinson. The 26 year old former Deputy to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Hutchinson presented some of the most jaw dropping testimony yet to the January 6th Committee. Recounting how Trump was informed that morning that supporters of his with guns had gathered for his rally but were being refused admission because the weapons would be picked up by the metal detectors, or MAGs as they were known, that are always present for an event with the President. Trump in turn demanded that the MAGs be removed saying, according to Hutchinson, "They're not here to hurt me." And when later informed that the rioters were shouting, "Hang Mike Pence," Trump purportedly said that Pence, "deserved it." Trump of course has denied Hutchinson's sworn testimony, calling her, "a total phony." And some parts of what she had to say is now being disputed by someone close to the Secret Service. Has her account strengthened the case for the prosecution of Trump? And what more does the committee have in store? We talk to one of the panel's witnesses, British documentarian Alex Holder.
    GUESTS:
    Alex Holder, (@alexjholder), Award-winning documentary filmmaker including the upcoming Docu-series Unprecedented on Discovery+
    HOSTS:

    Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo News
    Daniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo News
    Victoria Bassetti (@vbass), Senior Advisor at States United, Author of Electoral Dysfunction


    RESOURCES:

    Details about Alex Holder's upcoming Docu-series Unprecedented - Here.

    Who is Cassidy Hutchinson - Here.

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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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1.9K Ratings

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Eylyis ,

Cloud Cuckooland ep.

You guys are supposedly top notch journalists but you’re unable to sleuth out the proper Italian pronunciation of a govt official’s name?
It’s... Chee-Poe-Low-Nay
Jeeez!

19abb10 ,

Shame on you

Eisokoff is a total mesogenous creep to treat his female cohost as if she is irrelevant always discounting any opinion she has in favor of his own. Your podcast is typically good but you should silence him. Shame on you!! Get rid of him or I will stop listening for good. Ann

bcw chicago ,

Often disappointed

Isikoff is good. Victoria is nothing but a partisan. I want straight down the middle stuff and Isikoff tries but its hard with an actual paid partisan on the show. I don’t understand why Victoria Bassetti is on the show. She should have her own opinion based podcast. She gives partisan talking points and not “news analysis.” It’s confusing

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