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POLITICO's top reporters dive into the political landscape, the latest numbers that matter, and detail what's really happening behind closed doors. They're people who spend Friday nights poring over poll numbers or the latest Federal Election Commission reports — so if you want to understand how the modern politics game is played, this is the podcast for you. New episodes every Friday, hosted by Scott Bland.

POLITICO's top reporters dive into the political landscape, the latest numbers that matter, and detail what's really happening behind closed doors. They're people who spend Friday nights poring over poll numbers or the latest Federal Election Commission reports — so if you want to understand how the modern politics game is played, this is the podcast for you. New episodes every Friday, hosted by Scott Bland.
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POLITICO's top reporters dive into the political landscape, the latest numbers that matter, and detail what's really happening behind closed doors. They're people who spend Friday nights poring over poll numbers or the latest Federal Election Commission reports — so if you want to understand how the modern politics game is played, this is the podcast for you. New episodes every Friday, hosted by Scott Bland.

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Episodes

High primary turnout creates more centrist Dems

8/17/2018
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What do democratic voters want? A candidate that will win! How will they try to get it? By moving more to the center, probably! High voter turnout in the primaries among Democrats is showing that there is promise in backing centrist candidates at the top of the ballot. We break down what happened during the primaries on Tuesday night, and what we're expecting to see in the midterms and beyond. Plus: The heartland's version of Costco and just a lil bit of Omarosa to top it off. Learn more...

Duration:00:27:42

Bernie-backed underdogs underperform

8/10/2018
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Primaries, nerds! *cue emoji clapping hands and confetti* We're in our happy place. First, we're talking campaigns, what Bernie Sanders might be getting at when he backs underdog candidates and what we can expect in the midterm elections. Then, we get into the scandal of the week: Rep. Chris Collins and alleged insider trading. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:34:29

Trump gets into the midterms. Big league.

8/3/2018
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Ahhh Midterm season is (still) in the air. With president Trump back on the road, we've been hearing him drop some midterm hopefuls' names on the rally trail. When he's not dropping names out front, his 2020 re-election campaign is behind the scenes dropping dolla dolla bills, ya'll. We talk about who Trump wants to come out on top and what that's going to take. Then, we break down how ch-ch-changes to the electoral map will impact the outcome of 2020. PLUS: a mini-Mahtesian on mic! Learn...

Duration:00:32:35

The decrease in White House transparency continues

7/27/2018
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The White House has decreased press briefings and announced that they'll no longer be sharing summaries of Trump's call's with foreign heads of state. Plus, they pentagon is not talking to reporters, leaving them in the dark when it comes to military issues. We also talk about the trade war's impact on farmers and how the White House is handling it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:27:51

Trump's Russia comments: deeply damaging or just bizarre?

7/20/2018
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As Trump walks back his remarks on Russian meddling, the question of whether he's compromised by a foreign power moves from the fever swamps to the mainstream. Plus, POLITICO'S Rachael Bade says GOP women running for office are in a pickle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:34:17

The Trump Pence split-screen

7/13/2018
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While President Trump is ruffling feathers of world leaders in Europe, Mike Pence is on his own press tour a little closer to home: he's in the Midwest. We get into what he's doing there, and why his message sounds a little different from the president's.... or does it? Then, we talk about the Supreme Court some more. Three weeks in a row isn't too much, in our opinion, but it's a very narrow ruling. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:34:28

How Supreme Court nominations are like political campaigns

7/6/2018
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Scott's on vacation, but we're not! Charles Mahtesian, Esq. sits in the host seat this week. Name a better time to go full Supreme Court..... we'll wait. We have two White House reporters bringing us up to speed on what Trump is thinking with his self-imposed announcement deadline rapidly approaching. Then, Josh Gerstein returns to tells us about the 38 cases the Supreme Court has agreed to hear next year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:29:37

Episode 113: Kennedy retirement reunites fractured Republicans

6/29/2018
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In a news week that seemed like it would never end, there were two big upsets for the Democrats: First, in New York's 14th congressional district, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unseated Joe Crowley, an incumbent no one expected to be defeated. Then, Justice Anthony Kennedy, considered a swing vote on the bench, announced that he would retire, opening up an opportunity for Trump and republicans to alter the Supreme Court as we know it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:35:55

