Rank #1: Sean Hannity
Mr. Hannity, the Fox News host and political commentator, is one of the most dominant voices in conservative news media, reaching millions each day. But much of his influence comes from a powerful audience of one. Mr. Hannity spoke with Matthew Shaer, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, about the roots of his opinionated style, whether he considers himself a journalist and what it’s like to know the president is listening.
Rank #2: Sarah Huckabee Sanders
The White House press secretary is one of the most visible jobs in American politics. Michael Grynbaum, a media correspondent for The Times, spoke with Ms. Sanders about growing up as the daughter of a prominent politician, inheriting her position after her celebrity predecessor Sean Spicer quit and trying to manage coverage of a tumultuous White House while mollifying a boss who believes he is his own best spokesman.
Rank #3: Introducing 'The New Washington'
Who are the characters remaking Washington? Michael Barbaro, the host of "The Daily," and Carl Hulse, The Times's chief Washington correspondent, discuss the key political figures that we’ll be hearing from on this show.
Rank #4: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Ms. Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, is one of the leaders behind a charge to overhaul policies on sexual harassment on Capitol Hill. She spoke to The New York Times’s Jennifer Steinhauer about her own experience with harassment, power dynamics, President Bill Clinton and more.
Rank #5: Senator Lamar Alexander
The health care debate is not over on Capitol Hill. The folksy Republican senator from Tennessee is leading a new charge to fix the Affordable Care Act through a bipartisan approach. He talks with Carl Hulse about his journey from voting to repeal it to calling hearings to make it better.
Rank #6: Senator Chuck Schumer
The Democratic leader of the Senate is riding a political high, days after striking a deal with President Trump in the Oval Office on government funding and the debt limit, much to the chagrin of his Republican counterparts. He spoke with Carl Hulse about how the whole thing went down and what it might mean for the future of bipartisan governing.
Rank #7: Senator Richard Burr
The Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian tampering in the election is the premier inquiry on Capitol Hill. The Republican senator from North Carolina, the committee’s chairman, opens up about its progress, his relationship with President Trump and a distant relative who made his last name famous.
Rank #8: Roger Stone
The provocateur, political consultant and subject of a new Netflix documentary is one of President Trump’s oldest advisers. Michael Barbaro and Maggie Haberman listen to and discuss Barbaro's recent conversation with Mr. Stone about his views on the internal White House battle between globalists and nationalists, why he promotes conspiracy theories and mistruths, and what he sees as one of the worst things in politics — being boring.
Rank #9: Steve Bannon
The Breitbart News executive chairman and former White House chief strategist, is building a shadow party behind the G.O.P. that he hopes will drive out the establishment. Mr. Bannon spoke with Jeremy W. Peters, a reporter for The New York Times, about his populist movement, his goal of ousting Mitch McConnell as Senate majority leader and more.
Rank #10: Senator Jeff Flake
The Republican from Arizona is one of the latest people to draw fire from President Trump on social media and in his campaign-style rally speeches. Mr. Flake, who is mounting a reelection campaign, spoke with Carl Hulse about surviving Mr. Trump’s criticism and writing his new book, “Conscience of a Conservative,” which argues that the right has given into the “politics of anger.”