Rank #1: Three ways President Trump could get his wall
There's ways the president could get his wall without congressional approval. But it won't be pretty. POLITICO White House reporter Nancy Cook joins the podcast to give an update on what's happening in the White House during the shut down as federal employees miss their first paychecks. Last week she told us not much was going on, but this week everything has gone into hyper drive. Then POLITICO reporters Elena Schneider and David Siders join to talk about the democrats with big donation possibilities. Plus, editor Charlie Mahtesian talks about the importance of candidates having viral moments as they gear up for 2020.
Jan 11 2019
Rank #2: Republicans are in a shutdown pickle
Hope for avoiding shutdown is evaporating; it might be a long few weeks in Washington, with less than happy holidays approaching. We breakdown the republican mood with the shutdown deadline approaching. Then, hear from two White House reporters on the chief of staff search. Nobody wants the job that used to be one of the most sought after in Washington.
Dec 14 2018
Rank #3: Two Supreme Court decisions, explained
This week on the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland: The Supreme Court had a busy week, ruling on two cases that have big political implications. First, immigration reporter Ted Hesson joins to explain how a road block has been put in the path of implementing a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Then, Scott and Charlie talk about the ruling on partisan gerrymandering. In the second segment, national political reporter Natasha Korecki explains where the democratic presidential candidates stand in the first week post-debate.
Jul 03 2019
Rank #4: The White House's nickname for President Trump
White House staffers have been using an.... interesting nickname for President Trump. Maybe a reference to his love for skyscrapers? Who can say? White House reporter Nancy Cook spills. Then reporter Rachael Bade shares some behind the scenes tape that shows the different sides of vulnerable House republicans. Who they are depends on who is listening.
Oct 05 2018
Rank #5: Political nightmares and peering into the future
The Nerdcast gets into the Halloween spirit with White House reporters Darren Samuelsohn and Gabby Orr, who entertain some future speculations and sketch out political nightmare scenarios. What are the worst-case fears for Democrats and Republicans heading into 2020?
Plus, senior legal affairs contributor Josh Gerstein joins Scott to talk about Rudy Giuliani who continues to place himself at the center of the Ukraine story.
Oct 25 2019
Rank #6: Possibility of a shutdown deal is at a 'total impasse'
The president and democrats haven't been able to come to an agreement, and with the new congress sworn in it doesn't look like things are going to get any easier. White House reporter Nancy Cook joins the Nerdcast to discuss if there is an end in sight for the government shutdown. Plus, senior politics editor Charlie Mahtesian breaks down Warren's potential presidential run and politics reporter Alex Isenstadt explains what's going on with Mitt Romney, who, as you may remember, he went on a hike with before.
Jan 04 2019
Rank #7: Klobuchar strikes Buttigieg in fight for center
Scott and senior politics editor Charlie Mahtesian break down a key moment in a battle of the moderates between Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg. Plus, White House reporter Nancy Cook and deputy Congress editor David Kihara talk the impeachment vote and what's coming next.
Dec 20 2019
Rank #8: BONUS: Did a presidential pardon just become more likely?
President Trump loves a controversial pardon. Following his disgraced former campaign chairman Paul Manafort being found guilty, it's looking like we might be entering a fall filled with the will-he-or-won't-he energy of a president faced with the power to pardon and a loyal former campaign chair caught in a, shall we say, legal snafu. Plus, we talk about the implications of Michael Cohen's, uh, implication.
Aug 22 2018
Rank #9: Does conventional wisdom have it wrong on Sanders and Warren?
This week on the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland: We examine some of the front-runners who have begun to emerge for Democrats, particularly on the left of the party. POLITICO's National political reporters Holly Otterbein and Alex Thompson check on the 2020 race. Also: What would you ask Robert Mueller, if you got the chance? POLITICO's national security correspondent Natasha Bertrand and POLITICO's legal affairs analyst Josh Gerstein discuss what might happen on Capitol HIll for Robert Mueller.
Jul 12 2019
Rank #10: Cohen testimony renews impeachment speculation
President Trump's former fixer spent hours fixating the American public. Did his testimony reveal anything new? Plus, Iowa proves to be twice as nice.
Mar 01 2019
Rank #11: The post-debate state of the race
This week on the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland: POLITICO national political reporter Elena Schneider and senior politics editor Charlie Mahtesian break down who came out on top in this week's democratic debates. Also: A divided Federal Reserve is cutting interest rates for the first time in more than a decade. What’s that mean and why does it matter? POLITICO financial services reporter Victoria Guida explains.
Aug 02 2019
Rank #12: The James Comey episode
POLITICO reporters do a deep dive into President Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey - examining the implications for the bureau, why the president chose this moment and how Democrats are reacting. Then the group discusses the number of troops Trump’s military advisers are recommending he send to Afghanistan in a surge to help stabilize the country.
May 12 2017
Rank #13: Is the Democratic field about to shrink?
This week on the Nerdcast with host Scott Bland, POLITICO White House reporter Gabby Orr and Congressional reporter Heather Caygle explain the fallout of President Trump's racist tweets. Also: POLITICO national political reporter David Siders on why a big shrink to the democratic primary field might be coming soon.
Jul 19 2019
Rank #14: Nothing is enough: Governing during coronavirus
What's coming? We haven't seen an economic crisis like this since before WWII or a health crisis like this in a century. And an unsettling reality is setting in: We’re not doing enough to ease the pain on either front so far.
Chief economic correspondent Ben White talks to Scott about the economy, coronavirus testing and more, and tries not to give him too much anxiety.
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Apr 24 2020
Rank #15: Dr. Ronny Jackson drops out, Missouri midterms heat up
It seems like we are destined to have at least one confirmation battle pending before the senate until the end of time. This week, we can thank Dr. Ronny Jackson, who has withdrawn his nomination to lead the VA. White House reporter Eliana Johnson breaks down all the drama surrounding his nomination. Then, reporter Daniel Strauss breaks down what is shaping up to be an interesting midterm election in Missouri.
Apr 27 2018
Rank #16: The moment that impeachment got real
Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) helped kick off the latest phase of the House Democrats' impeachment debate when she and six other moderate members of Congress said that Donald Trump's contact with Ukraine could constitute an impeachable offense.
She reflected on the weight of what that means in a raw and emotional interview with POLITICO's Michael Kruse, and Michael joins the show to share his observations. Plus: how'd we get here? POLITICO's Natasha Bertrand takes us through the timeline.
Sep 27 2019
Rank #17: Iran conflict shakes Washington
This week, Scott talks to foreign affairs correspondent Nahal Toosi and deputy defense editor Dave Brown about the last week's worth of news of the Iran conflict, where things stand now and the Pentagon's inconsistent response.
Plus, political reporters Zach Montellaro and Holly Otterbein talk to Scott about the small number of polls out in the field, who has currently qualified for Tuesday's debate and what they're looking for on the debate stage.
Jan 10 2020
Rank #18: A week of chaos
POLITICO reporters dive into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's resignation after only 25 days, President Trump's 77-minute press conference and who's in the lead in the race to become DNC chair.
Feb 17 2017
Rank #19: The aftermath of Charlottesville
POLITICO reporters discuss the political upset over Trump's statements on Charlottesville, the results of Alabama's special Senate race and the shifting map of power in the West Wing.
Aug 18 2017
Rank #20: Four decades in politics - what's next?
In this New Years special, Scott and senior White House reporter Darren Samuelsohn look back at the defining political moments of the 80s, 90s, 2000s and 2010s and then give their magic 8-ball a shake and talk about what might happen in the 2020s.
Jan 03 2020