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A weekly discussion about the President and developments in Washington, hosted by The New Yorker's executive editor, Dorothy Wickenden, and featuring the magazine's Washington correspondent, Ryan Lizza, and other contributors.

A weekly discussion about the President and developments in Washington, hosted by The New Yorker's executive editor, Dorothy Wickenden, and featuring the magazine's Washington correspondent, Ryan Lizza, and other contributors.
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A weekly discussion about the President and developments in Washington, hosted by The New Yorker's executive editor, Dorothy Wickenden, and featuring the magazine's Washington correspondent, Ryan Lizza, and other contributors.






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The Koch Brothers Say No to Tariffs

Charles and David Koch are two of the ten richest Americans. They’ve been major donors to conservative and libertarian causes, funding candidates for office, the Tea Party movement, and even university economics departments. They sat out Donald Trump’s campaign for President, characterizing his race against Hillary Clinton as the choice between cancer and a heart attack. Now Trump has promised a wave of tariffs on products from China, Mexico, Canada, and the European Union, which violates...


Jeff Sessions’s Radical Immigration Policies

President Trump has struggled to fulfill several of his campaign pledges, but in one area his Administration has made considerable headway: his Attorney General is leading a brutal crackdown on undocumented migrants. Jonathan Blitzer joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the Administration’s radical reimagining of immigration policy.


In the Civil Service, Loyalty Now Comes Before Expertise

Donald Trump came into office promising to make so many cuts to the government that “your head will spin.” Evan Osnos has been reporting from Washington on how the Administration is radically changing the civil service, and he’s found that, to a degree unprecedented in modern times, political loyalty is prized over qualifications and experience. In many departments, senior officials deemed insufficiently loyal have been “turkey-farmed”—reassigned to jobs that are meaningless or less...


What Does Kim Jong Un Really Want From the Summit in Singapore?

Next week, President Donald Trump will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. The summit comes after months of political provocations from both leaders. Evan Osnos joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss what Kim really wants to achieve, and how he is positioning himself as a power-broker in Asia.


Marco Rubio: “Modernizing” Conservatism

Not so long ago, Senator Marco Rubio was seen as the shining future of the G.O.P.: a staunch, national-security-minded conservative who was young, charismatic, and a popular Latino politician in a crucial swing state. That was before Donald Trump’s instinct for insult rendered him “Little Marco.” Since the election of 2016, Rubio—like many traditional conservatives—has been weighing what it means to be a Republican in the age of Trump. Rubio spoke with the columnist Susan B....


A Teachers' Strike and a Democratic Movement in Oklahoma

In February, teachers in West Virginia went on strike to protest low wages and underfunding of schools. Since then, teachers have gone on strike in Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, North Carolina and Oklahoma. New Yorker contributor and Oklahoman Rivka Galchen recently visited with the striking teachers in Oklahoma and joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how the teacher protest movement is contributing to grassroots political change across the country.


Malcolm Gladwell on Understanding School Shooters

In his New Yorker story “Thresholds of Violence,” Malcolm Gladwell turned his attention to the psychology of school shooters. In a conversation with The New Yorker’s Dorothy Wickenden, Gladwell explains why the social dynamics of school shootings are comparable to those of a riot, where every act of violence makes the next one slightly more likely. He also explains why the problem is far too complex to be addressed through gun control.


The Challengers: Could the Democrats Take Texas?

This week, we inaugurate our new monthly series, "The Challengers," which will discuss some of the most contentious midterm races across the country, and examine how revolts against established politicians are reshaping the two parties. On this episode, Lawrence Wright, a New Yorker staff writer and the author of "God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State," joins Dorothy Wickenden to talk about the political scene in the Lone Star State, where Republicans have been in...


An Architect of the Iran Deal Sees Her Work Crumbling

Susan B. Glasser, a staff writer for The New Yorker based in Washington, speaks with Wendy Sherman about the Trump Administration’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran deal. As the Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs in the Obama Administration, Sherman helped write that agreement, and led the U.S. negotiating team in complex multilateral talks. She also has first-hand experience negotiating with the North Korean government, having...