Episode 112: The turmoil at the border is just beginning

6/22/2018
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This week we're talking about the border from two perspectives: The White House and the Hill. Then, we'll explain why democratic congresspeople and democratic candidates have been turning their backs on Nancy Pelosi, and why it seems like she might be okay with it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:34:25

Episode 111: For Republicans, Trump holds the cards

6/15/2018
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The primary outcomes have us wondering: What's the state of the GOP? Politico's Elena Schneider and Alex Isenstadt join us this week to fill us in on what's going on with the republicans. Then, Rachael Bade joins us from the Hill fresh from a presser with Paul Ryan to talk about DACA and immigration. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:30:14

BONUS: Decoding Trump, Post Summit

6/12/2018
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While we were sleeping, President Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore. They signed a "very comprehensive document," but what was in it? And what does it all mean in the long run? Emily Stephenson hosts, joined by foreign affairs correspondent Halley Toosi and Michael Crowley, national security editor to break down what happened and what the future could hold. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:10:27

Episode 110: A sigh of relief from Democrats

6/8/2018
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With a giant primary day in the rearview mirror, the Nerdcast team sizes up the race for the House this fall, and we explain what to expect from the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore. Plus: A heartfelt apology to our many listeners in South Dakota. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:34:40

Episode 109: Super Tuesday: primary elections edition

6/1/2018
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Just when you thought primary election season couldn't get any better, we get 8 primaries on a single Tuesday! We're calling it a Super Tuesday. Hear about California's top-two primary system (it's wonky!) and then what the White House has up its sleeve for the 2018 Midterms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:33:59

Episode 108: Can Democrats win in the South, and Paul Ryan’s pickle

5/25/2018
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You already know what time it is: Primary discussion time! *Insert airhorn sound effect* Daniel Strauss and Steve Shepard are back to talk about the primaries that happened this week. Then, Paul Ryan is a lame duck, and he's gotten himself into a pickle. What happens when your own party doesn't wanna work with you? Rachel Bade breaks it down for us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:33:41

Episode 107: Inside Mueller’s team, and a look at the Dems

5/18/2018
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If you ain't talking primaries, we don't wanna talk (we'll call you back). Talking primaries again, we know you love it! Hear what democrats are facing, and how women are faring in primary elections this year. Then, get a look inside the Mueller investigation with POLITICO reporter Josh Gerstein. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:32:37

Episode 106: Sizing up the primaries and unpacking two nuclear relationships

5/11/2018
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We talk about what unfolded in Tuesday night's primary elections, and then breakdown the next round of primaries we're gearing up for. Then, it's on to Iran and North Korea and all the ways they're intertwined — yet completely different. Plus, in a win for Charlie, he's asked to talk about his favorite place in the world: The Keystone State. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:31:51

BONUS: The woman who connected Castro with the White House

5/7/2018
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History forgot Lisa Howard, but we still see the implications of her work today. The story of how one pioneering female journalist used grit, determination and some intimate diplomacy to establish a secret backchannel between the U.S. government and Fidel Castro, altering the course of the Cold War. Read the full Politico Magazine story at politico.com/magazine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:39:04

Episode 105: Nobody wants to be Trump's lawyer

5/4/2018
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President Trump's new lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, shared some revealing news about the president during an interview with Sean Hannity regarding the alleged arrangement his former lawyer made with the adult film star Stormy Daniels. Following suit, we reveal a secret about Charlie. We also break down the upcoming primary elections, including the four happening next Tuesday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:35:47

Episode 104: Dr. Ronny Jackson drops out, Missouri midterms heat up

4/27/2018
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It seems like we are destined to have at least one confirmation battle pending before the senate until the end of time. This week, we can thank Dr. Ronny Jackson, who has withdrawn his nomination to lead the VA. White House reporter Eliana Johnson breaks down all the drama surrounding his nomination. Then, reporter Daniel Strauss breaks down what is shaping up to be an interesting midterm election in Missouri. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:31:10

Episode 103: Abe visits Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Nikki Haley and Election 2018

4/20/2018
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It's been a very foreign-policy focused week for the White House. We bring you a breakdown of the big events that made headlines. Then we’ll talk about how the diplomatic world and corporate America have adapted to the way the president changes his mind. Plus, Scott Bland's favorite topic: CAMPAIGNS! We talk about Sun City, Arizona, the next stop in a special-election-season that keeps on giving. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:30:37