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Drawing on years of experience as communications chief for President George W. Bush and senior advisor for the McCain-Palin campaign, Nicolle Wallace provides political insight and clarity on where the decision-makers stand on complex issues. Join her for analysis and discussion with the key newsmakers every weekday.




Drawing on years of experience as communications chief for President George W. Bush and senior advisor for the McCain-Palin campaign, Nicolle Wallace provides political insight and clarity on where the decision-makers stand on complex issues. Join her for analysis and discussion with the key newsmakers every weekday.




"The drip, drip, drip of new clues"

Nicolle Wallace discusses federal prosecutors telling Trump's lawyers that he is a target in the classified documents probe. Plus, the Supreme Court rules in favor of a voting rights law in Alabama, the House GOP cancels plans to hold the FBI Director in contempt, Ukraine mounts a counteroffensive against Russia, and more. Joined by: Harry Litman, Peter Strzok, Betsy Woodruff Swan, Mara Gay, Marc Elias, Richard Stengel, Rep. Jamie Raskin, Greg Myre, and Ret. Army Colonel Eugene Vindman.


“A white knuckle day”

Nicolle Wallace discusses the implications of Mark Meadows’ testimony in Special Counsel Jack Smith’s multiple investigations into the ex-president, the ever more crowded Republican primary field as candidates seek to set themselves apart from the twice-impeached, once-indicted former president, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s latest ethical fumble, Democratic pushback as the right continues to villainize transgender people, and more. Joined by: Timothy Heaphy, Katie Benner, Charlie Sykes, Paul Rieckhoff, Lisa Rubin, Andrew Weissmann, Basil Smikle, Paul Rieckhoff, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rep. Becca Balint and Bill Karins.


“A very suspicious pool flood”

Nicolle Wallace discusses breaking news that former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has testified before a grand jury in Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into January 6th, reports of a grand jury in Florida that has been hearing evidence in the investigation of the ex-president’s handling of classified documents, an abrupt course reversal from the PGA who announced today it will be merging with Saudi-backed LIV Golf, the growing threat of domestic terrorism as extremism burrows deeper into local communities, and more. Joined by: Carol Leonnig, Harry Litman, Claire McCaskill, John Brennan, Margaret Huang, Frank Figliuzzi, Nick Confesorre, Luke Broadwater and Mike Schmidt.


Special Preview: Rachel Maddow Presents: Déjà News

As a bonus for listeners, we’re sharing a preview of “Rachel Maddow Presents: Déjà News,” a new original podcast series from MSNBC. In each episode, Rachel Maddow and co-host Isaac-Davy Aronson seek a deeper understanding of a story in today's headlines by asking: Has anything like this ever happened before? Would knowing that help us grapple with what’s happening now… and what might happen next? Follow now and listen to the first episode on Monday, June 12:


“Buckle up”

Nicolle Wallace discusses breaking news that Special Counsel Jack Smith met with the ex-president’s attorneys attempting to avert an indictment for their client in the investigation into his handling of classified documents, Smith’s investigation into the Big Lie, Nikki Haley’s false attacks on transgender people during her CNN town hall as the GOP continues to pass legislation restricting their rights, the increasingly anti-democratic effort to limit abortion access, and more. Joined by: Betsy Woodruff Swan, Andrew Weissmann, Peter Strzok, Basil Smikle, Kelley Robinson, Tim Heaphy, Neal Katyal, Charlie Sykes, Jackie Alemany, and Mini Timmaraju.


“A sprawling case”

Nicolle Wallace discusses breaking news on a still-at-large classified document the ex-president allegedly kept after his presidency, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ expanding investigation into the Big Lie that is now crossing state lines, pushback to Governor Ron DeSantis’ platform of bringing culture wars into schools, Republicans’ latest attack on voting rights in Texas that would place a Democratic county under state authority, and more. Joined by: Michael Schmidt, Michael Steele, Neal Katyal, Randi Weingarten, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Katie Benner, Mary McCord, Marc Elias, E. Jean Carroll, and Mary Trump.


“Game over moment”

Nicolle Wallace discusses the new reporting on a recording of the ex-president that could prove he knew the documents found in his residences post-presidency were classified, his continued attacks on judges involved in his various legal woes, Governor Ron DeSantis’ struggle to pronounce his own name, backlash in Florida schools to becoming a petri dish for culture war legislation, the tragic overnight airstrikes in Kyiv that killed three people including a child, and more. Joined by: Katie Benner, Harry Litman, Rick Stengel, Dave Aronberg, Barbara McQuade, Errin Haines, Sarah Longwell, Bobby Ghosh, and Igor Novikov.


