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The Myriad Misdeeds of Moscow Mitch McConnell

How did Mitch McConnell become Trump’s enabler-in-chief? Virginia Heffernan talks to Jane Mayer, staff writer at The New Yorker, about McConnell’s mishandling of the coronavirus crisis, his connections to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and Rusal’s Kentucky investment, the business endeavors of wife Elaine Chao, and his feelings about the nickname Moscow Mitch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

42mins

24 Apr 2020

Rank #1

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When Trump Trolls Give Up The War

Virginia Heffernan talks to David Weissman, once a hardcore self-described Trump troll, about his story -- how he first came into conservative writing and became involved in “Trump train” social media and group DMs, his interventions with media figures like Sarah Silverman, changing his viewpoints, and strategies to make yourself safe from Internet trolls. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

42mins

18 May 2019

Rank #2

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The Obama Backlash in Two Parts

Jamelle Bouie talks to Cornell Belcher, president of Brilliant Corners Research & Strategies, about the Obama backlash and Trump leaning into white racial resentment. Stick around after that interview to hear Trumpcast produer Jayson De Leon chat with Slate's Jordan Weissmann about the two health care executive orders Trump signed on Thursday.To sign up for Slate Plus go to Slate.com/TrumpcastPlus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

33mins

14 Oct 2017

Rank #3

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Pardon Me, Mr. President.

Jacob Weisberg talks to Bloomberg columnist and professor of law at Harvard, Noah Feldman, about just who the President can and cannot pardon...including himself. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

29mins

24 Jul 2017

Rank #4

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The Press Conference That Did Him In?

Jacob Weisberg is joined by fellow Trumpcast cohosts Virginia Heffernan and Jamelle Bouie to talk about Donald Trump's press conference yesterday and why this is a significant turning point in his presidency.Slate Plus members, stay tuned after the show to listen to Jacob and Virginia chat about what the decent people in the Trump administration should be doing now. To sign up for Slate Plus go to Slate.com/TrumpcastPlus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

27mins

16 Aug 2017

Rank #5

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A Separate Narrative

Jamelle Bouie talks to Osita Nwanevu, a writer at Slate covering conservative media, about what is happening over at Fox News and Sinclair Broadcasting and why Trump is just making right wing media more of what they already were.Slate Plus listeners, stick around after the show to listen to Trumpcast producer, Jayson De Leon, chat with Slate's Ben Mathis Lilley about the latest news surrounding Paul Manafort. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

22mins

10 Aug 2017

Rank #6

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The Mueller Report: the Executive Summaries

Don’t have time to read the whole Mueller report? Now there’s a podcast for that. Listen to Slate’s Gabriel Roth and June Thomas read the special counsel’s executive summaries in our free mini-audiobook.Podcast production by Benjamin Frisch and Merritt Jacob. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 1min

18 Apr 2019

Rank #7

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Articles of Impeachment

Jacob Weisberg and Harvard Law Professor, Noah Feldman, discuss the three most pressing categories from which the articles of impeachment against Donald Trump may be drawn – corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of democratic norms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

48mins

10 Apr 2017

Rank #8

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Getting Off Easy

Jacob Weisberg is joined by ProPublica's Jesse Eisinger to talk about how Don Jr. & Ivanka Trump avoided felony fraud in a case involving the Trump SoHo project back in 2012. Plus, more on 'Moron'-gate & Rex Tillerson's "clear denial."Special thanks to Steve Waltien and John Di Domenico.Read the full story about Ivanka and Don Jr. over at The New Yorker. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

33mins

12 Oct 2017

Rank #9

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The Return of the Dossier and The End for Flynn?

Jacob Weisberg talks to Lawfare's Managing Editor Susan Hennessey about the Trump administration's decision to not immediately appeal the travel ban halt, the corroborations announced this evening in the Trump dossier, and whether the Washington Posts report on General Michael Flynn will be the last straw. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

31mins

11 Feb 2017

Rank #10

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A Mueller Report Next-Day Debrief

On this first day after the release of the Mueller Report, Virginia Heffernan talks revelations and redactions with Jed Shugerman, Fordham Law professor and author of “The People’s Courts.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

51mins

19 Apr 2019

Rank #11

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Ford's Credibility and Kavanaugh's Lies

Virginia Heffernan talks to Michelle Goldberg, columnist at The New York Times, about the latest surrounding Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, Christine Blasey Ford's allegation, and the #MeToo movement as a whole.Plus, getting exactly what you need from a Kavanaugh character witness. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

30mins

20 Sep 2018

Rank #12

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The Cohen Plea and Manafort Verdict

Virginia Heffernan talks to Mimi Rocah, a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York, about Cohen's guilty plea and the verdict in the Manafort trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

24mins

22 Aug 2018

Rank #13

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The Anti-Fascists AKA The Antifa

Virginia Heffernan chats with Mark Bray, the author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook to figure just who the antifa are and where they come from.Are you a Slate Plus member yet? If not, why not? With Slate Plus you can get bonus segments of Trumpcast and ad-free versions of all your favorite Slate shows. Just go to Slate.com/TrumpcastPlus to sign up. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

26mins

19 Aug 2017

Rank #14

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666 5th Ave.

Virginia Heffernan talks to Bloomberg News reporter Caleb Melby about the Kushner family history, the building on 666 5th Ave. hemorrhaging money from Jared's family, and the potential conflicts of interest with a Chinese insurance group looking to strike a deal on the property. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

35mins

29 Mar 2017

Rank #15

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Understanding Conspiracy In Trump Times

Yascha Mounk talks to Nancy Rosenblum and Russ Muirhead, co-authors of “A Lot Of People Are Saying: The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy,” about how and why conspiracies form, what makes a “theory,” and what conspiracies give to people.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

32mins

25 Apr 2019

Rank #16

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Former Federal Prosecutors Agree On Trump

Virginia Heffernan welcomes back Mimi Rocah, former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York and MSNBC legal analyst, to talk about the letter about the Mueller Report she’s spearheaded signed by former federal prosecutors, Barr’s ongoing damage to rule of law, defiance of subpoenas, speaking in mobster code, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

54mins

29 May 2019

Rank #17

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The Thing With These Investigations

Jacob Weisberg speaks with Jeffrey Toobin of CNN and The New Yorker about what we could expect as Mueller gears up as special prosecutor in the Russian investigation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

25mins

19 May 2017

Rank #18

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The Pence Shake Up and Republican Sentiments

Virginia Heffernan talks to Ashley Parker, a White House reporter at the Washington Post, about Mike Pence shaking up his staff and why Republicans in the Senate and the House are becoming less and less afraid of Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

26mins

3 Jul 2017

Rank #19

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Why People Fall For Trump’s Political Cult

Virginia Heffernan talks to Steven Hassan, author of The Cult of Trump, about why we fall for cults, Trump’s brainwashing, and stories of his own deprogramming from a political cult in the 1970s. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

53mins

9 Jan 2020

Rank #20