Trump, Putin, Kim Jong Un, and the Perils of the New Nuclear Proliferation

The Cold War was a showdown between two nuclear powers, and many experts believe that it was nearly miraculous that the period ended without catastrophic loss of life.Today, with nine nations possessing nuclear weapons and three other which may soon develop their own, the situation is more volatile still. Eric Schlosser joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss why the world is in a nuclear arms race, what happened to the No Nukes movement, and whether significant reductions in arsenals are still...


Senator Mark Warner on the Threat of Russia

In an atmosphere of toxic political partisanship, the Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence is working very hard to maintain a functioning bipartisan investigation on Russian interference. The vice-chairman of that committee, Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, is more informed about Russia’s role in the 2016 election—on social media and in communications with the Trump campaign—than just about anyone else in Washington. Warner is deeply frustrated that, after everything his committee and...


How Michael Avenatti is Redefining His Legal Case Against Trump

This week, Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for the adult film star Stormy Daniels, released a report detailing the shady business practices of Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal lawyer. Adam Davidson joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss Avenatti's aggressive push to move beyond a narrow focus on campaign hush money to questions about selling access to the President.


Stacey Abrams Runs to Make History in Georgia

A groundswell of women are seeking congressional seats this year, as Margaret Talbot recently reported, and an all-time high of seventy-eight women are expected to run for governor. Among them is Stacey Abrams, a lawyer, businesswoman, author, and former state representative. If elected governor of Georgia, Abrams would be the first black woman to lead a state, as well as one of the first fiction writers to hold that office; under the name Selena Montgomery, Abrams is the author of a...


Mueller, Rosenstein, and Trump's Legal Liabilities

Recent weeks have seen an FBI raid on the offices of President Trump's personal lawyer, a leak of the Mueller investigation's questions for the president, and a shake-up on Trump's legal team. Jeffrey Toobin joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss Mueller's obstruction of justice case, the hush-money caper, Giuliani's bizarre attempts to exculpate Trump, and the continuing showdown between the President and his own Department of Justice.


ICE Comes to a Small Town in Tennessee

Earlier this month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted its largest workplace raid in a decade, in the tiny town of Bean Station, Tennessee. The owner of a meat-packing plant was being investigated by the I.R.S., and was suspected of employing undocumented workers. Ninety-seven people, mostly from Mexico and Guatemala, were arrested. Most lived in Morristown, in Hamblen County, which voted seventy-seven per cent for Donald Trump in the 2016 election. This suggests that Hamblen is...


Can President Macron Outwit President Trump?

This week, President Trump hosted his first state dinner, in honor of Emmanuel Macron, the French President. Macron spoke with Trump about the Iran nuclear deal, and gave a speech before a joint session of Congress explaining his differences with current U.S. policies on the Middle East and on climate change. Lauren Collins joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how Macron set out to disarm Trump, and to persuade him to think more like a European.


James Comey Makes His Case to America

In a long career in law enforcement, the former F.B.I. Director James Comey aimed to be above politics, but in the 2016 election he stepped directly into it. In his book, “A Higher Loyalty,” Comey makes the case to America that he handled the F.B.I. investigations into Hillary Clinton’s e-mails and Donald Trump’s campaign correctly, regardless of the consequences. Even after being fired by President Trump, the former F.B.I Director says he doesn’t dislike the President; he tells David...

Will the Midterm Elections Produce a Women's Wave?

As of this week, five hundred and twenty-nine women are running in 2018 for Congress. Another seventy-eight are pursuing governorships. Margaret Talbot joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the surge in female candidates, and how the sexual scandals surrounding Trump may affect the elections in November.


Ross Douthat on the Trumpian Side of Pope Francis

As a conservative columnist at the New York Times, Ross Douthat fills the post once held by no less a figure than William Kristol. A devout Catholic, Douthat opposes the progressive direction in which Pope Francis is leading the Church—to prioritize caring for poor people and migrants over opposing abortion and the culture of sexual revolution—even though he acknowledges to David Remnick that this puts him at odds with the Church’s emphasis on mercy. In his new book, “To Change the Church:...


Trump and Putin Face Off Over Syria

The Russian-backed forces of President Bashar al-Assad have all but regained control of Syria, leaving hundreds of thousands dead and more than half of the country's population displaced. This week, President Trump threatened Russia over its backing of Assad, whom Trump referred to as a "Gas Killing Animal." Robin Wright joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the showdown between the United States and Russia in Syria, and how it will shape the politics in the region.