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Headliner interviews and in-depth looks at the people and events shaping U.S. politics. Hosted by ABC News' Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein.

Headliner interviews and in-depth looks at the people and events shaping U.S. politics. Hosted by ABC News' Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein.

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ABC News (US)

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Headliner interviews and in-depth looks at the people and events shaping U.S. politics. Hosted by ABC News' Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein.

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@abc

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English


Episodes

Trump vs. Fauci

10/21/2020
"He wants to listen to Dr. Fauci," President Donald Trump told a crowd in Arizona Monday afternoon, the mention of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s name drawing boos from the crowd. It takes head-spinning logic to cast Trump's feud with Fauci as a winning campaign message for an incumbent who is down in the polls. The campaign is continuing to air ads that feature Fauci -- out of context -- appearing to applaud the president's decisions on COVID-19, even while Trump calls him a "disaster" and his fellow...

Duration:00:42:29

"A Deep Sickness"

10/14/2020
With only 20 days until the election, President Trump is back out on the campaign trail and says he's feeling ”so powerful.” Meanwhile, this week’s hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett are odd in at least one respect: They appear unlikely to influence the decision of a single senator when it comes time to vote on her confirmation for the Supreme Court. Guest: The Lincoln Project's Stuart Stevens

Duration:00:39:12

"All Necessary Precautions"

10/7/2020
It's been eight short but incredibly long days since the first presidential debate. Since then, President Donald Trump has struggled to denounce white supremacism; refused to commit to accepting the results of the election; spread falsehoods about the voting process; been diagnosed with COVID-19, amid a full-fledged Washington outbreak; choreographed a triumphant return to the White House to urge the nation not to let the pandemic "dominate"; pulled the plug on further coronavirus relief...

Duration:00:31:58

An Absolute Chaotic Mess

9/30/2020
The man a rival once warned would be a "chaos president" got a chaotic debate -- a wildly disjoined affair where both candidates insulted more than they explained. But almost as a throwaway topic, late in the debate, a discussion about election integrity drew critically important messaging out of the noise of this year's first presidential debate of the general election. Guests: David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski, authors of the new book, Trump: America First: The President Succeeds Against...

Duration:00:38:55

Debate Preview: Biden vs. Trump

9/28/2020
A tale of two campaigns is emerging ahead of the first face-to-face meeting in the general election between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday night on the presidential debate stage. ABC's Martha Raddatz offers her unique perspective, having been the only person to have moderated past debates with both of these candidates. Plus, FiveThirtyEight’s Galen Druke on whether the debates have a real impact on polling or at the ballot box. Guests: ABC's Martha...

Duration:00:31:08

"The Bloom Is Off The Rose"

9/23/2020
There are about 40 days to go until Election Day, and this week the United States reached a grim milestone as the number of Americans who have died from coronavirus tops 200,000. Meanwhile, President Trump is telling his supporters that the virus affects "virtually nobody" as he continues to hold campaign events with no social distancing and very few masks. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) joins the discussion as the Republicans vow to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court...

Duration:00:35:34

"Without Victory, There Is No Survival"

9/16/2020
ABC News' Tuesday night town hall with President Donald Trump showed a few different sides of the president, and found him comparing his own leadership during the coronavirus pandemic to that of Winston Churchill's leadership during World War II. The forum also showed Trump engaging in his own version of a politics of hope. Plus, Jaime Harrison joins the discussion to talk about his campaign to unseat Senator Lindsey Graham in South Carolina. Guest: Jaime Harrison, Democratic candidate for...

Duration:00:39:49

Trump And The Media

9/9/2020
Eight weeks from Tuesday is Election Day. Labor Day weekend was overtaken by anonymous quotes offered by former administration insiders, as published in The Atlantic. While former Vice President Joe Biden was in battleground Pennsylvania on Monday, Trump was at the White House, where he used a news conference to push back on the story -- and to suggest he isn't supported by Pentagon brass who "want to do nothing but fight wars." Plus, Brian Stelter joins the podcast to talk about his new...

