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Four former aides to President Obama — Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor — are joined by journalists, politicians, comedians, and activists for a freewheeling conversation about politics, the press and the challenges posed by the Trump presidency.
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Trump offers up a smorgasbord of delusional buffoonery over the weekend, his Administration saber-rattles with Iran, the Democratic debate lineup is set, and Elizabeth Warren surges to the top of the field. Then Senator Harry Reid talks to Jon F. about impeachment and the state of the Senate, and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar joins us for a game about student debt from our Minneapolis show on June 7th.
Tommy talks to Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang about why he feels a universal basic income is necessary as more jobs are automated, how he'd get his agenda through Congress, and why he feels America needs to leave the penny behind.
The President says he’d accept foreign assistance to win in 2020, Democrats hold contempt votes over the Census scandal, Joe Biden and Donald Trump tear into each other, and Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders deliver two big speeches. Then Congresswoman Ilhan Omar talks to Ana Marie Cox about her new plan to relieve student debt.
Trump caves on his Mexican trade war, and the race to win Iowa brings 19 Democratic candidates to Cedar Rapids. Des Moines Register pollster Ann Selzer joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan, and Connie Schultz on stage in Des Moines, Iowa.
Trump’s trade war threatens the economy, Elizabeth Warren calls for a new economic patriotism, and Joe Biden reverses his position on the Hyde amendment. Illinois Congressional candidate Marie Newman joins Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan, and Brittany Packnett on stage at the Chicago Theater. 
“Donald Trump, Diplomat.”

“Donald Trump, Diplomat.”

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Trump spends the weekend picking fights with our biggest trading partner (Mexico) and our closest ally (the U.K.), the mass shooting in Virginia Beach puts gun control proposals back in the spotlight, and the Democratic candidates for president descend on California to make their case. Then London Mayor Sadiq Khan talks to Tommy about Trump’s U.K. visit, and Cherokee journalist and activist Rebecca Nagle talks to Tommy about her new podcast, This Land.
Author and activist Marianne Williamson joins Jon Favreau to discuss her bid for president, the difference between moral outrage and anger, getting money out of politics, and why she wants to establish a Department of Peace. Plus, her take on the role of spirituality in politics.
Robert Mueller sends an unmistakable message to Congress about impeachment, more Democrats announce their support for an inquiry, the DNC changes its requirements for the fall debates, and Elizabeth Warren’s strategy pays off. Then Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus and show runner David Mandel talk to Jon, Jon, and Tommy about politics and comedy in the Trump Era.
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar sits down with Dan to discuss what she brings to the 2020 race. They talk climate change, her plan to prioritize mental health, whether Congress should open an impeachment inquiry, and how she’ll use humor to campaign against Trump.
The President sides with a murderous tyrant over advisors and allies, the Attorney General targets Trump’s political enemies, and the Democratic candidates fight for media attention in a crowded field. Then ACLU attorney Chase Strangio talks to Jon L. about the Trump administration’s most recent attempt to roll back civil rights for transgender Americans. Also – Pod Save America is going on tour! Get your tickets now: crooked.com/events.
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Cozy Cubby

Alaska "gives away money" and they are a "red State" is an interesting theory. The money doesn't come from the government, it comes from the oil. universal basic income is different than what Alaska does.

Jun 17th
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Nick Kerr

Universal basic income is an interesting concept, but it's completely impractical. Implementing it would cost between 50 and 75% of our current national budget. we would have to increase our Revenue considerably to be able to even think about implementing a pilot program.

Jun 17th
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Matthew DeJonge

Don't listen to the polls. Andrew is going to have a real upward bound trajectory - #Yang2020

Jun 16th
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Nick Kerr

Matthew DeJonge probably not. I see that you have a lot of enthusiasm, but the reality is that he still has very low name recognition. He doesn't have any major government experience, and he likely won't get a whole lot of time during the Democratic debates. Even if he is on stage, they tend to focus and give the questions on the major candidates like Biden and Warren. if anything, Yang's value is as a potential running mate.

Jun 17th
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Alex Mercedes

you say that Dem Soc won the argument. it would seem then not that they should stop calling themselves Dem Soc but that the Democrats should relinquish their label. why should Bernie have to defend and explain his choice of label if he won the debate?

Jun 16th
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Alex Mercedes

besides Twitter ville, where else have you observed the "trend" you mention,. Jon?

