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Chuck Todd at his best – unscripted, informed and focused on what really matters in politics. Join Chuck each Wednesday as he talks with top reporters from the nation’s capital, plus exclusive sit-down interviews and on-the-ground dispatches from across the campaign trail.

Chuck Todd at his best – unscripted, informed and focused on what really matters in politics. Join Chuck each Wednesday as he talks with top reporters from the nation’s capital, plus exclusive sit-down interviews and on-the-ground dispatches from across the campaign trail.


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Chuck Todd at his best – unscripted, informed and focused on what really matters in politics. Join Chuck each Wednesday as he talks with top reporters from the nation’s capital, plus exclusive sit-down interviews and on-the-ground dispatches from across the campaign trail.




Fmr. Amb. Michael McFaul: Inside Putin's Ukraine endgame

Young Russian men are fleeing their country, as Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a surprise announcement drafting additional troops into his invasion of Ukraine. Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul joins Chuck to analyze Putin's fluctuating strategy, as his originally planned swift incursion meets the stronger-than-expected shield of the Ukrainian defense.

American oligarchs: Money in politics

As the list of individuals donating millions and billions of dollars grows, so do concerns that political campaigns are being controlled by this rich donor class, made up of individuals who have an outsized influence on who wins elections and who runs the country.


Russ Feingold: The movement to “completely change the Constitution”

Chuck is joined by Russ Feingold, former Democratic senator from Wisconsin and co-author of a new book, “The Constitution in Jeopardy: An unprecedented effort to rewrite our fundamental law and what we can do about it.”


Breaking down the Senate battlegrounds, with Mark Murray and Jessica Taylor

The generic ballot is dead even at 46-46 between Democrats and Republicans, according to the latest NBC News poll, with Senate candidates on either side duking it out on on a diverse set of priorities from one state to the next. NBC News Senior Political Editor Mark Murray and Jessica Taylor, the Senate and Governors editor for the Cook Political Report with Amy Walter, join Chuck to break down the races to watch, just about six weeks out from the midterms.


Christian Nationalism on the rise: Meet the Press Reports

An Idaho town grapples with questions about the role that religion should play in the public square.


What happened to Rudy Giuliani? Andrew Kirtzman

Long gone his days of public-opinion highs, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani is nowadays best known as a fixer for former president President Trump's alleged crimes. Andrew Kirztman, author of “Giuliani: The Rise and Tragic Fall of America’s Mayor," joins Chuck to detail the fall from grace of Trump's highest-profile attorney.

Nate Cohn explains how to fix political polling

It's full throttle onto November with all primaries now in the rearview mirror, which means pollsters are putting out their data in early hints of where both parties will stand at the outcome of the elections. Nate Cohn, chief political analyst for the New York Times, joins Chuck to detail the science behind the tracking of public opinion... and why not all polls are created equal.


Post Game: Independent voters get stuck in the middle, with Matt Gorman

As both parties seem to entrench themselves deeper into their respective sides, some independent voters tell "Meet the Press" they feel disenfranchised by a political offer that does not reflect their views. Matt Gorman, former NRCC communications director, joins Chuck to zoom in the American center. Plus, what effect will Queen Elizabeth's passing have on the UK royal family's mystique viewed from abroad?


“I just I don't recognize that party anymore”: Independent voters in Arizona sour on GOP ticket

What stands out about Arizona this cycle – beyond all of its competitive statewide contests and its status as a presidential battleground – is that the entire slate of GOP candidates are 2020 election-deniers. Chuck speaks with Al Bell, a Navy veteran who was a registered Republican for 52 years until he recently switched to an independent. He’s joined by Amy Jensen, a speech pathologist who was a Republican until 2020 when she switched to an independent. And Karilyn Van Oosten, who has...


"Battleground Arizona" with Jim Sharpe

As the last few primaries make way for general elections to come, Republican voters in Arizona will find an entire slate of 2020 election deniers. Jim Sharpe, host of Arizona's Morning News on KTAR, joins Chuck with his insight on the Copper State's politics in 2022.


College football preview with Jane Coaston

Jane Coaston, host of “The Argument” from the New York Times, joins Chuck to preview the fall college football season and to wonder why they can't quit watching the sport.


How to tell if Democrats held the House in 2022? Watch these six races

Have the Democrats turned things around this midterm cycle — thanks to the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and former President Donald Trump’s constant presence in the news. Josh Kraushaar, Senior political correspondent at Axios, and Ally Mutnick, Politico reporter covering House campaigns and redistricting, join Chuck to talk about the House races.


Post Game: The future of Trumpism post-Trump, with Rich Lowry

A shadow primary seems to be taking place over who will succeed Trump at the head of the GOP, as the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago shuffles public opinion on the former president. Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review, joins Chuck to analyze the Republican road ahead.


Frost & Davis: Two former House campaign chairs explain how they beat the midterm curse

For most of the year, we’ve been repeating the conventional wisdom that a president’s party usually loses seats during a midterm election. But there are two recent exceptions to that rule: 1998 and 2002. Former Republican Congressman Tom Davis, from Virginia — the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee during the 2002 midterms —and former Democratic Congressman Martin Frost, from Texas — the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee during the 1998...


Red wave or red ripple? Steve Kornacki breaks down New York and Florida primary results

Primary season is nearing a close after Tuesday's contests in Florida and New York. Now, the big picture for the midterms environment seems to be that the GOP's hope for a red wave may at least come with a blue undertone. Steve Kornacki, NBC News national political correspondent, joins Chuck to bring his insight on the developing 2022 terrain.


Inside the August NBC News Poll: Democrats have caught up to Republicans on election interest

Mark Murray, senior political editor at NBC News and co-author of First Read, joins Chuck to look into the latest numbers from the NBC News poll.


Help Wanted: America wrestles with nationwide teacher shortage, with Dan Domenech

This back-to-school season, schools across the country are reckoning with a lack of available teachers, with several districts lowering standards for hiring educators and others reducing school days to four a week. Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, joins Chuck to analyze the problem and talk through potential solutions.


In Florida, DeSantis and Democrats square off over abortion, education and Trump

With only seven primary states to go until the midterms, all eyes are trained on the Sunshine State, with Democrats mounting fierce challenges to unseat Senator Marco Rubio and Governor Ron DeSantis. Marc Caputo, NBC News national political reporter, and Emily Mahoney, political editor for the Tampa Bay Times, join Chuck to break down how abortion, a raid on Mar-a-Lago, and other major issues may sway the Floridian electorate on November 8.


Ruy Teixeira: 'Democrats are whistling past the graveyard''

Progressive writer and scholar, Ruy Teixera, focuses on the American electorate. He’s also the co-author of a seminal 2004 book, The Emerging Democratic Majority. In July he left the Center for American Progress and joined AEI as a senior fellow.


GOP rallies behind Trump while DOJ silent after FBI search, with fmr. AG Alberto Gonzales and Brendan Buck

The FBI's search of former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate has created an information vacuum. While the Department of Justice has remained silent on the reason for the investigation, Trump and a growing number of Republicans have been quick to politicize the incident and speculate corruption. Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Republican strategist Brendan Buck join Chuck to discuss the search's implications and what's to come.