Duration:00:33:19

Blocked Bulletin from DHS

9/2/2020
In early July the Department of Homeland Security withheld publication of an intelligence bulletin warning law enforcement agencies of a Russian scheme to promote “allegations about the poor mental health” of former Vice President Joe Biden, according to internal emails and a draft of the document obtained by ABC News. Just one hour after its submission, however, a senior DHS official intervened. Guest: John Cohen, former Acting Undersecretary for Intelligence at DHS

Duration:00:34:45

"A Fair Shake"

8/28/2020
A rising GOP star, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron speaks to "Powerhouse Politics" about his speech at the Republican National Convention, Joe Biden's comments about race, and the status of the Breonna Taylor case. GUEST: Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron Start Here, the daily news podcast from ABC News: https://bit.ly/2Y8Cu8U FiveThirtyEight Politics, nightly reaction and analysis: https://bit.ly/2DXwwB4

Duration:00:18:05

Law and Order (Again)

8/27/2020
As President Trump prepares to accept the GOP nomination on the final night of the Republican National Convention, unrest grows from the aftermath of the Jacob Blake shooting and the landfall of Hurricane Laura. GUEST: RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel Start Here, the daily news podcast from ABC News: https://bit.ly/2Y8Cu8U FiveThirtyEight Politics, nightly reaction and analysis: https://bit.ly/2DXwwB4

Duration:00:25:59

The Trump Show

8/26/2020
The Trump family took center stage on the second night of the Republican National Convention, with Eric and Tiffany giving speeches before Melania’s keynote from the Rose Garden. Start Here, the daily news podcast from ABC News: https://bit.ly/2Y8Cu8U FiveThirtyEight Politics, nightly reaction and analysis: https://bit.ly/2DXwwB4

Duration:00:17:52

A Turn Toward Optimism?

8/25/2020
While Sen. Tim Scott’s “From Cotton to Congress” speech offered an optimistic view of the country's future at the Republican National Convention, others spoke more to grievances. GUEST: Political consultant Frank Luntz Start Here, the daily news podcast from ABC News: https://bit.ly/2Y8Cu8U FiveThirtyEight Politics, nightly reaction and analysis: https://bit.ly/2DXwwB4

Duration:00:21:36

"More Optimistic and Less Dire"

8/24/2020
With the start of the Republican National Convention, President Trump’s campaign seeks to offer its vision of a second term. GUEST: ABC News contributor Gov. Chris Christie Start Here, the daily news podcast from ABC News: https://bit.ly/2Y8Cu8U FiveThirtyEight Politics, nightly reaction and analysis: https://bit.ly/2DXwwB4

Duration:00:31:25

Biden and Bannon

8/20/2020
On the day Joe Biden is expected to accept the Democratic nomination for president, former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon is arrested and indicted on charges of fraud. GUEST: Kate Bedingfield, Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director Start Here, the daily news podcast from ABC News: https://bit.ly/2Y8Cu8U FiveThirtyEight Politics, nightly reaction and analysis: https://bit.ly/2DXwwB4

Duration:00:24:26

A Virtual Roll Call

8/19/2020
The second night of the Democratic National Convention featured a touching testimonial from Dr. Jill Biden, wife of presidential hopeful Joe Biden. A virtual roll call brought the audience to different parts of the country, including the "Calamari Comeback" state. GUEST: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Start Here, the daily news podcast from ABC News: https://bit.ly/2Y8Cu8U FiveThirtyEight Politics, nightly reaction and analysis: https://bit.ly/2DXwwB4

Duration:00:29:39

A Broad Coalition

8/18/2020
Presidential hopeful and former Vice President Joe Biden made waves by inviting several Republicans, including former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, to speak during the Democratic National Convention, showcasing a broad coalition of support. Former first lady Michelle Obama headlined the first night. GUEST: Mayor Pete Buttigieg Start Here, the daily news podcast from ABC News: https://bit.ly/2Y8Cu8U FiveThirtyEight Politics, nightly reaction and analysis: https://bit.ly/2DXwwB4

Duration:00:28:05

A Convention Unlike Any Other

8/17/2020
In the COVID-19 era, political conventions are going to be very different. With the Democratic convention starting up this week, Democrats will seek to show the country their vision of the next few years -- while remaining socially distant. Guest: Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL)

Duration:00:29:03

Harris Makes History

8/12/2020
The safest choice made history. Former Vice President Joe Biden may have landed where he started, but he ends his running-mate process having traveled a far-reaching distance -- for his campaign and perhaps for a country that has never before had a woman of color on presidential ticket. Senator Kamala Harris was in many ways the obvious choice for Biden in a campaign shaping up like this one. Still, her selection wasn't inevitable. Guests: Jen Psaki & Yvette Simpson

Duration:00:31:00

"It Is What It Is"

8/5/2020
President Donald Trump is offering bundles of conflicting messaging and misinformation -- contradicting medical experts, political professionals and even himself on issues as varied as the importance of testing and the reliability of voting by mail. The president's remarkable interview with Axios' Jonathan Swan offered insights into how he digests and spins information. Guest: Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA)

Duration:00:33:32