“One man professional firing squad”

Nicolle Wallace discusses a new focus for Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation of the ex-president as cybersecurity specialist Chris Kreb’s firing comes under scrutiny, a rocky start to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ presidential bid as he faces an expanding primary field, reporting on a recording that may prove damning in the investigation of classified documents found at Mar-a-Lago, a win for the Biden administration as a deal on the debt ceiling advances, and more. Joined by: Andrew Weissmann, Neal Katyal, Betsy Woodruff Swan, David Jolly, Kimberly Atkins Stohr, Mary McCord, David Rothkopf, Tim Miller, and Molly Jong-Fast.


“The smoking gun witness”

Nicolle Wallace discusses new reporting that the ex-president’s lawyer may have been told not to search the Mar-a-Lago office where classified documents were later found, the latest sentences for some of the most infamous January 6th Capitol rioters while the U.S. remains at a heightened threat level for domestic terrorism, Fox News’s next defamation lawsuit in the continued fallout of their election lies, Republicans’ politicization of the U.S. military that may impact readiness, and more. Joined by: Carol Leonnig, Harry Litman, Basil Smikle, James Comey, Charlie Sykes, Michael Schmidt, Joyce Vance, Donny Deutsch, Amy McGrath, Jeremy Bash, and Paul Rieckhoff.


“They followed him off a cliff”

Nicolle Wallace discusses new reporting on the White House documents at Mar-a-Lago as Special Counsel Jack Smith appears to wrap up his investigation, the ex-president’s reckless advice to House Republicans as the U.S. barrels towards a catastrophic default on its debt, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s response to his upcoming impeachment vote, a 20-year high in book bans as the GOP continues to escalate their culture wars, a new challenge to Florida's voter suppression law, and more. Joined by: Neal Katyal, Luke Broadwater, Sue Gordon, Stacey Abrams, Rev. Al Sharpton, Charlie Sykes, Molly Jong Fast, Max Rose, Marc Elias, and Matthew Dowd.


“A persistent and lethal threat”

Nicolle Wallace discusses newly reported details on the days leading up to the day DOJ collected documents from Mar-a-Lago that could indicate obstruction, the ex-president’s financial ties to Saudi Arabia, an extraordinary sentence for Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes who is the first to be convicted of seditious conspiracy for his role in January 6th, the escalating attacks on reproductive freedoms as there is fallout for doctors, and more. Joined by: Peter Strzok, Harry Litman, Betsy Woodruff Swan, John Brennan, Paul Rieckhoff, Rick Stengel, Ryan Reilly, Mary McCord, Mini Timmaraju, and Cecile Richards.


“A Hail Mary move”

Nicolle Wallace discusses the anniversary of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, the ex-president’s latest attempt to fend off accountability in Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into his handling of classified documents, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ strange launch of his presidential bid alongside Elon Musk, DHS’s latest warning that there may be attacks against minority groups and government buildings ahead of the 2024 election as the January 6th defendant who put his feet on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk is sentenced, and more. Joined by: Neal Katyal, Carol Leonnig, Katty Kay, Michael Steele, Val Demings, Chasten Buttigieg, Maya Wiley, Shannon Watts, Rep. Colin Allred, and Harry Dunn.


“Tying up loose ends”

Nicolle Wallace discusses Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into the ex-president’s handling of classified documents as there are more signs it is entering its final chapter, movement in Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s hush money case with a Zoom appearance from the former president himself, E. Jean Carroll’s new filing, the Supreme Court’s continued crisis of credibility, recent executions of three protesters in Iran, and more. Joined by: Katie Benner, Charlie Sykes, Harry Litman, Frank Figliuzzi, Lisa Rubin, Susanne Craig, Ronnell Anderson Jones, Katie Phang, Donna Edwards, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Dahlia Lithwick, and Masih Alinejad.


