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The 2016 primaries are a fascinating (and sometimes confusing) part of the presidential election process. The New Republic's Brian Beutler is here to sort them out for you, with a little help from his friends.

The 2016 primaries are a fascinating (and sometimes confusing) part of the presidential election process. The New Republic's Brian Beutler is here to sort them out for you, with a little help from his friends.
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The 2016 primaries are a fascinating (and sometimes confusing) part of the presidential election process. The New Republic's Brian Beutler is here to sort them out for you, with a little help from his friends.




The Republican Party's Descent Into the Dark Ages

It’s hard to boil down all the ways the Trump campaign and presidency have reshaped American political norms into a single conceptual frame. But in his new, best-selling book Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and The Storming of the Presidency, Businessweek’s Joshua Green has done just that. He joined New Republic Senior Editor Brian Beutler in studio to discuss the duo's impact on politics, and whether there’s any going back to how things were before.

Duration: 00:37:41

The Republicans' Obamacare 'Waterloo' Moment Has Arrived

Trumpcare is dead! At least for now. Senate Republicans lack sufficient support to repeal and replace Obamacare, or do anything to the health care system on a purely partisan basis. So what happens next? Will Republicans sabotage Obamacare for revenge? Will they feel compelled to stabilize the health care system? And how will congressional Republicans’ passivity toward Trump change now that their legislative agenda is in freefall. Daily Beast politics editor Sam Stein joined New Republic...

Duration: 00:49:47

The Trump-Russia Conspiracy Is Real

The Trump campaign’s efforts to collude with the Russian government against Hillary Clinton have now been established. Donald Trump’s son, Don Jr, produced emails on Tuesday that corroborate a meeting where he and the campaign’s top leadership sought compromising information about Clinton, sourced to the Russian government. Trump and his allies have been caught in a full year’s worth of lies. Republican congressional leaders have been caught covering up a conspiracy. The question now is...

Duration: 00:54:44

Mitch McConnell's "Unconscionable" Health Care Bill

Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear discusses the health care policy successes in his state, the threat of the Senate's new health care bill, and a new path forward for Democrats with New Republic Senior Editor Brian Beutler. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is just a few votes away from passing legislation that would reduce health insurance coverage by 22 million people. Ironically, the impact would be most severe in his home state of Kentucky, where the Affordable Care Act...

Duration: 00:57:16

Fighting the Secret Plan to End Obamacare

Democratic Strategist and CNN Political Analyst Hilary Rosen discusses Democratic strategies to resist AHCA. Republicans are crafting a secret health care bill, and nobody has any idea how to stop them from passing it. President Trump is champing at the bit to fire the Justice Department special counsel investigating him and associates for obstruction of justice, and financial and election-related crimes. In the suburbs of Atlanta, voters will determine Tuesday night whether Democrats flip...

Duration: 00:50:39

Comey Is Breaking Trump. Trump Is Breaking the Government.

Brian Beutler and Ron Klain discuss Klain's political history [1:30], his role in response to the Ebola outbreak [12:30], and James Comey's Senate Intelligence committee hearing [28:15]. The Trump administration is roiled by both political and substantive crises. At a basic level, Trump doesn’t know how to run the government, or think in terms of the public interest. And at an acute level, he is mired in the scandal of the century. On Thursday, fired FBI Director James Comey testified that...

Duration: 00:59:07

The Self-Incrimination of Donald Trump

A lot has changed in the two months since former chief Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller joined New Republic Senior Editor Brian Beutler to discuss the FBI's investigation of the Trump campaign's involvement in Russian election subversion President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey; Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstine appointed Comey’s friend, former FBI director Robert Mueller, to oversee the investigation as Justice Department special counsel; And a large number of leaks...

Duration: 01:02:15

If Trump can get away with this, what can't he get away with?

Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey in order to obstruct Comey’s Russia investigation has shocked the conscience of nearly everyone in politics. But because Trump’s party controls Congress, it is scarily plausible that he will get away with it. If he does, the harm done to rule of law in the country will be difficult to recover from. Susan Hennessy is a national security studies fellow at the Brookings Institution and managing editor of the website Lawfare. She joined...

Duration: 00:51:57

Senator Chris Murphy's Battle Plan for the Trump Era

All eyes are on the Senate after House Republicans passed the American Health Care Act. Will Senate Republicans follow suit? What can Democrats do to stop them? And what would a repeal of the Affordable Care Act mean for Democratic politics going forward. Brian Beutler sat down with Senator Chris Murphy in his Capitol Hill office to discuss the Republican healthcare sales job, the resistance movement, and how he's adjusted his strategic approach to politics in the Trump era.

