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A five-time Emmy winning SNL comedy writer/producer, joins a four-time #1 NYT bestselling author, a three-time highest-rated national progressive radio host, a two-time Grammy winning artist, and a former US Senator. So, it gets a little crowded in the booth when Al talks public policy and sometimes political comedy with notable guests. Think “The Daily” without the resources of the NYTimes.

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A five-time Emmy winning SNL comedy writer/producer, joins a four-time #1 NYT bestselling author, a three-time highest-rated national progressive radio host, a two-time Grammy winning artist, and a former US Senator. So, it gets a little crowded in the booth when Al talks public policy and sometimes political comedy with notable guests. Think “The Daily” without the resources of the NYTimes.

    WaPo Op-Ed Columnist Catherine Rampell

    WaPo Op-Ed Columnist Catherine Rampell

    One of the biggest issues in the coming election will be the economy. So how has President Biden done on that front? We talk to Catherine Rampell about Bidenomics and how the President should tout his economic record. His opponent, Donald Trump could be a disaster for the economy if his previous term is any indication. Catherine discusses what a second Trump term could look like and the difficulty even Republicans have with working with him. 




    Read Catherine’s latest here:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/catherine-rampell/




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    • 39 min
    In Remembrance of Howard Fineman

    In Remembrance of Howard Fineman

    My friend Howard Fineman died this week. He had a long career as one of Washington's most respected political reporters and began his career at the Louisville Courier Journal. There, he was able to witness the rise of Mitch McConnell and learn what kind of politician he was. In this episode from 2019, we discuss what makes McConnell tick and Howard's career. May his memory be a blessing.

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    • 54 min
    Frank Foer of The Atlantic and David Rothkopf of The Daily Beast

    Frank Foer of The Atlantic and David Rothkopf of The Daily Beast

    The war in the Middle East continues, but is a ceasefire in sight? The Biden administration has an outline of a plan. Two of our leading foreign policy experts join us to discuss. Plus, now that Donald Trump is a convicted felon, what could that mean for this election? And how does the Biden administration sell the undeniable success of the economy to the American people?




    Read Frank's latest work in The Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/author/franklin-foer/




    Read David Rothkopf in The Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/author/david-rothkopf







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    • 51 min
    Dan Balz - Washington Post Chief Correspondent and Former US Attorney Harry Litman

    Dan Balz - Washington Post Chief Correspondent and Former US Attorney Harry Litman

    Donald Trump has been convicted on all 34 charges in his NYC hush money trial. What does that mean for his future? We get the latest from our legal expert Harry Litman. Plus, longtime political reporter Dan Balz from the Washington Post joins for a wide ranging political discussion! Will these convictions help or hurt Trump? We also discuss the state of the Presidential race and what President Biden's strengths and weaknesses are as election season ramps up. 




    Read Harry's coverage of the Trump trial for the LA Times: https://www.latimes.com/people/harry-litman




    Read Dan Balz' latest in the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/dan-balz/

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    • 53 min
    In Remembrance of My Friend Bill Walton

    In Remembrance of My Friend Bill Walton

    My friend, basketball legend Bill Walton died this week after a private battle with cancer, I wanted to share our interview with Bill from March of 2022, You will hear the unbounded life force of his generous spirit. RIP Bill.




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    • 40 min
    Harry Litman on the Trump Trial

    Harry Litman on the Trump Trial

    Former U.S. Attorney and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry Litman joins to discuss the Trump hush money trial. Both sides have rested. Harry has been in the courtroom watching the trial. With closing arguments coming next week, we break down what has transpired and all the possible outcomes Trump could expect as his verdict looms. 




    Harry has been covering the trial for the Los Angeles Times. Read his reporting here: 

    https://www.latimes.com/people/harry-litman

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    • 37 min

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