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Blunt truth and dark humor for a world in chaos. A Daily Beast podcast hosted by Rick Wilson and Molly Jong-Fast. Tune in every Tuesday and Friday.

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Blunt truth and dark humor for a world in chaos. A Daily Beast podcast hosted by Rick Wilson and Molly Jong-Fast. Tune in every Tuesday and Friday.

    How To Screw Up a Vice Presidential Pick

    How To Screw Up a Vice Presidential Pick

    Steve Schmidt and Philippe Reines worked on the McCain/Palin and Clinton/Kaine campaigns. So they know a little something about sub-stellar Veep picks. On the latest edition of THE NEW ABNORMAL, Schmidt and Reines talk to Molly Jong-Fast and Rick Wilson about what went wrong, and how Biden can avoid the same fate. (“In a perfect world, he would pick Bernie Sanders,” says Reines, before clarifying greatly.) Plus! Our dynamic duo asks the important questions, like: What exactly is wrong with Mark Zuckerberg? And will the caregivers at the White House assisted living facility try to give Donnie the pudding he likes?
     
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    Julian Castro on Why Everyone Hates Ted Cruz

    Julian Castro on Why Everyone Hates Ted Cruz

    On the latest episode of THE NEW ABNORMAL, the former presidential candidate talks to Molly Jong-Fast and Rick Wilson about Trump’s chances to take Texas in 2020 (not great!), Biden’s “you ain’t black” comment (also not great!), and sycophantic Senator Ted Cruz (even worse!). Then! Rick and Molly discuss Trump’s amazing workout regimen, the chlamydia vs. COVID smackdown in the Ozarks, and golf’s new turn as the dumbest of MAGA signifiers. Plus! Welcome to the resistance, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions and Ann Coulter! (J/K, you’re both awful racists.)
     
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    Eric Swalwell: 'We Aren't Being Told the Truth About Russia'

    Eric Swalwell: 'We Aren't Being Told the Truth About Russia'

    Rep. Eric Swalwell brought the real talk on the latest episode of THE NEW ABNORMAL. He told Molly Jong-Fast and Rick Wilson that he’s “afraid” America’s intelligence agencies aren’t telling “the truth about what Russia is doing” to sabotage election 2020. Swalwell offered BS-free assessments of the Mueller probe — “Trump got his way and we lost" — and impeachment, telling Rick and Molly, “I don't think we would have moved forward with impeachment if we were in a pandemic.” Swalwell also came clean about his quarantine beard, his blink-and-you’d-miss-it presidential run, and the “ankle monitor [Donald Trump needs.” Plus! Rick and Molly dish on the Florida’s dumbest election, the Trump campaign’s cannibal clan, and the “competition of the dumbfuck supervillians.”
     
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    Why Michelle Malkin Is Den Mother of the Alt-Right Dipsh*ts

    Why Michelle Malkin Is Den Mother of the Alt-Right Dipsh*ts

    On the latest episode of THE NEW ABNORMAL, Rick Wilson explains why he’s avoiding sushi, tea, helicopters, and, perhaps, knives. Molly Jong-Fast wonders what is going on in Michelle Malkin’s mind, and unexpectedly wins an alt-right prize. And our dynamic duo talk to Daily Beast reporter Olivia Messer about her new story involving Ashton Kutcher, Joe Exotic, and some rather suspect coronavirus tests. Plus! Molly and Rick debut two new features: Breaking Dumb, and Trump Those Fuckbros (or is it the other way around?).
     
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    Adam Schiff on Bob Mueller’s Biggest Mistake

    Adam Schiff on Bob Mueller’s Biggest Mistake

    On the eighth episode of THE NEW ABNORMAL, the House Intelligence Committee Chairman talks about the moment Devin Nunes went off the rails, Paul Manafort’s suspiciously-timed release, and the serious strategic error Robert Mueller made during the Russia probe. Plus! Molly Jong-Fast and Rick Wilson discuss “boob bait for the conspiracy-addled,” “the saddest, dumbest moment in the Trump presidency,” and whether leeches, crystals, or hydroxychloroquine work best on COVID-19.
     
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    How George Conway Moved Into Donald Trump’s Head

    How George Conway Moved Into Donald Trump’s Head

    In this episode of THE NEW ABNORMAL, Republican lawyer George Conway reveals to Rick Wilson and Molly-Jong-Fast what irks him the most about Donald Trump, and how he’s managed to troll the president so hard, so well. (Spoiler alert: Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale accidentally gave Conway the idea.) Plus! Rick and Molly discuss comic opera dictatorships, Facebook’s about-face, and the man who chews Trump’s food.


    The meme referred to in our George Conway interview: https://twitter.com/skolanach/status/1259511266000830465
     
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

Chris Bidlack ,

Great guests, lousy production values

Subject matter first-rate, but terrible production values. Difficult-to-hear sound quality, and terrible, abrupt sound editing, making the discussion come off as somewhat artificial.

I didn’t mind the vulgar talk, but had it been absent or lessened, I could have forwarded episode one to my sister, who would have learned from its content. But too much unnecessary swearing for her tastes.

Looking forward to improvements in future episodes. A bit of a shame to waste an appearance of Steve Schmidt in a hobbled first episode.

Tara_J3 ,

Superb Job!

Love the podcast! I’m an African-American woman in my late thirties and have only voted Democrat in every election I’ve ever voted in (I’m not opposed to Republicans-well pre-Trump Republicans-but Republicans need to reach out to African-Americans). Anyway, Biden absolutely needs to pick a black woman as his Vice-President and I am all the way here for Kamala. Black folks are tired of not having a seat at the table and given the current state of the nation, it’s time for black people to get their rightful place of power in this nation. Phillipe Reines and Steve Schmidt were awesome and insightful. Keep up the awesome job on this podcast and when the voting begins Trump’s term will end!

PnetSean ,

May 29 Episode

Had to confuse your software with another submission to compliment the May 29 discussion between Reines and Schmidt. Valuable while under the influence of entertainment stuff is rare...have enjoyed all the episodes but this one was terrific, guys!

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