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POLITICO's top reporters dive into the political landscape, the latest numbers that matter, and detail what's really happening behind closed doors. They're people who spend Friday nights poring over poll numbers or the latest Federal Election Commission reports — so if you want to understand how the modern politics game is played, this is the podcast for you. New episodes every Friday, hosted by Scott Bland.

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POLITICO's top reporters dive into the political landscape, the latest numbers that matter, and detail what's really happening behind closed doors. They're people who spend Friday nights poring over poll numbers or the latest Federal Election Commission reports — so if you want to understand how the modern politics game is played, this is the podcast for you. New episodes every Friday, hosted by Scott Bland.

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Surprisingly bad

By StoneyTownes - Oct 05 2019
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Thought it would be better. Basically they tell the news that was told yesterday by everyone else without any creativity nor wit. A corporate democrat viewpoint.

Informative Podcast

By k15_jku - Jun 02 2019
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Well organized and your topics are relevant. jeepsjku #RoadToPhd

iTunes Ratings

883 Ratings
Average Ratings
560
148
52
40
83

Surprisingly bad

By StoneyTownes - Oct 05 2019
Read more
Thought it would be better. Basically they tell the news that was told yesterday by everyone else without any creativity nor wit. A corporate democrat viewpoint.

Informative Podcast

By k15_jku - Jun 02 2019
Read more
Well organized and your topics are relevant. jeepsjku #RoadToPhd
Cover image of POLITICO's Nerdcast

POLITICO's Nerdcast

Updated 7 days ago

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POLITICO's top reporters dive into the political landscape, the latest numbers that matter, and detail what's really happening behind closed doors. They're people who spend Friday nights poring over poll numbers or the latest Federal Election Commission reports — so if you want to understand how the modern politics game is played, this is the podcast for you. New episodes every Friday, hosted by Scott Bland.

Rank #1: Bonus: The new politics of trade

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Check out an episode of POLITICO's latest podcast: Global Translations. The show looks at big global problems that are vexing politicians and policymakers, and this episode examines how Donald Trump has scrambled the usual politics of trade. Check it out, and subscribe for free wherever you get your shows.

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Jun 24 2019
34 mins
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Rank #2: The White House's nickname for President Trump

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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. 

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Oct 05 2018
28 mins
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Rank #3: Trump defies the odds

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POLITICO’s Kristin Roberts, Charlie Mahtesian and Scott Bland react to the news that Donald Trump won the 2016 election, and dive into how the pollsters and media got it so wrong.

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Nov 09 2016
22 mins
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Rank #4: Inside Trump's split screen reality

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A guilty verdict, a guilty plea, and an indictment. What a week in national politics.

POLITICO reporting referenced in this segment:Inside the Trump bubble, 'Sympathy for the Devil' but no talk of Cohen By Lorraine WoellertTrump paints his own reality amid legal fallout By Andrew Restuccia and Nancy Cook ‘A new cherry put on top of the story of corruption’: Trump scandal fallout hangs over midterms By Natasha Korecki and James ArkinTrump’s new rallying cry: Mollie Tibbetts By Natasha KoreckiHunter indictment could jeopardize GOP seat By John Bresnahan and Rachael BadeFrom Fallujah to FBI investigation: The undoing of Duncan Hunter By Rachael Bade and John Bresnahan ‘People are afraid of retribution’: Hunter clan fights for survival By Rachael Bade

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Aug 24 2018
33 mins
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Rank #5: Is the left building its own Tea Party or something else entirely?

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The defeat of an incumbent congressman in Massachusetts and the contentious Supreme Court nomination hearings for Brett Kavanaugh show how Democrats seem to be after style as much as substance in 2018. Plus, a lodestar joke as we check on the mood at the White House after a roller coaster week.

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Sep 07 2018
33 mins
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Rank #6: Republicans reset on health care again

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POLITICO reporters discuss the Republican party's health care strategy, how the Trump administration could accomplish broad sweeping tax reform and the number of exclusive interviews President Trump has conducted with the supposedly hated New York Times since he was elected. 

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Jul 21 2017
46 mins
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Rank #7: Live from D.C., it’s Saturday Night

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POLITICO reporters discuss Saturday Night Live's satirization of the Trump administration, cabinet secretaries' controversial confirmations and Elizabeth Warren's quashed floor speech. 

