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Deep dives into the crucial issues and emergencies facing America with the people trying to solve them.

Deep dives into the crucial issues and emergencies facing America with the people trying to solve them.


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Deep dives into the crucial issues and emergencies facing America with the people trying to solve them.






"A Presidency Totally Out of Control."

Peter Baker, The New York Times Chief White House Correspondent and Susan Glasser, a Staff Writer for The New Yorker have created a masterpiece of journalism in their new book, The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021. It paints a presidency that was totally out of control, far worse than any we've ever experienced. You can buy the book here. I highly recommend it. As we get closer to the midterms, Bill highlights the work of ActBlue, a clearinghouse of donations to Democratic...


"Put Politics Aside. For Now." The Reporters' Roundtable September 30

The Devastation and Politics of Hurricane Ian. January 6th: Ginni Thomas and Roger Stone. The GOP “Plan.” Biden vs. Midterms. No Government Shutdown. With John Bennett, Editor-at-Large and Columnist, CQ Roll Call and reporter, writer of the CQ Afternoon Briefing newsletter and Linda Feldmann, Washington bureau chief, White House/politics correspondent at Christian Science Monitor. Host of the Monitor Breakfast and Hunter Walker, author of The Uprising Newsletter and co-author with Denver...


The GOP's Long-time Descent into Crazy. With David Corn of Mother Jones.

It did not start with Donald Trump. In Mother Jones’ Washington Bureau Chief David Corn's new book, he details the long history of Republican Party condoning and encouraging crazy conspiracies to gain and hold on to power. It’s called American Psychosis, a Historical Investigation of How the Republican Party Went Crazy. It’s a great read and can be bought at your local bookstore or online here. Today's Bill Press Pod is supported by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. More...


"People Are Really Fired Up." The Reporters' Roundtable September 23

Trump’s Legal Peril. Biden Hits Putin. Inflation Hits Biden. Electoral Count Act Reform. Midterms Very Close. Speaker McCarthy? With Jeff Dufour, Editor in Chief of the National Journal, Sarah Wire, Justice Department and National Security Reporter at the Los Angeles Times, Leah Askarinam, Senior Editor at Grid News and Alex Roarty, White House Correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers Today’s Bill Press Pod is supported by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. More information at...


`The Imperfect Union of Joe Biden and Barack Obama."

How did Barack Obama and Joe Biden meet? What did they think of each other? Was there’s really a bromance? And how did these two very different men form a very successful partnership for eight years in the White House. What did Barack Obama think of Biden’s chances in 2020? What is their relationship today? All those questions and more are answered in the new book, "The Long Alliance. The Imperfect Union of Joe Biden and Barack Obama" by New York Magazine National Correspondent Gabriel...


"Graham Bailed Them Out." The Reporters' Roundtable September 16.

Mixed Signals on the Economy. Rail Strike Averted. Lyndsey Graham’s Abortion Bomb. Marriage Equality Stalls. Midterms in Full Swing. Trump Threat. DeSantis Stunt. with Jason Dick, Editor in Chief at CQ-Roll Call, Melanie Mason, National Political Correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, Gabe Debenedetti, National Correspondent for New York magazine and author of the brand new book, The Long Alliance: The Imperfect Union of Joe Biden and Barack Obama which you can purchase here. And Alayna...


Midterms: Red Wave or Blue Save?

Two months to the midterms. Bill talks to Steven Shepard, the Senior campaigns and elections editor and chief polling analyst for Politico. The often predicted Red Wave for the GOP has disappeared. But has this made a Blue Save possible? Bill today highlights the work of the Democratic Party's fund-raising arm, You can donate to almost any Democrat anywhere or let the experts at ActBlue allocate your funds to make the biggest impact. More information at See...


" A Symbol of Constancy." The Reporters' Roundtable Sept 9

The Queen and America. An Aggressive DOJ. Bannon Indicted Again. The Obamas at The White House. Michigan to Vote on Abortion. Arizona and Ohio Senate Races. Biden on the Attack. With David Jackson, National Political Correspondent for USA Today, Philp Bump, National Correspondent for The Washington Post and author of the Newsletter: "How To Read This Chart" and Emily Goodin, Senior U.S. Political Reporter, Today's Bill Press Pod is supported by the American Federation of...


Laboratories of Autocracy

We say it all the time. Down ballot races are very important. Lauren Baer is someone doing something about it. She is the Managing Partner at Arena, an organization convening training and supporting the next generation of candidates and campaign staff. With an emphasis on diversifying young people going into Democratic politics. But she is no newcomer to policy and politics. She spent six years in the State Department working for Hillary Clinton and John Kerry and Samantha power at the...


"A Choice Not a Referendum." The Reporters' Roundtable Sept 1

Palin Upset. Trump Making it Worse. Biden Goes on the Attack. Democratic Midterm Outlook Brightens. With Jeff Dufour, Editor in chief at National Journal, Abby Livingston from the Almanac of American Politics and Niall Stanage, White House Columnist for The Hill and Political Analyst at News Nation AM Today’s Bill Press Pod is supported by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. More information at See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy...


