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TALKING FEDS is a roundtable discussion that brings together prominent former government officials, journalists, and special guests for a dynamic and in-depth analysis of the most pressing questions in law and politics.

TALKING FEDS is a roundtable discussion that brings together prominent former government officials, journalists, and special guests for a dynamic and in-depth analysis of the most pressing questions in law and politics.


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TALKING FEDS is a roundtable discussion that brings together prominent former government officials, journalists, and special guests for a dynamic and in-depth analysis of the most pressing questions in law and politics.






DOJ Under the Microscope (Live at the Texas Tribune Festival)

It wasn’t that long ago that the DOJ and Merrick Garland were being roundly criticized for not aggressively pursuing criminal cases against Donald Trump. No more. It’s clear that the DOJ has the former President in the crosshairs on a cluster of possible crimes. In an episode taped live at the Texas Tribune Festival, Katie Benner, Matt Miller, and Charlie Sykes join Harry to tap into what’s happening at DOJ and work through the rich brew of considerations that a Trump prosecution would...


Utter (Can)nonsense

Another wild and woolly week, and Luke Broadwater, George Conway, & Jen Rodgers join Harry to assess its impact. Judge Aileen Cannon again threw a monkey wrench into DOJ’s Mar-A-Lago work, prompting DOJ to take an appeal. DOJ’s Jan 6 investigation of Jan 6 seemed to spread to Trump confidants including Mark Meadows. On Capitol Hill, Lindsay Graham introduced a bill purporting to ban nearly all abortions after 15 weeks, while the January 6 Committee prepared for a new hearing. See Privacy...


Judge Loose Cannon

It was a week that began with a seeming lifeline to Donald Trump—a deeply flawed and out-of-touch ruling by a Trump appointed judge that threatened to upend both the criminal investigation and the national security review growing out of the MAL search. But by week’s end, DOJ had pushed back. Harry is joined by Bill Kristol, Emily Bazelon, and Natasha Bertrand to discuss Trump’s legal troubles and how they and the Dobbs ruling may be driving a momentum shift for the Ds in the midterms. See...


Troll of the Nation

Trump managed once again to dominate the news, but that wasn’t good news for him. Court filings from DOJ detailed the magnitude of his illegal grab of public documents and the brazenness of his resistance to returning them. Both the US and our allies scrambled to assess the damage of Trump’s conduct to national security. Biden gave a speech calling out Trump and MAGA Republicans. And we take a close look at the state of play in the Ukraine-Russia War and its impact on the global world...



Donald Trump has been slipping the noose for six years, but in the aftermath of the Mar-A-Lago search, he is facing his greatest peril. The search has triggered a criminal investigation within the Dept of Justice, and the case is appearing both solid and righteous. In “[REDACTED],” Harry is joined by David Jolly, Norm Ornstein, & Jen Rubin to analyze Trump’s troubles in Florida and Georgia, assess the newly released Bill Barr 2019 memo, and to discuss Biden’s student-loan reduction...


The Nation’s Hidden Killer

Fentanyl has become the leading cause of deaths of all Americans aged 18-45. Its combination of astonishing potency, synthesis, and control by criminal cartels have produced an extraordinary health and law enforcement crisis. Harry sits down with three experts in drug toxicology, treatment, & use. He then has a rare 1-on-1 interview with the top official at the Drug Enforcement Administration, Anne Milgram, to discuss the government’s multi-pronged response to the unprecedented...


Garland Crosses The Rubicon

It was a week in which Donald Trump was pummeled from all corners of the legal system, starting with an FBI search of his Mar-A-Lago residence. The feds acted after learning that Trump and his circle had failed to return hugely sensitive documents that he improperly took from the White House and was continuing to conceal. A banner set of guests–Aaron Blake, Alexi McCammond, and Andrew Weissmann—join Harry to analyze the seismic events and assess their potential for future criminal...


Deleted texts, DOJ inspects, Kansas rejects

The news this week found Trump is in the metaphoric crosshairs of the Department of Justice and Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in the literal crosshairs of a deadly drone attack from the U.S. A fantastic group of commentators– Erin Burnett, Juliette Kayyem, and Asha Rangappa—join Harry to analyze the portents for Trump, assess the fallout from the drone attack, and canvass the latest in the country’s spirited reaction to the Supreme Court Dobbs decision. See Privacy Policy at...


Post-Roe America: Prosecutorial Discretion Advised

In the wake of the Dobbs decision overturning Roe v Wade, state Attorneys General around the country are grappling with a new landscape of abortion rights. Harry is joined by three of those state officials from blue states–AG Dana Nessel of Michigan, AG Aaron Ford of Nevada, & AG Phil Weiser of Colorado–to discuss the status of abortion law in their states & what they are doing to protect the reproductive health care of their residents and those who travel to their states seeking...


The Horror! The Horror!

