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Episode 42 - September 27, 2018 - "The Day of Reckoning"

Patrick Pfingsten does live analysis during the opening of the Kavanaugh hearing on Capitol Hill. We're joined by former White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry on Kavanaugh, the future of the Supreme Court, and the job facing current Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.


Episode 41 - September 25, 2018 - "Uncharted Territory"

Patrick Pfingsten talks about how the Kavanaugh nomination and scandal has reached a new low in American politics. We're joined by Todd Ruger of CQ/Roll Call to discuss the nomination fight and allegations, as well as the future of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.


Episode 40 - September 20, 2018 - "Chicken Little"

Patrick Pfingsten talks about the hyperbole of today's news cycle, as well as the confirmation battle of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. We're joined by Kyle Kondik, Managing Editor of Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia to break down battleground races in the November election.


Episode 39 - September 18, 2018 - "Dragging Them Through the Mud"

Patrick Pfingsten discusses his concerns about the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Commentary Magazine Associate Editor Noah Rothman joins us to discuss the Kavanaugh accusations and why they're being made in the wrong arena.


Episode 38 - September 13, 2018 - "This Is an Intervention"

Patrick Pfingsten discusses the obsession with media for all things Trump. We also discuss ethics with former Obama White House "ethics czar" and former U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Norman Eisen.


Episode 37 - September 11, 2018 - "We're All Americans"

Patrick Pfingsten tells the story of a 9/11 hero and how it impacts our politics today in a special edition of the podcast.


Episode 36 - September 6, 2018 - "The Call Is Coming From Inside the White House"

Patrick Pfingsten discusses the anonymous New York Times Editorial written by an administration official criticizing the President. We're also joined by former John McCain staff lawyer and Federal Election Commission Chairman Trevor Potter on McCain's life and how messed up our campaign finance system is.


Episode 35 - September 4, 2018 "The Senate Judiciary Clown Show"

Patrick Pfingsten talks about and listens live to, the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing of Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. He also discusses the most frustrating parts of Donald Trump's interview with Bloomberg. We're joined by Vanderbilt University Law Professor Suzanna Sherry to talk about Kavanaugh, the hearings, and the nomination process.


Episode 34 - August 30, 2018 "Con Men Con"

Patrick Pfingsten and GOP strategist Mike O'Brien discuss life on the campaign trail and the impact of Donald Trump. Republican strategist and author Rick Wilson, author of Everything Trump Touches Dies, discusses John McCain, Trumpism, and the midterms.


Episode 33 - August 28, 2018 "For Whom The Bell Tolls"

Patrick Pfingsten looks back on the life, legacy, controversies, and politics of U.S. Senator John McCain, who died this weekend at 81. We're joined by Amy Sullivan, co-host of the Impolite Company podcast, to discuss the Catholic Church scandal and evangelical embrace of Donald Trump.


Episode 32 - August 23, 2018 "Snitches Get Stitches"

Patrick Pfingsten discusses Donald Trump's "snitches get stitches" defense surrounding the Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen convictions. We're joined by former federal prosecutor Gene Rossi to break down the Manafort and Cohen cases, how they relate to Trump, and where we go from here.


Episode 31 - August 21, 2018 "The Opposite of Progress"

Patrick Pfingsten discusses how the Catholic church scandal could have an impact for years to come. Politico Congressional Bureau Chief John Bresnahan joins us to discuss Democrat attempts to stall or kill the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. And longtime GOP operative Stuart Stevens talks about the impact of Donald Trump on the Republican party and how the Trump campaign response to the Russia investigation has been hard to understand.