Rank #1: 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.
Aug 19 2017
Rank #2: 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.
Aug 12 2017
Rank #3: 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.
Sep 09 2017
Rank #4: 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.
Sep 02 2017
Rank #5: 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.”
Aug 26 2017
Rank #6: Senator Mitch McConnell
The Senate majority leader has had a challenging few weeks. The Republican from Kentucky spoke to Carl Hulse about his complicated relationship with the president, why the Democrats didn’t strike as good of a spending deal as they let on and his non-reaction to Steve Bannon’s attacks.
Sep 16 2017
Rank #7: Breitbart in the White House
The conservative outlet, under the guidance of the former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, is enjoying a new, more influential place in Washington’s media ecosystem in the Trump era. Charlie Spiering, Breitbart’s senior White House correspondent, spoke with Michael M. Grynbaum, a Times media reporter, about what it's like to work at a controversial organization and what he considers a great Breitbart story.
Oct 15 2017
Rank #8: Lobbying in the Trump Era
In President Trump’s Washington there is a new lineup of lobbyists making deals and offering access. Nicholas Confessore, a political investigative reporter for The Times, spoke with Robert Stryk about the opportunity he saw when Mr. Trump was elected and how he has leveraged relationships in the administration for political and business success.
Sep 23 2017
Rank #9: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
America’s foreign policy playbook changed the moment Donald J. Trump was elected, leaving State Department staff and their international counterparts wondering what the new era might look like. Under Secretary Tillerson, they are still searching for answers. Mr. Tillerson spoke with Jason Zengerle about his greatest diplomatic challenge, how he factors the president’s tweets into foreign policy strategy and more.
Oct 22 2017
Rank #10: Representative Nancy Pelosi
The Democrat from California has held the highest governmental position of any woman in U.S. history and is one half of Washington’s hottest power couple — “Chuck and Nancy.” She talked with Carl Hulse about protecting one of her signature policy victories, the Affordable Care Act, as well as the 2018 election, her love of chocolate and more.
Oct 01 2017