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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.
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    Biden’s Supreme Court Moment (w/ Dahlia Lithwick & Jess Bravin)

    Biden’s Supreme Court Moment (w/ Dahlia Lithwick & Jess Bravin)

    Journalist Jonathan Allen on this podcast last March described the fateful moment when Joe Biden, with his campaign on the ropes during the South Carolina primary in 2020, agreed to name an African-American woman to the Supreme Court. It was a commitment made under intense political pressure by house majority WHIP James Clyburn. The most powerful black politician in the state. But it paid off big time. Biden made his pledge, Clyburn endorsed the next morning, and the former Vice-President won a resounding victory in South Carolina putting his campaign on a gliding path to the nomination. And now, Biden's nearly two year old campaign pledge has become newly relevant as Justice Stephen Breyer announced he will be stepping down. Who will Biden actually pick to replace him? And how much difference will it make? Two veteran Supreme Court watches, Dahlia Lithwick of Slate and Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal, join to discuss.
    GUESTS:
    Dahlia Lithwick (@Dahlialithwick), covers the court and law from SlateJess Bravin (@JessBravin), Supreme Court correspondent for The Wall Street Journal
    HOSTS:
    Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) 
    RESOURCES:
    Isikoff's piece on Biden's promise to select an African-American to Supreme Court - Here.Jonathan Allen's appearance on Skullduggery - Here. 
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    • 52 min
    Putin's Potential Plot Against Ukraine (w/ John Sipher)

    Putin's Potential Plot Against Ukraine (w/ John Sipher)

    US Secretary of State Antony Blinken pledged this week that any move by Vladimir Putin on Ukraine will be met with clear, swift, and a united response from the United States and its NATO allies. It was one more sign of a looming crisis that has much of the world on edge. The Russians have amassed as many as 100,000 troops on the Ukraine border prompting the US to pull diplomats out of Kiev over fears for their safety. And now, the US has put as many as 8500 troops on alert for possible deployment in support of NATO. Seventy-Seven years after the end of World War II are we really on the verge of another ground war in Europe? Or does Putin have another game plan? Our guest John Sipher, retired from a 28-year career at the CIA with time spent in Moscow and also running the CIA’s Russia operations, gives us his insight as to what we are potentially dealing with.
    GUEST:
    John Sipher (@john_sipher), Former CIA Clandestine Service - Now @SpycraftEnt @AtlanticCouncil
    HOSTS:
    Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) 
    RESOURCES:
    Andrew Romano's latest Yahoo News/YouGov story - Here.John Sipher's Bio on the Atlantic Council - Here.
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    • 47 min
    The Hypocrisy of Davos Man (w/ Peter S. Goodman)

    The Hypocrisy of Davos Man (w/ Peter S. Goodman)

    The World Economic Forum is something that takes place every year in Davos, Switzerland. Mark Benioff, Billionaire CEO of cloud computing company Salesforce who frequents this forum, is an evangelist for a concept known as stakeholder capitalism. The notion that corporate executors have an obligation to not just do what's best for its shareholders, the folks who bought the stocks and reaped the dividends, but for all its stakeholders including the company's workers, consumers, suppliers, and more broadly, society at large. It's positioned Benioff as that most admirable of characters at the annual retreat, a progressive CEO committed to ending climate change, promoting diversity, and otherwise making the world a better place. But according to our guest Peter S. Goodman of The New York Times, and author of the book Davos Man, it's all a charade. In addition, our hosts discuss the latest developments into Jan. 6th, the newly discovered Draft Executive Order for the Military to cease election machines, as well as the recent news out of Georgia in regards to the infamous Trump phone call to find him more votes.
    GUEST:
    Peter S. Goodman (@petersgoodman), @nytimes global econ corr. Author of DAVOS MAN: How the Billionaires Devoured the World
    HOSTS:
    Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) 
    RESOURCES:
    Pick Up Goodman's book - Here.Watch Rutger Bregman Viral Clip from Davos - Here.
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    • 59 min
    Carl Bernstein's Boisterous Beginnings (w/ Carl Bernstein)

    Carl Bernstein's Boisterous Beginnings (w/ Carl Bernstein)

    Before Watergate brought Carl Bernstein well-deserved fame and fortune, he sharpened his journalistic chops as a copy boy and cub reporter for The Washington Star. It was the Capitol's afternoon newspaper until it was shut down forty-one years ago. And was also The Washington Post's fierce crosstown rival. Bernstein has now written a memoir about his formative days at The Star called Chasing History: A Kid In The Newsroom. It recounts how a kid, who barely graduated high school and never finished college learned how to conduct interviews and craft stories that mattered all while getting a front row seat at some of the biggest events of his time. From the Civil Rights Movement to the assassination of JFK. Bernstein joins to discuss his book and what lessons it has for journalists today.
    GUEST:
    Carl Bernstein (@carlbernstein), Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist
    HOSTS:
    Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) 
    RESOURCES:
    Pick up Carl Bernstein's new book - Chasing History - Here.
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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Biden’s Voting Rights Fiasco (w/ Michael Waldman)

    Biden’s Voting Rights Fiasco (w/ Michael Waldman)

    In Biden's recent address to the people of the United States, he appeared to leave open the door for Democrats to question the legitimacy of this year's congressional elections due to new voting laws being passed by Republican controlled state legislatures. The. comments came just as West Virginia State Senator Joe Manchin was on the floor of the Senate reaffirming that he would not go along with changing Senate filibuster rules thereby effectively dooming the President's call for sweeping new Federal laws that would override what GOP lawmakers are doing in the states. Another crushing defeat for Biden. How big of a defeat was this for Dems in general? And what will it mean for this fall's midterms? Michael Waldman, President of the Brennan Center for Justice and author of the newly reissued book The Fight To Vote, joins to discuss said questions and much more.
    GUEST:
    Michael Waldman (@mawaldman), Pres. @brennancenter at NYU Law. Author The Fight to Vote, Fmr. Bill Clinton speechwriter
    HOSTS:
    Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) 
    RESOURCES:
    Pick up Waldman's book The Fight To Vote - Here
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Bannon’s Bizzaro World (w/ Tim Miller & Erik Wemple)

    Bannon’s Bizzaro World (w/ Tim Miller & Erik Wemple)

    On Steve Bannon's Podcast, War Room Pandemic, there's a common theme that the deep state is coming after you. The believe in the "big lie" is also common fodder and remains as powerful as ever. And just this week, DOJ brought new charges against leaders of the Oath Keepers for seditious conspiracies are only seen as further proof of the dastardly leftist plot to target patriotic Trump supporters and tighten its control over America. Tim Milleer of The Bulwark joins to discuss the bizzare-o world of Bannon's podcast and what impact it's having on the Republican Party. Then Erik Wemple, media columnist for The Washington Post, joins to talk about how the media should be covering this strange moment in American politics.
    GUESTS:
    Tim Miller (@Timodc), Writer-At-Large @bulwarkonlineErik Wemple (@ErikWemple), Washington Post media critic
    HOSTS:
    Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo NewsDaniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo NewsVictoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host) 
    RESOURCES:
    Tim Miller's latest piece about spending a week listening to Steve Bannon - Here.Erik Wemple's latest stories for The Washington Post - Here. 
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