Rep. Jackie Speier is Retiring, But She Leaves a Legacy for Women

Congresswoman Jackie Speier represents California's 14th congressional district just south of San Francisco. Jackie has been a strong leader on the important issue of sexual assault in the military. She's been relentless going after the Generals in the Pentagon pressuring them to take cases of sexual assault out of the military chain of command. Where they were too often just swept under the rug. Rep. Speier is retiring this year and reflects on the current fragile state of American...


"Encouraging Signs for Democrats." The Reporters' Roundtable August 26

Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Texas, Nevada, New Hampshire. All states with key races in the midterms, covered by Bill and Allan Smith, Political reporter for NBC News and Chris Cadelago, White House correspondent covering Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and politics for Politico. Today's Bill Press Pod is supported by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. More than truck drivers, they represent folks from airline pilots to zookeepers. More information at...


WH Documents: How it’s Supposed to Work.

With all the talk over the last two weeks about the documents in the basement of Mar-a-Lago, Bill decided to talk to a man who oversaw presidential documents in the Obama White House. Greg Craig was Obama's White House Counsel. He knows the rules and he saw them followed completely. It's a tale of two presidencies. And it's not a pretty picture. For the country, or Donald Trump. Today's Bill Press Pod is supported by the Laborers' International Union of North America. More information at...


"Defending Crudité." The Reporters' Roundtable August 19

Liz Loses. 2024 GOP Race. Mar-a-Lago Search Fallout. GOP Senate Woes. What’s Driving the Midterms. Biden and Dem’s Big Wins. With Leah Askarinam, Senior Editor, Grid.News, Kirk Bado, Editor of the National Journal Hotline and Tom LoBianco, Politics Reporter at Yahoo News. Today's Bill Press Pod is supported by the Iron Workers Union. Going to great heights to rebuild America. More information at See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice...


The 25 Year Crack-up of the GOP

The Destructionists: The Twenty-Five Year Crack-Up of the Republican Party is the new book by Washington Post Opinion Columnist, Dana Milbank. In this interview with Bill, he takes us from Newt Gingrich in 1990’s all the way to the GOP response to the Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant. And now we have one party that is not committed to our democracy. You can buy this great book at Today’s Bill Press Pod is supported by The International Brotherhood of Teamsters. America’s most diverse...


"Late Burst of Action." The Reporters' Roundtable August 12

Biden’s Truly Big Week. But Trump Reclaims the Spotlight. Merrick Garland Calls his Bluff. GOP Way Out on a Limb. Will it Matter for the Midterms? With Jason Dick, Editor-in-chief at CQ-Roll Call, Amanda Becker, Politics Reporter for 19th News, Sarah Wire, Justice Department and national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times and Alex Roarty, White House Correspondent for McClatchey Newspapers. Today’s Bill Press Pod is supported by the Ironworkers Union. Getting ready to rebuild...


The Danger of "Christian Nationalism."

The First Amendment of the Constitution is pretty clear: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” But the GOP and MAGA World are increasingly promoting something called “Christian Nationalism.” What is it? Is it dangerous? Bill talked to his old friend the Reverend Barry Lynn who has spent his entire life fighting to keep the wall up between Church and State as well as many progressive causes. For 25 years he was...


"Take the Win." The Reporters' Roundtable August 5

Dem Wins. Biden 24? KS Choice Win. Mid-terms. AZ Elects Deniers. Pelosi in China. Liz Cheney Won't Stop. With Jeff Dufour, Editor-in-chief of the National Journal, Zach Cohen, Congress Reporter for Bloomberg Government, Jessica Taylor, Senate & Governors Editor, Cook Political Report and Shirish Date, White House Correspondent at HuffPost. Today’s Bill Press Pod is supported by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. The Union is a big supporter of important causes. Check out their...


"Rage" Against the "Pro-life" Machine

When Bill talked to Jacqueline Ayers, the Senior Vice president at Planned Parenthood for Policy, Campaigns and Advocacy, the word “rage” came up six times. Rage against this latest Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe V Wade. Rage against the state legislatures and governors who are instituting draconian abortion bans. Rage against the burdens put on health care providers who have to consult with lawyers, or look over their shoulder at prosecutors, when trying merely to save a woman's life....


"Democrats Weren’t Morons." The Reporters' Roundtable July 29

Manchin-Schumer Deal. GOP Skunked. DOJ Looking Hard at Trump. Trump 911 Truther? Pelosi to Taiwan? New Third Party. Fox Loves DeSantis. With Matt Gertz, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, Scott Wong, Senior Congressional Reporter for NBC News and Sudeep Reddy, Senior Managing Editor at Politico. Today's Bill Press Pod is supported by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. More information at See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy...