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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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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.

    Did Eddie Gallagher cross the line? (with Dan Taberski)

    Did Eddie Gallagher cross the line? (with Dan Taberski)

    The 2019 trial of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher gripped the nation due to the heinousness of the crimes of which Gallagher, a SEAL team captain, was accused. And though he was charged with the 2017 murder of an Iraqi detainee, he was acquitted of all charges but one — posing in a photo with the young dead Iraqi man. But, over the course of the six episodes of the new podcast “The Line,” written and produced by Dan Taberski, the story of how that man died becomes much, much more complicated. Taberski joins Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti on this episode to discuss his podcast and its shocking new revelations, as well as the culture of the military’s elite special operators that Taberski spent so much time learning about firsthand, through the community of SEALs he spoke with for the show. What are the true costs of a twenty-year war on the psyches of the men and women who fight it? And, what responsibility do we, the American people, have for how they draw the line between what is acceptable and what is forbidden in war?


    GUEST:
    - Dan Taberski (@dtaberski), writer and executive producer of “The Line” podcast 


    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:
    - “The Line” podcast (Jigsaw Productions & Apple Originals), available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify
    - “Eddie Gallagher’s shocking claim that SEALs intended for detainee to die” by Luis Martinez (ABC News, May 5)


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    The GOP's flight from facts (with Jon Meacham)

    The GOP's flight from facts (with Jon Meacham)

    Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former Newsweek editor Jon Meacham has a new podcast called “Fate of Fact,” in which he investigates how it is that American politics — particularly in the Republican Party, as Meacham says — became detached not only from our constitutional system of checks and balances but from reality itself. Meacham joins Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti on this episode, which contains a deep and important conversation about history, our tumultuous present moment and where the country might go from here. 


    GUEST:
    - Jon Meacham (@jmeacham), Pulitzer Prize-winning author; presidential historian


    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:
    - “The GOP is at a turning point. History is watching us.” by Liz Cheney (Washington Post, May 5)
    - “Jon Meacham to explore the spread of disinformation in ‘Fate of Fact’” by Jacquie Cadorette (Audacy, Apr. 26)
    - The “Fate of Fact” podcast, from Shining City Audio, C13 Originals, and Jon Meacham, on Apple Podcasts and Spotify


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    Right-wing extremism and the FBI

    Right-wing extremism and the FBI

    In the wake of the January 6th riot at the Capitol, which itself was preceded by multiple attacks on state governments by right-wing extremists, Attorney General Merrick Garland said publicly that domestic terrorism from white nationalist groups is now as much of a concern as foreign terrorism for the Department of Justice. Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti are joined by Michael German, a former FBI special agent who spent years undercover infiltrating violent right-wing extremist groups in the 1990s. He talks about why the FBI seems to ignore the violent deeds and threats posed by these groups while simultaneously going after environmentalists, anti-war activists, and Black Lives Matter protestors.


    Plus, our hosts talk about the political implications of the infighting in the GOP, and the renewed attempts to ostracize Rep. Liz Cheney (WY) for her refusal to toe the party line on the “Big Lie” about the 2020 Presidential election.


    GUEST:
    - Michael German (@RethinkIntel), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice; former FBI special agent


    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:
    - Attorney General Merrick Garland testifies before a House subcommittee on the DOJ budget (May 4)
    - “Prosecutors Are Said to Have Sought Aggressive Approach to Capitol Riot Inquiry” by Katie Benner (New York Times, Apr. 27)
    - “Cheney could be ‘toast’ in fight with Trump over GOP future” by Lisa Mascaro, Alan Fram, and Mead Gruver (AP, May 5)


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    Biden's hundred days (with Douglas Brinkley & Jonathan Alter)

    Biden's hundred days (with Douglas Brinkley & Jonathan Alter)

    On the day after President Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress, and to mark the occasion of his first hundred days in office, Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti are joined by esteemed historians and authors Douglas Brinkley and Jonathan Alter to break down the speech, and place Biden’s nascent presidency in important historical context. They discuss parallels with both F.D.R. and Jimmy Carter, place Biden in the history of modern progressive presidents, as well as look ahead to possible pitfalls and obstacles that may stand in the way of the agenda that Biden introduced to the nation.


    Also, our hosts discuss the latest news in the ignominious downfall of Rudy Giuliani, who once graced the cover of TIME magazine, but who this week had his office and home searched by the FBI as part of an ongoing investigation into his corrupt practices.