Jun 16th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

Okay, you guys, hang on a minute. I do not hate Biden in any way. I think he's generally a pretty good guy, even if he's not my first choice for president. I'm not a dumbo, though, for thinking that his promise to cure cancer was silly. You wanna know the difference between this campaign promise versus others? Here it is: Other campaign promises may fall through, but they are promises based on policies that could actually happen overnight. The actual likelihood of that happening is irrelevant; the fact is, we could, conceivably, enact health care for all. That promise isn't reliant upon research that doesn't yet actually exist. He should have promised to increase funding into the search for the cure for cancer. But to promise to cure cancer is simply ludicrous. You cannot swear that researchers will discover something. We may never find the cure. I hope we do, but hope is not reliable. And just so you know, I'd think that promise was weak no matter who said it. I'm not deranged. I'm realistic. Biden might as well have promised me a unicorn. Honestly, y'all owe me an apology for assuming that I have beef with Uncle Joe just because I think he said something lame. I love my husband dearly but that doesn't stop me from calling him out when he screws up -- which he does fairly often. You can like someone and still laugh when they fumble. tl;dr -- Biden's promise to cure cancer was silly, and if you disagree, then you're silly, too. But that's okay; I still love you.

Jun 15th
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fresh mannn

I like Yang more than any other qualifying Democratic candidate. I hope he wins it all.

Jun 14th
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dok dicer

I do get that the guys have personal sympathies for Biden. They said so repeatedly in the past and that is fine. But that level of apologism is just silly. And seems quite Trumpy to me too. "Biden derangement syndrome"? Really? There are a lot of candidates who don't say and do stupid, if not outright creepy or horrible things on a constant basis. Why defend him? I really don't get why he is frontrunner. If he ends up as the candidate, the Democrats (or rather the DNC) deserve their election loss even more so than they did with Clinton part 2, because they have proven (again) that they are utterly incapable of learning.

Jun 14th
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Leslie Darrah

I like some of the things he's talking about.

Jun 14th
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lovesbigkissell

I like him. he has a plan.

Jun 14th
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Kevin Bell

can't wait to see Yang at the debates!!

Jun 14th
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Esther  Lopez

Maybe we should sit back and watch the team of little sharks devour the big shark.

Jun 14th
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Gayle Allen Choojitarom

"This isn't New Orleans, I'm fine," didn't slide past me, Lovett. That's some weak (sweet) tea, bud.

Jun 12th
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Alex Mercedes

what fun! one of the best live shows ever.

Jun 11th
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Alex Mercedes

I'm with Lovett: it is NOT okay to put a damp, used towel in the dryer. why not put it in the washer? it's USED for crissake.

Jun 11th
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Dryte Pareigis

I have been a listener for a few months, and enjoy the show. I just wanted to comment that I am disappointed that DoorDash is a new sponsor. DoorDash hurts small businesses in the way they conduct business. They do not contact restaurants to let them know they are going to offer delivery from their establishments. The results are often unupdated menus, miscommunication, resulting in a poor representation of the restaurant to the dash user. They also do not monetarily compensate the restaurant. Most restaurants going through apps have delivery fees, or a different price structure on delivered goods that make it financially viable for the business. I enjoy the show and look forward to continuing listening.

Jun 7th
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Alex Mercedes

JF: all your questions are either a quantifier ..how much should Dems worry about...how much credit does Trump deserve...or a request to read someone's mind...what are Dems thinking...what is McConnell trying to do...what is X's strategy. is there really no other way to facilitate the conversation? the rest of the team is good at sidestepping these impossible/rhetorical questions and delivering the analysis we love and respect from Crooked Media. but think how much time we could reclaim minus these oft-repeated rhetorical questions?

Jun 7th
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Podcast Fantastic

Reading these is hilarious. Yeah they're being serious but in a John Stewart sort of way. Somehow beyond being just blatant morons conservatives are humorless as well.

Jun 7th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

It's super painful to hear the mayor of London refer to Trump as "your president". My knee-jerk reaction is to shout, "Not my president!" but let's be honest... if I'm American, which I am, then regardless of how I feel about the man, at the end of the day Trump is my president (*shudders*). My next reaction is to feel embarrassed and stranger apologies and start screaming, "Not all Americans..." but that's a bit too close to "Not all men" and I just can't being myself to utter that phrase. So I'm stuck with lots of mumbly, "Oy, sorry about my president. He's a real shit, eh? Pass the beer nuts. Next round's on me."

Jun 7th
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Alex Mercedes

Julia L-D....what fun!

May 31st
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