In “The Horror! The Horror!,” Harry and 3 of the country’s most prominent and knowledgeable commentators—Norm Eisen, Juliette Kayyem, and Matt Miller-- give a 360 º look at the January 6th Committee’s hearing on the “187 minutes” during which former President Trump steadfastly refused to call a halt to the ruinous melee he had instigated. The group take up the hearing from multiple vantage points – law, national security, politics, stagecraft, and more. See Privacy Policy at...


Blood and Gasoline

A multi-threat, round-the-world episode. The Jan 6 hearings have chased foreign policy, especially the war in the Ukraine, from the headlines; but the brutal war slogs on, in ways that have distinct consequences for domestic politics. Natasha Bertrand, Frank Figliuzzi, & Fiona Hill join Harry to canvass the state of play in the war, the best current thinking on the end game, Biden’s first trip to the Middle East, the Jan 6 hearings, & the interrelationships among all these topics. See...


Patsy Baloney and Every Crime Imaginable

At the end of a week of brutal news that began with another mass shooting in Highland Park IL, three of the sharpest commentators in the country and Talking Feds stalwarts – Laura Coates, Al Franken, and Norm Ornstein – join Harry to analyze the importance of the Cipollone interview before the J6 Committee, the Fulton County subpoenas, and the Supreme Court’s decision overruling Roe v Wade and it’s potential implications for the midterms. See Privacy Policy at and...


The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (and Amy Coney Barrett)

In the week ending one of the most consequential Supreme Court terms in American history, 3 of the country’s most trenchant and prominent Court watchers – Dahlia Lithwick, Leah Litman, and Steve Vladeck – join Harry to assess the Term and what it portends for coming years. The 5 arch-conservative Justices shot out of the gate in their first term together and unabashedly wrenched the law and the country sharply right in area after area, starting but by no means ending with abortion. See...


This is (Trump’s) America

At the tail end of a week as eventful and tumultuous as any in memory, a stellar group of guests – Katie Benner, Melissa Murray, and Jen Rubin – join Harry to assess the damage and consider what lies ahead. The group divides its discussion between the Supreme Court’s radical landmark decision overruling Roe v. Wade and the January 6 Committee blockbuster hearings documenting two near-miss efforts to keep Trump in power and end American democracy. Where do we stand after such seismic...


“Hang Mike Pence!”

It was a week with two separate hearings in the January 6 Committee, one on the “Big Lie” and one on “Hang Mike Pence.” Each felt like a full-length movie, crammed with new details and above all leaving no doubt that the 2 schemes were 100% bankrupt and everyone in the self-titled “Team Normal” (as opposed to “Team Crazy”) knew it. A phenomenal set of guests–Bill Kristol, Ezra Klein, and Emily Bazelon–joins Harry to take it all in and assess what hope it provides for the future of the...


A Republic, If We Can Keep It

A special Talking Feds episode devoted entirely to a single topic, the much-anticipated initial hearing of the January 6 Committee. Representative Pramila Jayapal, Laura Jarrett, and Norm Eisen join Harry for a thorough look at perhaps the most important congressional hearing in at least 50 years. The group all give high marks to the Committee but then discuss whether its work, however persuasive, can succeed in beating back the autocratic trend that continues to hold sway over so many...


At History’s Edge

A few days ahead of the most anticipated congressional hearings in 50 years or more, Harry welcomes Julie Zebrak, Josh Marshall, and Rep. Ted Lieu to preview the hearings, including the chief challenges for the January 6 committee. They then move to the rays of hope for change in federal gun violence legislation in the wake of a terrible bloody fortnight with multiple assault shootings, closing with a more politically focused discussion on how these developments may affect midterm...


Guns and Butter

A special economics-focused episode. With the U.S. and world economy in the apparent doldrums, & fears of an inflation-driven recession gripping the globe, a top policymaker--Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi—and two world-class economists--Austan Goolsbee and Betsey Stevenson—join Harry to work through key economic indicators & explain the state of play at home and abroad. The group ends with some individual thoughts about the horrific events in Uvalde, Texas, and possible policy...


Mapping Violence

The country’s bitter partisan divides played out this week at the highest stakes, and a trio of the most experienced and sage analysts in the country–Jon Alter, David Frum, and Norm Ornstein–join Harry to work through the implications. The group discusses in turn the work of the Jan 6 committee and the DOJ’s parallel investigation of possible high-level wrongdoers. They then move to the Buffalo shooting, w/ its racist manifesto, ending with reflections on the latest round of midterm...


DOJ: Here, There, and Everywhere

It’s our every 3 months return-to-roots Talking Feds classic, with three of the country’s most experienced and knowledgeable authorities on the Department of Justice. The group reads the tea leaves on the unfolding investigation of the political actors who may have conspired to overturn the lawful election results and helped foment the 1/6 riot. We next discuss the pending trial of Michael Sussmann and conclude with the DOJ’s potential involvement in the Supreme Court leak and the Ukraine...