2020 elections

The death of the GOP, an interview with Republican strategist Stuart Stevens – Politics Article

Longtime GOP strategist Stuart Stevens — who was the chief strategist for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, and now is a member of the Lincoln Project — joins us for a fascinating discussion about his new book, “It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump.” Stevens doesn’t hold back with his assessment of both Donald Trump (“I’m very comfortable calling Donald Trump a traitor because he’s actively trying to destroy America”) and the Republican party (“courage…

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DOJ Accuses Ukrainian Oligarch Pushing Biden Disinfo Of Money Laundering Scheme – Politics Article

The Justice Department moved to seize the U.S. assets of a Ukrainian oligarch on Thursday who has sought to fuel the Trump administration’s quest for dirt about Joe Biden. In two separate court filings, the feds accused Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky of stealing billions of dollars from a bank he co-owned and laundering the proceeds into the U.S. Saying that Kolomoisky is “known for ruthlessness and even violence that inspired loyalty,” the Justice Department said that the oligarch and his business…

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Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) on Trump, the economy, COVID and the election – Politics Article

Home Elections Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) on Trump, the economy, COVID and the election Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell of California joins me to discuss Donald Trump, the Coronavirus, the economy, Bill Barr, the fall election, and his own presidential run. You can watch a Zoom video version of the interview, or the podcast-audio-only version, below. This is one of our free episodes. To support our podcast, and check out our entire two-year library of shows, please become a subscriber over…

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Ken Buck Phones It In As Career Twilights – Politics Article

Sucks to be Ken Buck. As the Denver Post’s Justin Wingerter reported last weekend and we wanted to be sure got a mention in this space, Rep. Ken Buck, who also serves as the chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, is having a sad: In an upcoming HBO documentary, U.S. Rep. Ken Buck paints a bleak picture not only of Congress but also of his own political party and the conservative movement in this era of President Donald Trump, before…

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How Donald Trump can still win the 2020 election, with campaign expert Matt Robison – Politics Article

Home Elections How Donald Trump can still win the 2020 election, with campaign expert Matt Robison Former Democratic congressional staffer, campaign manager, and blogger Matt Robison joins us to talk about the latest 2020 election news. Is Donald Trump in a political death spiral or can he come back? Should Democrats invite Republicans to endorse Biden at the convention? And why the hell are we even thinking of sending kids back to school right now? All that and more in today’s episode…

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McConnell To Vulnerable GOP Senators: Maybe Abandon Ship? – Politics Article

Donald Trump and an adoring Sen. Cory Gardner (R). CNN reports on what could be rightly considered an inevitable development as we close in on three months before the fateful 2020 presidential election–GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has given the signal that vulnerable Republican Senators up for re-election in November alongside an imploding President Donald Trump can, if they determine it is politically expedient to do so, make for the lifeboats: In recent weeks, the Senate majority leader has…

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NARAL’s Ilyse Hogue on the state of women in America – Politics Article

Home News NARAL’s Ilyse Hogue on the state of women in America Our good friend Ilyse Hogue, the President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, joins us today to talk about the state of women in America, from abortion to contraception to the Supreme Court to Joe Biden’s VP pick. And she talks about her new book about the far-right, “The lie that Binds.” Below is a 22-minute excerpt — to hear the entire podcast, and support our work, please become a subscriber…

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Mary Trump on how her family created the most dangerous man in the world – Politics Article

Mary Trump, the niece of Donald Trump, joins the UnPresidented podcast to talk about her new book: “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man.” Over the course of an hour, Mary explains why she believes Donald Trump is a “psychologically deeply damaged man,” and must be defeated in November. This is a free episode. To hear the rest of our shows, and support our work, please become a subscriber over at Patreon, thanks. The…

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So Much Winning: Trump Cancels Florida 2020 RNC Events – Politics Article

NPR reports, since COVID-19 is not disappearing as President Donald Trump assured us it would, something had to be done about the fast-approaching Republican National Convention being held mostly in Jacksonville, Florida after Charlotte, North Carolina couldn’t guarantee the health and safety of attendees–formality though it may be with Trump in total, some might say totalitarian, control of the Republican Party: The Jacksonville, Fla., component of the Republican National Convention has been cancelled, President Trump…

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Trump, Covid and the election, with guest Neera Tanden – Politics Article

Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden joins us to talk about Trump, Covid, and the election. (Neera is a former senior advisor to both President Obama and First Lady, and then Senator, Clinton.) We start with a discussion about Neera’s own personal run-in with the Coronavirus — she was sick for six weeks — then we branch out into how Trump is mishandling the crisis, how that will affect the economy and the election, then a more general election-oriented…

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The Get More Smarter Podcast: Post-Primary Podcasting – Politics Article

This week on The Get More Smarter Podcast, it’s Post-Primary-Processing-Pallooza! A local gun group pulls the trigger and a tiny little flag that says BANG pops out of the barrel; Cory Gardner wears a mask; Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert wears a gun; we tempt the fates by attempting to be light hearted about the coronavirus; even Trump’s fake poll shows him losing by 10 points; and we may get a look at the Big Orange Guy’s…

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Trump’s Criminal Enterprise: A Time For Choosing – Politics Article

Comic book villain Roger Stone. The New York Times reports on last night’s commutation of the sentence of close Donald Trump campaign associate Roger Stone, the latest act in the administration’s accelerating disregard for the rule of law in the interest of self-preservation: For months, senior advisers warned Mr. Trump that it would be politically self-destructive if not ethically inappropriate to grant clemency to Mr. Stone, who was convicted of lying to protect the president. Even Attorney General William P.…

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2020 election roundup with Ohio Dem party chair David Pepper – Politics Article

In today’s UnPresidented Podcast, we talk Election 2020 with David Pepper, Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party and author of the new political thriller, “The Voter File.” You can listen to the entire interview below. We talk to David about: how suburban voters have once again made Ohio a swing state; the latest polling in other key swing states, including Red states that shouldn’t be swing states at all, but are!; the importance of rejecting Trumpism at all levels to undo gerrymandering;…

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Despite Pending Cases, McCrae Dowless Files To Run For Seat – Politics Article

McCrae Dowless, the infamous political operative behind an alleged absentee ballot scheme that got a North Carolina congressional election tossed in 2018, filed for reelection Monday for his district supervisor position. Currently, Dowless serves as vice chairman to the Bladen Soil & Water Conservation District. The nonpartisan board is made up of three members who are elected and two who are appointed by the North Carolina Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Each commissioner serves a four-year term. The election will…

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From Gingrich to Trump, the origins of Trumpism with Julian Zelizer – Politics Article

Princeton professor Julian Zelizer joins us to talk about his new book, “Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party.” Zelizer’s premise for the book, and our discussion today, is that you have to know the history of former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich in order to understand how we got Trump: “President Trump practices the kind of anti-establishment, take-no-prisoners partisanship that Gingrich brought to Washington in…

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Cory Gardner is Melting Down in Front of Our Eyes – Politics Article

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) is a hot mess right now. In the last 24 hours or so, Gardner has tried desperately to convince reporters that his campaign isn’t already doomed; watched his Democratic opponent win a blowout victory despite millions in negative ads; saw a fellow incumbent lose a Primary despite having President Trump’s endorsement; conducted a handful of interviews that make him sound like a lunatic used-car salesman; and got to see a new General Election poll already…

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