    GUESTS:
    - Douglas Brinkley (@ProfDBrinkley) Professor of History at Rice University, author
    - Jonathan Alter (@jonathanalter), Contributing Correspondent, NBC News; author


    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:
    - President Biden delivers first address to a joint session of Congress (Apr. 28, 2021)
    - “How F.D.R.’s Heir Is Changing the Country” by Jonathan Alter, New York Times (Apr. 12, 2021)
    - Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America by Douglas Brinkley (HarperCollins, 2017)
    - His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life by Jonathan Alter (Simon & Schuster, 2020) 


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    Fear and partisanship in Georgia (with Gabriel Sterling)

    Fear and partisanship in Georgia (with Gabriel Sterling)

    The controversial new election law passed in Georgia has been derided by many, including Stacey Abrams and President Biden, and has inspired many high-profile businesses, like Major League Baseball, to relocate interests out of the state. But Gabriel Sterling, the chief financial and operations official in the office of the Georgia Secretary of State, is a defender of the law. Sterling, who was an outspoken critic of former President Trump’s bullying of state officials in the handling of the 2020 election, joins Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti to talk about what the law does and doesn’t do, whether or not the 2020 election was free and fair, and about whether or not Georgia’s Election Integrity Act of 2021 was, at its core, a Republican party power-grab.


    GUEST:
    - Gabriel Sterling (@GabrielSterling), COO/CFO, Georgia Secretary of State


    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:
    - “Supreme Court to Hear Case on Carrying Guns in Public” by Adam Liptak, New York Times (Apr. 26, 2021)
    - “Mr. President, your misinformation on Georgia’s voting law is dangerous” by Gabriel Sterling, Washington Post (Apr. 14, 2021)
    - “Fulton County DA has grown frustrated with Georgia Secretary of State’s office cooperation in Trump probe, source says” by Sara Murray and Jason Morris, CNN (Apr. 24, 2021)
    - “Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger Defends Controversial Election Law” by Sanya Mansoor, Time (Apr. 26, 2021)
    - “What Georgia’s Voting Law Really Does” by Nick Corasaniti and Reid J. Epstein, New York Times (Apr. 2, 2021)


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    Biden's refugee problem

    Biden's refugee problem

    The Biden Administration has failed to facilitate the admission of more refugees into the United States, which was a campaign promise and a much longed-for change from the punitive policies of the Trump era. Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti are joined by Mark Hetfield, the president and CEO of HIAS, the Jewish-American refugee advocacy group, to talk about the refugee resettlement program and what the Biden Administration could — and should — do to serve this humanitarian need.


    Then, investigative journalist and Yahoo News contributor Jana Winter joins to talk about her recent bombshell story about a covert operation to monitor citizens’ social media posts being run by the United States Postal Service. What do we know about this program, and what more can we find out?


    GUESTS:
    - Mark Hetfield (@MarkJHetfield), President and CEO, HIAS
    - Jana Winter (@janawinter), Investigative reporter and contributor, Yahoo News
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    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:
    - “‘Broken promise’: Biden’s backtrack on refugees still slammed by advocates” by Laura Barrón-López, Politico (Apr. 16, 2021)
    - “Why the White House wanted to avoid the refugee issue” by Natasha Korecki, Laura Barrón-López, and Nahal Toosi, Politico (Apr. 21, 2021)
    - “The Postal Service is running a ‘covert operations program’ that monitors Americans’ social media posts” by Jana Winter, Yahoo News (Apr. 21, 2021)


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Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

auntieinla ,

Long time reporters

I used to read their articles in Newsweek decades ago (ugh). Have many sources and understand Washington. Don’t think there is much partisan bent. Mostly cynical because they deal with Washington.

Ukliz ,

Too many interruptions by co-host

So sick of hearing Michael Isikoff talk over and interrupt his co-hosts and guests. The addition of a woman co-host with intelligent questions and observations is an improvement to the podcast, or would be if Isikoff would let her talk.

PamZak ,

Meachum Show

Isikoff’s bothsideism was ridiculous. You can’t possibly compare Trump’s BIG LIE to assassination conspiracies. No SEDITION was a result. Victoria’s comments about Russia/Mueller was so lame even she even had to back herself off. I like your show and Meachum was great. But Isikoff tries way too hard to challenge his guests with nonsense too often. Isikoff looked stupid doing it again today

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