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POLITICO takes you behind the scenes with Washington's power players to uncover what's really driving politics and policy in the nation’s capital.

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POLITICO takes you behind the scenes with Washington's power players to uncover what's really driving politics and policy in the nation’s capital.

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Vocal Fry

By B9090 - Jun 21 2018
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Good interview with Durkan but the host has way too much vocal fry by the host.

Each of your shows are great..

By 527kevin - Jun 05 2018
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And thanks for the intro to Delaney (did I get the name right?😀)

iTunes Ratings

573 Ratings
Average Ratings
411
69
36
24
33

Vocal Fry

By B9090 - Jun 21 2018
Read more
Good interview with Durkan but the host has way too much vocal fry by the host.

Each of your shows are great..

By 527kevin - Jun 05 2018
Read more
And thanks for the intro to Delaney (did I get the name right?😀)

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POLITICO's Off Message

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POLITICO takes you behind the scenes with Washington's power players to uncover what's really driving politics and policy in the nation’s capital.

Rank #1: Preet Bharara: Trump, indictments and the Godfather

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For years, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was one of the most feared prosecutors in America. Then President Trump asked him to resign. Now, as Robert Mueller’s investigation unleashes its opening torrent of indictments, we talk to Bharara about the president who ousted him, what to make the special prosecutor’s investigation into Trump’s orbit, and a similarity between Donald Trump and Vito Corleone.

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Oct 31 2017

50mins

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Rank #2: Glenn Thrush interviews President Obama on Iowa, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and the 2016 race

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In an Oval Office interview for POLITICO's Off Message podcast, the president offers his most expansive comments yet on the race to succeed him in the White House.

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Jan 24 2016

39mins

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Rank #3: David Axelrod: Voters don't want a ‘Democratic version of Trump’

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The strategist behind Obama's presidential campaigns gives his midterms predictions, shares his lightning-round thoughts on 2020 candidates and tells Tim whether he thinks any politician can recapture the Obama magic.

David Axelrod doesn’t like the path the country—or the Democratic Party—is on. 

The chief strategist who steered Barack Obama’s winning White House campaigns worries that President Trump has laid a trap—and that his party is walking right into it. “Escalation breeds escalation,” Axelrod said in an interview for POLITICO’s Off Message podcast. “And within the Democratic Party, I think there is a big debate about how to deal with Trump because he has no boundaries. He’s willing to do anything and say anything to promote his interests. It’s a values-free politics; it’s an amoral politics. And so, there is this body of thought that you have to fight fire with fire and so on. But I worry that we’ll all be consumed in the conflagration.” 

Stressing that “civility actually is a really important element of politics,” Axelrod criticized Hillary Clinton and former Attorney General Eric Holder for recent comments they’ve made, and described the backlash he has faced for urging Democrats to avoid confrontation. The best way to defeat Trump, Axelrod argued, is by nominating someone who can appeal to an exhausted electorate. 

“I don’t think people will be looking for a Democratic version of Trump,” he said. “I don’t think they’ll be looking for people who can go jibe for jibe and low blow for low blow. I think people are going to be looking for someone who can pull this country out of this hothouse that we’re in.” 

At his offices in Chicago, where he directs the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, we discussed Axelrod’s predictions for the midterm elections, the risk of overreach with a new House majority, and the strengths and vulnerabilities of the top-tier 2020 Democratic hopefuls. 

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Oct 30 2018

59mins

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Rank #4: Seth Meyers: Trump wanted me to apologize for making fun of him

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The “Late Night” host talks about President Trump, the White House Correspondents Dinner, and the time Trump sent Michael Cohen to negotiate a mea culpa from the comedian.

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May 08 2018

44mins

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Rank #5: Chris Matthews: ‘I’m not sure trust is what people want from Trump’

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The host of MSNBC's "Hardball" and sharp observer of politics talks about 2020, what Trump understands about white ethnic politics and what you don't understand about cable news.

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May 01 2018

54mins

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Rank #6: John Dean: Trump's inner circle has no idea what’s about to hit them

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John Dean, the former Nixon White House counsel, has a memo for White House lawyer Ty Cobb and the rest of President Donald Trump’s defenders as they enter 2018: believing the investigation and prosecutions will be over any time soon is “wishful thinking.” And, says the man who famously flipped and became the Watergate prosecution’s star witness in the process that helped take down Richard Nixon, no one in the president’s orbit should assume they’re prepared for everything that cooperating witnesses George Papadopoulos and Michael Flynn might be telling Bob Mueller, as they’ve done out of confidence from their own review or just out of public bluster. That’s the mistake Dean saw Nixon, H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman make about him.

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Jan 02 2018

47mins

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Rank #7: Ben Sasse on Trump and being an adult

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Mention President Donald Trump’s name and Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse closes his eyes, rocks back and forth on his heels in almost momentary pinched smile meditation, waiting for it to pass.He never liked Trump. He still doesn’t like Trump. And now that he’s promoting his new book, “The Vanishing American Adult,” he doesn’t want to talk about the American president’s not counting as an adult according to the principles he spends 300 pages laying out.