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Feb 10 2017
46 mins
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Rank #8: Trump's pre-Magna Carta mindset

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A primary Tuesday means a primary Friday on Nerdcast — a primary analysis, that is. We break down what happened in the last big multi-state primary before the midterms and talk about the White House, Trump's promises and what happens when he doesn't keep them and the exit of McGahn. 

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Aug 31 2018
30 mins
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Rank #9: The James Comey episode

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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.

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May 12 2017
43 mins
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Rank #10: Nerdcast bonus: The presidential race enters a new phase

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On this  episode of the Nerdcast with guest host John Harris: The presidential campaign may feel like it’s been going on forever, but it’s about to enter a new phase. POLITICO founding editor John Harris joined reporters Holly Otterbein, Natasha Korecki and David Siders to talk about why authenticity is so elusive, whether the left is ascendant in the Democratic party, and why candidate selfies are all the rage.

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Sep 02 2019
29 mins
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Rank #11: The Russia merry-go-round

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POLITICO reporters talk President Trump's joint sessions address, the Republicans' Obamacare repeal and replace strategy, and the future of the Democratic party following Tom Perez's DNC chair win. 

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Mar 03 2017
43 mins
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Rank #12: What are the political consequences of Kavanaugh's testimony?

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The partisan display at Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing is likely to change the way future nominees are vetted -- and whether people are willing to submit themselves to such scrutiny. Plus, are the coming midterms just one big national election? We parse the map.

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Sep 28 2018
31 mins
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Rank #13: Trump's big speech

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POLITICO reporters tackle President Trump's first address to Congress next week, the history of CPAC and the current role it serves in the Republican party, and the number of special elections on tap in the first half of 2017, mostly to fill seats left vacant by Trump Cabinet appointees.

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Feb 24 2017
48 mins
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Rank #14: Special counsels and special elections

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POLITICO reporters break down the 3 huge, separate-yet-linked stories: Trump’s meeting with top Russian officials last week, former FBI Director James Comey's memo indicating that President Trump asked him to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn and the special counsel named to head up the investigation into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

Then, the group discusses how Congress is attempting to circumvent the media firestorm to tackle legislative items. Plus, the latest in the Montana special election featuring folk singer Rob Quist. 

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May 19 2017
47 mins
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Rank #15: Three ways President Trump could get his wall

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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. 

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Jan 11 2019
28 mins
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Rank #16: These are the 2020 Democrats who Trump is worried about

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With the field of Democrats running for president growing more crowded each week, the Trump re-election effort has started to zero in on three of them. But Joe Biden -- who's yet to decide whether he'll join the field -- is thought to be the candidate the campaign is most worried about in a general election contest.

Plus, the unfolding drama over the budget, the president's plan for a wall on the border with Mexico, and a looming shutdown gives us plenty of clues about what to expect in the era of divided government. 

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Feb 15 2019
29 mins
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Rank #17: Washington struggles to strike DACA deal

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POLITICO reporters discuss President Trump's televised immigration meeting, lawmakers' struggle to strike a deal on DACA, Senator Ben Cardin's 200-page report on Putin's meddling in global democracies, and what the Oprah 2020 hype says about the Democratic party.

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Jan 12 2018
39 mins
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Rank #18: The House of pain

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POLITICO reporters discuss the Republican divide over Obamacare repeal in the House, Intel chair Devin Nunes' wiretap claims, and how global populism is taking shape in France.

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Mar 24 2017
48 mins
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Rank #19: Jones takes Alabama

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POLITICO reporters discuss Democrat Doug Jones' victory in Alabama and what that win means for 2018 congressional races to come, President Trump's tweet blasting Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and the deal struck by House and Senate Republicans seeking to combine their tax bills and put legislation before the president next week.

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Dec 15 2017
45 mins
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Rank #20: 2017 election preview

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POLITICO reporters discuss President Trump’s comments about fallen troops this week, the competitive Virginia governor’s race with Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie pitted against one another, and Steve Bannon’s anointed outsider Republican Senate candidates.

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Oct 20 2017
47 mins
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