Duration: 00:46:30

Is This What a Death Spiral Looks LIke?

Former Principal Deputy Assistant General in the US Department of Justice Civli Rights Division Samuel Bagenstos comes on the show to talk to New Republic Senior Editor Brian Beutler about the mire of Republicans’ healthcare reform efforts, and how Neil Gorsuch stacks up as a Supreme Court nominee.

Duration: 01:14:51

Russia-do about Nothing?

Matthew Miller draws on his experience as Director of Public Affairs at the Justice Department under Attorney General Eric Holder to chat with New Republic Editor Brian Beutler about James Comey's words and actions regarding the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails and current investigations into any potential collusions between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Duration: 00:54:53

How Many iPhones Will YOU Have to Sell to Afford Trumpcare

Huffington Post Senior National Correspondent Jonathan Cohn and New Republic Senior Editor Brian Beutler unpack the Republicans new healthcare bill and compare its legislative process to other more deliberate healthcare legislation.

Duration: 00:54:33

Making Sense of the Hot Mess on Capitol Hill

The turmoil and dysfunction in President Trump’s administration have persisted despite the White House’s (and the commentariat’s) fond hope that his first address to Congress would set the wind at his back. Ironically, this has taken the political spotlight away from the White House and moved it to Capitol Hill. Will Congressional investigators do their jobs? Will Republicans be able to advance a legislative agenda without presidential know-how or guidance? Where is the god damn Obamacare...

Duration: 00:53:42

Don't Compare the Trump resistance to the Tea Party

There’s a strong temptation in politics to compare mass protests in support of Obamacare to the tea party protests of 2009, which nearly derailed health care reform before it passed. Jesse Ferguson thinks the comparison is flawed. Jesse worked on Capitol Hill during the law’s creation and for Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016. In the wake of Clinton’s defeat, he turned his efforts to saving the law from repeal. But in 2013, he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, which makes the...

Duration: 00:44:24

Who Should Run the Democratic Party?

New Republic Senior Editor Brian Beutler discusses the future of the Democratic parties with two candidates for the DNC chair. [2:20] South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg [29:30] Former US Secretary of Labor Tom Perez (US Representative Keith Ellison's campaign declined to participate.)

Duration: 00:58:02

How Donald Trump Could Both Revolutionize the Judiciary And Destroy It

The fact that Judge Neil Gorsuch had to criticize the man who nominated him to the Supreme Court perfectly encapsulates the horrifying tension between Donald Trump’s power to shape the judiciary and his inclination to trammel over it. Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick, host of the podcast Amicus, joins the New Republic’s Brian Beutler to discuss the crisis of authority facing the courts and to the crumbling distinction between law and politics that could define the Trump era.

Duration: 00:54:05

Tom Perriello and the Triumph of Confident Progressivism

Tom Perriello represented the Virginia’s Fifth Congressional district during the height of Democrats’ Obama-era productivity. But unlike most Democrats from GOP-leaning territory, Perriello didn’t run scared from the Democratic agenda; to the contrary, he embraced it. Now, he hopes to bring the same ethos to the Virginia governor’s mansion. He joined New Republic Senior Editor Brian Beutler in studio to talk about his race, and whether it is a microcosm of the biggest debate in Democratic...

Duration: 00:49:48

How to Stop Obamacare Sabotage

Andy Slavitt saved the Affordable Care Act; he tells New Republic Senior Editor Brian Beutler how he hopes to keep Donald Trump from destroying it.

Duration: 01:03:49

Will Donald Trump Kill Us All?

Arms Control Wonk Blog Founding Publisher and nuclear non-proliferation expert Jeffrey Lewis and Brian Beutler discuss the likelihood of us all dying in a nuclear apocalypse under a Trump presidency.

Duration: 00:54:54

Donald Trump's Impunity Presidency

Adam Serwer, Senior Editor for the Atlantic, and Brian Beutler, Senior Editor for New Republic discuss a week of confirmations, farewells, and leaks. Serwer shares his perspective on Jeff Sessions confirmation hearings after investigating Sessions record on civil rights. Also, Buzzfeed's leaked intelligence dossier and Trump's punitive response the media's unfavorable reporting.

Duration: 00:59:56

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