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May 30 2017

1hr 13mins

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Rank #8: Rubin: Trump’s GOP ‘has become the caricature the left always said it was’

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Jennifer Rubin has become a leading voice for conservative intellectuals who don’t fit comfortably in either political party—and sees the party she left behind as ‘immoral’ and ‘anti-American.’ “Republicans have permanently eliminated themselves from credibility to govern,” says Rubin, who writes the Washington Post's "Right Turn" blog. “You can’t be willing to sacrifice core American values for the sake of a tax cut and be deemed to be worthy of trust going forward.”

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Apr 17 2018

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Rank #9: Obama’s inner circle is urging Deval Patrick to run

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Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick sits down with Isaac Dovere at Bain Capital in Boston to discuss his decision to join the investment firm, his tight-knit relationship with President Obama and what's next for his political career. 

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Aug 01 2017

43mins

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Rank #10: Arnold Schwarzenegger's not done with politics

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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sits down with Isaac Dovere to discuss gerrymandering, the similarities between politics and show business, and why he gets under President Trump's skin.

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Jul 25 2017

46mins

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Rank #11: John Dickerson: Don't blame media for Donald Trump's rise

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Aug 15 2016

1hr 5mins

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Rank #12: Nate Silver: Primary whiff made me humbler, smarter

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Statistician and fivethirtyeight.com founder Nate Silver sits down with Glenn Thrush to discuss his general election predictions, how his attitude towards journalism has changed since 2008, what he's learned from getting it wrong, and how third-party votes could affect 2016.

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Jul 05 2016

1hr 10mins

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Rank #13: Seth Meyers: Trump wanted me to apologize for making fun of him (REPRISE)

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A reprise episode: It wasn’t all porn star hush money: Michael Cohen once tried to negotiate an appearance by Donald Trump on Seth Meyers’ show, for what the “Late Night” host pitched as a fun way of coming together after torching Trump at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner.

Meyers had invited Trump after running into him at the “Saturday Night Live” 40th anniversary special in February 2015, a few months before the real estate developer’s presidential campaign launched.

Trump, Meyers told me in an interview for POLITICO’s Off Message podcast, started out receptive to appearing on “Late Night,” but the conversation ended once Meyers refused a demand Cohen relayed that was non-negotiable to Trump: He wanted Meyers to go on air and publicly apologize for making fun of Trump at the dinner four years earlier.

Neither a White House spokesman nor Cohen responded when asked what happened.

POLITICO's Off Message podcast is hosted by Isaac Dovere and is part of the Panoply network. Produced by Zack Stanton. Executive Producer is Dave Shaw. Theme music by Podington Bear.

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Sep 04 2018

44mins

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Rank #14: How Jason Kander won by losing

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Jason Kander, who came shockingly close to ousting Missouri’s Republican Sen. Roy Blunt last November despite Hillary Clinton’s blowout loss in the state—has been a man in demand the last seven months. Isaac Dovere sits down with him in New Hampshire to discuss enlisting on 9/11, how "mug shots" contributed to his rise to political prominence and what's next for the rising star.. 

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Jun 17 2017

45mins

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Rank #15: Sophia Bush: 'I have a right to take up space'

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Actress and political activist Sophia Bush sits down with Isaac Dovere in New Orleans to discuss fighting for what she believes in (even if that means losing followers), standing up against sexism in the work place and why her social anxiety is "through the roof."

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May 09 2017

48mins

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Rank #16: Ann Coulter: The Doyenne of the Deplorables

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Author and political commentator Ann Coulter delves into what in her genetic makeup allows her to endure and even delight in being called unsavory names (most recently at the Comedy Central Roast). Coulter also discusses why she is so drawn to Donald Trump and what influence she's had over his immigration platform.

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Sep 12 2016

1hr 12mins

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Rank #17: Michael Che, Colin Jost: What SNL's weekend anchors really think of 2016

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Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost and Michael Che sit down with Glenn Thrush in 30 Rock for an unvarnished conversation about hating on Donald Trump, what Hillary Clinton is like behind the scenes and growing up in New York City. These guys are hilarious and their take on Trump might just surprise you. 

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Oct 03 2016

1hr 3mins

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Rank #18: BONUS: Utah Gov. on Romney’s Trump Endorsement Flip: ‘Things Have Changed’

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert explains why he doesn't mind Romney's flip-flop on taking Trump's endorsement, the gun law changes he'd like to see, and why Utah is chasing another shot at hosting the Olympics.

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Feb 24 2018

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Rank #19: Why Michael Hayden says Trump is helping Russia (Reprise)

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Michael Hayden doesn’t know whether Donald Trump colluded with the Russian attack on the 2016 election—but he’s sure the president helped the Kremlin and is continuing to do so every day.

Hayden, a retired general who led the NSA and the CIA under President George W. Bush, is sure, too, of what he calls a “convergence” of interests between Trump and Russia. And he thinks it risks destroying America.

POLITICO's Off Message podcast is hosted by Isaac Dovere and is part of the Panoply network. Produced by Zack Stanton. Executive Producer is Dave Shaw. Theme music by Podington Bear.

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Aug 21 2018

43mins

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Rank #20: Hillary Clinton has had enough of Bernie Sanders

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Hillary Clinton sits down with Glenn Thrush following a campaign event in Syracuse, New York. The former secretary of state compares Donald Trump to foreign demagogues and says she's not even sure her primary opponent is a Democrat.

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Apr 06 2016

58mins

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