“Zeroing in”

Nicolle Wallace discusses brand new reporting on the direction of Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into the ex-president’s handling of classified documents as his former defense attorney speaks out after resigning, the travel advisory for Florida issued by the NAACP as Governor Ron DeSantis prepares to launch his presidential campaign, E. Jean Carroll seeking further damages after the now-liable ex-president’s comments during his CNN town hall, Harlan Crow’s most recent interview discussing his relationship with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and more. Joined by: Glenn Thrush, Harry Litman, Basil Smikle, Betsy Woodruff Swan, Aisha Mills, Michael McFaul, Claire McCaskill, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Brian Fallon, and Barbara McQuade.


“Clear your calendars”

Nicolle Wallace discusses the Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis signaling that charges in the 2020 election probe may come in August, possible perjury charges for the freshly released Allen Weisselberg, more support for Ukraine coming from the U.S. and allies as President Biden attend the G7, continued emotional trauma caused by the January 6th insurrection, the Republican party’s upside-down idea of freedom, and more. Joined by: Mara Gay, Tim Heaphy, Mary McCord, Tia Mitchell, Rev. Al Sharpton, Harry Dunn, Basil Smikle, Errin Haines, and Eddie Glaude.


“It’s all about the obstruction”

Nicolle Wallace discusses another preposterous episode in the Republican’s effort to rewrite the January 6th insurrection as the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on “weaponization” brought out so-called whistleblowers whose FBI security clearances have been revoked, the plummeting confidence in the Supreme Court after the ex-president takes credit for the overturning of Roe v. Wade, proof that the ex-president was aware of the correct declassification process before he brought documents to Mar-a-Lago, how election denialism is backfiring against candidates, and more. Joined by: Rep. Gerry Connolly, Jackie Alemany, Frank Figliuzzi, Harry Litman, Katty Kay, Claire McCaskill, Kim Atkins Stohr, Aisha Mills, and Marc Elias.


“Ever more wild and frankly dangerous claims”

Nicolle Wallace discusses the right’s misrepresentation of the Durham report as they claim it absolves the former president, the latest in the restriction of reproductive freedom while North Carolina’s legislature overrules the governor’s veto of their abortion ban, the terrifying national security implications for the rise of artificial intelligence, wins for Democrats in major statehouse races across the country, and more. Joined by: Rep. Daniel Goldman, Charlie Savage, Barbara McQuade, Cecile Richards, Barbara McQuade, Alicia Menendez, Rick Stengel, Mark Massetti, Molly Jong-Fast, Ben Collins, Jacob Ward, Matt Dowd, and Charles Blow.


“A litany of lurid and shocking incidents”

Nicolle Wallace discusses shocking allegations against Rudy Giuliani including offering to sell presidential pardons and sexual misconduct, Governor Ron DeSantis’ latest assault on education in his state as he defunds diversity programs at public universities, the rise of violence towards U.S. lawmakers after Rep. Gerry Connolly’s field office is attacked, a new economy of grifting that has emerged after the last presidential administration, updates from the Fulton County investigation into the 2020 election, and more. Joined by: Mike Schmidt, Claire McCaskill, Joyce Vance, Andrew Weissmann, David Jolly, Eddie Glaude, Rep. Gerry Connolly, Miles Taylor, Basil Smikle, David Fahrenthold, Greg Bluestein, and Jordan Rubin.


“Stunning ethical lapses and internal chaos”

Nicolle Wallace discusses the release of the Durham report which failed to recommend any criminal charges in their long awaited ‘investigation of the investigators,’ a horrific attack on Rep. Gerry Connolly’s staffers, the disturbing rise in domestic violent extremism as white supremacists march on the Capitol, Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez’s re-release of their film, “The Way,” and more. Joined by: Betsy Woodruff Swan, Katie Benner, Frank Figliuzzi, Andrew Weissmann, Sahil Kapur, Cornell Belcher, Mary McCord, Donell Harvin, Charlie Sykes, Martin Sheen, and Emilio Estevez.


“The known liar inside his own silo”

Nicolle Wallace discusses the problem with CNN’s defense of their town hall with the ex-president, his family’s participation in an event that was intending to host extreme antisemitic speakers before backlash inspired a change in lineup, a new lawsuit from the families of the Buffalo shooting victims attempting to hold social media platforms accountable for their role in radicalization, Florida’s new law that will allow Governor Ron DeSantis to hide his travel and meeting schedule from the public ahead of 2024, and more. Joined by: Rev. Al Sharpton, Mara Gay, John Heilemann, Melissa Murray, Jonathan Greenblatt, David Jolly, Alicia Menendez, Basil Smikle, Igor Novikov, and Dr. Irwin Redlener.